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John Roy Dufford Jr. ’55

Published in Sept. 26, 2007, issue

Jack died March 10, 2007, in Elizabeth, N.J., following a bout with cancer.

Born in Paterson, N.J., and raised in Morrisville, Pa., he attended the Peddie School. At Princeton he majored in English, was a member of Cottage, and played freshman and JV football and rugby. Senior year he roomed in Little with Bill Ames and John Bauhan.

Certainly the highlight of Jack’s Princeton athletic career was the epic 9-0 rugby victory over Yale, played at Vassar junior year.

Following two years as a pilot in the Air Force, Jack spent his entire career in education. After receiving a master’s in English literature at NYU, he returned to Peddie to teach, coach, counsel, and mentor for 38 years. He was a most beloved member of the faculty. Additionally, Jack made time to participate in volunteer activities involving the education of underprivileged children. In later years Lakota Indian dancing became an avocation that he very much enjoyed.

Jack will be truly missed by his friends and especially by Charlotte, his wife of 51 years, and his three daughters and their families. To all of them, the class extends deepest sympathy.

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