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Eric Macdonald Erskine ’60

Published in Dec. 8, 2005, issue

Mike died May 3, 2004, in Baltimore from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Born in Denver, Mike came to Princeton from Evanston Township [Ill.] High School. Originally a member of '60, he left Princeton after sophomore year, then returned to graduate with '62. He was a member of Quadrangle Club and majored in biology. His roommates included Bob Houghtlin, Stuart Levine, Jerry Graber, Nick Newens, and John Burchill. Mike met Martha Duggan at Vassar, and they married in 1962.

Roger Bolgard '61, a lifelong friend from Evanston and one of Mike's roommates for two years, recalls, "Mike was one of the world's greatest salesmen, with a warm personality. He was gentle, caring, and took a great interest in everyone he met. He made each person around him feel special. He never forgot old friends."

Mike achieved the highest score on the IBM sales applicant's examination, and once he found his niche there, had a marvelous 30-year career in Montpelier, Vt., Baltimore, Washington, and Gaithersburg, Md. He retired in 1993 as manager of the Washington Systems Design Center, then pursued a second career in financial planning.

Survivors include Martha; their sons, Michael, William, Kenneth, and Timothy; a sister, Betty Bockley; and five grandchildren. Mike was a devoted family man and to his family, the classes of '60 and '62 extend deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1960

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