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Vice President of Banking Firm for 24 Years Once Known as Leading Tennis Player.

Karl H. Behr, vice president of Dillon, Read & Co., bankers, 28 Nassau Street, who was one of the country's leading tennis players forty years ago, died yesterday in his home, 215 East Seventy-second Street, at the age of 64.

Born in Brooklyn, a son of Herman Behr and the former Grace Howell, Mr. Behr prepared for college at Lawrenceville School, received a Ph.B. from Yale in 1906, and an LL.B. from Columbia in 1910. He was admitted to the bar the next autumn. For some years he practiced law, with an office at 40 Wall Street, and from 1912 to 1925 he was a director of the Herman Behr Company.

In 1925 Mr. Behr became vice president of Dillon, Reed, and since then he had taken part in several of the large financial undertakings of the firm. He was on the committee that reorganized he Fisk Rubber Company in 1932, and later became one of Fisk's directors.

He had also been on the boards of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and the National Cash Register Company. At his death he was a director of he Interchemical Corporation, the Behr-Manning Corporation of Troy, N.Y., and the Witherbee Sherman Corporation. His clubs included the Downtown, University and Yale, and the St. Nicholas Society.

Playing on the United States Davis Cup team in 1907, Mr. Behr lost to both Brookes and Wilding of Australia in the singles, but, with Beals C. Wright, as his partner, he helped defeat the same men in the doubles. Australia, which won the match, 3 to 2, Wright scoring a victory against Wilding, went on to win the cup from Great Britain by the same score.

Seven times Mr. Behr was ranked in the first ten: fifth in 1906; third in 1907: eighth in 1909; ninth in 1911; seventh in 1912; third in 1914; and fourth in 1915.

Mr. Behr was a survivor of the Titanic disaster of 1912. One of the young women on board whom he knew was Miss Helen M. Newsom of New York, a schoolmate and intimate friend of his sister, who was traveling with her parents. Mr Behr and the Beckwiths were rescued in the same lifeboat. In March, 1913, just short of a year after the catastrophe, he and Miss Newsom were married in the Church of the Transfiguration.

Mr. Behr leaves his wife, three sons, Karl H. Jr., Peter, and James, and a daughter, Sally Behr.


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