Victor Yarnell

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Victor Robert Hewlett Yarnell
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41st Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania
In office
Preceded byEugene Shirk
Succeeded byEugene Shirk
Personal details
BornOctober 5, 1919
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedJanuary 22, 2015(2015-01-22) (aged 95)
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Political partyDemocrat[1]
Alma materBedford Modern School; Albright College; University of Pennsylvania[1]

Victor Robert Hewlett Yarnell (October 5, 1919 – January 22, 2015) was a Canadian-born American politician who served as the Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania as a Democrat between 1968 and 1972.[1]


Yarnell was born on October 5, 1919 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to an Irish father and an English mother.[2] He was educated in England as a boarder at Bedford Modern School after which he served in the British Army throughout World War II seeing action in Dunkirk and taking part in the Normandy landings.[2] After the war, Yarnell moved to the United States attending Albright College and later graduating M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.[1]

For the following twelve years Yarnell taught government at Muhlenberg High School[3] until his election as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 1963 session although deciding not to seek reelection to the House in 1964.[1] In 1968, Yarnell was elected 41st Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, an office he held until 1972.[1] Thereafter he continued community work in Reading as director of the Schuylkill River Green Association (1979-1997) and as a member of the board of trustees of Reading Area Community College.[1]

Yarnell died in Reading, Pennsylvania on January 22, 2015. He was survived by his wife, Nancy, and a son.[3]


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  2. ^ a b "Before the Colors Fade..." Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Victor R.H. Yarnell, who served term as Reading mayor, dies at 95". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 29 April 2015.