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Jared Horner Wilson ’53

Published in Nov. 3, 2004, issue

Jerry, a Princeton native and prominent sailor who lived in Branford, Conn., died of heart failure July 6, 2004.

A graduate of South Kent School, he roomed with Lew Kleinhans, Gren Paynter, and George Thomas. He sang in the Glee Club and was elected to Charter Club. Jerry left school at the end of sophomore year and joined the Marine Corps, in which he served until 1954.

In 1952 he married Barbara Goerke, who predeceased him as did his son, Dudley. He was an officer with Fidelity Bank & Trust Co. in Stamford, Conn., before retiring.

Jerry's son Jared S. and daughter-in-law Karen said Jerry loved sailing. He competed in more than 20 Vineyard races on his yachts Christiana and Rebel, a sleek 40-foot vessel. For many years he was chairman of the Stamford-Denmark Friendship Race, the biggest of its kind on Long Island Sound. Fittingly, his memorial service and a celebration of his life were held at Stamford Yacht Club, where he had been commodore.

Besides his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry is survived by his sister, Dawn, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Our warm wishes go to them. As Lew Kleinhans said, "Jerry had a big heart."

The Class of 1953

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