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Vol. LXIII, No. 11
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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G. Edward Beacham

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G. Edward Beacham

G. Edward Beacham, 73, died March 12 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he received a heart transplant nearly 15 years ago.

Born in New Brunswick, he lived most of his life in Princeton where he was a physical education teacher and coach for the Princeton Regional School System until his retirement in 1994.

Mr. Beacham was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955 and served two years. He then attended the Panzer School of Physical Education at Montclair State College on the GI Bill. Upon graduation in 1961, he was employed as the Recreation Director in Somerville. He then worked for the Princeton Recreation Department before beginning his career as a physical education teacher in Princeton.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Ruth Beacham; a brother, James; and a son, Richard Edward. He is survived by his wife, Deanna, of Bernardsville; a son, Robert, of New Hope, Pa.; a sister, Jean, of California; five grandchildren; and his longtime friend Eleanor Pinelli of Princeton.

A celebration of his life was held March 14 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Princeton/Pettoranello Sister City Foundation Inc., 120 John Street, Suite 3, Princeton 08542-3121; or to Hall of Fame Committee, c/o Athletic Director, Princeton High School, 151 Moore Street, Princeton 08540.

Charles L. Johnston

Charles Lamb Johnston, 80, of Princeton, died March 11 in the Merwick Care Center.

Born and raised in Brownsville, Pa., he had resided in Princeton since 1972.

He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan Law School, and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Mr. Johnston was a partner at Johnston Dragon & Associates, Inc. of Princeton, a national investment consulting firm. Prior to his partnership there he was a senior vice president with Chase Manhattan Bank of New York.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

As a co-founder of The 24 Club and sponsor of many members, Mr. Johnston was a leader of the community. He was a member of Trinity Church of Princeton.

He is survived by his wife, Eliza Johnston; a son, Timothy Johnston of Bethesda, Md.; a daughter, Sarah Johnston of Princeton; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service at Trinity Church is being planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The 24 Club of Princeton, 1225 State Road, Princeton 08540, or at

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