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Obituary: Irving P. Graeb Jr.

Irving P. Graeb Jr., of Roslyn, passed away on Sept. 10, 2010 in the Bronx, where he was born on Sept. 19, 1922, the son of Irving and Frances Graeb. Irving attended Great Neck schools. He was valedictorian of Great Neck High School. He attended Dartmouth and earned his B.S. and M.B.A. at New York University. During WWII, he served in the U.S. military in England.

He applied his expertise to financial positions for General Motors, to which he devoted his entire career. After his retirement, he put those same skills to work in volunteering countless hours for St. George’s Episcopal Church in Hempstead.

In the early 1980s, Irving became active in Episcopalians for Traditional Faith (ETF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing use of the classic 1928 Book of Common Prayer. He was president 2004-2008, and served on the board of directors until his death.

“It was because of Mr. Graeb that I became aware of and active in ETF. A few years ago he wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun commenting on one of my opinion pieces on the Episcopal Church,” says journalist John A. Akasie, ETF vice president.

Impeccably attired and always the gentleman, Irving was a modest man with a ready sense of humor. He regularly worshipped at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Carle Place. “He’d always sit on the starboard side,” recalls Capt. Douglas A. Hard, president of ETF.

Irving enjoyed music and travel; he held a season ticket to the Metropolitan Opera and enjoyed traveling abroad, often visiting friends in Hawaii, according to his nephew Peter Graeb of Wallingford, CT. He also collected model trains.

Irving was predeceased by his parents and his brother Charles A. Graeb. In addition to his nephew Peter, Irving is survived by his nephew James T. Graeb of San Francisco and his niece Ann K. Chinoda of Orlando, FL. Irving’s memory will be honored at a memorial service at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Carle Place, at the 10 a.m. service on Oct. 17. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the service.