November 21, 2012

Charles Roome Parmele III

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

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

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

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

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

Services were held privately.

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


Gordon R. Harrison

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

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

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

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

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


November 14, 2012

Hjordis M. Olsen Mortensen

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

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

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

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

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

Burial will be in Griggstown Cemetery.

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


Kurt James Rhoda

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

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

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


November 7, 2012

William Sword, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blair Christine Hopkins Dejoux

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

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

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

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

Emilio Arcamone

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

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

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

October 17, 2012

Ian Gallagher Zelazny

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

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

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

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

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

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


Barbara J. Suess

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Evelyn Wicoff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Joseph Litz

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


Karen Panicaro

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

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

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


Gertrude Dubrovsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Patricia Phipps Jones

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

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

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


Mary Ellen Burroughs Snedeker

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

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

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


October 10, 2012

Albert I. Aronson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Helen P. Marke

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

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

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

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


Irene Stokes

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

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

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

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

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

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


I’d pull your weeds

and edge your yard and

fix your television.

You’d pay me more than I deserved

and feed me

and give me vegetables from your garden.

You sure could keep one company

With the things that you would say

But then you moved

and got sick

and I heard you passed away.

You died loved, Irene.

I won’t forget you.

B. Weinstein


George Robert Wills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


James H. Bish

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

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

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

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

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

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


Hans-Dietrich Weigmann

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

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

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

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


October 3, 2012

Winslow Lewis, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 26, 2012

Howard “Pat” Curtiss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His gentle, friendly spirit will be greatly missed.

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

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

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


Rudolf F. Lehnert

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

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

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

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

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

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


Marion F. Clohossey

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

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

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

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

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

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


John C. Yeoman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jacob Goldsmith

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


John F. Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 19, 2012

Richard J. Goeke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


John D. Emerick

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

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

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

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


September 12, 2012

Rose DiFalco

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

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

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

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


George O. Isaacson

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

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

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

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


Owen E. Desmond

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anne Hulme Vierno

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 p.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton.

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


September 5, 2012

Nathan G. Hand

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

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

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

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

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

Burial will be held in the Brotherhood Cemetery in Monticello.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Jewish World Service,; or Ultimate Peace,


Martha L. Kennedy

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

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

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


Elizabeth G. Bennett

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

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

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

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

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


Doris M. Galick

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

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

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

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

Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery, Hopewell.

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

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


August 29, 2012

Lillie Lundberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls Minn. Online condolences at

August 22, 2012

Nancy S. Simmons

Nancy S. Simmons died peacefully at home August 11, 2012.

Born June 8, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio, to Polly Bonney and Werner Brahms Thiele, she was officially adopted by her step-father, Cove Sullivan, and used his surname as her maiden name for the remainder of her life.

The family moved to Short Hills, New Jersey where Nan attended private schools. While working for Decca Records in New York, she met her future husband, Warren H. Simmons, Jr. and after a short time in Manhattan they moved to Plainfield and then to Princeton. With their son, Warren H. Simmons, III, known as Sam, they enjoyed vacation homes in Chatham, Mass. and Naples, Fla. Nan suffered seizures for most of her life and handled them with a dignity that made it possible for her to live a full one with her loving husband, “Sim”.

She was passionate about assisting others in achieving their goals and supported animal rescue groups as well as area music schools.

Predeceased by her husband and her son, she is survived by her devoted daughter-in-law, Deborah Fraser Simmons; her grandchildren, Katherine Simmons of Philadelphia and Jonathan Simmons; her brother-in-law, Douglas J. Simmons of Arizona; and dear friends Petie and Stuart Duncan.

Burial was private.

Contributions in her memory may be made to The Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Landover, Md. 20785; or to SAVE, a Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Street, Princeton.


August 15, 2012

Everett Garretson

Everett Garretson, a Princeton resident for sixty years, died peacefully at his home on August 3.

Born in Philadelphia on March 30, 1924 to LeRoy Garretson and Jessie May Fox Garretson, he graduated from Jenkintown High School in 1942, received a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1948, and an MSEE from Princeton University in 1951.

While at RPI during World War II he enlisted in the Army. After training in electronics at the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at Wayne University and in the Signal Corp at Ft. Monmouth, N.J., he served at the Army Experimental Station in Pine Camp (now camp Drum) near Watertown, N.Y. At the Army Experimental Station he worked on design and implementation of specialized electronics intended for counter-intelligence in the European theater. At the end of World War II he transferred to Washington, where in addition to military duties he attended night school to prepare for re-entry into college. After graduating from RPI in 1948 he worked in research and development at Philco Corporation, then a RCA licensee and the country’s largest manufacturer of radios and televisions.

In 1949 he enrolled in the graduate engineering program at Princeton University. At Princeton he soon met and married Barbara Clayton Grahn, his loving wife of sixty years. Barbara is the daughter of Belle Clayton Grahn and granddaughter of Henry P. Clayton, the original proprietor of H.P. Clayton department store in Princeton.

In 1951 he founded Garretson Research and Development Corporation, a manufacturer of viscometric medical instrumentation. He subsequently became vice president of engineering and later vice president of operations at General Devices, a local manufacturer of multichannel information sampling devices, including telemetry switches used in the Mercury spacecraft.

In 1964 he changed careers once more to partner with his wife Barbara as co-owners of H.P. Clayton, Inc., a landmark women’s department store on Palmer Square in Princeton. Over the years he modernized and enlarged the store several times to become the largest family-operated retail business in Princeton. Not one to abandon his interest in engineering, in the late 1960’s he taught himself computer programming and accounting skills necessary to automate Clayton’s business and accounting functions on a new generation of an IBM minicomputer designed to scale down the power of mainframe computing for small-and medium-sized businesses. Clayton’s store was sold in 1989. In retirement Mr. Garretson remained an avid reader with a keen interest in technology and business.

Mr. Garretson believed in public service and involvement in the community. He was a member and vice president of The Princeton Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed to The Princeton Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and served as chairman. He was a board member of The Historical Society of Princeton and a president of the Friends of The Princeton Public Library. He was active in The Princeton United Way. He remained active in The Rotary Club since 1964. He was a member of The Nassau Club for fifty years. He became a life member of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni and served as treasurer.

He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Princeton, now known as The Nassau Presbyterian Church. He served on the Board of Deacons and the Session under Reverend Dr. Donald Meisel, Sr. He was co-chair of the Church’s “Every Member Canvas.” He served on the Church’s Cemetery Committee and edited the cemetery brochure guide.

Everett was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Garretson Partridge. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, David Clayton Garretson and John Everett Garretson; David’s wife, Silvia Garretson; John’s wife, LaRae Raine Garretson; and his granddaughter, Lisa Sendrow.

A private interment is planned. Please join family and friends at a memorial service on September 8 at 11 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. A luncheon will follow at The Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton Health Care System Foundation, 3626 U.S. Route 1, Princeton, N.J. 08540-9918; or to the charity of your choice.

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


Rita S. Ehmann

Rita Anne Sweeney -Ehmann, 46, died on August 9, 2012 after a long struggle with melanoma. She died peacefully at home with her family in San Anselmo, Calif.

Born in New York City on September 23, 1965, to William A. Sweeney MD and the late Mary R. Gibbons Sweeney, she attended Princeton Day School, and for her final two years, Princeton High School. She attended Cook College of Rutgers University, graduating with a BS, and after working for Merck Pharmaceuticals, decided on medicine as a career. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson medical school in 1999 with MD and MPH degrees. She received training in emergency medicine at L.A. County Hospital in Los Angeles and was appointed chief resident in her final year of training. She practiced at Marin General Hospital in Marin County, Calif.

Rita enjoyed team sports and played ice hockey and lacrosse in high school, and lacrosse at Rutgers, where she was named All American in her third year. She ran a 10K race in San Francisco, the Bay to Breakers, last year.

Shortly after moving to the San Francisco area, she met her husband, Charley Ehmann, and they were married in 2007. Their family includes a son, Charley John, 3; a daughter, August Jeanne, 4; and Charley’s children, Ruby, 10, and Simon, 15.

Rita was an excellent physician and a woman beloved of all she encountered. Her colleagues, friends, and family were all devoted to her, and especially attentive during her long illness and numerous difficult treatments.

She is survived by her husband and children; her father and his wife, Dorothy H. Shannon; her brothers, John A. Sweeney and his wife Cary R. Speidell; Mark W. Sweeney and his wife, Catherine Wolf Sweeney and their children, Evan, 16 and Heather, 13.

There will be a service in California and a service of celebration of her life in Princeton to be scheduled later in the fall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 629, Bolinas, Calif. 94924; or Yoga for Cancer, P.O. Box 64, Fairfax, Calif. 94978-0064; or Melanoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 759329, Baltimore, Md. 21275-9329.


Vivian F. Carlin

Dr. Vivian F. Carlin, gerontologist and specialist on housing for the elderly, died on Saturday, August 4 at Attleboro Nursing Home in Langhorne, Pa. She was 93 years old.

Dr. Carlin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 16, 1919. She graduated from Hunter College with a major in mathematics in 1939 and then received an MA in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1940. She married Benson Carlin, an ultrasonic engineer, in 1944, who predeceased her in 1996. After her marriage, she worked as a psychologist until the couple moved to Fair Lawn, N.J. in 1953. There she was active in local politics, serving as president of the League of Women Voters from 1957 to 1959 and running unsuccessfully for town council in 1959 and again in 1960. In 1961, she ran successfully for county committeewoman, serving one term. She moved to Princeton in 1965 along with her family.

In 1969, Carlin returned to work as a part-time specialist on housing for the elderly at the New Jersey State Division on Aging, eventually rising to be a supervisor in the Office of Planning and Policy Analysis for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, a position she held until her retirement in 1984. She became an advocate for congregate housing for the elderly, notably helping to develop the Congregate Housing Services Program which began as a demonstration project through act of the legislature in 1981; 25 years later, in 2006, she was recognized in a special proclamation by Governor Jon Corzine for advocating for the successful passage of this law and implementation of the program. In 1977, she returned to school to enter the PhD program in gerontology at Rutgers University, earning her doctorate in 1980 at the age of 61, the oldest member of her class. She was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1981 and participated in the New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Aging in 1990. Carlin was coauthor of three books on housing for the elderly, beginning with If I Should Live to Be 100 (1984), followed by Where Can Mom Live? (1987) and Should Mom Live With Us? (1992), and sole author of Can Mom Live Alone? (1991).

In 1993, Carlin moved into Attleboro Lifecare Village in Langhorne, Pa. That same year, she developed and served as a consultant for the New Jersey Elderly Home Conversion program to grant low-interest loans to seniors to modify their existing homes to meet their needs as they aged in place. She served twice as the president of the Residents’ Council at Attleboro and remained in independent living through 2010.

Carlin is survived by her children, Robert of Lexington, N.C.; and Richard of Glen Ridge, N.J.; and one grandson.

A memorial service is planned to be held at Attleboro Village, Langhorne, Pa., on Saturday, September 15th at 2 p.m.


Rosalie S. Johnston

Rosalie Sullivan Johnston was called to Glory on August 9, 2012.

Rosalie was born in Princeton, and attended the Witherspoon School for Colored Children on Quarry Street in Princeton. As a very young child, Rosalie attended Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church in Princeton. She left the Princeton area and moved to Oakland, Calif., where she was stationed in the U.S. Navy. There she worked as one of the first African American pin up models of the 1940s. She also worked with the American Red Cross while out in California.

Rosalie lived in Rahway until December 2011. In the early 1950s, Rosalie studied beauty culture and received a certification in cosmetology under the direction of Mrs. Helena Moore. She eventually became a stylist at Helena’s beauty salon. Rosalie received training and certification to work in the area of electronics for the Westinghouse Corporation. In her 70s she became a foster granny for patients at the Woodbridge, N.J. development center. She worked as a foster granny until 2011 when renal failure forced her back into retirement at age 81. She was a very active member of the ladies auxiliary of the American Legion Post #499 in Rahway, N.J.

She was predeceased by her parents, James “Whiney” and Mary Lou Madden Sullivan; her husband, Harold E. Johnston, Sr.; her daughter, Rhonda Louise Johnston who died in infancy; and her grandparents, John and Susie Madden.

Rosalie’s memory is celebrated by one daughter, Jacqueline Johnston Swain (Princeton); her son, Harold E. Johnston Jr. (Rahway); and one granddaughter, Renee N. Swain (Willingboro, N.J.). Rosalie will also be remembered by one sister, Colleen Sullivan Smith (Austin, Texas); two nieces, three nephews; many cousins, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

A funeral service will be held at noon on August 15 at First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Interment will take place in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.


August 8, 2012

David W. Sobel

David Worthington Sobel, 20, of Pennington, died Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Born in New Brunswick, he resided in Pennington from age four until his death. David was a graduate of Blair Academy, Blairstown, where he was elected to class council and the Cum Laude Society. He was a winner of numerous academic and athletic prizes and also served as captain of the varsity tennis team. He was selected to serve as a senior prefect and to deliver the class commencement address.

David would have been entering his junior year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he planned to major in history. David was passionate about travel to other cultures, tennis, and American politics. He was deeply concerned to find ways to redress the increasing inequality in American life. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Va., where he volunteered for Habitat Work Days.

Grandson of the late Reverend George W. and Florence Davison, and Benjamin and Jean Sobel; he is survived by his loving parents, Paul and Anne Davison Sobel; his sister, Elizabeth Anne Sobel; and Uncles Paul Davison and Martin Sobel.

A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to McLean Hospital Development Office, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, Mass. 02478; or Blair Academy, P.O. Box 600, Blairstown, N.J. 07825.

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

August 1, 2012

George A. Miller

George A. Miller, Princeton’s James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology Emeritus and a pioneer in cognitive science, died of natural causes Sunday, July 22, at his home in Plainsboro, He was 92 years old.

Miller, who joined the faculty in 1979, was an innovator in the study of language and cognition, helping to establish psycholinguistics as an independent field of research in psychology. In 1991, he was awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor awarded by the United States, in recognition of his contributions to understanding processes of the human mind. He did receive an honorary doctor of science degree from Princeton in 1996.

Miller, together with Jerome Bruner and Noam Chomsky, led the “cognitive revolution” that replaced behaviorism as the leading psychological approach to understanding the mind in the 1950s, said Christiane Fellbaum, senior research scholar in computer science who worked closely with Miller at Princeton. “George believed that the human mind in all its aspects was interesting and worth studying — believe it or not, that was revolutionary at the time,” she said.

Philip Johnson-Laird, the Stuart Professor of Psychology Emeritus and senior scholar at Princeton, said Miller’s work has made a permanent impression on cognitive science.

“As long scientists study the mind, they will honor ideas that he was first to formulate,” said Johnson-Laird, who collaborated with Miller on the 1976 book Language and Perception.

Miller’s work spanned more than five decades. An early work, his 1951 book, Language and Communication, helped establish the field of psycholinguistics, a collaboration between linguistics and psychology.

In 1956, he was the author of The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two, a paper that, in part, proposed new ideas about the way immediate memory works, suggesting that people can retain about seven “chunks” of information in what is commonly known as short-term memory. The paper became one of the most frequently quoted papers in the field. (And, as Miller often noted, also one of the most misquoted papers.)

Johnson-Laird said the paper reflected several of Miller’s important skills. “He could think more deeply than others, and he could put his thoughts into beautiful transparent prose,” he said.

The paper’s attention-grabbing opening lines are well known in psychology: “My problem is that I have been persecuted by an integer. For seven years this number has followed me around, has intruded in my most private data, and has assaulted me from the pages of our most public journals.”

He was also the main author of Plans and the Structure of Behavior, a 1960 book that was a catalyst for the cognitive revolution in psychology.

Beginning in 1986 and continuing for many years, Miller helped oversee development of WordNet, a large-scale electronic reference that helps computers understand human language and continues to influence applications such as search engines.

Miller was born in Charleston, W.Va., and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama in 1940 and 1941, respectively. While an undergraduate at the University of Alabama, he met and married Katherine James, who was his wife for more than half a century.

During World War II, he worked on military voice communications at the Harvard University Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory. He earned his doctorate at Harvard in 1946.

He was an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard from 1948 to 1951, when he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an associate professor for four years. He returned to Harvard for the next 12 years. Named professor in 1958, he served as chair of the psychology department from 1964 to 1967.

Miller taught and studied at Rockefeller University from 1968 to 1982 and was twice appointed as a visitor of the Institute for Advanced Study.

He joined the Princeton faculty in 1979 and was named the McDonnell Distinguished Professor of Psychology in 1982. He and Gilbert Harman, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, established the Cognitive Science Laboratory at Princeton. Miller was director of the McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience from 1989 to 1994. He transferred to emeritus status in 1990.

Fellbaum said Miller was a gentleman noted for his kindness to graduate students. Miller’s son, Donnally, said that he remembers his family always opening its home to foreign graduate students at Thanksgiving, when they otherwise wouldn’t have had anywhere to go.

“He was the sort of man who was generous with his time and took a lot of care with his students,” Donnally Miller said.

Among his awards, Miller received the American Psychological Foundation’s Life Achievement Award in 1990 and the Louis E. Levy Medal in 1991. He was a Fulbright research fellow at the University of Oxford and served as president of the American Psychological Association in 1969. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1957, the National Academy of Sciences in 1962, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985.

A celebration of Miller’s life will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 9, at the Windrows retirement community, 2000 Windrow Drive, Princeton.

Miller is survived by his second wife, Margaret Page; two children, Nancy and Donnally; and three grandsons, Gavin Murray-Miller, Morgan Murray-Miller, and Nathaniel James Miller.


Elizabeth Robertson

Elizabeth Robertson died peacefully at home in Princeton on July 21.

Born August 12, 1919, Betty grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey. During the war she worked in Washington as a cryptanalyst, breaking German and Japanese codes.

She was an avid golfer who played at Springdale Country Club into her eighties, and was active in the alumnae association of Mount Holyoke College, the Present Day Club, and Women’s College Club.

She was married for 61 years to the late Nat Robertson; and is survived by her children, Henry, Mandy, and Paul Robertson; granddaughters, Julia Cavalier and Elinor Keith; and great granddaughter, Amanda Cavalier.

A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville on Saturday, August 4 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a reception at Princeton Windrows. No flowers, please.


Donald C. Cox

Donald Charles Cox, of Princeton, died Friday, July 27, 2012 after a long and valiant battle with esophageal cancer.

Born in 1943 in Pontiac, Mich., to Charles and the late Anne Cox, he received a BS in mathematics from Western Michigan in 1965 and an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1970. He was a lifelong, die-hard Wolverine fan.

Don served as an officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Conway during the Vietnam War. He was a proud resident of Princeton, an active swimmer and an avid lover of trains. Professionally, Don was passionate about his work as an IT executive for such companies as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Oracle, and Hotwire.

Don had an incredible mind and his combined intelligence and photographic memory resulted in banishment from family games of Trivial Pursuit. He was very proud of his large family and talked often about how lucky he was to have lived long enough to know his 9 grandchildren.

In addition to his father and grandchildren, he is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 27 years; his sister, Shirley Cox; his beloved sons, Kevin and Patrick Cox; his stepdaughters, Sarah, Rachel & Gabby Kachur; his stepson, Matthew Kachur; and their spouses.

A committal of ashes will take place in Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Donations in Don’s memory may be made to the YWCA of Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


Francesca Delneso

Francesca Delneso, 98, of Princeton, died Friday, July 20, 2012 at Merwick Care and Rehab Center of Plainsboro. Francesca was born in Manhattan, N.Y. and resided in New York until age 6 before moving to Ischia, Italy, and then returned back to Princeton at the age of 20.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Church of Princeton. Francesca enjoyed writing, and would send birthday and anniversary cards to all her family and friends.

Francesca was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Teresa Trani, wife of the late Francesco Delneso; and mother of the late Francesco Delneso. She was also predeceased by three sisters and three brothers. She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John L. Delneso and Salvatore and Antonietta Delneso, all of Princeton; a daughter, Maria and Robert Merrick of Pennington; four grandchildren, Frank Delneso, Theresa Helper, Julianna Delneso, and Andrea Merrick; two great grandchildren, Steven and Michael Helper; and many nieces and nephews here and in Italy.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105; or St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542.


Sung Hyok Yi

Sung Hyok Yi was born on August 21, 1921 in Kanggye, North Pyongyang province, modern-day North Korea, as the first of four children of Jungwon and Myungsun Yi. His father was a successful businessman in Kanggye, running several businesses as diversified as lumber manufacturing and rice distribution. His mother was a devout Christian, eventually holding the highest positions in Saemoonan Presbyterian Church in Seoul, which was founded in 1887 by the American missionary Horace Underwood.

After graduating from Chuncheon High School in 1939, Mr. Yi went on to Tokyo, Japan, to study at Waseda University, where he completed his BS in economics and political Science in 1943. While at Waseda, Mr. Yi was a member of the varsity basketball team.

After Korea’s independence from Japan in 1945, Mr. Yi returned to Kanggye to work in his father’s lumber business. But as rising political tensions made northern Korea unsafe, he was sent south in 1948 with his mother and two of his three younger sisters to Seoul. Shortly thereafter, the border between North and South Korea was closed, leaving his father and youngest sister, Sangseon, unable to escape. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

In 1954, he married Yongcha Bae in Seoul, and had two boys, Peter and Robert Yi. Today, Peter is a medical oncologist in Princeton, and Robert is head of investor relations for Samsung Electronics in Seoul.

Once settled in Seoul, Mr. Yi entered the film industry, founding a film production company. He produced several famous films, most notably introducing Koreans to actress Um Aing-Ran, Korea’s first movie star.

Mr. Yi led another business venture as president of a Korean crafts export business, which became so successful that he was awarded a presidential medal in 1970 by the president of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.

In 1972, Mr. Yi immigrated with his family to the United States, settling in Queens, N.Y., and opening Subok Exports on 32nd St. and Broadway in Manhattan. He would become one of the first merchants to establish the region in today’s Koreatown, finally retiring in 1983. Since 1990, Mr. and Mrs. Yi have lived with their son and daughter-in-law in Princeton.

Mr. Yi was an avid golf player, stating that some of his happiest moments were on the golf course; In Seoul, he was a member of Korea’s first private golf club, Hanyang Country Club. In the United States, he was a member of the Princeton Korean Presbyterian Church in Plainsboro and Waseda University’s New York alumni association.

Mr. Yi is survived by his wife, Yongcha; two sisters, Sanggil and Sangcheon of Seoul; two sons, Peter and Robert; two daughters-in-law, Alice and Grace; and four grandchildren, Justin, Lauren, Jonathan, and Erin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Korean Presbyterian Church, 500 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, N.J. 08536 (; the Korean Community Center of Greater Princeton, P.O. Box 1128, Princeton, N.J. 08542 (; and Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, 629 US Route One, Princeton, N.J. 08540 (


John D. Humble

John Duncan Humble, 87, of the Deerwood Community, formerly of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

A native of Waco, Texas, he was the son of the late Paul M. and Pauline Duncan Humble. He graduated in 1946 from Texas A&M University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He took an engineering position with Mobil Oil Company in Beaumont, Texas, thus beginning a career with Mobil working on projects all over the world and spanning more than 4 decades. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during World War II and Korea.

Mr. Humble is survived by two sons, Dr. Tim Humble and his wife, Terri, of Beaumont, Texas; and Dr. Ted Humble and his wife, Dr. Nancy Humble, of Asheville, N.C. He had seven grandchildren, Daniel, Sarah, Ryan, Morgan, Kristen, Paul, and Mark; and was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Nicholas and Mary Ann.

Mr. Humble ’46 was thankful for the opportunities provided by attending Texas A&M and wanted that to be available for his sons. Tim, ’74, and Ted, ’78, both graduated there — launching careers in medicine, both as general surgeons. Ever thankful still he later established several endowed scholarships at A&M so that other young people could have access to a college education, “especially engineering”.

No local services are planned at this time.

Memorials may be made to The Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, 505 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840.

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July 25, 2012

Virginia M. H. Stuart

Virginia Marie Heide Stuart died peacefully at Central Vermont Hospital on July 11, 2012 after a brief illness.

She was born in Kenosha, Wisc. On August 25, 1914 and graduated from N.J. College for Women (now part of Rutgers) and did her graduate work at Columbia University. Born of Danish immigrant parents, she was an early crusader for women’s rights and a gifted writer and editor. Her short stories appeared in Harper’s and Blackwoods, and her first novel was published when she was 89 years old, a young adult novel about the rescue of the Danish Jews during World War II entitled Candle in a Dark Time.

She was the first female editor at the Princeton University Press, where she met her future husband, Douglass Edmunds Stuart, who worked at the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Her husband was the cousin of Town Topics co-founder, Donald Stuart, and he also served as editor there.

During her long career she worked for the Princeton Hospital, the State of New Jersey, and after retirement had a successful career teaching writing. She spent most of her life in the Princeton area, but moved up to Greensboro, Vt., to join her daughters in 2005.

She was predeceased by her husband; her son, Douglas; her daughter, Alison (Taffy) Todd; her grandson, Stuart Todd; and her granddaughter, Jill Riley. She leaves behind her daughter, Anne (Krissie) Stuart Ohlrogge; her grandchildren, Kathryn (Kaim) Ohlrogge and Timothy Ohlrogge of Greensboro, and Jennifer Todd Taylor of Lake Tahoe; her beloved nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

There will be a graveside service in Greensboro on August 4th and a memorial service in Princeton in the early fall.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency, P.O. Box 304, Greensboro, Vt. 05841.


Antoinette M. Orsi

Antoinette Mary Orsi, of Princeton, died Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

She was born in Kingston and was a lifelong Princeton area resident. Antoinette worked at Princeton University and the College Entrance Examination Board before joining the staff of the Educational Testing Service. She was the vice president of operations at ETS at the time of her retirement.

Daughter of the late Louis and Mary D’Andrea Orsi; sister of the late Leo Orsi, Peter Orsi, and Louise Rosenberg; Aunt of the late Theodore R. Fekete and Richard Matthews; she is survived by her sister, Clara Matthews of North Brunswick; and her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great great-nieces and great great-nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24 at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton.

Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Calling hours were held on Tuesday at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Leland C. Allen

Leland Cullen Allen, 85, professor emeritus of chemistry at Princeton University, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Acorn Glen in Princeton, after a five-year struggle with Alzheimer’s. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol Allen, and their children, Abigail Allen of Princeton, Ethan Allen of Princeton, Emily Allen of Seattle, and granddaughter Hillary.

Born December 3, 1926, he grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and on North Bass Island in Lake Erie. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and received a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1949, and a PhD in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956. While a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California-Berkeley, Leland met Carol, and they were married in 1960, the same year he joined the faculty of Princeton University’s department of chemistry.

During a five-decade career in theoretical chemistry, Professor Allen investigated molecular orbitals, hydrogen bonding, and electronegativity. Focused on the basic research and the fundamentals of electronic structure, his scientific publications have been widely cited by other scientists and the doctoral and post-doctoral students and fellows whose research he supervised are now engaged in research and teaching in universities and laboratories throughout the world.

In the area of electronegativity, Professor Allen was proud to be able to explain mathematically and elegantly what had previously been an empirically measured atomic property and, through his discovery, contributed the visual, pedagogical concept of electronegativity as the “third dimension of the periodic table.”

Leland was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. As an encourager and advocate of his children, he taught his daughters math and science at young ages. He founded a parental advocacy and support group for families with children, including his son, with special needs. He especially enjoyed the role of grandfather in recent years. He had been a dedicated long-distance runner who participated in many running events over the years, including the annual Midland Run to benefit the Midland School, which his son attended.

Leland C. Allen lived a life full of purpose, inquisitiveness, and enthusiasm. He had a lively personality and an intellectual curiosity which led him to read and engage on a wide range of topics. He was passionate about scientific progress, the value of education, learning and basic research, and equal rights for women.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton at 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial gift to either the Peace Action Education Fund (of the Coalition for Peace Action), 40 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542; or the Children’s Science Collection of the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542.


Audrey C. Johnson

Audrey Crawford Johnson died peacefully at the age of 90 in the Cape May Court house, on June 13, 2012.

Audrey was the daughter of Frank Hepburn Crawford and Anna Beal Crawford of Berwyn, Pa., and was born in Montclair, N.J. on November 6, 1921. She attended Tredyffrin/Easttown High School in Berwyn, from which she graduated at the age of 15. She then attended the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, studying piano, and when war broke out she moved to Washington and was employed in mapmaking by the War Department.

She married Dr. Frank Wagner Johnson of Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1949, and soon thereafter moved to Princeton, where they raised their three children, Hollis Johnson of Tahoma, Calif., Brodie Johnson of Greenwich, Conn., and Cristin Johnson Clarke of Cape May Court House, N.J. Audrey’s second daughter, Heather Johnson, died in childhood.

In her personal and professional life, Audrey was devoted to children. She began teaching nursery school at the Charlestown Playhouse in Phoenixville, Pa. After moving to Princeton she taught at the Nassau Presbyterian Cooperative Nursery School for over 35 years. She was appointed director of the school in 1997, which was re-named the Dietrich Johnson Cooperative Nursery School in honor of Audrey and the school’s first director, Mary Dietrich.

Audrey also gave piano lessons to young students in her home on Cherry Hill Road, and drove a school bus for public and private schools in the Princeton area. Her own children are deeply grateful for the generous and unwavering support she provided during many happy years and through occasional hardship. She was inspiring in her determination and energy, and continued to teach until she was 82 years old.

She was warm, caring, patient, and nurturing. She travelled extensively in Russia, the Canadian Arctic, Turkey, and Morocco, and after her retirement she performed volunteer work for the Cape May Bird Observatory and the Wetlands Institute, both in Cape May County. She valued the preservation of nature and contributed generously to several non-profits, including the Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, and Greenpeace. She was also an avid supporter of local and regional public radio stations, from New York City, Philadelphia, Princeton, and Trenton. She continued to play piano beautifully until her last days. She was loved, and will be missed by all who knew her and left the world a better place for her presence.

In addition to her three children, Audrey is survived by their spouses, Roger Holdsworth of Tahoma, Beverly Johnson of Greenwich, and Kevin Clarke of Cape May Court house; and grandchildren, Ian and Caroline Johnson, and Samuel, Emmy, and Garrison Clarke.

A memorial service will be held in honor of Audrey on July 28 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church on Nassau Street, Princeton, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, N.J. 08534; or the Cape May Bird Observatory, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, N.J. 08212.

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Louise M. Ownes

Louise M. Ownes, 76, of Robbinsville, passed away on July 16 at Robert Wood Medical Center at Hamilton.

Born in Princeton, Mrs. Ownes was a resident of Hamilton Township since 1961.

Mrs. Ownes graduated with the class of 1953 from Princeton High School. She was employed as a secretary for J & G Tile and Marble Inc., of Bordentown. Mrs. Ownes was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows—St. Anthony’s RC Church community for many years.

Wife of the late William E. Ownes; mother and mother-in-law of the late Patricia L. and Joseph Giovannetti; she is survived by her four grandchildren, Joseph Giovannetti and Christine Fityere, both of Hamilton, and Michael and Anthony Giovannetti of Ewing; her two brothers and their wives, Bruno and Margaret Maddalon of Princeton Junction, and Frank and Iris Maddalon of Mercerville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ownes took place on July 24 at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 24 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows — St. Anthony RC Church, Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Ownes’ honor to the Giovannetti Educational Trust Fund, c/p Roma Bank, 500 Route #33, Hamilton, N.J. 08619.


Marion B. Cullen

Marion Buckelew Cullen died peacefully in Hamilton, New Jersey on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

Born in North Brunswick, she was the descendant of three of New Jersey’s oldest families: the Buckelews, the Housels, and the Stouts. While a teenager she was a member of the 4-H Club and was recognized for her skills as a seamstress, and she appeared on the WOR Farm and Home Hour radio program in New York in recognition of her accomplishments. She was a graduate of the New Jersey College for Women, now Douglass College of Rutgers University, where she majored in English, history and the dramatic arts.

She worked for J.O. Roth Engineering in New Brunswick and the Research Foundation, Inc. in New York City, which conducted critical atmospheric testing for the United States government in Arizona using rockets captured in Germany. From 1948 to 1950 she also served as civilian assistant to Captain James Sapero with the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit in Heliopolis, Egypt, researching tropical diseases.

Marion enhanced the quality of life in the Princeton community through her commitment to public service. She was a charter member of the Friends of the Princeton Theological Seminary, a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Boychoir School, president of the Women’s College Club of Princeton, president of the Women’s Association at Nassau Presbyterian Church and a member of the Present Day Club and the Nassau Club. She was also president of the Center for Women’s Organizations of New Jersey.

With the Women’s College Club of New Jersey she instituted the “silent auction” at a fundraising event for the New Jersey Training School for Boys at Skillman. This innovative fundraising concept garnered attention from many non-profit organizations and clubs throughout the United States. A member of the Republican Club of Princeton, she participated in voter registration campaigns in many of Princeton’s neighborhoods.

A member of the Westminster Choir College Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1989, Marion received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 2003. “I’ve travelled extensively throughout my life. No matter where I’ve been in the world — whether it was attending services at Presbyterian Church in Egypt or the chapel of West Point, I’ve encountered a Westminster graduate. They are undoubtedly the best,” she said reflecting on this honor. “I will always remember attending rehearsals on campus when some of the world’s greatest conductors, such as Leonard Bernstein and Riccardo Muti, came to prepare students for major orchestral performances. Receiving an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University was a highlight of my life.”

Marion was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, John L. Cullen, an investment banker and founding president of the Corporate Bond Traders Club of New York. Her life and legacy will be recognized at select Westminster Choir College events in the coming year.


R. Miriam  Brokaw

R. Miriam Brokaw, a long-time resident of Princeton, died June 19, 2012 at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor.

Born in 1917 in Kobe, Japan, she was the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries, Rev. Harvey Brokaw and Olivia Forster Brokaw.

She graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. and began her publishing career in 1945 at the Princeton University Press. During the decades of her tenure at the press, Miriam made outstanding contributions, including her role in establishing the Princeton Library of Asian Translations. She rose to the position of associate director and editor at the Princeton Press, from which she retired in 1984.

In 1966, her alma mater, Wilson College, awarded her an L.H.D., honoris causa. From 1974 to 1975, she was president of the American Association of University Presses, the first woman to hold that high office.

Awarded a Fulbright to advise the University of Tokyo Press, she spent a fruitful year doing the work she loved and reconnecting with the country where she was born.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Evelyn Brokaw Cook, Dr. Katherin Brokaw, and Frances Brokaw Leet. She is survived by a nephew, Robert Leet; two nieces, Nancy Leet Manning and Helena Leet; and by several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Arrangements were by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Francesca Delneso

Francesca Delneso, 98, of Princeton, died Friday, July 20, 2012 at Merwick Care and Rehab Center of Plainsboro. Francesca was born in Manhattan, N.Y. and resided in New York until age 6 before moving to Ischia, Italy, and then returned back to Princeton at the age of 20.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Church of Princeton. Francesca enjoyed writing, and would send birthday and anniversary cards to all her family and friends.

Francesca was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Teresa Trani, wife of the late Francesco Delneso; and mother of the late Francesco Delneso. She was also predeceased by three sisters and three brothers. She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John L. Delneso and Salvatore and Antonietta Delneso, all of Princeton; a daughter, Maria and Robert Merrick of Pennington; four grandchildren, Frank Delneso, Theresa Helper, Julianna Delneso, and Andrea Merrick; two great grandchildren, Steven and Michael Helper; and many nieces and nephews here and in Italy.

The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105; or St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542.


July 18, 2012

L. Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey, former Princetonian and founder and publisher of Automobile Quarterly magazine, died at his home in the English Cotswolds where he lived since the late 1980s with his wife Peggy.

Scott Bailey and his wife Peg founded the journal, Automobile Quarterly (AQ) in New York in the spring of 1962. The hard cover magazine, with a horizontal format and no advertising, approached automobile history from a scholarly perspective, featuring exhaustively researched stories on individual marques, both prominent and obscure, motorsports, design, technology, and — most important — the influential personalities that shaped the automobile’s evolution. AQ also featured critical commentary on contemporary automotive topics, and informed speculation on future automotive trends. Writers included Ken Purdy, Karl Ludvigsen, Michael Lamm, and Griff Borgeson, whose stories were complemented by large-format photography and illustrations by noted automotive artists such as Bill Neale, James Allington, Yoshihiro Inomoto, David Kimble, Walter Gotschke, and Peter Helck; other contributors were prominent automotive personalities Enzo Ferrari, designer Howard “Dutch” Darrin, and John Fitch. AQ was reviewed in the New York Times as “the world’s most lavish magazine.”

In the early 1960s Scott commissioned Italian coachbuilder Nuccio Bertone to create an interpretation of the newly launched Ford Mustang in order to demonstrate that the storied Turin-based coachbuilders could execute relevant contemporary designs. The stunning result of this collaboration was exhibited at the 1965 New York International Automobile Show where the Bertone Mustang won “best of show” honors.

Automobile Quarterly was the first automotive publication to place a female editor, Beverly Rae Kimes, at the top of its masthead. In addition to her contributions, Kimes and other AQ authors supported Bailey’s expansion into books on automotive history, which eventually included over fifty books. AQ’s detailed histories on such marques included Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Buick, Cadillac, Packard, Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg, Corvette, including a pair of highly authoritative Corvette Restoration Guides. As a demonstration of AQ’s comprehensive automotive research and archives, General Motors commissioned AQ to compile its corporate history on the occasion of GM’s 75th anniversary.

Throughout Scott Bailey’s tenure, Automobile Quarterly documented not just the evolution of the automobile but also elevated automotive history to an unsurpassed level of scholarship. Through a combination of authoritative texts, detailed archival documentation, rich photography and lavish artwork, he created a collection of periodicals and books that continue to be highly sought after by automotive enthusiasts and collectors. In 1986 Scott and Peggy sold Automobile Quarterly to Columbia Broadcast System Publications.

Though the driving force behind the enterprise and its prodigious output, Scott seldom let his name surface on book jackets or author lists: he saw himself as one whose job was to get the best out of all around him. He promoted an AQ ethos of doing the job one way — without error — with style and great craftsmanship. The AQ impact and ethos that marked Scott’s tenure as founding editor and publisher have seldom been matched in automotive publishing. AQ’s output won numerous awards for design, editing, and writing. Recognitions for Bailey’s own work included: Thompson Products Museum Trophy and National AACA Award for outstanding restoration of a historic vehicle; Automotive Hall of Fame’s Distinguished Service Citation; Society of Automotive Historians Friends of the Automotive History Award; the Annual Award of the Society of Automotive Historians; and the Thomas McKean Award for historical research.

Scott Bailey was born in New York City and spent his childhood in and around Middletown, Ohio. He was an Eagle Scout, and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1941. In the Second World War, Scott served on PT boats, an aircraft carrier, and submarines; he saw duty on ammunition convoys in the North Atlantic and in the Pacific, and he was awarded the Submarine Service Commendation Medal.

Scott attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and Phi Alpha Delta, and studied at the Chase School of Law in Cincinnati. At Miami he met Peggy, his life companion and partner in love and business throughout every moment of the next seven decades. They married in 1947 during one of the century’s worst blizzards and settled in upstate New York where Scott dedicated himself to giving back to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), serving as an executive for BSA and with Peggy, running a Scout camp at Lake Seneca. The BSA awarded him their Distinguished Service Medal in 1964.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, Scott was Public Relations Counsel for Eastern Railroad Presidents Conference for Carl Byoir and Associates, and later with the American Rocket Society. At that time his interest in antique cars grew, and he became executive vice president, and director of public relations for the Antique Automobile Club of America and editor of The Antique Automobile Magazine. In 1958 he was a recipient of the Silver Anvil Award of the Public Relations Association for his performance in the field of transportation, especially for his work supporting railroads as they were challenged by highway development.

The next 25 years were focused on the creation and development of Automobile Quarterly. After the sale of AQ to CBS in 1986, Scott and Peggy settled in England, in the Cotswold Hills. At home in the village of Stanton and then in nearby Wood Stanway, Scott published two poetry books and worked to improve his skill as a painter of portraits.

Scott Bailey was an editor, painter, Scout, poet, sailor, publisher, mentor, and true romantic. He was proudest of the opportunities he found to help young people, often reflecting on the help and encouragement he received in his youth.

Scott Bailey is survived by his wife, Peggy; his daughter Meg; his son Douglas; and two grandchildren, Alexander and Hannah. He will be missed by the many he helped and supported to reach their goals.


Lou Ann Litton

Lou Ann Litton, a longtime resident of Lawrenceville, died at Potomac Homes Memory Care in Princeton on Monday, July 9 at the age of 77 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Lou Ann was born in Perkins, Okla., and grew up in Charleston W.V. She earned a Bachelors of Science in chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following graduation she moved to New Jersey and was employed by Esso Research and Engineering Corporation (now Exxon Mobil) in the information division for nearly a decade. Her skills in science, chemistry, German, and French prepared her career as a writer and abstractor of technical journals and patents.

Following many years as a “super-mom” raising four children, she attended Mercer County Community College and received an associate’s degree in computer programming. She was then employed in full and part-time positions at Educational Testing Service, the Mercer County Court House, and in various volunteer organizations. She was a longtime parishioner at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton.

Lou Ann had many interests, including pottery and glass, bird watching, gardening, sewing, cooking, antiques, furniture refinishing, reading, and music. Her attention to detail enabled her to master these interests. During her junior high and high school years in Charleston, she became a highly accomplished cellist and was the youngest member of the semi-professional Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She continued to play in orchestras and chamber music groups until family demands limited her time to continue as a musician.

Lou Ann was a quiet-spoken, and even shy person, but especially in raising four active children, one look of her intense blue eyes and her particular facial expression produced instant results. During recent years she greatly enjoyed joining her husband, Jim, during many tours with the American Boychoir throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. Following retirement they enjoyed several trips to Europe until the progress of Alzheimer’s made travel impossible.

She met her future husband, James (Jim) Litton in the seventh grade and they were married nearly 55 years ago. Before returning to New Jersey 44 years ago, they lived in Southport, Conn., Canterbury, England, and Indianapolis, Ind.

Lou Ann was predeceased by her parents, Ermal Lee (Ed) and Irene Lily Hall; and her sister, Judith Kay Dodd. She is survived by her husband, James Howard; her children and their spouses, Bruce Edward and Patricia Litton of Bedminster, Deborah Ann and James Purdon of Maplewood, David Allan Litton and Carol Dingeldey of West Hartford, Conn., and James Richard (Rick) and Alysia Litton of Sea Girt, N.J.; and grandchildren, Kiersten Blue and James Kyle Litton and Matthew Blakely Litton. She is also survived by her sister and brother in law, Betty and William Ray; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements were provided by Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Visiting hours took place on Friday, June 13. In thanksgiving for the life of Lou Ann, a Requiem Eucharist was celebrated at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, on July 14. A reception in the church social hall followed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Church Princeton, Trinity Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton; or to the American Boychoir School, 19 Lambert Drive, Princeton.


Frances G. Frankel

Frances G. “Fran” Frankel, 85, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012.

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., daughter of Isaac Pinsker and Mollie (Lippin); and widow of Max Gershon Frankel, PhD.; she is survived by her daughter, Elka R. Frankel of Princeton and her husband, David Eden; her son, Joel A. Frankel of Chicago and his spouse Helen Rosenberg; grandchildren, Layla G. Frankel and Elan S. Frankel; and numerous cousins.

Fran met Max Gershon at Brandeis Camp in Pennsylvania after World War II, and they married in 1948, after which Fran moved to Norman, Okla. There, Max Gershon was attending the University of Oklahoma, where she also took courses.

After her husband’s graduation, the couple traveled to Israel, where they lived on a kibbutz for close to a year. There they met and were befriended by Golda Meir, whose son the young couple had met previously in the U.S. After they returned to Oklahoma, they had their two children, and went on to Denver, Co., and St. Louis, Mo., where Max Gershon attended graduate school, eventually receiving his PhD in special education. After that, the family lived in Silver Spring, Md., while Dr. Frankel taught at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. In 1968 the family moved to Princeton when Dr. Frankel accepted a position at Trenton State Teacher’s College (now the College of New Jersey) and later taught at Kean College.

Soon after arriving in Princeton, Fran worked at the Phillip Morris Agency in New York City, and a couple years later began working at Princeton University in a number of positions, eventually ending up at the Hillel Jewish Student Association (in the old Murray-Dodge Building), and later on, as alumni coordinator at the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton, where even after retiring she continued as a volunteer into her 80’s.

Active in Community Without Walls House 5, and the local chapter of Jewish Women International, she was a member of Hadassah and the Jewish Center of Princeton.

An avid gardener, she had many friends from all walks of life in Princeton, from the University, the Jewish community, and the neighborhood, who would all meet and mix during her annual summer backyard picnic at her home on Grover Avenue.

Funeral services and burial will take place on Thursday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, N.J.

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


Gerold M. Lauck

Gerold McKee Lauck, 95, a resident of Moorings Park Retirement Community, Naples, Fla., died July 14, 2012.

He attended the Lawrenceville School and received a BA degree from Yale University in 1938. He was a member of both of their golf teams.

In 1943 he received his wings and commission in the Army Air Corps and was made a pilot instructor to aviation cadets in Greenwood, Miss. A year later he was assigned as a B-25 pilot in the 70th Bombardment Squadron of the 13th Air Force, and flew 50 missions in the Pacific Theater Campaign.

After World War II, he moved to Princeton and retired as a Supervisor of Accounts in 1975 from N.W. Ayer & Son, America’s oldest advertising agency.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Felix Lauck; and is survived by his second wife, Marian McLeod Lauck. He is also survived by his son, Anthony G. Lauck of Warren, Vt.; and grandchildren, Peter M. Lauck and Gregory G. Lauck of Wellesley, Mass.

His memberships included Trinity-by-the Cove Episcopal Church, Hole-in-the-Wall Golf Club, the United States Seniors Golf Association, and Sons of the Revolution.

Funeral Services in Princeton will be private. Cremation entrusted to The Beachwood Cremation Society, 4444 Tamiami Tr., Naples, Fla.


Dorothy C. Franklin

Dorothy Carll Franklin, a former long-time Princeton resident, passed away peacefully at her home in Mantoloking, New Jersey on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

She was born in Trenton on January 25, 1925 to the late Julia and Charles Monford Carll of Princeton. She is the wife of the late Dr. Charles Montanye Franklin of Princeton and Vero Beach, Fla. Dr. Franklin was the physician for the Princeton University football team.

She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Pickering Bossidy of Bay Head, N.J.; her son, Donald Albert Pickering of London, England, a grandson, Stuart Charles Carll Pickering; son in law, Bruce Haig Bossidy; niece, Judy English Power; and stepson, Charles Montanye Franklin. Her sister, Julia Carll English of Princeton predeceased her.

She was a member of the Bay Head Yacht Club, The Nassau Club, The Present Day Club, The Princeton Club of New York and the Moorings Club of Vero Beach, Fla., where she was a long-time resident.

“Dottie”, as she was known to friends, was an accomplished artist. She was also an avid traveler and gained inspiration for her watercolor paintings from her extensive travels around the world. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Bay Head on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m. The service will be officiated by The Reverend Neil Turton.

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July 12, 2012

Winthrop Seeley Pike

Winthrop Seeley Pike, former mayor of Princeton Township and long-time resident of Princeton and Montgomery Townships, died July 6 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton. He was 92.

Born in Boston and raised in Wellesley, Mass., he was the son of the late Lewis Freeman Pike and Vida Seeley Pike; and brother of the late Vida P. Morrison.

He graduated from Williams College in 1941 with a BA in physics. Immediately following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army, serving as a radar officer in the Signal Corps during World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. In 1946, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

He then moved to Princeton and joined the technical staff at RCA Laboratories, David Sarnoff Research Center. There, he worked closely with Vladimir K. Zworykin on the early development of color television. Among many other projects, he also developed sensory devices for the sight-impaired, highway vehicle control devices, color television receivers, storage tubes, weather balloon sensory instruments, portable television cameras and encoders, integrated circuits for stereo sound, and high altitude balloon-born television systems. He earned 17 U.S. patents and was the recipient of five RCA achievement awards. Following his retirement from RCA in 1987, he consulted with Princeton Scientific Enterprises, Inc. in the development of a blood gas analyzer device and high voltage ignition circuitry for military ordnance.

On a visit home to Wellesley, he met his future wife, Nancy E. Peakes at church. They were married in 1954. He was elected to the Princeton Regional School Board in 1967, and served for fourteen years, including several years as president. In 1981, he was elected to Princeton Township Committee, and as a member of the Committee, was elected to the position of mayor for the following five years.

A long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Rocky Hill, he served as a member of the vestry for 19 years. He had also served as a lay reader, usher, and member of the vestry of All Saints Episcopal Church in Princeton. He started playing the organ in his teens, and was an avid musician, favoring, in particular, early classical music. A model train enthusiast and voracious reader, he relished family vacations in the Adirondack mountains and seeing the great pipe organs of Europe. During retirement, he also enjoyed monthly meetings with his fellow retired RCA employees and the weekly Tuesday Lunch Group. He also authored several articles for consumer electronics and model railroading magazines.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy; and their children, Kristina Hadinger and her husband Alfred; Christopher and his wife Leila Shahbender; Karen, Jonathan and his wife Kelly; Eric and his partner Stefan Steil; and Amy Sharpless and her husband Peter. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Jon, Alfred, Julia, Alexandra, Katherine, Justin, Morgan, Sophia, and Serena.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on July 11, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Crescent Avenue, Rocky Hill.

Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Princeton.

Calling hours took place on Tuesday, July 10 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church Rocky Hill Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 265, Rocky Hill, N.J. 08553; The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, N.J. 08553; or Montgomery EMS, P.O. Box 105, Belle Mead, N.J. 08502.


Donald P. Shaffer

Donald Paul Shaffer, 72, died on July 7, 2012 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Don was born on June 16, 1940, in Philadelphia, the son of the late Dorothy and Earl Shaffer. He was a graduate of The Haverford School (1958), Cornell University (1962), and the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton graduate school (1964). His athletic accomplishments included acting as captain of the Cornell basketball team and being elected into Haverford’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

After military service in the U.S. Army from 1964-1966, Don started a 30-year career in the textile business, first with E.I. DuPont, and then joining J.P. Stevens, International Division, in 1976. He served as president of the division from 1985 to 1992.

Having been a resident of Montgomery Township for 44 years, he participated in many activities in the area with his family. He especially enjoyed the friendship of fellow members at The Bedens Brook Club in Skillman, where he had played paddle tennis and golf. He was also a member of the Old Guard of Princeton.

Don is survived by his wife, Susan Ertel Shaffer, married 46 years; his brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Karen Shaffer of Pennington; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and David Lemire of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his son and daughter-in-law, Donald Hepworth Shaffer and Jennifer Alba Bensadoun of Berkeley, Calif. and their children, Sabine (4) and Samuel (1); and his son and daughter-in-law, Andrew Evans Shaffer and Jennifer Guilbert Shaffer of Bloomfield, Mich. and their children, Andrew (8) and Kara (5).

There was a private burial at the Rocky Hill Cemetery, followed by a memorial reception for friends at The Bedens Brook Club in Skillman on Tuesday, July 10.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to The Haverford School, Class of 1958, 450 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pa. 19041.

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


George R. Bishop Jr.

George Reginald Bishop Jr., professor of French and longtime Princeton resident, died July 4 at Stonebridge at Montgomery. The beloved husband of the late Alice Elgin, he was 90.

Born in Altoona, Pa., he was the son of The Reverend George R. Bishop and Charlotta Miller Bishop. He graduated from Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, Pa. and entered Princeton University in 1940.

From 1943 to 46, he served in the Army as an artillery survey officer with the 314th Field Artillery, 80th Division, returning home as a Captain and eventually promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. On his return, he received his Princeton BA degree with highest honors in French language and culture and began graduate studies in Romance languages.

After receiving his PhD from Princeton in 1952, he was appointed to the department of French at Rutgers University where he subsequently became assistant and later associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He served as acting dean of the College from 1972 to 1974 and chair of the French department from 1984 to 1990. He was chairman of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages from 1965 to 1966. A member of the class of 1944 at Princeton, he was formerly class president and reunion chairman.

A longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church, he served as warden of the vestry from 1965 to 1969, vestryman multiple times, member of the All Saints Chapel Committee, delegate to the Diocesan Convention several times, and co-chair of the 21st Century Fund from 1995 to 2000. He helped found the Trinity Counseling Service in 1968. For 26 years, he worked on the Trinity rummage sale, first as co-chair with his wife, Alice, and then as chair. He served as trustee and vice president of the William Alexander Proctor Foundation from 1956 to 1984.

He is survived by his daughters, Anne Bishop Faynberg of East Brunswick, N.J., Charlotta Miller Bishop of Princeton, and Alice Anderson Bishop of Washington, D.C.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton. Burial was private at the family plot in Huntingdon, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in his name, may be made to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Arrangements were under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Wilbur Gunnell

Wilbur Gunnell, age 93, passed away July 4, 2012 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation in Plainsboro.

Born in Bedford County, Va., he lived in Princeton for 77 years. Mr. Gunnell retired from Princeton University Custodial Services with 24 years of service.

He is the son of the late Annie Austin Gunnell and Oliver Gunnell; and brother of the late Nellie Williamson and Andrew Gunnell.

Mr. Gunnell is survived by three nieces, Marie Johnson, Shirley W. Ganges, and Jean Williamson; and many grand nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012 at Clay Street Learning Center, 2 Clay Street, Princeton.

Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.


July 3, 2012

John P. O’Hara

John Patrick O’Hara, 79, of Princeton Junction, died on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Acorn Glen Assisted Living Residence in Princeton.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., John’s family moved to Bay Shore, N.Y. when he was a child. He has been a resident of the Princeton area since 1971.

John was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force as an Airman First Class, after serving his country from 1951 to 1955. He then attended and graduated from both the State University of New York at Farmingdale, N.Y. and Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y.

For his entire working career, he was employed as a chemist by the Mobil Oil Company, later to become Exxon Mobil.

John was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Marie O’Hara; and younger brother, Andrew of Austin, Texas. He was the devoted husband of his wife, Ann; and loving father of his son, John Jr. of Hamilton, and his daughter, Deirdre at home. Also surviving are his dear granddaughter, Erin O’Hara; a brother, Joseph of Sayville, N.Y.; a sister, Mary Catherine McManus of Bluffton, S.C.; and many nieces, nephews, and first cousins here in America and Ireland.

Funeral services will begin on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Princeton. Interment will be at Princeton Cemetery.

Visiting hours are Friday, July 6, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Cathedral High School, 350th East 50th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022.

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June 27, 2012

John F. McCarthy, Jr.

Life-long Princeton resident and lawyer, Jack McCarthy, Jr. died on June 22, 2012 at his home after a long illness. He was 90.

John F. McCarthy, Jr. was born on October 17, 1921 on Charlton Street in Princeton, the second child of John F. McCarthy and Rose (Devine) McCarthy. His father worked as a trolley car conductor and butcher while attending the old New Jersey law school in Newark at night. Mr. McCarthy Sr. practiced law in Princeton from 1927 until 1954 when he died of a heart attack at the Mercer County Court house. Rose McCarthy died in 1973. Jack’s sister Mary McHugh, who taught for many years at St. Paul’s School, died in 2006.

Mr. McCarthy was educated at St. Paul’s School, Princeton High School (1937), the Hun School (1939) and Princeton University (1943). He graduated from Princeton High School at 15, having skipped two grades in grammar school. At the Hun School he played baseball and basketball. At Princeton University he captained the undefeated 1942 baseball team, played varsity basketball, served as an officer of Tower Club and graduated with honors. An all-ECAC (precursor to the Ivy League) first baseman, he hit a home run over the right field fence at Cornell — a feat matched previously only by Lou Gehrig. His colleague classmates voted him “best sense of humor” and “best natured.”

In 1943 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 87th Field Artillery. Landing with the First Army on the Normandy beaches on “D-day plus 3” (June 9, 1944), he served as an artillery forward observer, was wounded twice, received the Purple Heart and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery during the rescue of six stranded enlisted men. He was with his unit when it liberated one of the Nazi concentration camps.

Upon returning from the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Katherine Holohan of Plainsboro, in December 1945. He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and joined his father’s office on Charlton Street in Princeton in 1948. He served as Princeton Borough attorney from 1958 to 1961. From 1970 to 1973 he was chairman of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, an agency established to expose organized crime and public corruption. His law partners included former Governor William T. Cahill, former State Commissioner of Transportation John Sheridan, and Mercer County Superior Court judges Coleman T. Brennan, Theodore Tams, and F. Patrick McManimon. Mr. McCarthy practiced law in Princeton for sixty-four years.

A founding member of the Bedens Brook Club, Mr. McCarthy was also a member of the Nassau Club and Springdale Golf Club. He attended daily Mass at St. Paul’s Church, fulfilling a solemn promise he made on the battlefields of France.

When former governor Brendan Byrne spoke at the 250th anniversary of Princeton University, he joked: “Princeton is known as the home of three famous people: Albert Einstein, Woodrow Wilson, and Jack McCarthy.”

Mr. McCarthy is survived by his wife of sixty-six years; two sons, Jack and Kevin of Princeton; and five grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Princeton University Chapel on Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow at Prospect House, Princeton University. The burial at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be directed to the John F. McCarthy Jr. Class of 1943 Memorial Fund at Princeton University, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, N.J. 08543-5357; or to the Catholic charitable association, Mount Carmel Guild, 73 North Clinton Avenue, Trenton, N.J. 08609.


Helen M. Halvorsen

Helen M. Halvorsen, 86, of Griggstown, died Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in New York City, she has been a resident of Griggstown since 1953. Helen was a nurse at Carrier Clinic and was previously employed by the Princeton Medical Center.

Daughter of the late Axel and Augusta Josefina (Johansson) Hallberg; and wife of the late Anker N. Halvorsen; she is survived by two sons, Len and Paul Halvorsen; and a sister, Vivian Svendson.

The burial of ashes will take place Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Griggstown cemetery. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Bunker Hill Lutheran Church, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Griggstown.

Casual attire suitable for hot, humid weather conditions is appropriate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bunker Hill Lutheran Church.

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


Heinrich D. Holland

Professor Heinrich Dieter Holland, known fondly by his family, friends, colleagues and students as “Dick” Holland, died peacefully in his home on May 21, 2012 as the result of a recurrence of cancer. He had already bravely survived two bouts with the disease.

Heinrich D. Holland was pre-deceased by his wife of 57 years, Alice Tilghman Pusey Holland, in November of 2010; and also by their youngest son, Matthew Tilghman Holland, in February of 2004.

Heinrich D. Holland leaves behind him three children, Henry Lawrence Holland of West Windsor, Anne Liebrecht Holland of St. Helena, Calif., and John Pusey Holland, currently of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; four grandchildren, Benedict Merwyn Holland, Esther Holland Rhoades, Nathaniel Chase Holland, and Samuel Denison Holland; a younger brother, Hans Joachim Holland of Salt Lake City, Utah; and a beloved younger sister, Anne Holland Hohenemser of Eugene, Ore.

Heinrich D. Holland headed up one of the first academic research groups to put geochemistry on a firm quantitative footing. His early papers on the application of thermodynamic data to the origin and formational processes of hydrothermal deposits of copper, zinc, lead, silver, and other metals earned him the title of the Father of modern economic geology. His work and that of his research group on the chemical evolution of the atmosphere led to a theory of the Great Oxidation event ca. 2.4 billion years ago, a paradigm that is now conventional wisdom.

Heinrich D. Holland was born in Mannheim, Germany of German Jewish parents. In 1939 just prior to the beginning of World War II, he and his younger brother, Hans Joachim, escaped Hitler’s pogrom via kindertransport to England where the boys were adopted. The boys were later re-united with their parents and younger sister in the Dominican Republic. The family then travelled to the United States where they first resided in Kew Gardens in New York.

Heinrich D. Holland earned his BS in chemistry at Princeton University, graduating with highest honors in 1946. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947 assisting the government with his work on secret and classified projects with Wernher von Brown, the Father of V-2 rockets. In 1948, he earned his Master’s Degree in geology from Columbia University and in 1952, his Ph.D. as a member of the first group of geochemists ever assembled at Columbia by Professor Laurence Kulp.

In 1950, Heinrich D. Holland commenced his career as a professor in the geology department at Princeton University. During summers in the late 1950’s he served Princeton as its director of summer studies. His tenure at Princeton University lasted until 1972 when he made the decision to move his career to the department of earth sciences at Harvard University.

In 2000, Heinrich D. Holland retired from his position at Harvard University as the Harry C. Dudley professor of economic geology. He, nevertheless, continued to contribute to the science community and to work tirelessly with the colleagues and students to which he dedicated his life’s work.

In 2006, Heinrich D. Holland moved with his wife to Philadelphia, Pa. where he served as a visiting scholar in the department of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. After a career already spanning some five decades, “Dick” Holland remained actively engaged in research and mentoring students there until only a short time prior to his death.

Heinrich D. Holland served as vice-president of the Geochemical Society from 1969 through 1970 and its president from 1970 through 1971. In 1994, he received the Goldschmidt Medal and Award, the society’s highest award.

In 1995, the Society of Economic Geologists awarded him its Penrose Gold Medal. In 1998, he was awarded the Leopold von Buch Medal by the German Geological Society during the society’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

Heinrich D. Holland was a distinguished lecturer in 1969, a von Humboldt senior fellow at Heidelberg University in 1980-1981 and the Thayer Lindsley Lecturer in 1981-1982.

During his long academic career, Heinrich D. Holland enjoyed visiting appointments and sabbaticals in geology departments at Oxford and Durham Universities in England, the University of Hawaii, Heidelberg University in Germany, Pennsylvania State University, Imperial College in London, United Kingdom and his last at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Heinrich D. Holland died a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and member of the National Academy of Sciences.

His major published contributions to the field of geochemistry remain The Chemistry of the Atmosphere, published in 1978; The Chemical Evolution of the Atmosphere and Oceans, published in 1984; and the 1995 elementary text Living Dangerously he co-wrote with Ulrich Petersen at Harvard University. He served with Karl Turekian of Yale University as executive editor of the historic ten volume Treatise on Geochemistry published in 2004 and continued to work, up to his death, on an expanded second edition of the Treatise with an anticipated publication date in 2013.

“Dick” was known by his students and fellow researchers as a man of scientific rigor and great intellect. All who knew him for any length of time also came to know him as a committed citizen of his adopted country, as a committed teacher working at all levels, from science instruction of inner-city youth to mentoring some of the greatest minds in the geochemical community today through the finest universities internationally, and as a highly valued general counselor on science policy through his work with the National Academy of Sciences.

Dick’s friends always found him to be a man of taste and humor. He was as fond of good food and great arguments as he was of laughter and knowledge of the fine arts, history, and literature in several languages. Dick was a connoisseur of wines but loved best his German rieslings.

Above all else, Dick will be remembered as a man of great loyalty to his friends and to his students. He will be sorely missed by both his family and by his adopted family, the international geo-sciences community at large.

In lieu of flowers, the immediate family requests that donations be forwarded in memory of Heinrich D. Holland to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum or to the National Academy of Sciences’s Committee on Human Rights.

An open memorial event will be announced for a date later this year.


Memorial Service

Dawn A. J. Moses

Dawn Anne Jahn Moses, 46, of Arlington, Mass., died June 6, 2012 following a long illness. A celebration of Dawn’s life will be held at Town Hall in Arlington, Mass. on July 14 at 2 p.m. In last week’s obituary, the location of the service was incorrectly given as Arlington, Virginia. Town Topics regrets the error.

June 20, 2012

Diane F. Nole

Diane Elisabeth Flippin Nole, of Jackson, New Jersey, beloved wife of Arthur Nole and beloved mother of Brian Nole, passed away at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 2012 from acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 55. She passed away peacefully after a brief, brave struggle. Diane will be remembered always for her infectious smile, her outgoing personality, and her loving heart.

In addition to her husband and son, who both meant the world to her, she will be dearly missed by her parents, Louise and Royce Flippin Jr., who loved her and cherished her to the depth of their souls; her brothers, Royce Flippin III and Robert Flippin, who were her devoted friends and protectors from childhood onward; her sisters-in-law, Alexis Flippin and Tricia Flippin; her brother-in-law, Bob Przybylowski; her nephews and nieces, and their extended families. She was loved also by Arthur’s departed sister and brother, Dolores Przybylowski and George Nole, and George’s departed wife, Emma.

Diane was a special person and friend to all who knew her. Born on May 15, 1957 with a thyroid condition that placed her on a life path filled with unique challenges, she met all of those challenges with grace, humor, and fierce determination, going on to graduate in 1976 from Riverview School in East Sandwich on Cape Cod, Mass., and establish a career at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, where she met the love of her life, Arthur Nole. Their wedding day on June 27, 1987 was one of the shining moments in her life, as was the birth of her son, Brian, on January 21, 1989. Diane and Art shared the closest of marriages, living each day as friends, confidantes, and soul mates. Besides her life with Art, her greatest joy was nurturing her adored son and watching him grow day by day from a bright, inquisitive child into a strong, thoughtful and loving man. Her husband and son were the centerpiece of her active, full life, and the love and pride she expressed for them whenever she was with them or spoke of them is one of the things she will always be remembered for.

She was also filled with love and caring for the rest of her family and her friends. Diane’s card was always the first to arrive in the mail for any relative’s birthday, and she never missed a family gathering. She was an avid reader, a lover of music, and a skilled piano player from childhood, and spent many years as a loyal and valued volunteer at the Kimball Medical Center in Jackson and as a dedicated employee of the Wal-Mart in Howell, New Jersey, where she worked alongside her husband.

While Diane left us far too soon, she leaves a legacy of a person who overcame every obstacle in her way to lead an independent life on her own terms. She departed us on the highest of notes, having seen her son Brian graduate from Monmouth University just weeks before. At that celebration, which coincided with her 55th birthday, she was happy and in high spirits, surrounded by her doting family, basking in the knowledge that a major life milestone had been reached by the child that she and Art had raised. It was a golden moment that, like her spirit, will live forever in our hearts.

Memorial services were held on June 16 in Lakewood, and will also be held on Friday, June 22 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in South River at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Diane’s family has requested that contributions given in her memory be made to the Riverview School Scholarship Fund, Advancement Office, Riverview School, 551 Route 6A, East Sandwich, Mass. 02537.


Siok-Tin “Susan” Sodbinow

Siok-Tin “Susan” Sodbinow, 52, of Princeton, passed away at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Monday, June 11, 2012.

Susan was born and raised in Melaka, Malaysia and came to the United States in 1985 settling in New York City. She married her husband, David, in 1992 and moved to Morristown in 1993. Susan then settled with her family in Princeton in 2003.

She received dual Bachelor’s degrees from Hunter College and the Fashion Institute of Technology, both of New York City. Susan was a graphic artist for Snow Joe, Edison, for the past two and a half years. Prior to that, she worked as a graphic artist for Pearson Education, Parsippany, and freelanced for many companies, including Silver Burdett-Ginn and Benzinger. Susan was a former member in the Tzu Chi Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Region.

She is survived by her husband of twenty years, David Sodbinow; two sons, Terence Sodbinow and Laurence Sodbinow, both of Princeton; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sah Lai and Chin Tee Tan of Melaka, Malaysia; her brothers, Khee Giap Tan of Singapore, Khee Boh “Dan” Tan of New York City, and Khee Seng Tan of Melaka, Malaysia; two sisters, Seok Hua “Jennifer” Tan of Long Island, N.Y. and Seok Hui “Tricia” Tan Friedrich of Long Island, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting is at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 22 2012 at the funeral home. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Susan may be made to Tzu Chi Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Region, 150 Commerce Road, Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009. For information, directions or condolence messages to the family, please visit www.claytonfuneral


Michele Del Bianco

Michele Del Bianco, 86, died Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A memorial mass was celebrated on June 16 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.


Dawn A.J. Moses

Dawn Anne Jahn Moses, 46, of Arlington, Massachusetts, died June 6, 2012 following a long illness.

Dawn was a loving mother, wife, friend, and tenacious advocate for homeless children and families, fiercely committed to solving public policy issues around the interrelatedness of homelessness, poverty, trauma, and mental illness.

Born and raised in Princeton, Dawn remained in her hometown to attend Princeton University, where her father, Robert Jahn, is professor of aerospace science and Dean, emeritus. Her mother, the late Catherine Seibert Jahn, was an early childhood educator who taught at the University League Nursery School.

Dawn graduated from Princeton in 1988 with a degree in history and received a certificate in women’s studies, when she moved to Washington D.C., where she had spent summers while in college engaged in a range of public service oriented internships. She worked for two years at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she served as special assistant to the director of the Office of Programs for the Homeless Mentally Ill.

In 1991, Dawn entered the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed a Master of Public Affairs degree, having written a thesis on the functionality and success of the Texas medicaid system.

Upon completion of her graduate degree, Dawn returned to Washington and the National Institute of Mental Health, again taking up policy issues related to the homeless mentally ill. In 1994, she was summoned to the office of the vice president of the United States to work as a policy advisor to Mrs. Tipper Gore, who was and remains a staunch advocate for recognition of mental illness as a real and significant public health issue.

In 1995, Dawn moved with her husband to Massachusetts, where she began work with the non-profit organization, the National Center on Family Homelessness (formerly the Better Homes Fund), a leading voice in the country for homeless children and families. As vice president of the National Center on Family Homelessness for approximately 15 years, she worked to prevent and end this tragic problem and to ensure that no child in America would spend even one night on the streets. She developed practice guidelines for programs serving homeless families; she was one of the pioneers in helping programs provide trauma-informed care and services that met the needs of children. In addition, Dawn understood the policy issues and knew how to move the dialogue forward, helping to create “America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on the Status of Homeless Children”.

Dawn’s commitment to public service extended to the local level, as exemplified by her membership on the board of directors of the Arlington Education Foundation, which makes grants to fund educational initiatives within the Arlington Public School system.

Dawn was a great friend, colleague, and mentor to many. She managed to delicately balance work and life with grace, valuing above all family and friends while remaining fully committed to her call to public service. Dawn was the thoughtful and loving mother of two children, Georgia and Henry; and wife of 18 years of James Moses. In addition, Dawn is survived by her father, Robert Jahn of Princeton; her siblings, Eric and Jill Jahn, also of Princeton; and Nina Gustin, of Greenwich, Conn.

A celebration of Dawn’s life will be held at Town Hall in Arlington, Massachusetts on July 14 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the National Center on Family Homelessness.

June 13, 2012

Philip J. Stevenson

Dr. Philip J. Stevenson (sometimes PJ or Phil), 77, of Princeton, died Friday, June 1 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Portrush, Northern Ireland, Phil was the second child of Philip George and Mary Stevenson. He was an avid golfer from the age of 10; taught by the then pro of the Royal Portrush Golf Club, his father. Through hard work and intelligence he achieved a Masters of Science from The Queen’s University of Belfast in 1960, and went on to get his Doctorate from the University of Manchester two years later.

In August of 1963, he emigrated to the United States with little more than a suitcase, his wits, and a job offer. He achieved success working for many bio-tech/pharmaceutical companies over the years including: Monsanto, Chemstrand, Chicopee, Johnson & Johnson, Personal Products, and Arquest; first as a research scientist and then hit his stride as an executive. He, along with colleagues, holds the patents for many non-woven materials and manufacturing techniques, focusing on absorbent technology. His bosses would fight over him — at one point he was the vice president of two separate departments simultaneously, unheard of at the time. Phil entered semi-retirement at 55 to focus on what was really important to him: his family, friends, and golf.

Phil married Mary Lou Kohfeldt in May of ’68, who was the absolute love of his life. They weathered the ups and downs of marriage with aplomb, and were best friends ‘til the end; perhaps even more so at the end.

He was a member of the Phoenix Country Club and the Springdale Country Club of Princeton. If there is not a golf course in heaven, he didn’t want to go.

What struck everyone about Phil is his charm and humor. He was trouble. He made quick, life-long friends at all of his places of work and play. He had an unsurpassed popularity in the circles he ran in. He made everyone feel like he was their best friend when with them, but he could give quite a ribbing to those he really loved. Not afraid to flirt or tell an off-color joke when the moment called for it, he was a gentleman from a past era.

He was awesome. He will be missed by many.

Phil died a short 15 days after the passing of his wife, from what was clearly a broken heart. He stated quite plainly that he would not know what to do without her. Hopefully they are together in the hereafter.

He is survived by his two children, Tara Elisabeth and Vance Philip and his daughter-in-law, Katrina Emily; his brothers, Dai and Ramond Stevenson; and his sister, Carol Shields.

Service will be held on Saturday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. A reception will follow.


James E. Hardiman

James Edward Hardiman, 82, died peacefully on June 10, 2012 surrounded by many friends and loved ones. Born and raised in Perth Amboy, Jim resided within a two-block radius his entire life.

The greatest gift of Jim’s young life was attending Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. He often spoke of that time as a life-changing experience. He was devoted to the school until his passing, serving as a member of the President’s Council for many years and frequently attending fundraisers and alumni events. Jim attended Georgetown University, earned a BS in business management from Seton Hall, and served in military intelligence for the U.S. Army.

Losing his father at an early age, Jim became a provider by managing the family business, Seaman’s Pharmacy (est. 1840). Recognized as a pillar of the community, this popular soda fountain frequently hosted lunchtime meetings that included the patronage of mayors, congressmen, and committeemen.

Jim served as a member of the board of directors of Roosevelt Hospital for thirty years, twenty-five years as president. His tenure yielded services that improved the quality of care for countless patients, including the development of the Barbara E. Cheung Memorial Hospice. Jim’s other accomplishments include establishing the Perth Amboy parking authority and serving as a member for the District Fee Arbitration Committee for the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He was also a lifelong parishioner and faithful trustee of Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Perth Amboy.

Services will take place on Thursday, June 14th at 10 a.m., beginning at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27), Metuchen, N.J., followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Perth Amboy. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Perth Amboy. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 13 from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m.

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Yolanda P. Herbert

Yolanda Patricia Herbert, “Yo,” 61, died on May 31, 2012 at the University Medical Center of Princeton.

Born in St. Kitts British West Indies, she moved to Princeton in the early 1970s and remained in the community for over 40 years.

Yolanda was educated in the Caribbean and was employed for 37 years at the University Medical Center of Princeton as a surgical technician. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Princeton.

Yolanda is survived by her son, Kennedy Herbert; her daughter, Michelle Herbert; her grandchildren, Kajia Herbert, Alex Arroyo and Aayden Herbert; her sisters, Reverend Muriel Barnes and Eileen Elliot; her nieces, Sandra Glasgow Barnes, Debra Barnes, Jascinth Revan, Kathleen Herbert, Sheryl Herbert, and Stephanie Herbert; her nephews, Henry Barnes and Andrew Herbert; and all the family that are too numerous to mention.

A very special thank you to Wavanie Mouko and Janet Nepolitano, for their continuous support and love for Yolanda during her time of need. A thank you to the doctors that took such good care of Yolanda and to her fellow co-workers and staff members at the University Medical Center of Princeton. Her family offers their deepest and heartfelt thanks for the love and friendship offered to their mother over the last 37 years.

A funeral service took place on June 12 at First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Interment took place at Colonial Memorial Park in Hamilton.

Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.


June 6, 2012

Mary C. Saltzman

Mary Crum Saltzman, a resident of Princeton, died Sunday, May 27, 2012. Mary was born January 19, 1920 in New York City and later moved to Plainsboro before spending the last 30 plus years residing at the Princeton Community Village (PCV) in Princeton.

Mary worked for 20 years at the Princeton Acme where she held various positions from check-out clerk to inventory. She loved working at the Acme. Mary loved to walk and garden including having her own vegetable garden while also maintaining the PCV’s common flower garden. In her spare time after her retirement, Mary enjoyed taking care of her six great grandchildren.

Mary was an active member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church and a woman who put family above all else.

She was predeceased by her sister, Jeannie Cormack. Surviving are her beloved daughter, Barbara Rossi and son-in-law Felix; son Robert Crum; three grandchildren, Chris Rossi and wife Beth, Joseph Rossi and wife Sue, and Mary Ellen Mandatta and husband Eric; six great grandchildren, Christopher, Malinda, Amanda, Dominic, Michael and Maria; and several nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

A private funeral was held on June 1, 2012. Burial was at Brainerd Cemetery in Cranbury.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. Extend condolences at


John J. Hamel III

On April 29, John Jacob “Jake” Hammel III, 85, died peacefully at home in Eugene, Ore., with his loving wife and family at his side. He was a rare example of a man of culture and learning, a scholar outside the academy, and an art enthusiast of the creative arts who ardently believed in the role of the arts and education in the everyday lives of citizens.

Jake was born in Detroit, Mich., 22nd of October, 1926. He was the son of the late Genevieve Booth and the late John Jacob Hamel II, and predeceased by his sister, Barbara Hamel Miller.

Jake spent his young years living between Sarasota, Fla. and Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He attended Howe Military School, where he was a boarding student at the age of nine. He graduated from high school at Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, in 1944 and went on to Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1947. Simultaneously he was an Ensign in the United States Navel Reserve Training Corps and discharged honorably in 1946.

In 1948, Jake entered Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va., graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Divinity, cum laude. Soon thereafter he was ordained at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Ypsilanti, Mich. He married Sara Morledge in 1948.

In order to pursue graduate studies, Jake moved to New York City and entered a degree program at Union Theological Seminary. While at Union, in 1953 and 1954, Jake studied under the renowned scholars Paul Tillich and Reinhold Niebuhr. During his graduate studies, he was an assistant minister at All Angel’s Church in Manhattan. Upon being asked to become rector at St. Andrews Church, Arlington, Va. in 1955, Jake moved back to Arlington and taught at Virginia Theological Seminary from 1955-1957 while continuing his graduate studies.

In 1959 his first marriage ended in divorce. Because Episcopal laws at the time were very strict concerning divorced clergy and remarriage, Jake resigned from the ministry in 1958. Jake’s second marriage took place in 1959 in Orange, N.J. It was while living in New York City that Jake began a second career. His first job was as personnel director at Philipp Bros. He worked at Harris Upham until 1962 in the research department as an analyst editor and became a registered representative of the New York Stock Exchange. From 1962-1967, he was co-founder of the investment counseling division at Estabrook and Co. He and Phyllis moved to Princeton in 1960. Jake commuted to Wall Street on the Reading Rail Line from Belle Mead.

In 1967, he reversed his commute and joined Drexel, Firestone, Inc. in Philadelphia where he became a vice president, director of institutional sales, traveling extensively in Europe and Canada. Retiring from commuting, he began to work for several firms in Princeton including Wm. Sword & Co. and Commodities Corporation. In the mid-1980s, Jake formed his own consulting business. This allowed him time to become involved with various nonprofit groups in Princeton.

Jake loved music. He had a fine ear and lovely baritone voice. He believed very strongly in the importance of music in peoples’ lives. He began his singing career as a choirboy. To his great disappointment, his voice changed just as he was to have a solo part in his church choir. In the early 1960s, he sang in prestigious Canterbury Society at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City. In mid 1960s, Jake was invited to join post-graduate men’s octet, The Palmer Squares, started by Princeton University graduates and modeled after the Princeton Nassoons.

Jake sang and acted in several musicals put on by the amateur company PJ&B (Princeton Junction and Back). In the 1960s and early 1970s he made appearances in many plays, beginning with Showboat in 1964. In the early 1980s he auditioned and won a place in the 100-voice choral group, Princeton Pro Musica. The pinnacle of his early singing career was two concerts at Carnegie Hall in 1985 with this group. He joined the board, became treasurer, and then president of Princeton Pro Musica.

He joined the board of the Princeton Chamber Symphony as trustee and treasurer in 1997. His love and vast knowledge of music helped to guide the board for many years. He was a major force in creating a larger role for the orchestra in the community, especially as the leader of the effort to establish BRAVO!, a successful children’s program within the organization. As president in 1999, Jake presided over its budget and to see the orchestra’s name change to the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in order to reflect its status as a fully professional ensemble. Many of the organization’s current strategies in programming, fiscal discipline, and community outreach can be traced back to his initiative, vision and leadership. As Melanie Clark, PSO executive director stated, “He steadied us often and set us up for all good things that followed.”

He prided himself on his music library, his tastes running the gambit from Randy Travis to Bach. Jake was a tireless reader. His range of interests was very broad, but of particular fascination to him were American history (the period of the Constitution and the Civil War), theology, politics, literature, music, and art. Whenever Jake traveled, he would thoroughly research local museums and churches, never missing monuments considered important by many.

Throughout his life, Jake liked to write; in graduate school he wrote book reviews published in the Virginia Theological Seminary Journal. In a 1986 volume of Witness, a journal of theology, he published an article entitled “The Cosmic Nature of Christmas.” He researched and wrote an article on a painting long in the possession of his wife’s family. In this article he made thorough arguments that the painting was in fact an early portrait of one of his wife’s ancestors painted by Benjamin West who lived in Philadelphia. The painting is now hanging in the Winterthur Museum. In 2008, Jake acted as consulting historian for the Morven exhibit, Picturing Princeton 1783. He also served on the 1783 committee. He was a valued resource and is among those thanked in the forward of the catalogue for the exhibit titled, “Princeton 1783: The Nation’s Capital.”

As a relaxing hobby and diversion for his steady hands, he built expert wooden model trains and ships. Jake was a passionate and avid tennis player. He played with several groups and on weekends he could be found on the court at Pretty Brook Tennis Club where he was a member. He was also president of the club in 1977.

Jake and his family attended Trinity Church of Princeton. For many years he was Head Usher as well as having other duties at Trinity. He gave the Sunday sermon on two occasions at Trinity. Through his reading and writing, Jake kept an active interest in theology and the concerns of the Episcopal church.

Jake is survived by his wife, Phyllis. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a year after moving to Eugene, Ore. Children from his first marriage are John Timothy Hamel and wife Debbie, and Sara Christine Hamel and husband Wes Sowers; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by the children of his second marriage, step-daughter Gwyneth Hamel Iredale, Jennifer Potter Hamel, and his son, John Eric Hamel; and two grandchildren; one nephew and two nieces.

A memorial service with burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30th at Trinity Church, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jake’s memory to the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 250, Princeton, N.J. 08542; Virginia Theological Seminary, Chapel Fund, 1737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Va. 22304; or SAVE, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


Claude G. Sutphen

Claude G. Sutphen, age 79, died Friday, June 1, 2012 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Princeton, Mr. Sutphen worked and later served as superintendent of Princeton Cemetery for over 45 years.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Salena (McCrone) Sutphen; brothers Douglas Sutphen and Bob Sutphen; and sisters Jeanette Thompson, Zabeth Maksymovich and Ethel Wallen.

Mr. Sutphen is survived by his wife, Averil (Duncan) Sutphen; his daughters, Claudia Bazewicz and her husband Robert, and Diane Christiansen; his son Douglas Sutphen and his wife Mary Jane; and grandchildren Dawn Payne and her husband Paul, Kristina Sinsimer and her husband Daniel, Douglas Sutphen Jr. and his fiancé Tara Crane, Robert Bazewicz and his wife Nicole, and James Bazewicz.

He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Whitlock; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held on Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, 71 E. Prospect Street, Hopewell.

Services and Interment were held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Crohn’s Disease Initiative,; or to the New Jersey SPCA at


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,