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Gerry Lenfest

Gerry Lenfest

Gerry Lenfest was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in Scarsdale, New York, and north of Lambertville, in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy,Washington and Lee University, and Columbia Law School. He resides in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, and is married to the former Marguerite Brooks. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Following graduation from law school, he practiced law with the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell before joining Triangle Publications, Inc., in Philadelphia as Associate Counsel in 1965. Triangle, a large privately owned communications company headed by Walter Annenberg, then owned television and radio stations, two major newspapers in Philadelphia, TV Guide, Seventeen magazine, racing newspapers, and cable television After five years, Mr. Lenfest was placed in charge of Triangle’s Communications Division, consisting of Seventeen magazine and Triangle’s CATV interests where he served as Editorial Director and Publisher of Seventeen and President of the CATV Operations.

In 1974, Mr. Lenfest, with financial support of two businessmen from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, formed a new company which purchased Suburban Cable TV Company and Lebanon Valley Cable TV Company from Triangle with a total of 7,600 cable subscribers. This was the beginning of Lenfest Communications, Inc. The company grew in size to become within the top twelve cable television companies in the United States with cable television systems in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, as well as interests in France and Australia.

In January 2000, Mr. Lenfest and his children entered into a transaction by which their ownership in the cable television operations of Lenfest Communications was transferred to COMCAST Corporation. Gerry Lenfest also had a distinguished military career.

He served in the United States Navy aboard destroyers and retired with the rank of Captain. He had command of a Destroyer Escort and three Destroyer reserve crews and received commendations from the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations, and others.systems.

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