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John Tower Funkhouser ’50

Published in Mar. 5, 1997, issue

John Funkhouser died in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 1, 1996, following a long struggle with emphysema caused by an inherited enzyme deficiency.

John came to Princeton from Montclair [N.J.] H.S. "Funk" was a chemistry major, a JV football player, a member of Tiger Inn, and the kind of bridge player you like to have as a partner. After graduation, he received his doctorate in analytical chemistry from MIT and started work with DuPont. He later joined Arthur D. Little in Boston where he was an early leader in environmental consulting, founding Arthur D. Little's Center for Environmental Assurance. John retired from ADL as v.p. after managing the firm's L.A. office.

John always was active in community affairs, both in Weston, Mass., where he and his wife, Jane, lived for 22 years, and in L.A. The city council of L.A. honored him for his efforts in developing a longrange plan for the city's Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

More that anything else, John was a man of principle, remarkable also for his courage, a trait fully displayed during his long illness. He was a devoted husband and father and a staunch friend. The class extends its deepest sympathy to Jane, his wife of 40 years, his sons, Edward K. '82 and Thomas, his daughter, Susan, his five grandchildren, and to his brother, Edward.

The Class of 1950

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