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Vol. LXII, No. 28
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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Margaret S. Drummond

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Margaret S. Drummond

Margaret Sarah Drummond, 83, of Princeton, died June 29 at Merwick Rehab Hospital and Nursing Care.

Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong area resident. She graduated from Princeton High School and attended Rider College. She worked at Princeton University Library until her marriage to Robert Drummond in 1946. She retired after 20 years of service as a secretary with the Guidance Department of Princeton High School.

She was a 50-year member of Princeton Chapter No. 91 Order of the Eastern Star. She loved to cook and was a collector of cookbooks and recipes.

She enjoyed garage and estate sales, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other logic games. She also enjoyed her time with her daughter, son-in-law, and friends in Missouri, and visits to the Warrensburg Race Track, where she helped sponsor her nephew-in-law’s modified race car. In her travels to Florida, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and cooking her favorite recipes for her son and daughter,

The daughter of the late Wallace and Mary Mershon, she is survived by a son, Douglas W. “Bulldog” Drummond of Tampa, Fla.; two daughters, Ayn A. Renick of Oak Grove, Mo. and Kathy Dennis of Tampa; four grandchildren; a step-grandson; and a great-granddaughter.

The funeral was July 3 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Burial was in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association of New Jersey, 1600 U.S. Highway 22 E, Union, N.J. 07083; or to American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, N.J. 08691; or to the American Cancer Society of New Jersey, Mercer County Chapter, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville 08648.

Shirley Kauffman

Shirley Kauffman of Princeton, an actress and political activist, died Monday at her home after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 82.

She was a 30-year member and past president of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization. She also served on a number of municipal boards in the Borough until her failing health prevented her from continuing. In October 2006, the PCDO held a “Shirley Kauffman Appreciation Day” in her honor. She had a lifelong interest in politics, dating to the Adlai Stevenson presidential campaign and reaching an unusual peak when both she and her husband, active supporters of George McGovern, were named to President Nixon’s “Enemies List.” She worked on many local, state, and national elections and served on the platform committee during the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

After graduation from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she met her husband, Mrs. Kauffman studied acting in New York City with the renowned drama coach Stella Adler, who was so impressed with her talent that she get a divorce so that marriage and a family would not impede an acting career. Instead, she went on to raise four children and excelled in community theater, performing with a number of companies, including the Princeton Community Players and Summer Intime at Princeton University. Her favorite role was Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, and a press clipping of one of her performances recounts how, at the curtain call, her fellow actors turned and directed their applause to her.

In addition to her civic activities, she spent decades as a volunteer narrator with Recording for the Blind, which provides books-on-tape for visually impaired students. She and her husband also traveled extensively and made friends around the world. She was also an avid bridge player, and in recent years greatly enjoyed evenings spent playing Rummikub with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ellwood “Woody” Kauffman of Princeton; her sons, Scott Kauffman of Palo Alto, Calif.; Geoffrey Kauffman of New York City; Matthew Kauffman of West Hartford, Conn.; a daughter Jane Kauffman Barthman of Lake Peekskill, N.Y.; five grandchildren, and many other loving relatives, including three special nieces, Susan Hoffmann of Rockville, Md., Karen Berry of Portland, Ore., and Lynn Lobbert of Santa Rosa, Calif. Her son-in-law, James Barthman, died in 2006.

A memorial service and reception will be held today, Wednesday, at 4 p.m. at the Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

William A. Hussey Jr.

William A. “Bud” Hussey Jr., 58, of East Windsor, the custodial supervisor at Community Park School, died June 28 after suffering a heart attack at home.

Born and raised in Princeton, he was a graduate of Princeton High School. He served in the Army and worked as the manager of Varsity Liquors in Princeton for many years. He moved to East Windsor 16 years ago.

He joined Princeton Regional Schools in 1989 as a custodian and worked at Littlebrook and Johnson Park Schools before being promoted to supervisor at Community Park School.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed automobiles.

Predeceased by a stepson, Allen M. Burgess, in 2004, he is survived by his wife of 16 years, Carolyn L. Hussey; a son, Keith W. Hussey, and two daughters, Chrissy M. Hussey and Karen L. Hussey, all of East Windsor; a brother, Scott Hussey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Norma Sadauskas of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations for the family may be made to Community Park School PTO, 372 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540.

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