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Vol. LXI, No. 41
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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Carol Arnold

Alma G. Engelmann

Dorothy Coccoli

Dorothy Coccoli, 99, of Princeton, died September 29 at Stonebridge Assisted Living, with her daughter by her side.

She moved to Princeton in 1990 with her husband, the late John Coccoli, to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothea and Ed Palsho, and her grandsons, with whom she resided for four and a half years before moving to Stonebridge in July.

During the 1930s and ’40s she worked in various positions from secretary to part-owner of a food brokerage company. At the age of 60, she began working at Prudential Life Insurance Company.

An avid bridge player, her favorite topics of conversation were the stock market, taxes, and insurance.

She is survived by her daughter, Dorothea Palsho; a sister, Helen Schofield of Lafayette Hill, Pa.; two grandchildren; a step-grandchild; and a great-granddaughter.

A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13 at Saint Paul’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Children’s Home Society, 635 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton 08611.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.

Walter Emmerich

Walter Emmerich, 78, a Princeton resident for more than 40 years, died September 25 of pancreatic cancer, at home.

Born in Bronxville, N.Y., he spent most of his formative years in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

After attending Reed College for two years, he enrolled at the University of Chicago, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and a doctorate in psychology in 1956. He was subsequently a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado and later in the Department of Child Development at Purdue University, where he taught graduate courses.

He served as visiting professor at Princeton and Stanford Universities. In 1966, he spent a year as NIMH Visiting Scholar at Educational Testing Service before joining the staff as Senior Research Psychologist. He retired from ETS as Principal Measurement Specialist, Emeritus, in 1997, but remained until July 2007 as an active researcher and developer of new assessments.

Mr. Emmerich was author of more than 50 theoretical papers, research articles, monographs, and book chapters. His major theory-based research was on children’s social and personality development. He also developed new ways to measure reasoning among college students as well as the personality factors influencing occupational selection, particularly teachers’ choices of their specialties. Most recently, he developed new procedures for assessing and strengthening the academic interests and motivation of community college students.

He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association, and Association for Psychological Science. He was a member of Sigma Xi and a long-standing member of the Society for Research in Child Development, serving as an invited participant in its oral history project.

Active as the treasurer of Community Without Walls, he became, in recent years, a vocal advocate for senior housing in Princeton. With his wife of 54 years, he recently moved to Princeton Windrows.

He enthusiastically shared his passions for the outdoors, travel, politics, classical music, and the arts with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Billie; two sons, Steven of Lexington, Mass. and Ralph of Brookline, Mass.; and three granddaughters.

A memorial service was held at Princeton Windrows.

Memorial contributions may be made to the mental health research organization NARSAD, 60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404, Great Neck, N.Y. 11021; or to the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton 08540.

Dorothy S. Kovacs

Dorothy Stritesky Kovacs, 88, of Hightstown, formerly of Princeton, died October 4 unexpectedly at her home in Meadow Lakes, where she had lived for the past three years after moving from Princeton. She was a noted flutist and teacher of flute in the Princeton area for more than 30 years.

Born in Racine, Wis., she was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, majoring in music. After teaching in public schools, she received a master’s degree in musicology from Westminster Choir College under Prof. Carl Parrish. She was then invited to join the Choir College faculty, where she taught for the next 37 years.

She studied with Harry Moskowicz of the NBC Symphony in New York and with the legendary William Kincaid of the Philadelphia Orchestra. A member of the original Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Nicholas Harsanyi, she also performed frequently for the Collegium Musicum of Princeton, directed by her husband.

She greatly enjoyed gardening and, for many decades, her summers with her husband on Moosehead Lake in northern Maine.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Joseph Kovacs; and a sister, Betty Stritesky of Racine.

Cremation and burial will be private.

Carol Arnold

Carol H. Arnold, 73, of Princeton, died peacefully October 4 in Orinda, Calif., surrounded by her family.

A longtime resident of the Princeton area, she taught in the Flemington School District and most recently at the Hun School, where she also served as the Dean of Students.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y., she was a graduate of the Staten Island Academy, Beaver College, Middlebury College, and Oxford University.

Her passions included cooking, painting, reading — especially Dickens — and spending time with family and friends.

Daughter of the late Frank Foster and Gabrielle De Meli, and wife of the late Edward Arnold, she is survived by two sons, Chad H. Arnold of Berkeley, Calif. and Scott L. Arnold of El Cerrito, Calif.; a brother, Pierce Foster of Tappan, N.Y.; and a half-brother, Frank Foster Jr. of Arlington, Mass.

Friends, family, and former students are invited to a memorial service and reception on Monday, October 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 142 Sand Hill Road, Monmouth Junction.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church.

Alma G. Engelmann

Alma G. Engelmann, 85 of Belle Mead, died October 1 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Belleville, N.J., she was a graduate of Belleville School and earned her B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A resident of Belle Mead for 49 years, she was a former real estate agent in the 1960s and 1970s. She was the founder of Wheelwright Casuals ladies clothing store in Belle Mead. She retired in the late 1990s.

She was a member of the Soroptomist Club and the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Princeton.

Daughter of the late Peter and Blanche Goldschmidt and wife of the late William G. Engelmann, she is survived by a daughter, Loralee Strauss of Charleston, S.C., formerly of Princeton; two sons, Peter W. Engelmann of Skillman, and Barry C. Engelmann of Rocky Hill; a sister, Lois G. Huntington of Walnut Creek, Calif.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Township First Aid and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 105, Belle Mead 08502; or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244.

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

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