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Donald P. Knode


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Knode, Donald P
June 11, 1923 - Feb 15, 2017
Donald P. Knode, 93, died peacefully on February 15, 2017 at the Inn at Freedom Village in Bradenton. Born in Santa Barbara, California, Don grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he became an active Eagle Scout and outdoor enthusiast. He developed a keen interest in radio, and as a student was a broadcast announcer at the University of New Mexico. His university studies were interrupted by the start of WWII, and Don was drafted to learn Japanese at the U. S. Navy Japanese Language School in Boulder, Colorado. As an officer in Naval Intelligence, he was sent to Japan during the U.S. occupation to assess bomb damage to telecommunications in Hiroshima.
After the war, Don returned to the U.S. and graduated in 1950 from Yale University with a B.A. in International Relations. At Yale, he was a proud member of the crew team, which in 1949 beat Harvard in the annual head-to-head regatta - a sporting triumph he would cherish for the rest of his life.
Resuming his pre-war interest in broadcasting, Don was hired by ABC and sent to Munich, Germany to interview Russian refugees. He subsequently joined Radio Free Europe in Istanbul, Turkey. Later, Don joined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, where he had a long, distinguished, international career. He was responsible for opening the first Merrill Lynch office in Japan, in 1961, and rose to the level of vice president within the company. While in Tokyo, Don also served as president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Japan (ACCJ), and eventually started his own consulting and investor relations firm. He retired to Holmes Beach in 1998. Don had a life-long love of theater and participated in the Asolo Repertory Theatre Guild Play Readers. He was a member of the Yale Club of the Suncoast. He enjoyed playing tennis, and remained a loyal Tampa Bay Bucs fan.He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara (Hazzard) Knode; two daughters, Karen (Lee) Trepte and Kim (David) Watkinson; son, Stephen (Sharon) Knode; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A private service has been planned. Memorial donations may be sent to , Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 3277-A Fruitville Road, Suite 1, Sarasota, Florida 34237.
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2017
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