October 20, 2017

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October 18, 2017

Michael Curschmann
Michael Curschmann, age 81, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at home in Princeton. Born in Cologne, Germany, to Hanna and Fritz Heinrich Curschmann, he studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, where he received his PhD. In 1963, he immigrated to the United States with his wife Beryl and infant daughter to take up a position as a medievalist in the German Department at Princeton University, where he remained on the faculty until his retirement in 2002. In the years following, he stayed active as a professor emeritus, continuing to write, speak and participate in academic life until his death.

Michael was a loving and devoted husband to Beryl for over 50 years. Attentive, supportive, and generous to his children, Michael was also a doting grandparent and a loyal brother. Preceded in death by both Beryl and his beloved son Paul, he is survived by his daughter Jane Curschmann, grandsons Yannick Pinoy-Curschmann and Max Curschmann, sister Barbara Haas, and brother-in-law Hans Martin Sauer.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. at The Kimble Funeral Home at One Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. Friends may visit beginning at noon, followed by a service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made, in his memory, to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 872, Trenton, NJ 08695.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Dan Kluchinski

Dan Kluchinski, 54 of Rocky Hill, NJ passed away on October 16 with his husband at his side after an incredible fight with cancer.

Dan is survived by his husband of 29 years — W. J. “Brad” Bradhering; his parents –Joseph and Florence Kluchinski; his brothers (and sister-in-laws) Dave (Dawn) and Don (Carol) Kluchinski; and six nieces and nephews — Joe, Dana, Catherine, Allie, Rachel, and Jack.

Dan graduated from Rutgers and Purdue Universities. He spent his career at Rutgers as a professor, Associate Director of Cooperative Extension and Chair of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dan was an outstanding scientist, educator, administrator and mentor, and touched and influenced the lives of so many. He had a thirst for knowledge and derived great joy and satisfaction from helping others.

Dan was an avid gardener, photographer, loved the beach and ocean, and traveling with friends. He always put others before himself and was a devoted uncle, friend, mentor and colleague. His positive attitude, kindness, boundless energy, and caring nature will be missed by all those who know and love him.

Although his fight with cancer included many challenges, Dan always kept his wonderful smile and sense of humor. His strength, optimism, and passion for life and learning were and will continue to be an inspiration.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial contributions be made to the Dan Kluchinski Memorial Scholarship Fund; c/o Matt Weismantel; Senior Director – Office of the Chancellor; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; 96 Davidson Road; Piscataway, NJ 08854-8062. Please make checks out to Rutgers Foundation with “Dan Kluchinski Memorial Scholarship” in the memo.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love, support, and prayers — they meant so much to Dan.

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


Herbert Henry Rickert

Herb Rickert, 1923-2017, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2017, with Rose, his wife of 66 years, and other family members by his side. The family is grateful for the attention and care of the staff at both Meadow Lakes Assisted Living Facility and at the Princeton University Medical Center.

Herb was born in Gary, Ind., and lived for many years in Illinois, primarily in Champaign-Urbana. He began his career as a specialist in radar, and was a technical school instructor in the US Navy during World War II. He held a BSEE from the U of Illinois (1948) and was a Senior Member of the IEEE. Herb’s first job after his service in the Navy was as a microwave engineer at Wheeler Labs in Great Neck, N.Y., where Rose, a young secretary with great legs, caught his eye. Herb, Rose, and their children moved to Princeton, and Herb was an antenna electrical engineer at RCA Astro-Electronics in East Windsor, N.J., for 23 years before his welcome retirement.

Herb was a faithful and active member of All Saints’ Church in Princeton, where he served on the Vestry, was a Sunday School teacher, was the associate treasurer, was an usher, a greeter, and a lector. He enjoyed playing and watching golf, and always insisted on walking the course.

A quiet man with a keen sense of humor, Herb was happiest in the midst of family noise and confusion. He is survived by his wife, Rose Belfiore Rickert and his children: Nancy Watkins, Waldwick, N.J.; Kenneth Rickert, Levittown, Pa.; Leslie Campbell, Manhattan, Kans.; Neil Swartz, Edison, N.J.; Donald Rickert, Yardley, Pa. Predeceased by his sister Dorothy and his precious granddaughter Allison, Gramps will be missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Gwynne, Christopher, Amie, Keelan, Emily, Ruth, Jaimie, Ryan, Anselm, and Cecilia.

A Memorial Service will be held at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, N.J.; the details will be announced at a later date, which will be posted on HerbRickert.weebly.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Herb’s name to Womanspace through womanspace.org or to Womanspace, Inc, 1530 Brunswick Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. All donations will be acknowledged in a letter to Rose Rickert.


Jane Merchant Hanna

Jane Merchant Hanna, 82, of Old Chatham, New York, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She spent her last years in Princeton, New Jersey to be closer to family.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. to the late Ralph Merchant and Louise (Gorham) Merchant, where she lived until attending Smith College, graduating in 1957. Although she remained on the East Coast for the rest of her life, she always attributed her spirit (which was formidable), determination (equally formidable), and down-to-earth attitudes to her Midwestern heritage.

Jane had two careers: teaching and landscape design. She began her teaching career at the Buckingham School in Cambridge, Mass. and as a middle school math teacher at Albany Academy for Girls after the family moved to Albany N.Y. She retired in 1980, to fulfill her lifelong passion for gardens and gifted eye for design, starting Wendover Farm Nursery. She was also involved in Tannery Pond Concerts, an organization committed to bringing world class Chamber music to the Berkshires at an affordable price.

She met her husband, John Hanna, Jr in Cambridge, Mass. Married in 1958, they lived in Cambridge until 1969 when they moved briefly to Albany before moving to their beloved Wendover Farm in Old Chatham, N.Y. Over 47 years together on the farm, they planted beautiful and abundant gardens, filled the barns with animals, and created a welcoming gathering spot for friends, family, and animals. Jane always loved animals, and collected an impressive array over the years, including a fair number of strays that wandered into the yard and never left. Nothing gave Jane more pleasure than to share Wendover with family and friends. Neighbors and guests were always welcome to gather by the pond for a cookout next to the firebowl. Over the years, Jane and John welcomed many of their friends’ children to spend portions of their summers at Wendover, and these visitors became cherished friends in their own rights. In the later years, having her grandchildren gather together and enjoy the farm provided huge joy, and all nine grandchildren consider time on the farm with Granna some of their most cherished memories.

She is survived her husband of 58 years, John Hanna, Jr, three children: Lili Hanna Morss and her husband Steve of Concord, Mass.; Kate Hanna Morgan of Princeton; Josh Merchant Hanna and his wife Kim of Waukesha, Wisc.; and nine grandchildren: Alexandra, Abigail and Caroline Morss; Sarah, Jasper, Lucy and Annie Morgan: and Will and Genevieve Hanna; and a brother Louis Merchant and his wife Joyce of Wayzata, Minn.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


CDR Charles L. Bardwell

Charles Laighton Bardwell, USN, 103 of Princeton died Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro. Born in Tuckahoe, New York on June 19, 1914 to Sarah Hitchcock and Frank Darwin Bardwell. He is predeceased by his parents, three brothers, two nephews, his wife Elizabeth, his daughter Susan, and his son-in-law John Cooley. He is survived by his daughter Annie Cooley, (Hilton Head, S.C.); his grandson Carson Cooley, (Hilton Head, S.C.); his step-grandson Peter Cooley, (New Canaan, Conn.); three nephews and three nieces. He is the decedent of William the Conqueror and the Hamlet of Bardwell, outside of London, is named for his family.

CDR Charles L. Bardwell, reported on February 24, 1956 to NATTS to assume the duties as Executive Officer. Born in Tuckahoe, New York, CDR Bardwell lived there until he entered Pensacola Flight Training in 1939. He attended Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, N.Y. While attending Fordham College, he coached the Roosevelt High School Ice Hockey Team. (I wonder if they ever won any games.) He entered the Naval Reserve and New York Naval Militia in 1932 on the old USS ILLINOIS. On completion of college in 1939, he went into the Aviation Cadet Program and concluded his elimination base training at Floyd Bennett, N.Y. Taught instrument flying at Pensacola and Jacksonville after commissioning as a Naval Aviator. Helped commission Patrol Squadron 33 at Norfolk, Virginia in 1942. Served in Panama with Patrol Squadrons 33 and 1 until 1944. Served in the Pacific area as Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron 9, returning in 1946. Taught NROTC at Princeton University 1946-47. Attended General Line School at Newport 1947-48 and then the junior course at the Naval War College 1948-49. Spent 18 months as Assistant Operations Officer (SEA-AIR RESCUE) for Caribbean Sea Frontier. Returned to the Staff of the Naval War College and Newport until assigned as Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron FIFTY SIX, Norfolk, Virginia in 1953. In November 1954 he assumed the duties as Navigator aboard the USS LEYTE serving there for a period of 16 months prior to reporting as Executive Officer at NATTS. CDR took over the duties as Operations Officer of Fleet Air Wing FOURTEEN now based at San Diego, California.

After retiring from the Navy in 1960, he and his family moved to Princeton where he worked for American Management Association as a program director for 18 years. Upon retirement, he and his wife spent many years enjoying their home on Marco Island, Florida. He is a long-standing member of his beloved Springdale Golf Course and has resided in the Princeton Windrows for the last 16 years where he enjoyed new friends and good times. A special thanks to his caregiver of the last three years (Irene) for making his life so comfortable and the staff of Princeton Windrows for all their kindness over the years.

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton. Burial will be in All Saints’ Cemetery, followed by a reception at Springdale Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wounded Warriors.

Many children previewed their Halloween costumes on Saturday at Finding the Great Pumpkin, presented by the Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton Shopping Center. The event featured family-friendly fun with autumn-themed crafts and activities along with live music. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

October 11, 2017

To the Editor:

This is in reply to Nat Bottigheimer’s letter in the September 27 Mailbox on fire risks of large-scale wood housing.

As a society, we are constructing, once again, huge housing complexes and hotels built of wood. Look around at the new megablock luxury condo/apartment complexes. Almost all are wood framed and built with more combustible lightweight and engineered wood than the heavier wood used pre-World War II.

The result: conflagrations in heavily populated areas that destroy as many as hundreds of wood condo or apartment homes in a single fire. And sprinklers are not preventing the conflagrations, which would not occur if we built large-scale housing out of non-combustible construction as we used to do.

In large-scale wood housing, a single mistake can have catastrophic consequences. Two hundred forty apartment homes were destroyed in a single fire in Edgewater in 2015, and 500 people were permanently displaced. Another conflagration destroyed nearly 100 senior homes in a newly-built upscale retirement community in Georgia and killed one senior. There are frequent massive fires that destroy smaller wood complexes of dozens of condos or apartments.

There are also many fires in under-construction megablock wood complexes. Huge construction fires this year in large-scale wood housing this year in Oakland (multiple conflagrations), Boston (multiple conflagrations), Kansas City, and Raleigh spread to surrounding occupied buildings. The construction fire in Kansas City spread burning embers a square mile and burned two dozen surrounding occupied homes.

For an up-to-date list go to Facebook’s Massive Fires Damage Lives and scroll down.

So far there have not been many deaths in these fires. But death statistics are only one measure of damage. Surviving a major fire and losing one’s home is a traumatic event. Large long-term studies at major medical centers nationwide show that emotional trauma for fire survivors has similar life consequences as physical trauma, including divorce, job loss, anxiety, and depression. Search “Plos One — The Long-Term Impact of Physical and Emotional Trauma: The Station Nightclub Fire”

Megablock wood structure fires are conflagrations in which an entire block or more is burning. Multiple fire companies fight the fires which last many hours, and toxic smoke is released. In Raleigh police warned residents to stay away from the downtown for several days due to unhealthy air. The cost to municipalities in fighting these fires is high, neighborhood communities are destroyed, and the local economy suffers.

Citizens and experts are addressing this issue on the local, state, and national level. National code and fire experts, as well as informed citizens, are working for code reform. Note that paid lobbyists from the building industries wield influence on national building and fire code committees.

There are seven bills before the New Jersey state legislature. Citizens who have been working on this issue since the Edgewater conflagration support New Jersey bills Senate 1632/Assembly 3770 sponsored by Senators Turner and Bateman and Assembly members Muoio, Gusciora, Zwicker, and Chaparro.

It is time to take action at the state and local level for better fire protection in large wood structures.

Alexi Assmus

Maple Street

To the Editor:

As scientists and scientific enthusiasts, we are well aware of recent national trends which disregard science and abuse rational thought. Thus, we feel it’s necessary to support candidates who understand and value science in our society, and will undoubtedly support scientific education. This is why we are backing Jenny Ludmer, a former scientific analyst and writer, for the Board of Education.

One day a year at Littlebrook Elementary, we’ve seen fascinating things happen. Bees, lasers, bubbles, and goats descend upon the school. It’s not uncommon to hear loud chemistry explosions or see marshmallow peeps expand, while words like “central limit theorem” and “bionic eye” come drifting into the halls. For several years, Jenny has demonstrated her passion for scientific education by organizing this inspiring annual event at Littlebrook Elementary, known simply as the Science Expo.

An event that can only happen in a town like Princeton, the Expo draws science enthusiasts from industry as well as academia, parents as well as community members, into the school for one full day of action. Classes rotate through the school, so that each child participates in at least a dozen 20-minute engaging presentations. The goal is simply to wow kids with science, so they can imagine a future for themselves in this intriguing world. And they do.

Jenny is the willing coordinator of this massive project, eager to work with teachers and parents to make it happen. Pouring her time and energy into this project, literally for weeks and months every spring, a perfectly-orchestrated color-coded schedule is generated for this one day in May that rivals many airport timetables. Scientists expect her to pull it off, teachers know she will make it happen, and principals trust her to lead the day. Every year that we’ve participated in the Expo, we’ve walked away with a profound sense of respect for the school’s daily work, but also the knowledge that science is loved and respected here. And we who have seen her in the trenches know that this would not happen if it were not for Jenny’s efforts, organization, and determination.

Jenny’s long-time commitment to running the Science Expo underscores her view that the future of our community will depend on children that don’t just score well on science tests, memorize facts, or do hours of homework, but on developing children’s sense of wonder and scientific thought. We can see this in every initiative she develops and cultivates, from sustainability efforts — not just in the schools but throughout the community — running the Littlebrook Garden Club, and otherwise speaking out for scientific awareness in the general public.

We believe that with her collaborative approach, fierce determination, and sheer grit, Jenny will be a hands-on and effective board member. Furthermore, with her background in scientific research and analysis, she pledges to thoroughly research and review options so that sound, evidence-based decisions can be made. Please consider Jenny Ludmer when you vote on November 7, and in the meantime, check out her website, LudmerForBOE.org.

Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges PhD, 

Amy Rogers, Ohad Mayblum

Dodds Lane

Forrest Meggers PhD

Dorann Avenue

Kosuke Imai

Randall Road

Ari Raivetz

Bertrand Drive

Yael Niv

Franklin Avenue

To the Editor:

We are writing to endorse Jess Deutsch for the Board of Education (BOE). As parents whose children recently graduated from our district, we feel that Jess is a clear choice to help our school district move forward. We have known Jess and her family for nearly 15 years, and can speak with certainty to her commitment to the children of our community and for the well-being of all Princeton children. As the founder of Princeton Balance, a board member of both the 101 Fund and of HiTops, as well as a former member of the Riverside PTO, Jess is perfectly suited to create the critical conversations and bring the changes needed to support all of our children in making the most of their educational experiences.

Jess is well versed in the multiple, complex issues that our district is facing while also having a keen understanding of the district’s strategic plan. She is a listener and problem solver, and she has the judgment and reason that will be necessary to confront the budgetary, space, and communication challenges, and to serve our whole community well. As a long-time public school teacher, I can attest to the importance of having BOE members who have a background in education who understand the needs of our children and district. With an advanced degree in education from Harvard, and years of experience as a professional education advisor, Jess is uniquely qualified to see the issues our district faces from the perspective of a parent, community leader, and, to speak the language of our students and educators. Jess will be at the forefront to ensure that our community will provide to every student in the district a first-rate education, recognizing the urgency of closing the opportunity gap and creative innovative options that will truly prepare our students to thrive. We know she takes seriously the responsibility of making decisions that affect our community for the long-term, and that require the judicious use of our taxpayer dollars.

Our three sons have now graduated from PPS as have Jess and Ted’s children. We are impressed and grateful that Jess is choosing to serve now, with the long view of our entire school system. We state with certainty and confidence that Jess has already had a positive imprint on our district. The school board needs her now. There are many fine candidates running who are looking to serve, and we thank them all for their commitment. Jess Deutsch has our enthusiastic support and is our choice for the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education.

Steve and Nadia DiGregorio

William Livingston Court

To the Editor:

The election for District 16 and all state candidates is on November 7 but the deadline for registration is October 17. With past low voter turnouts in Princeton and elsewhere it is important for people to vote and not take anything for granted, as we learned in last year’s presidential election. Over confidence that your candidate will win, even without your vote, can be a recipe for gross disappointment and worse.

If you are a citizen in Princeton and are not registered, you can go to the Clerk’s Office in Town Hall on Witherspoon Street weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Other towns likely have the same process.) It takes about five minutes to complete and sign the form which can be handed to someone in the Clerk’s Office or mailed to Trenton yourself. You can also obtain an absentee ballot at the same Clerk’s office or call the Mercer County Clerk’s office (609) 989-6465 for these forms.

Since redistricting about seven years ago, Princeton is now a minority within the larger 16th state district, which includes Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. We are fortunate to have some very good incumbent candidates in Republican Senator Kip Bateman and Democrat Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, as well as new Assembly Democrat candidate Roy Freiman, who has a strong economic business background, much needed now.

Sadly, I cannot say the same of Assembly candidate Donna Simon. In her previous brief tenure in the state Assembly (since replaced by Assemblyman Zwicker) she pretty much went along and voted for Governor Christie’s misguided policies including, for example, the scheme to import toxic fracking waste from other states to New Jersey, the state with the highest number of superfund hazardous waste sites in the nation.
She has also been a strong NRA supporter.

Even at the gubernatorial level there are several splinter party candidates who could throw the election to an unintended candidate if enough people don’t take the time to vote.

Voting should be a citizen’s priority as a right and privilege. It also gives you the right to complain if the results are not to your liking.

Grace Sinden

Ridgeview Circle

To the Editor:

This election, I am proud to support Montgomery’s hometown team — David Cheskis for Township Committee and Mark Caliguire for New Jersey General Assembly. Both are long-time residents of Montgomery, have distinguished records of community service, and understand how to protect our exceptional quality of life.

David has been active in Montgomery for almost 20 years. He was the president of the Pike Run Greens and Master Association boards and holds leadership positions in the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. David also has years of valuable experience on our land use boards. First as chair of the Zoning Board and now chair of the Planning Board, David has been protecting Montgomery from unwanted and inappropriate development.

Mark has served Montgomery for 14 years as a Township Committee member, mayor, and now a Somerset County Freeholder. He has been a mentor and friend for years and represents Montgomery’s spirit of community involvement. Mark was instrumental with getting our financial house back in order. We are spending below 2005 levels and have cut debt by over $30 million due to the foundation that Mark created for us. He is also a champion of open space and led the effort to preserve Skillman Park, which was at risk of being developed.

Beyond these impressive records, I am thrilled to support David and Mark because both have ardently fought against Trenton’s affordable/COAH housing mandate, which I believe represents the biggest threat to our quality of life. Special interest groups are pushing Montgomery to build thousands of new homes that we don’t need or want.

As chair of the Planning Board, David has already made a big difference by ensuring developers stick to our strict building standards and fighting for as much open space preservation as possible. While mayor and freeholder, Mark has been on the frontlines working with our state leaders to rewrite affordable housing legislation and has proposed sweeping changes to this reckless mandate.

Sadly, Mark’s election opponent doesn’t share the same position. Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker has been AWOL on the topic for years. I met with Zwicker when he first took office to discuss the biggest issues facing Montgomery. Since then, he has proposed no new ideas, no new legislation, and even refused to discuss the issue with me last summer. I guess he doesn’t care about Montgomery or the other suburban towns in his district that are suffering due to Trenton’s housing mandate.

On November 7, we have a clear choice. Let’s support our hometown team, David Cheskis and Mark Caliguire. Both care deeply about our community and have proven records of making Montgomery a better place to live.

Ed Trzaska

Mayor, Montgomery Township

Vladimir Voevodsky

Vladimir Voevodsky, a truly extraordinary and original mathematician who made remarkable advances in algebraic geometry, and whose most recent work concerned rewriting the foundations of mathematics to make them suitable for computer proof verification, died at age 51 on September 30 in Princeton, New Jersey. Voevodsky was professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a position he held since 2002.

Voevodsky was able to handle highly abstract ideas to solve concrete mathematical problems. He had a deep understanding of classical homotopy theory, where the objects considered are flexible, meaning continuous deformations are neglected, and was able to transpose its methods in the very rigid world of algebraic geometry. This enabled him to construct new cohomology theories for algebraic varieties, which he used to prove the Milnor and Bloch-Kato conjectures, relating K-theory groups of fields and Galois cohomology.

“When I first saw the basic definitions in motivic cohomology I thought, ‘This is much too naïve to possibly work,’” said Pierre Deligne, professor emeritus in the School of Mathematics. “I was wrong, and Voevodsky, starting from those ‘naïve’ ideas, has given us extremely powerful tools.”

More recently, Voevodsky had worked in type-theoretic formalizations of mathematics and automated proof verification. He was working on new foundations of mathematics based on homotopy-theoretic semantics of Martin-Löf type theories. This led him to introduce a new, very interesting “univalence” axiom.

“Vladimir was a beloved colleague whose contributions to mathematics have challenged and enriched the field in deep and lasting ways,” said Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor. “He fearlessly attacked the most abstract and difficult problems with an approach that was exceptionally innovative yet decidedly practical. Most recently, he was focused on developing tools for mathematicians working in highly advanced areas, such as higher-dimensional structures, laying out a grand vision for the future of mathematics. He was a pioneer and a catalyst and will be greatly missed by the Institute community.”

Born in Moscow on June 4, 1966, Voevodsky was awarded the Fields Medal in 2002 at age 36, shortly after his appointment as professor in the School of Mathematics. He had spent the prior three years (1998–2001) as a long-term member.

In addition to the Fields Medal, Voevodsky’s many contributions in the field of mathematics have been recognized by numerous honors and awards. He received a Sloan Fellowship from 1996–98, Clay Prize Fellowships in 1999, 2000, 2001, and many National Science Foundation grants for his work. Voevodsky also was named an honorary professor of Wuhan University (2004) and received an honorary doctorate from University of Gothenburg (2016). He was a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

Voevodsky is survived by his former wife, Nadia Shalaby, their two daughters, Natalia Dalia Shalaby and Diana Yasmine Voevodsky, his aunt, Irina Voevodskaya, and extended family in Russia and around the world. A gathering to honor Voevodsky’s life and legacy took place at the Institute on October 8. A funeral service will be held in Moscow on December 27, followed by a mathematical conference in honor of his work on December 28 at the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Institute will convene an international conference on Voevodsky’s extraordinary and original work September 29–30, 2018.


Nancy Campbell Weaver

Nancy Campbell Weaver, 80, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Born in Petersburg, Va., she was a resident of Princeton for over 50 years. She attended Duke University and earned a BS in pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia. It was during this time that she met her husband, Bill Weaver, in Charlottesville, Va. They moved to Princeton in 1963, when Bill was invited to the Institute for Advanced Study.

Nancy was an active member of the Princeton community. She was an EMT and volunteered for the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad for nearly 20 years (’79-’99). As her children matured, she returned to pharmacy, working briefly in Petersburg, Va. then in the Princeton area.

Nancy enjoyed religious studies and attended courses at the Princeton Theological Seminary and frequently participated at weekly Talmud study at The Jewish Center of Princeton. She loved learning, reading of any kind, genealogy, dolls, and antiques.

She was the wife of the late David William Weaver, III, a mathematician. She was also predeceased by her sister Beth Daniel. She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law: Sallie Campbell Weaver, a lawyer, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Drs. Yaffa and Mark Brown, of Mobile, Ala.; as well as her younger brother, Arthur Gill; 3 grandchildren; and 5 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial were at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 8 at Washington Cemetery, 104 Deans Rhode Hall Road, Deans, N.J. Memorial donations may be made to the Rabbi’s discretionary fund at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


Sonja Olson

Our sweet and gentle daughter, Sonja Carl Goodwin Olson, died early Monday, October 9, with her parents and her caregiver of many years at her bedside. Her death resulted from acute complications of a progressive and degenerative neurologic disease known as “NBIA disorder.”

Born on the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13, 1995, she was a lifelong resident of Griggstown, New Jersey. She was proud to have graduated in June from the Midland School in North Branch. Over the years, Midland created the perfect environment for Sonja to flourish. She especially enjoyed being a Girl Scout, school dances, music therapy, jigsaw puzzles, and all the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books. She filled our homes with her arts and crafts projects, jewelry, and mosaics.

Sonja charmed people with her beautiful smile and quirky sense of humor. She loved her sister and brothers, who were able to be with her before her passing. She is survived by her mother Megan Thomas and husband Tom Bodenberg; father Robert Olson and fiancée Irene Strapko; siblings Robert Olson and wife Sara Probasco Olson of Portland, Maine; sister Gwyneth Olson and husband Kendrick Smith of Princeton and Toronto; brother Nevin Olson and wife Allison O’Brien of Somerset; her nieces whom she adored, Lucy and Livy Olson; her grandparents, Lowell and Judy Thomas of Blue Hill, Maine; and grandmother Jacqueline Olson of Meadowbrook, Pa.; and by her beloved caregiver of many years, Gloria Orantes.

Her family is thankful for the compassion and expertise of the St. Peter’s University Hospital pediatric intensive care unit nurses and doctors.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Saul Funeral Home, Hamilton Square.

Contributions in Sonja’s memory may be made to The Midland Foundation, P.O. Box 5026, North Branch, NJ 08876, and to NBIA Disorders Association, 2082 Monaco Court, El Cajon, CA 92019-4235.


Jean Millis Gilpin

Jean Millis Gilpin, age 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Greensboro, Vt. Her husband of 62 years, Robert (Bob) Gilpin, was by her side. A teacher at heart, Jean nurtured, inspired, and advocated for others throughout her life. The stories are too numerous to tell, but include her bringing civics lessons to life by turning her elementary school classroom into the country of Gilpania, successfully fighting for the acceptance of the first Jewish member of her college sorority, and inspiring others to take chances and reach for distant goals.

One of those she inspired was her husband, who still shakes his head in wonder at the woman he credits with transforming him from a kid from Enosburg Falls, Vt., with less than stellar grades, to a world-renowned scholar and Eisenhower professor of International Affairs, emeritus at Princeton University.

Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to John Schoff and Katherine Millis, Jean moved with her family in 1941 to Burlington, Vt., where her father began his tenure as president of the University of Vermont. After leaving Vermont to spend her freshman year at Lawrence College, she joined the Class of 1953 at UVM, where she pledged the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, served on the student government association, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board (the senior women’s honor society).

Jean earned her first master’s degree in international politics from Western Reserve University (the second was from Trenton State in education). She subsequently worked at the United Nations prior to marrying Bob in 1955. Bob and Jean moved to Princeton in 1962, where they raised their children, Linda, Beth, and Rob. Over the next 30+ years, Jean was active in many community organizations, taught elementary school, and welcomed a stream of her children’s friends and Princeton University students into their home.

Jean Gilpin’s interests and accomplishments were many, and included foreign languages (particularly Japanese), classical music, innovative teaching methodologies, playing the piano, and cold water swimming. She could be found on Sunday afternoons, sandwiched between morning services at Trinity Episcopal church and an afternoon walk at Herrontown Woods or Marquand Park, deep in discussion with Bob about the Sunday Times’ reporting of the week’s news. Jean was a champion debater of the State of Vermont, so Bob wisely resigned himself to losing any and all arguments about current affairs, or any other topic for that matter.

Bob’s sabbaticals in London and Paris were highlights of their family life, along with summer trips to visit grandparents on Cape Cod, Lake Champlain, and Northfield, Vt. After Bob’s retirement, he and Jean moved to their home in Greensboro, Vt, and used it as a home base while traveling the world.

A Girl Scout leader, Jean was the epitome of the lyrics known by Girl Scouts everywhere: “Make new friends but keep the old.” Bonds formed in childhood, during her college years, and while living in Princeton and Greensboro, were nurtured throughout her life and remained vitally important to her.

But in the end, after the world travels, the parenting, the joys, and the struggles, it all comes back to Bob and Jean. Jean was Bob’s partner, editor, and co-author of eight books that have been published in dozens of countries and a multitude of languages, and several of which are considered seminal works. Perhaps the best vignette of their lives together can be found in a profile from the Vermont Quarterly:

“The Gilpins have a close, if occasionally cantankerous relationship, as happens when a couple lives and works together so closely. At one point when he asks if she’s going to talk or let him talk, she laughs merrily and says, “Oh, I’m going to interrupt you, of course. The way I always have.” And they move on, telling their stories, about the long-ago debates Bob would spark among Harvard intellectuals when he introduced the concept of an intersection between politics and economics … about the progressive teaching ideas Jean put into practice … about hearing a beautiful voice singing from the balcony across the street from their apartment in Paris and looking over to see Joan Baez … about how the word around the UVM campus in the ’50s, according to Jean, was that Bob was a radical. Whether this was part of the appeal she doesn’t say ….”

Jean is survived by her husband Robert G. Gilpin, Jr., children Linda Gilpin and Beth Gilpin (both of Waterbury, Vt.) and Robert M. Gilpin of Newton, Mass., and her sister Alice Grover Vest. She will be missed by grandchildren Jamie Benson, Hazen and Riley Powell, Everett, Jeremy, and Toby Gilpin, and Chase and Chelsea Benson (now Laukaitis), all of whom she taught, whether to swim, to read, or the proper usage of the phrase “lie down” vs. “lay down.” Bob, Linda, Beth, and Rob wish to express their deep and heartfelt appreciation to Brenna Gonyo, whose skill, compassion, and dedication have been a blessing over the past four years.

Services will be held in Vermont and Princeton; details to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the University of Vermont or Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro, Vt., whose staff provided Jean with comfort and care in her final months. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury, Vt. Condolences can be sent to Beth Gilpin, 480 Black Bear Hollow, Waterbury, VT, or online at www.perkinsparker.com.


Jane Merchant Hanna

Jane Merchant Hanna, 82, of Old Chatham, New York, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She spent her last years in Princeton, New Jersey to be closer to family.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. to the late Ralph Merchant and Louise (Gorham) Merchant, where she lived until attending Smith College, graduating in 1957. Although she remained on the East Coast for the rest of her life, she always attributed her spirit (which was formidable), determination (equally formidable), and down-to-earth attitudes to her Midwestern heritage.

Jane had two careers: teaching and landscape design. She began her teaching career at the Buckingham School in Cambridge, Mass. and as a middle school math teacher at Albany Academy for Girls after the family moved to Albany N.Y. She retired in 1980, to fulfill her lifelong passion for gardens and gifted eye for design, starting Wendover Farm Nursery. She was also involved in Tannery Pond Concerts, an organization committed to bringing world class chamber music to the Berkshires at an affordable price.

She met her husband, John Hanna, Jr. in Cambridge, Mass. Married in 1958, they lived in Cambridge until 1969 when they moved briefly to Albany before moving to their beloved Wendover Farm in Old Chatham, N.Y. Over 47 years together on the farm, they planted beautiful and abundant gardens, filled the barns with animals, and created a welcoming gathering spot for friends, family, and animals. Jane always loved animals, and collected an impressive array over the years, including a fair number of strays that wandered into the yard and never left. Nothing gave Jane more pleasure than to share Wendover with family and friends. Neighbors and guests were always welcome to gather by the pond for a cookout next to the firebowl. Over the years, Jane and John welcomed many of their friends’ children to spend portions of their summers at Wendover, and these visitors became cherished friends in their own rights. In the later years, having her grandchildren gather together and enjoy the farm provided huge joy, and all nine grandchildren consider time on the farm with Granna some of their most cherished memories.

She is survived her husband of 58 years, John Hanna, Jr, three children: Lili Hanna Morss and her husband Steve of Concord, Mass.: Kate Hanna Morgan of Princeton; Josh Merchant Hanna and his wife Kim of Waukesha, Wisc.; and nine grandchildren: Alexandra, Abigail and Caroline Morss: Sarah, Jasper, Lucy and Annie Morgan: and Will and Genevieve Hanna; and a brother Louis Merchant and his wife Joyce of Wayzata, Minn.

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


K. Philip Dresdner

K. Philip Dresdner (Phil) died Saturday October 7, 2017. Phil was born April 13, 1927 in Trenton, New Jersey where he attended public schools until attending The Lawrenceville School where he graduated in the class of 1945. Phil served in the U.S. Merchant Marines, USNR, for a year and then received a BA from Yale in 1950. He married Katherine V. Winans (Kay) in June 1950. Phil was recruited while at Yale to join the CIA and assigned to an executive position in Radio Free Europe’s Munich Station in Germany. After leaving Munich Station, Phil continued to work for the CIA in New York at Radio Free Europe and then worked in a number of brokerage firms on Wall Street before opening his own company, Dresdner and Co. in Montclair, N.J. in 1971. While living in Montclair he served as trustee, treasurer, and president of the Montclair Art Museum, as president of the Yale Club of Montclair, and began serving in 1975 as a trustee of the Lawrenceville School.

Phil and Kay moved to Lawrence Township in 1980. His love for and devotion to The Lawrenceville School is reflected in his 20 years of active service on the Board and continued participation as a trustee emeritus. He served as board vice president, as executive committee chairman and treasurer of finance, managing the school’s endowment and saving the school millions of dollars in management fees. He also served as chair of the property committee and received Lawrenceville School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Phil had a major impact on the life of the school by actively supporting the Lawrenceville School Board’s move from an all-male school to coeducation which was finally approved in 1985. He supported gender equality in athletics with the creation in 1988 of the Dresdner Cup given annually in recognition of the highest athletic achievement of a girl’s Crescent House to correspond to the Foresman Cup awarded annually to a boy’s Circle House for highest athletic achievement at the school. Phil was also instrumental in hiring the school’s first female headmaster in 2003.

Phil had a lifelong love of music. As a child he studied the violin with Josef Chudnofsky, first chair violinist of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and played the violin in the Lawrenceville School orchestra and music groups at Yale. He supported the Lawrenceville School music department, donated his Heberlein violin to the school for students to play, and funded the building of Dresdner Hall, a new recital hall in the Clark Music Center.

Phil also served on the Board of the Princeton University Art Museum and was president and treasurer of the Morven Museum Board. In 1990 Phil singlehandedly saved the Morven property from becoming a New Jersey State Police Barracks.

Phil served on many Boards including the Montclair Savings Bank, the Montclair Mountainside Hospital, the Montclair YMCA, First Jersey National Bank and Trust, NJ Seeds, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Phil was a member and chairman of District Committee No. 9 of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), and a trustee of the Albert Penick Foundation, where he grew an initial investment of $300,000 to more than $5 million over time, making gifts annually over 40 years.

Fishing was another lifelong passion. Phil began fishing as a 4-year-old child on Marshall’s Creek and on the Delaware River in Shawnee, Pennsylvania. He later learned to fly fish and spent 30 years devoting himself to the art of fly casting, travelling to fish in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Maine, and the Bahamas. He travelled for many years to Patagonia fishing the Alumine, Malleo, and Corcovado Rivers and also to fish the Traful, Caleufu, Collon Cura, and the Chimehuin Rivers south of Buenos Aires. In July 1995 Phil had a spectacular record day fishing on the Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada where he caught and released a 48 pound salmon and then a 60 pound salmon. Catching these two salmon were an “incredible angling feat” as reported in the Bangor Daily News on July 15, 1995.

Phil is survived by his four children, Katherine V. Dresdner of Hopewell, N.J.; Karl P. Dresdner of Newtown, Pa.; Robert P. Dresdner of Vienna, Va.; and William W. Dresdner of Monticello, Va.; and also survived by his four grandchildren, Kate, Teddy, Maura, and Brendan. He is predeceased by his wife Katherine Winans Dresdner; his parents, Karl George Dresdner and Miriam Virginia Neumann; and his sister Hedl D. Roulette.

The burial will be at the Lawrenceville Cemetery on Route 206 near Carter Road, Lawrence, N.J. at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 14 to which Phil’s friends are welcome, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at The Edith Memorial Chapel at The Lawrenceville School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to SAVE-A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558. Arrangements are through the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.


Felice Pirone

Felice V. “Felix” Pirone, 87, of Princeton died Monday, October 2, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pettoranello Di Molise, Italy, he was a lifelong Princeton resident. He was the owner-operator of F. Pirone and Son Paving Inc., member of St. Paul’s Church, the Italian-American Sportsman Club, and Romaeterna. Felix was an avid New York Mets fan, bowler, and card player. He loved his farm and most of all enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Son of the late Umberto and Filomena C. (Nini) Pirone, husband of the late Elizabeth Marie Pirone, he is survived by two daughters Felisa Scannella, Pamela Pirone–Verdi; a son Umberto Pirone; a brother Anthony J. Pirone; a sister and brother-in-law Christine and Teodoro Tamasi; grandchildren Laurence Michael, Larisa and Steven Scannella, Francis Verdi, F. Nicholas, Julia, Salvatore, Joseph, Thomas Pirone; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends were asked to call on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Lung Association.

Last weekend’s Festival of the Arts at Princeton University featured many events, including an immersive performance featuring original music by Director of Electronic Music Jeff Snyder for the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), TILT Brass, and So Percussion. The performance was in collaboration with theatrical lighting designer Jane Cox, director of PU’s Program in Theater, and Assistant Professor of Architecture Alex Kilian. Festivalgoers share their impressions of the new Lewis Arts complex on page 6, and more photos are on page 16. (Photo by Erica Cardenas)

REEL LIFE: After the film, John Stier, one of Nash’s sons, and Dr. Joseph Kohn spoke about their memories of the real John Nash. “You have ten years of fantastic work, and it sort of looks like in the movie that he spent most of his time cutting out newspapers,” said Kohn. “He did really remarkable work.”

By William Uhl

On October 4, Princeton Garden Theatre partnered with the Historical Society of Princeton to hold a screening of A Beautiful Mind, a 2001 film about Nobel Prize winner and Princeton Professor John Nash’s mathematical achievements and struggles with schizophrenia. more

OLD MILL, NEW LOOK: A view of the interior of Isles’ Mill One facility, a historic mill in the final stages of renovation, that will serve as the home of the organization’s Social Profit Center. (Photo courtesy of Isles, Inc.)

By Doug Wallack

On Saturday, October 21, Trenton-based nonprofit Isles will hold its first ever Fall Fest fundraiser in the new Social Profit Center at Mill One in Hamilton. The event will feature food and drink from local restaurants and vendors, along with performances and works from area musicians and artists.  more

Breast cancer survivors, physicians, and others walked the runway October 6 at The Westin Princeton. The annual Lord & Taylor “In the Pink” fashion show benefits the YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center.

“AFGHAN GIRL, 2001”: This photograph by Princeton Day School photography teacher Thatcher Cook is featured in the school’s Visual and Design Arts Faculty Exhibition, on view from October 16 through November 9. An opening reception with the artists will be held on on Friday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School presents the Visual and Design Arts Faculty Exhibition, on view from October 16 through November 9. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. more

“BELLE”: The collage paintings of Meredith Remz are on exhibit at Blawenburg Cafe in Skillman through January 5, 2018. Remz says she draws inspiration from contemporary and industrial design, as well as Mother Nature.

Meredith Remz debuts her work at Blawenburg Cafe in Skillman this fall with a solo exhibition of expressive collage paintings. The exhibit will be on display through January 5, 2018. It is is free and open to the public, child-friendly, and all art is for sale. more

October 9, 2017

See below for the October 5, 2017 Princeton Planning Board Meeting.

Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings.

October 5, 2017

To the Editor:

We are writing this letter together to endorse Beth Behrend for the Board of Education.

We are fellow parents of children who have attended Riverside Elementary, JWMS, and PHS with Beth’s children over the past 10 years. Beth has been a beacon of light for all folks at Riverside. From new families to second generation Princetonians, all have felt the warmth of Beth’s welcome, her genuinely collaborative spirit, and her infectious enthusiasm for community and in particular for our beloved Princeton schools. Beth has been an advocate for all schools in Princeton; she has been an especially dedicated champion of our schools’ gardens.

We have all worked as volunteers with Beth in her role as PTO president of Riverside and PTO vice president garden chair — a position she held for seven years! We can vouch for Beth’s impeccable integrity and her boundless energy. Not only is Beth a hard worker, she is accountable when she promises results. Beth gets things done! While serving in a PTO leadership role at Riverside, Beth developed new ways to welcome families to the school, worked with teachers to bring new arts residencies, and completely overhauled the PTO finances to make them more transparent. She was a driving force behind expanding the garden program, not only at Riverside, but district-wide. Beth also instituted the end-of-summer “kindergarten playdate” for entering kindergarten children and their families to welcome them to Riverside and to give them an opportunity to get to know each other before the rush of the new school year. That is typical of her approach: finding a way to bring more people together, foster a sense of community, and a feeling of belonging.

In addition to her years of volunteer service and her in-depth knowledge of the district, Beth will bring 18 years of corporate legal experience managing and working with corporate and nonprofit boards of directors to the Board of Education. Her legal training means Beth makes decisions based on facts and always listens to all sides of any issue. She confronts issues head-on and works tirelessly and collaboratively to find solutions.

At this critical point in the future of the Princeton Schools, Beth’s experiences as volunteer leader, parent, and lawyer, her leadership skills, her energy, her vision for a school system that is welcoming and inclusive, creative and stimulating, and, finally, her dedication to Princeton schools and Princeton families make her a perfect fit for the Board. Join us in voting for Beth Behrend for the Board of Education!

Betsy Armstrong

Hartley Avenue

Mary Jo DiBianco

Woodside Lane

Alene M. Frankel and Matthew B. Frankel

Prospect Avenue

Mary Ellen and Larry Granozio

Philip Drive

Melissa and Tom Grzymala

Mason Drive

Wendy Wilton

Longview Drive

To the Editor:

This November, Princeton voters will elect three new members to our local school board. We are fortunate to have a wonderful selection of highly qualified candidates, each with unique strengths and experience. When I consider their relative merits, one candidate stands out from the pack: that’s former Princeton Township Mayor, Michele Tuck-Ponder.

Michele brings management expertise, a track record of leadership, a team player sensibility, personal warmth, wit, and intelligence, as well as a strong moral compass.

National rankings consistently highlight Princeton Public Schools. Michele recognizes the district’s considerable assets and will do what is necessary to safeguard and build on them, keeping an eye on costs.

At the same time, Michele will help our school system rise to meet the pressing challenges of the day. Foremost among these is the unacceptable gap both in student achievement and in discipline that correlates disturbingly with a student’s race and socio-economic status. Trained as a lawyer and with a background in civil rights, Michele will use this experience to help the district meaningfully address the scourge of educational inequity that hurts all of our students.

A lawyer, journalist, advocate, and CEO, Michele served three successful terms as mayor of Princeton Township during the 1990s, managing a $23 million budget and a staff of 100.

For her vision, experience, talent and commitment, the taxpayers and parents of Princeton Public Schools would do well to elect Michele Tuck-Ponder (#3 on your ballot) to the Board.

Anastasia Mann

Lilac Lane

To the Editor:

We are writing to support Julie Ramirez for the Board of Education. We believe Julie’s uniquely invaluable experience, both as a parent of four children (sixth through 12th grade) in our district, and her successful career as a project manager, leading diverse groups collaboratively to develop sound processes, solve complicated problems within resource constraints, and — critically — achieve measurable, lasting results, makes Julie an exemplary candidate.

In a time when the district is tackling long-term growth initiatives, and addressing strategic issues such as equity, wellness and health, and innovative improvements, Julie’s strengths are of paramount importance. Her financial acumen and governance expertise are deep and impressive. She is extremely competent, and will enjoy a flat learning curve when tackling the school district’s issues around the budget and facilities needs. In addition, Julie understands how to bridge the gap between a good idea in a committee and great results in every classroom, for every child.

It is critical that the school board be objective, understand financial implications, and work to achieve sound goals. We believe Julie has great integrity, understands her fiduciary responsibilities, is transparent, and will work to make all of our children’s educational experiences better. Please join us in voting for Julie Ramirez (ballot position #5) for Board of Education on November 7.

Matt and Sue Bowen

Stone Cliff Road

To the Editor:

On November 7, 2017, Princeton voters will elect three new members to the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education. To help voters make an informed decision, Not in Our Town Princeton (NIOT) will sponsor a public forum among the six candidates: Beth Behrend, Jessica Deutsch, James Field, Jenny Ludmer, Julie Ramirez, and Michele Tuck-Ponder. The event will take place on Sunday, October 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.

The forum will be moderated by NIOT’s student advisers, and Princeton High School students Valeria Torres-Olivares and Hamza Nishtar, who will be asking and reading questions submitted by other PHS students, as well as taking questions from the audience. This forum will provide an opportunity to discuss issues that matter to high school students from their own point of view. As such, candidates will face a series of questions from those directly affected by the Board’s decisions and policies, and will have the opportunity to make their case. We encourage students and their parents to attend this event because on October 8, the voice of PHS students will be heard!

Valeria Torres-Olivares ’​18

​Princeton High School

To the Editor:

This past Sunday, September 24, at the fifth annual Send Hunger Packing Princeton’s (SHUPP) fundraiser, it was made clear that Princeton is a caring community. While the SHUPP board did an exceptional job, the true heroes of the afternoon were those who participated and those who attended.

It was the Library, which generously provided the space, tents and equipment. It was the honoree, Nassau Presbyterian Church. It was the restaurants, who agreed to participate in the salsa competition: Olives, Princeton Soup and Sandwich, the Terra Momo Group, Two Sevens, and Tortugas. It was the judges, who donated their time and tasting expertise: Mayor Lempert, Charles Plohn, Jen Carsen of Lilipies and Caroline Trippel from Princeton Spoon. It was the DJ Carlos Hendricks and William Santana and La Bella Luz from Hot Salsa Hot Dance Studio, who generously contributed their talent to the day. And It was all the supporters, donors, and friends who joined us on Hinds Plaza. Lead donors include John and Christine Beckelman with Sandler O’Neill, The Bonner Foundation, Princeton Theological Seminary, The Bank of Princeton, the Albin Foundation, MacLean Agency, and the Princeton Truckfest. And it was the bowls provided by Adam Welch, the Arts Council and the High School and Chef Roberta Pipito. All of our supporters are truly the reason we can do what we do for the kids in our community.

The beneficiaries of our efforts are school children in our town who find themselves food insecure at times. And there are no prerequisites to participate. During the beginning of each school year, applications to participate are given to every student in the Princeton Public Schools and to the Princeton Nursery School. All who submit the application are included in the program. In this fifth year of operation, we expect to reach the milestone of over 100,000 meals delivered.

We are having an impact and that impact has happened because of the contributions and support from members of the Princeton family. Thank you to all. We look forward to a very productive year.

Ross Wishnick

For the Send Hunger Packing Princeton Board

Edgerstoune Road

To the Editor:

I recently attended an event at the Suzanne Patterson Center called “Sourcing Health Locally,” where local physicians and farmers spoke collaboratively to a packed house of people. They addressed a basic truth: what we eat and how our food is raised matters as much (if not more) to our health as having a top notch health care system. What an ingenious idea to bring farmers and physicians together to address our most stubborn health issues! As a physician, I know how impossible it is to address our population’s health issues just from within the health care system. I would like to express my gratitude to our hosts — The Suppers Programs and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey — for creating this inspired forum. These visionary events make me want to settle permanently in the Princeton area.

Andrea Eberly, MD

Innisbrook Road, Skillman

To the Editor:

The closing of the Main Street restaurant in the Princeton Shopping Center was a tremendous blow to so many Princeton residents who enjoy a good tasty meal of simple but well-prepared American food. Main Street’s cuisine was perfectly positioned between fast food and junk food on the one hand, and ultra-elaborate, ultra-expensive food on the other.

Because the shopping center is located in a pleasant residential part of town, Main Street was the ultimate example of a neighborhood restaurant where neighbors and wait-staff knew one another and could appreciate one another. Its food was fairly simple American food (chicken platters, salads, meatloafs, omelets), accented interestingly but never with tons of salt or spices. It was, in short, a very comfortable place for the whole family to dine. And of course, parking in the center’s spacious parking lots was never a problem and was always free.

So, come on, Princeton Shopping Center: with all the empty spaces at the center, including the space previously occupied by Main Street, please bring in a restaurant that can fill the gap that Main Street left. Don’t make it exotic or snooty or filled with platters that seem an incomprehensible mixture of obscure ingredients: just make it a comfortable neighborhood restaurant that all the patrons of the other shopping center stores can once again enjoy dining at. Give us a good neighborhood restaurant!


Meadowbrook Drive

October 4, 2017

Aline Lenaz

Aline Lenaz, of Princeton died Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by her loving family.

Aline earned a bachelor of architecture and master’s of science in city planning from Pratt Institute, N.Y. Her various professional endeavors involved planning for HUD-Philadelphia, NJHMFA, and Princeton University — Office of Physical Planning. At the University she managed the development of Forbes College, Wu Hall, Prospect House Renovation, various student housing projects, and handicap accessibility studies.

Sparked by her creative spirit, Aline imagined and realized her dream to start a mystery bookshop, the Cloak & Dagger, as an encore career. She ran the Princeton bookshop with her husband Gerald, receiving several professional accolades from Mystery Author organizations for programs advancing the mystery writing genre.

She will be fondly remembered by her friends, relatives, and anyone who had the pleasure to know her. She was a “good-time” mom, always planning parties, events, and celebrations and was generous with her love and “can-do/take on the world” attitude.

Daughter of the late Walter and Martha (Salden) Sadowski-Kachuba, she is survived by her husband Gerald C. Lenaz and her son Jerry W. Lenaz.

Friends were asked to call on Monday, October 2, 2017, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton.

Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Salvation Army (https://give.salvationarmyusa.org). A refugee of World War II, Aline always supported organizations that assist families in need.


Ellen Kubacki

Ellen Angelina Battaglia Kubacki, 96, died Tuesday, September, 26, 2017, at her home in Princeton, after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Born in Kenilworth, Mrs. Kubacki was a 40-year resident of the Princeton area, after having lived almost 20 years in Westfield.

Prior to her marriage in 1947, she was privately trained by pathologist, Dr. A.R. Casilli, as a medical technologist. She worked at the Elizabeth General Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, CDR Edward L. Kubacki, USN, Ret., a professor of engineering and mathematics at Somerset County College; and by six of her seven brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her sister, Josephine Hopkins; her daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Richard Thompson, with whom she resided; her grandson, James Thompson, USAF Academy Class of 2001; and 12 nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral services will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. Further information may be obtained from Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton, telephone number (609) 924-0242.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood House Hospice Inc., Lawrenceville and/or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, N.Y.


Janet Rodes Hester

Janet Rodes Hester of Princeton, died peacefully at her home on September 29, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Rockford, Illinois to General Peter Powell and Janet Rodes. She was the elder sister to Bette Powell Baldwin and Martha McKeever who predeceased her. She graduated from the University of Kentucky where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She shared a long and happy marriage to James McNaughton Hester former president of New York University, The United Nations University, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. They lived in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. She is survived by her three daughters: Janet Gerrish (Campbell), Meg Giroux (Paul), and Martha Stafford (Philip). She is also survived by seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. Lovely to look at, kind, gracious, charming, and fun, she was beloved by all. A talented hostess, artist, and flower arranger, she loved a good dancer and a dry martini. In addition to being a former president of the Cosmopolitan club, she was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother and friend. She will live in our hearts forever and be missed by all. At the end of their lives both our parents developed Parkinson’s disease. We ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Janet’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.

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


Shirley A. Houck

Shirley A. Houck (Cain) 80, daughter of Ruth S. Houck (Borgia), and Harry W. Houck, passed away peacefully in Princeton surrounded by her loving family on September 21, 2017.

Shirley is survived by her children Bambi Hendricks (Wes) of Pipersville, Pa.; Richard Cain (Eileen) of Levittown, Pa; Sandra Cain Hughes of Lawrenceville; and Nancy Godfrey (Tom) of Dallastown, Pa. She is also survived by four brothers, two sisters, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

As a profession, Shirley was a certified nursing assistant, and spent the majority of her life caring for others. The greatest joy in her life was spending time with her family, whether it was at a gathering for a special occasion or a simple phone conversation. She loved being outdoors, gardening, working around the house, jigsaw puzzles, and watching her favorite TV shows and movies. She also had a very artistic side, painted different crafts, and cut out silhouettes as gifts for friends and family. With all the things she loved to do, and her busy schedule, she always made sure she was there to meet her “Breakfast Club” friends every Monday and Thursday mornings. Having breakfast with friends she treasured was so important to her. Lastly, her favorite place to travel was Lake Placid, N.Y., in the Adirondack mountains. To her, this was the most beautiful place in the world.

A memorial service will begin on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542, followed by interment at Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, NJ.

Friends and family may call Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Kit Y. Wong 

Kit Y. Wong (aka Larry), devoted family man, friend, and humanitarian, passed away September 7, 2017 at the age of 89. Friends and relatives are invited to attend his remembrance gathering, October 7, 2 to 4 p.m. at Bear Creek Assisted Living, 291 Village Road East, West Windsor. Kit was born in Da Peng, China, moved to Hong Kong at 3 years, then to Aruba at 9 years. He had two sisters and five half-sisters. Speaking Dutch, Papiamento, and Cantonese, in 1945 he ventured to America to learn English at Blair Academy then attended Lehigh University on a scholarship, getting an engineering degree. He married Jeanette Chien Loo in 1952, started working at Picatinny Arsenal in 1951 moving to Salem Village, Dover, N.J. (later to Princeton Junction). Known for his generous spirit and willingness to help the unfortunate and those suffering abroad, he sponsored and housed at least 14 relatives and 2 Vietnamese boat people (he led New Jersey State protests). He strove to bring stability, strong values, and prosperity through hard-work and education to others. Big-hearted, generous, and devoted to family, Kit was husband of 65 years to Jeanette, and father to Dr. Richard Wong, Dr. Michael Wong, and Lisa D. Wong; with 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A champion bowler, chess, bridge, ping pong, and soccer player; he enjoyed tennis, dancing, all kinds of music, and writing poetry. Possessing a deep appreciation for beauty, feisty passion for life, unyielding determination, and witty sense of humor, he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. From Kit’s simple beginnings in China, his spiritual imprint and legacy of giving will be felt for many generations to follow. May the joy and openness he brought to this world walk with him into his next journey. Arrangements are under the care of Ruby Memorial Home in Hightstown, N.J. For full obituary and donations visit www.rubymemorialhome.com.


William Everett Brown

William Everett Brown, 95, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at his home in Skillman. Bill was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Lily, of 69 years; his half-brother and sister, David Stronach and Diane Stronach Sage; and two step-brothers, Melvin and Harold Stronach.

Born in Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Leo and Annie (Springbett) Brown Stronach, Bill was primarily raised on a farm on the outskirts of Calgary. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alberta, majoring in agriculture. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a PhD in biochemistry and pioneered in the manufacture of penicillin.

Beginning his career at Lily Pharmaceuticals, Bill soon joined E.R. Squibb and Sons in 1951. His responsibilities included microbiological research and development, and licensing. From 1983 to 1991, Bill and Lily resided in Tokyo. There, he was in charge of Squibb’s laboratory, directed clinical trials on new drug candidates, and worked with licensing and drug registration with the Japanese government. He retired in 1995 from then, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Bill was a member of the American Society of Microbiology, president of the Theobold Smith Society, and a member of both the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society. Following his retirement, Bill continued consulting in the pharmaceutical industry.

Bill and Lily raised their family in Princeton where Bill was an extremely devoted husband and loving father. Within the community, he was a member of the Old Guard of Princeton and the Nassau Club. He was also a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, was active in the Boy Scouts, and served as a judge in the Trenton Science Fair. For personal nourishment, Bill was an avid and lifelong reader and delighted in gardening as well as in researching genealogy. After retiring to Skillman, Bill enjoyed chairing the Grounds Committee at Stonebridge at Montgomery and playing pool.

Bill is survived by two sons, Duncan (m. Janet Elliott) of La Jolla, California; and Stuart (m. Lori Young) of Studio City, California; and a loving daughter, Beth Steward (m. David) of Hamilton Square, New Jersey. He leaves six grandchildren, Lillian Brown (m. Will Poe), Vivian Sheffield (m. Billy Jack), Kiana Brown, Lucas Brown, David Henry Steward, and Christopher Everett Steward; and four great grandchildren, Hank Sheffield, Beau Sheffield, Cassidy Sheffield, and William Elliott Poe Brown. Bill is also survived by his brother, Doug Brown, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada; and three half-sisters, Marion Stronach Wells of Vancouver, British Columbia; Robin Stronach of Kelowna, British Columbia; and Jeanne Stronach Zaseybida of Calgary, Alberta; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He appreciated the care and friendship of his aide, George, during the years after Lily’s passing.

A private memorial service was held for the family.

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