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ROBERT W. GRAHAM
Retired Rear Admiral Robert Wallace Graham died Thursday August 7,2003 at the age of 92 after a final stay at the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. He was born in Framingham, Massachusetts September 19, 1911. Admiral Graham graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland in 1934, and was an active member and past president of the Jacksonville USNA alumni association. Rear Admiral Graham served in World War II in the Pacific Theater commanding two destroyer escorts. He received numerous military awards recognizing the contributions of his ships and crew. After the war, he continued his service in the Naval Reserve. His love for the Naval Service and the men and women who serve the country in uniform was a focal point of his life. After his naval career, Admiral Graham permanently relocated his family from New York City to Jacksonville in the 1960s. Locally, he was a well-known real estate developer and builder of residential homes and apartment complexes in the sixties and seventies. He was a past president of the Jacksonville Apartment Association. Graham was also active in Jacksonville civic affairs and was a member of numerous local committees and associations. Admiral Graham lived most of his Jacksonville years at his residences in Deerwood Country Club and later Queens Harbour Yacht & Country Club, where he was an active member of the tennis and golf communities. Graham was known by all for his abundant enthusiasm, boundless energy and true zest for life. In fact, Graham could be found on the golf course just three months before his passing at age 92. Admiral Graham is survived by his wife Dorothy " Dee" Graham and his children from his deceased wife, Jesse Clark Graham: son- Robert W. Graham III, Ph.D, son- Capt. Clark Graham, Ph.D. and daughter- Missie Graham Sarra LePrell. Graham is survived by his step-children Lawrence von Seeger, Greg von Seeger, Steve von Seeger, M.D. and Diana von Seeger. Graham is also survived by his grandchildren - Rob Graham, David Graham, Geoffery Graham, Christopher Graham, Allison Graham Williams, Heather Graham Sarra, Scott Sarra, and great-granddaughter Grace Williams. Also surviving is his brother, John Graham. The family will be holding a private memorial service for immediate family members only on Saturday, August 9.

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