John died of cancer Oct. 12, 2007.
A New York resident for most of his life, John came to Princeton from the Collegiate School, where he was active in the Glee Club. At Princeton, he majored in English and was president of Cloister Inn, where he lived senior year with Monte Bricker. He also was coxswain of the varsity 150-pound crew for three years and senior battery executive officer of the Army ROTC.
John spent 43 years as a photo editor of The New York Times. He was an avid sailor, skippering and racing both large and dinghy-class sailboats. John was an enthusiastic conservationist. He was well known for his participation and generosity in organizations such as the Wildlife Conservation Society, Cape May Observatory, and Central Park Conservancy. Starting in 1979 he was a very active board member and choral singer in the St. Cecilia Chorus in New York City.
John leaves his daughter, Julia Burnett; a son, Graham; his brother, Henry; and two grandchildren. To them all, the class extends deepest sympathy.