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Louis Ferdinand Valentine III ’42

Published in Nov. 19, 2003, issue

Lou died May 13, 2003, of renal failure, in South Burlington, Vt. He was 85. Raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where his family owned a construction and land development business, he moved to the US in 1929 and prepared at Lawrenceville , where he displayed outstanding talent in literature and tennis (he later became Central American tennis champion).

At Princeton Lou collaborated in writing the book and lyrics for the '41 Triangle Club show Any Moment Now. Having dropped out after junior year, he engaged in playwriting and published his first book of poems, Of Mute Insensate Things, in 1942. Lou returned in 1945 to study journalism and finish college. The following year he published Days of Dust.

In 1952, after his father died and Lou returned to Honduras to run the family business, he married Maria Dolores Solorzano. They raised three boys and three girls. These endeavors left little time for the "speculative pursuit of writing plays." To that, other literary activities, and his family, Lou devoted full time after retiring in 1983.

Lou's family loved him deeply as a "wonderful husband and father." To Maria, the children, and 16 grandchildren, the class extends its sincere condolences for the loss of a beloved and talented classmate.

The Class of 1942

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