He came to Princeton from Albany Academy. His father, Harry, was in the Class of 1927, and brother, Skip, was in the Class of 1960. Fin rowed on the heavyweight crew as stroke and captain senior year. He majored in psychology, ate at Ivy, and roomed over Blair Arch with Calhoun, Faux, and Shenk. In 1964 he rowed in the last Princeton Olympic trials crew.
Fin devoted his life to what he loved. He coached at Rutgers, Princeton, USC, Dartmouth, and Cornell. He revitalized the Princeton lightweight program and created the foundation for the unified boathouse for all programs that continues to this day. Boats in his name have graced our boathouse for 50 years.
As the successful head coach at Cornell, his crews won three national championships and competed at Henley. He was an Olympic coach in 1976 and 1980. More important, he retained close friendships with his former oarsmen.
A stroke in 1988 cut short a distinguished career, but Fin never lost interest; his fellow coaches elected him president of their association.
At Cornell, Fin met his wife, Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, who was director of undergraduate admissions and later vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Wesleyan.
To Nancy and Skip, the class extends its profound sympathies.