December 11, 2018

Obituaries 12/12/18

Fred I. Greenstein

Fred I. Greenstein, 88, of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully at home, from complications from a form of Parkinson’s disease, on December 3, 2018. His family was with him in his final days.

He was Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University. He received his BA from Antioch College in 1953 and served in the Army during the Korean conflict. After discharge, he attended Yale University on the GI Bill, earning his PhD in 1960, ​and pursued postdoctoral study at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute (1961-62). Professor Greenstein ​was best known for his contributions to the systematic study of political psychology and for its application to presidential decision-making and leadership. ​During his long career, he wrote numerous scholarly articles and seven books. His early work related to children’s political development. His most well-known books are ​The Hidden Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader, a break-through assessment of Eisenhower’s presidential leadership style, and ​The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to Barack Obama, in which he used six criteria to judge a president’s effectiveness in leading the nation. He received numerous professional awards. His work is often cited by both scholars and journalists, and he was frequently sought out by the press for his keen political insight and analysis. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton in 1973, Professor Greenstein taught at Yale 1960 to 1962 and at Wesleyan University from 1962 to 1973. He was an active member of the American Political Science Association, serving on many committees and panels. He was a charter member of the International Society of Political Psychology, serving as vice president from 1990 to 1992 and as president from 1996 to 1997. He mentored numerous graduate students and was known for his willingness to provide prompt, meticulous, and constructive comments on any work submitted to him by students and colleagues.

After he retired from Princeton in 2001, Professor Greenstein continued to write and publish scholarly works. Avocationally, he was a jazz aficionado, enjoyed classic and foreign film, traveling, and walking in the woods with family or friends.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, Barbara E. Greenstein, he is survived by his son Michael Greenstein and wife Nettie Kurtz Greenstein, and their children Emma and Nathan; his daughter Amy Greenstein Dahn and husband William O. Dahn, and their children, Ryan and Cory; and his daughter Jessica Greenstein and husband Eric Hollman, and their children, Benjamin and Sam. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Greene, as well as a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A private service for family will take place on December 16, 2018 at Kimble Funeral Home, with interment following at Princeton Cemetery. A public memorial service will take place in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, or to a charity of your choice.


Margaret Ellen Peebles

Margaret Ellen Peebles died October 28, 2018, at the age of 56, after a long struggle against alcohol addiction.

Ellen was born in Princeton, attended Princeton public schools, and graduated from Princeton University in 1984. She was a talented writer and worked for a variety of publishing companies during her life, beginning with a summer in Town Topics’ front office when she was at Princeton High School, and culminating at Harvard Business Review where she was a senior editor.

She is survived by her parents, Jim and Alison Peebles of Princeton; sisters Lesley Peebles of Northampton, MA, and Marion DeMaria of Boise, ID; her sons, Alex Peebles-Capin and Henry Peebles-Capin of Brookline, MA, and their father, John Capin of Mexico City; and many friends.

A memorial service is planned for January 5 in Brookline, MA. Donations in her memory may be made to Planned Parenthood.


Martha Graves DeBardeleben

Martha Graves DeBardeleben, 92, passed away on December 8th at home after a brief illness. She was a resident of Princeton and Lawrenceville for the last 42 years. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University. She also completed a Master’s degree from Huntingdon College, published two books, and was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent office. She was trained as a counselor at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation and Rider University and saw people on a weekly basis in her home office. 

She married John T. DeBardeleben Jr. and raised three children, JohnThomas III, Charles Graves, and Eve DeBardeleben Roebuck. She enjoyed 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  

A committed Christian, she was a longtime member of Stone Hill Church in Princeton (formerly Westerly Road) and served there in many capacities. A funeral service will be held at Stone Hill Church of Princeton on Saturday, December 15 at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation with her family at 10 a.m. in the library. 

Graveside services and interment will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee, with her parents and older brother who preceded her in death. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Stone Hill Church, 1025 Bunn Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.


Pamela V. Hargrave

Pamela V. Hargrave, 92, of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her children, Noeline Baruch, David (Anne) Hargrave, and Gillian (Michael Leone) Hargrave; grandchildren, Andy, Alexander (Anna), and Wyck Baruch; Charles, Mackenzie, and Caroline Hargrave; sibling, Noeline Delahunt; sister-in-law, Peggy Frame; brothers-in-law, Tom Hargrave and Bud Frame; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by Richard D. Hargrave.

Pam’s journey began in Cape Town, South Africa, born to a loving and supportive family that encouraged her strong and independent spirit. The same spirit that allowed her, at 25, to sail to America as one of only two female crew members on The Yankee, a famous clipper ship. Pam’s elegance and charm drew people to her and fostered many lifelong friendships. It also sparked her relationship with Richard, whom she married, and decided to call America her new home. She was an avid tennis player, fabulous dancer, brilliant cook, and enjoyed entertaining her friends and family. Pam also dedicated many years to volunteering for numerous charities, in particular Princeton University’s Art Museum and McCarter Theatre.   

However, Pam’s greatest love and joy was her children and grandchildren. Through her love, support, and teachings, she shared her strong and independent spirit. She taught them how to be good people who are both resilient and caring. Pam taught them about the beauty and fun we can embrace during life’s journey — a legacy that continues to be passed on. After 92 years her journey has ended, but her spirit lives on.   

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc., 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th Fl., Chicago, IL 60601.

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