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Jan.13, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 7


John M. Drescher Jr. ’47

Published in the Jan.13, 2010, issue

John was a decorated survivor of the Battle of the Bulge — an experience he regarded as “transformative.” Recalled for service in the Korean War, he happily served in the trenches at the Pentagon where, this time, he “did absolutely nothing.”

After graduating in 1949, he earned a law degree at Washington University, joined a prominent St. Louis law firm, and, for 40 busy years, practiced corporate law.

In 1965, John engaged in “more hard fighting” to win the hand of the “glamorous and brilliant” Kitty (Katherine) White, an economist and later a trustee of Washington University. They were blessed with three children and seven grandchildren.

John and Kitty also were rewarded by their membership in, and service to, an inner-city Episcopal church with a very diverse membership. This experience, he told us in our 50th yearbook, helped him come to “know more about God.” He was (a friend observed) “uniquely endowed with grace, compassion, and warmth.”

John was active in Annual Giving programs. He said Princeton was “the best old place of all.” Happily, his grandson Taylor ’11, who regards John as his role model, is there now.

He died June 18, 2009. We tender this heartfelt appreciation of his wonderful life to Kitty and the family.

The Class of 1947

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