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BALEVRE Albert P. Balevre was born July 26, 1923 in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Balevre graduated from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in New York and served as an Officer in the Merchant Marine during World War II. In March 1944, while serving as third mate, his Merchant Marine ship was torpedoed in the North Atlantic, and he was rescued by a British Merchant ship after spending 2 days afloat on debris. He participated in the invasion of Sicily and the support operations for Malta and Algeria among other European operations. At the conclusion of the war, he held a Chief Mate's License and a commission in the United States Naval Reserve. After the war, Mr. Balevre graduated from Lincoln Memorial University, completed is graduate studies in psychology at Peabody College, and his doctoral studies at Peabody and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He distinguished himself as a Clinical Psychologist and lifelong member of the American Psychological Association, serving (among other posts) as forensic psychologist for the State of Tennessee, Professor of Psychology at Austin Peay State University, and clinical practitioner, treating the broad spectrum of mental illness from the chronically mentally ill to the chemically dependent. He was a specialist in psychometrics. On March 24, 1960, he was serving as a psychologist with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health during the 25-hour hostage siege at Tennessee State Prison and persuaded convicts at the state prison to surrender and release 18 hostages. He appeared in Life Magazine on April 4, 1960 carrying the prisoners' firearms as he escorted them out of the siege. For this he received special recognition from the then Governor of Tennessee, Buford Ellington. After World War II, Mr. Balevre married Crea Blanch Heatherly (now Crea Dyer) of Lafollette, Tennessee, and they had one son, Park, and daughter-in-law, Deborah (who preceded him in death) of Jacksonville, Florida; and one daughter, Renee Emmitt, son-in-law Drew Emmitt, of Crested Butte, Colorado. He has seven grandchildren include Julie Gillespie (and husband Gene); Shoun, Kimberly, Brandon, and Ryan (and wife Bianca) Balevre; and Elijah and Willa Emmitt; six great grandchildren include Nicholas and Tanner Gillespie; and Allysa, Ashley, Ryan Christopher, and Destiny Rose Balevre; and close friend Sonia Maria Wright, who could always make him smile. Private family services will be held. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home 850, St. Johns Bluff Rd N. www.hardage-giddenschapelhills.com. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one s choice in his memory. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Apr. 20, 2012
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