February 6, 2013

Obituaries 2/6/13

Obit BrittzinWillard W. Brittain, Jr. 

On January 25, 2013, Willard W. “Woody” Brittain, Jr. of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Princeton, New Jersey, passed on surrounded by family and friends after a three-year battle with ALS. Woody Brittain was a native of Arlington, Virginia, and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1966. He earned a BA in Economics at Yale University in 1970 and an MBA in Finance at Harvard University School of Business in 1972.

Woody led the Washington, D.C., office of Price Waterhouse from 1983 for ten years and was a member of its board of directors. In 1994, he was appointed Price Waterhouse chief operating officer and moved to New York City. There he directed the historic merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand. Woody’s management talents led to his election to the boards of five Fortune 500 companies. Upon his retirement from Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2003, Woody founded the executive search and consulting firm Professional Resources on Demand.

A dedicated volunteer, Woody mentored dozens of young people while also serving on the boards of the National Urban League, the Northern Virginia Urban League, LEAD, the YMCA of New York City, and the Washington Ballet. As a Yale alumnus, Woody established Yale ORD Leadership Program and the Brittain-Palmer Fund for innovative programs of the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center. In addition, he served on the Yale Corporation Audit Committee and the Dean’s Board of Advisors of the Harvard Business School. Yale University bestowed its highest alumni honor, The Yale Medal, on Woody in November of 2011.

He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Deborah Carpenter Brittain, daughter Lindsey Elwin Brittain, of New York City, sister Barbara Y. Brittain, of Arlington, Virginia, and numerous other relatives. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Woody’s memory to the National Urban League, 120 Wall Street, New York, N.Y., 10005.


Clement E. Baldwin

Clement E. Baldwin, 92, of Hamilton Square, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.

Born and raised in Rocky Hill, he lived there until 1999 before moving to Hamilton Square. He graduated from Princeton High School, Class of 1938. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, assigned to the 15th Army Air Company. Upon release from the service, he entered the field of residential construction. Later, he started his own business that grew to include his three sons. He retired in 1985.

He was an exempt life member of Rocky Hill Fire Company. He was a life member of the Rocky Hill First Reformed Church. He served on the Rocky Hill Board of Education for sixteen years.

Clem enjoyed family vacations at the beach, spending summers on his boat with his children and grandchildren, saltwater fishing, and watching his children and grandchildren participate in sporting events. He also enjoyed time at the Hamilton Senior Center.

He was predeceased by his parents Clement R. and Mary (Longstreet) Baldwin, and two sisters Mildred Baldwin and Anna Mae Owens, and his loving wife Beryl Agin Baldwin of 32 years.

He is survived by his four children and their spouses Dale and Karen Baldwin of Lumberton; Mark and Marie Baldwin of Hamilton Square, with whom he resided; David and Sherry Baldwin of Yardville; and Mary and Joseph Puhalski of Hamilton Square; ten grandchildren Jill (Luis) Davila, Todd Baldwin and fiancé Nicole, Michael (Michele) Baldwin, Christine (Thomas) Meyer, Brian Baldwin, Heather (Matthew) Guagliardo, Daniel (Rachel) Baldwin, Kelly Baldwin, and Brandon and Colette Puhalski. He is also survived by five great grandchildren Christian, Brielle, Brooke, Alexa, and Ella.

The Funeral will be held 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February, 8, 2013 at the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill, Washington Street, Rocky Hill.

Burial will follow in Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Hill Fire Company No. 1, P.O. Box 327, Rocky Hill, N.J. 08553.


Obit AnnichElizabeth J. Annich 

Elizabeth J. Annich, who dedicated her life to family, church, and the teaching profession, passed away at her home in Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa, on January 30, 2013. Born in Philadelphia on June 23, 1915 to Russell and Helen Johnson, Mrs. Annich is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, the Rev. Dr. Russell W. Annich. She is survived by her children, Hon. Russell W. Annich Jr. of Princeton, Janet A. Winther of Flemington, and Rev. Lois H. Annich of Cleveland, Ohio. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Christopher and Peter Winther; Charles Annich; Tim and Molly Israel; a great-grandson, Landon Winther; and a beloved niece: Alice Fichter.

Mrs. Annich graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls, where she was editor-in-chief of the yearbook. After graduating from the Philadelphia Normal School at the height of the Great Depression, she was one of only two students to be offered employment. She later received a BA from Temple University. Over the course of her career, she taught in Philadelphia, Trenton, Ewing Township, and Princeton. Her love of children and ability to inspire and engage them made her a dearly beloved teacher wherever she went. Even in retirement she was so highly valued that she was asked to come back for a term to deal with a special assignment.

Mrs. Annich played an active role in her husband’s ministerial career. They lived in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, Haddon Heights, Trenton, and Princeton. She shared her gift for teaching in Sunday School, but is also remembered for graciously entertaining large groups of seminarians, musicians, and congregants in need of home-cooked meals at the holidays. Upon her husband’s retirement from Bethany Presbyterian Church in Trenton, Mrs. Annich became active at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, where she was ordained a Deacon and an Elder. She was also active in the Presbytery of New Brunswick, particularly with women’s issues. For a number of years she was a volunteer at the Medical Center of Princeton, logging in over 1,000 hours as a visitor for Patient Services and in the surgical waiting room. At Pennswood Village, Mrs. Annich was an enthusiastic volunteer, most notably working with the welcoming committee and library. She loved reading and in her later years continued to study literature at Bucks County Community College.

Burial will be private in the Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service was held at Nassau Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, N.J., 08542.


Obit MacdonaldHarry R. Macdonald

Harry R. Macdonald, 90, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and a long time resident of the Princeton area died suddenly at Hilton Head Hospital on January 30, 2013.

Mr. Macdonald was born in Princeton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Macdonald, Sr. He graduated from Princeton High School where he was president of his senior class, attended Princeton University with the class of 1944 and transferred to the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 1946 from which he graduated in 1945. His naval career was primarily in submarines, including recall during the Korean conflict.

He married Alma Lewis of Rocky Hill, in 1946. She died in 1983 and he married Suzanne Myers in 1988. Following naval service, he worked briefly for Proctor & Gamble and then Lever Brothers Company, New York, N.Y. for 35 years, 12 of which were in Hammond, Ind. where he managed the factory before being transferred to New York City. He was active in civic and community affairs as Chairman of the Planning Board and as president of the Board of School Trustees in Munster, Indiana. He retired in 1985 from Lever House in New York City as director of manufacturing services.

After returning to New Jersey in 1969, he was active in the Reformed Church in America, locally as an elder, regionally as president of the Classis of Raritan and as president of the Reformed Church Ministries to the aging. Since moving to Hilton Head in 1996, Mr. Macdonald has been active in the Presbyterian Men of the Church, an organization of men of the area churches, as director, as its president, and in chairing an annual College Ethics Symposium and in initial planning of an annual Christian Heritage Breakfast during the Heritage of Golf. He has also served as treasurer of the Hilton Head Chapter of the United States Navy League. Long active in Princeton University alumni affairs, he chaired 1944’s annual reunions from 1989-2004, and served the class as secretary, vice-president and until 2010 as president.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; three children of his first marriage; Jan Smith of Alton Bay, N.H.; Suzanne Horan of Martinsville, Ind.; and CDR Kim Donahue, USN Chaplain, of Baltimore, Md., currently serving at Marine Air Group 31, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C.; and four step children: E. Peter Myers of Bonney Lake, Wash.; Elizabeth Myers of Falmouth, Maine; Jeffery Myers of Oceanside, Calif.; Sarah McNaughton of Hallowell, Maine; 6 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. at the Providence Presbyterian Church, Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head with the Reverend Lifer officiating. A reception will follow at the Cypress, 20 Lady Slipper Lane, Hilton Head Plantation, HHI, S.C.. Following cremation, his ashes will be divided between Rocky Hill Cemetery, Rocky Hill, N.J. and the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium, Annapolis, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church, Rocky Hill, N.J., 08553; Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head, S.C., 29928 or Princeton University, Box 1946, Princeton, N.J. 08544.

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements, www.theislandfuneralhome.com.