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Nov.18, 2009

Vol. 111, No. 5


Harper Sibley Jr. ’49

Published in the Nov.18, 2009, issue

Harper died June 4, 2009. He was 82.

He prepared for Princeton at Groton School. Harper was on the baseball and rugby teams and sang in the Glee Club and choir. He was a cheerleader, a deacon of the Chapel, and a member of Cap and Gown Club.

After graduation he returned to his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., and founded several businesses related to insurance and construction. He also helped found the Flower City Television Corp. After serious race riots in 1964 he became public safety commissioner and helped to rebuild the city. In 1970, Harper moved to Florida, where he was active in real estate and was part owner of the Miami Dolphins. He was a pioneer in the cellular-phone industry and also worked in the livestock business. He was an avid pilot, sailor, and skier, and very much involved in civic activities.

Harper is survived by his wife, Stuart; a daughter, Elizabeth; four sons, Harper, Montgomery, John Durbin, and George; and 10 grandchildren. The class joins with them in mourning the loss of our classmate, who lived life to the fullest.

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