He came to Princeton from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield, N.J. At Princeton he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, belonged to Cannon, participated in our undefeated football team as offensive end during the 1950 season, and graduated with honors. He roomed with Bob Erdody, Bruce Saffery, and Jack Sheble.
John worked at Norden Laboratories, a division of United Aircraft, for six years before he went to Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA in 1959. He and Rosamond Homer were married that year. Starting in 1957 he lived most of the time in Massachusetts and summered in Lavallette, N.J. He and Rosamond were divorced in 1982.
John’s career was in sales and marketing in the electronics and computer fields. In 1975 he went out on his own for the next 25 years as a manufacturer’s representative doing business under the name of Centennial Sales.
John died June 24, 2016, at the age of 87 in Woburn, Mass., and was survived by his sons Richard, Timothy, and Peter; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his former wife, Rosamond; and by their daughter, Elizabeth Bunnell Brown.