LTC Robert Pratt Kelsey Jr.

LTC Robert Pratt Kelsey Jr.

Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Death 25 Jan 2011 (aged 87)
New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
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Age 87 yrs.

S/O Robert Pratt Kelsey, Sr. & Alice G. (McGiffin) Kelsey 54706297
H/O (1) Vera Whistler (Dabney) Kelsey (2 Jun 1931-9 May 1970), m 7 Jun 1952 Wellesley, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
F/O Deborah W. (Kelsey) Watts
F/O Charles P. Kelsey
F/O Vera Dabney (Kelsey) Hahn
F/O Heather M. (Kelsey) Joiner Thomas
H/O (2) Patricia H. (Driggs) McGahey Kelsey (2 Apr 1923-30 Aug 2014), m 22 Dec 1973, New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
SF/O Lynn Ellis McGahey
SF/O Eric Hunter McGahey

Last Residence: New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire 03257, USA [SSDI]

Obituary, Chadwick Funeral Service (New London, NH), 27 Jan 2011:

Lt. Col, Robert Pratt Kelsey Jr. (retired) died January 25th in his New London, NH home. He was 87.

Mr. Kelsey was born in Jacksonville, FL. He attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA class of 1941 and entered Harvard College in 1941 leaving in early 1944 to serve our country in World War II. He received a commission with the 11th Armored Division – Battery A of the 490th Field Artillery Battalion. During the war he was decorated with the Silver Star and Bronze Star for gallantry in combat, and twice awarded the Purple Heart. Following the war he was assigned to Kings College, Cambridge, England where he earned credits to complete his degree from Harvard in late 1946. He remained active in the U. S. Army Reserve serving on the general staff of the 94th Infantry Division, as commander of the 919th Field Artillery Battalion and the 7th Howitzer Battalion, 7th Artillery, and in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development, Department of the Army. He retired in 1965 and was also active in the United States Service Organization (USO).

Mr. Kelsey began his professional career at the First National Bank of Boston which he left in 1965 as "an under-paid Vice President". He became President of New Hampshire Finance Corporation, a sales finance and consumer loan company. In 1968 he was nominated to serve as Bank Commissioner of New Hampshire by Democratic Governor John W. King. However, due to differences with the Republican Governor's Council that appointment never materialized. Mr. Kelsey went on to become a financial broker with Clark Dodge & Company which later merged with Kidder Peabody & Co. Boston, MA which was subsequently acquired by the General Electric Company.

In 1976 Mr. Kelsey was called upon by members of the Board of Directors of The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund to serve as Executive Vice President & Treasurer. Mr. Kelsey led Dana Farber through a period of nearly 3 years helping to position it as the pre-eminent cancer research and treatment center in the world.

Following his tenure with Dana Farber, Mr. Kelsey retired to the confines of his home in New London, NH to become what he referred to as a "country banker" and financial advisor. He served on several Boards of Directors, and was an active member of St. Andrews Church in New London, NH.

He leaves his wife, Patricia (Driggs); three daughters and a son by his first wife Vera W. Dabney, who died in 1970, Deborah W. Kelsey of Wayland, MA, Vera D. Kelsey of Bradford, NH, Heather M. Kelsey of Goffstown, NH, and Charles P. Kelsey of Deerfield, NH; two stepchildren; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alison Blake of Port Royal, SC.

A service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New London, NH. An interment will follow at Old Main Street Cemetery, New London, NH in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Development, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 294, New London, NH 03257.

Notice, The Kearsarge Shopper (New London, NH), 7 Jul 2011:

A graveside service for Lt. Col. Robert P. Kelsey, who died on January 25, 2011, will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 11:30 A.M. in Old Main Street Cemetery, New London. Military honors will be conducted.

Subject of entry 1682 of "Our Voices, Our Town/A History of New London, New Hampshire/1950-2000" by Ann Page Stecker, 2000.

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