John died of cancer Sept. 6, 2003, on Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Following high school, John served two years in the Navy. Though a member of '50, he received his architecture degree from Princeton in 1951, then stayed for a master's.
After briefly working in Boston, he headed west to Bainbridge Island in 1954. He started the island's first architectural firm and was involved in the community for the next 50 years. A Kiwanis Club member during that time, he was named the island's Business Person of 2000.
John was a leader in developing Battle Point Park's astronomical observatory. Known as the "Park Architect," according to the Bainbridge Review, he helped design many parks. Handsome structures in the area reflect his creativity.
On the lighter side, he played fourth trombone for the Vigorous Revolutionary Volunteer Dixieland Band in the Fourth of July parade for 36 years. He started the Scotch Broom Festival, which ended with a tiddlywinks contest in the street, and unique fundraising lotteries. Archaeoastronomical interests in ancient rock carvings took him afield, and he expounded on their possible deeper meanings.
Our condolences go to his companion, Sally Metcalf; sons Mikael and Jamaal Forest; daughter Kristi; and extended family whose lives he filled with laughter and love.
The Class of 1950