Mark Sexton of Williamsburg, VA, a long time resident of Pelham, died on May 17, 2019 at Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg. He was 88 years old.
Mark was born in New York City on November 20, 1930. He attended Prospect Hill Elementary School and Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, NY, as well as Deep Springs College in Deep Springs, CA, and Haverford College in Haverford, PA. In 1957 he married Marie McCarthy and together they had three sons, Mark, Adam, and James.
Mark worked first as a reporter for the New Bedford (MA) Standard Times and the United Press International wire service. He spent most of his career in academic book publishing, at Cornell University Press, Random House, and ultimately as Director of Marketing in the U.S. and Canada for Cambridge University Press.
After returning to Pelham with his family in 1966, Mark lived for nearly three decades there, where he was a passionate advocate of the public schools and served on the Board of Education. In 1994 he and Marie moved to Williamsburg to spend their retirement. There he devoted his time to a variety of progressive causes. Mark enjoyed playing doubles tennis and following current events. He was fascinated by language and was known for walking when- and wherever he could.
He is survived by his wife and sons; two grandchildren, Alexander and Olivia; and his sister, Winifred West of Newtown, PA.
Donations can be made in Mark’s name to Deep Springs College or Haverford College.