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Vol. LXI, No. 35
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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Obituaries

William Whipple Jr.

Filomena T. Carnevale

Nicholas R. Cowenhoven

John R. Herriott

George L. James III

Huberta N. Wright



William Whipple Jr.

William Whipple Jr.

Brigadier General William Whipple Jr., 98, of Princeton, died August 23 in Princeton. A retired Army officer, Rhodes scholar, and public servant, he had been a longtime resident of the Princeton area.

Born in 1909, he grew up on a sugar plantation in Cinclare, Louisiana. His father, William Whipple, an MIT engineer brought up in the New York area, had come south to become the factory superintendent of the sugar refinery on the plantation. The second of five children, William Jr. graduated from West Point in 1930, went on to study economics and philosophy at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and several years later did a year of graduate studies in engineering at Princeton University.

A fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he was the chief engineer for the construction of the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York.

During World War II he had served as a member of General Dwight D. Eisenhower's Allied Headquarters, where his logistical planning helped to shape the course of battle in western Europe. After the war, while assigned to General Lucius Clay's headquarters in Berlin, he advocated the idea that U.S. policy toward the devastated German nation should be restorative rather than punitive. General Clay and others agreed, and the Morgenthau Plan to make Germany an agrarian nation was scrapped in favor of what became known as the Marshall Plan. General Whipple referred to his role in this development as "probably the most important thing I ever did."

Many of General Whipple's peacetime assignments were in civil works, a traditional area of activity for the Army Corps of Engineers. Before World War II, he served for several years in the Omaha District, with responsibilities for navigation and flood control projects in the Missouri River Basin. After returning to the U.S. in 1947 with the rank of colonel, he was sent to the Pacific Northwest where he led the planning for water resources development of the Columbia River Basin, and coordinated and edited the report of the project. He later held a civil works assignment in the Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington, D.C., serving as division engineer for the Southwestern Division.

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Retiring from the Army in 1960 after 30 years of service, he became the chief engineer for the construction of the 1964-65 World's Fair, under Robert Moses. He subsequently served as director of the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute at Rutgers University, and participated in a number of professional associations, including serving as president of the American Water Resources Association. In 1982, he joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where he played a key role in implementing a statewide water supply master plan and other key projects. His final employment was with the Greeley-Polhemus Group, an engineering consulting firm, in West Chester, Pa.

A recognized authority on water resources, he wrote more than 100 books and articles on water supply, navigation, flood control, and power generation.

After retiring again in 1996, he continued to write and to participate in conferences relating to water resources. His final book, Comprehensive Water Planning Regulation, proposed a holistic approach to water resources planning aimed at achieving general benefits from water resources projects while accommodating environmental concerns.

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He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Princeton, and of the Old Guard of Princeton.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Dr. Alice Goodloe Whipple; four children, Anne Andersen, William Whipple III, Claire Stech, and Philip Whipple; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He will be buried with full military honors in the Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Princeton Windrows, his residence since 2001, on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m.

Visiting hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today, August 29, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, the Salvation Army, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Filomena T. Carnevale

Filomena Tamasi Carnevale, 76, of Princeton, died peacefully August 21, surrounded by her family while vacationing in her home town of Pettoranello di Molise, Italy.

Born in Pettoranello di Molise, she immigrated to America with her husband and children. She had been a Princeton resident since 1952.

A member of St. Paul's Church, she was an open-hearted, generous person who enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting, flowers, and gardening.

Daughter of the late Nicola and Giuseppina Rossi Tamasi, she is survived by her husband of 59 years, Raffaele Carnevale; a daughter, Ermelinda Carnevale of Princeton; a son, Nicholas Carnevale of Princeton; a sister, Bambina Carnevale; four grandchildren; and many great nieces, nephews, and cousins in Italy, Canada, and Argentina.

The funeral will be Saturday, September 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street. Entombment will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Friends and family may call this Friday, August 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton-Pettoranello Sister City Foundation, Inc., 120 John Street, Suite 3, Princeton 08542.

Nicholas R. Cowenhoven

Nicholas Remsen Cowenhoven Sr., 89, of Brunswick, Maine, formerly of Princeton, died August 24 at his home in Thornton Oaks, Brunswick.

Born in New Brunswick, N.J.. the son of Charles T. (Jr.) and Emily Kearny Rodgers Cowenhoven, he grew up in Princeton and attended Princeton Country Day School and St. George's School in Newport, R.I.

During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served aboard B-29 bombers flying missions in the Pacific.

After the war, he resumed undergraduate studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, earning a B.A. in economics in 1947. He later earned an M.A. in economics from Columbia University and an M.Ed. from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

He taught English, business writing, and economics for many years at Becker Junior College in Worcester. His interests also included drama, and he directed many college productions at Becker and several Easter Passion plays on behalf of Worcester's Catholic community. For several years he was a correspondent for the Worcester Telegram.

In the late 1960s he became interested in video production and formed Vidicon Associates to pursue commercial and public access programming.

He married Frances S. Sawtell of Chestnut Hill, Mass., in 1946. They lived for many years in Grafton, Mass., where he was active in the Unitarian Church.

In retirement, he moved to York, Maine, where he was an active volunteer at York Hospital and the York Public Library, and then to Thornton Oaks, a retirement community in Brunswick.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances S. Cowenhoven; four children, Nicholas Cowenhoven Jr. of York, Margaret S. Cowenhoven of Wayland, Mass., Andrew Cowenhoven of Concord, N.H., and Emily C. Searle of Newburyport, Mass.; two sisters, Margaretta R. Cowenhoven and Mary C. Coyle, both of Chestertown, Md.; and six grandchildren.

Family and friend will gather for an informal remembrance at Thornton Oaks on Thursday, August 30 at 2 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the New England Forestry Foundation, P.O Box 1346, Littleton, Mass. 01460.

Arrangements are by Stetson's Funeral Home, 12 Federal Street, Brunswick. Memorial condolences may be expressed at www.stetsonsfuneralhome.com.

John R. Herriott

John R. Herriott Sr., 80, of Whiting, died August 21 at home.

Born in Chicago, he had been a resident of West Windsor since 1977 before moving to Whiting in 2005.

He was a graduate of the Morgan Park High School class of 1944, a United States World War II Army veteran, and a graduate of the University of Illinois. He was a also a volunteer for the West Windsor Shade Tree Commission.

Son of the late John and Elizabeth Cass Johnson Herriott and husband of the late Susan S. Herriott, he is survived by two sons, John R. Herriott Jr. of Mount Laurel and James M. Herriott of Whiting; and a brother, David of Dallas, Texas.

Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville, Illinois.

Arrangements were by the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

George L. James III

George L. (Jay) James III, 60, of Princeton, died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack August 24. He was the former Chief Financial Officer of AmeriSource, Inc. and senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer of BetzDearborn, Inc.

Raised in Miami, Fla., he moved to Philadelphia where he completed his undergraduate degrees in engineering and the sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He later obtained his MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

After graduation, he worked at the Scott Paper Co. for nearly 20 years in various executive positions, including two years as treasurer of Grupo San Cristobal de Mexico, a Scott affiliate. He rose to Vice President of Corporate Development and Planning at Scott corporate headquarters in Philadelphia before leaving to become senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer of BetzDearborn, a specialty chemical company. After BetzDearborn was sold to the Hercules Corporation in 1998, he served as Chief Financial Officer for AmeriSource, Inc. until his retirement in 2001.

An engaging lecturer and raconteur, he served for years as a professor at the Temple University Fox School of Business. He recently joined the board of directors of PharMerica, a pharmaceutical services firm. He was also a member of the board of the Bedens Brook Club and Russell Estates Homeowners Association in Princeton, and, for the last 11 years, Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater, serving as its treasurer.

He was known for his networking skills, readiness to lend a hand, and ability to mobilize people for positive purposes. He will be remembered for his optimism, energy, and sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jane McCallister James; two children, Christopher, 24, and Katherine, 19; and a sister, Kathy Muscarella of Palm City, Fla.

A private celebration of his life for family and friends is being planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Walnut Street Theater, 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107-5195.


Huberta N. Wright

Huberta N. Wright

Huberta Nunn Wright, 82, of Princeton, died peacefully August 20 at home.

Born in San Antonio to Robert Read Nunn and Olivette Wise Nunn, she was a descendant of prominent early Texas families. She grew up in Houston and was a graduate of Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington, D.C. and the University of Texas at Austin.

A gifted artist, she studied painting from childhood. Noted for her portraits and landscapes, which were exhibited throughout the U.S. and Canada, her work is found in many private collections. She utilized her artistic talents on behalf of children for many years, working in art therapy with orphans and creating educational and thematic projects for ill and disadvantaged youth.

A Princeton resident since 1972, she was a member of the Junior League, Present Day Club, Springdale Golf Club, Nassau Club, and Nassau Presbyterian Church. She previously lived in Beaumont, Texas; Lorne Park, Ontario; Winchester, Mass.; and Lincoln, Mass.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Vernon Gerald Wright of Princeton; two sons, Robert Payton Wright of Houston and David Cummings Wright of Concord, Mass.; a daughter, Sally Ann Wright of Princeton; a brother, Robert Read Nunn Jr. of Seattle, Wash.; and two grandchildren.

Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542; or to Friends of the Princeton Public Library, P.O. Box 422, Princeton 08542; or to DeCordova Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, Mass. 01773.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

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