Tenney I. Deane, Jr. ’59

Tenney I. Deane, Jr. ’59, of Quincy, Fla., passed Apr. 5 at his home. He was a graduate of Gadsden High School, where he played the trumpet in the band and was also on the football team. He was a graduate of Davidson College, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He also served in the U.S. Army as captain. He worked at Irving Trust Co. in New York, and was also associated with the Fireman Mutual/Allendale Insurance Co. He served as the first Republican and youngest cabinet member in modern times as secretary of commerce and later chaired the commission of low level waste disposal and the public utilities commission in North Carolina. Tenney worked in the political campaigns of Richard Nixon in 1968 as advance man and helped his college friend Gov. Jim Holshouser ’56 in his campaign for governor of North Carolina. He was a longtime member of the Quincy Rotary club and was presently serving as lieutenant governor of Rotary. He was very active also in the Boy Scouts, the Quincy Music Theater, where he served on the board, the Salvation Army, and helped find the Guy A. Race Men’s Club (Guy’s Guys). Tenney also was privileged to have spent a month in Iraq as a civilian observer for an Iraqi organization. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Quincy and served as Sunday school teacher, choir member, and deacon. He is survived by his wife, Marsha Henry Deane, 244 Glory Rd., Quincy, FL 32352; sons, Tenney Deane III ’86 (Jodi), William Van Liere Deane (Amy), and Henry Luce Deane; daughter, Lydia Ingalls Deane; brother, Bill Deane ’61 (Carol); sister, Nancy Deane (Henry Dumville); mother, Millicent Sirmons Deane Thomason; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Tenney I. Deane, Sr.