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, www.pacf.org.


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, https://www.homefrontnj.org/ or to the Southern Poverty Law Center, https://www.splcenter.org.

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.

If you would like to share your condolences online with the family, please visit the Forrest Hills website at http://www.foresthillspalmcityflorida.com.


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 alz.org.


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 www.dfci.org/give

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 www.parselsfh.com.


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, nassauchristian.org, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, diabetesfoundation.JDRF.com.


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 johnedayfuneralhome.com.


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.

March 28, 2018

Harry Hancock Williams

Harry Hancock Williams, Jr., 90, of Crosswicks died peacefully on March 22, 2018. Born in Allentown, N.J., the son of Harry Hancock Williams and Beatrice Montgomery Johnson, he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was President of williams-BUILDER, a nationally recognized, residential, design/build firm.

He attended the Peddie School and entered Lehigh University in 1946. Shortly after graduation, he built the “House of Tomorrow” on a small lot carved out of an Allentown cornfield, aided by a gift from his grandmother, Mary Ellen Tams. Hundreds visited, none bought, and Harry and Jan, his beloved wife and soon-to-be business partner, moved in with their growing family. Two RCA engineers attending the opening liked the simple functional design and, thus, he built their homes and launched williams-BUILDER, which over 55+ years, built a sterling reputation and many great loyal customers.

The company’s distinctive red sign with “creativity and craftsmanship” lettering marked his custom jobs in Princeton and surrounding areas. Williams’ projects won many design awards and were featured in magazines such as House and Garden and Builder and Architect.

Among his jobs were historic renovations, projects for “doctors, university professors, Wall Streeters,” and employees of firms such as Bristol Meyers Squibb, “as Princeton evolved from a college town to a small city.” He loved the projects for repeat customers, of which there were many, as, according to thank you cards, he was “the only remodeler I would trust with such a project.” Each project was unique, and each infused with his favorite quote, “By the work, one knows the workman.” (La Fontaine)

Harry loved to dance with his wife, especially to Glenn Miller−style orchestras, which he did often at national and regional conferences of the National Association of Home Builders, where for many years, they were featured speakers (perhaps the most daring: “Running a Business: From the Bedroom to the Boardroom”). If there was a historic sign, he would, yet again, stop the car and read it, to the wails of his children in the back seat; if there was a dirt road, he would turn down it. Long wishing to visit England, home of his immigrant father, when he finally walked down a London street, six different people asked him for directions within the hour, perhaps due to his purposeful stride and sartorial choices.

Always a seeker, Harry took his family on canoeing and camping adventures on the Delaware River and in the wilds of the Adirondack Mountains, where, at Blue Mountain Lake, he built “Base Camp,” which became the new family gathering place.

Harry and Jan have been active and supportive members of the Religious Society of Friends, for whom he helped restore the Crosswicks First Day School, among other projects. He deeply loved and identified with Quaker faith and practice, including reflection, nonviolence, and commitment to his community. He was a former board chairman of Mercer Street Friends in Trenton, and served on the Chesterfield Township Zoning Committee and the Historic Preservation Commission for both Chesterfield and Cranbury.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Janet (West); his three children, Lee, David and wife Heather, Ann Haden and husband Jamie; his sister Mary Ellen Eastridge, husband Don, and nephew David; and seven grandchildren — Evan, Haddie and husband Matt, Moriah, Noah, Ian, Levi, and Sophia, an architecture major at Princeton University.

A memorial service will be held at The Crosswicks Friends Meeting House, 15 Front Street, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. Donations can be made to the Crosswicks Friends Meeting Building Maintenance Fund (crosswicksfriendsmeeting.org).


Anne Sinclair Williams

Author, news reporter, painter, teacher in the Princeton public schools, and long-time assistant to Father Stanley Yaki, a Catholic priest and philosopher of international renown, died on the evening of Saturday March 3, 2018. Ms. Williams was 95 years old and a long-term resident of the of the Princeton area. Her last years were spent at Morris Hall, Saint Mary’s Assisted Living in Lawrenceville.

Anne grew up in Europe. After the war, Anne’s mother, Margaret Williams, was the first woman to qualify as a licensed psychoanalyst in France. She practiced for many years in Paris and was very well known. Anne assisted her mother as she set up a practice and spent considerable time each year in Europe. Anne and her mother shared a lovely home in Paris and a medieval retreat in the Dordogne. Ms. Williams leaves one niece and two nephews.

In mid-life Anne had an important religious conversion and became a Roman Catholic. Were she here she would request that any donations, in her memory, be made to the donor’s favorite Catholic charity.

A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Morris Hall, 1 Bishop’s Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10 a.m.

March 20, 2018

Christine Marie Cardenas

Christine Marie Cardenas (Guilfoy) 64, was born March 30, 1953 in Moscow, Idaho to Philip L. Guilfoy and Betsy Guilfoy (Pelton). She died on Saturday March 17, 2018 at Kennestone Memorial Hospital in Marietta, Ga. after bravely fighting colon cancer.

She was preceded in death by her father Philip L. Guilfoy (2016) and her mother Betsy Guilfoy (1983).

Lovingly known as Chris, she attended Moscow High School graduating in 1971 and from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1975 with a degree in Nutrition Science. After graduating, she enlisted in the Peace Corps and was stationed in Concepción, Chile working with women and children in a hospital. Later she was a student of medicine at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she met her husband of 37 years, Rodolfo Cardenas MD.

Chris and Rodolfo moved to the metro Atlanta area in 1987, where they raised their family of five children. She was a master knitter, winning multiple blue ribbons for her work at the North Georgia Fair. Her interests included visiting her children, teaching knitting, tennis (especially attending the U.S. Open) and constantly learning about health and wellness. Chris was a longtime member of the West Cobb YMCA as well as the USTA. Chris also loved to attend spin night at the Whole Nine Yards. She enjoyed trips to the ballet and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Other interests included traveling the world with Rodolfo by her side. She was affiliated with the Peachtree Handspinners Guild and The North Georgia Knitting Guild.

She is survived by her husband Rodolfo Cardenas; her children Alisha, Wendy, Erica, Veronica (Nathan Farmer) and Mario; her sister Julie Guilfoy (Patrick Morrow); brother Gene Guilfoy (Tonna Guilfoy); and nieces and nephews Grace Morrow, Maddison Irwin, Cameron, Tyler, and Luke Cardenas.

Memorial services were at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Clark Funeral Home, 4373 Atlanta Hwy, Hiram, GA 30141 with a reception following at 655 West. Located at 655 Rich Davis Rd., Hiram, Georgia 30141.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Savannah College of Art and Design Department of Fibers. Checks to be made to the Department of Fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design. Address is Department of Fibers Pepe Hall, 213 West Taylor Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Additional information is at contact@scad.edu.

Interment will be a private ceremony at a later date.

Clark Funeral Home in Hiram, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.


Marion A. O’Connor

Marion A. O’Connor passed away at sunrise on March 14, 2018, age 94. She was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Hunter College and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University. She worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories; Princeton University’s Office of Population Research, and Woodrow Wilson School; and the United Nations Population Fund where she was Chief of the Programme Planning and Statistics Branch when she retired in 1983. She and her husband were long-time Princeton residents and raised three children. Marion loved classical music and particularly opera; she and her husband supported many of Princeton’s musical organizations.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Edith Azzoni, her brother Alfred, and her husband Robert. She is survived by her three children: Christine, Arthur and his wife Linda, and Andrew and his wife Kathryn, and seven grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held on Monday, March 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to The Princeton Festival, P.O. Box 2063, Princeton, NJ 08543 (https://princetonfestival.org).


Jean B. Quandt

Jean B. (Midge) Quandt died peacefully early March 14th, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center at the age of 85 after battling Parkinson’s disease for almost three years. Midge was born in Cleveland to John Briggs and Mary Shepley Briggs and received her secondary education at Miss Porter’s School. She obtained a BA from Connecticut College, an MA in History from Radcliffe College where she met her future husband Richard, and another MA and a PhD in American History from Rutgers University. In her early post graduate years she taught briefly at secondary schools in the Princeton area and also at Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Princeton University, and Rutgers. Her best-known book was From the Small Town to the Great Community, Rutgers University Press, 1970, an analysis of the idea of community in modern American thought through the writings of nine intellectuals and how their thought relates to some of the major assumptions of Progressive reform in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After she gave up teaching, she created, with Edie Jeffrey and the late Sonia Gutman, an independent scholars’ research group and eventually turned to studying Latin America, particularly Nicaraguan politics. Her articles appeared in the Nicaragua Monitor, Against the Current, the Monthly Review, and numerous other publications. She made frequent trips to Nicaragua and interviewed many political personages, including the former President Daniel Ortega.

She adored Maine and spent most summers there in Bass Harbor, where she and her husband owned a small summer house. It was the place to sail, play tennis, relax, and spend time with family. She also loved Provence, particularly Nice, Les Baux-de-Provence, and Avignon. She loved her dogs and her friends deeply. She loved books, art, poetry, and theatre. She was fiercely loyal, a progressive spirit, a feminist and advocate of the disenfranchised who defied many conventions of her generation. She is missed and mourned by her devoted husband Richard of 62 years, her loving son Stephen, her son-in-law Thom Heyer, her brother John Briggs, her sister-in-law Kate Halle Briggs, her sister-in-law Alexa Aldridge and her husband Fred Aldridge; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was deeply loved and will never be forgotten.

A memorial service will take place on Sunday, May 27th at 2 p.m. at Stonebridge at Montgomery in the Auditorium with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alliance for Global Justice at https://afgj.org/.

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

March 14, 2018

Nancy Yongcha Yi

Nancy Yongcha Yi, 89, a 28-year resident of Princeton and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed on early Friday, March 9, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Nancy was born in Mokpo City on the Southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula on December 2nd, 1928 to her Father Bai Seokpil and Mother Kim Aekum. Not long after she was born, her family moved to Seoul, Korea where her father worked for a major shipping company. She lived most of the next 20 years in Seoul where she attended Sookmyung Girls’ High School, the first Private Royal Educational Institute for Girls in Korea founded in 1906 by Empress Sunheon. She went on to attend Seoul Women’s Teachers College, but her education was cut short by the breakout of the Korean War in 1950. She and her family escaped the wrath of war by relocating to Busan in the southernmost part of Korea she worked at the First Bank of Korea.

As the war came to an end, Nancy returned to Seoul in 1955 and married her soulmate of 57 years, Edward Sunghyok Yi. As their marriage blossomed, she was blessed and became a proud mother of their two sons, Peter (Ilchin) and Robert (Myungjin). In 1974, Nancy, Edward, and her two young sons ventured to the United States in pursuit of the American Dream.

The dream became a reality for them in New York City as Nancy ran her own business centered around fashion, and Edward succeeded in developing an import-export business around the favored trade nation status of Korea with the United States.

After years of entrepreneurship in New York City, Nancy and Edward retired in 1990 to Princeton, where they spent the remainder of their years together enjoying much of what Princeton has to offer. If Nancy was not aggressively competing against her husband on the golf course, she was most likely preparing excellent traditional Korean meals for her family, rendering valuable and well considered fashion advice to her many friends, attending the Korean Presbyterian Church of Princeton, or spending time with her friends at the senior center.

Nancy will be missed by everyone who came to know her for her youthful smile, optimism, great eye for fashion, sharp sense of humor, spunk, and commanding the lead of dinner conversation.

She is survived by her two sons, Peter, a medical oncologist in Princeton; and Robert, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics in Seoul; two daughters-in law, Alice and Grace; two brothers, Sooil and Don Bai; and four grandchildren, Justin, Lauren, Jonathan, and Erin.

Join us for a memorial service held on Friday, March 16, 2018, 7 p.m. followed by viewing and calling hours at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, New Jersey. Burial service will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at noon at the funeral home followed by interment at Princeton Cemetery next to her husband.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Korean Presbyterian Church of Princeton, P.O. Box 2464, Princeton, NJ 08543.


David Sanborn Hunt

David Sanborn Hunt, aged 50, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away unexpectedly on March 2, 2018. David was born November 28, 1967 in New York City to Chase and Suzanne Hunt. He lived as a child in Pleasant Ridge, Mich., before moving to Princeton. He graduated from Princeton High School and the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of City Planning degree. He subsequently lived in Philadelphia and Chicago before settling in Wilmington. His love of life, sense of humor, friendship, and the twinkle in his eye will be most profoundly missed.

David was an innovator and in 2009 was a founding partner of Green Line Business Group. Its signature product, Danio Diary, is part of a larger technology suite designed to securely connect individuals receiving health care with family and friends. Danio was recognized in 2017 as a Delaware Hidden Gem by the Mental Health Association in Delaware.

Dave was a loving father who adored his children. He was an accomplished pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. Dave derived great pleasure from music and shared that passion with others. In particular, he captivated both Hannah and Sarah Elizabeth with his music. He was a loving and loyal friend and touched many lives. Always generous, Dave was an organ donor through the Gift of Life. In recognition of his significant contributions to his community, the mayor of Wilmington declared November 11 as David Hunt Day.

David is survived by his wife Joanne and daughter Sarah Elizabeth; daughter Hannah (mother Gladys) of Wilmington; his parents of East Lansing, Mich.; and mother-in-law Herminia (Minnie) Torres of Wilmington, Del.; brother Robert (Lisa Bolton-Hunt) of East Lansing, Mich.; nephew Alexander Hunt (Laurie Stein) and great-niece Felicity of Libertyville, Ill.; niece Lindsay Hunt of Valparaiso, Ind.; and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Immanuel Highlands Episcopal Church, 2400 W. 17th Street, Wilmington, DE. Visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 and/or the Sunday Breakfast Mission, P.O. Box 352, Wilmington, DE 19899.


Gertrude Britton Kimble

Gertrude Britton Kimble, known as Gerry, a life-long resident of Princeton, died peacefully at UPenn/Princeton Medical Center on March 9, 2018 at the age of 98.

She was predeceased by R. Birchall Kimble, her husband, of 53 years. She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Kimble Johnson and her husband, William S. Johnson, of Cleveland, Tenn. and Bonnie Kimble Rogers and her husband, John D. Rogers of Wyndmoor, Pa. Mrs. Kimble had five grandchildren: Cory Britton Boyce of Bryn Athyn, Pa.; Jaime Devon Lacey of Collegedale, Tenn.; and Kerry Birchall Boyce of Charlotte, N.C.; Blake Kimble Rogers of Wyndmoor, Pa.; and Bailey Britton Rogers of Germantown, Pa. In addition, she is survived by three great-grandchildren, Deryn Emily Boyce of Eugene, Ore.; Tyler Gareth Boyce of Philadelphia, Pa.; and Jency Kimble Boyce of Washington, D.C.

Gerry was a graduate of Princeton High School and received her Nursing Degree from Mercer Hospital in 1940. In 1977, Mrs. Kimble graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rider College with a degree in Fine Arts, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society. She was also a member of the leadership societies, Sigma Lambda Rho and Omicron Delta Kappa. In addition to her academic pursuits, Gerry was best known as a watercolorist and art teacher at her 3 Hamilton Avenue Studio in Princeton. One of Mrs. Kimble’s paintings currently hangs in the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland. She was the owner of “The Now and Then Shop,” an Antique and Handcraft store in Cranbury, N.J.

Gerry was a member of the Present Day Club of Princeton, the Women’s College Club of Princeton, the Federated Women’s Club of Princeton and the Eastern Star. She was a Red Cross volunteer and a Girl Scout leader and advisor.


Connie Hazelwood Poor

Connie Hazelwood Poor passed away on March 2, 2018, at her home in Princeton. She was born on July 27, 1953, to Roland and Mable (Townsend) Hazelwood in Fayetteville, Tennessee, where she grew up before moving to Phenix City, Alabama, in 1962.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 44 years, H. Vincent Poor. They met as students at Central High School in Phenix City, where they began their lifelong partnership in 1969 and were married in 1973. Connie is also survived by their daughters, Kristin Poor of Brooklyn, New York, and Lauren Poor of Los Angeles, California; and by her parents in Athens, Alabama, and younger sister, Melinda Kerr of Huntsville, Alabama.

Connie studied at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama, and at the University of Illinois in Urbana. She began her long and varied nursing career at the Lee County Hospital in Opelika, Alabama, in 1973, and worked subsequently at the Princeton Medical Center, Carle Clinic in Urbana, and at HiTops in Princeton. She spent much of her career as a nurse educator, work driven by her commitment to social justice. After her retirement from nursing, she became a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, an avocation that she found to be immensely rewarding. A long-time Princeton resident, she was generous with her time, volunteering at WomanSpace, the Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps, the Princeton Fete, the Present Day Club, the Parent-Teacher Organizations of the John Witherspoon School and Princeton High School, and as a Board Member of HiTops and the Princeton Adult School, among others. One year, she convinced friends to join her in biking 300 miles in three days for the AIDS Ride from Boston to New York.

Connie was deeply loving, compassionate, and fiercely liberal. Gracious and warm, her presence would light up any room she entered. Those who met her often commented on her unreserved and radiant smile, her glorious red hair, and lovely, ever-so-slight Southern accent. She adored art in all its forms, a passion that she in turn inspired in her daughters. She was an avid photographer, had a keenly observant eye for nature’s intricate details, and was known to stop and marvel at every flower, fern, and bird on her daily walks in the woods. With her husband Vince, she enthusiastically traveled the world. She never forgot her roots, most recently traveling back to Alabama for her father’s 90th birthday celebration, which she gracefully organized even in illness. She was a master gift-giver and maker, knitting warm wares of all kinds for loved ones and hosting knitting circles for worthy causes. She provided a deep sense of comfort to all the people, plants, and animals in her world.

Beloved wife, partner, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, she was a calm and gentle presence, whose joy in life’s beauty was contagious. This remarkable optimism is just one of many gifts she has left behind.

After being diagnosed with cancer in October 2017, Connie was lovingly cared for by her family and many friends. In her final days, she was at home, surrounded by loved ones and song, still smiling and making all those around her feel at peace. Among her last words were, “How beautiful. You’re all so beautiful.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton University Art Museum. A memorial service is being planned for the spring.

March 7, 2018

Thomas Scott Barrows

Thomas Scott Barrows, 81, of Princeton and Nantucket, Mass. passed away at home on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Thomas was born in 1936 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. to Donald Barrows and Anna Newbold Barrows. Raised in Edgemont, Pa., he graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1954 and Harvard University in 1959 with an AB in Psychology and Social Relations. He pursued a graduate degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1961, Thomas married Abigail Spencer Liggett. They moved to Princeton in 1965 where they raised two daughters, Katie Barrows Dadagian and Anna Barrows Beakey.

Thomas started his career as a teacher at the Vanguard School in Pennsylvania. In 1965 he started working for Educational Testing Service where he served as a research psychologist for over 25 years. Thomas was a founding trustee of Princeton Child Development Institute. He was actively involved in land use planning and local government, serving on the Zoning Board, Planning Board, Finance Committee, Town Council, and as Mayor in Franklin Township. He sat on the Board of First Florida Bank.

Thomas spent summers in Nantucket, Mass. where he was happiest on the water. His life-long passions included fly-fishing, sailing, music, cars, his family, and active debate.

Thomas is predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Abigail Spencer Liggett Barrows; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anna and James Beakey and Katie and Steve Dadagian; four grandchildren, Spencer and Nicholas Beakey and Max and Theo Dadagian; his sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Vaugh Worm; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lulie and Gordon Gund; and two half-brothers and their wives Mercer and Joy Barrows and Donald and Mary Barrows; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Nantucket this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Nantucket Conservation Foundation at www.nantucketconservation.org/online-donations or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdrf.org.

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


Oliver P. Giller

Beloved Husband and Father, Oliver P. Giller, 44, of Titusville passed away Friday, March 2nd at home surrounded lovingly by his family. Born in Media Pa. and raised in Princeton, he had resided in Titusville for the last 15 years. He was a Data Manager for the State of New Jersey, Department of Early Intervention. He was a member of St. James RC Church in Pennington and a Cub Scout leader for his son Alexander’s Troop 1776. A friend to all, Oliver was known for his infectious smile, warmth, quick wit, and hearty laughter. He was an avid sailor and skier who enjoyed nothing more than time with his wife Susanne and family on the ski slopes, riding waves at the beach, and sailing with his Father on the Barnegat Bay.

He is survived by his parents, Peter and Renate Walter Giller of Princeton; his wife, Susanne Herbert Giller; his children, Alexander and Julia Giller; as well as sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Ted Clark and their children Maika and Taggart of Seattle, Washington.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, March 9th at St. James RC Church, 115 E. Delaware Avenue, Pennington. The burial will follow in Harbourton Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, March 8th, from 5-7 p.m. at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Oliver’s name may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association or Good Grief of Princeton.

Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.


Jane Frances Okoth

Jane Frances Okoth, 60, of Princeton, died on March 1, 2018 in the presence of her sister, Atuki Turner and niece, Natalie Turner, after a long battle with breast cancer.

Born to Evelyn and Lawrence Okoth, Jane was the second of 11 children. She was educated at St. Mary’s College, Namagunga and then at Makerere Medical School. Not long after becoming the second woman to complete medical school from her tribe, the Jopadhola, she was forced to flee a turbulent Uganda. Praying her daughter Simone’s crying would not alarm the authorities, she snuck across the Kenyan boarder while pregnant with her son, Pinto. As a physician, she was one of few Ugandan refugees able to find work, and she supported more than her own family in those trying times. Through determination and more than a bit of luck, she was relocated to the United States by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

With only what she could fit in suitcases and the love and support of family, friends, and the church she made her way to Metuchen, N.J. and then Harrisburg, Pa., where her sons, Lawrence and Paul were born. From Harrisburg, she moved to Lewisburg, Pa., where she began a two-decade long career at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, providing health care to some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. She was forever grateful for the personal and professional relationships she forged at her posts in Lewisburg, Philadelphia, and New York.

In recent years, she was enjoying semi-retirement and was beginning to imagine how she might return to Uganda to practice medicine there, as she intended to do from her first medical training. She founded a non-profit and hoped to offer health care services to people from her village affected by Sickle Cell Anemia. After her diagnosis, she expanded her idea to include providing mammograms, therapy, and pain management to women in the village.

Gone too soon, Jane will be sorely missed by her children, Simone Awor, Pinto Adhola, Lawrence Obote, Paul Mbusa, and Azuka Okeke, her spouse, Yoga Adhola, and her sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Visitation will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 on Saturday, March 10, 2018 beginning 4 p.m. immediately followed by services at 5 p.m. All are invited to a reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Following services in Princeton, Jane’s life will be celebrated at her home and final resting place in Uganda.


Marion Slattery “Mike” Tyler

April 2, 1932 – February 28, 2018

Slattery will be remembered as a loving, artistic woman devoted to her family and community.

She was born in Brooklyn to Martin Slattery and Dorothy von Dahlbender. She and her two brothers were raised in California where her father started a chicken ranch.

She went to college in Boston at Newton College of the Sacred Heart where she majored in Art History.

After college she signed on with the Red Cross to serve in Korea as a Recreation Worker. There she met, and eventually married, Cliff Tyler.

She raised her three children mostly in New Jersey. She was a stay-at-home mom with part-time jobs; always active with her children and community. She approached projects with pride and gusto, turning nearly everything she touched into a success — the Girl Scouts, the Boro Recreation Commission, Fayson Lakes Beach, band parents.

After she divorced and her children were launched, she sold the family home and toured the country in a van. She next settled in Seattle where she finally had time to pursue her love of writing. She fell in love with the art scene there and was active in readings, painting groups, and even got to participate in a project to paint murals on the bus stops.

Eventually Slattery moved to Princeton to be closer to family. She lived in Harriet Bryan House until her deteriorating health led her to a nursing home. Even there, she was sociable and community minded to the end.

She was predeceased by her brother Marty Slattery and her daughter Brenda Marie Tyler-Pell.

She leaves behind a brother, Eugene Slattery of Nipomo, Calif.; two children and their spouses — Mauri Tyler and Lorraine Hand of Columbus, N.J. and Jim Tyler and Markus Naslund of Barrie, Canada. She was beloved Aunt Mike to Cathy, Scott, and Wyatt Maxwell of Bloomingdale, N.J. and counted Marie and Jerry Zink as close family. Also left to mourn her passing are six grandchildren with their significant others and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ArtSpace and Sewing Space programs of Home Front, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648-4518 (homefrontnj.org).

There will be a memorial service, March 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. (gathering begins 10) in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Buffet to follow at 1 p.m. at Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, 201 Village Boulevard, Princeton, NJ.

February 28, 2018

Joan M. Lechner

April 28, 1928 — January 13, 2018

Joan M. Lechner (née Joan Camp Mathewson) died in the loving presence of her sister-in-law, Patricia Lechner Nahas, in Newtown, Pa., on January 13, 2018. She is especially mourned by her brother, James Hall Mathewson of Scotts Valley, Calif.; her sister, Ann Mathewson Brady of Telluride, Colo.; and Patricia Lechner Nahas of Austin, Texas, sister of her husband, Bernard J. Lechner, who predeceased her; and their families.

Joan was born in Norwalk, Conn., the eldest child of Robert Hendry Mathewson, one of the founders of the guidance counseling profession, and Margaret Gertrude Hall, a hospital dietitian in the early years of that specialty. Her father’s career took the family to West Hartford, Conn., in 1936, and to Winchester, Mass., in 1945. In 1949, Joan earned a BS degree from Tufts University in mathematics (while also honing her skill in playing bridge).

Joan moved with her family to Westchester County, N.Y., when her father was appointed a dean at CUNY. It was there that Joan met Bernie Lechner, the love of her life, at a square dance. She loved to dance, and Bernie was the sound engineer. Bernie’s pursuit of a college degree, heartily encouraged by Joan, was interrupted by the draft and Korean War. However, they married in November, 1953, shortly before Bernie was assigned to Karlsruhe, Germany, as an electronics technician. Joan followed and they spent a year in Germany before returning to the Bronx, N.Y., where Bernie completed his studies, earning a BSEE from Columbia University in 1957. When Bernie accepted a position at RCA Sarnoff Laboratories in Princeton, they moved to New Jersey, living for a short time in Trenton before moving to Princeton. They remained in Princeton until 2012, when they moved to Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pa.

Joan had a keen and curious mind, and the seeds planted early in Joan’s life bore fruition throughout. Her hobbies included sailing, square dancing, music, sewing, plants and gardening, bridge, and especially cooking. It was in Conn. that Joan learned to sail, honing her skill on the Mathewson family boat, a Seagull-class sloop hand built by her grandfather. Joan taught Bernie to sail and they owned a small Sunfish, large enough for two adults but small enough to transport. They enjoyed sailing on the lakes and rivers in the northeast and off the shore of Cape Cod. The Mathewson family children have fond memories of family vacations in cottages and at camp sites on the Cape in their early years, and in later years at the summer cottage in Eastham township where Joan’s parents moved in retirement. Joan’s love of square dancing lured Bernie into learning to dance, and they both enjoyed square dancing in Princeton and also at various national events. Joan took prominent volunteer positions in promoting and planning events for the Princeton Squares, and she and Bernie often hosted visiting callers. Joan’s love of music reached far beyond dance music. Music had been a part of Joan’s upbringing as her Grandmother Gertrude had been a church musician and piano teacher. With Bernie, Joan enjoyed attending performances in Philadelphia and New York City, as well as listening to their large library of classical music. And Joan’s talent for making her own square dance outfits led her to other endeavors, making decorative items for her home and special gifts, such as Christmas vests, for her nieces and nephews. Her artistic eye tied in beautifully with her love of plants (another family heritage) and gardening. Along with her green thumb, she was able to create islands of beauty, whether inside or outside, by arranging plants and flowers in unique ways that enhanced the environment. A woman of many talents, Joan took pride in her kitchen and ability to entertain family and guests. She is remembered by her family for the many wonderful meals she prepared and recipes she has passed along. Learning from her mother, she was skilled at taking a basic recipe and, by adjusting the herbs and spices and other flavorings, creating something both memorable and nutritious. Since she and Bernie travelled widely, including one trip that took them around the world, her experience with food crossed many tastes and cultures.

Professionally, Joan was a gifted computer programmer. She worked for a time for Applied Logic in Princeton, and also as an independent consultant. And after Bernie retired from GE and began work as a consultant, Joan was his entire administrative support. Earlier in his career, she was the person behind the scenes, providing support for many of his professional volunteer activities and the events of the organizations in which he held various offices. She played an especially important role in the early days of the Society for Information Display (SID). And, as an independent and forward-thinking woman, she supported The League of Women Voters.

Carrying on her own family tradition of caring for the elderly, Joan cared for her parents and Bernie’s parents in their last years. And, fortunately, in the last years of her life, short term memory loss did not compromise Joan’s ability to recall all the wonderful people and events of her own life.

Predeceased by her loving husband of over 60 years, Bernie, Joan is survived by her brother, Jim; her sister, Ann; and nine nieces and nephews: Shelley Mathewson Phillips, Carol Mathewson, and Margaret Mathewson, Sharon Brady Gwynn and Sean Brady and, through marriage, by Margaret Nahas Fitzgerald, Michael Nahas, Brian Nahas, and Frances Nahas, children of her sister-in-law, Pat, and her husband, Joe.

As Joan made many donations over the years to various charities, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to your favorite charity.

February 21, 2018

Sylvia Elvin

July 21, 1933 — February 16, 2018

Sylvia Elvin of Needham, Mass., formerly of Princeton, February 16, 2018. Beloved mother of Professor Claire Fontijn of Wellesley, Mass., cherished mother-in-law of Professor John Arcaro of Dover, Mass., loving grandmother of Amica Fontijn-Harris of Wellesley, Mass., and ex-wife of Dr. Arthur Fontijn of Watervliet, N.Y., formerly of Princeton.

Sylvia was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on July 21, 1933 to Florrie Violet (Wroot) Elvin of Saskatoon and Lewis Vernon Elvin of London, England. She married Arthur Fontijn of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on January 5, 1957, and subsequently lived in Amsterdam and in Montreal, and Quebec, Canada until 1960 when Sylvia, Arthur, and Claire immigrated to Princeton. Sylvia lived in Princeton until 2007, when she moved to Needham to be near Claire and Amica.

Sylvia excelled as a mother, seamstress, editor, musician, artist, poet, actress, massage therapist, friend, and gardener. After completing her education at City Park High School, she was first employed by the Canadian Railroad in Saskatoon, then as an announcer with the Canadian Broadcasting Company in Montreal. In Princeton, she worked as an editor for Theology Today, The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, and for the Journal of Brain and Behavioral Sciences. From 1980-2007, she worked as a massage therapist, making countless people happy with her loving touch.

Her funeral was held on Tuesday, February 20 at 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley, Mass.

February 14, 2018

Maria G. Harvey

Maria G. Harvey died on January 31, 2018. She was a longtime resident of Fisher Place in West Windsor. Born Maria Gabler on July 26, 1932 in Sopron, Hungary and lived there with her parents, Margit and Karoly Gabler and sister, Erika (now all deceased) until she started her university-level science education at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. She immigrated to the United States, leaving her family behind, after the defeat of the 1956 Revolution and War of Independence of Hungary. Princeton became her new home. In Princeton, she continued her studies in physics and started her more than 50 year distinguished career with RCA Corporation — subsequently David Sarnoff Research Center — where, in later years, she contributed greatly in the field of laser research. Throughout her work, her superb skills resulted in numerous patented innovations earning high respect from her colleagues.

Throughout her life, her passions also included nature, animals, and photography. She traveled widely in Europe, Africa, and South America always looking toward new experiences and discoveries. Her friends will remember her for her trailblazer attitude, uncompromising in her principles, quick wit, boundless energy, and love of life.

Maria’s first marriage with Richard Falk ended in divorce.

Her husband, Robin Harvey, whom she later married, survives Maria.

Her loving memory will remain with her friends both in Hungary and in the United States.


John Raymond Conover Jr.

John R. “Sonny” Conover Jr., 81, died on February 12 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Sonny lived on the 42-acre family farm in a 200-year old farmhouse for most of his life. As a youngster he lived with his siblings and parents, John R. Conover, Sr. and Helen Csaranko Conover, enjoying the outdoors and open space. As a young man he worked with his Uncle Paul Csaranko, who was a roofer, and joined the Roofers Union in Perth Amboy (now #4 in Newark). After a number of years, he formed his own business with his co-worker Joe, C&S Roofing, and worked until his early 60s when they sold the business after which he worked as a consultant for the next 10 years. He then retired and devoted his full-time attention to the family farm, maintaining the property and pursuing his hobby of restoring tractors. He would express on many occasions that he could not be away from his home for any length of time for he would miss the sky, air, the stars, and the openness of his childhood home. He was a neighbor to several boyhood friends, Bobby and Ray, who spent their retirement years supporting the local community (i.e., volunteering at The Ten Mile Run Cemetery).

Sonny was married to Mary Ann O’Keefe Conover who predeceased him in 2013. He will be greatly missed by his loving companion, Eleanor Yurish. Surviving Sonny are his two children, Catherine Conover and Robert Conover (Marisol); and his grandchildren Justin (Trish), Amanda, Emily, and Hailey. He will be deeply missed by his younger brother, Eugene Paul Conover (Cheryl); and younger sisters Mary Ann Conover Jensen (Peter) and Barbara Jean Conover Gross; his nieces and nephews, Melissa Porcelli (Joey), Amy Pascal (Joe), Matthew, Elizabeth, and Paul Jensen, and Christopher Gross; and great nieces and nephew, Olivia, Sasha, and Jordan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Sonny’s memory to The Ten Mile Run Cemetery Association, 40 Old Coppermine Road, Princeton, NJ, 08540.

A memorial visitation will be on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road at New Road Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852. A memorial visitation will be on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at the funeral home.

February 7, 2018

Joseph M. Lynch

Joseph M. Lynch, a longtime Princeton resident, died on February 3, 2018 at age 93 in his home at Morris Hall Meadows in Lawrenceville, N.J. after a long career as an attorney, law professor, and legal historian.

Joe was born on Aug. 28, 1924 in Jersey City, N.J., the son of Joseph Lynch and Elizabeth Coughlin. He spent his childhood in Jersey City, where he attended the St. Nicholas School and St. Peter’s Preparatory School and spent his spare time reading, playing baseball, and going to movies. In 1942, he enrolled in St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, but early the following year enlisted in the United States Army. He was assigned to the Signal Corps in Sea Girt, N.J., where he was taught to operate the Army’s message encoding machine. However, the Army decided that Joe should be assigned to decipher German messages instead of encoding our own, and he was shipped off to England to serve in a Army detachment assisting the British in the Ultra project (also known as Enigma).

Joe’s duty post outside London exposed him to successive stages of German aerial attacks: incendiary bombing, V-1 buzz bombs, and V-2 rockets. But the location also provided ready access to London’s varied cultural attractions: museums, concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, and theater in the West End or the Old Vic Theater. In the waning months of World War II Joe’s unit was posted to Southern France, awaiting orders for a transfer to the Philippines that never occurred. Exposure to European culture was a revelation for Joe. He often described his wartime experience as his real college education.

After the war, Joe returned to Jersey City and finished his undergraduate studies in English literature while working as a night reporter for The Jersey Journal. He graduated from St. Peter’s in 1948, and then — thanks to the G.I. Bill — attended Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., from which he graduated in 1951. The following year Joe married Irene O’Neil, whom he had met while studying at Harvard. They were married for 62 years.

Joe practiced law in Hackensack before moving in 1957 to Princeton, where he spent much of the remainder of his life. During his early years in Princeton, Joe was strongly influenced by his friendship with the Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain, professor emeritus at Princeton University, whom he met while attending daily mass. Maritain’s views of ethics and justice had a lasting impact on Joe’s conception of the role of law in society and government, which accelerated his decision to begin a career in teaching.

In 1961 Joe joined the faculty of the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he taught civil procedure and constitutional law until his retirement in 1993. He wrote extensively on the 20th century New Jersey Supreme Court’s expansion of its power to adopt rules governing practice and procedure in state courts. He also examined the early development of federal-state relations, where his research focused on Congressional debates concerning the correct interpretation of various provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Published in 1999 as Negotiating The Constitution, with editorial assistance from his wife Irene, this research concluded that the Founding Fathers’ “original intent” often was to use deliberately ambiguous language that aimed to advance the political interests of their home states while still ensuring the adoption of constitutional provisions that were potentially divisive politically. Alexander Hamilton fared better in this analysis than did James Madison.

In addition to his teaching and research, Joe also served as a charter trustee and counsel of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund. In his role as trustee, he helped to organize the Stanley J. Seeger ’52 Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University and for many years participated in the Seeger Fund’s annual meetings, which included cultural and historical tours of the Greek countryside.

Outside of work, Joe very much enjoyed travel (England, France, and Italy were particular favorites), music, opera, theater, good food, the company of good friends, and relaxing in the summer in northern Vermont. He was an avid fan of the New York Mets and watched from the stands in Shea Stadium as they beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series.

Joe was predeceased by his wife Irene and his brother John Lynch of Azusa, California. He is survived by his five children and their spouses: Anne Lynch and Peter Hadekel of Montreal; Peter Lynch of Franklin; Teresa Lynch of Blawenburg; Mark Lynch of Berwyn, Pennsylvania; and Patricia Lynch and Trevor Dickie of Cambridge, Mass. He also leaves his grandchildren, Kathleen, Christine, and Tashi Hadekel; Valentine and Rudyard Lynch; and Nathaniel, Eliza, and Rachel Dickie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in California, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s Church, 213 Nassau Street, Princeton with burial to follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to: Home Front, 1880 Princeton Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-4518 (homefrontnj.org) or SOAR! Support Our Aging Religious, P.O. Box 96409, Washington, D.C. 20090-6409 (soar-usa.org).

January 31, 2018

Glenn Cullen

Glenn Cullen, 86, of Princeton, New Jersey passed away on January 23rd, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and daughter, Kimberly. He was a man of art and science, forever curious and creative. He welcomed new experiences as an opportunity to learn and engage with others.

He was a talented artist, working in charcoal, clay, and bronze, often using his chemist’s knowledge to experiment with new materials. He exhibited in many local galleries and won awards for his sculpture. He was a dedicated writing tutor at Trenton Central High for many years and also enjoyed his writing group at the Princeton Public Library. He created a collection of stories about his family’s roots in Lake Bass Island, a small Island in Lake Erie of fishermen and vintners. He took advantage of living near Lake Carnegie to regularly engage in his love of sailing and rowing.

Glenn was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1931 to Marie and Glenn Cullen Senior and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had two sisters, Donna Jean and Mary Alice. His father worked with Albert Sabin developing the polio vaccine.

Glenn earned a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1956. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army where he taught electronics. He worked at RCA Laboratories/Sarnoff Corporation from 1958 to 1999. He supervised the development of materials used in electronic devices. He authored or co-authored 61 papers and has nine patents. Glenn was a member of the Electrochemical Society, American Association for Crystal Growth, Federation of Materials Society, and Princeton Officers Society.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Glenn’s name to Year Up (yearup.org) an organization that he regularly supported based on his experiences tutoring. A memorial service will take place at a later date.


Arthur F. Martz, Jr.

Arthur F. Martz, Jr., 95 of Princeton died on January 26, 2018 at Acorn Glen, Princeton.

Born at home, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, he was a longtime resident of West Windsor and longtime member of Saint Paul’s parish (both since 1962). He attended De Lasalle Collegiate High School, Detroit, 1940; University of Detroit, BSEE 1948; University of Notre Dame, MSEE 1961; New Jersey PE 1972. Arthur served in World War II, serving honorably with the 308th Bombardment Group, China-Burma-India Theater; 1st Lieutenant (per Mr. Martz, at the end of the war rather than remain and be promoted, he chose to be “… promoted to civilian.”)

In the 1950s he was employed by Holley Carburetor Company research department (jet engine controls; per Mr. Martz, he was “… responsible for the operation and maintenance of the first analog computer owned by an industrial concern.”), Chevrolet Aviation Engine Division (included work on the Corvette), Whirlpool Research Laboratories (wide-ranging electrical and acoustical systems development). Since 1962: RCA Astro-Electronics Division (satellite communications and imaging, and systems engineering). Mentor to new engineers. He holds five patents and was published in multiple publications and presentations.

He was a former member of West Windsor Lions club; volunteer Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic; regular blood contributor to Red Cross; usher at St. Paul’s and hospital visitor.

Husband of the late Dorothy Martz, Father of the late John E. Martz, he is survived by two sons, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Friends may call on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

A final viewing will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m., St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street.


Robert Heath Morris

Robert Heath Morris, of Rocky Hill, 80, died on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Heath Morris and Laura Hill Morris. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and his MBA degree from the University of Michigan. After varied corporate responsibilities, he started Validata Computer Systems, a software vendor, in 1979. He retired after 25 years in the computer business.

Late in life, he joined the Freemasons and was a member of Palestine #111, Princeton #38, and Raritan Valley #46. He also belonged to the Trinity Commandery and the Jerusalem Commandery of the Knights Templar, and the Haggai Lodge of Mark Master Masons. He was honored to be a member of the Royal Order of Scotland. He was a tool collector, a rose gardener, and an avid reader. A friend of Bill W. for 45 years, he was known to many of his friends as “Grateful Bob.”

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helen Mei Mei Maurer Morris; his son Charles Morris and daughter-in-law April Morris; his son, Robert Morris and daughter-in-law Medora Morris; his daughter Katharine Osborn; his daughter Jeanne Wert and son-in-law Sean Wert; grandchildren, Kate Morris-Kotowski, Lisa Morris, Karl Morris, Ben Morris, Leslie Morris, Matthew Osborn, Andrew Osborn, Kyle Wert, and Sean Wert, and by one great-grandchild Cas Morris-Kotowski.

The Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Calling hours will be held Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rocky Hill First Aid and Rescue Squad, PO Box 175, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553.

January 24, 2018

Paul Sigmund

Paul Sigmund, 53, passed away on January 11 after a long illness. He was living in Riverside, California at the time.

Paul was a native of Princeton, a graduate of Stanford University and Michigan Law School, a banker, lawyer, technology industry executive, and a Freeholder in Mercer County, New Jersey. Survivors in his loving family include his two daughters, two brothers, and his former spouse. He is predeceased by his parents, Paul Sigmund III and Barbara Boggs Sigmund, of Princeton.

Throughout most of his life Paul was a vibrant, joyful person who lived, loved, and connected to others fully. As one cousin put it this week, Paul had a “fierce confidence in life.” He was a surfer and lifeguard and loved the ocean. He collected comic books, music, and books and was widely interested in politics, history, and lively conversation. He believed in the power of putting people together in business deals to build connections and create new vibrancy in the world. And he traveled all over the world and lived and worked in Spain and Chile.

And Paul brought others into his world fully. Everyone who came in contact with Paul came out better for it. His generosity knew no bounds. He had limitless knowledge and charm (and charm enough to make others believe he held knowledge about a number of subjects in which he had little to none). And pushing others to join him in his pursuits brought out the best in them, producing travelers, surfers, and new converts to the music, books, and culture that he loved.

And he loved his family and friends with an energy that could be overpowering.

The latter part of Paul’s life brought an illness that has and is taking the lives of so many and touching every family, proving again that addiction knows no barriers of race, income, ability, or deservedness. It takes indiscriminately, and it took down this man who had so much to live for and so much to give.

In lieu of flowers, Paul’s family asks that contributions be made to Womanspace, Inc., 1530 Brunswick Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (womanspace.org).


George W. Pitcher

George W. Pitcher, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton University, 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.

Pitcher was born in West Orange, New Jersey on May 19, 1925, the second son of Edward and Helen Pitcher. Upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1947, he was commissioned as a lieutenant and served three years active duty on ships in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. He then turned his attention to philosophy, and enrolled as a graduate student at Harvard University. After being recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict, he returned to Harvard in 1953, where he completed his Ph.D. He subsequently studied under J. L. Austin at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he began a lifelong friendship with the actor John Gielgud. He joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University in 1956, where he taught until his retirement in 1981.

Shortly after his move to Princeton, Pitcher made the acquaintance of the composer and music scholar Edward T. Cone, who became his life companion for almost 50 years, until his death in 2004. The two shared a love of classical music, opera, art, travel, and their dogs Lupa, Remus, Cinder, Beata, and Carla. They often opened their house to friends for dinner parties, “given with flourish,” as noted in an article about their lives together in the Trenton Times. Pitcher served from 1992 until his death as a trustee of the Edward T. Cone Foundation, a major benefactor of numerous cultural and educational institutions, including Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Princeton Symphony, the D & R Greenway, and the Princeton Festival.

An accomplished pianist, as well as an avid tennis and bridge player, Pitcher was a treasured friend and mentor. In the last decade of his life he gathered around him a circle of friends known as “The Gang,” comprised of graduate students and notable intellectuals. He hosted them weekly for dinner and conversation.

A memorial service in the Princeton University Chapel will take place at 10 a.m. on April 21. Burial in Greensboro, North Carolina, will be private. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.


Marie Sturken

Nov. 5, 1921 – Jan. 8, 2018

Marie Sturken, an artist and longtime resident of Princeton, died peacefully at home at the age of 96. She was still creating and exhibiting her art well into her mid-90s.

Born to Susan and Richard Ryan of Stamford, Connecticut, she drew early inspiration from her father, a printer at Condé Nast and a freelance artist for the local paper. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy, she studied in New York City under well-known magazine illustrator Mario Cooper at Grand Central School of Art and attended Pratt Institute and the Art Students League. She began as a fashion illustrator at McCall’s and the Abraham & Strauss store, and after marrying Robert Sturken, an engineer with DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, she found her “dream job” as head fashion illustrator for the John Wanamaker department store in Philadelphia.

In 1962 she and Bob and their three children moved to Princeton. After working in oil painting, Marie took up printmaking, joining a group of artists studying under printmaker Judith Brodsky who, as the Queenston Press, created works including the “Woman” portfolio that opened at the New Jersey State Museum in 1979. She began working in monotypes and handmade paper which remained her primary media throughout her career. A founding member of the Princeton Artists Alliance, she taught printmaking and lithography at the Princeton Art Association and handmade paper at the Printmaking Council of New Jersey. A retrospective of her work was held at Rider University in 2015. Her work is in the collections of the New Jersey State Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Newark Library Print Collection, Princeton University, and many others.

Marie was full of life, loved to travel, socialize with others, and learn new things. She was a devoted member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. She will be missed by many.

Marie was predeceased by her beloved husband Bob. She is survived by her sister Barbara Wild; children Barbara Peterson and husband William, Carl Sturken and wife Cheryl-Anne, Marita Sturken and husband Dana Polan; and grandchildren Kelly Sturken, Leigh Peterson, Kyra Sturken, Moira Peterson, and Leo Polan.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday March 10, 2018, at 2 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, followed by a reception at the Nassau Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be made to Goals of Care, www.goalsofcare.org/donate/ and the Arts Council of Princeton, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org/donate.

January 17, 2018

John Frederick Bernard

John Frederick Bernard, longtime insurance executive and ice hockey enthusiast, often described as “Mr. Hockey,” died on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. He was 94 years old and a longtime Princeton resident.

Born in 1923 in Cambridge, Mass., Mr. Bernard grew up in Wellesley Hills, Mass. where he enjoyed playing ice hockey and other sports. He attended Wellesley High School and graduated from Exeter Academy in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army with the 20th Armored Division in Europe for two years before attending Princeton University where he played varsity hockey and lacrosse and was a member of Tiger Inn.

After graduating from Princeton in 1949, Mr. Bernard began working as a special agent for the Phoenix Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn. After several years, he and Mel Dickenson, a Princeton classmate whom he had known at Exeter, decided to start their own firm, MP Dickenson, which began in Philadelphia and later moved to Princeton. In 1958 they merged it with the firm owned by H.C. (“Cobbles”) Sturhahn to become Sturhahn, Dickenson, and Bernard or SDB.

Mr. Bernard was married in 1952 to Peggy Donahue, who grew up in Vermont. They lived in Montclair, N.J. for several years before moving to Princeton in 1958. As his two sons reached the age at which they could skate, he founded Pee Wee Hockey, based at the University’s Baker Rink. Modeled on the Youth Hockey Program he started in Montclair in 1957, the program grew from 20 boys the first winter to nearly 200 and was the subject of feature stories in Boys Life magazine and the New York Times.

In addition to his administrative duties for the program, Mr. Bernard coached and served as a referee for 15 years. Later he wrote two stories about ice hockey for children, “The Mouse Who Lived at Baker Rink” and “Ballerina on Ice.”

Mr. Bernard served as a member of the board of the Lawrenceville School’s boy’s hockey tournament for many years. In 1973, having helped get the women’s hockey program started at Princeton, he was named the first coach of the University’s Women’s Hockey Team. As a hockey referee he was a member of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association. He also refereed lacrosse.

Mr. Bernard provided insurance coverage to USA Hockey and played a major role in its growth. He was founding director of the US Hockey Hall of Fame and host of the Swedish hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. He was also host to various Soviet Union hockey teams that visited America in the 1980s.

In 1987 he was co-director of the European Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament played in Russia. In 1989 he hosted the Norwegian Women’s ice hockey team in a series with USA women that was played in Princeton. He was also involved in the 2001 World’s Ice Hockey Championship held in Russia.

Mr. Bernard was inducted in the first class of honorees of the Atlantic District of the USA Hockey Hall of Fame. In addition, he received a certificate and trophy from USA Hockey for 30 years of service and was also honored at a dinner for his many years of service to the Lawrenceville Invitational Hockey Tournament.

In addition to his travels in connection with hockey, Mr. Bernard and his wife enjoyed visiting India and other places around the world. Sailing, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors at their summer home in remote Washington, Vt. were important pastimes as was attending opera at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Artwork, consisting of painted cutouts applied to wood, creating religious icons that he gave to friends at Christmas or making wall plaques of three-dimensional ship models, was a major hobby in retirement. An exhibit of his artwork was shown at the Nassau Club, where he was a 50 year member. One piece of artwork, entitled “Wind in the Willows’ was displayed at Rat’s restaurant at the Grounds For Sculpture, Trenton, NJ. His artwork was also on display in his garage, which he called his museum.

Predeceased by his wife Peggy, he is survived by his daughter, Shelley Bernard Kuussalo of Louisville, Ky.; and two sons, Jay Bernard of Princeton and Peter Bernard of Staunton, Va. He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Interment will be in Vermont at the convenience of the family.

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


Leonard Blank

Leonard Blank, 90, of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1927, he was the son of Sam and Molly Bernstein Blank. Leonard was married to Bernice Bukar Blank who passed away in 1991. He is survived by his three children, Jordan and Lyda Blank, and Rona Blank Rundle; and two grandchildren, Asa and Julian Rundle.

Leonard Blank was a significant member of the professional psychological community. He was certified in Psychoanalysis 1968, postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology at Stanford University 1955, PhD in Clinical Research at NYU 1955, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, licensed MFT, and President of Princeton Association of Human Resources. Dr Blank was an Adjunct Professor at Union Graduate School — Antioch College, Associate Professor — Rutgers University, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Chief of Psychological Services — Stanford Medical School. Dr Blank was President of the NJ Group Psychotherapy Association in 1974 and a long-standing member of the APA in New Jersey and New York. Dr. Blank was in private practice in New York City, Kingston, and Princeton, New Jersey. He authored innumerable publications, texts including The Age of Shrinks, Psychology for Everyday Living, and Change: Components of Behavioral Modification, and novels including The Diogenes Group and Chinese Paper.

A private gathering to celebrate Leonard Blank’s memory was held in his home.


Dr. Judith Elaine Mikeal Gross

After almost three years living with advanced lung cancer, Dr. Judith Elaine Mikeal Gross died peacefully and surrounded by family in her home in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 8, 2017 at the age of 76. She is survived by her daughter, Rosa Mikeal Martey, son-in-law, Nii Martey, granddaughter, Rowan Martey, and brother, Stephen Mikeal. Judith’s love, support, and boundless wisdom will be deeply missed.

Judith was born in High Coal, West Virginia in 1941 to Ruth Petty and Frank D. Mikeal. High Coal was one of the many “coal camps” of the region — towns created and run by coal companies in the first half of the 20th century — where her father worked as a miner for Anchor Coal Company. After attending Maryville College in Tennessee (BA, ‘63), she attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (MA, ‘65), where she wrote her thesis on a series of previously undiscovered letters to and from the labor union leader “Mother Jones.” She went on to be one of the first women to get a PhD in economics at Princeton University in 1975.

Judith and her husband Graham Gross lived on Cleveland Lane in Princeton for over 30 years. Judith was a member of Trinity Church, where she supported her daughter’s choral singing and was a devoted member of the Trinity book club. She also taught English as a second language for the Princeton Y.M.C.A. for many years.

Judith and Graham were active participants in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and Judith worked for the “Poor People’s Campaign” of the Southern Poverty Law Center, organized by Martin Luther King in 1968. Although she and her husband attended fewer rallies, sit-ins, and protests after the birth of their daughter in 1970, Judith never stopped wearing her Birkenstocks.

Judith was an avid reader and a dedicated diarist. She left over 60 years’ worth of near-daily writings chronicling her day-to-day life from age 15 onward. She lived a life full of enduring curiosity, learning, and kindness that she shared with all those she encountered.

And she was proud to be a coal miner’s daughter.

Services will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton on Saturday, February 10th at 1 p.m. All are welcome.


Robert Greiff

Robert Greiff, 92, of Princeton, died January 15, 2018, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. He was born in New York City, June 15, 1925, to Victor and Fannie Ferbstein Greiff, who predeceased him. He also was predeceased by his aunt, Helen Greiff, who raised him.

He grew up in Belle Harbor and Neponsit, New York. He graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnical High School in 1942 and served in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1945. He graduated from Columbia College with the class of 1946 and received a Master’s degree from Columbia Engineering School in 1951. Robert worked for the Curtiss-Wright Corp. in New York, Chicago, and Princeton. He then spent several years with Electronics Associates Inc. in Princeton before becoming a partner in Management Advisors of Princeton, an executive-recruiting firm. He retired in 1995.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Constance Greiff, of Princeton; son James and his wife Beatriz of New York City; son Peter of Madrid; and three grandchildren, Rachel, Samuel, and Lara. He brought joy, humor, and love to those who knew him. He was a gentle and kind soul, and for many years he was a fixture on the Delaware-Raritan Canal towpath, walking a series of much-loved dogs. He will be much missed, but never forgotten. A memorial service will be held in February.

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


Memorial Service Announcement

The McClure family welcomes our friends to a gathering in memory of Donald McClure on Saturday morning, March 10 at 10 o’clock in the Princeton University Chapel.

January 10, 2018

Mary Clare (Reilly) Mooney

The heavens were short on angels after Christmas and called one the day after. Mary Clare (Reilly) Mooney of West Hartford, Conn. passed peacefully surrounded by her family on December 26, 2017 at the age of 54. Her passing follows a six year courageous battle against cancer. She was born in 1963 in Conn., daughter of Anne (Crotty) Reilly and the late Jeremiah Kenaway Reilly. She is survived by her husband, Anson Mooney, former owner of Hartford Despatch Allied Van Lines; her two beloved daughters, Shannon and Schuyler; along with her grandson, Ryder Burns Jalbert. She is also survived by her loving mother Anne, sisters Kathleen Arnold, Eileen Reilly, and brother Brian Reilly all of Princeton, N.J.

Mary Clare grew up in Princeton, N.J., and graduated from Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She was instrumental in establishing a tennis program at Stuart and led the effort in fundraising to build tennis courts there. She graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. in 1985 and was captain of her two favorite sports, tennis and lacrosse. In 1988 she married her best friend Anson and together they raised two extraordinary daughters.

She began her career at Merrill Lynch in New York City. After she moved to Hartford, Conn. she worked alongside her husband Anson at the Hartford Despatch. She more recently worked at Suddath International of Miami, Fla. and concluded her career serving as International Coordinator at S&M Moving Systems of Fremont, Calif.

During her life, Mary Clare had a longing to give back, and chaired many philanthropic endeavors. She had a remarkable talent as a fundraiser. She was a former Board member of The Mark Twain House, Chaired the Cystic Fibrosis Annual gala, and was instrumental in Share Our Strength with Billy Grant of The Bricco Restaurant Group, the proceeds of which went to “No Kid Hungry.” She was a champion of Mayor Mike’s Tennis Camp for Kids. Mary Clare was also a former member of The Hartford Golf Club and YPO — Yankee Chapter.

A kind, funny, generous soul, loyal friend, and loving sibling she will be greatly missed by all those she touched.

Friends and family were invited to join for a celebration of life at The Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit St., Hartford Conn. on Saturday, January 6th at 10 a.m. The memorial service was followed by a reception on campus. Burial will be private at the family’s request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Clare’s honor to Share Our Strength, P.O. Box 75475, Baltimore MD 21275-5475.


Donald Paul Moore

Donald Paul Moore, 94, of Princeton, N.J., passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 4, 2018, while visiting his daughter and her family in Massachusetts. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Jeanette (Nash) and Arthur C. Moore. He was the husband of 66 years to Ruth (Kirk) Moore of Princeton.

Donald attended the Witherspoon School for colored children as well as the Bordentown School known as the “Tuskegee of the North.” He graduated from Pierce College. An Army Veteran of World War II, Donald was noted as one of the best gunners in the 969th Field Battalion. He was sought out by the Historical Society of Princeton to obtain information and facts regarding the African-American community. Donald was well loved by many, where he was affectionately called the Mayor of Spring Street.

Besides his wife, Donald is survived by two children, Kirk W. Moore of Springfield and Christine Morrison and her husband Curtis of Hopkinton, Mass. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Blake Morrisson and Simone Moore.

Funeral services will be held privately with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paul Robeson House, 112 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com.


Marion Ruth Salkind

Marion Ruth Salkind (nee Koenig), 85, died Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Stonebridge at Montgomery Health Care Center in Skillman, N.J. Born in New York, N.Y., she had been a resident of Princeton since 1966. Daughter of the late Louis and Hannah (Pappert) Koenig; wife of the late Dr. Alvin J. Salkind; she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law James Salkind and Starlet Jacobs; a daughter Susanne Salkind and her two children, Abigail Salkind-Foraker and Jacob Salkind-Foraker; and a brother Kenneth Koenig.

Marion graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1949. She attended Beaver College in Jenkintown, Pa. as well as Pratt Institute in New York. Marion had a lifelong passion for art. She worked as a commercial artist through the 1960’s designing packaging for many familiar products, most notably the board game Mousetrap. After moving to Princeton and becoming a mother, Marion shifted her artistic endeavors to the fine arts. She was a skilled painter, calligrapher, and knitter. For many years she studied under Jacques Fabert in Bucks County, Pa. and was an active member of the Princeton arts community.

The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Old Mount Carmel Cemetery, Queens, N.Y.


Allison Cook Elston

Allison Cook Elston, 87, of Edmond, Oklahoma and a native of Princeton, died December 31st.

A lifelong supporter of music and the arts, Mrs. Elston was the widow of James L. Elston, her loving husband of 51 years, a retired attorney and professor of political science at the University of Arkansas. He died in October 2016.

She was the daughter of George R. Cook III and Margaretta Roebling Cook of Princeton and Naples, Fla. She attended Miss Fine’s School and graduated from Garrison Forest School. She made her debut in 1948. Before her marriage to Mr. Elston in 1965, she worked as an editor at Town & Country magazine in New York.

She served as the primary reader for her husband, who was blind, during his graduate studies at Princeton University and throughout his teaching career.

With her husband, Allison was a supporter of the Seeing Eye in Morristown N.J. During her husband’s tenure at the University of Arkansas, she was one of the founders and president of the Northwest Arkansas Symphony Guild and contributed to the vision and concept of the now-renowned Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Allison was on the board of the Desert Chorale in Santa Fe, N.M., where the Elstons had a home for many years.

Allison was an avid reader and lover of the arts, travel, and cooking, but it was her family that brought her the most joy. She could often be found playing imaginary games with, reading to, or doing art-related activities with her grandchildren. Her extensive background in art and music was a strong influence throughout her life. She had a storybook romance with her husband, and in truly magical form, they were reunited at her passing just before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

She is survived by her children, Jennifer Elston Stiglets of Edmond, Okla. and Ted Elston of Beverly Hills, Calif.; her sister, Constance C. Moore of Philadelphia; grandchildren Lilly, Lane, and Georgia Elston, Mason Cook, Beau Stiglets, and Stella Elston; and two step-grandchildren, Allison and Ashley Stiglets.

Funeral services will be private.


David J. Lenihan

David Joseph Lenihan, 67, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2017 at the family’s vacation home in Skytop, Pa. in the Poconos. Born March 4, 1950 to C. Joseph and Alice (Meisner) Lenihan in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada, David was raised in Garden City, New York, and graduated from Garden City High School in 1968. He attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1972. For the past 20 years, David has been a resident of Princeton, N.J.

David began his business career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, and was transferred to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1975 and later became president of Oryx Bank, Ltd. in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He joined McLeod, Young & Weir in London covering the Middle East and later was with Merrill Lynch, also covering the Middle East. He later joined the Canadian Consulate in New York City where he was responsible for expansion of cross-border business between the U.S. and Canada. He then became a serial entrepreneur, forming health care industry start-ups, most notably CareGain, Inc., which was sold to Fiserv. At the time of his death, he was chairman and CEO of Healthper, Inc. a health care software company that helps people engage in healthy behaviors, and UVT Therapeutics, a medical device company focusing on Lupus and other autoimmune diseases. David was also on the Advisory Board of SpectraMedix.

He worked to ensure the 2006 passage of the U.S. legislation for Health Savings Accounts, and was a frequent industry speaker on consumer-directed health care. He served as a trustee of his alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, from 2009 to 2014.

David is survived by his devoted wife, JoAnn Heisen; his children Sara Lenihan, Caroline Lenihan Downs, Douglas, Cindy, Gregory and Courtney Heisen; two grandchildren, Sarina and Jacob Downs; his beloved brother, Michael and his wife Barbara; and his nieces Kathryn Lochrie and Laura Lenihan; and his nephew Michael Lenihan.

He enriched the lives of all who knew him with his wisdom, his love, his smile, his humor, and his grace. He will be sadly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, 5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 365, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.


Angeline Cifelli

Angeline Margaret (Pinelli) Cifelli, 102, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing at Morris Hall in Lawrenceville, N.J. Born in Princeton on November 16, 1915, she was a Princeton resident until 2013 when she moved to Morris Hall.

Mrs. Cifelli worked for the Princeton Regional School System for many years as a cook at the Valley Road School. She loved cooking and in her later years delighted in getting together with her siblings to enjoy a good meal and a card game.

Angeline was one of 11 children born to Michael and Bambina (Nini) Pinelli. She is predeceased by her husband Nicholas; son David N.; daughter-in-law Sophia; granddaughter Patricia Lynn; great-granddaughter Nicole Marie; great-grandson Devon Lucas; and brothers Joseph, Emerson, Michael, Claude, William, and Antonio; and sisters Mary, beloved twin Jane, Eleanor, and Elizabeth.

Surviving are her sons Robert P., John G.. and Anthony F. and wife Patricia; and a daughter-in-law Shirley Cifelli; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She leaves behind her granddaughter Kimberly Lucas, with whom she had a special bond, and who took loving care of her and made certain that she was among the best dressed residents at St. Joseph’s.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.

Contributions to Morris Hall-St. Joseph’s Employee Appreciation Fund, 1 Bishop’s Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 are appreciated.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J. Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Charles F. Baunach, Jr.

Charles F. Baunach, Jr., 83, a lifelong resident of Princeton passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017.

He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was part of the family building contracting business until his retirement. He was an avid snow skier and boater and model train enthusiast. He had a passion in retirement for model boat building.

He is predeceased by his parents, Charles F. Baunach, Sr. and Bertha Baunach, and his sister Virginia. He is survived by his sister Carolyn, his brother Gerald and wife Marcia, nieces Andrea Crannage and Abigail Weitgelt and husband Justin, nephews Gregg Crannage and wife Stacey and Michael Baunach, and grand nephews Austin and Benjamin Crannage, and many cousins.

Services were private and interment is at Kingston Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

January 3, 2018

Mary Ellen Cooke Johnson

July 5, 1930 – December 5, 2017

Mary Ellen “Melon” Cooke Johnson of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on December 5, 2017. She was born July 5, 1930, in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, to Jay Cooke IV and Mary Glendinning Cooke. Her sister, Nina Cooke Cochran, predeceased her. She graduated magna cum laude and valedictorian from Springside School, where she was president of the student government and played field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. She also attended Wellesley College, where as class president she committed to memory every student’s name so she could address each one personally on the first day of school.

In 1946, Melon met the love of her life, naval air pilot Hallett Johnson, Jr., on the top of Cadillac Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park. They married in 1950 and moved to Stone House Farm, Princeton, NJ, where they raised four children, many of their children’s friends, and countless horses, cows, sheep, pigs, chicken, dairy goats, bees, and an ever-expanding number of abandoned cats with great love, grace, and humor. Together they championed organic farming and community coops long before they were a trend. They also shared a lifelong love of competitive sports and the outdoors, racing on board Seagull and Sandia along the Atlantic seaboard, competing in tennis matches in NJ and on Mount Desert Island, Maine, and flyfishing at their cherished Ogontz in Pennsylvania.

Melon also was an equestrian, competing sidesaddle on her beloved Flagpole; a fearless singles tennis competitor, winning many singles and parent/child championships; and a baseball and football aficionado that enjoyed the notoriety of being the first and only woman for years in an all-male fantasy baseball league. She also dearly loved gardening and was passionate about conservation. The Garden Club of America and the Garden Club of Princeton awarded her the Margaret Dulles Sebring Club Conservation Award and the GCA Medal of Merit in recognition of her Civic Projects and “quiet competence.” Capable of running a small country, she loved managing teams of dealers and buyers at the annual Princeton Antiques Show and Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale.

An early pioneer in squash, she won the US Squash Junior Girls Championship while at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, won the national doubles championship three times (1960-1962) with fellow pioneer Susie O’Neil, won the National Singles (1980) and was for many decades the driving force behind the NJ State Women’s Championship tournament and the annual Howe Cup Team Championship, which she ran while also coaching squash at Princeton University. She received the US Squash Racquets Achievement Bowl Award for contributions to the sportsmanship and advancement of the game. In field hockey, she and squash coach Betty Constable founded and coached the first women’s team at Princeton University in 1970 (it then became one of the first original women’s varsity sports to be introduced in 1971-72), competed on an adult regional team and was a high school and college field hockey official referee through her 60s, earning numerous awards for service and growing the game.

She won the respect and gratitude of all she touched for her kindness, compassion, ethics, inclusivity, and joyful sense of humor. Her humbleness, humanity, and steadfast belief in the goodness within us all will forever light our way forward.  She was the heart and soul of her large, boisterous and adoring family.  The world is a better and more beautiful place because she walked it; she will be missed deeply as she’s moved on to ever-blooming gardens and a place where her beloved Phillies may win every year.

Melon is survived by her four children: Hallett Johnson III and his wife, Barbara, of Birmingham, AL; Mary Johnson of Dorset, VT; Livingston Johnson and his wife, Maria, of Skillman, NJ; and Beth Johnson Nixon and her husband, David, of Greenwich, CT. In addition, she is survived by nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ. Contributions in Melon’s memory may be made to the D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Marcia H. Stillman

Marcia H. Stillman, 84, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017. Born in Perth Amboy, Mrs. Stillman was a former resident of Edison and Metuchen.

She was a graduate of Douglass College and Seton Hall University where she earned a master’s degree in library science.

Mrs. Stillman was a librarian for the Woodbridge Board of Education for many years before retiring. She served as a hospital volunteer, with the Metuchen Civil Rights Commission, and was active in the League of Women Voters.

She is survived by her husband Jack M. Stillman; a daughter and son-in-law Laurie Stillman and Robert Rosofsky; a son and daughter-in-law Dr. Richard and Jeannie Stillman; four grandchildren Anna Rosofsky, Kaytlena, Gabriel, and Jordan Stillman; several cousins including Dr. Arthur and Minnie Zack and the Rosenblum cousins.

Funeral services were Wednesday, December 27 at 11 a.m. at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ. Burial followed at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge.


Leon Judah Kamin

Kamin, Leon Judah of Boston, on Friday, December 22, 2017. Son of the late Rabbi Jonas and Jean (Rybak) Kamin. Husband of Marie-Claire Kamin. Father of John, Katie, Sylvie, and Christine. Grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of seven. Brother of the late Joseph Kamin and his surviving wife Judy Kamin. Friend to many.

Known for his contributions to learning theory and his critique of the heritability of IQ, Dr. Kamin chaired Psychology at McMaster, Princeton, and Northeastern Universities. He was an Honorary Professor at the University of Capetown.

Dr. Kamin’s principles were tested when he defied the McCarthy Committee and Harvard’s Corporation; his values held strong and shaped his life.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to SOS Children’s Villages, South Africa.

“Dead and divine and brother to all, and here again he lies.”

December 27, 2017

George Fox

George Fox, 78, of Princeton, died on December 12, 2017 as a result of melanoma. Throughout his year-long endeavor to beat the odds, he continued to lead his life with characteristic courage, dignity, and resolve.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated from Towson High School and the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he earned an MBA from the Wharton School. In 1961 he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Figge Fox, and served as an artillery officer in Nuremberg, Germany. They lived in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh before moving to Princeton in 1981.

George worked for IBM, and by the end of his 30-year career he had consulted with telecommunications firms in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Rio de Janeiro, Canada, and New Zealand. In retirement he continued his favorite pursuit — computer programming — as a charter member of CyLogix (later Keane). He provided application services for Morgan Stanley. Upon his second retirement, he volunteered to support Republican candidates in state and local races and represented the Princeton Municipal Republican Committee at the county level.

George was active in faith communities wherever he lived. In the ’60s he helped to establish a mission church, Redeemer Moravian, in southwest Philadelphia. At Princeton United Methodist Church he helped launch the Stephen Ministry, a program that offers one-to-one Christian care to those going through tough times.

Ever the optimist, he was a lifelong Eagles fan. He read widely and devoted himself wholeheartedly to a succession of learning opportunities. George loved “messing about with boats;” and in his 30s spent weekends and summers at the family home near Annapolis, cruising the Chesapeake in a 24-foot sailboat. Always a jogger, he turned to mountain climbing in his 40s and, with his brother, he summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1989. Slowed down by a heart attack and triple bypass surgery — and, later, Stage III cancer — he took up golf, joined the CyLogix golf league and delighted in winning the company tournament.

Among his core values were intelligence, integrity, and the value of investing in superior equipment to get a job done right. Sought out for his advice, George navigated difficult situations with ease and clarity. He could light up a room with his smile and his warmth. Devoted to family, he took immense, but quiet, pride in the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, George DeGruchy Fox and Cina Eleanor Willis Fox, and his stepmother, Elizabeth Waring Fox. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Figge Fox; two brothers (William Willis Fox MD of Narberth, Pa. and David DeGruchy Fox of Old Greenwich, Conn.); and three children — Elizabeth Fox Dodge (Jed) of Rochester, N.Y.; George Fox Jr. (Karolyn) of Northville, Mich.; and Susannah Fox (Eric Halperin) of Washington, D.C.; plus eight grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be Saturday, December 30, at 3 p.m. at Princeton United Methodist Church (www.PrincetonUMC.org). Contributions in his memory may be made to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund (to help those in emergency need) at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton NJ 08542.

December 20, 2017

Carol Ann Freedman

Carol Ann Freedman of Princeton, N.J., 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 12. She will be missed by her large family that includes her husband, Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Freedman, of 61 years; her daughters, Emily (and Lawrence) Stollar of Vienna, Va.; Tizzy Bannister of New York, N.Y.; and Ellie (and Craig) Deardorff of Princeton. She was adored by her eight grandchildren: Aaron (and Janna) Stollar of Arlington, Va.; Samuel (and Lauren) Stollar of Great Falls, Va.; Sarah (and Michael) Smith of Needham, Mass.; Peter Deardorff of Arlington, Va.; Saren Deardorff of Northampton, Mass.; Madeleine Deardorff of Princeton; and Edmund and Miranda Bannister of New York, N.Y. Carol also loved and was proud of her three great-grandchildren, Oliver and Henry Smith and Nathan Stollar. Her first great-granddaughter is expected next spring.

Carol was predeceased by her parents, Clara and Lester Rosenburg of Boston, Mass.

She attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass, before attending Wheaton College in Norton, Mass, where she graduated with a BA in Government in 1956. She also married her husband in 1956 and they proceeded to live in Montgomery, Ala., San Antonio, Tex., and Milwaukee, Wis., while Jerry served as a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. They then lived in Chicago while Jerry did his residency at the University of Chicago. Carol briefly worked in the retail business in Chicago but really focused on her growing family.

In late 1962, they moved east to Jerry’s hometown of New Haven, Conn., where Jerry would set up his ophthalmology practice. Carol raised their three girls and was extremely involved in many local organizations. When her kids grew up, she managed her husband’s ophthalmology practice. She was a great friend to many and was known for hostessing some incredible parties where her gourmet cooking, great style, sense of fun and friendship were enjoyed by all.

In 1997, Carol and her husband moved to Princeton, to be closer to all of their daughters. They settled right into life in Princeton and made many close friends. Joining the Present Day Club, The Nassau Club, and The Princeton University Art Museum helped Carol acclimate quickly, but she was also quickly loved by her daughter, son-in-law,  and grandchildren’s friends in Princeton. She was seen at many of their parties, birthday celebrations, graduations, soccer games, and swim meets.

Carol’s service took place on December 14 at Mather Hodge in Princeton where Cantor David S. Wisnia officiated. Carol was buried at Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends consider donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Jersey, www.alz.org/nj.


Laura Hill

On, Saturday December 2, 2017, Laura Hill passed away peacefully. Battling cancer for 20+ years, she refused to stop fighting. She was never once in pain, nor was she suffering. Her positive spirits, sparkling eyes, and gentle touch carried her through every moment.

Laura was born on September 27, 1951 to Jack Filson Hill and Mary Jane Hill (Johnson) in Des Moines, Iowa. Shortly after, her parents moved to Trumansburg, N.Y.; where she spent her childhood years. This is when her love for baking began as well as her passion for flowers. She started her own baking business and custom bouquets to give to her neighbors on May Day. She spent her summers waterskiing on Cayuga Lake, enjoying a donut from Home dairy and an ice cream cone at Purity. She attended Iowa State for her undergraduate degree and New York University for her Masters in Early Childhood Education. She found herself falling in love with traveling as she took many cross country trips with college friends and explored what Europe had to offer. She ended up planting her roots in Princeton, N.J., where she opened up her own Daycare. She quickly became known in town, as she would walk up and down Nassau Street with her triple stroller. Her friendly hello, true love for teaching, nurturing ability, delicious baked goods, and her longing to document everything through photographs simply set her apart from any other caregiver. The strength of love and family was so important to her and it didn’t matter if there was a blood relation or not.

She is the second of six beautiful children: Margaret Hill-Daniels, Patricia Schiphof-Hill, Gregory Hill, Gordon Hill, and Gary Hill. She surrounded herself with the love of five nephews, eight nieces, two great-nephews, and two great-nieces. Her greatest pride and joy was that of her one and only child, Jennifer Michelle Hill. Jennifer inherited her mom’s genuine passion for travel, sewing ability, and love for helping others. Laura knew how important it was to instill these qualities in her daughter at a young age. As the years went by, their love for each other and the special bond they created became very envious to others. Photography, elaborate quilting, and baking were just a few of Laura’s creative outlets, many of which have touched the lives of people all over the world.

Laura will be greatly missed, but more importantly remembered and celebrated for her strength, courage, unconditional love, and warmth. Cherish every moment, because it will always be in your heart. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make mistakes. Find your silver lining, because every day holds the possibility of a miracle.

A spring ceremony will be held among the beautiful blooming flowers and graceful butterflies to honor Laura Hill, a remarkable woman, supportive friend, nurturing care giver, loving sister and daughter, and the best role model her daughter could ever ask for in a Mom. (To continue on Laura’s love for children and giving back, there has been a legacy fund created in her name: www.gofundme.com/laurahillslegacyfund). Thank you for helping us to continue to celebrate Laura.


George Fox

George Fox, 78, of Princeton, died on December 12, 2017 as a result of melanoma. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Figge Fox, three children (Elizabeth Fox Dodge, George Fox Jr., Susannah Fox) and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 30, at 3 p.m. at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton NJ 08542 (www.PrincetonUMC.org). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Princeton UMC’s Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, to help those in emergency need, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

December 13, 2017

David A. Cayer

David A. Cayer of Princeton, N.J., died November 15, 2017 in the Yale-New Haven Smilow Cancer Hospital. The son of Abraham and Frieda (Chernus) Cayer, he was born in Newark, N.J. on November 14, 1928. He grew up in Elizabeth, N.J., graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University in 1950, and earned a master’s degree in political science from Harvard University in 1952.

He served Rutgers for over 26 years in a variety of positions, including Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Vice President for Research Policy and Administration. He taught political science as well as courses for the Institute of Management and Labor. After retirement he taught jazz history in the American studies department.

He helped bring the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) to Rutgers in 1966. IJS is the largest single archival collection of jazz materials in the world. From 1973 to 2004, he was coeditor of the Annual Review of Jazz Studies, the only English-language scholarly periodical devoted solely to jazz and related music. He presented over two dozen programs for the IJS long-running radio program, Jazz from the Archives, on Newark’s WBGO-FM.

He was the first Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Under its sponsorship he lectured on jazz history for various New Jersey groups, and he directed a symposium, “James P. Johnson: A Centennial Salute,” held in New Brunswick in 1994. In 1996, he annotated a compact disc of rare Johnson solo performances from 1942 to 1945, issued by Smithsonian-Folkways.

After retiring in 1991, he planned and directed the first year of the University’s program of non-credit courses for seniors, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU). A lifelong member of the advisory board, he taught many courses for OLLI including jazz history, the music of Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong on film, great jazz vocalists, African-American musicians from New Jersey, and the plays of George Bernard Shaw.

Shaw had been a personal interest ever since college when he had a walk-on role in The Devil’s Disciple. He attended Shaw Festival Theater productions in Ontario, Canada for 25 years, and was a member of the International Shaw Society.

In 1994 he received the University’s Ernest E. McMahon Class of 1930 Award for his services in extending the University’s services to the public.

In 1953 he married Elizabeth Elferink in Cambridge, Mass.; they had met when both were members of the Harvard Graduate Student Council. In addition to his wife; he is survived by his daughter, Susan M. Cayer, and her husband, Robert G. Stout, of Madison, Conn.; and grandchildren Amanda and Zachary Stout.

A memorial will take place at a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Rutgers University Foundation (please specify the intended program: IJS or OLLI-RU), 335 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, or to the International Shaw Society, P.O. Box 728, Odessa, FL 33557-0728.


Evelyn J. Peters

Evelyn J. Peters, 96, of Griggstown passed away December 10, 2017 at her beloved home.

A longtime resident of Griggstown, she is survived by a daughter Susan P. Mattern and her husband Glenn Mattern of Schnecksville, Pa., and a son Raymond H. Peters, Jr. and his wife Joanne Peters of Homosassa, Fla. She is also survived by her four granddaughters: Kristin Ploeger of Perkasie, Pa.; Michelle Snyder of Indialantic, Fla.; Melissa Wood of Edgemoor, S.C,; and Virginia Williams of Charleston, S.C.; and five great-grandchildren — Nate Ploeger, Liam Williams, Emma Williams, Dylan Wood, and Ashley Wood. Daughter of the late Adolph and Olga (Olsen) Johansen, she was predeceased by her beloved husband of 71 years Raymond H. Peters who died in May, 2014.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1921, she lived in Griggstown since 1944. Evelyn graduated from Bayridge High School and the Packard School in N.Y. She worked as a secretary for First Boston Corp in N.Y. and for 25 years for General Services Administration in Belle Mead, N.J.

Evelyn was a member of the Griggstown Reformed Church and its Ladies Circle, the Griggstown Historical Society, the Franklin Park Senior Citizens, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed her family, her home, and memories of traveling to many destinations throughout the world.

The funeral service will be Saturday, December 16th at 11 a.m. with viewing starting at 10 a.m. at the Griggstown Reformed Church, 1065 Canal Road, Griggstown. Interment will immediately follow in the Griggstown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Griggstown Reformed Church Memorial Fund, 1065 Canal Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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

December 6, 2017

Lawrence J. Ivan, Jr.

Lawrence J. Ivan, Jr., 85, of Princeton passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

He was born on November 15, 1932 in California, raised in Rahway, N.J., and resided in Princeton for 53 years. Lawrence graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1958 where he played varsity basketball and ran track for the Sooners. From 1958-1966 he played basketball for the Eastern Basketball League and State League for Trenton Colonials. He was a veteran of the Korean War of the Airborne Division. Lawrence was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He was a role model and mentor for many people.

He was a teacher and coach at Princeton Regional Schools from 1958-1999. He received a proclamation from the Mayor of Princeton, Liz Lempert, in June 2016, the Jim Floyd Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the Princeton Community, Princeton High School Hall of Fame Award, and Princeton Recreation Department Hall of Fame Award. He was a Deacon at the Nassau Presbyterian Church for 25 years.

Lawrence was the Princeton Community Park Pool Manager for 50 years and was with the Princeton Recreation summer basketball league for 40 years. For 25 years he was a CYO basketball official with more than 1,000 games and was in the CYO Basketball Hall of Fame — Referee Division. He was a Basketball Official for IAABO #193 for 51 years, served as both President and Vice President of IAABO #193, and received a service award for 50 years with IAABO Central Jersey Basketball. For 45 years he was a track & field official, and was awarded the NJ Track & Field Association Jay Dakelman Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NJSIAA Outstanding Cross Country Official Award.

He is predeceased by his parents Lawrence J. and Helen (Mahoney) Ivan, Sr., wife Elizabeth M. Ivan, brother and sister-in-law William J. and Betty Ivan. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Laine M. (Ivan) & Michael Santoro Sr.; daughter Kristy Ivan & fiancé J.P. Watters; grandchildren Michael Santoro Jr., Olivia (Santoro) and Cory Onorati, Nora, Mark, and Trey Carnevale, and Gavin Nuttall.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Edward C. Taylor, Jr.

Scholar, inventor, and teacher Edward (Ted) Curtis Taylor, Jr. died at home in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 22, 2017 at the age of 94. Prof. Edward C. Taylor was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on August 3, 1923. He attended Hamilton College and graduated from Cornell University, where he earned both his B.A. (1946) and his Ph.D. (1949). He was a Merck Postdoctoral Fellow (1949-50) of the National Academy of Sciences in Zürich, Switzerland, and then the du Pont Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois (1950-51). He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1951, and moved to Princeton University in 1954, where he worked as a senior research chemist and professor.

Ted was one of the foremost heterocyclic and medicinal chemists in the world. Through his achievements in chemical research at The University of Illinois and Princeton University, he demonstrated the power of imaginative planning in heterocyclic synthesis. Ted’s seminal contributions to the field of heterocyclic chemistry opened new avenues of investigation for chemical synthesis and studies of the therapeutic potential of hundreds of new classes of organic compounds. His investigations of anti-folate compounds led to the development of the first drug ever approved for the treatment of mesothelioma. Alimta, developed with Eli Lilly Corporation, has prolonged the lives of countless cancer patients. Ted has been honored with Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Alexander Von Humboldt awards, the Thomas Alva Edison Award for Invention, the National Academy of Sciences Award for Chemistry in Service to Society, the Heroes of Chemistry award, and many others. Ted was awarded honorary degrees from Princeton University, Hamilton College, and the University of Illinois. To further honor Ted’s achievements, Hamilton College named its new science building The Edward and Virginia Taylor Science Center, and Princeton’s new Frick Chemistry Laboratory includes the Edward C. Taylor Auditorium and Taylor Commons.

Ted lived in Princeton, New Jersey for the majority of his life and loved spending summers in Vermont on the family farm with his wife Virginia (Ginnie). After Ginnie’s death in 2014, Ted moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ted was an avid golfer and vegetable gardener, and stayed active by going to the gym three times a week. He also studied German at the Germanic American Institute in St. Paul and attended German immersion camp at the Concordia Language Village during his summers in Minnesota. Most of all, he loved being with his family and being part of his great-grandchildren’s lives.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Margaret Taylor, his sister Jean Anderson, and his wife of 68 years, Virginia Crouse Taylor. He is survived by his son Ned Taylor (Connie) and daughter Susan Spielman (Rick); grandchildren Anna, Ranger, Thane, Kate, Emilie, Maren, Lindsay, Molly, and Marc; great-grandchildren Oscar, Paloma, Penelope, Ajax, Anja, Lucy, Elizabeth, Charles, Kristina, Grant, Sofia, Faith, Elsa, Grace, Micah, James, Clara, Willa, Lachlan, and Kelly; nephews Curt, Jon, and Chris; and nieces Elizabeth and Martha.

Ted was the best friend of everyone who met him and will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Central Presbyterian Church of St. Paul (500 Cedar St. N., St. Paul, MN 55101) at 3 p.m. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock VT 05091.


Dr. Kern K.N. Chang

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Dr. Kern K.N. Chang departed peacefully to join our loving God in Heaven. He was 99 years old, and is now reunited with his beloved wife of 70 years, Emily.

Kern epitomized the courageous pioneer who came to this country with only the desire and drive to provide a new life for his family. He was a prolific inventor with a successful career at RCA, culminating in being honored with the David Sarnoff Outstanding Achievement Award in 1967. But above all, he will be remembered as the loving, humble, and kind husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will forever be the constant light that guides his surviving family. His hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance have
created the strong roots that will allow the generations to come to grow and prosper. We miss you, but your spirit is part of us. We will always love and cherish our memories of you.

Kern is survived by his children Joseph W. Chang; Eugene B. Chang and his wife, Susan M. Chang; and Ellen G. Chang. He will be greatly missed by his six grandchildren: Kristin Chang, Ryan Chang, Laura Chang and her husband Kevin Uttich, Jonathan Chang and his wife Catherine Tan, Brandon Schneider, and Kira Schneider; and his great- grandchildren, Elizabeth Uttich and Kyran Uttich.

Kern’s family is very grateful for the tremendous group of caregivers that provided love, humor, and the highest quality of life for Kern in his later years. Heartfelt thanks to Debbie, Jennifer, Nancy, Joyce, Cyndee, and Alida.

Kern’s funeral services were previously held.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kern’s name, to Guthy Jackson Research Foundation, Inc. PO Box 15185, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Margaret Williams Migliore

Margaret Williams Migliore, 83, died in Princeton Hospital on November 29, 2017 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family and friends. She had been a resident of Princeton for 59 years.

Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, she graduated with a B.A. from Westminster College (Pa.) and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Her long career in public school teaching included two years at Robinson Township High School, Pa., followed by four years at Hightstown High School, and over 20 years at the John Witherspoon Middle School and Princeton High School, where she taught classes in typing, business subjects, and English. She is fondly remembered by many of her former students at Princeton High who often told her of the value of the skills she taught them.

Margaret was active in the life of Nassau Presbyterian Church, where she served at various times as Deacon, Elder, Junior High Sunday School teacher, and choir member. She also served as a member of the New Brunswick Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry and for years was part of a national team of examiners responsible for evaluating the test performance of seminary graduates hoping to qualify for ordination. As spouse of a Seminary professor, on numerous occasions she warmly welcomed to her home Princeton Seminary students and visiting scholars from around the world.

Margaret was also active in community organizations, including the Trenton Children’s Chorus and the recently formed Stitchers for Peace, a regular gathering of women from the Princeton Jewish Center, the Mosque of the Islamic Society of Central N.J., and Nassau Presbyterian Church, whose goal is to deliver a message of hope and healing by providing hand-stitched items to people throughout the world whose lives are upended by violent conflict in their homelands. A favorite of Margaret was the project of providing children of migrants or children in war-torn countries with warm and colorful quilted mats on which the children might sleep. The work of the group also serves the cause of peace and reconciliation among people of different religious traditions. In what spare time Margaret had, she loved to quilt and garden.

She is survived by her husband Daniel L. Migliore, Professor emeritus of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary; her daughter Rebecca Migliore, Pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange, N.J.; her son Mark Migliore, Principal of Eastside Christian School in Bellevue, Wash.; her brother, John Williams of Columbus, Ind.; and her two grandsons, Luca and Matteo.

The funeral service will be held in Nassau Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Arm in Arm (former Trenton Crisis Ministry Program) at Arminarm.org.


Dorothy Epstein Tobolsky

December 17, 1918  — November 15, 2017

Comfortable and well taken care of in the long-term care facility in Newton, Massachusetts where she had lived for a number of years, Dorothy Tobolsky passed peacefully in her sleep on November 15, 2017. Born to Morris Epstein and Mary Okun Epstein in New York City during the height of the worldwide Influenza Pandemic in 1918, Dorothy was educated in the NYC public schools and later studied nursing at Hunter College. In 1943 she married Arthur Victor Tobolsky, a then-graduate student at Princeton University. When Arthur received a faculty appointment upon his graduation a year later, he and Dorothy remained in Princeton, unwittingly joining the ranks of many fellow first-generation American Jews who were migrating to the suburbs to raise their baby-boomer children. Dorothy felt great pride in the fact that all three of her children would grow up as bona fide Princetonians with connections to all of the following organizations: Princeton Hospital, Princeton Public Schools, Princeton Jewish Center, Nassau Swim Club, Princeton YMCA, Princeton Ballet School, Princeton Little League, Princeton Community Tennis Program, etc.

Arthur Tobolsky served as the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry until his death in 1972, at which time Dorothy began a decades-long tenure of her own as a staff member at the university. Over the years this included positions in the Phonograph Record Library (doesn’t exist anymore) in Woolworth Hall, the Engineering School, and the English Department. Dorothy and her husband did not raise their children in a religious fashion, but they did become charter members of the Princeton Jewish Center in the early years of their marriage. As longtime Princeton residents they took as much advantage as possible of the many cultural and intellectual offerings of a vibrant college community. During Dorothy’s 67 years as a town resident she served as a staff member of many area organizations: these included Littlebrook School, Princeton Junior School, Opinion Research Corporation, and the Princeton Public Library. The capstone of these many fulfilling experiences, one that did not come until after her retirement, may have been her role as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum. She greatly enjoyed conducted gallery tours and auditing lectures in McCormick Hall.

Dorothy is predeceased by her parents Morris and Mary Okun Epstein, her sister Ida Epstein Goldberg, and her niece Marguerite Goldberg Rosenthal. She is survived by three children (Margo Irwin of Ambler, Pa., William Tobolsky of Atlantic City, and Steven Tobolsky of Stowe, Vt.); five grandchildren (Andrew Irwin, Alexandra Tobolsky, Victoria Tobolsky, Stephanie Presenza, and Amanda Gilbert); one nephew (Benjamin Rosenthal); and four great-grandchildren. Due to the migration of Jewish families from Eastern Europe both before and during the second World War, Dorothy and her family also have cousins in North America, Argentina, Russia, and Israel. In addition to her husband’s status as a graduate school alumnus *44, two of her children (Bill, ’74 and Steve, ’76) and two of her grandchildren (Andrew Irwin, ’93 and Victoria Tobolsky, ’12) are undergraduate alumni of Princeton University. Donations may be made either to the Princeton Jewish Center or the Anti-Defamation League, and a memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on May 30.


George P. K. Ching

George P. K. Ching, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 14, 2017 in Princeton.

Born in Beijing in 1926, George served in the Chinese National Army during the chaos of the Sino-Japanese War (World War II). In 1947 George left China to study in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as an engineer, then held a variety of corporate management positions, settling in Litchfield, Conn. while serving as Chief Financial Officer at the Timex Corporation. George and Jeannette, his wife, then founded their own business that focused first on petroleum processing, operating between West Africa and the Texas Gulf Coast and southern Europe, and later on the development of power plants and steel rolling facilities in China.

In the early 1970s, George was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise established by the U.S. Department of Commerce. George served on the vestry as warden at St. Michael’s in Litchfield and on the board of trustees for the Episcopal Church Foundation, the General Theological Seminary, and the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield. George was made a Commander in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He will also be remembered for the example he set for living a generous, compassionate life, full of joy and humility.

George is survived by his wife, Jeannette; his son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Margaret; his daughter and son-in-law Dora Ching and Richard Wong; his daughter Valerie; and grandchildren Michael Ching, Kimberley Ching, and Isabel Wong. He is also survived by his elder sisters Minnie Dai, Julia Liu, and Lydia Siu, and his younger brother Hardy Ching.

Memorial services will be held on April 7, 2018 at Trinity Church in Princeton, N.J. at 11 a.m. and on May 5, 2018 at St. Michael’s Parish in Litchfield, Conn. at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

1) Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. Please designate your donation to the Hunger Fund in memory of George Ching. You may also make a donation online at: http://www.trinityprinceton.org/giving.

2) St. Michael’s Parish, 25 South Street, P.O. Box 248, Litchfield, CT 06759. Please designate your donation to the St. Michael’s Food Pantry in memory of George Ching.


Barbara Hurlock Barnett

After a long struggle with chronic illness, Barbara Hurlock Barnett died peacefully in hospice care at home in Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, on November 17, 2017.

Barbara was born in London, England, in 1928. She attended Girton College, Cambridge University, where she received a B.A. in 1950, and an M.A. in Biochemistry in 1951. She completed her M.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of London in 1954, conducting postgraduate research on adrenocorticosteroids at the University Medical School.

Barbara was invited to the United States in 1955 to work in the Ben May Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago, where she pursued research with Dr. Paul Talalay on the biochemical properties of steroid hormones, supported by the American Cancer Society. This research yielded 10 publications co-authored by Barbara. In 1958 she moved to Boston, to investigate the metabolic function of Vitamin B-12 at Harvard Medical School.

In Boston, Barbara was an active member of the English Speaking Union, an international educational charity, where she met her husband-to-be of 51 years, Michael. After marrying in 1961, and briefly returning to England, Barbara and family settled in Princeton in 1964, where she lived for 38 years before retiring with Michael to Hightstown.

Although Barbara gave up her career in biomedical research in 1962 to raise a family, she considered herself a life-long scientist in partnership with her husband, who remained an active scholar until his death in 2012. She co-authored several papers with Michael in the 1970s, developing instructional materials for computer programs developed for the IBM 360 computer.

A member of the Trinity Church faith community, Barbara began volunteering with The Crisis Ministry (currently Arm in Arm) shortly after it was founded in the 1980s. A strong believer in expanded educational opportunity, she tutored math and science to adults seeking a GED. She also supported the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and was active with the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition.

She is survived by her sister, Iris Hurlock Braithwaite; her daughter, Gabrielle; her son, Simon; and her daughter in-law, Melissa Roper-Barnett; predeceased by her husband; her son, Graham; and her brother, Ronald Hurlock. She leaves six grandchildren.

Barbara was an enthusiastic gardener and avid reader, with an enduring love of the performing arts and her English homeland. She enjoyed long walks with her husband, especially in the English countryside, as long as her health allowed. Later in life, she read for the blind, volunteered in the Meadow Lakes library, and cherished visits with her grandchildren. A caring friend, dedicated mother, and devoted wife, she is remembered for her intelligence, thoughtfulness, committed service, great capacity for listening, and willingness to speak her mind freely.

Interment will be private: a public memorial service at Trinity Church, Princeton, will be held on January, 13, 2018.


Anthony M. Carnevale

Anthony “Tony” M. Carnevale, 88, of Princeton, passed away peacefully at home.

Born and raised in Princeton, he attended St. Paul’s School, and graduated from Princeton High School class of 1948. After several short term jobs, his main stay was with AT&T for 35 years. He also was a member of the N.J. Army National Guard for 35 years, retiring as Sergeant Major.

Son of the late Michael and Lucia Carnevale. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lucille (McCracken) Carnevale; son Gary Carnevale; daughter April and son-in-law Rich Dombey; grandchildren Courtney, Anthony (A.J.), and Catherine Carnevale, Jessica and husband Josh Barkauskie; brother Michael Carnevale; sister Margaret (Peg) DeBiase of Denver; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, NJ 08542. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers send contributions in Anthony Carnevale’s memory to St. Paul’s School, 218 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758516 Topeka, KS 66675.

November 29, 2017

Jeffrey William Raser

Jeffrey W. Raser, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017 in the peaceful presence of his wife of 30 years, Mary Schowalter Raser.

Jeffrey (Jeff) was born December 12, 1960, in Evanston, Illinois. He was raised by his loving parents Thomas W. Raser and Edith Peters Raser in Princeton, N.J. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1979 and then went on to graduate from Franklin & Marshall College in 1983 with a B.A. in Government. He is an alumnus of the Chi Phi Fraternity.

Jeff worked passionately in the Biopharmaceutical industry for the majority of his career. Prior to his passing, he was serving as the President and CEO of Nuerana Pharmaceuticals and Executive Director of OrPro Therapeutics, Inc. Previously, he has served as the SVP of Sales and Marketing for Somaxon Pharmaceuticals and Women’s First HealthCare, SVP of Corporate Development and Marketing of CancerVax, and held a number of positions at Roche Laboratories. He will be missed by his many colleagues who had the opportunity to work with him throughout his career.

Jeff loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Alongside his wife Mary, he eagerly vested his entire heart and unwavering support into each of his children’s various passions. He cherished the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard and Del Mar over any place else. Jeff adored cooking family dinners, watching college football, discussing U.S. history and politics, watching his children participate in sports, and introducing his many friends to one another.

Jeff is survived by his wife Mary, and his four children — Stephen, Elizabeth, Charles, and John Raser — who will carry on their father’s legacy, each in their own remarkable way.

He is also survived by his step-siblings Peter, Diane, Robert, and Susan Mooney; and his step-mother, Florence Raser. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Edith Raser.

Jeff’s charismatic energy will remain as a constant presence in the life of all of his family and friends. His glimmering eyes, wonderful smile, deep laugh, eloquence, and love will never be forgotten.

A memorial service will be held at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on December 9th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Jeffrey W. Raser Memorial Fund and sent to The Village Community Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 704 Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.


Jonathan Michael Selikoff

Jonathan Michael Selikoff, 47, our sweet, gentle, kind, and much-loved dadin, husband, son, and friend, passed away on November 23, 2017 of ALS.

Jon faced the disease with his trademark humor, meeting its many challenges with courage and grace. Upon diagnosis he declared his intent to live as fully as possible, and did so, attending nine Bruce Springsteen shows (plus assorted others); zip lining and communing with sloths, monkeys, and burglars in Costa Rica; cheering through countless Yankees games; connecting with his many friends; and, more than anything, making each moment count.

Jon had a great love for design and typography, which he expressed through his graphic design studio and his letterpress business, which he often described as his “midlife crisis.” He listed his position at both businesses as “Owner/Janitor,” and amassed a collection of hundreds of pieces of wood type, thousands of pounds of paper, countless fonts, and several tons of limb- and-life-threatening printing presses. His eye for color was a regular point of contention between him and his wife Lauren, who couldn’t tell one slate blue from another, despite the fact that they were “obviously very different” according to Jon. Despite her obvious flaws, they loved each other deeply every day of their more than 20 years together.

His great passions were Yankees baseball, live music (particularly Bruce Springsteen), thrashing friends in epic games of Words with Friends, and spending time with his family. Before his passing, his father Joel was his best friend and confidante. His mother Isabelle was his first great love, his unwavering supporter and his rock for each day of his 47 years. His greatest love was his adored son Sam. Watching Sam sing onstage, teaching him guitar and photography, going to concerts together and just sitting and talking about life — moments with Sam were the greatest joys of Jon’s life.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jon graduated from Peddie School, Emory University, and Portfolio Center. He is survived by his wife Lauren; his son Sam, 11; his mother Isabelle of Princeton; his uncle and aunt Paul and Barbara Mohl of Dallas; his brother-in-law Brett Shanahan, father-in-law John Shanahan and mother-in-law Kathryn Shanahan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the ALS-NY chapter.

November 22, 2017

Donald S. McClure

Donald S. McClure, 97, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Princeton University, died on Friday, November 17, 2017 following an attack of pneumonia. He had lived in Princeton for the last 50 years of his life.

Born in Yonkers, New York, on August 27, 1920, Don decided by age 12 to pursue a scientific career. By the time of his graduation from Yonkers High School in 1938, he had worked for several years in his basement chemistry laboratory and had acquired wide experience building radios and other electronic equipment.

As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Don’s knowledge of electronics found application in the mass-spectrometry laboratory of A.O.C. Nier. There, Don was involved in several important projects, including the first separation of the isotopes of uranium.

After receiving his BS in Chemistry from the U. of Minnesota in 1942, Don worked with the War Research Division at Columbia University, later called the Manhattan Project. At Columbia, he worked with Joseph and Maria Mayer and others on the possibility of photochemical separation of uranium isotopes. This was his first work in the field of spectroscopy, the focus of the remainder of his career.

Upon his release from the Manhattan Project in 1946, Don went to the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his PhD in Chemistry in 1948. Don built all the equipment he needed for his thesis work (“with the help of the Berkeley machine shop” he always said), measured the phosphorescence lifetimes of many organic compounds, discovered an effect that had not been expected, and used the quantum mechanics that he had learned at Berkeley to explain what he had found. He was proud of the fact that his first published paper, based on his thesis work, bore no other name than his own. But his allegiance was to science rather than to himself. When a colleague referred to the effect Don had discovered as “the McClure effect,” Don forbade use of this term.

While at Berkeley, Don met Laura Lee Thompson, then an undergraduate at Mills College. The two were married in 1949 and their first two children were born in Berkeley. He remained at Berkeley as Lecturer and then Assistant Professor until 1955, when he became a group leader at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, N.J. A third child was born in Princeton. In 1962, Don returned to academia, accepting a professorship at the University of Chicago. After it became apparent that Chicago’s air pollution was affecting Laura Lee’s health, Don made his final move when he accepted a professorship in Chemistry at Princeton University in 1967.

Don was a dedicated laboratory scientist, reluctant to stay away from the lab for very long. Nevertheless, he traveled widely, lecturing and visiting laboratories in most countries in the world where spectroscopic research was being done. He was a visiting professor at the Universities of Tokyo, Paris, and Southern California, among other universities. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the University of Oxford, England and a Humboldt Fellow at Technical University in Munich, Germany. Laura Lee accompanied him on most of his travels.

When Don took time away from his scientific pursuits, he frequently climbed mountains. He and a Columbia colleague, Thomas Crowell, were on the summit of Mt. Katahdin in Northern Maine when another climber came up and gave them the news that Japan had surrendered, ending World War II. Decades later, some of his graduate students were surprised when, during a break in meetings at a conference in the Great Smoky Mountains, Don said suddenly, “Let’s go for a hike.” Then, he strode out of the conference center, wearing a suit, tie, and dress shoes, and led his students up the slopes of nearby Mt. LeConte.

Don was also an enthusiastic skier. He continued to ski into his 70s and took his family on ski trips to Colorado, Quebec, and North Carolina. Classical music was another of his passions. His taste was for the most substantial works of the most serious composers; Beethoven and Bach were his favorites. He attended concerts up to the last few months of his life, and he was a generous patron of musical and theatrical organizations.

Following Laura Lee’s death in 2009, Don married his widowed sister-in-law, Gloria. Together, they enjoyed trips to France, the Hawaiian Islands, and other destinations. After Gloria’s death in 2013, he travelled to visit scientific colleagues within the U.S.

Don is survived by a brother, Richard B. McClure of Ellicott City, Md.; children Edward of Princeton, Katherine of Kingston, N.J.; and Kevin of Austin, Tex., and their spouses; and grandchildren Nicholas, William, AmiLin, and Ian.

A memorial gathering in celebration of his life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Sierra Club.

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Dr. Jay Jerome Brandinger

Dr. Jay Jerome Brandinger died on October 25, 2017 after a short illness at University Medical Center of Princeton, N.J. surrounded by family. He was born on January 2, 1927 in the Bronx, N.Y. and most recently lived in Pennington, N.J.

In June 1945 he joined the U.S. Army but was rejected by the Air Corps for medical reasons since he required very thick eyeglass lenses. After boot camp at Camp Crowder he become a repair instructor for walkie-talkies, thermofax machines, and radios. He went to school at the Virginia Military Institute, attended several universities including Hunter College, and was mustered out of the Army in September 1945. After World War II many veterans gained admission to, what up to that time had been, all girls colleges. Jay chose to attend Hunter College in New York City and it was there that he met his future wife Alice, whom he married on December 25, 1949.

He graduated 4th in his class from Cooper Union School of Engineering with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. He was hired by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1949 and stayed with the company for 45 years until he reached the level of Vice President. During his tenure at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, N.J. he invented and was awarded a patent for the world’s smallest color television camera. He was Director of RCA’s worldwide television manufacturing and VideoDisc plants in Indianapolis, Ind. He traveled all over the world inspecting RCA plants, including those under trade agreements in China and Japan and in many other countries. Dr. Jay Brandinger completed his PhD at Rutgers University and taught several classes in mathematics at Rider College.

After retirement from RCA in 1991 Dr. Jay Brandinger was appointed Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, a post he led during Democratic and Republican administrations until 1995. He was also active as a member of the National Institute for Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board. Among his varied interests included: involvement in the Boy Scouts of America with roles as Scoutmaster and District Commissioner, and in amateur radio. He was recognized as New Jersey Engineer of the Year (1997), nominated to the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a member of the Society for Information Display.

During his career he owned and flew his own single engine aircraft. Upon retirement he joined the Princeton Photography Club, published six books on various themes, his photographic work was displayed and received numerous awards. He acquired a boat, was a member of the Yapewi Yacht Club, and also joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary reaching the level of Regional Flotilla Commander. He and his wife regularly attended Chair Yoga and Healthy Bones classes in Pennington, N.J.

He is survived by wife, Dr. Alice Brandinger, who was Chair of the Trenton State Teacher’s College Special Education department as well as being a professor of deaf special education. She taught at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Trenton, N.J. and was director of a school for autistic children in Indianapolis, Ind. He is also survived by his children Paul, Donna Lee Mark, and Norman; five grandchildren; two great-grand children; and his sister Alice Taylor. Other family members include nephew David Taylor, and niece Aileen Taylor; cousins Joe and Bob Newman, Bob and Joe Groden, and Jerrold Hirschberg.

The family requests that contributions in the name of Dr. Jay Brandinger be provided to Jewish National Health.


Dr. Thomas W. Griffin

Dr. Thomas W. Griffin, MD, 71, of Thousand Oaks, Calif. and Princeton, N.J. died on November 14, 2017 in Santa Clarita, Calif. after a lengthy illness.

Dr. Griffin was born and raised in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, son of the late Peter and Kathleen Griffin. He was a graduate of Regis High School, Boston College, and Cornell University Medical School. An oncologist, he spent his entire career in the field of clinical medical research and was instrumental in developing several new and innovative treatments for many forms of cancer while employed with Hoffman-LaRoche, Bristol-Myers, Amgen, and Johnson & Johnson.

Beloved for his unfailing exuberance and intellectual curiosity, Tom enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm for music and science fiction movies.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dr. Mary Ellen Rybak. He is survived by his brother Peter Griffin and his wife Mary Ellen of Colts Neck, N.J.; his sister Kathleen McGuinness and her husband Thomas of Needham, Mass.; and his sister Marilyn Begley of Farmingdale, N.J.; as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.

Interment was private. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Church, 550 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, N.J.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in recognition of Tom’s career in cancer research.

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Robert G. Jahn

Robert G. Jahn passed away peacefully at home on November 15, 2017, surrounded by his children and good friends. He was 87.

Bob was born in Kearny, N.J. and spent much of his childhood in Wilmington, Del. After graduating from the Tower Hill School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with highest honors from Princeton University in 1951, as well as a PhD in physics in 1955. After teaching at Lehigh University and the California Institute of Technology, Bob joined the faculty at Princeton in 1962, and founded the Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory, a major program that quickly achieved international stature. Now the oldest and continuously-funded laboratory at Princeton University, this program still attracts some of the brightest graduate students from around the world.

Professor Jahn directed this laboratory until 1998, and was a professor of aerospace sciences until 2003, serving as the advisor for over 100 undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom have gone on to leadership roles in university, industrial, and government positions worldwide. He presided over major research programs in advanced aerospace propulsion systems in cooperation with NASA and the U.S. Air Force, for which he received a Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Electric Propulsion.

In 1971 Bob was appointed Dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Under his leadership the School substantially expanded its curriculum, faculty, and student body; increased its outreach programs and the professional fields its graduates entered; and all but one of the engineering departments were ranked in the top five nationally. In 1986 he was named Dean Emeritus, and returned to full-time research and teaching.

While serving as Dean, Bob was approached by an engineering student searching for a faculty advisor for her research project. Attracted to this area of research as having significant potential importance for the future of high science and technology, and for broader cultural evolution as well, he agreed to work with this student himself. In 1979 he founded the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory, and served as its director until 2007. PEAR researchers attempted rigorous scientific study of proactive interactions of human consciousness with various physical systems and processes underlying contemporary information science and its applications. PEAR became the leading academic research laboratory of its kind, with a large base of student and public interest throughout the world.

Professor Jahn authored or co-authored five books and several hundred publications in various technical fields. His celebrated textbook, “Physics of Electric Propulsion,” first published in 1968, is still a primary reference in the field. He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and served as vice president of the Society for Scientific Exploration and on the Board of Directors of Hercules, Inc. for many years, to name just a few of his professional and civic activities.

Towards the end of his career, Bob was awarded the two highest honors in the field of spacecraft propulsion: the Wyld Propulsion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Ernst Stuhlinger Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Electric Propulsion from the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society. He also received the Curtis W McGraw Research Award of the American Association of Engineering Education, a Commendation from the Giraffe Heroes Project for Courageous and Compassionate Professional Activities in Difficult Times, the Edgar Mitchell Award for Noetic Leadership, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Andhra University in India.

Bob was an ardent, life-long fan of baseball, opera, dogs, and the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Seibert Jahn, and by their youngest daughter, Dawn. He is survived by his son Eric, daughters Jill and Nina, daughter-in-law Susan, sons-in-law Ray and Jim, and seven grandchildren.

A memorial gathering to celebrate Bob’s life will be scheduled at a future date. Contributions may be made in his memory to International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL), 468 North Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 181 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459.


Andrew W. Conrad

Andrew W. Conrad, age 75, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2017, after an 11-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He died as he had lived, serenely and surrounded by the love of good friends and family. He appropriately enjoyed ice-cream for his last supper, and he retained his sense of humor to the end, even — on his last morning — addressing his female nurse as “Fred” with a straight face (a longtime favorite joke of his) ….

Andrew was born on December 23rd 1941 in Johnson City, N.Y. to George Emery Conrad and Cora Belle Barnes. He is survived by his sister Elizabeth (Raymond) Prebish, and brothers Roger (Ethel) and George Conrad; his ex-wife Mary Ann Blaskowsky Conrad; his children Heather Conrad and Emery Conrad; his grandchildren Hannah Bradley, Alexander Conrad, and Milosh Conrad; his nieces and nephews Pamela (Dave) Gould, Kate (Pat) Wolfe, Marcie (Jeremy) Tennant, Brock Conrad, and Brandee Conrad; and countless other family including many “chosen” family members who saw him as brother, father, grandfather, and mentor.

Andrew spent his life as a teacher and a student. He earned multiple degrees from Barrington College, Princeton Seminary, and Princeton University, culminating in a PhD in Linguistics. He spent the majority of his career at Mercer County Community College — as a professor of English, then Dean of Liberal Arts, and then once more a professor of English — where he touched the lives of thousands of young people and fellow educators.

In his career as in his life, Andrew’s legacy was one of warmth, wisdom, kindness, and love. He earned the love and admiration of everyone who knew him, and the devotion of a community committed to supporting him, by giving freely and generously of his time, money, energy, insight, and support to those around him.

In recent years, Andrew became an active and much-beloved member of the community at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing. He brought his characteristically calm and quippy presence to each of the committees and groups he joined and became an integral part of the family there. The love and support he found is in clear proportion to the love and support he gave, and the chosen family of this community was a profound source of strength and joy for him during his final illness.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing, at 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Dr. John P. Hoffman fund at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pa. (information available at www.foxchase.org/donate/hoffmanfund).


Memorial Service

There will be a reception held in remembrance of Margaret W. Wellington on Saturday, December 2 at 3:30 p.m. at The Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street in Princeton, N.J. The family looks forward to sharing this time with those who knew her. In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.

November 15, 2017

Dr. Katherine Cannon Hughes

Our beloved and adored Dr. Katherine Lynne Cannon Hughes passed peacefully on November 10, 2017 after a courageous and inspiring battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at her home in Princeton. For 36 years Katherine embraced life with total enthusiasm and gifted her heart and her mind to others without regard for self! All who met her even for a moment were captivated by her grace, her charm, her energy, and her empathy.

Among Katherine’s many accomplishments are her academic successes at The Lawrenceville School in Princeton N.J. and at Brown University for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She completed a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey followed by an OBGYN Medical Residency at RWJ Barnabas Hospital in 2016. Her global focus was apparent in her comparative research study of healthcare in the U.S., Peru, and France. Other presentations and research included: The Physician Experience in the Era of Cost Containment. Brown University Press; Cell Salvage in Obstetrics & Gynecology: utilization review & cost v. benefit analysis; and Rapid Prototyping technique for designing joints using Bezier curves.

Katherine’s leadership roles and awards include: Sidney Leftkovics Outstanding Resident Research Award nominee; Undergraduate Medical Education Chief Resident; Graduate Medical Education Committee, Resident representative; Rutgers-NJMS Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching award; American Osteopathic Association Council of Student Affairs, Regional Representative; Community Planning & Advocacy Council of Camden, NJ; Jerrothia Riggs Education Award; UMDNJ-SOM Student Council Executive Board, President & Executive Committee Chair; Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents; UMDNJ Student Senate Executive Council, Senator & Co-chair Senate Academic Affairs Committee; UMDNJ Student Senate Award for leadership and service; Brown University 1764 Society Award for young alumni leadership; recipient Brown University Teaching Assistantship, faculty appointment and research award.

In 2016 Katherine’s devotion to women’s health shaped her choice to join New Beginnings in Springfield N.J. She was overjoyed to care for women and excited to deliver babies at any hour of the day or night. She prayed that she would live to return to her medical practice.

Known for her incredible capacity to perform and her endurance, she was fondly referred to by her students as Onco Bronco. Medical Residents saw her as a team player and a spirited teacher. Her most outstanding performance was to give birth to her two sons in 2014 and 2015 during medical residency.

Exceedingly well rounded, Katherine had traveled worldwide and spoke several languages. She was an amazing figure skater and a diverse athlete who starred in track and field hockey. Staying fit was a life goal, and all who knew her recall her fitness regimen even during her illness this year.

Katherine is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. Wray Hughes and the brightest and sweetest lights in her life, her sons, 3-year-old Jackson Cannon Hughes and 2-year-old Harrison Edward Hughes as well as her Mother, J Lynne Cannon and her sister, Jacqueline Cannon. For her husband and her whole family, Katherine was a shining, loving and beautiful force of nature and her spirit will be with them and live on forever in her sons.

A special fund will be established to continue Katherine’s mission to improve and support healthcare for women.

Katherine’s funeral arrangements are under the care of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison, N.J.

The funeral will be conducted from Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue Princeton, NJ 08542. A funeral mass will be held at Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Princeton on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Her Interment will follow in Saint Paul’s Church Cemetery, Princeton. Friends and neighbors may call at Kimble Funeral Home on Thursday, November 16th from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. There will be no viewing hours on Friday morning. Kindly meet us at Saint Paul’s R.C. Church.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to: Dr. Katherine Lynne Cannon Cancer Fund, c/o Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ 08690 in loving memory of Katherine.

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Kerry Loftus

The world lost a beautiful young lady, Kerry Loftus, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, after a brief illness.

Kerry was raised in Wayne, having graduated from Wayne Hills High School with the Class of 1989. She went on to earn her BS in Nursing and RN degrees from Fairfield University with the Class of 1993.

Her first job ever was working at Kay’s Bakery in Normandy Beach at the Jersey Shore. After college she worked as a nurse for a dermatology group in Montclair, an Administrator for Richards Associates Insurance in Clifton, and the Foundation for the Blind in Denville as a teacher relating to the technologies available to the blind.

Kerry was a warrior having fought through two kidney transplants, two pancreas transplants, blindness, diabetes, and did it all with a smile. She was fun loving, outgoing, always smiling, and drank coffee day and night. She would sip her hazelnut coffee and more recently lattes for hours on end until it was ice cold. Armed with her walking stick, coffee, and Uber app, Kerry was fearless in her travels. She had a “Mr. Magoo-like” ability to narrowly avoid accidents and trouble that would make those accompanying her cringe.

Those that know Kerry will agree that she marched to a different drummer — both literally and figuratively. While working at the Foundation for the Blind she was introduced to Drum Circle Therapy that helped heal through rhythm and sound. She found great comfort in seeing the results of this therapy with the many and varied groups that were influenced by it.

To honor Kerry’s life her family is organizing a Drum Circle with WoodnDrums, with whom she worked with for several years. The date and time of this Celebration of Kerry’s life will be posted here once they have been scheduled. To honor Kerry’s memory in the meantime the family asks you to order a coffee, sip it, and remember how she touched your life.

Kerry was the loving and devoted daughter of Ed and Carol “Snuffy” Loftus; beloved sister of Kevin Loftus and his wife Terri of Montville; Craig Loftus and his wife Emma of Ho-Ho-Kus; and Kristin Gallagher and her husband Scott of Verona; she was the much loved aunt of seven nieces and nephews and her much loved friend, Glenn Weissman, of Cedar Grove.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Transplant Center, RWJ St. Barnabas Health, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange, NJ 07052 would be greatly appreciated.


James E. Roderick

James E. Roderick, 93, of Princeton died Monday, November 6, 2017 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Born in Marion, Ohio, he attended public schools there. He was a United States Army Air Corps Veteran in its Pre-Meteorological Program and served in the Corps of Engineers during World War II in the European Theater. He graduated from Ohio State University with a BS and MS in Physics. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the American Physical Society. Mr. Roderick was employed by General Electric Co., in Schenectady and Syracuse, N.Y. from 1951 to 1965 and by EMR Photoelectric, Princeton Junction from 1965 until his retirement in 1991. He had been a resident of Princeton for over 52 years.

He enjoyed reading and traveling with his wife, Gwendolyn, and served as a volunteer tutor in the Princeton public schools and as a Scouting merit badge counselor. He was a member of The Old Guard of Princeton and the Lutheran Church of the Messiah.

Son of the late Walter and Florence (Collinson) Roderick; husband of the late Gwendolyn (Long) Roderick; he is survived by two sons and a daughter in law: David and Jana Roderick of Manville, N.J.; and Steven L. Roderick of Princeton.

Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau St., Princeton.

Burial will be in Marion Cemetery in Marion, Ohio.


Patrick E. Lyons

Patrick E. Lyons, 71, died suddenly on November 4 from cardiac arrest at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. He was a 30-year resident of Princeton until 2013 when he and his wife moved to Lawrenceville, N.J.

Pat earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in New York City, and was founder and president of Lyons Graphics for over 40 years, a design firm launched in New York and later based in Princeton. In the years leading up to his retirement, he also served as the Director of Communications at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. In addition, Pat was an adjunct professor at Mercer County Community College for many years where he taught computer design — and was routinely delighted by his students’ dedication and creativity. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army in the Signal Corps in both the U.S. and Germany during the Vietnam era.

A loving husband and father, Pat will be remembered by most as a committed community organizer and spirited Princeton volunteer. He served on numerous committees and boards, including the vestry of Trinity Church where he was a long-time member. Pat was a founding member of the Corner House board of directors where he was instrumental in creating their mission statement and was a great champion for Corner House in the community. He also volunteered his time as a member of the Princeton Boy Scout Troop 43 Committee for many years. For the past two years, Pat was president of the Ocean Inlet Yacht Club Condominium in his hometown, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where he and his wife spent their post-retirement winters.

Rowing, however, was Pat’s mid-life discovery — and his greatest joy. He joined Carnegie Lake Rowing Association in 1995 and became an active and enthusiastic member of both the club and the board of directors. He co-managed the annual Learn-to-Row program every year where novices are introduced to rowing during a 3-month instruction course. An avid racer, Pat eagerly participated in the Head of the Charles in Boston on many occasions, as well as in other regattas across the country. He also loved volunteering at Princeton University regattas on Lake Carnegie.

Pat is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda, and their two children:  Oliver Benton Lyons and his wife, Lucy, of Boston, Mass., and Maggie Ryan and her husband, Terence, of Burke, Va.; a brother, Charles N. Lyons and his wife, Janet, and one nephew, Michael Brian Lyons, all of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He is survived, as well, by countless friends here and abroad, including many in his beloved St. Antonin Noble Val, France, where he was restoring a 15th C. house.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9th at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church in Princeton. Contributions may be made in Pat’s memory to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to Carnegie Lake Rowing Association, P. O. Box 330, Princeton, NJ 08542.

November 8, 2017

Fritz Marston

Frederic C. (Fritz) Marston of Ewing, N.J. died October 27th, 2017 in hospice care at the Robert Wood Johnson hospital in Hamilton. He was 77.

Born in Providence, R.I., he was the son of Frederic C. Marston Jr. and Helen Mount Marston. His father was a professor of English and American literature at Brown University and the University of Vermont; his mother taught mathematics at Rutgers University.

Mr. Marston attended Princeton (N.J.) High School before graduating from Brown University with the class of 1962.

He began his career as a marketing communications executive in New York City with the Benton & Bowles and Doyle Dane Bernbach advertising agencies before moving to Del Mar, Calif., to join CRM Inc., publishers of Psychology Today and Careers Today magazines. His experience there with college marketing led to his recruitment by Playboy Magazine in Chicago to direct the company’s College Bureau. He subsequently returned to the advertising business with Grey North and D’Arcy MacManus & Masius in Chicago before joining Manpower, Inc., the world’s largest temporary help firm, in Milwaukee, in 1980 as Vice President of U.S. Marketing and Public Relations. He spent the last 12 years of his marketing career as a Senior V.P. with BVK/McDonald in Milwaukee before retiring in 1997 and returning to Princeton. There, he worked part-time as a public relations consultant and part-time as an editor at Princeton’s weekly newspaper Town Topics.

Mr. Marston was an active volunteer who served on nine 501(c)3 boards of directors during his lifetime, including, in the Princeton area, the Princeton Family YMCA, Montgomery Center for the Arts, Princeton Pro Musica, Voices Chorale, and Greater Princeton Steinway Society.

An ardent competitor in sports as well as business, Mr. Marston was a lifelong tennis player, skier, and golfer. A former member of Hopewell Valley Golf Club in Hopewell, he took pride in having played 600 golf courses worldwide, on six continents and in 41 U.S. states. He was also a Life Master at tournament bridge.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary Jo Ulis in 1990. He is survived by his daughter Jaime Marston Cook and her husband Ash Cook of Denver, Colo.; two brothers, Winslow Marston (Patricia) of Morristown, N.J., and Christopher Marston (Patricia) of West Roxbury, Mass.; and 11 nephews and nieces.

A musical memorial service will be planned in New Jersey to celebrate his life. Condolences and remembrances may be sent to jaimebrookemarston@gmail.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Franklin H. Rainear Jr., Affordable Funeral Service and Cremation, 1310 Prospect Street, Ewing, NJ 888-213-4090.


Louise Wells Bristol

Louise Wells Bristol died at home on November 2, 2017, All Souls’ Day, and was thus reunited with her beloved husband Lee. Born in New York City on September 8, 1926, she was later raised in the Philadelphia area as well as in California and Florida. The constant in her early years was summers spent at the beach, in Bay Head, N.J. It was here that she thrived; making many life-long friends and eventually marrying the love of her life.

During the war years, she attended Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., graduating in 1945. These were four magical years of friendship, community, and time in New England that she never forgot. Returning to Philadelphia in the late 1940s, she attended Harcum Junior College.

Back in ‘old Bay Head,’ she met the late Lee Hastings Bristol Jr. (1923-1979), former president of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. He was then the young new organist at All Saints’ Church, a position he held for some 30 years, and she was the newest recruit for his choir. They fell deeply in love and married in 1950. Initially living in New York City, they eventually moved to Princeton where they raised, and are survived by, their four children: Elizabeth Bristol Sayen (m. to William), Henry Platt Bristol II (m. to Susan), Sara Bristol Ritchie, and Lee Hastings Bristol III (m. to Louise). She was the beloved grandmother, known as “Lady,” to her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Louise loved the quiet arts of knitting, needlepoint, and flower arranging. However, her life in Princeton was also one of community activities. A founding member of the “Chemistry Club,” an avid golfer and tennis player, Louise also volunteered for the Princeton Hospital Fete, Skillman Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and Trinity Church. She was, it is said, “always the glue that held a group together” and the host that graciously welcomed others into her home. Those who knew her admired her quick wit, impish smile, and remarkable spirit. Over the years, her memberships included the Nassau Club of Princeton, Present Day and Bedens Brook Clubs, in Princeton, as well as the Bay Head Yacht Club. With Lee, she attended and was active at All Saints’, Bay Head, and Trinity Church, Princeton.

Since the tragic death of her husband Lee in 1979, one of the great joys in her life has been her grandchildren — those remarkable individuals who have enriched her life and to whom she gave so much of hers. For it was to these young ones that “Lady” was an example of grace and generosity. She will be remembered as a most loving grandmother, a gracious host, but above all the quintessential support for a man she loved, and whom she now joins at last — in Paradise.

“May her soul and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”

Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints’ Church, 500 Lake Avenue, Bay Head, N.J. 08742.



Evelyn Auerbach

Evie died at home on September 5, 2017 in Sylva, North Carolina of metastatic breast cancer. She was 63 years old.

Predeceased by her beloved mother Vivienne F. Auerbach in 1997, she leaves her father Raymond and his wife Carolyn; her sisters Jeanne, Margaret, Carol, and Linda; and her brother Ray and his children Alayna and Steven.

As a young girl Evie was always sketching and drawing, and in her teenage years she gradually trained herself to work in watercolor, pastel, oil, and pen and ink. On graduating from South Brunswick High School in 1972, she had by invitation an opportunity to work with a potter in clay art at the Liberty Village Artists Collective in Flemington, New Jersey. She soon discovered a new form of expression for her gifts as a designer and experimentalist; it decided her path in life.

After residing in Princeton in the mid-1970s, Evie left her native New Jersey and ventured south to Florida and Georgia. From 1978 to 1982 she ran the Georgia Tech student crafts center, where she used the university’s equipment to teach herself how to throw a pot, operate a kiln, and make glazes.

For the last 35 years, she lived in rural locations in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. In the inspiring natural setting that she deeply loved, Evie worked long and hard at designing and creating her own style of pottery and her unique porcelain jewelry and animal sculptures, all painstakingly handcrafted and one of a kind. Over the decades she regularly traveled to local, regional, and state art shows and festivals in four southern states to display and sell her art.

She was also a talented self-taught pianist who enjoyed playing everything from Chopin to Scott Joplin, her lifelong favorites.

Evie was first diagnosed with cancer at age 45 and decided to remain private about her illness and the treatment she pursued. Despite much hardship in the final years of her life, she very bravely continued to create, produce, and show her work until this past May.

Evie will long be missed by her family and by her friends and colleagues. While her family mourns privately, we encourage you to remember her by supporting local artisans or by giving toward the care and better treatment of all animals.

Rest easy Ev, we’ll see you soon.


Robert Douglas Lohman

Robert Douglas Lohman, 93, of Lawrenceville, passed away peacefully at home on October 23, 2017 after a brief illness. Born in Chicago, Bob grew up in Cranford, New Jersey, and was a former resident of Princeton. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army Air Force, where he served in the CBI theater of operations in China. He graduated from Norwich University, and received a Master’s Degree from North Carolina State University.

In 1951 he joined RCA Laboratories as a member of the technical staff, where he was a member of a three man team that developed the first experimental TV receiver with no vacuum tubes other than the picture tube. While at RCA Bob received 14 patents and published 25 papers in technical journals. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1972. He retired from RCA in 1986 as a Staff Vice President for Solid State research.

Bob was an avid musician who played the trumpet and the piano in many musical organizations in the Princeton area. He was a member of Trenton Local 62 and the American Federation of Musicians. After retiring, he ran a small recording studio in his home where he arranged and produced many albums featuring both live and electronic music.

He is survived by his wife Elvi Salazar; a daughter, Kristine Lehrman (Allan); two granddaughters, Jenny Lehrman and Mai-Liis Lehrman; two great-grandchildren; a step-son, Richard Amigh (Janet); and two step-grandchildren, Vanessa Amigh and Brian Amigh. His first wife, Ethel, predeceased him. A memorial will be announced.


Edith Cantor

Edith Cantor, 94, passed away on September 28, 2017 at Greenwood House in Ewing. Edith was born in N.Y.C. and lived there until 1981 when she moved to Cranbury, N.J.

Edith was a great supporter of Deborah Hospital, organizing fundraising events, bus trips to Atlantic City, and performing administrative services whenever needed through Deborah’s Concordia Chapter.

She loved to visit her children and grandchildren, travel, party with friends and family, and play Mahjong.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Irving.

Edith will be greatly missed by her son, Leonard (Merete) Cantor and daughter Susan (Mark) Gordon; grandchildren Bruce (Mette), Michelle (Jorn), Thea (Craig), Alene (Valdemar), and Melissa (Jason); and great-grandchildren Maya, Eli, Zoe, James, Christina, and Ida.

A private graveside service was held in Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, N.J.

The family would like to thank the staff at Greenwood House for their excellent care and devotion while Edith resided there.

Contributions to Greenwood House, 53 Walter Street, Ewing, NJ 08628-3085; Deborah Hospital Foundation, PO Box 820, Browns Mills, NJ 08015-0820; or a charity of choice are appreciated.


Addie M. Webber

Our beloved mom, Addie M. Webber, was born in Eads, Tennessee, to the Reverend Millard F. Anderson Sr. and Janie Boyd Anderson. She was one of nine children and was raised on the family’s farm. The Anderson family moved to Princeton in the summer of 1939, and have been part of the Princeton/Trenton communities ever since. She had the blessing of a full and long life.

She met and married our late father, Elvin H. Webber, shortly before moving to Princeton and their union produced five children, Travis, Elvin “Pete,” Yvonne (Gail), Beverly, and Houston.

Mom lost our Dad in 1963, but with help from our family, she continued to provide a loving and supportive home for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild.

Those of you who knew her, can recall her love of bingo, bowling, and singing with the Sweet Adeline Choir. She was also a licensed beautician, a career she undertook to support her family. Mom loved traveling but you could not pay her to get on a plane, so instead, she and Amtrak became well acquainted as she traveled across the country to visit family and friends.

She is predeceased by her parents: Reverend and Mrs. Millard F. Anderson Sr.; siblings: Reverend Millard Anderson Jr., France Anderson, Reverend Daniel Anderson, Roosevelt Anderson, Elder Alfonso Anderson, Sadie Willis, Amy Weeks, and Ressie Branch; her loving husband: Elvin H. Webber; her children: son, Dr. Elvin H. “Pete” Webber, and daughter, Beverly Jo Webber; and grandson Evan Junot Webber.

She leaves behind her loving children: Travis and his wife Wilhelmina Webber, Gail Yvonne Barclay, Houston R. Webber, and daughter-in-law Diann Soltau-Webber; grandchildren: Damon and his wife Kristien Webber, Saskia Webber, David Barclay, Antonia and her husband Samuel Bonds, Kay and her husband Robert Henderson, Keith Webber, Kirk Webber and his wife Christina George, and Kimberly Webber; great-grandchildren: Dax, Ian, and Jayson Webber, Olivia and Xavier Barclay, Jendayi and Gyasi Bonds, Justin and Joshua Henderson, and Carter Jo Webber; great-great-grandchild, Chance Blackshear; beloved nieces: Gladys Leonard, Gertrude Smith, and Gloria Quarrels; and dear family and friends, especially, Dolores Broadway.

We have been blessed by God to have had our loving mother, family member, and friend for 98 years and anxiously await the resurrection!


Beverley M. Brown

Beverley M. Brown, 93, previously of Topeka, Kansas, and Princeton, New Jersey, died peacefully on October 25, 2017 at his home in Ocean Ridge, Florida.

Beverley was born in Topeka, Kansas on October 4, 1924 to Lemuel Clifford Walker Brown and Jessie Alice Miller Brown. He spent his childhood in Topeka, graduating from Topeka High School in 1942. He attended Washburn University, but left college in 1944 to enlist in the United States Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School. After receiving an Ensign’s Commission, Beverley saw active duty aboard the USS Floyd B Parks. Following the war, he returned to Washburn, completing his undergraduate degree in 1947. He then went on to attend Columbia University where he received a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics.

After a brief career in teaching, Beverley had a long and distinguished career with the IBM Corporation, retiring in 1983 after 30 years of service. Among his many professional accomplishments was his role as a member of the team of systems engineers who developed the SABRE system. Based on two IBM 7090 mainframe computers, SABRE went on to become the industry standard in computerized airline reservation systems. Bev’s love for math and computers remained throughout his life; in his spare time he continued to study mathematical problems and write computer programs in APL (A Programming Language).

Beverley was a loving husband and father of five children. He enjoyed sports, above all baseball; secretly wishing to have played professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals. He took great pleasure in both theater and music and was a regular in attendance at the Princeton University Theatre Intime. A life-long member of the Princeton United Methodist Church, he volunteered in an advisory capacity for their finance committee. Most of all, he had a great sense of humor and appreciated comedians from Victor Borge to Jerry Seinfeld.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Shepard Brown, and his parents, Lemuel and Jessie Brown. He is survived by his five children: Terry Brown, Amy Brown, Nancy Kauffman, Janet Helm, and Anne Marie Schur; eight grand-children; and three great-grandchildren.

The Graveside Service with Military Honors was held at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Washburn University Terry and Ann McAdam Scholarship Fund, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621 or the Princeton United Methodist Church of Princeton, 7 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton, NJ 08542.


Michael Patrick Long

Michael Patrick Long died at home in West Roxbury, Massachusetts on November 1, 2017. He was 59 years old. Well known for deep pride in his Irish roots, Michael was the son of Patrick J. and Helen M. Long of Princeton, N.J. He was born and raised in Princeton with his sister Eileen and brother Brian. He moved to Boston, Mass. in the late 1970s where he worked, bought property, and happily adopted the city as his home.

Michael was an avid sports-fan and joined the Red Sox for their winning World Series game in 2004. In his earlier years, living in New Jersey, he played football and studied martial arts. A music lover, he was quick to sing or whistle a tune for all occasions. He worked on life-long collections including an admirable list of classic motorcycles, old U.S. coins, and special photographs. He was a voracious reader with a keen interest in Irish and Boston history. A naturally gifted wordsmith and story teller, Michael charmed everyone with his sense of humor, big heart, and unique perspective on humanity. His love of travel and a long journey throughout Europe in 1989 was a favorite source of material.

Michael will be missed most for his kindness and generosity to both those he knew and strangers he saw in need. He always said, “I do that because I can!”

Predeceased by his father, Patrick, Michael is survived by his mother, Helen Long of Princeton; brother Brian J. Long of Princeton; sister M. Eileen Long and brother in-law, Tarik R. Shahbender, also both of Princeton; and many cousins and friends in Boston, Mass.; across the U.S.A.; and around the world.

Family and friends visitation will be held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ on the evening of November 9, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. November 10, 2017 at St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ.

Donations in memory of Michael can be made to The Jimmy Fund in Brookline, Mass. c/o the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. jimmyfund.org.