HELENA (AP) — Sumner Gerard, a New Yorker who became a Montana rancher and legislator before serving as a U.S. diplomat, has died at 88.
Gerard died of natural causes Thursday at a hospital in Vero Beach, Fla., said his son, also named Sumner Gerard.
Educated at Groton School and Cambridge University, Gerard moved from New York to Montana in 1949, operated ranches in the Dillon and Ennis areas, and had business interests in Billings and Bozeman. He was a Republican in the Montana Legislature from 1956-60 and 1962-66.
He left Montana in 1969 to pursue a career as a diplomat and became a delegate to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Besides his son in New York City, survivors include four daughters: Jenny Brown in New York City; Molly Gerard in the Seattle area; Anne Gerard in West Hartford, Conn.; and Helen Gerard in Paris. Gerard was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Grosvenor, in 1987. Former wife Teresa Dabrowska survives.
Services are scheduled Tuesday at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, and Thursday at St. Thomas Church in New York City.