Faith Hall Harvie died peacefully and painlessly on the evening of September 13, at her residence in The Osborn in Rye, New York. She would have celebrated her 94th birthday on October 2.
Born Faith Griswold Hall in 1923, she was the daughter of Eleanor Fickeisen and Frank Griswold Hall of New York City and Fairlee, Vermont. In her youth, Faith was an accomplished equestrienne.
She attended the Spence School in Manhattan and graduated from the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, and later from Vassar College, in the accelerated wartime class of 1945-44.
On graduation from college she served as a researcher and assistant to noted economist Eliot Janeway in New York. After her marriage to U.S. Navy veteran James Beverly Harvie Jr. in 1947, the couple moved to Rockland County, New York, and raised three children, James B. Harvie III, Eleanor Harvie Gustafson, and Scott Chamberlayne Harvie, in Upper Nyack. All three children survive, along with five grandchildren and one great-grandson. For more than twenty-five years, the family summered in Chatham, Massachusetts. Faith was an avid tennis player, occasional bridge player, and devoted volunteer to countless organizations. She gave generously to numerous worthy causes and institutions, especially Grace Church in Nyack, St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham, and Christ’s Church in Rye.
A memorial service in celebration of Faith’s life will be held in the chapel at The Osborn on October 2 at 2 pm; burial will take place at a later date, in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, next to her loving husband.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute in her honor to the Fresh Air Fund.