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Vol. LXV, No. 35
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Robert B. Rodgers

Linda D. Brophy

Nancy B. Mittnacht

Carl A. Robbins Jr.

Enid P. Adelson

Stuart C. Schwartz

Robert B. Rodgers

Robert Beardslee Rodgers died August 9 at his family’s summer home in Frankfort, Mich.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., he worked for Monsanto in St. Louis from 1957 to 1972. From 1972 to 1993 he worked for BASF Wyandotte where he was the Vice President/Logistics, Parsippany, N.J.

He served on various committees for the Alumni Association of Princeton University, especially the Princetoniana Committee and Alumni Relations Committee. He was a President and Reunion Chairman of the Princeton Class of 1956; a chairman of the Princeton National Alumni Schools Committee; an elder at the Nassau Presbyterian Church; a Board Member of the Westminster Foundation, Princeton University; a Board Member/Architectural Committee/Early settler of the Michabou Shores Association; and a third generation member of the Congregational Summer Assembly in Pilgrim, Mich.

After a long career as an engineer and executive in both St. Louis, Mo. and Mountain Lakes, N.J., he made the leap and retired to Princeton. There, he and his wife spent nearly 20 years deeply involved in the life of Princeton University as well as that of their church. They spent summers at their family home on the shores of Lake Michigan, where he contributed in myriad ways to the life of the community he had helped to create. It was in this beloved place that he died.

Son of the late Robert Buchanan Rodgers and Clara Russell Beardslee, he is survived by his wife, Sue Harrison Rodgers; his siblings, Frances R. Crowell, Elizabeth R. Hill, and John R. Rodgers; his children, Elisabeth Sue Rodgers, Robert Buchanan Rodgers II, Stanley Harrison Rodgers, and Katherine Ruth Palmer; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, on October 9 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, an organization that was especially important to him, at

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Arrangements are under the direction of Jowett Family Funeral Homes.

Linda D. Brophy

Linda D. Brophy, 65, of Princeton and Vero Beach, Fla., died August 25 at University Medical Center at Princeton after a three-year battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Born in Emeigh, Pa., she has been a longtime resident of Princeton and Vero Beach, Fla. She was a graduate of Woodbridge High School, attended Hunter College, and graduated from the College of New Jersey.

She was Co-Chair of the June Fete for University Medical Center at Princeton, Co-President of the PTO and a member of St. Paul’s Church, Present Day Club, and the Junior League of Princeton.

The daughter of Aldo Innocenti and the late Elvera Innocenti; she is survived by her husband of 43 years, Martin J. Brophy; two sons, Matthew and James; a daughter, Michelle Brophy Campbell; three brothers, Jerry, Roger, and David Innocenti; and four grandchildren.

A visitation was held on August 29 at the Mather Hodge funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on August 30 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Entombment followed in the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, East Hanover, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made to Womanspace, 1212 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton, N.J. 08618; or Martin House, 794 East State Street, P.O. Box 1025, Trenton, N.J. 0860-1025.

Nancy B. Mittnacht

Nancy Bracy Mittnacht, 85, formerly of Princeton, of Pinehurst, N.C., died August 21 at Well Springs Retirement Center in Greensboro, N.C.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas and Arkansas Medical Technology School, she was employed thereafter as a Laboratory Technician for a number of years.

In 1952, she was married to Dr. Arthur E. Mittnacht Jr., in Little Rock, Ark. Later they moved to Princeton where they raised a family. There she was active in civic affairs while her husband was engaged in the practice of Orthopedic Surgery.

She moved to Pinehurst with her husband in 1980 and became active in volunteer work, including Moore Regional Hospital, NC Literacy Council, Coalition for Humane Care, and Habitat for Humanity. She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames and of The Village Chapel.

She is survived by four children, Arthur E. Mittnacht III, John B. Mittnacht, Lisa M. Barbour, and Peter M. Mittnacht; and eight grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3737 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 100, Raleigh, N.C. 27612 or

Powell Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines, N.C. is assisting the family.

Condolences may be made to

Carl A. Robbins Jr.

Carl A. Robbins Jr., 68, of Rocky Hill, N.J., died unexpectedly on August 24.

Born in Princeton in 1943, he had spent most of his life in Rocky Hill.

A graduate of Ashland College in Ohio, he received his master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Rider University.

He had always worked for the State of new Jersey. The last position he held was the Assistant to the President at New Jersey City University before he retired several years ago. Since retiring, he enjoyed traveling, visiting Europe several times as well as many places within the United States.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Carl A. Robbins Sr. and Ruth; his mother, Hazel Koeferl; and his sister, Jill Robbins.

Funeral services will be held on September 3 at 10 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in the family plot at Rocky Hill Cemetery in Rocky Hill.

Visiting hours will be on September 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Enid P. Adelson

Enid P. Adelson, 85, a longtime resident of Princeton, died August 15 at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Born and brought up in Newfoundland, Canada, she attended Prince of Wales College.

In Newfoundland, she was known by many as “Aunt Betty”, the hostess of a popular children’s radio program in the early 1950s. She claimed the highlight of her broadcast career occurred when a little girl guest cuddled up to her and said on the air, “I love you Aunt Betty but my mommy can’t stand you.”

After her marriage, she lived in Michigan for seven years and in London, England for three years. She and her husband arrived in Princeton in February of 1962. She worked for Princeton University for more than twenty years, first in the Rare Books Section of the Library and then as Assistant Manager of the Princeton University Concerts Office from where she retired in 1988.

She enjoyed being with family and friends, singing, reading, playing bridge, and following Princeton University basketball.

The daughter of the late Nathan and Emma Goodyear; sister of the late Nancy Wecks; she is survived by her husband of 59 years, Stan; and two brothers, John Goodyear and Harvey Goodyear.

Her cremated remains were entombed in the family niche of the columbarium at Princeton Cemetery on August 17.

Stuart C. Schwartz

Stuart C. Schwartz, 72, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, died August 27 in Hanover, N.H. due to complications from pneumonia.

Born in Forest Hills, N.Y., he received his bachelor and master’s degrees from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1966. He then joined the faculty of Princeton University, focusing his teaching and research in the areas of statistical communication theory, signal and image processing. He also served as Associate Dean of the Engineering School (1977-1980) and as Chair of Electrical Engineering from 1985 to 1994.

During his administration, the department instituted a computer engineering program and established a major advanced technology center in photonics and opto-electronics materials (POEM). Since retirement in 2009, he has continued funded research as a Senior University Scholar and headed up the Princeton University Emeriti Council.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mimi Schwartz; his children, Julie Mazer and Alan Schwartz; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held September 2 at 10 a.m. at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery.

The period of mourning will be observed at the family residence in Princeton until sundown on Friday and again on Sunday, September 4 between 4 and 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

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

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