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Sept.14, 2011

Vol. 112, No. 1


John S. Tytus ’44

Published in the Sept.14, 2011, issue

John died May 31, 2011, at his home in Seattle.

Active in tennis and dramatics at the Lawrenceville School, he roomed at Princeton with Steve Reppert, joined Tiger Inn, and majored in biology. In June 1944 he married Virginia Fisher.

While in the Army he received his medical degree at Ohio University and interned at the University of Michigan. He served as general surgeon at the Albuquerque Sandia Base followed by an extended residency in neurosurgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England. Separated as a captain, he moved to Seattle, where he became chief of staff and chief of surgery at Virginia Mason Hospital.

After 35 years, at age 57, he retired from medicine and bought 150 acres in Arlington, Wash., to start a working sheep farm. To gain expertise, he and Virginia went to England to visit many sheep farms.

John loved big-band music and jazz, and as a hobby, he built model radio-controlled airplanes and boats.

John is survived by Virginia, his wife of 67 years; daughter Kathleen; son William ’69; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His daughter Elizabeth Burdock predeceased him. Classmates especially enjoyed John’s company when he attended his only reunion — his 50th.

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