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Donald Bogart Kipp ’28

Published in May 6, 1992, issue

DON Kipp died Dec. 5, 1991, at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. For the past ten or more years he had lived aboard his yacht, THE BLUE DOLPHIN, but with addresses sometimes in Hobe Sound; West Palm Beach; Edgartown, Mass.; and in Northeast Habor, Me. Don attended the Hill School. At Princeton he majored in politics, was on the BRICABRAC board, was manager of the crew, and was a member of Quadrangle Club. He graduated in 1931 from Harvard Law School.

Don joined the law firm of Pitney, Hardin, and Ward in Newark, NJ., and became a partner in 1937. During WWII he served with the U.S. Navy, was in Brazil and Quonset, R.I., and attained the rank of lieutenant commander. He lived in Morristown for many years, and was on the board of Memorial Hospital there. He was a trustee of Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. Two particularly important positions he held were charter trustee of Princeton and commodore of the New York Yacht Club when it was the successful defender of the America's Cup in 1974.

Don married Beatrice Vernan Behr on May 14, 1937. Beatrice died Dec. 28, 1984, There were five children, Beatrice Nelson, Peter, Donald B. Jr., Kathie (deceased), and Eric. There are three grandchildren, His brother is John B. '31, and his nephew is John B. Jr. '66. Don married Wilhelmina van Meyerhoff on Jan. 21, 1986.

He served the interests of Princeton and the Class of 1928 in many ways. He had a gift of making friends with people in a very genuine way, and will be greatly missed by his classmates. The sympathy of the Class is with Wilhelmina and all the family.

The Class of 1928

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