Obituaries

Bruce Manning Metzger

Ruth Gilwood

Evelyn B. Kissam

Judith H. Miller

Beverly J. Roth

Pamela A. Stevens



Bruce Manning Metzger

Bruce Manning Metzger

Bruce Manning Metzger, 93, of Princeton, an authority in the study of Greek manuscripts of the Bible, died February 13 at the University Medical Center at Princeton. At the time of his death he was the George L. Collord Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Born in Middletown, Pa., he was the son of Maurice and Anna Metzger. He received his bachelor's degree at Lebanon Valley College in 1935, his bachelor of theology degree from Princeton Seminary in 1938, and his Ph.D. degree in classics from Princeton University in 1942. He began to teach at the Seminary in 1938-39, and continued in the New Testament department for 46 years. He was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church USA in 1939.

During his teaching career he developed 25 courses bearing on the English and Greek text of books of the New Testament. Among his graduate courses on the text and canon of the New Testament he offered instruction on the grammar and patristic literature in Syriac and Coptic.

Besides presenting Bible studies at a wide variety of churches, Dr. Metzger also gave academic lectures at more than one hundred universities, colleges, and seminaries on five continents. Over the years he worked with committees in the production of three new editions of the Scriptures. These were the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament (1966), the Reader's Digest Condensed Bible (1982), and as chairman of the translation committee, the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (1990). Of his many publications, the most widely used are f+iLexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek and the Oxford Annotated Bible.

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In 1994 the British Academy awarded Dr. Metzger the F.C. Burkitt Medal for his contributions to biblical studies. At the presentation of the medal the president of the Academy noted that the recipient had 'written standard reference works on the text of the New Testament, the ancient versions of the New Testament, and the canon of the New Testament' and that 'very few living scholars have an equally wide and deep knowledge of the manuscript tradition of the biblical texts.'

Dr. Metzger was given a number of honorary degrees from universities at home and abroad. Among the latter were the D.D. from St. Andrews, Scotland, the D. Theol. from Muenster, Germany, and the D. Litt. from Potchefstroom, South Africa. In 1986 he was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in the class devoted to the Humanities. He was also a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

Over the past 25 years he served as president of four learned societies. In 1971 he was president of the international Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and president of the Society of Biblical Literature. In 1972 he served as president of the newly organized North American Patristic Society; and in 1995 served as president of the Society of Textual Scholarship, an organization devoted to interdisciplinary discussion of textual theory and practice.

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He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Isobel Mackay Metzger; two sons, John Mackay Metzger, an attorney, and James Bruce Metzger, a physician; and a sister, Edith Metzger Booser, of Middletown, Pa.

A memorial services was held February 20 at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

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

Ruth Gilwood

Ruth Gilwood, 87, of Princeton, died February 13 at home after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

After raising her four children, she worked for 14 years in the Registrar's Office at Princeton University, where one of her responsibilities was to assign classrooms for the entire campus in an age before computers. She retired from Princeton in 1987.

Born in New Bedford, Mass., the youngest daughter and fourth child of Samuel and Bessie Netburn, immigrants from Poland, she moved to Washington Heights in New York City when she was 8. She graduated from George Washington High School before becoming an office worker and union activist before she was 20. In 1941 she married Martin Gilwood, a chemical engineer from Brooklyn, who eventually owned two businesses in New Jersey, Martin Gilwood Associates and Engineering Chemical Services of New Brunswick.

After the Gilwoods moved to Princeton in 1961, she became a member of the choir at the Princeton Jewish Center and active on the school board during the 1960s and '70s.

She is survived by her husband, Martin; a son, William, of San Dimas, Calif.; three daughters, Susan of Somerset, Patricia of Sedona, Ariz., and Deborah of Amherst, Mass.; a grandson; and two great-granddaughters.

A memorial service was held February 17 at Kimble Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633; or to moveon.org to honor her long history as an anti-war activist.

Evelyn B. Kissam

Evelyn B. Kissam, 101, a longtime resident of Princeton, died February 9.

Born in Wilmington, Del., she graduated from George School and received a B.A. from Wilson College.

She met her first husband, Princeton professor Dr. Nabih Amin Faris, while working as an administrative secretary at Princeton University Library. In 1945 she and her husband traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, where Dr. Faris had accepted a position in the history department of the American University of Beirut. Thirty years later, upon his death, she returned to Princeton. She then married Professor Philip Kissam and moved to Newlin Road where she lived for 30 years.

She is survived by two daughters, Laila Alamuddin and Lamis Faris; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

A private family service was held on February 3. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton.

Judith H. Miller

Judith H. Miller, 65, of Princeton, died February 19 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in New Brunswick, she had been a Princeton resident for 30 years.

She graduated from Douglass College of Rutgers University with B.S. and M.S. degrees.

She was an environmental scientist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and later with Van Note Harvey Company, Cytogen Company, and Rhodia Corporation before retiring. She was the first female Sewage Commissioner in New Brunswick.

A member of The Jewish Center, Princeton Family YMCA, and New Jersey Environmental Society, she also served as a volunteer at the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Princeton.

Daughter of the late Philip and Dorothy Heines and sister of the late Carol Heines, she is survived by her husband, Judge Robert S. Miller; a son, Joel N. Miller of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Dr. Vivian I. Miller of Longmeadow, Mass.; two brothers, Henry Heines of San Francisco and Jesse Heines of Chelmsford, Mass.; and two grandchildren.

The funeral service will be today, Wednesday, February 21 at 11:30 a.m. at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street. Burial will follow at Washington Cemetery, Monmouth Junction.

A period of mourning will be observed at the Miller residence in Princeton. The family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be offered to The Jewish Center; or to the Breast Cancer Resource Center, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton 08540.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland's Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


Beverly J. Roth

Beverly J. Roth

Beverly J. Roth, 86, of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Pennington, Princeton, and Manchester, N.H., died January 31 at home.

Born in Washington, D.C. to T. Mitchell and Juanita Miller, she raised her family in Pennington and Princeton before moving to Manchester.

An independent spirit, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved to cook, garden, and talk about the weather.

She was predeceased by her husband, John F. Roth, and a son, Gregory.

She is survived by two sons, Gary of San Diego and Kirk of Manchester, N.H.; and three grandchildren.

There will be a private memorial service.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Pamela A. Stevens

Pamela A. Stevens, 60, of New York, formerly of Princeton, died suddenly February 3 in Beth Israel Hospital in New York City.

She grew up in Princeton and was a graduate of Princeton High School and Briarcliff College.

Daughter of the late Mary-Louise Engebretson, she is survived by her father and stepmother, Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Barton Stevens of Hopewell Township; a sister, Meridith, of Princeton; and two brothers, Douglas Jr. of Dallas, Pa. and Peter G. of Spokane Valley, Wash.

Arrangements are by Gannon Funeral Services, New York City.

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