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William H.M. Vannemann, 102, Greenwich Deacon

William Henry Moore Vanneman, a former deacon in Old Greenwich, died on April 26. He was 102 years old.

Vanneman was born in Albany, N.Y. He graduated from Albany Academy, Cornell University and Harvard Business School.

He was awarded Cornell’s Frank H.T. Rhodes Award for Exemplary Alumni Service by then Cornell President Hunter Rawlings, who said, “A man’s success in life isn’t what he gains, it is what he gives.” This described Vanneman’s life, according to his family.

He served in the Navy during World War II and completed service as a lieutenant commander. After the war, he spent the remainder of his working life with Matthew Bender Company, a law book publisher in New York, retiring as senior vice president.

He and his wife, Rosamond, were married for 52 years before her death in 1990. They raised their children in Old Greenwich, where he served as senior deacon of the First Congregational Church.

Vanneman is survived by two sons, William Henry Moore Vanneman Jr. and his wife, Irene, and Reeve Doering Vanneman and his wife, Jane; two grandsons, three granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Camp Dudley, the YMCA or Cornell University.

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