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Jarvis Cromwell ’18

Published in June 3, 1992, issue

JARVIS CROMWELL, our longtime Class secretary and exceedingly stalwart colleague, went quietly into his permanent steep early in the morning of Sun., Mar. 15, 1992. He was in the Princeton Medical Center, where a few relatively modest repairs were being undertaken, and he was closely watched over by his devoted wife, Edith, and his adoring daughter, Patsy (wife of Lindley Miller '43). He was 95.

The excellent obituary in the Mar. 17 NY TIMES, accompanied by a splendid photo of this handsome man, tells of his wideranging interests pursued after graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He built two factoring companies into major operations and served on a number of boards, including that of manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. He had been a trustee of far too many organizations to mention. He gave unstintingly to St. Luke's Hospital in New York, which he also served as chairman. The Boys' Club of New York benefited beyond measure from his years of devoted effort, as did the Episcopal Church, of which he was a most loyal and constant member.

Jarvis' first wife, of 44 years, Barbara Kissel, died in 1966. Along with Edith and Patsy, he is survived by his son Roger, nine grandchildren, and eight greatgrandchildren. His eldest son, David '49, of whom Jarvis was most fond and justifiably proud, died suddenly and far too soon while bird hunting in South Carolina in 1985.

Perhaps the best way to sum up this wonderful human being is to repeat a remark heard at his funeral service at St. James Church on Mar. 19: "Jarvis Cromwell was a man who made virtue attractive." May he rest in his deserved peace.

The Class of 1918

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