January 18, 2023

Obituaries 1/18/2023

Charles David Allis 

Charles David Allis (“Dave”) passed away January 8, 2023 in Seattle, Washington, surrounded by his loving children and wife Barbara of 47 years. He was born March 22, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dave and Barb met at the University of Cincinnati where they both attended undergraduate studies and later married July 12, 1975.

Dave’s passion for helping others and his enthusiasm for knowledge led him to pursue a career in science. He loved teaching and cherished the opportunity to mentor countless young scientists over his 42-year career, spending the last 20 years at The Rockefeller University in New York City. Dave is often remembered as saying, “Find something that you like to do and someone you like to share it with,” and how blessed he was to have found both in his remarkable career and his loving wife Barbara. To steal a phrase from Dave himself, “Good show, Dave!”

Dave was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor, and friend. Those close to him loved his sharp wit and sense of humor — always enjoying new puns and putting smiles on the faces of those around him. We will all laugh thinking of his energy and enthusiasm in all things important to him — his family, his career, and the many students he mentored over the years.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, his children (Laura, Brian, and Mike), grandchildren (Hannah and Sam), and his sister Cathy.

To honor Dave, please consider contributing to the C. David Allis Mentorship Fund for Young Scientists: go.rockefeller.edu/allis-fund.


Nancy Johnston Mulford

Nancy Johnston Mulford, 85, of Skillman, NJ, died January 12, 2023 at Stonebridge at Montgomery, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born October 28, 1937, in Oak Park, IL, the daughter of Herbert J. and Gladys Semple Johnston.

She graduated from Amundson High School, Chicago, and Park College (now Park University), Parkville, MO. She spent her junior year of college at International Christian University in Mitaka, Japan. She later attended McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago.

In 1961, she married the Rev. David E. Mulford. They lived in Albany, NY, Chatham Township, NJ, and Vero Beach, FL, while her husband, a Presbyterian minister, served as the pastor of churches in those communities. In 1994, upon her husband’s retirement, they moved to Black Mountain, NC, where they lived for 12 years. In 2006, they moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, NJ.

Nancy was an active volunteer in every community in which she lived. While living in Chatham Township, she was active in American Field Service (a student exchange program) and served it as an area representative. She served on Parent-Teacher Association boards and was chair of the Friends of the Library of the Chathams. She was named an Outstanding Volunteer of Morris County, NJ, in 1983.

As a member of a Presbyterian church wherever she lived, she served churches as both a Deacon and an Elder. She was also a member and officer of P.E.O., a women’s organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for women and belonged to chapters in New Jersey, Florida, and North Carolina. In Princeton, she was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church and the Princeton Women’s
College Club.

Nancy and her husband enjoyed leading pre-retirement seminars for the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church USA. She managed the Country Store at Stonebridge for many years, providing a resource for those unable to shop independently. Nancy shared her artistic and teaching gifts with many generations of children and adults, and was especially well known for her wonderful classes in creating Pysanky Ukrainian eggs. Her creative talents were endless and live on in those with whom she shared her creations and her talents.

Nancy is survived by her husband, David, of Skillman; son Stephen Mulford of Baltimore, MD; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Dr. David Youmans of Princeton, NJ; grandchildren Carey and husband Ammar Shallal of Princeton, NJ, Avery and husband Andrew Sellers of Lusaka, Zambia, and Nicholas Youmans and partner Michael Collins of Brooklyn, NY. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Zayn and Remy Shallal and Owen Sellers. Her sister, Bonnie Jacobi of Fairview, NC also survives. In addition, she will be missed by a number of foreign students who have lived with the Mulfords and became very much a part of their family: from Sri Lanka, Samatha James, Niloo James Hennings, and June James Bechler and their families; Bambang Gunawan of Indonesia; and Erika Schoonhover-Lovera of the Netherlands.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Nassau Presbyterian Church 61 Nassau Street, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Nancy Mulford should be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, 08542 or to Japan ICU (International Christian University) Foundation, Study Abroad Initiative, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 439, NY, NY 10115 or jicuf.org.

Funeral arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.