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Vol. LXII, No. 5
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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Donald Macleod

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Ruth Lester

Donald Macleod

Donald Macleod

The Reverend Dr. Donald Macleod, Francis L. Patton Professor of Preaching and Worship, Emeritus, at Princeton Theological Seminary, died January 20 at The Oak Crest Retirement Village in Baltimore, Md.

He was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where he received A.B. and M.A. degrees from Dalhousie University and a B.D. degree from Pine Hill Divinity Hall. He was ordained and served pastorates in Louisburg, N.S. and Toronto. He received a Th.D. at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto while a senior tutor at Victoria College. He then joined the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary.

He was awarded honorary degrees from Pine Hill (D.D.) and Dalhousie (LL.D).

Dr. Macleod preached in influential pulpits throughout the world, including the university chapels of Duke, Princeton, Muhlenberg, Rutgers, Lehigh, and New College, London; and in pulpits of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, American Preacher Series at Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto, Chautauqua Evangelist, Wellington Church in Glasgow, Scotland, and Fifth Avenue and Riverside Churches in New York City. He preached on “Church of the Air” of the CBC and was a guest lecturer at many summer conferences in the U.S. and Canada. He also mentored chaplains in the armed services.

He delivered several lecture series, and is the namesake of two yearly series in New Jersey. He was a member of the Advisory Council of Princeton University Chapel, editor of the Princeton Seminary Bulletin, the New Jersey correspondent to the Christian Century, and editor of Here Is My Method, a Pulpit Book Club selection in 1952.

He was a fellow of the American Association of Theological Schools, conducting research in London. He was one of the founders and first president of the American Academy of Homiletics. He authored nine books that set the standard for contemporary preaching. In his retirement, he was a minister in residence at Charlestown Retirement Community, Catonsville, Md.

Predeceased by his wife, Norma Elinor Harper Macleod, he is survived by four children, John Fraser of San Francisco, David Ainslie of Nelson, B.C., Canada, Alberta Anne of Baltimore, and Leslie Elinor of Sydney Center, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Princeton Theological Seminary Scholarship Fund, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton 08540. A private family service will be held at Black Brook Cemetery, Port Morien, N.S., Canada.

Regina H. Meredith

Regina H. Meredith

Regina Haig Meredith, 85, of Pennington, died January 18 at home.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Alexander Meigs Haig and Regina Murphy Haig.

Her education began at Merion Academy. She then attended Rosemont College and graduated with honors from Temple University. She was one of the first women to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1951.

Throughout her long professional career, Mrs. Meredith was a pioneer and a strong advocate for the advancement of women in the legal profession. She was a founding partner in the law firm of Meredith, Meredith, Chase & Taggart with offices in Trenton and Princeton, where she specialized in family, matrimonial, and estate law. During her 50-year career she served on various national and local legal committees. She was admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

She was a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey Bar Associations, and a charter member of the Mercer County Women Lawyers Caucus. She was also a certified trial attorney who continued to practice until the time of her death.

Active in local and state politics, she was elected as one of the first female freeholders in Mercer County and was vice chairman of the New Jersey State Republican Committee, a position she held for a number of years. She also served on the Board of the Pennington Cemetery Association.

She was also a member of the Present Day Club, Bedens Brook Country Club, and Hopewell Valley Golf Club. A lifelong learner, she was an avid gardener who traveled extensively.

She is survived by her husband and law partner of 55 years, Edward Brennan Meredith; four children, Regina Meredith-Carpeni of Oxshott, England, Eleanor Meredith Monroe of New Canaan, Conn., Edward Brennan Meredith Jr. of Hopewell, and Alexandra Meredith Taggart of Moorestown, N.J.; two brothers, Gen. Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. and Father Francis Rawle Haig, SJ; and 12 grandchildren.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, February 2 at St. James Chapel on Eglantine Avenue, Pennington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Avenue, Ewing.

Delores I. Carter

Delores I. Pollard Carter, 80, of Philadelphia, formerly of Princeton, died January 11, peacefully at home.

Born and raised in Princeton, she was educated in the Princeton Public Schools. During her high school years she was the assistant organist at First Baptist Church, sang in the choir, and served as the pianist for the church’s Sunday School.

She graduated from New York University, where she received a B.A. degree in sociology in 1948 and a master’s in education in 1954. She was a social worker in New York City and taught for over 30 years in the Wilmington and Philadelphia Public School systems.

After retirement she volunteered one day a week for 19 years as a recorder for the blind and visually impaired. She also served as a volunteer for 15 years at Children’s Hospital, working with children. She also worked with adult students in a literacy program. During her leisure time she enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, and playing the organ.

Daughter of the late Wayne and Eloise Pollard, she is survived by her husband of 52 years, Louis H. Carter; two sons, Mark Carter of Baltimore and Richard Carter of Wilmington; a sister, Arden Pollard of Princeton; two grandchildren; and three special friends, Elaine Barnes, Margaret Freeman, and Rebecca Yenawine.

Interment was private on January 16 at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 827790, Philadelphia, Pa. 19182-7790; or to Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 919 Walnut Street, F-15, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107; or to Wiffahickon Hospice of UPHS, 150 Monument Road, Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004.

Ruth Lester

Ruth Lester, 89, of North Branford, Conn., formerly of Princeton, died January 23 in North Branford.

Born in New Haven, Conn. to Edward and Rebecca Weiss, she graduated with honors from New Haven High School in 1935. In 1938 she married David Lester.

Beginning in 1962 she lived in Princeton, where her husband was a professor of biochemistry at Rutgers University and she was assistant editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University. They retired in 1987 and 1988, respectively.

She moved to Evergreen Woods in North Branford in 1992 following her husband’s death in 1990. She was also predeceased by a brother, Nathan Weiss, in 1991; a sister, Henrietta Yurchenco, in 2007; a son, James M. Lester, in 2001; and a grandson, Evan Schager, in 2004. She is survived by a daughter, Anne Lester Schager of Scarsdale, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral was January 27 at the Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. Burial was in the Grove Street Cemetery.

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