Raymond "Skip" Poole
Skip Poole is a Germanna descendant (2nd colony) through his mother's side, who descended from the John/Abraham/Cave/Michael/"Big Mike" Clore lineage. Skip appreciates family, and he and his wife Joy gave their daughter Meighan the Clore name as her middle name, and her three daughters have Clore as their middle name.
Skip was born in Washington, DC, raised in Alexandria, VA, and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He then served in the United States Army for 2 years, earned a master's degree in management science from National-Louis University, and worked in the information technology field for 38 years. Now retired, Skip lives with his wife Joy at Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, VA, which is just a few miles from the Germanna Visitor Center and the site where his ancestors first settled in America.
Skip's Germanna lineage also includes the Wilhoits, Weavers, and Garrs. Skip has attended the Foundation's annual reunions regularly since 1997, and he became a Foundation trustee and served as Treasurer from 2005 to 2013.
"Because the Germanna legacy is so important to me and my family, I decided it was also important to ensure I included Germanna in my estate planning to help sustain the Foundation's work for future generations," says Skip.
In his spare time, he operates a home-based cruise consultancy and is active with the Shriners and Lions. He also serves as an assistant treasurer of the Lake of the Woods Church. Skip and Joy are most pleased that their five grandchildren live within 2 miles of their home.