Gainesville Sun, The (FL) - October 1, 2004
Deceased Name: Marjorie Heath Bingham
*Marjorie Heath Bingham, a former teacher and longtime resident of Gainesville, died Monday at her home in The Village. She was 101.
Mrs. Bingham was born in Richmond, Mich., and learned to drive at age 12, voluntarily surrendering her driver's license at 94. She began teaching at 19, and retired in 1974.
She earned her teacher's certification at State Teacher's College in Ypsilanti, Mich., and received a bachelor's degree at Wayne State University while teaching health and physical education at nearby Royal Oak High School.
She earned a master's degree from Columbia University Teacher's College, where she also did work on a Ph.D. After her marriage, she took time off from her career to raise a family.
She moved to Gainesville in 1949, where her husband joined the University of Florida faculty, and resumed her career at J.J. Finley Elementary, where she taught from 1950 to 1959. In 1960, she became North Central Florida's first television science teacher. WUFT-TV broadcast her classes into seven counties for several years.
She and her family moved to India in 1962, spending the next few years working in science education and learning about Indian society and culture.
After returning to Gainesville, she taught fifth grade at Terwilliger Elementary for five years, then became a founding teacher at Martha Manson Academy, where she worked until her retirement.
She was a member of many organizations, including Delta Kappa Gamma national teacher's honorary society, Pen Women, Gainesville Rose Society, University Woman's Club and Gainesville Woman's Club. She was an avid supporter of local arts and environmental organizations, including Gainesville Community Playhouse, Action for Children's Television, Curator's Society of the Florida Museum of Natural History and Morningside Nature Center.
She also worked with Florida Defenders of the Environment, Planned Parenthood and Habitat for Humanity.
She was a member of University United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, N. Eldred Bingham, and a grandson, Joshua C. Dickinson IV.
Survivors include daughters Merna Goett of Monroe, Conn., Sally Dickinson of Gainesville, Jane Schildge of Colt's Neck, N.J., and Mari Wesche of Ottawa, Canada; a brother, Charles A. Heath of St. Clair, Mich.; and nine grandchildren.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
The Gainesville Sun October 1, 2004
Gainesville Sun, The (FL)
Date: October 1, 2004