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Jeremy M. Black (Comoros 1992-94)
Jeremy M. Black, 53, beloved husband, father, son, brother, nephew, and uncle, passed away needlessly from gun violence on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Jeremy is the husband of Cathy Feingold and father of two sons, Myles, 17, and Alex, 15. He dedicated his professional life to international development. After earning an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, he served as a volunteer for the Peace Corps in the Comoros Islands, leading to a lifelong passion of promoting a deeper understanding between people across and within borders. Jerry went on to receive his graduate degree from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, along with his wife, Cathy Feingold. Jerry and Cathy worked together at the Ford Foundation before moving to Washington, DC, where Jerry worked at the Aspen Institute as the director of MicroTest, a program that gave grants to microenterprise development organizations across the U.S.In 2007, Jerry and his family moved to the Dominican Republic, where he found his love for triathlon and endurance sports. In 2010, they moved back to the DC Area, and Jerry returned to the Peace Corps to work in the Office of the Inspector General. Jerry was an avid golfer, having spent much of his teenage years in Wichita, Kansas, working and practicing at his local golf course-regularly playing 36 holes a day. He had hoped to someday play on the professional senior golf circuit. He applied this work ethic to his other passions, which included running, music-he played the trumpet and guitar-and karate, which he started in 2019 at the encouragement of his sons, both of whom hold advanced ranks in non-traditional Tang Soo Do. He was born on January 4, 1968, in Strasbourg, France, and moved soon after to Bloomington, Indiana, then throughout the Midwest. He is the beloved son of retired minister Reverend Jeffrey Black and Barbara Black and son-in-law to Ron and Carole Feingold. He leaves behind a loving sister, extended family, and a global community of dear friends. Celebration of life scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Jeremy Black TraRon Memorial Fund www.traroncenter.org.
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Published by The Washington Post on Jul. 7, 2021.