Gail F. Stern, 55, of Hopewell, died March 20 at home after a recently diagnosed illness. She was the Historical Society of Princeton's Executive Director.
John Dumont, president of the board of trustees of the Historical Society of Princeton, said, "Gail was recognized throughout the State as a strong advocate for non-profit organizations and, in particular, our Historical Society of Princeton. She was tireless and enthusiastic about our mission and brought together many of the diverse groups in our community. She will be greatly missed."
In addition to managing all aspects of the Historical Society's operations since 1993, including long-term planning and fund-raising, Ms. Stern served as project director for several exhibitions. Striving to make the Historical Society relevant to the Princeton community, and drawing on her expertise in the field of ethnic studies, those exhibitions included A Community Remembers: African American Life in Princeton in 1996 and Old Traditions, New Beginnings, 250 Years of Princeton Jewish History in 2000. A promoter of Albert Einstein's legacy in Princeton, she also directed the exhibition Einstein in Princeton: Scientist, Humanitarian, Cultural Icon in 1993, and in the spring of 2005 had the distinction of accompanying Einstein's desk for display at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.
She served on the boards of trustees of the Advocates for New Jersey History, the New Jersey Association of Museums, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, and the American Association of Museums/International Council of Museums. She won the Humanities Public Programming Award from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities in 1996, an Award of Recognition from the New Jersey Historical Commission in 1999, and the John Cotton Dana Award from the New Jersey Association of Museums in 2000. She was a frequent speaker on museum administration, having addressed the annual History Issues Convention, annual meetings of the League of New Jersey Historical Societies, and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums.
She edited and contributed to ten exhibition catalogs and published articles in seven regional and national journals. She also served as a reviewer for several grants programs, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Jersey Historical Commission.
Prior to her arrival in Princeton, Ms. Stern spent many years of her career in the Philadelphia area, including 14 years as Museum Director and Curator at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. While there she served as co-director of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded exhibition Discovering America, among others.
The funeral will be at noon tomorrow, March 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Historical Society of Princeton, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Sally Fenton Bauman, 80, of Philadelphia, died March 13 at home, with her four children at her side. She had been a longtime resident of Princeton before moving to Philadelphia 15 years ago.
Born in Isleton, Calif., she grew up in Isleton and Rio Vista, Calif. She graduated from the College of the Pacific in 1948, then married and moved to Princeton. While raising her family she spent many years as an early childhood teacher, notably at the Crossroads Nursery School at the Institute for Advanced Study.
She is survived by her children, Lise Bauman of Philadelphia, Kurt Bauman of Kensington, Md., Kris Bauman of Newtown, Pa., and Hanna Bauman of Richboro, Pa.; her former husband, John William Bauman of Princeton; two sisters, Patricia Nelson and Robin Byers; and five grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at the Newtown Presbyterian Church, Newtown, Pa. tomorrow, March 23 at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union or the International Red Cross.
Dr. William H. Burchfield of Princeton died March 13 following a short illness.
He served the Princeton community for more than 30 years as an oral surgeon and member of the staff at the University Medical Center at Princeton.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jill; two sons, William W. and Christopher C.; two daughters, Suzanne Burchfield and Sarah Carey; and nine grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held today, March 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
Frank G. Fahy, 58, of Princeton, died suddenly March 19 at home.
Born in County Galway, Ireland, he had been a resident of Princeton for the past 17 years.
He was employed for the past six years at Princeton University as a groundsman, and prior to that at Coventry Farm as a groundsman and gardener.
He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen Fahy; two sons, Brendan and Chris; and a sister, Betty Crowe, and two brothers, Paddy and Sean, all of Ireland.
The funeral will be this Saturday, March 25 at 11:30 a.m. at The Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street.
Interment will follow in the Parish cemetery.
Calling hours will be Friday, March 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Luigi Nichol Matarese, 83, of Princeton Junction, died March 13 peacefully, at home.
Born in Martinsburg, W. Va., he was raised on the island of Ischia in Italy and lived in Princeton Junction for 42 years. He was employed as a cook at the Nassau Inn, retiring in 1987 after 38 years.
He was an avid gardener who also enjoyed fishing and hunting for wild mushrooms.
The son of the late Raphael and Michela Maria Matarese, he was predeceased also by his sisters, Mary and Anna of Italy as well as his brothers, Agostino and Antonio, both formerly of Princeton Junction, and two granddaughters, Michela Matarese Applebaum and Chase Marie Applebaum. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dolores; two sons, Ralph of Hamilton and Anthony of Jupiter, Fla.; a daughter, Mariann Matarese of Yardley, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
The funeral was March 16 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. David the King Church, Princeton Junction.
Entombment was at St. Mary's Mausoleum, Trenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, attn. Institutional Advancement, 333 Cottman Avenue, Room C-223, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.
Jean A. Procaccino of Lawrenceville died March 16 at home.
Born and raised in Princeton, she had lived in Lawrenceville for the past 45 years.
She was employed at RCA before working for her husband's public accounting firm in Princeton, until his death in 1991.
She was a member of The Church of St. Ann in Lawrenceville and the Altar Rosary Society.
Daughter of the late Biagio and Maria Riovetti Pietrinferno, she was predeceased also by her husband, John Alan Procaccino, and a daughter, Kimberly Jean Procaccino. She is survived by a son, Dr. J. Drew Procaccino; and three sisters, Ann D. Ferrara of Princeton, Margaret P. Campbell of Princeton, and Mary Alice Karnas of Hightstown.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 20 at St. Paul's Church. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrenceville Road, Law-renceville 08648; or to The Kimberly Jean Procaccino Arts Award, c/o The Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, Princeton 08540.
Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
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