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Alan Ferguson Lyster ’52

Published in Jan. 29, 2003, issue

Alan died from complications of cancer at his home in Asbury Park, N.J., on Aug. 16, 2001. A funeral mass was celebrated in his home parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

Midway through his junior year, Alan left Princeton to enlist in the Air Force. Trained to serve as a gunner, he reported that he "never fired a shot in anger." He and Sally Walheim were married in July 1953, and they returned to Princeton in the spring of 1954, where Alan continued his English major. He graduated in 1955.

After two years as trust officer in a bank, he became an English teacher and track and football coach at Rumson-Fair Haven HS in 1958. He remained a devoted teacher until he retired in 1995. An avid reader and writer, Alan received a scholarship at the U. of London in 1966, and he won the Star-Ledger Scholars Teacher Award in 1988. For 30 years he worked summers as a parimutuel clerk at Monmouth Park.

Alan's wife, Sally, predeceased him in Feb. 2001, and he is survived by his children, Alan Jr., Richard, James, and Bonnie, and five grandchildren. The class offers its deepest sympathy to Alan's family.

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