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James D. Larkin ’53

Published in Oct. 9, 1996, issue

Tip Larkin died Mar. 19, 1996, of prostate cancer, a disease that if detected early enough, his daughter Shannon points out, is treatable. Tip's family urges all classmates to get yearly checkups.

Tip prepared at Choate. At Princeton he majored in chemical engineering, was a mainstay with the choir and Nassoons, and belonged to Dial Lodge. His roommates senior year were Red Lawrence, Rick Moses, and Al Sher. After graduation, he got his master's at the U. of Delaware, where he met his wife, the former Patricia Phillips. Then came the Army for two years followed by 30 years as a chemical engineer with Monsanto. Later, Tip operated Larkin Enterprises, a consulting business. Sincere sympathy to Patricia; son Shaun; daughters Julianne, Colleen, and Shannon; brother George, and five grandchildren. Shannon writes poignantly of her father. "His years at Princeton stayed with him his entire life; on a cassette of 'Tip's Favorite Music', we found a recording of the Nassoons' 'Danny Boy' sandwiched between two wellloved classical pieces; and in his closet, a tigerstriped coat in impeccable condition, not to mention the tigerstriped blanket that accompanied the family to all picnics and other events."

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