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 (www.lung.org) or the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (www.trentonsoupkitchen.org).

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.

Please visit www.GeorgeLuchak.org for Guest Book and photos.


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 www.TheKimbleFuneralHome.com 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 niandikie@gmail.com.

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.

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Ruby Memorial of Hightstown. Family and friends may offer condolences and share memories at www.rubymemorialhome.com.

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 www.mollybear.org.

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 www.OBrienFuneralHome.com.

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 www.lifecelebration.com.


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 strivetogether.org. 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, www.njtloftrenton.org, 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 homefrontnj.org. Condolences and memories can be posted at www.fluehr.com.


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 princetonfestival.org.


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. www.save-animals.org.

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.

Extend condolences and remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


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., www.varcoethomasfuneralhome.com.

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.

April 19, 2017

Bob Dougherty

Robert Ely Dougherty, Bob to all who knew him, died peacefully on April 9th, 2017. He was raised in Princeton, New Jersey and Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Bob’s parents, Grace Ely Bassett Dougherty and Gregg Dougherty, were longtime residents of Princeton. Gregg was professor of organic chemistry at Princeton University. Grace was raised by Ernest Cushing Richardson, who was the librarian at Princeton University from 1890 to 1925.

Bob’s education started with Miss Fine’s School and Princeton Country Day School. He then attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. There he served as a president of his class and a class correspondent for many years.

Following his cherished years at Exeter, Bob returned to Princeton University and was a highly congenial member of the Class of 1950. He re-settled in Princeton for the duration of his life.

After Princeton University, Bob started as a real estate agent in the offices of Edmund Cook and Associates and served in the National Guard. Bob then co-founded his own real estate firm, Stewardson and Dougherty Realtors. Sadly, his partner Bill Stewardson passed away soon after the firm’s start-up.

Bob persevered with a loyal team of real estate associates who opened and closed many doors in the greater Princeton area. His firm’s slogan was Stewardson and Dougherty Associates — Your Key to Excellence. One of several premier real estate agencies in Princeton, Stewardson and Dougherty closed its doors in 1995. He then consulted and helped establish the Coldwell Banker Schlott offices on Nassau Street.

In addition to his professional life, Bob served as a trustee of the American Boy Choir and Princeton Day School. Bob was also a member of the Pretty Brook Club, Nassau Club, and the Mayflower Society.

Beyond the role of a trustee, Bob supported many civic events, often in quiet and unheralded ways. Some of his greater Princeton family may remember that he was particularly steadfast in his support of the Princeton Hospital Fete. And that had its rewards — Bob won its famous car lottery, not once but twice. He drove home two new Ford Thunderbird convertibles in less than ten years. This was a story that he loved to tell. “What good luck,” he would say with his perpetually optimistic voice.

Bob was also a very dedicated servant to his religious home of the Nassau Presbyterian Church. An elder of the church, he was also a generous supporter of its renowned music program and renovation projects.

In his private affairs, Bob’s life settled beautifully when he married Patricia Paine in 1987. Her previous marriage had ended in divorce. For 30 years, he relished his role as a loving husband to Pat, and stepfather to three sons, Thos Paine (wife Lisa) and brothers John (wife Patty), and Rod (partner Li); and grandfather to five grandchildren, Sarah, Laura (husband David), Jack (wife Jessi), Emily and Evan. Also, surviving Bob are his cherished nephews, Gregg Dougherty (wife Robin), Marsh Dougherty (wife Mary Ann), and grandnephews Michael, Miles, Ryan and grandniece Kat. He was predeceased by his wife Patricia Paine Dougherty in May 2016, his older brother Jim Dougherty in 2005, and by his sister-in-law Jeanne Dougherty in 2013.

A memorial service will be held in the Niles Chapel at Nassau Presbyterian Church on May 13 at 2 p.m., followed by a private family interment at the Dougherty family gravesite in the Princeton Cemetery. Contact stepson Thomas Paine (609) 865-1984 or ThomasHPaine@gmail.com for additional information. Memorial donations may be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church.


Martha L. Karraker

Martha L. Karraker, 99, of Princeton died at Acorn Glen on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Born in Butte, Montana she has been a resident of Princeton since 1960. Martha was the past vice-president of the Mid-Atlantic Region of AAUW and longtime member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church as well as a board member of both the Mercer County Planning Council and the Delaware-Raritan Girl Scout Council.

Daughter of the late Thomas Lloyd and Frances (Carter) Jones and wife of the late I. Oliver Karraker, Jr., she is survived by two daughters Ruth K. Kreider and Joyce M. Edwards; two sons-in-law Harry Kreider and Art Edwards; four grandchildren Marc Kreider, Wayne Kreider, Suzanne Edwards, and Amy Sherrod; and five beloved great-grandchildren.

There was a private graveside service in the Rocky Hill Cemetery on April 17, 2017.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to AAUW 1310 L Street NW Suite 1000, Washington, DC 2005 or the American Cancer Society.

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


Julia Willis Philip

Julia Willis Philip, a longtime resident of Claverack, N.Y., passed away peacefully in Hudson, N.Y. surrounded by her loving family. She was 92. Mrs. Philip grew up in Princeton.

Mrs. Philip was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1924 and moved to Princeton with her family when she was a young child. Her father, Professor Clodius Willis, was on the faculty at Princeton University. Mrs. Philip attended Princeton High School, Vassar College then Westhampton College at the University of Richmond. After college graduation, she worked as a reporter for the Princeton Herald, under the editorship of a Princeton graduate and decorated World War II Marine Corps veteran, John Van Ness Philip, whom she would marry in 1952.

Mrs. Philip, was one of the first women fruit growers in Columbia County, and for over 30 years, managed “Philip Orchards,” in Claverack, first with her husband, John Van Ness Philip, then as sole proprietor for 24 years following his death. The farm, which has been in the family for more than 280 years, is one of the oldest continually operating family farms in New York State, and is part of the Dutch legacy of the Hudson Valley.

A pioneer working woman and civil rights stalwart, she raised five children while holding jobs in New York City, for many years at Fund For the City of New York and at the English Speaking Union. During the 1960s she was part of the Harlem Initiative, a group of Manhattan PTA mothers who helped bus children down from Harlem after bus drivers refused to comply with new laws that mandated integration of the public schools.

In 1967 she helped her husband found Modern Distribution Management, a newsletter, that became a leading publication on business innovations. In 1975, she and her husband moved their publication from Manhattan to Claverack and devoted themselves to the management of his family’s historic ancestral home and farm. Over the years, Mrs. Philip opened the family’s 1802 colonnaded house “Talavera” for Columbia County Historical Society house tours and events.

In 1992 she was part of the founding group that worked to save the Hudson Opera House from demolition. She went on to serve on the newly formed Opera House Board for many years, working to initiate the restoration efforts, which have led to its eventual flourishing as the Arts Center it is today. She also sat on the boards of two important New State Historic Sites: Wilderstein in Rhinebeck and Clermont in Germantown. She was a longstanding trustee of the Columbia County Historical Society and in 2014 was honored for her contributions by being designated A First Columbian.

She is survived by her siblings: Sallie Jesser (Princeton); Lee Willis (Charlottesville, Va.); and Clodius Willis (Pittsburgh, Pa.); her children: John Van Ness Philip III (Andrew Loren Resto); William Churchill Houston Philip (Mana Kobuchi Philip); Thomas Willis Philip (Emily Beth Cohen); Katherine Philip Chansky (James Chansky); Leila Stott Philip Evans (Garth Evans); nephews, nieces, and grandchildren.

A service will be held at Christ Church, Hudson, New York at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her name be sent to the Columbia County Historical Society, 5 Albany Ave Kinderhook, NY 12106, or to the Greenport Fire Department Rescue Squad 3 Newman Road Hudson, NY 12534.

April 12, 2017

Harry Ververides

Harry Ververides, lifelong resident of Princeton passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Merwick Care Center, Plainsboro at the age of 84.

He owned and operated Harry’s Luncheonette at 16 Witherspoon Street in Princeton, for over 40 years, before retiring in 2000.

Harry was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving during the Korean War from 1952-1960.

Mr. Ververides was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of ’51, member of AHEPA at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Hamilton and the F&AM Masonic Lodge #38 in Princeton. In his leisure time, he enjoyed long walks and speaking with his friends, neighbors, and customers in town.

Surviving are his brother, George Ververides and cousins in Greece.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 10 until 10:30 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1200 Klockner Road, Hamilton (Trenton), NJ 08619, immediately followed by the Funeral Service. Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton.

Memorial contributions made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or St. George Greek Orthodox Church at the above address are appreciated.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.

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Mark Douglas Landauer

Mark Douglas Landauer, 63, passed away peacefully in Bethlehem, Pa. on April 3, 2017. Mark was a life-long resident of Princeton, having moved to Bethlehem 10 years ago to be closer to family.

Born in Princeton, Mark was the son of the late Harry Lee Landauer and Sallie Warren Landauer. He was also predeceased by his brother, Keith Landauer.

Mark graduated from Princeton High School and was a successful realtor and real estate broker in the Mercer County area for many years. He retired early due to health challenges related to multiple sclerosis.

Mark was a very special and unique individual. While he valued his independence and privacy, he loved people. He had a very kind and generous heart. He never judged others, would help anyone in need, and was always a faithful friend. He once said he had never committed to a particular sports team because he always cheered for the underdog.

Mark had a very dry sense of humor and delivered it with a twinkle in his eye. He enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved Long Beach Island, N.J., fly fishing, old movies, music from the 1960s, and a good cup of java. He especially loved his family and relished family get-togethers and holiday dinners.

Mark is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Joe Cimerola; his brother, Richard Landauer; his niece and Goddaughter, Amelia Cimerola Tozzoli; his nephews, Michael Cimerola, Evan Landauer, and Keith Landauer; his aunts and many cousins; and more friends than he ever knew.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown, Pa. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.stephensfuneral.com. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society www.nationalmssociety.org.


Paul A. Ashton

Paul A. Ashton, formerly of Princeton, passed away on March 29 at home in Summerdale, Alabama. He was 90 years young.

Paul was the son of Dean and Florence Ames Ashton and the brother of the late Clyde Ashton.

Born in Trenton, Paul grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey and graduated from Princeton High School in 1944. After starting college at Drexel University he joined The Army Air Corps and was enrolled in the pilot’s training program. Following his discharge, he earned a degree in pharmacy from The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

Paul spent his college summers working in Ocean City, New Jersey where he met and married Margaret (Peggy) Hopkins.

After several years working for Parke Davis Pharmaceuticals as a salesman, Paul bought The Thorne Pharmacy on Nassau Street and later opened The Junction Pharmacy in West Windsor.

Later in life, Paul and Peggy became avid square dancers and RV-ers. Their love of traveling the backroads of America led them to find their perfect second home near the gulf coast in Summerdale, Alabama. This community of retirees provided a wonderful social life that Paul enjoyed until his death. He became a volunteer at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Alabama and a host at the Foley, Alabama Railroad Museum where he spent countless hours guiding tours for visiting families.

Paul is survived by his wife of 67 years, Peggy; and two sons, Raymond (Jane) of Lawrenceville, New Jersey and Charles (Deadra) of Tunbridge, Vermont. Also, his 3 grandchildren: Laura Ashton of Sydney, Australia, Gregory (Katherine) of West Trenton, New Jersey, and Peter of Evanston, Illinois; and great granddaughter, Olivia Ashton.

A memorial service was held on April 2 in Summerdale, Alabama. A private burial will be in Hopewell, New Jersey.


Pamela Jean Frederick

Pamela Jean Frederick died peacefully at home surrounded by her immediate family in Princeton on March 31, 2017. Jean was born in Felpham near Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England on April 22, 1921 to Lizzie Ethel Tingley and Percy Ashford Norman. Her father was the last in a succession of land-owning farmers whose family name of Ashford or Ayshford originated from Devon, and was recorded in the Doomsday books. Jean was mainly home-schooled and briefly attended Courtfield House in Bognor Regis.

At age 17, as Britain defended against invasion, Jean patrolled her coastal village on fire watch during the blackouts while, in her own words, “My 14-year-old brother kicked the bombs off the church tower in the dark.” By day she served in the British Red Cross as a volunteer, nursing casualties. She was accepted to study Interior Design in London but the outbreak of war prohibited her from taking her place. Instead, she married Squadron Leader Paul Michael Procter, DFC, Royal Air Force (RAF). They lived in England and then in Aden, Yemen on the Red Sea with their daughter Susan, where he served for several years before his tragic death in a flying accident in November 1951. The fourth of five children (her sister Eleanor had died at birth), Jean outlived all her siblings. Her only brother Wing Commander Ayshford Peter Norman, DFC, RAF, had a distinguished service record and led a flying formation team; her oldest sister Phyllis (Pip) Norman joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and worked for British intelligence intercepting codes before they reached Bletchley Park. Their other sister Betty Beaven was married to a successful leather manufacturer who served in the Oxfordshire Yeomanry.

In 1960 Jean married Episcopal priest John Bassett Moore Frederick, son of New York lawyer Karl Telford Frederick and Anne Ferguson Moore, a daughter of John Bassett Moore of Smyrna, Delaware and a judge on the World Court in The Hague. The couple met in Oxford, England while Jean was working at the University and John was a curate; they later resided in New Haven, Connecticut (1960–1970) where their daughters Alexandra and Sarah were born. In 1970, the family moved back to England, living in Birmingham while John studied for his PhD and then settled in Blechingley, Surrey (1974–1995) where he was Rector. Jean attended Bournville College of Art in Birmingham and Reigate School of Art in Surrey and became a painter specializing in landscapes and portraits. They relocated to Princeton upon retirement, where they were members of Trinity Church, The Nassau Club, The English-Speaking Union, and The Middle East Society. Jean also joined the Daughters of the British Empire, although she did not support “empire building” and always considered herself a “world citizen”. A member of the Garden State Watercolor Society, Jean’s work has also been exhibited at The Nassau Club, Princeton; Phillips Mill, New Hope, Pennsylvania; The Bird in the Hand Gallery, Sewickley, Pennsylvania; and at regional locations.

Jean is survived by her husband John; her three daughters, Susan Perin and husband Reuben Perin Jr., Alexandra Frederick and partner Mark Vickers, and Sarah Borner du Cane and husband Paul Borner du Cane; grandchildren Serena Perin Vinton and husband Henry Vinton, Reuben Perin III and wife Laura Perin, Thomas Borner du Cane and Henry Borner du Cane; great-grandchildren Elena, Amelia, and Alexa Vinton, and Spencer and Reuben Perin IV; her sisters-in-law Helen Gray and Lisa Parker and their respective children Carla, Eden, and Wendy; other extended family in the U.K., niece Judith Burchell and husband Vernon Burchell, sons Gabriel and Aaron and children, nephew Marcus Beaven and wife Judith Beaven and children, cousin Deirdre Forman and husband Andrew Forman; and countless beloved friends in the U.S. and U.K.

A lover of historic places and beautiful gardens, Jean’s characteristics included a quick wit, artistic talent, and a passionate interest in her family, the lives of others, and world affairs. She was noted for her extraordinary memory which could recount the most intricate details of a life lived in several countries during both war and peace.

The funeral service will be held at Trinity Church, Princeton at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Simple family flowers are requested, as well as donations to Heifer International.



A celebration of Donald Kitchell Conover’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 47 W. Afton Avenue in Yardley, Pa. 19067. The incorrect address was listed in the obituary that ran on April 5, 2017 in the Town Topics Newspaper.


Robert D. Hulme

Robert D. Hulme of Princeton, New Jersey died at home on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 following a battle with leukemia. He was 88.

Born the youngest of four children to Norman and Elisabeth Hulme, Robert grew up in Swarthmore, Pa. He attended the University of Virginia and received his bachelor of science degree in commerce in 1950. Robert joined Sun Oil Company in Philadelphia as a statistical analyst and was later appointed industrial relations supervisor in the firm’s training division. While at Sun Oil, he completed an MBA in finance at Temple University and then worked toward a PhD in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, while additionally serving as a lecturer in finance at Temple.

Robert joined Philco Corporation in 1960 as director of training in Philadelphia. Upon the acquisition of Philco by Ford Motor Company, he was named manager of salaried personnel for the communications and electronics division of Philco-Ford. He was recruited by Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby in 1964 to assist in its diversification into a general management consulting firm. He transferred to the firm’s New York City office in 1971, where he was the human resources consulting section practice leader until his retirement as a vice president in 1986. At that time, Robert opened his own consulting practice in Princeton, where he specialized in research management, compensation, and organization until 1991. He wrote several articles on business management subjects including pieces appearing in Business Horizons and the Harvard Business Review.

Robert was an avid traveler. Together with his wife of 33 years, Mary McGlynn Hulme, he traveled to Europe frequently. To better facilitate his travels, he studied French for several years and developed a practical facility for reading and speaking the language. He spent many memorable summers in Kennebunkport, Maine with Mary where they enjoyed playing tennis at the River Club, taking long hikes, and entertaining friends. In earlier years, the two enjoyed ski adventures in the mountains of N.Y. and Vermont. Robert was an ardent reader, a dedicated swimmer, and enjoyed nothing more than telling a grand story or engaging in a passionate argument over world events with friends.

Robert was a member of Trinity Church and was particularly proud of the work his wife Mary put forth as a lead member of the altar guild. He was a member at the Racquet Club in Philadelphia, the Knickerbocker Club in New York, and The Nassau Club in Princeton.

Robert was predeceased by his sisters, Anne Vierno and Terry Merrick. In addition to his beloved wife Mary, Robert is survived by his brother Norman A. Hulme of Bryn Mawr; his three children, Randall Kenyon (Haseena) of Dallas, Texas, Michael Hatheway (Gail) of Annapolis, Md., and Kimberly Dana (Cynthia) of Clemmons, N.C.; five grandchildren, Evan, Nicholas, Chase, Leila, and Miles; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held on May 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton.

April 5, 2017

Michael Mostoller

Michael Mostoller was an architect, professor, writer, and artist. Through his work, his teaching, and his private life as a partner, parent, and grandparent, he touched countless lives, always putting the needs of others above his own. He departed this life in the presence of his family on Sunday, April 2 from sudden complications from pneumonia after a 9-year long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Born George Michael to George and Violet Mostoller in 1938 in Somerset, Pa., he was a descendant from a line of 18th Century English and German immigrants to western Pennsylvania, many of whom became rooted in the Pennsylvania Dutch traditions.

Michael dedicated his life to quality, character, and economy in architecture of the dwelling and the city. A leader in urban housing since 1965, with a particular focus on serving low-income, homeless families, and single individuals, his architectural work in this area included Karin Court, the campgrounds arrangement of housing for the Princeton Housing Authority, Trent House Park, townhouses and apartments in Trenton, the expansion of graduate housing for the Lawrence Apartments at Princeton University, and a synagogue in a historic neighborhood in Montclair, N.J.

Michael received a 1985 New York City AIA Design Award for his study of designs for SRO Rooms and Furniture, a NJ AIA Design Award for Amandla Crossing, a transitional residence for homeless families, and an award for Excellence in Downtown Development in 1990 for Cityside, family housing in renovated structures in Trenton. Amandla II, permanent housing for homeless women with children, won a NYC AIA Design Award in 1995.

A 1960 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Michael was in the ROTC and as a Navy midshipman, he trained on the USS Wisconsin. As member of the engineering corps, stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, he rose to rank of Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve. Michael went on to receive his graduate degree in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

For the past 30 years, Michael Mostoller was a professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a past director of its undergraduate program. He was a devoted teacher and mentor to students and young faculty. He taught history, housing, and design and won two University Excellence in Teaching awards, was named Distinguished Professor of Architecture in 1995, and named a Master Teacher in 2005. Before joining the faculty of the newly forming school of architecture at NJIT in 1975, he was a professor at Rensselaer, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.

His scholarship and research focused on residential design, affordable housing, and housing the homeless, and his work influenced professional design, code reform, and community and political awareness. He authored and edited many publications including a history of housing design in the United States. His drawings have been published in Progressive Architecture, Inland Architect, New Jersey Architect, Skyline, Express, and the New York Times. His artwork has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Cooper Union, Columbia University, and locally at the offices of Hill Wallack and the gallery at Bristol Myers Squibb. In May 1994, he was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his work in education, scholarship, research, and practice.

Actively engaged in local civic issues, Michael was elected to two terms on the Princeton Regional School Board, serving as president his last two years. He was a founding member of Princeton Future where, as co-chair of the design committee, co-led a study of the Witherspoon Street Corridor and the design process to create Hinds Plaza. It was during this civic engagement that he met a new colleague and a future partner, Yina Moore.

To Michael, a life well lived was one of work, action, and good deeds, making a difference in other’s lives. Michael loved his NJIT family of colleagues and students. He was pre-deceased by his parents and brother, Mark; and leaves to mourn a large loving family including wife, Yina, children George, Margaret, Charles, David, Jesse, and stepdaughter, Gisela, his grandchildren Edward, Jackson, and Franklin; and his extensive relatives from his birthplace, Somerset, Pa.

Michael’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service on Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Princeton at 50 Cherry Hill Rd. in Princeton.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the “Foundation at New Jersey Institute of Technology” with specific notation to the “G. Michael Mostoller, FAIA Scholarship”, and mailed directly to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Office of University Advancement, 323 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Newark, New Jersey 07102.


James Elison

James Elison passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, his closest childhood friend, his books, and his beloved piano music on March 21, 2017. He was 73 years old. James was a loving father and grandfather who was very devoted to his children, a gentle giant who had a kind smile and a mischievous glint in his eye for family and friends.

He was a banking executive by profession and spent decades commuting to Manhattan for work, but his true loves were music and history. He was a talented, classically trained pianist who could play a piece by ear after hearing it once and then create his own variations. His home often resonated with Chopin’s Polonaises and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies, among many others. He was never without a book in hand and was a knowledgeable historian as well as a brilliant tactician who rarely lost a chess match.

James is survived by his two daughters, Jasmine and Victoria Elison, and his grand-daughters Chiara and Ariana Bazan. His melodies will linger on in the hearts of those who loved him.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton, NJ on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1 p.m.


Peter R. Weale

Peter R. Weale, 66, of Princeton passed away on March 25, 2017. He was born in Addison, N.Y., the son of Durland and Martha Weale. He received his BS in agricultural life sciences from Cornell University in 1972. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corps (’72) as 1st Lieutenant and went on to receive his MBA from Cornell University in 1976.

Mr. Weale was a father, educator, entrepreneur who enjoyed challenging the status quo. In his 33 years residing in the Princeton/West Windsor area, his commitment to the community resulted in years of involvement with the school district and community organizations like West Windsor Little League, well after his children were able to reap the benefits of his efforts to improve the community for everyone. An avid collector of antiques, he had an affinity for collecting antique furniture, cars, bars, and pretty much anything that was older than he. Residents of West Windsor and Princeton Junction fondly recall memories of Peter driving his Ford Model T Pickup with a lawn mower as he took the initiative to mow and maintain areas such as the Penns Neck Circle, not only for aesthetics but for the safety of complete strangers.

His humor and wit are survived by his two children; Daughter, Jessica (30) of Miami Beach; and son, Zachary (27) of Hoboken. He also leaves a sister, Alice (68); and his father, Durland (94, Cornell Class of ‘44) of Addison, N.Y. In lieu of funeral services, the family will be holding a celebration of life at the family home in Princeton Junction on Good Friday, April 14, from 4-8 p.m.


Donald Kitchell Conover

Don Conover passed away on Tuesday, March 28th near his home of 30 years in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He was 85 years old. He went peacefully and in gratitude for a full life, knowing he was loved deeply by friends and family alike, and in the arms of Patti Kohlmayer Conover, his wife and true love.

Born on July 25th, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Don was the son of Earl, head of the math department at Poly Preparatory Academy, and Hazel, a homemaker who had once worked in the secretarial pool for Thomas Edison. He is pre-deceased by his older sister, Patricia Lott, and survived by his younger sister, Sally Andersen. He is also survived by his two sons, Malcolm and Paul, and Paul’s two children, Catherine and Matthew.

Most who knew him would describe Don as distinctly “old school.” Like so many from the so-called “greatest generation,” he had a sense of decency and humility, and a commitment to positive contribution that, to him, was more important than the accolades that came along with his accomplishments. In describing his own childhood, rather than focus on the privations of the depression or the war, he’d speak of his good fortune — subway trips with his father to visit the World’s Fair, visits to an uncle’s farm or, later, a simple beach house on the Jersey shore, attending Poly Prep on a scholarship, and spending idyllic summers at Camp Hawthorne in Maine. Writing about his life, Don described himself simply as “a very lucky boy, growing up in the warm embrace of family, friends, school, and church.”

Don graduated from Princeton University in 1953 with a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering. Later, in 1964 and 1965, he attended MIT where he was awarded a Sloan Fellowship and earned a Master of Science degree in industrial management. For most of his career, Don was in the Bell system, first with Western Electric and then with AT&T. He served on the management team of several factories, including the famous Hawthorne Works in Chicago where he directed engineering and manufacturing of electro-mechanical switching equipment for the telephone network. He became Western Electric’s director of corporate planning, a post he held for nearly ten years, and ultimately held the position of vice president of corporate education for AT&T, running the Corporate Education Center in Princeton, New Jersey, and heading up business education worldwide.

Like his maternal grandfather, Don was a “Telephone Pioneer” and took great pride in having helped to build something of fundamental value in our society. But, especially after the breakup of the Bell system, he worried about the erosion of loyalty between employers, customers, and employees. In time, he came to evaluate decisions against a deceptively simple mantra: “Choose actions that shorten response time and which increase trust.” The idea of shortening response time, and providing excellence in the customer’s terms, is easy to understand in today’s hyper-competitive world. The idea of increasing trust is perhaps more subtle. As organizational relationships are less defined by hierarchy or chain of command, what is the glue that can hold us together? For Don, that glue was an active effort to build trust and human caring across the organization. Modern thinking for an old school guy!

Don could also be considered ahead of his time in quietly rejecting the prevailing model of “the organization man,” a model suggesting that one could and should give all to the company and, in turn, could expect near complete fulfillment in that role. He was deeply satisfied in his professional life, but he also understood the importance of a balanced life.

For Don, that balance certainly included “giving back.” For years, he was an active member of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and the Princeton Rotary Club, serving as president for a term with each organization. He was a member or officer of the Board Advisory Group of the Girl Scouts, the Business Advisory Council of Manhattan College, the World Future Society, the Academy of Management, the American Society of Training and Development, and the Board of Directors for the Thomas Edison State College Foundation. After a long absence from any church, he came to St. Andrew’s in Yardley, Pa., where he was a devoted member for nearly 20 years.

His idea of balance included a quiet passion for so many things! He built and flew kites and model planes with his boys, read thrilling poems and stories aloud to them, painted perhaps a hundred worthy canvasses, wrote stories and essays and reflections. Don stayed in deep touch, over great distance and time, with many, many dear friends. He joined discussion clubs and he respectfully sought out those who might think differently. He had a nearly lifelong obsession with Spain in general and the pageant of bullfighting in particular, becoming an officer in at least three taurine fan clubs. He worked out at the Newtown Athletic Club for decades. He was a tireless builder of sand castles with his grandchildren. He loved to snorkel. Even when he had turned frail, his grandchildren noticed how he would come alive with power, grace, and fascination when underwater. He did his best, with his dear Patti, to travel every corner of the world. As long as they were together, it probably didn’t matter all that much, but Don was always planning a trip to somewhere new, and a return to this or that “favorite” place.

In this and every favorite place, we will miss him.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 47 W. Afton Ave. in Yardley, Pa. 19067.

March 29, 2017

Rev. Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams

The Rev. Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams died peacefully at her home in Princeton, New Jersey, on March 22, 2017. She is known internationally in academic circles for her contributions to the study of philosophy and theology, and in the Anglican Communion for her forceful advocacy of full recognition of the value of loving same-sex relationships. Born October 12, 1943, in Oak Park, Illinois, to William Clark McCord and Wilmah Brown McCord, she spent most of her childhood in small towns in east central Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, graduating as valedictorian of her class in early 1964, with a major in philosophy. Continuing her study of philosophy at the graduate level, she received her PhD from Cornell University in 1967.

At Cornell she met and married Robert Merrihew Adams, a fellow doctoral student in philosophy (known then and now as “Bob” to colleagues, graduate students, and other friends). This began a partnership spanning half a century in which their professional as well as personal lives were closely intertwined. They held faculty positions in the same universities, first in the philosophy department of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and then for 21 years in the UCLA philosophy department. It was during her time in Los Angeles that Marilyn was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, having followed a sense of calling through an intense introduction to ministry in Hollywood during the AIDS crisis, and having acquired two ThM degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.

In 1993 they moved east to Yale, where Marilyn was the Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology in the divinity school, while Bob was in the philosophy department (and chaired it for eight years). In 2004 they moved to Oxford, England. He retired, and she became Regius Professor Divinity, and a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral. Historically, she was the first woman, and the first American, to hold that professorship. Both of them participated in the intellectual life of Oxford University, and felt their lives enriched by English traditions of Christian worship.

Returning to the United States in 2009, they settled in Chapel Hill, N.C., for nearly four years, teaching in the UNC philosophy department. In 2013 they moved to Princeton, and taught in a graduate center for philosophy of religion at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and at Princeton Theological Seminary.

As a scholar and interpreter of medieval philosophy and theology Marilyn McCord Adams is known especially for her definitive two-volume study of the work of William Ockham. She has also made a mark in contemporary philosophy of religion, particularly with two books presenting her distinctive approach to the theological problem of evil. In Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God and Christ and Horrors she does not try to answer the question, ‘Why did God permit all the evils that we know about?’ Rather she asks, ‘What can God do to make our existence a great good to us, without trivializing the horrendous evils that we know about?’ As an Episcopal priest, most recently assisting at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey, she will be remembered for generous spiritual companionship and forceful sermons, delivered always without notes, relating the Bible to questions of present-day life in ways both critical and hopeful.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, and by a large and loyal extended family, including her brother and sister-in-law, William and Carolyn McCord of Peoria, Illinois: her nephew James Fearon, of Stanford, California: and her niece Mary Fearon Jack, of Hudson, Ohio: and many of her former students, with their families. There will be a family interment ceremony at the cemetery in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Public memorial services will take place in Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey, at 10 a.m. on Saturday April 8, and in Los Angeles, California on the first Saturday in May. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marilyn may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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


Janet Jeffers 

Janet Jeffers passed away quietly on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the age of 84.

Janet was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature. Janet taught in The West Windsor Plainsboro School system for many years as a substitute teacher. She was an avid reader and founding member of the Plainsboro Free Public Library. She had an unparalleled love and passion for gardening. She was a member of the Garden Club of Trenton, Garden Club of America, and Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club. Janet spent many wonderful summers with her family on Martha’s Vineyard.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Henry W. Jeffers, III; two children, Katherine Jeffers Goldfarb and husband, Rob Goldfarb, of New York City; James W. Jeffers and his wife, Raquel; and two grandchildren, Juliette and Jasper Jeffers of Hopewell.

A memorial service will be held in Plainsboro at the Plainsboro Presbyterian Church on Thursday, April 6th at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the East Chop Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program, P.O. Box 525, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts 02557.

Arrangements are under the direction of the A.S. Cole Son & Co. Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ. www.saulfuneralhomes.com.


Helen Newman Chooljian

Helen Newman Chooljian, 84, of Princeton passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at her residence with her beloved husband and her longtime aide at her side.

Born July 5, 1932 to Lois and Joseph Percy Newman in White Plains, New York, Helen spent her childhood and youth in Cleveland, Ohio where her father was a publishing executive. She inherited a lifelong love of reading and literature from her father. In 1950 Helen graduated from Shaw High School and went on to Wellesley College where she majored in English. While at Wellesley she met her future husband, Martin A. Chooljian, a student at Harvard Business School. They married on April 16, 1955.

Martin and Helen spent the next few years in Dayton, Ohio while he was serving in the United States Air Force as a lieutenant. Their first child, Anne, was born there. Several happy years followed in Palo Alto and Atherton, California where their second daughter Cynthia was born and where Martin worked as a vice president at Litton Industries while Helen perfected her skills as a mother and homemaker.

In 1964 the family relocated to Princeton, after Martin made the decision to go into business for himself. Helen enthusiastically endorsed the plan, which showed quite a bit of courage on her part as she had recently overcome serious challenges to her health.

Helen thrived in Princeton, making numerous longtime friends via her many memberships and associations with local organizations. She and Martin were members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, The Bedens Brook Club, and the Nassau Club. Helen was a founding member and later president of the Women’s Investment Group, a member of the Present Day Club, the local Wellesley College Club, and a McCarter Theater patron. She was also one of the early friends of the Institute for Advanced Study and had a scholarship in her name at Wellesley College.

Helen especially enjoyed working every year at the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale and the Wellesley antiques show where she could be counted on to make sure that no one left the premises without making a donation.

An enthusiastic traveler, Helen visited places as far away as Australia and was always ready for an adventure like seeing the Grand Canyon, going white water rafting in Colorado, or ballooning in Arizona. She was a voracious reader who could be depended upon to remember a book’s title or author that no one else could, and loved to play cards especially bridge and solitaire.

Helen will be remembered for her grace, strength, courage, intellect, sharp wit, and generosity. She will be forever in the hearts of her family and many friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her brothers John and Andrew Harpham Newman. She is survived by her husband Martin; daughter Anne Chooljian and longtime companion Raul Najar; daughter Cynthia Jost and son-in-law Dan Jost; son Andrew Martin Chooljian and daughter-in-law Laurel Chooljian; honorary grandchildren Dr. Ingrid Stewart, Tyrone Taylor, Dr. Elizabeth Taylor, Dr. Rebecca Taylor and Joshua Taylor; and finally her honorary great granddaughter Stony Taylor. A special thanks to her wonderful aide of 16 years, Brenda Stewart, for without her Helen’s last years would not have been all that they were.

Private cremation was held and a memorial service celebrating her life will be held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. to be followed by a reception at the Bedens Brook Club at 240 Rolling Hill Road, Skillman, New Jersey.


Gundel Bradford

Gundel Bradford, 81, died in the comfort of her home in Princeton, on March 14, 2017, tended by family and beloved friends, as heavy snow began to fall outside her window.

Born Gunthild Klaerchen Huober, on December 16, 1935 in Baghdad, Iraq, to German émigré parents, Dr. Hans-Guenther and Gudrun Huober, she excelled in her undergraduate studies in the late 1950’s at both the American University in Beirut, Lebanon as well as the University of Munich, Germany. In 1961, she came to the United States as a Ford Foundation Fellow to pursue her PhD degree in economics at Stanford University. It was there that she met the late Dr. David F. Bradford, and the two were married in Cambridge, England in 1964, where David was then a Fellow at Cambridge University.

After living in Europe and Washington, D.C. for several years, they settled in New Jersey where David became professor of economics at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. They had two children, Theodore and Catherine Louise (called “Lulu”).

Gundel and David continued to travel widely, spending sabbaticals in Belgium, Washington D.C. and California. They visited Germany often to spend time with Gundel’s parents, brother and friends, as well as to collaborate with German scholars. Gundel was also a passionate lover of the arts, and in particular, opera. She and David spent much of their time in Manhattan attending operas at The Met. After David’s death in 2005, Gundel found solace by sustaining her passion for music and the arts in numerous ways, in New York City and in the Princeton community.

In 1991, while David was serving on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, Gundel returned to school to study landscape design at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Princeton, Gundel Bradford Landscape Design was founded, and she pursued her love for beautifying parks and gardens. Gundel was one of the original founders of the Pine Street Block Party, an annual tradition that spanned over 40 years and included lively dancing to Bluegrass music. Her German plum tart and freshly whipped cream were an annual hit among her neighbors and friends in the Pine Street community, where she was much beloved. Gundel was also an accomplished gourmet, and loved cooking and spending time with family and friends around dinner tables over many hours, late into the evenings.

Gundel is survived by her son, Theodore (Gillian Haney) of Boston, Mass.; and daughter, Lulu (Dr. Kerry Tucker) of Saco, Me.; and four granddaughters, Alethea and Phoebe Bradford, and Metis and Thalia Bradford-Tucker; a sister Helga (Dr. Jack Doucette) of Denver, Colo.; and brother Wolfram Huober (Josi L’habitant) of Freiburg, Germany; and sister-in-law Victoria Bradford Witte (Dr Patrick Witte) of St. Louis, Mo.; and nieces and nephews Marc Doucette, Stephanie Doucette, Cynthia Doucette, Mark Witte, Bruce Witte, Eric Witte, Gretchen Anderson.


Colin C. McAneny

November 18, 1930 — March 14, 2017

Colin Crombie McAneny, 86, died in Jackson, Miss, from complications following surgery. Colin was born in New York City and raised in Princeton. After graduating from Princeton University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956, remaining active in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1968. Following his active duty in the Navy, Colin earned a master’s degree in geology from Johns Hopkins University in 1964. Over the course of his career, Colin worked for Kennecott Copper Corporation, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He worked in geotechnical engineering at Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Miss, from 1975 until his retirement in 1995. Colin was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Vicksburg, singing bass in the church choir. In retirement he also became active in community theater, following in the footsteps of his parents, Herbert and Marguerite McAneny, who were founding actor-director members of the Princeton Community Players. Colin played the role of “Father” for many years in Vicksburg Theater Guild’s annual production of Gold in the Hills. He also volunteered his time generously, serving as volunteer treasurer for the Warren County Habitat for Humanity for many years and as a volunteer for Serenity Premier Hospice in Vicksburg. Colin was an avid sailor and enjoyed seeing the world. Over the course of his life he traveled to six continents; recent trips included Iceland, Zambia, Nova Scotia, and Bali.

Colin is survived by his loving wife, Danielle McAneny of Vicksburg, Miss.; his sister, Wendy McAneny Bradburn of Arlington, Va.; his children Jean F. McAneny of Albany, Calif., Joseph C. McAneny of Oakland, Calif., and Marjorie McAneny Page of Richmond, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Marika, David, James, Madeleine, and Corinne. He was predeceased by his sister Leslie C. McAneny (2005) and his daughter Teresa M. Sousa (2006).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Colin’s name to the Warren County Habitat for Humanity, 820 South Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

March 22, 2017

Durant Robertson III

Durant Robertson III, 74, of Medford died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Marlton of Evesham Township, NJ.

Durant was born September 24, 1942 in Maryland. Starting at the age of eleven, he studied classical guitar and composition. His teachers have included such noted composers as Kenneth Gaburo, Alexander Bellow, William Syderman, and Vladimir Ussachevsky. He taught guitar and had written several pieces exploiting some unusual resources of the instrument. His compositions include: Summer (for guitar and two track tape); Addison Street Rag; Velocity II (for trumpet and electronic sounds) which was performed at Carnegie Recital Hall; Queen of the Morning (for guitar and tape); and Dance Music for Peggy Cicierska and her Dance Troup.

Mr. Robertson has performed at Carl Fischer Hall and Mannes College in New York. He formerly appeared in recitals at the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Columbus Boychoir School in Princeton, and the Painted Bride Gallery in Philadelphia. In addition to formal concerts, he has given a number of informal presentations. He appeared on the Channel 12 television program “Take Twelve,” and has had excerpts from his compositions (Vision for Two Guitars and Dance Music For Peggy Cicierska) broadcast on WHYY FM, Philadelphia. He performed at Lincoln Center (Fordham University), the WILKA Theatre Project (Philadelphia), and with the Friends of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Robertson’s repertoire ranged from classical works to contemporary compositions.

He is the son of the late Durant and Elizabeth (Hansen) Robertson Jr. He is survived by his sister Susan and brother-in-law Lawrence Howley and brother Douglas Robertson.

Burial will be private.

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


Joan Mary McKeon 

Joan Mary McKeon passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Joan is survived by her husband Edward and children Margaret and Jonathan.

She will be remembered as a kind and loving wife, mother and teacher. She will remain in our hearts.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joan’s name to Trinity Church.


David C. Scott 

David C. Scott died on March 18, 2017 at the age of 76 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a third generation Princetonian: the son of Anne Clark Martindell, and the grandson of William Clark.

David began school in Montreal, Canada. Later, he attended Miss Chapin’s School and Princeton Country Day School in Princeton, and Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. He completed his bachelor’s degree in political science at Trinity College in Connecticut in 1962 where he was an enthusiastic rower on the crew team.

David was a knowledgeable historian and patient teacher, and a master carpenter as demonstrated in the houses he renovated in Kristiansand, Norway and Princeton. He was a savvy trip planner and delightful travel companion, an avid reader of The New York Times and The Atlantic, and a generous benefactor to friends and family alike. He was a member of the Yale Club in New York City and Springdale Golf Club in Princeton.

David began his career in the printing and publishing industry at Connecticut Printers in Hartford, Connecticut. He then worked in NYC for the next thirty five years at McGraw Hill, Rand McNally, Western Publishing Company where he was the Vice President of Sales, and Lanman Engraving Company. He particularly loved his work in the creative department of Lanman, producing the film that was used in the publications of the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Time-Life Books.

David’s greatest pride lay in the homes and gardens he created in Princeton and Norway and in his children, Christopher and Katharine. He would tell anyone who would listen about their accomplishments—that Christopher was following his lifelong passion as an animator in Canada, and Katharine was pursuing her Ph.D. in psychology with a focus on prejudice reduction starting in childhood at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

David is survived by “the love of his life” of 50 years, Randi Burlingham Scott, his son, Christopher, his daughter, Katharine, his sisters, Marjory Luther of Ann Arbor Michigan and Kippy Maitland-Smith of Alberta, Canada, and his brothers, George C. Scott of Richmond, Virginia and Roger Martindell of Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, David asked that donations be made to the TCNJ Foundation, designated to the Music Department (http://give.tcnj.edu/ Select “other” and write in “Music Dept, in memory of David Scott”).


Jane P. Poole

Jane P. Poole, 89, wife, mother, grandmother and devoted friend, died peacefully in Scottsdale, AZ on January 12, 2017 with family members at her side.

Jane lived a life filled with laughter, love and smiles. Indeed, her smile was her trademark, something she never lost even during her decade long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A proud third generation Californian, Jane was born October 7, 1927 in Oxnard, CA to Abby Lyman and Howard Fay Pressey, a citrus rancher. Growing up on a ranch instilled in Jane a lifelong love for animals and nature. She graduated from Fillmore H.S. and attended Pomona College before leaving her beloved California to earn a Bachelor of Science in Retailing from Webber College in Florida.

She returned to Los Angeles for a retail career, but soon was compelled by her adventurous spirit to move across the country with two friends to experience life in New York City. It was there she met her husband-to-be, Tom Poole. She loved to tell the story of how they met on a double-date, each set up with the other person, and how she was not initially impressed. But Tom soon won her heart with his quick wit and love of poetry.

Jane and Tom raised their two daughters in Princeton, NJ, where for 54 years they created a loving, welcoming, home before retiring to Scottsdale in 2014. Jane’s real and abiding passions were her family and friends. She was the neighborhood mom; quick to offer a smile, a helping hand with a coat zipper, or even breakfast to the many kids who were always at their home. She worked in Financial Aid at Princeton University for ten years; was President of Chapter AE of PEO, an international sisterhood dedicated to women’s education. She was particularly proud of her work with the adult literacy program at the Princeton Public Library.

Jane is survived by her husband of 61 years, Thomas of Scottsdale, AZ; two daughters, Joanne Reese (Steve) of Scottsdale, Grace Ellen Benn (Alex) of Los Angeles; two granddaughters Abby Meredith Benn and Caroline Jane “CJ” Benn; two step-grandsons Steven Reese, Jr (Leah), and Matthew Reese (Sara) all of Tennessee; her brother Lyman Pressey (Carolyn), of Clovis, CA; and many family and friends.

The family welcomes contributions in Jane’s memory to a charity of your choosing. Gifts may acknowledge Jane’s battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, her commitment to adult literacy, her love of animals, or simply pass along the gift of a smile. Her family gratefully thanks you for any remembrance.


Marjorie Freeman

Marjorie Kler Freeman, age 87, of Princeton died Friday, March 17, 2017 at University Medical Center of Princeton. Born in Philadelphia, PA she resided in Belle Mead before moving to Plainsboro. She received her BA from Pratt University and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. Marjorie was the owner of Marjorie Kler Interiors in Princeton. She was also co-owner of the Jewelry Box. Marjorie was the founder of the Raritan Millstone Alliance, Past Regent of the Jersey Blue Chapter DAR, president of East Jersey Olde Town Restoration Village, board member of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University. Marjorie was also a member of the Travel Club of New Brunswick, traveling to over 100 countries, a member of the New Jersey State and National Garden Club, she wrote, edited, illustrated, and published a number of cookbooks. Marjorie was described by those who loved her as a strong person and leader.

Daughter of the late, Dr. Joseph H. and Elizabeth Kler, she is survived by her husband of 34 years Bruce G. Freeman, two sons and a daughter in law John and Laurie Hale, David Hale, two stepsons David Freeman, Mark Freeman, stepdaughter Judith Rafallo, sister Mary Heisinger, three grandchildren Maura Chadwick, Dana and Sarah Freeman.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather Hodge Funeral Home

March 15, 2017

Joanne Richmond

Joanne Mae (Amici) Richmond, 83, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, March 4th 2017, at Brandywine Living in Princeton. Born in Barre, Vermont in 1934, Joanne grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey. Joanne married the late Albert Richmond at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas in 1963 and they settled in Teaneck, New Jersey to raise their two children, Allison and Fredrick. They were married for 29 years until Al’s death in 1992. Joanne relocated to the Princeton area in 2002.

Joanne received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in piano from The Juilliard School of Music in 1957 and was an accomplished concert pianist. Shortly after receiving her degree, Joanne performed nationwide with a classical music group and worked summers performing for guests at the Green Mansions Resort in the Adirondacks. Joanne made her piano debut at the Steinway Concert Hall before age 10 and later performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She was the first female pianist hired to perform with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, where she met her husband, Al, who was also a member of the orchestra. Shortly after graduation she was employed by Columbia Records for a short period of time prior to starting her family. Joanne and her husband Al also performed with a small, local musicale group in Teaneck. Joanne had the privilege of knowing many famous artists including Van Cliburn, Charles Strouse, and Jerome Robbins. Joanne also had the privilege of working with conductor Eugene Ormandy and many other famous music artists. She was a lifelong union member of the Local 802, Associated Musicians of Greater New York having joined in 1954, and was also a retired piano teacher.

Joanne was the daughter of the late Alfred and Iole (Lotti) Amici and twin sister of the late Lucille Amici, who died shortly after childbirth. She is survived by her daughter Allison J. Richmond (of Belle Mead) and her husband William A. Beschner, and her son Fredrick J. Richmond (of Skillman) and his wife Mary A. Richmond. In addition, Joanne leaves behind five beautiful grandchildren including Christopher Beschner (18), Caroline Beschner (15), Sean Richmond (14), Scott Richmond (12), and Alexis Beschner (12), as well as her furry grandchildren Bailey and Henry.

Joanne’s family was the single most important thing in her life and she always put others needs ahead of her own. She treasured her children and grandchildren and was immensely proud of them. As a classically trained pianist, she shared her love of music with them and often frequented their school concerts, shows, and recitals. Joanne could also be found cheering for her grandchildren at the baseball fields, hockey arena, basketball court, softball fields, football games (marching band and cheerleading) and other school related events. She was their biggest supporter. Joanne was an avid tennis fan and followed the pro circuit on television and enjoyed watching her son Fred and her grandchildren on the courts. She was the consummate homemaker and loved to cook and bake, especially during the Christmas holidays. Joanne also wrote the most wonderful notes. Every card she sent did not just contain the obligatory salutation and signature. She personalized each card with an often lengthy, well-thought out, newsy letter. And no Christmas holiday would be complete without Joanne playing traditional Christmas carols while her family sang joyfully around the piano.

Joanne and her family have wonderful memories from their travels with her husband Al during his musical tours with Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Pablo Casals, Philip Glass, the New York City Ballet, and the Composers Conference.

Joanne and her family spent many wonderful vacations together. During the summer, visits to Long Beach Island and Atlantic City took place. Summer vacations were also spent in the Barre/Montpelier area of Vermont with her extended family. Joanne and her family cruised the Caribbean several times and for her 75th birthday, her family surprised her with a week-long trip to Orlando to celebrate at Sea World and Disneyworld.

Joanne was a loving, kind and compassionate individual. She will be remembered for her creativity and generosity and her spirit will live on in her children and grandchildren. She would often say she would go to the ends of the earth for her family and she loved them to the moon and back.

Funeral Service was held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 11th 2017, at MJ Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Juilliard Scholarship Fund in memory of Joanne Richmond, The Juilliard School of Music, Office of Development and Public Affairs, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.


John Frederick Hagaman

After a long illness, cardiologist Dr. John Frederick Hagaman, MD died at his home in Princeton on March 6, 2017, at the age of 69. The cause of death was due to complications from a degenerative brain disease.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on December 15, 1947, he was the only child of Frederick Homer Hagaman and Virginia Gerding. He grew up in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Episcopal Academy in Merion in 1966. From there he went on to earn a BS degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an MD degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He met his future wife, Andrea T. Hyde, while an undergraduate and they were married in Newtown, Connecticut, on May 25, 1974.

Further training took John to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan. Moving back east, he spent a year working as an emergency room physician at the Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, before moving south, where he completed a fellowship in noninvasive cardiology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

In 1980 John came to Princeton, where he joined the medical practice of William F. Haynes, MD. Their partnership marked the beginning of Cardiology Associates of Princeton which in later years grew to include additional partners. He loved the practice of medicine and over the ensuing 32 years, his practice grew and he gained a reputation for his skills as a diagnostician, attentive listener, and compassionate healer with a deep seated interest in his patients, not just as cases, but as people with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. He also delighted in his professional relationships with medical colleagues and in teaching medical students rotating through the University Hospital of Princeton.

The hallmarks of John’s temperament were his boundless enthusiasm, energy, and cheerfulness. He embraced not only medicine but many other interests as well. He loved music; playing the guitar and banjo and singing in a cappella groups in school and college, in student produced musicals in medical school and, later in life, with the barbershop chorus, The Brothers in Harmony. As a sportsman, he was a competitive swimmer in high school, loved bike riding, downhill skiing, and especially, golf. He was a long time member of the Springdale Golf Club. He also had a passion for photography, and for American and European history and traced his genealogical roots back to Holland to the 1630s. He served for many years on the board of directors of the YMCA in Princeton and was the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 88 in the 1990s. And, throughout all his years in Princeton, he and his family were devoted members of Trinity Church.

John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Andrea T. Hyde; his sons Charles and William Hagaman and William’s wife, Ursula Bailey. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 on Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m, to be followed by a reception. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in John’s name are encouraged to donate to either Trinity Church, or to the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s disease and the Aging Brain, Columbia University Medical Center, ATTN: Matt Reals, 516 West 168th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10032. The email contact is mr3134@cumc.columbia.edu.

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


Melanie Lucia Anatole

Melanie Lucia Anatole, a longtime resident of Trenton, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 9, 2017.

Born in Castries, Saint Lucia on March 13, 1961, she was the daughter of Joseph and Agneta Anatole.

Melanie relocated to the United States in 1988 in search of a better way of life for herself and her son, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. Melanie was a devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother. She traveled every year to visit and care for her mother in St. Lucia. A deeply spiritual person, she was a dedicated and active member of Higher Ground Interdenominational Church under the leadership of Bishop Roosevelt Butler. Melanie was happiest when caring for her two young grandchildren, Dilan M. Anatole Jr. and Madison Denys Anatole, attending church and providing community service.

Melanie was the much-loved caregiver to several local families and their children whom she loved dearly. She is known by all for her kind heart, sense of humor, dedication, industriousness, and thoughtfulness. Simply, she was a special person and wonderful human being.

Melanie is survived by her mother, Agneta Anatole; son, Dilan Mario Anatole; daughter in law, Latrice Anatole; four grandchildren, Dilan Mario Anatole Jr., Madison Denys Anatole, Brandon Pannell and Shyler Smith; and her 10 siblings. She will be greatly missed by her family, her congregation, her many friends and the families she cared for.

Melanie will be buried in St. Lucia where her family will hold a private service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Higher Ground Interdenominational Church at 1009 Whitehead Road, Ewing NJ 08638.


Lindsey Christiansen

This is it, chaps. Take me home./I believe, my son, I am going. That’s it./Good-bye—drive on. Cut her loose, Doc.

I’m going, I’m going. At a gallop!/Clear the way. Good-bye. God bless you!/Good-bye, everybody. A general good-night.

The words of Annie Dillard’s poem Deathbeds, set to music by James Primosch, were the last words sung at the 2017 Westminster Art Song Festival at Westminster Choir College on February 25, 2017. Four days later, on March 1, 2017, Ash Wednesday, Lindsey Christiansen, a long-time leader of the Festival and one of Art Song’s most ardent performers and teachers, died peacefully at home after a five-month journey with brain cancer at the age of 70.

Just weeks before she knew she was sick, Lindsey collaborated with her colleague, pianist J. J. Penna, to plan a program of American song literature for the Festival that wed music to some of her favorite poems with spiritual themes: Jane Kenyon’s Otherwise and Briefly It Enters, and Briefly It Speaks, Denise Levertov’s “… That Passeth All Understanding.” For those at the Westminster Art Song Festival who knew her, the songs spoke of her living and her dying.

Lindsey Christiansen was professor of voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University for 40 years, from 1977 to 2017, and chair of the voice and piano department for 18 years. She specialized in German lieder and was a life-long student and lover of the music of Franz Schubert. She was an exceptional voice teacher and a demanding professor of song literature classes, where she instilled in countless students a love for song. She taught thousands of young singers over her more than 45-year teaching career to find their voice, believe in their potential and flourish as musicians, teachers, performers and human beings. Her example has shaped a generation of voice teachers who are now inspiring the lives and voices of their students, Professor Christiansen’s musical grandchildren.

In the words of Matthew Shaftel, dean of Westminster Choir College, and Margaret Cusack, chair of the piano and voice department: “With an unrelenting commitment to musical excellence, intellectual rigor and the personal and musical growth of her students she enriched our community in countless ways …. She has been a fierce champion of students in every aspect of their education, both in nurturing and encouraging those with difficulties, and insisting upon and maintaining the high standards that she and the art of singing demand.”

Born Alice Lindsey Peters on October 3, 1946 in Roanoke, Va. to Alice and Howard Peters, she was the eldest of four children. As a young girl, she played piano and sang in churches served by her father, a Methodist minister in Virginia. It was these early experiences of music in the church that led her to devote her life to the study, teaching and making of music.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Richmond, and completed her master’s degree in voice and organ from the University of Illinois. She then taught as a part of the voice faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and studied at the Hochschulle für Musik in Hamburg, Germany for a year as a part of an International Rotary Foundation Fellowship. She was twice an artist-in-residence for voice study at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria.

She met her husband, Knud Christiansen, in 1975 during the year she was in Germany. They were married the next year in Williamsburg, Va., and then moved to Princeton, where they raised their two children, Molly and Andreas. A voracious reader of theology, from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics to Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward, she was an elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church and, in her last year, a member of the choir at Trinity Episcopal Church. As her own grandmother had been a guiding light throughout her life, so she became an extraordinary grandmother to her three granddaughters, singing regularly to Maya, Anna, and Hazel.

Lindsey Christiansen was a brilliant teacher and extraordinary musician, but she will be most remembered for her infectious energy, grace, strength, intellect, wit, joy for life, and generosity. Her strong, loving, vibrant spirit will continue to resound for years and years to come in the lives of those she taught and the lives of those she touched.

In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, she is also survived by her brother John Peters, her sisters Mary Lee Peters and Liza Peters, her son-in-law John Gearen, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service in celebration of Lindsey Christiansen’s life will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday, March 25th at 11 a.m.

To honor her life and legacy, memorial contributions can be made to the Lindsey Christiansen Art Song Festival Endowed Fund, which has been established in her honor to sustain the study and performance of art song at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Contributions may be made online at https://alumni.rider.edu/artsongfestival or sent to Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Attn: Art Song Festival, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ 08540. For assistance in making a gift, please contact Kate Wadley ‘02 at 609-921-7100 ext. 8213 or kwadley@rider.edu.


Florence L. Dawes

Florence L. Dawes, 94, of Princeton passed away on March 7, 2017 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Princeton and spent most of her life there until she moved to Florida when she was 85. She was a graduate of Princeton High School and attended Blackstone College in Virginia, majoring in journalism. In the late 1940s, Florence established Woodcroft Nursery School and Summer Day Camp, which she owned and operated for 15 years. In the early 1960s, she began selling real estate, working part time with George Sands soon after he established Hilton Realty.

The 1980s were Florence’s peak years selling real estate. She joined John T. Henderson Inc. Realtors, and in 1983 she won the Relocation Prize. In 1986, she sold over $10,000,000 of real estate, which broke the 30-year record for sales at Henderson Realtors. She later was associated for many years with N. T. Callaway Real Estate until she turned 80 and retired.

For many years, Florence was a volunteer at the Hospital Aide Shop at Princeton Hospital, where her chocolate milkshakes were legendary. She also was a past member of the Present Day Club.

Florence’s pride and joy over the years were the standard poodles she cherished. The last one died in 2016 shortly before she returned to Princeton.

Florence was predeceased by two sons, John Coffee and Janney Dawes and her sister Marjorie Weiland. She is survived by two children, Joseph Coffee (and his wife Laurie) and Colleen Hall (and her husband Bob), five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAVE.


Edward Levine

Edward L. (Ted) Levine of Skillman, died on February 25, at the age of 89. He was predeceased by Rosalie, his wife of 62 years. He is survived by his three brothers and their familie; his children Carol Lovseth (Tim) of Denver, Colo.; his sons, Alex (Joyce) and Jim (Lisa), of Princeton; seven adoring grandchildren, Matt, John, Nathalie, Zeke, Jade, Freddie, and Elijah; five great-grandchildren; and friends and relatives around the country. Ted was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, served in the Army Air Corps, and received his BS and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He practiced law with one firm in New York for 41 years, helping to build and lead Cole and Deitz, which became the New York Office of Winston and Strawn. He was one of the city’s ablest and most knowledgeable banking attorneys, and worked frequently with government agencies in addition to representing his clients. A career capstone came in 1980, when he was tapped by the U.N. to create the private banking system of the soon-to-be-independent Federated States of Micronesia. Upon moving to Princeton in 2001, he became a regular at 55 Plus, McCarter Theatre, Richardson Auditorium, and in the classrooms of Princeton University, auditing a variety of classes with great curiosity. In 2012, he and Rosalie moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery, where he became an active member of the community and made many new friends. Ted will be remembered for his sense of humor, his fierce sense of justice and of right and wrong, his generosity, and his love for his family, which misses him greatly and will hold him in our hearts forever. May his memory be a blessing.

March 8, 2017

Adel Ahmed

Dr. Adel Ahmed was inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2013 for his pioneering work in bipolar integrated circuit design, and worldwide use of the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFC) integrated circuit when he was working at RCA. While he was there he also patented over 70 other inventions that are used in many areas of electronics. The ground fault interrupter saved many lives. He died at the age of eighty-four in Compassionate Care Hospice at Robert Wood Johnson, Hamilton, New Jersey.

He was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1932. He was the son of Dr. Abdel-Aziz Ahmed who was also an electrical engineer and Mrs. Ikbal Abou-Seif Radi.

He was educated at The English School in Cairo, and the University of Cambridge, England, graduating with BA Hons and an MA in engineering. Afterwards he went to the famed ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Switzerland where he obtained his PhD.

He then emigrated with his wife Betty (née Burton-Neckleput) and young son Sam to the United States. He got a job at RCA and they lived in Clinton, New Jersey where his second son Basil was born.

While working at RCA he also obtained a Law degree from Seton Hall University, New Jersey. Sadly Betty died of cancer in 1983.

In 1989 he married Cecile and moved to Princeton to work at Siemens as a patent lawyer while continuing to invent in his spare time.

Adel was an extremely gentle and kind man. He was very widely read in science, history, and literature, and we found great pleasure in his company at family gatherings. At his funeral on February 27, 2017 many of his former colleagues at RCA attended and poured out their love and admiration for him. He also loved music especially Bach and Beethoven. His wife Cecile played the piano and he played the flute and they would play for the family.

He is survived by his wife Cecil, his son Sam Burton, and his wife Jenn and their son Logan; his son Basil Burton and his wife Katie, and their son Collin; also by his two stepsons: Hassan and Ahmed and their families.

Adel is also survived by his sister Mrs. Giselle Hakki; his brother Dr. Samir Ahmed, professor of electrical engineering at City College; and Dr. Leila Ahmed, professor of divinity at Harvard University. All four siblings graduated from the University of Cambridge, which was a wonderful experience but hard on their parents who remained in Egypt.

Adel always talked about how grateful he was to have been able to emigrate to this country as it allowed him to pursue and develop his scientific interests, and Adel’s own parents would have been very proud of his achievements.

His father Dr.Abdel-Aziz Ahmed had a distinguished career in Egypt as an electrical and civil engineer and became the first Egyptian-born dean of the engineering department at Cairo University after graduating from Birmingham University, England, with a PhD. and a DSc in electrical engineering. He went on to become the chairman of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission and in that capacity completed his work on the electrification of the original Aswan dam. When Nasser came into power and wanted to build the new Aswan High Dam, Dr. Abdel-Aziz Ahmed expressed some scientific reservations regarding the proposal and fears about its possible effects on the ecology of Egypt. When he asked the government to explore other alternatives, he was ordered by government officials to suppress his views and destroy his research into the matter.

Dr. Abdel-Aziz Ahmed resigned and went to the Institute of Civil Engineers in London, and delivered a paper there explaining his views. This issue was reported by the journalist Claire Sterling in the American and English press at the time. He was advised that he should not go back to Egypt as he could face prison and fortunately he was able to stay in England with family for a year. In the meantime Dr. Abdel Aziz Ahmed had been awarded Egypt’s highest scientific award by his fellow engineers. The award came with cash and a gold medal, but Nasser ordered the government to withhold the medal and the money. Sadly that money was badly needed, as Dr. Abdel-Aziz was by now very ill and his wife Ikbal Abu-Seif Radi’s land and property had been seized under Nasser’s illegal so-called new land reform and property restrictions.

As a family, we are very gratified that our brother Dr. Adel Ahmed has been able to pursue his interests freely and to fulfill many of his dreams.


Florence Logan Voorhees

Florence Logan Voorhees, 91, passed away peacefully at home on March 2, 2017.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1925, she was the daughter of Robert Leuckel Logan and Ann Gallagher Logan.

Florence attended St. John’s Grammar School in Trenton and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1943 where she was valedictorian of her class. She then went on to Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) where she majored in English and history, graduating in 1947 with a Bachelor’s degree in education.

For the next 10 years she taught elementary grades at the Jefferson School in Trenton, New Jersey.

In April of 1953, she married and became the devoted wife of Foster M. Voorhees, III. In 2003, they happily celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage.

Florence was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and by her only sister, Eleanor Logan Barbour, who was four years her senior.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Susan P. Voorhees and William D. Alden of Princeton; and by her son and daughter-in-law, Foster M. Voorhees, IV and Mary Alicia Devine of Titusville. Florence leaves three grandchildren, Madeline Voorhees Alden, Katharine Logan Alden and Grace Devine Voorhees, who were the lights of her life.

After her children were grown, Florence returned to The College of New Jersey and obtained a Master’s Degree in special education. She taught briefly at The Pennington School and then was employed by the Office of Education in the New Jersey Department of Human Services as a learning consultant, retiring in 1990 as assistant director.

Upon her retirement, Florence devoted her time, energy, and considerable talent to volunteer work. She began as a blood services volunteer with the American Red Cross in Princeton, rose to become the director of volunteers and ultimately served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Central Jersey Region. She was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn Jersey Region.

Florence never forgot the many happy years she spent at The College of New Jersey both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student. She returned once again, as a member of the Alumni Executive Board, serving from 1993 to 1999.

Always interested in children and drawing from a lifetime of experience, she worked tirelessly for over 10 years as a member of the Child Placement Review Board of Mercer County, reviewing the many cases of children, who, under the aegis of DYFS, were in and out of home placements.

The funeral will be held Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m. at the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home in Pennington. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home Friday, March 10 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Ewing Church Cemetery, Ewing, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Mantoloking Fire Department, P.O. Box 214, Mantoloking, NJ 08738.


Barbara Zenel

Barbara Gail Winecoff Zenel, a long time resident of Princeton, died peacefully on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Born September 27, 1932 to James Edgar Winecoff and Virginia Hahn, Gail grew up in Concord, North Carolina, graduating from Concord High School in 1950. Shortly thereafter she was employed at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton. It was there at RCA Laboratories that she met her husband of 33 years, Joseph A. Zenel.

Gail was a homemaker who with her husband, Joseph, built a house and a loving home for their four children. An avid fan of nature, Gail loved gardening, cats, and camping along the Atlantic coast from Florida to the northern tip of Newfoundland. Always helpful to others, Gail’s civic-mindedness included volunteering at the American Red Cross, working as a local, state, and federal election poll worker, leading a Girl Scout troop, participating in the Saint Paul Roman Catholic School PTA and rummage sale, and for decades contributing to the Princeton Hospital (now University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro) Rummage Sale and Hospital Fete, frequently as the planning chair. Gail also worked at the Princeton University tennis courts where she enjoyed conversations with the numerous personalities who frequented there. In her latter years, she cherished her grandchildren and after the death of her husband Joseph, Gail enjoyed many a trip with close friends in the Princeton Getaway Club (she was a board member), and especially treasured the company of Vincent Sassman and his extended family with whom she was known as “Grandma Gail.” All remember her wonderful sense of humor.

Gail is preceded in death by her parents James and Virginia; husband Joseph; and daughter Susan G. Zenel.

Gail is survived by son Joseph A. Zenel, Jr., M.D. with his wife Jeanette; son James E. Zenel M.D. with his wife Mary; daughter Julie A. Zenel Moore with her husband David; and five grandchildren Matthew J. Zenel, Alison M. (Zenel) Leiataua, Christine A. Zenel, Katherine Zenel-Langlands, and Douglas Moore.

A Memorial Gathering will take place in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, on Monday, March 13, 2017 from 9 to 10 a.m. with a Memorial Service following at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery immediately after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad in Princeton, New Jersey or the Compassionate Care Hospice at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hamilton in Hamilton, New Jersey.

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March 1, 2017

Arlene R. Oley

Arlene R. Oley, 66, of Kingston, died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center of Plainsboro.

Arlene was born March 1, 1950 in Princeton. She worked at Princeton Radiology Associates for 19 years. She had many community ties, including Norseville, Griggstown Reformed Church, and will be dearly missed by her many loving friends in Princeton. She enjoyed spending time in nature. She was an avid bird-watcher who shared her passion with anyone interested in birds. As a volunteer associate naturalist, she led bird-watching walks and was a known resource for information about local birds. She participated in annual Christmas bird counts, and travelled throughout the country and to the Arctic Circle in the pursuit of birds.

Predeceased by her parents Ralph and Ruth (Lindveit) Thompson; she is survived by her daughter Dana Oley; brother Wes Thompson; nephew Matthew Thompson and wife Erin; grandnephew Wyatt; and cousins Alfred Sorenson, Elaine Trapp, and Carol Bradley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please visit mjmurphyfuneralhome.com for service information.


Paula Cook Sculley

Paula Cook Sculley died very peacefully at her home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania on February 22, 2017 at the age of 71 after a long illness. Paula, who grew up at Heathcote Farm in Kingston, New Jersey, was a passionate conservationist and horticulturist, having served as president of the Garden Club of Allegheny County where she co-founded Botany-In-Action, an organization dedicated to help conserve plants and indigenous botanical knowledge throughout the world. She also served on the board of Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh as well as co-founding the Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley. In addition, she served on the board of the Amazon Conservation Team. She was known for her flower gardens, particularly those devoted to attracting butterflies. Paula, daughter of artist Peter Cook, was a superb quilter, using her natural artistic skills to make over 40 extraordinary handmade quilts over her lifetime. She also served on the board of Sewickley Academy and was named Sewickley’s Woman of the Year in 2006.

She is survived by her husband David, former CEO of H.J. Heinz U.S.A.; her daughter Heather Reedy of Boulder, Montana and her husband John Reedy; her son D. Sculley of Cambridge, Massachusetts and his wife Jessica Sculley; three grandchildren — Brigid Reedy, Johnny Reedy and Sofia Sculley; and three brothers, Peter, John, and Stephen Cook; as well as a large and amazing family of Cooks and Wiggins. Paula will be remembered as a strong, caring, practical woman who always put the interests of others ahead of herself. Despite so many accomplishments in her life, for Paula, family always came first.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Rd., P.O. Box 8, Sewickley, PA 15143. A memorial service will be held later in the spring in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.


Hope Hall Tukey

Hope Hall Tukey, 93, of Gravelly Hill Road in South Kingstown, R.I. passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 at South County Hospital in Wakefield, R.I. She was the beloved wife of the late William P. Tukey, to whom she was married for 63 years.

Hope was born on July 22, 1923 in North Providence, the daughter of Rev. Charles M. Hall and Ruth Boothman Hall. She attended local public schools, and was a graduate of Classical High School. Over the course of her life, she lived in both Princeton and Williamstown, Mass. before returning to Rhode Island in 1986 and settling in South County, where she resided for over 30 years. While in New Jersey, she was employed by both the Gallup Poll and Opinion Research Corporation. She was a devout Episcopalian and was involved in church activities in all the communities in which she lived, serving on the Altar Guild in several parishes and also as a delegate to the Rhode Island Episcopal Bishop’s Committee. She was especially proud of her Yankee heritage and of her recent admission to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and took great pleasure in wearing medals commemorating the Naval exploits of her husband and grandsons. She loved the beach, Cap’n Jacks, bowling alley chowder, Applebee’s, sweet corn, and above all else, her family.

Hope is survived by four children: Paul M. Tukey of Charleston, R.I.; William P. Tukey, Jr. of South Kingstown, R.I.: Cynthia Cruser of Stuart, Fla.: and Melissa McQuarrie of Chesapeake, Va. She also leaves seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral and interment services will be private.


Diana Z. Manduca

Diana Z. Manduca, 89 died Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Plainsboro.

Mrs. Manduca was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was raised both there and in Middletown, N.Y. She later settled in Princeton Junction in 1955 where she raised her family and lived her entire adult life.

A graduate of Middletown High School Class of 1946, Diana received a full-tuition Regents Scholarship after scoring a perfect 100 percent on the exams. Diana earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry at St. John’s University. She earned a Master’s degree in psychology at The City College of New York and then continued on to earn her certification as a school psychologist at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

When choosing an educational and career path, Diana limited her choices to what she considered to be a profession that helped others and she ultimately chose psychology. Diana began her professional career as a psychologist in the East Windsor Regional School District and then spent most of her career with the Lawrence Township Public Schools. After her retirement, she volunteered her time with the Child Placement Review Board of the Mercer County Court System. Diana’s life’s work was driven by a passion and desire to help others.

Diana held a deep love of the Italian culture, its art, literature, architecture, and food, and participated in several local cultural organizations. She was fluent in Italian and traveled extensively throughout Italy. She was also an accomplished piano player.

Diana was predeceased by her daughter Suzanne. A loving wife and mother, Diana is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years Michael L. Manduca; her children Arlene, Robert, and Steven Manduca; granddaughter Alessandra; a brother Dr. Ralph Zito; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visiting hours are Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Burial will be at St. Paul Church Cemetery immediately following the church service.

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Ruby Newton

Ruby Katherine Marr Newton, age 90, a longtime Princeton resident, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2017 at her son, Alex’s home in Coral Springs, Florida where she resided for the past 2 years.

Ruby was born, December 6, 1926 in Gabe, Kentucky, daughter of the late James and Grace Marr. The family later moved to New Berlin, Illinois. Ruby attended New Berlin High School and was a superb baton twirler in the marching band. She was a beauty queen contestant and went on to win Ms. Springfield. Ruby attended Northwestern University where her roommate introduced her to her brother, Leonard F. Newton from Bradford, Pennsylvania, later becoming Ruby’s husband and the love story started. In February 1956, Ruby and Leonard were married and moved to Princeton, where they lived for 60 years. They loved their town and were active in the community and their churches.

Ruby was a speech therapist for many years teaching in her home helping many children overcome their speech impediments, and taught many new immigrants to America how to speak English. Many came back as adults to visit her.

Her interests varied from skiing, tennis, traveling with her husband to Austria and China several times, and many summers spent with family in Chautauqua, N.Y.

Ruby will be remembered most as a sweet, loving woman (and mother) who put all her heart and soul into her family and friends. She lived every day with purpose and passion. We smile with pride and joy at the incredible woman she was.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard F. Newton and her son, David S. Newton. She is survived by her children: daughter Julie of Princeton; two sons, Alex Newton (spouse Karen) of Coral Springs, Florida and Lee Eric of Princeton; and 8 grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.


Ethel Auerbach

Ethel Auerbach of Boca Raton, Florida died peacefully at home on Saturday, February 11, surrounded by close family. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1927, Ethel lived in Brooklyn, New York, Central New Jersey, the Jersey shore, and for the past decades in Florida, in Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach. She lived at Edgewater Estates in Boca Raton for the past 10 years and enjoyed happy years and had many dear friends there.

Ethel was a beautiful, energetic, smart woman, with an independent spirit who loved life. She leaves behind her loving family including her 2 children Caryn Newman and her husband Michael of Ewing, New Jersey; and Nick Klevans and his wife Susan of Princeton, New Jersey. Ethel adored her 4 grandsons, their wives, and her great grandchildren — Jason Fenton and Kelly McGlynn Fenton, and their daughter Jackie of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey; Gabriel Fenton and Ashley Shapiro and their sons Brooks and Wesley of Miami, Florida; Joshua G. Klevans and his wife Alexandra Edelman and their son William of Stowe, Vermont; and Sam S. and Melissa Klevans of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

She volunteered for many years as a facilitator at the Center for Group Counseling, now named the Faulk Counseling Center. She had also volunteered for Palm Beach Crisis Line and with Jewish Family Services. In New Jersey, she was a group facilitator at Women Helping Women in Metuchen.

When her children were young, she started the Glenwood Nursery School in Brooklyn.

Ethel graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York and Brooklyn College. She received a Masters of Library Science from Rutgers University. She had been employed by the Princeton Public Library and then as the school librarian at Cambridge School in Kendall Park, New Jersey, before retirement. She was an avid reader and supported liberal political causes and women’s rights. She loved the beach. She was a collector of modern art and loved movies, theater, music, and the ballet.

Her family plans a celebration of her life at her daughter’s home this summer, where a memorial garden will be established, according to her wishes.

In lieu of flowers, she wished that donations in her name be made to Trustbridge Hospice at www.trustbridge.com or (844) 422-3648.


Alberta Kaufmann

Alberta May Kaufmann, age 92, passed away after a brief acute illness at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro on February 20, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. A resident of the Princeton area for the last 14 years, she lived at Yorkshire Village in Lawrenceville and later in the independent living section of Stonebridge at Montgomery in Belle Mead for the last two years.

She was born in Orange, New Jersey on June 27, 1924 to Gladys Alberta Guerin Bryans and William Edward Bryans. She had two sisters, Doris Bryans Webb and Jean Bryans Bull, both of whom predeceased her. As a young girl, she resided in East and West Orange and Hillside, New Jersey, before moving to Chatham, New Jersey at age ten. She graduated from Chatham High School in 1942 and later attended the East Orange Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1946 as a registered nurse. She initially worked in the office of a surgeon in Newark, followed by the newborn nursery in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and the medical surgical ward of Elizabeth General Hospital in Elizabeth.

She married her loving husband of 54 years, the late Roderick Thomas Kaufmann, Sr. in July, 1949 and resided with him in Linden, New Jersey for most of their married life. They were the owners of a popular ice cream store and grill called Dari-Lite in Linden. As a young mother in the 1950s, she belonged to a group called the Why Worry Girls, which was a women’s social and support group ahead of its time. Later in life, she joined the Red Hat Group of Yorkshire Village, eventually becoming the Queen Mother of that group. She was also a member of two senior groups in Lawrenceville.

A devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Drs. Roderick T. Kaufmann, Jr. and Gayle Hotlzman and their children Daniel and Jonathan Kaufmann of Belle Meade, N.J.; daughter and son-in-law Linda Berger and Dr. Robert “Buzz” Berger of Princeton and their children and spouses, Melissa Berger of Princeton and Carly Berger Ogren and Jayce Ogren of Brooklyn; and son and daughter-in-law Dr. Gregory A. and Maria Kaufmann of Belle Mead and their children, spouses, and grandchildren, Alan and Carly Kaufmann of Glenside, Pa and their children, Felix and Tabitha, and Dr. Kristin Kaufmann of Belle Mead; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Alberta was the epitome of a loving, selfless, and giving soul, who always put her family’s and friends’ needs first. She was loved dearly by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Skillman on February 23rd, followed by a graveside service at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia, N.J.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Princeton Healthcare Foundation, Homefront NJ, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Alfred Sikma

Alfred “A.J.” Sikma, 48, of Princeton, died February 24 after a long battle with brain cancer. A.J. passed away at home peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.

A.J. was raised in Western Springs, Ill. He graduated Lyons Township High School in 1986, received his BS from Bradley University in 1990, and his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1998. A.J. was an investment banker and spent the majority of his career with Merrill Lynch.

While A.J. loved baseball, history, and travel, his great loves were his wife and children. A.J. was a loyal and trusted friend. The courage with which A.J. lived his life and faced his illness will continue to be an example to all those who knew and loved him.

A.J. was predeceased by his father, Harry Sikma; his mother Jane Sikma; and his mother-in-law, Susan Shanley. He is survived by his wife of 15 years Tara Jennifer, his two daughters Molly and Katherine, his father-in-law Vincent Shanley, his brothers-in-law Christopher and James Shanley, and his brother Harry Sikma.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Alfred Sikma can be made to ‘The Trustees of Columbia University’; please indicate ‘Dr. Lassman’s Brain Tumor Research’ on the memo line and send to: Columbia University Medical Center, Office of Development, Attention Matt Reals, 516 W. 168th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10032. Alternatively, memorial donations can be made online at: http://bit.ly/2m42AIh.

February 15, 2017

Edward A. Whitehouse

Edward A. “Ted” Whitehouse of Ringoes, N.J., Owl’s Head Me., and formerly of Nantucket, Mass., died February 12, 2017. He was 75.

Ted was born on November 10, 1941 in West Orange, N.J. to the late Joseph H. Whitehouse and Anita F. Whitehouse. He grew up on a farm in Warren Township, N.J. and graduated from Watchung Hills Regional High School in 1960. As a young man, he drag-raced in events sponsored by Ford Motor Company and raced snowmobiles for Polaris. Ted started his own company, Somerset Mechanical Contractors, Inc., and completed large-scale projects throughout New Jersey for companies such as Lipton Tea, Tenneco, and Hunterdon Medical Center. He settled in Ringoes in 1973. He married the love of his life, Sarah Richardson Whitehouse, in 1989 and was a devoted husband and father. He cherished spending time with his seven grandchildren, who called him “Poppy.”

An avid outdoorsman, Ted loved to hunt and fish and spent many summers in Maine and Nantucket on his boat, Sundance. For most of his adult life, he served as president and then as captain of the Hunt for White Game Club in Shohola, Pa. and successfully guided and oversaw each hunting season. He was an outstanding marksman and was a mentor to many in safe hunting practices and technique. He was also a member of Rockland Yacht Club, Rockland, Me.

Ted had a wicked sense of humor, an infectious smile and enjoyed unique hobbies such as vintage outboard motor restoration. He was a great role model, a caring friend, and was loyal to a fault.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Sarah R. Whitehouse; his six children, Rena A. Whitehouse (Edwin Baskin), Omaha, Nebr.; Melissa J. Whitehouse (Atiba Gomez), Brooklyn, N.Y.; Edward J. Whitehouse (Dorothy), Rumson N.J.; Whitney B. Ross (Stephen Moseley), Princeton; Dennis B. Ross, Stamford, Conn.; Hillary H. Nastro (Joseph), Wallingford, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Ross Moseley, Parkman Moseley, Hunter Ross, Joseph Whitehouse, Edward Whitehouse, Charles Nastro, and Anna Nastro; and a sister, Anita W. Hoag (Richard) of Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, N.J. and services will be scheduled at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hunterdon Hospice’s Residential Hospice Fund, 2200 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822, or to the Raritan Township Fire Company, 303 South Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822.


Marjory Gelpke White

Marjory Gelpke White, a long time Princeton resident, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2017 at the age of 92 in the home of her loving daughter, Laura White Marks in Windham, New Hampshire. Her daughter, Nancy White Baruch and granddaughter, Cayce Marks were also at her bedside at the time of her passing.

She was born Marjory Gerhardine Gelpke on July 25, 1924 to Ellen and Adolf Gelpke in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Marjory attended Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania in 1941-1945, graduating with a Masters Degree in both biology and chemistry. Marjory then attended Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia in 1946 — 1948. After meeting the love of her life, William Rolt White, they married in 1948 and lived in Easton, Pennsylvania while “Bill” finished his degree at Lafayette College. Settling back in the Philadelphia area for a number of years, they then moved to Princeton in 1963. Both were active members of the All Saint’s Church, the school and community.

At All Saint’s Church, Marjory served on the Altar Guild, Flower Guild and was the first woman to be elected to the Vestry. As her children were involved in the Boy and Girl Scouting programs, she volunteered to be leaders in both organizations. She was president of the Princeton High School PTA, a 27-year member of PEO, a philanthropic educational organization that raises money for women’s scholarships, and a long time active member of the Women’s College Club of Princeton (WCCP) from 1963 — 2016, serving as president 1981-1983. The WCCP also raises money for scholarships for young women to attend college. Having been raised to value education, Marjory was passionate about helping young women further their education through scholarship assistance.

After Bill White’s sudden and unexpected death (on his 50th birthday) in 1971, Marjory became sole provider for her three children; one in college, one on the way to college, and another in high school. Marjory, having just earned her Real Estate Brokers license a few months before, joined Audrey Short Realty World and embarked on an illustrious career, earning multiple awards as New Jersey’s top salesperson, spanning decades in the business. This was evident as, at the age of 85, she was being recruited by five competing Princeton real estate firms after her firm, Burgdorff Realtors, was bought by Coldwell Banker.

Marjory’s success in real estate was rooted in creating a caring relationship and welcoming her clients into the community she loved. Many of her clients became good friends and fellow parishioners at All Saint’s Church. As matriarch of the family, Marjory was the historian and keeper of the many generational stories. She helped strengthen the family bonds with her passion to connect everyone. Family reunions in Ocean City, New Jersey, were especially joyful occasions.

Always an adventurous spirit, Marjory enjoyed exploring the world with her children and grandchildren, traveling to England, Ireland, France, Costa Rica, the Caribbean Islands, Italy, and Greece. A life long learner and lover of the arts, Marjory reaped the benefits of living in Princeton, auditing courses at Princeton University and regularly attending performances at McCarter Theatre and the New Jersey Symphony at Richardson Auditorium.

Beloved wife,mother, mother in law, grandmother, and great grandmother, Marjory was predeceased by her parents, Ellen and Adolf Gelpke; her husband, William R. White; her sister Ellen Craun; brother in law Ted Craun; nephew Todd Craun; sister in law Gloria Gelpke; and brother in law John Macinko. She is survived by her three children; Geoffrey, Laura, and Nancy; brother Roy Gelpke; sister Connie Macinko; grandchildren Fenlon, Justine, Seaver, Brett, Tyler, Cayce, Luke; and great grandson, Adrian.

There will a memorial service to celebrate Marjory’s life on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:30 p.m., at All Saint’s Church, 16 All Saint’s Road, Princeton, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, Marjory requested that contributions be made to the Women’s College Club of Princeton, NJ, PO Box 3181, Princeton, NJ 08540; the PEO Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312; or All Saint’s Church, 16 All Saint’s Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Gene P. Kaplan

Gene P. Kaplan, 88, of Princeton died suddenly on Friday, February 3, 2017, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro after a brief illness.

Born in New York City, he resided in Princeton for almost 20 years. He earned a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA in accounting from the NYU Graduate School of Business Administration. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Army.

Gene had a long and varied career in financial services in both the private and public sectors, including CIT and William Sword & Co. He was also a financial consultant and co-founder of Seawoulfe Partners, Ltd in Princeton and Capital Consulting Network in Princeton, from which he retired as managing partner in 2011.

He was active in many civic and professional organizations and was president of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. He was also honored by Cancer Care of New Jersey and Financial Executives International (FEI) of New Jersey.

Son of the late Abraham and Rita (Gold) Kaplan, Gene was predeceased by his first wife Marjorie Moss Kaplan and his brother Alan. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Patricia A. Meyer; and his three daughters Amy Kaplan, Betsy Kaplan, and Abigail Butrym (Michael); two grandchildren (Emma and Spenser); his brother Ralph; his aunt Alyce; and many caring nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and former colleagues.

A Memorial Service will be held on April 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton followed by a Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Multiple Myeloma Association, Cancer Care of New Jersey or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Blanche A. McCarthy

Blanche A. McCarthy, 94, of Princeton entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 13, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center in Lawrenceville.

Born in Trenton, she was a lifelong resident of Princeton. Blanche married Robert David McCarthy on June 29, 1949 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Trenton. She was a former member of the Present Day Club of Princeton, an honorary member of Springdale Golf Club of Princeton, and a lifelong parishioner of St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Daughter of the late James J. and Blanche Marie (Gallagher) McGuire; wife of the late Robert David McCarthy; and sister of the late Elinor McCarthy; she is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law Robert D. McCarthy, Jr. and Marly MacFarlane, and James J. McCarthy; one daughter and son-in-law Kathleen McCarthy and Richard J. Maylander.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.

February 8, 2017

Ruth Carr Denise

Ruth Carr Denise died Thursday, February 2, 2017 at home in Hightstown. She was 90.

Born and raised on Staten Island, she graduated from Curtis High School in 1944 and attended Packard’s Business College in Manhattan. In May of 1947, she married John Vanderveer Denise II. They were Princeton residents from 1964-1978, later living in Brick and Rossmoor. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She cherished her time at the shore, and shared her love of crabbing and boating with friends and relatives alike. She was also a member of the “Swimming Women” group who met for conversation and lunch once a month long after their children had stopped swimming.

Daughter of the late William Snell Carr and Laura Alice Charles Carr; she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law David C. and Gail Denise of Princeton, and their children and spouses; John-Garrett Denise of Princeton; Will and Meg Denise of Manhattan; and Conrad Denise of Princeton; daughter and son-in-law Susan Denise Harris and Stanley A. Harris of Isle of Palms and their children, spouses, and grandchildren; Jack and Laura Harris of Atlanta, and their children Tyler, Hallie, Leighton and Foster; Jason and Ashley Harris of Manhattan, and their children Luke, Olivia, Eliza and Charlotte; Emily Harris Dreas and Chad Dreas of Rowayton, and their children Savannah, Skylar, and Charlie; Megan Harris Mahoney and Michael Mahoney of Daniels Island, and their children Ryleigh and Garrett; Thomas and Shanna Harris of Mount Pleasant, and their children TJ and Nate; and Christian and Bethany Harris of Savannah; and daughter and son-in-law Jan Denise Loughran and Christopher R. Loughran and their children and spouses; Lt. JG Rory and Kerry Loughran of Millbury, Mass.; Laura Loughran of Manhattan; Shannon Loughran of Port Royal; and David Loughran of Hightstown.

A memorial service with graveside service to follow will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017 at Old Tennent Church, Tennent, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peddie School, 201 South Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349 or Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.

Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Edward Berger

Edward Berger died suddenly January 22 of apparent heart failure in his Princeton home. He was 67 years old.

Ed held numerous positions at the Institute for Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, Newark, and was associate director there for many years. A jazz expert, he was a respected author of four books and many articles and liner notes; editor; producer of Grammy-nominated recordings; founder of a jazz record label; road manager; right-hand man and confidant to several leading jazz musicians; and an accomplished, published jazz photographer. He was also a fixture on the basketball courts at Dillon Gym.

Edward Morris Berger was born in Manhattan to Morroe and Paula Berger. He is survived by brothers Ken of Rocky Hill and Larry of San Francisco. All three brothers remained close throughout Ed’s entire life.

A memorial gathering will be planned.


Judith Marie Goodman

Judith Marie Goodman, 86, died on February 3 surrounded by her beloved family.

Judy was a resident of Verona, N.J. for more than 40 years before moving to Monroe Township, N.J. for three years, Boca Raton Fla. for three years, and Princeton for almost four years.

Born and raised in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., Judy was the second eldest of seven children. She was the first in her family to graduate college, and she did so in less than four years, receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in childhood education from New York State Teacher’s College in Oswego, N.Y. Judy taught kindergarten in New Port, N.Y. in 1953.

She met her husband, Hilton Goodman, while a college student. The couple, who raised four children, were married for 49 years; Hilton died in 2003.

Judy lived an active life. She was a member of the Belleville Synagogue Sisterhood, the Jewish Community Center of Verona Sisterhood, a Cub Scout Den mother, a Girl Scout Leader, a member of the Montclair Historical Society, and a Docent at the Israel Crane House, where she demonstrated colonial cooking, quilting and needlework, and where she shared her great love of colonial history.

Judy enjoyed running, hiking, biking, tennis, ping-pong, ice skating, kayaking, cross country skiing, and rowing. She loved to travel but most of all she loved her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed travelling out West with her family, and through the Adirondacks, Florida, and to the Jersey Shore.

Judy always had a great way of making people feel special and bringing out the best in everyone she met. She was our coach. She was a joy to be with. She is survived by her children Deb Gold of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Joel Goodman of Princeton; Dave Goodman of Sugar Land, Tex.; and Sue Fiedler of Rockaway, N.J.; and six grandchildren and one great grandchild. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held Sunday February 5, 2017 at the Jewish Memorial Chapel 841 Allwood Road in Clifton, N.J. Interment followed at King Solomon Memorial Park in Clifton.


Dorothy Spirer Beach

Dorothy “Dee” Spirer Beach of Lawrenceville passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, February 3rd, 2017, 13 days shy of her 67th birthday.

Born in North Bergen, N.J., she was a graduate of Mamaroneck High School in Westchester County New York and the University of New Hampshire where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Dee was an outgoing, kind and generous free spirit who greeted everyone, friends and strangers alike with a warm smile.

She loved animals of all kinds and over the years rescued numerous dogs, cats, and rabbits and either found or provided them with a loving home. She was also a frequent volunteer at SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals in Montgomery.

A talented graphic artist, Dee worked as a freelance photographer for the Princeton Packet, a weekly newspaper in Mercer County. She also worked briefly for Berlitz languages and most recently as a caregiver for children and the elderly.

She spent many hours over the last several years at the Princeton Senior Resource Center where she shared stories and a laugh with her many friends over a cup of coffee or a game of table tennis.

Dee is predeceased by her parents, Etta and Lawrence Spirer and is survived by her son Scott Smude of Yardley, Pa. and brother, Alan Spirer of Wilton, Conn.

In lieu of flowers donations in Dee’s memory can be made to SAVE, A Friend for Homeless Animals in Skillman, N.J.


Dorothy Hemphill

Following a short illness, Dorothy Louise Gadberry Irwin Hemphill passed away in her home at Princeton Windrows on Saturday, January 28, at the age of 100 years and five months. She was attended by her daughter, Joyce Irwin, and son, Galen Irwin.

Dorothy Gadberry was born in Carthage, Missouri, on August 26, 1916, the daughter of William and Ethel Gadberry. During elementary school a teacher discovered Dorothy’s talent for public performance. She was given elocution lessons and performed for various local civic groups. During high school, she was active in the drama society and graduated in 1934 as co-valedictorian of her class.

Dorothy would have liked to become a minister, but this career was not open to women, so she chose teaching and attended Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kansas. She was again active in drama and it was during one production that she met her future husband, Arnold Irwin. Upon receiving a two-year teaching certificate she taught for one year at the Lone Star School, one-room schoolhouse in rural Missouri.

In June 1937 she married Arnold Irwin and they moved to Joplin, Missouri, where he was teaching secondary school. Two children, Galen and Joyce, were born to this union. In 1954, Arnold became ill with lymphatic cancer and Dorothy returned to school, completing her bachelor in education in 1958. She then began teaching in the Joplin Public Schools.

Upon the death of Arnold in 1959, she became the first woman to serve on the Joplin City Council, finishing out Arnold’s term. However, politics was not her passion and she did not choose to run for re-election. She directed her talents to other civic activities, serving, for example, as the president of the Joplin Teachers Association. In 1970 she received a Master’s degree in elementary counseling and guidance from Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, Missouri, and began serving as an elementary counselor, first in Joplin, and later in Carthage, Missouri.

In 1973 she met and married Morris Dean Hemphill of Leann, Missouri, and Corona, California. In 1974 they invited all of their children to their farm to unite them into a single family. Since then all have been treated equally and have functioned as a single family unit, demonstrating that it is not necessarily blood that defines a family, but the love that all have for one another.

With Morris, Dorothy moved to Carthage, Missouri, where, in addition to her employment in the school system, she was active in civic groups, helping to organize Crisis Intervention, serving on the Board of the United Way, and helping with Crosslines and the Friends of the Library.

She also revived her interest in speech and drama, giving book reviews and speaking to various groups. She was active in the Joplin Little Theater and the Stone’s Throw Theater of Carthage, performing often in leading roles until close to 80 years old.

Dorothy was a woman of strong faith and an active church member, serving variously as Sunday School teacher, board member, committee member, and elder. She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and PEO.

Morris Hemphill died in 1994 and in 1996 Dorothy moved to Oneida, New York, to be near her daughter Joyce. She was immediately welcomed by Joyce’s step-children, Debby, Brian, and Lisa Smith, and their children, all of whom became part of her loving extended family. In 2000 Joyce and Dorothy moved to DeWitt, New York, and in 2012 to Princeton, New Jersey. In August 2016, Dorothy celebrated her 100th birthday. Almost all of her extended family was in attendance in a two-day event at Princeton Windrows and a local hotel. She was presented with a book of her reminiscences of her 100 years. She is survived by her daughters, Janice Verity of Los Osos, California; Sandra Hunt of San Francisco, California; Joyce Irwin of Princeton, New Jersey; and Letitia Garrison of Riverside, California; and son Galen Irwin of Wassenaar, the Netherlands; as well as nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Services to celebrate her life will be held at Plainsboro Presbyterian Church, 500 Plainsboro Rd., Plainsboro Township, 08536 at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 20. Her ashes will later be buried in Ozark Memorial Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri. A generous supporter of a wide variety of charitable organizations, Dorothy could be appropriately remembered through a contribution to your preferred charity, or to the Plainsboro Presbyterian Church, or to Doctors Without Borders https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org.


Margaret White Dodge

Margaret White Dodge, a resident of Princeton for over 20 years, died on February 1, 2017 at 84 years of age. Known as Peggy, she was born on June 4, 1932 in Buffalo, New York, to Irene Margaret Lee and Emmet Daniel Hurley. Peggy was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, and attended The Villa Maria Academy in Erie and Convent of the Sacred Heart, Noroton, Connecticut. She returned to Erie following the death of her father and graduated as valedictorian from Mercyhurst Academy. She then attended Manhattanville College and moved to New York City following graduation.

In 1959 she married Dr. Richard (Dick) L. White, a graduate of Princeton University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Peggy and Dick moved to Tenafly, New Jersey where they raised three children: Richard L. White Jr., John E. White, and Lee White Galvis. Dick died of melanoma in 1966 at the age of 37.

The department of surgery at Columbia hired Peggy and she began her pioneering life as a working, single mother of three. Over the years, her career path led her to become head of public relations at Fairleigh-Dickinson University. Aside from work, Peggy spent countless hours at hockey rinks, car-pooling, and generally encouraging her children to do well in school. In 1979, she met and married Dr. John H. Keating who had retired from practice as a doctor at St. Luke’s hospital in New York City. They moved to Rumson, New Jersey and enjoyed many trips to far-flung places including China, Australia, and New Zealand.

Peggy was actively engaged in her community and made many friends wherever she lived. She joined the Rumson garden club, played paddle tennis and tennis, and was particularly happy at the beach and near the ocean. Summers at the Sea Bright Beach Club were rejuvenating and sustained her through many difficult winters and times of loneliness. Alas, Jack, too, became ill and died in 1991. Always taking charge of her destiny, Peggy moved to what she hoped would be a vibrant and welcoming community: Princeton, New Jersey. She joined the Aquinas Institute, Bedens Brook Club, Pretty Brook Club, and the Nassau Club.

A lover of art, she audited classes at the University and eventually became a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum. Later in life, Peggy loved to play bridge and seized on any opportunity to use her mind and continue to learn.

Through her association with Columbia Presbyterian, she was introduced to David and Doris Dodge who became good friends. Following the death of Doris, Peggy had the good fortune to marry a remarkable man, David Dodge. Peggy and David spent seven happy years together. She particularly enjoyed getting to know his children — Nina, Bayard, Melissa, and Simon — David’s extended family, and the many organizations to which he had devoted his time and considerable talents. While being widowed three times seemed a burdensome fate, Peggy’s faith propelled her to seek a higher purpose. She was dedicated for over 50 years to her service for the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Auxiliary, which supports the hospital through philanthropy and volunteerism. She helped establish The Richard L. White Memorial, which supports cancer research in the department of surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. She received the United Hospital Fund’s Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteer Achievement Award in 1998.

She will be remembered for her generosity of spirit, sense of humor, resilience, a love of doctors (and the medical profession), and being a great mother — not only to her children but many of their friends. In addition to her children, she is survived by her brother, John Hurley, and her ten grandchildren who brought her joy and made her feel perpetually young. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Richard L. White Memorial Fund for Cancer Research, Trustees of Columbia University, Office of Development, 516 West 168th Street, 3rd Floor, NY, NY 10032 or by calling (212) 304-7612. A funeral mass will be held in the Princeton University Chapel on Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m.

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


Joseph Robert Cleary

Joseph Robert (“Bob”) Cleary, 91 — beloved husband, father, and grandfather — passed away peacefully at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey on January 27th, 2017.

Born in East Orange, New Jersey on November 6th, 1925 to Joseph Denis Cleary and May O’Brien Cleary, Bob grew up in the Village of Lawrenceville and attended Princeton High School, where he served as the vice president of the Student Council and chief justice of the student court in his senior year. Following his graduation from Princeton High School in 1943, Bob intended to join the V-5 Naval Aviation Program — an aspiration that was promptly dashed after failing to pass his preliminary physical. Disappointed, but still determined to serve his country, he applied for and was awarded a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, New York. Rather serendipitously, the Academy proved to be a particularly formative experience for Bob, and instilled in him a lifelong passion for all things “maritime”.

While attending the Academy, Bob was a member of the King’s Point Glee Club, and after completing his basic training, he served as a cadet-midshipman for over nine months on a tanker supplying high octane gasoline to islands in the Pacific during World War II. When the war ended, he returned to King’s Point to complete his studies, and graduated from the Academy in February 1946. Upon graduation, Bob sailed as third mate for Grace Line, where he raised his license to second mate, and served in that capacity on a Liberty ship hauling coal to European ports under the Marshall Plan.

In 1951, Bob began his 35-year career in education as a mathematics teacher in the Jamesburg, New Jersey and, later, Princeton, New Jersey public school systems. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Birch — an elementary school teacher herself. In 1956, Bob joined the staff of Educational Testing Services (“ETS”), and earned his Master of Education degree from Rutgers University in 1959. After brief stints as director of program and research with the Scarsdale, New York public school system and as director of research and student selection with Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri, Bob returned to ETS in 1962 where he was tasked with opening the Midwestern Regional Office in Evanston, Illinois.

In 1967, ETS received a substantial grant from the Ford Foundation to conduct examination reform in Malaysia, and Bob was transferred back to Princeton to assume the role of project director. In 1971, he was asked by the Ford Foundation to become a resident specialist in Malaysia, where he supported the newly-formed educational planning and research division of the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Following his return from Malaysia in 1973, Bob began the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office for ETS, and in 1980, accepted a position with the Greece, New York public school system as their director of research, evaluation and accountability, where he spent his remaining professional years.

In 1986, Bob retired to Hilton Head, South Carolina, and spent his “golden years” as an active volunteer for the PGA’s Heritage Golf Tournament, sponsored by The Heritage Classic Foundation. In 2010, he co-authored the book Reflections, a personal memoir inspired by his fond memories of growing up in the Village of Lawrenceville. Bob was a gifted statistician, a talented teacher, a devout Catholic, a voracious reader, an avid golfer, a salty mariner, and a courageous patriot. He will be remembered as much for his cunning wit and sharp tongue as he will be for his unrelenting dedication to family and friends. He was always proud to say — ever so modestly — that he was an archetypal member of the “Greatest Generation”. Bob left a permanent and undeniable mark on this earth; from the many students whose intellectual development he stewarded, to his family whose lives he endowed with love and support, to the country for which he risked his young life. To all who knew him, Bob will assuredly be missed.

Joseph Robert Cleary is survived by his loving wife Helen Birch Cleary, his faithful son Mark Cleary, his adoring grandsons William and James Cleary and their mother, Jenifer Cleary. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at The Edith Memorial Chapel at the Lawrenceville School on February 25th at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to his favorite charity, The Heritage Classic Foundation — a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives throughout the state of South Carolina. Donations can be mailed to The Heritage Classic Foundation, P.O. Box 3244, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928 or can be made by visiting the foundation’s website, www.heritageclassicfoundation.com.

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

February 1, 2017

Beverly J. Burdwood

Beverly J. Burdwood, 85, of Princeton died Thursday, January 26, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Green, Maine, she resided in New England until moving to Princeton in 1963. Beverly retired in 2001 after many years of service as a teacher with the Bear Tavern School, Hopewell. As a first grade teacher she touched thousands of young lives, many of whom have remained in constant touch for years. She was an active member of the Princeton United Methodist Church since moving to Princeton.

Daughter of the late Clarence and Virginia Fowke Beal, wife of the late William Otho Burdwood, sister of the late Clay Beal, as well as Theresa Creamer. She is survived by 3 sons Kevin, Mark, Greg Burdwood; a daughter Pat Taylor; sister Carol Couture; and 10 grandchildren William H. and Katherine K. Burdwood, Melanie J. and Andrew K. Taylor, Erin Palmwood, Jacqueline, Matthew, Jesse, Tyler, and Heather Burdwood and many dear friends within her church and elsewhere.

A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on February, 11, 2017 at the Princeton United Methodist Church located at Nassau Street and Vandeventer Avenue.

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


Joan W. Coulson

Joan Williams Coulson, 91, died on January 8, 2017 at her home of almost 4 years, Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey. She was born on August 10, 1925, in Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from Westport High School. Though as a young woman she lived In Los Angeles, Milwaukee, London, and suburban Washington, D.C., she felt most at home in Kansas City, and through the course of her life lived there nearly 70 years.

Shortly after high school graduation she took a job at the Kansas City Star in the library, sometimes called “the morgue” (referring to the collecting of material for future obituaries as well as to the idea of clippings being old or “dead” news). A friend of the family and former agriculture reporter at the Star said, “You could say Joan was our internet in those days! Whenever a reporter needed to do research, get background on a story, check quotes or anything, we’d go to Joan.” It was there that she met a handsome young former Navy pilot, Captain Bert Coulson, who was working down the hall at the radio station as an announcer. He came in one day to retrieve a photo and letter he’d sent describing having survived bailing out of a plane over Burma in 1944, during a supply run over the Himalayas for the Chinese National Aviation Corporation. She remembered filing the letter and photo, and had been intrigued. This meeting eventually led to romance and a wedding on March 10, 1949, on the then-popular radio show Bride and Groom. Sadly, after not quite ten years of marriage, the love of her life died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage in London, where she and their two young children had accompanied him on a two-year assignment representing his company, General Motors.

After almost 20 years at home raising her children, largely single handedly, she took a job as administrative assistant to longtime friend Caleb Belove, who was president of Professional Mutual Insurance, in Kansas City. She made good friends there, with whom she frequently skipped lunch in favor of taking in a weekday yard sale or two, and retired after working there for 25 years. Joan enjoyed teasingly pointing out to her doctors that she had once worked for a malpractice insurance company, though in fact she was quite pleased with the care she received from each one of them.

After retirement she returned to her roots (and love of books!) as a volunteer in the Johnson County (Kansas) Library Outreach Department. Joan was a lifelong Democrat, and a big fan of both Adlai Stevenson and Mario Cuomo. Her extensive collection of books was largely devoted to politics, history, biographies, with some books of poetry, art, and humor, thrown in for good measure.

She leaves her daughter, Eve Coulson and son-in-law Nelson Obus of Princeton; son Chris Coulson and daughter-in-law Susan of Durham, North Carolina; grandchildren Eli Obus of Jersey City and Lucy Obus of Washington, D.C.; sister Nancy Rucker of Overland Park, Kansas; sister-in-law Sally Williams of Atlanta; 4 nieces, a nephew, and a grand niece.

She was predeceased by her husband Ursel (Bert) Coulson in 1959, mother Blanche (Perry) Williams, a court stenographer and enthusiastic piano player; and Jack Williams, a reporter and Washington bureau chief for the Kansas City Star; and brother Richard, an Atlanta businessman.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held on Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, New Jersey. Joan’s last years here in New Jersey were good ones thanks in large measure to the caring community of residents and staff at Stonebridge. For this, her family is very grateful.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to a progressive cause of your choice. Coming from a newspaper family, support of organizations whose mission is protecting freedom of the press would be meaningful to her, as well as organizations whose aim is protecting basic rights and freedoms (ACLU, as an example). Contributions can also be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, a community that embraced her from the moment she walked through the doors in May 2013.


Marget Ann Tompkins Pack

Marget Ann Tompkins Pack died at home on January 2, 2017 at the age of 94, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in El Reno, Oklahoma June 25, 1922.

She graduated from Wichita High School in 1940, studied dramatic arts at Friends University in Wichita Kans., transferring to the University of Kansas where she earned a degree in journalism and mass communication. And then to Columbia University in New York, earning her degree in library sciences in 1948.

Marget worked at the Denver Public Library after moving there to help her sister Ede with her first child. There she met her future husband, Joseph, at a communal, international dwelling called Brotherhood House near the University of Denver. They moved around the country after marriage, following Joseph’s university trail. Marget and Joseph traveled the world together, including a trip to China in the 1970’s with the New York Academy of Sciences, of which they were both members.

She was a librarian at the Tucson, Arizona Public Library around 1955-57, and at the Trenton New Jersey Public Library around 1960. From 1962 to 1992, she was school librarian, Mrs. Pack, at Jr. High School #5 in Trenton, and is still remembered by students and faculty. She was an active member of the Trenton Education Association. She was also a Brownie Scout and Girl Scout leader during the 1960’s.

Hers was a lifetime of social activism — marching, fundraising, and letter writing. Maggie devoted herself to causes from hunger to the Holocaust. Princeton politics and global issues were all the same to her. She was a member of Amnesty International and many other social justice and human rights organizations. She donated freely to what she believed in.

Though raised a Baptist, Maggie married a Jewish man and upheld all of the Jewish holidays and traditions. She was also a member, variously, of the Trenton Unitarian Church, Princeton Quaker Meeting, and Princeton Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church. There she joined study groups to learn more about the Bible and the Quran. She was a member of the UU poetry group through which she produced a body of work.

Marget is pre-deceased by her parents, James Gilbert Tompkins and Edna Duckworth Tompkins of Georgetown, Tex.; husband, Joseph Pack of Princeton; and daughter, Dinah Pack, of Princeton.

Surviving family are daughter, Rebecca Burr and husband David, of Princeton and Terry; daughter Jessica Cronin and husband Vincent of Columbus, Ohio; and grandchildren Andrea Zasowski of Rockville, Md.; Amos Snyder, of Princeton; Paloma Burr, of Princeton and Swannanoa, N.C.; Isaac Burr, of Princeton; and great grandson Joshua Snyder.

A memorial service and life celebration will be held at a time to be announced.

January 25, 2017

Jeremiah K. Reilly

Jeremiah K. Reilly, 88, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2017.

Born in Hamden, Conn. in January 1929 to Alice Sullivan Reilly and David M. Reilly, Sr., prominent Connecticut attorney, Jerry attended Hopkins Grammar, LaSalle Military Academy and graduated from The Loomis School. A member of the class of 1951 at Kenyon College, he left in 1949 to pursue a career in show business in New York City. His tap dancing talent earned him a part in the revival of Where’s Charley with Ray Bolger. After successful previews in Boston at the Shubert Theater, he was drafted into the U.S. Army for the Korean War effort and, sadly, missed the Broadway run of the show.

Jerry married Ann Crotty in 1951, settled in Hamden and began night school in business at Yale. Without a degree, he took the Industrial Engineer test, passed, and thus began his career at Safety Car Heating and Lighting, H.B. Ives, and at Nucor, the birth of nuclear power, under Admiral Hyman Rickover. Later, in New York City, he was a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, V.P. of acquisitions for Beech Nut Squibb, president of Table Talk Pies in Worcester, Mass. and back to New York City as president of Ward Baking Co. These jobs took the family to Ridgefield, Conn. and Sudbury, Mass before settling in Princeton in 1973. There, he turned to entrepreneurship and opened Halo Farm, Inc., in Lawrence in 1975, a microdairy specializing in beverages and ice cream. He then opened Halo Pubs and Halo Fete.

Jerry possessed a keen intelligence, a vibrant wit, and a kind generous soul. An avid tennis player, he once ranked number one in the Men’s 45 and over USTA Middle States.

Jerry was predeceased by his sisters, Alicia Reilly Walker and Grace Reilly Schuermann and his brother David M. Reilly, Jr. He is survived by his wife Ann Reilly; his four children, Kathleen Reilly Arnold, Brian Reilly, Mary Clare Mooney, and Eileen Reilly; grandchildren Lucy Arnold Gore, Megan and Logan Reilly, and Shannon and Schuyler Mooney; great grandson Ryder Jalbert; son-in-law Anson Mooney and grandson-in-law Nick Gore.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to his favorite charity The Hole in the Wall Gang, a camp for children with cancer.


Helen Smyers Spencer

Helen Smyers Spencer, 94, a 70-year resident of Princeton, died peacefully on January 9, 2017 after a long struggle with dementia. She was born in Norwalk, Ohio, on July 10, 1922, only child of William Henry and Mildred Schwab Smyers. She was raised in Milan, Ohio, birthplace of Thomas Edison, where she graduated with honors from Milan High School. She was first violinist in the Erie County orchestra and editor of the school newspaper.

Helen attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She later attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York to fulfill her dream of acting. As a volunteer, Helen taught swimming and lifesaving at Columbia University to nurses flying overseas in World War II. Helen was involved with the Camp Fire Girls in her youth and later worked at their New York headquarters.

Helen married the late James L. Spencer in 1945 in New York. Two years later, they moved to Princeton where they became members of Trinity Episcopal Church. Helen was a 50-year member of Trinity’s Altar Guild, a substitute teacher, and served as assistant to the rector at All Saint’s Church. She worked with the Diocese of New Jersey in Trenton and was employed at Trinity Counseling Service for 17 years until her retirement at age 81.

In her professional career, Helen was also a member of the staff at Firestone Library, Princeton University, The Flower Basket, and William Sword and Co. Helen was a past member of the Women’s Investment Club of Princeton, the Present Day Club, and was a Board Member of the Chapin School, Princeton.

Mrs. Spencer is survived by her children; Stanford H., of Belle Meade, Nancy S. and her husband Alan R. Rushton, Md., of Flemington; Linda S. and her husband Robert N. McClellan of Princeton Junction; and four grandchildren; Andrew S. and Daniel A. Rushton; and Cassandra H. and Garrett B. McClellan.

Helen was deeply loved and respected; her warmth, caring, strength, smile, bright blue eyes, and giving of herself will be missed by all who have known her. She had a strong faith and an always-positive outlook. Helen enjoyed the outdoors and nature, and spent many summers in her youth as a counselor at camps in Ohio and Vermont teaching riflery, swimming, and directing the drama and theatrics programs.

Her family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to the aides, caregivers, and medical staff who made her last years more comfortable.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on February 24, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Interment will take place privately in Milan, Ohio this summer.

Gifts in Helen’s memory may be made to: Trinity Counseling Service, 22 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or TrinityCounseling.org/Donate.


John Winterbottom

John Winterbottom died January 15, 2017 in Skillman with his family by his side.

Born April 9, 1921 in London, Ontario, Canada, John (aka Jack) came to the United States on scholarship to study at Yale, where he earned his PhD in English literature. After teaching at Dartmouth and North Carolina State, he settled with his wife, Miriam, in Princeton and spent the rest of his career at Educational Testing Service. At ETS he worked on the Law School Admission Test and the Graduate Record Exam and developed an innovative arts testing program. His real passion, though, was the cello, which he played devotedly, and with wonderful skill, from age 9 to 90. An avid hiker and naturalist, he spent some of his happiest days at his cabin on a remote hilltop in Barnard, Vermont, part of a range appropriately called the Delectable Mountains.

After retiring, he volunteered as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum and took much joy in introducing children to art. It wasn’t long before he’d immersed himself in a serious study of art. In his 80s he wrote a scholarly paper on Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, the great 18th century-painter of epic canvases. John’s wit, his gift for conversation, and his openness to people from all walks of life, brought delight to all who met him.

In his last years he suffered from dementia, but his sweetness and wry humor continued to shine through. The family would like to thank Veronica Carbon as well as the staff at Skilled Nursing at Stonebridge Montgomery for their compassionate care. Survivors include his son Richard and his wife Kay and daughter Devon, his son Daniel and his wife Carol and daughter Nina, and his daughter Julie and her partner Stephen. A memorial service may be held at a later date. Donations in John’s memory can be made to Trenton Community Music School at trentoncommunitymusic.org.


Stephan Dean Sennert

Stephan Dean Sennert of Princeton died on January 8, 2017, one day before his 74th birthday, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

He had recently retired as president of F and S Distributors, Inc., a family-owned business started by his father and associates more than 50 years ago. The company, which has been located in Clifton, Whippany, and now Jackson, New Jersey, supplies hydraulic seals to many corporations nationwide.

Steve and his wife, Nancy McCarthy, moved to Princeton in 1993. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last May.

He was born in Joliet, Illinois, on January 9, 1943 to the late Edmund Sennert, Jr. and Doris Newkirk Sennert. While he was a young child, the family moved to Pompton Plains, New Jersey, near where his parents had lived before World War II.

Steve was a graduate of South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut, and Lafayette College, where he earned a BS in industrial engineering. He put that education to good use when he joined the Peace Corps in 1968. For two years he was a volunteer in Bolivia, where he assisted in the design and construction of water, road, and school projects.

Following his Peace Corps service, Steve moved to Fargo, North Dakota, to work at the Center for Economic Development at North Dakota State University for two years. There he was involved in helping to improve the lives and job opportunities of residents of rural counties and four Native American reservations, including Standing Rock.

While in Fargo, Steve married his first wife, Constance Card, in 1971. They moved to New Jersey in the early 1970s when he joined his father’s business, F and S Distributors, Inc., then in Clifton. They lived in Ironia for a few years, then moved to Flanders. Connie died in 1990.

In addition to his enjoyment of music — classical, international, jazz, swing, and American popular music of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s — Steve loved photography. While he lived in Flanders he worked as a photographer on weekends for Recorder Publishing Company, which publishes newspapers in north and central New Jersey. Two of his photos, which he printed in a darkroom in his cellar, won awards from the New Jersey Press Association.

In 1981, two of the photographs he took in Bolivia while in the Peace Corps were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. They had won prizes for photographs taken by current and former Peace Corps members to mark the organization’s 20th anniversary.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, Steve is survived by his daughter, Doris Katharine Sennert of Los Angeles; her maternal grandmother, Caroline Wendt of Indianapolis; and his sister, Letitia Burdett of Flanders. Other survivors include his nephew, B. Stephan La Rose of Flanders; his niece, Georgiana Sennert of Lake Hopatcong; his stepbrother and business partner, James F. King of Lakewood; and his stepsister, Carol Ann Bray of Marietta, Georgia.

Steve was a member of the local senior citizens organization Community Without Walls.

His family plans to have a memorial gathering in the spring to celebrate his life. Nancy appreciates the assistance and services of the Frank E. Campbell funeral home in Manhattan. Those wishing to make a donation in Steve’s memory are encouraged to contribute to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


Harriet Baldwin Bryan

Harriet Baldwin Bryan passed away on January 1 in Whitefish, Montana surrounded by her family. She was born in Berlin, N.H. on July 31, 1931 and grew up in Hillsboro, N.H., where she attended a one-room school in Hillsborough Center. After a year (with relatives in Sweden), she attended Northfield School in Northfield, Mass. and graduated from Wellesley College in the class of 1954. After teaching in the Essex, Conn., public schools for two years she married Kirk Bryan and moved to Cambridge, Mass., where her husband was a graduate student at MIT. In Cambridge, she taught at Buckingham School. Harriet and her husband spent a postdoc year in Sweden, where they were welcomed by many relatives. Harriet was already fluent in Swedish. During that year in Stockholm, their first baby, Betsy, was born in Karolinska Sjukhus. Returning home the family lived for two years in Woods Hole, Mass., where Harriet had a second child, Samuel. The family then moved to Virginia outside of Washington D.C., where her husband worked as an oceanographer at the Weather Bureau.

During her eight years in Virginia, Harriet became an active member of the League of Women Voters, and participated in a narrowly won referendum on Public Housing in Fairfax County. After moving with the family to Princeton in 1968, Harriet again became active in the League of Women Voters. Later she was asked to be the League’s representative on the board of the nonprofit, Princeton Community Housing (PCH), which had already developed Princeton Community Village in the 1970’s. Being on the PCH Board allowed her to pursue her life long interest in affordable housing, which had been inspired in part by her two years in Sweden. She remained an active member of the PCH Board for over 20 years as a nearly full-time volunteer, serving as president and in a variety of committee assignments.

During Harriet’s tenure with PCH, she focused with other volunteers and staff — notably Eleanor Angoff. Sheila Birkhammer, Jim Floyd, Sandra Perchetti, and Ted Vial — on new initiatives to increase affordable housing in Princeton. Projects in which she was actively involved include Elm Court (1985), Griggs Farm (1989), and the Elm Court Extension (Harriet Bryan House, 2009). In the case of the Elm court extension there was a general consensus on the need for more affordable housing, but the choice of site was controversial, requiring endless meetings, court cases, and presentations to boards in both the Borough and the Township, which were then separate. Harriet’s consistent optimism, effective advocacy, and the financial aid of PCH supporters in the community were key factors in the long campaign to obtain final site approval. In recognition of Harriet’s efforts, PCH renamed Elm court Extension in her honor at the grand opening.

In 2003 Harriet and her husband moved to Stonebridge, a retirement community in Montgomery Township, where she was active on the Nursing Committee, in spite of increasing problems with her own health. Harriet is survived by her husband, Kirk Bryan; her daughter, Betsy Kohnstamm of Whitefish; her son, Samuel Bryan of Seattle, Wash; and two grandchildren, Mary Kohnstamm of Bozeman, Mont.; and Carl Kohnstamm of Squamish, B.C.


Minerva H. Reed

Minerva H. Reed, 67, beloved mother and grandmother passed away in her home unexpectedly on Monday, January 16, 2017. Born in Charleston, S.C. she lived in the Princeton area since the late 70’s.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Douglass College and two Masters Degrees from Columbia University, Minerva became the first female and African American Director of Career Services at Princeton University.

Minerva is survived by her father Joseph Harris, her two children Razwel Brown and Calvin Reed III, and her grandson Shuler Brown.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton followed by a repast at the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, 58 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Please do NOT wear dark colors. It’s a celebration of life. Arrangements are by Watson Mortuary Service Inc., 26 Gifford Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.


Robert Carter Miller Jr.

Robert Carter Miller Jr. passed away peacefully at Acorn Glen in Princeton on January 5, 2017. Bob was born July 1, 1936, in Huntington, N.Y., to Robert Carter Miller and Mildred “Moo Moo” Baylis Miller, and was a resident of New Jersey for most of his life. He was married twice, first to Sandra Schuessler Miller and then to Ruth Gibson Miller.

He spent his early life in Princeton, where he attended Nassau Elementary School and Princeton Country Day School before advancing onto the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by attending Princeton University, graduating in 1958 with a BA in English. During college, Bob played freshman soccer and was a member of the swim team for two years. He sang in the University Chapel choir and was a member of Tower Club.

After two years in the Army stationed in Fort Polk, La., Bob began his professional life as a teacher. He taught for the next 20 years as a Middle School teacher and soccer coach at the newly formed Princeton Day School. He took great pride in the final chapter of his teaching career — learning sign language and working at the New Jersey School for the Deaf in Ewing until his retirement.

Bob was a nature enthusiast and had an encyclopedic knowledge when it came to identifying flora and fauna. He was deeply passionate about history, especially the history of Native Americans. He treasured finding arrowheads, spearheads, and even an ax on the former Lenni-Lenape encampment near his boyhood home.

He loved to walk his dogs in the Institute Woods and was fond of camping and hiking in Stoke State Forest and Sunfish Pond. He worked with inner city children at the Princeton Summer Camp in Blairstown and kept in touch with the program through the years. It was always a source of joy for him.

Bob enjoyed a very active social life, attending Scottish Country Dance classes in the local area for over three decades.

He loved all things Princeton. He was an active member of the Princeton University Chapel and was a supporter of Princeton University athletics, with his favorites being football, men’s hockey, men’s lacrosse and men’s soccer. Bob was well traveled and trotted the globe from Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Ann Paiva; son, Andrew Brewster Carter Miller; grandson, Alexander Joachim Paiva; granddaughter, Sophie Joachim Paiva; and his sister, Nancy Baylis Miller. He is predeceased by his daughter, Fiona Gibson Miller and brother, Thomas Brush Miller.

A memorial service for Bob will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Princeton University Chapel at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception at Murray Dodge Hall, Princeton University, at 3 p.m. Interment will be private. Memorial donations can be made in Bob’s honor to the Princeton-Blairstown Center. http://princetonblairstown.org/donate-now.


Ann France Freda

Ann France Freda, 89, died January 21, 2017 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by her family. Mrs. Freda, a longtime resident of Princeton, was a RN working on the surgical floors A-1, A-3, and J-6 of Princeton Hospital. While on A-1 she was promoted to Head Nurse, that title was changed to Nursing Care Coordinator (NCC) years later. Mrs. Freda had a stellar reputation and was known to run a tight ship with excellent patient outcomes; she was loved by her patients and respected by physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff. Many members of her former nursing staff credit her with instilling in them the importance of patient care, treating every patient with dignity and respect. Mrs. Freda went back to school at the age of 51 to earn her BS degree. She retired in 1997 as the NCC of J-6. In retirement Mrs. Freda participated in the Grandpal Reading Program at Littlebrook Elementary School serving as a Grandpal for many children, including two of her own grandchildren. She was a longtime parishioner of St Paul’s Catholic Church.

Mrs. Freda was born on March 31, 1927, in Scranton, Pa., to Gertrude and Stanford France. Mrs. Freda graduated from St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing in Scranton before moving to Princeton in 1951 to start her nursing career at Princeton Hospital. She was married in 1951 and raised three children in Princeton. Mrs. Freda is survived by her children, Maureen Freda Peterson and husband, William Peterson, of Bowie, Maryland; Kathy Freda of Olympia, Washington; Mark Freda and his wife, Beth Ogilvie Freda, of Princeton; her beloved grandchildren, Brandon Boyd of Aliso Viejo, California; Dawn Boyd of Billings, Montana; and Rebecca and Alex Freda of Princeton. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Rosemary Roberto, of Hamilton, New Jersey and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her dear sister, Barbara France Dunne of Manassas, Virginia.

Contributions in her memory may be made to: Princeton HealthCare System Foundation and directed to the Annual Fund, Hospice or any other department at Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, 3626 US Route One, Princeton, NJ 08540.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will follow at the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Ruth S. Houck Borgia

Ruth S. Houck Borgia, 96, daughter of Bethenia and Ernest Stout died at her home in Lawrence Township on Tuesday January 17, 2017.

Ruth is survived by 7 children Shirley Houck, Harry Houck, Robert Houck, Carol Ciarlone, Richard Houck, Ruth Donhauser, and Jeffrey Houck. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Ruth worked at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles. She had several hobbies that she thoroughly enjoyed throughout her life that included knitting, crocheting, weaving, and growing roses. She was a member of the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company and the Oratorio Choir at Germantown First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Pa.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542 followed by interment at Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, NJ.

Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Kenneth George Negus

Kenneth George Negus, 89, of Ewing passed away suddenly at his residence on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he lived in Princeton for many years before his recent move to Ewing.

He earned his PhD from Princeton University and taught graduate level German literature at Princeton University, Harvard University, Northwestern University, and Rutgers University.

Kenneth served in the U.S. Army in Germany after the end of World War II. He co-founded the Astrological Society of Princeton and was its president for 44 years. He published Johannes Kepler’s astrological writings, wrote poetry, loved to garden and cook, take walks, sing, and play classical guitar.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Negus in 1997. Surviving are his wife Carol Raine, a daughter and son-in-law Niki Giberson and Gary (Port Republic, N.J.), two sons and daughters-in-law; Chris Negus and Sheree (Manchester, N.H.) and Jon Negus and Jacque (Palatine, Ill.); 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Visiting hours at the funeral home are Friday, January 27, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. followed by burial at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park in Ewing, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Astrological Society of Princeton. Please make checks payable to ASP c/o D. Orr, 14 Ravine Drive, Matawan, NJ 07747.

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Emily L. Bennett

Emily (“Elva”) Langford Bennett died peacefully Wednesday January 22, at her home at St. Mary’s Assisted Living in Lawrenceville at age 93.

The daughter of the late Francis Daly and Vera Sweeney, Emily was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota and attended St. John’s School and Hamline University. She worked for the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Service in Vienna after World War II and studied opera with renowned Austrian opera singers Fritz and Louisa Krenn. Following her marriage to fellow American Frank Bennett, the couple returned to the United States while Frank completed his studies at MIT. They eventually settled in Lawrenceville in order for Frank to take a position as director of engineering at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. In addition to raising three children, Emily worked as an administrative assistant for the Princeton University Alumni Council for almost 25 years.

Following her University retirement, she worked as private secretary to emeritus physics professor John Archibald Wheeler, who acknowledged her assistance in his autobiography Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics.

A lifelong bibliophile she was a member of the Bronte Society, the St. Andrew Society, the English Speaking Union, and the Princeton Folk Music Society.

Emily loved to travel and thought nothing of jumping into the car with one or more family members for long, cross-country drives (camping along the way) to visit friends, family, places, or events anywhere in North America. She howled with wolves on Isle Royale, Michigan, watched polar bears in Churchill Manitoba, and hiked in Pangnirtung, Nunavit Territory. (She conceded the use of an airplane to reach places that did not have roads.)

A devoted mother and grandmother, she had a charm and positive energy that brightened the day of all who met her.

Preceded in death by her former husband and her son Dale James Bennett, she is survived by her daughter Nancy Bennett and grandchildren Neil and Ivor Havkin of West Windsor and daughter Emily Jane Bennett and grandchildren Sarah, Patrick, and Kathleen Neff of Golden, Colo.

A funeral mass is scheduled at the chapel at St. Mary’s Assisted Living, 1 Bishops Drive, Lawrenceville at 2 p.m. Saturday January 28th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Pet Rescue of Mercer, PO Box 2574, Hamilton NJ, 08690 petrescueofmercer.org.


George Eugene Zeitlin

George Eugene Zeitlin, 86, resident of both New York and Princeton, and a leading tax partner at Chadbourne and Parke, and a former dean of the tax law program at New York University School of Law, died Jan. 19, 2017, after a four-month illness, with family and friends in close attendance. He was a vigorous and active man who played tennis twice a week, belonged to a bridge club, and did the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink every day. He was an enthusiastic world traveler who had most recently returned from a trip to northern Greece, and had a lifelong devotion to Judaism and Jewish learning. He greatly enjoyed his profession of tax attorney.

He was a partner at Chadbourne for 34 years and kept up a full client caseload until he became ill in the fall. He handled bet-the-company IRS audits for corporations and advised on mergers and acquisitions and tax issues facing high net-worth individuals.

“George was one of the true lions of the tax bar,” said Chadbourne tax department chair William Cavanagh, adding he was the firm’s lead tax partner in the 1980s and 1990s.

“George had a broad command of almost all areas of tax law, which is somewhat unique for a tax lawyer,” Cavanagh said. “He was a very gifted and creative problem solver. George could take the most complex tax problem and reduce it down to simple, understandable terms and then come up with a solution.”

Zeitlin began his career as a tax lawyer at Chadbourne in 1955 after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1953 and serving a tour of duty in the U.S. Army. He earned his LLM in Taxation from NYU in 1961. He briefly left Chadbourne to serve as deputy tax legislative counsel in the U.S. Treasury Department in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

Zeitlin returned to New York in 1966, serving as a full-time tax professor at New York University School of Law until 1982. He was an associate dean of the graduate tax division of the law school from 1975 to 1982, overseeing the school’s LLM program. While on the law school’s full-time faculty, Zeitlin was counsel to Chadbourne. He became a partner at the firm after stepping down as associate dean in 1982. He continued to teach part time in the school’s tax program until just a few years ago.

Zeitlin was attracted to tax law for the puzzles inherent in the practice, said his daughter, Judith. “He liked the problem solving and the abstract nature of the problem,” she said.

She added that her father was a “child of the Depression” and enjoyed having more than one job throughout his life. “He was a man of tremendous energy and dedication,” who was uninhibited and liked to tell jokes, she said. “He was a warm, gregarious guy who remembered all his students,” Cavanagh added, noting he frequently kept in touch with his former students who viewed him as a resource. “He was master teacher in that he would make sure young tax lawyers would understand all aspects of a transaction.”

His wife of 63 years, Froma Zeitlin (now emeritus), was Charles Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of Classics at Princeton University (1976-2010). He supported her enthusiastically throughout the years in all her scholarly enterprises and took enormous pride in her accomplishments. George continued to spend weekdays in New York at his law firm and his weekends in Princeton, a town which he loved and where he made numerous friends, as he did everywhere he went throughout his life. They valued him among other virtues for his honesty, open-mindedness, empathy, legendary hospitality, and famous sense of humor.

George was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on September 11, 1930, to Benjamin Zeitlin, a pharmacist, and Ruth Leiberman Zeitlin, a bookkeeper, who owned and operated their own pharmacy in several successive locations in Brooklyn and in the Bronx. He received his AB in 1951 from Columbia College, a JD in 1953 from Columbia University and LLM in taxation in 1961 from New York University.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Froma; his children Jonathan, Ariel; and Judith (and son-in-law, Wu Hung); his grandchildren, Sam and Joshua Zeitlin, Lida Zeitlin Wu, and Eve Cooke; his step-granddaughter Nina Jiang and step-great-grandchildren Caitlyn and Lucas Kindij; as well as his brothers Richard and Paul. May his memory be for a blessing.

Donations in George’s name may be made to the Wallace-Lyon-Eustice Tax Fund at NYU at law.nyu.edu or the American Jewish World Service at ajws.org.