April 29, 2015

Obit Borgerhoff 4-29-15Jane Cuyler Borgerhoff

Jane Cuyler Borgerhoff died on April 14, 2015 in Philadelphia, her home for over 30 years. She was diagnosed with Central Nervous System Lymphoma in 2010. She was in hospice care at the time of her death, with her children by her side.

Jennie was born in Princeton, New Jersey on July 27, 1949, the eldest daughter of Professor and Mrs. E.B.O. Borgerhoff. She attended Rose Cottage Nursery School, Nassau Street School, John Witherspoon School, and Miss Fine’s School. She graduated from Princeton Day School in 1967.

Jennie began her college education at the University of Michigan. She was accepted into the Residential College, a new and experimental facet of the university, and graduated with a BA in history in 1971.

One of the most important experiences in Jennie’s life occurred in 1963, when she went with her mother to the March on Washington and heard Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. She continued to be politically active in college and to develop a sense of community and social responsibility, with a special interest in education. After graduating from college, Jennie began work on a Master’s in Education at Antioch Graduate School, during which time she taught second grade for a year in Norwich, Vermont.

Jennie’s interest in history, especially medieval, never faltered, and took her back to Princeton, where she entered the history department at Princeton University as a graduate student. She loved the research and writing required, but decided against a life in academia.

Jennie moved to Philadelphia, and after training and working as a legal assistant, found an opportunity through her Quaker Meeting to create a victim advocacy group. In 1989 she established Center City Crime Victim Services, the first such service in Center City, Philadelphia. The agency received an award from the mayor of Philadelphia.

Jennie remained a devoted Quaker all her life, serving as clerk of the Worship and Ministry Committee and as a children’s teacher at the Friends Meeting’s First Day School. Jennie was brilliant; she had a passion for books, for the arts, for learning of every sort. She was an adventurer and a traveller. She had a marvelous curiosity, a wonderful sense of humor, and a deep and abiding love for animals.

Jennie is survived by her children, Arthur Christopher Newlin Borgerhoff and Cornelia Grace Newlin Borgerhoff; her sister and brother-in-law Elisabeth Borgerhoff-Pomerleau and Dwayne Ricky Pomerleau; her sister Ledlie Newlin Borgerhoff; and beloved pets Dolce, Moe, and Spitfire.

There will be a memorial service in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street. A private gathering will be held in Princeton in June.

Donations in Jennie’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Obit Spencer 4-29-15Marie Elizabeth Spencer

Marie Elizabeth Spencer passed peacefully on April 22, 2015 at Acorn Glen in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 101.

Marie was born January 17, 1914 to Elizabeth and William Tecumseh Sherman Bean in Philadelphia. She was the youngest of eight children John, Charles, Marcy, Katherine, Margaret, Bill, and Dorothy.

During the Depression, Marie worked in a cake baking factory in north Philadelphia among tough women, with tough hands. After hours, Marie enjoyed dancing. With a sweet and witty disposition she once caught the eye of the local ice delivery man, who, out of admiration, named his horse after her. But it was a sister Margaret who introduced Marie to her future husband, Earl Spencer, from Doylestown. Marie and Earl were married on June 6, 1941.

During World War II, Marie worked at the Frankford Arsenal and the family grew; four children, Earl, Judy, Barry, and Roger arrived both during and after the war. In 1949 the family moved from Philadelphia to a charming house on the Neshaminy Creek in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. It was in this home that Marie and Earl raised their children and welcomed four grandchildren into their lives: Eric, Kate, Stephanie, and Kristina.

Never one to let grass grow under her feet, Marie worked at Sears in the Neshaminy Mall in the 1970s and 1980s to help keep her candy bowl full. With a keen sense of humor, she took ten years off her age when she applied for the job, but being such a spritely spirit, no one ever knew. Marie remained in Bensalem until moving to Princeton with her daughter, Judy in 2013.

Marie became a member of the Acorn Glen community in October 2013. There, Marie enjoyed an active social life befriending staff and residents alike. With her two special friends Samantha and Melissa, who organize activities at the Glen, Marie thoroughly enjoyed trips to the horse track, the theater, and wine tasting events, as well as everyday activities like cooking classes, musical events, and birthday parties.

Marie is survived by her two children Earl and Judy, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren Sofia and Sylvia. She will be remembered fondly for her warm sense of humor, her ready smile, and her uncommon kindness. In her 101 years of life, Marie lived through an incredible swath of history, and like many of her generation, experienced tough times, yet she met every challenge with supreme grace, humor, and charm. She stands as an example to us all. Proud of her heritage, we salute Marie with one of her favorite toasts — “To the Irish.”

Extend condolences and remembrances to the Hoffman Funeral Home in Bensalem Pennsylvania: www.hoffmannfuneralhome.com/contact.


Obit Rashada 4-29-15Mahasin Rashada

Mahasin Rashada (formerly Patricia Ann White-Flenoid) died suddenly on October 27, 2014. She was born on June 26, 1951 to the late Olivia Magnum-White and Elisha White Sr. She was preceded in death by her sister Beverly Ann White.

Mahasin was born and raised in Princeton where she graduated from Princeton High School. She then moved to California and married Harlen Flenoid Sr.

She loved live concerts and plays, sewing, vintage stores, and flea markets. Upon being hired by United Airlines, she realized her dream of travel would become a reality. Her children were now adults and off she went! She visited many parts of the world. Later in life, her struggle with multiple sclerosis slowed her down. She maintained a wonderful attitude as she was determined to live life to the fullest. She joined the Senior Citizens Club which was just minutes from her apartment. She found fulfillment in assuming the duties of “Promotions Coordinator” and the members truly appreciated her skills and energy. She will be sorely missed in California and New Jersey.

Mahasin’s memory will be cherished by her children, sons Lance Sr. (Trekina); Harlen Jr. (Destiny); Muhammed (Kiera); and daughter Atiya of California. She is also survived by her sisters, Cynthia Fisher (Gilbert) of Princeton, New Jersey; Shirlene Wells of Morrisville, Pennsylvania; Gale O. Everett (Robin) of Princeton, New Jersey; and her brother Elisha White Jr. (Michelle) of Stockbridge, Georgia. She was the proud grandmother of 16 grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

A memorial service was held on April 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. at The Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton.


Obit Vehslage 4-29-15Ramsay Watson Vehslage

Ramsay Watson Vehslage, 77, of Skillman, New Jersey, died peacefully and suddenly on Friday, April 17, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. He is survived by his beloved and loving wife, Ann; his much-loved children, Ramsay Watson Vehslage, Jr, of Madison, New Jersey; his daughter Murray Vehslage Isgrig of Denver, Colorado, her husband, Trent and their three children, Wyatt, Milly, and Hazel. He was predeceased by his brother, Stephen, in 2002. He was born in New York City on November 4, 1937, and moved at age 10 with his family to Haverford, Pennsylvania. He graduated from The Haverford School and with the class of 1959 from Princeton University. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Ramsay was president of the Bonney-Vehslage Tool Company of Newark, New Jersey, a manufacturing business founded by his grandfather in 1906. The company is now located in Springfield, New Jersey. Ramsay was a nationally-ranked squash player in his teens and twenties, an avid fly-fisherman, talented photographer, determined golfer, enthusiastic gardener, and a man deeply and quietly devoted to his family. His signature style was one of affection, humor, and integrity. Ramsay will be forever missed. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, at the Princeton University Chapel in Princeton. In honor of his lifelong interest in squash, donations may be made to The Pingry School for the Pingry Squash Courts, and sent to The Pingry School, Office of Institutional Advancement, 131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920, or made via their website at www.blueprint.pingry.org.


Anne Carolyn Reed

Anne Carolyn Reed, a Kingston resident for 27 years, died on April 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was 93 years old. She died peacefully of old age in Harris Hospice of the Presbyterian Medical Center of Charlotte. Anne was a devoted wife, mother, and sister.

She was born on May 29, 1921 in Plainfield, New Jersey. She met her husband, S. Chadwick Reed, in junior high school; they were married in 1941. Later, she became the first married freshman to attend Connecticut College for Women. After his service in World War II, Chad attended Yale Law School and the couple lived in a Quonset hut near the Yale Bowl.

In 1947, the Reeds returned to New Jersey. Chad practiced law and later worked in the securities industry. The couple lived in Short Hills and in Summit and had two children, Ted and Elizabeth. After her husband died in 1982, Anne was employed by the Kemper Corporation in Summit for several years. She moved to Kingston in 1987 and to Charlotte in November 2014.

Anne remained active and physically fit into her 90s. She had an active mind. She enjoyed reading, following the news, pursuing various cultural activites, and playing scrabble and bridge with friends. She travelled frequently to Europe, first with her husband and later with friends. Until she was 92, she frequently traveled unescorted to Charlotte and Boston to visit her children.

She volunteered for the American Red Cross for many years. She was deeply involved with the Unitarian Church of Princeton, and she particularly enjoyed their Women’s Alliance.

Throughout her life, Anne remained close to her family. She was predeceased by her sister Nancy Lee Pierson, and by her brother Louis Rothberg. She is survived by her children, Ted Reed of Charlotte, and Elizabeth Reed of Boston; by her brothers, Dr. Harvey Rothberg of Princeton and John Charles Rothberg of Madison, Virginia; by her grandchildren Teresa Reed of Palo Alto, California, Gabriela Reed of Stamford, Connecticut, and Chad Reed of Minneapolis; and by her daughter-in-law Alexandra Jenkins of Charlotte; and her son-in-law Professor Jan Wampler of Boston.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Church of Princeton at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 21. Contributions in her memory may be made to that church or to the American Red Cross.


Christine D. St. John

Christine D. St. John, 87, of Skillman, New Jersey died Monday, April 20, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Christine was born in Clacton-on-Sea, England, on September 11, 1927 where she spent her early childhood. In 1941, she and her parents moved from outside London to Honolulu, where she attended the Punahou School. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, she attended Maui High School and then the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California. She later attended the University of Hawaii where she met her husband, Charles E. St. John. After their marriage, they moved to Philadelphia and then settled in Princeton. Christine was office manager of a local architectural firm for many years. Both Christine and Charles were active in Princeton Borough politics and she served as Princeton Borough Tax Collector from 1968 to 1972. Christine later went on to become director, New Jersey Division of Elections from 1982 to 1990, during the Tom Kane administration.

Christine was pre-deceased by her father Harry M. Dove, her mother Sheila P. Brady, and her husband Charles E. St. John. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth S. Sykes and her husband Greg P. Sykes of West Grove, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Rachel S. Meyers and her husband Jonathan of Denville, New Jersey; Rebecca D. Sykes of Boston, Massachucetts; and Sarah E. Sykes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren Ashley G. Meyers and Abigail S. Meyers. In addition, she is survived by her step-mother Lorraine Dove of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Funeral services will be private.

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


Christopher Mark Hagadorn

Christopher Mark Hagadorn, 63, of Skillman, New Jersey died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and dear friends on Friday, April 24, 2015. Throughout his very short, yet courageous battle with cancer, Chris maintained his ever-present sense of humor, and his concern was always and only for others.

Born on March 31, 1952, Chris graduated Princeton High School in 1970, attended Missouri Valley College, and worked in the printing industry for over 35 years. Chris was a sports enthusiast; throughout his lifetime, his loyalties lay with the New York Giants, Rangers, and Yankees. Chris’ real passion was golf. He was fortunate enough to play his favorite game with foursomes comprised of childhood friends as well as many new friends.

Chris is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Adele Arcamone Hagadorn and his beloved daughter, Kaylen and her partner; Laura Enstad of New York City. Chris is also survived by his sister, Suzan Sanders of Redmond, Oregon; brothers, Randall of Titusville, New Jersey; Jeffrey of Hopewell, New Jersey; Thomas of Seaside Park, New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Richard (Ricky) and his parents James Randall and Florence Swinnerton Hagadorn.

Chris’ legacy of humor, kindness, and love for family and friends will be celebrated at the Mercer Oaks Golf Course Clubhouse at 725 Village Road West in West Windsor, New Jersey. Visitation hours followed by a brief service will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Memorial contributions may be made in Chris’ name to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, New Jersey 08558, ATTN: Mary Winters or The American Cancer Society. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Princeton Hospice and Merwick Rehabilitation Center for their immeasurable support during Chris’ illness.


April 22, 2015

Obit Moore 4-22-15Béatrice Moore

On the evening of Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Béatrice Marcelle Marguerite Chaumont Moore passed away peacefully at her home in Blawenburg, New Jersey at the age of 64. The straightforward kindness and quiet compassion with which she lived her life surrounded her in her final days, aspired to in her closest friends and son, Alexander John Moore, who survives her.

Bea, as she was known, was born in Paris, France on February 9, 1951. She immigrated to America in 1970 and settled in New York City. She was a natural caregiver and worked first as an au pair, sharing her grace with a Manhattan family, with whom she stayed in touch until her passing. She transitioned to a wonderful career at the American Ballet Theater, where she met her husband of 22 years, Frederick Moore, with whom she raised her son. She moved to Princeton in 1987 and began managing the office of a popular boutique, Merrick’s. She remained in the Princeton area for the rest of her life and shared over 25 years with Merrick’s, which became the nexus of a wonderful community that carries on her memory to this day.

A memorial service will be held at Bea’s home, on April 26, 2015, where her loved ones will celebrate her tenderness and warmth, the elegant sense of style for which she was deeply admired, and her great love of nature and animals. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herronton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 www.save-animals.org.

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


Obit Rashada 4-22-15Mahasin Rashada

Mahasin Rashada (formerly Patricia Ann White-Flenoid) died suddenly on October 27, 2014. She was born on June 26, 1951 to the late Olivia Magnum-White and Elisha White Sr. She was preceded in death by her sister Beverly Ann White.

Mahasin was born and raised in Princeton where she graduated from Princeton High School. She then moved to California and married Harlen Flenoid Sr.

She loved live concerts and plays, sewing, vintage stores, and flea markets. Upon being hired by United Airlines, she realized her dream of travel would become a reality. Her children were now adults and off she went! She visited many parts of the world. Later in life, her struggle with multiple sclerosis slowed her down. She maintained a wonderful attitude as she was determined to live life to the fullest. She joined the Senior Citizens Club which was just minutes from her apartment. She found fulfillment in assuming the duties of “Promotions Coordinator” and the members truly appreciated her skills and energy. She will be sorely missed in California and New Jersey.

Mahasin’s memory will be cherished by her children, sons Lance Sr. (Trekina), Harlen Jr. (Destiny), Muhammed (Kiera), and daughter Atiya of California. She is also survived by her sisters, Cynthia Fisher (Gilbert) of Princeton, New Jersey; Shirlene Wells of Morrisville, Pennsylvania; Gale O. Everett (Robin) of Princeton, New Jersey; and her brother Elisha White Jr. (Michelle) of Stockbridge, Georgia. She was the proud grandmother of 16 grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

A memorial service will be held on April 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. at The Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton.


Obit Houghton 4-22-15Marion Stover Houghton

Marion Stover Houghton, a longtime resident of Princeton, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2015 at The Arbors in Bedford, New Hampshire, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 88 years old.

Born on April 11, 1927 in Trenton, New Jersey to John K. Stover and Marion Elizabeth Stover, she lived in New Jersey for most of her life. She attended Edgewood Park Junior College. She married the love of her life, Oliver Houghton, on September 24, 1949. They had two children, Doug and Jill, and resided in Princeton.

Marion was very active in the Princeton community. She was a volunteer with the Welcome Wagon at Princeton Hospital, a member of the Present Day Club, Springdale Golf Club, and attended Trinity Church. She loved music, was a beautiful piano player, an animal lover, golfer, and played tennis regularly. She loved to travel with her husband, Ollie, and their friends. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and their yearly trips to the Jersey Shore.

She is survived by her son Doug and his wife Kathy; their daughter Karly Houghton of Kingston, New Hampshire; her daughter Jill and her children Elizabeth and Samuel Mudge of Nashua, New Hampshire; and her nephew Donald Stover and his wife Sue of Sarasota, Florida. She was predeceased by her parents John and Marion Stover; her brothers John and Donald Stover; and her husband Oliver Houghton. She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Marion’s Memory to SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, New Jersey, 07834.

A graveside service will be held on April 25, 2015 at 11 a.m. at The Princeton Cemetery, located at 29 Greenview Avenue in Princeton. Friends of Marion Houghton and the Houghton family are invited to attend.


Michael Stefanchik III

Surrounded by, and immersed in the abundant love of his wife, Martha, and all of their children, Michael Stefanchik III went into the hands of our Eternal Father on Friday, April 17, 2015. He was a servant of God, of his family, his community, and the nation. He was a loving husband, proud father of five children, and grandfather of three.

A man of great faith, he was an active parishioner of Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Princeton, where his daughter, Christa, teaches the Fourth Grade in Saint Paul’s School. Over the years he served on the Parish Council, the Diocesan Pastoral Council, and was a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Knights of Columbus, and several community focused organizations. He was an avid golfer and student of the game, a love he shared with his son, Peter, the Head PGA Professional at Elmwood Country Club in White Plains, New York. He had an expressive talent he sparingly displayed in sketches and paintings, but that he shared prolifically with his son, Joseph, an award winning professional photographer with Chrisman Studios. He shared both his love of golf and artistic expression with his son, John, a musician with D’Angelico Guitar Company of America in New York City and at Due Process Stable Country Club in Colts Neck, New Jersey. A veteran, retired with the rank of Captain, he served as an Infantry Lieutenant in South Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, a distinction shared by his son, Michael, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Following his wartime service, he worked for 31 years as an Out-of-State Auditor for the State of Indiana Department of Revenue, retiring in 2001. The absence of his great gift of being able to easily engage almost anyone, even complete strangers, in conversation together with his wry sense of humor, which he readily shared, will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his father, Michael Stefanchik Jr., and mother, Theresa. He is survived by his sister Cynthia (Jon) Readnour of North Clarendon, Vermont.

The Kimble Funeral Home, at 1 Hamilton Avenue in Princeton, will host a Visitation/Life Celebration on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 4 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will begin on Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with a Christian Mass of Resurrection celebrated at Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street in Princeton at 11:30 a.m. A graveside ceremony with military honors at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pennsylvania will follow.

The family requests continued prayers for Mike. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Saint Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

Extend condolences and remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Obit Reed 4-22-15David Charles Reed

David Charles Reed, known as ‘Dave’ to friends and family, passed away on April 1, 2015 at the age of 64.

Born January 13, 1951 to Thomas H. and Marguerite B. Reed, David resided in Shaler Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, until he attended Lehigh University, earning a degree with honors in business in 1973. After graduation, he worked as an auditor with Arthur Young where he became a CPA.

David moved to Commodities Corporation in 1979, where he took the position of vice president and controller. In 1989, he helped to establish and manage a Japanese — United States joint venture for Commodities Corporation in futures trading with offices in Tokyo and Singapore. During this time, he and his family lived in Tokyo for 3 years.

In 1998, David left Commodities Corporation and became co-founder and CEO of Mapleton Nurseries in Kingston, New Jersey. Mapleton is a wholesale nursery specializing in container grown native and ornamental trees and shrubs.

At the time of his death (and for more than 10 years prior thereto) David served on the Board of Directors at 1st Constitution Bank, where he chaired the Audit Committee. Additionally, he served as director of both Arden-Sage Multi-Strategy TEI Fund and Arden-Sage Multi-Strategy Fund. More recently, he became a trustee of two alternative mutual funds sponsored by Arden Asset Management, LLC in New York.

Some of David’s fondest memories involved his years in the Boy Scouts of America, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. All three of his sons, Thomas, Michael, and Mark were Boy Scouts in Troop 43, Princeton, where he stayed active in scouting as a member of the Troop Committee, as well as offering the use of his personal workshop and his expertise in woodworking to help many scouts with their own Eagle Scout projects.

David is survived by his wife Dolores Elder Reed; his sons Thomas, Michael, and Mark; and his mother Marguerite Bettegar Reed. Also surviving are his brothers, Robert and his wife Mary; Arthur and his wife Joellen; a niece Katie and her husband Dustin Schron. His wife’s twin sister Marianne and her husband Dr. Richard Altenbaugh; nephews Ian and Colin; a sister-in-law Ruth Woodside and her three sons, Danny, David, and Benjamin Elder.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers can be sent to: BSA Troop 43, Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton or Lehigh University’s Thomas H. Reed Endowed Scholarship Fund c/o Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A celebration of David’s life will be announced in the near future.


Obit Jacobs 4-22-15Annette Jacobs

Annette Jacobs, born November 3, 1924, passed away April 11, 2015 following a lifetime of inspiring others.

Daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, leader, friend — these are some of the words that describe the long time Princeton resident, Annette Jacobs. Annette moved to Princeton in 2000 after 75 years spent in the Midwest (Lansing and East Lansing, Michigan) paving the way for women to expand their possibilities by being an exemplary role model. She was a devoted mother, raising her two daughters, while pursuing a career as an educator, starting the speech department at Lansing Community College (LCC), where she taught for 23 years. Annette was also a mainstay on the local theatre circuit, actively participating as a director and actor for Riverwalk Theatre.

Setting herself apart early in life, Annette attended two of the big ten universities, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, before graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin where she had the distinction of being the first female student director to ever stage a university production.

After graduation, Annette pursued a professional theatre career in New York City before marrying Bernard Jacobs, a Julliard graduate and professional violinist. A trailblazer himself, he encouraged his wife to get her advanced degree and upon completing her MA, he supported her joining the faculty as the only full time female instructor at LCC. They lived as a pioneering two career couple for 38 years before his death in 1986.

Subsequently, Mrs. Jacobs traveled the world, exploring the Middle East, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, as well as most of Asia Pacific and visiting her daughter in Beijing, China several times before settling in Princeton to be close to her other daughter, a Library Place resident.

For the past 15 years, Annette embodied her mantra, “bloom where you are planted;” joining CWW (Community Without Walls), becoming an associate board member of McCarter Theatre, serving as an early and active volunteer for Opera New Jersey, fully participating in Windrows Adult Community events, being an engaged member of “Currents,” an informal political topics discussion group and perhaps most satisfying and enjoyable was her status as a sought after competitive bridge player.

Annette’s friends and admirers spanned generations and occupations. She was universally admired for her energy, originality, and zest for living. The last year of her life was marked by a courageous battle against Crohn’s disease, which was initially undiagnosed by the medical team in Princeton but was aggressively treated by a wonderful group of doctors at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. They worked tirelessly to give this amazing woman another year of life and by so doing gave a wide circle of her friends and family more time to be inspired and uplifted by this unique woman whose indomitable spirit and generous heart will live on.

A private service for family and friends was held at Evergreen cemetery in Lansing, Michigan. Annette was predeceased by her parents, Belle and Maxwell Suravits, of East Lansing, Michigan, founding members of Congregation Shaarey Zedek. She is survived by her two daughters, Saryl Rodney Bueschlen-Jacobs, of Beijing, China; Tamara Jacobs Epstein, of Princeton, New Jersey; her sons-in-law, Eric Bueschlen and David Epstein; her grandchildren, Kyle Bueschlen, Haley Bueschlen, and Averienne Epstein; and her faithful Pekingese, Chi Chi.

A memorial gathering and celebration of her remarkable life will be held at Windrows, 2000 Windrow Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

April 16, 2015

Obit Bakoulis 4-15-15Marion Bergen Bakoulis

Marion Bergen Bakoulis, a native and longtime resident of Princeton, died peacefully at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro on April 3, 2015, at the age of 81.

Marion was born in Princeton in 1933 to Stanley Silvers Bergen and Leah Johnson Bergen. She attended Princeton public schools and graduated in 1951 from the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She graduated from Vassar College in 1955 with a BA in child studies and received a masters in teaching from Columbia Teachers College in 1957.

She and Demos Constantine Bakoulis were married at the Princeton University Chapel on August 24, 1957. Their loving union lasted 45 years, until his death in 2002.

Marion taught at the Plainsboro School from 1957 until 1960. While raising her family, she was the director of the Princeton Cooperative Nursery School and a tutor at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. In 1974, she returned to full-time teaching in the West-Windsor Plainsboro School district, teaching at the Wyckoff School and the Dutch Neck School. She retired in 1998.

Marion was a deeply loved member of All Saints’ Church of Princeton, where she served faithfully on the altar guild.

She was active in Princeton community organizations, in recent years volunteering with GrandPals and taking many courses at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

Marion had a deep love of the visual and performing arts, regularly attending concerts and visiting museums locally and in Philadelphia and New York City. She traveled widely, even as her health declined, and cherished memories of visits to England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cuba, Maui, and elsewhere.

Marion is survived by her brother, Stanley Silvers Bergen Jr. of Stonington, Maine; her daughters Gordon Bakoulis of New York City (and husband Alan Ruben); Anne Bakoulis of Haiku, Hawaii (and partner Lesley Evans); and Julie Bakoulis of Princeton (and husband Kurt Kammerer); her grandchildren Joseph, Samuel, Daniel, Leah, Camille, and Wyatt; and a large and loving extended family.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints’ Church on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Nature Conservancy, Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, the Princeton Senior Resource Center, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton.

April 9, 2015

Ida Toto

Ida Toto, 96, passed away peacefully at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro on Friday April 3, 2015. Born in Mozzagrogne, province CH, Italy, in 1918 and raised in Raritan, New Jersey, Ida married and moved to Princeton where she resided for more than 75 years. In 1954, she joined her husband’s family business, Toto’s Market of Princeton, and worked alongside her husband, Albert for over 35 years.

A parishioner of St. Paul’s Church, she was a member of The Catholic Daughters, The Altar Rosary Society, The Golden Agers, and the Woman’s Auxiliary of The Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. For many years, Ida actively volunteered for the Princeton Hospital Fete and the Princeton Hospital Rummage Sale.

Daughter of the late Madelena and Antonio DiGiuseppantonio, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Albert S. Toto Sr. and sister Frances Watkinson. Ida is survived by her daughter, Lucille Rosendorf, her husband, David of Skillman; her son, Albert S. Toto Jr. of Belle Mead; a granddaughter, Melissa Calvert, her husband Charles of Washington Crossing; a grandson, Albert S. Toto III, his wife, Kathleen of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and five precious great grandchildren: Madeline and Pierce Calvert and Albert IV, Ava and Andrew Toto.

Ida will be remembered, with love, by her family and friends for her bountiful spirit of generosity, her friendliness to everyone she met, her many kindnesses throughout her life and for her delicious and plentiful Italian cooking.

A funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street in Princeton.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Care Ministry of Princeton, P.O. Box 1517, Princeton, New Jersey 08542-1517 or to Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, P.O Box 529, Princeton, New Jersey 08542.


Obit Flory 4-8-15Robert Earl Flory

Robert E. Flory, 82, died peacefully on March 16, 2015. He was born to Leslie and Helen (Kezeler) Flory of Oaklyn, New Jersey. The family later moved to Princeton where he graduated from Princeton High School. Mr. Flory (“Bob”) went on to receive degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. He lived and worked in the Princeton area for most of his adult life, but was enjoying retirement with his beloved wife Marjorie in Oro Valley, Arizona.

In his four-decade career at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center, Mr. Flory focused primarily on television disk and tape recording technology. He was also part of the development team for a broadcast camera that was used by NBC studios for more than a decade and which earned RCA an Emmy award in 1981. In the latter part of his career, he helped to develop some of the earliest standards and technologies for High Definition TV.

He was an accomplished, albeit amateur astro-photographer who particularly enjoyed eclipse chasing. He and Marjorie took a number of jaunts to remote locations to observe and photograph such celestial events. He also directed his photographic interests toward the abundant wildlife in his adopted home state of Arizona.

Bob always enjoyed symphonic music and in the last decade he and Marjorie derived much pleasure from their subscription to the local orchestral series. He also appreciated good food and word play — from crossword puzzles to puns. He was an extraordinary engineer, a loyal friend, and a devoted family man.

He was predeceased by his first wife and the mother of his children, Eleanor (Collins) and his sister, June Ann Flory. He is survived by his wife of nearly 23 years, Marjorie Jelinek Flory (previously of Pennington, New Jersey); two children, Robert G Flory (Pamela) of Hopewell, New Jersey and Janice E Flory (Eric Stabb) of Athens, Georgia; three step-daughters, Monica Housen (Tom), Marie Berrien, and Marsha Mimnaugh (Todd); five nieces, Linda, Chris, Ellen, Cynthia and Sarah; and nine grandchildren, Martin, Madeline, Katherine, Hayden, Riley, Ella, Connor, Rogan and Bryson.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on May 30, 2015 at Gravity Hill Farm (67 Pleasant Valley Road in Titusville, New Jersey). Those wishing to honor his memory might consider a contribution to The Sarnoff Collection at The College of New Jersey or to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.


Frances Rossmassler

Frances Branch Scott Rossmassler, 77, of Newtown, Pennsylvania and Grindstone Island in Clayton, New York, died peacefully in Newtown on March 18, 2015. She was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1937 and was the daughter of Thomas Branch Scott Jr. and Carrie Taliaferro Scott. She attended St. Catherine’s School in Richmond and graduated from St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Maryland, Briarcliffe Junior College in Briarcliff Manor, New York, and Richmond Business School in Richmond, Virginia.

She married Peter Radford Rossmassler in 1962. Peter and Frances moved from New York City to Princeton in 1965. In 2009, they moved to Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pennsylvania. She and her family spent their summers on Grindstone Island on the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand  Islands where her husband’s family has been going since 1895.

Frances worked as a secretary in New York City for Reynolds Metals Co. and for Travel Bureau Inc. She did a lot of volunteer work at Princeton Day School for the Parents Association and served on the Board of Camp Kieve for Boys in Damariscotta, Maine for 12 years. She also served on the Board of Grindstone Island Research and Heritage Center raising funds for programs and scholarships for island children. She was a member of the Garden Club of Princeton and Trinity Church of Princeton.

She is survived by her husband, Peter, of over 50 years, three sons, William R. Rossmassler III and his wife Wendy of Middlesex, Vermont; Thomas B. S. Rossmassler and his wife Sarah of Hatfield, Massachusetts; Richard R. Rossmassler of Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and five grandchildren, Colby, Louisa, Branch, Tae and Eva; her sister, Caroline S. Decazes of Lausanne, Switzerland; and six nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her twin sister, Ellen, who died at birth, her sister, Dorothea S. Adamson, two brothers-in-law, Richard and William R. Rossmassler Jr. and his wife, Sue.

A brief visitation period will begin at 10:30 a.m. with memorial services beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Bringhurst Funeral Home, 225 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 or to the Pennswood Village Fellowship Fund, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940.

Arrangements are by Bringhurst Funeral Home at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Obit Smith 4-8-15Berit Smith 

Berit Blomqvist Smith, a longtime resident of Princeton, died peacefully at home on March 26, 2015. She was 77 years old.

Born in Munkfors, Sweden, she moved to Princeton in 1960 to experience the States for a few years before returning home to Sweden. Her plans changed, however, when she met Craig Gary Smith, then a graduate student at Princeton University. The two married in 1962 and she never moved back to Sweden. She became a United States citizen in 1994.

After residing for a time in California and New York, the two moved back to Princeton in 1976, where they very much enjoyed living, made a great many friends, raised two sons, and were avid supporters of the arts, attending performances and volunteering on boards.

Among her many activities in support of the arts, she served as a trustee of the Princeton Chamber Symphony (forerunner to the Princeton Symphony Orchestra) and was a subscription holder since 1980; associate director of the McCarter Theatre Center; committee member for Princeton Summer Concerts; and member of the Princeton Friends of Opera and the Princeton Festival Guild. In addition, she volunteered at the Princeton Library and was a founding member of Hands On Helpers, now VolunteerConnect.

For most of her professional career, she was employed by the former Scanticon Hotel, where she was hired in 1980 by the soon to be opened Danish-based hotel as its first U.S. employee, eventually rising to sales manager. This experience served her well when — at her husband’s behest — she assumed responsibilities for planning the Princeton University Class of 1958 Reunion Dinners. She continued to attend reunions and travel with members of her husband’s class well after his death in 2000.

She is survived by sons Erik Michael Smith and his wife, Karen Sundberg, of Georgetown, South Carolina; and Kevin Andrew Smith and his wife, Elizabeth McDowell Smith, of Charlotte, North Carolina. Also, two grandchildren, Andrew McDowell Smith and Lillian Alexandra Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina; and a sister, Gunvor Blomqvist Engdahl and her husband, Carl-Axel Engdahl, of Karlstad, Sweden; as well as a niece, a nephew and three grand-nieces, all residing in Sweden.

The Smith family invites you to the memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Nassau Inn, Ten Palmer Square East in Princeton. A luncheon reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 250, Princeton, NJ 08542. Please write “In Memory of Berit Smith” on the memo line.

Arrangements are under the supervision of the Kimble Funeral Home of Princeton.

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April 2, 2015

Obit ColbyPaul N. Colby

Paul N. Colby, affectionately known as “Nick,” was a resident of Princeton for many years. Nick died on March 7, 2015 in California at the age of 86. Nick was born to Jesse Van Horne and Paul N. Colby in Trenton, New Jersey on August 16, 1928.

Nick was an all-state football player for The Pennington School. At Princeton, he played football and was a member of the Elm Club. Nick graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton University in 1950, and subsequently served in the Navy during the Korean War on the USS Rendova from 1950 to 1952.

Nick worked in the plastics industry for 60 years, designing and manufacturing feed screw systems for injection molding machinery. He and his wife, Illene, started their own company, Spirex Corporation, in 1978. Nick patented seven of his inventions in injection molding, machine screw and barrel technology. He served as president of the Plastic Pioneers and was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame in 2009. Nick was also a skilled pilot and regularly used his multi-engine, instrument license.

Nick’s sister, Marylou Sharrett, died in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Illene Colby; his daughter, Gale Colby Mirzayanov, of Princeton, New Jersey; his son, Paul T. Colby, of Incline Village, California; his daughter, Sarah Colby ’90, of Oakland, California; his grandchildren, Ted Colby, Steve Schauer, Sarah Schauer, Matthew Colby, Nicholas Colby, and Lucas Massa; and his great grandchildren, Camilla Colby and Angelo Pasquerella.

A memorial service will be held on April 27, 2015 in Bodega Bay, California. Memorial gifts can be made to the UCSF Memory Clinic or to a charity of your choice.


Obit GenungNancy Nalle Genung

Nancy Nalle (Lea) Genung passed away in peace on March 7, 2015 after a long and full life. She was 100 years old.

Nancy Porter Nalle was born to Dr. and Mrs. Brodie Crump Nalle of Charlotte, North Carolina on August 27, 1914. The Nalle family was well known in the Charlotte community. Brodie Nalle, MD was a prominent physician, who with other associates, founded the Nalle Clinic in 1921. The Clinic was very patient based, and flourished for nearly 80 years before it finally closed its doors, succumbing to a rapidly changing healthcare industry. As an aside, Nancy’s mother, Sadie Mayer Nalle, was reportedly the first woman to drive a car in Charlotte.

Nancy attended Charlotte public schools. She graduated magna cum laude from Sweet Briar College in 1937, majoring in history. After marrying Gilbert Lea in 1938 the couple moved to Princeton, New Jersey and she lived an active life there for most of her life.

During the Second World War the young family was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1942 to 1944. When Gil was transferred to the European theater, Nancy and their two children went to Charlotte to stay with her parents, until they returned to Princeton in the fall of 1945.

Nancy was a communicant of Trinity Church beginning in 1938. She was a member of its Altar Guild for decades. She was an avid gardener, always maintaining several flower beds, and was active in the Stony Brook Garden Club for years. She was a longtime member of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club beginning in 1940 and became an honorary member in her later years.

For a number of decades she held a real estate sales license into her 90s with what is now Henderson Calloway.

She lived at Princeton Windrows for over 10 years. The family would like to thank the staff of Windrows for making her life more comfortable. In particular, the family wishes to extend their love and regard for her personal caregiver, Comfort, who was unrelenting in her care and loyalty. Nancy moved to The Clare Estate in 2011, where she was wonderfully cared for during the remainder of her years. The family would also like to express its appreciation to Hospice of New Jersey for the palliative care and attention they provided her.

Given her advanced age Nancy was predeceased by many relatives and friends. In her immediate family she was predeceased by her brother Brodie Crump Nalle, Jr.; her first husband, Gilbert Lea and second husband, Alfred Genung, both ending in divorce; and her late son John (Biff) Lea. She is survived by her daughter Ann Lea Fries of Savannah, Georgia and her two daughters, Lea Erdman Marshall of Skillman, New Jersey and Lynne Erdman O’Donnell, of Portland, Oregon; and by her son John’s 4 children Molly Lea and Robin Scott Lea, both of Portland, Maine, and Tim Lea of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Kate Lea Luckett of Easley, South Carolina; and by her son Thomas Nalle Lea, of Cumberland Foreside, Maine, and his daughter Allison Porter Lea of Middletown, Maryland and son Halsey van Rensselaer Lea of Washington, D.C.; and by her great nephew, Brodie Crump Nalle, III, of Shreveport, Louisiana; and by five great grandchildren.

She will be interred in a family plot in Charlotte, North Carolina, next to her deceased parents, Brodie and Sadie Nalle. There will be a private family interment at her final resting place.

As of this writing a memorial service in Princeton has not yet been organized.

Arrangements are under the care of and have been entrusted to Huber-Moore Funeral Home, Bordentown, New Jersey.


Obit GodfreyLeonard Godfrey

Dr. Leonard E.A. Godfrey (“Len”), born January 30, 1928 in Essex, England, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Princeton at the age of 87 from health complications.

Len is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gillian Wendy Godfrey of Princeton; son Nicholas Godfrey, his wife Allison Godfrey and their children Slater and Alta Godfrey of Charlestown, Massachusetts; his daughter Dr. Phoebe Godfrey, her wife Tina Shirshac, and son Dylan Fedora of Willimantic, Connecticut. Len is also survived by his younger sister Pat Clark-Sutton of Worcester, England and nieces and nephews in both England and Australia.

Len earned a first class honor degree in organic chemistry from London University in 1953. Len and Gillian “Wendy” met and were married in 1955 in London, England. They departed for Trinidad shortly thereafter where Len worked until 1957. From there, his career moved them to Santa Barbara, California then back to London in 1960 where Len received his PhD at London University in 1961. Son, Nicolas was born in 1962 in London. The family then moved to Princeton where daughter Phoebe was born in 1964. Len then worked for the FMC Corporation in Princeton, as a research chemist and had a number of inventions patented. He stayed in the New Jersey branch until 1970 when his career allowed them another move to Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the next stop was Belgium where they stayed from 1972 to 1977. Returning to New Jersey, and staying with FMC until 1982. Len then began working at SUNY Albany and the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New York until his retirement in 1997.

Len had been an active Democratic member of the Princeton Township Committee beginning in 1989. He served his first term until 1991, and during his second term in 1997, suffered a stroke. It has been since this physical setback that he has dealt with health complications. His third term on the Township Committee ran through 2003, where he continued to attend and make effective strides for the Township of Princeton.

Len was a resident of Merwick Rehabilitation Center for the last two years where he received excellent care. He continued to be an avid reader of history, nature, and just about any book he could find. He would share his repertoire of limericks, jokes, and stories with anyone that enjoyed a good tale or laugh. His wit and intelligence will be missed!

Before his first stroke, Len was very active and always enjoyed playing tennis, skiing, bicycle riding, hiking, camping, and travelling all done with family and friends. He was very social and was never happier than when he was enjoying food and drink with loved ones.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in the home and garden of Wendy and Len’s house at 560 Lake Drive in Princeton. Everyone is welcome. Please respond to Phoebe Godfrey at phoebe.c.godfrey@gmail.com if you wish to attend or to get in touch with Wendy as the date moves closer.


John V. Rossi

John V. (Chauncey) Rossi, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey at the age of 96. He was born on Humbert Street in Princeton on April 5, 1918 and was a lifelong Princeton resident.

After graduating Princeton High School in 1938, he served in the Military Police component of the U.S. Army in South America during World War II. After the war, he worked for F.A. Baman and Sons in Princeton from 1946 to 1964 then worked at Princeton University’s Caldwell Field House from 1964 until his retirement in 2004 at the age of 86. John was a well-respected member of the Athletic Department and thoroughly enjoyed working among the many athletes he came in contact with over the years.

John was known as a superior three-sport athlete at Princeton High School where he co-captained the 1937 football and baseball teams. He was a member of the ’37-’38 basketball teams that won the New Jersey State Championship and the ’37 football team that won the State Championship. John’s baseball career included receiving a tryout invitation from the New York Yankees and he was an All-Star softball player in the Princeton Community Leagues.

John was predeceased by his parents Giovanni and Tomasina (Nini) Rossi, both from Pettoranello, Italy, sister Angelina Rossi Marcoline, brother Louis Rossi, and niece Emma Marcoline Embley. Surviving are nieces Mari Rossi Daetwyler; Barbara Embley Brooks; his special niece, Julia Marcoline; nephews Louis Rossi, Jr.; John Rossi; and Richard J. Embley, Jr.; and 10 grand nieces and nephews.

John was a humble, quiet, and generous man who was much loved by his family and will be deeply missed by relatives and friends.

Funeral services will begin on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, located at 1 Hamilton Avenue in Princeton, followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Visiting hours at the funeral home are Thursday, April 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Princeton-Pettoranello Sister City Foundation, 120 John Street, Suite 3, Princeton, NJ 08542; SAVE Animal Rescue, 900 Herrontown Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540; or Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, 237 N Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

Obit FloryRobert E. Flory

Robert E. Flory, 82, died peacefully on March 16, 2015. He was born to Leslie and Helen (Kezeler) Flory of Oaklyn, NJ. The family later moved to Princeton where he graduated from Princeton High School. Mr Flory (“Bob”) went on to receive degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. He lived and worked in the Princeton area most of his adult life, but was enjoying retirement with his beloved wife Marjorie in Oro Valley, AZ.

In his four-decade career at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center, Mr. Flory focused primarily o`n television disk and tape recording technology. He also was part of the development team for a broadcast camera that was used by NBC studios for more than a decade and which earned RCA an Emmy award in 1981. In the latter part of his career, he helped to develop some of the earliest standards and technologies for High Definition TV.

He was an accomplished, albeit amateur astro-photographer who particularly enjoyed eclipse chasing. He and Marjorie took a number of jaunts to remote locations to observe and photograph such celestial events. He also directed his photographic interests toward the abundant wildlife in his adopted home state of Arizona.

Bob always enjoyed symphonic music and in the last decade he and Marjorie derived much pleasure from their subscription to the local orchestral series. He also appreciated good food and word play – from crossword puzzles to puns. He was an extraordinary engineer, a loyal friend, and a devoted family man.

He was predeceased by his first wife and the mother of his children, Eleanor (Collins) and his sister, June Ann Flory. He is survived by his wife of nearly 23 years, Marjorie Jelinek Flory (previously of Pennington NJ); two children, Robert G Flory (Pamela) of Hopewell NJ and Janice E Flory (Eric Stabb) of Athens GA; three step-daughters, Monica Housen (Tom), Marie Berrien, and Marsha Mimnaugh (Todd); five nieces, Linda, Chris, Ellen, Cynthia and Sarah; and nine grandchildren, Martin, Madeline, Katherine, Hayden, Riley, Ella, Connor, Rogan and Bryson.

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m., May 30, 2015 at Gravity Hill Farm (67 Pleasant Valley Rd, Titusville, NJ). Those wishing to honor his memory might consider a contribution to The Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey or the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.


Robert W. Ayling

Robert W. Ayling, 89, died on Sunday, March 22, 2015. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and had lived in the Princeton area since 1970. He graduated from Fordham University Class of 1947. Robert worked as a sales executive in the office equipment industry, and worked for Friden Inc., for over 26 years. He was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman. While at Brooklyn Prep High School, he was a member of the National Champion 1 mile relay team. In his free time, he enjoyed playing bridge, reading, traveling, and rooting for the New York Yankees and Giants.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Margaret; his son Bob and his wife Ann of Bayonne, New Jersey; his daughter Patti Gilmour and her husband Tom of Asbury Park, New Jersey; his 3 grandchildren Tom, Linnea, and Daniel; his great grandchild Clara Louise; and a family friend, April. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. in St. Charles Borromeo Church. Visiting for family and friends was one hour prior to mass from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Church in his memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hillsborough Funeral Home.



Martha Coate Challener died peacefully at Stonebridge on Friday, March 27, 2015. She was 90 years young. Her love of reading, of painting, of appreciating the natural world, and of befriending everyone she met, will live on in her children, her grandchildren, her friends, and the generations of children that she taught.

Martha Coate was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her BA from Chatham College. In 1947, she married the love of her life, Richard Challener. The two of them raised three children, Cathy, Elisbeth, and Dan, and lived happily together for 55 years. They shared many passions, including teaching, reading, hiking, gardening, caring for dogs, visiting art museums, and spending time at their cabin in New Hampshire.

Martha began her teaching career in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania and continued it in Tenafly, New Jersey. She left teaching to raise her children, but returned in 1969 to teach kindergarten at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She stayed at Stuart for 25 years and often claimed she loved every minute of it. She especially loved to teach children how to read, something she did over and over and over again. She also taught art appreciation, developing a series of talks and contests for elementary school children. She helped create the StuARTS summer program, served as a children’s docent at the University Art Museum, and taught water color to children and adults in her home for many years.

In 2004, two years after her husband died, Martha moved to Stonebridge and, with her dachshund Birdie, made many new friends. She continued to enjoy painting and also took up memoir writing. She wrote a series of vignettes about the many blessings in her life and gave copies to her family on Christmas Day, 2012. She and her family celebrated her 90th birthday in New Hampshire this past summer, and she continued to travel to see her children and grandchildren into this year.

Family members who will continue to hold Martha dear to their heart include her three children; Cathy Challener; Elisbeth Challener and her husband Brett Bachman; and Dan Challener and his wife Melinda and their three children, Brandon, Skye, and Dakota; as well as Martha’s brother David Coate, and his four children, Lisa, Andrew, Amy, and Dan.

Martha Coate Challener loved life. She often said, “Every day is a gift from God. Live it to the fullest, and enjoy every minute.” Her life is proof that we can do that.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road in Skillman, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton or the Stonebridge Employee Appreciation Fund.

March 25, 2015

Obit Campbell 3-25-15Mildred Campbell

Mildred Lucille Corum Campbell, a child of Warfield, Brunswick County, Virginia, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 while a patient at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, New Jersey. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, H. Stuart Campbell and a sister, Virginia D. Corum of Maryland; four step-children, Constance C. Rinaldi and her husband, Alexander, of New Jersey; Eleanor S. Vulopas and her husband Samuel, of North Carolina; H. Stuart Campbell, Jr., and his wife Alice, of Delaware; and Elizabeth C. Rodriguez and her husband, William, of Maryland; eight step-grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren. Mildred’s other sister, Ruby Corum Garrison, died in 2007. The three girls were the children of Oliver and Hazel Corum, long-time residents of Brunswick County.

Mildred’s childhood was one with a close knit, hard-working family raising tobacco and enjoying Sunday fish fries hosting their many neighbors. She attended Warfield Grade School and graduated second in her class from Alberta High School, Alberta, Virginia. She went to Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia from 1951 to 1953 (at that time this college was the girl’s division of the University of Virginia). She then went on to UVA at Charlottesville and graduated in 1956 with a BS degree in nursing. She immediately passed the Virginia State Board of Nursing Examinations and was ultimately registered in Virginia, South Carolina, Texas, California, Arizona, and New Jersey.

Following graduation, Mildred worked in the operating rooms at the University of Virginia Hospital until 1961. During this time she was Head Nurse in plastic surgery for 14 months and Head Nurse in cardiovascular for 2 years. Unfortunately in late 1958 she developed pericarditis (her heart covering calcified and constricted her heart function). She underwent heart surgery to remove the heart covering, was hospitalized for four months and spent a year and a half in recovery at home. When she returned to gradually resume a work schedule, she ironically operated a heart-lung machine that had not yet been developed for her surgery. We speculate her life ultimately would have been far different and less debilitating in her final years had the heart lung machine come along two years earlier.

Nevertheless, this lady was strong of character and dedicated to bringing her skills and experience to the welfare of countless patients throughout her exemplary career in nursing. She was recommended to the operating room staff at the Heart Institute in the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and served there in 1961 and 1962.

She was hired by the medical university of South Carolina in Charleston as supervisor of the operating and recovery Rooms where she “ran the show” until an exciting opportunity was presented in 1964. Mildred went to Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston with the chance to “scrub” for two of the world’s most famous heart surgeons at that time: Doctor Michael DeBakey and Doctor Denton Cooley. During her four years in Houston she completed training as a cardiovascular specialist in operating room nursing (one of the first three nurses in the United States to be so trained). She also was one of two civilians allowed to take a course in operating room management at the United States Army Medical Service School in San Antonio, Texas. Her extraordinary experience and reputation now brought her to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, California as supervisor of the operating and recovery rooms and supervisory support to the cardiac assist program.

In 1968, Mildred was hired by Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, as a Nurse Consultant. Ethicon, Inc., the world’s largest suture and wound closure products company, benefited from Mildred’s background with her input on product development and packaging. She was also invaluable in providing marketing support with her many contacts among the operating supervisors around the country. She also developed training programs for the national sales force. After less than a year Mildred was moved to become the first full time nurse consultant to the Johnson & Johnson Hospital Products Company.

In August, 1970, Doctor E. B. (Ted) Diethrich, a protégé of Michael DeBakey, MD, recognized Mildred’s unique background and convinced her to join him in building the Arizona Heart Institute. This was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for a nurse to undertake such an assignment. Mildred’s years of experience and diversity in operating room nursing, O.R. management and special training in cardiovascular let her confidently accept the offer of this brilliant cardiovascular surgeon to coordinate design, construct, and start-up operations of the new multimillion dollar Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She started with drawings, oversaw the construction, developed a budget, ordered all materials and supplies, hired all non-doctor personnel, started operations of diagnostic lab, operating rooms, intensive care units, office space, and all support systems for the Institute. The project was completed in one year and fifteen days.

Mildred resigned in 1972. She and Stuart were married in the Lawrenceville, Virginia, United Methodist Church on December 2, 1972, and took up residence in New Jersey. For ten years then, Mildred became wife, gourmet chef, housekeeper, gardener, house decorator, and step-mother to Stuart’s four children from his first marriage. In 1982 Stuart retired from Johnson & Johnson and he and Mildred bought a little packaging business together. From three employees and three packaging machines at the start, they grew the company over the next 19 years to 126 employees and 30+ machines. Mildred was president of the company and ran operations while her husband took care of finances and marketing. They sold the business and retired in June of 2002. Mildred was an incredible motivator of people and “mothered” many of the more than 1000 employees who passed through the business to a better life.

In April, 1995 a benign tumor (the size of a newborn) was discovered in Mildred’s chest, having grown following her surgery in 1959. She returned to Houston for open heart surgery but they could only remove very little of the mass. It continued to grow slowly, pressing on her heart and lung leading to gradual deterioration of her breathing.

In retirement from their business she enjoyed travel. Having travelled the rest of the world with her husband as he pursued his worldwide responsibilities, now in retirement they concentrated on travelling in America and Canada. They just “wandered” up to six weeks at a time with Mildred’s sister, Virginia, and a cousin’s widow along — they would play bridge most evenings. Those travels took them to most of the lower 48 states, to 31 state capitols, 11 of the 13 presidential libraries and many beautiful national parks.

Mildred became fascinated with the beauty and engineering variety of the countless bridges encountered in her travels and used her photography hobby to capture those features.

Other hobbies or personal pursuits included the Princeton University Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, cross-stitching, interior decorating and a voracious appetite for everything in sports.

She was a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses from 1956 to 1984; a member of the Plainfield, New Jersey Muhlenberg Hospital Auxiliary; the New Jersey Association of Manufacturers; Who’s Who of American Women; and Who’s Who of America.

This lovely lady was loved, admired, and respected by all whom she encountered in life. She guided and taught and positively influenced so many in an exemplary life. It is understandable that all of her immediate and extended family are so proud of her story.

The family received friends on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, 410 Windsor Avenue, Lawrenceville, Virginia. The memorial service was conducted at the funeral home on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. followed by a private burial for family members at Oakwood Cemetery, in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch United Methodist Church, 15328 Christanna Hwy, Lawrenceville, Va. 23868. Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Robert W. Ayling

Robert W. Ayling, 89, died on Sunday, March 22, 2015. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and had resided in the Princeton area since 1970. He graduated from Fordham University Class of 1947. Robert worked as a sales executive in the office equipment industry, and had a 26-year career with Friden Inc. He was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman, New Jersey. While at Brooklyn Prep High School, he was a member of the National Champion 1-mile relay team. In his free time, he enjoyed playing bridge, reading, traveling, and rooting for the New York Yankees and Giants. Surviving him are his wife of 65 years, Margaret, his son Bob, and his wife Ann of Bayonne, New Jersey; his daughter Patti Gilmour and her husband Tom of Asbury Park, New Jersey; his 3 grandchildren Tom, Linnea, and Daniel; and his great grandchild Clara Louise.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. in St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman. Visiting time for family and friends will be one hour prior to mass from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Church in his memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hillsborough Funeral Home.


Obit Parker 3-25-15John O. Parker, Jr. 

John O. Parker, Jr. died on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at his home in Skillman, New Jersey. He was 70 years old.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Parker earned his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in 1966. He served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Greenfish before earning his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University in 1972.

After starting his career at Corning Glass Works, Mr. Parker went on to serve as chief information officer of Baxter Healthcare, Squibb Corp., Sea-land Corp. and SmithKline Beecham. Upon his retirement from the pharmaceutical industry, he co-founded Care Capital LLC, a venture capital investment firm, and later joined Rho Ventures as a venture partner. Over the years, he served as a member of the board of directors of several companies, including Express Scripts, PHT Corp., Medical Present Value, Inc., and Solicore, Inc.

An avid sailor, Mr. Parker’s voyages included a trans-Atlantic passage and trips to South Georgia Island and Antarctica, as well as numerous crossings from the Chesapeake Bay to Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, and Canada. He held a 100-Ton Master’s License from the U.S. Coast Guard. Not limited to the water, Mr. Parker was also a Federal Aviation Administration-licensed aviator with private, instrument, high performance, and seaplane ratings.

While his passions for his career and his travels were great, nothing paralleled Mr. Parker’s love for his wife of 43 years, Beverly, and their family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Todd, and his daughter, Hilary; his grandsons, Andrew and Kevin; his brother, Jim; his son’s fiancée, Vanessa Alegria; and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration-of-life ceremony will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Prospect House on the Princeton University campus. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of John O. Parker, Jr.


Obit Fiero 3-25-15Charles E. Fiero, Jr. 

Charles Eldredge Fiero, Jr., a resident of Princeton and Nantucket Island, died on January 24, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery due to complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Chuck, as he was known to friends and family, was a brilliant man of great integrity and was an enthusiastic mentor to many.

Chuck was born on December 26, 1926 in Bronxville, N.Y. during a violent snowstorm causing his mother to be taken to the hospital by sled. He was the second of five children.

Raised in Bronxville, Chuck spent summers on Connecticut’s Long Island Sound and became a life long lover of the sea. On Nantucket Island, he shared his love with his children and grandchildren.

Chuck graduated from Admiral Farragut Naval Academy as valedictorian and joined the Navy, serving in World War II as a radar technician. His ship was about to leave San Diego for the Pacific when peace with Japan was declared. He then entered Connecticut’s Wesleyan University in 1946 and married Dorothy (Dolly) Hagenbuckle in 1948. Graduating in 1950 with distinction in Economics and as a member of Phi Beta Kapa, he joined Chase Bank’s training program.

During his 25 years at Chase he was made vice president in 1958 and was put in charge of the credit department, Chase’s vast training program. Later, he joined the international department and was asked to open Chase’s first branch in Geneva, Switzerland, and also to restructure and improve Chase’s European network. In 1965, the family moved to London where Chuck became a Board member of what was then the Standard Bank with branches in sub-Sahara Africa.

In 1968, Chuck was asked to become the Under Secretary of Commerce in the Lyndon Johnson administration to check and control the amount of U.S. funds being moved to Europe. He spent a year in Washington and then returned to Chase as director of long range planning and corporate development. Under David Rockefeller, he traveled extensively in the Middle East to assess the impact of OPEC’s wealth on the world’s monetary system. He then became an executive vice president.

In 1976, he left Chase to join the Hay Group, an international consulting group based in Philadelphia, as partner and chief financial officer. During that time, he ran biannual sessions at Northwestern University’s business school emphasizing mergers and acquisitions.

When Hay was sold to Saatchi and Saatchi of London, Chuck and two other partners formed MLR Holdings, a venture capital firm which also included publishing suburban Philadelphia newspapers and magazines. He retired at 78 due to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Chuck was a trustee of Wesleyan University, chairman of Mount Holyoke College Parent Fund, and a member of the Board of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dolly Fiero, a son Dr. David E. Fiero (and Kathleen) of Princeton, a daughter Diane Claffey (and Don) of Indiana, a daughter Wendy Morgan (and Hugh) of Rhode Island, a sister Margaret Stone in Florida, a sister Jeanette Joynes in Virginia, a brother John W. Fiero of Louisiana, six grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held this summer on Nantucket. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, New Jersey Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

March 18, 2015

Obit Graves 3-18-15Michael Graves

Long-time Princeton resident Michael Graves passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1934, Graves came to Princeton University to teach in 1962 and opened his architectural firm two years later. 2014 marked the 50th Anniversary of his practice (through April 5, Grounds For Sculpture is exhibiting “Michael Graves: Past as Prologue” in their Museum and Domestic Arts Building). He remained on the faculty at Princeton University until his retirement in 2001 and retained the title of the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus following his retirement.

Michael Graves was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, (FAIA), and is credited with broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. Graves is the president and founding principal of Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D), which provides architecture, interior design, and master planning services, as well as product design, graphic design, and branding services. MGA&D’s offices are located in Princeton and New York City.

Graves has directly influenced the transformation of urban architecture from abstract modernism toward more contextual responses. Critic Paul Goldberger, writing in The New York Times, called Graves, “truly the most original voice in American architecture.” Graves’s architectural practice has designed over 350 buildings worldwide encompassing most building types.

The product design practice has designed and brought to market over 2,000
products with Target Stores and JCPenney, and manufacturers such as Alessi, Stryker, Kimberly-Clark, Steuben, and Disney.

Graves has received prestigious awards including the AIA Gold Medal, the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton, and the Topaz Medallion from the AIA/ACSA. Graves is the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate. Graves has become internationally recognized as a healthcare design advocate, with the Center for Health Design naming him one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Healthcare Design. In 2013, President Obama appointed Graves to the United States Access Board.

Graves received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. In 1960, he won the Rome Prize and studied for two years at the American Academy in Rome, of which he is now a Trustee. Graves has received 14 honorary doctorates and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Graves is survived by his daughter, Sarah Graves Stelfox, her husband Brad Stelfox; three grandchildren: William, Katherine, and Nathaniel Stelfox; two sons, Adam Graves, and Michael Sebastian Min Graves, and his companion, Minxia Lin.

A memorial service is being planned at Princeton University on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Please check the firm’s website at www.mi
chaelgraves.com for details as they develop.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. One of the projects that Michael was most passionate about, he believed in Madonna’s mission and vision to rebuild lives using world-class technology, translational research, and family-like culture. The memorials for Michael Graves will all be used to help build the rehabilitation hospital that he designed and to honor him with a permanent naming opportunity. Checks can be made out to Madonna Foundation-Omaha Campus and sent to: Madonna Foundation, 5401 South Street, Lincoln, NE 68506.


Merna Goldberg

Merna (Bunny) Goldberg passed peacefully on March 10, 2015 at her home in Princeton surrounded by her family. She was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 8, 1936, daughter of Herman and Bobbi Davis. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 57 years, Marvin Goldberg. She was predeceased by her son, David Goldberg. She is survived by her son Robert Goldberg and wife Sara; her daughter Amy Benjamin, and husband, Alan; and daughter in law, Betina Goldberg Rappoport. She leaves behind seven loving grandchildren: Margaret, Jacob, Emanuel, Daniel, Hannah and Lili Goldberg, and Jesse Benjamin.

Bunny attended Mount Sinai School of Nursing in New York City where she was the recipient of the Guggenheim Award for Nursing. Bunny was a founder and co-director of Hi Hills Day Camp in Somerset County for 36 years. She was a volunteer at the University Medical Center at Princeton and at McCarter Theater, where she was also a member of the Associate Board. She established the annual David Goldberg Lecture in Architecture in conjunction with the Arts Council of Princeton. She also served as a Community Fellow at Princeton University.

Bunny loved nature and enjoyed being by the ocean and in the woods. She loved farms and animals and once worked as a guide at Terhune Orchards in Princeton. She especially valued time spent with her devoted family and her wonderful friends.

Funeral services were held at the Star of David Memorial Chapel, 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. Shiva was observed at their home on 8 Greenholm Street on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Obit Merrill 3-18-15Margaret Merrill

Margaret Kirkwood Menzies Merrill died early on March 9, 2015 at her home in Skillman, New Jersey, where she had lived for four years. She had previously resided in Princeton Junction from 1965 to 2010. Margaret was born in Richmond, Virginia and lived in that area throughout her childhood with the exception of a year in Scotland with her parents’ families during the Depression.

She attended Mary Washington College, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Spanish. The Alumnae Placement office encouraged her to accept a primary school teaching job, starting a career that spanned over 40 years, taking off only a few years to start a family before being lured back to the profession that was her calling. While teaching in Martinsville, Virginia, she met her future husband, David Dayton Merrill, a DuPont employee. They married in 1955 and moved to Wilmington, Delaware, and then Charlotte, North Carolina, before finally settling permanently in Princeton Junction.

She was best known for her gifted teaching, and she wove her love of art, music, literature, science, and the humanities into the classroom where many hundreds of children were infected with the joy of learning.

Her husband died in 1985, and she continued teaching until her retirement in 1995. She then filled her days with church activities, grandchildren, and a determination to gather all the good books she came across and give them a home.

She is survived by her sister, Jean Menzies Pleasants of Ashland, Virginia and her husband Joseph; her younger brother John Menzies and his wife Shirley of Mechanicsville, Virginia; and her sister-in-law, Janet Menzies, the widow of Margaret’s youngest brother, Walter Menzies, Jr., of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Also surviving are two daughters: Margaret Elisabeth Walls and her husband John, of Salisbury, North Carolina; and Lynn Ann Cornell and her husband David, of Princeton, and their two children, Marjorie Kirkwood Cornell of North Brunswick, New Jersey and James Ellerson Cornell of Atlanta, Georgia; and a rich circle of extended family and friends.

A memorial service in celebration of her life and in witness to the resurrection will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at her church home, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton. Contributions may be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Trenton Children’s Chorus, Crisis Ministries of Princeton and Trenton, or Centurion Ministries.

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


March 11, 2015

Edward L. Gibson, Sr., MDEdward Lewis Gibson

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Edward Lewis Gibson, Sr., M.D. passed away at the age of 82. He was surrounded by family and had recently been in touch with many colleagues and friends.

Born June 6, 1932, Dr. Gibson grew up in Chicago, Ill. He was the son of Mildred M. and Harry H. C. Gibson, an insurance executive, attorney and member of the Chicago Bar Association. He was also the grandson of Truman K. “TK” Gibson, Sr., who was a graduate of Harvard Business School, founder of the Supreme Life Insurance Company of America, mentor to John Johnson of Johnson Publishing, and an early investor in Johnson Products and Ebony/Jet publications. TK maintained a close friendship with W.E.B. DuBois as part of a well-established, but at that time thinly publicized population of well-educated, accomplished African-American leaders dubbed the “Talented Tenth” by Dr. DuBois.

Dr. Gibson studied chemistry at the University of Illinois, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in 1953. He went on to Howard Medical School, graduating in 1957. Following medical school, Dr. Gibson served in the United States Air Force as a Captain and Flight Surgeon. Upon fulfilling his service requirements and receiving an honorable discharge, Dr. Gibson was selected to join Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons as associate professor of anesthesiology. At Columbia and in collaboration with several colleagues, Dr. Gibson conducted research on blood-gas chemistry and anesthetics helping to improve the efficacy of anesthetic compounds.

From Columbia, Dr. Gibson was selected to join the department of anesthesiology at The Medical Center of Princeton moving there with his family in 1967. Within a year he was elevated to department chairman. He was the first African American physician to join the Medical Center’s staff. Starting with a team of nurse anesthetists and one anesthesiologist, Dr. Gibson built the department into a full-fledged state-of-the-art anesthesiology facility, including selection and recruitment of numerous physicians. Additionally, Dr. Gibson was instrumental in establishing and developing The Medical Center’s surgery center.

Along the way, Dr. Gibson mentored several junior physicians, staff, and colleagues, many of whom continue to speak favorably about their early career experiences under his leadership. He also earned the respect not only of his physician colleagues by continuing to share equally in emergency call rotation throughout his career, but he was widely respected as a friendly and accessible physician to members of the broader hospital staff and medical community. In Princeton and neighboring communities, too, Dr. Gibson developed a reputation and rapport with Princeton-area first responders, frequently personally seeing to and monitoring their medical care. Upon his retirement in November 2002, Dr. Gibson continued to remain involved with the Medical Center, attending its Board meetings and advising the next generation of anesthesiology department leadership.

Among the signature accomplishments of Dr. Gibson’s career, perhaps the most notable is his professional legacy. Dr. Gibson created a first-rate department of anesthesiology at a regional medical center in a community that was initially not always that welcoming to its hospital’s first African American physician. Through competence, hard work, commitment, and integrity, he demonstrated not only that it could be done, but that it could be done well, with distinction. In doing so, Dr. Gibson bore out the dream and claim of his grandfather, T.K., Dr. Dubois, and his parents that talent of any color, race, creed or hue could assume its rightful place of leadership in American life, and so set a standard for others to follow.

In his private life, Dr. Gibson cultivated a variety of interests. Among them he studied the German language, enjoyed traveling and took numerous trips, both domestic and abroad with his wife, Nannette. A lifelong animal lover and outdoorsmen, Dr. Gibson was known to maintain a wide variety of pet animals, and to enjoy camping, hiking, and deep-sea fishing. He also loved music from various genres including jazz, opera, classical, and pop. And, he liked to cook. A self-described “foodie,” any and all fortunate enough to sample Dr. Gibson’s cooking will know that his special insights into chemistry informed his talent for cooking. From scrambled eggs to seafood paella to gumbo to turkey soup to beef tenderloin, many can recall the subtlety, uniqueness of flavors, and wonderful combinations with which he infused each creation.

It may be no surprise to know that, subsequent to medical school, Dr. Gibson enrolled in cooking school. In contrast, it may surprise many who knew him to learn that Dr. Gibson, ever curious about and engaged in the world around him, earned a lay ministry degree through correspondence with the University of the South.

In retirement, Dr. Gibson volunteered with Master Gardeners of New Jersey, offering advice and expertise to others who shared his passion for cultivating a variety of decorative and edible plants. He also literally lent his voice to Recording for the Blind by helping to create audiobooks for the visually impaired. Additionally, he was a member of Sigma Pi Phi, Mu Boulé Chapter.

Dr. Gibson is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nannette, his three children, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to The Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton, NJ 08542-0529 and The Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., 40 Rector Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10006.

A memorial service in honor of Dr. Gibson will be held on March 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. EDT at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, phone (609) 924-2277. Friends, family, colleagues and other well-wishers can send condolences, request further information or RSVP to ELGsrMemorial@gmail.com.

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


Obit Sebor 3-11-15Marta Sebor

Marta Sebor passed away peacefully at home on February 28, 2015 at the age of 93. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1921, she lived in Princeton for over 25 years, the last 15 of which she spent happily at The Windrows retirement community.

Her early years before World War II were filled with happiness, surrounded by a large extended family. During the war she worked for Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat, typing false passports in order to help save the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews. Marta and her immediate family spent the last two years of the war in hiding, managing to avoid being caught and sent to concentration camps, unlike so many family members and friends she knew. During the war she also met her husband Jan Sebor, a film and stage actor from Czechoslovakia.

Following the war, Marta and her family settled in Israel for seven years, where she opened a cosmetics studio, before coming to the United States. Marta enjoyed her later years in Princeton, where she had many wonderful friendships at the Windrows, and spent considerable time with her beloved grandchildren. Her daughter Ann Mantell, son-in-law Michael Mantell, and her grandchildren Becky Mantell and Matt Mantell, survive her. Donations in Marta’s name may be made to the U.S. Holocaust Museum or JNF-Israel.


Cyril Maurice Franks

Cyril Maurice Franks, 91, of Bloomington, Indiana died Monday, February 23, 2015 in Bloomington Hospital. Dr. Franks was born in Neath, Wales, United Kingdom. Prior to his arrival in Bloomington, Dr. Franks lived for 52 years in Princeton. In addition to being a distinguished faculty member in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, until 1991, he spent his professional career promoting Behavior Therapy. He was a founding member and first president of the American Association of Behavioral Therapy and founding editor of the journal Behavior Therapy, as well as editor of Child and Family Behavior Therapy until 2013. Dr. Franks was the author of several hundred articles, book chapters, and professional texts. For many years he served as program chairperson of the NJ Psychological Association and of the Pavlovian Society of North America. His interests included the MMPI, executive selection and psychological evaluation in general, and the conceptual/philosophical foundations of behavior therapy. He served many professional associations including the New Jersey Psychological Association and the British Psychological Association. Dr. Franks was a licensed practicing psychologist in New Jersey and consulted with patients at Carrier Clinic.

He was predeceased by his father and mother Harry and Celia Franks, and a brother Ronald.

Cyril met the love of his life, Violet, at a Hillel dinner in Minnesota in 1953. They met and married in the span of weeks. He whisked away his American bride to London, where they began their careers and their family. They travelled the world visiting and revisiting family and friends and professional colleagues. In addition to Violet, he is survived by one son, Steven Franks, his wife Karen and their children; Julia of Coral Gables, Florida; Elisabeth of Edinburgh, Scotland; and David Franks of Bloomington, Indiana; as well as one daughter, Sharrin Franks Vernall and her two children, Brendon Liam Miles and Emily Sage Vernall of Auckland, New Zealand.

A brief service was held at Beth Shalom, Bloomington, Indiana on Thursday, February 26, 2015 followed by interment. A memorial service will be held at the Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Donations may be made in his memory to the American Psychological Foundation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 or online at www.apa.org/APF, Cyril and Violet Franks research fund for stigma in mental illness.


Theodore G. Kane

Ted Kane passed away on February 23, 2015, at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, with his family by his side. He was 90 years old.

Ted was the son of J. Sperry Kane and Regina A. Kane of Greenwich, Connecticut and East Dorset, Vermont. He is survived by his children, Theodore Gibbs Kane, Jr., Richard Kane, and Katherine Blaxter, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Carroll O’Brien Kane, his beloved spouse of 67 years, died in 2013.

Ted attended Groton School, Harvard College (pre-war), Princeton University (post-war), and Stonier Graduate School of Business. During World War II, he served aboard an LST in the Allied invasion of Normandy. He rowed on the Ivy Champion 1948 Princeton Lightweight Crew.

Ted and Carroll lived in Princeton, New Jersey, Sewickley Pennsylvania, and Exeter, New Hampshire, and spent happy summers on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, surrounded by family and friends. Ted was a member of Beden’s Brook, Allegheny, Edgartown and Farm Neck golf clubs.

His 50-year career in trust banking included the Chase Manhattan Bank, Stuyvesant Asset Management, and Pittsburgh National Bank, and he served as treasurer to many organizations, including Colonial Club and Trinity Counseling Service.

Ted and Carroll enjoyed travel with family, friends, and classmates, and Ted was at his happiest when planning the next trip.

A memorial service will be held on Chappaquiddick Island this summer.


Obit Coyner 3-11-15Mildred Coyner

Mildred Emile Coyner passed away on March 6, 2015, at her home in Princeton, New Jersey, surrounded by her loving family. She was 92 years old. She was known and loved for her contributions to her communities, her faithfulness to her church, her loyalty to her friends, and most significantly for her love of her family. Daughter of Jacob and Matilda Grzenda, she was born in Trenton, New Jersey, one of five sisters. For 38 years she was the beloved wife of Harold Frederick Coyner, who predeceased her in 1978.

Mildred made an early mark with her dramatic skills at Trenton High School. She met her soulmate Harold at a church social, and they married in 1940. As a housewife and mother in Yardley, Pennsylvania, Mildred was an endlessly creative member of the New Hope Craft Guild, always experimenting with interesting new genres. She was a designer and creator of clothing for her 4 daughters. Flower arranging was a special passion, and for many years she worked as a wedding and floral consultant.

In 1979, she moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she became deeply involved in the new Atlantic Center for the Arts as a founder and first chairman of the volunteers, a member of the board, and a tireless fundraiser. She was recognized there with a walkway and the children’s art program named in her honor. She was a loyal volunteer at Fish Memorial Hospital in New Smyrna Beach, receiving several awards for her work. Mildred was endlessly enthusiastic about life, and about the arts in particular, always eager to see what new thing was being created by talented people, no matter how unconventional. Mildred’s great love of adventure extended to her many trips with friends to Europe and the Far East. Moving back to Princeton in 1999, she became involved in local activities, especially at McCarter Theater, where she and her son Robert served as volunteers.

With Harold, she was a founding member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Yardley. In Princeton, she became a member of the spiritual community of Lutheran Church of the Messiah, where she most recently was an active knitter in Messiah’s Mantles, who create prayer shawls for people in need. Her deep faith was her lodestar, and was her comfort and her hope through the challenges of life.

She leaves her five children, Diana Charnok of Lyme, Connecticut; Cheryl Evans of Princeton; Barbara Marshall of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina; Alison Howard of Lambertville; and Robert Coyner of Princeton; 6 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Mildred’s life was held at Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton on Monday, March 9, 2015. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mildred Coyner Scholarship for the Children’s Art Program at the Atlantic Center of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida (www.atlantic
centerforthearts.org); the National Alliance of Mental Illness (www.nami.org); or the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton.


Obit Woolston 3-11-15Lorraine Potent Woolston

Lorraine Potent Woolston, 78, of Princeton, died peacefully from the final stage of Alzheimer’s on March 3, 2015 at Arden Courts of Yardley, Pa. Born in Trenton, Lorraine had been a Princeton resident since 1960.

She was a loving wife (57 years), mother, sister, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. Among her many passions, she was an avid gardener, splendid cook, music enthusiast, and lover of the outdoors, particularly on Moosehead Lake, Maine where she spent her summers for the last twenty plus years and always enjoyed the sounds of the loons on the lake. She taught her grandchildren how to make the sound of the loon. She enjoyed helping others through her work at the Princeton Public Library in charge of Interlibrary Loans, and as a volunteer leader with the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She especially enjoyed reading to her grandchildren.

The daughter of the late Elmer E. Potent and the late Wilhelmina P. Potent, she was pre-deceased by her son Jonathan R. Woolston. She is survived by her husband J. Rogers Woolston of Princeton; her son Japhet P. Woolston and his wife Zoe of Heinsberg, Germany; her daughter Cynthia W. Maltenfort and her husband Andrew of Burke, Va.; her daughter-in-law Amy S. Woolston of Madison, S.Dak.; and her daughter Gail W. Wilkinson and her husband Bruce of Williamsburg, Va. She is also survived by her brother Victor Jay Potent and his wife Margaret of Middletown, Del. and by her sisters-in-law Eleanor Potent and Charlotte Potent of Hamilton and Columbus respectively.

In addition she is survived by her nine grandchildren: Emma, Nicholas, and Julia Woolston; Alex and Martin Maltenfort; Timothy J. Woolston and Kaitlin Kahn; and Natalie and Alyson Wilkinson, plus several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her loving beagle Sadie.

Burial in the Ewing Church Cemetery will be private. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, Route 206 and Cherry Hill Road, Princeton on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 196 Princeton Hightstown Road #11, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 — (alzfdn.org.) or to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 North Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604 (hospicefund@hcrgives.org).

Arrangements are under the supervision of Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton.


Obit Mernagh 3-11-15Harry C. Mernagh

Harry C. Mernagh, 92, of Princeton died Friday, February 27, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Akron, Ohio, in 1922, Harry had resided in Princeton since 1948. He received his BM degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. He sang for two years with the Westminster traveling choir under Dr. John Finley Williamson and he sang with Pro Musica for several years and was a member of Princeton Lodge #38 F&AM. Harry retired from Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1987. Harry was a veteran of World War II, serving first with 83rd Infantry Division and then with 15th Air Force in Italy.

Son of the late Harry and Beryl (Kirkland) Mernagh, brother of the late Marian Dement and Ralph Smith, he is survived by his wife Myra (they were married in 1945); his daughters Janet Bancroft and husband Robert, Nancy Mertz and husband Gary, and Joanne O’Brien and husband Bob; 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.

Harry and Myra shared a wonderful life with family and friends and just being together.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at All Saints Church, 16 All Saints Road in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Church or The Salvation Army.

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

A family burial will be in the Princeton Cemetery.


March 4, 2015

Obit Pettit 3-4-15William Dutton Pettit Sr.

William Dutton Pettit Sr. passed away quietly and peacefully on February 9, 2015. He lived for over 94 years and filled each one of them with love, laughter, and a gritty optimism that fueled a life of varied achievement, and of remarkable family connection and experience.

Bill was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 8, 1920, the third son of Karl Dravo Pettit and Estelle Fitch Pettit. They moved to Cherry Hill Farm on Ridgeview Road in Princeton in 1922. He attended Asheville School, achieving a remarkable record in both academics and athletics before entering Princeton University with the class of 1941. He distinguished himself on the football team, and joined Cannon Club prior to his graduation from Princeton.

Bill fulfilled his ROTC commitment, and was in the army when Pearl Harbor changed his plans. He married Carole Helene Earle (Taddy) on December 27, 1941, and immediately began traveling with the Army as Bill prepared to go to Europe. He fought with distinction as a member of the 28th Division of the 3rd Army, commanding an artillery battery through the battles of Normandy, the Colmar pocket, and the Battle of the Bulge. He won the Bronze Star and numerous battle decorations. After helping with the occupation, Bill returned home in 1946, and immediately entered the investment business of Karl D. Pettit and Company with his father. They pioneered many concepts in investments, including two of the oldest mutual funds (The Knickerbocker Fund and the Knickerbocker Growth Fund) and the development of a tool to track Market Psychology. Bill became the president of the firm, and managed it successfully until its sale in 1974. He remained a senior advisor to the successor companies (CNA and Morse-Williams), retaining accounts and advising clients until his retirement at age 87 in 2007.

Princeton always held a special place in his life, for he attended with two brothers and saw all three of his sons attend Princeton University in the 1970s. It was where he met the first love of his life, Carole Earle Pettit. Bill and Carole (known as Taddy) lived together in Princeton from 1946 to 1983, participating regularly in Princeton events of all kinds. They had two daughters, Carol Lovelock and Penelope Kreinberg, and three sons, William Jr., Jonathan, and Donald. Bill and Taddy were married for 41 years and built many good memories together. Taddy died in 1983.

Bill threw himself into his life as a grandfather and Princetonian in the decades from 1983 to the 2000s, and met and married the second love of his life, Elizabeth Stetson in 1986. Bill became president of the class of 1941, and enjoyed golfing and attending the sporting and arts events of his 16 grandchildren. His infectious enthusiasm extended to the events of his great grandchildren, and he enjoyed meeting all 19 of them.

Bill resided in Seattle from 2011 until his death. Elizabeth predeceased him in 2013. Bill’s son Jon passed away in 2013, but he is survived by 4 of his children, 5 of their beloved spouses, 16 grandchildren and their 11 spouses, and 19 great grandchildren.

The family will gather on March 21, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church in Princeton for a service of remembrance. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Bill’s name to the class of 1941 memorial fund at Princeton University.


Obit Pitts 3-4-15Liza Helene Dawson-Pitts

Liza Helene Dawson-Pitts died peacefully on the morning of February 25, 2015 at Capital Health Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey with her immediate family by her side. She was 31 years old.

Liza cherished music, cats, dogs, and all other animals. She loved her family and friends. A talented cartoonist, she was funny, sensitive, and often very kind. In the carnival of life Liza was the girl on the flying trapeze.

Liza was pre-deceased by her mother Suzanne Dawson and her brother Zachary Dawson-Pitts. She is survived by her father, Stephen Pitts and her sister, Anna Dawson-Pitts, both of Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Liza is also survived by her grandparents Col. and Mrs. W. H. Dawson III along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service for Liza will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton. A reception in the church hall will follow immediately after the service.

In lieu of flowers please give generously to Crawford House through their website or at Post Office Box 255, Skillman, New Jersey 08558, attention Liza Dawson-Pitts Memorial. Crawford House, founded in 1978, is an addiction recovery house that has helped many women.


Obit Rider 3-4-15Beatrice Hunt Rider

Beatrice (Bea) Hunt Rider, 97, of Princeton, died peacefully on February 9, 2015, at The Birches of Newtown in Pennsylvania. Bea was born in Princeton, March 4, 1917, to Joseph Hilary Hunt and Pearl Waag Hunt. Bea lived all but the last seven and a half years of her life between Princeton and Kingston. She was a graduate of St. Paul’s grammar school and Princeton High School. After high school she worked for a while at Princeton University. After being turned down for a raise, she left there, bought a typewriter and announced to her mother she was going to open her own business. This venture proved to be very successful for Bea. First, she started out from her family home typing theses for the university students and as time progressed and her business grew, she moved to a small office and then a bigger office on Nassau Street, which was named Nassau Secretarial and Answering Service. Bea married Benedict Rider, a master wood worker, who specialized in restoring antique furniture. Ben was the owner of Rider Furniture in Kingston. He predeceased Bea in 1977. Bea was also predeceased by her parents and siblings Mildred Mason (Harry), Joseph H. Hunt Jr. (Marjorie), Ruth Hunt Bell, George Hunt, and niece Catherine Hunt Maksim (Jim), and nephews Harry Mason and Joseph H. Hunt III (Nancy), great niece and nephew Jennifer Hansen and Joseph Mason. Among the known surviving relatives are nieces and nephews William Mason, Elsie DeSimone (Izzy), Mildred Hansen, Tex Mason, Lawrence Mason, Doris Mason, Alice Dellmire, Paula Hunt Chaffee (Chet); as well as great nieces and nephews Joseph H. Hunt IV (Lorena), Cheryl Hunt, Patricia Hunt Ruch (Jordan), Sean Hunt, Michael Maksim, Marjorie Maksim, Nicholas Maksim, Daniel Maksim, Catherine O’Sullivan, Tyler Chaffee, Peter Hansen, Elizabeth Hansen Delcasale, Timothy Mason, Deborah Mason, Dorothy Fryer, Tex Mason, Lawrence Mason, Dominic Mantuano; and many cousins.

Bea was proud of her Irish ancestry. She was especially thrilled when she had the opportunity to visit Ireland and explore her roots. She was respected by her family for her hard work ethic, independence, and thoughtfulness. She always made time to sit and talk with family and friends, enjoying a pot of tea together or glass of wine. She loved the Jersey shore and her favorite place to vacation with family and friends was Manasquan. She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s parish in Princeton.

Bea loved animals (favorite pets were Henry, a Tabby cat and Rondo, a German shepherd). She was a member of the ASPCA.

A memorial service was held in Bea’s honor on February 16, 2015 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton and interment was at St. Paul’s cemetery in Princeton.

In memory of Bea, please consider a donation to the ASPCA, Catholic Charities, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Bea will remain in our hearts and memories always.

The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells in the sand.

The sun goes down, but gentle warmth lingers on the land.

The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains ….

For every joy that passes,

Something beautiful remains.


Obit Buhler 3-4-15Shirrell de Leeuw Buhler

Shirrell de Leeuw Buhler was born on September 15, 1929 in Buffalo, New York and died at her home in Hopewell, New Jersey on February 26, 2015. Buhler was the founding partner of the P-STAT statistical software program. She was a graduate of Oberlin College where she met her husband and business partner, Roald Buhler. After raising four children, her academic career began in 1966 as a research assistant at the Princeton University Office of Population Research under the direction of Professor Charles Westoff. In 1969, she joined the staff of the Princeton University Computer Center where she managed technical support and training. In 1979 the Buhlers transitioned from academia to commercial software development, incorporated as P-STAT, Inc. Shirrell was the primary author of the P-STAT manuals and training documentation.

She loved her work, programming P-STAT for over 50 years with her husband Roald. They were a dynamic duo, working together and challenging each other to write better Fortran code. They traveled the world presenting papers, participating in government/academic/commercial projects, and training the next few generations of analytic researchers. She was a member of the American Statistical Association for decades. One colleague wrote, “She had a keen sense of how numerical analysis develops meaning versus the mechanics of computing.”

Shirrell loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest — reading, programming, jazzercise, sudoku, Friday night dinners with friends, and most especially, keeping in touch with her family.

She is survived by her sister, Carolina de Leeuw, her four children and their partners; Eric and Nancy, Sebbie and Charles, David and Karen, Marc and Jenny; and grandchildren Wade and Owen.

In memory of Shirrell, please consider supporting WWFM — The Classical Network, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, New Jersey 08550 (online wwfm.org) or your local Planned Parenthood office. There will be no formal memorial service.


Julia B. Manuel

Julia B. Manuel, 90, formerly of West Windsor, New Jersey, passed away on January 23, 2015 at The Pavilions at Forrestal in Princeton. She is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Arthur J. Manuel; a daughter and son-in-law, Beatrice and Stephen Francis; son and daughter-in-law, John and Janice; son, William, granddaughter, and grandson-in-law, Julia and Matthew Thomas; grandson and partner, John Francis and Timothy Stackhouse; and two great grandsons, Benjamin and Zachary Thomas.

For many years, Julia was an active member of Princeton Friends Meeting and volunteered at Mercer Street Friends Center. She was also a member of West Windsor’s Twin “W” Rescue Squad.

A memorial service will be held on March 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Princeton Friends Meeting House, 470 Quaker Road in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street in Trenton, New Jersey 08611.


Memorial Service: Betty Whelan Donovan

The Memorial Service for Betty Whelan Donovan will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at Springdale Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Friends of Princeton Women’s Golf In Memory of Betty Donovan: Will Green, J. Stuart Francis ’74 Head Coach of Men’s Golf, Princeton University, Dillon Gym, Room #11, Princeton, NJ 08540. Online: https://makeagift.princeton.edu/athletics, Designate Friends of Golf/In Memory of Betty Donovan. Also, S.A.V.E. A Friend to Homeless Animals: 900 Herrontown Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540.

February 25, 2015

Obit Wood 2-25-15R. Norman Wood

R. Norman Wood of Manchester, Mass. passed away at Kaplan House on February 19, 2015, age 84. Norm was the beloved husband for 53 years of Mary Anne Bonham Wood. He was the devoted mentor and father of sons Randolph Bonham Wood and his wife Cheryl and Ian Robinson Wood and his wife Debra, both of Manchester. Norm’s grandchildren include Tyler, Miles, Elsa, Hudson, and Hayden Wood and step-grandchildren Dustin, Wesley, and Ashley Temple. His brother Richard R. Wood of Boston predeceased Norm.

A native of Marblehead, Mass. Norman graduated from St. Mark’s School in 1949 where he lettered in soccer, baseball, and hockey. Norm captained the hockey team his senior year and was awarded the John Tudor Trophy as the team’s most valuable player. Wood went on to play hockey at Harvard University. He served as Harvard’s freshman hockey captain and senior year captained the varsity squad that won the inaugural Bean Pot Tournament in 1954 and captured Harvard’s first Ivy League Championship in 17 seasons. Norm was awarded the John Tudor Memorial Cup in 1954, emblematic of Harvard’s most valuable player.

Following his military service in Germany, Norm spent seven years as head varsity hockey coach at Princeton University. At the same time, Wood was also associated with the Boston real estate firm of Hunneman & Company that he subsequently joined after leaving Princeton to pursue a career in real estate. In 1969 Norman Wood was elected president and CEO of National Realty Investors, a real estate investment trust listed on the NYSE. Norm was later appointed president of Moors & Cabot Properties, Inc., heading real estate operations for that diversified New York Stock Exchange firm. He went on to form his own real estate investment company, Renwood Realty, now managed by his sons Randy and Ian.

Norm shared his love of athletics — boating, skiing, hockey, and tennis — with his family. He and his wife Mary Anne enjoyed playing tennis together in tournaments at the Essex County Club in Manchester, Mass. and at the Gulf Stream Bath and Tennis Club when they visited their home in Delray Beach, Fla. When his boys were young, Norm volunteered for years as a youth hockey coach. As time went on, he loved nothing more than watching his sons and grandsons play hockey for their prep school, college, and professional teams. Norm will be remembered for his informal piano/organ concerts, his sense of humor, and his love and devotion to family and friends.

Services will be private. Arrangements are by Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118 or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923. Condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.


Carol Lynn Patko

Carol Lynn Patko, 59, of Princeton died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at home. Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident. She was a graduate of Franklin High School class of 1973. Carol worked for over 35 years with the Law School Admissions Council helping prospective law students. She loved music, concerts, and spending time with friends.

Daughter of the late Joseph Stephen Patko, she is survived by her mother Carolyn Louise (Tornquist) Patko, 2 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law Joseph (Bucky) and Bridget Patko, James and Kim Patko, 3 nieces, Amber, April, Molly and a nephew Aidan.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Six Mile Run Reformed Church, 3037 State Route 27, Franklin Park, N.J. Friends may call from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. Refreshments to follow the memorial service.

Arrangements are under the direction of the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction.


Domenico Tamasi

Domenico Tamasi, 98, of Princeton, passed away on February 21, 2015 at the JML Care Center in Falmouth, Mass.

Domenico was born in Pettoranello, Italy in 1916. He came to the United States in 1930 at the age of 13 and lived in Princeton with his grandparents. He married his wife Pearl in 1937 and they enjoyed 68 happy years together until Pearl’s death in 2005. Domenico was a long time employee of Palmer Municipal Improvement. Upon his retirement in 1981, he and Pearl travelled extensively throughout Europe and the United States.

Domenico was a member of Local 68 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, a member of the Deborah Hospital Foundation, St. Paul’s Church, and the Italian-American Sportsmen Club.

Son of the late Valentino and Julia (Pinelli) Tamasi, Husband of the late Pearl (Toto) Tamasi, Brother-in-law of the late Domenico Pirone, Vitamato Procaccini. He is survived by his son Raymond and his partner, Margaret Shapiro; daughter Linda (Zanetti) and husband Ken; grandson David and wife Elisabeth; granddaughter, Marissa and husband Chad; three sisters and a brother-in-law Evelyn and Anthony Tamasi, Marianna Pirone, Alberina Procaccini; a brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Lydia Pirone; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. Friends were asked to call on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations made be made the Deborah Hospital Foundation, 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, N.J. 08015.


Margaret Eggers

Mrs. Margaret “Mickey” Eggers a long-time Princeton resident, died on Saturday, January 10, 2015 in Miami, Fla. at the age of 85.

Margaret Ann Montgomery was born in Duluth, Minn. in 1929 and attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. She met her husband, retired U.S. Army Brigadier General George Dewey Eggers, Jr. in Germany, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army Command. Upon his retirement from the military in 1977, they moved to Princeton, where B.G. Eggers joined the staff of Princeton University as Director of Development. The couple resided at 50 Southern Way in Princeton Borough for 35 years.

George Eggers served as president of the Princeton ROTC Advisory Council and held numerous volunteer leadership positions for his Princeton Class of 1947. During the early 1990’s he headed the board of Trinity Counseling Service and was a member of the Association of the United States Army, the 1st Cavalry Division Association, the Princeton Club of New York, and the Century Association of New York. B.G Eggers died in 2010 and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mickey, known to her close friends as “The Chief,” was active in the Princeton community and faculty social circles as well as being an avid tennis player. She will be remembered for her always-cheerful outlook, and her love and concern for her fellow human beings. After wintering in Key West, Fla. for many years, Mickey made Key West her home after her husband’s death. Mickey will be interred next to her husband in Arlington, Va. this summer.

Mickey is survived by two sons, George D. Eggers III of Voorhees, N.J. and Robert Eggers of Key West, Fla.; her sister Nancy Linton, and many nephews, nieces, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Friends and family members will celebrate the life of Mickey Eggers in a private memorial service on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Windrows in Princeton.

February 18, 2015

Obit Moffett 2-18-15Reverend Dr. Samuel H. Moffett

Dr. Samuel H. Moffett, a former professor at Princeton Seminary, died peacefully on Monday, February 9, 2015, at the Princeton Windrows retirement community. He was 98.

Dr. Moffett was an influential Christian missionary, an accomplished scholar of Christianity in Asia, and a beloved professor at schools in both Korea and North America.

Dr. Moffett was born in Pyongyang, Korea (now North Korea) in 1916 to Samuel Austin and Lucia Fish Moffett. Dr. Moffett’s father, the Reverend Dr. Samuel Austin Moffett, was a pioneer missionary to Korea, arriving there on his 26th birthday in 1890 from Madison, Indiana. He married a missionary doctor, Alice Fish, in 1899. Two children, James and Charles, were born to them. Alice died of dysentery in 1912. In 1915 he married Alice’s first cousin, Lucia Fish. Three more sons were born, of whom Samuel Hugh Moffett was the first, followed by Howard and Tom. The boys used to insist that their father’s five sons were not half brothers but rather three-quarter brothers.

After attending elementary and high school in Korea, Dr. Moffett came to the United States to continue his education. He graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College in 1938 with a classics major, received his BD from Princeton Seminary in 1942, and was awarded a PhD in religion from Yale University in 1945. In 1942 he married Elizabeth Tarrant, whom he had met while in school at Wheaton.

In 1947 Dr. Moffett moved to China and joined the faculty of Yenching University in Peking, and in 1949 he moved to the faculty of Nanking Theological Seminary in Nanking. In 1951 the communist Chinese government expelled Dr. Moffett from the country after a spurious trial. He returned to Princeton Seminary as a visiting lecturer from 1953–55. During his time in Princeton, his wife Elizabeth died tragically after a struggle with cancer.

Dr. Moffett moved to Korea in 1955 to serve as a missionary. In 1956 he married Eileen Flower, whom he had come to know while she was a student at Princeton Seminary in Christian Education. For the next fifty-eight years, Sam and Eileen Moffett would be partners not only in marriage but also in teaching, research, and a ministry of hospitality and encouragement.

Presbyterian Theological Seminary (now Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary) in Seoul, Korea, called Dr. Moffett to their faculty in 1959, and he carried out a long and distinguished teaching ministry there until 1981. He served as dean of the Graduate School from 1966–70 and as copresident of the school from 1970–1981. He was also the first director of the influential Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission.

Princeton Seminary President J.I. McCord persuaded the Moffetts to move to Princeton in 1981. Dr. Moffett was installed as the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Ecumenics and Mission, a position in which he served with distinction until 1987. In their retirement years in Princeton, he and Eileen remained active in research and publishing and continued to offer support and resources for Christians all over the world.

Dr. Moffett wrote several important books, including a seminal history of mission work Where’er the Sun (Friendship Press 1953). His two-volume History of Christianity in Asia (vol. 1, Beginnings to 1500, HarperCollins, 1992, vol. 2, 1500–1900, Orbis Books, 2005) has become the standard work in the field.

The Moffetts joined several other former missionary colleagues on a weeklong historic visit to Pyongyang, in 1997 arranged by the Eugene Bell Foundation. It was Dr. Moffett’s first and only return to the place of his birth and upbringing.

Dr. Moffett served on countless boards during his life and held a number of important positions with organizations serving the church in Korea, North America, and around the globe. He is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including the prestigious Peony Medal awarded by the government of South Korea (1981). In 1977 Dr. Moffett was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Princeton Seminary. Eileen Moffett was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna in 1997, making the Moffetts the only couple in the Seminary’s history to have each received this honor.

Dr. Moffett’s voluminous letters and papers have been given to the Princeton Theological Seminary Library, which plans to digitize this important collection and make it available online to scholars and researchers all over the world.

Dr. Moffett is survived by his wife, Eileen, by his youngest brother, Thomas F. Moffett, of Louisville, Kentucky, by two sisters-in-law, Joanne Hackett (Paul) and Maridean Bennett (Bill), twenty-one nieces and nephews, many grand nieces and nephews, several great grand nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins, all of whom he delighted in. He was preceded in death by two older brothers, the Reverend James M. Moffett and the Reverend Charles H. Moffett, and a younger brother, Dr. Howard F. Moffett. James had been a Presbyterian pastor in the United States, Charles a missionary to India, and Howard a medical missionary to Korea for forty-six years.

A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey. The date and time will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, gifts in honor of Dr. Moffett may be made to the Samuel H. and Eileen F. Moffett Scholarship Fund of the UP Foundation (P.O. Box 24441, Los Angeles, California 90024), or to the Princeton Theological Seminary Library Korea Room. The Korea Room celebrates the extraordinary relationship between Korean Christians and Princeton Seminary in which Dr. and Mrs. Moffett played such a key role.


Obit Donovan 2-18-15Betty Whelan Donovan

Betty Whelan Donovan, 94, died peacefully at her home on February 17, 2015. Born in Haddonfield, New Jersey, Betty was the daughter of Ralph and Marion Van Hart.

Betty graduated from Centenary College and worked for Life magazine in Philadelphia for several years prior to her marriage to Jim Whelan in 1944. In 1946, the couple moved to Princeton. Betty was chairman of the Volunteers at Princeton Hospital in the 1950s.

When Betty took up golf at the urging of her husband, she quickly became an avid and highly accomplished player. She was Ladies’ Club Champion at Springdale Golf Club for 15 years, played in two National Amateur Championships, was a founder and president of the Garden State Women’s Golf Association (whose tournament she won twice), and was the New Jersey State Seniors Champion. Betty was a member of Springdale Golf Club since 1947 and was the first woman on its Board of Governors.

In 1977, Betty was asked if she would be interested in starting a women’s golf team at Princeton University. Betty accepted the offer and became the coach for the first Women’s Golf Team in 1978. For the first match at Rutgers, she scraped together four golfers, who, according to Betty “met at Dillon Gym wearing cut-off jeans and sneakers. They loaded an assortment of clubs into my car, headed to New Brunswick — and won the match!” As a club sport, women’s golf was not financed by the University, so Betty organized the Friends of Women’s Golf to raise money to support the team. In 1979, the team not only won its match against Rutgers, but also took second place to Penn State in the Scarlet Knight Invitational at Rutgers. Betty soon increased the team roster from four players to eight, with increasingly talented players. She catalyzed the eventual elevation of the women’s team to varsity status in 1991. By 1995 the Princeton Women’s Varsity Golf Team had become one of the best teams in the Northeast with an ever increasing number of All-Ivy and All-ECAC Academic golfers.

After being widowed in 1982, Betty married Eddie Donovan in 1988. Together they wrote a book about Eddie’s career as a Princeton coach called My 55 Years at Princeton University.

In addition to being passionate about golf, Betty excelled as a watercolor painter. She was on the board of the Garden State Women’s Art Association and an active member of her local art group, Watercolorists Unlimited. Betty chaired the group’s art shows at Princeton Hospital for 14 years. Betty’s other great passions were surf fishing and the shore.

Betty had many life-long friends who shared her various interests and who will remember her for her strength and grace, her sense of fun and her unflappable nature.

She is survived by two nephews, Kirk Van Hart and John Van Hart, both of Roseland, Florida.


GE DIGITAL CAMERARobert Virgil Smith

Robert Virgil Smith died peacefully at his home in Princeton on February 12, 2015. Born on February 28, 1920, in St. Charles, Iowa, he was the third son of John Guy and Veta Payne Smith. The family moved to Des Moines when he was in the sixth grade, and he graduated from Roosevelt High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree in economics and business administration from the State University of Iowa in 1941. He continued his education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1944. In 1945 Bob married his first wife, Rosalind “Posy” Walls, a recent graduate of Northwestern University, at the First Church in Evanston, Illinois. They moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where Bob was the pastor of Grace Methodist Church while he studied at Yale. He earned his Ph.D. in contemporary theology from Yale in 1953. Robert Smith started his teaching career at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1948. In 1952 he moved to Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York, where he had an extraordinary impact on students in his position as Chaplain and Professor of Philosophy and Religion.

In his thirty-six years at Colgate University, he taught courses in philosophy of religion, introduction to religion, contemporary Christian thought, and business ethics. He spent two sabbaticals studying at Mansfield College at Oxford University in England, in 1962 and 1967-68. He directed study groups in Great Britain and Africa and served as director of the Overseas Study Group Program at Colgate. In 1980 he was named to the Harry Emerson Fosdick Chair in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. The Colgate Alumni Corporation awarded him its Distinguished Teaching Award in 1987.

R. V. Smith was active in the National Association of Biblical Instructors, serving as President in 1961 and as chair of the Self-Study Committee that resulted in the founding of the American Academy of Religion. In 1970-71 he was director of planning for a center for Religion and Society of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 1982-83 he served as chaplain for the Protestant Cooperative Ministry at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Dr. Smith maintained his standing as a United Methodist pastor for more than 45 years. In addition to serving as chaplain at Colgate, he served as summer minister for years at the Grindstone Island United Methodist Church in the Thousand Islands. He and his family spent summers living at the parsonage, and the family still maintains a cottage on the island.

R. V.’s first wife, Posy, died in 1978 after 33 years of marriage. Posy had her Ph.D. in English Literature from Syracuse University. In 1980 he married Joyce Louise Irwin, a scholar, author, organist, and musician with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale. After R. V.’s retirement in 1988, he and Joyce lived in Oneida and Syracuse, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey. They also traveled the world, visiting such diverse places as Egypt, Pakistan, Burundi, and China, and living in Germany, the Netherlands, and England.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Irwin, and his three children from his first marriage, Deborah Smith of Hamilton and Grindstone Island, New York, Brian Smith and his wife Carol Smith of Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Lisa Smith and her husband William Bowen of South Salem, New York. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Robert Bikwemu, Jeffrey Smith, Katherine Smith, J. T. Bowensmith, and Kinsey Bowensmith, his mother-in-law Dorothy Hemphill, and a niece, Sally Griffin.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Robert Virgil Smith will be held at 11 a.m. on February 28, 2015, at Plainsboro Presbyterian Church. Another service will be planned in Hamilton, New York, in the spring. The family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to Grindstone Island United Methodist Church, Clayton, NY 13624, or to Colgate University, Gift Records, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346, to be directed to the Chaplain’s Office.


Grace Constant

Grace Constant, 92, died peacefully on Monday, February 16, 2015. Born in Queens Village, New York, she was the daughter of the late Catherine and Emil Richter. For many years she and her husband Richard lived on Long Island, in Floral Park and then in Setauket, where they raised their family. In 1992 she moved to Princeton to be closer to family.

She loved music, animals, and gardening. Predeceased by her husband and her daughter Catherine Courage, she is survived by her son Thomas and his wife Emily; by daughter Susan Jennings and her husband Michael; as well as grandchildren Susan Hollister, Ariel Courage, Sarah and Andrew Jennings, and Peter and John Constant; and one great grandchild, Vivian Steele Hafetz.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Services will be private.

February 11, 2015
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Val Fitch 

A towering figure in physics who helped shape our understanding of the universe, Princeton University emeritus professor and Nobel laureate Val Logsdon Fitch died peacefully February 5, 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 91.

Known for foundational contributions to the standard model of particle physics, Fitch is remembered for his modesty and his kindness as well as for his experiments and insight into the fundamental nature of matter.

“Val was a wonderful human being who had real impact on the field of high-energy physics as well as on science policy,” said A. J. Stewart Smith, vice president for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton’s Class of 1909 Professor of Physics. “His studies of the basic constituents and forces among sub-atomic particles led to a discovery that even 50 years later remains one of the profound mysteries of the early universe. That is his main claim to fame.”

Fitch was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics with his Princeton colleague Professor James Cronin in 1980 for “the discovery of violations of fundamental symmetry principles in the decay of neutral K-mesons.” Based on experiments that Fitch and Cronin published in 1964, the prize acknowledged the finding that the laws of physics are not quite the same for particles and their opposites, anti-particles. Nor are they the same for a class of processes in which the direction of time is reversed.

“The work for which he received the Nobel Prize is one of the most important in the 20th century to show the laws of physics actually change with time,” said Samuel Ting, a Nobel laureate in physics and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fitch and Cronin’s results indicated that a long-held rule in physics called charge-parity (CP) symmetry indeed had exceptions. “His effect came out of the blue,” said Smith. “Much to [Fitch and Cronin’s] surprise, they found a result that violated CP symmetry. It took the physics community more than two years to rule out other explanations, but before long there was no doubt about it.”

The effect helped explain a mechanism, still being explored today, for how matter could dominate over anti-matter after the creation of the universe in the Big Bang, Smith said. Both matter and anti-matter are thought to have been created in equal amounts, but today the universe is comprised predominantly of matter.

“This is a very fundamental discovery, because what we see in the universe is only matter, and this helps explain why it is that we don’t have galaxies made of antimatter,” said Pierre Piroue, Princeton’s Henry DeWolf Smyth Professor of Physics Emeritus and a senior physicist.

During a lifetime of accomplishments in physics, Fitch earned the admiration of all who worked with him, his colleagues said. “He was a person with great principles and he was very easygoing and polite,” said Cronin, who served on the faculty in the department of physics at Princeton with Fitch from 1958 to 1971. Cronin and Fitch continued to collaborate and visit each other throughout their careers.

Fitch was named the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics in 1976 and became the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics in 1987. He served as chair of the physics department from 1976 to 1981. In 2000, he was awarded an honorary degree at Princeton’s commencement ceremony.

Fitch was the president of the American Physical Society from 1988 to 1989, and he served on many government committees devoted to science and science policy. From 1970 to 1973 he was a member of the President’s Science Advisory Committee, and from 1980 to 1983 he was a member of the physics advisory committee to the National Science Foundation.

Fitch was born March 10, 1923, in the sandhills of Nebraska in the town of Merriman on a cattle ranch where his father raised purebred Herefords and his mother was a schoolteacher. When Fitch was young, the family moved to Gordon, Nebraska, where Fitch graduated as valedictorian of his high school in 1940.

Fitch attended two and a half years at nearby Chadron State College before he was drafted and entered the U.S. Army in March 1943. He was sent to Los Alamos National Laboratory to work on the Manhattan Project where he assisted in the development of the atomic bomb. He witnessed the first detonations of the bomb in 1945 where he was responsible for the timing signals that triggered the weapon.

After the war, Fitch worked for another year at Los Alamos before finishing his undergraduate degree at McGill University and then entering graduate school at Columbia University, where he received his PhD in physics in 1954. In research conducted with his adviser James Rainwater, Fitch discovered that the nucleus of the atom was much smaller than was previously thought, about half the size and twice the density.

Upon arriving at Princeton in 1954, Fitch began conducting experiments using the high-energy particle collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory. There, he met James Cronin, and later the two began a collaboration that would lead to the Nobel Prize.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Fitch earned many honors and awards, including the E. O. Lawrence Award in 1968 from the U.S. Department of Energy; the John Price Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute in 1976, and the National Medal of Science in 1993. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He was a Sloan Fellow, a Fairchild Scholar at the California Institute of Technology, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.

In his free time, Fitch enjoyed growing bonsai, baking bread and playing Scrabble. He spent every summer in his beloved Nova Scotia and became an accomplished sailor. He is remembered by his family for his kindness, intelligence, gentleness, and generosity of spirit.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Daisy Harper Fitch, his son Alan Fitch (and Lee Hale), his niece Linda Fitch, his half-sister Judi Fitch Singleton, stepdaughters E. Mackenzie Sharp and Locke Harvey, stepson Douglas Wilkinson (and Patricia), and eight grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Elise Fitch, and his son John Fitch.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contribution in Fitch’s memory be sent to the Sierra Club and SAVE Animal Rescue.


John Pinelli, Sr.

John Pinelli, Sr., 96, of Skillman died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Princeton Care Center. Born in Princeton he was a resident of Skillman for over 50 years. He retired after several years of service as a construction laborer with the State of New Jersey Highway Department. He was a member of Roma Eterna.

Son of the late Enrico and Jennie (Bizarro) Pinelli, husband of the late Angelina Pinelli, grandfather of the late Donald Wible, he is survived by 2 sons John Pinelli, Jr., Raymond Pinelli, a daughter Jennie C. Pinelli, a brother Alexander Pinelli, a sister Mary C. Pirone, 3 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were private under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Eugene Thomas McCray

Eugene Thomas McCray, 83, of Princeton, died peacefully in his home on Friday, February 6, 2015. He was a tirelessly devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather. Born on January 2, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pa, the son of Leon Warren McCray and Mary Magdalene Lesesne McCray, he attended Schenley High school and graduated in 1950. In 1951, Gene enlisted in the Navy and achieved the rank of Electrician’s Technician-Petty Officer Second Class and was honorably discharged in 1955. He enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and earned a BS in electrical engineering in 1959. Gene earned an MS in applied physics from Adelphi University in 1965.

Gene started his career with the Grumman Corporation on Long Island where he worked on many Navy aircraft contracts. In 1966, he left Grumman and returned to the Navy as a civilian navigational engineer for the Naval Applied Science Laboratory, which later became the Naval Air Development Center (NADC). Gene spent the rest of his career with NADC, retiring in 1992.

Gene’s professional life was a very small part of what gave his life meaning. Always engaged and widely interested, he truly found his stride after retirement. Gene found great joy and fulfillment in his many volunteer and board roles over the years. A longtime and dedicated member of Princeton Friends Meeting and passionate advocate for secondary education, Gene served as a founding board member for the Mercer Street Friends charter school, Capital Prep Charter High School, and Friend of Foundation Academy. In addition to his volunteer activities, he found time to pursue a lifelong passion for creating art. Gene worked in a number of different media but his favorite was paint in both oil and water color.

He is survived by his loving wife Cleo, two sons Chris and Ian, sisters Annabelle and Harriette, brothers Timothy and Leon Willard, and grandchildren Jesse and Allison. Gene stood as an inspiration to those who knew him. His warmth, humor, wit, gentle guidance, and eternal optimism will remain a part of each of his survivors, and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at Princeton Friends Meeting House, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540-4838, on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Extend condolences and remembrances at www.TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

February 4, 2015

Obit Callahan 2-4-15Bob Callahan

Bob Callahan, 59, of Princeton passed away on January 27, 2015, in the comfort of his home. A coach and player of squash and tennis, he led his team to countless victories but is remembered most for lessons of honor and character. He was a man of dignity, humor, humility, and above all grace.

Bob was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where he originally learned the game of squash at the Cynwyd Club while attending Waldron Academy and the Episcopal Academy. After excelling at both squash and tennis as a U.S. Junior, Bob attended Princeton University in the fall of 1973 where he played on three national championship squash teams, including his senior year when he captained the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1976-77. Upon graduation, he worked for IBM for 4 years. On his very first day he met Kristen and took her out to lunch at Roy Rogers. He said he knew right away she would be his wife, and she was — for 38 years. In 1982, he assumed the role at Princeton University as Head Men’s Squash Coach and Men’s JV Tennis Coach. Since taking over the squash program, Callahan led Princeton to 314 victories, 11 Ivy League titles, and national championships in 1982, 1993, and 2012. He also coached the individual national champion 10 times. In addition to his responsibilities at Princeton, Bob has spent over 25 summers at Bedens Brook Country Club (BBC) in Skillman where he was the head tennis pro. He will never be forgotten at BBC, where a plaque dedicates the tennis courts to the memory of Bob “coach, mentor, leader and friend — inspiring excellence on and off the court.”

In addition to being synonymous with college squash for the last 30 years, Bob is also widely recognized for pioneering the development of squash in the United States. Bob founded the nation’s first major squash camp in 1982 and directed the 1998 World Junior Men’s Championships at Princeton, the first time the world junior singles championship were held in the U.S.A.

In 2012, exactly one week after leading the Tigers to their first National Squash Championship in nearly twenty years, Bob was diagnosed with glioblastoma. Bob received treatment from Memorial Sloan Kettering. Bob is survived by his wife Kristen, their five sons Greg, Scott, Tim, Peter, and Matt, their two daughters-in-law Alison and Carol, and their two granddaughters. All five sons played squash for the Tigers under Bob.

The service of celebration for the life of Coach Robert W. Callahan will be held this Saturday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. All are welcome to attend in Tiger attire!


Obit Morgan 2-4-15Arthur Palmer Morgan 

Arthur Palmer Morgan died at home from natural causes on January 30, 2015 surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was 91 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1923 to Professor Sherley Morgan and Ethel Palmer, he was a life long Princeton resident. He attended Princeton Country Day School, Deerfield Academy, and was a graduate of Princeton University class of 1944. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a second Lieutenant bombardier based in Ardmore Oklahoma where he met his first wife, Mildred Anne Underwood who predeceased him in 1984.

They moved to Hibben Road in Princeton where they created a beautiful and loving home in which to raise their three daughters.

From 1947 to 1955, Arthur worked for the family company E.R.Squibb and Sons. He was sent to Latin America to manage the building of new manufacturing facilities in Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, and Argentina, while navigating challenging international politics. For the next 30 years his career was in the financial world, holding leadership roles at The Empire Trust Co. in New York, Richardson Merrell (Vick’s Chemical Co.), Tucker Anthony (Clark Dodge and Co.) until his retirement from Princeton Bank and Trust in 1985.

Modeling the example set by his parents, Arthur believed that civic duty is necessary for ensuring the strength and vitality of his beloved Princeton community. His countless years of service were given to the following organizations: Princeton Borough Zoning Board (Chairman 1956-62), Princeton Regional Planning Board, Princeton Borough Council (1971-75), Police Commissioner during the turbulent years of student demonstrations, Director Princeton Savings and Loan, Director Springdale Golf Club, President Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Chairman Westminster Choir College, Treasurer Princeton Public Library, Director Princeton Public Library Foundation, Board Chairman McCarter Theater, Deacon and life-time member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

In 1985, Arthur married Barbara MacLeod. Their joint love of nature took them traveling all over the world fishing, birdwatching, sailing, hiking, and exploring gardens and nature preserves. He was a die-hard Phillies fan and season ticket holder for over 40 years, rarely missing a home game. A constant seeker of knowledge, he enjoyed auditing classes at Princeton University, attending lectures, and studying the piano. He became a Master Gardener at age 80. His love of literature and music quietly guided his generous support of Westminster Choir College and Princeton University where he endowed two chairs in the English and architecture departments in his parent’s name. Together with Barbara, he worked tirelessly on the campaign to rebuild the Princeton Public Library and to support the challenges of Planned Parenthood. He was also instrumental in launching Familyborn — a center for Birth and Women’s Health.

His greatest gifts were given to his family, where he offered his love unconditionally and without judgment. His beloved home in Vermont became a haven for his family to gather and he welcomed each one with open arms and a warm and generous heart. He treasured his Prince Edward Island summers with Barbara, spending the day picking berries, playing golf, and eating oysters in their peaceful cottage by the sea.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, his three daughters, Anne and husband Craig of Princeton; Catherine and husband John of Hawi, Hawaii; Cynthia and husband Stefan of Stockton Springs, Maine; and two step-daughters, Robin Alexandra Baxendale and Jennifer MacLeod Baxendale, both of Great Barrington, Mass., 12 grandchildren; seven great grand-children and an eighth expected in June. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Richard Morgan of State College, Pa., and his sister Diana Olcott of Manchester, Vt. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Drorbaugh of Princeton.

A service in his memory will be held on February 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church followed by a luncheon at the Nassau Club.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Princeton Public Library and Planned Parenthood of Trenton.


Patricia Ann Fischer

Patricia Ann Fischer, 84, of Skillman passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by her loving family. Born in Philadelphia, she was a long time resident of Trenton and Princeton as well as Cutler, Maine. She is the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (Phillips) Vesey and sister of the late Thomas Vesey.

Patricia earned her degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as a pediatric RN at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and went on to teach nursing at Mercer Hospital in Trenton. She later returned to school and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rider College in Lawrence Township. She was a very active member of the Trenton and Princeton communities and held significant volunteer positions in several organizations. Most notably she presided over the Junior League of Trenton and was awarded the President’s Bowl, given annually to the League member with the most outstanding record of service to the community, the League and her family. She was a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Union Industrial Home in Trenton and New Jersey Public Broadcasting-PBS Channel 52. She was a docent at the New Jersey State Museum, volunteered at the Princeton Child Development Institute, and served as the parliamentarian for many organizations. She loved to entertain, play tennis, and spend time with family and friends in Cutler Harbor on the Bold Coast of Maine.

In addition to her husband of 59 years, Dr. Robert Fischer, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jeffery Fischer and Veronica Fischer, of Windsor, Conn.; her daughter and son-in-law Carol Fischer Lowenstein and Duane Lowenstein of Andover, Mass.; and her son Kenneth Fischer of Plantsville, Conn. She was a loving grandmother to Cheryl, Gregory, and Suzanne Fischer; David, Emily and Peter Lowenstein; Jacqueline and Thomas Fischer; Mackenzie and Madeline Gerity; and great-granddaughter Addison Meyers.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, N.J. A private burial followed in Princeton Cemetery. Donations can be sent in lieu of flowers to the Cutler United Methodist Church, in Cutler Maine.


Obit Callan 2-4-15Chantal Deltheil Callan

Chantal Deltheil Callan passed away at home on December 8, 2015 from cancer. She was born in Paris, France in 1939. In Paris, Chantal had studied psychology at the Institut Catholique but wanted to travel. She worked for a year in order to afford the transatlantic fare on the Paquebot France. She arrived in Princeton in 1962 as an au-pair girl where she met her husband Curtis who was a graduate student in physics. They were married in 1965.

In the United States, Chantal became a French teacher. She taught middle school French at Princeton Day School in the 1970s, and at the Princeton Adult School in the 1980s and 1990s. She gave private lessons and especially enjoyed teaching adults.

Chantal was an avid and competitive tennis player. She started playing in her 30s and became a fierce competitor in multiple local leagues. She worked at a friend’s tennis shop on Nassau Street in the 1980s and learned how to string racquets, which she continued to do from home for many years. For the last decade, she and her husband spent part of each year in Kiawah, S.C., because of its nationally renowned tennis program.

Chantal loved to work with her hands. She painted and wallpapered her houses and refurbished old furniture. She did extraordinary needlepoint; her masterpiece being a 5-foot wall hanging of a Japanese mounted warrior. She learned to quilt from her mother-in-law and made dozens of quilts for family and friends. She sewed entire American Doll wardrobes for her granddaughters. Because she found gardening relaxing, she was pottering around her plants throughout her illness. Chantal was a member of the Dogwood Garden Club for several years. She was also a superb French cook, a talent her family were most grateful for.

A member of the Catholic Aquinas Institute until its recent, regretted, closure Chantal also attended masses at the University Chapel.

Energetic, charming, and generous, Chantal was a force to be reckoned with. She made a warm and open home for friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Curtis, her children Benedicte and Dominique, and three grandchildren, Nina, Nicholas, and Felicity.


Obit Goheen 2-4-15Margaret Skelly Goheen

Margaret Skelly Goheen died at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

She was born in 1919 in Wilmington, Delaware to James Thomas and Gertrude McFarland Skelly, the fifth of six siblings.

Margaret graduated from The Tower Hill School in Wilmington and went on to matriculate at Vassar College, graduating with the class of 1941. Shortly afterwards she met and married Robert F. Goheen, and they enjoyed the next 67 years together during which she provided invaluable support and guidance throughout his distinguished career.

They moved to Princeton in 1945 and in 1959 purchased a summer home in Chatham, Mass. where the family gathered to sail, fish, swim, play golf and tennis, and enjoy each other’s company.

She is survived by her six children: Anne Goheen Crane, Trudi Goheen Swain, Stephen Goheen, Megan Goheen Lower, Elizabeth Goheen, and Charles Goheen, 18 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

Throughout her life she was a committed and dedicated volunteer, serving on boards and committees for the Princeton University’s Isabella McCosh Infirmary, The Princeton University Art Museum, The Aquinas Institute, Princeton YWCA, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, and The Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund which honored her in 2009. She was also active with the Vassar College Alumnae Association and on the Board of The Bank Street School of Education.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. Burial followed at the Princeton University President’s Plot in Princeton Cemetery.

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


Obit Woodworth 2-4-15Enid Richardson Woodworth

Enid Richardson Woodworth, 88 of Princeton died peacefully January 23, 2015 at her home in Princeton surrounded by family.

Enid was born in Passaic, N.J. on January 27, 1927. She attended Westtown School in West Chester, Pa., graduated from Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. in 1948, and received her teaching certificate from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She loved children and began her career teaching sixth grade at The Hartridge School in Plainfield, N.J. She continued to teach at The Princeton Cooperative Nursery School, Littlebrook School, Miss Mason’s School, The Princeton Junior School, The Princeton Friends School, and the YMCA squash racquets program. A dedicated natural athlete she enjoyed the exercise, the competition, and in particular the camaraderie. Invited to try out for the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey team, she also loved tennis, golf, squash, paddle tennis, and sailing. Well into her 40s, she played on the Pretty Brook Tennis Club’s squash team and “Tired Mothers” field hockey team, which competed successfully against high school teams in New Jersey. She played golf and tennis into her 80’s and was a winner of the sportsmanship award at Pretty Brook Tennis Club.

She met her husband, Newell Bertram Woodworth (Jr.) of Cazenovia, N.Y., during her junior year in college. They were married at her parents’ farm in Bernardsville, N.J. in 1950 and moved to Princeton in 1953. Enid was dedicated to her family, her friends, her community, and was always ready to give assistance.

Whether preparing dinners in cramped quarters of the galley, chasing tennis balls to keep her regular doubles matches lively, or volunteering at the Princeton Hospital’s Outgrown Shop, she always had a smile to share.

A modest, thoughtful, and radiant personality, she was a member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Springdale Golf Club, and the Society of Friends.

Predeceased by her sister, Margery Richardson Claghorn, she is survived by her husband Newell B. Woodworth (Jr.) and their four children; Pam, Buzz (Newell B. III), Sarah, and Sam; as well as her 12 grandchildren whom she adored. In celebration of her life, we encourage you to smile at everyone you meet today.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on February 14, 2015 at the Princeton Friends Meeting, Stony Brook Meetinghouse, 470 Quaker Road in Princeton. Immediately following, a reception will take place at Pretty Brook Tennis Club, 229 Pretty Brook Road in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be sent to the Princeton Friends School, 470 Quaker Road Princeton, N.J. 08540 or Princeton Day School, 650 Great Road Princeton, N.J. 08540.

January 28, 2015

Memorial Service

A celebration of the life of Dorothy Katz will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollingshead Road, Skillman, N.J. Please RSVP by calling (609) 759-3621.

January 21, 2015

Obit Chappelear 1-21-15David Chappelear

David Conrad Chappelear, 83, died peacefully on Saturday, January 10, 2015. He was born on March 2, 1931 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Charles William Chappelear and Felonise Weiser. David grew up in Hartford, Connecticut and attended the Loomis Chaffee School. He earned a BA in chemical engineering from Yale University in 1953, where he sang with the glee club and climbed with the Yale Mountaineering Club. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1954 to 1956. David earned a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1960, and continued to be active with the Princeton Graduate Alumni Association. He did always root for Yale over Princeton in football, though.

David worked for over 20 years at Monsanto in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he oversaw the development of various plastics products and obtained several patents. During this time, he also taught graduate courses in chemical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In the early 1980s, he conducted leading polymer research and development at Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park, California, before relocating to Pennington, New Jersey to join Johnson & Johnson in 1983. David worked for Johnson & Johnson’s consumer products division in Skillman, New Jersey, as vice president of research and engineering and director of new technology until his retirement in 1995. Even as an executive, he never stopped being an engineer, and enjoyed the technical, problem-solving side of his work greatly. He was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1986.

David was an accomplished mountaineer, and climbed extensively in the Fairweather Range and the Takhinsha Mountains in southern Alaska in the 1960s, including first ascents of Mount Lituya and Mount Quincy Adams. Using his background as a polymer chemist, he assisted with important early analysis of the flow of glacier ice in the Juneau Ice Field. He loved the wilderness, and continued to climb, hike, and ski his entire life, and even in failing health pushed himself to go as far and as fast as he possibly could. He also became an enthusiastic tennis player and an avid bicyclist.

David sang with the Yale Glee Club in college, and singing continued to be an important part of his life. He was a member of the choir of the Pennington United Methodist Church for over 20 years.

David is survived by two sons, Christopher Chappelear of Maplewood, New Jersey and Thomas Chappelear of Kensington, California; David’s companion of over 20 years, Dorothea Webster of Pennington, New Jersey; his brother, Daniel Chappelear of Redwood City, California; and five grandchildren, Matthew, William, Ella, Benjamin, and Eleanor.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 S. Main Street, Pennington. There will be a private interment at Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, N.J. 08534. Arrangements are by the Blackwell Memorial Home.

Obit Dawes 1-21-15Kenneth Janney Dawes, III

Kenneth Janney Dawes, III died unexpectedly on January 1, 2015. He was 48 years old. Janney was born in Princeton Hospital on January 28, 1966 to Florence and Kenneth Janney Dawes, Jr. He grew up in Lawrenceville and Princeton. Janney attended Stuart Country Day School, Princeton Day School, and The Lawrenceville School, graduating from Princeton High School in 1983. He then pursued his love of gardening while attending Delaware Valley College and earned a degree in landscape design.

Janney was a talented gardener, animal lover, and kind soul. He rescued many dogs from the animal shelters in Trenton and was their faithful steward. Janney was a regular Jeopardy viewer whose ample knowledge of history and birds made him a most worthy armchair opponent. Janney started his business, Gardens by Design, in the 1990’s and transformed numerous gardens around Princeton with his inspired plantings and landscape designs. He also spearheaded a trail near the Johnson Park School and, along with the help of friends, worked tirelessly to see it to completion.

Janney is survived by his mother, Florence Dawes, his brother Joseph N. Coffee, Jr., his sister Colleen Hall, and several nieces and nephews.

Janney’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service in the spring.

January 14, 2015

Obit Clemens 1-14-15Jon K. Clemens

Dr. Jon K. Clemens passed away on January 7, 2015 in Camas, Wash. at the age of 76. Dr. Clemens was president and CEO of Sharp Laboratories of America (SLA) until his retirement in 2003. Prior to SLA, he served for five years as senior vice president of science and technology at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International. Before that, he was president of Chronar Corporation, a solar company. He also spent 21 years at the RCA David Sarnoff Research Center, where he was in charge of consumer electronics research. Dr. Clemens holds 19 patents related to consumer products and multimedia technology. He was the recipient of multiple awards, including the Eduard Rhine Prize, the David Sarnoff Award, and the Vladimir K. Zworkin award.

Jon was born in Sellersville, Pa. on May 10, 1938. He lived with his parents and six siblings in Kulpsville where he attended Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. He showed an early passion for electronics, wiring his family’s barn at the age of ten. In the tenth grade he began dating his wife-to-be Arlene. He then went to Goshen College, where he completed a BS in physics. Arlene and he married in 1959 and lived in Boston while Jon earned a BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering at MIT. They moved to Princeton where he began his career at RCA in 1965. They built a contemporary house of their own design just outside of Princeton and lived there for over 15 years. They then moved to California for five years before settling in Camas, Wash. in 1995. He was a very active member of the Presbyterian church both in Princeton and in Portland, singing bass in the choir, serving as an elder, and sitting on many committees. Jon was an important part of his community serving on various boards, playing tennis and golf with friends, and inviting many to join him in his real passion, sailing, on his beloved Moonstruck. He lived a full life and will be dearly missed by family and friends alike.

Jon is survived by his wife Arlene; their three children Terri (Michael) Coar, Gina (Todd) Novak, Steven (Maria) Clemens; four grandchildren Evan Coar, Marisol Clemens, Trevor Coar and Andrés Clemens; and four siblings Paul, Ed, Becky, and Mary. He was preceded in death by his father Paul, mother Mary, and two siblings Sylvia and Phil.

A memorial service will be held in the Princeton area at a later date. Details to follow. Memorial services will also be at the First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder Street, Portland, Oreg. on January 25 at 1:30 p.m. Donations can be sent to the Friends of Menucha Foundation (friendsofmenuchafoundation.org) or The First Presbyterian Church music program (firstpresportland.org).


Paul Bahder

Dr. Paul Piotr Bahder, age 65, of Princeton died on January 7, 2015 at home after a long illness.

Paul is survived by his wife Carol; brothers Dr. Thomas Bahder of Huntsville, Alabama; Dr. Gregory Bahder of Gilford, New Hampshire; many cousins and nephews; and one beautiful granddaughter, Rachel of Cape Town, South Africa.

Paul was born in Warsaw, Poland on February 8, 1949 to Dr. George and Alice Bahder. Paul Bahder was a medical doctor specializing in Classical Homeopathy. He has been in full time Classical Homeopathy private practice in Princeton, New Jersey since 1981. Initially from Europe, he completed medical studies and a rotating medical residency in Warsaw, Poland. Afterward, he attended a year of residency in internal medicine and subsequently spent more time in psychiatry at CMDNJ in Piscataway, N.J. He received his Doctorate and Homeotherapeutics Board Certification in Homeotherapeutics (DHt) from the American Board of Homeotherapeutics in 1984.

His special fields of interest included healing as a life transforming process toward freedom. He was a very compassionate, caring, and kind man who was loved by his family, patients, and community. He will be deeply missed.

Christian Services for Dr. Paul Bahder were held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, January 12, 2015 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, (609) 924-0242.

Calling hours were held on Monday before the service from 5 to 6 p.m. and then after the service from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


Frances Roth

Frances Roth, 90, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Born in Westwood, she was a former resident of Rockaway, N.Y., Solebury, and New Hope, Pa. Roth was a graduate of Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Nursing and Jersey City State College. She was a registered nurse at Jefferson Township High School before retiring.

Mother of the late Rabbi Sandy Roth and wife of the late Melvin Roth, she is survived by a son David Roth, a sister Anne Tilchin, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial were held on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Wellwood Cemetery, Farmingdale, N.Y. The family respectfully requests memorial contributions to Doctors Without Borders. Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road in Ewing, N.J.


Obit Fracaroli 1-14-15Mary Lynn Fracaroli

Mary Lynn died peacefully on January 10, 2015 in her home with her close cousins by her side. Mary Lynn was born and raised in Princeton. Mary Lynn was the only daughter of the late Mary Sullivan Fracaroli and Jacob Fracaroli. Mary Lynn was a communicant of St. Paul’s Parish in Princeton. Mary Lynn is survived by cousins and nine godchildren.

Mary Lynn attended St. Paul’s grammar school, in Princeton, and Notre Dame high school, in Lawrenceville. As a student of Rider college, Mary Lynn graduated with a bachelor of science degree in education (1979) with certificates in secretarial and general business studies. Mary Lynn began her teaching career at Hillsborough High School, in Belle Meade (1971). Then in 1979 she returned to her alma mater, Rider University, as an adjunct professor for the School of Education.

Mary Lynn’s career path led her to the N.J. Department of Education, as education acting director 2 for the Office of Innovative Programs and Practices. Mary Lynn managed the staff for the Charter Schools Initiative and Clearinghouse of Innovative Programs. During that time, Mary Lynn was coordinator of the Best Practice/Stars Schools Program and State Liaison for Blue Ribbon Schools (1976-2002)

Mary Lynn’s passion where she could put her experience and intuition to work was through the Future Business Leaders of America Association as the local adviser (Maine, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and Maryland). Mary Lynn was a member of many organizations including: Eastern Business Education Association, New Jersey Business/Technology Education Association, National Association of Supervisors of Business Education, International Society of Business Education, American Vocational Association, and National New Jersey and Princeton Business and Professional Women, Inc.

Mary Lynn’s true calling was working with young adults in leadership, especially in the Future Business Leaders of America. Many careers were launched with the aid of Mary Lynn’s help. Mary Lynn also worked as a trainer for the Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant, (1993,’94 and ’02).

Visitation will take place in the Mather Hodge Funeral Home on 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, N.J. on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral mass will be held at St. Paul’s Church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the Future Business Leaders of America.

Burial is at St. Paul’s Cemetery, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.


Memorial Service Announcement

A Memorial Service for Dr. James Hester will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, February 7 at 11 a.m.

January 7, 2015

Obit Hester 1-7-15Dr. James Hester

James McNaughton Hester, president of New York University from 1962 to 1975, who guided the University through the turbulent times of the 1960’s and helped to chart the course for the renowned international institution that it is today, passed away on Wednesday at his home in Princeton. He was 90 years old.

Following his tenure at NYU, Dr. Hester served as rector of The United Nations University in Tokyo from 1975 to 1980, president of the New York Botanical Garden from 1980 to 1989, and president of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation from 1989 to 2004. In later years, Dr. Hester fulfilled a lifelong ambition and became a professional portrait painter, and had numerous showings of his work.

James McNaughton Hester was born on April 19, 1924 in Chester, Pa. and grew up in Long Beach, Calif. where his father was a United States Navy chaplain. Dr. Hester entered Princeton University but interrupted his studies to serve as an officer in the Marine Corps in World War II. He graduated from Princeton in 1946. He worked with the U.S. Army in the occupation of Japan. He was named a Rhodes Scholar in 1947 and attended Pembroke College at Oxford. Much of the rest of his career was spent doing the public service that Cecil Rhodes called, “the world’s work.” He returned to service with the Marines during the Korean War, where in his words, he “learned useful doctrines of leadership and management.” Following the Korean War, he received his DPhil from Oxford in 1955.

In 1960, Dr. Hester became dean of both the undergraduate and graduate schools of arts and sciences at NYU, and in January 1962, was named president. As president of NYU, Dr. Hester earned a reputation for the role he played in strengthening the University and as a spokesman for urban, private higher education. He also served on the President’s Task Force on Higher Education and on the Board of the American Council on Education.

Dr. Hester married the former Janet Rodes in 1953. He is survived by his wife; their three children Janet, Margaret, and Martha; and seven grandchildren. His brother Raymond and his sister Virginia also survive him.

Dr. Hester was an enthusiastic participant in life and remained active throughout, leading the carolers at The Windrows in Princeton in holiday songs this past month.

A memorial service will be held at Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, February 7 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. or to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104 in honor of Dr. Hester.


Obit Rodwell 1-7-15Harriet A. Rodwell

Harriet A. Rodwell, 96, of Crooked Street, died peacefully on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at her residence. She was born on January 21, 1918 in Schenectady, N.Y. and was the daughter of the late Walter and Valeria (Maleski) Laniewski. Mrs. Rodwell was a well-known and much loved long time retail clerk at the former Halls Drugs in Schenectady. Among her family she was first generation Polish American. Harriet attended Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady and in her early years was employed by the Mica Insulator Company of Schenectady. She was married to the late William A. Rodwell and for many years resided in the village of Scotia where they raised their two children.

Harriet was the matriarch of her large family. She was fortunate to do what she loved most; assisting with the care of her grandchildren and over her lifetime, caring for the beloved family dogs; Poochie, Beau, Barney, Roy, Willie, Jack, Kayla, and Arthur.

Harriet leaves behind her beloved daughters, Nancy L. (C. Andrew) Brauer of Princeton, and Valerie B. (the late Mark) Ryan of Charlton, N.Y. She was the loving grandmother of Katherine (Mark) Carmichael of Princeton; Kristen (Alaric Trousdale) Brauer, PhD. of San Jose, Calif.; Peter (Stephanie) Brauer of Crofton, Md; Jeffrey (Laura Valdmanis) Brauer of Philadelphia, Pa.; Matthew (Rebecca) Ryan of Charlton, N.Y.; and Dr. Sara (David Jackson) Ryan of Wilton, N.Y. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren. She was the caring sister of Jane Dreves, Bette (Raymond) Franklin, Lillian Lemmo, and the late John Laniewski.

At Harriet’s request, there will be no public calling hours and her funeral will be held privately at Our Lady of Grace Church, Ballston Lake, N.Y. Contributions in Harriet’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

With confidence, the family has placed their trust in the loving care of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road, Ballston Lake, N.Y. and they encourage you to view and leave messages on Ms. Rodwell’s Book of Memories at www.TownleyWheelerFH.com.


obit broadwayHerbert T. Broadway Sr.

“The Watermelon Man”

Herbert T. Broadway Sr., 86, died December 27, 2014 peacefully at his residence, Independence Garden Apartments in Trenton, of heart failure.

Herbert was born on August 20, 1928 in Anson County, N.C. He resided most of his life in Princeton until he moved to Trenton about 10 years ago. Although residing in New Jersey, his first love was Wadesboro, N.C., where his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and favorite cousins lived. Whenever he was out of New Jersey, we knew he was on the road, going to see his extended family, especially his Uncle Lester.

Herbert was the son of the late John and Jossie Broadway. He grew up on the farm of the late Duncan Campbell in Belle Mead where his parents worked. He attended the Harlingen School. In 1942, he and his growing family moved to Princeton where he attended The Witherspoon School for the Colored.

Always the wanderlust, Herbert left Princeton as a teenager and began his life exploring the U.S.A. He became familiar with every backroad and highway, thus leading to his love of becoming a truck driver as well as a driver for family members and friends who needed a driver to anywhere in the U.S.A.

Herbert was a member of The First Baptist Church of Princeton, where he was baptized by Reverend William Parker.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Jossie Broadway; his brothers Clayton, Robert, Lee, James, and Hosted; his sisters Lina B. Boone and Johnsie B. Burnett. He is survived by his son Herbert Broadway Jr., wife Karin of Hamilton; daughters Lakay Broadway of Texas; Barbara Boone and husband Vincent of East Windsor;, Maxine McNeil and her siblings (children of Doris Holder); brothers John Broadway and wife Florence of Lawrenceville; Romus Broadway of Princeton; and sister Frances B. Craig of Princeton. Also, five grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins who were all dear to him. He loved his friends with whom he met daily at The Garden on Brunswick Avenue and his fellow tenants at Independence Garden Apartments.

Although many people in the Princeton and Trenton areas knew Herbert as “The Watermelon Man” who was licensed to sell, or “Kind Sir” due to his impeccable manners, his family knew him as the brother who was well read, well traveled, knowledgeable in politics, religion, world history, and above all, could diagnose any automotive problem. He was also the person who would stop anything to drive us anywhere.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at noon at Mount Pisgah AME Church, 170 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. The visiting hours at the church will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial is private.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hughes Funeral Home, 324 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton, N.J. 08618.

December 31, 2014

Obit DonahueEvelyn Dobson Donahue

Evelyn Dobson Donahue of Princeton died peacefully on December 27, 2014 with her son’s family at her side. She was 93 years old. She was born on Staten Island, N.Y. in 1921, the daughter of British immigrants. As a child she spent some summers in Great Britain with family. During the Nazi blitz on London, some of her relatives were killed and she was determined to do something about it. At first, she worked for the munitions procurement group in New York buying from such firms as the Hercules Powder Company. After lend lease began she flew in a Pan Am flying boat to Ireland and then down to North Africa to work for William Donovan and the OSS. As the war shifted north, she was stationed in Italy where at one point her apartment’s balcony was blown off in an air raid. She had a number of adventures during the war and even witnessed Mussolini’s body hanging in a gas station in Italy. After the war, she worked at J. Walter Thompson in Manhattan as a copywriter. She then met and married James Donahue, a decorated Marine dive-bomber pilot from the Pacific war. He remained her loving husband until his death in 2010. After her three children left home, she worked for the Maryknoll Missionary Society running the office of Justice and Peace in Westchester County, N.Y. She moved to Princeton in 2008 to be near her son’s family. She adopted many stray dogs during her long life, particularly old dogs that no one wanted. She is survived by a daughter, Andrea and granddaughter, Meredith; a son Jim and daughter-in-law Deb and grandchildren Casey and Matt; and a daughter Christina. She was someone who when she saw something needed doing, whether it was fighting tyranny or making a child feel special, she did it. She will be sorely missed.


Averil Sutphen

Averil Sutphen, 81, of Princeton, New Jersey died Thursday, December 25, 2014 at home.

Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong area resident. Along with her late husband, Claude, she was the owner/operator of Sutphen Memorials in Princeton. An avid bowler, she belonged to several local bowling leagues. She also enjoyed playing cards.

Daughter of the late Edwin F. and Helen Duncan, wife of the late Claude Sutphen, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Douglas G. and Mary Jane Sutphen; two daughters and a son-in-law Claudia and Robert Bazewicz; Diane Christiansen; a brother Edwin Duncan, Jr.; a sister Edith O’Neil; a sister-in-law Evelyn Whitlock; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A private burial alongside her late husband will be held at Princeton Cemetery.

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


Obit Gray 12-31-14Barbara B. Gray

Barbara B. Gray, who resided at the Princeton Windrows retirement home in Princeton, died on December 21, 2014 of heart failure.

Mrs. Gray came from of a family of German-Irish decent who arrived in America in the early 1700’s, many participating in the American Revolution. Prominent among them was Charles Carroll of Maryland, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Mrs. Gray was born in Salt Lake City on October 26, 1918 to Denise Karrick Bintz and Charles Carroll Bintz. She grew up in Salt Lake City where she attended Roland Hall and East High School and later graduated from Stanford University. Among her proudest moments was a startling 93 on a physics exam at Roland Hall, numerous equestrian firsts in the Salt Lake City Horse Show, most notably for Ladies Jumping, and her BA from Stanford where she was a member of the Pi Phi sorority.

A devoted wife of 72 years, Mrs. Gray married Sherman Gray in October 1942. The son of Prentiss Nathaniel Gray and Laura Sherman, his family also includes a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Roger Sherman of Connecticut. Sherm received his BA from Harvard where he led the crew team to win the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley, England in 1939. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a naval aviator flying a PBY aircraft in defense of the Aleutians Islands while Bobbie remained in Salt Lake. After the war the pair moved to New York where he joined Henry Schroder Banking Corporation. They began their several moves to and from Europe while Sherman worked for Schroder’s Bank and later Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith. When Sherm was assigned abroad, Mrs. Gray moved the entire family, first to Switzerland, then France, then on to London before returning finally to the U.S. where she became a founding member of the Junior League of Long Island. The frequent moves involved the conversion of some 15 residences into gracious homes for her family and provided her with many spectacular recipes, which she cooked with aplomb.

Mrs. Gray is predeceased by her first daughter, Pamela Carroll Gray, of Newport Beach, Calif., the late wife of Lowell Martindale. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Sherman; her second daughter, Elizabeth Gray Lilleston and husband Richard D. Lilleston of Navesink, N.J.; and her son, Prentiss Sherman Gray and wife Leslie G. Steinberg of Morristown, N.J.; six grandchildren and their spouses: Jessica Carroll Chu, Pamela Sherman Lilleston and James Noe; Amanda January Lilleston and Justin Dimmel; Matthew Putnam Gray, Zachary Sherman Gray, and Nathaniel Prentiss Gray. And, last but not least, the newest joy in her life, a great grandson, Kai Sherman Noe.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Stanford University.

A memorial luncheon will be held at noon on January 3, 2015 at the Princeton Windrows, 2000 Windrows Drive in Princeton.


Obit Tomlinson 12-31-14A.B. Tomlinson

Surrounded by his children in his last week, A.B. “Tom Tom” Tomlinson passed away in Jupiter, Florida after 2 months of various issues that finally overcame his zest for life. After 83 wonderful years, he joins his wife, Joan, his son, Steve, his grandsons, Andrew and Tim Carey, as well as many of his friends, that left us all too soon. It is also rumored that he is having Manhattans and cigars with his hero, former President Ronald Reagan.

Tom’s colorful life began in Brainerd, Minnesota where he met his future wife, Joan before graduating as class president at nearby Macalester College. He then joined the Navy and served as a pilot on the U.S.S. Lake Champlain, during the Korean War.

After passing on a career as an artist, Tom had an outstanding 36 years with IBM that took him from typewriter sales in Minneapolis to management in Chicago, and then into the executive ranks in Princeton, where he and his family spent much of their lives — and most of their Friday evenings, at Contes Pizzeria.

Tom was an avid golfer at the Springdale Golf Club, and well known around town for his many activities, including his role as a stand in for Walter Matthau, who portrayed Einstein in the Princeton based movie, IQ.

With an air of professionalism and a gift for stand up presentations (that he learned from another IBM hero and friend, Buck Rodgers), Tom became a well-known motivational speaker for numerous companies, industry associations, and even the U.S. Government Joint Chiefs of Staff.

His boundless energy and enthusiasm kept him on the go, and he still drove from Florida to New Jersey while in his 80’s. He was a fun loving man who enjoyed everything and everyone to the fullest, and always made you feel special. Although we appreciate it now more than before, it might be said that Tom’s life and driving skills featured more gas pedal than brakes.

Tom is survived by his brother Leon Tomlinson; sister Marge Hawkins; children Michael Tomlinson, Julie Carey, and Cathy Earnhardt; grandchildren Beth, Maggie, and Carolyn Tomlinson; Maddie, Hannah, and Jack Earnhardt; and his great grandson, Jack Tomlinson. Although not officially related, Tom is also survived by many friends that he considered as family in Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, and especially his home for the last 7 years, Jupiter Dunes, Florida.

To paraphrase one of his IBM speeches, if asked how he lived, he would say, “Just dandy.” We are sad to lose Tom, but we know that he has “turned into the wind and is ready for takeoff.”

Please join us to celebrate the gift of knowing Tom at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton.

December 24, 2014

Roger Schwing

Roger Harold Schwing, 74, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey died Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Born in Rochester, New York, he resided most of his life in Princeton Junction. Roger was a television sports director with a long and storied career.

Son of the late Harold and Cora (Garrison) Schwing, he is survived by his wife Donna Lynn Schwing; two daughters, Kimberly Schwing, Kelly Schwing, and her fiancée Patrick Byrne; beloved granddaughter Brittany Schwing; and sister-in-law Louise Schwing.

Funeral services are private. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Ann Gips

Ann Arenberg Gips, a fiercely independent woman and a beloved mother and grandmother, died peacefully at her home at Stonebridge at Montgomery on December 16, 2014, surrounded by her loved ones. She was 89.

She was the daughter of Claire and Albert Arenberg. A native of Highland Park, Ill., Ann graduated from Wellesley College in 1947. In 1948, she married the love of her life, Walter F. Gips, Jr., and the two of them spent the next 50 years together: supporting a wide variety of causes, traveling the world, appreciating the arts and music, and raising their four children, first in Highland Park, Ill. and later in Princeton. Ann did graduate studies in social work, held leadership roles at both the Princeton Senior Resource Center and the New Jersey State Museum, and was an early supporter of Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights.

In her twenties, she contracted and survived polio. Despite polio’s lasting effects on her physical abilities, Ann had an indomitable will and was active in her community, both through volunteering and through philanthropy, and in her role as a loving and opinionated wife and mother. At dinner with many of her children and grandchildren just weeks before she died, a friend passing by noted, “You look like a mama bear.” “I am,” Ann replied proudly. She cherished her role as a matriarch: for her children, for her children’s friends, for her children’s children, and, of course, for her dogs.

She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter F. Gips, Jr. who passed in 2002 and her brother Henry X. Arenberg. Ann is survived by her son Walter F. Gips III “Terry”, wife Annalee Wolf and children Gloriana, Adam, Noah and Aaron of St. Louis Park, Minn.; son Rob Gips, wife Karen Harris and children Rachel, Allie and Sara (husband Gavin Goodall) of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; son Don Gips, wife Liz Berry and children Sam, Peter and Ben of Washington, D.C.; daughter Ellen Nee, children PJ, Jamie, and Amelia of Ballyconneely, Ireland; sister Jane Eiseman of St. Louis, Mo.; and sister-in-law Joan Arenberg of Highland Park. Ill.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014 in the auditorium of Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, New Jersey, and were followed by a burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Princeton Senior Resource Center, Planned Parenthood, or the Alliance for Sustainability.


Patricia Maher Roberts

Patricia Maher Roberts, age 88, died December 13, 2014, survived by her sister Ursula and two sons, Seth and Jason. A long time parishioner of Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton and later St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cranbury, her faith and moral principles inspired her passionate activism.

Patricia was a tenacious volunteer and supporter of non-violence and a participant in civil disobedience as a means to resist militarism and to foster social justice and civil rights. She was deeply involved in improving education and providing food and shelter to the poor.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 3 at 11 a.m. at St. David’s 90 South Main St. Cranbury, N.J. 08512. Gifts in lieu of flowers can be made to organizations that support the causes mentioned above. Arrangements were held under the direction of the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown, N.J. 08520.

December 17, 2014

Obit Harford 12-17-14James J. Harford

James J. Harford, who served for 37 years as executive director of, first, the American Rocket Society [ARS], and then the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics [AIAA], died at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro on Monday, December 8, 2014 at age 90. He lived in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife of 62 years, the former Mildred Waters.

Harford, a loyal Eli who enjoyed rooting for the “other side” at Princeton/Yale sports events, was deeply involved in Princeton throughout his 60-year residence. He lived to see his longtime hope of a joined Township and Borough government come to fruition. A commuter and tireless advocate for improving rail service he supported Barbara Sigmund, then Princeton Borough member, in her successful “Save the Dinky” campaign of the 1970’s and later was a founder of the “Amtrak Committee of 100” to save Congressional funding of Amtrak east coast commuter services.

He played a key role in the founding of Stuart Country Day School, serving on the original fundraising and planning committees and many subsequent board positions. He parlayed his considerable fundraising skills on behalf of the renovation of the Princeton Public Library. He was a Eucharistic Minister at the Aquinas Institute. He enjoyed many Communiversity Days and Summer Sounds evenings — especially when his son, Chris Harford was playing. In retirement he was a Kindergarten reader at Riverside school. He was also a member of Princeton University’s Old Guard, Pretty Brook Tennis Club and Community-Without-Walls. Given their love of watching Princeton University crew teams, he and his wife have provided a “resting view” bench for joggers and strollers on the canal towpath opposite their home on Carnegie Lake.

Born in Jersey City on August 19, 1924, Harford predominantly grew up in Cranford, N.J. where he established lifelong friends, an athlete’s love of baseball and basketball, and sang barbershop with his four brothers. It was at Yale University that his deep love of music expanded to include crooners and jazz greats. A mechanical engineering graduate of Yale and of Columbia Midshipmen’s School in 1945, Harford served in Japan as engineering officer on transport vessels. On separation from the Navy as a Lieutenant JG, he spent several years working as an applications engineer with Worthington Corporation; then followed a two year stint in Europe as a journalist for the U.S. Marshall Plan. He was made head of the ARS staff in 1953, four years before the launch of Sputnik, at the time the Society had two employees and published one journal. In 1963 ARS merged with the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. When he retired in 1989, there were 250 on the staff and five monthly journals and over 35,000 aerospace engineering members. He then became Verville Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum, conceiving and co-chairing the World Space Congress, in celebration of the International Space Year on the 500th anniversary of the voyage of Christopher Columbus, in 1992.

He represented ARS and AIAA at annual International Astronautical Congresses from 1959, in London, to 1998 in Melbourne. In 1985 he received the NASA Public Service Medal, in 1987 the Air Force Exceptional Medal, in 1995 the AIAA International Cooperation Award, and in 1997 the Allan D. Emil Award for contributions to international cooperation in space technology. He testified before Congress numerous times on behalf of major space projects. His professional tenure spanned Sputnik, the full Apollo program, the space shuttle, Skylab, the space station, Hubble telescope, and the Voyager’s “Grand Tour”. He was recognized as a pioneer planner in joint U.S.-Russian space exploration and habitation most notably with the Apollo-Soyuz docking mission in 1975. After studying Russian, and after some 12 trips to the then Soviet Union, he wrote KOROLEV, the first English language book about Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, who had dominated and engineered the Soviet space program in its early years. While recognizing the imperatives of the military-industrial complex roles in birthing the space program, he was a vociferous champion of peaceful uses of space technologies and took great pride in the space technology spinoffs that are now found everywhere in medicine, education, communications and more.

A spiritual man and active Roman Catholic, in retirement he wrote Merton and Friends, a joint biography of the Trappist monk-author, Thomas Merton and two of his closest friends, the hermit-poet, Robert Lax, and the author-traveler Edward Rice, founder and editor of the lay Catholic literary magazine, Jubilee, with a mission “that would act as a forum on addressing issues confronting the contemporary church.” Jubilee harnessed the energies of Vatican II Catholic social thought leaders and featured significant artists and writers including Jack Kerouac, Dan Berrigan, A.J. Muste, Ned O’Gorman, Merton and others. Harford served on that publication’s editorial advisory board from 1953 until its demise in 1967.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Susan Harford, of Reston, Virginia, and Jennifer Harford; and two sons, James and Christopher all of Princeton; grand-daughters Ayla Peacock and Amanda Harford; and his sister, MaryJane Ferro of Pearl River, N.Y. Another son, Peter Benedict, died in infancy in 1959.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 9:15 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542. After a brief interment ceremony at Princeton Cemetery, a reception will follow.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540, co-founded by his wife, who was also a Montessori teacher there for 14 years, or the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J., 08542.

Condolences to the family may be posted at www.TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Obit Naumann 12-17-14Robert Bruno Alexander Naumann

Robert Bruno Alexander Naumann, 85, succumbed to Parkinson’s disease on December 10, 2014. Bob was born on June 7, 1929 in Dresden, Germany, the son of Eberhard Bruno and Elsa (Haege) Naumann zu Koenigsbrueck. Bob attended the Browning School in New York City, The Cranbrook School, The Scots College in Sydney, Australia, and the University of California in Berkeley. After his January 1949 graduation from the University of California in Berkeley, accented with Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi keys, Bob entered Princeton University’s graduate program in physical chemistry.

In 1953, with a PhD in chemistry, a fresh U.S. naturalization certificate, and a ham-radio license (W2FNY), Bob chose to remain in Princeton. For 39 years, Bob was Princeton University’s only joint professor of chemistry and physics. While there he taught hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students, including Albert Einstein. Bob’s scientific interests, especially in nuclear chemistry/spectroscopy, yielded countless professional articles and the discovery of 21 radioactive isotopes and 12 nuclear isomers.

In 1961 in Princeton’s University Chapel, Bob married Marina Turkevich, the daughter of Princeton chemistry professor, John Turkevich, and Ludmilla Turkevich, a Russian scholar who would become the first female faculty member to earn tenure at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Bob would leave New Jersey during summer breaks for Los Alamos National Lab. During sabbatical-year leaves, he researched mostly at European universities and institutes in Copenhagen, Geneva, and Munich. Twice, Bob was named the Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist and, in 1988, as visiting professor of physics at Munich’s Technical University. Bob was a member and later, fellow of many U.S. scientific societies.

In 1992, Bob retired with Marina to Norwich, Vermont. At Dartmouth College, Bob found stimulating scholars who honored him as an adjunct professor of chemistry, physics, and astronomy. In his precious down time, armed with a scientific “scribble pad” and pocket radios, Bob continued globetrotting. This creatively energetic pace kept Bob in fine health until midsummer.

Bob is survived by his wife Marina; daughter, Kristin of Boxford, Massachusetts; and son, Andrew with his wife, Liz of Vashon Island, Washington. Four grandchildren also survive.

A Requiem Service and Celebration of Robert Bruno Alexander Naumann’s life will be held privately. Memorial contributions would be welcomed at VT Foodbank, 33 Parker Road, Barre, Vermont 05641, www.vtfoodbank.org or at a charity of one’s choice.

Ricker Funeral Homes & Crematory of Lebanon, New Hampshire is in charge of final arrangements.


Teresa “Nan” Cupples

Peacefully with family, Teresa passed away late Friday night at the age of 85. She leaves behind a legacy of love and giving to others. Raised in Nanticoke, Pa. with her Polish immigrant parents, her sisters, and brothers, the family opened a tavern treasured by locals. In 1953 she met the love of her life, Bucky Cupples from Princeton, and soon after they married in 1955. Leaving Nanticoke behind, Teresa and Bucky started a family in Princeton, where they raised their daughters Tracey and Rebecca and later raised their grandsons Dan, Dylan, and Trevor.

Teresa loved to work and started her career early. Right after graduating high school, she worked for Western Union where she was responsible for sending information to national news outlets. Based on her outstanding work, she was asked by Western Union to transfer to a different area in North Jersey. Teresa’s heart was in Princeton so she decided to leave Western Union and find a new career working for the Borough of Princeton where she stayed for 29 years. She served several mayors, including Robert Cawley, Barbara Sigmund, and Marvin Reed. Working for the Borough she earned the nickname “Mother Teresa” because of her tireless efforts to indiscriminately help everyone she met. Teresa did not know the meaning of rest; during her free time she was a charter member with the Princeton Engine Co. #1 Ladies Auxiliary with over 50 years of service. Teresa also worked for the Mercer County Board of Elections as a District Worker serving Princeton in every election held in the past 40 years.

After retiring at the age of 71 from the Borough of Princeton and not feeling satisfied and wanting to give more, she decided to volunteer her time at the Princeton Hospital where she worked for 10 more years. She will be truly missed by all and her mark is indelible. Teresa is survived by her husband Bucky; grandchildren Dan (with wife Kristen), Dylan, Trevor, Andrew, Rebecca, and Oliver. Also, her great grandchildren Madison, Reese, Michael, Tracey, Helen and Joe Tomko, Barbara and David Voorhees, and Gertrude Cupples.

The funeral will be held 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery. A viewing will be held Wednesday December 17,  2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. and then again from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

After the funeral service, there will be a celebration of Teresa’s life at the Princeton Engine Co. #1 Firehouse. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be given to the “Princeton Engine Co. #1 Ladies Auxiliary.”


Obit Partyka 12-17-14John R. Partyka

John R. Partyka, 67, passed on December 15, 2014.

Born in Trenton on April 11, 1947, he was recently employed by A-1 Limousine where he was a favored driver. A licensed optician for many years, he learned his trade in the U.S. Army. He served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. He never failed to wear an American flag pin on his lapel.

He and his wife were avid skiers, hikers, kayakers, bird watchers, and RV travelers. Known as “J.R.” he pursued a talent as a ceramic artist. He became known as “Faux Picasso.” Many of his pieces were sold in and around the Princeton area.

A longtime member of the Trenton Country Club, he was a champion golfer and was proud of several holes in one.

J.R. is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Marie Kerlin, a sister Eleanor Szul, brother Ed Partyka and his wife June, brother Stanley and wife Mary Jo, brother Robert Partyka and wife Debbie, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Jean Partyka.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Trenton Country Club at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vietnam Veterans Association in his name.


Obit Grossman 12-17-14Allen Neil Grossman

Allen Neil Grossman, known since childhood as Skip, died on December 3, 2014 of a heart attack at his home in Poulsbo, Wash. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 14, 1946 to William and Shirley Grossman, he graduated from Kenmore West High School in Kenmore, N.Y., and recently attended his 50th high school reunion. He graduated from Princeton University in 1968 with a degree in history, and from Harvard Law School in 1971. Following law school he served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps for two years.

Skip worked for 10 years in private practice in Philadelphia, Pa. and Princeton before beginning a business career in electronic publishing. For 21 years he worked with Dow Jones & Company in several divisions including Factiva. His work, which was international in scope, focused on leading business development and licensing for information services. In 2003 he returned to private practice in Princeton with Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C., specializing in software licensing, elder law, and estate planning.

For ten years Skip served on the Princeton Board of Education, and he was an active member of the Rotary Club of Princeton and the Council of the Princeton University Community. An enthusiastic sports fan, Skip was a season ticket holder for Princeton football and a devoted fan of Princeton basketball, lacrosse, wrestling, and men’s and women’s soccer. He coached several youth teams for the Princeton Soccer Association, a community contribution that he found especially fulfilling.

Skip’s values of duty, service, integrity, and loyalty guided everything he did. His faith and heritage were important to him as was his patriotism, and he expressed these in a quiet, consistent manner. Personally and professionally Skip adhered to the very highest standards; he was honest and direct, but always filled with care and compassion for others. Once Skip committed to a job or a volunteer position he worked with uncompromising devotion. He was a stalwart friend and neighbor, a thoughtful community contributor, and a valued colleague. Above all else, he was devoted to his family, which he expressed through loving partnership and paternal pride.

After living in Princeton for more than 35 years, Skip and his wife Pam moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2011 to be near their son Steve and his young family.

Skip is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pam, of Poulsbo, Wash.; daughter, Betsy, of Norfolk, Va.; son, Steve, daughter-in-law, Amanda, and grandchildren James and Madeline, of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and sister, Barbara Grossman, of St. Paul, Minn..

Congregation Kol Shalom in Bainbridge Island, Wash. held a memorial service on December 5th. The family is planning a memorial in Princeton in the spring. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

December 10, 2014

obit Goldberger mugMarvin L. Goldberger

Marvin L. “Murph” Goldberger who served as the Institute for Advanced Study’s sixth director from 1987–1991, died on November 26, 2014 at the age of 92. A prominent physicist with a distinguished career in higher education, he was most recently a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. Before his directorship at the Institute, Goldberger served as president of the California Institute of Technology from 1978–1987.

During his tenure as director at the Institute, Goldberger created positive growth and change for the institution through faculty appointments and campus building projects, among other initiatives. Goldberger believed deeply in the Institute’s mission, and observed in 1990, “On balance, a modern-day Flexner, provided he or she were smart enough, wouldn’t go too far wrong to reinvent the Institute largely unchanged in overall form … a truly civilized society should be prepared to support the highest form of pure intellectual endeavor without regard for immediate practical applications.”

Edward Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, who was appointed to the Institute by Goldberger, noted, “Murph was an extremely eminent physicist who made celebrated contributions to pion physics, dispersion relations, and scattering theory. At a personal level, he was an important mentor to me. When I came to Princeton as a graduate student, his quantum mechanics course was one of the first courses I took, and I learned a lot from him through my graduate school days and afterwards. Murph was also highly distinguished as a national leader in science policy.”

Goldberger worked with the Schools to appoint two new faculty members in addition to Witten during his tenure: Frank Wilczek, now Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Oleg Grabar in the School of Historical Studies, who served from 1990 until his death in 2011. Additionally, to address space needs for the campus community, Goldberger commissioned César Pelli Architects to design a building to house the School of Mathematics, as well as a new auditorium for public lectures and concerts. These buildings, which opened in 1993 and are now known as Simonyi Hall and Wolfensohn Hall, are integral parts of the campus that foster collaboration and help make the Institute a uniquely productive intellectual environment.

Goldberger, born in 1922 in Chicago, earned his BS at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie Mellon University) and PhD from the University of Chicago. While serving in the Army shortly after graduation, he was assigned to the Manhattan Project, where he worked under renowned physicist Enrico Fermi from 1943-1945. Goldberger’s association with the Institute dates back to 1953, while he was on leave from the University of Chicago at Princeton University. He interacted regularly with Institute Director J. Robert Oppenheimer (1947–1966) and other physicists with whom he collaborated at the Institute, and eventually came (1966–1977) as a Member in the School of Natural Sciences. Throughout this time, Goldberger was a professor of physics at Princeton University from 1957–1978.

Goldberger helped guide U.S. science policy in the 1960s, and served as a member of the President’s Science Advisory Committee from 1965–1969 and was a consultant to the Department of Defense. A recipient of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, Goldberger was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Philosophical Society.

Goldberger was predeceased by his wife, Mildred Goldberger, in 2006. He is survived by his sons, Joel and Sam, and three granddaughters.

The Institute, founded in 1930, is a private, independent academic institution located in Princeton. Its more than 6,000 former Members hold positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. Thirty-three Nobel Laureates and 40 out of 56 Fields Medalists, as well as many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes, have been affiliated with the Institute.


Obit Gould 12-10-14Kenneth S. Gould

Kenneth S. Gould died at his home on December 8, 2014 in Princeton surrounded by his family. He was 87.

Survived and loved dearly by his wife, Audrey Gould; his children Ellen Gould Baber (partner Jeffrey Hoisington) and Georgeanne Gould Moss (son-in-law Peter Moss) of Princeton; his grandchildren Jessica Goodman, William Goodman, Andrew Moss, and Daniel Moss; his brother Robert Gould (wife Inge) of Sarasota, Fla. He was pre-deceased by his son-in-law Charlie Baber. In addition, he is mourned by innumerable friends, patients, and members of his extended family.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y. in 1927, he was the first son of Harry and Jean Gould. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. After graduating from Bronx Science, Ken joined the Navy during World War II. He served on the U.S.S. Frontier, a destroyer tender in San Diego. After the War, Ken attended New York University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1948, Phi Beta Kappa, and his medical degree in 1952, graduating as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He trained in pediatrics followed by a fellowship in hematology.

After practicing pediatrics for a number of years, he did his residency in adult and child psychiatry. He trained as a psychoanalyst, graduating from the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis. He began his association with Rutgers Medical School, now Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in 1970. He joined the faculty and rose to the rank of professor of clinical psychiatry. He also served as staff psychiatrist at the Princeton Medical Center; psychiatric consultant for the Adolescent Unit at the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital; monthly lecturer at the Carrier Foundation on Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School students; lecturer at the Princeton Adult School; and a consultant at the Princeton YWCA, giving a series of seminars on problems of the single mother.

His writings appeared in many professional publications.

Dr. Gould was a member of the Governor’s Committee on Children’s Services; counselor to the New Jersey Psychiatric Association; president of the New Jersey Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and president of the New Jersey Psychoanalytic Society. The recipient of many awards and honors, he was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of his outstanding service as a psychiatrist and teacher.

Ken enjoyed sports (especially hand ball, squash, and tennis), reading, music, movies, and science. He could frequently be found reading at the Princeton Public Library or Barnes & Noble. He was a member of the Old Guard.

Ken was generous in giving his time and talents to the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, including the endowment of the Gould Lecture Series in Molecular and Cellular Medicine.

He also endowed a lecture series at the Princeton Public Library on topics related to the brain and the mind. In addition, he sponsored a lecture series at Bellevue Medical School on advancements in pediatrics.

The funeral will be held 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Princeton Public Library and the Child Health Institute of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.



Zoila Adela Ruth Lima de Llort “Cuquita”, 88, of Hopewell, died November 27, 2014 in Princeton after a long illness. Born March 21, 1926 to the late Claudio Lima and Dolores Gonzalez in Cardenas, Cuba, she graduated from the Presbyterian school El Colegio la Progresiva with a concentration in marketing. During the 1950’s she ran a small sewing school where she taught the art of making patterns and constructing ladies’ clothing. In 1965, disappointed with the turn the Cuban revolution had taken, and in search of the freedom to worship without persecution and a more hopeful future for her children, she immigrated to the United States. She was deeply religious and throughout her life quietly, faithfully, and sacrificially contributed her talents to the service of others.

Zoila is survived by her brother, Claudio Lima of Houston, Tex.; her sister, Marta Hernandez of New Bern, N.C.; her son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Maureen Llort of Hopewell; six grandchildren: Daniel Wyatt of Grant’s Pass, Ore.; Ruth Llort Feinstein of Austin, Tex.; Jessica Wyatt Zero of Sao Paulo, Brasil; Erin Llort of Croughton, U.K.; Kenneth Llort of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Gabriela Wyatt-Llort of Berkeley, Calif.; and five great grandchildren: Clementine, Oscar, Asher, Be, and Ruben. She is preceded in death by her husband, Francisco Jose Llort, and her daughter, Ruth Llort Wyatt. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, December 27 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 3 East Broad Street, Hopewell, N.J. Memorial donations may be made to the Trenton Children’s Chorus, 471 Parkway Avenue, Trenton, N.J. 08618.


Nicolo Mauro

Nicolo Mauro, of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 28, 1922 in Sicily. A graduate of the police academy, he became a carabinieri stationed in the Alps.

At the conclusion of World War II, he came to the U.S. where he worked as a mason in New York City. His ancestors were all involved in stonework in Italy. Nicolo moved to Princeton, at the urging of his uncle, Henry Pirone, and worked for Matthews Construction while building his home on nights and weekends.

Nicolo fervently studied English and began doing small jobs and forming lasting relationships with architects and customers. He was a true Horatio Alger story. He went on to become a premier homebuilder and general contractor in the Princeton area. He was called the Professor of Masonry after being invited to Princeton University to give a seminar on masonry methods and materials.

Nicolo’s work ethic was well known to all that knew him. However, nothing was more important to him than family and living an honorable life. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by all those he touched in his life.

Mr. Mauro enjoyed small game hunting with his dogs, saltwater fishing, gardening, and playing cards with his friends. He was a longtime member of the Italian American Sportsmen’s Club and the Roma Eterna.

The son of the late Carmelo and Josephine Mauro, he was predeceased by his brothers, Salvatore, Domenico, and Giuseppe Mauro; and his sisters, Theresa Solazzo and Carmela Orlando. He was also predeceased by the love of his life and the mother of his children, Eugenia Licata Mauro who passed in 1995 and his second wife, Jenny D’Angelo.

Surviving are his son and business partner Carmelo Mauro and wife Rosemarie; daughter JoAnne DiMeglio and husband Nick; son Thomas Mauro; and former wife Elizabeth Gomez; five grandchildren, Nicholas Mauro and wife Isabel, Thomas Mauro, Angela Kriz and husband Matthew, Philip DiMeglio, Gina Ramos and husband Alex; three great grandsons, Dylan and Justin Kriz and Nick DiMeglio, brother Calogero Mauro and wife Antoinette, sister Josephine Ingrao; sisters-in-law Rosette Mauro and Nancy Romano and husband Vincent; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his dear friend Angela Giardina.

Services began on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J., followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. Nicolo will be entombed beside his beloved wife in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Hamilton, N.J.

Visiting hours were held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


Obit Lyness 12-10-14Paul Lyness

Paul Lyness, a longtime Princeton resident, died on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014. He was 96 years old.

Dr. Lyness headed his own company in marketing and advertising research, doing business in Europe and the United States. He specialized in measuring the effectiveness of advertising. He founded The Institute of Communications Research in New York City on behalf of one of his clients, The Interpublic Group of Companies. He also served on The Creative Plans Board of the McCann-Erickson Advertising Agency. Other clients included Coca Cola Export a corporation, AT&T, RCA, Allied Chemical Corporation, Standard Oil Company N.J., and The International Nickel Company. Dr. Lyness lectured and wrote extensively both here and abroad.

Born in 1918 in Kansas, Dr. Lyness was raised in Iowa and Wisconsin, where his father was a college professor. It was through this upbringing that Paul developed his great love of learning. He consequently earned his undergraduate (Class of 1939) and master’s degrees (1941) at the University of Chicago. He obtained his PhD at the University of Iowa in 1949.

Dr. Lyness was the beloved husband and endearing friend of Mary Lyness. They recently celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children and their spouses: Diana Amick (David), Elizabeth Anderson (Gregg), Paul Lyness Jr. (Jo), eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Before coming to Princeton, Dr. Lyness was a communications officer in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid in the Pacific Theater. Later, he served as flag lieutenant to Rear Admiral Thomas L. Sprague, also in the Pacific. He earned four battle stars, including the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and was decorated for Military Merit.

Dr. Lyness’ interests ranged from music and theater to books and travel. He and his wife were avid supporters of music and theater. They missed few London Theater seasons. Their cultural interests took them all around the world. The uniqueness and beauty of Switzerland appealed to them so much that they built a home in 1970 and spent the next 40 summers there.

In Princeton, Dr. Lyness was a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church. For some years, he served as trustee for the George H. Gallup International Institute. He was also a member of the Historical Society of Princeton, the Market Research Council and the University Club in New York, the Princeton Officers’ Society, and the American Association for Public Opinion and Research N.J. His membership at the Nassau Club, however, and his friendships with the men at the Saturday Group was among his most treasured relationships.

Services and internment will be held privately.


Zelda Weisfeld Shuwall

Zelda Weisfeld Shuwall, born July 4, 1920 to the late Herman and Sophie Weisfeld, passed away on Sunday, December 7 2014. Until she moved to Princeton Zelda was a resident of Atlantic City and Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, she proudly attended the Bernie School and continued to recognize schoolmates from the 1920’s well into the 1980’s as they strolled her beloved Atlantic City boardwalk.

Zelda loved and embraced life. She traveled extensively, went to museums, concerts, and theater. She faced her battle with Alzheimer’s with the same incredible energy, humor, and perseverance she did the rest of her life.

She studied art and enjoyed cooking. She was a fabulous hostess throwing unique parties at every opportunity. Her paintings and collages won her much praise and gave her great satisfaction. She was an avid reader and a gifted poet.

Wherever she went, whether it was shopping at the mall or working in the gift department of Lord & Taylor she greeted everyone with a smile and befriended them all.

Her joy of living will be missed by her many friends and acquaintances.

Married for over 50 years to the late David Shuwall, she is survived by her daughter, Melissa Cookman of Hopewell; her son Stuart Teacher and his wife, Janet Bukovinsky of New Hope. Also surviving her are her brother, Burton Weisfeld; grandchildren Rhyder Cookman and Bailey Cookman; Matthew Teacher, his wife, Katie; Rachael Teacher and great-grandson, Noah Saline. She is preceded in death by her son, Larry Teacher of Philadelphia.

Service will be private. Arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing, N.J.

December 3, 2014

Obit Lidz 12-3-14Richard Ira Lidz

Richard Ira Lidz passed away quietly at his home in Princeton Junction on November 17, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 81 years old.

Born August 22, 1933, the son of the late Samuel Lidz and Adelaide Baruth Lidz, and the younger brother of the late Dr. Doris Lidz Hirsch, Richard grew up in the town of Lawrence, Long Island.

He was a graduate of The Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York, where he developed a passion for lacrosse, which remained with him all his life. Richard was also a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. While at Hopkins, he became an editor of various publications including the school paper, setting the stage for a life in books and publishing. He also formed a “Gourmet Club” with a group of college peers that continues to meet regularly for fine food and conversation, and whose table will be a bit less animated in his absence.

In Baltimore he met and married Clara Gray, then a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital where his sister Doris was in school. The marriage ended in divorce some years later, but brought three wonderful children into the world.

Following college, Richard joined the Maryland Plastics division of the family business, Lidz Brothers, on the eastern shore of Maryland. He then joined the Swiss firm, Mettler Instruments and relocated to Princeton. In time, he felt the need to strike out on his own and pursue his passion for work in books and publishing and formed the Visual Education Corporation. Vis-Ed, as it came to be called, created multi-media education materials and textbooks, and over the years grew from a small store-front operation on Nassau Street to a multi-million dollar firm with over 100 employees. After more than 30 years in operation, he sold the business to McGraw-Hill.

Richard also had a great passion for history. His own book, Many Kinds Of Courage: An Oral History of World War II, was published by Putnam in 1980.

At age 52 he married Celia Ussak and began to enjoy a life of travel, art collecting, and increasing engagement in philanthropic causes for which he had a unique passion. He served on the Board of the Darrow School, as well as the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Library. His interest in opera led him to a Board position with the Princeton Opera Festival. In all his philanthropic efforts he was well served by his experience as a successful entrepreneur, often serving as treasurer and a voice for responsible management in the face of difficult decisions.

Richard and Celia travelled extensively throughout the world, enjoying unique experiences and dining in every country and continent they visited. Much of his retirement was spent planning trips, taking trips, and cataloging photos taken on their trips. They also developed an extensive and unique collection of art of the American Indians, enjoying visits to working artisans from New Mexico to Alaska.

Survived by his wife Celia, his sons Douglas Lidz (Jane Brown); David Gray (Kyra Gray); and Stephen Lidz (Christine Anderson). Adoring grandfather of Anderson, Samantha, Joseph, Ariadne, and Cameron. In keeping with Jewish tradition services were held shortly after his passing. Plans for an unveiling and memorial service are being prepared for the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Richard’s name to the Lidz Family Fund of the Johns Hopkins University Library, or to the local food-bank of your choice.


Merrye Hudis-Shavel

Merrye Hudis-Shavel passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 27, 2014 after a long battle against cancer, at her residence, with her family at her side. Born May 21, 1957 in Rockville Center, N.Y. Daughter of the late Gloria Shavel. Beloved wife of Stephen. Devoted mother of Loel and Suzanne. Cherished daughter of Matthew and Hedy Shavel. Dear sister of Jon and wife Ruth Shavel, Doug and wife Marcie Shavel. Stepsister of Ronnie Shepard, Michael and wife Lauren Shepard. Also survived by sisters-in-law Iris Hudis, Penny Hudis, and husband Ira Fink; nieces and nephews Joseph, Gabriella, Aaron, Jacob, Marissa, Julia, Julianne, and Devon.

Graduated George Washington University with a degree in Urban Planning, and a graduate degree in landscape design. Her passion in life was her family, but she loved her friends, book club, travelling, food, and clothes.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 30 at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street in Princeton. The family respectfully requests memorial contributions to the FIDF (Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces) or the United Jewish Federation of Mercer-Bucks Women’s Division.

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


Obit Drewry 12-3-14Henry N. Drewry

Henry N. Drewry, 90, died peacefully at his home at Stonebridge at Montgomery, Skillman, New Jersey, on November 21, 2014 with his wife at his side.

A pioneering black educator and long-time Princeton resident, Henry Drewry taught history at Princeton High School for 14 years, becoming the social studies department chair for the last six years. At the time he was hired, Drewry was the high school’s only black teacher. In 1968, he was appointed Princeton University’s first director of the newly-established Teacher Preparation Program, serving in that position and on the faculty as lecturer in history for the next 20 years. Upon his retirement from Princeton University in 1988, Drewry became associate program officer and senior advisor at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where he co-founded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program (MMUF) with Mellon Foundation President, William G. Bowen. Through this program, the foundation sought to promote greater diversity on the faculties of U.S. colleges and universities and in 2005, celebrated the first 100 program participants to complete their PhDs. A garden in the foundation’s headquarters at 140 East 62nd Street is designated “The Drewry Garden” in honor of MMUF and Drewry as founding director.

During Drewry’s time at Princeton High School, he received a John Hay Fellowship for a year of study at Yale University, and a Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award from Harvard University in 1964. He was an active participant in the Princeton Association for Human Rights (PAHR), Chair of the College Entrance Exam Board’s U.S. History and Social Studies Test Committee, and Chair of the New Jersey Historical Commission for five years. He served as trustee on numerous school and college boards, including on the board of the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts; The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York; and Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. He was a founding trustee of Mercer County Community College in Mercer County, New Jersey.

Drewry co-authored seven books concerned with history, education, and race, among them: America Is: A Modern History of the United States (with Frank Freidel), D. C. Heath and Co., 1970, a best-selling high school textbook; and Stand and Prosper: Private Black Colleges and Their Students (with Humphrey Doermann), Princeton University Press, 2001.

Drewry was born in Topeka, Kansas on February 8, 1924 to Bessie Boyd Drewry, an elementary school teacher, and Leonard Emmett Drewry, professor of education at Talladega College, in Talladega, Alabama. His parents met while students at Oberlin College in Ohio. After Henry’s father died in 1928, his mother moved her two sons and two daughters to her family home in Selma, Alabama, where Henry spent his childhood years, and in 1940 entered Talladega College. Drafted into the military in 1943, Drewry served three years in the U.S. and the China, Burma, India Theater, returning to Talladega on the GI Bill to complete his degree, graduating in 1948. After receiving an MA degree in history from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1949, Drewry taught at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College, then moved to New Jersey to seek a secondary school position teaching history, which he found at Princeton High School in 1954.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Liberson-Drewry; nephew Leonard Drewry, of Trenton, New Jersey; grandnephews Tyler Drewry, also of Trenton, and Leonard Harmon, of Bothell, Washington; and great-grandnephew Katrell Harmon, also of Bothell.

A memorial gathering will be held in the new year, date to be announced.

Donations in Henry Drewry’s memory can be made to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) at 1805 7th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 2001; the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) at 40 Rector Street, 5th floor, N.Y., N.Y. 10006; and Talladega College, 627 West Battle Street, Talladega, AL 35160.

November 26, 2014

Olivia Lewis Thomas Chappell

Obit Chappell 11-26-14Olivia Lewis (Kloman) Thomas Chappell of Hopewell, New Jersey and Tenant’s Harbor Maine, 80, died at 12:50 a.m. on Sunday November 16, 2014 at University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, New Jersey. “Cis”, as she was known to one and all, the daughter of the late Very Rev. E. Felix Kloman and Olivia Rogers Pragoff Kloman was born August 30, 1934 in New York City, New York. She attended Springside School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating from the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C. in 1952. She attended Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

She is survived by sons Edward (“Tad”) Thomas of Washington D.C.; Christopher M. Thomas (“Kip” married to Evan) of Ringoes, New Jersey; Stephen L. Thomas (“Tebo”) of Hopewell New Jersey; daughters Elizabeth R. (“Lissa” wife of John Hastings) of Tuscon Arizona, Olivia T. (“Tucker”) Thomas, Hilleary T. Thomas of Hopewell, New Jersey; husband Hayward Chappell; brothers Henry Felix Kloman (Ann) of Lyme Connecticut, Christopher Rogers Kloman (Pamela) of Virginia; sister Eleanor Trapnell Kloman Wallace of Fort Wayne, Indiana; grandson Hunter A. Hastings; granddaughters Annabel M. Thomas and Elizabeth J. Thomas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cis led a joyful life helping to birth babies, substitute teaching, working as a real estate agent in New Jersey, and, above all, generously helping friends in need of assistance, with her presence and unfailing good humor. She was a co-founder of Concord Hill School. She served on the Board of The Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation and volunteered and raised funds for the Frontier Nursing Service in Wendover, Ky. She was also a member of the Junior League in Washington D.C.

She found solace and delight in her home in Tenant’s Harbor, Maine which, she wrote, was her open-house sanctuary and community center, where she along with her beloved dog Gracie was “Gonna sleep with the stars, and a slice of the moon hanging right above my bed. Gonna dream not of things that I’ve left behind but of those I found instead.” (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton N.J. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Frontier Nursing Service, 132 FNS Drive, Wendover, Kentucky 41775 and/or to The Concord Hill School, 6050 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, Md. 20815.


Anne Martinson

Obit Martinson 11-26-14Anne (“Nancy”) Martinson died peacefully at her residence at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, N.J. on Monday, November 17, 2014 surrounded by her children. She was 93 years old and had been a resident of Princeton for 56 of those years.

Nancy was born Anne Marston Driscoll in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1921, although all of her acquaintances for most of her life knew her as Nancy. She moved as a child to Nutley, N.J. with her family and attended local schools there before joining the ranks of the all-women Douglass College, now a division of Rutgers University. After deciding during her first year at Douglass to pursue a teaching career, Nancy transferred to Columbia University Teachers College, graduating with the Class of 1943.

In high school Nancy met and later married Carl Edward Martinson only shortly before he was placed on Army active duty during World War II. Like many couples, they were separated for two years during the war while Carl was stationed in London. Within months of the war’s end, Nancy joined Carl in London where he was assigned to the Office of the Military Attaché there. Although the devastation of war-torn London made life difficult, Nancy talked of this experience with warm memories. Her first son, Peter, was born there, the first post-war baby born to an American serviceman on British soil.

After returning to the United States in 1947, the couple and their growing family — including Charles and Joanna, born in Chicago, and Richard, born in Washington, D.C. — eventually settled in Princeton in 1958.

Nancy began teaching in the Princeton Regional School System almost immediately on arriving in Princeton, first at Johnson Park School and later at Riverside School. She remained an elementary school teacher in the district for 27 years, retiring in 1985. Her former students frequently returned to her classroom to visit as older adolescents or young adults.

After her retirement, Nancy could be seen almost daily strolling from her home on Jefferson Road to the new Princeton Public Library to borrow or return books. An avid reader, her lifelong love of books was equaled only by her enthusiasm for contract bridge — with a longstanding group of women friends — and cultivating her garden. Nancy also served on the volunteer staff at the Princeton Medical Center, stationed at the patient information desk. Just before moving to Stonebridge in 2004, Nancy’s service longevity of 5500 hours over 10 years was recognized at a hospital awards ceremony.

Nancy lived alone following her husband Carl’s untimely death of cancer in 1979, after 35 years of marriage. Nancy was not lonely, however; her children, living locally or not so far removed, often came to visit her with an ever-growing number of grandchildren. Tragically, her oldest son Peter died in 2010, after a lingering battle with leukemia.

Predeceased by her loving husband, Carl, her devoted son Peter, and two older sisters, Doris Whitcomb and June Roberts, Nancy is survived by her three remaining children, Charles, of Princeton; Joanna Jacobs, of Swarthmore, Pa.; and Richard, of Westfield, N.J.; 11 grandchildren and one great grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. She was laid to rest beside her husband in Princeton Cemetery following the mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be made to the Stonebridge Employee Appreciation Fund, Business Office, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, N.J. 08558.

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James E. Doyle

Obit Doyle 11-26-14James Edward Doyle of Princeton, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 22, 2014. He was 83.

Jim was born in Binghamton, New York on August 19, 1931. He was the first child of James and Veronica Doyle. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1953 and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in California and Japan.

In 1959, Jim married Ann Caroline (Nancy) Gorman of Binghamton, New York and together they raised five children. He enjoyed a long active career in banking that moved the family from Philadelphia to Wilmington, Delaware and finally to Princeton where he was the Senior Vice President of the Trust Department at the First National Bank of Princeton. He retired from Schroeders Bank, New York City in 1996.

Jim enjoyed spending time with friends and colleagues at The Nassau Club, The Rotary Club, and the Wilmington Club. Giving back to his community was a priority and Jim successfully nurtured this in his children. He served on many boards including Stuart Country Day School, The American Boychoir School, and the Princeton YMCA. An avid reader, gardener, and lover of nature and music, he delighted in sharing these passions with others.

Jim was married for 37 years to his loving wife Nancy who pre-deceased him in 1995.

Jim is survived by his five children and their spouses, Jim and Josie Doyle of South Orange, New Jersey; Kathleen and Ray Jones of Sausalito, California; Ellen and Chuck Mosher of Old Greenwich, Connecticut; Molly Doyle and Vik Narasimhan of Newton, Massachusetts; Philip and Suzi Doyle of Dublin, Ireland; as well as nine grandchildren and his sister Mary Hovanec of Towson, Maryland.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road in Princeton, New Jersey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (www.stuartschool.org/giving) or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org/research).

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November 19, 2014

Kenneth John Arnott

Kenneth John Arnott entered into the loving arms of our Lord on November 12, 2014 at Independence Manor in Flemington, N.J. He was 98-years-old. Born in Plainfield, N.J. he moved to Virginia at the age of six months and then to Princeton at the age of 13. He was the younger son of John and Flora May Arnott. At his death, his wife Beverly (nee Stratton) of 59 years and daughter Kimberly were by his side.

He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Ann Arnott of Princeton and Kimberly Ann and Michael Wolfe of Annandale N.J.; two granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Maxwell of Philipsburg, N.J.; and her three children Lola Coleman and twins Stella and Sebastian Coleman and their father Maurice Coleman; his granddaughter Vanessa Marie McKellar and her unborn daughter; Imani Breland and her father Maurice Breland; and nephew Winfield Scott Arnott II and his wife Mary Arnott.

Kenneth is predeceased by a son, Mark Kenneth Arnott; a brother Winfield Scott Arnott; and a nephew John Douglass Arnott. Kenneth attended the Friends School in his formative years.

He entered the United States Army on April 10, 1942 and served in World War II as a radar operator and Technician Fifth Grade. He fought in battles and campaigns in Central Europe, Northern France, Rhineland, Southern France, and Rome-Arno. He was honorably discharged on November 20, 1945 and received the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, and American Service Medal.

He owned and operated the Princeton Pet Shop and made frequent trips to Central and South America to capture wild animals for the pet trade and to establish captive breeding programs in zoos. Simultaneously he worked for the Princeton University Biology Department. He also worked in the research department of the New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Institute for two years before becoming a lab technician at Ethicon Research Foundation, Johnson and Johnson. He retired in 1981.

Kenneth was a lover of painting in oils, the beauty of nature, and had boundless knowledge of animals and their behaviors. He had many friends who considered him to be a true gentleman. He is loved and missed by us all and was truly a very special man.

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


Eric Reichl

Eric Herbert Reichl was born December 3, 1913 in Vienna on the eve of the First World War, the only child of Fritz and Ella Reichl.

Eric grew up in Vienna, Austria with his parents, graduating from high school and eventually the Technische Unversität Wien in 1936 with a degree in chemical engineering. His spare time found him in his beloved mountains — climbing, skiing, and hunting. Upon graduation, he worked for an engineering firm that specialized in what was to become a life-long pursuit, the gasification of coal. Eric immigrated to the United States in 1938, landing roles over a 50-year career with Babcock & Wilcox, Winkler-Koch, Standard Oil, Consolidation Coal, and finally Continental Oil Company (now DuPont) where Eric retired in 1979. His professional memberships, associations, and board roles, too numerous to list completely include The National Academy of Engineering, Department of Energy/Research Advisory Board, National Petroleum Council Energy Study, Oak Ridge National Laboratory: UCC Management Advisory Council, Synthetic Fuels Corporation, Radian Corporation, Coal Conversion Panel Chairman/National Academy Energy Study.

Eric’s unique combination of skills found him awarded the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy during World War II, placed dangerously just behind the advancing front in the European theater. His efforts to evaluate German progress toward the conversion of coal to synthetic fuels were an area vital to the Allied war effort.

Eric married Eva Neuman de Vegvar in 1939, she a 21-year-old émigré from Vienna, moving to Wichita, Kansas. Their first daughter Lynn was born in 1941; their second daughter, Helen, was born in 1943. His celebrated professional path took his family to New Jersey, Massachusetts, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, California, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

Eric moved to Princeton in 1985 where he continued consulting. Never far from a good book, he honed his ability to find the best restaurant in whatever city in the world he found himself. He traveled extensively in Europe and the U.S.

After 59 years of marriage Eva died in 1998. Eric married Frances Hofmann in 1999. Together they explored Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, England, and the many homes of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

At his 100th birthday in Princeton in 2013, Eric’s distinctive curmudgeonly charm was in full display as he riveted the audience with a six-minute account of the Twentieth Century. He died peacefully in his home on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Eric is survived by his wife of 15 years, Frances Reichl; his two daughters Lynn Weyand and Helen Gilbert; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two African Grey parrots.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Princeton Friends Meeting House. In lieu of flowers contributions in memoriam can be made to Doctors Without Borders.


Obit Woodruff 11-19-14John Wright Woodruff

John Wright Woodruff died peacefully in his sleep in the company of his family Sunday morning at his home in Washington Crossing, Pa.

A descendant of an old New Jersey family, he was born in Trenton in 1930. He was a graduate of Fisk School, Junior Three, and Trenton High School. A member of the Old Guard, he was a graduate of Rutgers University, Class of 1952. He was a longtime season ticket holder and a loyal supporter of the
Rutgers Football Team.

A devotee of American history, he was a member of the Sons of the Revolution and the Society of the Colonial War. His great-great grandfather George W. Woodruff was appointed Attorney General for the Georgia District by John Adams, second president of the United States. The attorney general summered at his home “Oakland” in West Trenton, now the home of the Trenton Country Club.

Mr. Woodruff graduated from the U.S. Naval School Officer Candidate College in Newport, R.I. and served during the Korean War as a Lieutenant aboard the minesweeper, USS Revenge.

After beginning his business career with the Burroughs Corporation, Mr. Woodruff moved to Berwyn, Pa. where he joined Wyeth-Ayerst International Inc. and served as vice president of international relations.

Mr. Woodruff was a man of many interests and talents. An avid collector of antiques, he prided himself on his family’s collection of clocks and American furniture from Philadelphia. He spent many happy hours in his garden and was considered something of an expert on English boxwoods, holly, and azaleas. He was a regular Pied Piper for his 20 grandchildren and loved sharing knowledge of birds, fishing, and introducing them to the joys of poetry. He enjoyed spending his summers in Avalon, N.J. … “at the shore.” And after his retirement in 1995, he began to escape the cold winters by heading south to Jupiter, Fla.

Pre-deceased by his parents, Marion and George E. Woodruff and his brother George H. Woodruff; he was also pre-deceased in 1987, by his first wife Margaret Hoff Woodruff. He is survived by his present wife, Linda Hoff Woodruff; a sister, Betsy Brewster and her husband Jim; daughter, Susan Howard, her husband Matt and their three children, Grace, Lilly and Liam; four sons, John H., his wife Stacey and daughter Samantha; William H., his wife Stephanie and their three children Natalie, Will, and Peter; Tom W., his wife Lisa and their children, Katherine and Jack; and Robert H., and his dog Bo. Four stepchildren Courtney White, her husband George and sons Reed and Charlie; Harper Collins her husband Dan and sons, Hutch, Jack and Ford; John F. Hoff his wife Heather and their four children, Margaret, Elizabeth, John, and William; William C. Hoff, his wife Amy and their daughters, Chloe and Hannah. In addition, Mr. Woodruff was uncle to a drove of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Woodruff was also a member of various organizations and clubs, including Newtown Presbyterian Church, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Trenton Country Club, and Nassau Club in Princeton.

Services were held at Newtown Presbyterian Church on November 14 at 11 a.m. A calling hour was held before the service at 10 a.m. in the church reception rooms.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Parkinson Alliance in Kingston, N.J.


Obit Johnson 11-19-14Jamesena Lois Johnson

Jamesena Lois Johnson, or “Jimmy” as she was affectionately known, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at home, with her family by her side.

A life-long Princetonian, she was born on November 26, 1940, to the late James L. Dugger and Lois Stockett-Dugger. She was one of two daughters.

Jimmy attended the Witherspoon School (for colored children), The Bordentown School for Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth, and Princeton High School.

Jimmy met and married the late Donald A. Johnson, Sr. Through this union, three children were born: Debra A. Johnson-Wilson, Donald A. Johnson, Jr., and DeAndrea A. Johnson-Hall.

She worked at Princeton Day School, and then Merrill Lynch, in West Windsor, in the late 80s and early 90s where she quickly became manager of one of its many cafeterias. After retiring, she felt the need to do more and went back to work part-time with Princeton Public Schools as a cafeteria aide, until she was no longer able.

Preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Donald A. Johnson, Sr., and parents James and Lois Dugger, her memory will be celebrated and remembered by her children Debra Wilson, Donald Jr., and DeAndrea Hall; two devoted sons-in-law, Richard Wilson, Sr. and Wade Hall, Jr. all of Princeton. Grandchildren Ayisha Johnson, of Atlanta, Ga.; Donisse Kelton (Donny) of Somerset, N.J.; Ricara Wilson, Richard Wilson, Jr.; Skylar J. Hall, and Jaden Hall all of Princeton. Great-grandchildren Amaia Willis, Dallas; Donni Nicole, and Dallen Kelton. Jimmy also leaves one sister, Beverly Phox of Princeton; brothers-in-law Marvin Trotman, Sr. (Martha) of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Roscoe Trotman (Joann) of Mint Hill, N.C. A sister-in-law, Joyce Trotman — Jordan (Kevin) of Trenton. Her Goddaughter Lia Moore-Brim of Atlanta, Ga.; and Godson Eric McEwen of Princeton. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at noon, at The First Baptist Church of Princeton. Calling hours were at 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment was private. Reverend Carlton E. Branscomb Pastor officiated. Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home of Trenton.


Obit Meigs 11-19-14A. James Meigs

A. James Meigs, 93, of Princeton, died November 17, peacefully at home.

A leading economist of the monetarist school, he was also an avid scuba diver, fly fisherman, world traveler, and a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Born in Balboa, Panama, to Alexander Edgar and Della Welch Meigs, he grew up in the colony of U.S. workers who operated the Panama Canal. He graduated from Balboa High School and Panama Canal Zone Junior College.

At age 18, he went to work in the canal’s mechanical division machine shop as an apprentice machinist, learning to craft the parts needed to repair passing ships and keep the canal’s equipment running. By age 21, he had earned the rank of journeyman machinist. In a long life of many accomplishments, that was one of his most treasured. For the rest of his life, he would talk about how much he respected the older master craftsmen — those “good mechanics” — who taught him the importance of hard work and craftsmanship.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps, where his mechanical skills were highly valued. After the war, at the urging of his high school librarian, he applied to Harvard University and matriculated with the class of 1948. Harvard expanded his world dramatically: he saw snow for the first time and discovered the field of economics.

Economics brought him to the University of Chicago, where he earned his MA and PhD degrees, studying under iconoclastic economist Milton Friedman, who became a mentor and lifelong friend. In Chicago, he also met a young Wellesley graduate named Grace Lester Cobb. They were married in 1950 and would have four children. Life in the Meigs family involved deep intellectual curiosity, passionate dinner-table conversations, adventurous road trips, and abundant love.

His early career included a teaching position at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a stint at the Saint Louis, Mo., branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1961, his work took the Meigs family east. From their home in his beloved Princeton, he commuted to work in New York City, where he held positions in the economics departments at the New York Stock Exchange, First National City Bank (later Citbank), and Argus Research.

In 1975, he joined the faculty of Claremont Men’s College (today, Claremont McKenna College), holding an endowed chair in economics. While there he founded the Claremont Economics Institute, a forecasting group that advised the Reagan White House. In 1981 he joined California’s First Interstate Bank (today Wells Fargo) as chief economist.

Throughout his career, he advocated for free markets and advanced the monetarist theory of economics. He was a longtime member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Shadow Open Market Committee, the Downtown Economists Club, and other groups dedicated to sound economic policy. He published two books, Free Reserves and the Money Supply (1962) and Money Matters (1972), as well as numerous papers.

He was a loyal parishioner at Princeton’s All Saints Church, where he served in numerous lay roles over the years. He was also a longtime member of the Harvard Club and an active
participant in the Forum, a discussion group at Princeton Windrows, where he lived.

He is survived by his wife, Lester; his children Margaret, Susan, James, and Barbara, and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved younger sister, Margaret Meigs Molloy.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2 p.m., at All Saints Church, in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be given to All Saints Church or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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


Obit Westoff 11-19-14Leslie Aldridge Westoff

Leslie Aldridge Westoff died on November 9, 2014 at home in Palm Beach, Florida, after several years with Parkinson’s disease. She was born in Manhattan and educated at Duke and at the University of Arizona as well as in Paris and Zurich. Married to John W. Aldridge, a noted literary critic, she first lived in Princeton in the mid-1950s when he was the writer-in-residence at the university. After years abroad, they went to the University of Michigan in 1964 where he was on the faculty. In 1968 they divorced and she returned to New York and in the following year back to Princeton where she married Charles Westoff, a long-time professor of demography and sociology at Princeton University. In 1999, she moved to Palm Beach.

She was a prolific writer of non-fiction. Over the years she published four books including Corporate Romance, 1985; Breaking Out of the Middle Age Trap, 1980; The Second Time Around, 1978; and From Now to Zero, 1971, the latter with her husband Charles Westoff on population growth in the U.S. She published over 200 articles in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Princeton Alumni Weekly, and various Palm Beach newspapers and numerous national magazines. Many of these articles reflected her warmth, her sense of adventure, and her love of international travel. She is survived by her only son Geoffrey Aldridge of Palm Beach and a grandson Nicholas Aldridge of West Hartford, Connecticut.


Donald R. McCauley

Donald R. “Don” McCauley, 81, of Franklin Park, N.J., entered into eternal rest on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Born in Hackensack, he moved to Franklin Park over 30 years ago.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force.

Don retired as a teacher from the Bridgewater School System. He was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Church and its choir and VFW Post 9111, Men’s Auxiliary, Kendall Park.

Predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Lucy McCauley, on September 5, 2013, he is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may gather at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542 on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Funeral services will begin on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 45 Henderson Road, Kendall Park, N.J., followed by entombment at Holy Cross Burial Park, Cranbury Road, Jamesburg, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.


November 12, 2014

Margaretta Rodgers Cowenhoven

Margaretta Rodgers Cowenhoven of Chestertown, Md., died on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Heron Point. She was 102.

Born on October 21, 1912 in New Brunswick, she was the daughter of Charles T. and Emily Rodgers Cowenhoven. Ms. Cowenhoven was a lifelong resident of Princeton. She graduated from Miss Fines School in 1930 and from Wellesley College in 1934. In 1942, she entered the Navy as a midshipman and was promoted to Lt. Commander in Navy Supply Corp at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Ms. Cowenhoven was employed as personal secretary to the CEO and founder of Johnson and Johnson. She was also employed by Princeton University as assistant to the Secretary of the University where she was the highest-ranking female employee. Ms. Cowenhoven retired in 1975 and moved to Heron Point in Chestertown in 1991 with her sister, Mary Coyle, who predeceased her in 2008.

Ms. Cowenhaven was related to both Dan Coyle and Donald Stuart, founders of the Town Topics Newspaper of Princeton in 1946.

She was an avid birder and an accomplished bridge player.

Ms. Cowenhoven is survived by four nieces, Georgiana Evans of Centreville, Md., Margaretta Kildebeck of San Francisco Calif., Margaret Cowenhoven of Waltham, Mass., and Emily Searle of Newburyport, Maine; nephews Charles Stuart of Nobleboro, Maine, Nicholas Cowenhoven of York, Maine, and Andrew Cowenhoven of Concord, N.H.; and numerous great nephews and nieces and great-great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Heron Point — Wesley Hall 501 E. Campus Ave. Chestertown, Md.

Arrangements by: Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, Md. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.


Jude T. Rich

Jude T. Rich, former president and CEO of the Princeton management consulting firm Sibson & Company, passed away in his home on November 6, 2014 after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 71.

In the 1980’s, when the issue of runaway executive pay emerged, Mr. Rich called for closer alignment between compensation and financial performance. He was a pioneer in developing stock option-based incentive plans for corporate leaders and consulted for most companies in the Fortune 100. Over the course of his career, Mr. Rich authored more than 45 business articles, spoke at nearly 200 conferences and appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts.

Prior to joining Sibson, Mr. Rich was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led the human resource management practice. Previously, he held various positions at Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, and RCA. He obtained his Master of business administration and Bachelor in economics from Rutgers University.

Mr. Rich found time in his busy schedule to volunteer with Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, The Conference Board, SCORE, Junior Chamber of Commerce, and Stuart Country Day School. He served as president of Rosedale Acres and Gramercy Tower Homeowners Associations and coached youth basketball and soccer.

While proud of his contributions to business and his community, Mr. Rich always considered his family to be his greatest legacy. His adoration, respect, and love for Mary, his wife of nearly 40 years, inspired all those who had the chance to see them together.

In addition to his dedicated wife, Mr. Rich leaves behind five children, Denise Rich, Jude Rich, Jr., Dina Lemmond, Victoria Rich Glass, and Jessica Horton; four sons-in-law, Scott Finkernagel, G. Chris Lemmond, Mark Glass, and Robert Horton; daughter-in-law, Francine Poppo Rich; sister, Marie Chandler; brother, Gerald Rich; eight grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for friends and family was held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home at 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, on November 9, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo, 47 Skillman Road, Skillman at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in the hopes that Mr. Rich’s children and grandchildren will know a world without this devastating disease.


Obit Williams 11-12-14Gareth Pierce Williams

Gareth Pierce Williams died on November 5, 2014 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

He was born on October 16, 1939 in Penrhynside, Wales, to Thomas and Myfanwy Williams. From childhood he excelled in mathematics, in which he earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Wales at Bangor. In 1964 he married Janet Harding, whom he had met while she was vacationing near his seaside village. A keen bicyclist, he once rode 100 miles to visit her at her home in England. After a honeymoon in Corsica, they crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary for Gareth to take up a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Government’s new Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Washington, D.C. Very quickly he was offered a permanent position and moved with the lab to Princeton in 1968.

In the course of his 40 years at GFDL, he distinguished himself as a leading expert on the mathematical modeling of atmospheric systems, especially in groundbreaking work on Jupiter and Earth’s jet stream. He published dozens of articles in the flagship journals of his field, was elected a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and in 1989, was invited on a lecture tour of Japan. He also served as a consultant to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on its Pioneer and Voyager missions.

His greatest love was for his family: his wife Janet, with whom he has recently celebrated their 50th anniversary; his sons Kieran and Kirk, their wives Laura and Kristine; and grandsons David, Philip, and Hagan. Even after becoming a U.S. citizen, Gareth remained deeply attached to his Welsh roots and his native Welsh language, and passed to his sons his passion for walking the Welsh hills. A devoted listener of classic music, he and Janet were season ticketholders at McCarter Theatre’s music series for 40 years.

A memorial gathering was held on November 11, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to support Parkinson’s by visiting www.apadparkinson.org or www.lightofday.org or www.michaeljfox.org.