SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Dennis D. Dammerman, 67, of Wellington, Fla., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by his family. Born Nov. 4, 1945, to Louise Lichtenstein and the late Morris Dammerman, Dennis grew up in Grand Mound, Iowa, graduated from Central Community High School in DeWitt, Iowa, and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Dubuque.
Dennis built a 38-year career with General Electric Company, first joining GE's Financial Management Program and ultimately reaching the posts of Chief Financial Officer of GE, Chairman of GE Capital, and Vice Chairman of GE. He also served on various boards throughout his career, including BlackRock Inc., Adirondack Trust Company, Skidmore College, New York Racing Association, Saratoga Automobile Museum, Fairfield University, Swiss Re, Genworth Financial, Capmark Financial Group and Discover Financial Services; and he was a founding member of Wellington Equestrian Partners. While retired, he was recruited by the U.S. Treasury Department to join the American International Group Board of Directors during the financial crisis, where he was instrumental in rescuing AIG.
Dennis' family and friends will remember him for his intelligence and generous spirit, for sharing vibrant meals and a busy kitchen, for the enjoyment he found in horse racing and show jumping, and for sharing his love of both classic and contemporary automobiles.
He is survived by his wife, Marsha Finn Dammerman of Wellington; his mother, Louise Lichtenstein of DeWitt; his stepmother, Viola Dammerman of DeWitt; his mother in-law, Phyllis A. Finn of Frankfort, N.Y.; son, David Dammerman and wife Judith Dore of Saratoga Springs; his daughter, Heather Dammerman Wesoloski and husband David of Fairfield, Conn.; his sister, Carol Galloway of Grand Mound; his brother, Randy Burmester and wife Joanne of Saratoga Springs; his brother, Russ Fey and wife Leona of Phoenix; his brother, Douglas Burmester and wife Sandra of Stanwood, Wash.; his three grandchildren, Eric Dammerman of Saratoga Springs and Craig and Emma Wesoloski of Fairfield, Conn.; mother of David and Heather, Patricia Dammerman of Southport, Conn.; and many loving nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his father; his brother, Larry Dammerman; his stepfather, Donald Fey; his stepfather, Glenn Lichtenstein; his father-in-law, Thomas J. Finn, and his brother-in-law, Dwain Galloway.
Relatives and friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The funeral service will be private. Dennis' family and friends are welcome to join in celebration of his life 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Helen Filene Ladd Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, to be followed by a reception with the family. The family also plans memorial celebrations in Iowa and Florida.
The family will always appreciate the care provided by his doctors and the professionals of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Saratoga Hospital, Community Hospice of Saratoga, and the Multiple Sclerosis Institute at the Center for Neurological Disorders.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following:
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087-7106 mskcc.convio.net/goto/dennisdammerman
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Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, www.saratogahospital.org/about-us/foundation
The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, donations.communityhospice.org/donate-memorialdonation
The National MS Society, PO Box 4527, New York, N.Y. 10163 main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/dennisdammerman
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.