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G. Diehl Mateer Jr. Obituary
G. DIEHL MATEER Jr., 84, died September 22nd at his home in Rectortown, Virginia. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Ann Eldredge Mateer, his daughter, Carver Mateer Severance (Alex), his sons, Diehl Mateer III (Barbara), Drew Mateer (Donna), Gil Mateer (Monica), and Jeff Mateer (Mary), and his grandchildren Logan Sobonya (Rich), Andrew, Sommer, Eric, JD, Megan, Thomas, Trevor, Alexander, Patrick, Grace, Kevin, Brian, and Christopher and his sister Sally Chisholm. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 41 years, Joan Carver (Sommer) Mateer. A three-time U. S. National Singles squash rackets champion, two-time Intercollegiate champion, record 11-time U. S. National Doubles champion, and the only amateur to win the North American Open twice, Diehl Mateer was one of the truly great squash players for more than two decades (from the early-1950's until well into the 1970's) and literally a first-ballot US Squash Hall Of Famer, having been one of the 15 all-time greats who comprised the first class of inductees in 2000. He has also been elected, in each case as well as part of the inaugural group of honorees, into the U. S. Intercollegiate, Haverford College, Maryland State Association and Episcopal Academy Halls Of Fame. His great and extended series of final-round matches against his contemporary Henri Salaun, especially during the last half of the decade of the 1950's made for one of the most memorable and resplendent rivalries in the history of the sport. He learned to play the game at The Merion Cricket Club in Haverford PA., where he was a long time member. Mr. Mateer was a graduate of Episcopal Academy (class of 1946) and Haverford College (class of 1950 - Engineering). Mr. Mateer worked for The Mateer Company along with his father who founded the firm in 1946. The Mateer Company specializes in the manufacture of powder and liquid filling machines. At his request, a memorial service will be held on October 4th at 10AM at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA . Contributions may be made in memory of Diehl Mateer to: The in support of cancer research P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 Funding a tree to be planted in memory of Diehl at The Merion Cricket Club Please make the check out to: Ms. Carver Severance 252 Anthony Wayne Drive Wayne, PA 19087

Published in Main Line Media News on Sept. 26, 2012
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