Alfred Jason Densmore Jr.
Alfred Jason “Ja” Densmore Jr. died Nov. 6, 2007, after a long illness. Mr. Densmore was born Feb. 26, 1922, in Lebanon, N.H. He graduated from Kimball Union Academy in 1940 and attended Dartmouth College as member of the Class of 1944. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps Cadet program in 1942 and graduated a year later as a Second Lieutenant. In Sept. of 1944, he began a combat tour of duty with the 452nd Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, stationed in Attleboro, England. He flew 35 missions over Germany through mid-1945. During that tour, he was promoted to Captain and flew as lead command pilot for 30 missions. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters. Under his leadership, the 452nd Bomb group was awarded a Presidential Citation for its contribution to the April 7, 1945 attack on a strategic airfield in Kaltenkirchen, Germany.Mr. Densmore returned to civilian life in 1946 and joined his family’s business as president of Densmore Brick Company Inc. In the 1970s, Mr. Densmore founded The Burning Log, a fireplace retail store and wood stove distributor in Lebanon and Aspen. He and his wife, Martha, divided their time between New Hampshire’s Upper Valley and the Roaring Fork Valley for a number of years, retiring and moving full-time to Carbondale in 1985.An accomplished skier from his youth, Mr. Densmore was coach of Dartmouth’s Nordic Ski Team from 1945 through 1954. He served as head coach of the team in 1948 while Walter Prager was coaching the U.S. Olympic Team. An avid alpine skier as well, he continued to ski into his late 70s in Aspen.After retiring from the Densmore Brick Company, Mr. Densmore turned his passion for photography, particularly nature photography, into a second career. A member of the Professional Photographers Association, he taught photographic workshops and contributed to numerous photographic publications.He is survived by his wife; daughter Priscilla (Edward) Kern of Lincoln, Mass.; son Jason (Lisa) Densmore of Hanover, N.H.; and grandchildren Alexandra Kern, Christopher Kern and Parker Densmore.A celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Pierce’s Inn, Etna, N.H. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Mr. Densmore’s memory to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
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