December 23, 2015

Obituaries 12/23/15

Obit Tolman 12-23-15David Tolman

David Orson Tolman, 72, of Princeton died Monday, November 23, 2015, at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. He had been a resident of Princeton since 2002 and married Dorothy M. Shepard in 2005.

After graduating from Brigham Young University and serving a Latter-Day Saints mission in Vienna, Austria, David came to Princeton to do his graduate work. He studied the history and philosophy of science at Princeton University under Thomas Kuhn. David then worked in the budding computer industry. His career titles changed as the industry evolved; he started as a technical writer and retired as a project manager designing complex computer infrastructure systems for large businesses.

A gifted man, David was a fount of information on many subjects, from Einstein to Brahms. He wrote well about history, as well as science. In his retirement, he especially loved to travel and continued to collect knowledge and experiences wherever he went.

David was the son of Leo Loveland and Verna Bastian Tolman. He was born in Ames, Iowa; on the early death of his father, the Tolman family moved to Provo, Utah. He had one sister, Christine Tolman Ence, and four brothers: Richard, Glen, Leon, and Brian. A devoted father, he and the late Kathleen Gubler Tolman raised their family in Merchantville, N.J. They had one son, Benjamin Clark Tolman; and three daughters: Miriam Tolman Spencer, Margaret Tolman Hatten, and Ruth Tolman. David had seven grandchildren: John, Rebekah, Lucas, Nathan, Andrew, Seth, and Mirabel.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marquand Park Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ.


Margaret Bernard

Margaret (Peggy) Cecelia Donahue Bernard was born on December 18, 1925 in Barre, Vt. She was the 11th child of parents, William and Rose Boyce Donahue of Websterville, Vt. She attended Mount St. Mary Academy in Burlington, Vt and St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. Peggy taught public school in Hartford, and West Hartford, Conn., where she met John Bernard.

Peggy married John Frederick Bernard in 1952 in West Hartford, and shortly after, they moved to Upper Montclair, N.J.; later to Hopewell, and finally to Princeton, where she resided in the Princeton area for the rest of her life. Peggy and John also enjoyed spending vacations in their vacation home in Washington, Vt.

Peggy was a volunteer at the Princeton Historical Society and the Princeton University Museum. She was a long time enthusiast of the symphony and the opera.

Peggy is survived by her husband, John; her three children: Shelley Bernard Kuussalo, John (Jay) Bernard Jr., (Sheila), Peter Bernard (Heather); grandchildren, Allison Kuussalo Gotting (David), Kate Kuussalo Tronzo; Graham Kuussalo (Megan), Lindsey Bernard (deceased), Wesley Bernard, Sam Bernard, Cecelia Bernard; and three great grandchildren, Nathan Tronzo, Noah Tronzo, and Molly Gotting.

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


Obit Leondar 12-23-15Judith C. Leondar

Judith C. Leondar, 84, of Princeton, died peacefully on December 18, 2015.

Judy was born and raised in Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Alfred in 1952, and a Master’s degree in library science from Rutgers in 1960. She also attended Columbia University in 1959.

Following graduation from Alfred University, Judy worked briefly for the Bureau of Information Sciences Research at Rutgers University as a research associate and professor. She then worked in agricultural research for American Cyanamid Company as manager of technical information services, from which she retired in 1991 to spend more time with her husband, Ralph. She continued to work as a part-time consultant and volunteered extensively.

Judy was active in both scientific and library-oriented societies and gave generously to a host of organizations that she was passionate about. In 2006 she was recognized as a 51-year member of the American Chemical Society. She has served as vice president for the United Way of Princeton, and in 1999, she established an endowment at the American Boy Choir School in Princeton, where she assisted with the school’s science program and worked in fundraising. Judy volunteered at the University Medical Center of Princeton and was also a leadership level donor for the Design for Healing Campaign for the new campus at Plainsboro and was named the Acute Rehab gymnasium. She also volunteered at SAVE, and was a former president and active member of her local Toastmasters International Club.

Judy was a gourmet chef who loved a good meal. She was passionate about the Slow Food movement and often educated those around her on the importance of local and seasonal consumption.

Interment was at West Roxbury, Mass., on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Relatives and friends are invited to Judy’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, December 29 at the Chapel of Light at the University Medical Center of Princeton from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, 3626 US Route One, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to Alfred University, One Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802.


Caroline L. Meuly

Caroline L. Meuly, Esq., died at home on Saturday, December 12, following a long illness.

She was the daughter of Dr. Walter C. Meuly, historian, philanthropist, and conservationist; and Julia M. Meuly, musician and artist. Her husband, Morris Bruce (Marc) Leavitt, pre-deceased her. She is survived by their son, Jeremy Leavitt, of Highland Park.

As a lifelong resident of Piscataway and of her family’s circa 1750 home, Caroline has, through a generous and thoughtful donation, made it possible for future generations to enjoy access to this significant piece of history. The future Onderdonck-Meuly Museum and gardens will be open to the public for visits, as well as for educational and cultural events.

Caroline spent 35 years as an assistant prosecutor for Middlesex County and was the second woman ever appointed to that position. She headed many sections including the Juvenile Unit, Pre-Trial Unit, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit, Bias/Community Relations Unit and ultimately helped launch Drug Court which finally opened in Middlesex County in 2004. Caroline remained the Drug Court prosecutor actively pushing for Drug Court expansion until her retirement in 2010. She authored a manual for school personnel on education/criminal justice issues and personally met with teachers and administrators from every Middle and High School in the County. She also co-chaired the Middlesex County School Violence Task Force formed in response to the Columbine shootings. The task force promulgated a three-part manual for school personnel and law enforcement officers detailing prevention efforts, disaster response, and aftermath planning.

Caroline taught at the Police Academy and designed and headed the Youth Development Academy, a weekend “boot camp” program for juvenile offenders on probation which consisted of discipline, education, motivation, and self-esteem building. This resulted in saving countless juveniles from becoming adult offenders.

Caroline’s determination to help reform the criminal justice system, especially for non-violent, substance abuse defendants, led her to become involved with A.S.A.P. (Adult Substance Abuse Program) upon her retirement from the prosecutor’s office, first as executive director, then on the Advisory Board and member of the Board of Trustees. She had met with many A.S.A.P. clients through her work as the prosecutor in Drug Court. She most recently became a per diem public defender working exclusively with Drug Court. As an active member of the Drug Court team, she appeared in Drug Court weekly, handled applications, appeals and court related appearances for clients until her failing health necessitated her resignation just a short while ago. Helping clients succeed in Drug Court and achieve recovery was her passion. Her polished legal abilities and compassion allowed her to help many clients.

Caroline was a member of the New Jersey Bar, U.S. District Court, N.J. and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to her legal interests, she was a committed environmentalist, organic gardener, historic preservation activist, Board member of the Metlar-Bodine Museum, and animal rights proponent. She was a volunteer member of the Board of the Zimmerli Art Museum, president of the Board of Middlesex County Child Assault Prevention (C.A.P), long-time Board member of Rutgers Preparatory School (her alma mater) and two-time president of the New Brunswick Rotary Club (she was the first female president).

Caroline’s legal prowess, compassion, drive, and stylish specter will be missed. She graduated from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin and received her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.

Memorial service to be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Charitable donations can be made to local animal shelters or other charities of personal choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Jaqui-Kuhn Funeral Home, Highland Park.


Obit Capri 12-23-15Colin Caton Capri 

Colin Caton Carpi of Penn Valley, Pa., passed away peacefully in the company of family on December 10th after a prolonged struggle with progressive heart failure. He was born on August 23, 1931, in suburban Philadelphia to Fred and Madeline (Caton) Carpi. A devoted family man he dedicated his later years to helping his children and others of the extended Carpi family. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ruth Anne Dirkes of Malvern; daughters Jennifer Moller of Newtown Square; and Lisa Gorsch of Charlottesville, Va.; sons Colin, Jr. of Bala Cynwyd; David of Philadelphia; James of London, U.K., and Peter of Boston; and beloved grandchildren Austin, Spencer, Lindsay, Haley, Sophie, Christopher, Quinn, and Clayton. His brother Clive resides in Alexandria, Va. He was previously married to Laura Pleasants Miller of Gwynedd Valley, Pa.

Colin was an honors graduate of The Haverford School, Princeton University, and Harvard Business School (HBS). At Haverford and Princeton he was a star on the varsity soccer teams. An adventurous type, he spent one summer vacation riding the rails in Canada, seeking employment at various oil drilling sites in Saskatchewan and Alberta, progressing as far north as Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. While at Princeton his entrepreneurial impulses became evident as manager of the university’s radio station and when, together with several classmates, he designed an automated seeding machine for farming application and obtained a U.S. patent.

Immediately after graduating from HBS he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and completed Navy Officer Candidate School at Newport. An avid pilot and aviation enthusiast, he was assigned to the staff of the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington where he spent the duration of his naval service. His support for a local Great Valley helicopter designer culminated when the new helicopter was used to whisk Colin and first wife Laura away on their honeymoon from the wedding reception in June 1957.

After discharge from the service Colin joined the New York management consulting firm, Booz Allen and Hamilton. When Booz Allen made him a partner he was the youngest person the firm had ever granted partnership. His many consulting engagements brought him into contact with small family-owned furniture companies in rural New York and Pennsylvania. Believing the firms to be undervalued, Colin left Booz Allen, raised capital and began buying selected firms. In 1966 he created General Interiors Corporation, which became the owner of the prestigious Pennsylvania House, Kittinger, Cushman and Dunbar brands of fine furniture. General Interiors was a major force in the furniture business for nearly 10 years, at which point an acquisition made it the home furnishing division of General Mills.

Colin had always been interested in the technical aspects of evaluating stock prices. After leaving General Interiors, he founded Chartwell, an investment service that, in the pre-internet age, used highly-detailed charts of stock price performance and trends for a subscriber customer base. He was in the forefront of developments in computer graphics, technology that he needed in order to move Chartwell into the digital world. At Chartwell, as at General Interiors, Colin dealt with technological gurus and financiers at the top of the business world.

As the son of a senior executive of the renowned Pennsylvania Railroad, Colin retained an interest in railroading throughout his entire life, which was manifested in an enduring hobby. Beginning in his teenage years, when he designed and built an elaborate model train layout, using cardboard scraps, broomsticks and other mundane materials, he continued to build and assemble a large collection of locomotives and rolling stock representative of the grandeur of railroading’s heyday.

Colin pursued lifetime learning. He was equally conversant discussing history, philosophy, economics, mathematics, life and physical sciences, religion, engineering, architecture, music and numerous other realms of knowledge. He was especially interested in specific opportunities within these realms to improve the human condition.

Dedicated to his family, Colin devoted much of his passions and efforts to raising and developing his six children, eight grandchildren, and other family members. He took equal pleasure in meaningfully helping other non-family members who crossed his path. He was a fervent believer in human potential and his greatest joy in life was helping others realize and further their potential. He was a supreme optimist who always had an engaging smile and kind words for everyone he encountered. Colin’s family dearly loved him. They will forever miss the man who loved them deeply and championed them all.

A funeral service and burial will be held at Saint Christopher’s Church, 226 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to St. Christopher’s Church.


Obit Archer 12-23-15Rosetta Trani Archer

Rosetta Trani Archer was born July 20, 1934 in Princeton, New Jersey to Rosalie (Balestrieri) and Antonio Trani. Her mother widowed and married Antonio Pisani who was the father she knew. Rose passed away suddenly in her home in Monument, Colorado on December 13, 2015 after returning home from surgery recuperation. Rosetta was known as Rose or Rosie and affectionately called by her nieces and nephews “Zizi.” Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Royal Macklin Archer, her parents, a brother Anthony “Red” Trani, and a sister Agnes Wolf.

Growing up in Princeton, Rose graduated from Princeton High School in 1952. After high school she attended business classes at Rider College in Trenton. Her career for over 30 years was at RCA David Sarnoff Research Center in Penn’s Neck. She worked in the human resources department, library, and ultimately managed the “Family Store” where she purchased and sold RCA products that included records, radios, and televisions to employees around the country. Her real job there however was employee morale as she was always there to give advice and share stories.

At RCA, she met Royal Archer and they were married in Basil, Switzerland in 1962. They enjoyed many happy years travelling the world together. Interesting trinkets she collected along the way could be in a museum — but each one held a cherished memory for her. Special places dear to her heart were in France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

Royal’s career in the aerospace industry took them to Cape Canaveral, Florida for several years. Upon retirement in 1994, Royal and Rose settled on a small ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado. They enjoyed their horse Skipper and their donkey Molly for many years. Rose especially loved the mule deer she called “muleys.” The deer would literally walk up on their porch, knock on the door and ask for horse treats. The folks in Westcliffe will remember Rose’s love of cooking.

As a result of her world travels, she became an amazing cook and would create the most wonderful international dishes to share with her family and friends. Her fried chicken recipe was frequently requested for picnics. Cuisine and entertaining were her passion.

Upon Royal’s death in 2013 and some health issues, Rose decided to move from Westcliffe to Monument, Colo. to be closer to relatives. Downsizing from a ranch home to an apartment forced a moving sale that was the same week as the Black Forest Fire. Helping with the moving sale, her Black Forest family who were under evacuation orders were receiving messages from friends who had learned that their homes were lost. Rose’s generosity helped several families with donated household items and furniture. This act of kindness displays how she lived her life. She “was good” to so many. Once in Monument, she enjoyed time by the pool with her great niece and nephew, decorating her apartment, reading her many food magazines and cook books, family dinners and picnics, watching her beloved Yankees (never missing a game), cheering on her favorite NASCAR drivers, and shopping trips with special friends.

Rose is survived by her sister Amelia “Millie” (Joseph) Ratcliff of Black Forest, Colo. and many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Her niece Kelly (Jim) Marchbank also of Black Forest helped her along the way.

A graveside service will be held next summer upon the interment of her ashes at the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton. She will be laid to rest with her late husband Royal. A mass celebration of her life will be held at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. Information for that will be made available as soon as it is known.

Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 300, Boone, NC 28607 where a memorial page has been set up as well at the following link:


Obit Guimes 12-23-15Colleen Hargraves Guimes 

Colleen Sinclair Hargraves Guimes, 51, of Newtown, Pa., passed away on December 9, 2015, with loving family and friends by her side.

Colleen was the youngest daughter of the late Robert and Sybil Hargraves of Princeton. Highlights of family life included camping trips in the Adirondacks and across the U.S., gatherings at home, and visits to dear relatives in Canada. The family lived and traveled extensively overseas, spending a year in Germany when Colleen was three; a year in South Africa, where her parents had been born and raised, when she was nine; and in India, where Colleen spent a year in boarding school at the Kodaikanal International School when she was 16. Colleen’s love of travel and family took her to England several times in recent years, spending time with her beloved cousin Noralee and family in Guildford and London.

Colleen graduated from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., in 1987. She cherished many friends from that time who continued to be vital and loving parts of her life through the years. Happily, she reunited with them at a college reunion in September, rekindling old friendships and reliving wonderful times. She will be sorely missed by so many.

Her professional career began with Princeton Caterers many years ago, and extended to a lifetime of contributions in the food service and hospitality industry with Restaurant Associates and later the Patina Group in New York City. Colleen leaves behind bereaved colleagues, bosses, and friends throughout the industry. She had a remarkable ability to organize and manage events and people in a high-pressure environment, all while remaining cheerful and kind, building extraordinary friendships and loyalties along the way.

Colleen married Andrew Guimes of Bensalem, Pa., in 1991. She was welcomed into the Guimes family by loving in-laws, Willie and the late Art Guimes, sister-in-law Sue and niece Crosby, and brother-in-law Les. One of the highlights each year was the family trip to Marco Island, Fla., in January. Colleen was a devoted aunt to Crosby, celebrating birthdays and accomplishments, and hosting Crosby when her parents were away. She will be deeply missed by the extended Guimes family.

Colleen was very close to her sisters, Allison and Monica, and their families. Her brother-in-law John Dix will always cherish his close friendship with her. Colleen loved recent family vacations on Lake Huron in Cheboygan, Mich., and leaves wonderful memories of her joy in that beautiful place. Colleen had a special relationship with her niece Hillary, who counts Colleen among her best friends. Colleen and her nephew Jack shared a love of movies and enjoyed hanging out together. Colleen loved her niece Isabel and nephew William, and enjoyed being the aunt who spoiled them with treats and many fun outings. All her nieces and nephews will miss her deeply.

Colleen and Andrew’s life together began when they both worked at Prospect House on Princeton’s campus, and was formally launched in a wonderful wedding followed by a honeymoon in Napa Valley, Calif. In recent years, Colleen and Andrew enjoyed a lovely week with friends and colleagues in Florence, Italy. They shared a life and a home for more than 25 years and were gracious and generous hosts. Good food and gatherings of friends and family were highlights of their life together.

Colleen was loved for her generous spirit and big heart. She had a wonderful ability to enjoy life, while making everyone around her happier. A celebration of Colleen’s life will be held on January 9, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Prospect House on Princeton University’s campus in Princeton. Friends and loved ones are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Colleen’s name to the charity or cause of your choice.



Harry E. Riddell

Harry E. Riddell, 93, of Seminole, Florida passed away peacefully from natural causes on December 8, 2015. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with high honors. After completing his MBA at Temple, Mr. Riddell worked in the comptroller’s office at Princeton University for 30 years. He also was a founding member and first president of Genesis LTD, a Bermuda-based risk management company created by several major universities.

He was a long time member of Kingston Presbyterian Church, Kingston, New Jersey where he served as an Elder, Deacon, and Treasurer for many years.

He was preceded in death by wife, Hester W. Riddell, being married for over 59 years. He is survived by his three grateful sons, Paul H. Riddell of Tampa, Florida; David W. Riddell of Paris, France; John E. Riddell of Quarryville, Pennsylvania; by 10 grandchildren; and by one great-granddaughter.

A private family service was held on December 12, 2015 with interment in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Seminole Square Scholarship Fund, 8333 Seminole Boulevard, Seminole, FL 33772.


Obit Willard 12-23-15David Alan Willard

David Alan Willard, M.D., FACP, FACE, of Marl-ton, N.J., and formerly of Princeton and Bethel Me., died December 12, 2015. Dr. Willard, 77, a widely respected and beloved physician, practiced internal medicine and endocrinology in Princeton for more than three decades.

David was born on June 3, 1938 in Lewiston, Me. to John Jay and Melva (Greely) Willard. He leaves his second wife of 15 years, Margaret (Peg) McDonald Willard, of Marlton; his four children and their spouses: Edward (Ted) Willard (Courtney) of Pilot Mountain, N.C.; Carol Sullivan (Joseph) of Yardley, Pa.; Catherine Jenks (Brendon) Jenks of Prairie Village, Kans.; Sarah Steinhauer (Scott) of Princeton; 10 grandchildren; and his first wife, Patricia (Stewart) Willard of West Windsor. He also leaves four sisters, Christine Bennett, Nancy Willard, Ruth Feeney, and Mary Corkum in Maine; and a brother, Ronald Willard, in Springfield, Va. David is predeceased by his parents and his brother, John Jay Willard, Jr.

Dr. Willard grew up in Bethel Me., where he graduated from Gould Academy in 1956. His ‘Joy Cottage’ on Lake Christopher in Bryant Pond, Me. was his beloved vacation spot. He was a devoted member of the Princeton University Class of 1960 and his love of Princeton football and basketball endured throughout his life.

Following graduation from the Tufts University Medical School Class in 1964, internship and residencies at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Me., and the Boston Veterans’ Administration Hospital, and a summer internship at the Public Health Hospitals in Anchorage and Kotzebue, Ark., David served two years as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force in Grand Forks, N.Dak. After a brief endocrinology fellowship at the University Hospital in Boston he settled into his private practice.

Dr. Willard was the first Board-Certified Endocrinologist in Central New Jersey and served as president of the Mercer County Medical Society. He founded one of the first Independent Practice Associations, oversaw pharmaceutical studies for Bristol Meyers Squibb, and served as a consultant at the North Princeton Developmental Center. In the 1990s, he traveled to Russia as a physician in an American clinic.

For more than two decades he served as graduate chairman for Terrace Club, at Princeton University and was instrumental in many capital improvements made there. He also served as a member of the Medical Center of Princeton Board of Trustees and the Trinity Counseling Service Board of Directors.

In 2000, he was quoted as saying that he was headed “into the 4th quarter with a small lead.” That lead faded in 2007 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He passed away from complications of the disease.

A funeral service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 401 Kings Hwy N., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2016.

Donations may be made to Terrace Club, Princeton University; Gould Academy in Bethel, ME; the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Cherry Hill, NJ; or the Alzheimer’s Association.