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Harry Disston

Harry Disston, author, business executive, horseman. Decorated Commander Order of Boliver; recipient Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Philippine Liberation medal, Merit Swords medal, Free Poland.


  • Disston, Harry was born on November 23, 1899 in Red Bank, New Jersey, United States. Son of Eugene John Kauffmann and Frances Matilda Disston.

  • Education

    • AB, Amherst College, 1921.


    • With New York Telephone Сompany, 1921—1932, American Telephone & Telegraph Company, New York City, 1932—1960. Executive, training student, district traffic superintendent, sales engineer, district manager, advisory staff engineer, advisory staff executive independent company relations, 1951—1960. Coordinator, development activities, placement director Graduate School Business Administration, University Virginia.

      Vice president Equine Motion Analysis Ltd., 1979—1982. Senior vice president, director, leasing Equivest Finance Services Corporation, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1986—1988. President Harwood Corporation, Ltd.

      Director AMVEST Horse Leasing Company, Charlottesville. Aide-de-camp to governor. Chairman Louisa County Electoral Board.

      Member Virginia Board Military Affairs. Chairman, finance committee Republican Party. Vice president president, director Park Avenue Association.

      Member, executive committee Episcopal Diocese Virginia. President, council, region 15. Major to colonel Cavalry and General Staff Corps., 1941-1946, PTO, commanding officer 107th Regimental Combat Team, New York Neuropsychology Group, 1947-1957, brigadier general retired.


    Trustee Grant Monument Association, Virginia, Outdoors Foundation. Board directors Atlantic Rural Exposition. Treasurer Lee-Jackson Foundation.

    Chairman, board directors Charlottesville-Albemarle Clean Community Commission, 1978—1984. Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Virginia Thoroughbred Association, St. Andrews Society, St. Georges Society, Reserve Officers Association (chapter president), Retired Officers Association, Military Order World Wars, Military Order Foreign Wars, Veterinary Corps Artillery, New York Society Military and Naval Officers World Wars (past president), Veterans 7th Regiment, American Horse Shows Association (judge, steward, technical delegate), Keswick Virginia Club, Keswick Hunt Club, Jack Jouett Bridle Trails Club (Charlottesville, Virginia) (president), Farmington Country Club, Amherst Club, Torch Club (past president Charlottesville-Albermarle), United States Pony Clubs (governor), Union Club, Church New York Club, Greencroft Club, Pilgrims United States Club, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Kappa, American Legion.


    • Married Valerie Ivy Duval, March 26, 1930 (deceased 1951). Children: Robin John Duval, Geoffrey Whitmore(deceased). Married Catherine Sitler John, August 26, 1960.
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    Born November 23, 1899
    • 1921
      Amherst College
    • 1921 - 1932
      With New York Telephone Company
    • 1932 - 1960
      With New York Telephone Company
    • 1951 - 1960
    • 1979 - 1982
      vice president, Equine Motion Analysis Limited
    • 1986 - 1988
      senior, vice president
      Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
    • 1986 - 1988
      director, vice president
      Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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