Palmer Scott McGee Jr.

FT. MYERS, FL Palmer Scott McGee, Jr., 93, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Ft. Myers. In his childhood, Palmer was called Junior, Jay, or Mac, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren knew him as Daddy Mac. Palmer was born on March 24, 1921, in Roaring Spring. He attended Dickinson College before receiving an appointment to West Point, where he was on the track team. After graduating in 1945, he served in Germany with the First U.S. Infantry Division, Company L (Third Battalion of the 26th Regiment), which provided external security for the international war crimes trials in Nuremberg, Germany. He left the military in 1949 and worked briefly in his parents' McGee Dairy business before being called back to service during the Korean War. In 1955, he graduated from Yale Law School. For 42 years he practiced law with Day, Berry & Howard, in Hartford, Conn. He also served as Town Attorney for Farmington, Conn., where he lived with his family from 1955 to 1998. Palmer devoted countless hours to community, civic, and patriotic purposes. He was a member of the Farmington Town Council and served two terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives. He was a local leader in the effort to end housing discrimination. In 1970, he sought the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate on a platform opposing the Vietnam War. He and his wife, Elizabeth Replogle McGee, helped to conserve hundreds of acres around Lake Ninevah in Mount Holly, Vt., supporting the preservation of an important wildlife corridor between the northern and southern Green Mountain National Forests. He was a member of the Board of Directors, Miss Porter's School, Farmington, Conn., and he served a term as president of the Cypress Cove Residents Council, Ft. Myers, Fla. Palmer was a man of great personal integrity and kindness. He had a legendary sense of fairness. He will be remembered for a wide range of contributions to family, colleagues, and friends. His memoir, Dear Gang, is a precious gift to the generations to come. After the death of Elizabeth Replogle McGee, Palmer married Barbara Loney. He is survived by his wife and her children, Julin Lynn and James Loney; his daughter, Elizabeth McGee and her husband, Mark Pecker of Brooklyn, N.Y., and their daughters, Lydia and Rachel Pecker; his son, Scott McGee and his wife, Catherine of Norwich, Vt., and their sons, Ross and Conner and his wife, Katherine, and their two children, James Palmer and Alexandra Catherine; his son, George (Jody) McGee and his wife, Carol of York, nd their sons, Michael and David; six nieces and nephews; and his sister-in-law, Patricia Callahan McGee Cullen. Donations in his memory can be made to the Roaring Spring Community Library, 320 E. Main St., Roaring Spring, PA 16673; or the Ninevah Foundation, 702 E. Hill Road, Middlesex, VT 05602.

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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on July 17, 2014