Deecken, George C.
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George C. Deecken, 90, passed away peacefully February 2 at his home in Westport, CT surrounded by his family.
Born in Jersey City April 12, 1922, he graduated Dickinson High School at 16 and was hired by Price Waterhouse. In 1941 he joined the US Army and was accepted into Officer Candidate School where he trained in Miami Beach and Los Angeles before being selected to attend Harvard Business School's new Stat Control program.
As a 1st Lieutenant, he learned to fly the C-47 and participated in assignments working for Army Air Force Intelligence in the China Burma India theater reporting to General Joseph Stilwell. As Captain, he became executive aide to General William Knudsen of the Air Technical Service Command and later completed special projects in France and England for the newly established OSS.
After the war, having rejoined Price Waterhouse, he obtained his NYU bachelor's degree at night and earned his CPA. In 1953 he was transferred to Price Waterhouse in Brussels, Belgium, where he met his future wife.
In the years that followed, he held executive positions at several Fortune 500 companies including VP Finance with Remington Rand, Senior VP and Controller of Chemical Bank, and finally Executive VP, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Young & Rubicam.
In semi-retirement he was a Professor at Sacred Heart University where in addition to teaching undergraduate courses in accounting, he helped establish the MBA program and taught graduate courses in controllership.
A fifty five year resident of Westport he enjoyed sailing on the Long Island Sound and playing golf with friends and family.
He is survived by his three sons, George and his wife Barbara, John, and James, and two grandchildren Richard and Christina. His beloved wife, Josephine passed away in 1991.
Service and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lake Delaware Boys Camp, Lake Delaware, Delhi, NY 13753.
Published in Westport News from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2013