David Stokes Quackenbush

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  • "To the Velten & Quackenbush families, I am so sorry for the..."
    - Cheryl Leier

Col. David Stokes Quackenbush, of Allendale, died on Dec. 11.

Born in Passaic County General Hospital on March 25, 1924, he was an 11th generation descendant of Pieter Quackenbush who came to New Netherland from Oestgeest, Holland in 1653, on the ship Graft. Son of the late Edwin Quackenbush and Anna Sewell Stokes, he was a graduate of Yale University, BFA in 1951 and MFA degree in 1952. He attended the Army War College in Washington, DC in 1969. He was assigned as staff officer in Headquarters, Chief of Staff, Air Intelligence at the Pentagon for 18 years. He developed a system for the computerized collection of intelligence data. He retired from the military in 1976 with 34 years of combined Army and Air Force service, with five campaign stars in the ETO; the Air Force Accommodation Award and from World War II, an Honorary Citizenship of Communale d'Olne, Belgium. He was employed as publication coordinator and graphic designer, medical research department, Lederle Laboratories, Division of American Cyanamid Co. in Pearl River, N.Y. He was a life member of the Holland Society of NY and a member of the Allendale Shade Tree Commission.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Whalen Quackenbush.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave. in Wyckoff. Anglican funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at St. Elizabeth's Chapel in Tuxedo, N.Y., with interment to follow at St. Elizabeth's Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to The Valley Hospital Foundation, Ridgewood, NJ, Valley Hospice or St. Elizabeth's Chapel.


Published in Town Journal on Dec. 13, 2012
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