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Donald Newton Wilber ’29 *49

Published in Mar. 19, 1997, issue

Don died Feb. 2, 1997, in Princeton, N.J. His school was New Trier H.S. At Princeton he played freshman soccer and was on the board of the Prince. He received MFA and PhD degrees in architecture from Princeton.

He had a busy and productive career as artist, architect, archeologist, historian, and specialist in the Middle East and Asia. His institutional connections included Oriental Institute of Chicago, Institute for Advanced Study, Johns Hopkins U., and the Asia Institute of New York. He was a leading figure in the Princeton Rug Society and Princeton Middle East Society. He was chair of the Iran Foundation of New York. Don was founder and chair of the Color Slides Cooperative, which supplied slides of art objects to universities and museums. With his first wife, Peg (also an architect), he conducted tours around the world. During WWII, Don was with the OSS. He joined the CIA, where he served from 1948-70. Don's celebrity as archeologist and scholarly author gave him a perfect cover.

In 1939 Don married Margaret Patterson Surre, and she survives, as well as their two daughters, Sara Wilber Cohen and Margaret Newton Wilber. The class extends sincere sympathy to Don's family.

The Class of 1929

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