Harris John Jacqmin of SugarLand, Texas, died 9/22/13. He was born in Green Bay,Wisconsin on 3/20/18 to Harry Jacqmin and Matilda Van Lier. He attended St. Norbert College in De Pere Wisconsin, transferring to the University of Wisconsin in Madison his sophomore year. He graduated in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and was employed by the General Chemical Company at their Point Pleasant, West Virginia, TNT manufacturing plant. Here he met his future wife, Alice Wheeler, who was employed as a junior chemist. In 1943, Harris left his job at General Chemical and became an ensign in the United States Navy. Shortly after his enlistment, he married Alice on October 15, 1943. After attending the Navy's radar programs at Princeton University and MIT, he was stationed in Pearl Harbor where he taught radar technology. After World War II, he received an M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 1947 he took a job with Shell Oil Company retiring in 1982 from their head office in Houston, Texas. After retirement, the couple lived in Bastrop, Texas for several years where Harris pursued two of his passions, tennis and bridge. The couple moved to Sugar Land in 2005. Harris and Alice were in involved in many philanthropic endeavors. They joined his brother Ralph Jacqmin and two sisters, Kathleen Soch and Marguerite Soffa, in providing funds to restore the historically significant Tank Cottage on the grounds of Heritage Hill State Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Through their nonprofit corporation, The Jacqmin Foundation, Harris and Alice made generous contributions to the Salvation Army and to the building of the reading room in the Bastrop Public Library. He is survived by Alice Wheeler Jacqmin, his wife of 70 years, son David Jacqmin and his wife Maxine, daughter Deborah Jacqmin Kramer and her husband Gregory, granddaughters, Hilary Jacqmin, Laura Jacqmin and Allison Kramer, his sisters Kathleen Soch and Marguerite Soffa, sisters-in-law Mary Jacqmin, Dorothy Swearingen, Carolyn Wheeler, and Birdie Wheeler, brother-in-law Doyle Wheeler and his wife Stella, and numerous nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Remembrance Gardens in Austin, Texas. Donations may be made in his memory to the Salvation Army.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 30, 2013