August 28, 2013

Obit Campbell 8-28-13Consuelo Bland Campbell

Consuelo Bland Campbell, age 84, died August 23, 2013 in Princeton.

Born in Washington, D.C., she spent her early childhood and summers in Culpeper, Va., her mother’s family home. Consuelo later resided in Princeton for nearly 80 years. She was educated at Witherspoon School for Colored Children and Princeton High School. Consuelo worked as a buyer and salesperson for H.P. Clayton’s Dry Goods Store in Palmer Square for many years.

Consuelo was a member of the following churches, lodges, and organizations: Member and ordained deacon and elder of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church; member and chair of many committees at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, including the original Verse Speaking Choir; Past Worthy Matron, Aaron Chapter #8 Order of the Eastern Star of Princeton, serving as secretary for many years; daughter of Isis, Kufu Court #118 in Princeton; board member at Princeton Nursery School, Princeton Arts Council, and Princeton Senior Resource Center; held memberships at the Church of Women United, Presbyterian Women of the New Brunswick Presbytery, Elizabeth Taylor Byrd Fund, John-Witherspoon Civic Association, YWCA, United Way, Dorothea’s House, and Princeton Public Library; served as a volunteer at Princeton Hospital.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Clara M. Banks, and husband, Floyd J. Campbell.

Consuelo is survived by five children: Daphne C. Williams, Sharon N. Campbell, F. Bruce Campbell (Winifred), Lynette E. Campbell, Mark P. Campbell (Marcia Erazo); eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Calling hours will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will be held at the Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2013, at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church. Organizational service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church and/or the Clara-Gano Fund (grants to organizations providing enrichments opportunities to families with children) of the Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home in Trenton.


Obit Bleiman 8-28-13Yvonne Bleiman

Yvonne Bleiman transitioned from her mortal body on August 20, 2013, after suffering from severe injuries after being struck by a car as she was crossing the street with a friend. She left us while experiencing unconditional love from those closest to her and while embracing all those forms of religion, spiritualism, and mysticism that will support her on her journey and assist her continued watchfulness over her family and friends.

Yvonne arrived in Princeton with her husband, Junius “Jay” Bleiman and her daughter, Rebecca Anne, in 1966 after living in Athens, Greece. The most important part of her will always be here with us, while the molecules and atoms of her existence will be buried alongside her adoring husband, Jay, at West Point where they had met in 1959 one fateful night at the officer’s club where she was serving as a military nurse/officer.

Like the bird, the heron, which she admired and was inspired by through her interest in Native American mythology, she too was the essence of a free spirit. A true artist, she had the ability to accomplish things in ways that others may not, and possessed a confidence in her uniqueness. She was gifted with the physical, mental, and emotional powers of balance and adaptability, self-reliance and determination, and was not easily swayed by the opinions of others. She trusted her own instincts and, in the end and forever, symbolized transformation and a peace within the changing.

We will miss the grace and beauty that only she could have brought to the world and taken with her to the hereafter. Her daughter, Rebecca, her grandchildren, Olivia and Jay, and her brothers, “Skip” and Bob Nelson of Seattle and her partner Greg Moore will continue to celebrate her life and greet her in all they see — trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, clouds, animals — and in everything else that is beautiful, special, and vulnerable.

Yvonne was not one to believe in obituaries and when reflecting on what she wanted when her final journey arrived, she shared with her daughter to let all of you to know that “it was fun!” A small memorial tribute will be held on September 15.

Donations can be made to the Rock Brook School 109 Orchard St. Skillman, N.Y. 08558 where Yvonne had been a teacher for many years.


Ann Goeke Raas

Ann Goeke Raas, 62, passed away peacefully on August 24at her home in Pottersville, N.J.

She was born and raised in Princeton, the daughter of Richard and Ann Goeke. Ann attended Villa Victoria Academy, graduated from the University of Dayton, and later earned a Master’s Degree in English at Kean University.

Ann spent 10 years as an English teacher at Roselle Park, Bernardsville, and Chatham high schools before beginning a successful career as a pharmaceutical copywriter and editor. Building her expertise over several years at the Harrington Group, Ann went on to start her own business — Final Version LLC — specializing in medical marketing. An avid reader and Scrabble enthusiast, Ann will be remembered as a highly motivated individual who was a kind and gentle spirit. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, and spending summers at Tanglewood, Mass. taking in classical music.

She is survived by Scott, her loving husband of 33 years; her children, Alyssa and James; her mother, Ann Goeke; her brother and his wife, Charles and Carol Goeke; and Scott’s parents, Bill and Judy Raas. She will be fondly remembered by many other family members and friends.

A gathering will be held on Thursday, August 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Layton Funeral Home at 475 Main St. Bedminster, N.J. A service will be held on Friday, August 30, at 10 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church at 2 Lees Hill Rd. New Vernon, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that individuals donate blood to their local blood bank or make a donation to the American Association of University Women – AAUW Somerset Hills, PO Box 5, Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920.


Evelyn Elizabeth Mueller

Evelyn Elizabeth Mueller, formerly of Princeton, died August 21, 2013, in Hightstown. She was 98. Mrs. Mueller was born March 5, 1915, in Everett, Mass., to Ernest Clinton Phillips and Sarah Elizabeth (MacNeal), the first of three children.

She graduated from Framingham State College with a BS in Education in 1937 and worked as a dietician for four years in the Boston, Mass. area. On June 5, 1941, she married Dr. Charles William Mueller, and shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Princeton. Mrs. Mueller spent the rest of her life in Princeton, working and enjoying the community.

A wife, mother, and homemaker, Mrs. Mueller did volunteer work with the Medical Center at Princeton, the Red Cross, the Cub Scouts, the Women’s Club, the Present Day Club, the Women’s College Club of Princeton, and her church, St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church.

In 1964-65, under the sponsorship of the American Field Service, the Muellers served as host parents for a Brazilian student, Francisco Soares, who became part of the family and with whom Mrs. Mueller communicated for years.

Mrs. Mueller’s hobbies included reading, gardening, needlework, and painting. She was devoted to her family and many friends.

Mrs. Mueller was preceded in death by her brother, Edwin James Phillips, her parents, Ernest and Sarah Phillips, and her sister, Virginia Marie Phillips Jones, all of Massachusetts. She was preceded in death, as well, by her husband, Charles William Mueller, in 2005.

She is survived by sons Edwin, of Portland, Ore., and Lawrence, of Durango, Colo., grandchildren Kristen Mueller, of London, U.K., Elizabeth and Jesse Mueller, of Durango, and beloved niece, Sarah Anne Jones, of Hull, Mass.

Private graveside services were held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.

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August 21, 2013

Obit Robotti 8-21-13Albert M. Robotti

Albert M. Robotti, 82, of Rocky Hill passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at home with his family after a long courageous battle with cancer.A life-long resident of Rocky Hill, he was a partner in a family-owned business, The Gable Tavern, for 16 years. A graduate of Princeton High, Trenton Vocational School, and Rutgers University, Al was a self-employed plumbing, heating, and electrical contractor. Following his service in the U.S. Navy, as a Korean War veteran, he continued his service to his country through the American Legion for 58 years, during which time, he held positions on the Local, State, and National levels, including Post and State Commander, National Executive Committeeman, and National Vice Commander. He was awarded Life Membership and served as Chairman of the State Convention for 26 years, as well as Chairman of the National Veterans Employment Commission for 13 years.

Al was mayor of Rocky Hill for 8 years, as well as having the position of Council member for a total of 18 years.

He was a member of Princeton B.P.O.E. #2129 for 54 years, during which he held the title of Lodge Trustee for 10 years and was awarded the honor of “Elk of the Year” 1973-74 and “Officer of the Year” 2007-08. He was also a 58 year member of the Rocky Hill Hook and Ladder Co. #1. While being a Communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman, he was an usher for 15 years.

Al was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Elena, Batistini Robotti, and brothers; John, Louis, and Alfred Robotti; and sisters, Edna Robotti, Ernestine and Emily Perantoni and Alexandria Hughes. He is survived by sister-in-law, Magdalena (Lee) Robotti of Rocky Hill and brothers-in-law Elmer Perantoni of Fla. and Everett Hughes of Pa.

Al is also survived by nieces and nephews, Diane and Wayne Rudolph of Belle Mead, Louis and Dr. Cynthia Robotti of Clinton, Renee Rudolph and Chris Meyer of Rocky Hill, Caitlyn and Michael Bellezza of Mass., Dr. Meredith and John Heiner of Va., Amy and James Hyland of Fords, Jill and Michael Jernee of Spotswood, Elena and Robert Jackson of Rocky Hill, Louis and Kim Robotti of Hopewell, and several others.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 19 at 9:15 a.m. in the Hillsborough Funeral Home 796 US Hifgway 206 in Hillsborough, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman. Burial followed in Rocky Hill Cemetery. Visit will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to The American Legion Legacy Fund, 700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.


Rosemary Bishop Wise

Rosemary Bishop Wise of Princeton, died on August 15, 2013, at the age of 81, in Princeton. Rosemary was born on August 24, 1931 in London, England and spent her early years in Hereford, England. The family moved to Oberlin, Ohio when Rosemary was seven years old. She was a 1949 graduate of the Northfield School. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1953 with a BA and received a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Tufts University. She was a pioneer in early childhood education. She supervised a teacher training program for Head Start in Philadelphia.

She was married to John J. Wise. They resided in the Philadelphia area before moving to Westport, Connecticut, Dallas, Texas, and finally Princeton. Rosemary was a long-time member of the Present Day Club. She was active in various charitable and cultural organizations.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Dr. Susannah Wise of Skillman, and Jean Wise of Hyannis, Massachusetts. In addition, she is survived by one grandchild Alexander Philbrick of Skillman.

Services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.


August 14, 2013

Obit Nystrom 8-14-13Edward C. Nystrom

A memorial service celebrating the life of Edward C. Nystrom, a lifelong Skillman, New Jersey resident, will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, 48 W. High Street, Somerville, New Jersey, 08876.

Ed died at home on Wednesday July 17, 2013 of natural causes.

Ed was a graduate of Princeton High School and Ohio Wesleyan University. He had a long career in survey research field operations.

A devotee of positive thinking and motivational theory, Ed was the author of the recently published The Psychology of Positive Thinking. This work represents more than 50 years of personal research and thought.

Ed was born in the British Hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay to Joel and Doris Nystrom, where his father was the International YMCA’s executive secretary for Latin America.

He came of age on the family’s Agridor Farm in Skillman and had a lifelong love of the outdoors and gardening.

He loved choral music, participating in local church choirs and The Mozart Singers at Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks on Lake George in Upstate N.Y.

Ed’s kind and gentle spirit and his enthusiasm for life will be remembered by all who knew him.

Ed is survived by his wife, Anne Marie (Lee) Nystrom; his two daughters, Christine Loesser of Newtown, Pa., and Cherise Nystrom of New Brunswick; his grandson, Benjamin Loesser; his sister Christine N. Abrahams; and his brothers Bruce Nystrom and Eric Nystrom.

Donations in memory of Ed Nystrom may be made to Silver Bay YMCA, 87 Silver Bay Road, Silver Bay, N.Y. 12874.


Obit Drabek 8-14-13Suzanne Drabek

Suzanne Drabek, a long-time resident of Princeton and Hunterdon County, died July 17 in the Princeton Medical Center at Plainsboro after an abrupt diagnosis of metastatic cancer. She was 56.

Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Marie Drabek (both deceased), she spent much of her childhood in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School. She was an alumna of Lehigh University and later earned a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University and completed additional graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

One of Suzanne’s great loves throughout her life was animals. She formed an early personal and professional partnership with equestrian Thom Trout in 1983. For 12 years, as a principal of TroutBek, she was instrumental in the management, promotion, and beautification of several horse training facilities at various rural locations within Hunterdon County, the last of which was in Frenchtown. She and Thom resided in Lambertville throughout most of this period and she began her work in real estate sales during that time.

In the mid-90s she returned to Princeton where she thrived as a successful real estate broker. Licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she was affiliated with Burgdorff in Stockton and Princeton for over 20 years. She was a member of the Leader Circle, the President’s Club, and was named the top Relocation Sales Associate in 2003. During her long career as a real estate professional she was consistently ranked in the Mercer County Board of Realtors “Circle of Excellence” and was a member of TOP PRODUCERS. She regularly served on Board committees in the areas of education, political advocacy, professional standards, among others. In later years she had been affiliated with N.T. Callaway and ERA Properties Unlimited. Suzanne was well-known within the profession and was widely recognized for the high level of expertise and experience she brought to all facets of her work in the field.

In recent years Suzanne had devoted herself almost exclusively to the care of her elderly father, Joe Drabek, who passed away in December 2012. During this time she also maintained a happy home for her adored dogs who were her constant companions: the dachshunds “Spike, Louis, and Moe,” and the Collie “Skye,” who had earlier belonged to her father, as well as her shy adopted cat “Leo.” She had many beloved friends and colleagues in the Princeton community at the time of her death.

Suzanne is survived by two brothers, Jonathan Drabek of St. Augustine, Florida, and Jaime Drabek of McAllen, Texas.

Friends may gather at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton on Monday August 19 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery adjacent to her parents’ graves.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the animal rescue organization S.A.V.E., 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton N.J. 08540.

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Lester Tibbals, Jr.

Lester “Bud” Tibbals, Jr., 97, died on June 29, 2013 at Stonebridge. He was a devoted husband for 66 years to the late Christina Freeman Tibbals, father to Roxana Tibbals Leeson and the late David Lester Tibbals, grandfather to four grandchildren, and great grandfather to three great grandchildren. He gave us all the gifts of unconditional love, joy, and laughter in abundance.

Bud was born on February 11, 1916 in Milford, Conn. to Mabel and Lester, Sr. He was a direct descendent of Captain Thomas Tibbals, an original settler of Milford. While growing up in Milford, Bud earned the Boy Scout’s highest rank of Eagle Scout and began the waterfront program in Milford. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1940 where he was a member of the varsity swimming and track teams and Psi Upsilon fraternity. During World War II Bud served in the United States Navy and taught Midshipman’s School at Great Lake’s Naval Station and Columbia University.

Bud came to Princeton in 1945 to earn a Masters Degree in history at Princeton University’s Graduate College. He joined the faculty of Princeton Country Day School in 1947. Current Head of School, Paul J. Stellato, wrote, “Mr. Tibbals was an extraordinary member of our Princeton Day School community, teaching history to eager students from 1947 to 1981. He was one of the few teachers in our school’s history who taught at both Princeton Country Day School and then, after the merger with Miss Fine’s School in 1965, at Princeton Day School.”

In 2011, on the occasion of their 50th reunion, the PCD class of 1961 made Mr. Tibbals an honorary member of the class. An avid supporter of PCD and PDS athletics, Mr. Tibbals also coached tennis, hockey, skating, and football. In addition, he served as the school’s athletic director from 1958 to 1965. In 2003, he was inducted into the Princeton Day School Athletic Hall of Fame for extraordinary achievement.  Bud often said of his 34 years at PCD/PDS, “There wasn’t a day that I didn’t love going to work.”

Bud was an avid figure skater, tennis player, sailor, and fly fisherman. He loved everything football and anything “Tiger”. He was a past president of the Princeton Skating Club, a member of the Old Guard, a ROMEO (Really Old Men Eating Out), a reading teacher to prison inmates, and a volunteer at the Carrier Clinic.

A memorial service will be held on September 14 at 1 p.m. at Stonebridge, 700 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bud’s memory to: The Class of 1940 Scholarship Fund at Trinity College, 300 Summit St. in Hartford, CT 06106.


Lillian M. Bradley

Lillian M. Bradley, 93, died on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Cadbury at Lewes in Lewes, Del. She was born on July 14, 1920 in East Orange, N.J. to the late Harvey Boeninghaus and Mary Cross Boeninghaus. After graduating from East Orange High School she graduated from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City.

She worked at Walter Kidde & Company in New York City before moving to Princeton in 1954 where she worked for Princeton Bank and Trust and its successors.

Mrs. Bradley was predeceased by her husbands W. Arthur Ridler (1944) and Richard E. Bradley (2008), her brother Edward Boeninghaus, and stepson Paul Bradley. She is survived by her son Arthur H. Ridler and his wife Carol; step-daughters Eileen, Joyce, Jan, and Nora; granddaughters Amy and Sarah, as well as numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family will hold a private graveside ceremony on September 21, 2013 at Rosedale Cemetery, Montclair, N.J.

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August 7, 2013

obit HillJune Lorraine Hill

June Lorraine Hill, 91, passed away quietly on Friday, July 26 at her home on Morgan Place in Princeton.

A good wife, loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother, June was loved and appreciated by all who knew her. June is survived by her husband Paul Hill, her son Dan and his wife Norma Hill of Doylestown, son and daughter-in-law Mark and Beth Hill of Hopewell, five grandchildren Ryan, Braden along with his wife Blair, Rebecca, their mother Maggi, Caitrin and her husband Matt, and Ellen. June also had two great-grandsons, Alessandro and Abram.

She has left every member of her family with so many fond and wonderful memories; such as the year she baked 400 loaves of her famous banana bread to sell at Hill’s Market on Witherspoon Street (the family run grocery store that delivered and sold groceries and gourmet foods for 69 years). It is the best tasting bread that you could ever imagine. Thank goodness she wrote down the recipe! She was a fine baker.

June was born on June 4, 1922 in Simla, Colorado to parents Henry and Melissa Snell. They lived 5 miles away in the town of Ramah (population 150) amid the cattle ranch country of the high plains. She grew up there with her brother Vincent and sisters Juanita and Marcheta, graduating from Ramah High School. In the early 1940s, she moved to Westwood Village, California. She attended Sawyer’s Business College, a short walk from her Aunt and Uncle’s home where she stayed. After graduating, she worked as a bank teller in Hollywood. Luckily for Paul, she was not the type to flirt back with any of the stars that frequented her teller window at the bank. She was and remained beautiful up to her death.

Paul and June met each other one evening at a VFW dance held for servicemen in June 1944. She was surrounded by a group of soldiers and to get rid of them Paul shouted, “hey look, they brought out the food!” They were married in October of that year in Beverly Hills where they lived before returning to Paul’s hometown of Princeton. They had almost 69 years of wonderful marriage.

We will all miss June. Her warmth and kind, gentle bearing made everyone who knew her, love her. There will be a private graveside memorial at Princeton Cemetery led by Liz Cohen LCSW.

Friends, please join us at the Springdale Golf Club, 1895 Clubhouse Drive in Princeton, on Sunday, August 18 at 4 p.m. to help celebrate her life.

Arrangements made through the kind auspices of the Blackwell Memorial Home.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road in Princeton Junction.


Pamela S. Enslin

Pam lost her yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. She was 73 years old and a 42 year resident of Princeton, NJ. Pam is survived by Bill, her husband of 43 years; her son Jeff; Bill’s children, Bill Jr., Laurie and Melissa; and her eight grandchildren: Tim, Scott, Caelen, Matthew, Dylan, Jeremy, Charlee and Dexter.  She has a brother Tell on Bainbridge Island and sisters; Antonia and Monica in Bucks County, Pa. and Laura in Carmel, Ca.

After graduating from Penn State, Pam worked in Microbiology first at the Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania and then at Cook College, Rutgers University.  Pam was active in the Princeton community, serving for many years as the Municipal Chair of the Democratic Party.  During her tenure as Municipal Chair, she played a key role in helping the local Democratic Party regain control of Princeton Township, which it still maintains today.  Pam was also an active supporter and contributor to the Senior Resource Center in Princeton.  Pam’s commitment to both the Princeton Democratic Party and the Senior Resource Center was often on display as she had a special knack and creative flair for organizing and designing events for these organizations.

There was a commemorative gathering at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton on Sunday, August 4 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  A brief memorial service took place at 4 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Princeton Senior Resource Center would be greatly appreciated.


Sybil Hargraves

Sybil Hargraves, 81, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013, with loving family by her side.

Sybil was born and raised in South Africa, where she met her future husband, Robert Hargraves.  They were married in London in 1955 and moved to the United States, settling first in Washington, D.C., before moving to Princeton in 1961.

In addition to raising three daughters, Sybil worked in various positions at Princeton University and in the community.  Wherever she worked, people were drawn to her graciousness and warmth. The family lived overseas on three year-long sabbaticals – in Germany, South Africa, and India – and they traveled and camped together across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Sybil became an avid golfer, and Rob and Sybil were active members of Springdale Golf Club for more than thirty years.  Sybil loved movies and books, and did the New York Times crossword puzzle every day.  She loved her family and her home, 747 The Great Road, and hosted great parties and weddings there, welcoming many guests and friends over the years.  Sybil stayed connected with family and friends around the world, including her beloved niece and friend Noralee in England.

Sybil was the daughter of Vera and Jock Sinclair. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Robert, and her sister, Catherine Herber. She is survived by her three daughters, Monica Hargraves, Allison Hargraves, and Colleen Guimes; four grandchildren, Hillary and Jack Hargraves-Dix, and Isabel and William Gephart; sons-in-law John Dix, Andrew Guimes, and John Gephart; and niece and nephew Sandra and Gary Herber.  Her grandchildren were a particular source of pride and joy.  Many people loved Sybil.  She had a way of making everyone feel loved, interesting, and welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Sybil’s name to the charity or cause of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home,


Obit Gatt 8-7-13Sandra Joy Gatt

Sandra Joy Gatt, 51, of Skillman, NJ went to heaven on August 2, 2013.  She passed away peacefully at home surrounded and loved by her family.

Sandy was born on June 11, 1962 in Chicago, IL to Andy and Janet Piscatelli.  She graduated, valedictorian, from Holmdel High School in 1980. She received a BA from Dartmouth College in 1984 and then received her MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988.  She completed a residency in general surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then completed a residency in plastic surgery at The University of Southern California.  Sandy married Charles Gatt on April 6, 1991.

Sandy was a plastic surgeon, practicing in the Princeton area.  She was a kind and compassionate doctor who was truly loved by her patients.  She was a devoted mother, wife and daughter.  She was the team mother for Pop Warner Football and volunteered to help in all of her children’s sports.  She could always be heard on the sidelines cheering on the teams.  She enjoyed gardening, baking for her family, skiing and most of all spending time at home with her family.

Sandy is survived by her husband Charles and sons CJ and Taylor and dog Mattie, of Skillman, NJ; Parents Andy and Janet Piscatelli of Holmdel, NJ; Sister Pam Faber of Virginia Beach, VA; Brother Drew Piscatelli of Neptune, NJ.  She also is survived by a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins

As a plastic surgeon, Sandy cared for many women with breast cancer. She always expressed her concern for the women who fought the disease without enough family or financial support. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton. You can learn more at

Funeral services will begin on Wednesday, August 7  at 9:15 a.m. at the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 US Hwy 206, Hillsborough followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in South Amboy. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home.


Reginald William (Bill) Pauley

Reginald William (Bill) Pauley, 86, a resident of Belle Mead for nearly 50 years, died August 1, 2013, after a valiant struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.  He was a loving husband and father, engineer, civic leader and a man of many interests.

Bill was born on January 25, 1927, in South Plainfield and graduated from North Plainfield High School. Growing up within biking distance of Hadley Airport he developed his lifelong love of aviation. Although never a pilot, he served as a mechanic in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After he graduated from Rutgers University, he worked at Curtis Wright Aeronautics.

His interest in automobiles took him to Detroit in 1954 with his new bride, Lois, to work as an engineer for Chrysler Corporation.  He earned a master’s degree in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute. In 1963 Bill returned to New Jersey to design tools at Ingersoll Rand, receiving 17 patents and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence.  Bill’s fascination with architecture led to his designing his home in Belle Mead where they raised their family. After retirement, he did consulting work and enjoyed several years driving a school bus.

His devotion to his community drew him to more than 35 years of public service to Montgomery Township, where he served as Mayor and two terms on the Township Committee, and on many committees, including the Conservation Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, and the advisory committee for the design of the Township’s first high school. He also served on the advisory board of the Mary Jacobs Library and was appointed by the Governor to the Delaware Raritan Canal Commission for two terms. Bill loved history, primarily Revolutionary War and especially local.  He was a founder, president twice, and trustee for many years of the Van Harlingen Historical Society.

Bill was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton since 1965. He cared deeply about social justice and civil rights and was actively engaged in those causes. Bill took pleasure in classical music, opera and art, and was an avid photographer.  His family and friends loved his dry wit, thirst for knowledge and kind and generous spirit.

Bill is survived by Lois, his wife of more than 58 years; son, David and his wife Sue; daughters Ann and her partner Ann Wroth, and Joan Corella and her husband Joe; and grandchildren: Michael and Claire Pauley and Jay and Jensen Corella.  He is also survived by his older brother Robert and twin brother Phillip, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for the fall.

July 31, 2013

Obit Wilder 7-31-13Gita Jane Wilder

Gita Jane Wilder, 76, of Princeton died on July 21, 2013 following an 11 month battle with cancer. She was in hospice care at the Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey where her family and friends provided her with constant companionship and care. Gita was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 22, 1937, the daughter of Aaron and Miriam Zabarkes. Aaron was a science teacher in the Philadelphia public school system and Miriam was a secretary in the school system as well. Gita received a BA in sociology/anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, where she also did graduate work in child development and education. She received an MA in sociology/demography from Brown University and an MA and PhD from Princeton University in psychology.

From 1959-63 she was a research assistant for a Longitudinal Growth Study at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. In 1964 she joined the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, first in the Test Development Division and then in the Division of Education Policy Research, where she was a senior research scientist and was a director of the Research Survey Center. During her 34 years at ETS she worked on a broad spectrum of educational programs. Examples include: member of the team that carried out the original evaluation of the educational impact of Sesame Street; project director of “A Review of the Literature on Gender Differences in Test Performance”; and developer of process measurements for an evaluation of federally-funded Parent-Child Development Centers. While at ETS, she took a two-year leave of absence (1992-94) to serve as director of summative research for ghostwriter at Children’s Television Workshop where she coordinated and directed all research activities related to this new multi-media literacy project for children. From 1999-2005 she was a senior social research scientist at the Law School Admission Council in Newtown, Pa., where she was a member of the executive coordinating committee for the “After the JD” study, a longitudinal study of legal careers. She also provided oversight of the Law School Admission Council Research Grants Program. From 2005-10 she was a senior social science researcher at the National Association for Law Placement in Washington D.C., where she continued her research on the early-career experiences of lawyers.

From 1987 until she became ill in 2012, Gita also held a number of adjunct and visiting professor positions: Adjunct Assist. Prof., Department of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College; Adjunct Assist. Prof. Social Science, Mercer County Community College; Adjunct Instructor in Social Science, Somerset Community College; Visiting Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Princeton University, where she taught a number of courses and, in particular, taught in the Teacher Preparation Program.

Gita deeply enjoyed teaching each semester at Princeton University. Her course, psych 307, educational psychology, a requirement in the Program for Teacher Preparation, was very popular with students, particularly psychology majors and those interested in educational policy. She was a compassionate educator, insisting students meet her high standards, but deeply respectful of their desire to become, or at least consider becoming, educators. She also worked with teachers from local schools in QUEST, a summer elementary science course run by the University’s Teacher Prep program.

In her work with Teacher Prep, she brought a wonderful balance of wit and wisdom to the program’s work, serving as a portfolio reviewer for elementary teaching candidates, and contributing her extensive educational research experience to decisions relating to evaluation and accreditation. She also helped develop the informational feedback survey given to Teacher Prep alumni and employers. Gita’s insights, candor, and (unpretentious) point of view enhanced staff discussions and professional culture.

Gita’s comic comments on life delighted her friends and colleagues and her one-liners are often quoted by them. On wine: “I never met a Pinot Grigio I didn’t like.” On observing the P-rade (and paraphrasing F. Scott Fitzgerald): “watching the privileged classes enjoy their privileges.” Her splendid sense of humor brightened both social occasions and many a long faculty and staff meeting.

While at Princeton, Gita served, for many years, on the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which reviews all research proposals for concerns regarding safety and privacy. She also served as a student advisor for freshman and sophomore undergraduate students.

Among her many volunteer and community activities were: Member, Board of Overseers and Chair of Evaluation Committee, Governors School of New Jersey; Trustee, Mill Hill Child and Family Development Center, Trenton, New Jersey; Literacy tutor, Literacy Volunteers of America. Also, for the entire 50 years she lived in Princeton, she was active in the Bryn Mawr Club of Princeton and worked on the Bryn Mawr book sale that raised money for the school’s scholarship fund.

On a personal level, she enjoyed playing and listening to music during her entire life (she was first bass violinist in the All-Philadelphia High School Orchestra). She was also an inveterate knitter and supplied baby sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves, and afghans to what seemed like half of Princeton.

Gita is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joseph Wilder of Princeton; their daughter, Susan Wilder of Washington, D.C.; their son, Michael Wilder, his wife Elizabeth, and their daughters Isabel and Annie, also of Washington, DC; and their son David Wilder, his wife Lihi and their sons Aviv and Lev of Glendale California. She is also survived by her brother Arthur Zabarkes, his wife Irene, of New York, New York, and his children, Adriana and Rachel.

There will be a celebration of Gita’s life on Sunday, September 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50, Cherry Hill Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Bryn Mawr Scholarship Fund will be welcome.


Obit Hendershott 7-31-13Rachel E. Hendershott

Rachel Elizabeth Hendershott, 84, of Princeton Junction, passed away peacefully with family by her side on July 26, 2013, at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

Born December 21, 1928 and raised Rachel Elizabeth Van Wagner in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she spent her summers with her parents Floyd M. and Catherine Van Wagner, her twin sister Mary, and brothers Peter and Charles Van Wagner on the shores of Lac Nominingue in the Laurentien mountains of Quebec.

She moved with her husband, Bill Hendershott, and their three children, Caroline Jill, Stephen, and Catherine to Princeton and became very active as a volunteer working with the AAMH, the Eden Institute, The Girl Scouts, and the Princeton Watercolor Society. Rachel was a world traveler, photographer, and watercolor artist. She traveled from the North Pole to the African Savanna to Indonesia capturing the beauty of the world in her photographs. She spent the last seven years living at Bear Creek Assisted Living in Princeton Junction. During her final days she was tenderly cared for by her family and caregivers at the Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Bill, Rachel will always be lovingly remembered by her children Caroline Jill Hendershott; Catherine Weber and husband David and Stephen Hendershott and wife Jill; grandchildren Scott Weber and his wife Stephanie; Kevin Weber and his fiancée Julie Sauer; Christopher Weber; Kyle Nosal and his wife Megan; Matthew Nosal and Rachel S. Hendershott; great-grandchildren Jackson and Colin Weber and Juliet Nosal; brothers Peter and Charles Van Wagner and twin sister Mary Waldvogel; as well as extended family in Canada and here in the United States.

Cremation services were private. Donations in Rachel’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Organization,

Condolences may be extended at TheKimbleFuner


MarkSweeneyFinalMark William Sweeney

Mark William Sweeney, beloved husband, father, and friend died Friday (July 19) of cancer. One thousand paper cranes, handmade by friends and family, turned gently in the sunlight of his room. He was home with his family caring for him until the end. Mark was a graphic artist and illustrator who couldn’t help but teach everyone around him something cool about Apple computers. He was 50 years old.

Born in Tucson, Arizona on December 17, 1962, Mark came home from the hospital tucked in a red stocking — fitting for his joyful outlook. His childhood was spent in Princeton, New Jersey where he attended Princeton Day School. Mark studied architecture at Syracuse University before giving in to his passion for art. He was a painter, sculptor, and gifted ceramist.

After college, Mark lived in San Francisco for nearly a decade where he created hundreds of illustrations for MacUser magazine and produced maps for several cruise lines, including Royal Viking. After settling in Upper Montclair 16 years ago, he was most proud of the many illustrations he created as part of several permanent exhibits at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Mark became a certified “Creative” for Apple and brought his enthusiasm and know-how to anyone he worked with. Teachers, children, and other artists were among his favorite clients.

Mark belonged to Union Congregational Church where he felt right at home and was humbled by their steadfast support throughout his illness. Mark had a twinkle in his eye, was a friend to all and never complained. He was a devoted father to Evan (17) and Heather (14) and an over the moon soul mate to his loving wife of 21 years, Catherine. Mark cherished his relationship with his father, Dr. William A. Sweeney (of Skillman, New Jersey) and his mother Jeanne Sweeney, deceased. He was a loving brother to both John A. Sweeney (of San Francisco) and Rita A. Sweeney, who preceded him in death.

The family gathered in quiet sorrow and prayer at the time of his passing and intend to celebrate his life with a memorial service in the fall. If you would like to make a gift in Mark’s name, the family would appreciate a donation on his behalf to the Montclair Art Museum where Mark spent many creative hours in the ceramics studio (



Wendy L. (Halpern) Rickert, 57, died unexpectedly on July 24, 2013. Born in New York City, she was a 1973 graduate of Princeton High School. She spent time living in both Colorado and California before returning to Princeton in 1992.

Following the completion of her education, Wendy worked in the banking industry before marrying and becoming a homemaker and eventually relocating to Levittown, Pa. This year she celebrated 18 years of marriage with her loving husband Kenneth Rickert, also formerly of Princeton. The two have known each other since they were 11 years of age.

Wendy was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Gloria Halpern. She is survived by her husband Kenneth, daughter Amie Rickert as well as her sister Susan Halpern.

A celebration of life service will be held at Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, on Friday August 2, 2013 at 11 a.m.


obit geiselFrances L. Geisel

Frances L. Geisel, 94, of Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa., died peacefully on July 22, of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Frances and her late husband Jack had lived in Princeton for 36 years until their retirement from their second career, Tennis Activities, in 2003.

Mrs. Geisel grew up in Harrisburg, Pa., the only daughter of noted architect Ritchie Lawrie and his wife Helen. She graduated from the Seiler School before going on to Vassar College, where she majored in mathematics and graduated in 1939.

While raising her family, Mrs. Geisel returned to school, earning her masters in library science from Drexel University, and then serving as head librarian at the Abington Friends School. In 1967, the Geisels relocated to Princeton, while maintaining a small apartment in center city Philadelphia, as Mr. Geisel completed the final 10 years of his career at Rohm & Haas Company, leading its social responsibility initiative.

It was during this time that the Geisels began volunteering their time coaching an inner-city team as part of their recently launched National Junior Tennis League (NJTL). But they were more than coaches. Mrs. Geisel tutored a number of the players so they could earn their GED, and the Geisels provided scholarships to help three of their players earn their college degrees. One night, one young player showed up at the Geisels’ apartment door with all of his possessions in a paper bag. His grandmother had just died and he had no place to go. Darryl continued to call Mrs. Geisel every year on her birthday and on Mothers Day.

Mrs. Geisel was devoted to her family, and the summers she and her husband spent in Stone Harbor with their children and grandchildren were especially memorable. She was just as passionate about supporting progressive political causes, particularly those promoting social justice and racial equality.

Bridge, tennis, and travel were three of Mrs. Geisel’s favorite activities. She earned Master’s status as a bridge player, and played family mixed doubles weekly on the clay court Jack and his son Ritchie built in Ritchie’s back yard. The Geisels combined tennis and travel by hosting groups of tennis enthusiasts on trips to Spain, Kenya, Russia, and Egypt, where they mixed sightseeing with friendly tennis competitions with the locals.

In 1975, Mr. and Mrs. Geisel founded the Trenton Chapter of the NJTL, and saw it grow and flourish over the years they served on the Board. The Geisels were honored on several occasions for their contributions to the sport of tennis, and following Mr. Geisel’s passing in 2008, their sons established the Geisel Scholarship Endowment at NJTL of Trenton, which annually assists a deserving participant in the program to attend college.

Mrs. Geisel is survived by sons John, Jr. and Ritchie, daughters-in-law Betsy McNamara and Pamela Geisel, former daughters-in-law Judy McGullam and Sonya Geisel Hunt, grandchildren John Geisel III, Laurie Forrer, Janelle Werdesheim, and Justin Geisel, and ten great grandchildren.

The family will hold a celebration of Mrs. Geisel’s life in the fall. In the meantime, memorial contributions may be made to the Trenton Chapter of NJTL, 439 S. Broad Street, Suite 208, Trenton, N.J. 08611 or online at


Helen B. Golden

Helen B. Golden, 92, died on Monday, July 22, 2013 at Bristol Glen in Newton. Mrs. Golden, daughter of the late Ernest and Helen Barnes was born in Yonkers, N.Y. October 14, 1920. She grew up in Kingston and was a 60 year resident of Princeton.

For many years, Mrs. Golden was the bookkeeper for Philip J. Golden Plumbing and Heating in Princeton.

Mrs. Golden was predeceased by her husband Philip J. Golden in 1999 and 2 brothers, Ernest and Thomas Barnes. She is survived by her children, Nancy Morgenstern and her husband Robert of Sparta; Walter Thomas Golden and Regina Jones of Homosassa, Fla.; Daniel P. Golden and his wife Aine of Dublin, Ireland; and Phyllis Andrews and her husband Robert of Durham, N.C. as well as 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday July 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of The Lake RC Church in Sparta. Friends were able to call at the church to pay their respects to the family one hour prior to the mass. An interment graveside service was held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton. For online condolences, please see www.fjohnram


July 24, 2013

0bit.arthurArthur Szathmary

Arthur Szathmary, a Princeton University professor emeritus of philosophy, died of natural causes July 1 at his home in Princeton. He was 97.

Over the course of his nearly 40 years at the University, Szathmary’s work probed the philosophical significance of art and the relations between art and philosophy as modes of understanding human experience. He also concentrated on the principle of aesthetic criticism of art and was intrigued by how art enables people from different cultures to understand each other. He retired from Princeton in 1986.

Paul Benacerraf, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, who earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Princeton in 1952 and 1960, respectively, and served twice as department chair, says he felt Szathmary’s influence both as a student and a colleague.

“Arthur was an important member of the Princeton faculty,” Benacerraf said, “partly because he was one of very few with his particular sensibilities and interests — a broad and deep interest and competence in the arts and how to think about them — but especially because of his personal kindness and openness.”

Benacerraf said Szathmary helped him find a place for himself at Princeton in the early 1950s. “As an undergraduate, I wandered around pretty lost for a couple of years, until I found Arthur, and although my philosophical interests eventually diverged from his, he had been the link that enabled me to think that I could make it at Princeton — that there was a place for me here after all.”

Szathmary joined the Princeton faculty in 1947. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, the last in 1942. Working with Japanese prisoners as a Navy intelligence officer during World War II sparked his interest in Japanese culture.

His commitment to the arts led to his appointment as chair of the Creative Arts Committee from 1958 to 1967, which oversaw the Creative Arts Program. Under Szathmary’s leadership, along with program director R.P. Blackmur, a succession of poets, writers, and critics taught in the program. Szathmary also served as a senior fellow in the humanities.

“His great contribution was in his teaching and his close personal relations with his students,” said Alexander Nehamas, the Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy and comparative literature. Nehamas met Szathmary as a graduate student in the late 1960s, when he led the precept for Szathmary’s undergraduate course on the philosophy of art.

“His courses, especially the undergraduate courses he taught, attracted large groups of students, including, among others, the painter Frank Stella,” Nehamas said. “He was an infectiously enthusiastic teacher, with high standards, but always profoundly generous, encouraging, and full of good will.”

Szathmary’s impact on his students often lasted long after they left Princeton. In 2008, Gregory Callimanopulos, a member of the Class of 1957 and a noted art collector, donated the first Picasso painting to enter the Princeton University Art Museum’s collection, “Tête d’homme et nu assis (“Man’s Head and Seated Nude”), in honor of Szathmary.

Chris Homonnay, Class of ’83 says: “Arthur was an inspirational, creative, and thought provoking teacher. He opened our minds to new directions. Most significantly, he cared about each of his students. In some of my low moments, he was always available to talk or take walks around campus or Lake Carnegie. His memory will always be a blessing.”

Szathmary is survived by his wife, Lily Hayeem; his brother, Bill Dana; and his children, Robert and Helen.

Both the family and the department of philosophy are planning a memorial service.


Obit_Saldick 7-24-13Jerome Saldick

Jerome Saldick died at home on July 17, 2013. Born on March 24, 1921 in Astoria, N.Y., he was the son of the late Elsa (Rimalover) and David Saldick and was predeceased by his sister Sally Mackler.

Known for living life on his own terms, he graduated from Townsend Harris High School. He received his BA cum laude in chemistry in 1940 and his MA in 1941, both from Brooklyn College.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II attaining the rank of Captain. He was stationed in Rome as a weather forecaster and it was during his army years that he began his lifelong love of travel, catching rides to many exotic destinations including Egypt and Palestine.

After the war he earned his PhD from Columbia University. He was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi honorary societies. He was also a member of the American Chemical Society.

In 1951 he married Evelyn (Diamond). They had two daughters and moved to Princeton in 1960. Jerry and Princeton took an instant liking to each other. During his career at FMC and afterward, he enjoyed many diverse activities including sailing on Lake Carnegie, fixing cars, taking painting classes at the Adult School, swimming regularly at the Community Pool, and auditing classes at Princeton University. He relished the afternoon lectures at the University Art Museum and dialogues with Rabbi Silverman at The Jewish Center.

A two-time cancer survivor, he enjoyed volunteering with the local prostate cancer support group.

A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn, and his loving daughters Barbara and Diane. A founding member of the 55 Plus Club, contributions may be made in Jerry’s memory to the 55 Plus Club, The Jewish Center, or The Jewish Center Library Fund.


Haruo Nakayama

Haruo Nakayama, 80, of Princeton died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at home.

Born March 10, 1933 in Manhattan, his father had a business in New York City. During World War II, he returned to Japan with his parents and a sister. He graduated from school in Japan, majored in electronics, joined the U.S. Army for three years and transferred to the U.S. Air Force, having served in the military for a total of 26 years. He was employed as an electronic engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense at the Air Force Base in Wiesbaden, Germany until his retirement. He returned to the U.S. in 1998 to reside with his mother and sisters in Princeton. He was a quiet person who spent most of his time with family and friends. He enjoyed bird watching, reading books, listening to classical music, opera, and taking photos.

He is survived by his sister, Michiko Nakayama of Princeton.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Rd., Princeton Junction, N.J. 08550.


Obit DuFour 7-24-13Richard D. DuFour

“I Did It My Way”

Richard DuFour, 81, passed away peacefully on July 14, surrounded by family. He was born October 5, 1931 in Bound Brook, New Jersey to Louis and Frances Paternoster DuFour. Mr. DuFour was a resident of Central New Jersey until he retired to the Dallas area in 1996. He was a graduate of Rutgers University and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Richard was retired from his construction business and was an artisan stonemason.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Jeffrey of Hopewell, son Brian of Albuquerque, N.M., son Mark of Piscataway, N.J., daughter Diane of Renton, Wash., son Darren of Jamesburg, N.J. and stepdaughter Sandra of Keyport, N.J.. He also had many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Joseph. His brother, Warren, recently passed away on July 19. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joan Sullivan, and granddaughter Malloree.

All funeral services are private by Turrentine Jackson Morrow of Allen, Tex. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital ( Condolences and acknowledgements may be offered on the funeral home website or sent to the family c/o J. DuFour, P.O. Box 2310 Princeton, N.J. 08543,


Cynthia A. Stevens

Cynthia A. Stevens, 58, a resident of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, died peacefully at home on Friday, July 19, 2013. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she lived in Princeton until young adulthood, and thereafter principally in Hamilton Township. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1972, and attended the Moore College of Art. Cynthia was very passionate and knowledgeable about horticulture. Her home garden was literally a sea of plants, including a number of exotic varieties that were in bloom from early spring until late fall. Her garden was her pride and joy, and the results of her labors were a joy to behold. For a number of years Cynthia served as a volunteer at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.

Cynthia is survived by her husband, Keith D. Stevens of Hamilton Township; her parents, Nancy R. and William C. Becker of Princeton; her sister Pamela B. Haberle and her husband Robert of Pennington; her brother Christopher R. Becker and his wife Chia-lin of Oakland, California, Taylor MacGregor Haberle, a nephew, and Alexandra Claire Becker, a niece.

Cremation will be held privately and there will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Philadelphia Horticultural Society, 100 North 20th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19100, or any other organization of choice.

July 17, 2013

Rubby Sherr

Rubby Sherr, nuclear physicist and emeritus professor of physics at Princeton University, died on July 8 at the Quadrangle in Haverford, Pa. He would have reached age 100 on September 14.

Sherr was one of the last surviving first-hand witnesses of the atomic bomb test at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

He joined the Initiator Group for the Manhattan Project in 1944, working under Charles Critchfield in Los Alamos. His major contribution to this effort was as the co-inventor of the Fuchs-Sherr Polonium-Beryllium neutron initiator which he nicknamed the “urchin”, the portion of the device positioned at the center of the bomb designed to spread the nuclear chain reaction rapidly throughout the fissile plutonium material. He is far less well known for his initial reaction to the test explosion: intensely focused, staring at his instrument to measure the blast’s shock wave in the darkened blockhouse a few miles from ground zero, he angrily shouted “Who the h*** turned on the g** d***** lights!” at the moment of the detonation’s intense brilliance.

The legion of Trinity witnesses has shrunk rapidly. In 2005, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Trinity blast, Sherr sat on a panel arranged by Wolfgang Panofsky at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington of 14 surviving scientists who worked on the bomb to recall their experiences of the project. With Sherr’s passing, only two of the panelists survive.

Earlier, while at the MIT-Harvard Radiation Laboratory in the early 1940s, he had contributed to the war effort with the invention of a variety of Doppler radar, an air-borne device capable of detecting moving vehicles on the ground. He spoke of testing the device while crammed into the rear fuselage of a small Army aircraft, flying high above a long straight stretch of highway somewhere in New England. The experience so terrified him that a decade passed before he flew again.

Sherr was an experimentalist to the core. His PhD thesis, which he completed in 1937 at age 23, demonstrated the use of gas diffusion for isotope separation. It consisted of twenty-nine glass diffusion pumps, connected one-to-the-next, individually and crafted by hand. Despite the remarkable artisanship he demonstrated in constructing the device, Sherr rarely mentioned his skill at glass blowing.

More often, he liked to recall his construction of a Rube-Goldberg-style “ichthyological culinary” machine designed to enpan and fry a fish, which he built as a young adult at a summer camp. Photographs of the device show a collection of items on a smallish table with a wash tub for the fish at one end and a frying pan on the other. The details of its design and use are now lost to the ages. While the experiment was not a success, he claimed to have learned a key lesson from that effort — always test individually each component of a complex machine.

Sherr’s large publication record, numbering well over 100 journal articles, spanned nine decades dating from September 1936. Sherr dedicated the bulk of his professional career to experimentally exploring the physics of atomic nuclei. He and co-author H. T. Fortune, emeritus professor of physics, University of Pennsylvania, have submitted five papers for publication in 2013.

Among his more widely publicized, if somewhat whimsical achievements, was his reporting while at Harvard in 1941, that he and co-experimentalist Kenneth Bainbridge had finally achieved the alchemists’ dream of transmuting mercury into gold, a feat that captured media attention.

Sherr joined the faculty of the physics department at Princeton University in 1946. There, he helped to shepherd the construction and use of the Princeton cyclotron for most of his career, and mentored the professional development of generations of physicists. Even after his retirement in 1982, he continued with nuclear research focusing on the effects that the electromagnetic force manifests in atomic nuclei.

Most recently, he had begun to explore why the Americans succeeded in constructing the plutonium bomb before the Germans despite their access to great minds and the same body of published research. He strongly suspected that boron impurities in carbon samples may have played a role. This puzzle he left others to solve.

While in Los Alamos, he learned fly fishing and remained an avid fisherman until the 1990s. He loved folk songs, sporting an impressive memory of the lyrics for a very large number of tunes. He and his wife, Pat, often hosted folk song aficionados, artists, and writers at their home in Princeton. Sherr was a lifelong friend of writer Benjamin Appel, and occasionally battled with Alan Lomax over the proper lyrics for folk songs they both knew. He also enjoyed bird watching, which he continued to do frequently until 2011. Late in life, he developed a fondness for growing orchids, accidently demonstrating the surprising hardiness of many species.

Rubby Sherr was born on September 14, 1913 in Long Branch, N.J., of immigrant parents from Lithuania, graduating from Lakewood New Jersey high school, earning his undergraduate degree from New York University in 1934 and a PhD from Princeton University in 1938. In 1936, he married his lifelong partner Rita “Pat” Ornitz. Following graduation and a one-year post-doc at Princeton, he took a position at Harvard to assist in constructing the Harvard cyclotron, continuing there as an instructor for four years. In 1942 as World War II spread, he moved to the MIT-Harvard Radiation Laboratory, focusing on improving the usefulness of radar. In 1944, he and his family were sent to Los Alamos as he began his work on the atomic bomb. Following the war, in 1946, he took a faculty position as an assistant professor in physics at Princeton University, where he spent the remainder of his career. He received a promotion to associate professor in 1949 and to professor in 1955. He retired as emeritus professor in 1982. Sherr moved to the Quadrangle retirement community in Haverford, Pa. in early 1998.

Professional leaves took him in 1953-54 to the Kellogg Radiation Laboratory at California Institute of Technology; in 1958-59 to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland as an NSF senior postdoctoral fellow and to the Weizmann Institute in Rehovoth, Israel; in 1966 again to the Weizmann Institute; in 1969 to Michigan State University as a distinguished visiting professor; in 1970 to the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California as a research associate; and in 1975 again to the Weizmann Institute and to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

From 1955 to 1971, he held the position of principal investigator for an Atomic Energy Commission contract supporting experimental and theoretical research in low energy nuclear physics. Initially, he had primary responsibility for the operation of the Princeton 18 MEV cyclotron. At its peak, the machine employed a staff of 34 faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and technical staff. In 1961, he initiated a nine year effort to finance and construct a more up-to-date accelerator. The Princeton AVF cyclotron became fully operational for research in 1970.

Prof. Sherr is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Sherr Sklar (Lawrence) of Ann Arbor Mich. and Frances Sherr (Robert Hess) of Wynnewood Pa.; and one granddaughter, Jessica Sklar of Seattle, Wash.

July 10, 2013

Obit Cooke 7-10-13Bernard Cooke

Bernard Cooke, age 87 passed away in his sleep Saturday June 1, 2013 at home in Princeton. Known as “Barney” to family and friends, he is pre-deceased by his son Brian Cooke following a long cancer battle. Barney is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary (Kiefer) Cooke; daughter Lisa Cooke; son Kevin Cooke, and daughter-in-law Elizabeth; grandson Duncan Cooke; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law Christa (Cooke), Jonathon Laureano, Heather (Cooke), Jeremiah Mann; great-granddaughters Olivia Laureano and Zoey Mann.

Born March 31, 1926 in Hightstown, Barney was the youngest of five children. A self-made businessman, Barney established many companies that evolved into Interior Design Associates serving Princeton University for over 60 years. Barney served as president of the Princeton Jaycees and as a Princeton YMCA board member. As a family man, Barney was always involved in sports activities with his children.

An expert scuba diver, Barney was co-founder of Princeton Aqua Sports. Diving adventures inspired world travel for the Cooke family. Also a bicycling enthusiast, Barney completed ‘Ragbrai’ across Iowa, and other interesting tours. Spending time in Barnegat Light and skiing in Telluride, Colo. were favorite vacation destinations with ‘the gang’ of good friends and family.

A gifted gardener, Barney cultivated a stunning array of azaleas highlighting the Cooke property on Rollingmead. For years, Barney’s family project of adorning a tall evergreen with collected sports equipment was a favorite ‘Christmas Tree’ spectacle.

With respect for Barney’s wishes, he was cremated. A private gathering is being arranged for friends and family.


Rosetta Galella Mennella

Rosetta Galella Mennella, 89, of Princeton died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Vitas Hospice Inpatient Unit at Kennedy-Stratford.

Born in Muro Lucano, Italy she resided in Princeton since 1961. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church. She was a well-known seamstress in the Princeton community. She adored and raised all of her grandchildren. She made the best pizza in town.

Wife of the late Pasqualino Mennella, she is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law Louis and Tatiana Mennella, Jerry Mennella, Frank and Carla Mennella; two sisters Teresa Galella, and Amelia Araneo; four grandchildren Lara and husband Michael Michaud, Jenna and husband Anthony Peluso, Danielle and husband Jeremy Branson, Jennifer Mennella; and one great-grandchild Sophia Michaud.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue with clergy from St. Paul’s Church officiating. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


July 3, 2013

Obit Weinstein 7-3-13Gerald Weinstein, 84, died June 28, 2013 in Princeton. Born in Brooklyn, Jerry was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who practiced in Baltimore for many years and then in New Jersey following his move to Princeton in 1990. In addition to his private practice he also taught at Johns Hopkins University, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Baltimore, and at Rutgers University Medical School.

He is survived by his wife Aura Star, sons and daughters-in-law David and Kathy Weinstein, of Salt Lake City; Matthew Weinstein and Laura Kessler of Salt Lake City; Benjamin Weinstein and Jennifer Westfall of Bangkok; step-sons Orrin Star of Cheverly, Md. and Jonathan Star of Princeton; brother William Weinstein of Oxford, England; and granddaughters Rachel Kessler Weinstein and Emily Weinstein.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Windrows.

June 26, 2013

Obit VanSchoick 6-26-13Gordon A. VanSchoick, Sr.

Gordon A. VanSchoick, Sr., 92, of Bushkill Township, formerly of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Muhlenberg Campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Mildred F. (Hughes) VanSchoick with whom he shared 71 years of marriage last November. Born in Robbinsville, on September 30, 1920, he was the son of the late Rosteen and Mary Etta (Conover) VanSchoick. During World War II, Gordon honorably served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Buckingham in the Pacific Theater. Prior to his retirement in 1986, he was employed by Scherer Corp. in Somerset, N.J. where he worked in the building/maintenance department for 10 years. Previously, Gordon worked in the plumbing and boiler industry for more than 40 years as a journeyman plumber. He enjoyed gardening and raising tomatoes, as well as wood crafting and cars. Most importantly, Gordon loved and cherished his family, and will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.In addition to his wife, Mildred, he is survived by his children; sons, Gordon A. Jr. and his wife, Mary of Whaleyville, Va.; David R. and his wife, Nancy with whom he resided; Herbert B. and his wife, Nancy of Lancaster, Pa.; Thomas A. of Hillsborough; and William J. of Bronx, N.Y.; daughters, Marjorie Christiansen and her husband, Robert of Princeton; and Susan Packowski and her husband, Robert of New Orleans, La; thirteen (13) grandchildren; thirteen (13) great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Edith Bellis and Emma Atkinson.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery, 1800 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton. There were no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., Moorestown—Bath, Pa.

Contributions may be made in memory of Gordon to the RBC Ministries, P.O. Box 2222 Grand Rapids, Mich., 49501.


Winston Bennett WatnikWinston Bennett Watnik, 59, passed away on Sunday, June 23 in Princeton. He was born on December 26, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Winston attended Franconia College in New Hampshire, where he studied Theater Arts. He graduated from the Chubb Insurance Institute in Summit, N.J., where he learned multiple programming languages. He then began a dual career as an expert software developer and a pension fund investment consultant. Winston was a longtime resident of SoHo, N.Y., before moving to Princeton in 1990. He headed Watnik & Son, a financial consulting firm, with offices in the Empire State Building and in Princeton. As a means of bringing computers into elementary school classrooms, Winston founded the Princeton Desk Company.

Winston shared his love of Hawaii with his family. He instilled a deep appreciation of the arts in his children. Winston was an avid fan of jazz and reggae music. His appreciation of reggae originated from his trip to Jamaica with his wife Mona, where he met Bob Marley’s mother and visited the musician’s tomb.

He was the son of Bette Ignatin and Morton Watnik. Winston is survived by his wife Mona Dabbagh Watnik, his children Zoe, Richard, and Lily, and by his brother, Webster Watnik.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Winston’s honor to the Franconia College Legacy Fund, 8489-1 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 37 Pleasant Street Concord, N.H. 03301.


Memorial Service

Friends of Angie Austin are invited to come together to share company and remembrances with family and friends on Saturday, June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call (609) 915-2010 for details.

June 21, 2013

Obit Howell 6-19-13Rebecca Howell Balinski

Former Princeton resident Rebecca Howell Balinski (September 8, 1934 — 26 May, 2013) is almost certainly the only person to have both sung at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and translated the work of leading French theologians into English.

The daughter of Charles Reece Howell Jr. and Emily Smith Howell, Rebecca, “Becky”, was born in Memphis where her father was looking for work during the Great Depression but she grew up in the town that had been home to her family for generations, Fayetteville, Tenn. Becky was a top student (she was awarded membership into the National Beta Club) and her singing talent was recognized early. Already as a high school student, she had her own request show, “A Journey in Song” alongside Miss Ruth Ray at the piano, on the local radio station WEKR.

In 1950, at the age of 15, Becky entered Vanderbilt University where she became president of the Women’s Student Government Association and received the Lady of the Bracelet Award, the highest recognition given a female undergraduate. She also continued to perform, among other things singing on national television in the precursor of “America’s Got Talent” Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour.

After receiving a master’s degree in education at Goucher College in Baltimore and working summers at a Presbyterian mission house in San Francisco’s Chinatown and at the Sleighton Farm School for Girls in Pennsylvania, Becky moved to Princeton to a job as a fourth grade teacher at Miss Fine’s School.

It was on a blind date that she met Princeton University mathematics doctoral student Michel Balinski. Theirs was a whirlwind romance. Within 9 months they were married at the Princeton University Chapel and for the next 11 years — from 1957 to 1968 — the Balinskis made their lives in Princeton. The arrival of her two daughters — Maria and Marta — was the joy of Becky’s life. As Michel commuted into Manhattan to work at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Becky was civically engaged, most notably attracting New York Times coverage (“Jersey Mother Leads Vote Protest”) of her campaign to encourage Democrat critics of the Johnson administration not to abstain but to vote for Hubert Humphrey in the 1968 presidential election.

In 1969 the Balinski family started what would turn out to be 12 years of moving back and forth across the Atlantic. Paris, Lausanne, Grenoble, Vienna, and Paris again — in all of them it was Becky who would make a secure home for the family. In the years where the family was in Princeton, Becky returned to teaching, this time at Stuart Country Day School.

It was after their final move to Europe in 1980, as Rebecca learned more about the Archbishop of Paris, Jean-Marie Lustiger, that she took the initiative to translate some of his homilies into English. This was the beginning of her career as a translator of theology and philosophy — not only of the work of Lustiger but also of books by Jesuit Henri de Lubac (considered one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century) and the political philosopher Pierre Manent.

In 1996 Rebecca moved (by herself — she had divorced several years earlier) from Paris to the village of Cour-sur-Loire, near Blois. It was here on the banks of the Loire River that she found, in her words, “her world” and great happiness in a community that appreciated her openness, generosity and hospitality, and loved her deeply.

In 2009 Rebecca was diagnosed with a rare case of melanoma of the eye. When the cancer spread she courageously refused treatment and died peacefully with her family and friends around her.

Rebecca is survived by her brother Charles Reece Howell III, her two daughters, Maria and Marta, her sons-in-law Wojtek and Karel and her granddaughter Lucy.


Obit Cheung 6-19-13Kin Wah Cheung

Kin Wah Cheung, 83, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2013. He was born in Canton, China to EuLeung Cheung and Gill Poon.

A graduate of Sun Yat-sen University he lived most of his life in Hong Kong and New Jersey.

Kin Wah was a passionate man and a strong advocate of education. He was co-founder of Cine Art Laboratory providing products and services for motion picture development. In his spare time he enjoyed traveling with family, hanging out with friends, and photography.

Kin Wah is survived by his wife of 61 years, Yee Kuen Chiu, his son Kwong Chi and wife Hsiaman, four daughters; Ming, Mae and husband Stephen Ng, Ki and husband Kwok Hung Ng, Lilian and husband Boniface Lee, five grandchildren; Timmy and Gary Cheung, Andy Ng, Christopher Ng and Alexandra Lee as well as his many loving aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and other friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 21, 2013 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Ewing Church Cemetery, Ewing, N.J. Please have flowers delivered directly to the church on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, N.Y. 10087-7106.

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Enrichetta Pirone Rossi

Enrichetta Pirone Rossi, 92, died June 13, 2013 in a hospital in Isernia, Italy surrounded by her family.

She was born April 9, 1921 in Pettoranello, Italy.

Wife of the late Ernesto, who died August 1, 1965, she is survived by a daughter Delfina Rossi, two sons Nino and wife Rina Rossi, and Mario Rossi, all of Italy, two sisters-in-law Lucia Rossi and Maryann Pirone, both of Princeton, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, all of Italy, also many nieces and nephews living in Italy, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.


Paul Gerhard Rodewald, Jr. 

Surrounded by his family, Paul Gerhard Rodewald, Jr., 77, died peacefully on June 14, 2013 at his home in Pennington, following a long battle with breast cancer. Born on May 15, 1936 in Pittsburgh, Pa, he was the son of the late Paul Gerhard Rodewald and Lillian Young Rodewald. He was a 44 year resident of Rocky Hill before moving to Pennington in 2007.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, he graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1954. He received a BA in chemistry from Haverford College in 1958 and a PhD in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1963.

Paul retired from Exxon-Mobil Corporation in 1996 after a 33 year career as a petrochemist. He was awarded over 60 U.S. patents for his work on zeolite catalysts and other chemical processes to increase the efficiency of oil refining and maximize the extraction of preferred distillates from petroleum. He published his research with colleagues in leading scientific journals, including Science and Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Those who knew Paul remember him not only for his quiet and caring disposition, but also for his kind and generous nature towards others and his quick-witted sense of humor. Paul was a life-long admirer of the natural world. His interests were broad and included astronomy, natural history, flowers, and insects. It was his love for birds, however, that is most memorable. Throughout his retirement Paul traveled to over 50 different countries across seven continents and amassed a “life list” of over 7,000 different bird species. Those travels and the seasonal comings and goings of birds surrounding his home were a great sense of enjoyment for him. He shared the joy of nature with his wife, children and grandchildren on numerous walks through the natural areas of New Jersey.

He loved tennis and played both singles and doubles tennis for 35 years with a group of partners from the greater Princeton area. His tennis partners noted that when he came to the net you were in trouble. Even though his foot speed waned over time, his return service did not. If the ball was within reach it would come back, often with a spin.

Paul is survived by his wife of 55 years, Adrienne Soost Rodewald of Pennington, whom he married on June 14, 1958; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Kristin Rodewald Dawson and Peter J. Dawson of Pennington, and Jane Rodewald Burroughs and Peter J. O’Boyle of Dunmore, Pa.; his two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul Gerhard Rodewald III and Amanda D. Rodewald of Ithaca, N.Y. and James S. Rodewald and Colleen M. Quinn of Easton, N.Y.; a brother and sister-in-law William and Elizabeth Rodewald of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister and brother-in-law Louise and Fred Forni of Chappaqua, N.Y.; a brother-in-law W. John Soost, and his wife, Joni of Lancaster, Pa.; his seven grandchildren for which he will always remain as “Poppie”: Anna Dawson, Elizabeth and Emily Burroughs, Julia and Owen Rodewald, Liam and Molly Rodewald; two step grandchildren Logan and Katerina O’Boyle; and nine nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. in All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Paul’s honor to any of the following organizations: Breast Cancer Resource Center YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, N.J. 08540; D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton, N.J. 08540; The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury (web/memorial giving), 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Va. 22203.

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

June 12, 2013

Stanley B. Yates

Stanley B. Yates died suddenly on the morning of Friday, May 24. He was 66 years old.

Stanley worked for many years at the Princeton University Library, first as Assistant Engineering Librarian, then as Head of the Humanities Cataloging Team, and later as a Library Application Programmer/Developer. He retired in 2010.

Stanley had various educational degrees including an MS in Nuclear Physics, an MDiv and ThM from the Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MLS from Rutgers University.

Stanley was an avid music lover and attended many concerts in Princeton and elsewhere. He was an active volunteer in the annual Princeton Music Festival and an active member of the Princeton Friends of Opera.

He chose to have no formal funeral service, but was not opposed to a private get together for close friends at a future date. He is survived by his partner Jose Gadea; a sister, Barbara Yates; and a brother, Craig Yates.

June 5, 2013

6-5-13 Illick ObitChristopher David Illick 

Christopher David Illick (Kit) was born in Bethlehem, Pa. on March 21, 1939, and died peacefully on May 28, 2013 in Vero Beach, Fla., surrounded by his adoring family. Kit was the loving husband to Selden Dunbar Illick, devoted father to Hilary Selden Illick and Christopher Dunbar Illick, involved grandfather of eight grandchildren, Zoé, Esmé, Nico, and Téa Valette, Thor, Cyrus, Kit, and Dwyer Illick, and proud father-in-law to Pierre Valette and Alison Ambach Illick.

Born to Margaret Flexer Illick and Joseph Edward Illick, Kit was the third of four boys. He is survived by his three lively and kind brothers, Joseph, Flexer, and Tom Illick, and his dear first cousin, Marty Walzer. Raised in Coopersberg, Pa., Kit went to college at Trinity (’61) where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall. He earned his law degree at the University of Virginia (’64), then worked as an investment banker in New York City while raising his family in Princeton, New Jersey. His inspired second home, the Lower Farm in North Dorchester, New Hampshire was a sanctuary to family and friends. Kit retired in Vero Beach, Florida with his wife, Selden, in their beloved Riomar community.

Kit was a graceful, gifted athlete, passionate about tennis and squash, and in his recent years, golf. His love of music and his expressive dancing style were contagious. Kit treasured his friends, and displayed a remarkable ability to champion others. He was truly generous with his insight, kindness, and attentive enthusiasm for the lives of those he loved. Kit will be remembered for his warm engaging smile, his captivating blue eyes, his infectious laughter, and his superb sense of humor. He will be deeply missed.

Kit had Alzheimer’s disease, and chose to donate his brain to AD research. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Dr. Bradford Dickerson Dementia Research Fund, Mass. General Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, Mass. 02114; or to: Alzheimer Drug Discovery Foundation, 57 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at The Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa.


6-5-13 Meray ObitLorand H. Meray

Lorand H. Meray, 93, died peacefully at home in Princeton on May 24, 2013, in the loving presence of his family.

Lorand was born on July 4, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary. His family designed, built, and raced motorcycles, operating a factory and showroom in Budapest. Lorand received a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1941 and an MS degree in mechanical sciences in 1944, both from the Jozsef Nador Technical University in Budapest. He completed further postgraduate studies at the Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule in Zurich, Switzerland, and at the University of Toronto in Canada.

He retired from Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory in 1985. Previously, he worked as a mechanical engineer in research and development at RCA Laboratories in Princeton and as chief mechanical engineer for Curtiss-Wright Corporation. He holds several patents in the automotive and camera fields; was the recipient of an Outstanding Paper Award at the International Solid State Circuits Conference; and was a member of several professional societies, including the American Vacuum Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Camp Warden (University of Toronto Group).

Lorand was an avid skier, sailor, and athlete his entire life, and loved the outdoors. In his youth, he was a member of the Hungarian National Ski Team and a top finisher in international ski competitions. He served as vice president and race chairman of the Princeton Ski Club in the 1960s, and continued skiing competitively well into his seventies. He also enjoyed teaching skiing and sailing, and passed on his love of sport to his children and grandchildren. One of his favorite pastimes was sailing on Barnegat Bay with family and friends. He was an early and longtime advocate of protecting the environment. He also enjoyed drawing, clay sculpting, and traveling. Lorand was fluent in Hungarian, English, German, and French.

He is survived by his wife Grazyna Meray of Princeton; his daughters and stepdaughters, Livia Tiszai of Hungary; Muriel Meray of Dublin, Ohio; Danae Engelbrecht of Washington, D.C., Lorraine Meray Thomas of Beaverton, Ore.; Jasmine Spence of Newtown, Pa.; Agnieszka Fryszman of Washington, D.C.; Olga Fryszman of San Diego, Ca.; Robin Meray Patel of Tampa, Fl., and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Antal Meray-Horvath and his children in Hungary; his sister Beatrix Meray-Horvath Pinter and her children in Austria; and his cousins Leonora Medgyesy, Andrew Meray-Horvath, and Gusztav Meray-Horvath. He was predeceased by his brother Robert and his parents Julia and Lorand Meray-Horvath.

Services will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Wednesday June 12, at 10 a.m., followed by burial at the Princeton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton.

Memorial contributions in Lorand’s name may be made to the American Hungarian Foundation of New Jersey ( or the Sierra Club of New Jersey.

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Virgina S. Herring

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, Jill Herring died in her sleep in her home at The Windrows, due to an apparent stroke. She was 87 and a 40-year resident of Princeton.

Born on September 17, 1925 in Philadelphia, she was one of three children of John Peter and Eleanor Stirk Staman. She graduated from Swarthmore College. During her college years she was active in sports and played varsity field hockey. She later joined the firm of Neuberger Berman, where she was a securities analyst. She married Bryce Wood and lived in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut.

In 1971, she married Pendleton Herring and moved to Princeton. She was an active volunteer in a number of local organizations. Among others, she participated in Recording for the Blind and volunteered as a remedial aid at the Riverside School. She and Pendleton Herring moved to The Windrows in 2000 and he predeceased her in 2004.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Jane Staman of Rackliff Island, Maine, eight nieces and nephews, Ann Hollingworth, Mimi Peet, Sara Staman, Kate Staman, Polly Duxbury, Linda Watkins, Greg Staman, and Peter Staman, her stepson, H. James Herring, five step grandchildren and fourteen step great-grandchildren.


Wilber Clarence Stewart

Wilber Clarence Stewart, 76, of East Windsor died on May 5, 2013 in the company of his loving family. He was born in Durham, N.C. on July 22, 1936, the younger son of Burton Gloyden Stewart, Sr. and Evelyn Isla Stallings Stewart. When he was 10 his family moved to Williamston, N.C. where his father became the principal of the public school, and where he met Mary Elizabeth Britton whom he married in 1961.

He studied electrical engineering at Duke University and completed his PhD in 1964. That same year, he and Mary Elizabeth moved to New Jersey where he embarked on a four-decade career at David Sarnoff Research Center as part of RCA and then SRI International. A Fellow of the technical staff at Sarnoff with a specialty in optics, he authored or co-authored dozens of technical publications and was responsible for numerous patented innovations. For most of 1974, he lived in Kilchberg, Switzerland along with his wife and children while he worked as a visiting scientist at Laboratories RCA, Ltd. in Zurich.

Wilber was active at the Princeton United Methodist Church and sang in the choir for many years. He took delight in astronomy, tennis, music, and travel. A man of quiet generosity, he possessed an infectious love of learning, a sense of humor both dry and warm, and a knack for problem solving. He loved trips to North Carolina beaches and mountains, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Britton Stewart of East Windsor; son Mark Wilber Stewart and wife, Anne of Lambertville; daughter Elizabeth Lyn Stewart Jaekel and husband, Chris of Maryville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren: Spencer, Joseph, and Sarah.

A memorial service will be held at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542 on Saturday, June 15 at 10 in the morning.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.


Mary Squitieri

Mary Squitieri, 93, of Hopewell died Monday, May 27, 2013 at Acorn Glen. Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident. Mary was a member of St. Paul’s Church. Daughter of the late Constantino and Maria (Pinelli) Pirone, wife of the late Salvator Squitieri, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Joseph and Ellen Squitieri, a daughter Salli Squitieri, a step-son Robert T. Squitieri, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the medical or environmental charity of donor’s choice. The arrangements were private under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

May 29, 2013

obit GrahamGeorgia H. Graham

Georgia H. Graham, 90, died on May 7, 2013 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro after an illness of four months. Known to her grandchildren and others as “Gigi” after her remarriage in 1971 to her surviving husband, John, she was raised in South Dakota and southern California and attended the University of Oregon, before marrying and moving ultimately to Princeton in 1956.

During her Princeton years Georgia was a skilled and avid golfer, and a member of Springdale Golf Club, but she gave up the game without apparent regret when she moved into her much loved historic home in Griggstown 42 years ago. For many decades she was in real estate sales, most notably associated with Stewardson & Dougherty Real Estate.

Although she was not a joiner, Georgia’s charm, beauty, elegance, and sense of fun enlisted the affection and loyalty of a wide circle of friends. She had many hobbies and passions: knitting, quilting, sewing, dancing, card games of all types, especially bridge and poker, dogs, gardening, fashion, shopping, wine, cooking, and travel. At all her hobbies she was more than adept, and her passions were exactly that. She flourished hostessing dinner parties, maintained, prepared, winnowed, and refined an enormous recipe collection, authored a cooking column for a period in a local Princeton newspaper, and owned a cookbook collection the size and quality of which would grace a large public library.

While she did not shun North American travel, her preferred destination was Europe, particularly France. A dedicated Francophile, Georgia loved Paris and Provence equally, returning in the last several decades at least annually to each for a two-month stay. She was fond of driving and plotted itineraries over the years that left very little of Western Europe and Britain unseen. Nor was fine dining ignored; at one juncture she had eaten in every French 3-star Michelin restaurant, except one.

Besides her husband, Georgia is survived by a sister and a brother, four children of her first marriage, Terrence York (Suzanne) of Fairhope, Ala., Constance Lynch (Terrence) of Pacific Palisades, Cal., Mary Elizabeth Wood (William) of Villanova, Pa., and Jeffrey York of Princeton, five grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. She was interred at the Griggstown Cemetery on May 11.


5-29-13 Pettit ObitElizabeth Stetson Pettit

Elizabeth Stetson Pettit, 92, passed away peacefully in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Mrs. Pettit was born in Bedford, N.Y., the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Clifford McChristie, and was a long-time resident of Princeton, New Jersey and Chappaquiddick Island in Edgartown, Massachusetts. She lived a full life, impacted many, and will be missed by her family and friends.

Elizabeth, also known as “Snookie” to her friends, and as “Bizbeth” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, grew up with a love of horses. She rode her pony, Pet, all over the Bedford countryside and was especially proud of being in charge, at age 12, of a local junior horse show. She also enjoyed riding in equitation classes at Madison Square Garden.

Elizabeth was a woman before her time, and her love of physical challenge and adventure expanded as she grew older. As an adult she learned to ski, sail, fly an airplane, and drive a four-in-hand. She enjoyed many summers cruising the waters from Chesapeake Bay to Maine, and while closer to home on Chappy, she was a crack crew on a Rhodes 19. In addition to all her physical pursuits, Elizabeth was well known for her photography and was proud of having started with a Kodak Brownie camera. She loved to travel, took photographs wherever she went, and had several shows. Her last exhibit, which she put on at the age of 90, included photographs from South Korea and the Galapagos. She also had a lifelong interest in dogs. She actively bred, raised, and showed Irish Wolfhounds and Norfolk Terriers.

Throughout her life, Elizabeth was active in numerous community and philanthropic organizations. Elizabeth was dedicated to land preservation in New Jersey through the Delaware and Raritan Greenway, and on Martha’s Vineyard through the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation. She was instrumental in the preservation of the nearly 2,000 acre Seabrook Farm and hundreds of additional acres of productive farmland in Mannington Township, N.J.

Elizabeth attended Miss Hall’s School and Vassar College. She married Basil Wise Stetson in 1940 and they had four children. Mr. Stetson passed away in 1974. Elizabeth is survived by her husband, William Dutton Pettit, whom she married in 1986, and by her four children, Elizabeth Kratovil of Bridgeton, N.J., Charlotte Stetson of Middlebury, Vt., Basil Stetson and his wife, April Cornell, of Burlington, Vt., and Iola Stetson, of Redmond, Wash., as well as 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Besides Mr. Pettit, Elizabeth is survived by his five children and their spouses, and by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to a reception, planned for Friday June 21at the D & R Greenway in Princeton, between 4 and 6 p.m. Friends and family are also invited to a service and burial at St. Matthews Church in Bedford, N.Y. at 10:30 a.m. on June 22.

In memory of Elizabeth, the family asks that donations be made to the Delaware & Raritan Greenway, One Preservation Place, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 or to the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, Wakeman Conservation Center, 57 David Avenue, Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard 02568.


5-29-13 Kane ObitCarroll O’Brien Kane

Carroll O’Brien Kane passed away on April 11, 2013 at her home at Riverwoods, in Exeter, New Hampshire. She was 89 years old, and is dearly missed by her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Carroll was born on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1924, to Richard Matthew O’Brien and Catherine Normile O’Brien, in Hartford, Connecticut. She attended Oxford School and Smith College. She met Theodore Gibbs Kane at a post-war dance at Trinity College, in Hartford. They were married on July 13, 1946, and moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where Ted finished college and she taught second grade at Miss Fine’s School, which later merged with Princeton Day School. She later taught at Sewickley Academy, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

Carroll enjoyed her garden, her summers on Chappaquiddick Island, worldwide travel with her husband and her children, and dinner parties with her many friends. She served as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, and in various positions in the Council of Garden Clubs of Sewickley, and the Garden Club of Princeton. She served as a judge of flower arrangements in many regional competitions for the Garden Club of America.

Carroll is survived by her husband of 67 years, and her children T. Gibbs Kane, Jr., of Rye, N.Y., Richard S. Kane of South Dartmouth, Mass., and Katherine K. Blaxter of Newburyport, Mass., and by 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. They all fondly remember her beach picnics on Chappy.

Contributions may be made to the fund in her name at Princeton Day School or to the Trinity Counseling Service. A memorial service has been planned for 10:30 a.m., May 30, at the Aquinas Institute, 65 Stockton Street, Princeton.


5-29-13 Dale ObitDale Roylance

Dale Ronald Roylance, 89, died peacefully Sunday morning, May 19, 2013, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, after a brief illness.

Born on December 9, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Dale enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and then attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied art history. A talented graphic artist and lover of books, Dale came to Princeton University Library in 1956 as an art cataloguer and the following year, was taken under the wing of Gillett G. Griffin, curator of graphic arts at Firestone Library. Working as assistant curator, Dale developed not only an appreciation for the history of printing but also a talent for passing on this knowledge and enthusiasm to students.

In 1960, Dale transferred to Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library, where he developed a program on the arts of the book with classes, exhibitions, and publications. He also continued his own work as an artist, illustrating a number of children’s books. When Griffin left Firestone and Joseph Rothrock returned to teaching, Dale was the ideal successor and held the position of curator of graphic arts at Princeton from 1980 until his retirement in 1995. Many generations of students and faculty have benefited from his passion for books, both in the classroom and in the galleries. During his long and distinguished career, Dale prepared more than 100 exhibitions and worked on 44 publications.

Following his retirement, Dale continued to commit his talents to the community, serving as a founding member of the West Windsor Arts Council and organizing the book collection in the Manor House Library at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart School for Boys.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Una Roylance, brothers Vaun and Kaye and nephew Clifford. He is survived by his niece Cheryl Helms.

A memorial gathering will be held at a future date.


James G. Robinson

James G. Robinson, 92, of Monroe Township, New Jersey formerly of Princeton, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born to Ellsworth D. and Helen G. Lockhart Robinson, in Sewickley, Pa., his family moved to Tulsa, Ok. in 1925, following the discovery of oil in that area. After 20 years, Jim moved to Pittsburgh, Pa. where he lived briefly, then to Lawrenceville.

He attended Princeton University receiving his BS in 1943 and his Master’s Degree in 1948.

Jim worked for the U.S. Navy as an engineer on many electronic projects including atomic bomb testing in the South Pacific, cosmic ray research in Colorado, and in the development of the YP-59, the first jet aircraft eventually built in 1959. He became the director of contract development for the Atomic Energy Commission. Later, he worked for the Applied Science Corporation of Princeton as director of research in the development of telemetering equipment and finally was director of research for McLean Engineering in Princeton Junction retiring in 1986 after 29 years with the company.

Mr. Robinson was a member of the Nassau Club in Princeton, the Princeton Club in New York City and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He lived the quiet life enjoying photography and traveling around the United States.

Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife Carol L. Robinson in 2011, his parents and a half-brother, John E. Robinson. Surviving are his sister-in-law Margo Petersen and her husband Fred, of Hamilton, two nieces Stacy Sarno of Chesterfield, N.J. and Jennifer Zerbe of Ridley Park, Pa. and five great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions to the Princeton Small Animal Rescue League, 900 Herrontown Road Princeton, NJ 08540 are appreciated.

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A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Robert Benjamin Hearne, who died April 17, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. on June 9, 2013 at the Princeton Airport, Princeton, New Jersey.

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.