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Vol. LXI, No. 37
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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Terry A. Clark

John J. McCarthy

Alma M. Versfeld

Terry A. Clark

Terry A. Clark, 57, of Princeton, died September 6 while vacationing on Cape Cod. She was the president of a non-profit research organization, Education Resources Group.

Headquartered in Princeton, Education Resources Group works with school systems across the country to improve educational outcomes. Dr. Clark was a nationally prominent contributor to efforts to improve conditions in urban schools and to improve educational performance for disadvantaged children. Her work was supported by major philanthropies, government grants, and school districts. In New Jersey, she worked on projects for the Trenton School District and for a range of other urban school districts that receive Abbott support from the state government.

Prior to creating and leading Education Resources Group, Dr. Clark was Director of Research for the New York City School System and a senior research scientist and adjunct professor at New York University. Earlier in her career, she was the research director for School Watch, an organization dedicated to expanding parents' involvement in the education process, and McGraw Hill, helping to evaluate the effectiveness of textbooks.

Born in Camden, she was a 1968 graduate of Camden Catholic High School. She received her bachelor's degree at the College of New Rochelle and her doctorate in education administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her professional work, Dr. Clark was an active volunteer working on projects for the Princeton Regional School System. She was a member of the School Site Council at Princeton High School and earlier at Johnson Park Elementary School. Her firm also conducted pro bono work for the school system on grant preparations. She was a parent member of a number of search committees for Princeton School System administrators.

She was also instrumental in helping to establish a patient educational resource center at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick. The reading room of the center is named in memory of her aunt, Charlotte Wright.

Despite having significant medical problems for a long time, she refused to let her illness shape her life. Among her many friends in the Princeton area, she was considered a model for how one copes with illness while staying focused on living life to its fullest. She remained more interested in helping others in need than in focusing on her own needs.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, James Knickman; a daughter, Annie Knickman, a junior at Harvard College; her mother, Mary Clark of Cherry Hill; three sisters, Mary Stocklin of Montgomery Township, Sandy J. Clark of Mt. Holly, and Pamela Clark-Raines of Tucson, Ariz.; and a brother, Edward Clark of Cherry Hill.

Viewing will be from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, September 14 and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15 at The Kimble Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Princeton University Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Resource Center, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, 195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903.

John J. McCarthy

John J. McCarthy, 71, of Princeton Junction, died September 7 at home.

Born in Philadelphia, he had been a resident of Princeton Junction since 1941.

He was a graduate of St. Paul's School, Trenton Catholic High School, and Rutgers University. While at Trenton Catholic he was a quarterback on the football team and an outstanding wrestler. He also wrestled at Rutgers University.

He was a social worker at Lincoln Hall, a Christians Brothers School in Lincolndale, N.Y. and at Union Industrial Home in Trenton. He was retired from Princeton University.

A devoted Roman Catholic, he attended daily mass, loved the Eucharist, and prayed the rosary.

Son of the late Katherine and James J. McCarthy, he is survived by three brothers, Richard of Monroe, N.Y., James of Hoffman Estates, Ill., and William of Princeton Junction; and two sisters, Joan Cave of Silver Spring, Md. and Carolyn Martin of Long Beach Island, N.J.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today, September 12 at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the church from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue.

Alma M. Versfeld

Alma M. O'Hara Versfeld, 72, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Princeton, died peacefully September 8 at the Lawrenceville Nursing and Rehabilitation Hospice in Lawrenceville.

Born in Mt. Carmel, Pa., she was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. She worked and traveled for the American consulate in South Africa, where she met and married her husband Alexander, before settling in Princeton in 1960. She moved to Lawrenceville in 1985.

She was employed for many years with the Department of Justice for the State of New Jersey.

She was an avid tennis player and golfer for the past 45 years. She loved traveling, the company of her many close friends and family, and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She possessed an upbeat, adventurous spirit, enjoyed life, and brought a sense of quiet strength, love, and peace to all that she knew.

Wife of the late Alexander J. Versfeld and sister of the late James O'Hara, she is survived by two daughters, Leigh Petrone of West Windsor and Gilian D'Angelo of Lawrenceville; two sons, Alexander of Langhorne, Pa. and Peter of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Catherine Pettus of Tinton Falls, N.J.; a brother, Francis O'Hara of Beverly Hills, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Calling hours will be today, September 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 13 at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bayard Jordan Memorial Tennis Scholarship Fund, c/o Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542.

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