Jack F. Kamman, 80, of Nottingham Drive, Old Lyme, died peacefully Friday, March 9, 2007 at Bride Brook Health Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 5, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio, son of Frank and Laura (Friedrich) Kamman and has been a resident of Old Lyme for 36 years.
Jack graduated from Withrow High School, Cincinnati, Ohio. After high school he volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served during Word War II on an LST in the South Pacific. Upon his honorable discharge, he attended Utah State University, Logan, Utah, earning a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management.
Jack spent his life passionately involved in wildlife conservation, most recently as director of the Atlantic Flyway for Ducks Unlimited from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. He was director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department from 1965 to 1968 and was instrumental in beginning the clean up of the Connecticut and Merrimack Rivers. Prior to this position he was assistant director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and wildlife biologist at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.
Jack and his wife Barbara have always enjoyed the beauty of Old Lyme. He was a member of the Old Lyme Conservation Commission, an active member of the First Congregational Church, and served on the Board of Directors of the Old Lyme Country Club. Upon his retirement Jack was unanimously elected as an honorary trustee of Ducks Unlimited.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years Barbara (Gregory) Kamman; two daughters, Sher A. Kamman of Henniker, N.H., and Laura J. Bassett of Beverly, Mass.; his brother, Frank Kamman and his wife, Jean, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut, at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2007.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Jack’s memory to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, P.O. Box 902, Uncasville, CT 06382.
Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London, is assisting with the arrangements.
Published on 3/12/2007.