Charles A. DeMore: 1923-2013

(10/2/13) - Charles A. DeMore, president of U.S. Figure Skating from 1976 to 1980 and one of the key figures in the relocation of U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters from Boston to Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in his hometown of Cleveland. He was 90.

DeMore began his skating career at the Cleveland Skating Club, where he became a member in 1953. The former ice dancer passed the pre-silver ice dance tests and attended numerous Lake Placid dance weeks. He won the F. Ritter Shumway Veterans Dance event three consecutive years, each with a different partner. He served as co-chair of the U.S. Championships in Cleveland in 1964.

His administrative career with U.S. Figure Skating was extensive. In 1968 he was appointed a national accountant and was the chief accountant for the 1974 U.S. Championships in Providence, R.I. He was a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Executive Committee from 1966 to 1978 and was the chair of both the Amateur Status Committee (1968‒71) and the International Committee (1971‒74).

He chaired the 1975 World Championships in Colorado Springs upon the request of Thayer Tutt, chairman of the The Broadmoor hotel, and was the technical chairman for figure skating at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. He served as team leader at five World Championships.

The Ohio native was the vice president of U.S. Figure Skating from 1974-76 before becoming the organization's 19th president. DeMore, who had an engineering degree and background, led an effort to relocate U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters from Boston to Colorado Springs in 1979, which included property acquisition, financing and construction of the headquarters in its current location.

He was a member of the ISU Council from 1980 to 1994 and was elected an honorary member of the ISU in 1994.

In January 2008, during the U.S. Championships in Saint Paul, Minn., he was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, a World and Olympic judge who passed away last year. Survivors include their daughter, Lainie, and son-in-law, Harry Gleeson.

The family prefers that contributions may be made in his name to The U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund, 20 First St., Colorado Springs, CO 80906 or Carmel of The Holy Family (Carmelite), 3176 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118.

A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. in The Communion of Saints Parish at St. Ann Church (2175 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118).

Friends may call at Brown-Forward Funeral Home (17022 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio), Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

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