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William Van B. Alstyne Jr. ’27

Published in Mar. 25, 1998, issue

William B. "Bill" Van Alstyne Jr. died Dec. 15, 1997, in a nursing home in Walpole, Mass. He had lived for many years in Cornwall Bridge, Conn.

He prepared at Hotchkiss, Westminster, and Phillips Andover Academy. At Princeton, he won the Reid Scholarship and played on the hockey and track squads and the scrub football team. He was secretary of the Senior Council, a member of the Class Day committee, the St. Paul's Society, and Whig Hall, and manager of the Student Shoe Shop.

After graduation, Bill spent seven years in the university's personnel department, handling its student employment and senior placement problems and becoming its chief. In 1934, he began 25 years with Merck & Co., ending as assistant secretary and v.p. of operations for its Canadian subsidiary. From 1941-46, he was on the executive committee of the Princeton Club of St. Louis, became its treasurer from 1949-55, and was president of the Princeton Alumni Assn. of Canada. He represented our class on the Graduate Council and was class treasurer from 1942-47. He later became a v.p. of Bard Chemicals.

In 1930, he married Claribel Moulton Smith. Their eldest son, William B. III '55, died several years ago. They have a second son, Hugh '56; two daughters, Mary Moulton and Ann Dalton; 12 grandchildren, including Elinor '89; and numerous great-grandchildren. The class sends its deepest sympathy to his survivors in its loss of a popular classmate.

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