February 27, 2013

2-27-13 Schmidt ObitJohn Allen Schmidt

John Allen Schmidt, born January 31, 1940 in South Dakota, died February 13, 2013, when a cerebral hemorrhage ended his ongoing battle with cancer.

Schmidt, whose profound and wide-ranging contributions to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) made him a highly respected leader in the worldwide quest for fusion energy, won wide acclaim for heading the design of cutting-edge facilities or tokamaks for magnetic fusion research.

After receiving his doctorate from University of Wisconsin in 1969, he began his 36-year career at PPPL, leading the design of controls for the Floating Multipole Experiment, one of the most advanced superconducting plasma confinement systems of the era. He subsequently became the first head of the Physics Group for TFTR, a tokamak which set world records for producing plasma heat and fusion power — over 10 million watts — while operating from 1982 to 1997.

Schmidt later headed the Advanced Projects Department at PPPL, where he nurtured a series of nascent projects including the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX), an innovative fusion facility that successfully installed some of the most complex electromagnets ever designed before construction of the project halted in 2009.

Schmidt’s accomplishments were also felt overseas. As head of the Applied Physics Division at PPPL in the 1980s, he played a key role on an international team that developed a conceptual design for a fusion power plant called INTOR which laid the foundation for the design of ITER, the world’s largest magnetic facility now under construction in France, a joint project involving European, Russian, and Japanese researchers. Also launched on Schmidt’s watch was collaboration between PPPL and South Korea on the design of K-STAR, an advanced fusion device that began operating in South Korea in 2008.

In 1996, Schmidt was named interim director and successfully led PPPL through a transition period from large fusion power producing experiments to smaller less expensive plasma research facilities including the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), a design intended to reduce the size and cost of future fusion machines.

Schmidt’s concern for the consumption and depletion of earth’s energy sources is evidenced in his broader energy research and papers analyzing penetration of fusion power into the commercial market, and his work regarding wind energy. He was also interested in broader application of plasmas and received a patent on the use of plasmas to sterilize bottles during manufacturing.

When not designing fusion facilities, Schmidt was enthusiastically engaged in fishing and rooting for the New York Yankees with his beloved son; sailplaning, and cross-country skiing. He was a master cabinet maker who designed and built all the woodwork plus bath and kitchen cabinets for his Stowe, VT home, as well as furniture for both his Vermont and New Jersey homes.

Still, among all his accomplishments, his most endearing and enduring legacy is his kind and generous gift of friendship to so many around the globe. John Schmidt was to his core a humble and good man.

Schmidt was predeceased by his parents, Delbert and Beryl Kingsburry Schmidt, and his first wife, Kathryn Phillips Schmidt. He is survived by his wife, Helen Wise; his son Michael of Newark, DE; his stepchildren, Katharine Wise (Bill Pinches), Ryan Wise (Leslie Brunner), Jenny Borut (Jeff), Mary Wise, Matthew Wise; his grandchildren Andrew, Colin, Timmy, Sam and Caleb Wise; Taylor and Stella Borut; his brother Robert (Delores); his nieces, Karen Shaw and Sue Schmidt; and nephew Curt Schmidt.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Cancer Institute of NJ Foundation, 120 Albany St., Tower 2, 2nd floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or online: cinj.edu; or Fox chase Cancer Foundation, Attn: Development Office, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111 or online: fcc.edu.


OBITUARYRoyal Macklin Archer

Royal Archer, former Princeton resident, passed away after a short illness in Pueblo, Colorado on February 21, 2013. He was 83.

Royal is preceded in death by his parents Major Herman N. Archer and Alice W. Archer. He is also preceded in death by a niece Alice “Lili” Archer.

Royal was born in Princeton, New Jersey, April 12, 1929, to Major and Mrs. Herman Archer. Royal spent his early years there with the exception of four years spent in the Philippines during his father’s posting there. During World War II his father, Major Archer spent three years as a prisoner of war at Camp Bilibid, Phillipines. Royal lived in Florida for two years during his father’s final illness.

Royal’s mother, Alice Archer, was a teacher at Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She also taught French at schools in Princeton including Princeton Day School where her favorite student was the late actor Christopher Reeve.

Drafted in 1951, Royal served two years with the Army artillery in Germany. After his military service, he joined David Sarnoff Research Center in Penn’s Neck, N.J. as a draftsman. He later worked for RCA Space Center at Hightstown as a technician. He spent the remainder of his working career in the aerospace industry as a space shuttle mechanic at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California and at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Royal Archer and Rosetta Trani of Princeton, were married in Basil, Switzerland in 1962. They enjoyed many happy years travelling the world together.

Royal was an avid scuba diver and used his skill as a volunteer diver for Water Search and Rescue in Princeton. As a world traveler, he had climbed the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Royal was also a skilled horseman and loved his Champion Jumping paint horse named Skipper.

Upon retiring in 1994, Royal and Rosetta settled on a small ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado where he spent his last years. Royal will be remembered by the folks in Westcliffe as the “big cowboy.”

He is survived by his wife Rosetta, his brother Herman, Jr., two nephews, a niece, and nine great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at a future date upon the interment of his ashes at the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton. Memorial contributions may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1107 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005.


Morton Lewin

Morton Lewin died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on February 20, 2013. He was 81.

Mort grew up in the Bronx, oldest of 3 siblings. Childhood included a successful stickball career (he was a member of the “Hawks,” many of whom remained in touch well into adulthood), followed by four years at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. Mort excelled both academically and athletically in high school, graduating as salutatorian of his class and as a wingback and play caller of the football team. He is immortalized in a cartoon in his senior yearbook, wearing a football uniform, cradling a football in one hand and  holding out a textbook in the other. During these years, he also began a lifelong passion for music, as both performer and arranger. During the summers, Mort escaped New York City to work as a bus boy and waiter at Camp Boiberik, a Yiddish summer camp in Rhinebeck NY. He met his wife, Suki, at Boiberik in 1948, and all four of their children (Cherie, Brandon, Julie, and Gene) happily continued the family tradition there in the 1970s.

He was awarded a scholarship at Princeton University, where he began as a freshman in the fall of 1950. After a semester, Mort enlisted in the army band during the Korean War and was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone (where Suki spent the second half of her childhood). When he returned to Princeton in 1954, he and Suki were married and expecting their second child. He graduated with a BS in electrical engineering in 1957, and soon added an MS in 1958 and a PhD in 1960.

Mort worked at RCA for 14 years, during which he was awarded more than ten patents and received the “Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer” award from the national electrical engineering society, ETA KAPPA NU, in 1966. In 1972, he transitioned to an academic career as a full professor at Rutgers University, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. During this phase of his career, Mort published two books: “Logic Design and Computer Organization” and “Elements of C.”

Music remained an important part of his life; he played saxophone and piano and ended up focusing primarily on jazz flute. He played in and around Princeton for years, including a 2-year stint at the Yankee Doodle Room in the Nassau Inn in the early 1970s, which he called “the best gig I ever had.” He also continued to flex his athletic muscles as an avid tennis player, playing twice a week into his 80s.

Mort is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Suki, his four children, two younger sisters Ruth and Sondra, and eight grandchildren. He will be remembered for his love of jazz, his devotion to his family, and his brilliant mind. Contributions to honor Mort’s memory may be made to Jazz House Kids: (973) 774-2273 or www.jazzhousekids.com.


February 20, 2013

obit DunbarWilliam K. Dunbar IV

William K. Dunbar IV (known as Corky or Bill) passed away on February 6 at home in Manhattan Beach, Calif., surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jan; his children, Sam (15), Phoebe (13), and Cami (11); his mother, Lucinda Dunbar, and his father, William K. Dunbar, III; his sisters, Amy Sparkman and Wendy Hodge; and his grandmothers, Elizabeth (Libby) Dunbar and Irene (Beanie) Beil.

Bill’s life spanned the country, and added significantly to many different communities, including extended family, friends, and co-workers. Bay Head, New Jersey was his home except for five years (grades 8-12) in Princeton, where he graduated from Princeton High School. Through those years, ties to the Jersey shore were retained over the summer. Bill received his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University as a Phi Gamma Delta and his MBA from Northwestern University. He moved to Connecticut to begin his career in the world of real estate investment.

In 1995, Bill married Jan Meinke and soon started a family. A job change for Bill brought the Dunbars to Manhattan Beach, California in 1998: Bill worked for William E. Simon and Sons (later Paladin Realty Partners) for thirteen years, and then took a promising new job with Artemis Real Estate Partners in January 2012. Fulfilling work, the weather, and a remarkable community of friends have held the Dunbars in southern California for the last 14 years.

Throughout the years, Bill remained in steady contact with friends and family across the country: his wit, wry sense of humor, and colorful stories were trumped only by his loyalty. Bill enjoyed golf, running, skiing, going to the beach, and family vacations. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, grandson, friend, and co-worker, and he was highly respected in the workplace and the local community. He will be profoundly missed! Donations in support of Bill and Jan’s children may be made to: The Dunbar Educational Family Trust, c/o Artemis Real Estate Partners, 5404 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 410, Chevy Chase, Md. 20815.


Alan S. Lavine

Alan S. Lavine, 83, formerly of Princeton, New Jersey, now of West Palm Beach, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley K. Lavine, sister, Florence Klatskin, three daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Leonard Gray, Susan and Seth Schwinger, and Davida and David Zimble, seven grandchildren, Benjamin Gray, Ann Reddy, Eliezer Zimble, Asher Zimble, Jacob Zimble, Ezra Zimble and Tara Schwinger, and a great-grandson, Amruth Reddy.

Alan was a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers University Law School and one of the founding partners of the Trenton law firm of Schragger, Schragger & Lavine. He was the former president and director of the Mercer County Association of Real Estate Attorneys and a trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association. He served as special counsel for Urban Renewal Acquisitions in the City of Trenton, special counsel to the Princeton Regional Planning Board, and legislative counsel to the New Jersey Savings League. He also served as a member of the New Jersey Historic Trust, a member of the board of directors of the Mercer Unit of the New Jersey Association for Retarded Citizens and as a trustee of the Delaware-Raritan Girl Scouts Council.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, 11115 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, Florida at 12:15 p.m. The family has requested memorial contributions be made to The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, 551 SE 8th Street, Suite 505, Delray Beach, Fla., 33483, or the Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33407.

February 13, 2013

2-13-13 Wightman ObitArthur Wightman

Renowned mathematical physicist and Princeton University Thomas D. Jones Professor Emeritus Arthur Wightman died of Alzheimer’s disease January 13 at Veterans Nursing Home in Edison. He was 90. He was best known for his pioneering and far-reaching research on the mathematical foundations of quantum field theory.

Wightman grew up in Rochester, N.Y. He attended Yale University, and had Henry Margenau and Leigh Page as advisers. As a doctoral student at Princeton, Wightman studied under John Wheeler before earning his PhD in physics in 1949. Wightman joined the University’s faculty in 1949 and was granted emeritus status in 1992. He was widely known as an excellent teacher and mentor, generous with his time and ideas. He advised more than 20 graduate students.

Wightman is one of the founders of modern mathematical physics. He provided for the first time a mathematically elegant and axiomatic approach to quantum field theory in which all-important physical results such as the parity-charge-time (PCT) symmetry and the connection between spin and statistics became theorems. The Wightman theorems on the reconstruction of a quantum field theory from the Wightman functions and the Bargmann-Hall-Wightman theorem on the structure of their analytic continuation are unfading foundation stones of modern physics. Together with Rudolf Haag in Germany, Wightman brought quantum field theory to a fully axiomatic description, fulfilling at least in part the dream expressed by David Hilbert in his sixth problem of 1900.

For his work, he received the 1969 Dannie Heinemann Prize for Mathematical Physics from the American Physical Society and American Institute of Physics, and the inaugural Henri Poincaré Prize from the International Associate of Mathematical Physics in 1997. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London, Fellow of the American Academy of Art and Sciences, a Doctor of Science of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (1968), and Doctor Honoris Causa of Göttingen University (1987).

Like much of Wightman’s work, the axioms stemmed from his pursuit of a deeper understanding of how physics worked, said Arthur Jaffe, a Harvard University professor of mathematics and theoretical science. Jaffe earned his doctorate in physics from Princeton in 1966 with Wightman as his adviser (Jaffe also earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University in 1959). Wightman enjoyed delving into existing physics ideas to illuminate those elements that were actually not understood, Jaffe said.

“There is an enormous difference between what you think you know and what you really know, and it was the latter that Arthur strove to uncover,” Jaffe said. “His work set the standard for a high road to understanding the deeper meaning of physics.”

Jaffe described Wightman as a rigorous researcher who always acknowledged past scientific ideas, yet relentlessly pushed himself and his students toward the next steps in their work. Though he studied under Wightman for four years, the two had frequent contact for decades about their work. Jaffe is well known for his work in constructive quantum field theory, which focuses on showing that Wightman’s axioms could be realized with concrete examples.

“I can say I’ve been a student ever since,” Jaffe said. “Arthur set me on the path of what I spent most of my life doing. I think of Arthur as the spiritual leader of mathematical physics and his death really marks the end of an era. It’s hard to think of who will step into Arthur’s shoes with the same wonderful breadth of interests, insights, understanding of people, and ability to inspire the best from others. In the meantime, I mourn his loss.”

Despite his work in the dense and esoteric field of mathematical physics, Wightman’s wife Ludmilla said her husband was sociable and well read on many subjects. Ludmilla, a fellow physicist who specialized in high-energy physics, said the couple “never stopped talking from the moment we woke up to the moment we fell asleep.” His reputation and rapport with scientists around the world kept them in touch with a string of colleagues and students.

Princeton Professor of Mathematics Edward Nelson often sought Wightman’s input on his recognized work in mathematical quantum field theory. Approachable and helpful to his colleagues, Wightman would turn a seemingly simple answer into a fascinating and sprawling exploration of the topic at hand, said Nelson, who joined Princeton’s faculty in 1959.

“He was a tremendous source of information to his students and colleagues,” Nelson said. “I frequently went to him with questions and got a very full and comprehensive answer. Many people had that experience with him: Ask a simple question and get a very complicated answer. I often got much more than I asked for, but it was worth it.”

Princeton Professor of Physics Chiara Nappi recalled that conversations with him on any subject were delightful. “There is nothing such as a quick answer by Arthur to any question,” she said.

“He knows so much, he has so much to say, so many details to reveal, so many connections to make. You sit there listening to all these facts that he remembers in exquisite detail, totally fascinated. You have forgotten where you started from and have no idea of where he is going. It takes you by surprise when finally he closes his multiple loops and sub-loops in his discourse, and gets back exactly where he started from. Hours later, you finally have the answer to the question you asked long ago, and in the process you have learned an awful lot about a lot of things you did not even know existed, and enjoyed every moment of it.”

In addition to his wife, Wightman is survived by his stepson Todor Todorov. A memorial service will be planned. The Princeton department of physics is collecting remembrances of Wightman for a memorial web page.


2-13-13 Lovitt ObitGeorge H. Lovitt

George Lovitt of Princeton, formerly of Baldwin, N.Y., passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 6, 2013. Loving husband of the late Nancy Lovitt (nee Posner) and more recently, Judith Bronston of Princeton, he was also the beloved father of four children and their spouses, Alison and Ken Reinfeld, Chip Lovitt and Lori Gale, and Robert and Michele Lovitt, and Patricia Barrier.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn., on June 7, 1922, George grew up in Freeport, N.Y., where he was a student leader and standout scholar. He attended Hamilton College and New York University. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Army, and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat in Germany.

He began his book publishing career in 1946 in the publicity department of Prentice Hall Publishers, then was named advertising and sales director at John Wiley & Sons in 1948. In 1952, he joined the pioneering book-advertising agency Franklin Spier as account executive, and rose to the rank of president and chairman of the company. Throughout his career, George Lovitt was a respected and popular figure in the book and advertising industry, working with publishing houses such as Little, Brown, Doubleday, Simon & Schuster, New American Library, and Harcourt, and a variety of illustrious authors including Norman Vincent Peale, Adlai Stevenson, Kurt Vonnegut, Herman Wouk, Robert Kennedy, John LeCarre, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Thor Heyerdahl, and many others.

After he retired, he was active in a variety of groups in the Princeton area such as Community Without Walls, and he helped organize and honcho the local 55+ organization. He loved music, especially jazz (and was an accomplished pianist), enjoyed interests such as art, literature, woodworking, and travel, and was known to all as a witty and delightful conversationalist.

Besides his children, he is survived by his wife Judith, his adoring stepdaughters and their spouses, Baila and Dovid Grinker, Jan and Arik Gorban, Deb and Michael Bronston-Culp, Sue and Jim Griffis, and Ruth Bronston and Charlie Bose; nine grandchildren, Erika, Greg and Tim Reinfeld, Keith and Liane Lovitt, Keren and Ben Gorban, Chaya Mushka Grinker, Marda Barrier, and one great-grandchild Margot Reinfeld.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in George’s memory to the Anti-Defamation League, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Doctors without Borders.


2-13-13 Plaks ObitLivia Plaks

With great sadness in our hearts, the family of Livia Plaks would like to announce her death on February 2, 2013, of a sudden heart attack at her home in Princeton.

Mrs. Plaks, known professionally as Livia, but to family and friends as Lilly, was born in Baia Mare, Romania in the shadow of the Holocaust in April, 1947. Her parents, Coloman (Kalman) and Cecilia (Tsili) Basch, both suffered tremendous losses due to Nazi persecution. Kalman lost his first family — his wife Lily Freund, and their children Estuka and Öcsi; while Tsili lost her parents and several siblings in the hell of deportation and concentration camps. Tsili survived Auschwitz, and Kalman survived by escaping from a forced labor camp. After returning to Romania and learning that his entire family — wife and children — had been killed, Kalman was in deep despair, but was eventually persuaded to try a second start at life by marrying Tsili, the sister of his first wife, Lily, in 1946. Kalman and Tsili had two children, Lily (born 1947) and Vera (born 1949).

Despite the traumas of war and persecution, Kalman, Tsili, Lilly, and Vera Basch lived a normal family life in Baia Mare, where they spoke Hungarian and Yiddish at home, but Romanian in school and other public places. But with the intensification of anti-Semitism in Romania, the family began the process of attempting to leave, finally succeeding in 1964 with the help of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). After spending six-months in a refugee transit center in Rome, the Basch family arrived in the United States, settling in Highland Park, New Jersey. Lilly attended her senior year of high school in a strange country while learning a new language.

The following year, she enrolled in Douglas College (Rutgers University). During her freshman year, 1965, she met Andrew Plaks, a Princeton undergraduate, who would become her husband in 1968. The Plakses spent most of the subsequent 45 years of their marriage in Princeton, where Andrew continued his studies as a graduate student and later joined the faculty, serving as professor for many years. Mrs. Plaks earned a Masters Degree in Russian Literature from New York University, but began her own professional career only some years after the birth of her two sons, Jason (born 1971) and Eric (born 1974). It was not until 1984 that she began working full-time, first in interpretation and translation services, then in the field of academic exchanges with Communist countries through the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) as assistant to the executive director. With the fall of the Iron Curtain, a rare opportunity presented itself to make a difference in conflict resolution between ethnic groups in the new and chaotic world of former Soviet bloc countries, and Mrs. Plaks joined founder Allen Kassof in creating the Princeton-based Project on Ethnic Relations (PER), serving as executive director. When Dr. Kassof stepped down as president in 2005, Mrs. Plaks succeeded him and led PER until the organization closed its doors in 2012. During her years with PER, she was a key player in mediating ethnic disputes in her native Romania, as well as in several other countries in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. She was awarded the Order of Merit by the president of Romania in recognition of her work.

Her passing is felt with the profoundest sorrow by communities in Princeton, Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond, but most deeply by her husband, Andrew, professor emeritus of Chinese literature at Princeton University and currently a professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, her sister Vera Moreen, a scholar in Persian studies based in the Philadelphia area, her son, Jason, a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto and her son Eric, a music teacher in the New York City public schools. She also leaves three grandchildren.

Although Mrs. Plaks’ sudden passing leaves a void in a place where there was so much hope and excitement for the years to come, her life story — rising literally from the ashes of the Holocaust, through the trials of the American immigrant experience, and culminating in professional and personal fulfillment and a career of service — has served as an inspiration for everyone who knew her. Known for her radiant smile and contagious charm, Mrs. Plaks will be deeply and sorely missed.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alliance for Peacebuilding at https://afpb.site-ym.com/donations/fund.asp?id=6854, or by check to AfP Plaks Fund, 1320 19th Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20036.


February 6, 2013

Obit BrittzinWillard W. Brittain, Jr. 

On January 25, 2013, Willard W. “Woody” Brittain, Jr. of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Princeton, New Jersey, passed on surrounded by family and friends after a three-year battle with ALS. Woody Brittain was a native of Arlington, Virginia, and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1966. He earned a BA in Economics at Yale University in 1970 and an MBA in Finance at Harvard University School of Business in 1972.

Woody led the Washington, D.C., office of Price Waterhouse from 1983 for ten years and was a member of its board of directors. In 1994, he was appointed Price Waterhouse chief operating officer and moved to New York City. There he directed the historic merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand. Woody’s management talents led to his election to the boards of five Fortune 500 companies. Upon his retirement from Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2003, Woody founded the executive search and consulting firm Professional Resources on Demand.

A dedicated volunteer, Woody mentored dozens of young people while also serving on the boards of the National Urban League, the Northern Virginia Urban League, LEAD, the YMCA of New York City, and the Washington Ballet. As a Yale alumnus, Woody established Yale ORD Leadership Program and the Brittain-Palmer Fund for innovative programs of the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center. In addition, he served on the Yale Corporation Audit Committee and the Dean’s Board of Advisors of the Harvard Business School. Yale University bestowed its highest alumni honor, The Yale Medal, on Woody in November of 2011.

He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Deborah Carpenter Brittain, daughter Lindsey Elwin Brittain, of New York City, sister Barbara Y. Brittain, of Arlington, Virginia, and numerous other relatives. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Woody’s memory to the National Urban League, 120 Wall Street, New York, N.Y., 10005.


Clement E. Baldwin

Clement E. Baldwin, 92, of Hamilton Square, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.

Born and raised in Rocky Hill, he lived there until 1999 before moving to Hamilton Square. He graduated from Princeton High School, Class of 1938. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, assigned to the 15th Army Air Company. Upon release from the service, he entered the field of residential construction. Later, he started his own business that grew to include his three sons. He retired in 1985.

He was an exempt life member of Rocky Hill Fire Company. He was a life member of the Rocky Hill First Reformed Church. He served on the Rocky Hill Board of Education for sixteen years.

Clem enjoyed family vacations at the beach, spending summers on his boat with his children and grandchildren, saltwater fishing, and watching his children and grandchildren participate in sporting events. He also enjoyed time at the Hamilton Senior Center.

He was predeceased by his parents Clement R. and Mary (Longstreet) Baldwin, and two sisters Mildred Baldwin and Anna Mae Owens, and his loving wife Beryl Agin Baldwin of 32 years.

He is survived by his four children and their spouses Dale and Karen Baldwin of Lumberton; Mark and Marie Baldwin of Hamilton Square, with whom he resided; David and Sherry Baldwin of Yardville; and Mary and Joseph Puhalski of Hamilton Square; ten grandchildren Jill (Luis) Davila, Todd Baldwin and fiancé Nicole, Michael (Michele) Baldwin, Christine (Thomas) Meyer, Brian Baldwin, Heather (Matthew) Guagliardo, Daniel (Rachel) Baldwin, Kelly Baldwin, and Brandon and Colette Puhalski. He is also survived by five great grandchildren Christian, Brielle, Brooke, Alexa, and Ella.

The Funeral will be held 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February, 8, 2013 at the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill, Washington Street, Rocky Hill.

Burial will follow in Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Hill Fire Company No. 1, P.O. Box 327, Rocky Hill, N.J. 08553.


Obit AnnichElizabeth J. Annich 

Elizabeth J. Annich, who dedicated her life to family, church, and the teaching profession, passed away at her home in Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa, on January 30, 2013. Born in Philadelphia on June 23, 1915 to Russell and Helen Johnson, Mrs. Annich is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, the Rev. Dr. Russell W. Annich. She is survived by her children, Hon. Russell W. Annich Jr. of Princeton, Janet A. Winther of Flemington, and Rev. Lois H. Annich of Cleveland, Ohio. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Christopher and Peter Winther; Charles Annich; Tim and Molly Israel; a great-grandson, Landon Winther; and a beloved niece: Alice Fichter.

Mrs. Annich graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls, where she was editor-in-chief of the yearbook. After graduating from the Philadelphia Normal School at the height of the Great Depression, she was one of only two students to be offered employment. She later received a BA from Temple University. Over the course of her career, she taught in Philadelphia, Trenton, Ewing Township, and Princeton. Her love of children and ability to inspire and engage them made her a dearly beloved teacher wherever she went. Even in retirement she was so highly valued that she was asked to come back for a term to deal with a special assignment.

Mrs. Annich played an active role in her husband’s ministerial career. They lived in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, Haddon Heights, Trenton, and Princeton. She shared her gift for teaching in Sunday School, but is also remembered for graciously entertaining large groups of seminarians, musicians, and congregants in need of home-cooked meals at the holidays. Upon her husband’s retirement from Bethany Presbyterian Church in Trenton, Mrs. Annich became active at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, where she was ordained a Deacon and an Elder. She was also active in the Presbytery of New Brunswick, particularly with women’s issues. For a number of years she was a volunteer at the Medical Center of Princeton, logging in over 1,000 hours as a visitor for Patient Services and in the surgical waiting room. At Pennswood Village, Mrs. Annich was an enthusiastic volunteer, most notably working with the welcoming committee and library. She loved reading and in her later years continued to study literature at Bucks County Community College.

Burial will be private in the Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service was held at Nassau Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, N.J., 08542.


Obit MacdonaldHarry R. Macdonald

Harry R. Macdonald, 90, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and a long time resident of the Princeton area died suddenly at Hilton Head Hospital on January 30, 2013.

Mr. Macdonald was born in Princeton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Macdonald, Sr. He graduated from Princeton High School where he was president of his senior class, attended Princeton University with the class of 1944 and transferred to the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 1946 from which he graduated in 1945. His naval career was primarily in submarines, including recall during the Korean conflict.

He married Alma Lewis of Rocky Hill, in 1946. She died in 1983 and he married Suzanne Myers in 1988. Following naval service, he worked briefly for Proctor & Gamble and then Lever Brothers Company, New York, N.Y. for 35 years, 12 of which were in Hammond, Ind. where he managed the factory before being transferred to New York City. He was active in civic and community affairs as Chairman of the Planning Board and as president of the Board of School Trustees in Munster, Indiana. He retired in 1985 from Lever House in New York City as director of manufacturing services.

After returning to New Jersey in 1969, he was active in the Reformed Church in America, locally as an elder, regionally as president of the Classis of Raritan and as president of the Reformed Church Ministries to the aging. Since moving to Hilton Head in 1996, Mr. Macdonald has been active in the Presbyterian Men of the Church, an organization of men of the area churches, as director, as its president, and in chairing an annual College Ethics Symposium and in initial planning of an annual Christian Heritage Breakfast during the Heritage of Golf. He has also served as treasurer of the Hilton Head Chapter of the United States Navy League. Long active in Princeton University alumni affairs, he chaired 1944’s annual reunions from 1989-2004, and served the class as secretary, vice-president and until 2010 as president.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; three children of his first marriage; Jan Smith of Alton Bay, N.H.; Suzanne Horan of Martinsville, Ind.; and CDR Kim Donahue, USN Chaplain, of Baltimore, Md., currently serving at Marine Air Group 31, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C.; and four step children: E. Peter Myers of Bonney Lake, Wash.; Elizabeth Myers of Falmouth, Maine; Jeffery Myers of Oceanside, Calif.; Sarah McNaughton of Hallowell, Maine; 6 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. at the Providence Presbyterian Church, Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head with the Reverend Lifer officiating. A reception will follow at the Cypress, 20 Lady Slipper Lane, Hilton Head Plantation, HHI, S.C.. Following cremation, his ashes will be divided between Rocky Hill Cemetery, Rocky Hill, N.J. and the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium, Annapolis, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church, Rocky Hill, N.J., 08553; Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head, S.C., 29928 or Princeton University, Box 1946, Princeton, N.J. 08544.

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements, www.theislandfuneralhome.com.

January 30, 2013

1-30-13 Olgyay ObitIlona Olgyay

Ilona Olgyay passed away peacefully at the Princeton Medical Center on Saturday December 29, 2012. Ilona moved to Princeton in 1953, and with her husband Victor (died 1970) raised her children here.

Born Ilona Csuvik on November 27, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, Ilona was very active in sports, especially swimming. She also had a younger brother Oscar (died 2011), who became an Olympic water polo coach.

In her teens, during a time when Hungary won more Olympic medals per capita than any other country, Ilona was awarded the national award for being the top all-round women athlete in the country and was subsequently nominated to the Hungarian Olympic swimming team.

It was in Hungary where Ilona met and married Sandor Tarics, and in 1945 gave birth to daughter Eszike Tarics (died 1996). Ilona and Sandor were living in New York when Hungary was invaded by Germany in World War II, they both immediately returned to Hungary and fought in the resistance, saving the lives of many.

After the war Ilona and Sandor returned to the U.S.A., and eventually divorced. Ilona married Victor Olgyay in 1951; they lived in Indiana and Massachusetts before settling in Princeton, where Victor became an assistant professor of architecture at Princeton University.

Ilona had three more children, Nora Ava (born 1952), Cora Lynda (born 1953), and Victor Wayne (born 1958). In addition to raising her children, Ilona assisted her husband Victor performing interior designs for many of his houses. From 1970 to 1990 Ilona worked at the Institute for Advanced Study as a cataloguer in the Historical Studies Library. She greatly enjoyed this work, it used her broad multilingual skills, and she developed a wonderful network of friends there.

After retiring Ilona continued her passion for tennis and played several times a week. She also worked with several local volunteer organizations, notably “meals on wheels.” She generously gave back to the Princeton community that she loved. We love you and miss you, our dear cica pofa.

Ilona is survived by her daughters Nora and Cora, her son Victor, and grandchildren Niels, Ingrid, Kaya, and Maille, nieces Sally, Tabitha, and Joy, and great grandson Raoul.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in Ilona’s memory can be made to the Princeton Public Library at 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542, (609) 924-8822 x251, or online at bit.ly/PPLdonate.


1-30-13 Noel ObitNelson E. Noel

Nelson E. Noel, of Princeton, died peacefully on December 2, 2012 after a long battle with heart disease. Born in North Adams, Mass. on July 14, 1938 to Alice Rowley and Edgar Noel, Nelson settled in Belle Meade, with his wife, Altina, in 1969. They later moved with their three children to Princeton, where he lived for the last 29 years.

Nelson was a loving husband and proud father of three children. Passionate about international travel (especially family trips to his wife’s native country, Brazil), history, and math, he also loved opera, and crossword puzzles. He was a great fan of international soccer, his beloved Boston Red Sox, and Alabama’s Crimson Tide. Nelson’s generosity and compassion were evidenced by his contributions to country and community. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1963 after serving a tour in Germany, was a treasurer for the Montgomery United Methodist Church, served as an usher at Princeton Presbyterian Church, and volunteered his time on the Princeton Elections committee, and with The United Way.

Following studies at the University of Alabama and graduation from Rider College in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Nelson began his career as a securities analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York City and earned a master’s degree in business administration from New York University. During his 34 year career he travelled the world extensively in analyst roles for various firms on Wall Street and earned repeated recognition as an all-star fixed income analyst by Institutional Investor and the Wall Street Journal. He retired from Moody’s Investor Services as a vice president in 2000.

Nelson is survived by his wife of 45 years Altina; his sister Janice Hamilton of Chicago; his three children and their spouses, Marilene Noel Bysshe and Robert Thomas Bysshe, Seattle, Wash., Linda Noel and Scott McGoldrick, Princeton, and David Rowley Noel and Kristen Armstrong Noel, Seattle, Wash.; and his four grandchildren, Cameron Bysshe, Olivia McGoldrick, Julia McGoldrick, and Jackson Noel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name can be made to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, 3626 US Highway 1, Princeton, N.J. 08540 (609) 497-4190.

A private burial will be held at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Trinity Church at 33 Mercer Street in Princeton with a reception immediately to follow at Springdale Golf Club at 1895 Clubhouse Drive in Princeton.


Betty V. de Sherbinin

Ms. Betty V. de Sherbinin of Princeton died on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the age of 95.

Ms. de Sherbinin was born in British Columbia, and had lived in Princeton since 1956. She was most proud of her five published books: Wind on the Pampas, Bindweed, By Bread Alone, The Challenged Land and The River Plate Republics.

She is survived by her nephew Matthew de Sherbinin with whom she lived, a niece, Paula Hawk of Ridgefield, Connecticut and a grand nephew and niece.

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

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


Angeline Dorothy Esposito

Angeline Dorothy Esposito, 96, passed away Friday, January 25, 2013. Born February 4, 1916, she was the eldest daughter of Siggismondo and Pasqualina Ranieri and sister of Filomena Skowronski, Adelina Provenzano, and Pasqualina Pease, all deceased. Angeline was a lifelong resident of the Princeton-Lawrenceville area. She married Joseph A. Esposito (deceased 2006) in 1934. Surviving are eight devoted children: Robert, Patricia Sohn, Marilyn Dinicola, Joseph, Catherine Dress, Diane Jacobs, David, and Thomas, 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Angeline attended Nassau Street Elementary School in Princeton and worked as a seamstress for several years before turning full time to raising her children with her loving husband, Joseph, who operated a service station in Princeton with his brother Vincent J. (Jim) Esposito for over 50 years. She was most proud of the fact that, despite having only an elementary school education, she was able to see all her children graduate from college, enjoy successful careers, and raise families of their own.

She enjoyed cooking and entertaining, sewing, and spending time with her children and their families. She was also an accomplished gardener, and was proud of the numerous flowerbeds, shrubbery, and plantings that surrounded her home in Lawrenceville. Her gardens were featured in an article in the Lawrence Ledger in the early 1980’s.

For the past 9 years, Angeline resided in Longmeadow, Mass. Her daughter Catherine lived nearby and oversaw her mother’s care. For the past 2½ years, she was a resident of the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow, Mass, where she received excellent care from the staff and was known as “the sweetheart of the unit”. The family is most appreciative of the kindness shown toward their mother by them.

The family will receive visitors at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542 on Saturday, February 2 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with a funeral mass to follow at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.

Extend condolences at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com


Michael Edward Curtin

Michael Edward Curtin, 73, of Naples, Florida and formerly of Princeton, died on January 10, 2013 in Naples, Florida. His life was marked by unwavering devotion and love to his wife and children, steadfast loyalty to his friends, true conviction to his ideals, and untiring commitment to his work.

Michael was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Cascia Hall before attending the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1961 with a BA in Business Administration and was co-captain of the fencing team. He received an MBA from Chicago Business School in 1965.

His career was concentrated in International Finance for several companies. Notably he was executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. from 1981-1988. Throughout his life, he sustained an interest in developing markets, particularly in the role that business could play in bettering national economies and individual lives.

Michael was an early Peace Corps volunteer and part of the first group sent to Chile in 1961-63. In his later years, he became a Knight of Malta and his charitable activities were concentrated on this association. He remained a loyal alumnus of Notre Dame and regularly traveled back to the University for class reunions, football games, Peace Corps reunions and other events.

Michael is survived by his wife, Anne O’Grady Curtin; his children, Victoria and her husband Henry, Theodore and his wife Pamela, Christianne and her husband Daniel, and Susan and her husband Michael; his brother John D. Curtin and sister Margaret Curtin Hutchinson and their families; as well as his lively and lovely grandchildren: George, Elinor, Michael C., Daniel, Charles, Virginia, Michael J., Theodore, and Theodora. He was pre-deceased by his parents Agnes Marie Curtin and John Dorian Curtin, his brother George M. Curtin, and his granddaughter Marie-Claire Curtin.

He was a good man. He led a good life. He will be terribly missed by those who knew him.

Condolences may be mailed to 3951 Gulf Shores Blvd North, #201, Naples, Florida 34103.

January 23, 2013

1-23-13 Gilvarg ObitCharles Gilvarg

Charles Gilvarg, former and founding chairman of the Biochemistry Department at Princeton University and recently senior research scientist and professor emeritus in the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University has died in Scottsdale Arizona at age 87. Born in New York City in 1925, he attended Stuyvesant High School, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science (BChE 1948), and received a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Chicago in 1951.

His interest in science began early and was helped along by a landlady who gave him a chemistry set when he was 8 years old. His parents, Rose Kreitzer and Hyman Gilvarg, Jewish immigrants from Romania and Ukraine who left their families to come to New York, indulged him in early experiments, allowing volatile chemicals to be kept on their dresser, and permitting the occasional dead mouse in the refrigerator. His two doting older sisters, Marion and Eva, broadened his interests by introducing him to art and literature. His academic career was started in a time when quotas for Jewish students were still operative, but Stuyvesant and Cooper Union provided academic rigor and free tuition to all. Although he was not a religious man he was always proud of his Jewish heritage, and made a point of taking his family to Israel.

A World War ll veteran who served in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army, he contracted spinal meningitis on a troop ship on his way to his first station in New Guinea and was an early recipient of penicillin, surviving a disease that was often fatal before the use of antibiotics. His unit arrived in Japan days before the armistice was signed in order to set up the communications link, and Charles spent many months there with the occupation forces.

In 1949, while at the University of Chicago, he met and married Frieda Mueller, who was getting a Masters in Zoology. Her devout protestant family did not immediately approve of the marriage, and only the groom’s family and friends attended the wedding in New York City. However, after the birth of their first child, in Chicago, the bride’s family softened their opposition; and the large extended Mueller family has remained close, occasioning travel across the country. In sixty-three years the marriage wore out at least one set of wedding bands.

His early scientific career began in the laboratory of Dr. Konrad Bloch (1964 Nobel laureate) who advised his thesis, and then invited him to spend a post-doctoral year, continuing work on amino acids. With Bloch’s recommendation he returned to New York joining the laboratory of Dr. Severo Ochoa, also later a Nobel laureate (1959), at New York University School of Medicine. He also spent time in the laboratory of Dr. Bernard Davis, where they worked on aromatic biosynthesis of amino acids, and it was at NYU that he began his teaching career.

A few years after winning the Paul Lewis Award of the American Chemical Society in 1963, for promising scientists under 40, he was offered a full professorship at Princeton and moved his family to the leafy suburbs following a six-month sabbatical at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Known as a rigorous and methodical teacher, he worked with many graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and his lucid explanations inspired some undergraduates to pursue scientific research careers.

His passion was organic chemistry wherever it led: lysine pathway to pancreatic cancer. Colleagues noted his prodigious memory for detailed organic chemical syntheses years later. Mentoring graduate students and technicians was his favorite occupation and he enjoyed following their professional careers after they left his lab. He loved teaching chemistry on a one-to-one basis and tried valiantly to do this with his grandchildren with limited success, but he had much better luck with bridge and blackjack. His wide range of scientific knowledge was a great family resource that computers cannot replace. He enjoyed his contact with colleagues at Princeton, notably his sixty-year relationship with Dr. Jacques Fresco, and took great pride in the distinguished careers of many of his students. He was active in research to the end, publishing 131 papers in a career that spanned sixty-two years and earning 10 U.S. and international patents and numerous grants. He was receiving funding from the Axelrod Foundation for validating a new serum biomarker for early stage pancreatic cancer when he died.

His wife Frieda, his four children Karyn, David, Martin, and Gail, eight grandchildren, Amos, Ian, Alexander, Megan, Charles, Thomas, Katherine, and Patrick, sister-in–law Elizabeth Mueller, many nieces and nephews as well as hundreds of former students and research collaborators survive him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science in Art, Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Attn: Brooke Bryant, 8th floor, 30 Cooper Square, New York, New York 10003. A memorial in Princeton will be held at a later time.


Beryl Gwyn Curschmann

Beryl Gwyn Curschmann (née Davies), age 75, died Friday, January 18, 2013 while visiting family in Delaware. She has lived in Princeton since 1963.

She was predeceased by her son, Paul Curschmann. She is survived by her husband Michael Curschmann, daughter Jane Curschmann and grandsons, Yannick and Max, as well as family in Wales and Germany.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. Cremation and burial will follow privately.

Visiting hours are from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions may be made, in her memory, to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 872, Trenton, N.J. 08605.

Extend condolences online at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


1-23-13 Chan ObitTucker Ryan Chan

Tucker Ryan Chan, 23, died accidentally on January 5th in Menlo Park, California. He was a student at Stanford University pursuing a PhD in high energy physics.

The son of Winston Chan and Barbara Ryan, of Princeton, Tucker was born July 29, 1989. He moved to Princeton from Iowa City, Iowa as a child and attended Princeton public schools, graduating from Princeton High School in 2008.

Tucker loved the physics and mathematics departments at PHS and was an active participant in their Science Olympiad program. He was twice selected for the U.S. Physics Team and in 2008 won a gold medal for the United States at the International Physics Olympiad competition held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

After high school, Tucker’s creativity and intellectual curiosity led him to MIT where he explored, among other things, astrophysics, metal casting, musical composition, and jujitsu. An accomplished pianist, he continued to play throughout college. He graduated in 2012 with degrees in mathematics and physics.

In addition to his parents, Tucker is survived by his brothers, Walker, of Boston, and Philip, of Princeton, as well as his grandmother Rose Chan, aunts Marjorie Chan and Darlene Chan, all of Los Angeles, an uncle Douglas Ryan, of Dublin, Ohio, and cousins Tisa Chan, Enzo De Palma, Austen Ryan, and Hailey Ryan.

A private ceremony was held in San Mateo, California. A memorial service to celebrate Tucker’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tucker’s memory to the Physics Olympiad Fund of the American Association of Physics Teachers: AAPT Donations, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, Md. 20740 or www.aapt.org/Donations.


Julie (Poentje) R. A. Chytrowski

Julie (Poentje) R. A. Chytrowski, of Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida passed away January 8, 2013. Born Julie (Poentje) Dubach, on July 2, 1928 in Antwerp, Belgium she married Dr. Allan M. Chytrowski on June 26, 1959. She resided in Manhattan, Bronxville, N.Y., the Princeton region of New Jersey, Bird Key in Sarasota, and last in Bradenton, Fla.

Surviving family members are her husband Allan M. Chytrowski, her daughter Nancy Reinson, her son-in-law Kerry and grand-daughters Alexandra and Brittany. Also surviving: in Belgium is her sister Kiki Swysen, brother-in-law Dr. Remy Swysen and their children Dr. Christine Verschroeven, Christine’s husband Guy, Michele Swysen, her children Arthur and Alize, and Philipppe Swysen; in Japan, Pierre Swysen, his wife Mie and son Ken.

Julie was a graduate of the Belpaire School and the Women’s College in Antwerp, Belgium. Fluent in English, Flemish, French and German, she worked for various shipping and transportation companies in Belgium and at the Belgian Consulate in New York City. Later, she was an independent literary agent regularly attending the Frankfurt, New York, and Chicago Book Fairs. She was active in the support of women’s causes, serving as president of the Women’s Club in Princeton and president of the Women’s Club of Sarasota. She was instrumental in pioneering orthopedic medical assistance for handicapped children from Poland thanks to Sarasota’s Sahib Shriners and the Polish American Association of Sarasota. She was extremely well-read, and was honored, several years in a row, with the Women’s Club Prize for having read the most books, some 200 to 300 books per year. She was wise, optimistic, independent, and always ready to help others; truly a joy to live with and be around. She lost her battle with Alzheimer’s, a brutal disease and will be greatly missed by her entire family and all who knew her.

A memorial reception was held to commemorate Julie’s life at her residence in Bradenton, Florida, 6916, 67 Terrace East, Bradenton on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 4 p.m. In honor of Julie’s life and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the women’s support group of your choice.


Frank J. Clark, Jr.

Frank J. Clark, Jr., 98, of Rocky Hill died Friday, January 11, 2013 at St. Joseph Skilled Nursing Facility of Lawrenceville, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Utica, N.Y., he lived in Rocky Hill for 50 years. Frank was a graduate of Hamilton College, the Westminster Choir College, and received his masters from Columbia University. Frank retired from teaching at the Peddie School. He taught most of his career at private schools such as Pennington Prep School and Princeton Day School. Frank was an accomplished violinist and the conductor for the DuPont Chorus and Orchestra, director of US Steel Chorus and also played with several jazz groups in town. He headed up the Hamilton College Alumnae Association in the Princeton Area and was an avid tennis player.

Son of the late Frank J. and Gladys (Roberts) Clark, Sr., brother of the late A. Kermit Clark, and Douglas Clark, he is survived by his wife Jean C. (Craig) Clark, 3 daughters Christine G. Kerr, Abigail C. Ford, Jennifer Clark, 3 grandchildren Tyler Kerr, Adam Ford, Molly Ford Slenker, and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church.


1-23-13 Peterson ObitBurnetta Griggs Peterson

Burnetta Griggs Peterson, 82, of Princeton passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, after a brief illness.

A native Princetonian, Burnetta was the daughter of Burnett Griggs, owner of the Griggs Imperial Restaurant, and Ruth Evans Griggs, a well-respected teacher at the Nassau Street Elementary School. She attended the Witherspoon Street School for Colored and graduated from Princeton High School. She pursued a career as an educator upon her graduation from the Child Education Foundation and Adelphi College in 1951. She taught second grade at the Parker School in Trenton, the Nassau Street Elementary, and Valley Road Schools in Princeton.

Burnetta married Chester Peterson, DDS in 1956 and moved to his hometown of New Brunswick, where his dental practice was established. After seven years in New Brunswick, they returned to Princeton to raise their two daughters. The importance of education was a value she stressed throughout her life and passed this life lesson on to her children.

Her strong sense of community influenced her decision to select the developers of Princeton Community Housing to sell her family owned property on State Road. She recognized the need for affordable housing in Princeton and was pleased that Griggs Farm would offer to many young people the dream of owning their own home.

Burnetta loved creating beautiful flower arrangements, art, music, reading, and history.

Predeceased by her husband, Chester Gaylord Peterson, DDS, she is survived by her two daughters; Wendy Peterson Osborn and her husband Loren of Oak Hill, Va. and Kim Peterson of Princeton; two grandchildren, Christopher and Chloe Osborn; and cherished life-long friends.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. in Princeton Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, Princeton on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Committee of the Legal Defense Fund, c/o Deborah Raikes-Colbert, 137 Lawrenceville-Pennington Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.

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Andrew J. Sofranko

Andrew J. Sofranko, 89, died on January 8, 2013, of complications from influenza/pneumonia. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Lorraine Trump Sofranko, who died in 2012. Andy was born in Allentown, Pa. to Andrew John Sofranko and Elizabeth Lesho, both originally from Czechoslovakia. Andy graduated from Thaddeus Stevens Technical College in Lancaster, Pa. as a machinist, in 1943. He met Lorraine in a roller skating rink in Allentown; they married in 1944. Andy left soon after to serve as a B-17 bombardier in the 15th Army Air Corps in Foggia, Italy, surviving numerous harrowing bombing runs into northern Italy. He retired in 1964 from the active reserve with the rank of Major. He attended Muhlenberg College in mechanical engineering, but left after a year to support his growing family. Over a long career in the steel industry, Andy designed steel forming machines, authored four U.S. patents, and retired as vice-president of sales for Morgan/SMS in Pittsburgh, Pa. Andy and Lorraine lived from 1985-2007 in Pawley’s Island, S.C., where they forged new friendships, were active golfers, and enjoyed visits from their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In 2007, Andy and Lorraine moved to Elverson, Pa. to be closer to their children. He was a 32nd degree Freemason. He is survived by his sister, Marie Mickel, his children, Sandra O’Brien and John, granddaughters Stacy Kripas and Kathleen O’Brien, and great grandsons Michael and Benjamin Kripas.

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


1-23-13 Rogerson ObitElizabeth M. (Betty) Rogerson

Elizabeth M. (Betty) Rogerson, 89, died on Friday, December 21, 2012 after an extended. illness.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Rogerson was the daughter of the late Frances and Lillian Van Doren. She was the wife of Dr. John B. Rogerson, her devoted, loving husband of almost 70 years. Mrs. Rogerson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton, and spent 23 years volunteering her time to provide Meals on Wheels to needy families in the communities of Central New Jersey, all while raising 3 sons. She and her husband moved to Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pa. in 2001. Mrs.
Rogerson (Nana) was a warm and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an inspiring role-model who only saw the good in those around her.

Surviving, in addition to her husband are two sons, Dr. John N. Rogerson and wife, Sherri of The Villages, Fla. and Alan M. Rogerson and wife Chrysa of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Jennifer Azzano and husband Chris (Colonel USAF) of Edwards AFB, Calif., Betsy Wolf and husband Derek of Danville, Calif., John D. Rogerson and his wife, Christine of Howell, N.J. and Jason Rogerson of Trenton; great-grandchildren Allison and Steven Azzano, Emmy and Drew Wolf, and Jerry and Jake Rogerson. Mrs. Rogerson was predeceased by a son, Jerry Rogerson and she will be deeply missed by family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013 in Penn Hall, Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice.


V. Carolyn Hingher

V. Carolyn Hingher, 72, of Kingston, peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Princeton Care Center, Princeton, NJ, with her loving daughter by her side.

Born in Princeton, Mrs. Hingher resided in Plainsboro for many years before moving to Kingston over 40 years ago.

After starting as a secretary in the mid 1970’s, Carolyn retired as the director of human resources for Caliper Inc. in 2005. In her leisure time she was an avid tennis player, reader, and lover of the New Jersey Shore. She was known for her beautiful smile and gift of conversation that could make anyone feel right at home.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Owen E. Hingher (1988) and parents Guy and Ruth (Dellinger) Lamkin, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Beth and Joseph Tolin and their son, Matthew, all of Kingston, a son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Kimmra Hingher and their children, Owen and Aubrey, all of Tennessee, a brother Dean Lamkin of West Virginia, a niece and two nephews.

Funeral services will begin on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by burial in the family plot at Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, N.J.

Visiting hours are on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions may be made, in her memory, to the Princeton HomeCare Services, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540 (please designate Princeton Hospice Program on the memo line), National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 310, Fort Atkinson, Wisc. 53538, and/or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-60111.

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January 16, 2013

Diogenes Allen

1-16-13 Allen ObitDr. Diogenes Allen, a distinguished scholar in the field of the philosophy of religion, and the Stuart Professor of Philosophy emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, died on January 13, 2013, at the age of 80 in hospice care at Chandler Hall, Newtown, Pennsylvania. He joined the Seminary faculty in 1967 as associate professor of philosophy, and became a full professor in 1974. He was named the Stuart Professor in 1981. He retired and was named Stuart Professor Emeritus in 2002.

Allen was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 17, 1932. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky in 1954, and went on to study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned a BA (1957) and later an MA (1961) from Oxford. He earned the BD (1959), the MA (1962) and the PhD (1965) from Yale University. His thesis for his PhD was titled “Faith as a Ground for Religious Beliefs.”

Before joining the Princeton Seminary faculty, he taught at York University in Ontario, Canada, from 1964 to 1967. He also was a visiting professor at Drew University and at the University of Notre Dame during his career.

Allen’s scholarly interests focused on the philosophy of Leibniz and Simone Weil, and on the spirituality of Simone Weil, Blaise Pascal, and George Herbert. A prolific author, he wrote books that contributed both to the world of scholarship and to the lives of practicing Christians and church leaders. His major volumes include Theology for a Troubled Believer (2010); Spiritual Theology: The Theology of Yesterday for Help Today (1997); Nature, Spirit, and Community: Issues in the Thought of Simone Weil (1994, with Eric O. Springsted); Quest: The Search for Meaning through Christ (1990); Christian Belief in a Postmodern World (1989); Love: Christian Romance, Marriage, and Friendship (1987); Primary Reading in Philosophy for Understanding Theology (1992); Philosophy for Understanding Theology (1985); Mechanical Explanation and the Ultimate Origin of the Universe According to Leibniz (1983); Three Outsiders: Pascal, Kierkegaard, and Simone Weil (1983); Traces of God in a Frequently Hostile World (1981); Between Two Worlds (1977); Finding Our Father (1974); The Reasonableness of Faith (1968); and Leibniz’s Theodicy (1966). He also wrote many articles in academic publications, and lectured regularly as guest lecturer at colleges, universities, and seminaries.

It was as a caring teacher that many Princeton students and graduates, and members of churches across the country, knew Allen. He was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), ordained in 1959 at Windham Presbyterian Church in Windham, New Hampshire. He was pastor of the Windham church from 1958 to 1961 and served several interim pastorates during his lifetime. Throughout his life, he regularly preached, taught adult education classes, and led retreats in congregations, a ministry that was as important to him as was his teaching in the classrooms of Princeton Seminary. With the media department of Princeton Seminary, he published a number of video resources and study guides based on his books to help congregations talk about topics from love and marriage to friendship, from suffering to sin. These included video series titled Love: Christian Romance, Marriage, and Friendship; The Significance of Suffering; Temptation; and Eight Deadly Thoughts.

Dr. M. Craig Barnes, the president of Princeton Theological Seminary, was a beneficiary of Allen’s teaching. “Over thirty years ago I had the high privilege of being one of Professor Allen’s many students,” he said. “He had a wonderful gift for teaching us how to turn critical thinking into a spiritual practice.”

Allen contributed to the life of the academy through service on the advisory board of the Transatlantic Perspective at the University of Bonn, Germany; the advisory committee of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton; the executive board of the Society of Christian Philosophers; the executive board of the Simone Weil Society; and the editorial board of Theology Today. He was the cofounder of and served on the executive board of the American Weil Society. He was a member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Theological Society.

He was awarded the John Templeton Prize for Best Courses in Science and Religion in 1995 and the John Templeton Foundation Award in Science and Theology in 1992 and 1993.

Allen was a priest associate at All Saints Church Princeton after his retirement. He was a friend of the Sisters of the Community of the Holy Spirit in New York City.

Diogenes Allen is survived by his wife, a daughter, three sons, and eight grandchildren. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in Diogenes Allen’s honor to the All Saints Church, Outreach Fund, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. There will be a memorial service at All Saints Church at a future date.

Princeton Theological Seminary was founded in 1812 as the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. It is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in six graduate degree programs.


obit NikolaiNikolai Vassilev

Nikolai Vassilev successfully escaped communist Bulgaria at the age of 29 in 1973. He is survived by his soulmate Elena, who joined him in following his dream to come to America, — they spent 45 years of their abundant life together.

After the first seven years in New Jersey, with hard work and dedication, Nikolai and Elena fell in love with Princeton and opened one of the areas most successful full service European Day Spas, “Beauty Dreams.”

He was a dependable, honest, and loving father to Mimi Vassilev-Baker, Nicole Vassilev Klein, and George Vassilev. A fun loving and big hugging grandfather, “Dedo Niki” will be missed dearly by his four grandsons, Maximus, Austin, Nikolai, and Luka. As much of a friend as a father, Nikolai was an accepting father-in-law to his sons-in-law Brandon Baker and Todd Klein. Memories will certainly include their recent adventurous first deep sea fishing trip in Nikolai’s beloved Naples, Florida.

From a young age, Nikolai was a true audiophile and avid record collector with over 20,000 records in his collection. He never thought twice about making a personalized CD for someone, as it brought him as much joy to make it as to give it.

He loved the saying “life is good”, and in the presence of Nikolai you could see why. Family always came first, and celebrations were filled with love and happiness. Always up for a passionate conversation about art, fashion, cooking, travel, history, music, or politics, Nikolai always managed to make someone laugh and gain a different perspective on life.

Unfortunately as all good things must come to an end, so did the full and colorful life of Nikolai on January 9, 2013 — he was 68. He was taken away from us quickly, but peacefully in his sleep. His family will miss all the joy and laughter he shared with them.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in memory of him and the designation of Princeton House to “Princeton Health Care System Foundation”, where Nikolai was employed since 2004. He truly enjoyed working there and helping everyone he met as much as he could. He lived a blessed life.


Herbert M. Gurk

Herbert M. Gurk was an active member of the Princeton community since 1960. He was a leader of research and development teams at RCA Astro Space Division in East Windsor, president of the Jewish Center of Princeton, member and chairman of several of its committees, trustee on its board of directors, and regular participant in community, charitable, and other volunteer organizations. Dr. Gurk is survived by his wife Maxine Auerbach Gurk and their beloved family, Lisa Herman (Mike) of New Orleans, Louisiana; David Gurk of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Rebecca Gurk (Stuart Mangel) of Columbus, Ohio; and their grandchildren Katie Herman (Mike Noble), Peter Herman, Molly Mangel, Josh Mangel, and Ben Mangel.

Dr. Gurk graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a PhD in the mathematical theory of games. In 1956, he joined RCA in Camden, where he applied his mathematical training to the fields of communication and digital data processing. He moved to RCA’s David Sarnoff Laboratory in 1957 to become an intelligence data processing manager on Project ACSI-MATIC for the US Army intelligence department. This project was transferred to RCA Astro in 1958. Upon its completion, Dr. Gurk moved to RCA Astro to become a manager in the space systems development programs. For more than 30 years, he was recognized by government agencies and professional societies as an expert in applications analysis and the development of remote sensing and weather satellite systems. He specialized in advanced earth resources observation systems for NASA, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Agriculture, and worked on the integration of weather bureau and Air Force meteorological satellite programs. After his retirement, he was a frequent consultant on U.S. government programs and taught courses on satellite remote sensing for private and government space system laboratories. He published and presented his work on mathematics, space systems, and remote systems at professional and government meetings for more than 40 years.

Starting in 1993, Dr. Gurk became a volunteer reader of mathematics and physics for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Princeton. He also volunteered as a math and physics tutor at Princeton High School. He was a Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League and a sought-after partner for local and regional duplicate bridge tournaments. He remained an avid fan of all Philadelphia sports teams throughout his life.

His family and friends remember his capabilities, enthusiasm, and bright smile in anything he did. In the presentation to him at his retirement dinner, the speaker described him as someone who liked “every show, movie, and book he saw or read, and gave original thinking and life to all his activities.” We will miss him.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Memorial contributions to Learning Ally, Financial Development Dept, 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or the Jewish Center of Princeton are appreciated.

Extend condolences at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


January 9, 2013

Obit DeAndradeRuppert DeAndrade

Ruppert “The Big Guy” DeAndrade of Princeton died on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at a hospital in central New Jersey.

Born on October 6, 1929 in New York, Ruppert moved to Princeton in the mid-1970’s. When Ruppert re-located to Princeton, he was a tenant in the home of the late Mrs. Jesse Holland on Leigh Avenue. Although he had no known relatives, he was soon embraced by the late Mrs. Jossie Broadway of Birch Avenue, and her entire family. As a result, he was included in all of their many family celebrations.

Ruppert worked for many decades for the Princeton Township Public Works. Due to his stature, many people in town referred to him as “The Big Guy” who worked for, and drove the truck for the Township. He was so proud of his job, that even when he was not working, he was most often seen wearing the hat and jacket bearing the logo of the Public Works.

Due to his love for his hometown, he became an iconic figure around Princeton, usually on Nassau Street talking with the taxi drivers, the merchants, the tellers at the bank, and always conversing with the customers that frequented the kiosk at Palmer Square.

After Ruppert retired from the Princeton Public Works, he started spending most of his time talking with his fellow tenants at the Holly House, where he resided until his health required that he move to Merwick. Even there, he was referred to as “The Big Guy,” who was a little different from the other residents.

It was such a pleasure to see Ruppert respond favorably when my (Frances Broadway Craig) children would come with me to visit him and still include him in any celebrations. He was happy to be included in the ritual of Holy Communion, which Reverend Brooks from Mount Pisgah Church would administer and pray with him.

Ruppert is survived by his loving, supportive family, including Frances Broadway Craig, Julian Craig, and Romus Broadway of Princeton, Sydni Craig and her husband Reverend Michael Nabors of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., John and Herbert Broadway of Lawrenceville, Jaqui Geary of Trenton, and Daryl Boone of Morristown.

The funeral arrangements, conducted by The Campbell Funeral Home, were private.

May the memory of Rupert “The Big Guy” DeAndrade be etched in the hearts of anyone he may have touched.

Any memorial contributions may be made to Mount Pisgah Church, 170 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. This obituary was lovingly submitted by Frances Broadway Craig.


RhodesMinnie L. Rhodes

Minnie L. Rhodes of Princeton, New Jersey passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2012, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Columbia, North Carolina on November 6, 1934, Minnie was educated in the North Carolina public school system. She moved to Princeton, New Jersey in 1958.

Minnie was a Home Health Aide with the Home Care Council of New Jersey from 1976 to 1992. From 1992 to 2012, Minnie was the Site Supervisor for the Mercer County Nutrition Program, retiring from there in July 2012.

Minnie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Princeton from 1958 until her death. While a member of First Baptist, she served in the Willing Workers, Adult Dance Ministry, Ladies Guild, Missionaries and the Nurses Unit. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church Choir and the Sunday School.

Minnie was an officer of the Nassau Court #6 Order of the Calanta. She was a frequent traveler and member of the Princeton Getaway Club. Minnie was also a distinguished lifetime member of the Trenton Chapter of the NAACP.

Minnie was predeceased by her parents, Tassie and Hodges Bowser, her sisters, Marie Ashe, Ermaline Akin, and brothers Leonard and Hardy Bowser. Minnie was also predeceased by her first husband, Melvin R. Liverman who died in 1964 and her second husband, Playton Rhodes, who died in 1986.

Minnie is survived by her children, Dexter Liverman of Ewing, Bonita (Richard) Leadem of Ewing, Denise (James) Isley of Trenton, Lance (LaTonya) Liverman of Princeton, and Elliott (Karen) Liverman of Pottstown, Pa. as well as her stepsons, Emmanuel (Hazel) Rhodes of Princeton, and Oscar Rhodes, also of Princeton. Minnie is also survived by four sisters, Violet (James) Barnes of Norfolk, Va, Shirley Liverman of Brooklyn, N.Y., Alene Lockhart of Trenton, and Mary (Joe) Collier of Morrisville, Pa. as well as three brothers, Clayton (Della) Bowser of Columbia, N.C., Hodges Bowser, Jr. of Windsor, N.C., and Grady (Kay) Bowser of San Jose, Calif., and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services were held on January 5 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place in Princeton. Reverend Carlton Branscomb officiated. Interment was at Princeton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.


Katharine Bonsall Strong

Katharine Bonsall (Kay) Strong, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Cub Scout den mother, and beloved matriarch of her extended family, passed away peacefully at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, on November 19, 2012. She was 96.

Kay Strong was born in Morristown on July 6, 1916 to parents John Halsey Bonsall and Katharine Neilson Bonsall. After graduating from Kent Place in Summit, she attended Sweet Briar College, Class of 1939, where she was active in the Drama Society. Her late brother, Major John H. Bonsall, Princeton, Class of 1941, was one of three members of a Jedburgh team who was killed behind enemy lines in France in August 1944 during World War II (he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Croix de Guerre posthumously). Kay was so proud of her brother and established a memorial fund in his honor in the music department at Princeton University.

In 1942, Kay married the late John Van Rensselaer Strong, an attorney in New Brunswick from whom she was divorced in 1963. She is survived by their four children: Katharine S. (Bonnie) Berge of Johannesburg, South Africa; John VR Strong, Jr. of Princeton; Robert L. Strong of Lincoln, Calif.; and Sarah Strong Drake of Belle Mead.

Kay was a “people person” with a delightful wit and a gentle nature who especially enjoyed volunteering with children and the elderly. For five years she served as president of the board of managers of the Francis E. Parker Memorial Home in New Brunswick, and for eight years as a vice president of the Girl Scouts of Middlesex County. She belonged to the Study Club of New Brunswick for 37 years and also the Trowel Club. She was a volunteer at the Child and Family organization in New Brunswick and belonged to the Second Dutch Reformed Church of New Brunswick. Kay served as a den mother for the Milltown Cub Scouts while living there.

After moving from Milltown to Princeton, Kay became a charter member and officer of the Learners Investment Club (L.I.P.) of Princeton; was a volunteer at the Princeton Nursing Home for 15 years; and participated in the reading program at the Skillman Training School for Boys. She served for five years on the Council of Friends of the Princeton Public Library, and was a trustee for the New Jersey State Museum for several years.

Kay belonged to the Princeton Present Day Club. She was also a member of the Junior League, the Holland Dames Society, the Lords of the Manor, the Colonial Dames of America and the Colony Club in New York City.

About 25 years ago, Kay moved permanently to her coastal home and most beloved retreat on Fisher’s Island Sound in Noank, Conn. She became a member of the Noank Baptist Church and was co-chairman of its stewardship committee; sang in the senior choir; was secretary for its Evening Circle; and a volunteer in its fundraising activities, including the Corner Closet. In her own words, she “always relished soliciting for any worthwhile cause,” from raising funds for the Pequot Sepos Nature Center in Mystic, Conn. to securing donations for the church’s annual silent auction.

Kay was a keen amateur artist, filling many sketchbooks with scenes from her travels. She also painted in oils on canvas a variety of landscapes, seascapes, animals, and people. During Noank summers, she studied oil painting with the late artist Robert Brackman. She was a devoted gardener and enjoyed arranging the flowers she grew in her gardens in Princeton and Noank. Her creative expression extended to singing and playing the piano, talents that she passed on to her daughters.

Kay “Gammie” was dearly loved by her six grandchildren: Matthew, Benjamin, and Simon Berge, and Katharine, Emily, and Alexandra Drake. She never had the chance to meet her two young South African great-grandsons, Zachary and Joshua Berge.

Her family especially appreciated the devoted caregiving from Maria Ellis. Maria was a kindred spirit whose loving attention brightened Kay’s final years.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, at 900 Herrontown Rd, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

A memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on January 12 at 11 a.m. An additional memorial service will be at the Noank Baptist Church in Noank in spring.

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


Mary Devlin Abbott

Mary Devlin “Devey” Abbott, 89, of Boca Raton Florida, passed away on Saturday January 5 surrounded by her family.

Devey was born in Trenton, attended Cathedral Grammar School, and was a graduate of Cathedral High School.

In 1943 she became the wartime bride of George Simko who served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific. After the war they had a son, Michael Simko. Their marriage ended in divorce.

In 1960 she married Clarence “Chafe” Chafey, a retired New York banker. The 1960s were a special time as Devey reconnected with her Cathedral classmate and friend, Betty Hughes, wife of Governor Richard Hughes. At first a campaign volunteer, Devey later agreed to serve as Betty’s social secretary. For eight years she managed the daily social and family affairs at Morven, the governor’s residence. She kept a close but loving eye on the eight Hughes and Murphy children then living under the Morven roof. She loved the Hughes family like her own, and remained close to the children for the rest of her life. At various times each was labeled her favorite, but she loved them all deeply.

After the Morven years, Devey returned to being a wife and mother until March 1970 when Chafe died.

In November 1971, Devey married J. Alan Abbott of Boca Raton, Florida, and Stamford, Conn. Alan had recently retired as President of Homelite Corp., later a division of Textron Inc.

Devey and Alan enjoyed a wonderful life together in Boca Raton. They entertained often and were active in several Boca Raton charities, notably in support of the Boca Raton hospital. They were longtime members of both the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, and of the Delray Beach Club. Devey lived in and loved Boca for more than forty years until her death.

Devey also maintained ties in New Jersey. She was a member of the Trenton Country Club where she enjoyed friends and family during summer and holiday visits with her son and granddaughters. She was also a member of the Nassau Club.

Daughter of the late Peter James and Margaret Duffy Devlin, wife of the late J. Alan Abbott, mother-in-law of the late Elaine F. Simko, sister of the late Margaret Palsho and Helen Masick, she is survived by her son Michael Simko of Princeton, three granddaughters — Kate, Caroline, and Julia, and several nieces and nephews.

Devey was generous and caring with all of her friends and family. She will be greatly missed by the many whose lives she touched.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 10 at 11 a.m. at The Church of the Sacred Heart, 343 S. Broad St. Trenton.

Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m., at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, N.J., 08618. Visit www. Murphyfh.com.

There will be a memorial service in Boca Raton later this month. Details will be announced later.

Flowers are welcome or donations may be made in Devey’s memory to St. Francis Medical Center Foundation 601 Hamilton Avenue Trenton, N.J. 08629 or to Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation 745 Meadows Rd. Boca Raton, Fla., 33486.


frohlingLucille Joan Frohling

Lucille Joan Frohling died peacefully at Sibley Hospital on December 23, 2012 after a massive stroke. A lifetime Washington D.C. resident, Lucille was born in Princeton. A talented performer, her survivors include her siblings: Elizabeth Curtiss of Princeton; John Frohling of Jersey City; Edward Frohling of Southampton, N.Y.; Lucien Frohling of North Caldwell, N.J.; Agnes Jackson of Hanover, Pa.; Marie Rawlings of North Andover, Mass.; daughter Diane Daniels of Durham, N.C., and 24 nieces and nephews.

A burial service will be held on Friday, January 11 at 10:45 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. There will be a memorial service for her many Washington friends on February 9 at Epiphany Catholic Church in Georgetown.


O'NeilLauren O’Neil

Lauren O’Neil, 61, a Kingston resident for over 30 years, was killed in a head on collision on Route 206 in Montgomery on Saturday night, December 22, 2012. Born in Watertown, N.Y., on September 8, 1951, O’Neil grew up in Canandaigua, Huntington, and Greenlawn, N.Y. She graduated from Harborfield High School in Greenlawn where her father, Harry O’Neil, was a history teacher. Her mother, Rosemary, was also a teacher. Upon graduation from Ithaca College, O’Neil worked as a Vista volunteer in Newark and Harlem in New York City. She first came to Princeton as an au pair in the late 1970’s and then developed a highly successful career in radio advertising sales. She was employed variously over two decades at WCTC, WPAT, and CBS. O’Neil was a single mother of Devin O’Neil, now 23.

Friends most remember Lauren for her seemingly limitless energy and generosity, and for her involvement and devotion to innumerable causes and organizations close to her heart. She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton since the 1980s. She organized a series of brunches at UUCP to raise money for groups such as Homefront and the Mercer Alliance. Lauren coordinated UUCP’s donations to the Crisis Ministry of Trenton and Princeton for many years. She was an active fundraiser for the Stonybrook Millstone Watershed Association and NJ Citizen Action. She was also actively involved with the Coalition for Peace Action, The Middle East Society of Princeton, and in Democratic Party politics in Princeton and Kingston. She served as a Kingston Commissioner and Somerset County Democratic Committeewoman. She was a major organizer in the Kingston community and was well known at election time for organizing voter registration and get out the vote drives in Philadelphia, as well as locally.

Recently, O’Neil completed an MA in Special Education at Rutgers University and was matriculating into a doctoral program at Rutgers. She has worked as both an elementary school substitute teacher and as a tutor for the Princeton Regional School District, primarily at Riverside and Community Park schools. “The kids loved her,” said Carol Allen, grandmother of a Community Park School student.

O’Neil was also a long-time member of the Princeton Ski Club, played tennis and rugby, and was a member of the Princeton Country Dancers where she especially loved English Country Dance.

O’Neil is survived by her son, Devin, of New Brunswick, and by her mother Rosemary O’Neil, sister Coleen Hennessey, and niece and nephew Erika and James, all of Plantsville, Conn., and by additional relatives in Rhode Island, western New York state, and Michigan. O’Neil treated all of her close friends as family.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Rd, on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 2 p.m.


Rachel Jeanne Lehr

Rachel Jeanne Lehr, 80, passed away in her home on Saturday December 29, 2012. The daughter of Martin and Rebecca Lehr, she was born in Bayonne, and grew up in Teaneck. She graduated from Teaneck High School. As she raised five children, she earned a BA from Columbia University in 1981 and a JD from Rutgers University, Newark, in 1984.

Rachel began her career as an attorney in 1985 with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In 1989 she became a Deputy Attorney General for the Division of Law of the Office of the Attorney General for the state of New Jersey, where she worked until her death.

She is survived by her children and their spouses Jill Mohrer (Jonathan Mohrer), James Goodman (Jennifer McFeely), Robert Goodman (Deborah Bernstein), Sandra Goodman (Susan Weil), and Wendy Goodman (Leonard Tesler); her grandchildren Joshua Mohrer, Daniel Mohrer, McFeely Samuel Goodman, McFeely Jackson Goodman, Alexander Watkins Goodman, Jonah Tesler, Haley Tesler, Abigail Goodman, and Gabriel Goodman; sister Edith Amsterdam and brother Jay Lehr; and ex-husband, Burton Goodman.

Funeral services were on Monday at 11 a.m. at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street in Princeton. Burial will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus.

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions be offered to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation or the Environmental Defense Fund.

Shiva was observed. Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.


Alfred D. Christie

Alfred D. Christie, M.D., 81, of Pennington, passed away Monday at Capital Medical Center-Hopewell.

Born in Trenton, Dr. Christie was a life long area resident.

He was a graduate of Trenton Boys Catholic High School, Georgetown University class of 1952, Jefferson Medical College, Class of 1956. Dr. Christie interned at Mercer Medical Center in Trenton, served as a Captain in the US Army Medical Corp in Fort Sam Houston Texas and then went on to practice family medicine in West Trenton for over 30 years. He helped organize and was president of the Medical Board at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation in Lawrenceville. He was a member of Symposium, The Trenton Club, the N.J. Audobon Society. He was an avid fisherman, sailor, skier, ice skater, and loved his dogs .

Son of the late Alfred E. and Anna West Christie, father of the late Brian J. Christie, brother of the late Betty Ann Christie Sweeney and Mary Virginia Christie Nolan, he is survived by his wife of 56 years Carol Christie, three daughters and two sons-in-law; Gretchen Christie of Princeton; Colleen and Martin Maloney of Frenchtown, N.J.; and Cathleen and Jeffrey Arch of Lawrenceville. He is also survived by one son, A. Douglas Christie, M.D., of Bloomsburg Pa.; one daughter-in-law, Sally Christie of Lawrenceville; and 6 grandchildren, Caroline and M. Patrick Maloney, Quinn Christie, Sarah, Madeleine and Courtney Arch, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, January 10 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Avenue, Ewing N.J. 08618. Visit www.murphyfh.com. Funeral services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, 2381 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, N.J., 08648.


January 2, 2013

Frederick A. Struve III

Frederick A. Struve III died peacefully on December 22, 2012 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Conn., after staying more than a few steps ahead of his cancer for eight good years. Born May 6, 1937, son of the late Frederick Struve II and the late Mary Slack, Fred grew up in Princeton, and lived for many years in New York, Virginia, and Shreveport, La. before moving to Guilford, Conn., in 2003.

He is survived by his beloved wife Eva, his son Doug Struve, his daughter Jody Struve and wife Erinn Auletta, Eva’s children Andrea Lacroix and husband Fred, Naomi Zauderer and husband Steve Choi, Wendy Holsinger and husband Tony, his sister Virginia Enourato and husband Frank, his niece Christy Morrison and husband Joseph Ryan, his grandchildren Sean, Henry, and Celia, Eva’s grandchildren Anna, Mathew, Emily, and Tommy and his grandnephews Joseph and John.

Fred’s early love of
science, music, and the natural world stayed with him his 75 years, bringing him much joy professionally and personally.

After earning a PhD in clinical psychology from Northwestern University, Fred pursued a career as a research scientist in the field of electroencephalography, studying under esteemed mentor and neurology pioneer Frederic Gibbs, MD. Before his most recent position as senior research scientist at Yale University school of medicine, Fred was a full professor of psychiatry and director of neurophysiology research laboratories at Louisiana State University school of medicine in Shreveport where he was recruited to develop the neurophysiology lab. During his distinguished career, Fred produced 120 scientific publications and 11 invited book chapters.

Fred was never far from a musical instrument, whether playing one himself, enjoying tunes at a jazz club or listening to a cherished album with his wife at home. He played clarinet with junior high friends in Edgehill 5 and while still in high school, sat in often with John Harbison’s Nassau Jazz Band. Later in life, he discovered his true calling as a trumpet and flugelhorn player and formed the No Compromise Authentic Jazz Quartet, which played in the Shreveport, La. area for many years.

Fred was an active member of the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society and enjoyed great fellowship as a member of the Sunday Services Committee and the Writers Group. He particularly enjoyed delivering occasional lay sermons drawing attention to the loss of both human and animal life through capital punishment or disregard for the environment.

Whether he was sailing on Long Island Sound, searching the night skies with his telescope, walking his Newfoundland, Monk, or Great Pyrenees, JJ, or enjoying a favorite plate of spaghetti and a good beer with his much-loved family, Fred approached each endeavor with an ever-curious mind and a jolly passion that will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Fred had recently finished a collection of creative essays, “Observations from a Child of the Trilobites,” which will be published posthumously.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 12, 2 p.m., at the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society in Madison, Conn. Remembrances can be made to the Sea Shepard Conservation Society (360-370-5650, www.seashepherd.org).


Joseph J. Drabek

Joseph J. Drabek passed away peacefully at the Princeton Medical Center on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. With his wife Marie, he was a long-time resident of Princeton and raised his children here.

Well-known and beloved in the community for his good humor and generous outgoing spirit, he had many friends and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Saint Paul’s Catholic Church. In recent years he was a regular visitor to the Patterson Senior Center.

Born May 20, 1924 in Cicero, Illinois to John and Anna Drabek, Joe graduated from high school there where he was an avid soccer player and equestrian. Earning business degrees from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He served in the Canary Islands in World War II, trained as a fighter pilot and cryptographer, and was honorably discharged. He married Marie Brady in Chicago in 1950 and they were married for 46 years, until her death in 1997. He worked as a marketing executive for Continental Can/American Can Company for 25 years and later for Paul Flum Ideas of St. Louis, Mo., retiring in 1985.

Joe was a devoted husband, father, and mentor. Sometimes known as “Big D” or “JJ,” he will be missed dearly by his friends and family. He had a passion for tennis and for grand opera. He loved his dogs and he loved horses. In retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and watching TV and western films.

He is survived by his sister Mary Ann Wagner of Fredericksburg, Tex., children, Jaime Drabek (Belinda) of McAllen Tex., Suzanne Drabek of Princeton, Jonathan Drabek (Stephanie) of St. Augustine Fla.; his grandchildren Taylor and Grant Drabek of Harlingen, Tex., and Matthew and Connor Drabek of St. Augustine Fla.

There will be a funeral service on January 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Avenue in Princeton. Burial in Princeton Cemetery in the family plot will follow. The family requests privacy after the burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Extend condolences at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

December 26, 2012

Peter B. Kenen

Peter B. Kenen, a leading international economist and an expert on the Eurozone, died at his home in Princeton late Monday night, December 17. He was 80 and died of respiratory failure after a long illness, his family said.

Kenen, the Walker professor of economics and international finance emeritus at Princeton University, taught at Princeton from 1971 until 2004, and continued to teach part-time until 2011. Earlier he taught at Columbia University from 1957 to 1971, and was chairman of the economics department and then provost of Columbia, taking that post after the turbulence of the student protests of the late 1960s.

Kenen was a founding member of the Group of Thirty, an organization that seeks to deepen understanding of international economic and financial issues, and a member of the Bellagio Group, an international group of academics and public officials from finance ministries and central banks. He was also a member and former fellow of the Council of Foreign Relations.

“Peter Kenen was a leading intellectual in the field of international finance for decades,” his friend and Princeton colleague Alan Blinder said. “He literally spanned generations as, first, the youngest member of the original Bellagio Group on exchange rate mechanisms and the balance of payments and, later in life, as the founder of the second Bellagio Group, which continues to this day.”
Kenen in the late 1960s understood the difficulty of maintaining a monetary union without a fiscal union, an original idea that “has more than stood the test of time,” said Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs.

“His ideas, for example, are extremely pertinent to today’s debate over the Eurozone. His later work on the European monetary union (EMU) made him perhaps America’s greatest expert on that subject in the years leading up to the euro, and earned him the humorous nickname, which he loved, ‘EMU guru,’” Blinder said.

Kenen was a consultant to the Council of Economic Advisers, the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, the United States Department of the Treasury, and the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He was particularly proud of his service, as a young economist, on President John F. Kennedy’s Task Force on Foreign Economic Policy.

He was the author or co-author of numerous books and monographs, including British Monetary Policy and the Balance of Payments, which won the David A. Wells Prize at Harvard University. His textbooks International Economics and later The International Economy were standards for generations of undergraduates entering the field.

Kenen’s final years at Columbia were marked by campus turmoil. Kenen opposed the Vietnam War and was an alternative delegate for Eugene McCarthy at the Chicago Democratic National Convention in 1968. But he also opposed the student occupations of Columbia campus buildings, and took part in a small faculty counter-protest. He strongly opposed the use of police force to remove the students, and tended to injured students at a hospital near the New York campus.

His four decades in Princeton were devoted to teaching, writing, and leading the international finance section (now the international economics section), where he edited and published numerous landmark monographs.

“Throughout his tenure, Peter was remarkably generous and supportive of both junior faculty and students in the international field and his passion for policy research guided his leadership of the Section, which became world renowned for its timely and informative essays and monographs and for the engaging conferences that brought together world leaders and academics to discuss the pressing international monetary issues of the day,” said Gene Grossman, Princeton’s Jacob Viner professor of international economics and chair of the department of economics.

Kenen also traveled and consulted widely, visiting more than 50 countries and holding several positions as a visiting professor or scholar in residence at universities, think tanks, and economic institutions across the globe.

Kenen was born in Cleveland on November 30, 1932, the son of Isaiah Leo Kenen and Beatrice Bain Kenen. His father was at the time, a newspaperman and was a founder of the Newspaper Guild, and his mother helped run the annual national Hadassah conferences. The family moved to New York in the 1940s, and Kenen attended Bronx High School of Science and earned his BA summa cum laude at Columbia in 1954.

He earned his master’s (1956) and doctorate (1958) at Harvard and was a research student at the London School of Economics from 1956-57. He lived in Teaneck, N.J., and Princeton, and spent so much time fishing on the Jersey Shore — giving away countless fresh bluefish to his friends and neighbors — that his youngest daughter once explained to her friends that her dad “caught fish for Princeton University.”

Kenen is survived by his wife of 57 years, Regina H. Kenen, an emerita professor of sociology at The College of New Jersey, four children: Joanne (Ken Cohen) of Bethesda, Md.; Marc (Leslie Fisher-Katz) of South Hadley, Mass.; Stephanie, of Arlington, Mass.; and Judith (Jim Gordon) of Atlanta; and five grandchildren: Zachary and Ilan Cohen, Sela and Asher Kenen, and Bellaluna Gordon-Kenen.

There was a graveside service at Princeton Cemetery on Wednesday, December 19. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to undergraduate financial aid at the Columbia College Fund, 622 West 113th St., MC 4530, New York, NY 10025; or to Secure@Home of the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County, 707 Alexander Road, Suite1-A, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


Estelle Ives Zahn

Estelle Ives Zahn née Pooley, born February 11, 1925 in Plymouth England, died December 12, 2012 in Essex, Conn. While working as a secretary at the Royal Navy Dockyard at Devonport in 1945 she met and married Paul Irvine, a commander in the United States Navy. They lived in post war Naples, Italy before moving to New York City. Together they ran Muirhead Instruments in central New Jersey until Paul’s death on Estelle’s birthday in 1964. Estelle married Loyal T. Ives, former president of the Steiner Ives Company of Newark in 1966. They were long-time residents of Princeton, New Jersey. Estelle served as the president of Loyal’s Princeton University alumni class of 1925. She was again widowed in 1985. She subsequently married her longtime friend, Valentine Zahn of Essex, a retired controller for AT&T who predeceased her in 1989. She was an avid bridge player, member of the Essex Yacht Club, Old Lyme Country Club, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex. She leaves behind a niece and nephews in Europe of her late sister Florence Mary Hooper. She will be missed by extended family members of Paul Irvine and Loyal Ives, all of whom consider her a close family member. She will be remembered for her sophistication, loyalty, sharp wit, and incredible intellect.


December 19, 2012

Albert O. Hirschman

Renowned social scientist Albert O. Hirschman, whose highly influential work in economics and politics in developing countries has had a profound impact on economic thought and practice in the United States and beyond, died at the age of 97 on December 10 at Greenwood House in Ewing Township. Hirschman was professor emeritus in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he had served on the faculty since 1974.

“Albert Hirschman developed innovative methods for promoting economic and social growth through his study of the intellectual underpinnings of economic policies and political democracy,” said Robbert Dijkgraaf, director and Leon Levy professor at the Institute. “An impassioned observer who sought to understand the world as well as change it, Albert will be sorely missed by the Institute community and by the international community at large where his voice has influenced and guided advancement for more than half a century.”

Born in Berlin on April 7, 1915, Hirschman left Germany in 1933 for France, where he studied economics, finance, and accounting. In 1935, he received a one-year fellowship at the London School of Economics. From London he went to Barcelona to fight in the Spanish Civil War, saying, “I could not just sit and look on without doing anything.”

He completed his studies in Italy at the University of Trieste, where he received a doctorate in economics in 1938. Racial laws enacted by Mussolini compelled Hirschman to return to Paris, where he produced his first economic writings and reports, marking the beginning of a prolific publication record. In his numerous books and articles since that time, he continued to explore the complex relationships between economics, politics, social structures, values, and behavior.

Hirschman volunteered for service in the French Army and was enlisted in 1939. With the collapse of the French Army in 1940, he fled to the south of France. There he met Varian Fry, an American who had come to Marseille to organize a rescue operation to try to save the lives of endangered refugees, including Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, André Breton, and Marcel Duchamp. Fry needed a close assistant, and he found one in Hirschman, whom Fry dubbed “Beamish” for his unfailing optimism during this especially dark and dangerous time …. By the time the operation closed down in September 1941, when the French expelled Varian Fry, his group had helped some 2,000 people escape from France. The United States government recognized the Varian Fry group in 1991 for its heroic accomplishments.

Hirschman immigrated to the United States in 1941 with the help of a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, he met and married Sarah Chapro, a fellow European émigré who was earning her master’s degree in French literature. In March 1943, Hirschman enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to North Africa and Italy as part of the Office of Strategic Services and served as an interpreter for a German general in one of the earliest World War II criminal trials. With the war’s end, the Hirschmans settled in Washington, where Albert worked for the Federal Reserve Board on European reconstruction, focusing on new initiatives within the Marshall Plan agency.

In 1952, they moved to South America, where Hirschman worked as an economic adviser to the country of Colombia. The subsequent four years there inspired his vision of economic development as a sequential and unbalanced process ….

Hirschman returned to the United States in 1956 and began his academic career, which included positions at Yale, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. In 1974, he became a professor at the Institute, where he joined Clifford Geertz in creating the School of Social Science. He became professor emeritus in 1985. It was at the Institute that he and Professor Geertz created a unique forum for the social sciences. In seeking to bridge the divides between increasingly professionalized disciplines, they favored a more “interpretive style,” a term which eventually acquired multiple meanings — not all of them consistent with Hirschman and Geertz’s original purpose to explore the interaction between culture, politics, and economics.

“There is no doubt,” says Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University historian and author of a forthcoming biography of Hirschman, “that Hirschman’s time at the Institute allowed him to become one of the great sages of our times. His unusual background, combination of intellectual traditions and ironic disposition were combined to yield some of the classic works of the social sciences.”

Hirschman was widely recognized for his work and was the recipient of many prizes and honors, including the Talcott Parsons Prize for Social Science, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1983; the Kalman H. Silvert Award of the Latin American Studies Association in 1986; the Toynbee Prize in 1997; the Thomas Jefferson Medal of the American Philosophical Society in 1998; and the Benjamin E. Lippincott Award of the American Political Science Association in 2003. In 2007, the Social Science Research Council established an annual prize in Hirschman’s honor. The Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University selected Hirschman as a recipient of the 2013 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought for his critical role in crossing disciplines to forge new theories and policies to promote international development. In honor of Hirschman’s exceptional contributions to economic thought, the Institute created the Albert O. Hirschman professorship in the School of Social Science in 1998.

Hirschman is survived by his daughter, Katia Salomon of Paris; two sons-in-law, Alain Salomon and Peter Gourevitch; four grandchildren, Lara Salomon Pawlicz, Grégoire Salomon and Alex and Nick Hirschman Gourevitch; nine great grandchildren, Hannah, Rebecca, Isaac, Eva, Rachel, Olivia, Ezra, Theodore, and Zackary; and a sister, Eva Monteforte of Rome. He was predeceased by a daughter, Lisa Hirschman Gourevitch, in 1999, and by his wife of 70 years, Sarah Hirschman, founder of People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, in January of 2012.


Gertrude Neelen

Gertrude Neelen was born on October 6, 1925 and died on February 23, 2012 at the age of 86. As a celebration of her life, and as a remembrance of this wonderful woman, we publish her obituary here for the first time.

Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, both Trudie (as everyone knew her) and her brother George were avid fans and participants in the Hoboken soccer league where Trudie served as a long-time member of the Ladies Auxiliary. As a young girl, Trudie was a member of the Grace Reformed Church in Hoboken and remained inspired by and faithful to her religious beliefs throughout her life. Choosing a career in “service” as she teemed it, Trudie put her perfectionist tendencies to work as a housekeeper in various illustrious households along the Eastern seaboard, including the Rockefellers.

Finally settling in Princeton, New Jersey, Trudie lived as a longtime resident of Princeton Community Village where she was known for her love of animals and plants, exhibiting a tender and inspired way with all of the animals she rescued and the multitude of plants that bloomed, exuberantly under her watch. A shy, gentle woman, Trudy will be remembered for her generous spirit, which was manifested through her continuous lifelong support of animal organizations throughout the United States. Trudie will also be remembered for the characteristic devotion she exhibited towards her friends, her own animals, and the greenery, which always surrounded her.

Trudie is missed by her friends, her longtime animal companions, Holly and Tessie, and her family, with whom she reunited after a long absence in the final brave days of her life. Trudie is survived by her brother George and his wife, Mildred of Belvidere, New Jersey, and their three children Janet, Barbara, and George II.

In honor of Trudie, all those who knew her are encouraged to give to an animal or wildlife organization of their choice. The Mercer County Wildlife Center is a local organization that is always in need of support and supplies.


Genevieve Somers Gorman

Genevieve Somers Gorman died Tuesday, December 11, 2012, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She died at home in Princeton surrounded by family who love and miss her very much.

Gen was born on February 21, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey to Dr. James F. and Helen W. Somers. She was raised in South Orange, New Jersey and Peru, Vermont where she developed a life-long love of nature and the outdoors.

Following graduation with a BS degree from St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana, Gen worked for New Jersey’s Public Service Electric and Gas Company where she conducted televised cooking classes intended to educate women on nutrition and cooking. This was the first of many professional and volunteer efforts devoted to helping those less advantaged improve their lives primarily through education and nutrition.

While raising her children, Gen served as chairman of the combined Junior Leagues of New Jersey’s Legislative Task Force, successfully lobbying for legislation to protect the state’s neglected and abused children, and as president of the Association of the North Princeton Development Center, a 600 member volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds and developing programs for the Center’s mentally handicapped clients.

Between 1984 and 1993, Gen worked at the Katherine Gibbs School of New Jersey first as director of continuing education and later as director of placement. In 1993, she joined the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation in Princeton where she was director of the foundation’s Crisis Ministry Program providing grants to religious, community-based hunger relief programs across the country. While at the foundation, Gen developed an annual two day conference bringing together leaders of non-profit organizations involved in anti-hunger initiatives with the goal of sharing hunger solutions and fund raising policies. She also co-founded New Jersey’s Farmers Against Hunger Program, whose mission was to bring fresh produce to the hungry. As a result of her efforts, Gen was invited to serve on a panel advising the Clinton White House on hunger issues.

In the final years of her life, Gen was a member of the Advisory Board of Farmers Against Hunger, the Board of Princeton Pro Musica and The Present Day Club.

She is survived by her five children all of whom attended Princeton’s public schools: Kevin (Philadelphia); James (Philadelphia); Mary Singh (New York City); Robyn Savage (Boulder, Colorado); and, Sally Fitzhugh (Oakland, California). She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Megan Othersen Gorman, her sons-in-law Alok Singh, Michael Fitzhugh and Thomas Savage, eight grandchildren and her sisters Mary Moore (New York City) and Helen Somers Moses (Asheville, North Carolina). She was predeceased by her former husband, Robert P. Gorman, a grandson, Henry Gorman, and her two brothers, James and William Somers.

There will be a funeral mass and life celebration on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Aquinas House, 65 Stockton Street, Princeton, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gen’s memory to HomeFront, Inc. an organization whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty for homeless families in Central New Jersey (1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648). Memorial funds will be dedicated to HomeFront’s Healthy Food/Healthy Life Program, providing food and nutrition to vulnerable and homeless families.


December 12, 2012

John Alward Pell

Beloved husband and father, John was born in Orange, N.J. in 1926. He graduated from Newark Academy and Princeton University cum laude. He was on the football team and a member of the class of 1948 and served as vice president of his class from 1998-2003. John was a member of the Tower Club and Navy ROTC. John went on to graduate from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania with an MA in finance. John served as ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1957. He was in the oil department and authored a 100-page report on shale refining in 1955. He then served as manager of banking in N.Y. and N.J. for Chase Manhattan Bank. John went on to become vice president in 1965. In 1968, he and his family moved to London and lived on Chester Square. There, he was a director of the Standard Bank responsible for 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East. In 1972, he became managing director of London InterState Bank a consortium of 5 banks: Keyzer Ullman, Hamburgische, Landesbank, Wells Fargo, Maryland National, and the Indiana National Banks. The family lived in London and Brixham London.

John was president of British American Associates, a company that sends lecturers to the English Speaking Union. In 1979, he became senior vice president of Midlantic Bank in N.J. He traveled Europe and the Middle East for Midlantic, then became president of the Bank of China for Midlantic. John and his wife, Jan, moved to Hong Kong for one year, before selling the bank to The Bank of Southern Africa. He retired from Midlantic in 1992. He then served Governor Christine Todd Whitman as vice chairman of the New Jersey Banking Board for Foreign Trade during her term. In 1994, he became president of World Water Inc, which delivers solar-powered water equipment to the developing world.

John was a member of the Essex County Country Club, the American Church in London, and the Hurlingham Club in Roehampton, London, Bucks Club, and Addington Golf Club, both in London, the Nassau Club, The Bedens Brook Club, and the Nassau Church in Princeton. John was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing tennis with his children and traveling throughout Europe and the British Isles with his family during his 11 years in England. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janice Phillips Pell and his sister, Nancy Campbell from Mendham. He is also survived by three children: Richard C. Pell, Sandra Pell deGroot, and Leslie Pell Linnehan and six grandchildren; Roxanna Pell, Samual Pell deGroot, Lila Pell, Lucinda deGroot, Catherine Gardiner Linnehan, and Gibson Pell Linnehan.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Trinity Church on Mercer Street in Princeton with a reception immediately to follow at The Bedens Brook Club at 240 Rolling Hill Road in Skillman.


Henry Davison, Jr.

Henry Davison, Jr., M.D., beloved husband, father, surgeon, and teacher, died on Friday at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP). He was 51 years old. The cause of death was pneumonia after a long, heroic battle with cancer.

Dr. Davison grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and graduated first in his class from Northside High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Columbia College, New York, New York in 1983. He then attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and graduated with distinction, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.

In 1992, Dr. Davison completed a general surgery residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York and entered surgical practice at the Medical Center at Princeton (now known as UMCPP). In 1993, Dr. Davison became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. On the faculty at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as a clinical instructor of surgery, he taught many medical students and surgical residents over a twenty-year period. Dr. Davison was president of the medical and dental staff and participated in the decision to move the hospital to its new site. He was also chairman of the Medical and Dental Staff Bylaws Committee. Dr. Davison founded “Soul to Soul”, a program for the general public to provide speakers on health issues of concern to African-Americans, sponsored by UMCPP Community Education Outreach. Dr. Davison performed general surgery including cancer and laparoscopic surgeries and endoscopic procedures. With a colleague, Dr. Davison performed the first laparoscopic colon resection at UMCPP. Dr. Davison also pioneered the use of single-port access surgery at UMCPP. In practice until a week before he passed away, Dr. Davison cared for countless residents of Princeton and the surrounding area during his years as a surgeon.

In addition to his work as a surgeon, Dr. Davison was a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees of the Chapin School and a dedicated supporter of Chapin School Soccer and Lacrosse, Montgomery Township Soccer and Youth Lacrosse, and Peddie School Soccer and Crew.

Son of the late Ruth Davison of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Davison is survived by his beloved wife, Oakley, and precious sons, Bradley, 17, Alexander, 16, and Ryan, 14; sisters-in-law Grace Gibson, Glenda Greaves and Barbara Cadogan; brothers-in-law Trevor Babb and Tierson Babb; and nieces Sheena Gibson, Shari Strickland, and Nadia Cadogan. He will also be missed by his colleagues and the staff at Princeton Surgical Associates and UMCPP.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton. Burial will follow immediately at Rocky Hill Cemetery. Calling hours were held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Davison’s memory to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

December 5, 2012

Bernice Lampert

Bernice Lampert, age 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at her home at Edenwald in Towson, Md. She was born on January 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pa. to Rachel and Herman Finkel and was the middle child of two other sisters, Sylvia and Martha.

By the age of 11, Bernice fell in love with ballet and began to learn and perform with the Littlefield Ballet in Philadelphia, Pa., also known at different times as Philadelphia Ballet and also the ballet troupe of the Chicago City Opera.

On June 27, 1947 she married her sweetheart, Dr. A. Bruce Lampert (Buzz) and they chose Princeton as a place to begin their life together. As a young bride, Bernice danced with the Cannon Ballet Company and performed every role from Swan Lake to the Sugar Plum Fairy. Alongside raising her two daughters and managing her husband’s dental practice, she taught ballet at her own home studio as well as the Princeton Ballet Society and performed with the PJ&B Players, founded and directed by the late Milton Lyon. Many will remember her many years of contribution to the Princeton Regional Ballet, not the least of which was her daughter Maxine, who danced with the Princeton Regional Ballet and went on to a professional career with major ballet companies, achieving principal dancer status.

“Bernie” will be remembered as a bright spark to her two daughters, Lori Lampert and Maxine Lampert and her partner Dana William Rath and her “adopted” daughter, Barbara Feigh as well as the many others who unite in the afterglow of happy times and the echoes of treasured memories. Her girls are eternally grateful for the intangible abundance with which they’ve been blessed.

The memorial service and celebration of Bernice Lampert’s life will be held at the Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

Please extend condolences at www.TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


James S. Gaspari

James S. Gaspari died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 79.

Born in New York City to the late Charles J. and Bertha (Cohn) Gaspari he lived in North Brunswick, New Jersey for over 50 years before retiring to Florida. He was a 1956 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania school of architecture and planning where he was a member of Beta Sigma Rho Fraternity, Hexagon Senior Honorary Society and the Architecture Society. He was a member of the track team, which competed at the international track and field meet at Oxford and Cambridge in 1955 and was an Ivy League champion in the shot put.

Mr. Gaspari opened his own architectural and planning office in North Brunswick in 1967, James S. Gaspari, AIA, where he worked for 40 years before retiring in 2009. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and designed many commercial, religious, and residential projects all over New Jersey and in 14 other states. He served on the New Jersey State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects for 11 years and served two years on the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. He was also an adjunct professor of the landscape architecture department at Cook College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

He was a member of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick for over 50 years. He had served as a captain in the United States Army in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In addition to his love for his profession of architecture, he was an avid sculptor, painter, and musician. Many of his works competed in juried exhibitions and won prizes, including the Trenton
State Museum.

His wife of 44 years Florence (Miller) Gaspari died in 2000. Surviving are two daughters — Carol Gaspari Lerner and her husband Robert L. Lerner of Princeton, and Jennifer M. Gaspari of Orlando, Fla.; a son Charles M. “Chuck” Gaspari and his wife Kristen H. Gaspari of Delray Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren — Dana and Jordan Lerner and Jonas and James Gaspari; two brothers-in-law — Kalman Miller of Somerset and Robert S. Miller of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and his companion Glenna Gundel.

Funeral services took place at noon on Tuesday, December 4 at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, 222 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery in North Brunswick. Arrangements are under the direction of Selover Funeral Home, 555 Georges Road, North Brunswick.


Anne Bobo

Anne Bobo, my mother, died on November 4, 2012 at 5:29 p.m. She was 63 years old. To most of the folks who knew her casually, she was an artist, an educator, and an historian. I am not here to commemorate her career because it ended with her, and her end robbed us of things more important than her professional life. Instead, I want to talk about her laughter, her sense of mischief, and the joy she took from simple pleasures.

My father and I have hundreds of pictures of the three of us together, overlooking canyons and oceans, standing at the bases of mountains and at the edges of plains. In that way, she remains with us: a vision at twenty-two, a frazzled yet patient mother in her 40s, a warm and determined survivor into her 60s. Circumstances, careers, and clothes changed across that period, but the one constant is also the only thing truly lost to us: her laughter.

As a child playing in the break room at Mercer County Community College, I heard a coworker tell my mother that he wanted her in the audience of every play he put on; her laughter was better than any paid shill. She had a way of turning an entire room into co-conspirators, making everyone complicit in her delight. Beyond being bubbly, rich, and warm, her laughter was
unselfconscious. It unraveled the artifice of entertainment — seats, lights, chairs, companions — and took people out of themselves in the best possible way: you are here, this is funny. Why not laugh with me?

She also believed that rules were meant be nudged, so long as there was no harm done. For her, teaching was done all day, every day, and the process of learning necessarily made one a bit of a scamp; a certain amount of tut-tutting was the price to be paid for a full life. When I was a child she was always willing to keep a weather eye out for security guards when she felt I needed a closer peek at the dinosaur bones in the Museum of Natural History, or to peer at the brushwork in a Seurat or Monet. As her illnesses drew in the physical boundaries of her world, she was content to cadge an extra piece of dessert from my father — against doctor’s orders — or take a sip of red wine that, strictly speaking, she oughtn’t have.

These little rebellions were a way for my mother to hold on to the life she’d had before the demands of her health crowded out the comforts of indulgence. To my father’s credit, he filled her life with small hedonisms as best he could: breakfast in bed, engaging conversation, small gifts, and big meals. In one of the last pictures I have of them, they are standing with their backs to me, side by side, looking out over the rose bushes he planted in the garden she built. Today that garden is brown and our family meals are quieter, but she remains a warm presence in our hearts and memories, if not in our home.

Anne Bobo is survived by her husband, Nestor Arroyo of East Windsor, her son, Adrian Arroyo of Cambridge Mass., her sister, Susan D’arcy of Baltimore Md., and her brother, William Bobo of Hinsdale, Ill.

A memorial service will be held on December 8, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Princeton Monthly Meeting, Quaker Road and Mercer Street in Princeton N.J., 08540.

Please extend condolences at www.TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Virgina Dey Craig

Born and raised in Griggstown, Mrs. Craig lived on Bunker Hill Road. She attended the one room schoolhouse in Griggstown and graduated from Princeton High School. She attended New Jersey College for Women, now Douglas College, in New Brunswick. She retired in 1973 after 33 years of service in the Purchasing Department of Johnson and Johnson. Mrs. Craig was a member of the Goodwin Society and Capital Society of Colonial Williamsburg, Va. She was also a member of the Griggstown Historical Society.

Mrs. Craig’s husband, Howard M. Craig, died in 1997 after 51 years of marriage. She was the daughter of the late Madge (Fagan) Dey, a native of Griggstown, and the late Harold Dey. She is survived by her cousins and special friends.

Funeral services will be private and under the
direction of A.S. Cole Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury.


Gabriella F. Eggers

Gabriella F. Eggers, 67, of Princeton died November 25 at the University Medical Center of Princeton, surrounded by her family. The cause of her death was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Daughter of Ann T. Reed of Skillman, and the late Samuel C. Finnell, Jr., Gay was born in Charleston, S.C. and educated at the MacDuffie School, Centre College, and Hartwell House in Aylesbury, U.K. She was an editorial assistant at Scribner’s, worked for the CUNY Center for Social Research, was a field researcher for System Sciences, and spent 20 years as program manager in the linguistics program at Princeton University. She was a member of the Present Day Club of Princeton.

She is survived by her mother; her devoted husband L. Christopher B. Eggers of Princeton, and her beloved daughter Ann T. Eggers of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her sister Rebecca Finnell and brother-in-law Francois Vuilleumier of Piermont, N.Y.; sister Ann Finnell and brother-in-law Peter Tomlinson of Edison; her brother Samuel C. Finnell III and sister-in-law Molly Finnell of Skillman; and her loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.


Lucile Coffey Wade

Lucile Coffey Wade, long time resident of Princeton, passed away peacefully at her home in Princeton, after an extended period with cancer. She was 85 years old.

Her husband Alfred M. Wade, predeceased her in February 25, 1980.

Lucile was born in Plainfield, Connecticut on January 30, 1927. In 1949, she moved to Princeton and worked as a head secretary at the Textile Research Institute (TRI).

She married Alfred M. Wade on April 26, 1957, and the following year, had a son, James M. Wade, born November 26, 1958.

Lucile is survived by her son, James M. Wade, 53, of Princeton, a sister, Catherine A. Coffey, 91, residing at Ashlar Village Retirement Facility, in Wallingford, Connecticut, and a step-daughter, Molly McGrath, 74, of New York City, from a previous marriage of Alfred M. Wade.

There was a private interment and service at 1 p.m., on November 28, 2012 at All Saints Church Cemetery in Princeton.

November 28, 2012

Robert J. Solomon

Robert J. Solomon of Princeton, NJ, and Nantucket, MA, died on November 21. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on August 6, 1924, to Anna and Nathan Solomon. He served in the infantry in the Second World War and saw combat in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. He settled in Princeton with his wife Elaine in 1952. In 2008 they moved to Stonebridge in Skillman, NJ.

Following the war he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New York University, which later honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. In 1948 he became a social studies teacher in the New York City public schools, and in 1949 he became an instructor in the NYU School of Education.

In 1952, he joined the Test Development staff of the recently founded Educational Testing Service. He became Director of Test Development in 1960, Vice President for Testing Programs in 1963, and Executive Vice President in 1970. In the latter position, he was responsible for research, development, testing programs, and field services. At ETS he was instrumental in the development of the College Board’s Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and its College-Level Examination Program, the governing board for the Graduate Record Examinations, the international program of the Test of English as a Foreign Language, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Following his retirement from ETS in 1988, he worked as a senior advisor to the presidents of The College Board and the National Board for Professional Testing Standards and as an advisor to the Chinese Ministry of Education.

He also served on the boards of trustees for several educational organizations, including the Princeton Day School, the New Jersey Education Consortium, and the Institute for Educational Services. For 18 years he was a member of the board of trustees of Glassboro (New Jersey) State College, now Rowan University, and was chairman of the board for the last five of those years. He was also a member and chairman of the New Jersey colleges’ Governing Boards Association, and a member of the New Jersey Board of Higher Education.

He was married to his wife Elaine (nee Vogel) for 64 years, who passed away earlier this year. Orphaned at a young age, he lived with his aunt and uncle until joining the Army. His war service, ETS career, and wife and family defined his life. He is survived by his three sons: Neal of Stockton, NJ; Eric of Washington, DC; and Mark of Hopewell, NJ; their spouses Jeannette, Amy, and Christine; and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name can be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton & Mercer County, 212 Centre Street, Trenton, NJ  08611.

Memorial services will be held 12:00 noon on Sunday December 2, 2012 at the Star of David Memorial Chapel, 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, NJ 08542.


David Kenny Reeves

David Kenny Reeves, a resident of Princeton since 1945, died November 23, 2012 after suffering a debilitating stroke in early September. He was 86.

Born July 2, 1926 in Baltimore, Md. to Emily Fitzgerald Kenny and Charles Banes Reeves, Sr., Mr. Reeves was a Marylander to the core.

He was educated at Gilman School, Baltimore, Md. and Canterbury School, New Milford, Conn. Prior to matriculating at Princeton University in November 1945 he served in the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II. At Princeton he was a history major and a member of the Colonial Club. He graduated in 1949 with the Class of 1948.

A lifelong Roman Catholic, Mr. Reeves did graduate studies at the University of Toronto’s Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies. He was employed as a marketing and business director for eighteen years at Sheed & Ward, a leading Catholic book publisher. He later served as Director of Development for The Hastings Center, a pioneering bioethics research institute located in Garrison, N.Y.

Mr. Reeves served on a number of boards, including the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Catholic Scholarships for Negroes. He was Secretary of Princeton University’s Class of 1948 from 1973 until his death.

In his youth he fox hunted with The Elkridge-Harford Hunt and later hunted hare on foot with beagles and/or bassets in New Jersey and the Cotswolds in England. His trademark was a “thumb stick” — widely used by foot followers in the U.K. He also played tennis at Pretty Brook Tennis Club. He spent summers at Rockywold Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake, New Hampshire.

Mr. Reeves was predeceased by his second wife, Clara Grossman. He is survived by his daughter Emily Kenny Reeves of Princeton, three sons: Samuel Peter Reeves of Andover, Mass.; Charles D’Orsey Reeves of Katy, Tex.; and, Cornelius David Reeves of Princeton and his granddaughters Charlotte Angier, Emily Maria, Lilly Kenny, Emma Elizabeth, and Elizabeth Kenny. Also surviving is his first wife, Anne Reeves of Princeton and his brother, Charles Banes Reeves, Jr. (yclept Sprat) Baltimore, Maryland, with whom he continued a sibling rivalry until death — but always with merry affection.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Princeton University Class of 1948 Memorial Scholarship Fund, 87 Battle Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540-4945 or to: Crawford House, Inc., 362 Sunset Road, P.O. Box 255 Skillman, N.J. 08558 or online www.crawfordhouse.org.

Funeral arrangements are being made with Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. To extend condolences and sign the guest book, please visit www.TheKimbleFuneral


Philip B. Lamb

Philip B. Lamb of Owatonna, Minn. died unexpectedly on November 22, 2012 in Owatonna. Mass of Christian Burial took place at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna. Friends were able to greet the family on Sunday, November 25, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brick–Meger Funeral Home (1603 Austin Road, Owatonna) and one hour before the funeral liturgy on Monday.

Phil was born on November 25, 1955, in Pittsburgh, Pa, the son of William B. and Margaret Baird Lamb. He graduated in 1974, from The Hun School. He attended Lehigh University and graduated with an electrical engineering degree In 1979. He moved to St. Paul, Minn, to work for Control Data. He was united in marriage to Anne Mesick on November 12, 1983, in the basilica of St. Mary’s in Minneapolis. The couple moved to Chicago where Phil worked for Motorola. Then the family settled in Owatonna in 1993, and Phil worked as a contract engineer for several companies designing their software. Phil was involved in many of his children’s activities, coaching many of their sports and academic teams. Phil volunteered for the Senior Men’s PGA as a hole captain for more than 18 years. He was an Eagle Scout and was involved in Young Life of Owatonna for many years. He was a member of the Owatonna Knights of Columbus, and Sacred Heart Church. His life interests included skiing, golfing, and traveling. He will be remembered as an avid Parrothead and a loving husband.

Phil is survived by his wife Anne, his 4 children: Mallory, St. Louis Park; David (Fiancé Hilary), Rochester; Stephen, St. Louis Park; and Jordan, Owatonna. His mother Margaret Lamb, Princeton, and his sister, Megan Lamb, Chicago. He is preceded in death by his father, William. Memorials may be directed to Younglife of Owatonna or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.brick-megerfuneral


Marsha Hirschman

Marsha Hirschman, 69, of Lawrenceville, died Nov. 19, 2012 at Overlook Hospital in Summit. She was born in New York City and had lived in New York City and Bordentown before moving to Lawrenceville several years ago. Marsha was an advertising executive working for J. Walter Thompson, McCann, Erickson & Ogilvy, and Mather advertising agencies, among others, in New York City before establishing her own agency.

Marsha was a great and generous lady with an incredible sense of humor and positive energy, which she directed to helping women move forward in the advertising business. She could be called the “quintessential advertising woman.” She also attended Trinity Church in Princeton. Surviving is her brother Ray of Princeton and several nieces.

Private arrangements are being handled by the Sheenan Funeral Home in Dunellen.


James W. Cahouet

James W. Cahouet, 74, of Princeton died Monday, November 19, 2012 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Boston, Mass., he was a resident of Princeton for 17 years. He had a long career in investment management. He retired as a service vice president, chief investment officer of Merrill Lynch Trust Company in Princeton. He loved Martha’s Vineyard. He was a wonderful husband and father.

Father of the late David J. Cahouet, he is survived by his wife Jean (Watson) Cahouet, his brother Frank Cahouet, and his sister Mary Fogarty.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Aquinas Institute, 65 Stockton Street in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Trustees of Reservations with a note to specify Martha’s Vineyard.

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


November 21, 2012

Charles Roome Parmele III

Charles Roome Parmele III died Sunday, November 4, 2012 after a brief illness, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, at the age of 87.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y., Roome and his family moved to Skillman in 1969. Roome attended the Staten Island Academy as did his parents. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1947. His college years were interrupted while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. At Princeton, Roome was a four year varsity tennis player and never lost a match. That experience served him well his whole life, as he was a fixture on tennis courts wherever he was. He took great delight in playing tennis with his wife, Jacque, a nationally ranked player. His two sons, Chip and Jim, also fine players, gave Roome much joy over the years.

Roome enjoyed the fellowship of many clubs and societies. They included the Bedens Brook Club (Skillman), The Hillsboro Club in Florida, The Maidstone Club (East Hampton), The Seignoiry Club (Montebello, Canada) and The Saint Nicholas Society of the city of New York. His wit and ready sense of humor were the hallmarks of his warm personality.

Roome is survived by his wife Jacquelyn White Parmele, and his sons Charles Roome Parmele IV, and James White Parmele, and his brother Gilbert Parmele of Simsberry, Conn.

Fond of dogs all his life, contributions may be made in his memory to SAVE of Princeton.

Services were held privately.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, Hopewell, N.J.


Gordon R. Harrison

Gordon R. Harrison of Princeton died on November 4, 2012 at the age of 66. Born in Glenridge, New Jersey, son of the late Clifford and Josephine Merrill Harrison, Gordon lived in Verona, N.J. until he attended Princeton University in 1964. He resided in Princeton until his death. After graduating from College High School in Montclair Gordon earned an AB in classics at Princeton. He went on to pursue a graduate degree in classical archaeology. While at Princeton, Gordon served as sports chairman of his eating club and was a top player on 11 of Princeton’s varsity teams. His love of golf followed him well beyond his university career.

Following his graduate work, Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Gordon was the manager of several Princeton eating clubs for four decades. He was also the long-time treasurer of Princeton Prospect Foundation, as well as various other Princeton organizations. A passionate devotee to barbershop harmony singing, he was bass section leader, front row member, and treasurer of both the Big Apple Chorus in Manhattan and the Princeton Garden Statesmen Chorus. He was also a member of over five quartets. In 2002, the Big Apple Chorus named him Barbershopper of the Year.

Gordon is survived by his sister Patricia H. Case and three nephews, Douglas, David, and Daniel. A memorial celebration was held at Quadrangle Club in Princeton on November 14. Over a hundred people were in attendance to commemorate Gordon’s remarkable life.

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


November 14, 2012

Hjordis M. Olsen Mortensen

Hjordis M. Olsen Mortensen, 103, died Friday November 9, 2012 at Park Place Care Center in Monmouth Junction.

She was born in Lillesand, Norway and came to Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1909 where she lived until moving to Griggstown in 1955. Hjordis was a secretary for The Norwegian Seamens Church in Brooklyn and then became a writer for Nordisk Tidende. She was a member of the Griggstown Reformed Church.

She was predeceased by her husband John Mortensen, her brothers Mac, George, Arne, and Peter Olsen, and a sister Gertrude Carlsen. She is survived by a sister-in-law Esther B. Olsen of Griggstown, eight nieces and nephews Kevin, Richard, and David Olsen, Randi; Sara, Karen DeKok; Wayne Olsen; Julie Dunham and Lori Sletta; and many great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday November 14 at the Griggstown Reformed Church, 1065 Canal Rd., Princeton.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Griggstown Cemetery.

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


Kurt James Rhoda

Kurt Rhoda, a longtime resident of Skillman passed away on November 6, 2012. Kurt was born on May 18, 1961 in Staten Island, New York to Susan and Douglas Rhoda. He graduated from Montgomery High School in 1979. He attended Trinity Western in British Columbia, Canada and then attended and graduated from the Colorado School of Trades with a degree in Gunsmithing in Lakewood, Colorado. He moved back to New Jersey where he owned and operated Hillsborough Shooting Center. Kurt enjoyed shooting, hunting, fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Kurt was preceded in death by his father, Douglas and brother, George. He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Skillman; son, Matthew of Otisfield, Me.; daughter, Hannah of Skillman; mother, Susan of Princeton; brother and sister-in law, Erik and Brenda of Naples, Fla.; nieces, Kaitlyn of Boca Raton, Fla. and Whitney of Boulder, Col.

A memorial service was held on November 10, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, located at 246 Bellemead Griggstown Road in Belle Mead, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kurt’s honor to Camp Orchard Hill, 640 Orange Road, Dallas, Pa 18612.


November 7, 2012

William Sword, Jr.

William Sword, Jr., 61, a lifelong resident of Princeton, died on October 29 after being struck by a falling tree outside of his home during Hurricane Sandy.

Mr. Sword was the managing director of Wm Sword & Co., a Princeton-based investment banking firm with which he was associated since 1976.

He was a 1976 graduate of Princeton University and of the Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville. He previously attended the Princeton public schools.

Mr. Sword was the husband of Martha Sullivan Sword. The couple was wed in 1979, and has three children, Gretchen, Hope, and Will.

He was an active and engaged member of the Princeton community and the Nassau Presbyterian Church. Mr. Sword was a member of the advisory board of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, was active with the Princeton Area Community Foundation, and was a member of the Princeton Investors Group.

He was a board member of Centurion Ministries, an organization that works to assist wrongfully convicted persons in their defense and appeals process. He was a dedicated volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, was a coach for the Princeton Little League, and a supporter of Princeton University basketball.

Mr. Sword was an elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. He and his wife were members of the capital campaign committee for the church and he chaired the board of the Princeton Cemetery. He sang in 2009 with the Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton, New Jersey.

He was an active alumnus of Princeton University and served for many years as the treasurer and as a member of the board of The Ivy Club. He was extensively involved in the James Madison Society of the University where he worked to bring the programs of the society to the community.

Mr. Sword and his wife were avid golfers and members of the Bedens Brook Club, in Skillman, the Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania and the Links Club of New York City. The family maintained a second residence in Ketchum, Idaho, where Mr. Sword honed his fly-fishing skills and enjoyed his wife’s figure skating and ice dancing.

He was the son of Sally Pitcher Sword and the late William Sword of Princeton. He had three siblings, Richard Sword, of Princeton, Molly McDonough of Pennington, and Sarah Lazarus of Concord, Massachusetts.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Centurion Ministries, or the Princeton Community Foundation.

Blair Christine Hopkins Dejoux

Blair Christine Hopkins Dejoux, 44, died peacefully at home on November 3, 2012, after a valiant, graceful, and dignified battle for 2½ years against the cancer that finally took her life. Beloved daughter of Sydney (Goos) and Robert William Hopkins II, of Princeton and Palm Beach, Fla., adored sister of Chandler Anne Hopkins and Whitney Hopkins Duncan, Blair was the cherished wife of 17 years of Edouard Henri Grace Dejoux and the devoted mother of Christine (13), Charlotte (9), and Isabelle (6). A beautiful and gracious woman, Blair attended Princeton Day School, and was a graduate of St. George’s School, where she met her husband. She graduated from Trinity College with a degree in English Literature.

Blair was graced with a vibrant sense of humor, a great love of reading, and a special affection for animals. She enjoyed a career in the fashion industry prior to starting a family. Her greatest joy was motherhood and her three beautiful daughters were the center of her life. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and a beloved friend to many. She was blessed with enormous support from a broad and loving group of friends and family throughout her courageous battle.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s of Lattingtown in Locust Valley, N.Y., where Blair and Edouard were married in 1995.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Needham, Mass. 02494 or www.accrf.org.

Emilio Arcamone

Emilio Arcamone, 94, of Whiting, N.J. passed away on Friday at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Mr. Arcamone was born in Princeton and lived in West Windsor Township before moving to Whiting in 1984. He was an Army veteran who served in World War II. Mr. Arcamone was employed by Opinion Research Corp. in Princeton as Supervisor of the Printing Department for 42 years, retiring in 1982.

He is survived by his wife Anne Dertouzos Arcamone; two children; Douglas Lee Arcamone of Whiting, Deborah Lee Arcamone Battista of Scotia, N.Y.; two brothers Americo Arcamone of Princeton, and Dante Arcamone of Lawrenceville. Also surviving are three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will take place on Saturday, November 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Ave., Princeton. The Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, Whiting, N.J, is handling the funeral arrangements.

October 17, 2012

Ian Gallagher Zelazny

Ian Gallagher Zelazny, beloved son of Marian and Olek Zelazny of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, grandson of the late Helen and Henry Gallagher of Princeton, and Stanislaw and Marianna Zelazny of Czestochowa, Poland, passed away in his home in New Orleans on Thursday September 27, 2012. He is survived by his grandmother in Poland, his parents, his sisters Kaya Zelazny and Iga Chitwood, his brother-in-law Zachary Chitwood, his nephews Gregory and Gabriel Chitwood, his aunts and uncles Jane and Ann Gallagher, Wiesia and Romuald Mecmajer and Horacio Furlong, and his cousins Lilah and Clara Steece, Patrick and Andrew Furlong, and Agnieszka and Maciej Mecmajer, and by many dear friends. He was 21 years old.

Ian received his diploma from the Chapin School in 2005 and Lawrence High School in 2009. Before his untimely death, Ian attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was expected to graduate in 2013. He was the beneficiary of a four-year Presidential scholarship at Tulane, where he was majoring in English and philosophy, with a minor in psychology. He was a talented and dedicated student, and was in Tulane’s honors program. Ian was an involved member of the Tulane community, acting as special events chair on the Literary Society executive staff, as a member of the juggling club, and for some time as a writer for Tulane’s student newspaper, ‘The Hullabaloo.’

Ian will be remembered as an artist-philosopher-seeker of truth, a man who lived life to the fullest and inspired those around him to do the same. He brought compassion, love, openness, and unparalleled kinship to each relationship he formed. He led a rich life — one that was far shorter than those who knew and loved him would have liked. His energy, intellect, and kindness will be sorely missed.

The Zelazny family has established the “Ian Zelazny Library Fund” at Tulane University in honor of Ian’s love of ideas and the written word. Ian’s family hopes the fund will enable a project that encompasses Ian’s love of reading, of learning, and of the warm and generous nature of New Orleans in a way that will give back to a community he appreciated deeply. In lieu of flowers and condolences, the Zelazny’s prefer donations to the Library Fund. Gifts to the fund may be sent to: Tulane University P.O. Box 61075 New Orleans, LA 70161-9986. Please put “The Ian Zelazny Library Fund” on the memo line of your check.

Alternatively, gifts can be made online at http://tulane.edu/giving/. Please specify that the gift designation is for the “Ian Zelazny Library Fund” in the “Other” box. Ian’s family is thankful for the support of family, friends, and loved ones, and hopes that the fund will channel that goodwill into a cause worthy of Ian’s memory. For further information about plans for the fund see www.ianzelazny.org.

A celebration of Ian’s life, in the form of a poetry reading, will take place at the Grounds for Sculpture at 18 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the East Gallery. All are welcome. Participants may enjoy the grounds beforehand as our guest by registering at the entrance gate anytime that day as part of the life celebration of Ian Zelazny.


Barbara J. Suess

Barbara J. Suess, 74, died on October 5, 2012 at Stonebridge, Montgomery Township, due to complications related to frontal lobe dementia. Ms. Suess lived in Lawrenceville after spending the majority of her career as a teacher and administrator in the Department of Defense dependent schools in Germany.

An adventurous spirit, she brought respect and happiness to all she encountered in both her professional and personal life. A lover of the arts and the outdoors, an eclectic cook, Ms. Suess was someone who genuinely cared about the welfare of others.

Raised in Vineland, Ms. Suess held a bachelor’s degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and a master’s degree from Montclair State College (now a University). Her 30-year-long career in education began in Fairlawn as a guidance counselor in middle school. In 1969, she joined the Department of Defense dependent schools in Frankfurt, Germany where she was the guidance counselor at the American High School. Subsequently, she became principal of several schools connected with American military bases, including Würzburg and Karlsruhe, and concluded her career as education staff developer in Wiesbaden, Germany. She had an excellent command of the German language, which gained her a reputation as an extraordinary organizer of relationships and friendships between Americans and Germans through school and community programs. Her life in Europe allowed her to pursue her passion for travel, to enjoy other cultures, and to know people from around the world.

In 1996, Ms. Suess retired from the Department of Defense with an officer rank of GS13 and continued to serve as a consultant. After her return to New Jersey, she joined the Literacy Volunteers of Mercer County, first teaching people how to read, and then as a coach, helping young volunteers become tutors. Ms. Suess lived the last 6 years of her life at Stonebridge. She faced her illness openly, and through her high intellect, excellent coping skills, and positive outlook, as well as the wonderful care and help she received from the Stonebridge staff, she lived her life with gusto and joy until her passing.

Ms. Suess is survived by her daughter Katja Suess-Nimeh (Vienna, Austria) and her three sisters Ingrid Reed (Princeton), Doris Schwartz (Okemos, Mich.), and Susan Levin (Port Hueneme, Calif.), and by her companion of the past 16 years, Rick Glazer (Lawrenceville).

She also leaves her two granddaughters, Julia and Antonia, who will have her legacy of love, laughter, caring, and joy to inspire them as do the more than 20 nieces and nephews who knew her as Aunt B. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family here and abroad.

A memorial celebration and reception for remembering Ms. Suess will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stonebridge, on Hollinshead Spring Road in Montgomery Township.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Literacy Volunteers of Mercer County, 3535 Quakerbridge Road, Trenton, NJ 08619.


Evelyn Wicoff

Evelyn Wicoff passed away peacefully at her home in Princeton surrounded by family on the afternoon of August 30, 2012 after a brief illness.

Born in the house built by her grandparents, John and Catharine Britton Wicoff, Evelyn was the last surviving child of John Van Buren Wicoff and Lavinia Applegate Wicoff.

Her father was a 1900 graduate of Princeton University, a Trenton lawyer, and bank president. He was a prime mover in establishing Plainsboro as an independent township. There he served as president of the Township Committee and School Board most of the years from the Township’s founding in 1919 until his death in 1952. Evelyn attended the Plainsboro Elementary School (now the J. V. B. Wicoff Elementary School) through the eighth grade before attending one year at Princeton High School and subsequently Miss Fine’s School (now Princeton Day School) where she graduated in 1934. She received her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wellesley College in 1938, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She, then, continued her schooling at Radcliffe College (now Harvard). Evelyn was employed briefly in the New York City Public Library before settling in Princeton. There she worked for the Gallup organization — as director of the American Institute of Public Opinion (AIPO) and later, Universal Pictures at Audience Research Institute (ARI). Subsequently, she joined the Educational Testing Service (ETS) where she played an important role in researching and planning for that organization’s transition to a computer system that would meet its scientific and data processing requirements.

Despite living and working in Princeton, her love was Plainsboro. Evelyn was a long time prominent member and trustee of the Plainsboro Historical Society. The Wicoff family home was purchased by the Town of Plainsboro for township offices and later became the home of the Plainsboro Historical Society’s Museum. Evelyn proudly participated in each Plainsboro Founder’s Day events. Evelyn was very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Plainsboro, the church she attended all her life. There she served in a variety of volunteer positions for over 40 years including church treasurer.

Evelyn was devoted to her family and they to her. To her forty-two nieces and nephews she was simply known as “Aunt Evie”, someone interested in all facets of their lives, excited to share their experiences, view their endless pictures, and engage in a mean game of Parcheesi. Her sharp intellect led to insightful discussions and unique viewpoints but most importantly, she took time to listen. Her family will cherish the memories and moments spent with their very loving aunt.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents John V. B. and Lavinia A. Wicoff; brothers John and Doug; sisters Dorothy Bennett, Catharine, Marjorie Cooper, and Lavinia; nieces Jean Wicoff Line and Evelyn Cooper Sitton; and nephew Douglas Wicoff. She is survived by many nieces and nephews: June Bennett McCracken of LaClede, Idaho; William Bennett of Sandpoint, Idaho; Anne Wicoff Carvajal of Bakersfield, Calif.; John Roberts Wicoff of Titusville; and Barbara Cooper Neeb of Mt. Laurel; fifteen grand-nieces and nephews, and nineteen great-grand-nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, of Plainsboro, at 11:30 a.m. on October 20, 2012.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Plainsboro, 500 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, N.J. 08536 or to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004.

Arrangements are under the direction of A.S. Cole Son Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury.


Robert Joseph Litz

Robert Joseph Litz, 62, of Los Angeles and Berkeley, Calif. and Princeton died October 10, 2012 at his home in Los Angeles. He was born October 3,1950 in Cleveland, Ohio to Mary Millik Litz and the late William E. Litz. He is survived by his mother, several cousins and many close friends including Michael Nylan. Mr. Litz was raised in Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1968. He completed his undergraduate degree at Boston University, where he was editor of the literary magazine. He earned a MTS in American Studies from Harvard University in 1975. Mr. Litz entered the theater world as a press agent for the New England Repertory Theatre in Worcester, Mass. Eventually he had roles in several productions. In the early 1980s, Mr. Litz shifted to writing plays, gaining acclaim in 1983 for his play, Great Divide, which was subsequently produced off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1984. Mr. Litz wrote seventeen produced plays for Off, Off-off Broadway, the regional theatres, and for the Elephant Theatre Company where he was playwright in residence beginning in 2005. Much of his work focused on social and political themes. Mr. Litz wrote several television shows for A&E, History and Discovery including the A&E biographies George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson, and Emmy-nominated John Travolta. For A&M Films, he wrote the original screenplay for Twister. Other produced films included House of Cards, Medium Straight and Rappin’. He produced the indie film Ten Tricks. Theater highlights included: One World (NAACP Best Play & Best Ensemble nominee); Douglas (Portland Critics, Best Play); Playing the Room (Juno Award nominee for Best Film on a Musical Subject); Mobile Hymn (Dramalogue Award, Best Play) and Cycles (Best of 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival). Cycles won rave reviews and had just completed a successful run at The Asylum Theatre and Lab on October 7, 2012. Mr. Litz was simultaneously working with Michael Nylan on a children’s book set in Han China, plays about the United States Supreme Court and had a feature documentary, Madaraka & Jaffar Climb Kiliminjaro (Becketfilms) in post-production. Mr. Litz won the 2012 Burger Prize for writing on the theater. He was a member of the Actors Studio (Playwrights/Directors Unit), the WGAW, and LA Stage Alliance. Expressions of sympathy or tribute may take the form of contributions to Feeding America, www.feedingamerica.org.


Karen Panicaro

Karen Panicaro (nee Wright) 63, of Seaside Park died on Monday, October 8, 2012 at her home. She was born and raised in Princeton, moving to Seaside Park 5 years ago.

She was pre-deceased by her parents Harry J. Wright, Jr. and Helen (nee Sullivan). She is survived by her brother Harry J. Wright III (“Skip”) of Princeton and Seaside Park, her sisters Margaret “Jill” Michaels of Kingston, and Katherine “Kitten” Jameson of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

Donations in memory of Karen may be made to the charity of your choice. Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, located at 809 Central Avenue in Seaside Park is in charge of the arrangements.


Gertrude Dubrovsky

Gertrude Dubrovsky, a longtime Princeton resident who taught Yiddish at Princeton University and was the author of three books, died in Jamaica Plain, Mass. on October 13 at the age of 86.

Dubrovsky was one of four children of Benjamin and Rose Wishnick, who immigrated to the United States from Poland around the turn of the last century. Early in their marriage, they operated a hand laundry in New York’s Lower East Side before moving to Farmingdale, N.J., with the help of a land grant from Jewish charities set up for that purpose, to join a community of Jewish farmers. Many of them, including her parents, were Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Eastern Europe via New York who had little knowledge of farming before arriving in the New Jersey countryside and learned to raise chickens and other livestock.

Dubrovsky had hoped to go to college but was discouraged from doing so by her father. In 1946 she married Jack Dubrovsky, also a son of Jewish chicken farmers in Farmingdale. She didn’t give up on the idea of college, however, and when her second son Steven started kindergarten, she began taking classes at Georgian Court College, a Catholic women’s school in nearby Lakewood, where Dubrovsky earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1956.

Although she was embarrassed and confused on the first day when the class recited the “Hail Mary” prayer, she credited the religious and philosophical education she got from the nuns with helping her rediscover Judaism and its commonalities with Christianity. “Although I never worried that my Jewish identity would be weakened in any way, I hardly expected that it would be strengthened,” she wrote in a New York Times article on April 16, 1978, describing the unusual experience of being a secular Jewish woman in her 30s attending a Catholic college.

In 2008, Georgian Court University inaugurated its Court of Honor, including Dubrovsky among its 100 most distinguished alumnae.

Dubrovsky was a teacher in public schools from 1956-1961 and an assistant professor at Trenton State College from 1964-1966. After she and her husband separated, she moved to Princeton in 1971 with her son Benjamin.

Dubrovsky earned a master’s degree from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College in 1972. For her dissertation project, she translated Kentucky, a book-length series of poems written shortly after World War I by famed Yiddish poet I.J. Schwarz about the impact of America on Jewish ethnic identity among immigrants in the rural south after the Civil War. The University of Alabama Press later published the translation.

Dubrovsky was a Yiddish instructor at Princeton University from 1974-1995 and also worked at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She was active in local politics and Princeton’s Jewish community. In the 1980s she was municipal chairperson of the Mercer County Democratic Committee and a member of the Committee on Aging. She was a candidate for Mercer County freeholder in 1982 and, with her teenage son as her campaign manager, she ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1974.

With a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dubrovsky conducted a detailed oral history of Farmingdale and would later publish a history of that community in her second book, The Land Was Theirs: Jewish Farmers in the Garden State (1992).

Though she had no background in film and very little funding, she was also determined to make a documentary based on her book, and her perseverance paid off in 1993 when PBS broadcast The Land Was Theirs, which also won a prize at the Berkeley Film Festival.

She was awarded a fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 1984 and spent a year there. While in Oxford, Dubrovsky traveled to Cambridge, England where, by chance, she met Greta Burkill. Burkill helped found the Cambridge Refugee’s Committee, which organized kindertransport convoys that brought thousands of European Jewish children safely to England from Nazi Germany in the late 1930s.

After finishing The Land Was Theirs, Dubrovsky took on the project of documenting Burkill’s work, and pursued that work as a Life Fellow of Cambridge University’s Clare Hall. That work culminated in the publication of Six From Leipzig, an account centering on a group of six kindertransport cousins, in 2004.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dubrovsky wrote a series of articles and “Speaking Personally” columns for The New York Times on the topic of long-term care of the aging. Those columns earned Dubrovsky the ire of several nursing home facilities and a lawsuit from one, though she and the Times prevailed. In an article published in 1980, she described a visit with her stepmother Hilda Wishnick, who was in a nursing home suffering from dementia. “You let go of memory, and you forget. What else is there to do?” Hilda says.

“I leave, taking the images [of residents with dementia] with me. I want to let go of them and forget. But I cannot. I’m not old enough,” Dubrovsky wrote in a haunting foreshadowing of her own struggle with Alzheimer’s disease — a diagnosis she refused to accept even as she worked on what would be her last writing project, a journal she kept during the first months of her stay at Rogerson House, an Alzheimer’s facility in Massachusetts.

Dubrovsky leaves her son Richard and daughter-in-law Leora of Howell; her son Steven and daughter-in-law Ann of Bethel, N.Y.; her son Benjamin and daughter-in-law Alice of Lincoln, Mass.; a brother, Arnold West of Bradenton, Fla.; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Her second husband, Sidney Gray, died in 1999. Burial took place on October 16 in the Freehold Jewish Center Cemetery in Freehold, N.J.


Patricia Phipps Jones

Patricia Phipps Jones of Princeton Junction and Hutchinson Island, Fla, passed away peacefully at the home of her son in Orlando, Fla. on October 9, 2012. She was 83 years old. Born In San Pedro, California, Patricia lived in West Chester, Pa. before moving to Princeton. She retired as a travel agent at Kuller Travel in Princeton. Prior to Kuller Travel, Patricia worked at The Princeton University Store and the Columbus Boychoir School (in 1980 it became the American Boychoir School).

Patricia loved her family and loved to travel. She enjoyed her winters at her Florida home and the many friends she had there. Patricia is survived by her husband of 60 years, Harold B. Jones and her three children, Holly Aragon and her husband, Francisco of Pompano Beach, Fla., Mindy May and husband, Robin of Hamilton, and Tyler Jones and his wife, Linda of Orlando. She also had 7 grandchildren of whom she was very proud. Jennifer Hanson and her husband, Matt, Christopher Jones, Chelsea and Mallory May, Alexander, Fabiola and Francine Aragon, and four great grandchildren.

Services will be private. Donations can be made in Patricia’s memory to the Samaritan Hospice, 1300 North Semoran Blvd. Suite 210, Orlando, Fla. 32807.


Mary Ellen Burroughs Snedeker

Mary Ellen Burroughs Snedeker died Monday, October 8, 2012 at her home in Grovers Mill after a lengthy illness. She was 83. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Richard S. Snedeker of West Windsor, their three children, daughter Mary Jenkins Snedeker of Essex Junction, Vermont, son James Peter Snedeker of Sunderland, Mass, daughter Amy Elisabeth Snedeker of Plainsboro, two grandchildren Laurel Tentindo and her husband Luis of Los Angeles, Calif., and Peter Dugan and his wife Angela of Hopkinton, Mass. and her brother Peter Van W. Burroughs and his wife Nancy of Fort Mill, South Carolina and several nieces and nephews.

A 1951 graduate of Douglass College, Mary Ellen had a long career as a school social worker in the Pennington and East Windsor school districts. She also worked for the New Jersey State Bureau of Child Welfare and taught kindergarten at the Chapin School in Princeton. She retired in 1994. She was particularly fond of traveling, and over the years visited over 50 countries around the world. She was a regular supporter of organizations that benefit small animals.

Visiting hours were held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 12 with services that followed at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.


October 10, 2012

Albert I. Aronson

Albert I. Aronson passed away on October 8, 2012, after a brief illness.

Born on June 11, 1927, in New York, N.Y., Albert Aronson was a Bronx High School of Science graduate, and he earned an engineering degree from Syracuse University.

An electrical engineer at RCA and GE, Mr. Aronson’s career reached from the opening years of the space age, with his work in the TIROS weather satellite program, through to research that would help form the basis of the Iridium satellite system. He received several patents and awards.

An abstract expressionist painter, Albert Aronson was a vibrant member of the Princeton-area arts community. He was the recipient of several awards, including the Mercer County Artists’ Purchase Award. He received an associate degree in fine art from Mercer County Community College.

Mr. Aronson was an active member of Community Without Walls, and his volunteer work included tutoring in the Trenton After School Program.

Mr. Aronson was predeceased by his wife, Yvonne Aronson, and his eldest daughter, Linda Siler. He is survived by his son, Barry Aronson; daughter, Diane Aronson; and his partner, Trudy Glucksberg. He was the loving grandfather of William, Thomas, and Camille.

A memorial remembrance is planned for November 17, 2012, 2 p.m., at the Arts Council of Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations please be directed to the Arts Council of Princeton.


Helen P. Marke

Helen P. Marke, 94, of Skillman died Monday, October 8, 2012 at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Born in Orange, she was a resident of Irvington before moving to Toms River and then to Skillman seven years ago. Helen was a dressmaker and later worked as a bookkeeper at Disbrow Manufacturing in East Orange. She was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, cooking, and most of all spending time with her family.

Wife of the late Joseph R. Marke, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Jeanne M. and Bernard Adler, a son Joseph Marke, seven grandchildren Joshua, Matthew, Seth, Genevieve, Emily, Joseph, Heather, and 12 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be private under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.


Irene Stokes

Irene Stokes, 84, a long time resident of Jefferson Road in Princeton, passed away on September 2, 2012 in Coventry, Rhode Island. Mrs. Stokes had been battling cancer and had moved to Rhode Island less than one year ago to be near family.

Irene Rouba Stokes was raised in and around Rutland, Vermont. She moved to Trenton in the 1950’s where she worked as a secretary at a Trenton bank before marrying and starting a family in Princeton.

During the 1980’s Irene worked for the Princeton Regional School District at both Community Park and John Witherspoon schools. Over the years Irene opened her home to various Mormon missionaries and became a second mother to them while they resided with her.

She was a caring hostess and enjoyed cooking for these young men and offering guidance. They, in turn, cared deeply for her and over the years sent cards and letters thanking her for being such a loving hostess.

Over the past decade, Irene enjoyed serving as a volunteer at the University Medical Center at Princeton. Irene was well known in her neighborhood. She truly enjoyed every person she met and went out of her way to say hello and to bring cheer to those she greeted, whether stranger or friend. She will be remembered for her friendliness, her passion for gardening, and her love of animals, especially her beloved cat, Freddie. She loved her home and her neighborhood and felt a deep connection to Princeton and to Jefferson Road.

Irene is survived by her husband, William D. Stokes, her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Stokes, Jr. and various relatives in Massachusetts. Irene will be dearly missed by her friends in Princeton.


I’d pull your weeds

and edge your yard and

fix your television.

You’d pay me more than I deserved

and feed me

and give me vegetables from your garden.

You sure could keep one company

With the things that you would say

But then you moved

and got sick

and I heard you passed away.

You died loved, Irene.

I won’t forget you.

B. Weinstein


George Robert Wills

George Robert Wills, husband of Derry Light and father of Ylonka, Sylvia, Caleb, Devon, and Rowen, died peacefully on Friday, September 14, 2012 in Princeton, where he resided for over 40 years.

Bob was born on January 15, 1940, and grew up in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was an engineer. An ardent reader and learner, Bob graduated in 1962 with a BA from Duke University, subsequently earning his MA and PhD.

He taught at Arizona State University, then moved to Princeton in 1966 to work at ETS. Bob attended law school at Rutgers University, was editor of the Law Review, and went to work in the office of the New Jersey Attorney General. In 1973 he became Deputy Public Defender in Trenton, and in 1976 went into private practice in Princeton, where he had maintained an office ever since.

In the 1980’s Bob earned an MTS, an MDiv, and a ThM from Harvard Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, and Princeton Theological Seminary, respectively. While at Yale he participated in a pastoral care program that affected him deeply and gave him a new, more compassionate outlook as a lawyer.

Bob was a great supporter of the arts and of his children’s sports interests, as well as of the Princeton Montessori School, which his three younger children attended from early childhood through elementary school. He was a devoted member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club. Bob loved life, Irish songs, and a good round of golf. He will be sorely missed.

In addition to his wife and children, Bob is survived by his brother, Don, and sister-in-law, Marge, his cousin, Jack, and Jack’s wife, Glory, his son-in-law, Didier Dubout, his former wife, Ludmilla Forani, his niece, Talia, and five grandchildren.

A service will be scheduled for January. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center or to the American Cancer Society.


James H. Bish

James H. Bish, age 81, died early Monday, October 1 2012 following an extended illness. Mr. Bish graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1953 and returned to Princeton as a permanent resident in 1988.

Jim Bish was born on February 28, 1931 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Following his college years at Princeton and a tour of duty in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer, Mr. Bish attended Harvard business school, graduating in 1958 with an MBA degree.

After employment at Texaco and Marathon Oil in their international divisions, Mr. Bish joined the Chase Manhattan Bank in 1966 and remained there in a variety of senior executive positions in international banking until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Bish’s responsibilities at Chase included serving in Hong Kong as regional director for South and Southeast Asia. Mr. Bish then returned to New York City where he served as area director for Asia-Pacific and also for Africa. He subsequently served as executive managing director of Chase Manhattan Capital Markets Corp. He was later appointed to the position of CFO for global affairs at Chase Investment Bank.

Despite suffering a partially disabling stroke shortly after his retirement, Jim Bish remained active in the Princeton community as a member of the Nassau Club, the Springdale Golf Club and the Chase Alumni Association.

Mr. Bish is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elisabeth, his daughter and son-in-law, Sondra and Fred Grant of London, England, his son, Michael Bish of Santa Cruz, California, and his sister-in-law, Verena Siegrist and her two daughters and three grandchildren, all of whom reside in Switzerland.

A private memorial service will he held in the near future. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Princeton Hospice Memorial Fund, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540, and The Lewis School, 53 Bayard Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08540. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton.


Hans-Dietrich Weigmann

Dr. Hans-Dietrich “Dieter” Weigmann, PhD, 82, of Princeton died Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Mr. Weigmann had been a resident of Princeton since 1961. Mr. Weigmann was born in Rostock, Germany, and was the son of the late Hans-Theodor and Gertrud (Buschmann). He received his doctorate in organic chemistry from the Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany. For thirty-four years, he worked at the Textile Research Institute in Princeton, NJ, as a fiber and textile chemist, and was one of the most distinguished scientists in his field, making many contributions to both fundamental sciences and applied technologies. In 1990, he was recipient of the Olney Medal, the highest honor in textile science.

He was a loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather, and true friend to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Christa C. (von Schwind) Weigmann, his brother, Hans-Helmut Weigmann, and his two daughters, Stefanie of Boston, MA and Jessica Weigmann of New York, NY. He is also survived by Stefanie’s daughter Mai Babila-Weigmann, and Jessica’s husband Mark Warren, and their children Ezekiel and Oona Warren-Weigmann. We will all miss him very much, as will the rest of his family in Germany, his many friends in Princeton, in Marathon, Texas, where he spent many happy days, as well as friends he made all over the world.

Dieter was brilliant and passionate, curious, kind, and generous. He loved birds and long walks in the woods. He was a great sailor and sculptor. He told the most beautiful and epic stories to his grandkids, and he made the grandest sandcastles. He left us too soon.

There will be a memorial gathering November 11th at 350 Herrontown Rd., Princeton. The Funeral will be private under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


October 3, 2012

Winslow Lewis, Jr.

Winslow Lewis, Jr., 75, of Boulder, Colo., died peacefully at his home on Friday, September 21, 2012. He was born March 25, 1937 in Chestnut Hill, Pa., to Winslow and Mary (Hart) Lewis.

While living in Princeton, Falmouth, Mass., and in Boulder, Colo., Winslow found time to sail the open oceans, fly private planes and gliders, ski on two continents, ride his motorcycle, shoot in cowboy-action matches, and was passionate about rowing on Lake Carnegie in Princeton. In addition to his outdoor endeavors, he enjoyed a good political debate, Monty Python-esque humor, live music, and taking on Will Shortz in the Sunday New York Times.

He was a graduate of the Pomfret School, Phillips Academy, and Princeton University (1959). At Princeton, he rowed on the heavyweight crew and was a member of the Ivy Club. Winslow was a proud representative of the Class of ’59, and of course, always marched in the annual “P-rade” at Princeton Reunions.

His four decade long career was spent in publishing, where he established a peerless reputation at Ladies Home Journal, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Life International, Money Magazine, and Time Magazine.

Winslow was a member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry (Army National Guard), holding the rank of Master Sergeant. He also was a member of the Ocean Cruising Club, the Philadelphia Club, and the Single Action Shooting Society, adopting the nom de guerre, Stoney Bart.

Winslow is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tina (Johnson) Lewis, whom he married on Bromley Mountain in Peru, Vt., on Dec. 31, 1976. He also is survived by his five children: Brook Lewis (Darren Frink) of Seattle, Wash; Diana Lewis Cuyler (Alex) of Pleasant Hill, Ore.; Whitman Wolcott Thompson (Shannon) of Rochester, N.Y.; Winslow Lewis, III (Andrea) of Missoula, Mont.; Crandell Parker Lewis of Boulder, Colo.; and Jackson (Ivy) the Dog. Six grandchildren also carry on his legacy of love and laughter: Hannah and Harper Frink of Seattle, Wash,; Lily and Elias Cuyler of Pleasant Hill, Ore.; and Spencer and Ramsey Thompson of Rochester, N.Y. His surviving brother, Montgomery Lewis, resides in Wiscassett, Maine.

An open-house memorial and celebration of Winslow’s life will be held at noon on Sunday, November 4, 2012, in the Chautauqua Community House in Boulder, Colo.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Dignity Care and HospiceCare for their compassion and kindness.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Wild Animal Sanctuary, Kennesburg, Colo., or to the Quissett Harbor Preservation Trust at P.O. Box 197, Falmouth, Mass, 02541.


September 26, 2012

Howard “Pat” Curtiss

Howard “Pat” Curtiss, an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, died September 20, 2012 after a stoic struggle with bladder cancer. He is remembered as a pioneering researcher in the field of helicopter dynamics and aerodynamics and as an exceptional teacher and advisor to his students. His lifelong fascination with flight was both infectious and exciting.

Professor Curtiss was highly regarded for his contributions to understanding the complexities of helicopter forces and motions. He was director of the Princeton University Dynamic Model Track for nearly 30 years and a leading theorist. He published pioneering studies on helicopter rotor blade motion, authored influential work on control system design, and was the co-author of a highly regarded textbook, A Modern Course in Aeroelasticity.

Professor Curtiss served as a consultant for many aerospace companies, including Sikorsky, Agusta Helicopters, Kaman Aerospace, and Piasecki Aircraft. In 1985, he was appointed as an honorary professor at the Nanjing Aeronautical Institute. In the following years, he served as visiting research fellow at Glasgow University and the Technical University of Braunschweig. In 2000, Professor Curtiss delivered the American Helicopter Society’s Nikolsky Honorary Lecture, named for his thesis adviser, Alexander Nikolsky.

Most recently, he designed a new helicopter rotor blade that significantly improves the load-carrying ability, cruising speed, and range of Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. The rotor blades are manufactured by Carson Helicopters, and are used on the “Marine One” helicopter fleet used by the President as well as by the British navy.

Professor Curtiss’s technical contributions are only surpassed by the influence he had on his undergraduate and graduate students. He combined an enthusiasm for his field with sparkling wit and patience with those new to a complex and sometimes bewildering topic. Many of his students became professors, researchers, administrators, and leaders in industry and government.

Born March 17, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois (named “Pat” for his birth on St. Patrick’s Day), Professor Curtiss completed a B.A.E. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1952 and his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1965. After participating in Naval R.O.T.C. Training, he was commissioned and served as a Line Officer on the U.S.S. Mississippi, from 1952 to 1954.

No description of Pat would be complete without mentioning his lifelong love of sailing – from his first experiences at the Erie Yacht Club, to competing in the 1947 Lightning Junior Championships, to weekend racing at the Jersey Shore, and to adventures with Betty on the Metedeconk River. He advised the Princeton Sailing Team for many years and enjoyed sailing with Sam, his grandson.

Professor Curtiss was also noted for the quality of the apple pies he often baked at Christmas.

Pat is survived by his wife Betty Curtiss of Princeton, N.J., daughter Lisa Curtiss of Brooklyn, N.Y., son Jon Curtiss of Ann Arbor, Mich., stepchildren John Fenton of Atlanta, Ga., Anne Fenton of Falls Church, Va., Agnes Mironov of Stockton, N.J., and grandchildren Cami, Sam, Elizabeth, Marek, Crosby, Kalena, and Kit. Professor Curtiss’s first wife, Betty Ruth Cloke Curtiss, passed away in 1985.

His gentle, friendly spirit will be greatly missed.

His family is thankful for the love and support shown by their friends and communities, and is grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff of the University Medical Center at Princeton, whose care was compassionate and generous.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the R.P.I. School of Engineering (Checks to Gifts Processing Center, P.O. Box 3164, Boston, Mass., 02241-3164—In memory of Howard C. Curtiss, Jr) or to Habitat for Humanity (Checks to Habitat for Humanity of Trenton, In memory of Howard “Pat” Curtiss, Jr., 601 North Clinton Avenue, Trenton, N.J., 08638).

A memorial service will be held in Princeton, N.J. on a date in November to be announced.


Rudolf F. Lehnert

Rudolf Frederick Lehnert, 83, passed away on September 18 after a short battle with lymphoma. Born in Munich, Germany, the family lived on Long Island and moved to Princeton in 1937. He graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1948 and Princeton University in 1952 as an aeronautical engineer. His connection to the University continued with a long-term engagement with the Forrestal Research Center; a highlight of this time was an outreach project in 1965 to help establish the aeronautical engineering department at the Kanpur campus of the Indian Institute of Technology.

Later, Rudy managed the Nassau Delicatessen on Princeton’s Palmer Square, the family business established by his parents Fred and Therese Lehnert. His love of sport fishing then led him to the position of VP of engineering, and later president, of Egg Harbor Yacht Company, and a subsequent role as a consultant to boat owners.

Rudy served on the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, was a NAUI-certified SCUBA instructor, ham radio operator, a member of the Princeton Lions Club, the Citizen’s Range and Recreation Club of Central N.J., and the National Rifle Association. Rudy was well known for his long-standing connection with Princeton University, which included service as the webmaster and treasurer for the Class of 1952, his enthusiastic support of the University’s sports teams, and his membership in the Princeton Varsity Club.

He is survived by his wife Mildred McCool Lehnert, with whom he recently celebrated 60 years of life together, his son John Lehnert, daughters Cheryl Costello and Laurie Horan, grandson Sean Horan, and granddaughter Katie Horan.

Calling hours were held at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home on Sunday, September 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Monday, September 24 from 9 to 11 a.m., with a memorial service to follow. Burial was at the Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Temple University Hospital Cancer Center 3401 North Broad Street, Philadelphia Pa. 19140 or Rudy F. Lehnert ’52 Memorial Fund P.O. Box 5357 Princeton, N.J. 08540.


Marion F. Clohossey

Marion Frances (Daly) Clohossey, of San Jose, California, passed away peacefully with family present on Friday, August 17, 2012, at the age of 86. She was a long-time Princetonian, from her birth in 1926 until early-2010 when she moved to California to be closer to her 4 children. She was born to Joseph and May Daly in Princeton, who lived on Pine Street for almost 50 years. Marion spent her first 20 years living on Pine Street, resided more than 30 years on Jefferson Road, and thereafter for 20 years at Elm Court on Elm Road.

She attended St. Paul’s Grammar School and was a valedictorian of Princeton High School Class of 1943. From 1942-1952, she worked as a secretary at Princeton University’s Astronomy Department for Dr. Lyman Spitzer, Jr. In 1946, she married Edward A. Clohossey, of Rumford, Maine. She also worked for 1 year in Niagara Falls, NY, while her husband attended Niagara University on the GI bill. After her children were grown, she also worked at Educational Testing Service and at Princeton University’s Firestone Library.

Marion enjoyed watching various Princeton University events including crew practices, ice skating on Carnegie Lake both as a child and parent, concerts at the University Chapel (especially the PHS Christmas concerts), the American Legion’s fireworks at Palmer Stadium, walking at Marquand Park, swimming at the YMCA and Community Park pools and in the ocean at Manasquan, many PHS sporting events including basketball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and cross-country. She loved trees and gardening, especially her dogwoods and azaleas. Marion also enjoyed taking her children to various local museums in Princeton and Trenton. Her proudest accomplishment was having raised her four children.

Marion was predeceased by her husband, Edward A. Clohossey, a WWII U.S. Navy radioman, in 1999, and her brother, John K. Daly, PHS Class of 1942 and D-Day Purple Heart recipient with the U.S. Navy, of Blue Ridge, Georgia, in 2008. She is survived by her 4 children, Susan Brennan and her husband James of San Jose, California; Michael Clohossey and his wife Natalie of Sacramento, California; Daniel Clohossey and his wife Laurel of Menlo Park, California; and Constance Perry of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was the proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren: Hannah Brennan Infante, Patrick Brennan, Conor Brennan, Marc Mason and Monica Mason Borel, Paloma Clohossey, Kelly Perry and Edward Perry. She was also the great-grandmother of 6. She is also survived by a cousin, Joe Hall, of Princeton Junction, numerous nieces and nephews, brother-in-law Walt Clohosey and his wife Grace, of Middletown, Connecticut, and her sister-in-law, Edwina Clohosey, also of Middletown, CT.

She will be buried at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Princeton beside her parents.

The family would ask that, should remembrances wish to be made, they be made in her name to the Princeton Education Foundation (www.pefnj.org) or to the Princeton Public Library.


John C. Yeoman

John Cornelius Yeoman (Jack), 86, passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2012 after an extended illness. He had pulmonary fibrosis for several years and gave up the hard fight in Peachtree Christian Hospice.

Jack was born in Utica, New York on August 25, 1926. He was the son of Ethel Keefer and Earl Walker Yeoman. He was raised in Princeton, New Jersey and graduated from the Pennington Preparatory School. Between Army services in Germany during World War II and Japan during the Korean conflict, Jack graduated from Wake Forest University.

Jack married Elinor Weber Yeoman in 1953 and they spent their honeymoon at Boy Scout Camp Pahaquarra where Jack was the camp director. He was an executive with the Boy Scouts of America, an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow.

In 1954 Jack joined Palmer Square, Inc. in Princeton as a comptroller and soon became secretary/treasurer and general manager, positions he held until Palmer Square, Inc. was sold by Princeton University in 1983.

He was one of the founders in 1959 of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and was president in 1971. He was awarded the “Man of the Year” award by the Chamber of Commerce in 1982. For fourteen years he was treasurer of the United Way and helped organize the Princeton Merchants Association. In 1975 he was awarded the Gerald B. Lambert award for civic service. Jack was a member of the Princeton Rotary Club and was made president in 1964. He was also treasurer of the Princeton Arts Council. Additionally, Jack served as an elder and deacon at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Princeton. Politics was always a part of his life and in the early 1970’s, Jack was elected to the position of Republican Committeeman and Municipal Chairman for Princeton Township.

Jack moved to Dunwoody, Georgia in May 1983 to retire, but it didn’t last long. In September 1983 he became controller of Meteor Photo in Atlanta, where he was employed until May 1994. Because his residence in Dunwoody did not have a sunny yard, he and his wife bought a home in Alpharetta, where Jack spent many happy hours in his flower garden. He was a member of Windward Association of Retired Men (WARM) for many years. While retired, Jack and Elinor traveled to many countries and had many happy memories of their trips together.

After Hurricane Andrew, Jack traveled with his Church group to Homestead, Fla. and Mexico to re-build homes. During this time, Jack also tutored third graders in reading and arithmetic at APC and Creek Side Elementary School.

Jack was preceded in death by his brother, William Russell Yeoman. Jack is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elinor Weber Yeoman, his son John C. Yeoman, Jr., and his wife Tiffany. Sisters Barbara Y. Antonelli of Jupiter, Fla. and Nancy Y. Field of Indianapolis, Ind. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A celebration of Jack’s life was held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Alpharetta Church at 11 a.m. Mr. Yeoman’s ashes are to be interred in Princeton Cemetery in the Yeoman Plot at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Shriners Children’s Hospital. SouthCare Cremation and Funeral Society in Alpharetta, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. Please express condolences online at www.southcare.us.


Jacob Goldsmith

Jacob Goldsmith, infant son of Tasha and Scott Goldsmith, passed away on Monday, September 17 2012. Jacob is survived by his parents and grandparents: Charlotte Hussey and Dan Bauer; Stephen and Heather Goldsmith; and Sheila Ellman; aunt, Aislinn Bauer; uncle and aunt, Richard and Jessica Goldsmith; and cousins, Anthony and Alyssa Goldsmith. The family thanks the staff at Capital Health Medical Center, and friends Jessika Thomas, Rebecca Crider, Ray Tucholski, Helen and Tim Sharpley, the Rusling Hose Fire Company and HTFD District 3. Donations for the Goldsmith family for funeral expenses in lieu of flowers may be sent to 1314 Genesee Street, Apt.1, Trenton, NJ, 08610. Donations in Jacob’s name to First Candle, 1314 Bedford Avenue, Suite 210, Baltimore MD 21208, first
candle.org are appreciated. Friends and family are invited to gather on Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm at Colonial Firehouse, 801 Kuser Road in Hamilton.


John F. Hayes

John F. Hayes, 81, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at his home in Lawrence Township, NJ.

John was born September 26, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts to John F. and Marie F. Hayes.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, in Iceland and Morocco, and working for defense contractors, in post World War II Europe, he moved his family to California and worked for RCA as a project manager on the TIROS project, the world’s first weather satellite.

Mr. Hayes also served as vice president for the Singer Corporation in the newly-opened 1 World Trade Center in New York, after which he formed his own international electronics export business.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Sonja Hayes; a daughter, Michaela Van Orden of Flemington, NJ; three grandchildren; a brother, Paul, and a sister, Judy, both of Boston, MA and many nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by his beloved Dalmatian and constant companion, Norton.

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue in Princeton, NJ from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with remembrances beginning at 12:30 p.m.

To extend condolences and sign the guest book, please visit www.TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


September 19, 2012

Richard J. Goeke

Princeton native, World War II veteran Richard J. “Dick” Goeke, 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 12, at his home in Princeton, NJ, with family at his side. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, September 17, at St. Paul Church, Princeton, NJ. Interment was followed at Princeton Cemetery.

A life-long Princeton resident, Dick was a veteran of World War II, proudly serving as a member of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard. This branch of the Navy defended both U.S. and Allied merchant ships, including cargo ships, tankers, troop ships and other merchant vessels. He saw service in the American and European-African Middle Eastern Areas. He married Ann Wuest, his “Valentine,” on Feb. 13, 1943.

After his return from service in 1945, Dick worked for the painting contractor and retailer, Morris Maple & Son. He then moved on to the painting department at Princeton University, originally working on campus buildings. Later he transferred to the University’s real estate department, where he became the painting foreman.

Dick retired from the University in 1986 after 35 years of service. During retirement, he enjoyed reading, spending time with family and friends and traveling with his wife and friends — to Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and many other places in the United States.

Those who knew Dick will remember him for his friendliness and his exceptional sense of humor — he was a joke-teller extraordinaire. He was often a day-brightener for friends and family who were ill, whom he made a point of visiting in the hospital or at home. In 1992, he and Ann were recognized as the Outstanding Nursing Home Volunteers for Mercer County for their service at Princeton Nursing Home. Dick was an active member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Armed Guard, a life member of American Legion Post 76, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9312 and the Commanders Club of the Disabled American Veterans.

In addition to Ann, his loving wife of 69 years, Dick is survived by his children, Charles Goeke and his wife, Carol, and Ann Raas and her husband, Scott. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Chris Goeke and his partner, Kathleen Sauve; Cindy (Goeke) Skelton and her husband, Gary; and Alyssa and James Raas, as well as by his great-grandchildren, Dylan and Kylie Skelton and Shelby and Piper Goeke. He will be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, Mary Goeke, nieces, a nephew, and many cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Dick’s memory to Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, PO Box 529, Princeton, NJ 08540-0529 (online at www.pfars.org.), or Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.


John D. Emerick

John Durston Emerick died at his home in Quechee, Vermont on September 13, 2012 after a prolonged illness. He was the beloved husband of Joan S. Emerick, who survives him. Born in 1938 in Syracuse, N.Y., he was predeceased by his parents, Stanley F. Emerick and Anne D. Emerick. Surviving him are his brother Stanley F. Emerick, Jr., and his sister-in-law Penny P. Emerick. Also surviving him are his children, John D. Emerick, Jr., Peter C. Emerick and Stacy E. Heller and their spouses as well as his seven grandchildren.

Mr. Emerick was an alumnus of The Pebble Hill School in Dewitt, NY and was a graduate of Syracuse University, Class of 1961, where he was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. He was employed at The Great Bear Spring Water Company from 1961-1982, a company founded by his great grandfather in 1888. In 1983 he bought Minute Press in Princeton, NJ which later evolved into Millstone Group, a graphic design business, before Mr. Emerick retired in 2002.

Mr. Emerick was a skilled photographer who explored many evolutions of his talent over the years. He was an avid collector and supporter of the arts, particularly photography. He was also a skilled golfer, having started as a young boy, and he enjoyed playing and following golf regularly. He divided his time between Princeton, NJ and Quechee, VT.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Suite 1000, 801 Roeder Road, Silver Springs, MD 20910, or Storm King Art Center, PO Box 280, Old Pleasant Hill Road, Mountainville, NY 10953. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


September 12, 2012

Rose DiFalco

Rose DiFalco, 86, of Princeton, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 31, 2012. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she had been a resident of Princeton since 1966. Rose was a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, the Altar Rosary Society, and past president of the Princeton Italian-American Sportsman Club Ladies Auxiliary. Rose was an avid traveler, enjoyed cooking, and most of all, spending time with her family.

Daughter of the late Vincent Fasano and Elena Fasano-Picariello, sister of the late Antonette Fasano, she is survived by her husband of 57 years Charles DiFalco, a son and daughter-in-law Louis and Darlene DiFalco, two daughters and a son-in-law, Elena and Antonino Russo, and Vincenzina DiFalco. She was the beloved grandmother of Vincent, Matthew, Anthony, and Jennifer Rose.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, September 4, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. Entombment followed in the Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad P.O. Box 529, Princeton, N.J. 08542 or St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


George O. Isaacson

George O. Isaacson died peacefully on August 31,2012. He leaves this world in the way he lived it, with dignity, courage, respect, and kindness. He was the much loved husband to Joan Isaacson (formally Israelit), dearest father of Laurie Domers, Steven Isaacson, and Stacie Isaacson, and the sweetest grandfather to Ashley Domers, Alli Domers, Sydney Isaacson, and Olivia Isaacson.

Dr. Isaacson practiced dentistry in Princeton, for many years including over 20 years with his son Steven. Supported by his mother and father Celia and Harry Isaacson and brothers Bernie, Danny, and Marty, George was able to attend dental school in Philadelphia, Pa. He graduated in 1954 from Temple University Dental School. While in dental school, he was a member of Alpha Omega Fraternity, the Kolmer Honorary Medical Society, and the James Society of Oral Pathology. After dental school, he entered the Air Force as a First Lieutenant for two years stationed in Sacramento, Calif. In 1956 he opened a dental practice with his brother Danny. He and his brother co-authored an important text on fixed prosthodontics. After a number of years, he was able to open his own practice in Princeton. Over the years of practice, he gained many honors in his field. He lectured in front of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, and even gave a lecture in mainland, China. He taught dentistry part time at the University of Pennsylvania from 1962-1980. He became a fellow of the American College of Dentists in 1994. He leaves behind numerous past patients who revere him and often state, “Dr. George saved my mouth”.

George was very active in sports throughout his life. In his high school years, he played basketball for Trenton High. He also enjoyed tennis and golf and was a member of Greenacres Country Club for many years. He was an avid stamp, coin, and fine arts collector. Most of all, he was a family man who cherished his time with loved ones.

Funeral services were on Tuesday at 1 p.m., Har Sinai Temple 2421 Pennington Road, Pennington. Burial followed at Ewing Cemetery, Har Sinai section, Scotch Road, Ewing. The period of mourning was observed Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the home of Steven Isaacson and Laura Lichstein, 14 East Shore Drive, Princeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ.


Owen E. Desmond

Owen E. Desmond III, 77, of Skillman and a fifty-year resident of Princeton, died peacefully on Thursday morning August, 24, at home with his family.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, July 19, 1935 to Florence (Burns) and Owen E. Desmond Jr., he graduated from the University of Notre Dame (1957), and from the Columbia University graduate school of business (1961). From 1957–59 he served as a 2nd Lt. in the Army, stationed in South Korea. He spent the majority of his working career in New York City in financial services, primarily institutional research and sales.

A member of the Pretty Brook Club and the University Club of New York, Mr. Desmond was an active member of the Princeton community. Most recently, he was a volunteer at Princeton Hospital, where he gave over 5,000 hours of service. He was a Eucharistic Minister for St. Paul’s Church serving parishioners in Princeton Hospital as well as the homebound.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol O’Brien Desmond; a sister, Katherine D. Hoesel (Walter) of Duvall, Washington; a brother Michael B. Desmond of Boston, Mass.; his daughter Anne C. Desmond of Princeton, and her children Owen Ristic (9) and Deirdre Ristic (5); His son, and daughter in law, Owen E. (Ned) and Kristina H. Desmond of Wellesley, Mass, and their three children: Jackson (11), Maja (9), and Tyler (5).

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Owen’s memory can be made to: the Princeton Hospice Program, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Chest Diseases Center, c/o Office of Development, 654 West 170th St., N.Y.C, N.Y. 10032, Attn. Allison Yessin.

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


Anne Hulme Vierno

Anne Hulme Vierno passed away, September 1, 2012 at Stonebridge at Montgomery Retirement Community after a brief illness.

Anne was born in Swarthmore, Pa, and moved to Clearwater, Fla. where she lived, after meeting and marrying, H. H. Baskin, Jr.

Anne later moved to Princeton and met her loving husband, Ralph A. Vierno, with whom she was married 38 wonderful years.

Anne graduated from the University of Delaware, and after moving to Princeton from Florida, Anne worked for many years at the Educational Testing Service. She was an avid reader, loved playing bridge, and was a member of the College Club of Princeton, the Princeton Day Club, and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Florida. Anne volunteered for many years at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton.

Anne is survived by her husband of 38 years, Ralph A. Vierno; two daughters, Elisabeth Hulme Ashby, recently widowed from her loving husband, Philip K. Ashby, Victoria Baskin-Smith and son-in-law, Theodore (Ted); and her son, Hamden H. Baskin, III and daughter-in-law, Robyn; step-daughter, Michele Ciganek and son-in-law, Bill; and three grandchildren, Theodore B. (Teddy), Rachel and Randall. Anne is also survived by her two brothers, Norman and Robert Hulme, and her sister, Terry Merrick and many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at

2 p.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542. On the memo line please reference “In Memory of Anne Vierno”.


September 5, 2012

Nathan G. Hand

Nathan Hand died Sunday, September 2, 2012 in Princeton, after a brief illness. He was 103 years old. He had lived a long and full life as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, a respected lawyer, and an avid outdoorsman.

He was born Nathan Gadalia Kleinhandler on September 21, 1908, in New York City, the youngest child of Alter and Civia Kleinhandler. He attended schools in Brooklyn and studied law at St. John’s, and worked in a variety of jobs in the city, including driving a taxi, owning a candy factory, and running a machine shop as part of the Manhattan Project during World War II. Tired of urban life, he moved to the Catskills in the late 1940s, where he built and operated a bungalow colony in Bushville and started a private law practice. For many years, he was a lawyer in Monticello, New York, serving as director of Sullivan County Legal Services in the late 1960s, and continuing to practice into his late 90s. He also was involved in various civic, sporting, and charitable organizations. In 2005, he moved to Acorn Glen in Princeton, where he made new friends who appreciated his youthful spirit and feisty personality.

He was blessed with an adventurous, indomitable mind and body. He hunted, fished, swam, water-skied, downhill skied, biked, and played tennis and golf. As a young man, he drove a fast 1918 Indian motorcycle through the streets of Brooklyn, and he survived a multi-day coma following a car crash in the 1930s. He was active in the ski patrol and competed in senior downhill ski races into his 80s. He became an airplane pilot at age 65, and enjoyed telling the story of the time when he made an emergency landing on a highway in Pennsylvania after running low on fuel.

His wife, Frances, died in 2005. He is survived by his daughter, Susanne Hand, of Princeton; his grandsons, Rafe Kinsey and Alex Kinsey; his son-in-law, David Kinsey; and several nieces and nephews.

The service was held on Tuesday, September 4 at 2 p.m. at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway in Monticello, N.Y. Rabbi Endre Stamler will officiate.

Burial will be held in the Brotherhood Cemetery in Monticello.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Jewish World Service, www.ajws.org; or Ultimate Peace, www.ultimatepeace.org.


Martha L. Kennedy

Martha Larsen Kennedy, RN, BSN, MA, 73, former nurse manager at Princeton Medical Center, died August 27, in Suwanee, Ga., after a long illness.

She was the beloved wife for 52 years of Deacon Patrick Kennedy and mother of Kate, of Bordentown N.J., Andrew, of Suwanee, and Bryan, of Fredricksburg, Va. A daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and grandchildren, Larsen, 14, and Alden, 12, are at home in Suwanee.

Calling hours will be held at the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown, Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Hightstown. Burial will take place in Alexandria, Va, on Sept.8.


Elizabeth G. Bennett

Elizabeth Gant Bennett, originally of Burlington, N.C., age 96, died peacefully in her sleep at home on August 29, 2012.

Beloved wife of the late Judge Clifton Clement Bennett, Jr.; devoted mother of Elizabeth Bennett Blue and her husband Richard F. Blue, Jr.; and dear grandmother of Alexandra Blue, Wendelin Blue and Elizabeth Bennett Blue.

In 1992, Elizabeth moved to the Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville, Md. to be near her family after having lived in Princeton for 40 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gant-Bennett Scholarship, an endowed fund Elizabeth created in loving memory of her late husband, Clifton C. Bennett, Jr., at the UNC Law Foundation, Campus Box 3382, Suite 235, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599.

Arrangements are by the family owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc., Baltimore, Md.


Doris M. Galick

Doris May Galick, (nee Vandewater), age 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Acorn Glen Assisted Living Residence in Princeton.

Born in Princeton, Doris was a lifelong resident. She was a 1947 graduate of Princeton High School and had worked as a secretary at Rutgers University. Doris will be missed and loved by all who came to know her as a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, beloved sister, aunt, cousin, and faithful friend who had a gift for cooking and baking that was enjoyed by everyone.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, James L. Vandewater Sr. and Anna Vandewater, and is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert J. Galick; her daughter, Deborah A. Dalton and her husband Robert J.; her grandsons, Michael Geoffrey and Matthew Robert; her brother, James L. Vandewater Jr., his wife, Elizabeth and their family; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, 71 E. Prospect Street, Hopewell, N.J. 08525 with Dr. Carter A. Smith officiating.

Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery, Hopewell.

Calling hours will be Thursday, September 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the memorial home.

Memorial contributions in Doris’s name may be made to the Hospice Program of Princeton Home Care Services.


August 29, 2012

Lillie Lundberg

Lillie (Ness) Lundberg met her Savior on August 1, 2012, at 101½ years young! Born on December 5, 1910 to Henny Birgitta Karlsen Ness and Gerhardt Lorentz Magnussen Ness in Brooklyn, New York. She was employed by Irving Trust Company, in New York City as a bank teller for 41 years.

She married Carl John Lundberg, a seamen with Tidewater Oil Company, in 1935. Harold and Carol were born within the next five years. In 1942, Carl’s ship (an oil tanker) was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of New Orleans. She remained a widow till her death.

Lillie belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York where she served as a sunday school teacher, preschool superintendent, girl scout cookie chairman and often found herself as a driver for the Luther League.

After Lillie retired, a home was built at her summer place in Norseville, Griggstown, New Jersey. She moved there in 1982 and busied herself with Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church and became a member. She sent birthday cards to all the missionaries and their children for 15 years. She also crocheted or knitted squares which were then put together into afghans for the needy and homeless.

In 2009, Lillie moved to Fergus Falls, Minn. to her daughter, Carol’s home, and two years later, to her own apartment in the Mill Street residence.

Preceding her into God’s presence are her parents, a younger brother, George Ness, her husband, Carl, and her son, Harold.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Russ) Wester, daughter-in-law, Lynn Lundberg, grandchildren: Kristen Lundberg, Kari (Wester) Hartzell (Preston), Heidi (Wester) Lang (Jason), Douglas Wester (Abigail), 6½ great-grandchildren: Rebekah Lang, Douglas Lang, Catherine Lang, Briana Lang, Jonathan Hartzell and Nora Wester. Also a brother Peder Ness, a sister-in-law, Trudy (Lundberg) Wegelin, and many nieces and nephews.

Blessed be the many years of memories we have of our Sister, Mom, Grandma, “G.G.”, Tante, Aunt and Friend.

Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Bunker Hill Lutheran Church, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Princeton. Burial will follow at Griggstown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Bunker Hill Lutheran Church for World Missions.

Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls Minn. Online condolences at www.olsonfuneralhome.com.