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Vol. LXIV, No. 28
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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Marvin Bressler

Norman Ryder

Irene G. Vozzella

Sheila J. Stundel

Thomas A. Forehand

Marvin Bressler

Marvin Bressler, 87, of Princeton, died July 7 at the Stonebridge at Montgomery retirement community, Skillman.

Born in New York City, Bressler served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and received his B.S. in education from Temple University. He earned a master’s degree and doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bressler taught at the University of Pennsylvania as well as New York University, where he served as chair of the Department of Educational Sociology.

He taught at Princeton University from 1963 to 1993 where he was the Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus. Additionally, Dr. Bressler served on several University committees including the 1970s Commission on the Future of the College, which he chaired. He also used his expertise in education to help shape public policy.

Dr. Bressler’s research interests included the influence of education on social behavior, the impact of society on idea systems, health care, cultural pluralism, and the development of sociological theory.

He served as chair of the Council on Human Relations and served on the committee of the Program in Teacher Preparation.

Dr. Bressler published several major works during his academic career, including Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Education Systems; Indian Students on an American Campus; The Potential Public Uses of the Behavioral Sciences; and To Suburbia, With Love.

On campus, Dr. Bressler’s teaching and advising, full of wit and wisdom, endeared him to generations of students and younger faculty. Bressler’s concern for students, and his ability to make a difference in their lives, was one of his enduring traits. Dr. Bressler also mentored the men’s basketball team since the 1960s.

Dr. Bressler’s affection for the University was evident. “My views [of Princeton] stand at the intersection of love and irony,” Bressler said at the time. “On the one hand, I think our intense self-consciousness, our invincible conviction that we are a chosen instrument of higher purpose, and our insularity, are an invitation to satire. But it is partly because of these excesses that we are able to realize our most ambitious conceits.”

Beyond Princeton University, Dr. Bressler served as chair of the academic research and education advisory panel of the General Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, as well as the Behavioral Sciences Division of the National Institutes of Health. He also participated in various state and national commissions on the social role of universities.

Predeceased by his wife, Nancy, he is survived by his daughters, Jan Andreeff and Amy Nee; and four grandchildren.

A private burial service was held July 9. A campus memorial service is planned for the fall.

Norman Ryde

Norman Ryder

Norman Ryder, 86, of Rocky Hill, died June 30 after a fall at his home.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he immigrated to the United States in 1948. Dr. Ryder earned a bachelor of arts degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, a masters degree in economics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University.

Dr. Ryder worked for the Bureau of Statistics of Canada and the Scripps Foundation in Miami, Ohio. He later moved to Madison, Wis., where he was a professor at the University of Wisconsin. There he founded the Center for Demography and Ecology and was honored for his contributions to the school. In 1971, Dr. Ryder became a member of the faculty at Princeton University in the Office of Population Research and became Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Ryder was known for his work on cohort analysis and his articles are among the top-cited in the field of demography. He co-authored numerous books and directed the National Fertility Studies for three years. A consultant for the World Fertility Survey for twelve years, he also served as editor-in-chief of the American Sociological Review.

He was President of the Population Association of America as well as the President of the Sociological Research Association. He was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Ryder received an honorary degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Distinguished Alumni award from McMaster University, and the Docteur Honoris Causa de L’Université de Montreal. He was also named International Union for the Scientific Study of Population Laureate.

He was married to Helen Ryder for 63 years. Together they had two children, Anne Poulter and Paul Ryder; four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at Princeton University this fall. Contributions to Dr. Ryder’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Irene G. Vozzella

Irene Giordani Vozzella, 88, of Hopewell, died July 3 at University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Lynn, Mass., she graduated from The Modern School of Fashion Design in Boston where she specialized in the design and fabrication of custom bridal gowns.

Starting with a single store in downtown Boston, Ms. Vozzella and her late husband, Stanley, built their bridal business, Weddings Inc., into the largest purveyor of bridal fashions in the Boston area.

She had a great faith in the Catholic religion, which provided her strength to endure a thirty-year history of Parkinson’s Disease.

Ms. Vozzella enjoyed travelling, was an active participant in the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Central Delaware Valley, and participated in many events sponsored by the Auxiliary of the University Medical Center at Princeton.

A supporter of Princeton University, Ms. Vozzella participated in many P-rades as a proud mother and grandmother of graduates of the university.

She is survived by her daughter, Valery Riemer; her son, Stanley Vozzella; and her grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held July 13 in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield, Mass., with burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody, Mass.

Contributions may be made in her memory to The Parkinson Alliance, P.O. Box 308, Kingston, NJ 08528.

Arrangements were by the Kimble Funeral Home. To extend condolences and memories, please visit the guest book at TheKimble

Sheila J. Stundel

Sheila J. Stundel, 70, of East Windsor, died July 10 at Gensis Health Care Cranbury Center in Jamesburg after a struggle against cancer.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Mrs. Stundel spent the past 42 years in East Windsor. She was a well-known voice, presence and participant in her husband’s painting and decorating business. Mrs. Stundel was active in the Rotary Club of Princeton where she participated in and assisted with numerous club initiatives.

She is survived by her husband, Marty Stundel; her son, Jeff Stundel; her daughter, Jackie Harris; her brother, Leon Hyman; and two grandchildren.

The funeral service was held July 11 at Congregation Beth Chaim, Village Road, West Windsor. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery Iselin. Shiva will be observed at the home of Todd and Jackie Harris in Skillman.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society for lung cancer research.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton.

Thomas A. Forehand

Editor’s note: The follwing obituary contains a correction to the date of the memorial service that appeared in last week’s Town Topics

Thomas Albert Forehand, 52, died on April 24 after a long battle with cancer. He attended schools in the Princeton area and worked in several area businesses.

Mr. Forehand is survived by his parents, Emma and Garlie Forehand; his brothers, Mike and Joe Forehand; and his sister, Karen Michael.

A memorial service was held July 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.

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