Les died Mar. 14, 1999, at Van Dyk Manor in Montclair, N.J., following complications from surgery for colon cancer. He was 89. Less than one month earlier, on Feb. 20, his wife, Josephine, had died of heart failure.
Les prepared at Glen Ridge H.S., where he was an accomplished athlete. After graduating from Princeton, he continued his athletic prowess by being a swimming instructor at the Montclair YMCA and a scoutmaster in Verona, where he lived for the greater part of his life. In 1936 he joined Walter Kidde & Co., and in 1976 he retired as chief tax accountant and assistant controller. His specialty was government contracts, and he was considered an authority in this field. For instance, he was chosen to be chairman of the Social Security Committee for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce in 1957 to represent more than 32 state chamber organizations.
Surviving Les are his sons Stephen, Paul, and Christopher, brothers Ernest and Robert, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. The class extends its sympathy to the entire family.
The Class of 1931