Arriving at Princeton from Darien, Conn., by way of Choate, “Vonk” cut an enormous orange and black jib on and off campus during and after his college years. He majored in history and represented Princeton as a defensive end on the football team, earning three varsity letters during the ’82-’84 Tiger campaigns. Number 98 ruined many a fall Saturday afternoon for the visiting team at Palmer Stadium and was named Defensive Player of the Game against Bucknell. Mark was a member of Cottage Club. He later received an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Professionally, Vonk left his mark on Wall Street, starting out as an institutional equity salesman, and finally partnering at a firm that raised capital for hedge funds and private equity.
He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and godfather, creating global friendships. Predeceased by his father, Alan von Kreuter, Mark leaves his mother Barbara, his brother Jim, sisters Betsy and Anne, and 10 nieces and nephews.
A true “son of Princeton,” Mark was happiest when going back to Old Nassau with friends and classmates, especially at football games and reunions. He cherished hoisting the ’85 class flag together with fellow defensive lineman and Princeton roommate Mark Berggren who assisted Vonk in “clearing the tracks” for the Class of ‘85 during his 30th reunion P-rade.
You are missed, Vonk.