November 25, 2015

Obit Fulmer 11-25-15Eleanor Margaret Hughes Fulmer

Eleanor Margaret Hughes Fulmer (Peggy), of Princeton, died on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton from complications related to a stroke.

Born on March 15, 1933 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Peggy grew up in Ardmore, Pa. Her parents Eleanor McGinley Murdoch and John Patrick Murdoch predeceased her. Peggy attended elementary and high school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Overbrook, Pa. She was a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, Mass. and also attended Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa.

Peggy lived in Princeton for most of her adult life, and was an active member of the community. In particular Peggy and her first husband Jim were proud of their work with Stuart
Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. They were long-time supporters of Stuart and instrumental members of the Stuart community from the very beginning — and Stuart had been an important part of Peggy’s life for over 50 years. She was actively involved for most of this time in many different ways, including the Stuart Parent Association (which she co-founded), the Stuart First Friday Prayer Group, and as a grandparent, chair of the Stuart Fund, to name a few. In 2005 she wrote, “I am thrilled that my daughters and grandchildren have been so enriched by Stuart’s academic curriculum, which is rooted in faith and strong values.”

Peggy worked in real estate sales for over 40 years. She began her career with John T. Henderson Inc. and most recently was with Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty. She was a consistent top producer earning a reputation for professionalism and integrity. Among her many designations and awards, Peggy received the Realtor Emeritus status from the New Jersey Association of Realtors and was a recipient of the Distinguished Sales Award. Peggy was also an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of McCarter Theatre, member of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, former chairman of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Board of Trustees of the Hun School of Princeton, and recipient of the prestigious Community Service Award.

All who knew Peggy will remember her for her kindness and graciousness. She had an amazing ability to make everyone feel welcome and part of her life. Peggy loved to travel and was able to realize that dream, having been to almost every corner of the world. More than anything though, Peggy loved her five children and 14 grandchildren. Their favorite memories include summers at the shore, new pajamas every Christmas and large family gatherings over the holidays. Her special name for her children and grandchildren was love bugs. She enjoyed walks, dancing, music, theater, and serving her community through volunteer work.

Peggy was preceded in death by her first husband James J. Hughes Jr, and her second husband Thomas S. Fulmer, her parents, and her sister Mary Kathryn Murdoch (Molly). Survivors include her five children Margaret (Gary) Bender, James Hughes III, Susan Hughes, Mary Beth Tevebaugh (Peter) and Katie Redmond (Aiden), and 14 beloved grandchildren. Survivors also include her sister Alice Murdoch Dagit (Charlie), two nephews (Chet and Murdoch), their wives, and four grand-nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stuart Memorial Fund and given online at or mailed to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton NJ 08540

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


Mary Jane Fleming

Mary Jane Dunsmoor Fleming died peacefully November 21, 2015 at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center. She is survived by children Ann Fleming (Michael) Brown of Niskayuna, N.Y.; Jeff (Deb Kraft) Fleming of Milwaukee, Wis.; Tom (Terry Helms) Fleming of Brooklyn, N.Y.; step-daughter Susan Moran of New York, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, James Fleming; her parents, Mildred and Frank Dunsmoor; and her brother Frank.

Born in Pittsburgh on May 9, 1927, Mary Jane excelled academically, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1948. She met her future husband while teaching kindergarten in post-war Paris. They married in 1957 and settled in Princeton. Mary Jane was a dedicated volunteer at the Princeton Hospital and a past-president of the Women’s College Club of Princeton and Princeton Adult School. She worked in a number of positions, including leading resident activities at Meadow Lakes senior community in Hightstown. In retirement, she relocated to Niskayuna, N.Y. where she was active in Sunnyview Hospital’s Studio Arts Program and Post-Stroke Group.

Mary Jane had an enthusiasm for life, a confidence and drive that earned admiration from her many friends. She loved her family and took pride in their accomplishments.

A funeral service was held at the First Reformed Church, 8 North Church St., Schenectady, NY 12305 on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at 2 p.m.

The family wishes to thank the team at Kingsway Community who provided wonderful care for Mary Jane in her final years. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sunnyview Studio Arts Program, 1270 Belmont Ave., Schenectady, NY 12308.

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November 18, 2015

Obit Rojer 11-18-15Charles Rojer

Dr. Charles L. Rojer, Chairman of the Board of Health of Princeton, passed away peacefully at his home early Thursday morning, November 12, 2015, from recently diagnosed gastric cancer. Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1934, Dr. Rojer survived World War II as a hidden child. His two sisters survived the war hidden in a convent; his parents, grandparents, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins were killed in Auschwitz.

Arriving in the United States at the age of 13 in 1948, Dr. Rojer moved to Philadelphia where he was taken into the home of his uncle who served in the French Resistance. There he went to school to learn English, quickly proved himself academically and graduated from the 199th class of Central High School, followed by Temple University, and Hahnemann Medical School. After a residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, followed by two years service in the Air Force, Dr. Rojer opened a practice in Philadelphia, with affiliations at both Chestnut Hill and Abington Hospitals. Dr. Rojer had a successful career of 40 years during which he was beloved by his patients and esteemed by his colleagues. He served as president of staff for both Chestnut Hill and Abington Hospital; he also served as an officer of several otolaryngological societies.

Dr. Rojer met his first wife Goldie on a blind date at the end of his senior year in high school and it was love at first sight. They were married in 1957, had three wonderful children, and continued happily for 37 years until Goldie succumbed to leukemia in 1994. Two years later, Dr. Rojer met his second wife, Marsha Levin-Rojer, on another blind date. They were married in 1997 and recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. Ms. Levin-Rojer’s two children were beautifully absorbed into the Rojer family.

Dr. Rojer moved to Princeton in 2001 where he was quickly recognized for his generous spirit, boundless energy, and wise counsel. In addition to his role on the Board of Health, Dr. Rojer served as vice president of the Old Guard of Princeton and on the Board of the American Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Mercer County, where he delivered kosher Meals on Wheels and volunteered on a committee in support of Holocaust Survivors. He was also an enthusiastic volunteer Grand-Pal, reading to children at Community Park School.

Dr. Rojer was a frequent speaker telling his story of survival to numerous school and community groups. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education recorded his story as well. He also accompanied students at the Princeton Theological Seminary on an annual trip sponsored by the AJC to the Holocaust Museum.

Dr. Rojer is survived by his wife Marsha Levin-Rojer, children Dr. Alan Rojer and wife, Ellen Relkin; Rachel Harad and husband, Dr. Todd Harad; Dr. David Rojer and wife, Dr. Jennifer Lublin; step children: Debra Levin and Daniel Levin; and nine grandchildren: Rebecca, Lauren, Isaac, Emily, Aurora, Gabrielle, Zahavah, Ellie, and Sasha and his sister Cecile Jeruchim.

Donations in Dr. Rojer’s memory may be made to the Charles L. Rojer Fund of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Mercer County or to a charity of one’s choice. A memorial in celebration of his life is being planned for April 2016.


Obit Burrell 11-18-15Doris Burrell

Doris Barbara Reynolds Burrell died peacefully at her home in Princeton on November 8, 2015 after a long, but valiant struggle of living with dementia. Doris was born in Perth Amboy on January 18, 1920 to the late Howard and Eva Perkins Reynolds. Later the family moved to New Brunswick, where she was raised. She graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1938. Doris graduated in 1940 from Apex Cosmetology School in Newark, New Jersey. She married Frederick Elias Burrell of Princeton on October 14, 1940.

They were married for 62 years. Two children were born of that union, the late Sondra Beverly Burrell Bell and Fredricka “Bunny” Burrell, aka, Khadija Abdul-Karim. A few years after marrying, the couple moved to Princeton. Doris worked as a beautician in Christine Moore’s salon, Spring Street, Princeton before she opened her own salon at 21 Leigh Avenue also in Princeton. Her legendary salon served women and men in the tri-state area for 62 wonderful years.

Doris is predeceased by her parents, Howard and Eva Perkins Reynolds; her husband, Frederick E. Burrell; and 3 siblings, Howard Reynolds, Jr.; Calvert Reynolds; and Edith Reynolds Cook. She is survived by her daughter, Khadija Abdul-Karim; sister, Theresa Morand; brother-in-law, Lester Morand; 8 grandchildren, Brandy Bell-Greer, Shaney Rudolph, Earl Bell, Jr., Khalil Abdul-Karim, Ibrahim Abdul-Karim, Najwa Comeau, Shahid Abdul-Karim, Muntaqima Abdul-Karim; 6 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; many, many dear friends; and her beloved community of Princeton.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton with Rev. Muriel Burrows, officiating. A repast followed the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hughes Funeral Home of Trenton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Paul Robeson House, c/o Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.


Obit Beeners 11-18-15Dorothy Beeners

Dorothy May Presnell Beeners, 93, passed away peacefully at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman on Saturday, November 14, 2015. A loyal Princeton resident since 1945, Dorothy was born in Asheboro, North Carolina on October 8, 1922, to parents Ollie and Corinne Presnell.

Dorothy pursued a career in journalism. She graduated from High Point University in 1943 and worked as a journalist at the Greensboro Daily News. During World War II, she was a civilian cryptographer, Army Signal Corps, decoding for the war effort in Washington D.C.

She moved to Princeton in 1945 and received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1948, focusing on religious journalism. In Princeton, she met her former husband, Dr. W.J. Beeners and raised 3 children.

With her talents and her deep faith, she wrote or worked on audio/visual productions for the Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, the Nassau Broadcasting Company, the Presbyterian Homes of New Jersey, and the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dorothy unselfishly loved her family and friends, and always believed in the goodness of her fellow man. She was a pure, gracious, Southern belle with a wonderful sense of humor and a true love for her church. Nassau Presbyterian Church was her second home. She had many adoring, lifelong friends and would spend many hours working in the “soup kitchens”.

She leaves behind daughters Susan Beeners (Rick Bogusch) of Ithaca, N.Y.; Sally B. Tanis (Chip Tanis) of Boca Raton, Fla.; son, Brian Beeners (Denise Corbit Beeners) of Ithaca, N.Y.; and precious grandchildren, William Buckley, Corinne, and William Beeners.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Nassau Presbyterian Church and Princeton Theological Seminary.

A Celebration of Life will be planned in the future.


Obit Healy 11-18-15John Belz Healy

John Belz Healy died peacefully at his home on November 15, 2015 after a long illness. John was born on March 1, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Eleanor Belz Healy, and Edward John Healy. John graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia and received a post high school degree from Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and received a Doctor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania. He reached the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army. He had a career in marketing and advertising in New York City for Colgate Palmolive and Doyle Dane Bernbach. He then worked for 28 years in Annual Giving at Princeton University before he retired.

He was predeceased by his younger twin brothers, Robert, and Edward Jr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gertrude; and his two  children Ann, and John. Ann has two daughters: Alissa, and Mariah. John and his wife, Katherine, have three daughters: Caitlin, Susanna, and Margaret. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth, her husband, Frederick Muller, and their son, Frederick, and his wife, Adele, and their three children: Anna, Thomas, and Andrew. He is also survived by the children of his brother, Edward Jr.: Edward III, Christopher, and Elizabeth. Edward III is married to his wife, Elizabeth, and they have a son, Ryan. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Ann Reath, and her husband George Reath. Ann Reath has two children: William Platt, and Benjamin Platt. William and his wife, Heather, have two children: William and Sarah. Benjamin and his wife, Huntley, have three sons: Augustus, Luke, and George.

On Wednesday, November 25, at 9 a.m., there will be a gathering at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Skillman followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 27, at Westminster Cemetery, 701 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Food for the Poor, Inc., 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073,, or Catholic Charities (Diocese of Metuchen), 319 Maple Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861-4101,

November 11, 2015

Obit SpeersEleanor Speers

Eleanor Schroeder Speers, 91, died in her sleep November 7, 2015, in her home at Meadow Lakes, Hightstown of complications following a stroke.

She is survived by her daughter, Rev. Mary Barrett Speers, of Setauket, New York; and her son, John Gorham Speers, of Paris, France.

Eleanor Speers was born on April 12, 1924, the youngest child of Harold Willmer Schroeder and Charlotte Droste Schroeder of Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Montclair High School and received a BA in sociology from Vassar College, having accelerated with the class of 1945-44 in order to serve in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in World War II. She was posted to Atlanta, training Navy pilots in Link trainers until the end of the war.

In 1947, she married William E. Speers, Jr., also of Montclair,, to whom she was married until his death in 2006. The couple resided in Montclair until 1957, when they moved with their two children to Princeton. Eleanor Speers was an ordained deacon in the Nassau Presbyterian Church, volunteered in the Admissions Department of Princeton Hospital for many years, and served on the board of the Princeton YWCA. When the family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1969, Mrs. Speers worked in the psychiatric care department at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Upon the family’s return to Princeton in 1976, she went back to school, obtaining her MSW from Rutgers University. Following this, she worked as a volunteer in the Adult Day Care Center of Mercer Street Friends in Trenton and served on the board of the Princeton Area Council of Community Services.

Eleanor Speers was quiet and thoughtful, but loved company, and enjoyed making new friends. She was always ready to welcome visitors with a cup of tea and a cookie, and particularly enjoyed singing around the piano at Christmas. Her love for people also found expression in her service as a deacon in Nassau Church. A lifelong lover of music, learning, and all things French, Eleanor played piano and recorder, and participated faithfully in adult education at Nassau Church. When she moved with her husband to Meadow Lakes in 2005, she continued to enjoy musical activities, and was an enthusiastic member of the conversational French group and the Meadow Lakes congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury.

There will be a memorial service for Eleanor Speers at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Mercer Street Friends (Trenton), Nassau Presbyterian Church, or the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury (for its Meadow Lakes Ministry).


Obit PearceMildred Pearce

Mildred Louise Pearce of Griggstown, New Jersey and North Windham, Maine passed away at Stonebridge in Skillman on November 1, 2015. She was 88 years old. Born in Maine, she resided in Middlesex and Somerset Counties in New Jersey for 56 years.

Millie was raised in South Portland, Maine where she went to local schools, graduated from South Portland High School, and attended Westbrook Junior College (now the Portland Campus of the University of New England). Millie worked as a secretary for the Student Religious Association at the University of Maine, Orono, a secretary and cashier for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance, and a medical secretary at Maine General Hospital (now Maine Medical Center). She also worked several summers as a secretary at Camp Arcadia.

Millie was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for 65 years, the Masonic High Twelve Auxiliary of Milltown, and the Griggstown Historical Society. A long-time member of the Princeton YWCA, Millie was always up for any class they offered — canoeing, figure skating, tap dancing, synchronized swimming, even belly dancing.

Millie attended Princeton United Methodist Church and was a member of the Circle of Friends and United Methodist Women’s Group. She was also an affiliate member of the East Raymond Chapel in Maine.

Married to Albert “Frank” Pearce for 65 years, she spent summers on Sebago Lake in Maine. Millie was a loving and caring person who devoted her life to her family and friends. Millie is best remembered for her infectious laugh and love of sweets. She enlivened any party with her good-natured joking and is well-remembered for eating dessert first. On a two-week long trip to Russia, Millie brought two suitcases: One for her clothes and one for her candy.

Millie is survived by her daughter Jennifer Roffel and son-in-law Bill Roffel of California; and her grandchildren Douglas and Elena. Millie was predeceased by her husband Albert “Frank” Pearce; her parents Benjamin and Florence; her brother Perley, and her sister Eunice.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, where a funeral will be held at 3 p.m. followed by a reception. A future memorial service will be scheduled for family and friends in North Yarmouth, Maine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at Click on the “Giving” tab, under GIVE “honor a loved one”, then search for a fundraising page by clicking “Find it Now.” Memorial is under Mildred Pearce.

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

November 4, 2015

Obit ClostermanMaryAnn Closterman

MaryAnn Closterman, 87, formerly of Princeton died Wednesday October 28, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman. She was born May 20, 1928 in Newark, the daughter of the late Whitney Joseph Coleman and Sarah Thornley Coleman, and later moved to Clark Township, N.J. She graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield, N.J. in 1946 and embarked on a successful career as a legal secretary. She married Malcolm John Closterman in 1948 and they enjoyed setting up residences in Massachusetts and California as he made his way through the corporate ranks of Ernest & Ernest, RCA, and Gulf + Western. They settled in Princeton in 1960 and MaryAnn remained in their home after her husband’s death in 1992, until her relocation to Stonebridge earlier this year.

She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Anne and son-in-law Reid James Murray of Hopewell, and beloved granddaughter Charlotte of New York City. She also leaves a sister Sarah and brother-in-law Reginald Wayton of Linwood, N.J., as well as loving nieces and nephews. She will be truly missed and held dear in our memories.

MaryAnn is remembered and treasured for her commitment to family and community. In her daily life she dedicated herself to others. She made a difference to, and a lasting impression on, individuals and organizations. She served as a volunteer for Princeton Hospital (and all of its succeeding incarnations) for over 50 years. She delivered meals for Meals on Wheels until last year and greatly enjoyed visiting with the clients she served. She also devoted time to the Princeton Public Library and Recording for the Blind. MaryAnn was active for years in Princeton schools as her daughter, Elizabeth, progressed from Riverside, to Valley Road, to Stuart Country Day. She enjoyed traveling internationally and domestically and some of her favorite destinations were London, Edinburgh, Dublin, San Diego, Palm Beach, and Nantucket. She also enjoyed needlepoint, reading, and caring for her pets (all of whom were rescue animals).

MaryAnn was a proud graduate of Rutgers University, receiving her BA with honors (in recognition of outstanding character and scholarship) in 1978.

The family would like to thank her caregivers at Stonebridge. They helped to make this inevitably difficult journey gentler.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton on Friday, November 6 at 10:45 a.m. followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery. Friends are invited to a gathering at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton on Thursday, November 5 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions in memory of MaryAnn Closterman can be made to PHCS Foundation, 3626 US Hwy 1, Princeton, NJ 08540 or online at; or Meals on Wheels, 707 Alexander Rd. Suite 101 Princeton, NJ 08540 (checks can be made out to the American Red Cross – please indicate on the Memo Line “Home Delivered Meals”).

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Obit AngoffEleanor W. Angoff

Eleanor W. Angoff, 91, of Skillman, formerly of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery of natural causes.

A native of Highland Park, Mrs. Angoff moved to Princeton after her marriage to William H. Angoff in 1955. Prior to her marriage, she was a volunteer at Camp Kilmer during World War II and a volunteer nurse’s aide. While in Princeton she was a librarian assistant at the Littlebrook School and a member of the Jewish Family Service Advisory Board on Senior Activities and Housing Initiatives. Eleanor was also a trustee of Princeton Community Housing since 1992, which spearheaded the campaign for senior housing in Princeton. In addition to her other interests she was a lifelong baseball fan.

Eleanor was predeceased by her beloved husband, William H. Angoff in 1993 and her brother Larry Wolk. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas Angoff and Robin Greenberg; daughter Carolyn Angoff and two grandchildren, Zachary and Harrison Angoff.

Services were held Thursday, October 29, 2015 at The Jewish Center in Princeton with burial in Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in her memory can be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005 or  made online at

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Charles Coulston Gillispie

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1918, Charles Coulston Gillispie, the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and professor emeritus of the history of science at Princeton University, was the son of Robert L Gillispie and Virginia L. Coulston. He grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was a member of the class of 1935 at the South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut, and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After graduation, he remained at Wesleyan for his master’s degree in history. From 1942 until 1946, Gillispie served with the Third Army in Europe in a heavy mortar battalion, reaching the rank of captain. Following the war, he returned to the study of history, joining Princeton University’s faculty in 1947 and earning a PhD in history from Harvard University in 1949. He married Emily Ramsdell Clapp in 1949, whom he met in the summer of 1938 when they were members of a student group that travelled to Britain and the Continent under the auspices of the Experiment in International Living. He is predeceased by his beloved wife and helpmate of 64 years, and by his younger brother, Robert L., Jr.

Gillispie was a leading figure in the establishment of the history and philosophy of science as an academic discipline, having founded the Program in History of Science at Princeton in the 1960s. He is the author of many books that have become classics in the field, including Genesis and Geology: A Study in the Relations of Scientific Thought, Natural Theology, and Social Opinion in Great Britain, 1790-1850; The Edge of Objectivity: An Essay in the History of Scientific Ideas; and Pierre-Simon Laplace, 1749-1827: A Life in Exact Science. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, a monumental reference work in 16 volumes with more than 4,500 essays on scientists and mathematicians of all periods and nationalities, for which he received the Dartmouth Medal from the American Library Association in 1981. His final work, Lazare and Sadi Carnot: A Scientific and Filial Relationship, a book of over 500 pages co-authored with Raffaele Pisano, was published last year.

Gillispie’s many awards and distinctions include the 1997 Balzan Prize for History and Philosophy of Science for “the extraordinary contribution he has made to the history and philosophy of science by his intellectually vigorous and exacting works.” Gillispie received the Pfizer Prize in 1981 from the History of Science Society for his book, Science and Polity in France at the End of the Old Regime, and the Sarton Medal in 1984. Among his other awards are the Dibner Award for Distinction in History of Science and Technology from MIT in 1994 and la Médialle Alexandre Koyré from the Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences in 1985. In 1972, he was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, America’s oldest learned society. He received honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Wesleyan University in 1971, from Lafayette College in 2001, and a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Princeton University in 2011.

Gillispie was founding adviser for Princeton’s Sachs Scholarship, one of the University’s most prestigious fellowships awarded to two graduating seniors: one for two years of study at Oxford University’s Worcester College, and the second for one year of study or travel abroad on a program of the student’s own design.

A service of remembrance will be held on November 13 at 2 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Princeton University’s Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund.


Linda Starr Spain

Linda Starr Spain, recently of Skillman, died November 2, 2015 at Greenwood House in Ewing. The cause of death was lung cancer and its after effects. Linda was born in Nashville, Tenn. and grew up in Washington D.C. She was a graduate of Sidwell Friends School, studied at Wellesley, graduated from The University of Wisconsin (Madison), and earned a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University where she studied film. For more than 40 years she was a film editor, winning awards for her work on prime time documentary films for ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. In the editing room she was a quiet and supportive teacher, a mentor to a number of today’s successful film editors. For many years she managed, with her husband Tom, a documentary film company based in the Princeton area. In Princeton she took up ice dancing and was a member of The Princeton Skating Club. Linda’s passion was music and she was a member of the Masterwork Chorus, serving on its board and appearing with them every Christmas in Carnegie Hall. She was active in the Montgomery Township Democratic Committee and The League of Women Voters.

Linda was the daughter of the late Milton and Zaro Starr of Washington, D.C. and West Yarmouth, Mass. She is survived by her husband Tom Spain of Stockton, NJ; her daughter Joanne Spain of Frenchtown, NJ; and sons Frank Spain of West Islip, N.Y. and Matthew Spain of Lawrenceville, N.J.; and by sisters Ann Leslie Rosenblatt of Natick, Mass. and Barbara Starr of Columbia, Md.; and many nieces and nephews. A sister Sara Wolff of Amherst, Mass. and a brother Henry Starr of Silver Spring, Md. predeceased her.

Linda requested that there be no service. A family gathering is planned for her birthday in August 2016 on Cape Cod where she spent many happy summers. In lieu of flowers Linda’s family asks that donations be made in her name to The Masterwork Chorus in Morristown, N.J. (, Planned Parenthood (, or The League of Women Voters (

Her family wishes to praise the staff members at Greenwood House for their professionalism, compassion, and the old fashioned love and comfort they gave to Linda in the last year of her life.

October 28, 2015

Obit Irenas 10-28-15Joseph E. Irenas

Joseph Eron Irenas, Senior United States District Judge, died on Friday, October 16, 2015, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, surrounded by his family.

At the age of 75, Judge Irenas was working five days a week, despite having taken senior status in 2002, and undergoing hemodialysis treatment three times a week. He was presiding over a jury trial when he suffered a fall at the Camden courthouse, which ultimately led to his death.

Born July 13, 1940, in Newark, New Jersey to Zachary and Bess Irenas, Judge Irenas and his younger sister Diana Schoenblum, were raised in Elizabeth. It was there, in 1951, on the first day of the sixth grade, that Judge Irenas met his wife Nancy (nee Jacknow).

Judge Irenas was a proud alumnus of the Pingry School, graduating in 1958. In 2009, the school awarded him their highest alumni honor, the Letter-In-Life Award. In his acceptance speech, he advised graduating students: respect all people, behave ethically, be grateful for the support of your family, and tip restaurant servers well.

After Pingry, the Judge attended Princeton University, meeting many life-long friends there. He graduated from Princeton in 1962. At his Class’s 50th Reunion, he was awarded the Lifetime Class Service Award for going “above and beyond the call of duty” in contributions to his class.

In the summer of his junior year at Princeton, and perhaps foreshadowing the Judge’s future as a government servant, the Judge spent the summer in Alaska tagging salmon for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Once, when asked to describe one of the hardest things he had ever done, the Judge responded, “digging a hole in the permafrost to serve as an outhouse.”

Upon graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1965, Judge Irenas clerked for the Honorable Justice Haydn Proctor of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

He then began a very prolific and successful private practice at McCarter & English, LLP. Described by the firm as a “genuine renaissance lawyer,” Judge Irenas received recognitions as both a litigator and a transactional attorney, and served as one of the firm’s managing partners. His reputation at the firm was “legendary;” “he was feared by some, loved by many, and respected by all.”

Also during the Judge’s time in private practice, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve as a bar examiner.

In November, 1991, the Judge was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to fill a newly created district court seat in the District of New Jersey, Camden Vicinage. He took the bench in April, 1992.

In the early days, the Judge worked 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., notwithstanding his commute to and from Princeton, where he lived. In addition, he taught Professional Responsibility, First Amendment, and Products Liability law as an adjunct professor at Rutgers-Camden Law School.

In 2002, the Rutgers Law Journal dedicated their Volume 34, Number 1 to the Judge. The following year, he was awarded the Judge John F. Gerry Award by the Camden County Bar Association, in recognition of his “spirit and humanitarianism.” In 2005, he was awarded the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey which “honors those whose actions have advanced the principles of free expression.”

In later years, Judge Irenas often sat by designation on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and had organized the Camden Courthouse’s Professionalism Day program for the past three years. He participated in a panel discussion for this program the afternoon before his fatal accident.

When the Judge was asked during his Senate confirmation hearing “what particular contribution” he hoped to make to the judiciary, he answered, “I would … like to make some contribution in the area of case management, docket control, and the moving of cases.” As his colleagues on the bench, members of the bar, and his law clerks — past and present — can attest, he was resoundingly successful in that regard, frequently volunteering to take complex cases and maintaining a nearly full docket of civil and criminal cases, even in the face of formidable health challenges. After taking senior status, he was fond of saying that he was “working for free,” in light of the fact that, due to life tenure protected by the U.S. Constitution, the Judge would be paid whether or not he reported to work.

Former Chief Judge of the Third Circuit, Edward R. Becker, once described the Judge as “a man of incandescent brilliance.” Indeed, the Judge’s intellect was undeniable by all who encountered him.

In addition to his numerous intellectual accomplishments, Judge Irenas had deep compassion for those in need. He recently retired from the Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mercer County, where he served as a trustee for many years. He was the first recipient of the NAMI pillar award in 2012 for his significant contributions to the organization. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of Cathedral Kitchen, a soup kitchen located in Camden. At the holidays, rather than exchanging gifts, the Judge and his staff pooled their money to make a donation to Cathedral Kitchen. The Judge would then personally deliver the check.

To his law clerks, he was an incomparable teacher and mentor. To his countless friends and poker buddies, he was a trusted confidante with a mischievous sense of humor. To his children, Amy and Ted and son-in-law Bob; and to his grandchildren Joe, Patrick, Charlie, Jenna, Shayne, and Zoey, he was a wise advisor and unwavering supporter. To his sister, Diana, he was simply “the best big brother and friend” one could ever have. To his wife of 53 years, Nancy, he was a partner, soul mate, and the love of her life.

A private funeral was held in Princeton. A public memorial will be held in the coming weeks.

Donations in memory of Judge Irenas may be sent to:

NAMI Mercer NJ, 3371 Brunswick Pike, Suite 124, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648

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or Cathedral Kitchen, 1514 Federal Street, Camden, New Jersey 08105

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Elizabeth Speagle

Elizabeth “Betsy” Speagle of Princeton passed away on October 10, 2015. She was born on December 26, 1926 in Cambridge, Mass., daughter of Albert and Alice Edson. She attended the Brimmer and May School in Boston and Mount Holyoke College. She moved to Princeton in 1948 and met her future husband, Richard Speagle, who has predeceased her. Betsy was a longtime resident of Snowden Lane in Princeton. She is survived by her children, Emily of Concord, Mass.; Holly (Steven Dunning) of Albuquerque, N. Mex.; and Robert (Cynthia Nelson) of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Sarah Bates (Steve Bates) and Alex Dunning; and great-grandchild, Katie Bates.

Betsy was a teacher and director at Cross Roads Nursery School for many years. She touched many lives and was known for sharing nature with children, sourcing frog eggs for observation of the life cycle from tadpole in the aquarium to release to the ponds. She was a great cook and known for the wonderful Christmas cookies that she shared with many. Betsy was loved and will be missed. Betsy’s family especially thanks the staff at Acorn Glen Assisted Living for the wonderful and loving care they provided and to Willie Rosso, her mechanic.


Charles Coulston Gillispie

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1918, Charles Coulston Gillispie, the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and professor emeritus of the history of science at Princeton University, was the son of Robert L Gillispie and Virginia L. Coulston.

He grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was a member of the class of 1935 at the South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut, and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After graduation, he remained at Wesleyan for his master’s degree in history. From 1942 until 1946, Gillispie served with the Third Army in Europe in a heavy mortar battalion, reaching the rank of captain. Following the war, he returned to the study of history, joining Princeton University’s faculty in 1947 and earning a PhD in history from Harvard University in 1949.

He married Emily Ramsdell Clapp in 1949, whom he met in the summer of 1938 when they were members of a student group that travelled to Britain and the Continent under the auspices of the Experiment in International Living. He is predeceased by his beloved wife and helpmate of 64 years, and by his younger brother, Robert L., Jr.

Gillispie was a leading figure in the establishment of the history and philosophy of science as an academic discipline, having founded the Program in History of Science at Princeton in the 1960s. He is the author of many books that have become classics in the field, including Genesis and Geology: A Study in the Relations of Scientific Thought, Natural Theology, and Social Opinion in Great Britain, 1790-1850; The Edge of Objectivity: An Essay in the History of Scientific Ideas; and Pierre-Simon Laplace, 1749-1827: A Life in Exact Science. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, a monumental reference work in 16 volumes with more than 4,500 essays on scientists and mathematicians of all periods and nationalities, for which he received the Dartmouth Medal from the American Library Association in 1981. His final work, Lazare and Sadi Carnot: A Scientific and Filial Relationship, a book of over 500 pages co-authored with Raffaele Pisano, was published last year.

Gillispie’s many awards and distinctions include the 1997 Balzan Prize for History and Philosophy of Science for “the extraordinary contribution he has made to the history and philosophy of science by his intellectually vigorous and exacting works.” Gillispie received the Pfizer Prize in 1981 from the History of Science Society for his book, Science and Polity in France at the End of the Old Regime, and the Sarton Medal in 1984. Among his other awards are the Dibner Award for Distinction in History of Science and Technology from MIT in 1994 and la Médialle Alexandre Koyré from the Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences in 1985. In 1972, he was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, America’s oldest learned society. He received honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Wesleyan University in 1971, from Lafayette College in 2001, and a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Princeton University in 2011.

Gillispie was founding adviser for Princeton’s Sachs Scholarship, one of the University’s most prestigious fellowships awarded to two graduating seniors: one for two years of study at Oxford University’s Worcester College, and the second for one year of study or travel abroad on a program of the student’s own design.

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


Obit Burns 10-28-15Robert Clayton Burns

Robert Clayton Burns died Friday, October 16, 2015 at Meadow Lakes in Hightstown, New Jersey. He was 98. A fortunate man, the elements of his life were mainly of his own choosing: family; making, teaching, and writing about art; a broad array of projects, contributions to his community; and always, the pursuit of a good game of tennis.

Robert was born in LaGrange Illinois in 1916 to Harvey and May Pratt Burns. The family later moved to Maplewood, New Jersey where he and his older brother Gordon spent most of their childhoods. There Robert discovered an aptitude for and pleasure in drawing and painting, and the resource of his vivid imagination. He studied painting in Van Deering Perrine’s Children’s Laboratory Group. Perrine’s passionate commitment to the work and to the ideal of fostering each student’s individual vision rather than teaching a particular method made a lasting impact on Robert. In some contrast, later art training provided thorough grounding in the traditions and craft of painting. He graduated from Yale Art School in 1939 and accepted a job teaching art at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida. There he met Amie Goodwin and fell in love. They married in the summer of 1941; within months Robert was drafted and the country was at war.

Robert’s service during the war employed and enriched his skills. He made murals, charts, posters, manuals, film slides, newspaper art and maps, and analyzed aerial photos. His paintings had begun to be recognized before the war with first prizes in competitions in New York, New Jersey, and Florida, and Honorable Mentions in Prix de Rome competitions of 1937 and 1939. During the war, in 1942 his oil painting, “Troop Movements” won first prize in the Life Magazine Competition for Service Men.

The war’s end allowed a return to family life, now with two children, and the exertions of a working artist. Freelance work: book illustration, portraits, murals … the illustration of one Classic Comic, “Twenty Years After” (Dumas) … evolved into steady employment in advertising in New York and finally into a doctoral degree and 25 year teaching career at Trenton State College, near Trenton, New Jersey. Within the college he flourished and contributed; taught studio, and art history; designed the college seal and mace; served on committees, and as chairperson of the art department; completed a detailed study of a designed approach to college scheduling; designed sets for many plays; wrote and spoke out energetically during the tumultuous 1968-69 years; and led student art-study trips to Europe. Beyond the college, he continued his by then normal breadth of work, completing portraits, mural and illustration projects. He also designed and built family homes, provided courtroom sketches for the infamous Addonizio Trial of 1970, completed art restoration projects, and whenever possible … played tennis.

He felt privileged to have been an artist. Yet his idea of art was workman-like not pure, and included all sorts of efforts to make sense of our world and to make it more beautiful and functional. It was an ideal based on intellect and analysis as much as on subjective vision, and it was an ideal envisioned as service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Amie (Frances Euamy) Goodwin Burns; brother Gordon Kendrick Burns; sister-in-law Rose Irene Moore; brothers-in-law John Lemuel Goodwin, Lawrence Goodwin, Herman Goodwin Jr., and Kingman Colquitt Moore.

Surviving are daughter Sandy Burns; son Carl Burns; granddaughters Erin Winton Burns and Kelsey Scott Burns; sister-in-law Dorothy Ruestow Burns and her children’s’ families; and sister-in-law Mary Jo Miner Goodwin and her children’s’ families.

October 21, 2015

Obit Brockman 10-21-15Mary Ann Brockman

Mary Ann Brockman Jones, 87, also known as Mary Ann Brockman, died at her home in Princeton on Saturday morning, October 17, 2015 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born August 30, 1928 in Princeton, the daughter of the late George C. Knaefler and Karen Theilgard Knaefler. She graduated from Princeton High School with honors and earned a BA degree from Case Western Reserve University with a double major in mathematics and sociology. In her early years she was a computer programmer working on problems in the fields of mathematics, physics, and engineering. In her late 40s she received a master’s degree in psychology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. She is a life member of Mensa and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

In 1953 she married Dr. Karl W. Brockman, Jr., a physicist at Princeton University. In 1957 they moved to Amsterdam, The Netherlands where her husband did research in nuclear and particle physics at the Institute for Nuclear Physics and guided Amsterdam University doctoral students in their research. They had six idyllic years there until her husband’s untimely death from melanoma in 1963.

She traveled extensively throughout most of Europe and the former Soviet Union. She was an enthusiastic photographer with several hundred published photographs in books and magazines.

She loved reading and had many interests throughout her life including the fine arts and music, literature, history, science, and medicine. She loved her computer and could spend hours on it, marveling that she didn’t need to go to the library to research any topic. An interest in politics began during the buildup to the Iraq War, which she opposed. During the years she lived in the Netherlands, she saw how well universal healthcare and social services worked as a safety net for everyone.

She is survived by her beloved second husband of 38 years, Dudley M. Jones, who has been her primary caregiver and was with her until the end, and her large extended family, all of whom she loved dearly.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 beginning at noon at the University Chapel, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, with a committal service to follow at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, 2600 U.S. 1, North Brunswick Township, NJ 08902 (, for research in ovarian cancer and other hormonal cancers.

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Richard Granville Peddar

Richard Granville Peddar born June 3, 1950, died on October 15, 2015.

Most beloved and devoted husband to Tara Peddar and devoted father of Theresa, Adam, and Alex Peddar from his first marriage to Winona Peddar. Grandfather of Jessie, Jordan, Josh, and Jules Lawe.

A memorial service is being held with friends and family on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Trinity Parish Hall in Princeton, New Jersey at 1 p.m.

October 14, 2015

Obit Patton 10-14-15Barbara Mott Patton

Barbara Mott Patton, a former resident of Princeton, died on October 1 at Stamford Hospital after a short illness. She was 92.

She was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on January 1, 1923. Her parents, Joseph W. and Lucile G. Mott, were Quakers who trace their family histories to some of the earliest settlements in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Her father was general manager and an owner of the Hotel Traymore, where the family lived. He served as president of the Hotel Traymore Corporation.

Known as “Bobbie”, she attended Atlantic City Friends School, Atlantic City High School and Swarthmore College. Her summers were spent at Lake Paupac in the Pocono Mountains. She married George C. Ford in 1943, and they raised their children while living in Morristown, N.J.; Gladwyne, Pa,; and Princeton. She volunteered with the Princeton Regional Ballet Company and supported the musical arts.

Later she worked for the United Nations Travel Program in New York, helping to introduce foreign diplomats to civic leaders in America.

She and her second husband William R. Patton settled in New Canaan, Connecticut. A lover of music and a regular churchgoer, she was a member of the St. Matthew’s Church Chorale and book club in nearby Wilton. For many years she and Bill spent time in their seasonal homes in Sarasota, Florida, and Stonington, Maine.

Other activities included needlework, raising orchids, and piano.

She was pre-deceased by her first and second husbands, as well as brother Joseph W. Mott, Jr. and sisters Lucile E. Mott and Joanna H. Mott.

She is survived by her daughter Greta F. Hayton of San Ramon, California; and sons Paul F. Ford of Berkeley, Calif.; Thomas M. Ford of Princeton,; Edward G. Ford of Springfield Center, N.Y.; and George W. Ford of Pennington; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six nieces; four nephews, and three stepsons.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 31 at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, Conn.


Dr. Quentin E. (Bud) Lyle

Bud died peacefully at home on October 7, 2015, after a valiant struggle with cancer.

He was born in Nyack, New York in 1932 to the late Quentin E. Lyle and Dorothy Wilson Lyle. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 58 years; his two children, Jeff Lyle, his wife, Jennifer of Del Mar, Calif.; and Susan Lyle, her husband, Pete Healey, of Titusville, N.J.; his cherished grandchildren, Jilly, Katie, Charlotte and Lyle; his brother Bob Lyle, his wife, Hilary Evans of Somers, N.Y.

He graduated from Haverstraw High School (N.Y.), Hamilton College, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Surgery, and Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, with a specialty in orthodontics. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a dental officer assigned to a Marine Recon Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Bud loved being an orthodontist. He practiced in Princeton for 36 years and was very active in the professional world of orthodontics. He became president of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontists, was a member of the American Board of Orthodontics, the American Association of Orthodontics and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Orthodontic Alumni Society of Columbia University. At home in Princeton, he was a member of The Old Guard of Princeton, The Nassau Club and Springdale Golf Club. He served on the Boards of the Bedens Brook Club, the Nassau Club, and the Princeton YMCA and received the Frances G. Clark Award from the Princeton Family YMCA.

Bud was passionate about sports, a trait he enthusiastically passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was a coach for the Princeton Pee Wee ice hockey program and later was part of a group of fathers that started the girls’ varsity ice hockey program at Stuart Country Day School, where he coached the team for six years. In retirement, Bud could always be found working in his garden, golfing, playing tennis, or cheering on his grandchildren at their many and varied activities.

Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Bud’s life at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton at 4:30 on Friday, October 16th. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Bud’s memory to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, 08550; SAVE, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton 08540; or to the charity of your choice.

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


Israel Joel Heilweil

Israel Joel (I.J.) Heilweil, 91, resident of Princeton, since 1964, died October 6, 2015, at Greenwood House in Ewing. A beautiful burial service in Long Island, attended by his immediate family, was led by Rabbi Adam Feldman of The Jewish Center of Princeton.

Born in Lviv, Poland (which is now the Ukraine), Israel emigrated with his parents and sister, the late Regina (Jean) Miller, to Brooklyn, New York, when he was 15 years old in 1939, right before the start of World War II. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, he served four years in the United States Army in the European Theater, arriving in Normandy only a few days after D-Day. One of the few to survive the initial days, he was made a cannoneer, directing fire throughout the Normandy Campaign, including the Battle of the Bulge. He remained in Europe after the end of combat and ran a POW camp.

Israel received his BS degree in chemistry from the City College of New York in 1948, and his MS and PhD degrees in physical chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1954. His field of interest was surface, polymer, and colloid chemistry. After graduation, he worked at Texaco Research Laboratories near Poughkeepsie, New York, and then went to Mobil Oil Company’s Central Research Laboratories in Pennington, where he engaged in basic research on lubricants, oil recovery, and other surface/colloid investigations for over 26 years. He loved his work and was fully immersed in it. He held at least 37 U.S. patents and authored or co-authored a number of significant publications. He had an intuitive feeling for molecules and their behavior. He was highly valued by his colleagues, and chaired the Gordon Conference on Chemistry at Interfaces in 1980. Upon retirement, he served as a Research Fellow at Princeton University in the molecular biology department.

Israel married Harriet Gerletz in 1948. They celebrated their 67th anniversary this past June. Their life together was full of conversations about chemistry, with even more passion raising their three children, Edwin J. Heilweil (Toby Heilweil) of Potomac, Md.; Rachelle E. Heilweil (Dan Roddy) of Fort Benton, Mont.; and Donna L. Heilweil (André Eichenberger) of Zurich, Switzerland. Israel loved and was deeply proud of his family, Harriet, his “children”, and his three granddaughters, Kerry L. Pinnisi of Cambridge, Mass.; Naomi Heilweil Rotenberg (Jimmy Rotenberg) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Rose Pinnisi of Ithaca, N.Y..

Throughout his life, Israel expressed his love for our country and its ideals of freedom and human rights, as well as his deep commitment to the State of Israel and the survival of the Jewish people. He loved gardening and created a naturalistic and peaceful landscape around his Princeton home. He dabbled in free verse and considered himself a poet of sorts. He loved classical music, listening much of his waking hours, often wishing aloud that he could compose.

Contributions in Israel’s memory may be made to: The Jewish National Fund (; The Staff Fund at Greenwood House, 53 Walter Street, Ewing, NJ; The Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, 237 North Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; or your favorite charity.

Or just think of Israel when something reminds you of him.

Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.


William J. Ryan, Jr.

William J. Ryan, Jr., 54, died in Swampscott, Mass. on Wednesday afternoon, September 30, 2015. The deceased was securing his boat, which had become detached from its mooring in rough waters near King’s Beach, when he accidentally drowned.

Bill was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on February 1, 1961 and he grew up in Belle Mead, N.J. He graduated from St. Paul’s Elementary School in Princeton and Notre Dame High School in Lawrence Township, and he earned a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. He began his career at Arthur Andersen Consulting and later started his own business, The Productivity Group, Inc. Bill made Swampscott his home in 1996.

Bill was an all-star football player in his youth and a respected coach of the sport, at both the high school and collegiate levels, in his adult life. He proudly mentored players in the Pop Warner league, at MIT and Merrimack College, and most recently at Swampscott High School. He was a Gameday Official for the New York Jets, an avid sailor and skier, and a highly regarded member of the community.

Bill is survived by his sons William, Andrew and Michael, all of Ontario, Canada; his mother and father, Mary and William, Sr., of Princeton; his siblings Peter, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Patricia, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Joseph of Princeton; and John, of New York, N.Y.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, October 12, 4 to 7 p.m., at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 10 a.m., at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow at St. Charles/Resurrection Cemeteries, 2015 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, October 24, at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 174 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA 01907.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 174 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA 01907.


Obit Friend 10-14-15Miriam T. Friend

Miriam T. Friend, 98, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman. Miriam Friend was born and grew up in New Rochelle, New York, in Westchester County. She attended New Rochelle public schools and the College of New Rochelle from which she graduated with a fine liberal arts education in 1937. As editor of the campus weekly newspaper Miriam was bitten by the writing bug that afflicted her through many years of publicity work and editing.

Job prospects were bleak out in the cold cruel world in the depths of the Depression. Miriam had worked in the college library (at 25 cents an hour) so she decided to pursue this as a career and enrolled at the Columbia University School of Library Service, where she got an MLS in 1940.

Through the Special Libraries Association Miriam was hired as Librarian of the M. W. Kellogg Company, a large engineering corporation at 225 Broadway (now the Kellogg/Boot Halliburton subsidiary). Establishing a library was an especially challenging task as the company became deeply involved in the war effort. For the Manhattan Project the company’s Kellex subsidiary was responsible for the design and engineering of the Oak Ridge Tennessee plant for the production of fissionable uranium.

Through the war years, the group worked in high gear and secrecy, and celebrated with mixed emotions the birth of the atom bomb. During her years at Kellogg, Miriam was active in the special Libraries Association and the technical libraries section of the American Chemical Society.

Miriam met her husband Leo Friend, a chemical engineer, at Kellogg and they were married a few weeks after the end of the war and were lucky in finding a tiny sublet apartment in Roselle, New Jersey. The first child, David, was born in 1948, followed by daughter Sarah, who was born in 1950.

After moving back to New Rochelle, and for the next 17 years, Miriam was a typical postwar homemaker/mother and chauffeur with a commuting husband and children.

In 1964, the Kellogg Company opened a large research complex near the north campus of Rutgers. With her husband Leo as new director of Engineering Research and Development, the Friend family decamped for New Jersey, settling in Rocky Hill — just blocks from today’s Stonebridge.

With her children grown and in school, Miriam joined the staff of the Princeton Packet where, as arts editor, she created the art news column “Around the Galleries” that won a NJ Press Association award.

She was an early member of the Princeton Art Association, where she held several offices, and served on the Board of the Friends of the Princeton Art Museum.

In May 1973, Miriam’s husband Leo was killed in an automobile accident on the Great Road in Princeton. He was en route to the Mobil research facility in Hopewell, where he was a consultant. After this tragedy, Miriam returned to work — first as a substitute teacher and school librarian, then as an editor at Rutgers, and finally at the Mobil Research and Engineering center in Hopewell, where she created and produced “The Mobil Engineer”, a bimonthly magazine launched during the oil crunch years of the 70s and 80s.

This job took Miriam with her camera and hard hat to refineries and chemical plants in Japan, Norway, London, Scotland, and many energy-centers in the U.S. It was a unique and exciting experience, fraught with many memorable incidents as an early business-woman traveler.

Miriam loved traveling the world. As an engineer’s wife, she attended many international scientific congresses, lived in Madrid for four months as guests of the Spanish government, and did some intrepid traveling for pleasure. Alone, she became an avid Elderhosteler.

Besides playing piano from age seven, Miriam was an avid watercolor painter. She was a member of the Garden State Watercolor Society and of Watercolorists Unlimited. She also exhibited in many solo and juried shows.

In April of 2004, Miriam moved to Stonebridge from Queenston Common in Princeton where she worked in the library and continued her love of art.

Miriam is survived by her son David from Boston, and his four children and her daughter, Sarah, from New York City.

A celebration of Miriam’s life was held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery, in Skillman.

Charitable donations can be made in Miriam’s name to Planned Parenthood, the Salvation Army, or Amnesty International.

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Eugenia Chappell Dussourd

Eugenia Chappell Dussourd, 98, died on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, New York. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, she attended Texas Christian University and Texas State College for Women, graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in home economics. She then taught in Texas schools before marrying Jules Dussourd, and moving to Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Princeton. After Jules’ death, Eugenia moved to Buffalo to be close to her daughter. In addition to teaching and raising her family, Eugenia was very active in the PEO and Presbyterian Church.

Eugenia is survived by her son David and daughter-in-law Joanne of Conway, Arkansas; her daughter Ellen; and her grandson Christopher of Madison, Wisconsin. She will be remembered for her gentle, kind nature and selfless devotion to others. In her last years, she coped with memory loss with grace, wit and charm.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on October 25, 2015 at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Harry Averre Bloor

Harry Bloor, 91, of Lawrence Township, passed away Friday evening, October 9, 2015 at his home with his family at his side.

Harry was born in Trenton New Jersey on March 31, 1924 to W. Harry and Evva Bloor. He was one of five children, all of whom predeceased him.

Harry graduated from Pennington High School and served during World War II in the Army Air Force. After serving his three year stint, he started learning the plumbing and heating trade — a move that would prove to be his calling for the rest of his life.

He married Janet Dansberry of Hopewell on November 17, 1951 — a marriage that lasted for 64 years. He started his own plumbing and heating business the next year, in 1952, and successfully operated that business until he retired from it in the late 1990’s. Harry and Janet built their own home in Lawrence Township in 1956 which is where he lived until his passing. Harry took great pride in his home and it was always immaculately maintained.

Among other things, Harry was a life-long member of the American Legion, had his private pilot’s license, and a Cessna 172 which he loved, a couple of boats including a 28 foot classic Chris Craft cabin cruiser that he enjoyed both at the Jersey Shore and on the Delaware River, a couple of vacation homes in Vermont that he renovated and finally a cottage on Long Beach Island that he referred to as “the desert.”

He loved the University of Delaware where his two grandsons’, Taylor (Kyla) and Carter (Ainsley), both played lacrosse. He also loved “those two little girls”, his two great granddaughters (Finley and Hudson). He also was a great father to his only son, Scott, and adopted his only “daughter” Hilary when she married Scott.

A funeral service will be held at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, Friday, October 16 at 11 a.m. There will be no calling hours because after all, Harry wasn’t too big on funerals.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hopewell United Methodist Church, 20 Blackwell Avenue, Hopewell, N.J. 08525. Arrangements are being handled by the Blackwell Memorial Home 21 North Main Street, Pennington. For condolences, visit

September 30, 2015

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.

September 23, 2015

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


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, “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 — and (856) 672-9111.

September 16, 2015

Patricia Elizabeth O’Malley

Patricia Elizabeth O’Malley, 59, died Friday, September 11, 2015 at Merwick in Plainsboro.

Born in Trenton, she grew up in Titusville, where she resided for 34 years. She has lived in Princeton Junction at the Benford Group Home managed by Enable, Inc. for the past 20 years.

Patricia was proud to have graduated from the Lanning School Special Education Program in 1977. She participated in day programs at Mercer ARC from 1977 to 2011, when she retired from working at A Touch of Taste, the only full-service food and catering company staffed by people with developmental disabilities in Mercer County. Since her retirement she has happily participated in the Enable, Inc. recreational day program, where she volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

Patricia loved people, especially her family. She had a great sense of humor and was always up for a good party. Patricia loved to travel, near and far, to help in the kitchen, to do art projects and to knit. She will be remembered as a person who met life’s challenges with a smile on her face and love in her heart.

Patricia was predeceased by her devoted parents, Joseph and Elizabeth O’Malley, both of whom were instrumental in the establishment of Mercer ARC. Patricia is a direct descendent of Richard Warren and Edward Fuller both of whom landed in Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620.  Her great-great-grandfather, Francis M. Shaw, who fought for the Union, kept a diary during his incarceration in Andersonville Prison during the Civil War.  The diary is on display at the War College in Carlisle, Pa. Her great-grandmother, Edith Shaw Jones, was an author whose book, Dear Teacher, was published in 1945.

Patricia is survived by her aunt Catherine Foley O’Malley; by nine first cousins including her guardian for the past 15 years Maureen O’Malley Baus, Matthew, Harry, Francis, Gerard, Bonnie, Charles and Patrick O’Malley and Suellen Waters-Sims; and by her dear friends, Beth and Jack Herman and Izabela Andrzeczyk. Patricia is also survived by her Benford housemates of 20 years, Jill Camlet, Bette Kappeler, Denise Lesko and Bernice Nolan.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, September 19 with a Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. David the King Church, One New Village Road, Princeton Junction. Friends may call at the Church from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Trenton following Mass. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s name to Enable, Inc., 13 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ, 08540.


September 9, 2015

obit 2Margaret Keating Chisholm

Margaret Keating (Meg) Chisholm, 78, a resident of Princeton Windrows in Plainsboro, formerly of Princeton, passed away peacefully at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center surrounded by her family on August 28, 2015 after suffering a sudden hemorrhagic stroke. She is survived by her loving husband Richard Chisholm; her three children, David Zucker of Winnetka, Ill.; Deborah Phillips of Swedesboro, N.J.; Laura Ciemniecki of Kendall Park; and eight adored grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, John and Michael Keating; five step children, Paul, Jennifer, Alexandra, Barbara and Christine Chisholm; five step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren. Meg was born in Washington, D.C. in 1936 to Dr. Joseph Keating and Margaret Shepherdson Keating. She is predeceased by her parents and by a sister, Kathleen Flink.

Meg grew up in Passaic, N.J. and graduated from Lacordaire Academy in Montclair, where she starred on the basketball team. She received a degree in mathematics from Seton Hill College and a masters degree in counseling from Northeastern University. She worked for 30 years as a counselor at New York and New Jersey high schools, 20 of them as director of guidance, where she had an important impact on many young lives. She was a pioneer in starting peer-helping programs in schools and helped to found a Peer Leaders Association which developed into a state organization and eventually into a national network. Meg always considered this work, involving colleagues and students, as one of the most satisfying and joyful accomplishments of her career. After college, Meg had also served for three years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force where she was in charge of the computer center at Chenault A.F. Base in Louisana.

There will be a memorial service for Meg at Princeton Windrows in October 2015.


Sonja Hayes

Sonja was born August 9, 1932 in the town of Königshain in the Saxony State of Germany to Gregor Haase and Emma Ella Brühl.

After surviving the Second World War as a child living near Dresden, Sonja moved to the city of Trier in West Germany and started a family with John Hayes who was working for defense contractors in post-war Europe. Sonja received her pilot’s license while living in France and continued her passion for flying after moving to the U.S. in California and eventually New Jersey. She earned her airline transport rating (ATP) and was a certified flight instructor (CFII), through which she shared her love of flying with many students over the years. Sonja became a naturalized U.S. citizen and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Sonja worked in the corporate travel industry, which provided opportunities for journeys around the world, including extensive travel in Europe, India, South America, and Africa. Sonja had a special fondness for wildlife and was an avid dog enthusiast. She had many furry companions over the years, especially poodles and dalmatians.

Through her flying, traveling, and love of family and friends, and with boundless energy and spirit, Sonja touched the lives of many people throughout her life and will be truly missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Michaela Van Orden, of Flemington; three grandchildren, nephews, and cousins in Germany; and her beloved Dalmatian and constant companion, Norton.

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015, at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue Princeton from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with remembrances beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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Sheila Margaret Ager

Sheila Margaret Ager, 80, of Princeton, died peacefully September 4, 2015 after a long illness, her family by her side. She was born September 15, 1934 in Manchester, England to William Alexander Wilcox and Hannah Holt. There she attended the Manchester High School for Girls and matriculated to Oxford University where she earned a degree in modern history and met the love of her life, John Winfrid Ager.

They married in Black Mountain, North Carolina and lived briefly in Buffalo, New York, before settling in Princeton. There she taught Latin and History at Miss Fine’s School before moving to the Educational Testing Service, where she became head of test development for the College Board SAT and AP programs.

She was predeceased by her brother, Arthur William Wilcox, an officer in the Royal Navy. She is survived by her devoted husband; her loving children, Catherine (Kit) Ager Chandler, and John Winfrid Ager; and five grandchildren, her pride and joy — Sarah, William, Elizabeth, Georgiana, and Belle. A brilliant and pioneering career woman, she adored her family and lived life on her own terms. She will be remembered with love and appreciation, always.

Mrs. Ager’s family will be celebrating her life in a private ceremony.


Cynthia K. Phillips

Cynthia Kieras Phillips, 61, of Princeton died Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro after a long illness. Born in Holyoke, Mass., she was raised in Chicopee, Mass. She moved to New Jersey in 1982 and was a resident of Rocky Hill and Kingston before moving to Princeton in 1991. Daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Slesinski) Kieras, she is survived by her husband Michael W. Phillips, a son Benjamin H. Phillips, two brothers Philip H. and Michael L. Kieras, and a sister Audrey M. Kieras.

Cynthia had a lifelong passion for science, physics, and astronomy. After graduating from Chicopee High School in 1972, she studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelors of Science in 1976. She continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning a Masters Degree in physics in 1977 and a PhD in 1982 specializing in radio frequency heating of plasmas.

After university, Cynthia devoted her professional life to the advancement of fusion energy science. She started research at Princeton University in 1983 and went on to become a principal research physicist at the Plasma Physics Laboratory and lecturer with rank of professor in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. She loved teaching and mentoring graduate students and postdocs. An active leader and contributor to the radio frequency physics community, she was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005. She was an APS-DPP Distinguished Lecturer, 2001-2002, and a member of Sigma Xi.

Throughout life, Cynthia was known for her intellect, wit, and kindness. You could always count on her frank opinion and keen sense of humor. She was especially devoted to her family and loved to cook.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Memorial Announcement

On Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 4 p.m., a celebration of the life and work of Professor Charles Townsend (1932-2015) will be held in the Chancellor Green rotunda at Princeton University. The event is sponsored by the Princeton Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, which Mr. Townsend chaired for 32 consecutive years. Please RSVP to Kate Fischer at

August 26, 2015

Obit Aye 8-26-15Evelyn Aye

Rev. Dr. Evelyn Birkel Thompson Aye, 94, of Newtown, Pa. died on August 18, 2015 at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pa.  Born in Kuling, China, she worked in the mission field in Egypt and served Presbyterian Churches in Princeton, Bound Brook and Trenton.

Wife of the late Rev. Dr. John Alexander Thompson, she is survived by her children, Henry Thompson, Daniel Thompson, Ann Thompson; and Carol Thompson Hartpence; and a granddaughter Alexandra Bracey.

Memorial services will be held at a later date under the direction of the Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home, Newtown, Pa  (215) 968-3891.


Obit Blumenfeld 8-26-15Ruth Blumenfeld

Ruth Blumenfeld (100) died peacefully in her home on Randall Road in Princeton on August 18, 2015. She was born on January 15, 1915 in New York City. In 1938 she married Max David Blumenfeld (1911–1994), and in 1957 they moved to Princeton.

She was a wonderful, deeply loved and loving wife, mother, and homemaker, and a superb cook and pastry chef. In her youth, she was actively involved in progressive politics, an interest she maintained all her life.

Endowed with a remarkable memory, Mrs. Blumenfeld was an expert on old-time Hollywood films, and she knew everything about the movie stars who appeared in them. She was surrounded by her family when she died, and she will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her three sons, Robert Blumenfeld; Richard H. Blumenfeld and his wife Ming; Donald S. Blumenfeld-Jones and his wife Kathryn, and their children Benjamin and Rebecca.

August 19, 2015

Obit Byrne 8-19-15Jean F. Byrne

Jean F. Byrne, of Princeton, died peacefully on August 9, 2015, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by family members. The cause was complications from Babesiosis (a tick-borne disease of the red blood cells), and her illness was brief. Jean was New Jersey’s first lady from 1974 to 1982.

Jean was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, and spent her childhood in West Orange, where she lived until 1974 when she moved to Princeton upon her former husband’s election as governor. She graduated from West Orange High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University where she majored in Spanish. As an undergraduate, she also won academic awards in English composition and literature. She subsequently earned a master’s degree in education from New York University.

Like her mother, she was deeply committed to education. As a student teacher, she taught in public schools in Harlem and elsewhere in Manhattan. Jean then taught second grade in West Orange until required to retire when she became pregnant with her first child. She remained a lifelong proponent of quality education and civil rights.

During her time as New Jersey’s first lady, in addition to raising her children and carrying out her official obligations, Mrs. Byrne was active in the Princeton public schools as a teacher’s assistant and coordinator of special programs. While Jean’s priority remained her family, she supported her husband’s policies in frequent public engagements and in an influential letter to the editor defending his record. She also appreciated the rarity of opportunities the role brought to her: to dance with Prince Philip, to attend operas with one of its greatest stars, Maria Jeritza, and to host Princess Grace and her family at Morven, the governor’s residence in Princeton at the time. But she was most grateful to come in contact with amazing people quietly working to address a variety of education, health, and other welfare needs of the state’s citizens.

Mrs. Byrne remained a Princeton resident after her years in the governor’s mansion, but she retained throughout her life many friendships formed as early as kindergarten in West Orange. Jean was an avid bridge player, gardener, cook, music and opera lover, dog lover, traveler, reader, tennis player, and tennis fan. Jean was also a member of the Nassau Club, past member of the Orange Lawn Tennis Club, and active in the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. She remained active and independent throughout her life, and she will be remembered by all who knew her for her simple graciousness.

Jean is predeceased is by her parents, George and Jane (née Crysler) Featherly; an older sister Anne Phinney; and a daughter, Susan. She is survived by her son Brendan Thomas Byrne, Jr. and his wife Barbara Moakler Byrne; daughter Nancy Byrne Reinhart and her husband Peter; son Timothy J. Byrne and his companion Mercy Salaz; daughter Mary Anne Byrne; daughter Barbara Byrne Stefan and her husband Albert; son William K. Byrne, and their children and stepchildren Meaghan, Erin, Brendan, and Kelly; Matthew and Anna; Jack, Lukas, and Saiya; and Alexandra and Scarlett; as well as her beloved nieces and nephews and her extended family and close friends.

A memorial service for Jean will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 18, at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome contributions in Jean’s memory to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 872, Trenton, NJ 08605 or SAVE Animal Rescue, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, or another worthwhile cause of which Jean knew there are many.


Obit Miles 8-19-15Elizabeth Bryant Miles

Mrs. Elizabeth Bryant Miles (Lid), 102, a resident of Princeton, died of natural causes on Friday August 14, 2015. She was a loving mother and wife, grandmother, drama teacher, and enthusiastic community leader. She lived with her family in Orinda, Calif., Old Greenwich, Conn., Houston Tex. and Princeton.

Lid was born on May 7, 1913 in Kansas City, Mo. to Dr. Carl Herbert Bryant and Mary Tanner Shannon Bryant of Independence Mo. Her father was a member of the class of 1904 at Yale and, according to her, an author of the Whiffenpoof Song, which she sang and played on the piano her whole life, up to the day before her death. She grew up with her four younger brothers in Atascadero, Calif. and attended Mills College, where she majored in drama, performing many roles, often as the male lead, since she was tall relative to the other girls. Her memorable roles included Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the lines of which she always remembered and recited often. After graduation from Mills she taught drama at Anna Head School (Now Head-Royce School) in Berkeley, Calif. and served as Miss San Louis Obispo County at the San Francisco Golden Gate International Exposition. In 1939 she met Thomas Kirk Miles (Kirk), a resident at her boarding house in Berkeley. He was a civil engineering graduate from Stanford University with a master’s degree from MIT and worked for Shell Development in Emeryville, California. They were married at the Stanford Memorial Church on May 13, 1939. They settled in Orinda, Calif. where they lived until 1962, with the exception of a few years in Washington D.C. during World War II. Their first son, Thomas Kirk Miles, Jr. was born on October 5, 1941 in Oakland. He died in an automobile accident in 1964 during his senior year at Pacific University, Oregon. His dedication to theater and acting led Pacific University to name the Tom Miles Theater in his memory. Their second son, Richard Bryant Miles, was born July 10, 1943 in Washington D.C. He is currently Robert Porter Patterson Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Emeritus at Princeton University. In 1962 Kirk was transferred to Shell’s head office in New York City, and they moved to Old Greenwich Conn., a short commute from the city, where, with the exception of five years in Houston Tex., they lived until 1995. That year they moved to Princeton next door to their son, Richard, and his family.

Lid was always engaged in community affairs. She co-directed the comic review, Absurdia in Suburbia, and put on children’s performances of the Nutcracker Suite, Sleeping Beauty and other favorites to the delight of the Orinda community. Their friends included many Shell families. They gathered around her Steinway piano on many occasions, singing old favorites late into the night. Most of these families were also transferred to the east coast and remained close friends. In Old Greenwich she was active in the garden club of Old Greenwich, the First Congregational Church choir and the Mills Alumnae Association. Her Parties to Picnics cookbook presented one meal for each week of the year with recipes from Mills Alumnae and friends as a fund-raiser for the Mills College Club of New York. She and Kirk enjoyed tennis and sailing and their wonderful Lucas Point neighbors. They were members of the Riverside Yacht Club, and sailed their 35-foot sloop, Sea Otter, in Long Island Sound and “down East” to Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. In 1971 they sailed Sea Otter all the way to Houston, Texas when Shell moved its New York offices there, sailing back again in 1975 after Kirk retired. They moved to Princeton after their home in Old Greenwich was flooded by a nor’easter. In Princeton, Lid participated in the Let’s Talk group at the Senior Resource Center, making many new friends there. Every evening she played the piano after dinner and before climbing the stairs to bed. She had a piano piece for each of the beloved men in her life, always ending with Good Night Sweetheart for Kirk.

She is survived by her son, Richard Miles; his wife, Dr. Susan McCoy Miles, of Princeton; and her grandchildren, Thomas Nelson Miles of Princeton and Julia Elizabeth Miles of Fredericksburg, Va.

Services will he held at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich Connecticut on Saturday, August 22 at 3 p.m.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Tom Miles Endowment for the Performing Arts at Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, Oregon 97116, to Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, California, 94613, or to the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton NJ 08540.

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


Obit Hosea 8-19-15Timothy M. Hosea

Timothy Michael Hosea, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, and Rutgers University Football team physician of Princeton, passed away suddenly at the age of 62 on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Born in Grosse Pointe, Mich, to Elizabeth R. Hosea and the late Thomas J. Hosea, Tim is survived by his wife of 40 years, Elizabeth (Libet) Murray Hosea, and three daughters, Hadley Elizabeth Hosea, Mary Whitney Hosea, and Katherine Kirby Hosea. Tim is also survived by three brothers, David (Valerie) of Palm Coast, Fla.; Mark (Sharon) of Orchard Lake, Mich.; and Paul (Crisi) of Laguna Beach, Calif.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and a wide and wonderful circle of friends.

A longtime resident of Princeton, Tim attended Harvard University where he was a member of the Harvard crew team, training under legendary Harvard coach Harry Parker and competed in the boat that won the Ladies Challenge Cup at Henley-on-Thames in 1973. Twenty-five years later as an avid master’s oarsman, Tim won gold in an epic race against a Russian eight at the Nike World Masters Championships. Following his graduation from Harvard, Tim enrolled in medical school at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. Tim returned to Boston completing his internship at Peter Brent Brigham Hospital, his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in sports medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Tim and Libet moved to Princeton in 1985 where he began his orthopaedic practice with University Orthopaedic Associates, specializing in sports medicine. Tim had affiliations with five hospitals: the University Center for Ambulatory Surgery, Center for Ambulatory Resources, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and The Medical Center at Princeton.

Tim’s affinity for sports shone through in his professional life, serving as the team physician for the USRowing national team at 12 world rowing championships and multiple Olympic Games over the past two decades. He was also the U.S. Olympic team physician for the Rowing, Canoe/Kayak, and Cycling teams at the XXVIIth Olympiad in Sydney, Australia and the U.S. Olympic team physician for the Rowing and Athletic teams at the XXX Olympiad in London, England. In addition, Tim was the orthopaedic consultant and team physician for Rutgers University, where he traveled with the football team for 30 years.

Tim was the president of the Princeton National Rowing Association, authored numerous articles and presentations on sports medicine, and was a member of several orthopaedic and sports medicine societies, including the Herodicus Society and the Thomas B. Quigley Society. He was a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a chair of the Sports Medicine Commission, a member of the United States Rowing Association, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UMDNJ — Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Tim also enjoyed work as a committed board member for various organizations, including a trustee of the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

A dedicated sportsman, Tim had a love of the outdoors and was a golf, rowing, skeet shooting, hunting, and fly fishing enthusiast. Tim’s passion extended beyond his own enjoyment, as he took enormous pleasure in sharing his knowledge by teaching, as well as learning from others. He exemplified the finest qualities of a sportsman — cherishing the community and camaraderie of sport, but also giving of himself so that others could enjoy the rewards of sport. He tirelessly offered himself, his time, his connections, and his expertise for the benefit of everyone he met. Tim will be remembered for enriching the lives of others and his warm dimpled smile, contagious laugh, self-effacing nature and witty sense of humor.

Tim was a member of the Pine Valley Golf Club, the Bedens Brook Club, the United States Seniors Golf Association, as well as the Philadelphia Gun Club, Nassau Gun Club, and the Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club where he served on the Board of Directors.

Per Tim’s wishes, there will be a private family service. Tim asked that those lives he touched spend time doing what he loved: golfing, shooting, fishing, rowing and being with family.

In lieu of flowers, the Hosea family graciously welcomes contributions to the Timothy M. Hosea Memorial Fund at the Princeton National Rowing Association.

Donations may be sent to: Princeton National Rowing Association, Timothy M. Hosea Memorial Fund, 1 South Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 or visit


Zelda Lynn Bogdonoff

Zelda Lynn Bogdonoff, 65, died August 8, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Bethlehem, Pa. She was born in Princeton and attended Princeton public schools. She graduated from Connecticut College and then earned a Masters in early childhood development from Leslie College.

Zelda moved to Bethlehem to work at Head Start, Community Services for Children. She spent nearly 40 years there, ultimately becoming director for early childhood development. Her career was dedicated to helping young children by giving them an educational head start and by nurturing the teachers required to do so.

She was a valued and long-time member of congregation Brith Shalom, a community that she cherished.
Zelda will be deeply missed by all she touched. She is survived by her mother, Harriet Bogdonoff, of Portland, Me.; a sister, Sondra Bogdonoff and spouse Jamie Johnston of Portland, Me.; a brother Alan Bogdonoff and spouse Estelle Bogdonoff of Niantic, Conn.; nieces and nephews Emma, Noah, Nemo, Caitlin and Jake; and grand niece, Scout.

Contributions in her memory can be made to: Community Services for Children, Head Start, 1520 Hanover Avenue, Allentown, PA 18109.


Obit Long 8-19-15Laurence G. Long

Laurence (Larry) G. Long was peacefully called to heaven on August 14, 2015 at home surrounded by his beloved family. He is survived by Gail Foley Long, his loving and devoted wife of 37 years; his three children, Kathleen Toto and her husband Albert Toto III; Laurence Long Jr. and his wife Anna; and Pamela Niederer and her husband Brady Niederer; and his three adored grandchildren Alby, Ava, and Andrew Toto. Larry is also survived by his siblings Gail Smith, David Long Jr., Noel Long, and Matthew Long.

He began his career at Pleasantville Ford and in 1979 became a proud founder of Long Motor Company in Princeton and retired in 2011.

Larry’s extraordinary devotion to his friends, family, and his work was recognized by all who knew him. He was a consummate family man and professional with an unshakable spirit and bravery. He lived his life as if every day was a blessing, which he encouraged others to do on a daily basis. His virtue, faith, and love for life and those around him will be forever remembered.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 and Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday August 22, 2015 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, Florida. Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach. A guest book is available at


Obit Bol 8-19-15Kees Bol

Kees Bol passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015 at his residence in Montgomery Township, New Jersey. Kees was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Markee, who passed in 2013. He is survived by two brothers, Joor and Morris Bol; four children, Peter (Satomi) Bol, Stacy (John) Stahl, Christina Bol, and Faith (Harlan) Fish; and his four grandchildren, Christopher Bol, Rebecca Stahl, Alison Stahl, and Daniel Fish.

Kees was born on June 16, 1925 and was the oldest of the six sons of Cornelis and Josina Bol. In 1936 the Bol family emigrated from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where Kees’ father was a leading research scientist at Philips, to Palo Alto, California, where his father continued his scientific work at Stanford University. Kees looked back to his childhood in Eindhoven as a mixture of the idyllic, a life at home romping with his brothers in the family gardens, and the less-than-pleasant experience of enduring a strict and stultifying elementary school. Family life in California was built around his father’s entrepreneurship, ranching and farming, riding horses, and education in a system that he found more open and creative. Kees studied physics at Stanford, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1945, and he earned his PhD from Stanford in 1951 at the age of 26.

From the time he was in college Kees was a political activist. He was committed to social justice and equality; it was as a counselor and riding instructor at Frank and Josephine Duveneck’s Hidden Villa camp, one of the earliest interracial summer camps, that he fell in love with fellow counselor Markee. Together they joined the Society of Friends, in no small part because of the Quaker commitment to racial equality and pacifism. Eventually Kees also joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation and would serve as Clerk of the Princeton Friends Meeting.

In 1949 Kees moved east to take a position with the Sperry Gyroscope Company on Long Island. However, his previous summer job at Hidden Villa interracial camp was seen by the FBI as a sign of communist leanings, and his security clearance was revoked in 1954. Sperry had no choice but to terminate Kees’ employment. Kees then took a job teaching physics at Adelphi College. In 1957 he succeeded in gaining a grant from the National Science Foundation for an experimental study at the Gordon McKay Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Two years later Kees was recruited to work on Project Matterhorn at what was later to become the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Former colleagues remembered his quiet professionalism and his role as a mentor in a career that spanned the beginning of the controlled fusion program at PPPL through the 1980s. His kindness and thoughtfulness made early graduate students that he mentored feel welcome and part of the team.

Kees retired from PPPL in 1987, after which he and Markee spent as much time as possible traveling around the world. Summers were spent at their cabin on beloved Lake Willoughby in Westmore, Vermont. Kees enjoyed hiking, and was active in creating and maintaining hiking trails in Vermont and later at Stonebridge.

Kees was a skilled craftsman and woodworker. After having a house designed and constructed for them in Skillman, New Jersey, he finished the interior and built all the furniture. He and Markee moved to Stonebridge in 2004, where he continued to enjoy reading, gardening, hiking, and woodworking. He was active in the workshop at Stonebridge, building assorted items for the Stonebridge community and his children and grandchildren.

Kees will long be remembered for his intellect, patience, kindness, sense of humor, and his natural ability to teach. He was adept at gently turning errors into opportunities for learning. Kees cherished the close friendships he made later in life.

There will be a memorial service for Kees Bol at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey on August 29, 2015 at 2 p.m.


Joseph Leddy

Dr. Joseph Patrick Leddy MD, 75, passed away peacefully at home in Mantoloking, N.J. on August 15, 2015.

Born in Bayonne, N.J., he was the first son of the late Joseph and Helen Leddy. Joseph is a graduate of Xavier High School (’57) in New York City and The College of the Holy Cross (’61) in Worcester, Mass. He attended Jefferson Medical College and received his medical degree in 1965. His surgical internship was at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, and orthopaedic training completed at New York Orthopaedic Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Canter. Joseph then completed a fellowship in hand surgery with an NIH grant at USC Medical Center with Dr. Joseph Boyes MD and Dr. Herb Stark MD. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Leddy was a renowned orthopaedic surgeon, devoted to the care of his patients and the training of his residents in orthopaedic surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The dedication to his profession is evidenced by countless original publications and contributions to medical textbooks and surgical reference literature like Green’s Operative Hand Surgery. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Association, and the American Society of Surgery of the Hand. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a member of the AOA Honor society, former president and member of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Irish American Orthopedic Society, the Stinchfield Orthopaedic Club, and a founding member of the Joseph Boyes Hand Surgery Club.

Dr. Leddy retired as chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in 2005. He served as chief of staff at St. Peters Hospital and chief of the hand surgery service at both hospitals in the past while also maintaining hospital privileges at Princeton Medical Center. He was a longtime resident of Princeton before moving to Mantoloking, N.J. and Hobe Sound, Fla. Dr. Leddy was an avid golfer, and former member of the Loblolly Golf Club, TPC Jasna Polana, The Bedens Brook Club, and Spring Lake Golf Club. In honor of his eldest son, the late Joseph P. Leddy, Jr, Dr. Leddy founded the Joseph P. Leddy, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Lawrenceville School and the Joseph P. Leddy Jr. Trophy for Princeton Peewee Hockey. He was also a member of the Princeton Investment Group.

A former parishioner of Our Lady of Princeton R.C. Church, he attended Sacred Heart Church in Bay Head and St Christopher’s Church in Hobe Sound, Fla. Dr. Leddy was a man dedicated to his profession and community, but most of all, a husband, father, and grandfather who’s legacy of caring and integrity will live on for generations to come. He spent his entire life with a loving generosity that would be difficult to duplicate.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years and best friend, Mary Jo Leddy; his sons, Timothy and wife Georgiana; Terence and wife Megan; Christopher; and Robert. Dr. Leddy has two brothers Mark and Brian; and his grandchildren, J.P., Grace, Topher, and Willy.

Dr. Leddy is predeceased by his son, Joseph P. Leddy, Jr. on March 2, 1984.

A Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church in Bay Head is held for family and close friends with a private interment. Services are under the direction of the O’Brien Funeral Home, Brick, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Leddy’s memory to the Joseph P. Leddy, Jr. Scholarship Fund c/o The Lawrenceville School, 2500 Main St, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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August 12, 2015

Obit Dawe 8-12-15Joan Dawe

Joan Budny Jenkins Dawe passed away on July 25, 2015 of natural causes at age 83. She died peacefully in her home in Hinchley Wood, Surrey, England.

Joan, formerly of Princeton, was born September 5, 1931. Her parents were Edward and Joan Budny.

In 1949, Joan graduated from Miss Fine’s School in Princeton, and in 1951 she graduated from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

She was known for her social and organizational skills. Joan loved bridge and singing. She was in the glee club at Miss Fine’s and Harcum. She sang in various church choirs in London until just recently. She was very active in the Princess Alice Hospice charity, which later paid her back with excellent palliative care during her last days.

After college, Joan moved to New York City, where she was executive secretary for the architect I.M. Pei.

In 1960 she married Anthony Jenkins, who was a director of R. K. Harrison and Co. Ltd. and an underwriting member of Lloyds, London. After a Princeton wedding at the Present Day Club, the couple took the Ile de France to London, where she lived ever since.

In the 1970’s, Joan was very active as the president of the American Women’s Club in London.

Mr. Jenkins passed away in the early 1990’s and Joan later remarried Roger Dawe, comptroller of Bovis, the international construction company. Later he was Lord Mayor of Westminster. The couple then lived in Sotogrande, Spain as well as London. Mr. Dawe passed away in April 2011.

Joan had no children and is survived by her brother Roger of Stuart, Fla.; nephew Trevor Budny of Philadelphia; niece Joslin Parris of Barbados; and great-nephew Carl Muller of Richmond, Va. Joan was pre-deceased by her brother Carl, niece Karen Muller, and great-nephew Ryan Muller.

On her English side, she is survived by nephew, Col. Barry W. Jenkins and niece Victoria Jenkins Blunt; and nephews Barnaby and Lucas Dawe.

Funeral services were held at the Church of the Holy Name in Esher August 10 and a “Celebration of Life” ceremony will be held at the Royal Automobile Club in Epsom on September 16.

Joan’s ashes will be brought from England and interred with a small ceremony at the family plot at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Princeton on October 6, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.

Online condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers, please visit Joan’s grave sometime in the future. The plot is in the far northeast quadrant of the cemetery close to the intersection of Spruce Street and Moran Avenue.


Obit Levy 8-12-15Joy C. Levy

Joy C. Levy died peacefully in her home in Princeton on May 20, 2015. Born in Galveston Texas on August 23, 1924, she attended Wellesley College, where she majored in mathematics, then did graduate work in fine arts at Harvard, where she studied the origins of mathematical perspective in northern medieval art. She taught art history at Bryn Mawr College, then mathematics to middle school children, focusing especially on children with learning differences. Joy taught for many years at Princeton Day School and at the Educational Therapy Clinic in Princeton.

Beginning in 1967, with the arrival of a Komondor puppy from Hungary (Ch. Szentivani Ingo (“Duna”)), Joy became a tireless scholar and breeder of the Komondor, a rare and ancient livestock guard dog from Hungary. She co-founded the Middle Atlantic States Komondor Club with her husband, sociologist Marion J. Levy Jr. (1918-2002). She edited, published, and was chief writer for the M.A.S.K.C. News from 1974-2005. Joy was noted repeatedly for her contributions to canine journalism. In 1977, Joy published The Komondor in the United States, 1937-1976, the first history of the breed in English. Beyond breed-specific issues, Joy addressed health problems of all kinds, from hip dysplasia to bloat and torsion, from skin infections to the parvovirus. In gratitude for arranging the delivery of parvovirus vaccine to Hungary during an epidemic, Joy received the Hungarian Kennel Club Gold Medal Master Breeders award for “saving the breed in Hungary.” She also dedicated herself to learning Hungarian in order to be able to correspond with experts in their native language. Joy translated many crucial Hungarian works into English (c.f. Irene Evers, Our National Treasure, the Hungarian Komondor; and Zoltan Kenez The Komondor Defined and a Description of the Shepherd Dog, 1992). She also translated works from the French (Anna and Laurent Rasz-Caroff, An Incredible Dog: the Komondor and Other Hungarian Shepherd Dogs [with Charlotte Bell], 1991). In 2006, Joy published Komondor: a Comprehensive Owner’s Guide, which covers history, breed characteristics (including detailed descriptions of the corded coat and its care), breed standard, and all aspects of breeding and health care from birth to old age. It is regarded as the definitive publication of this distinctive breed.

She is survived by 3 children: Dore J. Levy of Providence, R.I.; Noah R. Levy of Whitehouse Station, N.J.; Amos M. Levy of New York City; and 7 grandchildren. A gathering at her home will take place on October 10, 2015. Please contact one of the children for information. Contributions in her memory should be sent to the Middle Atlantic State Komondor Club Rescue Fund, care of M.A.S.K.C., Inc., 10 Lafayette Avenue, Voorhees, N.J. 08043.


Obit Hamingson 8-12-15Mary Brown Hamingson

Mary Brown Hamingson, known to all as Sandy, died on August 6, 2015. Born Mary Elsie Dunn in Terre Haute, Ind. on January 6, 1923, she was the only child of Della and William Dunn. In 1946, she married Donald G. Brown, who died in 1985. They had three daughters, Beverly Louise Brown of London, England; the late Elizabeth Brown Pryor; and Peggy A. Brown of Philadelphia. In 1989 she married Donald F. Hamingson who died in 1998. A graduate of Purdue University, Sandy was an architectural historian, specializing in New Jersey. She was co-author of Gateways to Architecture in Union County, New Jersey and a co-founder of Preservation New Jersey. She lectured throughout the state at various universities, the Newark Museum, and the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School. She was one of New Jersey’s representatives to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served on the board of advisors as regional vice-president. She was also an active docent and member of the board of trustees at Drumthwacket, the governor’s residence. Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home of Princeton, N.J.


Terry David Vaughn

Terry David Vaughn, 68, of Princeton, died last Thursday, August 6, 2015 of a stroke suffered three days previously. He died at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Born in Denver, Colo. on January 9, 1947, he is survived by his children, Alexander and Elizabeth, and his sister, Genevieve.

A graduate of Colorado State University, Terry earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan, and an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a powerful force in scholarly publishing, an unfailingly thoughtful, cheerful, and generous friend, and a caring father and brother.

Terry began his publishing career in 1971 as a sales representative for the then-college department at Oxford University Press (OUP). He served as Eastern Regional Sales Manager and as Acting National Sales Manager at OUP until 1984, when he left for Boston, and had a one-year stint as an international treasury consultant at Digital Equipment in Acton, Mass.

Terry returned to publishing in the grand manner in 1985 when he joined The MIT Press, first as economics editor and later as executive editor for economics, finance, and business. During his 15 years at MIT, he built an economics and finance list that was considered the gold standard for its time and remains one of the truly outstanding lists in all of scholarly publishing. Terry’s list of authors at MIT Press included numerous Nobel Prize-winners as well as many other distinguished economists, and Terry was the epitome of the trans-Atlantic editor. Intellectually, his MIT list was marked by an extraordinary combination of eminent European as well as North American authors, reflecting the exciting interplay of international ideas that marked the field during those years. The MIT Press economics list under Terry’s direction achieved worldwide distinction.

Following his MIT years, in 2000 Terry moved to Princeton, where he joined Princeton University Press and served as PUP’s editor-in-chief until July of 2003. While at Princeton he helped oversee the integration of the Press’s U.S. and European editorial operations. Then, later that year, Terry returned to Oxford University Press, his original publishing home, and concluded his career there as Oxford’s economics editor. He retired from OUP in 2013.

Terry’s sudden passing is a terrible loss for all of us, family and colleagues. Those who knew Terry professionally — his authors as well as his fellow publishers — will remember him as a model economics editor, intensely interested in the content and direction of the field, possessed of the highest standards and superb taste, and fiercely competitive. But most of all everyone in his life will remember him as a friend: warm, considerate, and big of heart. Last but certainly not least was his whimsical sense of humor, appreciated by all who knew him.

Funeral services will begin on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., starting with the Rosary at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542, followed at 5 to 7 p.m. with a viewing at the same location.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at St Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542, followed immediately by a reception at Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton (one block from St. Paul’s Church).

He will be buried in Plymouth, Mass., next to his late wife, Anne Patenaude.


Obit Wiggins 8-12-15Grant Wiggins

Grant Palmer Wiggins, born Grant Palmer Gittinger, died suddenly on May 26, 2015 in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was 64 and had recently moved from Hopewell Township where he had lived for 13 years. He and his family previously resided in Pennington.

Grant Wiggins became a professional provocateur in the field of education following an uneven academic performance in prep school, at St. John’s College, and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His unwillingness to toe the line in high school, college, and graduate school may have given his adult professional perspective a freshness and believability that stoked the fire of his admirers. He seemed to identify with those students who didn’t, or couldn’t, rise to meet certain challenges. He understood that often there was more learning and cognitive stimulation to be found in band practice and soccer games than in the rote performance standards of conventional coursework. His voice seemed to resonate among many students and their teachers. While it didn’t strike a happy chord with all listeners, by many accounts at his public memorial gathering at Harlem Village Academies in New York on August 1, 2015, he listened and responded to every person who cared to comment on his views.

He was born on August 16, 1950 in New York City to William and Dorothy Katz Gittinger. Raised in Queens until the age of nine when his father died in a commercial aviation accident, he was then adopted by his stepfather, Guy Wiggins. With his mother and stepfather, Grant then lived in Washington, D.C., Mexico City, and Switzerland as his new father’s postings with the State Department required.

Following college at St. John’s in Annapolis, Maryland, Grant returned to his alma mater Loomis Chaffee, by then a coed independent school, in Windsor, Connecticut. For nearly 10 years he taught courses in philosophy and religion and coached baseball, soccer, and cross country.

His work as a provocateur may have taken root at Loomis Chaffee. It fully flowered during his years with the Coalition of Essential Schools at Brown University and then in consulting work and writing he did in partnership with Holly Houston, Jay McTighe, and many gifted teachers who were drawn to his message about curriculum design undertaken with the explicit expectations for student learning foremost in the designer’s mind. His workshops were in demand by educators across the country and internationally.

Grant wrote and co-authored several books, including Educative Assessment, Assessing Student Performance, Understanding by Design, Schooling by Design, and more than a dozen texts published by Pearson Publishing.

Grant leaves four children: Alexis Shaak Wiggins (Juan Diego Estrada) of Spain and Saudi Arabia; Justin William Houston Wiggins of New York; Ian Richmond Houston Wiggins of New York and New Jersey; and Priscilla Sarah Houston Wiggins of New Jersey, New York, and California. Two grandsons, Elios and Amadeo. His mother and father, Dorothy and Guy Wiggins, of New York. Brothers Guy (Rose) and Noel (Shoshana) of New York, and nieces Anya and Leah, and nephew Jack.

Grant’s widow, Denise Wilbur, survives him. His previous marriages ended in divorce. He was loved by his family and admired by the many teachers who experimented with and enhanced his thinking through their application of ‘backwards design’ in their classrooms.


Obit Brown 8-12-15James Brown

James Brown age 80 of Princeton passed away on August 6, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.  He was born on March 15, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pa.

He was educated at BOK Vocation High School in Philadelphia and then started his career working for Princeton University, Cytogen, and Pharmacopia until his retirement.

James joined Refuge Church of Christ in Philadelphia where he was a member of the Usher Board and Ministry of Music, playing the trombone and singing. He attended Mount Pisgah AME in Princeton and then became a member of Morning Star of Princeton serving as a Deacon.

Son of the late George and Estelle Brown, husband of the late Jennie Brown, father of the late Diane Brown, and Melvin Miller.

James leaves to cherish him two sisters Margaret Brown and Mildred Rogers and one brother-in-law Hilliard Rodgers; one daughter Harriet Brown; three sons James Brown Jr., William M. Brown Sr. (Sonya) and Charles E. Brown; 20 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives; and friends.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Mt. Pisgah A.M.E Church, 170 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J. Calling hours will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment will take place at Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home of Trenton, N.J.

August 5, 2015

Obit Birch 8-5-15George Terry Birch

George Terry Birch of Westport Island, Maine, formerly of Princeton, passed away on July 26, 2015. He was 82. Born in Trenton on September 20, 1932 to Eunice Terry Birch and Frank Birch, who predeceased him, Terry was a lifelong resident of Skillman and Princeton, having cared for his parents before retiring to Maine.

A graduate of the The Lawrenceville School, in addition to his academic successes, he also enjoyed telling the story of how he jumped out of a window as an extra in the “Free Pancakes!” scene in the 1950 film The Happy Years, a movie depicting life at Lawrenceville based on the writings of fellow Lawrentian Owen Johnson.

He majored in English at Duke University and later enlisted in the army during the Korean War using his artistic and writing skills to produce manuals that instructed pilots how to fly helicopters.

He later worked at Educational Testing Service for 18 years as a technical illustrator and concluded his career drawing detailed illustrations of the cold-fusion reactor at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, many of which were used for budgeting proposals in Washington, D.C.

He built the home in which he raised his family in Skillman. He was a devoted husband and father as well as a dedicated gardener and landscapist. He was active in the local community including Boy Scout Troop 46 of Blawenburg and the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

A lifelong artist, he held several galleries and exhibits throughout the 1970’s and taught art to the elderly in local retirement homes. He was also a volunteer mentor at the Mercer County Correctional Facility.

An avid fisherman and boater, he spent much time fishing and boating the waters around the Barnegat Bay before focusing most of his free time enjoying a lakeside woodlot in Vienna, Maine.

A constant reader, he was particularly fond of the writings of Thomas Wolfe, whose influence showed in his moving storytelling and the poetry that Terry wrote throughout his life.

Most recently, Terry was a deacon at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church in Topsham, Maine. He and his wife Madge served as ushers reliably every Sunday except Easter and the occasional snow cancellation.

He leaves behind his wife, Magdalene of Westport Island, Maine; his brother Wayne and his wife Beth of Cumberland Center, Maine; former wife Bettie Cotton of Wilmington, NC; four sons and seven grandchildren: Kevin and his wife Mary and their children, Cameron and Marissa of Skillman, NJ; Kyle and his partner Raymond Matthews of King of Prussia, Pa.; Keith and his wife Rachel and their children, Maxwell and Catherine of Havertown, Pa.; and Wayne and his wife Beth and their children Maclaine, Grayson, and Bryant of Fayetteville, N.C.; as well as the countless friends whose lives he touched with his sensitivity and caring.

Funeral services will begin on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ followed by a 12:30 p.m. burial at Ewing Church Cemetery, 100 Scotch Road, Ewing Township, NJ.

Viewing hours are Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In September, the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church will host a separate memorial service of worship songs and the traditional hymns that were Terry’s favorites.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Terry Birch to the Arthritis Foundation at

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Obit Sheppard 8-5-15Margaret B. Sheppard

Margaret B. Sheppard, 89, died Friday, July 31, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Margaret earned the “Bachelor of Commercial Sciences” degree from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington (now part of George Washington University). She moved to Princeton in the early 1950s and began a career in banking at Princeton Bank and Trust Company, retiring as assistant vice president and assistant comptroller at Horizon Bank in the late 1980s. Margaret was an active member of Princeton’s Nassau Presbyterian Church — and its predecessor First Presbyterian Church — serving for a time as secretary/registrar of the Sunday school and as treasurer of the Women’s Association. She was a generous financial contributor to many worthwhile causes.

Margaret loved flowers and music, particularly Lawrence Welk. She was a collector of stamps, coins, and frogs (glass, ceramic, plastic, metal, wooden, stuffed and singing frogs (from less than one inch to more than one foot tall). Margaret loved to travel with her long-time apartment mate Bernice Persing and with members of Princeton area travel clubs: to New York for a Broadway show, to Bermuda on a cruise, to “The Shore” and other nearby spots by car or bus, to Florida by train or plane. And she loved the excitement of horse racing, especially the three “Triple Crown” races. A few years ago (well into her 80s), she and her sister were the only two females watching the Belmont Stakes race in a Southern Maryland MEN’S sports bar.

Having no children of her own, Margaret loved, encouraged, and supported her nine nieces and nephews (and later 19 great nieces and nephews) as they grew. Known to one branch of the family as Aunt Mimi and to the other as Aunt Margie, she was much beloved in return. Predeceased by her sister Mary Beth Lowry of Cincinnati, Margaret is survived by her other sister Helen Duncan and husband Robert of Princeton; Mary Beth’s husband David of Cincinnati; and her nieces and nephews.

Family members attended a private burial on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Fort Lincoln Cemetery near Washington, D.C., where her parents are buried. A memorial service at Nassau Church will be scheduled at a later date. The family suggests that contributions in Margaret’s memory be made to a charity of your choice.

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Obit LaBar 8-5-15Marion Moll LaBar

Marion Moll LaBar died on August 1, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. The cause was pneumonia followed by septic shock.

Marion was born in 1934 in Abington, Pa. where she also spent her childhood years. She graduated from Abington High School and later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bucknell University. During her college years, she sang in the Chapel Choir where she met her husband.

Marion is predeceased by her parents, George and Ethel Moll and two older brothers, George and Howard Moll. She is survived by her husband, Bruce LaBar (Princeton); a brother Richard Moll (Abington, Pa.); two children, Philip LaBar (Kingston) and Jeanette MacCallum (Nashville, Tenn.); and three grandchildren, Christina and Jacob Jezioro (Nashville, Tenn.) and Bruce LaBar (Kingston).

In addition to raising her two children, Marion was an active volunteer, assisting in the library at Littlebrook School, acting successively as deacon and elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, singing in its choir for 47 years, and engaging in committee work at Princeton Windrows where she lived for the past nine years. Marion’s work life included substitute teaching at Princeton High School, acting as a legal secretary, and working as a sales associate and inventory control manager at Talbots in Princeton. For recreation, Marion enjoyed bridge, tennis, and travelling.

Marion’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service at Nassau Presbyterian Church on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Ammons Music Fund at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, N.J.

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


Alice Pinelli

Alice Beverly Hickey Pinelli, of Princeton, died peacefully at home on Friday, July 31, 2015, with her daughter, Michelle, at her side. She would have been 82 years old in September.

Beverly Hickey was born and raised in Princeton and moved to Levittown, Pa. in the 1950’s upon her marriage to Michael Pinelli.

In the journey of her life and while raising her young family in Pennsylvania, Beverly was dedicated to her community and was heavily involved in many philanthropic activities. As president of the PTA and Oaktree Women’s Group of Levittown, Beverly spearheaded a fundraiser, which benefitted the Bucks County Association for Challenged Children, by paying the rental of the facility that housed a workshop for the children. Additionally, as a member of the Oaktree Women’s Group they raised money which went to the Trendler Nursing Home to provide funding for equipment for the day-care of mentally challenged children.

When the house that she always treasured was available for purchase, Beverly and her family moved back to Princeton, where she continued her community service by becoming one of the founding members of the West Windsor Volunteer First Aid Squad.

Beverly was also heavily involved with numerous community groups including being the co-chair of the West Windsor PTA. Among their activities, the PTA organized events to fund the purchase of sets of encyclopedias for the Maurice Hawk and Dutch Neck Schools. As a member of the West Windsor PTA, she coordinated efforts with St. Paul’s PTA and the Princeton Chapter of the American Association of University Women to sponsor a benefit fashion show at Clayton’s in Palmer Square.

Beverly was thrilled to hear of the recent preservation of the porch on Lytle Street of which she has fond memories. As a young girl, when visiting her grandmother, she would often run across the street to sit on the porch with her cousins Sonny and Wee Tash.

Beverly had a contagious enthusiasm for life. Friends will always remember her in her VW bug, happily taking anyone home regardless of the time of day (or night), music playing all the way. Beverly’s musical repertoire included the Mamas and the Papas and Stevie Nicks, but her favorite song was Richard Harris’ “Cake Out In The Rain.” An avid reader, her favorite book was Gone With The Wind, from which she would frequently quote, “I can’t think about that now, I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

Beverly’s garden is and always was filled with a multitude of flowering plants and shrubs, from her daffodils and wisteria in the spring to her Rose of Sharon and hydrangea in the Summer. Her garden would be aglow in the fall when her maple trees burst into a beautiful bright red, bringing a warmth to her yard and the neighborhood.

Always ahead of the decorating curve, Beverly had a talent for decorating her ceilings in such a way that Michelangelo would be proud of. She loved to embellish her house with beautiful touches everywhere, including having peacock feathers and flower petals on her ceiling. The entire community loved to see her birdcage and gnome in her front yard, which were always seasonally decorated for all to enjoy.

Beverly’s pride and joy was her family, who knew her as “Eggetts” and as her grandchildren grew and made friends, the name Eggetts remained to all who knew her.

Most of all, Beverly was dedicated to her grandchildren and was always ready to help a friend. She embraced life fully and energetically. Beverly will be sorely missed with a heavy heart, but most of all fondly remembered with a grand smile on our faces.

Beverly was predeceased by her husband, Michael Pinelli, sister Briteen Gregory, parents Alice Tash Hickey McNamee and T. Donald Hickey and dear cousins Sonny and William (Wee) Tash.

Beverly is survived by two daughters: Michelle Caponi, son-in-law Frank and grandsons Michael, Frank Jr., Jonathan and Parker, and Robin Shangle, son-in-law Russell and grandchildren Tasha, Charles IV and Brandon, sister Linda Heller, brother Thomas Hickey, cousins Bill Hickey, Betty Ann MacSherry and Walter Tash, and several nieces and nephews, and her dear dedicated companion and friend Robert Anderson.

A celebration of Beverly’s life will take place on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at her home from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Obit Warfield 8-5-15George Warfield

Professor George Warfield, formerly of Princeton, died peacefully at his home in Vermont nine days after celebrating 70 years of marriage to the love of his life, Lauraine Serra Warfield. Their children, grandchildren, and great grandchild had all joined them for the anniversary. He was 96.

George was born in Piambino, Italy to Vincent Warfield and Ada Donati on April 21, 1919. He and his brother were raised in the Masonic Home in Elizabethtown, Pa., and later took turns caring for their widowed mother. George graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin and Marshall College, worked on Proximity Fuses, during World War II, earned his PhD in physics from Cornell University (where he studied under Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman), and was recruited by Lyman Spitzer to help integrate the departments of electrical engineering and solid state physics at Princeton University.

There he taught, mentored, and partnered with many of the brightest minds at the beginning of the computer age: George Heilmeier, Steve Hofstein, Al Waxman, Karl Zaininger, and Pete Warter among others. The current applications of the MOS transistor and liquid crystal display might have taken many more years in development without his visionary leadership and insistence on practicality. In gratitude, his student George Heilmeier dedicated Princeton’s first full technology classroom to him in 2002. George remained Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering until his death.

In 1974 he became executive director of the Institute for Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware. Later he served as a director of the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden, Colo. Over the years he provided technical consultation for RCA, Bell Labs, and the Siemens Corporation. He traveled extensively in Asia and the Middle East exchanging photovoltaic consultation, work he continued long after retiring to Vermont, where he dedicated 25 years to driving for Meals on Wheels.

George and Lauraine delighted in welcoming people of all ages, nationalities, races, religions, points of view, and abilities into their home. They helped many find successful pathways in life. More than anything, George loved to help people. He brought his students (especially foreign students) home to become part of the family, joined his wife’s efforts on behalf of civil rights and disability rights, advocated for practical and experiential learning, helped Chinese and Japanese students enter college, found asylum for refugees, and totally supported his extended family and friends. George could be counted on to see the potential in each person and work tirelessly until it was achieved.

He leaves behind his three children: Richard Warfield of Dallas, Tex.; Pamela Elizabeth Warfield of Prescott, Ariz.; and Cheryl Warfield Mitchell of New Haven, Vt.; their extended families; and his beloved wife Lauraine. Ever the scientist, he made an anatomical donation of his body to the medical school at the University of Vermont. The family plans to hold a Service of Remembrance at a future date in Princeton.

Gifts in George’s honor may be sent to Meals on Wheels (call (800) 642-5119 to donate). At his memorial service in Vermont on August 1, 2015: the four characteristics that were consistently mentioned about George were: Brilliant, Compassionate, Hard-Working, and Humble.

July 29, 2015

Obit Anderson 7-29-15Albert Wayne Anderson

Albert Wayne Anderson, 74, died peacefully in his sleep the morning of July 23, 2015. Wayne was born and spent his early years in Ettrick, Virginia. His parents, Albert Cornelius Anderson and Estelle M. (Floyd) Anderson predeceased him. Wayne is survived by his wife Susan and their sons Brian, his wife Krissa and their daughters Emma and Kelsea of Pawcatuck, CT, and Todd, his wife Carrie and their children Nathan and Natalie of Middlebury, VT, his son Michael and his wife Elena and their daughters Alexis and Zoe, and his daughter Carrie and her husband Jim and their children Samantha, Brittany, James, and Joshua, and 6 great grandchildren, all of Canada. A kind, gentle, and generous man, Wayne loved and was loved in return and will be greatly missed.

Wayne graduated with a BA from Nyack College in 1966 where he majored in philosophy and minored in science, and earned an MA from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1968 where he majored in education with a minor in religion. He loved the publishing world and worked for John Wiley & Sons from 1968 to 1988, working his way from textbook sales rep (back when sales reps visited campuses in person) to Promotions Manager and then to Acquisitions Editor. He was Vice President/General Manager of the Publishing Group at Peterson’s Guides from 1988 to 1991. Wayne returned to Wiley to complete his career as Publisher for Engineering, Mathematics, and Statistics from 1991 to 1996. He loved publishing and technology and enjoyed nurturing staff and authors.

Wayne was an assistant coach in the minor leagues of Hightstown-East Windsor Youth Baseball League for eight years and enjoyed watching baseball all his life. He particularly enjoyed his time with his companions at the Princeton Senior Resource Center discussion groups on Great Decisions and Currents. Wayne loved the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which he started visiting as a child in 1950, and will serve as the final resting place for his ashes.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, August 1, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m. at A.S. Cole Son & Co., 22 N. Main St., Cranbury, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Wayne Anderson to the Scholarship Fund at Peddie School, 201 South Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349.


Frances Crandall

Frances Freer (Lown) Crandall, 87, of Princeton, NJ, died on July 14, 2015.

“Frankie” to college friends and “Mère-Mère” to her grandchildren.

Fran was born on November 26, 1927 to Dr. Morton Lown (Cornell class of 1910) and Hazel Freer Lown in Kingston, NY. Her older brother once recounted that she was a total surprise to her two older siblings. One day they were told to go their neighbor’s house, and when they returned, there she was!

She met her future husband, Max, on his birthday (what a present!) in 1950 and they were later married in 1952 in Kingston, NY.

She is survived by her husband Maxson Crandall Jr., and children/spouses:  Maxson Crandall III (Anita), Brooks Crandall (Jill), Christopher Crandall (Ellen) and grandchildren: Cabe, Grant, Anya, Paige, Dane, and Beck Crandall.

Developing an interest in the arts from a young age, she always felt a connection to her great uncle and art collector, Charles Lang Freer (Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC). Fran’s aspirations to expand her horizons beyond her small town and develop her artistic talents led her to Cornell University after graduating from Kingston High School in ’45. While at Cornell, “Frankie” was involved in a number of activities including the Riding Club (a passion that she maintained throughout her life), Sorority (Pi Beta Phi), The Sage Chapel Choir (she truly loved singing Hymns), and the design of the 1949 yearbook cover (which was proudly printed on t-shirts at their class reunions).  She graduated in ’49 with a BS in Human Ecology/Design and Environmental Analysis (Interior Design).Her first job was in the Big Apple working as a secretary at the leading manufacturer of fine woolen in America, Forstmann Woolen Company.  She later began her official interior design career as a junior designer at Jo Nesbitt Interior Design in Darien, CT. She moved onto advertising sales for “Shopping With Jane” in New Canaan, CT (notable for bringing her beagle Punch to sales calls). Not only a talented interior designer, Fran was also an accomplished watercolor painter and began to paint professionally in Holden, MA.  A true renaissance woman, she also applied her creative skills as a copywriter for Paoli and Sweeney, Cherry Hill, NJ.  In the late ‘80s, Fran began her own interior design business (FLC Interiors) in Brookfield Center, CT, and after moving to Princeton, NJ in the mid ‘90s, she continued working with clients up until her recent passing.

To say that Fran was active in her community would be a huge understatement. While living in Cherry Hill, NJ, she was co-chairperson for the “Friends of Barclay Farmstead” (colonial era historic site) and helped bring history back to life in the site’s restoration and preservation.  She also founded and functioned as chairperson for the Center for the Arts of Southern NJ and was a member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society. After moving to Princeton, she became a member of the Junior League of Greater Princeton and had the privilege of designing several rooms at various show houses over a five-year period.

Fran was an Award-winning watercolor painter and member of “Watercolorists Unlimited.” She studied under Lucille Geiser. She was also a Francophile and equestrian. Loving horses since her youth, Fran participated in the Riding Club at Cornell and cherised her horse “Beau Cheval,” a gift from her husband Max. Fran was also active in various churches throughout her lifetime.

A memorial service will be held for Frances Lown Crandall on August 1, 2015 at Princeton Meadow Church at 12:30 p.m.  Reception to follow at the church.

July 22, 2015

Obit Crone 7-22-15Patricia Crone

Patricia Crone, whose pioneering and innovative approach to the history of Islam has brought about lasting change in the field, died at the age of 70 on July 11, 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey, after a courageous fight against cancer. She was Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, where she served as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor since 1997, before retiring in 2014.

Crone’s insightful work compellingly conveyed in her adventurous and unconventional style, shed important new light on the critical importance of the Near East — in particular on the cultural, religious, and intellectual history of Islam — in historical studies. Her influence is strongly felt at the Institute, where, along with Oleg Grabar (1929–2011), Crone helped to establish the Institute as a recognized center for the pursuit of the study of Islamic culture and history. Crone was succeeded in 2014 by Islamic intellectual historian Sabine Schmidtke, who is advancing important scholarship across Islamic culture and history.

Born in Kyndeløse, Denmark, on March 28, 1945, Crone studied at Copenhagen University before receiving both her undergraduate education (1969) and PhD (1974) from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Upon earning her PhD, Crone became Senior Research Fellow at the University of London’s Warburg Institute. In 1977, she accepted a position as a University Lecturer in Islamic History and Fellow of Jesus College at the University of Oxford, where she taught for 13 years. Following her time at Oxford, Crone moved to the University of Cambridge and served as an Assistant university lecturer in Islamic Studies and was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College from 1990-92, after which she was University Lecturer until 1994. Crone was then a University Reader at Cambridge until 1997, when she joined the faculty of the Institute.

Crone’s first book, Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World (Cambridge University Press, 1977), written with Michael Cook, had a profound impact on the study of the early centuries of Islam.

This was followed by work that closely related to her doctoral thesis, resulting in two books — Slaves on Horses: The Evolution of Islamic Polity (Cambridge University Press, 1980) and Roman, Provincial and Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 1987) — in which Crone explored tribes and tribal culture in early Islam and investigated Roman, provincial, and Islamic law and its connections to Near Eastern legal systems. Crone’s Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam (Princeton University Press, 1987) challenged the widely accepted understanding of Mecca as a major trade center and presented a powerful perspective on the beginnings of Islam.

In addition to her book awards, Crone’s work has been acknowledged by many honors, including the Giorgio Levi Della Vida Medal for Excellence in Islamic Studies (2013) and the Middle East Medievalists Lifetime Achievement Award (2013), which recognizes scholars who have served the field of medieval Middle Eastern Studies with distinction. She was made an honorary member of Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge (2013) and received honorary doctorates from Leiden University (2013) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2014). She was a member of the American Philosophical Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, as well as the founder and editor of the book series Makers of the Muslim World, which highlights scholars, artists, politicians, and religious leaders who made the Muslim world what it is today.

Crone is survived by her siblings Camilla Castenskiold, Clarissa Crone, Diana Crone Frank, and Alexander Crone. The documentary, For the Life of Me: Between Science and the Law, created by Diana Crone Frank, depicts Crone’s diagnosis of cancer and follows her quest to research and employ marijuana’s potential cancer-fighting properties and to contextualize its longstanding legal prohibition.

There will be an event at the Institute this fall to celebrate Crone’s life and work, and details will be shared in the near future.


Helena Tenev

Helena Tenev, 90, of Princeton, New Jersey, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

Born in Jedrzejów, Poland, she was a resident of Princeton for many years.

She attended schools in Jedrzejów and Warsaw and, during the period of Nazi occupation when Poland ceased to exist, secret schools organized by the Polish Underground. After the war, she attended the Hochschule für Welthandel (now Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) in Vienna, Austria.

During World War II, she became separated from her family and was conscripted into labor in Warsaw. A Polish patriot, she supported the Home Army, the Armija Krajowa; she survived the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, escaped deportation, and returned to her family.

In Poland, during the war, she met the late George Tenev, a medical corpsman serving in a Bulgarian Red Cross sanitary train. He returned to find her as hostilities were ending and in 1945, in Prague, they married and lived together for 70 years.

After the war, she moved to her husband’s native Bulgaria. An opponent of the communist regime, her husband was imprisoned periodically and tortured; her family was persecuted; her father-in-law was executed in 1955. In 1957, the couple illegally left Bulgaria with their children, a crime punishable by death. The family lived in a displaced persons camp in Vienna, Austria, and eventually came to the United States.

They settled in Yonkers, New York. She worked as a medical technician and became supervisor of the electrocardiogram department at Misericordia Hospital (now Our Lady of Mercy) in New York City. She worked closely with AIDS patients for many years.

She was a frequent visitor to New Suffolk, New York and Westerly, Rhode Island and, in retirement, to Menton, France and Cambridge, England. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America. She enjoyed music, art, nature, and reading, especially poetry; she was deeply religious. She played an active role in raising her grandchildren. She was devoted to friends and family.

Daughter of the late Jozef and Marianna Marzec, she is survived by a daughter, Marie Pepper of Cambridge, England; a son Jovi Tenev and daughter-in-law Nancy Hingston of Princeton Junction, New Jersey; a granddaughter Tara Pepper Goldsmith and her husband Charles Goldsmith of Cambridge, England; a grandson Sean Pepper of New York; a grandson Liam Pepper and his wife Bic Hoang Leu of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a grandson Nicholas Tenev of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren Christopher and Helena Tenev of Princeton Junction; great grandsons Charles, Thomas, and Jonathan Goldsmith of Cambridge, England; and sisters Janina Wachsberger Witkowski of Washington, D.C. and Danuta Wernik of Oceanside, California.

A choral funeral Mass will be celebrated 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, with interment at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations to the Red Cross, Trinity Church, Princeton, or the Church of the Holiest Saviour (Kosciół Najswietszego Zbawiciela) in Warsaw.

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


George Tenev

George Tenev, 95, of Princeton, New Jersey, died Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Born in Aitos, Bulgaria, he was a resident of Princeton for many years.

He attended schools in Aitos and Kotel, and Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria, the University of Vienna, and the New School for Social Research in New York.

During World War II, he served as a medical corpsman in a Bulgarian Red Cross sanitary train operating across Europe; he was wounded twice and witnessed the firebombing of Dresden.

During the war, in Poland, he met the late Helena Marzec. He returned to find her as hostilities were ending and in 1945, in Prague, they married and lived together for 70 years.

After the war, he returned to Bulgaria with his wife. An opponent of the communist regime, he was imprisoned periodically and tortured; his family was persecuted; his father was executed in 1955. In 1957, he illegally left Bulgaria with his wife and children, a crime punishable by death. The family lived in a displaced persons camp in Vienna, Austria, and eventually came to the United States.

They settled in Yonkers, New York. He worked for Radio Free Europe for many years and, after its New York offices were wound down, for financial institutions in Manhattan. He was a frequent visitor to New Suffolk, New York and Westerly, Rhode Island and, in retirement, to Menton, France and Cambridge, England. He traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America. He enjoyed reading, gardening, music, art, nature, swimming and skiing, and was a keen student of the political scene. He played an active role in raising his grandchildren. He was devoted to family and friends.

Son of the late Jovi and Paraskeva Tenev, he is survived by a daughter Marie Pepper of Cambridge, England; a son Jovi Tenev and daughter-in-law Nancy Hingston of Princeton Junction, New Jersey; a granddaughter Tara Pepper Goldsmith and her husband Charles Goldsmith of Cambridge, England; a grandson Sean Pepper of New York; a grandson Liam Pepper and his wife Bic Hoang Leu of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a grandson Nicholas Tenev of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren Christopher and Helena Tenev of Princeton Junction; and great grandsons Charles, Thomas, and Jonathan Goldsmith of Cambridge, England.

A choral funeral Mass will be celebrated 4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, with interment at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations to the Red Cross, Trinity Church, Princeton, or St Dimitri of Thessaloniki Church in Aitos.

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


Obit Tash 7-22-15Sharon Lynn Tash

Sharon Lynn (Davison) Tash, 68, of Felton, Delaware passed away on July 15, 2015.

Mrs. Tash is survived by her husband of 46 years Walter “Bud” Tash; three children: Jeffrey P. Tash and his wife Kathleen Meyers of Berwick, Maine; Kathleen L. Tash of Felton; Christopher W. Tash and his wife Michele of Hamilton, New Jersey; one brother: Robert Davison and his wife Polly of Princeton, New Jersey; one sister: Kim Allshouse and her husband Tim of Hopewell, New Jersey; and four grandchildren: Meghan, Ryan, Colin, and Ben. Mrs. Tash was predeceased by her sister Robyn McKee of Princeton, New Jersey.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, where friends may visit with the family a half hour prior. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Bayhealth Foundation, 640 South State Street, Dover, DE 19901. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for their exceptional care.


July 15, 2015

Obit Holt 7-15-15Helen Froelich Holt

Helen Froelich Holt, wife of a U.S. Senator, mother of a U.S Congressman, college science teacher, first woman in statewide office in West Virginia, and federal housing official appointed by seven U.S. presidents, died July 12, 2015 at age 101 in Boca Raton, Florida. She lived in Boca Raton and Washington, D.C. The cause of death was heart failure.

Helen Froelich was born in the central Illinois farming town of Gridley in 1913, the year of the introduction of parcel post delivery and the year of the completion of the Panama Canal. A dutiful student, she graduated from Stephens College, then a two-year college for women in Columbia, Missouri, and went on to earn bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in zoology from Northwestern University. She studied at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and she was hired to set up the science library at Stephens College.

In her long life, Holt’s experiences ranged widely: from flying as a young girl with then little-known barnstorming pilot Charles Lindbergh, to modeling for an agency in the new Rockefeller Center, to serving in the West Virginia legislature, to founding and running a national program that resulted in the building of 1,000 high-standard nursing homes with 100,000 beds, to receiving an honorary doctorate at age 99 from a Big Ten university with a standing ovation following her commencement speech. Many people who knew her were more impressed by her deep, unobtrusive religious faith than by her remarkable professional accomplishments.

As a young woman, some of the senior faculty at Northwestern attempted to dissuade her from studying zoology, saying that she would have to go through the mud and handle insects and amphibians. That was just the challenge she relished. She completed her Master of Science degree in zoology with a thesis on artificial insemination of the Japanese salamander. From 1938 to 1941, Holt taught biology at the prestigious National Park College for women in Forest Glen (Silver Spring), Maryland, where she also led field trips and taught hygiene and etiquette.

In 1940, her students contributed her picture to Life magazine for a photo spread of teachers and the dynamic young bachelor, U.S. Senator Rush Holt of West Virginia, happened to see the spread and pointed to Helen’s picture. His sister said she knew that teacher from a national sorority association and could arrange a meeting. The Senator and the teacher met, soon married, moved back to West Virginia, and following his re-election defeat, they began raising three children, including a nephew who joined their family.

In 1955, Rush Holt died of cancer at age 49. Helen, left with three small children, resumed teaching at Greenbrier College for Women, and finished her husband’s term in the West Virginia legislature. In 1957, Governor Cecil Underwood appointed her to fill a vacancy as Secretary of State, and Holt became the first woman to hold statewide public office in West Virginia. In 1958, she ran unsuccessfully for a full term as a Republican, but was her party’s leading vote-getter in the state that year. Subsequently appointed West Virginia’s assistant commissioner for public institutions, she oversaw state long-term care facilities and the women’s prison. Holt got acquainted with Dwight Eisenhower, first when he was a candidate and later as president, and toward the end of his second term, he appointed her to implement the newly authorized program in the Federal Housing Administration to set standards for long-term care facilities and to provide insured mortgages for the construction of nursing homes meeting those standards. Her work setting up that program and advancing other housing programs for the elderly was so successful that Holt was reappointed to positions in the Department of Housing and Urban Development by six subsequent presidents, from Kennedy through Reagan.

In retirement, Holt devoted herself especially to church activities. She also campaigned with enthusiasm and determination for her son, Rush D. Holt, Jr., in his eight successful races for U.S. Congress. In 2013, when her son campaigned unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey, she decided that he was not running well in the southern part of the state, and so, at age 99 she set off on a tour of South Jersey — going from diner to diner with her walker to talk with patrons and encourage them to vote for her son.

Holt credited Natalie Tennant, the current West Virginia Secretary of State, with resurrecting her professional reputation. Holt said that no one remembered what she had done until 2009, when Secretary Tennant inquired about the portrait in the State Capitol of an attractive, young former secretary and discovered that Holt was still alive. Tennant’s public interviews with Holt drew attention and resulted in several public appearances of the nonagenarian. In 2013, West Virginia University awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. As the 99-year-old concluded her speech, which was delivered without notes due to poor eyesight, the large audience rose to its feet in ovation.

Holt was predeceased by her husband Rush Holt, Sr. and daughter Jane Holt Seale. She is survived by her son, Rush Holt, and his wife, Margaret Lancefield, of Hopewell; David Chase, a nephew whom she raised, and his wife Patricia, of Syracuse, N.Y.; her grandson, Rush Seale, his wife Katie Sheketoff, and their children Nathaniel and Emerson; step-grandchildren Dejan Miovic, Michael Miovic, and Rachel Novsak; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held in Boca Raton on Sunday, July 19, 2015 and in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Further information about memorial arrangements in Florida and in Washington, D.C. can be obtained from


Obit Hannon 7-15-15Martha Hannon

Martha Hannon, 78, died suddenly on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. She was a resident of Princeton for over 50 years, had retired from Princeton Regional Schools and was a parishioner of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church.

Martha was born in Glens Falls, New York, to Arthur F. and Adele Brown. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and Pembroke College (Brown University). She loved Lake George in the Adirondacks and spent time there nearly every summer of her life.

Survivors include her children: Jessica Martin (Galen) of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; Matthew of Princeton, New Jersey; and Tim (Jennifer) of Seattle, Washington. She had one grandchild, Andrew. She is also survived by her sister, Brenda Rew of Queensbury, New York.

A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of the Annunciation, in Queensbury, New York on July 14, 2015 with a private burial afterwards. In addition, a memorial gathering in memory of Martha will be held in Princeton, New Jersey in September. If you’re interested in attending, please contact the family through after August 1.

Please consider making a memorial donation in lieu of sending flowers. Martha supported the Lake George Association (PO Box 408, Lake George, NY 12845 or, Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad (237 North Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or and the 101: fund, a scholarship fund at Princeton High School (151 Moore St, Princeton, NJ 08540 or

The family would like to thank Kimble Funeral Home for their help with the arrangements.


obit Juega 7-15-15Rosario (Charo) Uruñuela de Juega

A loving wife and mother, Rosario (Charo) Uruñuela de Juega passed away peacefully on June 30, 2015, in Madrid, Spain. She had celebrated her 92nd birthday two weeks earlier. Born in Vigo, Spain, one of five children, she was raised in Bilbao in the devastating period during and after the Spanish Civil War, and survived a prolonged bout with typhoid fever in her teens. She abandoned her nursing studies and moved to Madrid after her marriage in 1945 to Jose Juega Boudon, then an officer in the Spanish Air Force Academy. In 1966, she moved to Montreal, Canada, following her husband’s appointment as the Spanish representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization. She spoke French, having learnt it in school and having been raised in a household where it was frequently used, but in Montreal she took on the challenge of learning English, well into her 40s. Upon her return to Madrid, she enrolled in the Official School of Foreign Languages in Madrid, and obtained a diploma in English. She was an avid reader, a wonderful cook, a creative knitter, and an active member of her church. She and her husband traveled extensively upon his retirement. After her husband’s death in 1991, she visited Princeton frequently for extended stays with her daughter. While in Princeton, she made many friendships, through her charming and graceful character. She particularly loved to spend time browsing and reading in the Princeton Public Library and walking in the gardens and many open spaces in the area.

She is survived by her three children Maria (Charo) Juega of Princeton, New Jersey; Jose Juega (Dolores) of Madrid; and Antonio (Montserrat) of Bescanó (Girona), Spain; her brother Ignacio (Nano) Uruñuela and sister Pilar (Ipis) Uruñuela; nieces, nephews and cousins. Her remains were cremated in Madrid. The 7 p.m. Spanish masses at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Princeton will be offered for the repose of her soul on the five consecutive Sundays beginning July 12. Her ashes will be interred at St. Paul´s Cemetery at a later date.


Obit Metzger 7-15-15Howard Martin Metzger

Howard Martin Metzger, 85, a longtime resident of South Brunswick, New Jersey, died peacefully on March 3, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. Born May 23, 1929 to the late Hazel and Louis Metzger in Floral Park, New York, he was the second of two sons. He graduated from Valparaiso University in 1951 with a BA in biology and later studied insurance at the College of Insurance, New York, N.Y. and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Howard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from December 1952 to December 1953, achieving the rank of Second Lieutenant. He began a 40 year career in the property and casualty insurance industry in 1954 at Marsh & McClennan and retired after 20 years with Johnson & Higgins in 1996 as a senior vice president in risk management.

Howard was actively involved in fundraising and for 11 years, from 1986 to 1997, rode the Anchor House Ride for Runaways, a 500-mile bike ride founded after federal funding was cut in 1986 and Anchor House risked closing its doors. In 2005, he received an award from Anchor House for his dedication and commitment in aiding runaway, homeless and abused youths. Howard was also actively engaged in supporting his alma mater and in 1991 he received the Alumni Service Award from Valparaiso University Alumni Association.

Howard was the beloved husband of the late Mary Jean Metzger. He is survived by his children: Jean Larson (Robert); Howard Jr. (Bobbi Barchiesi); Patricia Metzger (Jeff Reed); Kathryn Metzger Fucarino (Andrea); and Kristen Dodge (Sumner); and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Valparaiso University — Advancement Office, 1100 Campus Drive South, Valparaiso, IN 46383.


July 8, 2015

Obit Perry 7-8-15Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth Stuyvesant Perry (formerly Pyne) died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at her Princeton home of more than 60 years with her devoted husband, Dr. Venkatesan Perry, and a son by her side. She was 92.

A shrewd and highly successful investor, Mrs. Perry was also a Silver Life Master in bridge, an enthusiastic gardener, and an early supporter of environmental and women’s reproductive health causes. But most important to her, she was a loving and supportive mother to her five children: Peter, Elizabeth (“Lyn”), Russell, Lawrence (“Lucky”), and John (“Jay”) Pyne. She was a strong, independent woman who worked tirelessly to ensure that they received the best possible education and start in life.

She was born October 26, 1922 in Washington, D.C., the first child of Grace Chapin and the Hon. Hamilton Fish. As the young daughter of a long-time member of the U.S. Congress, she had many experiences in pre-war Washington that seem improbable today. She regularly helped her mother host notable statesmen; was asked by President Calvin Coolidge to throw the switch for one of the first national Christmas trees with electric lights; and, along with her friends, played regularly at Blair House and on the grounds of the White House.

She attended St. Timothy’s School in Maryland, where she won several prizes, but was largely self-educated. She was a voracious reader, and had a sharp mind and an infectious love of learning.

During World War II, she worked for the U.S. State Department before marrying Lt. John Insley Blair Pyne in 1943, who was a carrier-based pilot in the U.S. Navy. After the war, they moved into G.I. Bill housing so modest that one bathroom served several apartments. While Mr. Pyne continued his studies at Princeton University, she listened closely to him and the experts in the emerging field of computer science in which he later worked, and she successfully identified companies in which to invest their then meager savings.

Over the years, she developed an analytical approach to investing that outperformed most stock indices, and she came to understand state and federal tax codes better than many CPAs. She never forgot her childhood during the Great Depression and was a lifelong saver, but she was generous with her wealth, which she shared with her extended family.

In 1981, she and Mr. Pyne were amicably divorced after a separation of many years, and in 1991 on the island of Kauai she married Venkatesan Perry, PhD, a pioneer with several patents in fuel cell and fiber optic technology. They were steadfast bridge partners, great friends, and frequently traveled together, with India and Brazil being two favorite destinations. She also enjoyed becoming close with Dr. Perry’s family in the United States, including brothers Seshan and his wife Lalitha; Balu and his wife Radha, and Natarajan and his wife Sudha.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Russell B. Pyne, a venture capitalist in Atherton, California; his wife Helen C. Pyne and their children Thornton Hamilton, Russell Stuyvesant, Nicholas Fish, and Elizabeth Cooke Pyne; Lawrence S. Pyne, an outdoor journalist and on-air personality for Vermont PBS in Middlebury, Vermont; and his children Grace Chapin, Nathan Stuyvesant, and Jacob Perry Pyne; and John Pyne, MD, an orthopedic hand surgeon in Dixmont, Maine; his wife Sandra W. Pyne; and their children Sarah Morris, Abigail Stebbins, and Chapin Reed Pyne.

She is also survived by her late brother Hamilton Fish Jr.’s four children: Hamilton Fish III, Alexa Ward, Nicholas Fish, and Peter Fish.

A celebration of her life will be held later this summer in Princeton. Her ashes will be scattered in her garden at her Princeton home, at her ancestral churchyard in Garrison, New York, and the Ganges River in India.

Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Dorothy Fletcher Alexander

Dorothy Fletcher Alexander, 88, life-long resident of Princeton, New Jersey, was called to rest on July 1, 2015 in Merwick Care Center, Plainsboro, New Jersey. Her mother, Queen Elizabeth Black, died in 1995 in Bronx, New York. Dorothy was raised in Princeton by loving parents John and Mary Fletcher. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1946. She studied organ and voice at Westminster Choir College in Princeton while playing organ for First Baptist Church Sunday school, and singing in the Youth and Senior Choirs. For 52 years, Dorothy was the organist at First Baptist Church in Princeton. In addition to her church responsibilities, Dorothy worked full-time in the laundry department at Princeton Hospital for 42 years.

Dorothy received numerous awards and honors for her tireless years of service, including serving as an Executive Board member of the Hampton Institute Ministers and Musicians Conference, “Distinguished Service Award” from the Deacons Union of Trenton and Vicinity, the Service Appreciation Award “For Your Faithfulness in Using Your Musical Gifts to Serve the Lord,” President of Progressive National Baptist Women’s Department of New Jersey, State Organist of the New Jersey Convention of Progressive Baptist, and the Progressive Women’s Fellowship of First Baptist Church. She travelled throughout the country playing the organ at numerous conventions, church services, and programs. Dorothy loved the First Baptist Church and will be missed by her church family.

In 1947, she married William Alexander of Virginia. They had three sons, William Jr. (Billy), Roland, and Dennis. She is also survived by a grandson Jared Alexander; sister Carmelita Moore; brother in-law Joe Moore; aunts Carmelita Reed, and Julia Roberts; nephews Tony Black, David Black, Kurt Black, and Woodrow Alexander; nieces Shannon Martin and Karen Alexander; many cousins including Fletchers and Alexanders. Susie Tindall, who was Dorothy’s best friend for 30 years, is also a very close family member. Predeceased sisters are Carmen Black and Betty Jean Black. Dorothy is also predeceased by her step-brother Robert Fletcher.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at First Baptist Church Princeton at John Street and Paul Robeson Place. Viewing is at 9 to 11 a.m. Service is at 11 a.m.


Rosemary Miles Blair

Rosemary Miles Blair died on July 2, 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 84.

Rosemary, the youngest of three children, was born on February 22, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York to Catherine Gannon Miles and George Bernard Miles.

Rosemary received her BA from the College of New Rochelle and Master’s from Columbia University Teacher’s College. In 1954 she married David William Blair, of Rogue River, Oregon, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Columbia. They were married in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

In 1958 they moved to Princeton. Rosemary became an art teacher in the Princeton School system where she taught for 30 years. They had six children.

Rosemary was active in the community of Princeton and an accomplished artist. She was instrumental in bringing bike paths to Princeton in 1978. She was on the small Catholic study group that led to the establishment of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. Rosemary was passionate about preserving open space in both Princeton and New Jersey. She was a founder of the D&R Greenway Land Trust after serving as president of the Friends of Princeton Open Space. Under her stewardship, the Land Trust preserved in excess of 15,000 acres in New Jersey for the enjoyment of future generations.

Rosemary is survived by her husband of 61 years, David; five daughters and one son and their spouses; Karen and Tom Horn, Moretown, Vermont; Barbara Blair Randall, Brooklyn, New York; Maria and Eric Belliveau, Hinesburg, Vermont; Amanda and Peter Nichols, Hopewell, New Jersey; Bernice (May) and David Belmont Olav Blair, Washington, D.C., and Rachel and Terrence McGregor, Dedham, Massachusetts. Rosemary was proud of her 16 grandchildren who are spread far and wide at university or working from San Francisco to Zurich, Switzerland. They are Ben, Amos, Catherine, Henry, Philip, Lucy, Willie, Blaire, Zachary, Becca, David, Edith, John, Norah, Sam, and Charlie.

Rosemary was a practicing Catholic and feminist. Rosemary rested at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, New Jersey. Visiting hours were on Tuesday, July 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. A Roman Catholic mass will be said on Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.


Obit Hook 7-8-15Frances Hayes Hook

Frances Hayes Hook, 90, of Elon, North Carolina passed away, Sunday July 5, 2015 at the Cottage at Blakey Hall, surrounded by family and friends.

A native of Warren County, Mrs. Hook attended Norlina High School. She earned a degree in biology from Elon College, and afterward taught chemistry at a nursing college while working as a lab technician in Wilmington, North Carolina. Soon after, she married Harvey Hook, of Elon and moved to Princeton, New Jersey where they raised their four children. Mrs. Hook did extensive volunteer work in New Jersey with the Appalachian Service Project through the Princeton United Methodist Church. She was also an active volunteer with CONTACT of Mercer County, where she became the director of training and served on the board of directors. In 1989, she and Mr. Hook returned to Elon where she became a member of the Elon Community Church, the Alamance County Antique Automobile Club, and the Alamance Piecemaker Quilt Guild.

Mrs. Hook was the daughter of the late Martin Frederick Hayes, Sr. and the late Lanie McCullers Hayes. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey O. Hook. She is survived by her four children and their spouses Bruce G. Hook (Ceil) of Rochester, New York; Ellen Hook Tyler (Mike) of Lynchburg, Virginia; Nancy Hook Auel (Conrad) of Monessen, Pennsylvania; and Anne Hook Lewis (Alan) of Elon, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Rich and Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington, North Carolina, 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 9, 2015. Her funeral service will be held Friday, July 10 at 2 p.m. at the Rich and Thompson Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Pastor Conrad G. Auel of Monessen, Pennsylvania. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Elon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, of Alamance County, North Carolina.

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Elizabeth Marie Pirone

Elizabeth Marie Pirone, 82, of Princeton, New Jersey died Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro, New Jersey. Born in Trenton she was a resident of Princeton for over 63 years. Elizabeth was co-owner, along with her husband, of Pirone Paving Company. She also worked for many years as a secretary for Benson and Benson of Princeton. She was an avid swimmer and instructor at the YWCA Princeton. Elizabeth was the past-president of P.I.A.S.C. Ladies Auxiliary. She had an undying love for her German Shepherds Simba, Toby, and Bear.

Daughter of the late Salvatore and Mary (Camiso) DeAngelo, sister of the late Patrick DeAngelo, Rachel DeAngelis, Sophie Falcey, she is survived by her husband of 63 years Felix V. Pirone; 2 daughters Felisa Scannella, Pamela Pirone Verdi; a son Umberto Pirone; a brother Louis DeAngelo; 2 sisters Mary Kane, Rose Keefer; 2 sisters-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law; Marie DeAngelo, Christina and Teodoro Tamasi, Anthony Pirone; 9 grandchildren Laurence, Larisa and Steven Scannella, Francis Verdi, Nicholas, Julia, Salvatore, Joseph, Thomas Pirone; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, July 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA.


Kathleen Neuer Blumenthal

Kathleen died in her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico after a long, well-lived life. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from Goucher College and then moved to New York City, the city of her dreams. She lived and worked in New York for Mademoiselle Magazine as a writer, then editor. She met and married Jack Blumenthal, and moved to Princeton, New Jersey where she raised her son, while fighting for women’s equality and social justice. Kathleen continued writing and authored The Inn Book.

Her love of writing led her to poetry, which she continued to write her entire life. Moving to New Mexico, she based herself first in Taos, then Santa Fe. Kathleen continued to travel and write.

Kathleen lived through the Great Depression and World War II.

She is survived by her son Adam of Deering, New Hampshire; grandsons Jacob and Joseph; nephews Carl Socolow, Roy Socolow and Jeff Socolow; as well as numerous friends.

Interment will be in the Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Memorial donations in her name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

July 1, 2015

Obit Willis 7-1-15Joyce Willis

Joyce Willis died June 20, 2015 in Philadelphia after a long struggle with Chronic Pulmonary Lung Disease.  She was the former librarian at the Mary Jacobs Library, Rocky Hill, New Jersey, Matteson Public Library in suburban Chicago, and Trenton Public Library, Trenton, New Jersey.

She was born Joyce Lorraine Fink in Walla Walla, Washington on July 19, 1943, and grew up in Topeka, Kansas.  She graduated from Topeka High School, received a B.A. from University of Colorado and a Masters in Library Science from C.W. Post College, Long Island University.

Among her many accomplishments, she created an international design competition at Matteson Public Library in suburban Chicago and supervised the construction of the new library.  A strong advocate for public schools, Willis brought computers to Trenton school libraries.

She had a passion for social justice, sharing her love of good books and reading, and was an avid traveler.  She is survived by her children, Chanda Szczeblowski (Steve) and Jacob Willis, both of Chicago, her two granddaughters, Naomi and Violet Szczeblowski, and her sisters Hannah Fink (Martin Oppenheimer), Princeton, New Jersey and Elaine Blumenthal, Atlanta, Georgia.  Her sister Marcia predeceased her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurses Association of Philadelphia, the American Civil Liberties Union or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Paul Raffiani

Paul Raffiani, 85, of West Windsor, New Jersey passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Lodi, New Jersey he lived most of his life in Fairlawn, New Jersey before moving to West Windsor 20 years ago.

Early in his life, Paul owned and operated PJ’s Florist in Fairlawn. Subsequent to that, he began appraising and selling real estate before taking the position of Tax Assessor in Edison Township, New Jersey from 1985 until his retirement in 2005.

Mr. Raffiani was honorably discharged from the US Army after serving his country during the Korean War and successfully completing OCS.

In his leisure time, Paul enjoyed gardening, yard work and canoeing. His multiple, almost daily trips to Lowes endeared him to the many employees who would lightheartedly ask “Why don’t you become a stockholder.” A devoted Dallas Cowboy fan, he especially liked watching them play the NY Giants, with his wife, Joan, who is a NY Giants
fan. When not watching football, they enjoyed yearly trips to the beautiful island of Corsica to visit relatives and appreciate all it has to offer.

Paul was predeceased by a brother Louis Raffiani. He is survived by his wife, Joan R. Dambach Raffiani, sons Greg Raffiani, Marc, David and Anthony Centrelli, step-son Richard Dambach, eight step-grandchildren, a brother Joseph Raffiani, his beloved cat, Bella and several nieces and nephews.

Private cremation arrangements are entrusted to Kimble Funeral Home of Princeton.

Burial will be on his cherished island of Corsica at a future date.

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Lucia Brown Dudley

After a brief illness, Lucia Brown Dudley died peacefully on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Heron Point Community, Chestertown, Maryland, following several days of meaningful visits with her loving family and many friends including the caring staff of Heron Point.

Lucia was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28, 1927, first child of Daniel Lucius Brown and Bettina True Brown (née Savage). She graduated from Milton Academy and at age 15 placed first in Vermont’s 100-mile horseback trail ride, a considerable feat still today. Eager for a new horizon, she attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and received a B.A in 1949 with a major in French. Over the years, Lucia traveled intrepidly touring the country and the world accompanied by family and friends. She enjoyed collecting art, “what is attractive and pleasing.” For twenty years, she summered with her parents, siblings and children in Duxbury, Massachusetts, residing in their beloved “Cable House.” Since the 1990’s, Lucia raised and trained Portuguese Water Dogs and handled her favorites, Salty and Rosie, to blue ribbons in regional and national trials and thoroughly enjoyed the lively camaraderie of her fellow dog lovers.

As a mother, Lucia was patient, generous, supportive, insightful, and always encouraged her children and grandchildren to be presentable, honorable and respectful of others. She endowed them with the virtues of fairness and service to others exemplified by her many decades of involvement in charities, churches, museums, and social service agencies. For her entire life, Lucia was a loyal friend to many and particularly devoted to long-time confidantes, Nancy Eills, Mary Rose Markowitz, the late Lucille Gaigngault and Eleanor Hoisington with whom she shared a monthly luncheon in various undisclosed locations.

Lucia is preceded in death by her husbands, William L. Lewis, H. Kempton Hastings, Frank S. Dudley, as well as sister Betsy Brown Bower. She is survived by brother Eric Brown (Lynn) of Dataw Island, South Carolina; and sister Deborah Brown Burklund of Ridgefield, Connecticut and her children: Daniel Lewis of Centreville, Maryland; Cindy Usilton (Glenn) of Tavers, Florida; Leverett Lewis (Amanda) of Sebastian, Florida; Diana Abbott (Mark) of Northfield, Minnesota; Brewster Hastings (Pamela) of Abington, Pennsylvania; and Eric Hastings of Duluth, Minnesota; and eight grandchildren (Amity, Grace, Alexander, Sarah, Christopher, Sophia, Maegan, Max) as well as five stepchildren; Clark Hastings, Neil Hastings, Peter Dudley, Wick Dudley and Clay Dudley Evans and their families.

A Liturgy of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Centerville, Maryland, on Monday, July, 13, 2015 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. The family suggests memorial donations be given to Crossroads Community for Mental Health, 120 Banjo Lane, Centreville, MD, 21617.

June 24, 2015

Obit Parnes 6-24-15Sybil Parnes

Thirteen days before her 90th birthday, June 25, wife, mother, teacher, sports fan, world traveler, and lover of the arts, Sybil Parnes passed peacefully on June 12, 2015 in Louisville, KY. A Princeton, New Jersey native, Sybil graduated from Penn State University, where she was President of Sigma Delta Tau sorority, before later receiving a Masters Degree in Counseling from The College of New Jersey. For 22 years she taught social studies at Princeton High School, where she also served as Assistant Principal.

One of three daughters of Julius and Laura Peskin, a founding family of the Jewish community in 1930 and owners of the Princeton News Service, Sybil attended Princeton High School. In 1948 she married David Parnes and lived in New York until 1956, when they moved back to Princeton. Sybil was actively involved in her Princeton community. She was on many committees at The Jewish Center. Seeing a need for jobs for young people she co-founded in the 1960’s The Youth Employment Service. Later on she co-originated The Roster for Women, for women needing employment. Volunteering at The Princeton Historical Society, especially as a docent for the house tours, was a special interest of hers. Early on, Sybil was part of Community Without Walls-House and a member of Hopewell Valley Golf Club.

In 2010 Sybil moved to Louisville’s Treyton Oak Towers retirement community to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Tom Sobel. During her Louisville years she grew to love her adopted hometown, extended family, and new friends. Continuing her interests from Princeton, she became a tireless volunteer, donating time to The Old Louisville Visitor’s Center, taking Veritas classes at Bellarmine University, and attending as many arts events as she could fit into her always busy schedule. Happily involved at Treyton Oak Towers, she was Vice President of The Residents Council and served on the Compassion Committee and Stretching the Minds series.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Laura Peskin, sister, Diane Elice, and husband, David Parnes. She is survived by her sister, Rosalie Hersh of Tampa, FL, son Mitchel Parnes of Palm Springs, CA, son Dr. Neil Parnes (Diana) of Spartanburg, SC, daughter Susan Parnes Sobel (Tom) of Louisville, KY, four grandchildren, Molly Parnes, Sydelle Elshenawy (Tarek), Max Parnes, Lisa Sobel-Berlow (Benji), and great grandson, Jacen Parnes.

A celebration of Sybil’s 90th birthday was already planned for June 25, 2015 and will still be held, now as a loving memorial, on that date at 2 p.m. at The Temple, 5101 US Highway 42, Louisville, KY. In early fall she will be interred by her husband at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to The Princeton Historical Society and The Jewish Center-Princeton.


Margaret Helen Cox Stange

Margaret Helen Cox Stange, a longtime Princeton resident, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Princeton’s Acorn Glen Assisted Living Residence. She was 94 years old.

Helen, as she was known to all, was born on January 25, 1921 in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she grew up and where she was valedictorian of her graduating class at Fort Wayne’s South Side High School in 1938.

Helen attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and graduated in 1942 having majored in mathematics with a minor in classical Latin and Greek. At Northwestern, she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. While only a junior, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She later attended graduate school also at Northwestern and earned a masters degree in mathematics in 1946.

It was as an undergraduate at Northwestern that she met her future husband, Hugo Stange of Wilmette, Illinois. The two were married in September 1942 and remained married until Dr. Stange’s death in December 2007.

Mrs. Stange is survived by her five children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They are: Mark Stange of Shoreview, Minnesota and his two children, Erik and Jennifer Stange and Erik’s two children Greta and Henrik Stange; Paul Stange of Newark, New Jersey and his three children Anna, Vivian and Ted Stange; Karl Stange of Los Angeles, California and his two children, Justine and Celeste Stange; Martha Stange Borkan of Melrose, Massachusetts and her son Daniel Borkan; and Tom Stange of Princeton and his two children, William and Jack Stange.

Before moving to Princeton in 1956, Mrs. Stange was active in the Parent Teachers Association of Niagra Falls, New York, serving there as president of the 93rd Street Elementary School’s PTA. In Princeton she served as den mother to several of her sons’ Cub Scout packs, and was active as a Girl Scouts troop leader. She also volunteered her time to Recordings for the Blind. An accomplished and proficient knitter, Mrs. Stange often created her own sweater patterns based solely on old photographs of Irish fishermen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Obit Reimers 6-24-15Rev. Carl D. Reimers, Jr. 

Rev. Carl D. Reimers, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on June 17, 2015.  He was born on January 17, 1930 in Richmond Virginia.  He spent his formative years growing up in Fort Worth, Texas with loving parents Charles Dietrich & Ray Saunders Reimers.  After graduating from the St. Marks School of Texas he went on to graduate from Northwestern University.  Realizing that he desired a career to serve both Man and God, he received a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and further graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School.

After his formal education, he became the Minister at the First Presbyterian Church, Coleman, Texas.  Three years later in 1959, he was recruited to become the Assistant Dean of the Chapel, Princeton University serving as minister and professor.  In 1970 he went on to become the Chairman of the Religion Department at Princeton Day School where he remained until he retired in 1993.  He loved his years at Princeton Day School as a teacher, advisor and later Dean of Students.  The “Rev”, as his students at PDS affectionately called him, was a beloved teacher, mentor, and friend.  Many former students would contact him well after retirement for advice and to officiate at their weddings and children’s baptisms.  He had an infectious personality with an abundant sense of humor.

Carl served on various Boards including Princeton Day School, Historic Morven, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Council for Religion in Independent Schools.  He was a member of the Century Association in New York and an honorary member of the Princeton Ivy Club.

He is survived by his son Carl D. Reimers III, his son’s wife Pamela, and their children Grace Pauline and Charles Damon Reimers of Greenwich, CT.  He cherished his two stepsons from his marriage to the late Jane G. Irwin, Watt W. and Thomas B. Reynolds of Fort Worth, Texas.

His Memorial Service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on July 9 at 11 a.m.

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


Obit Moore 6-24-15Ai Constance Handa Moore

Ai Constance Handa Moore died in her home at sunrise on June 13, 2015.  Born and raised in Seattle, she lived and worked in Princeton over the course of thirty-three years before moving to Monroe Township in 1985. She was 90 years old.

Ai’s young life was shaped, like that of most other Japanese Americans on the West Coast, by the dislocations of the Second World War.  She was a student at Garfield High School when she and her family were forcibly “evacuated” from their homes in the mass relocation of Japanese to internment camps in the interior West.  Her family’s incarceration began at the Puyallup Fairgrounds before transfer to the internment camp in desolate Minadoka, Idaho, where Ai completed her secondary school studies and received her high school diploma.

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee, Ai was permitted to leave the internment camp to pursue a college education on the East Coast at Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in Pennsylvania. At the war’s end, when she and her family were allowed to return to Seattle, she transferred to the University of Washington and earned her bachelor of arts in the department of sociology, a degree that was formally conferred only in 2015.  At the university she was a co-founder of Valeda, a Japanese-American sorority, at a time when established on-campus sororities did not welcome non-white co-eds.

During summers while at the University of Washington, Ai did volunteer social work in Harlem, New York, and then became a resident volunteer with inmates at the New Jersey State Reformatory for Women, at the time an open correctional facility at Clinton Farms.  Ai served as a volunteer aide on an Indian reservation in Washington before becoming a junior case worker for the King County welfare department, Seattle. She was a member of the Japanese Presbyterian Church in Seattle and served on the boards of the Seattle Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Seattle Urban League.

In 1952 Ai moved to Princeton, New Jersey. In Princeton she joined the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, where she served as church secretary in 1950s, and married James W. Moore. She worked at the Educational Testing Service when it was headquartered on Nassau Street, Princeton, and as a social worker with Mercer County Neighborhood Youth Corps.  She launched Handa Food Management in Princeton, providing food catering services to individual and corporate clients.  Ai was a contributor to a Time-Life volume on international cuisines and taught cooking at the Princeton Y adult school.  As Handa Food Management’s owner-operator, she ran the dining facility of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for many years.  She retired in 1987.

Ai was active in the Princeton community, serving on the boards of the Princeton Nursery School, Princeton Homemakers, and the Princeton Day School Parents Association, and was active in the Soroptimist Club.  With a teaching diploma in Japanese tea ceremony and flower arrangement, she pursued Japanese paper arts through her entire adult life.  Her other interests included interior design and travel, particularly to Japan and Italy.

Ai was preceded in death by her parents, Yuki and Takeyoshi Handa, originally of Fukushima and Niigata, Japan, respectively; a sister, Shizuko Nakashima Handa of Koriyama, and brother Michihiko Handa of Los Angeles; and her former husband James Moore.

She is survived by a daughter, Yuki Moore Laurenti, and her husband Jeffrey; a grandson, Mario Laurenti; a brother, Yoshihiko Robert Handa of Bellevue, Washington; nephews Dan Handa and David Handa, respectively of Gig Harbor and Seattle, Washington, and Doug Handa of Poway, California; and cousins in Seattle and in Koriyama and Tokyo, Japan.

A funeral and memorial to Ai’s life will be celebrated at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015.  Ai requested that, in lieu of flowers, friends might make donations to the Mario Laurenti ‘03 Financial Aid Endowment at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1128 Great Road, Princeton 08540.


Dr. Alfred S. Cook, Jr. 

Dr. Alfred S. Cook Jr., formerly of Princeton, died in Fort Myers, Florida on June 15, 2015.  He was 91.  Born and raised in Princeton, he had a medical practice in Princeton and was on the staff of Princeton Medical center from 1954 to 1996.  He was educated in the Princeton Public Schools and graduated from The Hun School.  He attended Lehigh University and received his medical degree from the Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania post-graduate program in internal medicine.  He served his internship and residency at Mercer Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey.

Dr. Cook served in World War II and as a doctor in the Korean War where he was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina serving as the head of the clinic for dependent families.

Dr. Cook loved to garden and was noted for his vegetable and flower gardens.  He especially took pride in his “pumpkin patch” which became a regular visit for the nearby elementary school kindergarten classes every fall.  He was also an avid fly fisherman who loved his fishing trips to Maine and also enjoyed surf fishing on Long Beach Island.

He was the son of the late Alfred S. Cook Sr. and Leah Suydam Cook.  He is survived by his wife Mary Elise, also born in Princeton, daughters Mary Ann Cook of Princeton, Margaret Farley of Fort Myers, Florida and son Raymond Cook of Princeton and 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by daughter Sandra Labaree of Wiscasset, Maine and his sister Marjorie Mason of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The family will hold a memorial service to be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University or to a charity of your choice.


Phyllis M. Simone 

Phyllis M. Simone (Dalton), 65, of Hamilton died Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Legga, Moyne, Co. Longford, Ireland, she has been a resident of Hamilton for over 40 years. Phyllis was co-owner along with her husband of Hulit’s Shoes of Princeton. Daughter of the late John and Winifred (Whelan) Dalton, sister of the late Frances Mahon (Eamon), she is survived by her husband of 43 years Charles V. Simone, two sons and their wives, Christopher and Jessica, Ryan and Maria, her brother Sean and Marion Dalton, her sisters Elizabeth Butler, Mary Jo and Seamus Conboy, Patricia and John Mellody, Marie and Thomas Mulligan, Joan and David Walsh, her grandchildren Amelia, Penelope and John Francis and many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was a devoted wife, mother and granny. She loved her family and friends and lived her life always thinking of others. Some of her favorite moments were spent at many of her large family gatherings and at the shore in Lavallette, New Jersey. We will miss her laugher, Irish wisdom and her caring heart. She leaves a void that cannot be replaced.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015, St. Paul’s Church, located at 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Burial followed at Princeton Cemetery. Friends were asked to call on Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Charles Homer Burkman

Charles Homer Burkman of Pennington, New Jersey died Sunday, June 21, 2015 surrounded by his loving family with prayers from around the world at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis.  Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Eric and Ethel Berry Burkman, he had lived in Pennington for many years.  Charles attended Pingry School in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in 1944 was enrolled as a member of Princeton University’s Class of 1948.  He served in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps, 1944-1946, before returning to Princeton, from which he graduated in 1952.

He traveled and lived in France for over a year, and worked at ETS for several years upon his return.

August 1959 was a watershed: He began graduate studies at Rutgers Library School, began working at Princeton University Library, and met his wife-to-be, Sally Wilt of Towanda, Pennsylvania, in Seabright, New Jersey.  They were married in 1960.  After receiving his Masters in Library Service, he served his alma mater for 34 years, both as a Reference Librarian and a Cataloger, retiring in 1993.

He and his wife loved to travel, making several road trips to all the contiguous states, as well as Eastern Canada and Newfoundland.  They were especially fond of cruising: the Caribbean and the North Atlantic, Iceland, Scandinavia and Great Britain.  Perhaps the best holiday was by train across Canada, by ship up the Alaskan Inside Passage, two weeks with family on the Kenai Peninsula, then retracing the whole trip!

He was an avid reader of literature, history and religion, a lover of classical music and opera, a great bird watcher, and a cat afficianado!  He loved being with all his family, especially sharing his special love of Maine.  He was a faithful member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pennington for many years, serving on its Vestry and on the Music and Worship Adult Education Committees.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Katherine Burkman-Mole (Theodore) of Alaska, and their three sons, Matthew, Andrew and Nathanael of Alaska; Elisabeth Burkman Bielski (Edwin) of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania; Sarah F. Burkman (Anthony Shelborne) of Sterling, Virginia.

A Requiem Eucharist and Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 300 S. Main Street, Pennington with the Rev. Canon John C. Belmont Rector officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Princeton University Library or St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church or Compassionate Care Hospice.

Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington.  Condolences are welcome at


Irwin Gordon

Irwin Gordon passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Beloved husband and treasured companion to Lenore; doting father to Mark (Susan), Princeton, NJ and Sara (London, England); grandfather “Pop” to Thea Colman (Craig), Winchester, MA, Alene Pearson (Val Jordan), Albany, CA, and Melissa Gordon, Somerville, MA; and great-grandfather to Eli, James, Maya and Zoe.

Irwin began life in Brooklyn, NY and soon moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he was raised by his parents, Benjamin and May Gordon.  He was a big brother to Allen (deceased), Highland Park, IL and Larry, Houston, TX.
Irwin was a grateful graduate of Rutgers where he completed his PhD in Ceramics after returning from distinguished service in World War II, primarily in Europe.  He served in the U.S. Army’s Company A 179th Engineer Combat Battalion. Irwin received two Purple Hearts and later was honored by the French government with membership in the Legion of Honor for his military service. Irwin’s mother was ever-optimistic when he was shipped out to war and wrote in her diary, “Irwin is spending the summer in Europe.”

Irwin was immersed in research at the David Sarnoff Research Center throughout his career.  In the early days of color television, he worked on its development.  Over time, he came to hold a number patents for his efforts.  Given his generation and upbringing, much free time was spent as a volunteer for various local charities and organizations.  In particular, he melded his scientific knowledge with a melodious voice to be a reader/volunteer for Recording for the Blind for 35 years.  He served as President of The Jewish Center of Princeton in its formative years as well as the Chairman of United Jewish Appeal.  His Jewish heritage was a strong basis of his character which saw an artistic outlet when he took courses at the Jewish Museum in NYC for many years to craft beautiful Judaica (some of which were donated to The Jewish Center of Princeton).  Combining his passion for helping the blind with his artistry, Irwin designed and crafted a Braille mezuzah which is on permanent display at the Grand Synagogue in Jerusalem.

Irwin’s sunny disposition was matched by a smile which rarely set.  In his later years, Irwin would remark upon the wonder and pleasure of his travels with Lenore to 42 countries.  He would greet the immigration official on his return with a smile and announce, “G-d Bless America!”  Despite failing health over the past few months, Irwin greeted each day with his usual smile and gentle demeanor.  He died peacefully in his sleep one week short of his 67th wedding anniversary.

The funeral was attended by immediate family only.  If you would like to share in his memory, belt out a chorus of his favorite, “G-d Bless America”, and make a contribution to a charity of your choice.


Obit Sylvan 6-24-15Elliott Howard Sylvan

Elliott Howard Sylvan, age 87, who passed on Tuesday June 2, 2015 left an indelible mark around his original residence on Long Island through his volunteer service and participation in senior sports. So, when he moved to his new home in New Jersey, he wasn’t going to stop.

He and his beloved wife Lenore retired to the Princeton area in order to experience the enriching life that the area offers such as attending numerous classes at Princeton University and delivering books for the Princeton Public Library to nearby homebound citizens. He could also be found fundraising and working on special events at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

In addition, on any given day, Sylvan who had been a star baseball player at Jamaica High School in Queens, New York and was drafted and played in the New York Giants system, could be seen coaching young people. This included working for Autism New Jersey/COSAC and Special Olympics athletes in addition to playing with children at the YMCA after school athletic programs.

Sylvan, who married his high-school sweetheart and “Life” cheerleader, Lenore Cohen, served in the Army occupation forces in Japan post World War II. In 1990, Sylvan renewed his love for baseball by playing First Base on Senior Softball teams in New York, winning 10 championships in 11 years. He was inducted into the ISSA Hall of Fame and National Senior Softball Hall of Fame, won Senior Olympics and Senior Softball World Series.

His career focused on the trucking industry as President of the NYC Garment Center trucking company, Empire Carriers Corp., then with NJ-based Supermarkets General Corp. and finally in his own brokerage firm. He used these skills in his volunteer work for Island Harvest and more recently, securing and delivering food for the PSRC Breakfast at Home Fundraiser.

Loving husband of Lenore, father of Harlan (deceased), Sanford, Gwen, and Seth, their spouses Ann, Mark, and Carol. Devoted grandfather to Jason and his wife Rosalynn, Alex, Kristen, and Matthew, and great grandfather to Theo.

Memorial Services will take place at the Princeton Senior Resource Center in the Fall.


June 17, 2015

Obit Noden 6-17-15Merrell Noden

Merrell Noden passed away May 31, 2015, in Princeton, New Jersey, peacefully and in the loving company of his family. The cause was lung cancer. He was 59.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey on July 31, 1955, Merrell was the oldest child of Judge J. Wilson and Mrs. Cecily Noden. With his siblings, Hilary and Geoffrey, Merrell loved athletics of all kinds and especially running. As a student at The Lawrenceville School, Merrell ran a 4:11.9 mile on a distance medley team that set a U.S. high school indoor record; and, on his own, he set an Eastern high school indoor 880 record of 1:54.0. He is a member of the school’s Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, and in Lawrenceville’s Lavino Field House, many bronze plaques bear Merrell’s name; his records for the 1-mile run; 2-mile run; and 880 yards still stand.

Merrell was a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton, where he ran cross-country for four years. After college, he taught for several years at Princeton Day School before earning an MPhil in English Literature at Oxford University. While at Oxford he trained and raced with the North London Athletics Club and earned an Oxford Blue. He would continue to run for pleasure and competition throughout his life.

Merrell wrote his Oxford master’s thesis on the work of Charles Dickens, and he was as passionate about literature — especially Shakespeare, Dickens, and the British poets — as he was about sport. Fittingly, his long career as a journalist began with a celebrated article for Sports Illustrated about Dickens’s practice of walking up to 20 miles per day.

Merrell was intensely intellectually curious — quick to laugh, to critique, and to praise — and deeply committed to racial equality and social justice. He had many passions, and as a writer, he took great pleasure in writing about topics that allowed him to bridge his interests, research deeply, celebrate human genius, and explore broader social issues. He wrote about sports and eating disorders, steroids, the science of comedy, the sport of word play, and great Americans, including Chuck Berry and Louis Armstrong. Through writing about Oprah Winfrey for People Magazine, he was hired to help write a memoir of the segregated South. Locally, he was honored to edit The Lawrenceville Lexicon, a history of The Lawrenceville School, and some of his most cherished experiences in recent years were his interviews with Princeton alumni and professors whose talents he celebrated in articles for Princeton Alumni Weekly. Through his writing he was able to keep learning about new subjects, supporting causes and institutions dear to him, and meeting people he admired so much.

Merrell was accompanied on his many journeys by his wife, Eva Mantell, a native of Princeton, whom he met while he was a graduate student, and she an undergraduate, at Oxford in 1984. On May 27, 1990, they were married in Central Park, in a service presided over by the musician Sun Ra. Merrell and Eva lived in Manhattan until 2002, when they moved with their two children, Miranda and Sam, back to Princeton.

In both New York and Princeton, Merrell served the community as a teacher and coach. He taught literacy for The Fortune Society in New York City and at Trenton State Prison. He worked with many individual runners. He coached Little League in Princeton. Since 2011 Merrell coached cross-country at Princeton Day School, where his children were students.

Merrell was known and revered especially for his love of family and gift of friendship. He made deep and lasting friends wherever he went. He stayed in close touch with and enjoyed personal visits from close friends even to the very end of his life. His loss is felt keenly by literally hundreds of classmates, colleagues, and dear family friends.

Merrell is survived by his wife, Eva; daughter Miranda; son Sam; parents Wilson and Cecily, sister Hilary and sister-in-law Kelly Hanson; brother Geoffrey and sister-in-law Suzette; mother-in-law Marianne Mantell; brother-in-law Michael Mantell and sisters-in-law Ann Mantell, Harriet Fier, Sonia Mantell; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends and family are encouraged to celebrate Merrell’s life by giving a gift to the Merrell Noden Fund at HomeFront, an organization that helps families in New Jersey break the cycle of poverty. Donations to the fund may be made online at or mailed to HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-4518.

In the words of William Shakespeare, one of Merrell’s literary touchstones: “He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.”


Jane Ellen Groth

Jane Ellen Groth, née Stevenson, born in Champaign, Illinois on April 12, 1946, moved with her family to Santa Monica, California at the age of eleven. She earned a degree in English at the University of Southern California and after graduation in June 1968 married Edward John Groth, III and moved to the Princeton area where she spent the remainder of her life. After starting her family, Jane earned a degree in accounting from Rider College in 1983 and passed the CPA exam in 1988.

Jane worked at the Los Angeles airport, the Prince-ton airport, Educational Testing Service, Techne Inc., Arnold Associates, Lewis W. Parker, III, CPA, and as a self-employed tax preparer. She served on committees of the Society of CPAs, volunteered at the YWCA, was active with Little League, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, including serving as a Brownie Troop Leader.

Jane was a warm, caring, and generous person who loved and supported her family and friends and had a smile for everyone. Whether it was the physics department, the neighborhood, the workplace, or even a cycling club, Jane made friends everywhere and it was important to her to make everyone feel special. In addition to spending time with loved ones, Jane enjoyed art, reading, puzzling, decorating, entertaining, and traveling.

Jane died in her sleep on June 12, 2015. She was predeceased by her parents, George Thomas Stevenson, Jr. and Alice Marjorie Stevenson, née Hilderbrand. She is survived by her husband; their son, Jeffrey Todd Groth of Saratoga Springs, New York; their daughter, Amy Carina Groth of North Windham, Connecticut; and by her siblings Julia A. Rogers, of Banning, California; G. Thomas Stevenson, III of Marietta, Georgia; Betsy J. Cleavinger of Garland, Texas; and many other relatives and friends.

An informal remembrance will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Jane and Ed’s home, 15 Elm Ridge Road, Pennington, NJ, 08534. Details may be found at the web site Parking may be limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at


Obit Salkind 6-17-15Alvin J. Salkind

Dr. Alvin J. Salkind, 87, of Princeton died Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Born in New York City, he had resided in Princeton since 1958. After service in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1945 to 1946, he returned to his academic studies at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In 1958 he received a DChE in chemical engineering, chemistry, and x-ray physics. Dr. Salkind was an emeritus professor of bio-engineering in the department of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick and emeritus professor of chemical engineering at Rutgers University. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Miami, Case Western Reserve, and CUNY. From 1989-2001, he served as the associate dean for research in the school of engineering at Rutgers. He was co-author along with Uno Falk of Alkaline Storage Batteries and co-author with Ernest Yeager of Techniques of Electrochemistry. From 1970 to 1979, he was vice president of technology at Electric Storage Battery in Yardley, Pa. He was a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Electrochemical Society, and the N.J. Academy of Medicine. Dr. Salkind held numerous patents and played a pivotal role in the development of technologies ranging from heart pacers, defibrillators, electric vehicles (both terrestrial and lunar), and fuel cells. Outside of his professional life, he loved his family, skiing, swimming, and sailing. He had been a member of the Miramar Yacht Club in Brooklyn since 1949 and was a founding member of the Princeton Ski Club.

He will be remembered fondly by former students, colleagues, friends, and family around the world.

Son of the late Samuel and Florence (Zins) Salkind, he is survived by his wife Marion (Koenig) Salkind of Princeton; a son James Salkind of Jersey City; a daughter Susanne Salkind of Washington, D.C.; a brother Chester Salkind of Durango, Colorado; and two grandchildren Abigail Salkind-Foraker and Jacob Salkind-Foraker.

The funeral service was held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at Star Of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial was in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, New York.

June 10, 2015

Obit Townsend 6-10-15Charles Townsend

Charles Townsend, long-time Princeton resident and professor at Princeton University, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 7, 2015. Charlie, as he was commonly known, was born to Charles E. Townsend and Lois Townsend (nee Fukushima) on September 29, 1932 in New Rochelle, N.Y. His only sibling and identical twin, Peter, predeceased him.

Charlie spent his early years on a farm in Vermont, before moving to New York and attending Trinity School on a full scholarship. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, where he majored in German, in 1954. Charlie then spent a year in Germany on a Fulbright scholarship. On the boat over, he met his future wife and fellow Fulbright scholar, Janet Linner. They were married in 1957.

Drafted into the U.S. Army, Charlie served three years, studying Russian at the Army Language School in Monterey, Calif. and working in the U.S. counterintelligence corps in Nuremberg, Germany. He was chosen as a Russian-speaking guide to the U.S. National Exhibition in Moscow in the summer of 1959.

Charlie did his graduate work at Harvard, where he earned an MA in Soviet Regional Studies, followed by a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 1961. He was an assistant professor at Harvard for five years before coming to Princeton, where he chaired the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures for 32 consecutive years, until his retirement in 2002.

Two early sabbaticals were spent with his wife and young daughters in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he developed his lifelong interest in the Czech language, of which he was a preeminent scholar. Over his academic career, Charlie published nine books and innumerable articles; taught linguistics, Russian, Czech, Bulgarian, and Polish; and was a tireless mentor to his students, many of whom went on to distinguished careers.

Charlie’s research took him to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union/Russia many times. He and Janet loved to travel together and enjoyed many trips throughout the U.S. and Europe as well as to Asia and Africa.

Charlie played basketball and football as a youth, was an avid tennis and squash player, and loved watching sports. He was a Red Sox fan to the end. He played piano, guitar, and banjo by ear and loved singing with family and friends. After his retirement, he volunteered with the Princeton Hospice Program, and particularly enjoyed leading a weekly “singfest” at the Acorn Glen assisted living facility.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet; and his daughters Erica Appel (Charles), Sylvia Townsend (Charles Cowens), and Louise Townsend (Ben Schmidt). He leaves behind his five beloved grandchildren, Rose and Alice Cowens; Justine and Stephen Appel; and Isabel Schmidt; and his nephews Ross Adler (Pam) and James Townsend (Jenny); and nieces Sara Poumerol (Gilles) and Laura McWright (Glen), and their children.

A memorial service will be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Rd, Ste 201, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 (“Attn. Hospice”) or made online at


Daniel M. Wise Jr.

Daniel M. Wise, Jr., 95, died peacefully May 23, 2015, at his home in Meadow Lakes, a retirement community in Hightstown, New Jersey. He leaves behind a loving family and a trove of experiences and memories he generously shared professionally as a writer/filmmaker, and personally as a well-practiced and engaging storyteller.

The son of Daniel M. Wise, Sr. and Lydia Cranmer Wise, he was born October 28, 1919, in Washington, D.C. The family later lived in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; Palmyra, New Jersey; and Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, where Daniel graduated from Upper Darby High School. He attended Franklin Pierce business school in Philadelphia and graduated from Bucknell University in 1942.

As an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he led the ordnance supply unit of a fighter-bomber squadron, beginning after D-Day at some of the first forward airfields in Normandy, and continuing through northern France and into Germany.

He parlayed his college French into many great experiences, most notably the courting of the love of his life, Janette Mail, a ballerina in the Paris Opera, whom he met while both were vacationing in the alpine resort of Talloires in August 1945 and to whom he was a devoted husband for 65 years.

After the war he worked for the Office of the Foreign Liquidation Commissioner in Paris and married Janette in 1947. They returned to the United States on the SS De Grasse later that year, and settled in Philadelphia. Daniel became a writer and film producer with TelRa Productions, making programs for the NFL, Sports Illustrated, and Major League Baseball in the new medium of television, eventually becoming president of the company. He was an independent producer for several years and later worked for the American Kennel Club where he made award-winning training films and documentaries before retiring in the early 1980s. The family moved to Princeton in 1976 where, in semi-retirement, he served as a driver for Beck & Call, a limousine and courier service.

A lifelong athlete, he started running before it became popular, competing in many races, including the Penn Relays and a marathon at age 59. He was a fixture on the streets and paths of Princeton and surrounding towns, running with his beloved golden retriever, Coda, and posted a personal record of running consecutive days that extended for nearly three years. Later, he became an avid biker with the Princeton Freewheelers, and did several bike tours in the U.S. and overseas with his son, Christian.

For over 40 years he was a fixture in the Philadelphia Eagles press box where he collaborated with the statistics team to write a detailed play-by-play narrative of every home game for use by the media and the NFL.

Predeceased by his wife who died January 14, 2012, Daniel is survived by his three children: Anita Wise and her husband TJ Tindall, of Pennington; Daniel R., and his wife, Lillian Doucet Wise, of Concord, New Hampshire; and Christian Wise, and his wife Hannah Fuller-Boswell, of Montague, Massachusetts; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Daniel will also be lovingly remembered by an extended family that includes his brother, Joseph, of Hanover, Pennsylvania; a cousin, Sam Wise, of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews from his late sisters, Dorothy, and Harriett, and Janette’s sister, Léone Mail of France.

Daniel donated his body to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center for the education of medical students.

His life was celebrated at a service at Meadow Lakes, 300 Etra Road, Hightstown, New Jersey at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2015. His remains will be buried with his wife at Princeton Cemetery.


Obit Garrison 6-10-15Alice M. Garrison

Alice M. Garrison, a life-long resident of Princeton, passed away at age 90 on Thursday, June 4, 2015 in the house where she was born.

Alice was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of 1942. In 1943, she married Philip Garrison, her husband of 64 years whom she first met at Nassau Street Elementary School when the two were in kindergarten.

Alice worked for two years at the Institute for Advanced Study as a secretary to Albert Einstein and John von Neumann. In 1944, she went to work for Princeton University, where she was employed for 43 years, first in the Department of Romance Languages and later in Latin American Studies and European Civilizations. She was particularly proud to administer the Helen Lee Wessel Fellowships in Public Affairs, established to support scholars of inter-American affairs. Long after she retired in 1987, she remained in touch with students she had met at the University.

Alice was predeceased by her husband, Philip, by her younger sister, Nancy Blaney, and by a long string of loyal German Shepherds. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Worthington of Princeton; her son, James Garrison of Dublin, Ohio and his spouse, Peggy. She had four grandchildren: Ross Worthington of Washington, D.C.; Julie Worthington of Somerville, Mass.; Kimberly Gatton of Atlanta, Ga; and Amy Garrison of Cleveland, Ohio.

A private burial service was held at Rocky Hill Cemetery in Rocky Hill, N.J. under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at Condolences may be sent online by visiting


Margaret A. Scott

Margaret A. (Spohn) Scott died on June 3, 2015 at the age of 80 in the Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro. She was the daughter of the late Llewellyn N. and Dorothy Seyfert Spohn. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Eric J. Y. Scott.

Marge was born in Reading. Pa. and was a graduate of Reading High School and Cedar Crest College. After graduation, she was employed as a social worker in Philadelphia until her marriage.

Marge and her husband shared a great love for music. They enjoyed English contra dancing and made many good friends from this activity. They also enjoyed and attended many concerts. Marge had a beautiful alto voice and was a member of Elaine Brown’s chorus when she resided in Philadelphia. She was a pianist and artist.

One of her outstanding hobbies was quilting. She organized friends and family members in producing quilts for many occasions. She was a beloved family member and a good friend.

Marge is survived by her sister, Dorothy R. Rapp, wife of Vernon G. Rapp; her niece Lynanne R. Hesse, wife of Stephen R. Hesse and nephew Jeffrey D. Rapp all of Berks County, Pa.; as well as her nephew Gregory A. Rapp husband of Karen L. of Ocean County, N.J. She is also survived by Lynanne’s children, Christine A. Scheipe of Columbia, S.C. and Benjamin W. Scheipe of Berks County, Pa.

A private celebration of her life will be held by her family.


Obit Griffin 6-10-15James Quigley Griffin

James Quigley Griffin of Hopewell, New Jersey died peacefully on June 2, 2015 after a brief illness.

A revered husband, father, grandfather, farmer, sportsman, and friend to countless individuals, Mr. Griffin had a diverse and inspiring career in banking, museum administration, finance, and as a trustee of numerous cultural institutions.

Son of Helen Quigley and Donald Worner Griffin, Mr. Griffin was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania on August 23, 1932. He grew up on the Princeton University campus where his father was general secretary of the Alumni Association. He was a graduate of the Gilman School of Baltimore, Maryland and earned an AB in history from Princeton University in 1955. After serving as Captain in the U.S. Army, he began a 25-year career at First National City Bank where he rose to be a vice president and head of personnel for Citibank’s international division. In 1979, Mr. Griffin joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art as treasurer and vice president for finance. Upon leaving the Metropolitan Museum he joined Patterson, Belknap, Webb, and Tyler LLP as treasurer. After 35 years commuting to New York City, Mr. Griffin chose to work closer to home and his family, and joined Wilmerding, Miller & Co., Inc., an investment advisory firm in Princeton, as vice president and secretary from 1992 until the present.

Mr. Griffin served as treasurer on the Boards of the New York Historical Society, the New York Society Library, International School Services (ISS), AMIDEAST (America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc.), and as a trustee at Morven Museum and Garden. Mr. Griffin was deeply committed to The Ivy Club in Princeton, where he served as the graduate board president from 1982 until his death. He was a long-standing member of the Century Association, the Anglers Club of New York, and Pretty Brook Tennis Club.

Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Moorehead Griffin; his three daughters, Barbara Griffin Cole, Cynthia Griffin Ferris, and Sarah Griffin Thompson; his sons in-law, Christopher A. Cole, Timothy G. Ferris, Newell M. Thompson; and nine grandchildren.

He and his wife lived on a working sheep farm in Hopewell where he was a passionate amateur stonemason. When not working on his legendary argillite stonewalls, he could be found in the vegetable garden or on his tractor mowing the fields. He loved nothing better than to prepare a homegrown feast for his family and friends in their warm, welcoming kitchen. In the winter, after the first cold snap, the call went out, “Ice at Jimmy’s!” Skaters of all ages joined with him to play fast and furious shinny hockey on the Griffin’s pond.

He was widely known for his gentle, gracious and selfless manner, his work ethic, and his unwavering values. An optimist with a keen appreciation for individual talent in all walks of life; he was a rare person who inspired others to be better.

A memorial service celebrating the Life of James Q. Griffin will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on June 22, 2015 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the James Q. Griffin Memorial Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation (15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08525), which will support education, leadership, and Jim’s other charitable interests.


Obit Lawrence 6-10-15Mark Lawrence

Mark MacKenzie Lawrence, 59, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at his home in Holmdel, New Jersey. He was born in East Liverpool, Ohio to the late Frederick and Barbara (MacKenzie) Lawrence.

Mark grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, where he moved to in 1961. He graduated from Denison University in 1977 and moved to Florida, where he pursued his passion for scuba diving and underwater photography for many years, cultivating his lifelong fascination with and love of the ocean and marine life. In addition to working at Pro Dive in Fort Lauderdale and Ocean Dive in Key Largo, he worked for Scuba Diver magazine, reviewing the best locations for coral reef exploration in the Gulf and the Caribbean. He loved to regale his friends and family with tales of his many adventures from this time in his life, including close encounters with sharks and morel eels. He moved to New York City as a commercial photographer, later moving to New Jersey and working for a digital photography equipment company, and most recently, in cyber security with Protected Mobility.

He was devoted to his son, Alexander, who filled his life with joy and with whom he shared his love of science and exploring nature. He was the enthusiastic leader of Cub Scout Den 7 in Holmdel, with whom he shared many adventures and his gift for encouraging those around him to try new things with patience and humor. His laugh and love of life will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving son Alexander Schlag Lawrence; his former wife, Elisabeth Schlag Lawrence; his two sisters, Lisa Porter Lawrence and Deborah MacKenzie Lawrence and her husband Peter TenEyck Clinton and a niece, Comfort MacKenzie Clinton.

A Celebration of Life was held at Christ Church Shrewsbury Episcopal on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Mark’s memory to to support Mark’s immense passion for reef conservation and underwater life. Please visit Mark’s memorial website at


Obit Goodman 6-10-15Ruth Goodman

Ruth Goodman, 87, of Princeton passed away Thursday June 4, 2015 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro following a long illness. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, she had resided in Princeton since 1968. She was a self-employed artist who worked for many years with Michael Graves.

Daughter of the late Harry and Louise Sandhouse; she is survived by her husband, Lionel Goodman, a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Sandy Goodman of Montclair, New Jersey, a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jack Harnatkiewicz of Swansboro, North Carolina, and five grandchildren, Justin, Jessica and Joey Harnatkiewicz, Sarah and Sydney Goodman.

Friends were asked to call on Tuesday June 9, 2015 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. The interment will be private. Condolences are welcome at

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Obit Brown 6-10-15Elizabeth Brown

Noted fashion historian, Elizabeth Logan Schmeck Brown died on May 19, 2015 at her home in Skillman, New Jersey with family at her side.

Known to her friends as Rikki, Elizabeth was born on September 7, 1918 in Ancon Canal Zone, Panama, the daughter of Henry Penuel Schmeck and Pansy Blossom Logan. Henry was a civil engineer, employed by the Panama Canal Company during the construction of the canal; Pansy was a proper Kentucky belle.

Her family lived in California and Oklahoma, then settled in Texas, where she attended the University of Texas at Austin. Elizabeth transferred to Cornell University in Ithaca New York, which became one of the most significant moves of her lifetime. She loved Cornell, and there began a life-long fascination and love affair with fashion and fashion history. She developed that interest more deeply, spending a year in New York City working at Lord & Taylor and attending the Art Student’s League. Upon returning to Cornell, she received her Bachelors’ Degree in 1940 and her Masters’ Degree in 1945. She taught textiles and clothing and curated the university’s extensive costume collection. It was at Cornell that she met her husband Walter D. Brown, who was teaching Naval students in the V-12 program during World War II. They married at Cornell’s Sage Chapel and were together for 62 years, until Walter died in 2006.

Her passion for costumes and all things related, especially sewing machines and patterns, began to manifest itself at this time and continued throughout her life. After Cornell, Elizabeth and her husband lived in the Solomon Islands, Maryland, then Pittsburgh. They raised four boys, born between 1946 and 1953. The family lived in Chicago, Philadelphia, and finally settled near Princeton, New Jersey in the 1960’s.

Elizabeth was a teacher at heart, and dedicated her life to enriching the lives of her family and community. Her vast knowledge of fashion and textiles was indispensable not only to her own professional development but also to the many institutions that she contributed to and advised. Never content to be a bystander, she was an active participant in many professional organizations, especially the Costume Society of America (CSA), of which she was a founding member. She was named a Fellow of the Costume Society in 1992. She served on the CSA Board of Directors and as the Parliamentarian for many years.

She worked in the fashion industry for McCalls, Butterick, and Uno. She lectured, appraised, and amassed a huge collection of costumes, sewing machines, and all manner of related objects. In her collecting, she had a loving co-conspirator in her late husband Walt; and her sons David, Ned, Ken, and Walt Jr. indulged her interests and supported them. Ultimately, she amassed a renowned clothing collection which is now housed at several institutions, including The Elizabeth Schmeck Brown Gallery at Cornell University, the Smithsonian Institution, Houston Community College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Museum of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the University of Rhode Island, and numerous others. Her sewing machine collection grew to the hundreds and was featured by the International Sewing Machine Collectors Association, of which she was a proud member.

She was an inspiration to so many in her field and reveled in meeting new members and continuing to learn from everyone she met. She also belonged to a panoply of organizations that supported women in colleges, Cornell alumni, and the value of family education in schools.

She was an active member of many organizations including the American Association of University Women, Princeton United Methodist Church, New Jersey Association Family and Consumer Sciences, American Association Family and Consumer Sciences, Van Harlingen Historical Society, Historical Society of Princeton, International Textile and Apparel Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, New Jersey Association of Museums, International Sewing Machine Collectors Society, Costume and Textile Group of New Jersey, American Association of State and Local History, Cornell Alumni Association, Cornell Women’s Club, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Omicron Nu, and Alpha Lambda Delta. She served as chair of the Somerset County School Boards Association and president of the Montgomery Township Board of Education.

She is survived by David H. Brown and Wendy L. Brown, and their son David M. Brown and his wife, Heather P. Brown; Walter D. Brown, Jr.; Ned L. Brown and Karen Murphy; and Kenneth M. Brown and Rebecca G. Brown, and their children, Johanna, Peter, and Sarah.

Memorial contributions in Elizabeth’s name may be made to the Costume Society of America Endowment, P.O. Box 1723, Mendocino, CA 95460-1723.

A private ceremony will be held in Princeton Cemetery.


Obit Balmer 6-10-15Patricia Klensch-Balmer

Long-time Princeton resident Patricia Klensch-Balmer died on April 27, 2015 at the age of 89 after a long illness. Pat was born March 6, 1926 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the eldest of 5 children to Frederick Balmer and Gertrude (Banister) Balmer.

Her father, a Swiss born restaurateur who operated restaurants in Switzerland, Arkansas, and Illinois was a talented musician known for playing every instrument in the band. He inspired Pat’s life-long appreciation of music while her mother — a one-room school teacher in the rural south — instilled her with a love of learning. From 1931 to 1935 Pat and her family lived in Switzerland, before moving back to Arkansas and eventually settling in Chicago in 1942. After graduating from Wright Junior College with a degree in English, Pat worked for a time as a reporter at a local newspaper.

In July 1953, Pat married Richard Klensch at Saint Paul’s Church in Princeton. While married, Pat worked at the Institute for Advanced Study where she became acquainted with Albert Einstein and was proud to have typed some of his papers. Following her divorce in the late 1960’s, Pat worked for Mathmatica, a notable think-tank of the time located in Princeton Junction. In the mid-1980s Pat went on to work for the Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching as an assistant librarian.

On a personal level, Pat collected books and was equally passionate about music, learning to play the cello and attending performances of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Tanglewood regularly. She was famous for her baking skills, especially her fudge, which inspired tears of appreciation at first taste.

Throughout her life Pat embraced adventure, from learning to fly a Piper Club aircraft to exploring North America, Africa, and Switzerland. Julia Bernheim, Pat’s friend of over 40 years and travel companion on safari in Africa, said the two talked almost every day and just laughed together. Her youngest brother Guy, recalls “she imbued me with a sense of wonder and was more like a mother than a big sister,” exposing him to the arts and bringing the outside world of learning and history into their home.

Pat is survived by her brothers, James, Ronald, and Guy Balmer, along with her nephews Guy and Mark Balmer, and Sean Bolen. Memorial Mass will be held in her honor on June 13, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton, New Jersey followed by a reception.

June 3, 2015

Obit Nash 6-3-15John Nash Jr.

John Nash Jr, a legendary fixture of Princeton University’s department of mathematics renowned for his breakthrough work in mathematics and game theory as well as for his struggle with mental illness, died with his wife, Alicia, in an automobile accident May 23, 2015 in Monroe Township, New Jersey. He was 86, she was 82.

Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, in 1928, Nash received his doctorate in mathematics from Princeton in 1950 and his graduate and bachelor’s degrees from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1948.

During the nearly 70 years that Nash was associated with the University, he was an ingenious doctoral student; a specter in Princeton’s Fine Hall whose brilliant academic career had been curtailed by his struggle with schizophrenia; then, finally, a quiet, courteous elder statesman of mathematics who still came to work every day and in the past 20 years had begun receiving the recognition many felt he long deserved. He had held the position of senior research mathematician at Princeton since 1995.

Nash was a private person who also had a strikingly public profile, especially for a mathematician. His life was dramatized in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind in which he and Alicia Nash were portrayed by actors Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. The film centered on his influential work in game theory, which was the subject of his 1950 Princeton doctoral thesis and the work for which he received the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics.

At the time of their deaths, the Nashes were returning home from Oslo, Norway, where John had received the 2015 Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, one of the most prestigious honors in mathematics. The prize recognized his seminal work in partial differential equations, which are used to describe the basic laws of scientific phenomena. For his fellow mathematicians, the Abel Prize was a long-overdue acknowledgment of his contributions to mathematics.

For Nash to receive his field’s highest honor only days before his death marked a final turn of the cycle of astounding achievement and jarring tragedy that seemed to characterize his life. “It was a tragic end to a very tragic life. Tragic, but at the same time a meaningful life,” said Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton’s Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics, who was close to John and Alicia Nash, and whose own work focuses on partial differential equation analysis.

Although Nash did not teach or formally take on students, his continuous presence in the department over the past several decades, coupled with the almost epic triumphs and trials of his life, earned him respect and admiration, said David Gabai, Princeton Hughes-Rogers Professor of Mathematics and department chair.

Since winning the Nobel Prize, Nash had entered a long period of renewed activity and confidence — which coincided with Nash’s greater control of his mental state — that allowed him to again put his creativity to work, Klainerman said. He met Nash upon joining the Princeton faculty in 1987, but his doctoral thesis had made use of a revolutionary method introduced by Nash in connection to the Nash embedding theorems, which the Norwegian Academy described as “among the most original results in geometric analysis of the twentieth century.”

Despite their divorce, Alicia, who was born in El Salvador in 1933, endured the peaks and troughs of Nash’s life alongside him, Klainerman said. Their deaths at the same time after such a long life together of highs and lows seemed literary in its tragedy and romance.

“They were a wonderful couple,” Klainerman said. “You could see that she cared very much about him, and she was protective of him. You could see that she cared a lot about his image and the way he felt. I felt it was very moving.”

Nash is survived by his sister, Martha Nash Legg, and sons John David Stier and John Charles Martin Nash. He had his younger son, John Nash, with Alicia shortly after their marriage in 1957, which ended in divorce in 1963. They remarried in 2001.

Readers are welcome to view or share comments on a memoriam page created by Princeton University at

A memorial service will be planned at the University in the fall.

Editor’s Note: From a story published on Princeton University’s website and written by Morgan Kelly


Obit Isaac 6-3-15Henry Otto Isaac

Henry Otto Isaac died peacefully, surrounded by his family on May 30, 2015.

Born in Cologne, Germany in 1922, his father managed a family manufacturing industry and his mother Alice was a concert pianist. Henry left the country at 15, first for England and then the United States at the onset of the Second World War. He joined the U.S. Army and saw service from the landing at Normandy until he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He returned to New York and graduated from City College of New York and did graduate studies in economics at New York University.

He met and married Rhoda Kassof, an artist, art educator, and later analytical psychologist; and raised two sons, Jan Luss and Jeffrey Isaac. They moved to Switzerland for many years where Henry worked as the head of the English translation department at the Union Bank of Switzerland. After retirement, he and Rhoda settled in Princeton near family. They were long-time residents at Stonebridge.

An avid student of history and lover of good humor and travel, especially in Italy, Henry was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and dear friend to many who will remember his sweet and generous nature.

He is survived by his wife Rhoda, son Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Sophie, grandson Elias, cousin Eva, brother-in-law Allen and several nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be announced.


Obit Coffin 6-3-15Nancy Nesbit Coffin

Nancy Nesbit Coffin, Mrs. David R. Coffin, formerly of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully May 9, 2015 on Nantucket Island. Born April 25, 1925 in Montgomery, Alabama, Nancy attended various schools as she moved with her mother and stepfather following construction jobs during the Depression. She graduated high school in upstate New York, attended one year at Syracuse University, before taking a job during the war years as a clerk with the Army at Fort Drum. There she met a young soldier, recently graduated from Princeton University, who would continue to write her letters from his time serving abroad with the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Nancy was married at the Princeton Chapel in June of 1947, honeymooned on Nantucket, and settled down in Princeton as a faculty wife. She first set up house in graduate housing in the Butler Project, later moving to Guyot Avenue, then finally to McCosh Circle in 1960. Her first job after raising four children was with the Princeton Red Cross. She then worked as a secretary at the Institute for Advanced Study and, finally, registrar and secretary for the Robert Taylor Rare Books Collection at Firestone Library.

Nancy enjoyed travelling with her husband, needlework, oil painting, good conversation, Victorian Literature, and all things English. She is predeceased by her husband, David; and her daughter, Lois C. Jenny. She will be greatly missed by her surviving children; Elizabeth Coffin Allerhand, D. Tristram Coffin, and Peter Gerald Coffin; her sons- and daughter-in-law: Hershel Allerhand, Peter Jenny, and Julie Noonan Coffin; her grandchildren Victoria J., and John Baboval, Peter David Jenny, Rebecca Jenny, D. W. Coffin, Jethro Coffin Allerhand, Rebekah N. Coffin, Joshua C. Coffin, Emma S. Coffin; and her great-grandson, Arthur Baboval.

Funeral services will be held graveside, later this summer on Nantucket, at Prospect Hill Cemetery.


Obit Johnson 6-3-15Margaret Kennard Johnson

Margaret (Maggi) Kennard Johnson, artist, lived a vibrant life into her 97th year. She was still creating artworks, exhibiting, giving talks, and participating in three art groups: Princeton Artists Alliance, MOVIS, and Roots, the first two of which she was a founding member. Always bubbling with enthusiasm, she loved friends, family, and life.

Her art is in museum collections in the U.S.A., Japan, and Europe, including The British Museum in London, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Tochigi Museum in Japan. She co-authored the book, Japanese Prints Today: Tradition with Innovation. She also wrote articles for Printnews, Journal of the Print World, and in Japan, Hangwa Geijutsu (International Quarterly on Prints).

She received a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Master of Design from the University of Michigan, then studied with Josef Albers, at the Summer Art Institute at Black Mountain College.

For 23 years, she taught at the Museum of Modern Art, for Victor D’Amico, one of the top art educators in the country. For three years, she taught at Pratt Institute, for Alexander Kostellow, who was legendary in the field of industrial design.

Johnson was greatly inspired by her mother, who taught art at the College of Wooster. Her father was a scientist in agricultural research. Thanks to her older brother whom she greatly admired, she developed a deep love of science. While he was in college majoring in physics, she, a senior in high school, was studying physics. As the only girl in the class, she was determined to beat the boys. Studying hard, she placed in the state competition in physics. Having also gone to the state competition in mathematics, she had considered a career in physics.

She was married to the late Edward O. Johnson, electronics engineer at RCA and Corning Glass. They were close companions on the many adventures they had together, including a year in Zurich and eight and a half years in Tokyo.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 2 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, N.J. Parking is limited. Carpooling is recommended.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arts Council of Princeton, (609) 924-8777, and Princeton Public Library,

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Mark MacKenzie Lawrence

Mark MacKenzie Lawrence, 59, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at his home in Holmdel, New Jersey. A Celebration of Life will be held at Christ Church Shrewsbury Episcopal on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Mark’s memory to to support Mark’s immense passion for reef conservation and underwater life. Please visit Mark’s memorial website available at

May 27, 2015

Leslie Spruill Jr.

Leslie Spruill Jr., 83, a long-time resident of Columbia, North Carolina and Princeton, New Jersey departed this life on May 17, 2015.

Leslie was raised in Alligator, North Carolina where he had fun with his sister, cousins, and friends, and developed a mean sweet tooth. But nothing made him happier than when his mother surprised him with a car out of the blue when he was just 15 years old. He loved his independence. By then he was already working … hard. Years later, after getting married and having children, Leslie moved his family to New Jersey for a better employment opportunity.

He went on to become a dedicated Public Works serviceman in Princeton, New Jersey. He retired from that post after 25 years of service during work hours, nights, and weekends, whenever duty called.

If you knew Leslie, you know he enjoyed a good western, a nice liver dinner, and he had a great, big laugh. Leslie was known to work hard and play hard, and near the end he was happy to be with his children, grandchildren. and great grandchildren.

Leslie was predeceased by his mother Mollie “Lucille” Spruill; his father, Leslie “Junior” Spruill; his wife Virgil Lee Spruill; and is survived by his sister Lula; his aunt Lue; his son Larry Allen Spruill (Fern); his daughter Dale Spruill Redding (Leon); four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several beloved in-laws, stepchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends.

He will be greatly missed.

A service was held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. John Baptist Church in Columbia, North Carolina.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home ( in Princeton, and Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia, North Carolina.


Leonard Punia

Leonard P. Punia, 88, passed away at his home on May 18, 2015. Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, New York, Leonard married Renee Denmark in 1950 and moved to Trenton, New Jersey in 1953.

Leonard served in the Army during World War II. After returning from the war, Leonard oversaw the construction of several developments of single-family homes, apartment buildings, and shopping centers in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Long Island. In 1950, he started building single-family homes in Mercer County. Thereafter, Leonard together with his brother Herbert, built numerous residential and commercial properties throughout the tri-state area. Leonard was a licensed real estate broker in New Jersey and New York. He was involved in many professional organizations and received several awards for his work in real estate. Leonard was especially proud of his involvement with the Sunnybrae Little League, which was created on land carved out of one of his developments.

During his lifetime, Leonard generously donated to many charities including Greenwood House, The American Cancer Society, The Jewish Federation, The Israel Tennis Centers, Israel Bonds, and other worthwhile charities. Upon the death of his wife Renee, Leonard made several significant donations to the Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, The Hun School of Princeton, Abrahamson Family Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Mass General Hospital (MGH) Fund in his wife’s memory. In addition, Leonard donated to the Greenwood House Hospice which was renamed the Renee Denmark Punia Community Hospice.

Leonard was predeceased by his wife Renee. He is survived by his daughter Leslie Punia Schwebel and son and daughter-in-law Joseph and Sheryl Punia; grandchildren Elyse and Andrew Rosenfield, Charles Punia, Mathew and Dale Schwebel, Michael Schwebel and Mallory Schwebel; brothers Herbert Punia and Jerome Punia; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took  place on Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at The Jewish Center, located at 435 Nassau Street in Princeton. Burial followed at Floral Park Cemetery in Deans, New Jersey.

The period of mourning was observed Wednesday and Thursday at the Punia Residence, located at 170 Gallup Road in Princeton.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers or fruit baskets memorial contributions be made to Greenwood House.

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road in Ewing.


Obit Rashada 5-27-15Mahasin Rashada

Mahasin Rashada (formerly Patricia Ann White-Flenoid) died suddenly on October 27, 2014. She was born on June 26, 1951 to the late Olivia Magnum-White and Elisha White Sr. She was preceded in death by her sister Beverly Ann White.

Mahasin was born and raised in Princeton where she graduated from Princeton High School. She then moved to California and married Harlen Flenoid Sr.

She loved live concerts and plays, sewing, vintage stores, and flea markets. Upon being hired by United Airlines, she realized that her dream of travel would become a reality. Her children were now adults and off she went! She visited many parts of the world. Later in life, her struggle with multiple sclerosis slowed her down. She maintained a wonderful attitude as she was determined to live life to the fullest. She joined the Senior Citizens Club which was just minutes from her apartment. She found fulfillment in assuming the duties of “Promotions Coordinator” and the members truly appreciated her skills and energy. She will be sorely missed in California and New Jersey.

Mahasin’s memory will be cherished by her children, sons Lance Sr. (Trekina), Harlen Jr. (Destiny), Muhammed (Kiera), and daughter Atiya of California. She is also survived by her sisters, Cynthia Fisher (Gilbert) of Princeton, New Jersey; Shirlene Wells of Morrisville, Pennsylvania; Gail O. Everett (Robin) of Princeton, New Jersey; and her brother Elisha White Jr. (Michelle) of Stockbridge, Georgia. She was the proud grandmother of 16 grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

A memorial service was held on April 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. at The Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton.


Obit Eldred 5-27-15Willard Gibbs Eldred

Willard Gibbs Eldred, 87, of South Brunswick died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born in Camden, raised in Clementon, and was a resident of South Brunswick for 57 years. He was a graduate of The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. and a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Bill was a U.S. Army Veteran. He retired after 38½ years as deputy general counsel with Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. He was a very active member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in South Brunswick. Bill served on the South Brunswick Planning and Zoning Board. Bill was an Eagle Scout and leader of Troop 90. His father, Arthur Rose Eldred, was the first Eagle Scout of America.

Son of the late Arthur Rose and Mildred (Gibbs) Eldred; brother of the late Arthur Rose Eldred; grandfather of the late James Hitte; and father-in-law of the late Paul Hitte; he is survived by his wife Margaret (Saecker) Eldred; son and daughter-in-law Willard (Bill) and Kandice Eldred; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Nina Hitte, Susan, and Joseph Santangelo, Margaret (Margy) and Charles Malott; sister Patricia Hudson; 13 grandchildren Allyson, Robert, Jenifer, Mark, Kaitlynn, Kyle, Jordan, Spencer, Tyler, Kasey, Jack, Jacob, and Kaitlin; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 142 Sand Hill Road, Monmouth Junction. Burial followed in Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick. Calling hours were held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015 at M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Willard’s name to Fox Chase Cancer Center or Boy Scouts of America.