May 30, 2012

Mary Lou Stevenson

Mary Lou Stevenson, 73, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Princeton, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at her home in Princeton.

Born in Texas City, Texas, she divided her time between Phoenix and Princeton. She was the author of two books, a biography, Lady Gregory: The Woman Behind the Irish Renaissance, and a fictitious parody: What’s Really Important in Princeton, chronicling her and her friends absurdist adventures.

She was a lover of the desert, flowers, art, and fought for women’s rights. Her philanthropic interests included the Audubon Society, The Phoenix Botanical Guardians, and Planned Parenthood. She helped with micro-finance loans to women in Bolivia, and traveled to see the effects in action. She would volunteer for many causes she thought worthy, including the Princeton Public Library, and The Heard Museum in Phoenix.

She entertained herself with a multitude of pastimes, some for profit, and others for sheer pleasure. She made many friends in both Princeton and Phoenix through T’ai-chi and meditation. She was an avid real estate investor and part-time English teacher. She also taught herself Spanish and Chinese (with the aid of some friends).

She was non-religious, but exceptionally spiritual; picking what worked for her from a wide range of disciplines. She was open to all, from the Christian Bible to the I Ching (The Book of Changes) to the Tibetan Book of the Dead. She left us ready and curious for what lay beyond.

Daughter of the late George and Forest (Appleby) Kohfeldt; and sister of the late Francie Mallery; she is survived by her husband, Philip; her daughter, Tara Stevenson; and her son and daughter-in-law, Vance and Kat Stevenson.

Funeral services will be private.

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


Karl M. Light

Karl Mitchell Light, theatre and television actor, former Princeton real estate broker, champion and defender of affordable housing, and beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died on May 20 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He had struggled for several years with myotonic dystrophy.

Karl was born on September 29, 1925, in Trenton, to Benjamin and Bertha Light, immigrants from Lithuania and Poland. He attended Trenton schools and was awarded a scholarship to attend Princeton University in 1943. After his freshman year, he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the 87th Division in the Ardennes and the Army of Occupation in Germany, before resuming his studies at Princeton in 1947. It was during his undergraduate years that he found his calling as an actor.

In 1950, Karl married Pat Hart, received his BA in English from Princeton, and moved with his new wife and stepdaughter Penny to New York City. There, Karl embarked on a career as an actor, performing in numerous plays and taking roles in the then-new medium of television. Early success came in 1955, when he was cast in the role of Bertram Cates, schoolteacher in the original Broadway production of Inherit the Wind, which starred Paul Muni.

In order to support a family that would eventually number six children, Karl returned to Princeton in 1957 and he and his wife opened K.M. Light Real Estate. In the 1960s, Karl’s acting career was centered at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, where he took on many lead roles in plays and musicals. He also branched out into soap operas: he had recurring roles for over 20 years in The Doctors, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, and The Guiding Light.

In addition to his work in the theater, TV and real estate, Karl taught speech at the Princeton Theological Seminary for many years. He was a former member of the Board of McCarter Theatre, The Planning Board of Princeton, the Zoning Board of Hopewell Township, and a 2007 recipient of the Bud Vivian Award for service to the community.

He is survived by his current wife of 31 years, Lucy James; his sister, Rose Scott of Princeton; his children, Deborah Light of Princeton, Brita Light of Camden, Maine, Rip Light of Berkeley, Calif., Corey Miedzinski of Trenton, and Holly Light of Long Beach, Calif.; three stepchildren, Penny Bragonier of Boston, Mass., Anne Gilbert of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Liza Gilbert of Washington, D.C., and 12 grandchildren.

The burial service will take place at Princeton Cemetery on June 9, 2012 at 4 p.m. and a reception will follow in the Community Center at Princeton Community Village on Karl Light Boulevard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Princeton Community Housing, 245 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


John Eills

John Eills, former Princeton resident, died on Saturday, May 19, at home in Manhattan.

The son of John and Matilda (Diachkovsky) Eills, he was born in Nagasaki, Japan, November 4, 1927. He came to the United States in 1940, served in the U.S. Submarines, Pacific Fleet 1943 to 1949, and was educated at Harvard College and the Harvard School of Business Administration.

Until recently, he was a senior vice president and portfolio manager with du Pasquier Asset Management in New York. An accomplished yachtsman, he served as navigator and captain on a number of offshore races and cruised widely aboard his sailboats “Invictus” and “Echo,” including a circumnavigation with his wife (1998-2001). He was a member of the New York Yacht Club; the Cruising Club of America; the Corinthians; and the North American Station of the Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs and Nylandska Jaytklubben.

John and his family lived on Journey’s End Lane in Princeton from 1965 to 1995.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Brewer; son Andrew and daughter-in-law Caitlin of Concord, N.H.; daughter Amity Wallace of Rowayton, Conn.; grandchildren Thatcher, Lucy and Ajah Eills, and Meredith, Ellie and Beatrix Wallace. A grandson, Teddy, predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the ACLU, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10004.

A memorial service will be held at All Souls Church, Lexington Avenue at 80th Street on Thursday, May 31 at 3 p.m.


May 23, 2012

Joel Z. Felsher

Joel Zelig Felsher, MD, age 79, died Thursday, May 17, 2012 peacefully at his home in Princeton.

Born in Perth Amboy, N.J., Dr. Felsher practiced medicine and lived most of his life in Princeton. After graduating Princeton High School, he attended Harvard University, completing his required studies in three years. Joel then went on to attend Northwestern School of Medicine for two years, and then transferred to New York University School of Medicine. After completing Medical School, he went on to King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. for his Internship and Residency. Joel was selected as Chief Resident after his first year of Residency. He then completed a one year Cardiology Fellowship at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Calif.

Ultimately, Dr. Felsher returned home to Princeton where he established a well-respected Internal Medicine practice at Princeton Medical Center. Through his practice, Joel served his local community for 35 years.

Joel enjoyed playing tennis, scuba diving, snorkeling, crossword puzzles, cribbage, travel and his beloved NY Mets. Most of all, Joel was deeply committed to his friends and family. In recent days, Joel was happiest when surrounded by his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beryl Felsher; daughter and son-in-law, Amy Felsher and Peter Mosca of Belle Mead, N.J.; son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Julie Felsher of Pennington, N.J.; and grandchildren, Peter, Owen, Justin, Cole, Riley, and Nina. Dr. Felsher is also survived by one brother, Howard Felsher of Tarzana, Calif.

A Memorial Service will be held on June 16th at 4 p.m. at the Stuart Country Day School in Princeton.

Donations in Dr. Felsher’s name may be made to the National Resource Defense Council at


D. Daniel W. Gardiner

Dwight Daniel Willard Gardiner, 77, died on May 15.

Born July 19, 1934 in Philadelphia, he attended The Episcopal Academy and graduated in 1956 from Princeton University, where he majored in history and American studies and was captain of the squash team. He was active in the First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary.

During his adult life, he lived in New York City, Long Island and Chappaqua, N.Y., Little Compton, R.I., and most recently, Princeton. He was a Chartered Financial Analyst and, for most of his career, a partner in the asset management firm W.H. Reaves & Co., specializing in the telecommunications industry. After retiring in 1998, he became a passionate leader of Princeton ReachOut56-81-06, and, in 2007, his Princeton classmates presented him with the Distinguished Classmate Award for his contributions. ReachOut56-81-06 is a philanthropic effort of Princeton’s classes of 1956, 1981, and 2006. Its projects include coordinating college guidance programs and other volunteer efforts in undeserved schools, and the annual award of one-year fellowships to graduating Princeton seniors who seek to implement public interest projects they have designed.

A tournament player in several racquet sports, Dan also relished a good game of family doubles and was thrilled when he finally had enough tennis-playing grandchildren to host a family tournament.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joyce Warren Gardiner; his brother, John F. Gardiner, Jr.; Dan’s five children, Daphne Trotter, Willard Gardiner, Sargent Gardiner, Michael Gardiner, and Meg Gardiner; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Princeton University Chapel, Princeton University’s main campus.

Donations to PrincetonReachOut56-81-06 are welcome at
or by check to “PrincetonReachOut56-81-06” at 12 Stockton Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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


May 16, 2012

Peter Anthony Stroud

A dear soul departed this earth on May 6, 2012. Peter Anthony Stroud, wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and great friend began his journey on that day.

A twenty-year resident of Princeton, Peter was born on May 23, 1921 in London, England and joined the British Army at 18. Peter served in North Africa and Europe, and was a prisoner of war during World War II. His study of land maps led to his interest in design patterns and complexity of design, which influenced his artwork throughout his life.

Peter Stroud was a lifelong artist whose abstract works have been on view in numerous museums including: the Tate Gallery, London, England; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, N.Y.; the New Jersey State Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.; Princeton University; the British Museum, England; the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.; and the American Embassy in London. In addition to his work as an artist, Peter was a professor, mentor, and friend to the students of Maidstone College of Art in London, Bennington College, Vt., Rutgers University, East China Normal University, Shanghai, and the Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers.

Peter remained sharp and curious throughout his life, which was filled with adventures, great and small. He loved a good story and was an exceptional storyteller. He enjoyed music, especially jazz, but will be remembered most for his practice of belting out a song whenever the fancy struck him.

Peter was an extraordinary man with an indomitable, twinkling spirit. His cat, Meera, will miss their nightly rituals. His beloved wife Carmen, daughter Kathryn, grandsons Andrew, James, and Spenser, his nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends and students will miss their favorite man.

A small family gathering will be planned at a future date. To leave pictures and remembrances, please visit his facebook page at

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made in memory of Peter Stroud to: WBGO (Peter’s favorite Jazz Radio Station), 54 Park Place, Newark, N.J. 08901 (please direct attention to Nick Breul); The New Jersey SPCA, 1119 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901 (please direct attention to Captain Rick Yocum); The Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 531313, Henderson, Nev. 89053, (; or Rutgers University Foundation, Peter Stroud Scholarship, Mason Gross School of Arts, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901 (please note that this is in memory of Peter Stroud).


Mary Quinn Wieland

Mary Quinn Wieland passed away due to lung cancer on April 29, 2012 at her home in Seattle, Wash., surrounded by her family. She was 61 years old.

Mary was born May 26, 1950 in Port Jervis, N.Y. to William and Catherine Quinn. She grew up in New Haven, Conn., met her husband Dick there, and they married on February 21, 1970. They moved to Pasadena, Calif., where their son Peter was born. Mary pursued what was to be her lifelong passion for painting, starting in 1974 at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and then in Knoxville, Tenn., where she completed her undergraduate Fine Arts degree at the University of Tennessee.

In 1984 they moved to Princeton, where they settled down to a permanent home for the next 25 years, spending time with many wonderful friends. Mary took up a second career as a library assistant in the geology library/map room at Princeton University where she was president of the staff union for several years. Princeton was an ideal base for visiting her parents and sisters at their summer cabin in Shohola, Pa., spending many wonderful days kayaking down the Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Mary and Dick moved to Seattle, Wash. in 2009 to be close to their son Peter and his family. She reveled in her role as an everyday grandmother and enlisted her two young grandsons help in exploring the newly found wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Mary loved probing their minds through conversation, cooking lessons, and walks in the Olympic Sculpture Garden. She was an extraordinary wife, who always saw things that her husband never saw. She lovingly shared those insights with him for 42 years. She loved to travel, and together they explored out of the way places all over the world.

Mary is survived by her husband, Dick; her son, Peter (Stephanie), her grandsons, Finnian and Devin; her mother, Catherine; and her sisters, Cathy (Bill), Ellen, Patricia (Raymond), and Eileen; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A ceremony at sea took place on Saturday, May 5, 2012 aboard the Washington State ferry, Kaleetan, on the Seattle-Bremerton run. A memorial service is planned for later in the year in Shohola, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the lung cancer research fund at the University of Washington at, using the search keyword, Lungon, and including the name of Mary’s doctor, Dr. Keith Eaton, on the comments line.


Barbara M. Bates

Barbara Maynard Bates, beloved wife of Harry Bates and mother of Allan and Deborah, passed away peacefully at home on April 19, 2012 at the age of 88.

Born in 1923, Barbara spent her youth in White Plains and Troy, N.Y. She studied at Emma Willard School and Bryn Mawr College, and upon graduating from college in 1945, taught Latin at Emma Willard School prior to her marriage in 1949 to Harry Bates of Philadelphia. They were happily married for 62 years at the time of her death.

She was a passionate gardener, reader, and cook, and was well known for her love of animals. She taught Latin and Spanish in Orchard Park, N.Y. before retiring in 1983 and relocating with Harry to Princeton, where they have lived for nearly three decades. In retirement, Barbara was an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer at the annual Bryn Mawr College used book sale for many years.

Barbara is survived by her husband, two children and their spouses, and four grandchildren. She was always kind and generous, and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, please donate and support the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale,

May 9, 2012

William Fuller 

William Fuller, former Westminster Choir College president, died on April 19 in Slingerlands, N.Y. A member of Westminster’s Class of 1950, Dr. Fuller served as its president from 1987 until he retired in 1990. When he was a student at the Choir College, Fuller was a member of the Westminster Choir and performed throughout the United States and abroad under the leadership of the College’s founder, John Finley Williamson.

He earned a Master of Music Education at North Texas State University and a doctorate in education from Indiana University in 1961. Throughout his 39-year career Fuller held several executive positions in higher education in New York, Nebraska, and Connecticut. After retiring from Westminster, he and his wife Marjory moved to a log home in Becket, Mass. In retirement he served on the local high school board of education from 1992 to 2002. In 1998 he was elected chairman of the Board of Health for the town of Becket, a position he held until 2011. He and Marjory were active members of the Stockbridge United Church of Christ and the Stockbridge Festival Chorus.

He embraced his purpose driven life with optimism, hope, and determination to make a difference in every job and community he served. He was honored by the Westminster Choir College Alumni Association with an Alumni Merit Award, and he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Princeton Rotary.

He is predeceased by his daughter, the Rev. Heidi Lynn Fuller; his parents, brother, and sister. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marjory; his sons, Grant, Tom, and Dirck; and a son-in-law, Stuart J. Mitchell.

A memorial service will be held at the Stockbridge United Church of Christ at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 with reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Rev. Heidi Lynn Fuller Ministry Support Fund, 8 Reginald Circle, Rochester, N.Y.; or the Westminster Choir College, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08540. Friends may leave a message of condolence for the family at


William T. Lifland

William Thomas Lifland, a leading New York antitrust lawyer and longtime Princeton resident, died peacefully on Thursday evening, May 3, at his home at Stonebridge at Montgomery, a retirement community in Skillman,, after a long illness. He was 83.

Born November 15, 1928 in Jersey City, he was the older son of Charles and Carol Francks Lifland. He attended public schools in Jersey City, graduating as valedictorian of his Lincoln High School class in 1945. He attended Yale College, where he majored in economics and was a champion fencer. After graduating magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1949, he went on to Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review and graduated cum laude in 1952.

From 1952 to 1954 he served in the Air Force General Counsel’s Office, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. In the fall of 1954 he became law clerk to John Marshall Harlan II, then a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. When Judge Harlan was confirmed as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court the following March, Mr. Lifland accompanied him to Washington as his first clerk. After the clerkship ended, he joined the New York law firm now known as Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, where he practiced antitrust law until his retirement in 2002.

Mr. Lifland’s legal practice touched on all areas of antitrust law. He was antitrust counsel to a diverse array of companies and trade groups, including Sony, CPC International, the Newhouse newspaper chain, the National Coffee Association, the New York Jockey Club, and the Newspaper Association of America, among many others. He developed successful antitrust defenses to attempted hostile takeovers of supermarket retailer A&P and aerospace manufacturer Grumman. In an important test of the government’s merger guidelines, he won a ruling that the government’s attempt to block industrial clay manufacturer Engelhard’s acquisition of its principal rival did not adequately consider the economics of the markets for the companies’ products. His pioneering work for Citibank on antitrust issues in electronic banking led to an invitation to testify before the congressionally-created Electronic Funds Transfer Commission. After he secured a victory for another longtime client, British razor blade and sword maker Wilkinson Sword, the company presented him with a replica of George Washington’s inaugural dress sword, a fitting gift for a former college fencer.

A recognized dean of the New York antitrust bar, Mr. Lifland wrote the New York Law Journal’s monthly “Antitrust” column for over 33 years, from 1973 to 2007. He taught antitrust law as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School from 1981 to 2004, and served for 30 years as an instructor and antitrust program chair for the Practicing Law Institute. He authored State Antitrust Law (1984), one of the first comprehensive treatises on state competition laws, and co-authored Understanding the Antitrust Laws (1980), a well-known handbook for non-specialists. He served on the governing council of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section and chaired the New York State Bar Association Antitrust Section, which in 1997 awarded him its Distinguished Service Award. In 2007 the Section renamed its Distinguished Service Award the William T. Lifland Service Award in his honor.

He was a founding director and officer of Commodities Corporation in Princeton, which later became Stockton Holdings, Ltd.

He met his future wife, Nancy Moffat, in 1952 on a blind date while both were working in Washington, D.C., he for the Air Force and she for the State Department. They were married in Washington in 1954 and took up residence in New York City, only to return to Washington a few months later due to Justice Harlan’s change of court. They moved back to New York when Mr. Lifland started working at Cahill, then to France in 1958 for a two-year stint at Cahill’s Paris office. After returning to the United States in 1960, the couple settled permanently in Princeton, where they raised their four children.

At home Mr. Lifland enjoyed making furniture and tinkering with electronics in his basement workshop. He also built a darkroom for developing and printing his own photographs. He was an avid reader and loved going to the theatre, concerts, and opera. He enjoyed playing tennis, bicycling, and traveling with his wife.

He was an officer of India House in New York and a member of the Nassau Club in Princeton. A longtime member of Trinity Church, Princeton, he was a chair of the Outreach Committee and a member of the Ushers’ Guild.

Mr. Lifland is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy; his brother, John Lifland and wife Jean of Sea Girt, N.J.; his daughter, Carol Lifland and husband Daniel Giesberg of Los Angeles, Calif.; his sons, Charles Lifland and wife Alison of Pasadena, Calif., Kerin Lifland of Grass Valley, Calif., and David Lifland and wife Catherine Radmer of Wayland, Mass.; 11 grandchildren, three nieces and their families, and many cousins.

Interment will be held privately for the family. A memorial service will be held in the fall. In lieu of flowers the family invites your contributions to The Hospice Memorial Fund, Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, 253 Witherspoon Street, Suite 1, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08540. For further information and to leave your own comments and condolences, please visit the website:


Judith V. McCaughan

Judith Vose McCaughan died peacefully in her home on May 1st.

Born in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1928, to Charles Henry Vose and Rena Eloise Moses Vose, she spent her girlhood in Collingswood, N.J. In 1941, Judy, her sister Cynthia, and her parents moved to Princeton, where her father worked as an engineer for RCA.

Judy graduated from Princeton High School in 1945, and attended Trenton State Teachers College, now known as the College of New Jersey. In 1948, she married Wesley Adams McCaughan.

She began her career in real estate in the late 1960’s, and was the first employee of the former firm Peyton Callaway. Until her retirement at the age of 82 last year, she was a broker at the firm of N.T. Callaway.

Judy was a gardener and an avid reader. She enjoyed assembling puzzles, knitting, and spending time with her family in two places that were very special to her — Rindge, N.H. and Long Beach Island, N.J.

Her greatest joy was spending time with the family she leaves behind: her husband, Wesley; and her three daughters, Wendy Jolley and her husband, Michael, of Princeton, Carey Hoover, and her husband, Stuart, of Lawrenceville, and Marny McCaughan of Riverside, Ill. She was the beloved grandmother of six granddaughters and one grandson.

Burial at Princeton Cemetery was private. A service of joy and remembrance will be held on Monday, May 14 at 2 p.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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


Diana Fenton

Diana Fenton, of Princeton, died at the University Medical Center in the early hours of the morning on May 1st. She had suffered from many illnesses over the years, but always managed to rally — “She had an incredible will to live,” said her daughter Alison. This time, the sheer magnitude of her ailments was too much, and she succumbed to a heart attack.

Born Diana Charlotte Lee, she was the only child of the late Frederick William Parkin Lee and Marjorie Mullins Lee. She grew up in Morristown, attended local schools, and graduated from the Kent Place School in Summit.

Her family was a large Anglo-Canadian family that came to this country in the late 1800’s. Several of her ancestors were American Tories who left the United States after the Revolution and settled in Canada. She was extremely proud of her family’s Loyalist roots, becoming a Daughter of the British Empire in middle age.

Diana was a lady in the truest sense of the word — while a woman of impeccable taste and manners, she believed that gentility came from treating all with kindness and charity. Those who knew her well — and her friends were numbered in the hundreds — could attest to her generosity and kindly spirit. Throughout her life she gave fully of herself to others — taking meals to sick friends, volunteering at hospitals, sponsoring children overseas, organizing VNA rummage sales, and serving on boards of directors. “She was an amazing woman,” said her daughter Stephanie, “While virtually sightless herself, she was volunteering with Recording for the Blind in her last years.”

She was a religious woman, and deeply involved in the Episcopal Church. Diana taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and sat on the Vestry of St. Bernard’s Church in Bernardsville, the town where she raised her family. Later in life, as a widow, she moved to the Princeton area, and immediately became an active member of Trinity Church. Come rain or shine, she could be found volunteering at the parish offices, helping with Altar Guild duties, and taking communion, as a lay minister, to shut-ins.

Diana had a keen appreciation for all things creative. As a teenager, she was a model for local department stores and sang in a radio choir in Manhattan. She and her late husband George sang in local musical groups and made frequent trips to Lincoln Center to attend the opera. One of her proudest moments in life was singing a duet with Marilyn Horne at a reception for the artist in New York City. Diana also loved to cook and garden, and took pride in presenting a splendid gourmet meal with a table set with beautiful flowers from her own garden.

Of all her loves, her family was the greatest. She was married twice: to Donald Rutter, an inventor and engineer, and to George Fenton, Jr., a noted New Jersey architect. Both of her husbands predeceased her. She is survived by five children and step-children: Stephanie Greene of Skillman, Bruce Rutter of Duxbury, Mass., Alison Rutter of Tewksbury, N.J., Archibald Fenton of Hershey, Pa., and Charles Fenton of Summit, N.J.; three grandsons and step-grandsons: Michael Mayhew of Ottawa, Ontario, Wesley Rutter of San Francisco, Calif., and Liam Rutter of Boston, Mass.

A funeral service will be held for Diana at Trinity Church in Princeton at 10 a.m. on May 14. A reception at the Nassau Club will follow immediately after the service. A private family burial will be held in Bernardsville.

Diana loved flowers, so friends are encouraged to bring a few of their own to help make arrangements, or whole bouquets from their gardens if they can. For those who would like to make a donation in her name, her family suggests the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

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

May 2, 2012

Harold Phox

Harold “Porkie” Phox, 73, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. with his loving family by his side. Harold was born in Princeton on February 19, 1939 to Pleasant and Emma Phox and was the youngest of eight siblings.

Harold was a graduate of Princeton High School and worked for many years as a film editor in New York City. After spending most of his life living in Princeton, he moved to Exmore, Va. in 1990.

Survivors include his long time companion, Tessa Brown of Exmore, Va.; four children, Keith (Sharon) Phox of Alexandria, Va., Kelli (Solomon) Copeland of Stone Mountain, Ga., Kevin (Donna) Phox of Hamilton, and Kerri Phox of Atlanta, Ga.; sister, Evelyn Willis of Ewing,; brothers, Alfred (Phyllis) Phox of Princeton, Floyd (Hester) Phox of Wichita, Kan., William (Estelle) Phox of Princeton; and sisters-in-law, Delores Phox and Jamesena Johnson of Princeton; and his former wife, Beverly (Dugger) Phox of Princeton. Harold was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Gee and Martha Barbour; and a brother, Thomas Phox. He also leaves behind six loving grandchildren, Michael, Kyle, Courtney, Collin, Gabrielle, and Connor, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends.

The Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, followed by interment at Princeton Cemetery. Calling hours are from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.


April 25, 2012

Charles C. Baber

Charles Chenault Baber, known to all as “Charlie”, died April 19 in Princeton, having waged a brave battle against esophageal cancer.

Survived and loved dearly by his wife, Ellen Gould Baber; his children, Jessica and William Goodman; his parents, Donald and Tsuya Baber of Gainesville, Fla.; his brother, Edward Baber of Frederick, Md.; and his in-laws, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Gould and Georgeanne and Peter Moss of Princeton. In addition, he is mourned by innumerable friends.

Charlie was born in Fort Campbell, Ky. and grew up in Florida. He had a keen intellect, graduating from the University of Florida with honors at age 18 — one of the youngest graduates ever — and embarking on a career in finance at Prudential Securities, Bear Stearns, and Jefferies & Company, where he was known as a visionary leader and mentor.

His passions were legion: his wife and children, art, wine, hunting, military history, golf, the English countryside, and Holland & Holland guns. Charlie’s favorite haunts included his home and garden in Princeton, Hudson Farm, the Springdale Golf Club, and the Arms and Armor Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was a tireless and masterful fundraiser on behalf of the Princeton Symphony, the Maryland Coastal Conservation Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and most recently, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Charlie had a big personality. He will be remembered for his wit, his ready laugh, his infectious enthusiasm, and his kindness. Charlie always knew what to say, how to put people at their ease, and people loved being around him.

The funeral was held in Princeton on April 22. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to fund the research of Dr. David Ilson, Charlie’s doctor. For more information on Charlie Baber’s Campaign for Esophageal Cancer Research, see or contact Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10065.


April 18, 2012

Wayne T. Cooke

Wayne T. Cooke of Princeton, passed away on April 9, 2012 at the age of 78, after an 8½-year battle with colon cancer.

Raised in Bowling Green, Ohio, Wayne earned a BA with distinction from the University of Michigan. Following three years in the United States Navy, he returned to Michigan and earned his MBA with distinction.

After thirty years with IBM — and management positions that took him and his family to The Netherlands, Paris, and Hong Kong — he took early retirement and joined his wife Patricia in selling residential real estate with Coldwell Banker in Princeton.

Wayne was kind-hearted and loving, with a passion for travel, (including four international trips in the past years alone), music, and a wonderful sense of humor. He sang with the Princeton United Methodist Church Choir and the Voices Chorale, with whom he toured across Europe. He served as an inspiration for many as the author of On the Far Side of the Curve: A Stage IV Colon Cancer Survivor’s Journey, which set forth his personal program for survival. He is also the author of The Life and Times of Papa Vark, which is pending publication.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Patricia P. Cooke; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Cristina Cooke of Westfield, N.J.; a daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Ante Galic of Hong Kong; and four grandsons, Xavier, Rafael, and Felix Cooke; and Ante Wayne Galic. He is also survived by three brothers, Allen, Dan, and Jim, and a sister, Janet, and their respective spouses. He is predeceased by his brother, Dean.

A funeral service was held at Princeton United Methodist Church on Friday, April 13.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society at


Edward F. Batutis

Edward Francis Batutis, born July 4, 1924, died on April 9, 2012 at the Stonebridge retirement center in Skillman after a protracted illness.

The third son of Michael Batutis and Anele Sapiega, he was born in Mahanoy City, Pa. After graduating from Minersville High School in 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and saw action in the South Pacific as a Torpedoman Second Class on the destroyer USS Franks. Ed was honorably discharged from the Navy at the end of the war and attended Penn State on the GI bill, where he earned a BS in chemistry in June 1950.

He married Gertrude Kessler in 1951 and held a variety of positions as a research chemist at Mine Safety Appliances, General Electric, and ultimately at his own consulting firm. He worked on many scientific projects, among them a power generator left on the moon by the Apollo astronauts, and an underwater kelp farm to grow biomass as a renewable energy source. He obtained patents for an oil/water separator that cleaned bilge water from Navy ships so that it could be discharged safely into the ocean. From 1969-1970 he participated in General Electric’s “Project Tektite”, during which he became one of the few “aquanauts” to spend an extended time living in a habitat on the ocean floor.

He and Gertrude had four children, and helped raise two nephews and a niece in the Valley Forge, Pa. area. He was an avid fisherman and golfer, and participated in community theater productions by Forge Theater in Phoenixville, Pa., where he was a founding member, and helped with funding its current production space. Ed served a term on the Phoenixville school board, led Chester County Pennsylvania Boy Scout Troop 73 for over 10 years, and served as a lector and choir member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church for 40 years.

He is predeceased by his parents, brothers, and wife. He leaves his four children: Claire Robinson and husband Michael of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Edward J. Batutis and wife Susan of Newton, Mass.; Cathryn Heath and husband John of Belle Mead, N.J.; and Joseph E. Batutis and wife Gail of Long Island City, N.Y. He also leaves nine grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives. We will miss his easygoing nature, positive mentoring, and his love of the outdoors, both land and sea.

A funeral mass was held on Friday, April 13, 2012 at St. Charles Borromeo RC Church, 47 Skillman Road, Skillman, N.J. Burial followed in St. Ann’s Church Cemetery, Phoenixville, Pa.

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April 11, 2012

Sam Ishibashi

Sam Ishibashi, 84, of Princeton, died suddenly on March 1, 2012.

He was a retired Episcopal minister and an elementary teacher with the Princeton Regional Schools.

Predeceased by his wife, Florence Ishibashi, Sam is survived by his daughter, Kris Ishibashi; son-in-law, Eric Morales; son, Matthew Ishibashi; daughter-in-law Danita Ishibashi; and granddaughters, Miranda and Britney.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 22 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sam’s memory can be made to: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10025.

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Gerald H. Freedman

Gerald H. Freedman, 86, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from complications during pre-surgery at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Born in New York, he resided in Princeton for the last 47 tears. He was a graduate of Rider University.

In 1965, he started his own accounting firm, Freedman and Company, in Princeton. After a number of years, he expanded it and took on a partner; it became Freedman and Druker. The company evolved into the regional firm of Mercadien, P.C. He eventually left public accounting to operate Kooltronic, Inc. with his wife.

He will be remembered as a strong, hard-working man with a deep sense of compassion toward others. He believed strongly in the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. He was extremely patriotic. Particularly at the time of Passover, the Festival of Freedom, he would remind us that we must not forget about slavery and genocide, as well as the injustice and oppression going on right now in many parts of the world, including our own country. He encouraged us to think about how we are required to help stop it. He said, “As we recall our own slavery, we must recommit ourselves to fight for freedom of all enslaved and oppressed people wherever they are.”

He was a generous philanthropist, giving his support to the many causes that were close to his heart. He was also an innovative thinker, and a man of great intelligence, integrity, and strong values, and he was admired for these qualities. Many people gravitated towards him to benefit from his wisdom and to seek out his advice. Others were drawn to him to hear his wonderful stories and to enjoy his company.

His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was a devoted and loving family man with a great sense of humor, and was famous — at least within the family — for his witty puns. His warm personality and gentle spirit inspired and encouraged us all, and he was treasured by many who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Lee Freedman; a daughter, Deborah Freedman; a son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Bobbi Freedman; a brother, Victor Friedman; a sister, Phyllis Tolkowsky; and three grandchildren, Melissa, Jennifer, and Michael. We will also love him, deeply miss him and never forget him.

Funeral services were Monday at Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. Burial followed at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park.

The period of mourning will be observed at the residence of Barry & Bobbi Freedman.

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to The Leon Siskowitz Fund at Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648; or The Jess Epstein Lunch-and-Learn Fund at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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

April 4, 2012

William F. Alston

William “Bill” Alston, 96, passed away peacefully on March 15 at his residence in the Carolina Meadows Health Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was a former resident of Princeton, and a well respected and popular biology teacher at Princeton High School for 33 years.

He was raised in Pitman, N.J. and graduated from Maryville College and North Carolina State University with degrees in botany and biology. He gained valuable field study experience in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, where he would later be employed for over 40 summers as a Ranger Naturalist.

He married Mildred “Milly” Keith in 1947 after serving four years in Europe with the Navy Medical Corp. They moved to Princeton in 1949, where they raised two children, Bill and Patty. He served as a deacon and usher in the First Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed socializing with his neighbors and many friends in the community. He particularly cherished his trips to upstate New York and California to visit and spend time with his grandchildren.

In 1991, they moved to Carolina Meadows Retirement Community where they enjoyed a variety of activities and many family visits. He never tired of his daily walks and talks with residents and employees, and will be remembered by all for his friendliness and sense of humor. His Smoky Mountain folklore and bear stories were renowned, and always entertaining.

With his beloved wife’s passing in 2009, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Margaret Alston of Petersburgh, N.Y.; daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Stan Elijah of Stockton, Calif.; four grandchildren, Chris, Justin, Jennifer, and Jeff; and three great-grandchildren, Lily Grace, Emma Claire, and Colt.

A memorial service was held on March 21 at the University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill with Dr. Robert Dunham presiding.


Patricia M. Murray

Patricia M. Murray died peacefully on February 21, 2012 after becoming ill while visiting family in St. Louis, Mo.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa. on March 17, 1926, she was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. She was a graduate of Camden Catholic High School and worked as a Secretary at RCA in Camden, N.J. and later for many years at Princeton University. She and her late husband, John, were married for 59 years.

Patricia was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, and friend. She was a talented interior decorator, a super cook, and a fun hostess who was dearly loved by all who knew her. She had a very close friendship with all of her nephews and nieces and spent many happy times with them.

She is survived by her sisters, Eileen Fabian of Durham, N.C. and Mary Lou Pandorf of St. Louis, Mo.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated in St. Louis, Mo. On March 17.


Gertrude Kaplan

Gertrude Kaplan, 90, died peacefully at the Pavilions at Forrestal Assisted Living in Princeton on March 16, 2012.

Burial was at Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y. on March 18, 2012.

Gertrude Kaplan was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to immigrant parents, Rebecca and Joseph Cohen. Gert met Alexander Kaplan at a dance in Manhattan and they were married. Alex had a successful manufacturing business in Brooklyn, N.Y with his six brothers. Gert and Al moved to Queens where they raised three children, Michael, Stephen, and Mary. Stephen attended Princeton University, Mary teaches on the piano faculty at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, and Michael had a real estate business in Bernardsville, N.J.

Gertrude was a folk dance expert and taught classes in Coram, N.Y., Florida, and Monroe Township, N.J. where she lived until 2010. Gert enjoyed golfing and the outdoors. Al and Gert loved art and cultural activities. Gert attended lectures at The New School and the Ethical Culture Society.

Gertrude is survived by her son, Michael Kaplan and his wife Karen; and her daughter, Mary Greenberg and her son-in-law Kenneth. Gert has five grandsons, Nathaniel and Stephen Greenberg, and Alexander, Max, and James Kaplan. Gert will always be remembered for her bright personality, positive energy, and sense of humor. Her lively spirit will be missed by all who knew her.


Marianlouise Turner

Marianlouise Turner, 89, of Princeton, died Monday, April 2, 2012 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she was a longtime resident of Princeton. Marianlouise was a board member of the Princeton Public Library, a member of the Princeton Day Club, and a volunteer for over 50 years in many local, community, and political activities.

Daughter of the late Norman B. and Emma (Jones) Thomson, and wife of the late Orren Jack Turner; she is survived by her son, Jay Turner and his wife Linda of Morganton, N.C.; her daughter, Blair Turner of Washington Crossing, Pa.; her grandson, Aaron Turner and Elly of Toronto, Ontario; a great-grandson, Miles Jack Turner; her brother, Dr. Norman B. Thomson Jr.; and a sister, Emily Wasiolek.

Funeral services are private.

As Marianlouise was a 42-year breast cancer survivor, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made in her memory to Susan G. Komen for the Cure by calling (877) 465-6636.


Jacqueline O. Fuschini

Jacqueline Owens Fuschini of Ewing, passed away March 25, 2012 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-New Brunswick in the presence of her loving family.

“Jackie” was born and raised in Princeton where she retired from Princeton University after 30 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Princeton.

Daughter of the late Margaret and Henry Owens, sister of the late Annette, Edward, Henry Jr., and Sherwood; she is survived by her husband of 55 years, Michael Sr.; daughter, Jo Ann Geter (Todd); son Michael Jr. (Maria); sisters, Barbara Owens and Lois Moscoe (Jeff); six beautiful grandchildren, Jazmin, Jaime, Jason, Sydney, Nicolas, and Luca; a great-grandson, Sidney Christopher; extended family, Maria, Chuck, Brad, and Katie Hector. “Aunt Jackie” enjoyed many wonderful nieces and nephews as well. Other survivors include her loving cousin Joyce Young, very special friends Doris Levine, Daphne Williams, Florence and John Broadway, and former brother-in-law Don Williams Sr.

A memorial service is planned for a later date and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Princeton, John St. and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

March 28, 2012


Michael J. Mahoney

Michael John Mahoney, 77, of Princeton, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, March 16, 2012 at Plymouth Place, La Grange, Ill.

Son of the late John Edward Mahoney and Catherine (Cunningham) Mahoney, he was born in Brooklyn, NY and was a full time resident of Princeton for over 40 years.

Mike graduated in 1956 from St. John’s University of New York, with a BS in mathematics. He served in the Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. A fellow of the Society of Actuaries since 1969, he was employed at Metropolitan Life for 20 years. In 1978, Mike joined Milliman & Robertson, one of the world’s largest independent actuarial and consulting firms, where he headed the New York Pension and Employee Benefits consulting practice. Becoming a principal in the firm in 1980, he was instrumental in establishing the practice across the east coast into major cities including Chicago, Hartford, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Mike worked closely with clients including Food Workers Union and AT&T, and served as long-time chair for M&R’s Public Relations Committee, retiring from M&R in 2000.

Mike was an active member of the St. Paul’s parish community in Princeton for 40 years, where he served as frequent usher, lector and Eucharistic minister. He was a committed supporter of his alma maters, Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn, and St. John’s University, from which he received an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science in 2001 in recognition of his professional achievements and long-standing philanthropy. A frequent visitor to his beloved New York City, Mike and his departed wife Patricia also supported the New York City Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, and ardently followed New York City teams including the Yankees, the Giants, and St. John’s basketball. Awarded track and field scholarships, Mike continued running right up until his final years and although he gamely applied himself to golf, camaraderie was the real reason for his longtime membership in Springdale Golf Club.

Mike genuinely treasured his time with family and friends. A devoted husband, Mike celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in August 2010 with his wife, Patricia Anne Mahoney, who died in January 2011. Brother of the late Brian Mahoney, he is survived by his sister, Sheila Brown of Lexington, Mass.; sister and brother-in-law Maureen and Brigadier General John Brickley, U.S.M.C. (Ret.) of Tampa, Fla.; sister-in-law Anne Marie Mahoney of Belmont, Mass.; dear cousins Cathleen and Francis Fahey; and three daughters and two sons-in-law, Eileen Mahoney, Catherine Mahoney, and Garrett Kiely, and Nancy Mahoney and Ian van Coller. Mike was a beloved “Grandpa” to five grandchildren, Thomas, Julia, and Daniel Kiely; and Aidan and Kaylie van Coller. He will also be missed by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The wake took place on Friday, March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Fund at


Eva Karacsony

Eva Karacsony, 88, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Austria, she lived in Princeton for 40 years before moving to the Atria in Cranford in 2000.

Mrs. Karacsony was employed as the Concierge at the Nassau Inn in Princeton before retiring.

She is survived by her sons, Nicholas and Attila (and his wife, Debra); six granddaughters, Lara, Alexandra, Kristy, Melissa, Danielle, and Amanda; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Eva Collins, who died in 1990.

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Elaine V. Solomon

On Friday, March 23, 2012, Elaine Solomon, age 82, died at her home at Stonebridge.

Born on August 15, 1929 to Abraham and Dora Vogel, she lived in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York, until her marriage in 1948 to Robert Solomon, who she met in 1946. They were happily married for 64 years.

She was an honors student in high school, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brooklyn College where she majored in English, and earned a graduate degree from Rutgers University. She taught English in the Princeton schools for many years. Thereafter, starting a second career at Response Analysis Corporation of Princeton as a proofreader, she advanced to the position of vice president.

Known for her intelligence, her beauty, and her devotion to her family, she is survived by her husband, her three sons and their wives, and six grandchildren. She took particular delight in long walks (especially, in her early years, on the boardwalk at Coney Island, and later in Princeton and on Nantucket), reading, movies, chocolate, coffee, and the NY Times Sunday crossword (completed in ink), Loehmann’s, museums and shopping in N.Y.C., travels with her husband, and being with her grandchildren. Her kind will not come this way again for many years. Good night sweet princess.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Star of David Memorial Chapel, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Elaine’s memory to the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, 3626 US Route 1, Princeton, N.J. 08540, or by calling (609) 497-4190.


LeRoy E. Warren III

LeRoy Ellis Warren III, 79, of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the University Medical Center at Princeton. He was a graduate of both Princeton High School and the Hun School.

LeRoy was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force where he served in the Philippines and at the Finland Air Force Station (NORAD), near Duluth, Minn. After the Air Force, he received degrees in geology and earth science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and then received his MA degree at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Mr. Warren had a 35-year career, where he used his geological experience in serving North East Minnesota in education, industry, and government. He taught geology at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, into the 1970’s. In the last 16 years of his career, he was the supervisor of the exploration section for the Non-Ferrous Minerals Division of the Minnesota Division of Natural Resources, in Hibbing, Minn., where he worked on the preliminary studies, which became the basis for the current mining activities in Northeast Minnesota. He also worked for Reserve Mining Company, Humble Mineral Resources, Inc., and served as the chief geologist for Hallett Minerals Co. and was a consultant for EME Inc., both of Duluth.

In 1965 he married Marie K. Stueland, in Duluth and also became a caring step-father to her son, Carl. They kept a close relationship throughout the years after Marie’s death, even when Lee moved back to his hometown of Princeton.

Lee was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; parents Ira S. Sr. and Emily Warren; and brother Ira. He is survived by his step-son Carl and family; two brothers: Benjamin and his wife Kate of Princeton, and Edward of Marietta, Ga.; sister-in-law Rosemary of Princeton; his special nephew, Steve Warren; as well as other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, March 26, 2012 with burial following in the family plot at Princeton Cemetery.

Donations, by check or money order, may be made in his memory to COPD Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 302, Miami, Fla. 33133.

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Elisabeth C. R. Graham

Elisabeth (BettyAnn) Childs Rowse Graham, educational program planner and curriculum designer, died December 28, 2011 in Chapel Hill, N.C., where she had lived since her 1986 second marriage to George Adams Graham, former professor of politics at Princeton University. She was 88.

Born in Montpelier, Vt. to Harwood L. and Willa (Whitson) Childs, BettyAnn spent most of her childhood in Princeton, where her father was a professor of politics at Princeton University and the founder of the Public Opinion Quarterly. Early employment included jobs at Princeton University’s Office of Public Opinion Research, the United Nations in New York, the Library of Congress, State Department, and Kiplinger Magazine in Washington D.C.

Mrs. Graham volunteered extensively in schools, educational organizations, and with the League of Women Voters in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. She co-founded the Acton, Mass. League.

Her volunteer work began in the Boston area in the late 1940s and continued through the 1950s, when she participated in the Great Decisions Program of the Foreign Policy Association and in 1952, co-founded the Technical Education and Assistance Mission (TEAM), designed to help underdeveloped countries. She lived in Groton, Acton, and Concord, Massachusetts.

In 1960, Mrs. Graham moved to Washington D.C. with her husband, journalist and author Arthur E. Rowse III (whom she married in 1947 in Princeton University Chapel) where she was active until 1974 working to improve the District of Columbia Public School system. From 1960-70 she volunteered with the D.C. Congress of Parents and Teachers and the John Eaton Elementary School PTA, at one point serving as president in 1968-69 when parent Walter Mondale was the PTA Vice President.

She was eager to see children supported in a creative classroom environment which offered “freedom … to talk, to question, to be spontaneous, responsible and inventive in solving real as well as academic problems… to carry out ideas without criticism and restrictions, which can destroy self-respect and initiative.”

Mrs. Graham became an Honorary Life Member of the D.C. Congress of Parents and Teachers for her many volunteer roles, such as helping to create libraries in elementary schools that had none, advocating for free, hot, nutritious lunches for children and working to develop an Urban Design course and a curriculum on Due Process.

Always a thinker and innovator, in 1966-67 she helped develop a six-week apolitical course on the history and culture of China for D.C. public schools because she wanted students to “appreciate and respect ways of life other than their own. Such respect is the prime ingredient of peace.” The Washington Post reported: “The course is unusual in two respects: It is the first attempt to give D.C. public school students a more-than-cursory background in Chinese history and culture, and it is the only course in any subject … designed by interested parents rather than by a school system’s Curriculum Department.”

In 1968 Mrs. Graham served as a staff consultant to the White House Task Force on Education of the Gifted, sponsored by the US Office of Education. She also was involved in the D.C. Urban Service Corps.

Her writings include The Creative Atmosphere (1968), The Language of Due Process (1970) and various unpublished papers on creativity, ability grouping, testing and representation.

She believed in teaching the Constitution to elementary school students. In 1969 she founded the Educational Rights Council, a public interest volunteer lobbying group that promoted children’s educational rights through curriculum development. She sought to help students increase confidence in themselves and in their ability to exercise control and power over their destinies.

Barbara Meade, former owner of the Washington, D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose, said of Mrs. Graham: “She led a valuable life that contributed immeasurably to our planet and served as a role model for many, including me. She was completely committed to social justice and a visionary for her time.”

In 1974 Mrs. Graham returned to Princeton, where she worked for the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Education Association, planning five “Good Ideas” conferences and workshops.

In 1986, she married George Adams Graham, a professor of politics and public administration whom she first met when he was a colleague of her father’s in the politics department at Princeton University in the early 1930s. Mr. Graham died in 2005 at the age of 100. Her previous 32-year marriage to Arthur E. Rowse, III ended in divorce in 1979.

Mrs. Graham received a BA in American history from Wellesley College in 1945 (she was class president from 1970-75) and took graduate courses in political science and history at Georgetown University (1945-47, 1972-73) and at Princeton University (1978-81).

Her Wellesley College classmate Elizabeth Crandall of Maplewood, New Jersey said of her: “BA and I struck up a close friendship over 70 years ago when we were thrust together as roommates our sophomore year in 1942. She was one of the most beautiful gals I ever saw. I think we both felt so fortunate to have met each other so early in our Wellesley lives. She was very organized, had great academic skills and a marvelous sense of humor. She was the nearest thing to a sister I’d ever come across. I’ll always remember her beauty, love of reading and music, her intense interest in history and politics, and how she wanted to change the world and did.”

Mrs. Graham is survived by seven children from her marriage to Arthur E. Rowse, III: Ruth Rowse of Geneseo, N.Y., Martha Kelder of Chapel Hill, N.C., Margaret Michaelson of North Hollywood, Calif., Mary Rowse of Washington, D.C., Robert Rowse of Falmouth, Maine, Carolee Rowse of Chevy Chase, Md., and Patricia Rowse of Washington, D.C.; six grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret Childs Armstrong of Princeton, and Martha Childs Sproul of Mystic, Conn.

A burial service will be held in Princeton Cemetery on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Wilson Room at The Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to WCPE-FM Radio, Box 897, Wake Forest, N.C. 27588; or to Friends of Wilson Lake, PO Box 560, Wilton, Maine 04294.

March 21, 2012

Ira S. Warren Jr.

Ira S. Warren Jr., a lifelong resident of Princeton passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

He was a graduate of Princeton High School, attended the Hun School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, after serving at Cape Canaveral, Fla., working on the missile program under Dr. Wernher von Braun, during the time of the Korean War.

Mr. Warren retired from the Hercules Company in Kingston as a chemist. In his leisure time, he enjoyed gardening and caring for his dogs. Ira was a member of American Legion Post 76, the Nassau Club and Trinity Church in Princeton.

Predeceased by his parents, Ira S. Sr. and Emily Warren; Ira is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Rosemary S. Warren; three brothers, Lee Roy and Benjamin Rossell Warren, both of Princeton, and Edward Warren of Marietta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. Burial followed in the family plot at Princeton Cemetery.

Visitation was on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to SAVE, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Michael P. Barnett

Michael P. Barnett was surrounded by three generations of family until shortly before his peaceful death at Princeton Medical Center on March 13, 2012.

Professor Barnett was born in London, England in 1929. He attended Kings College, London, where he received a BSc in chemistry in 1948 and a PhD in theoretical chemistry in 1952 that resulted in the discovery of recurrence formulas known as the Barnett-Coulson expansion. This research involved the use, for the first time in the U.K., of the IBM 650 computer for solving complex mathematical calculations.

His military service was as a senior fellow at the Royal Radar Establishment where he worked on theoretical solid state physics. On completion of his service, he joined IBM UK where he directed the computer center and participated in numerous projects such as calculating DNA structures and simulations of hydrology projects of the river Nile for planning where to place dams.

In 1957 he was invited to pursue post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin and in 1958 became an associate professor of physics at MIT. While at MIT, he was the director of the cooperative computer laboratory and he developed a way to typeset computed mathematical formulae directly. He also did some initial work on word processing. In 1963 he went back to England as Reader of Information Processing at the University of London.

Believing that academic research should lead to industrial applications, in 1964 he joined the newly formed graphic systems division of RCA in Princeton to create software for commercial typesetting. Barnett designed the algorithmic markup language PAGE-1 to express complicated formats in full page composition. This was used for a wide range of typeset products that included, over the years, the Social Sciences Index of the H.W. Wilson Company and several other publications. In 1975 he joined the faculty of the Columbia School of Library service where he introduced library automation courses.

In 1977, Barnett moved to the Department of Computer Information Science at Brooklyn College of the City University (CUNY) of New York, retiring as professor emeritus in 1996. While at CUNY, he directed a major NSF funded project to develop computer-generated printed matter for undergraduate teaching. He was a dedicated, creative, supportive teacher at institutions that ranged from Ivy League to public inner city college, and his students came from all walks of life.

He lived in Princeton for 38 years before retiring to Hightstown in 2003. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara; his daughter, Gabrielle; his son, Simon; his daughter-in-law, Melissa Roper-Barnett; predeceased by his son, Graham. He leaves six grandchildren.

Michael was a member of the Princeton traffic safety committee. He was active until shortly before his death, enjoying long walks, swimming, listening to classical music, and telling stories. Both friends and strangers were struck by his enormous intellect, well-spoken manner, upbeat wit, and quintessential British charm. Interment will be private; a memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church will be planned.


Philip J. Cobb

Philip Jackson Cobb died at age 84 at the Veteran’s Home in Augusta, Maine on March 15, 2012.

Phil was born September 5, 1927, a son of Roland and Catherine Thomson Cobb, in Denmark, Maine. He was educated at The George School, the University of Florida at Gainesville (Bachelors of Education) and Rutgers University (Masters of Education). He served in the U.S. Navy.

He loved organized children’s camps and spent more than 75 years in camping, co-directing Camp Runoia in Belgrade Lakes for over 50 years. He was an administrator of the John Witherspoon School in Princeton for over 30 years after teaching history at the Nassau Street School in Princeton. He volunteered for the Maine Youth Camping Association, the Town of Belgrade, the Maine Attorney General’s Office, the Senior Peace Corps in the Philippines and the Natural Resource Council of Maine.

He spent nearly 50 loving years married to his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Nawrath Cobb. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty, and two sons, Eric Cobb and Robert Cobb.

Phil is survived by his daughters, Cassandra Cobb and Pamela Cobb Heuberger; his sister, Virginia Cobb Thibodeaux; and his daughter-in-law, Marsha Cobb; son-in-law, Mark Heuberger; his grandchildren, Crystal Cobb, Jai Kells, and Mike Gray; and three great granddaughters.

A private family memorial will be held at the Friends Cemetery in Windham, Maine. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Phil’s name can be made to: Betty Cobb Campership Fund: Camp Runoia Alumnae Organization, P.O. Box 450, Belgrade Lakes, Maine 04918; or the Natural Resource Council of Maine, 3 Wade Street, Augusta, Maine 04330.


Alexander P. Robinson

Alexander Proudfit Robinson, son of the late Rev. Stewart Robinson, DD (Princeton, ’15) and Anne Payne, died March 9 at The Pennswood Village, a retirement community where he had resided for the past seven years during which he had a warm, delightful relationship with staff and residents.

Born in Lockport, N.Y. on June 16, 1928, Alex grew up in Elizabeth, N.J. He attended the Darrow School, and upon graduation from Columbia University in 1951, joined the United States Marine Corps. He was discharged in 1954 with the rank of First Lieutenant and later attained the rank of Captain as a reservist.

From the early sixties until 2005, Alex was closely involved in the educational world and the community affairs of Montgomery Township. After serving as assistant headmaster at the Chapin School in Princeton and later teaching at The Hun School, he began a career at Somerset Community College in 1972 as associate dean of students and two years later took on the added responsibilities of registrar, positions he held until 1993. Subsequently, Alex continued part time as an adjunct instructor in the English department until 2003 and for the next two years tutored students. In 1987 Somerset CC was renamed Raritan Valley CC in recognition of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties joining forces to support the college.

During the period from 1978 to 1991, Alex devoted a great deal of time to the affairs of Montgomery Township, serving on a number of boards and committees, including a six year stint on the Township Committee during which period he also served one year terms as mayor and deputy mayor. In addition, he was very actively involved in the affairs of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library as a member of the committee charged with raising funds to finance two library expansions. He also served on the Library Advisory Board and helped plan the second addition. Mei Mei Morris, former library director stated: “Without his help, our two additions and renovations, in 1992 and 2005, would not have been possible.”

A close, long term friend of Alex’s, Keith Wheelock, adjunct Professor of history at Raritan CC since 1992, served on the Township Committee at the same time as Alex, comments that in his role as mayor, “he looked and acted distinguished and thoughtful.” He further notes: “I remember Alex as a person proud of his country, dedicated to education and student mentoring, and as a steadfast friend. Alex thoroughly enjoyed teaching and mentoring and was good at both.”

Alex did find time for avocations. For a number of years during the 60’s and 70’s, he sang with the men’s singing group known as the Palmer Squares, and in the latter part of his life sang for several years with the Hopewell Valley Chorus. He also maintained a woodworking shop in his Princeton Hill Apartment, where he turned out wood working with meticulous pride principally for friends and family. As a young man, Alex was a devotee of fly-fishing, especially in the vicinity of his parents summer home located in Delhi, N.Y. Later in life he remained an active member of the local Delaware Fishing Club.

Alex is survived by his son Bruce; his brother J. Courtland (Princeton ’47); his wife Sally (Shoemaker); his sister Nancy and her husband William Becker; 13 nieces and nephews; and a number of grand nieces and nephews. His brother, Stewart (Princeton ’41) and his wife Ruth (McClelland), his sister Anne and her husband William Eddy (Princeton ’42), and his son Alexander predeceased him.

A memorial service is planned for a future date.


Memorial Service

Fadlou F. Shehadi

A memorial service for Fadlou Albert Shehadi, 86, will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on March 28th at 3 p.m.


March 14, 2012

Sam Bahadurian

Sam Bahadurian, proprietor of an oriental rug business, died peacefully on March 8 at Acorn Glen Assisted Living. He was 89.

Mr. Bahadurian was a 1941 graduate of Princeton High School, after which he joined the family oriental rug business his father had started, E. Bahadurian & Son, which he operated until his retirement.

He was active in the Princeton Lions Club and the Princeton Jaycees, and was the recipient of the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award in 1958. He was a special supporter of programs for Princeton youth, including those at the Skillman Neuro-Psychiatric Institute. He was an avid cook who loved good food.

Husband of the late Jane Bahadurian and father of the late Leslie Stahl, he is survived by his sister, Alice Dadourian of Guilford, Conn.; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Elaine Bahadurian of Monmouth Junction; his daughter, Faith Bahadurian of Princeton; grandchildren, Patrick and Arica Stahl; plus nieces and a nephew, in addition to his dear friends John Lasley and Barney Cooke, with whom he shared many good times including numerous fishing trips.

Memorial contributions may be made to NAMI Mercer N.J. (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 3371 Brunswick Pike, Suite 124, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648, or


Hallett Johnson Jr.

Hallett Johnson Jr. died at home in Princeton on January 25, 2012 surrounded by his family.

Born in Paris, France in 1925, he was the son of a career diplomat. He was educated abroad until he entered St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts in 1939. He enrolled in Princeton University, the class of 1946, and studied there both before and after World War II when he served in the Naval Air Force. After graduating from Princeton, he received an MA in economics from Columbia University. He was an investment advisor and strategist.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ellen; his sons, Hallett III and Livingston; his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth; their spouses, and nine grandchildren. A private service is planned.

He was an outdoor man and conservationist, loving both the land and the water and worked hard to maintain their beauty and integrity. A contribution in his memory can be made to Friends of Acadia, Box 45, Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609.


Oreste Sferra

Oreste Sferra, 76, of Princeton, died Monday, March 12, 2012 at Pavilions at Forrestal of Plainsboro. He was born in Pettoranello, Italy and came to Princeton in 1969. Oreste retired after 28 years of service in grounds maintenance with the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Church of Princeton. Oreste was a former member of Italian—American Sportsmens Club of Princeton.

He was the son of the late Biaggio and Assunta Sferra, brother of the late Nicola, Sebastiano, Alberto and Bettina, and brother-in-law Tony Sferra. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Assunta Sferra; two brothers, Valentino and Alfonso; three sisters, Carolina, Venezia, and Margherita; and four brothers-in-law, John, Bert, Joe, and Flory; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton.

Calling hours were held Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.


Josephine N. Hughes

Josephine Nicholls Hughes, 99, of Plainsboro, died March 8, 2012.

Born in Seattle, Washington on November 24, 1912, she grew up with her family in Birmingham, England, emigrating to the United States in 1925. She received her BA and MA in Library Science from the University of Washington and her PhD in English literature from Brown University in 1941. She worked as a research librarian at Yale University and at Georgetown University. She was married to the late Riley Hughes, an English professor at Georgetown. She will be remembered for generous spirit and pungent wit.

She is survived by her four children, Winifred Hughes Spar and her husband Fred; Austin L. Hughes and his wife Andrea; Dennis Hughes, and Hildred Crill and her husband Patrick. She leaves eight grandchildren, Adam and Alex Spar, Austin L. Hughes, Jr., Helen Wise and her husband Matthew, Harry Browning and his wife Theresa, Patrick Browning and his wife Paula, Brendan Crill and his wife Xenia, and Liam Crill; and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her devoted care-givers, Irma McMillan, Jodi-Ann Weir, and Venetia Lobban.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Queenship of Mary Guatemala Partnership, 16 Dey Road, Plainsboro, N.J. 08536.

Visitation was held on Sunday, March 11 at M.J. Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction from 2 to 4 p.m. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Queenship of Mary Church in Plainsboro. Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, East Brunswick.

March 7, 2012

Fadlou Albert Shehadi, Rutgers Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and professional singer, died at his home in Princeton on February 29, 2012 from congestive heart failure. He was 86.

A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Shehadi graduated magna cum laude from the American University of Beirut, and in 1949 came to Princeton University for his doctorate in philosophy. Mr. Shehadi joined the Rutgers University Department of Philosophy in 1953 and taught there until his retirement in 1994. He chaired the department at Douglass College for a total of nine years, and twice directed the Rutgers Study Abroad program in France.

He is best known for his pioneering work in the study of Islamic philosophy. His first two books on Ghazali’s religious philosophy championed the use of philosophical analysis in the study of a field dominated almost exclusively by classical historical and philological scholarship. His Metaphysics in Islam Philosophy is the first book-length philosophical discussion of metaphysical issues in Islamic philosophy, and his last work, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam, is the only book on the subject. Although a Christian, he considered Islamic culture as part of his heritage and was gratified to do scholarship in that field.

At the height of interest in applied ethics in Western philosophy, he co-edited a set of commissioned essays from leading ethicists that discussed the relationship between applied and theoretical ethics and whether the philosopher is uniquely qualified to clarify that relationship. He authored several articles and gave papers before learned societies across the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia. He was a member of the American Philosophical Association.

A skilled baritone, Mr. Shehadi started his musical training in Beirut at the Institut de Musique, an affiliate of the École Normale de Paris, and received his diploma with distinction in 1948. He continued his musical education throughout his life, studying with Bernard Diamant while on a Rockefeller Fellowship at McGill University, with Jennie Tourel at Julliard, and in Paris with Pierre Bernac, with whom he formed a particularly close bond.

Noted for his musicality and gifted interpretation, Shehadi gave many recitals in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, and his native Lebanon. He also sang roles in Boris Godunov with the Montreal Opera under Emil Cooper, in the Eastern premiere of The Trial of Lucullus by Roger Sessions, the U.S. premiere of Handel’s Imeneo and in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Chlorinde at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, he appeared with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, the Interlochen Chorus and Orchestra, and the Bachman Choir with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Michael Steinberg, of The Boston Globe, wrote that Shehadi had “a baritone voice of exceptional beauty.”

Mr. Shehadi was also active in the promotion of musical performance. He chaired the Princeton University Concerts Committee, was President of the Friends of Music at Princeton, Vice President of the Robert Miller Fund for Music, President of the Board of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and President of the Board of Directors of Joy In Singing, in New York City. He was also a member of the Century Association.

He is survived by his wife, née Alison McDonald Shute; a daughter, Muna Shehadi Sill of Milwaukee, Wisc.; and a son, Charles Henry of Brooklyn, N.Y. His eldest son, Philip, was head of the Reuters Bureau in Algiers when he was killed in 1991.

A memorial service will be held in the Princeton University Chapel in the spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Joy In Singing, 260 West 72nd Street, New York, N.Y. 10023; to the Friends of Music at Princeton, c/o Concert Office, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. 08544; or to The Princeton Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 250, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

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Rosalie Green

Rosalie Green, 94, of Princeton, died Friday, February 24, 2012 at her residence. Rosalie was born in Yonkers, N.Y. on August 20, 1917, to her late parents, Sidney Green, businessman, and Freda Braunstein Green.

She moved to New York City at age 5 attending public schools before enrolling in the Pratt Institute. She worked briefly for textile designers and in vocational service until leaving New York for good in 1938. At the University of Chicago, Rosalie earned her BA (1939), MA (1941) and PhD (1948). From 1943-1946, she was a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection of Harvard University. In 1946, she was a Reader at the Princeton University Index of Christian Art and served as director from 1951-1981. Miss Green was a member of the College Art Association and Mediaeval Academy of America, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and director for the Warburg Institute.

Rosalie published Studies in Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic Art and with Isa Ragusa, published Meditations on the Life of Christ, an Illustrated Manuscript of the Fourteenth Century. She was involved in the translation of the Harrad of Hohenbourg Hortus Deliciarum and read and indexed The Art Bulletin: An Index of Volumes I-XXX.

Miss Green has no immediate survivors. Private services were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Helen Schevill Starobin White died February 21, 2012. She was born in Lynn, Mass., and grew up in the nearby town of Walpole.She attended Radcliffe College, where she obtained her BA in music in 1942. She met her first husband, James Schevill, who attended Harvard at the same time. Subsequently, she attended Columbia University and Mills College, studying with Darius Milhaud, and completed her MA in music. After World War II, she raised two daughters, Debby and Susie, and taught daily piano lessons as well as evening adult school music classes. She was a member of the Berkeley Piano Club and played regularly with a group of Berkeley pianists.After her divorce from James Schevill in 1966, she obtained her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and went on to be a specialist in the field of learning disabilities. A National Science Foundation grant led her to Philadelphia, where she studied learning disabilities in children, not developmentally delayed. In 1981, she married Leonard Starobin and joined him and his loving family in Elkins Park, a suburb of Philadelphia. During this time, she and her husband traveled extensively, and she pursued another MA at Temple University in Clinical Psychology and worked part-time in the public school system.In 1997, a few years after being widowed, she married Morton White, a professor of philosophy at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In this chapter of her life, she and her husband enjoyed many events and dinners together at the Institute. She built close friendships during those years, not only with professors and their spouses at the Institute, but with members of the larger Princeton community.

A life-long pianist and forever passionate about music, she pursued her piano playing with renewed vigor when she moved to Princeton and studied with Ena Bronstein Barton at the Westminster Conservatory. She was also part of the University League piano group, who continued to give her tremendous support and love throughout her last months.

Wherever she lived, she enjoyed the friendship of many accomplished people in the arts, education, and diplomacy, and took pleasure in hosting gatherings that brought people together.

Survived by her loving husband, Morton White; her sister, Bernice Palace, of Peabody, Mass.; daughters, Debby Schevill of New York City, and Susie Schevill and son-in-law, Robert Sinai, of Berkeley; her three grandchildren, Nick Sinai and his wife, Christine, of Washington, D.C.; Jim Sinai and fiancé, Nancy Levine of San Francisco; and Vanessa Sinai of San Francisco. Her stepchildren and their spouses also survive her: David Starobin, Matthew Starobin, Naomi Starobin, Nick White, Steve White, and thirteen step-grandchildren and a step-great-grandchild. She is also survived by two nephews, Andy and Jon Palace, and their families, and two nieces, Kathie Schevill Sparling and Peggy Schevill, and their families, as well as other extended families.

Helen will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. Special thanks to all of her dedicated friends and especially, Rebecca Matlock, who faithfully visited her each day at the rehabilitation facility. Also, special thanks to Dr. Ruth Kamen, Elizabeth Mensah, Samelia Sirleap, and neighbor, Shirley Ganges, at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center, for their loving care and friendship during her last months of life.

Memorial donations may be sent to Westminster Conservatory, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


George H. Hyde Jr.

George H. Hyde Jr., a retired manager with Bristol Myers Squibb, died on February 22 at Stonebridge Retirement Community in Skillman. He was 94 years old.

Mr. Hyde was a native of Pittsburgh and received his BA in English and journalism from the university there in 1946. He became associated with the Pennsylvania Railroad’s industrial department and then served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Army Air Corps during World War II. After his military service, he returned to the University of Pittsburgh where he did graduate studies and was an English instructor.

Mr. Hyde moved to New York City in 1946 where he joined Squibb as an editor of its publications for pharmacists and sales bulletins. He was subsequently responsible for the development and coordination of in-house and agency advertising and promotional activities as well as traffic and scheduling. He continued in his supervisory role as an editor and manager until his retirement in 1984.

Mr. Hyde and his wife of 50 years, Kathleen, enjoyed many happy times at their “barn” in East Hampton, N.Y. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his cousins, Helge and Magnus Eriksson; sisters-in-law, Carol (Joseph) Ford and Margot (Laird) Davis; and 12 nieces and nephews.


Jessica Pepin LaMarche died Sunday, March 4, 2012 at home. She was 30.

Born in New Brunswick, she resided in East Brunswick before moving to Helmetta in 2007.

Jessica was a Special Education Teacher and Reading Specialist at the Hammarskjold School, East Brunswick.

Surviving are her husband of two years, Keirnan LaMarche; her parents, Armand and Evelyn Pepin of East Brunswick; her brother, Armand Michael Pepin; her aunt, Judy Pepin; and her grandfather, Michael DeFelice.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 8:15 a.m. in The Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, followed by a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bartholomew RC Church, East Brunswick. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. For directions, please visit www.brunswick

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.


Warren M. Hulit

Warren M. Hulit “Pete”, died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends in Skillman, on Monday evening, February 27, 2012. He was 88 years old.

Born in Princeton, at 34½ Witherspoon Street on February 28, 1924, he attended local schools and graduated from Princeton High School in 1943. He was a long time resident of Princeton, Washington Township, and Allentown, N.J. Pete enlisted in the Army in July of 1943 and served in World War II as a corporal with the 5th Engineer Special Brigade, 458th Amphibian Truck Company (DUKW), supporting the landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day where they earned the arrow head for the campaign. He also participated in the Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe Campaigns and was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with palm for his role during the invasion. He was awarded the Bronze Star Metal for meritorious service while attached to Combat Command B—2nd Armored Division for his actions during the April 13-14, 1945 crossings of the Elbe River, Germany. He returned home from the service in November 1945 to resume working in the family business, Hulit’s Shoes in Princeton.

Pete was the youngest of five brothers and sisters who worked in the family business, along with nephews, nieces, and many other family members. Over the years, Hulit’s became an institution providing shoes to over three generations of families and a variety of special visitors, including Albert Einstein. Post retirement, Pete and his wife Emily, were the proprietors of Mill House Antiques in Allentown, N.J. for 14 years and were active in the Chamber of Commerce and community.

Mr. Hulit was a member of the Washington Township School Board from 1963-1974. During those 11 years, there was much focus on strengthening and expanding the educational programming and facilities, including the long term purchase of land which included the site for what is now the Pond Road Middle School. He was also a loyal member of AA for nearly 35 years. His association was a source of great strength, friendships, and support. The “24 Club of Princeton” was a second home in his later years, and he often spoke at the Crawford House women’s rehabilitation center in Princeton.

Son of the late Lilly and Warren M. Hulit Sr. and brother to the late Clara Simone, Ralph Hulit Sr., Nelly Myers, Lillian Hall, and Augustus Hulit of Princeton. He was married to the late Emily J. Hulit of Allentown for 49 years. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Peter M. Hulit and Greg Wright of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mark G. Hulit and Sabine Hulit of Austria; and Robert F. Hulit and Margaret L. Hulit of Allentown; grandchildren Lia K. Hulit of Texas; Katharine L. Hulit and Daniel E. Hulit of Allentown; and nephews and nieces Rosemarie Christian; Charles Simone; Ralph Hulit Jr.; Kit Hulit; John Hulit; and Janet Nemes.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on May 19, 2012 at the Allentown Presbyterian Church, 20 High Street, Allentown, N.J. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Crawford House, P.O. Box 255, Skillman, N.J. 08558; or The 24 Club, 1225 State Road Rear, Princeton North Shopping Center, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Arrangements are under the direction of Peppler Funeral Home, Allentown.

February 29, 2012

Betty L. Clausen

George W. Clausen

Betty Louise Clausen, age 88, beloved mother of Suzanne Brassel and Jody Clausen, born in Melbourne, Australia on November 7, 1923, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2012 in Gloucester, Va.

Her husband, George William Clausen, Jr., age 91, passed away on August 16, 2010. He was born in Princeton on a dairy farm known as Catalpa Farm, located on 119 acres of land that is now the Princeton Shopping Center. (Catalpa Farm, built in the late 1700s, was purchased by his grandfather Hans Clausen in 1898. Hans also built the house on 35 Chestnut Street in Princeton. George’s uncle, Martin Clausen, was Chief of Police in Princeton from 1927 until the 1950s).

George joined the First Marine Corp Division at age 20 in 1939. He was then sent to Cuba on maneuvers, shipped to New Zealand, and then fought the Japanese at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Returning to Australia on leave, he met Betty Louise Brier, a sergeant in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF); they married in September 1943. Soon after, George shipped to New Guinea and then to New Briton, where he re-enlisted. He was then sent to what has been called “the bitterest battle of the war for the marines”, the Battle of Peleliu, as a rifleman landing in the first wave.

Returning to Australia after the war, George graduated from Technical College in Melbourne, and returned to Princeton where he worked for 20 years as superintendent of public works for the Borough of Princeton. For more than 30 years Betty worked as a proofreader and secretary at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton. The couple moved to Gloucester, Virginia in 1994.

Betty was raised in Australia, the daughter of Elsie Amy Brier and William James Frasier Briar, and sister to Margaret Carnie, Bonnie Barrett, and Vera Tremayne of Melbourne (all deceased) and William “Billy” Brier of Sydney, Australia, and their families. She leaves behind her daughter, Suzanne E. Brassel and her husband, Alfred L. Brassel, of Yorktown, Va., as well as her granddaughter Valery Brassel Brinda and her husband, Mark Brinda of New York City; and her son, George “Jody” Clausen, at Cary Adult Home in Gloucester, Va. In addition, she leaves behind an extended family of nieces and nephews in Australia, as well as two brothers-in-law, Robert Clausen and John Clausen of Princeton, and a sister-in-law, Anita Mekeel in California and their families.

Betty will be remembered as an avid reader, wonderful listener, and a charming and witty lady, who found solace in a cup of tea. She had a gracious acceptance of life and was always a source of comfort and wisdom. She was dearly loved and is greatly missed.


Marie A. Scasserra

Marie A. Scasserra, 89, of Rocky Hill, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at her residence.

Born in Woonsocket, R.I., Marie retired from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y. Upon her retirement, she and her husband moved back to Rocky Hill to maintain the Scasserra family farm.

Marie was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Princeton and a volunteer for Deborah Hospital.

Mrs. Scasserra was predeceased by her husband, Donald Leber Scasserra in 2010; her parents, Albert N. and Margaret M. Peloquin; sisters, Margaret Nicewicz and Cecelia Peloquin; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Scasserra, Dr. and Mrs. Benedict Scasserra, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Scasserra, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Guarnieri, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Muccilli, Miss Louise Scasserra, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Scasserra. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by a funeral mass at St. Paul’s RC Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial was in the family plot at Rocky Hill Cemetery in Rocky Hill, N.J.

Visiting hours took place on February 26, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie’s memory may be made to Princeton Health Care Ministry, P.O. Box 1517, Princeton, N.J. 08542; or Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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Zelda E. Laschever

Zelda Etz Laschever died on January 17 at age 83. Zelda, the daughter of Jacob and Mary Etz, graduated from Trenton High School and Goucher College.

She exercised her life long passion for education and learning by cofounding the Princeton Junior Museum, one of the first please-touch museums, bringing interactive exhibits to Princeton’s public schools, and by traveling and experiencing the world’s many wonders. In her fifties she took up single shell rowing and taught many friends this pastime on Lake Carnegie.

She was predeceased in 2009 by the love of her life and husband of more than 50 years, Dr. E. Frederick Laschever. She is survived by her sons, Jeff, Eric, David, and Jack; her daughters-in-law Eulalie and Sonali; and her grandchildren, Tara, Benjamin, Beth, and Jean.

The many she touched remember her as vivacious, creative, loving, resilient, and adventurous.

Gifts in her memory may be given to the Fund for Girls and Women, Princeton Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.

February 15, 2012

David B. Todd

David Burton Todd, 86, an internationally recognized chemical engineer, passed away February 1, 2012, at his home in West Windsor. He had lived in the Princeton and West Windsor area since 1987.

Born in Chester, Pa., Dr. Todd grew up in Freedom, Maine. He received his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. A year of his graduate work was spent as a Fulbright scholar in Delft, Netherlands. He enlisted in the Navy in World War II, served in the North Atlantic, and retired from the Naval Reserve as a Commander in 1972. Dr. Todd’s professional career spanned 60 years. Initially, he was employed in California as an engineer, then supervisor, at a Shell Oil research facility. He moved to the Chicago area to become manager of engineering at the Podbielniak Division of Dresser Industries in 1963, before becoming technical director in 1967 at Baker Perkins, an equipment manufacturer in Saginaw, Mich. Upon transfer to the New Jersey branch, he was promoted to vice president, technology. He never successfully retired.

In 1989, Dr. Todd founded Todd Engineering to provide consulting services, primarily to the plastics industry. He served as principal consultant to the Polymer Processing Institute, as an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, and later as a research professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

He was active in professional organizations, being elected to the grade of Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and in the Society of Plastics Engineers. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Naval Institute, and the international Polymer Processing Society, receiving several awards for his technical contributions. He received 22 U.S. patents and authored more than 100 technical articles. His book, Plastics Compounding: Equipment And Processing, 1998 (Polymer Processing Institute Books From Hanser Publishers) was translated into Chinese.

Dr. Todd also actively participated in civic affairs. In Michigan, he served on the boards of the Saginaw Symphony, the United Way, and several township school boards. He helped found Group Health Service (an HMO) and served as chairman of the board of directors until its acquisition by Blue Cross. He served for seven years on the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission. Dr. Todd is survived by his wife, Marilyn Sweeney Todd. He was previously married to Mary Boekhoff Todd, who predeceased him in 2000. His sister, Mary Todd Pfeifer, McMinnville, Ore., survives him. Surviving also are his daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Charles Klein in Berkeley, Calif.; three sons and daughters-in-law: Brian and Denise Todd in York, Pa., Raymond Todd and Kelley Lehman in Indian Hills, Colo., and Clifford and Tina Todd in Midland, Mich.; five grandchildren; three step-daughters: Janet Sweeney McCallum, Kathleen Miano, and Ellen Allsteadt; and five step-grandchildren.

Interment will be in Chester Pa. Rural Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Alloway Funeral Homes, 315 East Maple Avenue, Merchantville, N.J. (856) 663-9085.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 924-1604; or to the Hospice Program of Princeton HomeCare Services, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540, (609) 497-4900.


Theresa M. McQuade

Theresa Margaret (Mosser) McQuade, 91, of Princeton, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2012 at Meadow Lakes in Hightstown.

Born in Bethel, Pa., Theresa grew up in Cranbury, and was a graduate of Hightstown High School. She resided in Princeton for 50 years before moving to Meadow Lakes five years ago.

After high school, in 1943, Theresa joined the WAVES (division of the Navy) and was stationed in Washington, D.C. until her honorable discharge as a Yeoman First Class in 1945.

After returning to the area, she began the Town Typists typing service in Princeton, which she operated for over 30 years. In her leisure time, Theresa was an avid golfer and reader.

Mrs. McQuade was predeceased by her daughter, Dale Lentz; parents Milo and Theresa K. (Fischer) Mosser; brother Milo; and sister Florence. Surviving are her beloved husband of 67 years, Robert W. McQuade; two sons, William R. McQuade of Lawrenceville, and Robert S. McQuade of Pa.; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

After a private cremation, burial will be in the family plot in St. Paul’s Church Cemetery, Princeton.

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Malcolm S. Steinberg

Dr. Malcolm S. Steinberg, 81, an emeritus professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, died from complications of lung cancer on February 7 at his home in Princeton. He was surrounded by his wife Marjorie and his four children, Jeff, Julie, Ellie, and Jay.

Great scientists are people who find tremendous joy and purpose in the work they are doing, and whose habits of mind and spirit inspire their colleagues and students. Their gift to the world is a body of work that illuminates the workings of nature. Malcolm Steinberg was a great scientist. His long and productive career began as an undergraduate at Amherst College where he worked on amphibian limb regeneration under the guidance of Oscar Schotté, an outspoken, passionate biology professor with an off-color sense of humor greatly appreciated by young Malcolm. It was while working with Schotté that Malcolm fell in love with research and decided to pursue a PhD instead of the medical education his father had envisioned for him.

Malcolm earned his PhD in 1956 from the University of Minnesota, although he carried out his thesis experiments at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, a place where he spent many happy and productive summers throughout his career, conducting research, teaching embryology, and enjoying lobstering and clamming from his prized Boston Whaler.

In the early 1960s, Malcolm formulated the Differential Adhesion Hypothesis to explain how cells assume their characteristic positions in the developing embryo. From the 1960s through the 1990s, he and his students at Johns Hopkins and Princeton Universities tested the hypothesis, revealing fundamental physical properties of cellular behavior. Scientists worldwide continue to build on his work to understand how the chemistry of cell adhesion, working through physical forces, can reveal important information about tissue regeneration, cancer cell invasion, wound healing, and embryonic development.

Malcolm is survived by a legion of academic offspring who are grateful to have had the opportunity to know him as a scientist, mentor, teacher, and friend. He will be remembered by friends and family as a warm and lovable man with an infectious laugh, for whom just about anything reminded him of a story, whose eyes would light up at the mention of the next meal, who took great joy tending his garden, and who loved to hold hands with his wife Marge.

Memorial tributes may be sent to the Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, Mass. 02543.

February 1, 2012

Esther H. Palmer

Esther Howard Palmer, 95, died peacefully at home January 13, 2012, at Pennswood Village, a retirement community in Newtown, Pa.

A long-time resident of Princeton, she was born in Springfield, Mass., August 18, 1916, to Stanley Edwin Howard and Ethel May Chapman. In 1918 her father accepted a position at Princeton University in the economics department and from then on Esther lived most of her life in Princeton. She attended Miss Fine’s School and was a 1938 graduate of Wellesley College majoring in economics.

After working briefly in Hartford, Conn., Esther returned to Princeton where in 1942 she met and married Professor Robert Roswell Palmer of the Princeton history department. R.R. Palmer’s successful career in modern European history spanned thirty-three years there and eight years at Yale University, until his retirement in 1977. During World War II the Palmers lived in Washington, D.C., where Esther volunteered as a nurse’s aide at Walter Reed Hospital. Throughout their long marriage of sixty years, Esther supported her husband’s career and with him had three children. She was active in various Princeton community groups and the public schools for many years.

Robert R. Palmer died in 2002. Esther Palmer is survived by her three children, Stanley H. Palmer (Elizabeth) of Arlington, Texas, Richard R. Palmer of California, and Emily S. Palmer of Arvada, Colo.; four grandchildren, Vanessa L. Santos (Christian) of Los Angeles, David B. Palmer of Richard Va., Sonia S. Palmer in Australia, and Ingrid Reyes (John) of Atlanta; and three great-grandchildren, Sebastian A. Reyes, Nolan P. Santos, and Ethan A. Reyes.

Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.


Filomena C. Pirone

Filomena C. (Nini) Pirone, 100, of Princeton, died Friday, January 27, 2012 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born March 1, 1911 in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, she immigrated to Princeton in 1946. Filomena was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Church, the Altar Rosary Society, and the Princeton I.A.S.C. Ladies Auxiliary.

Daughter of the late Vincenzo and Colomba (Pinelli) Nini, wife of the late Umberto Pirone, she is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Felix and Elizabeth Pirone, and Anthony Pirone; a daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Teodoro Tamasi; seven grandchildren, Felisa Scannella, Pamela Pirone, Umberto Pirone, Mario, Mark, Matthew Tamasi, and Melinda Godonis.

The funeral was held at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Calling hours were held on Monday, January 30, 2012 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Health Care Ministry of Princeton, PO Box 1517, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

January 25, 2012


John C. Sienkiewicz

John Casimir Sienkiewicz, age 78, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning of January 3, 2012 at his home in Loblolly, Hobe Sound, Fla. Born in Center Bridge, Pa. on October 8, 1933, and raised in Doylestown, Pa., John was the son of Casimir A. Sienkiewicz, a prominent Philadelphia banker and Chairman of the Central Penn National Bank, and Jane Sienkiewicz, a nurse.

John attended The Loomis School (Loomis-Chaffee) prior to graduating from Princeton University as an honored member of the class of 1955. While at Princeton University, he served as President of his class and remained a valued advisor throughout his life. Playing varsity football his senior year, John won the award for Most Improved Player.

After graduation, John entered the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Hancock for three years and rising to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1958, he joined Hutchinson, Rivinus & Co. of Philadelphia as an insurance salesman. In 1965, John became a partner of the firm which was later acquired by Alexander and Alexander International. In time, John became president and chief executive officer of International Operations of Alexander and Alexander, which was known as the largest international insurance brokerage firm in the world. After their acquisition by Aon Risk Services, John remained an active vice chairman.

John lived most of his life in Princeton, with his wife of 50 years, Patricia Davis Sienkiewicz. John was known as “Sink” to his legions of friends around the world. He was a loving, strong, and supportive husband, father and friend. His passions included golf, philanthropy, and travel.

John was a member of Pine Valley Golf Club, Seminole Golf Club, Loblolly Pines Golf Club, Bedens Brook Club, Gulph Mills Golf Club, Sunnybrook Golf Club, Sunningdale Golf Club in the U.K., The River Club, The Princeton Club, The Links, and The Fourth Street Club. He was an active member of the United States Seniors Golf Association.

He was a gracious and avid competitor. He was Club Champion at Bedens Brook and Springdale Golf Clubs in New Jersey in the same year, and was once also both the Senior Champion and the overall Club Champion. As a member of Gulph Mills in Philadelphia, John was the Senior Champion of the A.J. Drexel Paul Tournament. He won many of the USSGA competitions and was one of very few USSGA members who played at each satellite tournament site across the United States.

John was widely philanthropic, giving generously to many organizations. Most notable, was the University Cottage Club at Princeton. He was chairman of the board for 10 years, during which time the club was completely expanded, reconstructed, and refurbished. John’s contribution remains an important and positive impact on student life at Princeton. The building has since been recognized as a National Conservation Treasure and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

John was predeceased by his wife Patricia and his brother Bur Sienkiewicz. He is survived by his sons, Mark and Peter; his second wife, Maisie Barlow Sienkiewicz; his brother, Michael Sienkiewicz and wife Marika; his sister-in-law, Jone Sienkiewicz, and many more family members and friends who loved him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his honor for student aid to: Casimir A. Sienkiewicz Scholarship, American International College, 1000 State Street – Box 10-L, Springfield, Mass. 01109.

A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for June 2012 in Princeton.


Obit1-25WhiteJohn J. White Jr.

John J. White, Jr., MD, of South Chatham, Mass., formerly of Princeton, passed away on January 17, 2012, after a serious struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. From the early 1940s, Jack vacationed on Cape Cod with family, and settled in South Chatham permanently after his retirement from medical practice in 2001.

Jack was born in Paterson, and grew up in Glen Rock. At Ridgewood High School, he was valedictorian of his class. After he graduated from Yale University and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed his internship and a four-year residency in general surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital Center in New York City and became board certified.

Jack served as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., for two years during the Vietnam war. After that, he had a private surgery practice in New York City and was a member of the Columbia University Faculty.

On the staff of the Medical Center at Princeton from 1971-2001, Dr. White was instrumental in developing the medical student education program there. As clinical assistant professor of surgery at Rutgers Medical School (now UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), Dr. White directed the program for thirteen years. He derived great pleasure from teaching and was a role model for his students. He headed the Princeton Surgical Center’s Advisory Committee during all of its formative years.

Especially knowledgeable in the realms of equipment and technique, Dr. White brought surgical endoscopy to Princeton and was the first surgeon to perform a colonoscopy there. He later performed the first laparoscopic procedure (gall bladder removal) there.

When Jack retired from Princeton Surgical Associates, a partner described him as “naturally humble as well as supremely gifted. He was wonderful to have on board in the operating room when it was necessary to perform a complex or difficult operation.”

Jack and his wife, Noel, loved life on Cape Cod — sailing, tennis, walking, biking, beaching, birding — and for several years were active in the Eastham Hiking Club. After retiring to the Cape, he had plenty of time to enjoy his many hobbies: creating museum-quality Nantucket baskets, building five-star bird hotels, and crafting mirrors and frames for his needlepoint projects. He loved “messing about” in his boats and tending to his antique cars. His wit, wisdom, kindness, and compassion affected many lives.

Jack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Noel; three daughters, Catherine Mertz of Needham, Mass., Wendy Brockelman of Princeton, Mass., and Elizabeth Meahl of Portland, Maine; three sons-in-law, Oscar Mertz, Peter Brockelman, and Pierre Meahl; five grandchildren, Noah Mertz, Myles and Pieper Brockelman, and Jack and Sumner Meahl; and his sister, Margery White Loftus. He was predeceased by a grandson, Dempsey John Brockelman.

A Funeral Mass was held at Holy Redeemer Church in Chatham, Mass. on Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m.

The family would like to extend gratitude and thanks to Liberty Commons at Broad Reach of North Chatham where Dr. White resided in his last months, and was treated with exceptional care and dignity.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090; or Broad Reach Healthcare, 390 Orleans Road, North Chatham, Mass. 02650.

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Robert C. Stabler

Robert Coleman Stabler, 76, of Skillman, died January 20 at home after a long illness.

He was born on June 14, 1935 in Pittsfield, Mass., to Howard Parker Stabler and Margaret Van Alstyne Stabler. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary; his children, Julie Hull (Tom), Ted (Martha Embrey), Larry (Betsy), Peggy Fischer, and Peter (Martha) and their respective families, including ten grandchildren; and his sister, Elizabeth, and brother, George.

Mr. Stabler was a member of Williamstown Public High School’s class of 1952. He graduated from Yale University with a BA in math in 1955, and earned a Ph.D .in theoretical physics from Cornell University in 1960. He worked for Ford Aerospace in Newport Beach, Calif., and then moved to Princeton in 1962 to work for RCA David Sarnoff Research Laboratories. From 1967 to 1974, he worked as a semiconductor industry analyst for Smith Barney in New York City. He then founded the investment management firm, Penvest Company, in Princeton in 1975. He dedicated much of his time to research in theoretical physics and published several papers in Physical Review Letters.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Stabler had a love of the mountains and the home he built in Breckenridge, Colo., where he and Mary lived from 1997 until their return to the Princeton area in 2009.

A reception will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice Memorial Fund at Princeton Healthcare System Foundation.


James B. Smith

James Boyd Smith, of Skillman, died January 21, 2012.

He was born on September 7, 1923 in New York City, and grew up in Great Neck, Long Island.

At the young age of 12 he was among a small group of boys who attended St. Paul School in New Hampshire (1937-1941). While at St. Paul, his prodigious memory, curiosity, and love of involvement advanced his intellectual development leading to enrollment at Princeton University. In the fall of 1941 he took on the challenge of enrolling in an accelerated chemical engineering program, earning his degree in a mere 2.5 years together with a handful of others on 4/4/44. Thereafter, he participated in the war effort by joining the US Navy using his skills to contribute to The Manhattan Project. After the war he completed his master’s degree in chemical engineering at Princeton and married Betsy.

His career began with Permutit in 1947 and shortly thereafter the young couple began a family in 1948. He is survived by his wife, Betsy; his children, Brett, Derek, Lane and Ten Broeck; three daughters-in-law, Nancy, Kathleen and Sarah; five grandchildren, Putty John, Blake, Trevor, Sam and Noah; two granddaughters-in-law, Tisa and Tina; and two great grandchildren, Putty John and Jack.

After several years with Permutit, J.B. joined American Cyanamid where he worked for 30 years. During this career, he helped design and sell specialty chemicals, principally for the petroleum industry. In addition, he contributed his problem solving skills to projects. For example, he helped refine the catalytic converter to help reduce car pollution.

In 1979 J.B. and Betsy began an ambitious exploration of Europe with their family. The first trip explored the Great Peloponnesian Islands by sailboat as far south as Thira. Every other year thereafter, Betsy and J.B. would rent lodging large enough to accommodate children and grandchildren for 3-5 weeks. The decade long explorations were based in Le Pin, Loire Valley; The Cotswolds, England; Gaucin, Southern Spain; Ballyvaughn, Ireland; Castillon du Gar, Provence; and Sienna, Tuscany.

J.B. wrote in 1995: “In reviewing my life so far, I find that my contribution to the world has been satisfactory but not meteoric. Perhaps the most unusual thing I have done was work on the atomic bomb and, by extension, on nuclear energy. It grieves me to see that the human race has done such a poor job of managing this rich resource. Properly used it could contribute much to solving our world’s environmental and energy problems.”

After retirement, he continued his lifetime characteristics of active involvement with the people around him. He was a member of the Princeton school board. He was an active member of the Princeton sewer operating commission for two decades. Continuing the theme of “involvement” he was engaged in organizing many Princeton Class of ’45 activities. He never missed a class reunion. One year, he represented the class as a gorilla in a cage; it was hot, sweaty work done for the love of the P-rade. He participated in the Stonebridge Building and Maintenance Committee, which helped implement installation of a roof top solar array. He was a member of Trinity Church, The Nassau Club, the Old Guard, Sons of the Revolution, and Springdale Golf Club.

Throughout his life, J.B. was continuously engaged with the people around him and his community. He was a faithful husband, earnest father, and kind friend.

A service will be held in his honor on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Noon at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton.

Memorial contributors are invited to send donations to The Crisis Ministry, c/o Trinity Church, Princeton.


Georganna D. Dickson

Georganna Dean Dickson, 85, died on Friday, January 6, at her home at Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, New Jersey, after a brief illness.

She was the daughter of George and Velma Shields Dean and sister to James F. and George Alden Dean.

After graduation from Carleton College, Georganna met and married the love of her life, Donald Paul Dickson, in the Princeton University Chapel.

She was the mother to David (Paula Frank), Peter (Janet Zoubek), Ann, John (Mary Boyle), and Andrew (Lori Knaak). She was the grandmother to adored grandchildren, Matthew (Tine Blair), Jeffrey (Melodie DeMulling), Johanna, Sean, Joseph, Margaret, Ann, Bill (Jen Levkulich), Claire and Daniel. She was the great-grandmother to Miles.

The family shares its grief with Ruth Dickson, Georgia Dean, and Jane Dean. The family thanks the staff of Meadow Lakes Retirement Community and Grace Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, Georganna expressed a wish that contributions be made to the Georganna Dean Dickson ’47 Children’s Book Collection, Carleton College, One North College Street, Northfield, Minn. 55057.

May the Lord bless her and keep her and make His face shine upon her.

January 18, 2012

Sarah Hirschman, 90, founder of People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, and recipient of the Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award, died January 15 in Princeton.

Born in Kovno, Lithuania in 1921, Mrs. Hirschman was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Fania Chapro. The family moved to Paris in 1925, where Sarah attended the Lycée Molière. At 18, she studied Existentialism with Simone de Beauvoir, prompting a life-long interest in philosophy.

In 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, the family relocated to New York City. After studying philosophy at Columbia and Cornell Universities, Sarah moved to California, where she received a BA in philosophy and a master’s degree in French literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

In 1941, she married Albert O. Hirschman, a young German scholar who had lived in France for several years. While he served in the U.S. Army, she continued her studies, receiving a fellowship to Columbia. After the war, the Hirschmans lived in Washington, D.C., while Dr. Hirschman worked on the Marshall Plan. In 1952, with their two young daughters, they moved to Colombia, where he had been assigned by the World Bank to oversee that country’s economic development. Already multi-lingual (Russian, French, English), Mrs. Hirschman then became fluent in Spanish.

Returning to the U.S. in 1956, the Hirschmans lived in New Haven, Connecticut, and New York City, where Dr. Hirschman held teaching and writing positions at Yale and Columbia Universities. During this time, Mrs. Hirschman worked as her husband’s assistant during travels to South America, India, Thailand, and Africa. Her ability to speak Spanish was instrumental in her working with New York City resident Latinos, struggling with a range of problems, and she continued to help Hispanic people after a move to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Dr. Hirschman taught economics at Harvard.

Interested in ways to relate literature to the lives of impoverished, often illiterate people, Sarah Hirschman created Gente y Cuentos, a new way of learning and sharing great literature with those who had little or no formal education.

In 1974, Dr. Hirschman was appointed a faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study. With the move to Princeton, Mrs. Hirschman continued her work with Gente y Cuentos, establishing the program in a series of New Jersey locations, including Trenton and Newark. Eventually, through her efforts, the program grew to encompass sites in learning centers, libraries, and prisons. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities enabled the project to expand to other states across the country, and Mrs. Hirschman held workshops to train others in the program’s concept and method. She also set up a program in a barrio outside Buenos Aires. An English program, People & Stories, was added in 1985, and Mrs. Hirschman also began an inter-generational and inter-town (Princeton and Trenton) related project, a pre-cursor of Crossing Borders.

For her efforts in establishing, developing, and continuing People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, Mrs. Hirschman received the 12th annual Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service in 2008, presented by the Princeton Area Community Foundation. At the ceremony, she was aptly described as “a citizen of the world, who developed a way to invite those with basic literacy skills to enjoy and benefit from the same artistic works usually studied in college classrooms. She has included thousands of people in a world where the doors were previously closed.”

Mrs. Hirschman had been honored with awards from numerous other organizations, including the Public Humanities Award from the New Jersey Council of the Humanities.

In 2009, her book, People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, Who Owns Literature? Communities Find Their Voice Through Short Stories, was published, and has recently been translated into Spanish by Fondo de Cultura Economica, Argentina.

A fervent lover of literature, Mrs. Hirschman enjoyed reading the works of Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Montaigne in their original languages, as well as a wide range of literature in English. She was a great admirer and patron of the Princeton University Firestone Library.

Predeceased by her daughter, Lisa (who greatly encouraged her in the early days of People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos), Mrs. Hirschman is survived by her husband, Albert O. Hirschman of Princeton, daughter Katia Salomon of Paris, two sons-in-law, Alain Salomon and Peter Gourevitch; four grandchildren, Lara Salomon Pawlicz, Grégoire Salomon, Alex, and Nick Hirschman Gourevitch; and seven great grandchildren, Hannah, Rebecca, Isaac, Eva, Rachel, Olivia, and Ezra.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, January 21, at 3:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in the Simons Hall, the Institute’s dining hall (access from parking area B).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People & Stories/ Gente y Cuentos, 140 East Hanover Street, Trenton, N.J. 08608.


Betty J. Buchanan

Betty Jane Buchanan, 82, died Saturday, January 7, 2012 due to heart failure. She was born in Princeton and was a member of the Hook & Ladder Ladies Auxiliary of Princeton.

She was a secretary for the West Windsor Board of Education, Plainsboro, In 1993, she moved from Hamilton Township to Winter Haven, Fla.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Buchanan Sr.; her sons, Jeffrey Buchanan (Germaine), N.J. and Robert Buchanan II (Margaret), N.J.; her daughters, Roberta Marans, N.J., and Nancy Roff (Brian), N.J.; her brother, Vincent Louis Ross, N.J.; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Services were held on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven, Fla. followed by burial at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Hook & Ladder Fire Co., North Harrison Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

January 11, 2012

Christopher W. Benchley


PDS Graduate Christopher Benchley, 24, Son of Wendy and the late Peter Benchley, Dies in Accident in Montego Bay

Christopher Wesson Benchley, son of Wendy and the late Peter Benchley, of Princeton, died December 29, 2011, in an accident in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He was 24.

He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs and a minor in anthropology from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. He had spent his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a 2005 graduate of Princeton Day School.

As an athlete, Christopher excelled at soccer. He played for the Princeton Soccer Association’s travel teams. He started with the Sparks, coached by Andrew Kalwa, at the age of six and continued with Union ’86, coached by Rob Myslik and Jim Barlow, through his teens. He also played for Princeton Day School his freshman and sophomore year and then turned his attention to crew.

He quickly became a strong oarsman and rowed for the newly developed Mercer County Junior Rowing Club. Christopher’s boat qualified to race in the Head of Charles in October 2004 and the U.S. Youth Rowing Championships in May 2005.

An avid scuba diver, he was an amateur marine archaeologist and an advocate for ocean conservation.

Aside from his mother, he is survived by his sister, Tracy Benchley Turner; his brother, Clayton Benchley; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service was held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, on Saturday, January 7, at 11 a.m. The service was open to all.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to one of Christopher’s favorite organizations, Shark Savers:; 419 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10003.


Anne G. Yokana

Anne Guthrie Yokana, of Princeton and Biddeford Pool, Maine, died Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Buckingham (Brandywine) at Princeton.

Anne was born in Baltimore, Md. where her father was a physician at Johns Hopkins. She and her family moved to Lawrenceville where her father became the school doctor for the Lawrenceville School. Anne and her family then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where a group of Hopkins doctors started a new hospital. Upon her father’s death, her family returned to Princeton where she has been a resident since 1932.

Anne was a graduate of Miss Fine’s School, now known as Princeton Day School. She attended Sweetbriar College, Bryn Mawr College, and was a graduate of Union Memorial School of Nursing in Baltimore. She worked as an operating room nurse at the Princeton Hospital prior to her marriage to Lucien D. Yokana in 1949. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church for over 80 years and its Altar Guild since the early 1950s. Anne also served as Senior Warden of St. Martin’s in the Field Episcopal Church, a summer chapel at Biddeford Pool, Maine for many years. She was a member of the Colonial Dames, Present Day Club, Bedens Brook Country Club, Pretty Brook Club, Nassau Club, and The Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton. She was a volunteer for many years for the Princeton Hospital Auxiliary. Anne was also an avid tennis player and figure skater and will always be remembered for her contagious laughter, her sense of humor and graciousness, and her love of animals.

Daughter of the late Clyde Graeme Guthrie and Isabelle Hill Guthrie; she is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lucien D. Yokana; two sons, Alexander D. Guthrie and Lucien S. Y. Guthrie; three daughters, Ariane G. Peixoto, Isabelle G. Yokana and Alice G. Barfield; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 19 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church.


Randall Greenbaum

Randall Greenbaum, of Princeton, died suddenly on January 4, while visiting New York City. He was 60.

His two loving children, Andrew, 20, and Jemma, 18; ex-wife, Stella; and his brothers, John Greenbaum of New York City and Clint Greenbaum of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., survive him. Randy will be buried in Kansas City, Mo., where he grew up.

He received a BA in Art History from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and a master’s degree in real estate finance from Florida International University in Miami, Fla. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects.

In Miami, Randy worked as an architect, a real estate agent, and a visual artist. Eventually, he pursued a full-time career as a visual artist. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and juried shows in Miami, Princeton, and metropolitan New York City. To be closer to the art worlds of New York and Philadelphia, Randy moved his family to Princeton in 2000. In recent years he continued working on a body of paintings in his home studio and in developing an art book of figurative prints and social commentary. Randy had an impeccable eye for design, an encyclopedic knowledge of Western art history, and an unceasing passion to teach and show his love of art to his children. They loved him for his joy of sharing, and his unceasing involvement and fatherly interests in everything they did and accomplished. He will be missed by family and friends.

Donations may be made to The Making Headway Foundation (


Barbara Roberts

RobertsBarbara Roberts, formerly of Princeton, late of Islesboro, Maine, died peacefully in Camden, Maine, with her family by her side, on Sunday, December 11.

Born on March 16, 1923, and delivered at home in Lawrence, Mass., by her father, Dr. Alfred E. Chesley and mother Geneva James Chesley, Barbara grew up in Lawrence and North Andover, Mass. Summers were spent at her mother’s family home in Deerfield, N.H.

She attended the University of Arizona and graduated from Simmons College in Boston. For a time, she wrote for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune as a reporter. It was at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College that she met her future husband of over 40 years, Donald A. Roberts, who predeceased her in 1991.

Barbara taught English at the Northfield-Mt. Herman School before receiving a Masters of Arts degree in English from Columbia University. She and her husband then taught at the Hill School in Middleburg, Va., the Grosse Pointe University School in Grosse Point, Mich., and at Princeton Day School in Princeton. She taught in the Lower School at PDS from its inception in 1965 until her retirement in 1984. Barbara was loved and respected by legions of children and colleagues, as was evidenced by her return in 2009, to a PDS reunion, where she was welcomed and feted.

The value of education and the plight of the poor were always foremost in her mind. She fought quietly but forcefully throughout her life for planned parenthood, gun control, the Democratic party, and women’s rights. Always well informed on the issues of the day, she never failed to enjoy engaging in a lively and articulate debate about politics or unfolding events on the world stage. She embraced the internet and was one of the few octogenarians able to navigate the web on her own laptop. She was an avid reader of literature, and a lifetime subscriber to the New York Times (NYT) and the New Yorker. She completed the NYT Sunday puzzle in ink well into her eighties, and was delighted when a newspaper now and then chose to publish one of her many letters to the editor. Barbara will be remembered for her sharp intellect, quick humor, gentle laugh, and quiet graciousness — all hallmarks of another, more genteel age.

She is survived by her brother, Norman Chesley of Pacific Grove, Calif.; her children, Nancy L. Roberts of Vancouver, British Columbia, Peter C. Roberts of New York City, Diana S. Roberts of Islesboro, Maine; sons-in-law, Vinit Khosla and Stanley Pendleton; grandchildren, Arjun and Gita Khosla, Orion and Benjamin Smith, Robin and Gabriel Pendleton; and three great grandchildren, Sebastian and Scarlett Pendleton Chamier, and Katherine Khosla.

According to her wishes, there will be no formal service, but donations may be made in her name to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence at; or to planned parenthood at


 George H. Gallup Jr.

A memorial service for George H. Gallup Jr. will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, January 14 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at Bedens Brook Country Club.


 Ellwood Kauffman

Ellwood “Woody” Kauffman, 83, died December 23 at home in Princeton. He was a computer pioneer whose keen intellect was matched only by his keen wit.

After serving as a technical sergeant in Japan at the end of World War II, he attended Temple University on the GI bill, graduating in 1952 with a degree in mathematics and a fascination with a new breed of room-filling “automatic computers.” He joined Remington Rand’s fledging Univac division, which built the nation’s first commercial mainframe computer, and became one of the earliest operators of that iconic machine.

Later, he turned his sights to computer software, founding and serving as president and CEO of Applied Data Research in Princeton, the world’s first independent software company, which in 1968 was awarded the first patent for a computer program. He remained active in computing for more than 40 years and founded several other computer software and consulting companies in Princeton, including Mainstream and K-Squared Systems. In 1981, he was recognized by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies as a “Univac Pioneer,” one of a group of “indomitable innovators whose foresight … helped usher in the Information Society of today.”

At college, he met his wife, Shirley, and they were married nearly 58 years until her death in July 2008. They traveled the globe together, played a mean game of bridge, and shared the curious distinction of having been named to President Nixon’s infamous “enemies list” for their work with the presidential campaign of George McGovern. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing poker. His greatest pleasure, however, came from time spent with his family, whose images graced nearly every surface in his home. His heroes were his children, his grandchildren, and Albert Einstein.

He taught his children, and those whose lives he touched, the importance of hard work, compassion, and the serious business of humor. He also held the incongruous belief that obituaries should be published while their subjects are alive, so they can appreciate the breadth of their accomplishments and impact.

Predeceased by his wife, Shirley; his sister, Shirley Dashoff; and his son-in-law, James Barthman; he is survived by his sons, Scott, Matthew, and Geoffrey Kauffman; his daughter, Jane Kauffman Barthman; five grandchildren; and his “angel,” Marcia Nelson-Brown, his devoted caregiver.

A celebration of his life will be held on January 14 at 2 p.m. in the Wilson Room at Princeton Windrows, 2000 Windrow Drive, off College Road West by Forrestal Village.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation, Tower Two, Fifth Floor, 120 Albany Street, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901; or online at

Lastly, as a particularly fitting tribute, he would be thrilled if you remembered to tell your children and your parents that you love them.


January 4, 2012

Joan Richards-Barber 

Joan Richards-Barber, of Princeton, died December 26 at home.

Born in Princeton on April 9, 1959, she attended Princeton Public Schools. From age seven until 16, she was a swimmer and a competitive diver, competing in AAU diving for a number of years. After finishing school, she worked for two years at Carrier Clinic, Skillman.

She moved to Florida in 1980, where she became well known for her fishing. She appeared several times on television, and held multiple records for catching the most fish in one day. She was a member of Sandsculptures International, and helped build a castle on Treasure Island that earned a place in the 1986 Guinness Book of World Records, as well as winning 1st prize for an individual sand castle the same year.

Returning to Princeton in 1988, when her father became critically ill, she drove to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital every day to be with him. After he passed away, she decided to become a dialysis technician in the Helene Fuld Dialysis Unit. She was kind and compassionate, and was well known by the patients to be one of the most dedicated technicians in the unit.

These qualities also made her marvelous with both animals and children, who adored her immediately. She had a gift with birds in particular, and owned multiple large, talking parrots throughout her lifetime. She was also skilled at administering first aid to animals; many times she cleaned wounds, set bones, and saved lives.

Soon after having her daughter, she sustained a back injury that, after two major surgeries, left her physically disabled and in constant, debilitating pain. As her suffering worsened, she became unable to do the things she loved, and eventually, it became difficult for her to even leave the house.

She could relate to others in a way that was contagious. She was funny, but honest, and always spoke her mind. She lived her life exactly as she wanted to, and never asked permission or made compromises when it came to things she cared about. She taught everyone around her to do the same, and in that way, she lives on.

Predeceased by her father, Raymond Richards; and her brother, Mark Richards; she is survived by her daughter, Lindsay Barber; her mother, Doris Richards, and her brother, Ray Richards.

A memorial celebration was held on January 2 at the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help pay her daughter’s college tuition.

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Charles L. Jaffin

Charles L. Jaffin, 83, of Princeton, died December 22 at the University Medical Center at Princeton. He had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in June.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on February 27, 1928, he attended the Bronx High School of Science and then Princeton University. He graduated with high honors from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs in 1948 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He remained a loyal son of Princeton and of the class of 1948 for his entire life, serving a stint as class president.

He attended Columbia Law School and was editor of the Law Review. On a blind date to a tea dance in 1951, he met Rosanna Webster. They were married in 1952 and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this June. Her job as secretary to the scientist Robert Oppenheimer at the Institute for Advanced Study led the couple to settle in Princeton.

Upon graduation, he joined the firm of Carter, Ledyard & Millburn, eventually leaving to become a partner with Lewis & MacDonald. There, he helped orchestrate its merger with Battle Fowler to form one of the leading law firms in the country. He went on to head Battle Fowler’s Corporate and Securities Department. His many prominent clients included Cornelius Vanderbilt III, the paleoanthropologist Richard Leaky, and the baseball player, Jackie Robinson. He would often tell of the time he took Jackie Robinson to a Princeton University football game. “The Princeton side was sold out so they had to sit on the Dartmouth side of the field”, recalled his daughter. “My father was not happy about that.” But, she remembers that crowds of children followed them everywhere, so great was the baseball legend’s appeal.

His natural gregariousness served him well in his law career. He made friends and clients in the most unlikely places. One story he loved to tell was the time he was seated next to a Pakistani ambassador’s wife on a flight from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland. In short order, he became the couple’s lawyer and good friend.

He served on many boards during his lifetime, including Sterling Extruder (now Merritt Extruder), Holland America Lines, and Sunshine Biscuit. He was also active in civic life in Princeton. He was on the Princeton Township school board for three years, was a member of the Shade Tree Commission, the Civil Rights Commission, and in his later years was a devoted member of The Old Guard. At the time of his death, he was Chairman Emeritus of the board of Kepner-Tregoe, and co-chairman (along with his wife) of the Planned Giving Committee of The Institute for Advanced Study.

In addition to his wife, Rosanna, he is survived by his five children, David W. Jaffin, Jonathan H. Jaffin, Rhoda Murphy, Lora Peters, and Katherine Gibson; 11 grandchildren; and his brother, Richard Jaffin.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, January 13 at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either The Institute for Advanced Study or the University Medical Center at Princeton.


Ellwood Kauffman

Ellwood “Woody” Kauffman, 83, died December 23 at home in Princeton. He was a computer pioneer whose keen intellect was matched only by his keen wit.

After serving as a technical sergeant in Japan at the end of World War II, he attended Temple University on the GI bill, graduating in 1952 with a degree in mathematics and a fascination with a new breed of room-filling “automatic computers.” He joined Remington Rand’s fledgling Univac division, which built the nation’s first commercial mainframe computer, and became one of the earliest operators of that iconic machine.

Later, he turned his sights to computer software, founding and serving as president and CEO of Applied Data Research in Princeton, the world’s first independent software company, which in 1968 was awarded the first patent for a computer program. He remained active in computing for more than 40 years and founded several other computer software and consulting companies in Princeton, including Mainstem and K-Squared Systems. In 1981, he was recognized by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies as a “Univac Pioneer,” one of a group of “indomitable innovators whose foresight … helped usher in the Information Society of today.”

At college, he met his wife, Shirley, and they were married nearly 58 years until her death in July 2008. They traveled the globe together, played a mean game of bridge, and shared the curious distinction of having been named to President Nixon’s infamous “enemies list” for their work with the presidential campaign of George McGovern. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing poker. His greatest pleasure, however, came from time spent with his family, whose images graced nearly every surface in his home. His heroes were his children, his grandchildren, and Albert Einstein.

He taught his children, and those whose lives he touched, the importance of hard work, compassion, and the serious business of humor. He also held the incongruous belief that obituaries should be published while their subjects are alive, so they can appreciate the breadth of their accomplishments and impact.

Predeceased by his wife, Shirley, and his sister, Shirley Dashoff; he is survived by his sons, Scott and Geoffrey Kauffman; his daughter, Jane Kauffman Barthman; five grandchildren; and his “angel,” Marcia Nelson-Brown, his devoted caregiver.

A celebration of his life will be held on January 14 at 2 p.m. in the Wilson Room at Princeton Windrows, 2000 Windrow Drive, off College Road West by Forrestal Village.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation, Tower Two, Fifth Floor, 120 Albany Street, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901; or online at

Lastly, as a particularly fitting tribute, he would be thrilled if you remembered to tell your children and your parents that you love them.

Frances K. Wojciechowski

Frances Klimkiewicz Wojciechowski, 91, of South Amboy, died December 24 at Victoria Health Care Center in Matawan.

Born in South Amboy, she resided there her entire life. She was a co-owner with her husband Joseph of Raritan Printing Company in South Amboy. Prior to her retirement, she was a valued employee of Hanover Insurance Company in Piscataway. A magna cum laude graduate of St. Mary’s High School in South Amboy, she later earned a degree from the Newark School of Business. As a young woman, she was a member of the Sacred Heart Sodality and had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. One of her most cherished moments was when she was selected to be the May Crowner of Our Lady. She was also an officer of the Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society, as well as a past president of Sacred Heart PTA. She was also a member of Sacred Heart and South Amboy Senior Citizens.

She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was generous and caring and she loved to knit and crochet. She was a talented seamstress and was always happy to teach and share her craft with others. She enjoyed playing Bingo and was an avid Scrabble and word puzzle enthusiast. She delighted many with her Polish cooking and her recipes will be forever cherished by her family and friends.

Predeceased by her husband, Joseph R. Wojciechowski in 2006; her daughters, Maryann Wojciechowski and Barbara Meyers; her brothers, Rev. Francis, John, Aloysius and Joseph Klimkiewicz; she is survived by her daughter, Joanne Corridon; her son, Frank Wojciechowski; five grandchildren; and her sisters, Estelle Klimek, Alice Zdzienicki, and Ann Kilcomins.

Funeral services were held at the Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, 15 Cherry Hill Lane, Parlin, followed by a Mass at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in South Amboy. A private cremation followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart School Endowment Fund, Cedar Street, South Amboy, N.J. 08879.

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December 28, 2011

Cornelia N. Borgerhoff

Cornelia Newlin Borgerhoff died at her home in Princeton the evening of December 19, at the age of 91. Born in Philadelphia on April 6, 1920, the fourth child of Dr. Arthur Newlin, chief of staff at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Jane Cuyler Sims, she was raised in Philadelphia at 18th & Pine Streets and spent the summers at the family homestead, Shipley Farm, in Secane, Pennsylvania. It was there that she developed and nurtured her passion for horses, and she became an excellent equestrian. She attended Le Cours Français, then Shipley School, and graduated from Vassar College, Class of 1943.

As a college student, known to her family and friends as Nini, she became committed to social justice issues, in particular concerns about racial inequality. Immediately after graduation, she enlisted in the Navy as a member of the WAVES, and was selected to work on a project that was confidential — the Ultra Project — whose purpose was to decode and translate communications among the German military. Chosen because of her gift for languages, she did not share knowledge or information about the project until years later, after a British writer chose to write publicly about it, and she was released from secrecy by her commanding officer. The Ultra Project contributed in a major way to the Allies’ ability to misinform the Germans about their plans to invade Normandy, rather than a site further north as “suggested” to the Germans, and ultimately allowed the Allies to push the enemy troops out of France. Later, to her surprise, the fact emerged that her sister Janet’s husband, Adolph Rosengarten, had been the American Army’s liaison officer with the British, who worked on decoding and translating secretly at Bletchley Park, outside London.

After the war, she married a fellow naval officer, Elbert Benton Op’tEynde Borgerhoff, whom she had met in Washington and who had served in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. He was also a professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. The Borgerhoffs moved back to Princeton, where their three daughters were born.

In 1949, using her skills in French, she became the personal secretary to Jacques Maritain, a prominent French Catholic philosopher who spent several years in Princeton. This association became a deep and lasting friendship, and she continued to serve as Maritain’s assistant after his return to France until his death in 1973.

Mrs. Borgerhoff was for many years the administrative assistant to the Creative Arts Program and the Gauss Seminars in Criticism, which were, on occasion, directed by her husband. The Gauss Seminars brought prominent intellectuals to Princeton for lectures and discussions. She hosted parties for these guests and other friends, and became a highly regarded chef in the Princeton community. The couple’s jobs also allowed them to travel, primarily to France, and to introduce their daughters to other cultures and languages.

Raised an Episcopalian and imbued with her father’s Quaker values, she was committed to civil rights, contributing to the work of the NAACP and CORE and participating in the March on Washington in August, 1963, when Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I have a dream” speech.

After her husband’s death in 1968, she became an assistant dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University. During this time, in addition to her full-time job at the University, she served on the Board of Trustees of Miss Fine’s School and was involved in the joining of Miss Fine’s with the Princeton Country Day School to create the Princeton Day School. She later served on the Board of SAVE, an animal rescue organization in Princeton. After eleven years as assistant dean, she retired and devoted her time to family, friends, her horses Charlie and Bran, and her dogs and cats. She was an avid reader and lover of poetry, which she recited from memory, and in several languages, until the end of her life.

Compassionate and fiercely loyal, she will be remembered for her hospitality, her intelligence, her sense of humor, and her generosity of spirit.

She is survived by her daughters Jane Cuyler Borgerhoff, Elisabeth Borgerhoff-Pomerleau, and Ledlie Newlin Borgerhoff, her son-in-law Dwayne Richard Pomerleau, and her grandchildren, Raven, Arthur, and Cornelia.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Gertrude K. Batutis

Gertrude K Batutis died on December 22 in Skillman, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Primrose, Pa. on February 4, 1925, the fourth child of Nelson Kessler and Jennie Lynch Kessler, she graduated from Cass Township High School in 1942, attended the Ford School of Business and graduated with honors. She married her high school sweetheart, Edward F. Batutis, after helping to support him during his service in World War II and through college. She was an active garden club participant, bridge player, and ballroom dancer. She volunteered at Phoenixville Hospital for over 10 years, and was on the board of trustees for Visiting Home Nurses of her local nurse’s association. She lived at Stonebridge in Montgomery.

She is survived by her husband Edward, her four children: Claire Robinson of New York City, Edward J. Batutis of Newton, Mass, Cathryn Heath of Belle Mead, and Joseph E. Batutis of New York City. She had nine grandchildren: Simon, Adam Roscoe, Brendan, Austin, Claire, Gail, Ellen, Samantha, and Sara Rose.

A funeral mass was held at St. Charles Borromeo RC Church in Skillman, on Tuesday, December 27. Burial will take place Wednesday, December 28, at St. Ann’s Church Cemetery in Phoenixville, Pa.

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Evelyn Landau

Evelyn Landau, 94, died Wednesday, December 21.

Born in Trenton, she resided there and Ewing Township before moving to Monroe Township. She and her late husband founded Landau’s of Princeton. Daughter of the late Meyer and Rose Caplan, wife of the late David Landau, she is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Mimi Landau, Leonard and Susan Landau, Robert and Barbara Landau, Henry and Jane Landau, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and her dear caretaker/companion Sally Kallon.

Funeral services and burial were held Friday December 23 at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park. The family respectfully requests memorial contributions be offered to a charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel,1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

December 20, 2011

Richard L Gilbert JrRichard L. Gilbert Jr.

Richard L. Gilbert Jr., of Princeton, died December 6.

Born in Schenectady, N.Y., he was a 1938 graduate of Cornell University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

He worked in research and development for American Cyanamid from 1938 to 1982, with the exception of about 1 year with the Lion Oil Company of El Dorado, Ark. He was transferred from Stamford, Conn. to Princeton in 1962. In both locations he headed groups working on product and process development.

He was elected a member of the Greenwich, Conn. representative town meeting in 1941, and was a founding member, and later president, of the Greenwich Association for Retarded Citizens in 1950.

In Princeton, he worked for many years on the budget committee of the Princeton United Way, chairing the committee from 1974 to 1977. He was awarded the Lambert Award in 1977, and was president of the board of directors of the Princeton United Way in 1979. He served on the board of directors and as treasurer of the Family Services of Princeton, and on the board of directors of the Princeton Senior Resource Center. He was a deacon at the Nassau Presbyterian Church. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for five years.

In retirement, he operated a small business called Bird in Hand, for which he carved and painted birds to be sold at craft and wildlife art shows. He enjoyed cooking and eating good food, sailing his boat in Barnegat Bay and Long Island Sound, and walking the woods with his dog. He loved listening to Beethoven’s music most of all.

Predeceased by two wives, Alice Elliot Belding and Elizabeth Mather Bartlett; he is survived by three sons, Richard Belding Gilbert, Bryan Vandermore Gilbert, and John Elliot Gilbert; a daughter, Ruth Gilbert Wall; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, on January 2 at 1:30 p.m. Interment of ashes will be held at 1 p.m. at Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Association for Retarded Citizens, Greenwich, Conn.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Kimball Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton.

Rose P. H. Wetzel

Rose Panek Hamrysky Wetzel, of Princeton, died December 14 at home.

She was a volunteer for 22 years with the Red Cross, Princeton University, and the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Bell and Dolores Doney; her son, Richard Hamrysky; eight grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services took place December 20 at the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial took place on December 20 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Princeton. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Healthcare Ministry of Princeton, P.O. Box 1517, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

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Richard W. B. Jesser

Richard W. B. Jesser died December 17 at the University Medical Center of Princeton after a brief but devastating illness.

Born in 1927 in New York City, he was the third son of Arthur Edward Jesser and Vera Benn Jesser. He grew up in Hackensack. During World War II he enlisted in the Navy pilot training program and was sent to Union College in Schnectady, N.Y., receiving a degree in civil engineering followed by a master’s degree at Harvard University.

In 1959, he married Sallie Willis of Princeton, and soon after traveled to Jordan and from there to Bolivia. Ten years later, he returned to Princeton with his wife and three children and continued his engineering career on numerous projects in the United States as well as abroad. He was well known to local officials as he worked to make his town safe and efficient.

He was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church; the Community Church of Westmore, Va., where he was married; The Old Guard of Princeton; the Princeton Middle East Society; and The Contract Bridge League. An avid skier, he met his wife in the Montclair Ski Club, and he had the opportunity to ski in the United States and many other countries of the world. A skilled sailor, he cruised with his family and on many charters with the Princeton Ski and Sail club. His tennis skills peaked in 1961 when he and his Canadian partner won the men’s doubles championship of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The time he spent working in Africa, Europe, North/South/Central America gave him a truly global point of view and sensitivity to the needs and problems people experience everywhere. He was a devoted father, designing and building a home for his children in Princeton, and following their careers and those of his grandchildren with interest.

He is survived by his children, Richard Jr., Vera Lawson, Army Chaplain Kenneth Lawson, Nancy Jesser, and seven grandchildren.

Contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on December 22 in the Niles Chapel at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton.

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

J. Alfred Seitz

J. Alfred Seitz, 94, of Skillman, died December 7 at Stonebridge Assisted Living.

He was born in 1917 in the family home in North Hackensack. After marrying Gloria Valdisseri, he designed and built their home at 335 Jefferson Road, Princeton, with the help of her father, a carpenter. There, they raised their three children. He lived in that house until he moved to Stonebridge in December 2010.

He started his career with a bachelor of arts degree in education from Trenton State College. He was a member of the Air Force, acting as a teacher for pilots in weights and balances. For over three decades, he worked in the Princeton Regional Schools system. His first job was as a teacher of woodworking and furniture-making. He was an accomplished furniture maker and designer/craftsperson in jewelry with an appreciation for designs that are now considered of the “Modern” era. He loved Danish design.

Later in his career, he was promoted to assistant principal of the high school, and also served as acting principal there. He finished his distinguished career at the middle school as assistant principal. His family fondly remembers his many years in the school system and his gifted storytelling over dinner of mentoring those students whose extracurricular activities on campus attracted his necessary attention. His work in education was wonderfully fulfilling and enjoyable to him. He loved to travel and journeyed around many parts of Europe, a love that started with his organization of many overseas Princeton high school choir trips in his early career. He enjoyed fine food and dining, and was known for his great hospitality, fun parties, enjoyment of people, and a great group of friends who over the years his children came to know well.

He is survived by his three children, Jay Seitz, Donald Seitz, and Patricia Seitz; four grandchildren; and four siblings, Barbara Redden, Marie Hochheim, Joe Seitz, and Rita Cappi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on December 27 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton Education Foundation, PO Box 176, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

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

December 14, 2011
John C. Alexander

John C. Alexander

John C. Alexander

Dr. John Charles Alexander, 67, died December 10th at home in Princeton.

Born on December 28, 1943 in Perth Amboy to the late Charles Alexander and Agnes Alexander, he was raised in Fords and graduated Woodbridge High School in 1961.

He earned his Bachelor of Science from St. Francis University and his Doctor of Medicine from St. Louis University. He went on to complete his internship at Washington University — Barnes Hospital. Upon earning a Master in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, he completed his residency in preventative medicine and public health at the Medical College of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Based in Philadelphia, he also served as a physician in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

He began his career in pharmaceutical research with the Squibb Corporation in 1976. After progressing through various positions within clinical research, he was named Senior Vice President, Division of Medical Affairs, responsible for worldwide Phase I-III development in 1986. From 1991 to 1999, he was Executive Vice President, Medical Research at G.D. Searle and Co., where he was responsible for worldwide clinical development. He joined Sankyo Pharma Inc. in 1999 as President of Development, with responsibility for product development in the United States and Europe. In 2004, he became the Global Head of Research and Development and, in 2006, successfully directed the merger resulting in Daiichi Sankyo Inc. Upon his retirement in 2009, he formed a consulting company, Alexander Global Consulting, while maintaining his role of Chairman of the Board and consultant for Daiichi Sankyo, U.S. headquarters of Tokyo-based Daiichi Sankyo, Company, Ltd.

Throughout his career, he played a central role in the development of several key products, including the first ACE inhibitor, Capoten; one of the first statins, Pravachol; the first non-ionic contrast agent, Isovue; as well as the first selective COX-2 inhibitor, Celebrex. Additionally, he was responsible for the development of Benicar and gaining FDA and EU approval for Prasugrel for acute coronary syndrome (with Eli Lilly). He was a former president and board member of the Drug Information Association, from which he received an award for lifetime achievement in 2010.

Impressive as his professional life was, his greatest love was his family. He met his wife, Margie, at a chart rack at St. Louis University Hospital, where he was a medical student and she was an In-service Education Instructor. They were immediately smitten. They married in 1969 and had three daughters they adored.

He was a wine enthusiast who enjoyed sharing his collection with family and friends. He vacationed at beaches around the world but remained especially fond of the Jersey shore and Cape May in particular. From his many years working with Japanese colleagues and traveling to Japan for business, he was also a passionate Japanophile. His love of all things Japanese extended to karaoke, and he was known for his spirited rendition of Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his family, hosting many memorable trips and celebrations over the years, including his 60th birthday party in Harbour Island, Bahamas.

He will be remembered for his boundless generosity, infectious laugh, extraordinary leadership, inspired mentoring, and unbridled love for his friends and family. He was and is irreplaceable.

He is survived by his wife, Margie Alexander; his daughters, Laurie Alexander, Jennifer Alexander-Hill, and Anna Allegro; and four grandchildren.

A visitation was held on December 12 at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

A memorial service will be held on December 17 at 1 p.m. at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to: The Science Center at St. Francis University, Loretto, Pa.,, or the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation

Frances Allison

Frances Allison, 87, of Princeton, died November 27 at the Merwick Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro.

She was born and lived all of her years in Princeton. She received her public school education and worked for several years before enrolling as a student at Rider University in Lawrenceville. There, she received her BS and MA degrees in Business Education.

She was employed by Educational Testing Services as an editorial assistant, an administrator at Princeton University in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Research, and as one of the founders of Techno-Systems Analysis Corporation where she also served as secretary of the board.

In 2005, she retired from all employment activities and turned to volunteer services as a receptionist at Princeton Medical Center, a member of the Princeton High School Regional Scholarship Foundation, a secretary for the Princeton Junior Conference Committee, and an active solicitor for funds for various charitable organizations.

She was an active member of the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, where she was an ordained elder. She served as Clerk of Session, as superintendent of the Sunday school, and as a member of several standing committees.

Daughter of the late Leon and Ethelyn Allison, and sister of the late Mary Ward, Harriet Allison, and Leon O. Allison; she is survived by her sisters, Ethelyn Allison and Marguerite Taylor; and her brother, Marvin J. Allison.

Graveside services were held on December 10 at Princeton Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Princeton High School Foundation 101; Leon and Ethelyn Allison Scholarship, 151 Moore Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Mary S. Ramsey

Mary S. Ramsey

Mary S. Ramsey

Mary Steele Ramsey, 62, died December 2 at her home in New Hope, Pa., following a 26-month struggle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Born on December 28, 1948 in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of Norman Park Ramsey and Margaret Quarngesser Ramsey. She arrived just two minutes after her identical twin sister, Peggy (Margaret Stuart). It was the beginning of a life filled with extremely close family ties, much laughter, and the primacy of sisters.

She attended Friends School in Baltimore from kindergarten through 12th grade, where she and Peggy — and younger sisters Christine and Ann — distinguished themselves through their musical and dramatic talents. She continued her studies at Villanova University, where she received a BA in 1971 and a master’s degree in Teacher Education in 1974, with a concentration in English and American Literature.

Her 35-year career in education began at Lansdowne Friends School in Pennsylvania where she taught music and drama and worked in the library. She later took a job at Independent Educational Services (IES) in Princeton, a placement firm for private-school teachers and administrators (now defunct). It was there that she met fellow recruiter and soul mate, David Gilvarg, whom she married in 1981.

After IES, she served as the Director of Admissions at St. Agnes School, a private Episcopal academy with an all-girls secondary school program (now completely coed as the St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School) in Alexandria, Va. In 1984, she returned to Princeton to take this same position at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, which would turn out to be her professional home for the next 26 years.

After five years as Admissions Director at Stuart Country Day, she returned to the classroom to teach kindergarten. She was a very personal and loving teacher.

A resident of New Hope, Pa. for nearly 30 years, she took great pleasure in her home and the gardens and wildlife that surrounded it. Family and friends have fond memories of the many gatherings and reunions at “Mary and David’s,” both before and after the onset of her illness.

Known as a tireless fighter despite her diminutive frame, she responded to the challenges of ALS with heroism and grace, refusing to be defined by the disease. Throughout its course, a devoted “community” did their best by her, honoring the gift that she was to the end. She was known for her amazing energy, her humor, and an intense focus on the things that mattered to her: family, students, home, literature, music, and theater. There was no funnier, more passionate woman anywhere.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, David Gilbarg; and her sisters, Peggy Ramsey, Chris Ramsey, and Ann Ramsey.

A memorial service will be held on January 15 at 2 p.m. at the Stuart Country Day School, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mary Ramsey Student Life Fund at the school:; or Office of Development, (609) 921-2330.

Elizabeth S. Piper

Elizabeth Stratton Piper, 89, formerly of Princeton, died December 4 in her home at The Carillon of Indian Trail, Monroe, N.C.

Born in Morrisville, Pa., she attended Mary Washington College in Virginia. She enjoyed her work as a private secretary to the Chairman of the Board of John A. Roebling, Inc. She worked as a nursery school teacher and a secretary at Princeton University while she was a widow with three children.

Her husband, Manfred K. Piper passed away in October, 2010 after 40 years of marriage. Her first husband, Henry M. Stratton II, whom she married in 1952, died suddenly of a heart attack on November 28, 1963, after 11 years of marriage. Together they had three children, Henry M. Stratton III, Joanne S. Tate, and Sandra Stratton. When she married Manfred, they raised her three children and his four children in Princeton: Sara Ann Kopacz, Bruce G. Piper, Pamela Smith (deceased 2004), and Karen Piper.

Most of all, she enjoyed married life, college basketball (Princeton and UNC) and travel. She was a devoted wife and mother.

Predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Irene Margerum; her brother, Dr. Raymond E. Margerum; and her daughter, Pamela Smith; she is survived by her six children; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, December 9 at University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, N.C. Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of the Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28204.

Mary Alice Thompson

Mary Alice Thompson

Mary Alice Thompson

Mary Alice Thompson, 89, of Lancaster, Pa., died November 28 at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born March 11, 1922 in Charleston, W.Va., she was raised in Newport, Ky., Columbus, Ind., and Louisville, Ky. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Michael and Ida McDermott.

She was the wife of Roger D. Thompson, who worked at RCA. She and Roger lived in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Pompton Plains, N.J., and on Random Road in Princeton from 1954 to 1963. They then moved to Lancaster, Pa.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. A longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, she enjoyed overseeing the renovation of the kitchen and serving meals to the congregation. She also assisted in the organizing and researching of the historical records in preparation for the 250th anniversary of the church. She organized the creation of the anniversary quilt, which was signed by the entire congregation, and was involved with the creation of the church’s Memorial Garden, and she was involved with the church’s participation in Town Fair.

She was a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, and a past member of the Lancaster County Garden Club and Towne Club of Lancaster.

She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Her husband had been a private pilot and they were able to fly to nearly every state, the Bahamas, Prince Edward Island in Canada, and along the entire Atlantic coastline from Maine to Florida. She also enjoyed round and other types of traditional dancing with her husband. At home she enjoyed needlework and was an expert in her needlepoint.

Predeceased by her sister, Joan Adams, she is survived by her husband, Roger; her daughter, Ann T. Caton; her son, Bruce D. Thompson; a nephew whom they raised as a son, Ted Adams; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Mary Alice Thompson Memorial Fund, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, Pa. 17602.

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William J. Stryker

William J. Stryker

William J. Stryker

William Joseph Stryker, 70, of Malvern, Pa., died December 6.

Born on September 15, 1941 in Princeton, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Ann Finnegan Stryker. He was a graduate of St. Paul’s Grade School and Princeton High School. He graduated from Rider University, after attending Pennsylvania State University for one year.

He worked as an Information Technology expert for Rohm and Haas Company, and previously had his own software company in Casper, Wyo. He was also in the Marine Corps Reserves.

He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Church Community, member of the Knights of Columbus, and a Pro-Life advocate. His hobbies included golf, basketball, softball, running, and painting with watercolors.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Aurich Stryker; his children, Stephen C. Stryker and Michael S. Stryker; his brothers, Charles A. Stryker and Michael Stryker; his sisters, Suzanne Meagher and Catherine Brennan; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on December 10 at St. Patrick’s Church, Malvern, Pa. Interment took place in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Amigos de Jesus, 126 Woodland Avenue, Malvern, Pa. 19355; Autism Speaks, 5455 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2250, Los Angeles, Calif. 90036; or Wyoming Catholic College, P.O. Box 750, Lander, Wyo. 82520.

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Dean W. Chace

A memorial service for Dean William Chace, 84, of Princeton, will take place on Wednesday, December 21 at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton.

Mauveleene Wells

Mauveleene “Bina” Wells, 88, died December 8 at Hoosier Village, Ind.

Born on August 17, 1923 in Savannah, Tenn. to Edith and Cecil Andrews, she graduated from Pembroke High School in Kentucky, where she was the valedictorian of the class of 1941. She graduated from the Nashville Business College in 1943 and spent the war years working at the Wertham Bag Company, Nashville. It was there that she met Mac Wells, who was training as an Army Air Corp cadet nearby. They were married in Winchester, Tenn. on February 17, 1945 by her uncle, Rev. Ky Curry.

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis since 1975, where her husband had been an associate pastor until his retirement. She was a member of Chapter FC of P.E.O. She was also a member of the Carolyn Rehm Guild, and the Sages senior fellowship at Second Presbyterian Church.

Predeceased by her husband, Mac, on November 21, 1996; she is survived by her sons, Robert Wells, of Princeton, and Bruce Wells; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on December 17 at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Ind. 46260. Visitation with the family will follow the service in the parlor of the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Second Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel.