GAINES--Ludwell Ebersole, Jr., died peacefully in San Francisco on March 15, 2012. He was known fondly as "Eb" by his wide circle of friends and associates in his government and business careers. He was born April 21, 1927, in West Virginia, educated at the Lawrenceville School and graduated from Princeton University in 1951. He served in the Navy aboard LST 636 between 1944-1946. In his business career, he worked with the American Arbitration Association, Plax Corp. and Continental Can Co. In 1981, Eb was appointed by President Reagan as executive vice president of Overseas Private Investment Corp., an agency of the State Department, and later was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to be American consul general to Bermuda, where he served from 1989 until 1992. In 1956, he married Sheila Kellogg of Libertyville, Ill., and they raised four children while living in New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois and Ketchum, Idaho, before moving to Washington, D.C. Sheila predeceased him in November 1995. Their children, Eb III, Leith, Kelly and Audrey, their respective spouses and three grandchildren, Riley, Chilton and Simmons, survive him, as does his longtime close friend Ann Caen. A memorial service will be held at 2pm, Friday, March 30, 2012 at St. Luke's Church, 1755 Clay St., San Francisco, CA. Reception to follow at the church. Parking will be available.
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Published in The New York Times on Mar. 22, 2012