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Vol. LXV, No. 48
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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George H. Gallup Jr.

Florence Greenspan

Claire Elizabeth Schmitt

Patsy Ann Keisling

Anita W. Vivian

Elizabeth Snyder

George H. Gallup Jr.

George H. Gallup Jr., 81, died in Princeton, Monday, November 21. The son of George H. Gallup, the pioneer of survey sampling techniques and inventor of the Gallup Poll, he had been in the field of polling 50 years, serving in executive roles with The Gallup Poll and The Gallup Organization.

Born in 1930 in Evanston, Ill., he joined his father’s business in 1954 after graduating with a BA in Religion from Princeton University (Class of 1953).

Besides being co-director (with his brother, Alec), of Gallup Youth Surveys, founded in 1977, he was editor of the monthly newsletter, YouthViews. He was also founding chairman of The George H. Gallup International Institute, a non-profit organization started in 1988 in memory of his father. The mission of the Institute is to discover, test, and implement new social ideas to benefit society. In 1977, with Dr. Miriam Murphy, he founded the Princeton Religion Research Center, which has directed more than one hundred surveys on spirituality and religion. He also edited the monthly newsletter, Emerging Trends.

The recipient of seven honorary degrees in religion, law, science and letters, and a frequent speaker at conferences dealing with business, religion, education, politics, social issues, and other areas, he lectured at more than 150 college campuses and was frequently called upon to give presentations at churches and other religious groups. He served on numerous boards dealing with family and youth issues, drug abuse, volunteerism, journalism, including The John T. Templeton Foundation.

In 1980 he was recognized by President Jimmy Carter for contributions to the 1980 White House Conference on Children and Families. In 1985 he was National Chairman of the Your Opinion Counts campaign, an industry-wide effort to curb abuses in the field of survey research, as well as to encourage participation in surveys.

In addition to receiving the Charles E. Wilson Award, which is given annually by Religion in America, Inc. in recognition of “business leaders whose lives demonstrate distinction in career, devotion to religion, and dedication to humanity,” he was the 1996 recipient of Judge Isaacs Lifetime Achievement Award, given “in appreciation of outstanding service to the Bible Cause through his life’s pursuits in the areas of religion research, health education, youth, and writing from a consistently Biblical perspective.” The award is given annually by The National Bible Association. Other honors include the Bethune-DuBois Institute Award, given in 2000 “in recognition of a lifetime of internationally acclaimed accomplishments in research and studies on youth, health, religion, race, and urban affairs” and, in 2005, The National Fatherhood Initiative for service to the cause of fatherhood.

Predeceased by his wife Kingsley in 2007 and his brother, Alec, in 2009, he is survived by daughters Alison and Kingsley; a son, George IV; a sister, Julia Gallup Laughlin; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held January 14 at 11 a.m. at Princeton Chapel.

Florence Greenspan

Florence Greenspan, 85, died peacefully on Thanksgiving morning at the Merwick Nursing Home. Born in the town of Delatyin, Ukraine, she was the eldest of three children. As a young woman of 17, she narrowly escaped the mass murder of Jews in her town by leaving on a business trip with her employer and his wife. Five years later she made her way to Munich, Germany to locate whatever remaining relatives she had. She met her husband Abraham Greenspan there and they emigrated to the United States in 1949.

With her values remarkably intact, she enrolled in night school to learn the language of her newly adopted country. As her family grew, she became involved in her children’s educational institutions and was repeatedly honored for her work in promoting stronger parent/teacher involvement in the PTA. Through the years, her strong involvement with charitable organizations lead her to work with Jewish Women’s International and Hadassah, where she helped to raise funds for numerous programs.

Preceded in death by her husband Abraham in 1985, she is survived by her daughter Marlene Glassman of Princeton, her son Allen Greenspan, and three grandchildren. Funeral services and burial were November 25 at the Baron Hirsch Cemetery, Staten Island.

The family requests memorial contributions be offered to B’nai B’rith Women, Hadassah, and Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

Arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

Claire Elizabeth Schmitt

Claire Elizabeth Schmitt

Claire Elizabeth Schmitt (née Gildard) died on November 24 from the effects and complications of a severe stroke. Her 88 years were spent with family and friends, always ready with a smile, enjoying reading, music, learning, and the ocean.

Born on July 26, 1923, in Fall River, Mass., she spent her early years in Fall River and Swansea, which face each other across the Taunton River. She had strong memories of this as an idyllic time of gardens, family, and friends. She attended Durfee High School in Fall River, and went on to earn a degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College in 1944. As the war drew to a close, she moved to Washington D.C., where she performed classified cryptography work as a civilian for the Army Signal Corps. There she met Samuel A. Schmitt, and married him in 1949. Together they lived in Arlington, Virginia; Cheltenham, England; Poughkeepsie, New York; Chicago, Illinois; and finally Princeton, where she lived for over 40 years, working for Bell Labs, Princeton University, and the State of New Jersey. After raising three children, she returned to school to earn a degree in computer systems. She moved from Princeton to the North Hill community in Needham, Massachusetts, in 2006.

A member of the generation forged in the Great Depression and World War II, she strove to provide educational opportunities for her children, and to ensure that the next generations would be better off than her own. She is survived by her brother Allen W. Gildard of Apple Valley, Calif.; her sons Christopher A. Schmitt of Santa Rosa, Calif. and Peter J. Schmitt of Denver, Colorado; her daughter Claudia A. Schmitt of Stow, Mass; seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Donations may be made to UNICEF or Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. To share a memory of Claire, visit

Patsy Ann Keisling

Patsy Ann Keisling

Patsy Ann Keisling, a resident of Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, died on November 19, surrounded by love. She was 87.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 16, 1924, she was the eldest daughter of Mert Seipel (nee Dixon) and Robert W. Seipel. After attending TCU for 2 years she transferred to and graduated from the University of Texas (Austin), with a BA in English. In the fall of 1946, she took a vacation trip to New York, and stayed. She loved the cultural vitality of the city, attending almost every play on Broadway in those years. She also joined the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church where she made many lifelong friends, and met her husband, William Stewart Keisling. They were married in 1957. In 1959, they moved to Staten Island, where she earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. She worked as a kindergarten teacher for 20 years at Public School 16 on Staten Island, where she and her husband raised two children.

In 1978, the family moved to Princeton, where they joined the Nassau Presbyterian Church, for which she served as a deacon, and for many years as co-leader of the Women’s Circle. She took great pleasure in theater and ballet, in reading, and in travel. A vacation to Italy in the early 1950s was a cherished memory, and the first of many trips in the United States and abroad. Most of all, she had a gift for friendship. Even near the end of her life, her warmth and kindly interest toward staff and fellow Stonebridge residents was exemplary. Her cheerful presence, in spite of failing health, gave joy to neighbors struggling with their own hardships. Beneath an unassuming manner, she was a woman of determination, who chose life’s goodness, sharing with others every day.

Predeceased in 1999 by Stewart, her husband of 42 years, she is survived by a daughter, Sarah, of Providence, R.I.; a son, Gordon Kiesling, his wife Lael, and three children, of New Canaan, Conn.; and a sister, Mina S. Grier, of Atlanta.

A memorial service will be held at the Nassau Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, November 30, at 12:30 p.m. She will be buried in Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Pat Keisling’s memory are encouraged to make new friends, and to visit those who are alone, or housebound, and in need of friendship.

Arrangements by Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton.

Anita W. Vivian

Anita W. Vivian

Anita Willis “Tita” Vivian, 90, died at her home in Vineyard Haven, Mass. on Monday evening, November 21, surrounded by her family and caregivers. She had a long association with the Vineyard starting when she was a summer visitor as a teenager.

Born in Flushing, New York in 1921, to Harold S. Willis and Anita Storm Willis, she grew up in Great Neck, Long Island. An excellent student with a particular love of words and reading, she attended high school at The Master’s School (Dobbs), and graduated from Smith College. She married Leslie L. (Bud) Vivian, Jr. before he was deployed for service in Europe during World War II. Their first child Leslie was born in 1944, followed by daughters Elinor (Lea), Ann, and Mary. In 1945 a tradition of yearly family visits began with stays in Chilmark and Vineyard Haven.

The young family settled in Princeton, New Jersey, where Bud worked in the administration for Princeton University for 37 years. He was very active in many aspects of the life of the community and an award for community service in his name is awarded annually. A few years after his retirement from Princeton in 1986, the couple became year-round residents of Martha’s Vineyard, which they enjoyed together until his death in 1995.

While raising her family, she was an active volunteer in her community, an elder of The First Presbyterian Church of Princeton, twice president of the local PTA and a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Board of Education. She was also active in Girl Scouting and served as president of the Mercer Girl Scout Council. Another interest was the American Field Service (AFS) program; she served as a local board member and was a host mother to Tami Takeda Muto from Japan. In the late 1970s she and her husband hosted the Ly family from Vietnam and thus began a life-long relationship. For many years she also enjoyed being a partner in a local antiques shop, The Calico Cat.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, she was predeceased by her sister, Skye Knowlton. She is survived by her brother, Robert S. Willis of Springfield, Va.; her son Leslie L. Vivian, III. of Monroe Twp. N.J.; daughters Lea V. Edmundson of St. Cloud, Fla., Ann V. Dintenfass of New York City, and Aquinnah and Mary Vivian of Vineyard Haven. Her eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren brought her great joy. A memorial service will be planned. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to either: The First Congregational Church, West Tisbury, 1051 State Road, West Tisbury, MA 02575 or Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Elizabeth Snyder

Elizabeth (Betty) Snyder, 89, died November 21. Born January 3, 1922 in Princeton to Albert and Jennie Vandenberg Snyder, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister. Surviving are two nieces and two nephews. She worked at the First National Bank of Princeton for 25 years before moving in 1968 to Peoria, Illinois, where was an assistant vice president at the First National Bank of Peoria, before retiring in 1987. She was an avid golfer and Chicago Cubs fan. She moved back to her home state of New Jersey in 2007 where she was surrounded by her loving family. There will be no visitation. A graveside service was held Friday, November 25, in Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244 or the American Parkinson Disease Association, J. Louis Blumberg Chapter, 332 Gerard Ave., Elkins Park, Pa. 19027.

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