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John Pennington Warter ’42

Published in Jan. 29, 2003, issue

Penn, a noted orthopedic surgeon and founder of the Westfield Orthopedic Group in New Jersey, died July 30, 2002, in Hinsdale Hospital, Illinois. At Princeton he achieved departmental honors in biology, was a member of Dial Lodge, and roomed with Charlie Crandall, whose sister, Rosemary, Penn married in 1944. During WWII he graduated from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy Medical Corps during WWII and later in the Korean War. After his residency at Bellevue Hospital and internship at NY Orthopedic Hospital, Penn opened his practice in Westfield, which over 30 years grew to five surgeons and 40 employees.

During the development of the Westfield Group, he was appointed Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Overlook Hospital in Summit. His patients included future and current Olympic athletes; however, his greatest satisfaction was in the treating of children and the impoverished. Penn and Rosemary, who died in 1998, were dedicated fundraisers. Penn himself was a prolific writer, a history buff, and an eclectic art collector.

To his four children, Larry, Mark, Chris, and Penny, and their families, the class offers its deepest condolences.

The Class of 1942

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