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Nicholas Gilman Thacher ’37

Published in Feb. 12, 2003, issue

Nick died on Mar. 11, 2002, of pulmonary fibrosis, at the age of 86. A distinguished member of '37, he had been serving as AG agent.

He came to Princeton from Lawrenceville, majored in economics, graduated with honors, and received his law degree from Fordham U. During WWII, he entered officer training school and served four years in the South Pacific on the cruiser Pensacola as engineering officer, participating in 13 major battles.

In 1947, he married Jean-Louise Naffziger and joined the Foreign Service. His first assignment was as vice consul of the US embassy in Karachi, capital of the newly independent nation of Pakistan. Nick spent two years in Calcutta as vice consul, served as deputy chief of mission in Tehran for five years, and as US Ambassador in Saudi Arabia, from 1970-73.

When he left Saudi Arabia, he moved to San Francisco and pursued activities that drew on his knowledge of the Middle East. He was vice president in Wells Fargo Bank's international department and taught undergraduate seminars at Stanford.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jean Louise, with whom he shared a love of the San Francisco Opera and their retreat at Lake Tahoe; his daughter, Edith; sons Scott and Adam; and six grandchildren.

The Class of 1937

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