November 12, 2014

Margaretta Rodgers Cowenhoven

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

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

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

She was an avid birder and an accomplished bridge player.

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

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

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


Jude T. Rich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Williams 11-12-14Gareth Pierce Williams

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

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

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

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

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

November 5, 2014

Obit Galo 11-5-14Gale Gallo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation services were private.


Marie Marjorie Marrazzo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Louise A. Balestrieri

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

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

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

Funeral services were private.

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


Cathy Dickey Brown

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

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

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

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


October 29, 2014

Obit George 10-29-14Thomas George

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara Cody

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obit Mauro 10-29-14Giuseppe Mauro

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thomas Darlington Jones, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 15, 2014

Obit Kohn 10-15-14Vera Sharpe Kohn

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

She was born and raised in New York City.

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

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

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

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

Burial services will be private.

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


Obit Westover 10-15-14Robert Staats-Westover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Barry H. Caskey

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 8, 2014

Obit Bartle 10-8-14Gregg Bartl

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Gulick 10-8-14Margaret L. Gulick

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thomas G. Dulin

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

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

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

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

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


Jacques A. Peel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation services were private.

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Memorial Service

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

October 1, 2014

Obit Nelson 10-1-14Edward Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obit Jeffries 10-1-14Margaret Lucille Jeffries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Magnus Sletta

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

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

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

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

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

Obit Pirone 10-1-14Anthony M. Pirone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obit Hill 10-1-14Mary Jane Hill

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

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

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

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

Stephen Alan Traylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial Service

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

Memorial Service

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

Memorial Open House

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

September 24, 2014

Thomas F. Sullivan III

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Bonotto 9-24-14Mary Farrar Bonotto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 17, 2014

Obit Bruce 9-17-14Ricardo C. Bruce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


John Pirone

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

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

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

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

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

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


Richard J. (Dick) Casey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 10, 2014

Obit Kurshan 9-10-14Jerome Kurshan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements were by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.


Modestina G. DeBaggis

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

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

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

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

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


Donald P. Hartz

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

Arrangements are by The Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home.


Natalie Dearborn Cruickshank

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services were private.

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

September 3, 2014

Obit Taylor 9-3-14Virginia Crouse Taylor

Virginia (Ginnie) Crouse Taylor, 88, of Saint Paul, Minn. and Princeton died August 22, 2014 in home hospice in Saint Paul surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Ginnie was born on July 13, 1926 in La Crosse, Va. to the late Frank and Elsie Raines Crouse. She graduated from Charlotte High School in Rochester, N.Y., and received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1948. She married Edward Curtis Taylor on June 29, 1946. Ted and Ginnie moved to Princeton in 1954 and have kept a home there ever since. They have also resided in Saint Paul, near family, in recent years.

She was president of the Princeton University League; served as science editor of the Princeton University Press; taught science for the Princeton Public Schools; conceived and produced for nine years “The Whole You,” a New Jersey Public Television program on health and various contemporary issues; was fluent in Mandarin and German; and had other interests and accomplishments too numerous to mention.

One of Ginnie’s greatest joys was spending summers at their home in Vermont. She loved gardening, golfing, and hiking.

She is survived by her husband Ted; son Ned and his wife Connie; daughter Susan Spielman and her husband Rick; nine grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ginnie’s life will be held at a later date.

August 27, 2014

Sara Long Buck

Sara “Sally” Long Buck died early in the morning of August 23, 2014, at her home in Princeton, New Jersey surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Sally’s family meant everything to her and we miss her unconditional love and support. Sally’s community spirit and faith guided her many contributions to the Princeton and Hobe Sound communities. She was a wise, loving, kind, devoted, selfless, and generous woman with an untiring sense of humor and a long repertoire of one-liners!

Sally was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, to Helen and Norman Herbert Long. Her father was a Colonel in the US Army Air Force in The Great War and was in the Air Force Reserve in World War Two, requiring the family to move at times to Pensacola, Florida, during training times. Sally graduated from Roland Park Country School, and attended Goucher College, both in Baltimore. Her only and older sister, Margaret, died young in 1977.

Though born and raised in Baltimore, Sally’s allegiance has been to the Philadelphia Phillies since marrying Alexander K. Buck in 1954. When her beloved husband, an ownership partner of the Phillies since 1981, died in 2010, Sally and her sons, Alexander K. Buck, Jr, and N. Harrison Buck, became partners in the ownership of the Phillies. Sally was a loyal and avid fan of the Phillies through the long, difficult seasons and thrilled as the Phillies became a force from 2007-2011. She frequently attended games and kept score, and when away, she and her husband listened to games on her car radio from a hilltop at her summer home in midcoast Maine. Sally loved everyone in the Phillies organization, from the office, kitchen and dining room staff, to announcers, vendors, ushers, to players and their families, and the family that is the Phillies partnership. Her positive, can-do spirit lifted the team.

Sally loved nature, children, and animals and freely supported causes, both personally and through her family foundation, that aimed to help children and their families and communities thrive, and to protect the woods, waters, fields, oceans, and creatures of New Jersey, Cape Cod, Maine, and Florida. Trinity Church in Princeton benefitted from her many years of volunteering at the front desk, the Vestry, the altar guild, on search committees, and the rummage sale. In turn, Trinity has always provided her with spiritual comfort and guidance, support, and love.

Many Princeton institutions were strengthened by her generous support and wisdom and tireless volunteer contributions, including Princeton Hospital Admitting and Events and the Christmas Hospital Boutique, Princeton Day School’s board of trustees, The Contemporary Garden Club, and Morven. Sally also served on the altar guild of Christ Church Chapel of Hobe Sound, Florida. She adored the Philadelphia Orchestra where she was a season ticket holder until her last days.

Since his death in October 2010, Sally has sorely missed her husband of 56 years, Alexander K. “Whip” Buck. She is survived by her sons and their wives: Alexander K. Buck, Jr., and Anne Emmons Buck; N. Harrison Buck and Nancy Brown Buck; her grandchildren and their spouses and her great-grandchildren: Sarah M. Buck and Johnny Ritzo; N. Harrison Buck, Jr., and Mallory N. Buck; Alexander K. Buck, III, and Allison W. Buck, and their sons, Angus W. Buck and Arlo A. Buck; and Henry R. Buck and Caroline G. Buck.

The entire Buck family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude and love to Mom’s loyal, talented, and tireless friends and caregivers: Monica Parsons, Ruth Haynes, and Michele Mathelier.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church of Princeton on Wednesday, August 27 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the Nassau Club of Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a gift to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, or in her honor at Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

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


Regina Waldron Murray

Regina Waldron Murray of Skillman passed away on Saturday August 16, 2014, at the age of 95, with her loving family by her side.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey the daughter of Thomas F. and Regina H. Waldron, Mrs. Murray was a graduate of Georgian Court College in Lakewood, New Jersey.

She served for three years in the Army Special Services at Fort Dix during World War II and worked as a counselor for the Veterans Service Bureau after the war. She wrote scripts for radio dramas early in her career, and later contributed to several local newspapers, serving for several years as a weekly columnist for the Trentonian. She wrote several books, which were very much enjoyed by her family and friends.

Mrs. Murray was a lifelong tennis player, representing Trenton in national tournaments as a junior player. She was also an artist whose watercolor paintings are cherished by her children and grandchildren.

She and her devoted husband, Holt A. Murray, Sr., had a wonderful marriage for nearly 60 years. She was predeceased by her husband and by her son, Holt A. Murray, Jr. She is survived by a son, Thomas W. Murray of Nahant, Mass; two daughters and sons-in-law, Regina M. and Edward A. Volkwein of Surry, Maine; Anne M. and James E. Patterson of Mendham; two daughters-in-law, Ann B. Murray and Susan A. Murray; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Holt N. Murray, MD and his wife Liana, Neil W. Murray, E. Ryan Murray and his wife Erin, Matthew Murray and his wife Lauren, Megan M. Franco and her husband Julio, Lauren E. Murray and her fiancé Michael Bear, Sarah A. Murray, Elizabeth C. Volkwein and Charles E. Volkwein; two step-granddaughters, Katherine V. Singer and Ann V. Saxton; seven great-grandchildren, Holt Colin Murray, Nicholas H. Murray, Erin E. Murray, Conor M. Murray, Cara A. Murray, Thomas R. Murray, and Jack T. Murray.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman, N.J.

Arrangements were by the M. William Murphy Funeral Home 935 Parkway Ave. in Ewing.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stuart Country Day School, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, or Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, 101 Drakes Corner Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

August 20, 2014

Obit Haroldson 8-20-14Olaf Haroldson

Olaf Haroldson, MD, a Princeton resident since 1974, passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014. “Ole” was born in New York City and raised in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he went on to serve his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Army during the Korean War. After the war, Ole attended medical school at the University of Michigan, becoming the president of his class. He completed his residency in otolaryngology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, where he remained as an attending physician until he relocated to Princeton in 1974.

He has been practicing in Princeton, Cranbury, and Monroe Township since then. He will be remembered not only as a renowned physician and gregarious man, but also as an inventor, an artist, and a composer. Ole is survived by his wife of 33 years, Carol; his five sons, Jeffrey, John, Tom, Brian, and Brett; his grandchildren, James, Libby, Katie, Coco, Sarah, and Catherine; his sister, Jean; and his beloved golden retriever, Callie. Consistent with his wishes and his lifelong devotion to medicine, his body has been donated to medical education. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton on Saturday, August 23 at 1 p.m.


Obit Schiro 8-20-14James J. Schiro

James J. “Jim” Schiro, former Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Financial Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers, passed away on August 13, 2014 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

Jim was born on January 2, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, son of Joseph and Mary Schiro and brother of Christina Schiro Scalise. He was proud of his Brooklyn roots and of being raised in a large, extended Italian-American family. Throughout his life, Jim carried with him the values he learned from his family and his Catholic faith: a strong work ethic, a passion for social responsibility, and an unfailing commitment to the highest ethical standards. Jim never forgot who he was or where he came from. Hard working from a young age, his first job was as a delivery boy for the local butcher. Jim worked his way through New Utrecht High School and was awarded a scholarship from the Knights of Columbus and Citibank to attend college.

Jim received a BS from St. John’s University in 1967, an MBA from Dartmouth College and an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from St. John’s University in 1995.

Jim joined the legacy Price Waterhouse in 1967 after graduating from St. John’s University and was admitted into the partnership in 1979. He held various roles of increasing responsibility, including Managing Partner of the New York office (1991-1995) and Chairman and Senior Partner of legacy Price Waterhouse from 1995 until the merger with Coopers & Lybrand in 1998. At that time, Jim was appointed Global CEO of the newly formed PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the largest tax, accounting, and consulting firms in the world. Jim retired from the firm in 2002.

From 2002 to 2009, Jim served as the CEO of Zurich Financial Services. He joined the company shortly after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, when financial and market pressures on insurers were particularly pronounced. Jim was credited with turning around Zurich Financial, instilling financial discipline, centralizing processes, and returning the company to profitability. Barron’s magazine described him as “the Transformer” when the publication recognized Jim as a member of their Top CEO list in 2008 and 2009. Following hurricane Katrina in 2005, Jim was a key force in the rebirth of New Orleans. With Zurich Financial, he made the decision to keep the Zurich Classic golf tournament in that city.

Following Jim’s retirement from Zurich Financial Services, he served on several boards of directors, including lead director of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and PepsiCo, Inc., as well as a board member of Royal Philips Electronics NV and REVA Medical, Inc. Jim also served on the US and Global Financial Services Advisory Board for CVC Capital Partners.

Throughout Jim’s life he was active in a number of non-profit activities, including serving on the Board of Trustees of St. John’s University and the Institute for Advanced Study. Jim served on the boards of the Geneva Association, Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, St. Michael Special School, Stuart Country Day School of The Sacred Heart, The Hun School of Princeton, McCarter Theater, The American Repertory Ballet, Bedens Brook Club, Jasna Polana, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Tri-State United Way Board of Governors. Jim was also a Knight of the Order of Malta.

Jim worked tirelessly to improve professional standards and the public sector through countless organizations and committees, including as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the US Council for International Business, Vice-Chairman of the American Friends of Lucerne Festival, and the former Chairman of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Independence Standards Board of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, European Financial Services Roundtable, Business Council of the World Economic Forum, Foundation Board of IMD, U.S. China Business Council, former Chairperson of the Business Improvement District (BID) Task Force of the New York City Partnership/Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He is the recipient of the Avenue of the Americas Association’s Gold Key Award, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, NIAF Achievement in Business award, American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award, St. John’s University “Spirit of Service” honoree, and the Insurance Leader of the Year recipient from the School for Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science at St. John’s University.

Mr. Schiro was devoted, first and foremost, to his beloved family. He met his soulmate Tomasina at the age of eighteen. Through 46 years of marriage, they forged a true partnership and shared a deep love of and commitment to family, a love of global travel, reading, gardening, performing arts, opera, golf, culinary arts, as well as a commitment to public service with a special interest in education. They supported each other in all of their endeavors and passed on their values to their children, Justine and James.

Jim was an avid angler, a passionate golfer, and a wine enthusiast with a strong commitment to mentoring younger generations. He is also survived by his daughter, Justine, wife of Apostolos John Tsiouris; and James, Jr. husband of Aileen Brody Schiro and his beloved granddaughter Elisabeth.

Wake Services will take place at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton on Wednesday, August 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, August 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, located at 214
Nassau Street in Princeton on Friday, August 22 at 9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the Schiro family would be grateful for donations made in Jim Schiro’s name to: St. Michael Special School, 1522 Chippewa Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Microsoft Word - Charles Dewey Fetter of Princeton.docxCharles Dewey Fetter

On August 16, 2014, Charles Dewey Fetter of Princeton, New Jersey and Ketchum, Idaho died at his vacation home in Ketchum after a courageous and inspiring 12-year battle against cancer. He was 70 years of age, but very young at heart. He was born on April 3, 1944 in Princeton, Indiana and spent most of his childhood in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Butler University. He was the 1964 United States National Champion in Ice Dancing and a member of the U.S. World Figure Skating Team. He coached figure skating for 50 years at the Skating Club of New York, the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society, Sun Valley, the Princeton Day School, and the Princeton Skating Club. In 1998, he started and became the president of the Skaters Fund, a 501(3c) for coaches and performing skaters who have fallen upon hard times due to accident, illness, or problems due to aging. A long-time member of the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), in 2011 he was given the Betty Beren’s Award presented to a coach who has overcome adversity — physical or emotional — who has continued in dedication and perseverance to serve their profession with dignity and fortitude. In 2012 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for “Dedication and service to the PSA”. A loving, artistic, and joyful person, Charles was known for his booming laugh, his love of skating and teaching, and his ability to see only beauty and goodness in life. He will be greatly missed by everyone whose life he touched. Charles is survived by his wife of 23 years Alice “Sandy” McGlinn Fetter, his son Charles “Chase” Fetter, and daughters Hilary Howerton and Amy Fetter-Johnson, and his 7 grandchildren. In addition, he leaves behind his former wife, Sandra Fetter, his two stepsons Jim and Alex Connell, and two sisters Janet Sledge and Debbie Klempner. He was predeceased by his brother Mark Fetter and his parents Charles and Dorothy Fetter. All are invited to attend a reception in honor of his memory this Saturday, August 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. (location to be announced). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Charles’ name to the Skaters’ Fund (202 Park Knoll, Princeton, NJ), the Princeton Day School (P.O. Box 75 Princeton, NJ 08542), or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley (PO Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340).



August 13, 2014

Obit Horrigan 8-13-14W. Donald Horrigan

W. Donald Horrigan, MD of Isle La Motte and formerly of Princeton, passed away on July 24, 2014 in Burlington, Vt. He was born on January 3, 1931 in Waterbury, Conn. Don graduated from Dartmouth College, cum laude, Dartmouth Medical School, and Cornell University Medical College where he received his MD and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After completing his internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City, he was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army and served as Chief, Dept. of Radiology, Fort Eustis, Va., he received his residency training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City. In 1961, he entered a private practice of radiology at St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick, N.J., and was co-founder of the Radiology Group of New Brunswick. In 1969, he became the director of radiology at Middlesex General Hospital (now Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital). In 1984, he was named acting chairman of the department of radiology, UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School, and remained in this position until his retirement to Burlington and Isle La Motte in 1986. Don — Dad — Doc — Poppy, as he was known, was fortunate to retire to his beloved home, Pratt Haven, on Lake Champlain in Isle La Motte. His family was most important to him and he loved the family gatherings with all of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed any kind of sports, and the N.Y. Rangers, Yankees, and Giants, and the VT Catamount Hockey teams have lost their biggest fan. Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, Julie (Pratt) Horrigan; his four children, Suzanne Campbell and her husband, Ronald, Jeffrey Horrigan and his wife, Jonna, Scott Horrigan and his wife, Heather, and Benjamin Horrigan and his wife, Josephine; and eight grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 10 a.m. from The Old Stone United Methodist Church, 67 Church Road, Isle La Motte. Interment, with military honors, followed in the church’s memorial garden. There will be no public calling hours. Memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to: CHAMP (Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program), 57 East Shore Road, South Hero, VT 05486. To offer private online condolences please visit:


Sophie Marie Warren

Former Princeton resident Sophie Marie Warren, 91, died on July 31, 2014 at Saint Joseph’s Nursing Center in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on August 2, 2014 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Interment followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Sophie Warren was born Sophie Marie Rawdan on July 23, 1923 in Flushing, New York. Sophie’s parents, Zygmont Rawdanowicz and Theodosia Josephine Krenicki, arrived in the United States via Ellis Island in 1911. Sophie grew up on her family’s farm in Flushing with her sister Ann and her brother Bernie. Flushing was an undeveloped woods at the time and the farm stood by itself. Sophie spoke of the wagon ruts in the dirt road to the farm, hearing wolves howling just outside the farmhouse at night, and the ice that formed on the inside of the windows on cold nights. The times were hard and unforgiving, but Sophie was proud that the family pulled together and managed without any outside assistance.

Sophie met James B. Warren in 1941 and married him in 1946. Sophie dedicated her life to loving and supporting her family. She and Jim raised six children and went on to be grandparents to nine, and great-grandparents to two.

Sophie M. Warren is survived by her three daughters, Lynn A. Warren, Barbara J. Clarke, and Catherine Warren-Latella; three sons, James R. Warren, Donald E. Warren, and Mark D. Warren; eight grandchildren, Caitlin Clarke, Rebecca Warren, Elizabeth Warren, Jack Latella, Sophie Latella, James Warren, Maureen Warren, John Warren and Thomas Warren; and two great grandchildren, Samuel Warren and Tyler Kohl Warren.

Sophie was predeceased by her sister Ann, her brother Bernie and her husband James.


Obit Porcaro 8-13-14Francesca Cuomo Porcaro

Francesca Cuomo Porcaro, 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Princeton Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ischia, Italy to the late Vincenzo and Teresa Cuomo, Francesca came to the United States in 1954 and settled in Princeton with her family. She was a food service preparer at Bristol Myers-Squibb in Princeton for 12 years before retiring in 1990 and previously was a cafeteria supervisor at Opinion Research in Princeton.

Francesca was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church in Princeton, enjoyed her Jersey Shore family home and walks at the Seaside Heights boardwalk, watching international soccer tournaments, and especially cooking and taking care of her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, and aunt who will be sadly missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 52 years, Luigi Porcaro in 2007; two sisters, Ana Cuomo and Renata Lupa; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Lupa.

Surviving are her loving children, Vito of Princeton and Erminia “Mimi” of Lawrenceville; her caring brother, Frank Cuomo and wife Alba of Kingston; and her caring sister, Clara Toto and husband Silvio of Mercerville; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Funeral services took place at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue in Princeton, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street in Princeton. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery. Calling hours were held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

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Sarah Ann Dallam McAlpin

Sarah Ann Dallam McAlpin, 78, of Skillman, New Jersey, passed away on August 9, 2014 after a brief illness. Sally was born on May 17, 1936 in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1958 with a BA in English. Her first marriage, to Thomas F. Sharp, yielded three children, Libby, Carolyn, and Jim. That marriage ended in divorce, after which Sally and her children lived for several years at Princeton Community Village. A lifelong Episcopalian, Sally loved church music and supported her children’s participation in the choirs of Trinity Church, Princeton. That experience was spiritually and musically formative for her daughters, who continue to be nourished by it to this day.

Sally worked at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, for 22 years, rising to the position of senior editor. She relished working with language and prized clarity of expression all her life. As a young mother, she created a neighborhood periodical, “The Farmington Monthly,” to showcase the drawings and stories of local children. Sally met her husband, The Rev. David H. McAlpin, Jr., on a spiritual retreat at Kirkridge Retreat Center in Pennsylvania. They were married on January 7, 1995, and shared a life at Manor Brook Farm, a pre-Revolutionary house in Skillman, New Jersey. Sally loved sports. She took up rowing in mid-life, enjoyed tennis with her husband, and avidly followed tennis, lacrosse, and baseball on television.

Surviving are her husband, David H. McAlpin, Jr.; her children, Libby S. Tilghman of Bloomington, Indiana, Carolyn J. Sharp of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and James M. Sharp of Burlington, New Jersey; her stepchildren, David M. McAlpin, Ann R. McAlpin, Loring R. McAlpin, and Janet U. McAlpin; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sally’s name to: Princeton Community Housing (One Monument Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540), Trinity Church (33 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540), and Kirkridge Retreat Center (2495 Fox Gap Road, Bangor, Pennsylvania 18013). Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in September. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

August 6, 2014

Obit Fulmer 8-6-14Thomas S. Fulmer

Thomas S. Fulmer, 79, of Princeton, New Jersey died on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the University Medical Center of Princeton from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Born August 31, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio to O. Kline Fulmer and Lois Fulmer (nee Hoover), Tom attended elementary and high school in Douglaston, Long Island, New York. He graduated from Princeton University in 1956 with a BA degree in architecture, and in 1961 completed a graduate degree at the MIT school of architecture.

Tom served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960 and retired with a rank of Lt. JG. While in the Navy, Tom was stationed aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. Ault (DD698) spending most of his time in the Mediterranean and the North Sea as the Operations Department Head.

After graduating from MIT, Tom joined his father’s firm Fulmer and Bowers, Architects in Princeton. The partnership became Fulmer, Bowers & Wolfe in 1980 and Fulmer and Wolfe Architects in 1984. Tom practiced as Thomas S. Fulmer, consulting architect from 1993 until his retirement in 2006. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and several other professional organizations.

His firms produced construction designs for business, health care, education, government, institutional and television buildings in the Northeastern U.S. and elsewhere. In the Princeton area a list of projects would include: four of the first five office buildings at Carnegie Center; the Princeton Medical Group; Mercer Engine Company No. 3 firehouse; additions and renovations for the Little Brook, Community Park, Johnson Park, and Hun schools. Fulmer and Bowers was the architect of record for Jean Labatut’s design of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, and Tom’s parents were members of the school’s Council of Founders.

Tom lived in Princeton for all of his adult life, including 15 years in a house on The Great Road which he designed. He was an active participant and leader in the Princeton community, serving on the Township Zoning Board, the Affordable Housing Board and was a director of Princeton Area Family and Children’s Services. He served for a term as president of the Princeton Ski Club, where he met his first wife. Tom sang bass in the Nassau Presbyterian Church choir and he was a long-time member of the Bedens Brook Club and the Rotary Club, and was a trustee of the Nassau Club. He joined the Old Guard of Princeton in 2008.

Tom was also a trustee of the Princeton University Campus Club and served in many roles for the Princeton Class of 1956, receiving the Distinguished Classmate Award in 2014. He was inducted into the Society of the Claw for his 19-year service to the P-rade Marshal Corps, an honor only bestowed on high performing Reunion leaders. For the past seven years Tom enthusiastically served as a touring docent for the Princeton University Art Museum, a position he found highly rewarding.

All who knew Tom will remember him as a true gentleman and devoted father who always put family first. He had an amazing ability to solve problems and expressed himself beautifully in prose as well as poetry. Tom was a world traveler studying the architecture and art history of each locale. He enjoyed his early morning walks, dancing, sailing, tennis, skiing, music, theater, design, and reading. He was a wine connoisseur and faithfully tried to complete the New York Times crossword puzzle each day.

Tom was preceded in death by his first wife, Julia Fulmer (nee Hemminger); his parents; and his sister Lois Sonya Fulmer. Survivors include his wife Eleanor Hughes-Fulmer (Peggy), his son Scott Fulmer, his daughter Christine Goss (Oliver), and his beloved granddaughter Thea Goss. He is also survived by his brother David Fulmer (Carol Ann), step children Margaret (Gary) Bender, James Hughes III, Susan Hughes, Mary Beth Tevebaugh (Peter), and Katie Redmond (Aiden) and 14 additional grandchildren.

Services will be held at on 4 p.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Condolences may be left at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Thomas S. Fulmer Memorial Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, 08648.


Obit NewtonLeonard Frank Newton

Leonard Frank Newton, 88, of Princeton, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday, July 19, 2014 in his home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; daughter Julie; sons Alex and Lee Eric; and eight grandchildren. Len is predeceased by his second son, David Smith.

Introduced to Ruby Marr from Loami, Illinois by Len’s sister and Ruby’s Northwestern college roommate, Len and Ruby married in 1956.

Len was born on October 12, 1925, in Bradford, Pennsylvania, to father, Frank, and mother Hazel. Len joined the US army in 1944, and served in Thailand, Burma, and China, where he remained until the war ended. He forged life-long connections with China and returned there many times later in life.

Len attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, where he earned a degree in industrial engineering, after serving in the Army in between his college years. Len was one of the founding members of the MIT Alumni Club of Princeton and served as club president several times.

After graduating MIT, Len served as a top marketing consultant for Opinion Research and then became a partner with Response Analysis Corporation during the years of 1951 to 1975.

Len was active in the civil rights movement and attended the 1963 march on Washington in which Dr. Martin Luther King made his unforgettable “I have a Dream” speech; and Len marched again in D.C. for its 50th anniversary. A deeply-held sense of fairness characterized Len’s approach to engage in numerous social justice causes in Princeton. He was a founding member of the Princeton chapter of Common Cause, the non-partisan citizen advocacy organization, the coordinator of the Movement for New Congress, and the Commissioner of the Princeton Housing Commission for three years, and an active member of the local nuclear disarmament committee.

He acted as the director of the Princeton YMCA/YWCA for five years; and as the president and director of the New Jersey and United States JAYCEES, Len actively encouraged underrepresented minorities to join the group.

In the mid-1950’s, upon discovering that Princeton realtors would not show houses to families of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, Newton and his friends organized the “Princeton Housing Group”, raised capital to buy land in the Walnut Lane/Dempsey Avenue neighborhoods, and contracted an outside builder to erect houses. Len Newton and the Princeton Housing Group then arranged for private mortgages to be offered to those excluded families creating an integrated neighborhood in 1957, in which he and Ruby lived for 59 years. Len Newton truly was and is a man who saw goodness in everyone, sought fairness for all, and put others before himself.

On a more creative side, Len loved tennis, skiing, music, and theater. He played tennis throughout most of his life, skied Aspen/Vail, sang in barbershop quartets and even performed in the musical Show Boat at McCarter Theater in Princeton. He also spent over 70 summers at Chautauqua, a historic lakeside community dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and to the enrichment of life.

During his life, Len’s conviction for fairness and truth influenced so many directly and will affect others to come. Above all, Leonard Newton was a loving husband and father and actually lived that life of fairness and truth.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the following charities:

YMCA/YWCA of Princeton, Princeton Affordable Housing, and Chautauqua Institution.

Come celebrate Len’s life with the Newton family and friends on Friday, August 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Springdale Golf Club, 1895 Clubhouse Drive in Princeton. Call (609) 921-8790. We hope all those who were touched by Len will join us to share your stories and celebrate his life.


Obit Waskow 8-6-14Geraldine Steet Waskow

Geraldine Steet Waskow, longtime resident of Princeton, Long Beach Island, N.J. and Marco Island, Fla., passed away on the evening of July 31, 2014. Geraldine was born in Atlantic City to John E. and Dorothea Steet. After graduating from Atlantic City High School, Gerry attended Hahnemann Hospital Medical College and School of Nursing. Upon graduation she continued her education at Case Western Reserve and the University of Pennsylvania and then began her career as a nurse anesthetist. While at Hanhnemann, she met her loving husband, Dr. Walter H. Waskow who served as Chairman of the department of anesthesia at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, and later at the Medical Center of Princeton. Most notably, Gerry was employed by the anesthesia department at the Medical Center of Princeton from 1972 until 2010.

Gerry and Walter were married on September 13, 1956 and together they had three children of whom she was very proud: Darryl Waskow married to Susan of Hopewell; Steven Waskow married to Valerie of Princeton; and Rosalind married to Michael Hansen of Princeton. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother to Harry and Dorothy Waskow. Geraldine was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. In addition to her family and being a second mother to all who crossed her path, Gerry enjoyed a full life of travelling, sailing, and entertaining her friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. There will be a private ceremony for the family.

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


Victoria Bernadette Sailliez Casey

Victoria Bernadette Sailliez Casey, 91, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2014 after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of Princeton and a graduate of Princeton High School. She was married to Richard J. Casey, Esq. for 45 years.

Vicki, or “Dimps,” as her close friends called her, worked in the admissions office at Princeton University for 25 years, and was an assistant to the administrator for many of those years. After marrying, she worked as a legal secretary for her husband for 30 years until they retired.

She was a devoted lifelong member of St. Paul’s Church. She was a passionate sports fan, particularly of PU basketball. She was close friends with Coach Carril.

All those who knew her, loved her. She was always complimentary and positive.

Vicki was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Louise V. Sailliez. She is survived by her husband, Richard; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Mary Casey, son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jane Casey; son Stephen Casey; nephew Charles Sailliez; grandnieces Lynn and Dottie Sailliez; and eleven grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Sailliez, and a son, Edmund Casey.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton on Monday, August 4 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Sisters of Mercy.

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


Obit Grazia 8-6-14Alfred J. de Grazia

Alfred J. de Grazia, formerly of Princeton, died on July 13, 2014 in La Ferté Bernard, France, near the village of Villaines-la-Gonais where he had lived since 2008.

Son of the late Alfred J. and Catherine de Grazia, who also lived in Princeton for many years, he was born in Chicago in 1919. In 1939, he graduated from the University of Chicago and then served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II in psychological warfare. He earned his PhD in 1948 from the University of Chicago and went on to teach at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Brown University, and Stanford University before taking up an appointment as professor of social theory in government at New York University beginning in 1959. 

In part inspired by the intellectual environment at the University of Chicago in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s under the visionary Robert Maynard Hutchins and in part by his experiences in World War II, Prof. de Grazia became deeply engaged in the study of charismatic leadership and political organization. He was also an expert on the history and practice of representative government in the United States, and his early work was widely read in political science classrooms in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, including Public and Republic: Political Representation in America (1951) and The Elements of Political Science (1952, with revised editions in 1962 and 1965). In 1957 he founded PROD; Political Research: Organization and Design, later renamed The American Behavioral Scientist. Sold to Sage Publications in 1965, it is still a respected academic journal and continues the tradition of the Chicago school of behaviorist sociology. After retiring from New York University in 1977, he branched out into other fields. Influenced initially by another Princeton resident, the late Emmanuel Velikovsky, he explored theories of wide-ranging catastrophes affecting the history of the earth, solar system, and humankind, eventually creating a field he termed “Quantavolution,” a paradigm of sudden, widescale, intensive catastrophes.

In 1957 Prof. de Grazia moved his family from California to Princeton, where they took up residence in what is known locally as “The Captain’s House” at 306 Nassau Street, the first of his several homes in Princeton over the years, in between long stints in Europe. In 2008 he and his wife, French writer Anne-Marie Hueber de Grazia, settled permanently in a former 16th century inn on a little square opposite Villaines-la-Gonais’ picturesque gothic Church of Saint-Hilaire. Their house became a meeting point for friends and family from all over. As an “ancien combattant” — a veteran of World War II — and as a recipient of the French Croix de Guerre in 1945, Prof. de Grazia became an honored guest at local VE Day (Victory in Europe) celebrations every Nov. 11. In December 2013, he was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by decree of French President François Hollande. On June 16, 2014, he gave his last salute at a memorial service in the neighboring village of Sceaux-sur-Huisne honoring an American B16 that had crashed nearby in 1944. At Prof. de Grazia’s funeral in Villaines-la-Gosnais just a month later, his coffin, draped in a French tricolor flag, was accompanied by an honor guard of “ancien combattants” carrying their unit flags side by side with the American flag.

Prof. de Grazia is survived by Anne-Marie; six of his seven children: Catherine Vanderpool of Princeton; Victoria de Grazia of New York City; Jessica de Grazia of London, U.K.; Paul de Grazia of Seattle; John de Grazia of Princeton; and Chris de Grazia, also of Seattle; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, as well as sons- and daughters-in-law. Prof. de Grazia was predeceased by his former wife Jill de Grazia, mother to his seven children; and son Carl de Grazia.


Elizabeth Rorke Schorske

Elizabeth Rorke Schorske, of Hightstown, died peacefully on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Meadow Lakes Retirement Community in Hightstown. She was 95 years old. Elizabeth had lived with her husband, Carl, in Princeton for over 30 years.

Elizabeth was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 13, 1919. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in government from Radcliffe University in 1942, and married Carl the same year.

The family moved to different university towns as Carl’s career advanced via employment at different universities. They lived together in Middletown Connecticut in the 1950’s (home of Wesleyan University) in Berkeley for most of the 1960’s, and in Princeton from approximately 1970 to 2005, when they retired to Meadow Lakes. During World War II Elizabeth worked for the Bureau of the Budget and then the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth was a volunteer for Hospice, and the Coalition for Peace Action. She helped establish a branch of the League of Women Voters in Middletown, Connecticut. An activist in human rights, Elizabeth was involved in the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, worked with Cesar Chavez on migrant workers’ rights and marched against the war in Vietnam.

In Princeton in the 1970s, she was employed for several years at the Center for Environmental Studies at the Princeton University Engineering School, where she collaborated with professors Harrison Fraker and Robert Socolow on a pioneering study of energy efficiency strategies in a planned multi-unit development (focusing on Twin Cities.)

If there was a community project, Elizabeth was involved. Her activities ran from stuffing envelopes and hosting gatherings for political campaigns of Democratic candidates, to developing summer youth programs. She was creative and cared about education. One year, she made a display of puppets in a bank window showing young people how the jury system functioned.

Elizabeth raised five children — Anne (residing in Maryland), John (in the Boston area), Ted (in Philadelphia), Richard (in the San Francisco Bay Area), and Stephen (from Oregon). She was a great friend to many more.

Most of all she was a wife to her husband Carl Schorske. Elizabeth says with pleasure, “My legacy is over 70 years of love.”

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton or to Hospice.

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

July 30, 2014

Obit Plante 7-30-14Dr. Inge Rudloff Plante

Dr. Inge Rudloff Plante died on July 24, 2014 after a brief illness at home. Her children were at her side.  She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Marc A. Plante, father Dr. Eric Rudloff, mother Hildegard Von Keinitz and sister Sabine Rudloff.  She is survived by daughters Dr. Sabrina Plante McGurrin, Michele Plante, and son Marc Plante, as well as seven grandchildren.

Dr. Plante was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1929 and fled from the Russian Zone in 1947. Through the influence of her parents she entered premedical studies at University of Wurzburg and graduated in 1954 from Maximilian University of Munich Medical School.  She immigrated to the United States in 1955 and interned at the former McKinley hospital, which later became Helene Fuld, in Trenton, NJ.

Dr. Plante went on to become a psychiatry resident at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and after completing her residency she remained at the hospital as a Clinical Psychiatrist.  In April of 1973 she was appointed to medical director and chief executive officer of Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.    In 1974 she became Chief Executive Officer at the New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Institute in Skillman, NJ.  She retired from state service in 1981.

After her retirement from state service she established a private psychiatric practice, practiced Geriatric Psychiatry at Greenwood House Nursing Home, worked at AAMH clinic in Princeton and was an active staff member at St. Francis Medical Center until shortly before her death.

Dr. Plante was known for her compassion, generosity and integrity.   She cared for her parents who came to the United States after she started her medical career, and she raised three children as a single parent when her husband died in 1967.  She was an exceptional mother and friend to her children.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.  Her family will have a private celebration of her life.


Obit Reeder 7-30-14Judith Ann (Sands) Reeder

Judith “Judy” Ann Reeder, née Sands, formerly of Princeton, NJ and Nassau, Bahamas, died of natural causes in Louisville, KY on July 22, 2014.

Judy was born in Nassau, Bahamas in 1935 to the late Hon. Harry P. Sands, Esq. and Doris Marie Sands, née Thompson. She graduated from Havergal College boarding school in Toronto, Canada and Bryn Mawr College in 1956 with a BA in English.

Judy and her husband, the late Frank F. Reeder, were married at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City in February 1957. She resided in Princeton, NJ until 2009, when she moved to Louisville, KY. Judy participated in the Princeton Tennis Program, among other charities, was actively involved in fundraising for Bryn Mawr College through the annual Book Sale. She held the positions of treasurer and president of the organization, which, under her leadership, saw sale profits soar. Professionally, Judy worked in marketing research with Frank Reeder Marketing Research, Inc., a firm she helped found. Judy was an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and the Nassau Club and enjoyed travel with friends.

Judy is survived by her two daughters: Diane Reeder, Esq. of Cherry Hills Village, CO, husband, Dr. Richard Heppe and their two sons, Grayson and Cameron, and by Gail Pyke of Prospect, KY, husband, Mark and son, John “Jack.” She is also survived by her brother, Harry Sands, Esq. of Nassau, wife Olwen “Taffy,” two nieces, and seven nephews, including Sanford “Sandy” Schwinn and wife, Ruth of Hopewell, Gregg Schwinn and wife, Pat of Oakland, CA and Barry Schwinn.

A graveside service was held at Trinity All Saints’ Cemetery in Princeton, NJ. Judy is dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her kind and gentle ways.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to: The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 or, to Judy’s hospice: Hosparus, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive, Louisville, KY 40205.

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Mary D. Bancroft

Mary D. Bancroft, 97, of Princeton died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at St. Joseph Skilled Nursing Facility surrounded by her loving family. Born in Wilmington, DE, she was a resident of Princeton for most of her life. She retired in 1975 from H.P. Clayton of Princeton. Mary was a member of St. Paul’s Church, the Altar Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters. She volunteered for many years at the Princeton Hospital.

Daughter of the late Stalios and Marguerite McCarthy Frangos, wife of the late Robert D. Bancroft, Sr. She is survived by 3 sons and 3 daughters-in-law, Robert D. Jr. and Janet Bancroft of Yardville, Gregory and Kathleen Bancroft of Pennington, Mark J. and Alex Bancroft of Mystic, CT, a brother James Frangos, sister Anne Bell, 4 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

A mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 28 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in the Princeton Cemetery. Friends were asked to call on Monday morning at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Memorial Service

Friends are invited to a memorial gathering to celebrate the life of G. Robert Wills at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, located at 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08542.


July 23, 2014

Obit Mahon 7-23-14James Francis Mahon

James Francis Mahon, formerly of Haddonfield and Collingswood, N.J., who resided in Princeton with his son James from 2009 to 2010 died peacefully on July 16, 2014, in Manchester, N.H., where he moved in 2010.

Jim was married to his beloved Mary Brogan, on March 29, 1948 by the late Msgr. Leo Mahoney at St. Paul’s Church, Jersey City, N.J. Mary pre-deceased Jim on May 11, 2009. Jim is survived by their four devoted sons, James F. Jr. (the late Mairead), John Brogan, Patrick Andrews (Kathleen), and Joseph Carroll Mahon (Elizabeth Anderson); and by thirteen grandchildren, James F. III, Blathnaid, Deirdre, Denis, Fiona, Jessica Valverde (Luis), Rebecca Bartlett (Charles), Kimberly Pitre (Daniel), Carrie, Patrick Jr., Ciaran, Andrew, and Camilla; and by four great-grandchildren, Isabella and Bruce Bartlett, Madeline Pitre, and John Valverde; and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his grandson David.

Jim was a veteran of World War II, having served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Force, as a navigator on B-17’s flying out of Foggia, Italy. Returning from his 13th bombing mission, over Frederickschafen, Germany, on August 3, 1944, his plane, damaged by German antiaircraft fire, crash-landed in Switzerland. On New Year’s Eve, 1944, Jim escaped from Swiss internment, crossed the Alps into France and with the help of the French resistance was ultimately reunited with U.S. forces. In a ceremony at the Pentagon on April 30, 2014, Jim was awarded a POW medal by the USAF Chief of Staff, General Mark A. Walsh, for his internment in the punishment camp at Wauwilermoos, Switzerland, as a result of Jim’s prior attempts to escape and rejoin U.S. forces.

James F. Mahon was born on August 22, 1922, in Hoboken, New Jersey, to James and Anna Mahon, who immigrated from Rathlee, Sligo, and Dualla, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. He was the youngest of four children. His sister Elizabeth, and brothers Patrick and John and their spouses, Bill Meehan, Elizabeth and Florence predeceased him. Jim was a graduate of St. Peters Prep and received a BS degree from St. Peters College, Jersey City, and an ME degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, Jim was employed as an electrical sales engineer by Public Service Electric and Gas from the late 1940’s until he retired in 1987, working in their Camden, Bordentown, Trenton, and Mount Laurel offices for most of his career, and was a licensed N.J. professional engineer. Jim also taught a professional engineer course at Rutgers University Evening Division in Camden, He was a member of Rotary International, Haddonfield chapter. Jim was a member of the parish of Christ the King R.C. Church in Haddonfield, and was previously a member of St. John’s R.C. Church in Collingswood.

Visiting hours were held at Kain-Murphy Funeral Home, 15 West End Avenue, Haddonfield, 08033 on Monday, July 21, 6 to 8 p.m. Jim’s family and friends were invited to celebrate his Funeral Mass, on Tuesday, July 22, 10 a.m, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Avenue Haddonfield, N.J. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Avenue, North Arlington, N.J.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Interfaith Caregivers, P.O. Box 186, Haddonfield, N.J. 08033, who assisted Jim in caring for Mary at home for the last 8 years of her life when she was beset by Alzheimer’s.


Obit Webster 7-16-14Elizabeth McGraw Webster 

Elizabeth “Lisa” McGraw Webster, a philanthropist and renowned supporter of American figure skaters, died on Saturday, June 28 at her vacation home in Sun Valley, Idaho. She was 88.

Ms. Webster was born in New York City to Elizabeth Murtland Woodwell and Curtis Whittlesey McGraw, president of McGraw Hill Publishing from 1950-53. She was the granddaughter of James McGraw, founder of the publishing house. Ms. Webster lived her entire life in Princeton, New Jersey, where she attended Miss Fines School. She went on to Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va. and Finch College in New York City.

Ms. Webster had a deep love for figure skating, and served on the board of The Skaters Fund, an organization that provides assistance to skaters and coaches in need due to illness, disability or age. Additionally, over some four decades, she sponsored numerous national and Olympic champions including Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Wylie, Steven Cousins, David Liu, Parker Pennington, Derrick Delmore, Jeremy Abbot, Alex Akin, and others. In recognition for her commitment to the sport she was nominated for the Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Ms. Webster also supported figure skating on the local level. She was a charter member of The Princeton Skating Club and her contributions built the club’s state-of-the-art Lisa McGraw Skating Rink at Princeton Day School.

Ms. Webster was active throughout the Princeton community, serving on the board of directors of Princeton Hospital, and holding memberships at the Nassau Club, Bedens Brook Golf Club, and the Pretty Brook Tennis Club. She was a founder and charter member of the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton. She also established the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation and the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, both in Princeton.

Ms. Webster was married twice, to James Stoltzfus and George Webster; both marriages ended in divorce. She is survived by two daughters, Lisette Stoltzfus Edmond and Marian Stoltzfus Paen; a son, Curtis McGraw Webster; grandchildren Elizabeth Edmond, Victoria Edmond, Alexandra Edmond, Nicolas Edmond, Antony James Maricich, Alexander McGraw Maricich, Anastasha Tatiana Maricich, and Theo McGraw Webster; sons- and daughters-in-law, and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, on October 11, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, Post office Box 627, Princeton, N.J. 08542-0627, or The Skaters’ Fund, 202 Park Knoll, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


A. Lloyd Moote

A. Lloyd Moote, 83, of Princeton died Sunday, July 6, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in London, Ontario, Canada, son of Stanley and Grace, and survived by wife Dorothy, first wife Barbara Jones, daughters Karen and Daphne, and sons Peter and Robert. Lloyd was an emeritus professor at the University of Southern California, and affiliated professor at Rutgers University. He is the author of four books on seventeenth-century European history, and a Pulitzer Prize nominee for The Great Plague, co-authored with his wife Dorothy.

During his teaching years Lloyd Moote wrote on the history of early modern Europe, focusing on 17th-century French political history with special interest in the new social and cultural histories. In retirement he and his wife, Dorothy Moote, a medical microbiologist, devoted ten years to researching and co-authoring a book on the Great Plague of London in 1665, which told the personal stories of people who stayed when they could have fled and the story of those who could not flee, based on original research in over twenty archives, and combining medical, social, economic, political, religious and cultural history. His latest work is on the history of regicide (and its modern equivalent in republican states) from the ancient gods to the present: The King Must Die: The Story of Sacred Sacrifice. For decades he has arranged talks on wide-ranging subjects for the informal group, Early Modern Historians of Rutgers, Princeton, and Philadelphia.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton on Saturday, August 9, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the New Jersey Association on Corrections,, which helps youth in trouble. 

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


kuhn MugHarold W. Kuhn

Harold Kuhn, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Economics at Princeton University, and a longtime resident of Princeton, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in New York City on July 2, 2014.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Harold graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles before attending the California Institute of Technology. In the middle of his studies, he was drafted into the Army, qualifying for the Army’s training program in Japanese based at Yale University. While there, he sat in on mathematics classes at Yale and Princeton, and it became increasingly clear that math was his calling.

After completing his BS degree at Caltech in 1947, Harold began graduate studies in mathematics at Princeton, receiving his MA in 1948 and his PhD in 1950. He belonged to a group of Princeton-based scholars who did foundational work in the emerging fields of game theory and nonlinear optimization. Another fellow student was John Nash, and in 1994, Harold was invited by the Nobel Prize committee to chair a panel discussion of Nash’s work, on the occasion of Nash’s award of the Nobel Prize in Economics.

While at Princeton he met the love of his life, Estelle Henkin, whom he married in 1949. After a year in Paris on a Fulbright Fellowship and a year at Princeton as a lecturer, Harold taught at Bryn Mawr College, before returning to Princeton in 1959, where he was a member of both the mathematics and economics departments. He supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate students in both departments, many of whom went on to distinguished careers themselves. He loved teaching, and his teacher evaluations consistently ranked among the highest in the university.

He also served as consultant to various government organizations and corporations, and was senior consultant and member of the Board of Directors for Mathematica Inc., a Princeton-based research firm from 1961 to 1983 when it was acquired by Martin-Marietta.

As a member of the Princeton University Advisory Committee on Policy (1967-71), Harold wrote the position paper “Students and the University,” which led to broad changes in participation by students in the governance of the University. During this period, he also served on the Committee on the Structure of the University, and the Council of Princeton University Community.

Harold also had an abiding commitment to civil liberties and civil rights. A lifelong active member of the American Civil Liberties Union, he also championed the rights of Jewish mathematicians and scientists under the Soviet regime. He served on the Council of the American Association of University Professors from 1959 to 1962.

Harold received numerous awards in recognition of his accomplishments, including the prestigious John von Neumann Theory Prize of the Operations Research Society of America (jointly with David Gale and A.W. Tucker). In 2004, the journal Naval Research Logistics established an annual “best paper” award in his honor, citing a “pioneering” 1955 paper of his, “The Hungarian Method for the Assignment Problem,” as the best paper representing the journal since its founding.

Harold retired in July 1995, becoming Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Economics at Princeton. In 2005 he and Estelle sold their house at 74 Woodland Drive and moved to New York City.

Harold was beloved “Grumpa” to his seven grandchildren, joining them playing chess and cribbage, making tree forts and go-carts, tutoring them in math, and teaching them the fine Californian art of body surfing.

In addition to his wife Estelle, survivors include his sons Clifford (Katherine Klein) of Atlanta, Georgia, and their children Joshua and Gabriel Klein-Kuhn; Nicholas (Beth) of Charlottesville, Virginia, and their children Michael (Anushree Sengupta), Jeremy, and Emily; and Jonathan (Michele Herman) of New York City, and their children Lee and Jeffrey.

The family requests that contributions in Harold’s name be made to the American Civil Liberties Union.


Wilda May Eicher

Wilda May (Gurley) Eicher, who preferred to be called Billie, was born to Roger K. and Wanda C. Gurley in Syracuse, N.Y. on July 1, 1924. Most of her growing-up years were spent in Chatham, N.J. In high school she played French horn in the orchestra and band, and provided piano accompaniment for the choir, girls’ glee club, and even the boys’ glee club.

She majored in music education at Trenton State College, where she met Edward F. J. Eicher. They were married nine days after her graduation.

During World War II, the Navy sent Ed overseas, and Billie taught music in the public schools of Plainfield and Newton, N.J. After the war they spent two years in Atlantic City, where their daughter Linda was born; and many years in Bergen County where Ed was a public school music supervisor and Billie taught private piano lessons. There they had another daughter, Nancy, and a son, Eddie. They moved to Princeton in 1961, when Ed was asked to develop a degree program in music education at Westminster Choir College.

In the early 70s, a temporary job at Opinion Research Corporation developed into a career in survey research. Eventually Billie became research director and editor of the twelve to eighteen reports published annually by her department.

Over the years Billie was always active in her church (most recently Princeton United Methodist), and volunteered for the Red Cross, the “Grandpals” program at Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton, and the International Center’s English Conversation Tutoring Program at Princeton University.

She was predeceased by her husband Ed and her daughter Nancy. She will be sorely missed by her children, Linda Nicholls, and Eddie and Pam Eicher; by her grandchildren, Russell and Elisabeth Nicholls, Debbie and Brittan Riesse, Harry and Jenny Lafferty, and Erica Labar; and her eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 19. A memorial service will be held at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.

Contributions in Billie’s memory may be made to the Princeton United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.


Obit Webber 7-23-14Beverly Jo Webber

Beverly Jo Webber was born on July 13, 1948 in Princeton to Elvin H. Webber and Addie Webber. Beverly was educated at the Princeton Regional Schools. She was employed by Dannemann Fabrics as a sales manager, Kitchen Kapers as a sales manager, at Prince-ton Market Fair Mall as a security guard, and Chico’s in Princeton as a sales associate.

Beverly was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was known for her sewing and crafting abilities. Beverly was predeceased by her father, Elvin H. Webber; her brother, Elvin “Pete” Webber; and a nephew, Evan Webber.

Beverly’s memory will be celebrated and forever remembered by her loving mother, Addie Webber; her two sons, Keith A. Webber and Kirk A. Webber; her two daughters, Kimberly A. Webber and Christina George; her two brothers, Travis Webber and Houston Webber; her three sisters, Gail Yvonne Barclay, Wilhemina Webber, and Dianne Webber; her nephews, David Barclay, Damon Webber, and Sam Bonds; her nieces, Antonia Bonds, Saskia Webber, Kay Henderson, and Kristin Webber; and a host of other relatives, church family, and friends.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22 at First Baptist Church, at the corner of John Street and Paul Robeson Place in Princeton. Calling hours were from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Internment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton, N.J. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.


July 16, 2014

Obit Hernqvist 7-16-14Karl Gerhard Hernqvist

Karl Gerhard Hernqvist, 92, physicist at RCA in Princeton, passed away on Monday July 7, 2014 at Acorn Glen in Princeton after a four-year struggle with Alzheimer’s. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Thyra Hildegard, and their children Lars Hernquist of Lexington, Massachusetts, Thomas Hernquist of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Ingrid Hernquist of Princeton. Karl is also survived by seven grandchildren. He was born in Boras, Sweden on September 19, 1922. He became a U.S. citizen and resident of Princeton in 1952.

Dr. Hernqvist received a PhD in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1959. He worked on radar and microwave instrumentation in the Royal Swedish Air Force in 1945 and 1946. From 1946 to 1952, he was engaged in electron-tube research at the Research Institute of National Defense, Stockholm. He was an American-Scandinavian Trainee at RCA Laboratories in 1949. In 1952, he joined RCA Laboratories and worked there until the company was sold in 1986. At RCA, he worked on microwave tubes, electron guns, and gas-discharge devices. In 1956, he independently conceived of and implemented the thermionic energy converter. In the 1960’s, he became involved with gas laser technology, an area in which he made a number of pioneering contributions. Dr. Hernqvist gained an international reputation for his work. He received five RCA Laboratories Achievement Awards and holds 36 issued patents. He was a member of the Sigma Xi Society and The National Geographic Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Dr. Hernqvist was a world-renowned scientist in the field of gas lasers. In 1970, he was awarded the Fellow designation at RCA Laboratories, a title comparable to that used by universities and technical societies. He was given the award in recognition of his work in the fields of gas discharge devices, thermionic energy conversion, and laser technology. He received the David Sarnoff Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement, RCA’s top technical honor, in 1974, and was honored for “innovative contributions to the development of gas lasers and for his ability to shorten the time cycle
between research and commercial applications.” In 1982 Karl was again awarded the Outstanding Technical Achievement for his work to resolve major quality defects in RCA color picture television tubes. Presented and published papers by Karl on the quality improvements related to arc suppression include “Studies of Flashovers and Preventive Measures for Kinescope Guns’” presented at IEEE Consumer Electronics Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in November 1980 and published in IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, May 1981 Vol. CE-27, No. 2, pp 117-128.

Karl was devoted to his family. He enjoyed traveling throughout the world with them; he was a skilled photographer and talented stained glass artist, and an avid follower of classical music.

A memorial service will be held at Stone Hill Church 1025 Bunn Dr., Princeton, N.J. on August 16 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Obit Perkins 7-16-14Ruth Bergengren Perkins

Ruth Bergengren Perkins, 98, of Princeton, and Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., died peacefully at home in Princeton on July 7, 2014. Born in 1915 in Boras, Sweden, she was raised in a large dynamic family with four sisters and a brother. In 1939, she married Christian H. Aall, a Norwegian. They spent much of World War II in occupied Norway. In 1947, with their first two children, they moved to Anniston, Ala. There, she opened a Swedish import store called Goodwin-Aall. The family also lived in Columbia, Tenn., and St. Louis, Mo. They had two more children before settling in Princeton in 1956. For the past 15 years, she lived at Princeton Windrows.

For many years, she served on the board of the American Scandinavian Foundation and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. She was also active in the Princeton University Art Museum and the Garden Club of Princeton. She travelled widely and her adventures included climbing the 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro and writing her memoirs for her family on the shore of Italy’s Lake Como. She loved her family and friends and combined a strong ability to get things done with a graciousness and sense of fun that was infectious, pulling together large formal events and small family parties with equal ease. She married twice, first to Dr. Aall and then to Dr. James A. Perkins, former president of Cornell University. She was the mother of four and stepmother of five.

She is survived by her four children, Cecilia Mathews, Mea Kaemmerlen, Pamela Aall McPherson, and Christian Aall; four stepchildren Barbara Tinker, John Perkins, David Perkins, and Tracy Berman; seven grandchildren, Brandon Mathews, Mark Mathews, Alex Mathews, Ella McPherson, Andrew McPherson, Chris Aall, and Nathalie Aall. Also nine great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins in Sweden, Norway, the UK and elsewhere.

In her memory, contributions can be sent to the American Scandinavian Foundation in New York City or the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.


Obit Morrisroe 7-16-14Mary Duffy Cognetta Morrisroe

Mary Duffy Cognetta Morrisroe, formerly of North Haven, Connecticut, died peacefully on July 4, 2014 at the Medical Center of Princeton with her husband and one of her daughters by her side. She was 88. She was the devoted wife of Francis M. “Bud” Morrisroe to whom she was married for 37 years. For the last two years they made their home at Stonebridge, in Skillman, New Jersey.

Mary was born in Sharon, Connecticut on December 7, 1925. One of six children, she grew up on a farm in Amenia, New York where she attended a one-room-schoolhouse. Her Irish immigrant parents, the late Henry and Margaret Lynch Duffy, worked at Troutbeck, the summer estate of the Spingarn family where Henry was superintendent. She graduated from the St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York City and served as a cadet nurse during World War II. She pursued her vocation for nursing in a professional career that spanned more than 40 years, opening opportunities for her to explore the diversity and excitement of the world beyond Amenia, taking her from cruise ships to private duty cases to hospital staff to nursing home and visiting nurse positions. In her last post at the Jewish Home for the Aged in New Haven, she was guided by her conviction that each resident was blessed by the wonder and uniqueness of his or her own life’s story. She showered her patients with kindness, tenderness, and respect. She combined her nursing career with what was to become the most important work of her life, raising a family of six children. Her instincts as a mother were unerring. She encouraged and inspired each of her children in a firm and loving manner, never judging, anchoring them securely in their own lives. A devout Catholic throughout her life, she was a member of the St. Barnabas Parish in North Haven, Conn. She taught in St. Barnabas’s religious education program and she served on its altar guild. Along with her husband Bud, she was a member of the Irish Club of New Haven where she participated in the club’s annual Feis and taught the art of baking Irish Brown Bread.

While a student in New York City in the 1940s, Mary attended concerts and the opera, which led to a lifelong love of classical music, a gift she passed along to her children and grandchildren, many of whom are accomplished musicians. She loved to sing and the sweetness of her voice, especially when serenading her children, was unforgettable. She read the New York Times cover to cover every day. The volumes of poetry and meditations she also read daily helped to reinforce her deep faith in the goodness of the world. She was a splendid cook and baker, collecting and sharing recipes and cookbooks and taking great pleasure in family parties featuring her wonderful food. She was renowned among family and friends for her prize-winning Irish brown bread, featured recently at

Throughout her life, Mary helped countless friends and acquaintances by gently sharing her friendship, wisdom and trust in God to support them through life’s challenges. She was a “life-coach” long before the term was coined, acting as a sounding board and providing practical advice, encouragement, material assistance, as well as unconditional love to anyone lucky enough to cross her path.

In later life, with her husband Bud, she traveled the world, visiting Ireland ten times and touring the major cities of Europe and Russia. She and Bud also spent many happy vacations, often with grandchildren in tow, traveling in their converted Greyhound bus to bluegrass music festivals around the country where Bud performed. Mary summered in Greensboro, Vermont at her daughter’s home on Caspian Lake, the site of many family gatherings. She walked daily at a vigorous pace and especially loved the trails she discovered along farm fields and streams in North Haven, the hilly dirt roads of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, and the wooded paths behind Stonebridge.

Mary is survived by her husband Bud Morrisroe and her children and their spouses: Barbra Cognetta of North Haven, Conn.; Meg Cognetta Heaton and her husband Murray P. Heaton of Geneva, N.Y.; Armand B. Cognetta Jr. and his wife Suzanne Doumar Cognetta of Tallahasse, Fla.; Melanie Cognetta Clarke and her husband John K. Clarke of Princeton; Alyce Cognetta Bertz and her husband Gary Bertz of Southbury, Conn.; and Gabrielle Ruf of Southport, Conn. Mary leaves 23 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews whose unfolding lives she followed with keen interest and delight. She reserved her most fervent prayers for each of them. Mary’s stepchildren, Michael Morrisroe, Terry Ann Bartlett, and Gail Schopick also survive her as do her sister Alice Page, brother Joseph Duffy and sister-in-law Barbara Duffy. Besides her parents, Mary was predeceased by her first husband, Armand B. Cognetta, MD; her brothers John and Francis Duffy; her sister Margaret Erskine Quinn; her son-in-law James Ruf; and her grandson-in-law Bruce Van Arsdell.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 44 Washington Ave, North Haven Conn. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Calling hours preceded her burial mass on Thursday, July 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave, North Haven, CT.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Barnabas Church or to a charity of one’s choice.


Obit Kurshan 7-16-14Phyllis Kurshan

Phyllis Kurshan, 88, died July 10, 2014 at home at Princeton Windrows of natural causes. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she lived in Princeton for the past 68 years. She graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School in January 1944. She attended New York University and received the Bachelor of Science degree cum laude from its School of Education in February 1947.

She married while still attending college and commuted from Princeton to New York City to finish her course work and her student teaching in Hell’s Kitchen on the lower East Side. She then obtained a position teaching Reception Grade, an all-day kindergarten class, in Princeton Township for one year. After a few years’ break to start raising two children, she took a position teaching kindergarten in Plainsboro Township. She subsequently moved on to first grade and taught in Plainsboro for a total of 32 years, never taking a day of sick leave. She introduced an innovative reading program and received a state grant to continue that work. She also introduced computer education in the Plainsboro elementary school. After Plainsboro and West Windsor Townships merged their school districts she served as president of their Education Association (Teachers’ Union) and helped negotiate favorable and equitable teachers’ contracts. She retired from teaching in 1986 but continued to hold a succession of jobs including bank teller at Princeton Trust Co., salesperson and instructor at Clayton’s Knitting Shop, and office assistant at an accounting firm. Her final position was as a receptionist for 14 years with the New Jersey
Hospital Association, which she left at the age of 81.

She was a founding member of The Jewish Center of Princeton and continued to be active as a choir member, Sunday School teacher, volunteer, and member of its Board of Directors. She helped organize and run an auxiliary High Holiday service (the Classical Service) held at the Riverside School. She had a beautiful and powerful voice and often led parts of the religious service. Cognizant of the need for more inclusion of seniors, she helped found the Silver Circle, a social group for seniors, and was its leader for a number of years. She was named Congregant of the Year in 2003.

Phyllis was the daughter of the late Jack and Beatrice Sterman. She is survived by her husband, Jerome Kurshan, whom she married in 1946. She is also survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Alisa Kurshan, a daughter Rachel Kurshan, five grandchildren; Ilana, Naamit, Ariella, Eytan, and Sara, six great-grandchildren; Shira, Amalia, Matan, Tagel, Liav, and Ezra; and a brother Alex Sterman.

The funeral was held at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, at 9 a.m. on Sunday July 13, 2014. Shiva will be observed at 2233 Windrow Drive with services at 8 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. Condolence visits may be made Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or to the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, 4 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.

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


Penelope A. Baskerville

Penelope A. Baskerville, 67, of Princeton died Monday, July 7, 2014 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Born in South Orange, she has been a resident of Princeton since 1972. Penelope was a member of the Zoning Commission, Princeton Young Achievers, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She served on the Princeton School Board and for many years as a docent at Morven and Drumthwacket.

Daughter of the late Robert L. and Yolanda (Reaves) Baskerville, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Dylan Penningroth and Carolyn Chen; a daughter Ailey Penningroth; her stepmother Mary Baskerville; and two grandsons August and Julien.

The funeral service was held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Avenue in Princeton. It was preceded by a viewing at 1 p.m. A private graveside service followed in Princeton Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Princeton Young Achievers and Heifer International. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.


Obit Webster 7-16-14Elizabeth McGraw Webster

Elizabeth “Lisa” McGraw Webster, a philanthropist and renowned supporter of American figure skaters, died on Saturday, June 28 at her vacation home in Sun Valley, Idaho. She was 88.

Ms. Webster was born in New York City to Elizabeth Murtland Woodwell and Curtis Whittlesey McGraw, president of McGraw Hill Publishing from 1950-53. She was the granddaughter of James McGraw, founder of the publishing house. Ms. Webster lived her entire life in Princeton, New Jersey, where she attended Miss Fines School. She went on to Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va. and Finch College in New York City.

Ms. Webster had a deep love for figure skating, and served on the board of The Skaters Fund, an organization that provides assistance to skaters and coaches in need due to illness, disability or age. Additionally, over some four decades, she sponsored numerous national and Olympic champions including Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Wylie, Steven Cousins, David Liu, Parker Pennington, Derrick Delmore, Jeremy Abbot, Alex Akin, and others. In recognition for her commitment to the sport she was nominated for the Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Ms. Webster also supported figure skating on the local level. She was a charter member of The Princeton Skating Club and her contributions built the club’s state-of-the-art Lisa McGraw Skating Rink at Princeton Day School.

Ms. Webster was active throughout the Princeton community, serving on the board of directors of Princeton Hospital, and holding memberships at the Nassau Club, Bedens Brook Golf Club, and the Pretty Brook Tennis Club. She was a founder and charter member of the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton. She also established the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation and the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, both in Princeton.

Ms. Webster was married twice, to James Stoltzfus and George Webster; both marriages ended in divorce. She is survived by two daughters, Lisette Stoltzfus Edmond and Marian Stoltzfus Paen; a son, Curtis McGraw Webster; grandchildren Elizabeth Edmond, Victoria Edmond, Alexandra Edmond, Nicolas Edmond, Antony James Maricich, Alexander McGraw Maricich, Anastasha Tatiana Maricich, and Theo McGraw Webster; sons- and daughters-in-law, and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, on October 11, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, Post office Box 627, Princeton, N.J. 08542-0627, or The Skaters’ Fund, 202 Park Knoll, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


William B. Jennings

William B. Jennings of Princeton died on Sunday, July 13, 2014 after a brief illness. He was 92. Mr. Jennings was born in Athens, Ga. in 1921 and was the son of Reverend Ernest Henry Jennings and Bertie Jennings. He moved to Bradenton, Fla. at age 3 where he lived through high school. After graduating from the University of Florida at Gainesville with a BS/BA, he served in World War II as a First Lieutenant in General Patton’s army. During the war, he held leadership positions, served throughout France, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge through 1945. He was awarded the Bronze and Silver Stars for bravery.

After the war, he entered Harvard Business School graduating in the infamous Class of 1949. After HBS he joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant in the New York Headquarters. Later in his career he held management positions with several financial firms including EF Hutton, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Lazard Frères. He was an active member of The Harvard Club of New York and also contributed to his class reunions and events.

In his retirement, Mr. Jennings was an advisor to The Partnership for a Drug Free America. Mr. Jennings was an avid history buff who enjoyed reading books on American history, visiting historical sites and exploring his family’s genealogy. He was a longtime resident of Princeton. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Mr. Jennings is survived by his wife of 53 years, Hilda A. Jennings, his son William H. Jennings and Cheri Jennings of Darien, Conn.; his son John S. Jennings and Krissan Jennings of Chicago; and a daughter Pamela Drake and H.B. Drake of Orinda, Calif. He also has six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at The Nassau
Presbyterian Church in Princeton, N.J. on Saturday July 19 at 11 a.m.

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


Ermelina Nini Procaccini

Ermelina Nini Procaccini, 93, passed away in peace on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Senior Center of Loomis House in Holyoke, Mass. Ermelina was born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, February 1, 1921, the second of four children, to Biagio Nini and Gabriella Procaccini. On May 25, 1942, she married her devoted and venerated husband, Angelo Procaccini, with whom she spent 59 glorious years until his death in 2001. Together with her husband and their two children, Alfonso and Italo, she immigrated to the United States in 1955, taking residence at Kingston, N.J. where she lived until 2006, when she moved to Holyoke to be close to family. Throughout the years, she returned to Italy on numerous occasions to visit relatives and enjoy the beauty and the art of her mother country to which she always felt so attached. A small woman of unbounded energy and unlimited love, courage, and faith, Ermelina was the consummate wife, mother, and grandmother. Her greatest joy was to give totally of herself to her entire family and friends. Known for her simple, yet exquisite cuisine, she particularly cherished any occasion when she could host and serve everyone around her table. Her homemade pasta and sauces, her stuffed focaccia with swisschard, and cotolette alla milanese were simply unmatched! In addition to her work as a meticulous housekeeper, Ermelina also enjoyed sewing, reading Italian literature, and listening to Italian opera.

More than anything, Ermelina basked in recounting tales from her small hometown of Pettoranello, always coloring and imbuing the stories with her playfully ironic humor and ever-quick wit. Ermelina leaves her two sons, Alfonso and his wife, Ariane, and Italo, whose dear wife, Helene, passed away only two weeks prior; her five grandchildren, Piero, Pia and her husband Stan, Francesca, Brennan and Devon; two great grandchildren, Eliza and Brayden. She also leaves her dearest and ever beloved sister, Dora Celli, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Calling hours at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home of Princeton will be Friday, July 18, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will begin Saturday morning, July 19, 2014 from Mather Hodge Funeral Home at 8:45 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian burial at 9 a.m. at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be made to the Loomis House, 298 Jarvis Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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!


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


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


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.


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 ( or to, 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.

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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.


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.


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


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.

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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.


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,


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 or by mail to Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton N.J. 08611-1799.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 ( 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.


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


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.


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,, and Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, Conn. 06880,

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.


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.


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.


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:


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.