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Mar.18, 2009

Vol. 109, No. 10


Angus Eugene Peyton ’48

Published in the Mar.18, 2009, issue

Angus Peyton died Dec. 18, 2008. His death deprives us of an extraordinary man. He was not only an attorney and dedicated civic leader and businessman but also a creative philanthropist. He was president of the class from 1948 to 1953, and his involvement in Princeton alumni affairs was continuous.

At Princeton, Gus was an economics major and president of Cottage Club. He played varsity basketball, was active in track, and was a member of the Undergraduate Council. He graduated in June 1949 after a stint in the Merchant Marine.

After Princeton and the University of Virginia School of Law, Gus returned to West Virginia to practice law in his native Charleston. In addition to his many business interests, his involvement with local, state, and national affairs was mind-boggling. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., described him as “a dear friend.” Gus gave several important commissioned sculptures to help beautify Charleston.

He is survived by his widow, Nina; son Angus; daughters Morgan and Lisa; and many relatives. Gus is sorely missed; it is not often such a gifted friend is part of our lives.

The Class of 1948

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