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Vol. LXV, No. 26
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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Dorothy M. Rubin

Dorothy M. Rubin

Dorothy M. Rubin, 79, formerly of Princeton, died February 25 at her home in Laguna Woods, Calif.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she and her husband, Arthur, lived in Princeton from 1970 until 2009, when they moved to California.

She earned her B.A. in English and a M.Ed. from Rutgers University. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Johns Hopkins University in 1968.

One of the nation’s leading educators and education authors, she was a professor of Language and Communication Studies in the Reading and Language Arts Program, School of Education, at the College of New Jersey until 2004, when she became a professor emeritus.

An energetic and prolific writer, she was sole author of over 60 college and professional books on language arts for major educational publishing houses. Her books are used in schools and colleges in this country and all over the world. She was an authority on all aspects of language development, reading, learning theory, study skills, vocabulary development, reasoning, and writing in elementary school and middle school children.

She wrote a regular column on education for the Op/Ed page of the Trenton Times, and she was also a columnist for the Gannett News Service, the Parent Resource Center of SmarterKids (later Learning Star Corporation), “Tap into the Experts,” an Allyn & Bacon website, and “Intellectual Capital,” an online magazine. In addition, she appeared on various television and radio shows. A pioneer in computer-based education, she produced three computer games that teach word meaning and reasoning strategies.

She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Arthur; her daughters, Carol Spayde and Sharon Johnson; four grandchildren, and one great grandson.

A memorial service was held on March 13 in Laguna Woods.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cure PSP Foundation via

Mariedl Kann

Mariedl Kann, 103, died June 27 at home in Princeton.

Born August 30, 1907 in Vienna, Austria, she emigrated to the United States along with her husband, Robert A. Kann in 1938. They resided in Princeton in 1942 and she had lived in Princeton ever since, with periodic residences in Austria.

She was educated at the University of Vienna, where she received a degree in law. In the U.S., she first worked as a member of the staff of Governor Herbert Lehman of New York State, before moving to Princeton where her husband was accepted as a visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Study.

In Princeton she was employed as office manager for Princeton Laboratories, a medical research company. In addition, she was her husband’s life-long partner in editing and typing the manuscripts of his many scholarly books and articles. She also found time to be a volunteer at Princeton Hospital for three decades and to tutor in both English and German. She continued to travel in the U.S. and abroad well into her nineties.

Her long life spanned two World Wars. Her early memories included seeing the Austrian Emperor, Franz Josef, being driven through the streets of Vienna in his gilded coach. She lived through World War I, when she and her family often were hungry. She experienced the rise of Nazism in Austria, and emigrated with her husband as a result.

In America she lived through seventy years of change. In her youth, electricity, the telephone, and the automobile were very new innovations. In her later years men travelled to the moon and communicated with computers.

Predeceased in 1981 by her husband, Robert A. Kann, a Professor at Rutgers University; she is survived by two children, Peter R. Kann and Marilyn Kann McElroy; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in the early fall.

Decimus W. Marsh

Decimus W. Marsh

Decimus “Des” Walter Marsh, 82, of Hamilton Square, died June 22 in the University Medical Center at Princeton after a very long illness.

Born in Trenton, he was a resident of Hamilton Square for over 50 years.

He graduated from Trenton State College with a bachelor’s degree and continued his education throughout his career.

He retired after 32 years as Chief Financial Officer and Tax Collector for Princeton Borough, and previously was an accountant with Groendyke and Co. for 18 years.

He loved traveling extensively throughout Europe, the British Isles, and Ireland with his wife and late mother-in-law. He was a direct descendent and namesake of his great uncle, the Earl of Kent, south of London.

He volunteered and gave selflessly of his time and emotional support to the underprivileged, and was instrumental in organizing his fellow employees to aid with clothing, food, and sponsoring those less fortunate, especially children, to enrich their lives.

For over 30 years, he and his wife, Sondra Reading Marsh, were actively involved with animal welfare. They cared for abused and abandoned animals and provided veterinary care, including having them spayed and neutered.

He was a longtime member of the Nassau Club and Trenton Country Club.

Son of the late Decimus Wilbur and Lillian Marsh; he is survived by his wife of 57 years.

The funeral was held on June 28 at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Gregory the Great RC Church, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square.

Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton.

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