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John Terhune Valdes ’45

Published in June 5, 2002, issue

Jack died Sept. 19, 2001, in West Palm Beach, Fla., after a long illness. Entering Princeton from St. George's, Jack joined Colonial Club and Triangle. His Princeton career was interrupted by service as a naval aviator and torpedo bomber pilot during the Okinawa campaign. Jack was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals. Returning to Princeton, he graduated with honors in 1948, and a year later married Fleury. His Triangle experience led to employment at CBS television, where he was special effects supervisor on such national network shows as The Jackie Gleason Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. Jack later became a television account executive with BBDO advertising agency, a co-owner of radio station WCUE in Akron, and became director of several New Jersey banks. Jack and Fleury were divorced in 1963, and in the 1970s Jack retired to Florida, where he hosted many classmates. He continued an interest in aviation.

Jack is survived by four daughters, Stacy Lorenceau, Midge, Victoria McKellar, and Fleury, and by six grandchildren. The class expresses its sympathy to the family.

The Class of 1945

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