James H. Garvin

James H. Garvin

AGE: 93 • New York, NY - Wilmington, DE

JAMES H. GARVIN of New York City, formerly of Wilmington, DE, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Born in Petoskey, Michigan in 1920, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Edith (Gregory) Garvin. He graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1942, and was commissioned as a second

Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Air Transport Command. He married his high school sweetheart, Gerry McKinley Garvin, in 1944. They were stationed in New York and Bermuda. Jim was awarded the World

War II Victory Medal and the American Service Medal and was discharged as a Major. He then enrolled at Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA in 1947. He then joined the finance department of the

duPont Company, and he and Gerry moved to Wilmington. This was their home for the rest of their lives.

During his years at Dupont, Jim worked throughout the finance department, with his last years as assistant director of investor affairs from 1979 to retirement in 1987. After retiring from Dupont, Jim was as busy as ever. He was director of ACES, Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System in Delaware; treasurer/board member of the Greenbank Mill; president of the Delaware branch of the

English-Speaking Union, and first administrator of the Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation at its start in 2007. He and Gerry were members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder, and clerk of session. He and Gerry were avid bridge players and enjoyed traveling, especially when it involved visits with their family. His most recent keen interest was astronomy.

He is predeceased by his loving wife of 68 years, Geraldine M. Garvin. They were encircled by a loving family: a son, James H. Garvin, Jr.,MD, PhD of Englewood, NJ; daughter, Nancy Garvin Shor, JD, and

son-in-law, Charles E. Binder, JD of New York City; three grandchildren, James McKinley Garvin (Emily) of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Caleb McKinley Shor, PhD of Easthampton, Massachusetts and Katharine

Gillen Farmiloe, MA (Daniel) of London, England; 2 great grandsons, Charles Anthony Garvin

and Edward James Garvin; and a great granddaughter, Claudia Elizabeth Farmiloe.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church,1502 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806 on Monday, March 31 at 2:00pm. Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Published in The News Journal from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2014