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John S. Blay ’37

Published in Dec. 18, 1991, issue

JACK BLAY's illustrious career in writing, editing, picture editing, and book and typographical design ended with his death Oct. 19, 1991, leaving behind his wife, Freda. He had no brothers, sisters, or children. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease since 1988.

Jack prepared at Lawrenceville, where he was active in crew, tennis, and dramatics, At Princeton he majored in economics, was a member of Tower Club, and was coauthor of the 193637 Triangle Club production "Take It Away." A threemonth European tour after graduation was followed by a stint at Time, Inc., in the business, circulation, and public relation areas. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army for four years, exercising his writing talents as copy chief for Newsmap, reporting for Army News Service, and as editor of the China/Burma/India edition Of YANK. There he covered the last major surrender of the Japanese to the Chinese in Nanking. Along the way, he wrote a narrative of the North African campaign, which was turned into a film by John Huston and Col. Frank Capra. Next came turning out story ideas and articles for Coronet for three years and then industrial journalism with Shell Oil, before writing several books (including CIVIL WAR and AFTER THE CIVIL WARA PICTORIAL PROFILE), and returning to free lancing. Further fascinating details of his writings appear in the Class's 50th yearbook.

In the '80s Jack derived a lot of pleasure in joining his wife, a consultant for a French perfume company in Paris, in various travels throughout Europe.

Our sincerest sympathies go to Freda on her loss.

The Class of 1937

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