August 20, 2014

Obit Haroldson 8-20-14Olaf Haroldson

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

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


Obit Schiro 8-20-14James J. Schiro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



August 13, 2014

Obit Horrigan 8-13-14W. Donald Horrigan

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


Sophie Marie Warren

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Porcaro 8-13-14Francesca Cuomo Porcaro

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

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

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

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

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

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Sarah Ann Dallam McAlpin

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

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

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

August 6, 2014

Obit Fulmer 8-6-14Thomas S. Fulmer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit NewtonLeonard Frank Newton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Waskow 8-6-14Geraldine Steet Waskow

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

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

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

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


Victoria Bernadette Sailliez Casey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Elizabeth Rorke Schorske

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mary D. Bancroft

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

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

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

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


Memorial Service

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


July 23, 2014

Obit Mahon 7-23-14James Francis Mahon

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Webster 7-16-14Elizabeth McGraw Webster 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A. Lloyd Moote

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

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

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

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


kuhn MugHarold W. Kuhn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wilda May Eicher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Webber 7-23-14Beverly Jo Webber

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

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

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

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


July 16, 2014

Obit Hernqvist 7-16-14Karl Gerhard Hernqvist

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Perkins 7-16-14Ruth Bergengren Perkins

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

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

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

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


Obit Morrisroe 7-16-14Mary Duffy Cognetta Morrisroe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Kurshan 7-16-14Phyllis Kurshan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Penelope A. Baskerville

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

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

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


Obit Webster 7-16-14Elizabeth McGraw Webster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


William B. Jennings

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

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

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

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


Ermelina Nini Procaccini

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

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


July 9, 2014

IMG_0002Elizabeth McGraw Webster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


William J. Bolger

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

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

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

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


Mark Brian Schulman

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

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

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

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

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


July 2, 2014

Obit Hamilton 7-2-14Andrew Hamilton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Calo 7-2-14Jeanne Calo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zvi Eiref

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Moore 7-2-14Robert Moore

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

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


Lucille Gaignault

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

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

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


Steven Carsten Paulsen

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 25, 2014

Obit Belshaw 6-25-14Elizabeth Wheeler Belshaw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obit Lynch 6-25-14Irene O’Neil Lynch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Charlotte W. Shapiro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tanis Virginia Cox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Guilluame Masseus

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

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

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

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

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June 18, 2014

Obit Yasuhara 6-18-14Ann Harris Yasuhara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Kittredge 6-18-14Susan Bird Kittredge

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

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

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

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


Ann D. Johnston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Pannell 6-18-14Roderick Davis Pannell

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

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

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


June 11, 2014

obit johnstoneBarbara Montagu Johnstone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rose Nussbaum Scott

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

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

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

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

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

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


Arthur Walton Litz, Jr. 

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

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

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

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

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


Caroline -Rebecca Cluett Houston

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

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

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

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

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

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


Deacon Joseph Kupin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Myles M. Kranzler

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

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

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

June 4, 2014

Obit Randall 6-4-14James K. Randall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert C. Johnston

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

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

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

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


Nancy Kern

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

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

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

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

Funeral services and burial are private.

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


Reverend Doctor Henry Dana Fearon, III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


May 28, 2014

Obit Erickson 5-28-14Elizabeth Gray Erickson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


at Kristin's wedding - 2008Raymond Henry Peters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Joseph Durant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences for the family may be offered at the following email address:


obit dennisDennis Minely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 21, 2014

Obit Borden 5-21-14Gloria Jones Borden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Lily Mildred Cutts Brown

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

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

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

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

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


Microsoft Word - Doc3.docxJames R. Casserly 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Obit Twitchell 5-21-14H. Patricia Twitchell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 14, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABarbara Clayton Grahn Garretson

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Deusen 5-14-14Martha Moon van Deusen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert S. Bennett, Jr.

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

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

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

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


Obit Vielbig 5-14-14Gail Morrison Vielbig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit McNair 5-14-14Vance O. McNair

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

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

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

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

May 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


April 30, 2014

Obit Sigmund 4-30-14Paul E. Sigmund

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obit Brower 4-30-14Brock Brower 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Margery Ann Rittmaster

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

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

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


April 23, 2014

Thomas C. Hazen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BernardBernard J. Lechner

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

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

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


Obit Goodyear 4-23-14Toby Goodyear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



April 16, 2014

Obit Brown 4-14-14Rosa Brown

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

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

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

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


Joseph Reading Comly, III

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

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

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

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

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


Coda ObitEdward T. Coda

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

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

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

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

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


Charles A. Sculerati

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

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

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

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

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


Mary Adams Barrie

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

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

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

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

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

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


Memorial Service

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


April 9, 2014

Marion Cooke Kimberly

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

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

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

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

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


Sally Glogoff

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

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

April 2, 2014

Obit MethTheodore Sager Meth

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

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

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

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

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

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


J. Edwin Obert, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Hudson 4-2-14Lorraine Hudson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Epstein 4-2-14Marion Greenebaum Epstein

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

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

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

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

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


John W. Bauman, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Claire Zeitlin

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

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

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

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

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



March 26, 2014

Obit Moynahan 3-26-14Julian Lane Moynahan

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

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

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

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

There will be a memorial service held in May.


Alice Bacon Westlake

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

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

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

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

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

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


Stanley Lependorf

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

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

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

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


Obit Juricic 3-26-14Susana Beatrice Juricic

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

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

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

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

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

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


Evan James Sarett Cramer

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

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

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

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

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

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Charles Fredenburg

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

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

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

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


Rosemarie A. Lechner

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

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

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

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


Claire Irene Muri

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

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

She was the wife of the late Roland Albert Muri.

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Pickering 3-26-14Donald Albert Pickering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



March 19, 2014

Obit Ullman 3-19-14Richard H. Ullman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Chambers 3-19-14William Scott Chambers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vincent R. Gregg, Jr.

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

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

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

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

Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

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

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


Sarah Campbell Coale

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



March 12, 2014

Mary Ann Jensen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ruth Meyrowitz Shaw

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Willis 3-12-14Edna W. Willis

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Weatherley 3-12-14John Swan Weatherley

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

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

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

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

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

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


March 5, 2014

Obit Haitch 3-5-14Richard W. Haitch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obit Cohen 3-5-14Marion Cleveland Cohen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Michael L. LaFauci

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obit Wright 3-5-14Benjamin M. Wright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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