October 30, 2019

Obituaries 10/30/19

David E. Carlson

David E. Carlson, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away October 16, 2019. Born March 5, 1942 to Anna (Salomaa) and Emil Algot Carlson, Weymouth, MA.

David attended Weymouth High School, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS in Physics), and Rutgers University (Ph.D. in Physics). He served as Captain in Pleiku, Vietnam, commander of all communications in the country.

He started his career at RCA Labs in Princeton, NJ, and became vice president of the Thin Film Div. of Solarex (Amoco subsidiary). Retiring in 2002 as Chief Scientist for BP Solar, he continued contract reviews of grants and proposals submitted to the Dept. of Energy. He was also affiliated with several universities.

David received many honors including the RCA Laboratory Outstanding Achievement Award, The Ross Coffin Purdy Award of The American Ceramics Society, The Morris N. Liebmann and William R. Cherry Awards from The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), The Walton Clark Medal from The Franklin Institute, and the Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit (Jimmy Carter was the first recipient of the award).

David was also featured in Who’s Who in America; his early solar cell modules have been featured at The Smithsonian, and are held in their collections. Issued 30 U.S. patents with five pending, he was the author of 90 technical papers. He is listed under “Timeline of Solar Cells” (1976).

David was a member of several professional societies, including the Maryland Geological Society. He also enjoyed collecting fossils.

He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Ann (Lewinski); son Eric D. of Los Angeles; daughter Darcey C. Leonard, and his precious grandson Jason of Midlothian, VA. He is also survived by twin sisters Barbara Marcellus (David) Webster, NY, and Betty Murley (Richard) Hingham, MA; brother-in-law Thomas Lewinski (Patricia) South River, NJ, and eight nephews and nieces.

Our husband and father will be greatly missed.

Funeral arrangements by Nelsen, Williamsburg will be private for family with no viewing. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in David’s memory to the Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project, Donor Care Center, P.O. Box 75854, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.


Lois Furcht Harris

Lois Furcht Harris, 87, passed away from Parkinson’s disease with family by her side at the Acorn Glen Assisted Living Facility in Princeton, NJ, on Saturday September 28, 2019.

She is survived by two siblings, Bill and Sally (Anthony Trama); sister-in-law Margaret Corey; children Barton (Fran), Verlee “Dee” (Grayson Ferrante), Nathan (April), James (Carolyn Coughlin) and Calvin (Lori); granddaughters Dana, Erika, Emily, Abby, and Becky; and grandsons Gregory, Adam, Nicholas, Ryan, Jason, Ethan, and David.

Lois was born May 13, 1932 in Mt. Kisco, NY, and a graduate of Pleasantville (New York) High School, earning an Associate’s Degree from Centenary College and later earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Thomas Edison State College, becoming a Family Counselor in Princeton. After closing her practice, she helped found a local delivery service named Beck and Call. Lois also co-founded Art Exhibition Consultants. Her love of gardening spilled over into her taking art lessons and becoming a pastel artist, exhibiting at the Princeton Senior Center.

She married Barton A. Harris of Marlboro, NY.  Her husband completed Medical School and their life began with a couple of “Army moves” to Texas and Germany, with her husband advancing his education and beginning his practice in New York State.  Her four sons were born in New York State and her only daughter was born in Germany. With five children born within a seven-year period, Lois became a “full time” Head of Household. She was known to laugh easily, open her door to care for friends and family without question, and to enjoy ice cream in all its forms. She was patient, thoughtful, and intelligent, living a full and fulfilling life.

Knowing how much Lois loved Wanaksink Lake in Rock Hill, NY, we’ve chosen to have a Memorial Service for her on Saturday, November 30th, at the Reformed Church of Shawangunk in Wallkill, NY, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or www.michaeljfox.org/donate.