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John William Bitner ’38

Published in Feb. 9, 2000, issue

Air Force brigadier general Jack Bitner died of leukemia on Aug. 13, 1999.

At Princeton, he was a geology major, cheerleader, manager of the hockey team, and pres. of Cottage Club.

Jack served in the Army Air Corps/Air Force from 1938-73, with active duty tours during WWII and the Korean conflict. After retiring, he served as a trustee of the New York Military Academy. In 1971, Pres. Nixon awarded Jack the Legion of Merit, and in 1991, Connecticut Governor Weicker appointed him Brigadier General Aide-de-Camp.

Jack worked as v.p. for Empire Trust Co. and following a merger, The Bank of New York, and was director of the Independent Petroleum Assn. of America.

Jack served as chair of Cottage Club's Board of Governors, the Graduate Inter-Club Council, and the Alumni Council Committee on Assns. and Clubs. He was a member of the Alumni Council Executive Committee, and pres. of his class. He was also chair of the ROTC Advisory Council, pres. of the Princeton Club of NYC, the Alumni Assn. of Greenwich, and the Alumni Assn. of Nantucket Island. In 1972, our class presented Jack with its Distinguished Service Award and in 1990, the Alumni Council presented him with its award for Service to Princeton, and in 1992 the ROTC Advisory Council appointed him chairman emeritus.

Jack married Martha Louise Connor in 1941. Marty died in '96. They are survived by son John William Bitner '67, daughters Martha Bradford Bitner and Barbara Niles Bitner, and two grandchildren.

The Class of 1938

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