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Vol. LXV, No. 42
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Mary Martha Derby, 88, formerly of Princeton, died October 12 at her home in Lake Worth, Fla.
Born in Lansford, Pa. on December 25, 1922, she was the daughter of Paul and Catherine Imrisek. She was a resident of Princeton from 1954 until moving to Florida in 2008.
She retired after working as the manager of the luncheon counter at Kresges in the Princeton Shopping Center, and later in food service for the Princeton Public School System.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church of Princeton, and a founding member and past president, along with her friends Helen and Dominick Pennacchia, of the St. Paul Golden Agers. She received the Michael V. Farren Christian Service Award from the Princeton Knights of Columbus in 1995. She loved reading, cooking, knitting, bingo, crossword puzzles, and spending time with family and friends.
Predeceased by her husband, William W. Derby of Princeton; her twin brother, Frank Imrisek; and her brother Joseph Imrisek; she is survived by her daughter, Mary Davis; and her brothers, Paul and Bernard Imrisek.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on October 27 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street.
Burial will follow in the Kingston Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Mission Advancement, 51 Seminary Avenue, Reading, Pa. 19605-2699.
Mamie Madden Barclay, a long-time Princeton resident, died October 8, 2011.
The youngest of eight children, she was born in Gray Court, S.C. to John and Susie Madden on July 2, 1914. She moved to Princeton with her family during the 1930s, and was educated in the Princeton School District.
She married George Sherman Barclay and in 1941 they had a son, Arthur.
Ms Barclay worked at Margaret Jefferies Artistic Hairdresser Salon on Witherspoon Street for over 35 years at a time when it was difficult for African Americans to work in mainstream salons.
Predeceased by her husband, George; her son, Arthur; her stepdaughter, Alice Watson; and one step-grandson; she is survived by a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; one step-grandson; and great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be on Friday, October 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Hughes Funeral Home, 324 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton.
Interment will follow at the Princeton Cemetery.
John L. Lowrance, 79, of Princeton, died October 6 after a brief illness at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Memphis, Tenn., he was raised in Trenton, Tenn. by his parents, Faye and Herbert Lowrance, and other family members.
He graduated with a BSEE degree from the University of Tennessee in 1954 and did graduate work at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. in 1957.
He founded Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc. in 1980 to develop and build microcomputer controlled television camera systems for scientific application. As president and director of research, he was engaged full time in research and development of electro-optic systems for scientific, defense and industrial applications.
During his career, he worked for Bendix Corporation from 1954 to 1961 engaged in the development of jet and rocket engine control systems. He then spent five years with RCA-ASTRO designing space television camera systems for TIROS, APOLLO and other space programs.
In 1966 he joined the Astrophysics Department of Princeton University and led the development of television type image sensors for space astronomy applications. He also contributed to the Stratascope II, OAO-Copernicus programs and several studies that culminated in the Hubble Space Telescope.
In 1976 he moved to the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory, PPL, to develop diagnostic instrumentation for nuclear fusion research, retiring in 1989 as head of the diagnostic engineering division.
He published more than 60 papers dealing with electro-optic image sensors and systems and held seven patents. He was a senior member of IEEE, and a member of AAS and SPIE.
He had many interests: traveling, reading and listening to books on tape, collecting oriental carpets and fine wine. He belonged to a wine tasting group for more than 20 years, was a member of the Rug Society and belonged to CWW-House 3. He enjoyed fishing with his cousin in Trenton, Tenn., and with his friend, Lenny, in the various rivers in this area.
He had many friends and colleagues who enjoyed his company and was an interesting and gentle person. He was a true Southern gentleman and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Alice Rogers Lowrance; his sister, Rosemary Ballinger; and his three children, John M. Lowrance, Petrina L. Floody, and Daniel Lowrance; and four grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at Prospect House on the Princeton University campus at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 6.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
Professor George J. Yevick, 89, died October 6 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.
Born in Berwick, Pa., he was next to the last of eight siblings. During the Depression, he borrowed money from a local mine owner and his scoutmaster to help pay his tuition at MIT, where he majored in physics. He obtained his bachelors degree in 1943 and then joined the Radiation Laboratory in war research on wave guides. He earned his DSc at MIT in 1947 under Professor Vicky Weisskopf and was appointed professor of physics at the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he taught until retirement in 1990.
His research on the many-body problem yielded the well-known Percus-Yevick equation in the theory of liquids, co-authored with Professor Jerome Percus of the Courant Institute. He designed, constructed, and experimented with a thermonuclear energy device funded by the N.S.F. at the Stevens Institute. He was the author of 40 patents, among which were an optical reader and data storage device invented together with Dr. Adnan Wally and featured on the front page of the New York Times in 1975. He also ran for a congressional seat in the Democratic primary in Bergen County in 1964.
Known as Jumping George, he was adored by his students. His love and enthusiasm for science was boundless. He was also a remarkable artist, embellishing his home and patio with original mosaics and other unique artistic creations. His passionate love of life was contagious.
He is survived by his spouse, Miriam Lipschutz-Yevick, a retired associate professor of mathematics at Rutgers; his son, David Yevick; and three grandchildren.
There will be a Memorial Service at the Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, on November 6th at 1 p.m.
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