|Birth: ||Jan. 30, 1929|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 2003|
Raymond T. Adler, a longtime leader in Scouting in the St. Louis area, died Monday (Dec. 29, 2003) of pancreatic cancer at his home in Florissant. He was 74.
Born in Oconomowoc, Wis., Mr. Adler attended high school in Whitewater, Wis., where he was captain of the football team. His high school sweetheart was the head cheerleader, Camilla "Cam" Devitt.
Mr. Adler served almost three years in the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., before he returned to Whitewater and married Devitt in 1948.
Mr. Adler enrolled in Whitewater State Teachers College and worked four part-time jobs to support his growing family. He later worked for General Motors Corp. in Janesville, Wis., and was transferred to St. Louis in 1962.
Mr. Adler worked as an industrial engineer for General Motors in St. Louis and was part of the engineering team that set up the Wentzville plant. He retired in 1987 and later served as president of the General Motors retiree group.
Mr. Adler was an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 613 of Sacred Heart of Florissant in 1963. He later served in many capacities with the Greater St. Louis Area Council.
"Ray Adler epitomized what a great Scout leader should be, both in the eyes of Scouts and their leaders," said Tim O'Donnell, assistant Scout executive with the Greater St. Louis Area Council.
Mr. Adler formerly was district commissioner of the council's Northwest District. He also played a significant role in the Wood Badge, an advanced adult leadership course taught by the National Scout Association.
Mr. Adler completed the Wood Badge in 1967 and served on 51 consecutive Wood Badge courses as a staff member or council adviser.
At the national level, Mr. Adler was a course director for two experimental Wood Badge courses, one taught while canoeing on a river and the other taught while rafting. While on the Wood Badge staff of the Central Region, he trained future course directors.
Mr. Adler served on the staffs at 10 consecutive National Jamborees and was the contingent leader for Central Region's troop that attended the world Jamboree in Korea.
In 1976, the Greater St. Louis Area Council awarded Mr. Adler a Silver Beaver Award for his service to youths.
Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Cynthia "Cindy" Pa ssamonti of Northborough, Mass., and Cheryl Adler of Florissant; a son, Randy "Ran" Adler of Florissant; two sisters, Pauline Adler of Waukesha and Louise Reich of Palmyra, Wis.; and two brothers, Joe Adler and Jim Adler , both of Waukesha.
Camilla E. Devitt Adler (1930 - 2005)*
Sacred Heart Cemetery
St. Louis County
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Record added: Feb 14, 2010
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