Deceased November 29, 2022
Our classmate, Theta Delta Chi fraternity brother and good friend Jack died Nov. 29, 2022, after four months in hospice care. Jack was born and raised and graduated from high school in Rochester, N.Y.
After graduation from Amherst, he earned an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1953. From 1953 to 1957, Jack was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy. At a wedding of mutual friends, he met Ann Behrer (Mount Holyoke ’51), and they were married in 1954. At the end of his naval service, Jack started his 33-year career with Eastman Kodak, retiring in 1990 as a vice president for Tennessee Eastman (Kodak Chemical Division) in Kingsport, or, as Jack described it in his 35th reunion letter to our class, living “in the hills of Upper East Tennessee.”
Jack and Ann’s 68-year marriage nurtured four beloved children. Jack is survived and grieved by Ann, sons John and David, daughter Jennifer Busch, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Their son Peter predeceased Jack.
Jack was a leader in the Episcopal church and in vital community functions, such as chair of the Symphony of the Mountains. Ann and Jack moved from Kingsport to Marietta, Ga., a few years ago to be near their remarkable sons and their families. Daughter Jennifer is a retired social service professional still residing in Davenport, Iowa.
Jack’s remaining classmates now mourn another of the star-powered class. We remember Jack as an avid card player in college. Ann reports that Jack and his bridge-playing buddies were still playing while Jack was in hospice care.
Charles Tritschler ’51 and John Kirkpatrick ’51