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John H. Duys III ’49

Published in Oct. 7, 1998, issue

Jack Duys, a tobacco merchant who had been lost to us and to Princeton since our 30th reunion, died June 19, 1998, in Miami.

Jack was born in Larchmont, N.Y., to the late Anna and John H. Jr. '25, of Havana, Cuba, and attended the Lawrenceville School before coming to Princeton. He majored in economics and was a member of Terrace Club. Following Princeton, he entered the family business, H. Duys & Co. Havana Tobacco, and remained there until 1960.

During 1951-52 Jack served in the Korean War as an instrument sergeant for a mortar platoon, then retired to civilian life and the family company. He married Diane Putnam Colman in 1954, and they visited many countries throughout Europe so that he could learn that aspect of tobacco marketing. Jack remained active in the tobacco business for many years, in NYC, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic, and they lived wherever it was prudent at the time.

Diane describes Jack as "a kind and generous person, whose Sundays at the Manila Polo Club, devoted to the family's horseback riding, are fondly remembered." Jack is survived by his loving family -- Diane, son John, daughters Kathryn, Diana, and Anna, and grandchildren James, Nicolas, and Thalia. To them all, we extend our most sincere sympathies.

The Class of 1949

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3 Remembrances posted for John H. Duys III

Philip Uy Says:

2010-07-27 10:31:09

I remembered Uncle John when he worked for my dad here in the Philippines. I'm trying to get in touch with his family; please help. Jack might remember me; as for Anna, I think she was only 7 then. Thanks.

Jaime (James) Hernandez Duys Says:

2012-10-22 10:55:13

John H. Duys III was my grandfather and next to my mother the single greatest influence in my life. I was 16 when he passed and always was close to him throughout my life and especially at the end of his life. Always gracious, he taught me many lessons in life that I cherish. I miss you, Gramps. We will be together again in the afterlife, smoking cigars and playing cards in our robes ... Until then! Abrazos.

Edward L. Adams Jr. Says:

2014-02-27 14:41:01

Rest in peace ... Adams cousin.
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