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Williamsburg, VA: Donald K. Hess, former University of Rochester vice president and Peace Corps Director, died Sunday, September 15 in Williamsburg, VA after a brief illness. He was 82.

Don was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1930. He earned a degree in economics from Franklin and Marshall College and a Masters degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Don's 21-year career with the federal government culminated as the in-country director of the Peace Corps in Korea from 1970 - 1972 followed by his appointment to the position of worldwide Peace Corps Director by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

After leaving Washington, Don spent 22 years with the University of Rochester. He served as vice president for campus affairs for nine years prior to taking on the role of vice president for administrative affairs until his retirement in 1996.

Don demonstrated a strong commitment to higher education throughout his life. He served as chair of the Franklin and Marshall College alumni board and was later elected to the College's board of trustees, for which he chaired the presidential search committee. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He was also a long-term and dedicated member of the board of trustees of Associated Universities, Inc. in Washington DC.

Don took up sailing in his adult years and was always eager to spend days out on his sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay and York River.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy (Gordon); his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Christopher Zannetos and grandchildren Anna and Andrew; brothers, Charles and Dale as well as sister-in-laws Deanna J. Hess and Mary Crum. He was also a beloved uncle to his niece, Christine Hess Sheppard and nephews, Mike Hess and Marty and Brian Crum.

A memorial service will be held in Williamsburg later this month.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Oct. 13, 2013
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