July 9, 2014

IMG_0002Elizabeth McGraw Webster

Elizabeth “Lisa” McGraw Webster, 88, died Saturday June 28, 2014 at her home in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Born in New York City to Elizabeth Murtland Woodwell and Curtis Whittlesey McGraw. Lisa was a long time resident of Princeton, New Jersey.

She attended Miss Fine’s School, Foxcroft, and Finch College.

In the summer of 2011, Lisa made a difficult emotional decision, due to being a “Princeton girl” at heart, to move her residence to Idaho, where she had maintained houses in the Sun Valley area for decades. She still was able to make a few trips to visit Princeton after that, but lived the rest of her years being able to see the beautiful mountains of Idaho and to enjoy the summer skating programs.

Lisa’s great passions were figure skating and her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She was very active in the figure skating world and supported many promising skaters some of whom became Olympic, national, and international champions.

Lisa is survived by her daughters, Lisette Stoltzfus Edmond and Marian Stoltzfus Paen and her son Curtis McGraw Webster, their spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice and Palliative Care of The Wood River Valley, P. O. Box 4320, Sun Valley, ID 83340 or SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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William J. Bolger

William J. (Bill) Bolger died peacefully in Princeton on June 25, 2014 at the age of 88. A dedicated, wise, and generous husband, father, family man, and friend, he lived a long and fulfilling life. Bill was predeceased by his parents, John and Coby Bolger of Sewickley, Pa., and by his first wife of 53 years, Eugenie Claire Wagner. Bill was a graduate of Northfield-Mount Hermon prep school in 1944. With the nation still at war, he enlisted in the Navy’s V-12 training program. This led him to Princeton University from which he graduated in 1948. He went on to enjoy a diverse and successful career in general management and commercial real estate, consulting before starting his own consulting firm, which he continued until his retirement.

He enjoyed challenges, family gatherings, clever jokes, a good debate, old friends, a smart game of cards, travel, the stock market, suspense novels, and more. Bill was a provider: he looked after those he loved and helped many people without attaching strings or seeking attention, and was always guided by his integrity.

He is survived by his second wife, Eva Heidmann; his two sons Stephen (Lillian Laserson) and Bruce (Shawn Sparks); grandchildren Kate, Chris, and Elizabeth; Eva’s daughters Sofia Ardalan and Lily (John) Scott; siblings Betty (Robert) Fleming, David, Barbara (William) Collett, and Daniel (Linda) Bolger, and many nephews and nieces. He lives on in the many ways he positively touched so many people and in the memories of his rich and spontaneous personality.

Services will be held on July 14, 2014 at Trinity Church in Princeton at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at the Nassau Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy.

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Mark Brian Schulman

Dr. Mark Brian Schulman, beloved husband of Elizabeth and loving father of Nikita, passed away suddenly on July 1, 2014. He was active throughout the Princeton community and helped many people in his chiropractic practice, always offering kind words and encouragement. He loved life passionately, and was an avid reader and filmgoer. He was “game” for new experiences and adventures, and was ready to try and recommend new restaurants. Mark was always willing to help anyone in need. He remained curious and kind to the end. He will be remembered for his love of family and friends.

He leaves behind his brother and sister in law, Norman and Roxanne Schulman, their children Michael, Ronald, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Rebecca, and Sarah. His sister- and brother-in-law Arlene and Seymour Haspel and their children Sindy, Joy, Beth, and Marcie.

Services were held on Saturday, July 5 at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NJ Chiropractic Association, 3121 Route 22E, STE 302, Branchburg, NJ 08876 or Computers for Kids of American, 155 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, NJ 07004.

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

 

July 2, 2014

Obit Hamilton 7-2-14Andrew Hamilton

Andrew (Choufrine) Hamilton, 26, formerly of Princeton, passed away suddenly in late June at his home in Manhattan.

Born in St. Petersburg in the former Soviet Union, Andrew emigrated to New York with his parents in 1993 at the age of five. The family later moved to Princeton where his father attended the Princeton Theological Seminary.  Andrew proudly became an American citizen in 2010 and legally changed his name to Hamilton. He was inspired by Columbia University founder and patriot Alexander Hamilton.

Andrew was a 2006 graduate of Princeton High School. As a young adult, he was able to lead various successful entrepreneurial ventures and, during high school, volunteered as Princeton Autism Technology’s sole web site manager. He was responsible for bringing the nonprofit organization to national prominence and helped families seeking distance learning for their autistic children.

Following graduation, he turned an internship opportunity into a full time product management position with Behavior Imaging Solutions, moving to Boise, Idaho for several years. As the company’s product manager, he was responsible for applied research, sales, and was integral to the company‘s award of several nationally-funded grants, including military projects and high-profile international research opportunities. He frequently presented on behalf of the company, and authored a prestigious Innovative Company Award. He continued to represent Behavior Imaging while attending Columbia University.

Andrew graduated in the Columbia University Class of 2013 with a degree in neuroscience. He had a deep interest in politics and public policy and interned for New York’s United States’ Senator Charles Schumer. He also worked as a research assistant for the New York City philanthropist Peter Petersen where he produced briefing papers on various public issues. In 2012, Andrew was one of 100 students chosen nationally as a White House Fellow. He interned in the President’s Office of Communications, Washington, D.C.

During his senior year at Columbia, Andrew traveled to Moscow where he interviewed and filmed Russian activists, dissidents and government officials on the topic of censorship in the new Russian democracy. Those interviews became the basis for an award winning documentary film, The Russian Soul which Mr. Hamilton wrote, film edited, and produced.

Andrew served as vice-president, Tenants Association at his residence 3333 Broadway, New York City. His commitment to affordable housing and the economic challenges it presented resulted in a number of articles on the topic in the Columbia Spectator among other publications.

At the time of his death, Andrew was employed by Haggerty Consulting, Chicago on a New York City specific project.

Andrew is survived by his mother Martina Kogan and his father Arkadi Choufrine, both of Princeton as well as a legion of loving and devoted friends in Idaho, Princeton, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Everyone who met Andrew was touched by his enthusiasm for life, insatiable curiosity, generosity of spirit, appealing charisma, and engaging laugh.

Friends are invited to gather on Sunday, July 20 at 3 p.m. in the Sanford Davis Room, Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton to remember and celebrate Andrew’s life and accomplishments.

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Obit Calo 7-2-14Jeanne Calo

Jeanne Calo passed away on June 20, 2014 in her Princeton home following a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was 98 years old.

Born in Tunis in 1916, Jeanne moved to Paris at the age of 2, completing her studies through law school and marrying in 1938 before returning to Tunis. In 1957, upon Tunisia’s independence, she emigrated to the United States with her husband and three children. She soon gave birth to a fourth child while initiating a long and successful career as a French professor. Following the completion of her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, she taught for many years at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), earning the respect of her colleagues and students.

A few years after her husband’s passing, Jeanne retired at the age of 71 and began pursuing her interests with a level of activity more characteristic of generations younger than her own. She opened her home to host a weekly French language group and biweekly Spanish conversation group, as well as annual musical evenings. The latter were attended by talented musicians who came from as far as Brooklyn to participate. Jeanne’s interest in music led her to play the piano again, which she had not pursued since leaving Tunis.

Her major interest and achievement became painting, which she had never attempted before, attending art courses at Mercer Community College. She soon developed a unique, vibrant style of acrylics that represented her personality, generating large numbers of paintings in the process.

Additionally, Jeanne found time to swim daily, to read French books for the blind, visit museums and exhibitions from Washington D.C. to New York, attend evening concerts, operas, dance performances, etc. and, until a few years ago, travel to many countries around the world.

Jeanne is survived by her four children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. To honor her wishes, her cremation was private, no memorial service was held, and donations are not being accepted.
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Zvi Eiref

Zvi passed away on April 17, 2014 and was buried in Princeton Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Catherine (Lindy) Eiref, his three sons, Daniel, Ben, and Simon his six grandchildren and his brothers Michael and Jonathan Crystal and Oded Oreff.

Zvi’s life journey was unusual. He was born in British Palestine in 1938 and immigrated to Leeds, England in 1946 speaking no English. Within a decade he became one of the top law students at Oxford University (Christ Church College). He won a scholarship to do a Masters degree at the London School of Economics and a Fellowship to teach at the University of Chicago Law School. In 1973 he brought his family to America.

Zvi Eiref was an extraordinary business leader. He spent the longest period of his career at Church & Dwight in Princeton where he served as chief financial officer for over 20 years — from 1979-1988 and again from 1995 to 2006. Zvi was deeply committed to the success of the company, its business, and employees. Under his financial direction Church & Dwight grew from a small single product company known for its Arm & Hammer baking soda into one of the leading global consumer packaged goods companies spanning cleaning, personal care, specialty chemicals, and other segments.

Zvi helped steer the company through its growth into a multi-billion dollar business far outperforming most other publicly traded companies in America for many years. He was proud that each company share grew from the equivalent of 75 cents in 1979 to 43 dollars when he left in 2006. Over this period the company become one of the largest employers in the Princeton area and contributed to the lives of thousands of employees.

Zvi’s other corporate leadership roles include chief financial officer of Chanel, Inc. the global fashion company, from 1988 to 1995, and chief financial officer of Thomas Cook, one of the early pioneers in corporate travel in the late 1970’s. He also worked for Unilever in Holland in the early 1970s. Towards the end of his career Zvi worked with several private equity firms investing in early stage consumer packaged goods companies and served on the boards of a number of companies in the consumer goods industry.

Zvi was deeply committed to charity and public causes and provided decades of service to many groups in the community. Most recently he was on the board of the City Harvest, a New York City based organization dedicated to feeding the City’s hungry men, women, and children. He served on the board of directors from 2008 to 2012 and was treasurer of the board for several years. He played a key role in the strategic planning committee and helped set the organization on a path to significant growth. In the first year of the plan City Harvest moved 29 million pounds of food to hungry New Yorkers.

Zvi was involved with the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, the Central New Jersey environmental group, for over 30 years. He served on the Board of Trustees for seven years, including four as treasurer, and on the organization’s advisory board for five years thereafter. He is credited for helping guide smart land use policies in the Princeton area and providing a steady hand to guide the Watershed through the financial crisis in 2008.

In the early 1990’s Zvi served on the board of Orbis International, the flying eye hospital which treats needy patients in emerging countries around the world. He helped the organization avoid bankruptcy and put it on a path to longer term financial strength. Orbis is still in business today.

Zvi was very active with the Princeton Township as a member of the zoning board and financial advisory committee and is credited with getting the University to pay a much larger and appropriate share of expenses to maintain civic services.

Zvi was deeply committed to education, reading, and travel from his earliest age and was a big inspiration to his family and friends in this regard. He often told of his hitchhiking trip around the United States in 1961. His family fondly remembers traveling with him around the U.S., to the great cities and countryside of England and Europe, the artifacts of Japan and central China, the hill towns of Mexico, Brazil, and around the southern tip of South America from Chile to Argentina. Zvi was particularly fond of visiting Israel and maintained a close relationship with his family there.

Zvi had several local hobbies he was passionate about. He was the owner of Amwell Ridge Farm for over 20 years and co-owner of the Unionville Vineyard in Ringoes. He was particularly proud of its award winning Chardonnay. Zvi’s family and friends drink a toast in memory of his incredible passion and life!

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Obit Moore 7-2-14Robert Moore

Robert Moore, 84, of Princeton, passed away peacefully at home on June 30, 2014 with his loving wife, Beverly at his side. Bob was born and raised in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School class of 1949. He was employed for over 40 years with L.C. Bowers Construction Company before retiring and served in the New Jersey National Guard. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Rocky Hill, and was a former trustee and house chair at the Princeton Elks Lodge 2129 and was voted Elk of the Year by his fellow members. Predeceased by his parents John and Janet Moore, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Beverly Beekman Moore, six children, Robert (Deborah), Cynthia Larson (Kevin), Scott (DeNelle), Clinton (Karol), Christopher (Jo Anne), and Tracy (Kenneth); four step children, Jacqueline Obinger (Jerry), John Maier, Jeffrey Maier (Patty), Joanne McGann (Thomas); eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; ten step-grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren; his brother, John (Dorothy), his cousins, William Toole, Mina Merle VanCleef, and Rev. Dr. George Toole, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Monday, July 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. An Elks memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8 at Trinity Episcopal Church of Rocky Hill. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Christine’s Hope for Kids Foundation, PO Box 190, Hopewell, N.J. 08525 or Elks Camp Moore, New Jersey State Elks Handicapped Children, 665 Rahway Ave, P.O. Box 1596, Woodbridge, N.J. 07095.  Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.

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Lucille Gaignault

Lucille Gaignault, 87, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman. Born in Bronxville, N.Y. on January 29, 1927, to Raymond and Virginia (Ballard) Anthony, she had resided in Princeton since 1981. Lucille attended the Potter School in Phoenix, Ariz. and Stanford University where she studied biology and archaeology. She was a horse trainer in the United States and in France, where she lived for over 30 years prior to moving to Princeton. In her later years, she restored antique Staffordshire ceramics. A member of the Princeton Rug Society and le Cercle Francais, she also enjoyed classical music.

Lucille is survived by her daughter, Carlotta Gaignault, and her son, Igor Gaignault; son-in-law, Anthony Parker; daughter-in-law Jacqueline Gaignault; and four granddaughters, all of Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Jersey Audubon Society. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road in Pennington. To send condolences, visit www.wilsonapple.com.

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Steven Carsten Paulsen

Steven Carsten Paulsen, 54, of Griggstown died Sunday, June 22, 2014. Born in Princeton he was a lifelong Griggstown resident. Steven was employed for over 25 years with the State of New Jersey, Division of Human Services. He was a member of the Bunker Hill Lutheran Church.

Brother of the late Cheryl Paulsen, he is survived by his wife Ella Paulsen, his parents Carsten E. and Judith M. (Olsen) Paulsen, two brothers James P. and Christopher G. Paulsen, sister Meredith Mangini, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends were asked to call on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Bunker Hill Lutheran Church, 235 Bunker Hill Road from 2 to 5 p.m. with a prayer service that began at 4:30 p.m.

The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the church. Burial followed in the Griggstown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Bunker Hill Lutheran Church 235 Bunker Hill Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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

June 25, 2014

Obit Belshaw 6-25-14Elizabeth Wheeler Belshaw

Elizabeth Wheeler Belshaw, 83, of Princeton,, died at home from complications from a stroke on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Elizabeth (Betsy) was born in Providence, R.I., the daughter of Richard Elisha Wheeler and Wilhelmina Crapo West. She is survived by her husband, George Phelps Mellick Belshaw, to whom she was married for 60 years, who is the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, comprised of 14 counties in central and southern New Jersey. Two older sisters pre-deceased her.

Betsy’s children are The Rev. Richard Wheeler Belshaw of Durham, N.H.; Elizabeth Mellick Belshaw Ham of Princeton; and George Phelps Mellick Belshaw, Jr. of Greenwich, Conn.; and she had seven grandchildren, Emily and Daniel Belshaw; Elizabeth and Alexandra Ham; and Martha, Alice, and George Belshaw III.

She was educated at Miss Porters School, Farmington, Conn., class of 1948, the same school that her two sisters attended, as well as her mother, and grandmother, and daughter. Betsy loved her years at school. Then especially about Smith College, where she graduated in 1952, majoring in music, she never failed to speak enthusiastically. Over the years she would be heard to say, “can you imagine only applying to one college as I did?”

After college and before marriage she taught music for two years at Lincoln School in Providence, R.I.

Following marriage to G.P.Mellick Belshaw in June 1954 and who was ordained one week later, they went to the Hawaiian Islands, where Mellick was in charge of St. Matthew’s Church, Waimanalo, Oahu. While there, Betsy trained a youth choir. Three years later they returned to New York City, to the General Theological Seminary where Mellick was appointed a Fellow and Tutor. Then followed six years as Rector of Christ Church, Dover, Delaware, and 10 years as Rector of St. George’s Church, Rumson, N.J. During these years Betsy focused her attention on raising three children.

The funeral was held Tuesday June 24, 2014 at Trinity Church 33 Mercer St Princeton. Burial was in the family plot in Trinity All Saints Cemetery Princeton.

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

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Obit Chin 6-25-14Mary Yun-Chen (Kao) Chin

Mary Yun-Chen (Kao) Chin, 90, passed away at her Princeton home on June 19, 2014. Born in Zhejiang, China, on June 12, 1924, Dr. Kao graduated from St. Mary’s Hall, an Episcopal senior high school in Shanghai (now called Shanghai No.3 Girls High School) in 1941. She attended the Université Aurore for two years, majoring in chemistry before transferring to Shanghai Medical College. Completing their medical curriculum and a one-year rotating internship, she graduated second in her class and received her MD in the spring of 1948.

Dr. Kao came to the United States for further training and started a rotating internship at St. Francis Hospital (La Crosse, Wis.), now part of the Mayo Clinic Health System, in July 1948. From July 1949 to June 1953, she did pediatric residency at Hospital for Women and Children (New York, N.Y.), postgraduate work at Harvard Medical School, and further pediatric residency years at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now called Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) and St. Louis City Hospital. Among her scholarly contributions was the third case report in the English literature of nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, a genetic disorder that causes life-threatening dehydration and hypernatremia in infants. In the midst of her residency years, the Communists announced their takeover of China in October 1949. This great and generous nation called America, the “Shining City on a Hill,” not only welcomed her to stay but also provided a path to citizenship.

After staying home for many years to raise her children, she reentered the workforce and did another year of residency at Martland Hospital (Newark, N.J.) prior to becoming a staff physician at Willets Health Center, at Douglass College (now part of Rutgers University). Practicing adolescent medicine there, she retired in 1989.

Dr. Kao married Te Ning Chin in 1953 in St. Louis, Mo. They moved to Princeton in 1958. Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by sons Alvin of Wynnewood, Pa, and Gilbert of Olney, Md.; two grandchildren Fiona and Meredith; and sisters Rose Chang, Florence Shen, Evelina Loke, Miranda Linne, and Judith Ng.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to either Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad (www.pfars.org) or to www.PACTforanimals.org, a non-profit organization which gives peace of mind to families of long-term inpatients in children’s hospitals as well as to military personnel deployed overseas by placing their pets in temporary foster homes until their owners can be reunited with the companion animals they love.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting: www.TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Obit Lynch 6-25-14Irene O’Neil Lynch

Irene Lynch, a longtime resident of Princeton, died on June 20, 2014 at her Skillman home. She had recently celebrated her 84th birthday.

Irene Mary O’Neil was born in Boston to John Edward O’Neil and Mary Genevieve Murray, and grew up in the neighboring city of Quincy. In 1951 she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude in economics, from Radcliffe College, then a part of Harvard University. In 1952 she married Joseph M. Lynch, whom she had met when he was a student at Harvard Law School.

After living in Jersey City and Upper Saddle River, N.J., the couple moved to Princeton in 1957, where they lived until 2013. While raising her five children, Irene took part in numerous volunteer activities, especially those having to do with education. She was active in the Princeton Regional Schools Parent Teacher Organization, writing weekly and monthly newspaper columns, along with other activities. She joined with other parishioners at St. Paul Catholic Church in establishing Princeton’s first religious education program run by the laity for Catholic public school children. She also served as a teacher and Co-Chairman of Teachers in that program. She later served as president and board member of the Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation, where she helped raise and administer scholarship funds for Princeton High School seniors who needed financial help to attend college.

During those years Irene was also president of the Radcliffe Club of Princeton and a board member of the Harvard Club of Princeton. For 30 years she interviewed applicants to Harvard College, and always enjoyed meeting new students to discuss their favorite fields of study and goals for the future.

When her own children had finished school, Irene returned to her early interests in writing and reading. She was elected to the board of The Friends of Princeton Public Library and, for several years, wrote their press releases. She became a member of two local organizations: the LPG Writers’ Group and the Last Monday of the Month Book Club, and remained active with both until recently. Her writing included short fiction, family memoirs, and travel pieces. She also employed her considerable literary talents while editing her husband’s book on the early political and judicial history of the United States Constitution, Negotiating The Constitution, a History Book Club selection.

Irene enjoyed family vacations in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, as well as frequent travels to Europe with her husband Joe. Together, they attended numerous opera and theater performances and museum exhibitions in New York City. For many summers, she swam daily in the Community Park Pool, considering it a special achievement when she was reported to the lifeguard for “swimming too fast to be a senior.”

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Lynch, and her children and their spouses: Anne Lynch and Peter Hadekel of Montreal; Peter Lynch of Princeton; Teresa Lynch and Rick Terry of Black Mountain, North Carolina; Mark Lynch of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and Patricia Lynch and Trevor Dickie of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her grandchildren include: Kathleen, Christine, and Tashi Hadekel; Valentine and Rudyard Lynch; and Nathaniel, Eliza, and Rachel Dickie. She also leaves her brother, Philip O’Neil of North Quincy, Massachusetts and Genevieve McCarthy of Braintree, Massachusetts, as well as several nieces and nephews. In Princeton, she leaves many longtime, dear friends.

Visiting will be held on Wednesday June 25, 2014 between 3 and 6 p.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Interment to follow at Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to TASK, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, PO Box 872, Trenton, N.J. 08605 or to The Friends of Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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Charlotte W. Shapiro

Charlotte W. Shapiro, 94, who was a resident of Princeton for 52 years, died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

Mrs. Shapiro graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., Brooklyn College, and New York University with a master’s degree in retailing. She worked in New York and Philadelphia before getting married in 1948.

Mrs. Shapiro was a life member of Hadassah and a member of Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction. She was very active in those organizations.

Charlotte was the wife of the late Dr. Frank M. Shapiro, DDS with whom she shared 43 loving years. Surviving are her son Edward Shapiro and daughter-in-law Merle Hyman of Swampscott, Mass.; and two grandsons, Matthew and Eric.

The service will be held at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction on Thursday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. with burial at King Solomon Memorial Park in Clifton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East, Princeton Junction, N.J. 08550.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.

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Tanis Virginia Cox

Tanis Virginia Cox, 100, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Westminster Towers and Shores in Bradenton.

Born in New York City, she grew up in the Princeton area and moved back to New York City before relocating to Florida in 1975.

She was a graduate of Princeton High School and attended both NYU and Hunter College.

Most of her working career was spent as a receptionist for law firms specializing in the fields of International Law. Tanis was an active volunteer during her life, opening the United Service Organizations (USO) club in New York City during World War II and was a founder and longtime volunteer of Volunteer Services for Children, INC., under the direction of Dr. Tom Dooley.She also worked at Maas Brother’s Department Store in Sarasota, Florida for several years where she made many friends who enjoyed her cheerful outlook on life.

Ms. Cox was honorably discharged from the US Navy (WAVES) as a Pharmacists Mate 3C after serving her country from 1943 to 1945.

Tanis was predeceased by her parents Wallace S. and Nellie Pryor Cox; two brothers, George C. and William Cox; and her niece and namesake Tanis V. Cox. She is survived by four nephews: Scott Cox of Hamilton, N.J.; George C. Cox of Port Charlotte, Fla.; George C. Cox, III; Scott M. Cox, Jr.; and a niece Katherine Cox.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at noon in Princeton Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Marine Corps League Wounded Warriors Fund, Trenton Detachment #207, 547 Schiller Avenue, Trenton, N.J. 08610.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J. To extend condolences and to share remembrances visit The
KimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Guilluame Masseus

Guilluame Masseus, 56, of Lawrenceville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Saint Marc, Haiti, he was a former resident of Princeton, before moving to Lawrenceville 26 years ago. Guilluame was employed with the Grounds and Maintenance Department at Princeton University for many years.

He is survived by his sister, Bertha Toussaint; his daughter Anecia Masseus; his nieces and nephews Romy Toussaint (John Annand), Marjorie Young (Peter Young Jr.), Carine Toussaint, Paule Johanne Toussaint (Layton Parrish), Moshe Toussaint (Vasti Toussaint), and a host of great nieces, great nephews, and loving friends.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville, N.J.

To make a condolence to family or for directions, visit www.poulsonvanhise.com.

 

June 18, 2014

Obit Yasuhara 6-18-14Ann Harris Yasuhara

Ann Harris Yasuhara, 82, died at her home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Wednesday, June 11. A logician and computer scientist, she was known for combining her Quaker faith with action focused on peace, social justice, racial equality, and the environment. Her life balanced her love for the sacredness of all life, the compassionate concerns of a Quaker activist for the world and the local community, her delight in music, gardening, and art, and her generosity to friends and family.

Born on March 8, 1932 in Madison, Wisconsin, her parents were Julian Earle Harris (a noted French language educator at the University of Wisconsin) and Elizabeth Marshall Harris, a sculptor. She studied cooking and fashion design in Paris, attended Swarthmore College, and earned her bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Illinois.

In 1970 she and her husband, Mitsuru, settled in Princeton in a cozy little house and garden and pursued their vibrant interests in mathematics, music, and art. Ever adventurous, they traveled widely, including regular trips to visit his family in Japan. Perhaps her favorite place was her garden.

In 1972 she joined the new department of
computer science at Rutgers University, where she was an associate professor; she supervised the PhD theses of Frank Hawrusik, Venkataraman Natarajan, and Elaine Weyuker. Ileana Streinu, now the Charles N. Clark Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Smith College, remembers Ann Yasuhara’s classes on Recursive Function Theory and Logic and her textbook. “It was an exquisite topic, beautiful mathematics that Ann was conveying to generations of graduate students. In a department with only a few women on the faculty, she was a model to look up to. With grace and generosity, she touched my life and the lives of many students like me.”

Ann Yasuhara belonged to the living tradition of Quaker spirit-led peace and justice activists. Unflagging in her resistance to war and violence, she studied the philosophy and methods of non-violent resolution of conflict with George Lakey, the noted Quaker peace activist. In turn, she led training groups for inner city children.

Within the Society of Friends (Quakers) she served terms at Princeton Friends Meeting as Clerk of the Meeting and clerk of the committee on peace and social concerns. She also served on committees in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, an association of 103 Quaker meetings.

Most recently she enthusiastically supported — and went on protests with — the nonviolent direct action group, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), which works to end mountaintop removal coal mining. On her 79th birthday she protested on a strenuous mountain climb in West Virginia mining country. In January, just before she was diagnosed with cancer, the Philadelphia-based group honored her as one of its outstanding “wise elders.”

“Ann was a leader in the Quaker faith and an inspiration to all of us. She set the bar very high and gave us confidence to fight for a better world,” says Janet Gardner, a documentary film maker at the Gardner Group and a member of Princeton Friends Meeting.

Within the Princeton community, she helped found Silent Prayers for Peace, which keeps silent vigil every Wednesday in Palmer Square. She was a founding member of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF). As a founding member of Princeton’s Not in Our Town (NIOT), an interracial, interfaith social action group committed to racial justice, she was instrumental in creating programs that honor and support youth of diverse backgrounds. She also teamed with the Princeton Public Library to develop, through NIOT, thought-provoking community discussions on race, white privilege, bullying, and the environment. Her work with students was notable. She was a volunteer tutor, supported Committed Princetonians (a mentoring group), and served on the Minority Education Board of Princeton Regional Schools.

She is survived by Mitsuru Yasuhara, her husband of 49 years; her godchildren Josue Rivera-Olds,
Grecia N. Rivera, and Julio R. Rivera; cousins including Sarah Rogers Pyle Sener (Pikesville, Maryland), Jan Marshall Fox, J. Laird Marshall, Nancy Marshall Bauer (Madison, Wisconsin), Jane Marshall (Birmingham, Alabama), Richard H. Marshall (Toronto, Canada), James R. Marshall (Gardnerville, Nevada), and Barbara Figge Fox (Princeton, New Jersey) and their families.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 5, at 2 p.m. at Princeton Friends Meeting. Donations in her memory may be made to any of the many charities she supported and/or to Princeton Friends Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton N.J. 08540.

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Obit Kittredge 6-18-14Susan Bird Kittredge

Susan Bird Kittredge, born Susan Elizabeth Bird, 74, died peacefully on May 9, 2014 at the University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, New Jersey. Born in Framingham, Massachusetts, she grew up in Wayland and Andover, Massachusetts, and spent summers in York, Maine. She attended Skidmore College and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

In 1964, while working in New York City, she met and married Ernest Kittredge. They moved to Princeton and then South Brunswick, her home for the last 42 years. As a practicing artist, she created exuberant fine art pieces, clothing, and wall hangings in fabric, paper, and mixed media. Her work was exhibited throughout New Jersey and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Since 1983, she served as assistant director of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. In 31 years of public service, she was a passionate advocate for the role of arts and culture in a vibrant community, helping to bring countless public programs to the county and to central New Jersey.

She enjoyed spending time at the family home in York, Maine, a community she loved dearly, and traveling to Latin America and the Caribbean. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Johnston and Edith Bird, her husband, Ernest Kittredge, and her brother, John Nicholas Bird. Surviving are her son, Neil Philip Kittredge, his wife Kirsten Shaw, and grandson Asher, all of Brooklyn, New York, and her sister-in-law Mabel Bird of Milford, New Hampshire. Burial was in York, Maine, and a memorial service will be held in New Jersey in late June. Memorial contributions may be made to the York Land Trust, www.yorklandtrust.org.

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Ann D. Johnston

Ann D. Johnston died on June 11, 2014 at her home in Stonebridge.

Born in Boston to Arthur and Lillian Wilson on January 13, 1931. She was educated at Girls Latin School in Boston, Radcliffe College, MIT, and Washington College.

She started her career as an engineer at RCA, then was a pioneer in the computer programming field. In 1970 she began her 28 years at Princeton Regional Schools teaching math, 12 of those years as president of the Teachers’ Union.

She was an activist and her love for all people was always evident. She initiated or joined in almost every local and national peace and civil rights project in the 50s and 60s. This included peace walking and civil rights marching all over the east coast, selling thousands of boxes of UNICEF cards from her home, traveling to New York every week to cook soup with Dorothy Day at the Catholic Worker house of hospitality, and participating in the American Friends Service Committee integration projects. She was also involved in many local organizations, one of which was serving on the board of Princeton Community Housing.

She traveled the world with friends and family and joined various volunteer projects in the U.S. and abroad. She had a passion for the arts, becoming a serious painter. She also tried her hand at a variety of crafts including glass blowing, weaving, knitting, basketry, jewelry making, and rug making.

After moving to Stonebridge, she maintained her active engagement in outside interests while contributing to the Stonebridge community as president of the Residents Association and the first resident trustee on the Springpoint CCRC Board.

Predeceased by husband Loren B. Johnston and brother Charles Wilson, survived by daughters Beth and her husband Bill Stafford, Ellen and her husband Brian Clark, 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Audrey Wilson,
cousins Sheldon and Fay Rothman, Bill and Cherie Artz, Kathy and Jerry Sorokin, Jane McCloud, nephew Steven Wilson, niece Andrea Wilson, and many many very dear friends.

Contributions can be made in her name to Mercer County Friends Food Bank online at www.mercerstreetfriends.org or by mail to Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton N.J. 08611-1799.

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Obit Pannell 6-18-14Roderick Davis Pannell

Roderick Davis Pannell, 73 of Ewing, departed this life on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at his residence. Born in Princeton, Roderick was educated in the Princeton Public Schools and was a graduate of Rutgers University. “Rijo” or “Rod” as he was affectionately known was employed by ABC Imaging and worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff in Lawrenceville. He retired from ABC Imaging in 2012.  He was also formerly employed by Mathematica Policy Research in the survey division for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Irving and Frances Pannell; a son, Peter Pannell; a sister, Rose Marie Pannell and a brother, Stanley Pannell. Surviving are his former wife, Denise M. Dunn; two sons, Roderick Davis Pannell, II and Aaron Maurice Pannell; a daughter, Taj A. Pannell; James Luther whom he loved as a son; a brother, Henry Pannell, Sr.; a niece, Rheny Merril; four nephews, Robert, Dean, Clyde, and Henry Pannell, Jr.; several great nieces and great nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral Services will be Friday, June 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Chapel 1225 Calhoun Street Trenton, N.J. 08638. Interment will be in Princeton Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chapel.

 

June 11, 2014

obit johnstoneBarbara Montagu Johnstone

Barbara Montagu Johnstone, daughter of the late Dr. Ashley and Marjorie Montagu, passed away at home on April 22, 2014.

She was born in New York on March 23, 1937. She graduated from Solebury School in Solebury, Pa. in 1955; later attended Bradford Junior College. She traveled extensively in Europe with Robin Johnstone whom she married in 1963. In 1962 she worked as a personal secretary to the director of the photo lab at Life magazine.

She moved to the South of France and lived there from 1970 to 1978. During that period, she worked as personal secretary to Paul Gallico, founder of the Golden Gloves and renowned author of many books about animals, as well as Lili and The Poseidon Adventure, both of which were made into successful movies.

She returned to the United States in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for the president of an independent film distribution company.

In 1992, she returned to Princeton to take care of her parents. She was a staunch advocate for animal rights both in Princeton and Los Angeles. Her efforts in Los Angeles helped to change the way Chow’s were tested for aggression. In recognition for her efforts, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit from Animal Press in 1992.

She is survived by her nephews Richard Murphy, his wife, Wendy, their two children, Kit and Kendall of Fair Lawn, N.J., Scott Murphy of Pembroke, Mass., David Murphy of Durham, N.C., and her surrogate nephew, Nigel Legrave, from the United Kingdom.

She was a dear, loyal, caring friend and will be missed by many from around the world.

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Rose Nussbaum Scott

Rose Nussbaum Scott, 91, passed away on Monday evening, June 8, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, on October 12, 1922, she was predeceased by her beloved parents, Benjamin and Bertha Light of Trenton; one brother, Karl M. Light of Brooklyn, New York, formerly of Princeton; and her husband of nearly 50 years, Otto J. Nussbaum. She is survived by three children, Dr. Arthur Nussbaum of Pittsburgh, married to Barbara Nussbaum; Marta Steele of Washington, D.C.; and Richard Nussbaum of Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren, all married: Gregory Nussbaum of Sterling, Virginia, and his wife Clara; Scott Nussbaum and his wife Lauren of New York City; and Dr. Liza Steele and her husband Dr. Romain Fardel of New York City. Rose was also the proud great-grandmother of William Owen, 4, and Gabriel Miles, 2, sons of Gregory and Clara Nussbaum.

Rose was also an active participant in and leader of Hadassah, her favorite cause. She became president of Hadassah in Trenton where she was also active in the Har Sinai Temple Sisterhood; later she founded and became president of the North Hills chapter of Hadassah in Pittsburgh. Subsequently, when her husband’s job moved them to Alabama, she founded the Huntsville chapter of Hadassah. An artistic and creative extrovert, she produced and wrote several fund-raising performances, including — before Fiddler on the Roof — a drama based on Shalom Aleichem’s Tevya’s Daughters; Everything’s Rosy, a brilliantly casted spoof of Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady; and I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a compendium of poetry and reminiscences, including some from Anne Frank’s Diary, commemorating child victims of the Holocaust.

Funeral services and burial are Friday 11 a.m. at Ewing Cemetery (Har Sinai Section) 78 Scotch Road, Ewing Township, The family also plans a memorial service in July, details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in Rose’s memory to Community Living and Support Services, CLASS, 1400 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218, or Easter Seals, Attn. Online Giving Coordinator, 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, Ill. 60606.

Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.

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Arthur Walton Litz, Jr. 

Arthur Walton Litz, Jr., a literary historian and critic who served as a professor of English Literature at Princeton University from 1956 to 1993, died on June 4, 2014, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro in New Jersey.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 31, 1929, Mr. Litz graduated from Princeton University in 1951. He received his DPhil from Oxford University while studying on a Rhodes scholarship at Merton College in 1954. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He became the Holmes Professor of English Literature at Princeton in 1956. He served as chairman of the English department (1974-1981) and was director of the Creative Writing Program (1990-1992). He was also a longtime instructor at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. In 1989, Mr. Litz was named to the Eastman Visiting Professorship at Balliol College, Oxford.

Mr. Litz was an American Council of Learned Societies fellow (1960-1961), the recipient of the E. Harris Harbison Award for Gifted Teaching in 1972, an NEH senior fellow (1974-1975) and a Guggenheim fellow (1982-1983). Mr. Litz was perhaps best known as the author or editor of more than 20 collections of literary criticism, including major editions of Pound, Joyce, Williams, Stevens, and Eliot, and he will be remembered for the support and inspiration he provided his students and colleagues throughout his teaching career.

Mr. Litz was 84 years old and is survived by his four children and six grandchildren.

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

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Caroline -Rebecca Cluett Houston

Caroline Rebecca Cluett Houston (Becky) 78, of Monroe Township died Friday, June 6, 2014 at home.

She was born October 7, 1935 in New Haven, Conn. Becky was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Princeton Engine Fire Company #1. She was a self-employed Home Health Aid and loved sewing, doing crafts, and was very creative. She was an avid swimmer. “I’ve had an incredible life. I’ve done the most fascinating things and I’ve learned a lot.”

Daughter of the late Edmond and Barbara Cluett; sister of the late Ann Cluett Langford and Barbara Bruce Walker; she is survived by her husband H. Darby Houston of 55 years, whom she married on September 5, 1959; also survived by a daughter and son-in-law Polly Ann and Robert Davison of Princeton; two sons and daughters-in-law Peter Cluett and Mary Houston of Westlake, Ohio; and William Alexander and Michelle Houston of Ellsworth, Maine; one brother Ted Cluett; 5 grandchildren Bobby and Jamie Davison, Carrie Davison and Ryan Jenkins, Caroline Rebecca Houston, Lauren Prebel, and Cadence Graves; two great grandchildren Ryan Jenkins and Bryce Davison.

A memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church will be held on October 11, 2014 at 10 a.m.

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

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Becky’s memory to the Ladies Auxiliary Princeton Engine Co #1, 13 Chestnut Street, Princeton or Princeton Health Care Hospice program.

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Deacon Joseph Kupin

Joseph J. Kupin, 62, died peacefully on Friday morning. He was the son of Joseph G. and Helen (Zamostny) Kupin, and he grew up in Linthicum, Maryland, with his parents and his sisters JoEllen and Mary. He liked Boy Scout activities, art, music, science, and science fiction.

At the University of Maryland he studied psychology with a particular interest in linguistics. He went to graduate school for linguistics at the University of Connecticut. While in Connecticut he met Jane Kennison and they married in 1975. Their older daughter was born in Connecticut, and after they moved to New Jersey, their younger daughter was born.

Dr. Kupin was a researcher at the Center for Communications Research in Princeton from 1980 until the time of his death. He enjoyed doing research and collaborating with his co-workers.

Joe was also happy in his involvement with parish life at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Princeton, particularly in liturgical music and Bible study. For many years he wrote a weekly reflection on the Sunday readings for the church bulletin. He felt a call to the deaconate, entered formation, and was ordained in 2006. There were many things that he liked about being a deacon, and he was particularly pleased with his involvement in the Hispanic community.

In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his daughter Anna (Sister Anna Martina) and his daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Daniel Cranston, his sister JoEllen Marek, widow of Dr. William Marek, his sister and brother-in-law Mary and James Williams, and many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

A Rite of Reception was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street in Princeton followed by calling hours till 6 p.m. and then from 7 to 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday June 11, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church Princeton.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral home Princeton. www.matherhodge.com.

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Myles M. Kranzler

Myles M. Kranzler passed away on June 4, 2014 after a brief illness. “Mike,” as he was known, was born on September 10, 1928 in Newark, to Nat and Mary Kranzler. He graduated from Weequahic High School in 1945, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1949, and his Master’s Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1951. On May 4, 1952, he married Mildred, daughter of Phil and Dora Borkan, with whom he remained in loving partnership for the rest of his life. Mike served his country in the Korean War as an officer in the Signal Corps, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant, and was discharged with honors in late 1952. Together, Mike and Mildred raised four children: Peter, Lisa, Laura, and David. They have nine grandchildren: Andrea, Rebecca, Erica, Alex, Matilda, Julia, Jordan, Aaron, and Max.

After a successful career as Chief Engineer at Applied Science Corporation and Chief Operations Manager at Fifth Dimension, Mike, along with several colleagues, founded Base 10 Systems in 1966. Mike took the helm as president and CEO, a position which he held for 32 years. Under Mike’s leadership, Base 10 built a solid reputation as an avionics and weapons control system supplier for military aircraft, which were sold to NATO countries. His largest success was winning a contract in 1976 to supply the Tornado Fighter Jets with telemetry equipment which sustained the company for some years after. Base 10 went public on the NASDAQ in 1967, and remained listed on the exchange until after Mike’s retirement in 1998.

Mike was known to many as a leader, as a man devoted to his family, and as a generous donor to causes which resonated with his values. He was a great supporter of equality and tolerance for all. For those who are inclined to make a donation in his honor, the family suggests that it be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org). Funeral services were held last Sunday at The Jewish Center and burial was in Beth Israel Cemetery. Arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1524 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ.

June 4, 2014

Obit Randall 6-4-14James K. Randall

James K. Randall died on May 28, 2014 at his home in Princeton. A composer, music theorist, author, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, Jim spent many years teaching in the music department where he was involved in the development of electronic music, and described himself as one of the “granddaddies of computer music.”

Jim was born on June 16, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio. The only child of Edwin Templeton and Margaret Wright Randall, his worldview was shaped early on by his father, an editor at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. One day when he was caddying for his father on the golf course, a young Jim piped up: “Dad – is there a God?” His father considered the question for a moment and then replied “… Nope.” Jim later remarked that this was the only religious instruction he ever received.

His mother, a professional violinist, raised him to be a classical pianist. He rebelled by becoming a composer. This was the extent of his teenage revolt. At age 17, Jim wrote a short piano piece that was performed by his teacher Leonard Shure at Carnegie Hall. He said later that his favorite review of those early days was the one that read: “this is a young man whose teachers have allowed him to take himself too seriously.”

He went on to earn his BA from Columbia University in 1955 after four years spent in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In these years, Jim taught music theory at the Naval School of Music in Anacostia, never actually boarding a ship. While there, he met the young virtuoso jazz pianist Bill Evans, who expressed interest in taking Jim’s Harmony 101 class. Jim asked Bill to play something for him and, after Evans obliged, Jim told Bill there was nothing he could teach him. Jim’s certificate of appreciation for his “Proud and Unselfish Military Service” is of great amusement to his grandchildren.

During those years at Columbia, Jim met and married Ruth Hochheimer, a New York native and Swarthmore student whose humor, intelligence, and patience perfectly complemented Jim’s robust, sardonic disposition. The two met when she was only 19 and Jim 20, and as a colleague of Jim’s expressed to Ruth six decades later, she undertook quite an endeavor in marrying him. The two remained together until the end, parenting three children, six dogs, eight cats, and a turtle during their 62 years together.

After graduating from Columbia, Jim earned his MA from Harvard and his MFA from Princeton. It was evident that Jim would not be joining the corporate world upon the completion of his education, and this was certainly for the best. His frustration with large corporations was only encouraged when his credit card company asserted that he owed a $50 fee that he was sure he had already paid. After a long and arduous correspondence with American Express, Jim fined the company $50 for “obnoxious incompetence.” And that was that.

Jim’s works were issued by CRI, Vanguard, and Open Space. He wrote for voice, instrumental ensemble, and computer, including a computer score for the film Eakins. His short book called Something Medieval was published by Lingua Press in 1988. He also issued many collaborative cassette tapes, under the label Inter/Play, which involved other artists as well as non-artists. He frequently contributed to the journal Perspectives of New Music and his collective writings were published in 2003 by Open Space. His last two substantial essays were “When the Birds Come Calling” and “To Astonish the Roses.”

Jim Randall will be remembered for these contributions and achievements as well as his powerful and honest presence. An iconoclast with strong opinions on just about everything, Jim engaged in vigorous debate on nearly any subject with anyone who cared to engage with him (and some who didn’t). Among them were his students, colleagues, family members, and the occasional stranger. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Randall, his three children, Ellen (George Athens), Thomas (Rebecca Miller), and Beth Randall (Donald Ringe), seven grandchildren; Kate, Maisie, and Louise Athens; Samuel, Emma, Gabriel, and Lucy Randall; and his cousins, Jim and Paul Wright, Trudy Beranek, Carol Ficker, and Nancy Harris.

Beyond being a musician, Jim was an animal lover, a baseball connoisseur, a book junkie, a storyteller, and a food enthusiast. A diabetic, Jim obediently and consistently avoided sugar. However, in his final days he was assured that he could at last enjoy a Bobby’s Burger Palace chocolate milkshake. He noted that it was the only milkshake he was ever allowed as an old man and he took great pleasure in it. With shake in hand he quipped, “If you hold on to virtue”  — sipped purposefully and continued — “you reap your rewards.”

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. on June 14, 2014 at Palmer House, Princeton University, 1 Bayard Lane, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be sent to: Prof. James K. Randall *58 Memorial Fund, Princeton University Alumni and Donor Records Attn: Helen Hardy P.O. Box 5357 Princeton, N.J. 08540. Gifts should be made payable to the “Trustees of Princeton University,” with “Prof. James K. Randall *58 Memorial Fund,” noted in the memo line.

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Robert C. Johnston

Robert (Bob) C. Johnston, Esq., 83, passed away on June 1, 2014 at his home in Princeton, NJ. He was born in New York City on October 21, 1930. After graduating from Deerfield Academy, Bob studied at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, from which he received his AB degree, before going on to obtain his LLB from Harvard Law School. Bob enjoyed a notable career as an attorney working first for Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood in New York, N.Y. before forming his own law firm, Johnston & Ward, also based in New York City. However, it was at Squibb Pharmaceutical Company that he spent the majority of his career, serving as both vice president and general counsel for the Squibb Medical Products Group. Demonstrating a life-long dedication to the legal profession, he joined the Princeton firm of Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher & Brennan, as partner upon his official retirement. Bob proudly served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Bob made his mark through his charitable and civic involvement with the community. An ardent member of the Democratic party, he was involved with both the Freeport Democratic Club and Hopewell Valley Democratic Club. Additionally, he served the Freeport PTA and School Board campaign organizations; the Hopewell Township Planning Board; the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association; the Freeport NAACP chapter; the Preservation New Jersey; the Hopewell Valley Historical Association; Planned Parenthood Association (Mercer Area); and Princeton Pro Musica. At the time of his death, Bob was an active member of the Pennington Presbyterian Church, co-founder and former chairman of the D&R Greenway Land Trust, and trustee and treasurer of the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space.

Bob is survived by Grace Previty Johnston, his beloved wife of 14 years, who, among many other accomplishments, is a well-recognized pastel artist and teacher. He is also survived by his four children and their spouses: Kathryn Johnston (David Wolf); Barbara Johnston (Martha Kelch); Kenneth Johnston (Carolyn Johnston); and Carol Johnston (Richard P. Curran); as well as his wife’s four children and their spouses: Adrienne Booth (Matt Garamone); Richard E. Booth (Julie Booth); Marigrace Wuillaume (Francis Wuillaume); and Krista Crowe (Chris Crowe). He leaves behind twelve grandchildren: Daniel, Jenna, Sorrel, Tyler, Adam, Alex, Thomas, Claire, Chloe, Cate, Haley, and Jackson. He also leaves behind his brother Reverend David K. Johnston (Valerie Johnston) and two nieces, Martha Bishop and Sarah Brady. Bob was pre-deceased by his devoted wife of 43 years, Nancy Bakken Johnston, who, among her many other accomplishments, served as president for both the Hopewell Valley Board of Education and Mercer County Master Gardeners.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Pennington Presbyterian Church located at 13 South Main Street in Pennington with a reception to follow. The Rev. Nancy Miksoki will officiate. The family suggests donations be made in Bob’s memory to D&R Greenway Land Trust, Pennington Presbyterian Church, or the St. James Roman Catholic Church of Pennington. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington, N.J. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.

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Nancy Kern

Nancy Kern, 83, a Princeton artist, died on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia after a short cardiac illness and subsequent post-operative complications. She was born in Baltimore, Md. on October 24, 1930 and was a graduate of Goucher College majoring in English, and also attended the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

She married Kenneth Roland Kern of Cleveland, Ohio in 1955 and moved to Princeton in 1956. She and her husband became involved with the Humane Society of the United States and were involved with developing solutions to the Princeton deer problem. Nancy is known for her use of color in a wide variety of artistic media including bold and vibrant pastels, watercolors, oils, etchings, and lithographs. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions/events, and her works are in many private and public collections, including Princeton University Art Museum, Rutgers and the New Jersey State Museum.

Her sister Shirley McPherson of Baltimore, Md. survives her, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nancy’s name to her two favorite institutions: Friends of the N.J. State Museum, P.O. Box 530, Trenton, N.J. 08625 and/or SAVE (a friend to homeless animals), 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Funeral services and burial are private.

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

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Reverend Doctor Henry Dana Fearon, III

The Reverend Doctor Henry Dana Fearon, III, 82, of Princeton, New Jersey, died surrounded by loved ones after a brief illness on May 16, 2014.

Dr. Fearon was born July 23, 1931 to Frances Eubanks Fearon and Dr. Henry Dana Fearon, Jr. He is survived by his children, Prof. James D. Fearon (Teal Derrer) and Mrs. Mary Fearon Jack (Wellborn Jack, III) and his five grandchildren, Benjamin and Sadie Fearon, and William, Spencer, and Sarah Jack. He is survived by his brothers Dr. Richard E. Fearon (Elizabeth) of Woodbridge, Conn. and Dr. Douglas T. Fearon (Clare) of Cambridge, England. Dr. Fearon’s wife, Janet Adams Fearon, predeceased him four months earlier on January 17, 2014.

Dr. Fearon grew up in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. He was a gifted athlete with a competitive nature, and as a boy enjoyed hours of team sports every day with John’s Club in Prospect Park, along with treks across the park to see the Brooklyn Dodgers. He attended Poly Prep Country Day where he ran track and played football. After graduating in 1950 he enrolled at Williams College where he majored in English and continued to enjoy success as a member of the football and track teams; he was Williams’ starting quarterback for the 1952 and 1953 seasons.

At Williams Dr. Fearon became intrigued with the writings of the theologians Niebuhr and Tillich, and, increasingly, with the message of the gospel. After graduating in 1954 he enrolled at Union Theological Seminary in New York City to pursue a Master’s of Divinity. During his middle year of Seminary he studied at New College Divinity School, Edinburgh, Scotland. The theologians he learned from — Niebuhr, Coffin, Beker, Stewart, and Muilenburg, in particular — had a profound effect on his understanding of Christianity and the role of the pastor, as did Arthur Adams, senior pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York, where Dr. Fearon became associate pastor after graduating. There he met and fell in love with Janet Adams, Arthur Adams’ daughter. The two married in June of 1960, beginning a remarkable romantic partnership that sustained them both for the rest of their lives. In July 1960 Dr. Fearon was installed as the 15th pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. He obtained a Doctorate of Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1975, and years later returned to the Seminary to teach as an adjunct. Dr. Fearon remained as the minister of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville for 42 years, until his retirement from the ministry in 2002. The congregation bestowed upon him the honor of pastor emeritus.

Dr. Fearon’s work at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville focused on a commitment to spiritual vigor and the welfare of society within the Church and in the surrounding community. He identified and fostered leadership from Church members and he quietly encouraged them into a productive, Christ-centered, and harmonious partnership. Under his guidance — and with the help and support of Janet Fearon — the Church grew in membership, expanded and improved the physical facilities, and offered new opportunities for all to be involved in the life and work of the Church. He developed a relationship with the Princeton Theological Seminary to help train seminary students by employing them at Church, a partnership that continues to this day. In 1965 Dr. Fearon joined the Community Action Council, which addressed areas of great need within the community. He led the Church membership to help create and support the Neighborhood Services Center, housing for low and middle income families at Eggert’s Crossing Village, Lawrence Day Care, Senior Citizen’s Club, Social Services Program, and Well Baby and Planned Parenthood clinics. In 1969, in partnership with Harry Kihn, Dr. Fearon facilitated the use of the Church for services by Temple Micah, a new local congregation of Jewish residents seeking a place to worship. Throughout his career, Dr. Fearon actively sought interfaith cooperation and understanding.

Dr. Fearon was an early member of the Lawrence Township Community Foundation and served on the Juvenile Conferences Committees, hearing and deciding upon matters involving alleged juvenile offenders. In this capacity Dr. Fearon demonstrated how Christian tenets could help to reform troubled youth. In 1968, motivated by his belief that counseling should be available to all who need help, he became involved with the creation of Trinity Counseling Service, a non-profit organization designed to provide free high quality counseling, and participated as a pastoral counselor.

Dr. Fearon’s drive to help those in need extended beyond Mercer County. In 1986 he began a decades long partnership with Pastor Luc Deratus of Haiti. They began mission trips to Haiti in 1991 with the congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Church members provided medical care and medicine, clothing, construction of a medical clinic and pharmacy, and refurbishment of a church. Mission trips continue and now ten other churches and organizations participate.

Dr. Fearon was noted for his preaching, which drew many to the Church. He brought the gospel to bear on the problems and joys of everyday life, while at the same time taking the task of historical and theological interpretation very seriously. Many have found his words and message inspirational and transformative.

In later years Dr. Fearon found great satisfaction teaching at Princeton Theological Seminary, and in 2013 he published Straining at the Oars: Case Studies in Pastoral Leadership (Eerdmans Publishing). He intended the book as a tool for pastors new to parish ministry. The book reflected his concern that seminary education does not sufficiently address the practical aspects of being a pastor and managing a church, and in particular the daily challenge of applying theology to concrete personal and organizational problems. His teaching and example live on through the continuing dynamism of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, and through the work of the many young pastors he helped to train.

Dr. Fearon was devoted to the game of golf, a sport he picked up as a young minister. A winner of numerous club titles and a member of the United States Seniors’ Golf Association, he played most often as a member of the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton and the Hyannisport Club in Massachusetts. He played every great course he could, all over the U.S., in Scotland and Ireland, and even Morocco. Golf was more than a game and pastime for Dr. Fearon. It was constant practice of self-discipline and self-improvement — how to better an already excellent swing? Golf also appealed to his love of friendly competition and companionship. Many of closest friends were his golfing partners. Off the course he was a voracious reader, consuming all at once histories, theology, and a constant supply of mysteries and adventure novels.

Beginning in 1979, during the month of July Dr. Fearon served the congregation of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts at the Union Chapel, where he and Janet Fearon developed lasting friendships with the members of the community. He was a member of The Old Guard, The Nassau Club, and was a Friend of The Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. Fearon was an active and valued member of the Williams College Alumni and held many leadership roles over the decades.

Dr. Fearon will be remembered for his intellectual curiosity, his focus on solving problems, careful listening, warmth, wicked sense of humor, strength of character, and his devotion to his family, friends, community, and work. He gave great support, comfort, advice, insight, and guidance to all who knew him.

Dr. Fearon felt blessed to have lived a life filled with love, kindness, faith, dear friends, meaningful work, and a close, loving family. He adored and enjoyed his children and grandchildren. He remained close to his brothers and their families throughout his life. And he delighted in an enduring, happy, and loving marriage to the love of his life and greatest friend. He will be dearly missed by many.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 28th at 11 o’clock in the morning at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the 300th Anniversary Endowment at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.

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

 

May 28, 2014

Obit Erickson 5-28-14Elizabeth Gray Erickson

Elizabeth Gray Erickson of Princeton died unexpectedly on May 22, 2014. She was 46.

A dancer with the School of the Princeton Ballet Society throughout her youth and a graduate of the Princeton public schools, Liz attended Williams College where she majored in Japanese studies and spent her junior year in Kyoto, Japan, graduating in 1989.

During the summers of her college years, she had the opportunity to intern with the Bank of New York and after graduating from Williams worked in New York as an analyst in First Boston’s investment banking group. She then worked for two years at Bloomberg L.P.’s Tokyo office. She returned to the U.S. to pursue her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Upon her graduation in 1995, she married Jonathan Erickson and moved back to New York to work for American Express.

In 1997, she joined Save the Children as associate director of U.S. Programs and co-founded and managed Youth Noise, a web-based youth advocacy program. Save the Children was the first in a long list of youth and poverty focused commitments to which Liz devoted herself, a list which included leadership roles with Isles, a Trenton-based community development organization, the Princeton Area Community Foundation where she was a leader of the Fund for Women and Girls, Volunteer Connect, Family and Children’s Services of Central New Jersey, the Center for Supportive Schools, and Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum in Ewing. Liz, the recipient of the YMCA’s 2011 Tribute to Women award, had recently joined the board of McCarter Theatre.

As devoted as she was to community and charity, Liz’s greatest commitment was always to her children, Alexandra, William, and Edward Erickson. The daughter of Rachel and the late Charles Gray, Liz is survived by Jon, Alex, Will, and Ned; her mother; brother Douglas Gray, his wife Rebecca Johnson, and their children, Ella and Nathaniel; brother James Gray, his wife Jessica Gray, and their children, Sadie and Billy; and Jon’s parents, Kathy and Ted Erickson.

A memorial service will be held on June 6, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648, www.pacf.org, and Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, Conn. 06880, www.savethechildren.org.

Liz’s family is deeply grateful to her extensive circle of friends who have been so supportive and to all who honored her by gathering in Palmer Square on the evening of her passing to give thanks for her life. Her selflessness and unbounded kindness will be missed by her family, friends, and the countless others whose lives she has touched.

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Microsoft Word - Margaret L Daniels Obit.docMargaret Louise Senna Daniels

Margaret (Marge) Louise Senna Daniels, 88, died peacefully on May 24, 2014 at the Acorn Glenn Assisted Living Facility in Princeton. A resident of Belle Mead for nearly 60 years, Marge was born in her grandparents’ home in Bound Brook, N.J. on June 2, 1925. She was the only child of the late Louise Alexandra Viclock who died in 1965 and the late Joseph Edward Senna who was tragically killed in 1927.

Marge and her mother lived with relatives in Texas after her father’s death before returning to N.J. where she graduated from Bound Brook High School in 1944. She continued her education at the Boroughs’ School of Business in New York City and was employed by the Johns Manville Corporation during the war.

Marge married Walter Daniels of Raritan, N.J. on October 26, 1947. They built a house in Belle Mead in 1953 in rural and idyllic Montgomery Township; and as an extended family, raised three children there. Walter and Louise worked, and Marge stayed home to care for her children and the house. An avid gardener and a self-taught artist, she made clothing on an ancient Singer, cooked from scratch, was the navigator and official photographer on long family road trips, and was equally adept at wielding a croquet mallet, a golf club, or a fly swatter. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company #1, the Harlingen Dutch Reformed Church, Strarlight Painters, Pike Brook Country Club, and for over half-a-century, an active participant in the celebrated “Friendly Nighters Girls Club” (Ginny, Martha, Marion, Marie, June, Lisa, Barbara, Naomi, and Zelma), a group of Montgomery women who got together in their 20s and kept at it into their 70s and beyond.

When Walter died unexpectedly in 1973, Marge worked relentlessly to make sure each of her children graduated from college. She was a devoted mother and caring neighbor. She traveled extensively with close friends Pete and Hannes Engler and Carol Dixon. Marge continued working at Princeton Applied Research until her official retirement. Thereafter, she helped her daughter Dawn with her business, The Personal Shopper, for many years. Marge spent the last few years of her life stirring up trouble at Acorn Glenn where she was lovingly known as “Marge in Charge.” Throughout her life, she was known to be unafraid to speak her mind and to express strong opinions. If you knew one thing about her and nothing else, you knew that she would tolerate no “B.S.”

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 Route 206, (908) 874-5600. Visitation is Thursday, May 29 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Harlingen Reformed Church on Friday, May 30 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at the Rocky Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marge’s name to Grounds for Sculpture, 14 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619. Attention: Rhonda Dimascio — Development Department.

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at Kristin's wedding - 2008Raymond Henry Peters

Raymond Henry Peters, 94, of Griggstown, New Jersey, passed away on May 20, 2014 at the Pavilions at Forrestal Care Center in Princeton.

A lifelong resident of Griggstown, he is survived by his wife of 71 years, Evelyn J. Peters; a daughter Susan Mattern of Schnecksville, Pa.; a son Raymond of Homosassa, Fla.; four granddaughters, Kristin Ploeger of Perkasie, Pa., Michelle Snyder of Indialantic, Fla., Melissa Wood of Edgemoor, S.C., and Virginia Williams of Charleston, S.C.; and five great-grandchildren. Son of the late Frederick August and Julie Bockmann Peters of Griggstown, he was predeceased by his twin sister Evelyn Van Doren and his brother Frederick Peters.

He graduated from the one-room schoolhouse in Griggstown, Princeton High School, and the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton.

Raymond served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater in the Philippines and the occupation of Japan during and after World War II in the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

He enjoyed hunting, saltwater fishing, track, golf, travel, his home, and his family.

Raymond was a lifelong member of the Griggstown Reformed Church where he served for many years as an elder. He was the last surviving charter member of the Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company founded in 1946, a member of the Franklin Park Senior Citizens, the last surviving member of the Griggstown Sportsman’s Club, a member of the Griggstown Historical Society, the Princeton Shrine Club, the Crescent Temple, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and was a Master Mason at Princeton Lodge #38.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, May 24 at 11 a.m. with a viewing at the Griggstown Reformed Church, 1065 Canal Road in Griggstown. Interment followed in the Griggstown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Griggstown Reformed Church Memorial Fund, 1065 Canal Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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

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Robert Joseph Durant

Robert Joseph Durant was born on July 7, 1938 in Akron, Ohio to Ronald Joseph and Mary Linnane Durant. He passed away peacefully at home on May 21, 2014, following a two-year struggle from the effects of a stroke.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. He is survived by his wife, Mauricette, son Stephen R. Durant, and daughter Jennifer L. Mohr, wife of R. Colin Mohr and granddaughters Lilian Durant Mohr and Marin Mohr. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Dianne Durant and a brother James Michael Durant and his nephews Christopher and Jeremy Durant.

Bob graduated from the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio in 1960 with a degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, he entered the US Navy as a Naval aviation cadet, and following flight training, was commissioned a Lieutenant, flying Sikorsky helicopters in various international locations. Upon discharge, he joined Pan American Airways in 1967 as a pilot, rising to the rank of captain. Bob continued flying internationally with Delta Airlines, retiring in 1998.

Bob was a man of many interests. He was a licensed ham radio operator proficient in Morse code. He enjoyed writing and was actively involved in UFO/Remote Viewing studies.

A loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Bob will be sorely missed.

Per his wishes, no religious services will be held but a visitation advent will be conducted at the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2500 Pennington Road, Pennington, N.J. 08534 on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Planned Parenthood Association of Mercer County, 437 East State Street, Trenton, N.J. 08608 or Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton, N.J. 08611.

Condolences for the family may be offered at the following email address: MauricetteD1@aol.com.

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obit dennisDennis Minely

After a series of disabilities, Dennis Minely peacefully died on March 30, 2014.

He was born in the well-established Greek community in Bridgeport, Conn., the son of Stargis and Alexandra Minely, both of whom emigrated from the Macedonian area of Greece, subsequently part of Yugoslavia, and now a separate country.

Dennis attended Bassick High School where he was a champion basketball player. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1956. Following his graduation, he was drafted and spent three peaceful years in the Army at a base right near the Mexican border, where he served as the company clerk — not much different from Radar in MASH.

After his stint in the army, he had a long and successful career in business, ending up as director of Strategic Sourcing at Bell Atlantic in the isle of Manhattan. The first thing he did following his retirement in 1999 was to join a group of college students sponsored by College Years in Athens, as a student of ancient Greek history, archaeology, and mythology. He lived in Athens, and traveled to sites all over Greece. On another occasion, he taught English to young Greek students in Gazi, Crete through Global Volunteers.

He and Ivy Starr Minely, a lawyer, were married for more than 50 years. They have lived for 35 years in a house designed by Phillip Collins, the architect, in Hopewell Township, with the old Lindbergh estate on either side of their property.

Dennis was a sociable man, with a lively mind and an excellent sense of humor. He found the world endlessly interesting and engaging. And young women always gravitated to his mustachioed mediterranean good looks, even after he became a bit more “well rounded.”

He was a devoted alumnus of Dartmouth College, and was an active member of the Princeton Dartmouth Club. Over the years, he interviewed countless prospective students and did his best to steer likely candidates to his alma mater, in the hopes that they would love it as much as he did. His love for sports — not just as an observer, but as an active participant — was exhibited by his learning to ride horses for the first time when he was in his 50s. He also continually played a good game of tennis all his life.

But his favorite sport turned out to be poker. A mutual Dartmouth friend in Berlin introduced him to Peter Grosz, who introduced him to what began many decades ago as a group of Princeton graduates, expanding to faculty, and a few others. They continued to meet twice per week for this sport, with a few Princeton outsiders, Dennis Minely included. Dennis delighted in knowing this very interesting and distinguished group of pretty good male poker devotees.

He loved opera, and often attended performances at NTC and all over Europe, particularly in Vienna. He was a staunch supporter of Opera New Jersey in Prince-ton, where he served on their advisory board. But to him, the greatest operatic kick of all was serving for many years on stage and costume continually as a supernumerary for them, on the condition that he never open his mouth. Under these terms, he appeared in fourteen different operas, including as the Executioner in Puccini’s Turandot; as a priest (no less) in Carmen; the Cardinal in Tosca (what a costume!); a Notario in Elixer of Love and the Barber of Seville; a drug dealer and Scarpia’s henchman in Rigoletto; the Ship Captain in The Italian in Algiers, and other silent roles. When he was off-stage during performances, he’d hang around with the children in the cast and particularly with pretty dancers.

Dennis Minely worked as a volunteer for a boys’ and girls’ club in Harlem, where he spent one day a week, and attended many public events with the group. Best of all, in the summer, Dennis and his wife would bring bus loads of kids to his Hopewell home, where great picnics took place along with baseball, volleyball, and lots of swimming.

His interest in Meso-America took him to a large number of important archaeological sites including Maya art and culture in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Along with these travels, Dennis amassed a large collection of valuable books and archaeological reports on the subject and collected many striking pre-Columbian artifacts brought into this country before bans on the dispersion of such artworks were enacted.

Most of all, Dennis Minely was devoted to his extended family on his wife’s side, his nephews, nieces, a sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and their friends. The nieces and nephews particularly prized him for his good humor, unfailing affection, and interest in their lives. He was known to them as “Mister Congeniality.” His nieces and nephews always knew they could count on him for support, as well as for excellent adventures, silly jokes, and happy gatherings wherever he went.

May 21, 2014

Obit Borden 5-21-14Gloria Jones Borden

Gloria J. Borden of Princeton, and Professor Emerita of Temple University died on May 16, 2014 in Princeton. The cause was adeno carcinoma. Born in 1930 in Columbus, Ohio, she grew up in a small Welsh community, Jackson, Ohio, where her father ran a pig iron blast furnace, Globe Iron Co. Educated at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. and the, then, Connecticut College for Women in New London, Gloria developed a life-long interest in the spoken word. She majored in English literature, worked as a professional actress in the 1950s, as a speech pathologist in the 1960s, and spent the rest of her working life as a professor of speech science, first at City University of New York and then at Temple University in Philadelphia.

As an actress, she was the resident ingenue at Ivoryton, Conn. and St. Petersburg, Fla., toured the country playing in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever with Miriam Hopkins, acted in live television dramas in New York, and in 1955 originated the part of Miep in the Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank. In the same year, she married John Borden. She left the theatre when she became pregnant with the first of their four children.

Upon completion of a Master’s degree in speech pathology at Columbia’s Teachers College, she worked during the 1960s with children and adults with speech and language problems at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, in public schools in Montgomery Township and Princeton, and in private practice. During the same period, she and her husband, John Borden were raising a family in Princeton and had become active in the Princeton Quaker Meeting.

Receiving a PhD in speech science from City University of New York in 1972, Gloria spent the next two decades as a research associate at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven conducting research on the physiology and acoustics of normal and abnormal speech, and teaching experimental phonetics to undergraduate and graduate students at CUNY and Temple University. She published 30 research papers in journals such as Brain and Language, Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, and Journal of Phonetics. During these years, she was an active member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, the Acoustical Society of America, and the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Her book, Speech Science Primer, first published in 1980, was the best selling text in the field through five editions and was translated into Japanese.

At Temple, she was presented the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1988. She was proudest of a popular interdisciplinary course “Nuclear Arms” that she organized and taught during the Cold War period of the 1980s along with professors from physics, philosophy, and political science. She also hosted a radio interview and call-in show on WRTI called “Options” which dealt with controversial subjects such as apartheid, the cold war, and AIDS.

After her retirement from Temple and Haskins, she spent the next 10 years helping Princeton Friends School, a Quaker elementary school, build a schoolhouse. She served for two terms as president of the Board of Trustees and chaired its first capital campaign. Her love of the spoken word was maintained by participation in an informal play reading group and in an unusual literature reading group, facetiously called “Deep Think,” which has been meeting in Princeton for over 50 years to read aloud. She also was a member of House II, Community Without Walls.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, John; her daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Douglas Bunnell, Julia and Nicols Kennedy; her sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Julia Borden and Samuel and Susan Borden; and 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on June 14, 2014 at Princeton Quaker Meeting. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Princeton Friends School, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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Lily Mildred Cutts Brown

Lily Mildred Cutts Brown, 89, of Skillman died on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Brunswick.

Lily was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Ula (Wilkie) Cutts and the sister of the late Edward Cutts of Calgary, Alberta. She met her husband, William Everett (Bill) Brown, while attending the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin, with a major in home economics and a minor in psychology. She was an active sister of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and continued this connection through the years.

Lily was a long-time resident of Princeton, where she raised her family as a loving mother and devoted wife. She had a longstanding interest and appreciation for art and art history. From 1970 to 1976 she was the U.S. director of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), which supports scholarship, training, and the conservation of antiquities in Egypt. From 1983 to 1991 she and Bill lived in Tokyo, where she tutored Japanese students learning the English language and explored ikebana, the highly formal Japanese art of flower arrangement. She studied and became certified as a teacher in the Sogetsu school. During these years, she and Bill travelled throughout East Asia, and she had the opportunity to see and collect many lovely pieces. In 1980, she became a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, and she continued this affiliation for many years. She was also active in the Princeton High School PTA, the College Women’s Club, the Present Day Club, and the Dogwood Garden Club.

Lily is survived by her beloved husband of 69 years, William E. Brown of Skillman, New Jersey; two sons, Duncan (Janet Elliott) of La Jolla, California, and Stuart (Lori) of Studio City, California; and a daughter Beth Steward (David) of Robbinsville, New Jersey. She leaves six grandchildren; Lillian Brown, Vivian Sheffield (Billy), Kiana Brown, Lucas Brown, David Steward, and Chris Steward; and a great-grandson Hank Sheffield.

There will be a private memorial service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mercer Engine Co. #3 Scholarship Fund, 363 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540, or to the Princeton University Art Museum at McCormick Hall, Princeton, N.J. 08544 (Attn. Institutional Advancement).

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Microsoft Word - Doc3.docxJames R. Casserly 

James R. Casserly, a resident of Princeton from 1953 to 1965, died on April 28, 2014 in Glastonbury, Conn. at the age of 93. Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Akron, Ohio, Jim graduated from Wooster College (BA ’43) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS ’43) and served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict. He married Patricia Jean Lund in 1950, and was blessed with three children: James L. Casserly (now of Washington, D.C.), Patricia S. Critchfield (now of Portland, Maine), and Michael S. Casserly (Princeton).

While in Princeton, Jim worked as a marketing engineer at Johnson & Johnson and then at Applied Sciences Corporation of Princeton. Always an active citizen, he played trombone in the Princeton Community Band and was president of the Parents-Teachers Association for Valley Road School.

After his first marriage ended in divorce in 1965, Jim moved to Glastonbury, Conn., where he worked at Pratt and Whitney and UTC Fuel Cell Division, married Jane Kaiser (1980), and became a father to her five children: Karen, Deb, Rick, Lisa, and David. After his retirement, Jim drove a school bus and worked in the IT department of Manchester Community College. He was active in the Glastonbury Art Guild (serving a term as president), Glastonbury Fine Arts Commission, and East of the River Support Group (he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1999).

Survivors include his wife, his three children, five stepchildren, six grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren. The family asks that any contributions in his memory be directed to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

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Obit Dowers 5-21-14Walter Alexander Dowers Jr.

Walter Alexander Dowers Jr., age 88, passed away on May 12, 2014 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Princeton High School. Mr. Dowers retired from the Princeton Post Office with many years of service. He was an U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. Dowers was a member of the First Baptist Church of Princeton where he was a longtime Trustee and a faithful church worker. He was also a member of the American Legion, and was Fire Commissioner of the Kingston First Aid Squad. His hobbies and interests included archery, locksmith, photography, worldwide travel, bowling, and martial arts.

Son of the late Walter Sr. and Anna Dowers, and husband of the late Estella Dowers, Mr. Dowers is survived by his brother George and Lillian “Snooks” Dowers; nieces and nephews George Dowers Jr. of Jersey City; Bryce Dowers of Ewing; Lori Dowers of Lawrenceville; devoted friend Minnie Sumners of Ewing; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, located at the corner of John Street and Paul Robeson Place in Princeton. Calling hours were from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Interment is at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick, N.J. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.

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Obit Twitchell 5-21-14H. Patricia Twitchell

H. Patricia “Tricia” Twitchell passed away on May 13, 2014 at Stonebridge in Montgomery, N.J., where she had been a resident for nearly 10 years.

Tricia was born in London, England in 1934, the daughter of Marian and H. Kenaston Twitchell and the granddaughter of Sen. H. Alexander Smith and Helen Dominick Smith.

Her family returned to the United States in 1939 and Tricia graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1953. Shortly after graduating, she based herself in Europe and became a staff member of Moral Re-Armament, Inc., which has been credited with playing a significant role in the reconciliation of Germany and France in the years following World War II.

In the early 1970s, Tricia settled in Princeton, where she worked at Princeton University’s Firestone Library for 28 years, retiring in 1999. Among many friends made during her time at Firestone were several student workers who marked their close friendship with Tricia by having her named an honorary member of their Princeton Class of 1981.

Tricia was a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and committed volunteer. For many years she was a devoted weekly volunteer with Recording for the Blind (now Learning Ally), carefully monitoring the recording equipment while her partner volunteers read. She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America, whose focus and programs complemented her life-long interest in history.

Tricia is remembered as someone who brought a spark to her family life, and someone who had a definite opinion on nearly every subject. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor, her warmth and genuine interest in other people, her humanity, perseverance and stoicism, her generosity, her open minded willingness to understand and empathize, and her positive attitude towards life. She had a large circle of friends and family who will remember her and the “twinkle in her eye” fondly that so marked her personality.

Tricia will be buried alongside her parents and grandparents at the Princeton Cemetery. She is survived by her brother H. Kenaston Twitchell, Jr. and sister Anne T. Wishard, Ken’s wife Toby Heidenreich and Anne’s husband Van, as well as a host of beloved nieces and nephews: Van and Diana, Eric and Julie, Maggie, Alex and Andrew.

Her family expresses their gratitude to Tricia’s close friends Pat Gibney and Carol MacAdam, who tirelessly gave love, assistance, and companionship through Tricia’s final years. Additionally, the family thanks the staffs of Stonebridge and Princeton HomeCare Hospice, who brought Tricia comfort in her final days.

A memorial service will be held at the Nassau Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on June 6, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tricia’s name to the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.

May 14, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABarbara Clayton Grahn Garretson

Barbara Clayton Grahn Garretson, 89, a life-long Princeton resident, died peacefully at home on April 21, 2014. Born in Tenafly, New Jersey on October 20, 1924 to John Amiel Grahn and Belle Clayton Grahn, she graduated from Princeton High School in 1942 and Wellesley College in 1946. In 1952 she married Everett B. Garretson, her lifetime partner in marriage and in business as joint proprietors of H.P. Clayton, Inc., a landmark women’s department store on Palmer Square in Princeton. Clayton’s was a multigenerational business founded in 1915 by her grandfather Henry P. Clayton. The store was managed for 30 years by her mother Belle, and in the early 1960’s through the 1980’s, expanded by Barbara and Everett into the largest family-operated retail business in Princeton. They sold the store in 1989 and thereafter enjoyed retirement, independent living, and continuing participation in the community.

Her affiliations included The Woman’s College Club of Princeton, Soroptimist International, The English-Speaking Union, The Present Day Club, The Nassau Club, The Wellesley College Club, The Princeton YWCA, and the Princeton Women’s Investment Club. For decades she was a dedicated volunteer at the annual Wellesley Antique Show and Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale in Princeton. She was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, and represented the fourth generation of Claytons with membership at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Barbara took particular pride in being an independent businesswoman. Like her mother Belle before her, through her position as a leading retailer she socialized across the entire fabric of the community. There were few employees and customers in whom she did not take a personal interest.

She was an avid tennis player, swimmer, gardener, bridge player, knitter, and needle worker. She and her husband enjoyed special trips together to England, Scotland, Egypt, China, and Italy. Some of her fondest travel memories were of summers with her family on Martha’s Vineyard and visits to Colonial Williamsburg.

She is predeceased by Everett Garretson, her husband of 59 years, and by half-sisters and half-brothers Jenny, Anna, Ruth, Amiel, Harold, and Leslie Grahn. Close living contemporary relatives include Ruth and Wesley Davis of Exeter, N.H. and Anene and Arnie Seymour-Jones of Harrington Park, N.J. She is survived by sons David Clayton Garretson and John Everett Garretson, David’s wife Silvia Garretson, John’s wife LaRae Raine Garretson, and a granddaughter Lisa Sendrow.

A memorial service followed by lunch will be held at noon on Saturday, May 17 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to SAVE Animal Shelter of Princeton, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Obit Deusen 5-14-14Martha Moon van Deusen

Martha Moon van Deusen (94) died in Princeton on May 5, 2014. She had moved to Princeton in 2010 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and George Hunsinger. She died peacefully in bed, surrounded by those she loved. Princeton Hospice was a blessing for the last month of her life, supporting both her and her family in many ways, enabling them to fulfill her strong desire to die at home.

Martha Moon was born March 16, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to Ralph Emerson Moon and Dorothy Jackson Moon. She moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana as an infant and spent most of her childhood there. When multiple trials of sickness plagued the family, Martha and her beloved younger brother, Ralph, lived with their aunt and uncle, Josephine and Jack Harnish, in Anderson, Indiana, for about 18 months. She always remembered this time with warm gratitude.

Martha graduated from Purdue University in 1941. She joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1943 and served in U.S. Army Intelligence during World War II. She married Robert Holt van Deusen on November 19, 1944 in Crawfordsville. Together they had five children, Cynthia, Robert, Deborah, Thomas, and Diana. Her husband’s work as a city manager took them first to Green Cove Springs, Florida; then to Clarinda, Iowa; Mount Holly, New Jersey; and Glenview, Illinois. When Robert retired in 1982, they moved to Rockport, Maine, where Martha loved living near the ocean. After her husband died in 1990, Martha moved to Iowa City and then to Williamsburg, Iowa to live near her son, Robert, and his family.

Martha was a life-long learner, an avid reader, a musician, and an artist. She created beauty all around her through the arts, collected beautiful stones, and filled her home with gorgeous paintings, sculptures, pottery, and artifacts from the sea. Her hand-made garments were works of art.

Martha was entranced when she heard the harp for the first time as a three-year-old. Her love of music blossomed as a young girl when she learned to play the family violin, passed down for generations. While still a teenager, she told her violin teacher that J. S. Bach was her favorite composer, a love that lasted her entire life. She played the French horn in the high school band and sang alto in various choirs for 50 consecutive years. In mid-life she took piano lessons, rounding out her musical career by playing percussion (at age 75) and trumpet (at age 78) in the New Horizons Band in Iowa City.

Martha had a gift for friendship, making many dear lifelong friends. Her gentle listening, emotional warmth, and commitment to honesty drew people to her. She enjoyed people from a wide variety of cultures and had notable affection and respect for the Native American peoples.

Martha is survived by her five children and their spouses, Anand Shanti (née Cynthia), Robert (married to Bobbi Jo van Deusen), Deborah (married to George Hunsinger), Thomas (married to Theresa Latini), Diana (married to Frank Cirrin). She was blessed with six granddaughters, Amy Merickel, Rachel van Deusen, Rachel Schmeltzer, Katy Monteith, Megan van Deusen, and Eleanor van Deusen (who was born the day Martha entered hospice, April 3, 2014) and a great-nephew, Matthew Moon, who inherited the family violin. She has two great-grandchildren, Will (3) and Vivian Monteith (1).

A memorial service will be held in Niles Chapel at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow. Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.

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Robert S. Bennett, Jr.

Robert S. Bennett, Jr., 78, of Princeton, died on May 9, 2014 after a valiant four-year battle against pancreatic cancer. Beloved husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bobbie G. Bennett, and his daughter, Laura Bennett. Born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa., he was pre-deceased by his parents, Alene Grace and Robert S. Bennett. He is also survived by his aunt, Dodie Massey Henry, and his two sisters, Deborah Moore and Cynthia Squire, in addition to many cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Bob graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1954 and earned a BA in architecture from Princeton University in 1958. After completing OCS in Newport, R.I., he served for four years as an ensign in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. Following work in New York for Clark and Rapuano, a large city planning and landscape architecture firm, as well as time spent in commercial real estate development with the Uris Corporation, he opened his own residential architecture firm in Pennington in 1975. His houses and gardens can be seen in the Northeast and Florida. His passion for what he did was infectious; his houses, rooted in the Classical tradition, are a lasting testament to that passion.

He leaves a legacy of hard work, loyalty, stimulating conversation, and love of family, fun, and country. Ever humble and an optimist, he will be greatly missed.

A funeral service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville on May 16 at 11 a.m. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Deerfield Academy, the Princeton Area Community Foundation, or the Pancreas Center, Columbia University, in honor of Dr. Stephen Schreibman. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

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Obit Vielbig 5-14-14Gail Morrison Vielbig

Gail Morrison Vielbig, 74, died at her home on Shelter Island on May 7, 2014. Born in Queens, N.Y. on August 3, 1939 to Genevieve Burke Morrison and David Chalmers Morrison.

Living in Douglas Manor, she attended PS 98 in Douglaston, Great Neck High School and studied at Adelphi University. While raising her family, she went on to graduate with honors from The College of New Jersey. Married to Peter Vielbig in 1962, they moved to Princeton where they raised their three children. Peter and Gail lived in Princeton for 41 years before moving to Shelter Island.

Gail was always looking for ways to involve her family in the rich cultural environment surrounding her, immersing her family in all that Princeton, the Town and University, had to offer. She worked in several departments at Princeton University, retiring from the anthropology department in 2002. Gail taught childbirth education classes for 22 years, worked as a hospice volunteer, worked at the Princeton Ballet Society, the Arts Council and Familyborn Birthing and Health Center for Women. Sharing needlepointing and rug hooking with a few close friends was her recreation. She enjoyed travelling with her husband and children and made many trips to Europe.

Transitioning from life in a college town to life on a small island was an adjustment, but Gail quickly immersed herself in what Shelter Island had to offer. She volunteered for East End Hospice, the Shelter Island Garden Club, Camp Good Grief, and the Shelter Island Library. Her fertile mind was always suggesting new ideas or better ways to accomplish a goal. She was a valued member of the organizations she touched.

When Gail and Peter lost their son, she studied to be certified as a substance abuse counselor and then worked for Quannacut Outpatient Services at Eastern Long Island Hospital. Her clients remember her concern for them as individuals and her incredible professionalism. Gail was always a champion of the underdog.

Gail will be remembered for her quick wit, voracious appetite for books, compassion, intellect, and love of family and friends. She is survived by her husband Peter of 52 years, sister Eileen, daughter Leslie, and her husband Chris, son Alex, and grandchildren Charlotte, Lucy and Peter as well as many nieces and nephews. Gail was predeceased by her son Peter Laird.

A celebration of Gail’s life will be held on Shelter Island this summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gail’s name to Friends of the Shelter Island Library P.O. Box 2016, Shelter Island, N.Y. 11964, or Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services P.O. Box 970, Shelter Island, N.Y. 11964.

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Obit McNair 5-14-14Vance O. McNair

Vance O. McNair, affectionately know as “Mac”, passed away on May 1, 2014 in Lawrenceville. He was born in Plymouth, N.C., grew up in Wilmington, Del., and lived in the Princeton-Lawrenceville area for over 40 years. As a child, he was educated in the Wilmington, Del. public school system. He attended Shaw University, New York University, and the University of Connecticut. Mr. McNair was an English teacher for the State of New York and the State of New Jersey, retiring from the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Much of his time and passion was spent with his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in which he was an active lifetime member. Mr. McNair enjoyed fishing, reading, mind stimulating games, walking, outdoors, giving of himself, smiling, teasing, and spending time with family.

Son of the late William and Annie R. McNair, he was preceded in death by 12 siblings.

Mr. McNair is survived by his wife Mattie McNair, daughter Joni Waller, son-in-law Russell W. Waller, granddaughter Brittany Waller, grandson Russell M. Waller, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Calling hours were from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Interment was at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park, Ewing. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.

May 7, 2014

Microsoft Word - FCHObitForPrincetonPapers,4-22-14.docxFrances Hutner

Frances “Frankie” Hutner, 95, formerly of Princeton, died on April 18, 2014 at her home in Ripton, Vermont after a brief illness.

Frankie was born in Middlebury, Vermont to the late Ellsworth B. and Louise Mix Cornwall. She attended a one-room schoolhouse on Route 7, Middlebury High School, and Middlebury College where she majored in economics and was Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. An accomplished tennis player and skier, she was captain of the first Middlebury College Women’s Ski Team. She received a scholarship to Columbia University where she earned a PhD in economics in the late 1940s and was one of the only women in her program.

On graduating from Columbia, Frankie taught economics at Smith College. While teaching at Smith, she met her future husband, Simeon Hutner, on a visit with a friend to an army base in Dover, Delaware, where he was the quartermaster. After their initial blind date and only a few more visits, Sim asked Frankie to marry him. She initially declined, but while driving her back from Dover to Northampton, Massachusetts, he won her over just outside of New Haven, Connecticut, where they were married that afternoon, on November 15, 1943, by a justice of the peace.

After the war, both Frankie and Sim taught at Smith and then at Kenyon College in Ohio before settling in Princeton, New Jersey, where Sim earned his PhD, also in economics, shortly after Frankie earned hers — a point of amusement that she enjoyed reminding him of periodically.

They spent the next four decades in Princeton where they raised five children, and where Frankie had roots in the previous two generations. Her grandfather, Henry B. Cornwall, was a chemist who came to Princeton University as a professor of mineralogy in the late 1870s/early 1880s. In 1904, when the department of geology was formally established, he was one of six founding members of the department.

Henry’s son, and Frankie’s father, Ellsworth B. Cornwall, was born and raised in Princeton in a house next to the Nassau Presbyterian Church, where Holder Hall now sits. The house was moved long ago to Boudinot Street. Several family members attended Princeton University, including Frankie’s father, brother, husband, nephew, and her two daughters.

Frankie continued teaching economics at Rider University, Rutgers University, and Stevens Institute of Technology. She was one of the founders of the Princeton Research Forum, a community of independent scholars in the Princeton area. She was a member of the board of the Princeton Recreation Department during the time when facilities such as Community Park were established. She was a close friend and supporter of Eve Kraft and the Princeton Community Tennis Program. She was a member of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club and a Friend of the Institute for Advanced Study. She was a decades-long member of the AAUW. She was also on the boards of directors of Central Vermont Public Service and Green Mountain College.

She wrote two books: Equal Pay for Comparable Worth, and Our Vision and Values: Women Shaping the 21st Century.

In 1990 Frankie and Sim moved to Ripton, where she remained after Sim’s death in 2003. She was a member of the Unitarian Church, the AAUW, and the Vermont Women’s Fund. She continued to play tennis and ski almost until her death. She is survived by four of her five children, Dan, Nat, Louise, and Simeon, and nine grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Liz, and her grandson, Sam.

Burial will be private. The family will have a memorial service, to which all are welcome, in Mead Chapel at Middlebury College on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Middlebury College and the Vermont Women’s Fund.

 

April 30, 2014

Obit Sigmund 4-30-14Paul E. Sigmund

On Sunday, April 27, Paul E. Sigmund, 85, who retired in 2005 as a politics professor at Princeton University, died of complications from pneumonia at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

His wife, Barbara Boggs Sigmund, was mayor of Princeton from 1984 to her death at age 51 in 1990.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Sigmund earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, at Georgetown University in 1950, studied on a Fulbright scholarship in 1950-51 at the University of Durham, England, and earned a master’s at Harvard University in 1954 and a doctorate there in 1959.

In 1956-57, as a lieutenant, he was a political analyst at the European headquarters of the Air Force in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Mr. Sigmund was director of the Latin American Studies Program at Princeton in 1969-70 and for several terms in the 1980s and 1990s.

Among Mr. Sigmund’s several books, Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution was published by Oxford University Press in 1990.

Among his several appointments, Mr. Sigmund was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington in 1985-86.

He is survived by two brothers and two sisters, sons Stephen, David, and Paul IV, and four grandchildren.

A visitation is set from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at Stuart Country Day School for the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton. A Funeral Mass will take place at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 2, at the Princeton University Chapel. Burial will be in the Princeton Cemetery. A reception will follow at Prospect House at 3 p.m.

Donations may be sent to www.handstogether.org. Condolences may be offered to the family at http://thekimblefuneralhome.com.

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Obit Brower 4-30-14Brock Brower 

Author and journalist Brock Brower, whose literary output ranged from novels to television writing to political speeches, died on April 16, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 82. His family gave the cause of death as cancer. Among his seven books, Brower was the creator of The Late Great Creature, a satiric Hollywood novel featuring an aging horror film star who uses his last movie to scare America into confronting its own frightening psyche. The Late Great Creature was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1973 and was recently reissued by Overlook Press. Brower also left his mark as a magazine journalist, contributing to Life, Esquire, Harper’s, and New York Magazine, among other leading publications in the 1960s and 70s. He later worked in television, helping to originate Hugh Downs’s 20/20 broadcast for ABC News, as well as The Children’s Television Network science show, 3-2-1-Contact!.

In the latter half of his career, Brower brought his pen to the political fray in Washington, D.C., as a speech writer for Attorney General Richard Thornburgh during George H. W. Bush’s administration and as co-author, with the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ David M. Abshire, of Putting America’s House in Order (Praeger, 1996), a salvo in the budget policy wars.

Born in Plainfield on November 27, 1931 and raised in Westfield, New Jersey, Brower was the eldest of three children of advertising executive Charles H. Brower, who was chairman and CEO of ad agency BBDO during the Madison Avenue heyday portrayed in the popular cable TV drama Mad Men. Brower’s mother, Betty, once held the women’s world record in the 200-meter dash. His younger brother, Hon. Charles N. Brower, a barrister with 20 Essex Street Chambers in London and former negotiator in the Nixon State Department, is a leading international lawyer, a judge at the Hague, and noted expert in international financial arbitration. Brower’s younger sister, Dr. Anne C. Brower, was a highly regarded bone radiologist, leader of academic medical departments and Episcopal priest in Norfolk, Virginia, before her death last fall.

Brower graduated from Westfield High School and went on to Dartmouth College as a member of the class of 1953, serving his senior year as editor-in-chief of the college newspaper, The Daily Dartmouth. He attended Harvard University Law School for a year, but left when he received a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University’s Merton College, where he earned his master’s degree with First Honours in English Literature. While visiting Paris, he met American fashion model Ann Montgomery. They were married at Oxford’s St. Peter-in-the-East in 1956 and returned to the U.S., where Brower joined the Army, serving for two years in an intelligence unit based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He and Mrs. Brower then decamped to New Jersey, settling in Princeton, where they raised their five children — son Monty, 55, and daughters Emily, 52, Elizabeth, 50, Margaret, 49, and Alison, 43.

As a magazine journalist, Brower was noted for his political profiles of such figures as Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon, Senator Edward Kennedy, and George Romney. Brower’s first novel, Debris, published by Atheneum in 1967, is a Faulknerian tale of a narrator trapped in a duck blind with a murderous man bent on avenging marital betrayal. His collection of essays and reportage, Other Loyalties: A Politics of Personality (Atheneum) came out in 1968. Other books included a children’s poem, The Inchworm War and the Butterfly Peace (Doubleday and Co., 1970), illustrated by Arnold Roth, and Brower’s last novel, Blue Dog, Green River (David R. Godine, 2005), a mystical tale of a Western whitewater odyssey narrated by a mongrel dog and her rafting guide owner. Brower’s literary honors included an O. Henry Prize for his short story, Storm Still, and A National Endowment for the Arts Award, both in 1968, as well as a 1973 Guggenheim Fellowship. In his later years, Brower particularly enjoyed helping aspiring writers in Dartmouth’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, where he taught journalism from 1996-2006.

Brower leaves his wife, Ann, five children, and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Serenity House, the hospice where he spent his final weeks: VNHC Foundation, 509 East Montecito St., Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93103; www.vnhcsb.org.

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Margery Ann Rittmaster

Margery Ann Rittmaster, 89, of Beaufort, N.C., died on April 21, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date. She was born to the late William and Mindelle Lewis on March 8, 1925 in Chicago, Ill. After moving to New York City as a teenager, she met her husband, the late Arthur Rittmaster. They eventually settled in Princeton, where they raised their three children: Glenn, Roger, and Keith. She volunteered at the Princeton Hospital, and in the 1970’s, she worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Later, she and Arthur moved to Beaufort, N.C., where she was a volunteer for the Carteret General Hospital and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. She loved family, theater, and music. She made people smile and laugh.

Margery is survived by her sons, Keith and Roger; four granddaughters, Dana and Robyn Rittmaster, and Olivia and Lindsey Thayer; and two great granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Carteret General Hospital P.O. Box 1619 Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Hospice of Carteret County P.O. Drawer 1619 Morehead City, N.C. 28557, or the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum 315 Front St. Beaufort, N.C. 28516. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mundenfuneralhome.net. Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City, N.C.

 

April 23, 2014

Thomas C. Hazen

Thomas Coe Hazen, 60, of Oxford, Md., passed away peacefully late on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Shore Health Hospital in Easton, Md. surrounded by family.

He was born on November 5, 1953 in Princeton, where he lived most of his life prior to moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He attended Princeton Public Schools through middle school. He continued his education at The Choate School, Wallingford, Conn., class of 1972 and earned his BA from University of Pennsylvania, class of 1976.

He spent his career in retail, first with L. Bamberger & Company and later with R.H. Macy and Company, where he served as a merchandise buyer for a variety of departments. For most of his career he worked out of their flagship store at Harold Square in New York City.

Growing up he was fortunate enough to have the experience of traveling around the world, including living a year in India, spending a semester abroad in Lugano, Switzerland, and experiencing an African safari. He continued to enjoy traveling as part of his career; he traveled repeatedly to the Orient and Europe, his favorite designations being Italy and England.

Unfortunately his traveling and career were curtailed by a rare genetic degenerative decease that affected his lungs. In 2004 when his disability forced him to retire, he moved from Princeton to Oxford, Md. to a cottage on his parents’ property. In 2007 he received a bi-lateral lung transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Though limited by his health, he continued to enjoy his interests, which included reading, music, the arts, boating, and most recently photography. He was a member of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club. In addition, he was member of The Church of the Holy Trinity, and at the time of his death, he was proud to be serving on the vestry and involved with the music program.

He is survived by his parents, Professor Emeritus David and Mary Ann Hazen of Oxford, Md.; his brother, George Hazen and his wife, Susan, of Annapolis, Md.; his sister Anne Brendel and her husband, Gary, of Murrysville, Pa.; two nieces; three nephews; a great-nephew and three great-nieces.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Thomas C. Hazen ’72 Memorial Scholarship Fund, Choate Rosemary Hall, 333 Christian Street, Wallingford, Conn., 06492 or The Church of the Holy Trinity Church, P.O. Box 387, Oxford, Md. 21654. A memorial service celebrating his life is planned for later in the spring.

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BernardBernard J. Lechner

Bernard J. Lechner, one of the world’s leading experts on television and electronic displays, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at the age of 82. Mr. Lechner’s contributions to the development of flat screen displays and HDTV standards continue to influence the direction and standards of televisions and other electronic displays. He earned his BSEE degree from Columbia University before beginning his 30 year tenure at RCA, where he retired as the staff vice president, Advanced Video Systems, RCA Laboratories.

A pioneer in his industry, Mr. Lechner received numerous rewards for his significant contributions to the world of technology, including being the first recipient of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Outstanding Contributor Award in 2000, now an annual award named in his honor. Most recently, in August 2011, the IEEE presented Mr. Lechner with the Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal, to honor his early work on LCD (liquid-crystal display) technology for television pictures, which set the stage for the proliferation of today’s flat screen televisions, monitors, and mobile phones. He was a Life Fellow of the IEEE, the Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and the Society for Information Display (SID), of which he was a founding member.

Mr. Lechner was a beloved son, husband, brother, and uncle. He was born to Barnard J. Lechner and the former Lillian V. Stevens on January 25, 1932 in New York, N.Y. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan M. Lechner, of Newtown, Pa.; and his sister, Patricia A. Nahas, of Austin, Tex, and their families. He will be remembered not only for his technical brilliance, but also for his patient mentoring of numerous engineers, his love for, and support of the arts, his enjoyment of square dancing and poker, and his broadcaster’s voice, which will long be missed on ham radios everywhere. He was a long-time resident of Princeton. A service in celebration of his life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton on May 3, 2014 at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial donation to your favorite charity in honor of Mr. Lechner.

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Obit Goodyear 4-23-14Toby Goodyear

Toby Goodyear passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014 with her children by her side, after a long battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.

Born January 9, 1934, in Buffalo, N.Y., Toby was the second of two children born to Louise and Lawrence Grady. Toby adored her parents and her older sister, Joy, and remained close to Joy for her whole life.

She attended the Park School of Buffalo and Smith College, graduating from Smith with honors in 1955, majoring in political science. She wrote her honors thesis on Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project.

Toby spent college summers as a mother’s helper to Katharine and Philip Graham, taking special charge of Donald and Stephen Graham, who were small children at the time. The Grahams generously included her in their family and social events, nourishing her lifelong interest in politics and current events. She was an unabashed liberal Democrat who would engage anyone, anytime in a political debate.

After graduating from college, Toby set out on the first of many adventures. With a teaching job at her beloved Park School in the pipeline, she secured a loan to pay for ship’s passage to India, where she studied Gandhi and stayed at an ashram. From 1959 to 1964, she lived in Singapore and Karachi with her husband, who at her urging requested overseas assignments at First National City Bank of New York (now Citibank). During those years, while teaching at the American Schools in each of those cities, she traveled widely. She once took off with a female friend in a Volkswagen Bug over the Khyber Pass to Afghanistan. The car broke down in the remote high mountains. Through a combination of good luck and smart maneuvering, she hitched a ride to Kabul on an open transport truck, found a German mechanic, and got the car repaired for a safe return to Karachi.

Toby married Laurence “Rummy” Goodyear, Jr. of Buffalo in January 1958. After their years overseas, they settled on a small farm outside of Princeton. Their daughter, Lauren, was born in 1964 and their son, Laurence “Jake” in 1966.

Toby’s children were the world to her. During those first years of motherhood, she happily busied herself with caring for them while sewing, cooking, gardening, and tending to her Irish Setters and two horses. Apprenticed in the domestic arts by her mother, she was a marvelous cook and made an especially delicious curry. Her children, grandchildren, and many friends benefitted from her industrious and skillful knitting. It wouldn’t be possible to count the sweet baby sweaters and elaborate Christmas stockings knit by her hands. Toby fed the family and the whole neighborhood with her vegetables, and she maintained flower gardens well into her seventies, studying to become a master gardener in her later years.

Shortly after her divorce in 1969, Toby threw herself into the working world, first as a real estate agent for K. M. Light, and later as a manager for Johnson & Johnson’s revolutionary employee wellness program, Live for Life™, the brainchild of another Princetonian, James Burke.

Music was a focus for Toby’s passion all through her life. She met her long-time companion, Gerald Neary, while singing in the “Private Parts,” an a cappella singing group in Princeton. Her subscription to the Metropolitan Opera was one of the great pleasures of her later years. She traveled to China, Russia, England, and Cuba with the Yale Alumni Glee Club.

Since the early 1990’s, Toby has been a central figure in the Princeton music world. Serving as executive director of the choral group Princeton Pro Musica, the Princeton Symphony, and the Princeton Singers, she served as a trustee of all three organizations and was on the Boards of Trustees for both the Princeton Symphony and the Princeton Singers at the time of her death. The current Director of the Princeton Symphony, Melanie Clarke, writes of Toby’s tenure as executive director: “She was a tremendously creative, enterprising, and productive leader who, virtually single-handedly, took care of every aspect of managing the orchestra. Possessed of a sharp mind, a prodigious work ethic, and a strong sense of purpose, she was equally at home closing the deal for underwriting from corporate CEO’s, foundation leaders and philanthropists as she was taking care of every detail involved in a performance or fundraising event …. The orchestra thrived under her attentions and care.”

On learning of her diagnosis of stage-four colon cancer 11 years ago, she was characteristically determined and stubborn. To the very end, she did not consider herself a dying person and had no interest in hospice care or hospital stays. Two days before she died, she physically walked into the doctor’s office to tell him she had shortness of breath. She lived to experience the births of all six of her grandchildren, and it was her greatest joy to know them as they grew into young people.

Toby’s companion of 35 years, Gerald “Jerry” Neary, predeceased her in 2005. She is survived by her daughter, Lauren Goodyear Schramm, of Washington, D.C.; her son, Jake Goodyear, of New Canaan, Conn.; her sister, Joy Simpkins, of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; and six grandchildren: Jake, Luke, and Rosie Schramm, and Lorny, Peter, and Edie Goodyear.

A memorial celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Princeton University Chapel with a reception afterwards at the Nassau Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to: The Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Singers, or the Park School of Buffalo, N.Y.

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April 16, 2014

Obit Brown 4-14-14Rosa Brown

Rosa Bell (Yancey) Brown, age 94, passed away on April 7, 2014 at Merwick Care Center in Plainsboro. She was born in Clarksville, Va. and lived in Princeton for 89 years. She was educated in the Princeton Regional School System. Rosa was a domestic worker, teacher’s assistant, and caregiver. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Nurses Unit and charter member of The Ladies Guild, and she was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of American Legion Post #218. 

Wife of the late James B. Brown; daughter of the late James H. Yancey Sr. and Willie Ann Watkins Yancey; sister of the late James H. Yancey Jr., William Yancey, Betty Elizabeth Yancey Brown, Clara Yancey Hinson, and Evelyn Yancey Stryker.

Rosa is survived by a daughter Faith E. Miller and a devoted son-in-law Wayne N. Miller Sr.; devoted and a loving granddaughter Tiana J. Brown-Miller; her heart string great-granddaughter Arianna Faith Malave; nephews William Gray, Sonny Yancey, Daryl Yancey, and Byron Yancey; nieces Geraldine Thomas, Denise Yancey, Cheryl Yancey, Joyce Young, Norma Ramsey, and Diane Gilbert; cousins Lucille Hopson and Jane Watkins; sister/friend Estelle Fisher, a host of great nieces and nephew; friend; “Other” daughters Nadine Vernon and Sharon McGriff.

A funeral service was held at noon on Monday, April 14, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Princeton. Calling hours were from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment is at Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home in Trenton.

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Joseph Reading Comly, III

Joseph Reading Comly, III, 81, died peacefully at his home in Pennington on April 11, 2014.

Joe was born in Morrisville, Pa, and spent most of his personal and professional life in the Trenton area. Son of the late Joseph and Susanne Comly, he was a graduate of The Lawrenceville School and Lehigh University, where he was a champion wrestler. After college he served in the Air Force and then joined his father in business at the Anchor Thread Company, where he later became president. During these years, Joe served on the Boards of Mercer Medical Center, Broad Street Bank, and the Kerney Foundation. Additionally he supported several other Trenton charities such as the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Rescue Mission. His second career in hospital administration began in the 1980’s, a field first introduced to Joe through his earlier volunteer work. He was an administrator at Mercer Medical Center and later retired from UMDNJ in Newark.

In his leisure time Joe was active in racquet sports, playing both squash and tennis competitively and socially his entire life. He was a member of the Arbor Lea Tennis Club and the Trenton Club. In recent years, he became passionate about bridge and chess. In addition, Joe was a lifelong reader and student of history.

Above all, Joe was devoted to Nina Moyer, his loving partner for the past 28 years. Joe was predeceased by his son, Joseph R. Comly IV. He is survived by his daughter Christine Comly, and his son, Andrew Comly, as well as Nina’s children and their families; Andy and Anne Moyer; Mike and Shaina Moyer, J.D.; Lauren Moyer; and three grandsons, Eli, Will, and Charlie Moyer. In addition he is survived by his brother, Tom, and his cousin, Derik Sutphin.

A memorial service will be held in the summer to honor Joe’s life. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackwell Memorial Home in Pennington. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Community Hospice of Greenwood House or the Trenton Rescue Mission.

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Coda ObitEdward T. Coda

Edward T. Coda, 91. Born in North Bergen, N.J. on June 14, 1922, Coda was a graduate of Rutgers University and a resident of Princeton for over 50 years.

After a precipitate college graduation due to the start of World War II, he attended Columbia Midshipman’s School and then served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant aboard a heavy cruiser in the Pacific Theater during World War II and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Commander at the age of 60.

In private life, he was the sales and marketing manager for several companies in the paper and metals industries. He was a member of, and served as president, for two New York City based marketing organizations.

Ed enjoyed amateur theatrics and took part in numerous productions of the PJ and B under the direction of Milton Lyons. A long-time dedicated golfer and fan of Tiger Woods, he was a member of the Hopewell Valley Golf Club. He was also a member of the Old Guard of Princeton and a founding member of the Romeos (Retired Old Men Eating Out).

After many years in Princeton, Ed and his wife Jane moved to Gulfport, Fla. in August 2013. Predeceased by his beloved son, Michael, he is survived by his wife of 69 years, his daughter, Deborah Abraham of Gulfport, Fla,, her husband Robert and daughter-in-law Karen Perkins Coda of Alexandria, Va. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, Owen, Luke, Alison, Caitlin, Emily, and Matthew; and two great grandsons, Hugo and Edward. He will be missed by his loving family and many friends who enjoyed his sense of humor, almost as much as he did.

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Charles A. Sculerati

Charles A. Sculerati, 67, of Baltimore, Md., passed away on April 7, 2014. He was born in Princeton on May 4, 1946 to the late Julia A. DelBono Sculerati, and the late Vincent James Sculerati. Residing in Cranbury and Princeton for most of his life, Charles graduated from Princeton High School in 1964.

He was employed for many years locally at The Hobby Shop, The Alchemist & Barrister, and The Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Since moving to Baltimore in 2006, Charles worked as lead bartender at The Baltimore Convention Center, and later at Maxie’s Pizza Bar and Grille, where he was much beloved.

He is survived by a sister, Lillian C. Everett; a brother, Daniel J. Sculerati; three nephews and a niece.

Charles, known as “Buddy” and “Chaz” to family and friends, maintained a lifelong love of photography, baseball, music, high-end stereo gear, New York City and the world-famous Baltimore Aquarium.

Funeral and memorial service arrangements are pending. A fund has been set up by friends. Contributions can be made through the following link: Charles Sculerati’s Fund on www.GiveForward.com.

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Mary Adams Barrie

Mary Adams Barrie passed away on February 28, 2014 in Doylestown, Pa. She was born in Oak Park, Ill. on January 19, 1922, the daughter of John Quincy Adams and Corrine Helsel Adams. She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. and attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. In 1943, she married Lewis H. Sarett and moved to Princeton. They had two daughters, Mary Nicole Sarett of New Hope, Pa. and Katharine Wendy Young of Devon, Pa.

In 1968 she married George Barrie and moved to Bucks County, Pa. and Rosemont, N.J. She was active in various charitable organizations including Planned Parenthood. She was also an active sculptor, working in the lost wax method. George Barrie predeceased her.

Following the death of George Barrie, she married Lewis Fisher and built a home in Fox Run Preserve in New Hope, Pa. At the time of her death, she was a widow residing in Doylestown.

She was predeceased by a brother, John Quincy Adams, Jr., and a sister, Katharine Adams Volckens. She is survived by her two daughters, three granddaughters, and a grandson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A private service for immediate family will be held at a future date.

Donations may be made in her memory to Planned Parenthood or a charity of choice.

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Memorial Service

Julian Lane Moynahan died March 21, 2014. There will be a memorial held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Quaker Meeting House, located at 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540 at 2 p.m. Friends, family, former students and colleagues are invited. Reception to follow.

 

April 9, 2014

Marion Cooke Kimberly

Marion Cooke Kimberly, “Mannie,” passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Princeton Plainsboro Medical Center. She was 88 years old. Mannie was born in Buffalo, New York and graduated from The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. and Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She married Shepard Kimberly in 1946 and they settled in Princeton.

Mannie earned a Masters Degree from Rutgers University in 1958 and taught at the Princeton Regional Schools, largely fourth and sixth grades. In 1973 she earned a PhD at Rutgers and served as a Learning Consultant in Princeton until her retirement.

She was active in local Smith College Club activities, The Present Day Club and the Dogwood Garden Club.

Mannie is survived by her husband, Shepard; daughters Cookey and Gay; three grandchildren, Christopher, Courtney, Gayley and their spouses; and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Windrows at a future date where she and Shepard resided. Mannie was an amazing woman and will be missed by all whom she touched.

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Sally Glogoff

Sally Glogoff, 70, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away surrounded by family on Friday, April 4, 2014. Sally was a resident of Princeton for the past 40 years. She was a graduate of Temple University and taught mathematics and science at John Witherspoon Middle School for many years. An avid Springdale golfer and tennis player, Sally also loved to travel. Most of all, however, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was married to Dr. Michael Glogoff and they enjoyed a wonderful marriage for almost 50 years. An amazing mother and grandmother, Sally lived close to her sons David and Marc and was well-loved by her daughters-in-law Christina and Andrea. She loved spending time with her grandchildren Grayson, Lauren, and Gavin and Alexandra and Samantha. Sally was also a loving sister and close friend to Reina Reisler and beloved aunt to her many nephews and nieces. Always filled with love and warmth, Sally was a joy for all those who were lucky enough to know her. She will be deeply missed and always loved and remembered by her family and many friends.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 6, at 12 p.m., at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road in Ewing Township. The family respectfully requests memorial contributions be offered to New York University Cancer Center, 160 East 34th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016.

April 2, 2014

Obit MethTheodore Sager Meth

Theodore Sager Meth, 90, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Princeton Care Center. He was born on October 24, 1923 in Weehawken, New Jersey. He majored in Philosophy at Princeton University, graduating with honors in 1944. He then attended Yale Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1947) and Columbia University (matriculating for Ph.D.), before graduating from Harvard Law School in 1951.

From 1943 to 1952, Ted served as pastor of various churches in Vermont, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and New Jersey. He was an ordained member of the Presbytery of Newark and its legal counsel for many years. In 1952, Ted founded a law firm in Newark, which represented Blair Academy and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters; for 20 years he was Standing Trustee for Chapter XIII in the Bankruptcy Court; and a Member of the New Jersey Divorce Law Study Commission, appointed by Governor Hughes. A law professor at Seton Hall University for thirty years, Ted authored books and numerous articles on commercial law. He was a man of wide-ranging talents, deeply involved with music and poetry, and a past president of the Summit Symphony, the Composers Guild of New Jersey and the South Mountain Poets.

After his first wife, Mary, died in 1996, Ted moved to Princeton, and became active in Princeton’s Class of ’44 affairs, serving as Class Secretary and Vice President. He was a member of the Old Guard of Princeton and the Nassau Club. In these later years, his involvement with music and poetry deepened, and he published ten collections of original poetry, including A Full Moon on the Battlefield. His first book, Castleton, portrayed life in the Vermont village where he spent happy childhood times with his beloved maternal grandmother. Castleton was the place that delighted Ted most.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 17 years, B.F. Graham; his son Karl T. Meth of Mendham, New Jersey; and grandsons Tyler and Connor Meth; his stepson Trevor C. Graham (Liz) of Boston, Massachusetts; his stepdaughter Dana C. Vaughn (Dylan) of San Diego, California; in addition to four step grandchildren, Mirabella C. Graham, Lucy A. Graham, Connor G. Vaughn, and Ryan C. Vaughn.

A private service to celebrate his life will be held this summer in Castleton, Vermont.

Donations in his name may be made to the “Princeton University Creative Writing Program in Poetry,” Lewis Center for the Arts, 613 New South Building, Princeton, NJ 08544.

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J. Edwin Obert, Jr.

J. Edwin Obert, Jr., commonly known as Ed Obert, died on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Born July 25, 1941, Ed was born in Princeton and was a long-time resident prior to moving to Wisconsin in 2012.

Ed worked for many years at Union Camp, which used to be located in Lawrenceville. From Union Camp, Ed went to the former Commodities Corporation in Princeton where he worked until he retired in 2001.

Ed is best known for his many years of service to the Princeton community through the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, which he joined in 1972. He held many positions with the Squad: Chief 1977-81, 1983-85, 1988-92, President in 1997, Executive Board Member 2000-01, Trustee in 2003-04. Ed was the Squad’s first paramedic back when local squads were allowed to run an advanced life support unit. Ed was very involved in getting the Squad’s original paid day crew program started in 1980.

To countless members of the Squad, Ed was a mentor in matters regarding emergency medical services and in matters regarding life in general. Ed was one of the unsung heroes of our community, doing so much for so many, without the need to be in the spotlight.

There are no plans for a service at this time. Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton, N.J.

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Obit Hudson 4-2-14Lorraine Hudson

Lorraine Hudson, 84, beloved wife of Roy W. Hudson of Princeton, passed away peacefully at her home on March 24, 2014 following a long illness. She was born Eleanor Lorraine Bennett in Chester County, Pa. on October 11, 1929 and grew up in Camden, N.J. with her mother and her adoptive father, Erma J. and Russell B. Kelchner, and her brother Donald, all of whom have predeceased her.

Lorraine, a class officer and head cheerleader, was very popular throughout her high school years where she was voted “Most Popular Girl”, played piano in the school band, and was chosen senior prom queen. She met her husband Roy, whom she married on August 13, 1949, when he showed up uninvited at her 16th birthday party and they were married 64 years at the time of her death. They moved to Vineland, N.J., where Roy joined Prudential Life Insurance Company. Lorraine joined the Little Theatre of Vineland where she was cast in numerous roles. It was at the little theater that she met the director of the Bucks County Playhouse leading to roles there and at the Paper Mill Playhouse, now in Millburn, N.J.

After 10 years, Roy was transferred by Prudential to manage their Trenton agency. Lorraine and Roy bought a home in Yardley, Pa. During their 16 years there Lorraine taught swimming and lifesaving classes at the Trenton YWCA and attended Bucks County Community College.

They built their present home in Princeton in 1979 and Lorraine went on to study art at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) graduating with a BA in 1984. She enjoyed painting, drawing, and making pottery in the studio they installed in their home. Lorraine volunteered for, and supported, a wide range of environmental, social, artistic, and philanthropic causes being especially active in securing funds for the Trenton Symphony and the Children’s Home Society (see “in lieu of flowers” below). She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and the arts and was a long-time subscriber to the Philadelphia Ballet, the McCarter Theatre, and the Walnut Street Theatre. She loved to travel, which she and Roy did to four continents, and attend art museums, concerts, and plays with her many friends. Always an active person she played tennis in the Princeton Ladies League.

In addition to Roy, Lorraine is survived by her daughter Kathleen Fabish and husband John of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; daughter Nanette Joyce and husband  Brian of Ewing, N.J.; son-in-law Blair Fridgen of Scarborough, Maine; and daughter Cynthia Whittenberg and husband Hank of Derry, N.H. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter Pamela Hudson-Fridgen. Also surviving Lorraine are 9 grandchildren whom she cherished and with whom she traveled the world: Alexander and Benjamin Fabish; Dylan and Fiona Joyce, Riley and Jack Fridgen, and Kyla, Jenna, and Peter Whittenberg.

Visitation and services were held at the Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Rd., Lawrenceville, N.J on Saturday, followed at the Princeton Cemetery, Greenview Ave., Princeton.

For directions or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.poulsonvanhise.com.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Lorraine’s name to The Children’s Home Society of N.J., 635 South Clinton Ave., Trenton, N.J. 08611.

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Obit Epstein 4-2-14Marion Greenebaum Epstein

Marion Greenebaum Epstein, a long-time Princeton resident with a distinguished career of public service, passed away peacefully at her home on March 24, 2014. She was 98 years old.

Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College and went on to receive her PhD in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College where she met Jess Epstein, an electrical engineer from Cincinnati. They married in 1939. Jess died in 1998, just short of their 60th wedding anniversary.

They moved to Princeton in 1943 where Jess was a research engineer at RCA Labs and Marion worked part time in test development at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) while raising their three children She later embarked on a full time career with ETS, in 1977 becoming vice president for the College Board until her retirement. Marion also served for a number of years on the Advisory Council to the Princeton University mathematics department, and her biography is included in Pioneering Women in American Mathematics, jointly published by the American and the London Mathematical Societies.

Marion’s distinguished professional career was paralleled by her committed public service. An active member of the Princeton League of Women Voters, she served as its president for several years and spent 10 years as an elected member of the Township School Board, serving as its vice president and president. Governor Hughes later appointed her to the State Board of Education where she served for 11 years, the last four as its representative to the State Board of Higher Education. Indefatigable, Marion then became a trustee of Kean College for 15 years and represented Kean on the Council of State Colleges. After her “retirement” she spent an additional eight years on the Princeton Township Affordable Housing Board, also serving as its president.

Marion and Jess, were founding members of the Jewish Center of Princeton, with Jess serving as the Center’s president when it built its first facility on Nassau Street and Marion forming its women’s division. In addition to their three children — Peter Epstein, Barbara Vilkomerson, and Judith Ansara, Marion is survived by seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Marion was a remarkable woman, loved and respected by all who knew her. She will be deeply missed.

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John W. Bauman, Jr.

John William Bauman Jr., retired professor of physiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, died peacefully on March 25, 2014, 95 years of age.

Born December 17, 1918 to John W. and Irene Bauman in Stockton, California, he grew up in Stockton and later in the Sierra foothills town of Sonora, Calif. where his family had run the Bauman Brewery for decades after the gold rush of 1849. He often spoke fondly of those depression years working an apple orchard with his brother George, riding his horse “Trixie” to school in neighboring Twain Harte, and assisting in the operating room at the local hospital in Sonora run by his aunt.

John served in the U.S. Navy 1941-46 as a medical corpsman in the Pacific theater. He was a graduate of the University of Southern California; after the war he received his doctorate from UC Berkeley and married Sally Jane Fenton of Isleton, Calif. He lived briefly in New York City and then in 1960 settled in Princeton with his wife and family.

Dr. Bauman was an associate professor, NYU School of Medicine; research scientist, State of NJ; Fellow, Princeton University; and professor, UMDNJ, Newark. He was a prolific author of research papers and a textbook on endocrinology and the physiology of the kidney. He was a lifelong tennis enthusiast, organizer of tournaments, and avid player blessed with admirable form, still playing tennis several times a week at age 90.

Later in life he moved to Kingston. He was a volunteer reader for Recording for the Blind, and worked in a stylized hand on his cartoons, illustrations, and inventions. Always quick to proffer opinions, he made an avocation of authoring them in his grandiloquent style.

John is survived by his beloved partner Janet Guerin; his children and their spouses: Lise, Kurt, and Margaret (O’Donnell), Kris and Penny (Ettinger), Hanna and Bruce (Lane); grandchildren John “Will”, Natalie, Elizabeth and Susanna Bauman and Jessica Lane; and Mrs. Guerin’s children Cathy and Alexander Ehhalt, Elizabeth, and Skip Guerin. He was preceded in death by his former wife Sally Bauman, brother George, and sister Barbara Cavanaugh.

A memorial service and reception will be held at Main Street Restaurant, 301 North Harrison Street Princeton on Thursday, April 3 at 11:30 a.m. following a private interment.

Arrangements were made through Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Claire Zeitlin

Claire Zeitlin, 66, a Princeton resident since 2012, died suddenly of a heart attack, at home, on March 26, 2014. She grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and attended the University of Cape Town, earning a BA majoring in history and English, along with a teacher certification. In her mid-twenties she moved to England where she lived for twenty years. There she attended Homerton College at Cambridge University and got a secondary math certification, married Jonathan Zeitlin, and had her children. In 1991, she moved to Madison, Wisconsin where then husband Jonathan took a professorship at the University of Wisconsin.

She taught for four decades in England and America, both in math and science enrichment, high school through elementary school levels, for children with learning disabilities, and gifted and talented students. She loved teaching children, and was marvelous at it.

She is survived by her sons Joshua and Samuel of New York City, her partner Nick Katz of Princeton, and her brother Ian Weinburg and her sister Shirley Stein, both of Cape Town, South Africa.

Her funeral was held on Sunday, March 30 at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

Memorial donations may be made to either Doctors Without Borders or to the Princeton Public Library.

 

 

March 26, 2014

Obit Moynahan 3-26-14Julian Lane Moynahan

Julian Lane Moynahan, 88, died on Friday, March 21, 2014 from pneumonia. Born in Cambridge, Mass, Julian lived in the Princeton area for 59 years retiring as a professor emeritus at Rutgers University having also taught English at Harvard, Amherst, Princeton, and University College, Dublin. Born in 1925, Julian attended Harvard both as a graduate and an undergraduate, earning his PhD from Harvard in 1957. It was at Harvard that he met his beloved wife Elizabeth Reilly where she was a student at Radcliffe and that marriage would last 68 years until his death.

A distinguished literary critic and acclaimed novelist Julian was the author of four novels: Sisters and Brothers, Pairing Off, Garden State and Where Land and Water Meet. His literary criticism included The Deed of Life: A Critical Study of D.H. Lawrence, Vladimir Nabokov, Anglo-Irish: The Literary Imagination in a Hyphenated Culture, editor: (D.H. Lawrence) Sons and Lovers: Text, Criticism, Backgrounds, The Viking Portable Thomas Hardy. He contributed reviews and criticism to the New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Review of Books and the Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, The Observer and The New Statesman. His awards included The National Foundation of the Arts-Creative Writing, The Ingram-Merrill Award, and National Endowment for the Arts, and The Guggenheim Fellowship. He also served on the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Jury. On retirement as a Professor of English Emeritus he continued to teach outside of the walls of the University, focusing on Thomas Hardy and other giants of English Literature.

While always returning to live in the Princeton area, Julian and his architect wife Elizabeth, accompanied by their three daughters, wrote and taught during his sabbatical years in London, Dublin, and London again. Julian’s wit, humor, and brilliance both in and out of the classroom influenced and inspired a multitude of individuals.

Julian is predeceased by his beloved eldest daughter Catherine (husband, Beckman); and is survived by his wife Elizabeth Reilly; daughters Brigid Elizabeth Moynahan (husband, Ray) and Molly Mary Ellen Moynahan (husband, Timothy); as well as four grandchildren, Henry Moynahan Rich, Julian Brizzi, Lucia Brizzi, Lucas Moynahan Helliker, and a new great grandchild, Charles Brizzi.

There will be a memorial service held in May.

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Alice Bacon Westlake

Alice Bacon Westlake of Princeton died on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro at the age of 93. Born in Berkeley, Calif., she had resided in Princeton since 1962. Alice graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in art history in 1942, and went to work for the War Production Board in support of the Allied effort in World War II immediately thereafter. At the end of the war, she moved to New York City, and worked as a research assistant for Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where she remained for twelve years.

In 1952, she married John Trevanion Westlake, her husband of 50 years. She and John raised four daughters. In the course of this time, Alice resumed her academic pursuits and earned her MA in art history from Oberlin College in 1971. She went on to volunteer as a docent at the Princeton University Museum, using her vast knowledge of the history of art to lecture and lead museum tours for over forty years, building an appreciation of the museum’s works in both children and adults. She was an active supporter of FamilyBorn and the movement to advance midwifery. She was the longest surviving member of All Saints’ Church.

Daughter of the late Leonard and Martha (Stringham) Bacon, wife of the late John Trevanion Westlake, she is survived by four loving daughters: Frances Brandyberry, Rachel Westlake, Sylvia Westlake, Rosalind Westlake, who were both challenged and enriched by her spirit and intellect; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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

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Stanley Lependorf

Dr. Stanley Lependorf died peacefully in his home on March 12, 2014, with his family all around him, after an almost five year battle with prostate cancer. Born in 1937 in the Bronx, N.Y., Stanley was raised by his mother, Sylvia, in New York and Florida. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the City College of New York, he earned his doctorate degree in psychology in 1964 from the University of Buffalo.

Stanley raised his family and resided in Princeton for the last 42 years during which time he served as the assistant director of the counseling service at Princeton University and had a thriving private practice. Stanley touched many lives, including his family, friends, patients, and students. He will be most remembered for his great empathy, keen insight, helpful advice, and his ability to guide others through difficult times.

He leaves behind his daughter, Esther Ann and her children, Nina, Zoe and Louis; his son Gabriel and his wife, Michelle and their children, Isabella and Eva; and his daughter Molly and her partner, Marco Cucchi and her children, Roger, Brian and James. He is predeceased by his wife, Barbara Lependorf, who in died in 2003.

A memorial service will be on Sunday, April 27. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Hospice at the University Medical Center of Princeton.

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Obit Juricic 3-26-14Susana Beatrice Juricic

Susana Beatrice Juricic, 79, of West Windsor passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.

Born in Argentina, Mrs. Juricic was a resident of New York City until her marriage. She was then a long time resident of Hightstown. Mrs. Juricic was a homemaker for many years who enjoyed taking care of her family and was also an accounts payable manager for Comcast until her retirement in 2003.

Mrs. Juricic was a member of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church in Hightstown for over 50 years where she previously taught CCD. She loved sewing. She also loved her grandchildren and was very proud of all of their accomplishments.

Predeceased by her parents, Juan Marcel and Pilar (Alvarez) Talenton; her husband, Simeon Juricic; and a brother, George Talenton; she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Simeon M. and Laurie J. Juricic; her daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and George W. Bilyeu, Jr. and Patricia S. and Richard E. McCarron; her grandchildren, Danielle M. and Erika L. Juricic, George W. Bilyeu, III and Kaleigh E. and Owen M. McCarron.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, 251 Franklin Street, Hightstown. Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hightstown.

Contributions may be made in Susana’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011. Funeral arrangements were by www.saulfuneralhomes.com.

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Evan James Sarett Cramer

Evan James Sarett Cramer, age 29, passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2014 in New York City where he was living. Evan, also known as Jim, was born on September 18, 1984 in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of James C. Cramer and Mary Nicole Sarett. He attended the Chapin School, Princeton, New Jersey and graduated from Montgomery High School, Skillman, New Jersey. Thereafter he matriculated to the University of Connecticut where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Following his graduation from college, Evan moved to San Diego, California where he worked in the hotel and restaurant service industry and also worked for Sony in their video game division. He returned from California in 2010 and continued working for various catering companies in the Princeton area. He moved to New York City in 2012 and at the time of his death, he was in the process of preparing for the Graduate Record Exam in order to pursue a master’s degree while at the same time working in computer graphics on a freelance
basis.

Evan is survived by his parents, aunts, numerous cousins, friends, and beloved dog, Blue.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. Relatives and friends may gather from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Princeton cemetery.

Donations in his name may be made to the ASPCA or any similar animal friendly agency.

You may extend condolences and remembrances at www.TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Charles Fredenburg

Charles Fredenburg died on March 7, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 7, 1936 in New Milford, Pa. He was raised in Moravia, New York, in the Finger Lakes region. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1957 and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He studied engineering at The Ohio State University and graduated from Elmhurst College with a degree in business administration. He later completed graduate work at Northern Illinois University. Charles moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1966. He married and raised his family there and worked as an engineer at Edax Corporation and later North American Phillips. He formed his own construction company in 1979 and worked in multi family, residential, and commercial construction as Cahill Enterprises for over 25 years.
He retired in 1996. He moved to Princeton Junction, New Jersey in 1998 with his wife.

Charles is survived by his wife Lila; three children, Mark (Sandy) of Belvidere, Illinois, Julie Gonzales (Danny) of Wooddale, Ilinois, Jennifer Jennings (Douglas) of Homer, New York; his stepchildren Camille (James) Licklider of Chicago, Illinois and Christian Anderson of Santa Monica, California. He was predeceased by his beloved son Eric Fredenburg in 2007. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jacqueline Meacham, Rebecca Fredenburg, Laura Nearing, Sam Nearing, Hannah Jennings, Madeleine Jennings, Jonas Licklider, Colin Licklider and his great granddaughter, Eliza Meacham.

A memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on April 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the service at 339 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the American Lung Association or to the Salvation Army.

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Rosemarie A. Lechner

Rosemarie A. Lechner, age 96, died peacefully on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Friends Fellowship Community in Richmond, Indiana.

Born in 1917, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she grew up in Ames, Iowa. Rosemarie earned her Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State College, and Master’s degree from University of Minnesota. She taught nursery school and spent 15 months with the American Friends Service Committee in Mexico and Finland. Rosemarie moved to Skillman, New Jersey, when she married Hans Lechner in 1948. She worked at Mathematica and was active in Princeton Friends Meeting. In 1971 the family moved into Princeton. Following Hans’ death in 1997, she moved to Richmond, Indiana where she joined Clear Creek Friends Meeting. Survivors include her children, Thomas Lechner of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Margaret Lechner of Greenwich, Connecticut; Edward Lechner of San Jose, California; and Robert Lechner of Newburgh, Indiana; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services for Rosemarie Lechner will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Friends Fellowship Community, 2030 Chester Blvd., Richmond, Ind.; also at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Princeton Friends Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Friends Fellowship Endowment Funds, 2030 Chester Blvd., Richmond, Ind. 47374 or to other organizations she supported during her life.

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Claire Irene Muri

Claire Muri, 83, of Princeton, New Jersey, died March 22, 2014 at Acorn Glen-ALR in Princeton.

Born and educated in Montreal, Canada, she was a Princeton resident for the past 51 years. She graduated from the Hotel Dieu of the Hospital School of Nursing, Montreal, Canada, and earned a degree in Registered Nursing. During her career she worked at the Canadian Cancer Society in Montreal and various nursing positions in the Princeton area.

She was the wife of the late Roland Albert Muri.

She is survived by son Daniel and his wife Denise, of Liestal, Switzerland; daughter Michelle and her husband, Ward Sloane, of Washington, D.C.; son Pierre and his wife Gail, of Burlington, Connecticut; and a daughter Monique, of New York, New York.

She was the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren: Acacia, Luke, Rebekah, Kevin, Luca, Alexa, Lindsay, and Mike. She was blessed with a great granddaughter, Prescilla Mary-Claire Van Wyk, born to Acacia and her husband JP Van Wyk, of London, England.

One sister, Gisèle Poulin, of Montreal, Canada, also survives her.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey. The mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Interment will be private at the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Inc., 200 Southeast First Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida, 33131 (800-473-4636 or www.parkinson.org).

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Obit Pickering 3-26-14Donald Albert Pickering

Donald Albert Pickering, a former long-time Princeton resident, passed away in Palm Beach, Florida on March 2, 2014.

Donald was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts. He attended The North Shore Country Day School and graduated from Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts in 1939. Don, as he was known, graduated from Tufts University in 1943 and Tufts Dental School in 1946.

He served in the United States Naval Reserves, Dental Corps from 1946 to 1949 in Korea and the Philippines.

Prior to moving to Palm Beach, Don was a founding partner of the Princeton Dental Group. He was also a Dental consultant to Princeton University.

He was a member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club and The Nassau Club in Princeton, New Jersey, The University Club in New York City, The Bath and Tennis Club and The Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Florida. He was also a member of The Edgartown Reading Room in Martha’s Vineyard.

He is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Pickering Bossidy and son-in-law Bruce Haig Bossidy of Palm Beach, Florida; his son Donald Albert Pickering of London, England; and a grandson, Stuart Pickering of White Plains, New York. He is also survived by his wife, Susan Trowbridge Pickering.

A private service was held at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida.

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March 19, 2014

Obit Ullman 3-19-14Richard H. Ullman

Richard H. Ullman died on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Park Place Center acute care facility in Monmouth Junction, ending a 20-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He had lived in Princeton since 1965, retiring from Princeton University as the David K. E. Bruce Professor Emeritus of International Affairs in 2002.

Richard was born in 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Frances Oppenheimer Ullman and Jerome Ullman. His father died when he was 11, and he and his mother and sister moved back to her home in San Antonio, Texas. His Texas ancestors were two German-Jewish families, the Kempners of Galveston, and the Oppenheimers of San Antonio, who had settled in Texas in the mid-19th century.

Richard’s undergraduate degree was from Harvard, where he served as editorial page editor of The Harvard Crimson. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1955 and went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford, influenced by the work and friendship of George Kennan, he pursued a DPhil degree, writing a thesis that ultimately became a 3-volume study, Anglo-Soviet Relations, l917-1971. At Oxford, he met and married his first wife, Yoma Crosfield. They had two daughters, Claire and Jennifer.

In 1960 Richard returned to Harvard to teach government and public administration. He was recruited to Princeton University and the Woodrow Wilson School in 1965 as professor of politics and international affairs. Throughout his career, he blended scholarship and teaching with active participation in world affairs, serving as a staff member on the National Security Council (1967), member of the Policy Planning Staff of the department of defense (1967-68), member of the Policy Planning Staff and director of the Kosovo history project in the department of state (1999-2000).

His career also included a long relationship with the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was director of studies and director of the 1980s project (1973-79). He served on the New York Times Editorial Board in 1977-78 and as Editor of Foreign Policy (1978-1980).

In 1983 he married Gail Filion, then social science editor at Princeton University Press. With her, he returned to Oxford in 1991-92 as George Eastman Visiting Professor.

Dick’s friendships with many of his students persisted throughout his life. Through them, he felt, he made his most lasting contribution to the scholarship and practice of politics and international affairs. He continued to write—op eds, articles, books, letters of recommendation — until he could no longer use a pen or computer.

Much as he loved to write, Dick also loved to talk — which he did, uninhibited by the stutter that besieged him from childhood. The stutter was exacerbated by the relentless effects of the Parkinson’s Disease that was first diagnosed in 1992 and which finally silenced him.

In addition to Gail, Dick leaves behind his daughters, Claire Ullman (Robert Kasdin) and Jennifer Ullman (John Curtin); his stepdaughter Christine Orman (Dan); stepson Victor Filion; and 6 grandchildren — Abigail, Jonathan, and Rachel Kasdin; Alexander and Evan Filion; and Connor Orman.

A memorial service will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests that friends may make a donation in Dick’s memory to: Ashoka, Innovators for the Public, 1700 North Moore Sreet, Suite 2000, Arlington, Va. 22209 (www.ashoka
.org) or the Parkinson Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, New York, N.Y., 10018 (support.pdf.org).

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

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Obit Chambers 3-19-14William Scott Chambers

William Scott Chambers, 92, of Plantation, Fla., formerly of Princeton Junction and Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

William graduated from the Pennsylvania Nautical School in 1941. During World War II, he served as an officer in the United States Merchant Marine seeing service in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean-Middle East war zones beginning as a Third Mate and rising to Master of the SS Charles J. Folger (Liberty Ship # 517). After the end of World War II, he attended MIT graduating in 1950. In 1950, he became treasurer and traffic manager for the Cuban American Terminal Company in Havana, Cuba. Later, he was the operations manager for the United Fruit Company in Havana.

In 1960, he took a position in New York as operations manager of the Amerind Shipping Company owned by the Hans Isbransen Company. During the early years of the Vietnam War, he was general manager for ship and terminal operations for U.S. Bulk Carriers a position that required extensive foreign travel in support of the U.S. armed forces. In 1967, he worked as a marine consultant for Coverdale and Colpitts spending a year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He returned to New York in 1970 as general operations manager of Amerind Container Services.

In 1971, he joined the Maritime Administration Eastern Region Headquarters in New York as a ports and inter-modal development officer. Later, he became director of the Maritime Administration South Atlantic Region in Norfolk, Virginia, a position that was responsible for the development of a 30 ship Ready Reserve Fleet that was used to transport equipment and supplies in support of the U.S. armed forces during the Gulf War. He retired in 1992 after almost 22 years in the Maritime Administration.

He was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution, George Washington Chapter in Alexandria, Virginia and the MIT Alumni Association. A complete biography is available from the Library of Congress Veterans History Project www.loc.gov/vets.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 41 years, Gloria Ann Freda Chambers and his brother, Thomas Wallace Chambers as well as his parents Henry Grafe Chambers and Mary Ann McCauley Chambers.

William was the loving father of Kathryn Chambers Torpey and her husband, Joseph, of Alexandria, Va,; Cynthia Scott Chambers (formerly Rosenbaum) of Plantation, Fla.; and cherished grandfather of Allison Leigh Baker and husband, Jeff, of New York City, N.Y., and Marissa Ann Rosenbaum of Plantation, Fla. He is also survived by his devoted niece JoAnn Chambers Smith Skinner and husband, Robert, of Reston, Va.; his brother-in-law, Eugene G. Freda of West Trenton, N.J.; and his sister-in-law, Florence Clark Chambers Smith of Millsboro, Del.; as well as a host of other relatives including cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from noon until 1 p.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542, with a service commencing at 1 p.m. Inurnment will be in the family plot at Princeton Cemetery.

Extend condolences and remembrances at TheKimble
FuneralHome.com.

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Vincent R. Gregg, Jr.

Vincent R. Gregg, Jr., 93, of Princeton died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident of Princeton. He retired in 1983 after 35 years at Princeton University as director of printing, mailing and alumni records. A World War II Army veteran, he was a medical corpsman and a member of American Legion Post #76. He was a member of Princeton United Methodist Church.

Son of the late Vincent R. Gregg, Sr. and Florence (Smith) Gregg; predeceased by his wife Marjorie (McGovern) Gregg, and his sister Lillian Gregg; he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law Sharon Norris, and Nancy and Allan Servi; sister-in-law Elizabeth Petrozzini; three grandchildren Juliane Servi, Gregg Servi and Scott Norris; long time caregiver Elizabeth Sibert; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Department of New Jersey.

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Sarah Campbell Coale

Sarah Campbell Coale, age 96, died on March 8, 2014 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, “Sue” was born in Brooklyn on June 9, 1917, grew up on Staten Island, and attended George School and Goucher College, where as president of her sorority she integrated her chapter. She majored in philosophy and went on to graduate school at UCLA, but in 1941 left to marry Ansley J. Coale, then a graduate student in economics at Princeton University. World War II found them in Arlington, Mass., where she bore two sons, Ansley Jr. in 1942 and Robert Campbell Coale in 1944.

In 1947, she followed her husband to Princeton, where he spent the entirety of his academic career. His work entailed an astonishing amount of travel, and by the end of his career Sue had visited dozens of countries and hundreds of museums and artistic monuments, art being one of her deepest pleasures. She served for years as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum. Another of her deep pleasures was providing a social context for the many foreign visitors to, and students at, Princeton’s office of population research. This included uncountable dinner parties hosted with genuinely concerned attention to the comfort and ease of persons far from their homes.

Sue was connected for many years with the Mercer County Child Guidance Center. She was Chairman of the Trustees of the Princeton Public Library in the 1960s during the design and construction of the building on Witherspoon Street. She also served for many years on the Board of George School, where she was largely responsible for integrating the student body.

Her friends and family remember keenly her unfailing selfless goodness, her empathetic kindness, and her bountiful grace.

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Obit Mohr 3-19-14Gerard Robert Gunther-Mohr

Bob Gunther-Mohr died peacefully on March 13, 2014 at his home at Princeton Windrows. Born on June 8, 1922 in Montclair, New Jersey, he graduated from Yale University in 1944, served in the Army working on the Manhattan Project, and received his doctorate in physics from Columbia University in 1954.

He worked in research and management at IBM for 30 years. He was a member of Sigma Xi, the Old Guard of Princeton and the Nassau Club. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lee; his children, Carol and John; and his grandchildren, Paul, Mark, Eliza and Phoebe. His son, Rob, predeceased him in 2012. He is remembered as a scientist and a loving husband and father who took great interest in his community and the world.

A private service will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton. Donations in his name can be made to The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Inc., 123 East Hanover Street, Trenton, N.J. 08608.

 

 

March 12, 2014

Mary Ann Jensen

The Rev. Mary Ann Jensen, deacon in the Diocese of New Jersey, died Tuesday, March 4, in the Princeton Care Center, after an extended illness.

Mary Ann was born on November 24, 1936, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Danish immigrants, Anna Marie and Marinus C. Jensen. At a very young age, she felt called to a life in the theater and to a life in prayer. When just a little girl, she wrote plays, which she and her friends performed in a theater constructed by her father, while her mother taught her to pray while she was still sleeping in a crib.

Mary Ann earned a bachelor of arts degree with a major in theater from Milwaukee-Downer College (Lawrence University) in 1958 and did graduate work in theater at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked in professional theater from 1958-1960 and was assistant director of the Wisconsin Center for Theater Research from 1963-1966. From 1966 until her retirement in 2000, she was curator of the William Seymour Theater Collection in the Princeton University Library. She served on the editorial board of the Princeton University Library Chronicle. She was the author of numerous publications on the subject of theater history, including “From Strolling Players to Steven Spielberg: 100 Years of a Theatrical Family,” and was president of the Theater Library Association. She maintained her interest in professional theater and, in December 1978, produced and directed Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in the theatre of Princeton University’s Wilson College. She was co-curator of the 1995 exhibition in Princeton’s Firestone Library titled “Oscar Wilde: A Writer for the Nineties,” which celebrated the centenary of two Wilde plays, The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband.

Mary Ann was accepted into the formation program for the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey in 1977 and was ordained in 2001. As deacon, she worked with those suffering from addiction, facilitated a bereavement group, worked in food pantries and soup kitchens, assisted in a crisis ministry, and served as a hospital chaplain. She served as associate archivist of the diocese and as a member of the Diocesan Committee for Episcopal Recovery Ministries. She served as deacon at All Saints’ Church Princeton from 2004 until her death. At All Saints’, she offered pastoral care to parishioners, served as a liturgical associate for services, was a member of the Outreach Committee, the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Committee, the Liturgy and Music Committee, and represented the church as a board member of Princeton Community Housing. She served as the church archivist, was responsible for Lay Eucharistic Ministries, and was a home and hospital visitor.

Mary Ann’s special interests were liturgics, the ballet, music, church history, and nineteenth-century theater history. She was a discerner in the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, a group of approximately 700 women, members of the Anglican Communion, called to live individual lives under a rule of intercessory prayer, thanksgiving, and simplicity of life. Companions pray and act with intentional concern for three themes: the unity of all God’s people, God’s mission in the world, and social justice. She was to have been admitted as a Companion on Saturday, March 8.

Mary Ann is survived by her church family, her many friends and colleagues, and the Companions of the Holy Cross.

Funeral services will take place at All Saints’ Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 13. Interment will take place in the Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, and a reception in the church will follow. Memorial donations may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton N.J. 08540, or to the charity of your choice.

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

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Ruth Meyrowitz Shaw

Ruth Shaw passed away peacefully on Monday, March 3, 2014. Ruth was born November 17, 1923 in Englewood, N.J. She was a graduate of New Rochelle High School, where she was a drum majorette, and Lasell Junior College. In 1945, she married her high school sweetheart Don Shaw. Together they raised three daughters in Princeton. They retired to Sarasota, Fla. in 1989, and after Don’s passing in 2007, Ruth settled at Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pa.

While living in Princeton, Ruth enjoyed playing golf with Don and their wide circle of friends at Springdale Golf Club. Ruth enjoyed the ever-present challenge of improving her game, the friendly competition, and most of all, the fun-loving and lively group of dear friends with whom she bonded over the years. Everywhere she lived, Ruth befriended her neighbors, who became life-long friends.

Ruth had a good sense of humor and an active mind. She enjoyed a variety of activities including Shakespeare class, Bible study, and excursions to museums and concerts.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

Ruth is pre-deceased by her husband Don, and sister Dorothy Hawley. She is survived by daughters Nancy Norland (husband Rick) of Titusville, Susan Shaw of Novato, Calif., and Sandy Shaw of Hailey, Idaho; and two grandsons, Mike Norland of San Francisco, Calif. and Sam Strong of Hailey, Iaho.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dial Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 953, Sarasota, Fla. 34230, or to the charity of your choice.

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Obit Willis 3-12-14Edna W. Willis

Edna W. Willis, 84, died on March 1, 2014. She was born in Atlanta, Ga. on June 24, 1929 to her parents, Gladys Galloway and Emmett Guthrie. 

Edna was employed in the accounting department at the Princeton Medical Center. She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton for many years where she served as treasurer and was for a time, the president of the Women’s Alliance. Edna was a very accomplished quilter, and enjoyed traveling and gardening. She and her husband lived in Princeton for forty years and the past ten years at the Stonebridge Retirement Community in Montgomery.

Edna is survived by her husband of nearly 57 years, Sidney L. Willis; her two sons and their wives, John and Patricia Willis of Jacksonville, Fla., and Robert and Suzanne Willis of Ridgewood, N.J.; two grandchildren, Ryan Willis and his wife Cheri of Charlottesville, Va, and Sarah Willis of Brooklyn, N.Y. She was predeceased by her sister and brother.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on April 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, located at 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, N.J., 08540.

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Obit Weatherley 3-12-14John Swan Weatherley

John Swan Weatherley, 62, passed away peacefully at his home in New Canaan, Connecticut, on March 5, 2014. Formerly a resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut for 23 years, John was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Born in 1951 in Greenwich, Connecticut, John is survived by his wife, Susan Weatherley. He leaves his children James Simpson, Jebb Atkinson, Zoe Smith, and Noel Miller along with five grandchildren and three sisters. His parents, now deceased, were Jack and Ruth Weatherley of Bridgewater, Connecticut.
John graduated from Dartmouth College where he received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in anthropology. A life-long learner, John continued his studies at Princeton University where he attended graduate school and earned an M.S. in anthropology. John was a Fulbright Scholar and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity. His interests included the study of cultures, which led him to France where he attended the Universite Paris Sorbonne and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes.

From 1978 to 1989, he was owner of Weatherley Building Company in Princeton. John went on to serve as Managing Owner of Berwick Land Corporation of New York from 1989 to 2006. For more than 40 years, John served as an active member of The Gurdjieff Foundation of New York.

Aside from his service to others, friends will remember John’s generosity, his spirit for life, and his love of nature and the arts. As a couple, John and Susan enjoyed traveling and spent much of their time in Nantucket, Massachusetts and Rockport, Maine.

In celebration of John’s life, a memorial service is planned for the spring.

Charitable contributions may be made under John’s name to: Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, N.Y. 10001-5004, (212) 679-6800; or Coastal Mountains Land Trust, 101 Mt. Battie Street, Camden, Maine 04843, (207) 236-7091.

 

March 5, 2014

Obit Haitch 3-5-14Richard W. Haitch

Richard W. Haitch, 94, a former reporter, copy editor, and news columnist for The New York Times, died February 27 from complications of congestive heart failure.

Mr. Haitch joined the newspaper in 1952 and by the time he retired in the 1993 he had been there longer than almost anyone else. A copy editor on the metropolitan desk, he also wrote a column called “Follow Up on the News,” which appeared each week on Sunday. He would report on interesting developments of previously covered stories.

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, he spent his early childhood there before the family moved to New York City. He worked as a bank teller during the Great Depression, then volunteered for the Air Force during World War II. He received the Purple Heart.

After the war, Mr. Haitch went to Columbia Journalism School on the G.I. Bill. Before being hired by The Times, he worked for other newspapers in New York and in Santa Barbara, California. Later on, concurrent with his work at The Times, he ran a consulting firm that helped magazines improve their content and design.

While living in New York, he met Audrey Miller, a reporter for United Press International. After they were married, they moved to Montgomery Township, where they raised three sons, all of whom attended Princeton Day School. Mr. and Mrs. Haitch wrote a number of articles together on life in the Princeton area.

As he described it, some of his best work began after his retirement from journalism when he took up volunteer prison ministry. He was active in this ministry up to the month of his death at age 94.

He went into Mercer County Correctional Center and other prisons each week, often three times a week, to lead Bible studies and to counsel men there. He also worked with local churches to encourage their members to consider volunteer prison work, and eventually he and some co-workers started Jericho Ministries.

Mr. Haitch is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Nancy of New York City, Russell and Judith of Richmond, Indiana, and Frederick of Nashville, Tenn.; a granddaughter Abigail; and a sister, Dorothy Young, of Mountain View, California.

A funeral service will be held at Stone Hill Church of Princeton (formerly Westerly Road Church), 1025 Bunn Drive, on Thursday, March 6, at 2 p.m.

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Obit Cohen 3-5-14Marion Cleveland Cohen

Marion Cleveland Cohen, of Tamworth, New Hampshire and formerly of Baltimore, Maryland, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on February 21 from injuries sustained in a fall. She was 87.

Known for her captivating charm and elegant style, Marion was the daughter of Francis Grover Cleveland and Alice Pardee Erdman. Her maternal grandparents were Charles R. Erdman, a Presbyterian minister, and Estelle Pardee of Princeton. Her paternal grandparents were former president Grover Cleveland and first lady Frances Folsom Cleveland.

Marion was born in Belmont, Massachusetts, and moved with her parents to New York City where she graduated from Friends Seminary before attending Smith College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. While in New York, she studied acting and modeling before settling into a career in the travel business. Her work took her throughout Europe where she met her husband, Fred Cohen, president of the Alfred Cohen Travel Agency. They married in 1968 and settled in Rome.

When her husband retired in 1973, the couple moved to Baltimore where Marion was an active volunteer for Planned Parenthood and the Baltimore Zoo as well as the annual Smith College Book Sale. She was an energetic and generous supporter of a number of causes and organizations, particularly those that championed the rights of animals, the environment, and a woman’s right to choose.

Marion was a lively hostess and an inspired cook as well as an accomplished seamstress and formidable tennis foe. In Baltimore, she was a regular attendee at the opera and subscriber to Center Stage.

In 2008, Marion moved to Tamworth, New Hampshire, where her parents had founded The Barnstormers Theatre in 1931 and where she had spent many summers. There she folded easily into the fabric of year-round village life as an active patron and solicitor for The Barnstormers and friend to many of the town’s roughly 2800 residents.

Marion was known for her quick wit, intelligence, and definite opinions. She learned, but happily avoided, the computer. She adored her cats. She had a distinct mix of chic and flair, whether sporting a classic Pendleton jacket or her turquoise, flowered cowboy boots, or driving through town in her custom-painted, neon-yellow Subaru. She could equally enthrall a garage full of her favorite mechanics or a roomful of potential theater patrons. Her stories were legend, and she never failed to remark on how lucky she was to have lived a life as rich with friends, family, travel, and opportunities.

Marion is survived by her step-son, Livio Cohen and his wife Simonetta and two step-grandchildren, Chiara and Ricardo Cohen, numerous dear friends and cousins, including Ann Cleveland Robertson of Baltimore, Md.; Thomas Cleveland and Elaine Cleveland of Tamworth, N.H.; Frances Cleveland and Christopher Igleheart of Boston and Portland, Oreg.; George Cleveland of Tamworth, N.H.; and Margaret Cleveland of Portland, Maine. Donations in her honor may be sent to The Barnstormers Theatre, P.O. Box 434, Tamworth, N.H., 03886. A memorial service is planned for summer.

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Michael L. LaFauci

Michael L. LaFauci, 91, of Princeton, passed away on Thursday, February, 27, 2014 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in New Haven, Conn., he lived in Irvington, N.J. before moving to Princeton 42 years ago.

Michael was a supermarket manager for 25 years. He left to work as Head of Security for Franklin State Bank (Bank of America) including the armored car division. Later on, he was promoted to director of operations where he managed several departments before his retirement in 1990.

Mr. LaFauci was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving during World War II from 1942 to 1944.

In his leisure time, he was an avid fisherman and enjoyed cooking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Sadie LaFauci, brothers Angelo and Albert, sister Lillian DiMartino and a nephew Robert LaFauci.

Michael is survived by his beloved wife, of 42 years, Gratina A. Zoccola LaFauci; 3 sons and daughters-in-law; Michael and Donna LaFauci, Jr., Thomas M. and Sonia LaFauci, Gerald and Donna Watko; a daughter Michele Wagner; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Donna Zoccola Soultoukis and her husband Dimitrios; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will begin on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton at 9 a.m. followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Interment will be in St. Paul Catholic Church’s Cemetery.

Visiting hours are on Wednesday, March 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army N.J. Division, PO Box 3170, Union, N.J. 07083 (donate.salvationarmyusa.org), or Health Care Ministry of Princeton, PO Box 1517, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

You may extend condolences and remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralhome.com.

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Obit Wright 3-5-14Benjamin M. Wright

Benjamin M. Wright passed away at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, in Needham, Mass. on February 24, 2014 at the age of 87.

Ben is survived by Lieske, his loving wife of 55 years. He is dearly remembered by his four children, Donald A. Wright (and his wife, Ellen DeVoe) of Newton, Mass.; Steven B. Wright (and his wife, Joanne) of Cumberland, R.I.; Marjanneke N. Wright (and her husband Ted Yoos) of Waltham, Mass.; and Susan P. Bodor (and her husband Laszlo Bodor) of Lynchburg, Va.; his eleven grandchildren and four sisters; Emily Metz of Ithaca, N.Y.; Priscilla Smythe of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; Marcia Wright of New York, N.Y. and Sunapee, N.H.; and Janet Schreiber of Madison, Wis. and Denver, Colo.

Ben was born on July 21, 1926 to the late Donald K. Wright and Frances N. Wright in Jackson Heights, N.Y. Ben graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1943 and attended Yale University. He left Yale to serve two years in the Army in Italy and the Philippines during World War II and returned to graduate with a BA in history in 1949. After college, Ben attended medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating in 1953. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and an internship in Rochester N.Y. He joined the Princeton Medical Group in 1957. In 1958, Ben married Elize (“Lieske”) Poestkoke. He served the Princeton community as a primary care physician for 28 years. During that tenure he served as director of resident training at Princeton Hospital for five years, and as director of the Merwick Nursing Home Unit. Dr. Wright’s philosophy and practice of medicine was broad and humanistic. He considered each of his patients in the continuum of their lives and honored their niche in the community. He loved working with his patients and helping to solve their problems. Many of his former patients and colleagues recall the old-style personal care, which Dr. Wright provided, in his office, in the hospital and on many house calls. One of Dr. Wright’s greatest achievements was conceiving of, and establishing in 1966, Princeton Hospital’s Home Care Program, the first home care program in the region to which he contributed his services on a pro bono basis. Home health care, while an integral part of our healthcare system now, was a new concept at the time that fit well with Dr. Wright’s philosophy of holistic care. Princeton’s program met an essential need in the community, grew quickly and continues to thrive today. Ben retired from private practice in 1985 to join Princeton University Health Services. At Princeton, he served as the founding director of the University’s new occupational health program, which he oversaw for nine years until he retired in 1994.

Ben was active in the Princeton community in many ways including his membership in the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church and then the Unitarian Church where he pursued his love of music as a member of the church choirs. Dr. Wright was an avid history buff and enjoyed learning about and sharing the stories of the many notable figures and events of U.S. history connected to Princeton. Due to his interest in Paul Robeson, the African American scholar, athlete, singer, and actor who was born in Princeton, Ben organized a community-wide celebration of Robeson’s 75th birthday in 1976.

Ben was dedicated to his family and always made a point to be home for dinner, despite typically having to return to the hospital to complete rounds in the evening. He took great interest in his children’s activities, often attending rehearsals of concerts or musicals in addition to the final performances. Ben, an Eagle Scout, himself, served on Princeton Troop 43’s leadership committee for several years during his sons’ tenure as scouts. He was proud that both his sons also reached the rank of Eagle Scout. Ben organized bi-annual family “road trips” covering some section of North America or Europe, always featuring a healthy dose of history as well as camping and outdoor adventures.

In 2011, Ben and Lieske moved from Princeton to the North Hill Retirement Community in Needham, Mass. to be closer to family.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at First Parish in Needham Unitarian Universalist, 23 Dedham Avenue, Needham, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Wright’s memory may be made to Princeton Hospice and Home Care, a unit of Princeton Health Care Systems, at 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Suite 202, Princeton, N.J. 08550, or online at Princetonhcs.org.

Remembrances of Ben and condolensces may be offered online at www.Memorialwebsites.Legacy.com.

 

 

February 26, 2014

Obit Young 2-26-14Dionir Young

Dionir Young, 91, died on January 1 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. She was born on June 22, 1922 in Belem do Para, Brazil, the daughter of Maria Jose Alves de Souza and Eleuterio Vicente Gomes.

Dionir was educated as an elementary school teacher, but instead joined Pan Air do Brasil to become the first flight attendant in Brazil in 1944. She and Jordan M. Young met at the beach outside Belem but lost touch when he returned to the U.S. to join the Army during World War II. She came to New York City after the war and they married in Princeton in 1952, where Jordan was in graduate school.

After a few years living in Rio de Janeiro and Venezuela, Jordan began a long career as a history professor in New York City. Dionir and Jordan settled in Princeton, New Jersey where they raised their son Jordan M. Young II. She was active in the Princeton Y, organizing their international festivals, and in hosting Latin American students studying at Princeton University. She was a long-time volunteer at the Princeton Hospital and the mainstay of the Princeton Circulo Hispano-Americano. She was a magnificent hostess, turning the dinner party into an art form. In 2013, Di and Jordan moved to an assisted living apartment at Eastview in Middlebury, Vermont to be near their son and daughter-in-law.

Dionir is survived by her husband Professor Jordan M. Young of Middlebury; her son Jordan M. Young II and daughter-in-law Margaret Levine Young of Cornwall; two grandchildren; her sister Maria do Ceu Ribeiro Lopes of Rio de Janeiro; and numerous nieces and nephews in Brazil. A memorial service was held at Eastview, and a memorial concert will be held in Princeton in the late spring. Donations may be made in her name to the Arthritis Foundation, 1330 W. Peachtree Street, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30309 or www.arthritis.org.

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Obit Dimock 2-16-14Dirck Llyod Dimock

Dirck Lloyd Dimock, 83, formerly of Mass., passed away at West Park Hospital’s Long Term Care Center in Cody, Wyo, on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Dirck was born on June 23, 1930 in Braintree, Mass. to parents Stuart and Helen Wood Dimock. Early in his life his father thought it would be a good idea to move the family to a goat farm. Dirck did not like goats nor the chores associated with them, although he remembered what kind of goats they were. Dirck had two brothers, Bruce and Alan. The children were raised on goat’s milk, which Dad always said gave him immunity to poison ivy.

Dirck dealt with the challenges of fairly severe dyslexia in his youth. He tells a story of holding a book upside down in front of him when his father came into the room. His father assumed that young Dirck had hastily picked up the book to cover up something he shouldn’t have been doing, so he asked him to read it to him. Dirck proceeded to read the book to him without apparent problem — he didn’t even know that he was holding the book upside down.

When higher education beckoned, he left for Antioch College where he met Shell, a Wyo. ranch girl named Anne Paton. They married in 1952. When they finished college, they moved to Baltimore, Md. so that Dirck could pursue his PhD at Johns Hopkins University. In Baltimore they started their family and named their first son, Allyn, after a favorite college professor. Lisa Shea was born a year and a half later.

With Dirck’s PhD degree in physics in hand the couple moved to Princeton. Christopher, their third child, was born there.

Dirck worked for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) for many years as a plasma physicist on a joint nuclear fusion project for Princeton and the federal government researching the feasibility of economical fusion power. He specialized in Thompson Scattering, the laser measurement of the speed of accelerated particles and in ruby laser set up and calibration. He became one of the world’s leading experts in this field, which led to numerous requests to travel as a visiting scientist to places like Germany, India and Japan. He even had an invitation to Novosibirsk, Russia, which he declined. He and the family spent the year of 1963 in Munich Germany where he worked as an exchange scientist at the Max Planck Institute. In the 1980s Dirck spent approximately five summers in Nagoya, Japan working with Japanese scientists on their nuclear power program.

Anne and Dirck divorced in 1974 but remained on amicable terms.

Work on fusion energy research consumed Dirck’s days until his retirement from PPPL in 1992, but modern dance and body work became a passion of his outside of the office. It was through this interest that he met Odile Rouquet in the late 1980s and the two became close. Odile has been a very important presence in his life since that time.

Dirck moved from Princeton to Hadley, Mass. shortly after his retirement. For almost 20 years he enjoyed the rural nature of the Berkshire mountains area of western Mass., only a few hours from his children and their families who resided in eastern Mass. for many years while Dirck was in Hadley.

After retiring, Dirck joined Princeton Scientific Instruments as a principal investigator, where he was involved in numerous projects. He also worked for Princeton Optical on occasional consulting projects. He learned to pilot a plane and obtained his private pilot’s license in order to be able to commute from Hadley to Princeton for consulting work. He divided his time between dance, science, and deep tissue body work, while making time for his children, grandchildren, Stephen (Caitlin) Dimock, Heather (Dustin) Rhodes, and Tyler Dimock, and most recently two great grandchildren, William Luke and Hayley Rowena Rhodes. Odile continues to visit regularly from her home in France.

In April 2013, after having been diagnosed in 2010 with Alzheimer’s, he moved to Cody to live with his daughter Shea. In November 2013 he moved to assisted living and then in December to long-term care as his disease progressed.

Ballard Funeral Home in Cody, WY is handling arrangements. An online memorial is available at www.ballardfh.com.

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Felicity Cope Roberts

Felicity Cope Roberts, 79, of Princeton died Monday, February 17, 2014 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Philadelphia she was a resident of Princeton for over 60 years. An artist and needlepoint expert, Felicity was a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. She volunteered her time and talent for the Princeton Hospital Fete, her artwork for the Princeton Day School Fair, and other Princeton Day School functions. Her artwork was utilized in the signs for the Bryn Mawr Book Sale and the lettering for the Barringer Medal of the Meteoritical Society. She was an alumni of Miss Fine’s School and Sarah Lawrence College.

Daughter of the late Thomas Pym and Elizabeth Wethered (Barringer) Cope, she is survived by her former husband Shepherd K. Roberts; son Oliver P. Roberts (Dena); three daughters Elizabeth B. Roberts, Anne R. Thorpe (Robert), Alison C. Emann (Michael); and four grandchildren Brook, Hope, Walter, and Bennett.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138.

 

 

February 19, 2014

Obit Dorf 2-19-14Ruth Kemmerer Dorf

Ruth Kemmerer Dorf died peacefully in her sleep on February 11, 2014 at 104 years old. Because she lived so long and because she loved so many, she had many friends and admirers.

Ruth was born in 1909 in Ithaca, New York, the only daughter of Edwin Walter and Rachel Kemmerer. The family soon moved to Princeton where her father took a position as professor of economics at Princeton University, which he held until his death. She often would tell stories of her childhood in Princeton — hitching her sled behind the horse drawn milk wagon, sleeping on a sleeping porch with her family on Fitzpatrick Road, and wheeling a parrot dressed up in doll’s clothes around the neighborhood. She attended Miss Fine’s School and the Walnut Hill School where she excelled, especially in athletics. Her father enrolled her in Wellesley College when she was born and, in 1928 she went to Boston and attended Wellesley where she majored in chemistry. (“Chemistry, Mom? What was fun about that?” “Well, I liked the way it made me think.”) She was very thankful for the education she received at Wellesley and was an active volunteer for the alumnae association throughout her life. In 2002, she attended her 70th reunion there with a few of her remaining classmates.

Her family traveled a great deal, and Ruth learned how to manage for herself at an early age and also how to change the rules. She would say “unless it’s illegal, when someone asks you to do something, do it and expose yourself to life.” That’s probably why she flew on one of the first commercial airlines coming home from a vacation in Boston and then told her parents that she had taken the train; or accepted her father’s graduation gift of going around the world on a rusty freighter with a close friend; or traveled wherever and whenever she could; be it alone or with her future husband, or her beloved brother, Don. It might have been why she decided to volunteer as the make-up artist at a community theater event where she met Erling Dorf, a young professor of geology at Princeton University, who was also acting in the production. The name of the production is long lost to history, but the meeting produced sparks and Ruth and Erling were married a couple of years later in 1934.

Ruth did what was expected of her as a young bride — cleaned house, learned to cook (“I couldn’t even boil an egg when I married your father”), and went to geology department socials, but she knew that life was more than that. As they started having children (Tom in 1936, Norm in 1938, Bob in 1941, and Molly in 1948), she threw herself into rearing her family. Ruth was devoted to her family and not only thought about how to care for them, but how to make life an adventure. At various times in their lives, the Dorf household had dogs, crows, magpies, a monkey, birds, a squirrel, and cats. One of Bob’s earliest memories is of his Mom bringing garter snakes to him in her golf bag after she played. She took him on her bike packed in the wicker basket during World War II, took the family West to follow Erling’s geology pursuits, enrolled them in swimming and tennis classes, took them ice skating on Lake Carnegie, and secretly cringed as her oldest, Tom, made his own airplane from a kit, or as her daughter, Molly, went to Africa for the summer. She reminded the kids that life was to be looked at straight on with a twinkle in your eye.

Whatever Ruth decided to do, she would do it with gusto: despite her earlier problems with food preparation, she became a very accomplished cook with a local reputation for good parties and great food. Ruth’s sense of humor as well as her love of people made her parties the talk of the town — people always had fun.

When she realized that all four kids were going to need braces and a professor’s salary was not going to stretch that far, she parlayed her love for baking into a cottage-industry baking and selling “Mrs. Dorf’s Homemade Rolls” often making, baking, and packaging as many as 80 dozen rolls a day. The kids got straight teeth.

Perhaps the greatest example of her wisdom was her response to son Tom’s death in 1958. Without any books to guide her, she pulled her family through the grief of his sudden loss by, again, looking at life straight on and teaching them all how to cope. She took a job as a snack bar manager at the local YMCA just so she wouldn’t be at home feeling sorry for herself. She never let the kids forget their brother, nor did she let them get morose about his passing.

People remember her as “always there,” friendly and warm — always easy with a hug — making homemade bread and rolls, filling the house with that comforting smell, easy with her laugh and her love, eager to hear about your adventures and not be judgmental if they didn’t work out. None of her children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren ever doubted that she loved them and loved them for who they were.

She was classy — knew how to set a table, how to dress for a dinner dance, but also knew how to fish the Yellowstone River. She could talk with all different kinds of people and always let them know she had listened. She was a world traveler — flew on the Concorde and visited all seven continents. She was a health nut who exercised and took vitamins until she was 98, but who had a secret passion for Thomas Sweet chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce, a great fondness for Jack Daniels whiskey, and an appreciation for an ice cold beer. She was funny, loving, refined (with a naughty streak), and always interested. She was resourceful when she had to be and generous when she could be.

It was good that Ruth lived for 104 years because she was still telling stories that many of her children hadn’t heard right up to her death. In the end, the span of time that she was here made her appreciate life even more and pass that enthusiasm on to whomever she met — and for this, the family will always be grateful.

She was preceded in death by her sons Tom (1958), Norm (2007), and her husband of 50 years, Erling (1984).

She is survived by her son, Bob; daughter, Molly; 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

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Obit_PirolloRaymond H. Pirollo

Raymond H. Pirollo of Springfield, formerly of Yeadon and South Philadelphia, died on February 16, 2014, at the age of 83. He was the former owner of Raymond Hair Stylist in Yeadon. Loving husband of Jeanne (nee Navo) Pirollo, father of Lana (Thomas) DelFera, Gina (Larry) Hookey and Raymond A. (Kimberly) Pirollo; also survived by 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, brother of Samuel Pirollo.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Thursday, February 20 at 11 a.m. at S.S. Simon and Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court (Routes 3 and 352), West Chester, Pa. 19382 where friends may call from 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church. Interment will be at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to EDEN Autism Services Foundation, 2 Merwick Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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Frederick Lamb Gilman

Frederick Lamb Gilman, 95, of Skillman, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on February 14, 2014. Born in Warrensburg, Illinois in January 1919, Mr. Gilman was a long time resident of Lawrenceville before moving to Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman.

Son of Lelia Lamb and George Gilman, he is survived by Ruth Sutherland Gilman, his wife of 66 years, children Joanna (William Strauss), Thomas (Jennifer Gilman), and Martha (Scott Yarberry) and his grandchildren, Grace and Quinn Gilman, and Aric and Neal Yarberry.

After completing his education at Millikin University and The University of Illinois, he entered the U.S. Navy Midshipman School at Northwestern University. During World War II he served one year as a Communication Officer on the staff of Admiral Nimitz followed by three years as a Gunnery Division Officer on the USS Salt Lake City, a heavy cruiser in the Pacific Theater.

He worked for the National Cash Register Company in the Marketing Division for 25 years and later as vice-president of information technology at Princeton Insurance Company.

He was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, Hopewell Valley Golf Club, The Old Guard of Princeton, The Nassau Club, and Scottish Rite. He became a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution, and other hereditary organizations based on ancestry, and he traced his earliest roots to Edward Gilman who emigrated from Hingham, England in 1638.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 1, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street Lawrenceville. Burial will be at the Illini Cemetery, Warrensburg, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

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Obit Newton 2-19-14Julia M. Newton (Weissenburger)

Julia M. Newton, 86, of Princeton passed away on February 15, 2014 at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Dover, N.J.

She married Albert J. Newton on June 7, 1952. She worked for the Princeton University library and geology department as a secretary before starting their family in 1955. She enjoyed growing flowers and working in her garden.

She is survived by a daughter Joan Walter of Deltona, Fla.; a son Timothy Weissenburger (Lynn) of Wharton, N.J.; a daughter-in-law of Lompoc, Calif.; three granddaughters Marissa, Paige, and Jesse all of Lompoc, Calif., and many dearly beloved friends.

She is pre-deceased by her husband and best friend Albert, a son James Weissenburger of Lompoc, CA, and a son-in-law Michael Walter of Deltona, FL.

The family would also like to express thanks to the Princeton Healthcare Ministry and volunteers for all of the help and kindness they gave to Julia and Albert during the past couple of years. It was greatly appreciated.

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Obit Lee 2-19-14Hsueh Yen Lee

Mr. Hsueh Yen Lee, of Princeton, passed away at the Somerset Medical Center on Feb. 9, 2014 at the age of 102. He was born into a rural merchant family of Hakka descent in Meshian, Kwongdong Province in southern China. When he was 15, he escaped apprenticeship as a tailor, and went to Nanking to attend high school, supported by his eldest brother, a military officer in the Nationalist Army. He was accepted into the Central Aviation Academy and became a Chinese Air Force pilot in 1934. In Kunming in 1938, he married Tzu-Ching Chang of Guanxian, Sichuan Province. From 1937-1945, he was a bomber pilot fighting against the invading Japanese forces during World War II. In 1943, as the commander of the first bomber group of the Flying Tigers, he led the successful bombing of the Japanese-held air field in Hsinchu, Taiwan. He was a highly decorated flyer and flew over 150 missions during his Air Force career. He survived two airplane crashes and went on to become a senior Air Force officer in China and then in Taiwan.

Retired from the (Nationalist) Chinese Air Force as a Lieutenant General in 1967 after serving as the superintendent of the Air Force Staff College, Mr. Lee began a second career as a professor in the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei, where he taught history for 17 years. In 1985, Mr. Lee and his wife moved to the U.S. to be closer to their five children. Mrs. Lee died in 1988. At the age of 90, Mr. Lee wrote his autobiography entitled Blue Sky and Flying Tigers: Memoir at Ninety. The book was recently re-printed in Taiwan as a part of the 70th anniversary of the Hsinchu bombing,

Mr. Lee is survived by his son, Wei-li Lee, and daughter-in-law, Linda Eckert Lee of Princeton, his grandchildren, Caryn Lee Farnum, Jason Lee, and Jessica Lee, formerly of Princeton, and their spouses, and his great-grandson Everett Jay Farnum; as well as his other children Sophie Yu of Baltimore, Shirley Chiou of Bridgewater, Chiawen Keh of Irvine, Calif., and Wei Ping Andrew Lee of Baltimore and their spouses, and ten other grandchildren, and four other great-grandchildren.

The viewing and funeral will take place in the J. M. Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction at noon on Saturday, February 22, 2014 followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery.

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 James Raymond Faus
James Raymond Faus, 88, of Princeton died peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Stonebridge of Montgomery, Skillman, New Jersey after a long illness.Raised in Denver, Colorado, he had resided in Princeton, New Jersey since 1959.

He graduated from Central High School in Washington, D.C. and matriculated at Princeton University. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served in both World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant and the Korean War in the Air Force, reaching the rank of Captain. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a BS in economics, class of 1950 and received his MBA from New York University in 1964.

Early in his career, Mr. Faus worked for IBM and RCA in various management positions. From 1964 to 1979 he worked for AMF in their world headquarters in New York City becoming director of corporate information systems in 1973. He founded Systrin Information Systems in Princeton in 1980 and in 1983 became VP and National Director of Information Systems Consulting for Hayes Hill Incorporated. Through the mid 1960’s and into the late 1970’s he was co-owner, along with his wife, Fleurette K. Faus, of Gallery 100 on Nassau Street in Princeton.

Mr. Faus was a long time member of Trinity Church in Princeton where he served as an usher on Sunday mornings and volunteered for their annual community rummage sale. For many years in retirement, he helped run workshops for Trinity’s outreach program, Jobseekers. He was a member of the Barnegat Light Yacht Club on Long Beach Island where he served as Commodore, Trustee, and long time Principal Race Officer.

An avid sailor of Lightning’s and Sunfish; he meticulously cared for his vintage cedar planked Barnegat Bay Garvey, Quahog. He enjoyed many summer days cruising the bay with family and friends. Later in life, he became a loyal Bedlington terrier owner and long walks were a daily routine. An avid Princeton University Tigers fan, he attended both alumni classes and sporting events throughout his adult years. Most of all, he was known and respected as a gentleman, committed husband, father, and grandfather.

Mr. Faus was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Fleurette K. Faus and his grandson, Nathaniel; he is survived by his four sons, Brad and his wife, Ginny, of Lakeville, Conn., Todd of Norwalk, Conn., David and his wife, Holly, of Baltimore, Md., and John of Rocky Hill, N.J. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Jamie, Cady, Libby, and John.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton.

Entombment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church Memorial Fund, 33 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J. 08542.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, N.J. 08690.

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Obit Brazzell 2-19-14Evelyn Beatrice Brazzell Turner

Evelyn Beatrice Brazzell Turner, age 90 of Princeton, passed away February 11, 2014 at Princeton Medical Center at Plainsboro. Born in Natchez, Miss., she was a graduate of Brunfield High School in Natchez in 1942. She was employed for many years at Miss Mason’s School and later the Mason Early Education Foundation.

She was the daughter of the late Katie L. Briscoe and Roy Brazzell, stepdaughter of the late Edward R. Briscoe, wife of the late Thomas T. Turner, sister of the late Thelma E. Jenkins, mother of the late Thomas Hillary, William Harrel, and Kenneth Earl Turner, grandmother of the late Anthony Ray Turner.

She is survived by two sons Barry C. Turner (Crystal) and Norman H. Turner (Taundra), daughter Evelyn Elaine Counts, three daughters-in-law Emma A. Turner, Kathryn Virginia Turner, and Ann H. Turner 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the Hughes Funeral Home 324 Bellevue Avenue in Trenton. Calling hours will begin at 10 a.m. and will last until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick, N.J.

February 12, 2014

Obit Heckscher 2-12-14Roxanne Sanossian Heckscher

Roxanne Sanossian Heckscher, age 87, died on December 18, 2013, at the University Medical Center of Princeton. A resident of Princeton for over 50 years, she will be remembered by family and friends for her rare combination of warmth and toughness, her keen and unabashed insights into human nature, her beautifully expressive brown eyes, and her selfless devotion to those she loved.

Roxanne was the daughter of Armenian immigrants who had fled genocide in their native Turkey to settle in the Bronx, in an enclave of refugees. Her parents’ formal education ended before they reached their teens. Roxanne graduated with a BA in English and Music from Hunter College in Manhattan.

Roxanne worked as a secretary in the State Department in Washington, D.C., before taking a secretarial position at The Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, where she was employed for over 30 years. There she met her future husband, the art historian William S. Heckscher, who died in 1999.

In 1962, when to be an unmarried mother was scandalous, Roxanne was forced to adopt her biological daughter, which she always felt to be punitive, unjust, and “ridiculous.” Roxanne officially changed their surnames to Forster, after her favorite author, bought a wedding ring at LaVake’s Jewelers, on Nassau Street, for $11, and left people guessing. Roxanne and her mother, Pailadzou, raised the child alone until she and William married in 1973.

Roxanne is survived by her daughter, Charlotte — who is so full of admiration for her mother — and by her grandchildren, Omar and Leila Moustafa, of Princeton; stepdaughters Diana Mitchell, of London, and Kathy Heckscher, of Amsterdam; and step-grandchildren, Andrew Mitchell, of Barcelona, and Fiona Mitchell, of London; son and daughter-in-law, Mahmoud Moustafa and Shaimaa Amin, and their son Ahmed, of East Windsor.

Interment will take place in West Tisbury, Mass., where Roxanne and William enjoyed many summers together.

Memorial donations may be made to the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad or to the charity of your choice.

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Obit Thayer 2-12-14Russell Thayer III

Russell Thayer III, former senior airline executive and decorated World War II pilot, died in the company of his family in his home in Princeton, New Jersey on February 5, 2014 after a long and memorable life.

Thayer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 5, 1922 to Russell Thayer, Jr. and Shelby Wentworth Johnson Thayer.

As a child, Thayer attended Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania. Then attended St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island in 1942 where he played football, basketball, and tennis. In the summers, he could be found sailing and racing speed boats on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks.

Determined to join the war effort, Thayer enlisted in the Army Air Corps immediately upon graduation from St. George’s School. He took command of a B-26 Martin Marauder, the infamous bomber commonly known as the “widow-maker,” and later a P-47 Thunderbolt. Thayer flew 143 missions: 98 bomber sorties in the B-26 and 45 fighter sorties in the Thunderbolt. A member of the 9th Airforce, 323rd Bomb Group, 453rd Bomber Squadron, Thayer flew in combat missions in Europe before D-Day, in support of the D-Day invasion, and throughout the Battle of the Bulge. He was highly decorated for his performance as a pilot, Captain and later as Group Commander. Thayer was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 11 Air Medals, the Belgian Fourragerre, and numerous other service medals.

Following the war, Thayer attended Princeton University where he studied history and rowed crew in the varsity 8-man shell. He also became a member of the Ivy Club. In June of 1947 he married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dercum Mifflin of Haverford, Pennsylvania. They resided in the university housing known as “The Barracks”. He graduated from Princeton in 1949, the day his first child, Elizabeth, was born.

With his abiding love for aviation, Thayer embarked upon a life-long career in aviation, as an executive with Eastern Airlines, American Airlines, and Seaboard World Airlines before becoming president, chief operating officer, and vice chairman of the board of directors at Braniff International Airways. It was on his watch that the artist, Alexander Calder decorated the Braniff fleet and the attire of the flight attendants was designed by Emilio Pucci. Eventually, Thayer moved to Pan American Airlines as senior vice president of operations. He was greatly respected among his peers in the airline industry and adored all aspects of aviation — his true passion. “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life,” was his oft-repeated maxim.

Following the death of his first wife, Lizzie, in 1994, Thayer married Susan Stover Soderman Thayer in 1997. They shared many happy years together in Princeton. Thayer is survived by his wife, Susan; his five children: Elizabeth Thayer Verney, R. Dixon Thayer, Samuel M. Thayer, Shelby Thayer Saunders and David A. Thayer; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren and six stepchildren; John F. Soderman, Peter D. Soderman, Paul S. Soderman, Sally Soderman Rabe, Jennifer Soderman Mahoney, and Polly Soderman Avignone; and eight step-grandchildren. All will remember him with great affection.

Private Funeral Services will be held at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either Princeton Senior Resource Center,45 Stockton Street Princeton, N.J. 08540 or Princeton Hospice, c/o Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, 3626 U.S. Route 1, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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Esther Dresner

Esther Dresner (née Halpern) died peacefully after a long illness at her home in Princeton on January 26, 2014, surrounded by those who loved her most.

A resident of Princeton for 54 years, Esther was born in Iasi, Romania on June 1, 1930, but passed most of her childhood years in Antwerp, Belgium. After the invasion of Belgium by the Germans on May 10, 1940, her family, after many adventures, reached the safety of Figueira da Foz, Portugal. A year later, her family arrived in New York City, her home throughout the rest of her youth. She attended George Washington University and the University of Michigan, specializing in French and Spanish literature. Throughout her life, she maintained a lively interest in languages, becoming literate in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian, and she very much enjoyed speaking with others in her various tongues. Because of her own immigrant history, she also interested herself in and considered herself a friend to all immigrants.

In 1957, she married Joseph Dresner, who had also grown up in Antwerp and whose life history mirrored her own. A treasured experience was a year living in Brazil in 1971-72 with her husband and their daughter, Lisa. Esther not only acquired a physical love of the country but made herself loved and appreciated by many people in the small city of São Carlos, forming affectionate relationships there that lasted throughout her entire life.

Esther was a long-time active member of the Princeton Jewish Center. For many years, she served as librarian of the Professional Roster, a local job clearing house for women, and worked as a volunteer at the Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill. In her later years, she took an active part in the programs of the Princeton Senior Resource Center, teaching English to recent Russian immigrants and participating enthusiastically in a support group.

Esther was a woman possessed of a refined sensibility as well as very strong ethical standards. She was a truly good person; indeed, it was impossible to even imagine Esther’s having a small-minded or mean-spirited thought. She truly loved people and had a quick perceptive understanding of who they truly were and knew how to bring out the best in them. She was much loved in return.

Preceded in death by her parents, Marcel and Clara Halpern, and her beloved brother, Frank Halpern, she leaves behind her husband of 57 years, Joseph Dresner, her daughter, Lisa M. Dresner, her sisters, Mimi Halpern and Judy Miller, and a large extended family of relatives and dear friends who miss her deeply.

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February 6, 2014

Lily Buchanan Agar

Lily Buchanan Agar died peacefully at home in Rocky Hill, N.J. on January 16, 2014 at age 93. Mrs. Agar, known to friends and family as Nan, was born in Trenton in 1920 to Malcolm G. Buchanan and Lily Butler. She attended Miss Fine’s School in Princeton, where she excelled at sports and was chosen May Queen. She went on to attend Smith College, graduating in 1942.

On graduation Nan married William Scott Agar, a neighbor from Princeton. When her husband was killed during World War II, Nan went on to raise her only child Raymond alone. She taught school before going to work at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study where she was the Historical Studies/Social Science librarian for nearly 30 years, retiring in 1984.

Nan loved sailing, tennis, skiing, and flying and was a serious horseback and dressage rider, beginning at age 9. She took her last independent ride at age 92. She loved animals, for many years raising German shepherd dogs. In addition she was a loyal Smith College alumna, participating in reunions and Smith book club meetings.

Predeceased by her husband and her son Raymond Scott Agar, Nan will be fondly remembered by a large circle of cousins, nephews, nieces, and devoted friends. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 pm, April 5, Trinity Church, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to SAVE Animal Rescue, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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OBIT Annarella James AnnarellaR. James passed peacefully in his sleep Monday January 27 at his home in Jupiter, Florida. He was 84. R. James was best known to his family and friends as “Jimmy”. Born in Little Silver, N.J., he attended Red Bank High School, St. Vincent Prep School in Latrobe Pa. and was a graduate of St. Vincent College ’52 in Latrobe. After college he married Elizabeth Bialon and began his career in the beer business working for his parents’ small distributorship, Shore Point Distributing Company in Little Silver. In his youth Jimmy enjoyed raising homing pigeons and sailing. He was an avid golfer with memberships to Bamm Hollow Country Club (Middletown N.J.), Hollywood Golf Club (Deal N.J.), Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club (Jupiter Fla.), and was a proud Founding Member of the Navesink Country Club (Middletown N.J.). For several years Jimmy raced thoroughbred horses for his own River Edge Stables. He held memberships in the Elks Lodge, the Knights of Columbus, The New Jersey Seniors Association, and was an Honorary Member of the PGA of America. He was an accomplished aviator and enjoyed many hours of flight aboard his Bonanza. Jimmy was an integral part in growing the family business into one of the largest wholesale beverage distributors in New Jersey. While at the helm of Shore Point Distributing Company, he served on the Executive Committee of the NJ Beer Wholesalers Association. Jimmy was a devoted Catholic and lifelong member of St. Anthony’s of Padua Church in Red Bank.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, James and Agnes Annarella. He is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth Annarella of Middletown, his brother, Vincent Annarella of Locust N.J., his longtime loving companion, Trudi Jensen of Jupiter Fla., his children, Elaine Annarella of Little Silver, Joan Annarella and Timothy Test of Cocoa Beach, Fla., James and Kelly Annarella of Skillman, N.J., and Michele Annarella and Jeffrey Rinn of Robbinsville, N.J. He was deeply loved by his grandchildren, Valerie and Christopher Burke, and Caroline and Brooke Annarella. He had two great-grandchildren, Bryanna and Ashley Schucker. His extended family includes niece Holly Annarella Boylan Flego, her husband, Ed Flego, their children, Michael and Cassidy Boylan, niece Sherry Annarella and a nephew, Vincent A. Annarella, an Aunt, Jennie Yanarella, a cousin, Douglas Yanarella, his wife Christine Yanarella and their children, Erin and Colleen. Forever in our hearts Jimmy, also known as, Sonny, Dad, Pop, Grandpa, Uncle Jim, and the Rock will be missed and loved by all who knew him.

Visitation will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank on Wednesday, February 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, February 6 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s of Padua RC Church on Friday, February 7 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in West Long Branch. Please visit James’ memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.

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F. Ida Perna

F. Ida Perna, 98, of Princeton, passed away suddenly at her residence on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Born in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, to Erminio and Concetta Nini, Ida came to the United States in 1950, settling in Princeton. She was a homemaker and communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church in Princeton.

Ida was predeceased by her beloved husband, Rocco Perna (2007), her daughter Rosina Sferra (2011), and her parents. She is survived by her son, Anthony J. Perna, with whom she lived, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 3, at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Ave., Princeton, followed by a funeral mass St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

She was laid to rest beside her husband at Princeton Cemetery.

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Obit SniderArnold H. Snider, III

Arnold H. Snider, III passed away Friday, January 3, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Arnie was 68 years old. Arnie was a loving husband, father and grandfather who not only achieved great success in his career on Wall Street, but was also a dedicated and tireless philanthropist.

Arnie began his career as a financial analyst specializing in pharmaceuticals at Kidder Peabody. During his seventeen years at Kidder, he established and led a recognized team of health care analysts, served as Head of the Healthcare Research Group as Managing Director, and as Chairman of the Stock Selection Committee. He was considered a highly successful analyst and “stock picker”, who selected to the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team in 1986 and 1987. He was also ranked as the leading pharmaceutical industry analyst by the Greenwich Research Poll.

Arnie moved to the field of asset management in 1988 when he joined Tiger Management, bringing his business acumen and deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry to his oversight of the firm’s global healthcare investments. In 1993, he founded Deerfield Management Company, which specialized in healthcare equities, and served as Deerfield’s Managing Partner until he formally retired in 2005.

During retirement, he utilized his business and financial skills to successfully advise on a number of important business and charitable projects. He served as a Chairman of the Board of N30, a small, privately owned pharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel drugs in diseases which currently have no cure. He also served as a trustee and as the Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Davidson College endowment, his alma mater where he was a champion of The Davidson Trust, committed to making Davidson accessible to all talented students regardless of their financial circumstances. While a Trustee, he created the Arnold H. Snider Scholarship, which provides full scholarships for two students in each class.

As important as Arnie’s professional accomplishments were, he was equally committed to a number of philanthropic endeavors. Arnie’s expansive knowledge of the healthcare industry and drug development provided a foundation for his philanthropic efforts in a number of areas of medical and scientific research, including geriatric medicine, spinal cord injuries, and lupus,

Along with his wife, Katherine, he endowed the Kate Mills Snider Geropsychiatry Outreach Program and Professorship Fund within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. They also established the Arnold and Katherine Snider Geriatric Fund at Princeton Hospital. Arnie also served as the Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and as Chairman of the Foundation’s Research Planning Committee.

In 2000, Arnie and his wife established Rheuminations, Inc. a foundation to support lupus research and develop educational programs for patients with lupus, through which they created The Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research at the Hospital for Special Surgery, a related Kirkland Scholar Program that has provided research grants to individual lupus investigators at academic institutions in the US and Canada, and an educational website for lupus patients. In 2003, they founded the Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium, Inc. to support the development of new therapies for lupus, which evolved into a multi-center lupus patient data base registry intended to support lupus research and related publications.

Arnie received his BA from Davidson College and an MBA from the University of Virginia School of Business.

Arnie was an avid reader of politics and history, and was devoted to classical music and to golf. He was a gentle, kind, and generous person whose friendships were defined by warmth and loyalty. Arnie deeply loved and took immense pride in his family. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, daughter, Sarah Kirkland Snider Mackey, son, Ned Snider, son-in-law, Steven Mackey, daughter-in-law Marina Greenstein Snider, three grandchildren, Jasper and Dylan Mackey and Simone Snider; his brother, Lewis Brittle Snider of McLean Virginia, and a nephew, Britt Arnold Snider of Chevy Chase, Md.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Arnie’s memory may be made to the any of the following charities: Arnold H. Snider Scholarship at Davidson College; the Kate Mills Snider Geropsychiatry Outreach Program (GO) at Wake Forest Baptist Health, or the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

January 29, 2014

Obit Rendall 1-29-14Kenneth M. Rendall Jr.

Kenneth M. Rendall Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on January 18, 2014. Ken was born in New Brunswick, N.J. on July 7, 1925 to Kenneth and Ruth Rendall. He was predeceased by his wife Lois in 2011.

Ken graduated from Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., a member of the Class of 1944. He lettered in football, wrestling, and track. His senior year football team went undefeated and he was inducted into the Peddie Athletic Hall of Fame.

Days after his graduation he joined the Navy and proudly served aboard LCS(L)(3)-42 as a 17-year-old signalman. His ship led amphibious landings at Brunei Bay in Borneo, as well as at Zamboanga, Basilan, Jolo, and Tawi Tawi in the Philippines earning two battle stars. Ken further served in the Naval Reserves until 1954. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1950.

He married Lois Welchman on May 1, 1954 and spent their honeymoon in South Harpswell, Maine. This began their lifelong visits to Maine. They spent summers at their family camp on Mooselookmeguntic Lake for over 30 years. While in Maine, he enjoyed fishing, hiking, taking his sons waterskiing, and perhaps most of all, peace and tranquility on the front porch.

Ken worked for Princeton University for nearly 20 years as their faculty housing director. Lois and Ken opened their home and hearts to many undergraduate students. After leaving Princeton, he joined Edmond Cook and Co., it later became Rendall-Cook and Co., until his retirement in 1990.

He was active in the Princeton community. He served for 27 years with the Princeton Housing Authority, including an extended stint as chairman. In addition, he was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church serving on their Building and Grounds Committee as well as an usher. He and Lois retired to Wiscasset, Maine in 1994 and joined St. Andrews Church in Newcastle. He also served for several years on the board of the Genesis Fund located in Damariscotta.

His enjoyment of sports was contagious. He would often spontaneously rally his sons’ friends for a pick-up game of football, basketball, or baseball. He was devoted to watching his three sons play sports and rarely missed a game. In retirement, Ken always looked forward to his Wednesday golf outings with friends.

Ken was extremely proud of his Scottish heritage and spoke at length to anyone who would listen of his connections to Scotland and the Orkney Islands.

He was a kind and gentle man who will be remembered as a good husband to Lois and a good father to his three sons. He will be missed.

He is survived by his three sons and their partners, Kenneth M. Rendall III and Deborah of Peapack, N.J., R. Keith Rendall and Julie of Wiscasset, Maine, and Craig H. Rendall and Lisa of Brunswick, Maine; his sister Virginia Reynolds of Montgomery, N.J. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Kyle, Sean, Talia, Stephanie, and Nicholas.

A memorial service will be held in April at St. Andrews Church in Newcastle, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken’s honor to: Miles & St. Andrews Home Health & Hospice, 40 Belvedere Road Damariscotta, ME 04543.

Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath, Maine. Condolences may be made online at www.Daiglefuneral
home.com.

Paula Margaret Morgan

Paula Margaret Morgan died January 22, 2014 in the Helene Fuld Trauma Center. A resident of Princeton for more than 50 years, Paula devoted her life to music, friends, and her church.

Paula was born on August 11, 1935 in Modesto, California. A scholar of music, she earned a BA from Mills College, an MA from Columbia University, and an MLS. from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked for Princeton University as a Music Librarian from 1964 until 2000. During her tenure, the Music Library evolved from dark stacks and cramped quarters in the basement of Firestone Library to the spacious Mendel Music Library in the Woolworth Center. This move also consolidated the Music Collection and the Music Listening Library into one patron-friendly collection and location.

In her professional life, Paula was an active member of the Music Library Association. She wrote approximately 150 articles for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, first edition (1980), and revised and updated most of them and added some new articles for the second edition (2000). Paula also co-curated an exhibition, “Il Caro Sassone: George Frideric Handel at Princeton,” that was on display from September 1999 through January 2000 in Firestone Library. A musician in her own right, Paula was a singer and played the clarinet and piano.

After retiring, Paula served as a volunteer for the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton and as a volunteer librarian in the Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. She sang in the Absalom Jones Inspirational Choir in Trinity Cathedral, Trenton. For the cathedral, she served as a lay eucharistic visitor and brought communion to the Mercer Geriatric Center. She also edited the cathedral newsletter. For many years, Paula worshipped at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Princeton, where she sang in the choir, served as a lay eucharistic minister and visitor, and was a member of the Liturgy and Music Committee. She served on the Vestry and was chair of the All Saints’ Organ Committee. In December 2012, Paula was admitted to the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, a group of approximately 700 women, members of the Anglican Communion, called to live individual lives under a rule of intercessory prayer, thanksgiving, and simplicity of life with intentional concern for the unity of all God’s people, God’s mission in the world, and social
justice.

Paula is survived by her sister, Laurie Karp, of Patterson, California, by the Companions of the Holy Cross, by her church family at All Saints’, by her friends Marlene Lynch and Carol Sassman, both of Lambertville, and by her friend of more than 40 years, the Rev. Deacon Mary Ann Jensen of Princeton, with whom she shared a home.

A celebration of Paula’s life will take place at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Interment will take place in the All Saints’ Trinity Cemetery, and a reception will follow in the church.

Memorial donations may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or to the charity of your choice.

January 22, 2014

Obit Hargadon 1-22-14Fred Hargadon

Fred Hargadon, who admitted a generation of students to Princeton University as dean of admission from 1988 to 2003, died at his home in Princeton on Wednesday night. He was 80.

Hargadon, who was once called “the dean of deans” by The New York Times, was a national leader in the field of college admissions. At Princeton, he was known for the personal attention he paid to each applicant and for his active engagement in the life of the campus. His acceptance letters were legendary for beginning with the single word “YES!” — a phrase now carved in stone in front of Hargadon Hall, the Whitman College dormitory named in his honor.

“Fred Hargadon was a legendary figure in the lives of thousands of Princetonians who will never forget the life-changing moment when they received his famed ‘YES!’ letter,” Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. “Fred’s standing as a national leader in the field of college admissions was well deserved. Princeton benefited greatly from the attention and care he paid to each application in shaping extraordinary classes for 15 years, and Fred built lasting relationships with those students through his enthusiastic engagement in campus life. I am happy that the beautiful Hargadon Hall stands as a testament to his tremendous impact on this University.”

Hargadon spent more than 35 years working in college admissions. He worked to make the admission process fair and equitable, and to demystify the often-stressful experience for students and parents. While Hargadon was at Princeton, the undergraduate student body became more diverse and the University adopted its landmark 2001 no-loan financial aid policy.

“Dean Fred,” as students called him, was appreciated on campus for his wisdom, wit, and energy.

“Fred Hargadon came to Princeton in 1988 as the dean of all admission deans, a reputation he enhanced significantly during 15 years of outstanding leadership at Princeton,” said former Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel, who led the search committee that recommended Hargadon and to whom Hargadon reported.

Malkiel continued: “From the Class of 1993 to the Class of 2007, he received — and read — some 207,900 applications, and he sent his signature ‘YES!’ letters to 17,400 lucky admits. When students matriculated at Princeton, he quickly demonstrated that he knew them personally and cared about them as individuals. He taught them to take the best advantage of their opportunities at Princeton, to treat their fellow students with respect and kindness, to believe in themselves and be confident about their abilities, to be humble, and to understand the difference between what was temporarily annoying and what was profoundly important.”

Before his retirement, Hargadon was selected to deliver the Baccalaureate address to the graduating Class of 2003.

“By no means is [a Princeton diploma] meant to certify that you are now a completely educated person,” Hargadon told seniors at the time. “Rather you should consider it as hard-earned evidence that Princeton now believes that you will be well prepared to continue to educate yourselves for decades to come.”

Even after Hargadon left his position, he remained part of the University community.

“He always had an enormous connection with the students, both the ones he admitted and the ones that followed,” said his son Andy Hargadon. “He was interested in their growth and development over the years. You could always count on him to be at some sporting or cultural event on campus each weekend.”

Prior to coming to Princeton, Hargadon was a senior officer at the College Board. He served as dean of admission at Stanford University from 1969 to 1984, and held the same position at Swarthmore College from 1964 to 1969.

His enthusiasm for and knowledge of college admissions made Hargadon a leader in the field. On his appointment to Princeton in 1988, he called admission “one of the most interesting jobs in a university.” A 1984 New York Times profile noted his license plate was simply “ADMITS.”

Hargadon spoke and wrote frequently on the subject of admission, including an essay in the 1989 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly that said: “One would gather from the mail we get each year that many people view the admission process either as totally mysterious or as easy and evident. In fact, it is neither. Instead, it is complicated and complex, and if it is to be done well, enormously time-consuming.”

Lisa Dunkley, a 1983 alumna who worked in the Office of Admission from 1988 to 1994, said Hargadon’s approach to admission was “all about the applicant.”

“Fred’s approach seemed right to me: Our responsibility was to pay very sharp attention to all details and to make the playing field as even as possible for everyone, from the child of itinerant migrant farm workers to the offspring of royalty, both real and conferred,” said Dunkley, who now works in the Office of Development. “Our job was to render a reasoned opinion about how well each student took advantage of whatever resources were at his or her disposal.”

Born in 1934 in Ardmore, Pa., Hargadon had a somewhat unconventional route to college admissions. He was among the first members of his family to go to college. After high school, he worked briefly for the Atlantic Refining Co. and the post office before serving in the Army for two years. He later graduated from Haverford College, and did postgraduate work at Harvard University and Cornell University. He began his career on the political science faculty at Swarthmore.

“For his colleagues, Fred was a source of great wisdom, not only about college admissions, but about the widest range of matters of educational policy,” Malkiel said. “He was a towering presence both in physical stature and in the friendship and counsel he gave so generously.”

Hargadon is survived by brothers Bernie and John, sisters Anne and Judy, sons Steve and Andy, and grandchildren Anna, David, Kate, Caroline, and Cody.

A campus memorial service is being planned for the spring. Donations in Hargadon’s memory may be made to Princeton or Stanford universities.

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Mary Thompson Wenzel

Mary Thompson Wenzel, 93, died in her sleep on December 26, 2013 at her home in Venice, Florida. From 1959 to 1980 she was a Princeton resident. Mrs. Wenzel was born in Towanda, Pa., and grew up in Bronxville, N.Y. She attended the Emma Willard School and Vassar College, where she majored in English and was an intercollegiate tennis champion. During the War she edited the acetylene welding handbook for Union Carbide in New York, where she met her future husband Orrin Wenzel. After a brief courtship the two were married in 1943.

In Princeton, Mrs. Wenzel was the Ladies Golf Champion of the Springdale Golf Club. She worked part-time for ETS writing questions for the SAT tests. She was an avid reader, public library patron, bridge champion, and crossword puzzle aficionado. She overcame her dependence on alcohol and became a life-long AA member, helping many others to stop drinking and making many friends in the process. She also gave up smoking after the Surgeon General’s Report in 1964.

Survivors include her sons, Jack of Princeton and Ted of Florence, Mont.; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Dominique Godet Wenzel of Princeton and her husband of 68 years, Orrin Wenzel of Venice.

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Obit Hansen 1-22-14Elaine Baxter Hansen

Elaine Baxter Hansen, 82, died peacefully in her home in Princeton, on Friday January 10, 2014. She was the daughter of Andrew and Catherine Banker of Trenton. She was preceded in death by her brother, Andrew Banker; and her sisters, Kathryn M. Kudra, and Lorraine Steinman.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Col. George Hansen, MD, and her sister, Violet Jester of Washington Crossing, Pa. She was the widow of Alan G. Baxter of Princeton. She is also survived by many stepchildren, and nieces and nephews.

She was the proprietor of Les Girls Salon, a Pennsylvania landmark that first operated in Trenton and moved to Morrisville more than a half-century ago. A woman of indomitable spirit, she was strong, insightful, and always looking forward to life. She will be missed by many. Throughout the years, thousands of women and men traveled to her salon to relax and be transformed. A cancer survivor of many years, she was beacon of light and hope for many women.

Arrangements were made by FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home of Yardley, Pa. A private memorial service is being planned.

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Obit Leback 1-22-14Dorothy Stiver Leback

Dorothy “Jewel” Stiver Leback of Skillman passed away at home on January 16, 2014. Born on October 29, 1922 in New Paris, Indiana, Jewel was the daughter of the late Ora and Georgia Stiver. She was predeceased by her sisters, Carol Mills Roth, Jeri Bigler and Esther Rock Christy, her brother Stanley S. Stiver, and son-in-law Simon Sitwell of England. She is survived by her husband, Captain Warren G. Leback; three children: Warren Thomas Leback and his wife Chloe of Charlottesville, Va.; Christine Leback Sitwell of Heytesbury, England; and Karen F. Leback of Houston, Tex.; four grandchildren: Todd Leback and his wife Lisa Grove of Charlottesville, Va; Emily Leback Achin and her husband John of Lexington, Va.; Peter Leback of Houston, Tex.; and Sergey Sitwell of Heytesbury, England; and five great-grandchildren: Miles Rodi and Maude Leback of Charlottesville, Va.; and Henry, Clover, and Violet Achin of Lexington, Va.

Jewel graduated from New Paris High School in 1940 and received a General Business degree from Fort Wayne International College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After working as a bookkeeper for Goshen Churn and Ladder, she enlisted in 1944 in the United States Coast Guard as a SPAR. Upon completing basic training in Palm Beach, Florida, she was assigned to the SPAR unit in San Francisco where she met her future husband. Her last duty station was in Ketchikan, Alaska. She was honorably discharged in 1946.

Jewel and Warren were married on January 25, 1947 in New Paris, Indiana, and began their 66 year marriage in New York City where Warren sailed for Grace Line. They also lived in Barranquilla and Cartegena, Colombia; Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Chatham, Princeton, and Skillman, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; and Washington, D.C. She traveled extensively with her husband throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and New Zealand.

During her life Jewel had been a deacon at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, and an active volunteer with many church groups and philanthropic organizations in New Jersey, New Orleans and Houston.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Jewel’s wish was for donations to be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church for the Dorothy Jewel Leback Deacon’s Library or to the charity of your choice. Jewel’s ashes will be buried in the New Paris Cemetery (Indiana) at a later date.

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Joan Little Treiman

Joan Little Treiman, 87, of Princeton died at her home in Princeton on November 30, 2013. Born in Russell County, Kansas to the late John and the late Blanche (Bishop) Little, she was educated at Colorado Women’s College and University of Chicago. While studying in Chicago, she worked at the Orthogenic School. She met Sam Treiman in Chicago, and they married in Wichita, Kansas in 1952.

They moved to Princeton, where Sam was a professor in the physics department for many years. Joan received her EdD at Rutgers University in 1973 and worked as a psychologist in the West Windsor-Plainsboro and Montgomery Township schools. Joan was a world traveler, bird watcher, and member of numerous poetry, theatre, and book groups. She was active with the Senior Resource Center, Community Without Walls, League of Women Voters, and Audubon Society.

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

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

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Princeton Senior Resource Center or Audubon Society.

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Dr. Norma Colburn

Dr. Norma Colburn, 84, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, formerly of Princeton, died peacefully on January 8, 2014 in Florida where she has lived since 2004. Dr. Colburn, a speech pathologist, received her bachelor’s degree at Douglass College of Rutgers University and her master’s and PhD degrees at Columbia University. She taught at Douglass College before relocating to Florida with her husband, Dr. Daniel Colburn who predeceased her in 2009. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Merryl and Bruce Bernstein, son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Gwendolyn Garrett Colburn, three grandsons, Jason Bernstein, Adam and Ben Colburn, and her sister Joyce Maso of Skillman, New Jersey.

Contributions may be sent in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at (866) AFA-8484 or Hospice of Palm Beach County at (561) 303-2381.

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Obit Davison 1-22-14Francis S. Davison, Jr.

Francis S. “Booper” Davison Jr., 54, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident. Predeceased by his father Francis S. “Sam” Davison and his father-in-law Thomas J. Procaccino, he is survived by his wife, of thirty years, Ann Procaccino Davison, daughter Sara, sons Ryan and Scott, his mother Alice “Betty” Davison, his mother-in law Mary Agnes Procaccino, sisters-in-law Maria Delaney, Claire Allen and their families, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

He was a 34 year member of the Princeton Fire Department Engine Company #1. He was also a 34-year member of UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in the Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, North Harrison Street, Princeton, or St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Paul’s Parish, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

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Janet Adams Fearon

Janet Adams Fearon, 74, of Princeton, New Jersey, died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on January 17, 2014.

Mrs. Fearon was born January 27, 1939 to Margaret Baker Adams and the Reverend Doctor Arthur Merrihew Adams. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, the Reverend Doctor H. Dana Fearon, III, their children Prof. James D. Fearon (Teal Derrer), and Mrs. Mary Fearon Jack (Wellborn Jack, III), and her five grandchildren, Benjamin and Sadie Fearon, and William, Spencer, and Sarah Jack. Her brother, the Reverend Doctor Robert Merrihew Adams lives in Princeton with his wife, the Reverend Doctor Marilyn McCord Adams.

In her early years Mrs. Fearon lived in Philadelphia, and in Albany and Rochester, New York. She graduated from Columbia School for Girls in 1956 and enrolled at Wellesley College, where she majored in history. After graduating in 1960, she moved, as a new bride, to Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where her husband was installed as the minister of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Her contributions to that church were legion. She involved herself in numerous bible study groups, served as a Sunday school and vacation bible school teacher for many years, sang in the choir, and was a member of “Create and Relate.” She was a valued member of the church’s Women’s Association, where she established many meaningful lifelong friendships. She took on many projects including developing affordable daycare and housing for low income families in Lawrence Township, creating a memorial garden at the Church, and redesigning meeting rooms, kitchens, and offices. A natural architect, she particularly enjoyed serving on planning committees for the buildings and grounds. Her ability to translate ideas into concrete building plans while maintaining the historical integrity of the buildings was greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Fearon believed passionately in the importance of education. She helped found the Church’s weekday nursery school and taught there for 13 years. In 1979, she began a career in Princeton as the founding director of the Charlotte Wilson Newcombe Foundation, whose grants have funded programs of scholarship and fellowship support for many thousands of college and university students. Mrs. Fearon found lasting satisfaction in the foundation’s mission of supporting a college education for young women and men who otherwise would not be able to afford one. She led the foundation until her retirement in 2007, and served as founding trustee until her death.

A long time member of the Women’s Club of Lawrenceville, Mrs. Fearon served as president of the club and as chair of the Mary Darwin Heath Scholarship committee. She was an active member and leader of the Wellesley Club of Princeton, and for many years dedicated her time to the Wellesley-Bryn Mawr book sale.

Known for her cheerful friendliness and hospitality, Mrs. Fearon delighted in meeting and getting to know people. She reached out to all, providing a listening ear and perceptive insight. Her kind understanding, gentle manner, and eagerness to help others came through in both brief encounters and lengthy discussions. She possessed an unfailingly positive outlook and when faced with adversity, readily found productive solutions. Her generosity of spirit and graciousness were strong, true, and deep.

A woman of abundant energy, Mrs. Fearon loved a challenge, whether it was a design project or the creation of a foundation. She had a remarkable intellect and curious mind. She read avidly, with a passion for history.

For several decades Mrs. Fearon spent part of the summer in Big Moose Lake, New York. She loved the Adirondack mountains, lakes, and landscape. She enjoyed canoeing and boating on Big Moose Lake and walking its trails; here she found herself truly relaxed and with full heart. In her later years, she enjoyed summer vacations in Hyannis Port and West Barnstable, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. These were highlighted by wonderful visits of family and friends. In her spare time she enjoyed playing tennis, golf, and mah-jong with a group of longtime friends.

Mrs. Fearon often said that she felt blessed to have lived a life filled with love, kindness, faith, dear friends, meaningful work, and a close, loving family. She adored her children and grandchildren, and she delighted in an enduring, happy, and loving marriage to her greatest friend and champion. She will be dearly missed by many.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Fearon Fund at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.