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Rockwell T. Gust Jr.

Died: Monday, August 27, 2012
Age: 88
Rockwell T. Gust Jr., 88, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Naples, Fla. He was a former resident of Grosse Pointe Farms and Bloomfield Hills.

He was born June 23, 1924, in Morenci, to Rockwell T. and Anne (nee Sexton) Gust, who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Joan Walsh Gust; his children — Ruthie Tyler, Rockwell III (Julie), Robert, Anne Brown (Jerry) and William (Karen) — with first wife, Anne Baldwin Gust and his stepchildren, Tom Walsh (Kimberely) and Cathie Fosth. He was a fun-loving “Gramps” to 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Gust graduated from Detroit Country Day School, Williams College and the University of Michigan Law School. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard a PT boat during World War II.

He began his career as an attorney with his father’s firm, Butzel, Long, Gust and Kennedy, and went on to become general counsel at Alexander Hamilton. After moving to Naples, he went into private practice in real estate development.

Mr. Gust had a lifelong interest in politics. He was nominated to run for Lt. Gov. in 1962 alongside George Romney. He also was elected to the Michigan State Constitutional Convention in 1961-62. He was the father-in-law of current California Gov. Jerry Brown.

He was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, The Detroit Athletic Club, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Otsego Club, Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills and First Presbyterian Church of Naples.

His family said Mr. Gust will be remembered as a man devoted to his family, his religion and his friends. He loved his annual family reunions with his children and, until recently, would make his daily four-block trip to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. He will be dearly missed.

Memorials may be made to the Big D Scholarship Fund, Camp Deerhorn, 3725 Deerhorn Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501 or Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, 1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.

Funeral services and interment were held Aug. 31 at First Presbyterian Church of Naples, followed by a private memorial and service Sept. 2 at Kirk in the Hills, Bloomfield Hills.
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