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Vol. LXIV, No. 40
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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Philip D. Reed

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Jone Tobin

Philip D. Reed

Philip D. Reed

Philip Dunham Reed Jr., 86, of Skillman, died September 20 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in New York City, he resided in Westfield, N.J. before moving to Princeton in 1973 with his wife, Betty.

A graduate of Yale University, Class of 1945W, he was a United States Marine World War II veteran who saw combat in the Pacific Theater, including the battle of Iwo Jima.

After brief work experiences in Wall Street and Esso Standard Oil Company, he entered the specialty chemical industry, culminating with his position as CEO of the S.B. Penick and Company, a division of CPC International — chemical manufacturing for the pharmaceutical and agri-businesses. In 1974, he left the chemical business and went into business for himself, primarily security trading, personal investment management, and breeding standard bred racehorses.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Medical Center at Princeton for 12 years, followed by his tenure as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Medical Center at Princeton Foundation for 15 years. He was also President of the Philip D. Reed Foundation from 1989 until liquidation in 1996 and a Former member of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and of the Board of the Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Chapter.

An ardent gardener throughout his life, he created gardens, farms, specialty fruit orchards and collections of rare orchids. He has also been building model ships for the last 30 years. His model of the USS Constitution can be seen at the Historical Society of Princeton and additional ships can be viewed at the New Jersey Museum of Boating.

Son of the late Philip D. Reed and Mabel Smith Reed; he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Reed; his son, Philip D. Reed III; two daughters, Antoinette Reed and Elizabeth Reed Estridge; a sister, Kathryn Smith; 10 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

The funeral service was private on September 25 with only his wife, children, and grandchildren in attendance. It was held in Princeton in the woods, with song and psalm and remembrances, just the way he wanted it.

Robert A. Nelson

Robert A. Nelson

Robert A. Nelson, 85 of Princeton, died Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Buckingham Place.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident of Princeton. He was a graduate of Princeton High School and Cornell University, Class of 1948. He founded Nelson Glass & Aluminum Co. on Nassau Street in 1949, relocating to the current location on Spring Street in 1960. In 1992, his daughter, Roberta, became owner and continues to run the family business with the assistance of Alice Kent.

He was a former Deacon in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, which later joined Nassau Presbyterian Church. He was an Eagle Scout and later Scout Master. He served as treasurer and President of Princeton Lion’s Club. An avid gardener and skier, he was a member of Alphorn Ski Association of Bucks County, Pa., and skied the Alps for 28 years. He was a member of Investment Club of Princeton.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor L. (McCracken) Nelson; four daughters and sons-in-law, Marguerite and Jay Sarson of Hanover, Mass., Nancy and George Barna of Ventura, Calif., Roberta Nelson and Roy Fennimore of Titusville, and Kristin and A.R. Willey of Sergeantsville; 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542, or HealthCare Ministry of Princeton, P.O. Box 1517, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

Jone Tobin

Jone Tobin, 90, of Brentwood, Tenn., formerly of Princeton Township, died September 30.

A longtime Princeton resident, she loved her community and enjoyed all of you.

She is survived by her son, Jay (Eldbörg) Tobin; her daughter, Deidre (Roger) Sauve; a close friend and daughter in spirit, Margareth Melody; her grandchildren, Conor Tobin and Valerie Sauve; great grandchildren, Kaiden and Liam; and her brother, Dean Howard.

Services were held in Tennessee.

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