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Raymond F. Fitzsimmons ’55

Published in June 5, 2002, issue

Ray died at his home in Orange, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2002, following a lengthy illness. He came to us as a Cane Scholar from Dickinson HS in Jersey City. Ray majored in Latin-American affairs and was fluent in Spanish. He was vice president of the Glee Club and sang in the Chapel Choir.

Following Army service, he received an MBA from Harvard and joined Citibank in NYC, serving several Latin American countries, finally as manager of the prestigious Reforma Branch in Mexico City. Later, he was treasurer of Chrysler Mexico. He then had his own successful consulting business for many years in Mexico. After he retired he made his home in Orange with his mother, who died last year.

Ray had an operatic-quality tenor voice and performed with several companies. He often entertained us as a soloist at concerts during reunions and sponsored tours by the University Choir in Mexico when his friend Walter Nollner was director. A breeder of dalmatians, he served as a judge at major dog shows around the world.

Ray's roommates, John Perkins, Paul Perreten, and Leon Prockop, remained lifelong friends. He was a loyal Princetonian, and a fine friend. We shall miss him greatly.

The Class of 1955

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Sergio Alejandro Flores Martínez Says:

2009-08-08 09:36:44

Conocí a Ray en la Ciudad de México en 1985 como criador y juez. Vivia en calle Sierra Paracaima en las Lomas de Chapultepec, ciudad de México. Para el año de 1986 partió a California. Estuve de visita con él y su madre en la calle de Kensington Rd. en el condado de Orange por varias ocasiones. Excelente amigo, amante de los dálmatas. Lo escuché cantar con excelente voz de tenor. Dejé de tener contacto con él en 2001. Quise buscar una forma de contactarlo y me encuentro con esta noticia. Solo puedo decir que es una pérdida irreparable. Descanse en paz.
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