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Vol. LXII, No. 40
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Larry E. Shindelman

Robert S. Rowland

Judith S. Ford

Anita M. Caffrey

Richard S. Federico

Beverly Youmans

Beverly Hamrick Beggs Youmans, 74, a longtime Princeton resident and wife of Dr. Roger Youmans and the late Dr. James Beggs, died September 22 at home following a long battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born September 23, 1933 at the Naval Hospital in Agana, Guam, where her father, Clifford D. Hamrick, was stationed as a military physician. After the family returned to the United States, they lived in Pensacola, Florida and San Diego, California. Upon her father’s death in 1940, Beverly, her sister Elaine, and their mother, Clairebel Hamrick, settled down in Mrs. Hamrick’s hometown of Lanett, Alabama.

As a young woman, Mrs. Youmans was a popular high achiever who inspired those around her. She was valedictorian of her high school class and salutatorian at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she graduated in 1955 with an honors degree in chemistry. She was voted Homecoming Queen for both her high school and college classes. She was also president of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and president of the Benzene Ring, the campus honorary chemistry organization.

Following her marriage to James Lee Beggs, the couple settled in Pittsburgh, where he fulfilled his internship and residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Beverly helped support the couple by working as a researcher in polymer science and organic chemistry at the Mellon Institute. While there she published several articles in national chemistry journals at a time when doing so was rare for women.

After Dr. Beggs’ residency, he accepted a position with the Central Neurosurgical Group and the couple found a lifetime home in Princeton, where they began a family that included a son, Quinton, and two daughters, Kristin and Hilary. Beverly then became active in the Princeton United Methodist Church, serving on the board of trustees as well as multiple church committees, and singing in the choir. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, taught swimming to adult women at the Princeton YWCA, and helped to administer the Princeton High School scholarship fund.

Shortly after her husband’s untimely death in 1985, Beverly went back to work as tour manager at the American Boychoir, a position that allowed her to pursue her lifelong love of music. She soon became concert manager, arranging concerts, planning tours, and traveling with the choir to England, Taiwan, France, and other locales.

In 1997, after retiring from the Boychoir, she married Roger Lee Youmans, general surgeon of Tulsa, Okla., and accompanied him on a humanitarian mission to Ghana, West Africa. While living in Ghana, she became actively involved in helping women and children better navigate their often substandard living and health conditions. Most recently she has worked to establish a children’s library in Amedzofe, a small village in a mountainous area of Ghana with no electricity or running water.

Predeceased by her parents, Clifford D. and Clairebel Quinton Hamrick, her late husband Dr. James L. Beggs, and her son Quinton L. Beggs, she is survived by her husband, Dr. Roger L. Youmans of Plainsboro; two daughters, Kristin Fletcher of Princeton and Hilary Beggs of Mill Valley, Calif.; a sister, Phyllis Elaine Trayham Polly of Savannah, Ga.; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, October 4 at 11 a.m. at Princeton United Methodist Church, Nassau Street at Vandeventer Avenue. Immediately following the memorial service, a reception will be held at the Smith House in Princeton Landing from noon to 6 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the endowment fund for the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather Hodge Funeral Home.

To attend the Smith House reception, use the Sayre Drive exit from Route 1, and after entering Princeton Landing proceed around the circle to the Smith House sign.

Larry E. Shindelman

Dr. Larry E. Shindelman, 57, of Princeton, a vascular surgeon and interventionalist, died September 24 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick.

Born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Westchester County, New York, he had been a Princeton resident for the past 25 years.

Dr. Shindelman was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He served his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He was president and medical director of the Endovascular Institute of New Jersey in East Brunswick. An innovator of endovascular procedures who had published numerous articles on vascular and endovascular surgery, he was on the medical staff of Central State Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and St. Peter’s Medical Center.

The son of the late Hannah Shindelman, he is survived by his father, Edwin Shindelman of Delray Beach, Fla.; his wife, Lois Wexler Shindelman; a son, Eli Shindelman, and a daughter, Mara Shindelman, both of New York City; and a brother, Bruce Shindelman of Tampa, Fla.

The funeral service was September 26 at The Jewish Center, Princeton. Burial followed at Sharon Gardens, Valhalla, N.Y.

The period of mourning was observed Sunday at the Shindelman residence.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Challah Fund, c/o Dr. Michael J. Nissenblatt, Central Jersey Oncology Center, 205 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick 08901.

Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing Township.

Robert S. Rowland

Robert (Sidney) Rowland, 86, of Lawrence Township, died September 24 at Mercer Medical Center.

The son of Sidney Archie and Margaret Lois Drake Rowland, he was born in Schenectady, N.Y. and grew up in Delaware, Ohio where his father was on the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University.

An accomplished student, he recorded a perfect score on the State of Ohio All Pupil Latin Exam at the age of 13. His mother had been a Latin teacher prior to becoming a homemaker. He subsequently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio Wesleyan in 1942 with a degree in mathematics. One of his early dreams of attending the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago was dashed by World War II. He had received a full scholarship to attend the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago on the Wednesday before the attack on Pearl Harbor but was not able to pursue that course. He later completed an M.A. from the Ohio State School of Journalism, where he met his future wife, Joan Friedman, as she was completing her B.S. After a brief newscasting career with the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, the couple moved to New York City, where Mr. Rowland pursued a writing career. One of his stories, The McGregor Affair, appeared on the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Hour in 1964. In the early 1950s the couple moved to the Lawrenceville area.

Mr. Rowland then began a long career in market research, first with the Gallup Organization in Princeton and later with R.H. Bruskin Associates in New Brunswick.

He was active in being a father to his two sons, coaching basketball to Cub Scouts and later Boy Scout Troop 28. He was also a poet who published 10 books of poetry starting in 1980. A member of the Delaware Valley Poetry Society, he served it as president or treasurer for many years. In 2001 his family hosted a celebration for the couple’s 50th anniversary. Instead of gifts, attendees tried their hand at poetry, with humorous results.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan F. Rowland; two sons, Edward of Madison, N.J. and Steven of Chatham; two brothers, F. Sherwood Rowland of Corona del Mar, Calif. and Richard Rowland of Elk Grove, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

The funeral was September 28 at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Valley Poetry, Inc., P.O. Box 5362, Trenton 08638; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Judith S. Ford

Judith S. Ford, 75, a lifelong Princeton resident, died September 18, peacefully at home.

Predeceased by her daughter, Amy Ford Wright, she is survived by two daughters, Katherine Ford of Maynard, Mass. and Amanda Ford of Lawrenceville.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Anita M. Caffrey

Anita M. Caffrey, 87, of Lawrenceville, died September 27 in Chandler Hall Hospice, Newtown, Pa., with her family at her side.

Born in Newark, she lived there 74 years before moving to Princeton in 1994 and subsequently to Lawrenceville in 2001.

Mrs. Caffrey was a homemaker and devoted mother who raised her family before entering the workforce. She was an office clerk at Hahne’s Department Store in Newark for 14 years before retiring in 1983. Over the years, she had been an active fund-raising volunteer at the St. Vincent Academy in Newark

She was predeceased by her husband, William G. Caffrey; her parents, Susan Jane and William H. Moore; and her sister Corrine Graziano. She is survived by a son, Paul Caffrey of The Plains, Va.; three daughters, Jane Reid and Catherine Gregory of Lawrenceville, and Anita Richichi of Princeton; and four grandsons.

A funeral mass will be held tomorrow, October 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery.

Visitation will precede the mass on Thursday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Chandler Hall Hospice, 99 Barclay Street, Newtown, Pa. 18490.

Richard S. Federico

Richard S. Federico, 66, of Princeton, died September 26 in Waters Edge Healthcare and Rehab, Trenton, after a long illness, with his family at his side.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong Borough resident.

He was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard after serving during the 1960s. He was an active member of the Princeton Elks lodge.

For most of his life, he was a chef who worked in various restaurants in the Princeton area, most notably at the former Grotto Restaurant on Witherspoon Street. He was a friendly, fun-loving person who enjoyed many rewarding friendships.

He was predeceased by his parents, Sante N. and Mary Bruno Federico, and his sister Margaret Ann Federico. He is survived by a brother, Samuel C. Federico of Princeton; and four sisters, Betty Pilenza and Eleanor Pirone, both of Princeton, Mary C. Rodkey of Yardville, and Judith Federico of San Francisco.

A funeral mass was held September 30 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by The Kimble Funeral Home.

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