J. Brennan III
William J. Brennan III, 71, of Princeton,
died May 17 at University
Medical Center at Princeton. The
cause was cancer.
He was the senior partner at Smith, Stratton,
Wise, Heher & Brennan LLP,
and a prominent figure in the
New Jersey bar.
Born in East Orange, he graduated from
Newark Academy and Colgate
University before serving for three
years as a tank officer in the U.S.
graduated from Yale Law School in 1962 and practiced law for five
with Breed, Abbott & Morgan in New York City. In 1967, he
administration of New Jersey Gov. Richard J. Hughes
as deputy attorney
general and counsel to the Department of
Community Affairs. He was
subsequently promoted to assistant
attorney general in charge of litigation,
and assigned to the
Special Mercer County Grand Jury to Investigate
and Official Corruption. He also served as special counsel
the governor for major litigation.
He joined the Smith
Stratton firm in 1970, where he remained a partner
for 34 years.
The firm's offices are in Plainsboro. A civil trial attorney,
practice focused on trials and appeals in aviation, product liability,
insurance coverage matters. His professional honors included the
Bar Award of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey for distinguished
the cause of justice, which he received in 1994.
He was active in the New Jersey and federal bars, serving as president
the New Jersey State Bar Association and of the Association of
Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey. He was a fellow
of the American
College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the American
Academy of Appellate
Lawyers, a president of the Yale Law School
Association of New Jersey, and
an associate editor of the New
Jersey Law Journal. He served as chairman of
on Professionalism and of the Committee on Legal Ethics of the
College of Trial Lawyers. A longtime member of the American Bar
house of delegates, he was a member of the ABA's Standing
on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and its Standing
on the Federal Judiciary.
He was also a member of the American
Law Institute, and in 1986 served
as chairman of the Third
Circuit Judicial Conference, the first lawyer
Mr. Brennan's father was the late U.S. Supreme
Court Justice William J.
Brennan Jr. Mr. Brennan was the chairman
of the Brennan Center for Justice,
which is dedicated to promoting
the values, ideals and spirit of Justice
Brennan in the areas
of democracy, poverty, and criminal justice.
is survived by his wife of 44 years, Georgianna, and a son,
J. IV of Philadelphia.
The funeral service was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brennan Center for Justice
NYU School of Law, 161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th Floor,
New York, N.Y.
10013; or to the animal shelter SAVE, 900 Herrontown
Road, Princeton 08540.
Juan F. Figueroa
Dr. Juan Francisco Figueroa, 87, of Raleigh, N.C., died April
complications from respiratory failure. He was a career
American Cyanamid in Princeton and Wayne,
N.J., until his retirement.
A native of Huaraz, Peru, he
was sent by his country's military to
study veterinary sciences
at Ohio State University, where he received a
D.V.M. in 1944.
He then returned to Peru where he helped found the country's
veterinary school at the University of San Marcos. In 1950, he
an M.S. in animal husbandry from the University of Wisconsin at
Throughout his career, he was a leader of the World Veterinary
which he served as vice president from 1967 to 1983, and as
from 1983 to 1991.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years,
Pauline Ann Kwapil; five
children, Diane of Raleigh, Mary Lou
of Philadelphia, Juan of Washington,
D.C.; Margaret of Raleigh,
and Eric of Arlington, Va.; three sisters,
Elvira, Olga, and
Gloria, all of Peru; and ten grandchildren.
and interment took place on May 3 at St. Francis of
Roman Catholic Church in Raleigh.
Memorial donations may
be made to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical
N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine, 4700 Hillsborough
Raleigh, N.C. 27606.
Arrangements were by Mitchell Funeral
Homes & Crematory, Raleigh, N.C.
92, of Princeton, died May 19 at home.
Born in Vienna,
Austria, she was a resident of Pelham, N.Y., before
to Princeton in 1967.
She had been a communicant at St.
James Catholic Church in Pennington
for many years.
Predeceased by her husband, Kurt Kreisler, she is survived by
Frederic of Princeton, and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 24 at St. James
Church. Interment was private at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
in New Rochelle,
Memorial contributions may be
made to a charity of the donor's choice.
by The Kimble Funeral Home.
Ellen Kerns Nunn, 58, of Princeton, died May 22 at
Born in Newark, she had lived in Montgomery Township
for many years.
A graduate of Immaculate Conception High
School in Montclair, she
received her bachelor's and master's
degrees in education from Montclair
Throughout her career she was a teacher of English, most recently
Hillsborough High School. Previously, she taught at Memorial
High School in
Elmwood Park, Immaculate Conception High School
in Montclair, and St. Rose
of Lima School in East Hanover.
The daughter of the late Thomas Arthur Kerns and Catherine Hallahan
she is survived by a daughter, Susan Stalter of Pennington; two
and a close friend, Elaine McGrath.
A memorial service
will be held on Thursday, May 27 at 11:30 a.m. at
Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue. A period of visitation will begin at
a.m. at the funeral home prior to the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
Program, P.O. Box 3401, Park City, Utah 84060.
Elizabeth Dichman Smith, 82, of Princeton,
died of respiratory
complications on May 24 at University Medical
Center at Princeton.
Born in Norfolk, Va., she grew up
in Garden City, L.I., graduated from
Sweet Briar College in
Sweet Briar, Va., and received her master's degree
Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.
working at the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation in development,
was a counselor at AAMH (Association for the Advancement of the
Handicapped) under the auspices of Arthur Rittmaster.
worked at the Rutgers University Foundation
in New Brunswick and, after
retirement, on the Princeton Joint
Commission for the Aging.
An active participant in public
affairs, she enjoyed many friends in the
community. She also
held a lifelong interest in the Princeton school system,
in the Learning Community, and once ran as a candidate for the
She is survived by her husband, Bevin; three sons,
Robinson of New York
City, Gratten of Hardwick, Vt., and Warren
of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; a daughter,
Caroline of Princeton; and
three grandchildren, Michael of New York, and
Sarah of Princeton.
A memorial service will be announced
for a later date.