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John E. Damerel Jr. ’27

Published in Oct. 25, 1995, issue

Jack Damerel died Aug. 12, 1995, in Richmond Convalescent Center.

Jack came to us from Erasmus H.S. At Princeton he was polo manger and a member of the University Band, the orchestra, Triangle Club, ROTC Officers Club, and Arbor Inn. After graduation he worked for Macy's until 1943, for J. N. Adams department store in Buffalo until 1946, and then for Thalheimer Bros. in Richmond. In 1955 he became personnel director for the city of Richmond, from which position he retired in 1970.

In Richmond he was chairman of the board of deacons of Westover Baptist Church. He served as a director of the American Red Cross and of the Richmond Metropolitan Blood Service. He was active with the American Historical Society and the Richmond Civil War Round Table. Walking one day each week, over the course of 16 years, he covered 9,000 miles, following the local routes of a Revolutionary or Civil War army.

He married Kathryn Smith in 1929. She survives him as do two daughters, Emily King and Lois Rucker, and two sons, John III and G. P. "Tony" '52. To them, our class extends its sympathy.

The Class of 1927

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