Lester Philip Schoene, Jr.

After a happy and busy life, adding value to everything he touched, Lester P. Schoene, Jr. died October 17, 2017 in his Fairfax, VA home. Born June 15, 1934, he was an engineer and manager for some three decades with IBM, then earned his M.S. degree at the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where he also served on the advisory board. Finally, he served the last dozen years in various roles as an ADR advisor and was appointed the Reservist Ombuds for FEMA. A lifelong leader and volunteer, he served in a number of roles for Burgundy Farm Country Day School, and was active in the Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Mary Branch Grove; sister, Molly Mercker; three children, Lavinia, Karl, and Philip; and two grandchildren, Adam and Mary.

A memorial service will be held Friday, November 3rd, at 4 PM at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington:
4444 Arlington Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22204

A Potluck Reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the service. Please coordinate potluck dishes at [email protected]

Interment is private.

For donations in Lester’s name in lieu of flowers please choose from the following charities:
Annandale Rotary Foundation (which will be designated for the Peace Fellowship)
P.O. Box 143
Annandale, Virginia 22003
Wisdom Spring (providing resources for fresh water and education in West Africa)
c/o Susan Hough
644 Glenneyre Street
Laguna Beach, California 92651
Burgundy Farm Country Day School
Cooper’s Cove Conservation Fund (Expanding and maintaining the Cooper’s Cove Wildlife education campus)
3700 Burgundy Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22303

To read more Lester’s life, please enjoy the obituary written about him on his Facebook page (“Lester Schoene”), which is public to all, and can be accessed through this link:

Lester Philip Schoene, JrJune 15, 1934 – October 17, 2017Lester Philip Schoene Jr. was born on Staten Island on June…

Posted by Lester Schoene on Saturday, October 21, 2017


10 Responses to Lester Philip Schoene, Jr.

  1. Michelle Hatim says:

    My dear, dear friend, I will miss you, your smile and your everlasting way of giving. I only hope I will be able to serve in life as well as you did. Rest in Peace.

  2. Jeff Sindler says:

    The extended Burgundy Farm Country Day School family sends its heartfelt condolences to Lester’s family. Les was a major figure in the history of Burgundy Farm Country Day School and the Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies. A Life Member of Burgundy’s board of trustees and a founder and architect of the Cove, Lester made lasting contributions that have impacted many generations of students and campers and helped make this world a better one.

  3. Tara Casagrande says:

    Dear Lester. We love your daughter Vini. She has inspired our whole family to love the outdoors and to care for and be curious about the natural world around us. We can only imagine what a remarkable man could have raised such an amazing woman. We know Vini will miss you. We thank you for all that you gave to the Burgundy Community, especially Vini. With love. The Casagrande Family

  4. Lavinia Schoene says:

    Please enjoy a more extensive biography at Lester Schoene page on Facebook, which is now open to the public to read. Send corrections to [email protected]

  5. Mario Parwjs says:

    Dear Lester,
    It was a privilege to have met you. I have always believed in telling a man how you feel about him when you can see him eye to eye and I did. Only the wind now carries those words in perpetuity.

    ” One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been”.
    -Sophocles

  6. Rea says:

    Dear Lester, Thank you for your friendship and your professional partnership working side-by-side each other for 4 years. Thank you for all the private laughs we shared. I really enjoyed our relationship and the connection that was on a spiritual level that only God could have created. Thank you for your phone call during Hurricane Irene, when although we were miles apart you reached out to me as a caring colleague and offered me peace and security during a troubled time. Thank you for our disagreements where you set the example how to have a successful disagreement where our relationship continued to strengthen each other never diminishing what we had. Thank you for coming to me to talk about your spirituality and other private heartfelt matters. You let me know that you felt safe and needed a different perspective. We were blessed to be from Alexandria, VA-you in the ’30s and me in the ’60s. We were blessed to be 30 years in age difference. And we were blessed to be of different races, where we could discuss our views on the diversity that encompassed our lives. Thank you for being you. I really miss you. I feel so selfish to mourn you so much. You affected my life that you will never be far away from my heart.

  7. Carolyne Ashton says:

    I am so sad to hear this. I was in school with Les when we were doing our Masters degrees. He was a lovely, warm and caring person who was so committed to this work of peaceful, non-violent conflict transformation. He will be sorely missed, but I know he’ll be working hard on the other side. My condolences and prayers to Les’ family.

  8. Carol W says:

    Vini, my thoughts are with you and your family today. I only realized today that your father- Les Schoene’s memorial service is today. I am not sure I can make it, but I think it is fitting that it occurs on all souls day-as he touched so many. You carry on and continue to give light to the next generation

  9. Frank Dukes says:

    as another SCAR alum from that era, I am so sad to hear of his death. I did not know Les well, but knew how much he was esteemed. May the memories of his life sustain you.

  10. M.G. Hardiman says:

    Les pursued his Masters at the same time I did. As a fellow classmate and volunteer, I found Les to be unfailingly friendly and polite, smart and quick-witted, a joy, simply a joy. Les certainly found his passion and life’s work in Conflict Resolution. His dedicated efforts will long be remembered and valued by his friends and colleagues at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR) at George Mason University. Best wishes to the family. Rest in Peace, Les.

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