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Vol. LXIV, No. 25
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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David S. Hu

Sheila Morgan

Irene C. Conroy

William R. L. Dorman

Kerns H. Powers

Memorial Service for George Eggers Jr.

David S. Hu

David S. Hu

David S. Hu, 20, of Princeton, died June 12.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he grew up in Princeton.

He was a graduate of Princeton High School and was attending the University of Chicago as a National Merit Scholar.

He is survived by his parents, Songzhou and Liping; a brother, William; and many friends.

The funeral service will be held this Saturday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the David S. Hu Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Sheila Morgan

Sheila Morgan of Vineyard Haven, Mass., formerly of Lawrenceville, died June 12 after a brief illness.

Born in Marblehead, Mass. in 1928, she was the widow of Guion Case Morgan, grandson of the famed founder of the Algonquin Hotel in New York City.

She was a longtime resident of Martha’s Vineyard, first as a new bride in 1952, then as a summer resident until she moved to the island permanently in 1988. Prior to that she raised her family in Lawrenceville, where her husband taught at The Lawrenceville School.

She worked as a therapist and was the author of the recently published Pieces of the Puzzle.

Active in the self help movement from the 1970s, she devoted her life to enriching the planet and the lives of those she touched. Her humor and generosity of spirit were apparent to all who knew her.

She is survived by two daughters, Lee Megna and Hilary Morgan; a son, David Morgan; four stepchildren, Ryan, Kyle, Kerry, and Shane; and three grandchildren.

A memorial celebration of her life is planned for October 2 on Martha’s Vineyard.

Memorial donations may be made to her favorite causes, Beyond War at and Global Community at

Irene C. Conroy

Irene Couser Conroy, 97, of San Mateo, Calif., formerly of Princeton, died June 6 in San Mateo.

Born in North Brookfield, Mass., she graduated from the University of New Hampshire.

Mrs. Conroy enjoyed teaching school and taught at several schools including Princeton Day School.

She had been a member of the University League, Present Day Club, Nassau Club, College Club, and the Women’s Investment Club of Princeton.

Predeceased by her husband, John J. Conroy, and three brothers, she is survived by two daughters, Dana C. Aymond of Jackson Mich. and Linda C. Vaughn of Hillsborough, Calif.; a brother, Kenneth V. Couser of of Cape Neddick, Maine; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Princeton at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Day School or the Princeton Public Library.

William R. L. Dorman

William Rawlins Livingston Dorman, 74, of Dublin, Ireland, formerly of Princeton, died peacefully on June 6. Following a courageous struggle with acute myeloid leukemia, he died as he would have wanted, in the four poster bed made with his own hands, surrounded by his wife Ethna and his five children, Kim, Tia, Minnow, Liam, and Lydia.

Born in Princeton to William R. and Margaret Dorman (nee Rawlins), he lived in the house his father built on Province Line Road until 1994, when he moved to Ireland with his family.

From 1946 to 1951 he attended Princeton Country Day School, from 1951 to 1954 the Lawrenceville School.

In 1954 he joined the U.S. Navy. Through the Fleetwood NROTC he went to the University of Virginia, where he studied economics.

In 1972 he married Joanna Edmunds; together they raised three children, Kim, Tia, and Minnow until Joanna’s death in 1984.

A breeder of Cleveland Bay Horses with his wife Joanna, Mr. Dorman enjoyed a proud moment when, at the Devon Horse Show, he won the trophy created in her honor.

In 1985 he married Ethna Cox. Their union brought Liam and Lydia, completing the family.

Most of his working life was spent commuting to New York working for Horn Blower and then Merrill Lynch, where he worked as Director of Compliance. After retirement in 1987, he spent most of his time in his woodshop creating furniture, candlesticks, mirrors, and other pieces, all of which can now be found in his home in Ireland and in the homes of his friends and family.

His family was most important to him; it delighted him that at one point there were nine family members representing four generations under his roof.

A Requiem Mass was celebrated June 10 at which Mr. Dorman was remembered for his quiet wisdom and hospitality. His cremation service was held at the Glasnevin Crematorium, where his life and service were honored by a Guard of Honor from the American Legion and the American flag was presented to his wife.

His ashes will be scattered on Slievenamon in County Tipperary at a later date.

He is survived not only by his wife Ethna and children but also by his sister, Jane Howe; two step-brothers, Noel and H. Reed Armstrong; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to the St. Francis Hospice at

Kerns H. Powers

Dr. Kerns H. Powers of Princeton died June 5 at home, following a long illness.

Dr. Powers received the BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Texas in 1951, and the Sc.D. summa cum laude from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956.

In 1951, he joined RCA Laboratories at Princeton to work on dot sequential color television, the forerunner of the National Television System Committee analog standard that was compatible with black and white TV. Over the years at RCA, his work included high-resolution radar, ELF transmission, single-sideband transmission, data communications, cable television, satellite communications, video disk, and enhanced definition television. He achieved staff VP, Director of Communications at RCA and continued to work for GE in transition. At RCA, he also worked on various technical projects for the U.S. Navy in the interest of national security. He was the inventor of 16 issued patents.

His honors include the Forty-One for Freedom Award of the U.S. Navy in 1967, delivery of the prestigious Shoenberg Lecture before the Royal Television Society in 1987, the Progress Medal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in 1988, and the National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Achievement Award (in Television) in 1991. In 1992, he was awarded an “Emmy” (The Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award) by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2003, he received the David Sarnoff Medal Award from SMPTE for progressive scanning techniques and the 16:9 aspect ratio.

Dr. Powers was a Fellow and Honorary Member of SMPTE and a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Association of Broadcasters. He was also a member of the zoning board of Princeton Township for 10 years. He enjoyed poker with a group of close friends and colleagues and was an accomplished sailor.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gladys K. Powers; a daughter, Lisa J. of Fairfax, Va.; a son, John Edward A. of London, Ky.; and two grandsons.

On June 9 a small ceremony was conducted by the Reverend W.M. McQuoid at the Chapel on Ewing Cemetery with his immediate family and many close friends and colleagues in attendance.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at

Memorial Service for George Eggers Jr.

George Dewey Eggers Jr., of Princeton and Key West, Fla., who died December 21, will be remembered in a memorial service at the Princeton University Chapel at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 3.

A reception will follow at the Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street.

The interment of his ashes, with full military honors, will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Arrangements are by The Kimble Funeral Home.

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