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James M. Speers III ’50

Published in July 18, 2007, issue

Jim, a native of New Jersey, died in Alabama Feb. 27, 2007. He had been afflicted by Parkinson’s disease.

A graduate of Choate, he served in the Navy’s submarine service from 1943 to 1946. Jim came from a large Princeton family. His father was in the Class of 1916, and eight of his cousins were Princeton graduates. While at Princeton, he played soccer his first two years, sang in the choir, and was a member of Tower Club. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Jim had a long career with Chevron, during which he had assignments in Texas, Louisiana, and Bahrain. In 1986, he retired in Midland, Texas, as a senior design and construction engineer. Four years later, he and Mary, his wife of 54 years, moved to Pensacola, Fla. In recent years, they lived in nearby Spanish Fort, Ala.

We extend our sympathy to Mary; his daughters, Susan Marie Sarley and Nancy Ann Hermsen; and three grandchildren.

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