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Photo of the Month
March 2013
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In recognition for service as FBI National Academy Association President in 1982, and more than a quarter century as Chief of Police of the Philadelphia suburb of Woodbury, New Jersey, President Ronald Reagan welcomes Floyd "Dean" Kimmel to the White House. Born near Rockwood, Somerset County, PA, he was the son of Irvin Lester and Edna "Evanell" (Miner) Nicklow Sr. and grandson of John Andrew and Susan (Pletcher) Miner

During his lengthy career, Dean spearheaded innovative law enforcement development such as training programs, cadet initiatives, a K-9 corps, a mutual aid plan with other Gloucester County departments and deployment of foot patrols. He received many honors, including the J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Award, and was a 1964 graduate of the FBI National Academy, which Hoover himself called "the West Point of Law Enforcement." He served as president of the New Jersey Chapter of the FBI National Academy and the South Jersey Police Chief Association and founded the Gloucester County Police Chiefs Association. He also helped found a charity golf event, sponsored by the American Legion, that today bears his name -- the F. Dean Kimmel Memorial Golf Tournament. Some 350 VIPs attended Dean's retirement dinner in 1987, among them a former Philadelphia police commissioner, Philadelphia FBI officer, Woodbury Mayor and Woodbury Councilman. 

See other cousins' "Photos of the Month" in our presidential series -- January 2006 and May 2005.

19th Century Pioneer Prairie Letters Published for 1st Time

As a result of a gracious act of sharing by cousin Janet (Hoyt) Sperry, the first of scores of 19th century letters written between two sisters and their families on the prairie of Kansas and Missouri have been published for the first time. The letters were exchanged between Nettie (White) Bailey [left] and Helen (White) Clark, starting in 1884 and capture their loneliness, hardships and grief of separation. More >>>

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