Joe died Aug. 29, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Joe followed his father, Anthony Sessa ’29, to Princeton, coming from Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he had earned honors playing football and lacrosse.

At Princeton, Joe majored in economics, played lacrosse, and ate at Elm Club. After graduation, Joe went to Naval Officer Candidate School and served with distinction aboard the USS Ticonderoga. He then earned a law degree from Stanford in 1967. Joe’s legal career spanned three decades, and he retired in 1997 as general counsel of Reckitt & Colman.

In 1968 Joe married Alice, and they raised two daughters in Chappaqua, N.Y. After an early retirement, they moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where Joe focused on his golf game. Following Alice’s death in 2003, he married Dale Engelson and moved to California. They lived happily in both Beverly Hills and Palm Springs, where he focused on his family, travel, golf, and a renewed love of bridge.

Joe is survived by his wife, Dale; daughters Kristina ’92 and Andrea; brother Anthony ’68; four grandsons; and two stepchildren. A charming, smart, loving gentleman, Joe is dearly missed by both family and friends.

Undergraduate Class of 1964