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John Reese Stevenson ’42

Published in Jan. 28, 1998, issue

Jack died Oct. 26, 1997, at his home in Fort Worth, Tex., of multiple systems atrophy. His distinguished career in law included the chairmanship of Sullivan & Cromwell and extensive service in Washington with the State Dept. He was retired at the time of his death.

Jack came to Princeton from Andover, majored in the School of Public and International Affairs, graduated summa cum laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also served as news editor and editorial cochairman of the Daily Princetonian.

After four years in the Navy, during the war, Jack earned his law degree from Columbia in 1949, followed by a JSD in 1952. Joining Sullivan & Cromwell, he became a partner in 1956 and served as chairman from 1979-87, specializing in corporate and international law. He took a leave of absence in 1969 to join the State Dept. as assistant secretary and legal advisor, following which he served as special representative of the President and chief of the delegation to the Law of the Sea Conference, from 1973-75, with the rank of ambassador. He also served as a director of the National Art Gallery, in Washington, and as its president from 1978-93.

Jack is survived by Ruth, his wife since 1983, his children, Elizabeth, Sally, John Jr., and Patience, and four grandchildren, to whom the class offers its most sincere sympathies.

The Class of 1942

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