Edward van Kleeck Jaycox, Jr
1938 - 2021
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1938 - 2021
Edward van Kleeck Jaycox, Jr. died on March 1, 2021 at the age of 83 at his home in Washington, DC. Known by most as "Kim", Jaycox was a pioneer fighting against global poverty and spent most of his adult life traveling the world for that cause.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Jaycox graduated from the Hill School in 1954 and received a scholarship from the US Navy to attend Yale University, graduating Cum Laude in 1959. Jaycox then served four years aboard the USS Valley Forge.

In 1964, Jaycox received a Masters in International Affairs and a Certificate in African Studies from Columbia University. A traveling fellowship from Columbia allowed him to hitchhike through Africa that summer.

A 32-year career at the World Bank followed, where he rose through the ranks to Vice-President in charge of operations in Africa from 1984 to 1996. In 1991, he launched the African Capacity Building Foundation.

After retiring in 1996, Jaycox set up the African Infrastructure Fund, one of the first successful private equity funds investing in Africa. Nelson Mandela was chair of the Advisory Board.

Jaycox is survived by his wife of 61 years, Victoria Holt Jaycox; by daughters Tamara Jaycox Kessler and Lisa Jaycox, both of Chevy Chase, Maryland; by their spouses, Lewis Kessler and Andrew Morral; by granddaughters Olivia and Isabel Kessler, and Ada and Celia Morral; and by his sister Jill Jaycox Dietrich of Akron, Ohio.

Gifts may be made in his memory to a charity that he helped found: The Dunstan Wai Memorial Charitable Foundation. www.dwmcf.org.

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Published in New York Times from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2021.
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March 13, 2021
It has been a very sincere and energetic ambassador of african urban poor and spent most of his energy in convincing african leaders that investing in the poor population was the best thing to do and to reach political stability.
Diop Ousman Blondin
March 7, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Please except my warmest condolences.
Simone Taylor
March 4, 2021
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Steve, Liz and Mason
March 4, 2021
As a friend of the Kessler family I got to witness Kim's abundant love for his family, he adored his all of granddaughters and they knew it. May his memory be for a blessing.
Robin and Kevin Stein
March 3, 2021
"Kim" Jaycox was my first Vice President when I joined the World Bank's Africa Department in 1990. Kim was impressive, he was passionate, he was gentle, he had integrity, he was a "boss" who gave me the opportunity to learn from him, be encouraged. I remember mostly two things about Kim. First, a trip to Africa, to Malawi, where I had the privilege to observe first hand his passion for the continent and his leadership. He was as comfortable with the Head of State as he was with the farmer in the field. Second, he continued his commitment to support capacity building and learning, even long after retirement from the Bank. He launched, and for many years guided, the Dunstan Wai Foundation which support girls education in South Sudan. Kim was a role model, a mentor, a tough but very fair boss, ... My condolences go out to his family and loved ones. Thank you Kim!
Hartwig Schafer
March 3, 2021
RIP, Ed.
Frank Titus
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