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Vol. LXIII, No. 7
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Harold F. Clark Jr.

Herman J. Daum

Glenn D. Johnson

Barbara Emeny

Rachelle Farmer

Virginia C. High

Steven L. Silverman

Howard E. Maher

Walter Myhre

Thomas D. Truitt

Rosemary D. Rizzi

Harold F. Clark Jr.

Harold F. Clark Jr.

Harold F. Clark Jr., 73, of Princeton, died February 4 at the University Medical Center at Princeton after a brief illness.

Born in Norwalk, Conn., the son of Lillian and Harold F. Clark, he grew up in Darien. He graduated from Amherst College in 1957 with honors and received a master of arts degree from Stanford University and a doctorate from Columbia University, beginning his lifelong love of Charles Dickens.

In 1962, he married Julie Denny, and after three years in New York City they moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where he became managing director of the Frankfurt office of the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. Their two sons, Tobin Denny Clark and Gregor Tatum Clark, were born during the nine years they lived abroad. When the family returned to the states in 1974, they moved to Princeton.

During Mr. Clark’s 29 years with J. Walter Thompson he held a number of positions in addition to his Frankfurt assignment, including account director for Burger King, managing director of The Entertainment Group, and managing director of Lansdowne, a subsidiary of the agency. In 1985, he was elected to the company’s board of directors.

When J. Walter Thompson was acquired by WPP, he left the company and co-founded Smith Clark Associates, a management consulting firm. There, drawing on his international experience, he specialized in helping multinational companies with diverse management issues. He developed a computer simulation software program that continues to be used to train young executives internationally in management skills.

An active community member, he served on the Princeton Borough Zoning Board. After moving to Amenia, N.Y. in 1993, he served on the Amenia Zoning Board of Adjustments and Master Planning Committee. After the Clarks returned to Princeton in 2004, he was appointed to the Princeton Township Zoning Board. He also served as a board member of McCarter Theatre, the Princeton Singers, and the Trenton Children’s Chorus.

At Trinity Episcopal Church, Mr. Clark was a vestry member, choir member, chalice bearer, lay reader, and a member of the search committee for a new Rector in the early ’90s.

In the late ’70s he was a regular participant in the Inn Cabaret at the Nassau Inn. He also appeared in many PJ&B productions including South Pacific, Brigadoon, and My Fair Lady, as well as a local production of The Runner Stumbles.

At the time of his death, he was president of Amherst’s Class of 1957.

In addition to his wife and two sons, he is survived by a brother, Jerome H. Clark of Orinda, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church on March 14. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Trenton Children’s Chorus, c/o Princeton Outreach Projects Inc., 61 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542; or to The Princeton Singers, P.O. Box 344, Princeton 08542.

Herman J. Daum

Herman J. Daum, 93, of Warrington, Pa., formerly of Princeton and Cleveland, Ohio, died February 9 at the Neshaminy Manor Home in Warrington.

He was the husband of the late Laurice (Abood) Daum.

Born in Cleveland, he was a son of the late Peter and Anna Daum.

Mr. Daum retired after 25 years of employment from the Oxford Press of Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a member of the Graphic Communication Workers International Union.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II, participating in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Bronze Star.

He is survived by a son, Wayne Daum, M.D. of Strongsville, Ohio; a daughter, Lila Daum Fredenburg, Esq. of Princeton; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the Church of the Gesu, 2470 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights, Ohio 44118.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Public Library, c/o Financial Services, 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114; or to the Neshaminy Manor Home, 1660 Easton Road, Warrington, Pa. 18976.

Arrangements are by the Shelly Funeral Home, 1460 Easton Road, Warrington 18976.

Glenn D. Johnson

Glenn David (“Raoul”) Johnson, 60, of Chevy Chase, Md., formerly of Princeton, died February 11 at home. He had previously lived in Annapolis for 40 years.

Born in Princeton, he earned a B.A. from Cornell University.

He was a consultant for the U.S. Government and a proud recipient of the Jim Vane Award.

A former member of the Sherwood Forest Club, his hobbies included tennis, jogging, and golf.

His marriage to Neville Hook Gardner ended in divorce in 1986. He married his second wife, Maryan Cummins, in 1993; they divorced in 2005.

Predeceased by his parents, Leonard C. and Margaret M. Johnson, he is survived by a son, Jeffrey Johnson, and a daughter, Jennifer Johnson, both of Washington, D.C.; and a brother, Greg Johnson of New Jersey.

A Mass of Christian burial was held February 16 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Annapolis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, 351 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, Md. 21403; or to SPCA, 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis 21403.

Arrangements were by the Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis.

Barbara Emeny

Barbara (“Bobbie”) Cox Emeny, 99, of Princeton, died peacefully February 15. She was the widow of the late Brooks Emeny, a noted international relations scholar and lecturer who specialized in American foreign policy and served as president of the Foreign Policy Association.

Mrs. Emeny was born in New York City and educated in Florence, Italy. She was a prominent interior designer and member of The National Society of Colonial Dames.

She was involved in numerous charitable and civic endeavors. As the widow of Mr. Emeny she continued his tradition of caring for Princeton University and was elected an honorary member of the Class of 1924.

She continued to play bridge with her friends weekly until her death.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Faith Conger, and three grand nephews.

A private service will be held in Locust Valley, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Phippsburg Historical Society, 24 Parker Head Road, Phippsburg, Maine 04562.

Rachelle Farmer

Rachelle L. Reed Farmer, 49, of Princeton, known as “Shelly,” died February 12.

Born in Trenton, she was a lifelong Princeton resident. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1977 and attended Mercer County Community College for Nursing.

She was a former member of East Windsor District I and District 2 Rescue Squads.

She is survived by her husband, John D. Farmer III of Plainsboro; her parents, Murray and Sylvia Matlofsky of East Windsor; her stepmother, Barbara McCloud; and many stepbrothers and stepsisters.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, February 22 at 5 p.m. at Etra Park, Etra Road in East Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Farmer’s memory to a First Aid Squad of the donor’s choice.

Virginia C. High

Virginia C. High, 89, of Pennington, died February 14 at Stony Brook Assisted Living in Pennington.

Born in Detroit, she lived in Rochester, Michigan before moving to West Windsor in 1958 and then to Pennington in 1995.

She was a former secretary at Princeton University and ETS. She became a real estate associate with Kings Grant Real Estate of Princeton.

She was a member of Trinity Church of Princeton.

Wife of the late Leroy B. High, she is survived by three sons, John of Solebury, Pa., Joel of Silverthorne, Colo., and Christopher of Trenton; a half-sister, Dolores Butler of Lewisville, Texas; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be tomorrow, February 19 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street. Burial will be in Trinity All Saints’ Cemetery.

Calling hours will be today, February 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cure PSP (The Society for PSP), Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906, Hunt Valley, Md. 21031.

Steven L. Silverman

Steven Lee Silverman, 55, of Seal Beach, Calif., formerly of Princeton, died February 10 at home.

Born in Boston, he was diagnosed in the first week of his life with severe cyanotic congenital heart disease. He moved with his family to Princeton in 1954 where his father established a pediatric practice. He attended Princeton public schools and graduated from Princeton Day School in 1971.

During the course of his life, he had eight intrathoracic cardiac procedures at Boston Children’s Hospital and at UCLA Medical Center, the last a second cardiac transplant in September 2008. Despite his illness, Mr. Silverman earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia. 

He worked in engineering at the Aerospace Division of the Boeing Corporation in Huntington Beach, Calif. for the past 25 years. 

He was a gentle, intelligent, kind person, admired and liked by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. Benjamin and Beverly Silverman of Seal Beach, Calif.; and three brothers, Richard of Cupertino, Calif., Robert of Austin, Texas, and Jonathan of Upper Saddle River, N.J.

The funeral service was February 15 at The Jewish Center, Princeton. Burial followed at Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cardiac Division of the Boston Children’s Hospital, Longwood Avenue, Boston; or to the Cardiac Transplant Research Program at the UCLA Medical Center, Le Conte Street, Los Angeles, Calif.; or to The Princeton Hospital Foundation.

Arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

Howard E. Maher

Howard E. Maher, 77, a 35-year resident of Princeton, died February 14 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Born in Brooklyn, he served four years in the Navy during the Korean War.

A 1958 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he went on to serve as Director of Human Resources for Dow Jones and Vice President/Manager of the Merrill Lynch office in Plainsboro.

He served as a trustee and labor relations and policy consultant for Community Options of Princeton, and was a volunteer speaker and counselor at Princeton House.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn, and a daughter, Meg Maher of Princeton.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, February 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. The family will receive visitors beginning at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Community Options of Princeton, 16 Farber Road, West Windsor 08550.

Walter Myhre

Walter Myhre, 96, of Griggstown, died February 16 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had been a resident of Griggstown since 1949.

Mr. Myhre retired in 1978 with over 25 years of service as an engineer with Triangle Conduit and Cable Company, New Brunswick. He was a member of the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, the Triangle Pioneer Club, and a charter member of Norseville Inc.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Merchant Marines. In 1992 he received a Medal of Honor at the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C. for serving in an arctic resupply convoy that sailed from England to Murmansk, U.S.S.R. during the war.

Son of the late John and Tobine Johnsen Myhre and husband of the late Lillian Myhre, he is survived by a son, Richard W. Myhre; two daughters, Carol L. Morris and Susan A. Berard; and five grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. this Saturday, February 21 at the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, 246 Griggstown Road, Belle Mead. Burial will follow in Griggstown Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, February 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction, and also at the church on Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, P.O. Box 53, Belle Mead 08502.

Thomas D. Truitt

Thomas Davis Truitt, 79, of Chestertown, Md., formerly of Princeton, died February 7 at home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Joseph Alexander Truitt and Adelaide Mary Davis Truitt.

A Chestertown resident for the past 10 years, Mr. Truitt had previously lived in Montgomery and Princeton for 45 years. For the past 26 years, he and his wife spent their summers on Monhegan Island, Maine.

He attended Swarthmore College and served in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator. He completed his B.S. in Engineering at Texas A&M while serving his country. He completed his graduate degree at Princeton University.

Upon moving to Princeton in 1955, Mr. Truitt and first wife, Anne, joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Princeton Monthly Meeting at Stony Brook. He was active in Princeton Monthly Meeting, Chester River Friends Meeting in Chestertown, and the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Committees including American Friends Service Committee. He also hosted Quaker Meetings on Monhegan Island.

He worked for Electronic Associates Inc. for 16 years, was president of Applied Logic Corporation, and served as Assistant Chancellor of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education. He had a consulting business and two companies, Laboratory for Data Analysis and DeskTop Software Corporation. With a partner, he created the first database software for microcomputers.

He found love a second time when he married an old friend, Joanne S. Scott, in June 1984. Upon retirement, he became active in the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), mediation and conflict resolution programs, and book making. He said the AVP was transforming for him as a person.

He was recognized for his volunteer service by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Rebuilding Together, Kent County, Md.; and received the outstanding Community and Mediation Volunteer Award. He was most pleased to receive the Kent County Martin Luther Jr. Humanitarian Award. He was instrumental in starting the Human Rights Committee and Chester Valley Community Mediation Services, and contributed greatly to The Samaritan Group. 

He enjoyed woodworking, sailing, singing, photography, genealogy, painting, and book making on the computer. 

He was predeceased by his first wife, Anne Elkins Truitt, and a brother, Joseph Alexander Truitt Jr. He is survived by his second wife, Joanne; two daughters, Mandy T. Leith of Hamilton, N.J. and Tarralyn (Tarry) A. Truitt of Ewing; a sister, Mary Aileen McGowan of McKeesport, Pa.; four grandchildren; a great granddaughter; and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. 

Memorial services will be held in Chestertown, Md. at Chester River Friends Meeting this Saturday, February 21 at 2 p.m., and in Princeton at Princeton Monthly Meeting on Saturday, March 7. Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Princeton Monthly Meeting for Social Concerns, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton 08540; or to the African American Schoolhouse Museum and Heritage Council, c/o Karen Somerville, 23620 New Town Road, Worton, Md. 21678.

Rosemary D. Rizzi

Rosemary D. Rizzi of Spring Lake, N.J., formerly of Princeton, died February 8. The cause was cancer.

Born in Morristown, she also lived in Convent Station.

Before marriage, Mrs. Rizzi worked at the National Broadcasting Company and in the president’s office of Affiliated R.C.A. Communications, Inc., a successor to Marconi Wireless.

In Princeton, she served as the president of The Hun School Women’s Auxiliary and was a member of the Food and Nutritional Council of the Princeton Public School System.

She was active in Spring Lake, founding The Garden Club of Spring Lake and serving as its first president for two terms. She was also president of The Spring Lake Historical Society for several terms and in charge of the society’s museum in Borough Hall for many years. She was also a member of the Women’s Club of Spring Lake and the Preservation Alliance; a trustee and vice president of the Historical Society; and a member of the Spring Lake Centennial Committee.

A believer in family values and the importance of community involvement, she strove to bring comity and civility to every group in which she was a part.

She also loved to garden and care for her home, the Katzenbach Cottage, which was featured in Caroline Seebohm’s book Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore.

Mrs. Rizzi was concerned with the environment and was a member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation. She also loved animals and had pets all of her life.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Victor A. Rizzi; a son, Robert of Spring Lake; and a daughter, Laura Rizzi McGahan of Chapel Hill, N.C.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Spring Lake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Spring Lake Historical Society or The Garden Club of Spring Lake.

Arrangements are under the direction of the O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall, N.J.

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