John died Oct. 11, 1996, in Beaufort, S.C., after a long struggle with cancer of the esophagus. He retired in 1991 after a business career in export sales management.
John was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and was educated in his native country and in England before joining the class at the beginning of sophomore year. He graduated from the SPIA with high honors and was a member of Tower Club. He served in the OSS during WWII in Washington, D.C.
After the war he became involved in export sales, initially in NYC, before joining Monsanto in St. Louis, where he became manager of Far Eastern sales. He then moved back to NYC with the Foreign Trade Service Export & Publishing Co. as assistant manager. This was followed by a move to Cincinnati as v.p. of Industry Export Service Inc. Never comfortable with the corporate world, as he put it, he organized his own export sales company, John V. Broz Inc., moving it ultimately to Beaufort, S.C., where he was the longtime president and trustee of the Beaufort County Open Land Trust.
John was predeceased by his first and second wives, Margaret Stringfellow and Elizabeth G. Phillips. To his widow, Marguerite, to his daughter, Peggy, and to his grandchildren the class offers its warmest sympathies.
The Class of 1942