February 25, 2015

Obit Wood 2-25-15R. Norman Wood

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

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

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

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

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


Carol Lynn Patko

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

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

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

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


Domenico Tamasi

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

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

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

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

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

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


Margaret Eggers

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Donovan 2-18-15Betty Whelan Donovan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


GE DIGITAL CAMERARobert Virgil Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Grace Constant

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

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

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

February 11, 2015
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Val Fitch 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


John Pinelli, Sr.

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

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

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


Eugene Thomas McCray

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

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

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

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

Extend condolences and remembrances at www.TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

February 4, 2015

Obit Callahan 2-4-15Bob Callahan

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Morgan 2-4-15Arthur Palmer Morgan 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Patricia Ann Fischer

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

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

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

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


Obit Callan 2-4-15Chantal Deltheil Callan

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Goheen 2-4-15Margaret Skelly Goheen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Woodworth 2-4-15Enid Richardson Woodworth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 28, 2015

Memorial Service

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

January 21, 2015

Obit Chappelear 1-21-15David Chappelear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 14, 2015

Obit Clemens 1-14-15Jon K. Clemens

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

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

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

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


Paul Bahder

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

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

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

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

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

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


Frances Roth

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

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

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


Obit Fracaroli 1-14-15Mary Lynn Fracaroli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Memorial Service Announcement

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

January 7, 2015

Obit Hester 1-7-15Dr. James Hester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Rodwell 1-7-15Harriet A. Rodwell

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

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

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

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

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


obit broadwayHerbert T. Broadway Sr.

“The Watermelon Man”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2014

Obit DonahueEvelyn Dobson Donahue

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


Averil Sutphen

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Gray 12-31-14Barbara B. Gray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 24, 2014

Roger Schwing

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

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

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


Ann Gips

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

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

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

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

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

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


Patricia Maher Roberts

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

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

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

December 17, 2014

Obit Harford 12-17-14James J. Harford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Naumann 12-17-14Robert Bruno Alexander Naumann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Teresa “Nan” Cupples

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Partyka 12-17-14John R. Partyka

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his parents John and Jean Partyka.

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

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


Obit Grossman 12-17-14Allen Neil Grossman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 10, 2014

obit Goldberger mugMarvin L. Goldberger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Gould 12-10-14Kenneth S. Gould

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

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

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

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

His writings appeared in many professional publications.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


Nicolo Mauro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Lyness 12-10-14Paul Lyness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services and internment will be held privately.


Zelda Weisfeld Shuwall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 3, 2014

Obit Lidz 12-3-14Richard Ira Lidz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Merrye Hudis-Shavel

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

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

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

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


Obit Drewry 12-3-14Henry N. Drewry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 26, 2014

Olivia Lewis Thomas Chappell

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

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

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

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

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


Anne Martinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


James E. Doyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 19, 2014

Kenneth John Arnott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Eric Reichl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Woodruff 11-19-14John Wright Woodruff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Johnson 11-19-14Jamesena Lois Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Meigs 11-19-14A. James Meigs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Westoff 11-19-14Leslie Aldridge Westoff

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

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


Donald R. McCauley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


November 12, 2014

Margaretta Rodgers Cowenhoven

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

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

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

She was an avid birder and an accomplished bridge player.

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

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

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


Jude T. Rich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Williams 11-12-14Gareth Pierce Williams

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

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

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

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

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

November 5, 2014

Obit Galo 11-5-14Gale Gallo

Gale Gallo, 73, of Skillman, New Jersey, died peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family on October 26, 2014.

Gale was born February 9, 1941, to Dorothea and John Webb. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, she moved to Skillman in 1963, building a house on property that had been in her family for several generations.

She raised her four children in the home she lived in up until her death. After her first marriage ended in 1971, Gale continued to be a familiar face and popular waitress at the local restaurants Black Bart’s and Good Time Charlie’s for more than 25 years.

In 1990, Gale married Philip Gallo of Princeton and two years later they retired from their careers.

Over the last 24 years, they enjoyed life by traveling, sailing, taking cruises, attending theater, New York Jets football games, and Princeton Tigers basketball games. Gale’s passions were gardening, bird watching, and most of all, spending time with her family and Martha (her cat).

Gale was a member of the Princeton Elks Lodge (BPOE 2129) where she volunteered regularly. She was a member of the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Federation. Gale was honored when elected as Leader of the Wolfe Pack Club founded by her granddaughters.

She is survived by her husband Phil; sons Jimmy De Wispelaere of Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Andre De Wispelaere of Partlow, Virginia; daughters Debra Hardin of Trinity, North Carolina and Michel Parise of Skillman, New Jersey; eight grandchildren, Erin De Wispelaere, Spencer De Wispelaere, Joshua and Christina Hardin; Ashlyn, Megan, Lauren and Cailin Parise; three stepchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.

Cremation services were private.


Marie Marjorie Marrazzo

Marie Majorie Marrazzo, 77, of Kingston, passed away unexpectedly on November 1, 2014 after succumbing to a traumatic brain injury that resulted from a fall just four days earlier.

Born and raised in Kingston, N.J., Marjorie graduated from St. Peter’s High School in New Brunswick in 1955 and received her nursing degree from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Trenton in 1958.

After receiving her degree as a registered nurse (R.N.), Marjorie worked for the Princeton Medical Group on Witherspoon Street in Princeton for nearly 35 years before retiring in 2007.

Throughout her life, Marjorie had a deep and abiding passion for horses and equestrian activities of all disciplines and loved and adored animals of all sizes, especially her beloved cats. It is with infinite certainty that she is in heaven working very closely with St. Francis of Assissi, the patron saint of animals, administering love and compassion for all animals big and small.

A spectacularly caring and dedicated mother and champion to her two sons Frederick and Daniel, Marjorie is survived by her devoted husband, Fred, of 53 years that included all the elements of a storybook love affair filled with romance, the usual squabbles that make the bonds of marriage that much stronger, and the many memories of happiness sure to last an eternity because of the love and compassion that she showed to others. She is also survived by her identical twin sister Elizabeth Jane Sibert; her niece Lisa Marie Harding; and her nephews Robert Sibert and William Sibert. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Rika Uezu Marrazzo, a native of Okinawa, Japan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Kingston Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Kingston. Friends may call on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 9 until 10 a.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, Marjorie’s family would be extraordinarily grateful if memorial contributions could be made in Marjorie’s memory to PetSmart on US Highway 1, Monmouth Junction, in care of Kathy. Contributions will be used for rescue, shelter, and adoptions.


Louise A. Balestrieri

Louise A. Balestrieri, 70, of Skillman, New Jersey, died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Princeton, she was married in Princeton and resided in Skillman since 1971. Louise was the owner of A.J. Secretarial Services, which provided services to Princeton University students. She attended St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Daughter of the late Rocco and Angela (Arnoldo) Vendetti, she is survived by her husband John Balestrieri and her son, John Balestrieri, Jr.

Funeral services were private.

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


Cathy Dickey Brown

Cathy Dickey Brown, 82, of Princeton died Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born and raised in Chestnut Hill, Pa., she resided in Princeton since 1990. Cathy was a retired school teacher having worked at Springside School in Chestnut Hill.

Daughter of the late Charles and Catherine (Colt) Dickey, she is survived by her sister Mary Lindsay, her close friend Geoffrey Brown, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.


October 29, 2014

Obit George 10-29-14Thomas George

Thomas George, an internationally celebrated artist, died on October 21, 2014 after suffering a stroke at his home in Princeton on June 9. He was 96.

Mr. George’s career in art spanned more than 70 years. He began painting professionally prior to serving in the Navy in World War II and continued painting almost daily until his final illness.

Intensely curious about the world, Mr. George travelled extensively. More than just visiting foreign countries, he settled down to live and work in France, Italy, North Africa, Japan, China, Wales, and especially Norway.

The Lofoten mountains in Norway held such fascination for him that he bought a house in Drobak, a small village on a fjord outside Oslo. During the 30 summers that he spent there, he drew and painted the Lofoten mountains in an infinite number of ways and in many different media. The images he created there remained in his subconscious and reemerged over the years in future work.

In the early 1970s, when the People’s Republic of China normalized diplomatic relations with the United States, Mr. George was one of the first artists invited to China. There he focused mainly on bold brush and ink drawings of the mountains of Kweilin. Gordon Washburn, writing in the catalogue of an exhibition of Mr. George’s work at the Smithsonian, observed: “Each drawing offers a rich abstract pattern, amounting to a kind of distillation of a Kweilin mountain scene. The more reduced they are in number of strokes, the more concentrated is the effect.”

By the time of his two extended trips to China, Mr. George was well into the work for which he became best known: abstract paintings and drawings inspired by nature. When an interviewer asked him about the roles that direct observation and memory played in his work, Mr. George answered: “Even though much of my work is basically abstract, I rely on nature for knowledge and inspiration. Looking at nature is where it all starts for me.”

To deepen his sense of color, Mr. George worked extensively in various British gardens, especially Bodnant Garden in Wales. The art he produced there, primarily pastels, led him to become a master colorist.

Reviewing a London show of Mr. George’s Bodnant Garden work, Dr. Gertrude Prescott Nutting wrote: “One of the remarkable aspects of Tom’s oeuvre is his continuing willingness to explore and experiment, both artistically and in terms of choice of environment, and to push continually beyond what he has done before. We encounter all the vibrancy of an artist still reaching youthfully for the next aesthetic discovery combined with all the depth of interpretation derived from 50 years devoted to that quest.”

Mr. George brought home to Princeton the skills he had developed abroad and drew and painted at the pond at the Institute for Advanced Study in all seasons and at all times of day. Many of these works are to be found in Princeton homes as well as in museums.

For 22 years, Mr. George was represented by the Betty Parsons Gallery at 15 East 57th Street in New York. Today, the woman and artist Betty Parsons and her gallery are the stuff of legend from the heyday of Abstract Expressionism from the late 1940s to the 1980s.

Mr. George’s works are in the collections of the world’s leading cultural institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of American Art, the Tate Gallery, the Princeton University Art Museum, and many other institutions throughout the world.

Mr. George was a visiting artist or artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College, the University of Texas, the Art League of San Juan, and the Edward MacDowell Colony. He received awards or grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Salon International des Galeries Pilote in Lausanne, Switzerland, among several others.

Mr. George was born in New York City on July 1, 1918. His father was the world famous cartoonist Rube Goldberg. With a son entering the art field, Mr. Goldberg changed both his sons’ surnames to George so that they did not have to live in his shadow.

Mr. George attended Lincoln School, Deerfield Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1940. After a year at the Art Students’ League, he served in the Navy in World War II directing a group of artists who produced dioramas of the major assault landing beaches in Europe, Africa and the Far East.

Mr. George is survived by his sons, John George of Princeton and Geoff George of St. Paul, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Joshua George of Los Angeles and Maxwell and Olivia George of St. Paul; his niece Jennifer George of New York City; Jennifer’s children Max and Emily Cohn; and by his beloved partner, Mary A. Bundy of Princeton and Lexington, Massachusetts. Mr. George was predeceased by his first wife, Jean George of London, his second wife, LaVerne George of Princeton, and his brother, George W. George of New York City.

Mr. George’s ashes will be placed in the Princeton Cemetery beside those of LaVerne. A gathering of friends is planned for next spring near the pond at The Institute for Advanced Study, where Mr. George spent many hours over the years painting and drawing.

Contributions in Tom George’s memory may be made to the Thomas George Fund which is administered by the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.

Barbara Cody

Barbara “Bunny” Gorman Cody passed away peacefully in the presence of loved ones on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at her residence in Kensington, Md.

Barbara was born in Princeton, the second daughter of John and Elizabeth Gorman. Barbara’s sister Patricia Ewers (nee Gorman) lives with her family in Spokane, Wash. During World War II, the Gorman family moved around the country, but after the war, they happily settled down back in Princeton. Barbara made her best friends there, in particular, her life long friend Jennifer Stace. Barbara attended Princeton High School, and these years were a time she remembered fondly. After graduation, Barbara felt the tug of wanderlust and traveled to California, where she spent a formative time in the San Francisco-San Jose area. Her love of the west never left her even after she returned to the East Coast.

Back in Princeton, working at (then) RCA, Barbara met and married George D. Cody. Living first in Hopewell and later settling on Southern Way in Princeton, Barbara and George had three children, George Jr., Lisa, and Monica. One thing that engaged Barbara significantly in the late 60’s and early 70’s was her love of folk music and she was very active in the Princeton Folk Music Society. One of her greatest memories was hosting Pete Seeger on his visit to Princeton, which was a hot bed of folk music at that time. While raising her children, Barbara worked towards and realized her dream of obtaining a Bachelors degree in English from Rutgers University. Barbara and George separated in the late 70’s, at which point Barbara moved from Princeton to Basking Ridge, N.J. It was during this time that Barbara re-entered the work force and worked her way up the corporate ladder using her English degree to advance in technical editing, eventually leading the technical editing team. Notwithstanding this success in the corporate arena, Barbara had a passion for giving and pursued and attained a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers. With her children successfully launched, Barbara left New Jersey and went back out west to apply her Social Work expertise to Casa de los Niños in Tucson, Ariz. While at first Barbara considered this a temporary position, she became enamored with the desert Southwest and settled down in Tucson permanently as a professional social worker working at the Tucson Medical Center. During this time she was highly engaged in music, playing with a local recorder group. Also during this time, Barbara reconnected with her dear high school friend Jennifer and designed and built a house in Baja, Mexico so that she could spend time with Jennifer. When it became difficult to live alone, Barbara moved back to the East Coast to be closer to her children. Barbara continued to help others until her last days.

She is lovingly remembered by her children George, Lisa and Monica; and her grandchildren, Christopher, Samantha, Katie, Maddie, Sean, Lily, and Quinn; and her sister Patricia. Barbara is also survived by her former husband, George Cody.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being sent in her name to Casa de los Niños, 1101 4th Ave., Tucson, Ariz. 85705-7467. Phone: (520) 624-5600.

Extend condolences and remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

Obit Mauro 10-29-14Giuseppe Mauro

Giuseppe Mauro passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at his home with his beloved wife by his side. Born in Acquaviva Platani, Sicily, he immigrated to the United States in 1955. While living in Sicily, Giuseppe was a member of The Carabinieri that performed military police and security duties for the Ministry of Defense, before and during World War II. He was employed with Princeton University, working in the maintenance division. He was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Church in Princeton and The National Association of Carabinieri’s in New York. He enjoyed gardening, music, and playing cards with friends and family, but his greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren and family. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be missed by many.

The son of the late Carmelo and Josephine Mauro, he is predeceased by his brothers, Salvatore Mauro, Domenico Mauro, his sisters, Theresa Solazzo, Carmela Orlando.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Rosa Mauro, his son and daughter-in-law, Carmelo and Lilian Mauro, his daughters and son-in-law, Josephine and Joe DiMatteo, Rose Anthony, his grandchildren, Joseph and David Mauro, Walter and Enzo Anthony, Angela and Daniela Mauro, his great-grandchildren, Anthony, Brayden, Solomon, Elias, and Isabella Mauro, Chase Ucisik, his brothers and sister, Nicolo Mauro, Calogero Mauro, Josephine Ingrao and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s RC Church 45 Crosswicks Street in Bordentown. Calling hours were held on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Bordentown Home for Funerals, located at 40 Crosswicks Street in Bordentown. Burial followed at Bordentown Cemetery, Bordentown.

Arrangements are under the direct care and supervision of Robert L. Pecht, Bordentown Home for Funerals 40 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown, N.J. 08505.

Please go to Giuseppe Mauro’s Book of memories page at www.Bordentownhomeforfunerals.com to upload a picture, light a candle, order flowers, make a donation, or to offer condolences to the family.

October 22, 2014

Obit Schenck 10-22-14John C. Schenck, III 

John C. Schenck, III “Jack”, late of Rosemont, N.J., died peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on October 10, 2014 at Hunterdon Care Center in Flemington, N.J. He was 73.

Jack was born in Somerville and attended school in Metuchen and Bound Brook. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964. Jack’s vocation and passion throughout his life was theater. He designed and built sets and created lighting for numerous professional and community stage productions and concerts. He worked as production director for the McCarter Theater in Princeton from 1964 through 1971. He was also the technical director and taught stagecraft at Mercer County Community College from 1971 through 1984. He retired in 2004 after serving for 20 years as production manager at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. That same year Jack and his wife Linda moved to West Winfield, N.Y., where he was the lighting designer for Earlville Opera House, volunteered with the local food pantry, and taught stagecraft at Colgate University. Jack and Linda moved back to New Jersey in 2011.

Jack’s other passion in life was trains. In New Jersey he worked for many years as a volunteer at the Black River & Western Railroad in Ringoes, N.J. While living in New York, he served on the Board of the Utica and Mohawk Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. He and Linda visited numerous scenic railroads throughout the East and Midwest. Train watching was always a favorite pastime.

Jack is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda; his children from his previous marriage to Kathleen Monahan: Ellen Schenck and Matthew Schenck; two grandchildren, Ellen’s daughters Casey and Jessica Rapone; his sister-in-law and her husband Laurie Hudson and Matthew Halbert; his Aunt Berby and his Uncle Jack, several cousins, two loving cats, and many dear friends.

There will be a private interment service for the family, with arrangements provided by the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, Lambertville, N.J. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or other donations, please consider a donation in Jack’s memory to the Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741 (bestfriends.org) or to your favorite animal charity.


Thomas Darlington Jones, Jr.

Thomas Darlington Jones, Jr., a retired pharmaceutical company executive, and former resident of Princeton, died September 28, 2014 in Quebec City, Canada. He was 83.

Mr. Jones died from complications following a stroke suffered while he was on a cruise on the St. Lawrence Seaway with his wife of 57 years, Vera Lundy Jones.

Born September 10, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Jones grew up in suburban Philadelphia and attended Swarthmore College where he graduated with distinction in 1953. At Swarthmore, he met Vera and they were married in 1957.

Mr. Jones served four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy on active duty and retired after two decades in the Naval Reserve. Mr. Jones also attended Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an MBA degree in 1958.

Employed first by DuPont and then A.W. Ayer (a Philadelphia advertising firm), Mr. Jones spent most of his career with Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries, serving at one point for three years overseas in Great Britain. During his career, Mr. and Mrs. Jones made their home in Princeton. They were members of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Springdale Golf Club, and the Nassau Club.

Upon Mr. Jones’ retirement in 1987, the couple made their permanent home in Bay Head, N.J. while Mr. Jones continued as an international business consultant for Johnson & Johnson. Their house on East Avenue in Bay Head was destroyed by the Sandy storm in 2012 and they had recently moved into their newly rebuilt home.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Jones is survived by three children: Debra Jones McCurry of Kensington, Maryland; Gwyneth Jones Cote of Greensboro, N.C.; and Thomas D. Jones III of Avon, Connecticut, their spouses Michael McCurry, John Cote, Sara Jones, and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Bay Head Fire Company, P.O. Box 111, Bay Head, N.J. 08742 or St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 423 West Lake Avenue, Bay Head, N.J. 08742 (www.stpaulsbayhead.org).

October 15, 2014

Obit Kohn 10-15-14Vera Sharpe Kohn

Vera Sharpe Kohn, a resident of Princeton, died of complications from a stroke on October 12, 2014 at the age of 86.

She was born and raised in New York City.

She received a BA in modern European history and political science from Mount Holyoke College, and a Licence from L’Institute des Hautes Etudes Internationales at the University of Geneva. She married Immanuel Kohn on July 22, 1950 and attended Yale Law School with him for one year, where she was one of eight women in a class of approximately 180 law students, before her first child was born.

After law school, her husband joined the law firm Cahill Gordon and Reindel, where he eventually became chairman of the Executive Committee.

The couple lived for a short time in Brooklyn, New York, and from 1954 to 1968 in Westchester, New York, where she taught at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry and later commuted to Manhattan to work in the Office of Public Information of the United Nations’ Secretariat. They moved to Princeton in the summer of 1968, where she volunteered at the Stony Brook Millstone Watersheds Association, working on the preservation of open space and farmland for several years. She was a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum and on the Board of the Princeton University Concert Committee. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Club, the Harvard Club, the Nassau Club, the Present Day Club, and the Bedens Brook Club.

Immanuel Kohn, her husband of 62 years, passed away in March 2013. She is survived by four children, Gail, Peter and wife Margaret, Sheila, Robert and wife Susan; and six grandchildren, Megan, Emily, Michael, Jason, Sarah, and Katherine.

Burial services will be private.

The family requests that any gifts in Vera’s honor be sent to the Institute for Advanced Study, the Princeton University Art Museum, or the Princeton University Chamber Concerts.


Obit Westover 10-15-14Robert Staats-Westover

Robert Staats-Westover, 90, passed away on October 3, 2014. Bob was raised in Bordentown and Hamilton Township. He graduated from Trenton High School, then joined the Marines in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Princeton University in 1950, an MS in plastics engineering from Princeton in 1952, and another MS in engineering mechanics from New York University in 1962.

From 1954 to 1985, Bob was a member of the technical staff of Bell Telephone Labs in the Polymer R&D Department. From 1985 to 1991, he was the manager of the New Jersey Polymer Extension Center at the Polymer Processing Institute at Stevens Institute of Technology, and later served as an engineering consultant at Stevens.

Bob is the author of numerous patents and publications in the polymer field, and from 1963 to 2003, was a Distinguished Service Associate Professor in the graduate and undergraduate schools at Stevens in the departments of mechanical and chemical engineering. He held offices and won awards in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Plastic Engineers, and the American Society for Testing and Materials, and was elected Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers in 1994.

Bob had been an active member of Christ Congregation since moving to Princeton in 1961; and in the community as a scoutmaster and marksmanship instructor for the Princeton P.B.A.

Respect for friends and family was very important to him, as was watching and listening for God’s help wherever he found it. He derived the most joy, as he liked to say, from “just being myself.”

Bob is survived by his wife, Hazel Staats-Westover; his children, Doug, Diane, and Bryce; his stepdaughter, Dawn; 12 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his first wife Ann Westover and his stepson Allan Staats Meyners. He was loved by them all.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made to the cause of your choice.


Barry H. Caskey

Barry H. Caskey, a longtime Princeton resident and faithful Princetonian, class of 1957, died on Friday in Princeton Hospital of congestive heart failure. He was 78. Barry was a devoted husband of Carol Kirvan Caskey for 46 years, a proud father of four, and a delighted grandfather of seven. He lived and worked as an advertising executive in New York City at agencies including Benton and Bowles, Wells, Rich, Greene, and Norman Craig & Kummel.

Barry and Carol returned to live in Princeton in 1965, and Barry made his professional return to the Princeton area shortly thereafter with Gillespie Advertising in West Windsor, where he worked for over 20 years, retiring as a management supervisor in the late 1990s.

Barry was born November 30, 1935 in Philadelphia, the son of Benjamin R. Caskey and Muriel Hickman, and remained a loyal Philadelphia sports fan throughout his life. He graduated from the Haverford School in 1953, and went on to Princeton University where he graduated cum laude, played basketball, and was a member of Dial Lodge. A life-long devotee of the arts, Barry graduated with a BA in art history and wrote his senior thesis on the work of Gaston Lachaise.

Barry married Carol Kirvan in October of 1961, and was happily married until her death in 2008. Barry and Carol raised their four children, Diana, Dallas, Julie, and Dan in Princeton. An active and devoted Princeton alumnus, Barry served as class president from 1972-1977 and chair of the 15th Reunion in 1972. He received the Class Service Award at his 50th reunion in 2007. He also served on the boards of the Princeton Art Museum and the Rock Brook School in Skillman.

A proud father and thoughtful and devoted grandfather, he is survived by his four children and by his seven grandchildren — Sierra, Liam, Calla, Stella, Jonas, Jasper and Nola.

A service of remembrance will be held this Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Princeton at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his name to the Princeton University Art Museum.

October 8, 2014

Obit Bartle 10-8-14Gregg Bartl

Gregg Bartl, age 53, passed away on September 24, 2014. Gregg was born in Philadelphia on July 8, 1961 and was raised in Princeton since age 4. He graduated from Princeton High School Class of 1979 and was looking forward to attending his upcoming 35th Year High School Reunion. Gregg attended Mercer County Community College where he studied computer science. He moved to Hollywood, Fla. 25 years ago to marry his high school sweetheart, Beth Feinstein.

Gregg had his own landscape business for many years and was an expert on the native plants, trees, and shrubs of Florida. He then traded that passion and ultimately became a skilled finish carpenter building retail stores for a local Florida company.

Beloved son of Joan Bartl, long time Princeton resident, Gregg is also survived by his wife, Beth Feinstein-Bartl of Hollywood, Fla., sister Anne Breslin of Princeton, plus numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial services will be held in Hollywood, Florida and in Princeton.

Donations can be made in honor of Gregg to SAVE Animal Rescue, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J., 08540.


Obit Gulick 10-8-14Margaret L. Gulick

Margaret L. (Gieber) Gulick, 67, of Pennington, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Compassionate Care Hospice of Trenton. Peggy, as she was affectionately known, valiantly endured a two-year diagnosis of AL Amyloidosis and Multiple Myeloma.

Born in New Brunswick, she was raised in Edison. She received her BA with a concentration in psychology from Douglass College in 1969 and her MA in higher education from Syracuse University in 1971. She went on to apply her passion for childhood education and early childhood development with such institutions as Research for Better Schools in Philadelphia, and the Education Law Center in Newark, where she served as a researcher and co-author of policy and position papers. She would later work for Energy Management Services before transitioning back to the educational policy and research sector to work for Educational Testing Service in Princeton. In 1984, she co-founded MGB Marketing in Pennington with her ex-husband Brent Gulick, where she served as V.P. of Operations and Human Resources.

She is best remembered in the community for her unyielding actions of service for others, most notably as a parent volunteer at her son’s schools, including Bear Tavern Elementary, and Timberlane Middle School, where she led efforts such as partnering with Barnes and Noble in Princeton to increase revenue for the school’s annual book fair, to inviting authors to speak at Hopewell Valley Public Schools, and The Lawrenceville School, where she was a devoted house-mother of the Dickinson House and volunteer for the Parent Fund, Lawrenceville swimming and rowing teams.

Most of all, she was a loving mother, sister, and daughter with an inexhaustible will to teach and nourish the lives of others — an energy best embodied in the notable passage from Ulysses: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Daughter of the late Eugene Gieber, she is survived by her son Brad Gulick of Princeton, her mother Florence Adams, and two sisters Patricia Campagna and Pamela Weiss.

Services and a celebration of her life will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton on Sunday, October 12, 2014 beginning at 1:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at the church. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations are directed to the Amyloidosis Research Team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to help fund research for her illness.


Thomas G. Dulin

Thomas G. Dulin, 75, of Ewing Township passed away peacefully on Sunday September 28, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Newtown, Pa. His daughter Robin and son-in-law Robert were by his side. Born in Hazelton, Pa., in 1938, he graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia and went on to earn a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of The Arts, Philadelphia in 1960.

Over the next 3 decades, he held positions with Xerox, General Electric, Marquette Electronics, Hoffman LaRoche Pharmaceuticals, and Bristol-Meyers Squibb (ConvaTec Division) where he developed and marketed new products in the Business Equipment, Medical, and Pharmaceutical Industries, obtaining 3 design patents in the process. In 1990, he became the owner and founder of The Thomas Group-Integrated solutions for marketing communication and design with such clients as Mercedes-Benz of Lawrenceville and Mercedes-Benz of Flemington.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was kind, generous, and helpful to all who knew him. He lived for and loved spending time with his family, especially at the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey with his grandson, Jordan! He also enjoyed SCUBA diving, shooting, reading, staying connected to friends and relatives, and caring for their beautiful Chinchilla Dearheart Persian cat, Marli.

Son of the late George and Cornelia Johnson Dulin; he is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Carole Ann Schmidt Dulin; his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Bob Greces of Princeton; his brother and sister-in-law, James and Mary Dulin of Pennsylvania; his sister, Peggy Pracht of Pennsylvania; his grandson, Jordan Greces of Princeton. He was predeceased by his sister, Cornelia Dulin of Pennsylvania.

A viewing was held on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m. with funeral services at 3 p.m. at the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road in Pennington, N.J. The interment will be private. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: ASPCA, Salvation Army, Red Cross, or Wounded Warrior Project.


Jacques A. Peel

Jacques A. Peel, 94, died October 4, 2014, in his home at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey.

Jack was born in Palatka, Florida, in 1920 and grew up in Palatka and, for two years, San Francisco, California.

He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. After the war, he enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a BS in commerce in 1948.

After graduating, he was employed by General Electric Co. as a tax accountant. He worked for GE his entire professional career, 37 years, until his retirement in 1985.

Jack married Margaret E. Delaney in 1951, in her hometown of Saratoga Springs, New York. He lived briefly in Saratoga Springs and Schenectady, New York, and Oak Park, Illinois, before moving to Syracuse, New York in 1953, where he and Margaret lived and raised a family in the village of Solvay.

He served as a member of the vestry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Syracuse, was president of the St. Cecilia’s Parent-Teacher Association, and was a founding contributor to the Solvay Youth Center.

In 1970 he accepted a position in GE’s international tax division in New York City, and moved his family to Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Both before and after retirement he enjoyed golf, tennis, and swimming, maintained an avid interest in good government and social justice, voted in every election, and contributed generously to organizations devoted to humanitarian goals.

He was a faithful and devoted son and husband, a generous father and grandfather, and a good neighbor and citizen.

Predeceased by his wife, Margaret D. Peel, in 2006, he is survived by two sons, Mark E. Peel and David J. Peel, and daughter, Elizabeth Thomas; their spouses, Anne M. Zeman, Will Peel, and Robert Thomas; and by two grandchildren, Ann L. Thomas and Samuel D. Thomas.

Cremation services were private.

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Memorial Service

Elizabeth “Lisa” McGraw Webster, a philanthropist and renowned supporter of American figure skaters, was born on June 11, 1926. She died on Saturday, June 28, 2014. A memorial service will be held at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton, on October 11, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, Post Office Box 627, Princeton, N.J. 08542-0627, or The Skaters’ Fund, 202 Park Knoll, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

October 1, 2014

Obit Nelson 10-1-14Edward Nelson

Princeton University mathematician and professor emeritus Edward Nelson, whose contributions to analysis, probability, and mathematical logic advanced all of those subjects and inspired much further research, died September 10, 2014 in Princeton due to complications from lymphoma. He was 82.

Known for his characteristic pipe and use of props during lectures, Nelson is remembered as a patient and courteous intellectual who relentlessly pursued answers to his questions — even if those answers defied convention.

“He was a man full of convictions and a lot of things he did went against the grain of other mathematicians,” said Simon Kochen, a professor emeritus of mathematics who, since coming to Princeton in 1967, was a close friend of Nelson. Although Nelson had an unassuming presence, “you mustn’t mistake that for softness. He had a will of steel,” Kochen said. “He was really courageous. He had a strong conviction and was a strong enough mathematician that he could put his ideas into practice.”

Accomplished in many areas of mathematics, Nelson is especially well known for his successful application of probability to quantum field theory, work for which he received the American Mathematical Society’s (AMS) Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 1995. The AMS recognized two papers published in 1966 and 1973, respectively, that “showed for the first time how to use the powerful tools of probability theory to attack the hard analytic questions of constructive quantum field theory,” the award citation said. The latter paper “fired one of the first shots in what became known as the Euclidean revolution,” according to the AMS.

That probabilistic approach had been attempted before, and many mathematicians had written it off as impossible, said Eric Carlen, a professor of mathematics at Rutgers University who studied under Nelson before receiving his PhD from Princeton in 1984. Nelson’s colleague Arthur Wightman, a renowned mathematical physicist and Princeton’s Thomas D. Jones Professor Emeritus, introduced him to the problem.

Nelson was told that the sort of approach he was taking had been tried and failed, but “Ed trusted his intuition over all the experts in the field and he was right,” Carlen said. “To bring forth a really new idea and bring it forth in a polished way requires tremendous effort, concentration, and focus. When he got a new idea he really followed it through to the end. And because of that, his ideas have really gone on to have a life beyond their original application.”

Drawing on his own powerful curiosity, Nelson encouraged his many students to seek new problems and questions that should have been asked, but had been overlooked, Carlen said. Poised at his office blackboard, he worked with young mathematicians to solve new problems instead of leading them down paths he’d already explored, Carlen said. The experience fostered in Carlen and other students (many now prominent in their fields) an ability and confidence to be independent and innovative, he said.

“I don’t think Ed ever gave students thesis problems that he knew how to solve,” Carlen said. “His way of looking at things gave his students such as myself confidence to work on difficult problems. Ed had this way of making these things look very natural. It’s very good as a student because you would go into talk to him and it was almost a Zen-like environment.”

One factor behind Nelson’s pursuit of new ideas was that he was a tireless scholar whose mind was always working, Carlen said, recalling many a late night when the only light on in Princeton’s Fine Hall would be in Nelson’s 12th floor office. When Carlen wrote the citation for Nelson’s 2013 emeritus induction, Nelson wanted him to make sure that “the emeritus notice didn’t imply that he was retiring from mathematics — he was just retiring from teaching calculus,” Carlen said. Nelson was scheduled to teach a junior seminar this semester, titled “Radically Elementary Mathematics.” (Carlen said of Nelson, “One of his favorite words was ‘radical.’ The more radical the better.”)

“Ed loved teaching. He was deeply happy knowing that he had given students the confidence to master rigorous mathematics,” said his wife, Sarah Jones Nelson. “He worked constantly and joyfully in recent years on what he called the ‘human fabrication’ of a completed infinity: the inconsistency of contemporary mathematics. This was his fun and his sustenance.”

Nonconformity also ran within Nelson’s upbringing, Sarah said. His father, Claud Nelson, was a Methodist minister, Rhodes Scholar, and southerner who was an early activist for African American civil rights. “His father encouraged each of his four sons — in the Jim Crow South — to be nonconformists willing to offer a tired African American woman the front seat of a bus,” Sarah said.

Born in Decatur, Georgia, in 1932, Edward Nelson lived in Italy as a child under the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini. He remembered even then questioning a children’s song that proclaimed Mussolini’s infallibility and love for kids. “Ed knew as a 6-year-old in Rome that Mussolini was lying,” Sarah said. “He always said he learned then and there to be a skeptic of any received truth, or authority for authority’s sake.”

Nelson moved with his mother to New York City before World War II and returned to Italy for high school. He attended the University of Chicago, where he studied under the influential mathematician Irving Segal and received his PhD in mathematics in 1955. In 1956, he went to the Institute for Advanced Study as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow. Nelson joined Princeton’s faculty in 1959 and became a full professor in 1964.

Among his honors, Nelson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1975, the National Academy of Sciences in 1997, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003.

Besides his wife, Nelson is survived by his son Douglas Nelson, of Denver; his daughter Kathleen Peterson, of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania; his brother John Nelson, of Naples, Florida; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Claud and James Nelson, and by his first wife, Nancy Wong Nelson.

A memorial ceremony will be planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Princeton University Department of Mathematics, c/o Kathleen Applegate, 304 Fine Hall, Washington Rd., Princeton, New Jersey, 08544.

Obit Jeffries 10-1-14Margaret Lucille Jeffries

Margaret Lucille Jeffries, 95, died on August 31, 2014 at her Assisted Living Facility in Brandon, Fla. after a brief illness.

She was born to the late William V. and Amy E. Murphy on July 27, 1919 in South Bend, Ind. Margaret graduated from J.W. Riley High School in 1937 and soon after completed cosmetology school. Margaret was employed early in her career by Elizabeth Arden, first in Miami Beach and later in Southampton and New York City. While in Miami, she met Naval Officer Edward B. Jeffries and they were married after the war.

After settling in Princeton, she opened her first hairdressing salon on Nassau Street and was sole proprietor. Over the years, she enlarged her business several times before finally opening Artistic Hairdressers at 38-42 Witherspoon Street with a staff of 20 employees, from which she retired after 35 years.

During the 1950s and 1960s, she won many National and International Hairstyling Titles and Awards. She was the only woman to twice win the International Hairstyling and Haircutting Competition. She was a member of the High Fashions Committee of the National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association, a group that creates hairstyles for the American public.

Margaret enjoyed travelling, golfing, and dachshunds, but most of all, helping others through charitable work and teaching her craft.

She is predeceased by her husband Edward B. Jeffries and son Dennis E. Jeffries. She is survived by four sons: Christopher M. and wife Micki (deceased) of Palm Desert, Calif.; Mark W. and wife Christine of Clark, N.J.; Brian A. and wife Susan of Largo, Fla.; and Kevin W. and wife Staci of Valrico, Fla. She is survived by her three grandsons Jacob, Cory, and Riley Jeffries.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to LifePath Hospice in her memory.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J., followed by a graveside interment at the Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue in Princeton.

Robert Magnus Sletta

Reverend Robert Magnus Sletta, 86, went home to be with his Lord on September 27, 2014, his 62nd wedding anniversary. Born in Chicago, Ill., he spent 5 years of his childhood in Norway and then returned to the United States. He graduated high school from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy; Fergus Falls, Minn. then received his Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg College, Minneapolis. He went to seminary at Church of the Lutheran Brethren, Fergus Falls, was ordained in 1953, served on the Board of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren and was editor of Faith and Fellowship. He later obtained a Master of Arts in history from California State University. Robert served as a Lutheran Brethren pastor in churches in Wisconsin, Minnesota (2), New Jersey (2), New York, and California. He also served as chaplain for the Norwegian Christian Home in Brooklyn, N.Y. and for the Griggstown Volunteer Fire Department. Following his retirement, he served as Interim Pastor for Griggstown Reformed Church and Windsor Chapel.

He was much loved in every church he served especially with his gift for visitation. He used his beautiful tenor voice in church choirs, traveling quartets, lovely duets with Helen, and as a soloist to bring praise to his Lord. He was a voracious reader and avid golfer, and could always be seen supporting his family and all church events.

He is survived by his beloved wife Helen, brother Arne, and his wife Addie, from Brea, Calif.; son Mark and his wife Lori, daughter Elizabeth, all of Griggstown, and 3 grandsons; John and his wife Hannah of Morgantown Pa; Jesse of Griggstown; and David and his wife Stephanie of East Petersburg, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his son John Cameron; parents, Rev. Magnus E. and Sarah Sletta; brother David and sister Gladys.

Visitation will be held at Bunker Hill Lutheran Church on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a memorial service at 7:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the church at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday followed by interment in Griggstown Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Pastor Sletta’s memory to Bunker Hill Lutheran Church, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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

Obit Pirone 10-1-14Anthony M. Pirone

Anthony M. “Shanay” Pirone, 49, of Princeton, died suddenly on Monday, September 22, 2014 at his residence.

A lifelong resident of Princeton, he was a graduate of Princeton High School.

At the time of his death, he had been employed as a landscaper for several years with Bianco Landscaping in Princeton.

Anthony was a former volunteer fireman with Mercer Engine Company No. 3. He was an avid fisherman who loved riding his motorcycle, working in the yard, and animals. An all-around sports enthusiast, Anthony followed NASCAR, NY Mets, Chicago Bears and Bulls and the NJ Devils.

He was predeceased by his father Michael Pirone. Surviving are his mother, Eleanor Pirone, fiancée Cathleen Everk, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was an upbeat person who lived life to its fullest, enjoyed every moment, and always had a smile. For that, Anthony will be greatly missed by all, especially his cat, Boots.

Visiting hours were held on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. Prayers were offered at 10 a.m. followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: Trenton Animal Shelter, 72 Escher Street, Trenton, N.J. 08609 or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104 (www.CHOP.edu).

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Obit Hill 10-1-14Mary Jane Hill

Mary Jane Hill, 86, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2014 after a long journey dealing with Alzheimer’s. She grew up in Washington state, married Jack Hill in 1949, is survived by 6 children, Margaret Hill-Daniels (Jim) of Chillicothe, Ohio; Laura Hill of Princeton, New Jersey; Patricia Schiphof-Hill (Paul) of Berghem, The Netherlands; Gregory Hill (Vicki), of Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania; Gary Hill (Kelly) of Hopewell, New Jersey; and Gordon Hill (Nora) and 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Mary Jane was the “apple of her dad’s eye, a loving wife and a wonderful mom. She raised 6 children. She also had time to be involved in many community programs; the Camp Fire Girls, the Girl Scouts, the Rainbow Girls and the United Way. She was also active in church programs including teaching Sunday School, running the summer Bible school program, starting a clothes closet for those in need, helping with the recycling program and the community garden. Throughout her journey through life Mary Jane loved cooking and started a catering business, had a craft shop, and worked at Saks Fifth Avenue where she became one of the top salespeople.

Mary Jane spent her last years living at Chandler Hall, Newtown, Pennsylvania, where they adopted her into their family. She was surrounded by a wonderful group of Chandler Hall employees who became special, wonderful people who took very good care of her.

A memorial service will be held in Missouri where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, please send her a smile and hug and feel free to make a donation to a charity of your own choosing.

Stephen Alan Traylor

Stephen Alan Traylor died at his home in Lawrenceville on September 26, 2014.

Steve was born to Martha and William Traylor on May 11, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis in 1964 and went on to earn a BA from Hanover College in 1968 and a JD from Seton Hall University in 1984.

Steve served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia from 1968-1970 and in the Volunteer Service Program of the Mennonite Central Committee in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1970-72.

Steve was a talented and successful attorney who loved every minute of his work — he fought tirelessly to help immigrants from around the world forge a better life for themselves and made many friends along the way. He was one of the first attorneys to be accredited by the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (now the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) at the federal level and was exceptionally regarded by fellow immigration attorneys and judges alike. Steve frequently appeared before the federal immigration court in Newark, and also regularly met with clients at the federal immigration detention center in Elizabeth, N.J.

Steve retired in September 2014 after more than 30 years practicing immigration law with Traylor & Traylor PC, a Princeton-based law firm founded by his parents.

Steve is survived by his wife of 20 years, Martha, his two younger siblings Kathryn of Paris, France, and David of Rome, Italy, and his three sons, Nathaniel of New Brunswick; Gabriel of New York, N.Y.; and Matthew of Washington, D.C.

All are welcome to attend a memorial service on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Princeton Alliance Church in Plainsboro, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (www.laldef.org). Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, located at 2560 Pennington Road in Pennington. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.

Memorial Service

Elizabeth “Lisa” McGraw Webster, a philanthropist and renowned supporter of American figure skaters, was born on June 11, 1926. She died on Saturday, June 28, 2014. A memorial service will be held at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton, on October 11, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, Post Office box 627, Princeton, N.J. 08542-0627, or The Skaters’ Fund, 202 Park Knoll, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Memorial Service

Caroline (Becky) Cluett Houston’s memorial service will be held on October 11, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Church in Princeton.

Memorial Open House

A Memorial Open House for Virginia Taylor, (whose obituary appeared in the Town Topics Newspaper on September 3), will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 from noon to 3 p.m. at the University Club of St. Paul, located at 420 Summit Avenue in St. Paul, MN 55102. Food and beverages will be provided.

September 24, 2014

Thomas F. Sullivan III

Thomas F. Sullivan III, 72, of Claymont, Del. died November 19, 2013. Tom was born and educated in Princeton where he graduated from St. Paul’s School, Princeton High School, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Tom had a long and rich career as an accomplished musician, being described as having “a deft mastery of the organ performing magnificently bold tones and weaving patterns of notes as slender and delicate as silver and golden threads.” He worked part-time at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Claymont until the time of his death. Tom led music programs at churches in Ohio, South Carolina, Delaware, and Pennsylvania; and he was a consultant on many church organ projects, notably that of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina. Tom also performed organ concerts in the United States; Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France; and Monaco. He was selected to study music at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. Tom was a member of the American Guild of Organists, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter.

Tom was the grandson of the late Thomas F. Sullivan, Sr. and Hannah Cavanaugh Sullivan and son of the late Thomas F. Sullivan, Jr. — all of Princeton; and brother of the late Dennis R. Sullivan, Sr. of Hamilton Square, N.J. He is survived by two nephews Dennis R. Sullivan, Jr. of Pennington, and B. Patrick Sullivan of Lumberton, N.J., their wives, one grandniece, and one grandnephew; a sister-in-law Mary Ann Sullivan of Hamilton Square; and many cousins in the
Princeton area and Ireland.

A memorial service was held at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. on February 25, 2014. The burial service will be held on September 29, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church Cemetery in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made in the name of Thomas F. Sullivan III, Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, c/o Ms. Kate Wadley, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


Obit Vial 9-24-14Theodore M. Vial, Sr.

Theodore M. Vial, Sr., founding member and past president of Princeton Community Housing, died at home on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. He was 93.

Ted’s family is celebrating his life of service and conviction, his quiet good humor, and generous spirit. Born in Ware, Iowa, Ted went to the University of Maryland-College Park, received a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal as part of a glider unit in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and earned his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois. He spent the bulk of his career in the rubber chemicals division of American Cyanamid in Bound Brook, N.J.

While at Illinois, Ted formed a happy and enduring union with Alice Andrews. Alice and Ted celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in June. Of all his accomplishments, Ted was proudest of their five children, Leslie Owsley, Jane Jaffe, Connie Green, Anne Vial, and Ted Vial, Jr.; their spouses, Tom Owsley, Peter Jaffe, Tom Green, Tom Warner, and Nancy Walsh; and their twelve grandchildren, James Jaffe, Adam Jaffe, Paul Jaffe, Peter Green, Sam Green, Margaret Warner, Katherine Warner, Aubrey Vial, Isha Vial, Vaughn Vial, Jonathan Owsley, and Nicholas Owsley; Jonathan’s and Nicholas’ wives, Katie Owsley and Rebecca Sama; and four great-grandchildren, Macy Owsley, Natalie Owsley, Georgi Owsley, and Tessa Owsley, all of whom, with Alice, survive him.

Ted’s concern for his community was founded in his strong faith and developed through his association with Nassau Presbyterian Church where he served as both treasurer and elder, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday School. An advocate for affordable housing in Princeton since the early 1970s, Ted was co-recipient of the Leslie “Bud” Vivian Memorial Award for community service in 2000 for his work with Princeton Community Housing. He was a long-time volunteer for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.

As a Boy Scout, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and the Quartermaster Award, the highest award in Sea Scouting. Ted’s interest in the world around him was boundless. He was a sailor, a pilot, a woodworker, an amateur photographer and mechanic, a bread baker, a gardener, and a fan of any baby who crossed his path. His children cherish his weekly letters that were filled with both his love of language and his devotion to them.

A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 1 at 11 a.m. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Princeton Community Housing or Nassau Presbyterian Church.

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


Obit Bonotto 9-24-14Mary Farrar Bonotto

Mary Farrar Bonotto, of Princeton, died while on holiday in Burlington, Vermont on August 28, 2014 of cardiac arrest. She was 85 years old.

Born on August 12, 1929 in Orange, N.J., she had lived in Princeton since 1963, except for four years in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was the elder daughter of Elizabeth Righter Farrar and William Matthew Farrar, Jr. of Green Village, N.J.

She leaves her husband, Sergio Bonotto of Princeton; and her two sons, Michael Carter Bonotto of Princeton; and Robert Blair Bonotto of Arlington, Mass. She is also survived by her brother, William Ward Farrar, Esq. of North Caldwell, N.J. Her sister, Katherine Farrar Anderson, predeceased her. She also leaves her niece, Gretchen Farrar Sternberg of Burlington, Vt.’ and her nephews John Ward Anderson of Washington, D.C. and Peter Dean Anderson of Annapolis, Md. She was a direct descendent of William Farrar, Esq. of the London Company at Jamestowne, Virginia and
Nicasius de Sille/Robert Treat, two founders of Newark, New Jersey.

She attended Millburn Township schools in Millburn, N.J. and was a graduate of Abbot Academy in Andover, Mass. (now part of Phillips Academy), which four generations of her mother’s family had attended since 1844. She held a BA degree from George Washington University and a MA degree from Montclair State University. She had N.J. teacher certification in history, political science, English, and TOESL. She also did both undergraduate and graduate work at Rutgers University and Columbia University. She taught English composition and English-as-a-Second-Language in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Escola Anglo-Brasileira while a resident there, and later at the Princeton YWCA. She also wrote freelance articles for the Brazil Herald while in Sao Paulo.

She was an editorial assistant in the book publishing houses of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Coward McCann, and E.P. Dutton. After college, she worked briefly in the news department of the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau. She then wrote for the Morristown Daily Record and the then-weekly Montgomery News in Skillman, N.J. She was also director of Books and Film Promotion, Girl Scouts of USA, the youngest executive in the National Headquarters at that time.

In 1955, she and her editor, Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. of the Daily Record, were the first to alert U.S. Congressman Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen, Jr. that The Great Swamp area in Morris County might become a large jetport if it were not designated as a National Park and Wetlands Area. Before Federal legislation, her series of news articles on that subject appeared in the Daily Record.

As a member of the Montclair Ski Club, where she met her husband, she was also a member of the National Ski Patrol System. She was a member of the Jamestowne Society in Richmond, Va., and a former member of the New York Chapters of the Green Mountain Club.

She enjoyed skiing in Vermont, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy; she was a good sailor, cruising New England waters. She travelled extensively in Latin America and searched for her genealogical roots in Virginia and Scotland. She was often a guest of her husband’s Italian side of the family in Turin and Milan. She enjoyed writing poetry and some of her work was published.

In Princeton Township, she had served on the Traffic Safety Committee, and was a member of its first Historic Commission. As a former news writer, she voiced her views on a number of topics of local and national interest in area newspapers. She was also a member of the Middle East Society of Princeton.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship funds of: Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. 01810-4161; Rectory School, Pomfret, Conn. 06258 or Princeton First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

September 17, 2014

Obit Bruce 9-17-14Ricardo C. Bruce

Ricardo C. Bruce was born on November 19, 1937 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Following primary school attendance “Rick,” as he was affectionately known by his family, friends, and colleagues, completed secondary school in Philadelphia, Pa. and then successfully matriculated to both Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Art. Although his academic achievements remained impressive, Rick also valued patriotism and service that were abundantly illustrated through his enlistment in the United States Navy immediately prior to the Cuban Missile crisis. At the conclusion of his military service and as his formative years progressed, Rick was compelled to advance social justice, global citizenship, community and academic achievement, and economic development.

Active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and an ally of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Rick was a participant of the historic 1963 Civil Rights march on Washington, D.C. Never one to shy away from challenges of injustice, Rick collaborated with NAACP leaders in the Philadelphia metropolitan region to strategically advance housing integration initiatives. With knowledge that many established finance and investment firms opposed or hindered the investment pursuits of minorities, Rick joined with other African-Americans in the eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey to form the Endeavor Investment Club (Endeavor). Long before the internet and cross-cultural enlightenment, Endeavor served as a vehicle of investment education, capital growth, and preservation as well as camaraderie. One of the Endeavor highlights for Rick and club members were the regularly held family events. At these events, his children and those of other members; had the chance to interact with genuinely caring people that were committed to setting positive examples of prudent investment, finance, and capital development.

As his professional achievements continued to grow in stature and substance, Rick and his wife moved from Philadelphia to Cherry Hill and subsequently East Windsor. It was there, as an engineer and designer within the RCA Corporation’s Astro Division, Rick developed plans and eventually founded his own graphic arts firm Airon Advertising, Inc. in Princeton in 1976. Among Airon’s accomplishments was design of the first Princeton Soccer Association logo and design of the Cherry Coke logo for The Coke Company. As his business and reputation as a good corporate citizen continued to grow, Rick increased his commitment to the community by moving his family to Princeton. The value and responsibility of being a good neighbor, advocate, and promoter of social justice never escaped Rick as a resident of Princeton. With the wish of increasing his level of participation in both his family life and community activities, Rick decided to liquidate the assets of Airon in the early 1990s. Free of the daily rigors and time constraints of business ownership, Rick was nominated and served on the respective; Princeton Public Library Board and the Princeton Borough Planning Board Advisory Committee. One lasting legacy of his service to the Princeton Public Library was his never-ending effort to get his children to return library books on-time and to pay library fines.

The term local was indeed a relative term for Rick. In no uncertain terms, he was a global citizen and he worked to ensure that others became and then continued to be global citizens. This was manifested in his trips and endeavors to many of the world’s most remote corners. Rick also lived under the premise that scholastic achievement, opportunity, and cultural exposure are to remain in concert with socioeconomic justice. With this value, he became active in Princeton based organizations such as Elizabeth Taylor Bird Scholarship Foundation, Princeton Young Achievers Committee, as well as the Minority Education Committee of Princeton Regional School District. The magnitude of his efforts to advance inclusive academic achievement were not lost on community members that nominated him for the Princeton Regional School Board. After garnering substantial community support during two elections, Rick served two terms on the Princeton Regional School Board. As a Board member, Rick was accessible to all segments of the community and he was renowned for his ability to develop consensus and good will when the Board agenda was-packed with contentious and controversial items.

After he and his wife successfully ushered his children through undergraduate school and the initial stages of graduate school, Rick was not content with basic standards of community service. In light of this fact, Rick accepted a position with the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As a FEMA Disaster Assistance Coordinator, he deployed, with little notice, across the nation to assist communities contending with the aftermath of multiple hurricanes, wild brush fires, and ultimately, the September 11, 2001 (9/11/01) terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC). His bravery, selflessness and resolve to help people in need through FEMA was truly remarkable in light of the sheer magnitude of the WTC 9/11/01 attack.

Although failing health encumbered Rick’s ability to advance community service initiatives, he remained active in charitable and social justice pursuits via social media and graphic design. He would never miss the opportunity to use his conceptual, engineering and artistic attributes to design brochures, programs, and advertisement vehicles for friends, family, and community groups. In later stages of life, Rick remained a reliable source of civic insight, business development, as well as positive guidance.

His family and friends know that he would not want people to willow away in endless sorrow and anguish after his death. Rather, he would envision people using energy, time, resources, and talent to advance positive socioeconomic change. In light of this fact, the family of Rick Bruce wishes that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Catholic Charities, the WEB DuBois Scholars Institute of Princeton University (duboisscholars.org), the Minority Education Committee of the Princeton Regional School District, or any organization with a sincere mission to advance positive socioeconomic change. Rick is survived and celebrated by his wife of 54 years Rosetta Marie Bruce (Lundy) (Princeton). His Aunt Ethel Reid Lee Walker (Washington, D.C.); by his children Dr. Aaron Ian Bruce (San Diego, Calif.) and Dana Michael Bruce, MPA (Park Forest, Ill.); God-son Dr. Wagner Marseille (Philadelphia, Pa.); nephews Archie Douglas “Doug” Syphax and Craig Custis Syphax (Arlington, Va.); by his grandchildren Carmyn Christina, Yemaya, and Aria; as well as his daughters in-law, Dr. Mary Dean Bruce (Park Forest, Ill.) and Luda Bruce (San Diego, Calif.).


John Pirone

John Pirone, 89, of Prince-ton passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born and raised in Princeton, he was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of 1943. He was a self-employed owner/cab driver for over 40 years. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was also a member of St. Paul’s Church.

Predeceased by his parents Enrique and Angeline (Federico) Pirone; step-mother Mary Mauro Pirone; two sisters Fannie Todaro, Christina Litostansky; one brother Ralph Pirone; he is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Mulgrew) Pirone; two sons and a daughter-in-law John and Lisa Pirone of Chicago, Ill.; Daniel F. DelVecchio, Jr. of Princeton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Randolph Mershon of Columbus; Jaye and Mickey Eufemia of Hightstown; one sister and two brothers-in-law Rose and Salvatore Marchione of Princeton, Thomas Todaro; nine grandchildren John, Emilia, and Vincent Pirone, Randy and Tyler Mershon, James and Jacob Eufemia, Bryan and Ava DelVecchio; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church, located at 214 Nassau Street in Princeton.

Burial followed in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton, N.J. 08542.


Richard J. (Dick) Casey

Richard J. (Dick) Casey, Esq., 92, passed away early on the morning of Sunday, September 14th. He was born in New York City on June 12, 1922, son of Edmond and Mary Cody Casey, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. Edmond was a decorated New York City policeman. Richard was the only boy in a family of four children, and he grew up in New York City with sisters Mary, Elizabeth, and Margaret. He graduated from Regis High School in 1940, and after attending Queens College for a year, enlisted in the U.S. Army. Private Casey graduated with high honors from his training at Plattsburg, and was awarded a transfer to the R.O.T.C. program at Princeton University. After starting at Princeton, he was called into active duty, and he served in Europe as a 1st Sergeant as a member of the 16th Armored Division during World War II.

After the war he returned to Princeton and found work in the building trades, joining Princeton Carpenters Local 781. Thus began a lifelong passion for building, which he pursued for the remainder of his life. Soon, however, he decided to further his education and was re-admitted to Princeton University. Despite working full time to support a growing family, he completed his degree and graduated from Princeton in 1949.

Richard was then accepted into Law School at Fordham University, and, while still working full time as a carpenter, graduated in 1953. He passed the New Jersey State Bar in 1954. In 2014 he was acknowledged for his 60 year membership in the association.

His 60 year career in the law included being managing director of the New Jersey Building Contractors Association and director of the Central Jersey Building Contractors Association. He served as Councilman and then mayor of South Brunswick Township in the 1960’s. Independently, he maintained an active law practice, and was a trustee on over 150 estates. He was active in the law into his 90’s. Richard was also involved in the Princeton and Kingston communities, serving in the Knights of Columbus, as a trustee for Saint Paul’s Church, and as a member of the Kingston Volunteer Fire Department.

He was married in 1946 to Katrin Palsdottir, and they had four sons — Edmond, Paul, Michael, and Stephen. Katrin passed in 1968. He married Victoria Sailliez in 1969.

Richard is survived by his sister Elizabeth Anderson of Toms River, and Paul and Mary Casey of Concord, N.H.; Michael and Jane Casey of Princeton; and Stephen Casey of Ashburn, Va. He has eleven grandchildren.

Visiting hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 19, at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home. There will be a Mass of Christian burial at St. Paul’s Church, in Princeton, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Senior Care Ministry of Princeton.

September 10, 2014

Obit Kurshan 9-10-14Jerome Kurshan

Jerome Kurshan, 95, of Princeton, New Jersey, died September 3, 2014, of natural causes.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he subsequently lived in Princeton for 71 years. He was a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, class of 1935, where he was awarded the Holmes medal for scholarship every year. He made pocket money by tutoring other high school students. He attended Columbia College with the help of a New York State Scholarship, receiving the AB degree with honors in mathematics and physics, and was salutatorian of the Class of 1939. There, he was awarded the Van Amringe Mathematical Prize, was on the editorial board of the Columbian, the college yearbook, was manager of the Debate Council, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. He completed his degree requirements in 3½ years and spent his last semester as a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics. In 1943, Kurshan received a PhD degree in physics from Cornell University, where he was also a teaching assistant in physics. His research involved contributions to the World War II effort for which he received a citation from the United States Office of Scientific Research and Development.

He then moved to Princeton to become a member of the technical staff at RCA Laboratories. His early research was on electron tubes. With the advent of the transistor, he became the earliest researcher at RCA to investigate semiconductor devices, and he also forecasted the superiority of silicon over germanium as a device material. Kurshan has 16 U.S. patents to his name, mostly relating to electron devices. After a dozen years in research, he became manager, successively, of Graduate Recruiting, Technical Recruiting and Training, and Employment and Training. He then moved back into the technical sphere as manager, Research Services Laboratory, which included mathematical and computer services, materials analysis, materials and device technology, nuclear radiation technology, and technical information services. His next position, manager, marketing, involved the acquisition of contract support, mostly from the U.S. government, for specific research projects, and the administration of the resulting contracts. This also included responsibility for enforcing government security requirements on classified programs and materials. Next, as manager of administrative services, he had responsibility for many of the non-technical functions supporting research, including model shop, reprographics, drafting, technical publications, library services, purchasing, and facilities. He retired in 1987 after 44 years with the company, while holding the position of manager, administrative projects.

He was a founding member of The Jewish Center of Princeton and continued to be active as a member of its Board of Directors. During a term as vice-president, he founded the Men’s Club. He served as volunteer librarian of the Jewish Center’s adult library from 1989 until 2012. He was named Congregant of the Year in 1997. He frequently filled the role of gabbai at Sabbath services. He was committed to the Princeton United Jewish Appeal (PUJA) and its successor, the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks (JFPMB). He served two separate terms as president of PUJA and was a long-term member of the board of JFPMB. He was awarded its Community Service Award, the Federation’s highest honor, in 2006. He participated actively in 55-Plus, a social group of retired men, and for 19 years wrote, emailed to its members, and archived on its website, summaries of the talks given there. He was a regular volunteer at American Red Cross blood drives and received its Pacesetter award in 2000. He also enjoyed the hobbies of photography, dancing, bicycling, gardening, poker, and computing, and was treasurer of the Princeton Macintosh Users’ Group for many years. He used a moped for local travel until the age of 90, when he decided it would be prudent to forego this risk.

Dr. Kurshan was the son of the late Oscar and Beatrice Kurshan. He married Phyllis Sterman on July 4, 1946. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Neil and Alisa Kurshan; a daughter Rachel Kurshan; five grandchildren Ilana, Naamit, Ariella, Eytan, and Sara; and great grandchildren Shira, Amalia, Ezra, Matan, Liav, and Tagel.

The funeral was held at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Burial was in the family plot in Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Glendale, N.Y.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Jewish Center or to Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, 4 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

Arrangements were by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.


Modestina G. DeBaggis

Modestina G. DeBaggis, 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Princeton Medical Center surrounded by her loving and caring family. Born in Pettoranello, Italy to the late Nicola and Santa Tamasi, she came to the United States in 1955 and settled in Princeton.

Modestina was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Princeton and was a strong and loving mother who loved cooking, gardening, and caring for her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be sadly missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Carmine DeBaggis; her loving children, Susan DeBaggis, Diana Radogna and husband Bill, all of Princeton; Claudio DeBaggis and wife Mary of Charlotte, N.C.; her four beautiful grandchildren, Katherine, Mary, Michael, and Alana; her caring sister, Christine Rossi and husband Gino of Princeton; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Luissa and Raymond of Brooklyn; and many nieces and nephews.

“If we had a single flower for each thought for you, we would walk in our garden forever.”

Visitation hours were held on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul’s Church, located at 214 Nassau Street in Princeton. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made in her name to the Oncology Unit at Princeton Medical Center c/o Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, 3626 U.S. Route 1, Princeton, N.J. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.thekimblefuneralhome.com.


Donald P. Hartz

Donald P. Hartz, of Lansdowne, Pa. and formerly of Princeton, passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Philadelphia. He was 68 years old. Born in Panama, he was the son of the late Henry and Mildred Alice (Harker) Hartz. He was also the beloved husband of The Rev. Canon James L. Shannon. Don received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia and served in the United States Army. He also retired as an administrator of the Office of Home and Community Based Service for New Jersey Medicaid. In addition to his husband; he is survived by a brother Henry Hartz; sister Marilyn Simon; nieces Marsha Keller, Karen Hartz, Leigh Ann Dunleavy, Joellen Corrocher, Stephanie Shannon, Deborah Shannon; and nephews Donald Simon and Charles Shannon. Relatives and friends are invited to an Easter Liturgy on Thursday, September 11 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 313 Pine Street Philadelphia, Pa. 19106. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the church (see address above). Online condolences may be left on: www.philadelphiafuneralcare.com.

Arrangements are by The Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home.


Natalie Dearborn Cruickshank

Natalie Dearborn Cruickshank passed away quietly in her sleep on August 29, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Boston Massachusetts, the daughter of Prof. Walter F. and Ellen K. Dearborn, and was raised in Cambridge, Mass. She graduated from the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and then from Boston University with an Associates degree in commercial science. Later in life she continued her education at Rider University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree.

She began her business career as a secretary in the Boston area, where she met her husband, Philip. They were married in 1953; she retired soon after to become a wife and mother to their children. They soon moved to the New Brunswick, N.J. area, and then back to Massachusetts, where they lived in Lexington for five years. In 1963 they moved to Princeton Township; they lived there for 45 years before moving to the Princeton Manor community in Kendall Park.

She was very active in the schools that her children attended, first at the Littlebrook School, where she served as a Room Mother, and then as vice president and president of the PTO at the Community Park Middle School. Her love of children and participating in their activities led her to become a Cub Scout Den Mother for her two sons in Troop 43. In 1969 she received the Den Mother’s Training Award from the George Washington Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

In 1970 she returned to her career as a secretary and administrative assistant, joining the staff at Princeton University. Initially she worked for the department of aerospace and mechanical sciences, and then for the department of civil and geological engineering. In 1976 she transferred to the Humanities Council, where she enjoyed meeting the renowned visiting scholars. She also relished acting as the hostess at the receptions given by the Council.

In 1981, she left the University to become the municipal clerk for Princeton Township, initially as an appointment, then winning an election for a three year term. Again, she enjoyed her interaction with the public and the Princeton Township staff. At the end of the term, she chose to resign and return to the business world. She retired from her final job with Merrill Lynch Asset Management in 1996.

Natalie’s retirement provided the opportunity to once again work with children. She volunteered as a mentor and tutor in the Princeton Public Library’s Springboard Program to help children with their studies. In 2000 she participated in the YWCA’s Adventure Camp as a story reader to young children, and volunteered with Princeton Young Achievers.

From 2000 to 2008 she volunteered to read to children in grades K through three at the Johnson Park Elementary School on behalf of the Princeton Public Library’s Outreach Program. In her program, called “Miss Natalie and Friends”, she combined story reading with selections from her collection of puppets and stuffed animals as they related to the stories. She was particularly gratified when students who had advanced beyond her classes would approach her in the library and tell her how her program had led them to enjoy reading.

Natalie and her husband enjoyed traveling, with many trips through Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, and Canada. She was a great cook, and hosted many parties for friends at her Princeton home.

Natalie and her devoted husband, Philip A. Cruickshank, had a wonderful marriage of 61 years. She is survived by her husband, three children, and three grandchildren: Stewart A. Cruickshank and his wife Betty; Marsha C. Wagner and her daughter Jessica; Walter D. Cruickshank, his wife Deborah Gartland, and their two daughters Delaney and Riley.

Services were private.

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