Harry Losos Esserman Jr.

After attending Clayton School District and John Burroughs School, he went on to attain degrees and honors from Yale University — B.S. in Industrial Administration, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Washington University of St. Louis School of Law — Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif.

He retired as Senior Vice President of Commerce Bank of St. Louis after having worked as Vice President Tower Grove Bank, US Department of Energy/Dupont Savannah River Site, and a family business, St. Clair Finance Co. of Illinois.

He had extensive volunteer service in numerous nonprofit organizations, often working with youth, and often in leadership positions. He was a recipient of the John Burroughs School Distinguished Service Award and the Aim High St. Louis Honor Roll. He enjoyed reading, world travel, grocery shopping, cooking shows, and participating in sports such as tennis, golf, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and basketball.

He was preceded in death by parents Helene Eckstein Esserman and Harry Esserman. He is survived by his wife Joan M. Esserman, brother John D. Esserman, sister-in-law Marilyn Esserman, and cousins.

His body has been donated to the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine. No service is planned. Comments may be submitted to https://stlouiscremation.com/obituaries.  Memorials may be contributed to the BJC Foundation for Hospice, P.O. Box 790369, St. Louis, Missouri 63179-9917 or online bjchospice.org.


  1. Carey on August 21, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    My sincere sympathy. You and your family are on my mind.

  2. Bob Springer on August 26, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    I am a member of the men’s noon time basketball group that has played at the Kirkwood YMCA for 3 decades. Pat played at the Y regularly into his early 80s sometimes playing against men that were 50 years younger. He was incredible. And, he was an even better person. He was always a gentleman. I am sad to learn of Pat’s passing.

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