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Vol. LXIII, No. 18
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
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Taffy Todd

Marina Cucchi

Jeanne G. Mather

Phyllis Furley

Clarice M. Rosen

Paul Walsh

Elizabeth Brown

Taffy Todd

Taffy Todd

Taffy Todd, 64, of Greensboro, Vt., formerly of Princeton, died April 28 after many years of ill health.

She was born Alison Margrethe Stuart in Philadelphia to Douglas Edmunds Stuart and Virginia Heide Stuart. She grew up in Philadelphia and Princeton, but Greensboro was always her true home, and she lived there from 1977 until her death.

She attended Miss Zara’s School in Chestnut Hill, Pa.; Princeton High School; and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

She married Frederic Ashton de Peyster Todd in 1967.

A descendant of Sen. George Edmunds of Vermont, she spent time compiling a genealogical history of her family. In recent years she had been active in various writing groups. She recently completed her first manuscript and was starting on her second.

One of her proudest accomplishments was helping to bring Barack Obama to the White House.

She loved books, movies, and her family, and was known as a warm, loving, smart, and sassy woman with a great sense of humor and compassion for everyone.

She was predeceased by her father; a son, Stuart Todd; her brother, Dougal Stuart; and a daughter, Jill Bereza Riley. She is survived by her lover, Bill Trainor; a daughter, Jennifer de Peyster Todd Taylor; her mother, Virginia Heide Stuart; a sister, Anne (Krissie) Ohlrogge; a grandson; and her ex-husband Ted Todd.

A memorial service was held at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro, Vt. on May 4.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to The CFIDS Association of America, P.O. Box 220398, Charlotte, N.C. 28222-0398.

Arrangements are by the des Groseilliers Funeral Homes, Hardwick, Vt.

Marina Cucchi

Marina Veronica Cucchi, 23 months, of Princeton, died unexpectedly May 1 at home.

Born in Providence, R.I. on May 31, 2007, to Anthony and Julie Muller Cucchi, her constant smile and happiness brought daily joy to her family and everyone around her. She lived the first year of her life in Warren, R.I. with her parents and two older brothers, Bruno and Nico. In the summer of 2008, she and her family moved to Princeton, where grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and family friends enriched her life and her warmth blessed them in return.

She is survived by her parents; her two brothers; her grandparents, Florence Cucchi of Princeton, Paolo and Julie Cucchi of Madison, and Gerald and Veronica Muller of Princeton; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The funeral service will be today, May 6 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to a school or charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue.

Jeanne G. Mather

Jeanne Grinnell Mather, 90, of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Princeton, died April 1 in Sarasota.

Born in Seattle, Wash., she moved to the Sarasota area over 30 years ago from Princeton. She was a volunteer treasurer with the local branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

She was a Presbyterian and a member of the Mission Valley Country Club.

Wife of the late Ralph H. Mather, she is survived by nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held May 9 at 11 a.m. at Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 677 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota, Fla. 34236; or to Tide Well Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Fla. 34238.

Phyllis Furley

Phyllis Mary Furley, 85, of Charlbury, Oxford, England, formerly of Princeton and Ringoes, died April 22 in Oxford with her husband David by her side.

She was born Phyllis Mary Huntley in Muswell Hill, London.

She lived in Princeton and Ringoes when her husband was a professor of Classical Philosophy and chairman of the Classics Department at Princeton University. Mrs. Furley taught at Miss Mason’s School and the American Boychoir School. She wrote a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, published when she was in her 80s, titled The Darcys, Scenes from Married Life.

She is survived by her husband, David John Furley; her children, Alison, Neil, Kate, and Fiona; a sister, Janet Pell; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be this Friday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House in Charlbury, Oxford, England, with a celebration of her life to be held in Princeton at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc., 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10017.

Clarice M. Rosen

Clarice M. Rosen

Clarice M. Rosen, 83, of Princeton, died April 27 at Merwick Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness.

Born in New York City, she studied acting and singing there. She performed on Broadway and at Radio City Music Hall in the late 1940s and early 1950s, in Up In Central Park and Annie Get Your Gun, under the stage name Claire Saunders. In 1963, she moved to Princeton and taught piano.

Her leisure time interests were classical music and traveling abroad. She was a former member of the Jewish Center of Princeton.

Predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Sidney Rosen, in 2005, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Marvin Rosen and Beata Rzeszodko-Rosen, with whom she lived.

Memorial gifts may be made to Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton 08540.

Private arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.thek

Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh, 88, of Princeton, died April 17 in the University Medical Center at Princeton, due to complications following surgery.

In 2003, after 20 years of service, Mr. Walsh retired from Fellowship in Prayer, a Princeton based interfaith organization dedicated to promoting peace through prayer and understanding. He retired from Princeton University in 1988 to take on the full-time staff position as Executive Director of Fellowship in Prayer while continuing as president of its board. He had previously served as treasurer and president for many years.

A native New Yorker, he was a graduate of Princeton University, class of ’42. He was a senior vice president and creative director of the Compton Advertising Agency in New York City and in Paris, France.

He helped form and lead a number of religious/spiritual organizations and activities in the Princeton area.

While a student at Princeton University, he was a founder of the university’s student-run radio station, WPRB. At that time, his interest in folk music led him to become a close friend of Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, the folk and blues singer and guitarist. He later became executor of Leadbelly’s estate. He also spent many happy weekends in Fishkill, N.Y. as part of a crew of friends who helped Pete Seeger build his house.

Under Mr. Walsh’s leadership, Fellowship in Prayer initiated its successful Companions on the Sacred Journey conferences and opened up the facilities to groups of differing faith traditions. In 1990, he created the Worldwide Day of Prayer and Meditation to Help Heal Mother Earth, keynoted by Thomas Berry and endorsed by the Dalai Lama. It was the first of many major events that involved both local and worldwide participation.

Mr. Walsh lived by the words of the Dalai Lama, who said “My religion is kindness.” He followed this outlook with humor and a zest for life, even in the midst of illness.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; a daughter, Brooks; and many friends and companions.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Seva Foundation, 1786 5th Street, Berkeley, Calif. 94710.

A service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent online by visiting

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth (Liza) Boone Brown of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Princeton, died May 1 after a long struggle against breast cancer.

The daughter of Professor & Mrs. L. Carl Brown of Princeton, she attended Princeton public schools and was a graduate of Princeton High School. She received her B.A. from Davidson College and an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University. She then embarked on an active social work career in New York that was halted only by the onset of cancer four years ago.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband, Richard Young; a daughter, Kyla; a son, Max; and two brothers, Joseph Winchester Brown and Jefferson Travis Brown.

A memorial service will be held today, May 6 at Nassau Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Princeton YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center.

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