Born in New York City, John attended Brooklyn Friends School, where he was student body president, a yearbook editor, and varsity tennis and soccer player. At Princeton John majored in the Woodrow Wilson School and wrote his thesis on political factors affecting the South African economy under a grant enabling him to travel there. This experience inspired him to later fund an annual program for Princeton undergraduates to do summer research abroad. John was house chair at Elm Club and served on the executive committee at Whig-Clio. Following graduation, he attended Yale Law School.
John’s professional life focused on real estate investment and development. He founded Sentinel Real Estate, which acquired and expanded Smith Barney’s real estate division, and held many important positions in real estate industry organizations. He served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and the Business Executives for National Security Board. Philanthropically, he supported many causes, including New York’s Temple Emanu-El (president), Princeton (Streicker Bridge, numerous scholarships, significant support for the Class of ’64) and the Wildlife Australia Fund (where John owned flower farms and vineyards).
John’s favorite pastimes included family, travel, wine, and sailing. He was an accomplished sailor, winning the Charleston Race Week Regatta in 2015.
Above all, John was a true gentleman, a loyal friend, and a devoted classmate. Our condolences extend to Barbara and their children Magaret ’97, Michael ’99, Elizabeth ’02, and Eleanor.