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George Kenneth Willis ’36

Published in May 14, 2003, issue

Ken died Jan. 25, 2003, at his home in Cheshire, Conn. He was 90. He prepared at Exeter. At Princeton he majored in philosophy, was captain of the varsity hockey team, and was president of Cannon Club.

He was one of our class heroes as a member of our freshman football team. During the season's final game, Ken kicked a field goal for a final score of 3-0 against Yale's freshman squad. He and his teammates celebrated a great season's record of being un-defeated, untied, and unscored upon.

Most of his long business career was as an executive of the High Standard Manufacturing Co. of Hamden, Conn., a producer of firearms. He was production supervisor and a member of the board of directors. He retired at 70, after a few years as a sales broker for one of New Haven's largest iron and steel scrap companies.

Ken was a director of the New Haven youth hockey program, an intercollegiate ice hockey referee, and was a volunteer for Junior Achievement and the United Way. His wife, Harriet Toole, whom he married in 1937, predeceased him. He is survived by his son, Theodore, and two grandchildren, Cynthia Divock and Curt Willis.

The Class of 1936

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