Julia Dietz

Obituary of Julia Dietz

Julia Grant Dietz

January 20, 1916-March 20, 2014

Julia Grant Dietz, last surviving great-grandchild of Ulysses S. Grant, died peacefully at her home in Fayetteville, New York, early Thursday morning. She was ninety-eight years old.

Born in New York City to Major General Ulysses S. Grant III and Edith Root Grant, Julia was the youngest of three daughters. Her elder sisters, Edith Grant Griffiths and Clara Frances Grant Ruestow, predeceased her. She was raised in San Francisco and Washington, DC, following her father in his deployments in the Army Corps of Engineers.

A graduate of the Shipley School and Bryn Mawr College (class of 1938), Julia worked briefly at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, before moving to New York City in 1940, working as an editor at Harper Brothers publishers. That same year she met John Sanderson Dietz. They became engaged in 1941, but delayed marriage due to America’s entrance into the Second World War. They married on August 18, 1945, after Dietz’s return from the army.

Julia and John Dietz moved to Syracuse, New York in 1945, where John worked for the R. E. Dietz Company, retiring in 1974 as president, after which he ran the Onondaga County Community Foundation for a decade. Julia became deeply involved in Planned Parenthood in Syracuse, and worked tirelessly on the boards of Memorial Hospital (where all four of her children were born) and the Everson Museum of Art. She was instrumental in the merger negotiations between Memorial and Crouse-Irving Hospitals in the 1960s.

Julia was a longtime member of the Onondaga Country Club, where she played golf regularly for over fifty years.

The patient and loving mother of four children, Julia was predeceased by two of her children, Edward Johnson Dietz and Edith Root Dietz. She is survived by two sons, John Edwin (Jed) Dietz and Ulysses Grant Dietz; their spouses, Julia McMillan and Gary Berger, and five grandchildren, Edith, Robert and Elihu Dietz, and Alex and Grace Berger.

[The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 28, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral 310 Montgomery St. Syracuse, New York. Arrangements by Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Julia’s memory to Planned Parenthood of CNY 1120 E.Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210. Share condolences at www.fairchildmeech.com