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Harry H. Semmes Jr.


1919 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Harry H. Semmes Jr. Obituary
Harry H. Semmes Jr., 94, died peacefully on July 3, 2014 at Buckingham's

choice, a retirement community in Buckeystown which he and his wife,

Luette Goodbody moved to in 2001. He suffered from Alzheimer's. Eldest of

four brothers, he was born on Dec. 1, 1919 in the District of Columbia,

where he lived most of his life. His parents were Harry H. Semmes, a

Washington patent attorney, and Juanita Hopkins of San Antonio Texas. He

was preceded in death by his brothers Raphael and J. Gibson, but is

survived by his youngest brother, David. He is also survived by his wife

of 65 years, Luette Goodbody

He attended Friends School in Washington, Woodberry Forest prep School

in Virginia and Dartmouth College. After Pearl Harbor, when the first

term of his junior year ended, He enlisted in the cavalry. After OCS he

was sent to the Pacific theater as a first Lieutenant in command of an

amphibian cavalry tank Unit. His last landing was on Saipan, where he

was wounded and also received the Distinguished Service Cross as well as

a purple heart. He was released from the army as a retired officer in 1945.

He raised his family in Potomac Maryland and was a passionate horseman

and an active member of the Potomac Hunt, of which he was Master from

1973 to 1979. On his horse Suncastle, he entered many of the Seven

Corners point-to-point races with success. In 1966 he was awarded the

Martini and Rossi trophies for Horse of the Year and Rider of the Year.

Most of his business career was in the field of real estate. His firm,

Semmes & Co., concentrated on selling Land to developers in Montgomery,

Frederick and Fairfax, VA. In the 60's, with his brother David and Robert

Ladd he built an office building at the Crossroads of River Rd. and

Falls Rd. in Potomac Village.

A funding member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, he led a

successful drive to raise money from other businesses in the village to

install a bell in the church's bell tower. He was also a board member of

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery, MD. And was successful in obtaining

a number of sites from builder friends on which Habitat could build. A

volunteer service award was been established with his name

He is survived by four children, Harry Semmes, III his wife BJ Breen and

their two children as well as two grandchildren, Guy Hopkins Semmes and

his wife Dana and their two children, Thomas G. Semmes and his wife

Joyce Berman and their one daughter and Dr. Luette Semmes, MD and her two

children.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Habitat of Montgomery

County, 9100 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg, MD. 20877 or the Residents

Assistants Fund at Buckingham's Choice, 3200 Baker Circle, Adamstown, MD.

Arrangements are by Stauffer Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post from July 8 to July 10, 2014 Published in Print in The Frederick News-Post on July 8, 2014
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