September 26, 2018

Herbert Irving Abelson

Herbert Abelson, a longtime resident of Princeton, died September 9, 2018 in Cary, North Carolina, following complications of dementia. He was 92.

He was born January 13, 1926 in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Rose and Maxwell Abelson. He attended local public schools and Clark University. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Maryland in 1952. He married Fay Huffman, a fellow student, in 1953.

He spent three years at a research facility of the Department of the Army, housed at The George Washington University. He directed several studies featuring new procedures for debriefing refugees from eastern European countries, and he developed tests for selecting personnel for the newly organized Army Special Forces.

In 1956, Dr. Abelson and family moved to Princeton to join Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) as Chief Psychologist and later as a Vice President and Director. Dr. Abelson became one of the key social science researchers during the post-war period to apply principles from the academic social sciences and statistics to the practice of commercial survey research. He was also active his entire career in professional associations.

In 1963, Dr. Abelson was appointed to a National Academy of Sciences study group in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The subject was civil defense in the Cold War, an area in which Dr. Abelson had conducted and reported relevant research.

In 1966, Dr. Abelson went to Vietnam for CBS News, to organize the first nongovernmental wartime survey of the civilian population of South Vietnam. The study for CBS News was conducted in 1967, and was the subject of a CBS broadcast.

In 1969 Dr. Abelson resigned from ORC to cofound Response Analysis Corporation (RAC), an applied research firm conducting inquiries for government, not-for-profit, and for-profit firms. Of particular importance were several national surveys conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and for the U.S. Department of Energy. These studies utilized new applied research methodologies.

In 1993, Dr. Abelson accepted an appointment at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. There he spent ten years teaching courses in survey methods and consulting with faculty and students.

He authored a well-known textbook entitled Persuasion, How Opinions and Attitudes are Changed (1959). Persuasion was translated into several languages. A second edition was published in 1971.

Dr. Abelson loved fishing, card playing, collecting wine, playing harmonica, and collecting matchbook covers. He traveled extensively with his wife and family, and visited Long Beach Island for 40 summers.

He was a member of the Jewish Center of Princeton and a Trustee of McCarter Theatre. He was active in the Princeton Community Democratic Organization, Princeton Community Television Committee, Community Without Walls, Princeton Old Guard, and Nassau Club. He qualified as an emergency medical technician, and volunteered for the Princeton Rescue Squad.

He is predeceased by his parents and by his wife of 63 years, Fay Huffman Abelson. He is survived by three children: Joseph Abelson, Daniel Abelson, and Rachel Hickson; and by six grandchildren, Sarah Abelson, Alicia Abelson, Meredith Hickson, Jessamine Hickson, Maxwell Abelson, and Rico Abelson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, 72½ Escher Street, Trenton, NJ 08609, and to McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Kirk William Moore

Kirk William Moore, DDS, 65, of Springfield, Mass., passed away unexpectedly at his home on September 12, 2018. Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he was the son of Ruth K. Moore from Princeton, and the late Donald P. Moore.

Kirk attended Princeton Day School and attended the University of Pennsylvania. He received his DDS from Howard University. Kirk practiced at BayState Dental in Springfield. The most important thing in his life was caring for his patients. He enjoyed biking and loved jazz music.

Besides his mother, Kirk leaves behind his daughter, Simone Moore of New York City; his twin sister, Christine Morrison and her husband, Curtis of Hopkinton, Mass.; and his nephew, Blake Morrison of New York City.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, September 22 at St. Michael’s Church in Springfield, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the American Diabetes Association,, will be appreciated. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Lydia Schulze

Lydia Schulze, 71, died suddenly at home September 23, 2018. She was born August 29, 1947 in Bad Wörishofen, Germany, the daughter of Nicholas and Halyna Domkiw.

Lydia graduated from Vassar College, Class of 1969. After graduation she married Carl Schulze, and they settled in Princeton. Together they owned and operated a family business, the New Jersey Feed Laboratory, in Ewing, N.J. They celebrated 47 years of marriage in July.

Lydia was a passionate supporter of the arts, including the Princeton Public Library and McCarter Theatre. In light of her son’s developmental disabilities, she staunchly advocated for The Camphill School, serving as board secretary for many years.

She will be remembered for her laughter, her humor, and ability to love unconditionally. Lydia dedicated herself to her family, her children, her community, and especially her friends. She gave generously to numerous United Methodist Mission projects, as well as many Camphill initiatives.

Predeceased by her parents, she is survived by her husband, Carl; her son, Peter Hans Schulze; and her daughter and son-in-law, Anastasia and Eric Littlepage.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 10 a.m.

Flowers or a contribution to Four Winds Community, 32 Colburn Road, Temple, NH 03084 will be appreciated.


Cynthia Magnum White Fisher

Cynthia Mangum White Fisher, 73, affectionately known as “Chip,” passed away on Thursday, September 20, surrounded by her loving family, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, after a courageous battle with health issues. She was born on July 12, 1945 to the late Olivia Mangum White and Elisha James White Sr. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Beverly Ann White and Mahasin Rashada (Patricia Ann White).

Cynthia was born and raised in Princeton, where she graduated from Princeton High School. She retired from Princeton Hospital in 2002, after 32 years of dedicated service as the Office Manager of Human Resources. She was a fashion designer, seamstress, wedding coordinator, artist, and the founder of Concoctions Inc. Cynthia enjoyed shopping, and loved to do yard sales, where she provided quality and beautiful merchandise at affordable prices. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she served on the Ladies’ Guild. She was very active in the Princeton Senior Club. She provided many services to the community as a Notary. As the CEO/Founder of Concoctions Inc. she created beautiful unique gift items, specializing in sports teams’ memorabilia.

Cynthia’s memory will be cherished by her devoted husband of 50 years, Gilbert I. Fisher; and her son, Scotty G. Fisher (Catherine). She is also survived by her sisters, Shirlene Wells of Yardley, PA, and Gail Olivia Everett (Robin) of Princeton; and her brother, Elisha James White Jr. (Michele) of Stockbridge, GA. She had three godchildren: Silas Massey Jr., Cheyenne Mendez, and Robin Lee Everett Jr.; dear friends Karen J. Marrow and William and Suzie Johnson; and a special niece Kelly Wells-Hodges. She also leaves to mourn uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 1 at First Baptist Church of Princeton. Viewing at 9 until 11 a.m., funeral services starting at 11 a.m. Reverend Carlton Branscomb will be officiating. Services provided by Hughes Funeral Home.


Memorial for Edythe Click

Mom, I miss you and think of you every day since you left us on February 7th, 2018. You were brilliant and compassionate. You achieved so much in your lifetime. From your early days as an exceptional working mom you taught me to always work hard and achieve my dreams. You are incredibly missed by your family and friends. I love you mom, today and every day. You give me strength to carry on. Happy peaceful birthday in heaven, September 22nd.

Your forever grateful daughter,
Rhonda Mace

September 18, 2018

Miriam Lipschutz Yevick

August 28,1924 — September 5, 2018

Miriam Yevick, 94, was born August 28, 1924 in Schereningen, The Netherlands. She arrived in New York in 1940 after escaping from Antwerp just ahead of invading Nazis along with her immediate family. Her father, Max Lipschutz, was a prominent diamond merchant in Europe and he continued his trade for the next 50 years in New York City.

Miriam went on to attend university and became one of the first women to obtain a Ph.D. at MIT in mathematics. She taught at Rutgers University and divided her time between teaching, research, and writing. Her books included Mathematics for the Billions, A Testament for Ariela, a memoir about her first grandchild, and Intonations: Feeling Tones and Relationships.

Miriam loved Princeton and rented summer accommodations for many years before moving to Princeton in 1990. She could often be found in the University library or bicycling around town well into her 80s. The local outdoor pool was also a favorite spot in the summer. In addition, Miriam was a frequent contributor to Town Topics, writing editorial pieces ranging from the Ebola crisis to zoning restrictions in the town.

Miriam is predeceased by her husband, Dr. George Yevick, a former professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. She is survived by her son, David, her daughter-in-law, Susan, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


Angela Chang

Angela Chang, 80, of Princeton passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro.

Born in Liuzhou, China, Angela was a resident of Princeton, New Jersey for over 35 years. Angela grew up in post-war Taiwan, struggling for higher education and facing many financial challenges. After winning a college prose contest, she was granted a scholarship to attend Providence College in Taiwan. Her academic achievements in college helped her to win another scholarship from Ball State University in Indiana, where she received an MA in English and Education.

After spending years teaching English and Chinese language, her love of food and entertaining inspired her to change her profession to the culinary field. She sought to promote awareness of Chinese food and culture in America through her writing. Angela authored four cookbooks: Delicious Tofu (English), The Intriguing World of Chinese Home Cooking (English), Chinese Home Entertaining (bi-lingual), and A World of Desserts (Chinese). Additionally, she wrote numerous food articles for a Taiwanese food magazine, a leading Chinese newspaper in the United States, and several local New Jersey newspapers. Angela became a sought-after personality in a multitude of food-related activities. She was the coordinator of several New York-based tofu festivals and a judge for numerous gourmet tofu contests in the Chinese community.

Angela grew up in a large close-knit family which cultivated an outgoing personality and a generous spirit. She donated her time and efforts to various local charities. One charity she was particularly fond of was the Crawford House, a rehabilitation center for women with emotional issues.

Daughter of the late Zhong Pei and Bing Yi Tan, she is survived by her husband Humphrey H.J. Chang, son and daughter-in-law Raymond and Carol Chang, and two grandchildren Madeline and Zachary.

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home at 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. The burial will be private. Friends may call on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Angela’s memory to Daytop New Jersey at Crawford House, 362 Sunset Road, Skillman, NJ 08558 and Princeton Friends of Opera, PO Box 2359, Princeton, NJ 08543.


Annie Rost

Annie Rost passed September 12, 2018 at the age of 94 at Rose Hill Assisted Living, Robbinsville, NJ. Annie was born in Elberfelt Wuppertal Germany. At the age of 15, she came with her family to America in 1939. She met and married her husband of 52 years, Manfred, in New York. In 1957 they moved to Princeton, New Jersey to raise a family. Manfred died in 1997.

Annie is survived by her four children: Claudia Handwerker (Jacob) of Lexington, MA; Lillian Foster (Wallace-deceased) of East Windsor, NJ; Norman Rost of Clark, NJ; and Sonya Bradski (Gary) of Palo Alto, CA; 11 grandchildren: Susan Saporta (Alan), Jason Handwerker (Shelby), Ethan Handwerker, Robin Waters (George), Elizabeth Ferencevych (Andrew), Phillip Foster, Asher Rost, Peninah Gal (Nir), Moriah, Simcha, Haviva Bradski; and eight great-grandchildren: Toni, Carmen, and Michael Saporta; Jaden and Truman Handwerker; Amy Waters, Avery Ferencevych; and Bat Sheva Gal. Annie’s greatest joy was entertaining her family and friends. She spent her summers with her children in Toms River and the Jersey Shore. Annie took her family on camping trips and other vacations. She traveled to Europe and on cruises with Manfred. She will be greatly missed.

September 12, 2018

Lucy Harris Hall

June 1, 1932 – September 2, 2018

Lucy was born on June 1, 1932 in Princeton, New Jersey to Dorothy Harris Lacy, and grew up with her mother and her grandparents, Omega and Belle Harris. She passed away on September 2, 2018. Lucy attended Princeton public schools, graduating from Princeton High in 1950. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Lucy had a long career as a teacher in Kansas City, Kansas; Poitier, France; Vicenza, Italy; Lawrence Township, New Jersey; and Chicago. While in Tucson, she was a writer for a children’s television program, a director of secondary reading for Tucson’s largest school district, assistant principal at Santa Rita High School, and the principal of Townsend Junior High School. She always said that education was a wonderful career, but little did she know, the best was yet to come.

In 1982, Lucy joined the United States Foreign Service, and after several months of training in Washington, D.C., she began diplomatic assignments at U.S. embassies, primarily in French-speaking African countries, but also in the Caribbean. Her son, daughter, and friends visited her in those foreign countries, and stayed with her in her exciting, luxurious, and sometimes exotic homes. And during her vacations, she would travel with them to different corners of the globe.

Lucy is survived by the joys and prides of her life: her daughter Margo Hall and her granddaughters Kaci and Serenity, all of Tucson, Arizona, and her son Roger Hall and his wife Buff of Scottsdale, Arizona, and their daughters Heather and Kelli Emady of Tempe, Arizona, and Gainesville, Florida.

She is also survived by her former husband and forever friend Francis Roger “Skip” Hall of Tucson, Arizona, and her son-in-law Theo Webb of Dallas, Texas. She also had caring and loving cousins and friends who she counted as her sisters and brothers. Her cousin/sister Florence Broadway, nephew Owen Gaskins, and “niece” Dana Hughes Moorhead all unfailingly cared for her with love and tenderness during her final years. She also leaves behind beloved cousins Walter “Sonny” Taylor, Robert Taylor, Monetta Harris, and Lloyd Harrell. Sisters/friends since childhood Ann King and Arden Pollard shared and truly enriched her life. And her dear godchildren Andrea Briscoe and Walter Harris Taylor, and great-godchildren Laura-Sage Marshall and Cameron Broadway, who called her Grand Lucy, truly warmed her heart with love. All of her Princeton, Hampton, Tucson, and foreign service friends, too many to name, kept her company, traveled and worked with her, and made her life better in so many ways. She always remembered the precious friends and relatives who preceded her in death, and was grateful for their contributions to her happiness and success.

As with all of us, to God goes the glory. She always said God had chosen, protected, and forgiven her not only for her sins, but also for bad decisions and wrongful deeds. Each morning she began the day with a simple “Thank you, Lord.”   And although Her wonderful life has ended, we too say, “Thank you, Lord.”   

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Princeton, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Visitation will from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the Funeral Service on Saturday. Interment at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton.

Services entrusted to Ledford Funeral Home, 929 S. Clinton Avenue, Trenton. For additional information or to send online condolence or flowers to the family visit


Margaret Towers Talman

Margaret Towers Talman, 90, died Wednesday, September 5, 2018, after a brief illness at home at Westminster Canterbury in Richmond, Va. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Carter E. Talman, Jr.; and her brothers, A. Robert Towers, Jr. and Thomas R. Towers. She is survived by her two daughters, Helen “Nell” T. Haughton of Pennington, N.J. and Margaret T. Corwin of Richmond, and their husbands, Daniel J. Haughton and Scott O. Corwin. Known as Mimi to her grandchildren, she cherished Elizabeth, Carter, and Margaret Haughton, and George and Augustus “Gus” Corwin. Also surviving are her brother-in-law, Dr. E. Armistead Talman and his wife, Peggy; her sister-in-law, Patricia Towers of New York; and her extended family, who added much joy to her life.

Margaret was a graduate of St. Catherine’s School and Sweet Briar College. Immediately after college, she taught elementary school in Chesterfield County and discovered an abiding interest in children’s education. She pursued further study in special education at VCU, followed by several years tutoring reading at George Wythe High School. She was a dedicated member of St. James’s Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday school and volunteered with the St. James’s Children Center and served on the Board. She also dressed up as Mother Goose at school events, combining her love of children with her love of reading and rhymes. Margaret supported the Valentine Museum where she volunteered weekly in its historic Costume Department and served many years on the Valentine Board. She was a member of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a former member of the Junior Board of Sheltering Arms. The family would like to extend our special thanks and gratitude to the wonderful healthcare staff at Westminster Canterbury, including the compassionate nurses and aides, but also the smiling faces in dining and housekeeping.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va. Burial in Hollywood Cemetery will be private. If desired, contributions may be made to St. James’s Children’s Center, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23220 or to the Westminster Canterbury Foundation, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227.


Douglas F. Bauer

Douglas F. Bauer, 75, of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at home.

Born in Buffalo, NY, he remained a longtime NYC resident until moving to Lawrenceville seven years ago. Douglas was a graduate of Princeton University, Class of 1964 and Harvard Law School, Class of 1967. Douglas was a Corporate Law Attorney, having retired from Bowne & Co. after many years in practice.  He was a lover of “all things Princeton.”  Some of his hobbies included rare book collecting, especially the poet Pindar. He was a member of the Grolier Club, Friends of the Princeton University Library, and the Biographical Society of America. He and his husband Louis were the first same sex couple to be married in Lawrence Township.

Son of the late Edmund and Gloria Bauer; he is survived by his husband Louis Rossi.

Per Douglas’ wishes, services are being held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to EASEL Animal Rescue League, 4 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ 08648.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville.


Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service for longtime Princeton resident Judith P. Erdman (May 1926 – June 2018) on Saturday, September 22, 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. A reception immediately following the service will be held at the Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street, Princeton.

September 5, 2018

Jonas Byron Bingeman

February 21, 1925 — August 26, 2018

Jonas Byron Bingeman, age 93, passed away on August 26, 2018, at his home in Skillman, New Jersey. Jonas was born in South River, Ontario, Canada and raised on a dairy farm near Waterloo, Ontario. He graduated early from high school and went on to earn a BS in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (Dominion of Canada Scholar); an MS in Physical Chemistry from University of Detroit; an MS in Chemical Engineering from University of Minneapolis; and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University. He was the oldest of three children born to Gordon and Edna Bingeman and was the beloved husband of Kathleen Macdonald Bingeman for nearly 70 years. After meeting at Queen’s and marrying in 1948, Jonas and Kathleen enjoyed living in various cities throughout the U.S. while Jonas pursued his successful career in engineering, which included leadership positions at Ethyl Corporation, Rexall Drugs, Allied Chemical, and NL Industries, as well as being granted numerous patents. The couple retired in Princeton, where Jonas was an elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Nassau Club, the Old Guard, and Springdale Golf Club.

Jonas was always active and enjoyed being outdoors, taking fishing trips, visiting family and friends, making wine, playing bridge and hearts, and pursuing his passion for golf at 104 courses throughout the world.

Jonas was a beloved father and devoted to his children, the late Grant Bingeman (Ruthann), Leslie Sillinger (Glenn), John Bingeman, and Claire Hatten (Jimmie). He will forever be remembered by his brother Gordon Bingeman; sister Beth Tousaw; treasured grandchildren Jeanette Ellefson (Eddie), Keith Bingeman, Jared Bingeman (Amanda), Michael Sillinger, Chris Sillinger, Angela Taylor, Michael Bingeman (Joyce), Courtney Weld (Thomas), James Hatten, and Ainsley Hatten; along with 24 great-grandchildren and countless other family and friends.


Fleury Velie Mackie

Fleury Velie Mackie, a generous, humorous, and caring member of the Princeton community for over 65 years, died peacefully early in the morning of August 26.

She was a loving mother and stepmother to her four daughters and her four stepchildren. Fleury helped hundreds of people in the Princeton/Trenton area with her philanthropic involvement. At various times in her life, she committed her time and resources to the following organizations: HiTops, the New Jersey State Museum, HomeFront, Princeton University Art Museum, Morven, and others. Her legendary parties were often created to benefit local causes.

Besides her monetary contributions, she was always eager to give her time and talent to community causes, such as Family Born where she assisted births, and was both a volunteer and fundraiser for the Princeton Hospital.

She operated with a unique combination of humor, compassion, honesty, practicality, and discretion. She looked for and helped others to find laughter, even at the darkest moments. Always glamorous, she was nevertheless loaded with grit and fortitude.

Fleury was born in Moline, Illinois, in 1926, and spent most of her youth in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was a graduate of the Foxcroft School, and Ogontz Junior College. She was the great, great granddaughter of John Deere, and the granddaughter of Willard Velie, who founded the Velie Motor Company, which manufactured automobiles from 1909 to 1928, and the Velie Monocoupe from 1927 to 1929.

She met her first husband, Jack Valdes, on a blind date at a Princeton football game, and a few years after marriage, they moved to Princeton permanently.

In 2011, Fleury wrote an admired memoir, Born Not A Moment Too Soon.

Fleury was an accomplished horsewoman throughout much of her adulthood. Her equestrian skills were polished at the Foxcroft School, and, well into her 70s, she spent time riding horses each summer while out West.

She was predeceased by her first husband Jack Valdes, her second husband Donald Mackie, two of her daughters, Vicky O’Donoghue and Stacy Lorenceau, and by her stepdaughter, Diana Mackie.

Fleury is survived by her daughters Kelly Valdes and Midge Valdes, by Midge’s husband Stanley Kaplan; by her stepchildren Douglas Mackie, David Mackie and his wife Mary Rabbitt, and Cynthia Mackie and her husband Jim Tarrant; and by her grandchildren Margay Kaplan, Pierce and Nick McKellar, Antoine, Thomas and Olivier Lorenceau, and her step grandchildren Kevin and Melati Tarrant, and Ariane Belkadi.

Fleury, with her good cheer and positive attitude, will be dearly missed by them, by her cousins, her nieces and nephews, and her many, many friends.


Dr. Alice Levite Brandinger

November 23, 1929 – August 18, 2018

Alice Levite Brandinger died on August 18, 2018 after a short illness at her home in Pennington, NJ, surrounded by family. She was born on November 23, 1929 in Manhattan, NY.

Alice attended Hunter College in New York City and it was there that she met her future husband Jay, whom she married on December 25, 1949. She had three children and lived with her family in Riverhead, NY, Lawrence, NJ, Indianapolis, IN, and Pennington. Alice earned a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, as well as master’s and doctor of education degrees from Rutgers University.

Alice’s interest in special education led her to teach at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, head the Trenton State Teacher’s College Department of Special Education, and assume the role of Director for the Indianapolis Public Schools Center for Autistic Children. Her husband Jay’s career with RCA and the New Jersey State Commission on Science and Technology gave them opportunities to travel worldwide, their destinations included: Japan, China, Europe, and Israel.

Alice read extensively, enjoyed gourmet cooking/entertaining, and excelled in competitive bridge achieving Life Master. Her skills with interior design were exemplified by a unique kitchen remodel and an extensive spa room. She and her husband regularly attended Chair Yoga and Healthy Bones classes in Pennington.

Alice shared and supported her husband’s interests and hobbies including: flying their plane, piloting their boat, as well as attending aircraft owner/yacht club outings and trips. Alice also edited Jay’s technical publications and his books on photography.

Alice’s marriage of 68 years with Jay left a lasting impression on all who knew them and demonstrated what a loving and high achieving team they were with family, friends, and professional acquaintances.

She is survived by children Paul, Donna Lee Mark, and Norman; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The family requests that contributions in the name of Dr. Alice Brandinger be provided to The College of New Jersey Foundation.

August 29, 2018

Hans J. Breme

Hans J. Breme, 82, passed away at Penn Princeton Hospital on Wednesday, August 22. He suffered from long-term health issues including cardiovascular disease and lung cancer. He was born on May 18, 1936 in Erfurt, Germany and became a U.S. citizen in 1962. Hans worked at the Western Electric Corporate Education Center in Hopewell. Hans spent most of his career in research and consulting as an engineer with Western Electric, Lucent, and AT&T. His numerous contributions included the development and implementation of advanced communications systems.

Hans lived in Princeton for over 50 years where he enjoyed auditing courses at Princeton University and attending the University’s many public lectures and programs. He also enjoyed the cultural life of Princeton including performances by NJSO and programs at McCarter Theatre. He was a member of CWW House Four. His extensive travels took him to six of the seven continents. Those who had the privilege of knowing Hans will remember him for his love of discussion, penetrating intellect, and personal warmth. He is survived by his beloved partner Beverly Kestenis, dear relatives, and numerous friends from around the world. There is no memorial service at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


William S. Clarke

William S. Clarke, 80, of Princeton, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington Township.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was a resident of the Princeton area for 50 years. He practiced Corporate Law for 50 years. Bill was the past commodore and trustee of the Barnegat Light Yacht Club and was the Founder of LBIYRA. He was an active member of the International Lightning Class Association, the Catboat Association, Steam Automobile Club of America, and the Nassau Club.

Bill took pride in being active with the Conservation of Land in Hopewell, and was a Philanthropist in land preservation, environmental issues, and animal protection.

Predeceased by his parents, Edwin E. and Kathryn Clarke; he is survived by his wife, Wendy (Wallach) Clarke; his son and daughter-in-law, William S. Clarke, IV and Rose Mary Garcia; his daughter, Marci Crowley; his grandchildren, Kathryn E. Clarke and Aidan and Carter Crowley; his brother and sister-in-law, Edwin E. “Ted” and Beth Clarke; and his niece and nephew, Lisa Geiger and Tom Clarke.

A Memorial gathering and service was held on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, N.J. 08008.

Cremation took place privately.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.


Bruce O’Neill

Bruce Andrew O’Neill, 53, of Lawrenceville, passed away August 25, 2018 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Bruce was born in Princeton to John (Jack) and Elizabeth (Betty) O’Neill on April 14, 1965. He went to St. Paul’s School in Princeton and graduated from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in 1983 after his family moved to West Windsor. He continued his education at Mercer Community County College and graduated in 1985. In 1985 Bruce began working for his brother at Stephen J. O’Neill Painting and then in 1996 he went to work for the Borough of Princeton alongside his father, Jack. Bruce, Assistant Superintendent of Parking Operations, served the borough for 22 years, and combined with his father faithfully served the Princeton community for 66 years.

Bruce was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. Bruce loved to learn new things, and as a result he had many talents. He loved cooking, fly fishing (even making his own flies), wood working, caning, music (especially the Grateful Dead), and outdoor activities. Bruce was an avid cyclist for many years and was a former member of the Century Road Club of America. At one time he participated in the Anchor House Ride for Runaways, biking 500 miles for charity. His family and friends enjoyed going to see him race. He was a lifelong fan of Princeton University football, basketball, and hockey. Over the years he enjoyed going to games with his family. Bruce loved baseball, playing for Post 76 Little League in his youth and later playing for the O’Neill Painting softball team at Mercer Park. Of course, we will always fondly remember him with his Yankees hat on, as he was a true Yankees enthusiast and fan.

Bruce is preceded in death by his father and is survived by his mother Betty O’Neill; his brother Stephen J. O’Neill; his two nieces and their husbands, Devin Garcia and Joaquin Garcia and Morgan Barton and Michael Barton; and his grandnephew Tanner Barton.

The funeral will be held 9 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Anchor House Ride for Runaways ( and the American Heart Association.


Kirby Westheimer

Kirby Westheimer died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Princeton on July 17, 2018. Kirby was born on February 24, 1938, in St. Louis, the eldest child of Florence (Binswanger) and Louis Westheimer. Kirby lived in New York City, Germany, Mexico, and Hawaii, permanently residing in Princeton for over 40 years.

Kirby was a proud graduate of St. Louis Country Day School, Yale University’s Directed Studies Program, and the Harvard Business School, where he was asked to become a member of the faculty, teaching Sales Management. Always a diverse and creative thinker and consummate workaholic, Kirby sold magazines door to door in his pre-teen years, brought the Mexican Jumping Bean to the States when he was just 21, and by the time he was 23, penned a column on the elderly, under the pseudonym of Arthur Lord, which was syndicated in over 180 newspapers across the country. These are only a very small sample of his lifelong accomplishments. Kirby settled into the banking industry, founding The Westheimer Company, an investment banking firm, which he was President over three decades. Kirby was a member of The Harvard Club of NYC for more than 50 years, forever enjoying the city he could never get enough of.

Kirby was a world traveler, visiting almost every state in the USA and many countries over five continents. Kirby loved music, particularly classical and opera. History was another of his strong passions. He adored sculpture, amazed at the talents of the sculptor, particularly his dear friend Helaine. Kirby was a reader of every newspaper and book he could lay his eyes on, four or five at a time. His writing and vocabulary skills were no less incredible.

Although Kirby excelled in the banking world, his true calling was teaching. Not a child nor teenager escaped his inquisitive mind. Many an eye rolled (which he usually saw and completely ignored) when his questions started, but they were blessed to have had his insight and advice, and have been inspired by him to forge ahead with their passions.

Kirby was gifted with a remarkable brain. He was tirelessly curious about everything and everyone. Sometimes misunderstood by the impatient or judgmental, he was an innate teacher, a generous, soft spoken, caring, and good man. He was a mentor to many, an intense but gentle soul who challenged and encouraged everyone who crossed his path, especially the young, to be the best they could be, work hard and get the very best education available to them, embrace their strengths, and help them set and achieve their goals. To further his attempt to ensure everyone he cared for never stop learning, his gift to everyone for every occasion, and many times just because, was a book, usually a literary classic, which he could recite from memory, line by line and word by word, or the current SAT study guide.

Kirby was a voracious watcher and reader of current events. His understanding of our and most other countries’ political system was beyond admirable. But he was constantly bewildered and frustrated how such smart folks, knowing the importance of their positions, could behave so stupidly, with strong emphasis on the current administration.

Kirby loved reconnecting with lifelong and dear friends, attending his High School and College Reunions, most recently enjoying his 60th Reunion of St. Louis Country Day.

Arrangements were handled by Mather-Hodge, Princeton. At his request, a private celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of his family.

Kirby’s profound influence and guidance will live on and continue to inspire his family whom he showed so much love to, and who loved him unconditionally and with all their hearts. Kirby lived a full, adventurous, and accomplished life, and found such happiness over the past decade spending countless hours enjoying family meals, while learning from each other. We miss him and his gentle voice immensely, and are forever grateful for the lifelong lessons he instilled in us, which will be carried on for generations. Kirby so appreciated how Peggy Lee sang … if that’s all there is my friends … then let’s keep dancing …. Goodnight, Sweetheart.


Charles Wilbur Ufford, Jr.

Charles W. Ufford, Jr., a 49-year resident of Princeton, died Friday, August 17 at Kendal at Hanover, NH at the age of 87. A former head of the Trusts and Estates Department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom, he was a leading squash player in the New York area.

The son of Beatrice Wistar Ufford and C. Wilbur Ufford, he was born in Princeton on July 8, 1931. He grew up in Meadville, PA, graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1949, and from Harvard College in 1953. While at college, he was twice Intercollegiate Squash Champion as well as captain of the tennis team, captain of the soccer team, and an All-American soccer player. At his graduation he was chosen to be the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Although a birthright Quaker, he relinquished his Conscientious Objector status to enlist in the U.S. Army, spending two years at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1959 and married Letitia Wheeler, daughter of Prof. John A. Wheeler of Princeton, in 1961. The Uffords have three daughters and spent summers at the Ufford Camp in Pocono Lake Preserve, PA and with the Wheeler family on High Island, South Bristol, ME.

Ufford served as Chairman of the NY State Bar Association Trusts Estates Law Section in 1984 and was a fellow of the American College of Trusts & Estates Counsel. He loved to play games, from chess to those he created for friends and family.

He served as Clerk of Princeton Friends Meeting and, after his retirement from Skadden, Arps, went on the board of the Friends Fiduciary Corporation and the Executive Committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

He is survived by his wife; his daughters Eleanor (and Albert) Léger of Newport, VT and Exeter, NH; Catherine (and Richard) Ufford-Chase of Stony Point, NY; Alison (and Muhammad) Salem; eight grandchildren; and his sister, Beatrice Ufford Zenzie.

A memorial gathering will be held at Kendal at Hanover, NH and on October 13 at Princeton Friends Meeting.

August 22, 2018

Alfred R. Perna

Alfred R. Perna, 81, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Princeton Care Center, Princeton.

Born on October 12, 1936 in Pettoranello Di Molise, Italy, Alfred grew up in Italy during World War II. In 1951 Alfred immigrated to the United States to join his father and brother in Princeton, becoming a citizen in 1958. From 1954 to 1962 Alfred served in the Army National Guard as part of 53rd Armor. On October 29, 1960 Alfred married Irene L Mazur. He also began work at RCA Laboratories as a plumber in 1960 and would remain with RCA for over 15 years, developing many lifelong friendships.

In 1975, he became the co-owner of Mazur Nursery with his wife Irene. In 1976, Alfred and Irene opened Perna’s Plant and Flower Shop in West Windsor. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Mazur Nursery was one of the leading wholesale and retail bedding plant nursery establishments. In 1991, they decided to focus on their local retail customers, offering the broadest and largest and most unique selection of annuals, perennials, and vegetables in the area. Alfred continued to actively lead the nursery through 2016, taking great enjoyment and pride in growing the types and varieties of plants the customers came to appreciate. Alfred could be counted on to always be at the checkout counter providing gardening advice, guidance, and good conversation to their customers. Always willing to give anyone a chance to work, Alfred served as the first employer for many young men and women, teaching them the virtue of hard work and persistence. Many of these people would routinely come back to visit with Alfred over the years to catch up and share stories of their time working at the nursery. When not working at his business, Alfred enjoyed traveling with his wife, going to the horse races, visiting Atlantic City, dining out, and watching and attending NASCAR races. Alfred also belonged to M.S. Roma Eterna, Princeton Italian American Sportsman Club, Knights of Columbus, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Department, and the NJ Nurseryman’s Association.

Predeceased by his parents, Nicola and Irena (née Rossi) Perna, his wife Irene M. Perna, two brothers Anthony R. Perna and Michael J Perna, his sister Olimpia T. Perna; he is survived by his son, Steven Perna and wife Maria; his daughter Sarah Conte and husband Scott; grandchildren, Nicole, Michael, and Christina Conte.

Funeral services for Alfred were held on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 9 a.m. at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

Interment followed at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Ewing, NJ.

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Arrangements were under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville, NJ.

August 8, 2018

William Ashley Morrill

William Ashley Morrill, age 88, died on July 25, 2018 at his home in Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Bronxville, NY, to now deceased Katharine Anderson Morrill and Ashley Baker Morrill, M.D., (both offspring of Methodist Bishops), Bill attended the Bronxville School (K-12). He graduated in 1952 from Wesleyan University, majoring in government, and got his Masters in Public Administration in 1953 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

He is also pre-deceased by his brother, Richard Baker Morrill, and his former wife, Lois Birrell Morrill. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Porter Morrill, and four daughters: Margaret K. Morrill Gates of Madrid, NY (Cedric); Carolyn R. Cummins of Sabael, NY (Joseph); Elizabeth Darcie Corbin of Bloomington, MN (Roger); and Janet Robin Forsell of Clifton Park, NY (Jeffrey); seven grandchildren: Daniel Gates, Molly Baker (Justin), Kim Gates, Kate Cummins, Cody Cummins, Mindy Corbin, and Kurt Forsell; two great-grandchildren Callie Cummins and Cash Baker; and his sister-in-law JoAnn Morrill of Minneapolis and her son and daughters and their children.

In 1953 Mr. Morrill began his over 60 year career in public service in successive posts in the Directorate of Manpower and Organization, United States Air Force. From 1962-1971 he served in several roles ending as Deputy Director for the National Security Programs Division at what is now the Office of Management and Budget. He represented OMB on the Rostow Task Force on National Telecommunications Policy and led the effort to open the Highway Trust Fund for mass transit.

In 1972 Mr. Morrill’s objection to the Vietnam War led him to serve as Deputy County Executive of Fairfax County, VA. He then returned to the Federal government as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at what is now the Department of Health and Human Services from 1973-1977. In 1977 Mr. Morrill was recruited to join the team responsible for creating the new U.S. Department of Energy.

At the end of 1977, he began a 23 year relationship with the Mathematica Companies in Princeton, NJ, first as Senior Fellow, Sr. VP, and then President of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; VP and General Manager, Consulting and Research at Martin Marietta Data Systems; and CEO, Chairman, and Sr. Fellow of Mathtech, Inc. In 2000 Mr. Morrill joined ICF International in Fairfax, VA as a Senior Fellow, retiring in 2013.

Over the years Mr. Morrill authored and co-authored several professional reports, chapters, and publications; he received many honors and awards throughout his career, including Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013 he published his memoir: A Journey through Governance — A Public Servant’s Experience under Six Presidents, edited by John C. Long.

Mr. Morrill served on many boards, committees, and councils including the National Academy of Public Administration; Council for Excellence in Government; the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management; Child Development Research and Public Policy Standing Committee, National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences; the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families. In Bucks County, PA, Mr. Morrill was active with Planned Parenthood, the Moyer Scholarship Foundation, Bucks County Food and Wine Festival, Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, and Pennswood Village.

Bill Morrill was a true Renaissance man: wine enthusiast, accomplished cook, self-taught guitar player, author of illustrated travel journals, splendid writer, aspiring tennis player, wise gardener, prolific artist in colored pencils, impressive poet, aficionado of folk and bluegrass music, singer of all Methodist hymns by number, consummate workaholic, and preserver of family treasures and stories.

For the full obituary and information concerning a memorial service, please contact Joseph A. Fluehr Funeral Home, Richboro, PA at (215) 968-8585 or

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a financial contribution to The Wesleyan Fund, 318 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459; The Maxwell School, 44 University Place, Syracuse, NY 13210; National Academy of Public Administration, 1600 K Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20006; Planned Parenthood Keystone, P. O. Box 813, Trexlertown, PA 18087; The Fellowship Fund, Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA 18940; or a progressive charity of your choice.


Carolyn Hansen Jones

Carolyn Hansen Jones of Stonebridge at Montgomery, passed away on July 26, 2018, two weeks shy of her 93rd birthday.

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Carolyn had a passion for nursing and travel. A few years after attending Seton Hall University and receiving her nursing degree from Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing, Carolyn traveled to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where she worked as a nurse for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO). There she met and married George Jones, her husband of 52 years, until his death.

Together with their four children, they worked and traveled throughout the Middle East, before moving to England, then Singapore, finally returning to the States after 20 years overseas.

Carolyn is predeceased by her parents, her five siblings and husband, George. She is survived by a daughter, three sons, their spouses, and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge, Princeton. Memorial services are private.


Gail Liebmann

Gail Liebmann died on August 4. She was born in Manhattan in 1923 to Sarah (Weinstein) and Raphael Liebman, joining four siblings, all of whom were unprepared for but thrilled with her arrival. Her birth name was Abigail, which she shortened to Gail well before entering Seward Park High School, from which she graduated early and with high honors. As a teenager in Brooklyn, she became an active member of the Labor Zionist Youth Movement’s Hashomer Hatzair, cultivating friendships which were to last a lifetime, and would work as a volunteer on a Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz in Israel many years later. When she was 16, she was introduced by a mutual friend to her future husband, Abe Liebmann, because, though spelled differently, they shared a last name. Their marriage would last until his death over 60 years later.

Mrs. Liebmann attended Hebrew Union College, from which she received her Hebrew Teacher’s license after completing classes at night while raising three children in West Orange, New Jersey, her home since 1952. She was a Hebrew teacher to thousands of children at The Jewish Center of West Orange B’nai Shalom, where she taught for over 42 years (a school record). In the mid-1980s, The Gail Liebmann Fund was established at B’nai Shalom by her family in her honor to recognize a Hebrew School student of distinction chosen by the school’s principal each year.

In 1989, Mrs. Liebmann earned the title “Master Teacher,” qualifying her to mentor colleagues in New Jersey’s Metro-west area. Upon her retirement in 1996, she was formally commended for her decades of service to the Jewish community at B’nai Shalom, with the Mayor of West Orange, Samuel Spina, proclaiming May 1, 1996 “Gail Liebmann Day,” and Rabbi Stanley Asekoff (now Rabbi Emeritus) stating that “what Gail has been able to do is convey to generations of youngsters the knowledge, excitement, and joy of the Jewish experience.”

Gail Liebmann was also on the faculty of Hebrew Union College, The Jewish Education Association’s Midrasha Institute of Jewish Studies, and B’nai Shalom’s Adult Education Program. For many years, she served as President of the Hebrew Teachers’ Association of Essex County.

Gail Liebmann was a past-president of B’nai Brith Women (now Jewish Women International), and was a life member of Hadassah. Her children, Robin Liebmann Wallack (Alan), Rory Liebmann (Kay), and Dr. Dana Liebmann, recognize their mother’s profound influence on their immediate and extended family, with all her children, her five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren continuing a legacy which values the importance of education, compassion for animals, singing, good literature, and, of course, the Jewish traditions passed on to her from her own parents so long ago.

Donations in Gail Liebmann’s memory may be made to The Matthew J. Ryan Hospital for Small Animals at The University of Pennsylvania.


Stacy Beth Cramer

Stacy Beth Cramer, 44, of Princeton passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018.

Born in Cincinnati, OH and was a resident of Princeton. She was a teacher at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton. Stacy enjoyed spending time with her family as well as traveling and reading.

She is survived by her husband Christopher M. Cramer, son William S. Cramer, father Donald and mother Elizabeth Gay (Hull) Stevens, brother and sister-in-law Craig and Cheryl Stevens, and nephews Michael and Matthew Stevens.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stuart Fund at or Living Beyond Breast Cancer at

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


Memorial Service

A Memorial Service in celebration of the life of Rooney (Ann) Poole will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Noon in the Princeton University Chapel, Marquand Transept, Princeton, NJ 08544. Reception to follow. Please RSVP to
Katie Poole at

August 1, 2018

Charles Rosenbury Erdman III

Charles Rosenbury Erdman III passed away peacefully surrounded by members of his family on July 20, 2018 at his residence at Eskaton Retirement Community in Sacramento, CA. He was 94 years old. He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Joyce West Erdman, and his brother Harold. He is survived by his five children: Cully, Dick, Lucy, Sarah Lowis, and Calvin Erdman, and his brothers Peter, David, and Michael.

Charlie, as he was known, was born on Sept. 7, 1923 in Princeton, NJ where his father was a professor at Princeton University and mayor of the same town. Charlie attended the university and graduated in 1946 after an interlude serving in WWII, where he saw combat in General Bradley’s 9th army in France, Holland, and Germany.

The family maintained a summer residence in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard in MA, where Charlie met and married Joyce Ann West in 1949, who was born and raised there. They soon thereafter started their family and moved to East Dorset, VT where they built and ran a motel for many years in the southern Green Mountains where Charlie imbued his passion for skiing and the idyllic country life he so loved to his whole family. Upon retirement, he and Joyce moved to Stowe, VT and began spending winters in Lake Tahoe, CA and summers back at their beloved Edgartown, and enjoyed many extended visits at both places with their children and grandchildren. Charlie also became part of the Eskaton Retirement community in his later years where he spent 18 years, making many new friends in this closing chapter of his life.

Family was always the center of Charlie’s life, as was a good party, and he maintained a large circle of friends throughout his long life. His good humor, generosity, boundless energy, and can-do attitude affected everyone around him and brought out the best in people. But above all his love of his family will always be remembered by those who knew him; he was a larger than life figure whom his children will always cherish and for whom he will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories.


Richard K. Thompson

Richard K. Thompson, 74, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, after a prolonged battle with a rare cancer. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Kubacki Thompson, his son James E. Thompson, and his younger sister, Jeanne L. McNutt.

A native Californian, Richard had been a 40 plus year resident of the Princeton area. An Eagle Scout himself, he served as Scoutmaster of Troop 88, in Princeton, for many years.  Along with his wife Ellen, he co-chaired the Parish Life Committee at Trinity Episcopal Church, served as an usher, and was a member of the Vestry. He also served as a Board member of the Peddie Parents Association during the years his son attended.

Richard graduated from California State University at Fullerton and, in 1994, was made an honorary alumnus of Miami University, in Ohio, for his philanthropic work.

He worked in the metals industry for most of his career. He held patents for several metal fasteners.  He worked in sales and marketing for Alcoa; as a General Manager for National Steel, in Delanco, New Jersey; was a partner in I. Ganz Scrap Metal Inc., in Brooklyn, NY; and traveled the world doing countertrade work for Eastman Kodak Company and his own business, Princeton Global Trade, Inc.

He held a private pilot’s license and served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He was proud to have his son follow in his footsteps, also serving in the Air Force, after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy.

Richard was a voracious reader and avid golfer. He and his family were members of the Bedens Brook Country Club for many years.

In retirement, he served as a Managing Director of Grupo Pinhal USA, a Brazilian commodities company, and was a sales and marketing advisor for MIT International, a Vietnamese company. He also enjoyed time spent with students at Rutgers University.

He will be buried at the Princeton Abbey & Cemetery at a future date. At his request, there will not be a service. It was his wish that donations made in his memory be made to the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania or the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.


William Ashley Morrill

William Ashley Morrill, age 88, died on July 25, 2018 at his home in Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Bronxville, NY, to now deceased Katharine Anderson Morrill and Ashley Baker Morrill, M.D., (both offspring of Methodist Bishops), Bill attended the Bronxville School (K-12). He graduated in 1952 from Wesleyan University, majoring in government, and got his Masters in Public Administration in 1953 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

He is also pre-deceased by his brother, Richard Baker Morrill, and his former wife, Lois Birrell Morrill. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Porter Morrill, and four daughters: Margaret K. Morrill Gates of Madrid, NY (Cedric); Carolyn R. Cummins of Sabael, NY (Joseph); Elizabeth Darcie Corbin of Bloomington, MN (Roger); and Janet Robin Forsell of Clifton Park, NY (Jeffrey); seven grandchildren (Daniel Gates, Molly Baker (Justin), Kim Gates, Kate Cummins, Cody Cummins, Mindy Corbin, and Kurt Forsell); two great-grandchildren (Callie Cummins and Cash Baker); and his sister-in-law JoAnn Morrill of Minneapolis and her son and daughters and their children.

In 1953 Mr. Morrill began his over 60 year career in public service in successive posts in the Directorate of Manpower and Organization, United States Air Force. From 1962-1971 he served in several roles ending as Deputy Director for the National Security Programs Division at what is now the Office of Management and Budget. He represented OMB on the Rostow Task Force on National Telecommunications Policy and led the effort to open the Highway Trust Fund for mass transit.

In 1972 Mr. Morrill’s objection to the Vietnam War led him to serve as Deputy County Executive of Fairfax County, VA. He then returned to the Federal government as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at what is now the Department of Health and Human Services from 1973-1977. In 1977 Mr. Morrill was recruited to join the team responsible for creating the new U.S. Department of Energy.

At the end of 1977, he began a 23 year relationship with the Mathematica Companies in Princeton, NJ, first as Senior Fellow, Sr. VP, and then President of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; VP and General Manager, Consulting and Research at Martin Marietta Data Systems; and CEO, Chairman, and Sr. Fellow of Mathtech, Inc. In 2000 Mr. Morrill joined ICF International in Fairfax, VA as a Senior Fellow, retiring in 2013.

Over the years Mr. Morrill authored and co-authored several professional reports, chapters and publications; he received many honors and awards throughout his career, including Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013 he published his memoir: “A Journey through Governance – A Public Servant’s Experience under Six Presidents”, edited by John C. Long.

Mr. Morrill served on many boards, committees and councils including the National Academy of Public Administration; Council for Excellence in Government; the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management; Child Development Research and Public Policy Standing Committee, National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences; the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families. In Bucks County, PA, Mr. Morrill was active with Planned Parenthood, the Moyer Scholarship Foundation, Bucks County Food and Wine Festival, Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, and Pennswood Village.

Bill Morrill was a true Renaissance man: wine enthusiast, accomplished cook, self-taught guitar player, author of illustrated travel journals, splendid writer, aspiring tennis player, wise gardener, prolific artist in colored pencils, impressive poet, aficionado of folk and bluegrass music, singer of all Methodist hymns by number, consummate workaholic, and preserver of family treasures and stories.

For the full obituary and information concerning a memorial service please contact Joseph A. Fluehr Funeral Home, Richboro, PA at 215-968-8585 or

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a financial contribution to The Wesleyan Fund, 318 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459; The Maxwell School, 44 University Place, Syracuse, NY 13210; National Academy of Public Administration, 1600 K Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20006; Planned Parenthood Keystone, P. O. Box 813, Trexlertown, PA 18087; The Fellowship Fund, Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA 18940; or a progressive charity of your choice.


Mildred A. Weigel

Mildred A. Weigel, 78, of West Windsor, passed away at home on Monday, July 30, 2018.  Born and raised in Princeton, Milly spent virtually her entire life in the Princeton area.  After graduating from Princeton High School, she worked in the family business before embarking on a rewarding 42-year career as a tax preparer for H&R Block.

Milly loved animals and was a longtime supporter of Pet Rescue of Mercer County. She had a special place in her heart, compelling her to adopt several rescued dogs over the years.

Milly also loved Ireland and all things Irish, in homage to her dear departed mother, Helen (McHugh) Weigel, who immigrated to the United States from County Galway in the 1920s.  Milly often told stories of her experiences growing up on Witherspoon Street, where her father, the late Charles Weigel, owned and operated Rockwood Dairy.  Milly is also predeceased by her sister, Helen Leavitt.

Milly is survived by her cousins, Kathleen and William Kurtz of Lusby, Maryland; June and James Melvin, of Keymar, Maryland; Frederick (Fred) and Mariellen Otterbacher, of Crofton, Maryland; John and Leigh Otterbacher, of Edgewater, Maryland; and William and Carol Pascoe of Ocala, Florida; goddaughter, Charlotte Diane (Dee) Taylor Strauss, of King George, Virginia; and a group of very dear and cherished friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ, followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Visiting hours at the funeral home will be immediately preceding the funeral service on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Contributions to Pet Rescue of Mercer, Nassau Presbyterian Church, or a charity of choice are appreciated.

July 25, 2018

James Robert McCredie

James Robert McCredie, renowned archaeologist, astute academic, beloved husband and father, died on July 15 at the Princeton Medical Center. He was 82.

He was born on New Year’s Eve, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois to William and Mareta (Black) McCredie. He traveled east to attend Phillips Exeter Academy, where he received a classical diploma. Throughout his life, people knew him as a Harvard man. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature (’58) and also received his PhD (’63) from Harvard with his dissertation, “Fortified Military Camps in Attica.”

He was one of those fortunate people whose talents, interests, and career aligned. In an interview, Mr. McCredie once shared the following interpretation of his path into archaeology: “the Greek historian [at Harvard, Sterling Dow] said, ‘Do something useful,’ so he sent me out to Gordian in Turkey to dig, and I thought that was fun ….” And, while his seriousness as a classical archaeologist, as a gifted teacher, and as a generous mentor was never in doubt, fun was always integral to, and perhaps a secret to, his success.

In 1962, Mr. McCredie began an association with the island of Samothrace in the northern Aegean that would last the rest of his life. He joined the small team of archaeologists excavating and researching the Sanctuary of the Great Gods there and assumed the role of director in 1966. The Samothracian Great Gods were the center of one of the most famous mystery cults of Greek antiquity, dating to the fourth century BC. Over the subsequent 50 years of excavation and research he transformed scholars’ understanding of Hellenistic architecture. His time as a field archaeologist was generously shared with hundreds of students who thrived under his patient direction and mentoring.

He was appointed director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 1969, just six years after finishing his dissertation. He guided the School through unsettling times under the Junta in Greece, putting it at the epicenter of classical studies in Greece. After returning to the United States in 1977, he then chaired the school’s managing committee from 1980-1990 and served as president of the board of trustees from 2001-2010.

His academic career was affiliated primarily with the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. Mr. McCredie came to the institute in 1961 as an instructor, rose to professor in 1978 and served as director from 1983-2002. In 1988, he was named Sherman Fairchild Professor of Fine Arts, becoming emeritus in 2002.

In addition to numerous other awards and distinctions received over his lifetime, Mr. McCredie was a member of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, an honorary citizen of Samothrace (Greece) and held an honorary degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).

Beyond the particulars of his prodigious career in academia and classical archaeology, Mr. McCredie will be remembered for his self-effacing personality, his insistence on always giving credit to others, his wry and ready sense of humor, his consummate good judgment, and his patient attention to detail. He is survived by and will be profoundly missed by his wife of 58 years, Marian Lucille Miles McCredie; his son Miles William McCredie; his daughter Meredeth McCredie Winter; son-in-law Mark Jay Winter; grandchildren William Vanderhoek Winter and Eleanor Cornelia Winter; and by the countless students and colleagues whose lives he influenced.


Robert Louis Slighton

Robert Louis (Bob) Slighton, age 85, of Princeton, New Jersey, died on Sunday, June 24, in Princeton after a short battle with cancer.

Bob was born in Missouri in 1932 to Phyllis (Turner) and Robert Henry Slighton and educated at Princeton University (’53, AB in International Relations) and Johns Hopkins (’58, PhD in Political Economics).

His distinguished career in international economic policy analysis took him from California (Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University then Senior Research Economist at the RAND Corporation with part-time positions at CalTech and UCLA) to Washington DC (National Intelligence Officer for Economics and Energy under the Director of Central Intelligence and then Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Research and Planning in the Office of the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Treasury under the Ford Administration, finally leading him back to Princeton and almost 20 years as Chief International Economist at Chase Manhattan Bank, with considerable international travel along the way.

From the West Coast to the East Coast, his professional life was peppered with travels that took him across the globe, where he sought out opportunities to sample local cuisines —  even hiring a boat in Thailand to take him out on the water so he could sample his first durian, a notoriously smelly fruit forbidden in his hotel room. Along with considerable travels taken for pleasure with his wife Margaret (McLean), these experiences helped inform his pursuit of cooking, a life-long hobby he approached with the same thorough research he applied to his economic policy analyses.

After his retirement, he was able to concentrate on his love of cooking, and for ten years held a series of cooking classes for a small group of friends. An invitation to join Bob and Margaret for one of his elaborate meals always promised a truly memorable feast.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Margaret (McLean); daughter Catherine (John Brehm); son Eric (Audrey Tung); and seven grandchildren: Laurel, Robin, Joseph, Jefferson, Elisabeth, Neil, and Russell.

A Memorial for Family and Friends to celebrate Bob’s life and what would have been his 86th birthday will be held in Prospect House, Princeton University, 3:30 p.m. on September 10, 2018. Please RSVP to Catherine Slighton at In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to Doctors Without Borders or the charity of your choice.


Memorial Gathering

Emmi Spies

A Memorial Gathering in celebration of the life of Emmi Spies will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m., as a non-denominational service hosted by friends and family at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Memorial Service

A Gathering of Remembrance for Jean Millis Gilpin and Robert George Gilpin Jr. will be held on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Overlook of Jean’s Meadow, 475 Black Bear Hollow Road, Waterbury VT. For more information, please visit either or

July 18, 2018

Stuart M. Ellerstein

Stuart M. Ellerstein passed away Saturday June 30, 2018 at Princeton Penn Medicine Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ following a short illness. 

Stuart was born in Brooklyn, NY where he spent his early years before moving to the Belle Harbor section of Queens. He developed a love of science during this time, which landed him at Brooklyn Technical High School. 

Following his graduation in 1947 he attended Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) in Potsdam, NY. He graduated in 1951 with a BS in Chemistry and minors in physics and mathematics. Within a few years he would attend Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now part of NYU) to pursue a PhD in Chemistry, but not before meeting his future wife, Elaine Sklan, in Rockaway, NY. Rumor has it she tripped him on the boardwalk. They would go on to marry on that same boardwalk in July 1957.

Stuart completed his PhD in 1961. His dissertation was on the Adsorption of Poly-Methylmethacrylate, an acrylic now used in everything from airplane windows to intraocular lens replacements. He conducted post-doctoral work at Brown University. 

Leaving the world of academics behind, Stuart took a job with Technical Research Institute (TRI) in 1963 which brought him to the Princeton area, before joining Trenton-based Thiokol Corporation where he rose to the level of director of the polymer division before retiring in 1993. During his time at Thiokol his specialty was coatings. Stuart worked on myriad projects throughout his career. One notable project in the age before digital cameras was creating the 3-D lenticular photo development process for Nimslo, a manufacturer which as a result became the number-one-selling 35mm camera for a brief time. 

Known for his dry humor and encyclopedic knowledge of everything, Stuart loved art, reading, photography, and listening to music as well as attending live performances — ballet, opera, symphony, and theater. In the early 1960s he and Elaine frequented Greenwich Village cafes where they happened to catch an up and coming Bob Dylan. Stuart was a world traveler who was also known for cranking out the Sunday NY Times crossword puzzle in 30 minutes (in pen) as well as for attempting to solve infamous mathematical problems such as Fermat’s Last Theorem and trisecting angles. Most importantly he was a ubiquitous and ever-present force for his family.

Except for a 10-year period from 1984-1993 when he relocated for work, Stuart resided in the Princeton area since 1963. He is predeceased by his wife, as well as by his parents Bernard and Beatrice. He is survived by three sons: Robert (Sarah) of Chanhassen, MN; David of Delray Beach, FL; and Bruce (Jackie) of New York City; as well as seven grandchildren: Jamie, Sydney, Ally, Alexandra, Ethan, Luke, and Emma.

A graveside service was held on Friday, July 6, 2018 in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

Donations, in his memory, to the American Diabetes Association ( or the American Museum of Natural History ( are appreciated.


David William Blair

David William Blair of Princeton, New Jersey, died on July 15, at the age of 88.

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, David was born in Santa Barbara, California, October 5, 1929, and grew up an only child on his parents’ angus cattle ranch in Wimer Rogue River Valley, Oregon. David was educated in a one room schoolhouse and persuaded to go to Oregon State University where he earned a BS, then on to Columbia University earning a Masters and PhD, all three degrees in Mechanical Engineering, accompanied by several academic honors. David taught at Columbia as a teaching assistant, instructor, and associate adjunct professor.

Fresh from Oregon, David met Rosemary Miles of Brooklyn, New York, where they were both studying at Columbia University. They were married in 1954, a union that lasted 61 years until Rosemary’s death in 2015. In 1958, they moved their growing family to Princeton where David was a research associate at Princeton University. In 1962, the still growing family moved to Norway for David’s postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal Norwegian Council for Industrial and Scientific Research. They left with four children, returned with five, and were joined by a sixth two years later.

David worked at Exxon Research and Engineering in their corporate research and government labs. Following a 14-year tenure in the Exxon Labs he founded the company Princeton Scientific Enterprises, an R&D organization specializing in high temperature technology with particular expertise in combustion, high temperature chemistry, combustion generated air pollution, high temperature energy transfer and energy conversion. He holds numerous patents in this area. His company, PSE, received one of the first U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory awards for Exceptional and Significant Work Performed on th BRL Mission. He was published widely on the subject of high temperature combustion processes.

David served on Princeton Township Committee for a decade, the Princeton Civil Rights Commission, and many other community groups. He supported and participated in his wife’s environmental activities and endeavors including the founding of the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton, New Jersey. He pursued his lifelong passion to further just causes wherever the opportunity arose. Forever proud of his roots in the Oregon mountains, David embraced Princeton and the opportunities it gave his boisterous family. An enthusiastic conversationalist, he was always ready to impart hard-earned backcountry wisdom on animal care, tree felling, hunting, motorcycles, camping, and outdoor endeavors of all sorts to his friends, children, and associates.

In 1962 David and Rosemary took the family and dogs on a road trip/house swap to Nova Scotia, returning every summer thereafter and settling in Bayfield, a community they, their children, and now grandchildren, hold close in their hearts.

One of David’s favorite places was on the deck overlooking the bay in Nova Scotia with a Lamb’s rum in his hand. David is survived by his children: Karen (Tom) Horn, Barbara Blair, Maria (Eric) Belliveau, Amanda (Peter) Nichols, David (Bernice) Blair, and Rachel (Terry) McGregor. He delighted in his 16 far-flung grandchildren: Ben, Amos, Kate, Henry, Philip, Willie, Lucy, Blaire (Kenny), Zach, Becca, David, Edie, John, Norah, Sam, and Charlie.

David will rest at the Mather–Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, New Jersey. Visiting hours are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20. A funeral mass will be said on Saturday, July 21, at the Princeton University Chapel at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton, New Jersey.


W. James Walsh

W. James Walsh died on July 13, 2018 in Skillman, N.J., two months short of his 98th birthday. Mr. Walsh was born in Newark, N.J. on September 17, 1920. He was predeceased by his mother, Alice (Gibbs) Walsh and father, William J. Walsh. He graduated from Newark Academy and Princeton University, where he was a member of the basketball team and the Cannon Club. Mr. Walsh was a member of the Princeton Class of 1943, which was graduated on an accelerated basis in January of that year to allow class members to serve in World War II. On graduation, Mr. Walsh joined the Army and served in the 43rd Infantry Division as a first lieutenant. He saw fighting in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and the Philippines and was awarded the Bronze Star for his “coolness under fire” and was commended by his CO as “a brave and gallant soldier.”

On returning from the war, Mr. Walsh received his JD from Rutgers University Law School. He worked as a labor relations attorney for his entire career. After passing the New York bar Mr. Walsh met the love of his life, Mary Frances Hildebrand, in New York City. They were married in 1950 and have three daughters. Mr. Walsh and his family lived for many years in Upper Montclair, N.J. as well as in Saginaw, MI and in 1969 moved to Princeton. He was most recently a resident of the Stonebridge Montgomery retirement community in Skillman.

From his student days onward Princeton University was near to his heart. Mr. Walsh was the President of the Princeton Class of 1943 at his death, a position he held for over 20 years, and was tireless in working for the University’s Annual Giving campaigns. He was thrilled to have attended his 75th reunion in June of this year. Mr. Walsh was also a member and past President of the Old Guard, a member of the Nassau Club, and the Nassau Presbyterian Church for many years.

Mr. Walsh is survived by his wife, Mary H. Walsh; his three daughters and their husbands (Cynthia Walsh and Rene Milo, Diana and Paul Magnin, and Jennifer and Bernard Wharton); five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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


John “Jack” Sweeney

1923 — 2018

Jack, 95, was born June 22, 1923 in Princeton and died in Gilbert, AZ on July 7th, 2018. He was married to Alice Elizabeth Kroll Sweeney (deceased) for 32 years and Helen Sweeney for 40 years. He is survived by Helen; his oldest son David and his wife, June, from Gilbert, AZ; and younger son, Robert residing in Colorado. His mother was Mary Sweeney, a school teacher from Glasgow, Scotland and his father was Michael Sweeney, a brick layer from Ireland. His siblings were Helen, James, Edward, Francis, and Mary. Jack went to St. Paul’s Grammar School, where he and Alice first met, and Princeton High School, where he played tailback on the varsity football team. Jack also played varsity baseball and basketball. During the Second World War, Jack entered the military and was inducted at Ft. Dix. He was transferred to the tank division at Ft. Hood Texas. In 1944 he received an honorable discharge. He returned from Texas to find Alice waiting for him. They would marry three months later. He worked as an engineer for the Penn Central Railroad for 42 years before retiring. Jack was an avid golfer and a member of the Springdale Golf Course from 1954 — 2018. He was a club champion and held the course record of 65 for 30 years from 1965 until 1995. He would eventually be made an honorary lifetime member for his dedication to the game and his love of the Springdale Golf Course. He coached his sons on the PBA’s Engine Company #3 little league baseball team from 1958 — 1964. Jack loved his family. He loved sports. And he loved Princeton. Jack will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers please send any donations to the American Cancer Society.


Joseph W. Katz

Joseph W. Katz, 91, who left an indelible mark on New Jersey politics and advocacy from the newsroom, campaign bus, and State House corridors, died at his home in Skillman on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Before emerging as one of the state’s first and most influential lobbyists, Katz had crossed from reporting on government to working in it. For 10 years, he reported for the Newark Evening News, much of the time as a political reporter, before leaving to advise the 1961 gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Richard J. Hughes. Working for Hughes, widely considered an underdog, Katz developed policy positions and political strategy that contributed to Hughes’s nationally acclaimed 1961 upset victory, replicating on the state level what John F. Kennedy had accomplished nationally a year earlier. He served the Hughes administration as Special Assistant to the Governor, remaining through the governor’s landslide reelection before leaving in 1966 to form the Joseph W. Katz Company.

Katz’s expectations of running a public relations and political messaging shop were quickly up-ended, as his business and trade association clients importuned him to represent their interests before the executive and legislative branches, and as a result to pioneer the role of contract lobbyist. His daughters recall struggling to explain to their schoolmates — and the schoolmates’ parents — exactly what it was “a lobbyist” actually did.

Over 25 years, Katz built Trenton’s leading advocacy and public relations firm, earning a reputation for straight talk and the sobriquet “dean of Trenton lobbyists.” Katz’s firm represented businesses and trade associations “from cradle to grave,” as he put it in a 1995 oral history conducted by Rutgers University, noting, “We represented the Medical Society, which delivered babies, to the Cemetery Association.”

In a 1992 joint legislative resolution occasioned by Katz’s retirement from politics, the N.J. Senate and General Assembly commended his earning “the respect of members of both political parties in the Legislative and Executive branches of government … his knowledge of the most obscure nooks and crannies of the legislative process and the folklore of New Jersey politics, [and] his appreciation of the relationship between politics and farce.”

A son of Eastern European Jews, Katz grew up speaking Yiddish and English interchangeably at home, yet carved a career as wordsmith, analyst, and government advocate, exemplifying the ideal of early 20th century immigrant success. He was born in 1927 in Irvington, New Jersey, the first of two children of Anna (Rosenbaum) and Max Katz, owners of a candy store. The family moved to Freehold and, in 1938, Kearny, where they operated a delicatessen and liquor store catering primarily to workers in the nearby factories.

In high school, Katz worked in his parents’ store and wrote about high school sports as a stringer for The Star-Ledger and Sunday Call newspapers. He enrolled at Rutgers University for two semesters before enlisting in the Navy, where he served as a radio technician on ships ferrying World War II troops home from China and Japan.

Katz graduated Rutgers after the war and, with G.I. Bill funding, earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He joined the Newark News in 1951 as a beat reporter. After marrying in 1956, Katz and the former Eileen Wolf, of New York City, raised a family of four daughters, moving from South Orange to Ewing Township to Princeton, where he resided for over 40 years. After their divorce, he remarried and again divorced. In later years, he and his first wife hosted annual family reunions for their children and grandchildren.

Katz is survived by his sister, Rosalyn Bendit, of New York City; his daughters and their husbands: Jane (Sam) Katz-Christy, of Cambridge, Mass.; Carol Katz (Mark) Connelly of Lawrenceville, N.J.; Mandy Katz (Jonathan Massey), of Bethesda, Md.; and Dr. Julia Katz (Mark) Schonfeld, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; and ten grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, July 16 at Temple Micah, Lawrenceville. Burial followed at Lawrenceville Cemetery. The family suggests that those wishing to make a memorial contribution do so to Rutgers University or the American Civil Liberties Union. Funeral Arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.


John Frederick Matthews Grassle

John Frederick Matthews Grassle of Princeton, and formerly of Woods Hole, MA died in his sleep on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing Center in Franklin Township, NJ. He was 78.

Fred, as he was known to everyone, was born on July 14, 1939 in Cleveland, OH. He was raised in Bay Village, OH, graduating from Bay Village High School in 1957. He received a degree in Zoology from Yale University in 1961. During his studies, he spent a summer as an intern at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), setting the course for the rest of his professional career as an oceanographer. Fred received his PhD from Duke University in 1967 and then completed a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Queensland in Australia studying succession on the reef crest at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Following his fellowship, Fred joined WHOI as a full-time Assistant Scientist in 1969. During his tenure at WHOI, Fred conducted research on deep-sea biodiversity, initially with Howard Sanders. His earliest work was focused on determining why the deep-sea benthic macrofauna were highly diverse. His theory was that the ocean floor was much like a rain forest where a patchwork of different micro-environments allows animal species to evolve independently. This interest led to Fred’s early involvement in the first biological expedition to survey the hydrothermal vents discovered at the Galapagos Rift in 1977. Fred conducted pioneering research contributing to the world’s understanding of the unique ecosystems near these volcanic vents at the sea floor, fueled by chemical energy from the Earth’s interior rather than sunlight. The first of a series of expeditions over the course of Fred’s career was documented in the National Geographic Society’s documentary Dive to the Edge of Creation.

In 1989, Fred joined the faculty at Rutgers University’s Cook College to establish the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He helped to raise funds for a new building to house the Institute whilst expanding the research and teaching faculty and conducting his own research. This included an analysis of ocean dumping that led to the end of sludge disposal in U.S. waters. Later Fred helped to establish one of the first ocean observing stations off the coast of New Jersey and was one of the founders of the Census of Marine Life and Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Fred retired in 2012 with 23 years of service to Rutgers University. Among other honors, Fred was awarded the Japan Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal, the Grand Prix des Sciences de la Mer Albert de Monaco, and the ASLO Lifetime Achievement Award. He has had six species and one genus of polychaetes, three species of mollusks, and three species of crustacea named after him.

Son of the late John Kendall and Norah Iris (Fleck) Grassle, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith Helen (Payne) Grassle, a son John Thomas Grassle, his sister Norah Jean (Grassle) Bunts, and brother-in-law Frank Bunts.

Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.


Memorial Gathering

Emmi Spies

A Memorial Gathering in celebration of the life of Emmi Spies will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m., as a non-denominational service hosted by friends and family at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

July 11, 2018

Verna Stewart Damon Matthews

Verna Stewart Damon Matthews died in Newport Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island, in a room with a beautiful view of the waterfront and harbor in the distance, in the early hours of July 6th, 2018, after a brief illness.

She was born on September 23, 1929 in Woburn, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Philip Arthur Damon and Anne Ruth Van Buren Damon. She grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where her father was president of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, and attended Miss Hall’s School, graduating in 1947. She was an alumna of Wellesley College, Class of ‘51.

She married John P.C. Matthews of Princeton, New Jersey on March 31, 1951, in Pittsfield.

They lived in Munich, West Germany from March 1954 to March 1959 while John worked for the Free Europe Press, the print division of Radio Free Europe.

They moved back to Princeton in 1959, where she worked for Princeton University as a programming tutor at the Computer Center; then at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton as their parish administrator until she retired. She was a longtime member of Trinity Church and was on its vestry committee. She was formerly a member of the board of the Princeton Historical Society.

She leaves behind her two sons John, Jr. and Christopher; Christopher’s wife Jill Matthews; four granddaughters, Aurora, Pilar, Esmé, and Rhys Matthews; her daughter-in-law K’lyn Matthews; two brothers- and sisters-in-law, Paul and Lelia Matthews and Alexander and Shirlee Matthews; and numerous nephews and nieces. On the Damon side she leaves her sister-in-law Geneviève Damon, her two nieces Sumali Damon Piyavidyakarn and Lawan Damon Chumsai, and her nephew Bill Damon.

Preceding her in death were her husband John; her brother-in-law Thomas S. Matthews, Jr. and sister-in-law Ann Matthews; her brother Philip A. Damon, Jr.; and her sons Thomas Matthews and Philip Damon Matthews.

There will be a memorial service later this month at St. Columba’s Church in Middletown, Rhode Island. She will be buried at Trinity Church in Princeton in the family plot in early September, following a funeral service there. The dates and times of both services will be announced shortly.


Vincenza C. Pirone

Vincenza C. Pirone, 97, of West Windsor died Saturday, July 7, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pettoranello, Italy she was a resident of Princeton from 1946 until 2009 when she moved to Hamilton and later residing with her daughter in West Windsor. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church, the Altar Rosary Society, and the Princeton Italian American Sportsman Club Ladies Auxilliary.

Daughter of the late Nicola and Elvina (Palumbo) Tamasi; wife of the late Ginefrico P. Pirone; sister of the late Eliseo Tamasi; and late son-in-law, Malcolm Bell; she is survived by a son and two daughters and son-in-law, Cesina Bell with whom she resided, Mario Pirone, Margaret and Robert Cash, a brother and sister-in-law Domenico and Adele Tamasi, and sister-in-law Lina Tamasi of Isernia, Italy; five grandchildren Stephanie Wyers, Brian Cash and his wife Stephanie, Rachel Pirone, Christopher Pirone, Alexandra Pirone, a step-granddaughter Karen Smith and her family in Scotland; three great-grandchildren Adriana Wyers, Logan Cash, Savannah Cash; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in the U.S. and Italy.

Our family would like to thank all the aides who took such good care of Mom over the years as well as representatives from Adaptive Care Management and recently Synergy Home Care.

The funeral will be 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton or Princeton-Pettoranello Sister City Foundation, 120 John Street, Princeton.

July 3, 2018

Robert George Gilpin Jr.

Robert (Bob) George Gilpin Jr., age 87, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Waterbury, VT. His children Linda, Beth, and Rob were by his side. (Please note that a full obituary can be found on or

Bob was considered one of the 20th century’s most distinguished scholars of international relations. He was described by one colleague as having “little interest in seeking fame and fortune as an academic superstar, [instead] he just wanted to understand.” To many, he was Professor Gilpin— though he far preferred the title “Bob.” A third-generation Vermonter, Bob was at least as proud of his Green Mountain heritage as of his academic accomplishments. A quick-witted storyteller with a mischievous spirit, Bob could be counted on to burst into song, recite poems, or dance whenever the spirit moved him.

Bob attended the University of Vermont, where he met Jean Ann Millis who would become his bride, life partner, co-author, cheerleader, social navigator, true love, and source of inspiration in all he did.

After graduation Bob served as an officer in the Navy. He continued on his academic path with masters and doctoral work at Cornell and UC-Berkeley before moving to Princeton in 1962 with Jean and their growing family. Bob joined the Princeton faculty and earned tenure just five years later. A professor of politics and the inaugural holder of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, he was the recipient of numerous fellowships including Guggenheim and Rockefeller,

Several of Bob’s books are considered seminal works in the field. Jean’s inquisitive mind, editorial skills, and master’s degree in international politics made her an ideal writing partner.

After Bob retired from Princeton in 1998, he and Jean moved to Greensboro, VT, where their greatest joy was in welcoming family and friends. More recently, they made their home in Shelburne, VT, where Bob continued to follow world affairs, even working on a new book on the Iraq War.

While his scholarship was immensely important to him, the roles that mattered most to Bob were those of teacher, mentor, colleague, friend, father, brother, son, and most important of all, husband. Even after 62 years of marriage, Bob still marveled that he had won the hand of Jean Millis, and was devastated by her death last October.

Bob is survived by his children Linda, Beth, and Rob Gilpin and their partners Rick Blake, Mark Powell, and Jan Gilpin, as well as grandchildren Jamie Benson, Hazen and Riley Powell, Everett, Jeremy, and Toby Gilpin, and Chase and Chelsea Benson (now Laukaitis). Bob was predeceased by his beloved sister Barbara Schell, but maintained loving relationships with nieces and nephews near and far.

Combined services for Jean and Bob will be held in Vermont later this summer and in Princeton, NJ this fall. To read the full obituary or leave condolences, please visit or  Condolences can also be sent c/o Beth Gilpin, 480 Black Bear Hollow, Waterbury, VT 05676.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the University of Vermont General Scholarship Fund.


Robert Parker Seass

Robert Parker Seass of Naples, FL, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully June 21 after a lengthy Illness, his wife Michele at his side. Born in Chicago July 31, 1939, the son of the late Arthur Robert Seass and Helen Parker. Bob was raised in Two Rivers, WI. He attended Washington High School and Northwestern University. He graduated from University of Wisconsin and received his MBA at the University of Chicago. He served in the Air Force Reserves.

His professional career started with Arthur Anderson. In 1966 he joined The Harris Bank and Trust in Chicago. In 1978 he moved to Richmond, VA, as CFO of First and Merchants National Bank. He participated in the highly successful merger with VA National Bank forming VA’s largest banking firm – Sovran Financial Corporation. In 1985 he returned to Chicago as CFO of Dean Witter Financial Services of Sears Roebuck for the startup of the Discover Card. Shortly afterwards he was asked to move to NYC and became corporate controller of Dean Witter Discover.  The eventual merger of Dean Witter Discover and Morgan Stanley presented his last professional challenge before retiring to Naples only to be met with the challenge of golf.

Bob was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, the American Institute of CPAs, Financial Executives Institute, Sons of the Revolution, the Commonwealth Club, and Greater Naples Leadership. He was a past member of the Chicago Yacht Club and the Rappahannock River Yacht Club.

Bob appreciated fine food, wine, and travel, especially to Paris with Michele. Living close to NYC allowed him to explore the multitude of New York bistros. This hobby resulted in the moniker of “Bistro Bob” and the 1999 publication of Best Bistros and Brasseries of New York, a joint effort of his fellow office gourmands. In 2002 he published Favorite Paris Bistros, his guide to enjoying Paris, for he thought the real heart and soul of Paris could be found in their bistros.

Bob was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor who loved being with his family and friends. Some of his favorite family moments were spent sailing on Lake Michigan or the Chesapeake Bay and skiing in Europe and out West.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 43 years, Michele Johnson; stepson, J. Christopher Schoen (Melissa); grandchildren, Jessica, Jack, and Nathaniel Schoen; a niece, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his beloved daughters, Amy Kathryn and Jennifer Parker; his stepson, Andrew Schoen; and his sister, Jane Langert.

A memorial service will be held in Naples Saturday, August 4, 11 a.m. at Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church.  Contributions in his memory may be made to: the Parkinson’s Association of SW FL, 5926 Premier Way #114 Naples, FL 34109 or Avow Hospice,1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.


Todd Tieger

Todd Tieger of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 10, 1949 to Jerome and Dorris Tieger. He was always an excellent student, and skilled athlete, participating on his high school gymnastics team. 

Todd attended Abington Junior and Senior High Schools. He was an honor roll student his entire time there. He went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Lehigh University, followed by his PhD in experimental psychology from Stanford University. He began his professional career at Bell Laboratories, later moving on to senior roles with Morgan Stanley and Deloitte.

Todd spent his spare time studying Taijiquan for over 40 years. Under the tutelage of master Alex Dong, he became a respected senior instructor. He taught two heavily attended Taijiquan courses at the West Windsor Plainsboro Library, which he offered free of charge. 

During his days at Lehigh, Todd became heavily involved in the student activist movement, a passion he would carry with him to his involvement as a founding member of the Robeson Group and Princeton School Board where he served as Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee. 

Todd is survived by his wife Dierdre, sons Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger and Robin Bucciarelli-Tieger, and loving grandchildren Bayla Bucciarelli and Pierson Tieger. He is predeceased by his mother and father, as well as his brother Mark Tieger and sister Kim Tieger. 

Beyond all his pursuits, family was the most important thing to Todd. He was a devoted father, husband, grandfather, uncle, and friend to everyone. He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 8 from 1-5 p.m. at his home.


Arthur J. Conley

Arthur J. Conley, 94, of Princeton died peacefully on June 24, 2018. The cause of death was from intestinal complications. He was a longtime resident of New Jersey, first in Chatham, then Madison, and finally for 29 ¾ years in Princeton.

He was born in Oconto, WI, the son of Walter and Marie Levasseur. He was raised in Green Bay, WI by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Hattie Levasseur, who ran a small neighborhood grocery store.

At age 12 he joined his stepfather, Robert H. Conley, and mother in Chicago, IL. He attended Northwestern University where he was a member of the Naval R.O.T.C. In 1944 upon the completion of his junior year, at the age of 20, he was commissioned an ensign and assigned to the USS Anacapa AG49, a cargo ship operating in World War II in the Central Pacific and Aleutian Islands. He remained on board for two years, serving as navigator.

At the end of the war he returned to Northwestern where he completed his academic work under the GI Bill. He graduated in 1947 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In the same year he married Patricia Thompson. While on their honeymoon he was interviewed by the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co., now 3M. He was offered and accepted a job at their Akron, Ohio plant.

After three years in Akron he moved to New Jersey to take up a position with the Keuffel and Esser Co., the makers of the famous slide rules and surveying instruments. He remained with K&E for 17 years.

At age 42 he applied for and was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University’s Teachers College where he earned a Master’s Degree. He then began a 22 year career teaching secondary school mathematics and physics, first at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton and then at the Kent Place School in Summit.

In 1979, after the death of his wife in 1977, he married Louise Connolly who was then Director of Guidance at Kent Place School, and upon his retirement he moved to Princeton.

He was an avid reader, a rabid Green Bay Packers fan, a consummate Anglophile, and enthusiastic photographer, a hobby that kept him occupied up to his death. He left behind thousands of digitized photos which he had scanned from his large collection of negatives and slides along with 24 hours of 8mm and 16mm movie film which he had edited and transferred to DVD discs. The bulk of this collection chronicled the activities of his children as they grew.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Louise M. Conley, along with all 11 of his children from his first marriage: Michael of Manchester, ME; Anne of Princeton, NJ; Elisabeth of New York City; William of Lewisburg, PA; Sarah of Sinking Spring, PA; Robert of Madison, NJ; Patricia of Milford, OH; Eileen of Bromeswell, Suffolk, England; Mary Kathleen of Tucson, AZ; A.J. of New Canaan, CT, and Stephen of Belmont, MA, also two stepchildren: Richard Connolly of Scottsdale, AZ and Diane Connolly of Boulder, CO. In addition, there are 30 grandchildren, one step grandchild and nine great grandchildren.

There will be a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 would be appreciated.


Lowell Francis Curran, Jr.

Lowell Francis Curran, Jr., passed away on July 1, 2018 in his Princeton home of 45 years. He went peacefully on Sunday morning two days after his 88th birthday, surrounded by the love and support of his family throughout his final days.

He was born June 29, 1930 in New York City to the late Lowell Francis and Emily Lowry Curran and lived his formative years in Jersey City, NJ. He was a proud graduate of St. Benedicts Preparatory School, The College of The Holy Cross, and Columbia Law School. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving as a navigator on numerous vessels during the Korean War.

He had a private law practice in Princeton for more than 50 years, was the president of the NJ Association of Trial Lawyers, and served as a Public Defender in Princeton. A lover of history and law, he was known for his ability to engage and speak at length on a wide range of subjects. A devout Catholic and product of a Jesuit education, he was a weekly presence at St. Paul Church for more than 50 years. He also raised a mixed religion family at home and regularly led the family Passover Seder.

He loved skiing and was a regular sight running and later walking his route through the neighborhood every morning. Due to his extremely rare blood type, AB negative, he was a committed, consistent blood donor.

Frank was a scout, announcer, and honorary coach for the Princeton High School wrestling team. A devoted husband and father, nothing made him prouder than the lives and accomplishments of his three boys and their loved ones. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara; son and daughter-in-law James and Kristine Perle; son and daughter-in-law Rob Perle and Anjali Shah; three grandchildren Jaya, Dhiren, and Nirvan; and son Matthew Curran. Donations in his honor may be made to The College of the Holy Cross. Attn: Office of Advancement, “In Memory of, Lowell F Curran Jr. ‘52.” 1 College St., Wooster, MA, 01610 (508) 793-2423).

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 6, at 10:45 a.m. at St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, followed by a burial at the church cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Kimble Funeral Home (609) 924-0018).


Lucy Wilson Sly

Lucy Wilson Sly, 87, of Forked River, NJ died peacefully with her family by her side on July 1, 2018. Lucy was born in Charlottesville, West Virginia. She had a well-lived and well-traveled life. She loved her jobs as a teacher and a counselor. She touched many lives with her compassion and knowledge. Lucy is predeceased by her husband, John A. Sly (2004) and her son, John F. Sly (2016). She is survived by her daughters, Melissa and Abigail; her most treasured grandsons, Michael and Nathan Kuncevich; and her beloved son-from-another-mother, David Kuncevich. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Habitat for Humanity, or at Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709-3498. Cremation was private.

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June 27, 2018

Gustav L. Stewart, III

Gustav L. “Gus” Stewart, III, 92, of Fitchburg, died peacefully June 15, 2018 in his summer home at Lake Hewitt, N.Y.

Gus was born in New York City on February 23, 1926, a son of the Late Gustav L. Stewart, Jr. and Sarah (Sage) Stewart McAlpin.

He attended the Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., where he played many sports, including tennis and soccer. He later went on to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he was involved in numerous activities, such as the tennis team, yearbook board, and squash team. Gus proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines, as a radio operator and repairman.

In the 1950s Gus became the Director of Athletes for the Harvey School in Hawthorne, N.Y. He was in charge of scheduling games for over 20 teams each year for all the major sports. Later, Gus went on to work for the Applewild School in Fitchburg, not only as the Director of Athletes, but also as a 5th, 6th, and 7th grade teacher of History, Geography, and English.

He was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of Our Fathers House.

His other activities included volunteering at Burbank Hospital, working as a counselor of the Clear Pool Camp in N.Y., operating the ski lift at Mt. Wachusett, and working in his store, Gus Stewart’s Paintings, in Fitchburg.

Gus was a member of Christ Church in Fitchburg. He enjoyed spending his summers in his home on Lake Hewitt in N.Y., where he served as Past President of the Lake Club.

He is survived by his niece Leslie Stewart-Reinig of Ober-Ramstadt, Germany and his nephew John C. Stewart Jr. of Barcelona, Spain.

Gus was predeceased by his mother Sarah Sage McAlpin of Princeton; his father Gustav L Stewart Jr. of South Kortright, N.Y.; and his brother John C. Stewart (in 1991). He was also predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Gustav and Anna Stewart of Maryland and New York City, and his maternal grandparents, Dean and Anna Sage, of Bernardsville, N.J. and New York City.

Funeral service will be held on July 12th 2018 at 10 a.m. in Christ Church, Fitchburg. There are no calling hours. Burial will be held privately in the Sage family lot in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Christ Church 569 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420.


Arthur J. Conley

Arthur J. Conley, 94, of Princeton died peacefully on June 24, 2018. The cause of death was from intestinal complications. He was a longtime resident of New Jersey, first in Chatham, then Madison, and finally for 29¾ years in Princeton.

He was born in Oconto, Wis., the son of Walter and Marie Levasseur. He was raised in Green Bay, Wis., by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Hattie Levasseur who ran a small neighborhood grocery store.

At age 12 he joined his stepfather, Robert H. Conley, and mother in Chicago, Ill. He attended Northwestern University where he was a member of the Naval R.O.T.C. In 1944 upon the completion of his junior year, at the age of 20, he was commissioned an ensign and assigned to the USS Anacapa AG49, a cargo ship operating in World War II in the Central Pacific and Aleutian Islands. He remained on board for two years, serving as navigator.

At the end of the war he returned to Northwestern where he completed his academic work under the GI Bill. He graduated in 1947 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In the same year he married Patricia Thompson. While on their honeymoon he was interviewed by the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co., now 3M. He was offered and accepted a job at their Akron, Ohio plant.

After three years in Akron he moved to New Jersey to take up a position with the Keuffel and Esser Co., the makers of the famous slide rules and surveying instruments. He remained with K&E for 17 years.

At age 42 he applied for and was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University’s Teachers College where he earned a Master’s Degree. He then began a 22-year career teaching secondary school mathematics and physics, first at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton and then at the Kent Place School in Summit.

In 1979, after the death of his wife in 1977, he married Louise Connolly who was then Director of Guidance at Kent Place School, and upon his retirement he moved to Princeton.

He was an avid reader, a rabid Green Bay Packers fan, a consummate Anglophile, and enthusiastic photographer, a hobby that kept him occupied up to his death. He left behind thousands of digitized photos which he had scanned from his large collection of negatives and slides along with 24 hours of 8mm and 16mm movie film which he had edited and transferred to DVD discs. The bulk of this collection chronicled the activities of his children as they grew.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Louise M. Conley, along with all 11 of his children from his first marriage: Michael of Manchester, Me.; Anne of Princeton; Elisabeth of New York City; William of Lewisburg, Pa.; Sarah of Sinking Spring, Pa.; Robert of Madison, N.J.; Patricia of Milford, Ohio; Eileen of Bromeswell, Suffolk, England; Mary Kathleen of Tucson, Ariz.; A.J. of New Canaan, Conn., and Stephen of Belmont, Mass.; also two stepchildren: Richard Connolly of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Diane Connolly of Boulder, Colo. In addition, there are 30 grandchildren, one step grandchild, and nine great-grandchildren.

There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 would be appreciated.


“Good Night Sweet Prince”

Errol Cross McDowell

January 19, 2000 — June 13, 2018

On June 13th, our beloved son Errol Cross McDowell, 18, died in our arms at home in Pebble Beach, California, after a six year fight with brain cancer. Errol waged his battle courageously and with grace, wit, and selflessness, just as he lived his short glorious life. We loved him so and shall miss him forever.

Errol was unique, an emblem of all that is good; he sacrificed his own health while enduring one after another clinical trial to cure his cancer. Often he was the first person to submit to a specific therapy, knowing that while he might not survive, he would be advancing science that could lead to a cure for other children. Errol was a creative prodigy, playing Joplin on the piano at 10 years old, making his own short films, drawing constantly, and reading voraciously. He appeared in two off-Broadway plays and three movies (including the ribald Joe Dirt 2!) and co-wrote one book, Brain Frizzlers. His musical taste spanned the generations from Maroon Five to Dinah Washington and Chet Baker. His favorite books were The Great Gatsby and Noah Dietrich’s The Amazing Mr. Hughes. He loved his parents Tori and Rider, twin brothers Mac and Piers, his wonderful friends, his aunts and uncles, cousins, his grandparents Rita and Sam and Bill and Betty, Sam’s weekly drawing and scrimshaw lessons in his Carmel studio, bad horror movies, Pine Brothers, laughing, the New Jersey farm, pool hopping at La Quinta, crank calls, Mustique, his teachers at All Saints’ Day School and Carmel High School. He was proud of his family and their contribution to America, including surgeon Ephraim McDowell of Kentucky and Thomas Hart Benton, the artist, as well as the Knight, Cross, and Von der Brelie families. A private service will be held among family. In lieu of flowers, please visit, a charity created by Errol, seeking $1 from every American to cure cancer through immunotherapy.

June 20, 2018

James Arthur Floyd, Sr.

James Arthur Floyd, Sr. was born in Trenton on March 9, 1922 to John and Adeline Floyd. He died on May 14, 2018 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton at the age of 96. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Daisy Banks, and his beloved wife of 62 years, Fannie Floyd. A private funeral service was held on May 25th.

James attended the Trenton Public School System. He attended Trenton Central High School, graduating in 1939, cum laude. He also attended the Trenton School of Industrial Design. He went on to West Virginia State College and graduated in 1944, magna cum laude. He was president of his class. He was also president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity during his college years.

After graduation, James returned to Trenton and was hired by Stokes Molded Products. In 1946, he married Princeton native Fannie Reeves and moved to Princeton. In Princeton, Jim immediately involved himself in civic affairs and local politics. During those early years he, and others, founded the Trenton Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He was elected to the Princeton Township Committee in 1968 and was named Mayor in 1971.

In 1972, a promotion required Jim and his wife to move to Cleveland, Ohio. The move was part of his long career with the Electric Storage Battery (ESB) Company, during which he rose from a Jr. Draftsman to Vice President of Personnel, covering domestic and international factories. In 1977, Jim returned to Princeton. In 1982, he retired from ESB and became Vice President of Personnel at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). After implementing needed changes, Jim retired from ETS in 1987.

During his life, Jim was a civic activist, serving on many charitable boards and organizing and supporting many causes for the betterment of the community. He advocated tirelessly for education, civil rights, and open housing. He was also a long-serving lay leader of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

James Floyd, Sr. is survived by his two sons, James and Michael; his granddaughter, Isobel Allen-Floyd; his brother, Samuel; and extended family.

A memorial service honoring the life of James Floyd, Sr. will be held on Saturday June 23rd at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, at 11 a.m. Floral arrangements are welcomed.

Charitable donations in the memory of James Floyd, Sr. may be made to the Mercer County Community College Foundation — Floyd Scholarship, Princeton Community Housing, The Paul Robeson House of Princeton, and the Corner House Foundation.


Yefeng Pang

Yefeng Pang, 84, passed away peacefully at Rutgers University Hospital in Newark on June 15, 2018, after a courageous 13-month battle with esophageal-stomach cancer.

Born in Dalian, China, Yefeng graduated with a B.S. in history from ShanDong University, China and became a history professor of DeZhou University. He came to the U.S. to visit his daughter and granddaughters in 2008 and lived as a resident in the U.S. ever since. He was a bookworm and enjoyed painting, singing, playing piano and violin, and swimming.

He is survived by his wife Xuelan Xu of 52 years; daughter Jingjing of Princeton, New Jersey; son Didi of NanNing China; and three granddaughters, RanYiXiu, Megan, and Emma.

Private family services were held at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Robert Lathrop Bennett

Robert Lathrop Bennett, born April 21, 1945 in Princeton, died April 9, 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, following a short sudden illness. He is survived by daughter, Jennifer (Edward); son, Joshua (Jerica); sisters Susan (Robert) and Katherine; and five grandchildren. His family was by his side during his illness. A burial and funeral service will be held June 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Rocky Hill Cemetery and Trinity Episcopal Church in Rocky Hill, N.J. 

Robert was the son of Ralph and Jane (Clayton) Bennett. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1963. Upon graduation he attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (B.S.) and Tufts University in Boston (Ph.D. in Molecular Biology). He completed his post-doctoral work at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, which led to a faculty appointment and a subsequent faculty appointment at the Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. He took a hiatus from academia in the early 1980s to pursue an interest in dairy farming. He returned to the scientific community working for NutraSweet, enjoying many roles in a fermentation plant. After Monsanto purchased NutraSweet, he was transferred to a new plant in Decatur, Alabama. A few years later he made another bold career move, transferring to a Virginia company programming computerized control systems. Following the completion of that job, Bob started contract work on projects all over the country, creating or improving various computer systems which run the process industries (chemical, pharmaceutical, and water purification, among others). He had recently returned to Alabama and continued to consult on projects from home.

An accomplished scientist, mathematician, and computer programmer, Bob’s greatest pride and joy were his children, and even more so, his grandchildren who called him “GrandBob” —  a name coined by the oldest grandchild. He passed his love of trains, tractors, and music down to his three grandchildren from Jennifer and Ed, all of whom he loved to spoil. Josh shared his passion for Michigan football, and they generally went to at least one game every year. He was thrilled to watch his grandsons play sports and to be GrandBob the Builder. He would have been over the moon with Josh and Jerica’s recent pregnancy announcement.

Bob has been a devoted member of the Episcopal Church throughout his lifetime and enjoyed serving as a deacon and lay-reader as well as participating in many of the churches outreach programs.

Bob’s travels around the country allowed him to pursue (and combine) his two favorite hobbies — trains and photography. An accomplished amateur photographer, he loved to hang out at train junctions and watch the trains and photograph them. He loved model railroads and was an avid collector — sadly he never achieved his goal of a whole house model train track! Given his interest in trains and layouts and his computer programming knowledge, it surely would have been amazing!

Bob’s cremated remains are to be interred in the Rocky Hill Cemetery, an area he loved and played in as a child. The service will follow in his childhood church. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, 521 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203.


LouEtta Carroll Santucci

LouEtta Carroll Santucci, age 102, of Princeton passed away peacefully on Monday, June 11, 2018. She was born and lived in Hopewell, until her marriage to Royal James Carroll. She and he resided in Princeton for more than 32 years until Royal’s passing in 1973.

Prior to her marriage, LouEtta was a conscientious employee of N.J. Bell Telephone. During her time with the company she performed her operator’s duties during the infamous night of October 30, 1938. Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater production performed a radio adaption of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Some listeners mistook the program to be real, (convinced that Martians were invading Grovers Mill, N.J.). They made numerous calls to police, newspaper offices, and radio stations. The show caused nationwide hysteria. During that evening LouEtta worked through the entire night tirelessly reassuring callers that the show was not real.

In 1996, when LouEtta was 80 years old, her son and daughter-in-law arranged for her to appear in the PBS American Experience production, the Battle of Citizen Kane, (a documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles’ Citizen Kane and the Mercury Theater production of the radio show). LouEtta was fascinated by the filming process and enjoyed her role in the production.

Dedication to work and caring for others continued during LouEtta’s lifetime. She worked at the Princeton Medical Group for many years, managing the Records Department. She was a devoted wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend sharing her cooking knowledge, gardening, crafting, and sewing talents with all who asked for assistance and she regularly made original creations which she gifted to many friends and relatives.

LouEtta remarried after her husband, Royal passed. She resided in Palm Beach County, Florida for several years with her second husband, John Santucci. She returned to New Jersey after his death to be near her family.

LouEtta is survived by her son, Royal James Carroll II, his wife Bonnie Lee Carroll and a daughter, Hope Sudlow; her husband, Richard B. Sudlow, and grandsons, Royal James Carroll III and his wife, Janice Carroll; Brooke T. Sudlow; granddaughter Jean Simpson and her husband Bob Simpson; sister, Adele Larason; and great-grandchildren, Royal James Carroll IV, Johanna Lee Carroll, Caroline Simpson, Willard Simpson, and Emma Simpson.

At LouEtta’s request there will be a private memorial. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


John Stanley Brown Jr.

John Stanley Brown Jr. died in Coral Gables, Fla. on June 6, 2018 at the age of 88. Born in Jersey City, John graduated from Rutgers University in 1953, and subsequently enjoyed a 41-year career at Johnson & Johnson. At the time of his retirement, John was Vice President, Employee Relations Worldwide.

John married Aljean Del Rosso in 1956. Together, they lived a devoted family and community life in North Brunswick and Princeton with their three daughters. John was well-known for his many volunteer efforts; he served on the boards of Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, the Crawford House in Skillman, and the Parker Home in Highland Park. In New Jersey and beyond, John and Aljean were involved in multiple cultural organizations including the Nassau Club, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Among his many other activities, John was an enthusiastic fisherman, a determined golf and tennis player at the Bedens Brook Country Club, and an avid ham radio hobbyist. John and Aljean were prolific travelers, frequenting both family trips to Puerto Rico and parts unknown. Their latest adventure was a relocation to Coral Gables, Fla.

John is survived by his wife Aljean; daughters, Deborah Murdock of Vero Beach, Fla. and husband Brian, Kathryn Wyrough of Miami, Fla. and husband Penn, and Elizabeth Brown of New York, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother Arthur; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of John’s life will be held in Coral Gables in August. For those who wish to make a donation in honor of John S. Brown Jr., the family requests that you direct your gift to RWJ University Hospital Foundation, 10 Plum Street, Suite 910, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.


Laura K. Hill

Please join us for a celebration of Laura K. Hill on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Butterfly House Watershed Center, 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington, NJ 08534.

Children are very much welcome and encouraged as this would have been my Mom’s wish. Let’s all share a delicious lunch, filled with Mom’s Favorite foods, while enjoying the Butterfly House, flower gardens, and discovery room after the ceremony.

If you would like to share any memories, please let us know prior to the celebration, as it will be included in the ceremony.

Please RSVP by June 24, 2018 to or call (609) 613-6224.

June 13, 2018

Judith Peck Erdman

Judith Peck Erdman of Princeton and Edgartown, Mass., passed away peacefully on June 8th with her four children by her side. She was 92 years old.

Judy was born on May 11th, 1926, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to her parents Edna H. Peck and Frederic C. Peck. Her father was chairman of Peck & Peck, a prominent women’s clothing concern based in NYC. and founded by her grandfather in 1890. When she was seven years old her family moved to Rye, N.Y., where she attended Rye Country Day School and learned to play tennis at the Manursing Island Club, a sport that she would enjoy into her 80s. In 1940 she enrolled as a boarder at the Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., from which she graduated in 1944. While at Farmington she was captain of the “Squirrels,” one of three intercampus sports teams, and established several lifelong friendships. Throughout her childhood she enjoyed summer trips with her family to the Adirondack League Club, situated on Little Moose Lake in Old Forge, N.Y.

Upon graduating from Miss Porter’s, Judy joined her parents in their NYC. apartment at 485 Park Avenue. After attending the Barmore Secretarial School she first worked at Vogue Magazine and then at Junior Bazaar Magazine, where she was secretary to the editor. She was on a blind date when she met the love of her life, Harold B. Erdman, whom she married on September 25, 1948. Judy and Hal lived in NYC, Greenwich, Conn., and Phoenix, Ariz. before settling in Hal’s hometown of Princeton. While bringing up four children in Princeton and summering with her family in Martha’s Vineyard, Judy brought joy to everyone she knew. She was warm and friendly, bright and shiny, graceful and poised, and had a wonderful ability to see the positive in everyone.

Judy had joyous times in Princeton with her family and many close friends. Between school, ice hockey, ballet, and playdates, she found time to take her four young children to see the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965, an experience none of them would ever forget. In Princeton, she was a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, the Springdale Golf Club, the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton, the Present Day Club, and the Nassau Club. In Martha’s Vineyard, she was a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club, the Chappaquiddick Beach Club, and Crackatuxet, where she swam in the surf with her grandchildren.

Judy was pre-deceased by her twin older sisters, Anne Cumpston and Jane Halsell, and her loving husband of 65 years, Harold B. Erdman. She is survived by her four children, Guy Erdman, Fred (and Cindy) Erdman, Jody Erdman, and Carl (and Debra) Erdman; nine grandchildren; two great-grandsons; four brothers-in-law; and 18 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miss Porter’s School, 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 and the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. A celebration of her life will be held on September 22nd at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.


Brenda Mary Davies

On Saturday, December 2nd 2017, former Princeton resident Brenda Mary Davies celebrated her 100th birthday on November 26, 2017, with 20 friends and family at Pennswood Village retirement community in Newtown, Pa. Brenda, née Deakin, born in Birmingham, England, in 1917, received a centenarian congratulation letter from Buckingham Palace with a photograph and the signature of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. Brenda’s three children — Christine, Hugh, and Philip — accompanied by three of her grandchildren and two nieces who flew over from England for the occasion, led the toasts and birthday salutations.

Brenda Mary Davies passed away peacefully on May 10th. Her former husband, Horton Marlais Davies, had passed on May 11, 2005. The couple had emigrated from Oxford, England in January 1956, when Horton had accepted a professorship in the Department of Religion at Princeton University where he taught until his retirement in 1984. The couple divorced in 1972.

Brenda, a graduate of Froebel training in England, taught kindergarten for several years at the former Miss Mason’s School on Bayard Lane, Princeton. According to her wishes, her body was donated to Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. The family asked that any memorial gifts be sent to Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorn Road, Newtown, PA 18940.


Richard Lee Landauer

September 30, 1962  —June 10, 2018

Richard Lee Landauer, age 55, passed away in Allentown on June 10, 2018.

Richard grew up in Prince-ton, and was the son of the late Harry Lee Landauer and Sallie Warren Landauer. He was also predeceased by brothers, Keith Landauer and Mark Landauer.

Richard graduated from Princeton High School, and was a talented carpenter. Richard had a very kind and generous heart, would help anyone in need, and was always a faithful friend.

Richard loved the beach, salt and fresh water fishing, and rock and roll. He especially loved his family, and relished family get-togethers and holiday dinners. He was most proud of his two sons, Evan Landauer, of West Virginia, and Keith Landauer, currently serving in the Air Force. Aside from his sons, Richard is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Joseph Cimerola, of Allentown; his brother, Allen Lee Smith, of Cherokee, N.C.; and several aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown, Pa. Memories and condolences may be shared at ( A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Allentown Rescue Mission (


Ann Puffer McGoldrick

Ann Puffer McGoldrick, a resident of Princeton for 51 years, died suddenly on May 23rd at the age of 75.

Ann was born in Boston to Charlotte Chapman Puffer and Robert W. Puffer, Jr. She grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts where she attended the Dana Hall School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Vassar College in 1965, writing her senior thesis on the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

In 1966, at age 23, she married her beloved John L. McGoldrick. Together, they were a formidable team. They moved to Princeton, where they lived for the remainder of her life. Early on, she worked for the Educational Testing Service, where, among other things, she was instrumental in developing the GRE exam. Ann’s contributions to the Princeton community were deep and broad, and demonstrated her passion for social and political issues, and especially later in her life, to the arts.

Ann was elected to the Board of Education for the Princeton Public Schools for 12 years, and served as President for a number of years. She was deeply committed to the students of Princeton and cared particularly about issues of equity. She served on the Princeton Borough Zoning Board for 17 years, and was involved with The Crisis Ministry (now Arm In Arm), which helps secure basic needs of food and housing to residents of Mercer County. A Friend of the Institute for Advanced Study since 1999, she served on its Executive Committee from 2001 to 2006. More recently, she was a valued member of the Institutional Review Board of Princeton University. Her sharp mind, no-nonsense manner, and willingness to speak up on issues she cared about made her an invaluable asset to these organizations. Ann was, in all things, a “do-er”, a practical person who got things done, and who valued that quality in others.

Ann was a strong advocate for the arts, and had a special passion for choral music. She provided volunteer support to the choirs at Trinity Church, and served on the board of Young Audiences of New Jersey. One of the great joys of her life was The Princeton Singers, the extraordinary singing group, with whom she was involved for 35 years. As Chair of The Princeton Singers Board, she worked tirelessly to support and foster the group, whose music brought her tremendous happiness.

Above all else, Ann was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was steady, kind, and generous, and was humble beyond measure, always thinking about what she could do for others and wishing to keep herself out of the spotlight. Those who loved her always had a staunch and loving ally. She was an expert chef, a whiz at the New York Times crossword puzzle, a voracious consumer of political news, and a strong advocate who possessed a rare gentleness and grace. She was a supporter of Democratic causes, except when she saw special talent and wisdom on the other side. She was genuinely and fiercely egalitarian, with no exceptions.

She deeply loved the summers she spent with family and friends on Cape Cod since 1966, and was rejuvenated each year by the natural beauty and solace she found there. Her absence will be acutely felt on the beaches of Wellfleet this summer, and every summer to come.

Ann is survived by John, her husband of 51 years; son Scott McGoldrick and his wife Linda Noel, of Princeton; daughter Jennifer Solomon and her husband Josh Solomon, of Needham, Massachusetts; grandchildren Olivia and Julia McGoldrick, and Sam and Nathaniel Solomon, all the apples of her eye; brother Robert W. Puffer, III and his wife Jane Puffer of Acton, Massachusetts; and countless friends.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, June 16 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Arm In Arm (, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton) or The Princeton Singers (, P.O. Box 344, Princeton).


Ann Hochschild Poole

Ann “Rooney” Hochschild Poole, 93, died peacefully on June 5, 2018 in her home at Stonebridge, in Skillman, N.J.

She was born August 29, 1924 in New York City the eldest child of Walter Hochschild and Kathrin Samstag. She attended The Brearley School, New York, N.Y., was graduated cum laude from Vassar College in 1946, and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Rider University in 1983.

In 1947 she married Richard G. Poole Sr. of Lake Forest, Ill., with whom she raised four children in Clinton, N.Y. before moving abroad to France in 1964. They returned in 1966 to Princeton, N.J. After receiving her master’s degree she worked at several agencies in the Princeton area, including the Counseling Center at Rider University. Together with her daughter she created and led workshops on mother-daughter relationships, which she conducted at the Princeton YMCA/YWCA. She served on the board of Family and Children’s Services of Central New Jersey, volunteered at the Lewis School and the Princeton Hospital, and was active in the Home Friends Program of the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

A lover of music and the performing arts, she acted in a number of amateur musical theater performances in upstate New York and performed with PJ&B Productions in Princeton, N.J. She was a lifelong patron of New York’s theaters and regularly attended McCarter Theatre in Princeton until the time of her death.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. Poole Sr.; and her two sisters, Patricia Hochschild Labalme (George Labalme Jr.) and Lynn Hochschild Boillot (Claude E. Boillot). She is survived by her three sons and one daughter, Richard G. Poole Jr. (Kathryn Gately) of DeKalb, Ill., Peter W. Poole (Kathleen Eickman) of Rochester, N.H., Kathrin W. Poole (Howard Tomlinson) of Princeton, N.J., and Walter H. Poole (Suvarnala Yeluri) of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her cremated remains will be buried in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., in the Adirondack Park, where a private service will be held. A memorial service will be held in Princeton, N.J. at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (PO Box 205, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812;; and the Indian Lake Theater (PO Box 517, Indian Lake, NY 12842;


Otto Marcolini

Otto Marcolini, Princeton native, passed silently into history on Friday, March 30, 2018. Otto was the only son of Lucia and Luigi of Princeton and had four sisters: Laura, Anna, Monica.

Otto Marcolini was a self-made man, interested in just about everything under the sun; a high school graduate who self-educated after entering the workforce. He worked in the trades and construction for 45 years and belonged to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 5. He was a lifelong member in the AFL/CIO Bricklayers National Union, and worked on most of the major public and private buildings in Mercer County. They included many buildings at Princeton University, ETS, and BMS, Trenton State College, and the Princeton School projects.

He was a regular around all of the local golf courses and enjoyed challenging people to match wits with his fantastic memory! Otto loved golf, as a former caddie and student of the game toting bags around golf clubs in the Princeton area.  (For more informaton Google — L.A. Parker: Nobody knows Mercer County golf like Otto Marcolini.)

He was a friend at Lawrenceville’s local farms and shops and was loved and will be missed by all. The Saturday morning Maidenhead Bagel Breakfast Club is not the same without him!

His philosophies as he lived his life included bear no malice, be nice to his fellow man, do his share of the work, just give kindness, and forgiveness is less of a burden. The greatest advice he offered to those in other generations was to respect their elders’ advice and do not feel sorry for yourself and your situation, life can be cruel and any feeling of illness will pass, make the best effort you can every day. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and Otto chased it ‘til the end! 

Survived by his great nephew and his wife James and Kristen Steinmetz, Otto raised Jim as his own son and was instrumental in getting him through college. Otto was also stepfather to his former wife Angela’s son, Alfred.

It is the wish of his family that a memorial graveside burial and service be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery (216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542), on June 29, his 94th birthday, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to St Paul’s school athletics via

Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. (609) 924-0018.

June 6, 2018

Raymond R. Wadsworth

Raymond R. Wadsworth, 80, of Princeton died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Capital Health System at Hopewell.

Born in Johnstown, Pa., he was a resident of Princeton for 60 years. He also owned a shore home in South Seaside Park where he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was the owner of the Flower Market and Wadsworth Gourmet Bakery in Princeton. He was the founder of Spirit of Princeton. A Past Fire Chief, he served for 55 years as a member of Mercer Engine Company #3. He currently was chaplain for the fire company. A member of St. Paul’s Church, he served as head usher and Eucharistic Minister, was a member of the Pastoral Council and St. Vincent DePaul Society, and was a 4th Degree Knight with the Princeton Knights of Columbus Council #636. He also started the Blue Mass at St. Paul’s. He was a member and a Chaplain of the Red Knights. He was a member of the Princeton Borough Council. He started the Princeton High School Post Prom. He coached Little League Football and was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop #88. He started a flag burning ceremony to dispose of old flags. Ray loved people, he purchased a fire truck for a dollar and shipped it to Nicaragua so they can save lives.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jacqueline (Nebus) Wadsworth; one son and daughter-in-law R. Keith and Elizabeth Wadsworth; a daughter Kathleen Wadsworth; and three grandchildren Keith, Jesse, and Andrew Wadsworth.

The Funeral will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the funeral home. A Fireman’s Service was held at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church (for the Prayer Garden), 214 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542.


Jerry Freedman

Dr. Jerome Kenneth Freedman, 88, passed away peacefully in Princeton, on June 4, 2018. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Carol, who passed away in December, 2017. His funeral service will take place at Mather Hodge in Princeton on Thursday, June 7th at 11 a.m.

Known as Jerry, he will be missed by his large family that includes three daughters, Emily Stollar (and Lawrence) of Vienna, Va.; Elizabeth (“Tizzy”) Bannister of New York, N.Y.; and Eleanor (“Ellie”) Deardorff (and Craig) of Princeton.

Jerry also had eight grandchildren, Aaron Stollar (and Janna), Sam Stollar (and Lauren), Sarah Stollar Smith (and Michael), Peter Deardorff, Saren Deardorff, Madeleine Deardorff, Edmund Bannister, and Miranda Bannister.

Also, bringing much joy to Jerry were his great-grandchildren. His great-grandsons Oliver and Henry Smith and Nathan Stollar were recently joined by Caroline Stollar, Jerry’s first great-granddaughter, named after her great-grandmother and Jerry’s wife Carol.

Jerry was the son of Dr. Barnett and Lillian Freedman. He grew up in New Haven, Conn. and had the distinction of being the first baby born at Yale New Haven Hospital by Caesarian who lived.

Before Jerry and Carol moved to Princeton in 1997 for retirement, Jerry was an ophthalmologist in New Haven, Conn. He had his own practice since 1963 and had surgery privileges at the Hospital of St. Raphael and Yale New Haven Hospital.

After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover, Jerry earned his AB from Yale University in 1951, his MD from Tufts College Medical School in 1955, and went on to do an Internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital from 1955-56.

From 1956-58, Jerry served as a Captain and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Texas, Alabama, and Wisconsin.

His completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Chicago in 1961, followed by serving as an Instructor from 1961-1963 and participating in an NIH Fellowship in Ophthalmology from 1958-1963. Jerry earned his MS (Surgical degree) from the University of Chicago in 1963.

Jerry was always very involved in the medical community beyond his practice. He served as President of the Medical Staff at the Hospital of St. Raphael in the 1990s and was a delegate to the AMA in the 1980s- ’90s, among his many appointments.

In New Haven, Jerry and Carol enjoyed belonging to the Quinnipiack Club and Mory’s Association. They also were longtime members of the Yale Club of New York.

When they moved to Princeton in 1997, they placed themselves closer to all three of their daughters but in town with one.They were an active part of their daughters’ and grand-childrens’ lives, seen at their plays, concerts, birthday parties, grandparent days at school, soccer matches, and swim meets.

In his early years in Princeton, Jerry devoted many hours a week being recorded at Recording for the Blind, now Learning Ally. His specialty was science related material.

Jerry and Carol made many wonderful new friends in Princeton, in many cases through their memberships at The Nassau Club and Carol’s at the Present Day Club.

Jerry was a big reader and was known to have strong opinions on a rather large range of topics. His personality which ranged from very quiet and introspective to quite animated, was appreciated by all who knew him. He will be missed greatly.

Friends and family are invited to the Nassau Club following the burial at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center or Learning Ally in Princeton.


Elizabeth Reilly Steele

Elizabeth Poole Reilly Steele (Betty), a 60-year resident of Princeton, beloved mother of six, and grandmother of eight, died May 30, 2018. Born February 28, 1928, in Boston, she was the cherished only child of Eugenia Poole Reilly and James Crowley Reilly of Lowell, Mass.

Betty’s delightful childhood was enriched by the Reilly clan of Lowell, especially her seven next door cousins. One, Grace Reilly Conway, became Betty’s lifelong best friend. They spent nearly every day of their young lives together, including more than 80 summers at Drakes Island, Maine. That tranquil space became Betty’s foundation, the getaway she later enjoyed for so many summers with her own children. There she instilled in each of them an appreciation for place and a devotion to family, as well as the beauty of storytelling as she recreated many wonderful experiences with her loving Daddy, devoted Auntie Bud, and many family and friends.

She attended Lowell schools and became lifelong friends with Libby Drury King of Falmouth, Me. (their mothers were also great friends). Betty graduated from Rogers Hall School for Girls, where she was editor-in-chief of the literary yearbook and valedictorian of her graduating class. She attended the College of St. Elizabeth with her cousin, Grace, before transferring to Manhattanville College. There she became an officer of the English Club, earned a degree in sociology, and was awarded a Child of Mary medal.

Betty began her working life as a reporter for the Lowell Sun, where she had a by-line for the column “And Have You Heard,” focusing on the social and cultural activities of the Lowell community. Interviewing First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was both an exceptional opportunity and a pinnacle of Betty’s career. She also had occasion to meet with actress Dorothy Lamour and director Alfred Hitchcock while they were in town on a movie promotion tour.

Betty married in 1953 and the couple moved to Charlottesville, Va., then Riverside and Merced, Calif. She loved the adventure of traveling the country and relished the challenges of independence. With the births of her first two children in California, Betty found her true calling: motherhood. The family returned east and lived briefly on Staten Island before choosing Princeton to settle with three, then six, young children. Betty chose to make this town her home for the rest of her life.

Her children were Betty’s greatest source of pride and joy. She had a talent for making each of her six feel special, carving out coveted time alone with one or another and creating lasting memories out of the smallest activities such as celebrating her late father’s birthday on Valentine’s Day. She brought joy to each day, somehow knew just what to say in hard times, and personified unconditional love.

Betty went on to raise the children alone, and faced down difficulties with the support of devoted friends such as Flora Hicks. Rarely faltering, Betty set a powerful example of grace under pressure. She became a woman perhaps not even she knew she could be: resilient, resourceful, self-reliant, and successful. She went back to work, joining Gallery 100 on Nassau Street, which was owned by her dear friend Fleurette Faus. When Betty moved into advertising and public relations, she found an interest that would last the rest of her career. The personal and professional converged in her role as director of public relations for Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, which all four of her daughters had attended and she had helped found in the 1960s.

Her physical beauty lasted through each stage of her life, but Betty was much more than her captivating smile. She had an equally lovely singing voice, a passion for reading, a great talent for writing, and a flair both for decorating and entertaining — interests many of her children have carried forth. She expanded her writing skills with poetry courses at Princeton University where the quality of her work was noted, and often delighted family and friends with poems and limericks. Betty was instrumental in the preservation of Princeton’s historic houses, having fully restored her Colonial Revival home at 250 Mercer Street. She enjoyed activities at the Present Day Club of Princeton, was a proud founder of the TWIN Awards (Tribute to Women & Industry) program at the YWCA, and chaired the Lane of Shops major fundraiser of the Princeton Hospital Fete.

Betty is survived by six loving children: James Reilly Steele and his wife Elizabeth of Sao Francisco Xavier, Brazil; Eugenie Steele Dieck and her husband David of Lafayette Hill, Pa.; Mary Ellen and her husband Joseph; Elizabeth Steele and her wife Margaret Drugovich of Oneonta, N.Y., and Castine, Me.; John Steele and his wife Julie Tippens of Arlington, Va.; and Margaret Steele and her husband Robert Rieth of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Betty’s love for life will also continue in her eight grandchildren: Andrew and Brendan Dieck, Elizabeth and William Kelly, Reilly and Molly Steele, and Jack and Alexandra Rieth.

Betty is also survived by her cousins Grace Reilly Conway and Ann Reilly Gervais, both of greater Lowell, Mass., and Drakes Island, Me. She was predeceased by her parents and her cousins Frances Reilly Mack, Peter W. Reilly, and Walter B. Reilly of Mass.; Lawrence K. Reilly of Me.; and Henry T. Reilly of Vt.

Services will be private and held at a later date. Gifts in memory of Elizabeth Reilly Steele may be made to Mary Jacobs Memorial Library (64 Washington St., Rocky Hill, NJ); the Present Day Club (72 Stockton St., Princeton, NJ 08540); or to support research at the Parkinson’s Foundation (200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131). Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Morris Marks

Morris Marks, whose boundless love for his family was returned in full, died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 94. He was a proud South Philadelphian and first-generation American, the son of Nathan and Tillie Marks, from Kishinev, Moldova. He had four older brothers — Harry, Abe, Dan, and Jack — and his passing marks the end of a generation.

After graduating from South Philadelphia High School for Boys, Morris enlisted in the Army and served in the Signal Corps, repairing code machines. Celebrating V-E Day, he watched Gen. Charles de Gaulle march through Paris from a perch near the Arc de Triomphe. His father died when Morris was serving in Europe, and when he returned to the United States, he became a watch repairman to help support his mother. He spent the next four decades working on Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row.

He had a fantastic stroke of luck when, after moving to a new home in 1952, he found that one of his neighbors was a young teacher named Connie Seidler. Two years later, they were married. They moved to Northeast Philadelphia, where they raised two children, Marilyn and Ted.

After retirement, Morris and Connie moved to a senior-living community in Tamarac, Fla. Morris quickly became active in the community, serving as secretary of the condo board and as a member of the neighborhood-watch program, preventing crime during the hours of 1 to 4 on Sundays. He was the man people called when they needed a ride or when something had to be fixed.

Morris and Connie moved to Princeton in 2005. They celebrated 64 years of marriage April 11 and shared many blessings during their time together: summer vacations in Atlantic City and later in America’s national parks, Alaska, and Hawaii; traveling to Israel, England, and China, where Morris walked on the Great Wall at the age of 83; and especially spending time with their grandchildren. Nothing made Morris happier than hearing about what his grandchildren were learning and experiencing.

Until his last days, Morris was interested in the world around him, reading The New York Times and watching the news on television even though his eyesight had begun to fail. He always loved history, and he showed his command of that subject late in life by shouting out the answers to Jeopardy! questions, often outpacing the contestants. He voted in every election.

Morris is survived by his wife, Connie Seidler Marks; his children, Marilyn Marks Tal and Reli Tal of Princeton, and Ted and Ilene Marks of San Jose, Calif.; his grandchildren, Rinat Tal, Eliana Marks, and Zachary Marks; his sister-in law, Lois Seidler; his cousins, Albert Appel and Carrie Schoenbach; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held June 4, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Senior Care Services of N.J., P.O. Box 1517 Princeton, NJ, 08542-1517; the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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


Janet Easly McGinn

Janet Easly McGinn passed away Sunday, June 3rd, at her home in Princeton Junction.

Born in Barnesboro, Pa. in 1935 to the late John and Kathryn Easly, sister to the late Mary Kay Easly and Joanne Raihall. Janet graduated from Pennsylvania State University and taught English and Religion for over 50 years in the Catholic school system. She was beloved by all the students she touched in her long career.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years Martin W. McGinn, her children Martin, Matthew, Michael, and Gretchen McGinn, her daughters-in-law Elizabeth and Jennifer McGinn, and her grandchildren Madeleine, Clare, Julia, Maeve, and John McGinn.

Viewing will be held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, NJ 08542 on Thursday, June 7 from 3-6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 216 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ 08542 on Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s School, 218 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ 08542.


Emmi Spies

Emmi Vera Tobias Spies, a longtime resident of Princeton and Kingston, passed away on May 22, 2018. She was 89, and lived a remarkable life.

Born in Stettin, Germany in 1929, to Dr. Walter Tobias and Margarete Freundlich Tobias, she was 10 years old when she fled Germany together with her family. They emigrated to Santiago, Chile, where she was raised and schooled, showing talent in competitive swimming and in creating original fashions. She married Claudio Spies in 1953 and they moved to the United States, where they lived in Cambridge, Mass., Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Swarthmore, Pa. before moving to Princeton in 1970 with their five children, Caterina, Michael, Tatiana, Leah, and Susanna. 

Shortly after arriving in Princeton, Emmi began to work supporting young dyslexic children and was one of the original teachers at the Lewis School, where she taught for many years. She took great pride in following the growth and success of so many of her former students. Even following retirement she continued to work with students from the Princeton area schools, and touched the lives of dozens of students and their families. Emmi was also an avid knitter of colorful hats, scarves and sweaters, which will continue to lend warmth and flair to many appreciative friends and family members.

Emmi spent many summers at the beautiful beach in Small Point, Maine, where she enjoyed long walks and many happy memories with family and friends. She was also very much at home in the loving family community of her beloved deceased brother Juan, of Vancouver, Canada.

She is survived by her children Caterina, and her husband Myron Reece, in Glen Ellen, California; Michael and wife Claudia, of New York City; Leah, and husband Alex Winck, of Los Angeles; and Susanna, of Los Angeles. Her beloved daughter Tatiana passed away in 2012. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jake, Elijah, Ben, Olivia, and Julia, and by her former husband Claudio, who lives in Glen Ellen with Caterina and Myron.

She will be lovingly remembered by her many friends and former students.

Private family services are planned. A memorial service will be held in Princeton for friends and former students on a date to be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association; or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.


Memorial Service for James Floyd

A memorial service for James Floyd, Sr. will be held Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Floyd, a longtime public servant and former Princeton Township mayor, died May 14 at the age of 96.

Floyd was Princeton’s first African American mayor and was instrumental in getting the Witherspoon-
Jackson neighborhood designated a historic district. He was born in Trenton in 1922 and moved to Princeton in 1946.

The Floyd family welcomes all in the community to attend the service. Nassau Presbyterian Church is
located at 61 Nassau Street.

May 30, 2018

Joyce Whitehead Lathbury

Joyce Whitehead Lathbury of New Hope, Pennsylvania, died at her home on Saturday, May 26, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was 76.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Joyce was a longtime resident of Princeton, New Jersey, moving to New Hope, Pennsylvania in 2013. She was an accomplished psychiatric social worker specializing in couples and family therapy. Joyce graduated at the top of her class at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware and earned her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She finished her academic studies at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a Masters in Social Work. During her career, Joyce was committed to her profession and clients deeply, working for a range of national psychiatric and mental health institutions and with patients in private practice later in her career. Joyce was a lifelong tennis player and accomplished gardener. She was a member of the Master Gardeners of New Jersey and Stony Brook Garden Club for over 20 years.

Joyce was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and doted on her
grandchildren. She enjoyed art, painting in watercolors, and drawing in pen and ink. She had a unique eye for understated elegance and beauty that was reflected in her home, her gardens, and her style. But most of all, Joyce is remembered for her kindness and care for others. She had a true sense of empathy, love, and commitment. She authentically felt the joy and pain of others and provided guidance and love without reservation.

The daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Duff Whitehead, Joyce is survived by her husband of 31 years Vincent “Bill” Lathbury; her children Brian T. O’Leary and his wife Angela Mikula of High Bridge, N.J. and Erin O’Leary and her husband Tom Dickey of Lambertville; her two grandchildren; and her brother and his wife Neil and Ruth Whitehead of Cape May, N.J.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather on Thursday, May 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, 21 York Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530 ( There will be a prayer service at 5 p.m. that evening.

A memorial celebration to be held in the fall will be announced at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to Fisherman’s Mark, 37 S. Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530 ( or to Save, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558 (

May 23, 2018

Eldred Pearce Erdman

Eldred Pearce Erdman passed away on her 83rd birthday May 4, 2018, with her three children by her side. She is survived by her sister, Phyllida Humphreys, and brother, Jonathan Montagu-Pollack, residing in England. She was predeceased by her parents, Harold Pearce and Delia Snowden Pearce, and sister, Mandy Trener-Michell.

Eldred is also survived by her three children and their spouses, Charlotte (Peter) Rizzo of Bronxville, N.Y., Jonathan (Nathalie) Erdman of Williston, Vt., and Jane (Charles Abrahams) Remillard of Boston and by her seven grandchildren, Meredith, Hilary, Matthew, and Alexander (Rizzo), and Hadley, Eryn, and Riley (Erdman).

Born in Surrey, England, in 1935, Eldred grew up during World War II and could vividly recount the London bombing raids and the war-torn upbringing that she experienced as a young child. Her late father was killed during The War while serving with the British Armed Forces.

Eldred later traveled extensively to South America and then the United States, where she met and married David Erdman of Princeton, in 1958. She remained in Princeton for nearly 40 years, where she raised her family and owned and operated Old Grange Graphics in Hopewell.

Following the birth of her twin grandsons in 2000, she retired and resided in the Village of Bronxville for fifteen years before moving to Wallingford, Conn., nearly three years ago.

Eldred was an accomplished bridge player, painter, and cook whose early childhood memories of wartime food rations created her lifetime guiding principle to waste nothing.

She also loved reading, knitting, and needlepoint. But her greatest love was for animals of all kinds great or small, her children, and her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The National Audubon Society online at or by calling (844) 428-3826, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST.


Phyllis Riley Schmucki

Phyllis Riley Schmucki of Skillman, N.J.,died on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. She was 94. Phyllis was born in East Orange, N.J. on July 19, 1923. Her father was Charles J. Riley and her mother was Josephine Petrullo.

Phyllis graduated from the Clifford J. Scott High School in East Orange, where she met her close lifelong friend Janice Howland. After high school Phyllis attended the Traphagen School of Design in New York City.

During World War II Phyllis worked as an expediter at the Eastern Aircraft division of General Motors Company in Newark, N.J. After the war Phyllis worked for United Airlines as Supervisor of their New York City Ticket Office. She was named United Airlines Employee of the Year.

On April 15, 1950, Phyllis and Bud were married and honeymooned at ALTA ski resort. They made their first home in East Orange, N.J., then built their beautiful home in Morristown, N.J., where they raised their three children Lisa, Ross and Tina. They lived on Springbrook Road for 56 years. Life was filled with Springbrook neighbors and kids, The Kent Place School, The Peck School, and summers in Jaffrey, N.H., and Mantaloking, N.J.

Phyllis joined the Women’s Association of Morristown Memorial Hospital, and supervised 19 “TWIG” volunteer groups with over 300 volunteer members. She served on the Board of the Association, and managed hospital fundraisers such as the Diamond Jubilee Ball and the Third Family Festival. Her favorite projects were chairing the designer committee of “Upton Pyne – A Mansion in May” and serving as Chair of “Giralda – A Mansion in May.” These projects raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the hospital, received national recognition, and attracted high profile attendees such as First Lady Betty Ford. Phyllis also served on the Board of Morristown Memorial Hospital and The Peck School.

Bud Schmucki was the love of Phyllis’ life. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2010 before he died. They were tremendous homemakers and loving parents with a wide social network of friends. Phyllis was proud that her husband and all her children graduated from Princeton University and loved participating in Princeton events. Later in life Phyllis and Bud vacationed at favorite places in Europe. Phyllis dearly loved her sons and daughters-in-law, and adored her six grandkids, who were a constant joy to Phyllis.

After Bud died, Phyllis moved to Stonebridge in Skillman, to be near her daughter Lisa. She missed Bud and Morristown, but made great friends at Stonebridge, maintained her apartment perfectly, saw her children regularly, planned festive birthday and holiday gatherings at The Nassau Club, and enjoyed her grandchildren’s talents and busy lives. She never stopped being a friend to all.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Lisa Schmucki of Belle Mead, N.J., Ross and Kim Schmucki of Swarthmore, Pa., Tina Schmucki and Francois Mitelberg of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and grandchildren, Eleanor Oakes of Detroit, Mich.; Alex Schmucki and Melanie Wender of Elkins Park, Pa.; Chris and Jane Schmucki of Swarthmore; and Georges-Louis and Timothy Mitelberg of Manhattan Beach.

Family and friends gathered on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main Street, Madison. A Funeral Mass for Phyllis was held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Church of Christ the King, 16 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon. Entombment followed at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center, P.O. Box 1956, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown, NJ 07962; or to The Auxillary to the Isabella
McCosh Infirmary, P.O. Box 81, Princeton, NJ 08542.


Fraser Lewis, MD

Fraser Lewis, MD, 84, died April, 26, 2018, at his home in Skillman, N.J., with his loving wife, Maxine, by his side. Fraser was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on November 9, 1933 to Mahlon E. Lewis and Janet Fraser Lewis.

Fraser earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and was a proud member of The Great Class of ‘56.  He became a physician and earned his MD degree from Temple University’s School of Medicine (now Lewis Katz School of Medicine) in 1960. He specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and delivered many babies throughout his 25 year medical career based in Princeton, N.J.

Fraser is survived by his wife of 63 years, Maxine Allman Lewis. Maxine and Fraser have four sons, all of whom survive him; Jeffrey Lewis of Hallendale Beach, Fla., Stephen Fraser Lewis MD (Beth) of Jenkintown, Pa., David Allman Lewis, (Susan) of London, England, and Christopher Lewis (Pamela) of Dayton, Nev.  He was a loving Grandpa to Jarrett E., Thomas Fraser, and Philippa (Pippa) I. He is also survived by six nieces and two nephews.

Fraser is predeceased by his parents; his brother, Harlow Satterlee Lewis II, and his sister, Sally Lewis Horner.  He is also predeceased by his good friends Dana Fearon and Tom Evans.

Fraser enjoyed any and all Princeton University activities and enthusiastically planned and attended Class of ‘56 mini reunions.  Together with Maxine, Fraser travelled to more than 70 countries encompassing all continents.  A skilled and passionate golfer, Fraser won many tournaments and played at Springdale GC since his freshman year at Princeton. His outgoing and charming personality often made him the life of the party and he possessed the rare talent of never forgetting anybody’s name. He could always be counted on to tell a good (if often bawdy) joke and was delighted to be invited to be a member of the Buster Lewis Society. Maxine and Fraser enjoyed the Philadelphia Orchestra and NJ Opera and were enthusiastic subscribers. In addition to golf, travel, and Princeton, Fraser was an avid cook, gardener, musician, photographer, and wine connoisseur, and enjoyed creating objects from wine corks, many of which he would give as gifts.

A Memorial Service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton on Sunday, June 3 at 2 P.M.  A reception in celebration of Fraser’s life will be held at Springdale Golf Club, also in Princeton, immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Princeton Hospital, 25 Plainsboro Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540 or donations in Fraser’s name can be sent to “Princeton Class of 1956” with the MEMO marked: “1956 Scholarship Fund.” Checks should be sent to Malcolm Schwartz, 1956 Treasurer,1690 Pine Harrier Circle, Sarasota, FL 34231.

Arrangements by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Taiko Konno Lyding

Taiko Konno Lyding, a local artist and calligrapher and beloved wife and mother, recently passed away at the Princeton Medical Center at the age of 57, following a long illness. Born in Shiogama City in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Ms.
Lyding graduated from Tohoku Gakuin University in Sendai, Japan with a BA degree in law. Taiko possessed an unbridled passion and spirit for every task she pursued, whether it be as a model and television personality in Japan or as a practitioner and teacher of the traditional Japanese arts in the United States.

In 1982, Taiko met her future husband Chris while Chris was taking part in a student exchange program in Sendai, Japan. After marrying Chris in 1985, Taiko moved to the United States. While continuing to practice calligraphy, she served as a Japanese instructor at Princeton University, also lecturing on calligraphy in the East Asian Studies Department.

Taiko was proficient in many of the classic Japanese traditions, including flower arranging (ikebana) as well as in the intricacies of the Japanese tea ceremony. Perhaps her greatest achievement, however, was attaining the rank of Grand Master of Japanese calligraphy.

Taiko has lectured and has given numerous calligraphy demonstrations at local area schools while introducing countless students to Japanese culture. In 2013 and 2017, despite the debilitating effects of her illness, she exhibited her works at the Gallery at the Plainsboro Library. Her paintings often depicted famous Asian philosophies and some even included the philosophy itself written as a poem (haiku) in Japanese calligraphy.

Taiko was known for dressing impeccably in the latest Western fashions along with matching jewelry. However, she always wore a stylish, traditional Japanese kimono when performing activities involving Japanese culture. She loved entertaining friends and guests at her home in Plainsboro where she would personally prepare lavish Eastern and Western fare. She was admired and cherished by her friends and enjoyed an excellent reputation among all who knew her. Her boundless spirit, charm and humor will be missed.

Taiko is survived by her devoted husband, Christopher S. Lyding, a son, Charles T. Lyding, her father-in-law, Arthur R. Lyding of Princeton, her mother, Keiko Konno of Shiogama, Japan and her brother, Masao Konno.

A celebration of Taiko’s life will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 1 p.m. at The Unitarian Church, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton Community Japanese Language School, 14 Moore Street, Princeton NJ 08542.


David Southgate

David Southgate, a resident in the Princeton area for the past 52 years, passed away peacefully in his home on May 14, 2018 at the age of 89.

David was born in England in 1928. He earned his PhD in physics and mathematics from London University (Imperial College). From 1948 to 1959, David worked at Mullard Research Laboratories in the U.K., where he met his wife Gwen. They were married in 1952.

David came to the U.S. with his family in 1959 and lived in the Chicago area for seven years working for the IIT Research Institute, before settling in Princeton in 1965 where he worked at the RCA Laboratories until his retirement.

After retirement, David spent many summers at the family cottage in Maine, enjoying reading, sailing, hiking, local summer arts, and fixing whatever needed to be fixed.

David was an avid amateur violinist, performing in numerous chamber groups and local orchestras, including 25 years with Princeton’s Musical Amateurs. He was active in many local and global organizations and was a founding member of the Princeton Evergreen Forum. His lifelong concerns were the proliferation of nuclear weapons, human rights, and environmental conservation.

David Southgate leaves behind Gwen, his wife of 66 years, his brother Michael and sister Jenny, as well as his four children Diana, her husband Govind, Tim, his wife Deb, Jennie, her husband James, and Jill. He also leaves behind his ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A memorial gathering in celebration of David’s life will be held on Saturday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Princeton Italian American Club (8 Founders Lane), with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with David’s lifelong interests and concerns, the family suggests a donation to either the Union of Concerned Scientists or Amnesty International.

Arrangements are under the direction of M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction.

May 16, 2018

Theodore A. Peck Jr.

Theodore A. Peck Jr., 93, (Ted) of West Windsor died May 5. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 23 at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

Ted was an artist, writer, activist, and a programmer from the early days of computers.

He was born in 1924 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He grew up in Charlotte and in Alexandria, Virginia. He received a degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1944, and was a member of the Raven Society and Phi Beta Kappa. After working with the U.S. Navy in Washington as a civilian, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Okinawa in 1946 and 1947, and later also at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aberdeen, Md., and in Toledo, Ohio.

From 1949 through 1953 he attended the Art Students League of New York. In 1953 he began work as a “computer” of geodesic calculations at the Army Map Service in Washington D.C. He met his future wife Mary Sill there where she was part of the calculators pool.

In 1956 he began his career as a computer systems analyst with a position as field technical representative for IBM, with assignments in the Pentagon and the Navy Annex. Subsequently he accepted positions with Honeywell, RCA, Applied Data Research, and Mainstem. From 1975 through 1995 he was employed by Sedgwick Publishing Services of Princeton.

Ted was active in the Unitarian Church of Princeton, where he served as chairman of the Social Concerns Committee from 1970 through 1972 and as secretary of the Board of Trustees from 1973 through 1975.

He was appointed to the West Windsor planning board in 1966 and won election to the West Windsor Township Committee in 1972.

He was a founding member of Thresholds of Central New Jersey, a group which taught decision making techniques to prison inmates. He was also active with the Conservation Coalition of Princeton which pioneered the recycling movement, and with the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and the anti-nuclear SEA alliance.

He lost his wife of 37 years, Mary Sill Peck, to cancer in 1990.

In 1998 he married Elizabeth Murray, now Elizabeth Peck, his wife of 20 years.

Ted shared with Elizabeth a passion for painting and the arts. Each January they jointly organized an art and poetry show at the Unitarian Church and for many years Mr. Peck would organize and lead a tour of galleries, often in SoHo, New York City.

In recent years Ted participated in the Unitarian play reading group, a ROMEO breakfast club (Retired Old Men Eating Out), and delighted in attending the creative writing program at the West Windsor Senior Center through April of this year. Along with his wife Elizabeth, he served on the West Windsor Democratic Committee and as a poll worker.

He is survived by his wife, four sons, and seven grandchildren. His sons are Theodore A Peck III (Trey), Frederick Sill Peck (Fred), Arthur Merriman Peck (Art), and Christopher Mount Peck (Chris). His grandchildren are Hannah Peck, Sam Peck, Godwin Peck, Matthew Peck, Nathen Peck, Alexandra Peck, and Forrest Peck.

Ted had made it known that he would like any memorial contributions to be made to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.


Thomas L. Gray, Jr.

Thomas L. Gray, Jr., age 73 years, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at his home in Hopewell Township. 

Born January 16, 1945 in the Vailsburg Section of Newark, N.J., Tom was the son of the late Thomas L. and Nancy (Carucci) Gray, Sr. He attended high school at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J. and later graduated from Seton Hall University in 1966 with a BS Degree in English and in 1973 with an MBA in Finance. 

Tom served in the United States Army Reserves during the Vietnam War as a Medic in the #322 General Hospital in Newark. 

Tom will be best remembered with his storied career in banking. In 1966, he joined the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in New York as a National Bank Examiner. At the age of 27, Tom became the President and CEO of Peoples National Bank of North Jersey in Denville, N.J., a position he held for more than ten years. In 1983, he was hired as the President and CEO of Lafayette Bank & Trust Company in Bridgeport, Conn., where he successfully turned around that once financially troubled institution. 

As the end of his tenure at Lafayette Bank approached, Tom began the process (with other local N.J. executives) to form a new bank in 1987, Carnegie Bank NA, headquartered in Princeton. As President and CEO, Carnegie Bank was one of the fastest growing banks in the U.S. and eventually was sold in 1998. Upon the sale of Carnegie Bank in 1998, Tom helped to form Grand Bank NA in Hamilton, N.J., where he served as Chairman of the Board, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer, positions he currently held. 

Tom was a member of the Board of Directors for other banks including, Admiralty Bank (Palm Beach, Fla.), First Bancap (Allentown, Pa.), Sunrise Bank (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), and Paradise Bank (Boca Raton, Fla.). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of VIIAD, Inc. (Newtown, Pa.).

Tom also served his professional community as a member of the Community Bank Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the American Bankers Association, New Jersey Bankers Association, South Jersey Bankers Association, Community Bankers Association, Bank Marketing Association, Confrèrie de la Chaine des Rôtisseurs, the Florida Brotherhood of the Knights of Columbus of the Vine, as well as the N.J. State and Regional Chambers of Commerce and the World Presidents’ Organization.

In 1997, Tom was a finalist for the N.J. Entrepreneur of Year, a Board member of the American Heart Association, the Greater Trenton Community Mental Health Center, Junior Achievement, the NJ EDA Entrepreneurial Training Institute, the Princeton Scholarship Fund, Rotary International, St. Clare’s Hospital Development Board, St. Vincent Hospital, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and the Young Presidents’ Association.

As a friend and colleague, Tom was unique. His passions included automobile restorations (especially those from the late ’50s and ’60s), playing a good game of golf, sailing the seas, or snow skiing with his many friends. He completed the New York City Marathon in 1985, something he was proud of accomplishing. However, his joys were truly spending time with his son, Mark, and the many treasured moments with his partner of more than 25 years, Karen Cinkay. Together, Tom and Karen travelled the world, loved a good dinner party with friends, or taking in a Broadway show.

In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his sister, Kathy Wade. He is survived by his son, Mark Everton Gray, his partner, Karen Cinkay, as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

A Celebration of Life to honor Tom will be at noon, Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Trenton Country Club (TCC), 201 Sullivan Way, West Trenton, NJ 08628. Friends may gather beginning at 11 a.m. until the time of service at TCC. Please join with Mark and Karen immediately after the service for food and fellowship at TCC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Cancer Society, 7 Ridgedale Avenue, Suite 103, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. 

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Richard G. Williams

Richard G. Williams, “Dick”, 75, of Princeton Junction died Friday, May 11, 2018. Born in Westerly, R.I., he has been a resident of Princeton Junction for over 45 years. Dick was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a decorated major in the U.S. Army, serving in the 173rd Airborne Brigade during the Vietnam War. He retired in 2010 as Associate Dean of Princeton University with over 30 years of service. Dick was also a member of St. David the King Church, West Windsor.

Son of the late Palmer and Agnes Williams, father of the late Dennis Williams (wife Lisa), he is survived by his wife of 20 years Victoria J. Ridge; two daughters Karen Williams Newman (husband Jim); Elizabeth Williams Munns (husband Jeff); step daughter Laura Ridge; two brothers Robert Williams, Thomas Williams; and five grandchildren: Morgan, Dylan, Caroline, Michael, and Tommy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018, St. David the King Church, 1 New Village Road, West Windsor. Burial will be private.

Friends may call on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at St. David the King Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA, 22203; Nursing for All, 110 Reade Street #5 NY, NY 10013 or St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57325.

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


Margery Cornell Brearley Ward

Margery Cornell Brearley Ward died May 7, 2018. Born in Princeton, in 1920, she attended public school there until she enrolled in George School in Pennsylvania. Her childhood summers were spent in New Hampshire and Montana. She earned a Masters degree at Mount Holyoke College after graduating from Swarthmore College in 1941. After a summer course at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, she met and married Herman M. Ward. Margery then taught for one year in Bound Brook, N.J. public schools. She and her husband moved into their historic 18th century house in Belle Mead, N.J. in 1946 and continued to care for and restore it through their 65 years of living there together. They raised two girls and two boys before Margery again became a teacher, first at Stuart School and then at Princeton High School, where she taught biology from 1970-73. She also spent two summers as a nature counselor at Camp Becket, a YMCA camp in the Berkshires.

Margery, a devoted environmentalist, was active in local community affairs, attending meetings of the Montgomery Township committee and planning board during the period that 3M hoped to open up a quarry near their home and also when Johnson and Johnson (of Skillman) was operating a polluting manufacturing facility, which was finally forced to shut down.

Prior to becoming a member of the Princeton Society of Friends (Quakers), she taught in two other local church Sunday schools attended by her children. She also taught at the Children’s School of Science in Woods Hole, Mass. where she and her family owned a summer home. Throughout her life, she was an avid gardener and naturalist.

Margery was an officer for many years of the Van Harlingen Historical Society and active in their annual May in Montgomery fair. She, and her husband who died in 2006, frequently opened their doors to Scout troops, historians, and her husband’s colleagues, students, and foreign guests from Trenton State College (now The College of NJ), where he was an English professor for 30 years. She especially enjoyed accompanying him during three different years when he taught abroad in Greece, Germany, and Iceland. In her final years, Margery was a regular attendee at the Montgomery Senior Center where her always sunny presence will be much missed.

She is survived by her four children: David B. Ward and wife Alison of Falmouth, Mass.; Michael Whelan Ward of Belle Mead, N.J.; Gretchen Ward Warren of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; and Bonnie Ward Simon of New York City. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Basil and Sebastian Simon; Ray and Nicole Ward; and Jonathan Ward, his wife Sarah and her great grandchildren, Brearley and Lissie. 

A celebration of her life will be held later this year in Woods Hole, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oxfam or the Van Harlingen Historical Society.


A Commemoration

Midge Quandt

A commemoration of the life of Midge Quandt will be held on Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m. in the large auditorium at Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. The commemoration will include tributes and readings by family and friends. A reception will follow immediately afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alliance for Global Justice at

Midge died peacefully at the University Medical Center of Princeton on March 14 at the age of 85. She was the author of From the Small Town to the Great Community (Rutgers University Press) and of Unbinding the Ties: The Popular Organizations and the FSLN in Nicaragua (Nicaragua Network Education Fund) and editor (with Margot Badran) of Sex, History and Culture (Trends in History).

May 9, 2018

John Keene Fitzpatrick

John Keene Fitzpatrick, 78, formerly of Clifton, passed away on May 2, 2018. John lived in Clifton for many years, having retired as a Phys Ed teacher in N.J. Catholic Schools, including St. Paul’s, St. Brendan’s. St. Philip’s, and St. Andrew’s. After retiring from teaching, John worked at the Harry M. Stevens food concession at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and was a volunteer firefighter.

Born and raised in Princeton, he was an accomplished athlete and was the grandson of famed University and U.S. Olympic Team track coach, Keene Fitzpatrick. John graduated from Trenton State Teachers College with a BA. He was predeceased by his beloved son, John K. Fitzpatrick, Jr. Survivors include a sister, Mary Alice Luttmann; a daughter, Deborah DeSantis; and seven grandchildren.

The Funeral Service was Friday, May 4, 2018 11 a.m. at the Shook Funeral Home, 639 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton. Interment was Saturday, May 5, 2018, noon, in the family plot at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Natick, Mass.

May 2, 2018

Memorial Service

John Sauerman

The Lawrenceville School will celebrate the life and mourn the passing of long time History teacher John Sauerman on Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. in the Edith Memorial Chapel at The Lawrenceville School, 2500 Main Street, Lawrenceville. All are invited to attend.

His mother, Irma H. Sauerman, brother, Eric W. Sauerman, and sister-in-law Peggy L. Sauerman, all of Long Beach, N.Y. as well as nephews Douglas E. Sauerman (Deer Park, N.Y.) and Ryan C. Sauerman (Washington, D.C.), survive John. His father (Jack E. Sauerman) and brother (Karl A. Sauerman) predeceased him. John was 65 years old.


David Lewis Blackwell

David Lewis Blackwell, age 70, died on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at his home in Princeton. David was a passionate and engaged member of the Hopewell Valley community throughout his life, dedicated to studying and sharing local history, architecture, and genealogy. He was recently named Hopewell Township’s first official Town Historian in recognition of his life’s work, an honor which brought him great joy. He was a tireless advocate for historic preservation and local history education.

David was born and raised in Pennington by Harold Blackwell and Hazel Schneider Blackwell. At the age of ten, David discovered his love for family lore and historical research. He attended Hopewell Valley Central High School before training as an architect at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell. Throughout the years, his true love remained exploring the connections that defined his ancestors and the community. He was appointed to the Hopewell Township Historic Sites Committee and later became a founding member of the Hopewell Township Historic Preservation Commission. David was integral in researching and nominating dozens of historically significant sites to the Township’s register of Historic Places, and used his architectural background in renovating historic homes for his own family.

David was a longtime trustee of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, having served as its President four times as well as its Secretary. Following his professional retirement in 2013, he continued his personal research, writing and assisting with numerous publications. In recent years, he held the position of archivist and curator for The Hopewell Museum. This position provided him with ongoing opportunities to interact with the public and schoolchildren. He loved to share his knowledge with others and freely gave of himself to many other researchers, authors, museum visitors, and descendants of Hopewell-area families. He contributed substantially to both Pennington Borough’s and Hopewell Borough’s recent 125th-anniversary celebrations.

David was loved and appreciated by all who knew him for his brilliant mind, remarkable memory, warmth, and wit. His impersonations of old British comedy sketches left his kids in stitches, while his vivid tales of yesteryear captivated history enthusiasts of all ages. He is irreplaceable to his colleagues, friends, and family. In devoting his life to preserving and celebrating our past, he wove himself into the fabric of our community and now holds an honored place in our local history among his ancestors.

David is survived by his five children, Rebecca of Mexico City; Morgan of Rye, N.Y.; Andrew of Southbury, Conn.; Jessica and Sarah of Denver, Colo.; their mother, Barbara of Princeton; his six grandchildren Haley, Benjamin, Jolie, Katherine, Victoria, and Maisie; and his brother Thomas of Kissimmee, Fla.

His family invited those who wanted to share remembrances of David to the viewing, which took place from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26th at Blackwell Memorial Home in Pennington. Burial at Harbourton Cemetery and a memorial gathering were held on Friday. For condolences, visit

Gifts in David’s memory may be made to The Hopewell Museum or the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.


Lorraine Tams

Having grown up in Trenton during the Great Depression, Lorraine had a life-long appreciation for the simple things in life: love of family, nature, music, and words. She graduated Trenton High School in 1940 and became a legal secretary at a local firm, where she met her future husband, Theodore T. Tams, Jr. A law school student at the time, “Bud” was immediately smitten by the young lady behind the front desk.

Married in 1948, Lorraine and Bud raised six children, enjoyed ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Lorraine immersed her children in beauty and nature, sitting us in her lap on the upstairs balcony to teach us constellations, always starting with the North Star to blaze paths through night skies.

Lorraine looked to nature to define beauty and heal illness, growing flowers for bouquets, harvesting berries for “Tams Jams,” and drying herbs for tonics. She collected cookbooks, read poems to us aloud, and wrote her own.

Lorraine earned her broker’s license and sold Princeton-area real estate for more than three decades. She held old friends close and charmed new ones at every pass. Her beautiful singing voice graced various choirs, including St. Paul Church and Rossmoor Chorus. Even as most other memories abandoned her, she always remembered how to be a hostess and the lyrics to favorite songs.

She loved her husband and children unconditionally, and nursed Bud through 25 years of a debilitating illness, later addressing her own degenerating health with pragmatism and grace. A loving wife, nurturing mother, adoring grandmother, and proud great-grandmother, Lorraine Tams died peacefully at her home, with her family there, at the age of 94.

Lorraine was predeceased by Theodore T. Tams, Jr. and daughter Ruth F. Tams. She is survived by her children, Simon (Daren) Tams, Georgia (Hugh) Tams, Colin (Deborah) Tams, Brian (Laurie) Tams, and Daphne (Kent) Ireland; grandchildren Ingrid, Lilia, Andria, Christian, Caroline, Leah, Sean, Claire, Larissa, and Gavin; and great-grandchildren Nicolas and Noah.

Lorraine was a champion blood donor for the American Red Cross, and a member of Springdale Golf Club, Nassau Club, Garden Club, Present Day Club, Coldwell Banker Schlott, St. Paul’s Church, Herb Society of America, and Rossmoor Chorus.

On Monday, May 21, 2018, visitation 9:30 — 10:30 a.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, followed by a memorial mass at St. Paul Church, Princeton at 11 a.m. and burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

April 25, 2018

David P. Billington


On March 25, David P. Billington, Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor of Engineering Emeritus of Princeton University, died in Los Angeles at the age of 90 from complications of pneumonia.

Born in 1927 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, David grew up in nearby Narberth. His father, Nelson Billington, was an insurance broker in Philadelphia and his mother, Jane Coolbaugh Billington, co-founded the children’s magazine Jack and Jill.

Following service in the U.S. Navy from 1945-46, David attended Princeton and graduated in 1950 with a degree in basic engineering. He spent two years in Belgium on a Fulbright scholarship to study structural engineering, where he met and married Phyllis Bergquist of Chicago, a Fulbright scholar in music. On his return to the United States, he worked for the structural engineering firm of Roberts and
Schaefer in New York, and his last projects were to design Pier 40 in Manhattan and Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral.

In 1960, Billington joined the civil engineering faculty at Princeton, where he taught full-time until 2010 and part-time until 2013. He wrote a McGraw-Hill classic textbook, Thin Shell Concrete Structures, that helped define standards for building in reinforced and prestressed concrete, and for many years was a consultant on the safety of structural designs.

In the 1970s, after studying the works of the Swiss bridge designer Robert Maillart and several other engineers, Billington identified an aesthetic tradition in modern structural engineering, independent of architecture, that he termed “structural art” in a book, The Tower and the Bridge (1983). In a popular survey course at Princeton on structures, and in several more books and museum exhibitions, he showed through examples of bridges and other structures how engineers could achieve greater elegance within the engineering constraints of safety and economy. He also gave seminars to state highway departments around the country to show how public works could be improved. In the 1980s, he began a second survey course to explain a wider range of engineering innovations, from the steamboat to the computer. The course showed how innovations built upon each other over time.

Professor Billington’s teaching emphasized the humanity of engineers. Students solved numerical problems, wrote essays and lab reports or term papers, and analyzed images, all to understand major works of engineering from the perspectives of scientific efficiency, social usefulness, and symbolic importance. The approach appealed to liberal arts as well as engineering students, and from the 1990s his two survey courses enrolled one-fifth of the undergraduates at Princeton. Professor Billington also gave over 200 lectures off campus at the invitation of other schools and groups.

Billington was active in Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, where he served on the vestry. In 1968, Princeton’s first African American Mayor, James Floyd, called on the University to do more for education in the community. The following year, with the help of several engineering colleagues, Billington launched a campus summer program in engineering for minority youth in Princeton. The program merged a few years later with the Princeton-Blairstown camp.

In 1999 the Engineering News-Record named him one of the five leading engineering educators of the previous 125 years. His many other honors included honorary degrees from Princeton University, Union College, Grinnell College, and the University of Notre Dame. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he received the Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education, the Belgian Sarton Chair, and the National Science Foundation Director’s Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award.

His principal summer activity for many years was to photograph bridges, often assisted by his children. He enjoyed concerts with his wife Phyllis, and both had many friends in the community. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Librarian of Congress Emeritus James H. and Marjorie Billington; his sister-in-law Lynn Billington; six adult children: David Jr., Elizabeth, Jane, Philip, Stephen, and Sarah; and 11 grandchildren. The family asks that donations in lieu of flowers be given to Arm in Arm, formerly the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.


Patricia Louise Van Ness

Patricia Louise Van Ness, the daughter of the late Richard Williams and Althea Leftwich, was born on June 16, 1932 in Trenton, New Jersey. Patricia peacefully departed this life on March 16, 2018 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. at the age of 85. She was predeceased by her loving younger brother, Richard (Bub) Austin Leftwich.

Patricia was a lifelong resident of Trenton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey until her move to California in 2010 to be near her son. In 1954, she graduated from New Jersey State Teachers College and began her teaching career at Lanning and Antheil Elementary Schools. In 1958, she married noted attorney, Stanley Van Ness and gave birth to their only child, David Carlton Van Ness of Los Angeles, Calif.

Her teaching career spanned 44 years. She taught several years in the Ewing public school system before transferring to Princeton’s Regional School system. In 1968, for about two to three years, she took a leave of absence to teach at Mercer County Child Guidance Center. It was a center for what was termed as emotionally disturbed children, primarily autistic. Patricia returned to Princeton and taught kindergarten at Johnson Park, Littlebrook, and Community Park schools until her retirement in 1998 with the distinction of never having taken a sick day for over 35 years. Patricia made lifelong relationships with many teachers, parents, and her students. She received numerous teaching and community awards including the 2002 Princeton Area Community Foundation, Leslie Bud Vivian Award for Community Service. For a number of years, she was a member of the Negotiating Committee for teacher’s salaries and benefits. Recognized for her teaching skills and service to the community, she served as an initial Board member for the Princeton Charter School.

She did not seek the limelight nor enjoy it. She was content expanding minds and helping others reach their potential. She was once quoted as saying “I was always fortunate from high school on, I never had any doubt about my vocation. I wanted to be a teacher, to make a difference.” Each one, reach one — each one, teach one was always at the center of the work she did.

Nancy Hearne, a parent and later close friend after teaching her five boys, was quoted for an article around her retirement, “Her message to all children has been: Never let anyone tell you that you cannot learn. She often picked children up who had no way to school; she used to arrive at school more than an hour early and feed them breakfast. She ate lunch in the cafeteria with her class, rather than with other teachers.”

She was a relentless consumer of politics and an avid reader. When Patricia retired at the age of 66, she spent the next several years caring for her mother who was in Assisted Living until her passing. Not too long after that, she moved to California to be closer to her son. Until the time of passing, she enjoyed the creativity of painting over 100 pictures, making scarves and jewelry.

She is survived by her beloved son, David, of Los Angeles, Calf.; son-in-law, Peter Driscoll; uncle, Edgar Bowles and wife Cindy; sister-in-law, Cheryl Leftwich; nephew, Richard Leftwich; and extended family. She leaves behind many friends from having lived a full and generous life.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd 716 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08618 followed by repass reception at church. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Patricia Van Ness Educational Fund at Princeton Area Community Foundation,


Andre Maman

André Maman, Professor Emeritus of Princeton University and former French Senator, who championed French-American political, cultural, and educational relations, died at home in Princeton, New Jersey on April 13, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born on June 9, 1927 in Oran, Algeria and completed his education at the lnstitut d’Etudes Politiques in Toulouse, France with degrees in law, economics, and politics. On September 7, 1957 he married a Norwegian, Marie (Lill) Dalane and they remained together for over 60 years.

Professor Maman started his teaching career in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, where he taught for five years at Mount Allison University. In 1958, he was offered a position at Princeton University teaching French Civilization and Culture. Professor Maman created courses that many students considered rites of passage in their undergraduate education at Princeton. At the time it was an educational innovation to blend culture, civilization, economics, and politics, and his classes attracted students from a broad variety of disciplines to the Romance Languages Department. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he also served as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Students for several years. Professor Maman was beloved by his students and had an extensive network of alumni with whom he maintained contact long after his retirement. He won numerous teaching and mentoring awards from Princeton. In 1991, he was among four professors to receive one of Princeton’s very first Distinguished Teacher Awards.

While he maintained a full teaching and advising role at Princeton, he also served as President of the American Association of Teachers of French in America for eight years, and he was elected to the Conseil Supérieur des Français de L’Etranger of which he also served as President. He worked tirelessly to ensure that French citizens around the world received the benefits they earned and were effectively represented in France. Under his leadership, nearly 50 French associations in the U.S. worked together for major celebrations such as the bicentennial of American Independence in 1976 and to commemorate the Battle of Yorktown in 1981. He taught at Princeton until his retirement in 1993.

In 1992 he was elected as a Senator of France representing French citizens living abroad. Senator Maman traveled the world visiting both convenient and remote locations to ensure that French schools everywhere received proper support and funding from the French government. He served as a senator until 2001, with a primary interest in improving the quality of French education globally.

In 2003, in recognition of his exemplary service to France, the president of the French Senate conferred upon him one of the highest distinctions the French government can bestow, the title of Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur.

He is survived by his wife, Lill Maman; his four children, Jean-Paul, Anne-Marie, Pierre (wife Gail) and Suzanne (husband Massai); and his ten grandchildren Mazie Stephens Sweet, Paul Stephens, Caz Maman, Pierre Maman, Henri Maman, Philippe Maman, André Maman, Emile Charles, Miles Charles and Marie Charles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of André Maman to HomeFront in Trenton, or to the Southern Poverty Law Center,

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


Sergio Bonotto

Sergio Bonotto, 92, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2018 in Princeton. Born in Torino, Italy, he and his parents moved to Princeton in 1940 after coming to the U.S. as war refugees. Son of the late Constanza Vegezzi-Bossi and Dr. Michael Bonotto. Mrs. Bonotto was the art teacher at Princeton Day School and the Princeton YMCA in the 1960s and 1970s.

He attended the Massimo D’Azeglio School in Turin and graduated from Princeton High School in 1944; held a BA degree in chemistry from Princeton University as well as a MA degree from Columbia University.

In 1945, he served in the U.S. Army 86th Infantry, and was wounded by mortar fire in Germany. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.

He spent several years working as a Research Assistant at Princeton’s School of Engineering, and his business career with Union Carbide Corporation in Bound Brook, N.J., New York, and São Paulo, Brazil. His original research on ethylene copolymers was published in the ACS Journal and other technical publications. He became an executive manager for Union Carbide’s operations in Brazil for four years, afterwards marketing their plastics to Latin America from a base in N.Y.C.

Mr. Bonotto was an avid skier and sailor. A member of the Montclair Ski Club, Montclair, N.J., he was President from 1955 to 1959; he was on the National Ski Patrol for over 20 years, including at Sugarbush, Vt. and Great Gorge, N.J. As a sailor, he completed navigation courses with the U.S. Power Squadron; and chartered a 42-foot ketch to cruise the New England Coast in the 1950s and 60s.

After early retirement, his pursuits included greeting cards and watercolors; and he had exhibits in Italy and the United States. He wrote short stories with a light, dry wit. He was also a member of the “Romeo Retired Men’s” group that met in Princeton. His last interview concerned the POW camp for Italian-Americans in Belle Mead.

Mr. Bonotto is predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Mary Farrar Bonotto; and survived by his two sons: Michael Bonotto and fiancé Michele Furyk, Robert Bonotto of Arlington, Mass. Also extended families Balbiani and Pelegrino of Italy.

A memorial service will be announced later at Trinity Church, of Princeton.

Interment will be in Princeton Cemetery.


Elizabeth Gorman Parmentier

Elizabeth (Betty) Parmentier died peacefully of natural causes on April 11, 2018 in Palm City, Florida.

Elizabeth Parmentier was born on October 1, 1921 in Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1943 with a major in French and a minor in Spanish. After raising four children she went back to school and received a Master of Arts degree in French from the University of Delaware and taught French in local schools. Betty enjoyed vacationing at Cape Cod, sailing the local waters, and traveling to far off ports. She also played the flute. She was predeceased by her brother Frank T. Gorman Jr.; parents Beatrice Gorman and Frank T. Gorman Sr.; her husband George (Larry) Lawrence Parmentier; and her granddaughter Antonia Elizabeth Vargas. She is survived by her sister Constance Gorman, her brother Edward Gorman, and her children James Lawrence Parmentier, Robert Amory Parmentier, Jacqueline Rose Parmentier and Carol Ann Vargas, and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was a loving wife and mother and will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 3rd at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5150 SE Railway Ave, Stuart, Fla. In lieu of flowers persons may make a donation to St. Luke’s church. A reception will be held after the service at Sandhill Cove, 1500 SW Capri St, in Palm City, Fla.

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Grace Lester Cobb Meigs

Grace Lester Cobb Meigs, 91, died Friday, April 13, peacefully at home, in the company of her family.

She was born in Dallas, Texas, to Delmore and Grace Finn Cobb in 1926. She graduated from the Hockaday School in Dallas and attended Wellesley College on a Seven Sisters scholarship. An English major, she could recite the Prologue to Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales — in Middle English — throughout her life.

Upon graduating in 1948, Lester moved to Chicago where she worked as an advertising copywriter. On a blind date engineered by her doting aunt Gladys Finn, she was introduced to a University of Chicago graduate student named A. James Meigs. They married in 1950 and had four children. Lester and Jim lived a peripatetic, but hardly rootless, life, moving from Chicago to Arkansas, St. Louis, Princeton, Claremont, Calif., and back to Princeton. In each locale, Lester cemented lifelong friendships.

Lester loved to read and always kept up to date on literature and ideas. Car rides shuttling children to the YMCA or horseback-riding lessons typically included conversations about theology, anthropology, or linguistics. When her own children were in school, she was often found auditing classes at Princeton University.

Her parenting style was simultaneously loving and laissez-faire. While unstinting with hugs, she believed children also needed freedom. Shoes were optional; tree climbing encouraged.

And Lester was quite adventurous in her own right. She and Jim were certified scuba divers and explored reefs and wrecks around the world. They also traveled widely above the high-tide line, often in the company of her beloved brother Allen Cobb and his wife, Bonnie. (Regions with vineyards were particularly prized.)

Wherever she lived, Lester was involved in charitable work, including teaching English to refugees in California, and volunteering at New Jersey’s Neuro-Psychiatric Institute. She was an active parishioner at Princeton’s All Saints’ Church for over five decades. After moving to the Princeton Windrows community in 2001, she made yet another set of friends. In her later years, she treasured the companionship of her caretaker, Patsy Nam-Foster.

She is survived by her children, Margaret Meigs (Paul Laskow) of Philadelphia; Susan Meigs (Todd Vunderink) of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; James Meigs (Jennifer Stern) of Yonkers, N.Y.; and Barbara Meigs Hughes (James Hughes) of Madison, N.J.; and by her 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband, brothers Allen, Delmore, and Robert, and sisters Sarah and Anne.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m., at All Saints’ Church, in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to All Saints’ Church or Greenwood House hospice, in Ewing, N.J.

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


Robert Bruce Middlebrook

Born January 15th, 1930 in Seattle, Washington, Robert Bruce Middlebrook has lived his 88 years to the fullest. He attended Magnolia Elementary School in Seattle. After graduating Summa Cum Laude as Valedictorian of the Class of 1948 at The Lakeside School in Seattle, he moved East to Princeton where he studied engineering and architecture at Princeton University. His sophomore year at Princeton University, he met Marilyn Jean Corl on a blind date set up by his high school best friend and college roommate, Arthur Langley. Bob and Marilyn married on April 4th, 1952 in Princeton just before his graduation. In 1954, he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Architecture from Princeton University. 

For many years he commuted by train to Manhattan where he worked for several architecture firms as Chief of Design. These firms include: Kelly & Gruzen, John Graham & Company, Welton Becket & Associates, and Paul & Jarmul. He was in charge of design for many projects, including The United States Mission to the United Nations; 1964 World’s Fair pavilions for Coca Cola, Ford, and General Electric; corporate headquarters for Xerox; and the Federal Office Building and Court House in Rochester, N.Y. Then, moving closer to home, Robert worked for Rutgers University as the University Architect and Director of New Facilities during a time of expansion. He then continued this line of work at Princeton University, his Alma Mater. During his time at Princeton he coordinated facilities work on the main campus and then he moved to partner with scientists at the Plasma Physics Laboratory who were engaged with the Tokamak fusion reactor project. Throughout his career he also hand-painted beautiful functional renderings of design projects for corporate clients, and designed private homes around Princeton, including two homes for his family, to which he added numerous additions. He never stopped thinking about design!

As a husband and family man, Robert had a good life. He and his wife, Marilyn, traveled extensively. They traveled across the U.S. and Canada and visited Europe as well as the Far East and Africa. Here at home, they were active in the Princeton community. They were members of Community Without Walls (House 4) and shared many enjoyable times attending concerts and theatre events in town as well as taking advantage of courses offered by the University. The long-term friendships that he and Marilyn developed over the years enriched their sense of connection with neighbors and community. 

Robert Bruce Middlebrook passed on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Arden Courts in Yardley, Pennsylvania where he had been struggling with dementia. He is deeply missed by his wife, Marilyn Jean Middlebrook; daughter, Carol Lynn Middlebrook of Kensington, Md.; son, Robert David Middlebrook of Lawrenceville, N.J.; daughter-in-law and Dave’s wife, Amy; and granddaughter, Alison. He is also survived by Ada Middlebrook, the wife of his deceased older brother Bill, as well as Bill’s children, Krista of Greenville, S.C.; Curt of Tampa, Fla.; and Cora of Keedysville, Md.; and his younger brother Jack Middlebrook and his wife Marci of Bozeman, Mont.; and Jack’s children, Eric Middlebrook of Ormond Beach, Fla. and Lara Middlebrook Hayes of Jacksonville, Fla.

Robert, aka “Pop-Pop”, will be fondly remembered for his warm hugs, Sheltie ear rubs, the twinkle in his eye when he would say, “why spoil a good story by sticking just to the facts.” His fireside storytelling enriched our family traditions and was fueled by memories of generations passed. 

Calling hours will be Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 11-1 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave. in Princeton. Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Ave. in Princeton, followed by a late luncheon and light memorial at the Italian American Club, 8 Founders Lane in Princeton. Bob’s family warmly welcomes family and friends to join them for all or any of this remembrance and celebration of a life well lived.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association at


Wesley A. McCaughan

Wesley A. McCaughan, 93, of Princeton died peacefully at his home on April 15th, surrounded by three generations of his family.

Wes was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1924, to Wesley McCaughan, Sr., and Sara Wilhelmina Adams McCaughan, soon after his parents emigrated from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The family moved to Princeton in 1926. His father, a skilled master cabinetmaker, worked for the then Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research, now the Plasma Physics Laboratory. His mother was a secretary at Princeton University when very few women worked outside the home.

A 1942 graduate of Princeton High School, he then spent one year at Trenton State Teachers College, now The College of New Jersey, before being drafted in 1943. He served three years in the Signal Corps, and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. After an additional year in the Army, he returned to Princeton. In 1948, he married Judith Ellen Vose, whom he had met just before he was shipped to Europe, and they soon became the parents of three daughters. He finished college in 1949, earning a BS in English education, and received a Masters of Education at Rutgers in 1951, with the help of the GI Bill.

In 1955, a high school classmate told him of a job opening at Princeton Country Day School, a private school for boys, which was affiliated with Miss Fine’s school for girls. Wes taught English, reading, and ancient history, and coached the baseball team. PCDS and Miss Fine’s merged in 1965 and became Princeton Day School. He worked as admissions director for eight years, but then returned to his first love, teaching, for the remainder of his career — a total of 32 years at the two schools. Wes retired in 1987, but continued his association with PDS. He was the guest of honor at a luncheon last year.

One of the accomplishments he was most proud of was his role as the co-founder, with his friend, Marshall Clagett, of the Romeos (retired old men eating out). This group, which was established over 20 years ago, met in various Princeton locations over the years. Today, five days a week, at 10 a.m., the Romeos are a familiar sight at Bon Appetit in the Princeton Shopping Center, discussing current events over coffee.

Wes was a gentleman and a scholar, a gifted educator, and a life-long learner, interested in the world around him even in his 90s. He was revered by his students, admired by his colleagues, and cherished by his friends and family. At various stages in his life, he was an avid golfer; a photographer for N. T. Callaway Real Estate, where his wife, Judy, worked; and was a passionate surfer of the web. He was often seen in town driving his smart car, riding his bike, or taking a long stroll. He spent many happy vacations at the Jersey shore with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Phyllis McCauley; and his beloved wife of 64 years, Judith. He is survived by three daughters, Wendy Jolley (Michael) of Princeton; Carey Hoover (Stuart) of Lawrenceville; Marny McCaughan of Riverside, Ill.; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Wes’s life will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at Princeton Cemetery. All are welcome. Following the service there will be a reception at Princeton Day School, The Great Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton Day School Scholarship Fund which will be established in his name.

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


Anne Marie Kearns

Anne Marie Kearns, age 71, passed on Monday, April 23rd, after a long struggle with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer (GBM).  She was born to Nicolas (Ben) and Eleanor (Moore) Marmo on Christmas Day 1946. Anne married her high school sweetheart William J. Kearns on May 8, 1966.

Anne earned her real estate license in 1985 and worked for more than 30 years handling real estate transactions. She was Vice President and Manager of Princeton’s Prudential, Fox and Roach office for over 20 years.  She was lovingly adored and respected by her colleagues. Beyond the National Association of Realtors, Anne was also affiliated with the NJ Association of Realtors at the Mercer County and Middlesex Board of Realtors.

She was an active member of women’s groups in both Princeton, NJ and Naples, FL. Anne enjoyed decorating her homes, marveling at sunsets with her husband and friends, and watching her grandchildren grow.  Her infectious personality made everyone comfortable and she was the bright, shining light of her family and friends.

Anne is survived by her loving husband of almost 52 years, William J. Kearns; her son and daughter in-law Bill and Beth Kearns; her daughters and sons-in-law Susan and Mark Tudor, and Dana and Jay Zampini; and seven grandchildren, Ryan and Cameron Tudor, Jack and Haley Kearns, Matthew, Michael and Ben Zampini. Anne is also survived by her mother Eleanor Marmo and her brothers and sisters-in law George and Jean Marmo and John and Ruta Marmo.

The funeral service will be held at St. Paul Parish, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 on Saturday April 28th at 1:00 p.m. with the burial to follow.  The family will greet friends in advance from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton, NJ 08542 on Saturday April 28th.

Dr. David Reardon and his team at the Dana -Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA treated Anne during her courageous journey while battling Glioblastoma Brain Cancer. Anne felt strongly that she wanted to support his research and efforts towards GBM treatment and cure.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Anne to support Dr. David Reardon’s Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.  Please write checks to Dana-Farber and include Dr. Reardon’s Research Fund in the memo section. To give online, please visit

April 18, 2018

Kit Helen Hildick-Smith

Kit Hildick-Smith died on April 14, 2018 at the age of 92 in Princeton. She was born in New York City in 1925, the daughter of Fredrick and Eutha Richter. Kit was an adventurous person, who starting flying at age 17 while in college at Bucknell University, class of 1946. She became involved in social service and political activities in New York City and New York State. After World War II she moved to Denver, Colorado for work and more study. In 1948 she moved to Norway where she worked at the U.S. Embassy as part of the Marshall Plan program and its reconstruction of post-war Europe. After two years stationed in Oslo, she was transferred back to Marshall Plan headquarters in Washington, D.C., then next posted to the U.S. Embassy in London. While working in London she met Dr. Gavin (Pete) Hildick-Smith. They were married in Switzerland in 1953 and emigrated to Canada later that year, where Pete continued in his practice of Pediatrics in Toronto and Ottawa.

Two years later they moved to Princeton, where Pete changed careers into pharmaceutical medical research. While raising two sons, Peter and Andrew, Kit served on the Vestry of Trinity Church, on the Board of their Trenton After-School and mentoring program for many years. In 1974 she started a local support group of the N.J. Symphony Orchestra, ultimately serving as a Trustee of the Symphony and as Chair of the Youth Concerts program state-wide. Young Audiences of New Jersey was another similar interest and activity. Environmental concerns and land preservation were also of great importance to Kit in her work with the Stony Brook Watershed Association in preserving land and water and encouraging young people in their programs. Beyond her 63 years as a resident of Princeton, she also lived part-time in West Arlington, Vermont where she supported the Vermont Land Trust in local land conservation.

Kit is survived by her beloved sons, their wives and children: Peter and Beth Kaplan Hildick-Smith of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., and their sons Alex, Jack and Charlie; Andrew Hildick-Smith and Hughie Jacobus of Winchester, Mass., and their sons Gordon, Seth, and Neil.

A small remembrance service will be held at Trinity Church, Princeton, on May 5 at 11 a.m. Memorials can be offered, if desired, to Trinity Church, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, or the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.


Memorial Service

George W. Pitcher

A memorial service for the late George W. Pitcher will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. The Reverend Sue Anne Steffey Morrow will lead the service which will include readings, tributes and music. A luncheon for family, friends and colleagues will follow at Prospect House.

A Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton University and a trustee of the Edward T. Cone Foundation, Pitcher died peacefully at his home in Princeton on January 12 at the age of 92. He was the author of The Philosophy of Wittgenstein, Berkeley, and A Theory of Perception, as well as the memoir The Dogs Who Came to Stay.


John C. Borden Jr.

John C. Borden Jr., Fundraiser for Quaker Projects, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on April 11, 2018. Born in New York City in 1929, he was a descendent of the prominent Borden textile family – which included the notorious Lizzie Borden – of Fall River, Mass. John grew up in New York and Rumson, N.J. and was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and was stationed in Alaska before joining the family business, Borden Mills, in 1955.

He married the love of his life — the actress Gloria Jones — in 1955, and they moved to Princeton in the late 1950s to raise a family and become members of Princeton Friends Meeting. Spurred by a keen interest in photography, John founded Gallery 100 in 1960. The popular Nassau Street shop specialized in graphic design, framing, photography, and art supplies, but also featured a gallery of original art, much of it by prominent New Jersey artists from the Roosevelt art community.

John’s true passion, however, lay in world peace, social justice, and care for the underserved. Following the sale of Gallery 100 in the late 1960s, he dedicated himself to non-profit service both locally and abroad. As a professional fundraiser and consultant for the American Friends Service Committee, John traveled extensively to secure grants from European agencies for the support of famine relief, development, and peace programs in Africa’s developing nations. John also served for almost 50 years as Executive Director and Trustee of the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, where he provided grants and support to countless non-profit organizations throughout New Jersey’s Mercer and Monmouth counties. He also helped found and served on the board of Princeton Community Housing, which became the largest provider of affordable housing in Princeton. During his 60 years as a member of Princeton Friends Meeting, he served on virtually every volunteer committee, ran a thriving First Day School and provided significant support when Gloria committed herself to establishing the Princeton Friends School in the 1980s. He was actively engaged in nuclear disarmament efforts over the years. He was also an active and longtime member of Princeton’s Community Without Walls as a member of House 2.

Throughout his life, John was an avid gardener, an enthusiastic tennis player, a patient fly fisherman, and dedicated baseball and opera fan. Predeceased by his wife Gloria in 2014, he is survived by his sister Linda McKean of Rumson, N.J.; his daughters Rebecca Bunnell and Julia Kennedy of Fairfield, Conn.; his sons Thomas of Newport, R.I. and Samuel of Amherst, Mass.; and by the 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild who were his greatest pride and joy.

Gifts in John’s memory may be made to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street. Philadelphia, PA 19102 or to the Princeton Friends Meeting, 470 Quaker Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540. A memorial gathering will be held at the Princeton Friends Meetinghouse on June 16 at 10 a.m.


Robert Byrne Baxter, Jr.

Baxter, Robert Byrne; OFM, Conv. passed away on March 22, 2018, in New Albany, Indiana. He was born Robert Byrne Baxter, Jr., to Robert Byrne and Theodora (Tuomey) Baxter in Bay Shore, New York. He was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his uncle Robert N. Tuomey (Joan), sisters Anne B. Humes (William), Elaine B. Tracy (William), Julie Baxter (Robert Robinson), Clare Baxter, and Margaret B. Helmig (Albert); brothers William E. (Robin) and James E. (Felice) Baxter; and five nephews and nine nieces. He professed Simple Vows as a Conventual Franciscan Friar on August 5, 1972, and Solemn Vows on November 1, 1976.

Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Mount St. Francis Chapel at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 5. Interment followed in the Province of Our Lady of Consolation Cemetery on the grounds of Mount St. Francis. Contributions may be made to the Mount St. Francis Retreat Assistance Fund or to Province of Our Lady of Consolation. They may be mailed to 103 St. Francis Blvd., Mount St. Francis, IN 47146.

April 11, 2018

Blanid E. Scott

Longtime Princeton resident Blanid E. Scott died of natural causes at her home on April 3, 2018. She had recently celebrated her 94th birthday with her family on March 25.

Mrs. Scott was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1924 to Blanid McGady Ennis and Dr. William Ennis. She attended St. Xavier’s in Brooklyn before her 1942 graduation from the Convent of the Sacred Heart-Eden Hall in Torresdale, Pa. She worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during World War II before moving to California to marry Princeton University alumnus David Janvier Scott in 1947.

Mrs. Scott relocated to Princeton in 1960 with her husband and six children. She cut a familiar and welcoming figure to countless Princetonians who came of age in the 60s and 70s, presiding over a busy household where an antique pool table and the latest music were in constant play. Throughout her long life, many of her children’s grown friends and classmates from Stuart Country Day School, Princeton High School, and the Lawrenceville School made a special point of visiting her home whenever they returned to town. She will be remembered and cherished by all who knew her for impeccable manners, effortless style, genuine warmth, and undying loyalty.

Mrs. Scott was predeceased by her husband David in 1991 and her eldest son, David J. Scott, Jr. in 1981. She is survived by her children Sheila N. Scott of New York, N.Y.; Bridgett L. Scott of Yardley, Pa.; Samuel R. Scott (Kimberly) of Tampa, Fla.; Peter M. Scott (Julie) of Washington, D.C.; and Nora C. Scott of London, U.K.; grandchildren Samuel R. Scott,Jr. of New York, N.Y.; Katharine N. Kennedy-Sloane of London, U.K.; Abigail J. Scott of Tampa Fla.; Charlotte P. Scott, Bridgett R. D. Scott, and Audrey F. Scott (all of Washington D.C.); and a sister, Sheelagh Rabo of Armonk, N.Y.

On her 90th birthday her children donated a Yoshino Cherry Tree in her honor to Marquand Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Marquand Park Foundation.

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


John Zullo

John Zullo, 83 of Lawrenceville, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, April 9, 2018. He was born in Carpinone, Italy, and came to America in 1950. He and his brother, Dominic, owned and operated Reilly’s Market in Princeton for several years. John retired from American Boychoir School in 1996.

He was a lifetime member of Circulo Hispano Americano de Princeton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cooking for friends. He is survived by his fiancée Catherine Consoli; daughter Anna Elbaum, and grandchildren, Christopher and Kimberly Elbaum; niece Carmen Imfeld of Florida, nephew Alfredo (Nicole) Zullo of Connecticut; cousin Eduardo Criscouli, and a special kind and caring friend, Dr. John Mercuro, who was considered a son. 

Calling hours will be held on Thursday April 12, 5-8 p.m. at Mather-Hodge, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

The funeral will be held 9 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday April 13, 10 a.m. at the Church of Saint Paul, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton,

Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.


Joseph M. Pylka

Pylka, Joseph M., 80, of Absecon, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side on April 4, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, Karol and Mary (Czarnecki) Pylka. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. and grew up in New York City until the family moved to the Princeton area (Griggstown). He is survived by a son, John of Washington, D.C., and his sister, Carolyn Johnson of Absecon, with whom he shared a home. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. His professional career involved being a researcher and educator at Princeton University. His private life was comprised of an avid interest in the environment, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and birding. He taught many nature and recreational courses at adult evening classes in the Princeton area.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Absecon, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment of cremains will be private. In lieu of flowers, please donate to an environmental organization such as Washington Crossing Audubon or Green Acres. For online condolences, please visit


Phyllis Spiegel

Phyllis Spiegel of Plainsboro died in February at age 85. Born in the Bronx, she visited over 40 countries and was an avid reader, filmgoer, and lover of classical music and The New York Times. After graduating from NYU she worked in magazine publishing and public relations before starting her own successful PR firm. She always said her greatest achievements were her sons Mark and Adam. She loved and admired their partners Sidney Wu & Guillemette Brouillat-Spiegel as well as nieces Debra Gordon, Fran Katz-Watson, and Marsha Shapiro. Of late, her grandson Seth was the joy of her life. Living alone for decades, she filled her life with learning, intellectual pursuits, exercise classes, travel, and friends. She audited classes at Princeton University, regularly attended the Telluride Film Festival, and volunteered within the New Jersey foster care system and for the Literacy Volunteers. She believed that one should “Create your own life as you go” and that “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on June 23rd at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. All are welcome. Contributions in her name may be made to Plainsboro Public Library and the Society for Humanistic Judaism.


Memorial Service:

George W. Pitcher

A memorial service for the late George W. Pitcher will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. The Reverend Sue Anne Steffey Morrow will lead the service which will include readings, tributes, and music. A luncheon for family, friends and colleagues will follow at Prospect House.

A Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton University and a trustee of the Edward T. Cone Foundation, Pitcher died peacefully at his home in Princeton on January 12 at the age of 92. He was the author of The Philosophy of Wittgenstein, Berkeley, and A Theory of Perception, as well as the memoir The Dogs Who Came to Stay.

April 3, 2018

George William Bilyeu, Sr.

George William Bilyeu, Sr., born July 2, 1934, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the age of 83.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Suzanne (Malcolm) Bilyeu; his daughter, Leslie Langer and husband Peter of Wilmington ,N.C.; his son George Bilyeu, Jr. and wife Melissa of Monmouth Junction, N.J.; his daughter, Robin Siegel and husband Kenneth of Somerville, N.J.; his son David Bilyeu and wife Laurie of Highlands Ranch, Colo. He is also survived by five grandsons: Ian Siegel (wife, Amanda), Eric Siegel, George Bilyeu III, Reese Bilyeu, and Shawn Bilyeu, and one great-grandson, Connor Siegel.

Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., the son of Kingdon and Margaret (Conover) Bilyeu, George graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, N.Y. A few years later, George met his wife, Suzanne Malcolm, at St. James Episcopal Church where they were married in 1957.

In 1957, George joined the U.S. Army Reserves and received an honorable discharge in 1963.

Mr. Bilyeu retired at the age of 57 after a 34 year career with the New York Telephone Co. Friends and family never tired of hearing his many funny stories about those years with the telephone company.

In 1966, George and his family moved to North Brunswick, N.J., where they lived for 30 years, before moving to Princeton.

George was a strong man of God whose life was transformed through his faith in Jesus. As an active member of Nassau Christian Center, he served as Assistant Treasurer, Deacon, Steward, and led the Men’s Ministry group. George also helped manage the church’s men’s softball team.

George was an amazing, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He and his wife, Suzanne, celebrated their loving marriage of 60 years last April with their family. Together they enjoyed traveling and supporting their kids and then grandchildren in sports and musical performances. George was always the one in the stands cheering the loudest. That enthusiasm was also evident in his lifelong love for the N.Y. Mets.

Words often used to describe George are kind, funny, giving, thoughtful, honest, considerate, helpful, and generous. Even up until the end George never failed to ask, “what can I do to help?”

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10:30 a.m. at Nassau Christian Center located at 26 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nassau Christian Center,, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,


Jean R. Petrone

Jean R. Petrone, 88, of Princeton, passed away at home on March 26, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Jean was born in Gretna, Va. in 1929, the eldest daughter of Ruben and Mae Bosiger Rowles. She grew up on the family farm in Gretna, Va. and in Plainsboro, N.J. She was a proud graduate of Princeton High School class of 1947 where she met her husband of almost 70 years Jack Petrone. They met on a date at a soda shop on Nassau Street arranged by a mutual friend and they have been together ever since. She was an excellent student and a recipient of a Gold Key award as a senior at Princeton High, an achievement for which she was very proud. Upon graduating Princeton High School she went to work at NJ Bell Telephone. Upon Jack returning from his time in the Army they were married on May 1, 1948. She worked as a realtor for Carnegie Reality for many years after raising her five sons. The job that she was most proud of was raising her five sons. She dedicated herself to providing the best for her sons in every way she could. She was there for her children in every way. She provided comfort, love, and support for her children and grandchildren up until her last days.

Some of her favorite activities included being a member of the PTA and a home room mother at the Princeton Schools, volunteering for many years with the Heart Fund of Princeton and at Princeton Hospital. She loved to sing and was a member of the Sweet Adelines women’s singing group in the area for many years. She was a member of Springdale Golf Club and took up golf in her 50s. She enjoyed bowling in a number of women’s leagues. She enjoyed playing card games and played bridge at Springdale as well as other groups. She and Jack loved to dance and had an active social life for many years. She enjoyed cooking, especially for her grandchildren. She loved to do crossword puzzles and read the news in her later years. Jean was the lead cheerleader at thousands of her son’s and grandchildren’s ball games over many years. She was the beloved Grammy to her 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Jean is survived by her husband John F. “Jack” Petrone; brother Larry and Betty Rowles, sister Carol Ann and Fred Ingram of Gretna, Va.; her sons John F. Jr. and Gail, James and Carol, Jeff and Leigh, Judd and Ginger, and Jason and Kathleen; her grandchildren Jaclyn, Jaime, and Akira Yamamoto, Dean, Kelsey, Chris, and Nicole, Brent, Todd, Jillian, Jordan, Judd Jr., Eva Mae, James, Jaxon, Travis; and great-granddaughter Cameran Yamamoto. She also leaves behind many other relatives including nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she cared deeply about.

The Funeral was held at  9 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m., Tuesday at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.


Frances W. Harris

Frances W. Harris, 97, of Rumson, New Jersey, passed away on March 27, 2018. Frances was born in Richmond, Virginia, to the late Guy Leon and Anna Matta W. in 1920.

In 1941, Frances received her bachelor’s degree in English (also studying French, German, and Latin) from Westhampton College, University of Richmond, and later studied Library Science at the University of Virginia. After teaching in both Beaverdam and Stony Creek schools in rural Virginia, Frances married James R. Harris (later, a Bell Labs engineer) in 1943 and moved to New York City. The family later moved to Morristown, New Jersey, where Frances taught Sunday school at the First Presbyterian Church. After another move to Rumson, Frances served as Sunday school superintendent at the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, where she taught the Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study and was an integral member of the church’s Historic Committee. Frances was an excellent seamstress who also loved to crochet, cook, listen to music, read, travel, and do New York Times Split Decision word puzzles. Most of all, Frances loved the time she spent at home with her family and her many dear friends.

Frances was predeceased by her beloved husband, James R. Harris.

Surviving are her children: Richard W. Harris of New York, N.Y.; Betty A. Harris and her husband, Edmund Moeller, of Princeton; and Beverly J. Harris and her husband, George Ott, of Rumson, N.J.; her daughters-in-law: Caroline Gower and Latifa Benkader; her grandchildren: Christopher and Yvonne Harris, Melissa M. Fliedner and her husband, Jim Fliedner, and Christopher and Rebecca Moeller; and her great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Emily, and John Richard.

There will be a memorial service and reception on Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson. Disposition will be handled privately. Memorial contributions can be made in Frances’s name to the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, 4 E. River Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760. Services are being handled by John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. Please visit Frances’s memorial website at


Dorothy Ann Stine

Dorothy Ann Stine, 92, died after a brief illness on March 20 at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Born in Princeton, on November 30, 1925, her parents were David S. Lloyd, co-owner of the F.A. Bamman grocery store on Nassau Street and a former town councilman, and Edith Rocknak.

Dorothy (who became known as “Dot”) attended public schools in Princeton. One of her favorite school stories had to do with a troubling math homework assignment that she couldn’t solve. Sitting on the stoop of her parents’ Harrison Street home, agonizing over the homework assignment, she spotted a man known around town for his scientific and mathematical prowess who was on his daily afternoon walk. She approached him for help. He obliged. His name was Albert Einstein.

Dorothy graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA in French, setting the stage for two of her children to attend the university as well as one of her granddaughters. She enjoyed traveling but didn’t get a lot of opportunity to do so – she did take a big trip to Europe (London and Paris) before settling into her work life.

Dorothy had worked as a proofreader/editor for the Princeton University Press and the Educational Testing Service. She was on a double-blind date when she met her future husband, Lester – known as “Les” (they were not on the date together but she caught Lester’s eye and they began dating shortly afterwards.)

Dorothy and Les married in April 1955 and soon thereafter they bought their first home in the Hampton Hills section of Ewing Township, N.J. Dorothy soon stopped working to become a full-time Mom – her three children Rick, Leslie, and Kimberly were born over the course of the next handful of years.

Dorothy was creative. She enjoyed painting watercolors and oils, especially landscapes. She became interested in ceramics and eventually had her own kiln (two of them) installed in the basement of Dorothy and Les’ second home just down the street from their first home.

Family friends had a cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and invited the Stines to visit. In coming years, that became an annual ritual with the Stines renting a cottage until Les and Dorothy bought a cottage of their own.

It was where Dorothy spent many summers, painting, relaxing by the water, watching Les and the kids playing with canoes and sailboats. She loved to play Bridge and on rainy days at the cottage when family friends visited, Dorothy was often the first to suggest grabbing a deck of cards to play a few hands.

Dorothy loved to garden – in her backyard she had a large herb and vegetable garden that supplied the dinner table for many months each year.

When the newspaper was delivered each morning, Dorothy would grab two sections – the crossword puzzle and the stock listings; while she may not have been strong in textbook math, she had a love for investing and the stock market. She faithfully opened a ledger each morning and recorded the closing prices of her portfolio. She did this for years.

She enjoyed traveling. She and Les took trips to Hawaii and Florida for holiday and to Minnesota to visit Les’ relatives. But other than her European trip after college and Les’ military service which had him based in Frankfurt, Germany during the Korean War, they never traveled outside of the country together until 1988 when they took a trip to Portugal and Spain. She also traveled with her son-in-law’s family to China and Hong Kong.

With two of her three children and all of her grandchildren living in or around Virginia Beach, Va., it was a simple decision where to move after Les died in 1991. She moved there in 1994.

Dorothy is survived by her three children: Richard “Rick” Stine and his wife, Andrea, of Princeton, N.J.; Leslie Neatrour and her husband Dr. Peyton Neatrour of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Kimberly Katz and her husband Howell of Smithfield, Va. In addition, she is survived by four grandchildren and one niece: Dr. Kristin Neatrour and her husband Dr. Janus Patel of Charleston, S.C.; Kaitlyn Neatrour of Richmond, Va.; Greg Neatrour of Virginia Beach; Brendon Marston of Gulfport, Florida; and Nancy Whitbeck of Litchfield Plains, Maine. She was predeceased by her sister and her husband, Edie and George Whitbeck.

Dorothy’s ashes will be spread in the gardens of Trinity Episcopal Church in Trenton, N.J., on April 4 where Lester’s ashes were also spread. A memorial service will be held at a future date.

The family asks that memorial donations in Dorothy Stine’s name may be offered to: CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties, 1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing, N.J. 08638.


Nathaniel Hartshorne

Nathaniel Hartshorne, who died March 28, 2018 in Blawenburg, N.J., at 11:15 a.m. at the age of 91, spent most of his career as an editor and freelance magazine and newspaper writer. His articles and stories have appeared in Harpers, The New York Times, Family Circle, The Ladies Home Journal, and American Heritage. A National Treasure, a play he wrote with Charles Leeder, was produced in 1988. In March, he produced Keeping in Touch, a collection of his letters.

Mr. Hartshorne is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Valerie Thomas; daughters Anne Allen, Jennifer Hartshorne, and Caroline Hartshorne, all of Princeton; as well as a son, Max Hartshorne, of Deerfield, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Services will be held privately.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, 2560 Pennington Rd., Pennington, NJ.