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Danforth Geer III

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BENNINGTON -- Danforth Geer III was born in New York City on Sept. 17, 1919, and grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey and Williamstown. He was a graduate of Williams College (where he was a member of the Lambda chapter of Delta Psi fraternity) and Columbia University Law School. In 1960 he and his family moved to Bennington, Vermont, where they have lived ever since. Mr. Geer was a writer and editor who wrote articles and columns for American Turf Monthly and other publications. His book, Pro Rated Longshots, was published in 1975, with a hardcover edition followed by two paperback editions.

Mr. Geer served in the Air Force during World War II as a communications officer, and after the war he continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves.

Dan Geer was an avid runner who competed in numerous masters races at national indoor track and field events. At age 58 he set a record for his age group in the 3,000 meter race. He was ranked third nationally in his age group in 1979 for the half-marathon, and fifth nationally in 1985. In 1990 he won the 5,000-meter run in his age group, and in 1991 he qualified for the Senior Olympics and received an All-American award. He was listed in the 2003 edition of Who’s Who in the National Senior Games Association. More recently, he competed in the Bruegger’s Bagel Run in Albany on Sept. 17, 2006, his 87th birthday. And in March 2007, he won in his age group in the 5,000 meter race at the national masters’ track and field championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Mr. Geer, a resident of Seminary Lane, is survived by his wife, Barbara O’Brien Geer; his daughter Mary Ellen Geer and son-in-law Philip LaFollete; his daughter Kathryn Knights and her partner Peter McLaughlin; and his two grandchildren, Emily Jane Arkin and Jonathan Geer Arkin.

A memorial service will be held at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Mass., on Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at 2 p.m.

The burial will take place in the family lot in West Lawn Cemetery in Williamstown, Mass., at the convenience of the family.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Danforth Geer III may be made to the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main Street Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 7, 2007
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