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Vol. LXIII, No. 37
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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Reid S. Byers

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Amanda R. Lake

Reid S. Byers

Reid S. Byers

Reid Schell Byers died on September 3 at Stonebridge at Montgomery, in Skillman. Born April 11, 1922, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, the son of Wiley Livingston Byers and Pauline Reid Byers, he was a graduate of Franklin and Marshall Academy and Carnegie Mellon University.

After retiring in 1981 as president of Ingalls Iron Works Company, Marine Division, he was a marine consultant in Pensacola until 2001.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service during World War II and was aboard the USS Segundo at the signing of the peace treaty in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

A life member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he served on the Board of Directors of the American Waterways Operators in Washington, D.C. He was a charter member of the Steering Committee of the American Shipyards Conference and served on the Western Rivers Technical Committee of the American Bureau of Shipping, and on the Board of the Water Resources Council. He also served as a board member of Rotary International.

He was a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Uniontown, as were his father and grandfather. He was also a Deacon in the First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, Alabama and the Independent Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Alabama.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Beall Byers, his son, the Rev. Reid Byers, Jr. and his wife Patricia Burch Byers, and their sons, Reid III and Hartman of Princeton; and by his son, Dr. Thomas Beall Byers and his children Jack and Anna, of Louisville, Kentucky. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Beall Metzler. Mr. Byers was predeceased by his beloved daughter-in-law, Ann Browning Byers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stonebridge Foundation Employees Fund, 300 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, N.J. 08558 or Planned Parenthood of Mercer Country, 437 East State Street, Trenton 08608.

Theodore H. Kennedy Jr.
Theodore H. Kennedy Jr.

Theodore H. “Teddy” Kennedy Jr., 68, of Lawrenceville, died September 5 at Compassionate Care Hospice-St. Francis Medical Center.

Born in Princeton, he was educated in the Princeton public school system, graduated from St. Emma Military Academy in Virginia, and attended North Carolina A&T College in Greensboro, N.C.

He retired from General Motors after 36 years of service.

He was a member of U.A.W. Local 731, I.B.P.O.E. of W., Witherspoon Lodge No. 178, and Tee to Green Golf Club.

Son of the late Theodore H. Kennedy Sr. and Alice Kennedy, and brother of the late George Robert Kennedy, he is survived by his wife, Cecile; two sons, Theodore III (“Hank”) and Anthony (“Tony”); a sister, Jewel Kennedy; and two grandchildren.

The funeral service was September 11 at First Baptist Church, Princeton.

Interment was in Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Amanda R. Lake

Amanda Ridgely Lake, 44, a Princeton resident for many years, died in Fairhaven, Mass. on August 19. She was the daughter of longtime Princeton resident and local arts patron Cynthia Lake Woodger, who died earlier this year, and stepdaughter of Bruce Woodger, also of Princeton. 

Ms. Lake grew up in Cazenovia, N.Y., where her father, the late Rev. Benjamin J. Lake, served as Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia for nearly two decades. She attended Princeton Day School, graduated from The Oldfields School, Sterling College, Hamilton College, and the Great Books master’s program at St. John’s College. While at Hamilton, she served as president of the 125 year-old Emerson Literary Society.

Despite her interest in literature and talent in creative writing, Ms. Lake’s true love was the sea. Undaunted by maritime challenge, she became part of the first crew to circumnavigate Greenland by sailboat. Over the years she enjoyed many adventures on the 50-foot cutter Brendan’s Isle, including circumnavigating Newfoundland and Labrador, exploring the navigable waters of the Arctic Circle, and sailing from Annapolis to Iceland. An accomplished sailor of all size ships, she served as chief mate and in various other positions aboard the Massachusetts tall ship Ernestina. In 2003 she joined the crew of Pete Seeger’s Hudson Sloop, Clearwater.

Ms. Lake was one of very few women ever to earn a 100-ton Near Coast Master’s License, allowing her to pilot large vessels in and out of commercial ports. At the time of her death, she taught classes on advanced ship-handling and maritime safety at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, helping others to achieve similar licenses.

She began her career on the water at an early age, skippering tourists and residents between Edgartown and Chappaquiddick on Martha’s Vineyard. She later joined the crew of the R/V Regina Maris, a wooden barkentine, studying Humpback whales in the Caribbean and North Atlantic.

While on land, Ms. Lake served as Internship Program Coordinator for the National Audubon Society during the 1980s and ’90s and helped develop an award-winning educational website for PBS.

As a young girl, Ms. Lake was the envy of her peers for having what she declared to be “the largest collection of [Charles M. Schultz] Snoopies in the world.” As an adult, she delighted and supported her peers with her sense of humor and tireless volunteering. If a project needed finishing or a person needed help, Ms. Lake would be first to lend a hand.

She is survived by her brother, Whitney Burr Lake of Ennis, Mont.; her stepfather, Bruce Woodger of Princeton; and two godsons, Jacob Schramm of Washington, D.C. and Skiddy Payson of Fairhope, Ala.

A memorial service will be held on the deck of the schooner Ernestina this Saturday, September 19 at 2 p.m. in New Bedford, Mass. A funeral service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton will follow on Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Schooner Ernestina Commission Trust, P.O. Box 2010, New Bedford, Mass. 02741-2010.

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