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Vol. LXIII, No. 4
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Mary P. Keating

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Carolyn Edge

David S. Dodge

Emma Cefaloni

Kha’tan Merrill

Mary P. Keating

Mary P. Keating, 88, a longtime resident of Princeton, died January 19 after a long illness. She was a World War II Red Cross volunteer and wife of the late Ambassador Kenneth B. Keating.

She was born Mary Leet Pitcairn in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her father, Norman B. Pitcairn, was a railroad executive who specialized in resuscitating failed lines. His work took the family to more than a dozen railroad hubs across the Northeast and Midwest. They eventually settled in St. Louis in the early 1930s when her father became president of the Wabash Railroad. She later described growing up as a child in the early years of the Great Depression in St. Louis, where the grim economic reality was intermittently broken by extravagant events such as the Veiled Prophet Debutante Ball of 1939 and cross country vacations on private railroad cars.

After graduating in 1938 from the Master School for Girls in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., she briefly attended Mount Holyoke College before returning home to St. Louis. During World War II she worked for a short time in Washington, D.C. before securing a volunteer position in the Red Cross, despite being several years under the usual age of eligibility. In the fall of 1943, she went to England where she and her fellow volunteers learned how to operate Red Cross Clubmobile trucks. Six weeks after D-Day, she landed with her Clubmobile crew on Utah Beach, following the Twelfth Army Group across France, Belgium, and Luxembourg during the summer and winter of 1944, then into Germany in the Spring of 1945.

After the war, Mrs. Keating returned to Washington to serve as secretary to four-star General Omar Bradley, first in the newly established Veterans Administration and then in the Pentagon when Gen. Bradley became Chief of the Army. In 1951, she married William Harding Jackson, then Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and later special assistant to President Dwight Eisenhower on national security. The family moved to Princeton in the early 1950s where her two stepsons, William H. Jackson, Jr. and Richard L. Jackson, were attending college.

Several years after her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Wendell Davis, a New York attorney with whom she shared a passion for music, tennis, foreign travel, and the cultural life of Princeton and New York. Following Mr. Davis’s death in 1972, she married a third time, to former U.S. Senator Kenneth Keating, who was then serving as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. With characteristic energy, she threw herself into supporting the Ambassador’s mission during the tense days of the Yom Kippur War and subsequent rounds of shuttle diplomacy. Her time in Israel was cut short in the Spring of 1975 with Ambassador Keating’s sudden death.

Following Amb. Keating’s death, she returned to Princeton where she devoted the next three decades of her life to volunteering for a range of organizations including the Princeton University Art Museum, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, the Asia Society of New York, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Institute for Advanced Study, in many cases spearheading successful fundraising efforts. Until her eighties, she traveled extensively, often leading trips to remote corners of Asia and Africa. She was also active in the local garden club and a reading group that met continuously over many decades.

She is survived by two sons, Bruce P. Jackson of Washington, D.C. and Howell E. Jackson of Newton, Mass.; two grandchildren; nine stepchildren; fifteen step-grandchildren; and numerous step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Princeton University Chapel at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 28. A reception will follow in Prospect House.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton University Art Museum.

John J. Bellow Jr.

John Joseph Bellow Jr., 78, of Waretown, Pa., formerly of Princeton, died January 22 at Paoli Memorial Hospital, Paoli, Pa. He was the husband of Eunice A. (Kohier) Bellow, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.

Born in Trenton, he was the son of the late John J. Bellow Sr. and Dorothy Biehi Bellow.

He served in the Army as a Specialist Third Class MPC.

He was employed for 25 years with the Princeton Borough Police, achieving the rank of Captain and retiring in 1985.

He was a Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite, Shriners, NRA, Police Benevolent Association, 69th Infantry Division Association, and National Bowling Association. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, boating, and fishing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Kathy Bellow-Phillips of Winston-Salem, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A memorial service was held January 25 at Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, Route 9, 443 South Main Street, Forked River, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Policemen’s Benevolent Association, Inc., 158 Main Street, Woodbridge, N.J. 07095.

Funeral arrangements are by the James J. Terry Funeral Home, Downingtown, Pa.

Carolyn Edge

Carolyn Reid Paris Edge, 90, of Athens, Georgia, died January 24 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The daughter of the late Dr. Henry Linton Paris and Annie Cornelia Reid Paris, she was born in Toccoa, Ga., and grew up in Brunswick, Ga. She received a B.S. degree in home economics from the University of Georgia, where she was elected to Phi Kappa Phi.

She was married to the late Lewis Angevine Edge of Columbus, Ga., where the couple lived for many years. In retirement they lived in Helen, Ga.

Following her husband’s death Mrs. Edge lived in Athens. She earned a master’s degree in historic preservation at the University of Georgia, and became active in preservation.

She was a member of the Athens First United Methodist Church and a State Life member of the Garden Club of Georgia. She was also a member of The Ladies Garden Club of Athens and Beechwood Hills Garden Club of Athens; the Magnolia Garden Club of Columbus, which she founded; the Historic Society and Heritage Foundation of Athens; and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by three children, Lewis A. Edge Jr. of Princeton, Anne Reid Edge Hawkins of Jacksonville, Fla., and Betsy Blackmar Edge Warren of Dalton, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A service will be held this Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m. at the Athens First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by the Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens.

David S. Dodge

David S. Dodge

David Stuart Dodge, 86, of Princeton, died January 20 at the Medical Center at Princeton after a long struggle with cancer.

The son of American educators, he was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. He attended the American Community School at Beirut and Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts before entering Princeton University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

During the Second World War, he served in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Captain. After the war, he joined the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) in Saudi Arabia. He married his late wife of 47 years, Doris Westfall Dodge, before returning to Lebanon in 1954. Doris Dodge died in 2000.

In Lebanon, Mr. Dodge was vice president of government relations of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company (Tapline), an ARAMCO subsidiary, until his retirement in 1977. He left Beirut for the United States following the outbreak of the 15-year Lebanese civil war.

He served as president of the Near East Foundation in New York City. He then returned to Lebanon in 1979 to join the American University of Beirut (AUB), an institution founded by his great-grandfather in 1866. While serving as acting president of the University, he was abducted in Beirut in 1982. Released by his kidnappers one year later, he returned to the U.S., settling in Princeton, where he became recording secretary of Princeton University. Subsequently, from 1996 to 1997, he served as president of American University of Beirut at its New York City headquarters.

For many years, Mr. Dodge was a director of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation in New York City, trustee emeritus of AUB, and chairman of the board of the Near East Foundation. In recent years, he was active on the boards of Princeton-Blairstown Camp, the Princeton Family YMCA, and Princeton-in-Asia. He also volunteered his time at Princeton Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. A member of the Princeton Near East Society, he also served on the Advisory Council of the Near Eastern Studies Department of Princeton University, and as program coordinator for the Old Guard of Princeton.

He was a member of the Nassau Club and the Pretty Brook Tennis Club in Princeton, and, in Rumson, N.J., the Seabright Beach Club and Seabright Lawn, Tennis, and Cricket Club.

In 2002, he married Margaret White Keating Dodge, a widow of a Princetonian, in the Princeton University Chapel.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret White Dodge; his children Nina, Bayard, Melissa, and Simon Dodge; three stepchildren, Dr. Richard White Jr., John E. White, and Lee White Galvis; a sister, Grace Dodge Guthrie; four grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held this Saturday, January 31 at 11 a.m. in the Princeton University Chapel.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American University of Beirut, 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10017.

Emma Cefaloni

Emma Cefaloni, 85, of Hobe Sound, Florida, formerly of Princeton, died January 21 at home. Born in Ischia, Italy, she came to the U.S. in 1931 and became a citizen shortly thereafter. She had been a longtime resident of Princeton, Trenton, and Beach Haven, N.J. before moving to Hobe Sound in 1993.

She was a lifetime member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 10132 in Hobe Sound.

She was predeceased by her husband, Libratore, and sons John Lee and Gerald. She is survived by a son, James Cefaloni of Townsville, S.C.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Deborah Hospital Foundation, P. O. Box 820, Browns Mills, N.J. 08015, or

Arrangements are by Forest Hills Funeral Homes in Stuart, Fla. A guest registry may be signed at

Kha’tan Merrill

Kha’tan Merrill

Former Princeton area resident Kha’tan Merrill, 33, of Florence, N.J., died on January 23. A former employee of the Medical Center of Princeon, he has been part of the family-owned business, Burnett Trucking and Paving, for the past 11 years.

The grandson of the late Balfour Merrill, he is survived by his daughter, Kaylani Merrill; his mother Jewel Merrill; father and stepmother William and Anita Burnett; maternal grandmother Virgie Leslie Spruill; paternal grandparents William and Shirley Burnett; brothers Darrell Newlin, Linwood Marshall, Darnell Burnett, William Burnett, Shawn Burnett, James Burnett, Andre Burnett, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on January 29 at the Macedonia Baptist Church, 1300 Greenwood Avenue, Trenton. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church, where Rev. Keith Marshall, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow at the Ewing Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

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