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J. Warner Butterworth II ’59

Published in June 8, 2005, issue

Duke died April 17, 2005, in New York-Presbyterian Hospital, following a brief but courageous battle with lymphoma.

A native Philadelphian, he spent his adult life in New York City while escaping, as often as possible, to his beloved Adirondacks. He had just recently moved to Norwich, Vt.

Preceded at Princeton by his father and two older brothers, Duke prepped at South Kent School, joined Colonial Club, and majored in economics. His Princeton career was to become defined by his famous role as the strategist and stroke of the undefeated national champion lightweight crew that rowed on to win the Thames Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta.

After graduation, Duke served as an officer in the Navy, and went on to forge a career as a Chase international banker, with South America as his territory. But he was hardly done with Princeton, performing superbly for many years as our class agent, the constant connection that bound us together.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Townsend-Butterworth, and by their children, James and Diana, to whom the class extends its profound and heartfelt sympathy.

Mindful of his dedicated contribution to our class and recalling his exploits on the water, no words could better express the sentiment of our members than those Duke heard so often as he flashed, victorious, across the finish line on Lake Carnegie: "Way enough, Duke. Well rowed."

The Class of 1959

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