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Source: April 2003 Volume 40 Number 2, Page 72

In Memoriam: KENT PACKARD, JR.

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Kent Packard, Jr., who joined the History Club in 1997, and was a faithful member until health concerns precluded further participation, died on January 14, 2003, at Sunrise Assisted Living of Paoli. He was 85.

The son of the late Edna Darrah and Kent Packard, Sr., Kent grew up in Paoli. His father owned a place on the west side of Leopard (Darby-Paoli) Road, which stood between the 17th green and the 18th tee on the old Tredyffrin Country Club grounds.

The Club, which operated from 1918 to 1943, was bisected by Leopard Road, with the tennis courts and first 14 holes on the east side, and the last four holes and clubhouse on the west side, very near the Packard home. The clubhouse, a converted barn, stood about where the new Walgreen's store is being constructed today. Kent often reminisced about the golf club era at History Club meetings.

He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, and later was employed in sales by Bell Telephone Company. He was a member of Bell Telephone Pioneers.

Kent was a widower of Elizabeth Moorhouse Packard, and he is survived by a daughter Elizabeth "Lisa" P. Williams and her husband, George R. Williams III, of Malvern; and a grandson, Randal.


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