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William John Pyle ’33

Published in May 16, 2001, issue

Jack Pyle died Feb. 19, 2001, at home, after several years of deteriorating health. He was 90. After retiring in the 1970s from positions as New England regional manager and national accounts manager at Sealright Corp., Jack operated a small business as a manufacturer's representative.

Jack was a member of the Playhouse Assn. of Summit, N.J., since 1934. He appeared in more than 70 of the group's plays, served backstage, and was president for two terms. He was a founding member of the Clearwater Club in New Providence, N.J., where he started its swim league. He was a former president of the Summit Taxpayers Assn. and a life member of the Old Guard of Summit. For several years he played Santa, telephoning children who wrote to Santa Claus care of the Old Guard.

Jack lived in Summit most of his life. He is survived by two daughters, Lindsay P. Behne and Susan P. Smith, and a son, William Jr., six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. We'll all miss this eloquent thespian.

The Class of 1933

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