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Vol. LXIV, No. 43
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Alexander K. Buck

Richard Prospero

Robert D. Williams

Irene J. K. Tufano

Richard K. Meyers

Alexander K. Buck

Alexander Knapp “Whip” Buck died October 24 at Capital Healthcare Hospital in Trenton.

A gentle man who was humble, kind, wise, generous and devoted to his family and friends, he attended Haverford School and graduated from The Hun School. He attended Lafayette College before joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952, where he served with distinction.

He was a business leader and entrepreneur, working for years as a Vice President at SmithKline and French in Trenton, and later founding TDH, Inc., a venture capital firm, with his brothers.

His service to a myriad of non-profit organizations helped leave the world a better place. He was an Emeritus trustee of The Hun School of Princeton, The Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton Bank and Trust Company, Kieve Affective Education, Inc., and the YMCA of Princeton. He was also a member of Trinity Church of Princeton.

In 1966, his family founded Horizon Foundation, Inc., which is now based in Portland, Maine. He believed in the power of community and was widely loved and admired by a host of friends and citizens in many different cities.

In 1981, he and his two brothers became partners of the Philadelphia Phillies, a team he had cheered since his earliest boyhood.

With music in his soul, he sang with the Palmer Squares and enjoyed pounding out hymns and boogie-woogie on the piano. Also an accomplished athlete, he loved playing golf at Beden’s Brook Club, where he was a charter member, and was inducted into the Hun School Athletic Fame in 1996, recognizing his contributions to the school football and baseball teams in the late 1940s. He sailed, swam, canoed, and fished in Maine, where he spent many happy summers since the 1930s. He worked to conserve land in Nobleboro, Maine, and Princeton.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sara Long Buck; his brothers, James Mahlon and William Clifton; his sons, Alexander Jr. and Norman Harrison; five grandchildren; and one great grandson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Trinity Church in Princeton, where a memorial service will celebrate his life on Thursday, October 28 at 11 a.m.

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

Richard Prospero

Richard Prospero

Richard Prospero, 71, died in his home October 21 of pancreatic cancer.

Born in Pottstown, Pa., he graduated from Pottstown High School, attended Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute in Reading, Pa., and Penn State University. He was a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia and served as a member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard from 1962 to 1968.

He was a member of the New Jersey Society of Licensed Professional Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2004 he retired from Johnson & Johnson, where he worked for 28 years, developing machinery used in the manufacture of toothbrushes, dental floss, and other consumer products. He holds eight patents used by the company in its production lines. Upon retiring, he and his wife lived in Italy for a year, taking art lessons and travelling throughout the country. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, he worked as an engineer for Univac, the computer company now known as Unisys.

Before moving to Princeton 20 years ago, he lived in Kingston for 13 years and served as a member of the South Brunswick Shade Tree Commission. A nature lover and resourceful man, he never wasted anything.

He had many interests, including auditing classes at Princeton University. A classical music devotee, he enjoyed attending performances at the Metropolitan Opera and local companies.

During the last 10 years, he served as a volunteer for U.S. First, a national organization that trains high school students to build robots for competitions. He was involved in the creation of a new team for Ewing High School and was one of the mentors who helped them win first place in the national finals. This team also earned the prestigious “Chairman’s Award” given for community service.

He also served for many years as a member of the troop committee of Boy Scout Troop 43.

Predeceased by his parents, Mary and Albert Prospero; he is survived by his wife, Linda; a son, Michael; a daughter, Christina; and two brothers, Dr. Joseph Prospero and John Prospero.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Princeton, on October 26, followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to the Ewing High School’s robotic team in his memory by sending a check to the Ewing Public Education Foundation (EPEF), PO Box 7033, Ewing, N.J. 08628; or in his memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 7000, El Segundo, Calif. 90245.

Arrangements were by the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. To share memories in the guest book or send condolences, please visit

Robert D. Williams

Robert D. Williams

Robert Dean “Rusty” Williams, of Princeton, died peacefully at home October 6.

Born and raised in Monmouth, Illinois, he graduated from Monmouth High School and Monmouth College. He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific theater during World War II.

As an electrical engineer at Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., he was in charge of the installation of the radar system across the high Artic (Distant Early Warning Line). The rest of his career was mostly devoted to consulting for the defense and intelligence industries.

He worked in California with Grainger Associates, Lockheed, and Stanford Research Institute. His projects included the Polaris missile and ABM defense systems. He also taught Management at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and served during the Carter administration as Special Assistant to the Director of Intelligence.

In retirement, he and his family lived for five years in northern Alsace, France, where he enjoyed conducting English conversation classes. His love for exchanging ideas across cultures continued after his move to Princeton, where he mentored foreign graduate and post-graduate students through the Individual English Conversation Program at Princeton University’s Friends of Davis International Center.

Predeceased by his first wife, Maribelle McBride Williams; and his granddaughter, Genevieve Lescroart; he is survived by his wife, Barbara Highton Williams; his daughters, Deborah Lescroart, Tamara Gravelle, Andrea Clarke, Sarah Williams, and Jessica Rachel Williams; and six grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 13 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Princeton Open Space, PO Box 374, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

Irene J. K. Tufano

Irene J. Krupa Tufano, of Skillman, died October 18 at home.

Born in Trenton, she was a resident of Skillman since 1964.

Daughter of the late Andrew and Rose Krupa; wife of the late Joseph M. Tufano; mother of the late Michele Reinson; sister of the late Steve, Sammy, Johnny, and Nick Krupa; she is survived by her daughter, Sharon Brown; her sister, Rose M. Zorichak; her brother, Mike Krupa; and two grandchildren.

Calling hours were held October 22 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 47 Skillman Road, Skillman. Burial followed in Rocky Hill Cemetery, Rocky Hill.

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

Richard K. Meyers

Richard Kingdon Meyers, 67, of Princeton, died October 22 at home.

Born in New Brunswick, he lived his entire life in New Jersey except for the years he served in the Navy as a sonarman. A graduate of South River High School, he finished Rutgers University with a Masters Degree, completing all the work for his doctorate. A Professor of English at Ocean County College, he helped many students learn to write and value their education. He enjoyed genealogical research, serving as President of the South River Historical and Preservation Society for a number of years.

He was the most generous of men, never judging but always accepting others as he found them. His wit and irreverence made life more joyful for friends and family; he was imbued with that rare quality of authenticity.

Predeceased by his parents, Kingdon and Dorothy Meyers; he is survived by his wife, Judith Zinis; his step-children, Medb McGearty and Lawrence McGearty; and his siblings, Bruce T. Meyers, Lee R. Meyers, and Kathy L. Lee.

Visitation was held October 25 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

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