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Feb.9, 2011

Vol. 111, No. 7


Roswell J. Kepler Jr. ’31

Published in the Feb.9, 2011, issue

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ross died Sept. 11, 2010, at Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) General Hospital. He was 100.

Raised on Long Island, N.Y., and in New Jersey, he came to Princeton from South Orange High School. At Princeton he took his meals at Terrace Club and was involved in many undergraduate activities, most notably the Prince and Whig Hall.

Following graduation, Ross was briefly with McGraw-Hill before entering the Army, where he served in the 10th Mountain Division and in the Office of Strategic Services doing intelligence work as a staff sergeant in the China-Burma-India theater. After World War II he returned to McGraw-Hill, retiring as a science editor.

In retirement he was a collector and restorer of 19th-century American art and was affiliated with a number of nonprofit organizations. In his obituary guest book, an admirer of Ross wrote, “I am sorry you are gone. You were a generous person to a number of causes, and I will always remember you for that.” For the last five years of his life he had lived at Wesley Village in Pittston, Pa.

We do not believe Ross ever married. He is survived by longtime friend and loving caregiver Carolyn Jenkes and three nephews.

The Class of 1931

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