October 7, 2015


ALMOST THERE: Sunday’s Half-Marathon began and ended at Paul Robeson Place, not far from where Princeton’s most famous native son was born. Sponsored by HiTOPS, this year’s race drew more than 1200 runners. Winner Zach Rivers, of Brooklyn, N.Y., who set a new course record, reveals what his favorite part of the course was in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Book SaleFeaturing collectible books by Jane Austen, Henry James, and Eva Peron, not to mention Zelda Fitzgerald, the 2015 Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale will take place October 16 to 18 in the library’s Community Room and in a tent on Hinds Plaza.

Featuring nearly 10,000 books for all ages on a wide variety of topics, the event opens with a preview sale Friday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. A ticket for the preview sale is $10, but is free for Friends of the Library. Numbered tickets will be available at the door starting at 8 a.m. Customers enter the sale in numerical order. Barcode scanners will be permitted at the tables, but collecting books to scan will not be allowed.

Starting at noon, admission is free for the remainder of the sale. Hours are noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

On Sunday, books will be sold at half price in the Community Room and in the tent on Hinds Plaza. From 3-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, a bag sale will be held in the tent where a standard grocery bag can be filled with books for $5. Bags will be supplied at the sale.

In addition to the Peacock edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; a first edition, first printing of The Golden Bowl by Henry James; the first U.K. edition of Zelda Fitzgerald’s Save Me the Waltz; and a rare copy of La Razon De Mi Vida by Eva Peron, there will be books signed by Wyndham Lewis and Aaron Copland, among many inscribed volumes, as well as a first printing of Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, among a number of modern first editions.  more

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Mary Norris, who has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker’s copy department, will be at Labyrinth Books on Tuesday, October 13, at 6 p.m. to read from and discuss her new book Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (Norton $24.95).

Writing in The New Yorker, John McPhee calls Mary Norris “the verbal diagnostician I would turn to for a first, second, or third opinion on just about anything.” The New York Times’ Sarah Lyall writes, “Ms. Norris, who has a dirty laugh that evokes late nights and Scotch, is … like the worldly aunt who pulls you aside at Thanksgiving and whispers that it is all right to occasionally flout the rules.” more

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Organist Daryl Robinson will perform at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, October 18 at 2:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be accepted at the performance.

Titled “Organ Spectacular VIII,” the program will include Elgar’s “Allegro Maestoso” from Organ Sonata, Op. 28; Max Reger’s arrangement of Bach’s Präludium und Fuge D-dur, BWV 874; Franck’s Deuxième Choral en Si Mineur, M. 39; Briggs’ Concert Variations on ‘Nicaea’; Hampton’s “Lullaby” from Suite No. 2; and Cochereau’s Scherzo Symphoniquemore

October 5, 2015


Volunteers are needed to join in a community art project building an airplane on the Great Lawn at Morven, which will open an exhibit, “Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age,” on November 13. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street.

From Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25, volunteers will work in shifts to build an interpretation of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. more

October 4, 2015

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The public service papers of Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, are now part of the permanent collection of Princeton University, where the economist earned his undergraduate degree in 1949.

These documents, which include correspondence, speeches, reports and memos, are housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of the Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. more

October 2, 2015

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After Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey as a precaution, PSE&G is making preparations for a possible landfall of Hurricane Joaquin in its service area. The utility also is closely monitoring the heavy rains and high winds forecasted for the region tomorrow.

“Right now, we are focused on shoring up critical equipment against possible storm surges and river flooding – installing concrete barriers, sandbags and portable pumps,” said John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G. “While the track of Joaquin remains uncertain, we are preparing for the worst case scenario – a direct hit from the storm.” more

October 1, 2015


SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, has cancelled its “Stroll for Strays” dog walk and pet fair, which was scheduled for Saturday in Mercer County Park. The event will be rescheduled as soon as a new date can be set.

“We have been faced with a very difficult decision regarding this Saturday’s Stroll for Strays event,” reads the organization’s website. “Because of the predicted hurricane/storm affecting our area, for the safety of everyone involved, vendors and attendees, four-legged and two-legged, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to reschedule the dog walk. A little rain wouldn’t keep us down, but windy conditions combined with rain and flooding will simply be unsafe.” more

September 30, 2015

To the Editor:

The following is a letter we wrote to our Assemblywoman Donna Simon last year. She and our Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli have never voted to override Governor Christie’s many vetoes even on overwhelming bi-partisan-supported legislation they both voted for. We do not need “rubber stamp” representation in the state legislature and that is why we are supporting and voting for Andrew Zwicker and Maureen Vella as highly qualified and independent thinkers not beholden to the whims and ambitions of our governor.

However, Princeton and other voters had a shamefully low voting record in last year’s election. Less than 35 percent of registered voters voted in that non-presidential year, which we have coming up again this November 3. That is one of the key factors that changed the makeup of the U.S. Senate. Those who are not registered or who need an absentee ballot can call the Office of the Clerk of Mercer County at (609) 989-6465. Here is the letter sent to Assemblywoman Simon:

“We, and many others we know, are very disturbed by your anti-environmental voting record on key issues such as open space funding and voting against banning importation of fracking waste to New Jersey from out of state.

On the latter issue, you apparently go along with the governor in again vetoing this measure, which has overwhelming bi-partisan support. His argument on the constitutionality of the proposed ban has not been an issue in other states which have banned fracking waste importation. Why would a legislator vote to import more toxins to New Jersey, which already has more than its share of toxic waste from its days as a heavily industrial state (most superfund sites in the U.S.) as well as from current practices? A better model would be to follow the more enlightened example of your colleague, Senator “Kip” Bateman, especially on environmental and public health protection.

The first responsibility of those who represent the public is to protect from harmful practices. As a relatively new legislator we hope you will think more deeply and independently on far reaching issues, especially protection of our environment, usually related to public health. This is a critical issue for many in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the U.S.”

Grace and Frank Sinden

Ridgeview Circle

To the Editor,

Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, is less than six weeks away. This year, the race at the top of the ticket here in Princeton is for state assembly, a race that many people – even regular voters – don’t pay much attention to. But there are real reasons to care about the assembly races and urgent reasons to vote. Gun control would be one relevant example. Yesterday and today, there were threats at Riverside Elementary School (the school my children attended) and Princeton High School (again, where my children attended). Although, thankfully, those threats and similar ones last year have turned out to be hoaxes, they are frightening nonetheless. In the wake of Sandy Hook and so many other shootings, I want stricter, sensible controls on firearms in place. Yet our Republican representatives in the State Assembly, Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon, don’t share this goal; both of them voted twice (Assembly bill #2006, 5/2014 and A1329 2/2013) against reducing the maximum size of ammunition magazines, and in February 2013 they both voted against background checks prior to a firearms purchase. It’s no wonder that the NRA awarded Simon an A+ rating and Ciattarelli a B+ rating. These proposed restrictions are not radical, but are commonsense solutions to a real problem. Simon and Ciattarelli have also failed to support minimum wage increases, spending on women’s health, investigating possible corruption due to Bridgegate, and to prohibit fracking waste from being released into the environment.

But Princeton voters do have an excellent alternative this November in Democrats Andrew Zwicker and Maureen Vella. Zwicker, a physicist at Princeton University, is committed to making decisions based on evidence and science rather than on ideology. Maureen Vella, a former judge and a practicing mediator, is aware of the real impact that laws have on people and works hard to see all sides of an issue. They will bring a progressive perspective to representing our district in Trenton and help to fight against Chris Christie and the Republicans’ misguided priorities. This election is likely to have record low turnout. Your vote matters! Please join me in voting for Zwicker and Vella for State Assembly.

Vote by mail by filling out this simple form to request an absentee ballot – (http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/officials/clerk/pdf/clerk_votbymailappeng.pdf) and you won’t have to worry about getting to the polls on November 3.

Eve Niedergang

Forester Drive

To the Editor:

We can all agree that New Jersey’s state of affairs is dysfunctional — to put it mildly — owing, in large part, to hyper-partisanship. (See Beth Healey’s letter, “Our District Representatives Get High Marks From the NRA, Vote Against Faily Planning,” Mailbox, Sept. 23.) Given our challenges, the last thing we need is a shortfall in leadership. Thankfully, Princeton’s state representatives, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, have stepped in to fill that void.

I genuinely doubt that any other representatives throughout the state are as responsive, considerate, compassionate, and knowledgeable about such a wide array of issues. These two legislators make it a point of operating on a plane outside the petty opportunism and political posturing that too often characterize Princeton.

If anyone cares to look closely enough, they’ll find that Assembly members Ciattarelli and Simon put their talents to good use to address complex policy matters in a rational and productive way, all the while doing their very best to serve Princeton. New Jersey would do well to elect more reasonable and less duplicitous representatives like Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon.

Mary Robbins

Overbrook Drive

To the Editor:

Now that the kids are back in school or vacations are finishing, it would be perfect to get new laces for your sneakers and sign up for the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate Race for the Cure, Sunday, October 4, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson call (844) 668-7338 or email: race@komencsnj.org.

Why participate? Here are three great reasons. 1) Become an “awareness” messenger. Join the 8,000 expected and “voice” a vital message that early detection saves lives. Women’s lives are important! When breast cancer is diagnosed early, before it spreads beyond the breast, the five year survival rate is 99 percent. Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. 2) Help your neighbor. Seventy-five percent of funds raised stay in local communities for education and screening for medically underserved and uninsured women and 25 percent support innovative breast cancer research. 3) Celebrate survivors and remember loved ones.

There are separate women and men’s 5K runs, 4K and 1 mile walks or Sleep in for the Cure. All athletic abilities are welcome. It is not necessary to be a serious running aficionado. This race is much more than competing to the finish line; it is a run or walk for life.

What to do for breast and overall health? Be proactive. Know your risk. Speak with your physician and family members about your health history. Get screened. Begin at age 20, and then have a clinical breast exam at least every three years. Women age 40-plus should have a mammogram every year. Know what is normal for you. If you notice any changes in your breasts including lumps, see your doctor. Do a healthy lifestyle makeover including diet, exercise, and sufficient rest.

If a woman cannot afford a mammogram or needs to know where to obtain one, please call the Komen office at (609) 896-1201.

Rochelle F. Hammer

Volunteer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Central and South Jersey Affiliate, Plainsboro

To the Editor:

A recent letter writer invoked Donald Trump in an attempt to criticize our excellent, solutions-oriented state legislators, Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon. (See letter from Beth Healey, Mailbox, September 23.) Any honest assessment of the facts would reveal that Ciattarelli and Simon are nothing like Trump. Rather, Jack and Donna have earned endorsements from both small business and organized labor; are routinely voices of reason and calm in a sea of partisan rancor in Trenton. They cross party lines with an open hand and constructive and reasonable suggestions. Both have worked hard to represent ALL of Princeton with dignity and distinction.

I am disappointed that the letter writer undeservedly tries to taint Ciattarelli’s and Simon’s excellent record by linking their candidacy with Trump’s presidential ego trip run. It’s frankly a shame to see people in our town so blinded by partisan ideology that they can’t see that good ideas exist in both parties, and good candidates do, as well.

I urge all registered voters to examine the records of Assemblyman Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Simon and to get to know them personally. They are dedicated, level headed, and conscientious. They pride themselves in representing everyone in their district. Check the facts, not the suppositions and vitriol. I am proud to have them as my representatives in the Assembly. Once you learn who they really are, I believe you will too. They deserve re-election on their own merits.

James Hockenberry

Randall Road

To the Editor:

We would like to thank our Princeton community for showing their support for Princeton High School at our Homecoming Weekend Celebration. Homecoming would not have been possible without the following support: The Princeton High School Student Council, the PHS administration and personnel, the PHS Football Boosters, the Town administrators, the superintendent and facilities crew, as well as, countless students, volunteers, teachers, and custodians that all came together to pull off this amazing event. Special thanks go to our Homecoming Chairs, Roxanne List and Tamera Matteo, for their continued support and infectious spirit, and to Ann Marciano, who illuminated our efforts with her expertise. With over 2000 people in attendance at our Friday Night under the Lights Football game, it was a sight to behold. The celebration continued into Saturday with more games and festivities including JWMS annual Super Saturday Celebration.

Thanks to everyone, including PHS neighbors and the greater community, for all their support! This truly has been a community event that the students will remember for years to come…a great tradition at PHS that the community can enjoy.


Obit Dunham 9-30-15E. Alden Dunham III

E. Alden Dunham III, 84, of Ewing, New Jersey passed away on September 26, 2015 at Capitol Health Medical Center from complications resulting from a broken hip and Parkinson’s disease. He fell while doing what he loved best: playing tennis and being with family. Nationally ranked at 16 in tennis and later as a senior, he was perpetually, in his own words and in all things, “on the verge of greatness.”

After graduating from Princeton (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1953, Dunham served as an officer in the Navy before receiving his Masters of Arts in teaching and doctorate of education degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities.

He became a leader in the transformation of American education during and
following the civil rights era. In turn reviled and revered, as director of admissions at Princeton from 1962-66 he upended prep school pipelines, advanced use of the SATs, and expanded admission of the best minority and public school students in pursuit of “the well-rounded class” instead of just the “well-rounded individual.”

Dunham continued to support educational reform and public policy through strategic grant making over a 25-year career with Carnegie Corporation of New York. He played a major role in conceiving and establishing the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and wrote the second book in its groundbreaking series of studies. Colleges of the Forgotten Americans: A Profile of State Colleges and Regional Universities won the 1970 American Council on Education Borden Book of the Year award. The book was pioneering in its focus on the growing impact of state and community colleges on American higher education. Dunham supported innovative programs to address this issue and others throughout his career, including establishment of the prestigious National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In 1976, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the California State University and College system.

Like his mentor, James Bryant Conant, former president of Harvard, for whom he worked from 1957-1961, Dunham believed strongly in the equal value to the nation of intellectual and vocational labor and the importance of equal opportunity. In 1992 he wrote a prescient paper on broadening access entitled “Educational Reform: The Critical Role of Information Technology.” Upon Dunham’s retirement in 1992, David Riesman, sociologist at Harvard, wrote to him, “Alden: you have been someone who has made the invisible become visible.”

He was a longtime resident of Princeton and returned to his native state in 2013 after 25 years away in order to be closer to family.

Alden is survived by his wife, Laura Dunham of Ewing; his brother, David H. Dunham of Lincoln, Mass.; his children: Edgar Alden Dunham IV (spouse Wendy) of Ewing; Ellen Dunham-Jones (spouse Philip) of Atlanta, Ga.; V. Carroll Dunham (spouse Thomas) of Katmandu, Nepal; Robert G. Dunham (spouse Catherine) of Medford; and stepson Thomas C. Adams of Los Angeles, Calif.; six grandchildren: Katherine Dunham Eskowitz, Elizabeth Dunham, Liam Kelly, Galen Kelly, Kacie Dunham, and Alden Dunham; one great-grandchild; Maxwell Eskowitz; and his first wife, Louise Dunham.

Dunham’s memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on October 3 at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: The Laura and Alden Dunham fund at the New Mexico Community Foundation, 502 W Cordova Road #1, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 2220 Pennington Roadd, Ewing Township, NJ 08638.


Mary Lisbeth D’Amico

Mary Lisbeth (Marybeth) D’Amico, 53, daughter of John and Marge D’Amico died peacefully on September 27, 2015 in her home in Jersey City.

Marybeth was born in Williamstown, Mass. and spent her young years in Montgomery and Princeton. She graduated from Bucknell University in 1983. She began her career as a business writer in New York City and continued as a free-lance journalist in Munich, Germany for 22 years. She began a second career as a singer-songwriter. She toured in the U.K. and the Netherlands and recorded two albums in Austin, Texas. Three years ago she moved back to the United States and continued her journalism and her music with remarkable success.

She is survived by her two daughters, Francesca Pick who lives and works in Paris, and Bianca Pick, working in Amsterdam; her sister, Suzanne D’Amico-Sharp of Plainsboro; her brother Mark D’Amico of Hopewell; and a wonderful network of friends from her school days and her professional life.

Her final wish was to have a small garden to brighten the view from the bay window of her living room. A remembrance gathering will be held in the spring when the garden is in bloom. The family requests no flowers.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


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The Quad at the Princeton Theological Seminary was the setting for Saturday’s Community Festival of families, food trucks, games, and live bluegrass music. Some participants offer their thoughts about the Pope’s visit in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn) 

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Jersey Shore native and culinary educator Rachel J. Weston, author of “New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table,” will host the first annual cookbook swap at the Princeton Farmer’s Market on Hinds Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, October 1. The event offers an opportunity for participants to trade in their cookbooks, recipes, food articles or magazines for new recipes while checking out fresh local ingredients at the market.

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ATWOOD’S RETELLING OF THE ODYSSEY: Director Trent Blanton discusses Rider University’s production of “The Penelopiad” with Marissa Girgus, who portrays the title role of Penelope. To learn more and to order tickets, call (609) 896-7775 or visit www.rider.edu/arts.

Rider Theatre will present Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad in the Yvonne Theater on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville from October 7 through 11. A preview performance will be Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m., and performances will be Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. The production, directed by Trent Blanton, will be performed by Rider University students.  more

Opiate Page 8 WebOver the past ten years, statistics show that New Jersey has experienced a 700 percent increase in individuals seeking treatment for opioid addictions. September is nationally recognized as Recovery Month. For this reason, the Mercer County Division of Addiction Services and Mental Health will co-host a dinner and discussion event on Thursday, October 8 at 5 p.m. at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, located at 3100 Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton.

Presenters will discuss the evolution of prescription drug abuse and tangible steps that friends and family members can take to prevent the epidemic from spreading further. Participants will also be educated on local resources that have the ability to provide the life saving medication, Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose and prevent death. more

September 23, 2015

To the Editor:

There is currently a petition circulating in Princeton collecting signatures to present to the mayor and Council. It requests that they vote to deny any future application from the organizers of the annual Communiversity festival to hold the event on Sunday. Some petitioners have been rather aggressive in their quest to gather signatures. I was chastised when I refused to sign. They are also getting signatures from non-Princeton residents. In order for a petition to be considered, the signers must live or work in the town.

The petition was started by former Mayor Jim Floyd and an ad-hoc group of residents of the Witherspoon-Jackson community who claim that the decision by the festival organizers to move the event from Saturday to Sunday caused “parking nightmares” and had a “devastating effect” on the African American churches in their community. The festival places a burden on all the churches in the heart of town on that Sunday, but some members of the Witherspoon-Jackson churches are the only ones who have made it an issue. It’s only one Sunday.

Two years ago, the festival day was changed to Sunday when the Nassau Street merchants complained that Communiversity had a negative impact on their Saturday sales because people shopped at the festival and not in their stores. The merchants said fewer people shopped on Sunday, so their sales were not as severely impacted. Some Jewish residents said they felt left out because Saturday was their Sabbath and they were not able to participate in the festivities.

I am a member of the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, one of the churches in the Witherspoon-Jackson Community. I and members of our Outreach Committee have happily joined the celebration with a booth at Communiversity for the past five years. It is always a fun and exciting experience.

I attended a review meeting following the 2014 festival that included Jeff Nathanson, the executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton, which sponsors the Communiversity festival, representatives of the police and fire departments, representatives of the merchants of Princeton, pastors and members of other churches in the Witherspoon-Jackson Community. The discussion revolved around the Saturday vs. Sunday issue. Mr. Nathanson, and the members of the police department, promised to reach out to members of the Witherspoon-Jackson Community to remind them of the changes for that one Sunday. The representatives of the churches said they would notify their members of the changes. It appeared to me the issue was settled.

Communiversity was started in 1971 to unite Princeton University and the Princeton communities in a day of celebration and mutual respect. Now, as we all know, it has become a beloved annual regional event that draws almost 45,000 people. The petition could change all that by igniting an ugly and divisive “us vs. them” debate that would undermine the very concept of Communiversity — bringing the communities together. It would be a shame to let that happen.

Alyce Bush

Loomis Court

To the Editor:

There may be those like the Republican state legislator [Senator Christopher Bateman] who recently asserted that Princeton Democrats should support our Republican state representatives in the upcoming election in a spirit of nonpartisanship [Mailbox, Sept.16].

That argument may fool Donald Trump voters, but the reality is that politics is partisan and that partisan legislative voting is a tangible manifestation of our values. Princetonians should understand that we are currently represented in the assembly by three Republicans who consistently and reliably support Governor Christie’s right-wing agenda.

For example, Assemblywoman Donna Simon received an A+ rating from the NRA. She has always voted against funding for family planning, and she was endorsed by the tea party. Jack Ciattarelli is slightly less right-wing, receiving a B+ from the NRA, but he also rejects all funding for family planning.

When New Jersey’s governor brags in national debates about how he has advanced his conservative agenda in a Democratic-leaning state, we can thank Princeton’s current assembly representatives. But on Election Day, November 3, we can get ourselves to the polls and vote for new representatives. We have two excellent Democratic candidates: Maureen Vella, a former judge, and Andrew Zwicker, a physicist. I hope you will join me in turning our district in a new direction and support Zwicker and Vella for Assembly.

Beth Healey

Moore Street

Obit Schorske 9-23-15Carl Emil Schorske

On September 13 2015, Carl Emil Schorske, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Emeritus, Princeton University, died peacefully at age 100 at Meadow Lakes retirement community in Hightstown, New Jersey. Over the last half century he was one of the most widely read and influential experts on Austrian intellectual and cultural life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His essays on Austrian intellectuals, writers, and artists published in American historical journals after 1961; the widely acclaimed book, Fin-de-siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture (New York: Knopf, 1980); and the later essays gathered in Thinking with History: Explorations in the Passage to Modernism (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998), have shaped thinking for several generations about Vienna’s rich cultural milieu and critical modernist breakthroughs around 1900. His eloquent and insightful prose found a wide international audience: Fin-de-siècle Vienna won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 1981 and was translated into ten other languages. Schorske’s brilliant writings and decades of inspiring teaching at Wesleyan University (1946-60), the University of California, Berkeley (1960-69), and finally Princeton University (1969-80) earned him many honorary degrees and a MacArthur Fellowship as one of the first cohort of fellows in 1981. His services to Austria, in explaining to the world and to Austrians themselves the unique intellectual and cultural world of Vienna 1900, won him many high honors there, including Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (1984), the Silver Medal for Service to the Republic of Austria (1996), the Ludwig Wittgenstein Prize (2004), the Victor Adler State Prize (2007), Honorary Citizen of the City of Vienna (2012) and finally, on his 100th birthday, the Gold Medal for Service to the Republic.

Carl Schorske was the founding director of Princeton University’s Program in European Cultural Studies, established in 1975. His understanding of modern Central European history and culture was so impressive and his command of German so strong that many thought he must have been born in Europe. In fact, he was born in New York City on 15 March 1915. His paternal grandfather was a German-American cigar maker of leftist convictions; his mother came from a German Jewish family. Thanks to his parents, he learned German early. Schorske attended Columbia University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1936, and then went to study modern European history at Harvard University, guided principally by the famed political and diplomatic historian William L. Langer. As a Langer student, Schorske served in naval uniform during World War II as a member of the research and analysis branch of the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.). Some of Schorske’s earliest publications addressed the challenges faced by Germany in the aftermath of World War II. He began teaching at Wesleyan after leaving military service and finished his doctoral dissertation in 1950. The book based on that dissertation, German Social Democracy, 1905-1917: The Development Of The Great Schism (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1955), was a pioneering English-language study of the German Social Democratic movement and won praise as a classic work for decades after its publication.

While Schorske’s graduate training and initial publications focused largely on political history, he developed strong interests in cultural and intellectual history from an early date. The intellectual historian Jacques Barzun and the literary critic Lionel Trilling were strong influences during Schorske’s undergraduate studies at Columbia. Music was an important strand in his life from early on: in his youth he aspired to be a singer, and he played violin in amateur string quartets through much of his adult life. Anyone who attended a concert or opera performance with Schorske or experienced his insatiable interest in new repertoire saw how central music was to his very being.

Schorske’s teaching, research, and writing shifted increasingly to intellectual and cultural history during his years at Wesleyan, and he developed into a brilliant classroom lecturer. His literary, artistic, and musical sensibilities showed strongly in the almost improvisatory lecture style he employed in his famous courses on intellectual history at Wesleyan, Berkeley, and Princeton. At Princeton he would typically come into the classroom with only minimal notes and then spin out an extended discourse on the topic, often like a long musical riff, knitted together by a sustained metaphoric trope. Generations of undergraduates were enthralled by his lectures — which earned him a place in a Time magazine cover story in May 1966 as one of the ten best American college teachers — just as countless readers were dazzled by his elegant and deeply insightful writings in intellectual history. Schorske believed that graduate seminars should run in as democratic and egalitarian a way as possible, but he was a sagacious, exacting, and constructive reader of his graduate students’ papers and dissertation chapters — which I was privileged to experience during his early years at Princeton.

Carl Schorske’s eloquent discursive style and his wonderfully insightful examining of intellectual and artistic figures in the social and political contexts of their lives by a sort of full immersion technique were utterly personal. His work inspired much emulation, but his virtuosity as a scholar was unique and ultimately inimitable. Those who knew him will greatly miss the wonderful person, but we will continue to have the great joy of reading his work. Professor Schorske’s wife, the former Elizabeth Rorke, died last year after more than 70 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughter, Anne; three sons, Carl Theodore, John, and Richard; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The obituary was written by Gary B. Cohen (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; for the Austrian Studies Newsmagazine)


William Alfred Stoltzfus, Jr.

William Alfred Stoltzfus, Jr., a career diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, died after a brief illness on September 6, 2015. He was born on November 3, 1924, in Beirut, Lebanon, the elder son of William and Ethel Stoltzfus, who were missionaries and educators. He spent his childhood in Syria and Lebanon before attending Deerfield Academy (Class of 1942) and Princeton University (Class of 1946). His studies at Princeton were interrupted by service in the Naval Air Corps which he joined in 1943. After graduating from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs in 1949, he entered the State Department. His fluency in Arabic and deep understanding of the history, politics, and culture of the Middle East contributed to a distinguished career as a diplomat, during which he served in Egypt, Libya, Kuwait, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Ethiopia, Oman, the UAE, Qatar, and Bahrain. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait from 1972 to 1976 and concurrently to Oman, the UAE, Qatar, and Bahrain from 1972 to 1974. Following his retirement from the Foreign Service he went into banking where he worked in Princeton, New York, and London before finally settling in Princeton in 1990.

In 1954 Ambassador Stoltzfus met his future wife, Janet Sorg, who was a teacher at Beirut College for Women where his father served as president. They were married in the Princeton Chapel in August of that year. They shared a sense of adventure and a commitment to public service over nearly 50 years of marriage before she passed away in 2004.

Ambassador Stoltzfus is survived by two sons, both married, William III of Hopewell; and Philip of London, England; two daughters, both married, Winifred Host of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and Rebecca Dineen of Baltimore, Maryland; his sister Lorna Webster; and 7 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey at 2 p.m. on October 11, 2015. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lebanese American University, 211 East 46th Street, New York, New York 10017, attn. Bob Hollback.

Arrangements are under the direction of Alloway Funeral Home.


Obit Gildar 9-23-15Jerry Gildar

Jerry Gildar of Princeton passed on September 3, 2015 at age 74.

Through his charming warmth, artful creativity, and unique, ever-present wit, Jerry touched the lives of all those he encountered. He derived great fulfillment by making people smile, laugh, and feel good about themselves.

A lifelong artist, Jerry worked with many sculptors including George Segal, and J. Seward Johnson, having learned the secrets of the lost-wax process from mentor Herk Van Tangeren. As Johnson Atelier’s Master-Caster, during the 1980s, Jerry contributed to the resurrection of bronze sculpture as part of the Pop Art movement. Sculptures he cast depicting “the-man-on-the-street” engaged in ordinary activities are familiar sights found in many communities in New Jersey and throughout America. Others are found in prominent museum collections, city parks, and sculpture gardens throughout the world.

A graduate of Princeton High, Jerry also attended C.W. Post, Princeton Country Day, and Rutgers Prep, where he was honored to serve on the school’s Board of Trustees. He also worked years ago at Princeton’s Alchemist and Barrister.

Surviving him are: his devoted son, Edward Gildar, his loving daughter-in-law Brenda, and granddaughter, Brooke, of Hong Kong; His sister Sandra and brother-in-law, Norman Arky of Boynton Beach, Fla., (formerly of East Brunswick); his sister Anne and brother-in-law Larry Kaufman of Chatham, N.J.; Blossom and Jerry Lowen of Aventura, Fla., (formerly of Highland Park); Ben and Gail Klein, of University Park, Fla. (formerly of Livingston); many cousins, loving nieces and nephews; his great-niece, and nine great-nephews.

Jerry was predeceased by his wife Charlotte (Chuckie) Slider Gildar; his parents, Alice and Harry Gildar, longtime owners of Jamesburg’s Paradise Club; and recently by his dear friend, Edward Koenig of South Brunswick.

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton at a future date. There, a memorial fund in Jerry’s honor has been created to which contributions can be made online at http://jerrygildarmemorial.org.


Obit Pearce 9-23-15Albert Franklin Pearce

Albert Franklin Pearce, of Griggstown, New Jersey and North Windham, Maine passed away at Stonebridge in Skillman on September 18, 2015, he was 86. Born in West Virginia, the son of Clarence and Stella Mae Pearce, he was raised in Maine and had lived in Middlesex and Somerset Counties in New Jersey for 56 years.

Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Army, he served as a corporal in Korea from 1951–53 where he installed and operated ship-to-shore radio communications from the front lines to the hospital ships.

Frank graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with highest distinction in 1957 with a BS in mechanical engineering and moved to New Jersey to work for Esso Research and Engineering Company; he worked in the engine lab designing test equipment; engine lubes developing various versions of Uniflo; and the Products Research Division as a senior section head. He retired from Exxon Research and Engineering Co. in 1986.

Frank was a dual member of the Mechanics Lodge No. 66, A.F.&A.M. in Orono, Maine and a past master of the Milltown Lodge No. 294, F&AM; and a member of the Scottish Rite Club of Central Jersey, the 33rd Society, Valley of Central Jersey.

Frank worked for Pinelyne Furniture Company summers during college, and made most of the furniture in their home. He spent summers on Sebago Lake in Maine; had a long interest in flying and was building a Pazmany experimental aircraft. He was also an avid bow hunter and a proud lifelong member of the NRA.

Frank attended Princeton United Methodist Church and was an affiliate member of the East Raymond church in Maine.

Frank is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mildred Pearce; daughter Jennifer Roffel and son-in-law Bill Roffel of California; granddaughter Elena Roffel; grandson Douglas Roffel; brother Russell Owen Pearce of South Portland, Maine; and niece Judy Neal of Parkman, Maine. Frank was predeceased by his sister Stella Mae DeRoche and his two nephews Michael Pearce of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Edward Pearce of Scarborough, Maine.

Visitation will be held 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton, followed by a Masonic service at 6 p.m. A future memorial service will be held for family and friends in North Yarmouth, Maine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org, “Albert Franklin Pearce Memorial.”


Obit Rhodes 9-23-15Augustine Rhodes

Augustine Warner Janeway (Tina) Rhodes, aged 86, daughter of Augustine Smith and Helen Gulick Janeway, died on August 22nd, 2015, in Haverford, Pa.

Tina was a resident of Perico Bay Club in Bradenton, Fla. and Windrows in Princeton. Tina was born in Phoenixville, Pa. on February 1, 1929. As a child she lived in Phoenixville, Washington D.C., Harrisburg, Pa., and Ventnor, N.J. She moved with her family as her father served in various leadership positions in
government service, including commanding officer of the Pennsylvania National Guard and executive director of the Pennsylvania General State Authority.

After graduating from Oldfields School in Glencoe, Md. in 1946, she spent a postgraduate year at the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pa. before attending the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Tina worked as an editor at Curtis Publishing in Philadelphia. Tina was married on August 2nd, 1952 to William (Bill) McKinney at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, Pa. They had one child before Bill died in 1956. On St. Valentine’s Day in 1958, Tina married William Harker Rhodes at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oaks, Pa. Harker adopted Tina’s son Gus, as his own, and they had four more children together: Sandy, Anne, Chris, and Jason. Tina was a skilled and passionate artist. She was very active in musical theater as a young woman. With her sister, Julia Janeway Sibley, she co-wrote a number of musicals which were performed by The Main Line Music Crafters. The 1980’s saw her blossom again with the prolific creation of watercolor portraits. During her later years, Tina wrote a screenplay, “Dinner With Henry Van Dyke”, about the American Presbyterian minister and author whose works involved elevating sympathy for man, fostering companionship with nature, and promoting a reverent view of life.

Whether she was riding horseback, judging dressage competitions, or providing commentatary for the crowds during tournaments at the Jackson Hole Polo Club, Tina had a zest for all things equestrian. She was an excellent bridge player, enjoyed vacationing in Cape May, staying at The Chalfonte Hotel, and sailing with the Corinthian Yacht Club. She supported the Sarasota Symphony and loved to attend concerts at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. She also loved to listen to The Four Freshman. Tina was a member of both Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Anna Maria Island, Fla., and Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton. A devout Christian, she studied old-testament Greek and Latin, and took graduate courses in divinity at Duke University. While living in Tucson, Ariz., she volunteered at the Casa de los Ninos, caring for abused children. She also offered prison ministry to inmates at the local penitentiary. Her quality of spirit is easily seen in the many religious, humanitarian, and
environmental charities to which she routinely and generously contributed. Tina is survived by her sister, Skee Gilbreath, of Atlanta, Georgia; five children and their spouses (Gus and Cindy Rhodes; Sandy and Paula Rhodes; Anne and Bob Amos; Chris and Carol Rhodes; and Jason and Lisa Rhodes); seven grandchildren (Mariah Rhodes, Nathan Amos, Sarah Amos, Elizabeth Rhodes, Christina Rhodes, Farrah Rhodes Nathan Garfield, Dinah Williams, and Pierce Williams), two great-grandchildren (Julian Thomas and Clementine Garfield); five nieces and nephews (Mariah “Mimi” Wolffe, Clark Price, Letitia “Tee” Canty, Van Price, and Julie George; and a number of great nieces and nephews.

Tina was and forever will be loved by her children, by her extended family, and by people who never knew her but felt the comfort and love from someone during their time of need. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oaks, Pennsylvania.


Richard G. Power

If only we could hear him sing “On Wisconsin!” one more time as we drive across the Wisconsin state line.

Richard G. Power, 86, of Princeton died of natural causes on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Acorn Glen Assisted Living. He was the son of the late Richard James Power and Prudence Mary Power (née McGuire) and was predeceased by his sister, Jean Pink (née Power). He was born and raised in Darlington, Wisconsin and, in the mid-1950s, moved to Haddonfield, N.J. where he and his late wife Barbara A. Power (née Gordon) raised their five children, Susan Power-Miller, Kathleen Power Ellenwood, Jennifer Power, Jeanne Power-Galli, and Ted Power. In the mid-1970s he and his wife moved to Princeton. He was the proud and loving grandparent of seven grandchildren, Bryan, Regan, Teddy, Keith, Alexandra, Carol, and Daniel, and one great grandchild, Fitzgerald.

Richard was an avid tennis player, golfer, and a diehard Wisconsin Badger and Princeton Tiger sports fan. He was a world traveler who loved music, art, dogs, and a good martini (with an olive and a twist). He graduated cum laude from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 1951 and in 1955 received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of
Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. Always the entrepreneur, Richard officially began his career at the young age of 10, when he opened his own shoe shine parlor inside of McCarten’s Barber Shop in downtown Darlington. He went on to have a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, working for companies like Smith Kline & French and Johnson & Johnson, before venturing out on his own as the founder of Richard G. Power & Associates and a founding partner of The Sage Group. Just about the only thing he couldn’t do was dance, although he thought his signature dance “the turtle” was way ahead of its time.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home on 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Voorhees Animal Orphanage — www.vaonj.org and (856) 672-9111.


Authors and their young readers are having fun at the Princeton Public Library’s Children’s Book Festival on Hinds Plaza Saturday. In this week’s Town Talk you can find out what they discovered and which authors they connected with. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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This photo of Rockefeller Center titled “Prometheus” is one of 30 black-and-white photographs by Richard Trenner that will be on display in his gallery, “A Tale of Three Cities: Photographs of New York, Philadelphia, and Princeton.” The photos will be on display until October 11 at Gallery 353 located at 353 Nassau Street.