John, a resident of the Tryon-Columbus, N.C. area, died May 25. His engineering career ranged from furniture, jewel bearings, and gem stones to concrete building sections and plastic, where he spent his last 30 working years with Uniroyal in Chicago, Warsaw, Ind., Middlebury, Conn., Newbridge, Scotland, Roetgen, Germany, and Vittuone, Italy.
John was pres. of the board of directors of the Tryon Fine Arts Center. He was also pres. of the Tryon Little Theater, Rotary, and Tryon Country Club, and served on various boards of directors for more then 20 years.
"I'm still alive," he wrote a classmate not long ago, "and somewhat active. I only play half as much golf, half as well, and not much else physical."
John's wife, Mary Elizabeth Dates Young, died of cancer in 1989. John is survived by a daughter, Betsy Smith, a son, John P. Jr., three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. To them we offer our sincere sympathies.
The Class of 1934