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Mar.21, 2012

Vol. 112, No. 9


Gerald Sheridan ’47

Published in the Mar.21, 2012, issue

The class lost a good friend when Gerry died Oct. 15, 2011.

Gerry enlisted in the Navy in 1943, and during World War II served on a destroyer in the North Atlantic. In July 1944, the Navy sent him to become “an officer and gentleman” at Princeton. He played on varsity baseball and basketball teams and was a member of Tiger Inn.

Gerry graduated in 1947 with a degree in engineering and remained an active Princeton alumnus for his whole life. His first job after college was in Cookeville, Tenn., but he soon found himself fully involved as a commercial and residential builder and developer in Nashville. He was a community activist as co-founder and first president of the Nashville City Club.

Gerry lived his life as an exciting adventure. He knew how to fly an airplane, and traveled extensively (playing golf whenever he could). Those who knew him best celebrate a life lived with joy, exuberance, and love.

The class extends its deepest sympathy to Betty, his beloved wife of 62 years; his daughter, Katherine Sheridan Crocker; his son, Gerald “Buzz” Sheridan; three grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.

The Class of 1947

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