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Vol. LXII, No. 27
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
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Lawrence T. Taft

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Lawrence T. Taft

Lawrence T. Taft, M.D., 84, of Princeton, formerly of Riverdale and New Rochelle, N.Y. and Brookline, Mass., died June 25 at home.

He landed on the shores of Normandy, D-Day +30, and was an active participant in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving two Purple Hearts and three Battle Stars.

In 1950 Dr. Taft received an M.D. degree from Downstate Medical School after which he trained in pediatrics at NYU-Bellevue and New York Hospital-Cornell and in Pediatric Neurology at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. He then served as assistant professor and later full professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx, N.Y.

In 1973 he established a Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers Medical School in New Brunswick, now the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and served as the Department’s first chairman. He received the University Excellence Award “for demonstrating a high level of achievement and recognition by his peers for patient care.”

Dr. Taft had been active with Beit Issie Shapiro, one of the leading child development treatment and educational services in Ra’anana, Israel. He served as chairman of the Committee on Children with Handicaps of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Odette Pois; three children, Marjorie White, Joan Kluger, and Richard Taft; and five grandchildren.

Interment was private. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Lawrence Fund for Children, Parents Anonymous, at, or to Beit Issie Shapiro at

Arrangements were by the Blackwell Memorial Home, Pennington.

Paul C. Walter

Paul C. Walter, 80, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Princeton, died June 20 of cardiac arrest at home.

He was a graduate of Princeton University, class of 1949. His father, Paul C. Walter Sr., class of 1919, and his son, Hugo G. Walter, class of 1981, were also devout Princeton University alumni.

He is survived by his wife, Elli R. Walter, a former refugee of East Germany; and his son Hugo, a professor of literature at Berkeley College, N.Y.

A memorial service was held June 24 in Washington, D.C.

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