John died of cancer Nov. 2, 2003, in Hartford, Conn.
John graduated from the Loomis-Chaffee School. At Princeton he majored in English, wrote his thesis on George Bernard Shaw, and joined Tiger Inn. John volunteered at the Jamesburg [N.J.] Reform School, which sparked his interest in the criminal-justice system. After Princeton he served two years in the Army before graduating from U. of Connecticut Law School.
John practiced law in Hartford, served as first selectman in Woodstock, Conn., and from 1975-85, was legal counsel to the Connecticut secretary of state. In 1991 he was appointed a judge on the State Superior Court, serving until his 70th birthday, when he became a trial judge referee. Since 1964, John volunteered for Community Partners in Action, which helps people in the justice system return to the community.
Away from the bench, John enjoyed his family, his house in Vermont, and cooking. He was a theater buff, participating in several Hartford-area productions. He enjoyed performing marriages, officiating most recently at the wedding of the daughter of Don Brigham '55, his Princeton roommate.
He leaves his wife, Anne; daughters Sarah and Libet; son Vixay, an adopted Laotian boy; stepdaughters Sarah and Amy; a sister, Linda; and seven grandchildren.
The Class of 1955