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William Edward Fackert Jr. ’36

Published in Feb. 24, 1993, issue

AT THE AGE OF 78, Bill died Nov. 29, 1992, of a heart attack, in Elkhart, Ind.

A graduate of Choate School, at Princeton he majored in English and was a member of the Glee Glob and Dial Lodge. A star on the track team, he set records for the high jump and long jump. He participated in the 1934 Princeton-Cornell vs. OxfordCambridge track meet in England.

Bill had a varied and successful business career selling textiles for the Celanese Corp. of America and leather for the George H. Curtis Co. He then originated a process of laminating vinyl plastic to hardboard for the mobile home industry and founded three companies engaged in that type of product. He served for 17 years on the board of Homecrest Corp. of Goshen, Ind., and consulted to several small businesses.

In WWII, Bill saw service in positions from lieutenant to captain with the Army antiaircraft artillery in the Aleutian Islands and in the Philippines.

He enjoyed tennis, fishing, travel, and Civil War history and had great interest and proficiency in the English language. He promoted local tennis activities and was active in the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart.

Bill is survived by his widow, Alice Andrews Fackert; by sons William E. III and James H.; by one grandchild; and by one stepgrandchild. He was a man of intellect and tremendous enthusiasm and was a loyal classmate and significant Princeton benefactor.

The Class of 1936

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