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John Haughton Darms ’56

Published in June 5, 2002, issue

John died Jan. 22, 2002, in NYC. Following graduation, he had a Keasbey scholarship to study classics for three years at Oxford. He shared "digs" with his classmates Neil Rudenstine and Charlie Fried, also studying at Oxford. That undoubtedly played an important part in his development as a major classical scholar who dealt with important archaeological digs throughout the ancient world. At various times, John served as the director of the American Academy in Rome, as a trustee of Princeton, and as professor and chairman of classical studies, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost of the U. of Michigan. In December, he was appointed a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study. At his death, he was the president of the American Council of Learned Societies.

John prepared for Princeton at Exeter. A talented pianist, he played with jazz bands on campus. He was a member of Colonial Club. Senior year, he roomed with Darby Bannard, Tom Waite, Stu Block, and John Bodman.

To his wife, Teresa, his children, Justin and Helena, his grandchildren, Cecilia and Kazimir, and his brothers Ted and Philip, the class extends its heartfelt sympathy.

The Class of 1956

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