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Jerome Paul Weiss ’56

Published in Nov. 6, 1996, issue

Jerry Weiss of Great Falls, Va., died in Norfolk, Va., July 6, 1996. He had suffered a stroke while hospitalized for an infection complicated by his fiveyear struggle with cancer.

Jerry came to Princeton from Nottingham H.S. in Syracuse, N.Y. He studied at the Woodrow Wilson School, played freshman football and baseball, 150lb. football as a sophomore, and ran track in his last two years. Jerry served as a keyceptor, a member of our Memorial Fund committee, and joined Cap and Gown. He was a lieutenant in the Navy from 1956-58, specializing in naval intelligence. In 1961 he received his law degree from Harvard.

Jerry began his law career in Syracuse, ultimately specializing in agricultural cooperatives and membership organizations. He joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in 1986 as managing partner, opening the firm's Washington office, where he remained until his death. From 1988-91 he was special counsel to the chairman of the Farm Credit Administration.

Jerry was an adjunct professor at Syracuse and Antioch law schools for a number of years. In 1972 he was appointed chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Syracuse and Onondaga County. At the time of his death Jerry was our Annual Giving section chairman for Baltimore/Washington.

The class extends its deep sympathy to Marion, Jerry's wife of 33 years, their sons, Jonathan '90 and Andrew '94, his mother, Irene, and his sister, Judith Kautto.

The Class of 1956

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