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John Gilbertnettelton ’38

Published in Feb. 9, 2000, issue

After seeming to be recovering well from recent cancer surgery, Gil suddenly and unexpectedly died on Nov. 9, 1999, at his home in LA.

One of the most popular and all-around achievers in our class, Gil attended St. Alban's School, then majored in English at Princeton, where he was varsity track manager, on the board and advertising manager of the Tiger, chairman of the Nassau Herald, a member of Triangle and of Tiger Inn, and participated in many other campus activities.

After graduation, Gil earned his MBA at Harvard, then served during WWII in the Air Force as a night fighter pilot.

Thereafter, he worked for Northrop in California as a test pilot. He later abandoned his flying career and became a corporate executive, acting as marketing v.p. for Fairchild, Singer, and other companies until he retired in '84.

A devoted Princetonian, Gil once wrote that he had, "tried to be honorable, kind, considerate and caring; in sum, a class act." His friends will agree that he acheived that goal.

The class shares with his beloved wife, Gerry, and his other surviving relatives their sense of grievous loss.

The Class of 1938

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