Lawrence Russell Dewey
Major General, United States Army
of Michael T. Stein
Major General Lawrence Russell Dewey
Student Officer, Troop Officer´s Course,
Fort Riley 1929-30.
From a contemporary press report:
Florence Powers Dewey died suddenly, on the evening of July 5, 1999 at her Shoreham West home in Washington, D.C., from heart failure. She is the widow of the late Major General Lawrence R. Dewey (USMA 1924).
Born on August 31, 1911 at her family's renowned agricultural and equestrian estate, Shrewsbury Manor, Shrewsbury, New Jersey, she is the daughter of the late Harry Lord Powers and Elizabeth Robinson Hazard of New York City and Shrewsbury. She descends from the first European child born on the Island of Manhattan of the Verplanck family. Her father's family were among the original New York Knickerbocker settlers. Her paternal grandfather was a banker who developed the West Side of Mount Morris Park in what is now the Harlem Historic District and was Commisioner of Parks. Her mother's family were the founders of Newport, Rhode Island and she descends from Governor Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard. Her maternal grandfather created and held the patent for ''tomato ketchup,'' since acquired by H.J. Heinz.
A member of the Sulgrave Club, The Ladies Board of St. John's Community Services, and the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter III. She accompanied her husband on his military assignments around the world, and was an accomplished horsewoman.
She is survived by her adoring children and their families, Lt. Col. Lawrence R. Dewey, Jr. of Wintergreen, VA, Mrs. Francis J. Hughes (Cici), and Donald H. Dewey of Washington, DC and Mrs. Christopher L. Vance (Elizabeth) of Charlotte, NC. In addition to seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, she is survived by her sisters, Mrs. Charles V.B. Cushman of Palos Verdes, CA and Mrs. Edward M. Pflueger and Mrs. Hans A. Frech of New York City. She is also the sister of the late Jesse W. Powers, formerly of California and the late Mrs. Richard E. deButts of Upperville, VA.
She will be interred with her husband of 63
years adjacent to historic Arlington House at Arlington National Cemetery,
overlooking the City of Washington. Services will be held at Fort Myer
Chapel on Wednesday, July 21 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made in her memory to the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter III,
Attn: Mrs. Burnside Huffman, 1701 Crescent Ln., McLean, VA 22101.
Photo courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, March 2006
Posted: 24 October 2001 Updated: 28 October 2001 Updated: 4 March 2003 Updated: 1 March 2006 Updated: 26 March 2006