Soundings: Art, Music, and Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” Post

JONAH HISTORICALLY REGARDED (DOME): Frank Stella (1936 —), hand colored etching, aquatint, relief, engraving, screenprint and stencil on paper, 186.69 cm x 134.62 cm. Addison Gallery of American Art, Tyler Graphics Ltd. 1974-2001 Collection, given in honor of Frank Stella, 2003.44.300 /©2017 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NewYork.

On the hither side of Pittsfield sits Herman Melville, shaping out the gigantic conception of his white whale, while the gigantic shape of Greylock looms upon him from his study-window.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne, from The Wonder Book

By Stuart Mitchner

In a December 1850 letter to a friend penned while he was “shaping” the book that became Moby Dick, Melville writes, “I look out of my window in the morning when I rise as I would out of a port-hole of a ship in the Atlantic. My room seems a ship’s cabin; & at nights when I wake up & hear the wind shrieking, I almost fancy there is too much sail on the house, and I had better go on the roof and rig in the chimney.” more

“Frank Stella Unbound” at PU Art Museum Post

“THE CABIN, AHAB, AND STARBUCK”: “Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking,” at the Princeton University Art Museum from May 19 to September 23, focuses on the role of literature in Frank Stella’s innovative printmaking. The exhibit commemorates the 60th reunion of Stella, PU Class of 1958.

Between 1984 and 1999, American artist Frank Stella executed four groundbreaking print series — each taking its inspiration from a literary text: Had Gadya, Italian Folktales, Moby-Dick, and the Dictionary of Imaginary Places. In the process, his creative practice evolved to create prints of unprecedented scale and complexity, through which he both achieved a technical and expressive milestone in fine-art printmaking and transformed his visual language in all media. more

Romance Drama Revolves Around Love Between Hospitalized Teens Post

I WISH I COULD BE NEXT TO YOU: Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse), who both have cystic fibrosis, must stay a certain distance away from each other despite their growing attraction in “Five Feet Apart.” (Photo courtesy of CBS Films/Lionsgate)

By Kam William

Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is a typical 17-year-old in most regards. However, she is also suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease which makes her very susceptible to a variety of breathing disorders.

Consequently, she spends much of her time in the hospital. She’s currently receiving treatment for bronchitis on a ward with several fellow CF patients, including her friend Poe (Moises Arias), although there is a strictly-enforced rule that they stay at least six feet apart at all times because they could easily infect each other.  more

Entering Last Season With PU Women’s Soccer, Coach Shackford Hoping for Memorable Finale Post

ON THE LOOSE: Tyler Lussi goes after the ball last fall in her freshman season season with the Princeton University women’s soccer team. Lussi made an immediate impact for the Tigers, scoring a team-high 10 goals. She will be looking to keep up her scoring as Princeton opens up its 2014 campaign by hosting Rutgers (3-0) on September 5.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

ON THE LOOSE: Tyler Lussi goes after the ball last fall in her freshman season season with the Princeton University women’s soccer team. Lussi made an immediate impact for the Tigers, scoring a team-high 10 goals. She will be looking to keep up her scoring as Princeton opens up its 2014 campaign by hosting Rutgers (3-0) on September 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Julie Shackford feels like a college senior again as she looks ahead to coaching the Princeton University women’s soccer team this fall.

In August, Shackford announced that her 20th campaign at the helm of the program would be her swan song, something that has linked her with the team’s Class of 2015.

“I wanted to tell them before the season so they could experience it with me,” said Shackford, who is getting remarried and relocating to Virginia.

“I told the team and the seniors are calling me one of them. They have all been supportive and really phenomenal about it.”

In making her decision to retire, Shackford is entering the last lap of a phenomenal run.

“It has been 20 years at Princeton and 25 years in coaching,” said Shackford, who has a 196-109-26 record at Princeton with an appearance in the 2004 College Cup Final 4 and six Ivy League titles and posted a 42-21-4 in five years at Carnegie Mellon before taking over the Tigers.

“I have given almost half my life to a great institution. I wanted to go out now, it feels right.”

Shackford believes the team’s group of nine seniors can help get the Tigers back on the right track as the program looks to rebound from going 7-6-4 overall last year and 1-5-1 in Ivy play.

“We have a big senior class and historically those have been the teams that have done well in the Ivy League,” said Shackford. “The senior class is pretty intent; they have guided the group.”

The Tigers appear to have a pretty good attack group, paced by sophomore Tyler Lussi, who had a team-high 10 goals along with four assists in her debut campaign. She will be joined by senior Melissa Downey (3 goals and 1 assist in 2013), senior Gabrielle Ragazzo (1 goal, 2 assists), senior Liana
Cornacchio, and freshman Beth Stella.

“Lussi is looking good,” said Shackford, noting that she plans to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation this season.

“I think Melissa is ready to do her thing, she was coming off a knee injury last year. I moved Ragazzo up top from the back. We are going to play a target, I have Liana and freshman Beth Stella in that spot.”

In the midfield, the Tigers will have a distinctive Canadian flavor as sophomore Nicole Loncar (1 assist), freshman Vanessa Gregoire, and freshman Alessia Azermadhi all hail from north of the border.

“We will have some holding midfielders,” said Shackford. “Nicole had a compartment injury last year and she is really doing well. Vanessa played for the Canada U-20 team. She is a good player, she is already leading that group. Alessia will be in that spot. We will have players rotating through that middle spot, including Jessica Haley (3 goals, 2 assists).”

Shackford has rotated two key players, sophomore Jess McDonough (1 goal, 1 assist) and senior Lauren Lazo (5 goals, 7 assists), to the back of the field in order to shore up the defense.

“McDonough is going to be playing in the middle of the back line so she needs to make a big jump,” said Shackford, who will also use junior Emily Sura (1 assist) and freshman Natalie Larkin on the back line.

“I have moved Lazo to the back. She is so quick and can still get points from that position. She played there all spring and looked really good.”

At goalie, senior Darcy Hargadon (1.42 goals against average in 12 starts last year) has been looking good as she heads into her final campaign.

“Darcy has done well in the preseason, I think she is ready to really step up,” said Shackford, whose reserve keepers are sophomore Hannah Winner and senior MicKenzie Roberts-Lahti.

The Tigers will need to step up from the start as they open the 2014 campaign by hosting Rutgers on September 5.

“That is a tough opening game, they have already won two games and they are good up top,” said Shackford of the Scarlet Knights, who topped Seton Hall 1-0 last Friday to improve to 3-0. “We have never backed away from a challenge.”

While Shackford knows it will be a challenge for Princeton to return to the top of the Ivies, she thinks the squad has the ability to make her farewell tour memorable.

“We will be a talented team,” said Shackford, who guided the Tigers to the 2012 Ivy title as they went 7-0 in league play for the second time in Shackford’s tenure.

“I think we will be good on attack but we will need the younger kids in the back to mature and stay in position. If the defense and goaltending is good, I think we will be a contender.”

New Year’s Hopes and Thoughts on Salinger and Cinema, Luise Rainer and the “Other Man” Post

DVD rev

On the last afternoon of 2014 I drove to Doylestown, our sister city in cinema now that the Garden and the County share the same management. As we crossed the Delaware to New Hope, I fed the stereo a CD of Fairport Convention’s What We Did On Our Holidays, produced in 1969 by Princeton’s own Joe Boyd. It took us five songs or about 20 minutes to reach a metered parking place on State Street across from the County. As I put the CRV in park, Sandy Denny was finishing her for-the-ages rendering of “I’ll Keep It With Mine,” arguably the best cover of a Bob Dylan song ever recorded.

One of the many things to like about living in Princeton (if you can forget the property taxes) is knowing that an easy drive away there’s a bridge across a river into another state and then half a Fairport album’s distance to a hilly old market town with a gem of a movie theatre, three bookstores, a record store, an ice cream parlor, and a museum with exhibits ranging from intelligent design to the imagery of a Princeton-born watercolorist to woodcuts of river towns to astrophotography.


On the first day of 2015 my wife and I hiked along the upper path of the thickly wooded lakeside hill between Harrison and Washington Street bridges. Through the trees the blueness of the water had a cold Canadian clarity, gulls were performing amazing maneuvers overhead, fishing on the fly, splash-dancing on the water, and out in the middle of the lake a raucous congregation of geese had settled down and were engaged in an orgy of honking that prompted thoughts of the new Congress. Mainly, I was thinking about wishes and resolutions and how J.D. Salinger (1919-2010) had been born on New Year’s Day. Speaking of Salinger, my wish for 2015 is that the rumored publication of the work a world of readers has been waiting for since 1965 will finally happen.

Echoes of Luise Rainer

In a 2010 column about Fay Wray and Luise Rainer, who died December 30 at 104, I quoted Graham Greene on Rainer’s Oscar-winning performance in The Good Earth, which not only “carries the movie” but makes him think of Shakespeare, for “in acting like Miss Rainer’s we become aware of the greatest of all echoes.”

Coming to Hollywood in 1935 from Vienna, where she was part of Max Reinhardt’s company and played Joan of Arc at the Josefstadt Theatre, Rainer was billed as “the Viennese Teardrop.” Most obits portray the back-to-back Academy Award winner (her first was for The Great Ziegfield) as a victim of the Curse of the Oscar whose career tanked after she alienated studio boss Louis B. Mayer by marrying leftist playwright Clifford Odets. That her Hollywood work was essentially confined to the years 1936-1938 can be blamed on, among other things, the death of M-G-M’s head of production Irving Thalberg; Mayer’s vindictiveness in denying her roles that lived up to the Oscar-winners; the break-up of her marriage; and her impatience with the studio system and the way its money-is-everything ethos pervaded Tinseltown society.

Working with Borzage

While the obituary storyline suggests that Rainer’s other M-G-M assignments were no match for the Oscar-winning roles, she must have been looking forward to being directed by Frank Borzage in Big City (1937). Quoted shortly after her arrival in Hollywood, she said that she’d had no interest in pictures until she saw Borzage’s A Farewell to Arms (1932), “and right away I wanted to film. It was so beautiful.” Her remark decades later that “working with Borzage was a perpetual joy” is borne out by the energetic, uninhibited interaction between Rainer’s Anna and her cab driver husband Joe, played by another Oscar winner Spencer Tracy.

Though Rainer scorned Big City as “idiotic” in a 2009 interview with the Telegraph, she has at least one moment equal to the jilted-wife’s-smiling-through-her-tears telephone call in Ziegfield that clinched her first Oscar. The sequence occurs during a surprise birthday party where Anna is encircled by friends, husband and brother, her face illumined in the glow of the candles on the cake as she reveals that she’s going to have a baby. The true-to-life quality of the moment is complemented by the music coming from a new radio, her birthday present from Joe and her brother. Rainer’s delicately felt response, touched with warmth and wonder, as if the music had come by magic out of nowhere, lives and breathes in the subdued spell Borzage has created around the glow of the candles. Like the scene it’s haunting, the music is simply, quietly, softly low-key. After the luminous birthday moment, the darker, more simplistic (if not quite “idiotic”) forces of the plot take over when Anna’s brother is killed by thugs working for a rival taxi company and she’s framed for the staged explosion that accompanied the shooting. Forced into hiding in the homes of various friends, she eventually calls the mayor and nobly turns herself in, having learned that the people harboring her could go to prison as accessories after the fact. She’s about to be deported when a star-studded assortment of athletes led by Jack Dempsey and Jim Thorpe comes to the rescue.

Beyond Hollywood

Luise Rainer’s life before and after Hollywood has levels of interest the obituaries could only begin to suggest. In addition to the doomed marriage with Odets and her later happier union with a British publisher, Rainer was for a time friends with Anais Nin, who refers to the difficulties with Odets in her Diaries and in her novella Stella, which opens with the title character, inspired by Rainer, sitting in “a small dark room” watching and unable to recognize “her own figure acting on the screen.” The image is “imponderably light, and moved always with such a flowering of gestures that it was like the bloom and flowering of nature.”

The passage echoes an entry from Diaries Volume 2 (1934-1939), where Nin is sitting in a cafe with Henry Miller after seeing Rainer in an unnamed film: “Henry, who likes her so much, began to talk about her. ‘She has wonderful gestures and bearing, such a gracious way of carrying her head, such delicacy. She is very much like you. Her gestures are so light, like wind almost, and she moves so gracefully.’”

Luise Rainer Was Here 

Although Scott Fitzgerald had left Princeton a few years before the Garden Theatre opened in September 1920, with Civilian Clothes, a comedy starring Thomas Meighan and accompanied by a live orchestra on a stage decorated with ferns and palms, it’s likely he saw some films there, and more than likely that Jimmy Stewart did during his student years between 1928 and 1932. As for the clientele at the Doylestown’s County, which opened on September 1938 with Shirley Temple in Little Miss Broadway, you can figure Oscar Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, and James Michener, not to mention stars doing summer stock through the years at the Bucks County Playhouse, as did Luise Rainer when she starred in the title role of Maxwell Anderson’s Joan of Lorraine for a week in August 1947. She reprised the role a year later in a different production by Harold J. Kennedy and Herbert Kenwith at the McCarter Theatre as part of the Princeton Drama Festival.

Apparently the only way to see Rainer as Joan of Arc, a signature role rarely mentioned in the obituaries, is to Google “The Brilliance of Luise Rainer,” which offers clips from her last M-G-M film, Dramatic School (1938), where, after a struggle against odds, she wins the part and gives a wildly applauded performance. She first played Joan in her teens in Friedrich Schiller’s The Maid of Orleans, and during the twenties and thirties she’s said to have played the part over 400 times. Probably her most unusual public appearance as Joan was in costume riding a white horse at the head of a march to the White House to open the American Youth Congress Citizenship Institute.

Luise and Einstein

The story goes that the failure of Rainer’s marriage to Odets can be partly blamed on his jealous tantrums about her relationship with another man. Would you believe Albert Einstein? Though Luise and Einstein were “only good friends,” Odets was “so consumed with jealousy that he savaged a photograph of Einstein with a pair of scissors.” In the 2009 article in the Telegraph, Rainer tells the interviewer, “I mustn’t talk of Einstein, too much is made of it. I was very young, full of life, full of nonsense, and he liked my vivaciousness.” At this point, she has her maid bring out a framed photograph taken with Einstein in Princeton in 1939. You can see the photo online. Under his cloud-mass of white hair Einstein is wearing a tee-shirt, his pants are rolled up to his knees, and his feet are in sandals. All in white, Luise is giving him a look — you could fairly call it the Gaze — that might well have fueled Odets’s suspicions. According to Rainer, Einstein “was probably smitten with a lot of females. He was a very simple man. When I say simple, I mean he had humility.”

So it seems at least within the bounds of reason to imagine Rainer and Einstein going to the Garden on a movie date in the summer of 1939. There’s another photo of Einstein rowing with Luise smiling impishly behind him. Online sources say the scene took place on Lower Saranac Lake. I prefer to think it’s another lake, the one right here in Princeton that Einstein famously loved rowing on.

Though Big City is available on DVD as part of Warner Archive’s 3-disc Luise Rainer collection, my wife and I watched it on a tape I made from a showing on Turner Classic Movies. For information about Starstruck and other exhibits currently at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, visit


Obituaries 11/19/14 Post

Kenneth John Arnott

Kenneth John Arnott entered into the loving arms of our Lord on November 12, 2014 at Independence Manor in Flemington, N.J. He was 98-years-old. Born in Plainfield, N.J. he moved to Virginia at the age of six months and then to Princeton at the age of 13. He was the younger son of John and Flora May Arnott. At his death, his wife Beverly (nee Stratton) of 59 years and daughter Kimberly were by his side.

He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Ann Arnott of Princeton and Kimberly Ann and Michael Wolfe of Annandale N.J.; two granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Maxwell of Philipsburg, N.J.; and her three children Lola Coleman and twins Stella and Sebastian Coleman and their father Maurice Coleman; his granddaughter Vanessa Marie McKellar and her unborn daughter; Imani Breland and her father Maurice Breland; and nephew Winfield Scott Arnott II and his wife Mary Arnott.

Kenneth is predeceased by a son, Mark Kenneth Arnott; a brother Winfield Scott Arnott; and a nephew John Douglass Arnott. Kenneth attended the Friends School in his formative years.

He entered the United States Army on April 10, 1942 and served in World War II as a radar operator and Technician Fifth Grade. He fought in battles and campaigns in Central Europe, Northern France, Rhineland, Southern France, and Rome-Arno. He was honorably discharged on November 20, 1945 and received the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, and American Service Medal.

He owned and operated the Princeton Pet Shop and made frequent trips to Central and South America to capture wild animals for the pet trade and to establish captive breeding programs in zoos. Simultaneously he worked for the Princeton University Biology Department. He also worked in the research department of the New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Institute for two years before becoming a lab technician at Ethicon Research Foundation, Johnson and Johnson. He retired in 1981.

Kenneth was a lover of painting in oils, the beauty of nature, and had boundless knowledge of animals and their behaviors. He had many friends who considered him to be a true gentleman. He is loved and missed by us all and was truly a very special man.

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


Eric Reichl

Eric Herbert Reichl was born December 3, 1913 in Vienna on the eve of the First World War, the only child of Fritz and Ella Reichl.

Eric grew up in Vienna, Austria with his parents, graduating from high school and eventually the Technische Unversität Wien in 1936 with a degree in chemical engineering. His spare time found him in his beloved mountains — climbing, skiing, and hunting. Upon graduation, he worked for an engineering firm that specialized in what was to become a life-long pursuit, the gasification of coal. Eric immigrated to the United States in 1938, landing roles over a 50-year career with Babcock & Wilcox, Winkler-Koch, Standard Oil, Consolidation Coal, and finally Continental Oil Company (now DuPont) where Eric retired in 1979. His professional memberships, associations, and board roles, too numerous to list completely include The National Academy of Engineering, Department of Energy/Research Advisory Board, National Petroleum Council Energy Study, Oak Ridge National Laboratory: UCC Management Advisory Council, Synthetic Fuels Corporation, Radian Corporation, Coal Conversion Panel Chairman/National Academy Energy Study.

Eric’s unique combination of skills found him awarded the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy during World War II, placed dangerously just behind the advancing front in the European theater. His efforts to evaluate German progress toward the conversion of coal to synthetic fuels were an area vital to the Allied war effort.

Eric married Eva Neuman de Vegvar in 1939, she a 21-year-old émigré from Vienna, moving to Wichita, Kansas. Their first daughter Lynn was born in 1941; their second daughter, Helen, was born in 1943. His celebrated professional path took his family to New Jersey, Massachusetts, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, California, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

Eric moved to Princeton in 1985 where he continued consulting. Never far from a good book, he honed his ability to find the best restaurant in whatever city in the world he found himself. He traveled extensively in Europe and the U.S.

After 59 years of marriage Eva died in 1998. Eric married Frances Hofmann in 1999. Together they explored Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, England, and the many homes of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

At his 100th birthday in Princeton in 2013, Eric’s distinctive curmudgeonly charm was in full display as he riveted the audience with a six-minute account of the Twentieth Century. He died peacefully in his home on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Eric is survived by his wife of 15 years, Frances Reichl; his two daughters Lynn Weyand and Helen Gilbert; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two African Grey parrots.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Princeton Friends Meeting House. In lieu of flowers contributions in memoriam can be made to Doctors Without Borders.


Obit Woodruff 11-19-14John Wright Woodruff

John Wright Woodruff died peacefully in his sleep in the company of his family Sunday morning at his home in Washington Crossing, Pa.

A descendant of an old New Jersey family, he was born in Trenton in 1930. He was a graduate of Fisk School, Junior Three, and Trenton High School. A member of the Old Guard, he was a graduate of Rutgers University, Class of 1952. He was a longtime season ticket holder and a loyal supporter of the
Rutgers Football Team.

A devotee of American history, he was a member of the Sons of the Revolution and the Society of the Colonial War. His great-great grandfather George W. Woodruff was appointed Attorney General for the Georgia District by John Adams, second president of the United States. The attorney general summered at his home “Oakland” in West Trenton, now the home of the Trenton Country Club.

Mr. Woodruff graduated from the U.S. Naval School Officer Candidate College in Newport, R.I. and served during the Korean War as a Lieutenant aboard the minesweeper, USS Revenge.

After beginning his business career with the Burroughs Corporation, Mr. Woodruff moved to Berwyn, Pa. where he joined Wyeth-Ayerst International Inc. and served as vice president of international relations.

Mr. Woodruff was a man of many interests and talents. An avid collector of antiques, he prided himself on his family’s collection of clocks and American furniture from Philadelphia. He spent many happy hours in his garden and was considered something of an expert on English boxwoods, holly, and azaleas. He was a regular Pied Piper for his 20 grandchildren and loved sharing knowledge of birds, fishing, and introducing them to the joys of poetry. He enjoyed spending his summers in Avalon, N.J. … “at the shore.” And after his retirement in 1995, he began to escape the cold winters by heading south to Jupiter, Fla.

Pre-deceased by his parents, Marion and George E. Woodruff and his brother George H. Woodruff; he was also pre-deceased in 1987, by his first wife Margaret Hoff Woodruff. He is survived by his present wife, Linda Hoff Woodruff; a sister, Betsy Brewster and her husband Jim; daughter, Susan Howard, her husband Matt and their three children, Grace, Lilly and Liam; four sons, John H., his wife Stacey and daughter Samantha; William H., his wife Stephanie and their three children Natalie, Will, and Peter; Tom W., his wife Lisa and their children, Katherine and Jack; and Robert H., and his dog Bo. Four stepchildren Courtney White, her husband George and sons Reed and Charlie; Harper Collins her husband Dan and sons, Hutch, Jack and Ford; John F. Hoff his wife Heather and their four children, Margaret, Elizabeth, John, and William; William C. Hoff, his wife Amy and their daughters, Chloe and Hannah. In addition, Mr. Woodruff was uncle to a drove of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Woodruff was also a member of various organizations and clubs, including Newtown Presbyterian Church, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Trenton Country Club, and Nassau Club in Princeton.

Services were held at Newtown Presbyterian Church on November 14 at 11 a.m. A calling hour was held before the service at 10 a.m. in the church reception rooms.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Parkinson Alliance in Kingston, N.J.


Obit Johnson 11-19-14Jamesena Lois Johnson

Jamesena Lois Johnson, or “Jimmy” as she was affectionately known, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at home, with her family by her side.

A life-long Princetonian, she was born on November 26, 1940, to the late James L. Dugger and Lois Stockett-Dugger. She was one of two daughters.

Jimmy attended the Witherspoon School (for colored children), The Bordentown School for Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth, and Princeton High School.

Jimmy met and married the late Donald A. Johnson, Sr. Through this union, three children were born: Debra A. Johnson-Wilson, Donald A. Johnson, Jr., and DeAndrea A. Johnson-Hall.

She worked at Princeton Day School, and then Merrill Lynch, in West Windsor, in the late 80s and early 90s where she quickly became manager of one of its many cafeterias. After retiring, she felt the need to do more and went back to work part-time with Princeton Public Schools as a cafeteria aide, until she was no longer able.

Preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Donald A. Johnson, Sr., and parents James and Lois Dugger, her memory will be celebrated and remembered by her children Debra Wilson, Donald Jr., and DeAndrea Hall; two devoted sons-in-law, Richard Wilson, Sr. and Wade Hall, Jr. all of Princeton. Grandchildren Ayisha Johnson, of Atlanta, Ga.; Donisse Kelton (Donny) of Somerset, N.J.; Ricara Wilson, Richard Wilson, Jr.; Skylar J. Hall, and Jaden Hall all of Princeton. Great-grandchildren Amaia Willis, Dallas; Donni Nicole, and Dallen Kelton. Jimmy also leaves one sister, Beverly Phox of Princeton; brothers-in-law Marvin Trotman, Sr. (Martha) of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Roscoe Trotman (Joann) of Mint Hill, N.C. A sister-in-law, Joyce Trotman — Jordan (Kevin) of Trenton. Her Goddaughter Lia Moore-Brim of Atlanta, Ga.; and Godson Eric McEwen of Princeton. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at noon, at The First Baptist Church of Princeton. Calling hours were at 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment was private. Reverend Carlton E. Branscomb Pastor officiated. Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home of Trenton.


Obit Meigs 11-19-14A. James Meigs

A. James Meigs, 93, of Princeton, died November 17, peacefully at home.

A leading economist of the monetarist school, he was also an avid scuba diver, fly fisherman, world traveler, and a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Born in Balboa, Panama, to Alexander Edgar and Della Welch Meigs, he grew up in the colony of U.S. workers who operated the Panama Canal. He graduated from Balboa High School and Panama Canal Zone Junior College.

At age 18, he went to work in the canal’s mechanical division machine shop as an apprentice machinist, learning to craft the parts needed to repair passing ships and keep the canal’s equipment running. By age 21, he had earned the rank of journeyman machinist. In a long life of many accomplishments, that was one of his most treasured. For the rest of his life, he would talk about how much he respected the older master craftsmen — those “good mechanics” — who taught him the importance of hard work and craftsmanship.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps, where his mechanical skills were highly valued. After the war, at the urging of his high school librarian, he applied to Harvard University and matriculated with the class of 1948. Harvard expanded his world dramatically: he saw snow for the first time and discovered the field of economics.

Economics brought him to the University of Chicago, where he earned his MA and PhD degrees, studying under iconoclastic economist Milton Friedman, who became a mentor and lifelong friend. In Chicago, he also met a young Wellesley graduate named Grace Lester Cobb. They were married in 1950 and would have four children. Life in the Meigs family involved deep intellectual curiosity, passionate dinner-table conversations, adventurous road trips, and abundant love.

His early career included a teaching position at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a stint at the Saint Louis, Mo., branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1961, his work took the Meigs family east. From their home in his beloved Princeton, he commuted to work in New York City, where he held positions in the economics departments at the New York Stock Exchange, First National City Bank (later Citbank), and Argus Research.

In 1975, he joined the faculty of Claremont Men’s College (today, Claremont McKenna College), holding an endowed chair in economics. While there he founded the Claremont Economics Institute, a forecasting group that advised the Reagan White House. In 1981 he joined California’s First Interstate Bank (today Wells Fargo) as chief economist.

Throughout his career, he advocated for free markets and advanced the monetarist theory of economics. He was a longtime member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Shadow Open Market Committee, the Downtown Economists Club, and other groups dedicated to sound economic policy. He published two books, Free Reserves and the Money Supply (1962) and Money Matters (1972), as well as numerous papers.

He was a loyal parishioner at Princeton’s All Saints Church, where he served in numerous lay roles over the years. He was also a longtime member of the Harvard Club and an active
participant in the Forum, a discussion group at Princeton Windrows, where he lived.

He is survived by his wife, Lester; his children Margaret, Susan, James, and Barbara, and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved younger sister, Margaret Meigs Molloy.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2 p.m., at All Saints Church, in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be given to All Saints Church or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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


Obit Westoff 11-19-14Leslie Aldridge Westoff

Leslie Aldridge Westoff died on November 9, 2014 at home in Palm Beach, Florida, after several years with Parkinson’s disease. She was born in Manhattan and educated at Duke and at the University of Arizona as well as in Paris and Zurich. Married to John W. Aldridge, a noted literary critic, she first lived in Princeton in the mid-1950s when he was the writer-in-residence at the university. After years abroad, they went to the University of Michigan in 1964 where he was on the faculty. In 1968 they divorced and she returned to New York and in the following year back to Princeton where she married Charles Westoff, a long-time professor of demography and sociology at Princeton University. In 1999, she moved to Palm Beach.

She was a prolific writer of non-fiction. Over the years she published four books including Corporate Romance, 1985; Breaking Out of the Middle Age Trap, 1980; The Second Time Around, 1978; and From Now to Zero, 1971, the latter with her husband Charles Westoff on population growth in the U.S. She published over 200 articles in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Princeton Alumni Weekly, and various Palm Beach newspapers and numerous national magazines. Many of these articles reflected her warmth, her sense of adventure, and her love of international travel. She is survived by her only son Geoffrey Aldridge of Palm Beach and a grandson Nicholas Aldridge of West Hartford, Connecticut.


Donald R. McCauley

Donald R. “Don” McCauley, 81, of Franklin Park, N.J., entered into eternal rest on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Born in Hackensack, he moved to Franklin Park over 30 years ago.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force.

Don retired as a teacher from the Bridgewater School System. He was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Church and its choir and VFW Post 9111, Men’s Auxiliary, Kendall Park.

Predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Lucy McCauley, on September 5, 2013, he is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may gather at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542 on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Funeral services will begin on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 45 Henderson Road, Kendall Park, N.J., followed by entombment at Holy Cross Burial Park, Cranbury Road, Jamesburg, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.


There’s Something About Mary — An Immodest Proposal for “Downton Abbey”  Post

Just for fun, I’m going to do a number on Downton Abbey. Devoted fans may see no reason for tampering with that fabulously popular tour de force of an ensemble period piece, but after five seasons, even some of the faithful must be getting restless.

For me the key to making things more interesting is to reinvigorate Lady Mary, played to chilly perfection up to this point by Michelle Dockery, who is clearly giving the show’s creator Julian Fellowes exactly what he wants. In spite of attempts to add nuances and dimensions to her character (the dead Turk in her bed, star-crossed romance with Matthew Crawley, widow and motherhood, taking responsibility for the estate, primal birth-control devices, exploratory sex with creepy suitors, etc), she remains essentially bound by what Fellowes says of her in an interview on the Huffington Post: “The thing about people like Mary is that they just want to be in charge. They want to be at the top table.” When the interviewer presses him (“She’s difficult, even in love. And a cold mother?”), all he can say is “She wants more control. I think that whole generation were fairly cold!” More revealing is his non-answer when asked if he loves his characters: “I think what we got right is that we don’t give either side any more weight than the other.” That’s in case you ever doubted that the ensemble takes precedence over the individuals.

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A Cult Favorite 

There’s a 32-year-old British actress (a year younger than Dockery) who could make Mary scarily exciting and sexy simply by stepping into her shoes. Her name is Ruth Wilson and she just received a Golden Globe for her role in Showtime’s The Affair; at the moment she’s finishing an Off-Broadway run with Jake Gyllenhaal in Nick Payne’s two-person play, Constellations. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Jane Eyre in the 2006 BBC-TV production, and has won two Oliviers (for Stella in Streetcar Named Desire and as Anna in Anna Christie), but what made her, in the words of Mike Hale’s New York Times profile, “a cult favorite” was her role as “the murderous Alice Morgan” in the BBC series Luther. Hale offers a first-hand description of some of the physical force Wilson would bring to Mary, her “offhand intensity and overscale features — dramatically wide lips, piercing blue-gray eyes, architectural eyebrows.” But he doesn’t really do justice to her mouth, who could? There’s something seductively cunning and frankly feral in the beautiful deadly curl of her lower lip, as if she’s forever savoring some unimaginably sexy species of evil. She could do wonders for Mary given what she does for Alice, who enters Oxford at 13, earns a PhD in astrophysics at 18 for her study of dark matter distribution in disc galaxies, murders her parents, and then stalks the person investigating the crime, the troubled, ever-embattled black genius detective John Luther (Idris Elba of The Wire) on the way to becoming his ally, a demonic angel protector twice saving his life, and twice killing for him.

Far be it from me to suggest that Julian Fellowes release Lady Mary’s inner sociopath; still, Downton is only an Agatha Christie heartbeat away from a plot possibility that has Mary discreetly terminating her hated sister, Lady Edith. Now think how it would be if Mary were inhabited by an actress who, like Richard the Third, “smiles and murders as she smiles.” Mary’s darker possibilities are implicit in her fatal tryst with the Turk, but add a deadly measure of fierce Alice to her character, and Mary could be slowly destroying Edith simply through the toxic power of her presence. On the other hand, a Mary as fearless as Alice, who has access to supernatural forces, would have found a way to protect her maid and confidant Anna from Lord Gillingham’s rapist valet. Trust me, the loathed Green would not have got out of Downton alive if there’d been something of Alice in Mary. Of course that would have foiled the true perpetrator of the needlessly prolonged violation, Julian Fellowes, who inflicted it to continue the profitable exploitation of his favorite victims Bates and Anna.

Though she declares herself an enemy of love (as Mary appears to be during the epic mating dance with Matthew), Wilson’s Alice has a life-or-death crush on Luther. While Mary is chilly, Alice is beyond hot; well, she’s infernal and appealingly so. Lovely, sinister, and charming. It takes a very special talent to deliver a combination like that. Alice’s dangerous  flirtation with Luther may be rekindled when Luther goes into production again later this year after a two-year hiatus. As Wilson tells Mike Hale, she was already an admirer of Elba, and so not about to miss the chance of playing the deadly Alice, though she “wasn’t sure, necessarily,” until she realized she “could have a lot of fun with this character …. It was written like Hannibal Lecter, and I thought: ‘This is amazing. What woman gets to play Hannibal Lecter?’ ”

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The Turk in Mary’s Bed

One thing that sets violently compelling shows like Luther, Breaking Bad, The Americans, Orphan Black, and numerous others apart from Downton Abbey is that they have the courage of their outrageous convictions. That said, it was with an act of shameless outrage in the third episode of the first season, a single sensational violation of probability and Downton decorum, that Julian Fellowes fired his series like a comet over the pop culture landscape. No one but no one expected the Turkish diplomat to get into Lady Mary’s bed, let alone die in it. In the years since, I’ve been mistakenly visualizing Pamuk as a heavier, older type, when of course he was a ravishing, princely young blade, exactly the sort likely to have inspired and rebuffed a pass from Thomas, the gay valet, which in turn gives Pamuk the leverage to blackmail Thomas into showing him to Mary’s room. Most readings of the scene that follows see Mary as the victim. She’d flirted with Pamuk, to be sure, and then put him off when he kissed her earlier that evening. While it’s true that the Turk forces himself on Mary, she lets go at the moment of truth, submits, stifles a scream, and next thing we know a seemingly healthy, thriving young man is lying dead beside her. Whatever the cause, the impression is that Pamuk’s passion for the ice princess killed him. Put Ruth Wilson in that scene and the roles would be implicitly reversed: Mary no longer the ambiguously passive victim but the smiling instigator of his doom.

Making Nice

Another way to deal with the Mary issue — no need to go the dark route — would be to find an actress the viewer could easily admire, love, and pull for, someone so strong and centered and charming that you would still be on her side at the end of Season Five. From what I’ve seen of the Danish political series, Borgen, the most likely candidate (setting aside the language barrier) would be Sidse Babett Knudsen, who plays prime minister Birgitte Nyborg with great charm and integrity. Almost from the moment she appears, Nyborg makes you care about her. A wife and mother, she’s strong, smart, pretty, vulnerable, human; she has great warmth, can be playful, sexy, funny, and altogether lovable without straining. If Hillary Clinton had half her charm, she’d sweep through the primaries and the general election in 2016.


“Butter Side Down”

After speculating on who among the characters in Downton Abbey might actually be writing the story, my choice is Lord Grantham’s perennially embattled valet Bates. He’s the only person on the premises who seems capable of it. I like to imagine him doing a Frankenstein and turning on Fellowes, his sadistic creator. He has good reason to feel abused. It’s hard to think of two more ill-fated beings than Bates and Anna, and all Fellowes can say when asked about the sufferings he imposes on them is “I think in life there are people who are unlucky — the bread always falls with the butter side down.”

That Fellowes resorts to that dinner table phrase in defense of his plotting says something about what keeps Downton Abbey from true greatness. Imagine Charlotte Brontë descending to the Fellowes rationale to justify the plight of Jane Eyre and Rochester. Still, the faithful were most likely happy with the Christmas finale of Season Five wherein the series celebrates itself; if you love it, you’re right there caroling along with the richly diverse ensemble, upstairs and downstairs. Even if you’ve been feeling estranged after the loss of characters like Lady Sibyl and Matthew Crawley and Cora’s maid from hell O’Brien, you have to admire the way Julian Fellowes keeps the many human marionettes of his Vanity Fair in play.

Obituaries 10/15/14 Post

Obit Kohn 10-15-14Vera Sharpe Kohn

Vera Sharpe Kohn, a resident of Princeton, died of complications from a stroke on October 12, 2014 at the age of 86.

She was born and raised in New York City.

She received a BA in modern European history and political science from Mount Holyoke College, and a Licence from L’Institute des Hautes Etudes Internationales at the University of Geneva. She married Immanuel Kohn on July 22, 1950 and attended Yale Law School with him for one year, where she was one of eight women in a class of approximately 180 law students, before her first child was born.

After law school, her husband joined the law firm Cahill Gordon and Reindel, where he eventually became chairman of the Executive Committee.

The couple lived for a short time in Brooklyn, New York, and from 1954 to 1968 in Westchester, New York, where she taught at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry and later commuted to Manhattan to work in the Office of Public Information of the United Nations’ Secretariat. They moved to Princeton in the summer of 1968, where she volunteered at the Stony Brook Millstone Watersheds Association, working on the preservation of open space and farmland for several years. She was a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum and on the Board of the Princeton University Concert Committee. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Club, the Harvard Club, the Nassau Club, the Present Day Club, and the Bedens Brook Club.

Immanuel Kohn, her husband of 62 years, passed away in March 2013. She is survived by four children, Gail, Peter and wife Margaret, Sheila, Robert and wife Susan; and six grandchildren, Megan, Emily, Michael, Jason, Sarah, and Katherine.

Burial services will be private.

The family requests that any gifts in Vera’s honor be sent to the Institute for Advanced Study, the Princeton University Art Museum, or the Princeton University Chamber Concerts.


Obit Westover 10-15-14Robert Staats-Westover

Robert Staats-Westover, 90, passed away on October 3, 2014. Bob was raised in Bordentown and Hamilton Township. He graduated from Trenton High School, then joined the Marines in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Princeton University in 1950, an MS in plastics engineering from Princeton in 1952, and another MS in engineering mechanics from New York University in 1962.

From 1954 to 1985, Bob was a member of the technical staff of Bell Telephone Labs in the Polymer R&D Department. From 1985 to 1991, he was the manager of the New Jersey Polymer Extension Center at the Polymer Processing Institute at Stevens Institute of Technology, and later served as an engineering consultant at Stevens.

Bob is the author of numerous patents and publications in the polymer field, and from 1963 to 2003, was a Distinguished Service Associate Professor in the graduate and undergraduate schools at Stevens in the departments of mechanical and chemical engineering. He held offices and won awards in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Plastic Engineers, and the American Society for Testing and Materials, and was elected Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers in 1994.

Bob had been an active member of Christ Congregation since moving to Princeton in 1961; and in the community as a scoutmaster and marksmanship instructor for the Princeton P.B.A.

Respect for friends and family was very important to him, as was watching and listening for God’s help wherever he found it. He derived the most joy, as he liked to say, from “just being myself.”

Bob is survived by his wife, Hazel Staats-Westover; his children, Doug, Diane, and Bryce; his stepdaughter, Dawn; 12 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his first wife Ann Westover and his stepson Allan Staats Meyners. He was loved by them all.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made to the cause of your choice.


Barry H. Caskey

Barry H. Caskey, a longtime Princeton resident and faithful Princetonian, class of 1957, died on Friday in Princeton Hospital of congestive heart failure. He was 78. Barry was a devoted husband of Carol Kirvan Caskey for 46 years, a proud father of four, and a delighted grandfather of seven. He lived and worked as an advertising executive in New York City at agencies including Benton and Bowles, Wells, Rich, Greene, and Norman Craig & Kummel.

Barry and Carol returned to live in Princeton in 1965, and Barry made his professional return to the Princeton area shortly thereafter with Gillespie Advertising in West Windsor, where he worked for over 20 years, retiring as a management supervisor in the late 1990s.

Barry was born November 30, 1935 in Philadelphia, the son of Benjamin R. Caskey and Muriel Hickman, and remained a loyal Philadelphia sports fan throughout his life. He graduated from the Haverford School in 1953, and went on to Princeton University where he graduated cum laude, played basketball, and was a member of Dial Lodge. A life-long devotee of the arts, Barry graduated with a BA in art history and wrote his senior thesis on the work of Gaston Lachaise.

Barry married Carol Kirvan in October of 1961, and was happily married until her death in 2008. Barry and Carol raised their four children, Diana, Dallas, Julie, and Dan in Princeton. An active and devoted Princeton alumnus, Barry served as class president from 1972-1977 and chair of the 15th Reunion in 1972. He received the Class Service Award at his 50th reunion in 2007. He also served on the boards of the Princeton Art Museum and the Rock Brook School in Skillman.

A proud father and thoughtful and devoted grandfather, he is survived by his four children and by his seven grandchildren — Sierra, Liam, Calla, Stella, Jonas, Jasper and Nola.

A service of remembrance will be held this Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Princeton at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his name to the Princeton University Art Museum.

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Mary Clare (Reilly) Mooney

The heavens were short on angels after Christmas and called one the day after. Mary Clare (Reilly) Mooney of West Hartford, Conn. passed peacefully surrounded by her family on December 26, 2017 at the age of 54. Her passing follows a six year courageous battle against cancer. She was born in 1963 in Conn., daughter of Anne (Crotty) Reilly and the late Jeremiah Kenaway Reilly. She is survived by her husband, Anson Mooney, former owner of Hartford Despatch Allied Van Lines; her two beloved daughters, Shannon and Schuyler; along with her grandson, Ryder Burns Jalbert. She is also survived by her loving mother Anne, sisters Kathleen Arnold, Eileen Reilly, and brother Brian Reilly all of Princeton, N.J.

Mary Clare grew up in Princeton, N.J., and graduated from Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She was instrumental in establishing a tennis program at Stuart and led the effort in fundraising to build tennis courts there. She graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. in 1985 and was captain of her two favorite sports, tennis and lacrosse. In 1988 she married her best friend Anson and together they raised two extraordinary daughters.

She began her career at Merrill Lynch in New York City. After she moved to Hartford, Conn. she worked alongside her husband Anson at the Hartford Despatch. She more recently worked at Suddath International of Miami, Fla. and concluded her career serving as International Coordinator at S&M Moving Systems of Fremont, Calif.

During her life, Mary Clare had a longing to give back, and chaired many philanthropic endeavors. She had a remarkable talent as a fundraiser. She was a former Board member of The Mark Twain House, Chaired the Cystic Fibrosis Annual gala, and was instrumental in Share Our Strength with Billy Grant of The Bricco Restaurant Group, the proceeds of which went to “No Kid Hungry.” She was a champion of Mayor Mike’s Tennis Camp for Kids. Mary Clare was also a former member of The Hartford Golf Club and YPO — Yankee Chapter.

A kind, funny, generous soul, loyal friend, and loving sibling she will be greatly missed by all those she touched.

Friends and family were invited to join for a celebration of life at The Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit St., Hartford Conn. on Saturday, January 6th at 10 a.m. The memorial service was followed by a reception on campus. Burial will be private at the family’s request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Clare’s honor to Share Our Strength, P.O. Box 75475, Baltimore MD 21275-5475.


Donald Paul Moore

Donald Paul Moore, 94, of Princeton, N.J., passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 4, 2018, while visiting his daughter and her family in Massachusetts. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Jeanette (Nash) and Arthur C. Moore. He was the husband of 66 years to Ruth (Kirk) Moore of Princeton.

Donald attended the Witherspoon School for colored children as well as the Bordentown School known as the “Tuskegee of the North.” He graduated from Pierce College. An Army Veteran of World War II, Donald was noted as one of the best gunners in the 969th Field Battalion. He was sought out by the Historical Society of Princeton to obtain information and facts regarding the African-American community. Donald was well loved by many, where he was affectionately called the Mayor of Spring Street.

Besides his wife, Donald is survived by two children, Kirk W. Moore of Springfield and Christine Morrison and her husband Curtis of Hopkinton, Mass. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Blake Morrisson and Simone Moore.

Funeral services will be held privately with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paul Robeson House, 112 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton,


Marion Ruth Salkind

Marion Ruth Salkind (nee Koenig), 85, died Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Stonebridge at Montgomery Health Care Center in Skillman, N.J. Born in New York, N.Y., she had been a resident of Princeton since 1966. Daughter of the late Louis and Hannah (Pappert) Koenig; wife of the late Dr. Alvin J. Salkind; she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law James Salkind and Starlet Jacobs; a daughter Susanne Salkind and her two children, Abigail Salkind-Foraker and Jacob Salkind-Foraker; and a brother Kenneth Koenig.

Marion graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1949. She attended Beaver College in Jenkintown, Pa. as well as Pratt Institute in New York. Marion had a lifelong passion for art. She worked as a commercial artist through the 1960’s designing packaging for many familiar products, most notably the board game Mousetrap. After moving to Princeton and becoming a mother, Marion shifted her artistic endeavors to the fine arts. She was a skilled painter, calligrapher, and knitter. For many years she studied under Jacques Fabert in Bucks County, Pa. and was an active member of the Princeton arts community.

The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Old Mount Carmel Cemetery, Queens, N.Y.


Allison Cook Elston

Allison Cook Elston, 87, of Edmond, Oklahoma and a native of Princeton, died December 31st.

A lifelong supporter of music and the arts, Mrs. Elston was the widow of James L. Elston, her loving husband of 51 years, a retired attorney and professor of political science at the University of Arkansas. He died in October 2016.

She was the daughter of George R. Cook III and Margaretta Roebling Cook of Princeton and Naples, Fla. She attended Miss Fine’s School and graduated from Garrison Forest School. She made her debut in 1948. Before her marriage to Mr. Elston in 1965, she worked as an editor at Town & Country magazine in New York.

She served as the primary reader for her husband, who was blind, during his graduate studies at Princeton University and throughout his teaching career.

With her husband, Allison was a supporter of the Seeing Eye in Morristown N.J. During her husband’s tenure at the University of Arkansas, she was one of the founders and president of the Northwest Arkansas Symphony Guild and contributed to the vision and concept of the now-renowned Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Allison was on the board of the Desert Chorale in Santa Fe, N.M., where the Elstons had a home for many years.

Allison was an avid reader and lover of the arts, travel, and cooking, but it was her family that brought her the most joy. She could often be found playing imaginary games with, reading to, or doing art-related activities with her grandchildren. Her extensive background in art and music was a strong influence throughout her life. She had a storybook romance with her husband, and in truly magical form, they were reunited at her passing just before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

She is survived by her children, Jennifer Elston Stiglets of Edmond, Okla. and Ted Elston of Beverly Hills, Calif.; her sister, Constance C. Moore of Philadelphia; grandchildren Lilly, Lane, and Georgia Elston, Mason Cook, Beau Stiglets, and Stella Elston; and two step-grandchildren, Allison and Ashley Stiglets.

Funeral services will be private.


David J. Lenihan

David Joseph Lenihan, 67, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2017 at the family’s vacation home in Skytop, Pa. in the Poconos. Born March 4, 1950 to C. Joseph and Alice (Meisner) Lenihan in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada, David was raised in Garden City, New York, and graduated from Garden City High School in 1968. He attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1972. For the past 20 years, David has been a resident of Princeton, N.J.

David began his business career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, and was transferred to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1975 and later became president of Oryx Bank, Ltd. in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He joined McLeod, Young & Weir in London covering the Middle East and later was with Merrill Lynch, also covering the Middle East. He later joined the Canadian Consulate in New York City where he was responsible for expansion of cross-border business between the U.S. and Canada. He then became a serial entrepreneur, forming health care industry start-ups, most notably CareGain, Inc., which was sold to Fiserv. At the time of his death, he was chairman and CEO of Healthper, Inc. a health care software company that helps people engage in healthy behaviors, and UVT Therapeutics, a medical device company focusing on Lupus and other autoimmune diseases. David was also on the Advisory Board of SpectraMedix.

He worked to ensure the 2006 passage of the U.S. legislation for Health Savings Accounts, and was a frequent industry speaker on consumer-directed health care. He served as a trustee of his alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, from 2009 to 2014.

David is survived by his devoted wife, JoAnn Heisen; his children Sara Lenihan, Caroline Lenihan Downs, Douglas, Cindy, Gregory and Courtney Heisen; two grandchildren, Sarina and Jacob Downs; his beloved brother, Michael and his wife Barbara; and his nieces Kathryn Lochrie and Laura Lenihan; and his nephew Michael Lenihan.

He enriched the lives of all who knew him with his wisdom, his love, his smile, his humor, and his grace. He will be sadly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, 5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 365, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.


Angeline Cifelli

Angeline Margaret (Pinelli) Cifelli, 102, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing at Morris Hall in Lawrenceville, N.J. Born in Princeton on November 16, 1915, she was a Princeton resident until 2013 when she moved to Morris Hall.

Mrs. Cifelli worked for the Princeton Regional School System for many years as a cook at the Valley Road School. She loved cooking and in her later years delighted in getting together with her siblings to enjoy a good meal and a card game.

Angeline was one of 11 children born to Michael and Bambina (Nini) Pinelli. She is predeceased by her husband Nicholas; son David N.; daughter-in-law Sophia; granddaughter Patricia Lynn; great-granddaughter Nicole Marie; great-grandson Devon Lucas; and brothers Joseph, Emerson, Michael, Claude, William, and Antonio; and sisters Mary, beloved twin Jane, Eleanor, and Elizabeth.

Surviving are her sons Robert P., John G.. and Anthony F. and wife Patricia; and a daughter-in-law Shirley Cifelli; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She leaves behind her granddaughter Kimberly Lucas, with whom she had a special bond, and who took loving care of her and made certain that she was among the best dressed residents at St. Joseph’s.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.

Contributions to Morris Hall-St. Joseph’s Employee Appreciation Fund, 1 Bishop’s Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 are appreciated.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J. Extend condolences and share remembrances at


Charles F. Baunach, Jr.

Charles F. Baunach, Jr., 83, a lifelong resident of Princeton passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017.

He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was part of the family building contracting business until his retirement. He was an avid snow skier and boater and model train enthusiast. He had a passion in retirement for model boat building.

He is predeceased by his parents, Charles F. Baunach, Sr. and Bertha Baunach, and his sister Virginia. He is survived by his sister Carolyn, his brother Gerald and wife Marcia, nieces Andrea Crannage and Abigail Weitgelt and husband Justin, nephews Gregg Crannage and wife Stacey and Michael Baunach, and grand nephews Austin and Benjamin Crannage, and many cousins.

Services were private and interment is at Kingston Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Irving Lavin

Irving Lavin, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, passed away in Princeton on February 3 at the age of 91.

Lavin was an art historian distinguished by his charismatic and challenging teaching, rigorous search for the relationship between form and meaning in the visual arts, and the conviction that the study of the history of art was the study of the history of ideas. He was renowned for his tenacious explorations of difficult subjects, and his willingness to see all the facets and possibilities of their solutions. 

“Irving exemplified the characteristics of a world leading scholar and humanist in his generosity, enthusiasm, and curiosity, which spanned diverse disciplines,” said Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor. “The Institute community, where Irving made his intellectual home for 45 years, was enriched by his presence, his insights, and his dear friendship. He will be greatly missed here and around the world.” 

Lavin’s deep knowledge of Italian art and culture was the result of over 50 years of study, particularly in Rome, where he embraced the city and encouraged Italian art history to move into the world of intellectual creativity. For this gift, the city offered him many honors, including the Tercentennial Medal, commemorating the death of Gianlorenzo Bernini (1980), and the Premio Daria Borghese (1981), and appointed him Honorary Member of the Corporation of Sculptors and Marble Workers of Rome as well as Membro Straniero della Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He also received the Premio Internazionale “Galileo Galilei,” from the University of Pisa (2005), the Sescentennial Medal, commemorating the birth of Donatello, from L’Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Florence (1986) and was made Accademico d’Onore by Accademia Clementina, Bologna (1986). He died as he was about to fulfill his last invitation: to be plenary speaker at the Fondazione Caetani colloquium on sixteenth-century Roman sculpture (March 2019). His last article on “The Silence of David by Gianlorenzo Bernini” will be published posthumously in the periodical Artibus et Historiae, in the Spring 2019 issue.

“Irving Lavin continued to be part of the life of the School of Historical Studies until a few weeks before his passing. The breadth of his knowledge on the history of art and culture was phenomenal, as was his ability to recognize connections between seemingly disparate phenomena,” said Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Executive Officer of the School of Historical Studies. “With an alert mind and youthful curiosity, he took a genuine interest in the projects of the Members, created bridges between the disciplines, and stimulated discussions.”

Lavin began his career studying philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and at the invitation of Bertrand Russell went to Cambridge University to become his tutee. He soon became aware that such a theoretical field was not for him and took up more practical studies, namely the history of art. Within ten years he had degrees from New York University and Harvard University, and had won the prestigious Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize for Scholars under 40 three times (’59, ’62, and ’68) — so often, in fact, the paradigm for the prize was changed. In 1966, Lavin began a series of discoveries, the first of which brought to light the earliest marble portrait bust made by the young prodigy Gianlorenzo Bernini at the age of 14 years. That discovery was only the first of many previously unknown Bernini busts made throughout his career. Lavin’s last contribution was a black-and-white marble sculpture of the famous Roman lawyer Prospero Farinacci (d. 1619), published in the spring of 2018.

Lavin was born on December 14, 1927, in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his B.A. from Washington University (1948), his M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (1951), and an M.A. (1952) and Ph.D. (1955) from Harvard University for his dissertation, “The Bozzetti of Gianlorenzo Bernini.” He taught on the faculties of Washington Square College, New York University (1957–59; 1963–66); Vassar College (1959–61); the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (1967–73); and Princeton University (1974–90). Lavin joined the Institute’s School of Historical Studies as a Professor in 1973 and became a Professor Emeritus in 2001. 

Reflecting on Lavin’s appointment and early years as a Professor in the School, the late Carl Kaysen, IAS Director 1966–76, observed in an Oral History interview, “I found it interesting that Irving could talk about nineteenth-century English art as well as about Bernini and as well about Tunisian mosaics. […] Irving fulfilled the notion of real intellectual interaction across the faculty boundary.” With John Elliott, Professor in the School from 1973–90, Lavin worked to make the School more cohesive in the 1970s, with a focus on actively encouraging the appointments of younger Members. As Elliott recalled in an Oral History interview, Lavin viewed the Institute as an international center with an international message and as “a place of refuge for younger people to get on with their own work as visiting Members.” 

Lavin’s publications show his wide-ranging intellectual interests: from late antique architecture (Triclinia) to North African, particularly Tunisian, floor mosaics, the Renaissance (Donatello, Michelangelo, Pontormo, and Giovanni Bologna), the Baroque (Caravaggio and Bernini), to the twentieth century, with essays on Picasso and Jackson Pollock. He also communicated easily with practicing artists and was close friends with George Segal, Mel Bochner, Frank Stella, and traveled with and wrote about Frank O. Gehry.

His books include Bernini and the Crossing of St. Peter’s (1968); Bernini and the Unity of the Visual Arts (1980); Past–Present: Essays on Historicism in Art from Donatello to Picasso (1993); Santa Maria del Fiore: Il Duomo di Firenze e la Vergine Incinta (1999); and Caravaggio e La Tour: La Luce Occulta di Dio (2000). The first two volumes of a projected six-volume edition of his collected works have been published as Visible Spirit: The Art of Gianlorenzo Bernini (2007–09), while the third volume has appeared as Bernini at St. Peter’s: The Pilgrimage (2012). A gathering of his essays on modern and contemporary art, The Art of Art History, has also appeared in Italian as L’Arte della storia dell’arte (2008).

Lavin was a celebrated lecturer: he gave the Franklin Jasper Walls Lecture at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York (1975); the Slade Lectures at Oxford University in 1985; the Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures at the University of Michigan and the American Academy in Rome, 1985–86; the Una’s Lectures in the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley, 1987; and the Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in 2004. In 1993, Lavin hosted a centennial symposium on the work of Erwin Panofsky at the Institute for Advanced Study, where Panofsky had been a Professor.

In addition to his scholarly production, he gave considerable efforts to shaping the directions of art historical research in North America. He was a founding member of the committees charged with the creation of three new institutes dedicated to research in the history of art and architecture in America and abroad: The J. Paul Getty Research Center (Los Angeles); The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), in Montreal, Canada.

In 2011, he and his wife, Professor Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, co-authored a small book titled Truth and Beauty at the Institute for Advanced Study, in which they explore the origin and historical framework of the Institute and its seal, designed in 1931 by French artist Pierre Turin. Lavin writes in the introduction, “It is our joint hope that, to some extent, this perhaps excessively academic study expresses the gratitude we both feel for the precious gifts we have received over the years from this wondrous place.” 

Lavin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, a distinguished art historian; their daughters, Amelia Lavin and Sylvia Lavin, her husband Greg Lynn; and grandchildren, Sophia Lavin Lynn and Jasper Lavin Lynn.

Obituaries 10/31/18 Post

Marlene G. Brown

Marlene G. Brown of West Windsor passed away peacefully at home on October 26, 2018, after a long battle with breast cancer. 

Marlene was born in Queens, New York, on February 11, 1961, and moved to Great Neck, Long Island as a child.  She graduated from Great Neck High School South in 1979, and from Brown University in 1983.  After college, Marlene worked in Paris, New York, and Washington, DC, before enrolling in Rutgers Law School-Newark, where she earned a J.D. in 1989.

At law school, Marlene found a passion for tax law, which she followed throughout her professional life.  Following a stint at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, she clerked for Judge Lawrence Lasser, the Presiding Judge of the New Jersey Tax Court, and then began a long career with the State of New Jersey – Division of Law, most recently as Senior Deputy Attorney General and Section Chief. She argued several significant cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court, and served as a fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General U.S. Supreme Court Fellowship Program in Washington, DC.

Marlene was the loving mother of two sons, Mark and Benjamin, who were the lights of her life.  She enjoyed music, theater, traveling, and swimming, and was a patient observer of her husband’s and sons’ various outdoor pursuits. After spending an academic year in Paris as an undergrad, and a year clerking at a Paris law firm, Marlene was a fluent French speaker, and loved visiting both Paris and Montreal. She was active in Congregation Beth Chaim, serving as Sisterhood president, a Board member of the Central Jersey Youth Orchestra, and an active volunteer and fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Marlene is survived by her parents James and Barbara Brown of East Windsor, NJ; husband David McMillin of West Windsor; sons Mark Brown-McMillin of New Brunswick, NJ, and Benjamin Brown-McMillin of Ithaca, NY; siblings Caren Haase (Robert) of West Windsor and Michael Brown (Lillie) of Chappaqua, NY; nieces Allison Haase and Mia Brown; and beloved aunts Michele Buslik and Anita Brown of Manhattan.

Funeral services were Tuesday, October 30, at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.

The period of mourning will be observed Wednesday, October 31 from 7-9 p.m. at the home of James and Barbara Brown in East Windsor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Princeton, NJ, or to the Newport Jazz Festival c/o Newport Festivals Foundation, Essex, MA. Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


Kevin J. Embert

Kevin J. Embert passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. He was 60 years old.  Born in Abington, PA, in 1958, he grew up in Levittown, PA. 

He is predeceased by his parents Donald and Mary (Malloy) Embert, and his brothers Donald Embert, Jr. and Eugene Embert. He is survived by his partner, Kimberly Budd Doub, her sons Jason, Nicholas, and Sam; his daughter Heather Embert; sister Sharon (Jack) Holleran; and brother Dennis (Amy) Embert.

Kevin has lived in the Princeton area for the last 20 years and was employed at the Institute of Advance Studies for over 15 years.

He also leaves behind his greatest friends, his two cats, Mr. B and Stella, and his beloved dog, Dakota.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.  Friends and family may gather from 10 a.m. until the service time.

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Henry Alexander Galitzine King

After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Henry Alexander Galitzine King, age 85, died on October 27, 2018 at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, NJ.  He was a long-time resident of Princeton, NJ.  Henry was born on October 3, 1933 in Princeton and moved to Baltimore in 1934 when his father Edward joined the new Walters Art Museum. His mother, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, was born in Russia, and lived there in splendor before the revolution and great hardship after the revolution. She wrote a memoir of her family’s life in Russia during this period, The Russian Revolution, Childhood Recollections.

Henry attended Calvert and Gilman Schools in Baltimore and, like his father, went to Princeton University, Class of 1955.  He was in ROTC at Princeton, received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force, and entered duty in 1956.  After his discharge in early 1959, he stopped in Aspen, Colorado for a week of skiing. The planned week in Aspen stretched into a ski-bum season where he met Yolanda Swee from Hurley, Wisconsin. They shared their love of sports, the outdoors, and an adventurous desire to see the world.  They married in July of that year, beginning their 59 years together.

Henry began his 33-year career with Citibank in New York City. Three years later they happily accepted a transfer to London where they lived for five years. Henry then became the branch manager in Dublin, Ireland where they began riding horses and hunting to the hounds. Three years later he became branch manager of the Milan office. They loved Italy, with its proximity to skiing in the Alps. These two years were followed by a return to New York where he joined the Petroleum Department, financing the Alaskan Pipeline.

In 1978, they took another Citibank opportunity to go back to Europe, this time to Geneva, Switzerland.  This turned out to be an 11-year stretch, lasting to 1989.  Time spent in the Alps, skiing and hiking, brought great joy. They did high-mountain ski touring with guides including parts of the Haute Route using randonnée skis, skins, couteaux, and sleeping in mountain huts. His public service in Geneva included two years as the President of the American International Club, and serving on the Ecolint school board.

While in Geneva, Henry got to know some of the largest art collectors in the world. Upon their return to New York in 1989, he headed up the Citibank Art Advisory Service. He retired from Citibank in 1992, followed by consulting for Christie’s, and then retirement “for good” in 1995. 

Most summer vacations were spent in Greensboro, Vermont, filled with lots of tennis, golf, and friendships.  During Henry’s five-year Presidency of Mountain View Country Club, he spearheaded the building of a new clubhouse. 

Henry was on the board of The Royal Oak Foundation (the American arm of the British National Trust), the Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Copley Hospital Foundation in Morrisville, Vermont.  He was a long-time member of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Springdale Golf Club, the Old Guard of Princeton, and The Nassau Club.

He is survived by Yolanda (Lanny), his wife and two sons: Christopher of Lenox, Massachusetts (Carolyn Guenther King) and two grandchildren Ella and Andrew; and David of Geneva, Switzerland (Minna Poutanen King) and three grandchildren Julian, Isabelle and Timo. He was predeceased by his daughter, Nicola Tatiana.

A celebration of Henry’s life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609-924-2277) on November 3, 2018 at 3 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Nicola Tatiana King Memorial Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation, 3 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church St. Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008.


Saul Yermie Levy

Saul Yermie Levy passed away peacefully at the age of 83 on October 23, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. He was the son of the late Sidney and Eve Levy. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Janet Levy. He is survived by: his brother, Richard Levy, of Stroudsburg, PA; his daughter, Linda Levy-Wood and her husband Ronald Wood, of Philadelphia, PA; his son, Jonah Levy and wife, Helga Ying; grandchildren, Ian Raydo and wife Chrissy Raydo, of Mechanicville, NY; Candis Lupietuu and husband Jason Lupietuu, of Philadelphia, PA; Rachel Raydo, of Philadelphia, PA; Milo Levy, of Brooklyn, NY; Julien Levy, of Philadelphia, PA; Refathun Momo, of Philadelphia, PA; Elijah Levy, of Piedmont, CA; Charlotte Levy, of Piedmont, CA; great-grandson Jonah Raydo, of Watertown, NY; Mila Raydo, of Mechanicville, NY; and Keira Raydo, of Mechanicville, NY.

A brilliant student, Professor Levy studied Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on a full scholarship, before earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yeshiva University. In one of his first jobs, Levy helped install one of the first computers used by an insurance company in New York. He worked at RCA in Princeton, NJ until 1971 when he joined the newly formed Computer Science Department at Rutgers University. Professor Levy taught courses in computer architecture for almost 40 years and served as Associate Chair of the Department. He was known for his clarity of exposition and dry wit.

He was an avid traveler. In 1970-71, he lived in Paris, France with his family. He continued his world travels into his 80s. He had a passion for art and art history, never missing an opportunity to visit a museum. Also, very dear to him was his Jewish community at Kesher Israel, where he was a member for more than 25 years, and he attended services regularly.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he loved to spend time with his family, and he was adored across the generations. He possessed an exceptionally dry, dark sense of humor, which he passed on to all of his family members, and his family has no doubt that Professor Levy is making jokes about his own passing from the Great Beyond.

Services were held Thursday, October 25, 2018 in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542, followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ. 

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Angelina L. Mattera

Angelina L. Mattera, 89, of Princeton died Monday, October 22, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro.

Born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, she came here to the United States in 1943 at age 14 and settled in Princeton. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church. She was a seamstress for various shops, Prep Shop, Verbest Dry Cleaners, Gail Dry Cleaner, and Lux Dry Cleaner. Angelina was a devoted, loving wife and mother who protected everything she loved. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She had the soul of an angel and everyone that met her was touched by her kindness and love. A very faithful woman, she had an extreme faith of the Lord. She was a cancer survivor and fighter of various illnesses in her life.

Daughter of the late Arturo and Marie (Rossi) Lise, wife of the late Giovanni Mattera, sister of the late Alex Lise, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Sylvana and David Acolia; four sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Debbie, John M. and Marie, Anthony R. and Rose, Mario S. and Coleen; her twin sister Clara Sferra; a sister-in-law Olympia Lise; seven grandchildren, Jolene and husband Marty Manion, Theresa Mattera, Anthony and wife Sarah Mattera, Nicholas Mattera, Michael Mattera, Daniel Mattera, and Grace Mattera; four great-grandchildren, Johnny Millard, Liliana Mattera, Gabrielle Mattera, Jacob Mattera; her grand dogs Bingo and Buddy; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours were held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

The Funeral was held at 9 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2018 at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Angelina’s memory to Fox Chase Cancer Center.


William Howard Becker

William H. Becker, 94, died on October 20, 2018 at his home in Princeton, NJ.

Bill was born in Brooklyn on January 12, 1924 to Morris and Ethel Becker. A bright, curious, lively young boy, he played sports and possessed a natural gift for making friends. He also enjoyed being a devoted older brother to sister Renie.

Bill graduated from high school in Rosslyn, New York, and studied at Queens College. After a year in the U.S. Navy, he attended New York University, then progressed to Virginia Commonwealth University Dental School. A newly-minted dentist in 1949, Bill settled in Norfolk, Virginia. Some years later he was introduced to Merle Skoler, a music teacher and fellow New Yorker, on a blind date. She quickly became the love of his life; and they married in 1959, eventually raising four sons.

Bill went on to serve the Norfolk community as a dentist for over five decades. Many of his patients grew up and brought their own children to him. Bill also volunteered his services to underserved communities in Israel.

After a long and satisfying career, Bill retired from dentistry at age 85. He and Merle moved north from Virginia Beach to be closer to their sons. In Princeton, Bill built a new life, continuing to collect friends of all ages. He enjoyed family dinners, people-watching in Hinds Plaza, jaunts to Parx Casino, and playing pool, poker, and Scrabble with his grandchildren and friends.

Bill was humble, generous, loyal, and a man of the highest integrity — in other words, a true mensch. He always put family and friends first. We learned from his example every day and are eternally grateful to have loved and been loved by him.

Bill is survived by his cherished wife Merle; his sons Richard (Rachel), Paul (Lori), Daniel (Madeleine), Sam (Jennifer); his sister Renie (Becker) Teitelman; and nine grandchildren: Olivia, Ben, Hannah, Joshua, Sophia, Corey, Robbie, Emily, and Kate. The family wishes to thank Bill’s dedicated caregivers and companions: Ashaki, Kayla, Jessie, Sophie, and Mary Kate as well as his poker and Scrabble buddies. A special debt of gratitude is owed to his dear friend Marty Austin.

Funeral services were held on October 22, 2018 at the Star of David Memorial Chapel in Princeton. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at


Charles Edward Stenard

Charles Edward Stenard, 82, passed away at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center on October 23, 2018 after a long and courageous fight against Parkinson’s disease.  He was born on February 3, 1936 in Watertown, New York. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Irene Stenard, and his brother, John Stenard.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Kirby Stenard, of 59 years as well as sons Steven, wife Lysa of Cincinnati, OH; Andrew and wife Jennifer of Manalapan, NJ; daughter Deidre of Princeton, NJ;  and five grandchildren, Alexandre, Kirby, Andrew, Elizabeth, and Katherine.

Charles attended Harvard University on a NROTC scholarship (AB ‘58).  After serving three years as a Research Naval Officer at the National Security Agency, he earned a PhD in Mathematics from Princeton University.

He had an accomplished 30-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in research and development management, where he worked on many diverse national security programs. The span of his work included supervising ABM missile tests in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, and machine learning and neural network software tool development for natural handwriting recognition for the U.S. Postal Service.

Having moved to Stonebridge Retirement Community, he kept active.  As an accomplished cellist, Charles enjoyed playing chamber music and giving concerts. He enjoyed activities such as lectures, musicals, attending various community activities, and being active with his grandchildren.  He was a member of Trinity Church, The Old Guard, and on the board of Crisis Ministry where he volunteered for many years. 

The funeral was held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ, on Saturday October 27, 2018.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research or other charities are greatly appreciated.


Marcia E. Baunach

Marcia E. Baunach, age 70 of Princeton, NJ, died Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.   

Born in Somerville, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Michael T. and Antoinette (Calio) Russo. Marcia grew up in Whitehouse Station and graduated from Hunterdon Central High School. She lived in Pennington for 47 years before moving to Princeton 10 months ago.

Marcia was a medical assistant at Princeton Hospital before retiring in 2010.

She enjoyed traveling and spending time at the beach. But it was spending time with friends and family that meant the most to Marcia. You would often find her on the phone chatting away with friends.

Marcia is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gerald Baunach; her son, Michael Baunach of Wilmington, DE; and her daughter, Abigail Weigelt and her husband, Justin of Medford, NJ and her precious granddaughter, Adelaide Weigelt. She is also survived by many cousins who were like siblings to her.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, NJ 08888.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made through IN MEMORY OF at for the benefit of Womanspace Inc., which provides help for people dealing with domestic abuse.

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Sparked by Larkin’s Play at Both Ends of the Field, PU Women’s Soccer Ties Dartmouth, Stays Atop Ivies Post

NATTY LOOK: Princeton University women’s soccer player Natalie Larkin kicks the ball in a recent game. Last Saturday, freshman defender Larkin contributed an assist as Princeton pulled out a 2-2 tie against visiting Dartmouth. Princeton, now 2-3-3 overall and 1-0-1 Ivy, plays at Lehigh on October 8 before hosting Brown on October 11.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

NATTY LOOK: Princeton University women’s soccer player Natalie Larkin kicks the ball in a recent game. Last Saturday, freshman defender Larkin contributed an assist as Princeton pulled out a 2-2 tie against visiting Dartmouth. Princeton, now 2-3-3 overall and 1-0-1 Ivy, plays at Lehigh on October 8 before hosting Brown on October 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Natalie Larkin acknowledges that moving up to college soccer has been intimidating at times.

“I think the physicality is something you don’t really see at the club level,” said Larkin, a freshman defender for the Princeton University women’s soccer team.

“That is something you have to adjust to pretty quickly or you are going to get manhandled. Going into Ivies is something I have heard a lot about; the battling mentality in those games.”

Last Saturday evening, Larkin displayed her battling mentality as Princeton hosted Dartmouth in a game that turned out to be a classic Ivy nailbiter. Larkin made a number of clears and runs up the flank from her spot on the backline, helping a gritty Princeton team battle back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1. Showing her attacking skills, she made a nice feed to set up Tyler Lussi’s game-tying goal in the second half as the teams ended regulation in a 2-2 stalemate.

When Princeton went a player down early in the overtime due to a red card, Larkin helped shore up the Tiger defense and held Dartmouth at bay as the game ended in a 2-2 draw, a result that moved Princeton to 2-3-3 overall and 1-0-1 Ivy.

In Larkin’s view, the tie reflected Princeton’s strength of character. “Our mantra is heart and we are committed to that; we have a young team and we have been waiting to rise to the occasion,” said Larkin.

“We all knew what was at stake today with Dartmouth; they tied their last game so they were going to be hungry. It was just that everybody stepped up together and we knew what we had to do. We got it done so it was good.”

Larkin got it done offensively in making the assist on Lussi’s goal which forced overtime after Dartmouth had grabbed a 2-1 lead 10 minutes into the second half.

“We kept going at them, it was going to come and it did,” said Larkin, reflecting on her first college point.

“Tyler is always getting in positions to be in front of the goal and ready to score so it is getting a line and whipping it in. Usually you can count on her to get something on it. I did my best.”

When Princeton was reduced to 10 players early in overtime, the back line had to step up.

“We definitely had the momentum but it is obviously a hardship when you lose a player,” said Larkin.

“We are still playing to win but we knew that we had to be a lot more conservative in the back so that changed the game a little bit. I don’t think it changed the momentum at all. It was just a matter of everyone stepping up a little more. We were ready to do it.”

The team’s group of freshmen, which includes Vanessa Gregoire, Mikaela Symanovich, Alessia Azermahdi, Beth Stella, and Katie Pratt-Thompson in addition to Larkin, has proven that it is ready to make an immediate impact.

“We have a great class, off the field we are really close which helps us a lot,” said Larkin, a native of Washington, D.C.

“We are really, really supportive of each other; that helps on and off the field. At the beginning of the season when we had a lot of injuries, we knew that there were going to be chances for us to come in. We had to do our best to be contributors to the team all around.”

Princeton head coach Julie Shackford marveled at her team’s resilience. “We have been hurt all year, we have just battled all year,” said Shackford, noting that senior star Lauren Lazo was sidelined on Saturday, the latest in a number of key veterans to suffer the injury bug. “I always felt like we were in control of it tonight.”

In Shackford’s view, Larkin has been in control along the backline since day one.

“Natalie works so hard, her work rate is incredible,” said Shackford. “She is  more of an attacker than anything. We would love to play her in the midfield but because we are so low on backs this year, we had to play her in the back. She is something else, she is such a positive person. She is good with the ball. She combines, she can score, and she can assist.”

Sophomore Lussi showed her scoring prowess against the Big Green, tallying on a penalty kick in the first half before finding the back of the net with less than 30 minutes left in regulation.

“Tyler scored the game winner against Yale (in a 1-0 win on September 27) so I think she is starting to come into her own,” said Shackford. “I think she has relaxed. She got the equalizer and I liked the way she stepped up on the PK.”

The Tigers stepped up in the overtime, holding the fort playing shorthanded.

“We just played Mikaela Symanovich back and I thought we did well,” said Shackford. “Sometimes when you play with 10 you are ultra organized there just because you have to be.”

While the Tigers were disappointed to not get a win, achieving the draw kept them tied for first in the Ivies along with Harvard and Columbia.

“Everyone else ties and Penn lost so we don’t lose any ground,” said Shackford, whose team plays at Lehigh on October 8 before hosting Brown on October 11. “We are still in the lead with Harvard and Columbia so I think it is all positive.”

In Larkin’s view, the Tigers have the ability and mentality to do some positive things this fall.

“We had all underclassmen on the field except for our senior goalkeeper [Darcy Hargadon],” said Larkin.

“We know we have a team that is deep enough so no matter who is on the field, everyone is going to step up. I think it is important that we battled through that tonight. We are going to have a lot of momentum going into the next game.”

PU Women’s Soccer Falls at UCLA in NCAAs, But Historic Run Will Leave Indelible Memories Post

END OF THE ROAD: Princeton University women’s soccer player Katie Pratt-Thompson boots the ball in NCAA tournament action. Last Saturday, senior star defender and co-captain Pratt-Thompson saw her college career come to an end as 13th-ranked Princeton fell 3-1 at fourth-ranked UCLA in the NCAA quarterfinals. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 16-3-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Throughout the fall, the players on the Princeton University women’s soccer team proved to be the ultimate road warriors, posting a 7-0 record in regular season away games and then winning two NCAA tournament games in Cary, N.C. on the way to the national quarterfinals. more

Basil Alkazzi Exhibition at Rider Art Gallery Banishes Winter With Warm Sensual Images Post

DREAMS FOR THE WINTER WEARY: If the storms are getting you down, what better solace than a visit to Rider University’s latest art show: “Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams — A Decade of Paintings, 2003-2012,” currently on view in the Bart Luedeke Center on Rider University’s campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Road. Admission is free. For more information, call (609) 895-5588.

DREAMS FOR THE WINTER WEARY: If the storms are getting you down, what better solace than a visit to Rider University’s latest art show: “Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams — A Decade of Paintings, 2003-2012,” currently on view in the Bart Luedeke Center on Rider University’s campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Road. Admission is free. For more information, call (609) 895-5588.

Are contemporary artists eschewing the secular and returning to the metaphysical? For the philosophically minded, that might well be the question prompted by Rider University Art Gallery’s current exhibition of watercolor and gouache paintings by the Kuwaiti-born artist Basil Alkazzi.

“An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Paintings 2003-2012” features 34 vibrant abstracts that, some think, speak to renewed interest in the metaphysical in art after a period of secular involvement.

The question will be discussed this Thursday, February 20, at 7 p.m. when Michael Royce, executive director of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) introduces a conversation by two leading art historians/critics, prompted by Mr. Alkazzi’s work.

In “From Secularism to the Mystical in Contemporary Art,” Donald Kuspit and Matthew Baigell will discuss the artist’s work within the broader context of a perceived turn from secularism to the expression of inner feeling, particularly the spiritual, among contemporary artists.

One of the most eminent art critics in the United States, Mr. Kuspit is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History and Philosophy at Stony Brook University and a senior critic at the New York Academy of Art. His writings appear in Artforum, Artnet Magazine, Sculpture, and Tema Celeste magazines, and he is the editor of Art Criticism. An influential author, his art criticism includes The Rebirth of Painting in the Late Twentieth Century; Psychostrategies of Avant-Garde Art; Redeeming Art: Critical Reveries; and The End of Art (and that just since 2000).

Mr. Baigell is one of the nation’s leading art historians. His books include A Concise History of American Painting and Sculpture, The American Scene: American Painting of the 1930s, and Artist and Identity in Twentieth Century America, which examines the work of such artists as Edward Hopper, Ben Shahn, and Frank Stella, relating their art to the social contexts in which it was created, and identifying recurring themes, such as the persistence of Emersonian values, the search for national and regional identity, aspects of alienation, and their personal and religious identities as revealed in their works.

A public reception will follow the program, which was organized by Harry I. Naar, director of the Rider University Art Gallery and Judith K. Brodsky, Distinguished Professor Emerita at Rutgers and founding director of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, who also curated the exhibition.

But one needn’t be an art historian or an art critic, to enjoy Mr. Alkazzi’s vividly colored large-scale works on hand-made paper.

Enigmatic and Mystical

The paintings are abstract in an organic rather than geometric way. Enigmatic and mystical, they conjure up warmth, pre-verbal memories, other-worldly landscapes; just the thing to transport the winter weary from the reality of snow shovels and slushy sidewalks.

They range in size from 13 x 18 inches to 40 x 30 inches and their titles convey a romantic and tender sensibility: Kiss of the Butterfly, Ascending Angel, Whispering Dreams, and Ascension in Beatitude II, on the cover of the full-color 136-page exhibition catalog.

Mr. Alkazzi has said that he hopes the show will inspire viewers with “a feeling of awe at the sublime soul within life and nature, and so, within themselves.”

In speaking of his work, Mr. Naar makes comparisons to Wassily Kandinsky and Mark Rothko; Mr. Kuspit, who has written two books on Mr. Alkazzi and has been observing his oeuvre since the 1960s, speaks of Jung.

“My paintings of nature are the Life-Force embodied in nature, all of nature, and that includes mankind,” said Mr. Alkazzi, who describes himself as a man of faith rather than of any particular religion.

This traveling exhibition started at the Bradbury Gallery at Arkansas State University and traveled to The Anne Kittrell Gallery at the University of Arkansas before arriving at Rider where it will continue until March 2. After that it goes to the Rosenberg Gallery at the Maryland Institute College of Art and then to the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Long Career

The artist’s long career dates from 1973. He first discovered a talent for drawing and painting as a child at boarding school in Beirut. After attending art school in London, he spent time in Greece and then Crete and regularly exhibited his work at London’s Drian Gallery, from 1978 to 1987. Since 1985, he has lived on and off in New York and was granted U.S. residency as “an artist of exceptional ability in the arts.” Currently, he lives in Monaco.

A prolific and self-described “compulsive” painter, he has work in the public collections of museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

“An Odyssey of Dreams — A Decade of Paintings 2003 — 2012” is at the Art Gallery in the Bart Luedeke Center on the Rider campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, through March 2. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (609) 895-5588.


Program on Cunningham, Rauschenberg Brings Together Dance and Visual Art Post

AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE AVANT-GARDE: The choreography of Merce Cunningham and the visual art of Robert Rauschenberg are the focus of a special program at Princeton University next week. Pictured here are dancers Andrea Weber and Daniel Squire at a rehearsal of “Xover,” created in 2007 when Mr. Cunningham was 88 and Mr. Rauschenberg was 83. (Photo by Anna Finke; Courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust)

AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE AVANT-GARDE: The choreography of Merce Cunningham and the visual art of Robert Rauschenberg are the focus of a special program at Princeton University next week. Pictured here are dancers Andrea Weber and Daniel Squire at a rehearsal of “Xover,” created in 2007 when Mr. Cunningham was 88 and Mr. Rauschenberg was 83.
(Photo by Anna Finke; Courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust)

The legendary collaboration between choreographer Merce Cunningham and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg is the subject of “Spheres of Influence,” a three-part presentation at Princeton University Art Museum from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The program includes an exhibition, dance performance, and panel discussion among experts on Mr. Cunningham, who died in July, 2009 after a lengthy career at the forefront of the avant-garde.

After dancing in the company of choreographer Martha Graham for six years, Mr. Cunningham presented his first program of solo works set to the music of John Cage, who would become his frequent collaborator and life partner, in 1944. Nine years later, Mr. Cunningham founded his own troupe. He developed a unique aesthetic based on a radical approach to space, time, and chance. Mr. Cunningham’s last work, Nearly Ninety, premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2009. The company was disbanded on the last day of 2011 following a farewell tour.

In addition to Mr. Rauschenberg, Mr. Cunningham also formed artistic alliances with Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, and other artists and architects. But Mr. Rauschenberg, who was the company’s resident designer, was his most frequent collaborator.

“There are so many things that are special about these two and their collaborations,” says Claudia LaRocco, a frequent contributor on dance to The New York Times and the moderator of the evening’s panel discussion. “So many of the traditions and aesthetics that are still in play today can be traced back to the nexus that was happening in and around the Cunningham company, whether you’re talking about Rauschenberg or other artists. So often, those names come up as touchstones.”

The program will start in the museum’s Marquand Mather Gallery with a tour of a selection of paintings, drawings, and prints from the 1960s and 70s. Included are works by Mr. Rauschenberg created specifically for the Cunningham company, on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The exhibition is the first of several the museum will present through the new Rauschenberg Loan Bank Program. The museum was chosen as a pilot institution for this initiative.

Next, a group of Princeton University dance students will perform a “MinEvent for Princeton,” a combination of excerpts from Cunningham’s choreography. Silas Riener ’06, a prominent contemporary dancer who studied in the University’s Program in Theater and Dance and a former member of the Cunningham company, has staged the program. The performance follows a recent programming technique of the Cunningham Trust to present curated compilations of the choreographer’s important works set to new music. The score is by Jeff Snyder, co-director of PLOrk [Princeton Laptop Orchestra] and Cenk Ergun, a graduate student in music composition.

“One thing that’s lovely about this evening is that it starts off with a chance to look at some of these Rauschenberg works, which can be one way in for people,” says Ms. LaRocco. “Just as you might think about spending time with a non-representational painting or work of art — Cunningham’s choreography functions in the same way. The eye can travel in so many different ways. If you think about classical ballet, there is a particular hierarchy on stage, so the eye is looking at one thing. Cunningham broke that open. It can be challenging, but liberating to watch.”

While Mr. Cunningham’s work is considered far off the traditional grid, his dancers were always highly trained with the same level of athleticism and technical finesse as those involved in classical ballet. In fact, numerous ballet troupes including American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet, and the Rambert Dance Company have presented his pieces.

Like many who watch dance, Ms. La Rocco began to fall for the Cunningham aesthetic only after seeing the company perform a few times. “It wasn’t an instantaneous love for me with Cunningham,” she says. “Sometimes it takes a few tries to get adjusted. I remember seeing a [Cunningham] show at the Joyce Theatre a few years ago. I realized that there isn’t anything to hold onto. There was a really distinct feeling of, ‘Oh, there’s nothing to get. This is just like walking through your day and being alive, being happy with it.’”

Panelists joining Ms. LaRocco will include Nancy Dalva, the Merce Cunningham Trust Scholar-in-Residence; John King, composer/performer and former co-director of the Cunningham company’s music committee; Abigail Sebaly, Cunningham Research Fellow at the Walker Art Center; and Mr. Riener.

“We really wanted to have different types of panelists,” Ms. LaRocco says. “All of these folks have deep connections to the traditions at play. I’m hoping they will all speak about their particular access points and their thoughts about collaboration and interdisciplinary work.”

A reception in the museum’s Sterling Morton Gallery will conclude the evening. The public is invited free of charge.

Princeton University Opera Rises to Challenge Of Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring” Post

Every year or two, the Princeton University Department of Music presents a major opera with students in the starring roles. Given the magnitude of this year’s production, it is clear why the department spends at least a year putting these projects together. This past weekend brought Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera Albert Herring to the Richardson Auditorium stage, with most of the technically difficult roles handled by students singing well beyond their years. The designation of this opera as “chamber” is certainly understated — Albert Herring is as vocally complex and demanding as some major 19th-century works.

Friday night’s opening (the opera was repeated Saturday night) demonstrated how a tremendous amount of work had gone into presenting a smooth production with few flaws. University director of choral activities Gabriel Crouch took on a new role, conducting an orchestra comprised of area professionals and students, many of whom performed solos matching a specific character in mood and text. Most notable were flutist Jayn Rosenfeld, oboist Matt Sullivan, and hornist Karen Schubert, all of whom well interpreted Britten’s orchestral concept of opening scenes with extended instrumental solos setting the mood onstage. Britten composed Albert Herring shortly after World War II, when material things were likely scarce in Britain. Designer German Cardenas’ sets represented the era well, with simple furniture shaded in pinks and blues.

Albert Herring is cast with thirteen singers, each of whom must sing intricate vocal lines against an accompaniment that often has nothing to do with the singers’ parts. Of the vocal performers in this production, only one was cast with a non-student — the part of Mrs. Herring, sung by mezzo-soprano Danielle Wright. Ms. Wright brought a vast operatic background to this role, which required vocal power perhaps beyond the college-age range. The tenor role of Albert Herring also extended into a vocal maturity beyond college years, but sophomore Christopher Beard moved through the role well as the opera progressed, especially in a very physical and comical soliloquy. Mr. Beard was well able to hold his own in duets with Ms. Wright as his mother. These two significant roles were joined by elderly autocrat Lady Billows, sung by sophomore Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa. More than any other member of the cast, Ms. Tawengwa sang with vocal skill well beyond her University level, wielding her cane as well as her words and bringing solid comic character to the part. These were all challenging roles, but Lady Billows in particular stretched well into dramatic soprano range.

Lady Billows seemed to be always surrounded by her entourage, comprised of the teacher, the vicar, the mayor and the constabulary. As the vicar, Dan Corica showed himself to be a solid tenor with a great deal of animation. His fellow tenor onstage, Saumitra Sahi performing the role of the mayor, sang with more vocal bite, but equally as much animation. The role of the constabulary was clearly borrowed from Gilbert & Sullivan, with bass Kevin Zhu looking every bit the part of a keystone cop, singing decisively into the lower bass register and registering every comic look of dismay and agitation. Soprano Anna Powell sang the role of Miss Wordsworth the teacher with sparkle going as high into the vocal stratosphere as Mr. Zhu was in the basement. The tough role of Housekeeper Florence, with a great deal of a cappella singing, was well handled by Stella Kim, who particularly came to life in the scene which decided Albert Herring should be the “King of the May.” Katherine Buzard and Matthew Walsh sang the romantic roles of Nancy and Sid, respectively, and were particularly effective in a late Act 1 duet in which they sang very clean octaves against what seemed to be a totally unrelated orchestral accompaniment. Music director Gabriel Crouch kept things well under control in the pit, allowing the thirteen-piece orchestra to build ensemble tension gradually. Like Gilbert & Sullivan, Albert Herring is overly-melodramatic at times, with its instrumental music very appealing and played cleanly.

This was a huge undertaking by the department of music, with tough music requiring supreme confidence from the singers. It is very unusual to hear an opera of this difficulty performed at the collegiate level, and the Princeton University Opera performers were no doubt rightfully proud of their accomplishment.

Obituaries 1/11/12 Post

Christopher W. Benchley


PDS Graduate Christopher Benchley, 24, Son of Wendy and the late Peter Benchley, Dies in Accident in Montego Bay

Christopher Wesson Benchley, son of Wendy and the late Peter Benchley, of Princeton, died December 29, 2011, in an accident in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He was 24.

He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs and a minor in anthropology from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. He had spent his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a 2005 graduate of Princeton Day School.

As an athlete, Christopher excelled at soccer. He played for the Princeton Soccer Association’s travel teams. He started with the Sparks, coached by Andrew Kalwa, at the age of six and continued with Union ’86, coached by Rob Myslik and Jim Barlow, through his teens. He also played for Princeton Day School his freshman and sophomore year and then turned his attention to crew.

He quickly became a strong oarsman and rowed for the newly developed Mercer County Junior Rowing Club. Christopher’s boat qualified to race in the Head of Charles in October 2004 and the U.S. Youth Rowing Championships in May 2005.

An avid scuba diver, he was an amateur marine archaeologist and an advocate for ocean conservation.

Aside from his mother, he is survived by his sister, Tracy Benchley Turner; his brother, Clayton Benchley; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service was held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, on Saturday, January 7, at 11 a.m. The service was open to all.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to one of Christopher’s favorite organizations, Shark Savers:; 419 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10003.


Anne G. Yokana

Anne Guthrie Yokana, of Princeton and Biddeford Pool, Maine, died Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Buckingham (Brandywine) at Princeton.

Anne was born in Baltimore, Md. where her father was a physician at Johns Hopkins. She and her family moved to Lawrenceville where her father became the school doctor for the Lawrenceville School. Anne and her family then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where a group of Hopkins doctors started a new hospital. Upon her father’s death, her family returned to Princeton where she has been a resident since 1932.

Anne was a graduate of Miss Fine’s School, now known as Princeton Day School. She attended Sweetbriar College, Bryn Mawr College, and was a graduate of Union Memorial School of Nursing in Baltimore. She worked as an operating room nurse at the Princeton Hospital prior to her marriage to Lucien D. Yokana in 1949. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church for over 80 years and its Altar Guild since the early 1950s. Anne also served as Senior Warden of St. Martin’s in the Field Episcopal Church, a summer chapel at Biddeford Pool, Maine for many years. She was a member of the Colonial Dames, Present Day Club, Bedens Brook Country Club, Pretty Brook Club, Nassau Club, and The Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton. She was a volunteer for many years for the Princeton Hospital Auxiliary. Anne was also an avid tennis player and figure skater and will always be remembered for her contagious laughter, her sense of humor and graciousness, and her love of animals.

Daughter of the late Clyde Graeme Guthrie and Isabelle Hill Guthrie; she is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lucien D. Yokana; two sons, Alexander D. Guthrie and Lucien S. Y. Guthrie; three daughters, Ariane G. Peixoto, Isabelle G. Yokana and Alice G. Barfield; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 19 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church.


Randall Greenbaum

Randall Greenbaum, of Princeton, died suddenly on January 4, while visiting New York City. He was 60.

His two loving children, Andrew, 20, and Jemma, 18; ex-wife, Stella; and his brothers, John Greenbaum of New York City and Clint Greenbaum of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., survive him. Randy will be buried in Kansas City, Mo., where he grew up.

He received a BA in Art History from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and a master’s degree in real estate finance from Florida International University in Miami, Fla. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects.

In Miami, Randy worked as an architect, a real estate agent, and a visual artist. Eventually, he pursued a full-time career as a visual artist. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and juried shows in Miami, Princeton, and metropolitan New York City. To be closer to the art worlds of New York and Philadelphia, Randy moved his family to Princeton in 2000. In recent years he continued working on a body of paintings in his home studio and in developing an art book of figurative prints and social commentary. Randy had an impeccable eye for design, an encyclopedic knowledge of Western art history, and an unceasing passion to teach and show his love of art to his children. They loved him for his joy of sharing, and his unceasing involvement and fatherly interests in everything they did and accomplished. He will be missed by family and friends.

Donations may be made to The Making Headway Foundation (


Barbara Roberts

RobertsBarbara Roberts, formerly of Princeton, late of Islesboro, Maine, died peacefully in Camden, Maine, with her family by her side, on Sunday, December 11.

Born on March 16, 1923, and delivered at home in Lawrence, Mass., by her father, Dr. Alfred E. Chesley and mother Geneva James Chesley, Barbara grew up in Lawrence and North Andover, Mass. Summers were spent at her mother’s family home in Deerfield, N.H.

She attended the University of Arizona and graduated from Simmons College in Boston. For a time, she wrote for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune as a reporter. It was at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College that she met her future husband of over 40 years, Donald A. Roberts, who predeceased her in 1991.

Barbara taught English at the Northfield-Mt. Herman School before receiving a Masters of Arts degree in English from Columbia University. She and her husband then taught at the Hill School in Middleburg, Va., the Grosse Pointe University School in Grosse Point, Mich., and at Princeton Day School in Princeton. She taught in the Lower School at PDS from its inception in 1965 until her retirement in 1984. Barbara was loved and respected by legions of children and colleagues, as was evidenced by her return in 2009, to a PDS reunion, where she was welcomed and feted.

The value of education and the plight of the poor were always foremost in her mind. She fought quietly but forcefully throughout her life for planned parenthood, gun control, the Democratic party, and women’s rights. Always well informed on the issues of the day, she never failed to enjoy engaging in a lively and articulate debate about politics or unfolding events on the world stage. She embraced the internet and was one of the few octogenarians able to navigate the web on her own laptop. She was an avid reader of literature, and a lifetime subscriber to the New York Times (NYT) and the New Yorker. She completed the NYT Sunday puzzle in ink well into her eighties, and was delighted when a newspaper now and then chose to publish one of her many letters to the editor. Barbara will be remembered for her sharp intellect, quick humor, gentle laugh, and quiet graciousness — all hallmarks of another, more genteel age.

She is survived by her brother, Norman Chesley of Pacific Grove, Calif.; her children, Nancy L. Roberts of Vancouver, British Columbia, Peter C. Roberts of New York City, Diana S. Roberts of Islesboro, Maine; sons-in-law, Vinit Khosla and Stanley Pendleton; grandchildren, Arjun and Gita Khosla, Orion and Benjamin Smith, Robin and Gabriel Pendleton; and three great grandchildren, Sebastian and Scarlett Pendleton Chamier, and Katherine Khosla.

According to her wishes, there will be no formal service, but donations may be made in her name to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence at; or to planned parenthood at


 George H. Gallup Jr.

A memorial service for George H. Gallup Jr. will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, January 14 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at Bedens Brook Country Club.


 Ellwood Kauffman

Ellwood “Woody” Kauffman, 83, died December 23 at home in Princeton. He was a computer pioneer whose keen intellect was matched only by his keen wit.

After serving as a technical sergeant in Japan at the end of World War II, he attended Temple University on the GI bill, graduating in 1952 with a degree in mathematics and a fascination with a new breed of room-filling “automatic computers.” He joined Remington Rand’s fledging Univac division, which built the nation’s first commercial mainframe computer, and became one of the earliest operators of that iconic machine.

Later, he turned his sights to computer software, founding and serving as president and CEO of Applied Data Research in Princeton, the world’s first independent software company, which in 1968 was awarded the first patent for a computer program. He remained active in computing for more than 40 years and founded several other computer software and consulting companies in Princeton, including Mainstream and K-Squared Systems. In 1981, he was recognized by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies as a “Univac Pioneer,” one of a group of “indomitable innovators whose foresight … helped usher in the Information Society of today.”

At college, he met his wife, Shirley, and they were married nearly 58 years until her death in July 2008. They traveled the globe together, played a mean game of bridge, and shared the curious distinction of having been named to President Nixon’s infamous “enemies list” for their work with the presidential campaign of George McGovern. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing poker. His greatest pleasure, however, came from time spent with his family, whose images graced nearly every surface in his home. His heroes were his children, his grandchildren, and Albert Einstein.

He taught his children, and those whose lives he touched, the importance of hard work, compassion, and the serious business of humor. He also held the incongruous belief that obituaries should be published while their subjects are alive, so they can appreciate the breadth of their accomplishments and impact.

Predeceased by his wife, Shirley; his sister, Shirley Dashoff; and his son-in-law, James Barthman; he is survived by his sons, Scott, Matthew, and Geoffrey Kauffman; his daughter, Jane Kauffman Barthman; five grandchildren; and his “angel,” Marcia Nelson-Brown, his devoted caregiver.

A celebration of his life will be held on January 14 at 2 p.m. in the Wilson Room at Princeton Windrows, 2000 Windrow Drive, off College Road West by Forrestal Village.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation, Tower Two, Fifth Floor, 120 Albany Street, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901; or online at

Lastly, as a particularly fitting tribute, he would be thrilled if you remembered to tell your children and your parents that you love them.


Obituaries 2-27-13 Post

2-27-13 Schmidt ObitJohn Allen Schmidt

John Allen Schmidt, born January 31, 1940 in South Dakota, died February 13, 2013, when a cerebral hemorrhage ended his ongoing battle with cancer.

Schmidt, whose profound and wide-ranging contributions to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) made him a highly respected leader in the worldwide quest for fusion energy, won wide acclaim for heading the design of cutting-edge facilities or tokamaks for magnetic fusion research.

After receiving his doctorate from University of Wisconsin in 1969, he began his 36-year career at PPPL, leading the design of controls for the Floating Multipole Experiment, one of the most advanced superconducting plasma confinement systems of the era. He subsequently became the first head of the Physics Group for TFTR, a tokamak which set world records for producing plasma heat and fusion power — over 10 million watts — while operating from 1982 to 1997.

Schmidt later headed the Advanced Projects Department at PPPL, where he nurtured a series of nascent projects including the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX), an innovative fusion facility that successfully installed some of the most complex electromagnets ever designed before construction of the project halted in 2009.

Schmidt’s accomplishments were also felt overseas. As head of the Applied Physics Division at PPPL in the 1980s, he played a key role on an international team that developed a conceptual design for a fusion power plant called INTOR which laid the foundation for the design of ITER, the world’s largest magnetic facility now under construction in France, a joint project involving European, Russian, and Japanese researchers. Also launched on Schmidt’s watch was collaboration between PPPL and South Korea on the design of K-STAR, an advanced fusion device that began operating in South Korea in 2008.

In 1996, Schmidt was named interim director and successfully led PPPL through a transition period from large fusion power producing experiments to smaller less expensive plasma research facilities including the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), a design intended to reduce the size and cost of future fusion machines.

Schmidt’s concern for the consumption and depletion of earth’s energy sources is evidenced in his broader energy research and papers analyzing penetration of fusion power into the commercial market, and his work regarding wind energy. He was also interested in broader application of plasmas and received a patent on the use of plasmas to sterilize bottles during manufacturing.

When not designing fusion facilities, Schmidt was enthusiastically engaged in fishing and rooting for the New York Yankees with his beloved son; sailplaning, and cross-country skiing. He was a master cabinet maker who designed and built all the woodwork plus bath and kitchen cabinets for his Stowe, VT home, as well as furniture for both his Vermont and New Jersey homes.

Still, among all his accomplishments, his most endearing and enduring legacy is his kind and generous gift of friendship to so many around the globe. John Schmidt was to his core a humble and good man.

Schmidt was predeceased by his parents, Delbert and Beryl Kingsburry Schmidt, and his first wife, Kathryn Phillips Schmidt. He is survived by his wife, Helen Wise; his son Michael of Newark, DE; his stepchildren, Katharine Wise (Bill Pinches), Ryan Wise (Leslie Brunner), Jenny Borut (Jeff), Mary Wise, Matthew Wise; his grandchildren Andrew, Colin, Timmy, Sam and Caleb Wise; Taylor and Stella Borut; his brother Robert (Delores); his nieces, Karen Shaw and Sue Schmidt; and nephew Curt Schmidt.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Cancer Institute of NJ Foundation, 120 Albany St., Tower 2, 2nd floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or online:; or Fox chase Cancer Foundation, Attn: Development Office, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111 or online:


OBITUARYRoyal Macklin Archer

Royal Archer, former Princeton resident, passed away after a short illness in Pueblo, Colorado on February 21, 2013. He was 83.

Royal is preceded in death by his parents Major Herman N. Archer and Alice W. Archer. He is also preceded in death by a niece Alice “Lili” Archer.

Royal was born in Princeton, New Jersey, April 12, 1929, to Major and Mrs. Herman Archer. Royal spent his early years there with the exception of four years spent in the Philippines during his father’s posting there. During World War II his father, Major Archer spent three years as a prisoner of war at Camp Bilibid, Phillipines. Royal lived in Florida for two years during his father’s final illness.

Royal’s mother, Alice Archer, was a teacher at Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She also taught French at schools in Princeton including Princeton Day School where her favorite student was the late actor Christopher Reeve.

Drafted in 1951, Royal served two years with the Army artillery in Germany. After his military service, he joined David Sarnoff Research Center in Penn’s Neck, N.J. as a draftsman. He later worked for RCA Space Center at Hightstown as a technician. He spent the remainder of his working career in the aerospace industry as a space shuttle mechanic at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California and at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Royal Archer and Rosetta Trani of Princeton, were married in Basil, Switzerland in 1962. They enjoyed many happy years travelling the world together.

Royal was an avid scuba diver and used his skill as a volunteer diver for Water Search and Rescue in Princeton. As a world traveler, he had climbed the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Royal was also a skilled horseman and loved his Champion Jumping paint horse named Skipper.

Upon retiring in 1994, Royal and Rosetta settled on a small ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado where he spent his last years. Royal will be remembered by the folks in Westcliffe as the “big cowboy.”

He is survived by his wife Rosetta, his brother Herman, Jr., two nephews, a niece, and nine great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at a future date upon the interment of his ashes at the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton. Memorial contributions may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1107 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005.


Morton Lewin

Morton Lewin died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on February 20, 2013. He was 81.

Mort grew up in the Bronx, oldest of 3 siblings. Childhood included a successful stickball career (he was a member of the “Hawks,” many of whom remained in touch well into adulthood), followed by four years at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. Mort excelled both academically and athletically in high school, graduating as salutatorian of his class and as a wingback and play caller of the football team. He is immortalized in a cartoon in his senior yearbook, wearing a football uniform, cradling a football in one hand and  holding out a textbook in the other. During these years, he also began a lifelong passion for music, as both performer and arranger. During the summers, Mort escaped New York City to work as a bus boy and waiter at Camp Boiberik, a Yiddish summer camp in Rhinebeck NY. He met his wife, Suki, at Boiberik in 1948, and all four of their children (Cherie, Brandon, Julie, and Gene) happily continued the family tradition there in the 1970s.

He was awarded a scholarship at Princeton University, where he began as a freshman in the fall of 1950. After a semester, Mort enlisted in the army band during the Korean War and was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone (where Suki spent the second half of her childhood). When he returned to Princeton in 1954, he and Suki were married and expecting their second child. He graduated with a BS in electrical engineering in 1957, and soon added an MS in 1958 and a PhD in 1960.

Mort worked at RCA for 14 years, during which he was awarded more than ten patents and received the “Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer” award from the national electrical engineering society, ETA KAPPA NU, in 1966. In 1972, he transitioned to an academic career as a full professor at Rutgers University, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. During this phase of his career, Mort published two books: “Logic Design and Computer Organization” and “Elements of C.”

Music remained an important part of his life; he played saxophone and piano and ended up focusing primarily on jazz flute. He played in and around Princeton for years, including a 2-year stint at the Yankee Doodle Room in the Nassau Inn in the early 1970s, which he called “the best gig I ever had.” He also continued to flex his athletic muscles as an avid tennis player, playing twice a week into his 80s.

Mort is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Suki, his four children, two younger sisters Ruth and Sondra, and eight grandchildren. He will be remembered for his love of jazz, his devotion to his family, and his brilliant mind. Contributions to honor Mort’s memory may be made to Jazz House Kids: (973) 774-2273 or


Question of the Week: “What do you like best about Communiversity?” Post

 TT Evan Leichter & Andrew Stella

Evan: “I like how all the shops and all of the organizations on Nassau Street are represented and there’s tons of different food you can eat. You really get a slice of Princeton.”

Andrew: “I love seeing all the different student groups and all the different organizations, all the different causes, and you can learn about them.”

—Evan Leichter (left) and Andrew Stella, members, Princeton University Marching Band, both Class of 2013.

 TT Caroline Smith Madi Norman  Sydney Reynolds

Caroline: “My favorite part of Communiversity is all the junk food, which my parents would never let me eat.”

Madi: “My favorite part is just the whole community coming together, and being with my friends, and there’s great food.” Sydney: “My favorite part is just being able to walk around town and have fun with all of my friends.”

—(from left) Caroline Smith, Madi Norman, and Sydney Reynolds, Princeton

TT Brooke Battle Morgan Bettle Anne Battle with Newborn Twins Palmer Battle and Harrison Battle

Morgan: “My favorite part is being able to walk from my home with my newly-born twins and seeing all of my friends.”

Anne: “Being with my daughter-in-law and my son, and my newborn grandchildren and showing them the town.”

—(from left) Brooke, Morgan, and Anne Battle, and twins, Princeton

TT Deborah Westbrook Princeton EMS

“I love the vibrancy, the energy, the community coming together, and the fact that non-profits and volunteers can show what they’re doing for the community at-large.”

—Deborah Westbrook, Princeton EMS Squad, Rocky Hill

TT Lauri King

“My favorite part of Communiversity is walking around and seeing all of the people, the festivities, all the great food. It’s just nice knowing that you’re part of this great community.”

—Lauri King, Princeton

TT Pat & Maggie Schmeirer

Patrick: “I just love seeing the University and the town come together. There’s always this invisible line drawn between them, and it’s great to see them come together. It’s just a great tradition.”

Maggie: “The food!”

—Patrick and Maggie Schmeirer, Princeton


Haskell to Discuss PUAM’s Abstract Exhibition Celebrating Artists From Rothko to Richter, Friday Post

MARK ROTHKO: This untitled 1968 (100 x 63.5 cm) oil on paper laid down on canvas by the American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970) comes from the collection of Princeton University alumnus Preston H. Haskell (Class of 1960) and will be featured in the exhibition, “Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell,” through Sunday, opening Saturday, May 24 at the Princeton University Art Museum. (Image courtesy of Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.)

MARK ROTHKO: This untitled 1968 (100 x 63.5 cm) oil on paper laid down on canvas by the American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970) comes from the collection of Princeton University alumnus Preston H. Haskell (Class of 1960) and will be featured in the exhibition, “Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell,” through Sunday, opening Saturday, May 24 at the Princeton University Art Museum.
(Image courtesy of Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.)

Princeton University alumnus Preston H. Haskell III (Class of 1960), will discuss the process of collecting modern and contemporary art in conversation with Pulitzer Prize–winning author and art critic Mark Stevens (Class of 1973) this Friday, May 30, at 3 p.m. in the University’s McCormick Hall, Room 101.

The event follows a book signing at 2:30 p.m. and precedes a reception in the galleries.

Mr. Haskell’s talk, “Collecting Abstraction,” highlights Princeton University Art Museum’s newest exhibition, “Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting From the Collection of Preston H. Haskell,” which opened last Saturday.

The exhibition features 27 paintings by some of the most important artists of the 20th century and provides a window onto the evolution of process, mark-making, and abstraction in the second half of the 20th century.

Mr. Haskell is a long-standing Museum benefactor and former chair of its Advisory Council.

“Rothko to Richter,” features work by 23 pioneering American, European, and Canadian artists, including Josef Albers, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Morris Louis, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko and Frank Stella.

The work on display is drawn from the period between 1950 and 1990, an era whose commitment to artistic experimentation is rivaled only by the first decades of the 20th century, when abstraction was first introduced in Europe and America.

These 40 years were a time of extraordinary creative ferment, when the very nature of abstract painting was hotly contested. The world of abstract art saw some dramatic developments. Experimentation with various methods of applying paint to a surface was common, with results that sometimes emphasized and sometimes obliterated traces of the artist’s hand.

Part of the exhibition focuses on artists like Jack Goldstein and Robert Rauschenberg who examine abstraction and mark-making in a way that is self-conscious and with a considerable degree of irony. Such work examines notions of authenticity and expression.

Curated by Kelly Baum, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the eponymous exhibition explores how changes in process and technique, specifically in mark-making, signal broader changes to abstract painting. It is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, published by the Museum. The catalogue has illustrations of all 27 paintings on view as well as contributions from Ms. Baum and essays on the artists.

The artists whose work Mr. Haskell collected represent movements as diverse as Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Minimalism, Op art and Postmodernism. They sought to redefine abstraction for new social and cultural milieus.

“Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting From the Collection of Preston H. Haskell” will be on view through October 5. The exhibition will then travel to The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, for an exhibition opening January 2015.

There will also be a lecture by Ms. Baum, titled “Mark, Maker, Method,” in the University’s McCosh 50, on Thursday, July 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Admission to the Princeton University Art Museum is free. Gallery hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. In addition, the exhibition will be open on Sunday, June 1, and Monday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (609) 258-3788, or visit:


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Obit Collier 1-1-14Richard F. Collier, Jr.

Richard F. Collier, Jr., 63, of Belle Mead, passed away on Christmas Day. Rich was born in Teaneck, to the late Richard and Catherine Collier. A graduate of Bergen Catholic High School, Harvard College (cum laude), and Boston University School of Law, he served two years as a law clerk for a federal judge in Trenton before spending 36 years in private practice specializing in litigating sophisticated commercial disputes.

He served as president of the Somerset County Bar Association; chairman of the Ethics Committee for Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties; chairman of the Federal Practice Committee of the State Bar Association; member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the federal courts in New Jersey; and member of the New Jersey State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Since 1989, Rich served as president of the Legal Center for Defense of Life, a non-profit organization providing legal services to protect human life, from conception to natural death, especially the life of the unborn baby in the womb.

As one of the state’s premiere pro-life lawyers, Rich was involved in numerous high-profile cases, including his 1997 appointment by a Superior Court judge to represent an unborn baby and his appointment by the State Legislature to defend its statute banning partial-birth abortion, also in 1997.

But of all his achievements, Rich was proudest of his family. He was the devoted husband of Janet A. Collier for 36 years and the beloved father of Megan Reilly and her husband Michael, Sean Collier and his wife Kelly, and Matthew Collier and his wife Shannon. He was the dear brother of Robert Collier and the late Brian Collier. Rich is also survived by six loving grandchildren: John (Jack), Daniel, Mark, William, Matthew, and a child due in July. He was a good, faith-filled man, known for his kindness and generosity, who will be sorely missed. The family gathered with their family and friends for the Funeral Mass at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton, on Monday, December 30, at 10 a.m. Interment followed at St. Hedwig’s Cemetery, Ewing, N.J. The family received their relatives and friends at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, on Sunday, December 29, from 2 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in Rich’s name to the Legal Center for Defense of Life, 14 Franklin Street, Morristown, N.J.; Life Choices, 156 S. Main St., Phillipsburg, N.J.; or Good Counsel Homes, P.O. Box 6068, Hoboken, N.J.


Obit Ende 1-1-14Norma Edith Ende

With her entire immediate family at her side, Norma Edith Ende died on Thursday night, December 19, 2013 at her Princeton Landing home in Plainsboro. Pancreatic cancer took her life quickly, but not before she had the opportunity to share with friends and family laughs and stories about a joyful life filled with extensive travel throughout the world and a career as the “most caring and doting mother, grandmother, and wife imaginable,” in the words of one of her grandsons.

Even though she was known professionally as a chef, caterer, educator, and culinary artist, she took great pride and joy in focusing her cooking and emotional and intellectual efforts on her family and many friends. Known for a beautiful smile and a personality to match her pleasing demeanor, she never voiced a word of self pity or anger about her illness, only worried about the welfare of her family members when she would no longer be there for them.

Born Norma Edith Rosenblatt on July 26, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, she married her high school sweetheart Howard S. Ende who survives her. She is also survived by sons Douglas and Adam; daughter Carolyn Margo; daughters-in-law Karen, Ana, Marife, and Yuchen; and grandsons Duncan, Ezra, Phoenix, and LingLing. A Princeton area resident for more than four decades, she worked as a chef at several area restaurants, was co-owner and executive chef at The Cranbury Food Sampler, and general manager and executive chef at Z’s restaurant in Trenton. Her travels throughout the United States, Mexico and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa were used as opportunities to expand her knowledge about diverse culinary traditions and cultures, as well as to learn about the challenges of survival that people face all over the globe.

Norma’s compassion, generosity and selflessness defined her approach to life. She especially loved children, and they invariably returned that love to her. Whenever she visited someone or someplace where there would be children, she always brought toys and food treats for them. She was always being surrounded and hugged by the children of her friends and family, by the pre-schoolers whom she taught in Princeton, by the Masai children in Kenya, where she often traveled, and especially by her own grandchildren who adored her.

There has been a private inurnment; a memorial service will be scheduled for the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Grounds for Sculpture, a serene local oasis of beauty she and her family enjoyed many times over many years. www.grounds


Howard Lahman Arnould

H.L. Arnould was born in Iowa to Lela Lahman and Charles Arnould, but lived his early years on a farm near Franklin Grove, Illinois. In his teens, after the untimely death of his father, he and his mother moved to Chicago. He attended University High School and matriculated early to the University of Chicago. It was at University High where he met, but did not court his eventual wife Susannah Steele. Her mother, as he used to say, was not willing to permit her to date until she went to college. He was in a fraternity with his eventual brother-in-law the late Robert Brumbaugh. It was there that he received the nickname Butch because one of the brother’s insisted the fraternity had always had a brother nicknamed Butch. He majored eventually in math but always praised the University’ generalist undergraduate core. He ran track, played tennis, and did the things students do. But soon he and my mother graduated and married.

The war took my father into the Navy, where thanks to a slight physical deficiency he was placed in naval intelligence. He was always glad that his naval work often led to fewer casualties rather than more. Butch and Sue passed the war years in Washington, where she served as a candy striper. After the war, he earned a Master’s degree in economics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. They then resided in Washington and he went to work for the fledgling National Security Administration. In 1952-1953, he was seconded to GCHQ outside of Cheltenham in the U.K. where he was joined by his wife and new son, Eric John.

Upon the family’s return from England, they soon moved to rural Maryland to a new home more convenient to Butch’s office. There they welcomed daughter Katherine Jane into the family in 1955. In later years, he revealed that one of his proudest accomplishments at NSA was conveying intelligence to key advisors to President Kennedy that led to a reduction in tensions during the Cuban missile crisis. They resided there until 1971.

Butch was active in the elementary school PTA, the Unitarian Universalist Church, and other progressive causes. Numerous friends in the neighborhood and from work brought fun into the home such as highly competitive bridge games. Vacations were often spent traveling the U.S. and with Sue’s sister’s family in New Haven, Conn. Butch enthusiastically promoted Eric and Katie’s horseback riding careers. He finished his own career on loan to the Institute for Strategic Studies at Princeton University gleefully retiring at the age of 55.

They took full advantage of life in Princeton frequently attending concerts and the theatre. Butch had a second career as a world class philatelist winning many top awards for his postal history collections devoted to the Danish West Indies. He and Sue travelled around the world twice, visiting many exotic spots including the Sepik River in New Guinea and visiting son Eric in West Africa. He continued to be active in the Unitarian Church of Princeton serving in many capacities in that organization. For many years he and Sue delivered for Meals on Wheels.

Butch and Sue moved into successively smaller homes, wisely downsizing as they aged. Fourteen years ago they moved to the Windrows facility just outside of Princeton where they enjoyed making new friends and participating in many activities in the community there. They were proud to have made late life choices that contributed to the quality of their own lives and those of their children and grandchildren.

H.L. Arnould is survived by his son Eric, his daughter Katie, and her husband Patrick Vance; and their four grandchildren, Austen Arnould, Alex Crespo, Jeffrey Crespo, and Colette (Basil) Price, as well as his nephew Robert Brumbaugh, his nieces Susan Tsantiris and Johanna Snelling, and their spouses and children.

A memorial service will be held on January 4, 2014 at 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, Route 206 at Cherry Hill Road, Princeton. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Yolanda Dalle Pezze

Yolanda Dalle Pezze, 99, of Princeton, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Acorn Glen Assisted Living Residence in Princeton.

Born to John and Mary Micai on July 3, 1914 in Rosedale, Miss., she grew up in Trenton, where she attended St. James School.

After moving to Princeton, she worked as a cook and cashier at the Littlebrook School cafeteria for many years and she thoroughly enjoyed seeing and interacting with the children every day. Yolanda was a long-time parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church and was a member of its Altar Rosary Society.

While she enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and traveling with her husband, her greatest pleasure was being surrounded by her family.

Yolanda was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Dalle Pezze. She was also predeceased by her parents; brothers, Virgilio, Gus, Louis, Livio, Aldo and Lino Micai; her sister Stella Lanzoni; granddaughter Christina Dalle Pezze; and a daughter-in-law Joanne Dalle Pezze.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law John and Georgia Dalle Pezze; daughter and son-in-law Rita and Vincent Boccanfuso; four grandchildren, Peter Dalle Pezze and wife Stacey, John Dalle Pezze, Jr. and wife Kimberly, Lynn Azarchi and husband Gabriel, Beth Bokop and husband Deron; five great grandchildren, Grace, Annabel, Trey, and Blake Dalle Pezze and Madison Azarchi; two step-great grandchildren, Christian and Cole Bokop, a sister Abbie Lombardo, a sister-in-law Jenne Micai, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will begin on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by a 10:45 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J., 08542. Burial will be at St. Paul Church Cemetery.

Visiting hours at the funeral home will be from 8:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. on Friday, prior to services.


Matilda Zlotnick Kapelsohn

Matilda Kapelsohn passed away peacefully in her home at Stonebridge of Montgomery on Monday, December 9, 2013.

Matilda was born July 19, 1914 in Newark, to Russian immigrant parents. She graduated from South Side High School in Newark (1931), N.J. State Normal School of Newark (1934), and Newark State College (1962), eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Matilda was a lunchroom aid, and playground supervisor off and on from 1939 until 1985 in the public elementary schools of Maplewood and Caldwell N.J. where she lived during those years. She was also a full-time homemaker, wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Matilda was an artist and a master at needlecrafts, winning numerous blue ribbons for her knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and painting. She was also an athlete, competing in and winning awards in archery, tennis, and the decathlon. Most of all she loved being with children.

In 1986 she moved to the Princeton area to be closer to family. Matilda remained active in senior groups and as a volunteer in the Princeton public schools until very recently.

Matilda is survived by her three children; Marjorie DeStefano of Lawrenceville, Lois (Marc) Klaben of Princeton, and Emanuel (Barrie) Kapelsohn of Folgelsville, Pa.; six grandchildren; Joshua Weiner, Michael Weiner, Rachel Webster, Rebecca Etz, Katherine Kapelsohn, and Emily Kapelsohn; and six great-grandchildren; Eli, Gus, Julia, Noah, Lucy, and Tabitha.

A private service was held on December 12, 2013 in Clifton, N.J.

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0bit.arthurArthur Szathmary

Arthur Szathmary, a Princeton University professor emeritus of philosophy, died of natural causes July 1 at his home in Princeton. He was 97.

Over the course of his nearly 40 years at the University, Szathmary’s work probed the philosophical significance of art and the relations between art and philosophy as modes of understanding human experience. He also concentrated on the principle of aesthetic criticism of art and was intrigued by how art enables people from different cultures to understand each other. He retired from Princeton in 1986.

Paul Benacerraf, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, who earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Princeton in 1952 and 1960, respectively, and served twice as department chair, says he felt Szathmary’s influence both as a student and a colleague.

“Arthur was an important member of the Princeton faculty,” Benacerraf said, “partly because he was one of very few with his particular sensibilities and interests — a broad and deep interest and competence in the arts and how to think about them — but especially because of his personal kindness and openness.”

Benacerraf said Szathmary helped him find a place for himself at Princeton in the early 1950s. “As an undergraduate, I wandered around pretty lost for a couple of years, until I found Arthur, and although my philosophical interests eventually diverged from his, he had been the link that enabled me to think that I could make it at Princeton — that there was a place for me here after all.”

Szathmary joined the Princeton faculty in 1947. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, the last in 1942. Working with Japanese prisoners as a Navy intelligence officer during World War II sparked his interest in Japanese culture.

His commitment to the arts led to his appointment as chair of the Creative Arts Committee from 1958 to 1967, which oversaw the Creative Arts Program. Under Szathmary’s leadership, along with program director R.P. Blackmur, a succession of poets, writers, and critics taught in the program. Szathmary also served as a senior fellow in the humanities.

“His great contribution was in his teaching and his close personal relations with his students,” said Alexander Nehamas, the Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy and comparative literature. Nehamas met Szathmary as a graduate student in the late 1960s, when he led the precept for Szathmary’s undergraduate course on the philosophy of art.

“His courses, especially the undergraduate courses he taught, attracted large groups of students, including, among others, the painter Frank Stella,” Nehamas said. “He was an infectiously enthusiastic teacher, with high standards, but always profoundly generous, encouraging, and full of good will.”

Szathmary’s impact on his students often lasted long after they left Princeton. In 2008, Gregory Callimanopulos, a member of the Class of 1957 and a noted art collector, donated the first Picasso painting to enter the Princeton University Art Museum’s collection, “Tête d’homme et nu assis (“Man’s Head and Seated Nude”), in honor of Szathmary.

Chris Homonnay, Class of ’83 says: “Arthur was an inspirational, creative, and thought provoking teacher. He opened our minds to new directions. Most significantly, he cared about each of his students. In some of my low moments, he was always available to talk or take walks around campus or Lake Carnegie. His memory will always be a blessing.”

Szathmary is survived by his wife, Lily Hayeem; his brother, Bill Dana; and his children, Robert and Helen.

Both the family and the department of philosophy are planning a memorial service.


Obit_Saldick 7-24-13Jerome Saldick

Jerome Saldick died at home on July 17, 2013. Born on March 24, 1921 in Astoria, N.Y., he was the son of the late Elsa (Rimalover) and David Saldick and was predeceased by his sister Sally Mackler.

Known for living life on his own terms, he graduated from Townsend Harris High School. He received his BA cum laude in chemistry in 1940 and his MA in 1941, both from Brooklyn College.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II attaining the rank of Captain. He was stationed in Rome as a weather forecaster and it was during his army years that he began his lifelong love of travel, catching rides to many exotic destinations including Egypt and Palestine.

After the war he earned his PhD from Columbia University. He was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi honorary societies. He was also a member of the American Chemical Society.

In 1951 he married Evelyn (Diamond). They had two daughters and moved to Princeton in 1960. Jerry and Princeton took an instant liking to each other. During his career at FMC and afterward, he enjoyed many diverse activities including sailing on Lake Carnegie, fixing cars, taking painting classes at the Adult School, swimming regularly at the Community Pool, and auditing classes at Princeton University. He relished the afternoon lectures at the University Art Museum and dialogues with Rabbi Silverman at The Jewish Center.

A two-time cancer survivor, he enjoyed volunteering with the local prostate cancer support group.

A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn, and his loving daughters Barbara and Diane. A founding member of the 55 Plus Club, contributions may be made in Jerry’s memory to the 55 Plus Club, The Jewish Center, or The Jewish Center Library Fund.


Haruo Nakayama

Haruo Nakayama, 80, of Princeton died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at home.

Born March 10, 1933 in Manhattan, his father had a business in New York City. During World War II, he returned to Japan with his parents and a sister. He graduated from school in Japan, majored in electronics, joined the U.S. Army for three years and transferred to the U.S. Air Force, having served in the military for a total of 26 years. He was employed as an electronic engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense at the Air Force Base in Wiesbaden, Germany until his retirement. He returned to the U.S. in 1998 to reside with his mother and sisters in Princeton. He was a quiet person who spent most of his time with family and friends. He enjoyed bird watching, reading books, listening to classical music, opera, and taking photos.

He is survived by his sister, Michiko Nakayama of Princeton.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Rd., Princeton Junction, N.J. 08550.


Obit DuFour 7-24-13Richard D. DuFour

“I Did It My Way”

Richard DuFour, 81, passed away peacefully on July 14, surrounded by family. He was born October 5, 1931 in Bound Brook, New Jersey to Louis and Frances Paternoster DuFour. Mr. DuFour was a resident of Central New Jersey until he retired to the Dallas area in 1996. He was a graduate of Rutgers University and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Richard was retired from his construction business and was an artisan stonemason.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Jeffrey of Hopewell, son Brian of Albuquerque, N.M., son Mark of Piscataway, N.J., daughter Diane of Renton, Wash., son Darren of Jamesburg, N.J. and stepdaughter Sandra of Keyport, N.J.. He also had many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Joseph. His brother, Warren, recently passed away on July 19. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joan Sullivan, and granddaughter Malloree.

All funeral services are private by Turrentine Jackson Morrow of Allen, Tex. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital ( Condolences and acknowledgements may be offered on the funeral home website or sent to the family c/o J. DuFour, P.O. Box 2310 Princeton, N.J. 08543,


Cynthia A. Stevens

Cynthia A. Stevens, 58, a resident of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, died peacefully at home on Friday, July 19, 2013. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she lived in Princeton until young adulthood, and thereafter principally in Hamilton Township. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1972, and attended the Moore College of Art. Cynthia was very passionate and knowledgeable about horticulture. Her home garden was literally a sea of plants, including a number of exotic varieties that were in bloom from early spring until late fall. Her garden was her pride and joy, and the results of her labors were a joy to behold. For a number of years Cynthia served as a volunteer at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.

Cynthia is survived by her husband, Keith D. Stevens of Hamilton Township; her parents, Nancy R. and William C. Becker of Princeton; her sister Pamela B. Haberle and her husband Robert of Pennington; her brother Christopher R. Becker and his wife Chia-lin of Oakland, California, Taylor MacGregor Haberle, a nephew, and Alexandra Claire Becker, a niece.

Cremation will be held privately and there will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Philadelphia Horticultural Society, 100 North 20th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19100, or any other organization of choice.

Showing Strength of Character, Young Talent, PU Women’s Soccer Edges Yale in Ivy Opener Post

GETTING LOOSE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Tyler Lussi heads upfield in action earlier this season. Last Saturday at Yale, sophomore star Lussi came up big, scoring a goal late in the second half to give the Tigers a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Princeton, now 2-3-2 overall and 1-0 Ivy, hosts Dartmouth (3-2-2 overall, 0-0-1 Ivy) on October 4 at Roberts Stadium.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

GETTING LOOSE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Tyler Lussi heads upfield in action earlier this season. Last Saturday at Yale, sophomore star Lussi came up big, scoring a goal late in the second half to give the Tigers a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Princeton, now 2-3-2 overall and 1-0 Ivy, hosts Dartmouth (3-2-2 overall, 0-0-1 Ivy) on October 4 at Roberts Stadium. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University women’s soccer team headed into its Ivy League opener last Saturday at Yale, things weren’t going well.

The Tigers were coming off a Virginia swing which saw them lose 3-2 at Richmond on September 19 before getting defeated 4-1 at William and Mary two days later.

In addition, Princeton was forced to go with a number of young players as several key veterans were sidelined by injury.

“We have so many injuries, we literally had 12 or 13 healthy players,” said Princeton head coach Julie Shackford, whose starting lineup at Yale featured a quartet of freshmen in Natalie Larkin, Alessia Azermadhi, Vanessa Gregoire, and Beth Stella.

To make matters worse, starting goalie Darcy Hargadon had to leave the game after eight minutes due to a quad injury, giving way to unheralded sophomore Hannah Winner.

“It was wild,” recalled Shackford. “You are playing with 12 or 13, you lose your keeper, and you are playing on the road in a league game.”

Winner, for her part, felt some butterflies as she took the pitch. “It was a little nerve-wracking at first but I went back to all of my work in practice,” said Winner in a video interview on the Princeton sports website. “I had the support of my team behind me. I calmed down and I was ready to rock and roll.”

After a shaky start, the Tigers calmed down collectively. “We rallied for sure in the second half,” said Shackford. “We were putting a lot of pressure on them.”

That pressure finally yielded dividends as Tiger sophomore star Tyler Lussi struck, converting a feed from Gregoire into the back of the net, putting Princeton up 1-0 with six minutes remaining in regulation.

“Vanessa played a great ball in,” recalled Shackford of Gregoire, who was later named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. “Tyler has been forcing things lately so hopefully this will help her relax.”

The Tigers didn’t relax after the goal as Winner and the defense held the fort and Princeton came away with a hard-earned 1-0 victory, the 10th straight game in the hotly-contested series to be decided by two goals or less and the third straight decided by one goal.

“We all just pulled it together; everyone was in it working hard,” said Winner, reflecting on the last six minutes of the contest.

“We know from experience that you can be scored on in the last two seconds of the game so everybody was focused. Our plan was to keep it up the field for as long as possible and just play our hearts out until the final whistle.”

Shackford was proud of how her team played to the final whistle. “We were phenomenal with game management after the goal,” said Shackford, whose team improved to 2-3-2 overall with the victory.

As Princeton hosts Dartmouth (3-2-2 overall, 0-0-1 Ivy) on October 4, Shackford is hoping the Tigers can build on the win over Yale.

“I think it gives you a lot of momentum,” said Shackford, whose team currently sits atop the Ivy race along with Columbia (5-1-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy) and Harvard (6-2 overall, 1-0 Ivy). “If you had just 12 players and had a league loss going into Dartmouth, that would be a big hole to get out of.”

Princeton is lucky to have a great group of freshman players. “The freshman class is phenomenal,” said Shackford, who also inserted freshman Mikaela Symanovich as a sub on Saturday. “They are leaders, they are hard, they want it, they have adapted so well.”

Going forward, the injury-depleted Tigers face a hard task in their bid for a league crown.

“We have to defend well and stay together,” said Shackford. “People have to have some extraordinary performances.”

Winner is confident the Tigers will stay on task. “We are taking it one day at a time and working hard in each practice,” said Winner.

“Having a win under our belt is great but we are looking forward to the next game. It is a clean slate and we have got to just get those next three points.”