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James M. Mead Jr., 79, a former Dunkirk brewery executive, died Monday (Dec. 22, 1997) in Veterans Hospital, Tampa, Fla., four years after he was hospitalized with Alzheimer's disease.

Born in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Sen. James M. Mead, D-N.Y., and Alice D. Mead.

He graduated from the University of Maryland and Catholic University Law School, and was an Army captain during World War II.

Mead moved to Dunkirk in 1950 as treasurer of the former Fred Koch Brewery, a position he held for 26 years. In 1976, he moved to Clermont, Fla., as president of James M. Mead Citrus Corp., which his father founded.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Margaret Koch Mead; four daughters, Ann Milligan of Oakland, Calif., Margaret Mead-Reed of Fredonia, Kelly Mead of Chicago and Joan Miller of Houston; four sons, James M. III of Tampa, William of Dunkirk, Thomas of North Andover, Mass., and Patrick of Boston; and 25 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Clermont. Burial will be in Clermont.


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