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Prescott Pabst Wurlitzer ’72

Published in June7, 2006, issue

Pres Wurlitzer died Jan. 27, 2006, at his home in Fox Point, Wis., of complications from ALS.

He came to Princeton from Whitefish Bay (Wis.) High School. A member of Princeton Inn College, he majored in politics and spent his junior year at the University of Hamburg. His many close friends in '72 included Fred Dunn and Clay Fowler.

Pres earned a master's at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and served the Foreign Service for 15 years, with postings in Santo Domingo, Stuttgart, Harare, Bonn, and the State Department in Washington. He then returned to the Milwaukee area, where he was an exemplary citizen, active in work for numerous museums, libraries, civic organizations, and literacy programs, including Common Cause and the Pabst Mansion (he was the great-great-grandson of beer baron Capt. Frederick Pabst). He organized a Milwaukee exhibition of the works of the political cartoonist Jules Feiffer. His Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel obituary was fittingly headlined, "Wurlitzer saw world, returned to do good."

Pres is survived by his widow, Frances Frederick Wurlitzer; his parents, Rymund P. and Margaret H. Wurlitzer; four sisters; and many nieces and nephews. To them and to his many friends and admirers, the class extends its sincere condolences.

The Class of 1972

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4 Remembrances posted for Prescott Pabst Wurlitzer

David Rintoul Says:

2010-04-05 09:59:03

I am honored to have been the friend of such a wonderful person.

Col. Vincent Cable Says:

2013-12-23 10:19:10

I had the pleasure of attending theNational War College with Prescott in the Class of 91. The class consisted of 140 or so men and women from the military services, State Department, CIA, DIA, FBI, and other agencies of the US national security team. Prescott was one of the most brilliant thinkers and writers of that group. What really struck me was that with all of his abilities and his professional sophistication, he was one of the finest, most caring, and generous people I have ever known. He was a careful listener and a generous responder, never hinting that he had the strategic and logical solution before the question was complete. I was so saddened when I learned of his death. I again offer my condolences to his family, friends, and classmates.

James Bruno Says:

2014-09-22 10:47:58

I was a Foreign Service colleague of Prescott and Frances. We first met at a training event in the mountains of West Virginia. His was the only car with a sailboard mounted on the roof. We hit it off. A fellow eccentric. Prescott's ebullient and positive outlook toward his work and life was infectious. He combined humor with brains a marvelous mix. Frances's quiet nature complimented his gung-ho spirit. He even managed to mesmerize our small children with balloon tricks and other antics. And his emails typically sported some funny cartoon. My heart sank when I received word of his illness and eventual untimely death. But Prescott's uplifting spirit resides in my heart.

Christopher Wittmann Says:

2014-09-29 11:21:32

Remember Prescott and his wife very well from Harare, especially one dinner party where I had the immense pleasure of having, I believe, his parrot alight on me, crawl up my shoulder, and poop on it. Luckily, since beef fondue was being served, the parrot survived. My regrets, loss, and condolences.
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