May 8, 2019

Obituaries 5/8/2019

Katharine Welsh Huston

Dec. 13, 1922 — April 2, 2019

Katharine W. Huston died on April 2, 2019 at her residence at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, N.J. She was 96.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Emily Welsh Myers and W. Heyward Myers Jr. The family moved to St. David’s, Pa., where Katharine and her brothers and sisters were raised.

She attended The Shipley School and graduated from The Knox School, then located in Cooperstown, N.Y., where she excelled in athletic and artistic interests.

After doing secretarial and volunteer work during World War II she married Aubrey Huston Jr. in February 1949. They began their family while living in Reading, Pa., and moved to Princeton, N.J., in 1957.

Katharine devoted herself to raising her three children, supporting their passions for figure skating, ballet, and hockey, and to volunteer work in the community. She spent many years working for the Altar Guild of Trinity Church, Princeton, especially on the Flowers and Linen committees. Also, she was a longtime volunteer at Princeton Hospital, as well as a volunteer for Princeton Day School’s The Outgrown Shop, now known as the Nearly New Shop. In addition she served on the board of the Princeton Ballet Society.

She was a member of the Contemporary Garden Club and Pretty Brook Tennis Club. She loved playing tennis and bridge with friends and family, as well as knitting and sewing creations for her children and grandchildren.

Also, she loved to spend time at her family’s summer home on the shores of Lake Champlain near Essex, N.Y., a legacy the rest of her family deeply appreciates.

Katharine was “reserved but warm; a sort of quietly extraordinary woman,” in the words of her granddaughter Isabel. “I’m sure she’s somewhere right now clutching her pearls, demurring at all the fuss, and wishing someone would do one more polite pass around the room with the mixed nuts before dinner.”

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; and her brothers, W. Heyward Myers 3rd and John T. Myers II. She is survived by her sisters, Anne Churchman of Newtown Square, Pa., and Polly White (Peter) of Toledo, Ohio; her children, Aubrey Huston III (Alice) of Hopewell, N.J., Natalie W. Wiles (Ellis) of Springfield, Va., and Marion H. Lisko (John) of West Seattle, Wa.; her grandchildren, Geoffrey Wiles (Kathryn) of Vienna, Va., Nathaniel Wiles (Maureen) of Pittsburgh, Pa., Peter Hunter of Santa Monica, Ca., Isabel Huston of Washington, D.C., Jocelyn Huston of Virginia Beach, Va., Barbara French (Alex) of West Seattle, Wa., and Fred Lisko (Abi) of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, from Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J. A reception will follow at the Nassau Club. An additional service will be held this summer in Essex, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to the Altar Guild, Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J. 08540. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.


David Comstock Hazen

David Comstock Hazen, 91, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Talbot Hospice House in Easton, MD. Born on July 3, 1927 in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, he was the son of William Gardner Hazen and Anna Ewing Hoover Hazen.

David moved with his family from Rye, NY, to Easton, MD, in 1937. He was a member of the first graduating class from the Country School (then known as The Calvert School). After graduating from the Choate School in 1944, he attended Princeton University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1948 and his Master’s Degree in 1949. Joining the faculty of the Princeton Aeronautical Engineering Department as an instructor, he was appointed to Professor in 1963. David retired as Professor Emeritus in 1982 after 33 years of teaching. Pursuing a second career, he served as the Executive Director of the Commission on Engineering and Technology at the National Research Council from 1980-1985. In 1992, he came out of retirement to teach at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, serving as Chairman of the Aerospace Department and Dean of Graduate Studies. In 1995, he retired for the third, and final time.

During his tenure at Princeton, he served as the University’s representative to the Kanpur Indo-American Program (1963-1972) and helped establish the Aeronautical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology/Kanpur (1964). As a result of his successful efforts in India, he chaired Princeton’s interests in Asia and was actively engaged in similar programs in the Middle East. He assisted in the development of the Engineering School at the University of Jordan. He served on the Boards of Trustees of Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey; the College of Petroleum and Minerals of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and the Sterling School in Vermont.

In 1977, David was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award by the Navy for contributions made as Chairman of the Naval Research Advisory Committee and a Certificate of Commendation by the Marine Corps. He served the U.S. Navy in research and consultant capacities for over 40 years.

He married his neighbor and fellow Country School classmate, Mary Ann Shipherd in 1948, and moved to Princeton, NJ, where they raised their three children (George, Thomas, and Anne). They lived there until 1982, when they moved to the Washington, DC, area for his position with the National Research Council. While still in DC, they built their retirement home, Doshaih (Dickerson’s Old Sailor’s Home and Ice House), on Trippe Creek across from their respective childhood homes. David and Mary Ann moved to Doshaih in Oxford when he retired from the National Research Council. In 2014, David and Mary Ann moved to Londonderry.

David was an avid reader and history buff, preferring biographies and histories over novels. As an amateur historian, he delighted in researching and writing three local histories: The Holy Trinity Church, The First 150 Years (1851-2001), A Talbot Treasure, The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club (1885-2010) and The Londonderry Air (1989- 2015). A member of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, he served as their Historian and Archivist for seven years.  He served on the vestries of both Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford and St. Paul’s in Trappe. For many years, he enjoyed serving as a volunteer in both the Oxford Museum and the Oxford Library. He served on the Board of the Maritime Museum for 15 years.

David and Mary Ann were enthusiastic sailors, having spent their youths on the local creeks and Chesapeake Bay. With the purchase of a Dickerson 35’ in 1969 they resumed their passion for sailing and spent many long weekends on the bay with family and friends. They were members of the Dickerson Association, and he had the honor of serving as Commodore five times.

David traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure, including whirlwind tours of Europe and Asia while going to and coming from their year of residence in India (1963-1964). Other destinations included Bermuda, Alaska, Panama Canal, French Canal Barge trips, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the intercoastal waterway, and Nova Scotia. When not traveling or sailing, he was an avid gardener, raising a large variety of fruits and vegetables.

David is survived by his wife of 70 years Mary Ann Hazen, his son, George Hazen (Susan) of Annapolis, MD, and daughter Anne Brendel (Gary) of Murrysville, PA; grandchildren, Jennifer Driggs (Peter), Christian Hazen (Meghan), Joshua Hazen (Stephanie), Rebecca Brendel, and Peter Brendel; great-grandchildren, Emma Driggs, Grace Driggs, Luke Hazen, and Allison Hazen. He was preceded in death by son Thomas Hazen, who died in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, MD, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions in Mr. Hazen’s honor to the Naval Airship Association or Delmarva Public Radio, P.O. Box 2596, Salisbury, MD 21802.

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Joseph A. Vales

Joseph A. Vales, of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on May 3, 2019 surrounded by his family and many friends, from complications related to a stroke.

Joseph (“Joe”) was 60 years old and is survived by his loving wife of 16 years Dori A. Vales and their children, daughter, Keaton L. Vales, and son, Joseph C. Vales. He is also survived by his sister, Maria (Tina) V. Dugan, and her husband Mark P. Dugan, of Cranford, New Jersey, and brother, Anthony C. Vales, and his wife, Lauren J. Vales of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a loving uncle to six nieces and four nephews.

Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Gloria Vales (nee Galves) and Joseph Vales, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, both of whom predeceased him. The family moved to Green Lawn, New York, and then to Holmdel, New Jersey. Based on employment commitments, his parents relocated to Florida and then settled in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, where they resided until their passing. Joe remained in Homdel to complete his senior year in high school living with the Sourlis family, which he loved second only to his own. Elaine and Ted Sourlis along with their children, George, Virginia, Jim, and Dorothy became and continued to be a loving and important part of Joe’s life.

Joe was actively recruited by numerous basketball programs at some of the best colleges in the country and selected Johns Hopkins University from which he graduated with a B.A. degree in 1981. He remained a loyal and devoted alumnus until his death. In 1984, he graduated from the University of Maryland Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree.

Joe moved to Princeton, New Jersey, in 1984 where he lived for 35 years and became an active part of the community for the remainder of his life. He joined the Princeton based law firm of Hill Wallack, LLP in 1985 and became an equity partner in 1990 serving on the firm’s management committee for 25 years. He was the Chairman of the Firm’s Banking and Financial Services Practice group as well as the Chairman of the Commercial Real Estate practice group. He was admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the United States District Court. He was a member of the Mercer County, New Jersey State, and American Bar Associations. He was devoted and trusted advisor to his clients with whom he typically developed long lasting personal relationships.

He served on numerous boards and civic organizations, the State Chamber of Commerce Board, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Trenton State College Corporation, Princeton Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club and many other entities. He was a member of the Bay Head Yacht Club, The Bedens Brook Club, Jasna Polana, The Nassau Club, Princeton Investors Club, and other organizations.

He married Dori Ann Klug in August of 2003 at the Princeton University Chapel. They had two children, Keaton (11) and Joseph (8), and as a family became an active part of the daily fabric of Princeton life with a wide circle of friends and deep relationships. The children attend the Princeton Charter School and the family attends St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. In 2015, the family acquired a summer home in Bay Head, New Jersey, where they spent wonderful summers hosting and entertaining family and friends, enjoying the beach and socializing at the Bay Head Yacht Club.

Joe was an avid sports fan dedicated to the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Steelers, Johns Hopkins basketball and lacrosse, and the University of Maryland basketball. He was a connoisseur and collector of fine wines, art, and antiques. He loved opera, music, and all forms of entertainment.

Joe lived an inspirational life full of friendships and joy. Always happy and positive he endeared himself to every individual he came in contact with, building an extensive collection of cherished lifelong friendships which he cultivated as an important accomplishment in his life. Each one of these friends reciprocated the sentiments and as a result, Joe was blessed with a circle of friends he called brothers. His love for others and his contribution to all of their lives stands as a testimonial to the greatness of his character. He will always be remembered for his larger-than-life personality and how much he brightened the lives of everyone who was fortunate to have known him.

Viewing will take place at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ, on Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at the Princeton University Chapel on Thursday May 9, 2019 at 9 a.m. Interment will be at the Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton, immediately following the mass. A repast will be held at The Nassau Club, 6 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to the Johns Hopkins Men’s Basketball program, Johns Hopkins University, Blue Jays Unlimited, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 (


Naomi B. McClendon

Mrs. Naomi B. McClendon, 99.

On April 20, 2019, in the quiet of the morning, Naomi’s prayers were answered and she joined the Lord Savior Jesus Christ and Dave, her beloved husband of 62 years.

Naomi was born on November 14th, to Lucille and Charles Brooks in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was the youngest of 10 children. Naomi is pre-deceased by her nine siblings and parents. She is survived by her three sons, David Jr. McClendon (Patricia), of Brick, NJ, Dennis McClendon (Bettie), Evans, GA, and Dale McClendon (Terri) of Plainsboro, NJ. In addition, Naomi is survived by nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Naomi lived in Princeton since 1972, where she was an active and devoted member of Nassau Presbyterian Church. In the last years of her life Naomi lived in the Augusta, GA, area near her son Dennis. The family is grateful to the staff at Morningside of Evans and Stevens Park Health and Rehabilitation for the care they gave our mother during her stay.

A celebration of Naomi’s life will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019, followed by internment at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.


Ernst de Haas

Ernst de Haas, 96, of Kingston died Friday, May 3, 2019 at Salana Doylestown, PA.

Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, he resided in Princeton and Franklin before moving to Kingston. He worked for many years as a Professional Engineer with Princeton University. He was a member of the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church, Fellow Academy of Medicine of New Jersey. He served as Fire Commissioner of Franklin Township, Chairman of the Board of County Mental Health, and Past Trustee of Hagadorn Hospital.

Son of the late Emanuel and Jeannette (Heijmans) de Haas, he is survived by his wife Claudia (Lisco) de Haas; two sons, Sven Erik de Haas and Kenneth Frank de Haas; four daughters, Inger Piranian, Pamela Farrell, Patricia Barry, and Penelope Shershen; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church 235 Bunker Hill Road, Griggstown. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be on Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Griggstown Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church 235 Bunker Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Günter Michael Krauthamer

Günter Michael Krauthamer, more commonly known as George, died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019. George was born in Berlin on September 14th, 1926. At 11 years old, he escaped Nazi occupied Germany with his family and returned years later as a U.S. soldier. He had a long successful career as a neuroscientist and professor at Rutgers Medical School and was a longtime Princeton resident.

George was blessed with six children and 10 grandchildren. He was a great thinker with a sharp wit and warm soul. He cared greatly for his family, and we will miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Barbara K. Brandt; his children, Michele, Peter, Barbara, Stephanie, Christina, and Michael; his sister Charlotte and nephew Alan; and his grandchildren. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to either The Southern Poverty Law Center or the NAACP.