Richard Jesser

Obituary of Richard Jesser

Richard W. B. Jesser died December 17 in The University Medical Center of Princeton after a brief but devastating illness. He was born in l927, in New York City, the third son of Arthur Edward Jesser and Vera Benn Jesser. He grew up in Hackensack, NJ. During WWII he enlisted in the US Navy pilot training program and was sent to Union College in Schnectady, NY receiving a degree in civil engineering followed by a Master's at Harvard University. In l959 he married Sallie Willis of Princeton and soon after traveled to Jordan and from there to Bolivia. Ten years later he returned to Princeton with his wife and three children and continued his engineering career on numerous projects in the United States as well as abroad. He was well known to local officials as he worked to make his town safe and efficient. He was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church; the Community Church of Westmore, Vermont, where he was married; The Old Guard of Princeton, the Princeton Middle East Society, and The Contract Bridge League. An avid skier, having met his wife in the Montclair ski club, he had the opportunity to ski in the United States and many other countries of the world. A skilled sailor, he cruised with his family and on many charters with the Princeton Ski and Sail club. His tennis skills peaked in 1961 when he and his Canadian partner won the men's doubles championship of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The time he spent working in Africa, Europe, North; South and Central America gave him a truly global point of view and a sensitivity to the needs and problems of people everywhere. He was a devoted father, designing and building a home for them in Princeton and following their careers and those of his grandchildren with interest. He is survived by Richard, Jr. and his wife Christine of Eugene, Oregon; Vera Lawson and her husband, Army Chaplain Kenneth Lawson; Nancy Jesser and her husband Hugh Urban, both of the Ohio State University at Columbus and seven grand children. Contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Thursday, December 22nd in the Niles Chapel at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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