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Joseph Bryan ’27

Published in May 12, 1993, issue

THE CLASS lost one of its most distinguished members and its most unique personality when Joe Bryan died Apr. 3, 1993, of liver cancer at his home in Richmond, Va.

Born Apr. 30, 1904, in Richmond, Joe came to Princeton from Episcopal H.S. He was chairman of the TIGER, editor of the LIT, a member of the Triangle Club, Clio, Ivy Club, and a captain in the R.O.T.C. He also chaired Dean Gauss's "Committee on Decency," a fact which he wanted inscribed on his tombstone!

He started his brilliant literary career with the CHICAGO JOURNAL and then wrote for TIME, FORTUNE, and the NEW YORKER. In 1935, he became managing editor of TOWN AND COUNTRY and in 1937 became associate editor of the SATURDAY EVENING POST.

In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy as a licurcriant in combat intelligence, serving on several carriers and receiving numerous citations and decorations, but he claimed his greatest feat was to have planted a Confederate flag on the captured island of Munda in the Solomons. He was promoted to lieutenant commander and transferred (unwillingly) to public relations. After the war, he wrote many bestselling books, including MISSION BEYOND DARKNESS, HALSEY'S STORY, and AIRCRAFT CARRIER, and articles for HOLIDAY magazine.

Joe married Katherine Barnes in 1930 and by her had three children, the survivors are Joan (Mrs. Peter Gates) and Courtlandt D. V. In 1960, he married Jacqueline de la Grandiere, who died in 1988, and in 1991, he wed Elizabeth ("Mayo") McIntosh, the widow of Rieman McIntosh '28. She, his two children, six grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren survive him. To them, the Class extends deep sympathy.

The Class of 1927

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