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John Graves ’60 *69

Published in Jan. 28, 2004, issue

John died in Fort Lauderdale Oct. 13, 2003, of complications from a heart attack.

Born in NYC, John attended Collegiate School, where he was valedictorian, tennis captain, and winner of the American history prize. At Princeton he won the freshman honor prize for academic achievement, and majored in physics and philosophy. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of Campus Club. He roomed with Ted McMillan, Charlie Johnson, Dave Sharp, John Coe, and Bo Nightingale.

John earned an MA and a PhD from Princeton. In 1964 he moved to Boston and joined the MIT faculty, chairing the undergraduate philosophy program. His book, The Conceptual Foundations of Contemporary Relativity Theory, was published in 1971. After spending 1975 at Brown, he returned to Boston to practice psychotherapy and work with Counseling Services, Inc.

John sang with the Boston Concert Opera, where he became a director and corporate secretary. Politically, John moved far to the left during the Vietnam War, and spoke out on nuclear war, civil rights and liberties, women's and gay rights, and other issues.

He was a committed Princetonian and regularly attended reunions. He will be missed by classmates, colleagues, students, and clients he counseled as a psychotherapist. To them, and to Raymond, John's partner for more than 20 years, the class sends its sincere condolences.

The Class of 1960

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