Obituaries

Benjamin F. Houston

Alice P.S. Eno

Lothar S. Sander

Lillian Baum Tenney

William C. Baggitt

Benjamin M. Powell

Edwin Donald Shaw, Jr.


Benjamin F. Houston

Benjamin Franklin Houston, 84, of Princeton, died at home surrounded by his family on March 9.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he was the son of Benjamin Houston Sr. and Jennie Hines Houston of Chestertown, Maryland. In his early youth his family moved to Jackson Heights, Long Island, where he spent his boyhood. He graduated from Saint Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware in 1940.

During World War II he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps early in 1942. He received special training in electronics and radar at numerous locations including Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Upon completion he joined the First Marine Division in the South Pacific, serving in Cape Glouster and New Britain and with the Twelfth Antiaircraft Battalion, which assisted the First Marine Division in the invasion of Peleliu in the Palau Islands. At the time he was in command of a radar observation post at the northern-most tip of the island.

After the Island was secured in 1945 he was chosen to receive training as a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps and was accepted into the V-12 program at Princeton University where he was able to complete his first two years of study. After an honorable discharge from the Marines in 1946, he returned to Princeton as a civilian graduating with the class of 1948 with a degree in English and American Civilization. He was a member of the Ivy Club, the American Whig-Cliosophic Society and managing editor of the HALL-MARK newspaper, the official publication of Whig-Clio.

Other than a short period of time in the editorial offices of the New York Times, his entire professional career was associated with University Press publishing. He joined the staff of the Princeton University Press in 1949, starting in advertising and promotion and was advertising manager for a number of years. Following that time he became an editor, editing books on scholarly subjects, mostly in the literary field.

In 1949 he married Mary (Molly) Goodrich whom he had known since his youth as their families had summer homes in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and were friends.

He remained at Princeton University Press until 1959 at which time he was selected to be managing editor at Yale University Press. While at Yale he also was involved with the preparation of the Yale edition of the Private Papers of James Boswell.

In 1969 he returned to Princeton University Press, where he remained until his retirement. At that time the Press he became associated with the prestigious Bollingen series. He also had additional responsibility for selecting the titles of the Press's paperback program.

A member of Trinity Church in Princeton, he served on the worship committee. He was also a participant and contributor to the Wednesday evening Service of Eucharist and Healing held at the church. He had a lifelong love of literature and classical music. His hobbies and special interests included the study of astronomy, chess, coin collecting, most sports; along with his wife, he became an enthusiastic "birder," visiting many wild life refuges and adding numerous species to his life list.

In all, he was a resident of Princeton for almost 48 years and resided in Henlopen Acres, Delaware during the summer months.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary (Molly) Goodrich Houston, three children, a daughter Linda Houston and her husband David Feinberg of Blodgett, Oregon; Wendy Brown and her husband, Keith Brown of Rowayton, Conn.; a son, Scott Houston of Morristown, and three grandchildren, Jonathan, Elizabeth, and Alexander Brown.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton at 2 p.m. on March 16. Interment will be private at Saint George's Chapel in Lewes, Delaware.

Alice P.S. Eno

Alice Partee Stewart Eno, 84, longtime resident of Princeton and Hulls Cove, Maine died on March 4, 2007 in Scarborough, Maine of lung cancer. She was 84.

Besides being the second president of the Chapin School of Princeton in the 1950s, she was president of Planned Parenthood of Mercer Area, a member of the Delaware to Raritan Greenway board, and a member of Stony Brook Garden Club.

Since the death of her husband Amos in 1985, she has served on the board of the College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, and has assisted the college in every development campaign of the past 20 plus years. For the past four years, she lived at Piper Shores Retirement Community in Scarborough.

She is survived by her four sons: Clement Clarke Moore II, Amos Stewart Eno, Peter Labouisse Eno, Jonathan Eno, and four grandchildren: Lt. Ivan Peter Eno, Natasha Alyce Eno, Amos Pinchot Labouisse Eno, and Angus Connelly Eno.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Me., 04609.

Lothar S. Sander

Lothar S. Sander, 84, formerly of Princeton, died on Saturday March, 3, at Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Mr. Sander lived in Princeton from 1962 to 2002, with his now deceased wife, Greta Sander. He earned a Bachelor of Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He was employed as a chemist with NL Industries of Hightstown, New Jersey and Betz of Trevose, Pennsylvania.

He was an avid tennis player, photographer, and gardener.

He is survived by his son Steve of Denver, Colorado, and his daughter, Miriam, of Boulder, Colorado.

In his memory, donations are being made to American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, Meals on Wheels Program, 707 Alexander Drive, Suite 101, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540-6311, or Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education by phone (215) 487-3477 or online www.ashetennis.org.

Lillian Baum Tenney

Dr. Lillian Baum Tenney, M.D., 85, died February 23 at home in Princeton.

The youngest of three daughters, she was born in 1921, in the Bronx, N.Y. Her parents, Fanny and David, met in this country after emigrating from Poland. She graduated two years ahead of her class at Walton High School, enrolled in Hunter College for a year, and went on to obtain her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1943. She earned her M.D. from the University of Rochester in 1949 (where she was one of twelve women in the class), followed by four residencies at Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, and obstetrics. She paid her own way through college by juggling a 40-hour work week split between three different jobs and her academic classes.

Prior to medical school she worked as a waitress on Cape Cod and for two years as a medical technician traveling throughout New England. While in Boston she met her future husband, Frederick H.Tenney, and upon the completion of his Ph.D in physics at Rochester and her medical residencies, the couple moved to Princeton in 1953. Mr. Tenney taught at Princeton University and then worked as a research physicist at the University's Plasma Physics Lab until his death in 1984.

In 1968, having delayed practicing for 15 years to raise four children, she re-established her board certification and began an extensive private practice specializing in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She was also clinical professor of psychiatry at Rutgers where for years she was chief psychiatrist at the Willets Student Health Center. Her other professional responsibilities included work as a psychiatrist at the Mercer County Child Guidance Clinic, the Princeton Neuropsychiatric Institute, and the Lawrenceville Public School system. She was often sought as an expert witness in court cases and for many years taught and trained medical students from the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine and Dentistry in psychiatric interviewing at Princeton House. She maintained an active practice until illness forced her to suspend it in the spring of 2006.

In addition to her medical practice, Dr.Tenney maintained active membership in numerous peacebased and humanitarian organizations. In the 60s she and her husband co-founded the Ethical Culture Fellowship of Princeton.

She is survived by her four children: Steven, David, Susan, and Jon; her daughter-In-law Marie-Diane Tenney, her son-In-law Hal Diamond; her four grandchildren: Danny, Emerson, Oliver, and Genevieve; and her two step-grandchildren: Michael and Allison.

A memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. followed by a reception at the Prospect House on the Princeton University campus.

Donations in her name can be made to Doctors without Borders.

William C. Baggitt

William C. Baggitt, 74, died Thursday, March 8.

Born and raised in Freehold, he graduated with honors from Trenton Catholic High School and was educated at Seton Hall University and Rutgers Law School, where he later taught economics. A First Lieutenant in the United States Army serving from 1953 to 1956, he was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He had a legal career as a private practitioner that spanned 47 years in Princeton. He represented the West Windsor-Plainsboro School Board and the Hamilton Township Planning Board for many years. He was also a Municipal Court Judge in Hamilton Township for ten years.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Baggitt; daughter Melissa Scott of Skillman; sons Brendan of Washington, D.C. and William C. of Sydney, Australia; brother Robert of Imlaystown; sisters June Higgins and Rosemarie Smock, both of Brick Township, and three granddaughters.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mercer County Bar Foundation, c/o William C. Baggitt Scholarship Fund, 1245 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Suite 420, Hamilton, NJ 08619 or D&R Greenway Lane Trust/St. Michael's Project, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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

Benjamin M. Powell

Benjamin M. Powell, 21, died on March 2 in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Murdo, S.D. on February 24.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated from Princeton High School in 2003. He traveled for a year and a half after graduation, working on a horse farm in Ireland, clearing trails in the Redwood National Forest, and working at Arcosanti in Arizona. He briefly attended Antioch College and returned to Arcosanti where he worked in the foundry making Soleri windbells as well as working on the organic farm.

A musician and avid reader who believed in hard work and simple living, he was on his way to Maine to begin a career as an organic farmer when he died.

He is survived by his parents, Susan and Matt Powell, and brother Henry, all of Princeton; his friend and companion, Sarah Kurzhals; a paternal grandmother, Ruby Powell, of Kettering, Ohio; maternal grandparents, J. Greer and Betsy McBratney of South Dartmouth, Mass., as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, on March 24 at 1 p.m.

An internship in his name has been established at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, in New Bedford, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Powell Internship Program, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass., 02740-6398.

Edwin Donald Shaw, Jr.

Former Princeton resident Edwin Donald Shaw, Jr., 84, of Sarasota, Florida died on March 1 after a short illness. His wife Ruth and three daughters were by his side.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he grew up in New Rochelle, began his college years at Wesleyan University in Connecticut; in June 1943, he entered the Marine V-12 Program at Yale University to continue his studies while serving in the armed forces. He eventually received his Bachelor's Degree from Wesleyan, as a member of the Class of 1944.

After a tour of duty on Palau and Guam, he returned to the states in July 1946. Later he was recalled to duty during the Korean War.

His career in Sales and Marketing with Deering Milliken & Co. took him to Chicago, New York, and Union, S.C. In 1955 he settled in Princeton. After 40 years with Milliken, he retired in 1987 as a vice president.

While in Princeton, he enjoyed golfing and served on the Board of Directors at Springdale Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife Ruth M. Shaw of Sarasota; his daughters Nancy Norland of Titusville, N.J., Susan Shaw of Novato, Calif., and Sandy Shaw of Hailey, Idaho; his sister Lois Hartley of Rye, N.Y., and two grandsons.

A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota on March 13. A memorial service will also be held in Princeton at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Dial Hope at 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota, Fla. 34237.

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