In Remembrance: James W. Prichard ’45 Died on September 23 2017

James W. Prichard, Class of 1945, passed away in Tucson, Arizona, on September 23, 2017.  He was 92.

Jim was born in Missouri in 1925 and prepared at Webster Groves (Missouri) High School, where he participated in band, orchestra, and student council.  He entered Yale in 1941 as a member of Saybrook College, majored in physics, and was in the Navy V-12 program.  During his freshman year Pearl Harbor was attacked.  

Leaving Yale in 1944 with his degree and commission, he served on active duty in the Navy until 1946. After Navy discharge he had two civilian jobs with the Navy and then in 1951 took a government position in the Washington, DC, area where he and his family lived for 54 years. In Washington he worked for the General Services Administration, Navy Supply System Command, and Navy Sea System Command, "retiring" in 1983. Upon retirement he worked for two government contractors, American Management Systems and Integrated Systems Analysis, finally retiring again in 1999.

On June 29, 1946, Jim married the former Christine M. Alexander, Smith '46 and they had two children, John, born in 1948 and William, born in 1951. In 2005 he and his wife moved to Tucson, Arizona, where they enjoyed the warm weather and the lack of snow. Christine Prichard passed away in 2015.  

James Prichard always took great pride in his Yale connection and looked forward to the delivery of the Yale Alumni Magazine, which he always read.

In addition to his two sons, he is survived by a grandson, William, and a great-granddaughter, Anna Rose.

—Submitted by the family.

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