Joseph J. MacCracken | Teacher, 65

Joseph J. MacCracken
Joseph J. MacCracken
Posted: October 24, 2011

Joseph J. MacCracken, 65, of the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia, a former Catholic high school teacher, died of bile duct cancer Wednesday, Oct. 19, at home.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. MacCracken graduated from Lincoln High School in 1963 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1967 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied on a full scholarship.

From 1968 to 1985, Mr. MacCracken taught chemistry, English, math, physics, and Spanish at Archbishop Ryan High School for Girls in Philadelphia.

A friend and former Ryan student of Mr. MacCracken's, Barbara Baur, said that from 1985 to '86 he taught science at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia and that from 1986 until his retirement in 1989 he taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County.

She said Mr. MacCracken suffered a stroke in 2003 and, after spending two years in a nursing home, returned to the Mayfair home where he had lived all his life.

Baur, who said she had been Mr. MacCracken's caregiver since 2005, said he was survived by a cousin and an aunt.

A life celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Rd., before a 6:30 memorial service there.

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