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James Shand ’48

Published in Jan. 24, 2007, issue

Jim Shand was elected captain of the swimming team as a sophomore and went on to be national intercollegiate backstroke champion. The medley relay team set a U.S. record. Jim was All-American in swimming for two years and also was a member of the national championship lacrosse team. He was quite a golfer and card player, as well.

Jim died Oct. 23, 2006. He came to us by way of Exeter and graduated with a bachelor’s in economics after having put in his time at Cap and Gown.

His whole business career was at Watt & Shand department store in Lancaster, Pa.. As Jim put it: “I began working at Watt & Shand in the fall of 1948 and rose rapidly to become president of the store in 1958, due to my industry and intelligence . . . just incidentally, my family owned a large share of the business.” He was just the third president in the history of the firm, which began in 1878.

Jim was extremely active in the Lancaster community. He served on every board and committee imaginable.

To his widow, Joan, and sons James ’74 and Douglas, the class offers its condolences. Jim will be sorely missed by his many Princeton friends; he was a regular at our major reunions.

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