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Lester Scott Kafer Jr. ’40

Published in Dec. 17, 2003, issue

Alumni Records recently received word that Um and his wife, Martha, had both died; he on May 31, 1998. We truly regret the interval of elapsed time without a memorial in his honor.

Preparing at the Lawrenceville School, Um followed his father, Lester Scott Kafer 1902; his uncle, Howard Gilmour 1903, and several cousins to Princeton. He majored in English and graduated with honors. He was on the freshman and JV crews.

Um joined the Newark News in 1941. As he wrote in the Class of 1940's 25th yearbook, "After 11 of the happiest years of my life on the Newark News, I resigned (as state editor) to move to Florida." He obtained a degree from Stetson U. College of Law and started practice as a partner in the firm of McDonnell and Kafer in Winter Park, Fla.

In 1965 he was president of the Princeton Alumni Assn. of Central Florida. Um enjoyed music, reading, sailing, and tennis.

He is survived by his son, Warren Scott Kafer '66, from his first marriage to Helen Moss. To Warren and Um's other surviving relatives, the class extends belated sympathy.

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