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Oscar Harvey King Jr. ’47

Published in Apr. 4, 2007, issue

Os King died Dec. 19, 2005, of lung cancer. He was 80. All who knew him will remember Os, also known as “Harvey,” for his warmth, humor, and joy in life.

Prior to Princeton he attended Brigham Young High School and the Lawrenceville School. Os was a member of Princeton’s undefeated épée tean of 1949 and the winner of the Princeton Fencing Medal that year.

His highly successful business career was spent in Provo and Salt Lake City until 1984, when Os and his beloved Rosie moved to Laguna Niguel, Calif. A lifelong Episcopalian, Os was active in civic and church affairs.

It is characteristic of Os that he suffered his first stroke following an evening of jitterbugging with Rosie during our 25th reunion. He survived a second stroke with continued good humor and optimism before succumbing to cancer.

Always an enthusiastic sportsman and sailor and one of the founders of the Flotilla of the Great Salt Lake, Os was awarded the U.S. Medal for Meritorious Achievement for his role in saving the crew of an endangered ship in 1978.

He is survived by Rosie, his wife of 55 years; two sons; two daughters; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. To all of them, the class extends heartfelt sympathy.

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