Jere J. Danaher, 77

Insurance agent, veteran

June 14, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Jere J. Danaher, a former general manager of an insurance association and Air Force veteran, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Lutherville resident was 77.

Mr. Danaher was born in Baltimore and raised on Brendan Avenue. He was a 1948 graduate of Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1953.

Mr. Danaher accepted a commission in the Air Force in 1953 and attended flight school, from which he graduated in 1955.

From 1955 to 1961, he served as a B-47 navigator-bombardier, weapons systems operator and worked on several research and development projects.

Mr. Danaher was an active Air Force reservist and during his 23-year tenure served as an instructor-navigator, flight examiner and squadron commander.

He had also served as wing deputy commander of operations and wing vice commander of the 756th Airlift Squadron and 459 Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base.

He had attained the rank of colonel at the time of his retirement in 1982.

Mr. Danaher owned and operated Danaher & Co., a Towson insurance agency, from 1961 to 1971, when he sold the business.

He later became the chief accountant at the Joint Insurance Association and then was promoted to supervisor of operations. He was the association's general manager when he retired in 1995.

Mr. Danaher enjoyed traveling and for years wrote and edited the 756th Airlift Squadron's newsletter.

He was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road in Timonium, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Gloria Lee Moore; two sons, Steven P. Danaher of Cockeysville and Dr. David S. Danaher of Madison, Wis.; two sisters, Charlotte Grasmick of Lutherville and June M. Danaher of Bel Air; and many nieces and nephews.

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