DR. JOSEPH A. VANSANT
Doctor Joseph Addison Robinson Vansant, Jr., died Saturday, March 13, 1980, in the
Martin County Memorial Hospital, Stuart, Florida. He had a stroke at his home near Jensen
Beach. His funeral service was Saturday, March 22, 1980, at Epworth Methodist Church,
Rehoboth Beach, and he is buried in All Saints Episcopal Cemetery, Indian River.
Doctor Vansant was born 1901 in Philadelphia to Joseph Addison Robinson Vansant, Sr.,
and Agnes McMasters Vansant. His father was an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
He was educated in Philadelphia schools, Haverford College, earned a master at Univ. of
Pennsylvania and a doctorate at Columbia University.
He came to Rehoboth Beach Special School District in 1945 as the superintendent. In 1967
he was named the Educator of the Year by the Sussex County Teachers Association.
Prior to Rehoboth he was assistant superintendent of Mount Pleasant High School for one year,
also held administrative post at Tuckerton and Camden, New Jersey. He taught English at the
Friends School in Philadelphia for 11 years.
Has been president of The Private School Teachers Association of Philadelphia, president of
Chief Local School Officers, president of the Rehoboth Sportsman Club and the Rehoboth
In 1924 he married Edna M. Helms in Philadelphia o survives him. He also has a son Donald
in Bridgewater, N. J., daughter, Jamet Rapkin of Cleveland. He was predeceased by a son