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Vol. LXV, No. 25
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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Robert (Bob) Williamson Cawley

Polly P. G. O’Donoghue

Addison G. Driver Jr.

Hilda H. Durbetaki

Joan K. Quackenbush

Clifford A. Carter

D. Victoria Ellis

Robert (Bob)
Williamson Cawley

Robert (Bob) Williamson Cawley

Robert (Bob) Williamson Cawley, former mayor of the Borough of Princeton, died May 4 in Ellsworth, Maine, during a brief hospitalization to treat a chronic cardiac condition.

He lived in Upper Montclair, N.J. during his youth. A seminal experience was a summer of adventure at a canoe expedition camp, Keewaydin Camp, in Ontario, Canada. He enjoyed forays to Jazz Clubs in New York as a teen.

He earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1944 from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., where he met his wife, June Collins.

He served in the Merchant Marines during the final year of World War II. He capped his long career in the Bell Telephone system as an executive at their engineering research center in Princeton.

He was elected to four terms as mayor of the Borough of Princeton starting in 1970. He and his Council colleagues worked to maintain a small-town environment through effective zoning and other legislation. He also ensured a strong relationship between the town and Princeton University, which during the Vietnam War period was especially important.

After serving as mayor, he made a key volunteer contribution to the start-up of Griggs Farm, an innovative affordable housing project and part of the Princeton Community Housing, located in Princeton Township.

After vacationing for many years on Mount Desert Island, he found lakefront property and built a summerhouse. Some years later, he built a year-round home on adjoining property and became a grateful resident of the town of Mount Desert, Maine.

He was an active outdoorsman taking pleasure in sailing, canoeing, tennis, swimming, skiing, and of course, hiking. In addition to his annual ski trip to Zermatt, Switzerland for over 15 years, he enjoyed hiking the trails on Mount Desert Island. He particularly relished researching and scouting lost and abandoned trails. He also enjoyed volunteer work on the building and grounds committee of the public library in Southwest Harbor. He loved having his grandchildren up with him in Maine, sending them to M. Desert’s “Summer Festival of the Arts” day camp over many summers.

Predeceased by his wife, June Collins; he is survived by his sons, John and George Cawley; his daughters, Alissa Meredith and Joan Cawley; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Princeton Community Housing or to Friends of Acadia.

Polly P. G. O’Donoghue

Polly Pratt Green O’Donoghue, 91, of Princeton, died June 17 at home.

Born in Peoria, Ill., she resided most of her life in Princeton. She was a graduate of the Mary C. Wheeler School in Providence, R.I.; the Sarah Lawrence School in Bronxville, N.Y.; and the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

During World War II she worked for the Red Cross. She was the past Directress of the Altar Guild of Trinity Church, past member of the Garden Club of Princeton, and an accomplished painter.

Daughter of the late Henry and Louise Hannam Pratt; wife of the late Edward George Green and the late John O’Donoghue; she is survived by two daughters, Arden Moulton and Tracey Whitney; four grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.

A memorial service was held on June 21 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

Addison G. Driver Jr.

Addison G. Driver Jr.

Addison G. Driver Jr., died June 17 at Princeton Medical Center of Princeton.

Born in Pennington, N.J. on June 13, 1934, he was a life-long resident. He attended Pennington Public Schools and graduated from Pennington Central High School. He continued his education at Rutgers University, where he took courses.

He served in the United States Army in the U.S. Airborne Division as a paratrooper and received the outstanding soldier award. He was honorably discharged in 1958.

He was employed by the State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture and retired after 40 years of service.

He was an active member of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church of Princeton, where he served on the usher board, church newspaper, and Chancel committee. He loved decorating the church for Christmas holidays. He also did volunteer work at Mercer Street Friends for seniors. His passion for nature was evident in the beautiful gardens surrounding his home.

The son of the late Addison Sr. and Helen Driver; and brother of the late Jenny Hundley; he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Driver; two daughters, Lisa and Audrey; three grandchildren; his brother, Alvin Driver; and two sisters, Dorothy Mason and Constance Wheeler.

A funeral service will be held on June 22 at 11 a.m. at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Pastor Muriel Borrows will officiate.

Calling hours will be 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Interment will be in Ewing Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.

Hilda H. Durbetaki

Hilda H. Durbetaki

Hilda H. Durbetaki, 82, a Princeton resident for over 50 years, died June 5 at her residence.

Born on November 11, 1928 in Rochester, N.Y., she attended Saint Agnes High School and Nazareth College, both in Rochester.

She met her husband, Antony Durbetaki in Rochester and happily settled into family life with her ‘Mrs.’ Degree. Besides being a nature lover, she tended to many cats, dogs, deer, and other creatures throughout her life. Above all else, she loved her family and her granddaughter.

Predeceased by her husband, Antony Durbetaki in 1994; her sister, Roberta Post; and her parents, Prudence and Jacob Hasbrouck; she is survived by her son, Antony J. Durbetaki; her four daughters, Hilda Martini, Alexandra Durbetaki, Katharine Durbetaki, and Sophia Durbetaki; and her granddaughter. She will be missed by all.

After private funeral services, she was laid to rest beside her husband in Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton Township, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648, or at

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Joan K. Quackenbush

Joan Kalloch Quackenbush, 83, died June 16 at the University Medical Center of Princeton, several days after suffering a serious stroke.

Born Joan Olive Kalloch on December 9, 1927 to Elmus and Jessie Kalloch of Needham, Mass., she resided in Needham and Wellesley, Mass. during her early years. She attended Wellesley High School and graduated from the Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Newton, Mass., in 1945.

She attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. from 1945 to 1949, after which she began work at the Boston Herald Traveler newspaper. She spent four busy years at the Herald Traveler, working as a feature writer, movie reviewer, and fashion advertising copywriter. Her work in advertising also led to part-time activity as a fashion model.

While working at the Herald Traveler, she met H.G. “Bill” Quackenbush, who was then in Boston playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. She and Bill were married on June 8, 1953 and built a home in Wellesley, Mass. Together they had twin sons, Bruce and Scott, and a third son, Todd.

She focused her energies on her home and family for much of her next fourteen years in Wellesley, though she remained active in community affairs, serving on the vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Her residence there kept her close to family and many good friends, as well as to Cape Cod, one of her favorite places throughout her life.

In 1967, Bill became head coach of men’s ice hockey at Princeton University, and the family relocated to the Princeton area. As her children grew, she had more time to exercise her considerable range of talents outside the home. Her work initially focused on community activities, such as directing the Job Roster, a Princeton University employment service for families of its staff, and serving as newsletter editor for Trinity Episcopal Church. She earned her N.J. real estate license in 1972 and began a successful 13-year career in real estate sales for the Rendall Cook agency in Princeton. A new element entered her life in 1979 when her husband became head coach of the women’s ice hockey team at Princeton. She served as unofficial assistant coach and “den mother” for dozens of young women who played on the team in this era, to the great mutual benefit of all involved.

Following Bill’s retirement from Princeton in 1985, they relocated to Orlando, Fla., where they spent several years of golf and travel and met a new community of friends. Their time in Florida was cut short by Bill’s protracted illness in the late 90s, and they returned to New Jersey in 1997 to be close to family and friends. Following Bill’s death in 1999, she remained in the Princeton area, living first in Lawrenceville, and then, in 2003, moving to the Stonebridge community in Skillman. She resided there until her death.

She displayed considerable artistic talent from an early age, and watercolor painting was one of her chief joys. She became a well-known watercolorist in the Princeton area and was an active member of Watercolorists Unlimited. Her work was honored with prizes in juried shows as recently as the 2006 New Jersey Watercolor Society annual exhibition.

Throughout her life she exhibited great humor and personal warmth, along with a vibrant intelligence and curiosity about the world. Her insatiable reading habits inspired a love of learning in her sons, helping all three to graduate from The Lawrenceville School, Princeton University, and various graduate programs.

She is survived by her sister, Judith Racely; her sons, Bruce, Scott, and Todd; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on July 2 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton.

Donations may be made to The Lawrenceville School, P.O. Box 6125, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648, in support of student financial aid.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.

Clifford A. Carter

Clifford A. Carter, 58, of Princeton, died June 10 at home.

Born February 15, 1953 in Princeton, he was the son of the late Judson Carter Sr. and Phyllis Carter. He was the youngest of four siblings.

He graduated from Princeton High School in 1972 and served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant between 1974 and 1980. After his discharge, he was employed by Princeton University as a stationary engineer for 22 years before medically retiring in 2010. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

He was known fondly as Coach Carter, and spent his retirement coaching, bowling, and playing community poker.

Predeceased by his parents; his sister, Octavia Carter; and his brother, Judson Carter Jr.; he is survived by his former wife, Huisun Park; his sons, Jason and Jesse Carter; his daughter, Ja’net Carter; two grandsons; and his brother, Jeffrey Carter.

The funeral service was held on June 17 at the First Baptist Church on Paul Robeson Place in Princeton.

Interment was in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home.

D. Victoria Ellis

D. Victoria Ellis, 82, of Princeton, died May 27 at Buckingham Place in Monmouth Junction, N.J. She will be remembered at a memorial service held on June 24 at 2 p.m. at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.

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