Timothy Ray Barron, 55, of Fresno, Calif., formerly of Princeton, died November 5 at home after a two-year battle with cancer.
Born in Pasadena, Calif., he grew up in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1967, where he sang with the PHS Choir. He also graduated from Dartmouth College in 1971 and Harvard Business School in 1977.
Following college, he spent four years as a Line Officer in the U.S. Navy, including two tours in Vietnam. He also spent a year working on a NATO project, developing hydrofoils for narrow land formations.
For 17 years, Mr. Barron managed operations, finance, and strategic planning for the Dole Food Co. For part of this time he and his wife, the former Leslie Lauck of Princeton, lived in Honduras and the Philippines, where their daughters were born.
In 1994, he founded a management consulting firm, which focused exclusively on the food and agribusiness industries. He was a member of the International Agribusiness Management Association.
Predeceased by his mother Arleen Sandrock Barron, he is survived by his father, Frank Ray Barron, of La Jolla, Calif.; his wife of 30 years, Leslie Lauck Barron; daughters, Niki and Brittany; and his sister, Bonnie Barron Smith, of Olmsted Township, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Princeton on December 4 at 2 p.m.
It was Mr. Barron's request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the colleges which provided educational opportunities to his daughters: Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, N.Y., 13323, and Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, Calif., 91711.
Frances Margaret Simons Purvis Batenburg, 86, of Princeton, died November 6 at home.
Born in Jarbidge, Nevada, she attended the University of Montana in Missoula, following graduation from Ursuline Academy in Great Falls, Montana, and an early stint in show business when she appeared in the silent film "Midnight Flower" in 1926.
After university, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the U.S. State Department. While there she met and married Brick Purvis, whom she knew from earlier days in Montana.
During World War II, she lived in New York and worked for the United Nations Relief Agency, while Mr. Purvis served overseas. The couple first moved to Princeton in 1947 to join Opinion Research Corp. They resided in veterans' housing on Stanworth Drive, where they forged friendships that sustained them for the rest of their lives.
After the death of Mr. Purvis, she married Michael Batenburg of Pittsburgh, and the couple resided in North Carolina for a time before returning to Princeton in 1998.
She was proud of her work for the Princeton High School Scholarship Committee and the unification of Princeton's school system.
Predeceased by Michael and Brick, she is survived by two sons Scott of Pennington and Kirk of Cambridge, Mass.; two daughters, Twila Sehnert of Summit and Cynthia of Cambridge, Mass.; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 26, at 10 a.m. at Aquinas Chapel, 65 Stockton Street.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Hospice of Princeton HealthCare System or to the Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation, c/o Princeton High School, 151 Moore Street.
Helen R. Gruen, 90, of Princeton, died November 13 at Princeton Care Center.
Mrs. Gruen was born in Newark. Her family lived in the Ironbound section, on one of the last dairy farms in the city. She graduated from South Side High School and continued to live in Newark before moving to New Providence in 1947 with her husband Fred L. Gruen, a Prudential sales manager.
She worked as an executive assistant at Standard Oil Co. in Newark. She was also an officer of the Mahopac N.Y. Garden Club, host for the International Center for Living, a volunteer at the Putnam County New York Hospital and its Eagle Eye thrift shop in Brewster, N.Y. Most of all, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Peter of Lawrenceville, an Adjunct Professor of Classics at the College of New Jersey, and John of New York, an advertising executive; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church on November 20 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 40 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, N.J., 07834.
Arrangements are under the direction of Alloway Funeral Home, Merchantville.
Michael C. Perna, 91, of Princeton, died November 10 at the University Medical Center of Princeton.
Born in Pettoranello, Italy, he was a former chef at Princeton Inn and at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. He also worked at Heydan Chemical.
He was a co-founder of Mike & Tony's Sunoco Service Station in Princeton, and the founder of Mike's Sinclair Rocky Hill and Mike Perna & Son Rocky Hill Service Stations.
He was a member of the Monmouth Junction and Rocky Hill Volunteer Fire Departments, Monmouth Junction Rescue Squad, Princeton Elks Club, Princeton Italian-American Sportsmen Club, and Pettoranello Gardens. He also enjoyed collecting and repairing antique clocks.
Son of the late Anthony and Lucia Perna and husband of the late Catherine J. Perna, he is survived by a son, Alfred of Hopewell; a daughter, Kathleen L. Reed of Princeton; a sister, Elvira Tamasi of Princeton; three grandchildren; and eight great-grand-children.
The funeral was November 15 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul's Church.
Burial was in Princeton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pettoranello Gardens, 120 John Street, Suite 3, Princeton 08542.