June 5, 2013

Obituaries 6/5/13

6-5-13 Illick ObitChristopher David Illick 

Christopher David Illick (Kit) was born in Bethlehem, Pa. on March 21, 1939, and died peacefully on May 28, 2013 in Vero Beach, Fla., surrounded by his adoring family. Kit was the loving husband to Selden Dunbar Illick, devoted father to Hilary Selden Illick and Christopher Dunbar Illick, involved grandfather of eight grandchildren, Zoé, Esmé, Nico, and Téa Valette, Thor, Cyrus, Kit, and Dwyer Illick, and proud father-in-law to Pierre Valette and Alison Ambach Illick.

Born to Margaret Flexer Illick and Joseph Edward Illick, Kit was the third of four boys. He is survived by his three lively and kind brothers, Joseph, Flexer, and Tom Illick, and his dear first cousin, Marty Walzer. Raised in Coopersberg, Pa., Kit went to college at Trinity (’61) where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall. He earned his law degree at the University of Virginia (’64), then worked as an investment banker in New York City while raising his family in Princeton, New Jersey. His inspired second home, the Lower Farm in North Dorchester, New Hampshire was a sanctuary to family and friends. Kit retired in Vero Beach, Florida with his wife, Selden, in their beloved Riomar community.

Kit was a graceful, gifted athlete, passionate about tennis and squash, and in his recent years, golf. His love of music and his expressive dancing style were contagious. Kit treasured his friends, and displayed a remarkable ability to champion others. He was truly generous with his insight, kindness, and attentive enthusiasm for the lives of those he loved. Kit will be remembered for his warm engaging smile, his captivating blue eyes, his infectious laughter, and his superb sense of humor. He will be deeply missed.

Kit had Alzheimer’s disease, and chose to donate his brain to AD research. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Dr. Bradford Dickerson Dementia Research Fund, Mass. General Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, Mass. 02114; or to: Alzheimer Drug Discovery Foundation, 57 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at The Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa.


6-5-13 Meray ObitLorand H. Meray

Lorand H. Meray, 93, died peacefully at home in Princeton on May 24, 2013, in the loving presence of his family.

Lorand was born on July 4, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary. His family designed, built, and raced motorcycles, operating a factory and showroom in Budapest. Lorand received a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1941 and an MS degree in mechanical sciences in 1944, both from the Jozsef Nador Technical University in Budapest. He completed further postgraduate studies at the Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule in Zurich, Switzerland, and at the University of Toronto in Canada.

He retired from Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory in 1985. Previously, he worked as a mechanical engineer in research and development at RCA Laboratories in Princeton and as chief mechanical engineer for Curtiss-Wright Corporation. He holds several patents in the automotive and camera fields; was the recipient of an Outstanding Paper Award at the International Solid State Circuits Conference; and was a member of several professional societies, including the American Vacuum Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Camp Warden (University of Toronto Group).

Lorand was an avid skier, sailor, and athlete his entire life, and loved the outdoors. In his youth, he was a member of the Hungarian National Ski Team and a top finisher in international ski competitions. He served as vice president and race chairman of the Princeton Ski Club in the 1960s, and continued skiing competitively well into his seventies. He also enjoyed teaching skiing and sailing, and passed on his love of sport to his children and grandchildren. One of his favorite pastimes was sailing on Barnegat Bay with family and friends. He was an early and longtime advocate of protecting the environment. He also enjoyed drawing, clay sculpting, and traveling. Lorand was fluent in Hungarian, English, German, and French.

He is survived by his wife Grazyna Meray of Princeton; his daughters and stepdaughters, Livia Tiszai of Hungary; Muriel Meray of Dublin, Ohio; Danae Engelbrecht of Washington, D.C., Lorraine Meray Thomas of Beaverton, Ore.; Jasmine Spence of Newtown, Pa.; Agnieszka Fryszman of Washington, D.C.; Olga Fryszman of San Diego, Ca.; Robin Meray Patel of Tampa, Fl., and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Antal Meray-Horvath and his children in Hungary; his sister Beatrix Meray-Horvath Pinter and her children in Austria; and his cousins Leonora Medgyesy, Andrew Meray-Horvath, and Gusztav Meray-Horvath. He was predeceased by his brother Robert and his parents Julia and Lorand Meray-Horvath.

Services will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Wednesday June 12, at 10 a.m., followed by burial at the Princeton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton.

Memorial contributions in Lorand’s name may be made to the American Hungarian Foundation of New Jersey (www.ahfoundation.org) or the Sierra Club of New Jersey.

Extend condolences at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Virgina S. Herring

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, Jill Herring died in her sleep in her home at The Windrows, due to an apparent stroke. She was 87 and a 40-year resident of Princeton.

Born on September 17, 1925 in Philadelphia, she was one of three children of John Peter and Eleanor Stirk Staman. She graduated from Swarthmore College. During her college years she was active in sports and played varsity field hockey. She later joined the firm of Neuberger Berman, where she was a securities analyst. She married Bryce Wood and lived in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut.

In 1971, she married Pendleton Herring and moved to Princeton. She was an active volunteer in a number of local organizations. Among others, she participated in Recording for the Blind and volunteered as a remedial aid at the Riverside School. She and Pendleton Herring moved to The Windrows in 2000 and he predeceased her in 2004.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Jane Staman of Rackliff Island, Maine, eight nieces and nephews, Ann Hollingworth, Mimi Peet, Sara Staman, Kate Staman, Polly Duxbury, Linda Watkins, Greg Staman, and Peter Staman, her stepson, H. James Herring, five step grandchildren and fourteen step great-grandchildren.


Wilber Clarence Stewart

Wilber Clarence Stewart, 76, of East Windsor died on May 5, 2013 in the company of his loving family. He was born in Durham, N.C. on July 22, 1936, the younger son of Burton Gloyden Stewart, Sr. and Evelyn Isla Stallings Stewart. When he was 10 his family moved to Williamston, N.C. where his father became the principal of the public school, and where he met Mary Elizabeth Britton whom he married in 1961.

He studied electrical engineering at Duke University and completed his PhD in 1964. That same year, he and Mary Elizabeth moved to New Jersey where he embarked on a four-decade career at David Sarnoff Research Center as part of RCA and then SRI International. A Fellow of the technical staff at Sarnoff with a specialty in optics, he authored or co-authored dozens of technical publications and was responsible for numerous patented innovations. For most of 1974, he lived in Kilchberg, Switzerland along with his wife and children while he worked as a visiting scientist at Laboratories RCA, Ltd. in Zurich.

Wilber was active at the Princeton United Methodist Church and sang in the choir for many years. He took delight in astronomy, tennis, music, and travel. A man of quiet generosity, he possessed an infectious love of learning, a sense of humor both dry and warm, and a knack for problem solving. He loved trips to North Carolina beaches and mountains, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Britton Stewart of East Windsor; son Mark Wilber Stewart and wife, Anne of Lambertville; daughter Elizabeth Lyn Stewart Jaekel and husband, Chris of Maryville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren: Spencer, Joseph, and Sarah.

A memorial service will be held at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542 on Saturday, June 15 at 10 in the morning.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.


Mary Squitieri

Mary Squitieri, 93, of Hopewell died Monday, May 27, 2013 at Acorn Glen. Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident. Mary was a member of St. Paul’s Church. Daughter of the late Constantino and Maria (Pinelli) Pirone, wife of the late Salvator Squitieri, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Joseph and Ellen Squitieri, a daughter Salli Squitieri, a step-son Robert T. Squitieri, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the medical or environmental charity of donor’s choice. The arrangements were private under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.