Richard H. Ullman
Richard H. Ullman died on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Park Place Center acute care facility in Monmouth Junction, ending a 20-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He had lived in Princeton since 1965, retiring from Princeton University as the David K. E. Bruce Professor Emeritus of International Affairs in 2002.
Richard was born in 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Frances Oppenheimer Ullman and Jerome Ullman. His father died when he was 11, and he and his mother and sister moved back to her home in San Antonio, Texas. His Texas ancestors were two German-Jewish families, the Kempners of Galveston, and the Oppenheimers of San Antonio, who had settled in Texas in the mid-19th century.
Richard’s undergraduate degree was from Harvard, where he served as editorial page editor of The Harvard Crimson. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1955 and went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford, influenced by the work and friendship of George Kennan, he pursued a DPhil degree, writing a thesis that ultimately became a 3-volume study, Anglo-Soviet Relations, l917-1971. At Oxford, he met and married his first wife, Yoma Crosfield. They had two daughters, Claire and Jennifer.
In 1960 Richard returned to Harvard to teach government and public administration. He was recruited to Princeton University and the Woodrow Wilson School in 1965 as professor of politics and international affairs. Throughout his career, he blended scholarship and teaching with active participation in world affairs, serving as a staff member on the National Security Council (1967), member of the Policy Planning Staff of the department of defense (1967-68), member of the Policy Planning Staff and director of the Kosovo history project in the department of state (1999-2000).
His career also included a long relationship with the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was director of studies and director of the 1980s project (1973-79). He served on the New York Times Editorial Board in 1977-78 and as Editor of Foreign Policy (1978-1980).
In 1983 he married Gail Filion, then social science editor at Princeton University Press. With her, he returned to Oxford in 1991-92 as George Eastman Visiting Professor.
Dick’s friendships with many of his students persisted throughout his life. Through them, he felt, he made his most lasting contribution to the scholarship and practice of politics and international affairs. He continued to write—op eds, articles, books, letters of recommendation — until he could no longer use a pen or computer.
Much as he loved to write, Dick also loved to talk — which he did, uninhibited by the stutter that besieged him from childhood. The stutter was exacerbated by the relentless effects of the Parkinson’s Disease that was first diagnosed in 1992 and which finally silenced him.
In addition to Gail, Dick leaves behind his daughters, Claire Ullman (Robert Kasdin) and Jennifer Ullman (John Curtin); his stepdaughter Christine Orman (Dan); stepson Victor Filion; and 6 grandchildren — Abigail, Jonathan, and Rachel Kasdin; Alexander and Evan Filion; and Connor Orman.
A memorial service will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests that friends may make a donation in Dick’s memory to: Ashoka, Innovators for the Public, 1700 North Moore Sreet, Suite 2000, Arlington, Va. 22209 (www.ashoka
.org) or the Parkinson Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, New York, N.Y., 10018 (support.pdf.org).
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
William Scott Chambers
William Scott Chambers, 92, of Plantation, Fla., formerly of Princeton Junction and Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
William graduated from the Pennsylvania Nautical School in 1941. During World War II, he served as an officer in the United States Merchant Marine seeing service in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean-Middle East war zones beginning as a Third Mate and rising to Master of the SS Charles J. Folger (Liberty Ship # 517). After the end of World War II, he attended MIT graduating in 1950. In 1950, he became treasurer and traffic manager for the Cuban American Terminal Company in Havana, Cuba. Later, he was the operations manager for the United Fruit Company in Havana.
In 1960, he took a position in New York as operations manager of the Amerind Shipping Company owned by the Hans Isbransen Company. During the early years of the Vietnam War, he was general manager for ship and terminal operations for U.S. Bulk Carriers a position that required extensive foreign travel in support of the U.S. armed forces. In 1967, he worked as a marine consultant for Coverdale and Colpitts spending a year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He returned to New York in 1970 as general operations manager of Amerind Container Services.
In 1971, he joined the Maritime Administration Eastern Region Headquarters in New York as a ports and inter-modal development officer. Later, he became director of the Maritime Administration South Atlantic Region in Norfolk, Virginia, a position that was responsible for the development of a 30 ship Ready Reserve Fleet that was used to transport equipment and supplies in support of the U.S. armed forces during the Gulf War. He retired in 1992 after almost 22 years in the Maritime Administration.
He was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution, George Washington Chapter in Alexandria, Virginia and the MIT Alumni Association. A complete biography is available from the Library of Congress Veterans History Project www.loc.gov/vets.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 41 years, Gloria Ann Freda Chambers and his brother, Thomas Wallace Chambers as well as his parents Henry Grafe Chambers and Mary Ann McCauley Chambers.
William was the loving father of Kathryn Chambers Torpey and her husband, Joseph, of Alexandria, Va,; Cynthia Scott Chambers (formerly Rosenbaum) of Plantation, Fla.; and cherished grandfather of Allison Leigh Baker and husband, Jeff, of New York City, N.Y., and Marissa Ann Rosenbaum of Plantation, Fla. He is also survived by his devoted niece JoAnn Chambers Smith Skinner and husband, Robert, of Reston, Va.; his brother-in-law, Eugene G. Freda of West Trenton, N.J.; and his sister-in-law, Florence Clark Chambers Smith of Millsboro, Del.; as well as a host of other relatives including cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from noon until 1 p.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542, with a service commencing at 1 p.m. Inurnment will be in the family plot at Princeton Cemetery.
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Vincent R. Gregg, Jr.
Vincent R. Gregg, Jr., 93, of Princeton died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.
Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident of Princeton. He retired in 1983 after 35 years at Princeton University as director of printing, mailing and alumni records. A World War II Army veteran, he was a medical corpsman and a member of American Legion Post #76. He was a member of Princeton United Methodist Church.
Son of the late Vincent R. Gregg, Sr. and Florence (Smith) Gregg; predeceased by his wife Marjorie (McGovern) Gregg, and his sister Lillian Gregg; he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law Sharon Norris, and Nancy and Allan Servi; sister-in-law Elizabeth Petrozzini; three grandchildren Juliane Servi, Gregg Servi and Scott Norris; long time caregiver Elizabeth Sibert; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.
Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Department of New Jersey.
Sarah Campbell Coale
Sarah Campbell Coale, age 96, died on March 8, 2014 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, “Sue” was born in Brooklyn on June 9, 1917, grew up on Staten Island, and attended George School and Goucher College, where as president of her sorority she integrated her chapter. She majored in philosophy and went on to graduate school at UCLA, but in 1941 left to marry Ansley J. Coale, then a graduate student in economics at Princeton University. World War II found them in Arlington, Mass., where she bore two sons, Ansley Jr. in 1942 and Robert Campbell Coale in 1944.
In 1947, she followed her husband to Princeton, where he spent the entirety of his academic career. His work entailed an astonishing amount of travel, and by the end of his career Sue had visited dozens of countries and hundreds of museums and artistic monuments, art being one of her deepest pleasures. She served for years as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum. Another of her deep pleasures was providing a social context for the many foreign visitors to, and students at, Princeton’s office of population research. This included uncountable dinner parties hosted with genuinely concerned attention to the comfort and ease of persons far from their homes.
Sue was connected for many years with the Mercer County Child Guidance Center. She was Chairman of the Trustees of the Princeton Public Library in the 1960s during the design and construction of the building on Witherspoon Street. She also served for many years on the Board of George School, where she was largely responsible for integrating the student body.
Her friends and family remember keenly her unfailing selfless goodness, her empathetic kindness, and her bountiful grace.
Gerard Robert Gunther-Mohr
Bob Gunther-Mohr died peacefully on March 13, 2014 at his home at Princeton Windrows. Born on June 8, 1922 in Montclair, New Jersey, he graduated from Yale University in 1944, served in the Army working on the Manhattan Project, and received his doctorate in physics from Columbia University in 1954.
He worked in research and management at IBM for 30 years. He was a member of Sigma Xi, the Old Guard of Princeton and the Nassau Club. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lee; his children, Carol and John; and his grandchildren, Paul, Mark, Eliza and Phoebe. His son, Rob, predeceased him in 2012. He is remembered as a scientist and a loving husband and father who took great interest in his community and the world.
A private service will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton. Donations in his name can be made to The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Inc., 123 East Hanover Street, Trenton, N.J. 08608.