He grew up in Corry, Pa., and came to Princeton after graduating from Corry High School. At Princeton he majored in aeronautical engineering. He later obtained a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. For 44 years John worked for Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Conn., designing and developing civil and military jet engines.
During his working years and in retirement, John lived in Bolton, Conn., where he was active in local affairs, including serving for more than a decade on Bolton’s Zoning Board of Appeals. He also volunteered for many years on Princeton’s Alumni Schools Committee.
John fell in love with Betsy Storer when he was an undergraduate and Betsy was a nursing student at Princeton Hospital. They married during the summer after our graduation and were together for 57 years.
In March 2020 John contracted the novel coronavirus. He was taken to the hospital March 22 and died nine days later. Betsy was unable to be with him in the days before he died. Betsy herself suffered a mild case of the virus but fortunately has fully recovered. To her and to their three children, Beth Hayes, Jennifer Lahey, and John Roberts, and their seven grandchildren, the class sends its deepest sympathies.