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Paul V. Deporte ’39

Published in May 11, 1994, issue

PAUL DIED Dec. 31, 1993, of a sepsis while recovering from GuillainBarre Syndrome at a rehabilitation hospital. He had retired in 1983 after 37 years as a medical translator at the Natl. Institutes of Health, doing medical transcriptions from the Slavic, Romance, and Germanic languages into English.

Although he left Princeton after freshman year, Paul continued to think of himself as a '39er, often attending class gatherings in Washington. He majored in biology at R.F.I. and graduated from Rutgers in 1942. His graduate work in languages was at the Univ. of Wisconsin and George Washington Univ. During WWII, he was a civilian language specialist in the Office of Censorship in Miami for the army and the Office of Cable Censorship for the navy in N.Y.C. He was a lifetime member of the Society of Federal Linguists and the American Translators Assn.

Paul met his wife, Helen Magnani, in 1939, when he signed up for the Italian course she was teaching at Rutgers in the adult education evening program. They married in 1945 and had one son, Paul J. We extend our sympathy to them; to Paul's brothers, David and Michael '68; and to two grandchildren.

The Class of 1939

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