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Vol. LXI, No. 26
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
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Leonard E. Steinline

Janet T. Roberts

W.J. Beeners

Rose Hanna

Lindsay S. Jacob

Vincent F. Meseroll

Norman Dorf

Dolores Cennamo Dohanish

Leonard E. Steinline

Leonard E. Steinline

Leonard E. Steinline, 82, a lifelong resident of Princeton and Rocky Hill, died June 26 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Son of the late Thomas and Lovie Lee Steinline, he was born in New Boston, Texas. He came to Princeton in 1935, where he attended the Witherspoon School. He later completed his education at Princeton High School, graduating in 1943.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1947 and the U.S. Air Force from 1949 to 1950.

He worked at the General Motors Fisher Body Division in Trenton for 38 years before retiring.

He was an active member of the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church.

Predeceased in 1992 by his wife, Jane Corrine Hoagland, he is survived by a son, Leonard E. Steinline Jr.

A graveside service was held June 29 at Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Janet T. Roberts

Janet T. Roberts

Janet Townsend Roberts, 83, of Princeton, died June 22 at home at Acorn Glen Assisted Living. A teacher, community activist, master gardener, and amateur artist, she died of complications of Parkinson's disease.

Daughter of the late Atwood and Mildred Townsend, she was born in the Bronx and raised in Westchester County, New York. She spent 1938-1939 in Nice, France with her family, lived briefly in Princeton after World War II, and lived in Moorestown, Bloomfield, and Montclair before returning to Princeton in 2003.

Educated at Roosevelt High School in Tuckahoe, New York, she received an A.B. degree from Middlebury College in 1945 and a M.A. in French from Middlebury College in 1972, after a year in Paris at the Sorbonne.

She taught public high school and middle school French for three decades, beginning in 1955, in Burlington City, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, and Glen Ridge.

She was active in the League of Women Voters in Moorestown and Montclair. A participant in local politics, she helped Democrats, including her neighbor, former Senator Bill Bradley.

After shotgun pellets disrupted a gathering on the patio of the family farmhouse in Moorestown, she organized land owners and prevailed on the township to adopt a local ordinance restricting hunting.

An active leader of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair, she also volunteered as a docent at the Montclair Art Museum. An avid gardener, she volunteered as caretaker for the peonies at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair.

Her first marriage to Richard Saltonstall Kinsey ended in divorce.

Predeceased by her husband John P. Roberts and a brother, Palmer W. Townsend, she is survived by two sons, David North Kinsey of Princeton and Martin Townsend Kinsey of Haddon Township; a step-daughter, Jane Borrelli of Eastham, Mass.; a step-son, Jack Roberts of Skillman; her companion Paul Davis, formerly of Princeton and now of Kirkland, Wash.; two grandsons; and five step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 13 at 4 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church Street, Montclair, N.J. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church Street, Montclair 07042; or to Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

W.J. Beeners

W.J. (Wilbert John) Beeners, 86, Professor of Speech Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, died June 26 after a brief illness in Madison, Wisconsin.

The son of William and Sophia Beeners, he was born and raised in Lennox, South Dakota, where he spoke only German for the first six years of his life.

At Lennox High School he excelled in oratory, debate, and athletics. A 1943 graduate of Dubuque University in Iowa, he was an actor and stage carpenter in Shakespearean theatre in Bayview, Michigan, before enrolling at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1944.

After serving with the Merchant Marine during World War II, he returned to the Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity degree and was ordained into the Presbyterian ministry in 1948. He became director of the Seminary's Speech Department in 1951. In 1960 he was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity by Dubuque University.

A pioneer in teaching interpretive speech to prospective ministers, he created a world class multimedia studio at the Seminary's Speech Department, hiring speech and drama specialists from Broadway and regional theaters. During the 42 years that he taught at the Seminary, he influenced the communication style of innumerable ministers. His influence was also felt through his teachings at such institutions as the Salvation Army, U.S. Army Chaplaincy, and New Brunswick Seminary.

He was a member of the Council on Mass Media, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, and the Presbytery of New Brunswick.

He is survived by his wife, Hanneke Calmon-Beeners; his children Susan Beeners, Sally Beeners Tanis, and Brian Beeners; a stepson, David Frank; his former wife Dorothy Presnell Beeners; a sister, Sophia Beeners Miller; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held this fall at Miller Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary. Burial will be private at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 East Cheryl Parkway, Madison, Wis. 53711; or to Princeton Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton 08542-0803.

Rose Hanna

Rose Hanna, 87, of Plainsboro, died June 27 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born and raised in Paterson, she moved to Monroe Township before residing in Plainsboro for the last five years.

She retired in 1979 after 15 years with Kodak in Fairlawn, N.J.

She was a member of St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson for many years before becoming a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Hightstown, and most recently was a member of St. David the King Church in Princeton Junction.

Daughter of the late Oscar and Rose Engelmann, and wife of the late William Hanna, she is survived by a daughter, Rosemary Valeo of Princeton Junction; a brother, Thomas Engelmann of East Goshen, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated June 30 at St. David the King Church, Princeton Junction. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering, 1275 York Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10065-6007.

Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Lindsay S. Jacob

Lindsay Sara Jacob, 21, of Washington Crossing, Pa., a member of the Princeton University class of 2008, died June 15 of cancer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

She was a comparative literature major and a member of the University's equestrian team.

Born in White Plains, N.Y., she also lived in Greenwich, Conn. She was a graduate of the Hun School, where she was a recipient of the Donaldson Merit Scholarship, played varsity soccer, and was selected by the Hun faculty to be the first-ever student speaker at the school's 2004 commencement ceremony.

She is survived by her parents, Stuart and Laurie Jacob; a sister, Jennifer Jacob; and her grandparents, Blanca Jacob, Sheila Engel, and Michael Rosenblatt.

The funeral service was June 17. A memorial service is being planned for the fall in a collaborative effort between the University and the Hun School.

Plans are in development to start an academic scholarship in Ms. Jacob's name. All other memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 7790, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101.

Vincent F. Meseroll

Vincent F. Meseroll, 90, of Princeton Junction, died June 27 at The Elms of Cranbury, where he had been residing for the past year.

Born and raised in Highland Park, he was the son of Mary Rohwedder of New Brunswick and Ralph Meseroll of Highland Park.

He retired from his second career with the U.S. Army Communications & Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth in 1987 after 24 years of service as part of the team that developed the electronic countermeasures and avionics for the first Black Hawk helicopters. Prior to his career with the Army he was a maintenance engineering manager with Union Carbide Corporation at manufacturing plants in Bound Brook, N.J. and Ottawa, Ill. from 1947 to 1964.

He was appointed a Lieutenant J.G with the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served as an engineer at the Norfolk Navy yard in Norfolk, Va. from 1943 to 1946. He subsequently served with the U.S. Navy Reserves until 1954.

He received his B.S in mechanical engineering from Rutgers College in 1938, where he played clarinet and saxophone in the band while participating in varsity fencing, lacrosse, and 150 pound football. At Rutgers, he was a member of the Newman Club and the American Society of American Engineers. He spent several summers playing the clarinet and saxophone with fellow band members on passenger liners sailing from New York to Europe, and enjoyed the time between cruises traveling throughout the continent.

A life member of the American Legion, he was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

Predeceased by a a brother, Howard Paul Meseroll, he is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Helen Margaret Wallace of Seneca, Ill.; and a son, Dennis James of Bangkok, Thailand.

The funeral was July 2 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Paul's Church. Burial was private at St. Vincent's Cemetery in LaSalle, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rutgers University School of Engineering Scholarship Fund ( or to the Fulbright Scholarship Program earmarked for scholars to and from Thailand. Donations to the Fulbright Program may be made through the Institute for International Education, c/o Daniela Z. Kaisth, Vice President, Strategic Development, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017-3580.

Norman Dorf

Norman Dorf

Norman Kemmerer Dorf, 68, of Glen Cove, N.Y., formerly of Princeton, died June 28 at home.

Born in Princeton, the son of Ruth K. Dorf and Professor Erling Dorf of Princeton University, he attended Princeton Country Day School and The Lawrenceville School (class of 1957) before going to M.I.T. where he majored in architecture. While enrolled at M.I.T., he took a two year leave of absence to enroll in the Navy, where he served overseas and was honorably discharged in 1963.

After graduating from M.I.T. in 1963, he went to work for the noted architect Marcel Breuer, working on the Whitney Museum in New York City and St. John's Cathedral in St. Cloud, Minn. Upon completion of the cathedral, he returned to New York City and joined the architectural firm of Davis, Brody and Associates. Among the many projects in which he participated he was particularly proud of his position as project manager of the 1982 restoration of the New York Public Library and the Hoyt Biochemical Sciences Lab on the Princeton University Campus.

While working for Davis, Brody, and after leaving the firm, Mr. Dorf served 16 years on the ARE committee of the NCARB in exam creation and grading. When computerization streamlined the exam process, he saw an opportunity to do the two things he loved most: teach, and be involved in the architectural exam process. He created the Architectural Study Guide, Solutions, and proceeded to teach thousands of architectural exam candidates around the country and the world.

He was predeceased by his father, Erling, and by a brother, Thomas. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Dorf of Hightstown; a daughter, Tracy Dorf of Seattle, Wash.; two sons, Tom Dorf of New York City and Whitney Dorf-nielsen of Natick, Mass.; a brother, Bob of Eagle, Colo.; a sister, Molly Purrington of Vashon Island, Wash.; three grandchildren; and his girlfriend and companion, Marie Lewis.

A memorial service will be held in the Marquand Transept of the Princeton University Chapel at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10. Friends are also encouraged to join the family at 4 p.m. at a reception at Prospect House on the Princeton University campus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (

Dolores Cennamo Dohanish

Dolores Cennamo Dohanish, 75 of Monroe Twp. died Sunday July 1, 2007 at the Medical Center at Princeton. Born in Brooklyn, Mrs. Dohanish lived in Dunellen, NJ for 19 years, moving to the Clearbrook community in Monroe Twp. in 2000. Mrs. Dohanish was employed for 14 years as a clerk for PSE&G, Plainfield, retiring in 1981.

Surviving is her husband John, a daughter Diane Dohanish of Seattle, WA, six sons Jeffrey DuFour of Princeton, Brian DuFour of Albuquerque, NM, Mark DuFour of Piscataway, Darren Dohanish of Jamesburg, Gary Dohanish of Upper Mt. Bethel, PA and David Dohanish of Clearwater, FL, a sister Ann Melillo of North Plainfield, twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday July 6, 2007 at the Lester Memorial Home 16 W. Church St., Jamesburg. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Associated Humane Societies 124 Evergreen Ave., Newark, NJ 07114-2133.

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