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Vol. LXIII, No. 23
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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Donald J. Grove

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Robert M. de Baun

Eugene M. Haring

Ann M. Gething

Donald J. Grove

Donald J. Grove

Donald J. Grove, Ph.D., 89, of Princeton, died May 30 peacefully at home.

Born to the late Mary and Earle Grove of Pittsburgh, Pa., he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Wooster in 1941, then did graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During World War II he served his country as a researcher in the laboratories of Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, and was once secretly transported to Los Alamos, New Mexico to service state-of-the art diagnostic equipment for the Manhattan Project. 

After receiving his Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) in 1953, Dr. Grove came to Princeton University “on loan” from Westinghouse for a temporary assignment that evolved into a 35-year career in Princeton. He was a member of a small team working for Lyman Spitzer, conducting the first studies on the practical aspects of fusion power. Dr. Grove became one of the senior physicists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and in 1982 was appointed Project Manager for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR). In 1985 he was awarded the United States Department of Energy’s Distinguished Associate Award in recognition of his leadership in the design, construction, and operation of the TFTR, and the following year received the American Nuclear Society’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Deputy Director for Technical Operations at the Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he led a team of over 200 scientists and supporting personnel. 

Predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Dane McVay Grove, he is survived by a daughter, Ellen Petrone of Princeton; two sons, D. James Grove of Franklinton, N.C. and Robert E. Grove of Pleasanton, Calif.; two sisters, Lois “Tooie” Sharkey and Marjorie Rogers of Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his devoted caregivers Monica Aust, Teresa Kennedy, and Lill McCann.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at the Springdale Golf Club, 1895 Clubhouse Drive, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to “101:” (formerly the Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation) in care of Princeton High School, 151 Moore Street, Princeton 08540. 

Charles W. Daves

Dr. Charles W. Daves, 78, of Princeton, died May 2 at home.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was raised in Knoxville, Tenn. in a family of educators and community leaders dating back to the Civil War. Dr. Daves was a resident of Lawrenceville and Princeton for more than 30 years.

He received a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization from Cornell University, a master’s degree in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctoral degree in English Literature from the University of Minnesota.

He taught at several colleges and universities, including Morehouse College, Fisk University, and the University of Rochester. He was the author of Samuel Butler 1612-1680: Characters.

Dr. Daves came to Lawrenceville from Rochester, N.Y. with his late wife Allayne Turner Daves in 1968 to begin his career as an executive at Educational Testing Service. He was one of the first African Americans to be recruited to do test development at ETS. Dr. Daves edited a book on standardized testing, The Uses and Misuses of Tests: Examining Current Issues in Educational and Psychological Testing. He worked at ETS for 30 years. After he retired from ETS, he edited Carl A. Fields’ memoir, Black in Two Worlds: A Personal Perspective on Higher Education, about Fields’ experiences as the first black administrator at Princeton University.

Dr. Daves enjoyed doing volunteer work for New Jersey’s educational, cultural, and political institutions. He was elected as a member and chair of the board of trustees at The College of New Jersey. A plaque honoring his tenure and the board’s contribution to the college resides in the college’s student center. He was also a member of the board of overseers at the Union Industrial Home, the board of directors at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Old Guard of Princeton. He also volunteered his time at the Charter School in Trenton and at Congressman Rush Holt’s office.

Son of the late Joseph Herman Davis and Willard Wilson Cansler Daves, brother of the late Joseph Herman Daves Jr., and husband of the late Allayne Turner Daves, he is survived by his wife, Erica Stutman Daves; a son, John Patrick Cansler Daves; a stepdaughter, Amy Kaufman; and a sister, Carolyn Reinhardt of Maryland.

A memorial service will be held at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; or to the American Cancer Society. 

Arrangements are by Blackwell Memorial Home, 21 North Main Street, Pennington.

Robert M. de Baun

Robert Melville de Baun of Princeton died suddenly of a heart attack on June 3.

An Internet entrepreneur, he was CEO of Moms Online, one of the first and largest parenting communities from 1995 to 1998, when the company was sold to Oxygen Media. After the sale, Mr. de Baun worked as the v.p. of ecommerce at Oxygen Media, and as director of product development at and Community Connect.

He was a graduate of Groton School, 1986; Princeton University, 1990; and Harvard Business School, 1994. At the time of his death, he was working on a new start-up,, a health and wellness site for teenage girls. 

In his private life, Mr. de Baun brought his family coffee in bed every morning and cooked delicious meals. He loved his “Bon Matin” bike club and had a keen curiosity for life. 

He is survived by his wife, Juliette; his daughters Sophia and Ellee; his nephew and adopted son, Christian; his sister, Katharine; and many extended family members and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert de Baun Memorial Fund at Bank of America.

Eugene M. Haring

Eugene M. Haring, 82, of Princeton, died June 4 at the University Medical Center at Princeton after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Janet Marshall Haring and uncle to Amy Newell of London, England, and James and Christopher Nichols of Rhode Island.

The son of Edith and Horace Haring, he was a graduate of the Pingry School, Elizabeth. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University and a Masters Degree in Philosophy as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, also from Princeton. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1955.

He served in the U.S. Navy and in the Naval Reserve.

After Harvard Law School, Mr. Haring joined McCarter and English, where he spent his entire legal career. He became Senior Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee in 1982 and remained in those positions until 1997. His extensive practice concentrated on general litigation with trial and appellate experience. His clients ranged from individuals to large national corporations. Long a proponent of dispute resolution, he served in retirement as a mediator for the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, a part of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Mediation Program and a member of the New Jersey Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.

He served as a member of the vestry and warden at Princeton’s Trinity Church and was a trustee of General Theological Seminary in New York. He was Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, serving four bishops over a period of 18 years. He was recognized for his long service to the Diocese of New Jersey by being named Honorary Canon.

Mr. Haring mentored many young lawyers throughout his career, sharing his love of the law and his expectations for the highest ethical and intellectual standards. He will be remembered for his love of animals and of Princeton University.

In Princeton, he was a member and chairman of the Township Zoning Board of Adjustment. He was a member of the Nassau Club, Springdale Golf Club, and Old Guard.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held this Saturday, June 13 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to SAVE Animal Shelter, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton 08540, or to University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540.

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Avenue.

Ann M. Gething

Ann M. Gething, a lifelong resident of Princeton but recently of Allentown, died June 1.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ann and Harry Cauley, and her twin sister, Mary Dey. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Shaw, Colleen Maguire, and Michael and Fran Maguire; a brother, Harry Cauley; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be private at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Princeton.

In recognition of Ms. Gething’s compassion for children and those in need, memorial donations may be sent to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn.; or to Home Front, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville 08648.

Arrangements are by the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

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