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Vol. LXIII, No. 38
 
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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Obituaries

William McGuire

Carole Messersmith

Viola Winder

Fred Bauer



William McGuire

William McGuire

William McGuire, 91, of Princeton, died September 19 at home. An editor, writer, and scholar, he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. McGuire was internationally known as Executive Editor of the Collected Works of C.J. Jung, the Swiss psychologist, working with Jung and the translator R.F.C Hull and writing historical introductions to the volumes. The Jung volumes were the backbone of the distinguished Bollingen Series, originally published by Pantheon Books, and since 1967 by Princeton University Press, where Mr. McGuire was on the staff. Publication of the Jung volumes was funded in the 1940s by philanthropist Paul Mellon.

The Bollingen Series, named for Jung’s retreat outside of Zurich, eventually included volumes on anthropology, archeology, art, history, literature, poetry, and religion.

One of the volumes in the series is The Freud-Jung Letters (1974), edited by Mr. McGuire. He also wrote a history of the Bollingen Series, Bollingen: An Adventure in Collecting the Past (1982), traveling to Greece, Turkey, and Egypt for research.

He worked closely with authors and translators. He advised Joseph Campbell on The Hero with a Thousand Faces and other volumes, and Vladimir Nabokov on his translation and commentary on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. He participated in the creation of the A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, working with such authors as Kenneth Clark, Herbert Read, E. H. Gombrich, Anthony Blunt, Naum Gabo, and Isaiah Berlin. His editorial expertise seemed limitless. He worked on volumes in literature, such as The Notebooks of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Collected works of Paul Valéry; archeological volumes on Samothrace; Far Eastern religions; and the I Ching.

Following his retirement from Princeton University Press, the Library of Congress engaged Mr. McGuire to write Poetry’s Catbird Seat: The Consultantship in Poetry in the English Language at the Library of Congress, 1937-1987. It appeared in 1988 as a publication of the Library. He researched the early poets and traveled widely to interview others, including Stephen Spender, James Dickey, William Stafford, Stanley Kunitz, William Meredith, Maxine Kumin, and Gwendolyn Brooks. With the appointment of Robert Penn Warren in 1986, the name of the chair of poetry was changed to Poet Laureate.

Born in St. Augustine, Florida, he was the son of William Joseph McGuire, who was employed by the Florida East Coast Railroad. His mother was Edna Musgrave McGuire. He attended local schools and as a teenager was a reporter for the St. Augustine Evening Record. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Florida in 1938. In 1939 he received his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in English linguistics and creative writing under John Crowe Ransom. Following a stint in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he worked at The New Yorker magazine from 1943 to 1947 as a reporter and assistant editor. From 1947 to 1950, he served at the United Nations Secretariat as an editor and writer for the U.N. Bulletin and U.N. Yearbook.

He was a member of the board of directors of the Frances G . Wickes Foundation and the C.G. Jung Foundation, both in New York. He was an honorary life member of the C.G. Jung Foundation in San Francisco and a member of the International Analytical Psychology Society. He also served as trustee of the Vladimir Nabokov Trust. His papers may be found in the Library of Congress.

Predeceased by a daughter, Mary, he is survived by his wife of 44 years, Paula Van Doren McGuire of Princeton; two sons from a previous marriage, Jack of Oakland, Calif. and Eddie of Vic, Spain; and two grandchildren.

Carole Messersmith

Carole Messersmith, 72, of Princeton, died September 20 of a massive stroke.

One of four children of Italian immigrants, she was raised in Camden, New Jersey, and was the valedictorian of her high school class and the 1959 graduating class at Glassboro State Teachers College (now Rowan University). She went on to acquire a Masters Degree in Education from The College of New Jersey, continuing to take many courses and attend many conferences in order to become knowledgeable in how children learn. In 1960 she married James Messersmith, her husband of 49 years.

She retired in 2000 from the East Windsor Public School System as a classroom teacher. She continued to use her knowledge to help others become quality teachers through course instruction with her husband at The College of New Jersey, and later through the emergent literacy and student teaching supervision courses that she taught at Rider University. She was always professionally active, serving on many committees trying to improve education and creating activities to help others who had programs needing support.

She received many awards including the New Jersey Teacher Recognition Award. She was also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, a national honor society in education, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society, an international honor society for women educators.

She was an active member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, serving on the Deacon Commission and the Children and Ministry Commission, and most recently as a teacher in the Worship Explorers Program, a program designed to help young children understand the purpose of a church service.

She is survived by her husband, James; a son, Jon of New York City; a daughter, Amy of Connecticut; and three grandchildren.

The funeral service will be today, September 23 at 11 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, with the viewing beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will be Thursday, September 24 at 9:30 a.m. at Princeton Cemetery.

Remembrances in her honor may be made to the Stroke Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Crisis Ministry of Trenton and Princeton, or the Trenton Children’s Chorus.

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


Viola Winder

Viola Winder

Viola Winder, 90, of Princeton, died September 15 in Princeton.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of Philip Hitti, the prominent historian and founder of the nation’s first Middle East Studies program at Princeton University. She was the wife of longtime Princeton Professor R. Bayly Winder, later the founder of NYU’s Middle East Center and Dean of the Faculty at NYU.

Moving to Princeton in 1926 when her father joined the Princeton faculty, Mrs. Winder attended Miss Fine’s School before graduating from Kent Place. In 1940, she graduated from Connecticut College, where she was a French major. In 1946, she married Mr. Winder, who at that time had just started his graduate studies at Princeton University.

Though always rooted in the Princeton community the Winders traveled and lived abroad extensively, residing in Beirut (1947), Damascus (1956), and Cairo (1961). During this period Mrs. Winder began to follow in the family tradition, teaching English to Arabic speaking students in the region. She continued doing so upon her return to Princeton, teaching at the Adult School and later at the International Center at Princeton University. There, she developed a subspecialty in teaching English to Chinese Ph.D. candidates, many of whom came to rely on her as their secondary thesis adviser, and primary editor for their dissertations.

Mrs. Winder was also an accomplished writer. She was the author of The Land and People of Lebanon as well as numerous articles and several encyclopedia entries. She started her journalistic career in the 1940s when she accompanied her father to the first United Nations Conference in 1945 in San Francisco, reporting on the proceedings for the Princeton Herald. In the 1970s she wrote a weekly column for the Princeton Packet, entitled “Women’s Exchange.” Given her lifelong interest in the Middle East, she was an active member of the Princeton Middle East Society and also of the Nassau Club.

She is survived by a son, Bayly Philip Winder of Princeton; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Hitti Winder Fund at Haverford College, c/o 68 Westerly Road, Princeton 08540.


Fred Bauer

Fred Bauer

Fred Bauer, 75, one of the country’s leading inspirational writers, died September 17 at home in State College, Pa. Formerly of Princeton, Mr. Bauer and his wife Shirley made their home in Englewood, Fla., and State College.

Mr. Bauer penned many bestsellers, including biographies with or about such people as artist Norman Rockwell, Senator Everett Dirksen, poet Helen Steiner Rice, and gospel singer George Beverly Shea. His byline appeared in many national magazines, most frequently Guideposts and Reader’s Digest. He wrote more than a dozen books, focusing on travel, family, and religion. He also created his own publishing company, Littlebrook Publishing, Inc., in Princeton.

Born in Montpelier, Ohio, on March 30, 1934, the son of Jacob W. (Bud) Bauer and the former Juna Hasford, he began his writing career as a sports editor for the local weekly at age 15. He later became an editor for the Bryan Times and Fort Wayne Journal Gazette before being hired by Norman Vincent Peale to serve as managing editor of Guideposts in New York City. The family lived in Princeton for over 35 years. He eventually served the magazine as executive editor. It was during this time that he created a devotional book, Daily Guideposts, which he wrote for two years before it became a multi-authored publication. The popular annual is now in its 35th year. His trademark was short poems, which were later published in a book.

An Army veteran who served as a public information officer during the Korean War, he edited a service publication in Hawaii and wrote for the Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser. While stationed in Hawaii he broadcast Major League Baseball games over radio, recreating them with sound effects. After his two-year service stint, he returned to college at Bowling Green State University, where he majored in journalism, graduating in 1957.

Mr. Bauer was a member of Englewood United Methodist Church in Florida and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. He was active in many volunteer activities including the Salvation Army, Hospice, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, and the Heifer Project.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Shirley, he is survived by four children, Laraine Bortner of State College, Stephen Bauer of State College, Christopher Bauer of Santa Monica, Calif., and Daniel Bauer of Princeton; a brother, Robert Bauer of Montpelier, Ohio; a sister, the Rev. Joy Bauer-Bulla of Algonquin, Ill.; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held September 22 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, State College, with the Rev. Joseph Faulkner officiating. A second memorial service will be held in Montpelier, Ohio, at a later date. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Fred and Shirley Bauer Scholarship Fund, Mileti Alumni Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43404.

Arrangements are by the Koch Funeral Home, State College, Pa.

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