Bob Buchanan Remembers Jerry Prescott

President John and fellow Rotarians, I remember our Jerry Prescott

 

  • First, Jerry was a family man. He married Lorna Ball, his companion for 61 glorious years.  Jerry and Lorna raised 4 lovely children; Tom, Sydney, Kristi, and Dorothy, all of whom are living outstanding lives.
  • A church man. Jerry was a faithful usher and Ordained Ruling Elder at First Presbyterian.
  • A Michigan man, receiving both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. Jerry and Lorna held season football tickets through last season.  .
  • A business man. Jerry owned Michigan Sundries, a confectionary distributer, then founded Distributer Concepts.  Here in cooperation with IBM he innovated the application of bar code readers for inventory control so was a pioneer in computer-controlled store management.  As a result Jerry was inducted into the Candy Industry Hall of Fame.
  • A community servant. Among others, he served Washtenaw United Way for years as Chair of Leadership Giving as well as a member of the Advisory Council.
  • Jerry and Lorna were world travelers with 2 very well worn passports.
  • An author; Jerry wrote and published 3 books; Deadly Sweet in Ann Arbor, Invisible Intrigue, andMackinaw Maize, a mystery set on Mackinaw Island
  • He was a sportsman; a superb golfer and tennis player so loved the outdoors.
  • Jerry jointed our Club in 1982, served as President from 2000-2001 so was the first president of this century. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, received our highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award followed by our Emeritus Award.  For years, Jerry chaired our Social Committee.

 

Our finest moment in Rotary was when both of us were asked to prepare Distinguished Service Awards for Al Storey and the late Bill Stegath.  We decided to ask Al to make Bill’s presentation and Bill to present to Al’s, both on the same day; only we did not tell each other.  Picture the shock to Bill when Al stood up to present his award, Bill was beside himself because he thought he was to make Al’s award.  Then the opposite occurred!

 

  • Jerry would seldom talk about himself, rather was far more interested in others. I remember Jerry as a person with a warm smile, firm handshake, the ability to greet everyone by their first name so projected a sense of warmth to everyone. I would arrive at Rotary having had a terrible morning at work but Jerry would greet me with a warm heartfelt “Hi, Bob” which would make all my troubles disappear.  This was an amazing skill.

 

A life well-lived.

 

Good job, Jerry