November 1, 2017

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.


Marina Menaker

Marina “Shayna” Menaker, 77, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Born in Moscow, Russia, she was a resident of Princeton.   She earned her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in Russia, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1975.

Shayna was actively engaged in numerous community activities, and especially enjoyed her membership at the New York Sports Club and her time playing Ping-Pong and in other programs at the Suzanne Patterson Senior Center in Princeton. She was a member of The Jewish Center of Princeton and a regular attendee at services, educational programs, and social events.

Predeceased by her parents, Bitsalem and Hannah Menaker, she is survived by a brother, Zahar Menaker, and a niece, Anna Menaker.

Funeral services and burial were Thursday, October 26 at Washington Cemetery. There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street in Princeton.  Donations in memory of Shayna can be made to the Shabbat Luncheon Fund at The Jewish Center. Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


Lesley Jeanne Mitchell

Lesley Jeanne Mitchell, formerly of Princeton, died October 14th after a brief illness. A graduate of Douglass College (Rutgers University), she had moved to Princeton to accept employment in Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology, but will be more widely remembered here as an exuberant, cheerful folk dance leader and performer.

In 1980, following what she believed to be her calling, Lesley moved to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work there won her a traveling scholarship, which enabled her to spend a year visiting many of the western world’s art centers and monuments. Upon her return, she was appointed to teach printmaking at the Academy.

All the while, but for the travel period, Lesley continued to dance. She was a performer with the Princeton Ethnic Dancers repeatedly at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and with the Janosik Polish Dance Ensemble at various venues in Poland. And in more recent years she returned to Princeton to teach Tango regularly at the Graduate College, Princeton University, and at the Suzanne Patterson center.

In 1989, she married Kelly Ray, her Janosik dance partner, and they founded Dance Philadelphia, teaching various dance forms in their combination dance studio-art studio.

He survives her, as does sister Nicole, brother Noel, and their respective families. And she is remembered by countless others who were touched by her joyous and generous spirit.

A celebration of Lesley Mitchell’s life is planned for a later date. For information, or to share remembrances/condolences, please visit her Facebook page, or go to


Raymond J. Clark

Raymond J. Clark, 58, died Sunday, October 29, 2017. Born in Bethesda, Md., raised in Princeton. Raymond is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his parents, Raymond J. and Marie Clark; his brother, Phillip (Patricia); his sister, Mary Bianco (Raymond); nieces and nephews, Michael, Paige, Ryan and Kyle; his stepdaughter, Christine Vaugh (Kevin), stepson, Kenneth James (Courtney); and his beloved grandchildren, Kyle, Brody, Hunter, and Colton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will be Private. Friends may pay respects on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania.


Sophie S. Silvester

Sophie S. Silvester, 93, of Atlanta, Ga. died Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Phoenix of Dunwoody of Atlanta, Ga. Born in Trenton, N.J., she resided in Princeton most of her life.

Sophie retired in 1988 with over 20 years of service as a Historical Book Binder, Princeton University.

Daughter of the late Demitri and Josephine Silvester, wife of the late Robert H. Silvester, she is survived by a son James Silvester, a daughter Linda Locicero, daughter-in-law Jill E. Silvester, son-in-law Tony Locciero, six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Rocky Hill Cemetery.

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

October 25, 2017

Kurt Mislow

Kurt Mislow, Hugh Stott Taylor Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Princeton University and a pioneer in the theory of modern stereochemistry, died on October 5th, 2017. He was 94.

Prof. Mislow was born in Berlin, Germany, on June 5, 1923. With the rapid rise of National Socialism in Germany, his family moved first to Milan in 1936, then to London in 1938. In September 1940, as the Luftwaffe began its bombing raids on London and just as Mislow was about to enter Cambridge University, the crucial affidavit arrived that allowed his family to immigrate to America, where they settled in Manhattan.

Mislow graduated from Tulane University (B.S., 1944) and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1947 at the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Linus Pauling. He joined the faculty of New York University, where he rose through the ranks to Professor. In 1964 he was invited to Princeton University as the first incumbent of the Hugh Stott Taylor Chair of Chemistry, and was Chairman of the Chemistry Department from 1968 to 1974.

Stereochemistry is a subject that analyzes the three-dimensional arrangement of atoms and molecules in space. It is a field fundamental to many scientific disciplines, such as physics, biochemistry, genetics, pharmaceuticals, and nanotechnology. Chirality, is a term derived from the Greek word for handedness. An object is chiral if and only if it is not superimposable on its mirror image. Chirality is strikingly obvious in our daily lives. Thus, while our right and left hands are symmetrical, they are not superimposable; your right hand cannot be fitted into your left glove.

The principal theme of Kurt Mislow’s research was the introduction of the theoretical concepts of symmetry and chirality into the field of stereochemistry; he was able to explain how symmetry at the molecular level could determine chemical interactions at the macroscopic level.

In order to to describe the complexity of molecular structures, he created a new, precise, insightful lexicon based on topicity that is now standard in the field. He and his students also designed and synthesized the complex organic molecules that validated his symmetry-based predictions. Indeed, many of the chiral species that are used to prepare enantiopure pharmaceuticals today, rely on the classes of molecules that Mislow’s group first described and prepared in his laboratory.

Mislow introduced group theory to clarify the stereochemical relationships both between molecules as well as within molecules. He recognized the power of graph theory to examine the kinetic activity of fascinating mobile machines of nanotechnology such as molecular gears and propellers.

When he became an Emeritus Professor, he devoted his time more fully to topology, also termed “rubber sheet geometry”, creating a rigorous quantitative analysis of deformable chiral molecules such as the variety knots found in proteins and the molecular links found in DNA. He proposed a unique relationship between the form and function of these entwined molecular superstructures and the origins of chirality.

Prof. Mislow maintained a cautious concern regarding the interaction of social and public policies and the scientific enterprise. In 1988, he taught a graduate course “Social Responsibilities of Scientists” that addressed the moral questions of chemical, biological, and nuclear weaponry, genetic engineering, and other salient topics, recognizing that science is value laden and has the capacity for great harm as well as great benefit.

Mislow was a committed, passionate, much loved and respected teacher of both undergraduates and graduate students. In addition to being a premier scientist, he was a humanist, with broad and probing interests in philosophy, history, neuroscience, literature, and music.

Kurt Mislow was a Sloan Fellow (1959-63) and was awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships: one, in 1956, at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich and another, in 1974, at the University of Cambridge, where he was also an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College. He received honorary doctorates from the Free University of Brussels, Tulane University, the University of Uppsala, Düsseldorf, and Zürich.

He was awarded the Solvay Medal from the Free University of Brussels (1972), received the American Chemical Society’s James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry (1975), the CCNY Scientific Achievement Award Medal (1988), the William H. Nichols Medal (1987), the Tulane University Sesquicentennial Medal, (1997), and the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1995). He was the first recipient of the Prelog Medal (1986), and was awarded the Chirality Gold Medal in 1993.

Mislow was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1972, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1974, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1980, and a foreign Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in 1999. He was Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology in 1990, 1991, and 1994, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from that institution in 1990. Mislow has held numerous Visiting professorships and honorary lectureships here and abroad, and has served on the editorial advisory boards of many noted scientific journals.

He authored or coauthored over 350 articles in professional journals and wrote the classic book, Introduction to Stereochemistry [1965] that was so lucid and advanced in the explanation of the subject that, 50 years later, it is still used in teaching and referenced in major research publications.

Professor Mislow is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Dr. Jacqueline Mislow. He was predeceased by their son, John Mislow, M.D., Ph.D., Princeton Class of ’92, a neurosurgeon at Brigham Hospital in Boston. He is survived by John’s two sons, Max and John. He is also survived by Christopher Mislow, Princeton Class of ’74, an attorney in Charlottesville, Va., his son from a former marriage.


Margaret Wister Frantz Wellington

Margaret Wister Frantz Wellington, 93, of Dartmouth, Mass. passed away on October 12, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Daughter of the late Samuel and Sarah Frantz, she was born on December 19, 1923 in Paris, France, and was raised in Princeton, N.J. During World War II, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps and had the honor of announcing the end of the war to her fellow Marines at her base at El Toro in Orange County, Calif.

She married Jack Meyers from Savannah, Ga. and raised her four children in Princeton. She was an avid volunteer, and worked for many years with Meals on Wheels and Family Born. Throughout her life, she was a voracious reader, loved opera and classical music, and enjoyed bird watching and traveling the world. She later married Thomas Wellington, who predeceased her. In 2016 she moved to Dartmouth to be closer to her family.

Her surviving family includes John Myers of Arcata, Calif.; Sarah Myers of Dartmouth; Fairlie Myers of Waltham, Mass.; stepchildren: Maggie, Peter, Sarah, and Irene Wellington; five grandchildren: Ben Myers, Caroline Thornton, Isabelle Lanagan, Jane Myers, and Andrew Myers; four great-grandchildren: Ian Myers, Kyra Myers, Miranda Myers, and Alice Lanagan; a sister Sarah Frantz Latimer; a niece, Miranda Swift and her husband, Tom; and daughter-in-law Cheryl Dellecese. She was predeceased by her son, Thomas Myers; her sister, Katherine Mayo; and her longtime companion Bill Stoltzfus.

There will be a memorial gathering for a celebration of her life at The Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ on the afternoon of December 2. Time still to be determined.


Stacy Terhune Lorenceau

Stacy Terhune Lorenceau, the eldest daughter of Fleury Mackie and Jack Valdes, died on October 6th in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Stacy was born in New York City in 1949, and the young family moved to Princeton in 1951. She attended Miss Fines School, on the site that later became Borough Hall. Stacy attended the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., for her high school years, and matriculated at the University of Denver for two years. She also spent a semester in Paris where she worked to perfect her French, and studied culture. After college she moved to the West Village in New York City, rooming with Tene Otis, a Princeton friend. There she worked for an advertising agency.

At her cousin’s wedding in Paris in 1974, she became reacquainted with Francois Lorenceau, who was to eventually become a fourth generation gallery dealer at the Paris Gallery of Brame — Lorenceau. The two married in Vichy, France in the summer of 1976. In 1983, after her three sons were born, the family moved to Cap d’Ail on the southern coast of France, where Stacy experienced the happiest time of her marriage with her young family. In 1991 they returned to Paris, to a more traditional life.

In 1998, after the couple divorced, Stacy returned to the U.S. where she rekindled the relationship with her first love from college, Gary Garratt an engineer from the West Coast. She moved to San Martin, California with Gary where the couple enjoyed traveling in the jet airplane that Gary had built.

In 2003, it became apparent that Stacy was having cognitive problems. Her youngest sister Kelly Valdes stepped in to bring her to the horse farm that she managed in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Stacy was suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, a condition she lived with for more than 12 years, under the care and oversight of her devoted sister.

Stacy was stylish and charismatic, with a firecracker personality. She had a quick wit and musical sense that she would often put to use writing original humorous songs for social occasions. She was fun-loving, and good humored to the end. Above all, she adored her three sons — Antoine, Olivier, and Thomas, who survive her.

She is also survived by her mother Fleury Mackie, her sisters Midge and Kelly Valdes, a granddaughter Edwina Lorenceau, her step-siblings Douglas Mackie of Princeton, David Mackie of Hopewell, and Cynthia Mackie of Maryland.


Wayne Virginia Goss Douglas

May 27, 1935 — October 16, 2017

Wayne Virginia Goss Douglas died peacefully, surrounded by her children, in Narragansett, R.I. on October 16, 2017 of complications from lung cancer. She was 82 years old.

Born in Waterbury, Conn., Wayne was the second of four children born to Richard Wayne Goss and Virginia Johnston Goss.

As a girl, she attended St. Margaret’s School in Waterbury, then Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Md. During many of these years, she also attended Camp Wohelo in South Casco, Maine, where she learned woodcraft skills and the campfire songs that she would later sing with her daughters and granddaughters.

Wayne graduated from Vassar College in 1956 with a B.A. in English. Shortly thereafter, she was married to Archibald Douglas III, with whom she enjoyed a 57-year adventure.

As a young bride, Wayne lived first in Middlebury, Conn., then Gates Mills, Ohio and Iron Mountain, Mich., before settling in Louisville, Ky. in late 1960. Wayne flourished in Louisville, joining the Junior League, volunteering with Planned Parenthood, and serving on the board of the Louisville Ballet. Among bright memories were late-night Christmas Eve parties held at the Douglas house, with dancers leaping to and fro, spreading tinsel, far from their own homes and families, but included in Wayne’s.

Reflective and smart, Wayne also loved Louisville’s social life. The River Valley Club, the Louisville Country Club, the church choir at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church — these were all happy places for her, filled with friends, tennis, music, good works, and always flowers. She devoted particular attention to her gardens – flower, vegetable, and Japanese — at Quarry Hill, overlooking the Ohio River. But her love of nature and the outdoors was also political. She served as president of Strategies for Environmental Control in 1975-1976.

In 1976, Wayne and Archie moved to Lawrence Township, N.J., and there she took on the challenge of Willowgate Farm, a centuries-old estate that had been well-maintained but which responded even more to her visionary touch. During these years, Wayne earned a B.S. in Geology as well as a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, both from Rutgers University. This led to a successful and respected, albeit low-key, practice as a landscape designer. As much as Wayne loved plants and flowers, it developed that her real passion — and her great strength — was design. She became passionate about ornamental grasses, berms, and the like. Her designs curved and swayed, reflecting the natural rhythms of the sites on which she worked. At the same time, Wayne’s skill drew the attention of local leaders, and she was appointed to a seat on the Lawrence Planning Commission, where she served for several enlightening years. She also was a regular member of Trinity Church in Princeton, drawn to its progressive philosophy and outreach programs.

Wayne and Archie retired to Narragansett in December 1999. It had long been a summer destination, but now it was full-time. Reunited with lifelong friends, she set to work making Pine Lodge a home. As usual, a memorable flower garden was one of the results of that effort, with children, grandchildren, and beloved friends coming and going to the house throughout each year. Golf and paddle tennis at Pt. Judith Country Club were a steady attraction, and summers turned around the Dunes Club and friends and family there. Winters in South Carolina at Yeamans Hall, along with long-dreamed-of travel became more the norm. And when Archie’s health declined, Wayne leaned in, stepped up, and pressed on. She worked the doctors, drove the car, and ran the show. After Archie’s death in March 2013, she slowed down briefly. But work on the Narragansett Historical Commission, loyal friends who included her in bridge and other pastimes, and a commitment to St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church provided purpose and activity. She grew used to a more independent life.

Wayne’s illness came with surprising speed, but she faced it head-on with acceptance and grace. On October 2, 2017, the Narragansett Town Council extended its “appreciation and thanks” to Wayne for her “distinguished service to the community.” It was a fitting and appropriate acknowledgement of service.

She is survived by a sister, Garril Goss Page, and a brother, Porter Johnston Goss (and predeceased by her brother, Richard Wayne Goss II), by four children — Archibald Douglas IV, Edith Wayne (Daisy) Douglas, Eliza Douglas McErlean, and Deirdre Hunt Douglas — and eight grandchildren. The classic matriarch, she showed us the way to live. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered. And when we think of her, we will hear her advice: “Go in the ocean. The ocean will fix it.”

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, Narragansett, R.I. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to South County Hospital Cancer Center, Animal Rescue League of South County, or St. Peter’s by-the-Sea. For guest book and condolences,

October 18, 2017

Michael Curschmann
Michael Curschmann, age 81, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at home in Princeton. Born in Cologne, Germany, to Hanna and Fritz Heinrich Curschmann, he studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, where he received his PhD. In 1963, he immigrated to the United States with his wife Beryl and infant daughter to take up a position as a medievalist in the German Department at Princeton University, where he remained on the faculty until his retirement in 2002. In the years following, he stayed active as a professor emeritus, continuing to write, speak and participate in academic life until his death.

Michael was a loving and devoted husband to Beryl for over 50 years. Attentive, supportive, and generous to his children, Michael was also a doting grandparent and a loyal brother. Preceded in death by both Beryl and his beloved son Paul, he is survived by his daughter Jane Curschmann, grandsons Yannick Pinoy-Curschmann and Max Curschmann, sister Barbara Haas, and brother-in-law Hans Martin Sauer.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. at The Kimble Funeral Home at One Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. Friends may visit beginning at noon, followed by a service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made, in his memory, to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 872, Trenton, NJ 08695.

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Dan Kluchinski

Dan Kluchinski, 54 of Rocky Hill, NJ passed away on October 16 with his husband at his side after an incredible fight with cancer.

Dan is survived by his husband of 29 years — W. J. “Brad” Bradhering; his parents –Joseph and Florence Kluchinski; his brothers (and sister-in-laws) Dave (Dawn) and Don (Carol) Kluchinski; and six nieces and nephews — Joe, Dana, Catherine, Allie, Rachel, and Jack.

Dan graduated from Rutgers and Purdue Universities. He spent his career at Rutgers as a professor, Associate Director of Cooperative Extension and Chair of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dan was an outstanding scientist, educator, administrator and mentor, and touched and influenced the lives of so many. He had a thirst for knowledge and derived great joy and satisfaction from helping others.

Dan was an avid gardener, photographer, loved the beach and ocean, and traveling with friends. He always put others before himself and was a devoted uncle, friend, mentor and colleague. His positive attitude, kindness, boundless energy, and caring nature will be missed by all those who know and love him.

Although his fight with cancer included many challenges, Dan always kept his wonderful smile and sense of humor. His strength, optimism, and passion for life and learning were and will continue to be an inspiration.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial contributions be made to the Dan Kluchinski Memorial Scholarship Fund; c/o Matt Weismantel; Senior Director – Office of the Chancellor; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; 96 Davidson Road; Piscataway, NJ 08854-8062. Please make checks out to Rutgers Foundation with “Dan Kluchinski Memorial Scholarship” in the memo.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love, support, and prayers — they meant so much to Dan.

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


Herbert Henry Rickert

Herb Rickert, 1923-2017, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2017, with Rose, his wife of 66 years, and other family members by his side. The family is grateful for the attention and care of the staff at both Meadow Lakes Assisted Living Facility and at the Princeton University Medical Center.

Herb was born in Gary, Ind., and lived for many years in Illinois, primarily in Champaign-Urbana. He began his career as a specialist in radar, and was a technical school instructor in the US Navy during World War II. He held a BSEE from the U of Illinois (1948) and was a Senior Member of the IEEE. Herb’s first job after his service in the Navy was as a microwave engineer at Wheeler Labs in Great Neck, N.Y., where Rose, a young secretary with great legs, caught his eye. Herb, Rose, and their children moved to Princeton, and Herb was an antenna electrical engineer at RCA Astro-Electronics in East Windsor, N.J., for 23 years before his welcome retirement.

Herb was a faithful and active member of All Saints’ Church in Princeton, where he served on the Vestry, was a Sunday School teacher, was the associate treasurer, was an usher, a greeter, and a lector. He enjoyed playing and watching golf, and always insisted on walking the course.

A quiet man with a keen sense of humor, Herb was happiest in the midst of family noise and confusion. He is survived by his wife, Rose Belfiore Rickert and his children: Nancy Watkins, Waldwick, N.J.; Kenneth Rickert, Levittown, Pa.; Leslie Campbell, Manhattan, Kans.; Neil Swartz, Edison, N.J.; Donald Rickert, Yardley, Pa. Predeceased by his sister Dorothy and his precious granddaughter Allison, Gramps will be missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Gwynne, Christopher, Amie, Keelan, Emily, Ruth, Jaimie, Ryan, Anselm, and Cecilia.

A Memorial Service will be held at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, N.J.; the details will be announced at a later date, which will be posted on In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Herb’s name to Womanspace through or to Womanspace, Inc, 1530 Brunswick Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. All donations will be acknowledged in a letter to Rose Rickert.


Jane Merchant Hanna

Jane Merchant Hanna, 82, of Old Chatham, New York, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She spent her last years in Princeton, New Jersey to be closer to family.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. to the late Ralph Merchant and Louise (Gorham) Merchant, where she lived until attending Smith College, graduating in 1957. Although she remained on the East Coast for the rest of her life, she always attributed her spirit (which was formidable), determination (equally formidable), and down-to-earth attitudes to her Midwestern heritage.

Jane had two careers: teaching and landscape design. She began her teaching career at the Buckingham School in Cambridge, Mass. and as a middle school math teacher at Albany Academy for Girls after the family moved to Albany N.Y. She retired in 1980, to fulfill her lifelong passion for gardens and gifted eye for design, starting Wendover Farm Nursery. She was also involved in Tannery Pond Concerts, an organization committed to bringing world class Chamber music to the Berkshires at an affordable price.

She met her husband, John Hanna, Jr in Cambridge, Mass. Married in 1958, they lived in Cambridge until 1969 when they moved briefly to Albany before moving to their beloved Wendover Farm in Old Chatham, N.Y. Over 47 years together on the farm, they planted beautiful and abundant gardens, filled the barns with animals, and created a welcoming gathering spot for friends, family, and animals. Jane always loved animals, and collected an impressive array over the years, including a fair number of strays that wandered into the yard and never left. Nothing gave Jane more pleasure than to share Wendover with family and friends. Neighbors and guests were always welcome to gather by the pond for a cookout next to the firebowl. Over the years, Jane and John welcomed many of their friends’ children to spend portions of their summers at Wendover, and these visitors became cherished friends in their own rights. In the later years, having her grandchildren gather together and enjoy the farm provided huge joy, and all nine grandchildren consider time on the farm with Granna some of their most cherished memories.

She is survived her husband of 58 years, John Hanna, Jr, three children: Lili Hanna Morss and her husband Steve of Concord, Mass.; Kate Hanna Morgan of Princeton; Josh Merchant Hanna and his wife Kim of Waukesha, Wisc.; and nine grandchildren: Alexandra, Abigail and Caroline Morss; Sarah, Jasper, Lucy and Annie Morgan: and Will and Genevieve Hanna; and a brother Louis Merchant and his wife Joyce of Wayzata, Minn.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


CDR Charles L. Bardwell

Charles Laighton Bardwell, USN, 103 of Princeton died Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro. Born in Tuckahoe, New York on June 19, 1914 to Sarah Hitchcock and Frank Darwin Bardwell. He is predeceased by his parents, three brothers, two nephews, his wife Elizabeth, his daughter Susan, and his son-in-law John Cooley. He is survived by his daughter Annie Cooley, (Hilton Head, S.C.); his grandson Carson Cooley, (Hilton Head, S.C.); his step-grandson Peter Cooley, (New Canaan, Conn.); three nephews and three nieces. He is the decedent of William the Conqueror and the Hamlet of Bardwell, outside of London, is named for his family.

CDR Charles L. Bardwell, reported on February 24, 1956 to NATTS to assume the duties as Executive Officer. Born in Tuckahoe, New York, CDR Bardwell lived there until he entered Pensacola Flight Training in 1939. He attended Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, N.Y. While attending Fordham College, he coached the Roosevelt High School Ice Hockey Team. (I wonder if they ever won any games.) He entered the Naval Reserve and New York Naval Militia in 1932 on the old USS ILLINOIS. On completion of college in 1939, he went into the Aviation Cadet Program and concluded his elimination base training at Floyd Bennett, N.Y. Taught instrument flying at Pensacola and Jacksonville after commissioning as a Naval Aviator. Helped commission Patrol Squadron 33 at Norfolk, Virginia in 1942. Served in Panama with Patrol Squadrons 33 and 1 until 1944. Served in the Pacific area as Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron 9, returning in 1946. Taught NROTC at Princeton University 1946-47. Attended General Line School at Newport 1947-48 and then the junior course at the Naval War College 1948-49. Spent 18 months as Assistant Operations Officer (SEA-AIR RESCUE) for Caribbean Sea Frontier. Returned to the Staff of the Naval War College and Newport until assigned as Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron FIFTY SIX, Norfolk, Virginia in 1953. In November 1954 he assumed the duties as Navigator aboard the USS LEYTE serving there for a period of 16 months prior to reporting as Executive Officer at NATTS. CDR took over the duties as Operations Officer of Fleet Air Wing FOURTEEN now based at San Diego, California.

After retiring from the Navy in 1960, he and his family moved to Princeton where he worked for American Management Association as a program director for 18 years. Upon retirement, he and his wife spent many years enjoying their home on Marco Island, Florida. He is a long-standing member of his beloved Springdale Golf Course and has resided in the Princeton Windrows for the last 16 years where he enjoyed new friends and good times. A special thanks to his caregiver of the last three years (Irene) for making his life so comfortable and the staff of Princeton Windrows for all their kindness over the years.

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton. Burial will be in All Saints’ Cemetery, followed by a reception at Springdale Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wounded Warriors.

October 11, 2017

Vladimir Voevodsky

Vladimir Voevodsky, a truly extraordinary and original mathematician who made remarkable advances in algebraic geometry, and whose most recent work concerned rewriting the foundations of mathematics to make them suitable for computer proof verification, died at age 51 on September 30 in Princeton, New Jersey. Voevodsky was professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a position he held since 2002.

Voevodsky was able to handle highly abstract ideas to solve concrete mathematical problems. He had a deep understanding of classical homotopy theory, where the objects considered are flexible, meaning continuous deformations are neglected, and was able to transpose its methods in the very rigid world of algebraic geometry. This enabled him to construct new cohomology theories for algebraic varieties, which he used to prove the Milnor and Bloch-Kato conjectures, relating K-theory groups of fields and Galois cohomology.

“When I first saw the basic definitions in motivic cohomology I thought, ‘This is much too naïve to possibly work,’” said Pierre Deligne, professor emeritus in the School of Mathematics. “I was wrong, and Voevodsky, starting from those ‘naïve’ ideas, has given us extremely powerful tools.”

More recently, Voevodsky had worked in type-theoretic formalizations of mathematics and automated proof verification. He was working on new foundations of mathematics based on homotopy-theoretic semantics of Martin-Löf type theories. This led him to introduce a new, very interesting “univalence” axiom.

“Vladimir was a beloved colleague whose contributions to mathematics have challenged and enriched the field in deep and lasting ways,” said Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor. “He fearlessly attacked the most abstract and difficult problems with an approach that was exceptionally innovative yet decidedly practical. Most recently, he was focused on developing tools for mathematicians working in highly advanced areas, such as higher-dimensional structures, laying out a grand vision for the future of mathematics. He was a pioneer and a catalyst and will be greatly missed by the Institute community.”

Born in Moscow on June 4, 1966, Voevodsky was awarded the Fields Medal in 2002 at age 36, shortly after his appointment as professor in the School of Mathematics. He had spent the prior three years (1998–2001) as a long-term member.

In addition to the Fields Medal, Voevodsky’s many contributions in the field of mathematics have been recognized by numerous honors and awards. He received a Sloan Fellowship from 1996–98, Clay Prize Fellowships in 1999, 2000, 2001, and many National Science Foundation grants for his work. Voevodsky also was named an honorary professor of Wuhan University (2004) and received an honorary doctorate from University of Gothenburg (2016). He was a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

Voevodsky is survived by his former wife, Nadia Shalaby, their two daughters, Natalia Dalia Shalaby and Diana Yasmine Voevodsky, his aunt, Irina Voevodskaya, and extended family in Russia and around the world. A gathering to honor Voevodsky’s life and legacy took place at the Institute on October 8. A funeral service will be held in Moscow on December 27, followed by a mathematical conference in honor of his work on December 28 at the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Institute will convene an international conference on Voevodsky’s extraordinary and original work September 29–30, 2018.


Nancy Campbell Weaver

Nancy Campbell Weaver, 80, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Born in Petersburg, Va., she was a resident of Princeton for over 50 years. She attended Duke University and earned a BS in pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia. It was during this time that she met her husband, Bill Weaver, in Charlottesville, Va. They moved to Princeton in 1963, when Bill was invited to the Institute for Advanced Study.

Nancy was an active member of the Princeton community. She was an EMT and volunteered for the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad for nearly 20 years (’79-’99). As her children matured, she returned to pharmacy, working briefly in Petersburg, Va. then in the Princeton area.

Nancy enjoyed religious studies and attended courses at the Princeton Theological Seminary and frequently participated at weekly Talmud study at The Jewish Center of Princeton. She loved learning, reading of any kind, genealogy, dolls, and antiques.

She was the wife of the late David William Weaver, III, a mathematician. She was also predeceased by her sister Beth Daniel. She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law: Sallie Campbell Weaver, a lawyer, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Drs. Yaffa and Mark Brown, of Mobile, Ala.; as well as her younger brother, Arthur Gill; 3 grandchildren; and 5 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial were at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 8 at Washington Cemetery, 104 Deans Rhode Hall Road, Deans, N.J. Memorial donations may be made to the Rabbi’s discretionary fund at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


Sonja Olson

Our sweet and gentle daughter, Sonja Carl Goodwin Olson, died early Monday, October 9, with her parents and her caregiver of many years at her bedside. Her death resulted from acute complications of a progressive and degenerative neurologic disease known as “NBIA disorder.”

Born on the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13, 1995, she was a lifelong resident of Griggstown, New Jersey. She was proud to have graduated in June from the Midland School in North Branch. Over the years, Midland created the perfect environment for Sonja to flourish. She especially enjoyed being a Girl Scout, school dances, music therapy, jigsaw puzzles, and all the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books. She filled our homes with her arts and crafts projects, jewelry, and mosaics.

Sonja charmed people with her beautiful smile and quirky sense of humor. She loved her sister and brothers, who were able to be with her before her passing. She is survived by her mother Megan Thomas and husband Tom Bodenberg; father Robert Olson and fiancée Irene Strapko; siblings Robert Olson and wife Sara Probasco Olson of Portland, Maine; sister Gwyneth Olson and husband Kendrick Smith of Princeton and Toronto; brother Nevin Olson and wife Allison O’Brien of Somerset; her nieces whom she adored, Lucy and Livy Olson; her grandparents, Lowell and Judy Thomas of Blue Hill, Maine; and grandmother Jacqueline Olson of Meadowbrook, Pa.; and by her beloved caregiver of many years, Gloria Orantes.

Her family is thankful for the compassion and expertise of the St. Peter’s University Hospital pediatric intensive care unit nurses and doctors.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Saul Funeral Home, Hamilton Square.

Contributions in Sonja’s memory may be made to The Midland Foundation, P.O. Box 5026, North Branch, NJ 08876, and to NBIA Disorders Association, 2082 Monaco Court, El Cajon, CA 92019-4235.


Jean Millis Gilpin

Jean Millis Gilpin, age 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Greensboro, Vt. Her husband of 62 years, Robert (Bob) Gilpin, was by her side. A teacher at heart, Jean nurtured, inspired, and advocated for others throughout her life. The stories are too numerous to tell, but include her bringing civics lessons to life by turning her elementary school classroom into the country of Gilpania, successfully fighting for the acceptance of the first Jewish member of her college sorority, and inspiring others to take chances and reach for distant goals.

One of those she inspired was her husband, who still shakes his head in wonder at the woman he credits with transforming him from a kid from Enosburg Falls, Vt., with less than stellar grades, to a world-renowned scholar and Eisenhower professor of International Affairs, emeritus at Princeton University.

Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to John Schoff and Katherine Millis, Jean moved with her family in 1941 to Burlington, Vt., where her father began his tenure as president of the University of Vermont. After leaving Vermont to spend her freshman year at Lawrence College, she joined the Class of 1953 at UVM, where she pledged the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, served on the student government association, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board (the senior women’s honor society).

Jean earned her first master’s degree in international politics from Western Reserve University (the second was from Trenton State in education). She subsequently worked at the United Nations prior to marrying Bob in 1955. Bob and Jean moved to Princeton in 1962, where they raised their children, Linda, Beth, and Rob. Over the next 30+ years, Jean was active in many community organizations, taught elementary school, and welcomed a stream of her children’s friends and Princeton University students into their home.

Jean Gilpin’s interests and accomplishments were many, and included foreign languages (particularly Japanese), classical music, innovative teaching methodologies, playing the piano, and cold water swimming. She could be found on Sunday afternoons, sandwiched between morning services at Trinity Episcopal church and an afternoon walk at Herrontown Woods or Marquand Park, deep in discussion with Bob about the Sunday Times’ reporting of the week’s news. Jean was a champion debater of the State of Vermont, so Bob wisely resigned himself to losing any and all arguments about current affairs, or any other topic for that matter.

Bob’s sabbaticals in London and Paris were highlights of their family life, along with summer trips to visit grandparents on Cape Cod, Lake Champlain, and Northfield, Vt. After Bob’s retirement, he and Jean moved to their home in Greensboro, Vt, and used it as a home base while traveling the world.

A Girl Scout leader, Jean was the epitome of the lyrics known by Girl Scouts everywhere: “Make new friends but keep the old.” Bonds formed in childhood, during her college years, and while living in Princeton and Greensboro, were nurtured throughout her life and remained vitally important to her.

But in the end, after the world travels, the parenting, the joys, and the struggles, it all comes back to Bob and Jean. Jean was Bob’s partner, editor, and co-author of eight books that have been published in dozens of countries and a multitude of languages, and several of which are considered seminal works. Perhaps the best vignette of their lives together can be found in a profile from the Vermont Quarterly:

“The Gilpins have a close, if occasionally cantankerous relationship, as happens when a couple lives and works together so closely. At one point when he asks if she’s going to talk or let him talk, she laughs merrily and says, “Oh, I’m going to interrupt you, of course. The way I always have.” And they move on, telling their stories, about the long-ago debates Bob would spark among Harvard intellectuals when he introduced the concept of an intersection between politics and economics … about the progressive teaching ideas Jean put into practice … about hearing a beautiful voice singing from the balcony across the street from their apartment in Paris and looking over to see Joan Baez … about how the word around the UVM campus in the ’50s, according to Jean, was that Bob was a radical. Whether this was part of the appeal she doesn’t say ….”

Jean is survived by her husband Robert G. Gilpin, Jr., children Linda Gilpin and Beth Gilpin (both of Waterbury, Vt.) and Robert M. Gilpin of Newton, Mass., and her sister Alice Grover Vest. She will be missed by grandchildren Jamie Benson, Hazen and Riley Powell, Everett, Jeremy, and Toby Gilpin, and Chase and Chelsea Benson (now Laukaitis), all of whom she taught, whether to swim, to read, or the proper usage of the phrase “lie down” vs. “lay down.” Bob, Linda, Beth, and Rob wish to express their deep and heartfelt appreciation to Brenna Gonyo, whose skill, compassion, and dedication have been a blessing over the past four years.

Services will be held in Vermont and Princeton; details to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the University of Vermont or Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro, Vt., whose staff provided Jean with comfort and care in her final months. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury, Vt. Condolences can be sent to Beth Gilpin, 480 Black Bear Hollow, Waterbury, VT, or online at


Jane Merchant Hanna

Jane Merchant Hanna, 82, of Old Chatham, New York, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She spent her last years in Princeton, New Jersey to be closer to family.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. to the late Ralph Merchant and Louise (Gorham) Merchant, where she lived until attending Smith College, graduating in 1957. Although she remained on the East Coast for the rest of her life, she always attributed her spirit (which was formidable), determination (equally formidable), and down-to-earth attitudes to her Midwestern heritage.

Jane had two careers: teaching and landscape design. She began her teaching career at the Buckingham School in Cambridge, Mass. and as a middle school math teacher at Albany Academy for Girls after the family moved to Albany N.Y. She retired in 1980, to fulfill her lifelong passion for gardens and gifted eye for design, starting Wendover Farm Nursery. She was also involved in Tannery Pond Concerts, an organization committed to bringing world class chamber music to the Berkshires at an affordable price.

She met her husband, John Hanna, Jr. in Cambridge, Mass. Married in 1958, they lived in Cambridge until 1969 when they moved briefly to Albany before moving to their beloved Wendover Farm in Old Chatham, N.Y. Over 47 years together on the farm, they planted beautiful and abundant gardens, filled the barns with animals, and created a welcoming gathering spot for friends, family, and animals. Jane always loved animals, and collected an impressive array over the years, including a fair number of strays that wandered into the yard and never left. Nothing gave Jane more pleasure than to share Wendover with family and friends. Neighbors and guests were always welcome to gather by the pond for a cookout next to the firebowl. Over the years, Jane and John welcomed many of their friends’ children to spend portions of their summers at Wendover, and these visitors became cherished friends in their own rights. In the later years, having her grandchildren gather together and enjoy the farm provided huge joy, and all nine grandchildren consider time on the farm with Granna some of their most cherished memories.

She is survived her husband of 58 years, John Hanna, Jr, three children: Lili Hanna Morss and her husband Steve of Concord, Mass.: Kate Hanna Morgan of Princeton; Josh Merchant Hanna and his wife Kim of Waukesha, Wisc.; and nine grandchildren: Alexandra, Abigail and Caroline Morss: Sarah, Jasper, Lucy and Annie Morgan: and Will and Genevieve Hanna; and a brother Louis Merchant and his wife Joyce of Wayzata, Minn.

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


K. Philip Dresdner

K. Philip Dresdner (Phil) died Saturday October 7, 2017. Phil was born April 13, 1927 in Trenton, New Jersey where he attended public schools until attending The Lawrenceville School where he graduated in the class of 1945. Phil served in the U.S. Merchant Marines, USNR, for a year and then received a BA from Yale in 1950. He married Katherine V. Winans (Kay) in June 1950. Phil was recruited while at Yale to join the CIA and assigned to an executive position in Radio Free Europe’s Munich Station in Germany. After leaving Munich Station, Phil continued to work for the CIA in New York at Radio Free Europe and then worked in a number of brokerage firms on Wall Street before opening his own company, Dresdner and Co. in Montclair, N.J. in 1971. While living in Montclair he served as trustee, treasurer, and president of the Montclair Art Museum, as president of the Yale Club of Montclair, and began serving in 1975 as a trustee of the Lawrenceville School.

Phil and Kay moved to Lawrence Township in 1980. His love for and devotion to The Lawrenceville School is reflected in his 20 years of active service on the Board and continued participation as a trustee emeritus. He served as board vice president, as executive committee chairman and treasurer of finance, managing the school’s endowment and saving the school millions of dollars in management fees. He also served as chair of the property committee and received Lawrenceville School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Phil had a major impact on the life of the school by actively supporting the Lawrenceville School Board’s move from an all-male school to coeducation which was finally approved in 1985. He supported gender equality in athletics with the creation in 1988 of the Dresdner Cup given annually in recognition of the highest athletic achievement of a girl’s Crescent House to correspond to the Foresman Cup awarded annually to a boy’s Circle House for highest athletic achievement at the school. Phil was also instrumental in hiring the school’s first female headmaster in 2003.

Phil had a lifelong love of music. As a child he studied the violin with Josef Chudnofsky, first chair violinist of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and played the violin in the Lawrenceville School orchestra and music groups at Yale. He supported the Lawrenceville School music department, donated his Heberlein violin to the school for students to play, and funded the building of Dresdner Hall, a new recital hall in the Clark Music Center.

Phil also served on the Board of the Princeton University Art Museum and was president and treasurer of the Morven Museum Board. In 1990 Phil singlehandedly saved the Morven property from becoming a New Jersey State Police Barracks.

Phil served on many Boards including the Montclair Savings Bank, the Montclair Mountainside Hospital, the Montclair YMCA, First Jersey National Bank and Trust, NJ Seeds, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Phil was a member and chairman of District Committee No. 9 of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), and a trustee of the Albert Penick Foundation, where he grew an initial investment of $300,000 to more than $5 million over time, making gifts annually over 40 years.

Fishing was another lifelong passion. Phil began fishing as a 4-year-old child on Marshall’s Creek and on the Delaware River in Shawnee, Pennsylvania. He later learned to fly fish and spent 30 years devoting himself to the art of fly casting, travelling to fish in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Maine, and the Bahamas. He travelled for many years to Patagonia fishing the Alumine, Malleo, and Corcovado Rivers and also to fish the Traful, Caleufu, Collon Cura, and the Chimehuin Rivers south of Buenos Aires. In July 1995 Phil had a spectacular record day fishing on the Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada where he caught and released a 48 pound salmon and then a 60 pound salmon. Catching these two salmon were an “incredible angling feat” as reported in the Bangor Daily News on July 15, 1995.

Phil is survived by his four children, Katherine V. Dresdner of Hopewell, N.J.; Karl P. Dresdner of Newtown, Pa.; Robert P. Dresdner of Vienna, Va.; and William W. Dresdner of Monticello, Va.; and also survived by his four grandchildren, Kate, Teddy, Maura, and Brendan. He is predeceased by his wife Katherine Winans Dresdner; his parents, Karl George Dresdner and Miriam Virginia Neumann; and his sister Hedl D. Roulette.

The burial will be at the Lawrenceville Cemetery on Route 206 near Carter Road, Lawrence, N.J. at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 14 to which Phil’s friends are welcome, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at The Edith Memorial Chapel at The Lawrenceville School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to SAVE-A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558. Arrangements are through the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.


Felice Pirone

Felice V. “Felix” Pirone, 87, of Princeton died Monday, October 2, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pettoranello Di Molise, Italy, he was a lifelong Princeton resident. He was the owner-operator of F. Pirone and Son Paving Inc., member of St. Paul’s Church, the Italian-American Sportsman Club, and Romaeterna. Felix was an avid New York Mets fan, bowler, and card player. He loved his farm and most of all enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Son of the late Umberto and Filomena C. (Nini) Pirone, husband of the late Elizabeth Marie Pirone, he is survived by two daughters Felisa Scannella, Pamela Pirone–Verdi; a son Umberto Pirone; a brother Anthony J. Pirone; a sister and brother-in-law Christine and Teodoro Tamasi; grandchildren Laurence Michael, Larisa and Steven Scannella, Francis Verdi, F. Nicholas, Julia, Salvatore, Joseph, Thomas Pirone; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends were asked to call on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Lung Association.

October 4, 2017

Aline Lenaz

Aline Lenaz, of Princeton died Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by her loving family.

Aline earned a bachelor of architecture and master’s of science in city planning from Pratt Institute, N.Y. Her various professional endeavors involved planning for HUD-Philadelphia, NJHMFA, and Princeton University — Office of Physical Planning. At the University she managed the development of Forbes College, Wu Hall, Prospect House Renovation, various student housing projects, and handicap accessibility studies.

Sparked by her creative spirit, Aline imagined and realized her dream to start a mystery bookshop, the Cloak & Dagger, as an encore career. She ran the Princeton bookshop with her husband Gerald, receiving several professional accolades from Mystery Author organizations for programs advancing the mystery writing genre.

She will be fondly remembered by her friends, relatives, and anyone who had the pleasure to know her. She was a “good-time” mom, always planning parties, events, and celebrations and was generous with her love and “can-do/take on the world” attitude.

Daughter of the late Walter and Martha (Salden) Sadowski-Kachuba, she is survived by her husband Gerald C. Lenaz and her son Jerry W. Lenaz.

Friends were asked to call on Monday, October 2, 2017, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton.

Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Salvation Army ( A refugee of World War II, Aline always supported organizations that assist families in need.


Ellen Kubacki

Ellen Angelina Battaglia Kubacki, 96, died Tuesday, September, 26, 2017, at her home in Princeton, after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Born in Kenilworth, Mrs. Kubacki was a 40-year resident of the Princeton area, after having lived almost 20 years in Westfield.

Prior to her marriage in 1947, she was privately trained by pathologist, Dr. A.R. Casilli, as a medical technologist. She worked at the Elizabeth General Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, CDR Edward L. Kubacki, USN, Ret., a professor of engineering and mathematics at Somerset County College; and by six of her seven brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her sister, Josephine Hopkins; her daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Richard Thompson, with whom she resided; her grandson, James Thompson, USAF Academy Class of 2001; and 12 nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral services will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. Further information may be obtained from Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton, telephone number (609) 924-0242.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood House Hospice Inc., Lawrenceville and/or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, N.Y.


Janet Rodes Hester

Janet Rodes Hester of Princeton, died peacefully at her home on September 29, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Rockford, Illinois to General Peter Powell and Janet Rodes. She was the elder sister to Bette Powell Baldwin and Martha McKeever who predeceased her. She graduated from the University of Kentucky where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She shared a long and happy marriage to James McNaughton Hester former president of New York University, The United Nations University, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. They lived in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. She is survived by her three daughters: Janet Gerrish (Campbell), Meg Giroux (Paul), and Martha Stafford (Philip). She is also survived by seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. Lovely to look at, kind, gracious, charming, and fun, she was beloved by all. A talented hostess, artist, and flower arranger, she loved a good dancer and a dry martini. In addition to being a former president of the Cosmopolitan club, she was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother and friend. She will live in our hearts forever and be missed by all. At the end of their lives both our parents developed Parkinson’s disease. We ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Janet’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.

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


Shirley A. Houck

Shirley A. Houck (Cain) 80, daughter of Ruth S. Houck (Borgia), and Harry W. Houck, passed away peacefully in Princeton surrounded by her loving family on September 21, 2017.

Shirley is survived by her children Bambi Hendricks (Wes) of Pipersville, Pa.; Richard Cain (Eileen) of Levittown, Pa; Sandra Cain Hughes of Lawrenceville; and Nancy Godfrey (Tom) of Dallastown, Pa. She is also survived by four brothers, two sisters, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

As a profession, Shirley was a certified nursing assistant, and spent the majority of her life caring for others. The greatest joy in her life was spending time with her family, whether it was at a gathering for a special occasion or a simple phone conversation. She loved being outdoors, gardening, working around the house, jigsaw puzzles, and watching her favorite TV shows and movies. She also had a very artistic side, painted different crafts, and cut out silhouettes as gifts for friends and family. With all the things she loved to do, and her busy schedule, she always made sure she was there to meet her “Breakfast Club” friends every Monday and Thursday mornings. Having breakfast with friends she treasured was so important to her. Lastly, her favorite place to travel was Lake Placid, N.Y., in the Adirondack mountains. To her, this was the most beautiful place in the world.

A memorial service will begin on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542, followed by interment at Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, NJ.

Friends and family may call Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Kit Y. Wong 

Kit Y. Wong (aka Larry), devoted family man, friend, and humanitarian, passed away September 7, 2017 at the age of 89. Friends and relatives are invited to attend his remembrance gathering, October 7, 2 to 4 p.m. at Bear Creek Assisted Living, 291 Village Road East, West Windsor. Kit was born in Da Peng, China, moved to Hong Kong at 3 years, then to Aruba at 9 years. He had two sisters and five half-sisters. Speaking Dutch, Papiamento, and Cantonese, in 1945 he ventured to America to learn English at Blair Academy then attended Lehigh University on a scholarship, getting an engineering degree. He married Jeanette Chien Loo in 1952, started working at Picatinny Arsenal in 1951 moving to Salem Village, Dover, N.J. (later to Princeton Junction). Known for his generous spirit and willingness to help the unfortunate and those suffering abroad, he sponsored and housed at least 14 relatives and 2 Vietnamese boat people (he led New Jersey State protests). He strove to bring stability, strong values, and prosperity through hard-work and education to others. Big-hearted, generous, and devoted to family, Kit was husband of 65 years to Jeanette, and father to Dr. Richard Wong, Dr. Michael Wong, and Lisa D. Wong; with 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A champion bowler, chess, bridge, ping pong, and soccer player; he enjoyed tennis, dancing, all kinds of music, and writing poetry. Possessing a deep appreciation for beauty, feisty passion for life, unyielding determination, and witty sense of humor, he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. From Kit’s simple beginnings in China, his spiritual imprint and legacy of giving will be felt for many generations to follow. May the joy and openness he brought to this world walk with him into his next journey. Arrangements are under the care of Ruby Memorial Home in Hightstown, N.J. For full obituary and donations visit


William Everett Brown

William Everett Brown, 95, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at his home in Skillman. Bill was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Lily, of 69 years; his half-brother and sister, David Stronach and Diane Stronach Sage; and two step-brothers, Melvin and Harold Stronach.

Born in Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Leo and Annie (Springbett) Brown Stronach, Bill was primarily raised on a farm on the outskirts of Calgary. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alberta, majoring in agriculture. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a PhD in biochemistry and pioneered in the manufacture of penicillin.

Beginning his career at Lily Pharmaceuticals, Bill soon joined E.R. Squibb and Sons in 1951. His responsibilities included microbiological research and development, and licensing. From 1983 to 1991, Bill and Lily resided in Tokyo. There, he was in charge of Squibb’s laboratory, directed clinical trials on new drug candidates, and worked with licensing and drug registration with the Japanese government. He retired in 1995 from then, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Bill was a member of the American Society of Microbiology, president of the Theobold Smith Society, and a member of both the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society. Following his retirement, Bill continued consulting in the pharmaceutical industry.

Bill and Lily raised their family in Princeton where Bill was an extremely devoted husband and loving father. Within the community, he was a member of the Old Guard of Princeton and the Nassau Club. He was also a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, was active in the Boy Scouts, and served as a judge in the Trenton Science Fair. For personal nourishment, Bill was an avid and lifelong reader and delighted in gardening as well as in researching genealogy. After retiring to Skillman, Bill enjoyed chairing the Grounds Committee at Stonebridge at Montgomery and playing pool.

Bill is survived by two sons, Duncan (m. Janet Elliott) of La Jolla, California; and Stuart (m. Lori Young) of Studio City, California; and a loving daughter, Beth Steward (m. David) of Hamilton Square, New Jersey. He leaves six grandchildren, Lillian Brown (m. Will Poe), Vivian Sheffield (m. Billy Jack), Kiana Brown, Lucas Brown, David Henry Steward, and Christopher Everett Steward; and four great grandchildren, Hank Sheffield, Beau Sheffield, Cassidy Sheffield, and William Elliott Poe Brown. Bill is also survived by his brother, Doug Brown, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada; and three half-sisters, Marion Stronach Wells of Vancouver, British Columbia; Robin Stronach of Kelowna, British Columbia; and Jeanne Stronach Zaseybida of Calgary, Alberta; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He appreciated the care and friendship of his aide, George, during the years after Lily’s passing.

A private memorial service was held for the family.

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

September 27, 2017

Stephen Alan Decter

Stephen A. Decter died on September 5, 2017, in Capital Health Regional Medical Center after suffering a sudden hemorrhagic stroke. Born in Newark, New Jersey, on June 21, 1937, the son of Rose Jacobson Decter and William Decter, he was pleased to have reached the age of 80 years.

Steve was a loyal lifetime resident of New Jersey, growing up in Maplewood, attending Columbia High School. He received his AB from Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs in 1959; and an MA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, preparing for a lifetime of service in government and public policy.

Steve moved to West Windsor Township in 1977. He became involved in local politics as a Democrat and was twice elected to the Township Committee from 1983 to 1988. He served as mayor in 1987. During his time on the Township Committee, he focused on planning and development issues as the Township was undergoing rapid growth. As a member of the planning board, he would joke about the applicants’ teams of attorneys and developers arriving for the then weekly meetings in their stretch limousines.

He championed the expansion of Township services to accommodate a growing population including the building of a new senior center, zoning for a variety of housing, and purchasing land for a much-needed central community park. In an effort to create a downtown in the former farming community, he led a study of Princeton Junction with the hope of designing a commercial and service center around the train station while coping with the major Route 571 thoroughfare.

After leaving the committee, he continued in Township service as an advocate for a workable affordable housing plan and chaired the Growth Management Study Committee. He later returned to the planning board as a voting member.

Steve served as an academic administrator and researcher at Rutgers University in New Brunswick for 31 years. At his retirement in 1999, he was the senior associate director of the ecopolicy center of Cook College and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Previously, he was a research associate at the University’s Center for Government Studies, formerly the Bureau of Government Research.

Steve was genuinely committed to making the state a better place, contributing through his work at Rutgers. His commitment to service to the state was an outstanding example of what a land-grant university aspires to provide. His research interests encompassed many areas, and he contributed numerous useful publications that included studies of the future of agriculture in New Jersey; environment and natural resource use, water and solid waste management; land use planning and management with a focus on farmland preservation, transfer of development rights, and growth management; housing and affordable housing policy; regional planning and development, especially the Hackensack Meadowlands Development and Redevelopment Act.

He developed and taught courses in the Rutgers departments of environmental resources, ecology, evolution and natural resources, and political science. He also had considerable experience as a practitioner hosting numerous meetings and workshops and serving as a consultant to New Jersey State government departments of agriculture, environmental protection, community affairs, and the State Legislature, as well as county and municipal governments.

Steve found true pleasure in physical activity. He said it kept him calm and focused. He enjoyed a serious and vigorous game of tennis anytime. During the summer he swam 40 laps to the mile at Broadmead Swim Club. He bicycled, ran, and in recent years, took many active-adventure vacations to national parks, New England, California, Europe, and Belize.

His home was part of a very special community. Glen Acres was established in 1958 as a deliberately integrated neighborhood, allowing African American families to purchase homes during the era of red-lining, and residents still share a special bond of caring and support for each other as many still reside in their original homes. He was a regular host of the many parties and picnics and helped organize special events such as the 40th and 50th anniversary celebrations. His neighbors remember him as a generous and caring person interested in them, their children, and grandchildren.

Steve never married. He was predeceased by his brother Philip and his nephew Andrew, and is survived by his sister-in-law Alice, his niece Lori Yaspan and husband Richard, and four grand nieces and nephews. He is remembered fondly by his longtime friend and travel companion Susan Stanbury.

Per his wishes, Steve was cremated under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.

Steve’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service and reception on Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. at Palmer House, 1 Bayard Lane, Princeton, at the corner of Route 206 and Nassau Street.

Contributions in his name may be made to the ALS Association in memory of Andy Decter at

September 20, 2017

William Woodrum Ellis

William Woodrum Ellis, 92, died on August 31, 2017 at home in Osprey, Florida surrounded by his loving family. A long-time Princeton resident, Bill Ellis was born and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri. An Eagle Scout by the age of 15, Bill enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve while still in high school and was called to active duty in July 1943. After graduating from Midshipmen School at Notre Dame University, Bill served as a naval officer in the Pacific during World War II. After the war he completed his chemical engineering degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he was a member of Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and Delta Tau Delta. He was employed by duPont, Owens-Illinois, and Ross Laboratories before accepting an academic position as executive director of professional education first at Carnegie-Mellon University and then at Princeton University. In 1978, Bill founded University Associates of Princeton to offer professional education in statistics and management science for corporate clients and practicing professionals across the United States and Europe. He retired in 2003.

Bill was an active member of a range of professional associations including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, American Society for Quality Control, American Statistical Association, and the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education. In addition to being a founding member of the Princeton Officer’s Society, he was a member of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, English Speaking Union, Nassau Club of Princeton, Princeton Club of New York, and Jasna Polana.

Bill first met his wife of 65 years, Joan Riopelle Ellis, while both were in colleges in Columbia, Missouri. They lived in Haddonfield, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before moving to Princeton in 1975. During their 40-year tenure in Princeton, Bill and Joan were active supporters of the Princeton Art Museum, Princeton Historical Society, Morven Museum and Garden, Drumthwacket Foundation, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, and Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. Bill and Joan shared a passion for travel and enjoyed many wonderful trips and adventures around the world. In 2015, they moved to The Oaks Club in Osprey, Florida.

Son of the late Marjorie Woodrum Ellis and Charles William Ellis of Jefferson City Missouri, father of the late Jeffry Riopelle Ellis, and brother of the late Robert Clay Ellis, Bill is survived by his wife, Joan; his children Gregory and Maria; his grandchildren Keith, Sara, Sophie, Elyssa, and Heather; his daughters-in-law, Kathleen and Delores, and son-in-law, Jeffrey. A private graveside service will take place at Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey.


Betty Rose Pilenza

Betty Rose Pilenza, 89, lifelong Princeton resident, passed away at her home on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Betty owned and operated the Grotto Restaurant, on Witherspoon Street in Princeton, with her husband, Mike, for over 40 years. After retiring from the restaurant, she worked as a nanny for several families in the Princeton area. During that time she was affectionately known as “Beep” by the children she cared for.

She was a communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church in Princeton. Her leisure time was devoted to helping and spending time with her family.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, Sam and Mary (Bruno) Federico; brother Richard Federico; sister Margaret Federico; ex-husband Mike Pilenza (6/29/2017); and brother-in-law Michael Pirone.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jan Pilenza of Delran; daughter and son-in-law, Donna Pilenza Intartaglia and Andre of Princeton; four grandchildren; April Theis and husband Sean of Delran; Michele Wheeler and husband Alan of Mount Laurel; Olivia and Anna Intartaglia, both of Princeton; six great grandchildren; three sisters: Mary Rodkey and husband Cliff, Judy Federico and wife Sharon Adelson, and Eleanor Pirone; a brother Sam Federico; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will begin at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. followed by an 11:30 a.m. funeral mass at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will be at Princeton Cemetery following mass.

Visiting hours will precede services, at the funeral home, on Monday from 9:30to 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 ( are appreciated.

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The Memorial Service for Peter Gruen will be on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton.

September 13, 2017

Daniel Bernard Stauffer

Daniel Bernard Stauffer died on May 7, 2017 at Acorn Glen in Princeton, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife Georgina Fleming Stauffer, formerly of Princeton; his daughters Diane and Sue of Texas; and his son Michael, who currently resides in California. He had three stepchildren, John, Molly, and Stephen Hall, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Shirley Ouimet.

Daniel was born in Shanghai, China in 1924 and raised in Yokohama, Japan along with his brother Donald. His father was a civil engineer. He began his education at the International School in Yokohama, and continued it at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude in 1942. He went on to study at Princeton University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in civil engineering.

Daniel served in the Army during World War II, and was finally assigned to the Military Intelligence Japanese Language School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

His working career was as a civil engineer with Humble Oil (now Exxon Mobil) in Houston, Texas. He retired in 1985. He was a prominent member of the S.A.R. and the General Society of the War of 1812 in Austin and Georgetown, Texas.


Harry Pinch

Harry Pinch, a resident of Princeton, died on September 6th, 2017 at the age of 88.

Harry was born in Toronto in 1929. He came to the U.S. in 1935, lived briefly in Bayonne before settling with his family in the Bronx. He was educated in the public schools of New York City and at various yeshivas. In 1951 he received the bachelor of science degree cum laude from the City College of New York. He was awarded a PhD in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University in 1956. He met his wife Judith Emdin at graduate school and they were married in 1955.

In 1957 he was employed as a member of the technical staff at RCA Laboratories and worked there and at the successor companies, retiring in 1998. His interests were in crystal growth, inorganic synthesis, and the deposition and characterization of thin solid films.

In addition to his wife, Judith, he is survived by his son Adam, his daughter Adela, and her daughter Clara.

Harry was a science and math reader for Recording for the Blind [now Learning Ally] for over 50 years. He and Judith were the Democratic committee persons for District 5 of Princeton Township from 1998 to 2008. Harry also served as a mid-career intern at the constituent office of Rep. Rush D. Holt, Jr. over that same interval.

In 2001, Judith, he and several friends started the Evergreen Forum, a learning-in-retirement program in Princeton. Harry served on the Forum Steering Committee for many years, taught courses in current events, was a member of the science course panel, and was a student in many Forum classes.

August 30, 2017

Peggy Longstreth Bayer

Peggy Longstreth Bayer, born on May 21, 1923 in Kansas City, Mo. to Bevis and Mary Shiras Longstreth, died peacefully in her sleep on August 25, 2017. She was 94 years old.

She was a life-long resident of Princeton, attending Miss Fine’s School, graduating from the Shipley School, and Sarah Lawrence College.

She was a member of the Greatest Generation, and served during World War II in the USO as a solo tap dancer.

After the war, she married Captain Robert Steel Bayer, and had two children, Bob and Peggy Bayer, whom she raised herself after her husband died.

A devoted Tiger football fan, she contributed to the Princeton community with her dancing school and annual American Heart Fund benefits.

She was a true patriot, an excellent competitive tennis player, an avid movie taker, and an unstoppable adventurer. She was a true force of nature.

She is survived by her children and her grandchildren, Skylar and Wesley Bayer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SAVE organization in Princeton.

August 23, 2017

Andrew M. Sheldon

Andrew M. Sheldon, a loving husband, proud father, and energetic grandfather, passed away on June 23, 2017 at his home in Old Town Alexandria, Va., surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda; his daughter Casey Seidenberg, her husband, Nick, and their children, Henry, Teddy, and Pippa; and his son, Christopher Sheldon, his wife, Eileen, and their children, Buchanan and Talbot. He is loved and missed by so many.

Andy had a peaceful and patient nature, a desire to constantly learn and grow, and a genuine love for family. He was deeply moved and inspired by the golden mean — symmetry, proportion, and harmony — and these principles shaped both his creative work and his life.

Born in 1944 in Little Rock, Arkansas, Andy grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. and Princeton, where he ultimately met his wife, Linda, and raised his family with much joy. He began his own architecture business, Andrew M. Sheldon Architect, in 1975, and was passionate about designing beautiful spaces for his clients, including houses from Mexico to Nantucket and many places in between. He also founded Sheldon Designs in 1975, providing economical, easy-to-build blueprints for small houses, farmhouses, and cabins, becoming an early contributor to the “tiny house” trend.

Andy received his bachelor of arts and bachelor of architecture degrees from Rice University in 1966 and 1967, respectively, and also studied architecture at Pratt University. Andy served in the Army from 1968 to 1970, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He worked for both small and large architecture firms in Princeton before starting his own firm.

Andy received the Historical Society of Princeton’s Historic Preservation Award in both 2003 and 2004, and his architecture has been featured in many publications including The Washington Post. Andy also served on the Princeton YMCA Board of Directors from 1986 to 1994, and on the Princeton Site Plan Review Advisory Board from 1990 to 1995.

Andy enjoyed being near the water, taking his grandchildren to sports practices and out for burgers, playing tennis, building fly rods, and writing.

There will be a service to celebrate Andy’s life in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at The Little Sanctuary, St. Albans School, 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The River School Center for Innovation, an initiative to rethink how language and literacy is taught to kids with hearing loss. Select “Support River School” at and indicate in memory of Andrew Sheldon, or text “Andrew Sheldon” to 41444.


Susan E. Thompson

Rev. Susan E. Thompson, 76, of Princeton, New Jersey passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Born in Wilmington, Ohio, she spent most of her childhood at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Susan enjoyed two enriching careers, first as a Registered Nurse from 1967 to 1979, she then finished her Master’s of Divinity at Princeton and was first ordained in 1985. Susan served two chaplaincies. The first was at Abingdon Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia and the other was at Samaritan Hospice in New Jersey. She served at the churches of Hobart and South Kortright in rural New York, Larison’s Corner in Ringoes, New Jersey, and lastly at Scotchtown Presbyterian Church in Scotchtown, New York.

Daughter of the late Delbert and Zella Nicholas, wife of the late Thomas Whaley, and Rev. Ralph Thompson. She is survived by her daughters Melissa (Glenn) Hawthorne and Stephaney (Robert) Weber; her step-children James (Melanie) Thompson and Joy Thompson; and her five grandchildren Ashley Reid, Kate Weber, Kelly Weber, Mackenzie Thompson, and Morgan Thompson; her loving brother, James (Sharon) Nicholas and their three boys Shaun, Nathaniel, and Brian (Sarah); and their grandchildren Levi and Wyatt.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10 a.m., in the Chapel at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton with a light reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Assistance Program for the Presbyterian Church C/O The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA), 2000 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103,

Thanks be to God for all good gifts. Amen.


Leonard Baum

Leonard (Lenny, fondly known to many as Opa) Baum died unexpectedly at the age of 86 on August 14, 2017 at his home in Princeton.

Lenny was born on Aug 23, 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to parents Sophia Fuderman and Morris Baum (who were themselves first cousins). He married his high school sweetheart Julia Lieberman in 1953, the year he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude in mathematics, from Harvard University. He received a PhD in mathematics from Harvard in 1958. He worked for a couple of years at the University of Chicago before moving to Princeton to work at the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) — a Defense Department think tank which specialized in cryptography. Lenny’s affiliation with the IDA in Princeton spanned 1959 through 1978. He wrote over 100 internal papers there and is responsible for what has become the motto of the IDA: “No idea is bad. A bad idea is good. A good idea is terrific.” To his coworkers, he was a “renaissance man” who was exceptional at all aspects of problem solving, was dogged — never giving up until he solved a problem, and was also a patient mentor and teacher whose influence lives on. Despite spending the bulk of his research career in a classified environment, Lenny published 11 refereed articles which have received a combined 9,000 citations and continue to be cited to this day.

Lenny’s public scientific legacy includes the Baum-Welch algorithm and co-authorship of the first proof, published in 1967, of its mathematical underpinnings. This algorithm directly enabled the first effective speech recognition systems. Today, 50 years later, this work remains at the center of these systems — while its mathematical and algorithmic descendants and other relatives, have impacted many fields from genomics to weather prediction to finance. After leaving the IDA, Lenny teamed up with Jim Simons to apply his mathematical modeling to the financial markets. He retired early, legally blind, seeing with only his rods, having lost all his cones to a dystrophy, but that didn’t stop him from travelling the world over, visiting many exotic places. He continued to trade for himself very successfully, often taking very contrarian positions. An avid Go player, deep lover of science, and seeker of truth, he continued working on math literally up until his death, spending the night before he died reading new math papers on prime numbers. Like his father before him, he was a great walker, walking four miles a day up until his last few months. He was a loving husband, father, and devoted grandfather. The grandchildren loved his “Opa Stories.” Lenny was generous of spirit, deeply ethical, and always kind. In addition to his devotion to family, Lenny, and his late wife Julia, made his friends feel like family. He will be deeply missed by the many who were touched by his life, including his companion of the last decade, Maxine Lampert, with whom he shared many adventures.

Lenny is survived by his two children — Eric Burton Baum currently living in Princeton (spouse Chaitra Keshav Baum), and Stefi Alison Baum currently living in Winnipeg, Manitoba (spouse Christopher O’Dea). Lenny is also survived by eight grandchildren: Eric’s children (Nathan, Noah, Julia, and Asha), and Stefi’s children (Connor, Kieran, Brennan, and Annelies). He is predeceased by the love of his life, Julia Lieberman (Feb 22, 1999).

The funeral was August 15, 2017 graveside at noon at the Princeton cemetery, followed by Shiva.

August 16, 2017

Peter Gruen

Peter Gruen of Lawrenceville, formerly of Princeton, died peacefully last Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Compassionate Care, the Robert Wood Johnson In-Patient Hospice in Hamilton. He was 74. He had contended with prostate cancer for many years. His family was at his side.

Mr. Gruen was an Adjunct Professor of Classics at The College of New Jersey for 14 years. He graduated cum laude from Rutgers University where he was also a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He received his master’s in Greek literature and his doctorate in philology from Columbia University. In 1971-72 he was a fellow of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In 1973 he joined the faculty of Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. There he became a tenured professor and chair of the Classics Department. He taught Latin and Greek and classical literature in translation. He was the author of several published academic papers.

In 1983 he gave up his tenured position to write. He studied playwriting at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh. While there he wrote the book and the lyrics for the musical, Just Desserts, in 1989. He wrote many other short and full-length plays. His play, For Anne, won the Off-Off Broadway Play Festival in 1991 and was included in an anthology of plays published by Samuel French that year. In 2008, The End of My Tour, was produced at The Passage Theater in Trenton and performed by his son, Swann.

Even while writing, he continued to teach part–time because he loved working with students. His course in Classical Mythology at The College of New Jersey was so popular that it needed two sections every semester. He retired due to his health in 2015.

Peter John Gruen was born in Newark, the son of the late Fred and Helen Gruen. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Anne Elliott of Lawrenceville and New York; a daughter, Skye Elliott Gruen of New York; a son, Swann Elliott Gruen of Brooklyn; a brother, John F. Gruen of New York; and five nieces and nephews. And the many relatives, friends, and students whose lives he profoundly touched.

There will be a memorial service at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, in Princeton on Friday, September 29th at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation in Newark, Delaware.


Ariel Eden Malberg

Ariel Eden Malberg died at age 27 on August 12, 2017.

Ariel was born in Libertyville, Illinois and was a lifelong resident of Princeton. She attended the Hart School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut. Ariel enjoyed music, gardening, the culinary arts, and especially cooking and baking for her family and friends. She took pride in volunteering many hours for homeless people. Ariel was a great all- around athlete, excelling in swimming, a talented artist, and loved taking care of her cat “Littlefoot.” She will be sadly missed by all.

Surviving are her parents Alta and Dr. Marc Malberg, seven aunts and uncles, and 16 cousins.

Funeral services were held at noon on Monday at Temple Beth El, 67 Route 206 North, Hillsborough. Arrangements were by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 Gaston Ave, Somerville. Interment followed at Temple Sholom Cemetery, Chimney Rock Road, Bridgewater.

Donations can be made to the IHN Fund at Temple Beth El (Caring for the Homeless).

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August 2, 2017

Gabriel Michael Pilenza

Gabriel Michael Pilenza, 92, passed away at Park Place Center in Monmouth Junction on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Born in Trenton, he resided in Princeton for most of his life.

A very talented self-taught chef, Mike owned and operated the Grotto Restaurant, on Witherspoon Street in Princeton, for over 35 years.

Mike was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class after serving from 1943 to 1945 on the USS Helm and USS Vincennes. After leaving the service, he remained very active in Navy reunions, kept in contact with his shipmates through the years and attended the 50th anniversary ceremonies at Pearl Harbor.

His leisure time was devoted to spending time with family and friends and travel.

He was predeceased by his parents Leonardo and Maria Pilenza; wife Vera Pilenza; brother Leonard Pilenza; and sisters and brothers-in-law Helen and Sam Scarribone; Christina and Pete Collender; Emma and Charles Nami; Elizabeth and Robert LaManna; and Gloria and Kenneth Schiendlewolf.

Surviving are his first wife Betty Pilenza of Princeton; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jan Pilenza of Delran, N.J.; daughter and son-in-law, Donna Pilenza Intartaglia and Andre of Princeton; four grandchildren April Theis and husband Sean of Delran, N.J.; Michele Wheeler and husband Alan of Mount Laurel, N.J.; Olivia and Anna Intartaglia, both of Princeton; six great grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law Jean and Vincent Pucciatti; and a brother Eugene Pilenza; and partner John Cifelli.

Funeral services will begin at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. followed by an 11:30 a.m. funeral mass at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ following mass.

Visiting hours will precede services, at the funeral home, on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions to St. Paul Catholic Church are appreciated.

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Harold Martin Bermingham

Born the third of six children to William Christopher Bermingham and Mary Magdalene Fiedler on July 8, 1934 in Champaign County Illinois, this midwestern farm boy travelled far and loved much in his 83 years. He fought Parkinson’s disease long and hard for 20 years, and finally lost the battle with this insidious disease on July 31, 2017.

After graduating from Rantoul High School, he served at the end of the Korean war in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Coming home at last, he and his brother first installed indoor plumbing in his parents farmhouse. He then married his sweetheart from a nearby town of Ivesdale (pop 250), Rita Ann Flavin, on September 7, 1959. Using the GI bill to pay his tuition he forged through University of Illinois to get his degree in mechanical engineering; the first of his family to do so. Their only daughter Patti arrived in December 1960. He chose Illinois Bell as his career path; they rotated him through AT&T in New York for experience which involved moving seven times back and forth and within Illinois. Along the way he picked up a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He took up running before jogging was a known form of exercise; covering thousands and thousands of miles. It was his great honor to bear the Olympic Torch five miles as it was carried across the country to Los Angeles in 1983. He and Rita travelled far and wide visiting every state except Alaska, and covering most of Europe as well. In 1987, he retired from AT&T during a company reorganization. He found his new career in community involvement. He ran Morris Plains recycling center, became head usher at St. Virgils, and grand knight in the Knights of Columbus. He also found another career as grandpa to six grandchildren, whom he frequently transported home from school and to every imaginable activity, staying involved.

After the devastating loss of his wife of 52 years in 2011, the Parkinsons really began to take its toll, and in 2012 he moved to Acorn Glen Assisted Living in Princeton. Here he has been much loved “Mr. Hal” in yet another career for him, for indeed he never stopped working.

He is survived by his daughter Patti, her husband Robert Maslanka, and grandchildren Christopher, Mark, Jeffrey, Rebecca, Carolyn, and Sara, as well as two brothers Daniel and Paul. He joins his wife Rita, and sisters Lucy and Josephine, and brother William in the eternal web of love that awaits us all. We will miss you Grandpa!

Family and friends are welcome to gather on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. at Dangler Funeral Home, 600 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Virgil’s Church, 250 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ. Interment will be at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton.


John P. Belli, Sr.

John P. “Jack” Belli, Sr., 92 passed away on July 30, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born and raised in Trenton, Mr. Belli later lived in Lawrenceville, Pennington, and Jupiter, Fla. He was retired, having spent 40 years as a co-owner of the Belli Company, a construction firm founded by his father, Simon Belli, in 1920. During the first 30 years under the founder, the company built Trenton Central High School, the War Memorial Building, the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, and the State House Annex, among other projects. Subsequently, the sons constructed St. Francis Hospital, the 11 building campus of Mercer Community College, the Labor and Industry Building, the New Jersey State Museum Cultural Complex, West Windsor High School South, as well as projects at Princeton University and the Lawrenceville School.

A veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Germany and the Philippines, Mr. Belli graduated from The Lawrenceville School and the University of Pennsylvania with BA and a master’s degree in architecture. He was a Trustee of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, the New Jersey State Museum, Mercer County Community College, and Martin House. He served as president of the Fathers Association of The Lawrenceville School.

Son of the late Simon and Teresa De Vido Belli of Trenton, and the brother of the late Simon H. Belli of Lawrenceville, he is survived by his wife, Maude Meehan Belli and three sons: John P. Jr. and Adrienne of Pennington; Noel G. and Kathleen Belli of Wyckoff, N.J.; Mark C. and Barbara of Jupiter, Fla.; and two daughters: Marjorie Eno of South Freeport, Me; and Anne-Marie Belli of New York City; as well as seven grandchildren: John P. III and Drew Belli of Pennington; Megan, Michael and Suzanne Belli of Wyckoff, N.J.; Amos and Angus Eno of South Freeport, Me.

Family and Friends are invited to gather on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 10 — 11 a.m. at St. James Church, 115 East Delaware Ave, Pennington, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Private interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, NJ 08618. For more information, please visit the website

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Michael E. O’Nan

Michael E. O’Nan, PhD, 73, of Princeton died Monday, July 31, 2017 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Born in Fort Knox, Kentucky he has been a resident of Princeton for over 48 years. Michael retired in 2011 as a mathematics professor with over 48 years of service from Rutgers University. He had written and published two books and was currently working on his third. Michael discovered a series of numbers, now known as the O’Nan group.

Son of the late Ernest R. and Mabel Orvetta (Owens) O’Nan, Husband of the late Loulie Estill-O’Nan, he is survived by a brother and sister-in-law Glenn S. and Jean O’Nan; a sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Darvin Burgess; and several nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

July 26, 2017

Richard Saltonstall Kinsey

Richard Saltonstall Kinsey died peacefully at home on July 23, 2017, at the age of 94. He lived at the Acorn Glen assisted living residence in Princeton, New Jersey.

Kinsey was born in New York City on May 10, 1923, the younger son of Edwin Marshall Kinsey and Wilhelmina Patton Kinsey, and was raised in Riverton and Cinnaminson, New Jersey.  He lived in Princeton, N.J. (1946–1948); Moorestown, N.J.  (1948–1971); several towns in South Jersey and Oklahoma (1972-1978); Floyd, Va. (1979–1981); and Haddon Township, N.J. (1981–2011), before returning to Princeton in 2011.

Valedictorian of his class at Moorestown High School, Kinsey received an A.B. in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1944 and pursued graduate studies in philosophy at Princeton University from 1946 to 1948.  During World War II he was a Lieutenant junior grade in the United States Naval Reserve and served on a patrol class escort (PCE) in the North Pacific.

After graduate school Kinsey worked at the family farm in Moorestown for a year and then followed his father into the stock brokerage business.  He worked for firms in Philadelphia and then in the early 1960s opened the first stock brokerage office in Burlington County, New Jersey.  He enjoyed raising his family on the family peony nursery and Christmas tree farm in Moorestown, where one year he raised two cattle named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.  Kinsey then quit a conventional career and marched to the beat of his own drum for the rest of his life.  He summited Mount Rainier in Washington State in 1973 and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 1974, having climbed Mauna Loa in Hawaii during the war in 1945 and many mountains and trails in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine since childhood.

Kinsey was a man of wide-ranging intellectual and artistic interests.  Admiring especially Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead, Kinsey studied analytical philosophy and its history throughout his life. A self-taught calligrapher and book maker, Kinsey was particularly proud of a solo exhibit of his art at the then Roanoke (Va.) Museum of Art in 1981; his inclusion in an exhibit on book production in the Rosenbach rare book library in Philadelphia in 1980; and an alphabet he lettered in burnished gold and blue lapis lazuli on vellum for the Graphic Arts Collection of the Princeton University Library. Other passions included poetry, the transcendentalists, genealogy, history, anthropology, rare books, photography, and the furniture of George Nakashima. He was a prodigious correspondent who wrote letters with his distinctive, beautiful script, and he was known for his wit and sense of humor.

Survived by his son David North Kinsey of Princeton, New Jersey; two grandsons, Rafe Hand Kinsey of New York City and Alex Hand Kinsey of Atlanta; daughter-in-law Susanne Hand of Princeton; and ten nieces and nephews, Kinsey was predeceased by his son Martin Townsend Kinsey in 2008 and his ex-wife Janet Elizabeth Townsend Roberts (Kinsey) in 2007.

Kinsey donated his body to Temple University Medical School through the Human Gifts Registry of Philadelphia.  The family will be holding a private service of remembrance.


Barbara Ann Long Carnevale

Barbara Ann Long Carnevale, of Princeton, N.J., passed away on July 17, 2017 at Merwick Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro, N.J., due to complications from a fall.

Born in Glen Lyon, Pa., on January 6, 1932, she graduated from Nanticoke (Pa.) High School, class of 1949 and from the Western Union Business School.

Following employment by American Airlines at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Barbara arrived in Princeton in 1956 and was employed by Western Union at the busy Princeton location.  After raising her three children, she worked as a real estate agent and as the office manager of the Aquinas Institute of Princeton University.  Barbara later co-founded and operated the Princeton Consignment Boutique.

Barbara was an active participant and member of the Princeton Public School Parent Teacher Association for many years, served on the board of the Princeton Borough’s Senior Citizen Committee and as Cub and Brownie Scout Den Mother.

Barbara was an avid reader and history buff; quilting was a passion and Barbara was an active member of the Quilting Club.  One of her best quilts was dedicated at a 9/11 memorial event in New York City and placed on display as a tribute to the fallen police and firefighters and in particular to a very close family friend, Fred Morrone, Director of the Port Authority Police, who was lost on that day.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents Leonard Long and Emily Lewis Long Azack, her step-father, Fred Azack, and her sisters Marilyn Long and Janice Wortmann.

She is survived by her husband, of 60 years, Michael, the retired Princeton Police Chief, and by sons Michael II and wife Marianne, Yale and wife Olga, all of Princeton; daughter Lynn O’Rourke; grandchildren Elizabeth, Michael III, Devin, Caroline and Luke; and many nieces and nephews.

A private service and interment will be conducted at the family grave site in Princeton Cemetery.

Contributions, in her memory, to Special Olympics of New Jersey, 1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 are appreciated.

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Reuben Cohen

Reuben Cohen, 95, passed away peacefully at his home on Meadowbrook Drive on July 23, 2017. A longtime Princeton resident, Reuben was a founder and former president of the research firm Response Analysis Corporation, a past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and a past president of the Jewish Center of Princeton. A private man, known for his integrity and keen intellect, Reuben cared deeply about social justice and donated generously to progressive causes.

Reuben was born on November 26, 1921, in Washington, D.C., where one of his first jobs was as a paperboy hawking newspapers at FDR’s inauguration. He received his BS and MA from American University. His studies were interrupted while serving in the US Army in World War II, followed by a civilian post at the Pentagon. In 1956, Reuben moved to Princeton to accept a position at Opinion Research Corporation. He later co-founded Response Analysis Corporation.

Under contract to CBS in 1964, Reuben headed the groundbreaking team that ushered in the now standard practice of using exit polling to project the outcome of presidential elections during election night TV coverage. Well-recognized in his field, Reuben was called to testify before Congress as an expert in statistical sampling techniques.

After retiring in 1986, Reuben spent time traveling, creating a Japanese garden, and cheering for the Washington Redskins.

Reuben is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dawn Day; sons Steven (Pamela Blake) of Lumberville, Pa., Alan (Susan) of Princeton Junction, and Michael (Jutta Joesch) of Seattle; grandchildren Sara and Isaac Cohen and Lena Joesch-Cohen; brother Morris Cohen (Robin Fogel) of Titusville; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Sol, Ike, and Harry, and his first wife, Mamie Eisenberg Cohen.

Funeral arrangements by Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton are private, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.


Warren Harry Anderson

Warren Harry Anderson, 89, known to his friends as “Andy,” passed away after a long illness at his home in Princeton, on August 24, 2016.

 Born in Ironton, Minnesota on September 17, 1927, Andy received a federal appointment to Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy and subsequently graduated from the University of Minnesota, later earning an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University.

Andy served in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps with tours including commanding officer of Mobile Construction Battalion 71 (Seabees) during the Vietnam War and overseas postings to the Philippines and Thailand.  He was awarded the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star with Combat “V” among other military honors and retired after 24 years with the rank of Captain.

He embarked on a second career as a partner at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, a geotechnical engineering firm in New York City where he worked for 20 years.

Andy was an enthusiastic and prodigious gardener of vegetables and flowers. Many friends and neighbors were grateful recipients of his bounty. When he wasn’t toiling in his garden, Andy could be found on the golf course at Bedens Brook Country Club.

A devoted member of the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church for nearly 40 years, he served as both a Trustee and Deacon.

Andy is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Jacqueline, his brothers Carleton and John David, his son Warren, his daughter Eleanor and three grandsons.

He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on August 18 at 2:15 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association ( or the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (

July 19, 2017

Maria Carmen Cortes Bugena

Maria Carmen Cortes Bugena passed away at home in Princeton on June 24. She was 97.

Over the course of five decades, Maria devoted her life to the care and nurture of others. In this way, she truly became a member of each of the families with whom she worked. She set an unsurpassed example of dignity and humility noted by any who had the pleasure to meet her.

Born four months premature on a ship off the coast of Valparaiso, Chile, to Liborio Cortes and Clara Bugena, her long life defied all odds. After contracting polio at the age of five, Maria was left unable to walk for over a year. It was during this time that she learned to sew as she helped her mother tailor uniforms for the Chilean navy.

The third of 12 children, Maria remained in Chile until she saw both of her parents through their respective battles with cancer. Working for the John M. Schmunk family as a housekeeper and nanny during their years in Santiago, Maria emigrated to the United States in June 1964 to continue working with the family in Titusville, N.J.

Maria’s final station was that of housekeeper and cook for Mr. and Mrs. Bertram F. Bonner in Princeton. Working for the couple and their family for over 25 years, Maria faithfully maintained her post for a year following the passing of Mrs. Corella C. Bonner in 2002. It was not until 2003 at the age of 83 that Maria officially stopped working. While her formal duties may have ended, Maria’s love for and devotion to those around her was undying.

Maria is survived by the five women whom she helped to raise and their families: Danner (Schmunk) and Andrew Reibe of Titusville and their children Brendan, Sian and Liela; Barbara (Schmunk) and David Burdick of Glenmoore, Pa., and their children Alli and Ryan; June (Schmunk) and Brian Cullen of Amherst, N.H., and their children Eliza, Alexandra and Isabella; Caitlin Hughes of New York City; and Johanna (Hughes) and John Hunsbedt of Princeton and their children Oliver and Audrey.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton on Saturday, July 29 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Maria wished that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Garlie A. Forehand

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. Garlie A. Forehand will be held at 11 a.m. on July 29th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton at 50 Cherry Hill Road, with a reception to follow.

A professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, researcher at Educational Testing Service (ETS), author, and avid lover of travel and opera, Garlie Forehand of Princeton passed away on May 14, 2017.

Born in Lexington, Va. in 1933, he was the son of Garlie A. and Edith B. Forehand and grew up in Richmond, Va. He met his wife Emma while at the University of Richmond for his undergraduate work. Moving to Chicago, he received his graduate degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana. For many years he was a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University until he moved to Princeton and started his work in research at ETS in 1973.

After retiring from the position of director of research program planning and development from ETS in 2000, he continued to consult in the areas of research design and workplace communication with an emphasis on curriculum innovation and evaluation. Garlie was dedicated to research and learning and as such, volunteered for Literacy Volunteers in Mercer County, Inc. for several years.

He will be remembered for trips to the Tanglewood Music Center, crossword puzzles, trying different foods with his dining club, his doodles, and a caring and inviting smile.

Father of the late Thomas A. Forehand, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emma (Costello) Forehand; two sons Michael W. and Joseph L. Forehand; daughter Karen E. Michael; daughters-in-law Lydia Harris and Elizabeth Connor; son-in law Jeff Michael; a brother John Forehand; his niece, Cathy McNutt; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Forehand and Miranda Bermejo.

Garlie and his wife Emma supported many local organizations such as the Universalist Unitarian Congregation, The Princeton Festival, and Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts. They also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and as such, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Garlie’s memory be made to any of the above volunteer organizations.

July 12, 2017

Jane Delaney Coda

Jane Delaney Coda, 92, passed away peacefully on July 3 in St Petersburg, Florida where she spent the last four years of her life. Mrs. Coda was a long time resident of Princeton, where she settled in 1955 with her husband, Edward, then a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. There they raised two children, Deborah and Michael, and commuted to New York City. Mrs. Coda worked for three decades as a translator and interpreter, attending four United Nations’ World Conferences. The president of Brazil, in recognition of her liaison work with diplomats and visiting dignitaries, inducted her into the Order of Rio Braco.

Upon retirement in 1987, Mrs. Coda volunteered with the same combination of commitment, organization, and wit that defined her (along with her jaunty hats!). She joined the Present Day Club (club president 2002-4), the Women’s College Club, the Dogwood Garden Club, and the Learners Investment Club. Mrs. Coda believed in setting a high bar and encouraged others to follow suit. Once her high school valedictorian, later an honor student at Douglass College and member of Mensa, Mrs. Coda proved that intelligence and glamour can go hand in hand!

Predeceased by her dear husband, Edward Thomas Coda and her beloved son, Michael John Coda, she is survived by her daughter, Deborah Jane Abraham (husband Robert); her daughter-in-law, Karen Coda; and six grandchildren Owen Thomas Milbury (wife Rebecca), Luke Francis Milbury (wife Laurel), Alison Milbury Stone (husband Craig), Caitlin Milbury Young (husband Ryan), Emily Perkins Coda, and Matthew Delaney Coda. She will also be remembered with affection by her five great grandchildren and all who appreciated her love of fine jewelry and a well-made martini.


Carol Taraschi Mayfield

Carol Taraschi Mayfield passed away on June 29, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. She is preceded in death by her late husband, Murry E. Mayfield; her husband Pasquale J. Taraschi of Princeton; her mother, Gertrude Lewis; and father Alpehus Lewis of Somerville, New Jersey.

She is survived by her sister, Marion L. Cardinal of San Francisco; her two daughters, Caroline L. Taraschi of Ringoes, New Jersey and Lisa A. Taraschi of Telluride, Colorado; and stepson Frank Mayfield and his wife, Julie Mayfield of Tucson, Arizona.

She leaves behind many wonderful friends who will miss her dearly. Carol is a proud retiree of Johnson and Johnson.

At her request there will be no service, but a gathering of friends and family members at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to People for Animals at 401 Hillside Ave. Hillside, NJ 07205 or The Princeton YMCA.


Memorial Service

John Winterbottom

A memorial service to celebrate the life of John Winterbottom, who died on January 15, 2017, will be held on Tuesday, August 1 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman. Cellist Jordan Enzinger will perform, and there will be a reception afterwards. John’s complete obituary was published in the January 25, 2017 issue of Town Topics.

June 28, 2017

Peter D. Thropp III

Peter D. Thropp III of Princeton and Mantoloking, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2017, in Baltimore, due to complications from a fall two days earlier.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey on December 10, 1926, he attended Junior 3 in that city, graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1945, and received a bachelor of science degree from Yale University in 1949. His military service was with the New Jersey National Guard after World War II.

He was a champion swimmer at both Lawrenceville and Yale, affectionately referred to by his teammates as “Shoulders.” Going to the gym three times a week was routine throughout his life, maintaining a 32” waist and a 44” chest until his 70s.

Peter’s career and passion for the stock market began in New York with the brokerage firm of A.C. Allen. Over 60 years later, in Princeton, he retired reluctantly from Oppenheimer and Co. at age 88.

His heart was at the Jersey Shore, spending summers at the family home in Mantoloking, where he and his wife, Patty, moved permanently in 2015. Over the years, the beach house was a gathering spot for family and friends where cherished memories were made. A long-time member of the Bay Head Yacht Club, Peter enjoyed dinner on the deck at sunset, relaxing on the beach, catching the waves, and riding his bike. In recent years, he was happy sitting on the porch and chatting with both “doggies” and dog walkers as they strolled by. His affection for animals was second only to his devotion to family.

Although in declining health for several years, Peter had rebounded from serious medical conditions and was called a miracle man. He was mentally sharp, determined to move around with his cane, and was still driving the day before the fall.

He was predeceased by his mother, Evelyn W. Henry; father, Peter D. Thropp, Jr.; step-father Edward A. Henry; and sister Susan C. Henry. Surviving are his beloved wife of 60 years, Patty (née Duvall); and his brother Clifford W. Henry (Michele) of Vero Beach, Fla. He also leaves behind his devoted sons, Brooks (Betsy); grandsons Peter and Davis, all of Monkton, Md; Christopher (Jill); grandchildren Kelsey, Christian, and Will of Mechanicsburg, Pa; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 4 in Bay Head, N.J. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 500 Lake Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: SAVE — A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.

June 21, 2017

George Luchak

Dr. George Luchak, who introduced the academic study of operations research at the Princeton University School of Engineering in 1966, died peacefully at his home in Princeton in early June 2017, surrounded by Elizabeth, his wife of 68 years, and his family.

Dr. Luchak was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Eli and “gennie” Luchak, and was the eldest of 10 children. He earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Toronto in 1942, which he obtained a year early in order to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War II. He rose to the rank of Captain and was stationed in London, and thereafter participated in the invasion of Europe, landing at Normandy Beach. After the German defeat, he taught mathematics at the Joint Services Staff College of the United Kingdom and then returned to the University of Toronto in 1946, where he earned his PhD in physics. His PhD dissertation, Theory of the Earth’s Magnetic Field, was published in 1953 and was referenced in 2010 to explain the magnetic fields of neutron stars. While in graduate school, he met Elizabeth Szilagyi, the love of his life, at Hart House, where she did graduate work after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta. In 1949, they were married in Calgary, Alberta. They lived in Ralston, Alberta, and began to raise a family.

Dr. Luchak worked at the Canadian Defense and Research Board as a research scientist from 1949 to 1956 in Suffield, Alberta, where he published papers in the diverse fields of environmental physics, colloid sciences, mathematics, and queuing theory. In 1954, he was the Canadian representative (and one of the first Canadians) to observe an atmospheric atomic bomb test in the Nevada desert. He also was the first Canadian to publish an article on the nascent discipline of operations research.

In 1956, Dr. Luchak and his family emigrated to the United States, soon settling in Bucks County, Pa. He helped develop the new field of systems engineering at General Electric (GE) Missile and Space Vehicle Division in Philadelphia, and taught courses at Drexel University and La Salle University. From 1963 through 1966, while a senior scientist at Radio Corporation of America (RCA), Dr. Luchak designed the development program for the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) sitting atop the Saturn rocket that would take man to the moon, publicly known as the Apollo Program. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 LEM enabled man to first land and set foot on the moon, an event still considered by many to be NASA’s crowning achievement.

In 1966 he joined the faculty of Princeton University as a tenured full professor in the School of Engineering. For the remainder of his professional career, Dr. Luchak taught and conducted research at the School of Engineering where he taught game theory, queuing theory, and graduate courses in Modern Developments in the Management of Industrial Design. While he was teaching at Princeton, Dr. Luchak was asked to investigate the New Jersey Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for permission to build a floating nuclear power plant off the coast of Ocean County in the mid-70s. His testimony before the NRC was instrumental in the decision of the NRC to recommend against granting PSE&G a permit to build the reactor. In recognition of his scientific and academic achievements, Dr. Luchak was appointed by Governor Kean to the Science Advisory Committee for the State of New Jersey, where he served as a member and then as chairman from 1982 through 1984.

Dr. Luchak continued to be prominent in the Princeton community after retiring in 1986. A true Renaissance man, he actively was engaged in his research as well as other intellectual and cultural pursuits for the next 31 years. In his spare time he continued to develop and expand his proficiency at poker. His love of the game was shared weekly with the Poker Group, which met at the Nassau Club of Princeton. Dr. Luchak was an active charter member of the Poker Group for almost 50 years. The select membership consisted of such well-known figures as Fletcher Knebel, Peter Benchley, Arnold Roth, U.S. District Judge Joe Irenas, as well as academics, businessmen, politicians, ambassadors — and others from all walks of life. Dr. Luchak is best remembered for introducing his own variant of “Texas Hold ‘em” to the Poker Group, as well as his razor wit and personal warmth, which created strong bonds of friendship and loyalty with his poker brethren over the years. He was particularly appreciative of his friend John Tucker, who drove him to and from the weekly game in recent months, even just five days before his death.

Dr. Luchak was an exemplary family man, devoted to his children and grandchildren. He was a mentor, and took a keen interest in their education and careers until the last day of his life. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth; his children and their spouses and partners: Frank Luchak (Nadya Z. Day), Elaine Small (W. Thomas Small, Jr.), Jolanne Stanton (James L. Stanton), and Heather Kunkel (Gerard K. Kunkel); 10 grandchildren: Matthew, James, George, Wills, Brittany, Alicia, Sasha, Alec, Dane, and Eli; his sisters Irene Harason and Patricia Kettle; more than 25 nieces and nephews; and hundreds of former students, who were touched by his dedication and sharing of his wisdom.

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Carolyn Quay Wilson

Carolyn Quay Wilson, 88, of Princeton, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday June 18, 2017.

Born on May 2, 1929, originally from Wayzata, Minn., she was the third daughter of Arthur H. Quay, president of the First National Bank of Minneapolis, and Marion S. Quay. She attended Carlton College and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she met and married George E. Wilson. She raised her two children, Brett and Ward, in Lawrenceville, where she was a Girl Scout leader and active in local politics.

After moving to Princeton in 1969, she volunteered for decades at Recording for the Blind, and the Women’s Professional Roster (a volunteer organization dedicated to finding jobs for women.) She was hired as a grant writer by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in 1970. Within several years she was Director of Teacher Education and she created a nationally recognized program to foster excellence in teaching for high school teachers. Over the following decade the program expanded, eventually bringing $1.2 million dollars of funding to the foundation annually.

Upon retiring, she co-founded The Evergreen Forum, a popular life-long learning program in Princeton.

She loved reading, travel, theater, and anything to do with the water. She bought herself a windsurfer when she was 62. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband, George; her children, Brett and Ward; two granddaughters, Emily and Kori; and her sister Nancy.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 23, 2017. Please visit the Kimble Funeral Home website at for details. Attendees are encouraged to wear a little something red (her favorite color).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to two of her favorite causes: Planned Parenthood or the Nature Conservancy.


Robert Frederick Brodegaard

Robert Frederick Brodegaard, known to his friends as “Bob,” passed away at his home in Hopewell, on June 13, 2017. He was born in 1949 to Jeannette Verron Brodegaard and Robert F. Brodegaard of Forest Hills Gardens, and Ancram, N.Y. A 1971 graduate of Colgate University and 1975 graduate of Cornell Law School, he started his career at Weil Gotshal and Manges LLP where he was named partner in 1983. He later moved to Thacher Proffitt and Wood LLP as a partner in litigation.

An esteemed and respected attorney, he specialized in international arbitration, representing foreign governments and corporate entities in complex litigation. He authored several articles and a book on these topics.

He was the loving father of Ingrid Brodegaard Pascali and Kristin Jaffe Brodegaard and grandfather to Catherine and Victoria Pascali. He also leaves behind his beloved companion Ekaterina Schoenefeld.


Robert Bentley Fleming

Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Robert B. Fleming: husband, father, grandfather, friend, and caring community member. The gathering will be on Saturday, August 5th, at 2 p.m., in the Stony Brook Meeting House of the Princeton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers). For further information or to RSVP, please write Douglas Fleming at

Bob died peacefully on the 1st of October, 2016, under the care of Princeton Hospice. Born on Sunday, the 3rd of March, 1929, in Shelbyville, Indiana, Bob was the son of Wray E. Fleming and Phoebe J. Fleming (née Bentley). He grew up in Indianapolis with his sister Nancy and brother Bill, and graduated from Purdue University in engineering in 1951, where he played clarinet and saxophone in jazz bands.

He served in the United States Army in Frederick, Maryland from 1953 to 1955. His dear friend Richard “Bonar” Stillinger helped him survive Army life through a constant supply of puns. Bob always said that serving in the military was the best thing that ever happened to him, because he met his beloved Betty. He won her heart during the “Battle of Magnolia Avenue.” Bob and Betty were married in 1955.

While a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bob built refrigerators that achieved temperatures so low that atoms themselves slowed down and fell asleep, and leftovers could be stored for millions of years. In 1962, Bob and Betty moved to Schenectady, New York, where Bob took a job at General Electric.

Bob was a wonderful father. With his two young sons, Bob gamely went sailing and canoeing and hiking and camping, even though his idea of an ideal outdoor experience was a dinner at a French restaurant with the window open. He once stunned one of his sons — who had not suspected that his mild-mannered father had been a jazz musician — by pulling down a clarinet from a top shelf of a closet, dusting it off, and launching into George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

In the mid-1970s, he blazed new trails in computer technology while assisting with Betty’s accounting for her new children’s bookstore, the Open Door. This was a time when few people had computers, and even fewer men supported their wives to follow their dreams.

Bob found his life’s work in 1976, when he joined Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory. Bob also held leadership roles in Princeton’s Amnesty International for more than 30 years, and worked in many different community organizations. In 2014, he was honored for his work by the Princeton Democratic Committee for his many years of service to the committee and the Princeton Community.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Betty, and by his sister Nancy Hope, sons Douglas and Stuart and their families, and many other loving family members.


Edward Logan

Edward “Tom” Logan, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Princeton Junction on June 14, 2017.

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He was born January 28, 1951, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Edward Thomas Logan and Helen Coley Logan.

Tom spent most of his childhood years in Beavercreek, Ohio. He moved to Doylestown, Pa. to attend Delaware Valley College where, in 1973, he received a Bachelor of Science in ornamental horticulture. He continued his education at Rutgers University, receiving a Master of Science in 1975.

Tom worked in the horticulture industry for 20 years before he and his wife established Logan Associates in 1995. Together they ran the business until 2016, when his illness forced him to retire. Tom was highly respected in the industry for his strong work ethic, integrity, and cheery disposition.

He was an active communicant of Queenship of Mary Church in Plainsboro and a member of Knights of Columbus. Through church he became involved in Habitat for Humanity, where he volunteered to help build a number of houses in nearby communities.

Additionally, he volunteered his time at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Tom was a founding member of the Board of Directors of The Molly Bear Foundation, a non-profit started in memory of his beloved granddaughter, Molly Brown.

Tom enjoyed many happy hours with his family at the beach. In his free time he was almost always outdoors; playing golf, tending his yard, washing his truck, or helping a neighbor.

Tom married the love of his life, Regina Murphy on August 11, 1973. During their 43 years of marriage they were all about family. Together they raised four daughters, and the blessings of sons-in-law and grandchildren made their lives even better.

Tom is remembered with love by his wife Regina Murphy Logan; his daughter Erin Brown and her husband Sean of Washington, Conn.; Colleen Wilberts and her husband Steven of Houston, Tex.; Cara Capadona and her husband Bradley of West Caldwell, N.J.; and Monica Logan and her boyfriend Timothy Villanueva of Houston, Tex.; his grandchildren, Gavin and Bridget Brown; Ethan, Thea, and Callum Wilberts; Sophia, Audrey, and Max Capadona; his sisters, Roberta Norman (Richard); Betsy Keyes (Michael); Ann Mundy; and brother Coley Logan (Martha); his brothers-in-law, Paul McCarthy (Nancy); Daniel Murphy (Helena); Peter Murphy (Kathy); sisters-in-law, Maura LaBarre (Ron); Deirdre Ely (Chris); former sister-in-law, Linda Murphy. Tom was predeceased by his granddaughter Molly Brown and nephew Jason Mundy. He will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews.

The family extends their gratitude for the compassionate care given to Tom from Victor Iturbides, MD, the neuro-oncology team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the hospice team at Princeton Homecare Services.

A Memorial Mass was offered at Queenship of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Plainsboro on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. Family received friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. — 10 a.m.

Interment followed at Holy Cross Burial Park in East Brunswick.

Donations in Tom’s honor may be made to The Molly Bear Foundation, PO Box 1258, Hightstown, NJ 08520 or

June 14, 2017

Christine Lokhammer

Christine Lokhammer passed away on June 10, 2017, at her home in Hopewell.

Chris was born in Norway on December 18, 1948. She was predeceased by her loving husband Peter Lokhammer, to whom she was married for a wonderful 35 years. Chris is survived by her four sisters Liz Imperatrice, Solfrid Hjelmas, Gail Morano, and Irene Garafola and her brother-in-law Joseph Garafola, along with her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Beth and Bob Luginbuhl. Her family also includes numerous nieces and nephews, godchildren, and friends whom she loved dearly.

Chris’s unparalleled banking career began in 1969 with Princeton Bank and Trust, and she worked in the Princeton community for decades until her retirement as a senior vice president and team director at PNC Wealth Management in December 2016. Chris inspired, mentored, and served as a role model for countless colleagues during her tenure as the most well known banker in Princeton.

Chris also worked tirelessly on nonprofit boards and committees to support causes and people whom she cared about. Her many awards and recognitions demonstrate the strong commitment Chris had to her community and the amazing friends she made along the way.

Calling hours were held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Hopewell Memorial Home, 71 E. Prospect Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, a private burial will take place at Princeton Cemetery followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service for ALL FRIENDS at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Chris has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to either of two charitable funds established in her name at the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. They are: “The Chris Lokhammer Fund for the benefit of the Fund For Women and Girls” and “The Chris Lokhammer Internship Fund for the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed.”


Elizabeth Roxanne Twitchell Sly

Elizabeth Roxanne Twitchell Sly died Sunday, June 4, 2017 surrounded by her family in Brooklin, Maine. She passed peacefully and, as with everything in her life, accompanied by the music that she loved so dearly.

Roxanne (Rig to her family and friends) was always grounded in her love for music and her love for Brooklin. Born in 1923 to Dr. Adelbert Birge Twitchell and Alice Wells Twitchell, she grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. She spent most of her summers in Brooklin. Along with her three sisters, Eleanor, Barbara, and Marjorie, Rig would stage plays and musicals, often of their own creation. The woods and shores of Brooklin were their stage. More than a generation later, her family continues to sing in the warm embrace of this same home.

Roxanne was a proud member of the Smith class of 1944. That same year, she married Richard Harmon Sly. Together, they raised three children in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and Princeton. Through the years, she enjoyed arranging, composing and most of all, singing with others. Rig founded a women’s singing group, whimsically named the Opposite Sextet; later her family and friends formed All Good Children, an a cappella jazz octet. Throughout her life, Rig’s ardent love of music and playful creativity was a joy to her, her family, and anyone near enough to listen.

In the early 1980s, Roxanne moved to Brooklin as a year-round resident. She became an active member of the community, playing a pivotal role in the founding of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and the Brooklin Keeping Society as well as singing with the Bagaduce Chorale. She explored her passions for music, local history, and genealogy. She did extensive work researching and compiling The Cemeteries of Brooklin, Maine: A Genealogist’s Guide and kept a strong relationship to her ancestral ties in Bethel, Maine. She continued her commitment to the Brooklin Keeping Society into her 90s.

Roxanne’s life was full of people, music, and laughter. She was a clever inventor, a joyful sailor, a master gardener, and a riotous poet and lyricist. She had a special gift for conversation that drew out thoughts and inspirations from people across generations and an uncanny knack for changing the subject. These conversations helped her to support so many lives as a dear friend and mentor.

Her family will cherish a multitude of memories rich with caring, harmony and lullabies.

She is survived by her three children; Peter (Marcia), Patty (VB), and Julie (Lars); six grandchildren Matt (Anna), Blair (Maria), Davis (Katrina), Rick (Libby), Michael and Kat;  her loving nieces and nephews Mary, Mandy, John, Beth, Gil and Susie; and seven great-grandchildren Nina, Maeve, Maya, Ansen, Rowen, Eleanor, and Hugo.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 19 at 2 p.m. at the Brooklin Baptist Church.

Gifts in Roxanne’s memory can be made to the Brooklin Keeping Society (PO Box 4, Brooklin, ME 04616) or to the Bagaduce Music Lending Library (PO Box 829, Blue Hill, ME 04614).

June 7, 2017

Donald Patrick Dowd

Donald Patrick Dowd, 88, died on Monday, May 29 at home after a two-year battle with cancer and a long struggle with dementia. Vera, his wife of 58 years, and his children, Lisa and Stephen, were by his side.

Don was born in Dublin, Ireland on January 21, 1929, the only child of Bridget (née Flynn) and Matthew Dowd. Living with his grandmother and separated from his parents during World War II, he left Ireland after the war to join them and to work and study in Manchester, England. He studied mechanical engineering at Salford University at night while starting his long career with Simon Engineering in the daytime.

He immigrated to Canada to open their office, moving to Toronto in 1958. Not long after that he met Vera, and they married in 1959. Don’s career at a number of successor engineering firms and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took the family on a journey to Chicago, Connecticut, back to Toronto, and finally to the Princeton area for the last 40 years.

After his retirement, Don became engaged in the community. He greatly enjoyed contributing to Princeton by volunteering his expertise on local traffic and transportation issues and serving on the executive board of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization until his energy and attention waned.

A generous and kind man with charm and wit to spare, he had the luck and spirit of the Irish. He had two close calls, surviving a 1980 Amtrak accident and the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. He connected with people with ease and without judgment and had friends from all walks of life. His love of poetry, history, politics, and music was deep and self taught. Golf was a treasured pastime.

He is survived by Vera, Lisa, and Stephen (Tania); and his grandsons, Campbell, Fraser, and Colin. Burial will be in the family plot in Toronto.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers and volunteers of Princeton Hospice and Janet and Nora for their compassionate care in his final weeks and days.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge funeral home, Princeton.


Phyllis Phox

Phyllis Phox, 87, of Princeton, died on Friday, May 26, 2017 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. She was born and raised in Bronx, N.Y.

Phyllis Bowman married James “Alfred” Phox on June 28, 1952 at the Episcopal Church of the Crucifixion in Harlem. They had three children: twins Pamela and James Jr. and a young son, Lance.

Phyllis and Al loved to travel, whether it was to Dad’s movie locations or just on vacations to explore other cultures. They visited more than 35 countries and roamed from East to the Great Wall and Sydney to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands in the West, from Stockholm and Montreal in the North to Bariloche and Portillo in the South. Dad’s work on feature films occasionally allowed them to reside for several months in Beirut, Lagos, Martha’s Vineyard, and Saint Paul de Vence. Phyllis visited every continent except for Antarctica. “Too cold,” she said.

Besides being a stay-at-home mother, she worked as a part-time cashier at John Witherspoon Middle School.

Phyllis was a very active member of Trinity Church for more than 60 years. During that time she served on their Altar Guild and worked tirelessly on their annual rummage sale fundraiser. Up until the end she was actively monitoring the preparations for this fall’s event.

Married for 65 years, besides her husband, Mrs. Phox is survived by a daughter, Pamela of Denver, Colo.; two sons, Lance of Long Branch, N.J. and James of Oakland, Calif.; a son-in-law, Reid; daughters-in-law Andrea and Kimberly; a sister, Edna Harleston of Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren, Thayer and Sara; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Trinity Church-Rummage Sale, 33 Mercer St., Princeton, NJ 08540, in her name would be appreciated. Your gift will be distributed to the many area nonprofits that support those in need.

Her memorial service is scheduled for Trinity Church, June 10 at 11 a.m.


Memorial Service

John Winterbottom

A memorial service to celebrate the life of John Winterbottom, who died on January 15, 2017, will be held on Tuesday, August 1 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, N.J. Cellist Jordan Enzinger will perform, and there will be a reception afterwards. John’s complete obituary was published in the January 25, 2017 issue of Town Topics.

May 31, 2017

Mary Fitz Randolph (Randy) Hobler

Mary Fitz Randolph (Randy) Hobler, a resident of Princeton from 1945 until she moved in 2004 to Stonebridge in Skillman, died May 26, 2017 at the age of 94. She was co-author with Jeanne Silvester of Princeton Trivia, On the Streets Where We Live, and The Present Day Club 100th Anniversary History. She also wrote On the Streets Where We Live Revisited in 2003, a history of the Professional Roster, and many other historical articles.
Mrs. Hobler, born in 1922 and raised in Bronxville, N.Y., was the daughter of Howard and Mollie Fitz Randolph. She also lived in La Jolla, Calif., for 10 years, where her father, a well-known genealogist, researched and wrote a book on early La Jolla history, La Jolla: Year by Year. Graduating from the Bishop’s School in 1940, and Occidental College in 1944, she married Herbert W. Hobler in 1944, (also raised in Bronxville) when he was serving in the Army Air Corps. After the war, they settled in Princeton and raised four children.
While her children were in elementary school, Randy volunteered at the YMCA, and when her husband founded the Princeton radio station, Nassau Broadcasting Company (WHWH), she joined him there for 10 years as assistant treasurer of the board. In the 1970s, she pursued a master’s degree in counseling at Rider University, graduating in 1975.
For 18 years Randy was a career counselor with the Professional Roster and was also one of the founders of Youth Employment Services in Princeton. Over the years, she served on the boards of the Present Day Club, the YMCA of Princeton, Youth Employment Service, the Professional Roster, and was a trustee and secretary of the Board of the Princeton-Blairstown Center. Upon moving to Stonebridge in Skillman in 2004, she created and produced a monthly Stonebridge newsletter called Views from the Bridge. Inspired by her love of history and genealogy, she also wrote histories of her maternal grandmother’s life, and of her youth in Bronxville and La Jolla.
Always interested in the arts, Randy took up painting in mid-life, and was well known for her landscape works and paintings of many Princeton historic homes. Her interest in architecture and art blended when she designed and built beautiful doll houses, building numerous models of famous Princeton homes complete with all the tiny household pieces.
Over the years, Randy and Herb traveled all over the world — 70 countries in all — on planes, barges, buses, boats, ships, railroads, and zodiacs. One of their favorite trips was a month-long, round-the-world trip with 65 others on a private jet.
With her razor-sharp intelligence, Randy was always able to complete the New York Times’ crossword puzzles; she was a lifetime lover of reading and books, chocolate, and all things British. Those who know and love her will remember her for her dry wit, common sense, creativity, interest in others, and for being a loyal and devoted friend.
Married for 73 years, besides her husband, Mrs. Hobler is survived by a son, Randolph of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; three daughters, Deborah Hobler of Santa Barbara, Calif., Mary Hyson of Cheshire, Conn., and Nancy Hobler of Germantown, Md.; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton-Blairstown Center or the Princeton Historical Society. Private burial in the Princeton Cemetery.

Victor Anthony Rizzi, Jr.

Victor Anthony Rizzi, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully at home on May 14. For many years a Spring Lake resident, Mr. Rizzi resided in Spring Lake Heights the last five years. Born and raised in North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow), N.Y., Mr. Rizzi graduated from North Tarrytown High School in 1947. A star athlete, he captained the 1946 “Headless Horseman” football squad and was selected to the All-Westchester County and All-Metropolitan All-Star teams. In 1946, he was the winner of the Jack Small Trophy awarded to the outstanding player in the annual clash between North Tarrytown and arch rival Washington Irving High Schools. In 2012, the North Tarrytown High School Alumni Association honored him with a special trophy in tribute to “His School Spirit and Generous Support.”
When a teenager, Mr. Rizzi worked as a reporter for the Tarrytown Daily News. In recent years he contributed numerous pieces to a series of books edited by Mario Toglia containing stories of immigrants from his family’s ancestral home in Calitri, Italy. Among the titles were: They Came By The Sea, Preserving Our History, and Celebrating the Heritage. He also enjoyed authoring features for the North Tarrytown, Washington Irving, and Sleepy Hollow Alumni Newsletter.
Mr. Rizzi graduated with an AB degree in economics from Princeton University in 1951. A scholar-athlete, he played on Tiger football teams led by the legendary coach Charlie Caldwell. Among his teammates was the 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier. Mr. Rizzi was also a member of the Tiger Inn, becoming great friends with fellow housemate John Bogle, who would one day found the Vanguard Group, today the world’s largest mutual fund company. As an alumnus, he would serve as an officer of the Class of 1951.
The year following graduation found Mr. Rizzi teaching and coaching at Governor Dummer Academy in Massachusetts. The subsequent two years he performed similar duties at the Hun School of Princeton where he also served as athletic director. Mr. Rizzi would ultimately change direction, earning an MBA degree from the NYU Graduate School of Business Administration and embarking on a long and successful commercial banking career, beginning at Chemical Bank in New York before retiring as a senior executive vice president of the National State Bank in New Jersey. He even found time to teach financial courses for 15 years in the evening division of Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison).
Mr. Rizzi was a member of the Nassau Club, the aforementioned Tiger Inn, The Princeton Club, the Senior Corps of Retired Executives, and several historical, environmental, and church groups. He previously lived in Convent Station and Princeton before permanently settling in Spring Lake in 1985, having summered there since 1969.
He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 53 years, Rosemary Deasey Rizzi of Morristown, who founded the Garden Club of Spring Lake, presiding as its first president as well as the president of several historical and school organizations in Princeton and Spring Lake. A charitable man, Mr. Rizzi donated to many causes and sponsored two scholarships in his wife’s name. He is survived by a son, Robert, of Spring Lake Heights and a daughter, Laura Rizzi McGahan, of Chapel Hill, N.C. He was also pre-deceased by his parents, Victor and Fanny DeCarlo Rizzi, and his brother, Donald.
Those wishing to do so may make a donation in Mr. Rizzi’s name to the Garden Club of Spring Lake or the Spring Lake Historical Society.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall. For more info, visit

Mary C. Osborne
Mary C. Osborne, 92, of Skillman died on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by her loving family. Born in Moultrie, Ga., she resided most of her life in Wayne, then in Bayonet Point, Fla., before moving to Skillman in 2012. She retired in 1984 with over 20 years of service as a school nurse with the Wayne New Jersey Board of Education. Mary was a member of the All Saints Church, Princeton.
Daughter of the late Oscar F. and Elsie (Norman) Creech; wife of the late Peter V. Sirch, Robert L. Osborne, Sr.; sister of the late Norman and Martha Creech; she is survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law, Stephen Sirch and Colleen Wilford, Robert L. and Jeanne Osborne, Jr., James N. and Willow Sirch; two daughters and one daughter-in-law and a son-in-law Barbara A. Sirch and Barbara Pfotzer, Nancy J. and Gerard Unterreiner; 12 grandchildren, Jessica, Joshua, Austin, Alia, Matthias, Abigail, Katelyn, Erin, Robert III, Linnea, Jennifer, and Kelly; and six great-grandchildren Jenna, Lea, Rowan, Mickey, Cecelia, and Landon.
A Funeral Service was held on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at All Saints Church, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton. Burial in the Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge funeral home, Princeton.

Mathilde Stettler

Mathilde “Tildy” Stettler, 92, formerly of Princeton Junction, died peacefully at the home of her daughter Myriam Stettler, in Hope, R.I., on April 10.
She was the daughter of the late Otto and Mathilde (Hugentobler) Stettler, and sister of the late Otto and Josef Stettler. She is survived by her brother Leo, along with many nieces and nephews living in Switzerland.
Born and raised in Switzerland, as a child she actually did walk to school (in the next town), 45 minutes each way, twice a day, up (and down) several hills. From November to March, she skied to school through the snow. She became a nurse, working in labor and delivery, neonatal, and pediatrics.
She came to the United States by way of Ellis Island in January 1953, initially working as a baby nurse and nanny, then as a live-in caregiver.
She learned English at the YMCA in an ESL class. She became a naturalized citizen in 1963, and received her GED in 1974. At that time she began working at Princeton Hospital, first in the coffee shop, then in the anesthesia department until her retirement, all the while working with the elderly on weekends.
She was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Princeton for 58 years. She volunteered as a Eucharistic minister, delivering communion every Sunday to persons unable to attend mass. She also volunteered with the St. Paul’s Healthcare Ministry.
After retiring from Princeton Hospital, she attended mass every day, weather permitting. She was committed to her religion, always helping and caring for others. She was selfless, always putting others first, often making personal sacrifices for the benefit of others and never expecting anything in return. She made the world a better place for those she met throughout her life.
She was a wonderful role model for her daughter, baking for school events, chaperoning school field trips, and volunteering as a Girl Scout leader. She taught her daughter about community service by taking her along to help out at the annual Princeton Hospital rummage sale, and delivering meals to an elderly woman who lived close by. She sponsored both a child and an elderly woman in Latin America for many years. She worked tirelessly gathering donated clothing, personal hygiene items, and medical equipment for Croatian Relief Services, her favorite charity, is in Fairview, N.J., that helps “the poorest of the poor” all over the world. She enlisted her daughter to drive her there to deliver the many carloads she collected.
She loved attending the weekly Spanish class at the West Windsor Senior Center, going to the West Windsor Library to find new books each week, eating Swiss chocolate and cherries, and talking with relatives via FaceTime.
She will be remembered fondly by many and missed by all who knew her.
A Memorial Mass will be held on June 10, 2017, 10 a.m., at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street in Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Croatian Relief Services, 225 Anderson Avenue, Fairview, NJ 07022, in her name would be appreciated.

May 24, 2017

Lee Robotti 

Magdalena (Lee) Robotti, 95, of Rocky Hill passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at her home with her family.

Born in Raritan, N.J., Lee was a graduate of Somerville High School and Rider College, and was employed as an executive secretary in New York prior to her marriage to John S. Robotti in 1945, while he was serving in the U.S. Navy.

They moved to their current home in Rocky Hill in 1949 where Lee helped run The Gable Tavern, a family owned and operated local restaurant and bar.

She was a founding member and past president of the Princeton Elks Ladies Auxiliary and was currently serving as a trustee.

She was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA). Lee was a charter member and past president of John Basilone Unit 280, past president of Somerset County ALA, and past state president of the ALA, Department of N.J. She later served as ALA national executive committeewoman and past president of the “8&40” of Somerset County. For many years, she served as an executive committee member and counselor at N.J. Girls State, held each year at Rider College, and for over 30 years, served as chairlady of the N.J. State American Legion Auxiliary Convention held each year in Wildwood, N.J.

She was also active in Rocky Hill, having served on the Somerset County election board for many years, also a past president of the Rocky Hill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and a current member of the Montgomery Township Senior Citizens.

Lee was pre-deceased by her husband John S. Robotti; her parents Louis V. and Josephine (Perantoni) Curcio; brother Victor Curcio; and sister Virginia Jannuzzi.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Diane and Wayne Rudolph of Belle Mead; son and daughter-in-law Louis and Dr. Cynthia Robotti of Va.; grandchildren Renee Rudolph and Chris Meyer of Rocky Hill; Caitlyn and Michael Bellezza of Mass.; Dr. Meredith and John Heiner of Va.; Amy and James Hyland of Fords; and Jill and Michael Jernee of Spotswood; great-grandchildren Miles Bellezza, Sarah Heiner, Corinne and Chris Hyland, and Kyle and Brandon Jernee. Also many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 U.S. Highway 206 Hillsborough, NJ 08844 on Wednesday, May 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, May 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral Mass to be held 11:30 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 47 Skillman Road. Skillman, NJ, followed by burial at Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lee’s name to either the “Elks National Foundation”, Princeton Elks Lodge #2129 PO Box 217 Blawenburg, NJ 08504, or the “American Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents Parley Fund” (for Nurses Scholarships), ALA Dept. of NJ, 1540 Kuser Rd. Suite A-8 Hamilton, NJ 08619.


Martha K. Munster 

Martha K. Munster died Thursday, April 20, 2017. Born in Tellingstedt, Germany in 1913, she emigrated to the United States in 1932.  She married Arthur Munster from Elms Horn, Germany in 1936. Arthur predeceased his wife in 1973.  Martha is survived by daughters Hertha Petrone and Margarete Marvin and her daughter-in-law Kris Munster.  Her son Roland died in 2001.  She has five grandchildren, Lisa DeAngelis, Brent Munster, William F. Marvin, Christopher A. Marvin and Andrew R. Marvin and nine great grand children.

Martha lived 104 years.  She will be remembered for her fierce independence and work ethic. She followed politics and always had an opinion about how something could be done better.  Martha traveled to Germany to see her family usually by ocean liner. She recalled that the fastest passage occurred on the SS United States. Martha was unafraid of life. She confronted wrongdoing, she always had a quick wit and could not tolerate tardiness. Her favorite travels were in the National Parks of the United States and Canadian Rockies. She could do anything with her hands. Her knitted sweaters are heirlooms and her toy barn is still cherished by great-grandchildren. A famous story of hers was  when she took apart the motor of the Kaiser Automobile she owned in the early fifties and proceeded to replace the rings and valves. Money was tight.  Her basement was always filled with glistening jars of jam and beets and beans.  There were bars of homemade soap wrapped in brown paper in the closet. Planting and grooming roses and shrubs came naturally to her. Lily of the valley bouquets were on the dining room table, followed by azalea and violets and other perennials that came into bloom.

Martha worked until she was 80 years old.  She worked for Mrs. Junius Morgan of Constitution Hill, Princeton and then Mrs. Gerard Lambert of Princeton.  She remained with Mrs. Lambert for thirty years.

Donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 248 E. Chestnut Hill Rd. Suite 4, Newark, Delaware 19713.


Denise Diamond

Denise Diamond, formerly of Princeton passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017. She was born Denise Jarret on May 31, 1926 in Montreal Canada, the daughter of Rene and Hildegard Jarret. She was the eldest of eight children. She attended O’Sullivan Business College and the Conservatoire Lasalles, School of Dramatic Arts. She moved to the United States in January 1954 with her husband Gerald Landry, B.B.B. Science, McGill University, to Glen Gardner N.J. In 1964 they moved to the Princeton area with their two daughters Martine born December 20, 1954 and Jacqueline born April 11, 1958. Denise worked as a secretary at Princeton University in the Department of Religion for ten years, then later at the Institute for Advanced Study where she worked for twenty years. In 1974 she was divorced and married Princeton Professor Malcolm Diamond.

She is survived by her two daughters, Martine of New Hope, Pa., and Jacqueline of Los Angeles, Calif.;  Her grandson Jarrett Justin Landry of Philadelphia, Pa., her French Canadian family, Monique Cazavant, Hugette Jarret, Guy Jarret; and numerous nieces and nephews living in Montreal.

She was known for her joie de vivre, her “sheer life force,” and her lovely French accent. She loved movies, music, dancing and theater. She made an impression on all those she met. She will be missed dearly.

A private family service is planned. Life Celebration services provided by Leaver/Cable of Buckingham. To share your fondest memories of Denise, please visit


Garlie A. Forehand Jr.

Garlie A. Forehand Jr., age 84, of Princeton died of natural causes on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at home. Born in Richmond Va., he was a resident of Princeton since 1973. Garlie was retired from Educational Testing Services where he had served for many years as the head of the psychometrics department.

Son of Garlie A. and Edith B. Forehand. Father of the late Thomas A. Forehand, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emma (Costello) Forehand; two sons Michael W. and Joseph L. Forehand; daughter Karen E. Michael; daughters-in-law Lydia Harris and Elizabeth Connor; son-in law Jeff Michael; a brother John Forehand; his niece, Cathy McNutt; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Forehand and Miranda Bermejo.

A memorial service for Garlie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on July 29th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton at 50 Cherry Hill Road, with reception to follow.


Douglas J. Binder, M.D.

Douglas J. Binder, M.D., 65, of Lawrenceville and New York, N.Y., cherished husband of Rana B. Binder, and devoted father of Caroline A. Binder and Lillie G. Binder, passed away on May 11, 2017. He will be remembered by his family, friends, and patients for his boundless energy, sense of humor, his whistle while he worked, and for his love of old Hollywood films, theater and dance, classic cars, and his beloved fluffy white dogs, Muffin and Bunnie. He will be deeply missed by many. In lieu of sending flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.


Fay Huffman Abelson

Fay Huffman Abelson, a longtime resident of Princeton, died May 17, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, following a brief illness. She was 94.

She was born Mary Fay Huffman on October 25, 1922 to Fay Mayer and Marquis Rico Huffman in Lawrence, Kansas. She grew up in Kansas and in Michigan, attending both city and rural schools. She graduated from Rural Consolidated High School, Milford, Michigan, in 1939.

After receiving her AB degree from Antioch College in 1944, Mrs. Abelson worked in child development research at Fels Institute in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She pursued graduate studies in psychology at the University of Chicago and later at the University of Maryland.

While at Maryland, she met Herbert Abelson, a doctoral student in psychology. They married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. and lived in nearby Arlington, Virginia. In 1956 they moved to Princeton, when Dr. Abelson began his career with the Opinion Research Corporation. They lived in Princeton for the next 60 years.

Mrs. Abelson was engaged full time with home and family until 1970, when she began working as a substitute teacher and home instructor with Princeton Regional Schools. She studied at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and earned her certification in special education in 1972.

She spent 15 years which she characterized as “truly memorable and rewarding” as a special education teacher with the Princeton School for Exceptional Children. The school was located at the time at the Princeton Unitarian-Universalist Church. She worked diligently and patiently with middle school and high school students, whose own schools had cast them aside at a time when special education was a far less developed field. Many of these students went on to complete high school and even college and continued to consult her for many years thereafter. The colleagues she met while teaching remained among her most cherished friends.

Following retirement from teaching, Mrs. Abelson provided day care for two of her grandchildren. This experience made her especially grateful for the programs for young children at the Princeton YWCA, Princeton Public Library, and Princeton Jewish Center; these programs had not existed while she was raising her own children.

In addition to her work with children, Mrs. Abelson enjoyed swimming, tennis, cross country skiing, and needlework. She was a member of the Princeton YWCA’s women’s biking group, and with her husband, toured Ireland, France, Netherlands, Italy, Vietnam, and New Zealand by bicycle. They also took walking tours and cruises together as well as many vacation trips with children and grandchildren. Many summers included a visit to Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

Mrs. Abelson was actively involved with local and civic organizations, especially the Princeton Jewish Center, League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood of the Mercer Area, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Community Without Walls, Book Group 87, and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. A lifelong Democrat who cast her first presidential vote for Franklin Roosevelt, she was a member of the Princeton Community Democratic organization and an early supporter of Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency.

She made and maintained many friendships through these organizations, enjoying an active social life in Princeton and throwing wonderful parties that spotlighted her excellent cooking. She attended music and drama performances at McCarter Theatre, and enjoyed living next door to the
Princeton Public Library during her later years.

Mrs. Abelson was a convert to the Jewish faith, devoted to both worship and study. In her 60s, she joined a Bat Mitzvah preparation class for women who had never experienced this ritual. She became a Bat Mitzvah in 1988.

In her later years Mrs. Abelson took an interest in writing, and joined several writing courses and memoir writing groups. She self-published a book of “memory stories” of her life from birth through age 12.

The Abelsons moved to North Carolina in 2014, to be closer to family members and to a warmer climate.

Fay Abelson is survived by her husband of 63 years, Herbert Abelson of Cary, North Carolina; son Joseph Abelson of Wake Forest, North Carolina, his wife May Li Abelson, and their children Max and Rico Abelson; son Daniel Abelson of Boulder, Colorado, his wife Lisa Patterson Abelson and their children Sarah and Alicia Abelson; daughter Rachel Abelson Hickson of Silver Spring, Maryland and her husband David Hickson and their children Meredith and Jessamine Hickson; and a son-in-law, Richard Lawrence.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday, June 25 at the Princeton Jewish Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, 72½ Escher Street, Trenton, NJ 08609, and to Planned Parenthood of the Mercer Area, 2279 Route 33, Suite 510, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690.

May 17, 2017

John K. Patberg

John K. Patberg of Vero Beach, Fla. and Princeton died at his Princeton home on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. John was born in Elizabeth, N.J. on October 8, 1948, the second son of Jesse Bernard Patberg and Elizabeth Montgomery Patberg. John grew up in Cranford, N.J. and played on the boys’ tennis team, winning the Union County boys’ doubles title in 1966. John attended Brown University where he excelled at bridge and photography as the photography editor of the Brown Daily Herald, but struggled academically until, in his junior year, he took an introductory computer science course and found his passion. He changed his major and basically lived in the lab. For John, programming was like playing a game and he couldn’t believe you got grades and credits for play. John received a BA and MS in applied mathematics from Brown. He was mentored by the legendary Andy van Dam, the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Professor of Technology and Education at Brown, with whom he went as a research assistant to Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, during Andy’s 1971-72 sabbatical year.

Returning to the U.S., John began work in the Research Division of Western Electric, later switching to marketing and was sponsored by the company to attend the master’s degree program for executives at the graduate school of business, Columbia University, where he received the Award for Excellence, Class of ’79-I. Dee was in his class. John had long insisted that he had no interest in marriage or children. Dee put a stop to that, and they were married on May 31, 1980. Their daughter, Libby, was born, fittingly, on Valentine’s Day, 1984.

John joined Coopers & Lybrand (C&L) as a consultant in the InfoComm practice and became a partner in 1994. Helping start-ups and small businesses grow  was where John’s interest lay. Although C&L was not a small business, and they consulted to large enterprises, John viewed the team of the InfoComm practice as a small business of which he was an integral part. In 1998 C&L merged with Price Waterhouse, and in 2002 the consulting practice was sold to IBM. That was the tipping point; John took early retirement.

During his retirement, John realized his ambition to work with start-ups and small businesses, both as a consultant and an investor. John also tried to use his skills as a consultant to assist nonprofit organizations working in Trenton including Isles and The Children’s Home Society. The consultant in John made him for several years encourage Trenton leaders to investigate and adopt an effective approach to “collective impact” used by In 2015 John began assisting the Trenton Literacy Movement in its campaign to improve literacy education in the Trenton Public Schools, continuing with this effort even in his last months.

John also returned to bridge, playing frequently with his partner from the days in the 70s when they would go to tournaments in New York City for bridge and good food. Even while in Florida, he would set up “tables” on-line, so that he could play with his Princeton friends. He expanded his culinary interest, learned to bake bread, grill fish, and be creative with international foods and fresh ingredients. He loved to feed people and hosted many parties with enthusiasm.

Retirement also afforded John the opportunity to return to the game of tennis. Dee and John joined Pretty Brook Tennis Club when he retired. John soon became a game organizer aiming for at least one game every day. He received the Club’s Penick Award for outstanding sportsmanship. Dee and John also began to spend more time at their condo at Sea Oaks in Vero Beach, an ocean to river development with 16 clay tennis courts in the center. John was a singles and doubles champion at Sea Oaks. The USTA Team with whom he played went to Florida Sectionals in 2014. John joked that when the nets came down at Pretty Brook in the Fall, he and Dee would drive to Sea Oaks in his convertible, returning in mid-Spring when the nets went back up. While in Florida, John spent most Wednesday mornings hammering with Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to his wife, Dee, and daughter, Elizabeth T. Patberg, MD, a third year resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga,; John is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Judy Patberg of Harbor Springs, Mich,; and his three nephews, Bill and Jenny and their children, Quinn and Mason Patberg, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Zach and Chelsea Patberg of Asbury Park, N.J.: and Jon Patberg, MD of Martinez, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Trenton Literacy Movement, PO Box 653, Trenton, NJ 08604 or National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton, 949 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618,, whose mission creates opportunities for success by enriching the lives of under-resourced youth, introducing them to the lifetime sport of tennis that John loved, and providing innovative tennis, education, and mentoring programs.

May 10, 2017

Ashton Harvey 

Ashton Harvey of Princeton, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2017, at the age of 88. Born on February 26, 1929 in New York City to Dr. Harold D. Harvey and Katharine Davis, Ashton graduated from Pomfret School and from Princeton University in 1951. He was the beloved husband of Isabel Moore of Trenton, who tragically suffered a major stroke in 1971. He lovingly cared for her until her passing in 2007.

He served in the Intelligence Department of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., before returning to Princeton, taking a job as a financial adviser for Janney Montgomery Scott, a member of the New York Stock Exchange. In 1970, he and his partners formed the investment advisory firm Delafield, Harvey, Tabell. Located in Princeton, the firm was bought by U.S. Trust in 1983. He remained with the company until his full retirement in 2012.

In 1991, Ash married Marion Kulley Dunham of Princeton. Together they embarked on countless adventures, sharing his love of the west, Block Island, fly-fishing, sailing, and exploring the world. Ash and Marion exemplified the definition of “soul mates.”

Despite his influence and success in the financial world, Ash was happiest working and walking the land he cherished: chopping wood, mending stone walls, building bird houses, or towing his wagon behind his beloved 1936 Allis Chalmers tractor. Ash was a true steward of the land, active in the D&R Greenway Land Trust of Princeton, the Block Island Land Trust, the Block Island Nature Conservancy, and numerous other nonprofits. He was on the Board of Directors at Lee Development Group in Silver Spring, Md. and at D&R Greenway. In 2002, Ash formed the Harvey Family Charitable Foundation, an organization set up to help “those who are hurting.” He allowed family members to delegate funds each year, a legacy that will continue. He was a role model to us all.

Ash is survived by his wife Marion; his three children, Ben, Edward, and Julie; his two stepchildren, Andrea Dunham Riccio and Daniel Dunham; his seven grandchildren; and his sister Dorothy Davis of Plymouth, Mass.

A celebration of Ash’s life will take place on Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at the D&R Greenway in Princeton, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the nonprofit HomeFront at 1880 Princeton Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 and Condolences and memories can be posted at


Lorenzo Fletcher Jr.

Lorenzo “Bubby” Fletcher Jr. was born in Princeton on April 6th, 1934, and departed his earthly home on May 2, 2017 at Capital Health systems in Hopewell. He was a lifelong resident of Ewing Township.

Lorenzo, known as “Bubby” by family and friends attended the Princeton Public School system where in addition to his academic excellence he served as captain of the football and track teams. He continued his education at the University Of Pittsburgh and Trenton Junior College. He also graduated with a BA in sociology from Rutgers University. Lorenzo served honorably in the armed forces as a medic in the Marine Corps and Navy.

He worked for Midstate Mobile Radio, New Jersey Bell Telephone, and AT&T, where he managed commercial Motorola Mobile Radio accounts, and coordinated their FCC licensing program. As a district manager for AT&T he was designated as the point of contact for providing and coordinating communications for the president and vice-president of the United States whenever they visited New Jersey. He worked closely with the secret service and the White House communications group to coordinate the visits.

Lorenzo is pre-deceased by his wife Madge, a son Lorenzo “Tony” Fletcher III, his father Lorenzo “Lefty” Fletcher Sr., a sister Loretta Fletcher Hawthorne, and a brother Donald Fletcher. He leaves to mourn his passing, a son, Brian; his mother Maxie; a brother Lamont Fletcher (Lottie); a sister Deborah Gibson (Greg); three grandchildren, Colby, Casey, and Jami; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

He was known by family and friends to be quiet but stern, precise, an articulate intellectual, and a sharp dresser who included argyle socks in his fashion statement. Lorenzo was known by his co-workers as a highly motivated self starter with strong interpersonal skills. He spent the last years of his life caring for his mother, Maxie and providing wisdom, support and love to his family.

Funeral services will be held at the Hughes Funeral Home, 324 Bellevue Ave., Trenton New Jersey on Friday, May 12th at 12:30 p.m. Viewing hours will begin at 11 a.m. A graveside ceremony will take place at the Ewing Church Cemetery on Scotch Road in Ewing, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be given to the The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Meals On Wheels, and homeless shelters.


Irving J. Kessler

Irving J. Kessler, 76, of Skillman, died May 3, 2017, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. A Brooklyn native, he was born May 14, 1940 to Hyman and Etta (Skott) Kessler. He attended Brooklyn College, and got his Ph.D. in mathematics under Walter Rudin at the University of Wisconsin. After teaching at Southern Illinois University, he spent the majority of his career at IDA/Center for Communications Research — Princeton.

It was at IDA that he met his colleague, Hollis Fitch, who became his wife of 32 years. Together they enjoyed their home on the hill, many travels, and being with their grandchildren. Irv had an enthusiasm for all sorts of games, including chess, poker, horse racing, and baseball. He loved music, and served on the board of The Princeton Festival. He was also a longtime tennis player and a runner, participating in the New York City Marathon and many local races.

Predeceased by his parents and sister, Natalie Tannenbaum, he is survived by his wife Hollis Fitch Kessler; two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel P. Kessler and Karen Jacobson of Stanford Calif. and Michael B. Kessler and Anna Kessler of Haddonfield N.J.; and four grandchildren, Abigail, Gabriel, Samuel, and Eden. He is also survived by a niece and nephew, Lisa and Michael Weis.

Funeral services will be held at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton at noon, Monday, May 8. Cantor Michael Weis will officiate. Burial will follow at Rocky Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Irv’s name to


Janet Ellis deGrouchy

Janet Ellis deGrouchy, née Janet Lee Ellis, age 92, of Princeton, passed away on April 22 of natural causes.

Janet was born in Trenton, the eldest child of William John Ellis and Blanche Marie Law. She was raised on the grounds of Trenton State Hospital since her father was Commissioner of Institutions and Agencies in New Jersey. She graduated from George School in 1942, attended William Smith College, Ursinus College, and graduated from Trenton State Teacher’s College in 1946, lettering in field hockey, basketball, and tennis. After graduation she taught physical education in the Chevy Chase, Maryland school system and later was active in teaching tennis and in the foundation of the Princeton community tennis program. She was a ranked tennis player and longstanding member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club. She also was a life master bridge player. She belonged to the Colonial Dames, The Present Day Club, and Springdale Golf Club. She was an extremely generous and beloved friend and a devoted dog lover.

Janet is survived by her husband Jack deGrouchy; her children Richard, David, Elizabeth and Andrew Tomlinson, Lisa Kincannon, Jan Hraska, Suzy deGrouchy; her grandchildren Sasha Pantel, Coleman and Sophia Bartels, Emily, Sam, Will, Drew, Chloe and Trevor Tomlinson, Zoe Hraska, Tommy and Georgeann Siller; and great grandson Jacob Carl Pantel. She was preceded in death by her first husband William Barrington Tomlinson, her sister Mary Ellen Doll, brother John Ellis, and son John Jay Tomlinson as well as many generations of dogs of all shapes and sizes.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, 101 Scotch Road, Ewing Township NJ 08628.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to SAVE Princeton Animal Rescue, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.

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


Gail Hostetler Wilson

Gail Hostetler Wilson, 76, of Princeton, passed away on May 4 from complications of cancer.

She was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and raised in Jamesburg, N.J.; she attended Grace College and the Indiana University School of Music. Gail lived most of her life in East Brunswick, before moving to Princeton in 2011. She was a longtime church organist and choir director for the United Church of Christ of New Brunswick and Aldersgate United Methodist Church of East Brunswick, and led the music at the First Presbyterian Church of Titusville during 2015 and into 2016.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Dell Wilson II, to whom she was married for 48 years, as well as her parents, Henry Merle Hostetler and Doris Wright Hostetler. Gail is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law and six grandchildren: George D. Wilson, III and Ellen Wilson and their daughters, Sarah and Emily; and H. Merle Wilson and Jay Wilson, and their children, Halie, Leah, Caroline and Jacob; her sister, Barbara (Ivaniski) Dickinson and sister and her husband, Janie Hostetler and Frank Burkhardt; her sister-in-law, Peggy Wilson; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 22 South Main Street, Cranbury. Interment will follow in the Brainerd Cemetery, Cranbury.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 12, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the A.S. Cole Son and Company Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.

May 3, 2017

Joseph Kovacs

Joseph Kovacs, 91, died on April 27 in his home in the Meadow Lakes retirement community in Hightstown, where he had lived since 2004. Born May 20, 1924 in Budapest, Hungary, to Joseph and Katalin Hari Kovacs, he began playing the violin under his father’s tutelage when he was five years old. He exhibited such talent that all his later teachers taught him for free. He won a scholarship at the Franz Liszt Royal Hungarian Academy of Music, where Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók were among his teachers and where he won the prestigious Hubay prize. At 18, he was offered a job as a concertmaster in Germany, so with his father’s blessing he fled the strife of war on foot, to avoid being shipped to Russia to fight. He crossed through Austria and Czechoslovakia into Germany and stayed near the Denmark border, where, amid the sounds of war, he played the violin under several famous conductors. Among the hardships of the time, he spoke of having had to line his worn-out shoes with cardboard to prolong their usefulness.

In 1948, invited by relatives in New Jersey, he made his way to the United States and lived first in New Brunswick, then in Princeton. He became concertmaster of the original Princeton Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas Harsanyi in the 1950s and enrolled in the Westminster Choir College, where he taught violin and earned a degree in conducting. Among his favorite extra-academic musical pursuits he founded the Collegium Musicum of Princeton in 1972, a small chamber group including many of his own students that met weekly and gave concerts for more than 25 years in Princeton churches. In addition to the serious classical music of Bach, Beethoven, Schoenberg and others, he always offered shorter, lighter pieces to charm and touch the spirit of his listeners.

He retired as professor emeritus from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

In 1960 he met flutist Dorothy Stritesky at a summer music camp. They married in June 1961 and they spent summers thereafter on Moosehead Lake in Northern Maine until Dorothy died in October, 2007. They had no children but left behind a host of devoted and grateful students, many of whom have their own careers in music today.

A memorial gathering will be held in the Meadow Lakes Meeting Room on Saturday, May 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. and will be followed by refreshments.

In lieu of flowers a tax-deductible donation may be made to the Education Award Fund, c/o Rev. Byron Shafer, 82 Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, NJ 08520.


Zula Bell Pemberton

Zula Bell Pemberton of Princeton, age 83, passed away April 23, 2017 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Born in Columbia, N.C., she was a resident of the Princeton community for over 60 years. She graduated from Tyrrell High School, Columbia, N.C.

Zula was employed as a library technician. She attended the First Baptist Church of Princeton. Zula was predeceased by her parents, Dwight and Justee McCleese; two brothers, Covin and Hoover McCleese; and three sisters. Zula is survived by her husband of 43 years, Logan Pemberton; one son, Larry Spruill (Fern); stepson Thomas Pemberton; two daughters, Dale Spruill-Redding and Crystal Vecchione; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on April 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home.


Stanley Rodland

Stanley Rodland formerly of Montgomery Township, passed away April 16, 2017, at home in Palm Desert, California. Born August 29, 1931, he was the son of Norwegian immigrants, Jennie and Arne Rodland of Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Rodland was a veteran of the Korean War and served as a forward observer from 1951-1954. He was honorably discharged as a corporal.

His early working years were in construction as a carpenter and supervisor. He later established a successful new home construction company based in Montgomery Township. He also volunteered his skills in supervising the construction of the Evangelical Free Church on Belle Meade-Griggstown Road.

His true passion was boating on the Chesapeake Bay with both sail and power boats. He also liked to travel. Many of the trips were cruises combining his love for boating and travel.

He is survived by his wife Marie, brother Ray, sister Ellen, son Paul, daughter Donna, two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held: Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church in Belle Meade, NJ.

There will be a gathering starting at 12:30 p.m. where a light lunch will be served.


Julia H. Rhodes

Julia H. Rhodes, 77, of Princeton Junction, passed away on Tuesday, April 18th, after an 18-month battle against cancer.

Mrs. Rhodes attended the Plumfield and Thomas schools in Connecticut, graduated as a Wellesley scholar in 1961, and earned her master’s in teaching from Radcliffe in 1963. She wed Dr. Rodman Dunbar Rhodes that same year, and moved with him to Madison, Wisconsin and then to Champaign, Illinois, serving as a high school English teacher in both districts. The couple moved to Princeton in 1972.

Julia lost no time in making Princeton her home. In 1973, she began teaching English in West Windsor. In 1976, she joyfully became the supervisor of English and language arts instruction for the Spotswood Public Schools, a position that subsequently expanded to include supervising foreign language instruction. In 2001, she was named principal of Spotswood’s Austin G. Schoenly Elementary School, a post she held until her retirement in 2005. Julia then continued teaching, tutoring local students in English and completing educational consultancies in Haiti and Nigeria. She also co-authored, with her long-time friend Dr. Alice Deakins, an upcoming book entitled The Writer’s Sentence, and could be found reviewing drafts of this publication until a week before her death.

Julia was a devoted member of Nassau Presbyterian Church and of her community. She served as a Sunday school teacher for over 10 years, and particularly enjoyed helping her students organize the church’s annual fundraiser to fight river blindness in Africa. An enthusiastic community advocate, she was president of her neighborhood association. As a patron of the arts, she subscribed to McCarter Theatre and the American Repertory Ballet, and volunteered regularly at both institutions.

Teacher, mentor, faithful disciple, community leader, and arts enthusiast; these all describe Julia, and yet do not do her justice. For it was as a friend, sister, and mother that she was the most exemplary. Brimming with compassion, humor, generosity, and intelligence, she cultivated friendships with many around the world, including the Kagitcibasi family of Turkey and the Camara and Sow families of Guinea. Many of the family’s closest friends simply referred to her as “mom.” The hundreds who have brought a problem to her kitchen table, and who have listened to her calmly suggest, “Let’s figure this out,” will forever miss her guidance, laughter, empathy, and wisdom.

Julia was predeceased by her mother and father, Albert Spaulding Howe, Jr. and Dorothy Waller Hutchinson Howe of Norwalk, Connecticut; her brothers Bert and Tom; and her husband, Rodman. She is survived by sister, Doria Howe; daughters Rebecca and Sarah; their husbands Fode Camara and Nicholas Stewart; and by grandchildren Julia Fanta Camara and Autumn Dunbar Stewart.

A service in her honor will be held at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. Funeral arrangements have been made by Varcoe-Thomas of Doylestown, Pa., www.varcoethomasfuneral

In celebration of her life and that of her husband, the family is designing a custom gravestone. In lieu of offering flowers, you are invited to contribute to this more lasting gift by sending donations to her executor, Mr. Kirk Bonamici, CPA, PO Box 6231, Monroe Township, NJ 08831.

May Julia rest in peace, and may her example inspire many for generations to come.


Memorial Service

Hannah Putnam Fox

Hannah P. Fox, 96, died on December 30, 2016 in suburban Washington, D.C. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, Dean of the Chapel will officiate; family members will speak; music will be by Eric Plutz, University organist and by the Princeton University Marching Band. A reception will follow at Murray-Dodge Hall. Hannah’s complete obituary was published in the January 11, 2017 issue of Town Topics.

April 26, 2017

Marlene A. Raboteau

Marlene A. Raboteau, 85, of Princeton, died at the Princeton Care Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1932, Marlene was raised there until 1945, when the racially motivated murder of her father, Albert Raboteau, prompted her mother, Mabel Ishem Raboteau to move north, settling in Kokomo, Indiana with Marlene, her sister Alise, and her brother, Albert, Jr. In 1947, the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she completed high school and attended junior college. Afterwards, she worked as a police dispatcher until 1958, when she joined the rest of her family in relocating to Pasadena, California. There she occupied a clerical position at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1982, she moved to Princeton where her brother, Albert, had joined the faculty of the Religion Department at the University. She did clerical work at the University Housing and Facilities Department. After retirement, she moved to Elm Court and then to Princeton Care Center. Debilitated by Alzheimer’s disease, her health began to fail over the past year and worsened significantly in the past month.

A parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church, she received the last rites two days before her death.

She is survived by her brother Albert Raboteau; her nephews, Albert Raboteau III, Charles Raboteau and Martin Raboteau; her niece Emily Raboteau; her sisters-in-law Kathy Murtaugh and Joanne Shima Raboteau; her grandnieces, Lucia, Delilah, and Paz; and her grandnephews, Albert Jordy Raboteau IV, Geronimo Jacob, Ollie, and Gus.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April, 29, 2017 at 1 p.m. in St. Paul’s Church-Mercy Chapel, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Committal services will follow at Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, Princeton.

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Julia H. Rhodes

Julia H. Rhodes, 77, of Princeton Junction, passed away on Tuesday, April 18th, after an 18-month battle against cancer.

Mrs. Rhodes attended the Plumfield and Thomas schools in Connecticut, graduated as a Wellesley scholar in 1961, and earned her Masters in Teaching from Radcliffe in 1963. She wed Dr. Rodman Dunbar Rhodes that same year, and moved with him to Madison, Wisconsin and then to Champagne, Illinois, serving as a high school English teacher in both districts. The couple moved to Princeton in 1972.

Julia lost no time in making Princeton her home. In 1973, she began teaching English in West Windsor. In 1976, she joyfully became the supervisor of English and language arts instruction for the Spotswood Public Schools, a position that subsequently expanded to include supervising foreign language instruction. In 2001, she was named principal of Spotswood’s Austin G. Schoenly Elementary School, a post she held until her retirement in 2005. Julia then continued teaching, tutoring local students in English and completing educational consultancies in Haiti and Nigeria. She also co-authored, with her long-time friend Dr. Alice Deakins, an upcoming book entitled The Writer’s Sentence, and could be found reviewing drafts of this publication until a week before her death.

Julia was a devoted member of Nassau Presbyterian Church and of her community. She served as a Sunday school teacher for over 10 years, and particularly enjoyed helping her students organize the church’s annual fundraiser to fight river blindness in Africa. An enthusiastic community advocate, she was president of her neighborhood association. As a patron of the arts, she subscribed to McCarter Theater and the American Repertory Ballet, and volunteered regularly at both institutions.

Teacher, mentor, faithful disciple, community leader, and arts enthusiast; these all describe Julia, and yet do not do her justice. For it was as a friend, sister, and mother that she was the most exemplary. Brimming with compassion, humor, generosity, and intelligence, she cultivated friendships with many around the world, including the Kagitcibasi family of Turkey and the Camara and Sow families of Guinea. Many of the family’s closest friends simply referred to her as “mom.” The hundreds who have brought a problem to her kitchen table, and who have listened to her calmly suggest, “Let’s figure this out,” will forever miss her guidance, laughter, empathy, and wisdom.

Julia was predeceased by her mother and father, Albert Spaulding Howe, Jr. and Dorothy Waller Hutchinson Howe of Norwalk, Connecticut; her brothers Bert and Tom; and her husband, Rodman. She is survived by sister, Doria Howe; daughters Rebecca and Sarah, their husbands Fode Camara and Nicholas Stewart; and by grandchildren Julia Fanta Camara and Autumn Dunbar Stewart.

A service in her honor will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6th. Funeral arrangements have been made by Varcoe-Thomas of Doylestown, Pa.,

In celebration of her life and that of her husband, the family is designing a custom gravestone. In lieu of offering flowers, you are invited to contribute to this more lasting gift by sending donations to her executor, Mr. Kirk Bonamici, CPA, P.O. Box 6231, Monroe Township, NJ 08831.

May Julia rest in peace, and may her example inspire many for generations to come.


Samuel C. Tattersall

Samuel Cook “Sandy” Tattersall, 64, of Raymond, Maine died peacefully on March 3, 2017 surrounded by family and friends.

Born August 16, 1952 in Princeton to Martha Holding and Samuel Leslie Tattersall Jr., Sandy attended Princeton Country Day School and graduated from St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. and Babson College. Sandy spent his career in education, first at the Eaglebrook School and then for three decades at The Peddie School where he retired as dean of students in 2012. For 53 years he spent his summers at Camp Timanous in Raymond, Me, first as a camper and then as a counselor and program director.

Sandy’s love of the beach, Springsteen, Twinkies, and Pepsi was obvious to all who had the great fortune to know him.

Sandy is survived by his sister, Martha T. Giancola (Paul); his brother, Stowe H Tattersall (Peg); his nephew, David Giancola; his niece, Edie Tattersall; and by the best friends anyone could ask for.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29 at noon at the Ayer Memorial Chapel at The Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey. Contributions in Sandy’s memory may be made to The Peddie School (memo line Tattersall) 201 S. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520 or The Timanous Foundation, 23 Pawson Road, Branford, CT 06405.