February 7, 2018

Joseph M. Lynch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 31, 2018

Glenn Cullen

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

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

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

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

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


Arthur F. Martz, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Heath Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 24, 2018

Paul Sigmund

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


George W. Pitcher

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

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

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

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

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


Marie Sturken

Nov. 5, 1921 – Jan. 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 17, 2018

John Frederick Bernard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Leonard Blank

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

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

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


Dr. Judith Elaine Mikeal Gross

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Greiff

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

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

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

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


Memorial Service Announcement

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

January 10, 2018

Mary Clare (Reilly) Mooney

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

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

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

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

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

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


Donald Paul Moore

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

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

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

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


Marion Ruth Salkind

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

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

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


Allison Cook Elston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be private.


David J. Lenihan

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

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

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

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

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

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


Angeline Cifelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Charles F. Baunach, Jr.

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

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

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

Services were private and interment is at Kingston Cemetery.

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

January 3, 2018

Mary Ellen Cooke Johnson

July 5, 1930 – December 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Marcia H. Stillman

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

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

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

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

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


Leon Judah Kamin

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

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

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

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

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

December 27, 2017

George Fox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 20, 2017

Carol Ann Freedman

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

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

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

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

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

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


Laura Hill

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

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

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

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

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


George Fox

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

December 13, 2017

David A. Cayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Evelyn J. Peters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 6, 2017

Lawrence J. Ivan, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Edward C. Taylor, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dr. Kern K.N. Chang

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

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

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

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

Kern’s funeral services were previously held.

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


Margaret Williams Migliore

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dorothy Epstein Tobolsky

December 17, 1918  — November 15, 2017

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

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

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


George P. K. Ching

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

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

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


Barbara Hurlock Barnett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anthony M. Carnevale

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

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

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

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

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

November 29, 2017

Jeffrey William Raser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jonathan Michael Selikoff

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

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

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

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

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

November 22, 2017

Donald S. McClure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Dr. Jay Jerome Brandinger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dr. Thomas W. Griffin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Robert G. Jahn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Andrew W. Conrad

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

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

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

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

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

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


Memorial Service

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

November 15, 2017

Dr. Katherine Cannon Hughes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For directions, or to sign her guest book, please visit www.thekimblefuneralhome.com.


Kerry Loftus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


James E. Roderick

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

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

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

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

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

Burial will be in Marion Cemetery in Marion, Ohio.


Patrick E. Lyons

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 8, 2017

Fritz Marston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Louise Wells Bristol

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

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

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

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

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

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

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”

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



Evelyn Auerbach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rest easy Ev, we’ll see you soon.


Robert Douglas Lohman

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

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

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

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


Edith Cantor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Addie M. Webber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Beverley M. Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Michael Patrick Long

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 1, 2017

Evelyn Auerbach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rest easy Ev, we’ll see you soon.


Marina Menaker

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

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

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

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

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


Lesley Jeanne Mitchell

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

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

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

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

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

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


Raymond J. Clark

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

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


Sophie S. Silvester

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

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

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

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

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

October 25, 2017

Kurt Mislow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Margaret Wister Frantz Wellington

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

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

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

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

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


Stacy Terhune Lorenceau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wayne Virginia Goss Douglas

May 27, 1935 — October 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Dan Kluchinski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Herbert Henry Rickert

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

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

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

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

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


Jane Merchant Hanna

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

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

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

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

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


CDR Charles L. Bardwell

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

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

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

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

October 11, 2017

Vladimir Voevodsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nancy Campbell Weaver

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sonja Olson

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jean Millis Gilpin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jane Merchant Hanna

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

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

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

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

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

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


K. Philip Dresdner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Felice Pirone

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Lung Association.

October 4, 2017

Aline Lenaz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

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


Ellen Kubacki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Janet Rodes Hester

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

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


Shirley A. Houck

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

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

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

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

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

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Kit Y. Wong 

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


William Everett Brown

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

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

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

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

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

A private memorial service was held for the family.

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

September 27, 2017

Stephen Alan Decter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 20, 2017

William Woodrum Ellis

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

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

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

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


Betty Rose Pilenza

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Memorial Service Announcement:

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

September 13, 2017

Daniel Bernard Stauffer

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

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

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

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


Harry Pinch

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 30, 2017

Peggy Longstreth Bayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 23, 2017

Andrew M. Sheldon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Susan E. Thompson

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

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

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

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10 a.m., in the Chapel at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton with a light reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Assistance Program for the Presbyterian Church C/O The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA), 2000 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, www.pensions.org/availableresources/form/documents/fdd-100.pdf.

Thanks be to God for all good gifts. Amen.


Leonard Baum

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

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

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

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

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

August 16, 2017

Peter Gruen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ariel Eden Malberg

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

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

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

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

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

To send condolences to the family, visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com.