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Vol. LXIV, No. 4
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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Doris Mae Gould

Craig H. Smith

M. John O’Donoghue

Iris Fox Flournoy

Mark K. Arnott

Lirio R. Hansen

Delores M. Brooks

Virginia H. Reilley

Christina Tibbals

Doris Mae Gould

Doris Mae Gould

Doris Mae Gould, 88, of Princeton and Tulsa, Okla., died January 25 at Stonebridge.

Born in Oklahoma in 1921, she lived in Tulsa until 2007, when she moved to New Jersey to be near her family.

She attended Oklahoma College for Women and was working for the war effort when she met and married James Leroy Gould, an engineer working at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Tulsa in 1942. Her husband was a test pilot during World War II who survived several crashes. A transfusion of contaminated blood left him with hepatitis, however, and he died in 1954, leaving Mrs. Gould with two small boys. She went back to school at the University of Tulsa, graduating in 1962, and became an elementary school teacher, a career she followed with energy and joy for 19 years.

She loved to travel, and visited most countries on the globe with a group of friends from college. She used her experiences to enrich her teaching and to broaden her perspectives.

A lifelong member of PEO and AAUW, she also loved to play bridge. An active member of Memorial Drive Methodist Church in Tulsa, she joined Nassau Presbyterian Church after moving to Princeton.

Mrs. Gould was a warm and caring presence at Stonebridge, always ready to drive friends to club meetings and appointments. Her positive attitude brightened everyone she touched.

She is survived by her two sons, James of Princeton and David of Naples, New York; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Craig H. Smith

Craig Hutchinson Smith, 96, of Newtown, Pa., formerly of Princeton, died January 3 at Pennswood Village in Newtown.

Born in Plainfield, N.J., he was the son of Raymond Morrow Smith and Alice Margaret Ostrom Smith.

A graduate of the Wardlaw School in Plainfield, he furthered his education at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where he was affiliated with the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administrative Engineering in 1936.

He began his long career with Phelps Dodge Copper Corporation working in New Brunswick. In 1946, he was transferred to Fort Wayne, Ind., to build and manage the Indiana Rod and Wire Division of Phelps Dodge. In 1965, he took a position as vice president of Phelps Dodge in New York City and became a resident of Princeton. He finished his career with Phelps Dodge in EI Paso, Texas, where he oversaw the construction of their new facility. He retired from Phelps Dodge in 1968.

Mr. Smith was married for 54 years to Sarah Huber Lewis, who predeceased him in 1992. They raised three children in Fort Wayne, Shelby W. McFann, Logan L. Brown, and Craig Hutchinson Smith Jr. While in Fort Wayne, Mr. Smith was involved in his children’s activities, including Boy Scouts, Little League, and Junior Achievement. He was a member of South Wayne Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school. He enjoyed golf, bowling, and working in his yard.

In Princeton, Mr. Smith founded the Men’s Senior Tennis League, which expanded to include 80 to 100 men whom he scheduled on local courts 3 to 4 times each week. He was an avid tennis player, exercised daily at home, and enjoyed working outdoors and feeding the birds. He became a member of the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church and married Ruth Elizabeth McChesney VanDoren in October 2000. Together, they delivered Meals on Wheels, played bridge, and traveled. A longtime stamp collector, he also learned the art of caning and relaxed playing solitaire.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Ruth; three children and their spouses; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Pennswood Village on January 9. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Interdenominational Congregation of Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown Langhorne Road, Newtown, Pa. 18940.

Arrangements were by the Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home, Newtown, Pa.

M. John O’Donoghue

M. John O’Donoghue, 89, of Princeton, died January 22 in Princeton.

The youngest of five children of Patrick and Elizabeth O’Donoghue, he grew up with his extended family in Philadelphia during the Depression. He was an excellent student who graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and attended Yale University on a scholarship, but left college after his freshman year and had no other higher education apart from his participation in the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School in 1974-75. He moved to Princeton in 1950.

During World War II he worked in defense manufacturing facilities and then entered the U.S. Army, serving as an officer with the postwar occupation forces in the Netherlands and Germany. He had a broad-based career as a business executive with companies headquartered mainly in New York City, concluding his career as a senior executive of Springs Industries. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Palm Beach Company and several private companies. After his retirement in 1986, he was active in non-profit agencies in Princeton.

He married Joan Watson in 1949 and they had five children, Mark, John, Philip, Carol and Elizabeth. After Joan’s death in 1992, he married Polly Pratt Green, also of Princeton. He is survived by his wife Polly, his children and their spouses, and six grandchildren.

Mr. O’Donoghue was a man of good cheer and humor who had a genuine interest in and warmth for others and a photographic memory for names, stories, and jokes. He loved to burst into song and up to his death could recall the words of virtually every lyric of the American songbook. Parkinson’s disease and macular degeneration ravaged his health in his last decade but he was a determined man who did not complain and remained intensely interested in the joys of life.

The funeral service was January 26 at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton.

Memorial donations may be made to Partners in Health at

Iris Fox Flournoy

Iris Fox Flournoy, 87, of Skillman, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on January 16 at Stonebridge in Skillman.

Born Iris Lee Fox in East Orange, N.J., she grew up in Essex Fells, N.J. She graduated from the Kimberley School in Montclair and Bradford Junior College in Haverhill, Mass. During World War II she drove an ambulance in New York City as part of her volunteer work as a Gray Lady.

In 1949 she married Richard C. Flournoy, a World War II B-17 pilot, who joined Trans World Airlines after the war. They lived in Metuchen, Asbury, and Pittstown, New Jersey, before moving to Skillman in 1963, and in 1969 to Princeton, to be closer to Stuart County Day School where their five daughters were students.

Mrs. Flournoy was a devoted wife and mother. She was a woman of many skills and undaunted when her husband's flight schedule or training required him to be away for a week or ten days, leaving her in rural Hunterdon County alone with their five girls.

During the years that she drove her daughters from Pittstown to Princeton for school, Mrs. Flournoy worked for the Gallup Organization, and later as a social and personal secretary for several Princeton neighbors, including Dorothea Greenbaum, the sculptor, and Mary Marquand Hochschild.

Mrs. Flournoy was an avid reader and traveled throughout Europe, North America, and China, taking advantage of the travel privileges afforded by Mr. Flournoy’s work for TWA. Long before it was common, she arranged house-sitting opportunities and rentals in Europe, allowing the family to enjoy extended stays in England, France, Ireland, and Germany.

She was known for her insight, athleticism, organization, quick wit, and love of all things French. She had an inquiring mind and was fond of solving mysteries, whether in detective fiction, in the news, or in life around her. She was an accomplished seamstress and a gifted tennis player, continuing to play tennis into her late seventies. Bridge was an abiding passion and her bridge groups, in which she played with a competitive spirit, provided her with countless hours of pleasure.

Although she would never have described herself as such, Mrs. Flournoy was a natural leader and was often called on to fill leadership roles in her many volunteer activities. She served on the board of trustees of The Nassau Club and was elected secretary, the first woman to hold an office there. She served as a trustee for the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. She volunteered for the Princeton Hospital Auxiliary and served as co-chair of the Hospital Fete. She was also an active volunteer and board member of the Princeton Tennis Program. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Greater Princeton, a longtime member and communicant of the Aquinas Institute, a board member of Catholic Charities, a volunteer at the Drumthwacket Gift Shop, and a member of the Present Day Club and the Contemporary Garden Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard, in 1992; a son, John, who died shortly after birth; and her daughter Victoria Flournoy McCarthy, in 2007. She is survived by four daughters, Lee Flournoy of Dalton, Mass., Anne Flournoy of New York City, Mary Flournoy of Stockbridge, Mass., and Alyson Flournoy of Gainesville, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

The family will celebrate a private funeral Mass. Burial will be in East Winthrop, Maine, where her family has visited since 1935.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Lies, Light, McCarthy Visiting Writers Program at Stuart Country Day School.

Mark K. Arnott

Mark K. Arnott, 50, of Florham Park, formerly of Princeton, died January 21 at home of natural causes.

He attended Princeton Grammar School and graduated from Princeton High School.

He was the head of security for Bloomberg Financial for many years.

A lover of classical music, his favorite piece was the 1812 Overture. He also loved nature and the beauty of walking in the woods. He was an accomplished guitarist.

He is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Beverly Arnott of Princeton; and two sisters, Lisa Arnott of Princeton and Kimberly Wolfe of Annandale.

Services will be private, with burial in the family plot in Princeton Cemetery.

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

Lirio R. Hansen

Lirio R. Hansen, 73 of Princeton, died January 19 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born, raised, and educated in Puerto Rico, she had resided in Princeton since 1975. Early in her career she was a chemist at Harvard, where she met her husband. For nine years she taught Spanish at the Chapin School in Lawrenceville. Despite many illnesses, she was an upbeat person who enjoyed her family and many friends.

Daughter of the late Ramon and Ines Rivera Bengoa, she is survived by her husband of 45 years, Keld R. Hansen; a daughter, Karen Ines; two sisters, Ines Koskinen and Irma Rivera; and a brother, Miguel Rivera.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated January 22 at St. Paul’s Church. Burial was private in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston.

Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Delores M. Brooks

Delores M. Brooks, 77, of Princeton, died January 21 at home.

Born in Rocky Hill, she was a longtime resident of Princeton.

A homemaker for most of her life, she also worked for the A&P Supermarket and E.T.S. in Princeton. In her leisure time, she enjoyed boating, going on cruises, and playing the slots in Atlantic City.

Mrs. Brooks was a member of the Catholic Daughters of Princeton and a Charter Member of the Princeton Elks Ladies Auxiliary No. 2129.

She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, James R. Brooks Sr.; a daughter, Deborah A. Brooks; a son, James R. Brooks Jr.; her parents, Joseph and Philomena DelVecchio; a sister, Mary Luscia; and a brother, Daniel DelVecchio. She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Gabauer; and five grandchildren.

The funeral service was January 25 at the Kimble Funeral Home. Burial was in Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 749596, Los Angeles, Calif. 90074-9596.

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Virginia H. Reilley

Virginia Henry Reilley, 94, of Princeton Borough, died Saturday evening, January 23, at Park Place Center in Monmouth Junction after a brief illness. Born in Trenton, she came to Princeton in 1950, where she was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and the Healthcare Ministry of Princeton. She was employed as an Advanced Placement Statistician for E.T.S. in Princeton for 23 years.

Predeceased by her husband, Lawrence A. Reilley, Jr., and a brother Roger T. Henry, she is survived by her son Lawrence Alan Reilley, III, her daughter Jane Reilley, four grandchildren; and her sister Jane Goehrig. Funeral services will begin on Friday, January 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral mass at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Virginia will be laid to rest beside her husband in St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, January 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in her memory to SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540 would be appreciated. To extend condolences online or sign the guest book, please visit

Christina Tibbals

A memorial service for Christina Tibbals will be held on Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

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