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Vol. LXIII, No. 1
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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Laura Lee McClure

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Elizabeth Hynes

Anne Marie Keaney

Walter G. Margerum

Jennie Miller Brown

Sidney Steinberg

Laura Lee McClure

Laura Lee McClure

Laura Lee Thompson McClure, 77, died January 4 after a short, virulent attack of pneumonia.

Born in Princeton, she was a Princeton resident for most of her life.

She was known as a talented musician, both as a piano teacher to many Princeton area students and as a performer on piano, organ, and harpsichord.

During her childhood, her family made several extended trips to Europe where her father, a professor at Washington State University, carried out research in Medieval French. These residences resulted in her learning to speak French and German with native proficiency.

She was a 1949 graduate of Mills College, B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in French Literature. She earned her B.Mus. in 1961, magna cum laude, and M.Mus. in 1977 in church music from Westminster Choir College. She was one of the original piano teachers at the New School for Music Study, teaching there from its 1955 inception until 1962.

She was a longtime member of the Cercle Francais in Princeton, Nassau Presbyterian Church, University League Piano Group, New Jersey Music Teachers Association, and Princeton Music Club. She also enjoyed being a member of choral groups throughout her life, including the choir at Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago and the Westminster Symphonic Choir in performances directed by Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, and Pierre Boulez. She delighted in productions ranging from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance to Honegger’s King David. She chaired the University Service League Music Section in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood during the 1960s and served on the Chicago Symphony Women’s Board.

With her husband, Dr. Donald McClure, Prof. of Chemistry Emeritus at Princeton University, she traveled to scientific meetings and vacations in Europe, Japan, and Russia.

Mrs. McClure will be remembered for her beauty, warmth, and love of life by those who survive her: her husband of 59 years, Donald McClure; a brother, Richard S. Thompson; her children Edward McClure of Princeton, Katherine McClure of Kingston, and Kevin McClure of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren; and a step grandson.

Memorial service arrangements are pending.

Kenneth A. Hoagland

Kenneth A. Hoagland, 85, of Griggstown, died December 25 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident of Griggstown. He retired in 1987 from Princeton Township maintenance division after 10 years of service. He previously worked for Princeton Nurseries for 24 years as a mechanic.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a charter member of Griggstown Volunteer Fire Co. and a member of Griggstown Reformed Church, Franklin Park Senior Citizens, V.F.W. Post No. 9111 of Franklin Park, Griggstown Historical Society, and N.R.A. An avid fisherman and hunter, he was also a member of Griggstown Sportsman Club.

Son of the late Raymond S. and Roxene Hoagland, and brother of the late Phyllis Weingart and Esther Robbins, he is survived by his wife, Olive Campbell Hoagland; and a brother, Raymond R. Hoagland of Hawley, Pa.

The funeral service will be this Saturday, January 10 at 1 p.m. at Griggstown Reformed Church, 1065 Canal Road, Griggstown. Burial will follow in Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday from noon to 12:50 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griggstown Reformed Church, 1065 Canal Road, Princeton 08540.

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

Elizabeth Hynes

Elizabeth Iglehart Hynes, 84, of Princeton, died December 28 at home after a long illness.

Born in Evansville, Indiana, she grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where she attended Birmingham Southern College. In 1944 she married Samuel Hynes, then a Marine Corps pilot, and was with him in California until he was ordered to duty in the Pacific War.

After the war, the couple lived in Minneapolis and New York while Mr. Hynes completed his university education. They then moved to Swarthmore, Pa., where Mr. Hynes taught and she co-owned the village bookshop.

Mrs. Hynes was active in Democratic politics and taught Sunday School in the Episcopal Church in Swarthmore. In 1968, she and her husband moved to Evanston, Ill., and in 1976 to Princeton, where she became a university librarian.

During sabbatical leaves in London, Mrs. Hynes studied painting at the Camden Art School. She exhibited her work, primarily watercolors, in group and one-woman shows in the Princeton area. She also taught in the Princeton Arts Council’s program for homeless children.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel; two daughters, Joanna Starr Hynes of Melbourne Beach, Fla. and Miranda Morgan Preston of Bages, France; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A private burial service will be held in Birmingham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton Arts Council’s program for homeless children, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements are by The Kimble Funeral Home.

Anne Marie Keaney

Anne Marie Keaney, 48, of Princeton, died December 20 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Boston, she was a lifelong Princeton resident, attending the Princeton Regional Schools. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1982 and received her M.A. in classical linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.

Daughter of the late Professor John J. Keaney, she is survived by her mother, Toni Keaney of Princeton; and two brothers, John J. Keaney of Lawrenceville and Paul M. Keaney of Boston.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated December 22 at St. Paul’s Church. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements were by the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Walter G. Margerum

Walter Grant Margerum, 69, of Gardena, Calif., formerly of Princeton, was found dead in his home on December 22. He died of heart failure.

Born and raised in Princeton, he was the son of Walter Thomas and Eleanor P. Margerum and the grandson of former Princeton Postmaster Stephen W. Margerum.

A graduate of St. Paul’s School, Princeton High School, and the Newark College of Engineering, he worked as an aerospace engineer, retiring from Hughes Aircraft in 1995.

He is survived by his siblings, Eleanor Lois Smolar, Carol A. Margerum, and Stephen W. Margerum.

His ashes will be scattered over the Santa Monica Mountains in California.

Jennie Miller Brown

Jennie Miller Brown, 77, of Princeton, died January 1 at Princeton Care One in Princeton.

Born Jennie Miller in Trenton, she attended the Princeton School System and became Mrs. Jennie Brown on March 23, 1963 when she married James Brown.

She was employed by Princeton Borough as a crossing guard for many years and worked for Princeton Regional Schools as a bus aide before suffering a stroke in 2007.

She will be remembered as a fun-loving, straightforward woman who loved God and her family. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah AME Church.

She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Ella Miller; two brothers, Charles Miller and Arthur Miller; her “special mother” Harriett Calloway; and her oldest son, Melvin Miller. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, James Brown; two sons, William “Major” Brown of Ewing and Charles Brown of Princeton; a daughter, Harriett Brown of Princeton; 16 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be this Saturday, January 10 at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 170 Witherspoon Street, at 1 p.m. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Sidney Steinberg

Sidney Steinberg, 91, of Princeton, died December 11 at Merwick Care Center.

Born in New York City, he was a former resident of Laurelton, N.Y.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

He was a linotype operator for the Composing Room Company before retiring.

Husband of the late Mildred Teicher Steinberg, he is survived by two daughters, Susan Hefler of Princeton and Bette Nan Steinberg Tiago of New York City; a sister, Minna Safir; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The funeral services and burial were held at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus.

Memorial contributions may be offered to The Jewish Center of Princeton.

Arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing.

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