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Stephen Elkins Reppert ’44

Published in May11, 2005, issue

Steve died in Bridgeport, W. Va., Nov. 12, 2004, after an extended illness. He was 83 and had served as a trustee for Davis & Elkins College, in Elkins, W. Va., from 1975-93. After many contributions there, he established the Reppert Endowment for the Chaplaincy in 2002.

Steve prepped at Lawrenceville. At Princeton, he earned numerals in basketball, majored in mechanical engineering, and was a member of Tiger Inn. Roommates included Edward Wilson and John Tytus. He was a Navy LST executive officer during World War II and served 20 months in the South Pacific.

After working in the family coal business, he founded Reppert Fuels Inc. in 1964, and retired in 1983. A longtime active member of Presbyterian Church governing bodies €” often called "Mr. Presbyterian" €” he served in Clarksburg, W. Va., and in state and national posts. He also was a 50-year Mason, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Steve is survived by his sons, Stephen R. and Clifton E.; three daughters, Susan McElroy, Sarah Lowndes, and Janie Porter; two brothers, Alfred R.'40 and Dr. Edmund H. '45; a sister, Nancy Jonathan; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The class extends its sympathy to all.

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