John Benjamin Nevin, Jr. ’44

John Benjamin Nevin, Jr. ’44 died on December 31, 2003, in Marfil, Guanajuanto, Mexico.

Born on May 31, 1922, in Providence, RI, he prepared for college at the Moses Brown School there and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1940 to 1942. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945, attaining the rank of technical sergeant and receiving the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. After the war, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design, from which he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1948. He taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the University of Idaho in Moscow and traveled and worked in a number of foreign countries, including Italy and Spain. For many years, he lived and painted in Mexico, beginning in 1967. He was married in 1943 to Lorna Lee Hidden, who predeceased him, and is survived by a daughter, Joyce N. Mackin of Prescott, AZ, and two grandchildren.