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Vol. LXII, No. 9
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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Ellen Thorn-Roshin

Sanders Maxwell

Sanders Maxwell

Sanders (Sandy) Maxwell, 90, of Princeton, died February 23 in the University Medical Center at Princeton after a brief hospitalization.

A popular area musician, Mr. Maxwell delighted generations of audiences with his special style of piano music that included Big Band, swing, jazz, Broadway favorites, and popular music from Lionel Ritchie to the Beatles and U2. Throughout his career, he played in places as far-flung as Cairo, the island of Hydra, and Tuscany, as well as more than 60 Princeton University reunions.

He first played professionally at the age of 17 on a steamship touring the fjords of Scandinavia and more recently set up his keyboard on the high diving board at the university’s DeNunzio Pool. He and his band were sought after for weddings, cocktail parties, and birthdays. He regularly donated his musical talents to local organizations such as Elm Court and the Princeton Senior Resource Center, where he was recently honored on his 90th birthday. At the time of his death he still had several gigs in his date book.

Born in Germantown, Pa., he grew up in Trenton and Princeton. He attended Princeton Country Day School (later Princeton Day School) and in 2003 was recognized with its Alumni Service Award. After graduating from the Taft School he went to Princeton University where he majored in classics and became president of the Triangle Club, graduating in 1939.

After a short stint studying musicology at Columbia University, he took a job in the advertising business, starting in the mail room at Young & Rubicam and eventually moving up to creative director. When World War II broke out, he joined the U.S. Eighth Air Force, serving as an intelligence officer stationed in Chelveston, England. Returning to New York, he worked on Madison Avenue for 40 years at Y&R, Tatham Laird & Kudner, and J. Walter Thompson.

Mr. Maxwell was a trustee emeritus of the Triangle Club. He was also on the board of the Princeton Child Development Institute and had been a trustee of McCarter Theatre and Princeton Day School. He was a member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club and the Nassau Club.

Husband of the late Patricia G. Maxwell, he is survived by two daughters, Linda Stefanelli of Pennington and Donna Griggs of Parker, Colo.; two sons, R.E. Lee Maxwell of Narara, N.S.W., Australia, and Robert G. Maxwell of Levittown, Pa.; his fiancée, Celia Dingle Ryan of Princeton; a brother, Chester L. Maxwell of Los Angeles; 11 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held this Friday, February 29, at 1 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton.

John G. Kellogg

John G. Kellogg

John G. (Jack) Kellogg, 97, of Princeton, died peacefully February 7 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Milwaukee, Wis., he attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire before graduating in 1932 from Princeton University, along with his friends Jimmy Stewart and Laurance Rockefeller. While at Princeton he played on the lacrosse team. He then followed his father in the Square D Company, a responsibility that took him to Detroit in 1936, Pittsburgh in 1937, and Dallas in 1945.

Upon retirement in 1967, he devoted much of his remaining life to the university he loved, Princeton. He had been class agent since 1970, class secretary since 1992, and class president from 1977 to 1982. As a member of the Old Guard he proudly walked in the annual “P-Rade.”

He was a member of Springdale Golf Club, Bedens Brook County Club, and the Nassau Club since 1966, where he was president from 1974 to 1976. He was also the first honorary member of the Plainsboro Rescue Squad.

He was predeceased by his parents, R. Gardner Kellogg and Elizabeth Fuller, and by his first wife, Anne Dumont. He is survived by his daughters Judy Medina and Prudence Krause; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and by his wife Babs Covey and her sons, Bill Beim, Bob Beim, and John Pierson, daughter Barbie Russell, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 1 at the Princeton University Chapel. A reception will follow at the Nassau Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Class of 1932, Princeton University.

Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.

Marilyn Y. Parks

Marilyn Y. Parks, 72, died peacefully February 17 at Care One at Evesham in Marlton.

Born in Trenton, she attended the Witherspoon School in Princeton and was a graduate of New Brunswick High School.

She was the first black secretary for the Civil Rights Office in Princeton and continued doing clerical work for more than 25 years. Her last employment was as a lunch room aide at the Anthiel School in Ewing.

Daughter of the late Florence Robbins and Leroy “Pee Wee” Bolden Sr., and wife of the late Johnny L. Parks, she is survived by two sons, James “Tony” Strong and John Parks; two sisters, Joyce Young and Norma Ramsey; a brother, Leroy Bolden Jr.; and two granddaughters.

The funeral service was February 25 at St. John’s Baptist Church, Ewing. Interment was in the Ewing Cemetery, Ewing Township.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Wilma P. Story

Wilma Pentecost Story, 89, of Southern Plantation, Loganville, Georgia, formerly of Plainsboro, died February 19. She was the wife of Dr. Cullen Story, associate professor of New Testament emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Together with her husband, she served the Lord for eight years as an overseas missionary to Lebanon. Later, in the U.S., she was involved in a ministry of music at two churches, Griggstown (N.J.) Reformed Church and Whites Memorial Presbyterian Church of Berea, Kentucky. Her service was usually performed at her home in Plainsboro, where for a quarter of a century she befriended and entertained hundreds of her husband’s Seminary students at picnic suppers and evening social gatherings marked by exciting games and exotic desserts.

She will be remembered as a woman of a strong vibrant faith and a love for others that knew no ethnic or racial bounds.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dr. Story; three sons, Edward, Lyle, and Donald; two brothers, J. Dwight Pentecost of Dallas, Texas and Albert E. Pentecost of Lancaster, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ellen Thorn-Roshin

Ellen Thorn-Roshin, 81, of Princeton, died January 31.

She had previously lived in Monroe Township, Hewlett, N.Y., and Brooklyn, N.Y.

Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, she survived the Holocaust by hiding in Germany.

She was an artist, jeweler, teacher, craftsperson, metalsmith, and a director of geriatric occupational, recreation, and art therapy.

Her family and friends will sorely miss her and her graceful and humble demeanor.

She is survived by two daughters, Cherie (nee Thorn) Diament and Nurit (nee Thorn) Zachter; a sister, Lore Bauer; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Israel Cancer Research Fund, (888) 654-4273; or to the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, (212) 233-5200; or to a chapter of Hadassah.

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