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Vol. LXI, No. 36
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
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Arnold E. Smolens

Allen C. Bigelow Jr.

Esther L. Oliver

Alice Gerb

Thelma K. Long

Arnold E. Smolens

Arnold E. Smolens

Arnold E. Smolens, 86, a longtime Princeton resident, died August 27 from a massive stroke. For more than 40 years he lived at the Nassau Club, where he was a member of the Old Guard.

From 1960 to 1989, he was a senior credit analyst and credit review officer with the Princeton Bank and Trust.

He graduated cum laude from Friends Select School, received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with an M.A. in International Organizations from the University of Michigan.

He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force in the European Theater of Operations, receiving the Bronze Star.

He wrote a number of articles about the European Economic Community, and published The North Atlantic Economic Community: The name of the Game is Survival in 1996.

In 1993, he ran for a seat on Borough Council.

After retirement, he became a familiar figure walking the streets of Princeton in his dark suit and hat, umbrella in hand. He was active for many years in the Princeton Quaker Meeting.

Son of the late Maxwell and Anna Smolens, he was predeceased also by a sister, Eleanor Segal, and two brothers, Stanley and Bernard Smolens.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Princeton Quaker Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton.

There will be a memorial service this Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting, on Quaker Road at Mercer Road, followed by a reception at the Nassau Club. For more information, call John Borden at (609) 924-3637.

Allen C. Bigelow Jr.

Allen Caryl Bigelow Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Princeton, died August 27 at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.

The son of the late Colonel A. Caryl Bigelow and Charlotte Cook Bigelow of Princeton, he lived in Princeton before moving to Charlotte 43 years ago as Vice President of Transportation Fabric Sales for Collins and Aikman Corporation.

He was a member of the Charlotte Country Club and the Piedmont Club. After retirement in 1981 he became an avid golfer and traveled extensively.

While living in Princeton, he was a member of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club and the Nassau Gun Club, serving on the board of each. In 1960, he won The Garden State Open 20 Gauge Skeet Championship.

Known by his nickname "Pic," Mr. Bigelow graduated from Taft School in Watertown, Conn. where he lettered in soccer, ice hockey, and tennis. He graduated from Princeton University with the class of 1942, where he was a member of the Cottage Club. He received his numerals in hockey, playing on the freshman and varsity squads.

He served in the Army during World War II and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart decoration for his wounds and was presented the Order d'Adolph of Nassau by the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg for his service to that country.

He is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Stickney of Tucson, Ariz. and Katharine Hammond of Atlanta, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. this Friday, September 7 at Harry and Bryant Company's Chapel in the Oaks, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte, with the Rev. Deborah Conner officiating.

Memorials may be sent to Myers Park Presbyterian Church or the Harris Hospice of Presbyterian Hospital.

Esther L. Oliver

Esther L. Oliver

Esther L. Oliver, 95, a lifelong Princeton resident, died August 28 at Hospice Care at the Pavillion.

Born in Princeton, she was educated in the Princeton School System.

She was employed by the Elm Club for many years as the assistant head of dining facilities.

The daughter of the late Richard and Cora Sweeney, she was predeceased also by her husband, Will "King" Oliver; her children William "Sonny" Oliver and Barbara Oliver Williams; her siblings Gertrude Banks, Della Williams, Martha Stryker, Selena Garrison, and James Sweeney; and a great-grandson, Xavier Epps. She is survived by a daughter, Marceline Oliver Yates; and six grandchildren.

A graveside service was held September 1 at Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home.

Alice Gerb

Alice Gerb, 71, of Princeton, died August 31 after a long illness. She had lived in Princeton for more than 40 years.

Born and raised in New York City, she attended Smith and Barnard Colleges and did graduate work at Princeton University in educational measurement. She began her career at Educational Testing Service as a computer programmer. Later, she spent many years as a program director.

In 1994, she retired from ETS and launched a third career as a travel agent. This move brought her professional life in line with her private life, as she had an insatiable appetite for travel. She visited more than 70 countries with her husband of 48 years, Bernie. After his death in 2006 she continued her travels with other travel partners. In her last decade of life, she suffered from diabetes, required dialysis three times a week, and was unable to walk without assistance. She nevertheless continued active service to organizations such as the American Jewish Committee and Community Without Walls, and remained an avid theatergoer and socialite.

She taught her children a love of reading and the importance of looking beneath the surface of complex issues. Her many friends knew her as a take-charge woman. She helped hold her husband's extended family together by organizing events. Even in her later years, she insisted upon hosting gatherings on major holidays, showing delight when the guest list lengthened.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane, of Princeton; a son, Andrew of Timonim, Md.; and three grandchildren.

Shiva services will be held at the family's residence today, Wednesday, September 5 at 8 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue.

Thelma K. Long

Thelma K. Long, 80, of Princeton, died June 25 in Wolfeboro, N.H. while enjoying her annual vacation on Lake Winnipesaukee in Melvin Village, N.H.

Born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late John and Myreta Keil, she attended Girls' High of Philadelphia before attending Ursinus College, where she majored in English Education, graduating in 1950.

First and foremost a mother, she was employed as a teacher in West Windsor-Plainsboro School for 25 years, retiring in 1990. She was also a "Host Mom" to many a rower on the U.S. Olympic Team for 18 years.

In 1951, she married Frank W. Long Jr., formerly of Springfield, Ill. The couple lived in Easton, Pa., Philadelphia, and Niagara Falls, N.Y. before moving with their three children to Princeton in 1964.

Predeceased by a brother, Bill Keil, she is survived by her husband, Frank; two sons, Steve of Princeville, Hawaii and Bill of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Lori Feiss of Helena, Mont.; her brother Jack Keil and sisters Myreta Tippett and Carla Stephens; and nine grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 29 at noon at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 407 Nassau Street at Cedar Lane.

Memorial donations may be made to the Jefferson Elementary School, Art Program, 1023 East Broadway, Helena, Mont. 59601.

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