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Vol. LXIII, No. 40
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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Peter C. Kulsrud

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Edward Seckel

Emma L. Cahill

Rose D. Cuomo

Peter C. Kulsrud

Peter Clifford Kulsrud, 51, died September 30 of natural causes in Hoboken. He was born and raised in Princeton, attending Riverside Elementary School and Valley Road Middle School before graduating from The Lawrenceville School in 1976. At Lawrenceville, he was an honored member of the fencing team and a dedicated student. He received his bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, which included a year at London School of Economics. He later attended business school at Northeastern University.

Following business school, Dr. Kulsrud worked in both the banking and mortgage industries. He later returned to his first love, history, earning an M.A. in French history from Boston College and a Ph.D. from New York University in European History. In his recently published book, The Fabrication of the Modern Media, he approached the history of the French people during the Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary period by viewing it through the prism of theater that was emerging as a dominant form in French culture.

After receiving his doctoral degree, Dr. Kulsrud taught history at various universities including Yeshiva University, Rutgers University, and the University of Connecticut. At the time of his death, he was lecturing on modern British history and related topics at Pace University. Deeply immersed in history, he was an original and creative thinker with a wry sense of humor. He was a generous teacher, admired by his students and fellow faculty members.

He is survived by his parents, Russell and Helene Kulsrud of Princeton; and a sister, Pamela Corey of Pound Ridge, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Historical Association, 400 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003-3889, on the Web at

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Alice Rome Shea

Alice Rome Shea, 57, of Summit, New Jersey, daughter of Martin Rome of Princeton and the late Nita Rome, died September 30 after a long illness.

She graduated from Princeton High School, Tufts University, and Rutgers University School of Law. After working at the SEC in Washington, D.C., she and her family moved to Summit, where they resided for the past 22 years.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis; her children, Carolyn, Susan, and Michael; her father, Martin Rome, and stepmother, Rogie Rome; and a brother, Jack Rome of Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

The funeral was held at Temple Sinai, Summit, on October 2. Memorial donations may be made to the microfinance organization Kiva at; or to the Princeton Jewish Center.

Edward Seckel

Edward Seckel, 88, of Princeton, died September 28 at the University Medical Center at Princeton. He was a professor of aeronautical engineering for 25 years at Princeton University before retiring to Nantucket in 1977 and returning to Princeton in 1999.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he grew up in Riverside, Ill. and Chicago. He earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees at Princeton University.

He authored a textbook, The Stability and Control of Airplanes and Helicopters, and sailed across the Atlantic. He enjoyed gardening, golf, bridge, and photography.

Predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Ann Kresh, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen Randall Seckel; a son, David Seckel; and four grandchildren.

The funeral service and burial were private.

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

Emma L. Cahill

Emma L. Cahill, 78, of Rocky Hill, died October 2 in the University Medical Center at Princeton,

Born in Rocky Hill, she was a lifelong area resident.

A housewife and mother to all, she was an avid gardener who loved all God’s creations.

Wife of the late James Kochis, she is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Cahill of Rocky Hill; four sons, James Kochis of Rocky Hill, Shawn Kochis of Ewing, Thomas A. Cahill III of Spring Hill, Fla., and James Cahill of Winslow, Maine; five daughters, Kathy Higgins and Laurie Samuels of West Palm Beach, Fla., Donna Novembre of Marietta, Ga., and Sherry A. Bremerman and Patricia Dix of Trenton; two brothers, William Ottey of Jamesburg and Seneca Ottey of Rocky Hill; a sister, Shirley Yost of Titusville; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, October 10 at Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 172 Hollow Road, Skillman.

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

Rose D. Cuomo

Rose D. Cuomo, 79, of Princeton, died peacefully October 1 at the University Medical Center at Princeton, surrounded by her family.

Born in Burlington, N.J., she graduated from Burlington City High School and later worked at Princeton Bank and Trust, Wood and Tower, and McGraw Hill.

Mrs. Cuomo was a charter member of the Nassau Christian Center and enjoyed reading, laughing, and spending time with her family.

Daughter of the late Paul and Teresa Montagano Cianfrogna, wife of the late Frank Cuomo, and sister of the late Jeanette Marx, she is survived by a daughter, Carla Mennella of Princeton Junction; a son, Frank Cuomo of Princeton; a sister, Mary Muni; and four grandchildren.

The funeral service was October 5 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Entombment followed in Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick.

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