September 14, 2016

obit-brinster-9-14-16John Francis Brinster

John Francis Brinster, 95, died peacefully at home at Stonebridge on Friday September 9, 2016. He was born and raised in Butler, New Jersey, the son of Lorenz and Margaret Brinster. John was president of his class when he graduated from Butler High School in 1939. He was awarded a full scholarship to Drew University to study chemistry. After a summer job in the Princeton University physics lab, the University made him a similar offer. He went on to graduate magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton with the class of 1943, an honor that he was most proud of.

John grew up in rural New Jersey. As a youngster he built amateur chemistry and electronic labs in his basement and was an active ham radio operator with “friends” all over the world. While in high school he was editor of the school newspaper and played both basketball and football.

After college graduation, John stayed on at Princeton doing research and teaching at the graduate level. The War Manpower Commission required him to remain at Princeton to participate in war developments where he created the first multichannel radio telemetry devices for obtaining data from distant moving vehicles. When the American army captured the German V-2 missile, he was appointed a member of the National V-2 Panel to develop similar technology. He was in charge of five missiles to be fired at White Sands Proving Grounds working with Wernher von Braun. John worked with physicists such as Wheeler, Pauli, Feynman, and Wigner, and also enjoyed associations with Einstein and Oppenheimer at the Institute for Advanced Study. His 1946 analytical report that was requested by the government was the first to recommend data transmission and manipulation in the form of binary code well before the availability of solid-state devices. Later, John became an entrepreneur and with the help of local investors, he started Applied Science Corporation, known as ASCOP and then General Devices. They were small high tech companies in data acquisition, telemetry, and thermo-electricity. General Devices developed and built the telemetry system used in John Glenn’s capsule to communicate from space to earth.

John’s passion for business led him to take over Allied Boats in the late 60’s, the marine division of a small company owned by his brother Larry. From this, he created Marine Drive Systems where John designed and created stern drives (marine propulsion) for various motor boating applications ranging from pleasure boats to large commercial ferries. This enabled John and Doris, his wife of nearly 71 years, to travel world wide marketing the Marine Drive products. Marine Drive Systems successfully competed with industry giants such as Volvo-Penta, MerCruiser, and Chris Craft. John sold the company in the early 90’s and retired.

During his professional years, John, a scientist and creator at heart, received patents for more than 16 inventions. Once retired, John became extremely interested in, and somewhat of an authority on neuroscience and the human mind. As a Princeton alumnus, John worked to emphasize the study of neuroscience at the University by participating in the national “Decade of the Brain” so designated by George H. W. Bush to enhance public awareness of the benefits of brain research. John donated a prize in perpetuity for the best senior thesis in neuroscience. Work with his class led to the realization of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. He made similar scholarship contributions to Rutgers and Drew Universities.

In his later years, John was passionate about writing and published nine books both fiction and non-fiction. He recently finished his tenth book that is yet to be edited and published.

Because of John’s love for boating, he and his family enjoyed summers at the New Jersey shore. He ultimately built a family home in Mantoloking on Barnegat Bay that could easily accommodate his growing four-generation family.

John was a longtime active member of The Nassau Club and so enjoyed his weekly “Saturday Lunch Bunch” meetings. He was also a member of The Old Guard and an invited speaker on several occasions.

John leaves behind his wife, Doris Lacy Ayres, whom he met on a bet with his co-workers in the summer of 1942; his daughters Jaye White and Meg; his son John and his son-in-law, Allen White. John had nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial will be private and handled by Mather Hodge Funeral Home. A memorial service is being planned for October. For information regarding the memorial service, please contact Meg at


John Robert Waltman

John Robert (Bob) Waltman, 94, died on September 8, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at the Stonebridge residence in Skillman.

Bob was born in Steubenville, Ohio to Edwin Guy and Martha Beard Waltman. He attended the Mercersburg Academy before entering Princeton University with the great class of 1945. In the spring of 1943, Bob left Princeton to enlist in the Army. From 1943 to 1946 he served with the Army Corps of Engineers, 1289th Engineer Combat Battalion. Bob served in France, Germany, and the Philippines and attained the rank of First Lieutenant. He returned to Princeton in 1946 to complete his Bachelor of Science in engineering degree. In 1948 he began a long and successful career with the United States Gypsum Company. Retiring from his position as national accounts executive in 1987, Bob was known for his exemplary dedication, integrity, humility, and for his personal touch and wry good humor.

An avid golfer and sailor and a proud member of the Old Guard, Bob enjoyed big band music, jazz and cleverly plotted espionage novels. He traveled frequently, first in the service, then for work, and finally enjoying many trips abroad after his retirement. More than anything, he enjoyed time spent with his family. An exemplary man in every regard, Bob was a gentle soul with a sweetly mischievous twinkle in his eye. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years Diana (Didi) Fredericks Waltman; his daughters Susan Waltman Simpson, Sally (Bay) Waltman (and spouse Elizabeth Ries) and Martha O’Connor (and spouse Michael); and by his son James Robert (Jim) Waltman (and spouse Alicia); as well as by his eight adoring grandchildren; Jack, Diana (Annie) and Matthew Simpson; Kelly, Duncan and John Patrick O’Connor; and Emma and James Torrey (Jimmy) Waltman.

Interment will be held privately. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association or Habitat for Humanity of Trenton.


obit-oconnor-9-14-16Robert Arthur O’Connor

Robert Arthur O’Connor, long-time Princeton resident, died Thursday, September 8, 2016 at age 96 after a long illness.

Mr. O’Connor was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and graduated from the City College of New York in 1942, then served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps 1943-45 in the China-Burma-India theater of operations. He spent most of his career at Columbia Broadcasting System, retiring in 1987 as vice-president, transmission and staff engineering. He was a member of many industry and government committees, including the International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR), IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB.)

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marion (nee Azzoni), his three children: Christine, Arthur and wife Linda, and Andrew and wife Kathryn; and his seven grandchildren Matthew, Brett, Madeline, Julia, Emma, Genevieve, and Rhys as well as many nieces and nephews. His father, Arthur; mother, Justina (nee Zeig); brother, William and wife Ellen (nee Boylan) have predeceased him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman, with burial following at Princeton Cemetery.

Inspired by his love of classical music, the family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Princeton Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 250, Princeton, NJ 08542.

September 7, 2016

Astrida Strazdins Apse

Astrida Strazdins Apse passed away on August 30, 2016 following cardiac arrest, peacefully and with her family by her side in Brunswick, Maine.

Astrida was born in a World War II refugee camp in the American sector of occupied Germany in 1945, her late mother (and longtime Princeton resident) Austra Strazdins, had left Latvia months before. They both emigrated to the United States, first to Michigan and then to Philadelphia, Pa., before she headed to the University of Akron on a scholarship. She was a passionate English literature major, and completed her master’s degree and began a doctorate in the subject at Pennsylvania State University before moving to Cambridge, Mass. to teach at The Girl’s Latin School. In Cambridge, she met and eventually married Juris Imants Apse and moved to Princeton in 1972. In Princeton, Astrida raised 3 children — Colin, Kira, and Stefan — and over the years taught English at Peddie School (starting the English as a second language program there), the Lewis School, and Princeton High School while also tutoring many local students. She lived in Princeton for 35 years before retiring with her husband to Brunswick, Maine near her children, the ocean, and her four grandchildren.

Astrida was a wonderful mother, grandmother, friend, neighbor, book clubber, and partner — always ready to laugh and offer insights from her fascinating life. She might even offer a kind critique of the grammar of this obituary, as a lover of literature and of the rules of English. Few were as fond of teenagers as Astrida, and she not only did wonders with her own kids but also entertained and educated teenagers from Cambridge to Princeton to Brunswick. Astrida’s dedication to, and love for, her children is a trait that was quickly evident to all that knew her. Astrida’s dynamic personality will be missed.

A private celebration of Astrida’s life will take place in Brunswick, Maine. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or in honor of her late mother.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal Street, Brunswick, ME where memorial condolences may be expressed at


Jean Stewart Turner

Jean Stewart Turner, 100, of Stonebridge at Montgomery, Skillman died August 31. Raised in Summit, New Jersey, she graduated from Kent Place School and attended Smith College. Jean married her love, Gordon B. Turner, in 1939. The couple settled in Princeton following World War II, when Gordon returned to complete his education at Princeton University and then become a faculty member. They lived in Princeton until his death in 1996, enjoying many activities together — family, hiking, foreign travel, bridge, and a shared enthusiasm for politics.

Jean had a passion for the arts and was an active docent for many years at the Princeton University Art Museum. She enjoyed giving tours, especially to children, whose innate ability to see what others could not, never ceased to amaze her. Perhaps more than any other interest, nature claimed her heart. This deeply felt connection led Jean to develop a particular affinity for the museum’s Asian art collection.

Jean refused to be inactive in her later years, preferring instead to audit courses at Princeton, attend concerts and other cultural events, play bridge, and to read extensively. Her concern was with the sustainability of a sound, curious, and engaged mind. She had many friends of all ages. Open-minded and loving a good laugh, Jean’s friends could always count on her to be accepting and a source of fun.

Devoted to family, Jean is survived by her daughters, Michael Ann Walstad and Gazey Turner of Lawrenceville; two granddaughters and their husbands, Kim and Matthew Zablud and Avery and Doug Connolly; and two great grandsons, Lee Zablud and Silas Connolly, all of the Washington, D.C. area. Beloved by her family, she will be deeply missed.

At Jean’s request, a quiet family remembrance will be held.

Thinking of Jean on a walk in the woods or a visit to a museum would be a lovely tribute. Her family would like to thank the staffs of Assisted Living at Stonebridge and Princeton Hospice for their compassionate and devoted care.


Obit Paine 9-7-16Thomas Hooker Paine

On August 16, 2016, Thomas Hooker Paine passed away peacefully at home in San Diego with his wife by his side.

Tom was the second child of Anna Hooker Paine and F. Rodney Paine of Duluth. His education was at Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton University, where he took a degree in economics.

As a child in Duluth, Tom was known as an excellent chess player. One summer when Nobel laureate Sinclair Lewis was in Duluth writing, he let it be known he could not find an adequate chess opponent; Tom spent the rest of the summer being that opponent.

While Tom was at Princeton, he wrote an article for the campus paper on the futility and danger of the United States’ pursuit of the Cold War. Albert Einstein, then doing research at Princeton, strongly supported this opinion and immediately invited Tom for an afternoon of tea and discussion on pacifism.

In 1950, Tom began a career in economics at the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, where he was soon published on the topic of the rise of formal employee benefits and the need for their sound regulation to protect the public. This work led to an offer of partnership in a small Illinois-based human resources consulting firm, Hewitt Associates. That firm is now part of AON Hewitt, which has nearly 30,000 employees worldwide.

Tom became a national thought leader on employee benefits and compensation, established Hewitt Associates’ New York office, and was a major driver of the firm’s rapid revolution of cash and non-cash compensation throughout the world. The firm was the only company asked by the U. S. government to consult on the Federal Interagency Task Force (1964-68) that led to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (1974). From this work flowed Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs, 1974) and new employee saving and investment opportunities through section 401(k) of the Revenue act of 1978.

In 1981, The New York Times quoted Tom on his work with American Can Company on one of the earliest Flexible Benefits Programs, enabling employees to customize their benefits to their own needs. “Flexible plans give you more bang for the buck,” he said. “This is not being done just to make people feel good.”

While he continued groundbreaking client work throughout the 1980s, Tom was recognized internally as a humble and unstinting mentor of young associates. In truth, he found his greatest rewards in these efforts.

In the early 1990s, Tom undertook major international projects for Hewitt Associates. He built a team to assist the People’s Republic of China in the privatization of its state-owned industries. Then, in 1994, Tom led a second team to help British Hong Kong develop a Mandatory Provident Fund to provide a retirement income structure for the country prior to its return to China. With this work finished, Tom formally retired from Hewitt Associates.

While living in New York, Tom had met Teresa Ann Norton, also a Hewitt Associates partner, and they were married in 1980. The two resided on the East Coast until 1990, when they made a major change in coasts and lifestyles.

Tom and Teresa relocated to Napa Valley where they founded Vineyard 29, an exclusive, estate Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard that grew to cult status in the ten years they were vintners. The wine remains in high demand today under new ownership. Through charity auctions, Vineyard 29 raises substantial sums for heath care and animal welfare.

Finally, in 2000, actual retirement seemed like a good idea. The couple moved to Rancho Santa Fe and then San Diego, where they devoted their time to charity and academics.

Tom was a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Employee Benefits Research Institute, and the Napa Valley Vintners’ Association and was named Volunteer of the Year for Interfaith Community Services in North County San Diego.

Throughout his life, Tom was widely known for his charming absent-mindedness; in the 1950s Hewitt Associates abandoned its rule that consultants wear hats to client meetings partially because Tom left most of his hats at his clients’ offices. He also had an uncanny ability to divert almost any conversation onto the topic of prime numbers, leaving his friends fascinated if not somewhat speechless. And, although Tom was not an athlete, his physical ability to hang multiple spoons off his nose and face (especially in elegant restaurants) astounded audiences and embarrassed his wife.

Tom’s wife and best friend, Teresa, survives him. He leaves three beloved sons from an earlier marriage: Thomas H. (Lisa); John K. (Patricia); and F. Rodney (Li); five treasured grandchildren; and a dear brother and sister.


Obit Fuschini 9-7-16Michael J. Fuschini

Michael J. Fuschini Sr. age 78 passed away September 3, 2016 at home. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he lived in Princeton for 27 years until moving to Ewing 10 years ago. He was educated at St. Paul’s School and was a graduate of Princeton High School. Mr. Fuschini was employed over 40 years in the Harness Racing Industry.

Husband of the late Jackie Owens Fuschini, son of the late Helen and Michele Fuschini, and brother of the late John Fuschini.

Mr. Fuschini is survived by a son Michael Fuschini Jr. (Maria); daughter Jo Ann Fuschini Geter; grandchildren: Jazmin, Jaime, Jason, Sydney, Nicolas, and Luca; great grandson Christopher; brother Joseph; special nieces Michelle Boivin and Joanne Baloga; special extended family Maria, Chuck, Brad, and Katie Hector; special friend Lottie Leonard; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are private. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.


Wilson J. Esposito

Wilson J. Esposito, 91, of Princeton died Friday, September 2, 2016 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident. He was a United States Army World War II Veteran. Wilson retired in 1988 with over 43 years of service as a construction repairman with the New Jersey Department of Transportation. For many years, he owned his own taxi business and after his retirement, Wilson operated Esposito’s Lawn Service. He was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church.

Son of the late Michael and Mary (Caruso) Esposito; husband of the late June Esposito; pre-decesased by his brothers and sister Anthony, August, Joe, Peter, Mike and Elizabeth.

He is survived by 3 sons Kieran, Peter and Patrick Esposito, 2 grandchildren Andrew and Connor Esposito and many nieces and nephews. And, his caretaker and special niece, Christine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial in St. Paul’s Cemetery will be private.

Friends were asked to call on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

August 31, 2016

Obit Rubel 8-31-16Herbert M. Rubel

Herbert M. Rubel, beloved husband of 51 years to Connie Jo Rubel, and devoted father of Steven J. Rubel died in his sleep at home, in Princeton, on August 18, 2016. His passing was unexpected because he exuded his usual brand of vitality until the end.

Born in New York City but raised in Lakewood, N.J., he spent his summers working as a lifeguard and was responsible for saving at least two lives. He went on to major in economics and graduated with a degree from Rutgers University in 1963. Economics drove him — a passion that led him to an equal love for mathematics. And while he loved to learn, he truly thrived at teaching others. Herbert was the consummate teacher (in all aspects) and some even called him “the professor.” He often tutored students free of charge and led them through the hazards and pitfalls of calculus.

Fresh out of college, Herbert began a 25-year career for IBM which started in economics but quickly led to the faster pace division of sales. He went on to break records as a top salesman for the company. In 1990 at the age of 50, Herbert retired and devoted his new-found free time to coach soccer for his son and other kids in Princeton. His time and investment in the team, the Flash, was rewarded with many championships, tournament play-offs, trophies, and priceless memories.

He was a regular around town and could often be found at the library or Dunkin Donuts drinking a tall cup of coffee, deep in debate with someone concerning current political affairs. His deeply held convictions led him to write an editorial which was recently published in the April 24th edition of the Hoboken Reporter. In his leisure time he liked to unwind by playing golf, a sport he discovered during his years as a salesman at IBM. But he also loved to bike and swim. Herbert loved the outdoors, was tenacious, and endlessly optimistic. However, the quality that outshone all others was the boundless, unconditional love he showered on his son and wife. He was not a perfect man, nonetheless, one could not have wished for a more giving, loving, and devoted father. He will be deeply missed but will always be in our hearts.


Obits DeBardeleben 8-31-16John Thomas DeBardeleben, Jr.

A funeral service will be held for John Thomas DeBardeleben, Jr. on Wednesday, August 31 at McIlwain Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1220 E. Blount Street, Pensacola, Fla., with interment following at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens in Pensacola.

A long-time resident of Princeton, John was born at Fort Benning, Ga., the son of an Army Chaplain. He was educated at Vanderbilt University, where he studied psychology and chemistry, played football, and served as president of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.

After graduation, he was recruited by New York Life Insurance Company as an agent in 1951. He rose quickly through the ranks, managing sales offices across the southeast and fulfilling various roles at the company’s regional and national headquarters.

By the time of his retirement in 1989, he was senior executive vice president at the home office in New York City and responsible for all group insurance — both life and health — in the United States and around the world. Over the years, he received many honors from New York Life, including nine consecutive “Grand Slams,” and the first “Founder’s Award” from the Health Insurance Association of America, an annual award created specifically for him.

At the time of his death, John had seven children by birth and marriage, 13 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. He is mourned by his beloved wife Florence Barbara; his children Jack and Chuck DeBardeleben and Eve Roebuck, Rick Kaiser, Joanne Kaiser, Carole Leitgeb, and Linda Kaiser — all with their respective spouses and children.

John was a committed Christian, a member and Ruling Elder in various congregations of the Presbyterian Church in America, and a donor to evangelical causes in the United States and around the world. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Ps. 116:15).


Obit Jaros 8-31-16Robert J. Jaros

Robert J. Jaros, 90, a resident of Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, entered into eternal rest there surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Born in Albany, N.Y., he attended Christian Brothers Academy, Albany N.Y., served in the Army Air Force during World War II and graduated with a chemical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. He attended Stanford University’s executive management course and retired from FMC Corporation as director of manufacturing.

He married Helen Butler, also of Albany, and was a loving devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Helen and four children and their families: Marianne and Milo Meixell of Kingwood, Tex.; Arleen Coyle and Dave Zamara of Bernardsville, N.J.; Robert E. and Kristin Jaros of Boulder, Colo.; Susan and David Lydzinski of Belle Mead, N.J.; seven grandsons and five granddaughters who called him Pampa. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t or couldn’t do for his grandchildren. His loving generous spirit and unconditional love were the rock around which our family drew strength and inspiration.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 47 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ 08558 on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. Interment will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005 or at

Condolences are welcome at

Arrangements are under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, New Jersey.

August 24, 2016

Obit Kaine 8-24-16Curtis Andrew Caine 

Curtis Andrew Kaine, devoted husband of Karen Kaine and loving father of Trevor Kaine and Kendra Kaine Saechao, passed on Thursday morning, August 4, 2016. Having worked at Tenacre Foundation in several capacities for almost 30 years, Curtis’s friendly smile and exuberant greeting could be seen and heard at many Princeton establishments. His well-known “Helloooo” will continue to echo in the hearts of his family, friends and acquaintances.

Curtis’s love of theater, both on and off the stage, characterized his love of life. As a thespian, he played roles off Broadway in New York and in both regional and local community theater. He could often be seen at Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Hopewell which became his theatrical family and home. For several years, he was also a professional Santa. With his jolly personality and incredible sense of humor, he was a natural.

Spirituality played a key role in Curtis’s life and his membership in and service to 1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Princeton was very important to him. Curtis was also an avid supporter of local politics and civic activities. His infectious smile and his understanding of God have been a blessing to many.

In addition to his wife and two children, Curtis is survived by two brothers, Stephen and Peter Kaine, and two stepdaughters Megan Aubrey and Jackie Rogers.

In lieu of flowers, Curtis’s legacy of caring about others may be honored by donations to any of the following organizations: First Church of Christ, Scientist, Princeton; Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Hopewell, NJ; Tenacre Foundation.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held in California.


James Dawson Moyer

James Dawson (JD) Moyer, 39, died August 3, 2016. JD was born in Princeton on May 31, 1977. He was the son of Nina Moyer and Lee Moyer, who predeceased his son.

JD graduated from Hopewell Valley High School and the University of Vermont where he played lacrosse. After his graduation in 2000 he moved to San Diego, Calif. and joined a group of college lacrosse players who helped develop youth lacrosse on the west coast. As a coach, JD had an ability to inspire, motivate, and bring out the best in each player. He was more than a coach, he was a teacher, mentor, and friend to all.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Lauren Moyer, his children Will and Molly, his mother Nina Moyer and brothers Andy (Anne) and Mike (Shaina), his nephews Eli and Charlie, and many very special cousins, aunts, and uncles.

JD was First Vice President at Alliant Insurance Services. An education fund for the children is being set up by his employer. Donations in JD’s memory will be collected for two months and may be made out to Alliant, Alliant Insurance Services, c/o Mariane Holmes, 1301 Dove Street, Suite 200, Newport Beach CA 92660. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 10 a.m. at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church in San Diego, CA.


Obit Gillespie 8-24-16Sara Davies Gillespie

Sara Davies Gillespie, 89, a resident of Princeton for 60 years, died at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Hamilton on August 5, 2016, nine days after a fall at her home. She was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1927, where her grandfather had been mayor three times, and her father was an alderman, but moved with her family to Detroit soon after her birth as her father helped launch the Universal Credit Corp., the new financing arm of the Ford Motor Company.

Her mother was so unhappy with the proposed move north that she secured a promise that they would spend most vacation time home, so they rented, bought, and eventually built a home at the new Sea Island resort, on the Georgia coast. She graduated from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia in 1945 and then followed her aunt Inez, two sisters and various cousins to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, graduating in 1949.

After college, she married the affable and popular, newly-minted Yale PhD John Davies ’41 and he accepted teaching positions at the University of Minnesota and Smith. In 1955, the family moved to Princeton and her husband would edit the Princeton Alumni Weekly for the next 15 years. They built one of the first houses way out on Heather Lane, well before the construction of PDS or the straightening of the Great Road, where they raised the world’s worst behaved boxers and threw pretty good dinner parties. As a young married woman, she volunteered at Princeton hospital, the N.J. Neuro-Psychiatric Institute in Skillman, and tirelessly at Planned Parenthood in Princeton and Trenton, where she eventually became president and a national board member.

After her divorce in 1971, she used her major in art history to become a curator and framing specialist at Gallery 100 on Nassau Street. Later, she became a managing director for William Sword’s Foundation Managers on Chambers Street. In 1988, she married Gene Gillespie and they enjoyed winters in Delray Beach, Florida and at her family house at Mill Reef, Antigua.

She is survived by her two delightful children, Carsten, known as Tena, and Horace Andrew, known as “The Atomic Gasser”, both of Manhattan; a granddog Roxy; her older sister Mary T. Hoagland of Denver; 3 stepchildren; and ten nieces and nephews.

She followed the example set by her first husband and beloved aunt Dua Helmer by prerranging a “Whole Body Donation” with the RWJ/ Rutgers Medical School in Piscataway, saving her family a lot of costly and difficult decisions. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a contribution to Pastor Luc Deratus’s Haiti Mission or a charity of your choice, and enjoy a Dove mini ice cream bar and/or a Lindt dark chocolate truffle. She was a pistol.


Colin P. Simonelli

Colin P. Simonelli, 24, of Princeton died Saturday, August 20, 2016. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident, except for 3 years when he lived in Pittsburgh. Colin was a student at UMass, Boston. Colin was a lovable and loving son, grandson, brother, cousin, and friend; whose heart, laughter, compassion, and courage will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Grandson of the late James R. Beale, he is survived by his parents Tony and Susan (Beale) Simonelli; two brothers, Mario Simonelli and Xavier Simonelli; maternal grandmother Ellen Beale; paternal grandparents Chris and Linda Simonelli; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Friends were invited to call on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Mercer County Community College Foundation to help establish a memorial scholarship in Colin’s memory. Please make your donation online at (please be sure to indicate in comments: In memory of Colin Simonelli; or mail it to MCCC Foundation, PO Box 17202, Trenton NJ 08690).

At UMASS Boston, gifts in memory of Colin can be made in the following ways:

 By check: Checks should be made out to “UMass Boston” and write “In memory of Colin Simonelli” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to: University Advancement, Attention: Anne Kelly-Contini, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA 02125.

Online: Gifts can be made online at by clicking on the “Give” button. Fill in the form as instructed, including the section that says “My Gift is in Honor or Memory.”


Robert Moment Cortelyou

Robert Moment Cortelyou, 80, of Hopewell Borough, died Thursday morning August 11, 2016, at the home of his youngest son, Jack and daughter-in-law Diane after a brief battle with cancer.

Robert (Bob) was born in Princeton on September 15, 1935, and grew up living on “The Farm” on Old Georgetown Road. He graduated from Princeton High School and went on to earn an associates degree from the State University of New York at Delhi in 1955 and a Bachelor of Science from Rider University in 1967. He served as a court martial reporter in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. Robert retired in 1999 from Delaval Co, in Trenton, where he helped manage manufacturing facilities in Canada and China.

Robert was the son of the late Clifford Stryker Cortelyou and Ruth Louise Moment Cortelyou. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy Powers Cortelyou, a son David who died soon after birth, and a brother Garrie Cortelyou. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law Garrie and Debbie of Ringoes, NJ; Larry and Toni of Skillman; and Jack and Diane of Hopewell; four grandchildren, John, Bob, Jacob and Lily; three siblings, Peter of Herndon, Pa.; Kip of McLean, Va.; and Jane Casey of Princeton, and many close friends.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman, farmer, and an iconic family man. He was known around town by many as “Pop”. He had a larger than life personality, always had a funny story, a kind word, and helping hand for all.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Six Mile Run Reformed Church in Franklin Park. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hopewell Memorial Home and Cremation, 71 E. Prospect Street, Hopewell, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the 4H Association of Somerset County, 310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08007 or to the Future Farmers of America, P.O. Box 68960, Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960.

August 17, 2016

Obit Faughnan 8-17-16Brian Wilfred Faughnan

Brian Faughnan of Wilmot, N.H. passed away on August 1, 2016. He was the son of Patrick J. Faughnan and Barbara Gordon Faughnan.

Quick witted, curious, and a life-long learner, Brian had a scientific mind and an appreciation for theater, dance, and music. He was always open to new perspectives, always reading across the disciplines, and seeking out new ways of asking age-old questions. Brian was always available to lead discussions about a broad range of topics including politics and religion.

Nature lured him. He canoed, rowed, hiked, biked, skied, snowshoed, and camped. We remember him hiking up Mount Washington in winter and cycling up Mount Washington in summer, cross country skiing in fresh new powder, or rowing a single scull on Kezar Lake. He devoted much of his energy and intellect to preserving the natural environment and promoting access with Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, the Wilmot Conservation Committee, and the SRK Greenway Coalition. He could often be found at his computer, crunching GIS data to create the SRK Greenway Trail Guide maps.

We remember Brian entertaining friends and family, preparing gin and tonics, and cooking on the grill. Or he was in his study completing a project, or teaching himself a new gadget or technology. Reading or working at his computer, there was usually a purring cat by his side.

Brian spent a lot of time in the company of his wife Barbara, his only daughter Kelly, and since 2001, his son-in-law, Bjarne Holmes, as well as extended family and friends. Barbara and Brian were together for over 50 years, and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this coming November.

He lived the first 24 years of his life in Montreal, graduating from McGill University with a degree in engineering physics. Graduate school brought him south of the border, to Cambridge, Mass., where he completed his PhD in physics at MIT. Right out of graduate school, he started his first and last job as a research physicist in Princeton. The company changed names a few times, but he worked happily in the same lab space for 40 years, receiving several awards for his research accomplishments. Retirement in 1999 was a smooth transition. Brian and Barbara designed their new home in Wilmot, N.H. and quickly embedded themselves in the local community.

Brian is survived by his wife Barbara Faughnan (Bunker), daughter Kelly Faughnan, son-in-law, Bjarne Holmes; siblings: Frank Faughnan of Ste. Anne, PQ, Lou Kelly of St. Sauveur, PQ, and Barbara Anger and her husband David of San Francisco, Calif. Also surviving is his sister-in-law Betty Lovejoy of Concord, N.H. and Sally Smith of Ft. Myers, Fla. and many nieces and nephews and grand- nieces and nephews.

A future memorial gathering will be held at their home in September. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, 71 Pleasant St., New London, N.H. and Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice, 107 Newport Road, New London, NH 03257.


Obit Brown 8-17-16Jean Haws Brown

Jean Haws Brown, 89, died peacefully in hospice care at Merwick Care Center on Friday, August 12. A sudden two-week bout of pneumonia and respiratory failure foiled her plan to stick it out through December to see a grandson, Ray, graduate from Mercer County Community College with honors in math and science courses.

Jean was born in Stamford and raised in in Greenwich, Conn. She was educated at Rosemary Hall and Miss Hall’s before graduating from Smith College in 1948. At Smith she was No. 1 in her class freshman year, and Phi Beta Kappa based on sophomore year grades, spending a junior year abroad in postwar Europe.

Golf, gardening, and travel gave a great deal of pleasure to Jean, a longtime member of Springdale Golf Club. She was fearless and thorough in a quiet way. In her 70s she was photographed with a long green snake around her neck at a snake charmer’s stall in Tangiers. In her 80s she allowed both of her teenage grandsons to live with her in her home (one at a time) so they could attend Princeton High School. Both graduated.

She is survived by her daughter Gay Miller of New York City and son Peter Miller of Honolulu; grandsons Brian Ray Miller of Princeton and Sean Charles Miller of Tokyo; her sister Gabriella Woese of Atlanta, and her brother Robert Haws of Kaneohe, Hawaii. She was predeceased by her parents, Gabriella Spooner Dunn and Henry Ernst Haws.

Her ashes will be buried in Trinity-All Saints’ cemetery with those of her second husband, George Brown, and her deceased son Douglas Haws Miller.

In lieu of flowers or a service, donations may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Obit Raser 8-17-16Thomas J. Raser III

Thomas J. Raser III, 85, passed away at home on August 7, 2016 after battling an unrelenting cancer for nine months. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 22, 1931, went to Frankfurt High School, and then Bryn Mawr College before serving as a Tank commander in the U.S. Army. After leaving the army, he was married to Edith Peters, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and began his career in marketing, advertising, and public relations with General Electric. He spent many years with N.W. Ayer, one of the country’s largest advertising agencies, as a vice president, managing some of the firm’s largest accounts. He retired from American Cyanamid Co. in 1991 as director of marketing communications: agricultural division. Tom was predeceased by Edith and married Florence Mooney in 1977.

The Rasers began coming to Naples in 1991 and owned a condo on Vanderbilt Beach where Tom served on the Board of Directors as vice president and president. They became permanent residents of the Vistas at Bonita Bay in June 1998 after living in Princeton since 1962. He joined many organizations: the English Speaking Union, where he served as vice president and program chairman for four years, the University of Pennsylvania SW Florida Alumni Association, where he served as president for a number of years, the Speakers Assembly of SW Florida, the Collier Athletic Club, The Sigma Chi Alumni Club, the Bonita Springs Men’s Club, the Bonita Bay Club, and the Bonita Bay Fishing Club where he served as program chairman. He was also a member of the Nassau Club of Princeton.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Florence, his son Jeffrey, and wife Mary; as well his step-children Reynold, Diane, Robert, Susan and 15 grandchildren. He loved his boat, fishing, reading historical novels, and keeping up with his extended family. He will be dearly missed and will have a life remembered.

A memorial and celebration of life service will be held in Princeton at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home.


Laura Ann Burger

Laura Ann Burger died quietly in her sleep in the early hours of August 10, 2016 at The University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she graduated from South Brunswick High School in 1973 and received her Associates Degree from Thomas A. Edison College in 1994. She worked for Dun and Bradstreet as a senior programmer for 15 years.

Health issues forced her to retire earlier than she would have liked, but she kept her life full with friends and family. Her varied interests included travel, reading, crossword puzzles, music, and movies. She also played a ruthless game of Scrabble, mostly whipping her usual adversary (Dad) mercilessly.

Beloved daughter of Gloria and Raymond Burger and sister of Stephen Burger and Adair Gaudioso, she is also survived by her nieces Sophia Gaudioso Malachias and Monica Gaudioso and her great-niece, Lydia Malachias. She was a very special aunt, supportive, kind, and generous in all ways. Her brother-in-law, Giovanni Gaudioso, aunt, Christina Tercy, and cousins Trish Vine, Laureen Cannella, Michael Tercy, Barbara Burger, Christine Trotta, and Raymond Burger were all very special to her.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 45 Henderson Road, Kendall Park. Burial followed in Ten Mile Run Cemetery.

Friends were asked to call on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. at M. J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to The Friends of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped at P.O. Box 434, Woodbridge, NJ 07095 ( Through their programs and support, Laura enjoyed many hours of entertainment.

August 15, 2016

Obit Young 8-3-16Jordan M. Young 

Jordan M. Young, born September 25, 1920, died peacefully in his apartment in Middlebury, Vermont on July 21, 2016. His most recent trip to Brazil, in May and June of this year, capped his 75-year career in the study of Brazilian politics and history. Born in New York City, he first visited Brazil in 1941, arriving just before the U.S. entry into World War II. Unable to return to the U.S. because of war travel restrictions, he continued his studies at the University of São Paulo, worked as a rural sociologist in the Amazon, and helped organize Brazilian rubber workers to support the war effort. While in Belem at the mouth of the Amazon he met Dionir de Souza Gomes. After a stint as a civilian in the Armed Services Forces Language Unit he served in the U.S. Army from 1943-45.

He completed his undergraduate studies through the G.I. bill at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1946. He was the first recipient of the Dougherty Fellowship for the study of Chile, and did research there in 1947 and 1948. On the way there, he once again ran into Dionir, this time in Rio de Janeiro. In 1949 he received a U.S. State Department research fellowship in Brazil. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1950 he was invited to study for his PhD at the Graduate School at Princeton University. It was in Princeton in 1952 that he and Dionir were married — a partnership that lasted 62 years, until her death in 2014.

After a brief period in investment banking in Brazil and as a chemical plant manager in Venezuela in 1956, Jordan settled into his life-long role as “Professor Young” at Pace University in New York, where he taught courses on U.S. history, Caribbean history and culture, and Brazilian history, culture, and politics. He and Dionir lived in Princeton for 55 years, where they were hosts and surrogate parents to generations of Brazilians who passed through Princeton University.

Frequently during his teaching career he invited political leaders to address his classes via long-distance telephone, leading to long-running associations with Prime Minister Michael Manley of Jamaica and Governor Carlos Lacerda in Rio de Janeiro. The latter led to the naming of an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro as the “Escola Pace.” In the 1980’s, in an effort to create links between Brazilian entrepreneurs and the financial markets in New York, he founded the Brazilian-American Business Institute, affiliated with Pace University. Later in the 1980’s he co-hosted a series of seminars around Brazil on environmental law, in conjunction with the Pace University Environmental Law program. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Rodolfo Lima Martensen Medal of Honor from the Escola Superior Propaganda e Marketing in São Paulo, Brazil.

He was the author of three books on Brazil, including Brazil 1954-1964: End of a Civilian Cycle, which was widely read in Brazil as one of the first books to provide historical perspective on the rise of the military government in 1964. His memoir, Lost in the Stars of the Southern Cross: The Making of a Brazilianist, was published in 2014.

His interest in travel never abated. In the last years of his life he traveled to Hawaii, Cuba, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, and Brazil (several times), as well as the Canadian Maritimes, the Canadian Rockies, and Alaska. Whether speaking Portuguese or English, he had an extraordinary ability to connect with people. It was the unusual person with whom he could not find something in common after a few minutes of conversation, and he formed life-long friendships in places as unlikely as the Princeton-to-New York commuter train. After moving to Middlebury in 2013 he created a place for himself as the senior member of the small community of those with ties to Brazil in his area, as well as creating a network of relationships at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society and Eastview at Middlebury.

Jordan is survived by his son Jordan M. Young II, daughter-in-law Margaret Levine Young, grandchildren Margaret V. Young and Christopher Isaac Young, and many nieces and nephews in Brazil. He was predeceased by his sister Annette Young Regal and wife Dionir. Donations may be made in his memory to the Jordan M. Young Sr. Trust, which will provide educational opportunities for those in Brazil or studying about Brazil (1042 Ridge Rd, Middlebury VT 05753). A memorial service will be held in the fall at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury, Vermont. Interment will be in Princeton, also in the fall.


Gloria Lerner Tener

Gloria Lerner Tener, 78, passed away on August 7, 2016 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, after struggling with dementia for several years.

Gloria was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and graduated from the Elmwood Franklin School before graduating from the Buffalo Seminary in 1955 and Vassar College in 1959. She married Barry Korman shortly after graduation and they lived in Buffalo; West Hartford, Conn.; Dallas, Tex.; Winnetka, Ill; and Rochester, N.Y. before moving to Maplewood, N.J. in 1975. She had two children, Heidi Beth Sloss and Tracy Korman. She was active in the League of Women Voters and equal housing efforts when her children were young.

Gloria, who moved to Princeton in 1985, began working as a labor mediator with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission in 1976 and retired as the director of conciliation after 25 years of State service in 2000. In retirement, she participated in several volunteer activities including being a docent at Grounds for Sculpture.

She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey B. Tener, of 25 years as well as her two children and four grandchildren, Dakin Sloss and Kamala Sloss, and Milo Korman and Sylvie Korman.

A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

August 3, 2016

Obit McCleeland 8-3-16Richard Lee McClelland

Richard Lee McClelland, D.D.S., 89, died Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. He had his dental practice in Princeton for 30 years and was a resident there for nearly 50 years.

A graduate of Princeton University with the Class of 1950, he received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania with clinical and academic honors. Dr. McClelland was on the staff of the Princeton Medical Center and was chairman of the dental department on several occasions. He also was the first dentist to serve on the executive committee of the Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry and was recognized by the Marquis Who’s Who in America. Case histories and photographs of his prosthetic dentistry were used by faculty members of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in publications and credited to him.

During World War II he enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served as an aircrew man in 1945 and 1946. He chose to remain in the Inactive Reserve at the time of his discharge. Three years later he was notified of his selection for commissioning as an Ensign in the Reserve. His recall to active duty during the Korean War was delayed until he received his dental degree. As a Lieutenant in the Dental Corps, he served briefly aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Tarawa in the Atlantic before transferring to the carrier U.S.S. Bennington for her voyage from Rhode Island around the tip of South America to California and the Western Pacific. Following his release from active duty Dr. McClelland joined the Naval Reserve Research Company 4-1, meeting in Princeton. A portion of his annual training as a reservist was at the Navy’s advanced postgraduate dental facility at Bethesda Naval Hospital. After his promotion to Commander, he held office in 1972-1973 as the national dental surgeon of the Reserve Officer Association of The United States, representing Reserve dental officers of all three uniformed services.

He retired with the rank of Captain in the United States Navy after more than 30 years in the Navy Reserve; five of which were on active duty.

Dr. McClelland was a past president of the Rotary Club of Princeton, a 50 year member of both The Nassau Club and the Princeton Club of New York. He was a former member of the Old Guard. He leaves his wife of more than 57 years, Elizabeth Anne McClelland, three sons, R. Scott McClelland of Columbia, S.C.; Wlliam A. McClelland of Charlotte, N.C.; and R. Craig McClelland of Rock Hill, S.C.; nine grandchildren; and a brother, W. Craig McClelland of Hobe Sound, Fla.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery. Calling hour will be from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his name may be made to the Salvation Army or the USO.


Isobel M. Metzger

Isobel M. Metzger died on July 27, 2016 in Princeton, New Jersey. She was 98 years old.

Born in Lima Peru, Isobel was the eldest child of Scottish parents, the Rev. John A. Mackay and Mrs. Jane L. Mackay. John Mackay was the founder of Colegio San Andres in Lima, and served as an evangelist and educator in Latin America. Isobel received her early education in Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, and Inverness, Scotland.

In 1932 the family moved to Summit, New Jersey, and four years later, when John Mackay was called to become president of Princeton Theological Seminary, Isobel and the family moved to Princeton. She graduated from Summit High School, Wellesley College, and Columbia Teachers College. Following graduation Isobel taught in schools in Silver Spring, Maryland and Short Hills, New Jersey. In 1944 she married Bruce M. Metzger, who went on to teach for many years as a professor of New Testament at the Princeton Theological Seminary. They were married for 62 years, until Bruce’s death in 2007.

Isobel was active in service to the Christian Church. She served on the New Brunswick presbyterial and on the New Jersey synodical for several years, and taught Sunday school classes for many years at First Presbyterian Church (now Nassau Presbyterian Church). Fluent in Spanish, during the 1990s she supported and encouraged the Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana (the Spanish Presbyterian Church) that worshipped at the Kingston Presbyterian Church. Isobel welcomed students to her home each semester and extended warm hospitality to countless visiting pastors, missionaries, and professors from the United States and abroad. She contributed articles to the Oxford Companion to the Bible (1993) and was co-compiler of the Oxford Concise Concordance (1962).

Isobel also took part in community activities. She served as president of the Wellesley Club of Central New Jersey and as a trustee of the YWCA of Princeton for 4 years. For 19 years she volunteered in the Princeton University program for helping international graduate students with their usage of English conversation. Her hobbies included gardening and oil painting, and she travelled widely with her husband and family.

Isobel was predeceased by her parents, President John A. Mackay and Jane Logan Mackay; her husband, Professor Bruce M. Metzger; and three siblings, Duncan A. D. Mackay, of Washington, D.C.; Elena Mackay Reisner of Falls Church, Virginia; and Ruth Mackay Russell of Columbus, Ohio.

She is survived by her sons, John M. Metzger and Dr. James B. Metzger, and their wives, Sandra (Wellington) Metzger and Dawn (Mosier) Metzger; as well as 14 nephews and nieces; and two first cousins.

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


James Robert Deneen

James Robert Deneen died on July 16, 2016, at the Morris Hall Meadows in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, following a prolonged illness. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Thalia S. Deneen and his son, Christopher Deneen. A memorial gathering for friends and family will be held on Saturday, September, 17, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

Jim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to James A. Deneen and Margaret (née Simpson) Deneen on March 28, 1928. He grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, moving to Evansville, Indiana in his teen years.

In his late teens, Jim entered St. Meinrad Seminary where he majored in philosophy and classics. Upon graduation, St. Meinrad sent him to the University of Innsbruck for graduate
studies in theology. Jim would often describe this as the best time of his life; studying theology in Austria, biking in the summers through Europe with fellow seminarians, and studying German and French at the Universities of Paris and Heidelberg.

After ordination in Innsbruck, Jim returned to the United States to serve the Diocese of Evansville. He was chief administrator of a nursing home and superintendent of Evansville Catholic Schools. During this period he also earned an MA in school administration from Catholic University in 1957. Despite his many responsibilities, he found time to teach classes in religion and history. Teaching would remain a life-long passion for him.

In 1968, Jim earned his PhD in educational administration from Indiana University, Bloomington. A year earlier he had become executive secretary of the superintendents department of the National Catholic Educational Association in
Washington D.C. The following year, Jim resigned his ecclesiastical position and was later laicized. He soon joined the Ford Foundation in New York City as a consultant on educational administration and began teaching as an adjunct associate professor at Fordham University.

In February 1969, Jim married Thalia Stathas, a professor of English Literature at Indiana University. In September, they moved from New York to Princeton where Jim had been hired by ETS. The following year, their son Christopher was born.

Jim joined Education Testing Service (ETS) in 1969 as director of teacher programs. He went on to become director of educational services and was later a program officer for ETS’s College Board Division and Advanced Placement Program (AP). He remained with ETS until his retirement in 1992, but until 2000, he was an active member of the Joint College Board-ETS Research Committee for the AP.

Jim remained tremendously active in retirement. The emphasis of his work had always been the betterment of teachers, schools, and students. The areas Jim worked in ranged from better classroom assessment to enhancing students’ critical thinking skills. This emphasis carried over into his retirement. During his professional career and retirement Jim authored over 40 articles and books on educational issues and taught 60 institutes and workshops for principals and teachers.

Jim also served as a member of the board of the Princeton Adult School and the board of trustees of the Princeton Charter School. As a board member, he organized and led the school’s successful accreditation process. He was also a board member and chaired the Charter School Committee of the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) in Washington D.C. He continued to serve as a consultant to ETS, the AP, and the College Board, as well as The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Retirement should be a period of diversifying one’s interests and Jim pursued this goal with vigor. He became active in the Princeton Old Guard, helping to organize speaking engagements. He also became a member of the Princeton University Art Museum Docents Association. As a docent, he was able to continue his life-long commitment to teaching. Jim also continued his membership in an informal Princeton Men’s Group that holds meetings and retreats to discuss personal experiences, intellectual interests, and news topics of global importance.

It was through the Men’s Group that Jim became involved with his final, seminal project: helping Trenton public schools and their at-risk students. The Men’s Group devoted considerable time to championing the need to provide better public education for at-risk Trenton school children. The Trenton Times made editorial page space available to Jim and his colleagues for this project. Jim and the group were lead sponsors of a symposium to reform urban education for disadvantaged New Jersey children conducted under the auspices of Princeton University’s James Madison Program. Jim and his fellow Men’s Group member, Carm Catanese, also enlisted the Trenton Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Housing authority to support summer classes for computerized reading instruction programs in Trenton public schools.

Jim and Carm sought and gained the support of several school principals and arranged workshops to train teachers to participate in the program. Working in collaboration with educational leaders, they increased involvement of Trenton public school parents in their children’s education. In 2011, at 83 years of age, Jim published his final book with Carm Catanese, Urban Schools: Crisis and Revolution. Drawing on their experiences working in Trenton and the current challenges in education, the authors provide a roadmap to where public education might go and how it might serve those most in need. This book is both synthesis and capstone to a career-long passion for excellence in education and a life lived in service and dedication to that cause.

Jim Deneen’s life is well characterized by Chaucer’s description of the clerk in The Canterury Tales: “And gladly would he learn and gladly teach.” Although Jim is no longer here, the illumination and inspiration he has provided to friends, family and the countless people whom his life has touched remain.

July 27, 2016

Obit Trapp 7-27-16Elizabeth Schenk Trapp

Elizabeth Schenk Trapp, 78, of Sargentville, Maine, died on Monday, June 20, 2016 in her home surrounded by her family. Born in Flemington, NJ, on April 18, 1938, Betsy was the daughter of the late John Foran Schenk and Elizabeth Stryker Schenk. She had resided in Sargentville since 2011, having formerly lived in Bay Head, NJ, from 1976 until 2011. Betsy was an alumna of the Westover School, Middlebury, CT, and Bennett College, Millbrook, NY. She was a nursery school teacher at Brick Church School in Manhattan before teaching at Princeton Day School for twenty-nine years. A dedicated junior kindergarten teacher whose former students kept in touch with her throughout the years, she was known for her creativity, enthusiasm and supportive manner. Betsy’s classroom was always filled with colorful art, and whether the class was studying Antarctica, Route 66, fairy tales, or NYC, the class projects, academic studies and art works were infused with laughter and love. Her classroom was a joyous place. An avid and accomplished sailor at the Bay Head Yacht Club, Betsy also loved early American furniture, antique dolls, reading, music, flowers, and travel.

Betsy is survived by her daughter Johanna (Josie) Trapp Miller and two granddaughters, Lindsay Erin Miller and Sara Mackenzie Miller, all of Cary, NC; her daughter Gerada (Rada) Trapp Starkey and son-in-law Robert Wallace Starkey, of Sargentville, ME; step-grandson Avery Mardfin Starkey of Bernardsville, NJ; step-granddaughter O’Nell Mardfin Starkey, husband Brian Mark Michaelsen, and step-great-granddaughter Azalea Belle Michaelsen, all of Sebastopol, CA. Betsy’s husband of 19 years, Martin Anthony Trapp, died in 1978.

A private family graveside service in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Flemington, NJ, is under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home. Please visit for further information or to send condolences. A public service will be held at All Saints Church in Bay Head, NJ, on September 2, 4:00 p.m., with a reception immediately following at the Bay Head Yacht Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Save Barnegat Bay, 725-B Mantoloking Road, Brick, NJ 08723, or Hancock County HomeCare and Hospice, P.O. Box 655, Ellsworth, ME, 04605,


Richard J. Miller

Richard J. Miller, 76, of Princeton, NJ died at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick on July 18 with his family at his side.  Born in Kingston, NJ, he was the son of the late Bruno and Anne Miller.  Dick proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, first in the Reserves for 10 years and then volunteering for active duty in Viet Nam as a Staff Sgt. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, the American Legion, Post 0031, and the D.A.V. Chapter #41.  Upon leaving the service, he was employed for over 30 years at Nassau Conover Ford Lincoln Motor Company in Princeton, where he ended his career as Shop Forman.  Dick always gave 100 percent to everything he ever did and was always willing to lend a hand.  He was a skilled woodworker and in 1974 built his own home doing everything but the fireplace himself.  He had a passion for going to the gym six days a week, target shooting at Fort Dix and country line dancing.

He was an amazing man and his courage and determination in overcoming years of health issues due to Agent Orange were an inspiration to all who knew him.  In 1990 his sister, Marian Taylor, gave him a kidney and he was forever grateful for her generosity which allowed him to see his family grow up.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 53 years, Cheryl Cramer Miller; his son, Richard Miller (Rick) and his wife, Valerie Robinson, of Belle Mead, NJ;  his daughter Karen Dewing and her husband, Matthew Dewing, of Ridgefield, CT; and his three adored grandchildren:  Justin and Kensington Miller and Kayla Dewing. Dick is also survived by his sister, Joanne Jackman, of Hamilton Square, NJ.

A viewing was held on Thursday, July 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial was private.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his honor to the Marine Corps League Trenton Detachment #207, 547 Schiller Avenue, Trenton, NJ  08610.


Obit Gager 7-27-16Kristin E. Gager

Kristin E. Gager, 54, of New York City, died Sunday, July 17, 2016 at University Medical Center of Princeton after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in New Haven, CT she grew up in Princeton and resided much of her life in New York City. She was a graduate of Princeton High School 1980, Barnard College 1984 and received her PhD in History from Princeton University, 1992. She also earned an MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2005. She taught at the University of New Hampshire, served as an editor at Princeton University Press, and worked as a librarian at Emory University. Kristin was an Advising Dean for the Columbia University Honors Program for the past 5 years. She was a brilliant, beautiful, well-read woman who traveled the world and spoke several languages. She was a devoted aunt and her dogs were her life.

Daughter of the late Catharine Burrowes Gager, she is survived by her father John G. Gager, a sister and brother-in-law Andrea Gager and Don Dearborn, a brother and sister-in-law Peter Gager and Catherine Troop and her 3 beloved nieces Cat, Lacey and Emma. Kristin will be missed dearly by her family, friends, colleagues and students. She asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the ASPCA or to in Princeton.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Chancellor Green Rotunda, Princeton University.

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

July 20, 2016

Obit Miller 7-20-16Julia Miller

Julia “Judy” Kugelman Miller, a resident of Princeton, New Jersey since 1963, passed away in her home on Friday, July 15 at the age of 91. Born on May 20, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, Judy was the daughter of the late John Emerson Kugelman and Helen Voit.

Judy was raised in Chicago, Illinois and went on to graduate from the University of Chicago. She was predeceased by her husband, William Miller, whom she married on May 20, 1950.

Judy was a longtime employee of Princeton University. She worked for many years at the Woodrow Wilson School and concluded her career at the Princeton University Art Museum. At 91 years of age, Judy was an avid reader and was always intellectually engaged. Over the years she enjoyed continuing her education, as well as playing the recorder, playing bridge, sewing, and quilting. Most recently, she was a member of a local Princeton writers’ group and was taking painting classes.

Judy is survived by her two sons, Steven Roderick Miller and Daniel Emerson Miller; their wives, Susie Levin-Miller, and Karen Lust; and three grandchildren, William Miller, Owen Miller, and James Miller.

Judy will be remembered with great fondness for her kind heart, her sharp wit, her wisdom, and intelligence.

A memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 1 p.m.


David G. Christie

David G. Christie, 86, of Yardley, Pa. passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Sunrise of Lower Makefield. Born on June 25, 1930 in Glen Ridge, N.J., David resided most of his life in New Jersey, primarily Mountain Lakes and Princeton.

David graduated from College High in Montclair, N.J. and attended Rutgers University. At College High, he met his sweetheart, Diane Grace Wettyen and they were married in 1950. Dave and Diane were happily married for 53 years before her passing in 2003.

A dignified and classy gentleman of the old school generation, David was a perfect example of a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a loyal and dedicated employee to the reinsurance industry when a handshake and your word carried the weight over any written contract. His career as a reinsurance executive extended over 50 years, and included employment at American Re-insurance Company and Towers, Perrin, Foster & Crosby, Inc., among others. Most recently, Dave was founder and President of Reinsurance Consultants of Princeton, Inc.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, David was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War and served in the Army reserves for many years. He was an active member of the Nassau Club and served on the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association.

David enjoyed gardening, puttering in his yard, playing Scrabble, and travel with his wife. The beaches of Long Beach Island, Stone Harbor and, in later years, St. Kitts, were his favorite destination points to work on his tan, read a book and frolic with family. A gracious man to the very end, while battling the effects of Alzheimer’s and a stroke, he will be fondly remembered as one who exemplified “gentle” in the word gentleman.

David was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Catherine (Somes) Christie; his wife, Diane G. Christie; and his brother, Malcom Christie. He is survived by his son, Mark Christie; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Lindsey Fraser (B. Grant) and Meredith Koplinka (Raymond, Jr.); five grandchildren, Gordon Fraser (Sauman Choy), Sarah Fraser, Emily Kaster (Paul), Raymond (Trey) Koplinka, III, and Christina Koplinka; and one great-grandchild, Liam Fraser.

Services are private and under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton. The family respectfully requests contributions be made in David’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N Michigan Ave, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at


Arthur J. Manuel

Arthur J. Manuel, 94, a resident of West Windsor, passed away May 30, 2016 at Atrium Senior Living in Plainsboro. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Julie B. Manuel. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Beatrice and Stephen Francis of West Windsor; son and daughter-in-law, John and Janice Manuel of Tennessee; son William of West Windsor; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Julia and Matthew Thomas of West Windsor; grandson and partner, John Francis and Timothy Stackhouse of Cherry Hill; and great grandsons Benjamin and Zachary Thomas.

Arthur began his career as a research and development chemist with Hayden Chemical in Brooklyn, N.Y., then moving to the Princeton plant in Penns Neck where he worked on antibiotics among other projects. It was here that he met and married Julia Morris. Hayden became part of American Cyanamid and Arthur remained with them for 40 years until his retirement in 1986.

Besides work, Arthur was an active member of Princeton Friends Meeting where he served as clerk and treasurer for many years. His time of service in the Army during World War II led him to the Friends who spoke to his condition. In 1972, he helped found the Twin “W” Rescue Squad and was saddened by their recent closure. After his retirement, his garden, classical music, grandchildren, and daily five mile walks kept him entertained.

A memorial service will be held July 23, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Princeton Friends Meeting House, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercer Street Friends Center, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton, NJ 08611 or to Princeton Friends Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Elaine Joel Schuman

Elaine Joel Schuman died July 12, 2016 at the Stonebridge Montgomery skilled nursing facility in Skillman, New Jersey after a long illness. A few days earlier she had celebrated her 90th birthday with close friends.

Mrs. Schuman was born on July 9, 1926 to Adeline and Ralph Joel in Rutherford, New Jersey. She received a bachelors degree in sociology from Rutgers Union College and attended the New School for Social Research and Spencer Business College. She served as director of consumer affairs for Mercer County (1974-1980) and later as executive legislative assistant to the Secretary of Transportation State of New Jersey. She married Dr. Seymour “Cy” Schuman in 1950 and the couple settled in Princeton where they raised an adopted daughter. Mrs. Schuman remained in Princeton after her husband’s death in 1971.

Mrs. Schuman was heavily involved in community affairs and in local and national politics. She served as chair of the Princeton Township Democratic Party and was New Jersey State Coordinator for Edmund Muskie’s presidential campaign in 1972. She was also a founding member of the Princeton based Community Without Walls. Elaine will be remembered for her ardent social conscience, warm outgoing manner and zest for art, literature, writing, and cuisine. In later years she was a devoted grandmother to Cy’s two granddaughters, Lauren and Alison.

Mrs. Schuman is survived by her daughter Elizabeth of Stockton, California and by many good friends at Stonebridge and in Princeton. A memorial service will be held at a later time. Donations in her memory should be directed to the Democratic National Committee or the Alzheimers Foundation of America.

July 13, 2016

Obit Warren 7-13-16Joyce Stives Warren

Joyce Stives Warren, 92, passed away peacefully in Allentown, Pa. on July 8, 2016. Joyce was a life-long resident of Princeton, having moved to Allentown just a few years ago. Born in Princeton, Joyce was the daughter of the late Harry Stives and Elizabeth Geddes Carlton, and stepfather, George Carlton. She was also predeceased by her brother, William Stives, and her former husband, Russell Warren.

After graduating from Princeton High School in 1942, Joyce worked at the high school as executive secretary to 15 principals over her 53-year career. At her retirement in 1995, she received a commendation from the Princeton Regional Board of Education for her many years of devoted service to the benefit of the students, her colleagues, the school district, and to the Princeton community. Everyone knew and loved “Joycie”.

Joyce was a fiercely independent woman. She had a great sense of style, and was known for her sense of humor and quick wit. She loved to make people laugh. Joyce was adventurous, and enjoyed traveling to such places as Europe, Africa, and Japan. She was very kind hearted and loved animals, especially her dachshunds. She loved music — anything from opera to Willie Nelson. During her retirement years, she enjoyed lazy days at home, watching the neighborhood happenings, reading mystery novels, feeding the birds, and doting on her dachshunds.

Joyce is survived by her three sisters-in-law, many cousins, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends. She was also very fond of her Arden Courts of Allentown Pa. family, who truly loved and cared for her during her final few years.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, N.J. Memories and condolences may be shared at the Mather-Hodge website ( Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any animal rescue organization of your choice, or to the Trinity Church Memorial Fund at 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Obit Cline 7-13-16Hugh F. Cline

Hugh F. “Tony” Cline passed away peacefully on July 4, 2016 surrounded by family. Tony was born on March 6, 1935 in Yeadon, Pa. to Jane Hunter Cline and Hugh “Bud” Cline. He was enrolled in Philadelphia’s Girard College in 1943 by his widowed mother where he excelled academically and athletically. He was awarded an athletic scholarship in gymnastics to Pennsylvania State University in 1952 and became captain of the team, winning the National Championship in 1955. He later earned a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Lund in Sweden and a PhD from Harvard University.

Tony served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1959. During this time, he married his college sweetheart Patricia Dickinson, who died in 1991. Together, they raised a family as they moved from Sweden to Boston, then to Santa Barbara Calif. before settling in Princeton in the late 1960s. His yellow Jeep became an iconic fixture at Princeton High School in the 1970’s, and his ski trips were the winter highlight for his kids and many of their friends.

Education and family were two constant passions and dedications in Tony’s life. His educational career started as a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara before joining Russell Sage Foundation in New York City on staff and then as president. He continued his career at Educational Testing Services (ETS) as executive director, division of applied measurement research, retiring in 1997.

In his retirement he returned to education as an adjunct professor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and wrote Information Communication Technology and Social Transformation, a book exploring the transformation computers and information technology had on culture, a topic that had been so much a part of his research at ETS. Outside of work, he loved how education, as both a learner and an educator, kept life vibrant. He had a particular passion for improving educational programs in underprivileged communities. This was reflected by his involvement on the Board of Academic Affairs at Girard College and his work with the Trenton Literacy Program. People who knew him found him to be a caring listener with a genuine and inspiring interest in their lives, while always being ready to share what he had learned.

In 1996, Tony married long-time friend Hilary Hays. They shared a full and enriching life. They enjoyed time with family and close friends. Whether in Princeton, Cape Cod, or traveling (often to Europe and most recently, Myanmar), he left his mark on people with his interest, curiosity, and enthusiasm. He regularly engaged in activities that varied from spinning classes and multi-day charity bike rides with people generations younger than he, to involvement with groups such as Community Without Walls. Regardless of the nature of the gathering or setting, Tony was known as a person of profound integrity, warmth, compassion, and a great sense of humor.

In addition to his wife, Tony is survived by his children, Lynn Cline and husband Kyle Langan of Santa Fe and Hugh Cline of Los Angeles; his brother Peter Capolino and wife, Fran Deitrich of Philadelphia; his stepchildren, Bob Ogilvie of Princeton, Bill Ogilvie and partner Alice Johnson of Austin, Tex.; Brad Ogilvie and partner Walter Cortes of Washington, D.C.; Beth Ogilvie Freda and husband Mark Freda of Princeton; and his step-grandchildren Rebecca Freda and Alex Freda of Princeton.

Contributions may be made in his name to the Girard College Foundation at 2101 S. College Avenue (Office of Advancement), Philadelphia, PA 19121, or to an educational program that promotes academic advancement for underprivileged children in your community.

A memorial service will be held October 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel followed by a reception.

July 6, 2016

Chang photo for obitEmily C. Chang

In the early morning of June 29, Emily C. Chang peacefully departed to join our loving God in Heaven. She is reunited with her dearest sister Ruby and beloved mother Nellie Chen. Emily will always be remembered as the devoted and selfless mother who fearlessly left China with nothing — to give her family everything — a future filled with hope and opportunity. Emily has left behind a strong legacy, a family of four generations who lead their lives every day with the values that Emily has instilled in them from the start: love, kindness, generosity, and resilience. We will truly miss you Bama. Your spirit lives on within each and every one of us, and we owe everything to you. Thank you for your unconditional love.

Emily is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 68 years, Kern Chang of Langhorne, Pa. Also surviving are her children, Joseph W. of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Eugene B. and Susan M. of Chicago, Ill.; and Ellen G. Chang of Yardley, Pa. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Kira Schneider and Brandon Schneider; Laura Chang and husband Kevin Uttich; Jonathan Chang and fiancé Catherine Tan; Kristin Chang and Ryan Chang; and one great granddaughter, Elizabeth Uttich.

Emily’s family is very grateful for the tremendous group of caregivers who have helped Emily and Kern in the recent years: Quena, Mary, Jennifer, Debbie, Nancy, Lori, Abby, and Joyce.

A visitation and funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 5 at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. Richboro, Pa. The Committal service followed at The Princeton Cemetery,


OBIT HowardEdith Scott Howard

Edith Scott Howard, beloved wife of Charles Bion Howard, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2016 at the University Medical Center of Princeton surrounded by her family. She was born Edith Joanne Scott, December 16 1943 to David Henry Scott and Joanne Waite Scott in Richmond, VA. She is predeceased by her parents and her brother.

Edith was raised in Wenham, Mass. and her life path paralleled that of her devoted husband starting in the 1st grade. They eventually met in the high school band and dated throughout their college years. They were married in Wenham August 28, 1965, just prior to her husband’s entrance into medical school. She is survived by her four children: Timothy, Alan, Julie, and Laura as well as nine grandchildren: Sara, Kyle and Erin Howard; Kamala, Gyana and Mira Roberts; and Tessa, Kira, and Asher Leduc as well as seven of her eight siblings.

Edie’s life was a testament to love. Her greatest joy was her family. She loved her children and her grandchildren whole-heartedly and shared her ability to nurture with many who needed a compass to weather a storm. She taught many how to mother and many more how to love just by being herself.

When not busy with her children and grandchildren, Edie donated her time and resources to the community. She was a musician who played the flute and piccolo throughout her life. She and her husband were members of the Blawenburg band and even played a concert together just a few weeks before her death. She was a Master Gardener and a talented artist.

Edie was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in March 2015. While her physical body succumbed to the disease, her spirit never wavered. Throughout her treatment, she spread a message of kindness, caring, and hope. She created a “Rainbow Circle” to share with people her thoughts and experiences throughout her journey living with cancer.

She connected with the natural world throughout her life and upon moving to New Jersey in 1974, she found the farm in Belle Mead. It was the place where her children, her garden, and her spirit thrived. She walked the field hand in hand with her husband throughout her life and most importantly during her cancer treatment. Because this connection was so important to her well-being she worked with D&R Greenway of Princeton to preserve this legacy. The next project she intended was to create a space for well-being for women with cancer at the D&R Greenway facility in Princeton.

Edith’s family will host a Memorial Gathering for friends at Cherry Valley Country Club, 125 Country Club Drive, Skillman, NJ 08558, on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Charles Borromeo RC Church, 47 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ 08558 on Friday, July 8, 2016 at noon with a reception immediately following at Cherry Valley Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent in support of the Edie’s Rainbow Circle: D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540 or online at Please be sure to write “in memory of Edie Howard.”

June 29, 2016

Obit e_ettinghausenElizabeth S. Ettinghausen

Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen, a scholar of early Christian and Byzantine art as well as an authority on Islamic Art, died peacefully in Princeton on June 12 after a brief illness, weeks short of her 98th birthday.

Even in her later years and as little as one-and-a-half years ago, she traveled extensively for art historical pursuits on four continents including Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. She led museum tours as a lecturer and guide in the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa for the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, Mass.), Asia Society (N.Y.) and Princeton University Art Museum. Two of her trips were Mediterranean cruises under the auspices of the Harvard Alumni Association to study Moorish Spain and Western and Northern African historical sites.

She was a speaker at numerous international conferences presenting on the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa on subjects related to the characteristic features of Islamic Art and architecture as well as on the region’s history and archaeology. Her presentations were delivered as independent lectures or as a member of panels of speakers at conferences in Switzerland, Turkey, Iran (at the First International Conference and Exhibition on Iranian Carpets by invitation of the Iranian government), and Germany as well as at various meetings in the U.S. including the Metropolitan Museum (N.Y.), Kevorkian Center of Middle Eastern Studies at NYU, Art Department at Harvard University (Mass.), Near Eastern Center and the School of Architecture of the University of Washington, Cincinnati Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Frye Museum of Seattle, Program in Near Eastern Studies and the Art Museum at Princeton University, Spokane Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, American Friends of Aphrodisias (Turkey) and at various university alumni associations and rug and textile societies throughout the U.S.

She held many honorary positions including Fellow for Life and member of the Islamic Art Department Visiting Committee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, member of the Collections Committee of the Harvard University Art Museum, Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute, Honorary Trustee of the Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.), Member of the Directorate and Program Committee of the American Turkish Society (N.Y.) and board member of several organizations including the Princeton Research Forum, Princeton Middle East Society, Hajji Baba Club (N.Y.) and Near Eastern Art Research Center (Washington, D.C.). She was also a past president of the Princeton Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the American Friends of Aphrodisias, and the Princeton Rug Society. She had a lifelong interest in music and served as a founding member of the Princeton chapter of the American Recorder Society and sang for many years in the Trinity Church (Princeton) adult choir. For many years, she was an active docent at the Princeton University Art Museum.

She was an active researcher in many locations beginning in the 1950s at the Middle East Institute (Washington, D.C.) where she arranged a traveling exhibition for the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) on “The Influence of the Near East on American Design” which was viewed in many Near Eastern and North African countries. She was later a visiting fellow of the German Archaeological Institute (Berlin, Germany). In the 1980s she was a member of the staff at the NYU-sponsored excavations at Aphrodisias in Western Turkey where she organized and catalogued various pottery lamps from the Classical and Byzantine periods. Many of these objects were then exhibited with her oversight and guidance at the Aphrodisias Museum in Turkey. She served as a research fellow at the Program in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University during which time she organized and curated an exhibition on “The Near Eastern City since 1800” presented at the Princeton University Art Museum in 1970.

In earlier years, she was an analyst at the U.S. Department of State in the 1940s and, in 1943-1945, a junior fellow at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. There, she examined the Byzantine architecture of Constantinople/Istanbul focusing on Byzantine glazed tiles. It was at Dumbarton Oaks that she met and later married in 1945 Dr. Richard Ettinghausen, then Curator of Near Eastern Art at the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian Institution and later the Consultative Chairman of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Islamic Art at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. Having predeceased her in 1979, German-born Richard Ettinghausen was a path-breaking scholar of Islamic Art whose many articles and important books charted new directions for the study of his chosen field which were to foster the universal acclaim in which the art of the Islamic world is held today.

Throughout her adult life and even in her last weeks, she enjoyed contact with her family and numerous friends and colleagues in art and music from around the U.S. and many foreign countries. She had an especially engaging manner as she would interact, if possible, in the native tongue of her acquaintances, whether by her fluency in German, French, Turkish, Persian (or English) or by her knowledge of a few phrases in many other languages. Whereas her conversations centered on serious subjects such as recently opened museum exhibitions, the latest musical concerts or current events, she graced the discussions with her sense of humor while at the same time adding her special critique or offering her spontaneous advice on the topic at hand.

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1918, Elizabeth Ettinghausen grew up in a medical family including her physician father, brother, and sister. She studied at the University of Vienna (Austria), but with the rising Nazi movement, she and her family fled to Turkey. There, at the University of Istanbul, her father became director of the Institute of Radiology and Biophysics and she completed her PhD in Early Christian and Byzantine Art in 1943. In the same year, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. by convoy across the Atlantic arriving through Ellis Island, N.Y.

In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her brother Brigadier General George Sgalitzer, MD, US Army Medical Corps, Ret. and her sister, Gerda Sgalitzer, MD.

She is survived by her two sons, Stephen (Beth) Ettinghausen, MD, a surgical oncologist in Rochester, N.Y.; and Thomas (Burul) Ettinghausen, Senior Advisor, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; as well as four grandchildren (Zachary and Maxfield Ettinghausen of Rochester, N.Y.; Layla and Kai Ettinghausen of London, U.K.) and five nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service is being planned for the Fall of 2016 in Princeton. At Elizabeth’s request, donations may be made in her memory to her other passion — the environment — including the Audubon Society, The Wilderness Society, and the Environmental Defense Fund.


Obit Wung 6-29-16Jane Feng-Chen Wung

Jane Feng-Chen Wung of Princeton died on May 22, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York. She is survived by daughter Selene Wung Kaye, son-in-law Andrew John Sherman Paton, and grandson Beckett Shengqi Paton-Kaye of Spencertown, New York; and sisters Mu-Lan Wung, Jing-Fang Wung, Echo Shuang-Chi Wung, and Chia-Mei Wung.

Jane was born in Fengjie, Szechuan Province, China in 1946 after her parents (Wung Shengqi of Zhejiang Province and Mao Wenying of Hangzhou) and three older sisters narrowly survived the Japanese bombing of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. When the Communists took over China in 1949, her father took the family to Taiwan, leaving behind their relatives and most of what they owned. The Nationalist navy provided thousands who fled with temporary dwellings, where the refugees expected to remain for several months until the Communists could be defeated and they could return home. That day never came.

Growing up in Taiwan with very little, and losing both of her parents by the age of 19, Jane had to work several jobs in order to pay her own way through school. Breaking away from the usual expectation for girls at the time to complete high school and become teachers, nurses, or secretaries, Jane decided to go to college, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Soochow University in Taipei. She came to the United States in 1973 to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she earned a Master’s Degree in international relations. She married Kim Kaye of Los Angeles, California in 1973. In 1975 they moved to Princeton where their daughter Selene was born in 1979. They were divorced in 1985.

Jane built an impressive, decades-long career at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton. Beginning as an administrative assistant in 1978, she worked her way up through the ranks, becoming a staff associate, manager, director, and eventually Chair of the Board of Review in the Legal Division. Over the course of her 33-year career, she became an expert in test security issues and shared her expertise with educational professionals from countries around the world, including both Taiwan and China.

Jane had broad interests and many passions, chief among them travel and food. She had an endless curiosity about other places and cultures, and over the years she traveled to countries all over Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. She was known by many for her wonderful home-style Chinese cooking, which she learned in childhood by watching her mother, and through which she expressed her deep love and care for her family.

In the last decade of her life, Jane suffered from a number of serious health issues, mostly stemming from a genetic kidney disease. Refusing to be defined or confined by her condition, she lived life to the fullest until the very end. Even as her health declined, she set out on new adventures, traveling the Silk Road in China in 2006 and to the French Riviera in 2014.

Jane will be remembered for her fierce independence, discerning tastes, and tender heart, and will be celebrated by her family for years to come through the cooking of her favorite dishes and the passion for travel that she instilled in all of us.

A memorial service to remember Jane will be held in Princeton on Saturday, August 20.

Contact for details. Condolences may be conveyed at


Lawrence A. Pervin

Lawrence A. Pervin died of esophageal cancer on June 23, 2016 at the age of 79. Dr. Pervin grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and was a lifelong Brooklyn Dodgers fan. He attended Brooklyn College from 1953 until 1957, when he transferred to Queens College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1957 and was the recipient of the Robert S. Woodworth Medal in Psychology. He met Barbara (Bobbie) there and they married in 1958. He received a PhD in clinical psychology from Harvard University in 1962 after interning at the Boston VA Hospital.

In 1962 Larry and Bobbie came to Princeton, joined by their son David. Larry was a psychologist at the Princeton University Health Services and a lecturer in the department of psychology. While there he conducted the initial program in student evaluation of courses, departments, and the entire undergraduate program. During this time Levi was born. In 1968 Dr. Pervin became associate dean at Livingston College, a new unit of Rutgers University, responsible for all aspects of undergraduate life. Upon the graduation of the initial class of students in 1973, Dr. Pervin became a professor of psychology at Livingston, from which he retired as professor emeritus in 2004.

Dr. Pervin was the author or editor of eight books, one or another was subsequently translated into eight foreign languages. He was the founding editor of Psychological Inquiry, one of the leading journals in the field. His textbook on personality psychology has been in use for over 30 years and is now in its 13th edition. Throughout his professional career he also conducted a private practice in psychotherapy.

Following his retirement, Larry did volunteer work with the Red Cross and Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, served as a consultant to Princeton House, part of the Princeton Health Care System, and reflecting his fervent fandom, wrote and published A History of New York’s Football Giants. He was a member of the Old Guard and attended many stimulating lectures at Princeton University.

As proud as he was of his many professional accomplishments, it was family that was especially important to him. He and his dearly loved wife of 58 years and their two dearly loved sons loved to travel. As a family they took many trips, including a cross-country trip that took them to many national parks and an excursion to Scandinavia and the Soviet Union. He and Bobbie took great pleasure in fulfilling her dream of visiting all seven continents.

Dr. Pervin is survived by Bobbie and their sons David and Levi, and their dog Riley. He is predeceased by his parents, Mary and Murray Pervin, his sister Anita Pervin, and his dear friends Van Becker, Ken Gould, Jerome Rose, and Irving Sigel. Donations can be made in his honor to Doctors Without Borders.

Arrangements are under the direction of Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton.


Jean Lareuse

Jean Lareuse (aka Jean LLAREUS), 91, of Princeton and Prats-de-Mollo, France, passed away peacefully at the University Medical Center of Princeton on Friday, June 17, 2016. Jean was an accomplished and world-renowned artist from the South of France who moved to the United States to marry his beloved wife, Caroline.

Jean was born of Catalan parents in French Guinea, West Africa on February 24, 1925. He was educated at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He had over 50 one-man shows including ones in London, Caracas, Montreal, New York, Princeton, Washington (D.C.), Palm Beach (Fla.), Birmingham (Ala.), and Lexington (Ky.). His work was exhibited most notably at the Biennale of Menton and the Salon D’Automne. He had his first show in 1948 at Galerie Ariel in Paris, at the age of 23, and his last, a tribute to sacred religious art, at the Château Royal in Collioure, France, March 2016. He received the coveted Prix du Président de la République Francaise for his work in 1955 and his paintings have been acquired by several museums. In 1968, he began a life-long devotion to decorating the Chapel Saintes Juste et Ruffine in Prats-de-Mollo, France, with large religious murals and beautiful stained glass windows. Jean is also famous for painting thoroughbred race-horses, still lifes, sailboats, and fanciful nuns. Inspired by the Impressionists, his work is filled with light and “joie de vivre”. He was the author of one children’s book, Devils in the Castle, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1979. He also authored L’Amérique La Magnifique, an autobiographical social commentary on living in the United States, which was self-published in 2002.

Jean will be remembered for his kind and generous heart, his sense of humor and infectious laughter, his indomitable spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity, and his unfailing “joie de vivre.”

Jean is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Caroline, his three children, Jean-Francois, Jean-Michel, and Laurence, and his eight beloved grand-children: Alexandra, Jean-David Jessica, Marie Claire, Sean, Mason, Caroline, and Christopher. He is also survived by his sister, Anne-Marie, and her husband, Daniel Mitton, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Andrée, and her husband, Tony Marco; and his brother-in-law, David Look, and his wife, Charlotte Cleveland.

A Memorial Service honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in the Marquand Chapel at Princeton University Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton, NJ 08542.


Photo by Pryde Brown

Photo by Pryde Brown

Ann Montgomery Brower

Ann Montgomery Brower, model, writer, artist, gourmet cook, mother of five, and grandmother of five, died at age 83 in her home in Goleta, California, on June 4, 2016.

Ann was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on June 17, 1932. When she was 8 years old her father took a job as classics professor at Miami University of Ohio. Ann, who longed to go away to college, instead stayed at home in Oxford, Ohio and attended Miami.

After graduation, her wanderlust took her directly to Paris, France, where her life’s adventure began. While looking for work as a writer, the 5-foot-11 Ann was introduced through a friend to a photographer. The results of that first photo shoot, in which she modeled a mink coat, graced the cover of L’Art et La Mode. She then worked for two years, modeling the first post-war collection of Coco Chanel and appearing in a Balmain gown for a Bob Hope USO television special filmed in London.

During her time in Paris, she met her future husband, writer, and then Rhodes Scholar, Brock Brower. After a year-long courtship across the English Channel, Brock and Ann were married at Oxford University’s Merton Chapel in the U.K. in 1956. After brief residences in New York City and Chapel Hill, N.C., where their first child, a son, was born, they moved in 1960 to Princeton,  where their next three daughters were born.

From 1961 to 1962, Ann wrote profiles of local artists, writers, and educators for the Princeton Packet. After the births of her third and fourth children, she put her own writing aside to meet the demands of child-rearing and to support her husband’s journalism career. The ensuing years were devoted to raising her children, mastering the art of French cooking a la Julia Child and hosting elaborate dinner parties for other writers and artists living in Princeton.

In 1969, Ann and Brock moved their brood to London for a year when Brock was assigned to the Time-Life London bureau. Soon after arriving in London, Ann discovered she was pregnant with her last child, who was born at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, one of the oldest maternity hospitals in Europe, in May 1970.

Ann was also an avid tennis player and fierce competitor. After returning to the United States in the fall of 1970, she began playing tennis almost daily, a practice she continued into her 70s, finding tennis partners no matter where Brock’s work took them.

In 1975, Ann and Brock moved once more to Washington, D.C. where Ann began a career selling real estate. After three years, they returned to Princeton, where Ann continued to sell real estate, play tennis, and shepherd her children through college and early adulthood.

When their youngest child graduated from high school and started college, Brock took a job as a speechwriter for Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and they moved again to Washington, D.C. Looking for an outlet for her creative energies, Ann took up watercolor painting, producing beautiful, detailed still lifes of bearded iris, roses, lilies, hydrangeas, and more. She always painted groups of flowers, depicting them as belonging to and amongst one another, a reflection of her social nature. She occasionally sold her pieces at art fairs and also created a line of greeting cards with them.

In 2008 Ann self-published a memoir, Another Me, about her years in Paris. She kept at her art into her 80s, finishing a poignant, nuanced oil portrait of Brock about two years before he died in 2014. After about a decade in Norwich, Vermont, Ann and Brock spent their last years together in the Santa Barbara, California area. There, Ann was able to watch her adored grandchildren surf, play baseball, play piano recitals, dance in the Nutcracker and more.

Ann is survived by her brother, Henry C. Montgomery III, sister, Virginia Melin, as well as her five children — Montgomery Clayton Brower, Emily Brower Auchard, Elizabeth Brower White, Margaret Brower Elkins, and Alison Nelson Brower — and five grandchildren, Gabe Brower, Brock and Melissa Auchard, and Colin and Caitlin White.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints-by-the-Sea in Santa Barbara, California, on Saturday, July 2, at 11 a.m.

—Written by Emily Brower Auchard


Obit Ercolano PhotoPolina A. Ercolano

Polina A. Ercolano, 71, of Princeton Junction, died Friday, June 24, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, she immigrated to the United States in 1958 and resided in Princeton for over 22 years before moving to Princeton Junction in 1980. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church. Polina had an amazing sense of humor with extreme passion for her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was a loving caregiver for many years. Most of all she enjoyed gardening and her family.

Daughter of the late Albino and Marianna (Antenucci) Nini, she is survived by her loving husband Joseph Ercolano; a son and daughter-in-law Davide and Jill Ercolano; daughter Elisa Ercolano; two brothers and two sisters-in-law Dante and Judy Nini, Tony and Donna Nini; two sisters and two brothers-in-law Cesina and Joseph Mangone, Mickey and Sam Procaccini; two grandchildren Jolie and Luca Ercolano and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held on Tuesday morning June 28, 2016 at St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


Filomena Ciallella

Filomena Ciallella, age 91, died on Thursday June 23rd at the Elms of Cranbury.

Born in Roccamondolfi Italy, she resided in Princeton for 60 years. She was a talented seamstress for Verbeyst Cleaners and Langrock’s Clothier for over 25 years. She loved spending time with her family, cooking, and tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. She cherished special moments with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Filomena was a member of St. Pauls Catholic Church of Princeton and a member of The Society of the Friends of Saint Anthony.

Daughter of the late Luigi and Maria Teresa (Lombardi) D’Angelo; wife of the late Michael Ciallella; she is survived by her son Anthony Ciallella and his wife Pam, of East Windsor, N.J.; her grandchildren Cara and Charlie Klose, of Yardley, Pa.; Matthew Ciallella and his fiancé Christina Carilli of Doylestown, Pa.; beloved great grandchildren Mason and Harper Klose; sister Pierina Scasserra and her husband Costantino of Melbourne Australia; and numerous nieces and nephews here and in Italy, Canada, and Australia.

The funeral will be held 8:30 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandevender Ave., Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Filomena’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church of Princeton or a charity of choice and keep Filomena’s memory in your heart.


Joseph Peter Zawadsky

Dr. Zawadsky (January 16, 1930 – June 25, 2016) passed away the morning of June 25, 2016, in his cherished home in Princeton. He was surrounded by his beloved wife of 63 years — who was his high school sweetheart — and his devoted family.

Dr. Zawadsky was born on January 16, 1930 in South River, New Jersey. His father, who immigrated from Russia at the age of 16, and mother, a dressmaker, impressed upon each of their children the importance of education — a lesson well-learned by the Zawadsky children. Dr. Zawadsky graduated from Princeton University in 1951 and from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1955. His older brother, John, graduated from Rutgers University, and went on to earn his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. Dr. Zawadsky’s younger sister, Marley, attended Smith College.

Dr. Zawadsky’s roots in Princeton began when he, a stand-out South River High School football player, caught the eye of a Princeton University scout during the annual South River versus New Brunswick game. It was also in high school that Dr. Zawadsky’s attention was caught by a stunning cheerleader, Lynn, who quickly became the love of his life and his devoted wife in 1952.

While at Princeton University, Dr. Zawadsky excelled academically and athletically. He was a proud member of the Princeton University football team and fondly remembered his days playing beside his Heisman trophy winning teammate, Dick Kazmaier, on the undefeated 1950 team. After graduating from Princeton University, Dr. Zawadsky attended medical school at Columbia University and residency at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital. From there, he joined the Air Force in 1956, where he served as a Captain and physician.

After his discharge from the Air Force, Dr. Zawadsky returned home to South River and opened a general medical practice. Although he enjoyed treating patients and delivering babies, Dr. Zawadsky’s true calling was orthopaedic surgery. He pursued this dream by completing his orthopaedic residency at Columbia University. On July 1, 1964, he founded his orthopaedic practice, called University Orthopaedic Associates, in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Dr. Zawadsky was an exceptional orthopaedic surgeon. He performed the first hip replacement surgery in New Jersey, and was known by his colleagues and staff as the “Godfather of Orthopaedic Surgery” in New Jersey. He served as the orthopaedic consultant to Princeton University during the tenure of three University presidents, four athletic directors and five football coaches. He was the team doctor for Rutgers University and treated many professional athletes. He received countless prestigious awards, including the Distinguished American Award of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 1974, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Thomas A. Brady Community Service Award, and the Doctor of Sports Medicine- Doctor of the Year Award. He was the academic chair of the orthopaedic department at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, an orthopaedic consultant to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a vice president of the American Orthopaedic Association, a National Orthopaedic Board Examiner, and the chief of orthopaedic surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick until his retirement in 1998.

Dr. Zawadsky founded the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in 1979. Among Dr. Zawadsky’s most cherished professional accomplishments is that he trained 74 orthopaedic residents. Dr. Zawadsky was renowned for both his surgical prowess and his bedside manner, as he treated each patient with equal doses of medical attention and comic relief.

Dr. Zawadsky’s greatest accomplishment, however, was his family. He and his beloved wife had six children and 15 grandchildren. His family spent summers together at his home in Mantoloking, New Jersey, enjoying the sun and surf. He was an avid fisherman and golfer, passions also shared by his children. The family routinely travelled for fishing and golfing trips to Dr. Zawadsky’s home in Ocean Reef, Key Largo, Florida. He instilled in each of his children and grandchildren a commitment to education, hard-work, integrity, and family. He was cherished by the family he left behind, including his wife Lynn Zawadsky, his sister Marley and John O’Neill, and his six children: Carol and Gregorio Martinez; Joseph Zawadsky and Connie Clark; Mary Lynn Scotti; Mark Zawadsky and Sarah Slusser; Janet Mark and Jim Margitan; Jeffrey Zawadsky and Jessica Segal; and his 15 adoring grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Princeton University Chapel, located on the Princeton University campus. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Zawadsky requested that donations be made to the Princeton University Isabella McCosh Infirmary Athletic Medicine service or a charity of your choosing.

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

June 22, 2016

OBIT WHITEMorton White

Morton White (1917-2016), one of America’s most distinguished philosophers and historians of ideas, died at the age of 99 on May 27 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey. He was Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he served as professor from 1970 until he retired in 1987.

White is credited with broadening the scope of topics traditionally studied by philosophers, with incisive analysis in the realms of epistemology and social and political philosophy. In his philosophy of holistic pragmatism, he bridged the positivistic gulf between analytic and synthetic truth as well as that between moral and scientific belief. He maintained that philosophy of science is not philosophy enough, thereby encouraging the examination of other aspects of civilized life — especially art, history, law, politics, and religion — and their relations with science.

“A most formidable intellect, White was a philosopher who was able to reach out from his specialisms in epistemology and from the narrow language analysis preoccupations of much post–World War II American philosophy, in a way few others could, to write usefully about and contribute with force and insight on a vast range of historical, legal, social, and cultural issues,” said Jonatha Israel, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute. “This made him a unique asset in the large and small discussions regularly held in the Institute’s School of Historical Studies.”

Director of the Institute and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf added, “Morty left a deep and meaningful imprint as a philosopher and intellectual historian, driven by his keen curiosity and intrepid spirit. He will be greatly missed here at the Institute.”

Born in New York City on April 29, 1917, White was influenced early on by his upbringing on the Lower East Side, where his father, Robert Weisberger, owned a shoe store frequented by neighborhood politicians. The daily exposure to lively exchanges of ideas and commentary inspired him to enroll at the age of 15 at the City College of New York to study philosophy. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he was accepted as a graduate student at Columbia University in 1936, where he obtained his AM in 1938 and then his PhD in philosophy in 1942.

White taught at both City College and Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard. His first appointment as a Member in 1953 was encouraged by the Institute’s then Director J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was seeking a scholar in American intellectual history. Oppenheimer and White had known each other from Harvard and had mutual admiration for each other’s work, despite their divergent views on analytic philosophy and related topics. White, in contrast to his philosopher colleagues at Harvard, publicly supported Oppenheimer as an “intellectual force for good” and appreciated the environment that he created for historians at the Institute. In his memoir, A Philosopher’s Story, he remarked, “From the moment I first came to the Institute in 1953, I longed to be there forever. The idyllic surroundings, the conveniently close residential quarters, the company of distinguished colleagues, and ideal working conditions made it seem like an academic heaven.” White’s three visits as a Member enabled work on three books: Toward Reunion in Philosophy, which is considered a milestone in analytic philosophy; Foundations of Historical Knowledge; and Science and Sentiment in America: Philosophical Thought from Jonathan Edwards to John Dewey. His influence on the field has been broad and deep through his numerous books, articles, and critical reviews. One of his earliest books, Social Thought in America: The Revolt Against Formalism, spurred a powerful response and dialogue across the field and has since become a classic text in American intellectual history. White’s later books include From a Philosophical Point of View: Selected Studies and The Question of Free Will: A Holistic View.

He was predeceased by Lucia Perry White in 1996, and by his second wife, Helen Starobin White, in 2012. He is survived by his sons, Nicholas of Cologne, Germany, and Stephen of Somerville, Massachusetts, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Written by Christine Ferrara, Director of Communications, Institute for Advanced Study.

Editor’s Note:

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Gillett Griffin

Gillett Griffin, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native American art, emeritus, at the Princeton University Art Museum, died of natural causes at his home in Princeton on June 9. He was 87.

Griffin’s passion for collecting began more than 60 years ago while he was a student at Yale University School of Art, where he studied painting and graphic design and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951. He wandered into a New Haven junk shop and purchased a tiny ceramic head for 25 cents. Showing it to George Kubler, a renowned professor of art history at Yale, he learned that the head came from the Valley of Mexico and dated to before 400 B.C.

So began a lifetime of collecting that would later inform his scholarship and teaching.

Griffin came to Princeton in 1952 as curator of graphic arts in the Princeton University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections division, a position he held until 1966. In 1957 he took a leave of absence to design books for Princeton University Press and write articles on the history of printmaking and related graphic themes.

After spending a year in Mexico — where he was the co-discoverer of cave paintings by the Olmec people, identified as the oldest paintings ever seen in the New World, dating between 800 and 400 B.C. — he returned to Princeton in 1967 to join the museum at the invitation of then Director Patrick Kelleher. Griffin steadily added to his own and the museum’s collections, and gave much of his own collection to the museum. These gifts number in the thousands, according to James Steward, the Nancy A. Nasher-David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Director of the museum. Griffin retired in 2005, after 38 years with the museum.

“Gillett is principally responsible for having shaped for Princeton what is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest collections of the art of the ancient Americas — in an age in which it was still possible to do so,” Steward said. “He is an essential figure in our history. But he has also been a great friend — a warm, generous, kind man with a sly wit and a ready story. Gillett leaves an indelible mark on Princeton, and on all of us.”

“Gillett’s art collection was exceptional both due to his keen aesthetic eye and his constant consideration of objects’ potential role for teaching,” said Bryan Just, the Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, curator and lecturer in the art of the Ancient Americas at the museum. “Since my arrival at Princeton about a decade ago, Gillett has been an enthusiastic supporter of my work to continue his legacy of promoting ancient American art and Princeton’s place in the field.”

Griffin worked with successive museum directors to develop one of the world’s most important collections of ancient Olmec and Maya art. The result of two conferences on Maya pottery and iconography at Princeton he organized in the 1980s is the book Maya Iconography, which he co-edited with Elizabeth Benson, published by Princeton University Press. Griffin wrote widely for publications ranging from printing and graphic arts to National Geographic.

His trips to Mexico helped connect Princeton to several important endeavors. For example, in 1973, while serving as a guide and adviser to Princeton filmmakers Hugh and Suzanne Johnston on an expedition to film a WNET (PBS) special on the Maya, he and his team rediscovered Temple B — an archetypal Maya palace structure in a dense area of the Yucatan jungle called Río Bec — which had eluded searchers since it has been lost after its discovery in 1912.

Alfred Bush, curator of Western Americana and historic maps, emeritus, at the Princeton University Library, and a lifelong friend of Griffin’s, commended not only Griffin’s expert eye but also his warm personality. “His friendships with scholars, collectors, and dealers in ancient American art, and his ability to bring all these together in a congenial social setting became legendary. His [former] house on Stockton Street was the meeting place of all kinds of people with interests in the indigenous art of the Americas,” Bush said.

At Princeton, Griffin also taught courses on pre-Columbian art. When Mary Miller, a 1975 alumna, approached him to be her adviser for her senior thesis, he suggested that together they mount an exhibition of ceramic figures from Jaina, the burial island off the coast of the Yucatan. It was one of the first major exhibitions of Pre-Columbian art at the museum and Miller’s thesis was the published catalogue.

Miller, the Sterling Professor of History of Art at Yale and a leading scholar of ancient American art, said: “How fortunate I am to have known [Gillett], and to have had my passion sparked by his. Ever fond of of puns and word play, were Gillett here, he would be making good sport of us all and hoping that we would visit the Princeton University Art Museum, to see the playful world of ancient art that he assembled and generously gave to the museum so that others would share his joy.”

Even before arriving as a freshman at Princeton, David Stuart, a 1989 alumnus and the Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas-Austin, already knew Griffin. At age 17, Stuart — the son of George Stuart, staff archaeologist, editor and Maya scholar at National Geographic magazine for 40 years — had already made a name for himself in the field and gave a talk at Princeton’s conference on early Maya iconography. Calling Griffin “a wonderful mentor,” Stuart said that when he was a sophomore, Griffin arranged for Stuart to teach a course in Maya hieroglyphs in the Department of Art and Archaeology; Griffin audited the course.

Stuart also remembered gatherings for students at Griffin’s house. “My first time over he asked me what I’d like to drink. I sheepishly asked for a Coke, and three minutes later Gillett hands me a soft drink in a painted kylix — an ancient Greek drinking cup from the sixth century B.C.! This is a great example of how Gillett saw how art could ‘live’ in the present,” said Stuart.

Matthew Robb, a 1994 alumnus who joined the Fowler Museum at the University of California-Los Angeles as chief curator on June 13, took Griffin’s survey classes on the Andes and Mesoamerica. “Wow, did he pack the slides in — I’d say it was in the hundreds. Image after image after image — and he knew them all. It was dazzling. Gillett taught me how to see art,” said Robb, who previously served as curator of the arts of the Americas at the de Young, one of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 22, 1928, Griffin grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut.

While attending Deerfield Academy, he developed an interest in and began to collect New England children’s books printed before 1846. In 1951, the same year he graduated from Yale, he wrote, illustrated, and printed A Mouse’s Tale, which was nominated one of the Fifty Books of the Year for its design by the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Griffin also maintained close ties to the greater Princeton community during the more than 60 years he lived in town and was an accomplished painter and portraitist. A retrospective exhibition, “Heads and Tales: Portraits with Legends by Gillett Good Griffin,” was mounted earlier this year (January 3-March 31) at the Princeton Public Library, co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton. In 2014, the arts council mounted a solo exhibition, “The Eyes Have It,” a collection of paintings, drawings, and sketches from Griffin’s field notes and diaries.

But what many of Griffin’s close friends remember as most remarkable was Griffin’s friendship with Albert Einstein. According to Bush, while working at the Princeton University Library, Gillett befriended a Czech refugee and fellow librarian, Johanna Fantova, who had known Einstein in Berlin and Prague in his younger days. When she fled to America at the end of the World War II, Einstein suggested she consider library work. It was 1953. Fantova introduced Griffin into the Einstein household at 112 Mercer St., where Einstein lived with his stepdaughter Margot, a sculptor. Griffin was 25 years old; Einstein was 74.

“His unpretentious social ease, willingness to play at children’s puzzles with Einstein himself, his sense of humor (especially puns), his interest in baroque music, all endeared him to Einstein,” Bush said. “As an artist he had much in common with Margot. He was soon given open access to the Einstein house by Dukas, Einstein’s secretary, and the true keeper of the door.”

Over the years, Griffin accrued many personal belongings of Einstein’s — including the famous snapshot of Einstein sitting on his porch wearing fuzzy slippers, his compass, a pipe, and several puzzles — which he eventually donated to the Historical Society of Princeton. In 2006, after the movie “I.Q.”, starring Walter Matthau as Einstein, was filmed in and around Princeton, Griffin asked Robert and Henry Landau, co-owners of Landau’s store on Nassau Street, if they would dedicate a small section of their store to exhibit some of Griffin’s Einstein memorabilia. They readily agreed.

Griffin is survived by Betsy Cole Roe, his first cousin, once removed; her children, Gillett Cole II (named after Gillett Griffin), and Trip Noll III; and several other cousins, and their children.

Contributions in memory of Griffin may be made to the Princeton University Art Museum.

Written by Jamie Saxon


Obit Moseley 6-22-16Caroline Rosenblum Moseley

Caroline died unexpectedly but peacefully at the University Medical Center Princeton-Plainsboro on June 18, 2016. Caroline was the daughter of the late Dr. Charles Rosenblum and Fanny Rosenblum. She was also predeceased by her infant brother, Hugh. Caroline attended Princeton public schools and Miss Fine’s School (now Princeton Day School) and received her BA with high honors in English Literature from Radcliffe College (now Harvard University). She later earned a Masters Degree in American Folklore and Folk Life from the University of Pennsylvania. Caroline was a writer and editor at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Studies for many years and served as editor of The Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Caroline was well known in Princeton for her musical contributions, teaching guitar to fellow folk singers at the Princeton Adult School for over 40 years, singing with the University Chapel Choir for over 15 years, performing at gatherings at the Princeton Public Library and events such as Communiversity and First Night, to say nothing of many lively gatherings of the Princeton Folk Music Society at the Moseley home. She shared her academic and musical talents outside of Princeton as well, inspiring many with her unique expertise on the music of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars through lectures and performances at various universities and historic sites.

Caroline was married to Roger V. Moseley, MD, her husband of 60 years and best friend for 63. Caroline and Roger enjoyed traveling far and wide, with family whenever possible. In 1999, their shared sense of purposeful adventure led to a three month stint at the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post, at 12,000 feet in Manang, Nepal, providing much needed health care to villagers as well as trekkers.

For all her academic and musical talents, Caroline’s greatest joy and reason for being was her family. In addition to her husband, Caroline/Nana leaves her son Richard (Joanne Gusweiler); daughter Catherine Clark (Bruce); son Stephen (Whitney Ross); son Christopher (Michelle Tarsney); and ten grandchildren: Eric, Michael, Carley, Will, Sarah, Alex, Ross, Parker, Aileen, and Caroline V.

Caroline was renowned for her ready humor and witty repartee. Her love of the natural world, music, books, and language, and her generosity and playful spirit, will be carried forward by her very lucky family. The family thanks the many medical professionals at UMCPP who provided good old fashioned Tender Loving Care not only to Caroline but to the family.

A memorial service will be scheduled in the fall. Memorial contributions may be made in Caroline’s name to the Princeton Public Library.


Deirdre O’Hara

Deirdre O’Hara, 54, of Warren, N.J., passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 at her residence.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y. on September 26, 1961, Deirdre was a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School. She worked for the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, for more than 30 years. She was an avid traveler and had been to over 80 countries and all seven continents. She was also an avid bicycle rider and a fan of old movies.

Beloved daughter of Ann O’Hara and the late John Patrick O’Hara, she is
survived by her loving brother, John O’Hara and her niece, Erin O’Hara.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016 at St. David the King RC Church, 1 New Village Road, Princeton Junction.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Deirdre’s memory to Cathedral High School, 350 E. 56th Street, New York, NY 10022.

Arrangements are under the direction of the A.S. Cole Son & Co. Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ.


Obit Kemp 6-22-16Gordon Kemp 

Intelligent, modest, and kind, Dr. Gordon Kemp was known as a true gentleman. He was quietly passionate about classical music, exceptional wine, afternoon naps, and above all, his family. Our world lost a wonderful man on June 14, 2016 at age 83.

Gordon was born December 12, 1932 and was raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in bacteriology from Lehigh University. He later earned his doctorate in microbiology at Rutgers University. Gordon Married Jo’Anne Butler in 1958 and settled in Princeton. In 1984 they moved to Mason’s Island, Mystic, Conn.

Gordon was a Colonel in the U.S. Army reserves, trained in artillery at Fort Sill Oklahoma in 1955, led troops in firefighting in the Uinta Mountains in Utah and is a veteran of the Korean war. Gordon graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1979. On June 5, 2016, an Army representative presented Gordon with an honor pinning to thank him for his service to our country.

During his career, Gordon worked at American Cyanamid and then Pfizer. During his later years, he formed and led an international committee that established standards for safety in animal antibiotics.

A lifelong learner, Gordon was constantly reading new works of literature and biographies, listening to audio books, and watching the latest documentaries on PBS. He enjoyed playing bridge and traveling with his brother Bruce and his wife Ellen. Their adventures took them each year to Washington, D.C. during “cherry
blossom time” to visit with his younger brother Tom, and to places around the globe. Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Italy were among his many destinations. Gordon’s favorite place to visit was Barbados. “Pop-pop and Grannie” (Jo’Anne) organized many family trips to the beautiful island, which remain among the very special memories shared by his children, grandchildren, and his brothers.

Gordon is survived by daughter, Kerri Kemp of Mystic, Conn.; son, Duncan Kemp of Fairport, N.Y.; and son Peter Kemp of Groton, Conn.; grandchildren, Ryan Mooney, Megan Mooney, Jeffrey Kemp and Matthew Kemp; brothers, Bruce (Ellen) Kemp and Thomas Kemp; sister-in-law Nancy Bower; along with many nieces, a nephew, and friends. He is predeceased by his wife, Jo’Anne Butler Kemp.

Friends are invited to a memorial service and a celebration of Gordon’s life on Sunday, June 26 at 1 p.m. at Mason’s Island Yacht Club, Yacht Club Rd, Mystic, Conn. 06355.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions could be made to WGBH (Boston Public Radio).

June 15, 2016

Lee Edward Baier

Lee Edward Baier, 78, of Franklin Township, died Friday, June 10, 2016 in the company of his loving family. Born in Auburn, N.Y., he resided in Monmouth Junction for almost 20 years before moving to Franklin Township in 1996. Mr. Baier graduated from St. Lawrence University and pursued graduate work at Columbia University’s Russian Institute, where he met his beloved wife Arlene.

Lee entered the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer and served in Vietnam before joining Scholastic. He was Executive Editor of Junior Scholastic and Associate Editorial Director for the upper grades editions of Scholastic News. Lee retired in 2008 with more than 40 years of service. He was the author of the book, Word Search, and he and his wife co-wrote the book, Mapman Travels the Globe. He had been a volunteer with GrandPals in Princeton.

Lee enjoyed nature walks, bird watching, attending classical and local music concerts, and political science lectures. Most of all, Lee liked spending time with his two grandchildren.

Son of the late Earl and Doris (Keeney) Baier; husband of the late Arlene O’Hare Baier; brother-in-Law of the late Alan O’Hare; nephew of the late Hannah Puglione; cousin of the late Lyle Baier and Dick Baier; Lee is survived by 2 daughters and 2 sons-in-law: Lauren and Rob Kim; Leslie and Patrick Muscolo; 2 granddaughters, Julia and Emily Kim; sister-in-law, Phyllis O’Hare; cousins Pat Caruso and Elaine Sciarrino; plus several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction. Burial will follow in the Holy Cross Burial Park. Friends may call on Friday June 17, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Plan International.


Obit Breuel 6-15-16Brian Harold Breuel 

Brian Harold Breuel of Princeton passed away on May 29, 2016 at the age of 71 surrounded by his family. His greatest loves were his wife Shirley (Ley), his daughters, Erin Cook and Quinn Breuel, and his grandchildren, Andy and Bailey Cook.

Born in Rochester, New York, Brian moved to Florida at an early age and came north to school — first at Lawrenceville and then at Princeton University, where he received an AB degree in politics in 1966. Forever devoted to these institutions, at Lawrenceville he was president of the Alumni Association and served as an Alumni Trustee. At Princeton, he was president of his class, served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Human Values, and on the Board of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

His professional life was spent in the financial services industry, culminating in the formation in 2000 of his advisory company — Wealth Strategies LLC of Lawrenceville. He received a JD from the University of Florida College of Law as well as Masters Degrees in financial services and management from the American College. He was a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Financial Consultant, a Chartered Life Underwriter, and a Retired Income Certified Professional. He was a published author in the fields of insurance, annuities, and wealth preservation strategies.

Brian also believed deeply in civic engagement. Apart from his service to Lawrenceville and Princeton, he was the chairman of the board of the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton and served on the Dean’s Advisory Council of Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University.

Brian had many passions including sailing his Hinckley yawl around the Caribbean, scuba diving, traveling extensively, reading, music, and the natural world.

During the last year of his life, Brian faced multiple profound health problems with courage, dignity, and grace and was optimistic to the end. We have lost an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor. He will be missed.


Obit Paine 6-15-16Patricia Paine Dougherty

Pat passed on May 25, 2016, with her family at her side. She is remembered by one and all as a dynamic, vibrant leader for many charities in Princeton. She was also the proud mother of three boys and beloved grandmother to her grandchildren.

She was born Patricia Marilyn Knowlton on September 19, 1929, in Augusta, Maine. Her mother Muriel raised Pat and sister, Valerie, at their grandparents’ town home and lakeside cottage. Pat attended Wheelock College in Boston, earning a BS in education. She later became a trustee of Wheelock. Her interest in education led to a lifetime of volunteer service. She was a passionate force for the Allendale School for Boys in Illinois, Princeton Child Development Institute, the Children’s Aid Society of New York, and the Princeton Day School.

Moving to Princeton in 1964, she became very active in community and cultural affairs. As a founding member of McCarter Associates, she later received trustee emeritus status. A highlight was serving as chairwoman of the “The Masked Ball” fund-raiser, known for its elegant black tie attire, fanciful gowns, and exotic masks. Beyond McCarter she supported many other charities, including the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, State Museum of New Jersey, Phillips Exeter Academy, YMCA, and the New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Institute.

In the 1980s and 1990s Pat opened her home to many of Princeton’s historic house tours. Another deeply held interest was the music program at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, and which she and her husband Bob chaired many music events, including the “Bach Festivals.”

She lived in “Wynden, her beloved home in Princeton, for more than 50 years. One of the colonial “Phillips Houses,” Pat protected and preserved its 1743 heritage, winning it local landmark status in 1982. Following a divorce from her first husband, Thomas H. Paine, Pat remarried in 1987 to Robert E. Dougherty, a principal of Stewardson & Dougherty Real Estate. A native of Princeton, Bob was a longtime resident of Library Place. After the marriage, Bob moved into Pat’s home and became Grandpa Bob to her family.

Among her survivors she leaves her loving husband; sons Thos and his wife Lisa Paine; John and wife Patty Paine; and Rod and fiancé Li Chen Chang; granddaughters Laura and husband David Schiff; Sarah Paine; and Emily Paine; grandsons Jack and wife Jessi Groves and Evan Paine; nephew Logan and wife Mary Murray, and their children Josh, Caleb and Seth. Three special people to Pat were Cecile Stewart, a friend she spoke to almost every day; Viola Hemsey, a friend who worked for her and Bob for many years; and former assistant and friend Susan Localio.

There will be a family gathering to remember Pat on July 9th at their home in Princeton. For information contact her son at In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to Princeton Child Development Institute.

June 8, 2016

Memorial Announcement: Rosetta Trani Archer

There will be a Mass of Remembrance for Rosetta Trani Archer on Tuesday June 14th at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Immediately following the Mass, a service for the interment of her ashes will be held at the Princeton Cemetery, 61 Nassau Street. There will be a family reception following both services at the Dowling residence: 7 University Way, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to: Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 300, Boone, NC 28607.


Obit Shahbender 6-8-16Eileen Vera Ogden Shahbender

Eileen Vera Ogden Shahbender of Princeton, died peacefully at Brandywine Living in Monmouth Junction, N.J. on Saturday, May 21, 2016. She was 86. A very proud Mother and talented, accomplished artist, Eileen was born in North Bierly in the county of Bradford, U.K., to Harold and Alice Ogden.

She attended the Bradford College of Art in Yorkshire prior to moving to the United States where she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Eileen came to Princeton with her husband in 1960 where she raised her family.

Over the years she became a widely recognized artist; painting, teaching, and exhibiting her award winning work throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her art is represented in many corporate and private collections throughout the northeast of the U.S.A. In 1972 she partnered with an artist friend and founded and managed Art Exhibition Consultants, a business that for many years, represented local artists and tailored exhibits on site at local businesses and central New Jersey corporations. Eileen maintained a private studio on Witherspoon Street in Princeton over the Army Navy store where she would be found when she was not visiting friends and family in the U.K., or her brother in Australia, or spending days with her children and grandchildren at the Jersey shore. Eileen adored the sea. Many of her best paintings are seascape views inspired by the many places she traveled to around the world. She had an exquisite sense of color and form expressed through her art and also was an avid collector of objet d’art.

She will be missed for a giant sense of humor and remembered for deep pride in both her British roots and her American citizenship.

Eileen is survived by her beloved children: Leila Shahbender and her spouse, Christopher Pike of Princeton; Tarik Shahbender and his spouse, Eileen Long of Princeton; and Randa Armstrong of Chesterfield, N.J.; and her grandchildren: Alexandra Pike of New York, N.Y. and Byron and Gillian Armstrong of Chesterfield, N.J.

A memorial service to celebrate Eileen’s life and art is scheduled for June 29, 2016, 11 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, N.J.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her memory to The Princeton Public Library or The Arts Council of Princeton.


DSC_0044.NEFCarol Ann Cox

Carol Ann Cox (née Tafel), age 77, passed away peacefully at her home of 42 years on Tuesday, May 31. There was a private funeral held at the Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, June 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Brown Room at 333 Broadmead Avenue, the University League Nursery School.

Carol was born on July 7, 1938 in Philadelphia to Gustav Hugo Tafel and Catherine Ann Tafel (née Kelly). She grew up in the University Heights section of Philadelphia and spent her teenage years in Avalon, New Jersey at her family’s second home. She was a registered nurse with a specialty in urology, having received her certificate in nursing in 1959 from the Nursing School of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. There, she met her husband, Edward Cox, a graduate student at Penn. They fell in love and married at Christmas-time 1960.

Ted and Carol’s first two daughters were born in Philadelphia before they moved to Palo Alto. The family moved to Princeton in 1967. Her third daughter was born in Princeton and attended the University League Nursery School, where Carol started her second career as a teacher and taught for 17 years until her retirement in 1992. Carol traveled extensively in Europe, backpacked in the Rocky Mountains, fished in North America, and skied. When she was at home, Carol enjoyed gardening, birding, crossword puzzles, visiting with friends, and helping to raise her grandchildren.

Carol is survived by her husband of 56 years; her daughters and their husbands and six grandchildren: Cynthia Cox and Wright, Will, and Catherine Abbot of Baltimore, MD; Rebecca Cox and John, Ed, and Mike McCorry of Princeton; Rachel Cox and Chris, Emily, and Ann Shenk of Bethesda, Md. She consistently provided her children with sound life advice and was a wonderful example of how to achieve a happy marriage, for which her children are grateful. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and her younger siblings Martha Bingham (Sister Maria of the Erie, Pa. Carmelite monastery) and Hugo Tafel of Key West, Fla.. She was predeceased by her older sister Virginia Mullen of Rome, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, Carol asked that you make a donation to the University League Nursery School of Princeton for the support of young children in financial need. Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton.


Obit Willard 6-8-16Ellis G. Willard

Ellis G. (Jess) Willard, 91, formerly of Princeton, and Pomfret, Vt., died May 28 at his home in Scarborough, Me. Jess, as he was known, was born, raised and educated in Philadelphia and was the son of Ellis George and Ethel Johnston Willard. He is survived by his wife, Peg, his sister Dorothy Lanier, their sons Bruce and Glenn, and their families.

Jess attended Frankford High School in Philadelphia. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy returning to attend Temple University where he graduated with a BS and played on the football team. In 1948 he moved to Princeton, to serve as the Director of Athletics, Director of Admissions, and football coach for The Hun School for 3 years before joining the staff of the Mercer County-Princeton YMCA. It was at the YMCA that Jess developed his interest and skill at non-profit fundraising and started the first fully-integrated Midget Baseball league in the country.

1954 saw a move to the Presbyterian Homes of New Jersey where Jess served as CEO until 1989, developing, building, and operating non-profit retirement communities throughout the state. Meadow Lakes Village, in Hightstown, N.J., his most ambitious and successful community, became a model for retirement communities country-wide and was the first retirement community in the country to integrate on-site healthcare. During this period he attended Harvard’s Program for Health Systems Management and devoted time to numerous charities which supported the education and recreation of underprivileged children.

An avid skater, hockey player, roller-blader, and athlete of all kinds, Jess will be remembered for his warmth, wit, and unending generosity. At his request, there will be no local memorial service. Burial, in Vermont, will be private. Arrangements are under the guidance of Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME. On-line condolences may be shared at:


Muriel Van Kirk Silcox Schafer

Muriel was born on October 12, 1925 and died on May 26, 2016. She was 90 years old.

Muriel grew up in Lawrenceville and moved with her family to Princeton when she was 13. She graduated from Princeton High School, where she was selected to sing with the All State Chorus, one of her proudest achievements. She attended Trenton State College.

In 1944 Muriel married her high school sweetheart, Carl Schafer, who died in 1993. Muriel is survived by her three daughters, Carolyn (Michael) Bledsoe of Cincinnati; Carla (Bruce) Hogg of Washington, N.J.; and Susan (Dean) Carmeris of Plymouth, Mass.; as well as her brother John (Susanna) Van Kirk Silcox of Hanover, Pa. She also leaves five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Muriel worked as a school secretary in West Windsor School District. She was a member of The Present Day Club, Princeton Garden Club, Hopewell Valley Golf Club, the DAR, and the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. She loved spending her summers at the family home in Normandy Beach with friends and family. If desired, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741

A Memorial Service was held at the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

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

June 1, 2016

Obit Mele 6-1-16Howard Silvio Mele

After John Nash was hospitalized in several mental institutions, Alicia Nash, Nash’s wife, had him committed to Carrier Clinic, Belle Mead, N.J., where he met Dr. Howard S. Mele, who played an important and positive role in his life for the next two years. Nash responded quite quickly to his initial treatment with medication along with therapy sessions and also participated in group therapy, which Dr. Mele particularly favored to help treat his patient’s schizophrenia. He helped Nash initiate relationships with other people, as forming positive relationships can be extremely difficult for schizophrenics.

Eventually, Nash left Carrier to enter the world again and agreed to seek outpatient treatment if needed. Dr. Mele felt Nash’s recovery was permanent and that he would gradually be able to handle teaching one or two courses, enabling him to reestablish his status. Later, Nash went on to receive a Nobel Prize for his contributions to game theory. A biography of Nash, A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar was published and later a film of the same name was directed by Ron Howard which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. Dr. Mele was especially pleased that both the book and film brought schizophrenia to public awareness. The Meles remained lifelong friends of the Nashes until their untimely death.

Dr. Mele died on May 23, 2016 at the age of 88 as a result of complications from a long illness. He will be remembered by family and friends as a caring husband, a loving father and grandfather, a visionary in his field of psychiatry, and a wonderful mentor to many of his students. It was a privilege to know him and he was a great friend who will be cherished and missed. Dr. Mele was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on December 6, 1927 to Lucia Pascale Mele and Emidio Mele. Dr. Mele’s father was president and CEO of Mele Manufacturing Company in upstate N.Y. When Emidio was 12 years old, he was brought to this country and lived with a family in Greenwich Village, who had been neighbors of his family in the province of Avellino in Italy. Emidio went to work as a display builder for jewelry store windows in New York City. He then began to design and build jewelry boxes. In 1912, after marrying, he and his young bride opened a tiny store on Mulberry Street in New York City. Thus began Mele Manufacturing Company, which was eventually incorporated in 1931 to become the nation’s largest manufacturer of jewelry boxes with licensees in England, Wales, and Japan.

In his youth, Dr. Mele and his family lived in Brooklyn where he attended a Jesuit elementary school followed by Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family then moved to Port Washington, N.Y., and Dr. Mele went on to enter Princeton University and graduated with honors in psychology in 1948, but remained a member of the “great class of 1949.” His thesis, entitled “The Validity of Hypnotically Induced Color Hallucinations,” was published in the Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 1952, 700-704.

He received his MD from the SUNY, Downstate Medical Center in 1952. Following graduation, he did his internship at the VA Hospital in Newington, Conn. and Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. He spent the first year of his residency at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in New York City. His training was interrupted for two years when he served as a First Lieutenant — Captain in the USAF Medical Corps at the USAF Hospital, Sampson AF Base in Geneva, N.Y. He then completed his residency at Bronx Municipal Hospital which was associated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He had additional training as a non-matriculating student at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychoanalysis; hypnosis courses with Herbert Spiegel, MD at the the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; the Western Institute for Group and Family Therapy in Watsonville, Calif.; and both an externship and seminar in Family Therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. He was Board Certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His academic appointments included clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. and assistant professor of psychiatry at UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, N.J. His professional positions included: Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, N.Y.; Yeshiva University, N.Y.C.; and Carrier Foundation, Belle Mead where he was the clinical director of the addiction recovery unit as well as the president of the medical staff. He also enjoyed his private practice. His hospital appointments included the Medical Center at Princeton, and Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, N.J. in addition to Carrier Clinic. He was licensed in N.Y., N.J., New Mexico, and Michigan. His other publication, A Case of Catatonic Stupor with High Fever was published in Psychosomatic Medicine, Excerpta Medica International Congress Series No. 134 and he presented it at the First International Congress of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

He was an avid tennis player and he and his wife, Grace, loved the opera and promoted the arts in Princeton and N.Y.C. The Meles have long been advocates for the promotion of Italian culture and education. They also enjoyed traveling the world over. He was a lifelong member of the American Psychiatric Association, the NJ Psychiatric Association, the Nassau Club, the Old Guard, and his beloved ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out).

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Grace Romano Mele; a brother, Joseph Mele of Delray Beach, Fla. and South Hampton, N.Y.; predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Eduardo Mele; four children from a previous marriage, Lucia, Christopher, and Antonio Mele of California and Robert Mele of New York; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. There will be one viewing on Wednesday, June 1 from 3 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, June 2 at the Princeton University Chapel at 10:30 a.m. The burial at Princeton Cemetery is private. The family asks that friends meet at the Nassau Club after the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to NIAF, the National Italian American Foundation, 1860 19th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009-5501 or the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ 08540.

May 25, 2016

Obit Davidson 5-25-16Ronald C. Davidson 

Dr. Ronald C. Davidson, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Emeritus at Princeton University, passed away Thursday, May 19th at his home in Cranbury. Ron was a devoted family man and an esteemed member of the international plasma physics scientific community and will be greatly missed.

Ron was born on July 3rd, 1941 in Norwich, Ontario, Canada where he grew up on his family’s dairy farm. He was the son of Annie and Crosby Davidson and younger brother to Walter Davidson. On the farm, Ron learned his uncompromising work ethic, which propelled him throughout his life. His academic life started in a one-room schoolhouse on the corner of his family farm that served grades 1-8. Despite these humble beginnings, Ron excelled academically while also contributing greatly to sustaining the family farm. In 1961, Ron met the love of his life, Jean (Farncombe) Davidson, the guiding force that kept him both inspired and grounded throughout his richly productive and joyous life. After graduating from McMaster University in 1963, Ron and Jean married and moved to Princeton, where he received his PhD in Astrophysical Sciences in 1966 from Princeton University.

From his studies at Princeton, Ron was catapulted into a 50 year long career dedicated to the evolution of plasma physics and fusion research that took him across the country and globe. During this time, he made numerous fundamental theoretical contributions to several areas of plasma physics. He also educated and inspired generations of students, both through direct supervision and through the four graduate-level textbooks that he authored.

During Ron’s distinguished career, he served as director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) from 1991-1996 and as director of the MIT Plasma Fusion Center from 1978-1988, and is author or co-author of more than 500 journal articles. Additionally he chaired the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics and Division of Particle Beams, and has participated in numerous national and international advisory and review committees on plasma physics and fusion research. Among his many recognitions and honors, Ron was awarded the James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics, the highest honor in plasma physics awarded by the American Physical Society.

Despite these accolades and his towering influence within the scientific community, Ron was consistently a humble and unassuming man who placed respect, family, and friends above all else. He was a natural leader, generous mentor, and kind soul.

Ron is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean Davidson; daughter, Cynthia Premru and her husband, Greg Premru, of Groton, Mass.; son, Ronald Crosby Davidson, Jr. and his wife, Soo Mee Kwon, of Princeton Junction; four grandchildren, Will and Maddy Premru and Crosby and Cayley Davidson; nieces, Arlene Steele of Cambridge and Nyla Jayne Kooman of Virginiatown, Ontario; and nephews, Robert Davidson of Petersberg and Bill Davidson of Toronto, Ontario.

Visitation for friends and family will be held on Wednesday, May 25th 2016, from 4 — 6:30 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 26th 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to the “Prof. Ronald Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund” at Princeton University. Contributions can be made on-line at Please note the fund’s name in the comments box.


Jane Ann Schade

Jane Ann Schade, known to her friends as Ann, and to her grandchildren as Nanny, died on May 14, 2016 at age 90. Ann was pre-deceased by her husband, Dr. Harold R. Schade. She is survived by five children: Nancy S. Hearne, Jane Ann Butehorn, Harold R. Schade, II, Mary Alexis McCormack, Christian S. Schade; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

After raising her children, Ann returned to school and attained a BA degree with highest honors from CW Post College.

A memorial service at Trinity Church in Princeton will be held on May 27th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts to Trinity Church-Pastoral Ministries would be appreciated.


Obit Bolster 5-25-16Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster

Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster, known as Tink for most of her life, died on May 19, 2016, at her home in Princeton, surrounded by her large and caring family. Tink lived a full, active, vigorous life.

She was born in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 1928, to the late John Edgar Murdock and Sarah Lynch Murdock, who were both from Greensburg, Pa.

She was educated in Washington, D.C., at the Convent of the Sacred Heart from grades 1 through 8 and at Georgetown Visitation Convent for her four high school years, where she graduated first in class.

In 1950, Tink graduated from Smith College, where she was awarded an All-Smith blazer, the college’s highest athletic honor, for making three All-Smith teams during her undergraduate years, including the All-Smith crew team in both her junior and senior years. Tink also studied “The Arts in Britain Today” at the University of London the summer after she graduated from Smith.

After returning from London, she worked in the outpatient department of the Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. For several years, Tink taught fourth grade at the Potomac School in McLean, Va. and at Miss Fine’s School in Princeton as well tutoring elementary students in her home.

Tink married Joseph L. Bolster, Jr., on July 12, 1952, in Washington, D.C. They settled in Princeton, and became the parents of six daughters and eight sons — their pride and joy.

An interested and energetic volunteer, Tink served on the Princeton Recreation Board as well as the steering committee for the Renovation of Community Park Pool. She also served on YWCA and YMCA committees, the PTAs/PTOs of Princeton Regional Schools, and was involved in many fund-raising activities for Smith College and the Nassau Swim Club.

In 1972, Tink founded Princeton Area Masters, a year-round, competitive and fitness swim program for adults. She directed this program from 1972 to 2008.

Tink enjoyed athletics all her life, participating in figure skating, field hockey, basketball, tennis, and soccer in high school and college. She rode and showed horses, usually riding her pony “Cherry”, during most of her young life, and took up crew and equestrian events in college. As a 12- and 13-year-old, she twice won the 13 and under Bay Head Yacht Club Sailing Championships in the 12-foot class of sailboat, skippering her own little boat “Scud”.

Later in life, Tink won numerous medals in Masters swim competitions and triathlons. She appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd” section on February 4, 1975, for her swimming successes. In 1997, Tink was awarded the Friends of Princeton Swimming and Diving 250th Anniversary Award. She, along with Joe, was inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame, appropriately, as a contributor in 2010. And in 2012, Tink won the Lou Abel Distinguished Service Award recognizing her commitment and dedication to Masters Swimming in New Jersey.

The academic life appealed to Tink and when her children were all in school, she took courses in Princeton University’s Continuing Education program in French, Latin, and Greek.

Predeceased by her brother J.E. Murdock, Jr., Tink is survived by her devoted husband, her eight sons Joseph Leo III, James Brennan, Andrew Machesney, Michael McKenna, Thomas Lynch, Charles McKenna, John Edgar Murdock, and Richard Clay; her six daughters Sarah Carroll, Jane Elizabeth, Mary Kathryn, Martha Murdock, Elizabeth Murdock, and Margaret Machesney; seven daughters-in-law, Hillary Kun, Sharon Kelly-Bolster, Heidi Paul, Susannah Ryan, Misuk Choe, Margaret Dawson, and Linda Monastra; five sons-in-law Robert Houghton, Stephen Wertimer, Kevin O’Flaherty, Thomas Arnold, and Thomas Hokinson McKinley; one “significant other” Richard Fenimore; 20 grandchildren; and her sister Elizabeth Murdock Matsch of Longmont, Colo. as well as four nieces and two nephews.

Tink always knew that the “greatest gift I ever received was the privilege of being the mother of our 14 interesting, accomplished, and fun children. Deo Gratias.”

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Tink’s name to The Smith Fund, P.O. Box 340029, Boston, MA 02241-0429; Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 2007-2785; The Friends of Princeton Swimming and Diving, 330 Alexander Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; The Nassau Swim Club, 2 Lower Springdale Road, Princeton, NJ 08540; The Princeton Recreation Department, 380 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Swim, bike, run, Tink! And when you rest, may it be in peace.

Ave atque vale!

May 18, 2016

Obit Scudder 5-18-16Townsend Scudder, Jr. 

Townsend “Towney” Scudder, Jr., son of Townsend Scudder III and Virginia Boody Scudder, was born on January 3, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut and passed away among loving family at the Haven at Otter Creek in Middlebury, Vermont on May 6, 2016.

A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, he received his MBA from New York University. He served in World War II as a cadet-midshipman in The U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps., first at Kings Point, then at sea in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres of the war.

He married Mary Constance Bordman, Concord, Massachusetts in 1950. With Mary, Towney developed a passion for horticulture. They settled in Neshanic, New Jersey, starting with a small sheep farm and rare plant nursery where they raised four children. In 1965 they founded Ambleside Gardens & Nursery, in Belle Mead, New Jersey, which, to this day, is one of New Jersey’s most unique garden centers, specializing in dwarf evergreens, Japanese maples, and other uncommon plants. Ambleside won the Governor’s Trophy for the best garden at the New Jersey Flower Show in each of the six years in which it exhibited. Towney and Mary retired to Vermont in 2013. Their son, David, continues to own and manage Ambleside Gardens.

Towney is survived by Mary, his wife of 65 years and now living in Middlebury, Vermont; a brother, Thayer Scudder of Altadena, California; and his children: John Scudder of Freehold, New Jersey; David Scudder and his wife Robin of East Millstone, New Jersey; Holly Scudder-Chase and her husband Keith of Richmond, Vermont; and Hal Scudder and his wife Carol of Park City, Utah. He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association —


Robert A. O’Leary

Robert A. O’Leary of Boca Grande, Fla. and Quechee, Vt., passed away on Friday, May 13, his 77th birthday, overlooking the Gulf. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Bob was born on May 13, 1939, in Boston and grew up in Cambridge and Lincoln, Mass.

He was a graduate of Belmont Hill School (1956) and Colby College. He worked as an executive in corporate bonds on Wall Street and raised his family in Princeton.

After a valiant two-year battle with myelofibrosis and leukemia, he was blessed to be comforted at home by Hope Hospice with his sister Debbie and his best friend Lincoln Kerney, at his side.

Bob is survived by his children Garret (Lulu) of London; Elizabeth of Hanover, N.H.; and William (Alex) of Marion, Mass.; and seven grandchildren Katherine (Kitty) and Robert O’Leary and Katherine (Katie), Lillia (Lillie) and Hope (Hopie) Lovell and Natalia (Tali) and Phoebe O’Leary. He is also survived by his sister, Deborah Carpenter and her husband Tom and niece, Stephanie, all of Naples, Fla. He also leaves behind his constant and faithful companion, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Jack.

He is predeceased by his parents, Alyce M. and Paul J. O’Leary and his brother, Paul Jr.

Donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or


Jane Ann Schade

Jane Ann Schade, known to her friends as Ann, and to her grandchildren as Nanny, died on May 14, 2016 at age 90. Ann was pre-deceased by her husband, Dr. Harold R. Schade.

She is survived by five children; Nancy S. Hearne; Jane Ann Butehorn; Harold R. Schade, II; Mary Alexis McCormack; Christian S. Schade; 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

After raising her children, Ann returned to school and attained a BA degree with highest honors from CW Post College.

A memorial service at Trinity Church in Princeton will be held on May 27th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts to Trinity Church-Pastoral Ministries would be appreciated.


Brian Cevera

Brian Cevera, 42, of Griggstown, N.J. died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at home. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong Griggstown resident. Brian is survived by his parents Randi L. Sara, Nicholas R. Cevera; two sisters Tracy Cevera, Gretchen Cevera-Underwood; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at The Bunkerhill Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Brian’s memory to the Franklin Township Animal Shelter, 475 DeMott Lane Somerset, NJ 08873.

May 11, 2016

Obit Procaccini 5-11-16Antonino M. Procaccini

Antonino M. Procaccini, 88, of Princeton died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Pettoranello, Italy, he immigrated to the United States in 1960.

He was the co-owner of John’s Shoe Shop in Princeton for 27 years before retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church and Roma Eterna. He loved his family and had a passion for gardening.

He is survived by his wife Filomena Procaccini, his daughter Maria Procaccini, and two grandchildren Francesco and Anthony Montano.

The funeral was held at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial was  celebrated 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.


Russell H. Shangle III

Russell H. Shangle III passed away unexpectedly April 30, 2016. He was 27 years old.

Born in Princeton on March 8, 1989, the son of Kristen Cartier Stager and Russell H. Shangle Jr. Russell is survived by his mother Kristen Cartier Stager of Franklin, Maine; his father and stepmother Russell and Robin Shangle Jr. of Princeton; his beloved sisters Jessica of Princeton and Emily of Englewood, Fla. Also two step-brothers Chad and Brandon Rudolph and a stepsister Tasha Rudolph all from Princeton. Grandmothers, Dr. Dania Stager Snow of Franklin, Maine and Rosemary Shangle Johnson of Ewing. Russell will be also greatly missed by all his aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Private family services will be held at Princeton cemetery.


Obit Levine 5-11-16Rosalie Levine

Rosalie Levine, of Skillman, died on April 29, a week after her 88th birthday. She was predeceased by her beloved brother Bill Bernstein and sister Isabel Rader. She is survived by Ted Levine, her loving and devoted husband of 62 years; her daughter Carol (Tim), her sons Alex (Joyce) and Jim (Lisa); seven adoring grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and friends and relatives around the country. Rosalie was a whirlwind at work and at home. A graduate of Erasmus Hall High School and Brooklyn College, she took great pride in being Professor Harold Groves’ first female PhD student in the economics department at the University of Wisconsin. She went on to a long career at C.W. Post College, where she was a superb teacher, an able and farsighted administrator, and a respected mentor. She moved to Princeton with her husband in 2002 where, in addition to volunteering in various capacities, she audited classes at the University and was a regular at McCarter Theater, Richardson Auditorium, Montgomery Cinema, and her grandchildren’s school concerts. She made frequent excursions to New York, enjoying restaurants, museums, theater, and the New York City Ballet. Up to a few days before her passing, her home remained the site of holiday celebrations attended by her large extended family, to which she was very devoted. She will be remembered fondly and missed terribly.

May 5, 2016

Obit Rosen 5-4-16William Rosen

Author William Rosen, whose works of narrative nonfiction include Justinian’s Flea and The Most Powerful Idea in the World: The Story of Steam, Industry and Invention died at home on April 28, 2016, of gastrointestinal stromal cancer, according to his agent. He was 61.

Born in California, Rosen worked for nearly 25 years as an editor and publisher at MacMillan, Simon & Schuster, and the Free Press, before becoming an author.

With a writing style that used anecdotes to pull together the threads of discovery and innovation, Rosen authored or co-authored books on education, traffic, antibiotics, and climate change.

Bill Gates said of Rosen’s work: “Rosen argues that only with the ability to measure incremental advances — such as whether a lighter part lowers fuel consumption, or one engine produces more power than another — can you achieve sustained innovation. Rosen’s view fits my own view of the power of measurement ….”

Rosen grew up in Los Angeles, attended UCLA, and after a brief stint at John Wiley and Sons moved east for publishing. He edited books authored by George Will, as well as William Bennett, Bernard Lewis, Maya Lin, and Leon Kass. But he found true fulfillment writing books instead of only publishing them.

Rosen lived in Princeton and is survived by his wife Jeanine; two daughters, Quillan and Emma; a son, Alex; and his brother Gary and sister-in-law Holly.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Star of David Memorial Chapel, Princeton.


Obit Denny 5-4-16Margaret Denny

Margaret McGuinness Denny died peacefully on April 23, 2016, at her Park Place Nursing Home, after an 8-year struggle with Alzhiemer’s disease. She turned 80 years old in March. Margaret, known as Ticky, was born and raised in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

After graduating from Springside School and the Rhode Island School of Design, she married John H. Denny and resided in Princeton for 55 years. Margaret was a long time member of the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman and the Ausable Club in the Adirondacks.

Her father, Dr. Aims C. McGuinness was the Under Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (1957-1959) in the Eisenhower administration.

Margaret is survived by her husband, John; her brother, Aims C. McGuinness, of Littleton, Colo.; her daughter, Elise Anderson, of Manitou Springs, Colo.; her son, John, Jr. of Princeton; and 6 grandchildren. A small service for family and friends is planned for early July in the Adirondacks. Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton.


James Fitzpatrick

Fighter. Investor. Humanitarian.

Jim Fitzpatrick was a country boy who lived his life in the presence of his God.

The son of a Presbyterian minister and a public school teacher, his childhood days in southern Virginia were spent hunting the woods surrounding the manse in solitude, enjoying the arts in the evenings with his mother, and hopping in the back of the car to join his three brothers, sister, mother, and father on their weekly journey to several country churches throughout Dinwiddie County to hear their father lead Sunday services throughout the day.

At the age of 18, Jim left The College of William & Mary and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps to help his country defeat Nazi Germany. As a First Lieutenant and after piloting his B-17 Flying Fortress on 18 successful missions, he was shot down over Brunswick, Germany on May 8, 1944. Captured the following day, he became a prisoner of war until he was liberated two weeks before VE day.

During his time in prison camp, he received two blessings he would carry with him for the rest of his life. His interest in economics and investing was sparked, thanks to the many YMCA care packages and books he eagerly received and consumed while in camp. And a young woman from one of his father’s congregations began writing him letters as a prisoner of war — a woman who would soon become Nancye Fitzpatrick, his beloved wife for 66 years and the mother of their four children.

After the war, the GI bill enabled Jim to return and graduate from William & Mary and go on to study his new intellectual passion at Columbia Business School in New York.

Jim’s unique understanding of the human spirit and global economics guided his successful career as an asset manager for the next 60 years. He worked as an analyst and portfolio manager, managing assets for both institutional and private clients at Moody’s Investor Service, Lionel D. Edie, Smith Barney, and Citibank.

In 1972, the YMCA Retirement Fund was struggling to meet its pension obligations. With the history of his prison camp experience and his father serving as a chaplain of the YMCA Armed Services in France during World War I, Jim chose to once again commit his life to the betterment of others and joined the YMCA Retirement Fund, where he took on the responsibility, as Chief Investment Officer, for managing the pension assets of YMCA employees across the country.

Jim commuted to New York from his home in Princeton, New Jersey for 33 years. He was an active Sunday school teacher, Deacon, and Elder of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton throughout his adult life. Some evenings on his way home, he would get off the train in New Brunswick, where he taught economics to students at Rutgers University.

In 1988, having retired from the YMCA after 15 years of service, Jim founded and led Princeton Capital Management to continue to serve the private clients whose money he had managed for decades. Jim was actively engaged with the firm, serving clients’ interests until early this year. The partners of the firm will miss his insight and presence.

Jim served as a trustee of the National Presbyterian Foundation, a trustee and trustee emeritus of the Center of Theological Inquiry, on the board of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University and on the advisory board of ABS Ventures. He advised and supported organizations dedicated to the development of future generations, including the Newgrange School, the Trenton Children’s Chorus, Trinity Counseling Services, the American Boychoir School, the Princeton Family YMCA, and the Jerusalem YMCA.

At the age of 92, Jim died in his home of natural causes on April 29, 2016. He will be dearly missed by his wife Nancye; his four children Karen, Hugh, Allen, and Dudley; his 12 grandchildren; and his 9 great-grandchildren, all of whom have benefitted from his love.

A service of remembrance and celebration will be held Sunday, May 8 at 2 pm at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Princeton Family YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, NJ, 08540.

April 27, 2016

obit L Joan Goodman_MedL. Joan Goodman

L. Joan Goodman (nee Mehltretter) of Lawrenceville, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, three weeks shy of her 80th birthday.

Born in New York City, she was raised on Staten Island by her foster parents, Vincent and Minnie Ernst and their daughter Anna. She graduated first in her class from both St. Sylvester’s school (in 1950) and New Dorp High School (in 1954). She received a scholarship to the College of New Rochelle and graduated cum magna in 1958. After two years as an Ursuline novitiate, she decided to return to secular life and earned her master’s of arts from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Joan first taught high school English at Northwestern Senior High School in Prince George’s County, Md., but spent the last 26 years of her career at Princeton High School in Princeton. She became a well-loved and respected institution known as “JG” there. Students did not take her courses to get an easy “A”, but to learn how to write well. She also advised the award-winning student newspaper, The Tower, for ten years, staunchly defending its freedom of press when necessary.

After retiring in 1999, Joan, always a social activist, kept incredibly busy with extensive volunteer, church, and charity work. She also began to travel, ultimately visiting more than 70 countries. When her grandchildren arrived she made regular trips to see them in between their visits to her. She was an avid reader, and never drove anywhere without a “Books On Tape” playing. She loved to be outdoors, walking and bicycling year-round, and cross-country skiing whenever possible.

Joan is survived by her two beloved sons, John V. Goodman and his wife Dorota Bulik of Malden, Mass.; and Christopher J. Goodman and his wife Kim of Round Rock, Tex.; her three grandchildren, Nicolas, Maya, and Theo; her brother Albert Holtje and his wife Anita of Staten Island, N.Y.; her sisters Irene Lamprecht of San Antonio, Tex. and Jennie Coins of Harlingen, Tex.; her ex-husband James A. Goodman of Princeton; many nieces and nephews; other family, dear friends, and former students; and her cherished cats Kami and Zeke.

Joan’s funeral mass was at the Church of St. Ann in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, April 26, and she was interred at Lawrenceville Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders or the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.


Timothy C. Hull

Timothy C. Hull, 64 years young, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Tim lived the last 40 years in Princeton. Once a master carpenter, Tim moved to Princeton to be with his wife, Martha and daughter, Valerie in 1979. He retired in 2012 from the Township of Montgomery where he was employed for almost 30 years.

Tim loved to travel the U.S.A., loved history, was an avid fisherman, a wonderful carpenter, had an excellent sense of humor, and enjoyed a clever crossword puzzle.

Tim is survived by his wife, Martha F. Stockton; daughter Valerie Stockton Petredis; 2 grandchildren, Dorian Nikzad (5) and Lillie Nikzad (3); his brother Michael Hull and wife Mary, brother Tod Hull, and a step-mother Linda Hull.

A quiet family service will be held over the summer. In lieu of flowers please think about Tim when you make a contribution to your favorite charity. He loved Trout Unlimited or Ducks Unlimited but any nature-oriented charity would please him.

April 20, 2016

Obit Martin 4-20-16Shirley Martin

Shirley Jean Carter Martin, a resident of Belle Mead, N.J. for 50 years, passed away at home on April 12, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born on April 19, 1931 in Sayre, Pennsylvania to Carl A. and Marion S. Carter. Her sister, Helen Louise Carter Templer and both parents predeceased her.

 Shirley graduated from Laceyville High School and Robert Packer School of Nursing in 1952. Upon graduation she worked at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Morristown Memorial, BrainBio Center in Skillman, and Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, N.Y. where she met and married Arthur I. Martin. She enjoyed her nursing career so much and always said it enabled her to have many wonderful experiences throughout her life.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Art, of 58 years; her daughter Debbie and husband Bob Joslin; and her son Wade and wife, Lee Ann. Her grandchildren Matthew, Rachel, Emma, Kelly, Zach, and grand-dog Maggie will always be surrounded by her love and were her greatest joy.

Shirley was active in many organizations throughout her life and was supportive of public education through her involvement with the Montgomery P.T.A., Montgomery Athletic Boosters, and Montgomery Township Education Foundation. She was a co-founder of the Girl Scouts program in Montgomery Township. In later years, Shirley enjoyed her activities with the Present Day Club, DAR, and HomeFront.

A passion for travel took her to all corners of the globe but her favorite place was Grand Cayman. Long Beach Island was her domestic destination for summers with her children and grandchildren. Quality time with her family made each gathering special for each of us.

Shirley’s family visited with friends at Cherry Valley Country Club, Hobler House on Saturday, April 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. and a Celebration of Life was held at the Harlingen Reformed Church on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Shirley’s memory to the HomeFront Playground, which is being constructed at their new facility in Ewing. Donations can be sent to HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 to the attention of Connie Mercer (playground act).


Junior Van Skillman

Junior Van Skillman, 87, of Princeton died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at home. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident. Junior was the owner for many years of Morris Maple and Son in Princeton. He was a member of Princeton Fire Company #1.

Son of the late William Henry and Lida (Vanmater) Skillman; father of the late Lynn Simpson, William Skillman; he is survived by 2 sons Jeffrey and Michael Skillman; and a daughter Heidi Skillman.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

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


Obit Hernquist 4-20-16Thyra Hildegard Hernquist

Thyra Hildegard Hernquist, 95, passed away on Saturday April 16, 2016 at The University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro after a brief illness.

She is survived by her three children Lars Hernquist of Lexington, Massachusetts; Thomas Hernquist of Seattle, Washington; and Ingrid Hernquist of Princeton. Thyra is also survived by 7 grandchildren.

She was born in Västra Strö, Sweden on February 18, 1921 and was one of 10 children. Thyra was married to Karl G. Hernquist in 1949 and together they moved to the United States in 1952. She supported Karl in his career at RCA where he worked for 34 years. While at RCA, Karl became a world renowned physicist in the area of gas lasers. He received over 35 patents and numerous awards while at RCA. Thrya and Karl became residents of Princeton in 1952, and she received her U.S. citizenship in 1957. She was married to Karl Hernquist for 65 years until his passing in 2014.

Thyra was a dedicated mother and devoted wife. She believed strongly in providing an education for her children. Lars received his PhD in astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology; Thomas received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business; and Ingrid received her JD degree from Rutgers.

Thyra was an avid swimmer and swam a mile a day until the age of about 90. She worked at Princeton’s YMCA for many years as a swim instructor and lifeguard. She also loved nature and was an active bird watcher and botanist. Thyra and Karl enjoyed traveling together and visited many countries on multiple continents during their lives.

In 1971 Thyra received a Certificate of Recognition from the American National Red Cross for saving the life of a young boy as the result of a skating accident on Carnegie Lake in Princeton.

A memorial service will be held at Stone Hill Church 1025 Bunn Dr., Princeton, NJ on April 23rd at noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Alternatives, Inc., 600 First Avenue Raritan, NJ 08869 are appreciated.


Obit Wyckoff 4-20-16Joan Blanche Wyckoff

Joan Blanche Wyckoff died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Arbor Terrace Assisted Living facility in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Born in Orange, N.J. on January 9, 1931, she was a long time resident of Princeton Junction where she resided with her now deceased husband, Harry Wyckoff.

Joan was employed as an office manager by Manpower Inc. in Princeton. She also worked as a director of a local day care for over 15 years. After retirement, Joan enjoyed going to the local senior center where she socialized with friends and played cards.

She is survived by two sons, Richard H. Ernst and wife Mary Ann of Ponte Vedra, Florida; Harry Ernst of Ewing; a daughter, Beth Allen, of Vineland, NJ; 2 step sons Geoff Wyckoff and wife, Donna, of Titusville, NJ; and Hank Wyckoff and wife, Karen, of Hawaii; nine grandchildren, Robert, Michael, Bradley, Tara, Brittany, Courtney, Justin, Ben, and Ruth; four great grandchildren, Jacob, Jayden, Audrina, and Arielle; three sisters, Ellanore Lange of Washington State, Barbara Endiso of Kenilworth, NJ, and Lois Lombardi of West Orange, NJ; along with many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton; on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Haven Hospice (Suite 119), 8301 Cypress Plaza Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

April 13, 2016

Lewis Charles Kleinhans III

Lewis Charles Kleinhans III, in his 86th year, passed away peacefully with his family in attendance on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Litchfield County, Conn.

Born on June 3, 1930 in Essex County, N.J. to Lewis Charles Kleinhans II and Elizabeth Cotheal Andrews Kleinhans, he was a retired vice president of Chemical Bank. Lewis was educated at Princeton Country Day School, the Hotchkiss School (’49) and Princeton University (’53). He was a cheerful and energetic man who truly loved his life. Lewis enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially those taking place on the water.

He was a member of the Metropolitan Club, the Edgartown Reading Room, the Edgartown Yacht Club, and the Litchfield Country Club, where he enjoyed sailing, golfing, bridge, backgammon, and the occasional game of tennis.

Lewis volunteered for the YMCA of Red Bank, N.J., spearheading the fundraising, design, and construction. He also wrote for the Princeton Alumni Weekly on behalf of his father’s class of 1925.

Lewis is survived by his wife Lucie Guernsey Kleinhans; his two sisters, Susan VanWyck Gilbertson and Cotheal Linnell; his two sons, Lewis Charles Kleinhans IV and Daniel Bayard Kleinhans; and his daughter Jacqueline Andrews Kleinhans. Four grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Hotchkiss School, 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT 06039.


Lincoln Ekstrom

Lincoln Ekstrom, age 83, a research chemist and environmental scientist, died on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Robert Wood Johnston Hospital in New Brunswick.

Lincoln was born in Providence, Rhode Island on August 21, 1932, the son of Claus Emanuel Ekstrom and Marjorie Robertson Ekstrom. He graduated from the Peddie School in 1949, received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1953, and his PhD from MIT in 1957. He was the husband of Ruth Burt Ekstrom, whom he married in 1957. He is survived by his wife and numerous cousins.

Lincoln moved to Princeton in 1957 when he became a member of the technical staff at RCA Laboratories. There he worked on III-V semiconductors, thermoelectric materials, magnetic materials, and materials related to the Videodisc project. He was a member of the team receiving the David Sarnoff Outstanding Achievement Award for developing high temperature thermoelectric materials. He also received RCA Laboratories Achievement Awards for work on magnetic materials and on photoconductor materials.

Later Lincoln worked as staff scientist for an environmental consulting firm in Matawan, New Jersey. His projects there included environmental work prior to the construction of the Secaucus Railroad Transfer Station as well as a number of other projects throughout New Jersey.

Lincoln was the author of numerous professional articles and held several patents. He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemists; he was a member of the American Chemical Society.

Active in Brown University alumni activities, Lincoln served as president of the Brown Club of Central New Jersey during the 1960s. He also chaired the local Brown Alumni Admissions Committee for many years. Lincoln was proud of his Swedish heritage; he was a member of the Swedish Colonial Society and the American Swedish Historical Museum. He was a member of the Nassau Club.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Vermont. Contributions in Lincoln’s memory may be made to the Peddie School, 201 South Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349 or to The Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellowship Fund, Brown University, PO Box 1877, Providence, RI 02912.


Obit Love 4-13-16Anne Murrey Love

Anne Love of Princeton, passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on April 5, 2016.

Anne Elizabeth Murrey was born at home September 3, 1921 in Gallatin, Tennessee, one of 5 children. Her mother, Ruth Harrell Murrey was a homemaker and her father, John Woodall Murrey, a prominent lawyer and judge. She had a wonderful childhood growing up in the South with great, early memories of riding in a cart pulled by a goat, receiving a horse for graduation, and campaigning with her father when he ran for U.S. Senate in the early 1930s.

After graduating from Sullins College, Anne moved to New York City where she met Jim Love. The two married in 1944 and moved to Princeton in 1946 to start a family. They enjoyed a very active life in the Princeton community. Anne served as a member of the Altar Guild at Trinity Church, volunteered at Princeton Hospital and was a committee member for the annual Hospital Fete; was a member of the Present Day Club and the Contemporary Garden Club; and loved playing golf at Springdale.

Anne worked for the Gallop Organization when they first moved to Princeton. After raising her four children, she returned to work in real estate becoming a top seller, working well into her 80s. She loved selling real estate in Princeton and especially enjoyed the friendships she developed throughout her successful career.

Anne and Jim were married for 64 years until his death in 2008. He was the love of her life and favorite dance partner. After his passing, she became an avid knitter, giving away her homemade hats and scarves to family, friends, doctors, and caregivers. She relished her Tuesday bridge games and looked forward to her Thursday night cocktail parties, which she hosted for neighbors and friends. She read the newspaper daily, was a diehard Phillies fan and consistently beat her daughters in double solitaire — “even with one bad eye,” she would say! She loved to be outdoors and took special delight arranging flowers, nurturing her orchids, and feeding and watching the hummingbirds on her patio. Anne loved her kids and truly adored her grandkids. Never wanting to miss a party, last fall she attended two of her granddaughter’s weddings, one requiring an 11-hour car ride to North Carolina where she made a splash at all the gatherings. She was the quintessential southern hostess and her home was open to all. Even at the age of 94, she was never “old” and lived each day with laughter and a positive, bright spirit.

Anne is survived by her son Allyn Love and wife Maggie of Raleigh, North Carolina; daughters Lisa Love and husband Jan Blazewski; Cindy Pearce and husband Tom all of Lawrenceville; Cathy Love and husband Bill Mezey of Berwyn, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Katie Pearce, Alex Mezey, Taylor Scott, Meghan Blazewski, Mollie Parlini, Charlie Jones; and beloved nieces and nephews in Tennessee and Kentucky.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Burial will be private under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Obit Hegedus 4-13-16Alan K. Hegedus

A Memorial Service for Alan K. Hegedus, age 79 of Worthington, Ohio will be held Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home in Worthington.

Mr. Hegedus was born on April 4, 1937 in Richeyville, Pennsylvania to the late Steve and Cathryn Marie (Matheson) Hegedus. He died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at his home in Worthington.

Alan is survived by his children Bob (Lori) Hegedus of Columbus, Ohio. Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.


Obit Mernagh 4-13-16Myra A. Mernagh

Myra A. Mernagh passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 2, 2016 with her devoted daughter Nancy at her side. She was a young 93. Mom was the sweetest person and best mother in the world, and she was loved by everyone who knew her. We celebrate her life with every breath we take. She is now at peace in the arms of God, her beloved husband of 70 years, and her cherished mother. Mom asked that the following be used as her obituary, and that it be left in her own words.

I was born to Blanche E. (Kellogg) Stocking and J. Lee Stocking on March 17, 1923 in Akron, Ohio. I had an older brother, Milan Stocking, who preceded me in death many years ago. I loved playing many different sports, but my passion was tennis. After graduation from North High School in Akron, I got a job at the Dime Savings Bank. It was during this time that I met Harry C. Mernagh and we fell in love. Because this was also the time of World War II, Harry made the decision to enlist in the Army; as so many of our brave American men and women did. After three years he returned from Italy and we were married on August 12, 1945. While we were on our honeymoon the war ended just two days later on August 14. This was the best wedding present ever! After our first daughter Janet was born, we moved to Princeton so Harry could attend Westminster Choir College on the GI Bill. Our other two daughters, Nancy and Joanne, were born in Princeton. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1952, Harry got a job at Educational Testing Service (ETS) while he was working on his graduate degree. That job turned into a 35 year career with ETS. I also worked at ETS for many years until I retired in 1988.

Harry and I enjoyed traveling, wintering at our home in Florida, golfing, taking long bike rides, and just being together. Our ashes will be put to rest at Princeton Cemetery. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Saints’ Church in Princeton, or to a charity of your choice.

I am blessed to be survived by my loving daughters, Janet Bancroft and husband Robert, Nancy Mertz and husband Gary, Joanne O’Brien and husband Robert; four grandchildren, Heidi Loforese and husband Martino, Shannon Gilkey and husband Brian, Brian Mertz and wife Genesis, Neva Orlando and husband Bill; and seven great-grandchildren Michael, Kayla, Tyler, Jordin, Jameson, Mara, and Domenica. My dearest husband Harry, the love of my life, passed away last year at the age of 92.

I have enjoyed a long and loving life with my family and friends. Praise be to God.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 15, 2016 at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton.

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


Adeline S. Broitman

Adeline Weinberg Broitman died April 8, 2016 at home at 86. She was the wife of Harold Broitman and had lived in Princeton since 1970.

Mrs. Broitman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her parents came to this country as part of the wave of Russian Jews who emigrated in the mid 1920s. Her mother was 12 and came with two older sisters; her father, who was 18, and came with his sister, was taken in by a cousin who taught him the printing trade. Both attended school while working and met in high school.

Addie Brotiman attended Lincoln high school in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn College with the class of 1949. She met Mr. Broitman, an engineering student at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, in 1948. He was working as a bus boy at a resort in the Catskills where she was visiting as a guest. They were married in 1949.

Addie worked in her father’s printing business and her husband worked in his father’s men’s clothing business. In 1968 Mr. Broitman took a job with RCA Astro Division in Hightstown and the Broitmans moved to Princeton soon thereafter.

Addie and her husband shared a love of art and interest in architecture. In the late 1980s, they embarked on the design and construction of the house of their dreams on Brooks Bend in Princeton, overseeing every detail of design and construction.

Addie was an avid reader who enjoyed playing tennis, working in ceramics, painting in oils, and knitting. She was a former board member of the Princeton Senior Resource Center and with her husband was a member of Community Without Walls, Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study, The Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University, and the Princeton Jewish Center. Her many charitable activities were an important and satisfying commitment to the community.

Addie was a kind and loving friend, quick to help those in need. She was dedicated to women’s rights with high sensitivity to independent activities.

In addition to her husband, Addie is survived by a son, Steven L. Broitman, a past professor of molecular biology at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., his wife Barbara Wood, a polymer scientist and their two sons, Benjamin and Adam; and a daughter, Jessica Broitman, a psychoanalyst in practice in Berkeley, Calif., her husband, Gibor Basri, an astrophysicist and past vice chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, and their son Jacob. Also surviving is her sister Dorothy Glanz.

The funeral services were held last Monday at The Jewish Center of Princeton.

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


Alice Whipple

Dr. Alice Goodloe Whipple died in Princeton on April 2, 2016, she was the widow of General William Whipple Jr., the daughter of Edith Jamison Goodloe and Alfred Minor Goodloe, and the sister of Alfred Minor Goodloe. She is survived by her stepchildren, Ann Anderson, William Whipple III, Claire Steck, Philip Whipple, and their families. She is also survived by her cousins, Peter Kerns, William Kerns, Jenny Kerns (Windsor-Vann), Adrian Kuyk, Martha Kuyk Hull, Lucie Fitzgerald, Charles Hall, Marianne Miller, and their families.

Dr. Whipple was born in Roanoke, Virginia. She is a graduate of Hollins College, Virginia. She studied Pastoral Counseling at the University of Chicago (Div.) She later obtained two masters degrees (MS in Counseling and Main Psychology.) She then obtained a PhD in rehabilitation counseling from New York University.

She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, the Present Day Club, the New Jersey and Mercer County psychological associations, and the Old Guard of Princeton. She was a licensed psychologist and also an addiction specialist with many years of experience in the mental health/addictions field. She felt gratitude toward the many fine patients coming to see her, who were sources of inspiration and often awe. She was also grateful for all the kindness given by others, dear friends, family and fellow residents and staff of Windrows, for the blessings in life. She believed that at one time she had been lost and was found through amazing grace. She endeavored to give back to others the healing and caring she had received. A memorial service will be held on Sunday May 15, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Windrows followed by a reception with family members.

She will be buried in a simple graveyard service in Gordonsville, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Brain Tumor Association.

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


Morrie Click

Morrie Click, 91, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and formerly of Princeton, passed away on April 3, 2016. He is survived by his wife Edythe, daughter Rhonda Mace, and two grandchildren Matthew and Leah.

He was a real estate and insurance broker in Princeton for over 60 years. He was president of Mercer County Board of Realtors and was a member of Greenacres Country Club.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Donations may be made to charities of your choice.

April 6, 2016

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan, 83, died at home with her family in attendance in Princeton, on Easter Sunday morning, March 27, 2016 after an illness.

Mary was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1933, the daughter of Irish immigrants. She graduated from St. Theresa School and from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School. After earning a BA in English Literature from St. John’s University and a MS in Education from SUNY New Paltz, she became an elementary school teacher in New York City Public Schools.

With her husband and children, Mary moved to the Princeton area in 1969 and made her home in Belle Mead. She was a dedicated member of St. Paul Parish, where she served as president of the Parent-Teacher Association and where she became an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, serving local hospital patients. For many years, she was active at the YM/WCA of Princeton as a certified lifeguard and first aid instructor, and she managed year-round donations for the Bryn Mawr book sale. Later in life, she became a certified volunteer for the New York City Department of the Aging and led exercise classes for seniors. Mary sought out Catholic churches and communities everywhere she went, and she traveled all over the world as a religious pilgrim. She was a steadfast believer in the right to life.

Mary is survived by her husband of 55 years, William, Sr., and her children, Peter, Patricia, Joseph, and John; she was predeceased by her children, William, Jr., and James. Mary is also survived by her grandchildren, William, Andrew and Michael; her brother, Peter, and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 4, 4-7 p.m., at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 10 a.m., at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow at St. Charles/Resurrection Cemeteries, 2015 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

Anyone wishing to honor the deceased may make a contribution to Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence, 2999 Schurz Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465-3826.


Gerald Joseph Kent III

Gerald Joseph Kent III, age 85, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016 in San Diego, California, after a sudden illness.

He was a long time resident of Princeton, New Jersey, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, before moving to Northfield, New Hampshire, in 2007, then to San Diego in 2015.

Jerry was born on November 24, 1930 in Newark, New Jersey, the only child of Gerald Joseph Kent, Jr. and Elizabeth Tisdale Platt. He grew up in Hillside, New Jersey, and graduated from Hillside High School and The Lawrenceville School. A natural athlete, he starred on both the baseball and football teams and was named to the 1948 all-state football team. The memories of those games and the friendships he formed with his teammates during those years were treasured his entire life.

Jerry developed a passion for studying and learning and found his vocation in organic chemistry. He graduated from Upsala College with a BS degree in 1955 and was awarded graduate degrees in organic chemistry at Princeton University, earning a master’s degree in 1958 and a PhD in 1959. He holds many patents from his time working as a research chemist at Merck Pharmaceutical Company in Rahway, New Jersey.

His appointment in 1962 as associate professor of chemistry and chairman of the division of natural sciences at Rider College in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, marked the beginning of his academic career. Instrumental in creating and shaping every aspect of the new science division at Rider College, he designed the new science building and labs, recruited and hired the faculty, and developed the curriculum. Dr. Kent’s 32 years of leadership, dedication, and high standards of teaching helped build the foundation of the science department at Rider University. In 1980, he was awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his teaching excellence. He retired from Rider in 1994, but remained active in the field through volunteer teaching and consulting.

As an avid tennis player, Jerry played almost every day well into his 70’s. For many years he owned and piloted a Cessna 172. His three dogs Morris, Sophie, and Maddie were particularly special to him and brought him great joy. He was active in the Lutheran Church wherever he lived.

Jerry was devoted to his family, his church, and the success of his students. He loved talking to people and he loved sharing his knowledge of chemistry. Jerry’s stories and laughter will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Birgit E. (Albert), daughter Samantha Kent (Timothy Butterfield), and grandson, Holden Butterfield, all of San Diego; two children from his first marriage, Christine Kent (Jack Roosma) and Matthew Kent (Sandra Bovee) both of Princeton; also his first wife, Julie Hosford, of Princeton.

Funeral arrangements were private. Donations in his honor may be made to the Rider University chemistry department, Attn: Denise Pinney, University Advancement Lib. 137, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099.

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Obit Shea 4-6-16John E. Shea

John E. Shea passed away on April 1. He was 72.

Born in Chicago, he graduated from Marshall University and became involved in local politics, eventually working as a front man for Richard Nixon in his 1968 presidential campaign. After moving to New York City he formed Canon & Shea, a business-to-business advertising agency. There was never a Canon, however Mr. Shea felt a partnership sounded more substantial than a sole proprietorship. The agency grew every year, acquiring clients worldwide, until 2014 when it was dissolved after Mr. Shea was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

After moving to Princeton in 1995, where he lived until his death, Mr. Shea volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, an usher and elected on the vestry at Trinity Episcopalian Church. He was a true bon vivant, movie star handsome, a worldwide traveler, and a lover of good food and drink. He enjoyed a nightly vodka martini, believing vodka was more benign than gin. The evening before he died his daughter, Emily, asked if he would like her to make him a martini. He replied, “Yes please. Make it gin”.

His survivors include his wife, Doris, their daughter, Emily, and a sister Karen Nakamura.

A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ at 5 p.m. on June 25, 2016.

March 30, 2016

Obit Lehnert 3-30-16Mildred M. Lehnert

Mildred M. Lehnert passed away on March 24, 2016 at the age of 84. She was the loving wife of the late Rudolf F. Lehnert, and the daughter of Mildred and John McCool. Born in McKeesport, Pa. she moved to Princeton as a young girl. She attended Centenary College and then worked for RCA.

Mildred lived most of her life in Princeton, enjoying raising her family and attending Princeton University basketball games, football games, and other events with her husband Rudy (Class of ’52). She was a member of the Princeton Ladies Lions Club for many years. Some of her favorite times were summers in Beach Haven N.J., boating travels in the Caribbean and cross-country car trips.

 “Millie” was a very happy lady and spread this joy to those around her. After Rudy passed away, Mildred lived her last four years in Warminster, Pa. near her daughter Laurie. She is survived by her children Cheryl Lehnert Costello, John Lehnert and Laurie Lehnert Horan, her grandchildren Katie and Sean Horan, and her sister Joan McCool Dyer.

The funeral service will be held 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Mather Hodge Funeral home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 400 Freedom Drive Newtown, PA 18938.