June 22, 2016

OBIT WHITEMorton White

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editor’s Note:

A complete version of the obituary is available at www.ias.edu/news/morton-white-obituary


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 thomashpaine@gmail.com. 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: www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.


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 makeagift.princeton.edu/MakeAGift.aspx. Please note the fund’s name in the comments box. www.saulfuneralhomes.com.


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 — www.njnla.com.


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 hopehospice.org.


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.

For an online guestbook please visit http://legacyfuneralcare.com/obituary/gerald-joseph-kent-iii/


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 (www.peacecoalition.org). 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 (www.cancer.org), Park Central Presbyterian Church (www.parkcentralchurch.org). Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (www.symphonysyracuse.org), or Springpoint Living Senior Foundation (www.springpointfoundation.org).


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 TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


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 www.princetonhcs.org.


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 www.wilsonapple.com.

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 (DoctorsWithoutBorders.org/donate) are appreciated. Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


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 www.ketusky.com.


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 http://advance.einstein.edu 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 www.ciavarellifuneralhomes.com.

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 (www.homefrontnj.org), an organization dedicating to helping the homeless in Southern New Jersey, the Trenton Soup Kitchen (www.trentonsoupkitchen.org), 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.

February 10, 2016

Obit Stackhouse 2-10-16Rev. Max L. Stackhouse

Reverend Dr. Max L. Stackhouse, former professor at Princeton Seminary died on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was 80 years old.

After graduating from DePauw University and Harvard Divinity School, Dr. Stackhouse was ordained by the United Church of Christ and went on to be internationally recognized as a theologian in the field of Christian social ethics. After early involvement in the civil rights movement, he pioneered work in public theology, economics, globalization, and ecclesiastical concerns.

Dr. Stackhouse held the Herbert Gezork Professorship at Andover Newton Theological School, where he was on the faculty for nearly 30 years before becoming the Stephen Colwell Professor of Christian Ethics, later the Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1993 to 2006. Dr. Stackhouse held numerous international visiting professorships, with long-term relationships at United Theological College in Bangalore, India, China, and South Korea, and within the former Eastern Block, with additional lecturing, conferences, and teaching in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Fiji, Thailand, South Africa, Taiwan, Australia, Brazil, Europe, and the United States.

His writings and teachings spanned more than half a century and include approximately 500 articles, book reviews, and book chapters. He authored or edited 25 books, among them On Moral Business; Creeds, Societies & Human Rights; and his last major work, God & Globalization, a four-part series sponsored by the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey. A Festschrift, Public Theology for a Global Society: Essays in Honor of Max Stackhouse, was published in 2010, followed by a book of essays, Shaping Public Theology: Selections from the Writings of Max L. Stackhouse in 2014, both by the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Dr. Stackhouse served as president of the American Theological Society, The Society for Christian Ethics, and the James Luther Adams Foundation. He was instrumental in the founding and served as the director of the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and was a founding member of numerous other groups, including The Niebuhr Society, the Covenant Interest Group at the Society of Christian Ethics, and the China Academic Consortium, as well as the Berkshire Institute of Theology and the Arts, which he established with his wife, Jean Stackhouse, and led for 15 years. He was on the editorial boards of several journals, including The Christian Century, Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of Political Theology, Religion in Eastern Europe, and Faith & International Affairs. He received a Leadership Award from The Center for Public Justice in 2007 and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, DePauw University, in 1994.

Locally, Dr. Stackhouse was an active member of The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, an avid tennis player, music lover, and beloved spouse, father, brother, and grandfather. He was known for his sense of humor and generosity of spirit. He is survived by his wife, Jean Stackhouse; son Dale Stackhouse and daughter-in-law Robin Olds Stackhouse of Indianapolis, Indiana; son David and daughter-in-law Amy Stackhouse of Edgecomb, Maine; daughter Sara Stackhouse and son-in-law Johan de Besche of Arlington, Massachusetts; grandchildren Molly, Zachary, and Violet; and sister Judy Harris of St. Louis, Missouri.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 3 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Max Stackhouse to Covenant House New York, Attn: Sandra Latchman, 461 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10001-1810, or online at covenanthouse.org; or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or at michaeljfox.org.


William Crouse Becker

William C. Becker, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on February 6, 2016 from natural causes at the age of 89. He has resided in the Princeton area since 1957.

He graduated from Reading High School Class of 1944, served in the U.S. Army during 1945-46, and is a 1951 honors graduate of Rider College. For six years, he was associated with the New York offices of Arthur Andersen & Co. He joined Princeton University Press in 1957, a scholarly book publisher closely affiliated with Princeton University. In 1966, he was promoted to the new position of associate director and controller, retiring in 1990 after 33 years of distinguished service.

Over the years, he was active on a number of Boards and Committees, serving on the statistics committees of the American Book Publishers Council and the Association of American University Presses in the early 60s; as treasurer of the Association of American University Presses in 1968-1970; on the Board of Directors of Centro Interamericos Libros Academios from 1969 to 1975, an organization based in Mexico City, jointly sponsored by the Association of American University Presses and the University of Mexico; on the Board of Directors of the newly formed Princeton chapter of the National Association of Accountants during the late 60s and early 70s; as treasurer of the Princeton Nursery School in the late 70s and early 80s; and as treasurer of the Master Gardeners of Mercer County during the 90s.

He was a member of the first graduating class (1994) of the Master Gardener of Mercer County Program, a volunteer organization sponsored by Rutgers University through the Extension Service; and for 15 years sang with the Hopewell Valley Chorus, starting in 1995.

He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 48 years, a son Christopher and his wife Chia-lin, residing in Oakland, California; a daughter Pamela of Pennington, and her husband Robert E. Haberle; two grandchildren, Taylor Haberle and Alexandra Becker. His brother E. Martin Becker of Reading, Pennsylvania predeceased him in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at a future date.


Martha Lou Stohlman

Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman, her daughters at her side, passed away in October 2015, shortly before her 102nd birthday, leaving a life rich in experience and accomplishment. A native of Springfield, Missouri, she graduated from Sweet Briar College and received her PhD in psychology from Cornell University. From 1937–1944 she taught at Colorado College before joining the Foreign Service. In Rome, she met W. Frederick Stohlman, on leave from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. They married a year later, in 1946. He died in 1966.

A woman of great talent and curiosity, she was always active. In Princeton, she was one of the founders of the Princeton Study Center. An elder and, for two years, director of Christian Education, she was always involved in the life of Nassau Presbyterian Church. Serving on the Environmental Commission of the Borough, she was involved with studies on noise, traffic congestion, and excess mail.

Martha Lou was an avid participant as an alumna of Sweet Briar College, serving in many areas including the Board of Overseers as well as receiving many awards for her efforts. She wrote The Story of Sweet Briar College.

The Presbyterian Church commissioned her to write John Witherspoon: Parson, Politician, Patriot on the occasion of the nation’s bicentennial. The Lemmon Tree is her unpublished memoir of growing up in the Ozarks. She also wrote many articles for various publications.

An avid reader, she was never without two or three books, covering a variety of subjects. Beginning with a trip to South America in 1937, her great sense of adventure took her to many places in the world. Always active, she loved the outdoors and visiting her many friends. With a keen eye for art, she made beautiful photographs and was an accomplished pianist. Her final two decades she lived at Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Martha Lou will be remembered as a remarkable woman in all that she did, with a keen intellect, a generous spirit, and a quick wit.

She is survived by two daughters, Julie Stohlman of Seattle, Washington and Suzanne Stohlman of Kennebunkport, Maine.

Donations in her honor may be made to the Crisis Ministry, 123 East Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, in memory of Martha Lou Stohlman. This program was dear to Martha Lou’s heart. www.fluehr.com.


Obit Thompson 2-10-16Roger D. Thompson

Roger D. Thompson, of Lancaster, Pa, and formerly of Princeton, died January 3, 2016. He was 90.

He was born March 1, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised there and in Louisville, Ky. Roger was the son of the late Harold Higgins Thompson and Mildred Liwrey (Rogers) Thompson.

Roger worked at Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and at DuMont Laboratories in Clifton, New Jersey. He then worked for many years for RCA, both in Princeton and in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His work included advances in transmission and recording of television signals, coordination of transmission standards, and development of a single beam electron gun and the use of it in a color television cathode ray picture tube. He earned many patents for his work.

Roger built a short-wave radio at the age of 14, became a first class radio operator at the age of 16, and worked at several radio stations. He graduated from Male High School in Louisville, Ky. and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was accepted into the V-12 officer training program. As a part of that program, he graduated from the University of Louisville as an officer with a degree in electrical engineering. He then served aboard the U.S.S. Denver until the end of the war. After the war, Roger married, started a family, and earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

Roger was a private pilot, owning his own small plane. He enjoyed traveling, and flew his family to every continental state, Canada, and the Bahamas. He also enjoyed contra and square dancing with several local groups as well as national groups. He often attended dancing workshops at various colleges and universities. He always was appreciative of all that he was able to have and to do with his life, and quietly gave back of his time and resources as the need would arise. He was a wonderful example to his family of the virtues in life of honesty, perseverance, good humor, loyalty, and many more.

In addition to his parents, Roger is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Mary Alice (McDermott) Thompson in 2011 and his brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Yantz in 2013. Surviving is a sister Laura Jane (Jen) Yantz of Kingsport, Tenn. Also surviving is a daughter Ann (Thompson) Caton and her husband Mark, of Uniontown, Pa.; a son Bruce Thompson of East Petersburg, Pa.; and a nephew who was raised as a son, Ted Adams, of Philadelphia, Pa. He has three grandchildren, Seth and his wife Amy, Matthew, and Marilyn, all of Uniontown, Pa. And he has three great-grandchildren, Seth II, Casey, and Jacob, also of Uniontown, Pa. Also surviving are many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Services will be private.


Obit Griffin 2-10-16Gordon Dix Griffin

Gordon Dix Griffin, age 96, died on January 29, 2016 in Skillman. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was a long time resident of the Trenton and Princeton areas.

After graduating from Trenton High School and Princeton University, class of 1940, Gordon served as a forward observer in the U.S. Army’s 119th Field Artillery during World War II. He participated in five campaigns in the European Theatre of Operations, including Normandy, The Rhineland, and The Ardennes. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Bronze Star.

Following the war, Gordon attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania on the GI bill. A practicing attorney, he co-founded along with the late Ralph Mason, the Princeton law firm of Mason, Griffin & Pierson. Gordon’s long association with Ralph Mason began when they met at a YMCA camp on the Delaware River where Mason was a counselor and Gordon a camper. Years later, in 1948, they began their lasting professional relationship when Gordon became an associate of Montgomery & Mason. In 1955, the partnership of Mason & Griffin was formed and from then on the firm developed and grew, taking on partners and changing its name, to become the leading firm in the region it is today.

Gordon served for many years as the municipal attorney for the Township of Princeton and the Borough of Princeton. He was past president of the Mercer County Legal Aid Society, the Princeton Bar Association, the Mercer County Bar Association, and the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. He was a trustee of the Mercer County Bar Foundation.

Inspired by and sometimes in concert with his wife of 57 years, the late Sallie Fell Griffin who died in 1999, Gordon volunteered in many community organizations and institutions. He was president of the Social Service Bureau of Princeton, the Princeton Lions Club, the New Jersey Unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and the Rockingham Association. He was a past trustee of the Nassau Club, the Westminster Choir College, and the Princeton Senior Resource Center. One of the original residents of Stonebridge at Montgomery, where he lived for the last 12 years, Gordon was active at its opening, serving as the first president of its residents’ association.

Gordon was an avid reader of history, and also shared a love of travel with his wife. Together they wrote and produced dozens of travel journals of their many trips, full of history, wit, and insight, which his children treasure today. Throughout his life Gordon delighted family and friends with his masterful skill on the harmonica, and without these performances no family party was complete. He had a beautiful singing voice and loved to entertain with the old standards. He remained an enthusiastic and highly competitive crossword puzzler until the end of his life.

Gordon is survived by a daughter, Sallie van Merkensteijn of Philadelphia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon and Jenifer Griffin of Princeton and Henry Griffin and Pamela Wintle of Washington D.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Griffin and Scott Sillars of Princeton; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Interment will be with his wife at All Saints’ Cemetery in Princeton. The family is planning a memorial celebration to take place in June around the time of his birthday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Steet, Princeton NJ 08540 or The D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540.

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


Obit May 2-10-16Eleanor May

Eleanor May, age 91, died peacefully surrounded by her family on February 2, 2016. Eleanor was born on March 27, 1924. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alois May and Blanche (Miller) May of Portland, Oregon and two sisters, Diane Kragrud and Pauline “Polly” Burke.

Eleanor was a graduate of Reed College in 1945. During the years when her children were young, she edited a local newspaper in the New Brunswick area and was a member of the school board. She was an elementary school teacher and later taught math at Dunellen High School. Eleanor was a passionate political activist supporting the causes she believed in and campaigning tirelessly for her candidates of choice. After receiving her Masters degree in 1967, she was an instructor in mathematics at Douglass College, Rutgers University.

In 1973 Eleanor began a 30-year career as managing and technical editor for the Annals of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University. She devoted herself wholeheartedly to this work and found it genuinely satisfying. She enjoyed collegial relationships with some of the most brilliant minds at Princeton and continued working part time well into her retirement years, cherishing the fulfillment of her work and the association with respected colleagues.

Eleanor was a lifelong competitive tennis and bridge player and loved to travel. She made many dear friends throughout the years with whom she shared her love of life and intellectual pursuits including a deep appreciation for the classics and opera.

For the past several years, Eleanor struggled with a multitude of illnesses, always maintaining her interests, independence, dignity and joie de vivre, as she did her best to live her life to the fullest.

Eleanor is survived by her four children whom she adored: Alan Weisenborn (and his wife Dulce) of Miami, Florida; Lynn Appleby (and her husband Michael) of Charlottesville, Virginia; Eric Weisenborn of Beaverton, Oregon; Robert Weisenborn (and his wife Leigh Anne) of Lambertville, New Jersey; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A celebration-of-life gathering will be announced at a later date.


Obit Terry 2-10-16Richard Wayne Terry

Richard Wayne Terry, 59, of Whispering Pines, N.C. passed away at his home on Saturday, January 16, 2016 after a long illness. Rick was born and raised in Princeton, and had many happy memories of growing up there.

Rick was a man of many talents. He was a master craftsman, woodworker, and carpenter. From a very early age he was fascinated by how things worked. He could fix anything and throughout his life he derived great pleasure from designing and building furniture and ‘gadgets’ to meet a specific function.

Rick loved the outdoors and was a gifted athlete who enjoyed hiking, biking, rock-climbing, canoeing, kite-flying, and tennis. However, basketball was Rick’s favorite sport, and although he was only 5’9’’, he once famously took a certain ex-pro ‘to school’ in a pickup game.

He also had a passion for music and was a talented piano-player, who possessed a natural improvisational ability. While he appreciated a wide variety of musical genres, he had a special love of jazz, classical and funk.

His love of animals, especially dogs, was a deep thread that ran through his life, and his exceptional ability to relate to them brought him much joy over the years.

Rick was a kind, warm, humble, and generous man, with a perceptive mind and an easy way about him. He possessed a great sense of humor and lived his life with a deep sense of personal integrity. Rick was a wonderful friend, and an exceptional husband, brother, son, and uncle, as well as father to his beloved dogs.

Rick lived with cancer for the last eight years of his life and was especially appreciative of the skilled and compassionate care he received at the FirstHealth Cancer Center in Pinehurst, N.C. His many walks at the Southern Pines Reservoir were a source of peace and serenity for him during this time.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Lynch, his beloved dog Roscoe; his brother, Gregory Maynard Terry; his sister, Joyce Lynn Darling; his brother-in-law, Glen Earl Darling; his nephews, Matthew Maynard Darling and Andrew Lynn Darling; and many extended family members. He was predeceased by his parents Charles Maynard Terry and Bernis Arlene Terry, and his beloved dogs Oscar and Jesse. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The International Myeloma Foundation (myeloma.org) or New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue (ns4ar.org).

Powell Funeral Home and Crematory in Southern Pines, N.C. is assisting the family.

Condolences: PinesFunerals.com.

February 3, 2016

Memorial Service

David Orson Tolman, 72, of Princeton died Monday, November 23, 2015. A Memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Obit Muser 2-3-16Jeanette K. Muser

Jeanette Marie Krueger Muser of Rocky Hill, New Jersey passed away on January 25, 2016. She was born on November 16, 1940 in Vienna, Austria of American parents. Her father, Dr. Frederick James Krueger, served in the U.S. Public Health Service and was assigned to Europe between 1939 and 1941. Her mother, Dora Jeanette Martin Krueger, was born in Richland County, Wisconsin. After several assignments the family settled in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1951.

Jeanette graduated form Wauwatosa High School in 1958 and continued her education at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. She earned a BA degree in Secondary Education in 1962 and an MA degree in history in 1965. Jeanette married Franz Josef Moehn in 1962 and their first child, Frederick Josef, was born in Madison in 1964. A year later, Jeanette and her family moved to Princeton. In 1967, Jeanette received a Fulbright fellowship for a year in Germany. Her second child, Juliette Marie, was born in Princeton in 1968, after the family returned to the United States.

Shortly after the birth of her second child, Jeanette and her family moved to Pennington. Jeanette earned an MA degree from Rutgers University in Library Science in 1971. She was hired in 1972 to develop a library in the new West Windsor — Plainsboro High School. During her 23-year career as the high school librarian she wrote several journal articles, presented workshops at conferences, and influenced countless high school students as they learned how to do research and successfully navigate all types of media for learning.

Jeanette and Franz were divorced in 1982, and after both of her children had finished high school, Jeanette married Rainer Karl Martin Muser in 1987. The newlyweds moved to Rocky Hill the same year.

After 23 years at West Windsor — Plainsboro High School, Jeanette retired in 1995. She then pursued volunteer work offering her library and history skills to several projects including the Rocky Hill Heritage Project, the newsletter Rocky Hill Remembers, and the Images of America series book Rocky Hill, Kingston, and Griggstown (Arcadia, 1998). Her years of dedication to local history earned her an award in 2002 from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Jeanette’s passion for local history led her to serve on the Rocky Hill Planning Board, volunteer for the committee that secured the Millstone River Valley National Scenic Byway, and to publish a booklet entitled 1783: General George Washington’s Departure from Military Service.

Jeanette was also considered the family historian, taking that duty over from an elderly maternal aunt. She self-published a newsletter called Big Bluestem in a nod to her beloved home state of Wisconsin and as a tribute to the family’s ancestors. Jeanette joined the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Daughters of the American Revolution. As her last personal project, she wrote the story of her family’s ancestry.

Surviving her are her husband Rainer Muser and her two children, Frederick Josef Moehn of New York and Juliette Moehn Brown of Seattle. She was “Nana” to her beloved four grandchildren Martin Arturo Josef Moehn-Aguayo, Madeline Shea Brown, Josefina Marie Moehn-Aguayo, and Naomi Cristina Moehn-Aguayo.

A community gathering to honor Jeanette’s memory was  held on January 28, 2016 at the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill from 4 to 6 p.m. A private family memorial service will be held in the spring. Jeanette will be buried with her parents in Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation or to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


2008 and a parting smile from PrincetonWilliam Brower

William Brower, 89, a retired professor of speech communications at Princeton Theological Seminary, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was born in 1926. Brower lived in the Princeton area for 55 years, and in 2009 moved to Piqua, Ohio, and shared residence with Blount Springs, Alabama.

His mother, an opera singer, and his father, a trial lawyer and Alabama state senator, both encouraged him to become an actor. When William was eight, the family moved to New York, where his father served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. In his school years, Brower continued to aim for a career in acting. During World War II, he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and enrolled at the University of Virginia, where he received both his undergraduate degree and his U.S. Navy commission in the fall of 1945. He was stationed until late 1946 in the Philippines, serving as a commander of amphibious vessels operating out of bases in Batangas, Manila, and Subic Bay.

In 1946, Brower began a career as a professional actor and worked in several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. In the 1950s, his career extended to television, and he appeared on such major programs as Studio One, The Ford Theatre Hour, Kraft Theatre, Nash Airflyte Theatre, and The Big Story. William earned his graduate degree at Teachers College of Columbia University in 1952 and two years later accepted an offer to teach at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he taught courses in speech and oral interpretation and directed numerous plays, retiring in 1993. Brower was called back as a visiting lecturer and taught until 2008, an active span of 54 years, one of the longest in the history of the institution.

One of Brower’s tasks at the Seminary was to hear and give critiques of students’ sermons. A colleague, knowing of Brower’s unorthodox religious views, once remarked, “Brower, in the history of the church, many times has one preacher preached to thousands of heretics, but your career is the first example of thousands of preachers preaching to the same heretic!” Brower gave many concert readings of short stories and was known for his interpretations of poetry, especially the works of Robert Frost.

William was predeceased by his parents, Walter Scott and Elizabeth (Jordan) Brower; his wife of 59 years, Elaine (Yuenger) Brower; and one brother. Survivors include his wife Noralie McCoy Brower; three sons, Walter (Elizabeth Nicholls) of Birmingham; Dana of Boulder, Colorado; and Raymond (Julia Farrall) of Denver; two stepdaughters, Shawna (James) Hite of Brentwood, Tennessee; and Raena (John Scott) Sherrill of Nashville; and two grandchildren, Lucy and Charles.

January 27, 2016

Gladys I. Lewis

Gladys Isabel Lewis, (Lady Lewis), died peacefully at her daughter’s home in Monroe Township, New Jersey, on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the age of 98.

Born in St. George’s, Grenada on December 19, 1917, she was the last surviving child of William Henry Jacobs and Henrietta Theodora DuBois. After graduating from the Anglican High School in Grenada, Gladys moved to Warminster, England to attend the St. Monica’s Girls missionary training school run by Community of St. Denys. They encouraged her to do teacher training in the Montessori method at the University of London.

During World War II, Gladys assisted with the evacuation of children from London to the countryside during the Blitz, taught school, and played the organ for the local church. After the war, she returned to Grenada to become assistant superintendent of schools.

She met Arthur Lewis in London after attending a talk he had given. They corresponded and were married in St. George’s, Grenada in May 1947. Returning with Arthur to Manchester, England, Gladys taught kindergarten school during the early years of their marriage until the birth of her daughters, Elizabeth and Barbara. They were happily married for 44 years.

Gladys reveled in providing care and support for both husband and children. Arthur was a professor of economics and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979. His work took him to various countries and Gladys created a vibrant, warm, and loving home in each location including at the University of Manchester in England; at Stanford University in California; in New York City and in Accra, Ghana while Arthur was with the United Nations; in Jamaica, while Arthur was Vice Chancellor for the University of the West Indies; at Princeton University in New Jersey; and in Barbados, where Arthur was president of the Caribbean Development Bank. Gladys was a travel companion to Arthur for his many lectures around the world. In 1963 Arthur was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and she received the title Lady Lewis.

Gladys was a lifelong Jane Austen fan and a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She served on the Board of the Princeton chapter of the Legal Defense Fund. She regularly attended the American Philosophical Society open meetings in Philadelphia. She was a strong supporter of the International Center at Princeton University. She worked as a monitor for the Recording for the Blind for over 20 years. A devout, lifelong Episcopalian, she never lost her interest in attending church events and she was a regular attendant at services.

Artistically, she loved working with wood and created everything from a doll’s house for her children (now with her granddaughter) to abstract works of art that were exhibited several times in galleries in New York and New Jersey.

Gladys and Arthur often entertained dignitaries and guests at home. She was a superb cook and a skilled hostess. She was a gracious and generous person who had a great sense of fun, loved to laugh and joke, and thoroughly enjoyed the company of family and friends.

Gladys is survived by her two daughters: Elizabeth Channon and her husband, Stephen and Barbara Virgil and her husband, Richard; her granddaughter, Samantha Virgil; her step grandchildren, Elizabeth Efaw and Charles Channon; and many beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. David Episcopal Church, 90 South Main Street, Cranbury, NJ, 08512.

Visitation for friends and family will be held Friday, January 29, 2016 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the A.S. Cole & Son Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512 and Saturday, January 30, 2016 at St. David’s Episcopal Church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Interment will be with her husband on the grounds of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, The Morne, St. Lucia at a later date.


Lucy Freeman

Lucy Rubino Freeman, a 60-year resident of Princeton, passed away Thursday afternoon on January 14, 2016 in Tujunga, California at the home of her grandson Seth and his family who had cared for her for the past three years.

Lucy was born in 1912 in New York City, one of four sisters born to Giacenta and Giovanni Rubino. Her parents had immigrated as teenagers shortly before the turn of the last century from San Fele, Italy. She lived the first quarter of her life in Greenwich Village. She was a graduate of Washington Irving High School and New York University.

She met and married her husband of 50 years, Paul M. Freeman, in the mid-1930s. He was at that time a jazz guitar player. He later earned a doctorate in educational psychology from Columbia University and got a job at Educational Testing Service, which at that point was located at 20 Nassau Street. She and her husband and son moved to Princeton just before 1950.

Her husband had developed MS, and knowing he would be unable to continue work, Lucy went back to school and got a masters degree and taught for 20 years (mostly first graders) while managing her husband’s care. She and her family were amongst the earliest members of the Unitarian Church, which was then located in the Van Dyke Mansion on Bayard Lane.

In retirement and after the death of her husband in 1985, she continued her involvement in the League of Women Voters, the Unitarian Church, and literacy training. She travelled with her son to Italy when she was 80 years old — her first overseas trip. She made three other trips to Europe in her eighties to visit dear friends Inge and Seenu Srinavassen.

She was one of the original residents of The Windrows where she lived for almost 10 years until she moved to Saint Andrews Village nursing home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine close to her son’s house. In 2013, she moved into the home she shared with her grandson, Seth, his wife, Patricia, and their four children.

She is survived by them and her son Paul of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The family is planning a memorial service sometime this summer in Maine. Anyone wishing to contact the family may do so via Paul Freeman, P.O. Box 321 Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538 or by email paulgiovanni@yahoo.com.


Obit Brown 1-27-16Margaret Shepard Brown

Margaret Shepard Brown, 90, previously of Princeton, died peacefully on January 18, 2016, at her home in Ocean Ridge, Florida.

Margaret was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 23, 1925 to Alfred Clayton Shepard and Annie Streater Shepard. Along with her sister, Marie and brother, Clayton, she grew up in Boynton. Margaret graduated as the Valedictorian of her class from Boynton High School in 1942. After attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia then later to New York City, to live and work as an executive secretary at the IBM Corporation. This is where she met her husband of 52 years, Beverly Brown.

Margaret was a loving wife and mother. She and her husband spent 20 years in Princeton raising five children. She had a love of life; she enjoyed sports, music, traveling, and meeting new people. She was an avid tennis player and fan throughout her life. She participated in the Princeton Tennis Program and won numerous awards at The Ocean Club of Florida. Margaret attended the U.S. Open several times, Wimbledon, as well as the French Open. Margaret was a lifelong member and active participant in the Methodist Church. She played the piano, sang in the church choir, and was part of the Princeton United Methodist Women. She loved the opera and was a staunch supporter of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She was also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, the Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women and the Boynton Woman’s Club.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Annie and Alfred C. Shepard; and brother, Alfred Clayton Shepard.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Beverly of Ocean Ridge, Florida; her sister, Eleanor Marie Shepard of Boynton Beach; her five children, Terry Brown, Amy Brown, Nancy Kauffman, Janet Helm, and Anne Marie Schur; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her nephews, Craig and Mark Shepard; and two great nieces.

The burial will take place on Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:45 p.m., at the South Florida National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at The First United Methodist Church of Boynton Beach on January 30, 2016 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Clark Edwards officiating. Scobee-Combs-Bowden Funeral Home of Boynton is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ, 08542 or Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, Florida, 33801.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the TrustBridge Health Hospice of Palm Beach County for creating a peaceful environment and all of their support throughout this journey.

January 20, 2016

Obit Bahri 1-20-16Abbas Bahri 

Abbas Bahri, professor of mathematics at Rutgers University, and resident of the Princeton area since 1990, passed away on January 10, 2016 after a long illness.

Abbas Bahri was born to Jalila and Mohamed El Hedi Bahri on January 1, 1955. He received his secondary education in Tunisia, and, in 1974, was the first Tunisian to enter the École Normale Superieure de la rue d’Ulm in Paris. While a research assistant at the C.N.R.S. from 1979 to 1981, he obtained his Agrégation de Mathématiques and subsequently received his Doctorat d’Etat at Université Pierre et Marie Curie. He began his professional endeavors as L.E. Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago and then held positions as professor at the École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, and E.N.I.T., Tunis. Beginning in 1988, he held the position of professor at Rutgers University, where he supervised a number of PhD students. As director of the center for nonlinear analysis, he organized many seminars and research activities. He also gave numerous lectures as an invited speaker at conferences and universities around the world.

Abbas Bahri’s research focused on nonlinear analysis and variational problems with lack of compactness, coming from several areas of mathematics: his works deal with partial differential equations, critical points theories, homology computations, Hamiltonian systems, and Riemaniann and contact geometry.

Throughout his career, he was an innovative and prolific researcher, unafraid to tackle exceptionally difficult problems and often obtaining spectacular results. In the early 1980s, Abbas Bahri introduced the new theory of the “critical points at infinity” which represents a milestone in the calculus of variations, and which enabled him to also advance in other areas of research. In 1989, he was awarded the Langevin Prize in mathematics, and the Fermat Prize, in particular for his work on the 3-body problem.

With his new techniques, he was able to investigate and reveal deep phenomena, such as the effect of the topology in some problems with critical nonlinearity, the existence of solutions to the Yamabe problem having high Morse index, and the behavior of periodic orbits of Hamiltonian and contact vector-fields. Over the past few years, he used new topological arguments in order to study the Contact form Homology, in the variational framework related to the Weinstein conjecture: in particular, since the problem has a natural circle action, he made a crucial step by understanding and describing the interactions “point to circle” between different kinds of critical points.

In addition to his academic achievements, Abbas Bahri was a proponent of progress, democracy, and social justice in the world. He particularly believed in, and fought for the democratization of his country of origin, where free rational thinking would prevail, and was confident in the intellectual potential of the Tunisian people. Since 1990, he dedicated much of his free time to Tunisia’s scientific advancement, promoting international cultural exchanges, and educating many researchers in his field. He taught in several parts of Tunisia with purely altruistic intent. In recognition of all his efforts, an international mathematical conference was organized on the occasion of his 60th birthday in Hammamet, Tunisia (March 2015).

Besides being a gifted mathematician with an exceptional sense of originality and depth, Abbas Bahri was also interested in — among other things — history, art, music, literature, philosophy, and politics. He believed in the contribution of the Arab and Muslim culture to the development of human knowledge and intellect, and as a source of inspiration for progress. He also viewed this contribution as a way to transcend cultural differences.

Abbas Bahri valued diversity and nurtured friendships from all over the world. He lived as a humble man, devoted to his family and research. He is survived by his wife Diana and his four children Thouraya, Kahena, Salima, and Mohamed El Hedi. His death is mourned by many who have been inspired by his contagious enthusiasm for life and optimism for the future. He will continue to be a role model for generations to come.


Obit Roth 1-20-16

Adam Wingfield Roth 

On December 16, 2015, Adam Wingfield Roth, 57, passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at his parents Manhattan home. Born May 16, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pa., Adam was raised in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1976. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he formed the Comedy Workshop with Steven Wright and Denis Leary, continuing to collaborate with Leary for the rest of his life. As a professional composer and guitarist, Adam was a quintessential figure in the New York City rock scene for over 30 years, performing with, among many others, the Del Fuegos, the Jim Carroll Band, Garland Jeffreys, Merseybeat legend Billy J. Kramer, and the band he founded, the Liza Colby Sound. Adam mentored at-risk youths battling addiction with the non-profit organization Road Recovery. He is survived by his son Charlie Ringo Roth, partner Marta Maletz, parents Caroline Roth and cartoonist Arnold Roth, and brother Charles Roth. Known for his easygoing wit, impeccable style, and charisma, Adam was a true artist in every way. A musician, showman, loving friend, brother, and son, Adam’s most rewarding role was being a devoted dad to his young son. He will be terribly missed. A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date.

January 13, 2016

Obit Baldwin 1-13-16Robert H.B. Baldwin

Robert H.B. Baldwin, former Chairman and President of Morgan Stanley and Co. and Under Secretary of the Navy, died Sunday of pneumonia. He was 95. He was a resident of Hobe Sound, Florida and had a home in Princeton.

Mr. Baldwin was both witness to and agent of enormous transitions on Wall Street during his 37-year career, which was interrupted only by his service as Under Secretary of the Navy from 1965 to 1967. He started at Morgan Stanley in 1946, and was named Partner in 1958. During much of his career Morgan Stanley’s business was focused entirely on advising and raising capital for corporations, relying on other firms to distribute the clients’ securities. In 1971 Mr. Baldwin became president, and presided over the launch of a sales and trading business. Under his leadership the firm also added investment research, private wealth management, and launched the industry’s first dedicated mergers and acquisitions department. He was promoted to chairman in 1979, and retired from the firm in 1983; at that time, Robert E. Linton, chairman of the Securities Industry Association, Wall Street’s leading trade group, commented: “He represented all the things that Morgan Stanley stood for, yet was modern enough to compete in the new world.” Very active in industry affairs, Mr. Baldwin served on the Board of the New York Stock Exchange from 1974 to 1977 and then was chairman of the Security Industries Association starting in 1977.

Mr. Baldwin’s many philanthropic endeavors included The Presbyterian Hospital of New York, where he was a trustee from 1973 until his death. In the early 1980s, he chaired a highly successful capital campaign resulting in the building of the Allen Pavilion. In addition, he was particularly proud of supporting a small project on the Lower East Side of New York, started by two dedicated social reformers led by William Milliken. Dedicated to tackling the high dropout rate of underserved youth, the project, now called Communities in Schools, has grown to have locations in 26 states, serving 1.5 million elementary, middle, and high school students through 164 affiliates. Its proven model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life, and it is the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school. He was also active on the board of the Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Foundation in Morristown, N.J., having been a founding Board member in 1974, and serving as president and CEO from 1987 to 1990, and chairman from 1990 to 2000. Over the 30 years that he served on the Dodge Board, its assets grew from $60 million to $288 million and over this period the foundation awarded 9,700 grants totaling $301 million.

Mr. Baldwin served on two Presidential Commissions, and during his stint as Under Secretary of the Navy he made two trips to Vietnam. At the end of his first trip in 1965, he recommended the Navy use containers for its shipments to the area. After pursuing the idea for 18 months, the first containerized ship arrived in Vietnam in 1967, his last day of office. It was estimated that containerization reduced theft and spoilage sufficiently to save the government from $12 to $18 billion.

Mr. Baldwin was born in East Orange, N.J. on July 9, 1920. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, cum laude, in 1938 and from Princeton University, summa cum laude, in 1942. While at Princeton, he was awarded letters in football, basketball, and baseball and was winner of the William Winston Roper Cup in 1942, the highest honor for a student-athlete at Princeton. After graduation, Mr. Baldwin volunteered for service in the Navy and graduated from Officer’s Training School in December, 1942. He remained on active duty until April, 1946. He joined Morgan Stanley that month.

Mr. Baldwin is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dorothy Tobin Baldwin; five children from his previous marriage to Geraldine Williams Baldwin: Janet K. Baldwin of New York, N.Y., Deborah Baldwin Fall of Chappaqua, N.Y.; Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr. of Princeton; Whitney H. Baldwin of Villanova, Pa.; and Elizabeth Baldwin Maushardt of Santa Cruz, Calif.; as well as two stepchildren, Mary A. Hack of Greenwich, Conn. and W. Dillaway Ayres, Jr. of Glen Cove, N.Y.; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in his honor at the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, January 9 at 2 p.m. He will be buried in the family plot in Bridgehampton, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Office of Communities in Schools (www.communitiesinschools.org/donate).

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


Patricia Beard

Patricia Durkin Beard, 56, of Pennington, and formerly of Wood-Ridge, passed away on Sunday afternoon, January 10, 2016 surrounded by her family. Patricia was a 1981 alumna of Montclair State University, receiving her BA in Broadcasting and going on to a career in freelance television production and direction. Active in her community, she served two terms as president of the Princeton Day School Parents Association and concentrated her philanthropic efforts into Princeton area arts organizations. Beloved wife of David D. Beard. Devoted mother of David Andrew and Christopher James. Loving daughter of John and Grace Durkin of Wood-Ridge. Dear sister of Maureen McCormick and her husband David and Carol Trinker and her husband Michael. Sister-in-law of Fred Beard and his wife Dorothy. Cherished aunt of Faith Trinker, Susan Sobkowicz, Debra Curran, and Lisa Hagy. Funeral at Costa Memorial Home, Boulevard and Central Ave., Hasbrouck Heights on Saturday, January 16 at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Liturgy from Church of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady Wood-Ridge at 10:30 a.m. Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Visitation Friday, January 15 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the John Theurer Cancer Center at HUMC, Hackensack, NJ 07601.


Obit Williams 1-13-16David Latin Williams

David Latin Williams, 81, of Princeton died Friday, January 8, 2016 at Merwick Care Center in Plainsboro.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa. he resided in Princeton. He was a professor at Essex County College in Newark. David was the first Naturalist at the Churchville Nature Center in Churchville, Pa.

There will be a book signing event there on Saturday, January 16 at 1 p.m. All are invited. Visit www.churchvillenaturecenter.org.

David was a naturalist at the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. A student of the famous botanist Dr. Edgar T. Wherry Hill, his life and work will be remembered. He was also a wonderful photographer of plants and wild flowers.

Son of the late Dr. S. Culver and Barbara (Latin) Williams, he is survived by his wife of 57 years Idaherma Williams, a son Evan Jan Williams, and a sister Dr. Deborah Williams Holmes.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Donations in his honor may be sent to Friends of the Bordentown Marsh, Trenton, NJ.


Barbara Sorgento

Barbara “Bobbie” Sorgento, 78, of Newtown, Pa., passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Born in New Brunswick, Bobbie grew up in Metuchen, N.J. She lived in Trenton and Morrisville, Pa. before relocating to Newtown, Pa. in 1999. Bobbie earned a Masters of Arts Degree from Rider University. For over 35 years, Bobbie had a fulfilling and successful career at Mercer Medical Center in Trenton as director of the Cardio-Pulmonary Department. Her second career was as a partner of AAA Secretarial Service in Princeton. Bobbie also served as a New Jersey State Representative of the National Heart Association and provided administrative support for the National Alliance for Autism Research.

Bobbie was a self-taught artist who loved to paint. For many years she was an avid tennis player, golfer, and traveler, taking cruises, skiing adventures, and visiting friends in foreign countries. Bobbie also enjoyed attending Princeton Symphony Orchestra concerts.

For the past several years, Bobbie courageously struggled with a myriad of illnesses, always maintaining her dignity and elegance, her kindness and compassion to others, and sense of humor, as she did her best to live her life to the fullest.

Predeceased by her parents Phillip and Anne Sorgento and her sister Frances White, Bobbie is survived by her brother Jerry and his wife Rosalie of Clarksburg; her sister Phyllis Kalman and her husband John of Manalapan; her aunt Vera Switras of Metuchen; and a large extended family, including cherished friends and supportive caregivers.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, January 14 at 9:45 a.m. from the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27), Metuchen followed by a 10:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis Cathedral, Metuchen. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Metuchen. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. To send condolences visit www.costello-runyon.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Autism Tissue Program, the National Parkinson’s Foundation, or the National Kidney Foundation.


January 6, 2016


The Memorial Service for Joseph E. Irenas will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Princeton University Chapel on the Princeton University campus.


George F. Pinelli

George F. Pinelli, 81, of Princeton died Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton.

Born in Pettoranello, Italy he lived most of his life in Princeton. A U.S. Army veteran, he played in a military band during the Korean War. He retired from K. Hovnanian of Princeton after many years of service.

Son of the late Genesio and Antoinetta (Picciano) Pinelli; brother of the late Genesio Pinelli; husband of the late Frances Dolly Pinelli; he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Debra L. and Mario Tamasi of West Windsor; a son and daughter-in-law David and Donna Pinelli of Howell, Mich.; two grandchildren Tyler Tamasi and Marlena Pinelli.

The Funeral Service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2016 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Clergy from St. Paul’s Church officiated.

Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.


Rosser Lee Clark, Jr.

Rosser Lee Clark, Jr., 92, of Princeton passed away at his home on January 2, 2016. Born in Greensboro, N.C, Rosser had been a resident of Princeton since 1996.

Rosser was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, who had a smile for everyone he met. He was married in 1949 to Mary Harris Clark.

Rosser was a decorated Navy fighter pilot who served in the Pacific theater in World War II. He served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Essex, and faithfully attended reunions of his squadron. He continued his military service in the Naval Reserve for more than 20 years.

After the war, Rosser returned to Davidson College where he completed his BS degree. Soon thereafter, he began a nearly 40-year career in textile engineering. In 1957, Rosser’s work took him and his young family to Comodoro Rivadavia, in the Patagonian region of Argentina. While there, Rosser established the Guilford Argentina textile mill, which is still operating today.

In 1963, Rosser accepted a job with U.K.-based Courtaulds Fibers in Mobile, Ala., where he worked until his retirement in 1988.

Rosser was an avid tennis player and sports fan in general. A lifelong Presbyterian, he was most recently a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church.

The son of Rosser Lee Clark, Sr. and Eva Vertie Aiken, he was pre-deceased by his brother Robert Clark. He is survived by his wife Mary Bess; his daughter Margaret Tuttle of Decatur, Ga.; his daughter Sallye Zink and her husband Ron of Princeton; and his son Rosser Lee Clark, III and his wife Rachel of Falls Church, Va. He is also survived by his sister Sara Sue Kruppenbach and her husband Harry of Laurinburg, N.C. and his sister-in-law Elizabeth Clark of Lynchburg, Va. In addition, he is survived by grandchildren Robin Lee Clark and Marion Bess Clark, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosser will be laid to rest in The Princeton Cemetery at a private service. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church later in the year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rosser’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.


Obit FIsher 1-6-16Kenneth Walter Fisher

Kenneth Walter Fisher passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on January 1, 2016. He was born on December 30, 1931 in Heston, Middlesex England to Walter and Matilda Fisher and grew up in London. When World War II was imminent, the family cottage was requisitioned to house Polish fighter pilots and the family was relocated to a house where they enjoyed electricity and piped water for the first time. He excelled in his studies despite the challenges of growing up in the midst of wartime England. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Queen Mary College of London and his Master’s from University College London. Subsequently, he was the recipient of a British Empire Cancer Campaign Fellowship in the emerging field of microbiology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, under the direction of Professor William H. Hayes, receiving his PhD in 1957 on the mechanism of Gene Transfer in bacterium Escherichia coli. In the same year he was one of the founding staff members of the Medical Research Council (UK) Microbial Genetics Research Unit at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and also received an award from the M,R.C. unit at Kings college to spend a year at the Pasteur Institute in Paris with Professor Francois Jacob. Upon returning to London he worked for a time with Professor Maurice Wilkins at the Kings College, University of London M.R.C. Unit. In 1961, at the Biochemistry Congress in Moscow, he was invited to join a panel of Western geneticists and meet with a group of clandestine Soviet geneticists at Kurchatov’s Institute of Atomic energy in Moscow, to inform researchers behind the Iron Curtain of progress in molecular genetics in the west, since genetics had been banned in the U.S.S.R. under the influence of Lysenko and Stalin. Also in 1961 he was invited by Francis Crick to broadcast on BBC’s science programs “Accelerators and Brakes in Biological systems.” He assisted Professor Wm. Hayes with early BBC TV science broadcasts on microbial genetics hosted by Dr. Crick focusing on important current findings in the emerging field He was subsequently awarded the Rockefeller Fellowship that presented the opportunity of emigrating to the United States where he worked under Dr. Arthur Pardee at Princeton University, studying repression of virus and protein synthesis, and gave seminars throughout the USA: including M.I.T., Princeton, Washington University, St. Louis, Berkeley, Stanford, and Caltech. While in Dr. Pardee’s lab, in 1963 he met his future wife; Mettie Barton Whipple, a Princeton graduate student working with Professor Pardee. They were married in July 1965 in Heston, Middlesex, U.K. After doing another year of research at Hammersmith Hospital in London and a 4-year appointment as Director of the Graduate Program in the Sciences at Kansas State University, they settled in Princeton to raise their family. Dr. Fisher went on to become chairman of the department of biology at Rutgers University, Douglas Campus. During his teaching tenure he focused on both undergraduate and graduate studies in genetics and mutational biology. After retiring, his life revolved around bee keeping, gardening, and caring for his devoted family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Mettie Barton Fisher; two sons, Sean Hayes Fisher (Ellen) of Barrington, R.I., and Galen Hunt Fisher(Joi) of Richmond, Va.; three step-children, Mettie Micheaux Whipple (Nipper Harding) of Yarmouth, Maine, Sherman Taylor Whipple of Hull, Mass., Louise Whipple Gillock (J.T.) of Franklin, Ky.; 11 grandchildren; one great grandson: and his sister Myra Head (David) of Reading, England. Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Nashville, Tenn. at a later date.