December 11, 2013

M. David Giardino

M. David Giardino, 81, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Naples, Fla. His wife and daughter were by his side.

Dave was born December 3, 1931, in Jersey City, and raised in Williston Park and Manhasset, N.Y. He attended the New Hampton School in New Hampshire where he graduated salutatorian in 1949. He went on to matriculate at Princeton University, receiving his BSCE degree in Civil Engineering in 1953.

Following graduation from Princeton, Dave reported for training at the U.S. Naval Base in Newport, R.I. where he received a commission as Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy. Dave served five years active duty in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Stockton, Calif. during the Korean conflict and held one of the highest security clearances given during that time.

Upon his return to the East Coast in 1958, Dave began a varied career as a business entrepreneur. He joined HJ Zoubek Company, which he eventually purchased in 1962 and renamed Equipco Sales and Rental Corp. The firm grew from a light equipment distributor to become one of the most significant heavy equipment/crane distributers in the NJ/NY metro market. His future son-in-law James Mackinson joined Equipco in 1981 followed by his daughter soon thereafter. Dave became chairman in the late 1980’s.

In the late 1960’s Dave started and eventually sold a company, which manufactured concrete pumping equipment. He shared several patents for equipment used to pump concrete and grout.

During the early 1970’s, Dave entered into the machinery export business with dealings in England, Belgium, South America, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as the Pacific Rim. Dave and his wife travelled the world extensively in connection with this enterprise during that period. Dave’s love of travel eventually led him to introduce his grandchildren to the world, bringing each in turn on the trip of their choice across the globe.

Dave served his industry in numerous capacities including as president of the New Jersey Equipment Distributors Association, and eventually as board member and in 1988 president of the National Association of Equipment Distribution – AED. He was chair of the N.J. Product Liability Task Force — testifying before Congress on product liability matters. For several years, Dave served as a board member of the N.J. Alliance for Action.

During the mid-1960’s Dave became interested in real-estate development and first managed and later developed a series of projects including apartments, office buildings, industrial buildings, and small commercial structures. Along with his son, he developed several well know properties in Princeton, — Brooks Bend, and Governors Lane.

Dave and his wife, Lorraine, were founding members of Parents Against Drug Abuse — PADA — in Summit, N.J, where the couple lived for nearly 30 years before returning to Princeton.

Dave was a life member of the New York Athletic Club, and held memberships in a number of other clubs over the years including Springdale Golf Club, The Nassau Club, and Fairmont Country Club. Dave enjoyed playing golf and tennis, as well as performance driving. He was an avid collector of wine, establishing an extensive cellar, and was a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs. Those who knew him will attest to his skill behind the stove.

In later years, Dave served on various advisory boards in the construction equipment distribution industry, as a member of the policy board of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and on the board of The New Hampton School.

He is survived by Lorraine Bell, his wife of 64 years. Also surviving are his two children and their spouses: Michael and Laura, Leslie and Jim; a daughter–in-law: Sandy; and six grandchildren: Margaux, James, Alexandra, Daniel, Dave, and Margaret; and his sister Stephanie.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 14, Niles Chapel, Nassau Presbyterian, Princeton, at 10 a.m.


Joan Little Treiman

Joan Little Treiman, 87, of Princeton died at her home in Princeton, on November 30, 2013. Born in Russell County, Kansas to the late John and the late Blanche (Bishop) Little, she was educated at Colorado Women’s College and the University of Chicago. While studying in Chicago, she worked at the Orthogenic School. She met Sam Treiman in Chicago, and they married in Wichita, Kansas in 1952. They moved to Princeton, where Sam was a professor in the physics department for many years. Joan received her EdD at Rutgers University in 1973 and worked as a psychologist in the West Windsor-Plainsboro and Montgomery Township schools. Joan was a world traveler, bird watcher, and a member of numerous poetry, theater, and book groups. She was active with the Senior Resource Center, Community Without Walls, League of Women Voters, and Audubon Society.

Joan is survived by her children Rebecca Treiman, Katherine Treiman, and Tom Treiman; their spouses Chuck McGibbon, John Britton, and Nancy Akerley; her brother John Little; her sister-in-law Janet Little, wife of her late brother Bill Little; and her grandchildren Joseph, Robert, Sarah, Eric, Anna, Greg, and Bram.

A memorial service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Palmer House, 1 Bayard Lane, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Princeton Senior Resource Center or the Audubon Society.


Elsbeth Gaertner Lewin
Elsbeth Gaertner Lewin, 89, died peacefully at home on December 9, 2013. She lived in Princeton for 57 years.Mrs. Lewin was born in Mainz, Germany, on July 4, 1924. As a teenager, she fled Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport rescue train, spending a year in England before emigrating to New York. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College, and received an MA in economics from Yale University. After a career at Princeton University that included 19 years as executive editor of World Politics, she retired in 1990 and became a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum.She served as president of B’nai B’rith Women’s Princeton chapter from 1959-60, Chairman of the Princeton Jewish Center Women’s Division from 1962-63, and as a board member of the Princeton Chapter of American Field Service from 1975-76 and 1978-79.

Mrs. Lewin was married for 58 years to composer Frank Lewin, who died in 2008. She is survived by daughters Naomi Lewin of New York, Eva Radding and her husband Alan of Newton, Mass., and Miriam Lewin of Brooklyn, N.Y., and granddaughters Lisa and Amy Radding. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, N.J. 08544 or the Leo Baeck Institute, 15 West 16th Street, New York, N.Y. 10011.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton.

December 4, 2013

Obit Sadowy 12-4-13Stephen B. Sadowy, Jr.

Stephen Bartholomew Sadowy, Jr. passed away on November 16, just short of his 97th birthday.

Born in Troy, N.Y. on November 30, 1916 to Julia Dobrianska Sadowy and Stephen Bartholomew Sadowy, Steve came of age in Troy during the Great Depression. After graduating from high school he spent the next several years, along with many of his generation, looking for employment. He took small jobs where he could find them, including helping his father with a small window washing business, and also running errands for the owner of the corner grocery store. On occasion these errands took him down to the nearby docks, where eventually he was offered a spot on the oil shipping boats, maintaining the engine room and doing paint jobs. They traveled up and down the Hudson and St. Lawrence Rivers and the Erie Canal, from New York to Lake Michigan. He sent his wages back home to his mother, who later gifted him the money to be used towards his schooling. Steve studied at business school during the deepest winter months when the river was frozen; there he became skilled in shorthand and typing.

After graduating and passing the civil service exam, Steve was offered a job in Washington, D.C. He received a call from the first staff at the Pentagon, when he was working in the basement home and was informed that he had been sent an offer letter. He travelled straight from Lake Michigan to start his job, it would be two years before he could save enough money to visit home again. His job was managing World War I archives: “four levels down, where it was pleasantly cool in the summer.” This earned him “the princely sum” of $1,440 a year.

On April Fool’s Day in 1943, Steve was drafted into the U.S. Army, having been rejected twice previously because of his eyesight (“finally they scraped the bottom of the barrel,” he joked). Steve shipped out of San Francisco to Australia and later spent much of the war in the Philippines. According to Steve he never had a chance to see the Golden Gate Bridge despite having sailed right under it, because he was below deck peeling potatoes.

During the war Steve served as administrative and clerical support to senior ranking officers, often working with them through the nights. After the war he re-enlisted in the civil service in Washington D.C., taking a series of jobs in the Veterans Administration: first in New York State to be near and care for his ailing parents; then, after both parents passed away, in Fargo, North Dakota — a job and place he greatly enjoyed, where he drove a white Mustang, his favorite car; and later in Newark, N.J., for five years. This last job, in which he managed the veteran’s claims and benefits department, was offered to him just after the race riots in Newark, along with the promise of early retirement at age 55. It was there that he met Julienne Winarsky, and became her loving companion for the next 38 years. He was deeply devoted to Julienne and became an enormous part of the lives of all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Upon his retirement, Steve moved to the Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey, into an apartment overlooking the sea. While there he earned an associate degree at Brookdale Community College. Steve and Julienne moved to Princeton permanently in 1990.

Steve was known for his gentle selflessness, his easygoing wit, his keen intellect, and incredible memory, and his great love of children and young people. He was predeceased by his parents and five brothers and sisters, Thomas, Phillip, Philip, Theodore, and Rose. Steve is survived by his sister, Marion Bylo, her children and their families: Barbara and Kenneth Collum, Benjamin Bylo, Bruce Bylo, Kristy Bylo, Lisa and Gary VanAlphen, and Benjamin Bylo. Steve is also survived by the family of his beloved longtime partner Julienne Winarsky, including Julienne’s children and their spouses and families, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren: Ira Winarsky; Babette Coffey-Fisch; Norman and Lisbeth Winarsky; Mishy and Gary Coffey; Hanne, David, and Peter Winarsky; Ben Lefkowitz and Sophie Whalen; Mira Dov and Jacob Coffey; Lila Tidnam & Anders Winarsky; and two more great grandchildren on the way.

Steve lived for 97 years with astounding mental acuity and curiosity, making friends wherever he went. His stories and conversation were cherished and always interesting, encompassing the entire span of the last century of American history. He will be greatly missed.

Per his request, Steve Sadowy was cremated. Arrangements were private and at the convenience of his family.


Obit Ghaffari 12-4-13Abolghassem Ghaffari

Renowned scientist Dr. Abolghassem Ghaffari, who had taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities, passed away on Tuesday, November 5 at 10:55 p.m. in Los Angeles. He was 106 years old. In the early part of his career, he was Albert Einstein’s colleague at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University under the direction of J. Robert Oppenheimer. On October 12, he was honored at Harvard University for his lifetime achievements.

Born in Tehran in 1907, he was educated at Darolfonoun School (Tehran). In 1929, he went to France and studied mathematics and physics at Nancy University, where he took his L-es-Sc. in mathematics in 1932. After obtaining post-graduate diplomas in physics, astronomy, and higher analysis, he obtained his doctorate in 1936 from the Sorbonne (Doctor of Sciences with “Mention tres honorable”) for basic research on mathematical study of brownian motion.

Dr. Ghaffari lectured as a research associate at King’s College (London University), where he received his PhD from the mathematics department on the “Velocity-Correction Factors and the Hodograph Method in Gas Dynamics.” As a Fulbright Scholar, he worked at Harvard University as a research associate to lecture on differential equations and to continue his research on gas dynamics.

He was a research associate in mathematics at Princeton University, and at the Institute for Advanced Study, he worked in the early 1950s with Albert Einstein on the unified field theory of gravitation and electromagnetism. J. Robert Oppenheimer, who headed the U.S. atomic bomb program during World War II, was director of the Institute at the time and interviewed Ghaffari before the latter became a member of the Institute (Oppenheimer later befriended Ghaffari).

He has lectured as a professor of mathematics at American University in Washington, D.C. and at Tehran University, where he joined the faculty of sciences and was appointed full professor of higher analysis from 1941 to 1956.

In 1956, Ghaffari moved permanently to the U.S. to take up a position as a senior mathematician at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards. Part of his work there involved calculations of the motion of artificial satellites.

In 1964, three years into the manned space program, he joined, as aerospace scientist, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center, where he studied the mathematical aspects of different optimization techniques involved in the Earth-Moon trajectory problems, and different analytical methods for multiple midcourse maneuvers in interplanetary guidance. He later investigated the effects of solar radiation pressure on the radio astronomy explorer satellite booms as well as the effects of general relativity on the orbits of artificial earth satellites.

In Iran he was awarded the Imperial Orders of the late Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, and the U.S. Special Apollo Achievement award (1969) at a White House ceremony with President Nixon. He has published more than 50 papers on pure and applied mathematics in American, British, French, and Persian periodicals. In addition to two textbooks, he is author of the mathematical book The Hodograph Method in Gas Dynamics (1950).

In 2005, Ghaffari received the Distinguished Scholar award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH) at UCLA. In 2007, he received a proclamation from former Beverly Hills mayor and current Goodwill Ambassador Jimmy Delshad acknowledging his numerous lifetime achievements. He also recently was appointed as a Hall of Fame inductee by SINA (Spirit of Noted Achievers) at Harvard University.

He is also a past member of the Iranian National Commission of UNESCO. Ghaffari was a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Washington Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and a member of the London Mathematical Society, the American Mathematical Society, The Mathematical Association of America, and the American Astronomical Society.

He is survived by his wife, Mitra, and his two daughters, Ida and Vida. He is interred at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in Burbank, California. In lieu of flowers, his one wish was to have a scholarship in his name for young Iranians studying mathematics or science. Details on the scholarship will soon be announced.


Beatrice R. Ellerstein

Beatrice R. Ellerstein passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013 at her residence. She was 106 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Ellerstein was a former resident of Belle Harbor and Jamaica Estate, N.Y.. She lived in Ewing Township for 10 years before moving to Princeton. Mrs. Ellerstein attended the Pratt Institute and Columbia University. She was employed as an interior decorator at Abraham & Strauss Department Store before retiring.

Mrs. Ellerstein was an 18-year volunteer for the Red Cross Ambulance Corp and drove Eleanor Roosevelt to visit the troops. She was an avid baseball fan and after both the Dodgers and Giants moved to California, she became a hug Mets fan. With her father, she went to the racetrack and became a tremendous handicapper.

Wife of the late Bernard Ellerstein, she is survived by a son, Dr. Stuart M. Ellerstein, three grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial were held on Sunday, December 1 at 1 p.m. at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, N.Y. Arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road in Ewing Township.


Margaret M. Hartley

Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) M. Hartley passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Crestwood Manor. She was 90 wonderful years young.

Peggy was born in Stamford, Conn. on November 9, 1923. While working as a telephone operator in New York City during World War II, she met Allen W. Hartley when he was in the Navy. They were married during the war and subsequently settled in central New Jersey where they spent most of their lives together.

Peggy was very active in the churches in Princeton, Asheville, N.C., and at the end of her life in Whiting. While living in Princeton she was a member of Eastern Star and volunteered at the Princeton hospital.

She is predeceased by her husband Allen who died in 1991.

Surviving is her son William and his wife Martha of Pflugerville, Tex. Also, three daughters: Susan Kuiler and her husband Erik of Fairfax, Va., Jane Hartley of New London, Conn., and Deborah Errichello and her husband Wayne of North Brunswick. Also, by a granddaughter Kaitlyn Hartley of Newport Beach, Calif.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Crestwood Manor, 50 Lacey Road, Whiting. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity or a charity of your choice.


Jean Begley Owen

Jean Begley Owen passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013, at St. Raphael Hospital of New Haven. Born in Bridgeport in 1924 and raised in Hamden, Jean learned to love music at an early age and began teaching piano in her mid teens. She continued to teach throughout her life, giving her final lessons only days before she passed away. Music was a life-long vocation that would span some 75 years. She loved her students and the lessons she gave, often speaking fondly of both. She also worked for many years as an educator and church musician, serving as organist and choir director for many churches in Conn., Minn., Pa., Ga., and especially N.J. where she was a long term resident of Pennington. She earned a degree from Larson College and a MA in music education from Columbia University. Jean Owen is predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Goff Owen, Jr, in 2010. She is survived by her four children, Sherrill Farkas of Bethany, Conn.; Allison Abbate of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Goff “Skip” Owen, III of Ringgold, Ga.; and John G. Owen of Skillman. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Jennifer and Daniel Farkas; Evelyn and Joseph Abbate; Chad, Blake, John, and Abigail Owen; and David and Daniel Owen; and two great grandchildren, Lillianne and Dylan Owen.

The funeral was conducted on Monday, December 2 at 11 a.m., at Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. Friends were asked to call on Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interment followed at nearby Centerville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be submitted to The Jean Owen Piano Lesson Scholarship For Adult Learners, care of All Things Musical LLC; 3210 Whitney Avenue; Hamden, Conn. 06518. For more information or to send a condolence, see obituary at

November 27, 2013

Obit Buhler 11-27-13Roald Buhler

Roald Buhler, the primary developer of the P-STAT statistical software program died on November 17 in Princeton. He was a graduate of Oberlin College where he majored in music and minored in pinball and bridge. He started graduate work at Rutgers the year they acquired an IBM 650 computer — the “cat’s meow” of the day. For him computer programming led not to a degree but to a profession that he loved: a profession where he would be paid to play.

In 1960 Educational Testing Service hired Roald to work on the RCA 501 computer. Soon he began consulting for Princeton professor Harold Gulickson who needed his data analyzed but viewed computers with awe. In 1961, there were no computer application programs. If you wanted computer output, you wrote the instructions yourself or you paid someone else to write them for you in an assembler/machine language. Eventually, Princeton decided it would be cheaper to offer Roald a job. He jumped at the chance without even asking what his salary might be.

His tenure (1963-1979) at Princeton University was during a period of enormous expansion in computing. As computer center director (1966-1970), he was responsible for both the choice of the first real “main frame” computer and the construction of the computer center. The job was a fascinating experience but entailed countless meetings and left little free time for the real fun of writing programs, playing tennis, or watching the Princeton basketball and football teams.

Princeton’s resources were abundant. John Tukey was a strong influence and many of his algorithms were included in what was developing into the program of statistical routines eventually named “P-STAT”(R). These routines were the easy part. The real work came in preparing real-life data such as medical records or survey responses, which were keypunched onto cards or tape. Data cleaning, manipulation, and portability is where Roald’s programs excelled. P-STAT has been his life’s work. It has been commercially available since 1979 and has customers worldwide.

His life was not just a working life. The brain that was so brilliant with computer code was also the brain of a musician, a poet with an extraordinary sense of humor, and a wordsmith with a zest for life. He was a gentleman, a scholar, an athlete, a good father and a wonderful husband. We will miss him.

He is survived by Shirrell, his wife of 62 years, four children and their partners; Eric and Nancy, Sebbie and Chas, David and Karen, Marc and Jenny; and grandchildren Wade and Owen.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Roald Buhler’s name to WWFM The Classical Network, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, N.J., 08550. (online

A celebration of Roald’s life will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of P-STAT in 2014. Contact for information.


Dr. Thomas L. Hilton

Dr. Thomas L. Hilton, 89, died at his home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, after a long illness on Friday, November 15, 2013. Dr. Hilton was a noted researcher, teacher, and author in the field of educational psychology and career guidance. His books encompassed management science, quantitative analysis and data management, and career training and preparation. He spent most of his career as a Senior Research Psychologist at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, where he contributed to the early development of the Scholastic Aptitude Tests; graduate, law, and business school exams; and vocational testing.

Thomas L. Hilton was born in Bangor, Me. on June 7, 1924, the son of the late William and Florence (Rogers) Hilton. After graduating from Bangor High School as valedictorian, he entered M.I.T. Soon thereafter, however, he joined the US Army Air Force where he served as a B29 pilot in the 5th Bombardment Squadron, 40th Bombardment Group based in the Marianas in the Pacific.

When the war ended, Hilton returned to M.I.T. He subsequently earned his doctorate in the field of educational psychology from Harvard University. While attending Harvard, Hilton served as assistant dean of students at MIT. He started his teaching career as a Harvard instructor before accepting a position as professor of psychology at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) in Pittsburgh in 1956. Dr. Hilton moved to ETS in 1962 and remained there for more than 30 years.

Dr. Hilton loved natural history and the outdoors. As a youth he spent many summers as a guide on Mt Katahdin and the woods surrounding Chesuncook Lake. He took great pride in the fact that his father, as vice president and director of woodlands for the Great Northern Paper Company, worked closely with his friend Governor Percival P. Baxter in the creation of Baxter State Park on formerly Great Northern land. Like his father, he was a skilled cabinetmaker, and also enjoyed watercolor painting. He shared his love of Maine and knowledge of botany and horticulture as a docent at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Alice (Robertson) Hilton, his grandson James Robertson Hilton, his brother William Rogers Hilton, and his sisters Marie Klausmeier and Jane Mealy. His cousin Louis O. Hilton of Greenville, Me., also predeceased him.

Survivors include his three sons: Robert Robertson Hilton, and his wife Dale, of Cleveland, Ohio; William Hilton II and his fiancée Maria Giustizia, of Patchogue, N.Y.; and Thomas L. Hilton Jr., and his wife Lydia, of Springport, Mich. His grandsons Whitney Hilton and his wife Jenny of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Skye Hilton and his wife Kimberley of Brooklyn, N.Y. also survive him, along with his great grandchild Poppy Hilton of Brooklyn.

Dr. Hilton’s death is also mourned by 11 nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly, and close friends.

The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Children’s Garden at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, P.O. Box 234 Boothbay, Me. 04537.

You are invited to share condolences, memories, and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories page at www.

Arrangements are entrusted to Simmons, Harrington, and Hall of Boothbay, Me.


Obit Burnett 11-27-13Johnsie Lee Broadway Burnett

Johnsie Lee Broadway Burnett, first born child of John R. Broadway, Sr. and Jossie Gaddy Broadway, entered the world on June 4, 1926 in Anson County, N.C. The birth was a challenging experience for mother and daughter, and while both came through the ordeal successfully, there were many tense and anxious moments. The birth was so difficult for Johnsie Broadway that her father and mother, David and Nancy Gaddy of Wadesboro, N.C., took it upon themselves to care for and raise Baby Johnsie themselves, along with their own children, her aunts and uncles. Johnsie attended Deep Creek Elementary and High School, graduating in 1945, interrupted by several years in Princeton, in the home of her mother and father.

Johnsie attended Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., graduating magna cum laude in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. While enrolled at Shaw University, Johnsie met and fell in love with Zaron W. Burnett of Steelton, Pa., a returning veteran of the United States Navy who was discharged following the end of World War II. They married in 1949 and lived in Chatham and Danville, Va. until 1959. In 1959, they moved their family, now including five children, Errol, Zaron, Jr., Irving, Douglas, and Rosalind, to Lancaster, Pa., where Zaron Burnett, Sr., newly graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, accepted employment from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Johnsie accepted employment from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance.

Afterwards, promotions relocated the family from Lancaster to Harrisburg and Meadville, Pa., and finally to Hamilton Township, N.J. in February 1964. They made their home there until Zaron passed away in June 1999, after which, Johnsie moved to Columbia, Md., to share a home with her youngest son, Douglas, and his family. She resided with them until her peaceful passing on Saturday evening, October 26, 2013.

Johnsie was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church, having affiliated with congregations in Meadville, Pa., Trenton, N.J., and Columbia, Md. She was a loyal and active member of the Top Ladies of Distinction, an organization dear to her heart, as well as the National Association of Methodist Women, and the American Association of University Women. She belonged to many service organizations over the years and was always prepared to pitch in and lend a helping hand. Johnsie possessed a love of learning and scholarship that guided her through life on a journey of curiosity, discovery, and investigation. She was known for her sense of humor, her love of a good book, and her fondness for marathon discussions of current affairs. She presided over a household that raised five children, each of whom graduated from high school and enrolled in colleges and universities of their choosing.

Predeceased by her husband Zaron, Sr. and her daughter Rosalind Burnett Harris, Johnsie is survived by four sons, Errol, Zaron, Irving, and Douglas; three daughters-in-law, Patricia Bacon Burnett, Pearl Cleage, and Hanifah Huntley; beloved sisters Frances Broadway Craig, Nancy Burch Shelton, Doretha Burch Tucker, Eula Burch Sharrock, Alice Burch Powell, Barnia Burch Young, and Irma Jean Burch Tillman; three brothers Herbert, John and Romus, having been predeceased by brothers John R., Jr., Henry, Lee, James, and Housted and a sister Lina Broadway Boone; a nephew Daryl Boone with whom she shared a special relationship; and a brother and sister-in-law Leo and Maggie Burnette of Harrisburg, Pa. She also leaves 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins, all of whom were dear to her.


Obit Evans 11-27-13Annette Ella (Sparks) Evans

Annette E. Evans, 96, died peacefully at her residence at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey of heart failure. She was born on September 13, 1917 in Fall River, Mass. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 38 years, Richard D. Evans. She is the daughter of Floyd John Sparks and Jeanne (Briere) Sparks. Annette grew up at 504 Barnes Street with her sisters Rita, Flossie, Cecelia, and Kathleen and her brother John. She always had fond memories of her youth in Fall River even though she left Durfee High School at 16 and her dream of college in order to help support the family during the Great Depression. In 1940 she met Richard D. Evans, Jr. and they were married on October 6, 1941. Dick was the son of Richard D. and Winifred (O’Donnell) Evans, also of Fall River. She and Dick had four children and the family moved to Holbrook, Massachusetts in 1951 to be closer to Dick’s job at the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety. She loved living and raising her family there. Because her education was interrupted by the Depression, she took a special interest in assuring that her children had the best education possible. After her children were grown she went back to school and obtained certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 1974 Dick transferred to the Cape and they moved to Centerville, Massachusetts. She was very happy to be living on the Cape and near her sister Rita. She worked as a nurse at Cape Cod Hospital and loved her job there. Dick passed away in 1980 soon after retiring from the Dept of Public Safety.

Annette became very involved in life in Centerville and was busy every day with many friends and various organizations: the Quilters’ Group: Designing Women, The Garden Club, Centerville Historical Society, and the Ladies Sodality of Our Lady of Victory Church. In 2004 her hip broke and after successful surgery she decided to move in November of 2004 to Stonebridge at Montgomery Senior Living facility in Skillman, N.J. to be near her daughter Jeanne and son-in-law, Lou. During the last nine years, she has enjoyed independent living and more recently assisted living at Stonebridge. She always said that she had a wonderful life and she married a good man, and was proud of her children.

She is survived by her children, Richard (Ruth Anne), Robert (Barbara), Jeanne (Lou McNeil), and David (Karen Webster), and her sister Kathleen Costa, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters Rita Bearse, Cecelia Sullivan, Florence Borden; brother John Sparks: and daughters-in-law Virginia (Richard) and Geraldine (Robert) Evans.

Visitation was held on Sunday, November 24, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Doane, Beame, and Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts and at 8:30-9:20 a.m. on Monday, November 25, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. to which relatives and friends were invited at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Mass. Interment will be at Beechwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Annette’s name to the Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303.

November 20, 2013

Elizabeth J. Steward

Elizabeth J. Steward, 87, of Princeton died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at home. Born in Princeton, she was an active and lifelong resident. She was the daughter of the late Emily (Maione) and Joseph Palumbo. Elizabeth retired in 1996 with over 20 years of administrative service with the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton University. She was previously employed by Gallup and Robinson, ETS, and RCA. An active member of St. Paul’s Church, Golden Agers, Health Care Ministry, Red Hat Ladies, and Grand Pals at Riverside Elementary School, she loved her role as a community servant. She also had a zest for life and was involved with Princeton Singles, Princeton Ski Club, the Princeton Free Wheelers, and the Kingston Garden Club. She was an avid and accomplished gardener as well as a loyal Yankee fan. Above all, she was passionately devoted to her family. She will be deeply missed.

Elizabeth was a devoted wife and daughter, a selfless mother and grandmother, a loving sister, and caring friend. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Henry of 25 years as well as her older sister Anita Anderson. She is survived by son David and daughter-in-law Beth Steward; daughter Robin and son-in-law Paul Geise; younger sister Ruth Baggitt; 4 grandchildren Emily, Katie, David, and Chris as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street in Princeton. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Friends were able to call on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, the Princeton Public Library, Mercer Engine Co #3 Scholarship Fund, or Princeton First Aid Squad.


Obit VickieVictoria Velie O’Donoghue

Victoria Velie O’Donoghue passed away November 16, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was the mother of Pierce McKellar and Nicholas McKellar. She was the daughter of Fleury Velie Mackie and the late Jack Terhune Valdes, and sister to Stacy Lorenceau, Midge Valdes and Kelly Valdes.

In 1984 Vickie married Winston McKellar and moved to Phoenix Arizona where she had her two sons. Later in life she moved to Raleigh North Carolina with her second husband, John O’Donoghue, whom she married in 2007. More recently Vickie returned to Princeton to be nearer to her family and friends.

Vickie was born September 30th 1953 in Princeton and graduated from Newport School for Girls in 1972, and Franklin College in Switzerland in 1974. She was involved in many aspects of the arts and lived in New York City to study voice and theater, worked professionally in interior design in Phoenix Arizona, as well as catering and running a bed and breakfast there.

Later in Raleigh North Carolina she pursued jewelry design and community service. A vivacious, beautiful woman, Vickie acquired a large set of dear friends who helped her cope with a breast cancer diagnosis in 1997. She was known to her family and loyal friends as incredibly brave, tenacious, and humorous all through her long struggle.

A celebration of life will be announced and arranged at a later date. Fond memories and photographs of Vickie may be shared at Donations in her memory are welcome to the Princeton Home Care, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton NJ 08540.


Daniel J. Shanefield

Daniel J. Shanefield, 83, of Honolulu, Hawaii, formerly of Princeton, died peacefully November 13 in Honolulu. He had lived in Princeton for 40 years with his late wife, Libby, before moving to Hawaii in 2006.

Born in Orange, N.J., he attended Yale University for three years until drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Korea from 1953 to 1954. He obtained a B.S. (1956) and a Ph.D. (1962) in physical chemistry from Rutgers University.

Dr. Shanefield worked at ITT Laboratories in Nutley, N.J. until 1967 and then at Western Electric (later Bell Laboratories) in Hopewell. From 1986 until his retirement in 2001 he was a distinguished professor of ceramic engineering at Rutgers. Dr. Shanefield also taught ceramic engineering in the Netherlands every summer for 15 years at the Center for Professional Advancement. He was associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society from 1989 to 1999.

While at the Hopewell laboratory, Dr. Shanefield’s many inventions with coworkers included a ceramic insulator for microcircuits later sold worldwide by Western Electric and installed in almost every telephone line in the United States. He developed 38 patents and wrote textbooks on ceramic engineering and industrial electronics.

His hobby was writing about audio for popular magazines. Dr. Shanefield was notable for first describing the “equalized double-blind comparison” of audio components in 1974, the cover story of Stereo Review in May 1976. This showed that some perceived differences in sound were being imagined by the listeners, especially when expensive equipment was involved. The test is now used worldwide for determining whether measurable improvements in music reproduction equipment are actually audible.

Dr. Shanefield was the recipient of four AT&T Outstanding Achievement Awards. He received the Best Paper Award of the American Ceramic Society, Engineering Division, in 1993 and the Man of the Year Award of the Ceramic Association of New Jersey in 1996. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and of the American Ceramic Society, and a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Son of the late Benjamin and Hannah L. Shanefield; husband of the late Elizabeth (Libby) Davis Shanefield; he is survived by his daughter, Alison Bixby Buckley of Chicago, his son, Douglas Shanefield of Honolulu, and two grandchildren.



November 13, 2013

Obit Darr 11-13-13Marjorie Hoffman Darr

Marjorie Hoffman Darr, 96, passed away November 1, 2013. She is the beloved mother of daughters Nancy E. Darr and Terry D. West and the beloved grandmother of Marina L. S. Darr. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Sara Hoffman, and sister of the late Robert C. Hoffman. Marjorie graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton, and earned an additional diploma in science, a rare achievement for girls at the time, and later graduated from Katharine Gibbs College in New York, N.Y.

She worked in the physics department at Princeton University during Albert Einstein’s tenure with the Institute for Advanced Study and was a member of the team which prepared the report on the Manhattan Project, for which she received recognition from the United States government. She enjoyed her career as a legal secretary in Jacksonville, Fla. and was a caring friend to all those who knew and loved her. Arrangements are under the care of Hardage-Giddens Hendricks Chapel (904) 346-3808. A memorial service was held Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Hendricks Chapel 4115 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32207. Words of comfort may be shared at


Lucia Tamasi

Lucia Tamasi, 87, of Princeton died Monday, November 11, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Isernia, Italy she has been a resident of Princeton since 1966. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church and the altar rosary society.

Daughter of the late Luigi and Maria (DiPerna) DiFalco, wife of the late Michael Tamasi, mother of the late Angelina Tedeschi, sister of the late Antonio and Domenico DiFalco, sister-in-law of the late Rose DiFalco, she is survived by her husband Umberto Perna, Son-in-law Fernando Tedeschi, 2 brothers and 3 sisters-in-law, Charles DiFalco, Cosmo and Peggy DiFalco, Carmella DiFalco, Pasquelina DiFalco, 3 grandchildren Marco Tedeschi, Michele Tedeschi, Antonella Tedeschi, 1 great granddaughter Ashley and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at held 8:30 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street. Entombment will follow at Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick. Friends may call on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

November 6, 2013

Obit Armstrong 11-6-13Margaret Childs Armstrong

Margaret Childs Armstrong, 87, died at home on October 30, dignified and full of grace, after a courageous battle with leukemia. Born in Williamsburg, Virginia, on March 21, 1926, she was the second child of Willa Whitson Childs and Harwood Lawrence Childs. Her father was a long-time professor of political science at Princeton University and founder of the journal Public Opinion Quarterly.

Margie, as she was known to her friends, grew up in Princeton, and was a graduate of Princeton High School, where she was a member of the girls’ tennis team and played the flute in the orchestra. An outstanding student, she won prizes for the highest four-year average of those heading to college, the highest three-year average in French, and the highest average in science. She represented Princeton High School in a conference of New Jersey secondary schools at Rutgers University, speaking on the subject of “Radio Is Part of My English Curriculum.” At her graduation she was the concluding student speaker on the topic “Freedom from Want.” She was runner-up for class president, and was voted by her classmates “Most Attractive” and “The Girl “Most Likely to Succeed,” and was runner-up for “Most Talented Girl” and “Most Popular Girl.”

At Wellesley College, she was a political science major, and was the coxswain of the freshman crew. During World War II she spent her summers and vacation periods in Washington, D.C., working at the Library of Congress and for the War Production Board. As a Wellesley alum she was asked to serve as president of her class, but declined because of her church and family obligations. She agreed, however, to serve in the less demanding role of vice president. What is unusual about this is that her two sisters, Betty Ann and Martha, were serving as vice presidents of their respective Wellesley classes at the same time! That may never have happened before or since at any college.

As a young girl Margie was very involved in the theater. Her high school performance as Emily in Our Town was talked about for years afterward. She played the part of Blossom in McCarter Theatre’s premiere production of Susan and God, with Ilka Chase. She was invited to be in the Broadway production of the same play, but her parents did not want her to embark on a stage career at such a young age. Margie also appeared in other plays, including the history-making production of Shakespeare’s Othello, starring Paul Robeson, Jose Ferrer, and Uta Hagen.

In January, 1948, Margie married Richard Stoll (Dick) Armstrong (Princeton ’46) and together they embarked on his exciting career as a baseball front office executive. When, following the 1955 season, Dick resigned from the Baltimore Orioles to enter Princeton Theological Seminary, Margie devoted herself to joining her husband in his new calling. As a pastor’s wife she was compassionate, intelligent, creative, calm, organized, a wonderful cook, an artistic hostess. When Dick later joined the faculty of Princeton Seminary she entertained hundreds of his students. Above all else she loved God, her husband, and her family.

Margie and Dick loved to travel, taking their young family all over the United States, and in later years leading groups of friends on many international tours. She also accompanied Dick on his speaking and teaching engagements throughout North America and abroad. She will be missed by friends all over the world.

On Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941, Margie joined the First Presbyterian Church (now Nassau Presbyterian Church) of Princeton, New Jersey, where she remained a member, except for periods when she identified with the churches where her husband was serving as pastor.

Margie’s mother-in-law said that with her soft brown eyes and her radiant smile she would always be beautiful. She was.

In addition to her devoted husband of nearly 66 years, Margie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Ellen and Michael Kanarek, her son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Caroline Armstrong, her son and daughter-in-law William (Woody) and Christine Armstrong, her daughter and son-in-law the Reverend Elsie and Thomas Rhodes, her grandson Derek Kanarek and his wife Rebecca, her grandson Graham Kanarek and his wife Marnie, her grandson Orion Kanarek, her granddaughters Alyssa and Olivia Armstrong, her grandsons Seth Olsen and Samuel Rhodes, her great-grandsons Charlie, Will, Gabriel, and Julian, and by her sister and brother-in-law Martha and L. Edwin Sproul. She was predeceased by her older sister Elizabeth Ann Rowse Graham and by her first son Richard Stoll Armstrong, Jr.

The burial was private. Friends were able to visit the family at Princeton Windrows, 2000 College Road West (609-514-0001) from 10 a.m. to noon. on Saturday, November 2. A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 18, at 2 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Willa and Harwood Childs Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Princeton Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton, N.J. 08542-0803, or to the Richard S. Armstrong, Jr. Scholarship Fund at the American Boychoir School, 75 Mapleton Road, Unit 4, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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


Obit Marvel 11-6-13Marjory G. Marvel

Marjory Gillingham Marvel (Midge), longtime Princeton resident, died on October 22 at Buckingham’s Choice retirement community in Adamstown, Md. She was 93.

Midge was born in Melrose, Mass. She attended Connecticut College, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1942, with a degree in Child Development. During World War II, Midge was a head teacher at the innovative Child Care Center, Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, caring for the children of “Rosie the Riveter.”

In 1947, she married the late William W. Marvel (Bill), former president of Education and World Affairs in New York, member of Princeton Township Committee, and Princeton School Board. After their marriage, the Marvels moved to Princeton where Bill completed his PhD at Princeton University.

While living in Princeton and raising a family, Midge was a volunteer at Princeton Hospital as a “pink lady.” She was also very active in the Princeton Garden Club and the First Presbyterian Church (now Nassau Presbyterian Church). Beginning in the mid-1960’s, Midge returned to the work force, holding various administrative positions at the University. In 1971, Midge co-founded the Princeton University Women’s Organization, comprised of female staff, faculty, and students, working with the University administration on women’s issues during the early days of coeducation.

After moving to Philadelphia in 1973 when Bill became president of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Midge earned a MEd in adult education from Temple University. Thereafter, she became the co-founder of the Coalition for the Education and Placement of Women in Philadelphia. At Rosemont College, she was the director of the Rosemont Educational Advancement Program, a comprehensive program for women resuming their education at Rosemont College.

After Bill’s death in 1978, Midge moved to the Washington, D.C. area. There she was the co-founder and president of the National Coalition of Older Women’s Issues and the coordinator of Continuing Education Counseling at George Mason University.

For the last 15 years of her career, Midge was a senior program specialist with the AARP Grief and Loss Programs, working with volunteers in the Widowed Persons Service and establishing the Grandparent Information Center (now Grandfacts) with a grant from the Brookdale Foundation. After retiring from AARP in 2000 at the age of 80, Midge moved to Buckingham’s Choice where she was active in the education and music committees.

Midge is survived by a daughter, Nancy J. Marvel of Piedmont, Calif, a son, Thomas E. Marvel of Montgomery Village, Md, and two grandchildren, Katharine E. Birnbaum and Emily H. Birnbaum.


Obit Gerber 11-6-13Mary E. Gerber

Mary E. Gerber, 93, of Princeton, died Monday, October 28, 2013 at the Pavilions at Forrestal Skilled Nursing Center.

Born in Ithan, Pa. she was a resident of Princeton since 1925. She was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of 1939. She was a member of the US Army WAC’S during World War II. Upon leaving the service, she was Judge Gerber’s legal secretary for three years; then worked at Marsh & Co. as a bookkeeper for 30 years. She joined Nassau Savings & Loan in the Mortgage Department in 1980 as a mortgage closing officer.

An avid gardener, she was a member of New York Horticultural Society, the American Horticultural Society, and the Dogwood Garden Club. A true friend to so many who loved her and will miss her dearly.

Daughter of the late Gustav and Mary E. (Koehler) Behrens, wife of the late Judge Louis Gerber.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Princeton Cemetery.

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

October 30, 2013

Obit Sinuk 10-30-13John Sinuk

John Sinuk, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital in Manhattan. A 30 year resident of Skillman, John lived with his loving wife Marion Sinuk of 48 years until her death in 2008. John spent the last five years living in Skillman with his loving daughter Linda M. Sinuk, and during the last year of his life with grandson John Paul. After the loss of his wife, John spent his winters in California with his loving son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Nelda Sinuk. 

John was All-County and All-State football player at Sayreville High School. He also played trombone in the marching band. John was the first student to receive a full football scholarship to the University of Southern California. Due to his desire to return to New Jersey after the sudden passing of his father, John completed his college education at Rutgers University, also on a full football scholarship. John continued at Rutgers University to receive his Masters Degree in Education, and taught school for a number of years. Following this, John worked for Allstate Insurance Company, building his own agency, which enabled him to retire at the age of 55 so he could do what he loved most, which was to spend time with his family.

He spent his retirement traveling with his wife, playing tennis and bridge, and was a member of the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association in Princeton. He also began a book club in his community, which continues to thrive. John continued to play competitive tennis, until recently, with his son Paul. They were ranked nationally as father and son for many years. John was devoted to charitable work and participated for many years in the Meals on Wheels program, with his wife Marion. He enjoyed spending time with the elderly, and often lonely, recipients. John was also active in Toys for Tots and would purchase beautiful items on the wish lists for the children, well beyond what was expected.

Most importantly, John was a man of honor and integrity, he taught his children to respect themselves and others. John never spoke a harsh word and even when he was becoming very ill, he never complained. He was an avid reader, tennis player, and bridge player. He was also an accomplished artist and trombone player, although what mattered most to John was the well being and happiness of his family.

John is predeceased by the love of his life, his loving wife Marion Sinuk. He is survived by his loving children Linda M. Sinuk; Paul J. Sinuk; and his wife, Nelda Sinuk; John C. Sinuk, and his wife Bonnie Sinuk; his granddaughter Bonnie Marie; and his most beloved grandson John Paul Sinuk.

Burial was private. A private memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo R.C Church, 47 Skillman Road, Skillman N.J.. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Boylan Funeral Home, 188 Easton Ave. New Brunswick N.J..


Loulie Estill-O’Nan

Loulie Estill-O’Nan, 78, of Princeton died Friday, October 25, 2013 at her home during her sleep after a 15-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Indianapolis, In, she was a long time resident of Princeton. She was an art teacher at Maurice Hawk Elementary School in West Windsor.

Daughter of the late Frank and Bertha (Cummings) Estill, granddaughter of the late Frank Sexton Estill, former president of Sam Houston State Teachers College of Huntsville, Texas, she is survived by her husband of 32 years Michael E. O’Nan of Princeton, a sister-in-law Pat Estill of Connecticut, and two nephews Andrew Estill of Chicago and Scott Estill of Conn., and many cousins.

The Funeral Service was held at noon on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were held from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the funeral home.

October 23, 2013

Elizabeth “Betty” Long

Born in Donegal, Ireland in 1929, Elizabeth “Betty” Long died peacefully Tuesday, October 15 in Princeton, New Jersey. After living in Scotland as a young woman, Betty, along with her lifelong best friend Isabella Motherwell, moved to Princeton in 1956.

Betty possessed a zest for life, along with an intrepid can-do spirit. She was an avid gardener and a compassionate lover of animals.

Betty is survived by a large family and many friends, all of whom will miss those beautiful, smiling Irish eyes.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, October 25, 11 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 54 East Prospect Street, Hopewell, N.J. 08525.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown, Rd., Princeton, N.J. 08540.

October 16, 2013

Obit Light 10-16-13Mildred C. H. Light

Mildred C. H. Light (Pat) died at home on September 29, 2013, a week after suffering a stroke.

Pat was born in Chestnut Hill, Pa., on Oct. 27, 1918, the wedding anniversary of her parents, Mildred Patton and Henry Rogers Cartwright, and her mother’s birthday. She grew up in Hewlett, Long Island, where she attended Lawrence School. After graduating with highest honors from Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Mass., Pat worked in merchandising, public relations, and modeling in New York City. At the time, she was ranked seventh nationally in badminton singles and sang in the venerable St. Celia Choral Society (and, occasionally, at night clubs).

Pat moved to Princeton in 1945, following the death of her first husband, Lt. Commander Thomas C. Hart, USN. After working for several years as assistant director of distribution at the Princeton Film Center, she started the Exchange, a gift and catering shop on Nassau Street. She originated Town Topics’ shopping column, “It’s New to Us,” and, later, wrote its environmental column, “Down to Earth Notes.” She and Karl M. Light, whom she married in 1950, launched K.M. Light Real Estate, where Pat was a partner until their divorce in 1980. She later joined Peyton Real Estate.

Pat was (in her own words) “a founding mother” of MAMI (Mercer Alliance for the Mentally Ill) and AAMH (Association for the Advancement of Mental Health). A fiercely dedicated environmentalist, she served on the boards of both the Princeton Friends of Open Space and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Her lifelong involvement in political campaigns began with Wendell Wilkie’s run for president in 1940 and ended with Rush Holt’s campaign for the U.S. Senate last summer. Pat was an ardent birder and dog lover, and she played bridge several times a week until her death. (One daughter would regularly call her for bridge advice and help with the NYT Sunday crossword puzzle.)

Pat is survived by her six children: Penny (Hart) Bragonier of Boston; Derry Light of Princeton; Brita Light of Camden, Me.; Rip Light of Oakland, Calif.; Corey (Light) Miedzinski of Trenton; and Holly Light of Long Beach, Calif. She also leaves eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, New Jersey 08534.


 Peter J. Meggitt

Peter J. Meggitt, 51, of Princeton died Wednesday, October 9, 2013. He was born in Winchester, United Kingdom and resided in Rocky Hill and Trenton before moving to Princeton in 1998.

Peter was the much beloved husband of Elizabeth “Liz” (Campbell) Meggitt, beloved father of Hugo C. Meggitt and Sinclair C. Meggitt, and beloved son of John E. and Dorothy (Marsden) Meggitt. Their loss and grief are shared by Peter’s three brothers Adam (Sandy) Meggitt, Daniel Meggitt, Michael (Lara) Meggitt; mother-in-law Diane Campbell; father-in-law Walter (Marlene) Campbell; and sisters-in-law Dianne (Kevin) Hodill, Cecilia Campbell (Deborah Gagnon), and Roxanna (Eugene) Choe. Peter had a special connection with all the children in his life. He was the beloved Uncle Pete (Peep) of Hannah, Derek, Phineas, Dylan, Russell, Kelly, Sierra, Paul, Scott, Matthew, and Daniel. They will miss him dearly.

Peter was founder and president of Eviasoft, a software consulting firm located in Princeton. Prior to that, Peter was chief technology officer for Prophet 21, Inc. of Yardley, Pa. He was loved and admired by all the employees and his enormous talent contributed greatly to the success of the company. He was incredibly generous and giving of his time, talents, and energies to the community. He was an active member of the Princeton United Methodist Church, serving as president of the United Methodist Men and a member of the Church Counsel. He traveled to the Congo to further the mission of the United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR). Peter also dedicated time to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and Cornerstone Kitchen.

Peter was an avid outdoorsman and adventurer and an enthusiastic squash player. He loved to be active and enjoyed rollerblading, hiking, kayaking, climbing, gardening, and skiing. He could often be seen taking his beloved dog Walker on romps all over town. Peter’s greatest passion, however, was his family: he was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, and uncle.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 872, Trenton, N.J. 08605, UFAR or the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, N.J. 08542. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Obit Calcote 10-16-13Hartwell Forrest Calcote

Hartwell Forrest Calcote (“Cal”), age 93 years, passed away on October 11 after a brief illness.

Cal lived a long and full life and was known for his generosity and great sense of humor. He was born in Meadville, Pa., the first child of Forrest C. and Amanda Korte Calcote. He grew up in Washington, D.C., where he developed his interests in music and science. Cal played the clarinet and cello, was captain of his high school cadet band, drum major and assistant conductor of the Catholic University Band, and auditioned for the United States Marine Band, a fact of which he was proud.

Cal was awarded a full scholarship to study Chemical Engineering at The Catholic University of America in Washington. In 1943 he married his childhood sweetheart, Marianna Rixey, and was admitted to graduate school at Princeton University as the first married student in the chemistry department. As a graduate student he taught pre-radar electronics to navy officers and received his PhD in 1948. Cal’s thesis, “Electrical Properties of Flames,” led to significant developments in the study of ions in flames.

After working at Experiment Incorporated in Richmond, Va., he returned to Princeton to serve as president and director of research of a new company, AeroChem Research Laboratories. At AeroChem, he continued his research on propulsion and chemical ionization, was awarded numerous patents, and published more than 50 articles and book chapters. He was active in the Combustion Institute, serving on the Board of Directors for many years and as president from 1988 to 1992. He was very proud to receive their highest award for his contributions in the field of combustion.

Cal was an avid hiker, canoeist, and camper. He especially enjoyed canoeing trips with his son Randy. In his later years, while living at Meadow Lakes in Hightstown, he developed the first map of the trails through the woods and was working on a book, with photographs, about the trees of Meadow Lakes. Among his other enthusiasms were tennis, gardening, and competitive chess games with his brother Robert. He and Marianna traveled extensively.

An active member of the United Methodist Church of Princeton, Cal served in many positions and on many committees.

Hartwell and Marianna Rixey were married for 66 years, until her death in 2009. They are survived by their four children: Elaine (Jim Britt; children John and Caroline); Linda (Ken Kayser; son Christopher, his wife Kara, daughters Kaitlyn and Emily); Randy (Judy, daughter Lauren); Donna (Bob Briggs; sons Benjamin, his wife Karen, daughter Emily; and Michael).

A memorial service will be held at Meadow Lakes in Hightstown, New Jersey on Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Corner House, One Monument Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5023, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5023.

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


Patricia Lewis Bonette

Patricia Lewis Bonette, 81, of Princeton died September 28, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her two sons Peter, Columbus, Ohio and David, Voorhees, New Jersey, and her brother David Lewis of Texas. She is also survived by five grandchildren. Patricia was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned her “Fifty Year” pin volunteering at the University Medical Center of Princeton. Most of all she enjoyed playing her harp and reading. Patricia will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints Church, Princeton, New Jersey. A memorial service was held on Friday, October, 11, 2013, at the All Saints Church, Princeton, New Jersey.

October 9, 2013

Obit Lazarus 10-9-13Arnold A. Lazarus

Arnold A. Lazarus, PhD, ABPP died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the University Medical Center of Princeton, following a six-year heroic battle with a variety of health challenges. A resident of Princeton since 1972, Arnold A. Lazarus was a clinical psychologist and distinguished professor emeritus in the graduate school of applied and professional psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Born in South Africa on January 27, 1932, he received his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Upon receiving his PhD in 1960, Dr. Arnold Lazarus started his career as a private practitioner in Johannesburg. In 1963, he accepted an invitation to be a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University for a year, which brought him and his family to the United States for the first time. He then returned to Johannesburg as a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand medical school and a private practitioner. In 1966, Dr. Arnold Lazarus immigrated to the United States with his wife, Daphne, and children to serve as director of the Behavior Therapy Institute in Sausalito, California, where he built one of the nation’s first behavioral health practices in collaboration with some of his former graduate students at Stanford. In subsequent years, he taught at Temple University medical school (1967-1970) and at Yale University, where he also served as director of clinical training (1970-1972) before joining the faculty as a distinguished professor at Rutgers University in 1972 where he taught at the Graduate school of applied and professional psychology until 1999. With his psychologist son, Clifford, from 1993 through 1998, he did a local WHWH radio talk show called “Mental Health Matters,” as part of his increasing efforts to inform lay people about cognitive-behavioral and multimodal behavior therapy as well as to influence colleagues to adopt the perspectives and procedures of his broad-spectrum approach to psychological therapy. In addition, Dr. Arnold Lazarus founded the Multimodal Therapy Institute in New Jersey, which has now expanded to other locations both nationally and internationally. Subsequently, in concert with his son Clifford and daughter-in-law Donna, The Lazarus Institute was founded in Skillman, New Jersey, in 2003.

A former president of several professional associations and societies, Arnold Lazarus received many honors and awards for his contributions to clinical theory and therapy. Among them are the Distinguished Psychologist Award from APA’s Division of Psychotherapy, the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from APA’s Division of Clinical Psychology, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Professional Psychology, and three Lifetime Achievement Awards. Dr. Arnold Lazarus was also the recipient of the first Annual Cummings PSYCHE Award and was inducted, as a charter member, into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology.

With 18 books and over 350 professional and scientific articles to his credit, Dr. Arnold Lazarus was widely recognized as an authority on effective and efficient psychotherapy and has given innumerable talks and workshops both here and abroad. In addition to his academic and scholarly activities, as a licensed psychologist he maintained an active psychotherapy practice from 1959 through 2007.

Dr. Arnold Lazarus coined the terms “behavior therapy” and “behavior therapist” in the professional literature in 1958 and in 1971 published his seminal book Behavior Therapy and Beyond which remains a groundbreaking text of what would later become known as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Dr. Arnold Lazarus went on to further differentiate and expand his clinical approach leading to “broad-spectrum” behavior therapy and ultimately to Multimodal Therapy (MMT) which is arguably one of the most elegant and comprehensive approaches to psychological therapy ever conceived of.

Through his practice in which he treated thousands of patients, his teaching, supervision, and mentoring of many professionals, his influential writings, lectures, and presentations, Dr. Arnold Lazarus directly and indirectly helped, enhanced, and enriched the lives of an unknowable but enormous number of people.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Daphne, of Princeton; a daughter, Linda, of Columbus, In.; a grandson, Taylor, also of Columbus, In.; and his son and daughter-in-law, Clifford and Donna, of Kingston.

Donations in his memory can be made to SAVE Animal Rescue, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J., 08540 and/or the Animal Legal Defense Fund, 170 East Cotati Avenue, Cotati, Calif., 94931.

A remembrance and celebration of his life will be announced at a later time.


Patricia Lewis Bonette

Patricia Lewis Bonette, 81, of Princeton died September 28, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her two sons Peter, from Columbus, Ohio; David, from Voorhees, New Jersey; and her brother David Lewis from Texas. She is also survived by five grandchildren. Patricia was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned her “Fifty Year” pin volunteering at the University Medical Center of Princeton. Most of all she enjoyed playing her harp and reading. Patricia will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints Church, Princeton. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October, 11, 2013 at 11 a.m., All Saints Church, Princeton, New Jersey.


John Austin Keane

John Austin Keane died Monday, September 30, at South Ocean County Medical Center, of complications from cancer. Born May 2, 1936 in Jersey City, he attended the Cooper Union in New York on a full scholarship, and received his BSCE in 1958. He continued his studies at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a Ford Foundation Fellow, receiving a MSCE in 1961, and a PhD in 1963. He was a member of the Society for Natural Philosophy, and was inducted into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, in 1964.

Dr. Keane was an assistant professor at Drexel University from 1964-1966, teaching courses in engineering. He continued to teach throughout his life, lecturing as a recognized expert on statistical quality control at corporations and professional institutions.

In 1968 he moved to Princeton with his family, and founded John A. Keane and Associates, a software development and consulting firm. A true visionary, he led the company until his retirement in 2000. JKA, Inc. developed the groundbreaking QMS Programs™ software suite for the automated management of quality control in manufacturing, used by companies world-wide. He was a leader in encouraging the adoption of the global ISO 9000 quality standard.

A life-long sailing enthusiast, Dr. Keane kept a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay for many years. He and his family sailed up and down the Atlantic coast, from Maine to Florida. Dr. and Mrs. Keane moved to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2004, in order to be closer to the shore.

After retiring, he continued to pursue his interest in advanced computer modeling, securing a patent in 2002 for the computer simulation of bio-transport systems. He also became an author, publishing the science-fiction thriller The Business Plan: Perpetual Life for the Rich and Famous in 2008.

In addition to his intellectual and business pursuits, John Austin was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Joan L. Keane; his three children, Dr. John E. Keane, Dr. Michele Keane-Moore, and Dr. Christopher Keane; and five grandchildren, Susannah Keane, Robert Moore, Daniel Moore, Gabriel Keane, and Bodhi Keane. Also surviving are his brother, Robert Keane; and sister, Mary Keane. Another sister, Emily Keane Wimmer, predeceased him.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Church in Barnegat, on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The family requests that people wishing to honor John Austin’s memory make a donation in his name to the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Fund at the University of Washington Foundation. Information may be found at


 Reginald William Pauley

A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of Reginald William (Bill) Pauley on Sunday, October 20, at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton on Cherry Hill Road and Route 206 in Princeton. Contributions honoring Bill may be made to the Mary Jacobs Library, the Sourland Planning Council, or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Bill Pauley, 86, from Belle Mead, died August 1, 2013, after a valiant struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was a loving husband and father, engineer, civic leader, and a man of many interests. Born in South Plainfield and a graduate of North Plainfield High School, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and graduated from Rutgers University. He was an engineer for Chrysler in Detroit and earned a master’s degree in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute. Bill returned to New Jersey to design tools at Ingersoll Rand, receiving 17 patents.

His devotion to his community drew him to more than 35 years of public service to Montgomery Township, where he served as mayor and two terms on the Township Committee, and on many committees, including the Conservation Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the Mary Jacobs Library advisory board. He was appointed by the governor to the Delaware Raritan Canal Commission for two terms. He was a founder, president, and trustee of the Van Harlingen Historical Society and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. He cared deeply about social justice and civil rights and was actively engaged in those causes. Bill took pleasure in classical music, opera, and art, and was an avid photographer. His family and friends loved his dry wit, thirst for knowledge, and kind and generous spirit.

Bill is survived by Lois, his wife of more than 58 years; son, David and wife Sue; daughters Ann and partner Ann Wroth; and Joan Corella and husband Joe; and grandchildren: Michael and Claire Pauley and Jay and Jensen Corella. He is survived by his older brother Robert and twin brother Philip, and several nieces and nephews.


Bernice M. Frank

Bernice M. Frank, 96, of Princeton died Friday, October 4, 2013, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Born in Newark, she had been a Princeton resident since 1951.

Mrs. Frank was past chair of the Princeton Commission on Aging, a member of the Princeton Recreation Commission, and for many years a member of the Community Connection of Princeton Health Care. Mrs. Frank was one of the founders of the Friends of Princeton Public Library from when it was in the Bainbridge House, and served as secretary of the organization for more than 20 years. Starting as a Brownie troop leader and serving as a Girl Scout cookie drive coordinator, Mrs. Frank volunteered with the Girl Scouts for more than 55 years. Mrs. Frank was a Master Point bridge player, who coordinated a group of duplicate-bridge playing friends monthly for the past 40 years.

Daughter of the late I. Edward and Celia (Rasnick) Kantor, she is survived by her husband of 70 years, Dr. Henry J. Frank; daughter and son-in-law, Ellyn and George “Mac” McMullin; son and daughter-in-law Elliott S. and Rondus “Roni” Frank; and daughter Dr. Carolyn Frank.

Burial was private in the Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Connection of Princeton Health Care, 1 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, N.J. 08536, or the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018-2798.

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


Grover C. Tash, Jr.

Grover C. Tash, Jr., 94, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro as a result of injuries suffered from a fall.

Grover was a lifelong Princetonian who operated Grover Tash Liquors in downtown Princeton for over 55 years. He was known as “Sonny” to his customers and friends.

Up until his death, Grover remained active and above all enjoyed his independence. At the age of 77, Grover survived a five bypass heart surgery and soon afterwards he continued his favorite past time of playing golf at Princeton County Club three to four times a week.

Son of the late Grover Tash Sr. and Florence Tash, he was predeceased by his sister Ann Tash-Rosso and brother William. He is survived by a nephew, William Rosso of Skillman; a niece, Jacque Rosso of Santa Anna, California; four great nieces, Jennifer, Mia, Gianna, and Charli Rosso; as well as his great nephew Michael Rosso.

Cremation services are private. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

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Laurette B. Schechtman

Laurette Baumann Schechtman passed away peacefully at her home in Princeton on October 5, 2013 at the age of 92 surrounded by her loving family. Born December 17, 1920, daughter of Martin and Anne Schurman, she had unwavering devotion to her family, friends, and community. Laurette was a long time resident of Freeport and Bayshore Long Island. She attended the Pratt Institute and graduated from Hofstra University. Laurette was an accomplished artist and her mezzo soprano voice delighted audiences, friends, and family. Her pure voice was only exceeded by her intrinsic elegance and beauty. She was pre-deceased by her first husband, Lester Baumann. She is survived by her husband Dr. Seymour Schechtman; sister Roberta Bucovetsky of Toronto; children Florence Kahn and Jeffrey Baumann; son-in-law Dr. Steven Kahn; daughter-in-law, Nancy Baumann; grandson-in-law, Mitchel Sonies; granddaughter-in-law, Nnenna Lynch Kahn; grandchildren Jonathon, Caroline, Maxwell, Justin; and great grandchildren Ava, Ellis, and Margo. She will be forever missed and will live in the memories of all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at the Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, on October 8, 2013 at noon. Interment was at Mt. Ararat Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations should be sent to The Jewish Center Life and Legacy Endowment.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Star of David Memorial Chapel in Princeton.


September 25, 2013

Obit Hugick 9-25-13Larry Hugick

Larry Hugick, 59, of Princeton, died suddenly on Sunday September 22, 2013, at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus.

Larry was chairman of Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI). He was a nationally recognized expert in public opinion, pre-election polling, and policy research. He led the PSRAI team in conducting work for the Pew Research Center that was related to politics and social trends. Since 2000, he has served as a regular exit poll analyst for NBC News. From 1989 to 2010 he conducted regular polling on politics, policy, and lifestyle issues for Newsweek magazine. For the past decade at PSRAI he has conducted surveys on a wide range of health and health care topics for the Kaiser Family Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Prevention magazine, and many other clients. At the state level, he has done regular polling in Pennsylvania about policy issues for the Pew Charitable Trusts and IssuesPA, and major social research in Massachusetts for MassINC.

Before joining PSRAI in 1993, Larry spent 15 years at The Gallup Organization, where he was managing editor of The Gallup Poll and led polling efforts for major newspapers, including Newsday and The Chicago Sun-Times. Larry’s research studies of “rally events” and presidential approval and problems in polling on biracial elections have received national media attention. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, and NPR as a commentator about polling and public opinion. He was also a council member of the Princeton Future organization and as such, performed pro bono work for the community. He is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of AAPOR and was a frequent speaker at national AAPOR conferences. He was a graduate of Dickinson College.

Larry was a Renaissance man who enjoyed gourmet cooking, fine art, literature, organic gardening, walking with his wife and dog, following his favorite teams: the Mets and Jets, and spending time with family and friends.

He was the only son of Irene and the late Henry Hugick of Plymouth, Pa. Larry is survived by his wife, Christine; his sons Peter and Mark; his mother Irene; a sister Bonnie Skelly and her husband Tom of Seattle, Wash., a niece Leah and nephew Tommy; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

The funeral will be a Mass of the Resurrection at Saint Paul RC Church, 214 Nassau Street Princeton, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013, to be followed immediately by a reception in the church community center. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Home Front of Lawrenceville, the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, or the Health Care Ministry of Princeton.

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home.


Mary Jo Brower

Mary Jo Brower, 83, of Montgomery Township died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Athens, Ohio, she graduated from Withrow High School in Cincinnati. While attending Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, she met the love of her life, Pete, whom she married in 1951. Upon graduation in 1952, they spent two years in Japan where Mary Jo taught conversational English to Japanese students in Tokyo. Upon returning to the United States, she lived in New Jersey in East Orange, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Lawrenceville, and Montgomery Township.

She was a former member of the Montclair Junior League, Montclair Golf Club, the Orange Lawn Tennis Club, and the Nassau Club of Princeton. She was a long time member of Calvary Methodist Church in East Orange and served in various positions. She served as administrative assistant for The Art Center of New Jersey in East Orange and also served on the Board of Directors for the Glen Ridge Chapter of the American Red Cross. She chaired various committees at the Princeton United Methodist Church.

Daughter of the late Charles Melvin and Mary (Lovell) Coulter, she is survived by her husband Forrest A. Brower of Montgomery Township; a daughter and son-in-law Catherine Lee and John Zettler of Doylestown, Pa.; a son and daughter-in-law Todd C. and Wendy (Granberg) Brower of East Hanover; a sister Margaret Sauerhoff of New Canaan, Conn.; and five grandchildren: Daniel and Jennifer Zettler; and Colin, Brendan, and Kellyn Brower.

Mary Jo will be remembered for her sense of humor, service to the community, love of music, friends, family, and God.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Princeton United Methodist Church, Nassau St. at Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.

Burial will be private in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, N.J. 08542 or The National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 116931, Atlanta, Ga. 30368.

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


Obit Kassof 9-25-13 Arianne Scholz Kassof

Arianne Scholz Kassof, a Princeton resident since 1961, died on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia of complications following heart surgery. She was 81 years old.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Dr. Karl W. H. Scholz and Carol Krusen Scholz. She was educated at Friends Central School, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Pennsylvania.

She met her husband, Allen H. Kassof, in Vermont in 1950 at the Shawnee Institute for World Affairs, an international summer camp for high school and college students. They were married in her parents’ home in Media, Pennsylvania in 1953 and moved to Cambridge, where she worked at the Sanborn Corporation to help support Allen’s graduate studies at Harvard. She subsequently worked at Maclean Hospital in Belmont, where she ran the patient library.

Arianne was an avid volunteer. Among the organizations that benefited from her superb organizational, editing, and social skills were the Princeton University League, where she served as president, the International Center of Princeton University, and the parent-teacher organizations of her children’s schools.

In 1979 Arianne co-founded the Princeton Hub, a social gathering place for adults with mental illness or developmental challenges. She left the Hub in 1987 when her first grandchild was born. She cherished her time with all of her grandchildren, and was especially proud to provide daycare for the two local ones.

She was the curator of the Cameron Gallery in Princeton from 1996 to 1998. In 2000 she began serving as a docent at Grounds For Sculpture, where she continued to lead tours and edit the newsletter until shortly before her death. Arianne was a member of the Present Day Club of Princeton and the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study.

A consummate homemaker and cook, Arianne loved nothing more than entertaining people in her home, which she dubbed “the Ari-Inn.” Countless guests reveled in her hospitality.

Arianne is survived by her husband, Allen; daughters Annie, Arlen (Tom Hastings), and Anita (Joshua Neiman); her siblings, Carol Snow and Bill Scholz; and grandchildren Deja Kassof, Sara and Kevin Hastings, and Sophie and Daniel Neiman. She was predeceased by one grandson, Julian Harned.

Memorial donations may be made to Grounds For Sculpture at or by check to 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, N.J. 08619. (Please put “Arianne Kassof” in the comments field.)

A memorial service will be scheduled.

The family would like you to know that any errors in this obituary are the responsibility of its authors, who are bereft of Arianne’s editing skills.


September 18, 2013

Obit Lewis 9-18-13W. Arthur Lewis

Rev. Dr. W. Arthur Lewis age 82 passed away September 12, 2013 in Georgia, son of the late Blanche Taylor Chase and George Peter Lewis, Dr. Lewis was born and raised in Princeton. He received a Bachelor of Science in Management and Master of Arts in Public Administration from Rider College, a Master of Arts in Religion from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and a Doctorate of Ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

With an extraordinary dual professional career, Dr. Lewis touched many lives through the New Jersey state government and ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. After an honorary discharge from the United States Air Force, he pursued a 30 plus year career in public service in New Jersey with a special emphasis on employment training and economic empowerment. He worked for the Department of Labor as an Employment Office Assistant; Director of the Public Service Career Program, Director of the Division of Human Resources and Assistant Commissioner for Human Affairs in the Department of Community Affairs; and Director of African American Affairs in the Governor’s Office.

Dr. Lewis pastored three Lutheran churches: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (Philadelphia, Pa.), Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church (Philadelphia), and The Lutheran Church of the Atonement (Atlanta, Ga.). He served as director of the following organizations: Opportunities Industrialization Center (Philadelphia), Lutheran Children and Family Services (Philadelphia), Church and Community Development for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Chicago, Ill.), The Lutheran Council of Tidewater (Norfolk, Va.), and Lutheran Theological Center (Atlanta, Ga.). Dr. Lewis held faculty positions at Hampton University (Hampton, Va.), Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, S.C.), and Interdenominational Theological Seminary (Atlanta, Ga.). Additionally, he was an appointed member of the Rowan State University Board of Trustees (Glassboro, N.J.) and 3-term elected member of the Evesham Township Board of Education (Marlton, N.J.).

Dr. Lewis was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, and served on various civic and religious boards. Known for his love of people, Dr. Lewis assisted and positively impacted many individuals. He received numerous awards and accolades for his public service and ministry through the years.

Dr. Lewis was a servant of God and a man of integrity. A man dedicated to his family, he leaves to cherish his memory, a wife of 43 years, Rose Lewis; two daughters, Adrienne Lewis Richardson and Andrea Lewis; five grandchildren, Gerald Richardson II, Makela Richardson, Markita Richardson, Christian Lewis Johnson, and Alexander Lewis Johnson; sister, Maryanne Lewis Moxie (Nigel); brother, George Lewis (Cheryl); sister-in-law Dorothy Taylor; special brother-cousin Robert Eugene Harmon; Sabrina El Amin; 5 nieces and 2 nephews; and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, church members, neighbors, and former students.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the First Baptist Church on John Street and Paul Robeson Place in Princeton. Calling hours will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at Princeton Cemetery in Princeton. Arrangements were made by the Hughes Funeral Home in Trenton.


Obit Kale 9-18-13Elizabeth MacNaughton Kale

Elizabeth “Betty” MacNaughton Kale, 94, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2013 at Wood River Village in Bensalem, Pa. She was born in Greenoch, Scotland and was very proud of her Scottish heritage, and always enjoyed her visits “back home.”

In 1956, Betty and her late husband Herbert W. Kale, founded Kales Nursery and Landscaping Service in Princeton. They were members of The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville where she taught Sunday school and served on many committees. A long-time resident of North Fort Myers, Fla., she and her husband enjoyed an active life filled with friends, many of whom shared her avid interests in walking, reading, and knitting. Her greatest joy and strength was her love of family. Everyone looked forward to the family picnics that she hosted each year. Betty was predeceased by her husband of 64 years. She is survived by her daughters Mary Elizabeth Morris (Edison) of Stockton; Barrie Joan Kale of Lawrenceville; a son Douglas William Kale (Wendy) of Solebury, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Neva Bainbridge of Robbinsville. Betty was “Mum-mum” to seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and aunt to many nieces and nephews. In addition, the family would like to thank her devoted caregivers at Wood River Village.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers you may donate to Caring Hospice Services, 400 Commerce Drive, Suite C, Fort Washington, Pa. 19034. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington, N.J. To send a condolence, visit


Obit Smith 9-18-13Lacey Baldwin Smith

Professor Lacey Baldwin Smith died peacefully in his home on September 8, 2013 at almost 91 years old. Professor emeritus at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, a Guggenheim fellow, twice a Fulbright recipient, and twice recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities award, he was considered one of the ‘big name’ historians. Yet his writing was as entertaining as it was erudite. From scholarly tomes to English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable, Lacey was a consummate author, and after 60 years of writing, the majority of his books remain in print. The biography, Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty, is one of the most referenced books concerning that famous and willful king. While a historian of the distant past, in his own life, Lacey was not a man to look backwards or rest on the laurels of his youth, and so, at the age of 89, the professor penned Anne Boleyn: The Queen of Controversy (published 2013). Then, 70 years after having attempted a novel during World War II in a military tent in India, he again turned his hand to what he considered the hardest form. He completed his first work of historical fiction and sent it to the publishers days before his health began failing.

Although Lacey’s writings often focused on the cut-throat and treacherous world of Tudor and Stuart monarchs, Lacey himself was a gentle and gracious man. While he loved to talk history, he was equally happy to read mystery stories, play poker, or watch his three year old grandson run circles around him. Having retired to Greensboro, Vermont, the small village where he spent every summer of his life, he was a champion of the Greensboro Library, the Greensboro Historical Society, and the Greensboro Land Trust. In the wider community, he served on the board of the American Historical Association, the American Historical Review, the Conference on British Studies, and as editor of the Journal of Modern History. As devoted a teacher as he was a writer, he rarely forgot a student’s name. One of his last actions before his death was to write to a former undergraduate, whom he hadn’t seen in decades but who had contacted him regarding his most recent book.

The devotion he showed to his students was only rivaled by that he showed to his wife and children. He is preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Jean Reeder Smith; and is survived by his son, MacAllister Smith; his daughters, Dennison Smith and Katherine Chandler Smith-Brannon; his grandsons, Chandler Smith and Steven Brannon; and his granddaughter, Oceana Masterman-Smith.

A funeral and memorial will be held in Greensboro, Vermont next July when Lacey’s many friends and relatives will return to the lake for the summer. The family requests that, in lieu of cards or flowers, donations be made in Lacey’s name to the Greensboro Land Trust:


Obit Lincoln 9-18-13Anna Szpiro Lincoln

Anna Szpiro Lincoln was born December 13, 1932 in Warsaw, Poland. At age 6, she and her family successfully fled war-torn Europe to Shanghai, China. At 13 she nearly died from spinal meningitis. Her spirit left her body, and she would often share how she visited Paradise and had a conversation with God. She refused His offer to stay because “I want to grow up, get married and have children.” The story goes that she made a bargain with God that her future children would be His, and amazingly, we all are in His service. She returned to her body, and through newly discovered penicillin, was one of the few who survived.

Anna came to America in 1948, was admitted to Berkeley at the age of 15, then moved to the East coast where she finished college and became a U.S. citizen in 1956. She met and married Adrian Lincoln at Syracuse University summer school, graduated from NYU, and took graduate studies at Columbia University. They lived in New York City, Ramsey, N.J. and Tuxedo Park, N.Y. in the early years where Anna taught French, revolutionizing the system with her unusual teaching style. She then left and started raising children. She founded a Red Cross chapter at Castle Point, helping disabled soldiers from Vietnam, and was honored by President Richard Nixon. In 1971, the Lincolns moved to Princeton, living there until 2009. Anna was a vivacious and free spirit, as well as a true socialite who hosted many a party. Her events were legendary. She was a dedicated member of the Princeton Woman’s College Club and often graced the runway at their fundraiser fashion shows.

Anna’s deep mystical and religious interests continued on long after her return to the land of the living at 12. She faithfully attended her beloved Princeton University chapel for over 35 years and so enjoyed hosting the coffee hour with her extravagant desserts. She also made sure to attend every single Princeton University event, from reunions, to the P-rade, to alumni dinners on behalf of her daughter, Irene.

In 1978, Anna felt called to thank the Chinese people for protecting her and so many Jewish families during World War II. She began by writing her first of many books, Escape to China 1939-1948. She was invited back to Shanghai, given an honorary doctorate from Fudan University, and was on national television for a two-hour interview with President Deng Xiao Ping’s son. To this day, we hear of people coming back from China and saying, “We saw your mother on TV!” Honored to be offered a position in the U.S. Embassy from President Bush Senior, she chose instead to be a goodwill ambassador between the West and China during the 1980s and 1990s. She taught English, philosophy, and Western economics at Fudan University where she was much loved, and spread her message of peace across the country as well in Princeton through books, television, and lectures. In America, Anna cared for people of all walks of life, providing a home for people without a place to live and hosting international college students over the holidays. Her annual thanksgiving dinner was a legendary affair for over 20 years, an open invitation to anyone and everyone.

In 2009, Anna moved with her husband, Adrian, to Fort Myers Beach to join their youngest son Allen and his family. It was there that she finished her race. She had completed her great life’s work and contented herself with loving her family, enjoying the balmy Florida weather, and from time to time, sneaking snacks to their beloved dog Zack to the chagrin of my Dad. Some things never change, and some things do. On the afternoon of August 27, 2013, Anna Lincoln heard her call back to heaven, and, this time, agreed to go. She is both mourned and celebrated by her husband Adrian, son Allen, daughters Sally and Irene, and all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anna was 80 years old.

To learn more about her, check out her books found at the Princeton Library. To send condolences, please write to: Adrian Lincoln at 21194 Noddy Tern Drive, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931, or to Irene Nemser, 25 Revere Court, Princeton Junction, N.J. 08550 (

We are planning to have a large memorial service at the Princeton University Chapel in the spring, so please keep in touch and look out for announcements. Instead of flowers, feel free to make a donation to the Princeton University International Host Family Program or the Women’s College Club scholarship fund on her behalf.


Obit Lee 9-18-13John Kirk Lee

John Kirk Lee of Princeton died peacefully at home on August 22, 2013.

He was born in Wyalusing, Pa. on October 21, 1916, the son of William H. Lee and Millie Brown. His father was a noted inventor, and founder of the People’s State Bank of Wyalusing. His mother was a descendent of Jesse Allen, the first cousin of Ethan Allen, both of whom fought in the American Revolutionary War.

John attended Pennsylvania State University prior to transferring to Yale University where he graduated with a BA in economics and American history in 1939. He then joined the Air Force where he successfully completed Officer Training School, and then proudly served in Italy until V-E Day.

After World War II, John moved to Denver, Colo. where he worked for the Gates Rubber Company. With the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, he was recalled to the Air Force and was stationed with the Strategic Air Command in Rapid City, S.D. In 1952, he relocated to New York City to work for the Association of National Advertisers, followed by Johnson & Johnson. John then became managing director of the Center of Marketing Communications in Princeton, which later became the Advertising Research Foundation. Upon his retirement, John became a marketing consultant, but most notably he became a dedicated and proficient writer. His book, George Clinton: Master Builder of the Empire State, was published by the Syracuse University Press in 2009. He was 92 at the time of publication.

Predeceased by his wives, Kaye Dorsey Lee and Beatrice Van Cleve Lee, he is survived by his daughters Dorsey King Lee Nakahashi and Alice Wetmore Lee Groton, his sister Alice Lee Lyon of Ithaca, N.Y., her three children, and four grandchildren. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Nancy Lee McCann and Helen Lee Bonnell, and a son, William Henry Lee.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 25, Wyalusing, Pa. 18853.


Mary Lucy McCauley

Mary Lucy McCauley (nee Campo) of Franklin Park, N.J., entered into eternal rest on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at St. Peters Hospital in New Brunswick.

Born on November 13, 1927, she was raised in Princeton and attended St. Paul’s School, Princeton High School, and Catherine Gibbs Secretary School.

She was employed for 26 years by Dow Jones & Company, South Brunswick, in the purchasing department handling local and international corporate relocations.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband of 42 years, Donald; her brother Vincent Campo and his wife Jean of Jamesburg, NJ; and her niece Mary Jean Popowski and her husband Donald of Monroe Township, N.J.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, September 9, 2013 at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church in Kendall Park, N.J., followed by entombment at Holy Cross Burial Park in Jamesburg, N.J.

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

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September 11, 2013

ObitTammManfred Dieter Tamm

My husband, Manfred Dieter Tamm, of Princeton, passed away on September 8, 2013, after a lengthy and courageous battle with complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, and prepared for a career in that city’s famous shipping industry. After his studies and internship in his uncle’s shipping company, he was employed in the international transportation business in progressively more complex management positions in Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America. His career culminated in the United States in senior executive positions, including president and chief executive officer for the U.S. subsidiaries of several firms including Intercon Shipping (subsidiary of the Contship Group, United Kingdom), Costa Line Cargo Services (subsidiary of Costa Line, Italy) and A. Johnson and Company (subsidiary of the Axel Johnson Group, Sweden). Manfred also served as owner’s representative for the Johnson Line in Latin America as well as the U.S. representative for the Ozean-Stinnes Lines of Hamburg. Earlier, he was employed by Navemar S.A./Ozean Stinnes Company in Mexico City, Mexico.

Upon retirement, Manfred took great pride in his volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and as a translator in the Princeton Medical Center Hospital Clinic. He served as a tremendous advocate for these patients, ensuring their needs were adequately passed on to the attending physicians. He also traveled the world with his family and took great pleasure in providing us so many enjoyable and educational pursuits.

During his early business life, he was sent to Beirut, Lebanon, where he and I met. We recently celebrated 50 years of unbelievable happiness and love. Indeed Manfred always regarded his marriage and his two children, Eric and Heather, as the “raison d’etre” of his life. He was so very proud of both their many accomplishments and their compassionate and caring manner in life. He also applauded their choice of spouses — Eric and wife Nara, and Heather and husband Jerry. His five grandchildren Alexis, Cassidy, Chiara, Luca, and Siena were without a doubt the highlights of his life. Manfred was predeceased by his parents Reinhold and Maria Tamm; he is survived by his siblings Zigrid Tamm, Kay Tamm, and Gabriele Tamm, and his nephew and niece Axel and Marion Gutschenreiter. In addition, he is survived by my two sisters, my three brothers, and their respective families. He also leaves behind Juniper, his beloved cat.

Visitation hours will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 13 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, located at 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton. Interment will be a private service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 14 at the historic Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Manfred’s name to the Parkinson Alliance online donation site at www.parkinsonal

We will remember Manfred, in my brother Tom’s words, as “… a man of great learning with multilingual skills, a man of great credibility and integrity. You made a wise choice when you married him.” Manfred lived life to the fullest and always considered others first and himself last. He has made the world a better place and will be sorely missed.


Margaret M. McKee

Margaret M. McKee, 96, of Princeton died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Pavilions at Forrestal Skilled Nursing Center of Plainsboro. Born in Boston, Mass., she was a resident of Princeton since 1962, moving to Plainsboro in 2008. Margaret retired in 1983 with over 20 years of service as a scientific secretary with the Princeton University department of astrophysics. She was a member of the ladies Auxiliary of Engine Company #1.

Daughter of the late Joseph L. and the late Mary G. (Whalen) Murphy, she is the wife of the late Robert A. McKee, mother of the late Edward McKee and Jean McKee Vandermark, sister of the late Helen Snow, the late Francis Murphy, her daughters-in-law, the late Robyn Davison McKee, and the late Barbara Storics McKee.

Margaret is survived by her sons Robert L. and Richard G. McKee, her daughter Lois A. McKee Cormack, and daughter-in-law, Debra Figle McKee, 9 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and several great, great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on September 21 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial in Princeton Cemetery was private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of Engine Company # 1, 13 Chestnut Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542.


September 4, 2013

Jeremiah Farrington, Jr.

Jeremiah Arthur Farrington, Jr., 93, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joanne just 8 short months ago. He moved to Hendersonville, N.C. 17 years ago from Princeton, where he had lived for over 40 years.

He graduated from high school at the age of 15, and then attended the Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., which he credited with introducing him to many of his lifelong passions. He graduated from Princeton University in 1941 with a degree in chemical engineering. He went to work for the Freeport Sulfur Company in Louisiana and Texas, before answering the Navy’s call to direct a project at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, where he received an officer’s commission. Upon discharge, he set up a development laboratory with the Cold Springs Bleachery in Yardley, Pa. In 1952, he returned to Princeton to begin his 35 year career in various positions culminating in his roles as assistant dean of engineering and assistant to the president.

Among his many accomplishments, he was a nationally renowned philatelist. His other interests included ancient Chinese ceramics, rare coins, gemstones, and American antiques. Although he was 93, his wit, wisdom, and sense of humor never left him.

He is survived by his children, Pam (Farrington) Boettcher, and husband Rick and sons; Steven Farrington, and Jeremiah A. Farrington, III (Jay) and grandchildren Brad Boettcher, Noah Farrington, and David Farrington.

Per his request, there will be no memorial service. But we will all remember him as a special, talented, and brilliant man who encouraged us to learn as much as we could about as much as we could in order to live a colorful life … not a grey one.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.



August 28, 2013

Obit Campbell 8-28-13Consuelo Bland Campbell

Consuelo Bland Campbell, age 84, died August 23, 2013 in Princeton.

Born in Washington, D.C., she spent her early childhood and summers in Culpeper, Va., her mother’s family home. Consuelo later resided in Princeton for nearly 80 years. She was educated at Witherspoon School for Colored Children and Princeton High School. Consuelo worked as a buyer and salesperson for H.P. Clayton’s Dry Goods Store in Palmer Square for many years.

Consuelo was a member of the following churches, lodges, and organizations: Member and ordained deacon and elder of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church; member and chair of many committees at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, including the original Verse Speaking Choir; Past Worthy Matron, Aaron Chapter #8 Order of the Eastern Star of Princeton, serving as secretary for many years; daughter of Isis, Kufu Court #118 in Princeton; board member at Princeton Nursery School, Princeton Arts Council, and Princeton Senior Resource Center; held memberships at the Church of Women United, Presbyterian Women of the New Brunswick Presbytery, Elizabeth Taylor Byrd Fund, John-Witherspoon Civic Association, YWCA, United Way, Dorothea’s House, and Princeton Public Library; served as a volunteer at Princeton Hospital.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Clara M. Banks, and husband, Floyd J. Campbell.

Consuelo is survived by five children: Daphne C. Williams, Sharon N. Campbell, F. Bruce Campbell (Winifred), Lynette E. Campbell, Mark P. Campbell (Marcia Erazo); eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Calling hours will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will be held at the Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2013, at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church. Organizational service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church and/or the Clara-Gano Fund (grants to organizations providing enrichments opportunities to families with children) of the Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home in Trenton.


Obit Bleiman 8-28-13Yvonne Bleiman

Yvonne Bleiman transitioned from her mortal body on August 20, 2013, after suffering from severe injuries after being struck by a car as she was crossing the street with a friend. She left us while experiencing unconditional love from those closest to her and while embracing all those forms of religion, spiritualism, and mysticism that will support her on her journey and assist her continued watchfulness over her family and friends.

Yvonne arrived in Princeton with her husband, Junius “Jay” Bleiman and her daughter, Rebecca Anne, in 1966 after living in Athens, Greece. The most important part of her will always be here with us, while the molecules and atoms of her existence will be buried alongside her adoring husband, Jay, at West Point where they had met in 1959 one fateful night at the officer’s club where she was serving as a military nurse/officer.

Like the bird, the heron, which she admired and was inspired by through her interest in Native American mythology, she too was the essence of a free spirit. A true artist, she had the ability to accomplish things in ways that others may not, and possessed a confidence in her uniqueness. She was gifted with the physical, mental, and emotional powers of balance and adaptability, self-reliance and determination, and was not easily swayed by the opinions of others. She trusted her own instincts and, in the end and forever, symbolized transformation and a peace within the changing.

We will miss the grace and beauty that only she could have brought to the world and taken with her to the hereafter. Her daughter, Rebecca, her grandchildren, Olivia and Jay, and her brothers, “Skip” and Bob Nelson of Seattle and her partner Greg Moore will continue to celebrate her life and greet her in all they see — trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, clouds, animals — and in everything else that is beautiful, special, and vulnerable.

Yvonne was not one to believe in obituaries and when reflecting on what she wanted when her final journey arrived, she shared with her daughter to let all of you to know that “it was fun!” A small memorial tribute will be held on September 15.

Donations can be made to the Rock Brook School 109 Orchard St. Skillman, N.Y. 08558 where Yvonne had been a teacher for many years.


Ann Goeke Raas

Ann Goeke Raas, 62, passed away peacefully on August 24at her home in Pottersville, N.J.

She was born and raised in Princeton, the daughter of Richard and Ann Goeke. Ann attended Villa Victoria Academy, graduated from the University of Dayton, and later earned a Master’s Degree in English at Kean University.

Ann spent 10 years as an English teacher at Roselle Park, Bernardsville, and Chatham high schools before beginning a successful career as a pharmaceutical copywriter and editor. Building her expertise over several years at the Harrington Group, Ann went on to start her own business — Final Version LLC — specializing in medical marketing. An avid reader and Scrabble enthusiast, Ann will be remembered as a highly motivated individual who was a kind and gentle spirit. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, and spending summers at Tanglewood, Mass. taking in classical music.

She is survived by Scott, her loving husband of 33 years; her children, Alyssa and James; her mother, Ann Goeke; her brother and his wife, Charles and Carol Goeke; and Scott’s parents, Bill and Judy Raas. She will be fondly remembered by many other family members and friends.

A gathering will be held on Thursday, August 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Layton Funeral Home at 475 Main St. Bedminster, N.J. A service will be held on Friday, August 30, at 10 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church at 2 Lees Hill Rd. New Vernon, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that individuals donate blood to their local blood bank or make a donation to the American Association of University Women – AAUW Somerset Hills, PO Box 5, Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920.


Evelyn Elizabeth Mueller

Evelyn Elizabeth Mueller, formerly of Princeton, died August 21, 2013, in Hightstown. She was 98. Mrs. Mueller was born March 5, 1915, in Everett, Mass., to Ernest Clinton Phillips and Sarah Elizabeth (MacNeal), the first of three children.

She graduated from Framingham State College with a BS in Education in 1937 and worked as a dietician for four years in the Boston, Mass. area. On June 5, 1941, she married Dr. Charles William Mueller, and shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Princeton. Mrs. Mueller spent the rest of her life in Princeton, working and enjoying the community.

A wife, mother, and homemaker, Mrs. Mueller did volunteer work with the Medical Center at Princeton, the Red Cross, the Cub Scouts, the Women’s Club, the Present Day Club, the Women’s College Club of Princeton, and her church, St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church.

In 1964-65, under the sponsorship of the American Field Service, the Muellers served as host parents for a Brazilian student, Francisco Soares, who became part of the family and with whom Mrs. Mueller communicated for years.

Mrs. Mueller’s hobbies included reading, gardening, needlework, and painting. She was devoted to her family and many friends.

Mrs. Mueller was preceded in death by her brother, Edwin James Phillips, her parents, Ernest and Sarah Phillips, and her sister, Virginia Marie Phillips Jones, all of Massachusetts. She was preceded in death, as well, by her husband, Charles William Mueller, in 2005.

She is survived by sons Edwin, of Portland, Ore., and Lawrence, of Durango, Colo., grandchildren Kristen Mueller, of London, U.K., Elizabeth and Jesse Mueller, of Durango, and beloved niece, Sarah Anne Jones, of Hull, Mass.

Private graveside services were held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.

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August 21, 2013

Obit Robotti 8-21-13Albert M. Robotti

Albert M. Robotti, 82, of Rocky Hill passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at home with his family after a long courageous battle with cancer.A life-long resident of Rocky Hill, he was a partner in a family-owned business, The Gable Tavern, for 16 years. A graduate of Princeton High, Trenton Vocational School, and Rutgers University, Al was a self-employed plumbing, heating, and electrical contractor. Following his service in the U.S. Navy, as a Korean War veteran, he continued his service to his country through the American Legion for 58 years, during which time, he held positions on the Local, State, and National levels, including Post and State Commander, National Executive Committeeman, and National Vice Commander. He was awarded Life Membership and served as Chairman of the State Convention for 26 years, as well as Chairman of the National Veterans Employment Commission for 13 years.

Al was mayor of Rocky Hill for 8 years, as well as having the position of Council member for a total of 18 years.

He was a member of Princeton B.P.O.E. #2129 for 54 years, during which he held the title of Lodge Trustee for 10 years and was awarded the honor of “Elk of the Year” 1973-74 and “Officer of the Year” 2007-08. He was also a 58 year member of the Rocky Hill Hook and Ladder Co. #1. While being a Communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman, he was an usher for 15 years.

Al was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Elena, Batistini Robotti, and brothers; John, Louis, and Alfred Robotti; and sisters, Edna Robotti, Ernestine and Emily Perantoni and Alexandria Hughes. He is survived by sister-in-law, Magdalena (Lee) Robotti of Rocky Hill and brothers-in-law Elmer Perantoni of Fla. and Everett Hughes of Pa.

Al is also survived by nieces and nephews, Diane and Wayne Rudolph of Belle Mead, Louis and Dr. Cynthia Robotti of Clinton, Renee Rudolph and Chris Meyer of Rocky Hill, Caitlyn and Michael Bellezza of Mass., Dr. Meredith and John Heiner of Va., Amy and James Hyland of Fords, Jill and Michael Jernee of Spotswood, Elena and Robert Jackson of Rocky Hill, Louis and Kim Robotti of Hopewell, and several others.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 19 at 9:15 a.m. in the Hillsborough Funeral Home 796 US Hifgway 206 in Hillsborough, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman. Burial followed in Rocky Hill Cemetery. Visit will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to The American Legion Legacy Fund, 700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.


Rosemary Bishop Wise

Rosemary Bishop Wise of Princeton, died on August 15, 2013, at the age of 81, in Princeton. Rosemary was born on August 24, 1931 in London, England and spent her early years in Hereford, England. The family moved to Oberlin, Ohio when Rosemary was seven years old. She was a 1949 graduate of the Northfield School. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1953 with a BA and received a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Tufts University. She was a pioneer in early childhood education. She supervised a teacher training program for Head Start in Philadelphia.

She was married to John J. Wise. They resided in the Philadelphia area before moving to Westport, Connecticut, Dallas, Texas, and finally Princeton. Rosemary was a long-time member of the Present Day Club. She was active in various charitable and cultural organizations.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Dr. Susannah Wise of Skillman, and Jean Wise of Hyannis, Massachusetts. In addition, she is survived by one grandchild Alexander Philbrick of Skillman.

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


August 14, 2013

Obit Nystrom 8-14-13Edward C. Nystrom

A memorial service celebrating the life of Edward C. Nystrom, a lifelong Skillman, New Jersey resident, will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, 48 W. High Street, Somerville, New Jersey, 08876.

Ed died at home on Wednesday July 17, 2013 of natural causes.

Ed was a graduate of Princeton High School and Ohio Wesleyan University. He had a long career in survey research field operations.

A devotee of positive thinking and motivational theory, Ed was the author of the recently published The Psychology of Positive Thinking. This work represents more than 50 years of personal research and thought.

Ed was born in the British Hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay to Joel and Doris Nystrom, where his father was the International YMCA’s executive secretary for Latin America.

He came of age on the family’s Agridor Farm in Skillman and had a lifelong love of the outdoors and gardening.

He loved choral music, participating in local church choirs and The Mozart Singers at Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks on Lake George in Upstate N.Y.

Ed’s kind and gentle spirit and his enthusiasm for life will be remembered by all who knew him.

Ed is survived by his wife, Anne Marie (Lee) Nystrom; his two daughters, Christine Loesser of Newtown, Pa., and Cherise Nystrom of New Brunswick; his grandson, Benjamin Loesser; his sister Christine N. Abrahams; and his brothers Bruce Nystrom and Eric Nystrom.

Donations in memory of Ed Nystrom may be made to Silver Bay YMCA, 87 Silver Bay Road, Silver Bay, N.Y. 12874.


Obit Drabek 8-14-13Suzanne Drabek

Suzanne Drabek, a long-time resident of Princeton and Hunterdon County, died July 17 in the Princeton Medical Center at Plainsboro after an abrupt diagnosis of metastatic cancer. She was 56.

Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Marie Drabek (both deceased), she spent much of her childhood in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School. She was an alumna of Lehigh University and later earned a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University and completed additional graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

One of Suzanne’s great loves throughout her life was animals. She formed an early personal and professional partnership with equestrian Thom Trout in 1983. For 12 years, as a principal of TroutBek, she was instrumental in the management, promotion, and beautification of several horse training facilities at various rural locations within Hunterdon County, the last of which was in Frenchtown. She and Thom resided in Lambertville throughout most of this period and she began her work in real estate sales during that time.

In the mid-90s she returned to Princeton where she thrived as a successful real estate broker. Licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she was affiliated with Burgdorff in Stockton and Princeton for over 20 years. She was a member of the Leader Circle, the President’s Club, and was named the top Relocation Sales Associate in 2003. During her long career as a real estate professional she was consistently ranked in the Mercer County Board of Realtors “Circle of Excellence” and was a member of TOP PRODUCERS. She regularly served on Board committees in the areas of education, political advocacy, professional standards, among others. In later years she had been affiliated with N.T. Callaway and ERA Properties Unlimited. Suzanne was well-known within the profession and was widely recognized for the high level of expertise and experience she brought to all facets of her work in the field.

In recent years Suzanne had devoted herself almost exclusively to the care of her elderly father, Joe Drabek, who passed away in December 2012. During this time she also maintained a happy home for her adored dogs who were her constant companions: the dachshunds “Spike, Louis, and Moe,” and the Collie “Skye,” who had earlier belonged to her father, as well as her shy adopted cat “Leo.” She had many beloved friends and colleagues in the Princeton community at the time of her death.

Suzanne is survived by two brothers, Jonathan Drabek of St. Augustine, Florida, and Jaime Drabek of McAllen, Texas.

Friends may gather at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton on Monday August 19 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery adjacent to her parents’ graves.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the animal rescue organization S.A.V.E., 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton N.J. 08540.

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Lester Tibbals, Jr.

Lester “Bud” Tibbals, Jr., 97, died on June 29, 2013 at Stonebridge. He was a devoted husband for 66 years to the late Christina Freeman Tibbals, father to Roxana Tibbals Leeson and the late David Lester Tibbals, grandfather to four grandchildren, and great grandfather to three great grandchildren. He gave us all the gifts of unconditional love, joy, and laughter in abundance.

Bud was born on February 11, 1916 in Milford, Conn. to Mabel and Lester, Sr. He was a direct descendent of Captain Thomas Tibbals, an original settler of Milford. While growing up in Milford, Bud earned the Boy Scout’s highest rank of Eagle Scout and began the waterfront program in Milford. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1940 where he was a member of the varsity swimming and track teams and Psi Upsilon fraternity. During World War II Bud served in the United States Navy and taught Midshipman’s School at Great Lake’s Naval Station and Columbia University.

Bud came to Princeton in 1945 to earn a Masters Degree in history at Princeton University’s Graduate College. He joined the faculty of Princeton Country Day School in 1947. Current Head of School, Paul J. Stellato, wrote, “Mr. Tibbals was an extraordinary member of our Princeton Day School community, teaching history to eager students from 1947 to 1981. He was one of the few teachers in our school’s history who taught at both Princeton Country Day School and then, after the merger with Miss Fine’s School in 1965, at Princeton Day School.”

In 2011, on the occasion of their 50th reunion, the PCD class of 1961 made Mr. Tibbals an honorary member of the class. An avid supporter of PCD and PDS athletics, Mr. Tibbals also coached tennis, hockey, skating, and football. In addition, he served as the school’s athletic director from 1958 to 1965. In 2003, he was inducted into the Princeton Day School Athletic Hall of Fame for extraordinary achievement.  Bud often said of his 34 years at PCD/PDS, “There wasn’t a day that I didn’t love going to work.”

Bud was an avid figure skater, tennis player, sailor, and fly fisherman. He loved everything football and anything “Tiger”. He was a past president of the Princeton Skating Club, a member of the Old Guard, a ROMEO (Really Old Men Eating Out), a reading teacher to prison inmates, and a volunteer at the Carrier Clinic.

A memorial service will be held on September 14 at 1 p.m. at Stonebridge, 700 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bud’s memory to: The Class of 1940 Scholarship Fund at Trinity College, 300 Summit St. in Hartford, CT 06106.


Lillian M. Bradley

Lillian M. Bradley, 93, died on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Cadbury at Lewes in Lewes, Del. She was born on July 14, 1920 in East Orange, N.J. to the late Harvey Boeninghaus and Mary Cross Boeninghaus. After graduating from East Orange High School she graduated from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City.

She worked at Walter Kidde & Company in New York City before moving to Princeton in 1954 where she worked for Princeton Bank and Trust and its successors.

Mrs. Bradley was predeceased by her husbands W. Arthur Ridler (1944) and Richard E. Bradley (2008), her brother Edward Boeninghaus, and stepson Paul Bradley. She is survived by her son Arthur H. Ridler and his wife Carol; step-daughters Eileen, Joyce, Jan, and Nora; granddaughters Amy and Sarah, as well as numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family will hold a private graveside ceremony on September 21, 2013 at Rosedale Cemetery, Montclair, N.J.

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August 7, 2013

obit HillJune Lorraine Hill

June Lorraine Hill, 91, passed away quietly on Friday, July 26 at her home on Morgan Place in Princeton.

A good wife, loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother, June was loved and appreciated by all who knew her. June is survived by her husband Paul Hill, her son Dan and his wife Norma Hill of Doylestown, son and daughter-in-law Mark and Beth Hill of Hopewell, five grandchildren Ryan, Braden along with his wife Blair, Rebecca, their mother Maggi, Caitrin and her husband Matt, and Ellen. June also had two great-grandsons, Alessandro and Abram.

She has left every member of her family with so many fond and wonderful memories; such as the year she baked 400 loaves of her famous banana bread to sell at Hill’s Market on Witherspoon Street (the family run grocery store that delivered and sold groceries and gourmet foods for 69 years). It is the best tasting bread that you could ever imagine. Thank goodness she wrote down the recipe! She was a fine baker.

June was born on June 4, 1922 in Simla, Colorado to parents Henry and Melissa Snell. They lived 5 miles away in the town of Ramah (population 150) amid the cattle ranch country of the high plains. She grew up there with her brother Vincent and sisters Juanita and Marcheta, graduating from Ramah High School. In the early 1940s, she moved to Westwood Village, California. She attended Sawyer’s Business College, a short walk from her Aunt and Uncle’s home where she stayed. After graduating, she worked as a bank teller in Hollywood. Luckily for Paul, she was not the type to flirt back with any of the stars that frequented her teller window at the bank. She was and remained beautiful up to her death.

Paul and June met each other one evening at a VFW dance held for servicemen in June 1944. She was surrounded by a group of soldiers and to get rid of them Paul shouted, “hey look, they brought out the food!” They were married in October of that year in Beverly Hills where they lived before returning to Paul’s hometown of Princeton. They had almost 69 years of wonderful marriage.

We will all miss June. Her warmth and kind, gentle bearing made everyone who knew her, love her. There will be a private graveside memorial at Princeton Cemetery led by Liz Cohen LCSW.

Friends, please join us at the Springdale Golf Club, 1895 Clubhouse Drive in Princeton, on Sunday, August 18 at 4 p.m. to help celebrate her life.

Arrangements made through the kind auspices of the Blackwell Memorial Home.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road in Princeton Junction.


Pamela S. Enslin

Pam lost her yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. She was 73 years old and a 42 year resident of Princeton, NJ. Pam is survived by Bill, her husband of 43 years; her son Jeff; Bill’s children, Bill Jr., Laurie and Melissa; and her eight grandchildren: Tim, Scott, Caelen, Matthew, Dylan, Jeremy, Charlee and Dexter.  She has a brother Tell on Bainbridge Island and sisters; Antonia and Monica in Bucks County, Pa. and Laura in Carmel, Ca.

After graduating from Penn State, Pam worked in Microbiology first at the Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania and then at Cook College, Rutgers University.  Pam was active in the Princeton community, serving for many years as the Municipal Chair of the Democratic Party.  During her tenure as Municipal Chair, she played a key role in helping the local Democratic Party regain control of Princeton Township, which it still maintains today.  Pam was also an active supporter and contributor to the Senior Resource Center in Princeton.  Pam’s commitment to both the Princeton Democratic Party and the Senior Resource Center was often on display as she had a special knack and creative flair for organizing and designing events for these organizations.

There was a commemorative gathering at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton on Sunday, August 4 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  A brief memorial service took place at 4 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Princeton Senior Resource Center would be greatly appreciated.


Sybil Hargraves

Sybil Hargraves, 81, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013, with loving family by her side.

Sybil was born and raised in South Africa, where she met her future husband, Robert Hargraves.  They were married in London in 1955 and moved to the United States, settling first in Washington, D.C., before moving to Princeton in 1961.

In addition to raising three daughters, Sybil worked in various positions at Princeton University and in the community.  Wherever she worked, people were drawn to her graciousness and warmth. The family lived overseas on three year-long sabbaticals – in Germany, South Africa, and India – and they traveled and camped together across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Sybil became an avid golfer, and Rob and Sybil were active members of Springdale Golf Club for more than thirty years.  Sybil loved movies and books, and did the New York Times crossword puzzle every day.  She loved her family and her home, 747 The Great Road, and hosted great parties and weddings there, welcoming many guests and friends over the years.  Sybil stayed connected with family and friends around the world, including her beloved niece and friend Noralee in England.

Sybil was the daughter of Vera and Jock Sinclair. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Robert, and her sister, Catherine Herber. She is survived by her three daughters, Monica Hargraves, Allison Hargraves, and Colleen Guimes; four grandchildren, Hillary and Jack Hargraves-Dix, and Isabel and William Gephart; sons-in-law John Dix, Andrew Guimes, and John Gephart; and niece and nephew Sandra and Gary Herber.  Her grandchildren were a particular source of pride and joy.  Many people loved Sybil.  She had a way of making everyone feel loved, interesting, and welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Sybil’s name to the charity or cause of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home,


Obit Gatt 8-7-13Sandra Joy Gatt

Sandra Joy Gatt, 51, of Skillman, NJ went to heaven on August 2, 2013.  She passed away peacefully at home surrounded and loved by her family.

Sandy was born on June 11, 1962 in Chicago, IL to Andy and Janet Piscatelli.  She graduated, valedictorian, from Holmdel High School in 1980. She received a BA from Dartmouth College in 1984 and then received her MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988.  She completed a residency in general surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then completed a residency in plastic surgery at The University of Southern California.  Sandy married Charles Gatt on April 6, 1991.

Sandy was a plastic surgeon, practicing in the Princeton area.  She was a kind and compassionate doctor who was truly loved by her patients.  She was a devoted mother, wife and daughter.  She was the team mother for Pop Warner Football and volunteered to help in all of her children’s sports.  She could always be heard on the sidelines cheering on the teams.  She enjoyed gardening, baking for her family, skiing and most of all spending time at home with her family.

Sandy is survived by her husband Charles and sons CJ and Taylor and dog Mattie, of Skillman, NJ; Parents Andy and Janet Piscatelli of Holmdel, NJ; Sister Pam Faber of Virginia Beach, VA; Brother Drew Piscatelli of Neptune, NJ.  She also is survived by a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins

As a plastic surgeon, Sandy cared for many women with breast cancer. She always expressed her concern for the women who fought the disease without enough family or financial support. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton. You can learn more at

Funeral services will begin on Wednesday, August 7  at 9:15 a.m. at the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 US Hwy 206, Hillsborough followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in South Amboy. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home.


Reginald William (Bill) Pauley

Reginald William (Bill) Pauley, 86, a resident of Belle Mead for nearly 50 years, died August 1, 2013, after a valiant struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.  He was a loving husband and father, engineer, civic leader and a man of many interests.

Bill was born on January 25, 1927, in South Plainfield and graduated from North Plainfield High School. Growing up within biking distance of Hadley Airport he developed his lifelong love of aviation. Although never a pilot, he served as a mechanic in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After he graduated from Rutgers University, he worked at Curtis Wright Aeronautics.

His interest in automobiles took him to Detroit in 1954 with his new bride, Lois, to work as an engineer for Chrysler Corporation.  He earned a master’s degree in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute. In 1963 Bill returned to New Jersey to design tools at Ingersoll Rand, receiving 17 patents and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence.  Bill’s fascination with architecture led to his designing his home in Belle Mead where they raised their family. After retirement, he did consulting work and enjoyed several years driving a school bus.

His devotion to his community drew him to more than 35 years of public service to Montgomery Township, where he served as Mayor and two terms on the Township Committee, and on many committees, including the Conservation Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, and the advisory committee for the design of the Township’s first high school. He also served on the advisory board of the Mary Jacobs Library and was appointed by the Governor to the Delaware Raritan Canal Commission for two terms. Bill loved history, primarily Revolutionary War and especially local.  He was a founder, president twice, and trustee for many years of the Van Harlingen Historical Society.

Bill was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton since 1965. He cared deeply about social justice and civil rights and was actively engaged in those causes. Bill took pleasure in classical music, opera and art, and was an avid photographer.  His family and friends loved his dry wit, thirst for knowledge and kind and generous spirit.

Bill is survived by Lois, his wife of more than 58 years; son, David and his wife Sue; daughters Ann and her partner Ann Wroth, and Joan Corella and her husband Joe; and grandchildren: Michael and Claire Pauley and Jay and Jensen Corella.  He is also survived by his older brother Robert and twin brother Phillip, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for the fall.

July 31, 2013

Obit Wilder 7-31-13Gita Jane Wilder

Gita Jane Wilder, 76, of Princeton died on July 21, 2013 following an 11 month battle with cancer. She was in hospice care at the Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey where her family and friends provided her with constant companionship and care. Gita was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 22, 1937, the daughter of Aaron and Miriam Zabarkes. Aaron was a science teacher in the Philadelphia public school system and Miriam was a secretary in the school system as well. Gita received a BA in sociology/anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, where she also did graduate work in child development and education. She received an MA in sociology/demography from Brown University and an MA and PhD from Princeton University in psychology.

From 1959-63 she was a research assistant for a Longitudinal Growth Study at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. In 1964 she joined the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, first in the Test Development Division and then in the Division of Education Policy Research, where she was a senior research scientist and was a director of the Research Survey Center. During her 34 years at ETS she worked on a broad spectrum of educational programs. Examples include: member of the team that carried out the original evaluation of the educational impact of Sesame Street; project director of “A Review of the Literature on Gender Differences in Test Performance”; and developer of process measurements for an evaluation of federally-funded Parent-Child Development Centers. While at ETS, she took a two-year leave of absence (1992-94) to serve as director of summative research for ghostwriter at Children’s Television Workshop where she coordinated and directed all research activities related to this new multi-media literacy project for children. From 1999-2005 she was a senior social research scientist at the Law School Admission Council in Newtown, Pa., where she was a member of the executive coordinating committee for the “After the JD” study, a longitudinal study of legal careers. She also provided oversight of the Law School Admission Council Research Grants Program. From 2005-10 she was a senior social science researcher at the National Association for Law Placement in Washington D.C., where she continued her research on the early-career experiences of lawyers.

From 1987 until she became ill in 2012, Gita also held a number of adjunct and visiting professor positions: Adjunct Assist. Prof., Department of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College; Adjunct Assist. Prof. Social Science, Mercer County Community College; Adjunct Instructor in Social Science, Somerset Community College; Visiting Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Princeton University, where she taught a number of courses and, in particular, taught in the Teacher Preparation Program.

Gita deeply enjoyed teaching each semester at Princeton University. Her course, psych 307, educational psychology, a requirement in the Program for Teacher Preparation, was very popular with students, particularly psychology majors and those interested in educational policy. She was a compassionate educator, insisting students meet her high standards, but deeply respectful of their desire to become, or at least consider becoming, educators. She also worked with teachers from local schools in QUEST, a summer elementary science course run by the University’s Teacher Prep program.

In her work with Teacher Prep, she brought a wonderful balance of wit and wisdom to the program’s work, serving as a portfolio reviewer for elementary teaching candidates, and contributing her extensive educational research experience to decisions relating to evaluation and accreditation. She also helped develop the informational feedback survey given to Teacher Prep alumni and employers. Gita’s insights, candor, and (unpretentious) point of view enhanced staff discussions and professional culture.

Gita’s comic comments on life delighted her friends and colleagues and her one-liners are often quoted by them. On wine: “I never met a Pinot Grigio I didn’t like.” On observing the P-rade (and paraphrasing F. Scott Fitzgerald): “watching the privileged classes enjoy their privileges.” Her splendid sense of humor brightened both social occasions and many a long faculty and staff meeting.

While at Princeton, Gita served, for many years, on the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which reviews all research proposals for concerns regarding safety and privacy. She also served as a student advisor for freshman and sophomore undergraduate students.

Among her many volunteer and community activities were: Member, Board of Overseers and Chair of Evaluation Committee, Governors School of New Jersey; Trustee, Mill Hill Child and Family Development Center, Trenton, New Jersey; Literacy tutor, Literacy Volunteers of America. Also, for the entire 50 years she lived in Princeton, she was active in the Bryn Mawr Club of Princeton and worked on the Bryn Mawr book sale that raised money for the school’s scholarship fund.

On a personal level, she enjoyed playing and listening to music during her entire life (she was first bass violinist in the All-Philadelphia High School Orchestra). She was also an inveterate knitter and supplied baby sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves, and afghans to what seemed like half of Princeton.

Gita is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joseph Wilder of Princeton; their daughter, Susan Wilder of Washington, D.C.; their son, Michael Wilder, his wife Elizabeth, and their daughters Isabel and Annie, also of Washington, DC; and their son David Wilder, his wife Lihi and their sons Aviv and Lev of Glendale California. She is also survived by her brother Arthur Zabarkes, his wife Irene, of New York, New York, and his children, Adriana and Rachel.

There will be a celebration of Gita’s life on Sunday, September 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50, Cherry Hill Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Bryn Mawr Scholarship Fund will be welcome.


Obit Hendershott 7-31-13Rachel E. Hendershott

Rachel Elizabeth Hendershott, 84, of Princeton Junction, passed away peacefully with family by her side on July 26, 2013, at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

Born December 21, 1928 and raised Rachel Elizabeth Van Wagner in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she spent her summers with her parents Floyd M. and Catherine Van Wagner, her twin sister Mary, and brothers Peter and Charles Van Wagner on the shores of Lac Nominingue in the Laurentien mountains of Quebec.

She moved with her husband, Bill Hendershott, and their three children, Caroline Jill, Stephen, and Catherine to Princeton and became very active as a volunteer working with the AAMH, the Eden Institute, The Girl Scouts, and the Princeton Watercolor Society. Rachel was a world traveler, photographer, and watercolor artist. She traveled from the North Pole to the African Savanna to Indonesia capturing the beauty of the world in her photographs. She spent the last seven years living at Bear Creek Assisted Living in Princeton Junction. During her final days she was tenderly cared for by her family and caregivers at the Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Bill, Rachel will always be lovingly remembered by her children Caroline Jill Hendershott; Catherine Weber and husband David and Stephen Hendershott and wife Jill; grandchildren Scott Weber and his wife Stephanie; Kevin Weber and his fiancée Julie Sauer; Christopher Weber; Kyle Nosal and his wife Megan; Matthew Nosal and Rachel S. Hendershott; great-grandchildren Jackson and Colin Weber and Juliet Nosal; brothers Peter and Charles Van Wagner and twin sister Mary Waldvogel; as well as extended family in Canada and here in the United States.

Cremation services were private. Donations in Rachel’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Organization,

Condolences may be extended at TheKimbleFuner


MarkSweeneyFinalMark William Sweeney

Mark William Sweeney, beloved husband, father, and friend died Friday (July 19) of cancer. One thousand paper cranes, handmade by friends and family, turned gently in the sunlight of his room. He was home with his family caring for him until the end. Mark was a graphic artist and illustrator who couldn’t help but teach everyone around him something cool about Apple computers. He was 50 years old.

Born in Tucson, Arizona on December 17, 1962, Mark came home from the hospital tucked in a red stocking — fitting for his joyful outlook. His childhood was spent in Princeton, New Jersey where he attended Princeton Day School. Mark studied architecture at Syracuse University before giving in to his passion for art. He was a painter, sculptor, and gifted ceramist.

After college, Mark lived in San Francisco for nearly a decade where he created hundreds of illustrations for MacUser magazine and produced maps for several cruise lines, including Royal Viking. After settling in Upper Montclair 16 years ago, he was most proud of the many illustrations he created as part of several permanent exhibits at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Mark became a certified “Creative” for Apple and brought his enthusiasm and know-how to anyone he worked with. Teachers, children, and other artists were among his favorite clients.

Mark belonged to Union Congregational Church where he felt right at home and was humbled by their steadfast support throughout his illness. Mark had a twinkle in his eye, was a friend to all and never complained. He was a devoted father to Evan (17) and Heather (14) and an over the moon soul mate to his loving wife of 21 years, Catherine. Mark cherished his relationship with his father, Dr. William A. Sweeney (of Skillman, New Jersey) and his mother Jeanne Sweeney, deceased. He was a loving brother to both John A. Sweeney (of San Francisco) and Rita A. Sweeney, who preceded him in death.

The family gathered in quiet sorrow and prayer at the time of his passing and intend to celebrate his life with a memorial service in the fall. If you would like to make a gift in Mark’s name, the family would appreciate a donation on his behalf to the Montclair Art Museum where Mark spent many creative hours in the ceramics studio (



Wendy L. (Halpern) Rickert, 57, died unexpectedly on July 24, 2013. Born in New York City, she was a 1973 graduate of Princeton High School. She spent time living in both Colorado and California before returning to Princeton in 1992.

Following the completion of her education, Wendy worked in the banking industry before marrying and becoming a homemaker and eventually relocating to Levittown, Pa. This year she celebrated 18 years of marriage with her loving husband Kenneth Rickert, also formerly of Princeton. The two have known each other since they were 11 years of age.

Wendy was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Gloria Halpern. She is survived by her husband Kenneth, daughter Amie Rickert as well as her sister Susan Halpern.

A celebration of life service will be held at Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, on Friday August 2, 2013 at 11 a.m.


obit geiselFrances L. Geisel

Frances L. Geisel, 94, of Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa., died peacefully on July 22, of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Frances and her late husband Jack had lived in Princeton for 36 years until their retirement from their second career, Tennis Activities, in 2003.

Mrs. Geisel grew up in Harrisburg, Pa., the only daughter of noted architect Ritchie Lawrie and his wife Helen. She graduated from the Seiler School before going on to Vassar College, where she majored in mathematics and graduated in 1939.

While raising her family, Mrs. Geisel returned to school, earning her masters in library science from Drexel University, and then serving as head librarian at the Abington Friends School. In 1967, the Geisels relocated to Princeton, while maintaining a small apartment in center city Philadelphia, as Mr. Geisel completed the final 10 years of his career at Rohm & Haas Company, leading its social responsibility initiative.

It was during this time that the Geisels began volunteering their time coaching an inner-city team as part of their recently launched National Junior Tennis League (NJTL). But they were more than coaches. Mrs. Geisel tutored a number of the players so they could earn their GED, and the Geisels provided scholarships to help three of their players earn their college degrees. One night, one young player showed up at the Geisels’ apartment door with all of his possessions in a paper bag. His grandmother had just died and he had no place to go. Darryl continued to call Mrs. Geisel every year on her birthday and on Mothers Day.

Mrs. Geisel was devoted to her family, and the summers she and her husband spent in Stone Harbor with their children and grandchildren were especially memorable. She was just as passionate about supporting progressive political causes, particularly those promoting social justice and racial equality.

Bridge, tennis, and travel were three of Mrs. Geisel’s favorite activities. She earned Master’s status as a bridge player, and played family mixed doubles weekly on the clay court Jack and his son Ritchie built in Ritchie’s back yard. The Geisels combined tennis and travel by hosting groups of tennis enthusiasts on trips to Spain, Kenya, Russia, and Egypt, where they mixed sightseeing with friendly tennis competitions with the locals.

In 1975, Mr. and Mrs. Geisel founded the Trenton Chapter of the NJTL, and saw it grow and flourish over the years they served on the Board. The Geisels were honored on several occasions for their contributions to the sport of tennis, and following Mr. Geisel’s passing in 2008, their sons established the Geisel Scholarship Endowment at NJTL of Trenton, which annually assists a deserving participant in the program to attend college.

Mrs. Geisel is survived by sons John, Jr. and Ritchie, daughters-in-law Betsy McNamara and Pamela Geisel, former daughters-in-law Judy McGullam and Sonya Geisel Hunt, grandchildren John Geisel III, Laurie Forrer, Janelle Werdesheim, and Justin Geisel, and ten great grandchildren.

The family will hold a celebration of Mrs. Geisel’s life in the fall. In the meantime, memorial contributions may be made to the Trenton Chapter of NJTL, 439 S. Broad Street, Suite 208, Trenton, N.J. 08611 or online at


Helen B. Golden

Helen B. Golden, 92, died on Monday, July 22, 2013 at Bristol Glen in Newton. Mrs. Golden, daughter of the late Ernest and Helen Barnes was born in Yonkers, N.Y. October 14, 1920. She grew up in Kingston and was a 60 year resident of Princeton.

For many years, Mrs. Golden was the bookkeeper for Philip J. Golden Plumbing and Heating in Princeton.

Mrs. Golden was predeceased by her husband Philip J. Golden in 1999 and 2 brothers, Ernest and Thomas Barnes. She is survived by her children, Nancy Morgenstern and her husband Robert of Sparta; Walter Thomas Golden and Regina Jones of Homosassa, Fla.; Daniel P. Golden and his wife Aine of Dublin, Ireland; and Phyllis Andrews and her husband Robert of Durham, N.C. as well as 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday July 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of The Lake RC Church in Sparta. Friends were able to call at the church to pay their respects to the family one hour prior to the mass. An interment graveside service was held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton. For online condolences, please see www.fjohnram


July 24, 2013

0bit.arthurArthur Szathmary

Arthur Szathmary, a Princeton University professor emeritus of philosophy, died of natural causes July 1 at his home in Princeton. He was 97.

Over the course of his nearly 40 years at the University, Szathmary’s work probed the philosophical significance of art and the relations between art and philosophy as modes of understanding human experience. He also concentrated on the principle of aesthetic criticism of art and was intrigued by how art enables people from different cultures to understand each other. He retired from Princeton in 1986.

Paul Benacerraf, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, who earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Princeton in 1952 and 1960, respectively, and served twice as department chair, says he felt Szathmary’s influence both as a student and a colleague.

“Arthur was an important member of the Princeton faculty,” Benacerraf said, “partly because he was one of very few with his particular sensibilities and interests — a broad and deep interest and competence in the arts and how to think about them — but especially because of his personal kindness and openness.”

Benacerraf said Szathmary helped him find a place for himself at Princeton in the early 1950s. “As an undergraduate, I wandered around pretty lost for a couple of years, until I found Arthur, and although my philosophical interests eventually diverged from his, he had been the link that enabled me to think that I could make it at Princeton — that there was a place for me here after all.”

Szathmary joined the Princeton faculty in 1947. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, the last in 1942. Working with Japanese prisoners as a Navy intelligence officer during World War II sparked his interest in Japanese culture.

His commitment to the arts led to his appointment as chair of the Creative Arts Committee from 1958 to 1967, which oversaw the Creative Arts Program. Under Szathmary’s leadership, along with program director R.P. Blackmur, a succession of poets, writers, and critics taught in the program. Szathmary also served as a senior fellow in the humanities.

“His great contribution was in his teaching and his close personal relations with his students,” said Alexander Nehamas, the Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy and comparative literature. Nehamas met Szathmary as a graduate student in the late 1960s, when he led the precept for Szathmary’s undergraduate course on the philosophy of art.

“His courses, especially the undergraduate courses he taught, attracted large groups of students, including, among others, the painter Frank Stella,” Nehamas said. “He was an infectiously enthusiastic teacher, with high standards, but always profoundly generous, encouraging, and full of good will.”

Szathmary’s impact on his students often lasted long after they left Princeton. In 2008, Gregory Callimanopulos, a member of the Class of 1957 and a noted art collector, donated the first Picasso painting to enter the Princeton University Art Museum’s collection, “Tête d’homme et nu assis (“Man’s Head and Seated Nude”), in honor of Szathmary.

Chris Homonnay, Class of ’83 says: “Arthur was an inspirational, creative, and thought provoking teacher. He opened our minds to new directions. Most significantly, he cared about each of his students. In some of my low moments, he was always available to talk or take walks around campus or Lake Carnegie. His memory will always be a blessing.”

Szathmary is survived by his wife, Lily Hayeem; his brother, Bill Dana; and his children, Robert and Helen.

Both the family and the department of philosophy are planning a memorial service.


Obit_Saldick 7-24-13Jerome Saldick

Jerome Saldick died at home on July 17, 2013. Born on March 24, 1921 in Astoria, N.Y., he was the son of the late Elsa (Rimalover) and David Saldick and was predeceased by his sister Sally Mackler.

Known for living life on his own terms, he graduated from Townsend Harris High School. He received his BA cum laude in chemistry in 1940 and his MA in 1941, both from Brooklyn College.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II attaining the rank of Captain. He was stationed in Rome as a weather forecaster and it was during his army years that he began his lifelong love of travel, catching rides to many exotic destinations including Egypt and Palestine.

After the war he earned his PhD from Columbia University. He was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi honorary societies. He was also a member of the American Chemical Society.

In 1951 he married Evelyn (Diamond). They had two daughters and moved to Princeton in 1960. Jerry and Princeton took an instant liking to each other. During his career at FMC and afterward, he enjoyed many diverse activities including sailing on Lake Carnegie, fixing cars, taking painting classes at the Adult School, swimming regularly at the Community Pool, and auditing classes at Princeton University. He relished the afternoon lectures at the University Art Museum and dialogues with Rabbi Silverman at The Jewish Center.

A two-time cancer survivor, he enjoyed volunteering with the local prostate cancer support group.

A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn, and his loving daughters Barbara and Diane. A founding member of the 55 Plus Club, contributions may be made in Jerry’s memory to the 55 Plus Club, The Jewish Center, or The Jewish Center Library Fund.


Haruo Nakayama

Haruo Nakayama, 80, of Princeton died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at home.

Born March 10, 1933 in Manhattan, his father had a business in New York City. During World War II, he returned to Japan with his parents and a sister. He graduated from school in Japan, majored in electronics, joined the U.S. Army for three years and transferred to the U.S. Air Force, having served in the military for a total of 26 years. He was employed as an electronic engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense at the Air Force Base in Wiesbaden, Germany until his retirement. He returned to the U.S. in 1998 to reside with his mother and sisters in Princeton. He was a quiet person who spent most of his time with family and friends. He enjoyed bird watching, reading books, listening to classical music, opera, and taking photos.

He is survived by his sister, Michiko Nakayama of Princeton.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Rd., Princeton Junction, N.J. 08550.


Obit DuFour 7-24-13Richard D. DuFour

“I Did It My Way”

Richard DuFour, 81, passed away peacefully on July 14, surrounded by family. He was born October 5, 1931 in Bound Brook, New Jersey to Louis and Frances Paternoster DuFour. Mr. DuFour was a resident of Central New Jersey until he retired to the Dallas area in 1996. He was a graduate of Rutgers University and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Richard was retired from his construction business and was an artisan stonemason.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Jeffrey of Hopewell, son Brian of Albuquerque, N.M., son Mark of Piscataway, N.J., daughter Diane of Renton, Wash., son Darren of Jamesburg, N.J. and stepdaughter Sandra of Keyport, N.J.. He also had many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Joseph. His brother, Warren, recently passed away on July 19. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joan Sullivan, and granddaughter Malloree.

All funeral services are private by Turrentine Jackson Morrow of Allen, Tex. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital ( Condolences and acknowledgements may be offered on the funeral home website or sent to the family c/o J. DuFour, P.O. Box 2310 Princeton, N.J. 08543,


Cynthia A. Stevens

Cynthia A. Stevens, 58, a resident of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, died peacefully at home on Friday, July 19, 2013. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she lived in Princeton until young adulthood, and thereafter principally in Hamilton Township. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1972, and attended the Moore College of Art. Cynthia was very passionate and knowledgeable about horticulture. Her home garden was literally a sea of plants, including a number of exotic varieties that were in bloom from early spring until late fall. Her garden was her pride and joy, and the results of her labors were a joy to behold. For a number of years Cynthia served as a volunteer at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.

Cynthia is survived by her husband, Keith D. Stevens of Hamilton Township; her parents, Nancy R. and William C. Becker of Princeton; her sister Pamela B. Haberle and her husband Robert of Pennington; her brother Christopher R. Becker and his wife Chia-lin of Oakland, California, Taylor MacGregor Haberle, a nephew, and Alexandra Claire Becker, a niece.

Cremation will be held privately and there will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Philadelphia Horticultural Society, 100 North 20th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19100, or any other organization of choice.

July 17, 2013

Rubby Sherr

Rubby Sherr, nuclear physicist and emeritus professor of physics at Princeton University, died on July 8 at the Quadrangle in Haverford, Pa. He would have reached age 100 on September 14.

Sherr was one of the last surviving first-hand witnesses of the atomic bomb test at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

He joined the Initiator Group for the Manhattan Project in 1944, working under Charles Critchfield in Los Alamos. His major contribution to this effort was as the co-inventor of the Fuchs-Sherr Polonium-Beryllium neutron initiator which he nicknamed the “urchin”, the portion of the device positioned at the center of the bomb designed to spread the nuclear chain reaction rapidly throughout the fissile plutonium material. He is far less well known for his initial reaction to the test explosion: intensely focused, staring at his instrument to measure the blast’s shock wave in the darkened blockhouse a few miles from ground zero, he angrily shouted “Who the h*** turned on the g** d***** lights!” at the moment of the detonation’s intense brilliance.

The legion of Trinity witnesses has shrunk rapidly. In 2005, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Trinity blast, Sherr sat on a panel arranged by Wolfgang Panofsky at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington of 14 surviving scientists who worked on the bomb to recall their experiences of the project. With Sherr’s passing, only two of the panelists survive.

Earlier, while at the MIT-Harvard Radiation Laboratory in the early 1940s, he had contributed to the war effort with the invention of a variety of Doppler radar, an air-borne device capable of detecting moving vehicles on the ground. He spoke of testing the device while crammed into the rear fuselage of a small Army aircraft, flying high above a long straight stretch of highway somewhere in New England. The experience so terrified him that a decade passed before he flew again.

Sherr was an experimentalist to the core. His PhD thesis, which he completed in 1937 at age 23, demonstrated the use of gas diffusion for isotope separation. It consisted of twenty-nine glass diffusion pumps, connected one-to-the-next, individually and crafted by hand. Despite the remarkable artisanship he demonstrated in constructing the device, Sherr rarely mentioned his skill at glass blowing.

More often, he liked to recall his construction of a Rube-Goldberg-style “ichthyological culinary” machine designed to enpan and fry a fish, which he built as a young adult at a summer camp. Photographs of the device show a collection of items on a smallish table with a wash tub for the fish at one end and a frying pan on the other. The details of its design and use are now lost to the ages. While the experiment was not a success, he claimed to have learned a key lesson from that effort — always test individually each component of a complex machine.

Sherr’s large publication record, numbering well over 100 journal articles, spanned nine decades dating from September 1936. Sherr dedicated the bulk of his professional career to experimentally exploring the physics of atomic nuclei. He and co-author H. T. Fortune, emeritus professor of physics, University of Pennsylvania, have submitted five papers for publication in 2013.

Among his more widely publicized, if somewhat whimsical achievements, was his reporting while at Harvard in 1941, that he and co-experimentalist Kenneth Bainbridge had finally achieved the alchemists’ dream of transmuting mercury into gold, a feat that captured media attention.

Sherr joined the faculty of the physics department at Princeton University in 1946. There, he helped to shepherd the construction and use of the Princeton cyclotron for most of his career, and mentored the professional development of generations of physicists. Even after his retirement in 1982, he continued with nuclear research focusing on the effects that the electromagnetic force manifests in atomic nuclei.

Most recently, he had begun to explore why the Americans succeeded in constructing the plutonium bomb before the Germans despite their access to great minds and the same body of published research. He strongly suspected that boron impurities in carbon samples may have played a role. This puzzle he left others to solve.

While in Los Alamos, he learned fly fishing and remained an avid fisherman until the 1990s. He loved folk songs, sporting an impressive memory of the lyrics for a very large number of tunes. He and his wife, Pat, often hosted folk song aficionados, artists, and writers at their home in Princeton. Sherr was a lifelong friend of writer Benjamin Appel, and occasionally battled with Alan Lomax over the proper lyrics for folk songs they both knew. He also enjoyed bird watching, which he continued to do frequently until 2011. Late in life, he developed a fondness for growing orchids, accidently demonstrating the surprising hardiness of many species.

Rubby Sherr was born on September 14, 1913 in Long Branch, N.J., of immigrant parents from Lithuania, graduating from Lakewood New Jersey high school, earning his undergraduate degree from New York University in 1934 and a PhD from Princeton University in 1938. In 1936, he married his lifelong partner Rita “Pat” Ornitz. Following graduation and a one-year post-doc at Princeton, he took a position at Harvard to assist in constructing the Harvard cyclotron, continuing there as an instructor for four years. In 1942 as World War II spread, he moved to the MIT-Harvard Radiation Laboratory, focusing on improving the usefulness of radar. In 1944, he and his family were sent to Los Alamos as he began his work on the atomic bomb. Following the war, in 1946, he took a faculty position as an assistant professor in physics at Princeton University, where he spent the remainder of his career. He received a promotion to associate professor in 1949 and to professor in 1955. He retired as emeritus professor in 1982. Sherr moved to the Quadrangle retirement community in Haverford, Pa. in early 1998.

Professional leaves took him in 1953-54 to the Kellogg Radiation Laboratory at California Institute of Technology; in 1958-59 to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland as an NSF senior postdoctoral fellow and to the Weizmann Institute in Rehovoth, Israel; in 1966 again to the Weizmann Institute; in 1969 to Michigan State University as a distinguished visiting professor; in 1970 to the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California as a research associate; and in 1975 again to the Weizmann Institute and to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

From 1955 to 1971, he held the position of principal investigator for an Atomic Energy Commission contract supporting experimental and theoretical research in low energy nuclear physics. Initially, he had primary responsibility for the operation of the Princeton 18 MEV cyclotron. At its peak, the machine employed a staff of 34 faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and technical staff. In 1961, he initiated a nine year effort to finance and construct a more up-to-date accelerator. The Princeton AVF cyclotron became fully operational for research in 1970.

Prof. Sherr is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Sherr Sklar (Lawrence) of Ann Arbor Mich. and Frances Sherr (Robert Hess) of Wynnewood Pa.; and one granddaughter, Jessica Sklar of Seattle, Wash.

July 10, 2013

Obit Cooke 7-10-13Bernard Cooke

Bernard Cooke, age 87 passed away in his sleep Saturday June 1, 2013 at home in Princeton. Known as “Barney” to family and friends, he is pre-deceased by his son Brian Cooke following a long cancer battle. Barney is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary (Kiefer) Cooke; daughter Lisa Cooke; son Kevin Cooke, and daughter-in-law Elizabeth; grandson Duncan Cooke; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law Christa (Cooke), Jonathon Laureano, Heather (Cooke), Jeremiah Mann; great-granddaughters Olivia Laureano and Zoey Mann.

Born March 31, 1926 in Hightstown, Barney was the youngest of five children. A self-made businessman, Barney established many companies that evolved into Interior Design Associates serving Princeton University for over 60 years. Barney served as president of the Princeton Jaycees and as a Princeton YMCA board member. As a family man, Barney was always involved in sports activities with his children.

An expert scuba diver, Barney was co-founder of Princeton Aqua Sports. Diving adventures inspired world travel for the Cooke family. Also a bicycling enthusiast, Barney completed ‘Ragbrai’ across Iowa, and other interesting tours. Spending time in Barnegat Light and skiing in Telluride, Colo. were favorite vacation destinations with ‘the gang’ of good friends and family.

A gifted gardener, Barney cultivated a stunning array of azaleas highlighting the Cooke property on Rollingmead. For years, Barney’s family project of adorning a tall evergreen with collected sports equipment was a favorite ‘Christmas Tree’ spectacle.

With respect for Barney’s wishes, he was cremated. A private gathering is being arranged for friends and family.


Rosetta Galella Mennella

Rosetta Galella Mennella, 89, of Princeton died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Vitas Hospice Inpatient Unit at Kennedy-Stratford.

Born in Muro Lucano, Italy she resided in Princeton since 1961. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church. She was a well-known seamstress in the Princeton community. She adored and raised all of her grandchildren. She made the best pizza in town.

Wife of the late Pasqualino Mennella, she is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law Louis and Tatiana Mennella, Jerry Mennella, Frank and Carla Mennella; two sisters Teresa Galella, and Amelia Araneo; four grandchildren Lara and husband Michael Michaud, Jenna and husband Anthony Peluso, Danielle and husband Jeremy Branson, Jennifer Mennella; and one great-grandchild Sophia Michaud.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue with clergy from St. Paul’s Church officiating. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


July 3, 2013

Obit Weinstein 7-3-13Gerald Weinstein, 84, died June 28, 2013 in Princeton. Born in Brooklyn, Jerry was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who practiced in Baltimore for many years and then in New Jersey following his move to Princeton in 1990. In addition to his private practice he also taught at Johns Hopkins University, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Baltimore, and at Rutgers University Medical School.

He is survived by his wife Aura Star, sons and daughters-in-law David and Kathy Weinstein, of Salt Lake City; Matthew Weinstein and Laura Kessler of Salt Lake City; Benjamin Weinstein and Jennifer Westfall of Bangkok; step-sons Orrin Star of Cheverly, Md. and Jonathan Star of Princeton; brother William Weinstein of Oxford, England; and granddaughters Rachel Kessler Weinstein and Emily Weinstein.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Windrows.

June 26, 2013

Obit VanSchoick 6-26-13Gordon A. VanSchoick, Sr.

Gordon A. VanSchoick, Sr., 92, of Bushkill Township, formerly of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Muhlenberg Campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Mildred F. (Hughes) VanSchoick with whom he shared 71 years of marriage last November. Born in Robbinsville, on September 30, 1920, he was the son of the late Rosteen and Mary Etta (Conover) VanSchoick. During World War II, Gordon honorably served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Buckingham in the Pacific Theater. Prior to his retirement in 1986, he was employed by Scherer Corp. in Somerset, N.J. where he worked in the building/maintenance department for 10 years. Previously, Gordon worked in the plumbing and boiler industry for more than 40 years as a journeyman plumber. He enjoyed gardening and raising tomatoes, as well as wood crafting and cars. Most importantly, Gordon loved and cherished his family, and will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.In addition to his wife, Mildred, he is survived by his children; sons, Gordon A. Jr. and his wife, Mary of Whaleyville, Va.; David R. and his wife, Nancy with whom he resided; Herbert B. and his wife, Nancy of Lancaster, Pa.; Thomas A. of Hillsborough; and William J. of Bronx, N.Y.; daughters, Marjorie Christiansen and her husband, Robert of Princeton; and Susan Packowski and her husband, Robert of New Orleans, La; thirteen (13) grandchildren; thirteen (13) great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Edith Bellis and Emma Atkinson.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery, 1800 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton. There were no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., Moorestown—Bath, Pa.

Contributions may be made in memory of Gordon to the RBC Ministries, P.O. Box 2222 Grand Rapids, Mich., 49501.


Winston Bennett WatnikWinston Bennett Watnik, 59, passed away on Sunday, June 23 in Princeton. He was born on December 26, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Winston attended Franconia College in New Hampshire, where he studied Theater Arts. He graduated from the Chubb Insurance Institute in Summit, N.J., where he learned multiple programming languages. He then began a dual career as an expert software developer and a pension fund investment consultant. Winston was a longtime resident of SoHo, N.Y., before moving to Princeton in 1990. He headed Watnik & Son, a financial consulting firm, with offices in the Empire State Building and in Princeton. As a means of bringing computers into elementary school classrooms, Winston founded the Princeton Desk Company.

Winston shared his love of Hawaii with his family. He instilled a deep appreciation of the arts in his children. Winston was an avid fan of jazz and reggae music. His appreciation of reggae originated from his trip to Jamaica with his wife Mona, where he met Bob Marley’s mother and visited the musician’s tomb.

He was the son of Bette Ignatin and Morton Watnik. Winston is survived by his wife Mona Dabbagh Watnik, his children Zoe, Richard, and Lily, and by his brother, Webster Watnik.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Winston’s honor to the Franconia College Legacy Fund, 8489-1 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 37 Pleasant Street Concord, N.H. 03301.


Memorial Service

Friends of Angie Austin are invited to come together to share company and remembrances with family and friends on Saturday, June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call (609) 915-2010 for details.

June 21, 2013

Obit Howell 6-19-13Rebecca Howell Balinski

Former Princeton resident Rebecca Howell Balinski (September 8, 1934 — 26 May, 2013) is almost certainly the only person to have both sung at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and translated the work of leading French theologians into English.

The daughter of Charles Reece Howell Jr. and Emily Smith Howell, Rebecca, “Becky”, was born in Memphis where her father was looking for work during the Great Depression but she grew up in the town that had been home to her family for generations, Fayetteville, Tenn. Becky was a top student (she was awarded membership into the National Beta Club) and her singing talent was recognized early. Already as a high school student, she had her own request show, “A Journey in Song” alongside Miss Ruth Ray at the piano, on the local radio station WEKR.

In 1950, at the age of 15, Becky entered Vanderbilt University where she became president of the Women’s Student Government Association and received the Lady of the Bracelet Award, the highest recognition given a female undergraduate. She also continued to perform, among other things singing on national television in the precursor of “America’s Got Talent” Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour.

After receiving a master’s degree in education at Goucher College in Baltimore and working summers at a Presbyterian mission house in San Francisco’s Chinatown and at the Sleighton Farm School for Girls in Pennsylvania, Becky moved to Princeton to a job as a fourth grade teacher at Miss Fine’s School.

It was on a blind date that she met Princeton University mathematics doctoral student Michel Balinski. Theirs was a whirlwind romance. Within 9 months they were married at the Princeton University Chapel and for the next 11 years — from 1957 to 1968 — the Balinskis made their lives in Princeton. The arrival of her two daughters — Maria and Marta — was the joy of Becky’s life. As Michel commuted into Manhattan to work at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Becky was civically engaged, most notably attracting New York Times coverage (“Jersey Mother Leads Vote Protest”) of her campaign to encourage Democrat critics of the Johnson administration not to abstain but to vote for Hubert Humphrey in the 1968 presidential election.

In 1969 the Balinski family started what would turn out to be 12 years of moving back and forth across the Atlantic. Paris, Lausanne, Grenoble, Vienna, and Paris again — in all of them it was Becky who would make a secure home for the family. In the years where the family was in Princeton, Becky returned to teaching, this time at Stuart Country Day School.

It was after their final move to Europe in 1980, as Rebecca learned more about the Archbishop of Paris, Jean-Marie Lustiger, that she took the initiative to translate some of his homilies into English. This was the beginning of her career as a translator of theology and philosophy — not only of the work of Lustiger but also of books by Jesuit Henri de Lubac (considered one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century) and the political philosopher Pierre Manent.

In 1996 Rebecca moved (by herself — she had divorced several years earlier) from Paris to the village of Cour-sur-Loire, near Blois. It was here on the banks of the Loire River that she found, in her words, “her world” and great happiness in a community that appreciated her openness, generosity and hospitality, and loved her deeply.

In 2009 Rebecca was diagnosed with a rare case of melanoma of the eye. When the cancer spread she courageously refused treatment and died peacefully with her family and friends around her.

Rebecca is survived by her brother Charles Reece Howell III, her two daughters, Maria and Marta, her sons-in-law Wojtek and Karel and her granddaughter Lucy.


Obit Cheung 6-19-13Kin Wah Cheung

Kin Wah Cheung, 83, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2013. He was born in Canton, China to EuLeung Cheung and Gill Poon.

A graduate of Sun Yat-sen University he lived most of his life in Hong Kong and New Jersey.

Kin Wah was a passionate man and a strong advocate of education. He was co-founder of Cine Art Laboratory providing products and services for motion picture development. In his spare time he enjoyed traveling with family, hanging out with friends, and photography.

Kin Wah is survived by his wife of 61 years, Yee Kuen Chiu, his son Kwong Chi and wife Hsiaman, four daughters; Ming, Mae and husband Stephen Ng, Ki and husband Kwok Hung Ng, Lilian and husband Boniface Lee, five grandchildren; Timmy and Gary Cheung, Andy Ng, Christopher Ng and Alexandra Lee as well as his many loving aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and other friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 21, 2013 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Ewing Church Cemetery, Ewing, N.J. Please have flowers delivered directly to the church on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, N.Y. 10087-7106.

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Enrichetta Pirone Rossi

Enrichetta Pirone Rossi, 92, died June 13, 2013 in a hospital in Isernia, Italy surrounded by her family.

She was born April 9, 1921 in Pettoranello, Italy.

Wife of the late Ernesto, who died August 1, 1965, she is survived by a daughter Delfina Rossi, two sons Nino and wife Rina Rossi, and Mario Rossi, all of Italy, two sisters-in-law Lucia Rossi and Maryann Pirone, both of Princeton, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, all of Italy, also many nieces and nephews living in Italy, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.


Paul Gerhard Rodewald, Jr. 

Surrounded by his family, Paul Gerhard Rodewald, Jr., 77, died peacefully on June 14, 2013 at his home in Pennington, following a long battle with breast cancer. Born on May 15, 1936 in Pittsburgh, Pa, he was the son of the late Paul Gerhard Rodewald and Lillian Young Rodewald. He was a 44 year resident of Rocky Hill before moving to Pennington in 2007.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, he graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1954. He received a BA in chemistry from Haverford College in 1958 and a PhD in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1963.

Paul retired from Exxon-Mobil Corporation in 1996 after a 33 year career as a petrochemist. He was awarded over 60 U.S. patents for his work on zeolite catalysts and other chemical processes to increase the efficiency of oil refining and maximize the extraction of preferred distillates from petroleum. He published his research with colleagues in leading scientific journals, including Science and Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Those who knew Paul remember him not only for his quiet and caring disposition, but also for his kind and generous nature towards others and his quick-witted sense of humor. Paul was a life-long admirer of the natural world. His interests were broad and included astronomy, natural history, flowers, and insects. It was his love for birds, however, that is most memorable. Throughout his retirement Paul traveled to over 50 different countries across seven continents and amassed a “life list” of over 7,000 different bird species. Those travels and the seasonal comings and goings of birds surrounding his home were a great sense of enjoyment for him. He shared the joy of nature with his wife, children and grandchildren on numerous walks through the natural areas of New Jersey.

He loved tennis and played both singles and doubles tennis for 35 years with a group of partners from the greater Princeton area. His tennis partners noted that when he came to the net you were in trouble. Even though his foot speed waned over time, his return service did not. If the ball was within reach it would come back, often with a spin.

Paul is survived by his wife of 55 years, Adrienne Soost Rodewald of Pennington, whom he married on June 14, 1958; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Kristin Rodewald Dawson and Peter J. Dawson of Pennington, and Jane Rodewald Burroughs and Peter J. O’Boyle of Dunmore, Pa.; his two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul Gerhard Rodewald III and Amanda D. Rodewald of Ithaca, N.Y. and James S. Rodewald and Colleen M. Quinn of Easton, N.Y.; a brother and sister-in-law William and Elizabeth Rodewald of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister and brother-in-law Louise and Fred Forni of Chappaqua, N.Y.; a brother-in-law W. John Soost, and his wife, Joni of Lancaster, Pa.; his seven grandchildren for which he will always remain as “Poppie”: Anna Dawson, Elizabeth and Emily Burroughs, Julia and Owen Rodewald, Liam and Molly Rodewald; two step grandchildren Logan and Katerina O’Boyle; and nine nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. in All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Paul’s honor to any of the following organizations: Breast Cancer Resource Center YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, N.J. 08540; D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton, N.J. 08540; The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury (web/memorial giving), 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Va. 22203.

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