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Sylvia M. Babbitt

James H. Bennett Sr.

Marcella C. Farley

Joseph Greenberg

Robert E. Kuenne

Sylvia M. Babbitt

Sylvia Miller Babbitt, 87, of Princeton, died October 28 at Merwick.

Born in New York City to the late Frances Siegel Miller and Joseph W. Miller, M.D., she grew up in Manhattan where her mother's piano playing and her father's love of opera resulted in a lifelong love of music. Her father's ear, nose, and throat practice brought the family friendships with Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, and Al Jolson, among others.

A graduate of Washington Square College, N.Y.U. in 1937, she continued her education at Columbia University in sociological statistics.

In December, 1939 she married Milton Babbitt. Together they lived in an apartment in Palmer Square where Mr. Babbitt had been living since he began teaching at Princeton University in 1938. They later moved to the former Paul Elmer More house on Nassau Street, during which time she worked as a statistician at 20 Nassau.

She moved to Washington in 1942, where she worked for the War Production Board.

After the war the Babbitts moved to New York. They remained living there when her husband returned to Princeton University in 1950. In New York she worked in the field of market research. By the 1960s they lived in both New York and Princeton.

Her time in Princeton was devoted to Meals on Wheels, from its inception until 1998. She also served as president of the Broadmead Swim Club for many years, and made crocheted baby blankets for her friends.

She is survived by her husband, Milton; a daughter, Betty Ann Babbitt Duggan of Massachusetts; a sister, Dorothy Saiken Blum of Maryland; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, 707 Alexander Road, Suite 101, Princeton 08540.

James H. Bennett Sr.

James H. Bennett Sr., 67, of Princeton, died November 4 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Galveston, Tex., he grew up outside Chicago before moving to Princeton more than 40 years ago.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University, he earned a Ph.D. under the direction of Alonzo Church at Princeton University.

He was active in many community affairs.

He is survived by his life partner Grace Gambino of Princeton; a son, James of Wayne; four daughters, Hilary Donahue of Morrisville, Pa., Emily Reid of Raleigh, N.C., Valerie Bennett of Media, Pa., and Laura DeYoung of Israel; a brother, Paul of Michigan; a sister, Ann Bennett of Seattle, Wash.; and 12 grandchildren.

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

Marcella C. Farley

Marcella Coria Farley, 86, of Lawrenceville, died October 29 at the Compassionate Care Center at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

Born in Princeton, she lived for 53 years in Lawrenceville.

She served in the U.S. Army Nurses Corp. during World War II from 1943 to 1945, where she attained the rank of Second Lieutenant.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, she worked as the Health Officer for Princeton and then Hightstown s Board of Health for many years. After a brief retirement, she worked with her late husband in the Security Badge Department at Merrill Lynch in Plainsboro.

She enjoyed power boating on Barnegat Bay.

Predeceased by her husband, Earl W. Farley, on July 2, she is survived by a daughter, Linda J. Roberts of Washington Crossing, Pa.

Funeral services were private and under the direction of The Kimble Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 600 Highland Drive, Suite 624, Westampton, N.J. 08060.

Joseph Greenberg

Joseph Greenberg, 58, of Skillman, died November 6 of complications from brain cancer. He was the registrar at Princeton University.

An alumnus of Princeton, he joined the registrar's office in 1978. As registrar, he oversaw the collection and maintenance of academic records and enrollment data as well as online course registration, classroom assignments, and other activities.

"Joe Greenberg led the registrar's office with uncommon wisdom and good sense," said Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel. "He combined authority with gentleness, firmness with humor, and optimism with a realistic sense of formidable challenges. He was always ready to find new ways to accomplish the work of the office, to do a better job of serving faculty and students."

Mr. Greenberg was promoted this fall to the new position of University registrar, focusing on strategic issues and policy matters facing the office. He joined the registrar's office as assistant registrar after a year as a lecturer in the Department of English, where he directed the expository writing program. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Princeton in 1977, with a focus on 18th-century English drama. He was named deputy registrar in 1993, acting registrar in 1999, and registrar in 2000.

A native of Philadelphia, he earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in education from Temple University, as well as a master's degree in English from the University of Minnesota. He was an aficionado of literature, art, and architecture who enjoyed visiting museums and attending the theater. He loved spending time with his family and traveling, particularly to Mexico and Central America.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Hinda; two sons, Jacob and David, both of New York City; and a grandson.

The funeral service was November 8 at Goldstein's Funeral Home in Southampton, Pa. A campus memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coalition for the Homeless, 129 Fulton Street, New York, N.Y. 10038; or to the Center for Jewish Life, Princeton University, 70 Washington Road, Princeton 08544.

Robert E. Kuenne

Robert E. Kuenne, 81, of Princeton, died November 5 at home. The cause was ALS. He was a professor of economics at Princeton University and author of more than a dozen books in various areas of economics and military strategy.

Prof. Kuenne joined the Princeton University faculty in 1956 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1997. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty, he taught at Harvard University and the University of Virginia. While at Princeton he also served as Director of the General Economic Systems Project. He was the author of more than 100 books, articles, and monographs on economics theories ranging from general equilibrium and oligopoly to spatial and defense economics. Three of his most noted works are The Theory of General Economic Equilibrium (1963), Economic Justice in American Society (1993), and Price and Nonprice Rivalry in Oligopoly (1998). He was associate editor for the Journal of Regional Science and served on the board of editors for a number of other economics journals.

A veteran of World War II, he participated in the second wave of the D-Day invasion. He was awarded campaign stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, and Central Europe.

He held the Theodore Roosevelt Chair in Economics at the U.S. Naval War College in 1955 and was a visiting professor of Military Systems Analysis at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., for 22 years. He also served as a longtime consultant to the Institute for Defense Analysis, and other defense and military agencies.

Born in St. Louis, Mo. to Edward S. and Margaret E. Kuenne, he earned a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, a bachelor's and a master's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in 1985 from the University of Umea, Sweden. Among his many fellowships, he was a Ford Foundation Faculty Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna.

Although the academic year kept him involved in teaching, lecturing, conducting research, and consulting, he looked forward every year to his three-month sojourn with his family at his Vermont cottage on the shores of Lake Champlain. He purchased the cottage in 1966 with the proceeds from the publication of his first book, naming the house Genequil after General Economic Equilibrium Theory.

He enjoyed traveling, both as a participant in international conferences and for pleasure with his wife and family. He was an avid walker, making the trek from the University to the Institute Woods five days a week and walking six miles a day when in Vermont.

A longtime Princeton resident, he was named Man of the Week by Town Topics in 1970.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Brown Kuenne, a retired learning specialist and teacher at The Hun School; a son, Christopher of Princeton; a daughter, Carolyn of Washington, D.C.; and six grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at Trinity Church on November 10 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at Prospect House.

Interment will be private at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Olivia Rainbow Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.


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