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The following is taken from the book "De Lauter Families in America 1982",
a Genealogy by: Pauline Grace De Lauter Fry.

Afro-American De Lauters

This book would be incomplete without reference to the Afro-American De Lauters.

It was my privilege to visit in the home of Claude De Lauter Jr. and his lovely wife, Alice. At that time we were also blessed in meeting Claude's mother Bertha Rozelia (d/o Annie (nee, Whalen) and Arthur F. Ambush) now deceased.

It is difficult to trace Afro-American Ancestry. However, we found the U.S. Census record in which Claude's grandfather Solomon De Lauter was listed.

Herewith is a biographical sketch of Claude De Lauter, Jr.


Claude Richard DeLauter, Jr. was born in Doubs, Maryland, April 3, 1911, the son of Claude Andrew and Bertha Rozelia (Ambush) DeLauter. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Storer College in 1948 and a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1963. He has done post-graduate work at Cornell University (1951), New York University (1953-1955), Rutgers University (1957), University of Maryland (1958), American University (1968) and Western Maryland College (1969). He received a General Electric Fellowship in Guidance to Boston University in 1967.

He was a teacher/principal in the Frederick County School system, Frederick, Maryland, from 1933-1973. He was a teacher at West Frederick Junior High School from 1959-1966; and a guidance Counselor at the same school from 1966-1973.

He was Treasurer of Counseling Services from 1965-1973; Lay Leader of the Ashbury United Methodist Church, Frederick, 1968--; Vice President of Frederick Churches United, 1970-1971; President of the Frederick Chapter Salvation Army, 1973; member Advisory Board Frederick Memorial Hospital Home Health Agency, 1976--; Board of Directors Frederick County Migrant health Project, 1963-1966; President Frontiers International, 1964-1966; and President Kiwanis Club of Frederick, Maryland, 1977-1978. He is a Mason.

He served with AUS, 1943-1946; ETO.

He was elected to the Frederick City Board of Alderman in 1973. Presently he is serving his second term and is president pro tem of the board.

He is listed in Who's Who in the Methodist Church, 1963; Dictionary of International Biography, 1966; Two Thousand Men of Achievement, 1972; Men of Achievement, 1975; Who's Who in the East, 1979-80; and Who's Who in American, Regional Listing. 1977-1979.

His hobbies include photography, jogging, and traveling. He and his wife have traveled extensively in Europe, and the Mid-East, the Far East, and the Caribbean.

He is married to the former Alice Theresa Dunn. Alice came to Maryland as a teacher from New York State in 1929. She continued teaching after their marriage. Alice taught 40 years in Fred. Co. Schools and retired in 1969.

Dr. William De Lauder a cousin of Claude De Lauter teaches chemistry at A & T University, Greensboro, N.C.

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