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.

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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.

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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.

March 23, 2016

Obit Dyck 3-23-16Nicholas B. Van Dyck

Nicholas B. Van Dyck, whose strong commitment toward making the world a better place led to his serving as a Presbyterian pastor in parishes around the world and as a lecturer and administrator at Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as the executive director of two national education institutions, died on March 20, 2016 at home in Princeton from Lewy body dementia (LBD). He was 82 and had lived in Princeton since 1968. Son of Presbyterian missionaries who served in China from 1917 to 1949, Dr. Van Dyck was born in Pasadena, Calif., in 1933 and spent his early childhood in China. He was home-schooled before attending first grade in Shanghai. With the outbreak of World War II, the family returned to the United States where his father was given different assignments and was also often away in China. Young Nicholas attended schools in New York City, Princeton, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Grenloch, N.J., before receiving his diploma at the Stony Brook School on Long Island in 1951. During the 1950s he interrupted his college career to serve as a naval aviator aboard the carriers USS Tarawa and USS Antietam in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. His duties included serving as squadron legal officer and later public information officer for the US Sixth Fleet. Dr. Van Dyck graduated from Rutgers University in 1959 and Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1962. He was awarded a PhD in the use of language and mythology in Biblical interpretation at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA in 1962, he served as pastor of parishes in Scotland, Palisades, N.Y., and Melbourne, Australia, as well as a lecturer at universities in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, Australia. From 1968 to 1975, Dr. Van Dyck was a lecturer in Practical Theology and the associate director of Field Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was elected chair of the Association for Theological Field Education in 1975. At the Seminary he also directed summer programs in Organizational Development for pastors and officers and executives of non-profit organizations. This background and his interest in the impact of institutions and cultural forces on society led Dr. Van Dyck, along with members of the U.S. House and Senate plus corporation executives and creators of prime time televisions’ family programs, to found the National Council for Children and Television and its institute for writers, directors, producers, and advertisers. These efforts resulted in a decade of notable and well received family TV series from 1976-86. Dr. Van Dyck’s experience with churches, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship, as well as his work in television programming led to his being appointed director of Religion in American Life in 1988. This position, which he held for the next decade, involved marshaling media resources, especially public service advertising (the Invite-a-Friend Campaign), and religious congregations to strengthen the positive contributions of religion for greater family and neighborhood stability and worthwhile futures for all citizens, especially children. In Princeton, Dr. Van Dyck volunteered at Nassau Presbyterian Church and the Rotary Club, where he served as president. He also served on the executive committee of the Old Guard. He served on the boards of the YMCA, Family Services Agency, American Red Cross, Princeton Youth Fund, the George H. Gallup International Institute, and the Rotary Foundation, which provides scholarships for vocationally focused high school graduates.  He is survived by his wife Marcia, who brought a strong Quaker heritage to their marriage in 1958. He is also survived by their four daughters, Karen Rhoads Van Dyck, Jennifer Bevier Van Dyck, Sarah Paxson Van Dyck and Rebecca Booraem Van Dyck; their husbands and seven grandchildren, Jacob, Benjamin, Leander, Maximilien, Odessa, Ella, and Katherine.  A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March 28 at noon at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Coalition for Peace ( Alternatively contributions can be made to any other organizations which serve the needs of children or those which further interfaith relationships.


Obit McClurg 3-23-16Julia Jeanette McClurg

Julia Jeanette McClurg, age 89, died of natural causes on Saturday, March 19 at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor, New Jersey. Born to Mary and Rev. David Ferguson on April 21, 1926 in Richmond, Indiana, Julia was the first-born girl in more than three generations of Fergusons. Julia graduated from Muskingum College in 1948, the same year she married Robert McClurg. Bob and Julie lived in and around Syracuse, New York where they raised their three children Scott, Mark, and Mary Beth. Julia’s interests included fashion, music, and nature. An active member of Park Central Presbyterian Church, Julia was an elder, choir member, and director of the first hand bell choir in Central New York. Within the community, Julia’s tireless efforts helped to launch the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra where she served on the Board of Directors. Julia was a life member of the auxiliary for UPSTATE University Hospital at Community General. When not playing golf at Skaneateles Country Club, Julia was a volunteer with Skaneateles F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service Here). Julia moved closer to her daughter following the death of Bob; she had resided at Meadow Lakes since October 2009. Mary Beth has been blessed by her Mom’s close proximity and the McClurg family is deeply grateful for the ongoing love, care, and support that Julia received while a resident at Meadow Lakes. Survivors include Scott (Suzanne), Happy, and Mary Beth (David); eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Julia was predeceased by her son Mark (Happy) in 1996 and husband, Bob in 2007. A memorial service is tentatively planned for the summer in 2016. Julia bequeathed her body to UMDNJ Medical School Anatomical Association. Memorial contributions are welcome at the American Cancer Society (, Park Central Presbyterian Church ( Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (, or Springpoint Living Senior Foundation (


Clare Brown Amabile

Clare Brown Amabile passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on March 18, 2016 in Princeton, New Jersey. Born in Westfield, New Jersey on August 13, 1922, she bore the imprint of the Depression, World War II, and the tragic death of a beloved older sister in her early years. However, resilient and ambitious, Clare built a successful market research firm, Clare Brown Associates, which was subsequently acquired by Maritz Market Research, Inc. She mentored those in her professional and personal networks and through Project Ready at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth, N.J. An active volunteer throughout her life, she visited detained immigrants and asylum seekers at the Elizabeth Detention Center with First Friends. A woman ahead of her time, she was a yoga enthusiast and a believer in health food decades before these were part of the popular culture. Although her college education had been interrupted, she achieved her goal of completing her degree before her children, receiving her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle in 1979. Clare was predeceased by her husband, Frank R. Amabile, in 2004. She was a source of inspiration and encouragement to her children, Jean Telljohann of Manhattan and Princeton; Raymond Amabile of Wethersfield, Connecticut; and Gael Amabile of St. Paul, Minnesota; who survive her, along with six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated today at St. Paul Catholic Church, Princeton at 10:45 a.m. Entombment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum, Newark, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clare’s memory to The Little Sisters of the Poor Holy Family Residence, 330 Exchange Street South, St. Paul, MN 55102-2311. Remembrances may be left at


Lawrence Shendalman

Dr. Lawrence Shendalman, 76, dedicated husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, dentist, and finisher of 22 New York City marathons passed away Friday, March 18, 2016 after a long battle with prostate cancer.  Dr. Shendalman was born in Toronto, Canada. He studied engineering physics at the University of Toronto. He then received a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Dr. Shendalman later returned to school at the University of Pennsylvania where he received the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine. He was a partner at the Princeton Dental Group. He is survived by his wife (Anita) of over 51 years, daughters (Elissa and Melanie), two sons-in-law (William and Daniel), sister (Bernice), grandchildren (David, Charlie, Isabel, and Jack ). In addition, he is survived by a niece (Eva) and two nephews (Philip and Paul). Funeral services and burial are Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ewing Cemetery, 78 Scotch Road, Ewing Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, prostate research or Greenwood House. Shiva was observed at his residence on Sunday, March 20 and Monday, March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.


Nancy J. Baran

Nancy J. Baran, 63, of Princeton Junction died March 15, 2016, at home, surrounded by her family. On April 15, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nancy was born to John A. Baran and Loretta T. Kofomehalis, the eldest of three children. She spent many happy hours in the company of her beloved grandmother, Anna Baran. A lifelong reader and the editor of her high school newspaper, Nancy recognized very early that words were powerful tools. “Why?” was always her favorite question. A graduate of Lafayette College and charter member of the 619 High Street Feminist Defense League, she married John F. Wagner in 1974. Nancy earned a J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and began her career in private practice. Nancy was a tremendous intellect and a solutions-focused lawyer. She made a career in financial services law at Prudential for 34 years. Nancy was particularly proud of the critical role she played on the Living Needs Benefit Team, which allowed terminally ill policyholders to access their life insurance proceeds while they are living. This was a groundbreaking benefit in the life insurance industry, and she was pleased that it was able to help terminally ill policyholders provide for their loved ones, access end-of-life care, and protect their families’ homes. Nancy’s creativity, intellect, and passion made her a major contributor to this effort. She was a pioneer in the field of privacy and drafted major legislation on this issue, leading Prudential’s first privacy office. As Chief Legal Officer of Prudential Select Brokerage, she pioneered its third party sales force model, the cornerstone of its successful sales strategy. Nancy’s thoughtful leadership over many years was extremely valuable, particularly in a time of evolving state and federal regulation of insurance companies. She advised on, and helped Prudential come to the right answers about some of the most critical issues it has faced in recent years. She was a problem solver, creative influence, dear friend, mentor, and caring colleague who invested deeply in others. She always had a moment to listen and offered a deep well of sage advice. Her colleagues viewed her as a role model for anyone trying to manage a successful career, rich family life, and wide circle of friendships. Nancy was an accomplished cook who used food to gather the people she loved, and took pleasure in experiencing other cultures through their recipes. Guests from around the world had their first American Thanksgivings at her table. An amateur biologist, she was deeply interested in the natural world. In childhood, she imagined becoming the next Jacques Cousteau. She could often be found with binoculars and field guide in hand, at home or in Chincoteague, Va., teaching someone to identify a bird. As a gardener, Nancy carefully selected plants that would attract her beloved birds, butterflies, and insects, and she made sure something was blooming in her yard from February through the late fall. Fresh flowers gave her tremendous pleasure and she kept them in her house year-round; Nancy shared them by arranging the flowers for her church. Nancy had a deep faith in Jesus Christ, and was a member of Windsor Chapel for over 30 years. She served on the boards of several international missions agencies, most recently World Team, which shared the hope of Christ across the world. Nancy’s greatest accomplishment was her family. She is survived by her husband, John Wagner; children, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Andrew, and William; their spouses, whom she adored, Anthony DiSanti, Pattie Wagner, and Allison Simi; grandchildren Henry and Josephine DiSanti-Wagner, to whom she loved to read her extensive collection of children’s literature; sister Thresa Dewar and her husband, Mark; brother Jay and his wife, Tyna; nieces, nephews, and many friends. Her family celebrated her life on Sunday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. at Windsor Chapel, 401 Village Road East, West Windsor. Friends were asked to call on Saturday, March 19, at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.


Carl Bennett Good

Carl passed away quietly on Monday, March 14, 2016 at his home in Cooperstown, N.Y., with Pamela, his wife of 54 years, by his side. Frequent visits from family and friends had made Carl’s last days happy and comfortable. Carl, a member of the Princeton University Class of 1959, resided in Princeton for 36 years. He began his career at IBM after which he was president of RJ Newman, an historic building restoration company. Carl then joined Homasote Company in Trenton, designing and marketing industrial packaging made from recycled materials. He retired in 2002. In Princeton, Carl and Pam raised their family and traveled widely. Carl was active in the Princeton community and contributed to the town’s many performing arts associations. Carl was a member of the Board of Trustees of the professional Princeton Ballet Company. On occasion he appeared on stage with the company; Carl astonished the audience and himself, gamely dancing a minuet in the annual performance of The Nutcracker. Carl and Pam settled in Cooperstown, N.Y., where Carl dedicated himself to the Village and its natural resources. Carl served on the Board of Directors of the Otsego Lake Association and a number of committees to preserve the Village and its environment. Carl was also active in the Rotary Club of Cooperstown and supported the club’s many activities. Carl is survived by his wife and two daughters, Gretchen Good Pingel and Lisey Bennett Good; sons-in-law J. Spencer Pingel and Leonard Scott Snyderman; and his grandchildren Rory, Fritz and Sophie.  Donations in Carl’s memory may be made to the Otsego Lake Association, PO Box 13, Springfield Center, NY 13468, and the Rotary Club of Cooperstown, PO Box 993, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Plans for a memorial service will be announced later this spring. Arrangements are under the care of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.

March 16, 2016

Obit Westover 3-16-16Hazel Vivian Staats-Westover

A beautiful person died February 21, 2016 in a flood of love and peace and hopefully, a little bump of morphine. The Reverend Hazel Vivian Staats-Westover: a so-so cook, a too-fast driver, an insomniac, a giggler, a feminist, a leftist, an activist, and a Christian.

She grew up Dutch in rural New Jersey between the wars, riding horses, going to the one-room schoolhouse where her mother was the only teacher, and playing the organ in the Griggstown Reformed Church. She and her younger brother Lloyd had a musical revue that launched a lifetime of musicianship. She had perfect pitch, toured playing a silver trumpet in an all-girls brass band, and well into her 90s she would twist her face up and sight-read full scores and sing soprano alongside.

The full sweep of her life is too big for a Facebook post: there are countless interviews and citations (Feminists who Changed America, 1963-1975!) and little dictaphone tapes where she told her stories, and we’ll have to put it all together at some later date. For now, the abridged version: after her father had died young in a car crash, she went west to USC and then to Chicago Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School. She ministered to Japanese internment camp survivors. She housed and mentored a young Jesse Jackson in Southside Chicago while he organized Martin Luther King’s Operation Breadbasket (please listen to Cannonball Adderley’s Country Preacher, which was recorded at that time, about that time). She spoke in front of 100,000 people at a socialist antiwar rally in Paris, sharing the dais with Madame Nguyen Thi Binh. She was a chaplain and the first director of the Women’s Center at Princeton University after they began admitting women in the 70’s. When a great-granddaughter of hers had a third-grade history lesson about the Roosevelt’s, Hazel was pleased to pitch in. She had, after all, lunched with Eleanor.

She married twice in her life. Her first husband was the father of her two children Dawn and Allan, a preacher turned civil rights activist who left her during the full ardor of the free love era. Her second husband was an ex-Marine and lifelong Republican who adored her, adorably, until his death last year, even as she posted STAND UP TO THE NRA petitions all over Facebook.

As fitting for someone who worked on a version of the Bible with all the male pronouns taken out (think HERstory, but over the entire King James Bible), Hazel was a massive Hillary supporter, even if her politics were more Bernie. It’s bittersweet to think Clinton will win but Hazel won’t be here to see it. The Clintons, for their part, have a huge responsibility not to play cynical with the support of women like Hazel, who shouldered the struggle for decades. She fought a non-binary fight, for women’s rights but also for love and economic justice and inclusion of all kinds. Hazel had been officiating ceremonies for same-sex couples for years before it was legal marriage. When it came time for her to officiate a grandson’s wedding, she happily suggested that for the multi-faith non-believer couple that she could put a brown paper book cover over her Bible so the Buddhists and Jews and Christians would all feel equally welcome.

Despite her lifetime in the ministry, Hazel was never content to parrot scripture as if it held incontrovertible truths (it was, after all, written by men). She always had more questions than answers, and death was no different. She spent much of this winter at her daughter’s home in Key West dying rather cheerfully, with an out-loud sense of wonder. “This is so fascinating,” she would say. “I get to see what life is all about.”

The hospice doctor came in the week after Christmas and had the kind of warm bedside chat that hospice is so good for. Grandma told him some abbreviated version of her travels — into East Germany, the Soviet Union, to China for the U.N.’s World Conference on Women — and he asked her why she traveled so much. “I just wanted to MEET all these PEOPLE out there,” she said in the jolly all-caps emphatics she used for everything. “Just to see who they ARE, see what makes us all HUMAN.”

Her family is in awe of everything she did and saw in her life. She shaped many lives. But for family, she left a simpler example: optimism and joy to the last. “I don’t know where I’m going after this,” she said not long before she died, “but I’m sure it’s going to be great.”

In that great place, wherever it is, she might rejoin her son, Allan. She is survived by her daughter Dawn; her grandsons Charles, David, Nathan, Leslie, Robert, and Florent; six great-grandchildren; and Bob Staats-Westover’s three children; Douglas, Diane, and Bryce; grandchildren Peter, Stephen, Mark, Michael, Anna and John; and ten great-grandchildren.

Written by her grandson Nathan, transmitted with great love through Dawn Thornburgh, blessed to be her daughter ….

A Celebration of her Life and Memorial Service will be held on March 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the University Chapel at Princeton where she was ordained. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity: Hazel would encourage something to do with women’s issues, but will maintain, as always, her dedication to your right to choose.


Obit Murray 3-16-16Marilyn Murray

Marilyn Murray, 81, of Princeton, died February 27, 2016. Born August 22, 1934 in South Bend, In., she graduated from Purdue University and earned a Masters degree in social work from IUPUI in 1984. She worked briefly in that field in Seattle and for 10 years in Tucson before moving to Princeton in 2001. Here, she worked as a dog-walker and care-giver, enjoying all the people and pets that she was able to help.

Predeceased by her parents, William and Mildred Gray; brother Ronald Gray and daughter Sheryl Liechty; Marilyn is survived by brother Lowell (Jean) Gray of Titusville, FL; son Brian (Becky) Liechty of Plymouth, In.; daughter Lynn (Larry) Peterson of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren Ryan, Kevin, and Eric Peterson; and Erica Liechty (Adam) Nagel, Jessica (Rick) Beatty, and Tristan (fiance Alexis Morgan) Liechty; great-grandchildren Carter and Hunter Beatty; and Logan, Lilah, Gage and Jase Nagel; and nieces Pat Gray and Claudia Benyon and nephew Doug Gray.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the community room at Spruce Circle in Princeton. All are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAVE Animal Shelter.


Phillip Amico

Phillip Amico, 57; a long time resident of the Palmer Square neighborhood in Princeton, passed away March 9, 2016 of natural causes. Phillip was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.; the son of the late Joseph C. Amico, MD and Mildred Amico. He graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, Georgetown University, and Syracuse University. Phillip had a long and rewarding career with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson; traveling the world as a marketing director for the neuroscience franchise.

He is survived by his mother, Mildred Amico of Rye, N.Y.; brothers Paul of Hoboken, N.J.; Joseph of Armonk, N.Y.; Christopher of Manlius, N.Y.; and Matthew of New York City along with 9 nieces and nephews.

An event celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, March 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at Grand Vin, 500 Grand Street, Hoboken, N.J. You may contact the family for further details.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Alice R. Davison

Alice R. “Betty” Davison, 92 of Princeton passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Park Place Center in Monmouth Junction, N.J. Born in Spring Lake, New Jersey, she was a lifelong resident of Princeton.

After graduating from Princeton High School, she enlisted in the United States Navy at the onset of World War II, being honorably discharged at the end of the war. She then joined the NJ Bell Telephone Company where she worked for many years before joining The Hun School of Princeton where she worked until her retirement.

She was a member of Trinity Church and American Legion Post 76. She was a proud charter member of the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary and the Engine Company #1 Ladies Auxiliary. One of her proudest accomplishments was writing “The Firemen’s Prayer” that is still read today.

Alice was predeceased by her husband Francis S. “Sam” Davison; her son, Francis S. “Booper” Davison Jr.; her parents, Pauline and Charles Rauch; a sister, Marjorie Hunt; and brothers Albert “Hooker” Rauch, Joseph Rauch, and Jack Rauch. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Ann Davison and her grandchildren Sara, Ryan, and Scott Davison, all of Princeton; her sister Marilyn Wilson of Robbinsville; special niece Linda Fugate of Columbus; and many additional nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, officiated by Rev. Catherine E. Williams, Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care, Princeton United Methodist Church. Alice was laid to rest with military honors beside her beloved husband in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Senior Care Ministry of Princeton, PO Box 1517, Princeton, NJ 08542 or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Obit Walsh 3-16-16Barbara Ann Walsh

We remember Barbara, 83, a remarkable colleague, friend, aunt, and sister who passed away unexpectedly one year ago on March 20, 2015. Now, on this first anniversary of her passing, we reaffirm our love for her and how much she touched our lives and those of all who knew her.

Barbara was brought up in New Bedford, Massachusetts and became the first in her family to attend college, graduating from Pratt Institute with a degree in food service management. She expanded her expertise in gourmet food preparation, graduating with special honors from Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris and receiving certification in Italian cuisine in Venice. A special honor was her election as a “Life Fellow” of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Her career included positions in school foodservice management and acting director of food services at the Reader’s Digest Association. Along with responsibility for the service of 4,000 meals a day to staff, she was in charge of the prestigious executive dining room, hosting international celebrities, government, and corporate officials.

A highly skilled food service administrator with a top performance record, she was recruited as director of food and nutrition services for the Princeton, New Jersey regional school system where she worked until her retirement. She loved interacting with the teachers and students, inviting them to menu meetings and food tastings, and encouraging them to enjoy new foods she and her staff prepared. While adhering to the strict federal meal and budget guidelines, Barbara focused on fresh, healthy, whole foods presented in an appealing manner.

Throughout her career, she was a gourmet cook and food stylist. As president of the New Jersey Nutrition Council and the New Jersey School Food Service Association, she received awards and accolades from her colleagues and professional associations. She trained dietetic interns and medical nutrition students from Rutgers University’s food science department and was associate professor of food service management, Gloucester County College, Gloucester, N.J. She was a contributing author of quantity food preparation and sanitation textbooks, and participated in research projects with the U.S. department of agriculture nutrition and technical service.

Barbara moved to Tequesta, Florida after her retirement, where she enjoyed leisurely days in her condo by the intracoastal waterway. She loved spending time with her 3 sisters and their husbands, 7 nieces and nephews, and 16 great nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered for her spirit of adventure, her love of animals, and her secret recipe for chocolate fudge sauce! She didn’t have children, but we, her three sisters, were the beneficiaries of her kind heart, generosity, and love of travel.

We are truly blessed to have had her for a sister, and we will never forget the
wonderful memories we shared together. She will live on in our hearts forever.

Her loving sisters,

Christine, Carol, and Sandie.


Shang Wen Yuan

Shang Wen Yuan, 87, of Princeton died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Shanghai, China, he moved to the United States in 1949. He received a BS and MS in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1953 and 1955, respectively.

Mr. Yuan resided in Morristown for over 35 years before moving to Skillman in 2000. He retired in 1998 with over 40 years of service as a civil engineer with, and a partner of Hazen and Sawyer Consulting Engineers, New York City.

Son of the late Yuan An Pu and Jin Qian Mei, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Pearl P. (Yao) Yuan; a son Jeffrey Yuan; a daughter Frances Yuan; two sisters Jean Yuan and Sylvaine Tam; and three grandchildren Brian and Mira Yuan, and Justin Liu.

The funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial followed in the Princeton Cemetery.

March 9, 2016

Obit Tufo 3-9-16Robert Del Tufo

Robert Del Tufo, one of New Jersey’s most revered and accomplished attorneys, died at home in Princeton on March 2, 2016. He was 82. Born in Newark, he attended Newark Academy, Princeton University (’55) and Yale Law School (’58).

Robert Del Tufo loved New Jersey — its heft, grit, and potential. And he dedicated himself — from the day he passed the Bar — to serving the state — as U.S. Attorney, as director of Criminal Justice, as Attorney General, and more. When he returned to private practice, it was to open the New Jersey office of Skadden Arps where he was partner and of counsel for the last 20 years of his practice.

Public service was Robert Del Tufo’s calling. Over his career he served on scores of not-for-profit boards from the N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority to drug prevention programs such as Daytop and Integrity House, to John Cabot University in Rome, and toward the end of his career, to the troubled University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J. — a pro-bono position he held for five years, ultimately restoring its institutional integrity. The late Richard Leone, one time head of the Port Authority wrote: “Del Tufo was chosen to fill every significant law enforcement post the state and nation had to offer in N.J. And he took on tasks that would not ordinarily be considered a test of integrity — like rebuilding trust in the state’s medical and dental school. He is the very model of law enforcement, justice, and the American way.”

Robert Del Tufo was defined by unusual pairings. He was a fearless litigator and tender-hearted friend; a humble high-achiever; an intensely private man and devoted public servant; an ardent listener, learner, and mentor. He was True North. He was a devoted, giving and protective husband to his wife, Kate Nouri Hughes, and he was a towering but shadowless father and grandfather who had the back of everyone of his four children, two step-children, and ten grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on March 16, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Funeral arrangements are through the Mather Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City.


Barbara Sayre Ellis

Barbara Sayre Ellis died March 1, 2016. She was born December 5, 1920 to Frank and Marie Sayre and grew up in Philadelphia. A graduate of Germantown Friends School (1938) and Wells College (1942), she married Donovan R. Ellis, Jr. in 1947.

Through her genuine interest in others, outgoing personality, and keen sense of humor, Barbara formed strong connections with the people she encountered — both personally and professionally. The resulting host of friendships was maintained over long periods, some spanning nine decades.

During her 60 years in Princeton, Barbara actively participated in various civic organizations and the Nassau Presbyterian Church. An honorary member of Princeton University’s Class of 1940, she dabbled in real estate in the 1970s and 80s.

Barbara’s husband of 42 years died in 1989. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law; Joan Ellis Swanson (Ted) of Lynchburg, Va., and Julie Ellis Williams (Ray) of Ashland Va. She is also survived by two grandsons, Clayton Williams of San Francisco, Calif; Kirk Williams of Boulder, Colo.; and grand-dog Bella.

A memorial service and celebration of her life took place in Nassau Presbyterian Church Chapel in Princeton, Friday, March 4 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Barbara would want those who knew her to share laughter and time with loved ones. Contributions in her memory may be made to Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.


Janet Elizabeth Howe

Janet Elizabeth Howe, 83, of Princeton died Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Merwick Care Center. Born in Baltimore, Md. on July 4, 1933, Janet was a resident of Princeton for over 49 years. Janet had a long and rewarding professional career, which included working at Ballantine Cashmere Sweaters, N.Y., Lord & Taylor, N.Y., Commodities Corporation, Princeton, and HIP of N.Y, Drexel Burnham Lambert, N.Y., and Johnson & Johnson, Skillman. Janet also volunteered at Princeton Project 55 and was a founding member of the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association.

Janet was an avid New York sports fan and rarely missed a Yankees, Knicks, or Giants game. Janet got the chance to meet Derek Jeter with her sister Pat and nephew Howe Burch at Camden Yards, a memory she truly cherished.

The New York Times was her favorite paper, and the news and a martini at 5 p.m. was her favorite ritual. Being a Democrat, politics was often a topic of conversation with her close friends, many of whom she had from high school, college, career, and social life.

Daughter of the late Edwin S. Howe and Katherine (Monahan) Howe, she is survived by her son Peter D. Spagnoli; Ex-husband Paul D. Spagnoli, Jr.; brother, John Howe; and three grandchildren, Jinmee, Oliver, and Sullivan Spagnoli.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. March 12, 2016 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Obit Elden 3-9-16Richard Elden

Richard Edward Elden, 93, passed away peacefully at home on March 3, 2016. Dick lived in Princeton for 51 years before moving to Skillman in 2014.

The son of Howard Edward Elden, executive vice president of Dunlop, and Mary Horton Elden, a pharmacist from Ovid, N.Y., Dick was born in Seneca Falls, N.Y. He grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. with his parents and his older brother Howard S. Elden, who predeceased him in 2003. A gifted mathematician, he attended Bennett High School, earning the highest score in the state of New York on the 1940 Regents exam, and graduated as a chemistry major and math minor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1944, where he also enjoyed crewing in sailboats on Boston’s back bay.

After graduating from MIT, he went to work at Columbia University to work on a “Secret War Project,” which turned out to be the Manhattan Project. Although the goal of this work was never revealed to him and his co-workers (or even their supervisors), he quickly figured out that they were trying to use gaseous diffusion to enrich uranium to make an atomic bomb. He served in the Navy during World War II, but was prohibited from leaving the U.S. because of his knowledge of the top-secret project. Instead he was stationed in the Wirephoto Division in the Navy Department Building in Washington, D.C, and decades later enjoyed recounting that he saw the photo of the Bikini Bomb Test before President Truman did.

After the war, he worked at Becco Chemical, earned a Masters Degree in chemistry from the University of Washington, and completed the coursework for his PhD. He became the manager of the FMC Corporation plant in Vancouver, Washington. He met Laurel Jean “Lolly” Pithoud on a blind date in Portland, Oregon. He and Lolly, who predeceased him in 1988, were married in September, 1955. He worked at FMC Princeton from 1963 until his retirement. In 1980 he became a patent attorney, attending law school at night at Seton Hall University while working full-time at FMC. He prosecuted 59 patents for FMC and argued before the U.S. Patent Court in Washington, D.C. After he retired in 1994, he volunteered for two decades as a courier at Princeton Medical Center.

He was a Renaissance man: a creative, innovative, and open-minded thinker who enjoyed intellectual and hands-on activities. He taught Lolly how to cook and was so proud that she surpassed his ability. His chocolate mousse cake was the preferred dessert at every family event. He enjoyed the Sunday Times crossword puzzle and the games of bridge, cribbage, and pinochle. He played golf and loved the beach. He designed and built furniture, caned chairs, made jam, invented things, sang in choirs, rode his bicycle to work, jogged, and was an avid gardener. He knew German and Russian in addition to PASCAL, COBOL, and Basic, and wrote emails to his children and grandchildren in the areas of history, math, and science. Tracing the family genealogy was an interesting quest, from present day back to 1066. He was a member of All Saints Church in Princeton. He is survived by four children: Jennifer L. Elden Mischner, Dr. Lisa M. Elden, Christopher E. Elden, AIA, and Mary Rebecca Hutchins, their spouses, and ten grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on March 19, 2016 at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton Hightstown Road, Suite 202, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 or online at


Obit Wilson 3-9-16Stuart VanVranken Willson Jr. 

Stuart VanVranken Willson Jr., who was born on April 25, 1931 and was a long-time resident of Princeton, died peacefully at home on March 2, 2016, of natural causes. He was 84 years old.

Stuart was the beloved husband of Amelia Murchio Willson, to whom he was married for more than 25 years. He was born in La Crosse, Minnesota, the youngest child of the late Marie Carlson and Stuart Willson, Sr., who was the CEO of the Northern States Power Company, Minnesota’s largest electric utility.

The Willson family moved to Montevideo and then Faribault, Minnesota, where Stuart became the Minnesota state high school golf champion, won Fuller Brush Company sales awards while still a teenager, and graduated as high school class valedictorian. He worked as a ditch digger during school summer breaks, a job he said taught him the importance of a good education, which he pursued at Yale. During his freshman year there, the Willsons relocated to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Stuart spent his summers home working on the Great Lakes ore carriers, ferrying coal across Lake Michigan.

After graduating with an engineering degree from Yale and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Stuart became a direct commission officer in the U.S. Army. Envisioning a posting abroad for himself, he was instead posted to Fort Dix, New Jersey. His disappointment with his posting was short lived. As a young lieutenant he was responsible for the payroll of the entire base, and he developed lifelong friendships with other finance officers. Those years of Army service gave him responsibilities and opportunities almost unknown to someone in his early 20s. He thrived and looked back on those years as some of the most formative of his professional life.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, Stuart began his business career as an engineer but eventually recognized his professional calling was in sales. He joined Princeton’s CUH2A, and with a small group of partners, built it into what became New Jersey’s second largest science and technology architecture and engineering firm, at the time specializing in architecture for pharmaceutical research and manufacturing. After retiring from CUH2A, Stuart became a sales executive for the Philadelphia firm of Kling Stubbins, from which he retired in 2013.

An avid golfer, he was a member of Springdale for many years and eventually joined Bedens Brook. He won a number of club championships during those years. In 1990 when he married his second wife Amelia, a technology strategist from Manhattan, he taught her to golf, and they often played 9 holes together after work. She and a friend witnessed his hole in one on the 9th at Springdale.

Stuart was also a member of the Nassau Gun Club for many years and for several years was also a member of the Log Cabin Gun Club. He hunted in Botswana with Harry Selby, one of the great hunters of his day.

He is survived by Amelia, his daughter Wylie from his first marriage to Rosalie Richards of Princeton, his sister Joan Carver of Kalamazoo, and five nieces and nephews and their children from the Willson family.

He is survived by five sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law and their children from the Murchio family. Stuart was predeceased by his son, Stuart Willson III, and by his sister Sally LaPierre of Wichita.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. The interment will be private. Since flowers are not appropriate during the Lenten season, anyone who would wish to have sent flowers might like to make a contribution to Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at

March 2, 2016

Susan Heymsfeld

Susan Heymsfeld, 68, passed away after a brief illness, surrounded by her family and friends on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Mrs. Heymsfeld was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, class of 1969. She met her husband, Joel, in New York City in 1972, and they married two years later.

A member of the Present Day Club and the Nassau Club, she was campaign chair of the Women’s Campaign for the Jewish Federation of Princeton. She was active in Hadassah, and volunteered at the Community Park Library and the John Witherspoon Middle School Library, as well, serving on the board of the Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation.

Predeceased by her parents, Marjorie B. Cornacchio and William Goldsmith, Mrs. Heymsfeld is survived by her husband of 41 years, Joel; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Heymsfeld Johnson and Christopher Johnson; a brother and brother-in-law, Robert W. Goldsmith and William Liebell; her step father, John F. Cornacchio; two step sisters, Janet Cornacchio and Gina Leahy; and a granddaughter, Eleanor Natalie Johnson.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 28, at Orland’s Ewing Memorial
Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township. Burial was at Washington Cemetery, Deans. The period of mourning was observed at the home of Joel Heymsfeld in Princeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Program at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.


Dean W. Harrison, Sr.

Dean W. Harrison, Sr. died on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at his home in Yardley, Pa. He was 84 years old. Dean leaves his wife Nancy with whom he shared 59 wonderful years of marriage. Born in Boston, Mass. to Lester and Hazel Harrison, Dean was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University Class of 1954, and Columbia University School of Law.

He served as a member of the Counter Intelligence Corps of the U.S. Army, then pursued his legal career with companies including State Street Bank, Bank of
America, and Visa. He was a civic leader, serving as Community Development Director as well as City Councilman for Gloucester, Mass.

A gifted tenor, he sang for many church choirs including St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Yardley, Pa. and toured and sang with the Princeton Nassoons alumni a cappella group. An avid tennis player, devoted husband, and beloved father, he brightened every room he entered with his love and constant smile.

He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy Barrows Harrison; his son Dean Harrison Jr. of
Pennington; daughter-in-law Judith Lightfoot Clarke; and adored grandsons, Owen and Beckett Harrison. He is also survived by his brother, David E. Harrison and sister-in-law Michele Holovak Harrison, and nephew and niece, Michael and Lisa. Dean is predeceased by his daughter, Jennifer Harrison McNamara, who brought him joy every day of her life.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on March 3, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yardley, Pa. and at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester, Mass. on April 9, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Music Ministries of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Yardley, Pa. or the Music Fund of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Gloucester, Mass.


Obit Wilson 3-2-16Debra A. Johnson-Wilson

Debra A. Johnson-Wilson, of Princeton, departed this life February 27, 2016 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Debra was born in
Princeton, on August 13, 1957 where she attended Princeton Public Schools and graduated as a member of Princeton High School’s class of 1975. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Debra retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2011 with over 30 years of dedicated service. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Princeton where she served passionately for many years. The Ladies Guild Ministry was very dear to her heart.

Debra was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Jamesena Johnson, Sr.; mother-in-law Verna D. Wilson; and brother-in-law, Freddie “Mikey” Wilson.

Debra’s memory will be forever celebrated and remembered by her devoted husband, Richard Wilson, Sr.; two daughters, Ayisha Johnson and Ricara Wilson; one son, Richard Wilson, Jr. (Stephanie), and 1 granddaughter, Amaia Willis; one brother, Donald Johnson, Jr. and one sister, DeAndrea Hall (Wade); sister-in-law, Yvonne Wilson-Rice (Eddie); two aunts, Beverly Phox and Joyce Trotman-Jordan (Kevin); two uncles, Roscoe Trotman (JoeAnn) and Marvin Trotman, Sr. (Martha); 1 god-son, Brandon Merrill; many cousins, several nieces and nephews and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at The First Baptist Church of Princeton, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Calling hours will begin at 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Reverend Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors, Second Baptist Church, of Evanston, Illinois will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ladies Guild of The First Baptist Church.

Interment will be private. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton, N.J.

February 24, 2016

Christine L. Wright

Christine L. Wright (Tina), 65, passed away peacefully at her home in Princeton on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 after a brief illness.

Born in Goodland, Kansas, Tina moved to Princeton in 1990 to take up a position at the Educational Testing Service, where she worked for 22 years before her retirement in 2012. As a leader in the Assessment Development English Language Learning Department, she worked in test development and administration.

Always the adventurer, Tina moved to Laramie, Wyoming, to earn a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wyoming, where she met her husband Ashley W. Wright, an English and journalism major. Their travels in the Pacific and Asia together took them to Hawaii, where Tina earned a Master’s degree at the University of Hawaii in teaching English as a Second Language and then on to Hong Kong, where she and her husband lived for 14 years before moving to Princeton. Tina taught specialized English as a second language at Hong Kong University.

Tina loved language and music and was a voracious reader, passions she instilled in her Hong Kong-born twin daughters, Ashley and Leslie.

Tina was predeceased by her father, Dr. David Lasley; her biological mother and her brother David Lasley Jr. She is survived by her husband Ashley W. and their two daughters, Dr. Leslie L. Wright and Ashley E. Wright; her stepmother Ina Katherine Wells and her husband Bob Wells; her brother Spencer Lasley and his wife Ann; and her brother Rod Lasley and his wife Kimberly.

At Tina’s request, no services were held. Her family will gather to scatter her ashes in the Rocky Mountains at a later date.

Memorial contributions in her memory to Medecins Sans Frontieres ( are appreciated. Extend condolences and share remembrances at


Obit Aronovic 2-24-16Sanford M. Aronovic

Sanford M. Aronovic died peacefully on February 21, 2016 after a short illness. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was raised in Manhattan, eventually settling in Princeton with his wife Gilda in 1965. He was deeply loved and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gilda Aronovic, his three children — Dan, Asher, and Diane — and five granddaughters. Dr. Aronovic was 89.

Sandy (as he was called) was an excellent student, graduating Stuyvesant High School for gifted students at the age of 16. After serving in the U.S. Air Force at the end of World War II, by the age of 19 he had graduated from Columbia University’s School of Pharmacy. His father owned a pharmacy in Manhattan, and wanted him to take over the business. But since the age of 16, Sandy knew he wanted to be an analytical chemist, and he eventually earned his PhD in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He worked at Lederle Labs in N.Y., American Cyanamid in Stanford, Conn., Maumee Chemical in Ohio, and Union Camp and Thiokol Chemical in N.J.

Sandy was an active member of The Jewish Center of Princeton, a tennis and table tennis player, as well as a lover of the jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Louis Armstrong. He saw all three of his children participating on the Princeton High School tennis teams and all of them playing trumpet in the high school studio jazz band. He was an active member of CWW, Community Without Walls for Seniors in Princeton. He went to the gym 3 days a week and was an avid reader of novels. He will be sorely missed.

Services will be private.


Sylvia R. Lizana

Sylvia R. Lizana, 96, of Princeton died Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Brandywine Senior Living surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in Chile she also resided in Argentina before moving to Princeton in 1990. Sylvia was an accomplished concert pianist at the Chilean Conservatory of Music where she was recognized for her talent by Claudio Arrau. An avid and highly intellectually curious reader, she was also a woman ahead of her time. She was a civil aviation pilot, a Steeple Chase performer, she sat at the table with Eva Perón. She traveled the world to fulfill her always pressing need of learning about humanity. In Princeton she joined the Latin American Group of Women of Princeton and was a member of the unique reading club of the South American ladies of Princeton.

Daughter of the late Valentin and Rosa Lizana-Parrague; sister of Lelia and Joseph II Ferrere of France; mother-in-law of the late Charles Feit; grandmother of the late Paul Andre Feit; wife of the late Sergio Schindler; she is survived by her daughter Hedwig Feit of Princeton, New York, and Santiago de Chile; and her loving friend and nurse Reina Donis; as well as by her sisters-in-law; brother-in-law; nephews; nieces; grand-nieces; grand-nephews; and great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews. Also by her loving friends spread around the world.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Lawrenceville Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Paul Andre Feit Memorial Fund at Baruch College, 1 Bernard Baruch Way, VC 6th Floor, Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, NYC, N.Y, 10010


Catherine Lengyel

Catherine Lengyel, 87, passed away on Sunday February 21, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in Somerville, N.J. with her loving family by her side. She was born in Lyndhurst, N.J. the daughter of the late Theodore and Marie Stawicki. Mrs. Lengyel was a lifelong resident of Hillsborough, N.J. Over the years, she worked in sales at Nina and Davids Clothing Store, as a cook at LaJay’s Restaurant, and before retiring, as a baker/server at Hillsborough High School. Mrs. Lengyel enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.

She was a very active member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough. She was a member of the Church Rosary Society and Choir. Mrs. Lengyel also was a worker and baker at the Church bingo games, made Holy Bread for the Church, and baked for the Bishops. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Lengyel (1922-1995) and by her brother Leonard Stawicki.

She is survived by her sons Richard and his wife Holly; James and his wife Bernadette; and daughter Patricia Sadowski and her husband Charles. She is also survived by 7 granddaughters: Tracy, Kate and her husband Matt; Lara and her husband Joe; Jennifer and her husband Kyle; Gabriella, Abigail, and Bailey; and by 5 great-grandchildren Jillian, Benjamin, Henry, Sophie, and Sam; and by her sisters-in-law Josephine Stawicki and Betty Stano and her husband Michael.

The viewing will be on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Ketusky Funeral Home, 1310 Brooks Blvd., Manville, N.J., (908) 575-8512. The Parastas Service will take place at 4 p.m. during the viewing. The Funeral will be on Friday, February 26, 2016, 8 a.m. from the Ketusky Funeral Home followed by a 9 a.m. Funeral Service at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hillsborough. Donations may be made in her memory to: St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 1900 Brooks Blvd., Hillsborough, NJ 08844. For additional information please visit our website at


Kathleen K. Schoemaker

Kathleen K. Schoemaker, 64, of Blue Bell, Pa. formerly of Princeton, died on February 22, 2016 at her home. She was born in Mineola, N.Y. on November 5, 1951 to Frances (Pakula) and the late Alex S. Kozlowsky. Kathleen was the chief financial officer for Domain Associates, LLC.  for 30 years. She was a dedicated member of St. Helena Church in Blue Bell and St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. Kathleen is survived by her children Jeremy Schoemaker and Annemarie Tester (Michael), her grandchildren Katelyn Marie Tester and William Michael Tester, and her sister Terese Fernandez. She was pre-deceased by her brother Paul Kozlowsky. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Helena Church, 1489 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422. The Viewing will be Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Emil J. Ciavarelli Family Funeral Homes, 516 Fayette St. Conshohocken, Pa. 19428, and Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at St. Helena Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Charitable contributions to Einstein Montgomery Cancer Center where Kathleen received loving care can be made online at or send checks to: Walk Through the Park, Einstein Healthcare Network, Development Department, Braemer Building, 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141. Online donations should be designated “Walk Through the Park”. All are welcome to attend the annual Walk on May 21, 2016 at the Norristown Area Farm Park to support the Cancer Center. Condolences may be made at

February 17, 2016

Obit Cross 2-17-16Mary S. Cross

Mary S. Cross, 79, died peacefully at home on Friday, February 5, 2016. Born in Louisville, Ky., she had been a resident of Princeton since 1975. For Mary, Princeton was a place full of friends whom she loved dearly. She thrived on life at Princeton University and regularly audited classes there. Mary spent summers in Nantucket, and it was there that she met her late husband, Theodore L. Cross, in 1973. Mary attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia, but on learning that Hollins College intended to start a year abroad program, she immediately transferred and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris for a year. This first adventure abroad instilled in Mary a deep appreciation of the world beyond the familiar and sparked her insatiable lifelong desire to travel and explore foreign cultures. Before her death, she had been hoping to join her three daughters for a trip to Cuba, and was planning a trip to her beloved Istanbul.

Mary was a photographer with a keen artistic eye. Among the many countries she visited and photographed were Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Burma. She spent significant time in Egypt where she was a trustee of the American University of Cairo (AUC) for 20 years. She authored acclaimed photojournalistic articles and books including Behind the Great Wall (1979), Egypt (1991), Morocco: Sahara to the Sea (1995), Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth (2001), and Sacred Spaces: Turkish Mosques & Tombs (2013). Her eye for aesthetics included a passion for flowers. Her gardens were legendary and her house was always enlivened by magnificent arrangements of amaryllis, peonies, and tulips.

Mary had many loves: In later life she developed a passion for baseball, becoming a devoted Yankees fan, obsessed with Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte. She was an avid reader of non-fiction (history and politics), Nabokov, and the New Yorker. She also loved spy novels and movies. Mary was hooked on political news, especially Hardball with Chris Matthews. She described herself as a “Yellow Dog Democrat” (one who would rather vote for a yellow dog than a Republican). She adored lectures and discussions about politics and foreign affairs, and she regularly sat in on meetings at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she was a member. She loved the plays of Athol Fugard and was an avid patron of McCarter Theater. Mary did not hesitate to share her opinions on any topic from U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East to how many centimeters a painting needed to be lowered. But what Mary loved most was surrounding herself with her friends; and she was, in fact, preparing for a small dinner party when she died. Mary will be remembered for her tenacious spirit, extreme candor, unflagging energy, and love of interesting people, especially those with a wry sense of humor (whom she described as “droll.”)

In addition to her 20 years with AUC, Mary was a member of the Boards of Directors of Network 20/20, the Princeton Arts Council, the American School of Tangier, and the Near East Foundation. Mary sat on the advisory council of the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Daughter of the late William A. and Dorothy (Smith) Stoll, she is survived by three daughters and their spouses: Stuart Warner and David Paltiel, Ann Warner Anderson and Ken Anderson, Polly Warner and Christopher Crawford, and eight grandchildren: Daniel, Benjamin, Madeline, Claire, Deirdre, Theodore, Eliza, and Alexandra.

Those wishing to make a charitable contribution in Mary’s memory are asked to donate to HomeFront (, an organization dedicating to helping the homeless in Southern New Jersey, the Trenton Soup Kitchen (, Doctors Without Borders, or Planned Parenthood.

A memorial service will be held on April 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Chancellor Green on the Princeton University Campus. For any additional information you may contact the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Obit Overton 2-17-16Leigh G. Overton

Leigh G. Overton, 96, of Hightstown, died Friday, February 5, 2016 at Meadow Lakes Nursing Home.

Born and raised in Elizabeth City, N.C., she moved to Princeton in 1953 and was a resident of Meadow Lakes since 2001. She was a realtor and artist and owner of Hello Princeton. She was a member of Trinity Church in Princeton.

Daughter of the late William and Helen V. (Robinson) Gaither; sister of the late William Gaither, Jr.; she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Hubert and Judy Overton of El Paso, Tex.; a sister Bettie Stokes of Colfax, N.C.; a grandson David M. Overton and his wife Hilary of the Philippines; a sister-in-law Frances Gaither of Rocky Mount, N.C.; special aid Treena West; four nieces and one nephew.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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


Louis E. Ceccoli

Louis E. Ceccoli, 80, of Yardley, Pa., died suddenly at his home on January 20, 2016.

Son of Louis and Anita Ceccoli, deceased, he was born in Pittston, Pa. Louis graduated from Olyphant High School, Olyphant, Pa., where he was celebrated as a local football hero; attended Mercersburg Academy, Chambersburg Pa.; and earned his BS from Villanova University.

He retired as director of sales, Manhattan, for Commerce Clearing House International, Inc. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; his son, Louis; and his sister, Judith C. Colnaghi, of Princeton. Memorial services to be announced.