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Vol. LXIII, No. 36
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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Allan S. Meyners

Allan S. Meyners

Allan Staats Meyners, 56, of Hopewell, died August 29. He will be remembered for his sense of adventure, his ready smile, and his gentle heart.

As a child, he traveled the world with his parents, both ministers at the time. After high school, he studied at the American College in Paris before moving to the mountains of Auvergne in France, where he lived for more than a decade, becoming an accomplished cheesemaker and charcutier, well known in the bistros of Paris for the quality of his goat cheeses in particular. He knew German and spoke French with an Auvergnois accent.

Upon his return to the United States in 1985, he continued working with livestock in Montgomery Township for most of the next 20 years. He and his goats were the subject of an article in the August 25, 2008 issue of Time Magazine.

He was most recently employed by the Princeton Regional Schools.

He is survived by a loving family spanning two continents. Mr. Meyners and his wife Carol Brooks Meyners had two sons, David Brooks and Robert Ira Brooks Meyners. Mr. Meyners also had two sons by his first wife, Elisabeth Richard Meyners, Leslie and Florent Meyners, who live in Toulouse and Mauriac, France. He is survived also by his mother, Chaplain Hazel Staats-Westover, and stepfather, Professor Robert Staats-Westover, both of Princeton; his father and stepmother, Dr. J. Robert and Claire Meyners of Eureka, Mo.; a sister, Dawn Thornburgh of Key West, Fla.; a half-sister, Alexis Meyners of Madrid, Spain; three stepsiblings, Doug Westover, Diane Robison, and Bryce Westover; and a grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to a charity or cause of the donor’s choosing. A celebration of Mr. Meyners’ life will be announced at a later date.

Helen McKee

Helen Martha Hoffman McKee, 95, of Pensacola, Florida, formerly of Princeton, died August 31.

She was born in Trenton, the daughter of Nellie and Wilbert Hoffman. She married Walter Thomas McKee on November 2, 1933. They lived most of their lives in Princeton and retired to Pensacola in 1984.

Baptized as a Methodist, Mrs. McKee later studied to become Roman Catholic. She worked for Princeton University and Educational Testing Service until her retirement. For the last six years she lived at Creekside Senior Village (formerly Encore Senior Village) in Pensacola.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years in 1995. She is survived by two daughters, Gail Echevarria of Princeton and Wendy McKee of Pensacola; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel on September 3.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Pensacola at 5 North Q Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32505.

Arrangements were by the Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel.

Harold G. Johnson

Harold G. Johnson, 95, of Hightstown died August 29, peacefully at home.

He grew up in Madera, Calif. and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. Following graduation, he worked as a mechanical engineer for Douglas Aircraft, the U.S. Navy, and General Electric. In 1957 he joined the engineering staff at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory where he worked for over 25 years on fusion research. After retirement from PPPL, he spent 15 years in Adamant, Vermont before moving to Meadow Lakes retirement community in 2004.

A longtime resident of Lawrenceville, he was a member of the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir. He loved travel, was a licensed pilot, and built several homes including residences in Pasadena, Calif., and Adamant with the help of friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Sophia; three sons, Harold of Hamilton Square, Eric of Levittown, Pa., and Martin of Bethesda, Md.; a sister, Cecilia Fitzgerald of Nipomo, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on October 3 at 2 p.m. at Meadow Lakes, Hightstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sierra Club, 85 2nd Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94105.

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