Donald Odell

Donald A. Odell, 88, a resident of Dry Brook, Town of Hardenburgh, Ulster County died Sunday, March 16, 2014.
Born in Margaretville in 1925, he was the son of Harry G. and Mary C. Odell.
Graduating in 1943 from Mar­garetville Central School, he went on active duty on July 1, 1943 as an Apprentice Seaman, United States Naval Reserve, with the V-12 Unit (an officer training program) at Yale University. He was transferred to the V-12 Unit at Dartmouth College in February 1944. Entering Midshipman’s School at Ft. Schuyler, NY in October 1944, he was commissioned, at the age of 19, as an Ensign, USNR in March 1945.
After advance training as a line officer, with a specialization in tactical warfare uses of sonar and radar, both on offense and defense, he was assigned to his first ship in the Pacific. By the time he reached his ship, the U.S. had dropped the atom bomb on Japan and the war with Japan had ended. Released to inactive duty on June 1947 and promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) USNR, Don often commented that after all his training he never heard a shot fired in anger.
Reentering Yale, Don graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1949 and from University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1952.
He practiced law in Detroit, MI with a large firm for several years prior to joining Metropolitan Life in New York City in 1955. At Metropolitan Life he advanced through a number of positions of increasing responsibility including Vice-President and Secretary, Senior Vice-President and Officer in Charge of the Central Head Office in Tulsa, OK. Don retired from Metropolitan Life in 1990 after 35 years of service with the title of Executive Vice-President and Chief of Staff.
Admitted to practice law in New York and Michigan, he was very active over the years in a number of civic roles serving in Westchester County, among others, as Acting Police Justice, member of the Board of Education of Ardsley Public Schools and a Director of the Dobbs Ferry Hospital.
He was President of the Empire State Chamber of Commerce, the statewide organiza­tion, and was Chairman of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City from 1985 to 1990.
In 1990 he was appointed by the Governor to be a member of the five person New York State Ethics Commission where he served for seven years.
He is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 62 years, four children, eight grand children and five great grand children.
Services were private. Ardsley Public Schools and a Director of the Dobbs Ferry Hospital.
He was President of the Empire State Chamber of Commerce, the statewide organiza- ­tion, and was Chairman of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City from 1985 to 1990.
In 1990 he was appointed by the Governor to be a member of the five person New York State Ethics Commission where he served for seven years.
He is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 62 years, four children, eight grand children and five great grand children.
Services were private.