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****************************************** History of Memorial Scholarship & Race *********************************

The Captain Gerald F. DeConto Scholarship was started by Captain DeConto’s family after he was killed on September 11th. Captain DeConto grew up on Cape Cod where most people still refer to him simply as “Jerry”. Jerry was a dedicated Naval officer who was respected and admired by those he served for, by those he served with, and by those who served for him. At the time of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Jerry was in charge of the Navy Command Center and was in direct communication with the Secretary of the Navy coordinating the Navy’s response to the attacks on the world Trade Center. Jerry was a high-spirited, caring person who truly loved life, his friends and his family. He enjoyed many activities, one of which was running, and he enjoyed them most when they were shared with family and friends. It is his family’s hope that through the scholarship fund, Jerry will continue to influence the lives of young people and that his memory and the ideals he believed in will live on.

 

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