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James Patton Clarendon II ’39

Published in Mar. 24, 1993, issue

JIM DIED Oct. 22, 1992, in N.Y.C., his home through much of his life, excepting time out for one or two foreign assignments and most notably the five years he spent as an Air Force navigator in WWII. His B17 was shot down over northern France in 1944. With the help of the French underground, he walked to safety, a twomonth's journey that led him over the Pyrenees into Spain. He credited Findley Burns, then with the U.S. Foreign Service in Madrid, with helping to get him out.

Fluent in Spanish and Italian, he worked for Time Inc. as deputy director of foreign operations (195471). From 1971 until his retirement in 1986, he was with American Bank Note Co.

Jim loved learning and in retirement continued to audit courses in art, to study history of countries where he had lived and traveled, and to serve as volunteer at the New York Public Library. Summing up the impact of his Princeton years, he cited the idealism, the atmosphere and friendships, the integrity and sublime innocence of Princeton in our day.

Jim is survived by his widow, Dorothy Sherrod, and by the five children of his first marriage, as well as a stepson and seven grandchildren. To all of them we extend our sympathy.

The Class of 1939

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