Wakefield Faculty/Staff Deceased: In Memoriam

James J. Lynch
b:             d: 6/26/1989

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James Lynch MR. JAMES LYNCH, Tenth Grade Councilor
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. - June 29, 1989

James J. Lynch, 71, a retired teacher and administrator who had been headmaster of Fairfax County's Flint Hill Preparatory School and director of Cheltenham School for the learning disabled, died of a heart ailment June 26 at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Lynch was born in Philadelphia and reared in Pleasantville, New Jersey.

He graduated from West Chester University and received a master's degree in education from Temple University.  During World War II, he served in the Army in the South Pacific.

He moved to the Washington area in 1949 and worked 17 years in the Arlington school system, mostly at Yorktown High School, where he was director of guidance and assistant principal.  He had also taught at Washington-Lee and Wakefield high schools.

In 1966, Mr. Lynch became headmaster of Flint Hill Preparatory School, and he served in that capacity for six years.  During that period, he also served as vice mayor and City Council member in Falls Church.

He founded Cheltenham Academy for the learning disabled and served as its director for five years before retiring in 1977.

In 1983, Mr. Lynch moved to Florida.  He returned to this area after suffering a stroke in 1987, and at the time of his death he was living at Manor Care Nursing Home in Arlington, where he was president of the residents council steering committee.

Mr. Lynch was an enthusiastic golfer.

His 38-year marriage to Lois Mulcahey Lynch ended in divorce in 1987.

Survivors include five children, James J. Lynch Jr. of Melrose, Massachusetts, Cathleen Lynch of Lovettsville, Virginia, Marybeth Lynch of Falls Church, Virginia, and Colleen Lynch and Joanne Lynch, both of Arlington, Virginia; and two grandchildren.

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