May 22, 2013

5-22-13 Chin ObitTe Ning Chin

Te Ning Chin, 92, of Princeton, died on May 16, 2013 in University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro after a brief illness. Born on July 15, 1920, he grew up on a farm in rural China.

Dr. Chin received a B.S. in electrical engineering from National Tsing Hua University (Kunming, Yunnan) in 1942. From 1942 to 1945, he worked at Central Radio Manufacturing Works in Kunming and then served as an instructor at Tsing Hua University in Beijing from 1945 to 1947. He was awarded a scholarship to attend graduate school in the United States through a U.S. government-sponsored program created to recognize China for having been an ally during World War II.

A member of the Sigma Xi honor society, Te Ning received an MS in 1949 and a PhD in 1952 in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. While he was a PhD candidate, the Communists announced their takeover of China in October 1949. This great and generous nation called America, the “Shining City on a Hill”, not only welcomed him to stay but also provided a path to citizenship.

Dr. Chin did postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois and then worked as a senior engineer for RCA Corp. from 1955 to 1957. From 1957 to 1977, he was a member of the technical staff at RCA Laboratories. He took a sabbatical year from 1963 to 1964, during which he was an associate professor in the department of electrical engineering at Rutgers University and was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship to participate in MIT’s program on experimental solid state physics. After departing RCA Labs, he worked at New Jersey Institute of Technology before joining the United States Army armament research and development command in 1979. He retired from the department of defense in 1989. He made pioneering contributions in the television industry, authored numerous journal articles, and one book, and he was the holder of five patents.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Yun-Chen Kao, sons Alvin and Gilbert, and two granddaughters, Fiona and Meredith.

A memorial gathering will be held at a future date.

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Wanda D. Saums

Wanda D. Saums passed away after a brief illness on May 17, 2013 at home in Blawenburg. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and raised on the family farm in the Hopewell Valley area.

Wanda was a pioneer for women and was a founder along with her husband Bob of Saums Paint & Wallpaper in 1957 now called Saums Interiors and Saums Paint Shop. She was a decorator, salesperson, bookkeeper, and overseer of everything.

She was a member of St. Alphonsus Church in Hopewell. She also studied the bible and received further fellowship from the Blawenburg Dutch Reformed Church.

Wanda is predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Saums and grandson R. Scott Perrine. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon of Hopewell, Maryann and Jerry Keating of Pennington, and Eileen and Mike McCandlish of Columbus, Ohio; 3 grandchildren, Steven Perrine, Jennifer Dragert, and Caz Finnegan. She is also survived by one great-grandchild Danielle Perrine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Church on Prospect Street in Hopewell. Burial will follow at Blawenburg Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. #2, P.O. Box 267, Blawenburg, N.J. 08504.

Arrangements are under the direction of Blackwell Memorial Funeral Home, Pennington.


Peter Tilden HitchcockPeter Tilden Hitchcock

Peter Tilden Hitchcock, 81, passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was the son of the late Horace Gaylord Hitchcock and Elinor Tilden Hitchcock of Bronxville, New York. He was the grandson of the late Charles Joseph Tilden and Katherine Myers Tilden.

Peter graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1949 from Phillips Exeter Academy and Cum Laude from Princeton University, class of 1953. While in attendance, he went to Officer Candidate School and upon graduation he served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was released from active duty on Honorable Discharge, having attained the rank of Lieutenant, Senior Grade. In 1959 he received a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law, New York City. While there he met his beloved wife, Cecily (Ceci) Kohlsaat Hitchcock of 55 years. Ceci’s parents were the late Minot C. Morgan, Jr. and Virginia Myers Kohlsaat Morgan of 36 Mercer Street. Minot (Mike) was mayor of Princeton in 1946.

He joined Allied Chemical Corp. (later Allied Signal, now G.E. Honeywell) where he served as Counsel for many divisions, eventually becoming assistant general counsel. In 1980 he accepted a position with Conoco Chemical (later DuPont) and did extensive international legal work and later was a founding executive of Vista Chemical, later acquired by Condea of Germany. He retired in 1994.

Peter was active in politics, as chairman of the Republican Municipal Committee of Mountain Lakes, N.J. He was also active at St. Peter’s Church, Mountain Lakes.

After his retirement, he and Ceci spent several years at Hilton Head Island, S.C. In 2002 they moved to Jackson, N.J. and continued to split their time between Jackson and Sandisfield, Mass., living at “Thurtilperk Hill”, his family home since 1923. Most recently he was a member of Trinity Church, Princeton.

Besides his beloved wife, Ceci, Peter is survived by two daughters, Sharon Myers Hitchcock of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Courtney Hitchcock Cole, her husband Richard and grandson, Nicholas Tilden Cole of Bluffton, S.C. He is also survived by his brother, Father Horace Gaylord Hitchcock, Jr. of Hawaii.

A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father Russell Griffin and Father H. Gaylord Hitchcock, brother of the deceased, will take place at the Church of St. Uriel the Archangel, 219 Philadelphia and Third Avenue, Sea Girt, N.J. on Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wag On Inn Rescue (an organization that rescues animals from kill shelters up and down the Atlantic Coast), 400 W. Park Ave., Oakhurst, N.J. 07755. Arrangements are under the direction of the George S. Hassler Funeral Home, 980 Bennetts Mills Rd., Jackson Twp., N.J.


5-22-13 Wyder ObitEdmund R. Wyder, Jr. 

Edmund R. Wyder, Jr., died Wednesday, May 14 at his home in Somerset, N.J. He was 92. Mr. Wyder was born in Jersey City and spent his youth growing up in White Plains, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a second lieutenant. He graduated from Harvard University in 1947 and worked at McGraw Hill Publishing Company for most of his career before retiring in 1985.

In 1949 he married the love of his life, Ollie Labash, who passed away in 1999. He is preceded in death by his beloved son Mark T. Wyder. He is survived by his loving son, Bruce E. Wyder of Somerset, and his loving daughter, Susan Newton-Dunn (Nick) of Pennington. Also surviving him are five grandchildren, Kara L. Fraser of Manhattan, N.Y,, Cristina Dunlap (Peter) of Wayzata, Minn,, Theodore Wyder of Minneapolis, Minn,, Alexandra Wyder of Chicago, Ill., and Julia Wyder of Minneapolis, Minn. His daughter-in-law Jan Wyder-Barck of Plymouth, Minn. also survives him.

Services were held on Saturday, May 18at 10:30 a.m. in the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church in Belle Mead. Interment was private. Visiting for family and friends was held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Wyder’s name be made to World Vision Organization for the relief of suffering children.


Donald E. Blankenbush

Donald E. Blankenbush died at his home on May 16, 2013. Don was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on May 28, 1929. He died of pulmonary disease and other medical problems.

He graduated from Wilkes College, served with the U.S. Army in the Korean conflict, and earned a Master’s degree in U.S. History from Rutger’s University. He taught social studies at the Princeton Regional Schools for 37 years, was president of the Teacher’s Association and coached baseball. Don assisted Henry Drewry in the establishment of the Teacher Preparation Program at Princeton University and created the Jefferson Meeting, an inter-generational debate program at the John Witherspoon Middle School. He was director of the Hun School summer day camp, and president of the Trenton Ski Club when the ski slope commonly referred to as “Belle Bump” was opened.

Upon retirement Don taught at the Rescue Mission in Trenton and homebound students through the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. He also started a tennis program as part of Pennington Parks and Recreation.

His beloved family was all with him before he died. He is survived by his lovely and adored wife, Anthea Spencer; his son, David Blankenbush and his wife, Kristin; his two daughters, Sara Foster, Diana(Dede) Geherty and husband, Ted; his stepdaughter, Melanie Spencer and husband, Mark Horlock; ; his stepson, Silas Spencer and partner Tom Wynn; his five grandchildren, Amanda and Julia Foster, Ben and Will Geherty, and Ayla Blankenbush; his three stepgrandchildren, Aria Arnone, Max and Marcus Merriman; many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces; and many wonderful friends.

There will be a celebration and remembrance of his life at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street. Trenton, N.J. 08611-1799, www.mercerstreet; Crisis Ministry, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 08542,; Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 790, Trenton, N.J. 08605-0790, or Catholic Charities, 383 W. State Street, Trenton 08610,

May 15, 2013

5-15-13 Johnson ObitKristina Barbara Johnson

Kristina Barbara Johnson died peacefully on April 18, 2013 surrounded by family. She leaves behind her loving daughter, Jeniah “Kookie” Johnson, son-in-law, Tom Sheeran, grandchildren, Henry and Josie Sheeran, life partner, Robert Cannon, two brothers, Gottfried Eisenführ and Gunther Eisenführ, along with many adoring friends and her faithful giant African Leopard Tortoise, George.

Kristina was a lawyer, art collector, and lover of life and all that life had to offer. She lived large; her energy inextinguishable; an energy so powerful she would often silence a room upon entering, yet her warm charm and quick wit put anyone crossing her path at ease. Guided by her heart, she left an indelible mark on everyone she met. Her presence in this physical world will be greatly missed.

Born in Berlin, Germany, Kristina came to the United States as a student. A creative soul with a brilliant eye, she soon found her way into the art scenes of New York and Paris. After a short stint as a fashion model, she soon became an artists’ agent in the advertising industry. Versed in several languages, she engaged foreign artists — Raymond Savignac being one of her larger accounts. She also represented Andy Warhol during his career in fashion illustration, before he became a pop icon.

From cowboys to classic cars, Kristina was enthralled by anything quintessentially American. Inspired by visits to Nantucket, she became enthralled by the gritty romance of its history. She began collecting original whaling journals and the whaler’s folk art, scrimshaw. She went on to amass the largest private whaling collection in the world quickly becoming a leading historian in the field, founding the Whale Research Foundation in Princeton.

In the early 1980’s she sent her scrimshaw and whaling artifacts off to be auctioned in four, two-session sales at Sotheby’s and her manuscripts were sold in two sales at Swan Galleries. She donated her extensively indexed library to The San Francisco National Maritime Museum. However, her passion for American folk art continued as she amassed a nationally respected collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, sculptures, and textiles.

Kristina served on governance boards of several arts and cultural organizations including: the American Folk Art Museum; the South Street Seaport Museum, the National Maritime Society, the NJ Ballet Company, and the Arts Council of Princeton.

Her service to the American Folk Art Museum spanned over 40 years, during which time she curated several exhibitions, inaugurated an annual lecture series, and created a scholarship fund for the Folk Art Institute. She established and contributed to The Clarion, which evolved into one of the most respected scholarly journals in the field of folk art. She became board president in 1971.

Kristina authored, contributed to, or was featured in a multitude of publications including Art & Auction (where she was an associate editor); Arts & Antiques (where she was featured as one of America’s 100 Top Collectors for 3 consecutive years); Town & Country; Forbes; Money Magazine, Life Magazine, and Time-Life Publications. She was featured in nationally televised programs including Good Morning America.

She lectured nationally and internationally including at the Smithsonian; the Melville Society; Mystic Seaport; The NY and The NJ Historical Societies; Princeton University; New York University, and the American Museum in Bath, England. Kristina was nominated for Woman of the Year for the Arts at a bicentennial celebration sponsored by the Smithsonian in 1974.

Voluntary and paid consulting and curating positions (aside from The American Folk Art Museum) included The Metropolitan Museum; The Whitney Museum; American Association of Museums; New Bedford Whaling Museum; Time-Life Publications; The White House and Gracie Mansion. She was an advisor to the Ford Foundation, American Federation of the Arts, and the Nantucket Whaling Museum. She was most proud of her renowned hooked rug show, American Classics in Princeton.

Kristina was also a political advocate. Her close affiliations included: Senator Edward Kennedy; Governor Robert Meyner; Governor William Cahill; Mayor Edward Koch; Senator Bill Bradley; Senator Fred Thompson; Congressman Rush Holt, and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora. She attended two state dinners at the White House with President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford. She was awarded the title of Colonial Aide de Camp by Ned McWherter, Governor, on behalf of the people of Tennessee.

Perhaps the accomplishment of which Kristina was most proud was becoming a lawyer in 1978. She authored several legal publications and applied herself to intellectual property where she could combine her love for art with her new found education. She also loved to collect and drive vintage American cars. Football, that all-American sport, was one of her many passions from attending Princeton games to rooting for her favorite team, the Buffalo Bills.

For the past 18 years the cultural advancement of Kristina’s two grandchildren became her primary focus. Spending more time at her Princeton home, she served on the Board of the Arts Council of Princeton, co-chairing its capital campaign during a period of rapid growth. She continued to graciously open her home and collection for tours and school trips where in the warmer months, visitors enjoyed her beautiful garden and fed her 200-some year old pet tortoise, George, who had been a member of Queen Victoria’s court.

Private tribute events currently being planned are: Princeton in June; Nantucket, Mass. in August. For inquiries please contact jjohnson@artscouncilof

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Arts Council of Princeton’s Kristina Johnson Memorial Fund using the online DONATE button at or mail to Jeniah Johnson, Director of Development and Marketing, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street,
Princeton, N.J. 08542-3204


Vivian M. Morse

Vivian M. Morse, formerly of Princeton, died May 8, 2013 at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center following a stroke.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927, she was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Rose Mirell.

Vivian moved to Princeton from Dayton, Ohio in 1965 with her husband and daughter when her husband, a research chemist, pursued a new job opportunity in New Jersey. While in Princeton, she returned to school at night to complete her bachelor’s degree, earning a BS in mathematics from Rutgers University in 1972. She then took a position in the sampling department at Opinion Research Corporation, where she worked until being accepted to the advanced computer science program at City College of New York, which she completed in 1978.

In 1979, Vivian moved with her husband to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania due to his transfer there from Merck’s Rahway headquarters to its Calgon subsidiary. She remained in Pittsburgh, her adopted hometown, until her death, and continued her lifelong passion for learning by earning a Master’s degree in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, at age 70.

An avid painter, Vivian was a long-time member of the Princeton Art Association. She volunteered regularly at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, reading advanced mathematical textbooks. She was a contributing writer of mathematical questions for the SAT exam to Educational Testing Service. A lover of classical music, she was an enthusiastic supporter of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She enjoyed travelling with her husband after his retirement, visiting Europe, Alaska and China on numerous excursions.

Vivian will be sorely missed by her loving husband of 67 years, Lewis D. Morse of Pittsburgh, her daughter, Marjorie Morse Bell and her husband Gavin Bell of Princeton, and four adoring grandchildren, Megan E. Bell of Ottawa, Canada, and Collin, Hayley, and Sean Bell of Princeton. She also leaves behind her devoted caregiver, Maria Garcia.

Funeral services were held May 12 in Pittsburgh. Arrangements were made by Ralph Schugar, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Vivian’s memory be made to Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540, or to a charity of your choice.


5-15-13 Pitts ObitZachary Stephen Dawson-Pitts

Zachary Stephen Dawson-Pitts died suddenly on May 6, 2013 in Belmar New Jersey. He was 26 years old. Zach was pre-deceased by his mother, Suzanne E. Dawson of Raleigh, North Carolina, and is survived by his father, Stephen Pitts of Princeton and his two sisters, Liza Dawson-Pitts of West Trenton and Anna Dawson-Pitts of Princeton. Zach is also survived by his grandparents, Col. and Mrs W.H. Dawson III of Palm Springs, Calif. and Oak Island, N.C. He is survived by aunts and uncles and many cousins. Zach also leaves behind the love of his life Jessa Harper of Levittown Pa. and countless friends from high and low places.

Memorial services for Zach will be held this Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St, in Princeton. A reception at the church will follow immediately after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Zach may be sent to: Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J. 08540; SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540; The 24 Club of Princeton, Inc., 1225 State Road – Rear, Princeton, N.J. 08540; or The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, N.J. 08542. Please write “In memory of Zachary Dawson-Pitts” in a memo or make donations online.


5-15-13 Amirzafari ObitMohammad S. Amirzafari

Mohammad S. Amirzafari, 83 of Princeton died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at home. He was born in Rasht, Iran. Having spent his youth by the Caspian Sea, he felt most at home on the beach. He was an avid amateur photographer and mountain climber. He was fond of the poetry of Hafez, loved classical Iranian music, and was quick to break into song. He was a procurement manager for the Iranian National Oil Company until 1980 when he left Iran for Spain. In 1982 he moved to the United States. He deeply missed Iran and the family he left behind.

He has been a resident of Princeton since 1984. He was retired from Princeton University where he worked at Firestone Library. He is the son of the late Naser Amirzafari, and Heshmat Saleh. He is survived by a son Kam Amirzafari, a daughter Shohreh Harris, a brother Naser Amirzafari, 4 sisters Fakhri Amirzafari, Nayer Amirzafari, Nezhat Amirzafari and Nahid Amirzafari, 4 grandchildren Nolan Harris, Ian Harris, Thomas Amirzafari and Luke Amirzafari.

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


Joachim E. Parrella

Joachim E. Parrella, 83, died at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 28, 2013. He was born April 10, 1930, in New Haven, Conn., to Gioacchino Erasmus Parrella and Angelina Fera Parrella. The family moved to Trenton in 1945, and Jo lived in West Windsor from 1973 to 2010. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancianne; daughters Amy Noznesky (David), Hobe Sound, Fla.; and Lisa O’Connell (Terry), Loveland, Ohio; granddaughters Megan Strauss and Catherine and Madeline O’Connell; brothers Jasper E. Parrella (Connie), Morrisville, Pa., and Luigi G. Parrella of Brazil; and sisters Aurora D. Parrella, West Trenton, N.J., and Gilda C. Parrella, Chicago, Ill. He was predeceased by his brother Paul.

Jo began a career in aircraft engineering, but later went back to school to study to be a teacher of choral music. He taught first in Trenton, and then for 32 years in the Princeton Schools, retiring from John Witherspoon Middle School, where he established a successful choral program. In addition to teaching, Jo Parrella was an expert at concert logistics and recording. Along with Nancianne, he worked with renowned choral conductor Robert Shaw, with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Pa., and from 1995-2009 as logistics coordinator for the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York City. A Memorial Mass will be held there on Sunday, May 26, at 3 p.m., 980 Park Avenue at 84th St., New York, N.Y. 10028.

A full obituary, photos, and memorial information are online at

May 1, 2013

Josephine Marie Giordano

Josephine Marie Giordano, 68, of Skillman died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York City, she resided in Skillman for the past 18 years. She was a graduate of Brooklyn College. Daughter of the late Carlo and Eleanor Genovese Barbara, she is survived by her loving husband of 47 years Vincent R. Giordano, 2 sons Vincent Giordano and Carl Giordano (his wife Laura and her daughter Julia), and a daughter Dr. Christina DiVenti (her husband Michael and their daughters Katherine and Emily), a brother Dr. Joseph Barbara (his wife Paula), a sister Bridget Voorand (her late husband Aadu), a sister in law Elizabeth Schambach (her husband Charles), and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

Josephine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to all who loved her dearly. The joys of her life were her granddaughters Katie and Emily who will always love and remember their beloved Nana and all she meant to them. Josephine’s memory will forever bring a smile to all who knew her and to whom she was always so caring and generous. Josephine was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated there on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. Burial followed in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Basking Ridge. Friends were able to call on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. In Lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.


Robert Benjamin Hearne

Robert Benjamin Hearne, 75, died on April 17,2013, after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Hollywood, Calif., Bob grew up in Coalinga, Calif. and graduated from Pomona College, Claremont, Calif., where he starred on the rugby and baseball teams. Arriving in Princeton in 1967, Bob was a long time Princeton area resident. In 2002, he and his wife, Susan, moved to Hightstown.

Following his involvement in the early developmental days of computer programming at the Defense Department, IBM, David Sarnoff Research, and Booz Allen Hamilton, Bob had a long, creative, entrepreneurial career as a computer software designer. He founded multiple independent companies in the computer-publishing field and was a consultant to several New Jersey companies.

Bob was widely known for his infamously pun-filled and sometimes irreverent sense of humor, grand tales, and mischievous antics. A fixture in many local tennis leagues, Bob relished his time playing USTA tennis, the Mercer County leagues, and the crack-of-dawn Bucks County weekly games. He was a fierce competitor and played on numerous teams that won local and regional tournaments.

Whether flying his airplane to off-the-beaten-track spots in the Caribbean, treasure hunting, or midnight Scuba diving, Bob was a man of adventure. On a lark, he showed up with his best friend, Joel Felsher, and over a thousand others, for the casting of extras for the local filming of the movie “IQ” in 1994. Bob landed the role of Walter Matthau’s stand-in, dressing as Albert Einstein every day.

Ever curious, Bob sought new challenges and enjoyed learning new things. With a can-do attitude, Bob spent much time in recent years remodeling, restoring, and fixing up things at home.

An extraordinarily positive individual, Bob was a champion for persons with disabilities and served on the Enable Board of Trustees for more than 15 years in many capacities. Enable is a nonprofit charity devoted to helping New Jersey men and women with chronic disabilities and elderly persons live as independently as possible in local communities.

In addition to his wife, Susan Nation, he is survived by his daughter and daughter-in-law, Shelley Hearne and Kathleen Welch of Washington, D.C., his daughter and son-in-law, Alexandra and Doug Jackson of Hillsborough, and two grandchildren, Zoe and Ella Jackson, his stepson, Anthony Fraser of Brooklyn, N.Y., mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Paul Nation of Vero Beach, Fla., sister-in-law, Beth Nation of Hopkinton, Mass., niece Hannah Soifer of Hopkinton, Mass., nephew Alex Soifer of Hollywood, Calif., and brother-in-law, Adam Nation of Pittsburgh, Pa. His former wife and mother of his two daughters, Pamela Jardine of Princeton, also survives him, as do the many friends made over the course of a life well lived. He will live on forever in our hearts and minds and we miss him greatly.

Bob’s family extends a huge thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Capital Health Medical Center, Hopewell for the exceptional care and extraordinary kindness they gave to Bob and to all of us. We will be forever grateful.

A memorial gathering to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on June 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Princeton Airport, Princeton, N.J.

Contributions in Bob’s memory may be sent to: Enable, Inc., 13 Roszel Road, Suite B110, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or may be made by going to Enable’s website at


Susan L. Horowitz

Susan L. Horowitz, age 66 years, of Belle Mead, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in the Princeton Medical Center, in Plainsboro.

Born in Perth Amboy on October 9, 1946, daughter of the late Joseph and Eileen Greenspan Klegman, she had formerly resided in Ringoes, then in Princeton, for seven years and had resided in Belle Mead for 36 years.

A graduate of Rider University, she was formerly a teacher at the New Grange School, Princeton and then taught at Bridge Academy in Lawrenceville.

Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Ronald S. Horowitz; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Santina Horowitz of Newport, R.I., and Daniel and Debra Horowitz of Hopewell; two grandchildren, Judd and Sela Horowitz; and a brother and sister-in-law, Barry and Dyanne Klegman of Newton, Mass.

Graveside services were held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Flemington Jewish Community Cemetery, Capner Street, Flemington, N.J., under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation, 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, N.J. 08553. For further information or to send an online condolence, please visit

April 24, 2013

Marian Ruth Larson

Born in Niles, Ohio, Marian was the daughter of Laura Darell (Morrall) Cleaton and James Gabriel Cleaton, and sister of Richard James Cleaton. A resident of Cape Neddick, Maine, she was staying with her daughter Laurie in Princeton, New Jersey, at the time of her death.

Marian was married in 1950 to Allan Stanley Larson of New Rochelle, New York; they divorced in 1982. Their daughter Laurie, of Princeton, survives; daughter Kristin predeceased her mother. Marian is also survived by Kristin’s daughter Jessica Meyers, husband Michael, and their children, Kaitlyn, Jonathan, Aris and Damian, of Cape Neddick. Laurie’s stepchildren Heather, Todd, and David Goldberg, and the Goldberg family, all of New Jersey, also honor Marian.

Marian earned BS and MS degrees in education at Kent State University. She taught first grade for 30 years in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where she pioneered in using nature and the environment in her curriculum. She was an accomplished botanist and photographer. She volunteered at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and was a founding member of the Ohio Native Plant Society. On retirement in 1982, she moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and later Cape Neddick, Maine. She worked as a docent at the Strawbery Banke history museum, and also volunteered for Laudholm Farm and other groups. She appreciated music and art, and was a book collector and gardener. Marian shared her joy in nature with her family, friends, and with generations of schoolchildren, who remember her lovingly.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m., at the Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge in York, Maine. The family encourages donations in Marian’s memory be made to the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program, or to the Montgomery Emergency Medical Service, in Belle Mead, New Jersey.

April 17, 2013

4-17-13 Rose ObitJerome G. Rose

Jerome G. Rose, 86 years old, died on April 5, 2013 in Princeton, New Jersey where he has resided for the past 44 years.He was professor of urban planning and professor of business law at Rutgers University for 27 years before his retirement in 1996. He was honored as an outstanding teacher, having won the Rutgers University prestigious Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Rutgers School of Business teaching awards. Upon his retirement in 1996, Rutgers created a new award in his honor, the Jerome G. Rose Excellence in Teaching Award to be given to outstanding teachers in the School of Planning and Public Policy. His students will remember him for his sense of humor, his dramatic presentations of material, and his ability to make Land Use Law and Business Law engaging courses.

He was also a controversial land use planner who criticized the New Jersey Supreme Court’s zoning decision that opened up suburban land for housing development. He had argued in many articles and land use conferences that the court’s decision would drain the central cities of their middle class residents, concentrate the urban poor in New Jersey’s cities and waste precious fuel and other resources. Instead of the court’s urban policy he proposed programs of redevelopment within the cities. He incited the wrath of many critics by his assertion that the primary beneficiaries of the court’s decision would be land use developers and not the urban poor.

In 1948 he received an AB with Distinction in Government from Cornell University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1951. He was a member of the Bar of the State of New York and a licensed Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey. He had been a member of the Princeton Township Zoning Board and the Princeton Regional Planning Board. Before retirement he had been a consultant to many municipal and state government agencies on matters relating to housing and land use control.

Starting in 1972 and continuing for twenty years thereafter, he was editor-in-chief of the Real Estate Law Journal, a quarterly review of developments in the fields of real estate law, taxation, and finance. He has written eight books on various aspects of land use regulation, seventy articles, and an autobiography as well as several booklets about his extensive travels.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Naomi, three children; Patricia Zeigler, Elizabeth Rose, and Theodore Rose and six grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Wilson Room of Princeton Windrows, 2000 Windrow Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


4-17-13 Porado ObitPhilip P. Porado

Philip P. Porado, 84, known to most as Phil or Grampa, passed away April 1, 2013 surrounded by his family.A Princeton resident since 1967, and known for his traffic-stopping front gardens, Phil was a manager at La Vake and Hamilton Jewelers on Nassau St. He also had his own appraisal firm, Scott and Porado with former LaVake colleague Hubert Scott from 1980 until 1982.

A past president of the Princeton Lions Club, Pettoranello Foundation board member, and American Legion parade marcher, Phil also was a Juilliard-trained concertmaster for the Ars Nova chamber orchestra and numerous other local classical music ensembles.
He performed regularly with the Connecticut Symphony and Connecticut Pops from 1947 until the mid-1950s and taught violin to students in Lordship and Fairfield, Connecticut.
Phil was the first man to play a violin from the stage of the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut and could tell side splitting tales about the antics of Christopher Plummer, Jack Palance, Jerry Stillar, and Roddy McDowall during rehearsals and performances of the Tempest by that company in the summer of 1955.
Indeed, for most, Phil was best known for his talent as a story teller. All who came within earshot, usually over a beer, can recount hearing him spin a yarn about his beloved family members, his childhood in Black Rock, Connecticut, fishing with his children in the Long Island Sound or off the New Jersey coast, memories of the Depression and War years, his Navy service, or time at music school.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Norma and Dan Hill of Doylestown, Pa., son and daughter-in-law Philip and Hilary Porado of Toronto, Canada, four grand-daughters — Caitrin McLean (and husband Matt), Ellen Hill, and Martha and Electa Porado, and one great-grandson Alessandro Leone. His beloved wife Doris passed away in 2000.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Princeton Pettoranello Foundation or the Trenton Community Music School.

The family would like to extend its thanks to the many friends and neighbors who enabled Phil to remain in his home during his last years. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on May 11 at Trinity Church on Mercer Street, followed by a reception at his home.

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


4-17-13 Douglas ObitPaul Malcolm Douglas

Paul Malcolm Douglas died peacefully at age 95 on February 27, 2013 at Cathedral Village, a retirement community in Philadelphia. He was born in Newark, on February 24, 1918 and grew up in New Jersey and California. While at Princeton University, he won the coveted Bonthron Cup for his outstanding track record. He graduated with honors in 1941 with a major in politics.Before leaving for naval duty in World War II, he married Julianne Wightman in Flushing, New York. During the war, he worked on Special Assignment in Naval Intelligence under Admiral Chester A. Nimitz, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Returning to civilian life, Paul earned an MA in politics at Princeton and took a job as assistant to the president of Oberlin College before moving on to work in public relations for McCann-Erickson in Cleveland. He became a consultant for a range of public and private institutions, eventually relocating to Princeton. Over the course of his career, he pioneered closed circuit national and international video teleconferences, and, as DV Communications, produced major video coverage of everything from championship boxing events and World Cup soccer games to meetings of major medical associations and U. S. automotive companies.

Paul was a co-founder of Oxfam-America, serving on its board for ten years. He also served as a member of the Corporation of Haverford College. He was devoted to his Princeton class and rarely missed a reunion. His volunteer activities included working with the Princeton University Art Museum and the Princeton Public Library. A life-long Quaker, he was a member of the Princeton Friends Meeting.

After retiring, Paul and Julie moved year round to their summer home in Wakefield. Their last move was to Philadelphia in 2001.

Paul is predeceased by his wife Julianne and survived by three daughters, Susan Marcus of Wakefield, R.I., Nancy Pontone of Philadelphia, Pa., and Carol Henderson of Chapel Hill, N.C.; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oxfam America, 226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor, Boston, Mass. 02114 or

A memorial service in his honor will be held at the Princeton Friends Meeting on Saturday May 11 at 2 p.m.

April 10, 2013

Emily Ramsdell Clapp Gillispie

Emily Ramsdell Clapp Gillispie, 95, of Princeton, passed away on April 8 after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Charles C. Gillispie, and a cousin, Edward Atwater of Rochester, N.Y.

Born in Rochester on 14 October 1917, Emily Ramsdell Clapp was the daughter of William D. Clapp and Frances Atwater Clapp. She was a member of the class of 1935 at George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and of the Class of 1939 at the University of Rochester, where she graduated with an AB in English, with a minor in art history. Immediately after graduation she served as executive secretary to organize the inauguration of Helen Bragdon, newly elected president of Lake Erie College. In 1940 and 1941 she first worked for R. H. Macy’s at the Bamberger store in Newark, and then served in a secretarial capacity in the law offices of R.T. Vanderbilt in New York City. Early in 1942, Emily Clapp returned to Rochester, where she held the post of co-director of the USO, the United Services Organization, the major facility serving the off duty needs of enlisted men at the nearby Samson Naval Training Station at Geneva. After the war, in 1945-46, she was recreation director at the naval station on Lake Champlain at Plattsburg, N. Y. In 1946 she moved to Boston to accept the position of assistant placement director at Simmons College.

Emily Clapp and Charles Gillispie met in the summer of 1938, when they were members of a student group that travelled to Britain and the Continent under the auspices of the Experiment in International Living. They remained in touch thereafter and throughout the war years and were married at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester on January 29, 1949. Emily came to Princeton with Charles, who had joined Princeton University’s faculty.

In Princeton, Emily Gillispie worked as editorial assistant for the Jefferson papers from 1950 until 1954. From 1955 until 1958 she was administrative assistant to Vice-President Quay of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Other than her wartime service at the USO, the professional position she most enjoyed was that of editorial secretary of The American Scientist, the Sigma Xi journal, which was under the direction of Dean Emeritus Sir Hugh Taylor, who served as editor until 1969. Throughout Charles Gillispie’s academic career, his wife’s editorial skills were of inestimable benefit in the preparation of all his writings.

After Dean Taylor’s retirement, Emily Gillispie returned to her student interest in the history of art. She then joined with others of the University League, wives of members of the University, who founded the docent organization of the Princeton University Art Museum. She served a term as chairman of that volunteer organization from 1972 until 1974, and remained active giving tours, guidance, and museum talks through the 1990s.

A private burial will take place on April 13 in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. A celebration of Emily’s life will be held later this spring; details to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton University Art Museum, McCormick Hall, Princeton, New Jersey 08544. Please designate “In support of Education and Outreach Programs, in memory of Emily Gillispie.”

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


Obit VasquesPedro Jose Vazquez

Pedro Jose Vazquez, 81, a proud and loving father of two sons, Silvio and Claudio, and two grandchildren Joey and Little Pedro, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Cape Coral, Florida. Pedro was born November 27, 1931, in San Gregorio, Santa Fe Province, Argentina and moved to Princeton with his family in 1968. Pedro will most be remembered for his strong work ethic, glowing smile, and great hugs.

Pedro was a kind, polite, and gentle man who spent much of his life working during the day as a machine operator for Dietzgen Corporation, and in the evenings running his business, PJV Maintenance, cleaning offices at the Princeton Medical Group. In his later years Pedro worked at the dining center of the Princeton University Graduate School until retiring last year. He was loved by many of the students and staff, who would often seek him out for his contagious smile that he brought to everyone who came to know him.

Pedro was a wildlife enthusiast and a wonderful photographer. He enjoyed fishing and following his beloved Boca Juniors Soccer Club of Buenos Aires as well as the Argentine National team. He was proud of his Argentine culture and he was proud to be an American citizen.

He is survived by his former wife, Nelida Sira Vazquez of New Jersey; two loving sons, Silvio Eduardo and his wife Tara of Santa Barbara, Calif., and their children Joey and Pedro; Claudio Steven and his wife Meredith of Lambertville; a sister, Maria Haydee and her husband Osvaldo of Argentina; a brother, Luis and his wife Ada of Miami, Fla.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013. Following the service family and friends are invited to gather at the Vazquez home in Skillman.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Pedro to one of the following:

Princeton University Graduate School, Annual Giving, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, N.J. 08543; or Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


Charles R Cochrane, Jr.

Charles R Cochrane, Jr., 83, of Princeton, died Friday, April 5, 2013 at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., He was a lifelong East Brunswick and Princeton resident. He was a United States Navy Korean War Veteran. Charles was employed for many years as vice president of American Re-Insurance, Princeton. Son of the late Charles R. and Nancy (Adee) Cochrane, husband of the late Anne Cochrane, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Leslie S. and Christopher J. Neugent, two sisters-in-law Phyllis Regan, Ellen Fraser, two grandchildren Ryan and J.J. Neugent, two nephews Stephan and Michael Fraser.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Thursday, April 11, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Dorothy Richards File

Dorothy Richards File, 88, of Plainsboro, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Merwick Care and Rehabilitation of Plainsboro.

Born in New York City, she was a resident of Lawrenceville for 45 years before moving to Pennington. Dorothy was a loving and devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. Her love of children and commitment to education led her to a career as a 3rd grade teacher at St. Joachim’s School in Trenton. Dorothy retired from Educational Testing Service, where she was employed in the Financial Aid Service Division. She was an active member of the Lawrenceville Garden Gate Garden Club and the Lawrenceville Historical Association. Dorothy had a fierce dedication to education and those less fortunate. She served on the board of directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation where she devoted endless time and energy to the organization dedicated to providing need-based scholarships to children of Marines killed or wounded in combat.

Daughter of the late John W. and Mary Bowman Richards; wife of the late Joseph File, to whom she was married 60 years; sister of the late Vincent Richards and Florence Brady; she is survived by her children Joseph C. File, Laurel M. File, Jeannette File-Lamb and husband, Craig; her sister Patricia Paxton; her grandchildren Meghan Kreger-Poller and husband, Michael, Blair E. Lamb, Charles F. File, Michael M. File, Carl R. Kreger III and Trevor J. Lamb and wife, Carole, her great-grandchildren Samuel and Joseph Poller and Grayson Lamb; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, April 4 at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Lawrenceville. Calling hours were private. Interment was in the Veterans section of Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton. Arrangements were under the direction of Poulson Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville.

Memorial donations in Dorothy’s name may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

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Peter S. Mueller

Dr. Peter Mueller, of Princeton, passed away on Friday March 29, 2013, at the age of 82 years, surrounded by his family. He is predeceased by his parents, Dr. Reginald Sterling Mueller and Edith Louise Welleck of New York, N.Y., his younger brothers, Dr. Mark Mueller and Sterling Mueller, his younger sister Anne Foote, his son in law Murray Self and grandson Jory Self. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth Antonia (Shipman). He is also survived by four children, six grandchildren, three sisters and numerous nieces and nephews: Anne Mueller of Jericho, Vt. and her 2 sons Milo and Aran, Peter (Lynn) of Andover, Mass. and their daughter Lauren, Paul (Ingrid) of Winchester, Va. and their three children Nicholas, Ryan and Anna Elise, and Elizabeth of Princeton, sisters: Rosamond Dauer of Asheville, N.C., Ginger Rundlof of The Plains, Tex., and Jeane of Bradenton, Fla.

Dr. Mueller was born in New York City. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy class of 1948, Princeton University class of 1952, and University of Rochester School of Medicine class of 1956. He completed his internship at Bellevue Hospital in New York in 1957 and then became a clinical associate at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda Maryland where he studied fatty acids and lipid metabolism in relation to cancer, and published numerous papers on this topic. He also met his wife Ruth Shipman of Chevy Chase, Md. who worked at NIH and they were married in Chevy Chase in 1959. After pursuing his research goals for six years he entered the psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore (1963-1966). During his residency he continued his research on insulin and glucose metabolism.

After residency, he joined the faculty at Yale as an assistant professor of psychiatry and practiced there until 1972. During this time he published extensively on the role of fatty acid metabolism and insulin resistance in psychiatric disease. Also, in response to his father’s diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), he began studying the role of lipid and glucose metabolism is neuro-degenerative disorders. In 1972 he was recruited by the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers medical school as a clinical professor to help build a department of psychiatry. While working in his clinical practice he noted that some of his patients experienced relapses and mood variations at certain times of the year and theorized that this was due to seasonal light variation. He shared his ideas with researchers at the National Institutes of Mental Health. In collaboration with researchers there, he helped describe seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Later, he speculated that seasonal light wavelength variation was the cause and described a seasonal energy syndrome. Another notable contribution to neuropsychiatry, during this period, was his successful treatment of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a severe (and poorly treatable) reaction to a common psychiatric medications that previously had a very high mortality rate.

Although he left full time academic work in the early 1980s and began his private practice in Princeton, he continued to pursue his research interests clinically and publish and speak about his areas of interest. He developed a reputation for successfully treating many patients who had been poorly responsive to conventional treatments. His multiple honors over the years included: American Psychiatric Association Physician Recognition Awards in 1979, 1982 and Exemplary Psychiatrist of the Year Award in 1994. He also held multiple patents for novel uses of current medications.

Dr. Mueller also served in the U.S. Public Health service actively with the title of Surgeon from 1959-1963 and Senior Assistant Surgeon from 1957-1959 and was in the inactive reserves until 1996, with the title of Commander.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad or a charity of your choice.

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


Marie Louise Stokes

Marie Louise (Weedie) Stokes, 98, died peacefully at her home in Lawrenceville on April 2, 2013. Born on April 29, 1914 and raised in Easton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Sara and Frank Reeder, Jr. She moved to Princeton in 1936 upon her marriage to W. J. B. Stokes II, who predeceased her in 1991.

Mrs. Stokes was very active in the Princeton area community. She was a member of the Historical Society of Princeton, the Lawrence Historical Society, and Historic Fallsington. She volunteered at a wide range of area organizations, including Mercer Street Friends, Planned Parenthood and Friends of the Lawrence Library. She was a former member of the Countryside Gardeners of Doylestown, Pa., the Women’s Club of Lawrenceville and a current member of The Present Day Club.

She is survived by her three daughters: Carol Stokes of Lawrenceville, Elizabeth (Jill) Halbert and her husband, Peter, of Great Falls, Va., and Robin Snyder and her husband, Donald, of Valley Center, Calif.; six grandchildren, Andrew (Susan) Tibbetts, Margaret Tibbetts, Douglas (Catherine) Halbert, Amanda (Reid) Halbert Jackson, Jonathan Snyder, and William Snyder; eight great-grandchildren; and her sister, Frances Burnett of San Diego.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Princeton Monthly Meeting, Quaker Road and Mercer Street, in Princeton. Interment will be in the Stokes family mausoleum in Ewing Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood of Mercer, 437 E. State St., Trenton 08608 or Princeton Homecare Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton.


Ronald J. Wulf

Dr. Ronald J. Wulf, 84, of Princeton, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, at the University Medical Center of Princeton.

He was born on July 24, 1928, in Davenport, Iowa and resided there for all of his early life.

A graduate of Davenport Central High School, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Iowa. He served his country in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps while stationed in Japan during the Korean War. He returned to the University of Iowa on the GI bill to get his Masters in pharmacology.

Dr. Wulf began his career at Lederle Laboratories, a division of American Cyanamid in Pearl River, New York. While at Lederle, he met and married Barbara Hesselgrave, his wife of 54 years, who was the plant nurse. They had their first child (James Wulf) while at Lederle, before returning to Purdue University in Indiana to earn his PhD in biochemistry as a recipient of the American Cyanamid Award in Education. During his graduate program at Purdue his second son (David Wulf) was born and a third son (John Wulf) arrived two years later on the same day of his father’s dissertation and birthday. The family returned to the east coast and Dr. Wulf was an associate professor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs where he taught pharmacology.

The family later moved to Princeton, where Dr. Wulf took a position at Carter-Wallace in Cranbury as a director of research. He held that position until he retired after 23 years. After retirement he consulted at Carter-Wallace and later at Church and Dwight.

During his career he authored and co-authored many scientific papers and was well known for his expertise in drug safety. He served on the Fathers Association at the Hun School of Princeton, where his three sons graduated. One of Dr. Wulf’s passions was gardening and he became a Master Gardener. He also enjoyed cooking and frequently helped out at the Nassau Presbyterian Church for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

He and his wife traveled extensively and participated in People to People, a scientific exchange program. For this program they visited China, Vietnam, and the Soviet Union. An avid Iowa Hawkeyes football fan, Dr. Wulf attended several Rose Bowl Big Ten championship games. He was very active in the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, serving as an elder and deacon. Ron Wulf was a beloved and active member of the community.

Predeceased by his parents Herman and Amelia of Davenport, Iowa and his sister Mardelle Schmidt of Moline, Illinois, Dr. Wulf is survived by his wife Barbara; his sister Suzanne Dengler of Davenport; his son James Wulf and wife Rhona, two granddaughters, Annalise and Jacquelene of Titusville; his son David Wulf and wife Ingrid, two grandsons, Ian and Sean of Princeton; his son John W. Wulf and wife Joanne of Bedminster.

Family and friends may attend a memorial service to celebrate his life on Saturday April 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. A reception will follow in the Assembly Room at the church. Born and raised in America’s heartland and always an Iowan, he will be laid to rest in Davenport, Iowa.


April 3, 2013

4-3-13 Austin ObitsAngeline Fleming Austin

Born on September 28, 1932, at Miss Lippincott’s Sanitarium in Manhattan, Angie was the second daughter of Matthew Corry Fleming, Jr., and Dorothy Stevens Fleming. She came into the world on her mother’s birthday and was assumed to be a case of birthday-dinner indigestion until the delivery happily proved otherwise.

In 1934, Angie moved with her parents and older sister, Dosky, to Princeton, where she lived until her passing at the University Medical Center of Princeton on February 25, 2013, following a brief illness. Angie attended Miss Fine’s School, where she wrote exams in blank verse, thrived in Miss Stratton’s art class, and warned her dates not to dance too closely for fear of impaling them on pins holding together the elegant dress she had (almost) finished making the night before. After graduating in 1950, she attended the Parsons School of Design in New York. Angie was married to Francis M. Austin, Jr., from 1952 to 1979.

Angie’s prodigious design skills found many outlets throughout her life — in decorations for dances, tennis clothes for her daughter, flower arrangements, and thriving outdoor gardens. Her gardening and organizational talents took form as a member of the Stony Brook Garden Club, a group her mother helped found. Angie served the club in various ways — as president, as head of the annual May Market, as co-designer of the herb garden at Washington’s Headquarters at Rockingham, and as club historian. She honed her skills as a flower arranger at Stony Brook and was an artistic and horticulture exhibitor in both regional and national Garden Club of America shows. Among the many honors she earned were the Catherine Beattie Medal (2000), the Certificate of Excellence in a Major Flower Show (1992), the Barbara Spalding Cramer Award in Flower Arranging (1992), and the Clarissa Willemsen Horticulture Award (2004). Angie was frequently invited to exhibit arrangements in art museum shows, and one of her creations was featured in the GCA book The Fine Art of Flower Arranging. Angie was an accredited GCA flower arranging judge, which took her to many shows around the country.

Angie also served the GCA in an executive capacity. She held many positions in Zone IV (comprising all of New Jersey), including chairman. She attended GCA annual meetings as a representative and was a co-chairman of the 1987 GCA Annual Meeting. She was one of the founders of the New Jersey Committee of the GCA, an organization that awards grants to garden and civic projects, promoting the knowledge and love of gardening and horticulture in the Garden State.

A frequent exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Angie won many awards and honors for Stony Brook and found enduring friendships. She also served as chairman of Competitive Classes for several years. In recent years, it was her own extensive garden and its evolving design that gave her pleasure and occupied her energies. She loved working with the unpredictable natural elements — “volunteer” seedlings, maturing plantings, even the devastation that storms could bring — to create a design that both reflected her respect for the landscape and suited her own aesthetic sense.

In addition to gardens, dogs were near to Angie’s heart. She was one of the founding members of the Princeton Dog Training Club, where she worked with her cocker spaniels. But Angie met her true canine companions in terriers. She owned several champion West Highland White Terriers and earned multiple obedience degrees with them. She also bred several litters of Westies (with the able assistance of friends). Most recently she owned champion Kerry Blue terriers and was working her Kerry Blue, Bridget, in obedience training.

Angie was proud of her New Jersey roots, which go back through many family generations to John Stevens, who arrived in New York/New Jersey at the end of the 17th century. The Stevens family included many leading figures of colonial America as well as skilled engineers who, among other inventions, pioneered a “steam wagon” that ran on a track as well as the T-rail system that trains still roll on today. Other Stevens family members included John Cox Stevens, first Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and owner of the yacht America, after which the cup is named; her great-grandfather, Edwin Augustus Stevens, who founded the eponymous Stevens Institute of Technology; and Col. John Stevens, an ardent horticulturalist, who was the first to bring the camellia to the newly formed United States in 1798. Angie was also proud to be an (almost) lifelong Princetonian, her Princeton ties stemming from her grandfather, who was a member of the class of 1886 and a charter trustee of the university, and her father, a member of the class of 1921.

Dressed as “Harvey,” in the audience of the McCarter tribute to Jimmy Stewart, writing letters to the local newspaper, helping to unfreeze the wings of a hapless turkey buzzard, making “egg salad” for New Year’s Eve dinner, turning a toilet plunger into the focal point of a challenge flower arrangement — Angie’s sense of whimsy and her energy will be sorely missed. She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Austin-Smith, her son-in-law, Greg Smith, and her beloved granddaughter, Cecilia Smith; her sister, Dosky French; her niece and her husband, Kathy Gorman Colket and Med Colket, and their son and daughters; her nephew and his wife, Steve Gorman and Rosalie Gorman, and their sons; and her Kerry Blue terrier, Bridget.

A private burial was held at the Princeton Cemetery on March 5. A celebration of Angie’s life will be held in her garden on June 29 (rain date June 30); time and details to be announced. Donations can be made in Angie’s name to “The Growing Fund” of the New Jersey Committee of the Garden Club of America, c/o Ms. Paula Stuart, Treasurer, 65 White Oak Drive, South Orange, N.J. 07079; or to the Westie Foundation of America, Inc. c/o Gary Sackett, Treasurer, 16813 Wood Song Court, Riverside, Calif. 92504-8824.


4-3-13 Goldman ObitElise R. Goldman

Elise Goldman passed away peacefully in the presence of loved ones, on Thursday, March 28 in her home in North Carolina. She was 94 years old.

Elise was born on July 21, 1918 in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating from Randolph Macon Women’s College in Virginia, where she majored in Greek and Latin, she went north to New York City to study modern dance with Martha Graham, and to work on a PhD at Columbia University. While at Columbia, she met Morton J. Goldman (Mort), the love of her life. They were married in 1942. In 1947, Mort purchased a small camp on Long Lake in Naples, Maine, which he founded as Camp Takajo for boys. Naples and Long Lake became a second home from that moment on, where Mort and Elise and their growing family spent several months each year. They raised a family in Great Neck, N.Y., then moved to Princeton, and in 1993, after the death of Mort in 1990, Elise moved to Chapel Hill, N.C. where she lived for the rest of her days.

While in the New York area, Elise was an active member of the Community Church, and then Riverside Church of New York. While in Princeton, Elise was very committed to community service, and a dedicated volunteer with Recording For The Blind and Meals on Wheels, and other organizations to help people.

Elise greeted each day with a smile and a lust for living that was as infectious as it was inspiring. She was compassionate and unfailingly generous, witty, and keenly discerning. She is survived by a sister, Anne Reid of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; by her five children: Judy Wideman of Naples, Maine; Roger Goldman of Charlotte, North Carolina; Nancy Zorensky of Conifer, Colorado; John Henry Goldman of Princeton; and Paul Goldman of Skillman; by ten grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Lakes Environmental Association, 230 Main Street, Bridgton, Maine 04009.


4-3-13 Fenton ObitMary Josephine Gardner Fenton

Mary Josephine Gardner Fenton, 84, died after a brief illness November 24, 2012 in Tucson Ariz. Friends and family are invited to join together to celebrate her life on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at the Nassau Inn for lunch. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Princeton Cemetery.

She is survived by her children John B. Cumings, Sarah C. Morse, Alexandra C. Sullivan, and Hamilton S. Gregg, seven grandchildren and a brother Alfred W. Gardner. Born and raised in Princeton, she was the daughter of Henry B. and Sarah (Morgan) Gardner and had attended Miss Fines, Garrison Forest ’45 and Scripps College ’49. She had lived for many years in Denver and Aspen Colo.

In lieu of flowers, please note “in memory of Mary Jo Fenton” on your contribution to Friends of Catalina State Park, 11570 No. Oracle Rd, Tucson Ariz. 85737.


Dorothy M. Bernardis

Dorothy M. Bernardis, 87, of Monmouth Junction died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Park Place Care Center. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. she resided in Beechview most of her life.

Dorothy retired in 1986 with over 22 years of service with J C Penney, Pittsburgh. She was a member of St Catherine of Sienna Roman Catholic Church.

Daughter of the late Albert and Alice (End) Lunn, wife of the late Norman Bernardis, mother of the late Karen Antkowiak, Katherine Tarbet, sister of the late Norman Lunn and Robert Lunn, she is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law Mark Bernardis, Michael and Sherry Bernardis, Jeffrey and Donna Bernardis, a daughter and son-in-law Laurel and Steven McCullough, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Catherine of Sienna Church. Burial was followed in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

March 27, 2013

William J. Kuhn

William J. Kuhn, 85, of Twp. of Washington, NJ, passed away at Brandywine Senior Living in Princeton on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Born March 24, 1927 in the Bronx, he was a son of the late Mae and William Joseph Kuhn. He grew up in Paramus, NJ, and lived in Washington Township, NJ, for over 55 years. Bill was an art director for Medical Economics in Oradell, NJ, before retiring in 1989. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in the Township and a veteran of the US Army during World War II. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #5427, Friends of the Twp. of Washington Library, the Pascack Art Association, the Twp. of Washington Golden Seniors, and the Cadillac Club of North Jersey.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marie Holst Kuhn and his daughter Nancy Cassidy (Michael). Cherished father to Kathleen Reddan (John) of Hillsborough, NJ, Joseph (Elaine) of Doylestown, PA, Robert (Patricia) of Boulder, CO, Thomas (Bobbi) of Princeton, NJ, and Michael (Theresa) of Sussex, NJ. Loving grandfather to eighteen grandchildren; Patrick, John, Claire, Tim, Katie, Joe, Kelly, Ryan, Kevin, Jennifer, Catherine, Emily, Erik, Mikael, Kristofer, Michael, Matthew, and Rebecca. Relatives and friends are invited to visit Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ. Funeral Liturgy at Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 668 Ridgewood Road, Washington Twp., NJ, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery, 770 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Friends of the Twp. of Washington Public Library or Washington Twp. Volunteer Ambulance Corps. www.becker


March 20, 2013

3-20-13 Gulick ObitJohn Gulick

John Gulick, 86, died at his home on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 with his wife by his side. Mr. Gulick was born in Princeton on March 23, 1926 and is the 10th generation member of his family to reside in Princeton.

Hendrick Van Gulick came from Holland in 1653, landed at Gravesend, now Brooklyn, N.Y. and settled in Kingston, N.J. The homestead overlooking Lake Carnegie is still occupied by family members. His family sold Andrew Carnegie the land for Carnegie Lake.

Mr. Gulick attended the Princeton Day School and graduated from the Pennington Preparatory School in 1944. He lettered in 15 sports, the most any student has ever achieved and in 2000 was inducted into the Pennington Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served two years before being honorably discharged.

John graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Tex. in 1950. He played defense on the football team from 1946 to 1950. SMU was ranked the number one team in the nation during this time. He was also recruited by the Dallas Texans professional hockey team, playing defense for two years under the name Jack Zulick.

After graduating college, he returned to Princeton, and once again, was a familiar figure in town. For sixteen years Mr. Gulick was Assistant Head Coach of Princeton “Pee Wee” Hockey and most weekends would find him on the ice rink at Baker Rink teaching the youngest boys how to skate and coaching others in the technique of playing hockey. He was also the Head Coach of the Hopewell Central High School Hockey Team for the 1985-86 season and took them to the State play-offs in their first year. He played defense on the Princeton Hockey Club Team from 1956 to 1973.

Mr. Gulick loved the water and for many years signed on with friends to sail the challenging Bermuda and Halifax races. In later years, he enjoyed taking his own boat deep sea fishing off the New Jersey coast while summering in Mantoloking, N.J. He was a member of the Mantoloking Yacht Club.

Golf was also a great pleasure and challenge for Mr. Gulick. He played most of his golf at Bedens Brook Club in Skillman, where he had three holes-in-one. He was a former member of Hopewell Valley, Springdale, Plainfield, and Hilton Head Plantation Golf Clubs. He was also a long standing member of the Nassau Club in Princeton.

Mr. Gulick joined the Seagrams Company in 1955 and in 1961 he partnered in buying The Wine and Game Shop in Princeton. In 1970 he became National Director of Brands for Renfield Importers. He retired from business in 1983.

During the next 20 years, he and his wife traveled extensively visiting over 125 countries, often returning to the places they most enjoyed. John was a member of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey and an active participant. He was very knowledgeable about Revolutionary War history and had seven ancestors who fought in the war; Captain John Gulick among them.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elaine Millar Loizeaux Gulick, his sister Katherine Gulick Gardner, her husband Alfred of La Quinta, CA, stepchildren Harold Chamberlain Green and his wife Alice of Glyndon, Md. and Cynthia Green Wappel and her husband John of Flemington. Also three children from his former marriage, Katherine Hoffman of Charlottesville, Va, Ann McCurdy of Albuquerque, N.M. and John Storey Gulick of New York City, as well as many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in his memory, to SAVE, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or to the Dr. Francis Harvey Green Fund at the Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue., Pennington, N.J. 08534.

A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, N.J. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, followed by a reception at Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.

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Maddalena Di Meglio

Maddalena Di Meglio, 77 of Princeton, passed away peacefully on January 30, while she was visiting Italy.

Born in the town of Ciglio in Ischia, Italy, she emigrated to Princeton with her husband and children in 1971. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Francesco Di Meglio, her daughter and son-in-law: Anna and Scott MacDuff, her daughter Maria Di Meglio, her daughter and son-in-law: Carla and John MacDuff, her daughter Brunella Di Meglio, her precious grandchildren: Sara, Frank, Catie, Eva, and James, her dearest nephew and his wife: Raffaele and Iolanda Elia, special friends Cathy and Peter Consoli, and many loving relatives both in the United States and Italy. A memorial mass will be held in her honor on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation in her name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

March 13, 2013

3-13-13 Schannel ObitAlice Gering Schannel

Alice Gering Schannel, 77, of Princeton, passed away on March 8, 2013, at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was a wonderful mother, cook, and accomplished pianist. She made every holiday special and instilled in her children an abiding love of animals, music, Avon by the Sea, and the New York Yankees. She loved horses and thoroughbred racing and was granted special visitations with Triple Crown winner Secretariat.

Born in Hamilton, she graduated from Trenton High School with honors. She worked for both RCA and Burroughs Corporation, where she would meet her future husband. After raising her family, she joined our father at the Mercer County Board of Social Services, becoming a supervisor as well as president of the local AFSCME. After retirement, she moved to Newtown, Pa. and eventually back to Princeton where our father was born and raised.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald A. Schannel Sr., daughter Wendy Sue, parents Katherine and Rudolph Gering and brother, Dr. Rudolph Gering.  She is survived by daughters Donna Schannel of Princeton, Kathryn Fenton and husband Scott of Colts Neck N.J.; Victoria Sweeney and husband Joseph of Sicklerville N.J., Cynthia Bruzgo of Bethlehem Pa., her son Donald Schannel Jr. and partner Paul Leighton of Trenton, her brother
Ronald Gering and wife Connie of New Hope, Pa. and sister-in-law, Joan Gering of Ewing.  She is also survived by grandchildren Ryan Fenton and wife Nicole, Kyle Fenton, Alexander, Sarah and Abigail Sweeney, and Kelsey and Joseph Bruzgo. In addition, she is survived by nephews Lawrence, Matthew and Benjamin Gering, and nieces Marla Gering, Teri Rhodes, Missie Parrey, and Kelie Schannel.

A viewing will be held at the Kimble Funeral Home located at 1 Hamilton Aveue, Princeton, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul RC Church, 214 Nassau Street Princeton, on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. Private burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 11 Independence Way, Newark Del., 19713 or S.A.V.E. Animal Shelter, 900 Herrontown Rd., Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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Jeanne Pasley Messer

Jeanne Pasley Messer, age 95, of Skillman, passed away on February 16, 2013. Born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1918, she was involved in the arts since early childhood. She studied drawing, painting, and anatomy at the Art Students League in New York City for two years and also at the American Art School in New York City. She worked in oil painting, watercolor, drawing, and sculpture throughout her life. She also taught sculpture at the Princeton Art Association, was Artist-in-Residence at the Johnson Atelier, and taught in her own studio as well.

Pasley Messer was a member of the Salmagundi Club, Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club, National League of American Pen Women, TAWA, the Princeton Art Alliance, and the National Sculpture Society. Beginning in the 1960’s Pasley Messer’s work won many prizes, including the New Jersey State Juried Show, the State Exhibition at the Montclair Museum, the Ateneo Puertorriquene, The Yardley Art Association, and the Somerset Art Association. The National Sculpture Society awarded her the Witco-Kendall Prize in 1980.

Collections of her work appear at the Ponce Museum in Puerto Rico; University of Puerto Rico’s School of Architecture; Kreps School, East Windsor; Thomas Fitzwater School, Dresher, Pa.; E.T.S., Princeton; Garden Center, Stockbridge, Mass.; the Carrier Foundation, Belle Mead; and many private collections. Her bust of Earnest Hemingway is on display at the Princeton University Library and at Charles Scribner’s Sons New York headquarters.

“I like to capture a fleeting moment in nature and in the human form to create an atmosphere, to establish a mood, “ Pasley Messer said in an interview. “I like to show the inner life with a sweep of the hair or a glance of the eye. The feelings that spring from my first glimpse of the subject will be my chief guide as I work.”

Pasley Messer was predeceased by her husband William Pasley who died in 1971; later by her second husband Behrends Messer, Jr., who died in 2006; and a daughter Marianne Pasley, who died in 1999. She is survived by three children, John Pasley; Sally Pasley Vargas of Massachusetts; James Michael Pasley of Kentucky; a sister, Mary O’Neill of New Jersey, a brother Edward Barkhorn of Florida; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.

March 6, 2013

3-6-13 Kohn ObitImmanuel Kohn

Immanuel (Ike) Kohn, lawyer and former chairman of the executive committee at the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, died at home in Princeton, New Jersey on Monday, March 4, 2013 of lung cancer. He was 86 years old.

Born in Palestine, he spent his early childhood in Cairo, Jerusalem, and Central Europe. His father, Hans Kohn, was a newspaper correspondent, historian, and writer who moved his family permanently to the United States in 1934, when Ike was seven years old.

He attended nursery school in Vienna, kindergarten in Cairo, first and second grades in Jerusalem and third grade at Smith College Day School. He graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1944, served as an Ensign in the U.S. Maritime Service from 1944 to 1946, and earned his BA Summa Cum Laude from Harvard College in 1949. He was awarded a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, which took him to Western Europe and the Middle East from the autumn of 1949 through the spring of 1950. He received his LLB Cum Laude from Yale University in 1953, and went to work for Cahill Gordon, where after doing some litigation, he specialized in corporate law, primarily representing investment banks and insurance companies. He became a partner in 1962. In 1972, at the age of 46, he was invited to join Cahill’s executive committee, and in 1990 he became its chairman, a role in which he served until his retirement in 2006.

He was a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study from 1997 to 2006, and after that he served as Trustee Emeritus. He belonged to the Metropolitan Opera Club, the Harvard Club of New York City, the Bedens Brook Club, the Nassau Club and the Princeton Old Guard. Prior to retirement he belonged to various New York City clubs including the Downtown Association, Recess Club, Lunch Club, and Sky Club.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vera Sharpe Kohn, four children, Gail Kohn, Peter Kohn and wife Margaret, Sheila Kohn, Robert Kohn and wife Susan Hendrickson, and six grandchildren, Megan Alrutz, Emily Alrutz, Michael Kohn, Jason Kohn, Sarah Kohn, and Katherine Kohn.

Burial services will be private. The family requests that any gifts in his honor be sent to the Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

February 27, 2013

2-27-13 Schmidt ObitJohn Allen Schmidt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


OBITUARYRoyal Macklin Archer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Morton Lewin

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

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

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

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

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

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


February 20, 2013

obit DunbarWilliam K. Dunbar IV

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

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

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

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


Alan S. Lavine

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

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

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

February 13, 2013

2-13-13 Wightman ObitArthur Wightman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2-13-13 Lovitt ObitGeorge H. Lovitt

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

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

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

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

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

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


2-13-13 Plaks ObitLivia Plaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alliance for Peacebuilding at, or by check to AfP Plaks Fund, 1320 19th Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20036.


February 6, 2013

Obit BrittzinWillard W. Brittain, Jr. 

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

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

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

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


Clement E. Baldwin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burial will follow in Rocky Hill Cemetery.

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

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


Obit AnnichElizabeth J. Annich 

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

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

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

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


Obit MacdonaldHarry R. Macdonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements,

January 30, 2013

1-30-13 Olgyay ObitIlona Olgyay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1-30-13 Noel ObitNelson E. Noel

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

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

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

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

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

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


Betty V. de Sherbinin

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

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

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

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

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


Angeline Dorothy Esposito

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

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

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

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

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

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Michael Edward Curtin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 23, 2013

1-23-13 Gilvarg ObitCharles Gilvarg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Beryl Gwyn Curschmann

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

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

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

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

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

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1-23-13 Chan ObitTucker Ryan Chan

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

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

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

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

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

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


Julie (Poentje) R. A. Chytrowski

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

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

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

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


Frank J. Clark, Jr.

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church.


1-23-13 Peterson ObitBurnetta Griggs Peterson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Andrew J. Sofranko

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


V. Carolyn Hingher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 16, 2013

Diogenes Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


obit NikolaiNikolai Vassilev

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Herbert M. Gurk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 9, 2013

Obit DeAndradeRuppert DeAndrade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


RhodesMinnie L. Rhodes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Katharine Bonsall Strong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mary Devlin Abbott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


frohlingLucille Joan Frohling

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

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


O'NeilLauren O’Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rachel Jeanne Lehr

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

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

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

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

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

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


Alfred D. Christie

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

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

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

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

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


January 2, 2013

Frederick A. Struve III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Joseph J. Drabek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 26, 2012

Peter B. Kenen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Estelle Ives Zahn

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


December 19, 2012

Albert O. Hirschman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gertrude Neelen

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

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

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

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

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


Genevieve Somers Gorman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


December 12, 2012

John Alward Pell

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

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

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

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


Henry Davison, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 5, 2012

Bernice Lampert

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

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

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

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

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

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James S. Gaspari

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anne Bobo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Virgina Dey Craig

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

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

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


Gabriella F. Eggers

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

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

Services will be private.


Lucile Coffey Wade

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 28, 2012

Robert J. Solomon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


David Kenny Reeves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Philip B. Lamb

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

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

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


Marsha Hirschman

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

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

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


James W. Cahouet

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

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

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

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

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

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