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Lowell M. Pumphrey ’36 *41

Published in Oct. 10, 2007, issue

Lowell died May 18, 2007, in Pensacola, Fla. He was 92.

At Princeton he earned a bachelor’s and doctorate in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

During World War II, Lowell served as a military intelligence officer in Washington, D.C., and in the Mediterranean theater. He received the Army Commendation Medal and held the rank of major. After VE-Day, he was closely involved in the postwar reconstruction of Europe during the Marshall Plan, serving with the Export-Import Bank, the U.S. Treasury, and the International Study Group on Germany. While in Germany he met Charlotte Muller von Birkhahn, whom he married. She died in 1998.

After Germany, he worked primarily as financial adviser for Mobil Oil Co. His work took him to Europe, where he lived in Surrey and Sussex in England, and Geneva, Switzerland. In 1976 he returned to Washington and then to Florida on his 80th birthday. He was proud of his ties to Princeton, including his annual participation in seminars during Princeton reunions. He was very interested in the Civil War.

Lowell is survived by his daughters, Charlotte and Carolyn Pumphrey; and a godchild, Claudia, daughter of his lifelong friend, Henry Huguenin.

The Class of 1936

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