Barbara Mott Patton
Barbara Mott Patton, a former resident of Princeton, died on October 1 at Stamford Hospital after a short illness. She was 92.
She was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on January 1, 1923. Her parents, Joseph W. and Lucile G. Mott, were Quakers who trace their family histories to some of the earliest settlements in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Her father was general manager and an owner of the Hotel Traymore, where the family lived. He served as president of the Hotel Traymore Corporation.
Known as “Bobbie”, she attended Atlantic City Friends School, Atlantic City High School and Swarthmore College. Her summers were spent at Lake Paupac in the Pocono Mountains. She married George C. Ford in 1943, and they raised their children while living in Morristown, N.J.; Gladwyne, Pa,; and Princeton. She volunteered with the Princeton Regional Ballet Company and supported the musical arts.
Later she worked for the United Nations Travel Program in New York, helping to introduce foreign diplomats to civic leaders in America.
She and her second husband William R. Patton settled in New Canaan, Connecticut. A lover of music and a regular churchgoer, she was a member of the St. Matthew’s Church Chorale and book club in nearby Wilton. For many years she and Bill spent time in their seasonal homes in Sarasota, Florida, and Stonington, Maine.
Other activities included needlework, raising orchids, and piano.
She was pre-deceased by her first and second husbands, as well as brother Joseph W. Mott, Jr. and sisters Lucile E. Mott and Joanna H. Mott.
She is survived by her daughter Greta F. Hayton of San Ramon, California; and sons Paul F. Ford of Berkeley, Calif.; Thomas M. Ford of Princeton,; Edward G. Ford of Springfield Center, N.Y.; and George W. Ford of Pennington; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six nieces; four nephews, and three stepsons.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 31 at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, Conn.
Dr. Quentin E. (Bud) Lyle
Bud died peacefully at home on October 7, 2015, after a valiant struggle with cancer.
He was born in Nyack, New York in 1932 to the late Quentin E. Lyle and Dorothy Wilson Lyle. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 58 years; his two children, Jeff Lyle, his wife, Jennifer of Del Mar, Calif.; and Susan Lyle, her husband, Pete Healey, of Titusville, N.J.; his cherished grandchildren, Jilly, Katie, Charlotte and Lyle; his brother Bob Lyle, his wife, Hilary Evans of Somers, N.Y.
He graduated from Haverstraw High School (N.Y.), Hamilton College, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Surgery, and Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, with a specialty in orthodontics. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a dental officer assigned to a Marine Recon Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Bud loved being an orthodontist. He practiced in Princeton for 36 years and was very active in the professional world of orthodontics. He became president of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontists, was a member of the American Board of Orthodontics, the American Association of Orthodontics and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Orthodontic Alumni Society of Columbia University. At home in Princeton, he was a member of The Old Guard of Princeton, The Nassau Club and Springdale Golf Club. He served on the Boards of the Bedens Brook Club, the Nassau Club, and the Princeton YMCA and received the Frances G. Clark Award from the Princeton Family YMCA.
Bud was passionate about sports, a trait he enthusiastically passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was a coach for the Princeton Pee Wee ice hockey program and later was part of a group of fathers that started the girls’ varsity ice hockey program at Stuart Country Day School, where he coached the team for six years. In retirement, Bud could always be found working in his garden, golfing, playing tennis, or cheering on his grandchildren at their many and varied activities.
Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Bud’s life at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton at 4:30 on Friday, October 16th. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Bud’s memory to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, 08550; SAVE, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton 08540; or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home,
Israel Joel Heilweil
Israel Joel (I.J.) Heilweil, 91, resident of Princeton, since 1964, died October 6, 2015, at Greenwood House in Ewing. A beautiful burial service in Long Island, attended by his immediate family, was led by Rabbi Adam Feldman of The Jewish Center of Princeton.
Born in Lviv, Poland (which is now the Ukraine), Israel emigrated with his parents and sister, the late Regina (Jean) Miller, to Brooklyn, New York, when he was 15 years old in 1939, right before the start of World War II. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, he served four years in the United States Army in the European Theater, arriving in Normandy only a few days after D-Day. One of the few to survive the initial days, he was made a cannoneer, directing fire throughout the Normandy Campaign, including the Battle of the Bulge. He remained in Europe after the end of combat and ran a POW camp.
Israel received his BS degree in chemistry from the City College of New York in 1948, and his MS and PhD degrees in physical chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1954. His field of interest was surface, polymer, and colloid chemistry. After graduation, he worked at Texaco Research Laboratories near Poughkeepsie, New York, and then went to Mobil Oil Company’s Central Research Laboratories in Pennington, where he engaged in basic research on lubricants, oil recovery, and other surface/colloid investigations for over 26 years. He loved his work and was fully immersed in it. He held at least 37 U.S. patents and authored or co-authored a number of significant publications. He had an intuitive feeling for molecules and their behavior. He was highly valued by his colleagues, and chaired the Gordon Conference on Chemistry at Interfaces in 1980. Upon retirement, he served as a Research Fellow at Princeton University in the molecular biology department.
Israel married Harriet Gerletz in 1948. They celebrated their 67th anniversary this past June. Their life together was full of conversations about chemistry, with even more passion raising their three children, Edwin J. Heilweil (Toby Heilweil) of Potomac, Md.; Rachelle E. Heilweil (Dan Roddy) of Fort Benton, Mont.; and Donna L. Heilweil (André Eichenberger) of Zurich, Switzerland. Israel loved and was deeply proud of his family, Harriet, his “children”, and his three granddaughters, Kerry L. Pinnisi of Cambridge, Mass.; Naomi Heilweil Rotenberg (Jimmy Rotenberg) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Rose Pinnisi of Ithaca, N.Y..
Throughout his life, Israel expressed his love for our country and its ideals of freedom and human rights, as well as his deep commitment to the State of Israel and the survival of the Jewish people. He loved gardening and created a naturalistic and peaceful landscape around his Princeton home. He dabbled in free verse and considered himself a poet of sorts. He loved classical music, listening much of his waking hours, often wishing aloud that he could compose.
Contributions in Israel’s memory may be made to: The Jewish National Fund (bit.ly/1qxGmJW); The Staff Fund at Greenwood House, 53 Walter Street, Ewing, NJ; The Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, 237 North Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; or your favorite charity.
Or just think of Israel when something reminds you of him.
Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.
William J. Ryan, Jr.
William J. Ryan, Jr., 54, died in Swampscott, Mass. on Wednesday afternoon, September 30, 2015. The deceased was securing his boat, which had become detached from its mooring in rough waters near King’s Beach, when he accidentally drowned.
Bill was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on February 1, 1961 and he grew up in Belle Mead, N.J. He graduated from St. Paul’s Elementary School in Princeton and Notre Dame High School in Lawrence Township, and he earned a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. He began his career at Arthur Andersen Consulting and later started his own business, The Productivity Group, Inc. Bill made Swampscott his home in 1996.
Bill was an all-star football player in his youth and a respected coach of the sport, at both the high school and collegiate levels, in his adult life. He proudly mentored players in the Pop Warner league, at MIT and Merrimack College, and most recently at Swampscott High School. He was a Gameday Official for the New York Jets, an avid sailor and skier, and a highly regarded member of the community.
Bill is survived by his sons William, Andrew and Michael, all of Ontario, Canada; his mother and father, Mary and William, Sr., of Princeton; his siblings Peter, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Patricia, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Joseph of Princeton; and John, of New York, N.Y.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, October 12, 4 to 7 p.m., at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 10 a.m., at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow at St. Charles/Resurrection Cemeteries, 2015 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, October 24, at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 174 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA 01907.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 174 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA 01907.
Miriam T. Friend
Miriam T. Friend, 98, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman. Miriam Friend was born and grew up in New Rochelle, New York, in Westchester County. She attended New Rochelle public schools and the College of New Rochelle from which she graduated with a fine liberal arts education in 1937. As editor of the campus weekly newspaper Miriam was bitten by the writing bug that afflicted her through many years of publicity work and editing.
Job prospects were bleak out in the cold cruel world in the depths of the Depression. Miriam had worked in the college library (at 25 cents an hour) so she decided to pursue this as a career and enrolled at the Columbia University School of Library Service, where she got an MLS in 1940.
Through the Special Libraries Association Miriam was hired as Librarian of the M. W. Kellogg Company, a large engineering corporation at 225 Broadway (now the Kellogg/Boot Halliburton subsidiary). Establishing a library was an especially challenging task as the company became deeply involved in the war effort. For the Manhattan Project the company’s Kellex subsidiary was responsible for the design and engineering of the Oak Ridge Tennessee plant for the production of fissionable uranium.
Through the war years, the group worked in high gear and secrecy, and celebrated with mixed emotions the birth of the atom bomb. During her years at Kellogg, Miriam was active in the special Libraries Association and the technical libraries section of the American Chemical Society.
Miriam met her husband Leo Friend, a chemical engineer, at Kellogg and they were married a few weeks after the end of the war and were lucky in finding a tiny sublet apartment in Roselle, New Jersey. The first child, David, was born in 1948, followed by daughter Sarah, who was born in 1950.
After moving back to New Rochelle, and for the next 17 years, Miriam was a typical postwar homemaker/mother and chauffeur with a commuting husband and children.
In 1964, the Kellogg Company opened a large research complex near the north campus of Rutgers. With her husband Leo as new director of Engineering Research and Development, the Friend family decamped for New Jersey, settling in Rocky Hill — just blocks from today’s Stonebridge.
With her children grown and in school, Miriam joined the staff of the Princeton Packet where, as arts editor, she created the art news column “Around the Galleries” that won a NJ Press Association award.
She was an early member of the Princeton Art Association, where she held several offices, and served on the Board of the Friends of the Princeton Art Museum.
In May 1973, Miriam’s husband Leo was killed in an automobile accident on the Great Road in Princeton. He was en route to the Mobil research facility in Hopewell, where he was a consultant. After this tragedy, Miriam returned to work — first as a substitute teacher and school librarian, then as an editor at Rutgers, and finally at the Mobil Research and Engineering center in Hopewell, where she created and produced “The Mobil Engineer”, a bimonthly magazine launched during the oil crunch years of the 70s and 80s.
This job took Miriam with her camera and hard hat to refineries and chemical plants in Japan, Norway, London, Scotland, and many energy-centers in the U.S. It was a unique and exciting experience, fraught with many memorable incidents as an early business-woman traveler.
Miriam loved traveling the world. As an engineer’s wife, she attended many international scientific congresses, lived in Madrid for four months as guests of the Spanish government, and did some intrepid traveling for pleasure. Alone, she became an avid Elderhosteler.
Besides playing piano from age seven, Miriam was an avid watercolor painter. She was a member of the Garden State Watercolor Society and of Watercolorists Unlimited. She also exhibited in many solo and juried shows.
In April of 2004, Miriam moved to Stonebridge from Queenston Common in Princeton where she worked in the library and continued her love of art.
Miriam is survived by her son David from Boston, and his four children and her daughter, Sarah, from New York City.
A celebration of Miriam’s life was held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery, in Skillman.
Charitable donations can be made in Miriam’s name to Planned Parenthood, the Salvation Army, or Amnesty International.
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Eugenia Chappell Dussourd
Eugenia Chappell Dussourd, 98, died on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, New York. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, she attended Texas Christian University and Texas State College for Women, graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in home economics. She then taught in Texas schools before marrying Jules Dussourd, and moving to Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Princeton. After Jules’ death, Eugenia moved to Buffalo to be close to her daughter. In addition to teaching and raising her family, Eugenia was very active in the PEO and Presbyterian Church.
Eugenia is survived by her son David and daughter-in-law Joanne of Conway, Arkansas; her daughter Ellen; and her grandson Christopher of Madison, Wisconsin. She will be remembered for her gentle, kind nature and selfless devotion to others. In her last years, she coped with memory loss with grace, wit and charm.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on October 25, 2015 at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Harry Averre Bloor
Harry Bloor, 91, of Lawrence Township, passed away Friday evening, October 9, 2015 at his home with his family at his side.
Harry was born in Trenton New Jersey on March 31, 1924 to W. Harry and Evva Bloor. He was one of five children, all of whom predeceased him.
Harry graduated from Pennington High School and served during World War II in the Army Air Force. After serving his three year stint, he started learning the plumbing and heating trade — a move that would prove to be his calling for the rest of his life.
He married Janet Dansberry of Hopewell on November 17, 1951 — a marriage that lasted for 64 years. He started his own plumbing and heating business the next year, in 1952, and successfully operated that business until he retired from it in the late 1990’s. Harry and Janet built their own home in Lawrence Township in 1956 which is where he lived until his passing. Harry took great pride in his home and it was always immaculately maintained.
Among other things, Harry was a life-long member of the American Legion, had his private pilot’s license, and a Cessna 172 which he loved, a couple of boats including a 28 foot classic Chris Craft cabin cruiser that he enjoyed both at the Jersey Shore and on the Delaware River, a couple of vacation homes in Vermont that he renovated and finally a cottage on Long Beach Island that he referred to as “the desert.”
He loved the University of Delaware where his two grandsons’, Taylor (Kyla) and Carter (Ainsley), both played lacrosse. He also loved “those two little girls”, his two great granddaughters (Finley and Hudson). He also was a great father to his only son, Scott, and adopted his only “daughter” Hilary when she married Scott.
A funeral service will be held at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, Friday, October 16 at 11 a.m. There will be no calling hours because after all, Harry wasn’t too big on funerals.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hopewell United Methodist Church, 20 Blackwell Avenue, Hopewell, N.J. 08525. Arrangements are being handled by the Blackwell Memorial Home 21 North Main Street, Pennington. For condolences, visit blackellmh.com.