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Percival Dewitt Oviatt Jr. ’39

Published in Dec. 20, 2000, issue

After a long illness, "Bud" died on Aug. 30, 2000, in Rochester, N.Y., where he was born and lived all his life. He earned his LLB at Yale in 1942 and was a special agent for the FBI for three years. Upon returning to Rochester, he joined his father's law firm, Oviatt, Gilman, Forman and Clarke, where he was made a partner in 1952, and where he remained until he retired in 1998. Outside of the law, golf was the consuming interest of his life. For 40 years, his summers were spent on Cape Cod, where he could pursue golf and sailing uninterrupted by the vagaries of world travel. He regretted, he wrote in our 50th book, "not having done a little more traveling, rationalizing such failure, I guess, on the postulate that you'll find it all in your own back yard."

Bud married Anne H. Lindsay in 1949. Their son, Dana, survives, as do two grandchildren, Ian and Rebecca, and a sister, Betty Oviatt Ryan. We offer them our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939

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