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Robert H. Janover ’52

Published in Oct. 5, 2005, issue

Bob, whose life was defined by family, duty, the law, and Princeton, died Jan. 6, 2005, following a brief illness.

A New Yorker to the bone, he prepared for Princeton at the Horace Mann School and in 1966 married Brooklyn girl Mary Elizabeth "Bitsy" McMahon.

At Princeton, Bob majored in the Woodrow Wilson School and was a member of Cloister Inn. After graduation he served as an Army field artillery officer in Korea, cherishing his military experience and comradeship with other '52ers in Korea.

Study at the University of Vienna and Harvard Law School followed, and in 1957 Bob began a distinguished career in the law that spanned 47 years. He first complemented private and corporate law practice in New York City with civil rights work for HEW in Washington, D.C., and the South. After moving to Michigan in 1971, he returned to private practice in his hometown of Bloomfield Hills.

Bob and Bitsy were familiar faces at our major and mini-reunions. Bob also was a member of the Nassau Club, the Princeton Club of New York, and the Princeton Club of Michigan, where he served as president in 1991 and 1992.

To his beloved Bitsy and their daughter, Laura, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1952

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