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Business management educator , marketing consultant

Donald Joseph Messmer, business management educator, marketing consultant. Recipient President's community service award, College William and Mary, 1999.


Messmer, Donald Joseph was born on July 30, 1936 in St. Louis. Son of Edgar Louis and Lucille Louise (Straub) Messmer.


Bachelor of Business Administration with honors, Washington University, St. Louis, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis, 1974.


Assistant manager Master of Arts Bell Company, St. Louis, 1956-1961. District sales executive University São Paolo. Gypsum Company, 1962-1965.

Branch sales executive Victor Comptometer Corporation, 1965-1968. President The Wessex Group, Ltd., Williamsburg, since 1979. Assistant professor College William and Mary, Virginia, 1973-1976, associate professor, 1976-1981, professor, 1981—2006, J.S. Mack professor, 1982—2006, J.S. Mack professor emeritus, since 2006.

Board directors Williamsburg Winery, Ltd., 2005—2007, chairman board directors, 2005—2007. Co-founder, member advisory committee College William and Mary Executive Partners.


  • Other Work

    • Editor (assoc ed): Decision Scis Jour, 1985-1988. Contributor articles to profl jours.


Board directors, treasurer Community Action Agency, Williamsburg, 1984—1991, United Way Greater Williamsburg, 1985—1991, president, 1989. Founder Community Services Coalition, president, chairman, 1992—1998, board directors, since 2008. Owner History Triangle Community Services Building.

Member of Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance's (chairman educational liaison committee since 2008), Southeastern Decision Scis Inst (pres 1985-1986), Am Mkt Asn (Dissertation award 1974), Decision Scis Inst (mkt coord 1985-1986), Rotary (board directors 1990-1992, program chair 2003, board directors 2003-2007, president 2004), Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Mu Alpha.


  • Other Interests

    Fishing, golf.


Married Charlotte Jean Fox. 1 child Angeline Charlotte.

Edgar Louis Messmer

Lucille Louise (Straub) Messmer

Charlotte Jean Fox

Angeline Charlotte Messmer