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Vol. LXIV, No. 6
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Obituaries

Lucile Stuart

David J. Furley

Elvin H. Webber

Diana D’Ippolito



Lucile Stuart

Lucile Stuart

Lucile Russell Stuart, 94, of West Tisbury, Mass., died January 30 at home. She was the wife of Donald C. Stuart Jr., co-founder and publisher of Town Topics.

Born and raised in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Mrs. Stuart was an alumna of Douglass College. After receiving her bachelor’s degree she moved to New York City where for several years she produced commercials for NBC Radio. She married John Becker, a fellow NBC Radio News producer, and they moved to Princeton to raise their family. She later became the office manager at Applied Data Research, founded by longtime Princeton resident Elwood Kaufman.

Lucile and John Becker divorced and in 1967 she married Mr. Stuart. Mrs. Stuart’s interests included a great love of both the Princeton community and the University, particularly football and hockey. She often weathered the cold with good humor while her husband sat in the warmth of the press box covering the games for Town Topics.

After Mr. Stuart’s death in 1981, Mrs. Stuart began increasing her stays on Martha’s Vineyard until she made the Island her permanent residence in 1991. She loved island life and was an avid gardener. She developed a deep interest in learning about native species and fostering their growth into the landscape around her home. For many years she was an active member of a West Tisbury women’s reading and sewing group. She did occasional work at the Community Services Thrift Shop, and cherished the sense of community she found living on the Island.

She is survived by a son, John Becker, and daughter-in-law Valerie of West Tisbury; a daughter, Katherine Becker of New York City; a step-son, Charles C. Stuart of New Rochelle, N.Y.; a step-daughter-in-law, Sheila Stuart of Skillman; a grandson; and nine step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


David J. Furley

David J. Furley

Professor David John Furley, 87, of Charlbury, United Kingdom, formerly of Princeton, died January 26 after a long illness in Banbury Hospital, Banbury, United Kingdom. A former chairman of Princeton University’s Department of Classics, he was the first classicist to receive the University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, winning the award in 1984.

Born in Nottingham, England, he was educated at Nottingham High School and Cambridge University (Jesus College), where he graduated with first class honors in 1947. His studies were interrupted by active service in the Second World War, mainly in Burma, where he rose to the rank of Captain in the Artillery. After teaching in the Department of Greek and Latin of University College London from 1947 to 1966, he joined the Princeton faculty in 1966 as a professor of classics. From 1974 to his retirement in 1992 he was the Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature. He also directed the Program in Classical Philosophy from 1969 to 1982 and chaired the Department of Classics from 1982 to 1985. During his career he served as president of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and chairman of the International Committee of the Symposium Aristotelicum.

Together with his wife Phyllis, who died in 2009, he enjoyed the company of many friends in the Princeton community.

He is survived by two sons, John and William from his first marriage to Diana (née Armstrong); four grandchildren; four step-children from his second marriage, Alison, Neil, Kate, and Fiona; four step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be this Friday, February 12 in Charlbury near Oxford. The address of the Furleys in Charlbury is 14 The Playing Close, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3RZ, England.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to www.alzheimers-research.org.uk.


Elvin H. Webber

Elvin H. Webber

Dr. Elvin H. (“Pete”) Webber, 65, of Wynnewood, Pa., formerly of Princeton, died February 1 at home.

The son of Elvin Webber and Addie Anderson Webber, he was the second oldest of five children. He was educated in the public schools of Princeton, and in 1964 attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he was a starter on the football team for four years. After graduating in 1968, he embarked on a lifelong journey in the field of education as a teacher, college professor, university administrator, and public servant with the U.S. Department of Education.

He began his career as an industrial arts teacher in the Washington D.C. public schools, rising to department chairman. He later assumed the position as teacher coordinator and acting assistant director for the Career Exploration Program of the district. In 1971, he earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Howard University.

During a competitive selection process in 1974, he was chosen as a Horace H. Rackham Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in Educational Administration and Supervision in 1977.

Following his graduation from Michigan, he embarked upon a 32-year career in education. He was a professor at Prairie View A&M and served as the executive assistant to the president at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Until the time of his death, he worked for 25 years at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights in Philadelphia as an Equal Opportunity Specialist.

He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa educational honor society and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Diann; a son, Evan; his mother, Addie Webber; and four siblings, Travis Webber, Yvonne Barclay, Beverly Webber, and Houston Webber. He will also be remembered by several nieces and nephews for his love and unwavering support of their educational pursuits.

The funeral service was February 8 at First Baptist Church, Princeton. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home.

Diana D’Ippolito

Renita Diana D’Ippolito, 85, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Princeton, died February 3 at home.

Born in Riga, Latvia, she came to the United States and settled in New York City before moving to Lawrenceville many years ago.

A ballerina and choreographer, she produced shows in the Princeton area for many years, especially at McCarter Theater, where she performed under the name Diana D’Ippolito.

Predeceased by her parents, Voldemars and Anna Kreslins, and a daughter, Dorena D’Ippolito, she is survived by a sister, Lija F. Kreslins of Lawrenceville.

The funeral service was February 8 at the Kimble Funeral Home. Burial followed in the family plot at Princeton Cemetery.

To offer online condolences and sign the guest book, visit www.thekimblefuneralhome.com.

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