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Jeffers, Delbert Raymond 1912-1951 SUICIDE

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Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA June 29, 1951
Delbert R. Jeffers, City Librarian of Monterey, Suicide
Delbert R. Jeffers, 39, popular Monterey city librarian, early yesterday took his own life by carbon monoxide gas. His body was found at 1:45 p.m. yesterday slumped in his car which was parked on the Mt. Madonna road about eight miles east of Watsonville. Engine of the car was still running when the tragedy was discovered a hose connected to the exhaust pipe poked through a partially opened window. All other windows of the large sedan were tightly closed. Coroner Walter Bettencourt of Santa Cruz County pronounced the death a suicide. No. Notes. There were no notes, but Mr. Jeffers had been on sick leave for his city post and under a doctor’s care for the past month and poor health was believed by his associates to be the motive for taking his own life. Mr. Jeffers leaves his wife Frances, and two small children, Joan, 6, and John, 2. News of Mr. Jeffers’ tragic death came as a serious shock to his associates in the city administration and in his many friends on the Peninsula where he has been active in numerous community organizations and projects. Members of the library board of trustees joined today in a statement praising Jeffers for the work he has “done since he was employed as Monterey librarian in 1946. Outstanding. “Mr. Jeffers was one of the outstanding librarians in California and was recognized as such by Governor Warren who placed him on a committee of 10 professional library workers to select a new State libarian,” the board said. Mr. Jeffers administered what we believe to be an excellent program at the library. His death will be keenly felt, both at the library and in the community in which he took such an active interest. We are at a loss to find a reason for his act, other than his failing health which four weeks ago forced him to ask for a leave,” the board statement concluded. Meantime, City Manager Walter Hahn expressed the shock of the city administration at the tragedy. “Mr. Jeffers’ death was a blow to all of us at city hall,” he said. “He was an able administrator and gave generously of his time, effort and health.” Mr. Jeffer’s body was found at 1:45 p.m. yesterday by S.E. Ford of Morgan Hill who immediately notified county officials. Coroner Bettencourt estimated he had been dead since shortly after midnight. Identification was made through papers on his person. Born at Morrisonville, Ill., in 1912, Mr. Jeffers came to Monterey in 1946, shortly after his release from the Navy in which he served as Lieutenant Commander in World War II. He received his AB degree from DePauw University, Ind., in 1933. He received an MA degree in English from Stanford University, in 1935, and a masters degree in library science from the University of Michigan in 1940. He did library work in the east before joining the Navy. Since coming to Monterey, Mr. Jeffers has been extremely active in community groups, including the Monterey Rotary Club, American Legion, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Naval Reserve Unit, Boy Scouts of which he was district chairman, Red Cross and countless others. He was a willing worker, and was considered an invaluable member of the many organizations in which he took such an active part. Private funeral services will be held at Chula Vista in southern California. His family has suggested that those wishing to pay tribute to Mr. Jeffers’ memory do so through the memorial book shelf at the Monterey Public Library. Meantime, Mrs. Aenid Lusignan, former library trustee, today was named by the board to head a committee in charge of determining a suitable Jeffers memorial to be placed in the new Library building now under construction, a project the librarian devoted much time and effort to planning.
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