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Alfred Ely Jr. ’41

Published in Jan. 27, 1999, issue

Al Ely died Mar. 20, 1998. The son of Alfred Ely '05 and great-grandson of Alfred Ely 1804, he came to us from the Harvey School and St. Mark's.

A member of Colonial Club, he received his commission from R.O.T.C. at graduation. He served with the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red) from 1941-45, surviving three amphibious landings. Retiring with the rank of major, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star with Cluster.

After the war Al became a banker, retiring in 1970 as assistant to the president of the Summit [N.J.] Trust Co. Leaving Far Hills, N.J., for Angel Fire, N.Mex., he was able to continue his lifelong love of skiing. He was a member of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol, the Mountain Ski Patrol, and the search and rescue teams. He had a long association with the Boone and Crocket Club (conservation of North American big game), serving as secretary for many years. In 1990 the family moved to Green Valley, Ariz., where he became involved in many community activities.

Al is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Virginia, as well as a son, Alfred III, and a daughter, Kathryn, to all of whom the class extends its deep sympathy.

The Class of 1941

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