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Arthur Knapp Jr. ’28

Published in Nov. 25, 1992, issue

ART KNAPP died June 15, 1992, at the Greenwich Hospital. He had been slowed down in recent years by arthritis, loss of cartilage in his knee, cataracts, and leukemia. In a letter written just a month before his death, he recited these and other ailments, but ended with his characteristically salty humor, "Other than that I am FINE!"

Art went to Flushing H.S. At college he majored in economics, was in the Triangle Club, and was a member of Terrace Club. His marriage to Dorothy Roan, on Nov. 18, 1933, ended in divorce ten years later. He is survived by one daughter, Corliss (Mrs. Ralph P. Engle), and there are two grandsons.

He was a successful oddlot commission broker with Carlisle & Jacquelin, and was a member of the N.Y. Stock Exchange, retiring in 1974. Art was widely known as a sailor of the first rank, whether on dinghies on Long Island Sound or on the crews of Amcrica's Cup yachts. He holds an important place in Princeton athletic history as the organizer of the first intercollegiate yacht race between Princeton, Harvard, and Yale (1928) and for skippering the Princeton boat to victory. In 1932 he helped form the Frostbite Yacht Club, which raced dinghies in Long Island Sound in the winter. He won countless races, including the annual Larchmont Yacht Club frostbite series 14 times. He was the author of a practical book on sailing, RACE YOUR BOAT RIGHT. He won many national yachting awards and honors. He could often be found in later years working on latchhook rugs on the verandah of the Larchmont Yacht Club.

Art was a loyal Princetonian who was active in Class affairs and attended reunions regularly. He will be remembered with affection, as a great competitor and achiever, as well as a staunch and congenial friend, by all his classmates.

The Class of 1928

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Stewart Fish Says:

2011-06-20 12:17:00

Too bad he didn't go to Brown. He and Glen Foster and Arthur Seselberg would have been a wonderful team.
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