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Harry Hazlehurst III, 81, Of New Canaan, Navy Veteran

Harry Hazlehurst III
Harry Hazlehurst III Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Harry Hazlehurst III of New Canaan died Oct. 2. He was 81.

Hazlehurst was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Washington, D.C., son of Harry Hazlehurst Jr. and Alice Peterson Hazlehurst. He attended McKinley (Technical) High School in Washington, DC -- graduating in 1950. He was awarded a Navy Scholarship and studied at Penn State graduating magna cum laude in 1954 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Commission as ensign in the Navy. He attended night school and earned an MBA from Rutgers in 1961. In 1962, he was recalled to active duty during the Berlin Emergency.

In 1957, he began his business career with the Esso Corporation (later Exxon). He served twice (1969 to 73 and 1981 to 85) as the Esso/Exxon executive in Brazil. Upon return from his second tour in 1985, he and Marion settled in New Canaan. He joined the worldwide headquarters of the Exxon Chemical Company, then based in Darien until his retirement in 1990.

Soon after retirement, he joined the International Executive Service Corps based in Stamford, and served as a volunteer in the recruiting function for 14 years. In recent years, he was active in the management of the Canaan Close Condominium, in the Exxon Annuitants Club of Connecticut and in the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan.

Hazlehurst is survived by his wife, Marion; sister, Alice H. Barreca, of Redding; children, Susan Hazlehurst Milbrath of Greenwood Village, Colo., Catherine Hazlehurst da Cruz (Jose) of Ridgefield, Janice C. Hazlehurst (Stephen Charles) of Bethesda, Md., and Robert W. Hazlehurst (Cindy) of Castle Rock, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents.

A private celebration of Harry’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a service organization of your choice or to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758540, Topeka, KA 66675-8540.

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