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Dorr Ellsworth Newton Jr. ’38

Published in Dec. 17, 2003, issue

Dorr died March 15, 2003, in San Antonio, Tex., where he had lived for many years after retiring from the Air Force as a brigadier general.

Dorr came to Princeton from Philadelphia. He was strong, athletic, interested in sports, and played on Princeton's football teams. He left after two years, a Depression casualty, but always had great affection for Princeton.

In 1966, he received our Class Distinguished Service Award. Dorr was our most-decorated classmate, with 92 combat missions and 187 combat hours over the Mediterranean and Europe in WWII. His commendations included the Air Medal with Eight Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Legion of Merit. These decorations reflected the range of his service, from shooting down Messerschmitts in the Italian invasion to planning and directing the air invasion in southern France. Later, he had command responsibilities at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio and at the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs. After retirement, he was a consultant for Raytheon in the United Kingdom and Boston.

Dorr's wife, Karolen, died in 2000. He is survived by their three children, Doreen, Howard, and Luisa Inez, and four grandchildren, to all of whom the class extends deep sympathy.

The Class of 1938

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