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Harold James Fitzgeorge ’48

Published in Oct. 24, 2007, issue

Harold died at his Vero Beach, Fla., home June 14, 2007, a day before his 83rd birthday. He had Parkinson's disease.

A native of Trenton, Harold was a member of Colonial and Sigma XI and graduated, wife and child in tow, with high honors in geology. Harold served in the Marines in World War II and the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star.

After the war Harold went to work for Magnolia Petroleum in Oklahoma City. Magnolia became Mobil. After service in Korea he returned to Mobil as a field geologist and manager. Along the way, he earned an MBA from MIT and went on to be president of Mobil Oil, Canada. This led to the presidency of the Mobil subsidiary in Venezuela until nationalization and his return to the Denver division and retirement in 1977. He returned to the oil business as president of Pennzoil from 1978 to 1984. In 1986 he founded the Student Aid Fund at Princeton.

Harold married Bette Weidel in 1945. Bette died in 1987, and Harold married Roberta Tefft in 1999. To Roberta and Harold's four daughters, Barbara, Virginia, Patricia, and Elizabeth, the class offers its condolences. We have lost a fine friend and a loyal Princetonian.

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