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John W. Mowinckel ’43

Published in Sept. 10, 2003, issue

John died May 7, 2003, at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.; he was 82.

Born in Genoa, he grew up in Italy and France. He attended Le Rosey School in Switzerland and St. Paul's School in New Hampshire before coming to Princeton.

During WWII, John served as a lieutenant in the Marine Corps, assigned to the Office of Strategic Services. He landed at Omaha Beach, participated in the liberation of Paris, and earned Silver and Bronze Stars as well as the Croix de Guerre.

John spent most of his professional life in the diplomatic service in Rome; Washington, DC; Kinshasa, Zaire; and Rio de Janeiro. His last posting was to the US embassy in Vienna. John also was a journalist and businessman who lived in Paris before retiring to Florida.

He is survived by his wife, the former Letizia Crostarosa; a son, John; and two grandchildren. To the survivors, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies.

The Class of 1943

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