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Vol. LXIII, No. 6
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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Carolyn S. Ford

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Ella Louise Campbell

Elsie K. Zink


Memorial Service for Walter J. Kauzmann

Carolyn S. Ford

Carolyn S. Ford

Mrs. Carolyn S. Ford, nee Carolyn Norment Smith, 84, of Amelia Island, Fla., formerly of Princeton, died peacefully February 5 at her home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Frances Norment Smith Jr. In 1937, while vacationing with her family in Ocean City, Md., she met Burton A. Ford Jr., then 15. In 1943, in Lawton, Okla., they were married and remained together until his death in 2006. Prior to moving to Amelia Island Plantation in 1994, they had been longtime residents of Princeton, where Mrs. Ford was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and All Saints Episcopal Church.

An avid golfer, she was a member of the Springdale Golf Club and the Bedens Brook Club in Princeton and later, in Amelia, the Long Point Women’s Golf Association, Ocean Club, and Amelia Island Club.

Her family recalls her gift of making everyone, including strangers, feel welcomed by her ready smile and genuine hello.

She was predeceased also by a son, Thomas Michael Ford. She is survived by two sons, Burton A. “Chip” Ford III of Skillman and Richard C. Ford of Edmond, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. this Saturday, February 14 in Princeton Cemetery.

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

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

Cynthia Lake Woodger

Cynthia Lake Woodger

Cynthia Lake Woodger of Princeton, a friend of the arts and artists, died January 31 at home. The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrigís disease).

Born in New York City, she grew up in Glen Cove, Long Island, and Ardmore, Pa. She was the daughter of H. Ridgely Bullock and Marian Batterman Bullock, both of Haverford, Pa., and the stepdaughter of Mary King Bullock. She graduated from Oldfields School in Baltimore and Vassar College, then pursued graduate studies at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary.

Married in 1955 to the Rev. Benjamin J. Lake, she founded and directed children’s choirs in three parishes. She and the Rev. Dr. Lake were active in the performing and fine arts in Syracuse, N.Y. and, in 1973, were honored with the city’s Service to the Arts award. Dr. Lake died in 1986.

In 1994, she married Bruce B. Woodger of Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. They were wed in Princeton at Trinity Church, where Mrs. Woodger had been a member of the choir. She also served as a lay reader there for over 25 years.

Mrs. Woodger was a soprano who performed professionally in upstate New York and New Jersey. She was active at McCarter Theater, both onstage and as a member of the board of trustees. She was named to McCarter’s first class of honorary trustees. She was a soloist in three New Jersey Opera productions. In addition to McCarter Theater, she acted with the Bristol Riverside Playhouse, Off-Broadstreet Theater, Bucks County Playhouse, and Arkansas Repertory Theater. She was the program director of the Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs for 15 years. She also coached singers at Lawrenceville School.

A devoted supporter of the arts for more than 50 years, Mrs. Woodger was an active supporter of the Metropolitan Opera, serving as Auditions Manager for the New Jersey region. She was also involved with Westminster Choir College and Princeton Pro Musica. Over the years, she encouraged numerous young musicians to push themselves a little further, and several became nationally recognized artists.

She served as president of the Vassar Club in Syracuse and was president-elect of the city’s Junior League. She also served on the board of the former Kirkland College in Clinton, N.Y., and on the board of Oldfields School. She was a member of the Nassau Club, Bedens Brook Country Club, and Edgartown (Mass.) Yacht Club.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Woodger is survived by a son, Whitney B. Lake of Ennis, Mont.; a daughter, Amanda R. Lake of Fairhaven, Mass.; a sister, Sheila B. Tucker of Vero Beach, Fla.; three stepsons; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for the spring, to take place at Trinity Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ALS Clinic, Pennsylvania Hospital, 330 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107; or to any of the organizations named above.

Ella Louise Campbell

Ella Louise Campbell

Ella Louise Campbell, 85, a Princeton resident for more than 50 years, died January 22 at home.

She was born in the Parish of Saint Andrew on the Island of Jamaica, West Indies.

The youngest of 12 siblings, she was predeceased by ten of them. She is survived by a sister, Emma Bowdoin of New York; two sons, Rueben “Dennis” McLaughlin Sr. of Trenton and Carlton F. Campbell of London, England; and five grandchildren.

The funeral service was January 30 at Nassau Christian Center, with the Rev. Richard Linderman, Pastor, officiating. Interment was in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Elsie K. Zink

Elsie Kasnel Zink, 90, of Princeton, died February 1 on the 67th anniversary of her wedding to Paul Julius Zink, to whom she was married for 55 years.

Born in Manhattan, she graduated from the all-girls Walton High School in the Bronx in 1937. She worked for American Cyanamid in New York until 1948, when her first son was born. In 1955 she moved with her family to Westwood in Bergen County. In 1957, she joined Stern Brothers in Paramus, where she retired as a senior manager 28 years later. In 2004, she moved to Princeton, adjacent to the home of her second son and his family.

She loved to travel and visited nearly 50 countries in her lifetime.

She is survived by two sons, Stephen Zink of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. and Clifford Zink of Princeton; and five grandchildren.

Interment took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York. The family is planning a celebration of her life for family and friends in April.

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


In the February 4 obituary for Miriam Klothen, her late husband Irving was mistakenly identified as Kenneth, which is the name of her son. Irving Klothen’s obituary ran June 19, 2008, and can be found at The Klothens lived in Princeton from 1957 to 1998.

Memorial Service for Walter J. Kauzmann

A memorial service for Prof. Walter J. Kauzmann, who died January 27 at Stonebridge in Montgomery (Town Topics, February 4), will be held on Friday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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