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Fletcher Hanson Etheridge Jr. ’49

Published in Jan. 27, 1999, issue

Fletcher "Hans" Etheridge Jr. died Oct. 15, 1995, at home, in his sleep.

He was born June 30, 1928, and prepared at Woodberry Forest. At Princeton he majored in politics, graduating with highest honors, was assistant manager of the basketball and wrestling teams, and participated in interclub sports. He waited tables in Commons and was national ad manager of the Nassau Lit, a member of S.C.A., and a member of Key and Seal Club.

Following a brief banking career in NYC, Fletcher entered U. of Texas Law School, where he was on the Law Review. He graduated with honors in 1953 and was named to the Order of the Coif. He received the highest score in the Texas Bar Exam that year. During the Korean War, Hans served as first lieutenant and assistant staff judge advocate. He practiced law in Houston with several firms from 1955 until his death, at the time of which he was with Keck, Mahin & Cate. He was highly regarded by colleagues and opposing counsel.

Fletcher is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Carolyn, daughters Eugenia and Anna, and son Fletcher H. III. The late Gary Bivings '49 was his cousin. We extend our deepest sympathies to all of his family at the loss of this hard-working, good-natured gentleman.

The Class of 1949

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