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Vol. LXIII, No. 27
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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Joseph Francis Shelley

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Henry H. Freedman

Sylvia Yanks Gordon

Margaret Owens

Joseph Francis Shelley

Joseph Francis Shelley

Joseph Francis Shelley, 76, a resident of Princeton since 1973, died June 29 of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

An emeritus professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Shelley spent 29 years (19732002) as a professor of mechanical engineering at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, formerly known as Trenton State College. Prior to that, he held a variety of academic positions at Union County Technical College in Scotch Plains, N.J., the School of Engineering and Science at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

He was also president of the engineering consultancy Technalysis, Inc. of Princeton. From 1970 to 1985, he consulted extensively for the U.S. Army Armament Research and Engineering Center at New Jersey’s Picatinny Arsenal. From 1969 to 1982, he provided engineering consulting to the Army Research Office at Battelle Columbus Laboratories in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. As a recognized expert in his field, he also provided engineering analysis and expert witness testimony for product liability litigation for the past several decades.

Dr. Shelley earned his B.S. (1958), M.S. (1964), and Ph.D. degrees (1965) in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York.

He was a member of several professional societies: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Pi Tau Sigma. His military service involved active duty in the U.S. Army from April 1953 through January 1955.

Dr. Shelley authored three mechanical engineering textbooks published in 1980 by McGraw-Hill, Engineering Mechanics: Statics; Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics; and Engineering Dynamics: Statics and Dynamics. Each book was subsequently translated into Spanish and Arabic, and considered a seminal text in the field of mechanical engineering.

In 1990, he authored two more books for McGraw-Hill, both of which were subsequently translated into Spanish and Thai.

Predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Gabrielle C. Shelley, in 2001, Dr. Shelley is survived by four children, Stefanie L. Shelley and Suzanne A. Shelley of New York City, Matthew B. Shelley of Nyack, N.Y., and Meredith A. McCracken of Newark; a brother, John L. Shelley of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren; and his companion of seven years, Marian K. Green of Princeton.

A memorial service is scheduled for this Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Professor Joseph F. Shelley Scholarship Fund at The College of New Jersey (; or to the University Medical Center at Princeton/Princeton HealthCare System (

Saul Lambert

Saul Lambert

Saul Lambert, 81, of New York City, formerly of Princeton, died June 30, peacefully, at home. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

A noted illustrator and artist, Mr. Lambert worked from 1960 to 1985 as a free-lance illustrator for such publications as The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Life, Playboy, Esquire, The Herald Tribune, and the Washington Post. His skill at portraiture led to a commission by The New York Times to depict the Kennedy-Khrushchev summit talks for its magazine cover.

Mr. Lambert designed the covers for the first two books by Elie Wiesel, Night and The Accident. His illustrations also appeared on hundreds of other book covers for publishers such as New American Library, Simon and Schuster, Dell, Doubleday, and Harper and Row, as well as on Columbia Records covers. He received more than 40 awards from the Art Directors Clubs of New York City and Chicago, and from the Artists’ Guild of Chicago, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Communication Arts Magazine. He is listed in Outstanding American Illustrators Today (1984-85).

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Lambert graduated from Brooklyn College in 1949, where he studied art with Ad Rhinehardt, Burgoyne Diller, and Robert Wolfe. After graduation, he moved to Israel and worked on a kibbutz for two years, picking oranges and pursuing his art. Israel was also the site of his first one-man show.

Upon his return to the United States, he served in the U.S. Army, during which time his work and that of his Army friend Jasper Johns was shown at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Returning to New York after military service, he pursued his painting and experimented with writing children’s books. His The Man that Drew Cats (l967) and Mrs. Poggi’s Holiday (l970) were published by Harper and Row.

He lived in Princeton from 1962 to 1982 when his illustration career flourished. He was part of a Thursday lunch group that included some of the country’s leading cartoonists, artists, and illustrators such as Henry Martin, Sandy Huffaker, Tom George, and Mike Ramus.

In l983, he returned to New York City and to his first love, painting. His paintings were exhibited at galleries in New Jersey, New York City, Boston, Poughkeepsie, and Hudson, N.Y., where his current gallery, Albert Shahinian Fine Arts, is located. His most recent show was at Gallery 225 in New York City in 2007.

Mr. Lambert is survived by his wife, Joanna Underwood, whom he married in 1982; and his two children, Katharine Aviva of New York City and Jonathan Whitty of Princeton, from a previous marriage to Emily Whitty.

A memorial service will be held in New York City at the New York Quaker Meeting House on Rutherford Place at 16th Street, on July 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Henry H. Freedman

Henry H. Freedman, Ph.D., 90, of Princeton, died June 19 at the University Medical Center in Princeton.

Dr. Freedman retired from AstraZeneca as Corporate Vice-President for Pharmaceutical Research and Development and Regulatory Affairs. He was responsible for developing the heart drug Tenormin, the breast cancer drug Nolvadex, and the surgical anesthetic Diprivan. He was previously employed at Warner-Lambert. He also served as President of the Reticuloendothelial Society.

Born in New York City, he attended Townsend Harris High School, where he was yearbook art editor. He studied art at City College and Cooper Union prior to specializing in science at New York University, where he received his Ph.D. in physiology. He served as First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Dr. Freedman was an avid dog lover and supporter of SAVE. He owned a succession of five Bouviers des Flandres. He also loved to garden.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara W. Freedman, of Princeton; his son, Dr. Jonathan E. Freedman, of Boston; and his sister-in-law, Gabriella Freedman, of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Services were private.

Sylvia Yanks Gordon

Sylvia Yanks Gordon

Sylvia Yanks Gordon, 85, of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Princeton, died March 29 in Coronado, Calif.

Born in Newark, she resided in Princeton for 40 years.

Known as “Nana” by her family and friends, she had lived for the past ten years with her daughter Karen and her family in San Diego. She enjoyed life, traveling, music, and dancing, especially jitterbugging as a young woman.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nathan, and a sister, Mildred Kempler. She is survived by her daughter, Karen, of San Diego and Tucson, Ariz.; and a granddaughter.

A private burial will be held at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial reception will follow at the Nassau Inn on Thursday, July 9 at 5 p.m.

Margaret Owens

Margaret Owens, 96, of Princeton, died June 30 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, she had resided in Princeton most of her adult life.

She retired from the Merwick Unit of the University Medical Center at Princeton. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Princeton for more than 55 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Sr.; two sons, Edward and Sherwood; and a daughter, Annette Williams. She is survived by a son, Henry Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; three daughters, Jacqueline Owens Fuschini of Ewing, Barbara Owens of Trenton, and Lois Owens Moscoe of Hidden Valley, Calif.; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was July 7 at the First Baptist Church, Princeton. Interment was in Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

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