Jesse LeGora Dungy

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Jesse LeGora Dungy, III, passed away peacefully with family by his side on January 28, 2013, in Iowa City, IA from complications of cancer. A memorial service followed by a visitation will be held Monday March 11, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Gary, IN. Memorial contributions may be directed to Iowa City, Iowa Hospice, the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corp., Rosemont, IL, Kalamazoo College, or the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School. Jesse was born February 28, 1936 in Chicago, IL the son of Jesse W. and Euphemia (Mickens) Dungy. He graduated from Springfield High School, Springfield, IL in 1954, received a B.A. from Kalamazoo College, MI in 1959, and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education from The University of Michigan in 1972. After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps (1959-1961), he began his career as an educator. Jesse was a public school teacher in Detroit, MI, graduate student recruiter for the University of Michigan, and Associate Vice President for Planning and Development at Bowie State University. In 1974, he was the recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Administrative Internship to the President of Kalamazoo College. He retired from the Gary Community School Corporation in 2012, where he taught High School Social Studies and History. Jesse was an avid tennis player and downhill skier. He served as a U.S. Open tennis judge for 20 years, and skied many of the major ski areas of Europe and North America. Always in shape, he prided himself in celebrating his 75th birthday skiing for a week in Vermont. He enjoyed travelling and made trips to Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean. He was a loyal and devoted University of Michigan and Indianapolis Colts Football Fan. He served on the Board of Trustees for Kalamazoo College and as a member of the Concerned Black Men, Inc., Washington, D.C. For many years he volunteered with the Rosemont, IL Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps travelling with the Corps throughout the United States. Jesse is survived by his brother, Dr. Claibourne and wife, Dr. Madgetta Dungy of Iowa City; nieces: Dr. Kathryn Dungy (Tim Voigt) of Burlington, VT, and Camille Dungy (Ray Black) of Oakland, CA; grand niece, Callie Dungy Black of Oakland, CA; aunt, Beulah Dungy of Dayton, OH; Jewelle Taylor of New York, NY; cousins and friends. Jesse's parents and older brother, Russell Dungy, preceded him in death. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Published in The Times on Mar. 4, 2013
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