McClymonds Veteran Joe Debro Dies at 84

Joe Debro, 84

Joe Debro, 84

Joseph Debro, died of cancer at David Grant Hospital at Travis Air Force Base, Monday, Nov. 4. He was 84 years old.

Debro was a McClymonds graduate who served in Governor Jerry Brown’s Cabinet as Small Business Director and he and the late Ray Dones helped organize the National Association of Minority Contractors He was a chemistry instructor. Debro hailed from Mississippi. He and Congressman Bennie Thompson helped build thousands of units of rural housing throughout the nation.

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As a contractor, he built and rehabilitated numerous structures, including the Malonga Casquelord Arts Center in Oakland. He was an activist who also mentored many minority businesses, including the Oakland Post where he was a columist. He was a member of Parks Chapel AME Church, 476-34th Street. His wife Anita, said his funeral will be held Monday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m.

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