Lloyd Raymond Westfield, beloved husband, father, musician, psychologist, fraternity brother, and churchman died on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in his Madison, N.J., home.
Lloyd was born Aug. 2, 1927 in Cleveland. He was lovingly raised by his mother, Cora Lane Westfield and his grandparents. He was the youngest of three sons. He distinguished himself as a student.
He received his high school diploma from College Hill High School in 1945 as co-valedictorian of his class. He received an associate’s degree from Morristown College in 1947, then bachelors of arts in English with a minor in music from Fisk University, Nashville, 1951. He paid for his tuition at Fisk, in part, by working as a porter during summer breaks for the C&P Railroad based in Winnipeg, Canada. Lloyd earned a master of education from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1958, then accomplished several continuing education certifications in special education and reading. He earned a masters in psychology with a specialization in school psychology from Temple University, 1970.
On Jan. 9, 1952, Lloyd was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served until Jan. 8, 1960. While in the war, he spent most of his deployment in Germany as a communications expert. Lloyd spoke conversational German for the rest of his life.
He was a loving and dedicated husband for 55 years. Lloyd and Nancy grew up together in Cleveland. On January 22, 1955 they were married in Philadelphia, Pa To their marriage, Lloyd brought his oldest son, Tony Bacon (1954), who was raised by Cora Lane Westfield in Cleveland.=. Lloyd and Nancy had two children, Lloyd Brent (1962-2004) and Nancy Lynne Westfield (1962). Lloyd took pride in supporting Nancy musically, as a soloist, and politically, as an activist in the city of Philadelphia. Lloyd said of Nancy: “I am her accompanist in music and in life – where she goes, I go.”
Music was a central part of Lloyd’s life. Nancy and Lloyd sang with the Singing City Choir, a nationally known choir in Philadelphia. Lloyd, as Nancy’s pianist, accompanied her on her many solo gigs with churches, synagogues, orchestras and in auditoriums throughout their marriage. Lloyd and Nancy’s parlor concerts in their own home were filled with hymns, jazz, boogie-woogie, or whatever selections were requested by their guests. Lloyd was a sought after piano teacher for children and youth.
Lloyd worked for the Camden Public School District as a reading specialist for a couple years, then transferred to the Philadelphia Public Schools as a teacher and reading specialist. Once he was licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania in 1974, he worked as a school psychologist until his retirement in 1994. He was known throughout the Philadelphia school system for being very generous with his psychological services for children and families especially when he saw the case as being one of justice and equity. Lloyd operated a private practice specializing in children and adolescents with learning difficulties. After retirement, he continued with his private practice and also learned to swim. Much to his joy, he became an avid lap swimmer.
Lloyd joined the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in 1974 (Life Member No. 1758). As a member of Rho Chapter in Philadelphia he held several offices over the years, including chapter president. He was most proud of having been a founding member of the educational fund which provided scholarships for African American students from elementary age through college graduation. Once he relocated to New Jersey in 2008, the Sigma Zeta Lambda chapter of Morristown, New Jersey welcomed him with open arms.
In 1955, Lloyd and Nancy joined Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Philadelphia. He worked tirelessly in the church, holding many offices throughout the years, including chair of the Administrative Board, chair of Pastor Parish Relations Committee, and chair of the United Methodist Men. He and Nancy loved singing in several of the church’s choirs.
Lloyd was best known for his gentle and gracious manner, kindness, and dry sense of humor. He was a consummate southern gentleman. As a piano teacher, amateur photographer, reading specialist, tutor of most subjects, and school psychologist, he dedicated his life to educating and supporting African American children and strengthening African American families. His genius was understated and his brilliance remarkable.
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