On December 16th, 2021, Joseph Uphoff left this world for his place in the heavens. He was born on 01 Nov 1955 and was connected to the line of John (S13). Joseph joined the SFA in 2007 and began his leadership contributions in 2019. First as an appointed member of the Board of Directors and then elected this past September. In 2020, he stepped up into the role of Editor of the Sheldon Family Association Quarterly.
He was very much the man behind the scenes, very quiet with those he was not familiar with, but very amiable with those he got to know. The more I knew him and the more I talked with him, the better I liked him. He was one to always ask great question without an agenda during the Board meetings. You would not know that he an “independent” academic, a researcher and despite a disability, a public speaker. His area of expertise was broad yet focused. He studied the history and genealogy of Southeastern Asian, Chinese, and Egyptian history. In some cases, he expounded on how those cultures affected our history as well as Europe’s. He most recently wrote about Mayan connections. He was an avid coin collector with knowledge of pre-coin currencies.
His touch on the SFAQ was just beginning to come to light as his first commitment was to reconstruct the efforts abandoned by those who recently resigned the role. He was studying prior issues of SFAQs written by Rose Newton and others and was creating a vision to focus the Quarterly on making it less of a newsletter with interesting gossip to one with more educational and historical content. His definition of history challenged some but given his background his opinion was well founded. He and I were in synch on how to make SFAQ an integral part of our (c)3 charitable non-profit application.
His Celebration of Life ceremony will be private and attended by family and close friends toward the end of February. Filling his shoes will be challenging, but I hope to start the process after the first of the year. In the meantime, Elizabeth Townsend and Wende Warren are stepping in to finish the SFAQ issues Joseph was working on. Michael B Sheldon President Sheldon Family Association