Nelson R. Jesup

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DORSET - Nelson R. Jesup, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Bennington Health and Rehab in Bennington.

He was born Jan. 4, 1924, the son of Edward N. and Claire (Phillips) Jesup. He was raised in Greenwich, Conn.

After graduating from Andover, he attended Yale University.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943, and participated in the European Theater as a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot in the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. Capt. Jesup participated in the battle of Y-29, a surprise dawn attack by the German Luftwaffe on New Year's morning 1945, which earned the group the Distinguished Unit Citation. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945.

On June 26, 1948, he married Keiron Gaynor Lynch, and after several years of living in New York City, they moved to New Canaan, Conn., where they lived for 45 years.

He worked as an investment banker at Clark, Dodge and Company in New York until he retired. In retirement, he volunteered with the town of New Canaan, first on the finance committee and then for 10 years as police commissioner. In 1998, he moved with his wife to Dorset, where he served on the Planning Commission.

He enjoyed the natural world, hunting and fishing. In his youth, he spent family vacations in the Adirondacks at the Tahawus Club, where he served for many years as president.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Keiron (Gay) Lynch Jesup of Dorset; their children, Sally Rue of Juneau, Alaska; Betsy Jesup Devlin of New Canaan, Conn.; and Jonathan Jesup of Putney; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a brother, H. Phillips Jesup of Bristol, Conn. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward N. Jesup Jr.

A memorial service will be held in Dorset in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Merck Forest and Farmland Center, PO Box 86, Rupert, VT 05768;

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 385 Bonnet St., Manchester Center, VT 05255.
Published in Rutland Herald on Jan. 5, 2014
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