Edward Cone, 87, a music scholar, pianist, and composer who had been a member of the Princeton University faculty since 1946, died October 23 following complications from open heart surgery.
Born in Greensboro, N.C., he was a Princeton University graduate with the class of 1939. A professor of music emeritus and a senior fellow of the Council of the Humanities emeritus, he received an honorary degree from the University in June. He spent his entire professional career at Princeton, retiring in 1985.
"A legend in the field of music, Ed was all things at once a wonderful composer, inspired pianist, and fabled lecturer," said Scott Burnham, chair of the University's Department of Music. "He contributed in countless ways to the intellectual life of the University for well over 50 years."
"He produced two of the 20th century's most influential books about Western music, Musical Form and Musical Performance and The Composer's Voice," added Mr. Burnham. "Many of the ideas in these books have become such common currency that they often circulate without attribution to Ed."
Prof. Cone was the first undergraduate student at Princeton to have an original musical composition accepted as a senior thesis. The salutatorian of his class, he was also one of the first recipients of a master of fine arts degree in music at Princeton, in 1942.
After serving in the Army's Office of Strategic Services during World War II, he joined the Department of Music faculty as an instructor in 1946. He was appointed an assistant professor in 1947 and a full professor in 1960. He taught music theory, history and composition.
His numerous compositions include a symphony and works for piano, voice, chorus, orchestra and chamber ensembles. His composition Elegy was commissioned by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in 1954. In 1974, the New Jersey Bicentennial Festival commissioned his work, Music for Strings, which was performed at the celebration by the Concert Orchestra of New Jersey.
From 1979 to 1985, he also held the position of the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. At Princeton, he received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a Howard T. Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the humanities. He was also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in musical composition in 1947, and in 1975 received the Deems Taylor Award of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for his book The Composer's Voice. He also wrote Music: A View from Delft.
He is survived by his partner of 48 years, George Pitcher of Princeton; two nieces, Jane Levy of Greensboro and Laura Freedlander of Baltimore; and a nephew, Sands Hetherington of Greensboro, N.C.
A celebration of his life and work is being planned by the Princeton University Department of Music.
Willard F. King, 80, of Princeton, died November 8, after several months of declining health.
She had been the chair of the Department of Spanish at Bryn Mawr College for two decades.
Born in Roswell, N.M. to William and Willard Pickering Fahrenkamp, she grew up in Big Spring and Fort Worth, Texas, attending Texas Christian University and then the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She later completed doctoral studies at Brown University under the guidance of William Fichter. In 1951, she married Edmund L. King, professor of Romance languages at Princeton University. Together, they taught a generation of young scholars at Princeton University and Bryn Mawr College.
In addition to her faculty position at Bryn Mawr, Prof. King served as secretary to the faculty. Prior to her positions at Bryn Mawr, she worked in the Office of Population Research in Princeton, then at the Institute for Advanced Study as personal secretary and research assistant to the late art historian Erwin Panofsky. Following her retirement from Bryn Mawr, she served as resident director of the International Institute in Madrid, Spain.
She was a prolific scholar of Spanish literature, specializing in 17th century writings. Her first book, published by the Royal Spanish Academy, dealt with the rise of literary academies in the 17th century. She later published what is now considered the definitive study of the life and works of the 17th century Spanish playwright Juan Ruiz de Alarcón y Mendoza. In addition to her numerous scholarly articles, she published translations of Américo Castro's magnum opus on Spanish history and culture, The Spaniards, and a translation and study of Lope de Vega's tragedy, The Knight of Olmedo.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Edmund.
The funeral service will be Thursday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at All Saints' Church, with interment following in Trinity-All Saints' Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Bryn Mawr College, or to the International Institute in Madrid.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Kimble Funeral Home.
Nathan Levine, 74, of Princeton, died November 4 at the Helene Fuld Medical Center, Trenton.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he lived in Middletown and Parsippany before moving to Princeton ten years ago.
He received his bachelor's degree in 1952 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of Illinois.
A past president of the Telephone Pioneers of America, he worked for 37 years as the director of telecommunications for Bell Labs in Holmdel and Whippany. Prior to retiring, he was an engineering professor at Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn.
Predeceased by a brother, Sidney, he is survived by his wife of 51 years, Vicki; two daughters, Karen Bartels of Princeton and Toby Bersak of Bedford, N.H.; and four grandchildren.
A graveside service was held on November 7 at Floral Park Cemetery, South Brunswick.
Arrangements were by Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, Inc., East Brunswick.
Julian Saltz, 79, of Princeton Junction, died November 7 in the Capital Health System at Mercer, in Trenton.
Born in Jamaica, N.Y., he was an electrical engineer who founded his own company, Datatest Inc. of Levittown, Pa., in 1970.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was a recipient of the Bronze Star.
He was a member of the Child Placement Review Board of Mercer County, Princeton Free Wheeler bicycle club, and "Racqueteers" Racquet Ball Club. He was also a free lance painter and avid amateur pilot.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Geckeler Saltz of Ewing Township; three daughters, Denise Saltz of Collingswood, Jane Saltz of Hopatcong, and Juliette Saltz of Princeton Junction; and two sisters, Adele Vexler of Lawrenceville and Helen Jacobson of Hightstown.
The funeral will be Wednesday, November 10 at 1 p.m. at The Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to WHYY, Inc., Independence Mall West, 150 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106; or to ACLU of New Jersey, P.O. Box 750, Newark 07102.
Margaret Cook Wallace, 95, of Princeton, died November 7 at home.
The daughter of the late Edmund D. Cook and Margaret Parsons Hewitt, she was born in Trenton and moved to Princeton in 1926.
She was a graduate of Miss Fine's School, now Princeton Day School. She married John H. Wallace Jr., a former Mayor of Princeton Township, in 1928.
She was active in community affairs, serving on the board of The Medical Center of Princeton where she and her good friend Helen Griffin established the Princeton Hospital Volunteers in 1939. With her husband, she was one of the founding members of All Saints' Church, where she served as directress of the Altar Guild as she had previously at Trinity Church.
She was a member of Bedens Brook Club, the Nassau Club, Present Day Club, and the Stony Brook Garden Club. She was also active at Princeton University, where her husband graduated in 1928.
She was predeceased by her husband; a daughter, Margaret Spencer Wallace; and a grandson, John D. Wallace Jr. She is survived by two sons, Jack of Princeton and Bill of Short Hills; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow, November 11, at noon at All Saints' Church, 16 All Saints' Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Counseling Service, 22 Stockton Street, Princeton 08540.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.