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Bruce Arnold Beery ’52

Published in Apr. 20, 2005, issue

Bruce died Dec. 23, 2002, at home in St. Petersburg, Fla., after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

He had joined his second wife, Vera, in the Russian Orthodox Church through his baptism in January 2002. His funeral liturgy was held in St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church, where he and Vera were married on Valentine's Day 2002. Vera said Bruce was devoted to the class and was buried in his reunion jacket and tie.

At Princeton Bruce majored in SPIA and belonged to Cannon Club. He worked in Commons as waiter, captain, and finally headwaiter. Following graduation he served two years in the Army, stationed in Hokaido, Japan. In 1954 he married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Hatcher, and simultaneously began MBA studies at Columbia.

After eight years in accounting, Bruce settled into a distinguished career in banking. In San Francisco he was treasurer of Crocker National Corp. and controller of its bank. In Charlotte, N.C., he was executive vice president and CFO of NCNB Corp. After early retirement he and Mary moved to St. Petersburg in 1980, where she died in 1988.

Bruce is survived by his beloved Vera, seven children, and 10 grandchildren. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them.

The Class of 1952

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