June 11, 2014

Obituaries 6/11/14

obit johnstoneBarbara Montagu Johnstone

Barbara Montagu Johnstone, daughter of the late Dr. Ashley and Marjorie Montagu, passed away at home on April 22, 2014.

She was born in New York on March 23, 1937. She graduated from Solebury School in Solebury, Pa. in 1955; later attended Bradford Junior College. She traveled extensively in Europe with Robin Johnstone whom she married in 1963. In 1962 she worked as a personal secretary to the director of the photo lab at Life magazine.

She moved to the South of France and lived there from 1970 to 1978. During that period, she worked as personal secretary to Paul Gallico, founder of the Golden Gloves and renowned author of many books about animals, as well as Lili and The Poseidon Adventure, both of which were made into successful movies.

She returned to the United States in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for the president of an independent film distribution company.

In 1992, she returned to Princeton to take care of her parents. She was a staunch advocate for animal rights both in Princeton and Los Angeles. Her efforts in Los Angeles helped to change the way Chow’s were tested for aggression. In recognition for her efforts, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit from Animal Press in 1992.

She is survived by her nephews Richard Murphy, his wife, Wendy, their two children, Kit and Kendall of Fair Lawn, N.J., Scott Murphy of Pembroke, Mass., David Murphy of Durham, N.C., and her surrogate nephew, Nigel Legrave, from the United Kingdom.

She was a dear, loyal, caring friend and will be missed by many from around the world.


Rose Nussbaum Scott

Rose Nussbaum Scott, 91, passed away on Monday evening, June 8, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, on October 12, 1922, she was predeceased by her beloved parents, Benjamin and Bertha Light of Trenton; one brother, Karl M. Light of Brooklyn, New York, formerly of Princeton; and her husband of nearly 50 years, Otto J. Nussbaum. She is survived by three children, Dr. Arthur Nussbaum of Pittsburgh, married to Barbara Nussbaum; Marta Steele of Washington, D.C.; and Richard Nussbaum of Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren, all married: Gregory Nussbaum of Sterling, Virginia, and his wife Clara; Scott Nussbaum and his wife Lauren of New York City; and Dr. Liza Steele and her husband Dr. Romain Fardel of New York City. Rose was also the proud great-grandmother of William Owen, 4, and Gabriel Miles, 2, sons of Gregory and Clara Nussbaum.

Rose was also an active participant in and leader of Hadassah, her favorite cause. She became president of Hadassah in Trenton where she was also active in the Har Sinai Temple Sisterhood; later she founded and became president of the North Hills chapter of Hadassah in Pittsburgh. Subsequently, when her husband’s job moved them to Alabama, she founded the Huntsville chapter of Hadassah. An artistic and creative extrovert, she produced and wrote several fund-raising performances, including — before Fiddler on the Roof — a drama based on Shalom Aleichem’s Tevya’s Daughters; Everything’s Rosy, a brilliantly casted spoof of Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady; and I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a compendium of poetry and reminiscences, including some from Anne Frank’s Diary, commemorating child victims of the Holocaust.

Funeral services and burial are Friday 11 a.m. at Ewing Cemetery (Har Sinai Section) 78 Scotch Road, Ewing Township, The family also plans a memorial service in July, details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in Rose’s memory to Community Living and Support Services, CLASS, 1400 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218, or Easter Seals, Attn. Online Giving Coordinator, 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, Ill. 60606.

Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


Arthur Walton Litz, Jr. 

Arthur Walton Litz, Jr., a literary historian and critic who served as a professor of English Literature at Princeton University from 1956 to 1993, died on June 4, 2014, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro in New Jersey.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 31, 1929, Mr. Litz graduated from Princeton University in 1951. He received his DPhil from Oxford University while studying on a Rhodes scholarship at Merton College in 1954. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He became the Holmes Professor of English Literature at Princeton in 1956. He served as chairman of the English department (1974-1981) and was director of the Creative Writing Program (1990-1992). He was also a longtime instructor at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. In 1989, Mr. Litz was named to the Eastman Visiting Professorship at Balliol College, Oxford.

Mr. Litz was an American Council of Learned Societies fellow (1960-1961), the recipient of the E. Harris Harbison Award for Gifted Teaching in 1972, an NEH senior fellow (1974-1975) and a Guggenheim fellow (1982-1983). Mr. Litz was perhaps best known as the author or editor of more than 20 collections of literary criticism, including major editions of Pound, Joyce, Williams, Stevens, and Eliot, and he will be remembered for the support and inspiration he provided his students and colleagues throughout his teaching career.

Mr. Litz was 84 years old and is survived by his four children and six grandchildren.

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


Caroline -Rebecca Cluett Houston

Caroline Rebecca Cluett Houston (Becky) 78, of Monroe Township died Friday, June 6, 2014 at home.

She was born October 7, 1935 in New Haven, Conn. Becky was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Princeton Engine Fire Company #1. She was a self-employed Home Health Aid and loved sewing, doing crafts, and was very creative. She was an avid swimmer. “I’ve had an incredible life. I’ve done the most fascinating things and I’ve learned a lot.”

Daughter of the late Edmond and Barbara Cluett; sister of the late Ann Cluett Langford and Barbara Bruce Walker; she is survived by her husband H. Darby Houston of 55 years, whom she married on September 5, 1959; also survived by a daughter and son-in-law Polly Ann and Robert Davison of Princeton; two sons and daughters-in-law Peter Cluett and Mary Houston of Westlake, Ohio; and William Alexander and Michelle Houston of Ellsworth, Maine; one brother Ted Cluett; 5 grandchildren Bobby and Jamie Davison, Carrie Davison and Ryan Jenkins, Caroline Rebecca Houston, Lauren Prebel, and Cadence Graves; two great grandchildren Ryan Jenkins and Bryce Davison.

A memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church will be held on October 11, 2014 at 10 a.m.

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

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Becky’s memory to the Ladies Auxiliary Princeton Engine Co #1, 13 Chestnut Street, Princeton or Princeton Health Care Hospice program.


Deacon Joseph Kupin

Joseph J. Kupin, 62, died peacefully on Friday morning. He was the son of Joseph G. and Helen (Zamostny) Kupin, and he grew up in Linthicum, Maryland, with his parents and his sisters JoEllen and Mary. He liked Boy Scout activities, art, music, science, and science fiction.

At the University of Maryland he studied psychology with a particular interest in linguistics. He went to graduate school for linguistics at the University of Connecticut. While in Connecticut he met Jane Kennison and they married in 1975. Their older daughter was born in Connecticut, and after they moved to New Jersey, their younger daughter was born.

Dr. Kupin was a researcher at the Center for Communications Research in Princeton from 1980 until the time of his death. He enjoyed doing research and collaborating with his co-workers.

Joe was also happy in his involvement with parish life at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Princeton, particularly in liturgical music and Bible study. For many years he wrote a weekly reflection on the Sunday readings for the church bulletin. He felt a call to the deaconate, entered formation, and was ordained in 2006. There were many things that he liked about being a deacon, and he was particularly pleased with his involvement in the Hispanic community.

In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his daughter Anna (Sister Anna Martina) and his daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Daniel Cranston, his sister JoEllen Marek, widow of Dr. William Marek, his sister and brother-in-law Mary and James Williams, and many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

A Rite of Reception was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street in Princeton followed by calling hours till 6 p.m. and then from 7 to 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday June 11, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church Princeton.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral home Princeton. www.matherhodge.com.


Myles M. Kranzler

Myles M. Kranzler passed away on June 4, 2014 after a brief illness. “Mike,” as he was known, was born on September 10, 1928 in Newark, to Nat and Mary Kranzler. He graduated from Weequahic High School in 1945, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1949, and his Master’s Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1951. On May 4, 1952, he married Mildred, daughter of Phil and Dora Borkan, with whom he remained in loving partnership for the rest of his life. Mike served his country in the Korean War as an officer in the Signal Corps, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant, and was discharged with honors in late 1952. Together, Mike and Mildred raised four children: Peter, Lisa, Laura, and David. They have nine grandchildren: Andrea, Rebecca, Erica, Alex, Matilda, Julia, Jordan, Aaron, and Max.

After a successful career as Chief Engineer at Applied Science Corporation and Chief Operations Manager at Fifth Dimension, Mike, along with several colleagues, founded Base 10 Systems in 1966. Mike took the helm as president and CEO, a position which he held for 32 years. Under Mike’s leadership, Base 10 built a solid reputation as an avionics and weapons control system supplier for military aircraft, which were sold to NATO countries. His largest success was winning a contract in 1976 to supply the Tornado Fighter Jets with telemetry equipment which sustained the company for some years after. Base 10 went public on the NASDAQ in 1967, and remained listed on the exchange until after Mike’s retirement in 1998.

Mike was known to many as a leader, as a man devoted to his family, and as a generous donor to causes which resonated with his values. He was a great supporter of equality and tolerance for all. For those who are inclined to make a donation in his honor, the family suggests that it be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org). Funeral services were held last Sunday at The Jewish Center and burial was in Beth Israel Cemetery. Arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1524 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ.