A native of London, Ontario, and former director of agricultural training in the United States Bureau of Education, at Washington, Chester D. Jarvis, Ph.D., died suddenly at his home, Kerman Avenue, Grimsby, on Thursday.
In his 72nd year, he was born at London in 1876, a son of the late Lyman G. and Lila Deacon Jarvis.
Following graduation from the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph, in 1899, he took post graduate work at Cornell University where he received his Ph.D. He was then appointed professor of horticulture at the State Experiment Station, Storrs, Conn. In recognition of his research work in this position, he was later appointed as directory of agriculture extension service for the state of Connecticut.
In co-operation with the State Department of Education, he inaugurated a new system of agricultural training in rural schools. His plan proved so successful that, in 1915, Dr. Jarvis was appointed to direct the work in agricultural training in the United States Bureau of Education, at Washington. There, he conducted extensive surveys of educational courses throughout the United States with a view to eliminating overlapping of curricula in State institutions.
In 1921, Dr. Jarvis gave up professional work and returned to Canada to engage in fruit farming in the Grimsby district, where he took an active part in the affairs of Trinity United Church.
Surviving, besides his wife, the former Marion Smith, are four brothers and four sisters: Tennyson D. Jarvis, Grimsby; Eric W., of Toronto; Garfield, of London; LeRoy, of Bethany; Mrs. H.J. Page, Toronto; Mrs. Shalor Clarke, Colburn; Mrs. Belfrage Picken, Burlington; and Mrs. Harold Hatfield, of Highland Park, N.J.
Funeral services were conducted from his late home on Saturday afternoon and despite the inclement weather were largely attended. Services were conducted by A.Leonard Griffith of Trinity United Church. Interment was in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.
Casket bearers were six nephews, Thomas, Jack, William, Garfield and Gordon Jarvis, and Harry Picken.