Horton M. Davies
Horton Marlais Davies, 89, of Princeton, a noted authority on the history of Christianity, died May 11 at home.
The Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus, he served on the Princeton University faculty from 1956 until 1984. He was the author of more than 30 books, including Worship and Theology in England, a five-volume work published by Princeton University Press in the 1960s and 1970s.
A native of South Wales, Dr. Davies earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Edinburgh and his D.Phil. from Oxford University. From 1942 to 1945, he was minister of the Wallington Congregational Church in South London, an area known as "bomb alley" for the heavy pounding it received from German rockets. In 1945-46, he was director of education for the British YMCA with the British Army of the Rhine, supervising 55 recreational and study centers in Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.
He joined the faculty at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, in 1947, serving as dean of the faculty of divinity there from 1951 to 1953. He earned his doctor of divinity degree from the University of South Africa in 1951. In 1953 he returned to Oxford as head of the Department of Church History at the university's Mansfield College.
Dr. Davies came to Princeton to help inaugurate a broad new program of graduate study in religion that had been established in 1955. "His teaching interests ranged widely through arts and literature while his scholarship centered in the history of worship and religious practice," said John Wilson, Professor of Religion Emeritus. "Generations of undergraduates and graduate students, as well as his colleagues, treasured his insights and his wit."
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships in 1960 and 1965 and a Huntington Library Award in 1968 enabled Dr. Davies to further his writing of Worship and Theology in England. He received a doctor of letters in 1970 from Oxford based on the first three volumes of the work, which traced the history of Protestant and Catholic theology, worship, and religious art and music from the Reformation to modern times. A sixth volume was later added to the set, which was re-edited by Eerdmans Publishing into a three-volume paperback in 1996.
His other books include Christian Deviations, which was published in the United States as The Battle of the Sects, Mirror of the Ministry in Modern Novels, and Like Angels From a Cloud: The English Metaphysical Preachers, 1588-1645. His autobiography, A Church Historian's Odyssey: A Memoir, was published in 1993. He also co-wrote Sacred Art in a Secular Century with his son, Hugh Davies, who earned his A.B., M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art and archaeology from Princeton.
In addition to teaching at the University, Dr. Davies led a course every year or so at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1978, he was one of seven faculty members from New Jersey colleges and universities to help launch a cooperative ecumenical graduate program in liturgical studies at Drew University. He was the recipient of honorary degrees from several institutions.
After retiring from the Princeton faculty, he conducted research at the CTI Centre for Textual Studies at Oxford. He also pursued his interest in art by painting floral still lifes, church interiors and exteriors, biblical scenes, and landscapes. His paintings and drawings were exhibited in regional galleries.
He is survived by his wife, Marie-Helene Davies of Princeton; a daughter, Christine Pisani of Tarrytown, N.Y.; two sons, Hugh of La Jolla, Calif., and Philip of Gloucester, Mass.; five grandchildren; and his first wife, Brenda Davies of Newtown, Pa.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street. The University's Department of Religion is also planning a service for the fall.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Church for its Crisis Ministry, or to Habitat for Humanity.
Barbara Armstrong Allen, 74, of Princeton, died May 13 at Merwick Rehab Hospital & Nursing Care.
Born in Newark and raised in Belleville, she graduated from Douglas College, Rutgers University, in 1951 with high honors as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She had a long career as a systems analyst, first with IBM and then with Educational Testing Service. She retired from ETS in 1993.
Predeceased by her parents, Catherine and William Armstrong, and two siblings, John Armstrong and Elizabeth Carlson, she is survived by her husband of 51 years, Burton Allen; a daughter, Jenny Allen; a son, Hunter; and six grandchildren.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at The Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, with the Rev. Marti Reed Hazelrigg officiating.
Donald B. Everman, 61, of Lambertville, died May 13 at his daughter's home in Princeton.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, where he lived for 45 years, he had lived in Lambertville for the past 15 years.
He had been the owner-operator of Signs Etc. of Princeton since 1995.
He was a member of the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club and Greater Princeton Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer with Eden Institute for many years.
He is survived by a son, David B. of Princeton; a daughter, Tana M. Everman of Princeton; two brothers, Herbert of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Laurence of Champaign, Ill.; a sister, Genevieve Osenko of Charlevoix, Mich.; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on May 17 at Princeton Alliance Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eden Foundation, 1 Eden Way, Princeton 08540; or to Princeton Alliance Church, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro 08536.
Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
Ethel C. Leese, 82, of Ewing, died May 11 at Hamilton Continuing Care Center.
Born in Trenton, she had lived in Ewing since 1955.
In 1969, she joined the Princeton Township Board of Health as Registrar of Vital Statistics. Later, when Princeton Borough and Princeton Township merged services to form the Princeton Regional Board of Health, she continued to serve as Registrar until her retirement in 1991.
She was a member of the New Jersey State Bureau of Vital Statistics. In Ewing, she was a member of the Busy C's Senior Citizens.
The wife of the late John B. Leese and mother of the late John J. Leese, she is survived by a daughter, Nancy Chiarello of Ewing; a son, Thomas of Ewing; and six grandchildren.
Services will be private at Colonial Memorial Park, Hamilton Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sunshine Foundation, 1041 Mill Creek Drive, Feasterville, Pa. 19053; or Prospect Heights Fire Company, 1660 9th St., Ewing 08638.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
Dorothy Jane Still, 65, of West Hartford, Conn., formerly of Princeton, died May 8 at Hartford Hospital accompanied by her family. The cause of death was heart and lung disease.
Born in Wadesboro, N.C., the daughter of the late George King and Thelma (Lockhart) Sellers of Princeton, she attended schools in Anson County, N.C. and Princeton. She moved to Hartford in 1968 and worked at Hartford Hospital for almost 25 years before retiring.
She loved to travel, but was happiest when she was surrounded by her family and friends during the holidays or at family reunions. She also enjoyed shopping for clothes, for herself and for her children. She was known for her smile and wonderful sense of humor.
She is survived by two sons, Tab A. of Princeton and Raymond L. of West Hartford; two sisters, Grace Montgomery of Ewing Township and Betty J. Sellers of North Bethesda, Md.; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
The funeral service was May 16 at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Franklin A. Smith officiating. Interment was in Princeton Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home.