Deceased July 11, 2022

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In Memory

After many years of dementia issues, John died in a senior facility in Orlando, Fla., July 11.

Born in New York City, he grew up in Highland Park, N.J. John attended the Lawrenceville School, where he was president of the Glee Club and played football. At Amherst, a Deke, he graduated with honors in economics. He participated in the Glee and Sailing Clubs. After college, he joined the Navy in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. He received his economics Ph.D. at Penn.

In 1961, he began his 31-year career teaching economics at Bucknell, eventually becoming department chair. John married Diane Louise Strong in 1961; raised two daughters, Sarah Louise and Barbara Beverly; and lived in Lewisburg, Pa. Diane died in 1996.

John married Mary Hill in 1997, moved to Asheville in 2006 and enjoyed winters on Cudjoe Key, Fla. Mary predeceased John earlier in 2022.

John’s passions included scuba diving, traveling, sailing, swimming, gardening, Broadway shows, singing in various groups, cooking and reading. Most of his free time in the summers was spent sailing his boat on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey and for longer stretches into New England waters. He sang in two church choirs and in a local musical theater group in Florida.

In his later years in Asheville, John really looked forward to the time he spent each summer with his daughter in a house they rented on Barnegat Bay. John set crab traps off the back bulkhead and spent his days sunning and watching sailboats gently passing by. Admiring sunsets on the bay during dinner always brought a smile.

Besides his daughters, John is survived by his sister, grandson and sons-in-law. One of his favorite expressions was “Happy, Happy, Happy.” He frequently expressed thankfulness for being blessed with such a wonderful life and family.

Peter Levison ’56