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Vol. LXV, No. 34
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Carol Jacobs

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Solomon Leader

John R. Heher

Carol Jacobs

Carol Jacobs died August 11 at the University Medical Center at Princeton after a brief illness.

A longtime resident of Princeton, she was born in the Bronx, N.Y. She received her undergraduate degree from The City College of New York and her master’s degree in education from Rutgers University.

She retired five years ago after a stunning 38-year career as a learning consultant and child study team coordinator for the Princeton Regional School System. She implemented a reading program at the high school to address other factors that play into students’ abilities to learn social and motivational issues. Based at Community Park School, she had the opportunity to work in every school in the district. She was involved in developing the summer pre-kindergarten program to bring young children into the school system with additional tools for success.

She was also a co-founder of the Princeton-based Women on Words and Images started in 1970. The organization grew out of the National Organization for Women with a special focus on the strict and narrow gender stereotyped roles of boys, girls, women, and men found in children’s readers and other textbooks. This small group of women made a big difference in showing the real and changing world to children including options for careers and role models. She and the group consulted with publishers, developed slide presentations plus guidelines and workshops used at Princeton University and throughout the country.

Truly devoted to friends and family, she will be remembered for her love of people, adventure, world travels, natural warmth, and humor, plus her many contributions to society.

She is survived by her son, Joe Jacobs; her daughter, Rochelle Jacobs; and one grandson.

Donations may be made in her name to Corner House,; or another deceased teacher, Ann Stefan’s organization, Ann’s Helping Hands, c/o Community Park School PTO, 372 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Joseph V. D’Ambrisi

Joseph V. D’Ambrisi

Joseph V. D’Ambrisi, 83, died August 16 at home.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a longtime Princeton resident and a member of the Italian American Sportsman Club and the Springdale Golf Club.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University in 1950. He joined Socony Vacuum Oil Company (now Exxon Mobil Corporation) in 1950 and held a variety of management and executive positions over a career of 40 years. In the early 1970s, he served as the first manager of the Mobil Joliet Oil Refinery, the largest refinery built from the ground up in the United States. Prior to retiring in 1990, he was president of Mobil Research and Development Company. He was presented with the Morehouse Award, an honorary doctoral degree, from Villanova University in 1989 for his achievements in international operations.

Throughout his career, he served in a variety of leadership positions in community organizations such as the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Chamber of Commerce, and several educational and environmental organizations.

Several of his assignments required extensive overseas travel, where he was often accompanied by his wife of 56 years, Frances. After retirement, they continued to enjoy frequent travel both in the U.S. and abroad. For the past 14 years he took special pleasure in planning the annual family reunion trip to such destinations as Maui, Hawaii, and Collianello, Italy — events notable for impromptu entertainment by his family at his urging. He also enjoyed gardening, golf, and weekly poker games.

The son of the late James and Angelina D’Ambrisi, he was predeceased by his brother, Anthony. He is survived by his wife, Frances; three sons, Michael, James, and Joseph; his daughter, Mary Frances D’Ambrisi; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Marie D’Ambrisi and Evelyn Buchanan.

Visitation was held on August 19 at the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. A Funeral Mass was held on August 20 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Princeton. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery, 1800 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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Solomon Leader

Solomon Leader

Solomon “Sol” Leader, 85, of South Brunswick, died August 13.

Born in Spring Lake, N.J., he was raised in Bradley Beach. There, he assisted in his father’s shop with watch repairs, learned to body surf, and met his good friend Jules Hirsch.

After graduating from Asbury Park High School, he was drafted into the Army and spent six months in Germany at the end of World War II (and during the subsequent occupation), crossing the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen.

On his return to the U.S., he completed his BS at Rutgers University and earned a PhD in mathematics from Princeton University. He then joined the Rutgers math department and remained there his entire 40-year career. After retiring, he continued to ponder mathematics, publishing his book, The Kurzweil-Henstock Integral and Its Differentials in 2001.

He was active in the Princeton International Folk Dance Group during the 1950s and 60s, and it was there that he met his wife of 50 years, Elvera. It was also through the folk dance group that he was recruited by Audree Estey to perform as the Prince in Princeton Ballet’s 1958 production of The Sleeping Beauty. He went on to perform in other Princeton Ballet productions in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and returned to perform as the father of the “big family” in the Nutcracker from 1973 through 1983. In recent years he said it was not uncommon for one of his now grown-up Nutcracker children to stop him on the street in Princeton, saying “Hi Daddy”.

Sol loved the ocean and taught his children to body surf and his wife to ride waves on an inflatable raft and later a boogey board. From late April into October, he and his wife rarely missed a day boogey boarding at the beach near their summer home on Long Beach Island, donning wet suits if the water temperature fell too far below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

After retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively, going on bicycling and hiking trips in Europe, an excursion to Antarctica, whale watching trips in Baja California, and trips to Costa Rica, Belize, Australia, New Zealand, Patagonia, Alaska, and the Galapagos, among others.

He is survived by his wife, Elvera; his son, Jeremy Leader; his daughters, Shana Hanson and Rachel Samoil; three grandchildren; and his half-brother, Edward Leader.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Rutgers University Foundation for use by the math department.

John R. Heher

John “Jack” Robert Heher, 81, formerly of Princeton, died August 12 at the Francis E. Parker Memorial Home in Piscataway, N.J.

Born in Trenton, he was the son of the late New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Harry Heher and Anne Egan Heher.

He was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School, class of 1948, and a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, class of 1952.

He received a law degree in 1955 from the University of Michigan Law School.

At the time of his retirement in 2003, he was senior partner in the Princeton law firm of Smith Stratton Wise Heher and Brennan. He specialized in health care and hospital law. Thereafter, he served on counsel with the Princeton office of the law firm Stevens and Lee.

He was a member of the American and Mercer County Bar Associates, a trustee of the American Hospital Association from 1976 to 1980, and chairman of the American Hospital Association Committee, and on hospital governing boards from 1973 to 1976.

He served as a trustee of the New Jersey Hospital Association from 1963 to 1993. He was a director from 1959 to 1997 and chairman from 1976 to 1979 for Mercer Medical Center, Trenton. He was a member of the Associate Board, Capital Health System, Trenton.

He was also a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Relations with the Medical Profession from 1970 to 1979.

He was a charter member of the New Jersey Society of Hospital Attorneys (president from 1970 to 1971), and a charter member of the American Hospital Association Academy of Hospital Attorneys.

From 1967 to 1982, he served on the board of directors for Nassau Broadcasting; The Gallup Organization Inc. from 1980 to 1985, and the Trust Company of Princeton 1986 to 1991.

He also served as a member of the American Hospital Association Congress of Trustees in 1980 and was a former member of the National Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association. From 1964 to 2003, he served as secretary for the board of trustees of the Frances E. Parker Memorial Home, New Brunswick and Piscataway.

He was a member of the Trenton Club, the Nassau Club, the Springfield Golf Club, and the Coral Beach Club in Bermuda.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lisa Fairman Heher; a daughter, Margaret H. Hill; two granddaughters; and one brother, Garrett Heher.

Burial will be private in the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hamilton.

A memorial mass was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton on August 17.

Arrangements are by the M. William Murphy Funeral Home.


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