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Vol. LXV, No. 38
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Laurence Butterfoss

Therese E. Critchlow

Alice B. Studebaker

Mercedes Rogers

Glenn A. Jacobs

Daniel Leard Jr.

D. Victoria Ellis

William R. Patton

Carmelo DiDonato

Laurence Butterfoss

Laurence Butterfoss

Laurence Butterfoss, 96, a longtime resident of Princeton, died September 5 in Farmville, Va.

Born in Phillipsburg, N.J., he worked in electronic research with RCA Laboratories and Hoffman LaRoche.

He was devoted to his family and enjoyed camping, golf, history, and renovating “this old house,” his home for sixty years in Princeton. His inquisitive mind continued until his last days, always questioning fixed ideas.

He was predeceased by his son, Larry; his wife of 35 years and the mother of his children, Helen McQuade; his wife of 20 years, Anne McQuade; and his loving companion of his later years, Rita Giusto. He is survived by his daughters, Marianne Dennison and Joan Wall; his son, Thomas Butterfoss; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on September 24 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Learning Ally, provider of recorded books,

Therese E. Critchlow

Therese Elizabeth Critchlow, 90, a lifelong Princeton resident, died September 16.

Educated at Miss Fine’s School in Princeton, she was also a graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C., class of 1943. She earned a master’s degree at Columbia University.

Aside from her devotion to family, she was also devoted to learning and information. Her career as a librarian did not end after her retirement from the Reference Desk of the Princeton Public Library. In addition to a line of interim librarian jobs, she had been working part-time as a librarian in the Anne Klein Forensic Center in West Trenton until her death.

She volunteered for many years at the Princeton Medical Center in many capacities, including as a lay ministrant of Holy Communion. She volunteered at her church, St. Paul’s R.C. of Princeton, also in numerous capacities as a lifelong member.

She was also a member of the Princeton Historical Society for many years. Her other great interest was travel, which she indulged with yearly trips near and far. She touched many lives in her long life, and will be dearly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on September 22 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s.

Alice B. Studebaker

Alice B. Studebaker

Alice Bliss Studebaker, 73, died August 30 at Princeton Care Center from complications of a fall at home.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was a member of a family long associated with education in the Middle East. She spent much of her early life abroad, in Bulgaria from 1938 to 1942, then in Istanbul, Damascus, and Beirut in the late ’40s and early ’50s.

After receiving a BS in zoology from Mt. Holyoke College, she taught science in private schools. She received a master’s degree in zoology in 1967 from the American University of Beirut and then became a research assistant to the curator of spiders at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard.

She married Joel Studebaker in 1969, and they moved to Princeton in 1979. She was a longtime member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, where she also taught Sunday school. She taught swimming to children at the Princeton YWCA for many years, and her other interests included upholstery, playing the recorder, ballroom dancing, and canoeing.

A member of the corporation of the American College of Sofia in Bulgaria, she returned in 2005 to the campus where she had spent several years of her life. For Mt. Holyoke, she served as a class agent and participated in numerous alumnae activities.

She received a diagnosis of a brain tumor in the spring of 2009, but she came through therapy and lived a full life until the time of her fall.

She is survived by her husband, Joel Studebaker; her children, Anna and Daniel; her sisters, Joan Wilson and Margit Orange; and two grandchildren.

Her family will miss her generosity, her incandescent smile, and her flair for meeting new people.

A memorial service is scheduled for October 1 at 2 p.m. in Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. 01075, for the support of summer interns in her honor.

Mercedes Rogers

Mercedes Rogers

Mercedes Rogers, 95, of Kingston, died September 15 at Princeton Hospital.

Born Mercedes Clos in Havana, Cuba, to Jean Henri Clos and Maria Teresa Clos, she was married to Peter Rogers of New York and later divorced.

A resident of Kingston for over 40 years, she routinely welcomed newcomers to town with afternoon tea. Those invited couldn’t help noticing that along with her clothing, all of the furnishings in her little cottage were also in shades of pink and cream.

She spoke five languages, relished the etymology of words and was an avid reader of the New York Times. She loved her independence, but also welcomed the warm friendships she made in Kingston and Princeton. A talented amateur photographer, she provided the photos to the publication of the book, A Princeton Guide: Walks, Drives & Commentary.

She resided at Buckingham Place in Kingston for the last few years.

She is survived by two nieces and one great nephew.

A gathering of remembrance will be held at a later date.

Glenn A. Jacobs

Glenn Anthony Jacobs, 63, died August 13 at the University Medical Center of Princeton after a brief illness.

A longtime resident of Princeton, he was born in Norfolk, Va., on February 3, 1948. The first son of Charles A. Jacobs and Louise Atkinson Jacobs, he was raised in Chesapeake, Va., and graduated from Great Bridge High School.

While growing up, he was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. He worked for numerous merit badges, earned the Eagle Scout Award, and was a member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.

He completed his university studies at William and Mary College and Old Dominion University, also doing specialized research at Langley Air Force Base. In 1970, he joined Squibb (now Bristol-Myers Squibb) in New Brunswick and then Princeton, where he worked as a research chemist in pharmaceutical discovery in the cardiovascular, animal health, and anti-infective areas. He coauthored numerous papers and patents. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and the New York Academy of Sciences.

In Princeton, he made a new home, many friends, and enjoyed the community. He was an active member of the community, serving at Trinity Episcopal Church for many years and at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. He was a strong supporter of The American Boychoir School, as well as of the arts and theatre. Music was one of his great loves. He was always the person you could depend on and he helped many people.

He is survived by his mother, Louise A. Jacobs; his sister, Kathleen J. Davis; and his brother, Richard A. Jacobs.

A memorial mass will be held on September 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will be private in the family plot in Virginia.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to The American Boychoir School, 19 Lambert Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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Daniel Leard Jr.

Daniel Leard Jr., 92, a lifelong Princeton resident, died September 15 at the Princeton Care Center.

He retired in 1989 from the RCA David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton Junction, as a technician, after 30 years of employment. Prior to that he worked 10 years as a Proctor for Princeton University.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed bus trips to various destinations, visits to Atlantic City, gardening, and carpentry.

Predeceased by his wife, Irene M. Davison Leard in 1983, he is survived by two sons, Daniel S. Leard and Jack Leard; his daughter, Diane M. Taylor; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and his loving companion, Betty Davison.

Funeral services were held on September 20 at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by burial, next to his wife, in Princeton Cemetery. Visiting hours were September 19 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312, or at

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William R. Patton

William R. Patton, of New Canaan, Conn., formerly of Princeton, died September 1 at home of natural causes.

Born in Detroit, Mich. on July 14, 1919, he was the only child of Howard and Dolly Patton. His father, the jewelry and millinery buyer for S.S. Kresge Co., took him on a number of business trips from Detroit to New York and showed him the rough and tumble of the business world in the Depression. He also learned the rewards of being generous to others.

He graduated with a degree in optical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1942, and upon graduation married his high school girlfriend, Jean Wilson.

He immediately began working for Argus Cameras in Ann Arbor, Mich., designing rifle and bomb sights for the U.S. Army in World War II. It wasn’t long before he followed in his father’s footsteps and became manager of purchasing for Argus. Eventually he moved on to become the director of purchasing for ITT in New York, where he remained for over 25 years, settling in Princeton to raise his family.

Integrity was his creed and identity. He accepted no gifts, not even a pencil or a meal, from any of the people who wanted to become suppliers to the far-flung ITT companies.

In his work for ITT, he traveled all over the world by airplane. Here at home, he traveled at only slightly slower speeds in his series of sports cars and motorcycles.

He was a devoted member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wilton, Conn., the Senior Men’s Club of New Canaan, and his motorcycle gang — The Quiet Ones. He had a ready smile for everyone and just loved to be with people. Capturing that essence, a friend from church said, “Bill made you feel as if he had been waiting there all day just to talk with you”.

Predeceased by his first wife, Jean, from whom he was divorced, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Barbara; three sons, William, John, and Robert; eight grandchildren; his step-children, Greta Hayton and Paul, Ted, Tom, and George Ford; five step grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, Conn. 06897 on September 17.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a gift to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, Conn. 06897.

Carmelo DiDonato

Carmelo DiDonato

Carmelo DiDonato, 82, of Princeton, died September 19 at his son’s home in New Egypt.

Born in Isernia, Italy, he immigrated to the United States on October 26, 1966. He served in the Italian Military, and in Princeton he was employed as a groundskeeper for Princeton University with 28 years of service before his retirement in 1995.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and landscaping, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Son of the late Nicolino and Antonietta C. DiDonato; husband of the late Antonietta A. DiDonato; and brother of the late Peter DiDonato; he is survived by two sons, Anthony and Franco DiDonato; four brothers, Salvatore, Bruno Giovanni, Mario, and Michael DiDonato; a sister, Maria Assunta DiDonato; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on September 22 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on September 22 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Entombment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on September 21 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

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