Harry Montague Ward, 76, of Gloucester, died at Heron Cove, Gloucester, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Mr. Ward graduated from Gloucester High School in 1962; received his Bachelor’s Degree from Emory & Henry College in 1966; his Master of Education in 1971 from the College of William and Mary, and completed postgraduate work at Old Dominion University and University of Virginia, from which he received his certification for Superintendent of Schools.
Mr. Ward had a total of 37 years in public education including 35 years in Mathews. After teaching for two years at Achilles Elementary School, he came to Mathews High School in 1968. He taught at the high school for five years before becoming principal in 1973. In 1986, he became Mathews school superintendent. He oversaw the construction of a new elementary school, a new roof and renovation project for the middle school and the renovation and additions project at the high school, which included the addition of a 750-seat auditorium and performing arts center, his crowning achievement. The Mathews School Board named the auditorium after him. After his retirement in 2003, he moved on to serve as Director of Insurance and Legislative Services for the Virginia School Boards Association in Charlottesville.
Funeral arrangements had not been announced at press time on Wednesday. Services under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point.