After a brief illness, Bob died Oct. 3, 1996, at the United Hospital Medical Center in Port Chester, N.Y.
He grew up in Bronxville, N.Y.; he lived in Rye, N.Y., for 18 years before his death. He prepared at Phillips Exeter Academy. At Princeton he majored in economics, was on the 150-lb. football team, and was a member of Colonial Club. After graduation from Harvard Law School, he became a member of the New York Bar Assn. and was a successful corporate and trial lawyer in NYC.
During WWII, he served five years in the Navy, rising from ensign to lieutenant. He commanded a PT boat in four major campaigns in the Pacific theater and finished his service as commander of a PT boat squadron in the Mediterranean.
Bob is survived by his wife, Veronica Newman Rafter, whom he married in 1947, sons Robert J., John R. II, daughter Marcia A. '77, sister Elizabeth H. Kennedy, cousin Robert W. Minton '40, and five grandchildren.
He was devoted to his family and Princeton and led a productive life. He will be remembered by his many friends in the class.
The Class of 1936