He was also a controversial land use planner who criticized the New Jersey Supreme Court’s zoning decision that opened up suburban land for housing development. He had argued in many articles and land use conferences that the court’s decision would drain the central cities of their middle class residents, concentrate the urban poor in New Jersey’s cities and waste precious fuel and other resources. Instead of the court’s urban policy he proposed programs of redevelopment within the cities. He incited the wrath of many critics by his assertion that the primary beneficiaries of the court’s decision would be land use developers and not the urban poor.
In 1948 he received an AB with Distinction in Government from Cornell University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1951. He was a member of the Bar of the State of New York and a licensed Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey. He had been a member of the Princeton Township Zoning Board and the Princeton Regional Planning Board. Before retirement he had been a consultant to many municipal and state government agencies on matters relating to housing and land use control.
Starting in 1972 and continuing for twenty years thereafter, he was editor-in-chief of the Real Estate Law Journal, a quarterly review of developments in the fields of real estate law, taxation, and finance. He has written eight books on various aspects of land use regulation, seventy articles, and an autobiography as well as several booklets about his extensive travels.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Naomi, three children; Patricia Zeigler, Elizabeth Rose, and Theodore Rose and six grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Wilson Room of Princeton Windrows, 2000 Windrow Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540.
A past president of the Princeton Lions Club, Pettoranello Foundation board member, and American Legion parade marcher, Phil also was a Juilliard-trained concertmaster for the Ars Nova chamber orchestra and numerous other local classical music ensembles.
He performed regularly with the Connecticut Symphony and Connecticut Pops from 1947 until the mid-1950s and taught violin to students in Lordship and Fairfield, Connecticut.
Phil was the first man to play a violin from the stage of the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut and could tell side splitting tales about the antics of Christopher Plummer, Jack Palance, Jerry Stillar, and Roddy McDowall during rehearsals and performances of the Tempest by that company in the summer of 1955.
Indeed, for most, Phil was best known for his talent as a story teller. All who came within earshot, usually over a beer, can recount hearing him spin a yarn about his beloved family members, his childhood in Black Rock, Connecticut, fishing with his children in the Long Island Sound or off the New Jersey coast, memories of the Depression and War years, his Navy service, or time at music school.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Norma and Dan Hill of Doylestown, Pa., son and daughter-in-law Philip and Hilary Porado of Toronto, Canada, four grand-daughters — Caitrin McLean (and husband Matt), Ellen Hill, and Martha and Electa Porado, and one great-grandson Alessandro Leone. His beloved wife Doris passed away in 2000.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Princeton Pettoranello Foundation or the Trenton Community Music School.
The family would like to extend its thanks to the many friends and neighbors who enabled Phil to remain in his home during his last years. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on May 11 at Trinity Church on Mercer Street, followed by a reception at his home.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
Returning to civilian life, Paul earned an MA in politics at Princeton and took a job as assistant to the president of Oberlin College before moving on to work in public relations for McCann-Erickson in Cleveland. He became a consultant for a range of public and private institutions, eventually relocating to Princeton. Over the course of his career, he pioneered closed circuit national and international video teleconferences, and, as DV Communications, produced major video coverage of everything from championship boxing events and World Cup soccer games to meetings of major medical associations and U. S. automotive companies.
Paul was a co-founder of Oxfam-America, serving on its board for ten years. He also served as a member of the Corporation of Haverford College. He was devoted to his Princeton class and rarely missed a reunion. His volunteer activities included working with the Princeton University Art Museum and the Princeton Public Library. A life-long Quaker, he was a member of the Princeton Friends Meeting.
After retiring, Paul and Julie moved year round to their summer home in Wakefield. Their last move was to Philadelphia in 2001.
Paul is predeceased by his wife Julianne and survived by three daughters, Susan Marcus of Wakefield, R.I., Nancy Pontone of Philadelphia, Pa., and Carol Henderson of Chapel Hill, N.C.; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oxfam America, 226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor, Boston, Mass. 02114 or www.oxfamamerica.org.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at the Princeton Friends Meeting on Saturday May 11 at 2 p.m.