When he was a young boy, John Bernard "Mike" Lynch chose to enter Princeton University, passed the examination, arrived there, but with no money. He had courage and determination and Irish wit. Standing drenched and disconsolate in the rain on the day of his arrival, he literally stumbled on a job of carrying freshly pressed suits to his classmates. Once, when failure really was imminent, as he could not meet his fees, a well-wisher paid them for him, but remained anonymous. At the end of the four years, Mike had finished the work and gained the affection and respect of the other men in the class of 1913.

He was a man of delightful simplicity and quiet humor, with an almost incredible memory. He became President of the Siscoe gold mine and later the Siscoe silver mine, located in Canada. Through adversity and success, he grew in stature, gained in wisdom and came to a unique understanding of the basic problems that beset those who must dig and market gold and silver.

As a member, and one-time President of the Princeton Alumni Association of Canada, he donated considerable sums to scholarships for talented young students. These young men went to Princeton and returned to live constructive lives, without enduring the handicaps that he had known too well. So, he repaid his debt to the anonymous well-wisher of his student days in the only way such debts should be repaid. He created scholarships through the John B. Lynch Scholarship Foundation.

Mr. Lynch also resided in Long Island, New York and Miami, Florida, with his wife, Katherine C. Lynch. He died on December 7, 1964.