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Vol. LXI, No. 50
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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Robert E. Kemp

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Mark M. Rutzky

Jill B. Vincent

Stan Kephart

Esther Seldner

Robert E. Kemp

Robert E. Kemp

Robert E. Kemp, 66, of Plainsboro, died December 3 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Trenton, he graduated from Princeton High School in 1960, and resided in Plainsboro all his life. He was a graduate of Teterboro Aeronautics.

He was the owner of Grovers Mill Company, a lawn and power equipment company in Princeton Junction.

He was a Past Master of the former Cranbury Lodge, now Apollo Lodge No. 156 F. & A.M. of Cranbury, member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon of Trenton Forest No. 4, member of Crescent Lodge A.A.O.M.N.O.S. Valley of Trenton, former member of Plainsboro Fire Company, member of Peddie Golf Club, former member of Thendara Golf Club of Old Forge, N.Y., and active member of Bucks County Hogs.

Son of the late Joseph E. Kemp, Jr. and Annabelle Kemp Watlington, he is survived by his wife, Judy A. Kemp; a son, Robert E. Kemp II of Princeton Junction; a daughter, Robbin Lynn Dean of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; a step-brother, Robert Watlington of Plainsboro; a step-sister, Patricia Adams of Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren.

The Funeral was December 7 at First Presbyterian Church of Plainsboro. Burial was in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Va. 22311; or to the American Lung Association of New Jersey, 1600 U.S. Highway 22 East, Union, N.J. 07083.

Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Max Bogart

Max Bogart, 89, of Concord, Mass., formerly of Princeton, died September 24 of complications from pneumonia at Emerson Hospital in Concord. He was a former associate commissioner of education for the commonwealth and the husband of Jean (Caplan) Bogart.

Born in New London, Conn., he earned a bachelor of science degree from New York University, a master of arts degree from Columbia University, and a doctorate from New York University.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Following World War II, he held teaching positions at New York University, where he was associate professor of English, and lectured at Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University, Rutgers, Indiana State, and California State College in Los Angeles. His dedication to students was acknowledged by a former student at NYU, author Frank McCourt, in his memoir, ’Tis.

He held numerous administrative positions in the field of education at NYU and the New Jersey Department of Education, and was appointed by the Massachusetts governor in 1969 as associate commissioner of education, where he served until his retirement in 1980.

He was the author of The Jazz Age and The Bitter Years, in addition to numerous papers and school textbooks, and was general editor of the American Literature Series for Scribner’s Publishing.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; a daughter, Joanne Bogart of Jamaica Plain, Mass.; a son, Jim Bogart of St. Louis, Mo.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial gathering was held October 14 in Concord.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Council on Aging, 1276 Main Street, Concord, Mass. 01742; or to the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, Mass.

Mark M. Rutzky

Mark M. Rutzky, 67, of Princeton, died November 26 at home.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, and the Harvard Business School for management development. He retired from The Dow Chemical Company after a 32-year career as a research scientist and corporate account executive. He held a number of management positions in the company’s Latin America division, based in Coral Gables, Fla. Fluent in Spanish, he traveled extensively in Latin America and lived for several years in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Bogota, Colombia, where he managed Dow’s local offices. He was a resident of Miami before moving to Princeton.

He moved to Princeton in 1997, when he married Princeton resident Yvonne Marcuse, and quickly became active in the community. He was a member of The Jewish Center and served as the coordinator-moderator of 55PLUS, a club serving the Princeton community with lectures, classes, and other activities for retirees.

As an enthusiastic participant in the Princeton University Community Audit Program, he welcomed the opportunity to augment his science education by auditing a wide variety of liberal arts courses. The auditing experience was extremely rewarding for him and he was fond of saying that he always got “straight A’s” in his classes. He served as a member of the Audit Committee Guidance Team, which helped to shape policy for the program.

Mr. Rutzky was vice president of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and served on several board committees. His involvement with the Orchestra was the culmination of a lifelong love of classical music. He was proud of the Orchestra’s growth and development during his tenure on the board and he enjoyed attending rehearsals to better appreciate its concert performances.

He also enjoyed cooking for a crowd, kayaking on Carnegie Lake, reading The New Yorker, and shopping for opera albums at the Princeton Record Exchange. He will be remembered for his humor, enthusiasm, upbeat approach to life and death, and ability to tell the same story again and again with endless variations and embellishments.

Son of Zelda Rutzky and the late Joseph C. Rutzky, he is survived by his wife, Yvonne; a son, Jeffrey D. Rutzky of New York City; a daughter, Devra Tousley of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his mother, Zelda Rutzky of Princeton; a sister, Karen Back of Los Angeles; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services took place November 28 at the Jewish Center, with burial at the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Princeton Symphony Orchestra or The Jewish Center.

Jill B. Vincent

Jill Blandford Vincent, 71, of Princeton, died December 4 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Danbury, Essex, England, she was raised in Egypt, Suez Canal, South Africa, and Germany. She returned to England to complete her education. She was presented to Queen Elizabeth II of England in 1956. Her experience working at Attingham Park in Shrewsbury, England, where she met many Americans, led her to emigrate to the U.S.

A Princeton resident for the last 44 years, she managed Palmer House, the Princeton University Guest House, for 30 years until her retirement.

She was an active member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, having served as a deacon and as a participant in the bell choir. She was on the board of the North Princeton Development Center for many years, and active in the Parents Association of the Princeton Day School.

Daughter of the late Lt. Col. Norman Blandford and Joan Roy Blandford, she is survived by her husband, Alexander B. Vincent Jr.; a daughter, Virginia Sayer of Chestnut Hill, Pa.; a son, Alexander Vincent III of Yardley, Pa.; a brother, Robin Blandford of Shanty Bay, Ontario; and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held tomorrow, December 13 at 2 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, followed by a reception at the Nassau Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to The Fund for Women & Girls at the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville 08648.

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

Stan Kephart

Stan Kephart, a Princeton Borough resident since 1965, died December 2.

The son of Harry and Eva Kephart, he was born in Philadelphia and raised in Pitman, N.J. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.

As a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now the University of the Arts) his joys were his art, volunteer prison chaplaincy, and serving First Church of Christ, Scientist, Princeton in various capacities, most recently as First Reader. As an artist he had several one-man shows locally, including “40 Views of Nassau Street” and “All That Jazz” in 2004. As a graphic artist he worked for Trentypo, Pavolec/Caskey, The Home News, and US 1.

He coordinated the work of the Christian Science Committee for Institutional Service in New Jersey and served as a volunteer chaplain in penal and mental institutions throughout the state since 1986.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Julia Kephart; a daughter, Jean Louise Kephart Cipriani of South Toms River, N.J.; a sister, Phyllis Kephart of Titusville, Pa. and Somers Point, N.J.; and four grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will take place December 29 at 1 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Esther Seldner

Esther Seldner, 88, of Princeton, died December 6 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold.

Born in Lindenhurst, N.Y. and raised in North Jersey, she had been a resident of Princeton for more than 40 years.

Mrs. Seldner was an alumna of Rutgers University, where she also served as Assistant to the Dean of Students for 24 years before retiring in 1987. Rutgers honored her for more than 20 years with a scholarship in her name, awarded to a deserving student at the annual Awards Dinner.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Abraham, in 2000. She is survived by three sons, David of Seattle, Michael of Millstone, N.J., and Joseph of Princeton; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held December 9.

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