Marjorie S. East
Rockland — Marjorie Schufeldt East, 97, passed away peacefully July 30, 2014, in the comfort of her own home and among her family in Rockland.
Born Sept. 3, 1916, in Los Angeles, Calif., she was raised and educated in the hills of southern California. She earned her undergraduate credentials at UCLA, and her masters and doctorate at Columbia University in the '40s as well as an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Maine. The author of several books and countless articles in her field (Home Economics), Marjorie held positions at Simmons, Antioch, and finally, after a short period at Houghton Mifflin, Dr. East chaired the department of Home Economics at Penn State University for over two decades ('60s-'70s). Beyond her academic career, she was on the board of directors of Consumer Reports with Ralph Nader, a member of economic councils for two presidential administrations (Nixon and Johnson), the president of the Home Economics Association of America (1972-73), and a participant on planned-parenthood missions to India and Indonesia. After her retirement to Rockland with her husband James N. East (d.1994), Dr. East turned her energies to the Rockland Historical Society, the improvement of Rockland Public Library, the daily completion of the NY Times’ crossword puzzle, the restoration of her 1860's home on Limerock Street, and sailing the Penobscot Bay. Foremost among her enthusiasms, perhaps the single greatest mark of her character, was the support and love for her family and the houses in which they lived, unflinching in both good and hard times. For her, a house and a family were the same thing.
She is survived by her nephew James H. East and his wife and son Stephanie T. and James S. East.
There will be a memorial celebration for her work and life at her home on Limerock Street. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Rockland Historical Society, PO Box 1331, Rockland, ME 04841.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with the East family, please visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.