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Philip G. Damm(1921 - 2014)

Philip G. Damm, Sr. 92, of Ambler, died on March 8, 2014 at Abington Memorial Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Anne C. (Carlon) Damm for 62 years. He was born in Albany, NY on March 18, 1921 to the late Edward and Mary (Guyton) Damm. Mr. Damm attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he studied engineering on a full scholarship. His studies were interrupted when he joined the Army to fight in World War II. Before being sent to Europe, he furthered his studies at Texas A & M University. He served in World War II in the Army Corps of Engineers helping to build a gas pipeline from Marseilles to Leon in France providing crucial fuel for General Patton's Army as it marched through and freed much of France. After the war, he returned to RPI where he obtained his engineering degree. He initially worked for Baldwin Locomotive and then furthered his career by securing employment with Merck Pharmaceutical in West Point, PA where he worked for approximately 35 years in several positions including plant engineer. He specialized in sterile environments and helped to mass produce numerous vaccines including measles, mumps, rubella and influenza. He received an award for his contributions there. Mr. Damm utilizing his engineering prowess, built from a kit that arrived in Ambler by Railroad, his home in Lower Gwynedd with the help of his wife, who at the time was employed as a teacher in the Wissahickon School District. He built several additions to the home over the years. For many years, beginning in the 1950a and 60's, he served as a volunteer on the North Penn Water Authority, where he helped to develop a modern public water system for the surrounding area which fostered residential development. He also served for approximately 52 years on the Lower Gwynedd Township Municipal Authority where he was Treasurer. While there, he helped develop a sewer system for the Township. In 2012, at the age of 91, he was recognized for his many years of work with the Authority by being named Lower Gwynedd Citizen of the Year. Mr. Damm was very active in sports from high school and enjoyed telling the story of having faced as a teenager fellow high school student Major League Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, who at the time, was on a nearby competitor team. Mr. Damm, in later years coached Lower Gwynedd Little League. Upon retiring from Merck, he served with the United Nations for many years where he traveled to foreign countries including Russia, Germany, China, Brazil and India providing technical assistance in the engineering components of drug manufacturing at the request of the governments there. His favorite past time was spending time relaxing in scenic Eagles Mere, PA where he played golf and enjoyed the scenic beauty of the area. He stayed sharp until the date of his death, never missing the opportunity to read the newspaper and complete the daily crossword puzzle and cryptogram. He is survived by his sons Michael and Philip II (Kris) Damm; grandchildren: Laura, Philip III, Kristin Damm, as well as many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass on Thursday, March13, 2014 at 10 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 259, Forest Ave., Ambler, PA. A viewing will be held Wednesday evening from 6:30-9PM at Emil J. Ciavarelli Family Funeral Home, 951 E. Butler Pike, Ambler. Interment will be in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made as a tribute to his wife to the , 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia PA 19106 (www.ALZ.org). Condolences may be made at www.ciavarellifuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Mar. 16, 2014
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