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Hugh W. Handsfield ’32

Published in June 2, 1993, issue

HUGH HANDSFIELD died Feb. 17, 1993, in a hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

At the end of his sophomore year at Princeton, Hugh transferred to St. Stephen's College (now Bard) and graduated in 1933 with a Columbia A.B. After a year of graduate work in English, he was hired as a college field representative for McGrawHill. During the next seven years, he visited colleges and universities all over the country, promoting the sale of McGrawHill textbooks. During WWII, he served as an intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Force's headquarters in London. After the War, he became an editor of McGrawHill textbooks, mainly in the physical and natural sciences. In 1954, he was appointed editorinchief of the college department, and thereafter also became European field editor and California field editor for McGrawHill.

Although Hugh graduated from St. Stephen's College, his son James has written that Hugh always thought of Princeton as his alma mater.

Hugh's wife, Esther, died in 1989. He is survived by two sons, Hunter and James H.; one brother, Leicester H.; one sister, Mrs. Evan Pancake; and two grandchildren, Lara and Matthew; to all of whom the Class offers its sincere condolences.

The Class of 1932

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