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John Claerhout dies at 85; Boy Scouts leader was masterful fundraiser

John Claerhout dies at 85; Boy Scouts leader was masterful fundraiser

John Claerhout, a former Boy Scouts of America executive known for his finesse at fundraising and his promotion of scouting programs for thousands of inner-city Los Angeles teenagers, has died in a Northridge hospital. He was 85.

Claerhout underwent quadruple bypass surgery two weeks before his April 4 death from complications of pneumonia, said his son Kevyn Claerhout.

Claerhout was a masterful networker who recruited a stream of local and national celebrities for gala dinners benefiting the Scouts. With honorees and A-list guests including former President Gerald Ford, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Loretta Young and Michael Jackson, Claerhout raised enough to...

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