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Richard Austin Springs Jr. ’40

Published in May 16, 1990, issue

PRINCETONIANS WILL BE saddened to learn of Dago's death on Feb. 17, 1990. His energy and will to live were finally overpowered in a protracted struggle with cancer. At¬tending his memorial service in Easton, Md., were Hass Black, Ben Fuller, Dick Purnell, Bill Stelle, Harry Turner, and Ed Weidlein.

At Princeton Dago was voted "Best All-Around Man Outside of Athletics." Managing editor of the PRINCE, undergrad leadership of the Class Memorial Committee, and Student-Faculty Committee were just a few of the many projects he supported with dedication and com¬mitment. J.V. football and lacrosse were his sports; his major was English; and with roommates Hass Black, Dick Purnell, and Jim Worth, he enjoyed free time and fellow¬ship at Ivy Club. After graduation, Dago continued to serve us as Class V.P., President, and chairman of the Class Memorial Insurance Fund.

In WWII, Dago had an outstanding record as a pilot in the African, European, and CBI campaigns. After the war, he went with Springs Mills and later turned to invest¬ment banking. He was a trustee of the Harvey School and the Kent School, where he prepared for Princeton. In 1970, Dago moved to Maryland's Eastern Shore to enjoy outdoor life and vigorously pursue his interests in farm¬ing, gardening, waterfowl hunting, and fishing.

Dago is survived by his wife, Kate; two sons, Richard III '64 and Orlando '67; two daughters, Clare and Bleecker Springs; and six grandchildren. To them all go our deep¬est sympathy over this loss of a 1940 gentleman who gave so generously of himself to family, friends, classmates, and Princeton. When 1940 gathers for its 50th reunion, a celebration to which Dago was looking forward so much, he will be sorely missed.

The Class of 1940

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