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Vol. LXIV, No. 35
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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Suzan Tarwater

Goff Owen Jr.

Charles C. Townsend Jr.

C. Joseph Genster

Laura B. Hill

Burges Johnson

Marie Lewis Matthews

Suzan Tarwater

Suzan Tarwater

Suzan Tarwater, the former Dean of Students at The American Boychoir School, 54, of Princeton, died August 23 with her husband by her side at the Princeton Medical Center. She had been courageously fighting a difficult form of cancer for the past two years.

A graduate of Kansas University with a degree in music education, she taught music in the Kansas public schools for 29 years.

She served on the Board of Directors of the Garden City Choral Union and Symphony and the Southwest Kansas Arts and Humanities Board. She was also a 4-H and Boy Scout volunteer. An active member of the Garden City Presbyterian Church as a Youth Group Sponsor, Ordained Elder, and their Music Director, she later joined the staff of The American Boychoir School.

Her strength, great sense of humor, love of music, and commitment to the students at ABS throughout her tenure was a constant inspiration to all.

Preceded in death by her father, Jerry Hall, she is survived by her husband of 32 years, Mark; her children, Matthew, Jenny, Michael, and Brian; her mother, Dorothy Hall; her grandmother, Trudy Tillner; and her sisters, Julie Oliver, and Janice Arnold.

Contributions in her honor may be made to The Suzan Tarwater Scholarship Fund. Memorials should be sent directly to The American Boychoir School c/o Kara Murphy, 19 Lambert Drive, Princeton, 08540.

A Celebration of Life memorial will be held at the school in September.

Goff Owen Jr.

Goff Owen Jr.

Goff Owen Jr. died August 29 after many years’ battle with heart disease.

Born in Decatur, Ala. in 1931, he served in Korea, and holds a BA in music from Yale University, and an MA from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Jean, worked for many years as church musicians. He also did much tenor solo work in various states where they were residing.

He spent many years teaching music and German, and enjoyed working as a tutor in his later years. In addition, he was the owner of Goff Owen Associates Insurance in Princeton.

Predeceased by his sister, Elaine Mayo, he is survived by his wife, Jean Begley Owen; a sister, Nancy Runyan; four children, Sherrill Farkas, Allison Abbate, Goff Owen III, and John G. Owen; ten grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

The funeral will be held September 1 at 11 a.m. at Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Conn. Friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Centerville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The David Kraehenbuehl Society, c/o Dr. Larry Dissmore, 1111 North Glenstone, Evangel University, Springfield, Mo. 65802.

For more information or to send a condolence please see obituary at

Charles C. Townsend Jr.

Charles Cooper Townsend Jr. died at home August 27 after a long illness.

Born in 1927 in Bryn Mawr, Pa., he attended Episcopal Academy in Overbrook, Pa., and graduated from The Pomfret School. He received his BSEE from Princeton University, summa cum laude where he was a member of the Ivy Club. He was a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School, class of 1956.

He served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, stationed in Italy, and was honorably discharged in 1948.

He was employed at The Atlantic Refining Company in Philadelphia, Pa., and Seatrain Lines, New York. In 1978 he retired from partnership at Morgan Stanley & Co. to farm and raise polled Hereford cattle at Raynham Farms in Hopewell, N.J.

He served on the boards of The Bunbury Company, W.P. Carey & Co., Collier Enterprises, The Evergreens, Stockton State College, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Trinity Counseling Service, University Medical Center at Princeton, and The Windham Foundation.

A lover of the out-of-doors, he was an avid fly-fisherman. He was also a member of The Bedens Brook Club, Harvard Club of New York, Nassau Club, Pohoqualine Fishing Association, and a former member of the Tobique Salmon Club.

Predeceased by his parents, Charles C. Townsend and Ethel H. Townsend; and his wives Ann T. Frothingham and Mary Elizabeth Carr; he is survived by his wife, Daphne A. Townsend; his sister, Barbara Crawford; his children by his first wife, Charles C. Townsend III and Elinor T. Mahony; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held September 14 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.

C. Joseph Genster

C. Joseph Genster, 92, died August 17 at his home at The Windrows in Princeton.

Born in Sheffield, Ill., he graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he majored in economics, was elected to multiple honorary societies, and was a member of the equestrian jumping team. He received his MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School (HBS) where he was elected to the HBS Association and the HBS Century Club.

He entered the United States Army in 1940 as a Field Artillery 2nd Lieutenant. During the Second World War, he was promoted to captain and served as Battery Commander of a heavy gun battery through five campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action in North Africa. Recalled during the Korean War in 1951, he served as a major on the General Staff Corps in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

He served in senior executive positions with Mead Johnson & Co. in Evansville, Ind., and with Sperry & Hutchinson Co. in New York. As president of the Edward Dalton Division of Mead Johnson, he was responsible for the development and marketing of the weight control product Metrecal, one of the most successful product launches in the 1960s. After his retirement from Sperry & Hutchinson, he was director of planning for the American Management Association in Hamilton, N.Y. After retiring from AMA, he set up his own strategic planning business, which he ran until his third retirement at age 80.

His hobbies included golf, walking, reading, and international travel, especially with his late wife of 64 years, Barbara Burke Genster.

Son of the late Charles Joseph Genster and Mary Gorman Genster, he is survived by his five children, Margaret, Jane, Julia, Joseph, and Sara. His youngest child, David, died in 1964. He is also survived by his brother, John W. Genster; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on August 24 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. A reception at The Windrows followed. Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy at P.O. Box 196, Libertyville, Ill. 60048-0196.

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

Laura B. Hill

Laura Bergen Hill, 88, of Goldsboro, Md., died August 20 at the Homestead Manor in Denton, Md.

Born in Princeton, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Vandyke Bergen and Helen Goeke Bergen, and wife of the late Homer Manners Hill Jr.

A past homemaker and clerk in the family store in Princeton, Hills Market, she enjoyed bowling, tennis, and gardening. She was a member of the Kingston, N.J. Presbyterian Church before moving to Goldsboro in 2003 to live with her daughter, Judith Erhardt.

Preceded in death by her brother, Horace “Sam” Bergen; and her sister, Carrie Bergen McLennan; she is survived by her daughter, Judith Erhardt; two brothers-in-law, Arthur Anderson Harvey and Paul Joseph Hill; and one grandson.

The interment will be private in Kingston, N.J. at a later date.

Memorial donations may be sent in her memory to the American Red Cross, 100 West 10th Street, Wilmington, Del. 19801; or to the New Jersey Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 17 Pemberton Road, Southampton, N.J. 08088.

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

Burges Johnson

Burges Johnson, 86, of Jamesburg, N.J., formerly of Princeton and Plainsboro, died August 26 at the Franklin Care Center.

Husband of the late Grace Stone Johnson and father of the late Dodd J. Johnson, he is survived by his daughter, Faye E. Johnson; his son, Eric Johnson; and his wife, Trish Johnson.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family, under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

Marie Lewis Matthews

A Memorial Service for Marie Lewis Matthews will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 10 at the Princeton University Chapel.

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