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John Richard Bell Jr. ’64

Published in Dec. 17, 1997, issue

We are saddened to report the death of Rick Bell on July 27, 1994, after a long illness. Rick touched many of our lives and was among our classmates remembered at the Princeton Chapel memorial service in Feb. 1995, but tardiness in honoring his memory in these pages attests only to the difficulty of adequately expressing our sorrow at his loss.

Rick was born John Richard Bell Jr. in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Sept. 16, 1942, and attended the Hill School. At Princeton, Rick majored in history, was an active member of Colonial Club and the freshman golf team, sang in the Glee Club, and graduated magna cum laude. Rick was an enthusiastic alumnus and attended the 1994 Alumni Day only three months before he died.

Upon graduation, Rick was recruited by Kidder, Peabody, where he began his long career in investment banking. He earned his MBA at Wharton in 1968 and had a series of successful careers with MGM, AMPROP, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and NatWest Securities. Rick was also a coinvestor in a successful marina operation in Coconut Grove, Fla. He was managing his own investments at the time of his death.

Rick is survived by his mother, Mrs. Serta Moare; his sister, Deborah Bourne (married to Ken Bourne '66, who started at Princeton with our class); and his brother, Craig Marshall Bell. To Rick's family and friends who will miss him, the class extends sincere condolences.

The Class of 1964

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