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John Albert Williams ’43

Published in Feb. 6, 1991, issue

WE LOST JOHN, a distinguished physician and openheart surgery pioneer, to the ravages of cancer Sept. 11, 1990. He was 68. just five months earlier, Jane, his wife of 45 years, had died in the same New England hospital.

John graduated as a junior, Phi Beta Kappa in chemistry. While on campus, he proved to he a versatile athlete as a member of Dial Lodge, in intramural and interclub track, wrestling, and cross country.

Harvard Medical School and multiple surgery residencies were interrupted by Navy duty in Newfoundland and Argentina from 1946 to 1948. Later, John taught surgery at Harvard and served as asst. chief of surgery at the Roxbury (Mass.) V.A. Hospital. John devoted his free time to flying, sailing, and golf, which he played to a 13 handicap at the Dedham Golf and Polo Club.

He is survived by four daughters: Jane W. Haynes, MaryLouise Williams '75, Sarah W. Gingrich, Priscilla W. Bercovici; four granddaughters; and a sister, MaryLouise Sutherland. To the entire family, we extend our deepest sympathies.

John's threeyear roommate, Duke Rehm '42, wrote: "We shall miss Doc, with his dedication to medicine, sensitivity toward humanity, and affection for Princeton."

The Class of 1943

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