Jeff grew up in Philadelphia and attended Episcopal Academy, where he was on the yearbook staff and a member of the debating society and glee club.
At Princeton Jeff majored in English, joined Cap and Gown, and was a Keyceptor and Orange Key guide. He was lead guitar in the Hustlers, a rock band that performed up and down the East Coast, including playing backup to the Exciters at junior prom.
After graduation Jeff served in the Army, producing recruitment and propaganda films. Following discharge, he traveled widely in Europe by motorcycle, then spent six months in Paris, where he learned to cook.
After Paris Jeff settled in Manhattan, where he devoted himself to writing, including several plays produced off-Broadway. In 2005 The New York Times interviewed Jeff and his wife, Pamela Jenrette, for a column on life in a penthouse adjoining then-mayor Mike Bloomberg’s townhouse. “He has not popped over for a cup of sugar,” reported Pamela.
Though wheelchair-bound in his last years, Jeff maintained his cheerful disposition and zest for life.
The class extends heartfelt condolences to Jeff’s beloved Pamela.