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July16, 2008

Vol. 108, No. 16


William H. Dyer Jr. ’36

Published in the July16, 2008, issue

Bill died March 18, 2008, in Morgantown, W. Va., where he had lived since the early 1940s.

He came to Princeton from Leominster (Mass.) High School and played on that great undefeated, untied, unscored-upon freshman football team of ours. He left us junior year because of an accident.

In Morgantown, Bill became a proprietor of C&D Enterprises, a developer of private and commercial real estate. He was president of the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Fire Department Civil Service Commission.

Golf became one of his major activities. He was pretty good at it. He won 18 club championships, the state and North American senior championships, and the Prescott Bush Award, for which George H.W. Bush sent him a letter saying he was an inspiration to all golfers in their 70s and older. Starting at age 72, Bill shot his age or better more than 289 times. In 1997 he beat Sam Snead with an 80 to Snead’s 83 in a specially arranged match.

Bill was a loyal ’36er and devoted Princetonian. He enjoyed the only reunion he attended, our 50th. He leaves Darst, his wife of 67 years; sons William, Jeffrey, and Gilford; and six grandchildren. They have our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1936

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