June 20, 2018

James Arthur Floyd, Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Yefeng Pang

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Lathrop Bennett

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

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

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

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

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

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


LouEtta Carroll Santucci

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


John Stanley Brown Jr.

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

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

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

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

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


Laura K. Hill

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

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

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

Please RSVP by June 24, 2018 to jmhill221@gmail.com or call (609) 613-6224.

June 13, 2018

Judith Peck Erdman

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

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

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

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

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

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


Brenda Mary Davies

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

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

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


Richard Lee Landauer

September 30, 1962  —June 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


Ann Puffer McGoldrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ann Hochschild Poole

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

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

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

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

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

Her cremated remains will be buried in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., in the Adirondack Park, where a private service will be held. A memorial service will be held in Princeton, N.J. at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (PO Box 205, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812; www.adirondackarts.org/product/8DDF932/donation); and the Indian Lake Theater (PO Box 517, Indian Lake, NY 12842; www.indianlaketheater.org/support-us/).


Otto Marcolini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 6, 2018

Raymond R. Wadsworth

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jerry Freedman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Elizabeth Reilly Steele

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Morris Marks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Janet Easly McGinn

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

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

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

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

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


Emmi Spies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Memorial Service for James Floyd

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

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

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

May 30, 2018

Joyce Whitehead Lathbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 23, 2018

Eldred Pearce Erdman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The National Audubon Society online at https://action.audubon.org/donate/make-tribute-gift or by calling (844) 428-3826, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST.


Phyllis Riley Schmucki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fraser Lewis, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Taiko Konno Lyding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


David Southgate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16, 2018

Theodore A. Peck Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thomas L. Gray, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information or to leave on online condolence, please visit www.holcombefisher.com.


Richard G. Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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


Margery Cornell Brearley Ward

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Commemoration

Midge Quandt

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

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

May 9, 2018

John Keene Fitzpatrick

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

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

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

May 2, 2018

Memorial Service

John Sauerman

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

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


David Lewis Blackwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Lorraine Tams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

April 25, 2018

David P. Billington


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Patricia Louise Van Ness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Andre Maman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sergio Bonotto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment will be in Princeton Cemetery.


Elizabeth Gorman Parmentier

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

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

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

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


Grace Lester Cobb Meigs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Bruce Middlebrook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wesley A. McCaughan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anne Marie Kearns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 18, 2018

Kit Helen Hildick-Smith

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

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

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

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


Memorial Service

George W. Pitcher

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

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


John C. Borden Jr.

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Byrne Baxter, Jr.

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

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

April 11, 2018

Blanid E. Scott

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

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

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

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

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

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


John Zullo

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

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

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

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

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

Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.


Joseph M. Pylka

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

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


Phyllis Spiegel

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


Memorial Service:

George W. Pitcher

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

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

April 3, 2018

George William Bilyeu, Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nassau Christian Center, nassauchristian.org, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, diabetesfoundation.JDRF.com.


Jean R. Petrone

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

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

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

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


Frances W. Harris

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

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

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

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

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


Dorothy Ann Stine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nathaniel Hartshorne

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

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

Services will be held privately.

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

March 28, 2018

Harry Hancock Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anne Sinclair Williams

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

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

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

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

March 20, 2018

Christine Marie Cardenas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment will be a private ceremony at a later date.

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


Marion A. O’Connor

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

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

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


Jean B. Quandt

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

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

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

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

March 14, 2018

Nancy Yongcha Yi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


David Sanborn Hunt

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

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

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

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

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


Gertrude Britton Kimble

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

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

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

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


Connie Hazelwood Poor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 7, 2018

Thomas Scott Barrows

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

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

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

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

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

A memorial service will be held on Nantucket this summer.

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

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


Oliver P. Giller

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

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

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

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

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


Jane Frances Okoth

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

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

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

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

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

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


Marion Slattery “Mike” Tyler

April 2, 1932 – February 28, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 28, 2018

Joan M. Lechner

April 28, 1928 — January 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 21, 2018

Sylvia Elvin

July 21, 1933 — February 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

February 14, 2018

Maria G. Harvey

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

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

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

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

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


John Raymond Conover Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

February 7, 2018

Joseph M. Lynch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 31, 2018

Glenn Cullen

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

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

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

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

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


Arthur F. Martz, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Heath Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 24, 2018

Paul Sigmund

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


George W. Pitcher

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

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

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

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

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


Marie Sturken

Nov. 5, 1921 – Jan. 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 17, 2018

John Frederick Bernard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Leonard Blank

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

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

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


Dr. Judith Elaine Mikeal Gross

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert Greiff

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

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

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

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


Memorial Service Announcement

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

January 10, 2018

Mary Clare (Reilly) Mooney

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

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

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

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

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

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


Donald Paul Moore

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

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

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

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


Marion Ruth Salkind

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

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

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


Allison Cook Elston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be private.


David J. Lenihan

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

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

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

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

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

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


Angeline Cifelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Charles F. Baunach, Jr.

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

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

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

Services were private and interment is at Kingston Cemetery.

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

January 3, 2018

Mary Ellen Cooke Johnson

July 5, 1930 – December 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Marcia H. Stillman

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

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

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

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

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


Leon Judah Kamin

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

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

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

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

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