VERITYCalvin William, Jr., age 89 of Beaufort, SC, died Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital. He was born January 26, 1917 in Middletown, OH the son of Calvin William Verity, Sr. and Elizabeth (O'Brien) Verity. Mr. Verity was a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University. He served as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy from 1942-1946. Mr. Verity worked for Armco Steel from 1946 until his retirement in 1982 as CEO and Chairman of the Board. He was named Secretary of Commerce by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and served two years in that position. During the 70's and 80's He served as Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of the U.S. - Soviet Trade and Economic Council. He was also the Chairman of the Presidents Task force on Private Sector Initiatives under President Reagan. He was a member of the boards of directors of Mead Corporation, Chase Manhattan Bank, Eli Lilly, Taft Broadcasting, the First National Bank in Middletown, OH and The Chairman of the Fords Theater in Washington, DC. Mr. Verity is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Peggy "Happy" Verity Power and J. P. Power of Edwards, CO; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jonathan George Verity and Victoria Verity of Beaufort, SC, and William Wymond Verity and Paula Verity of Beaufort, SC; seven grandchildren, William Verity (wife, Kate) Power, Jonathan War-field (wife, Jody) Power, Jonathan Edward Verity, Victoria Heye Verity (husband, Bill) Nellen, Elizabeth Wy-mond Verity, George Murray Verity, and Hannah Bakewell Verity; four great grandchildren, James Matthew Power, John Gray Power, Thomas George Power, and Brooks Verity Power; and two sisters, Betsy Verity Blakey of Columbus, OH and Jean Verity Woodhull of Dayton, OH. Memorial services will be 1 P.M. Monday at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Middle-town, OH. There will be a reception following the memorial service in the church reception hall. Burial will be at the Woodside Cemetery in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bill & Peggy Verity Career Education Fund for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, 17B Marshellen Drive, Beaufort, SC 29902.
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Published in Cincinnati Enquirer on Jan. 5, 2007.