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Vol. LXI, No. 47
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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Eugenia Shanklin

Elizabeth Esposito-Simpson

Catherine E. Doyle

Leroy Briscoe

Beverly Hunt Cowen

Lorraine D. Feher

William D. Graham

Elizabeth Johnson

Daniel D. Romanaux

Raymond John (Ray) Stratmeyer

Joseph A. Pennino

Eugenia Shanklin

Eugenia Shanklin, 68, of Princeton, died October 31 of lung cancer. A professor in the Sociology-Anthropology Department of The College of New Jersey, she also taught at Princeton University and at the Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Prof. Shanklin’s research and many publications involved her with both Ireland and West Africa. Her most widely read book was Anthropology and Race on the myths about race and the discarded biological concept of race in early anthropology as attempts to understand human differences.

In 1986 a volcano erupted under a lake in Cameroon that destroyed many villages, killed nearly 2000 people, and sent thousands into refugee camps. On a Fulbright Fellowship, Prof. Shanklin then, in 1987 and 1999, interviewed survivors with the Cameroonian anthropologist Dr. George Mbeh to document how the local history and new mythology surrounding the event changed, to help repairing facilities in the camps, and improving their water systems. With her colleagues she set up the Friends of Nyos Foundation, to generate a continuing supply of funds. At her death she was at work on a volume on the cultural history of the kingdom of Kom in Cameroon, a study of the Cameroonian diaspora in the United States, and a project for AIDS clinics in Cameroon.

She was a popular college teacher whose best-known course was on American fantasies of witches, werewolves, and vampires, and what these images reveal about American culture.

Born in Kentucky, she attended the University of California at Los Angeles and took her Ph.D. at Columbia University with a thesis on “Sacred and Profane Livestock in Southwest Donegal, Ireland.” A resident of Princeton since 1971, she taught for 34 years at The College of New Jersey.

She was an ardent water-colorist, opera lover, baseball fan, and dog lover, and an active member of the Democratic Party in Princeton, Community Without Walls, and the Princeton Research Forum.

She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Cramer of Monmouth Junction; a sister, Lynda Webb of Coos Bay, Ore.; a brother, Jerry Kapp of Speedwell, Tenn.; and a granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Doctors Without Borders.

Arrangements were by the Alloway Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Esposito-Simpson

Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth Esposito-Simpson, age 84, who died May 11, 2007, was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community, Daytona Beach, on Tuesday, May 15th with Fr. Philip Egitto officiating.

Elizabeth was born to Michael and Mary Caruso Esposito on August 22, 1922 in Princeton, NJ and moved to Florida in 1963. She was a devout Catholic and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community for 44 years. She was also a member of OLL Council of Catholic Women and the Ambassadors of Mary Pilgrim Virgin Statue Society.

Loving sister to Anthony, Joseph, Peter, August and Michael Esposito of Princeton, NJ. She is survived by one brother Wilson Esposito, Princeton, NJ; two sons Michael (Josephine), Port Orange, FL; Gerard, Naples, FL; two daughters Christine (Stephen) Sparacino, Ormond By-The-Sea, FL; Rita Sheehan, Bethel, NY; 8 grand-children 5 great-children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Edward A. Simpson.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the OLL Council of Catholic Women, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32118. Condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements are under the direction of Lohman Funeral Home Ormond (386) 673-1100.

Catherine E. Doyle

Catherine E. Doyle, 84, of Princeton, died November 7 in Morris Hall at St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, Lawrenceville.

Born in Princeton and a lifelong resident, Mrs. Doyle, along with her late mother, provided childcare for many years at her mother’s home. She was a former member of the Lioness Club and the Ladies Auxiliary at Hook and Ladder Fire Company, both of Princeton.

Daughter of the late Edward and Catherine Nichol Maple and wife of the late Duncan A. Doyle, she is survived by a son, D. Glen Doyle of Princeton; two daughters, Catherine E. Edmonds of South Carolina and Patricia J. Astbury of South Dakota; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Hook and Ladder Fire Company, 27 North Harrison Street, Princeton 08540; or to Care Alternative Hospice, 70 Jackson Drive, Suite 200, Cranford, N.J. 07016.

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

Leroy Briscoe

Leroy Briscoe

Leroy Briscoe, 74, of Lawrence, died November 10 at Lawrence Nursing Home.

Born in Princeton, where he resided most of his life, he was employed by Princeton Housing and Princeton Regional Schools before retiring.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Church.

Son of the late Estella Irving, husband of the late Joan Margo Briscoe, and brother of the late Charlie “Butch” Irving, he is survived by a son, Chad Briscoe; a daughter, Nancy Thompson; two sisters, Naomi “Peggy” Irving and Pricilla Irving; a brother, Courtney Irving; and one grandchild.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated November 16 at the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton. Interment was private.

Beverly Hunt Cowen

Beverly Hunt Cowen, 77, of Princeton, died November 4 at Chandler Hall Hospice Pavilion in Newtown, Pa. after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Bayonne, N.J., she moved to Buffalo, N.Y. where she lived as a child. Upon her father’s death when she was 10, her mother moved the family to Colorado. Beginning at age 12, she had a radio and singing career in Denver for nearly a decade. She was one of the Denver Quiz Kids and sang on the radio and with numerous big bands that played in Denver, including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and others. She retained her interest in music throughout her life, singing in numerous church choirs.

She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She married her high school sweetheart, Bob Cowen, during his junior year at Princeton University, where he was a member of the Princeton class of 1952.

Before retiring in 1989 to Fairfield Glade, Tenn., she worked in several offices in Princeton and Colorado, including Educational Testing Service, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Princeton University’s Admissions Office.

With her husband she was a former member of Springdale Golf Club and the Druid Hills Country Club in Tennessee. She was a member of the Fairfield Glade Community Church, where she sang in the choir. Throughout her life, her interests were primarily singing, painting, the arts, and attending a myriad of Princeton University sporting events and activities with her husband and her family.

In the spring of 2004 the Cowens relocated to Knoxville, Tenn. while Mr. Cowen’s health was failing. In 2007, two years after his death, Mrs. Cowen moved back to the northeast to be near her youngest daughter, Susan, and Princeton friends. She lived at the Windrows and had started to get involved with activities and friends there when she was diagnosed with cancer in August.

Predeceased by her parents, John Hunt and Gladys Hunt Anderies; by her step-father, Albert Anderies; and by her only sister, Verna Hunt, she is survived by two daughters, Robin Greeley of Ballwin, Mo. and Susan Coleman of New Hope, Pa.; two sons, David of Knoxville, Tenn. and Daniel of Vista, Calif.; her brothers Jack Hunt of Susanville, Calif. and Keith Anderies of Pacifica, Calif.; ten grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A memorial service was held November 19 at Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. An interment service followed at the Columbarium of the Fairfield Glade Community Church, Fairfield Glade, Tenn.

Another memorial will take place for Princeton area friends and family on Beverly’s birthday, Sunday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Church. A reception will follow at the Windrows Hall, 2000 Windrow Drive, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Class of 1952 Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Beverly and Robert E. Cowen ’52, Princeton University, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton 08543-5357, Attn. Helen Hardy.

Lorraine D. Feher

Lorraine D. Feher, a lifelong resident of Rocky Hill, died peacefully November 14 in the home in which she was born 81 years ago.

A member of the Princeton High School class of 1943, she was known for her strong convictions and opinions. She was a caring and helpful neighbor and an active member of her community.

Mrs. Feher and her late husband Steve were avid naturalists, with a great interest in Native American culture. For many years they maintained a summer cabin in Grand Lake Stream, Maine.

She was retired from Belle Mead General Service Administration Depot in Hillsborough.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill and a vice president of the Rocky Hill Cemetery Association.

The only child of the late Anita and Leber Frank, she was predeceased also by her husband Steve Feher, who died in 2000, and her husband Andrew Daniels, who died in 1961. She is survived by two nieces and a nephew.

Interment was November 17 at Rocky Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Hill First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 175, Rocky Hill 08553; or to the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill, Washington Street, P.O. Drawer L, Rocky Hill 08553.

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

William D. Graham

William Douglas Graham, 100, of Princeton, died November 12 at Merwick Nursing Home.

Born in Newark, he subsequently resided in Yonkers, N.Y. and Amityville, Long Island.

He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., taking a master’s degree in chemistry, the field in which he worked throughout his career.

He worked at Firmenich, Inc. in New York City, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flavors and fragrances. In 1956, he was invited to work at Firmenich’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He returned to the U.S. to work at the company in Plainsboro until his retirement.

He was a member of the Princeton Old Guard and Nassau Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed walking, working with gemstones, and travel.

Predeceased by his wife, Virginia De Vlaming Graham, he is survived by his daughter, Nancy Graham of Princeton.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. this Saturday, November 24 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue.

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Harrover (Libbie) Johnson, 89, of Skillman, died November 18 at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Born in Manassas, Va., she lived in College Park, Md. and Rochester, N.Y. but spent most of her life in Princeton.

She attended Virginia schools and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland, where she met her husband Dave. She was the author of eight children’s books, the most popular of which were The Mysterious Trunk, Horse Show Fever, The Pony That Didn’t Grow, and The Several Secrets of Will Monroe, A Boy’s Tale of the Civil War. The latter has been adapted for a play by the Gray Ghost Theatre Company and will premiere in 2009 at the Community Performing Arts Center at George Mason University, Virginia.

She was also author of several history books: History in a Horseshoe Curve; The Story of Sudley Methodist Church and Its Community, about the Sudley Methodist Church in Manassas; and 100 Years And Still Counting.

Active in community affairs, she founded the Meals on Wheels program in the Princeton area and volunteered to deliver meals for 32 years. She was on the board of the New Jersey Audubon Society and served as its secretary for many years. She and her late husband traveled the world to satisfy a never-ending curiosity, constantly adding to her list of birds (over 700) while he took photographs.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dave. She is survived by three children, David H. Johnson of New York City, Katherine W. Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn., and Elizabeth R. Johnson of Lambertville; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one step great-grandson.

Burial will be private at the Sudley Methodist Church in Manassas.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, 707 Alexander Road, Suite 101, Princeton 08540; or to the New Jersey Audubon Society, 9 Hardscrabble Road, Box 126, Bernardsville 07924; or to the Libbie Harrover Johnson Legacy Fund, c/o Gray Ghost Theatre, 10900 University Blvd., MSN 5132, Manassas, Va. 20110, attn. Ken Eiston.

Daniel D. Romanaux

Daniel David Romanaux, 68, of Princeton, died November 12.

Born in Stamford, Conn., he graduated from the University of Connecticut.

He spent his entire career in the paper industry, most recently with Strategic Paper.

He was an avid golfer, with a 12 handicap, who also loved lake and ocean fishing. He was devoted to his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Romanaux; his children Derek, Randall, and Melissa; his stepsons Peter and Riley Graham; and two grandchildren.

The funeral service was November 17 at Trinity Church.

Raymond John (Ray)

Raymond John (Ray) Stratmeyer

Raymond John (Ray) Stratmeyer, 86, of Lawrenceville, died November 10.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was a St. Louis resident most of his life before moving to Lawrenceville 20 years ago.

He graduated with honors from Washington University, St. Louis, and Purdue University, receiving a BSME and an MS in engineering.

During World War II he served for more than three years with the U.S. Marine Corps as a First Lieutenant.

After returning from service, he worked for 20 years at Monsanto, serving as plant manager to multiple companies, as Corporate Director of Personal Planning and Development, and as the Director of Manufacturing for five plants. He then went to Mallinckrodt as a Director of Manufacturing, Director of Business Development, and General Manager for the Medicinal Narcotics Division.

With 12 years at Johnson & Johnson and McNeil Pharmaceuticals, he served as president of Noramco Corp., area director for Tasmanian Alkaloids, and an international vice president.

After retirement he was a member of MENSA America, the Nassau Club, Old Guard, and the Princeton Officers Society.

Active in the community, he served for seven years on the executive committee and board for the Princeton Arts Council Building Committee.

He will be remembered for his stimulating conversation, warmth, and commitment to friends and community.

Predeceased by his wife, Karin Bergwell-Stratmeyer, he is survived by his daughter, Susan York of San Jose, Calif.

A memorial service will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 47 Skillman Road, Skillman, on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, N.Y. 10605.

Joseph A. Pennino

Joseph A. Pennino, 81, of Princeton, died October 25 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Newark, he lived there and in Connecticut, Florida, and Maryland before moving to Princeton in 1993.

A United States World War II Coast Guard veteran, he worked as a school psychologist and speech therapist, serving as a consultant for the Mercer and Somerset County private and parochial schools.

He participated in the Princeton Summer Theater for more than ten years, in such plays as Harvey, Arsenic and Old Lace, Seagull, and Our Town. He was also a member of the Princeton YMCA.

Son of the late Anthony and Nancy Manfredi Pennino, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy E. Deisinger Pennino; and a son, Anthony P. Pennino.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Arrangements were private and under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

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