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Vol. LXII, No. 43
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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Harvey O. Hook

Fernand Baruch

Estelle Palin

Leonard F. Sejnoski

Memorial Tree Planted Honoring John Kuser

Harvey O. Hook

Harvey O. Hook, 84, of Elon, N.C., formerly of Princeton, died October 13 at Heartland Living and Rehabilitation Center in Greensboro, N.C. after an extended illness.

A native of Elon, Mr. Hook was a veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, serving during World War II in the European Theater. After graduating from Elon College and North Carolina State he began his career in research engineering at RCA Laboratories in Princeton. He retired after 37 years and returned to Elon.

He was a member of the Elon Community Christian Church and a former member of the Princeton United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Elon Exchange Club and the Alamance Antique Automobile Club. He served as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and with CONTACT USA in New Jersey and on a national level. He served in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 60 years.

The son of the late Marshall Ward Hook and Minnie Laura Edge Hook, he was predeceased also by a brother, Gerald Hook, he is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances Hayes Hook; a son, Bruce Hook of Rochester, New York; three daughters, Ellen Hook Tyler of Lynchburg, Va., Nancy Auel of Monessen, Pa., and Anne Hook Lewis of Elon; a brother, Ray Hook of Yorktown, Va.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held October 17 at Elon Community Church. Arrangements were by Rich and Thompson Funeral Services. Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at The Hook family may be reached at P.O. Box 1262, Elon, N.C. 27244.

Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Alamance County, P.O. Box 5036, Burlington, N.C. 27216-5036; or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, N.C. 27405.

Fernand Baruch

Fernand Baruch, 87, of Casey Key and Sarasota, Florida, a Princeton University alumnus and longtime resident of Princeton, died September 30 at Glenridge, Sarasota, Florida, surrounded by his loving wife of 62 years, Margery Wyckoff Baruch, and his children.

Born in Yeadon, Pa., he had lived for the past three decades in Casey Key and Sarasota, summering on Bottle Lake in Maine.

He graduated from Haverford School in 1940 and was a member of the Princeton University Class of 1944. At Princeton he developed lifelong friendships and was a member of The Ivy Club. While an undergraduate, he served in World War II in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division and was awarded a Bronze Star. As one of the early entrants to the 10th Mountain Division, he was among the first to be deployed and participated in campaigns in the Aleutians and in one of the war’s historic battles on Mt. Belvedere in the Italian Alps.

After a career at Guy Carpenter, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan, he retired from the reinsurance business in 1981.

An avid naturalist, in his youth he spent his summers at Camp Allagash in Maine and later, as a counselor, guided regularly on the Allagash River. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed golfing, fishing, canoeing, skiing, and camping.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Ted Sullivan. In addition to his wife Margery, he is survived by his children Margery Baruch McCarty of Boulder, Colo., Linda Baruch Sullivan of Casey Key, Fla., Fernand Baruch Jr. of Richmond, Va., Pieter W. Baruch of Jacksonville, Fla., Edward W. Baruch of Golden, Colo., and Lucy D. Baruch of Piscataway; and 16 grandchildren. His niece Barbara Tafaro and her husband Henry Tafaro of Casey Key were like children to him. He is also survived by his nieces Elaine Baruch Kent, who was like a sister to him, and Susanna Dent, and nephews Richard Baruch, Earle Baruch, Robert Baruch, and Fred Durham.

A commemoration of his life was celebrated on Casey Key on October 3. He will be buried in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ted Sullivan Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization, c/o Ted Baruch, 14152 West 4th Avenue, Golden, Colo. 80401.

Estelle Palin

Estelle Palin, 96, of Ewing, died October 12 in Greenwood House.

Born in Poland, she was a former resident of Brooklyn.

Wife of the late Herbert Palin, she is survived by a son, Jerry Palin of Princeton.

The funeral service was October 15 at Cedar Park Cemetery, Westwood.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Greenwood House, 53 Walter Street, Ewing 08628.

Arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing Township.

Leonard F. Sejnoski

Leonard Francis Sejnoski, 84, of Princeton, died October 16, surrounded by his loving family and special friend, Anna.

Born in Shamokin, Pa., he moved to New Jersey in 1944, settling in Princeton.

He was employed by American Cyanamid for 45 years, retiring in 1986 as plant supervisor.

He was an avid gardener, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Predeceased by twelve brothers and sisters, he is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Bernice Sejnoski; two daughters, Lynn Bovier of Lawrenceville and Barbra Martin of Princeton; and two grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held October 21 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Kimble Funeral Home.

Memorial Tree Planted Honoring John Kuser

A Metasequoia glyptostroboides, commonly known as dawn redwood, was planted by the Borough Shade Tree Commission on October 16 in front of 8 Princeton Avenue in honor of Dr. John E. Kuser, who died August 25 following a long illness.

Dr. Kuser was a forestry professor at Cook College, Rutgers University since 1980, retiring in 2001. In 2000, he compiled the Handbook of Urban and Community Forestry in the Northeast, which has become the standard text for teaching urban forestry. A lifelong Princeton resident and advocate of civic service, he volunteered for the Princeton Environmental Commission, Borough Shade Tree Commission, the Princeton Deer Committee, and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. He planted hundreds of trees over his lifetime, including numerous dawn redwoods, one of his favorite species.

The tree planting ceremony was attended by family, friends, and members of the Shade Tree Commission. The tree was donated by Larry Kuser, who owns and operates Fernbrook Farms Nursery in Bordentown.

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