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Jonathan Small '60

December 26, 1942 - July 25, 2020


With sadness, we report the passing of Jonathan Small '60.

It is reported with great sadness the death of Jon Small on July 25, 2020 from brain cancer. Jon entered the Class of 1960 in the ninth grade and quickly became known for his wry sense of humor, sharp mind and genuine kindness. In response to the news of his death, many classmates reported him to be “one of my favorite classmates.” He had a great way with the written and spoken word and left the class a marvelous gift in the “Epitaph” he wrote for the 1960 yearbook.

Jon never realized his stated dream to be a long haul driver, but instead graduated from Brown University, Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. After a long and happy career as a partner in the law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton, he served for a number of years as Executive Director of the nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. His concern for those around him and for those less fortunate was always evident, and even in the most casual encounter he exuded kindness. Even as his health declined in the last few years, Jon remained upbeat, witty and full of fun.

Jon and his wife Cornelia (Nealie) have two daughters, Anne Small (son-in-law Matthew Colangelo), Katherine Small (son-in-law Daniel Sims), and four grandchildren, all currently in New York City. Jon and Nealie traveled widely and especially enjoyed visiting with friends they made in New Zealand.

The Class of 1960 has lost a good friend—a guy who gave so many of us fond memories and good laughs, a guy who led with his heart.


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