John died June 13, 2001, at home in Ann Arbor, Mich., after a long, courageous battle against MS. John's spirit, tenacity, and intellect inspired his family, students, and friends. Born in Houston, Tex. and raised in Evanston, Ill., he was a member of Tower Club and graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School. He served in the Marine Corps from 1965-1968, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He left the service as a decorated captain. He received his PhD in history from the U. of Wisconsin and was an assistant professor of American intellectual history at the U. of Michigan from 1975-1984 and at UCLA from 1984-1987. He is the author of The Iron of Melancholy.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Miller; his two sons, Richard and Brian; his parents, Jack and Marilynne King; his sister, Lynne Keating; and his former wife, Sharon King. The class extends condolences to all on the loss of this fine man.
Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 21311 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI, 48076, or to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 12th floor, McNamara Building, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI, 48226.
The Class of 1965