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Vol. LXI, No. 38
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
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Hope E. Erdman

Esther L. Oliver

Kingsley H. Gallup

Nora S. Wilmot

Judith K. Meade

Charles Berry

Emile Libresco

Suzanne S. Kernan

Hope E. Erdman

Hope E. Erdman

Hope (Patsy) English Erdman, 79, wife of Peter E.B. Erdman, a longtime resident of Princeton, died September 15 in the University Medical Center at Princeton in the company of her family.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret English of New York and Edgartown, Mass. She graduated from the Westover School of Middlebury, Conn., then attended Bryn Mawr College. She was employed by Charles Scribner’s Sons publishing company in New York, where she became publicity director and developed what became a lifelong passion for books, reading, and learning.

While vacationing and sailing in Martha’s Vineyard, she began a courtship with Mr. Erdman. They were married in 1954, and soon settled in Princeton, Peter’s hometown, where they raised their four children.

Her clear focus of life was family and friends. She also volunteered for the Bryn Mawr Book Sale for nearly 50 years, working not only for the annual sale but also on the twice-weekly donation days at the book warehouse.

She is survived by her husband, Peter, of Skillman; two sons, William of Wenham, Mass. and Andrew of Princeton; two daughters, Margaret Becker of Wilder, Vt. and Caroline Hare of Skillman; a sister, Margaret (Peggy) von Wichman; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held this Sunday, September 23 at Nassau Presbyterian Church at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Esther L. Oliver

The obituary for Esther L. Oliver, a lifelong Princeton resident who died August 28 (Town Topics, September 5), omitted the information that Mrs. Oliver was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Princeton for more than eight years, and a member of the nursing unit and Sunday School.

Kingsley H. Gallup

Kingsley H. Gallup

Kingsley H. Gallup, 70, of Princeton, died September 8 at home, of complications related to breast cancer.

Also known as Kinny, she attended Miss Fine’s School, The Lennox School in New York City, and Bennett College, Millbrook, N.Y.

She was a talented figure skater in her youth and later the Senior Lady Champion of the Princeton Skating Club.

She served a term as the president of the board of trustees of the Mercer Council on Alcoholism. Over the last 20 years, she and her husband, George, facilitated small Bible study groups at their home and spoke at numerous churches around the country on this form of ministry. She played a major role with her husband in developing and managing the George H. Gallup International Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 1988. The Institute was created by the Gallup family in honor of George’s father, Dr. George Gallup, founder of The Gallup Poll. The mission of the Institute is to “discover, test, and implement new ideas for society.”

A person of charm, grace, and beauty, Mrs. Gallup’s priorities were God, family, and friends. Faced with a deadly illness eight years ago, she made the decision to be a witness to the power of the Lord in her life. She spent her remaining years in service to others.

She is survived by her husband, George; her mother, Kingsley K. Hubby of Old Black Point, Conn.; her children Alison and George of Knoxville, Tenn. and Kingsley of Durango, Colo.; two brothers, Nicholas Hubby of Ogunquit, Maine and Frank B. Hubby of Savannah, Ga.; a sister, Alison Hoversten of Vail and Denver, Colo.; and a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel this Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Development Office, 3535 Market Street, Suite 730, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104; or to the Trinity School for Ministry, 311 Eleventh Street, Ambridge, Pa. 15003; or to the Battle Against Hunger, St. Matthew’s Church, 300 South Main Street, Pennington 08534.

Arrangements are by The Kimble Funeral Home.

Nora S. Wilmot

Nora Scott Wilmot, 89, of Princeton, died September 6 at Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York.

Born in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, she immigrated to the United States as a young girl. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Edith Scott and the widow of the late John R. Wilmot.

A Princeton resident since 1959, she was a longtime member of Trinity Church and for many years volunteered at the annual rummage sale and St. Nicholas Bazaar.

She is survived by a daughter, Anne, of Floyd, Va.

The funeral and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, Garden State Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue, Denville, N.J. 07834-1362.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Judith K. Meade

Judith K. Meade, 57, of Princeton, died September 6 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born and raised in Linden, New Jersey, she relocated to Herndon, Va. in the early 1980s. She returned to Princeton recently to be close to her family.

She had been employed at Merrill Lynch, Hopewell, for the past four years. She was previously with Verizon for 35 years.

An avid reader and animal lover who also enjoyed gardening, her greatest love was being surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her mother, Catherine Gunteski of Princeton; a son, Brandon Meade of Princeton; and two sisters, Susan Amatel of Elizabeth and Karen Gallo of Princeton.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated September 10 at St. Paul’s Church. Interment was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Charles Berry

Charles Berry, 77, a Prince-ton University professor who touched the lives of thousands of students as a teacher of economics and as a residential college master, died September 2 of complications from cancer.

A specialist in industrial organization and applied microeconomics, he devised the Berry Ratio, a leading analytic tool embodied in U.S. tax law and now employed throughout the world. He consulted with dozens of government agencies, corporations, and law firms on antitrust and regulatory matters, transfer pricing, and corporate taxation. The Berry Ratio is used to relate a company’s gross profits to operating expenses. It was developed by Prof. Berry in conjunction with a tax court case involving transfer pricing between a U.S. parent company and a foreign subsidiary.

He earned his B.Sc. from McGill University in 1951, his M.Sc. from the University of Connecticut in 1953, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956. He was an assistant professor at Yale University and a senior staff member at the Brookings Institution before joining the Princeton faculty in 1966 as an associate professor of economics and public affairs. He was promoted to professor in 1971. He served as associate dean and director of the graduate program in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 1975 to 1978, and again as associate dean of the school from 1980 to 1985. In addition, he was the master of Rockefeller College from 1986 to 1990.

In addition to his consulting work, Prof. Berry was a director of the National Bureau of Economic Research and of Consultants in Industry Economics.

He is survived by his wife, Gisella; three children, William, a member of Princeton’s class of 1989, Rachel, a member of the class of 1991, and Katherine; and two grandchildren.

The funeral will be private. No memorial service is planned.

Emile Libresco

Emile Libresco, 85, formerly of Princeton, died August 30 in Stamford, Connecticut. He was a business executive, educator, civic leader, and Democratic Party loyalist.

He graduated at 19 from The City College of New York in 1942, with majors in economics and psychology. While in college, he served as a campus stringer for The New York Times. He received an M.A. in social foundations from Columbia University Teachers College and an Ed.D., also from Columbia, in social foundations and social psychology.

He served as a lead navigator in the 15th Air Force during World War II and was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant. Following the war, he worked in Washington as an economist for the War Production Board and for the Treasury Department. He also worked in the Veterans Administration as a clinical psychologist under Howard Rusk, founder of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The first half of his career was spent as a senior executive of such firms as American Can Company, International Paper, and Norton Simon Industries. The second half was spent in academia, as he served as a marketing professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business, Columbia Business School, Skidmore College, and several other universities.

His consulting work covered a variety of industries, including textiles, shipping, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, toys, musical instruments, computer software, and business services.

He was a fellow of the American Arbitration Association, a member of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the American Marketing Association, among other organizations.

He is survived by three children, Josh Libresco of San Rafael, Calif., Nicole Libresco of Arlington, Mass., and Andrea Libresco of Mineola, N.Y.; a brother, Leonard of Castro Valley, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mosholu Branch of the New York Public Library, Bronx Borough Office, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, N.Y. 10458, attn. Robert Bellinger; or to the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport, Conn. 06890, attn. Elizabeth Hanusovsky.

Suzanne S. Kernan

Suzanne Scoble Kernan, 84, of Princeton, died September 7 at home after a long illness.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., she graduated from New Rochelle High School and attended Parsons School of Design.

She served in the WAVES in 1944-45, and married Alvin Kernan in 1949 in Oxford, England, where she was a student at the Ruskin School of Art.

She had been a Princeton resident since 1973, when her husband became dean of the graduate school at Princeton University.

She was a dedicated and talented gardener.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, and four children, Geoffrey Peters of Princeton, Katherine Rubin of New York, Marjorie Stone of Blue Hill Maine, and Alvin Kernan Jr. of Oakland, Calif.

A memorial service will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

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