John S. Marshall died Dec. 7, 2008, at home in South Norwalk, Conn., of an apparent heart attack.
John, who came to Princeton from Deerfield Academy, grew up in Darien, Conn., and majored in the history of science. He was a member of Tiger Inn before becoming an independent in his senior year, rooming with Tom Baker, Michael Goerss, and Walter Jones. He lettered on the sailing team.
John earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University and went to work shortly afterward for General Electric Capital in Stamford, Conn., where he worked for many years as a systems analyst and later as a consultant. He specialized in executive compensation and devised software and sophisticated programs for executives there.
John, who never married, will be remembered for his sardonic wit and his love of computers and electronics. He excelled at word games and crossword puzzles. He also worked as a stand-up comedian and recently had topical one-liners published on The New York Times Web site. John was an active gardener, an ardent hiker and photographer, and an excellent cook. In his younger years, he was a competitive swimmer and sailor.
He is survived by his father, Albert E. Marshall Jr. ’42 *48; and twin brothers, Albert E. 3rd and W. Jeffrey ’71.