- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 25, 2005

Harry H. Deringer Jr., 70, newspaper editor

KENNEDYVILLE, Md. (AP) — Harry Hurtt Deringer Jr., a veteran journalist and community leader, died Aug. 21 at his home in Kennedyville. He was 70.

Mr. Deringer spent 20 years at the Kent County News, where he served as editor and publisher. He retired in 1994.

Mr. Deringer was born in Yorktown, Va., and grew up in Chestertown. He began his journalism career after serving in the military for two years. He was a news editor at WCHA Radio in Chambersburg, Pa., before returning to Chestertown to work for LaMotte Chemical Co.

In 1963, he joined Gilbert Watson at the newly founded Chester River Press, where he was appointed news and sports editor, later becoming editor.

At Washington College, he was director of news bureau and sports information, assistant to the vice president for development and public relations and director of public relations.

Mr. Deringer was a member of Shrewsbury Church. He also was a member of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and Chester River Yacht & Country Club. He was a log canoe and Hampton sailor.

He had served as a Chestertown councilman, board member of Kent Savings & Loan, Little League Baseball coach and master of ceremonies for town parades, Little League games and banquets.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Ashworth; a daughter, Amanda H. Deringer of Arlington; two sons, J. Caulley Deringer of Alexandria and Harry H. “Derry” Deringer III of Rome, Italy; a sister, Mary Deringer Phelps of Kennedyville; four stepchildren and two step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Shrewsbury Church, Kennedville. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

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