William H. Danneberg Jr., 65, public affairs official

April 13, 2006

William Hamilton Danneberg Jr., a retired public affairs official and sailing enthusiast, died in his sleep Saturday at his Rock Hall home. He was 65.

Mr. Danneberg was born in Baltimore and raised in Palmerton, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1958.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University in 1962, he went to work as a reporter for The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.

From 1967 to 1968, he was director of information and publications for the Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a consultant and press secretary for several political candidates.

In 1973, he joined the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association as vice president of public affairs, a position he held until retiring in 1996.

After the former Cherry Hill, N.J., resident moved to Rock Hall, he became active in a variety of organizations.

He was a past commodore of the Swan Creek Sailing Association, a founder of the Rock Hall Friday Night Race Series and a member of the Rock Hall Yacht Club.

He was also chairman of the board of the Rock Hall Museum and a past member of the board of the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge.

He also was the founder and editor of the Rock Hall Report, a comic newsletter, and he enjoyed gardening and photography.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, the former Louise A. Keyser; a son, William H. Danneberg III of Crofton; a daughter, Elizabeth A. Flaim of Summit, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

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