May 18, 2022

Patricia Peck Tiebout

After shining her light for 98 years, Patricia Peck Tiebout died while sleeping at home in Princeton, in the early morning of May 9, 2022.

Family members, neighbors and longtime friends recall her warmth, kindness, and beautiful smile, all of which she had until the very end, all of which she brought into this world on March 25, 1924, when she was born in Dobbs Ferry, NY, to parents Edwin D. and Helen Radley Peck.

Being of a generation that grew up during the Depression and World War II, Patty learned the values of sharing, frugality, pitching in, and being grateful. Repeating the advice from her aunt Lillie Peck, “You have to take the cookies when they’re passed,” Patty counted her blessings and found strength in the love of family and the beauty of nature.

After graduating from Hastings High School, Patty studied for two years at Wheaton College, (Norton, MA), and transferred to Cornell University, where she was a member of the ski team. She graduated from Cornell in ’46, and worked with Dr. Arnold Gesell at the Yale Child Study Center. While living in New Haven, she met John Tiebout Jr., of Larchmont, NY, on a blind date at a Yale football game. They were married in November of 1949 and lived in Levittown, LI, and Dobbs Ferry, before they moved to Hastings.

Through her cherished years of child-raising, Patty was an active member of The Hastings Literature Club. She volunteered as a reading teacher at The Children’s Village, taught Sunday school, substitute taught at the elementary school, and worked as an office administrator for 10 years at the Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington, NY. In 1979, Patty and John moved to Seattle and, having loved being in a university town, chose to live in Princeton when they moved back east in ’82. Patty volunteered at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, worked at McCarter Theatre, and was a member of the Present Day Club and Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Patty was predeceased by her parents and her sisters, Dorothea, Helen, and Marion Peck. Survivors include John, her devoted husband of 72 years; her children, John Tiebout, Janet Hanson, and Mary Tiebout; her grandchildren, Johanna and Eli Evans, Meredith and Christopher Hanson, and Jack and James Tiebout; and her great-grandsons, Finn Danaher and
Henry Tiebout. She also leaves her daughters-in-law Wendy Satin and Barbara Johnson, son-in-law Nathanael Evans, and nieces and nephews from the Dwyer, Kieffer, Vosburgh, and Reisman families. Patty and her best friend from childhood, Betsy Sargent Ford, exchanged birthday greetings in March.

Special thanks to Dr. John Sierocki for his excellent care and generous spirit, and to his staff, especially Allyn and Andrea, for theirs. Memorial gatherings will take place during the summer. If you knew Patty and wish to remember a loving, brave and vibrant woman who parasailed on her 80th birthday and waterskied on her 82nd, give yourself and others your brightest smile.

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Lawrence “Larry” Bershad

Professor Lawrence “Larry” Bershad passed away peacefully on May 14, 2022 at the age of 82, surrounded by his loved ones. Born on June 25, 1939 in New Haven, CT, he grew up near Yale University, and had fond memories of playing baseball with friends in the Yale Bowl.

Larry was an avid sports fan, especially the NY Yankees, and felt most at peace camping and vacationing on Small Point in ME. He was happiest when surrounded by his friends and family, sharing stories, good food, and animated conversation. Larry’s keen intellect, sharp wit, compassion, and advocacy for his students and those in need will be deeply missed by those who loved him.

Larry graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in 1961 and from Georgetown Law School with a J.D. in 1964, followed by a fellowship at Harvard University Law School. He served as the Commissioner of Corrections for the State of Vermont early in his career and remained a fierce protector of civil rights throughout his life. His work as a criminal defense attorney led him to a storied career as a Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure at Seton Hall University School of Law where he mentored and taught many generations of future advocates from 1972-2000. He established the Seton Hall Legislative Bureau and the annual Sports Law Symposium, which positively impacted many students during his tenure.

Larry was the son of Matthew and Blanche Bershad of New Haven, CT, and Delray Beach, FL. Larry is survived by his son David, his daughter Bonnie and son-in-law George Zinn, their two sons George and Matthew, his former wife Shirley Bershad, and his partner, Ronnee Rothschild.

There will be a private graveside service held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in New Haven, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Protect Democracy (protectdemocracy.org) or ACLU (aclu.org).

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Robert A. Altman

Robert A. Altman, age 79, of Princeton, N.J., passed away on May 15, 2022 after courageously fighting lung cancer for more than a year. He will be remembered and cherished by his family and friends forever.

Bob, as he was known by all, was born on March 30, 1943, the only child of Julian and Kay Altman. He grew up primarily in Chicago, Illinois. From age 13 until his graduation from high school, Bob attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, where he excelled academically and made many lifelong friends. He then attended Harvard College, majoring in Medieval History. While at Harvard, Bob met his future wife Jane on a “blind date” in 1963. The couple married in 1965 and lived in married student housing at Columbia University while Jane completed her senior year in college and Bob obtained first a Master’s Degree and then a Ph.D. in Education from Columbia. Daughter Jennifer was born in 1967, followed by son John in 1969.

He spent his professional life in a variety of administrative position in Higher Education, including The City University of New York, The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, Colorado, and as a Vice President of Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., from 1980 to 1995. Bob supervised ongoing test development and the operation of a variety of programs at ETS, including the Graduate Record Exam and TOEFL. He was very involved in the expansion of ETS’s international programs which sent him to China, Japan, and Korea among other countries. After leaving ETS, Bob was able to indulge his love of travel, particularly to countries not on the standard tourist list, by consulting for both USAID and The World Bank in a variety of countries, including Albania, Egypt, Hungary, Jordan, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. He also worked extensively in Vietnam, helping to design and implement new admission criteria for the Vietnam National University in Hanoi.

A valued member of several college boards of trustees, Bob served as a trustee for Mercer County Community College, Montclair State University (which awarded him an honorary degree), and most recently The College of New Jersey. He particularly enjoyed serving on the Board of Trustees at TCNJ and regularly attended Zoom meetings throughout Covid and debilitating lung cancer treatments. Always an enthusiastic trustee, Bob was known for attending sporting events and other student related activities at these institutions. From 1998 until his death, he also served on several  Princeton committees that addressed traffic safety issues.  In all of these commitments Bob forged lasting friendships.

In his spare time, Bob was an avid squash and tennis player. In his later years he became an accomplished cyclist, and spent many hours training each summer for the Five Boro Bike tour in New York City. There was  also no sports event that he didn’t enjoy watching, most especially Phillies and Cubs baseball games and every football game that was ever played.

Bob’s many friends, colleagues, and family valued his irreverent wit and dry sense of humor. His most consistently appreciative audience was his wife Jane throughout their 56 years of marriage.

A truly loving father and grandfather, Bob is survived by his daughter Jennifer Altman (son in law Maurice Edelson), his son John Altman (daughter in law Dr. Sima Paul), and his grandchildren Rachel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Daniel, and Meera. He was so proud of all of them.  Bob counted himself very fortunate because his two youngest grandchildren live in Princeton and his two oldest attended, or are currently attending, Princeton University, affording him unusual access to all of them. Bob is also survived by many dear friends in N.J., in Colorado, and in other states who were part of his extended family. Each and every one of them will miss him forever.

Funeral services were held on May 17 at The Jewish Center of Princeton, with burial at the Princeton Cemetery.

Shiva will be observed on Wednesday, May 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the Altman residence in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To send condolences to the family please visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Anne Young

Naomi Anne Young, always known as Anne, passed away at Stonebridge on Thursday, May 12.  Her family of Kenneth, Alasdair, Gwyneth, Paige, and Cameron were all with her and she expressed her love for them.

Anne was born in Bolton, England, in 1936 to James and Annie Partington. She experienced the difficulties of wartime England before her father’s new job took the family to Aberdeen in northeast Scotland at the war’s end. She attended the local High School and Aberdeen University where she graduated with an MA in English. She performed in many theatrical productions there and also met her husband to be.  A treasured memory was of sitting on top of a local mountain, Craigendarroch, at midnight with her then boyfriend, Kenneth, before the morning when their final exam results were to be announced.

She worked briefly at Harrods in London before taking up a seven-year teaching career in England and then in the Rhodesias, now Zambia and Zimbabwe. During this period she had become engaged to Kenneth but it was broken off.  But they continued to correspond and in 1965 she married him and came to the United States (she considered that she had her divorce before she got married). She worked at teaching speed reading for students in Princeton to support her husband to complete his Ph.D. at Princeton University. She broke off work to care for her two children, Alasdair and Gwyneth, but was active in volunteering for the Princeton University Art Museum and Recording for the Blind in Princeton.

Four years were spent in England while her husband worked at a branch of the University of Manchester. While her children were in school, she was able to indulge her interest in archaeology. She learned that there were complications to archaeology during her search for the route of Offa’s Dyke on the Welsh border when she was interrupted by curious young bullocks. She returned to Princeton with her family at the end of 1974. Almost immediately she became the chairperson for the docents of the Art Museum, her necessary qualification being the spouse of a University faculty member. During her tenure, she oversaw the change of the constitution to make being a docent available to everybody, including men, and introduced training for new members. She was an active docent for many more years.

She was appointed to head the Princeton Studio of Recording for the Blind (RFB). During her many years in charge she lead the most productive of the RFB studios within the organization, saw it through its addition of dyslexic students, started its use in schools and added a secondary studio in Plainsboro. She retired as Executive Director of the New Jersey Unit of what has become “Learning Ally” and continued to read for them for many years.

After she retired, she devoted a lot of time to her garden. She traveled extensively with her husband in Europe round the ancient classical world and to many sites in Central and South America. She enjoyed wonderful safaris in Kenya and Botswana with her family.  There were many trips to Scotland and England to see family and to enjoy the scenery, gardens, and museums. Anne found peace in crouching over tidal rock pools or sitting by a gurgling mountain stream.

She is survived by her immediate family; her brother Noel Partington, his wife Jean, and their three daughters, Lucy, Anna and Amy and their families; three nephews, Gordon, Robert, and Peter Young; and a number of cousins.

A service of remembrance will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton (of which she had been a long term member) on Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m. Instead of flowers, please make any remembrance donations to Arm In Arm in Princeton, NJ. Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

May 11, 2022

Hale Freeman Trotter

Hale Freeman Trotter (born May 30, 1931 in Kingston, Ontario) died at 91 on January 17, 2022 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. Predeceased by his beloved wife Kay, his dear brother Bernard, and parents Reginald George Trotter and Prudence Hale (née Fisher). He will be remembered and greatly missed by his devoted stepson Stephen Pallrand (Rachel), stepdaughter Nannette, grandson Eli and granddaughter Cora, his sister-in-law Jean and his brother-in-law John (Helen). Hale was also the much-loved uncle of Rex (Eliza) and Tory (Tibor Vaghy), grand uncle of John, Thomas (Stephanie), Andrew (Annemarie), Marie, Philip, Claire, Martin, and great-grand uncle of James, Damien, Felix, and Lily.

Hale grew up in Kingston and became fascinated with mathematics, graduating with degrees in his chosen field from Queen’s (BA ‘52, MA ’53) and Princeton (PhD ’56) where he studied under William Feller. Feller was part of a wave of European intellectuals who had fled the Nazis and settled in the United States. Princeton attracted a number of these refugees, including Albert Einstein, who had an office in the mathematics building.  It was in this rich and exciting atmosphere that Hale matured as a mathematician.

Joe Kohn, a fellow graduate student with Hale at Princeton and colleague in the math department for almost 40 years, recalled the first day of their graduate program at Princeton in 1953. Head of the mathematics department, Solomon
Lefschetz, told the group of 13 mathematics PhD students that they should congratulate themselves for the hard work it took to gain acceptance but that it was likely that only one of them, maybe two, would become actual mathematicians. Hale not only became a world class mathematician but made vital original contributions to the field. 

Hale began his career as the Fine Instructor for Mathematics at Princeton from 1956-58. After teaching at Queen’s University as an assistant professor from 1958-60, he returned to Princeton as a visiting associate professor. Hale was appointed lecturer at Princeton in 1962, associate professor in 1963, and full professor in 1969. He was a highly respected administrator fulfilling duties as Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1979-82 and associate director of Princeton University’s Data Center from 1962-86. He was a much-beloved teacher, instructing both graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of mathematical concepts. Hale was always willing to take on a higher teaching load when a gap needed to be filled, such as teaching game theory for many years until a replacement could be hired. Additionally, Hale supervised graduate students and wrote several textbooks on calculus in higher dimensions.

As a mathematician Hale had a broad range of interests and impacts, starting with his thesis and work in probability and including significant contributions to group theory, knot theory, and number theory.  One of his outstanding accomplishments, the Trotter Product Formula, has had a major impact on mathematical physics and on functional analysis. The Johnson-Trotter Algorithm is another powerful and useful tool he developed, a technique for generating complete lists of permutations that had considerable significance. He developed an interest in knot theory and was the first to show that there are non-invertible pretzel knots, thereby solving a long-standing topological problem. Hale had a later interest in some of the calculational aspects of number theory, developing the Lang-Trotter conjecture through his joint work with Yale mathematician Serge Lang.

Hale’s bright, serene, humorous, and cheerful spirit will be remembered with great affection by his extended family, with whom he and Kay enjoyed many memorable visits during his summer holidays in Canada at their cottage on Lake Cecebe. Hale and Kay had a deep love of the arts and opera that they cheerfully shared with all.  We are so grateful to his caregivers Joyce and her husband Joe, Antoinette, as well as his neighbor Bob, and to all who enabled Hale to stay in his Princeton home since Kay’s passing in 2021. 

A memorial will be held at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton on Tuesday, May 31 between 3 and 5 p.m. with an informal service at 4 p.m. Interment will take place prior to the memorial on Sunday, May 29 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Salem, New York.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the “Kay & Hale Trotter Gynecologic Oncology Fund” at giving.temple.edu/trotterfund.

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Tobe Barban Rothaus

Tobe Barban Rothaus died on April 25, 2022 at the age of 92 in La Jolla, California. She had lived in California for the past 18 years, since the death of her beloved husband Oscar (Princeton University Undergraduate Class of 1948 and Graduate Class of 1958). Tobe and Oscar lived in Princeton until 1965 when they moved to Ithaca, New York, where they raised their three children. 

While she suffered from dementia in her final years, her illness did not dim her vibrant personality. She continued, until the end, to make friends and impress all who knew her with her spirit and determination. Tobe’s first priority was always her family, to whom she was fiercely devoted, although she pursued a wide variety of interests throughout her life. She was a voracious reader, and had a particular passion for poetry, and books about gardens, landscape architecture, and the immigrant experience. Her lifelong love of art, particularly Asian art, meant she was often to be found in a museum, and she shared her considerable knowledge of art while working as a docent at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell University campus. She was also a member of the Auraca Herbarists, who supported Cornell’s Robison Herb Garden, and on the board of directors of the Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts.

Her childhood in New York City trained her eye and influenced her taste; she had an incredible sense of fashion and décor, making any space she lived in beautiful and gracious, and she was a fantastic cook and host.

She is survived by her three daughters and their husbands, Carla (Eric Printz), Ruth (Victor Caston), Tamar (Tim Bartlett), and six grandchildren, Rebecca, Simon, Eva, Sarah, Rachel, and Sophie. She was predeceased by her sister Francine Di Palma, and leaves her cherished sister Beth Londner in Israel, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. May her memory be a blessing.

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Adam Apgar Pyle

Adam Apgar Pyle of Princeton passed away on May 5, 2022. Born in Hong Kong on August 24, 1985, he was the son of Molly and Thomas Pyle. Adam graduated from Princeton High School in 2003 and completed terms at Rutgers University, Mercer County Community College, and Pratt Institute.

Adam was an extensive traveler in his earlier life, visiting China, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Australia, and frequently visiting relatives in Singapore. Later he journeyed with classmates and family to England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary, and went on a safari in Kenya with his father. 

Throughout his life, Adam was keenly intellectual, an assiduous autodidact of many subjects. From BMX biking in high school, to history, art, esoterica, religion, and post-punk industrial music, Adam was an engaging expert. He was admired by his family, teachers, and friends for his depth of knowledge and passionate discussions.

In 2007, at age 21, Adam was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Over the subsequent 15 years, many, many challenges ensued, including increasing isolation and depression. Nevertheless, he avidly and stoically continued his intellectual interests, despite increasingly intense intrusions of his illness. 

In 2013, Adam was baptized and received into the Plainsboro Presbyterian Church. In 2016, Adam developed an interest in Freemasonry. Together with his father, they were raised as a father-and-son pair to the sublime degree of Master Mason in November 2016 as members of Mercer Lodge No. 50 in Trenton. Received, welcomed, and fully accepted “on the level” by the world’s oldest fraternity, Adam found in Masonry such camaraderie, acceptance, and opportunities for esoteric knowledge that his illness had hitherto robbed of him. 

Over the years, Adam received care from many evidence-based agencies around the country, including Princeton House, Carrier Clinic, Hampton House, AAMH, and Trenton Psychiatric Hospital locally. He engaged various modalities of recovery including Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Therapy—Recovery, Electroconvulsive Therapy, and Hearing Voices Network support. 

Adam’s illness irrevocably worsened, despite all possible efforts to contain it. Increasingly overwhelmed by harrowing illusions beyond his control, Adam determined not to careen into the abyss, but instead to offer himself unto God. On May 5, 2022, Adam laid his burden down and in God’s arms was taken up to his final rest and much deserved peace. 

Adam is survived by his loving parents, Molly Tan Pyle and Thomas Hanson Pyle of Princeton, his sister and brother in-law, Tara Pyle and Daniel Biller of Brooklyn, NY, nieces Zoe and Sage Biller of Brooklyn, NY, and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and other relatives in the United States and Singapore. 

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Princeton House Behavioral Health (Inpatient), 905 Herrontown Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 or the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), Mercer chapter, namimercer.org.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540. Arrangements under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. For more information, visit matherhodge.com.

May 4, 2022

Dorothy Mills Highland

Family, friends, and the many people whose lives she touched mourn the loss of Dorothy Mills Highland. Dottie (as she was known to friends) passed away peacefully at her home in Skillman surrounded by family on July 9, 2020, following a 13-year-long battle with carcinoid cancer syndrome. She loved life, and she did so unapologetically, fully, and with unceasing
curiosity and awe that made life’s many challenges and joys worth sharing. 

Dottie was born on January 11, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. The first child of James and Sally Mills, she attended school in Elmont, NY, where she met her future husband, Joseph, at the age of 15. Together they attended Hofstra University and married shortly after their senior year, in June 1966. Dottie went on to receive a Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and a JD degree from American University College of Law.

Over the years she taught elementary school, practiced law, raised three children, traveled the world, and in her later years worked as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she took a special interest in introducing children to the arts. Dottie met each season of life with kindness and generosity of spirit that made her welcome everywhere she went. She is dearly missed by the friends and family whose lives she brightened. She is survived by her husband Joseph, children Rebecca (Mark), Michael (Christine), and Vladimir, and her brother Donald, as well as three grandchildren. 

It was Dottie’s request that any donations in her memory be made to UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees) or Princeton University Art Museum — specifically for programs bringing the arts to children.

Funeral services were held at the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey.

Given the pandemic restrictions at the time of Dottie’s death, the family is now asking people who knew Dottie (especially those who did not have a chance to honor her at the time of her death) to offer words that might have been shared under different circumstances. The family plans to collect these remembrances in the form of a book as a way to memorialize and always
remember Dottie.

If you knew Dottie, please feel free to send remembrances of any length to rememberingdottie@gmail.com.

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Michele Miller

Michele Miller, 74, of Skillman, NJ, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022. She was born in Hoboken, NJ, lived in various places across the United States, and ultimately resided in Skillman, NJ, for the past 30 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received her Masters in Teaching at the College of New Jersey. She worked at Princeton House as a special education teacher for several years. Michele was a loving wife and mother and raised her children Larry and Kristin.

Michele had many wonderful qualities. She was smart, funny, empathetic, compassionate, generous, and incredibly loving. She was a fantastic cook, and a great dancer. At her core, Michele cared the most about her family.  She enjoyed being home cooking meals for her family, going to soccer games, and having holiday gatherings.

Predeceased by her parents Michael and Lucille (Fazio) Bongiovanni; she is survived by her husband of 44 years Lawrence E. Miller; son and daughter-in-law Lawrence M. and Ann Marie Miller; daughter and son-in-law Kristin and Alexander Rakow; grandchildren Annabelle and Noah Rakow; and sister and brother-in-law Gail Bongiovanni and Everett Nissly.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton. Burial was held in Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to either Hands Together  (handstogether.org) or Memorial Sloan Kettering (mskcc.org) in Michele’s memory.

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Joan S. Crespi

Joan Claire Striefling Crespi, 91, of Blue Bell, PA, passed away peacefully on April 27 after several years of declining health.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Joan received her BA in English from the University of Michigan where she won multiple Hopwood awards for Drama and Poetry. After receiving her MA from Stanford University, she moved to New York City where she worked as a copy editor at Esquire magazine for several years. Joan was introduced to her future husband Irving by a mutual friend in the spring of 1968 and moved to Princeton when they married that August. Joan resided in Princeton until 2009 when she moved to a retirement community closer to her daughter in Pennsylvania.

Joan always said that getting married and having children was the best thing she’d ever done. She dedicated herself to raising her children and was very proud of their accomplishments. Joan loved learning and was always reading or writing. She wrote several plays and spent countless hours reading the New York Times and clipping articles that she could incorporate into writing ideas so that her work would remain relevant in an ever-changing world. She also traveled extensively both nationally and internationally. As her children grew older, she returned to her roots as a writer, writing for several local publications including the Princeton Packet and U.S.1, where, among other articles, she wrote numerous reviews of local theater productions.

In her later years she was a loving grandmother to her six grandchildren and enjoyed traveling and celebrating holidays with her family. 

Predeceased by her husband Irving, Joan is survived by her son Robert and his children Ian and Rebecca of Hoboken, NJ, and her daughter Judy, son-in-law Charles, and their children Joseph, Abigail, Jessica, and Zachary of Skippack, PA. 

Graveside services were held in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL.org).

Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Steven Michael Miller

Steven Michael Miller of Princeton, 77, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022.  He was born in Philadelphia on February 8, 1945, and resided in Princeton for the last 28 years.

Steve was a graduate of Philadelphia’s Central High School, the University of Chicago (B.A.), the University of Washington (M.S.) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.).  He retired from the N.J. Department of Health in 2010, where he worked as an environmental scientist for 27 years.  He was a member of the Communications Workers of America union.

After retiring, Steve rediscovered his adolescent hobby of amateur radio. He was relicensed as KD2DUL and made new contacts near and far. He also served terms on the Princeton Environmental Commission and the Princeton Board of Health. 

Steve was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Esther (Rosen) Miller, and his sister Phyllis Forman. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Olga Boyko, and his children Pauline and Edward Miller. He also leaves behind his sister Ruth Miller, brothers-in-law Gary Forman and John Boyko, and nieces and nephews Amy Forman and Jeff and Harrison Fischer of Decatur, GA, and Ben, Lorine, Carter, and Max Forman of Doylestown, PA. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton NJ 08542.

In lieu of flowers, Steve would be glad to have donations made to Puppies Behind Bars (puppiesbehindbars.com), Trenton Rescue Mission (rescuemissionoftrenton.org), Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (trentonsoupkitchen.org), or Isles, Inc. (isles.org).

April 27, 2022

Bruce Finnie

Bruce Finnie began his life in Memphis, and though he left just after his first decade, it was a place that left its stamp on him, expressed through his lifelong love of jazz and southern barbeque, and rich, vivid memories of fishing with his father on the wild Mississippi River delta between Tennessee and Arkansas.  His life there, poised to join his father in a roofing business (with “& son” already painted on the door) was disrupted suddenly and irrevocably by his father’s untimely death when Bruce was only 11. He was uprooted from the hot Memphis streets of his youth and taken to live with his grandparents in Cleveland. He would say of what followed that he had to “invent everything” about life from that point on, himself. 

His life pivoted yet again when, through his exemplary service as a paperboy for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he was awarded a scholarship to Phillips Academy Andover in faraway Massachusetts. His mother refused the offer at first, but the donors persisted, and Bruce went off to join another world, a seminal, beloved place that would, as he said, become his family. At Andover, Bruce was exposed to teachers and fellow students that opened up a completely different path for his life, a path that took him to a full scholarship to Harvard and a life in higher education, including, for more than 30 years, at Princeton University.

Bruce wore his credentials lightly. He declined to be referred to as “Dr. Finnie,” though his work at Harvard in Sociology included a sports fan study, and developing some of the first use of computers in sociological research, analyzing data from the now-famous Harvard health study. He and his best friend Harry Scarr became sought-after experts, and it was this expertise that drew him to Princeton. Recruited to be the Registrar, he asked, “what’s a registrar?” But he leaped in, and did not look back, automating registration, class scheduling, and grades at Princeton for the first time. This was the first of several roles at Princeton where he championed “zero errors” – but always put people first. He was a beloved manager and a relied-upon leader, tapped for a series of roles bringing computation to university processes. He became an iconic figure on the campus, walking with his beloved Beagle, “Took,” sending zingers on the squash courts at Dillon gym and on the softball field, and teaching as a “preceptor” in sports sociology, dubbed “Coach” by his appreciative students. He was an utterly devoted fan of Princeton basketball and football, and for decades held season tickets, rarely missing a game; he was also a die-hard fan of the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Browns, supporting these teams in victory and defeat in a way that fully manifested the original word “fanatic.”

Perhaps because his own experience taught him that life can change on a dime, he created a life for his family that was grounded, stable, and balanced – a rock-solid foundation from which all could grow and thrive.  He married his seventh grade sweetheart, Virginia “Ginnie” Boylan (who survives him) in 1954, and together, through their enduring bond, they raised three children and generously supported their partners, Matthew Finnie and his wife Carol Guttman Finnie, Ellen Finnie and her partner Jaime Basswerner, and Janet Finnie and her husband Rob Whiteside. He was cherished and loved beyond measure as a husband, father, and grandfather, to Daniel and Hannah Finnie, to Nat Duranceau, and to Phoebe and Ellen Whiteside. He was a north star, a bright beacon for them all –  a man of unshakeable principle, markedly frugal for himself but generous with others, a colorful character who was never hesitant to share his views, but whose clear values – and openness to all people – created an indelible impression and were a guiding light and inspiration to his family and for all those whose lives he touched. A man who had to be his own guide from a very young age, he was sought out for advice, though he was very clear that “I don’t give advice, I help people find out what they already know.” 

Bruce never wavered in his understated but steadfast commitments: to family, to hard and “honest” work, to the institutions that shaped him, but also to the simple pleasures: his beloved sports, travel with Ginnie and special friends, birdwatching and berrypicking in the yard with his beloved grandchildren, a cigar, and time at the fireplace with the newspaper and crossword puzzle. Centered, balanced, clear, hard-working, unflappable – Bruce lived what he believed, without apology or uncertainty.  His was a life fully and well lived, on his own terms, but always, always, with others in mind.   

Those who wish to honor his life and legacy may want to consider a donation to Phillips Academy Andover’s Financial Aid Scholarships (andover.edu/givenow) to which Bruce was a faithful supporter for over 20 years.   

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John V. Rawson Jr.

John VanRennselaer Rawson Jr., 87, of Skillman passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, April 18, 2022. Fondly known as Skip, he was born in Plainfield, NJ, to parents John V. and Anna Mabel (Snoden) Rawson.

Over the course of his career, Skip had many varied interests. Formerly chairman of the Loan Committee of Montgomery National Bank, he then founded Rawson Food Services, a Wendy’s franchise company. A lover of airplanes, motorcycles, boats, and cars, Skip embraced life with great enthusiasm. A retired Major in the United States Air Force, Skip continued to be active in the aviation community, including flying in the Tora! Tora! Tora! airshow group. He was also involved in the Delaware Valley Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.

Skip’s adventures also led him to the Thousand Islands where he restored Calumet Island and made it a family retreat. He adored being surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and friends. He had boundless energy, extreme loyalty, and was truly one of a kind. 

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Richard. 

He is survived by his loving wife Dr. Joyce H. Glazer as well as his children, Lisa and Steven Garb, Laura and Paul Butrico, John and Gail Rawson, Melony and Steve Baclini, and Hannah and Billy Theodat. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Aimee, Dan, Tim, Anna, Erin, Holly, Jillian, John, Miles, and Logan. Skip is also survived by his sister, Carole Pratcher and brother, John Corey Rawson.

There will be a private family burial at the Blawenburg Reformed Cemetery, 1006 Route 601 Skillman, NJ 08558. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Commemorative Air Force (delawarevalleywing-caf.org), the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY (abm.org), and/or a charity of your choice.

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

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Memorial Service — Kassof

Celebrating the life of Allen H. Kassof (1930-2021) Saturday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m.

Institute for Advanced Study* Reception following

RSVP/more info: kassofmemorial@gmail.com

*All visitors to IAS must attest they are vaccinated and boosted.

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April 20, 2022

Hannah Westfield Kahn

Hannah Westfield Kahn, 97, born in Düsseldorf, Germany on Wednesday, April 23, 1924, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2022. The Kahn family mourns Hannah’s passing as we celebrate her long, eventful, and fulfilling life.

A longtime resident of Princeton, New Jersey, (she moved to Princeton in 1958 with her husband, C. Harry Kahn), Hannah was forced to leave her childhood home in Germany in 1936, alone, waiting for her family to join her. The events of Kristallnacht in 1938 hastened her family’s escape to Bournemouth, England, and in April 1940 the family arrived in the United States on a Cunard Line boat in a convoy, one of the last boats to make it from Europe. They settled in Nashville, Tennessee: her parents, Max, a portrait artist, and Rosel, a stockbroker, and her brother, Michael. She met Harry there, who was the brother of her best friend, Bertie, and they attended Vanderbilt University together, then graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. They formed many important relationships there, including an enduring friendship with Ruth Shor, their New York City “connection.” Harry went on to become a professor of economics at Rutgers University, while Hannah focused on raising their four children at their home on Linden Lane. After Harry died in 1972, Hannah worked at Mathematica, in the Public School System, and then as an Economist for the State of New Jersey until her retirement in 1986. Hannah was fortunate to unite with Lothar Sander, with whom she travelled and spent many wonderful years.

Hannah was an active member of the Princeton community. As recently as two weeks before her passing, she still hosted her book group! The book group and its members provided Hannah with a vital source of satisfaction and friendship in her later years. She was also a founding member of Community Without Walls and a member of such organizations as the League of Women Voters, the Princeton Adult School and the PTA.

Hannah lovingly endures in our memories, nestled in her rocking chair, reading, and sipping tea, or talking on the telephone to her relatives and friends, of which she had many all over the world. Her great joy was spending time at the family farm in Barnard, Vermont. There, she found peace and comfort working in the raspberry patch, hiking, cooking, eating, and laughing with friends and family; reminded of the carefree days of her early childhood and the summers spent in Bavaria, before the war altered the course of her life.

Hannah Kahn was loved and cherished greatly by all and will be much missed. Hannah is survived by her four children, Joan, Martin, Peter and Naomi, and her grandchildren, Colin, Micah, Caleb and Max. Among other organizations, Hannah was a longtime supporter of the ACLU and those wishing to may make a contribution in her name.

April 13, 2022

Richard “Dick” Christian

Richard “Dick” Christian passed away peacefully on February 14, surrounded by his family. He was 95 years old.

Dick was a Princeton resident from 1981 to 2004, when he moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he grew up in Berkeley, California, where he and Mary Lou Neidenbach were married in April 1950. In September 1950, he joined the Navy, serving until March 1952.

On his return, he graduated from San Francisco State College and began to work for station KQED, the first public broadcasting television station in California. He had his own live jazz program hosting some of the great musicians of that era and produced and directed educational and public affairs programs.

In 1961, he and his family moved to Montclair, New Jersey, when he was offered a position in New York City with television station WNET, helping to launch the first metropolitan public broadcasting station.

While directing live television productions at the RCA Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964, he was recruited by Visual Information Systems, early video pioneers credited with filming the Liston/Clay champion fight and the original Woodstock concert.

In 1980, Dick joined the sales and marketing department of Excertpa Medica, a full service global medical communications agency headquartered in Amsterdam, with a Princeton office, from which he retired in 1994.

His travels with the company and with his family took him to Japan, Australia, and Singapore, London, Paris, and Amsterdam, as well as Alaska, Mexico, Italy, and Greece.  As a sailor and Bay Area native, his favorite city was always Venice.

Dick was active in the Unitarian Church in Montclair and Princeton. In Princeton, he was involved with the men’s group and played in the bell choir.  He was also an enthusiastic advocate for The Princeton Festival, twice playing non-singing roles in their operas. At Stonebridge, he belonged to several social groups and committees, and created and hosted many popular activities with such zest and attention to detail that they became lasting traditions. As Commodore of the Stonebridge Yacht Club (a position he once held with the Lake Carnegie Sailing Club), he was responsible for its annual Regatta (“anything that floats”) on the Great Pond, a fall favorite of residents, their families, and friends.

Sailing, following his beloved Yankees’ games, even going occasionally to their spring training in Florida, playing poker and gin rummy were a few of his many pleasures. But music, especially jazz, was his true love. After playing the violin as a boy, he turned to the piano, taking lessons and concentrating on jazz.   

Dick was predeceased by his wife, Mary Lou. He is survived by his son, Murray and daughter-in-law, Tricia, his sons, Andrew and Matthew, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.   

He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and countless number of friends. His unfailing optimism, warmth, and incomparable sense of humor touched everyone around him and brought new life to any party or group. As one of his friends so aptly said, “Everybody loved that guy.”    

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held at Stonebridge on Saturday, April 23, at 4 p.m.

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Elizabeth Cooper

Early on the morning of March 29, Betty Cooper died peacefully.

She was born Elizabeth Lyles Edwards on April 4, 1925 and welcomed into a big multigenerational house in Tarboro, North Carolina. It’s there she undoubtedly learned to always welcome everyone and anyone into her home and life.

She was always driven academically, graduating from Tarboro High School as the Valedictorian of her class, followed by two years at St Mary’s Junior College where she was active, in what seems like all the appropriate clubs, as well as being elected Student Body President. She then went on to earn her BA in Mathematics from Chapel Hill in 1945 in one of the first graduating classes that included women.

She married at a young age to a theologian and minister. It was during this time she was exposed to the bigger world, with trips to Europe as well as the experience of living at several top universities along the East Coast. They also had a son we called Mac.

She later landed in Philadelphia where, while she was working for Towers Perrin, she met her second husband and started another chapter. Together they had two children, Grant and Lucy. They became pioneers of the, then newly-built, planned community of Reston, VA, and then moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1972.

She was giving, more than most, hosting any friend as long as needed, always sharing her table and a good home cooked meal. She could often be found working in the garden but gave a good bit of her time to volunteering for, in particular, Meals on Wheels, accounting for a Trenton Co-Op, and, due to her love of books, at several libraries.

She would never have called herself social, but her giving nature and good southern charm made her sometimes irresistible. She was “sharp as a briar” as one of her relatives called her and was so until the day she died, just days before her 97th birthday. Her innate wisdom will be missed by all who knew her.

She is predeceased by her two husbands, Robert M. McNair and G. Ashley Cooper, and son Robert M. McNair Jr.

She leaves behind her two remaining children, her stepdaughter Carol and her husband, two amazing daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Gordon Oscar Danser

Gordon Oscar Danser, 77, of Lawrenceville, NJ passed away Friday, March 25 of injuries sustained in a tragic car accident. He passed away peacefully under the care of Trustbridge Hospice at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida with his loving daughters by his side.

Gordon was born on November 11, 1944, in Trenton, NJ to Oscar and Evelyn Danser. He grew up working on the family’s potato farm, attended Hightstown High School, and graduated in 1962. He was no stranger to hard work. He delivered milk for Conover’s Dairy, his grandmother’s farm, and served with the United States Coast Guard while he attended Rider College where he graduated in 1968 with a degree in accounting. Immediately upon graduating, he joined Parsons, Foy and Murphy as an accountant. In 1986 he founded Danser, Balaam and Frank in Princeton, which specialized in fiduciary tax and accounting. As a highly regarded CPA, Gordon also served as a fiduciary on many trusts and estates. He highly valued his clients and was honored with the trust they placed in him. He also served as Treasurer at different times for the Princeton Area Community Foundation and Drumthwacket.

Gordon was known as a kind and generous man. He offered sage advice, made friends easily, was quick to laugh, and was always well dressed. He loved to go deep sea-fishing and entered many tournaments coming away with some sizable catches and even bigger fish stories! He played many rounds of golf with family and friends and cherished playing mini golf with his grandchildren. Gordon spent many fun-filled summers in Long Beach Island, sailing the Catboat and especially loved taking friends and family out on his Boston Whaler. He found St. Maarten in the 1980s, fell in love with the island and vacationed there every year. Of course, he ended up with good friends down there, too.

He is predeceased by his father Oscar Young Danser, Mother Evelyn Conover Danser and sister Audrey Stahl. He is survived by his daughters Elise DeLucia (Phyllis DeLucia) and Andrea Danser (Brian Anger), grandsons, Trevor Pelcz, Tyler Pelcz, Jack Danser-Anger, Bennett Danser-Anger, step-grandsons, Zach Allen, Dante DeLucia, granddogs (Lucy, Max and Cooper), sister Connie Danser, brother Bill Danser (Linda Danser), several nieces and nephews, former wife and high school sweetheart Christine Theoharis Danser and friend and former Son-in-Law Doug Pelcz.

A memorial in Gordon’s honor will take place at the Nassau Club in Princeton on May 5 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. All those who loved Gordon are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions to the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

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Daniel Jonathan Milstein

Daniel Jonathan Milstein, 33, passed away February 23, 2022. Daniel, a resident of Somerville, Massachusetts, served as President of Intreeg, Inc., a brain interface endeavor developing devices operating on the brain waves of paralyzed people, until the time of his death. He previously worked at BrainGate which is affiliated with Brown and Stanford Universities. Daniel loved to sing, to learn, and to gather his friends and family, virtually or in person, and to make puns and write humorous songs. 

Daniel was born on June 20, 1988, in White Plains, NY, to Carol and Andrew Milstein who have resided in Princeton for more than 30 years. Daniel graduated Valedictorian from the Hun School of Princeton. After earning his A.B. in Computer Science with honors from Brown University, he went on to receive his Masters in Computer Science also from Brown University, where he treasured the friendships he made, including those made at Alpha Delta Phi. 

Daniel is survived by his parents, his sister Amanda Koppelman-Milstein (Charles), his nephews, William and Joshua, and many loving friends. Instead of flowers, please donate to a cause supporting renewable energy in his memory.

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Frans Martin Djorup

Frans Martin Djorup, 91, a resident of The Commons in Lincoln, MA, and former longtime resident of Princeton, N.J., passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2021.

Born in Philadelphia on November 8, 1930, he was the son of the late Frans and Anne (Baldwin) Djorup. Frans graduated from Abington Senior High School in 1948, and matriculated at Cornell University. He left Cornell for the Navy in 1951 where he served as a pilot. In 1955 he returned to Cornell to complete his undergraduate degree in engineering and physics, graduating with honors in 1958, and completing his PhD in 1963. While in school, he worked as a systems engineer for General Electric, and as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois.

After receiving his PhD, he and his family moved to Princeton, N.J., where he joined the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) as a mathematician, focusing on cryptography. He retired from IDA in 1998.

Frans was an avid puzzle solver and game player. He enjoyed blasting through the New York Times crossword puzzle (always with either a No. 1 pencil and his Pink Pearl eraser, or later in life using only a ballpoint pen and only the “Down” clues), and solving mathematical and logic puzzles of all sorts. He also enjoyed watching old movies, of which he had an encyclopedic knowledge. And he loved sharing those passions with his children and grandchildren.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Marcia J. Djorup; their children, Mary Louise Krakauer (Wayland, MA), Christopher Djorup (Lansdale, PA), and Caroline Gerhardt (Baltimore, MD); his grandchildren, Caryn Krakauer (Wayland, MA), Kevin Krakauer (Sunnyvale, CA), and Domenic Sciancalepore (Lansdale, PA); and his sister Barbara Keen (Spokane, WA). His sister Marjorie Mack predeceased him. He also leaves behind his great-grandchildren, Sophie Lee Krakauer and Henry Lee Krakauer, who were born the day after he died.

Services will be private.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The McGovern Institute at MIT, which focuses on disorders of the brain, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

For his online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com.

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Martha Willis Bergey Wiser

Martha Willis Bergey Wiser, known as Patty to her family and Pat to everyone else, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2022.  She was 96, just shy 97.

Pat was born in Lewistown, Pa., and grew up there surrounded by an extended family and a town full of friends. Throughout her life, she spoke of her years there as idyllic. Due to wartime upheaval, she spent her senior year in Manhasset, N.Y., and graduated from high school there. She attended Pennsylvania State University for two years before withdrawing in 1946 to marry Forwood C. Wiser Jr., then a naval lieutenant in flight school at Corpus Christi, Texas.

During a number of naval postings on the Pacific coast and brief periods in Cambridge, Ma., and Chicago, Pat taught third grade at the Palo Alto Military Academy and was a bookseller at the Harvard Coop. After living briefly in Pittsburgh, the family settled in Bucks County, Pa., in 1955 where they lived for a dozen years before moving to Wellesley, Ma. In 1969, they moved to Princeton where Pat lived until her death.

Pat was a natural dancer, natural listener, and a natural flirt. She sketched like a breeze and drove like a bandit. She loved corn on the cob, Arpege, Persian Melon lipstick, pink roses, espadrilles and, above all else, milk chocolate. She had a lifelong aversion to exercise, healthy eating, flying, and sports. She was known never to break a sweat and never to miss a trick.  She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother above all others.

Pat was a member of the Garden Club of Princeton, Greenfingers Garden Club, the Nassau Club, the Monday Ladies, the Reading Group, and Pretty Brook Tennis Club.

Predeceased by her husband, Forwood Cloud (Bud) Wiser Jr., and her brother, Karl H. Bergey Jr., Pat is survived by her daughter Ann Wiser Fries, her son-in-law Glen Fries and their children Willis and Elizabeth (Michael Landell), her son Forwood Cloud Wiser III, his wife, Katharine L. Adams and their children Forwood IV and Harriet. Her great-grandson Alexander McCord Landell was born in September 2021.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to HomeFront or TASK.

April 6, 2022

Margaret Ashton

Margaret “Peggy” Hopkins Ashton, 94, formerly of Princeton and Ocean City, NJ, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2022 in Fairhope, AL. Born in Dayton, OH, on December 4, 1927, she was a graduate of Oak Park River Forest (IL) High School and Miami University. In addition to raising her family, Peggy was director of food service at The Hun School of Princeton and later spent many years as Field Director at The Gallup Organization.

A longtime member of the Princeton United Methodist Church, she was also a volunteer at Princeton Hospital and continued to serve at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, AL.

At retirement, Peggy and her husband Paul moved to Ocean City, NJ, then traveled the country in their RV before settling in Summerdale, AL. Dating back to their years in Princeton they were avid RV rally masters and participants, particularly if the rally included square dancing.

Peggy was predeceased by her husband Paul in 2017 after 67 years of marriage, her parents Alva and Gladys Hopkins, and her sister Elizabeth Hopkins Schumm. She is survived by her sons Raymond (Jane) of Princeton, NJ, and Charles (Deadra) of Tunbridge, VT, as well as grandchildren Laura (Travis McCleary) of Sydney, Australia, Gregory (Kate) of Pennington, NJ, and Peter (Laura La Placa) of Sunnyvale, CA, and one great-granddaughter.

A private burial will be in Hopewell, NJ.

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Debra Kahny Mercantini

Debra Kahny Mercantini, 56, of Robbinsville passed away suddenly on March 27, 2022.

Deb was born and raised in Princeton before moving to West Windsor, where she attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School. Deb was an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through Womanspace, the Secretary of the Princeton Environmental Commission, former Chairman of the Robbinsville Zoning Board, and was very much involved in the Youth Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Program. She worked for Princeton Township for 25 years.

Daughter of the late Harry and Linda Kahny, Deb is survived by her husband, Louis Mercantini, beloved daughter and son, Michelle Rogers and Tyler Mercantini, sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Joseph Gorski, niece, Kathryn Gorski, mother-in-law, Joanne Mercantini, and precious granddaughter, Ja’Niyah Harrell. Deb will be remembered especially for her kindness, love of her family, and dear friends, dedication to charity work, and unwavering passion for the New York Yankees and Giants.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. with a service at 7:30 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. 

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org, or to a local charity of your choice.

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Ruth Chambers Thornton

Ruth Chambers Thornton passed away peacefully in her home on March 1, 2022 at age 91, a Princeton resident for 65 years.

Ruth grew up in Bronxville N.Y. After Bronxville High, she spent her college years studying journalism and politics at Stephens College then on to the University of Wisconsin. Following a period of graduate study at Columbia University and assignments in New York for Radio Free Europe, Ruth went abroad to study at the University of Grenoble.

It was while she was a researcher and editor for the New York Times Paris Bureau that she met Jim Thornton on a blind date in a romantic French bistro. He proposed that night. They were married for 49 loving years of happiness.

Ruth and Jim moved to Princeton in 1957 where she became avidly active in dozens of community organizations, interests which continued over the next 65 years. Many flared into passions, including a true love of music. It was this passion which manifested in working with the NJSO, joining its Board of Directors in 1979 including a term as President of the Symphony Association’s Princeton/Mercer County Chapter. Ruth’s community involvement revolved around music including but definitely not limited to: Westminster Choir college fundraising, restructuring and endowments, decades with the Trinity Church Choir, and supporting the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Trenton Children’s Choir, and the Princeton Boychoir.

In addition, Ruth created two musical landmarks. First, the popular “Princeton Summer Sounds” music series which started as a YWCA youth fund project before being taken over by the Princeton Recreational Board. Second, the NJ Pops Concert, Princeton’s earliest 4th of July fireworks display with the NJSO accompanying.

Ruth’s musical philosophy could be summed up in her thought; “Musical performances in any guise allow people to enjoy their shared humanity.”

Trinity Church of Princeton held a special place in Ruth’s heart initiating her involvement in many aspects of the church; being part of the vestry, choir, search committee for a new rector and new choir director, Crisis Ministry, counseling service, prison outreach, Meals on Wheels, rummage sale, Women at the Well, and so much more. Trinity was a bastion of her spirituality and community.

Stuart School of the Sacred Heart also became a place of great joy for Ruth starting in 1981, when her daughter Kim entered ninth grade there. Ruth became involved in various SPA events, and became a “class mom.” She became more involved, next becoming a trustee in 1986 focusing on Stuart’s capital campaign. Ruth was part of a special vision for an enhanced chapel/performance art space at Stuart. Her true love of Stuart was expressed in her admiration for the people of Stuart, the leadership, educators, and staff that shape the future female leaders of our area.

The Princeton Public Library also fascinated Ruth. An avid reader and longtime supporter of the local library and it’s many programs, Ruth and Jim helped spearhead the fundraising and design when the time came for a major renovation into a new Library. Of particular pride was the assertion that the Library remain in downtown Princeton as a hub of culture, learning, and activity despite strong argument to relocate the Library on the edge of Princeton where it would have lost its focus and limited access for many Princetonians.

Some other noteworthy achievements: Ruth worked for the Princeton Packet, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, and had been a freelance editor. She embraced the Save the Princeton Playhouse initiative, the local YWCA, Planned Parenthood, and the Historical Society.

Ruth was also known for being a sports enthusiast, enjoying sailing, skiing, and especially golf.

While a world golfer, she was also a longtime member of the Garden State Woman’s Golf Association. Ruth was an eight-time winner of the Woman’s Golf Championship at Springdale Golf Club spread over four decades. She was an exclusive member of the two-time “hole in one” club.

Travel was another of Ruth’s great loves. She, Jim, and best friends globe hopped at least once a year for decades reaching some of the most exotic corners of the world and bringing back the stories to match.

Ruth is mostly remembered for the vast variety of friends she amassed in the Princeton area and far beyond. Nearly each Easter day there was a new person to meet and include in the festivities.

She was truly a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, mentor, and friend to so many.

Ruth was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ruth and Jackson Chambers, and her sister Barbara Schreiner. She is survived by her sister Frances Joswick, her son Andrew S. Thornton, daughter Kim S. Taggart, and her grandchildren Elizabeth S. Taggart and Jeffrey S. Taggart.

Memorial Service: Saturday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Herrontown Woods, P.O. Box 1325, Princeton, NJ 08542 (online at https://www.fohw.org/p/donate_14.html) and/or a donation of choice in Ruth’s name.

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March 30, 2022

Charles William Gear

Charles William Gear, widely known as Bill, a prominent computer scientist particularly known for his work in numerical analysis, died in Princeton, New Jersey, on March 15 at the age of 87.

Born February 1, 1935 to working-class parents in London, he studied at Cambridge University on a full scholarship. There, he “read” mathematics, but if you believe his own stories, he apparently spent most of his time in a scull, rowing on the Cam. Upon graduation in 1956, with Fulbright and Johnson Foundation support, he headed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to learn about computers, still in the early stages of development. Initially intending to stay only for a year, he remained to earn a mathematics Ph.D. in 1960. Upon completing his degree, he went to work at IBM British Laboratories in Hursley. 

Two years later, he returned to the University of Illinois, where he rose through the faculty ranks from assistant professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics to full professor in 1969 and, in 1985, head of the computer science department, as well as professor of Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

In 1990 he was named vice president of the computer science research division at the nascent NEC Research Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.  There, he established its computer division, and two years later became president of the Institute, which also supported physics research.

After retiring in 2000, he soon became a part-time senior scientist at Princeton University, where he continued research work, primarily with associates in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department.

A fellow of the National Academy of Engineering from 1991, he was elected five years later a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1987 he received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Also a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, in 1987-88 he had served as president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

In his free time, he regularly attended concerts, operas, and plays. He also enjoyed sailing, tennis, New York Times crossword puzzles, parties, and, above all, travel to destinations around the world.

He leaves his partner of 50 years, wife Ann Lee Morgan, an art historian; a daughter, K. Jodi Gear of Butte, Montana, and son, Christopher, of Reno, Nevada, both from an earlier marriage to Sharon Smith; four grandchildren; and a sister, Kate Redding, in England.

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Richard J. Levine

Richard J. Levine, 80, of Princeton passed away Monday, March 21, 2022 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro after a brief battle with cancer.

A loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and brother; a dedicated, honored first lieutenant in the United States Army; and a nationally recognized journalist and publishing executive, Richard was born in New York City in 1942.

He attended Cornell University, where he attained a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations in 1962. He received a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 1963 and was awarded a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship from 1963-64.

He then served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1964-66 and was the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal.

He spent his entire professional career working for Dow Jones & Company, Inc., first as a reporter and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, covering labor, economics, and the military. Later he served as an executive, rising to the position of Vice President and Executive Editor of Dow Jones Newswires. After retiring as an active employee in 2006, he spent the next 15 years in a philanthropic role as the President of the Board of Directors of the Dow Jones News Fund, which aims to train the next generation of journalists.

He was an avid tennis player and active in supporting the arts in the Princeton community. He served on the boards of numerous local nonprofit organizations, including National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and McCarter Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Richard is predeceased by his parents, Irving J. and Dorothy (Thome) Levine. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Neil Ann (Stuckey) Levine; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jonathan and Elizabeth Levine, Russell and Susan Levine; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Peter Castro; and five grandchildren, Emma, Caroline, Andrew, Trevor, and Lindsay.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2022, at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2022, at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road Newtown, PA 18940.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton (njtloftrenton.org/donate) or Dow Jones News Fund (dowjonesnewsfund.org/donate/)

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Caitlin Ward Schuele

Caitlin Ward Schuele, born February 28, 1952, in Rockville Centre, New York, passed away on Tuesday, March 15 at her home in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. She battled Lymphoma, an unwelcome guest, that developed unexpectedly.

Caitlin Schuele was reared in Princeton, New Jersey, a daughter of Elaine W. Schuele and Norman A. Schuele Jr. In her formative years she was educated there. Upon graduating from Princeton High School, she matriculated with the Class of 1974 at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.

Her studies were her pursuit and it had been said she was never seen without a book in hand. Lawrence Thompson, the traveling companion and confidant of Robert Frost, and who was his Pulitzer Prize Biographer, became Caitlin’s mentor saying she was the best read young lady he’s ever come across while persuading her to transfer to the University of New Hampshire to major in English. He had been the Curator of Rare Books at The Princeton University Library. After graduating from UNH Caitlin obtained a master’s degree in Reading and the Language Arts from Rider College, Lawrenceville, NJ.

Caitlin’s dedication to mastering the English language was her foundation for a noteworthy career in education. She became the Headmistress of the Princeton Academy, Princeton, New Jersey. Under her tutelage the Princeton Academy became Chartered by the State of New Jersey. It taught adolescents who were cognitively impaired with either visual impairments, a behavioral disorder causing an intellectual disability and / or an auditory deficiency. The role she undertook was to oversee that the school would advance the aspirations of each student by bettering their academic performance and social development.

Later Caitlin’s career path was as a high school English teacher at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede, New Jersey. She also assisted coaching tennis. As at the Princeton Academy, her devotion to her students’ well-being at Triton Regional, and in her success to teach them, shortly was recognized by the faculty, the parents, and the Board of Education. In a high school that had more than 1,100 students enrolled, with the necessary support staff of educational professionals, Caitlin was awarded the recognition by the Board of Education as the Teacher of the Year. Caitlin’s career as an educator became sidelined due to family illness.

Returning to her parents’ home in Cornish, New Hampshire, her intellectual interest to learn was not set aside. Under the auspices of the NH Vocational Rehabilitation, Dept. of Education, she learned Braille so that she might be helpful in future years. Meanwhile, Caitlin worked marketing her brother’s antique business. When she was in NYC being introduced to his contacts, she and George Soros entertained one another talking about things of the past — period French antiques of the 17th and 18th centuries. Antiques were to her an interesting reflection based on history, somewhat dormant though cast in heritage. Her appreciation of the present always was being enlivened by flowers, the composition of gardens and landscape architecture. Her flower gardens framed by built rock walls had been included at one point on the Cornish, NH, garden tour.

Because the family home was sold Caitlin relocated to Ocala, Florida, to associate herself with Jane Schuele Booth in her aunt’s thoroughbred and realty businesses. When events caused change, she moved north to Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, southwest of Asheville. Here, on a mountainous landscape commanding an unobstructed panoramic vista with a 531’ waterfall, Caitlin’s pleasure to nurture nature’s beauty created a contoured landscape using just shy of 300 flowering shrubs. All these needed to be cultivated and watered for many years. However, after five years for various personal and business reasons she along with her English Setters went back to the state where she had been familiar, New Hampshire.

She is survived by one brother residing in Sugar Hill, NH, and an older sister and brother-in-law who reside in Topeka, Kansas. First cousins live in Belmont, MA, Buffalo, NY, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Ventura County, California. Services will be private.

To view an online memorial and/or send a message of condolence to the family, please visit rand-wilson.com.

March 23, 2022

Tai Kyun Shin

Tai Kyun Shin, 89, died on Friday, March 18, 2022, at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ, after an extended hospitalization with pneumonia. A good and faithful servant, Tai was surrounded by his loved ones as he moved on to life eternal.

Tai was born in Gun-nung, Suksan Myun, Yonback Gun, Hwanghaedo, in what is now North Korea. He was born during the occupation of Korea by Japan, and immigrated to the United States after the Korean War in 1955. After earning his high school diploma during the war, Tai attended Butler University in Indiana where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion in 1959; his previous studies at Seoul Theological College had helped him to graduate. After being introduced to the Presbyterian church in Indianapolis, Tai attended Christian Theological Seminary at Butler University and earned a Master of Sacred Theology.

He further attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where he earned a Master of Divinity. A few years later in Ann
Arbor, Tai attended University of Michigan where he earned a Master of Social Work. In 1967, Tai proudly became a U.S. Citizen. Reverend Tai Kyun Shin’s positive impact and commitment to the community was unparalleled. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he brought hope and love to his community, serving as a staff member at the (PC)USA headquarters in New York on Riverside Drive. In 2002, he retired as a Contract Administrator for the State of New Jersey’s Department of Human Services.

Since 1974, he had lived with his wife Joy in Princeton Junction near Grovers Mill Pond, and most recently along the Millstone River. In his retirement, Tai continued to be active in various communities throughout NJ. He was a regular at the West Windsor Senior Center where he frequently participated in Tai Chi classes. An avid sports fan, he loved watching Butler and Michigan basketball. Throughout his life, he continued his passion for gardening and traveling. Tai especially enjoyed daily walks in the neighborhood and caring for his family.

Tai is survived by his wife, Joy of 58 years; his two brothers, Sun Kyun and wife Christine of Lakeland, FL, and Jong Kyun of Yeonan, North Korea; his three sisters, Sue Loesch of Mansfield, OH, Rhonda Shin of Wilmington, DE, and Jamie Chi and husband Ken of Los Angeles, CA. Tai and Joy have three sons — Kent and wife Kelley of Dayton, OH, Wesley and wife Maren of Castle Rock, CO, and Mark and fiancé Amy Custer of Denver, CO. Tai and Joy have seven grandchildren — Darren, Matthew, Rosemary, Daniel, Christina, Brandon, and Audrey.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 25 from 6-9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home on 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton, NJ. A Service in Witness to Resurrection and Interment will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church in Princeton Junction. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ukrainian refugee relief fund of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program. pda.pcusa.org.

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Robyn Nini

Robyn Nini, loving wife and mother, passed peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2022, after a lengthy illness. She died at her home in Princeton, New Jersey, embraced by her husband and daughters.

Robyn was a devoted wife to her husband Kevin and dedicated mother to her two daughters, Christina and Olivia. Robyn’s kindness and generosity touched everyone. She was the light in darkness, the hope in despair and, throughout her illness, provided comfort to her family and dearest friends.

Robyn loved expressing herself through interior design and fashion. She was an extremely creative and talented person who shared her passions with those she loved. She was driven to bring happiness to friends, family, and strangers alike.

Robyn spent her summers at the Jersey Shore with her extended family and friends. She loved being by the water and often called it her “happy place.”

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Robyn spent most of her young life in Edison before moving to New York City to pursue a successful career in advertising. Robyn retired in the late 1990s before starting her family in Princeton. Deeply involved in the children’s education, she relished the relationships she had with parents, teachers, and students. Her warm and outgoing personality won the hearts of everyone with whom she crossed paths becoming a well-loved member of the Princeton community.

Daughter of Elaine and the late Stephen Tumminello, she is survived by her husband Kevin of 29 years, her daughters, Christina and Olivia, her sisters, Laurie and Wendy, and several beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

Visitation was held on Monday, March 21, 2022 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Robyn was laid to rest alongside loved ones at Princeton Cemetery. God bless our Angel.

For those who would like to send a gift, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, pancan.org.

March 16, 2022

Marie Elizabeth “Betty” Hewel

Marie Elizabeth “Betty” Hewel passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022, in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 94. She was born in Houston, Texas, on July 28, 1927 to Wilhelmina Kenyon Blayney and John Mcclusky Blayney.

Betty moved from Texas to Long Island, NY, at a young age and graduated from Jamaica High School. It was also where she met her husband, David Hewel. She graduated from The State University of New York at Cortland with a degree in Physical Education. Betty and David married in December of 1947.

They resided in Pearl River, NY, where she taught Physical Education and in 1956 moved to Lawrence Township, New Jersey. She worked for the Mercer County Girl Scout Council before teaching Physical Education in the Princeton Regional School System. In 2008, she was inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame for her many years of coaching field hockey and lacrosse.

After retiring, they moved to Sunset Beach, NC, and spent many happy years there. She was active in the women’s golf leagues and the Power Squadron. In the summer she stayed at her camp on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks, a place she loved more than anywhere else. She was very active in the Upper Saranac Lake community, serving on the Chapel Island Committee and piloting the Chapel Bound for Sunday services. She taught Boat Safety classes for many years. At her camp she welcomed all and taught countless people to water ski, canoe, and sail.

Betty was predeceased by her husband, David. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Conover of Smithfield, Virginia; her son, Thomas Hewel (Claudia) of Centennial, Colorado; and  her daughter, Beth Howell (Randall) of Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She is also survived by her grandchildren Carey Stolber (Steven), Megan Edwards (Kenneth), Michael Hewel (Margie), Jessica Hewel, Kevin Howell, and Katherine Howell. She leaves six great-grandchildren: Joshua Stolber, Samuel Stolber, Zachary Edwards, Meredith Edwards, McKenna Hewel, and Morgan Hewel.

A celebration of life will be held July 30 in the Adirondacks. Gifts in her memory may be sent to Chapel Island, PO Box 71, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

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Richard Adam Moskovitz

We are shocked and deeply saddened to announce the passing of Richard Adam Moskovitz on March 8, 2022. He will be deeply missed by his loving partner, Donna Bouchard; his beloved children, Anna Nicole and Ryan Jacob (R.J.); two brothers, Mark (Kathy Mannes) and David Moskovitz (Susan Jacobson); three nieces and nephew; and many coworkers and friends.

Richard loved family and he loved food and was passionate about the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories. A creative problem solver, he faced challenges with tenacity, humor, optimism, and humility. Richard was an unrelenting mentor to all and supported countless colleagues throughout his life. He was exceedingly proud of his children and radiated with love whenever he spoke of Anna and R.J. and his wonderful partner Donna and the life they were creating together. His time with all of us was too short. 

His death came unexpectedly at a time when he was successful operating a destination dining experience at Brick Farm Tavern, featuring and supporting sustainable farming producers and providers in the Hopewell, NJ, region. During his career, he led and inspired individuals and teams across the hospitality industry, including venues in ships, museums, ranches, and parks. Richard was empathetic and entrepreneurial. Richard loved people. Richard cared. From successfully and lovingly hosting huge parties to whipping up a favorite bouillabaisse in his brother’s kitchen, Richard embraced the potential for food and celebration to bring us all together.  We will feel his presence the next time we break bread together or make a toast. We will forever miss his voice, his smile, his teddy bear hugs.

His family and friends invite those who remember Richard to support Trinity Counseling Service (TCS) Princeton, NJ (trinitycounseling.org).

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Sarah Jones Easter

Sarah (Sally) Jones Easter of Montgomery Township, NJ, died on January 21, 2022 at the age of 84. She was born in New York City in 1937, daughter of Allen Northey Jones, an investment banker, and Lillian Lovell Jones, an artist and poet.  Sarah graduated from Abbott Academy in 1954, graduated from Vassar College in 1958, and did graduate work in Elementary Education at Trenton State College in the late 1960s.

Sarah married George Cordell Easter in 1957, who she met on a blind date at Princeton University. She is predeceased by her husband, her parents, and her brother Stephen Jones. Sarah is survived by her three children, Sally Easter, Cory Easter, Jennifer Easter Nelson; daughter-in-law Josefina Martinez Easter; son-in-law Derrick Nelson; and her beloved grandchildren Matt and Nick Brown, Chelsea, Amanda and Cory Jose Easter, and Dell and Sarah Nelson. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Hugh Wakefield, and her niece and nephew Amory and Austin Wakefield. 

Sarah was passionate about her volunteer work, volunteering in an inner-city community center and with children with special needs during college. She volunteered in the Princeton Public Schools as a library volunteer, as a one-on-one tutor in Middle Schools, and as President of the Princeton Middle School PTO. She taught reading in the Trenton Public Schools, organizing and operating a Learning Center at Cook School. Since many of her students did not have breakfast in the morning, Sarah brought them home-baked high protein cookies.

Sarah also helped others by donating blood for over 35 years until she aged out (to her annoyance), coordinated volunteers and delivered Meals on Wheels with her husband George for many years, and served as President and a member of the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood of Mercer County. She also served on the Board and as Vice-President of Cherry Hill Nursery School, volunteered for Youth Employment Service (Princeton Youth Fund), volunteered for the Woodfields Foundation, and was a Brownie Leader and Girl Scout Leader. As a VISTA volunteer, Sarah managed Cabin Creek Quilts in Princeton, marketing quilts made by elderly wives of coal miners in West Virginia. She served as Co-Treasurer for the All Star I family conference at Star Island in the Isles of Shoals for many years and she and George chaired the conference in 1972.

Sarah, the granddaughter of an Episcopal Minister, and husband George (who grew up a devout Catholic) decided to join the Princeton Unitarian Church in 1962 after visiting an Episcopal church on a Sunday when the sermon was entitled “Why We Are Not Unitarians.”  Over the 60 years that she was a church member, Sarah served as the President, Vice-President of Administration, Vice-President of Programming of the Board of Trustees, and was a member of the Partner Church Committee. She served multiple terms as President of the Women’s Alliance, taught Sunday School, and could always be found in the church kitchen, commandeering good spirited volunteers for brunches and memorial services. 

When not volunteering, Sarah enjoyed birding, gardening, and traveling the world on birding and museum tours with her husband George. She is remembered as a kind and compassionate friend with a sharp wit and an endless store of knowledge on church matters. Sarah used to tell her children, “If your house is truly clean, then you aren’t doing enough volunteer work!”  She once put a sign on the church refrigerator that said “To All Conducting Botulism Experiments in this Fridge: Clean your stuff out by the end of the week or it will be discarded. In the future, please conduct your botulism experiments in your own fridge!” She will be cherished and remembered.

March 9, 2022

Ruthmarie “Ree” Perry Thomas

Ruthmarie “Ree” Perry Thomas, 82, of West Windsor passed away Friday, March 4 of injuries sustained in a car accident complicated by her long battle with lung cancer and COPD. She passed peacefully at the Samaritan Center hospice in Mount Holly surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on June 16, 1939 in Princeton, NJ, and graduated from Princeton High School in 1957. In high school she sang in choir and loved participating in the musicals. She graduated from Goucher College with a degree in education in 1961 and taught kindergarten in NJ for a year before driving across the country with two friends in a Volkswagen Beetle to live in Berkeley, CA. In Berkeley she worked for Goldman’s chain of department stores first as a clerk and then as a buyer. After four years she returned to the East Coast, spent a brief stint in New York, and then resided in Princeton as a part of a small minority of female commuters taking the Dinky and NJ Transit into her job at Manufacturers Hanover in Manhattan.

It was while commuting she met her husband Roger Thomas, and after marrying in 1971, they settled in West Windsor. After years of serving as soccer, Little League, PTA and band mom extraordinaire while raising her children, she worked in the Hopewell Valley school system at Timberlane for 14 years. Ree loved working there and was in no hurry to retire; given her youthful appearance when she did retire in 2006, her colleagues were surprised to learn she was the oldest employee on staff at the time. In retirement she doted on her grandchildren and returned to her love of singing, joining her daughter in the Westminster Conservatory Community Choir.

Ree was warm, kind, compassionate, and had exceptional empathy and a great love for animals. She treated all of our friends like family and was a most beloved wife, mom, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and mother-in-law.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years Roger Thomas, son and daughter-in-law Scott and Megan Thomas, daughter and son-in-law Stephanie Thomas and Matthew Halpin, stepson and daughter-in-law Christopher and Jennifer Thomas, and grandchildren Thomas and Juliette Halpin and Ian Thomas. Also surviving are her brother and sister-in-law Paul and Anna Perry, her sister Alice Strong, and her brother and sister-in-law Mark and Mary Lou Perry.

Visitation for family and friends will be at Kimble Funeral Home at 1 Hamilton Avenue in Princeton, NJ, from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 20, with a service directly following. A livestream link will be available. She will join her parents Ruth and Paul Perry to rest at the Princeton Cemetery in a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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Richard Partridge

Richard Partridge died peacefully on February 27, 2022 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 91 years old.

A Princeton resident since 1961, he was born in Orange, NJ, and grew up in South Orange. After graduating from Pingry School in 1948 he went to Harvard and received an A.B. degree in 1952. In 1955 he married Noëlle Hu. In 1957 he received an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany for two years.

After leaving law school he went to work in the Legal Division of Western Electric, the manufacturing subsidiary of AT&T. Until his retirement in 1989, his entire career was with Bell System companies. He had two tours of duty with the parent company, one in the Long Lines Department of AT&T and one in the General Departments, working on regulatory matters. From 1970 to 1973 he was General Attorney, Secretary, and Treasurer of Sandia Laboratories, a Bell System subsidiary in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that worked for the U.S. Government, primarily in the design of nuclear weapons. While in Albuquerque he was a trustee of the Sandia School, a private school for girls.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Noëlle Hu Partridge; by a daughter, Elizabeth Raymond, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; and two sons, John, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and William, of Chardon, Ohio. Also surviving him are his sister, Joan Bernard, of Vernouillet, France; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangments under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Medical Center Foundation (princetonhcs.org/princeton-medical-center-foundation).

March 2, 2022

Louise Manning Moon-Miller

Louise Manning Moon-Miller died on February 21. She was 105. Born July 9, 1916, she lived through two world wars, two global pandemics, the moon landing, the Berlin Wall coming down, and the invention of the television and the internet.

Louise was raised by her father, Frederick Wiles Moon, a banker, and her mother, Beatrice Brodhead Dingman Moon, a homemaker. She spent an idyllic childhood in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. After graduating high school from Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA, during the Depression, she was unable to afford college. Louise dreamed of becoming an artist, but her grandmother persuaded her to follow her sister Cornelia and become a registered nurse. After graduating nursing school at The Hospital of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Philadelphia, and still desiring a college education, she joined the U.S. Army, as they would send one to college. She was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital as a surgical nurse. Six weeks after her arrival in Washington, D.C., the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.

After being sent to various locations throughout the United States, 1st Lieutenant Moon was assigned to the 59th Evacuation Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. The evacuation hospital, similar to M.A.S.H., moved with the front, forward or retreating.  The 59th Evacuation arrived in Casablanca on Christmas Eve, 1942. After a stay in Casablanca, they moved on to Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. The 59th Evacuation Hospital was stationed in Dachau, Germany, when the war ended. Louise was with the unit that liberated Dachau in April of 1945. She had numerous photos of the tragic individuals she helped to free from that concentration camp. While in Casablanca, Louise went on a blind date with a young Army JAG attorney, Dan Miller. They ran into each other often in Africa, Sicily, and Italy until Dan returned to the states.

The war ended, and her unit was dispersed. She was sent to Fort Hood, Texas, but had a well-deserved leave which she spent in Pennsylvania. Dan Miller was stationed at the Pentagon but came north to visit often, and soon they were engaged to be married. As Louise was still in the service, she returned to Texas and they were married in a small service in Bastrip, Texas. She soon was discharged from the Army, for at that time the Army did not allow women in the service to be married. Dan and Louise moved to Hawaii where Dan practiced law, and their first daughter was born. They moved to Washington, D.C., and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where their two other daughters were born.

The family settled in Yardley Pennsylvania, in the late 1950s where Louise raised her girls and assisted Dan in his company, Keystone Pencil. The couple travelled frequently to Europe, especially to France, where Louise was loved, earning the nickname Rose Louise because of her fondness for French rose.

In the mid 1970s Louise finally received the college education she had long desired, graduating from college along with one of her daughters, receiving a BA in History.

In the late 1970s Dan and Louise divorced, and Louise took a job in the Housing Department of Princeton University. She worked at Princeton for over two decades, finally retiring in her late 80s.

An avid reader, Louise loved historical accounts, and novels. A member of the DAR and the Colonial Dames, she was also a devoted gardener, loved to cook French food, and play bridge. She continued to travel throughout her life going to Russia and back to Africa on safari. During her travels, Louise discovered that elephants seemed to have an interest in her. In Kenya, one chased her with a tree in its trunk, and at a zoo, one threw hay at her, all to the great amusement of her children and to Louise herself.

One of the great joys in her life has been her grandchildren – she was always interested in their lives and attended their school activities as often as possible, including giving a presentation to one grandchild’s kindergarten class about her experiences in Africa. Known to her grandchildren as Lulu, she was an example of grace, gentility, and generosity. They, in turn, adored her.

Louise moved to Stonebridge, in Skillman, NJ, in the early 2000s. Predeceased by her parents and her sister Cornelia, and her nephew, John Frederick Davison, she is survived by her daughters, Carol Maxwell Miller of Ithaca, NY, Barbara Miller Curtis (Kevin) of Lincolnville, ME, and Jody Miller-Olcott (Townsend) of Hopewell, NJ;  her beloved grandchildren, Anna Curtis (Ben Holstein), Lowell Olcott (Jess), and Olivia Olcott; her great-granddaughters, Julia Louise Holstein and Josie Elizabeth Holstein; her nephews, Wayne Davison, Frederick Moon Davison; and her nieces, Louise Davison, Patty Miller and Nancy Miller.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to SAVE — A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 County Road 601, Montgomery, NJ 08558.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Florence Eliese Mooney Raser

Florence Eliese Mooney Raser died peacefully at Harvest Hill, Lebanon, New Hampshire, on February 21, 2022. She was in her 93rd year.

She was born on August 16, 1929, the only surviving child of Lucile Apel and Walton Eisenbeis, predeceased by her infant sister Lucile Blanche Eisenbeis before her birth. As the only child among a loving, boisterous, and flamboyant cadre of aunts and uncles, her childhood was busy and full of love. She always cherished being surrounded by her family. Growing up, the family home on Brookline Boulevard in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was always open to their many relatives and friends.

Florence had a tight-knit group of childhood friends, and she stayed in touch with them throughout her life. While many of them were getting married, she embarked on a career in education, starting out first as a teacher at Beltzhoover Elementary School in the Pittsburgh suburbs. She took an interest in special needs education and, after earning her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, pursued higher education. She earned an M.Ed., also from the University of Pittsburgh, and was awarded an Ed.D. from Rutgers University in 1975, while still successfully raising four young children. She was an early innovator in educating students with learning disabilities, recognizing that children learn differently, and that teaching styles must be tailored to each student’s specific needs. She worked as a Professor at Monmouth College in New Jersey from 1975 to 1990, where she was the founding Director of the Center for Developmental Education.

She married her first husband, Dr. James (Jim) Henry Mooney at 28. The path to their marriage started with a blind date. After car crashes and other travails, they were wed on June 25, 1954. Together Florence and Jim raised their four children while juggling careers and moves from Pittsburgh to Kingsport, Tennessee, and eventually to Princeton, New Jersey. They were married for 22 years. Following Jim’s untimely death in 1976, she married her second husband, Thomas Jefferson Raser, also bringing his son, Jeffrey, into the family. They retired to Bonita Bay, Florida, and traveled extensively, especially to London, a city they both loved. They were together for nearly 40 years until his death in 2016. Florence often expressed how lucky she was to have been blessed with two long and loving marriages.

Florence was giving of her time outside of family and work, as well. In Princeton, she was active in supporting the Princeton Hospital, participating in the annual Hospital Fête fundraiser. She also worked with the Princeton Public Schools and several private schools in the area as a reading specialist, and she recorded audiobooks for the blind and visually impaired. While living in Florida, Florence served as a longtime patron and board member of the Naples Symphony Orchestra. She was also a champion for women’s rights issues and was a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood. She continued to advocate for special needs education, teachers, and for equality of educational opportunity throughout her life.

Florence was vibrant and social. She loved being surrounded by people, she loved to talk, and she always enjoyed a good party. A highlight of her summer months were the large and loud reunions, that included a growing number of grandchildren every year, held around the pool at the family home in Princeton. She was also a voracious reader, and was devoted to the New York Times crossword puzzles, which she completed in pen daily, until her final years. She was an avid bridge player throughout her life, joining clubs wherever she went; it was a game she loved.

She was never seen with a gray hair, deciding early on her signature hair color, and she never appeared in the sun without a pair of large, round, white sunglasses. She was proudly committed to her style until the end.

She is predeceased by her parents; her two husbands; her stepson Jeffrey (Jeff) Raser; her cousin Albert Eisenbeis Jr, and, her close friend, Albert’s wife Betty; and her cousins Earl and Herman Heckel. She is survived by her loving children, Reynold Mooney and his wife Hilary, Diane Mooney and her husband Frank Pietrantonio, Robert Mooney and his wife Cheryl, Sue (Moon) Mooney and her wife Tish, Jeff’s wife Mary; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, Eliese Quinn Mooney, whom she had the pleasure of meeting in-person shortly before her death.

In her final days she expressed a desire to just go home. Her father, Walton, was known for constructing elaborate displays around the tree at Christmastime, making that season especially full of magic and memorable for young Florence. She will be missed by her family, but they take solace that she has at last found her way home, hopefully at Christmastime.

An online guest book is available to leave a message of condolence for Florence’s family by visiting rickerfuneralhome.com.

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Adelina Giovanna Harwood

Adelina “Winnie” Giovanna Carnevale Harwood, 87, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2022 at home in Newtown, PA, where she resided for the past eight years. A cherished mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was born and raised in Princeton, NJ, where she met her husband and was employed by Educational Testing Service. She liked reading mystery books; watching crime shows and Pixar movies; and creating needlework, knit, and crochet pieces for her family. She enjoyed listening to music, especially country, big band, and anything sung by Pavarotti or Bocelli. Winnie loved celebrating and cooking during the holidays with her family. Most of all, she loved spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her home in central Princeton was always open and her cookie jar was always full, earning her the nickname “Cookie Grammy” from her grandchildren and their friends.

Winnie was preceded in death by her parents Olindo and Emma (Procaccino) Carnavale, her beloved husband of 57 years, Robert E. Harwood, and her brother Olindo Carnevale, Jr. She is survived by her son David (Lynne) Harwood; her daughter Dana (Michael) Robinson; her grandchildren Sarah (Grant) Morrow, Julia (Brandon) Sieczkowski, Robert, Christopher, and Laura Harwood, Andrew Robinson, and Emily (Alec) Neumann; and her great-grandchildren Teagan and Elodie Morrow and Quinn and Raelynne Sieczkowski. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. Out of an abundance of caution, the family asks that anyone attending the services wear a mask. The service will also be livestreamed on stpaulsofprinceton.org. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Chandler Hall Hospice, 190 S. Sycamore Street, Newtown, PA 18940; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org; or Shriners Hospital for Children at shrinerschildrens.org.

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

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Donald T. Dickson

Donald T. Dickson, 82, passed away peacefully in his Florida home on January 18, 2022.

Born in Downers Grove, Illinois, on March 18, 1939, Donald graduated from Carleton College and earned an Antarctic Service Medal from the National Science Foundation in recognition of valuable contributions to exploration and scientific achievement under the U.S. Antarctic Program. He earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In 1971, he became a Professor at the University of Rutgers, New Jersey. During his tenure, he published several books on law and social policy before retiring in 2007. In 2008, he was named Professor Emeritus, and continued to be a part time instructor and lecturer through 2019.

He was a resident of Princeton for over 45 years. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Dickson Stewart, his son, David, and David’s wife and two children.

February 23, 2022

Gertrude Rowland Healy

Gertrude Graham Rowland Healy of Blawenburg, New Jersey, died peacefully in her home on February 10, 2022.  Born to Charles Joseph Rittenhouse Rowland and Gertrude du Puy Dougherty Rowland at the Philadelphia Lying-In Hospital on November 11, 1938, Gertrude was named after her maternal grandmother who died only three weeks before she was born and had longed for a granddaughter.  She grew up at the family home, “Greenacre,” in Meadowbrook, PA. In 1940 she spent the month of July with her family at the Jersey shore in Mantoloking and she forever loved the beach. The family spent much time at the Chalfont Hotel in Cape May, NJ.

Gertrude spent many childhood days playing tennis at the Philadelphia Cricket Club with her father and her sister, Ann. They would play tennis “all day long.”  Gertrude’s father, Joe Rowland, was the 1916 University of Pennsylvania Men’s Tennis Letterwinner and Captain of the Bay Head Yacht Club Tennis Team. One of her fondest memories was being a ball girl to Billie Jean King at the Girls 18-and-under National Tournament at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Her formal education took place in the Philadelphia area, beginning in 1943 as a kindergartener at the Abington Friends School at Jenkintown. Gertrude then attended the Rydal School Primary Department of the Ogontz School where she learned to read music before learning to read English. Gertrude was very proud of the fact that Amelia Earhart had also attended Ogontz. She graduated from the Springside School and the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she played varsity field hockey and lacrosse. 

In 1961 she married John B. Healy, of Bryn Mawr, the brother of Elizabeth Healy, her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sister at Penn. The couple lived in New York City before moving to Princeton where they lived for 20 years, raising two children, before moving to nearby Blawenburg. John and Gertrude were happily married for 53 years before John passed away in 2015. One of Gertrude’s fondest memories was rafting with John for two weeks down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. She “slept on the beach with snakes and extreme heat to make sure that John would be okay.”

Mrs. Healy taught elementary school for the East Windsor Board of Education for over 20 years, starting with the Walter C. Black Elementary School and later with the Ethel McKnight Elementary School.  She was awarded the 1994-1995 East Windsor Regional School District Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award while teaching first grade at the McKnight school.  She had a great interest in science and enthusiastically read each monthly issue of Scientific American Magazine.  An avid horticulturalist, she earned a Master Gardener Certificate and volunteered hours for the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County Horticultural Hotline.  Gertrude was a very active member of the Garden Club of Princeton and the Present Day Club. In her later years, she served as a Eucharistic Minister for the Catholic Community of Saint Charles Borromeo in Skillman. 

Gertrude is survived by her two children, Ann Guarnaccia and John Healy; daughter-in-law, Katherine Healy; five granddaughters, Alissa Guarnaccia, Caitlin Healy, Mariah Guarnaccia, Susanna Healy, and Margaret Healy; her sister, Ann Reath; brother-in-law, George Reath; brother-in-law, Frederick Muller; nephews, Frederick Muller, Edward Healy, Christopher Healy, William Platt, Benjamin Platt; and niece, Elizabeth Healy.

A private burial was held in Philadelphia on February, 15, 2022.

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Luke William Finlay Jr.

Luke William Finlay Jr., loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on February 14, 2022, at Stonebridge in Skillman, NJ.

Luke was born in New Haven, CT, on May 2, 1934, to Annie Sue Tucker and Brig. Gen. Luke William Finlay. Luke was a spirited young man, determined to overcome a childhood infection which debilitated his right leg for several years.

He graduated from the Landon School in 1952 with turns in the glee and drama clubs, and as a proud member of the championship tennis team, where he undoubtedly flummoxed opponents with a crafty left-handed serve. Luke graduated from Yale in 1957 as a member of Chi Psi fraternity.

He met and betrothed Susan Wells of Rochester, NY, in 1958 and the pair moved to Long Island where Luke began a short career at Exxon before purchasing a sports car dealership in Syracuse, NY, in 1959. At this time, he embarked on a short-lived career as a professional race car driver, guiding British MGs around famous tracks such as Watkins Glen and Lime Rock.

Family life beckoned however, and in 1964, Luke began a lengthy career with Rochester-based Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, first at company headquarters, then leading up their Washington, DC, operations in 1972. The family moved to Annapolis, MD, in 1979, and the Chesapeake Bay area quickly became home for the Finlay family.

Luke’s greatest love was Cherry Point, the family’s waterside retreat on the eastern shore of Maryland, which over the years hosted countless gatherings of friends and family. He played a major role in its conception and design in 1992 and while there, was always at the beck and call of his 11 grandchildren.

Luke is predeceased by his parents and his grandson, Nicholas Frederick Finlay. He is survived by his wife Susan, of Skillman, NJ; son Luke (Lee Ann) of Simpsonville, SC; daughters Lisa, of Durham, NC, and Laura Hanson (Alex), of Pennington, NJ; son Matthew (Teresa) of Mendham, NJ; and grandchildren Will, Hanna, Fritz, Sam, Noelle, Eliza (Taylor), Abby (Nate), Perry, Walker, Oliver, and Christian.

In lieu of flowers, Luke may be remembered with a memorial contribution to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403, or at cbf.org/memorial.

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

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Richard Warren Davis

“For my sake turn again to life and smile, nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do, something to comfort others’ hearts than thine.”

The selflessness embodied in Mary Lee Hall’s “Turn Again to Life,” one of Richard Warren Davis’ favorite poems, was definitive of his life, which quietly drew to a close on December 27, 2021, in Princeton, NJ. A deeply kind, compassionate, and generous husband, father, grandfather, friend and teacher, Dick’s remarkable ability to connect with others made a lasting impression on everyone he met — from local baristas to lifelong friends

Born in 1921 to Della Mae (Clark) Davis and Edgar L. Davis and delivered at home by midwife in Yonkers, NY, Dick was the younger of two boys. He graduated from the Taft School in 1940, and from Princeton University in 1944. After returning from WW II, he completed his PhD in Education at Yale University.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and fought with the 3rd Army, 752nd FA Battalion across France and Germany as a 1st lieutenant forward air observer and was awarded the Air Medal. After the war, he pursued a career in education, teaching history at Syracuse University and serving as headmaster at the Buffalo Seminary, Miss Porter’s School, and the Renbrook School. Under his leadership, he helped Miss Porter’s become a strong academic institution that took women and their education seriously. At each of the schools he ran, he is remembered for his progressive approach to education, one that was focused on students and their individual development.

Dick experienced almost the entire 20th Century through the eye of a historian and educator. He was first and foremost a student, whose curiosity about history and the natural world informed his career and many hobbies. He loved to study American history, Native American and early man culture, and military history. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge not only with his students, but with his friends and family, many of whom shared his passions. Teaching was his lifelong passion.

Above all else, Dick loved his family. He was a devoted and loyal husband to Nancy Mynott Davis, who predeceased him in February 2021, after 72 years of marriage. Together, they raised four children, Deborah P. Davis (Randolph C. Ludacer), Christine D. Rubino (Francis Rubino, dec.), Margaret M. Davis (Andrew C. Gomory), and Richard T. Davis (Robyn LeDrew Davis).

Dick’s children remember him as a kind, compassionate listener with a self-deprecating sense of humor. His strong sense of virtue and morality guided his parenting. He was gentle but strong. His children loved, respected, and admired him, building their lives in accordance with his values.

He was equally adored by his grandchildren Robert Ludacer (Sophia Zell), Ray Ludacer, Matthew Rubino (Alivia Atwood), Ellen Gomory, and Henry Gomory; great-grandchildren, Finnian and Gemma Rubino; and many nieces and nephews. They will always fondly remember cold mornings in the much-loved house in Andover, Vermont, when they would climb under the covers with him and Grammy to read together.

The outsized impact that Dick’s warmth, kindness, and generosity had on those around him cannot be overstated. He will always be missed.

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Ann Dickinson Dale

Ann Dickinson Dale, “Polly,” 92, of Princeton, died on February 15, 2022, after a brief illness.

Born in Princeton, Polly was the daughter of John and Pamela Dickinson, and the widow of G. Ernest Dale Jr. (Princeton University Class of 1939), who died in 2007. She graduated from Miss Fine’s School (now part of Princeton Country Day School). She went on to graduate with a degree in history from Bryn Mawr College, Class of 1952.

Most of her working life was spent with the American Heritage Publishing Company in New York, where she was a publicist for Horizon magazine.

At various times she was active in a number of Princeton organizations: The Historical Society of Princeton, The Garden Club of Princeton, The Friends of the YWCA, and The Reading Group book club. She was a member of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, The Nassau Club, and The Present Day Club.

Her major interests were horticulture and landscape design. She and her husband worked together to create and maintain an award-winning garden behind their house where they entertained over many years. Polly’s garden, Grey Shutters, is documented in the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens. The Archives collects and preserves records that help document the history of gardens and garden design in America.

She was an avid bridge player and highly sought-after partner. She is survived by her many friends and admirers who especially want to acknowledge the support, care, and dedication of her caregiving team in her final years.

Burial will be private. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Sara Mills Schwiebert

January 29, 1936 — February 19, 2022

Sara Mills Schwiebert was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Turner Thomas Mills, Sr. and Kathryn Grove Mills. She grew up in the small town of Cadiz, Ohio, in the eastern Ohio coal mining country. She attended The Ohio State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education; there, she met her husband of nearly 50 years, Ernest “Ernie” George Schwiebert, Jr. Sara and Ernie were married in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she was an elementary school teacher and where he worked on the architect and planning team that built the Air Force Academy.

Sara lived in Princeton, New Jersey, for almost all of her adult life. She was an elementary school teacher at Johnson Park School before joining the Lower School faculty at Princeton Day School. She began teaching as a substitute and then as a first-grade teacher. Later, in a complete surprise to her, she became a candidate for Head of the Lower School at Princeton Day School, a leadership position that she held for more than 20 years; during that time, she oversaw the construction and opening of a new school wing dedicated to the Lower School. Her great joy was greeting children at the start of the school day in carpool and saying goodbye to them at carpool in the afternoon. Our family’s favorite memory was when she would dress up for the Halloween festival as a kind witch in a full mask and a faux black velvet and fur costume with a cane and a basket of old bones. She wore the same costume every year and stumped many a student, colleague, or parent about her true identity. Throughout her tenure, she would write plays and songs for the students. Sara had a wonderful network of active and retired teachers at Princeton Day School and visited with them often at school or nearby where the family lived.

She cherished the family home on Stuart Road in Princeton. She loved her many Siamese pet cats that lived with and loved us. Our family designed and built the home as one of the original three houses on this road across from Stuart School more than 50 years ago. It is a well-known house of modern design in the woods near the southernmost advance of the glacial rocks of the last Ice Age. Sara was an avid gourmet cook and loved to treat family and friends to elegant meals in the dining room. Late in life because of difficulties with mobility, she moved to be near immediate family in Birmingham, Alabama, where she made many friends and enjoyed her apartment at Danberry of Inverness. We enjoyed many outings and meals and gatherings as an immediate family.

She is survived by her son, Erik Mills Schwiebert, the daughter that she never had, Lisa Marshall Schwiebert, and wonderful grandchildren Elisabeth Marshall Schwiebert and Turner Marshall Schwiebert. She is survived by two cherished nieces, Julie Mills (Skoulis) and Sarah Mills (Fitz), and her favorite nephew, David Mills. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ernie, and by her only brother, Turner Thomas Mills, Jr.

She died on February 19, 2022 after a sudden illness.

The Schwiebert family would like to thank Danberry at Inverness for being a lovely home for her late in life. We thank their 24-hour Companion Care team, as well as the therapists and skilled nurses from Amedisys Home Health and the skilled doctors in the Grandview Medical Center ER and UAB Medicine.

A Celebration of Life event is being planned for later in the year at Princeton Day School. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to the Princeton Day School, her work home for countless years and where she was blessed to have countless friends and colleagues.

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Gilbert Harman

Gilbert Helms Harman, age 83, died after a long illness with Alzheimer’s on November 13, 2021.

Gil was the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University when he retired in 2017, having started his academic career at Princeton in 1963. His 54 years on the faculty at Princeton University makes him one of the longest serving professors in Princeton’s history. He is widely regarded as one of the leading American philosophers of the last half-century, having made significant contributions in philosophy of language and linguistics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and moral philosophy and moral psychology.  He was the author or co-author of eight books, including Thought, Change in View, and The Nature of Morality

Gil was born on May 26, 1938, in East Orange, NJ, and grew up in Lower Merion, PA, along with his brothers William and Roger. He loved jazz and played the alto saxophone. He was very involved in both jazz and philosophy during his time in college, graduating from Swarthmore College in 1960. If it had been a bit more practical as a career path, he might have become a professional jazz musician. Instead, he decided to become a philosopher. He attended Harvard University for graduate school, writing a dissertation under the supervision of the eminent philosopher W.V. Quine. He was hired to start teaching at Princeton in 1963, he finished his Ph.D. in 1964, and he became an assistant professor later that year in 1964. Gil was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and full professor just a few years later in 1972. 

Gil’s work reconfigured ideas about morality and moral relativism, reasoning, language and meaning, the mind, and many other topics. He was a miraculously fast reader and drew on a vast range of empirical disciplines — including linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, computer science, and statistical learning — to inform his philosophical ideas and arguments. He is one of the people most centrally responsible for bringing sophisticated understanding of linguistics into debates in contemporary philosophy of language, for bringing psychology into debates in moral philosophy, and for building bridges between philosophy and cognitive science. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and received the prestigious Jean Nicod Prize in Paris in that same year, in addition to receiving numerous other honors throughout his career.

Gil’s influence extended far beyond his own work. He was a remarkably dedicated teacher and advisor. He was so popular, and his philosophical expertise was so wide-ranging, that he advised one in every seven of the graduate students who completed dissertations during his long time at Princeton. These students now teach at colleges and universities all over the English-speaking world. He was a kind, light-hearted mentor in an environment that was often intense and forbidding. In an interview a few years ago, Yale Philosophy Professor Joshua Knobe told this story about being Gil’s student:

“I was trying my best to defend a particular view, and Harman was going after it with objection after objection. At some point, it was becoming clear that my attempts to defend the view against these objections were completely falling apart, and at that point, I said, ‘But Gil, this view I’m trying to defend — it is actually your own view! It is the view that you yourself have defended in a whole series of articles.’ Harman looked at me quizzically and then brushed aside this point, saying ‘That’s just some other guy.’ … Basically, Harman did everything he could to make you feel like you weren’t really the student of that monumental figure, that the monumental figure was just ‘some other guy’ whose papers you could read if you wanted to but who had nothing to do with what you should be doing in your work as his grad student.”

Gil took philosophy seriously, but he wasn’t overly serious or self-important about it. And he was a kind, thoughtful, deeply moral person. He was very conscious of the sexism and ageism in the profession of philosophy. In the 1980s, he argued that Princeton’s recommendation letters for students seeking professorships should use initials only, disguising who was a man and who was a woman. He was appalled that a department chair, decades ago, told a professor she couldn’t bring her baby to department meetings.  So, his advice became:  bring your baby and don’t ask first. And he was very critical of universities encouraging people to retire. He pointed out that the professors being encouraged to retire are often very productive, no less productive than earlier-stage faculty. He loved his job and waited as long as possible to retire, remaining creative and productive throughout his career.

Even more than his work, though, Gil loved his family. He was a loving and beloved husband to his wife, Lucy. And he was an adoring father to his daughters, Elizabeth and Olivia. He would bring the whole family to philosophy conferences and his daughters attended many philosophy lectures when they were very small. He talked to them about whether a car was still red even when it was parked in a dark garage. He loved films and music and poetry and shared those joys with those around him. He was a good listener, loving and generous, and consistently mirthful, a sly smile always ready to appear. 

Gil was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Alex Guerrero, his daughter Olivia Carosello and her husband Sean Carosello; his grandchildren Annalucia, Rosalinda, and Finnegan; and his brothers William and Roger.

He was extraordinarily devoted to his family and his work. His sharp intellect, loving, generous nature, and wit will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will take place in spring of 2022.

The University notice of Gil’s death appears at princeton.edu/news/2021/11/17/gilbert-harman-obituary.

Memories of Gil from philosophers have been posted at dailynous.com/2021/11/14/gilbert-harman-1938-2021.

Summaries of Gil’s major contributions to philosophy are at philosophy.princeton.edu/about/great-and-good/gilbert-harman.

February 16, 2022

Geraldine Bowers

Geraldine “Gerry” Pederson Bowers, 100, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on February 6, 2022.

Born in August 1921 in southern Minnesota, she was raised in several small cities in central Iowa during the Great Depression and learned the values of simplicity, thrift, and self-reliance, which she carried throughout her life. Gerry graduated from Nevada High School in Nevada, IA, in 1938, and then attended Iowa State College (University) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and remained an active alumna for the rest of her life.

After college, she taught high school science and home economics in rural South Dakota. Later, Gerry volunteered for the Navy WAVES during World War II. She served as an air traffic control tower operator in Pensacola, FL. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Gerry moved back to Iowa where she became engaged to former high school classmate, Fred Bowers. Gerry and Fred were married in Iowa in 1945. Their son Steven Bowers was born in Ames, IA. After Fred graduated with a chemistry degree, the young family moved to Elizabethton, TN, where daughter Nancy (Bowers) Zuber was born. The family moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1959.

Gerry was a beloved member of Nassau Presbyterian Church for 63 years, serving as an ordained Elder and Deacon, leading committees, and teaching church school. She was a member and leader of Presbyterian Women and in 1998 commissioned a new hymn entitled “Praise the God of All Beginnings” to the tune of “Bowers.”

Gerry often said, “If you choose to join a group, use your talents and take an active part.” She did just that with: Princeton Area Church Women United (president); P.E.O. Sisterhood (74-year member, attending state and international conventions, and president); The Women’s College Club of Princeton (president); The Present Day Club; Girl Scouts (troop leader and Council Board member); and Princeton Embroiderers’ Guild. She even taught hat-making at the Princeton YMCA.

Gerry was a daily crossword puzzler and an avid reader with a personal collection of over 1,000 books. She was a lover of the arts, regularly attending concerts and exploring museums. And she was an advocate of education for all women.

Gerry’s lifelong passion for learning extended to her travels. She joined fellow group members on trips around the world including Egypt-Israel-Jordan, Australia-New Zealand, Germany-Switzerland, and Italy-Sicily with her Nassau church members; Turkey, where she went swimming in the Mediterranean off the back of a sailboat at age 88, and a river cruise on the Elbe with Iowa State University Alumni (the “Traveling Cyclones”); and trips to Norway, France, the former Yugoslavia, Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and all over the U.S. with family and friends. Later in life, she enjoyed seasonal vacations with her family to Florida.

She loved Princeton, and most of all, she loved people. Each individual was important to her. She made deep, lasting friendships. She asked the best questions, had a terrific sense of humor and a sharp wit, and was well-known for always being cheerful and positive. She kept in active correspondence with family and friends. On her 100th birthday, she received over 100 birthday cards from around the world.

Gerry was preceded in death by her parents Carl J. and E. Melia Pederson, her loving husband Fred M. Bowers, her younger brothers George Pederson and Curtis Pederson, and her son-in-law Leo Zuber, Jr. She is survived by her son Steven F. Bowers and daughter-in-law Dora (Updike) Bowers; her daughter Nancy (Bowers) Zuber; her grandchildren Mary Grace Zuber (Todd Magreta), Andrew Zuber (Amanda), and Scott Bowers; and her great-grandchildren Max Zuber, Josephine Magreta, and Beatrice Magreta.

An open memorial is planned for February 21, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Nassau Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Due to COVID precautions, masks are required and there will be no reception. A Zoom livestream will be facilitated by the family and is available upon request.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to her beloved Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton or to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements have been made by Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton. Private burial will take place at a later date in Nevada, IA.

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Toba Barbara Dincin Bierman

Toba Dincin Bierman, born on October 17, 1936 in Dumont, New Jersey, died on February 7, 2022 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. The cause of death was Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a form of pre-Leukemia. She was a resident of Princeton for over 60 years.

Toba was educated in the public schools of Englewood, New Jersey. She attended The Child Education Foundation of Adelphi University, and graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in education. She then taught in the primary grades of Princeton schools for over 27 years.

Toba is survived by her loving husband, Bob, and three sons: Bradford Dincin, and his wife Syndi, of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania; Todd Andrew of Jersey City, New Jersey; Adam Gregory, and his wife, Sandra Jordan, and their daughter, Rachel Rebecca, of Princeton, New Jersey.

Toba spent part of each year in Kennebunk, Maine, and Paris, France, where she vacationed and managed a busy hobby dealing with antiques and collectibles.

This devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother will be remembered for her courage and strength at times of adversity, and for the love she gave to others at all times.

Friends wishing to honor her memory are encouraged to make a gift in her name to the Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Diane Sherman-Levine

Diane Sherman-Levine, 93 years of age, passed away on February 6, 2022. A former resident of Princeton, NJ, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Diane was an author, holistic healer, and a longtime humanitarian. Her love and laughter will be very much missed.

Services are being held privately.

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Terry Harris Grabar

December 8, 1928 – February 10, 2022

Terry Grabar died on February 10, 2022 at her home near Princeton, New Jersey. She was 93 years old.

A funeral service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton, at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022. Burial will follow at Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, Princeton. 

Terry was educated at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati (class of 1946), Wellesley College (class of 1950), and the University of Michigan, where she received a Ph.D. in English literature in 1962. She had a long career as an educator, teaching in a Princeton elementary school in the 1950s, and then as a Professor of English at Eastern Michigan State University (Ypsilanti), Northeastern University (Boston), Radcliffe College, and Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), where she was for many years chair of the English Department. 

She specialized initially in early 19th-century English writing about Persia, and her later academic interests focused on English and American poetry of the 19th century and on the Bible as literature. Terry retired in 1990, and her post-retirement activities included published translations of books from French to English, as well as accomplished playing of bridge, Scrabble, and the piano. 

Terry married Oleg Grabar in 1951, and they lived in Ann Arbor, in Jerusalem, and outside Boston (in Lexington and then Concord), before moving to Princeton in 1990. Their daughter Anne Louise died in 1988, and Oleg Grabar died in 2011. She is survived by her brother Sandy Harris of Hendersonville, North Carolina; by her son Nicolas Grabar and daughter-in-law Jennifer Sage of New York; and by her grandchildren Henry, Olivia, and Mars. 

Terry Grabar was graced with natural dignity, wisdom, and humor, which touched her many colleagues and friends all through her long life. 

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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George H. Hansen

Dr. George Hughes Hansen died in Naples, Florida on February 2, 2022. He was born in Rutland, Vermont, on November 2, 1934, the son of Christian Donald Hansen and Flora (Hughes) Hansen. He graduated from Rutland High School in 1952, the University of Vermont in 1956, and the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1961. He interned at the University of Virginia Hospital and served a Pediatric Residency at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco, California, from 1965-1967.

He was a commissioned officer in the United States Army Medical Corps serving posts in the United States and Germany until his retirement as a Colonel in 1992. George’s natural leadership skills, sunny disposition, and knack for resolving delicate situations without rancor brought him increasing responsibilities and commands. After he retired from the Army, he used those skills at hospitals in New York and New Jersey. He was the Chief Medical Director of Mercer Medical Center and facilitated the merger with Helene Fuld Medical Center. After the merger, he took on the role of chief Medical Director at Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell. He was a member of the Old Guard in Princeton and served as President for four years. He especially enjoyed participating in the Men’s Group at the Nassau Club and was proud to be a member. George loved to travel and maintained his sense of curiosity and interest in people, places, and things throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife Susan of Naples, Florida; daughter Kenena (Shawn) Montague of Essex Junction, Vermont; sons Michael (Renee) Hansen of Pearland, Texas, Steven (Denise) Hansen of Houston, Texas, Timothy (Diane) Hansen of Bolton, Vermont, and Erik (Brenda) Rhoda of Naples, Florida; grandchildren Kenena, Evelyn, Paul, Tanner, Carly and Lukas Hansen, Breya Montague, Kaitlyn (A.J.) Rhoda Bullock, Whitney (Eric) Barrows, Matthew Rhoda and Hannah (Hayden) Huber; great-grandson Benjamin Barrows; sister Kenena Hansen Spalding of Springfield, Virginia; sister-in-law Ingrid von der Goltz; brother-in-law Günther Berger; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and in-laws Gerhard and Käthe “Mimi” Berger, his wives Heidi and Elaine and brother, Attorney John Donald Hansen, sister-in-law Judy Hansen, and brothers-in-law Holger Berger and Rüdiger von der Goltz. He will also be missed by the many other relatives and friends whose lives he touched with his kindness.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.

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Joseph M. Burns, Ph.D.

1938 – 2022

Joseph M. Burns — teacher, author, and economist — died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on January 27, 2022, at the age of 83. Born in New York City, Joseph Burns was the son of Arthur Frank Burns and Helen Bernstein Burns. In the 1950s, his family moved to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., where Joe graduated from St. Albans School in 1957. Joe’s summer days were spent at the working farm his family owned for over 50 years in Ely, in the town of Fairlee, Vermont. In contrast to today, the region near the Burns farm had once been in the 1880s the site of copper miners’ economic unrest and insurrection known as the “Ely Wars.” In Joe’s youth, Ely was a summer retreat and a think tank collective for his father and other prominent economists. Joe often recalled listening on the radio as a boy with his family to New York Giants baseball late into Vermont summer evenings.

Graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in 1960, Joe then obtained an M.A. (1961) and Ph.D. in economics (1967) from the University of Chicago. He published two books: Accounting Standards and International Finance, with emphasis on multinational corporations, and A Treatise on Markets, focusing on spots, futures, and options markets. Beginning in 1967, Dr. Burns’ teaching career led him to Texas and Rice University as an economics professor and also to California as a visiting professor at UCLA and Stanford universities. He also lectured in finance at Georgetown University and was briefly a fellow at the Hoover Institute. Burns additionally worked as the Deputy Director of Monetary Research at the newly created (in 1974 by President Ford) Commodities Futures Trading Commission (1976-1979) to regulate the U.S. derivatives market, including futures, swaps, and options. Dr. Burns then worked as a senior economist at the U.S. Department of Justice Anti-trust Division. While investigating many prominent cases of anti-competitive business practices of the time, Joe often joked how he was the foremost authority in the country on billboard advertising, work that he found interesting, unique, and controversial.

Even though he had a distinguished academic and government career, Joe was most proud of being a father to his two children, Rebecca and Stephen. When they were children, he would often sing to them the old Doris Day song, “Qué Sera Sera.” In the mornings, he would wake them up with the revelry song or Dr. Seuss’ “It’s a Great Day for Up.” At other times, to galvanize them, he would sing — very off-key — “Roar Lions Roar,” the Columbia fight song that was sung by his father to him as a child. Joe also loved to make up bedtime stories for his children about the adventures of animals, particularly bears, crocodiles, and hippopotamuses. Burns passed on to his children a love of animals, having many dogs and cats and long supporting animal rights groups. His interests also spanned from researching ancient and modern coins to extensive investigation of alternative natural medicine.

Even though both his parents were Jewish, Dr. Burns did not become a Bar Mitzvah until he was 50 years old on the mountaintop of Masada, the ancient rock fortress high in the desert overlooking the Dead Sea in Israel. This Bar Mitzvah was on the site of the mythical story of Jewish rebels’ last stand for freedom from oppressors and invaders. The primary focus of Joe’s economic work was the concrete practice of helping to ensure freedom — specifically freedom of economic opportunity in fair and transparent capitalist markets. Joe assimilated his early Episcopal and Quaker schooling and strove to discover, understand, and embrace the Jewish meaning of Mitzvot, living his life with meaning and a strong sense of fairness.

Although Dr. Burns had a serious and respectful demeanor, those who knew him appreciated his quirky sense of humor, humility, compassion and assumption of good faith, and devotion to his family. Joe made a difference in many people’s lives; he will be very missed.

Joe is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ellen Herbst Burns, his daughter Rebecca Burns, his son Stephen Burns, and his brother David Burns and sister-in-law Christina Burns. Donations in Joseph Burns’ honor may be given to Israeli Guide Dogs for the Blind (israelguidedog.org).

Arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.

To send condolences to the family please visit the obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

February 9, 2022

Jacques Robert Fresco

Jacques Robert Fresco, professor emeritus at Princeton University who was a pioneer of nucleic acid biochemistry and structure and a major figure in the birth of modern molecular biology, passed away surrounded by his family on December 5, 2021, from complications of heart disease. The son of Sephardic Jewish immigrants Robert Fresco from Istanbul and Lucie Asséo Fresco from Edirne, Turkey, Jacques was born in the Bronx, NY, in 1928, the first of three children. His first language was Ladino, a 15th century Judeo-Spanish dialect of Sephardic Jews, that he spoke with family throughout his life. Having skipped three grades, he gained admission to Bronx High School of Science, graduating at age 16 in June 1944, months before losing his father, and then from NYU in the Bronx as a biology major at age 18 in January 1947. He then joined the Biochemistry Department at NYU Medical School as a graduate student in the laboratory of Robert Warner and in June 1952 received a Ph.D. in biochemistry based upon research representing his first of many efforts to understand the structure and function of nucleic acids.

After two years as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, he was appointed an Instructor in Pharmacology at NYU Medical School. His research accomplishments there brought him an invitation in 1956 to join the research laboratory of Paul Doty in the Chemistry Department at Harvard as a senior fellow. In this lab he performed the first experiments in thermal melting of DNA, RNA, and RNA:DNA hybrids using UV absorbance, work that much later earned him Nobel Prize nominations along with Julius Marmur and Paul Doty. Having discovered the acidic pH-driven formation of a poly [A] helix, he was invited by Francis Crick to the MRC Laboratory in Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England to address their discrepancy. Solving the problem in weeks instead of months, he continued to Paris to do research in the laboratory of Marianne Grunberg-Manago at Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique.

It was while there, after an experiment had been knocked over, that he left the lab for a walk to cool down and met his future wife Rosalie Burns (née Bernstein) from south Wales with her parents lost on the street on the Place Saint-Michel. He offered to guide them through the streets of Paris and this chance encounter led to a romance and loving marriage of nearly 64 years, bringing them three daughters and much happiness.

On returning to Harvard, Fresco continued research on the structure and function of DNA, leading to an assistant professorship in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton. He then cofounded, with Art Pardee, the Department of Biochemical Sciences at Princeton that eventually became the Department of Molecular Biology. Over the years his lab extended his research on RNA and DNA structure and function: providing the first evidence that tRNAs are endowed with tertiary structure and that RNAs can misfold; then discovering RNA chaperone activities of so-called RNA helix-destabilizing proteins; later elucidating a binding code for triple helix formation of polynucleotides; and also mechanisms of mutagenesis. His 1976 paper predicting the mechanism of transition and transversion point mutations (Topal-Fresco model) is considered seminal in the field of mutagenesis, as was his discovery much later in his career of a novel mutagenic mechanism: site-specific self-catalytic DNA depurination, a spontaneous source of genome sequence diversity of wide evolutionary significance and consequence to human diseases. His most recent course at Princeton, MOL 458, “Chemistry, Structure, and Structure-Function Relations of Nucleic Acids” relayed all these topics expertly.

Fresco served as chairman of the Department of Biochemical Sciences from 1974-1980, worked closely with architect Lew Davis to design the Hoyt Laboratory building at Princeton, and in 1977 was awarded the endowed chair, the Damon B. Pfeiffer Professor in the Life Sciences. He received the American Scientist Writing Award in 1962, a Guggenheim fellowship to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England where the family spent a wonderful year on sabbatical in 1969-1970, and a visiting professorship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1973. In 1979 Fresco was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (MDhc [M.D. honoris causa]) from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He was a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute in 1994, and at several institutions in 2006. After training scores of technicians, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, including future Nobel Laureate Tomas Lindahl, he retired in 2013. In retirement, he continued bioinformatics research on the biological significance of the DNA self-depurination mechanism to molecular evolution and to the occurrence of disease-causing germline and somatic mutations till the end, leaving several unfinished papers.

Jacques was a liberal thinker with a creative mind and a strong sense of tradition and obligation, out-spoken and detail-oriented, a devoted family man and friend who promoted the careers of mentees in his lab and courses, maintained lifelong close contacts with extended family, in-laws, and friends, and a nurturing and dedicated tutor who strove to inspire his children and grandchildren. He was a humanitarian who spoke out against antisemitism and other forms of prejudice, a staunch defender of the theory of evolution and stem cell research, a champion for animals and the less fortunate, all of these convictions shared by his like-minded, devoted wife, Rosalie. Always the last to leave a party, he thrived in social settings as this provided an opportunity for deep conversations. He enjoyed reading biographies, playing his violin and mandolin, and tinkering at his lakeside house in Cape Cod, where he was captivated by the starry night sky. He was a lifelong student of history, including the history of science, art, and architecture, and a lover of opera, symphonies, and musicals. 

Jacques is predeceased by his beloved parents, sisters and brothers-in-law Stella and Bill Liebesman and Renée and Harry Bahr. He leaves his loving wife Rosalie Sarah Burns Fresco; their three daughters and husbands: Lucille “Lulu” Fresco-Cohen and Moshe Cohen, Suzette “Suzi” Fresco Johnson and Dave Johnson, and Linda Fresco and Craig Comiter; eight grandchildren: Erik (and Jaclyn) Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Mikaela Johnson, Jacqueline Comiter, Golan Cohen, Galil Cohen, Laurel Comiter, and Hayley Cohen; and two great-grandchildren: Ben Johnson and Tommy Johnson.

Contributions in Jacques’ memory may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center, World Jewish Congress, or Disabled American Veterans.

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Hale Freeman Trotter

Hale Freeman Trotter (born May 30, 1931, in Kingston, Ontario) died at 91 on January 17, 2022 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. Predeceased by his beloved wife Kay, his dear brother Bernard, and parents Reginald George Trotter and Prudence Hale (née Fisher). He will be remembered and greatly missed by his devoted stepson Stephen Pallrand (Rachel), stepdaughter Nannette, grandson Eli and granddaughter Cora, his sister-in-law Jean and his brother-in-law John (Helen). Hale was also the much-loved uncle of Rex (Eliza) and Tory (Tibor Vaghy); grand uncle of John, Thomas (Stephanie), Andrew (Annemarie), Marie, Philip, Claire, Martin; and great-grand uncle of James, Damien, Felix, and Lily.

Hale grew up in Kingston and became fascinated with mathematics, graduating with degrees in his chosen field from Queen’s (BA ’52, MA ’53) and Princeton (PhD ’56) where he studied under William Feller. Feller was part of a wave of European intellectuals who had fled the Nazis and settled in the United States. Princeton attracted a number of these refugees, including Albert Einstein, who had an office in the mathematics building. It was in this rich and exciting atmosphere that Hale matured as a mathematician.

Joe Kohn, a fellow graduate student with Hale at Princeton and colleague in the math department for almost 40 years, recalled the first day of their graduate program at Princeton in 1953. Head of the mathematics department, Solomon Lefschetz, told the group of 13 mathematics PhD students that they should congratulate themselves for the hard work it took to gain acceptance but that it was likely that only one of them, maybe two, would become actual mathematicians. Hale not only became a world class mathematician but made vital original contributions to the field. 

Hale began his career as the Fine Instructor for Mathematics at Princeton from 1956-58. After teaching at Queen’s University as an assistant professor from 1958-60, he returned to Princeton as a visiting associate professor. Hale was appointed lecturer at Princeton in 1962, associate professor in 1963, and full professor in 1969. He was a highly respected administrator fulfilling duties as Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1979-82 and associate director of Princeton University’s Data Center from 1962-86. He was a much-beloved teacher, instructing both graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of mathematical concepts. Hale was always willing to take on a higher teaching load when a gap needed to be filled, such as teaching game theory for many years until a replacement could be hired. Additionally, Hale supervised graduate students and wrote several textbooks on calculus in higher dimensions.

As a mathematician Hale had a broad range of interests and impacts, starting with his thesis and work in probability and including significant contributions to group theory, knot theory, and number theory.  One of his outstanding accomplishments, the Trotter Product Formula, has had a major impact on mathematical physics and on functional analysis. The Johnson-Trotter Algorithm is another powerful and useful tool he developed, a technique for generating complete lists of permutations that had considerable significance. He developed an interest in knot theory and was the first to show that there are non-invertible pretzel knots, thereby solving a long-standing topological problem. Hale had a later interest in some of the calculational aspects of number theory, developing the Lang-Trotter conjecture through his joint work with Yale mathematician Serge Lang.

Hale’s bright, serene, humorous, and cheerful spirit will be remembered with great affection by his extended family, with whom he and Kay enjoyed many memorable visits during his summer holidays in Canada at their cottage on Lake Cecebe. Hale and Kay had a deep love of the arts and opera that they cheerfully shared with all. We are so grateful to his caregivers Joyce and her husband Joe, Antoinette, as well as his neighbor Bob, and to all who enabled Hale to stay in his Princeton home since Kay’s passing in 2021. 

A memorial will be held at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton on Tuesday, May 31 between 3 and 5 p.m. with an informal service at 4 p.m. Interment will take place prior to the memorial on Sunday, May 29 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Salem, New York.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the “Kay & Hale Trotter Gynecologic Oncology Fund” at giving.temple.edu/trotterfund.

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Helene Therese McCurdie Strother

Long-time Princeton resident Helene “Terry” Strother died at home at age 92 on January 23 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, from which she had suffered for more than a decade. She had been holding her own until a fall in late November which led ultimately to irretrievable brain damage.

Terry had been a resident of the Princeton area since 1952 when her husband John entered graduate school at the University. She was born in 1929 in Somerville, Massachusetts. Her childhood home followed the Coast Guard career of her father as he was transferred from the Boston area first to Greenport, Long Island, and then to New London, Connecticut. She met her husband when both of them worked at the U.S. Navy’s Underwater Sound Laboratory in New London. They married in 1951 and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last June.

Terry was a graduate of Mitchell College in New London. She worked at Princeton University’s Departments of Civil Engineering, Astronomy, Buildings and Grounds, and Food Services from 1952 until her retirement in 1992, with extended time off to have and to raise her three daughters: Kathleen (Kate) Louise, Jean Marie, and Nancy Ann.

Terry is survived by her loving husband John, her three devoted daughters and their spouses, Jean’s husband Dick Tushingham and Nancy’s husband Larry Kelly. She also leaves four heartbroken grandchildren: Jean’s two daughters, Teresa Kim Harrold and Bonnie Lee Marlow, and Nancy’s son and daughter, Christopher Laurence and Jennifer Christina Kelly, and four great-grandchildren: Nolan Eugene Harrold, Violet Paige and Ashton Paul Kelly, and Riley Elizabeth Marlow.

Self-taught at virtually all the skills demanded of a young married woman of the fifties, Terry became an excellent cook, baker, hostess, bridge-player, car-pooler, and activities director. More formally, she volunteered and served as Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader, cookie-sale chairperson, and Sunday school teacher. She was deeply involved in the lives of her four grandchildren as babysitter, chauffeur, and chef.

Terry was that rare mother and grandmother who was happier in the summer when the kids were out of school than she was during the school year. Summers were for day trips to the shore and afternoons at the pool, for guiding and directing her daughters in such summertime activities as organizing neighborhood fairs and camping out in the backyard, and usually for family vacations to the mountains and lakes and woods.

During the school year, late afternoons were for listening to her children describe their days at school and providing advice and encouragement. When weather was appropriate, winter afternoons could also be for projects and games in the snow or ice skating on Lake Carnegie, where she taught all three daughters to skate.

This loving and giving lady was laid to rest in Princeton Cemetery on February 1 near the graves of her mother and father. Friends wishing to honor her memory are encouraged to make gifts in her name to charities of their choice.

February 2, 2022

William R. “Bill” Adams

William R. “Bill” Adams of Burlington Twp., passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Virtua Hospital Willingboro at the age of 89.  Born in Burlington on October 12, 1932 to the late William S. and Harriet (nee Stilts) Adams, Bill remained a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Burlington High School, Class of 1952 and attended Rider College.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Baumholder, Germany. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as a tank commander in the 2nd Armored Division.  He retired from McGuire AFB, Wrightstown as the supervisor in charge of the Heating Shop.

In his spare time, Bill enjoyed Thursday morning trips to Columbus Market with his brother Elmer and Friday night local football games. He was also a fan of the Phillies and would take yearly February trips to spring training in Florida. He was also a season ticket holder for many years. In addition to the Phillies, he also loved watching other sports, traveling to New York City and the theater and throughout the United States, Central Islands, and Europe. 

Not only did he love his family, he was loved by so many including his many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Rose (nee Spanelli) Adams, and his siblings, Elmer Adams, Doris Brant, Wilamina Vitrano, and Betty Raiselis. He is survived by his wife Amelia Conte Adams, who he met in 1979 and were married in 1983; his sons William (Kelly) Adams of New Hope, PA, Dennis (Teana) Adams of Summerfield, FL, and Joseph (Deirdre) Adams of Burlington; his grandchildren Brandie (Matthew) Kulp, William, Jr. (Ashley) Adams, Rose (Paul) Esposito, Jaime (Will) Patterson, Ryan (Nicole) Adams, Nikki (Mandy) Cloud; his great-grandchildren Brayden, Caleigh, Tyler and Justin Kulp, Anna Rose Esposito, Payton and Jaxson Adams and Nash Patterson. Bill is also survived by his sister-in-law Rose Adams of Beverly, brother-in-law Joseph (Karen) Spinelli of Newark, DE, and sister-in-law Mary Lou Schachte of North Carolina. 

A viewing for Bill will be held Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union Street, Burlington. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Paul R.C. Church, 223 E. Union Street, Burlington. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 23 Vreeland Road, #105, Florham Park, NJ 07932 would be appreciated by his family. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family through pagefuneralhome.com.

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Millie Harford

Millie Harford passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family at sunset on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. 

A lifelong student, teacher, and artist, Millie was born in Jersey City in 1929 to Ernestine and Joseph Waters. She enjoyed a life based in faith and was quick to make friends. 

Majoring in Art History, she graduated from the University of Richmond in 1951. Her love for art and education remained a pillar throughout her life.

The summer after her graduation, Millie met her husband James “Jim” Harford in Manasquan, NJ. Together they embarked on their life’s adventure. After marrying in 1952, they spent a year in Paris, France, before
returning to New Jersey and raising a family in Princeton. 

Gentle, funny, and kind, Millie loved Princeton and was an active participant in its community. When Millie and Jim completed their long winning streak on Johnny Carson’s TV show Do You Trust Your Wife? they spent their prize money on throwing Millie’s Ball — a huge soiree for all her friends to enjoy.

Millie was a member of many groups including Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Community without Walls, Princeton Contemporary Garden Club, book clubs, and the former Princeton Mini’s group that won several Philadelphia Flower Show ribbons.

After receiving her Montessori certification from the pioneering Whitby School in Greenwich, Connecticut, she established Griggstown Montessori in 1961. Along with Peggy McNeil and Mary Murray Garret, she is celebrated as a founding mother of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart where she taught preschool for 14 years. Later on, she volunteered at Ned O’Gorman tuition-free schools in Harlem, NY, and Trenton, NJ’s Martin House Learning Center.

A docent for 40 years at Princeton University Art Museum, she was also a founding docent at the National Women’s Museum in Washington, DC. A painter and poet, Millie always carried a sketchpad and notebook in her bag. Millie was always enrolled in a course from Bible study to Spanish class to Chinese history to rowing. She always did her best and loved doing it. Millie and Jim invite you, to “Enjoy The View” from their bench donated to the D&R Canal State Park at Lake Carnegie opposite where they lived.

She is predeceased by husband James, son Peter, sister, Lois Smith, and is survived by her children Susan, Jim, Jennifer, and Chris; granddaughters Amanda Harford and Ayla Vo Peacock; great-granddaughter Sydney Jackson; and brother Roger Waters. 

A memorial mass is scheduled for February 19, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Parish, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, followed by a committal service at Princeton Cemetery. A reception will follow at its conclusion. For more information about the events, including online access, please contact the Kimble Funeral Home at (609) 924-0018, kimblefh@comcast.net, or TheKimbleFuneralHome.com

Family will be at home receiving friends in the days following services. For details, please contact (609) 924-4454 and milharford@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, suggested donations are welcome, in her name, to Father Tom Hagan’s Hands Together in Haiti  (handstogether.org), Princeton Senior Resource Center (princetonsenior.org), or Stuart Country Day School (stuartschool.org).

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Judith Hillery Higgins 

August 20, 1936 — January 16, 2022

Judith Hillery Higgins passed away on January 16 at age 85 from Parkinson’s disease. She was a gifted writer, a loving mother, a witty and caring friend, who held a lifelong passion for art. She will be missed dearly by her family, friends, and devoted caregivers.

Born in 1936, Judith grew up in Boonton, NJ, where she loved to paint wistful watercolors of dream-like figures. And together with her brother Paul they invented dramatic games, such as crouching behind the bulky family radio to read the news, or by hiding in the garage from imaginary wolves.

At age eight, she discovered a love and talent for writing. Winning several awards for her writing while still in high school, Judith won a full scholarship to Brown University, where her uncle Victor had also attended.

She flourished at Brown, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Writing and Psychology. At graduation, she was awarded the Anne Crosby Emery Fellowship to support a year of graduate study in creative writing and Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin.

Moving to Manhattan, she became a textbook editor for Random House, where she made two dear friends. At a party she met Judiah Higgins, a financial analyst from Newcastle, Pennsylvania, who complemented her relative shyness with witty, animated conversation, propelled in part by his equally deep love of literature. Married in 1964, the couple moved to Paris, London, and then to Princeton (Jud’s alma mater, and close to New York) with their son, Ned. Judith and Judiah were married for 19 years, until they divorced in 1983.

Throughout her life, Judith worked very hard to be a full-time freelance writer. Her first published story, “The Only People,” won the “Atlantic First” prize, appearing in the Atlantic Monthly, and later re-published in The Best American Short Stories, 1968.

Judith was fortunate enough to befriend some of the Princeton community’s devoted supporters of literature. She contributed two short stories to the Quarterly Review of Literature, co-edited and managed by Princeton professor and poet Theodore Weiss and his wife Renée. In addition, she wrote an essay on Sylvia Plath’s growing popularity on college campuses for University, the Princeton Bulletin, while also publishing stories in the Texas Quarterly and the Southern Review, among others.

In 1984, her loves for art and writing professionally came together, when she was given the chance to write a feature profile of painter Alice Neel for ARTnews magazine. As a result, she wrote profiles and reviews for ARTnews and Art in America. In 1988, she contributed an essay to The New British Painting, a catalogue for a group exhibition that explored Britain’s 1980s resurgence of figurative painting, published by Phaidon Press.

Based on her work, she won two travel grants to research on contemporary art in England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1989. These trips abroad comprised a time of great professional fulfillment, for she discovered she loved interviewing artists as well. Her openness put them at ease. And when Judith offered a good insight, or when she and the artist discovered an insight together, the artist could say simply, “That’s right” or “That is one thing I’m trying to do.”

Judith’s hobbies included swimming, walking in the woods behind the advertising company she worked for in later life, seeing plays (mostly dramas) in New York with her son (who loved them as well), taking life-drawing classes, visiting her beloved cousin Philip and his family in New Jersey and Virginia, and making amusing holiday cards. Often the cards depicted tender caricatures of the recipients, such as depicting a friend with a rather longish head and curly hair as a smiling buffalo.

She loved using different materials too. For one birthday card for her son — who, thin at the time, was nicknamed “Wire Man” — she depicted his arms and legs by stapling two bent pipe cleaners to the card — and adding, too, a (taped-on paper) smiling face.

And people who knew her liked her subversive humor. In one such display, she dressed up in Jud’s businessman “uniform” — suit, shoes, briefcase — to impersonate him returning home from work. At his usual arrival time, she walked in the front door, and ignored Jud’s startled reaction and “Hey!”, as she marched silently, heavily, up the front stairs. [As for Jud not recognizing his wife, it should be noted that he wore very thick glasses.]

Judith wanted to be cremated, and so her ashes will be interred at St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Boonton, in April. Judith is survived by her son Ned; her brother Paul Hillery, and his three children; and by her cousin Philip Hillery’s wife, Ginger, and their five children.

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Mary Ann Opperman

Mary Ann Opperman, 83, of Princeton died Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Connellsville, PA, she was a lifelong Princeton resident. She and her husband Joe enjoyed a long life together, first meeting in first grade, then as high school sweethearts followed by 63 years of marriage. Their wonderful life was built around this enduring, unique love for 79 years. Their odyssey began when Joe dipped her pigtail in an inkwell  in first grade at Southside Elementary School in Connellsville, PA, and ended with Joe holding her hand as she left this world.

Mary Ann attended Bucknell University, but after two years transferred to Penn State University to be with Joe. Married while still in college, the young couple moved to New Jersey after graduation when Joe began his career at Johnson & Johnson.

She worked at Princeton University for 21 years as a research assistant in the Social Psychology Department. She worked with professors and graduate students while managing the human subjects for research. She also volunteered at the children’s section of the Hospital Fete and Princeton High School as a tutor.

She devoted herself to raising four children in Princeton. She was involved in many volunteer organizations but is best known as the mom to whom her children’s friends would talk to, spending many hours at the kitchen table helping them navigate the social landscape of childhood. Mary Ann comes from a long line of gardeners. She loved to spend time in her perennial garden in Princeton, producing the year-round show despite the clay soil and abundant shade.

She loved to travel for ski and beach vacations with family and friends including summer trips to the Jersey Shore and ski trips to Vail and Telluride, CO, and Jackson, WY. Later, she and Joe traveled extensively together in Europe and the Caribbean and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon.

Family was her priority. She went all out at family gatherings, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, at her home in Princeton. She loved having her children and grandchildren home to eat, drink, and laugh together.

In 1997 Mary Ann and Joe built, with her sister and brother-in-law, a house in Culebra, Puerto Rico. She loved to walk on the beaches and sit on the deck to watch the moon and sun rise over the water.

Mary Ann is the daughter of the late James and Mary (Keagy) Banning, mother of the late Joseph Anthony Opperman, sister of the late Jane Katselas. She is survived by her husband of 63 years Joseph J. Opperman; a son Jim Opperman and his partner Sharon Reiman; daughters Julie Opperman and her partner Andrew Eills, Jane Moynihan and her  husband Michael Moynihan; and five grandchildren, Nicholas Cooney, Michael Moynihan, William Squires, Katherine Moynihan, and John Moynihan.

A private graveside service was held on Friday, January 28, 2022 at the Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for later this year. 

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

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Charles P. Flesch Jr.

Charles “Chuck” P. Flesch Jr., 58, of Mercerville, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, NJ. 

Born in Trenton, he was a lifelong area resident and attended Steinert High School. Chuck began his roofing career as a roofer with Cooper and Schaffer Roofing and was with them for 13 years. He then founded Flesch’s Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, Inc. and has been serving all of Mercer County proudly for 26 years. Chuck’s business was voted Town Topics Readers’ Choice Award: Best Roofing Company four years in a row. 

Over the years, Chuck was involved in many hobbies. He started from a young age in the racing community which later in life, led him to a stock car of his own. In the ’90s you would see “Chargin’ Chuck” Flesch in the #28 at many dirt tracks in the tri-state area. Chuck enjoyed meeting friends for a bite to eat and a cold drink. Chuck’s true passion was being down the shore at Lanoka Harbor with his family. He found his peace on the water on the bridge of his boat, Reel Spoiled, feeling the wind in his hair and the salt air on his face. He loved to fish for tuna and large fish as well as sharking. He loved riding his Harley and later in life, fixing up the dune buggy with his son, Chuckie. 

Predeceased by his parents, Charles P. Sr. and Joan (Bowker) Flesch; he is survived by his wife of 42 years, Colleen Thomas of Mercerville; his children, Sara Flesch and her fiancé, Martin Rutledge, of Yardville and Charles “Chuckie” P. Flesch, III and companion, Stephanie Dileo, of Hamilton; his two grandchildren, Bryce and Aubrey Rutledge; his brothers, Dave and Terri Flesch of Mercerville and Robert Flesch and his companion, Mari Denko, of Yardville; his beloved aunts and uncles, Marge and Jim Struble of Hamilton Square and Bob and Regina Bowker of Mercerville; his half-brother, Scott Flesch and half-sister, Wendy Smith; his mother-in-law, Peggy Thomas of Hamilton; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, and loving family members and dear friends.  

A Memorial Gathering was held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton, followed by a Celebration of Life Service. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Chuck’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Liam O’Callaghan

Liam O’Callaghan was born in Co. Limerick, Ireland, in 1946, shortly after the death of his veterinarian father, and shortly before the death of Liam’s sister Madeleine. Liam spent much of his early childhood in the care of his uncle Vincent, while his mother worked in London and Dublin. He survived two bouts with pneumonia, and one with tuberculosis, before the age of 4. Experience working at his family’s railway bar and dairy farm led Liam to apply himself keenly to the study of mathematics and physics at the (then all-boys) Christian Brothers School at Westland Row in Dublin.  

He received his BS Hons, MSc in Mathematics from University College Dublin in 1969 and then studied mathematics at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) on a Fulbright Fellowship, receiving his PhD in 1976. Liam’s life was forever changed by his time in graduate school. At Wesleyan, he met fellow mathematics PhD student Robin, whom he married in 1975. Furthermore, upon finding that in the U.S. one could easily store a half-gallon of ice cream in the home freezer, Liam formed an intention to become a U.S. citizen, a goal he realized in 1986.

Liam and Robin lived for 40 years on Battle Road in Princeton, NJ, where they raised three boys and three girls. During his time in Princeton, Liam worked as a software engineer at RCA (later GE) Astrospace, and Telos (later Engility and L3 Communications), primarily working on orbit determination for communication satellites. He also received an MBA from Rutgers in 1983.

Not long after attending their youngest daughter’s college graduation, Liam and Robin put their plans for a well-deserved rest on hold so Liam could help his oldest daughter raise her two young girls in Northern California. After four years of indulging his granddaughters’ every whim, Liam moved on to San Diego to spend time with his oldest son and his grandson. Finally, in 2017, Liam returned full time to Princeton. Three more granddaughters soon arrived, to Liam and Robin’s delight. Liam and Robin entertained their grandbabies regularly, spoiled their irrepressible Boston Terrier, Spike, and also enjoyed travel to California, Ireland, and points on the East Coast.

In late 2020, Liam received a diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme, from which he died on January 2, 2022. In his last year, Liam often remarked with incredulity on his luck at meeting and marrying Robin; he said he could not have recruited a better partner with whom to share a life and raise a family. Being surrounded by his children and grandchildren was his greatest joy. His second greatest was recounting stories about his family’s achievements and notable characteristics, many of which are preserved in his series of comprehensive Christmas newsletters and thoughtful speeches at his children’s weddings. 

Liam is survived by his wife, Robin; his children, Liadan (Matt), Aindrais (Oksana), Lasair (Mike), Conall (Lucile), Ciaran, and Aishlinn (Ricky); his grandchildren, Evy, Didi, Vladimir, Célèste, Hélène, Birdie, and Mila; and one grandson expected in April. 

Liam’s family took him back to his birthplace of Effin, County Limerick, Ireland, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on January 16. He was laid to rest in Ardpatrick Cemetery alongside generations of his family. A Mass will be said in Liam’s memory at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Princeton, NJ.

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Rhoda L. Isaac

Rhoda Kassof Isaac, 93, died of age-related illnesses as well as Covid-19 on January 26, 2022.

She was born in New York City and grew up there before moving to a chicken farm in New Jersey. She studied textile design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and was the mother of Jan Luss (1949-1996, son of her first husband Gerald Luss). She married Henry Isaac in 1954 and her son Jeffrey Isaac was born in 1956.

The family moved to Switzerland in 1963. She resumed her studies in mid-life culminating in a degree in analytical psychology from the CG Jung Institute, specializing in picture interpretation. In 1988 she moved to Princeton, New Jersey. Her career included work as an artist in various media including drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography. She taught art to adults and children in the U.S. and Switzerland as well as for several years at the American International School of Zurich. She practiced psychoanalysis and continued her work as an artist until shortly before her death.

She is remembered by her extended family, her son Jeffrey, his wife Sophie Clarke and grandson Elias Isaac, her three nieces Annie Kassof, Anita Kassof, and particularly Arlen Kassof Hastings who was her daily caregiver in the last months of her life, and by the many people whose lives she touched as a friend, teacher, analyst, and mentor.

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Charles A. Baer

Charles A. Baer died peacefully on January 27, 2022, at the Atrium of The Village at Penn State at the age of 100. He was a chemical engineer with many patents, his last obtained at age 95. He was a man who gave generously of his time, talents, and money.

Born in Burnham, PA, to Clarence (Cub) Baer and Caroline Shirk Baer on May 20, 1921, Chuck moved with his parents to Ellwood City as a child. He graduated from Ellwood City High School in 1939 and attended Pennsylvania State University, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering in December 1942. Upon graduating, he received a job offer from Bausch & Lomb in Rochester, NY, and worked there from 1943 to 1951.

In May 1943, Chuck, later called Charlie, married Martha Potter at Calvin United Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City, PA. They had two children, David and James.

Charlie worked at National Research Corporation in Boston, MA, from 1951 to 1959, before leaving for Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX. Many of Charlie’s patents came when he worked on processes of vacuum-coating films and fabrics used in a variety of materials. His patents include “Process of coating a refractory body with buron nitride and then reacting with aluminum” (1963); and “Disproportionation production of nano-metal powders and nano-oxide powders” (2016).

Later Charlie moved to Princeton, NJ, where he resided for more than 30 years. He worked for National Metalizing, and then Standard Packaging before beginning his own consulting business, Charles A. Baer Associates. He worked internationally with the International Executives Business Corps in Latin America, Europe, Egypt, India, China, and South Korea.

Charlie and Martha were members of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Princeton. They supported the local hospital, gave generously to individuals, and became a central part of their neighborhood.

After retiring and moving from Princeton, Charlie continued to maintain professional contacts and helped companies with problems related to vacuum metalizing. As one of the pioneers in the field, his expertise covered generations of machinery and systems. He continued to field questions well into his nineties.

Charles Baer was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Martha, and his eldest son, David. He leaves behind Heather Fleck, whose friendship and love enriched his later years, as well as a son, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, along with loving friends and colleagues around the world.

January 26, 2022

William Van Pelt

Mr. William Herrmann Van Pelt, 92 years young, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on January 19, 2022.

Born in New York City, he lived in Atlanta, GA; Pittsburgh, PA; Lawrenceville, NJ; and later moved to Aiken, SC. He spent 50 years in advertising and marketing, starting at Ketchum, McCloud & Grove, Westinghouse Electrical Corporation, and later retiring as the Senior Vice President of Gallop & Robinson in Princeton, NJ.

Son of William Herrmann Van Pelt and Helen “Billi” Clark. Proceeded in death by his parents and son William Clark. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years Nancy Glace Van Pelt and daughters Lisa (Noble) Van Pelt-Diller and Meredith Van Pelt of Aiken, SC, and grandsons Max Diller of Phoenix, AZ, and Bennett Van Pelt of San Diego, CA.

He graduated from Emory University in 1950 and was a lifelong swimmer, swimming competitively with the Emory University Swim Team and the U.S. Masters Swimming Association until 2009. His other interests included art, classical music, and he was a member of the Guild for the Aiken Symphony Orchestra. He played classical guitar and was a passionate fan of UConn Womens’ Basketball. He filled his days studying the stock market and enjoying his loving family.

The Historic George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Avenue SW, Aiken, SC 29801 (803-649-6234), has charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy for the family may be left by visiting georgefuneralhomes.com.

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Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown was a pioneering art historian who brought the study of both Spanish and Viceregal Mexican art to wide public and academic attention with his teaching, voluminous writing, and exhibition curatingfrom the 1960s until the present decade. He died at home in Princeton, New Jersey on January 17, 2022. He was 82.

Jonathan Brown was the son of Jean (Levy) Brown and Leonard Brown, well known collectors of Dada, Surrealist, Fluxus, and especially Abstract Expressionist art. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on July 15, 1939. As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College he became interested in Spanish language and literature. His love of Spanish art was fostered by classes at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, where he attended New York University’s junior year in Spain program in 1958-59. Brown received his PhD in art history in 1964 from Princeton where he taught in the Department of Art and Archaeology from 1965 to 1973. Jonathan Brown and Sandra Backer were married in 1966. Their house in Princeton, New Jersey, has been the family home for many years.

Jonathan was recruited by NYU to be Director (1973-78) of the Institute of Fine Arts, the university’s graduate center for the study of art history and fine arts conservation. He remained at the Institute until his retirement in 2017, serving as the Caroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts. Brown instructed several generations of advanced students in his field, many of whom went on to have prestigious careers as academics, museum curators, and directors. His fundamental books and exhibition catalogues on the greatest figures of Spain’s “Golden Age,” including El Greco, Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jusepe de Ribera, and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, among others, earned him praise at home and abroad. Brown’s 1991 survey The Golden Age of Painting in Spain (expanded in 1998 and published as Painting in Spain 1500-1700) remains the standard volume on the subject.

Brown’s art historical methodology, with its emphasis on such contextual issues as patronage, the demands of the art market, changing currents of spiritual belief, along with intellectual, political, and social milieu in which artists lived and worked, offered new, often bold interpretations. His openness to both interdisciplinary approaches and scholarly collaboration is abundantly evident in the book A Palace for a King: The Buen Retiro and the Court of Philip IV, written with renown British historian John Elliott and published first in 1980 with an expanded version in 2003.

In Spain, Brown was both a revered and a sometimes-controversial figure. His analyses of art, highlighting socio-political, economic, and religious readings, were often at odds with the more traditional form of descriptive art history that was the rule in Spain until recent decades. Established Spanish scholars often questioned the value and importance of Brown’s ideas and expansive understanding of Spanish culture, but they held enormous appeal for a younger generation of scholars eager to turn their backs on the isolation imposed by the Franco regime. Many of them, including the current director of Prado Museum, Miguel Falomir, found their way to New York to attend Brown’s seminars at the IFA. Brown’s numerous collaborations with Spanish museums, joint projects with Spanish colleagues, and the prestige of his writings (many of his books quickly appeared in Spanish editions) made him into an “art historical legend” in the country he knew and loved so well.

Over the course of his career Brown received numerous honors including the Medalla de Oro de Bellas Artes (1986); Comendador de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (1986); the Grand Cross of Alfonso X (1996); The Sorolla Medal from the Hispanic Society of America (2008); and recognition by the College Art Association of America in 2011 as Distinguished Scholar. Brown was elected a Corresponding Member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Madrid), a Member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos (Valencia) and, in 1988, membership in the American Philosophical Society. Between 1986 and 1996 he served on the Board of Directors of the Spanish Institute in New York City.

Among the themes closest to Brown was the phenomenon of collecting. His 1994 Andrew W. Mellon Lectures given at the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.) were published in 1995 as Kings and Connoisseurs: Collecting Art in Seventeenth Century Europe. This was also the subject of a 2002 exhibition at the Prado, organized in collaboration with Sir John Elliott. Brown’s passion for this subject led to the founding in 2007 (following Brown’s inspiration) of the Institute for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection and the Frick Art Reference Library. Brown organized five exhibitions at the Frick, including the popular show “Goya’s Last Works” (with Susan Grace Galassi). His re-assessment of the final paintings and graphic work of this great eighteenth and nineteenth century artist mirrored the acuity that Brown had brought to his analysis of earlier Iberian master painters.

Beginning in 1994 Jonathan Brown’s attentions turned to the Spanish American world. An invitation to teach at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City provided the opportunity to examine first-hand masterpieces of what has been called “colonial art,” a mode of painting that Brown insisted on calling “Viceregal,” a term that has since gained considerable traction. His courses at the Institute of Fine Arts, his public lectures and his participation in a ground-breaking exhibition “Pintura de los reinos” (Painting in the Spanish Realms”), at the Prado and in Mexico City, attested to his new-found passion for Latin American art of the Early Modern era. In the spring of 2013 he curated the exhibition “Mexican Art at the Louvre: Masterpieces from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.” 2015 saw the publication of Brown’s co-authored (with Luisa Elena Alcalá and other contributors) volume entitled Painting in Latin America, 1550-1829. His final publication attested to his wide-ranging interests within his first love, the art of Spain. No solo Velázquez (2020) was compiled by Estrella de Diego and Robert Lubar Messeri and contained an author’s prologue and nineteen Spanish language versions of Brown’s essays concerning painting, sculpture, and architecture from the late Middle Ages to Picasso. In his introduction Brown stated that “My principal stimulus was the desire to reintegrate Spanish art within its European context.”

Jonathan Brown is survived by his wife Sandra; his children Claire, Michael, and Daniel and their spouses David, Jamie, and Sarah; and his four grandchildren, Benjamin, Leo, Jake, and Max.

Memorial contributions, in his memory, to Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or Parkinson.org are appreciated.

By Richard Kagan, Robert Lubar, and Edward J. Sullivan.

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Isaac Halperin Cutler-Kreutz

Isaac Halperin Cutler-Kreutz, from Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on January 18 of pneumonia, a complication of long-term brain disease. He was 26 years old.

Isaac was an extremely bright child, teaching himself to read before age 2½, when he suffered a massive stroke caused by an undiagnosed brain tumor. After surgery, he was comatose for months and given only nine months to live. Nevertheless, against all odds and in the face of daunting physical and mental handicaps caused by the stroke and surgery, Isaac persevered. With the aid of extraordinary, dedicated, and compassionate therapists (physical, occupational, and speech) and special education teachers, Isaac ultimately relearned to talk, walk, and read. After untold hours of therapy and hard work, Isaac ultimately achieved an astonishing degree of competence and independence. He was a blithe spirit with an open, engaging personality; a huge smile and a funny joke were ever at the ready. He lived a very rich, happy life, and was both ever-loving and deeply loved by all who knew him.   

Isaac traversed the entire Princeton Regional School system, graduating PHS with a Gold Key Award in 2016; he counted every student as a particular friend. Afterward, he worked at the Whole Earth Center, Princeton University Store, and Cherry Grove Farm, and loved all three jobs. He joyfully participated in Princeton Special Sports soccer and basketball, as well as Special Olympics New Jersey cycling, bocce, track and field, and swimming. He adored sleep-away summer camp, travel, reading, cycling, dancing, and adventure. Most of all, he loved people, and loved to help, however he could. He was well known throughout town for his big smile, openness, cheerfulness, kindness, endless positivity, and terrific sense of humor.

His family is forever grateful for the support and kindness of everyone involved in Isaac’s journey. It has indeed taken a village. He is survived by his brothers Sam and David, and by his parents, Liz Cutler and Tom Kreutz, who view Isaac’s life as an unbelievable miracle and blessing.

Funeral services were held on January 20 at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Isaac’s memory may be made to: One Step At A Time, a summer camp for children with cancer and long-term survivors of pediatric cancers (camponestep.org); Special Olympics New Jersey (sonj.org); or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Neuro-Oncology research (chop.edu).

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To send condolences to the family please visit Isaac’s obituary page at orlandsmemorialchapel.com/isaac-cutler-kreutz.

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Joseph Michael Walker

Joseph Michael Walker, 68, of Princeton, New Jersey died unexpectedly of a heart attack at home on January 22, 2022. Born in Sterling, Colo., he graduated from Hastings College in Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts, then earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, Va., in 1979.

He served as the pastor of Village Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va., for three years, and then the Tarkio Presbyterian Church in Tarkio, Mo., for seven years before joining the Church Financial Campaign Service of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a Campaign Consultant for eight years. Subsequently he worked within the Department of Consumer Affairs of the State of New Jersey for 21 years, where he retired in 2018 as the Executive Director of the Boards of Psychological Examiners and Social Workers. Nassau Church was his home for 33 years and he enjoyed preaching for other congregations in the presbytery.

Over the years he served on innumerable committees and boards, among them Arm in Arm (then the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton). His lifelong pursuit of musical interests included singing in choral groups, teaching classes on opera, and knowing all the answers to all the music questions on Jeopardy.

In retirement with his wife Joyce, he enjoyed life to the fullest as a very fine amateur photographer of birds and nature — seeking out bird sanctuaries, nature hikes, and beautiful places from Nova Scotia to Belize, Florida to British Columbia, and everywhere in between. He was an amazing family chef, entertaining guests with gourmet meals, never exactly following a recipe, and sharing his love of cooking and welcoming with his children.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joyce MacKichan Walker; his children Rebekah and Andrew; one nephew, Blair Walker of Jacksonville, Fla.; one aunt; and numerous cousins.

A private memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 30 at 1 p.m. EST at Nassau Presbyterian Church. The service will be live streamed at nassauchurch.org.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Centurion Ministries (centurion.org) or Arm In Arm (arminarm.org).

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

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Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz of Geneva, IL, passed away at home on January 19, 2022, surrounded by loved ones after a brave fight against cancer. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son, Peter is survived by his wife, Jill, of 28 years; his children, Evan (Rebekah) Schwartz, Stamford, CT; Sonia (Aaron) Rubens, Chicago, IL; Jaclyn Schwartz, Park City, UT; and Adam Schwartz, Geneva, IL; his grandchildren, Maya and Luca Rubens, Chicago, IL; and his sister, Eileen (Brian) Cohen, Los Angeles, CA.

Peter was born in Indio, CA, to Nicholas and Erika Schwartz on October 23, 1949. He grew up in Corona, CA, where he enjoyed playing tennis, riding horses, hiking through orange groves, playing music in an award-winning jazz band, serving on student council, and spending time with family and friends. He received his B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton, and then began a long career in association management at NHFA, ASA, NAA, and the Homebuilders Association of Greater Chicago before purchasing Streng Agency in St. Charles, IL.

Peter moved to Chicago in 1979 and also spent time living in Alexandria, VA, and Princeton, NJ, before settling in Geneva, IL. Peter had an infectious laugh and wonderful sense of humor. He had an affinity for history and a love of sailing, fishing, listening to music, travel, and golf. He was a brilliant writer and speaker. Peter had a penchant for style and delighted in the details. Most of all, he adored his family. He was the patriarch of our family and will be missed dearly by family and friends.

Services were held at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville, IL, on Sunday, January 23, with interment at Naperville Cemetery.

Arrangements by Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Homes & Crematory, (630) 355-0624; beidelmankunschfh.com.

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Carol Robb Blount

On Thursday, January 20, 2022, a nurse, mother, and our hero passed from this world. She died in her home in Lawrenceville, NJ, in a warm bed, surrounded by a family that deeply loved her. She had been battling non-motor Parkinson’s for the past eight years.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Robb of West Orange, NJ, she and her brother Walter grew up in Weston, Massachusetts. She accompanied her mother to California where she attended Bishop School in San Diego. It was here as a young teenager that she joined in the war effort, attending dances and social occasions to entertain the troops prior to their deployment in WW II. After she received several marriage proposals, her father insisted she move back East.

She graduated from boarding school at Ethel Walker School in CT and went on to Briarcliff College. On the day she graduated from Briarcliff she heard the devastating news that her sweetheart, 2nd Lt. Marine Colonel Douglas Bradlee, had been killed in action fighting in the Korean War. This tragic event changed the course of her life. With her father’s strong encouragement to follow in her aunt’s famous footsteps (Nurse Isabell Hampton Robb) and determined to make a difference like the boys who lost their lives in the war, she turned her back on the debutante life and poured herself into a nursing career.

She enrolled in Boston Children’s Hospital Diploma program. These were the days when nursing students were housed in dormitory-like conditions and chaperoned closely. She was the first student allowed to be married before graduation. She and her new husband, Ridgely W Cook Sr., eventually settled in Princeton, NJ. Putting nursing aside for a time, Carol raised three children — Sandy, Ridgely, and Buzby. She was a member of Trinity Church, the Women’s Investment Group (WIG), and started a small business called Rollingmead Rumble Bread.

Eventually divorce forced her to return to work full time. She became a private duty nurse at Princeton Medical Center, and later a corporate nurse for Birch Tree Group also in Princeton. She married I. Tipler Blount and became stepmother to four more children — Cathy, Barry, Patty, and Tina. While working, she returned to get her B.S. in Nursing from Trenton State College graduating at the age of 50. She eventually left corporate nursing and went to Trenton to work for Mercer Street Friends. This afforded her the opportunity to work with those most in need. Many a holiday would find her out in patients’ homes attending to the sick. In 1987 she was nominated by her peers as “Nurse of The Year” for the state of New Jersey after forming a nurse’s union to make sure her fellow nurses were being treated fairly.

Carol eventually returned to Princeton Medical Center where she joined the Home Care Department. She continued to forge close bonds with her nursing colleagues. After her second husband died, she married Dr. Monsour Miky. She had seven retirements, eventually leaving the profession in her 80s and retiring to Lawrenceville, NJ. Her family and friends loved her so much for her positive attitude, playful spirit, and kind heart. She fought the good fight.

Predeceased by her parents Walter Robb and Rachel MacInnis; brother Walter Robb Jr.; stepbrothers Samuel Adams (Nina) and John Adams; former husband Irving Tipler Blount; and stepchildren Tina Kline (Greg) and Patti Blount. She is survived by her children Sandra Cook-Anderson (Stuart), Ridgely W. Cook (Julie), and Buzby R. Cook (Mary); sister-in-law Anne Robb and Carol Hathaway; stepsister Judy Bartholomew; grandchildren Sarah (Nathan), Anna, Andrew, Hastings, Hyatt, and Chante; stepchildren Cathy Blount and Barry Blount (Melanie Perone); and former husbands Ridgely W. Cook Sr. and Dr. Mikey Mansour.

A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Church on May 7, 2022, at 11:30 a.m.  Donations can be given to Trinity Church, Michael J. Fox Foundation, or a veterans’ organization.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather Hodge Funeral Home.

January 19, 2022

Olive E. Hoagland

Olive E. Hoagland, 99, passed away on January 7, 2022. She was born in Newark, NJ, moved to Griggstown in 1945, and resided in Freehold since 2010. She worked as a secretary and in sales for Princeton Nurseries of Kingston for 39 years. She was a member of the Griggstown Reformed Church since 1935, where she served as a Deacon. She was a charter member of the Ladies Auxillary of Griggstown Fire Company and was a member of the Franklin Township Senior Citizens.

Predeceased by her parents Dr. Herman and Mae (Lee) Campbell; husband Kenneth A. Hoagland; sister Doris (Campbell) Carroll; and brother-in-law Arthur Carroll; she is survived by her sister-in-law Cynthia Hoagland; and 12 loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Griggstown Reformed Church and burial in Rocky Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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

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Margaret “Pegie” Dunn Morris

December 22, 1942 – January 7, 2022

Pegie Morris, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away early on Friday morning, January 7, 2022. She died peacefully at home, following a valiant fight against COPD. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Alexander E. Morris, her son Robert V. Morris, his wife Kendall L. Morris, three grandchildren – Parker, Hayden, and Ellie, her son Garret E. Morris and his wife Joyce B. Morris, plus a host of friends and family.

Pegie grew up on a small farm in Franklin Park, near Princeton, New Jersey. She was the oldest of five siblings and the only girl among them. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1960. She subsequently attended Rider University, obtained an Associate Degree, and graduated from nursing school in Princeton, N.J.

She enjoyed a diverse career, starting as an OB/GYN nurse at Princeton Hospital and even delivered three babies herself when doctors were delayed. She later became the Secretary of her children’s school (The Lewis School in Princeton, NJ) to ensure that she was able to spend time with them. Eventually, Pegie became an entrepreneur by opening and running a PIP Printing franchise throughout the 1990s.

The essence of Pegie was that of a devoted and loving wife and mother. She never missed one of her sons’ events and treated all of their friends as an extension of the family. Pegie was an, “I like babies and dogs” kind of gal. In addition to being a homemaker, she enjoyed activities like dog shows, gardening, games, and travel.

Her twinkling eyes, easy smile, and occasional quick, happy laugh made it easy for her to make friends — many since coming to the Naples area with her husband as “snowbirders” in 1988 and permanently nearly nine years ago.

A funeral mass will be celebrated for Pegie in the chapel at St. Agnes Catholic Church (7775 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples, FL 34120) on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be appreciated.

Online condolences may be offered at FullerNaples.com.

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Haskell Emery Smith Rhett

Haskell Emery Smith Rhett, 85, died peacefully at home on January 7, 2022, in Afton, Virginia.

Dr. Rhett was President Emeritus of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (now The Institute for Citizens & Scholars).

Born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1936 to Eunice Campbell Rhett (Emery) and Haskell Smith Rhett, he grew up in Long Beach, Indiana, and attended The Governor’s Academy in Massachusetts on a full scholarship. He earned a BA in English at Hamilton College.

Upon graduation, he served as a Naval Flight Officer, flying A-3’s off the USS Forrestal. In 1961, he married his first wife, Roberta Teel Oliver, with whom he had two children, Kathryn Emery Rhett and Cecily Coffin Rhett.

After his naval service, Dr. Rhett was Assistant Dean of Admissions for Hamilton College before earning his Ph.D. in philosophy at Cornell University, and as a fellow at the London Institute for Education. In 1970 he became Director of Program Development at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. A champion of equitable education for all, in 1973 he became Assistant Chancellor of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey, and then, in 1985, Vice President for the College Board. In 1990, he assumed the role of President of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

A trustee of The Governor’s Academy and Dominican University of California, he also served as chair of the board of trustees of The College of New Jersey. He was on the board of directors for the Trenton After School Program, and a facilitator for the nation’s longest-running career transition group, JobSeekers. He held fellowships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Eliot-Winant Fellowship to lecture at British universities.

Dr. Rhett was an avid sailor, crewing on the Newport Bermuda Race, and a competitive tennis player. A longtime member of Trinity Church, in Princeton, New Jersey, he served as senior warden and three-time vestryman.

While in New Jersey, he met his beloved wife of the past 25 years, Janet Lee Rollings. Devoted supporters of the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team, they housed athletes and coaches in their home during training at Princeton’s Lake Carnegie. Their love of nature, and Janet’s work as a United Airlines captain, led them to live in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, near Dulles International Airport. They traveled the world together, including Antarctica.

He is survived by his wife, his two daughters, son-in-law Brian N. Sawyer, and grandchildren Cade Emery Leebron, Jacob Rhett Leebron, Benjamin Harvey Leebron, and Josephine Rhett Sawyer. In his final years, Dr. Rhett appreciated the friendship of his home health aide Ray Robinson. Friends and family will miss his inimitable sense of style, quick wit, and wise counsel.

A memorial service and celebration of Haskell’s life will be held later this year at Trinity Church in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, it was Haskell’s wish for donations to The Governor’s Academy or Trinity Church.

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James E. Anderson

James E. Anderson died unexpectedly in Skillman, NJ, on January 9, 2022. He was 86. Jim was the only child of adoring parents, Alan and Eleanor Anderson, and was born in Orange, NJ, on February 27, 1935. He was raised in South Orange and Chatham NJ, where he graduated in 1953 from Chatham High School.

He continued his studies at Amherst College, Class of 57, and Harvard Law School, JD ’60. Jim married Sarah (Sally) Whittaker in 1958. They had three children and raised their family in Simsbury, CT. Jim spent his career as corporate counsel at what is now CIGNA. He retired to Pawlet, VT, where he and Sally lived for 23 years. Jim named their Vermont home Solla Sollew, “where they never have troubles, at least very few,” according to Dr. Seuss. The Pawlet house was an idyllic family retreat that provided many special memories for Jim, Sally, and the growing families of their children.

This time also allowed Jim to focus on what he enjoyed — volunteering at Manchester Congregational Church, providing legal services pro bono, and walking in the woods accompanied by his beloved yellow labs Abby and then Andy. Jim was a lifelong chorister and sang in school choruses, glee club, barbershop quartets, and community musicals. He also had passions for nature, theology, politics, sports, and enjoying time with friends and family. And snowshoeing! 

Jim declared that it was time to head south when he was no longer able to climb a ladder, chainsaw in hand, to remove a fallen tree from the driveway in Pawlet. He and Sally headed south to Vero Beach, Florida. There he was active at Christ-by-the-Sea Methodist Church and enjoyed family visits, tennis, and twice daily beach walks with Andy. Eventually, it became important to live near their children, so Jim and Sally returned to their New Jersey roots.

Jim leaves his wife of 63 years, Sally, and their children: Beth Coogan and husband Tom; Stewart Anderson and wife Alexandra Gulacsi; David Anderson and wife Olga Anderson Ferreras; and his six grandchildren, Grace Coogan, John Coogan, Sara Anderson, Danny Anderson, Yunyi Anderson, and Elliot Anderson. His family and his many friends will miss him dearly. They will hold a celebration of his life in the spring.

Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to AFS-USA, Inc. or the International Committee of the Red Cross.

January 12, 2022

Nancy Whitney Pritchard Bear

Nancy Whitney Pritchard Bear was the hub of our wheel. We mourn the death of our dear mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. Nancy died peacefully in her sleep on January 2, 2022, after a period of declining health at the Martha Jefferson House in Charlottesville, Va.

Born Nancy Jane Whitney in 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Dr. Leon and Margaret Whitney, her younger brother Lee was her only sibling. Nancy had fond memories of Brooklyn. With the advent of WWII, the family moved to Long Island. She finished High School in Morristown, N.J., where her parents remained for many years, and all six of her children were born. Many childhood summers were spent at Candlewood Isles, Conn.. and Camp Allegro in N.H.; swimming in lakes was a lifelong joy.

After earning her A.A. degree at Green Mountain College, Nancy worked in office administration, starting as secretary to George Mennen, grandson of the founder of the Mennen company. She married Robert F. Maturin in September 1954, gave birth to her first child in January 1956, and was widowed in early November. She married William (Bill) G. Pritchard in late January of 1957; they started their family of six children in Plainfield, N.J., before moving to Princeton in 1964. Early family summers were spent in Madison, Conn., and later at the Double Diamond Ranch in Dubois, Wyo. She led a good life, enjoyed raising Norwich Terriers, loved to needlepoint and knit, play bridge, swim, and travel, but her family always came first.

After separating from Bill Pritchard in 1974, Nancy returned to the workforce and raised her children. She was the inaugural office manager for New Jersey Monthly magazine and later ran a Dow Jones business center in Manhattan, enjoying the commute by train for several years. After moving to Charlottesville in 1996, she worked at Beacon Hill Associates and volunteered at Martha Jefferson hospital, where she met William (Bill) Bear, whom she married at age 68 in June 2001. The reception was a joyous affair with many grandchildren weaving in and out of the adult happenings — just the way she loved it. They appreciated 10 years together traveling, enjoying one another’s families, and spoiling Phoebe, their delightful, white Havenese. 

After Bill’s passing, Nancy spent time in Vero Beach, Fla., with her brother Lee and his wife Julie, where she met Peter Curnin, the last “man” in her life. Shortly after Peter’s family moved him home to Atlanta for his remaining months, Nancy fell and broke her hip. Less than six months later, she moved to the Martha Jefferson House, where a community of residents and aids helped her pass her remaining time with kind attention. The family visited often, and despite Covid restrictions, she was well-loved, choosing never to dwell on losses, always looking forward.

Nancy had an eye for design, color, and fabrics expressed in her homes and sense of style. She was particular about clothes, dressing well until the end; many described her as “classy.” During her last birthday weekend, a few family members accompanied Nancy to her favorite “fancy” restaurant. Nancy dressed with care, adding makeup and jewelry to complete her look, and had a glorious evening enjoying a glass of wine with her shrimp risotto. It was perfect. 

Nancy is survived by her six children Janet Pritchard, Christina Pritchard, Suzanne Fladd, William Pritchard, Nancy Pritchard-Taylor, and Peter Pritchard; her daughters-in-law and sons-in-law Judith Thorpe, Robert Fladd, Monique Pritchard, Patrick Taylor, and Angela Pritchard; 23 grandchildren Sean, James and William, Nicholas, Andrew, Emma, Matthew, Lael and Madison, Samantha and Christopher,  Megan, Logan, and Reid, Elizabeth, Cameron, Bryson, and Luke, Breanna, Hailee, Kyle, Noah, and Sydney; their spouses and nine great-grandchildren, as well as her brother Leon H. Whitney, his wife Julie, their four children, and spouses, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Family always came first for Mom, Nancy, Nana, and Nana Great, and we will hold her close in our hearts and memories. She would wish us “courage and strength and a sense of humor” during this time of transition.

Her family will hold a private celebration of life later this spring. Donations in her memory can be made to the ASPCA or the Martha Jefferson House.

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Thelma Van Arsdalen

Thelma Marie Van Arsdalen, 91, of Princeton passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Morris Hall Skilled Nursing Center of Lawrence Township, NJ. Thelma was born in South River, NJ. She was valedictorian of her graduating high school class of 1948. She remained clear-minded with meticulous attention to detail until her passing.

She married Norman Charles Van Arsdalen in 1949 and celebrated their 72nd anniversary on August 13, 2021. Her hobbies included bowling, knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint. She was an outstanding cook and baker, an unbeatable Scrabble player, and an avid reader.

Predeceased by her parents Louis and Ottovina (Nielsen) Svendsen.

She is survived by her husband Norman Van Arsdalen and two sons, Keith Van Arsdalen and his wife Grace Van Arsdalen and Scott Van Arsdalen and his wife Patricia Van Arsdalen. She is also survived by her sister Shirley and her brother-in-law Richard Pfaff and three nephews William, Jeffery, and Robert, and a step sister Kathy Ziglier, her husband Fran and family; her nephew John W. Osborn III and his wife Marion; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Van Arsdalen, Christine Van Arsdalen, Bryce Van Arsdalen, Leigh Manley, Jill Ferry, Kyle Van Arsdalen, Chase Van Arsdalen, and Mia Van Arsdalen; and many great-grandchildren. She dedicated her life to her family, was greatly loved, and will be greatly missed.

A private burial will take place in Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton on Wednesday, January 12 at 11 a.m.

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

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Richard K. Slavin

August 16, 1933 – January 5, 2022

Richard Kenneth Slavin, age 88, passed away peacefully in the evening of January 5, 2022 after a long and difficult journey through Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Slavin was born in The Bronx, NY. The son of Jack and Lillian (Kitty) Slavin, he was the older of two children and spent his early life on Undercliff Avenue, living on a block surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School at age 16 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Fordham University in 1954. After college, he fulfilled his ROTC obligation by serving as head of the hospital pharmacy at Ft. Devons, Massachusetts for three years.

Mr. Slavin married June Barbara Lippman in 1954 and they enjoyed 64 years together before her death in 2018. They had two daughters, Mindy (Slavin) Langer of Princeton Junction, NJ, and Susan (Slavin) Greenberg of Dripping Springs, TX. He is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Corey Langer and Mark Greenberg. He was very proud of his two grandchildren and their spouses, Adina Jocelyn Langer (Matthew DeAngelis) and Micah Philip Langer (Danielle Winter) and his three great-grandchildren: Leo and Ilana DeAngelis, and Maurice Josiah Langer.

Mr. Slavin began his career as a pharmacist in his father’s drugstore, and then became head of hospital pharmacies at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. From there he moved into a career in hospital administration, earning an MBA degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was Associate Director of Mount Sinai Hospital for 12 years, and then moved to Miami Lakes, FL, in 1975 to become Director of Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, FL. He and his wife lived in the Miami area for over 40 years, before moving to Princeton, NJ in 2017. They were also a part of a close-knit community in Steamboat Springs, CO, where they spent summers between 1995 and 2016.

Mr. Slavin was respected by his colleagues and staff for his wise and effective administration and organizational abilities. He was a good friend and an avid golfer. He served on the boards of many Jewish charitable organizations and synagogues; he eventually became President of virtually every organization he belonged to. Despite his tragic decline into dementia over the past five years, he will be remembered with affection and respect by everyone who knew him during his life.

Funeral services were held January 9 at The Jewish Center of Princeton with burial in Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Jewish Center or to Jewish Community Services of South Florida (jcsfl.org).

Arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To send condolences to the family please visit Richard’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Martin Dennis Cleary

Martin Dennis Cleary, “Marty,” age 76, of Windsor, Colorado, died on December 30, 2021, in Loveland, Colorado.

Marty was born July 24, 1945, in Jersey City, NJ, to parents James and Martha Cleary. He graduated from Lincoln High School and then earned a BS from Rutgers. Marty was an intelligent man, scientifically minded with a drive to help others. He put this to use working for, starting, and running several companies. He got his start at Johnson & Johnson, where he met his wife, Barbara in 1975. The two were married on December 17, 1978 and continued to work together on other projects. Marty was CFO and President of IOLab, CFO of Cytogen, CEO of GenVec, and CEO of CardioGene, all in New Jersey. After moving to California, he was CEO of Genteric, followed by Juvaris. He found great success in applying his expertise to address the healthcare needs and ideas people brought to him.

Marty was very personable and connected quickly with folks. He was loved by his niece and nephew and his grand-nephews. Everyone will remember his sense of humor and flawless delivery of one-line zingers. His cooking skills will also be missed by his family. Marty spent time traveling, deep sea fishing, and enjoying good food at gourmet restaurants. Above all, Marty was giving – he gave of himself to benefit those around him.

Marty is survived by his wife, Barbara Cleary; brother, James (Patricia) Cleary; niece, Patricia Cleary; nephew, James (Shelly) Cleary; and grandnephews, Sean and Aedan.

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Ruth Joanne Schamback

Ruth (Ruthie) Schamback passed away on December 27, 2021. Cancer took her from us too early. Ruthie was born in Windsor, Vermont December 5, 1949, the daughter of George Merton and Emma Robinson. She graduated from Windsor High School in 1967 and continued her education at Southern Connecticut State University, earning a BA in Education in 1971.

After a brief career as a school teacher (one year in the school system she grew up in) she married her husband Douglas Schamback in 1972 and joined him, working together in the golf business at several golf clubs: Woodstock Country Club in Vermont, Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Florida, and The Bedens Brook Club in Princeton, New Jersey. They retired to Vero Beach, Florida in 2008 and became members of the Grand Harbor Club. Ruthie became an accomplished golfer winning multiple club championships at Grand Harbor and her summer club, Okemo Valley, in Vermont. She also was an avid Mahjong player, enjoyed reading, and volunteered at The Friends of The Library Book Depot in Vero Beach. She had a large network of friends. Her infectious smile, grace, and happy disposition touched everyone she met. She loved, believed, and had a never-ending faith in the goodness of people.

She is survived by her sisters Rita (David Boynton), Jean Robinson and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Leslie Robinson, David Joseph Scafani, and a sister Elizabeth Marshall.

At Ruthie’s request there will be no services in Florida. She asks that everyone recalls a happy memory. There will be a graveside service at a later date in Brownsville, Vermont.

Donations may be made to the Indian River VNA Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Online condolences may be shared at coxgiffordseawinds.com.

January 5, 2022

Diane Burke

Longtime Princeton resident Diane (Didi) Wormser Burke, 94, passed away peacefully at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center on December 26, 2021. While she died on one of the shortest days of the year, she was born on the longest day, June 21, 1927. 

Diane had lived in Princeton since 1981 with the late James E Burke, former Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, whom she married in 1981. They shared a love of travel, family, and the arts.  During that time, she worked as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her well-prepared tours became so popular that she was asked to give private ones to visiting dignitaries and VIPs. She served as a longtime trustee of the Met and the Princeton Art Museum as well as on the boards of the Mercantile Library of NYC, the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers, the Wellesley College Friends of Art, the Middle East Society of Princeton, and the Russian American Cultural Foundation. Over 30 years ago, she and her late husband founded the James E. and Diane W. Burke Foundation which has focused on children’s health and children and the arts.

Beloved by friends and family for her kindness, compassion, artistry, and love of life, Didi grew up in Larchmont with her sister Renee and parents Elsie and Felix Wormser. As a child she traveled frequently, visiting all the states by age 14 as her father was a mining engineer who also served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

After graduating from Wellesley College with a BA in Art History, she worked at Perls Galleries in New York City which exclusively handled the works of Alexander Calder and other modern artists. In 1951 she married ad exec Frank Schaffer and raised her three children in Greenwich, CT, where she maintained a career as a painter with her own distinct style reminiscent of Henri Rousseau for her jungle animals and later Andy Warhol for her seed packet paintings. While there, Didi and two other women opened and ran a successful art gallery called Gallery 3. 

Fluent in French and Italian, Didi also had a lifelong love of the opera, classical music (her favorite composer being Mozart), the works of Trollope, and dachshunds.  A woman of great beauty, elegance, and grace, she is survived by her children and their spouses Quentin Schaffer and Erica Anderheggen of New Canaan, CT; Darcy and John Hadjipateras of Greenwich, CT; and Jocelyn Schaffer of Jamestown, RI; as well as six grandchildren – Charlotte, Kylie, and Cameron Schaffer and Peter, Costas, and Sophie Hadjipateras; step grandchildren Alex and Marina Hadjipateras; and stepchildren James and Clo Burke and their children Anna and Alice Burke and Christina Menkemeller and Michael Preininger.

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

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Matthew David Haar

Matthew David Haar, PhD, died December 9, 2021 in his son’s home in Berkeley, California. He was a clinical psychologist in private practice in Princeton, NJ, from 1983 until October 2021 and a longtime resident of Pennington, NJ.

Matthew was born in New York City in 1945 to Murray and Shirley Haar. He was raised in Jersey City, NJ, in a large and close family where he attended Orthodox Jewish synagogue with his grandfather Jacob Haar, helped in the family wholesale grocery business, and was valedictorian at his high school, Stevens Academy in Hoboken, NJ.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) in 1967, Matthew joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed as a Lieutenant with the nuclear submarine tender USS Simon Lake in Holy Loch, Scotland, where he learned to program computers. After his service, Matthew moved to Berkeley, CA, and designed computer systems for Golden West Bank.

In the early 1970s, Matthew became interested in the human potential movement and psychology. He married Betsie Averett Holt in 1974 and began doctoral studies at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. During this time he became a student of the Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher and Roshi, Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi.

In 1982 and with three little boys now in their family, he graduated with a PhD in clinical psychology. The family relocated to Pennington, NJ, where Matthew started his psychotherapy practice in Princeton, NJ, and their fourth son was born.

Over his four decades of practice, Matthew guided hundreds of children, adolescents, and adults toward a better understanding of their emotions and behavior. He closed his clinical practice in October 2021. While a sudden diagnosis of cancer cut short his post-clinical plans to continue training a new generation of therapists, in his final days he drafted a primer on emotions for the lay reader, which will be published posthumously. Matthew also remained a dedicated practitioner of Zen Buddhism to the end of his life.

Matthew is remembered by his family and friends for his big heart, insightful presence, generosity of spirit, and love of life. Among many things, he enjoyed sitting in the sun, dancing to live music, sharing a glass of fine wine, and most of all, spending quality time with loved ones.

Matthew is survived by Betsie, beloved wife of 47 years; sons Jordan, Jacob, William and Samuel; daughters-in-law Rohini and Maya; grandchildren Beata, Lalita, Gemma, Lakshmi, Zofja, Arya, Rahm, Aalia, and Emma; sisters Lynn Reichgott and Diane Haar-Lyons and their husbands Michael Reichgott and Jack Lyons; many adored nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and patients. He was preceded in death by his parents Murray and Shirley Haar, of blessed memory. Funeral services for Matthew’s immediate family were held in California in December 2021 and the family is planning a New Jersey memorial service in June 2022.

December 29, 2021

Jane-Kerin Moffat

Jane-Kerin Moffat, 90, of Skillman, NJ, a noted environmentalist, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2021. A resident of Greenwich, CT, for almost 60 years, she had moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery in 2019 to be near her sister. Daughter of the late Abbot Low Moffat, former Princeton Township Committeeman, and Marion Adams Moffat, Jane-Kerin spent much of her early childhood on the family farm in Fitzwilliam, NH, fostering a love of nature which shaped her life’s work.

After graduating from Chatham Hall, in VA, she moved to London and received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Somerville College, Oxford University in 1952, followed by a Master’s degree in Education. Returning to the States, she taught at the Potomac School in VA for seven years, then moved to Greenwich, where she taught at Greenwich Country Day School for another six years.  Throughout her studies and teaching career, she had been interested in the role of television in society and she left teaching to obtain her Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, completing her dissertation, “Toward a Theory of Education for Television:  A Phenomenological Perspective” in 1978.

After completing her doctorate, she found that she was considered overqualified for teaching in secondary school, so she set out on new pursuits. Upon taking a walk at Greenwich Point in the early 1980s, she noted piles of rotting leaves that had been left by the town to decompose on the beach. Offended by the smell, she joined the Greenwich Point Committee and helped draft a comprehensive park and beach management plan, which was adopted by the town in 1990.

She then turned her efforts to saving the Jay property in Rye, New York, from development into condominiums. A 23-acre parcel that stretched from the Boston Post Road to the Long Island Sound, and bordered the environmentally sensitive Marshlands Conservancy, it also happened to be the place where her forebear, founding father John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, had spent his childhood.  Helping to organize an alliance of over 65 environmental, historical, government, and nonprofit groups, her efforts led to the property being purchased by Westchester County in 1992 and added to the Marshlands Conservancy. A nonprofit entity, the Jay Heritage
Center, was chartered by the New York Board of Regents to manage the property for public purposes, and the site was ultimately designated as part of the Boston Post Road Historic District with the Jay Mansion, its acknowledged centerpiece, designated a National Historic Landmark.

Known by now as an organizer and coalition builder, Jane-Kerin was hired in 1990 by the National Audubon Society to be the coordinator of the Long Island Sound Watershed Alliance, which pulled together over 180 groups interested in preserving the Sound.  Through Audubon, she organized hearings in towns along the coast to determine the extent and nature of the degradation of the Sound due to population growth and pollution, and co-authored a report on the information collected to become the foundation of the Alliance. She coordinated a Citizens Summit Conference, drawing over 200 environmentalists to discuss proposals to rejuvenate the Sound with legislators from NY and CT, in the hope of creating a model for national estuary restorations. She also coordinated a meeting at Greenwich Point with the United Nation Summit Conference in Brazil. As part of her Watershed Alliance work, she also founded the Greenwich Network for Long Island Sound, a network of 23 organizations, to promote education and coordinated environmental action. She also served as vice president and conservation chairwoman of the Greenwich Audubon Society.

For her leadership in these efforts, she was awarded the Greenwich Garden Club Conservation Award in 1992. The Town of Greenwich also gave her its Conservation Award for her contributions to the environmental movement in 1994, and a shadblow tree was planted at Greenwich Point in her honor.

Her work did not end there, however. In 1997 she became president of the Audubon Council of CT and in 1998 she set up an email network, linking the leaders of all of the environmental groups in the state, later doing the same for the state’s Audubon members. The National Audubon Society gave her its Audubon Activist Award and published a feature article about her in their magazine entitled “One Sound Lady” in 2000. She went on to serve on its board from 2007-2013.

In addition to her environmental activism, Jane-Kerin was known for her kindness, charm, wit, and magnificent storytelling skills, which also made her a compelling public speaker. Beloved by her friends and family, including many nieces, nephews, and cousins, she is survived by her brother, Burnham Moffat of Reno, and her sister Nancy Lifland of Skillman.

Jane-Kerin will be interred at the Jay Family Cemetery in Rye, NY, in the spring of 2022. A ceremony of celebration and remembrance will be held at that time.

Donations in her memory may be made to the National Audubon Society at 225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, https://act.audubon.org.

Notes and condolences may be addressed to Nancy Lifland at 900 Hollinshead Spring Road, F-202, Skillman, NJ 08558.

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Gairda (Lolly) Lee Jensen

Lolly Jensen, age 88, passed away December 5, 2021, after a short illness. Her sons Eric, Chris, and brother Ralph and wife Janet were frequent visitors during her illness. She was born Gairda Lee Messersmith in Paris, France, on February 13, 1933, while her father, Einar Messersmith, worked for Standard Oil.

She and her family moved back to the United States in 1934 where they lived in Roselle, NJ. After graduating Roselle High School in 1951, she attended and graduated from Bucknell University in 1955 as a member of the Phi Mu Sorority and with a major in Education. Upon graduation she married Michael Jensen, whom she met at Bucknell. Lolly and Mike raised three boys while living in Princeton. She was a devoted mother who attended Chris, Eric, and Andy’s multiple athletic events while at Princeton Day School. Long Beach Island was where Lolly spent summers as a child and later built a family home in North Beach.

After her divorce from Mike she moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she made many friends in the skating world. Lolly was a beautiful and passionate figure skater and worked hard at becoming a nationally known figure skating judge. Her vast talent for sewing made her known for her skating designs. She also worked in interior design and immersed herself in the world of antiques of all genres.

Lolly never forgot a birthday and she was a loving grandmother. She is survived by her brother Ralph, sister-in-law Janet, their daughters Erica Crowley and Kristina Ruta; sons Chris, Andy and wife Mary, Eric and wife Pam; and grandchildren John, Garret, Sophie, Gigi, and Penny. A private memorial will be held in her memory in January 2022.

December 22, 2021

Mary E. Bahr

Mary Elizabeth (Foster) Bahr, 85, of Kutztown, PA, died Sunday, December 19, 2021. Mary grew up in Vishers Ferry, NY and began raising her family in West Berne, NY, before moving to New Brunswick and Rocky Hill, NJ, while Rev. Bahr was in seminary. She spent 17 years in Rocky Hill before moving to Leesport, PA, to begin the next chapter of her life.

Mary was always active in an event or organization. She was a Borough Clerk of the town of Rocky Hill and a former Regent of the Princeton Chapter of the DAR. Mary was a 55-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and an avid researcher on Ancestry.com, helping many friends and family trace their family history. She was a member of East Penn Chapter #336 Order of Eastern Star. She played the piano and church organ and loved to sing and was an excellent sewer, making Revolutionary costumes and dolls. Mary was a knitter specializing in decorative mittens and Peruvian Chullo hats. Family always came first; she was never too busy for a phone call or a visit and visits often involved baking bread, sorting through old pictures or just sitting and chatting.

Wife of the late Rev. Frank J. Bahr and longtime companion of the late Nevin C. Miller, she is survived by her son Maurice J. Bahr (Debra) of Crosswicks, NJ, and daughters Mary-Grace Carroll (Arthur) of Ewing, NJ, Johanna B. Snedeker (Donald) of Skillman, NJ, Elizabeth B. Rohrbach (Bruce) of Kutztown, PA, Amity B. Mamola (Jerome) of Lititz, PA, and step-daughter Mary E. Barr of Michigan City, IN. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Daniel Bahr (Laura), Sarah Gordon (Samuel), Stephanie Bahr, Melanie Carroll, Elizabeth Farrell (TJ), Jennifer Rohrbach, Rebecca Deno (James), Rachel Mamola, Victoria Mamola and Joseph Mamola and step-grandchildren Philip Barr and Paula Chalik. She was the great-grandmother to Liliah Gordon, Samuel Gordon, Claire Deno, Julia Deno, Charlotte Farrell, Fiona Bahr, Loxley Gordon, and step-great-grandchildren Braeden Barr, Trenten Chalik, Owen Chalik, Logan Chalik, and the late Alexzander Barr.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 223 Peach Street Leesport, PA. An Order of Eastern Star Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. with family remembrances to follow. Burial will be held Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. in Rocky Hill Cemetery, Merritt Lane and Montgomery Avenue, Rocky Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard Fund; please mail checks payable to Sons of the American Revolution to Nevin Miller, 210 Highland Avenue, Kutztown, PA 19530-1102.

For online condolences, please visit leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

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Morton Collins
1936-2021

Morton Collins, a six-decade resident of Princeton, NJ, died on Tuesday, December 14 at the age of 85 after a long illness. Morton was born in Somers Point, NJ, on January 28,1936 and was raised in Linwood, NJ. His parents were Emily (Swan) Collins and Morton Collins, Sr.

He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and an MS and PhD from Princeton University, also in Chemical Engineering. Later in life he received an honorary PhD in Science from the University of Delaware recognizing his many years of service and support to the University’s School of Engineering. Morton understood the power of education and how it changed the trajectory of his life. He never forgot the educators that supported him on his path, including his fourth grade teacher. He dedicated much of his time and many resources to supporting and mentoring young people.

Morton had an insatiable curiosity and passion for adventure. He explored every corner of the world with his adoring wife Donna, but always came back to the East Coast shoreline he loved as a child. He started his first business there as a young teenager, raking clams and other delicacies to sell to large local restaurants. Orphaned at 11, and on his own from the age of 16, Morton worked hard to create a strong and loving structure for his family; sharing not only the serious lessons he had learned in life, but also many joyous and exciting escapades, and innumerable small silly moments with his children and grandchildren.

Morton received a Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the ROTC Program at Delaware and in 1963 was called to active duty. He led a special project team at U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal and the National Security Agency (NSA) and then trained to fly at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. He went on to fly over 160 missions in the F-4 Phantom II over the South China Sea operating off the USS Enterprise. Through his lifetime he remained an active private pilot of single and multi-engine aircrafts, turbojets, and even a bright red, open cockpit WACO biplane. He eventually accumulated over 7,000 hours of flying time.

In 1968, he founded Data Science Ventures (DSV), a pioneering venture capital firm that had offices in Princeton, NJ, and Newport Beach, CA. DSV partnerships specialized in early stage financing of high technology companies in the fields of life sciences, electronic materials, communications, and software. A former president, director and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, Morton was the recipient of the 1989 University of Delaware Medal of Distinction, the 1990 New York Venture Forum Award, and the 1992 Delaware Valley Venture Group Award.

Morton chaired President Ronald Reagan’s Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and served as a technology policy advisor to President George H.W. Bush. He served on the New Jersey Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology, the New Jersey Governor’s Superconductivity Roundtable, and was a member of the Research Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences. He was also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In addition, he was a member of the Advisory Council to the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Delaware; a member of the Leadership Council of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Princeton University; a member of the Graduate School Leadership Council at Princeton University; a member of the Systems Biology Advisory Council at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ; and a member of the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Delaware. 

Morton is survived by his wife Donna Collins of Princeton, NJ, and his four children and their spouses: Kristy and David, Melissa and Mike, Quincey and Rob, and Tyler and Stephanie. He was also beloved by 13 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Carole Shreve and their daughter Lisa, and his second wife Eva Karacsony.

A memorial service will be held in 2022. Details will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Princeton Area Community Foundation Inc, PO Box 825454, Philadelphia, PA 19182-5454. Please make checks payable to Princeton Area Community Fund with “Collins Fund” in the memo line. Donations can also be made online at: https://pacf.org/morton-and-donna-collins-fund.

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Maureen Darrow

Maureen Grace Sullivan Darrow died December 14, 2021. She was in her home with family by her side at Stonebridge at Montgomery. She passed away peacefully.

She was born August 17, 1926 in New York City. Her parents were Edward and Hazel Sullivan.

Maureen entered at 16 and graduated from City College of New York, one of the first classes of women. She then met R. Morton Darrow, who promptly founded the History Club in order to get to know her. They married at age 20 and would have been married 75 years last May, but we lost Mort in November 2020.

They moved to Princeton in 1951 where they lived for 65 years until they moved to Stonebridge 8 years ago. Maureen also earned a master‘s degree from Trenton State College.

Maureen was known for her inner and outer beauty. She was bright, extremely generous, kind, energetic, and determined. She enjoyed being a wife, parent to Marc Darrow, Nancy Darrow Whiteside, aunt to Rob, Charlie, and Richard Goldberg, and grandmother to Daniel Whiteside, as well as the loving great aunt to her nephews’ children: Alison, Emily, Keith, and Julie Goldberg. She is also survived by Harry Johnson, her stepfather’s son. Maureen had many friends who she valued greatly, and who loved and admired her.

She taught school, served as an assistant teacher with ESL students, and brought her talent for innovation to Project Child, an early intervention program in West Windsor that became a national model.

The extent of Maureen’s volunteer work for the Princeton community was remarkable. At various points, calling herself a “Professional Volunteer for Non-Profits,” she: helped found Friends of the Princeton Library, served on their board, and helped get a new library built; helped establish the Youth Employment Services for teens; helped found a YMCA nursery school; served on the Boards of Council  of Community Services, Mercer Street Friends, and Princeton Senior  Center; served as a Cub Scout leader and Den Mother; helped found a local Meals on Wheels and helped deliver meals; volunteered with the Democratic Party; volunteered at Planned Parenthood; volunteered for Princeton Hospice; volunteered  for over 20 years at Mercer Street Friends Food Pantry in Trenton, together with her close friend, Janet Townsend; and served on the board of the Lillian Gertel Marcus Scholarship fund for over 30 years.

Maureen had a strong sense of social justice and valued community service. She and Mort also enjoyed reading, art museums, music, nature, and travel, including attending 26 elder hostels, many of which were overseas. She was a gifted hostess. There are many who will greatly miss Maureen’s warmth, charm, and caring spirit.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Mercer Street Friends (151 Mercer Street, Trenton, NJ, 08611) or the Lillian Gertel Marcus Scholarship Fund (42 Harriet Drive, Princeton, NJ, 08540) in her name.

Cards can be addressed to Nancy Whiteside at 41 Shobe Avenue, Brunswick ME, 04011.

There will not be a funeral or memorial service.

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Anne D. Groom

Anne D. Groom passed away at the end of November in Edmonds, WA, after many years of decline with dementia. 

Like her husband, Len Groom, who predeceased her in August, she lived most of her life in Princeton. After graduating from Princeton High School, Anne received degrees in English literature from Barnard College and Rutgers University. 

She had many interests that she pursued throughout her life. Anne loved language and worked first at ETS in Research, creating a series of advanced exams in literature, and later edited a series of texts and teacher’s editions for Macmillan Publishing. She also worked as an editor for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Following retirement from her positions as an editor, Anne’s academic interests found their expression through her involvement over the years with the Princeton Research Forum. She edited the manuscripts of many PRF members, and was an active discussant on a wide range of topics. 

Anne greatly enjoyed music and singing, and she was an active and founding member of the Princeton Pro Musica, as well as a member of the Westminster Choir, over decades. She retained her love of music to the end of her life, never happier than when she was singing.

Anne’s love of travel and adventure took her abroad numerous times, and she lived in England with her husband, Len, when his work as an architect for The Hillier Group took them to London. She enjoyed hosting her children and friends in London especially.

A devoted daughter and daughter-in-law, as well as a beloved wife and mother, Anne’s family mourns her passing. 

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Lorraine Barbara Bell Giardino

Lorraine Barbara Bell Giardino, 89, born February 1932 in Queens, NY, and raised in Manhasset, NY, passed peacefully December 8, 2021 in Charlotte, NC. By her side were her daughter Leslie, son Michael and his wife Laura, and granddaughter Margaux. In addition to her two children, Lorraine is survived by her sister Claudia and six grandchildren: Margaux, James, Alexandra, Margaret, Daniel, and David, along with four step-grands: Leslie, Claire, Julia, Cameron, and a step-great-grandson Hartford. She was predeceased by her loving husband M. David Giardino in 2013 and her sister Eunice Johns in 2000.

Lorraine was the consummate mother. She had no greater joy than the life of her family including her children, grandchildren, son-in-law Jim Mackinson, daughters-in-law Sandra and Laura Giardino, her sister and brother-in-law Claudia and Bob Gedmin, and a host of nieces and nephews too plentiful to enumerate.

Following her graduation from Centenary College, Lorraine married her beau Dave, and joined him for his senior year at Princeton University. Upon Dave’s graduation in 1953, Dave joined the Navy, which led the young couple to a military life where Dave served in Newport RI, Brooklyn NY, and Stockton CA. They returned to the East Coast with their young son Michael settling in the Summit, NJ, area in 1957. Daughter Leslie arrived in 1959 and the couple made Summit the place where they raised their family.

During the Summit years, the Giardinos were active both socially and politically. They were founding members of PADA – Parents Against Drug Abuse – active members of the Summit Presbyterian Church, as well as the local chapter of the NJ Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Dave and Lorraine also campaigned for local, state, and federal candidates for office, many of whom became personal friends, and led an active social life with a close group of dear friends. Lorraine joined and eventually became a crew chief on the Summit Rescue Squad.

Foremost, however, Lorraine supported her family, attending most every sporting and school event that she could and traveled the world with Dave as he pursued his business interest. 1984 found both Michael and Leslie married and living in Princeton, NJ. So, they decided to return to their initial stomping grounds and join the kids.

In the beginning, it was a bit of an adjustment for them both, but they soon became active members of the community. Lorraine became a deacon at Nassau Presbyterian Church and continued to travel in support of Dave, but her real love remained the family group back home in Princeton – especially as grandchildren began to arrive starting in the early 1980s. “Nan” was truly the glue that bound the family together.

Following the death of her husband in 2013, Lorraine made the difficult choice to leave Princeton for Charlotte, NC, to be near Leslie and Jim. Here she lived independently in her own home along with her companion Maltese dogs, surrounded by her collection of cherished items collected with Dave over their many years together and enjoying her garden with its many feathered visitors. Leslie, Jim, and son Daniel made that happy situation possible by attending to her needs as she aged. Covid impacted Lorraine’s ability to share as much time with loved ones as she would have wished … as is the case with so many. This wonderful daughter of God will be missed by many and welcomed home by many more.

A Celebration of Life in Lorraine’s honor will be planned for early 2022. Lorraine will be interred in a private ceremony, joining her husband Dave, at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dementia Society: www.dementiasociety.org or to Autism Research: www.autism.org.

Online condolences may be made at www.HankinsandWhittington.com.

December 15, 2021

Eric Franklin Wood

Eric Franklin Wood, of Princeton, NJ, died on November 3, 2021 after a multi-year battle with cancer. He was 74.

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Eric received a BS in civil engineering at the University of British Columbia before coming to the United States where he earned his doctorate from MIT in 1974. Eric’s early research was in systems analysis as applied to hydrology, and he worked for two years in Austria at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) before joining the faculty at Princeton University in 1976, where he would spend his entire academic career.

Eric is known for his enormous impact in the field of hydrology. He contributed pioneering work to the development of hydrologic modeling, the use of satellite remote sensing data, and the creation of continental and global climate models. Eric was committed to developing better climate data for parts of the world that had been historically overlooked such as sub-Saharan Africa and South America. His impact was felt not only through his research but also through his professional service to the global scientific community and through his mentoring of more than 30 Ph.D. students and a similar number of postdocs and research staff.

Eric won 17 major awards for research scholarship, including the Robert E. Horton Medal of the American Geophysical Union, the Alfred Wegener Medal and the John Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union, and the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society. Eric was a member of the National Academy of Engineering as well as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Canada, the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

When not working on his research or traveling around the world to conferences or to collaborate with international colleagues, Eric was an avid fisherman, hunter, and skier. He regularly traveled back to British Columbia, Canada, for annual salmon fishing trips with friends and ski trips at Whistler and enjoyed deer hunting in upstate New York. He loved cooking, good wine, and played a mean game of cribbage.

Eric is survived by his siblings John, Elizabeth, and Peter; former spouse Katharine; children Alex and Emily; and grandchildren Clementine, August, Elliott, and Silas.

Donations in Eric’s memory may be made to the American Geophysical Union, Hydrology Section Fund. He will be missed.

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Spencer Reynolds Sr.

Spencer Reynolds Sr., of Princeton, died peacefully November 28, 2021, following complications of vascular dementia. He was 83.

Spence was born in Providence, RI, but returned as an infant to the cattle ranch in Wyoming where his mother and her close friends from Providence had met and married cowboys a few years before. He grew up on ranches in Cora and Big Piney, Wyoming, then went “back east” to South Kent School in Connecticut. 

Spence attended Princeton with the Class of 1961, majoring in religion. He won a Rockefeller Fellowship which allowed him to explore a vocation for the church, at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. After one year in seminary, he joined the U.S. Army and spent two years as a lieutenant in military intelligence in South Korea, then he joined Chase Bank in Manhattan, first in money management and then in human resources. Human resources proved satisfying and he applied to the undergraduate admission office at Princeton, which launched a rewarding career spanning more than 50 years during which he consulted, consoled, and mentored both applicants and their families.

Today, at this time of rising awareness and celebration of human diversity, it’s interesting to note that, in the late 1960s, Spence was one of the first admission officers at Princeton charged with actively recruiting the heretofore untapped talent of minority students. Whatever their backgrounds, he derived lifelong satisfaction from the vast array of students’ accomplishments during college and after graduation.

Outside of the office, Spence carried Wyoming in his heart and on his head. He could be recognized around town and gown by his distinctive gait and cowboy hat, often uplit from under the brim by the glow of his pipe. You could see it too in the Levi’s and cowboy boots he proudly wore to his sons’ weddings, before it was fashionable to do so.

Most important to Spence personally, he was a caring and dedicated husband and father, taking great joy in the growth of his sons, and later of his grandchildren. Spence and Joy raised their family on Jefferson Road and Markham Road, and for the past two years lived together on Princeton Avenue in a cottage which they designed and built on Spencer Jr.’s and Abby’s property.

Spence is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joy, and their three sons and their families:  Spencer Jr., his wife, Abigail, and their four children, Spencer III, Sydney, Peyton, and James (Princeton); Thaddeus (San Francisco); and Bram and his wife, Rakia, and their three children, Skai, Zoe, and Bram Jr. (Princeton).

Ever practical, Spence bequeathed his remains to the Anatomical Association of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for study and medical research.  A service of remembrance will be held at Trinity Church, Princeton (33 Mercer Street), on December 23, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.

December 8, 2021

Judith Stanley Burks

Judith Stanley Burks, devoted wife of Dr. William P. Burks, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, died peacefully at her home in Skillman, NJ, on the morning of November 29. A longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, and Madison, CT, she was 88.

Judy was born July 30, 1933, in Newark, NJ, to the late Cyril S. and Harriet Murdock Stanley. She grew up in West Orange with her brother, James S. Stanley, who predeceased her. She attended Miss Beard’s School, where she was a standout athlete and student, and Smith College, from which she graduated with honors in 1955.

That same year, Judy married Bill, the love of her life. Theirs was a love story that began in their final year of high school and lasted more than 70 years. As a young couple, when Bill was beginning his medical career, they lived in Fort Lee and Teaneck, NJ, and Fort Bragg, NC. In 1966, they settled in Princeton.

Judy loved and gave generously to her community. She served two terms on the vestry of Trinity Church, where she was a member of the Altar Guild, a discerning participant in the most recent rector search, and a volunteer for the Rummage Sale, Motel Meals, and the St. Nicholas Bazaar. Her spirit of service leadership extended to four decades on the Executive Board, Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary at Princeton University, membership in the Smith College Club, and participation in the Princeton Medical Center’s “Doctors’ Wives,” a group that, among other activities, made strawberry shortcake at the annual Hospital Fete.

Judy built community and made friends of all ages. A member of the Garden Club of Princeton, she delighted in sharing blooms from her garden at the local French Market to benefit outreach initiatives. As a devoted fan and sports enthusiast, she brought her savvy game sense and love of competition to sidelines and stadiums all over town. Tennis with friends was a passion, and into her 80s, she was a regular in the front row of step-aerobics classes at the gym. Every June, decked in the signature plaid of Princeton’s Great Class of ’55, Judy cheered on the P-rade.

At home, Judy fed birds and tended gardens. Her hospitality made guests feel like family with her famous brownies and hot fudge sauce, a cozy fire, and warm conversation. In the fall, she picked apples from her orchard and baked loaves of “Windrush” apple bread that were delivered to friends for the holidays.

Avidly curious about books and art and life — and, above all, people — she was always ready with a good question and a thoughtful reply.

Beloved by her children and 14 grandchildren, “Hoppy” maintained a regular and important presence in their lives. She attended decades of games, recitals, and graduations, and hosted countless holiday gatherings and family celebrations.

Judy is survived by her loving husband, Bill, as well as four children and their spouses: Katharine and William Hackett (Skillman, NJ), Elizabeth (Holly) and Paul Becker (Lawrenceville, NJ), Deborah and Michael Southwick (Old Greenwich, CT), and William Jr. (Whip) and Katrina Burks (Duxbury, VT) and their families.

A service of remembrance will be held at Trinity Church, Princeton (33 Mercer Street), on December 20, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.

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Frances M. Williams

Frances M. Williams, age 91, of Yardley, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 3, 2021, at Chandler Hall Hospice, Newtown, PA.

Born in Princeton, NJ, Mrs. Williams was raised in Princeton, NJ, and lived in North Carolina and several areas in Lower Bucks County before settling in Yardley six years ago.

Frances graduated from St. Paul’s Catholic Church Grammar School and attended Princeton High School. She was a lifelong equestrian, raised horses, and was a member of the North Carolina Reins Association. Frances enjoyed camping, being in the outdoors, and sailing.  She was an avid reader, with an interest in history.  Additionally, Frances was an animal advocate.

Daughter of the late Cleon and Edna (Hall) Millard, and wife of the late John Cawthorne IV and Arthur J. Williams, she is survived by five children, John (the fifth) and Donna Cawthorne of Doylestown, PA, Patrick J. and Patricia Cawthorne of Warminster, PA, William and Janine Cawthorne of Mesa, AZ, Joanne and Jack Christ of Yardley, PA, and Matthew H. Cawthorne and Marie Bare of Wayne, PA, a brother William Millard of Spring, TX, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her life celebration at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067. Her interment in St. Paul’s Catholic Church Cemetery will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in Frances’ name, may be made to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, P.O. Box 5741, San Angelo, TX 76902 (donkeyrescue.org).

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Edith Woodruff

Edith Woodruff, 92,  of Princeton, NJ, formerly of Willingboro, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. 

Edith was born June 23, 1929, in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia to Iona and Joseph Kerr and was the oldest of four sisters. After high school, Edith worked as a waitress and in her Uncle Al’s catering business in Philadelphia and began to hone her legendary cooking skills.  In 1956, she married Arthur Woodruff and, a year later, pregnant with twins and her 6-year-old daughter, they moved to the wilds of rural southern New Jersey.

For many years, Edith was a homemaker and was involved in the Cub Scouts, the PTA, the fire department ladies’ auxiliary (where she was infamous for being the chef for their annual venison and roast beef dinners), and the rescue squad in Hainesport, NJ. Her first aid skills came in handy at home as well as on the ambulance.

When the children were older, Edith returned to work. For many years she was the cook at Eddie’s Restaurant in Hainesport, NJ. Later in life she went to work for Burlington County Social Services as a receptionist until she retired in 2008. Edith loved her church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Willingboro where, prior to the pandemic, she could be seen every Sunday morning sitting in her pew near the back of the church. After moving to Princeton in March of 2020 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, she continued to enjoy the service virtually on her son-in-law’s computer while sitting at the kitchen table. Edith enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, eating out, shopping, going to the theater and concerts, doing jigsaw and word puzzles, and sitting out in the backyard of Fisher Avenue reading a suspense novel on warm summer days. She is remembered for her smile, sweet nature, and for telling stories about the old days. 

Edith is survived by her daughter, Iona Harding and husband Maurice of Princeton; her son Joseph Woodruff of Conway, SC; her son Frank Woodruff and wife Diane of Willingboro; granddaughter Crystal Breland, husband Jerome, and great-grandchildren Julia and Luke; grandson Brian Woodruff, partner Kara, and great grandson Brison; sister Pauline Roche; and step grandchildren and great-grandchildren Lisa Houston and Jason, Justin, Yuriko, Mathew, Reyna, Will, Max and Lucy Harding. Edith was dearly loved by her family and friends.

Services will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 201 Levitt Parkway in Willingboro, NJ, on Saturday, December 11. Visitation with family will be at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 

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Dale Roy Anderson

Dale Roy Anderson — who was an extraordinary light in the lives of his beloved family and many close friends — died peacefully in Saline, Michigan, after several years of living with dementia. He was an investment professional with Giverny Capital Advisors in Princeton, New Jersey. Dale was buried on a hill in his favorite town, Williamstown, Massachusetts, near Williams College, where he was a 1965 graduate and lifelong “Eph.”

Dale, who was 78, defined himself as father and grandfather, partner, teacher, and friend. He was a joyful, loving presence in the lives of his four daughters — Ariel Moore, Laura “Lucky” Anderson, Caroline “Chicky” Huy, and Emily Eldridge Hall — and his partner, Jane Hall, as well as their children and spouses, Eric Moore and Gabriel Moore; Sandor Toth, Eva Toth, Scarlet Toth, Laszlo Toth, and Agoston Toth; and Philipp Huy, Anna Huy, Ella Huy, Tessa Huy, and Peter Huy. He is also survived by his sister, Archielle “Ardy” Jones, and her husband, Robert Jones; his former wife, Margaret (Meacham) Anderson; and five nieces and nephews, Lynley Honkanen, Allison Jones, Eric Meacham, Megan Meacham, and Martha Meacham, with his niece Katy Meacham predeceased.

Dale was cherished also by Jane’s sisters and Texas family and by his many friends in Princeton and Washington, D.C. Dale was the champion of his family and all the people he loved, supporting them and celebrating them uncritically and poetically, with truly unconditional love. “I’m not a person who has a hidden agenda that I want you to become someone other than you really are,” he wrote in one letter. “Fidelity, freely given,” he wrote in another, “is at the heart of love.”

Williams professors stoked Dale’s lifelong love for literature; and, after attending the Williams program in Hong Kong and Union Theological Seminary in New York, he taught English at Hunter College High School and Village Community School in New York City. He later became a stock broker at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and other Wall Street firms before joining Steginsky Capital and, later, Giverny Capital Advisors in Princeton. He was with Giverny Capital Advisors from 2013 to 2018, employing Shakespeare, poet Wallace Stevens, and other poets and artists as well as his investment and financial skills in his work.

Even when he was ill and diminished by dementia, Dale’s loving spirit never died. He wrote to his family in 2019, “I love you all with the ache of absence that I hope a dream tonight will cure.” He will be deeply missed. We love you forever, dearest Dale.

Condolences and memories of Dale are welcomed at weremember.com/dale-anderson/4l0y/memories.

Donations in memory of Dale can be made to Williams College at https://www.givecampus.com/campaigns/17079/donations/new.

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Kenneth Charles Scasserra

Kenneth Charles Scasserra, 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 3, 2021 in his adopted home of Pompano Beach, Florida.

“Kenny” was born in Princeton, NJ, and attended Princeton Country Day School, The Canterbury School, and Princeton University, graduating in 1961. While at Princeton, he managed the Men’s Hockey team, an affiliation that would last over 50 years as he helped found and manage the Friends of Princeton Hockey and the Princeton University Hockey Association. In 2010, the “Friend’s Room” at Baker Rink was dedicated and named in his honor. Ken’s love of “the University” and his classmates was borne out by his commitment to the Class of 1961, for years leading 1961 reunion and other committees, and attending every “’61” reunion for over 50 years, until his health prevented it. He was also inducted into the Princeton Day School Athletic Hall of Fame. He spent his recent years, keeping up with ’61 classmates in Florida, watching the Florida Panthers, playing Trivial Pursuit, reading, and attending the sports and activities of his grandchildren, whom he adored.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Benedict Scasserra; sisters Marilyn Scasserra and Judith Cinciripini; and niece Karen Stewart. He is survived by his sisters Carol Stewart, Linda Masada, and Andrea Scasserra; son Martin and daughter-in-law Melissa; grandchildren William, James, Daisy, Charles Kenneth, Virginia, and Penelope Scasserra; nieces Celia Shafer, Alison Batman, Emily Kissinger, Rosa Jennings, and Theresa Cinciripini.

Burial will be in the family plot at Rocky Hill Cemetery on a date to be determined. A celebration of his life will take place in Princeton during PU reunions in 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s memory may be made to the Princeton University Hockey Association, The Princeton Class of 1961, Princeton Day School, or the Canterbury School.

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Carolyn E. Banks-Leeuwenburgh

Carolyn E. Banks-Leeuwenburgh, 90, of Princeton passed away Friday, December 3, 2021, at Princeton Medical Center surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born November 2, 1931, in Baltimore, she was a daughter of the late Eva Elizabeth Manger and Virginus Hobson Banks, and the wife of the late Helge Leeuwenburgh.
Carolyn grew up in Baltimore and attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, where she was a member of that school’s first class of women. Carolyn was a singer with the New York City Metropolitan Opera, and on her European tour, she met her future husband Helge Leeuwenburgh in Amsterdam; they married in 1957. In addition to singing, Carolyn taught English as a second language, gave singing performances at a local venue, and led many St. John’s seminars at her house. She loved spending time with her family and friends, and stayed involved in the arts and politics.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Mark and Joanne Leeuwenburgh of Seekonk, Mass.; daughter Erika Leeuwenburgh of Allendale, N.J. and son Todd Leeuwenburgh of Arlington, Va.; as well as grandchildren Zach, Alexandra, Sophia, and Emma; brother Hobson Banks; and many extended family members and dear friends.

A celebration of Carolyn’s life will take place Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. John’s College Johnnie Scholarship Fund in memory of Carolyn Banks-Leeuwenburgh, St. John’s College Advancement, P.O. Box 715905, Philadelphia, PA 19171-5905 (https://community.stjohnscollege.edu/give/johnnie-scholarship-fund).

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Carmella Fowler Cruser

Carmella Fowler Cruser, 79, lifelong resident of Princeton, NJ, died Saturday, November 27, 2021.

“Mella” was born and raised in Princeton where she was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of 1960.

She retired from Princeton University Purchasing Dept. after 37 years of service.

She was a former member of the Princeton Fire Company #1 Ladies Auxiliary, the American Legion Post 76 Ladies Auxiliary, and often volunteered for the Princeton First Aid Ladies Auxiliary.

In her leisure time, Mella enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles, reading, knitting, crocheting, baking, and cooking for her family.

Mrs. Cruser was predeceased by her parents Emma and Norman Fowler, sister Marie Fowler, brothers Buddy Fowler and Norman Fowler Jr., and sister-in-law Susan Fowler. She is survived by two daughters: Sharon Cruser of Princeton, NJ, and Kathy Cruser of Trenton, NJ; six grandchildren: Shara (Rashad), Erica (Tavaris Sr.), Erin, Ryan, Damien, and Kyle, eight great-grandchildren: Nevaeh, Creed, Hendrix, Tavaris Jr., Crew, Nova, Tyson, and Kali; three sisters-in-law: Diane Williams of Ewing, Barbara Stalcup of Longview, WA, and Mary Skarzenski of Bloomsburg, PA; two dear friends Micky Ryan and Kim Allshouse; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a long list of friends. Also survived by her loving friend Goncha Ozbay and loving caretaker Avis Doyley.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, December 10, 2021 in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ, beginning at 2 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Paul Church Cemetery, Princeton, following the conclusion of the service.

Memorial contributions, in her name, can be made to Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, PO Box 529, Princeton, NJ 08542-0529 or Princeton Healthcare Ministry, PO Box 1517, Princeton, NJ 08542-1517.

Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

December 1, 2021

Dr. Allen H. Kassof

Dr. Allen H. Kassof, 90, of Princeton, died on November 22, 2021 of heart failure. 

He was the founding director of the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), which administered the foremost exchanges of scholars with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe during the Cold War. He headed IREX from 1968 to 1992.

In 1991 he founded the Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) in anticipation of the serious interethnic conflicts that were to erupt following the collapse of Communism. As president of PER from 1992 to 2005 he led negotiations and mediated ethnic conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

PER’s greatest impact was in Romania. He played an essential role in preventing Romania from experiencing the horrors of ethnic conflict that affected so many of its neighbors. His extraordinary breadth of vision and humanitarianism enabled him repeatedly to accomplish the seemingly impossible by bringing together antagonistic majority government officials, minority representatives, opposition leaders, security authorities, and human rights activists, and helping them find nonviolent ways to reconcile major differences.

He was born in New York City to Morris and Sophia (née Baron) Kassof, and the family took up chicken farming in Toms River, New Jersey, where he grew up. He credited his childhood on the farm for the pragmatism that was his hallmark skill as a negotiator. In a 1999 oral history with Carnegie Corporation of New York, he said, “I learned very early that if you didn’t feed or water the chickens they died, and it did not matter how good your ideas were; there was an absolute and fundamental necessity just to get certain things done in the real world.”

He received his B.A. from Rutgers University in 1952, and in 1960 he earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, where he studied at the Russian Research Center. He taught sociology at Smith College and was recruited in 1961 to join the sociology faculty at Princeton University.

He remained on the Princeton faculty until 1973, serving as an assistant dean of the college from 1965 to 1968. He supervised Princeton’s Critical Languages Program (which brought women to study there before they were first admitted as undergraduates in 1969), referring to himself tongue-in-cheek as Princeton’s “first dean of women.” In 1978-1979 he served as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies. 

To all of his interactions, whether on the world stage or at the kitchen table with good friends, he brought perspective shaped by coming of age in a time of American optimism and honed by decades of world travel. His self-assurance and sense of humor put everyone at ease.

He had a joke (usually off color) for every occasion and a ridiculous nickname for almost everyone. His own nickname, bestowed with great affection by his family, was “Big Al.” A devoted and enthusiastic husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, “Big Al” showered us all with love and generosity. 

He and his wife — the former Arianne Scholz, whom he married on Valentine’s Day, 1953 — were legendary for their hospitality, hosting family, friends, and colleagues from all over the world in their Princeton home. He maintained that tradition even after Arianne died in 2013, seven months after their 60th anniversary.

He was an avid photographer and technology enthusiast, a Fellow of Princeton’s Forbes College, a Friend of the Institute for Advanced Study, and an active member of the Harvard Club of Princeton, the Old Guard of Princeton, and Community Without Walls.

He spent the last several years of his life with his partner, Trudy Glucksberg. After her sudden death in May 2021, his health declined precipitously. In accordance with his wishes that he leave his house “feet first,” he died surrounded by family in the home he loved and that had been the site of so many lively gatherings.

He is survived by his sister Rhoda Kassof-Isaac; daughters Annie, Arlen Hastings (Tom), and Anita (Josh Neiman); grandchildren Deja Kassof, Sara (Dan Hayes-Patterson) and Kevin Hastings, and Sophie and Daniel Neiman; great-granddaughter Jordan Carroll; nephew Jeffrey Isaac (Sophie Clarke); and great-nephew Elias Isaac. In addition to Arianne, he was predeceased by a grandson, Julian Harned.

A memorial service will be scheduled in spring/summer 2022. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton Public Library (princetonlibrary.org); or to PER’s successor organization, the Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG), by check to 2 Hillside Road, Newtown PA 18940, with “in memory of Allen Kassof’’ in the memo.

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Alice S. Keizer

Alice S. Keizer, 103, of Cornwall, PA, formerly of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully November 12, 2021, at Cornwall Manor. Born August 26, 1918 in Council Bluffs, IA, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Charlotte Schley.

Alice attended Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree. She served on various committees in the Methodist Church in Princeton, NJ, where she lived from 1941-1992. She took an active role there volunteering in her community. She taught inner-city children to read, she housed Vietnamese refugees in her own home, and she helped to settle those families. After she moved to Cornwall in 1992, she was a member of the Cornwall Methodist Church, where she played in the bell choir. She volunteered at Cornwall Manor where she was involved with the gardening club as a leader and a member.

Surviving are her sons, Richard (Sharon) of MN, and Alan (Susan) of the U.K.; and her two grandchildren, Vivian and Shelby.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; and two children who passed in infancy.

Due to the pandemic, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Arrangements by Cremation & Burial Society of PA, Inc.

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Mary Ann Pirone

Mary Ann Pirone, 91, of Princeton passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Pettoranello Del Molise, Italy, and moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1947. On September 13, 1952, she married Domenico Pirone at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. She was a lifelong parishioner and member of the Altar Rosary Society at St. Paul’s Church. She was a member of the Italian American Sportsman Club Lady Auxiliary. Mary Ann was a homemaker and loved being a mother and grandmother.

Predeceased by her parents Felix and Giulia (Pinnelli) Pirone; sisters Alberina Procaccini and Caroline Pirone; and brothers Domenic Tamasi and Umberto Pirone; she is survived by her daughter Dana M. Pirone; son and daughter-in-law Mark A. and Susanne Pirone; five grandchildren Katherine and Julianne Garrity, and Caroline, Peter, and Christopher Pirone; sister Evelyn Tamasi;
brother Ralph Pirone; and many extended family.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 5-8 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Funeral will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

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Herbert H. Hagens

Herbert H. Hagens, 99, of Princeton, NJ, crossed the Threshold on Friday, November 26, 2021 at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Herbert was born in Princeton, NJ, on July 1, 1922 and was a lifelong resident. His father, Henry Hagens, was an early practioner of biodynamic farming and gardening. His mother, Emmy Hagens, was a Waldorf teacher. Herbert attended the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City and graduated from the Hun School in Princeton. He was a member of the Class of 1945 at Princeton University.

After serving as a Navy officer in World War II, he married Velva A. Hagens (nee Helms) in East Randolph, New York. In 1950 they moved back to the family home on Lower Harrison Street in Princeton where they raised their two sons. With his background in electrical engineering and acoustics Herbert established Hagens Recording Studio, Inc. in 1952. The business began with music recording, record cutting, and sound and film mixing. It expanded to full scale video postproduction and incorporated the advances in digital technology. His two sons continue to operate the company.

Herbert was a member of the Anthroposophical Society in America and hosted the activities of the Princeton Group for many years. He took a special interest in supporting the Waldorf School of Princeton and produced a series of videos about Rudolf Steiner’s approach to education and the art of eurythmy.

Herbert was predeceased by his wife, Velva Hagens (October 7, 1997). He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Herbert O. and Adelaide B. Hagens of Kingston, NJ, his son Peter R. Hagens of Princeton, and a cousin Inge Karl of Berlin, Germany.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ. Reverend Liza Marcato of The Christian Community Church officiated. Burial will take place in East Randolph, NY.