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