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Vol. LXI, No. 28
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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Alfred Cohen

Gerhard G. Hauser

Helen S. Jacobson

Anthony J. Maruca

Hugh Wynne

Bessie Beatrice Nixon

Nancee G. Sherman

Barbara G.K. Hill

Alfred Cohen

Dr. Alfred Cohen, 80, of Princeton, died July 5 at home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had been a resident of Princeton for the past 12 years.

He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

He was retired from Trenton State College, where he had been a professor of history for 32 years.

He served with the U.S. Navy in World War II and with the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Cohen; a son, Rabbi Michael Cohen of Manchester Center, Vt.; a daughter, Julie Cohen of Warren, Vt.; a sister, Anne Brody of South Orange; and three grandchildren.

The funeral service was July 6 at the Kimble Funeral Home. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Gerhard G. Hauser

Gerhard G. Hauser, 86, of Princeton, died July 5.

Born in Berlin, Germany, he emigrated to the United States in 1951. He had been a resident of Princeton since 1959.

He held a degree in electrical engineering from Berlin Technical University. He was president and CEO of Princeton Advanced Components for 35 years.

Predeceased by his wife, Lore Maves Hauser, he is survived by a son, Ronald of Belle Mead; a daughter, Monica Neish of Glastonbury, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held July 9 at The Mather Hodge Funeral Home.

Helen S. Jacobson

Helen Saltz Jacobson, 85, of Hightstown, died July 6 at Meadow Lakes.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., she was a lifelong resident of Setauket, New York, before moving to Meadow Lakes.

She translated many books from Russian to English and wrote children's story books, publishing her last book at the age of 80. She was an avid hiker and bicycler who loved the outdoors.

Daughter of the late Anschel and Minnie Blumenkranz Saltz and wife of the late Eugene Jacobson, she is survived by a son, Peter Jacobson; a daughter, Janet Johnson; a sister, Adele Vexler; and three granddaughters.

The funeral service was July 10 at the Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton. Burial followed in Wellwood Cemetery.

Anthony J. Maruca

Anthony J. (Tony) Maruca, 74, of Lawrenceville, died July 7 at home. The cause of death was prostate cancer.

A native of Trenton, he graduated from Trenton High School in 1950. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1954, and in 1957 began a long career at the University as a member of the administration. He retired in 1987 as Vice President for Administration at Princeton, a position he held for 15 years. He subsequently served as Chief Operating Officer at the Rockefeller Family Office for five years before retiring to Martha's Vineyard in 1992. He returned to New Jersey in 2005.

Mr. Maruca served as a member of the board of Princeton Hospital, Trinity Counseling Service, and United Jersey Bank. In recent years he served as a senior advisor at the New York Public Library and the Princeton University Press.

Son of the late Joseph and Catherine Varra Maruca, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sally Mountford Maruca; five children, Samuel M. Maruca, Nina S. Maruca, Michael J. Maruca, Joseph M. Cook, and Peter J. Maruca; a sister, Angeline Fenton; two brothers, Dominic Maruca, SJ, and Rocco Maruca; and ten grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Princeton University in the fall.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 3 Eves Drive, Marlton, N.J. 08053; or to The Class of '54 Scholarship Fund, c/o Recording Secretary, Princeton University, Princeton 08544.

Hugh Wynne

Hugh de Neufville Wynne of Princeton died July 4.

Born in Montclair, N.J., he graduated from Montclair High School in 1934. He completed a post-graduate year at the Choate School in Wallingford, Conn. in 1935 before enrolling at Princeton University. At Princeton, he earned a B.S. degree in geology in 1939 and was appointed Cadet Lieutenant Colonel of the college's Reserve Officer Training Corps field artillery unit.

After graduate study in geology at Princeton, in 1940 he joined Creole Petroleum, a subsidiary of Standard Oil of New Jersey (later Exxon), working as a geologist in the oil fields of Venezuela. In Venezuela he met and in 1942 married Irene Maria Paris Lujan of Maracaibo, the daughter of Juan Paris, then a representative in the Venezuelan Congress.

The couple returned to the United States in 1942 so that Mr. Wynne could take up a commission in the U.S. Army. Stationed at Fort Knox and later in Panama, he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work in improving the accuracy of tank gunnery. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Major in 1946.

Mr. Wynne returned with his family to Venezuela in 1946, where he resumed his career with Exxon. Transferred to various posts outside of Venezuela, he subsequently headed up Exxon's operations in Argentina, Libya, and Spain.

In 1975, he retired with his wife to Princeton. In retirement he contributed his energy to the service of his community, serving on the board of directors of the Choate School, the Princeton Historical Society, and the Cottage Club at Princeton University. But his first loyalty was to Princeton University, where he was active in capital campaigns, served as president of the Class of '39, and helped form the Alumni Council Committee on Princetoniana. Among the projects he completed on the University's behalf were raising funds for the restoration of the carillon at the Graduate College, the recovery of historic sculptures for the Princeton campus, and the preparation of a guide book on the University's gargoyles.

Predeceased by a daughter, Audrey, he is survived by his wife, Irene; a daughter, Diane Mercer; a son, Hugh Wynne; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, July 14 at the Princeton University Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hugh de N. Wynne '39 Annual Giving Endowment, c/o Princeton University Development Office, 330 Alexander Street, Princeton 08540; or to the Princeton Historical Society, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton 08540.

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

Bessie Beatrice Nixon

Bessie Beatrice Nixon, 87, died July 9, at the University Medical Center at Princeton. Born in Princeton and a lifelong Princeton resident, she was educated in the Princeton Regional School System. She worked as a cook at the Nassau Club, University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton Nursing Home, and Princeton Nursery School. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah AME Church.

Daughter of the late Winnie Harmon, mother of the late Robert J. Thompson and Joan M. Briscoe, and special cousin of the late Nancy Scott, she is survived by daughters Cynthia Thompson and Bertha Romaine, nine grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren, along with many other relatives and close friends.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 170 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. Calling hours at the church will be 11 a.m. until time of service. Rev. Vernard R. Leak Pastor will officiate. Interment will be at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park in Ewing. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.

Nancee G. Sherman

Nancee G. Sherman, 54, died Sunday, July 8, at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Cortland, N.Y., she lived in Boston, Mass., for 20 years before moving to Lawrenceville seven years ago. A graduate of SUNY Oswego, she loved books, music, the Red Sox, movies, the ocean, pigs, potatoes, and spending time with her family.

She was a valued employee of the Princeton Public Library.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Gordon F. Sherman; two daughters, Laura and Emily; her mother, Joanne; one sister, Wendee J. Manderscheid, and two brothers, William J. and Thomas R. Griffiths.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street. Memorial contributions may be made to the library.

Arrangements are under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise, Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville.

Barbara G.K. Hill

Barbara Gwendolyn Kennedy Hill, 81, of Princeton, died July 8 at home, surrounded by her family.

Born in Princeton, the daughter of Walter Lee Kennedy and Wilma Rhoden Kennedy, she was a lifelong resident.

She was educated in the Princeton School system, graduating from Princeton High School.

In 1944 she married Willie Joseph Hill and from this union five children were born.

She was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Johnnie Lewis and Wilton Kennedy; and a sister, Patsy Kennedy. She is survived by her children Willie "Billy" Hill of East Windsor, April Hill McElroy of Princeton, Johnnie Hill-Hudgins, Michael Marie Hill, and Denise Hill Wooten of Trenton; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two goddaughters.

A memorial service will take place at First Baptist Church, Paul Robeson Place, on Saturday, July 14, at 3 p.m.

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