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John F. Forsyth

John F. Forsyth

'43


At Rochester:

  • Played football under Dud DeGroot and was honored as Rochester's best all-around player in 1942
  • Learned to fly in 1939, and by his junior year, he was an instructor in acrobatics in open cockpit biplanes
  • Earned an A.B. in Economics in 1943

Post-Graduate:

  • Flew Navy planes during World War II and earned numerous decorations, including the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, and the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Earned a degree from the Harvard Law School in 1948
  • Formed a family law firm with his father, C.B. Forsyth, in 1950
  • The practice opened an office in Florida in 1974
  • Published a book, Helldivers in 1990 about combat flying