December 24, 2014

Roger Schwing

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

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

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


Ann Gips

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

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

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

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

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

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


Patricia Maher Roberts

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

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

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

December 17, 2014

Obit Harford 12-17-14James J. Harford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obit Naumann 12-17-14Robert Bruno Alexander Naumann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Teresa “Nan” Cupples

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Partyka 12-17-14John R. Partyka

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his parents John and Jean Partyka.

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

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


Obit Grossman 12-17-14Allen Neil Grossman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 10, 2014

obit Goldberger mugMarvin L. Goldberger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Gould 12-10-14Kenneth S. Gould

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

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

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

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

His writings appeared in many professional publications.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


Nicolo Mauro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Lyness 12-10-14Paul Lyness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services and internment will be held privately.


Zelda Weisfeld Shuwall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 3, 2014

Obit Lidz 12-3-14Richard Ira Lidz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Merrye Hudis-Shavel

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

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

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

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


Obit Drewry 12-3-14Henry N. Drewry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 26, 2014

Olivia Lewis Thomas Chappell

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

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

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

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

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


Anne Martinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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James E. Doyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart ( or the Alzheimer’s Association (

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November 19, 2014

Kenneth John Arnott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Eric Reichl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Woodruff 11-19-14John Wright Woodruff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Johnson 11-19-14Jamesena Lois Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Meigs 11-19-14A. James Meigs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Westoff 11-19-14Leslie Aldridge Westoff

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

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


Donald R. McCauley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


November 12, 2014

Margaretta Rodgers Cowenhoven

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

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

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

She was an avid birder and an accomplished bridge player.

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

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

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


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.