Carl Bearse Jacobs
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Carl Bearse Jacobs
  • April 10, 1918 - February 20, 2017
  • Peterborough, New Hampshire

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Carl Bearse Jacobs Sr, 98, longtime resident of Keene and Peterborough NH, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2017 at RiverMead with family by his side. A devoted husband, father, community servant and benefactor, he was admired by a large extended family and scores of friends.

His beloved wife of 71 years Ann Faulkner Jacobs predeceased him in 2013.

Carl was born in Bethlehem, PA on April 10, 1918; son of Myrl and Hermia (Grace) Jacobs. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1937 and Princeton University in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, but began working for Inland Steel while awaiting call, which came December 8 with news of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ann and he were married by his commanding officer aboard the SS Prairie State in New York harbor on May 12, 1942, the same day he graduated with a commission and reported for duty. At the end of WWII, Captain Jacobs was released from active duty and returned to Chicago to resume his 35-year career with Inland Steel. He and Ann made their home in Glenview, where they would raise their three children and actively support the development of a vibrant community.

Working in Inland's division of raw materials, Carl learned all aspects of the company's mining, rail, and shipping operations. He loved his work and excelled. In 1962 he was named Vice President for Raw Materials. Always a Navy man, his special joy was overseeing the company's fleet of ore ships on the Great Lakes.

When Carl retired in 1982, he and Ann relocated to her hometown of Keene. They settled into the former home of Ann's uncle, muralist Barry Faulkner, who had aptly nicknamed his hillside farm The Bounty. Over the next three decades, the Jacobs opened their home as Barry had, hosting lively gatherings, often steeped in music. The barn, which had become a studio, got a new floor for The Square Dance, their annual reunion of four generations of family and friends. They also built a cottage in Dublin, NH on Stone Pond that became their peaceful summer retreat. When the Jacobs moved from Keene to RiverMead in 2005, Stone Pond became the new base for family gatherings.

Carl was a man of diverse talents and enthusiasms. He loved the outdoors - canoe trips in the Canadian Quetico, the beach at Seagirt NJ, climbing Mt. Monadnock, bird walks, clearing trails, mowing and gardening. He excelled in sports, competing in intercollegiate wrestling and swimming and a lifetime of golf. Introduced to curling in Glenview, he became an avid participant. He also loved to travel and generously included his children in annual adventures. In the mid-70's, he discovered needlepoint and spent the rest of his life creating intricate canvases.

Carl was a natural leader and deeply committed to volunteerism and charitable giving. In Glenview he chaired the school board, St. David's Episcopal Church vestry, and United Way campaigns. With retirement to the Monadnock region, his contributions to the community were extensive and impactful with major commitments to the Mayhew Program, New Hampshire Symphony, Monadnock Conservancy, Cheshire Medical Center, Monadnock United Way, St. James Episcopal Church, St. Francis Chapel at Stone Pond, Strawberry Banke, Phillips Academy and Princeton University.

Carl was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Mayo Speers.

He is survived by three children and their spouses; Carl Jacobs Jr (Ruth) of Keene, Katherine "Trina" Stevenson (Chris) of Pinehurst NC, and Nancy (Chuck) Anderson of Longmont CO; 4 grandchildren, Carl "Jay" Jacobs III (Liz Hume-Jacobs) of Mill Valley CA, Amelia Jacobs of St. John USVI, Brooke Ackerly (Bill Zinke) of Nashville TN, and Peter Ackerly (Keiko Uchida) of Tokyo Japan; 7 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Keene. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Carl's memory to one of his charitable interests.