He grew up in Ridgewood, N.J., and graduated from Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass. At Princeton John earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He was a member of Quadrangle Club and the Navy ROTC. He was involved with softball, the Basic Engineering Society, Undergraduate Schools and Scholarship Committee, and the NROTC drill team.
Following graduation, John spent two years as an officer in the Navy, primarily as the chief engineer on a destroyer. He later earned an MBA from New York University.
John and his family moved from northern New Jersey to the Philadelphia area in 1980. At the time of his death, John and his wife of 58 years, Maureen, lived in Berwyn, Pa.
John’s career was in the textile fiber business. After more than 40 years in that industry, he retired and followed his longtime interest in education and taught business and finance courses at a local college.
His favorite pastimes included music (both as listener and pianist), sailing (including several cruising races to Bermuda), and woodworking. As he became limited by Parkinson’s disease, John’s greatest pleasure was watching the accomplishments of his 10 grandchildren.
John is survived by Maureen; children John Jr., Mary Kathryn, Tara, and Kristen; their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and two brothers, Edmon G. ’61 and James P. ’65.