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Donald L. Wert ’49

Published in Feb. 19, 1997, issue

Our classmates are saddened by the news of the death of Donald L. Wert, an honorary member of our class. Don died Sept. 17, 1996, after a brief but valiant struggle with cancer. A native of Princeton, he and his wife Kay raised their family of five on Hodge Rd. before moving to Mantoloking, N.J. An ardent sailor, Don served as rearcommodore of the Mantoloking Yacht Club and was a former member of the Bay Head Yacht Club, the Princeton Club of N.Y., and the Springdale Golf Club. He attended both the U. of Pennsylvania and the Columbia Business School. His business career included the Hertz Corp., Ted Bates Advertising, and SAMI, a division of Time Inc. from which he retired in 1982 as a v.p.

Don will be long remembered for the help he gave his adopted class in arranging the catering for nearly every major '49 reunion, and especially for his devotion to his classmates and his enthusiasm for Princeton. His handsome ruddy face topped by a crown of white hair was a familiar sight at Princeton football games, and few will forget his infectious laugh and bonhomie. He was a most loyal and supporting friend to many of us.

We share his loss with his wife, Kay, sons Alexander and Thatcher, and his daughters, Mina Merkel, Becky Schmierer, and Libby Crowley, and the eight grandchildren to whom he meant so much.

The Class of 1949

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