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Vol. LXV, No. 30
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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Fred Froehlich

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Chuckie Slider-Gildar

John J. Venier

Samuel T. Wells

Fred Froehlich

Fred Froehlich

Fred Froehlich, 83, died July 4 at the Stewart Meyer Hospice in Palm Coast, Fla.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 8, 1928. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he worked as the manager at Bohren’s Moving and Storage in Princeton Junction. When he retired in 1992, he and his wife, Gloria, moved to St. Augustine, Fla.

He was active in West Windsor, volunteering for numerous groups and fundraising events. He was an announcer for the West Windsor Little League and most notably was president of the West Windsor Lion’s Club.

Predeceased by his wife, Gloria, who battled with Alzheimers; he is survived by his sons, David C. Froehlich and Colonel Chris Froehlich USAF; his daughter, Cindy Froehlich; three grandchildren; and one great grandson.

His family will warmly remember his sense of humor and generous spirit.

Memorial services were held on July 8, 2011 in St. Augustine, Fla.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society,

Charles A. Gray

Charles A. Gray died unexpectedly on July 23 of a sudden cardiac event while hiking with his wife, Rachel, and good friends.

A Westinghouse scholar in high school, he graduated from Cornell University in 1961 with a BChE. He received a Ph.D in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965. While at MIT, he independently wrote Explorations in Chemistry, a book of science experiments for young people.

From MIT he joined FMC in Princeton and worked primarily in research and development, mostly with process orientation, but with periods in operations, new product development and strategic planning. For his last five years at FMC he was Chief Technologist for the Chemical Products Group.

In 1990, he moved to Cabot Corporation in Boston as Vice President of Technology. He played a number of key roles in expanding and modernizing Cabot’s approach to technology. During this time, Cabot reestablished its focus on fundamental understanding of its specialty chemical manufacturing technology, resulting in new product families, new business areas, and more efficient production processes. Many of Cabot’s products are nanoparticles, but they go back well before “nano” was fashionable, and he enjoyed referring to his work as converting soot and sand into nanoparticles.

After his retirement in 2008, he was a member of the Old Guard of Princeton and served on the board of the Princeton Adult School. He served from 1998 to 2004 on Cornell University’s Advisory Council for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

He was a voracious reader and enjoyed gardening, kayaking, hiking, traveling, and teaching science to children (in particular his grandchildren).

The son of Joseph A. and Miriam C. Gray, and raised as a child by Dr. Clagett and Helen Gray; he is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rachel Davis Gray; Elizabeth, Jonathan, Alexandra, William and Edward Erickson; Douglas Gray, Rebecca Johnson, Nathaniel and Ella Gray; and James, Jessica, Sadie, and William Gray.

His intellect, selflessness, and unsurpassed kindness will be greatly missed by his family and friends alike.

A service in remembrance will be held on July 28 at 11 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cornell’s Industrial Practitioner Program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University, 259 Carpenter Hall, Ithaca, N.Y. 14853.

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Chuckie Slider-Gildar

Chuckie Slider-Gildar, 70, died July 19 at the University Medical Center at Princeton from complications of esophageal cancer.

Raised in Plainsboro, she was the daughter of Charlotte Ridgway Slider. Her family ran Walker Gordon Farms.

She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton High School and earned a scholarship to Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., where she was honored as a Freshman Scholar. She continued her education at Rutgers University.

She began a career in survey research at ORC from where she was hired away to begin the start-up company, Response Analysis (RAC) in the late sixties. A few decades later, she purchased the company with a few select partners, which became a successful ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) company.

After the first oil embargo in the early seventies, she directed the U.S. Residential Consumption Survey (RECS) for the newly created Department of Energy, as well as other social and political surveys. RAC was purchased by Roper Starch, after which she retired.

The following people will know to whom this refers: she revered her mentor, valued her smart colleagues, and supported her co-workers’ eccentricities. That is why she married Jerry Gildar. They would have been married 31 years on July 25.

She was a crossword puzzle master who was in the top 20 percent at the national crossword contest in Stamford, Conn., and was rated much higher for her age group in New Jersey. If one looks closely, she can be seen in the movie Wordplay, which featured Jon Stewart, Mike Mussina, Ken Burns, Bob Dole, and Bill Clinton.

She is survived by her stepson, Edward M. Gildar; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family.

Her ashes will be spread in her perennial bed.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

John J. Venier

John J. Venier, 73, died July 17 at Englewood Hospice House in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Born in Princeton, N.J., he attended St. Paul’s Elementary School. He left Princeton as a young man to attend Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., where he graduated as a member of the Senior Division of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

He then returned to his hometown to work in the roofing trade and business. After a few years, he moved to Forked River, N.J. where he was a general contractor.

When he retired, he and his wife moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., where they lived for the past twenty-three years. His favorite leisure activity was fishing, mostly at the El Jobean Pier over the Myakka River. His prowess as a fisherman caught the attention of a writer, Tom Johnson, from the Charlotte Sun newspaper in Florida. On January 18, 2007, a feature story with a photo of John holding his prize fish, a large sheepshead, appeared in the newspaper. The article was entitled: “Meeting An Ordinary Angling Expert”. Johnson wrote, “Personally I think John’s picture should appear on all the magazines at the supermarket checkout line. He has earned his status, and has a true talent”. He was known to friends and family as “Sheepshead John”.

For a period of time, he and his wife enjoyed raising and selling tropical birds. Each year, they looked forward to their yearly cruise, twenty-four in all, which included destinations in South America, the Caribbean Islands, and the U.S.

He was a member of the Rotunda Elks Lodge, No. 2710, and the Eagles Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra Venier; three children, John Venier Jr., Jennie Venier, and Dennis Jeffrey; and a sister, Rosella Kok.

Samuel T. Wells

Samuel T. “Sam” Wells, 60, of Princeton, died June 3 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Harrisburg, Pa., on November 4, 1950, he was the son of the late Stanley C. and Eleanore G. Wells of Princeton. He attended Princeton High School and lived in Princeton and the surrounding area for most of his life.

A highly-regarded filmmaker and digital media artist, he produced a number of experimental short films, a feature-length avant garde film, Wired Angel, and a hybrid film/digital installation of Fragrance of Ghosts/Huong, filmed in Vietnam in 2004. He received several prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his work has been shown at a number of film festivals, including Sundance, Telluride, and Mannheim International Film Week.

He is survived by his daughter, Julia; and his brother, John.

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