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.
Published in New York Times from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2021.