November 21, 2001: Memorials


Ted died on Feb. 6, 2001. He was 88 and had been in failing health for several years. After graduating from Mercersburg Academy, he started at Princeton with the intention of becoming an attorney. Forced to leave after a couple of years because of a family crisis, he finished his education at MIT, graduating as a physicist.

He then began a career in advertising and public relations which was cut short by WWII, in which he served in the Navy. After his discharge, he began another career in sales, which lasted for many years. He worked mostly in aerospace, where his technical education was very helpful.

In later years, his interests took him to computers and other high-tech information displays. Often, however, he returned to his first love, writing. He wrote mostly on technical subjects, but his body of work included several books of poetry and some fiction.

In addition to his wife Joan, he is survived by his daughters, Nancy Althoff, Peggy Caughlin, and Susan Bordeaux; two brothers, William and Robert; a sister, Nancy Lake; and a cousin, Dr. Robert Goheen (well known to Princetonians), to all of whom the class extends its condolences.

The Class of 1932



George died on Dec. 9, 2000. He was raised in Erie, Pa., and prepared at Phillip Exeter Academy; his father was a member of the Class of 1912. George majored in the Program in the Humanities. He was chairman of the Bric-a-Brac and co-manager of Theatre Intime. He roomed with Thurston, Underhill, and Sechrist, and belonged to Campus Club.

After more than three years in the Marine Corps, George joined the State Dept. as a diplomatic courier; his work took him to Bangkok, Manila, Saigon, Singapore, much of Latin America, and later Russia and France. He worked for a while in management at Washington’s Shoreham Hotel and, after a career at Chase Bank in NYC, returned to the field of hotel management at The Lodge in Stowe, Vt.

He did not marry. He is survived by his sister, Lois, to whom the class sends its sympathies.

The Class of 1944



Tom died on July 19, 2000, in Princeton, where he lived. A memorial service for him was held in the University Chapel.

He prepared at St. Mark’s School. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served three years with the military government in Germany. He returned to Princeton for his degree, and then went on to New York U. for law school and practiced law in NYC.

In 1970 Tom married the former spouse of Jack Myers ’44, Peggy Frantz, and together they set out to raise their combined eight children. A year later her father, Samuel Frantz ’18, died while owning a company that manufactured magnetic separation instruments for laboratories. Rather than sell the business, Tom took over its management, and successfully developed three significant patents.

Tom was a tennis fan and player, an artist, and a voracious reader.

To his wife, three daughters, son, stepchildren, and five grandchildren, his classmates extend their sincere condolences.

The Class of 1944



John died in California on Oct. 6, 2000, after an extended battle with liver cancer. John entered Princeton from Lake Forest Academy in St. Louis, following in the footsteps of his father, George Thomas Priest ’02. He became a member of Tiger Inn but his Princeton career was interrupted by service in the Navy where, as a flight officer, he was an instructor in the Primary Training Command.

After Princeton, John entered St. Louis U. School of Law, but the Navy recalled him for Korean War service and he remained a Navy pilot until his retirement in 1970 with the rank of commander. John trained jet pilots in the Vietnam War.

After retiring from the service, he became a vice pres. of Simi Valley Bank in Simi Valley, Cal.

John is survived by three daughters, Julia, Susan, and Frances, and by two sons, John Jr. and James. In addition, John is survived by six grandchildren. The class extends its sympathy to the family.

The Class of 1945



Donn died on Mar. 27, 1998, according to information gleaned from the Social Security Death Index. He prepared for Princeton at Hill School and withdrew from the University in 1947. He returned briefly in 1949 and again withdrew. It is known that he was a lieutenant in the Army in 1953 with a San Francisco APO address. Nothing is known of him since that time. A living classmate remembers him as a happy-go-lucky Irishman who enjoyed living. Those of the class who remember him will be saddened by his passing.

The Class of 1949



Richard died Aug. 18, 2001, in Chesterfield, Pa., of complications from surgery. He was 69.

Born in Washington, Pa., Dick attended the Royal Oak H. S. in Michigan. While at Princeton, he majored in engineering and was a member of Quadrangle Club. After graduation, he served a tour of duty in the Marine Corp.

His engineering career was with IBM until he retired and became a computer science instructor at St. Charles Community College. He taught there until his death. Dick was a lifelong volunteer at Goodwill Industries and served on the board of the Center for Hearing and Speech. He was a member of the Team of Rite of Christian Initiation at St. Anselm Parish. The class extends its sympathy to his wife of 47 years, Nancy, their five daughters, and 16 grandchildren on their loss.

The Class of 1954



David died in his sleep after a long illness on June 12, 2001, in Lake Bluff, Ill. Born in Boston, he prepared for Princeton at Middlesex School. He majored in politics, participated in interclub sports, and was a member of Ivy Club.

Following military service in the Army Artillery, David was employed by Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney. In 1981 he joined Johnson & Higgins as a vice pres. until retiring in 1996.

David’s warm personality, enthusiasm, and integrity were welcomed by volunteer organizations such as YMCA, College of Lake County, Evans Scholars, Princeton Schools Committee, and Project 55, to name a few. He also enjoyed being a mentor to recent college graduates.

David loved all aspects of golf and served as pres. of Shore Acres Club and a founding governor of Conway Farms Golf Club. He was involved in the USGA and WGA and brought the 1998 Junior Amateur Championship to Conway Farms.

The class extends its deepest sympathy to his wife Mary, sons David and Alexander, daughter Susan, and five grandchildren. David enjoyed visiting with classmates, and we are grateful to have had him as a friend.

The Class of 1955

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