John Clayton Jaqua '40, retired Sullivan
and Cromwell partner and Managing Editor of The Cornell Daily Sun in 1939-40,
died at Lee Memorial Health Park, Fort Meyers Florida March 25, 2001.
Funeral arrangements by Phil Kiser Funeral Home Inc, 9231 Cypress Lake Dr ,
Fort Myers, FL (941) 481-4341.
Obituary for John Clayton Jaqua By David John Jaqua, March 26,
John Clayton Jaqua ("Jack"), loving husband, father, brother, humanist
Wall Street lawyer, died at Lee Memorial Health Park, Fort Meyers Florida
March 25, 2001.
Born in Muncie Indiana on April 23, 1919, Mr. Jaqua grew up in neighboring
Winchester where he excelled academically early in life. He graduated from
Cornell University where he was managing editor of the Cornell Daily Sun. At
Yale Law School he was editor of the Law Journal. He enlisted in the U.S.
Marine Corps serving four years in the Pacific theatre during the World War
II. He was discharged as a Major in 1945 and returned to Yale graduating in
His first and only job in the service of the law started in 1946 with the
New York firm Sullivan and Cromwell. He became partner in 1952, practicing
in the general practice group and specializing in corporate law.
He was president of the Yale Law School Alumni Association, active in the
New York State Bar Association and Financial Accounting Standards Board, a
lifelong Democrat and a member of the ACLU.
In 1984 he was made managing partner of S & C's London office where he
represented Her Majesty's Government in many of the "Big Bang"
privatizations during Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's term
He retired from S & C in 1988 after 43 years of service. He and his wife
returned to the United States to live on Sanibel Island, Florida, while
maintaining a residence in Kensington, London.
Jack had a lifelong interest in the fine and performing arts, literature in
all its forms, bird watching, astronomy, and space exploration. His interest
in Chinese history and art led him to a study of Chinese calligraphy and
During his retirement, he studied and lectured on art history. In London he
was an avid supporter of the British Museum. He was chairman of the Visual
Arts Committee of BIG Arts and was active in many aspects of community life
on Sanibel, including SCCS, FISH, and Great Books. He was a supporter of the
Sanibel Music Festival, Old Schoolhouse Theatre, Conspiracy Theatre, SW
Florida Symphony, J. Howard Wood Theatre, BIG Arts, Island Seniors,
Community Association and COTI. His published book of poetry is entitled
"Painting in Verse".
Jack and his wife lived in Bronxville NY for 26 years where they raised
their family. He is survived by his wife Mary, his brother Frederick Jaqua
of Ft. Lauderdale, six children, Louise Reed of Stowe VT, Nancy Dein of
Kihei HI, David Jaqua of Stowe VT, Marilyn Robertson of York Harbor ME,
Michael Jaqua of White Plains NY, and Stephen Jaqua of Boston MA, and eight
After a private funeral, there will be a public service for Jack at the
Sanibel Congregational Church on Saturday March 31, 2001 at 10:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to NARSAD, the National
Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, 60 Cutter Mill Road,
Suite 200, Great Neck NY 11021.