Hsueh Tseng Chang
Hsueh Tseng Chang, 93, the sole surviving son of Marshal Chang Tso-lin (Zhang Zuolin) of Manchuria, died on December 5 in Novato, California.
Born in Liaoning, China, in 1911, he was the third of eight sons of Marshal Chang and attended Catholic University of Peking, Yenching University, Balliol College at Oxford, and Princeton, from which he graduated in 1942 with an M.A. in political science.
He served with the Chinese Military Mission in Washington D.C. during World War II, and, after the war, he joined the U.N. Secretariat, then located at Lake Success N.Y., as one of the original members of a team of Chinese/English simultaneous interpreters. He retired in 1971 after 25 years of service.
His father, known as the "Old Marshal" or "The Tiger of Manchuria," was a warlord who ruled Manchuria from 1916 to 1928. At the height of his power, Marshal Chang's control extended southward to Beijing and Shanghai. The Old Marshal was assassinated in 1928 by Japanese militarists, who bombed the train in which he was riding. Mr. Chang was with his father on that trip, but escaped injury. Mr. Chang's eldest brother, Chang Hsueh-liang (Zhang Xueliang) is best remembered for his key role in the Xian Incident in 1936, in which Chiang Kai-shek was kidnapped and persuaded to end his ongoing civil war against the Communists and to form a united front with them against the Japanese, who had begun their invasion of China. Chang Hsueh-liang died in 2001.
Mr. Chang is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Clarence and Elizabeth Chang, of Princeton; his daughter Leona and son-in-law J. Alton Crozier, Jr., also of Novato; his son Kuan Chang of Novato; five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. His wife Lucy Chang died in 1995.
Herbert William Kale, 94, the founder of Kale's Nursery and Landscape Service in Princeton, died at Wood River Village in Bensalem, Pa., on December 23.
He was born on a farm in Burlington, N.J., which fostered his lifelong love of agriculture. He founded Kale's in 1956 and was past president of N.J. Nurserymen's Association. He also served on the Board of Managers at Cook College, Rutgers University.
Lt. Col. Kale was the Battalion Commander of the 695th Armored Field Artillery in World War II. He served in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded several commendations. While in the army prior to the war, he was a skilled horseman and polo player. A longtime member of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, Mr. Kale served in numerous leadership capacities, including Deacon, Elder, and Clerk of Session.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth MacNaughton Kale; his daughters, Mary Elizabeth Morris of Stockton, N.J., and Barrie Joan Kale of Hopewell; a son, Douglas William Kale of Solebury, Pa.; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
He will be remembered at a memorial service at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville on January 6 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Rutgers Gardens, Cook College, c/o Douglas W. Kale, P.O. Box 185, Solebury, Pa. 18963.
Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home in Pennington.
Rose Margerum, 94, of Princeton, died Wednesday, December 22, at Princeton Care Center.
Wife of the late Stephen C. Margerum, she is survived by a daughter, Laura Del Cioppo, of Pomona, N.J.; two sons, George Zuber of Miami, Florida, and Donald Zuber of Laguna Hills, California; five grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren.
Private burial was held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Princeton.
Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
Harold S. Switzgable, 42, a lifelong Princeton resident, died December 27.
Born November 1, 1962, he graduated from Perkiomin Prep and received his degree in political science from Occidental College. He taught history at the Lewis School in Princeton and consulted in real estate and computers.
He is survived by his mother, Yota Switzgable, of Princeton; his father, Harold E. Switzgable, Jr., of Plainsboro and Quebec, Canada; his sister Kimberly of Robbinsville; and his sister Meg, of Brooklyn, New York.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, December 30, at the Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton, followed immediately by a 3 p.m. service.