Bob Callahan, 59, of Princeton passed away on January 27, 2015, in the comfort of his home. A coach and player of squash and tennis, he led his team to countless victories but is remembered most for lessons of honor and character. He was a man of dignity, humor, humility, and above all grace.
Bob was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where he originally learned the game of squash at the Cynwyd Club while attending Waldron Academy and the Episcopal Academy. After excelling at both squash and tennis as a U.S. Junior, Bob attended Princeton University in the fall of 1973 where he played on three national championship squash teams, including his senior year when he captained the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1976-77. Upon graduation, he worked for IBM for 4 years. On his very first day he met Kristen and took her out to lunch at Roy Rogers. He said he knew right away she would be his wife, and she was — for 38 years. In 1982, he assumed the role at Princeton University as Head Men’s Squash Coach and Men’s JV Tennis Coach. Since taking over the squash program, Callahan led Princeton to 314 victories, 11 Ivy League titles, and national championships in 1982, 1993, and 2012. He also coached the individual national champion 10 times. In addition to his responsibilities at Princeton, Bob has spent over 25 summers at Bedens Brook Country Club (BBC) in Skillman where he was the head tennis pro. He will never be forgotten at BBC, where a plaque dedicates the tennis courts to the memory of Bob “coach, mentor, leader and friend — inspiring excellence on and off the court.”
In addition to being synonymous with college squash for the last 30 years, Bob is also widely recognized for pioneering the development of squash in the United States. Bob founded the nation’s first major squash camp in 1982 and directed the 1998 World Junior Men’s Championships at Princeton, the first time the world junior singles championship were held in the U.S.A.
In 2012, exactly one week after leading the Tigers to their first National Squash Championship in nearly twenty years, Bob was diagnosed with glioblastoma. Bob received treatment from Memorial Sloan Kettering. Bob is survived by his wife Kristen, their five sons Greg, Scott, Tim, Peter, and Matt, their two daughters-in-law Alison and Carol, and their two granddaughters. All five sons played squash for the Tigers under Bob.
The service of celebration for the life of Coach Robert W. Callahan will be held this Saturday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. All are welcome to attend in Tiger attire!
Arthur Palmer Morgan
Arthur Palmer Morgan died at home from natural causes on January 30, 2015 surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was 91 years old.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1923 to Professor Sherley Morgan and Ethel Palmer, he was a life long Princeton resident. He attended Princeton Country Day School, Deerfield Academy, and was a graduate of Princeton University class of 1944. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a second Lieutenant bombardier based in Ardmore Oklahoma where he met his first wife, Mildred Anne Underwood who predeceased him in 1984.
They moved to Hibben Road in Princeton where they created a beautiful and loving home in which to raise their three daughters.
From 1947 to 1955, Arthur worked for the family company E.R.Squibb and Sons. He was sent to Latin America to manage the building of new manufacturing facilities in Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, and Argentina, while navigating challenging international politics. For the next 30 years his career was in the financial world, holding leadership roles at The Empire Trust Co. in New York, Richardson Merrell (Vick’s Chemical Co.), Tucker Anthony (Clark Dodge and Co.) until his retirement from Princeton Bank and Trust in 1985.
Modeling the example set by his parents, Arthur believed that civic duty is necessary for ensuring the strength and vitality of his beloved Princeton community. His countless years of service were given to the following organizations: Princeton Borough Zoning Board (Chairman 1956-62), Princeton Regional Planning Board, Princeton Borough Council (1971-75), Police Commissioner during the turbulent years of student demonstrations, Director Princeton Savings and Loan, Director Springdale Golf Club, President Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Chairman Westminster Choir College, Treasurer Princeton Public Library, Director Princeton Public Library Foundation, Board Chairman McCarter Theater, Deacon and life-time member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church.
In 1985, Arthur married Barbara MacLeod. Their joint love of nature took them traveling all over the world fishing, birdwatching, sailing, hiking, and exploring gardens and nature preserves. He was a die-hard Phillies fan and season ticket holder for over 40 years, rarely missing a home game. A constant seeker of knowledge, he enjoyed auditing classes at Princeton University, attending lectures, and studying the piano. He became a Master Gardener at age 80. His love of literature and music quietly guided his generous support of Westminster Choir College and Princeton University where he endowed two chairs in the English and architecture departments in his parent’s name. Together with Barbara, he worked tirelessly on the campaign to rebuild the Princeton Public Library and to support the challenges of Planned Parenthood. He was also instrumental in launching Familyborn — a center for Birth and Women’s Health.
His greatest gifts were given to his family, where he offered his love unconditionally and without judgment. His beloved home in Vermont became a haven for his family to gather and he welcomed each one with open arms and a warm and generous heart. He treasured his Prince Edward Island summers with Barbara, spending the day picking berries, playing golf, and eating oysters in their peaceful cottage by the sea.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, his three daughters, Anne and husband Craig of Princeton; Catherine and husband John of Hawi, Hawaii; Cynthia and husband Stefan of Stockton Springs, Maine; and two step-daughters, Robin Alexandra Baxendale and Jennifer MacLeod Baxendale, both of Great Barrington, Mass., 12 grandchildren; seven great grand-children and an eighth expected in June. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Richard Morgan of State College, Pa., and his sister Diana Olcott of Manchester, Vt. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Drorbaugh of Princeton.
A service in his memory will be held on February 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church followed by a luncheon at the Nassau Club.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Princeton Public Library and Planned Parenthood of Trenton.
Patricia Ann Fischer
Patricia Ann Fischer, 84, of Skillman passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by her loving family. Born in Philadelphia, she was a long time resident of Trenton and Princeton as well as Cutler, Maine. She is the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (Phillips) Vesey and sister of the late Thomas Vesey.
Patricia earned her degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as a pediatric RN at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and went on to teach nursing at Mercer Hospital in Trenton. She later returned to school and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rider College in Lawrence Township. She was a very active member of the Trenton and Princeton communities and held significant volunteer positions in several organizations. Most notably she presided over the Junior League of Trenton and was awarded the President’s Bowl, given annually to the League member with the most outstanding record of service to the community, the League and her family. She was a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Union Industrial Home in Trenton and New Jersey Public Broadcasting-PBS Channel 52. She was a docent at the New Jersey State Museum, volunteered at the Princeton Child Development Institute, and served as the parliamentarian for many organizations. She loved to entertain, play tennis, and spend time with family and friends in Cutler Harbor on the Bold Coast of Maine.
In addition to her husband of 59 years, Dr. Robert Fischer, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jeffery Fischer and Veronica Fischer, of Windsor, Conn.; her daughter and son-in-law Carol Fischer Lowenstein and Duane Lowenstein of Andover, Mass.; and her son Kenneth Fischer of Plantsville, Conn. She was a loving grandmother to Cheryl, Gregory, and Suzanne Fischer; David, Emily and Peter Lowenstein; Jacqueline and Thomas Fischer; Mackenzie and Madeline Gerity; and great-granddaughter Addison Meyers.
A funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, N.J. A private burial followed in Princeton Cemetery. Donations can be sent in lieu of flowers to the Cutler United Methodist Church, in Cutler Maine.
Chantal Deltheil Callan
Chantal Deltheil Callan passed away at home on December 8, 2015 from cancer. She was born in Paris, France in 1939. In Paris, Chantal had studied psychology at the Institut Catholique but wanted to travel. She worked for a year in order to afford the transatlantic fare on the Paquebot France. She arrived in Princeton in 1962 as an au-pair girl where she met her husband Curtis who was a graduate student in physics. They were married in 1965.
In the United States, Chantal became a French teacher. She taught middle school French at Princeton Day School in the 1970s, and at the Princeton Adult School in the 1980s and 1990s. She gave private lessons and especially enjoyed teaching adults.
Chantal was an avid and competitive tennis player. She started playing in her 30s and became a fierce competitor in multiple local leagues. She worked at a friend’s tennis shop on Nassau Street in the 1980s and learned how to string racquets, which she continued to do from home for many years. For the last decade, she and her husband spent part of each year in Kiawah, S.C., because of its nationally renowned tennis program.
Chantal loved to work with her hands. She painted and wallpapered her houses and refurbished old furniture. She did extraordinary needlepoint; her masterpiece being a 5-foot wall hanging of a Japanese mounted warrior. She learned to quilt from her mother-in-law and made dozens of quilts for family and friends. She sewed entire American Doll wardrobes for her granddaughters. Because she found gardening relaxing, she was pottering around her plants throughout her illness. Chantal was a member of the Dogwood Garden Club for several years. She was also a superb French cook, a talent her family were most grateful for.
A member of the Catholic Aquinas Institute until its recent, regretted, closure Chantal also attended masses at the University Chapel.
Energetic, charming, and generous, Chantal was a force to be reckoned with. She made a warm and open home for friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Curtis, her children Benedicte and Dominique, and three grandchildren, Nina, Nicholas, and Felicity.
Margaret Skelly Goheen
Margaret Skelly Goheen died at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, January 25, 2015.
She was born in 1919 in Wilmington, Delaware to James Thomas and Gertrude McFarland Skelly, the fifth of six siblings.
Margaret graduated from The Tower Hill School in Wilmington and went on to matriculate at Vassar College, graduating with the class of 1941. Shortly afterwards she met and married Robert F. Goheen, and they enjoyed the next 67 years together during which she provided invaluable support and guidance throughout his distinguished career.
They moved to Princeton in 1945 and in 1959 purchased a summer home in Chatham, Mass. where the family gathered to sail, fish, swim, play golf and tennis, and enjoy each other’s company.
She is survived by her six children: Anne Goheen Crane, Trudi Goheen Swain, Stephen Goheen, Megan Goheen Lower, Elizabeth Goheen, and Charles Goheen, 18 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
Throughout her life she was a committed and dedicated volunteer, serving on boards and committees for the Princeton University’s Isabella McCosh Infirmary, The Princeton University Art Museum, The Aquinas Institute, Princeton YWCA, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, and The Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund which honored her in 2009. She was also active with the Vassar College Alumnae Association and on the Board of The Bank Street School of Education.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. Burial followed at the Princeton University President’s Plot in Princeton Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
Enid Richardson Woodworth
Enid Richardson Woodworth, 88 of Princeton died peacefully January 23, 2015 at her home in Princeton surrounded by family.
Enid was born in Passaic, N.J. on January 27, 1927. She attended Westtown School in West Chester, Pa., graduated from Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. in 1948, and received her teaching certificate from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She loved children and began her career teaching sixth grade at The Hartridge School in Plainfield, N.J. She continued to teach at The Princeton Cooperative Nursery School, Littlebrook School, Miss Mason’s School, The Princeton Junior School, The Princeton Friends School, and the YMCA squash racquets program. A dedicated natural athlete she enjoyed the exercise, the competition, and in particular the camaraderie. Invited to try out for the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey team, she also loved tennis, golf, squash, paddle tennis, and sailing. Well into her 40s, she played on the Pretty Brook Tennis Club’s squash team and “Tired Mothers” field hockey team, which competed successfully against high school teams in New Jersey. She played golf and tennis into her 80’s and was a winner of the sportsmanship award at Pretty Brook Tennis Club.
She met her husband, Newell Bertram Woodworth (Jr.) of Cazenovia, N.Y., during her junior year in college. They were married at her parents’ farm in Bernardsville, N.J. in 1950 and moved to Princeton in 1953. Enid was dedicated to her family, her friends, her community, and was always ready to give assistance.
Whether preparing dinners in cramped quarters of the galley, chasing tennis balls to keep her regular doubles matches lively, or volunteering at the Princeton Hospital’s Outgrown Shop, she always had a smile to share.
A modest, thoughtful, and radiant personality, she was a member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Springdale Golf Club, and the Society of Friends.
Predeceased by her sister, Margery Richardson Claghorn, she is survived by her husband Newell B. Woodworth (Jr.) and their four children; Pam, Buzz (Newell B. III), Sarah, and Sam; as well as her 12 grandchildren whom she adored. In celebration of her life, we encourage you to smile at everyone you meet today.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on February 14, 2015 at the Princeton Friends Meeting, Stony Brook Meetinghouse, 470 Quaker Road in Princeton. Immediately following, a reception will take place at Pretty Brook Tennis Club, 229 Pretty Brook Road in Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be sent to the Princeton Friends School, 470 Quaker Road Princeton, N.J. 08540 or Princeton Day School, 650 Great Road Princeton, N.J. 08540.