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Wilson Rufus Page II ’45

Published in May 12, 1993, issue

RUFUS PACE died Sept. 25, 1992, after valiantly combating throat cancer for several years. Appropriately, Rufe passed away in his boyhood city, Tulsa.

Rufe, who was virtually unique in his ability to enjoy life and to provide humor for others, was the delight of a wide circle of friends and classmates throughout his life.

Rufe entered Princeton with a large contingent from Lawrenceville, the only son of Lawrence R. Page '19. He roomed with Dwight and John Sutherland and the late 2E Norris. Rufe was on the freshman wrestling team, a member of Cottage Club, and an important participant in Triangle and the Right Wing Club.

Rufe's Princeton career was interrupted by service as a naval aviator in WWII. He then joined Texaco's sales department and quickly rose to the top of its sales force. When he married Eleanor "Kippy" Cole in 1952, nine of his ushers were classmates: Bowling, Lippincott, Rees, Scheerer, Schill, Streuber, Valdes, White, and Williams.

In 1956, Rufe left Texaco for Wall Street, where he remained briefly. That period was marked by his determination to seek a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys football team in 1962, when he would have been a 40yearold

rookie. He opted instead to join classmates Ashmun and Hilliard in the oil fields of west Texas and in due course moved to Florida, where he was involved for many years in real estate operations. Rufe's ebullience was irrepressible, and he will be greatly missed. The sympathy of the Class is extended to his sons Wilson R. III and Peter T., two grandchildren, and his sisters Mrs. Gene Purdy, Mrs. Duff Arnold, and Mrs. Joseph Mueller.

The Class of 1945

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