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Daymon W. Thatch

Daymon W. Thatch, former chair of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, passed away on December 16, 2017, at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, N.J., with his devoted wife at his side. He was 81. Services were held on December 20 in Manasquan, N.J.

Born in Chicago, Thatch was raised in Highland Park, N.J., and during his life resided in College Park, M.D., Piscataway, N.J., and since 2001, Manasquan, N.J. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Rutgers University and his PhD from the University of Maryland in 1969. He was a communicant of St. Denis RC Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Rev. John F. Welsh Council # 3231, of the parish.

Thatch was a professor at Rutgers for 32 years before retiring in 2001. He believed in the transformative power of education, and he continued to support and root for Rutgers until his final day.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Elizabeth “Betty” Fanning Thatch; his beloved children, Linda Skibik and husband George, Susan Fastenau and husband John, Peter Thatch and wife Sherrill, and David Thatch and wife Susan; and 11 grandchildren: Jack, Sarah, James, Ryan, Thomas, Ellie, Casey, Sydney, Andrew, Nicholas, and Grace.

In lieu of flowers donations are requested to Embrace Kids Foundation (, 121 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901, in memory of Dr. Thatch.

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