John J. Reydel H’60 ’62 ’65 ’67 ’68
John J. “Jack” Reydel passed away December 20, 2018. Born in Westfield, N.J., he was 89 years old.
Jack graduated from Westfield High School and later took a postgraduate year at St. George’s before received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University in 1951. After helping to lead his Princeton baseball team to the College World Series, Jack volunteered to join the Marine Corps and served an 18-month tour of duty during the Korean War, for which he earned the Bronze Star.
Upon his return to civilian life, Jack began a lifelong commitment to education, serving a combined 44 years at the Hill School in Pennsylvania, The Lawrenceville School, where he coached football, Canterbury School in Connecticut, and Germantown Academy in suburban Philadelphia.
Jack served in many roles over the years at various schools, including head football and baseball coach, chair of the History Department, and headmaster. In addition, he was one of the first teachers selected to develop and grade Advanced Placement Exams for the College Board and guided countless students towards success on that exam.
A true and distinguished academic, Jack was the recipient of the Coe Fellowship in American History at Stanford University, an Asian Fellowship at the East-West Institute at the University of Hawaii, and a Fulbright Scholarship in Seoul, South Korea. He also continued his formal education to earn a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.
Finally, as a successful athlete, much-loved coach, and loyal fan over many decades, Jack was selected to the Halls of Fame at Westfield High School, St. George’s School, and The Lawrenceville School. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s memory to The Lawrenceville Fund (www.lawrenceville.org/giving or to the mailing address 2500 Main Street Lawrenceville, NJ 08648) at The Lawrenceville School.
Jack is survived by his wife Jill; children Amy Reydel Fuchs and J.J. Reydel; grandchildren Jackson Reydel, Bradley Fuchs, and Maddy Fuchs.