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Percy Preston ’36

Published in Oct. 11, 1989, issue

Percy was born on June 28, 1914, and died of cancer on June 11, 1989, at home in Hopewell Twp., N.J. A gradu¬ate of St. Paul's School, in Concord, N.H., Percy majored in art and archaeology at Princeton, where he played hockey and rowed crew. He was Quadrangle Club's un¬dergraduate manager and, later in life, served on its board.

After graduating from Princeton, Percy returned to St. Paul's as a classics teacher. He later became head of the classics dept. and earned a master's degree in classics (1965) from Columbia Univ. In 1942, he entered the military as a private, and after two years in an engineers aviation battalion in the Pacific Theater and two more years of service, he was honorably discharged as a cap¬tain. After his retirement, he moved to Hopewell with his wife Helen, who died in 1987. After retiring, Percy was active as a volunteer for several organizations in the Princeton area, including the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Assn. and Recording for the Blind. He also became very involved in the Princeton Rowing Assn., serving as its president from 1978 to 1981. In 1988, the university honored his dedication by naming an eight-¬oared shell after him. His Dictionary of Pictorial Subjects from Classical Literature was published by Scrib¬ner's in 1983.

Survivors are a daughter, Frances Preston, and a son, Percy Jr., both of N.Y.C. We of the class will miss this outstanding individual, who, in a quiet manner indeed, did all things well.

The Class of 1936

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