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.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. Extend condolences at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


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.

For online condolences, please visit us at www.nickersonfunerals.com.


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: www.sharksavers.org; 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 (www.makingheadway.org).


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 bradycampaign.org; or to planned parenthood at plannedparenthood.org.


 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 www.cinjfoundation.org.

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 www.cinjfoundation.org.

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.

Messages of condolences may be left for the family at www.spezzifuneralhome.com.


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.

Donations are encouraged to the Mary Jacobs Library at http://savemaryjacobsli
brary.com. Extend condolences at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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., http://francis.edu/CapitalCampaign.aspx, or the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation www.cinjfoundation.org.

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: www.stuartschool.org; 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.