John died May 5, 1994, after a long and painful illness, the result of injuries received during World War II, from which he never fully recovered. He will be remembered for his good humor and his courage in leaving Princeton to enlist in the Army Air Corps, immediately after Pearl Harbor. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
John prepared at Montclair Academy. At Princeton, he was active in hockey, dramatics, and debating. Sophomore year, he became an outstanding member of the University Press Club, where he established a reputation for creative writing and a remarkable knowledge of Gaelic. After joining the Air Corps, he served with distinction as a bomber pilot, rising to the rank of captain before his plane was shot down over the Ploesti oil fields. He spent the remainder of the war in a German prison camp. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
John got a B.S. in engineering in 1948. He married Louise Bates in 1946, but they divorced in 1960. He worked for the National Carbon Co. as a sales engineer in the 1950s and later for the engineering department of the state of Florida. He made his home in Fort Pierce until his death.
To his widow, Maria; his three children, Katherine, Roland, and Peter; and his five grandchildren, the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1942