He came to Princeton from Bronxville High School, where he participated in basketball, swimming, and tennis and was a member of the student council.
At Princeton he was a member of Dial Lodge, where he took part in several intramural sports. He majored in the Woodrow Wilson School. He roomed with a number of clubmates in the Rockefeller Suite.
After graduation Jay earned a degree at Harvard Law School and joined White & Case, eventually becoming executive partner of the worldwide corporate department. Jay and his family moved to Turkey to open offices in Istanbul and Ankara. After retiring in 1992 he co-founded and ran a legal and financial consulting firm based in Prague, advising various Eastern European governments on privatization.
Over the years, Jay was involved with many civic and charitable organizations, especially in Bronxville, where he and Mary Jane raised their family. Jay was known for his keen intelligence and sardonic wit.
Jay met Mary Jane King in high school, and they married in 1960. They had four children, Michele, Michael, Mark ’87, and Melissa; and 12 grandchildren, all of whom survive him. The class extends its deepest sympathy to the entire Epley family.