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Ansley Johnson Coale ’39 *47

Published in Apr. 23, 2003, issue

Ansley died Nov. 5, 2002, at Newtown, Pa., from Parkinson's disease. Born in Baltimore, Ansley followed a family tradition by attending Princeton, graduating with a degree in economics. He earned his master's in 1941, and after Navy service, received his PhD in 1947, the year he joined the Princeton faculty. An internationally recognized expert on population trends, he directed the Office of Population Research of the Woodrow Wilson School from 1957 to 1976. He loved teaching, and many of his students went on to become leaders in the field. His research led to extensive world travels, much to his delight. His honors were many, but he was proudest of his membership in the American Philosophical Society. His long association with Princeton was recognized when he received an honorary degree in 1994.

An ardent tennis and squash player, Ansley was a familiar figure in town, commuting to his office by bike. Married in 1941, Ansley is survived by his wife, Sue (Sarah Campbell), and sons Ansley Jr. and Robert.

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