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Vol. LXV, No. 40
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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Jane B. Cognetta

Helen J. Evatt

Dmitry Govorko

Phyllis S. Mount

Robert P. Tyler Jr.

Anne C. O’Brien

Hajime J. Kishi

Dorothy J. Waterman

Jane B. Cognetta

Jane B. Cognetta

Jane B. Cognetta, 98, a longtime resident of Stamford, Conn., died September 19 at the Acorn Glen Assisted Living Residence in Princeton.

Born in Stamford on October 17, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Marietta Centonze Cognetta.

A graduate of the University of Vermont, she taught in the Stamford Public Schools for over 45 years. She spent most of her career teaching first grade at the Westover School where her classroom was a model of rigorous discipline coupled with patience, affection, and encouragement. She was an innovative reading teacher and in the 1960s was tapped to lead a district-wide initiative to improve methods of reading instruction in the Stamford Public Schools. She was dedicated to her task of giving every student in her classroom solid reading skills.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and attended the Chapel at Stamford Hospital. She left Stamford in 2003 for Princeton, to be with family.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Dr. James J. Cognetta and Dr. Armand B. Cognetta; and her sisters, Carole Cognetta and Elizabeth Garafalo.

Among her family, she will be remembered for putting her family’s needs and interests ahead of her own, for her astonishing thrift and investment expertise which provided her ample resources to generously assist family members and the pleasure she took in preparing great quantities of Italian cuisine to be shared and relished by family and friends. She was a welcome guest and cook at family gatherings from Vermont to Florida. A familiar figure walking all over Stamford, in her later years she loved to sit in the sun, read mysteries, and root for her team, the Mets.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on September 23 at Sacred Heart Church in Stamford, Conn. Interment followed at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien, Conn.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, Stamford, Conn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Sacred Heart Church, Restoration Fund, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, Conn. 06902.

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Helen J. Evatt

Helen J. Evatt, 92, died September 21 at Buckingham Place, South Brunswick.

Born in East Orange, she was the daughter of Mark M. and May R. Jones.

A longtime resident of Princeton, she graduated from Westminster Choir College in 1942 with a Bachelor of Music degree. She was a soloist at the Second Presbyterian Church from 1942 and became a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in 1965 when the two churches combined.

She was manager of the interview department of Opinion Research Corporation from 1942 to 1955. The wife of Franks G. Evatt, she and her husband were owners and managers of the Peacock Inn from 1955 to 1965.

A lifetime member of the Present Day Club from 1959, she was also manager from 1966 to 1988. She was a former regent of the Princeton Chapter of the DAR and a member from 1966. She was also a member of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and Soroptimists International.

She is survived by her son, Andrew H. Evatt; and one grandson.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on October 16 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial took place in the Trinity All Saints Cemetery, Princeton.

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

Dmitry Govorko

Dmitry Govorko died September 24, 2011.

The son of Galina and Victor, he was an accomplished scientist, mentor, and teacher. He touched the lives of many.

He was a devoted father to his children, David and Dora Leah, and a loyal husband to his wife, Ana. His family’s memory of him will endure and he will be greatly missed.

Phyllis S. Mount

Phyllis S. Mount, longtime area resident, died in May at her home in Northampton, Mass.

The daughter of the late S. Elmer and Wanda Stachurski Mount, she grew up in Hightstown with an early and avid interest in local history and vernacular antiques and architecture. Encouraged by a high school teacher, she honed her skills in historical research with fieldwork in local architecture through the “Exploring New Jersey” program of the New Jersey Historical Society. Her appreciation of antiques was broadened by Eleanor Waddell, for many years the proprietor of a shop on Nassau Street in Princeton. By her mid-teens, she was actively buying and selling increasingly varied and valued articles at Englishtown Flea Market.

Her academic vigor was rewarded by a full tuition scholarship from the Princeton Chapter of the Smith College Alumni Club. As an art history major at Smith, she selected and installed an exhibition drawn from the institution’s photographic collection, resulting in a major NEA grant. Her wide-ranging curiosity led to further study in American Studies at Douglass College, historic conservation at Boston University, New England history at the Institute of Puritan Studies, along with programs elsewhere in architectural drafting, archeology, paint analysis, textiles, and costumes. At various times she served as a restoration consultant in Cummington and Vineyard Haven, Mass., specializing in cataloguing collections as well as paint research and faux finishes.

Back in New Jersey, she joined other young enthusiasts at The Princeton History Project, researching and writing for its publication, The Princeton Recollector. She served as secretary to the board of the Rockingham Associates, and also assisted in the restoration of Glencairn, an 18th century manor house near Lawrenceville. She participated in barn raising there and, with the subsequent formation of The New Jersey Barn Company, joined in several of the firm’s far-flung projects, notably in documenting decorative trompe l’oeil embellishment of an upstate New York church relocated to Eastern Long Island.

For four years she was a primary research assistant in the New York office of Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s leading daily newspaper. Resulting travel to Japan became the model for other foreign forays for extensive research to satisfy her curiosity in many related fields of study.

With the creation of The New Jersey Agricultural Museum in 1989, she served as Consulting Curator, in charge of identifying, cataloging, and conserving agricultural equipment in preparation for its installation at the new museum on the Cook College campus.

In the 1990’s she held the position of Historian/Curator for the Monmouth County Park System, responsible for research, interpretation, cataloging, and conservation of historical collections. Principally, she directed her efforts to the development of Walnford, a Quaker family farm and mill near Allentown. Her work included documentation of more than 4,000 Waln family letters including shipping manifests and trade correspondence. To bolster her research, she made field trips to trace their Quaker origins in England, and their early trade with relatives in Barbados.

Throughout her career, she continued to buy and sell antiques, eventually specializing in early American textiles and antique clothing. Her associates concur that she had an extraordinary “eye” for finding singular items, many of which were subsequently purchased by prominent collectors and institutions.

Throughout her life she also acquired a broad network of acquaintances and a diverse collection of friends. Her comrades in Massachusetts will commemorate her life on October 22 in Northampton.

In New Jersey, her friends will gather to share reminiscence and (weather permitting) a potluck picnic at the gentle graveyard of the Upper Springfield Quaker Meeting on Highland Road near Jobstown on October 15 at 11 a.m. Please contact Elric Endersby at (609) 203-0525 for directions and further information.


Robert P. Tyler Jr.

Robert P. Tyler Jr.

Robert P. Tyler Jr., 83, of Palm City, Fla., died September 24 in his home.

Born in Bluefield, W.Va. on April 14, 1928, he was the son of the late Lucille Elizabeth Glenn and Robert Perry Tyler. He attended St. Louis County Day School, Lake Forest Academy, and graduated from Princeton University in 1950.

He served as a commissioned naval officer in the U.S. and in Japan during the Korean War. He was a senior marketing executive at Fieldcrest Co. and was president of Simmons Co. He was also involved in the restaurant and real estate fields.

Preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Ix Tyler, he is survived by his daughters, Tracy Tyler Maurer, Kimberly Ann Smith, Ann Tyler Sawyer; and four grandchildren.

A private service will be held at a later time in Bluewell, W.Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, Fla. 34997, or; or to any organization of the contributor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart, Fla.

Online Remembrance Book may be signed at

Anne C. O’Brien

Anne Callan O’Brien, 94, of Princeton, died October 2 at home.

Born in Chicago, Ill. in 1916 to Catherine and Charles Callan, she was raised in Chicago and Bronxville, N.Y. She attended Maplehurst Convent of the Sacred Heart and graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1938. That same year she married C. Russell O’Brien, who died in 2000.

She is survived by five children, Carol Desmond, James F. O’Brien, Charlotte Kenney, Charles C. O’Brien, and Mary R. O’Brien; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on October 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Anne Callan-O’Brien Scholarship Fund at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Hajime J. Kishi

Hajime James Kishi, “Jim”, 87, former Princeton resident, died September 24 at Morristown Medical Center.

Born in New York, N.Y., on February 20, 1924 to Eikichi and Haru Kishi, he was a 1941 graduate of Stuyvesant High School.

In 1942 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, but was released due to his Japanese ancestry. Classified as an enemy alien, he returned to Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute to study electrical engineering. Two years later, the rules changed and he was called to active duty. After basic training, he attended the Military Intelligence Service Language School in Fort Snelling, Minn., and graduated as a linguist. He served as an interpreter in the Pacific theater under General MacArthur and subsequently supervised Japanese nationals in reconstructing Japan’s infrastructure.

After his military service, he completed his education, receiving a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree from City College of New York in 1954. He worked for RCA Sarnoff Labs in Princeton for 20 years, where he received the David Sarnoff award, and then for Hoffmann-La Roche in the field of medical electronics before starting his own electronics business.

Predeceased by his wife of 62 years, June, on July 3, 2011, and his brother, Mitsuo; he is survived by his son, Ken Kishi; two daughters, Karen Powers and Donna Abbott; four grandchildren; and his siblings, Fumi, Yoshio, and Isomi.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service at 2 p.m. on October 15 at Fellowship Village, 8000 Fellowship Road, Basking Ridge, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The New York Buddhist Church, 331 Riverside Drive, New York, N.Y. 10025.

Dorothy J. Waterman

Dorothy Joan Waterman of South Point, Berlin, Md., died September 29 of complications from COPD at her home.

Born in Providence, R.I. in 1929, she grew up in Springfield, Mass. She graduated from Classical High School in 1947 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-med from Perdue University in 1951. She met and married Hawley Waterman in 1954 and moved to Princeton in 1956 where her husband was the Athletic Director at the Hun School.

While in Princeton, she was very active in the Girl Scouts and The Order of the Eastern Star. She also worked in various administrative capacities at The Hun School for 17 years. She and her husband retired to Berlin, Md. in 1994.

She is survived by her husband; her daughters, Barbara Waterman and Gail Rogers; her sons, Hawley Waterman III and Scott Waterman; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on October 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church in Berlin, Md.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802; or Atlantic General Hospital, 9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, Md. 21811.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Burbage Funeral Home, Berlin, Md.


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