Deceased March 9, 2015
Once again I am looking at a 1949 picture of four young men dressed in sweatshirts and jeans, draped over chairs on the portico of the Phi Alpha Psi house: Dempwolf Frey ’50, Paul Cooney ’50 and two who are no longer with us, Henry Paige ’50 and Jay Tiffin. We had probably just finished a touch football game on the house lawn. Jay is smiling his usual open, friendly smile.
Sophomore year we all pledged Phi Psi, becoming roommates and lifelong friends. Jay and his date introduced me to a Smith sophomore whom I dated for many years. We all visited Jay’s parents in Newton, Mass., where his parents kept three imposing Great Danes. Jay and Dempwolf sang together for years in the peripatetic Amherst Glee Club.
After graduation Jay served for five years in the U.S. Navy and was proud of his service. During his navy years he married in Newcastle, Pa. Both Dempwolf and I remember him as a resplendent groom in his white navy dress uniform.
He graduated from the Boston University law school in 1958 and practiced law with his father and brother. By 1962 he was a trust officer of the First National Bank of Clearwater, Fla., a post he held for 30 years. He attended a couple of banking conferences in San Francisco, and we had lovely dinners together.
During visits years ago, as we walked around Belleair, Fla., he wore his USS Wren hat and greeted several fellow Navy retirees whom we met along the way.
His volunteer activities would fill a book. His family was vast, with four children, two stepchildren and 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Jim, and wife, Sue. Sue told me he was contemplating returning for reunion, but his general condition worsened, and he died peacefully in his sleep.
Paul Cooney ’50