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John M. Mcclenahan ’47

Published in Mar. 20, 1996, issue

John died Nov. 26, 1995, in Bryn Mawr, Penn. His home was in nearby Haverford. He prepared for Princeton at the Haverford School and entered the university in the summer of 1943. His time at Princeton was interrupted for military service, most of which he spent in the European theater as an infantryman.

Classmates in the Army with him remember him as a good soldier who took the hardships of military life in stride and with a smile. Wounded twice in battle, John received the Purple Heart with an oakleaf cluster. He also received the Bronze Star. After the war he returned to Princeton, and in 1949 he took his degree. Two years later he married Barbara Brown in Chester, Penn.

John's career was in business, but in the 1960s he created a diversion from its demands by becoming a restaurateur. In private life John devoted time to volunteer work in Bryn Mawr on behalf of Meals on Wheels, the Ludington Library, and the Altar Guild of the Church of the Redeemer. He also found time for his hobbies: tennis, squash, sailing, and gardening.

We remember John as a cheerful, kind-hearted man, and we miss him. To Barbara and to their children, Ann B., Elizabeth M. Lafferty, John M. III, and David C., we offer our profound sympathy.

The Class of 1947

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