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Simeon Hutner

George Kammeyer

Marshall N. Rosenbluth

John C. Rutkowski

Benjamin Shimberg

Matthew Gault Memorial Service


Simeon Hutner

Simeon Hutner

Dr. Simeon Hutner, 86, of Princeton and Ripton, Vt., died September 19 at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, Vt., after a long illness.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, and received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Columbia University in 1937, at the age of 19. He received an MBA from New York University in 1939. He then enrolled in the Ph.D. program in economics at Princeton University, where he completed one year before joining the U.S. Army.

During World War II he served in Europe in the reconnaissance squadron of the 6th Armored Division of the Third Army, where he specialized in interrogating captured German officers. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and later took part in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. He received a Bronze Star and a Croix de Guerre.

After the war, he taught economics at Smith College. He returned to the Ph.D. program at Princeton, and after completing his coursework, taught economics for one year at Kenyon College. In 1949 he joined Hale Pulsifer, a Wall Street investment management firm that later became Pulsifer and Hutner.

After receiving his doctorate in economics from Princeton in 1951, he and his wife settled in Princeton.

The first president of the Unitarian Church in Princeton, he was also president of the Princeton University Graduate Alumni Association, and a member of the Royal Automobile Club in London and the Princeton Club in New York City. He was also an avid skier and tennis player.

He lived in Princeton until 1990, when he moved to Ripton, relocating his company from Wall Street to Middlebury. In 2001, the company became a division of H.G. Wellington and Company.

Predeceased a year ago by a daughter, Elizabeth, he is survived by Frances, his wife of 60 years; four children, Daniel of Manchester, Vt., Nathaniel of Brooklyn, Louise of Princeton, and Simeon of Los Angeles, Calif; a brother, Herbert, of Los Angeles; a sister, Rosalind, of Ojai, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on September 29 at Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College. Memorial contributions may be made to Porter Hospital of Middlebury, Vt., or Addison County Home Health & Hospice, Inc.

George Kammeyer

George "Bill" Kammeyer, 69, of Princeton Junction, died September 22 in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at New Brunswick.

Born in Englewood and raised in Dumont, he had lived in Princeton Junction for the past 44 years.

He was employed as a foreman with Weiss Printers for 18 years, and was a graphic designer at QM Associates for 14 years. At the time of his death, he was an associate graphic designer for Thacker & Frank Advertising Agency in Cranbury.

He was a Second Class Petty officer in the U.S. Navy with eight years of service.

He was a member of Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara; two daughters, Rene Seeland of East Windsor and Barbara Alamsha of Sewell; a sister, Marilyn Bunger of Glassboro; a brother, Donald of Tatamy, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

The funeral was September 25 at the Saul Colonial Home in Hamilton Square. Interment was in Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Princeton Junction.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Dutch Neck, 154 South Mill Road, Princeton Junction 08550.

Marshall N. Rosenbluth

Marshall N. Rosenbluth, 76, of La Jolla, Calif., died September 28 of pancreatic cancer. He was a nuclear and plasma physicist at the University of California, San Diego, and a former director of the Institute for Advanced Study.

A 1997 recipient of the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor, for his many contributions to the field of nuclear fusion and plasma physics, he was known internationally for his leadership in developing nuclear fusion as a future energy source, and for his wide-ranging contributions to national security.

His work spanned the history of fusion research. Shortly after receiving his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1949 at the age of 22, he began an analysis of the scattering of relativistic electrons within nuclei, which led to his discovery of the so-called Rosenbluth formula, today a staple of college physics courses. In 1950, he was recruited by Edward Teller as one of the principal theoreticians at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico, doing classified research that led to the development of the hydrogen bomb. He later joined a small group of scientists that investigated the possible peaceful uses of nuclear energy. During this period, he led the research effort that developed the Monte Carlo algorithm, now a standard tool for research in statistical mechanics, chemistry, biochemistry and other fields.

He was a senior research advisor at General Atomics in San Diego from 1956 to 1967, a professor of physics at UCSD from 1960 to 1967 and 1987 to 1993, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study from 1967 to 1980, and director of the Institute for Fusion Studies at the University of Texas from 1980 to 1987. He retired in 1993 as a professor emeritus of physics at UCSD.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he received numerous awards during his career, including the E.O. Lawrence Prize, the Albert Einstein Award, and the Enrico Fermi Award. He was a central member of the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and of the San Diego-based International Thermonuclear Reactor, a program to build a fusion reactor to demonstrate the feasibility of using fusion to generate power.

He is survived by his wife, Sara; and four children from a previous marriage, Alan Edward, Robin Ann, Mary Louise, and Jean Pamela.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Marshall Rosenbluth Memorial Fund in the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

John C. Rutkowski

John C. Rutkowski. 82, of Princeton, died September 27 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Born in New Brunswick, he had lived in the Millstone and Princeton area most of his life.

He retired after 48 years with Johnson & Johnson of North Brunswick.

He was a member of St. Paul's Church and its weekly prayer meeting group. A Eucharistic Minister, he visited the sick in their homes and nursing homes. He was also a fourth degree member and past treasurer of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 636 of Princeton.

Predeceased by a son, Kurt, he is survived by his wife, Marion; a daughter, Gail Mezzanotte of Columbia, N.J.; a brother, Frank of Milltown; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 30 at St. Paul's Church. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery in New Brunswick.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Benjamin Shimberg

Benjamin Shimberg

Benjamin Shimberg, 85, of Lawrenceville, died September 24 at Capital Health System-Fuld Campus in Trenton. He was a senior research scientist at Educational Testing Service where he performed landmark studies on the licensing and credentia- ling of diverse professions.

The son of Joseph and Sarah Shimberg, he was born in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester in 1941 and received his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Purdue University in 1949. He also attended graduate school at Princeton University.

A veteran of World War II, he designed selection tests for pilots and navigators in the Army Air Corps.

After joining ETS in 1953 as Henry Chauncey's assistant, he studied and reformed the licensing of many professions, including candidate selection for the U.S. Coast Guard, sergeant examinations for the New York City Police Department, engineering and deck officers of the U.S. Merchant Marine, and many other providers of medical, professional, and consumer services. He was the author or co-author of hundreds of professional articles and books, including: Occupational Licensing: Questions a Legislator Should Ask, Occupational Licensing: A Public Perspective, Occupational Licensing: Practices and Policies, and De-Mystifying Occupational and Professional Regulation.

He was a frequent advisor to legislative bodies and government officials throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His research and advocacy efforts improved examinations and credentialing procedures currently in use by many governmental agencies that are responsible for assuring public health and safety around the world.

In 1955, he worked with the Princeton Housing Committee in a successful effort to racially integrate neighborhoods in Princeton. From 1980 to 1982, as chairman of Common Cause in New Jersey, he worked with legislators and Gov. Brendan Byrne to enact the first law for public financing of gubernatorial elections. He also worked to amend the New Jersey Constitution to end "gubernatorial courtesy," a practice known as the pocket veto. In 1987, Chief Justice Robert Wilentz appointed him to the screening board for the New Jersey Intensive Supervision Program, a service he continued until his death.

He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1997 Professional Examination Service Award. In 1988, the Senate of the State of California honored him "for 30 years of distinguished service to the cause of consumers nationwide."

He was an active leader of several organizations, including the Princeton Unitarian Church, the American Association of Retired Persons Health Advocacy, the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, American Psychological Association, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and numerous local charitable organizations in the Princeton and Trenton area.

Following his retirement from ETS, he and his wife traveled throughout the United States as volunteer emergency workers for the American Red Cross. Together they helped thousands of victims of earthquakes, floods, fires, and weather disasters in California, Missouri, Florida, and New Jersey.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen; a son, David of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Barbara Harris of Hamilton Square; a sister, Reva Sipser of Sarasota, Fla.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were private. A Memorial Service will be held on October 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Cherry Hill Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to Red Cross Disaster Services, 707 Alexander Road, Princeton 08540; or Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, P.0. Box 872, Trenton 08605.

Matthew Gault Memorial Service

A Memorial Service for Matthew Gault, who died on June 22, will be held this Saturday, October 4, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton.

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