Bruce Oliver Kallos
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AGE: 79 • Greenville
Bruce Oliver Kallos, 79, passed away on Sunday July 13, 2014.
Bruce was born and raised in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University in 1956.
Bruce started his career with Du Pont in Seaford, Delaware in 1956 and retired from the company in Wilmington in 1989. Upon retirement from Du Pont, he became the Executive Director of the Arlington County Employees' Retirement System.
Living in Seaford, Bruce was active at Mt. Olivet Church; with his wife Lee, he ran the Youth Program for 18 years, including taking many groups to work on Appalachia Service Projects. As a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), he served as state President before being elected a National Vice President. He was extremely proud to be part of a group that built the Jaycee community swim center, which was the first racially integrated pool in the area.
An Eagle Scout, Bruce remained active in the program, serving in multiple positions on the Delmarva Peninsula. He joined the board of Sussex County Vocational Tech in 1974. Politically active, Bruce worked tirelessly on the People for Peterson campaign. He was appointed by the Peterson administration to serve on a committee studying the benefits of establishing a Delaware State Secretary of Education, a cabinet position that remains in the state today. Subsequently, Governor Russ Peterson became a lifelong mentor and friend. In 1984, Governor Pete du Pont appointed him as a Board of Pension Trustee, a position he held for many years.
After moving to Wilmington, Bruce joined Christ Church Christiana Hundred, where he served on the Vestry, was on the Finance committee and was an early leader in a work project in the Dominican Republic.
Bruce was the President of Delaware Futures, a program that selects at risk students to be mentored and get accepted into colleges. As a member of the Wilmington Rotary, he encouraged the group to champion Delaware Futures for a year, which they did. As a Rotary Club Member, he was also part of the group involved in a Pakistan exchange program. After serving on the Board of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra for three years, Bruce enthusiastically accepted the job of Board Chair in 2014. He was very excited about the 2014-15 programs and was looking into new venues and getting to work with the musicians to create an even stronger symphony.
Bruce enjoyed travel, tennis at Greenville Country Club and times spent with his family and friends.
Bruce married his wife Lee 57 years ago, and was the proud father of and is survived by Jay (Claudia) of Atlanta, GA, Wendy Nixon of Rowayton, CT and Tracey Wilkerson (Gary) of Rock Hall, MD and his five granddaughters Allie, Eliza, and Bella Nixon and Rebecca and Ashley Wilkerson. He took great joy in the special trips he took with each of his granddaughters, as well as family trips. He is predeceased by his son Mark, grandson Joshua Wilkerson, and his parents Helen and Oliver Kallos.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Christiana Hundred on Friday, July 18 at 11:00AM with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. The interment ceremony will be private.
Instead of flowers the family would like donations to go to the Delaware Symphony, P.O. Box 1870
Wilmington, DE 19899, Delaware Futures 1104 North Adams Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, or Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Box 3510, Wilmington, DE 19807.
For online condolences
Chandler Funeral Homes and Crematorium
2506 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803-9925
Published in The News Journal from July 16 to July 18, 2014