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Vol. LXV, No. 18
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
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Obituaries

Clara P. Reeves

Elizabeth B. Carrick

Gloria Sanlorenzo

Maria Smith


Clara P. Reeves

Clara Pierre Reeves died April 25 in Princeton.

Born in Philadelphia in 1939, she attended Germantown Friends School and later became interested in medieval troubadour culture. She learned to read Old Provencal while studying with Joseph Campbell at Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her B.A.

In 1961 she won a Marshall Scholarship to Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University and was admitted to the Middle Temple, but had to relinquish both for health reasons. Instead, she received a master’s degree in public law and government from Columbia University following an internship in the International Legal Division of the United Nations. She then joined the staff of the World Law Fund, a non-profit organization.

Turning to freelance writing, she published over 180 magazine and newspaper articles on fashion, the arts, and literary topics in New York Magazine, Redbook, Town and Country, the Times of Trenton, the New York Times and many other newspapers and journals including Harper’s Bazaar, where she was on the editorial staff from 1984 to 1987.

Her book on sociology of fashion, Looking Good: The Revolution of Fashion, appeared in 1976. She also co-authored ClothesWise with Alice Meyer in 1982.

She lived in Manhattan, where she taught non-fiction writing at New York University from 1987 to 2005, before moving to Princeton.

Her first work of fiction, Troubadour, an historical novel set in medieval Provence, was published in France, Germany, Spain, and Holland. Its sequel, The Troubadour’s Tale, came out in Germany in 2002 and in Holland in 2003. The third, The Troubadour’s Legacy, traces the troubadours from a modern perspective.

Her marriage to Andre J.M. Pierre ended in divorce. She is survived by her husband, David, whom she married in 1988; four step-children; and by her brother, Richard.


Elizabeth B. Carrick

Elizabeth B. Carrick

Elizabeth Bates Carrick, 97, died April 10.

Born in Summit, N.J. on October 27, 1913, to Captain Guy and Anne Greene Bates, she graduated from the Kent Place School in 1931. She spent one year at the University of Arizona, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1936 with a major in history.

She taught lipreading at the Nitchie School for the Hard of Hearing in New York, as well as at the New Brunswick Adult School.

She married Alan W. Carrick in 1939 and moved to Princeton. She was active in the Girl Scouts of America, locally and nationally, for over 25 years. She was a member of both the Garden Club of Princeton and the Garden Club of America. She was on the Altar Guild of Trinity Church of Princeton, a member of the Washington Association of New Jersey, and a trustee of the Rockingham Foundation in Rocky Hill.

She was also a member of the Colonial Dames of America, the New Jersey Historical Society, and a lifetime member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

She is survived by her son, Rob; and two grandsons.

Gloria Sanlorenzo

Gloria Sanlorenzo, 84, of Montauk, N.Y., died at home after recently being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Born Gloria Marie Ferrara on October 16, 1926 in Princeton, she was raised as the youngest of 11 children. She attended Princeton High School and later graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Trenton as a Registered Nurse.

Her first job was at the Princeton Community Hospital, where she met Ernest A. Sanlorenzo, the love of her life. She later worked at Huntington Hospital in the town where she lived after her marriage. Together they raised four children, making Huntington, N.Y. a place they considered home.

After the passing of her husband in 1992, she moved to Montauk, N.Y. and turned their vacation retreat into her idyllic seaside home. She was an integral and vital part of the Montauk community. From reading to children at the Montauk Library, to singing in the choir and arranging the flowers for the altar at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, to baking breads for the Montauk Village Association, she was always willing to give more than she took. Her random acts of kindness have rippled out and touched many lives to “The End”.

She is survived by her four children, Laura Sanlorenzo, Nina Hartman, L. John Sanlorenzo, and Candida Sanlorenzo; her brother, Vincent Ferrara; seven grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to Fighting Chance Counseling and Resource Center, an organization that offers support and care at the end of life. Fighting Chance Counseling and Resource Center, P.O. Box 1358, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963.


Maria Smith

Maria Smith

Maria Smith died April 13 at the University Hospital of Princeton.

Born in Veszprem, Hungary, on January 6, 1924, she eventually made her way to England after enduring the ravages of the Second World War. She worked there as a nurse’s aide. She married Norman Smith and together they emigrated to the United States, settling in Griggstown.

Introduced to operatic and classical music by her mother, Yolan, she was an ardent admirer of Franz Liszt, whose piano works she said were both despairing and hopeful. She enjoyed children and was an assistant teacher and later a substitute teacher for many years at the U-NOW Day Nursery in Princeton. To her surprise and delight, she was often recognized and greeted in town by her former students. After her retirement, she became an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company.

Known in her community for her simplicity, extraordinary generosity, and kindness, she will be missed greatly.

Predeceased by her husband, Norman; and her sisters, Anna and Kato; she is survived by her sister, Iren Krug.

A grave-side service will take place at the Griggstown Cemetery on May 6 at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at the Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen), 72½ Escher Street, Trenton, N.J. 08609-1018.

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