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Vol. LXV, No. 12
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Virginia C. Lockwood

Louisa G. Lambert

Margaretta S. H. Calvert

John P. Murray III.

Kathryn M. Stofko

Virginia C. Lockwood

Virginia Chapman Lockwood, 100, died March 12 at home. The celebration of her 100th birthday on September 15, 2010, included a receipt of a letter of birthday greetings from President and Mrs. Barack Obama.

Born on September 15, 1910, in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of Philip Chapman, a prominent local lawyer and banker, and Gladys Doten Chapman, a leading figure in Maine’s early women’s suffrage movement.

She attended the Waynflete School in Portland, class of 1927, playing both basketball and leading roles in dramatic productions. At the time of her death she was the oldest living graduate. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1931. There she had been Freshman Class President, Student Government President, and one of its last surviving members.

She returned to Portland to teach at Waynflete, during which time she met and subsequently married William Lockwood, a young economics instructor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The couple moved to New York City where she began what was to become a lifelong dedication to teaching children in the primary grades, starting with her first job at the Dalton School.

In 1941, she and her husband moved to Princeton. While Mr. Lockwood served abroad in the Army during World War II, she raised two young boys and became active locally in the League of Women Voters, the YWCA, the Princeton Group Arts, and even found time to act with the Princeton Community Players.

After the war, when her husband joined the faculty of Princeton University, she added a daughter to her family, and took up teaching third and fourth grades again, first at Miss Fine’s School and subsequently at Princeton Day School, after the merger between Miss Fine’s and Princeton Country Day School. She retired in 1969 after 23 consecutive years, having taught more than a generation of Princeton children. During this time, she continued to remain active in the affairs of the Wellesley Club of Central New Jersey and the League of Women Voters, while traveling frequently abroad with her husband. They travelled to the Far East and annually to her summer home in Maine on the shores of Casco Bay.

Following her husband’s death in 1978, she became an active Docent at the Princeton University Art Museum for many years. She also took up writing poetry with a passion, becoming a fixture of U.S. 1, the local Princeton poets’ cooperative, who often held their monthly meeting at her home. Her verse appeared in several publications and she frequently participated in poetry readings at the Princeton Arts Council, Barnes & Noble, and other locations.

She is survived by her two sons, William Jr. and Stephen; her daughter, Julia; and four grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be private.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the U.S.1 Worksheets, c/o Mimi Danson, P.O. Box 127, Kingston, N.J. 08528.

Louisa G. Lambert

Louisa G. Lambert

Louisa Garnsey Lambert, 71, of Pennington, died March 19 at home.

Born in Denver, Co., she grew up in Greeley, Co. She graduated from the Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Bennett Jr. College in Millbrook, N.Y., and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

A former English teacher at the Belmont Day School, she encouraged a love of reading in all of her grandchildren and enjoyed sending newspaper clippings to them when she saw something in which she knew they had an interest. She shared her passion for teaching as a volunteer for the ESL program at the Princeton YMCA.

A dedicated gardener, she was a member and past president of the Garden Club of Princeton and obtained her N.J. Master of Gardening degree. A member of the Women’s Fly Fisher Club, she was an enthusiastic angler who fished many streams and lakes in the American West, Quebec, Alaska, and Russia, as well as the Beaverkill and Neversink rivers and other eastern streams.

She was also president of the Parents Association at Princeton Day School, and as such an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees. She was also a member of the Balsam Lake Club in New York, the Grand Lake (Co.) Yacht Club, and the Bedens Brook Club.

A devoted alumna of the Master’s School, she served on the Board of Trustees for 13 years, and was named a Trustee Emerita. She also served on the board of the Losam Fund, a private foundation that she began with her former husband, Samuel W. Lambert III.

The daughter of the late Louisa Herrick Garnsey and the late Colorado State Senator William S. Garnsey III; and step-daughter of former Colorado State Senator Roseanne Ball Garnsey; she is survived by her three children, Louisa Kelly Lambert Walker, Samuel William Lambert, and Sarah Hamill Lambert Dolan; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, March 26 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Master’s School, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. 10522-2201; or to the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, N.J. 08534.

Margaretta S. H. Calvert

Margaretta S. H. Calvert

Margaretta “Peggy” Sergeant Harrison Calvert, 84, died March 19 at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Raised in Ardmore, Pa., she was the second of five children born to Joseph Harrison Jr. and Rita Heckscher Harrison. She graduated from the Shipley School in 1944.

Following her marriage to Hyman L. Battle Jr. (Princeton Class of 1946), she moved to Princeton where she lived until 1968. She raised four sons and was an active member of the Princeton community. She acted in many local McCarter Theatre productions and volunteered for both the Red Cross and the hospital at Fort Dix.

After her divorce, she met and married Jim Calvert, at the time the youngest Admiral in the US Navy. He was posted to the United States Naval Academy as Superintendent and together they spent four years as a dynamic team in a very public role. After the Navy, many successful years in business and numerous sailing adventures, she and her husband retired to Beaumont. Their marriage lasted more than four decades before her husband’s death in 2009.

A passionate and skillful painter, she studied at the Art Students League in New York and the Silvermine Guild of Artists in Connecticut. She apprenticed with Charles Reid, Ted Goerschner, and Burt Silverman. Beaumont at Bryn Mawr is currently hosting an exhibition of over 60 of her paintings.

Her radiant vitality and wonderful sense of humor touched everyone she met. She was a cherished sister, devoted mother and grandmother, as well as a loyal and compassionate friend.

She is survived by two sisters, Henrietta Marshall and Lea Bolling; two brothers, Stevens Harrison and Joseph Harrison III; four sons, Craig, David, John, and Kemp Battle; two stepsons, James and Charles Calvert; and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place on April 2 at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pa. at Noon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to HiTOPS, 21 Wiggins Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

John P. Murray III.

John P. Murray III died February 28.

Born in Camden, N.J. on January 2, 1926, he was a lifelong resident of the state. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and graduated from Duke University with a degree in Accounting. He was employed by Mobil Oil in New York City until his retirement in 1985.

He was a kind and loving man with a great sense of humor who was dearly loved by all of his family and friends. An avid golfer, he also loved spending time with all of his nephews and nieces.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia McMahon Murray.

A private memorial is planned. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Heart and Soul Hospice, 2430 Highway 34, Suite A-22, Manasquan, N.J. 08736.

Kathryn M. Stofko

Kathryn M. Stofko, 87, of Kingston, died March 18 at The Pavilions at Forrestal, Plainsboro.

Born in Trenton, she was a Kingston resident since 1930.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a bookkeeper for The French Shop in Princeton. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Princeton, its Altar-Rosary Society, and the 3rd Order of St. Francis.

Predeceased by her husband, Frank S. Stofko Jr.; and her sister, Margaret V. Mizsak; she is survived by her godson, Ernest Wolff Jr.

A visitation was held at the Kimble Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 22. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kingston First Aid and Rescue Squad, 4280 State Highway 27, Kingston, N.J. 08528; or St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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