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John Smith Reese IV ’27

Published in Dec. 18, 2002, issue

John died peacefully on June 26, 2002, in Wilmington, Del., where he was born. He prepared at Wilmington Friends. At Princeton he played soccer and majored in chemistry. He went on to study chemistry in Vienna, and then obtained a PhD at Johns Hopkins. After further study in England and at MIT, he worked at DuPont as a research chemist until he retired in Apr. 1962.

He was a devoted member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where he served both as junior and senior warden. A member of the Society of Colonial Wars, he was interested in history, especially that of Old Swedes Church and the Civil War. John enjoyed skiing, fly fishing, tennis, squash, golf, bridge, opera, classical music, and the arts.

John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann Ranken, daughter Harriet Jensen, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a step-great-grandchild, to whom the class extends its sympathy.

The Class of 1927

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