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John Mosler ’45

Published in Nov. 20, 2002, issue

"Big John" Mosler died July 7, 2002, at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC, from heart complications. John entered Princeton from Exeter, and was the fourth generation of his family to preside over the Mosler Safe Co., founded in 1848 by John's great-grandfather. At Princeton, John joined Campus Club and participated on the Debate Team and in Whig-Clio. He left Princeton for service as a counterintelligence special agent in the Philippines, returning to his career with the company. John was a philanthropist, serving as chairman of the John Mosler Foundation; he also was a member of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council and president of the New York Urban League. John was a diplomat in Mauritius and Zambia, and received honorary degrees from Fordham and Duquesne.

John's marriage to the former Sheila Sanders ended in divorce, but he is survived by two sons, Bruce and John Jr., daughter Michelle, and two grandchildren, to all of whom the class extends its sympathy.

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