David Bradford, a professor of economics and public affairs and an authority on taxation issues, died yesterday from extensive injuries sustained while escaping from a fire in his home two weeks earlier. He was 66.
Mr. Bradford was a member of Princeton's faculty since 1966, focusing on public sector economics. He also served three U.S. presidents. He was a member of President George H.W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers from 1991 to 1993 and deputy assistant secretary for tax policy in the U.S. Department of Treasury from 1975 to 1976, when he directed an influential study on income tax reform.
"All members of the University community are immensely saddened at the loss of our beloved colleague and teacher David Bradford. He was a fine scholar and a man of intelligence and integrity," said Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
As a member of the Council of Economic Advisers under the first President Bush, Mr. Bradford worked in areas such as the environment, telecommunications, health care and financial institutions, and taxation. While serving in the Department of Treasury under President Ford, Mr. Bradford directed a study that resulted in the publication "Blueprints for Basic Tax Reform," which is widely regarded as the forerunner of the major U.S. income tax reform enacted in 1986.
Mr. Bradford's published work addressed a wide range of topics, military service recruitment, public utility pricing, criteria for public investment, local government and the economic structure of urban areas, and a variety of income tax issues. His most recent work focused on the effects of income taxes on the insurance industry.
In his 1986 book, Untangling the Income Tax (Harvard University Press), Mr. Bradford offered a comprehensive review of income taxes and their alternatives. He was an early proponent of the consumption tax concept, in which personal income would be taxed only when it is spent on goods and services.
"David was a pioneer in thinking and writing about the consumption tax," said Alan Krueger, a Princeton University professor of economics and public affairs.
Mr. Bradford came to the University as an assistant professor of economics in 1966. He was named an associate professor of economics and public affairs in 1971 and a full professor in 1975. He served twice as acting dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and also had been an associate dean of the school and director of its graduate program.
At the time of his death, Bradford also was an adjunct professor of law at New York University, where he taught tax policy; a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., where he had directed the program of research in taxation for several years; and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C.
He also was a member of a variety of state and federal advisory boards, including: the national Railroad Retirement Reform Commission, to which he was appointed by President Reagan in 1988; and the Economic Policy Council of the state of New Jersey, on which he served from 1984 to 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Gundel; his son, Theodore; his daughter, Lulu; four grandchildren; and his sister, Victoria Witte. A gathering in his memory for members of the Princeton University community was held February 22. Details on services and memorial contributions are pending.
Judith C. Dorey, 64, of Rocky Hill, died February 14 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.
Born in Philadelphia, she had lived in Rocky Hill since 1970.
She was a member of the Rocky Hill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, and of Blawenburg Church, where she was involved with various church activities.
Daughter of the late John and Louise Prutzman Long, she is survived by her husband, David J. Dorey; a daughter, Jennifer Talarico of Montclair; a brother, John D. Long Jr. of Elkins Park, Pa.; and one granddaughter.
The funeral was February 18 at Blawenburg Reformed Church; pastor Richard Van Doren officiated.
Burial was in Blawenburg Cemetery.
Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blawenburg Church Restoration Fund, 424 County Highway 518, Skillman 08558.
Louis D. Leiggi, 84, of Princeton, died February 15 at home after a long battle with lung cancer.
A lifetime Princeton resident, he was a co-owner of Mike's Tavern on Bayard Lane.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as a corporal in the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Division and the 464th M.P., Air Force. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Infantry Medal, Senate and General Assembly Citation, World War II Victory Medal, and the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. He was also been honored by the French government for having landed on Utah Beach on D-Day.
He was a member of the Princeton American Legion Post No. 76 and was an avid supporter of the World War II National Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The son of the late Michele and Lena Leiggi, he is survived by two sons, Louis and Bruce; three daughters, Kathleen Leiggi, Marie Leiggi, and Helen Gainey; three brothers, Albert, Michael, and Alfonso; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on February 18 at St. Paul's Church. Interment with military honors followed in Princeton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton 08540; or to Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540.
Arrangements were by The Kimble Funeral Home.
Irving Nathaniel Rabinowitz, 76, of Princeton, died February 16 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.
Born in New York City, he lived in Princeton for 55 years.
A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York and City College of New York, he received his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Princeton University in 1957.
While at Princeton, he worked as a programmer and staff mathematician at the Institute for Advanced Study. He headed the computer section of the Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton, later becoming associate director of the Computer Center at the University. He held directorships of computer centers at Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology. In 1969, he was appointed professor of computer science at Rutgers University, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.
Over the course of his career, he was a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur; the Technion, in Haifa, Israel; and New York University.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra; two daughters, Sarah Gluck and Rachel Rabinowitz; a sister, Sarah Knox; and two granddaughters.
The funeral service was February 18 at The Jewish Center in Princeton.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Jewish Center in Princeton; or Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough; or MAZON; or Doctors Without Borders.
Rocco Vendetti, 92, of Princeton, died February 16 in the Princeton Care Center.
Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong Princeton resident.
He worked as a Princeton Township police officer in his early years before becoming a self-employed electrician and carpenter until his retirement.
Son of the late Rocco and Angeline Petrone Vendetti, stepson of the late Domenico Germani, husband of the late Angela L. Vendetti, and brother of the late Margaret Butler and Albert Germani, he is survived by a son, Rocky of Princeton Junction; a daughter, Louise Balestrieri of Skillman; a brother, Dominic Germani Jr. of Yardley, Pa.; two sisters, Jay Bernath of Los Angeles, Calif., and Rose Johns of Philadelphia; and one grandson.
A memorial service was held February 19 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Princeton Elks 2129, P.O. Box 217, Blawenburg 08504; or Princeton Township Police Welfare Fund, 1 Valley Road, Princeton 08540.