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D.J. Camper Jr.


Douglass James Camper Jr., retired chairman of the athletic department at Baltimore's Garrison Junior High School and a coach who specialized in gymnastics, died Sunday of cancer at the Veterans Hospital on Loch Raven Boulevard.

Services for Mr. Camper, 65, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Liberty Heights and Wabash avenues.

The Powhatan Avenue resident retired in 1988 after 32 years at Garrison and Pimlico and Lemmel junior high schools. He was a volunteer assistant football and basketball coach at Forest Park High School before and after his retirement.

Born in Philadelphia and reared in Baltimore, he was a 1945 graduate of Douglass High School, where he won letters as a member of the wrestling, track, badminton and swimming teams.

He served in the Navy at the end of World War II and again as a medical corpsman during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ann Nicholson; five sons, Derrick, Michael, Sean and Douglass J. Camper III, all of Baltimore, and Anthony Camper of New York City; a daughter, Renee McDonald of Woodstock; a sister, Cynthia Harvey of Baltimore; a foster sister, Gloria Bruce of New York City; and four grandchildren.

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