Vernon D. Acree Jr., customs commissioner

February 15, 2013

Vernon D. Acree Jr., 93, who retired from federal service as U.S. commissioner of customs in 1977, died of pneumonia Feb. 1 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He lived in Gainesville.

His grandson, Alex Acree, confirmed the death.

Vernon Darrell Acree Jr. was born in Washington and graduated in 1937 from Eastern High School. The following year, he married an Eastern classmate, Doris Wight.

Mr. Acree began his federal career as a messenger in the Treasury Department, served in the Army during World War II, then returned to civilian federal service. He had been commissioner of customs for five years when he retired.

In retirement, he ran a security consulting business, Advisory Services International. In the 1980s and 1990s, he ran a restaurant, the Lamplighter, in Fairfax County.

He had been a Boy Scout leader in Northeast Washington.

In addition to his wife, of Gainesville, survivors include four children, V. Darrell Acree of Washington, Allan L. Acree of Potomac, Jean Winters of Gainesville and M. Elizabeth Ives of Raleigh, N.C.; one sister; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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