June 17, 2020

Obituaries 6/17/2020

Regina “Jean” Sharp Breithaupt
May 23, 1938 – June 4, 2020

Jean Breithaupt passed away on June 4th, peacefully and grateful for having lived a full life. She departed this earth from her Longmont, Colorado, home in the loving presence of her three children Deborah Breithaupt Smyth, Wendell Thomas Breithaupt, Jr., and Curtis Todd Breithaupt.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, at Allegheny General Hospital to George Arthur Sharp, Jr. and Helen Campbell Sharp, Jean was the second of two children, the first being her brother George Arthur “Jay” Sharp, III. Jean spent her early childhood in Washington, PA, before moving to Erie, PA, in December 1943 when her father, a pharmacist, took a pharmaceutical sales position with E.R.Squibb & Sons.

In Erie, she attended Harding Elementary School before moving on to Strong Vincent High School (Go Colonels!) where she played clarinet in the marching band, participated annually in the talent show, and graduated as honorable mention student in June 1955.

Jean’s fondest memories of her childhood and teenage years are centered on “The Peninsula” and Presque Isle State Park replete with ice skating on the bay in the winter, lying on the beach and boating in the summer, as well as family vacations in Saint Michael’s, Maryland, trips to the “big cities” of Pittsburgh and Cleveland, summer dances in the Rainbow Gardens at Waldemeer, the annual Assembly Ball, and, of course, family fish fry dinners.

In the fall of 1955 she matriculated at Upsala College in East Orange, NJ, where she studied English Literature. During her time on campus, Jean participated in the Student Christian Association, was a house officer in her dorm, joined Chi Delta Sorority, and was an avid bridge player.

Post college life brought to Jean to Clifton, NJ, in 1958, to Oakland, NJ, in 1964, then on to Princeton, NJ, in 1972, and finally to Longmont, CO, in 2005.

In Oakland, Jean was a substitute teacher for The Oakland Public Schools, a member of the Mothers Club of Oakland, and volunteered for the Recreation Department. In Princeton, she worked for 12 years in the radiology department of The Medical Center at Princeton and later for 18 more with Princeton Orthopaedic Associates until she retired in 2005. Jean was a member of the Princeton Hospital Volunteers, the Princeton Hospital Fete Auxiliary, and Womanspace. In Colorado, she was a member of the Longmont United Hospital Volunteers.

Jean was not a person who asked much of the world, except for the occasional Steeler Super Bowl victory, Penn State National Championship, and daily pictures of Lake Erie, and one who counted her riches in terms of her relationships and contentment of her children and grandchildren.

One of the many things she taught us is to be grateful for what you have in this life. Perhaps today, tomorrow, or whenever the mood strikes you right, you’ll take a moment to yourself and think of Jean and those close to you who too have passed, and then all those around you who are here and that you hold dear, and know that you too are wealthy beyond all riches for the love you grant, the love returned to you, and the contentment within you.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her brother Jay; her children Debbie, Tom, and Todd; her grandchildren Robert Joseph Smyth, Miles Maximillian Breithaupt, Kathryn Mariel Breithaupt, and Campbell Adele Breithaupt; her son-in-law Robert Osgood Smyth; and her two daughters-in-law Anna Neis and Tracy Zoller Breithaupt.

Contributions in Jean’s memory can be made to Womanspace (www.womanspace.org).


Thomas Myers Poole

Thomas Myers Poole, son of Emma and Raymond Poole, passed away November 19 surrounded by the tremendous love of family and friends. Tom was predeceased by his wife of 61 years Jane; and survived by daughters Joanne Reese (Steve) and Grace Benn (Alex), brother Bob Poole (Claude), grandchildren Abby and CJ Benn, nephew Eric Poole, niece Michele Sinclair (Chris), step-grandchildren Steven (Leah) and Matthew Reese (Sara), and step-great-grandchildren Joshua, Hannah, Sophia, and Barrett.

Born on Flag Day, June 14, 1926 in Philadelphia, Tom had patriotism in his blood. After graduating from Central High School (182nd class), he was drafted by the Army mere days after D-Day. He often described himself as the luckiest Infantryman of WWII landing in France eight days before the war in Europe ended. Upon returning home, thanks to the GI Bill, he earned a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Tom was a devoted Penn man missing few reunions or Penn/Princeton football games. He missed his fifth reunion, however, to marry the love of his life, Jane; a true testament to the power of his love for her.

Penn ran deep in Tom, but so did Princeton, the town where he and Jane raised their daughters and lived for 54 years 23 days. He served on the Township Committee for six years, two as Deputy Mayor; and made many dear friends through his roles as Fire Commissioner, Housing Board Chair, and Deer Committee Chair. Tom was also a member of the Nassau Club of Princeton and proudly served as President from 2006-2008.

As an avid birdwatcher, Tom improved the land and environment by serving on the Boards of D&R Greenway Land Trust, Friends of Princeton Open Space, the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, and was a member of the Princeton Environmental Commission. He and Jane loved the outdoors and could often be found with binoculars around their necks in the Princeton Wildlife Refuge or Institute Woods.

Tom was a natural storyteller and laughter was pervasive in their home; he and Jane hosted many riotous evenings around old radio shows. Classical music was also a constant in their home. So of course Tom was a member of the Advisory Commission for WWFM, the Mercer County Radio Station. As the reader can gather, Tom was a “doer” and a “joiner”; if he believed in the cause, he joined the committee and thanks to his integrity, wit, and gregarious nature, he often wound up running it.

But Tom’s life wasn’t all birdwatching and laughs, he put his Wharton degree to good use working for Vicks, N.W. Ayre, and Lever Bros to name a few; and was Vice President and Co-Founder of the Princeton Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants. He was intimately involved with developing and launching Close-Up, the first gel toothpaste; some readers may want to thank him for helping them get “up close and personal.” He would have enjoyed knowing he played a part in fostering romance.

We’re not done yet, as sports also loomed large in Tom’s life. He played a mean center field and passed along his love of sports to his daughters. A lifelong Phillies and Eagles fan, Tom grew to enjoy the Suns and Cardinals after moving to Arizona and thoroughly enjoyed his proximity to spring training.

A man of varied interests, and never one to leave a party early, Tom was fun to be around and will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, feed the birds, raise a highball, or have a laugh in his honor. And if so inclined, send a donation in his name to the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, D&R Greenway Land Trust, or the University of Pennsylvania Class of 1950.


Benjamin “Roz” Warren

As of June 7, 2020, the Warren family, Kate, Ben, Heather, and granddaughter Mollie, mourn the passing of Roz Warren, affectionately known as “Mr. Wonderful,” “Dude,” and champion of non-sequiturs. He was an esteemed and adored elder member of the Kleban “out-law” club and a lifelong resident of Princeton. Having served as Chief of Princeton Fire Department in his 50 plus years of service, as well as his decades long membership to the NJ Chapter 22 Red Knights Motorcycle Club, he was not a stingy man with his family or his community.

From the time of the birth of his granddaughter, Mollie — the center of his universe — his last 15 years were lovingly devoted to make her every wish come true.

Full of excitement, fear, hopefulness, and love Kate and Roz set out to make a life together. The next 50 years were not all quiet but always filled with love. Love for one another and love for the family they created. Roz was the beloved father to Ben and Heather and everyone who met him gained another dad. You could feel Roz cheering you on, supporting you in good and in sad life events.

He may be the origin of the expression “smile, people will wonder what you’ve been up to.” His sincere impish smile danced in his incredibly sparkling blue eyes and lingered with anyone lucky enough to see it. And many were lucky as Roz was a happy man with an acerbic wit.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a cause that was near to his heart, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.StJude.org will be welcomed. Mark your calendar for July 15, 2020 at 10 a.m. to join family and friends for a motorcade through Princeton celebrating the life of Roz starting at Princeton Battlefield and culminating with his interment at the Princeton Cemetery.

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Jane Faggen

Jane Faggen, of Princeton, N.J., died on Sunday, April 19, at Acorn Glen, an assisted living facility; she was nearly 96 years old.

She was born on May 5, 1924, in New York City, N.Y. She graduated from Hunter High School in 1941, from the University of Michigan in 1944, and earned an M.S. in Physics from Cornell University in 1947. At Michigan, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She worked at Bell Labs in Manhattan for a short period in 1944 and as a member of the scientific staff of the Sonar Analysis Group, under the auspices of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, from 1947 to 1948. Ms. Faggen was remarkable in her ambitions and achievements in science, especially considering the era in which she lived as a young woman.

Then, having raised three children in New Rochelle, N.Y., she earned a doctorate in educational psychology at the Graduate Center of the City College of New York in 1972 and proceeded to work at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., as a senior measurement statistician until her retirement. There she in part investigated gender bias in testing.

Ms. Faggen established two academic prizes, both for outstanding dissertations: one in memory of her longtime companion, Robert Simon, at Columbia University’s Applied Physics and Applied Math Department, and a second one at Princeton University’s Art and Architecture Department.

At Cornell, she was the first female teaching assistant in the Physics Department.

Dr. Faggen was an active member of the Princeton Borough Historic Preservation Review Committee, at one point acting as its Vice Chairwoman. She was also a docent at the Princeton Art Museum, an expression of her deep love of the arts.

A loving mother, and deeply devoted friend, she is survived by her three children, Peggy Steckler, Patti Steckler Bhagat, and Peter Steckler, as well as three granddaughters, Kay Bhagat-Smith, Sarah Bhagat, and Dr. Leah Steckler, and a great-granddaughter, Fiona Smith.