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Vol. LXIV, No. 12
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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MaryAnn Florence

MaryAnn Florence

MaryAnn Florence, 78, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Princeton, died peacefully on March 16 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., she was the only child of Thomas and Gladys Ibberson. Raised in Excelsior, Minn., she was a graduate of St. Mary’s Hall, Class of 1949. She also attended the University of Minnesota until she left for a career in fashion.

A devoted mother and homemaker, she was also an active member of the Present Day Club, Trinity Episcopal Church Altar Guild, and a sustaining member of The Junior League. She volunteered at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she served as a docent giving tours and lecturing on the treasures of the museum. In her leisure time, she enjoyed music, collecting art, and traveling with friends.

Mrs. Florence is survived by her children, John Florence of Norfolk, Mass., Stacy Florence Carney of Princeton, Lisa Dik of Worcester, Mass., Thomas Florence of Denver, Colo., and Elizabeth Beck of Skillman; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. this Thursday, March 25 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home. To extend condolences or share memories in the guest book, visit

Ann C. McCullough

Ann C. McCullough

Ann C. McCullough, 84, of Princeton, died March 13, peacefully at home.

Born Mary Ann Calvert in Oklahoma City, she attended the University of Oklahoma, where she majored in psychology, belonged to Chi Omega, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While there she met John McCullough, a sailor in the Navy V-12 program; they began their 60-year marriage in 1946.

The McCulloughs moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where Mr. McCullough earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Oregon State while Mrs. McCullough worked in the library and counseled servicemen returning from the war on educational and career decisions. The couple moved to Bartlesville, Okla. in 1949, where they raised three children. The family moved to New Jersey in 1963, living in Elm Ridge Park outside Princeton and then Haddonfield before settling in Princeton in 1972.

The McCulloughs supported many local cultural and social organizations, including the Princeton University Art Museum, McCarter Theater, New York City Ballet, Stonybrook Watershed Association, the music program at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and the Trenton After School Program. Their interest in the arts and humanities inspired the couple’s extensive travels.

Mrs. McCullough will be remembered as a warm and gracious person with a heartfelt smile who brightened the lives of those around her.

Predeceased by her husband in 2006, she is survived by three daughters, Sherrill Davis of Haverford, Pa., Cathryn Delude of Andover, Mass., and Patricia McCullough of New York City; a sister, Betty Williams of Mesquite, Texas; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26 at Nassau Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home. To extend condolences or share memories in the guest book, visit

George C. Ford

George C. Ford

George C. Ford, 88, of Princeton, died March 18 at Merwick Care Center after a long illness. He had been a Princeton resident since 1958.

Born in New York City to George Fudakowski and Leonida Krajewska Fudakowska, and raised in Greenwich, Conn., he was a graduate of The Edgewood School, Swarthmore College (’43) and Harvard Business School (’48).

Mr. Ford began his career as an electrical engineer in the R&D department of Curtiss-Wright in Caldwell, N.J., where he worked on the design of America’s first guided missile, reverse-engineered from the German V-1 rocket. Changing fields to finance in 1948, he joined Reaction Motors in Rockaway, N.J., the first commercial rocket engine company in the U.S. In 1952, he became comptroller of the Piasecki Aircraft Corporation in Philadelphia.

From 1958 through 1979, Mr. Ford held a variety of executive positions at Research-Cottrell in Bedminster, N.J., the pollution control equipment manufacturer, including head of strategic planning and president of Research-Cottrell International. He was instrumental in expanding the product range by acquiring pollution control companies in North America and Europe, including Flex-Kleen, Custodis, and Hamon, the manufacturer of natural draft cooling towers which became the reference for the industry.

His tenure at Research-Cottrell was marked by the rapid growth of the industry and its infrastructure, the arrival of nuclear power plants, and the enactment of the Clean Air Act of 1970 that monitors and limits toxic emissions.

In 1980, he established George C. Ford & Associates, a management consulting firm which focused on strategic analysis of the U. S. markets for electric power for major suppliers to the electric utility industry. He retired in 2006.

He was a strong supporter of the arts in Princeton, serving as founding chairman of the Princeton Regional Ballet Company and as a director of the Princeton Ballet Society, Princeton Pro Musica, and the Montgomery Center for the Arts.

He was member of Springdale Golf Club, The Nassau Club, The Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda, and Lake Paupac Club in the Poconos. He enjoyed photography, tennis, golf, and especially sailing in the Caribbean and his annual trips to Saas Fee, Switzerland for hiking.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Nancy Shannon Ford; five children from a previous marriage to Barbara Mott Patton: Greta F. Hayton of San Ramon, Calif., Paul F. Ford of Berkeley, Calif., Thomas M. Ford of Princeton, Edward G. Ford of Cooperstown, N.Y., and George W. Ford of Pennington; a brother, Thomas I. Ford of Chattanooga, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Princeton Pro Musica, Box 1313, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home.

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