NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Robert Joseph Kammerer, business leader, mentor, friend, husband, father, avid golfer and grandfather, died Friday, Jan. 22 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. He was 78.
He was born March 29, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the youngest of five children of Roy and Sarah Kammerer. He attended local schools and DeLaSalle High School. He excelled in many sports and was an all-state player in basketball, baseball and football. He played basketball at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota, and graduated from St. Cloud University.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years, where he also played basketball.
He began his business career with Xerox Corporation in Chicago, Illinois, in 1964, and had several sales and management positions in Appleton, Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Rochester, New York, prior to joining the Canadian company in 1970. He became president of Xerox Canada in 1973, creating both research and manufacturing facilities in Canada. In 1976, he returned to the U.S. and had many senior management positions involving the Middle East, China and Latin America. After he retired from Xerox in 1992, he joined Baldwin Associates, an executive search firm specializing in technology. He retired in 2003.
In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by one daughter, Sarah Bell (Jay); three sons, Charles (Leslie), David, and Mark (Robyn); and 10 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brothers John and Tom, and his sister Mary Ann Dietrich.
A memorial mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St Thomas More Church, 335 Middlesex Ave., Darien.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his memory to DeLaSalle High School, One DeLaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55401-1500.
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