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George Gordon Bonnyman ’41

Published in Dec. 8, 2005, issue

Bonny died July 30, 2004, after a long illness.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., he came to Princeton from the Portsmouth Priory School. He majored in civil engineering and graduated with honors. A member of ROTC, Bonny was on the JV polo team and the skeet team. A member of Cloister Inn, he roomed with Lawless and Morton.

Serving as battery commander with Merrill's Marauders during World War II in China, Burma, and India, he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Cluster, the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Chinese Medal of Merit.

Afterward, Bonny went to work for the Blue Diamond Coal Co., becoming president in 1966, then chairman as well as director of the National Coal Association. He loved tennis and was an avid hunter all his life. He also piloted a small twin-engine airplane.

Bonny is survived by Isabel, his wife of 62 years; daughters Isabel Stanley and Anne Bonnyman; sons Gordon Jr. '69, Alexander '78, and Brian '85; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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