Bud Stokes died on Oct. 18, 1997.
His hometown was Allenhurst, N.J., and he prepared at Exeter. At college he was a diver on the swimming team and a member of Cloister Inn. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and went to Rutgers Law School, where he graduated with top honors.
He spent 50 years of his legal career with Prudential Insurance Co., from which he retired as associate general counsel.
He was a Navy veteran of WWII, having served on a subchaser in the Caribbean. He was active in local politics and served on the Allenhurst Board of Commissioners for 16 years, for a time as mayor. When he left the board in 1972, his successors named him "Honorary Mayor of the Borough."
Bud was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Asbury Park, where he sang in the choir for over 30 years. He also took part in many Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
Bud is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eunice Clarke Stokes, three sons, H. Kemble Jr., Ronald C., and Philip N., a daughter, Carol Stokes Steinat, and 10 grandchildren. We extend our sympathy to all of them.
The Class of 1933