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Howard Bruce Vail ’26

Published in Sept. 9, 1998, issue

Howard Bruce Vail died Jan. 30, 1998, in Boca Raton, Fla.

Following our graduation and a summer trip to Spain, Howard returned to Princeton to teach Spanish for one year. He also entered Yale Law School and ultimately became legal secretary for the Board of Foreign Missions for the United Presbyterian Church -- a job he held and loved for over 25 years. During WWII, Howard served in the Army Air Corps as a major and afterward worked for the United Nations in West Germany as the legal and immigration representative.

Howard married Elma Avery in 1934 and after several years as a widower married Alta Guttridge Shincel in 1983. He had a lifelong love of sports, spoke several languages fluently, and was a devout Christian. Our profound sympathy goes out to Alta and their daughter, Patricia, and to those many friends who were so fond of our classmate.

The Class of 1926

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