John Plimpton ’43

John Plimpton ’43 died March 8, 2012, at home in Sherborn, Mass. He was born on August 17, 1921, in Hingham, Mass., and prepared for college at Newton (Mass.) High School and Moses Brown School. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, a varsity hockey player, and captain of the tennis team. He served to aerographer’s mate second class in the Naval Air Corps during World War II, flying weather planes in the Atlantic off the aircraft carrier Princeton. He began his career at Kidder Peabody & Co. and worked as an analyst at Woodstock Associates-Paine Estates, treasurer of Arkwright Industrial Mutual Insurance Co., and as senior vice president and treasurer of Fiduciary Trust Company. He served on the boards at Sierra Pacific Power Company and The Fiduciary Trust, and was active in Sherborn town affairs as a town meeting member and forest committee chair. He served on the boards of New England Forestry Foundation, New England Home for Little Wanderers, Charles River Watershed Association, and Trustees of Reservations. He celebrated his efforts to restore water quality in the Charles River by commuting by canoe from Sherborn to Boston’s financial district once a year. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Katharine Sawtell Plimpton; three sons Sam, Frank, and Jack; a daughter, Jane; and 10 grandchildren.

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