Gloucester, MA — Jack Shepherd Jr., 62, of Gloucester, Mass., and Blue Hill, Maine, died Thursday, July 3, 2014, after a four-year fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and a week-long battle with pneumonia complications.
He was born September 11, 1951, in Erie, Pa., and was the son of Jack and Jean (Stamm) Shepherd, and brother to Cynthia (Shepherd) Miron. As a child of an evangelical minister and missionary teacher, Jack grew up in a number of towns in New York and New Jersey, Zamboanga, Philippines, and Saint Paul, Minn. He attended Nyack High School, until his parents were sent to Costa Rica, and he transferred to The Stony Brook School, graduating cum laude in 1969. He attended Rutgers University, obtained his Bachelor of Art in English Language and Literature from Boston University in 1977, and his Master of Art in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University in 1994.
After an initial career restoring and selling luxury automobiles in Massachusetts with Dearborn Automobile Co. in Marblehead, Atlantic Cars of Cambridge, Freeman Cycles in Beverly, and Paul Russell and Co. in Essex, Jack followed his parents into the world of education, a career he pursued for the next 30 years. He began by pushing a broom and then co-teaching a course at the Tower School in Marblehead, Mass. — he left six years later as middle school coordinator. In 1987, Jack and his wife, Tricia, son Jack, age 4, and daughter, Morgan, age 2 ¾, moved to the Casablanca American School in Morocco, where Jack began by teaching English and Social Studies, broadening his responsibilities to serving as registrar. After Stanford, Jack and his family spent a year at the American School of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, Spain, before returning to the Casablanca American School. Again, Jack began by teaching before expanding into the administration as IB middle years coordinator, college counselor, upper school principal, deputy director, and eventually, director.