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Dr. Carroll W. Biggs Jr.

Dr. Carroll Weston Biggs Jr., 87, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Feb. 11, 2013, at Bridgewater Home.

He was born in Ashley, Ohio, on April 17, 1925, and was the son of the late Carroll W. and Dora Irene Martin Biggs.

Carroll attended Ohio State University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees and received a Ph.D. in school administration from Columbia University. While in Ohio, he was a teacher and coach at Big Walnut High School and superintendent of schools in Chatfield, Woodville and Westerville, Ohio. While in Delaware, he was superintendent of schools for the Alfred I. DuPont School District. He was the first superintendent, after desegregation, of the New Castle County School District. He was president of the American Association of School Administrators and served on various educational boards throughout the United States.

Carroll was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, Kiwanis and Rotary Club in Delaware, and the Elks Club in Harrisonburg. He also served on the board at Spotswood Country Club, where he also enjoyed playing tennis and working with the youth tennis programs. He served on the board of Greater Madison, where he was the membership chairman. He was also a member of the Presidents’ Council and Duke Club and huge athletic supporter of the JMU football team and men’s and women’s basketball teams.

During World War II, he proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Young in the Pacific.

On June 8, 1947, he married Joan Dawn Biggs in Cardington, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 2005. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Christine Biggs, his parents, and a sister, Muriel Warner.

He is survived by a daughter, Marcia Biggs Elliott and husband, Chip, of State College, Pa.; a son, Mike Biggs and wife, Susie, of Sun City West, Ariz.; and daughter, Cheri Biggs Smith and husband, Vic, of Harrisonburg; as well as eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Biggs will be cremated at Lindsey Funeral Homes and Crematory in Harrisonburg, and a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. John F. Sloop officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to JMU Athletics, 380 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA 22807, or Shenandoah Presbytery Youth Ministries, 1111 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com .

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