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Vol. LXV, No. 19
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Elizabeth M. Sanford

Eileen M. Henlotter

Adra A. Fairman

Louisa A. Emmet

Lois J. Drewer

William H. Karch

Louise M. Cook

Elizabeth M. Sanford

Elizabeth M. Sanford

Elizabeth M. Sanford, 86, died May 12 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

The daughter of Roy L. and Lydia Hartman Miller, she was born on May 21, 1924 in Germantown, Pa. A graduate of Germantown Friends School, she attended Wilson College and then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1947.

She married Laurence H. Sanford Jr., known as “Laddie”, in 1947 and went on to raise a family of five children. They first lived in Concord, then Carlisle, Mass., before moving to Princeton in 1967. She became one of the first residents of Stonebridge at Montgomery in 2004.

She enjoyed a strong allegiance to Princeton University through the Class of 1945, which was her husband’s class. She was elected a classmate in 1985 and was currently serving as Class Vice President. She is considered to have been the first woman ever recognized as an honorary member of any Princeton class. She was a Board member of the Princeton University McCosh Infirmary and the Mountain Lakes Holding Corporation, and a former member of the Board of Princeton Open Space. She was active in the community as a longstanding member of the Trinity Church Altar Guild, the Contemporary Garden Club, the Nassau Club, the Present Day Club, and Springdale Golf Club.

Her love for her family was a central focus of her life. Known for her warmth, sense of humor and magnanimous spirit, she will be sorely missed.

Predeceased by her husband and her brother, John F. Miller; she is survived by her children, Susan Sanford, Laurence Sanford III, Stephen Sanford, Elizabeth Sanford, and J. Andrew Sanford; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Church at the above address.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.

Eileen M. Henlotter

Eileen Marie Henlotter, 86, of Princeton, died May 2 at home.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she resided in Princeton for over 40 years.

She retired in 1995 with over 26 years of service as an executive payroll manager with the State of New Jersey Division of Pension and Payroll. She was a volunteer for many years at the Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich., and a member of the Eastern Star.

Daughter of the late Samuel and Viola Sempey; she is survived by a son, Richard W. Henlotter; a daughter, Linda Franceschi; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

A private burial was in The Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

Adra A. Fairman

Adra Armitage Fairman died May 12 at her home in Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa.

Born in Newark, N.J. on November 26, 1911, she was the daughter of Adra Fitts Armitage and Elwood Spencer Armitage. Educated at Prospect Hill School and Wellesley College, she married R. Kenneth Fairman in June 1935. He was associated with Princeton University Athletics from 1934 to 1974 and became the first director of the Department of Athletics upon its formation by the University in 1947.

She was a resident of Princeton for 63 years before moving to Pennswood Village in 1998. She was active in civic affairs, having served as president of the Princeton Service League; and as a board member of the Trenton Junior League. One of a handful of women who started the Princeton Hospital June Fete, she was co-chairman of the second fete in 1956 and on its Steering Committee from 1955 to 1991. She was a charter member of the Volunteers at Princeton Hospital and a member of the Board of Trustees of the hospital from 1950 to 1954. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Church of Princeton and President of the Stony Brook Garden Club in 1950-1952. She served three terms as president of the New Jersey Daffodil Society and was a vice president and regional director of the American Daffodil Society. She was President of the Rockingham Association from 1984 to 1989 and an accredited horticultural judge of the Garden Club of America and also served on its National Affairs and Legislative Committee.

She was the author of a series of articles on gardening that ran in the New York Times from 1985 through 1991. Her articles were also published in The Green Scene Magazine, Popular Gardening, and Family Circle Magazine. She was a member of the Princeton Committee of the New Jersey Environmental Federation and worked as a volunteer at Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic. In 2001, she published a booklet, “Bill Clarke Stories”, a compendium of anecdotes about a legendary Princeton University Baseball Coach.

Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by a son, Hugh Spencer Fairman; a daughter, Adra Elissa Heher; three grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the Orchard Fund c/o The Rockingham Association, P.O. Box 496, Kingston, N.J. 08528.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

Louisa A. Emmet

Louisa Alexander Emmet, 90, of Skillman, died May 12.

Born in Philadelphia on April 27, 1921, she was the daughter of Julian Alexander and Virginia Hill Alexander. A graduate of Agnes Irwin School, where she played varsity field hockey and lacrosse, and of Bryn Mawr College, she was the widow of the late Robert T. Emmet, and partner of the late John Volker.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr in 1942, she joined the war effort as a research chemist at Houdry Processing Corp. in Marcus Hook, Pa. In 1948, she joined Drexel University and helped to develop Drexel’s “Evening College” into a modern university evening program. Her contribution to higher education continued as the assistant to the president of Bryn Mawr College, Katharine McBride.

She married Robert Emmet in 1952 and lived primarily in Tenafly, N.J. as a wife and mother of two boys, and of two grown stepsons. For 23 years, she was active in Tenafly school and community affairs. She was also active at the Presbyterian Church at Tenafly where she was a leader in christian education and in the choir.

After her husband’s death in 1986, she met John Volker, her friend and partner for fifteen years. Together they resided in Lakehurst, N.J. and Riviera Beach, Fla. More recently, she has been a resident of Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, N.J.

Predeceased by her daughter, Deborah Emmet; she is survived by her sons, James A. Emmet and Richard H. Emmet; her brother, Julian Alexander; her stepsons, Robert T. Emmet and Christopher T. Emmet; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on May 24 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, followed by interment at 4 p.m. at the West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Lois J. Drewer

Lois Jean Drewer, 69, Research Scholar in the Index of Christian Art in Princeton University, died April 23 after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Electric City, Wash., she spent the last 25 years of her life in Princeton.

She received her BA in History from Whitman College, Washington, in 1963 before receiving a Masters in the History of Art from the University of Michigan in 1965. Six years later she earned a PhD in the same subject from the University of Michigan.

She was a curator in the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library in the University of Virginia between 1971 and 1973 before becoming Chair of the Department of Art in Hobart and William Smith Colleges between 1977 and 1979. From 1981 to 1987, she was employed by the Getty Art Information Program as an editor in Williamstown, before joining the Index of Christian Art in Princeton University in 1987. A renowned specialist in early Christian and Byzantine art, her particular focus was on the medieval arts of the Near East. Her enthusiasm for these arts was familiar to all who knew her. She frequently spoke of the little details and beauty of works from Ethiopia and Syria while making all of us aware of the human aspects of their creation.

She contributed to numerous publications in the field and before her illness she lectured widely in America as well as Europe. She has many articles to her credit, the majority of which are studies in the iconography of the medieval arts of Byzantium. A collection of essays, written by some of the foremost scholars in the field and dedicated to her, was published last year by Arizona State University. She was loved by many students in the University who always went to her for that extra bit of help. No task was too small for her to give her best. A renowned bibliophile, she enjoyed classical music and travel as well as visiting exhibitions and museums.

A memorial service in her honor is planned.

She is survived by her three sisters, Fritzi Horton, June Ratzburg, and Marie Beck, all of Washington State.

William H. Karch

William “Bill” H. Karch, 83, of Princeton, died at the University Medical Center at Princeton on May 15.

Born in Princeton, he lived here for most of his life.

Before his employment and subsequent retirement from the Princeton Regional School District, Mr. Karch’s early career was with the Princeton Township Police Department. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954.

A member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, he was also a member of the Princeton Fire Department, Mercer Engine Co. No. 3, serving 57 years, which included him being Chief of the Fire Department in 1976. He held many more positions over the years.

Predeceased by his wife, Frances Joanne Karch; he is survived by three sons, Fritz, Eric, and David; two grandchildren; and his sister, Ruth Lavin.

A memorial service will be held on May 20 at Noon at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, followed by a private burial in the family plot in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Nassau Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

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Louise M. Cook

Louise McNiece Cook, 98, of Hightstown, died May 16 at her residence at Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, N.J.

Born in Trenton, she resided in Princeton for 29 years before moving to Meadow Lakes in 1987.

She was educated at Miss Fines School, Princeton; Trenton Central High School; and Trenton State College. She was employed with New Jersey Bell Telephone Company as a Customer Training Consultant for many years before her retirement in 1968.

She was a member and Deacon of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, a member and past president of The Present Day Club in Princeton, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Central Delaware Valley, and a volunteer and former board member at the Princeton Unit of Recording for the Blind. While at Meadow Lakes, she was a member of the Executive Committee and President of the Residents’ Forum.

Daughter of the late Sarah and Howard T. McNiece; and wife of the late Edmund D. Cook; she is survived by her five step-children, Suzanne Bodofsky, Joslin Ruffle, Edmund Cook III, Ridgely Cook, and David Cook; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville. Interment will be held privately at Princeton Cemetery, under the direction of Glackin/Saul Funeral Home, Hightstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Princeton Unit of Recording for the Blind, 69 Mapleton Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540; or the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.

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