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Vol. LXV, No. 44
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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Obituaries

Corinne M. Black

Eugene R. Klim

Louise R. Smoluchowski

Dean W. Chace

Barbara E. B. Hamdan



Corinne M. Black

Corinne M. Black

Dr. Corinne Manning Black, PhD 85, of the National Lutheran Home in Rockville, Md., died October 24.

Born in Lawrence, Mass., she had lived in Princeton since 1950. A 1947 graduate of Connecticut College, she held a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University.

She taught English at the Holmquist School in New Hope, Pa. from 1947 to 1949, and at Miss Fine’s School in Princeton from 1950 to 1953. From 1969 to 1975 she was editor of the Connecticut College Alumnae News magazine. While in Paris, France in 1966-67, she served as assistant editor of Social Science Information. During the 1960s she wrote a number of articles for the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

After receiving her doctorate in 1977 she held research posts at Princeton University and taught at Rutgers University. In 1980, she joined Corporate Contributions, Inc. and became a Managing Director of the firm. In 1983, she founded her own firm, Philanthropic Associates, which assisted non-profit organizations. In the 1990s, she served on the board of Sofia American Schools, Inc, the educational corporation that manages the American College of Sofia, of which her father-in-law was president from 1926 until 1942.

She shared a special interest with her father in the concerns of the elderly. She served on the Princeton Joint Commission on Aging and as a board member of the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

The wife of the late Cyril E. Black, a professor at Princeton University; she is survived by her son, James M. Black; her daughter, Christina E. Black; and three grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held in Princeton in late December.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Cyril E. Black Fund, c/o The Recording Secretary, 3 New South, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. 08544.

Eugene R. Klim

Eugene R. Klim, 77, of Titusville, died October 30 at home.

Born in Jersey City on September 15, 1934, he spent four decades in Hamilton before retiring to Hopewell Township 12 years ago. He was a longtime member of St. Gregory the Great Church and a founding parent of the elementary school. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was a chemist, self-made businessman, and the president of AKOR Corp. of Titusville. He graduated from St. Peter’s College in 1957 with a B.S. in chemistry, and pursued graduate studies at Seton Hall. After working as a research chemist and later one of the first market research chemists, he switched to sales and development. He was a member emeritus of the American Chemical Society.

Son of the late Michael and Stella Klim, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret; one son, Christopher Klim; three daughters, Jennifer Hinton, Megan Hedden, and Jamie Douglas; a brother, the Reverend Vincent M. Klim; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on November 3 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Visitation will be held prior to the Mass from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church. Visitation will also be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on November 2 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Louise R. Smoluchowski

Louise Riggs Smoluchowski, 89, died October 27 at Reeds Landing in Springfield, Mass.

The daughter of the late Rear Admiral Charles Edward Riggs, USN, Ret. and Louise Catherine Riggs, she was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from the National Cathedral School.

The daughter of a Surgeon General of the United States Navy, she was eager to be a part of the war effort even before the U.S. had entered World War II. She went to work for the British Purchasing Commission, a communications bureau that covertly monitored international cables. She later joined the Red Cross and served in Italy with the 88th Infantry Division.

After the war, she moved to Greenwich Village, working in the PR Department of the Museum of Modern Art. In 1948, while working for a scientific journal, Physics Today, she met her husband, Roman, a recently emigrated physicist. They married two years later and moved to Pittsburgh, where their two children were born. When the family moved to Princeton in 1960, she joined Deep Think, the still-running reading group and taught mathematics at Miss Mason’s School, successfully developing a program to teach math and algebra to kindergarteners.

She also served on the Princeton Civil Rights Commission that worked to ensure fair and equal housing opportunities in Princeton. After her husband retired from Princeton University, they moved to Austin, Texas, where her husband continued to teach physics and astronomy at the University of Texas.

She was then able to focus on her passion for Russian literature and Leo Tolstoy. In 1987, G.P. Putnam’s Sons published her book, Lev and Sonya: The Story of the Tolstoy Marriage. It put forth a view of the Tolstoy’s marriage that ran counter to traditional scholarship but which is accepted today.

After her husband’s death in 1996, she moved from Texas to New England to be closer to her family.

She is survived by two children, Peter Smoluchowski and Irena Smoluchowski; a brother, Edward B. Riggs; and three grandchildren.

Dean W. Chace

Dean William Chace, 84, of Princeton, died October 20 at home.

Born in New York City on May 2, 1927, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before earning his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1950. He obtained his law degree from Temple University and was a member of the bar in the District of Columbia.

He spent his entire professional career with RCA and General Electric, and served as a senior vice president of GE and RCA’s licensing management and as the president of the engineering laboratories at RCA, Ltd. of Zurich, Switzerland. After his retirement in 1990, he continued to work as an independent patent and licensing consultant.

Passionate about his alma mater and the town of Princeton, he and his wife settled here in 1957. He was active in local church, non-profit, and civic affairs in the Princeton area and participated in more than two dozen community organizations. A Princeton Township committeeman and deputy township mayor from 1970 to 1972, he was active on numerous local government committees. He was a member of the Princeton Consolidation Study Commission in the late 1970s, and also served on the Regional Planning Board of Princeton and the Princeton Civil Rights Commission. As chairman of the Princeton Joint Recreation Commission, he was instrumental in getting paddle tennis courts installed at Community Park.

He was a deacon, elder, and trustee of Nassau Presbyterian Church and served as a trustee for the Princeton Community Foundation, Corner House, the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Association, and the Trenton chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Active in the Rotary Club of Princeton, he also served as the director of the American Anorexia Association of Philadelphia, president of the Princeton Youth Baseball Association, the director of Republican Club of Princeton, the regional vice-president of the Princeton University Class of 1950, and was a member of the steering committee for the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.

An avid golfer, he served several terms as president of the Springdale Golf Club. Many good friends and wonderful memories were created on the fairways and greens of Springdale. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time at his summer home on Canada Lake in New York. His children and grandchildren will remember “Pop Pop” for his dedication to his family, his quick wit, and his sometimes irreverent sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Enid (Sue) Andersen Chace; his daughter, Elizabeth Donahue; his sons, Christopher (Kip) Chace and Scott Chace; six grandchildren; and his sister, Shirley Jane Chace.

Donations may be made to Camp Dudley, 126 Dudley Road, Westport, N.Y. 12993; or Special Olympics of New Jersey, 2 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.

A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, December 21 at 11 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Barbara E. B. Hamdan

Dr. Barbara Ellen Brunet Hamdan, M.D., a longtime Princeton resident, died October 27 at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton.

Born on June 23, 1932 in North Adams, Mass., she was the daughter of Alfonse Paul and Ellen Mae Brunet.

She attended St. Joseph’s Elementary and graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass. She received her undergraduate degree at Our Lady of the Elms College, also in Springfield. She went on to earn her medical degree at the University of Vermont Medical School in Burlington, Vt. It was there she became engaged to and later married her best friend and soulmate, Hussein M. Hamdan.

Together they moved to Princeton in 1958, and she completed her medical internship at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, and her residency at the New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Institute in Skillman. Afterwards, she and her husband began their own successful practice in Holistic and Clinical Nutrition becoming Board certified in Integrative Medicine. She practiced medicine and helped thousands of people heal during her more than 50 years as a doctor.

She loved God, her family, her friends, her patients, and everyone she ever met. Her warm smile, gentle touch, brilliant mind, everlasting faith and giving heart inspired everyone around her. She had given so much of herself and her heart that she had little left for herself when her time came. She has been called home to be with her first-born son, Ziad, whom she missed dearly.

She is survived by her husband, Hussein M. Hamdan; her eight children; 13 grandchildren; and her two sisters, Joan Barnett and Constance Jabbar.

Funeral services were held on October 31 in the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. A private burial followed in Blawenburg Cemetery.

To extend condolences, please visit TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.






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