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Donald Vail ’42

Published in Oct. 9, 2002, issue

Don died Mar. 27, 2002, in Bedford, N.Y., after a long illness. A retired lawyer, he lived and practiced in the NYC area his entire career.

Coming to Princeton from Holderness School, Don majored with honors in psychology and was a member of Tower Club. He spent three-and-a-half years in the Marine Air Corps during WWII, flying Curtiss Commandos in the Pacific theater, with the rank of captain. After the war, he received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1948, and practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell until he joined Alexander & Green, which subsequently became Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green, where he stayed until he retired. In addition to serving as secretary and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, he was an avid sailor, summering in Stonington, Conn., and was a member of the NY Yacht Club. He served on the board of directors of Northern Westchester Hospital, was its president from 1977-82, and was founding member of the Bedford Assn.

To his wife, Priscilla; to his children, Melissa, Polly, Lucia, and Donald; and to his six grandchildren, the class extends its deepest sympathies.

The Class of 1942

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