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John Stein ’85 killed in Afghanistan

Lt. Col. John Stein ’85 (printing management) died with five others in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on March 23.

The six were flying in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter on a mission to rescue two injured children at the time of the crash. A career military officer, Lt. Col. Stein was a helicopter pilot with the 41st Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga.

Lt. Col. Stein grew up in Macomb, Ill., and graduated from Macomb High School in 1981. He completed the Army ROTC program at RIT and received his commission the month he graduated. He served in Germany from 1986 to 1990 and subsequently was selected for an inter-service transfer to the Air Force. He was assigned to Hurlburt Field, Fla., from 1990 to 1995 and later spent two years in Iceland.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, three children ages 17, 13 and 11, his parents, a brother and three sisters.