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Fontaine Lemaistre III ’58

Published in Oct. 23, 1996, issue

Fontaine LeMaistre III died of a heart attack Mar. 18, 1996, while skiing with his family in Aspen, Colo. He was 59.

Sonny joined our freshman class from the Hill School, after a year as an English Speaking Union Scholar at Sherbome School in England. He was a member of Cottage Club, the Right Wing Club, Orange Key, and other campus organizations. As an NROTC cadet, Sonny was commissioned upon graduation, and served on the staff of the commander, Second Fleet.

Sonny spent most of his career in the investment management business, first with Smith Barney in NYC and later in Jacksonville as v.p. of trust investments at Barnett Bank. He later practiced his profession at Pierce, Wulburn, Murphy Corp., and Dean Witter. At his death he was a partner in Benoit, Chepenik and LeMaistre, PA. A career detour which "kept us laughing" was his 1977 investment in Shear Pleasure, a beauty salon chain.

Sonny's marriage to Susan Ewing ended in divorce. They had four daughters, Lisa Mallory, Michelle Tsellos, Melanie, and Gretchen. In 1976 he married Ann "Angel" Thompson, who survives him; they had three children, Fontaine IV, Catherine, and Thompson.

We will remember Sonny's poise, probity, quiet demeanor, kindly gaze, appreciative smile, and gentle humor. To Angel, his seven children, four grandchildren, and brother, Gress LeMaistre, the class extends its fullest sympathy.

The Class of 1958

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