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William Thomas Vogt ’45

Published in Sept. 11, 2002, issue

Bill Vogt died Feb. 4, 2002, at Bryn Mawr Hospital; he was a resident of Haverford, Pa.

Entering Princeton from the Hill School, Bill joined Cap and Gown, and was captain and No. 1 player on the tennis team. Bill saw combat with the 69th Infantry Division, which met the Russians at the Elbe River. Returning to Princeton, Bill received a degree in English cum laude in 1948. In 1950 he married Lorine Eshleman, with whom he had three sons. While becoming successful in the real estate business, starting in tandem with his father, he never lost his interest in tennis. Bill was a nationally renowned tennis player, winning a mixed doubles championship with Helen Jacobs in 1940, as well as the US Interscholastic Championship. Bill won the US Open Doubles crown from 1963-66, and in the latter year he won the Doubles British Amateur Championship. Bill dominated the national senior singles and doubles championships, winning 15 singles and doubles titles. He never lost a senior match. Partnering with his two eldest sons in alternating victories, he won the US Father-Son Doubles Championship eight times.

In addition to Lorine, Bill is survived by his sons, William, Peter, and Brian, and by seven grandchildren. The class expresses its sympathy to all.

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