Kenneth M. Rendall Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on January 18, 2014. Ken was born in New Brunswick, N.J. on July 7, 1925 to Kenneth and Ruth Rendall. He was predeceased by his wife Lois in 2011.
Ken graduated from Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., a member of the Class of 1944. He lettered in football, wrestling, and track. His senior year football team went undefeated and he was inducted into the Peddie Athletic Hall of Fame.
Days after his graduation he joined the Navy and proudly served aboard LCS(L)(3)-42 as a 17-year-old signalman. His ship led amphibious landings at Brunei Bay in Borneo, as well as at Zamboanga, Basilan, Jolo, and Tawi Tawi in the Philippines earning two battle stars. Ken further served in the Naval Reserves until 1954. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1950.
He married Lois Welchman on May 1, 1954 and spent their honeymoon in South Harpswell, Maine. This began their lifelong visits to Maine. They spent summers at their family camp on Mooselookmeguntic Lake for over 30 years. While in Maine, he enjoyed fishing, hiking, taking his sons waterskiing, and perhaps most of all, peace and tranquility on the front porch.
Ken worked for Princeton University for nearly 20 years as their faculty housing director. Lois and Ken opened their home and hearts to many undergraduate students. After leaving Princeton, he joined Edmond Cook and Co., it later became Rendall-Cook and Co., until his retirement in 1990.
He was active in the Princeton community. He served for 27 years with the Princeton Housing Authority, including an extended stint as chairman. In addition, he was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church serving on their Building and Grounds Committee as well as an usher. He and Lois retired to Wiscasset, Maine in 1994 and joined St. Andrews Church in Newcastle. He also served for several years on the board of the Genesis Fund located in Damariscotta.
His enjoyment of sports was contagious. He would often spontaneously rally his sons’ friends for a pick-up game of football, basketball, or baseball. He was devoted to watching his three sons play sports and rarely missed a game. In retirement, Ken always looked forward to his Wednesday golf outings with friends.
Ken was extremely proud of his Scottish heritage and spoke at length to anyone who would listen of his connections to Scotland and the Orkney Islands.
He was a kind and gentle man who will be remembered as a good husband to Lois and a good father to his three sons. He will be missed.
He is survived by his three sons and their partners, Kenneth M. Rendall III and Deborah of Peapack, N.J., R. Keith Rendall and Julie of Wiscasset, Maine, and Craig H. Rendall and Lisa of Brunswick, Maine; his sister Virginia Reynolds of Montgomery, N.J. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Kyle, Sean, Talia, Stephanie, and Nicholas.
A memorial service will be held in April at St. Andrews Church in Newcastle, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken’s honor to: Miles & St. Andrews Home Health & Hospice, 40 Belvedere Road Damariscotta, ME 04543.
Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath, Maine. Condolences may be made online at www.Daiglefuneral
Paula Margaret Morgan
Paula Margaret Morgan died January 22, 2014 in the Helene Fuld Trauma Center. A resident of Princeton for more than 50 years, Paula devoted her life to music, friends, and her church.
Paula was born on August 11, 1935 in Modesto, California. A scholar of music, she earned a BA from Mills College, an MA from Columbia University, and an MLS. from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked for Princeton University as a Music Librarian from 1964 until 2000. During her tenure, the Music Library evolved from dark stacks and cramped quarters in the basement of Firestone Library to the spacious Mendel Music Library in the Woolworth Center. This move also consolidated the Music Collection and the Music Listening Library into one patron-friendly collection and location.
In her professional life, Paula was an active member of the Music Library Association. She wrote approximately 150 articles for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, first edition (1980), and revised and updated most of them and added some new articles for the second edition (2000). Paula also co-curated an exhibition, “Il Caro Sassone: George Frideric Handel at Princeton,” that was on display from September 1999 through January 2000 in Firestone Library. A musician in her own right, Paula was a singer and played the clarinet and piano.
After retiring, Paula served as a volunteer for the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton and as a volunteer librarian in the Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. She sang in the Absalom Jones Inspirational Choir in Trinity Cathedral, Trenton. For the cathedral, she served as a lay eucharistic visitor and brought communion to the Mercer Geriatric Center. She also edited the cathedral newsletter. For many years, Paula worshipped at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Princeton, where she sang in the choir, served as a lay eucharistic minister and visitor, and was a member of the Liturgy and Music Committee. She served on the Vestry and was chair of the All Saints’ Organ Committee. In December 2012, Paula was admitted to the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, a group of approximately 700 women, members of the Anglican Communion, called to live individual lives under a rule of intercessory prayer, thanksgiving, and simplicity of life with intentional concern for the unity of all God’s people, God’s mission in the world, and social
Paula is survived by her sister, Laurie Karp, of Patterson, California, by the Companions of the Holy Cross, by her church family at All Saints’, by her friends Marlene Lynch and Carol Sassman, both of Lambertville, and by her friend of more than 40 years, the Rev. Deacon Mary Ann Jensen of Princeton, with whom she shared a home.
A celebration of Paula’s life will take place at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Interment will take place in the All Saints’ Trinity Cemetery, and a reception will follow in the church.
Memorial donations may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or to the charity of your choice.