John L. “Jack” Tyrer
John L. “Jack” Tyrer of Fort Myers, Florida, and Cashiers passed away Jan. 24, 2018, at age 90.
He was born in Brockton, Massachusetts to the late Dorothy and Lloyd P. Tyrer, and grew up in nearby West Bridgewater.
He is survived by wife, Jeanne Dunning Tyrer, and children Alison Tyrer (William Jones), Atlanta; John Tyrer Jr., Thibodaux, Louisiana; David Tyrer (Carol), Williamsburg, Virginia; Jill Tyrer (Gary Bracken), Atlanta; grandson Troy Tyrer (fiancée Simone Sattler), Los Angeles; Jeanne’s twin, Jane Carpenter (Robert), and several nieces, a nephew and great nieces and nephews.
After serving in Germany in the Army of Occupation, 1st Infantry Division, as a chaplain’s assistant, he returned to and graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, and later completed his master’s degree at Middlebury College’s renowned Bread Loaf School.
A career educator, he taught at Wilbraham Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, and at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He then accepted a position as headmaster of The Asheville School in Asheville, where he led the way to racial and gender integration in the 1960s and 1970s before retiring in 1992 after 28 years.
He had leadership positions with the National Association of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Headmasters Association. He was immensely proud of the countless young men and women he guided toward higher education in the U.S. and abroad. He had leadership roles with student-exchange programs, including English Speaking Union and ASSIST (American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers), and he spent seven summers with Jeanne teaching at the Olomouc (Czech Republic) Summer Leadership Institute.
A one-time student of ornithology, he loved bird-watching as well as music and choral singing. He was active in numerous arts and social organizations, including the Community Concert Association (board president in Asheville, secretary in Fort Myers).
He was a former member of the Friends of Lake Glenville, and a longtime volunteer at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library and at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.
He was a loving and devoted husband and very proud of his four wonderful kids and their families.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to The Jeanne D. and John L. Tyrer Scholarship Fund at The Asheville School or to ASSIST, based in Suffield, Connecticut. A memorial service at The Asheville School will be announced at a later date.