Jeremiah S. Finch
Jeremiah S. Finch, 95, of Jamesburg, a longtime Princeton University faculty member and administrator, died August 25 in Jamesburg.
Born in Albany, N.Y., he received his bachelor's degree in 1931, master's degree in 1933, and doctoral degree in 1936, all from Cornell University. He then taught at Cornell before joining the Princeton faculty.
A professor emeritus of English at Princeton, he served the University in two key administrative roles, as dean of the college from 1955 to 1961 and as secretary of the University from 1966 to 1974.
Thomas Wright, who succeeded Dr. Finch as secretary, said that Dr. Finch excelled at his work because of the way he inspired people and paid attention to details. "He was an exceptional motivator because people were so fond of him. People worked very hard because he was so generous, thoughtful, and kind."
As dean of the college, Dr. Finch was responsible for overseeing undergraduate studies and curriculum, and for administering the various services and agencies to promote the academic development of undergraduates.
At Princeton, he led classes in English literature until his retirement in 1975. He was the author of works on the life of Sir Thomas Browne, a 17th-century English doctor and writer, and of articles for scholarly journals on medical history, English literature, teacher preparation, and liberal education. He also wrote several works on the history of Princeton University, and played a significant role in the publication in 1978 of A Princeton Companion, a reference book by Alexander Leitch. He was made an honorary member of the Princeton classes of 1931 and 1942.
"He's the strongest example I knew of being more Princetonian than most Princetonians," said Mr. Wright. "Jerry just loved Princeton history, Princeton traditions and Princeton people."
Dr. Finch served as a trustee of the Danforth Foundation and of Ripon College, where he received an honorary degree in 1980. He was also president of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, a member of the Council of the American Association of University Professors, and a board member of several local educational organizations.
A lover of nature who spent many summers in the Adirondack Mountains, he was a member of the Princeton Small Animal Veterinary Endowment (SAVE). During retirement he read for the blind and contributed to the monthly newsletter at Monroe Village in Jamesburg, where he lived for the last ten years.
Predeceased by his wife, Nancy Goheen, he is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage, Anne Finch-Fakundiny of Rensselaer, N.Y., and Abigail Finch of Round Hill, Va.
A private interment will take place in Fort Ann, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jeremiah Thomas Finch (1940-1946) and Jeremiah Stanton Finch (1910-2005) Memorial Book Fund, c/o the Princeton University Library, 1 Washington Road, Princeton 08544; or to the Small Animal Veterinary Endowment (SAVE), 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton 08540.
Donald J. Blattner, 79, of Red Bank, formerly of Princeton, died August 27 at the Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff, N.J. A Red Bank resident for the past 20 years, he raised his family in Princeton.
Born in New York City and raised in Mountain Lakes, he received his B.S. and master's degrees in physics from Columbia University.
He served in the Navy during and after World War II.
An electrical engineer, he worked for RCA, Western Electric, and AT&T, before concluding his career with the Department of the Army at Fort Monmouth. He was active in many professional organizations.
Predeceased by his wife, Janet, in 1981, he is survived by two daughters, Lindsay of St. Paul, Minn., and Cary Sieber of Wyckoff; a son, Wray of Dayton, Ohio; a brother, David of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Doris Wilson of Black Mountain, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held this Saturday, September 10 at 3 p.m. at the Mountain Lakes Community Church, 48 Briarcliff Road, Mountain Lakes, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, Wyckoff.
Georgia Leve Kimball, 64, of Stevensville, Md., formerly of Princeton, died August 28 at Anne Arundel Medical Center following an 18-month battle with cancer.
Born in New York city, she attended Connecticut College.
She worked as a customer service representative at Nordstrom's Department Store in Annapolis, Md.
Her interests were knitting, crocheting, and photography. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Predeceased by her husband Charles in 1980, she is survived by a son, Julian of Methuen, Mass.; and a sister, Jacqueline Leve of New York City.
The funeral was September 2 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial was private.
Arrangements were by the Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
C. A. "Buzz" Lippincott, 72, a Princeton resident since 1970, died August 31 in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia of complications from Acute Myeloid Leukemia and cardiovascular disease.
He was born on his family's third-generation farm in Niwot, Colo. to Charles Amos and Modesto Beasley Lippincott. He had one brother, Charles Thomas Lippincott.
He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1955, served in the United States Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. from 1955 to 1957, and received an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1962.
During his career, he served as director of marketing research for the Atlantic Richfield and ARCO Chemical Companies in Philadelphia, manager of international marketing research for Oxirane Corporation in Princeton, and director of statistics for The Society of the Plastics Industry in Washington, D.C. He was elected president of The Chemical Management and Resources Association in 1980 and received its highest honor of Life Member.
During the 1970s he founded and served as Cubmaster of the Princeton All Saint's Church Cub Scout Pack, and served on the board of The Youth Employment Service of Princeton (Y.E.S.).
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Reba Jordan Lippincott; two sons, Jeffrey of Charleston, S.C. and Clark of Charlotte, N.C.; and two grandsons.
A family interment was held at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held for family and friends at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to The Jefferson Foundation, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, 925 Chestnut Street, Suite 110, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.
Jane Darlington Rohrer, 88, of Skillman, died August 31 at her residence in Stonebridge at Montgomery.
Born in Darlington, Pa., she lived in Princeton for 49 years before moving to Rockland, Maine. She returned to the Princeton area in 2004 to Stonebridge.
She was a member of the Present Day Club, and a volunteer for many years at the University Medical Center at Princeton and the Princeton YWCA.
While residing in Rockland she had been a member of the Camden Garden Club.
Wife of the late Graham Rohrer, she is survived by three sons, Douglas of Gaithersburg, Md., G. Scott of Austin, Texas, and E. Mark of Fort Collins, Colo.; a daughter, Joanne Saxton of Palo Alto, Calif.; five grand-children; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am. Thursday, September 8 in the Sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street. Interment will be private. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Kimble Funeral Home.
Pearl I. Tamasi, 90, of Princeton, died September 4 in the Princeton Care Center.
Born in Princeton and a lifelong area resident, she was a graduate of Princeton High School and attended Rider College.
She was employed by Princeton University in the Naval Science Department during the 1960s.
A member of St. Paul's Church, she was also a lifetime member of The Deborah Hospital Foundation, where she held various positions.
She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, cooking, and spending time with her family.
The daughter of the late Florindo and Lucy D'Andrea Toto and sister of the late Albert, Florindo, and William Toto, she is survived by her husband of 68 years, Domenico Tamasi; a son, Raymond of Dennis, Mass.; a daughter, Linda A. Zanetti of Duxbury, Mass.; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be held tomorrow, Thursday, September 8 at 8:30 a.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, September 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Burial will be in the family plot in Princeton Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08540; or to Deborah Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 820, Browns Mills 08015.
Arthur D. Vandermark, 68, of Virginia, formerly of Princeton, died August 19 in Virginia.
Born in Princeton, he was the son of the late Warren Vandermark and the late Daisy Ormond Vandermark.
He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid camper.
He is survived by his children, Sylvia Schroeter, Sherri Davis, and Arthur Vandermark; two brothers, Warren and William; and two grandchildren.
An informal gathering in celebration of his life was held at Rocky Hill Cemetery on September 3.
Memorial contributions may be made to The University of Virginia Medical Center, Cancer Research Department, P.O. Box 800773, Charlottesville, Va. 22908.
Phoebe Golden Williams, 54, of Princeton, died suddenly September 1 at home.
Born in Hazleton, Pa., she had been a resident of Princeton since 1988.
She was a graduate of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, earning her B.A. and master's degree in education for the deaf and hearing impaired. She taught deaf children in New Jersey, Illinois, and Texas.
She was a preschool teacher for more than 15 years at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.
She devoted much of her time to volunteer work. She spent many years helping with the annual University Medical Center at Princeton's June Fete, serving once as a co-chair. She also worked as a volunteer in the emergency room.
The daughter of the late Daniel Golden and the late Phoebe Moran Golden of St. Johns, Pa., she is survived by her husband of 32 years, Thomas J. Williams; a daughter, Leslie M. Williams of Charlotte, N.C.; a son, Thomas Jr. of Princeton; and three brothers, Daniel Golden of Anchorage, Alaska, Christopher Golden of Newton, Mass., and William Golden of Dallas, Tex.
A private family viewing was held September 6 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Drums, Pa. on Wednesday, September 7 following a committal ceremony at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, 237 North Harrison Street, Princeton 08540.