Wesley P. Townsend, 60, of Princeton, died September 6 of complications from Pick's disease. A holder of 16 patents, he was the inventor of the touch screen for the computer industry.
Born in Farmingdale, Long Island, he was a 1961 graduate of Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y., and a recipient of a N.Y. State Regents scholarship. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1965 with a B.A. in chemistry. At Dartmouth, where he had an undergraduate research fellowship through the National Science Foundation, he was a member of the Dartmouth Glee Club, on the Dartmouth swim team, and a member of the Sigma Epsilon fraternity.
He worked for a year for Union Carbide in 1966 and taught briefly at Horace Greeley High School.
He received a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Florida in 1971, where he had a graduate research fellowship with the American Chemical Society. After graduation he worked for 30 years in Hopewell at the Engineering Research Center of Western Electric, which became AT&T Bell Laboratories and subsequently Lucent Technologies/Bell Laboratories.
In 1973 he worked as the process engineer for the start-up of the world's largest printed circuit board factory in Richmond, Va.
From 1981 to 1985 he served on the Science Advisory Committee for the Governor of the State of New Jersey. In 1985 he chaired the Gordon Research Conference on the Science of Adhesion.
Working with Hall Alles and Rich Thompson, he developed the first computer touch screen technology which uses a light pen or a finger on an overlay membrane. The three men were awarded the 1986 Industrial Research 100 Award for this product, now used commercially in restaurants, banks, and stores throughout the world.
In 1992 Mr. Townsend received the engineering research award for Micro-optic Technology for AT&T. In 1993 he was invited to participate in an experimental program by the United States and Japan. After a selection process that included being accepted by AT&T, the United States Department of Commerce, two Japanese Ministries and his host company, Matsushita Electric Industrial Company of Osaka, Japan, he was sent for a year to study Japanese manufacturing technology. When he returned in December, 1994, he developed a course based on Japanese manufacturing technology which was offered in Europe and North America on target costing.
He was actively involved in the Boy Scouts for many years with his sons. He was an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 88 in Princeton. He also co-chaired the Princeton Chapter of the American Field Service with his wife.
A man of many interests, he was a collector of 20th century photographs, ancient Greek and Roman coins, comic books and their art, and music. He enjoyed playing "Go" and handball at the Princeton YMCA.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Judy; two sons, Wesley and Scout; two brothers, Peter of Manhattan and Robert of Brewster, N.Y.; and a sister, Lynne of Virginia Beach, Va.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 4 at 1 p.m. at the Princeton Unitarian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Hunger Project, 15 East 26 Street, New York, N.Y. 10010.
Leslie Bannon, 47, of Ewing Township, died unexpectedly September 9 at home.
Born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., she was raised and educated in Princeton. She moved to Ewing ten years ago.
She was a graduate of New York University and a classically trained pianist who accompanied many groups over the years.
Daughter of the late Joseph L. and Dierdre Bannon, she is survived by a brother, Jeffrey of Webster, N.Y.; a stepson, Leo Sylvester of Madison, Wis.; and a close friend, Lindsay Power of Trenton.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ca- thedral, Trenton, with the Rev. Canon Diane Nance- kivell, Vicar, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Children's Choir at Trinity Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton 08618.
Betty Jane Henderson, 92, of Princeton and Captiva, Fla., died September 11 at Acorn Glen.
Born in Spokane, Wash., she lived in Bryn Mawr, Pa. before moving to Princeton in 1946.
She was a former member of the Present Day Club, a former member of Bay Head Yacht Club, a board member of Chapel By the Sea in Captiva, a member of the Captiva Civic Association; and a vo- lunteer in Doctors' Wives Auxiliary.
Daughter of the late George T. and Helen B. Eager, and wife of the late Dr. John Henderson, she is survived by a son, Jack of Plainsboro and Captiva; a daughter, Patricia Lincoln of Skillman; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 19, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street. Burial will follow at Trinity All Saints' Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chapel By the Sea, Captiva, Fla. 33924; or to Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
Janet M. Storey, 78, of Lawrenceville, died September 10 at Princeton HealthCare System.
Born in Crisfield, Md., she was a longtime resident of Princeton Junction before moving to Lawrenceville five years ago.
She was a volunteer at the Medical Center at Princeton and the Animal Placement Agency of the Windsors.
She was an animal lover, and enjoyed bowling and spending time at the beach.
Wife of the late Carl Clinton Storey and sister of the late Helen French, she is survived by three sons, Richard of Houston, Tex., David of Harrisonburg, Va., and Steven of Yardville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held September 15 at the Blackwell Memorial Home, Pennington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Placement Agency of the Windsors (APAW), P.O. Box 162, Princeton Junction 08550; or Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Trenton Road, Browns Mills 08015.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Jean O. Smyth on Saturday, September 27, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, Crescent Avenue, Rocky Hill.