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Richard Kidd Sr.

Pamela W. Miller

Joseph Smagorinsky

Anthony J. Vannella Sr.

Richard Kidd Sr.

Richard Kidd Sr., 76, of Lawrenceville, died September 24 at Capital Health System-Mercer.

Born in Princeton, he was a 1948 graduate of Princeton High School. He moved to Lawrenceville in 1961 and retired from Princeton University in 1994 after 35 years of service as a maintenance engineer.

Son of the late Luewellon and Sidney Kidd, and brother of the late Clementine Boyd and Louis Kidd, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ida; three children, Richard, Calvin, and Susie Kidd; three brothers, Sidney Jr., Goldman, and Rodney; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

The funeral service will be Thursday, September 29 at 11 a.m. at New Holy Cross Church of Christ Written in Heaven, 500 East State Street, Trenton.

Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. until the service at the church.

Interment will be in Ewing Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.

Pamela W. Miller

Pamela Warner Miller, 64, of Princeton, died September 22 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Oak Park, Ill., she was a graduate of Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., and Garland Junior College in Boston. She had been a resident of Princeton since 1969.

After college she started modeling and designing bathing suits in New York City. She sold her first painting at the age of 14 and remained an avid and accomplished painter throughout her life. She excelled at tournament bridge late in life, partly as a result of her training at the poker table early in life.

She was a member of The Bedens Brook Club, Present Day Club, Mid-Ocean Club, and Pretty Brook Tennis Club.

She is survived by her husband, G. Nicholas Miller; two sons, John T. Woodward IV of Bethesda, Md. and Seth Warner Woodward of Ketchum, Idaho; a daughter, Anne D. Colanzi of North Port, Fla.; her parents, Bev and Dorothy Warner of Dorset, Vt.; two sisters, Anne Linville of New York City and Lynne Averill of San Francisco; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held this Friday, September 30 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Health Care System Foundation at The University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540.

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

Joseph Smagorinsky

Dr. Joseph Smagorinsky, 81, of Hillsborough, formerly of Princeton, died September 21 at Stonebridge Skilled Nursing Facility in Skillman after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

A 1942 graduate of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology from New York University, conducting his thesis research at the Institute for Advanced Study in the early 1950s. During World War II, in which he served as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, he completed a portion of his undergraduate studies at Brown University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After serving in a variety of positions with the U.S. Weather Bureau from 1953 to 1955, he founded the General Circulation Research Section in Washington, D.C., which was renamed the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in 1963. In 1968, GFDL moved to its current home at Princeton University, where Dr. Smagorinsky served on the faculty while continuing as the laboratory’s director until his retirement in 1983.

His work at GFDL profoundly influenced the practice of numerical weather prediction at major operational centers around the world. Climate models developed at the lab have provided a scientific basis for answering critical questions about human capabilities to affect climate change. A 1992 bulletin of the American Meteorological Society stated that “Dr. Smagorinsky’s almost relentless pursuit of excellence at GFDL set a standard for other laboratories and centers that have contributed immensely to the growth of meteorology as a science” throughout the world.

In recognition of his contributions to the prediction of weather and climate using numerical methods, Dr. Smagorinsky received numerous awards and honors, including the Doctorus Rerun Naturalium Gradum Honoris Causa from the University of Munich in 1982, the IMO Prize from the World Meteorological Organization in 1988, and Sigma XI National Lecturer from 1983 to 1985. He also received many awards from the American Meteorological Society, which he served as president in the mid-1980s. Most recently, he and his colleague Norman Phillips were awarded the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three daughters, Anne Smagorinsky, Teresa Thompson, and Julia Schroeder; two sons, Peter and Frederick; and eight grandchildren.

Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Guyot Hall, Princeton University.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Alliance for Autism Research, 99 Wall Street, Research Park, Princeton 08540.

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

Anthony J. Vannella Sr.

Anthony J. “Tony” Vannella Sr., 92, of Princeton, died September 24 at his daughter's residence.

Born in Vineland, he had lived in the Princeton area since 1957.

He was a graduate of Trenton State College.

He retired as Lieutenant Colonel after more than 25 years with the United States Air Force, having served in World War II. He later retired from R.C.A. Sarnoff Labs in 1970 after more than 20 years of service.

An avid barbershop singer, he joined S.P.B.Q.S.A. in 1947, was an original member of the Garden Statesmen Princeton Chapter of S.P.B.Q.S.A., and a member of the Golden Oldies barbershop quartet. He also sang in the choir of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman, where he was a member.

Son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Vannella, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Spina Vannella; a son, Anthony Jr.; two daughters, Paula Berg and Elaine Lane; two brothers, Michael and Frank; two sisters, Elizabeth Ruisanchez and Marie Sungenis; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated this Thursday, September 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Burial will follow in Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church or the Health Care Ministry of St. Paul’s, Inc., 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542; or to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 376 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman 08558.


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