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Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church
3901 North Star Road
Richardson, Texas 75082
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Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:47 PM

Harry (Jerry) Dalton - 1927-2020

Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:47 PM
Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:47 PM
Harry Jirou "Jerry" Dalton, Jr., Brig. Gen. USAF Retired, 93, of Dallas, departed the Life Militant and entered the Life Triumphant, November 1, 2020. 

Born in San Antonio, Feb. 7, 1927, to Harry Jirou and Dorothy Black Dalton. He attended public schools in San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1949 with BBA degree in advertising, and Reserve Air Force commission from AFROTC. He took graduate courses at UTexas, University of Nebraska Omaha and Boston University.

He volunteered for Air Force active duty during the Korean War and later served as an Information/Public Affairs Officer at every level of AF command. He was a graduate of Air Tactical School, Air Command & Staff College a
nd the Armed Forces Staff College. He was promoted to brigadier general and assigned as AF Director of Public Affairs in Washington, Dec. 1975, and retired from the AF, Sept. 1980. 


For his service, he was awarded the AF Distinguished Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit (3), Air Medal, Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2) and Air Force Commendation Medal (3). A Pentagon conference room is dedicated and named in his honor.

He worked in corporate public relations for Electronic Data Systems Corp., LTV Corp. and Vought Aircraft and served as a solo PR counselor and consultant. He was an extremely active member of Texas PR Association, Public Relations Society of America and Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association, serving as organization chairs, member of committees, boards and task forces. At PRSA he served as national treasurer, national secretary and president in 1990, was founding president of PRSA's Foundation in 1991 and was elected to PRSA

's College of Fellows in 1992. He was recipient of PRSA's highest award, the Gold Anvil, for his life-long service to the society and his efforts to advance the profession. He was recognized as a PR authority and was in demand as a guest speaker at statewide, specialized and international PR organizations and at 40 colleges and universities. He served 10 years as an adjunct professor at Dept. of Defense Information School. 

He was an avid genealogist and member of the Society of The Cincinnati, Sons of the American Revolution, Flagon & Trencher (Descendants of Colonial Tavern Keepers), Society of Mayflower Descendants, Thomas Rogers Society and National Huguenot Society, and was especially active as president, newsletter editor, and board member of the Genealogical Society of Versailles (Calmes Family Assn.).

He was a dedicated Christian, a fourth generation Presbyterian serving through the years as Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder, church trustee and was active member of several committees at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, where he was a member since 1981.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Mabel Dalton, Allen; daughter Cynthia K. Dalton, Dallas; son Robert Hume Dalton and wife Linda, Lake Charles, LA; son Steven Jirou Dalton and wife Dee Ann, Plano and seven grandchildren, Grace, Michael, John, Faith, Hope, Andrew and Austin Dalton along with brother-in-law Dr. James W. Dinsmore and wife, Vicki, Omaha, NE; and cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Marion Hume Dalton. As a testament to his generosity, he donated his body to the Willed Body Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

A celebration of life service in Dallas will be planned at a future date out of an abundance of safety.

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