Princeton AlumniCorps sadly announces that John “Sink” Sienkiewicz, age 78, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Loblolly, Hobe Sound, FL on January 3, 2012. Born in Center Bridge, PA on October 8, 1933, and raised in Doyles- town, PA, John was the son of Casimir A. Sienkiewicz, a prominent Philadelphia banker and Chairman of the Central Penn National Bank and Jane Patton Sienkiewicz, a nurse. John attended The Loomis School (Loomis-Chaffee) prior to graduating from Princeton University in 1955 where he served as President of his class and remained a valued advisor throughout his life. Playing varsity football his senior year, John won the award for Most Improved Player. John served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1957 aboard the USS Hancock rising to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1958, he joined Hutchinson, Rivinus & Co. of Philadelphia as an insurance salesman. In 1965, John became a Partner of the firm which was later acquired by Alexander and Alexander International. In time, John became President and Chief Executive Officer of International Operations of Alexander and Alexander, which was known as the largest international insurance brokerage firm in the world. After their acquisition by Aon Risk Services, John remained an active Vice Chairman. John lived most of his life in Princeton, NJ with his wife of 50 years, Patricia Davis Sienkiewicz. John was a loving, strong, and supportive husband, father and friend. His passions included golf, philanthropy, and travel. John was a member of Pine Valley Golf Club, Seminole Golf Club, and many others. He was an active member of the United States Seniors Golf Association. John was widely philanthropic, giving generously to many organizations. Most notable, was the University Cottage Club at Princeton where he served as Chairman of the Board for ten years. John was predeceased by his wife Patricia and his brother Bur Sienkiewicz. He is survived by his sons Mark and Peter, his second wife Maisie Barlow Sienkiewicz, his brother Michael Sienkiewicz and wife Marika, his sister-in-law Jone Sienkiewicz and many more family members and friends who loved him dearly. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his honor for student aid to: Casimir A. Sienkiewicz Scholarship, American International College, 1000 State Street – Box 10-L, Springfield, MA 01109. A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for June 2012 in Princeton, NJ.
John was a stalwart supporter of our organization, generously participating without fail in every single annual fundraising campaign since our inception. We are grateful for his enthusiastic support and send our warm wishes for peace and comfort to John’s family.