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.

November 24, 2021

Joan Legg Schreyer

April 22, 1929 – November 16, 2021

Joan Legg Schreyer, 92, of State College, PA, (formerly of Princeton, NJ and Buffalo, NY) passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Wife of the late William “Bill” Allen Schreyer, former CEO of Merrill Lynch; daughter of the late William Bardgett and Gladys (McDonald) Legg.

Joan was born in Buffalo, NY, on April 22, 1929 and grew up in the Buffalo area. She attended Sullins Academy in Bristol, VA, and Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. She met her husband in 1951 and they were married on October 17, 1953.

Shortly after they were married, Joan and Bill moved to Wiesbaden, Germany, while he was serving his ROTC commitment with the Air Force. After returning to the states, they moved back to Buffalo for Bill to return to work at Merrill Lynch. In 1968 they settled in Princeton, NJ, where they lived for 45 years.

Joan was the quintessential party planner and gift giver. She annually made her renowned brandied cranberries for friends and family over the holidays. For years she made her famous sour cream coffee cakes for the annual Princeton Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar. She chaired both the Car Raffle and the Dinner Dance for the annual Hospital Fete. She was an active member of the Junior League, was on the board at Nero Psychiatric Institute, was a patron at Morven, and was a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton. 

Joan was a member of many distinguished clubs, including The River Club in New York, NY; The Metropolitan Club and The Georgetown Club in Washington, DC; Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Scotland; Annabel’s, The Mark’s Club, Harry’s Bar, and Les Ambassadors in London, England; The Saturn Club and The Buffalo Country Club in Buffalo, NY; The Nassau Club, Springdale Golf Club, The Present Day Club, and Bedens Brook Club in Princeton, NJ; Eldorado Country Club in Indian Wells, CA; Old Baldy Club in Saratoga, WY; The Bay Head Yacht Club and The Manasquan River Golf Club near Mantoloking, NJ; and Centre Hills Country Club in State College, PA.

During Bill’s career at Merrill Lynch, Joan had the honor of meeting several U.S. Presidents, many foreign dignitaries, and Pope John Paul II. Their travels took them to every continent, except Antarctica.

Joan and Bill strongly believed in higher education and were the lead benefactors for the Pennsylvania State University’s Schreyer Honors College.

She was predeceased by her fraternal grandparents T. Arthur and Maud (Bardgett) Legg; her maternal grandparents William Frederick and Ida (Schwable) McDonald; her parents; her husband in 2011; and her son-in-law, Rodney Frazier, in 2015. She is survived by her daughter, DrueAnne Bardgett Schreyer of State College, PA; grandchildren Kelly Frazier and her fiancé Michael Zalewski of State College, PA; and Charles Frazier and his wife Ariana Ramos of San Diego, CA.

Celebrations of Joan’s life will be held in Princeton and State College in the new year. Joan will be interred with her husband in a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Schreyer Honors College at http://raise.psu.edu/schreyer.

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook.

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Martha Rivkin

Martha Rivkin, a teacher at the Community Park School in Princeton from 2000-2015, passed away unexpectedly in October.

Martha was devoted to the school children in Princeton. She taught children in all grade levels and also worked in the Special Needs Program. After school she loved to garden in her extensive yard on Rosedale Road. There was nothing that brought Martha more joy than the happiness of others, whether it was one of her students receiving a good grade or achieving a significant milestone. Martha’s legacy is one that will be carried forward by all who knew her and were the recipients of her love and care.

Martha retired five years ago and was attending to her family’s business interests in Lewes, Delaware, where she lived for the past five years. She loved being close to the beach and her family.

Martha’s father, Joe Muckerman, a West Point grad, moved his family every two years. This followed military protocol. Martha lived in a variety of spots while growing up including the Panama Canal Zone, Key West, Fort Leavenworth, San Pedro, and Alexandria, Virginia.

Martha graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College with a teaching degree. She then worked as a trader/analyst in the commodities business in Washington, D.C., before moving to Princeton when she married Harold Rivkin.

Martha is survived by her son Joseph Champlin, who is married to Anna and lives in Fredrick, Maryland. Martha was anticipating, with much excitement, the birth of her first grandchild.

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G. Christopher Baker

Chris died at home with his family by his side on November 3, 2021, after a lengthy illness at the age of 77.  He was born in Annapolis, Maryland, on March 4, 1944.

He attended St. Paul’s Grammar School and Princeton High School and received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University, and JD degree from Rutgers Law School Newark. Chris was in the first group of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers and served in Tanzania, East Africa.

Before attending Rutgers Law School, Chris worked at United Progress Incorporated, a community-based nonprofit created by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society to eliminate poverty.

After graduating from Rutgers Law School, Chris clerked for Justice Frederick W. Hall of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He was Vice President of Schatzman Baker where he developed an expertise in zoning and planning law, real estate development law, and business law.

Chris enjoyed reading, music, travel, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of 52 years; his daughter, Rachel Morris and two grandchildren, Ella and Brendan Morris; and his siblings Kathleen Baker of Nashville, Tennessee; Michael Baker and his wife Alynn of Bricktown, N.J.; Stephen Baker and his wife Phyllis of Alexandria, Virginia; and Joanna Baker Wandelt of Watertown, Connecticut and many nieces and nephews. Chris was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Women of the Dream (a 501(c)3), 69 Cypress Pointe Road, Mt. Holly, New Jersey 08060 or Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123.

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

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Mary-Alice O’Neil Lessing Evans

Mary-Alice O’Neil Lessing Evans, 94 of Princeton, NJ, Skillman, NJ, and Chebeague Island, ME, passed away August 12, 2021 at her home at Stonebridge of Montgomery, NJ.

Born in Hartford, CT, Mary-Alice was the youngest daughter of Joseph Carter and Marie Dyer O’Neil. She was affectionately known as “Tink” to her family and friends.

Tink was a graduate of Smith College, and received Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and Middlebury College. She was a Spanish and French teacher for over 20 years at Princeton Regional Schools. She adored her students and they always inspired her. Tink enjoyed collaborating with her colleagues and dearly missed their interactions after she retired. Even in retirement Tink continued to teach a Spanish class at Stonebridge and attended an informal French conversation group. She loved pursuing new skills. In recent years, painting became a new passion and a talent that she shared with her late daughter and other relatives.

Tink was an energetic daily-walker (with anyone who could keep up with her), a voracious reader, a New York Times crossword puzzle aficionado, a parishioner of All Saints’ Church, a daily member of Stonebridge coffee group (bring your own cup), and with her boundless energy and love of the outdoors she spent every summer of her life at her family’s home in Maine!

Predeceased by her beautiful daughter Anne Carter Lessing (Welsh), her beloved husband of 50 years Robert Lessing, her second husband Dr. Thomas Evans, her good friend Lou Gambaccini, her sister Edith, and two brothers Bud and Nate. Her memory will forever live on in her three daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Victor Fasanella of Robbinsville, NJ, Amy and David Dudeck of Hamilton Square, NJ, Susan and Michael LaVoie of Modest Town, VA, her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her plethora of cherished friends and colleagues.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home of Princeton, NJ.

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Mary (Maria) Balestrieri

Mary (Maria) Balestrieri, 83, of Princeton, died Friday, November 19, 2021, at Brandywine Living, Princeton. Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident. Mary worked for many years at the First National Bank of Princeton, Princeton University Firestone Library, and Landau. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church and a devoted supporter of Catholic Charities.

Daughter of the late Salvatore and Maria Balestrieri, she is survived by her brother John and several nieces and nephews. Her siblings, Louis, Sal, Dominick, and Fanny, predecease her.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in the Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church.

November 17, 2021

Sonia B. Osborne

On Sunday October 31, 2021, Sonia Butcher Osborne of Duxbury, MA, passed away at age 92. Born in Sussex, England, Sonia moved with her parents and her sister to the United States before WWII, and settled in Chatham, NJ, where she went to high school.

She met her husband, Richard G. Osborne, on the Jersey Shore, and they were married for over 70 years. They traveled the world together and made homes along the way in New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Michigan, and Athens, Greece, before retiring in Savannah, GA, and then relocating to Barnstable, MA, and eventually Duxbury. Richard and Sonia had four children, all of whom survive her:  Bruce Osborne of Augusta, ME; Rod Osborne of Cambridge, MA; Julie Ladky (Jim Ladky) of Mequon, WI; and Jennifer Prescott (Christopher Prescott) of Norwalk, CT. They also were thrilled to rejoice in six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Sonia was both elegant and humble throughout her life, and is dearly missed for her kindness, her love of family, and her wonderful laugh, which could sneak up out of nowhere to fill a room. She was an avid lifelong gardener, an ardent environmentalist, and a self-taught archaeologist who worked on digs all over the world, including Peru, Ireland, Egypt, Arizona, and England. For years, Sonia kept the following quotation about dying on her writing desk — it gave her some comfort following the death of her father in 1987, as it gives her family comfort today:

What is Dying?
Bishop Charles Henry Brent (1862-1929)
I am standing on the seashore.
A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object and I stand watching her
Till at last she fades from the horizon,
And someone at my side says, “She is gone!” Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all;
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her;
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “She is gone”,
There are others who are watching her coming,
And other voices take up a glad shout,
“There she comes” – and that is dying.

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Mary Rose Weiland

Mary Rose Weiland of Skillman, NJ, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, after a long illness. She was 86 years old. 

Mary Rose was born in New Haven, CT, on May 23, 1935 to Dr. Paul and Mrs. Esther McAlenney. Mary Rose was an accomplished scholar at Wellesley College and at Yale University, where she earned a master’s degree in 1957. She taught school for several years, both before her marriage in 1960 and after.

When she was blessed with children she devoted her life to them, and their achievements are testimony to her effectiveness as a loving mother. She was unswerving in her dedication to them, and her ready smile when they came to visit was always evidence that they were her most treasured accomplishment.

Mary Rose’s intellectual curiosity was unlimited. When she and her husband moved to New Jersey in 1994 she reveled in auditing undergraduate courses at Princeton University. She was an avid reader and even studied the Chinese and Japanese banking systems because, in her words, “I knew nothing about them.” 

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Peter Weiland; three sons and their spouses, Peter and Shannon, Paul and Marcy, and Stanley and Heather; seven grandchildren, Liam, Maddy, Kate, Abby, Eva, Teddy, and Hunter; her sister, Katherine Lazo and her husband Ted and their children and grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Hillsborough Funeral Home, Hillsborough, NJ. 

All who knew Mary Rose respected her and she will be sorely missed.

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Lois (Feola) Mennello

Lois (Feola) Mennello, 82, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Born in Elizabeth, NJ, she attended Battin High School.

Lois was a long-term and faithful employee at Educational Testing Services for 24 years before her retirement.

She was predeceased by the love of her life, Albert Mennello (February 11, 2021), whom she married on October 1, 1977, her parents John and Carmela (Bellomo) Feola, and her sister Dolores Gorsky. She is survived by her sister, Jean Parenti, four nephews, a niece, two great-nephews, and four great-nieces.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 8, 2021 in Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ. Burial was in St. Paul Parish Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Rosella Victoria Venier Kok

Rosella Victoria Venier Kok, 87, of New York, NY, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2021, at Weill Cornell Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Rosella was born and raised in Princeton, NJ. She attended St. Paul’s Grammar School, Princeton High School, and graduated from Trenton’s Cathedral High School for Girls. Before she entered college, she worked for a brief period of time at the Federal Reserve Bank and New York University (NYU). At NYU, she earned a Bachelor of Science in English. After marrying the love of her life, Hans Kok, Rosella continued with her education while caring for her two young children. She attended Teachers College, Columbia University where she earned a Master of Arts and a Master of Education.

Rosella had a very rewarding career as a school psychologist at the NYC Board of Education where she worked for 20 years. Her initial appointment was working as an Educational Evaluator on the Committee for the Handicapped. She was later assigned to schools in the South Bronx as a member of their School Based Support Team (SBST). After several years she transferred to District 4 in Upper Manhattan as the SBST team’s School Psychologist. From 1988-1995, she also served as the Manhattan Chapter Representative for The School Psychologist, a publication of the New York Association of School Psychologists where she published several articles.

Before she retired, she was granted a year sabbatical to visit and study early childhood programs in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Alaska, and Israel. When she returned from her cherished studies and adventures, she shared these experiences with other educators in various workshops. At the conclusion of her career she reminisced on how fortunate she was to have followed a path in life guided by her faith and passion for childhood education. She was devoted to helping children develop their self-confidence to improve their learning skills by providing a caring and compassionate educational experience especially to those who needed special attention. She loved her students and made a real difference in so many lives in her career and her personal life. She said, “It was a privilege and time well spent, always to be remembered with feelings of deeply felt gratitude.”

Rosella was a tennis enthusiast her entire life. She was on her high school’s varsity tennis team and continued to play throughout most of her life. When she retired, she traveled the tennis circuit and attended the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon as well as attending the U.S. Open many times. She also enjoyed sailing, camping, and traveling with her family and had a passion for art and writing. Family was very important to Rosella. She loved spending time with her family, taking part in holiday traditions and celebrating special occasions. She had a gift for writing the most beautiful loving, caring and supportive letters. It brought her great joy to create, write, and decorate beautiful cards for her friends and family. She also enjoyed meeting new friends and would strike up a conversation with everyone she met with many turning into lifelong friendships. She has a unique sense of humor and wit and loved to make others smile and laugh. She also had a special love for animals throughout her life and adored her sweet dog, Gabby, who brought her so much joy and love.

Rosella was a very special person to so many. We will miss her so very, very much and feel blessed to have had her in our lives. She will live on in the hearts of all of those to whom she meant so much.

She is predeceased by her parents Mario Venier and Jennie Tunning and her brother John Venier.

Rosella is survived by her husband Hans Kok, her daughter Karen Kok, her son and daughter-in-law George and Lisa Kok, her beloved grandchildren Nicholas and Pippa Kok and Tory Schatz who fondly called her Nana Ro, and her dog Gabby.

A memorial visitation was held on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, November 15, 2021, at St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Weill Cornell Medical Center (https://s010.med.cornell.edu/wcmc/make-a-donation.html).

November 10, 2021

Elizabeth Ann Fillo

Liz immersed herself in music all her life. As a child growing up on Long Island, she sang and performed in school and in church, but she aspired to be a concert pianist. By the time she got to Cornell University, though, she had discovered the joy of singing jazz. She performed throughout college and eventually recorded an album with her soon-to-be husband and fellow Cornelian and bassist, Steve Fillo. Liz and Steve performed together for decades.

Through the ’60s they lived at various times in Monterey, CA; New Bedford, NY; London, England; Westport, CT; and Cambridge, MA; where Steve enrolled in the MBA program at the Harvard Business School. Liz found work in the office of the Dean of Admissions, while performing in musicals with the undergraduates. She also created a repertoire of one-woman shows there. In 1971, a change in Steve’s career brought them to Princeton and Liz began performing at the McCarter Theatre. She also joined the highly successful Inn Cabaret, a staple of Princeton entertainment for many years. With her friend, Roo Brown, Liz started a duo cabaret act. Together they played many clubs, including some in New York.   

In the ’80s, she appeared in several national commercials and on various soap operas. Then in the early ’90s Liz became a trustee of McCarter, eventually serving for several years as president of the board. Liz and Steve divorced in 1995, which opened the door in 1998 to re-connecting with Christopher Coucill, with whom she had performed 18 years earlier. They married in 2001, filling their lives with love and music and theatre. Liz enjoyed nothing more than singing for Chris and their friends. She was also a superb cook as well as an avid gardener who planted many beautiful scapes, including the lush fairyland she and Chris created out of 3 1/2 acres on a rocky, wooded slope of Princeton Ridge. (Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives — https://sova.si.edu/details/AAG.GCA?s=0&n=10&t=C&q=#ref20204).

Liz is survived by Steve Fillo; her husband, Chris Coucill; her brother, Robert Fuchs; her sons, Chris and Andy; and her four beloved grandchildren, Benny, Graham, Henry, and Eliza. Donations in Liz’s name will be gratefully accepted by Young Audiences of New Jersey and The Nature Conservancy.

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

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Ruth (Caplan) Bonin

Ruth (Caplan) Bonin 94, formerly of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully in Galloway on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

Ruth was born and raised in Princeton. After graduating from high school, she went on to work for Princeton University Library. A few years later with her husband, Alvin, they took over her family business, Princeton Army Navy Store on Witherspoon Street. After taking time to raise her family, she found her way back into the library system to share her love of reading with all that wished to hear at Community Park School and later on to the Princeton Public Library as a volunteer.

Ruth was an intelligent, kind hearted person who loved reading, gardening, traveling, and being in the sun. During her younger years she was an avid bowler, winning many awards. She enjoyed playing cards in various community groups around the area. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family most of all.

Preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Alvin Bonin, as well as her parents Stella and Joseph Caplan, brother Harold and sister Jean. She is survived by her daughter Michele (Steven) Schlitzer of Galloway, son Michael (Ellen) Bonin of Princeton, and daughter Jill (Bill) Chavis of Florida; grandchildren Jennifer (Joseph) DiLuzio, Rachel (Greg) Luty, Samantha (Dan) Casaletto, Sarah (Bill) Becher, and Alexis Bonin (Sydney Marquez); great-grandchildren Hailey Meighan, Cole, Bryce and Ethan DiLuzio and Olivia Casaletto; as well as many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Funeral services were held on November 9, 2021 at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, with burial at People of Truth Cemetery, Hamilton Township, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request memorial contributions to be made in Ruth’s name to Grace Healthcare Services, 105 Fieldcrest Avenue, Suite #402, Edison, NJ 08837, without whose care none of us would have made it this far, or memorial contributions can be made to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

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

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Nancy Rodgers Knipe

Nancy Rodgers Knipe, 93, died November 6, 2021 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, NJ. A longtime Princeton and Skillman resident, in her early years Nancy lived predominantly in New York City and Southampton, NY. Born February 14, 1928 in New York City, NY, she was the oldest child of Oliver Rodgers and Clara Lee Rodgers. Fluent in multiple languages, she lived in France and Spain teaching English, prior to marrying Peter R. Knipe in 1970.

Nancy enjoyed spending time with her family, singing in her church choir, serving as a eucharistic minister or reader, watching her boys play hockey, and attending her monthly book club.

Nancy is survived by two sons, Peter of Robbinsville, NJ, and Daniel of Little Silver, NJ; four grandchildren,  Lauren, Casey, Summer, and Kylie; and was predeceased by her loving husband Peter R. Knipe and her brother, Livingston Rodgers.

A funeral mass celebrating her life will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Thursday, November 11 starting at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in honor of Nancy R. Knipe to St. Charles Borromeo Church (borromeo.org).

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Rafael Tegas Yngojo

Rafael Tegas Yngojo, 93, known as Ralph to family and friends, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 7, 2021, at Brandywine Living at Princeton. He was born on July 1, 1928, in San Francisco, California, where he was subsequently raised. A devoted son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend.

Ralph attended Galileo High School, City College of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University. At Golden Gate University, he earned his BS in Accounting and MS in Public Administration.

Ralph was an accountant by profession with a broad background in Fiscal Management, Fiscal Control Budgeting, and Program Cost Accounting. He held positions with the United States Post Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, State of California Industrial Relations, UCSF Langley Porter, and the Law Office of California Rural Legal Assistance. He taught Principles of Accounting at Cogswell College in San Francisco. He served as an enrolled agent for the IRS and started his own business in 1984, the RYTE Tax and Related Accounting Services.

Ralph was a sports enthusiast his entire life. He played high school football for Lowell, played basketball, and was a member of the Filipino American Mango Athletic Club championship team in 1948. He had a love and passion for tennis, not only as a player but as a coach and passed on his love for the game to Marcus and Leslie. He was a member and served as President of the Filipino Tennis Club of Northern California in the mid ’70s and was instrumental in raising the visibility of tennis among the Filipino Community. When it came to professional sports, Ralph loved all the San Francisco/Bay Area teams; a devoted and loyal fan to the 49ers, Giants, and Golden State Warriors.

Music was Ralph’s passion, he played piano by ear, and it was truly one of his precious moments. Ralph was also a jazz aficionado. He loved the likes of Miles, Coltrane, Monk, Billie, and Ella to name a few. Ralph was also a Frank Sinatra diehard and had the opportunity to see him perform live several times and visited Sinatra’s hometown of Hoboken, NJ, a true highlight for him. Family members appreciated the “Sounds of Sinatra” and Ralph’s vast collection of Sinatra albums, CD’s and books.

Ralph married the love of his life Virginia Robles also known as “Jeannie”; tying the knot in 1949 and shared a lifetime together of 73 years. They traveled to Mexico, Hawaii, London, Paris, and throughout the United States. Some of their most memorable moments were celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays with family and friends.

Ralph is predeceased by his parents, Rafael Sr. and Visitacion Yngojo; and his sisters, Dolores Kikuchi and Lourdes Hom. Ralph is survived by his wife Virginia Yngojo, son Marcus, daughter-in-law Lilia Amores, daughter Leslie Yngojo-Bowes, son-in-law Tommy Bowes, grandchildren Kyle and Kyra Bowes, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 1-3 p.m. at The Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. A Funeral Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment and Memorial Celebration of Life will held in his home town in California at a later date.  Arrangements under the direction of The Mather Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to the American Kidney Fund in Ralph’s memory. 

November 3, 2021

Gillian Wendy Slater-Godfrey

Gillian Wendy Slater-Godfrey was an extraordinary woman. From her birth in London on June 14, 1929 to her peaceful passing in Connecticut on October 8, 2021, she had the gift of connecting with others. In fact, Wendy’s generosity of spirit led her to always know what an intimate moment required to make it memorable, by either offering loving advice, compliments, witticisms, intellectual insights, lines of poetry and song, and if you were very lucky — a dirty limerick or two!

Trained as an occupational therapist at Dorset House, Oxford and St. Lloys, Exeter, Devon in 1952, she combined the gift of connection with her creative talents. Wendy, or Gillian as she referred to herself professionally, had a long career as an occupational therapist including working in the Napsbury Surrey County Psychiatric Hospital and Netherne Psychiatric Hospital in the U.K., the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Trinidad, as the senior art therapist at Deveraux Ranch School in Goleta, California, to teaching art at the British School of Brussels. From Europe, Gillian came to Princeton where she first became involved with the AAMH creating the Boarding Home Outreach Program. This position allowed her to bring love and compassion to those who society overlooks. All these years of experience led to her final and most significant professional achievement of her life, which was the first director and creative force behind the Suzanne Patterson Center / Princeton Senior Resource Center. Gillian created the center as a place of genuine community where everyone was welcome and they knew it. She brought her unique ability to emanate an energy of light, learning, collectivism and ultimately love to people’s lives. In fact, so significant was her impact on the center that upon her retirement in 1994 the then Mayor of the Borough of Princeton, Marvin R. Reed, issued a Proclamation, declaring May 5, 1994 as “Gillian Godfrey Day”!

After her retirement, Wendy further developed her passions and gifts as a gardener, an artist, and a writer, all of which continued to flourish and evolve even up to her last moments, demonstrating that one is never too old to live life creatively and to its fullest. Furthermore, she never stopped creating community wherever she went, including in Willimantic, CT, where she spent much time with her daughter, her daughter-in-law, and their friends, all of whom who quickly became her friends as well.

Predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Leonard E. A. Godfrey, Wendy leaves behind her son Nicholas Godfrey, his wife Allison, and their two children Slater and Alta of Boston, MA; and her daughter Dr. Phoebe Godfrey, her wife Tina, of Willimantic, CT, and their son Dylan Fedora of Brattleboro, VT. Her beloved cat Cleome now has a new happy home and lives on “Godfrey Street” in Willimantic. It would be an understatement to say that she will be missed by us and all who knew her, but at the same time the love she gave continues to grow, to bear fruit, and will do so far into the future.

Finally, it must be said that up to her last moment, Wendy lived her life according to her deeply seated values of compassion, empathy, generosity, equity, respect, grace, and dignity.  In homage to her favorite poet, William Blake and his poem “Jerusalem,” she never ceased from mental fight, nor did her sword sleep in her hand, and there is no doubt that she has returned to England’s green and pleasant land. 

Those who would like to support Wendy’s lifelong commitment to social justice and the empowerment of those in need may make donations in her name to any of the following nonprofit organizations: The Guardian (online newspaper that she supported); CLiCK Willimantic (co-founded by her daughters); The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (run by her neighbor and friends); The Suzanne Patterson Center / Princeton Senior Resource Center (where she worked); the AAMH of West Windsor Township (also where she worked); or any other of their choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the Nassau Inn from 12:30-3 p.m. in the Palmer room. Please RSVP to celebrationofwendy@gmail.com.

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George D. Cody

George D. Cody, of Princeton, N.J., died on September 28, 2021, after a long illness. He was born on May 16, 1930, in Flushing, Long Island, New York. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and received his undergraduate degree in Physics (AB, Summa Cum Laude) from Harvard University in 1952. He received his PhD from Harvard in Solid State Physics in 1957. In 1958 he held a John Parker Fellowship from Harvard and spent that year at the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University.  

From 1958-1976 Dr. Cody was employed at RCA’s David Sarnoff Laboratories, where he was engaged in research in semiconductors, thin films, and superconducting materials. He was the recipient of RCA’s David Sarnoff Gold Medal in Science for major technical contributions in 1962 and 1964. Dr. Cody is the co-holder with Dr. Benjamin Abeles of the basic patent for the Ge-Si thermoelectric material that powered the Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini space crafts, and with Dr. Abeles he received the Franklin Institute’s Ballantine Medal in 1979 for the research leading to this invention, as well as membership in the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.

In 1976, Dr. Cody joined Exxon’s Corporate Research Laboratory, where he was engaged in research on the optical properties of thin film amorphous semiconductors and localization of structure-borne sound. In 1996 he received the Exxon Golden Tiger award for “continuing creativity and innovation in passive acoustics, monitoring of fluidized beds, and direct detection of hydrocarbons and breakthrough research.”  He retired as Scientific Advisor (Fellow) at Exxon’s Corporate Research Laboratory in 1999.

Dr. Cody had more than 100 publications and 13 patents. He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was a member of the Chemistry Department Visiting Committee at Princeton, and the Physics Department Visiting Committee of the University of Texas. He was a Visiting Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Rutgers University from 1999 to 2005.  

George was married to Francesca Benson for 45 wonderful years. Their children include George Cody of Chevy Chase, Md.; Lisa Cody Winter of Basking Ridge, N.J.; Monica Cody of Reston, Va.; David Stonaker of Lawrenceville, N.J.; Laura Stonaker of Tampa, Fla.; and nine grandchildren: Brielle, Christopher, Kyle, Samantha, Katie, Maddie, Sean, Lily, and Quinn. 

George was also a member of the Old Guard of Princeton and the Community Without Walls.

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Joseph L. King

Joseph Lacey King, 88, of Princeton and Point Pleasant Beach, passed on October 29, 2021 with his wife at his side.

Born in Dobbs Ferry, NY, on October 16, 1933, he was the eldest son of Joseph and Celestine King. Joe grew up in Hopewell, NJ, and attended Princeton High School, where he met his future wife and dance partner of 68 years, Kathryn (Cuomo).

Joe enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War. He subsequently attended Rider College. Joe was employed by the D. Van Nostrand Publishing Company. When the D. Van Nostrand Company was purchased by Litton Industries, Joe became Litton’s Eastern Distribution Manager. His interests in woodworking, carving, and building eventually led him to pursue a full-time career as a carpenter. In 1975 he renovated the historic Grovers Mill, marking the start of his long-held small business.

Joe is survived by wife Kathryn King of Princeton; sister Celestine Long of Lawrenceville; and his three children Cheri-Ellen (David) Crowl of Farmingdale, NJ, Patrick (Lindsay) King of Belle Mead, NJ, and Michael (Joanna) King of Rochester, MN. Grandchildren Caitlin (James) Rumbaugh, Lacey (Mychal) Jensen-Lida, and Katie King; and great-grandchildren Jordan Rumbaugh, Cameron Rumbaugh, and Scarlett Jensen-Lida.

Joe was creative, curious, gregarious, and individualistic. He enjoyed fishing, boating, and golf, and simply being in the company of good friends. He was especially devoted to his family.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday November 6, 2021 at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday November 6, 2021 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.

October 27, 2021

Wallace “Wally” Mannington Kain

Wallace “Wally” Mannington Kain was born in 1929 in Wallace, Nebraska, on the Kain wheat and cattle farm. During the depression, he moved with his family to New York where his father Francis Kain became a meat broker in Hell’s Kitchen. As a kid, Wally would take the train back to the family farm every fall to help with the harvest.

Wally attended Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, NY, (Class of ’47) where he met his future wife and love of his life, Joan Busher. Wally attended Princeton (Class of ’51) and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Since Wally was very young he was always involved with shooting sports and was captain of the Princeton University Rifle team. Wally was also an elite skeet, trap, and later, sporting clays shooter. While at Princeton, Wally was in the ROTC. After graduating Wally was commissioned an Army Lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Artillery where he served as a Battery Commander and Aide to General E.A. Walker.

Wally and Joan were married October 1, 1954 and they lived in Cambridge, MA, while Wally attended Harvard Law School (Class of ’56). After graduating, Joan and Wally took a freighter and explored the African continent for several months. This was the first of many travel adventures during their lives that took them to interesting places like the Amazon, Peru, China, Japan, Antarctica, and New Zealand.

After Law School, Wally started a 28-year-long career with the AT&T & Western Electric during an amazing period of technology growth at Bell Labs. He spent many years working out of the Bell Labs office on Carter Road. He retired as the Bell System’s Chief Patent Attorney in 1984.

Joan and Wally raised three children, Susan, Will, and Stuart as they moved around with the Bell System including stops in Yonkers, NY, and Alexandria, VA. In 1964, they moved to Princeton (Philip Drive, 1964-1977), where they raised their three children. The also lived in Greensboro, NC (1977-1984).

While in Princeton, Wally was a member of the Nassau Gun Club, where he was President from 1975-1977. Wally was also very involved in organizing Princeton reunions and was chairman of the Class of 1951 25th reunion.

After retiring from the Bell System in 1984, Joan and Wally moved permanently to Sanibel Island, Florida, and they immediately got involved with conservation and preservation projects. They were active members of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) for over 30 years. Wally was Chairman of the Land Acquisition Committee and a proud member of the “Hammerhead” volunteers.

Wally’s interest in protecting animal habitat led him to CROW (Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife) where he was Director and President from 1987-1990. He also served as Chairman of the Taste of the Islands from 1987-1990. Wally shared his views on key Sanibel issues in his regular editorial column in the Sanibel Captiva Islander paper. His passion for preserving Sanibel and making a difference led him into politics. He served on the Sanibel City Council from 1990-1998 and was elected Mayor two times (1994-1995 and 1997-1998). He was also very involved in the Sanibel Kiwanis.

Wally was also passionate about his hobbies. He loved nature photography, painting watercolors, sailing, shooting sporting clays, bicycle riding, and writing. Wally was a lifetime member of the Davey Crockett Rod and Gun Club in Greeley, PA. After Sanibel politics, Wally focused his energies on writing novels and plays. He was very involved in the Sanibel writer’s group and wrote three novels and several plays.

Wally was an amazingly talented and compassionate person whose independent spirit and thirst for knowledge lead him to excel in almost everything he attempted. He did it with class and humility. We have truly lost one of the Greatest Generation.

Wally passed away peacefully at Shell Point, Ft. Myers, FL, on Saturday October 16, 2021 and leaves behind two sons, Will and Stuart; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his pampered LizKitty; and lots of amazing friends.

There will not be a public service. Wally was all about giving back to Sanibel Island. In lieu of flowers, we are sure Wally would appreciate a small donation in his name to one of his favorite Sanibel organizations such as the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), CROW, or F.I.S.H.

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Winifred Dorothy Sorg Vogt

Winifred Dorothy Sorg Vogt of Bradley House, Brattleboro, VT, died peacefully Saturday afternoon, October 9, 2021, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital surrounded by family.

Mother, wife, teacher, friend – Winnie was passionate about civil rights, equal rights for women, literacy, children, and charitable works.  She was big-hearted and generous beyond measure.

Winnie was born July 14, 1929, in East Orange, NJ, the daughter of Mildred (Hoops) and Harrison Theodore Sorg. She attended Kent Place School for Girls and Wellesley College where she majored in English and was Editor of the school newspaper.

In 1951, she married Roy S. Vogt in Summit, NJ, in her words “the beginning of an adventure, a partnership, a love affair that would last almost 48 years” until Roy’s death in 1999.

The Vogts lived several years in Richmond, VA, where Winnie taught seventh and eighth grade at St. Catherine’s Episcopal School, before moving to Princeton, NJ, in 1953.  After raising two children, Winnie returned to teaching at Miss Fine’s School. She continued teaching at Princeton Day School from 1966-1972, also serving one year administratively on the committee of four running the school pending the hiring of a headmaster.

In 1959, the Vogts purchased a cabin in the woods in Brookfield, VT, where the family spent many happy summers. In 1972, the Vogts’ love of Vermont brought them to Dummerston, VT.  Winnie continued her teaching career at Bellows Falls, Middle School where she taught seventh and eighth grade Language Arts for 19 years. In 1985 the school yearbook was dedicated to her. Winnie was active in the Windham Northeast Education Association and became President in 1979.

Winnie loved reading aloud and teaching from Huckleberry Finn, Johnny Tremain, and other books, and instilled this passion for reading in her students, many of whom she encouraged to higher education. It was not uncommon, years after Winnie finished her teaching career, for a former student to approach her on the street and thank her for her impact on their life.

Winnie’s Christian faith was central to her life, and she and her husband were active members of a church in each community where they lived. She was a Deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years at the Dummerston Congregational Church, and also participated enthusiastically in the annual Dummerston Apple Pie Festival, the strawberry supper, and other church/community events.

In the late 1980s, Winnie was one of the founders of the nonprofit Windham County Reads, a Vermont literacy organization. For many years she worked tirelessly on the board, reading to children at “Books & Breakfast,” and promoting the bookmobile.  She was active in civic activities at the Dummerston Evening Star Grange and received their Community Service Award in 2004. Winnie volunteered at children’s events at Nahlauka (Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont home). She was a long-time board member at the Lydia Pratt Taft Library in West Dummerston. She was forever looking after the elderly, visiting the sick and bereaved, organizing receptions for funerals, providing meals and transportation to the seriously ill, and stuffing packages with books and nonperishable foodstuffs for the needy at home and abroad.

Winnie received a Senior Solutions Successful Aging Award in 2012, and was further honored by a VT House concurrent resolution.

Winnie loved to travel and memorable trips included a European tour after graduation from college, a trip to Greece with her daughter, a trip to England and Scotland with Roy, a Roman Etruscan dig in Italy with Earthwatch, travels with Roy to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, a trip to Spain with a former Bellows Falls colleague, a trip to Costa Rica with her granddaughter, and travel to Turkey with Dummerston friends.

In 2015, Winnie chose to move from Dummerston to Bradley House in Brattleboro, “so I can walk to the library.”  She spent six happy years at Bradley House where she was grateful for the care and attention of the dedicated staff.

Mrs. Vogt is survived by a son, Henry Theodore Vogt and his wife, Susan Shea, of West Brookfield, VT; a daughter, Ginna Vogt, of Shelburne, MA; a granddaughter, Persephone Rose Hernandez-Vogt; a step-granddaughter, Camille Clasby; three great-grandchildren, Thomas, Sam, and Josselyn Clasby; two cousins, Roger Sorg and Rev. Carolyn Raffensperger; and seven nieces and nephews, and their families, Bill Stoltzfus, Philip Stoltzfus, Winnie Host, Rebecca Dineen, John Timothy, Kathleen, and Maureen Devlin. Her sister, Janet Sorg Stoltzfus, died in 2004.

Mrs. Vogt will be interred in a private ceremony in the Vogt family plot in the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, NJ. A service of celebration and remembrance will be held next year at the Dummerston Congregational Church.

Gifts in Mrs. Vogt’s memory may be made to Bradley House, 65 Harris Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301 and the Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road, Dummerston, VT 05346.

To share a memory or send condolences to Mrs. Vogt’s family please visit atamaniuk.com.

October 20, 2021

Steve DiGregorio

Steve DiGregorio – a man defined by his humor, strength of character, loyalty, and devotion to those closest to him – has passed away after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 60 years old.

Known to everyone who knew him simply as “Digger,” he was a man whose heart was filled with love and laughter. In the end he died the way he lived – surrounded by those he loved the most, smiling and joking, connecting with all of those lucky enough to be his friend. A man born to be around people, he loved to poke fun at those closest to him and have them poke fun at him. He spoke with a deep, husky voice in a quick, determined cadence, punctuating a large number of his sentences with his unique, ever-present laugh.

Digger was at his core a family man, whether that be his nuclear family, the extended family group the DiGregorios formed with the Levy and Giles families, or the widely extended family of former football players whom he coached and the army of friends he picked up along the way. He was most especially an integral part of two football worlds, that of Nutley High School, where he played and later was the award-winning head coach, and at Princeton University, where he coached for 13 seasons and to whose staff he had just returned. He often spoke of his love for every player he knew who wore the Nutley or Princeton uniform, and in turn they loved him back just as much. Dozens of them reached out to him during his illness, which brought him an irreplaceable joy and a reaffirmation that his life’s work had been impactful and purposeful.

More than anyone else, though, he held his deepest possible love for his wife of 30 years, Nadia, and their three boys: Zack, Derek, and Aaron. To see the DiGregorio family up close is to feel the love that emanated in an impossible-to-miss fashion. The family was constantly laughing, constantly having fun, often making fun of each other, all in an endless support of each other, even when faced with obstacles most families could not have handled at all, let alone with the strength and determination of the DiGregorios.

Derek was born with a disease so rare that nobody in the family had ever heard of it before the diagnosis. After the enemy was given a name, Ataxia-Telangiectasia, and an accompanying grim prognosis, Digger mobilized family and friends to combat the disease, through fundraising events, awareness, education, and anything else that might help as part of what they named “Derek’s Dreams.” When the DiGregorios called, everyone answered, and the result was an unprecedented wave of money to research treatments and possible cures. Wherever the family would go, Derek would be there as well, even in his wheelchair when he could no longer walk, and their collective inspiration has been awesome.

Digger was the adopted son of Silvio and Rose Mary DiGregorio, to whom he referred as “the greatest people who ever walked the earth.” He grew up in Nutley, where he was a defensive end on the high school football team he would one day coach. From there, he attended Muhlenberg, and he would eventually be inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.

His first job after graduating in 1983 was in the Caldwell, N.J., school district, and it was there that he met Nadia Hubal. They would marry in 1991 and raise their three children in Princeton, where Digger first coached in 1987, after stops at Hobart and Allegheny.

All three children graduated from Princeton High School. Zack graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played on the sprint football team. Derek attends Mercer County Community College, and Aaron is in his final semester at Franklin & Marshall, where he has been a member of the track and field team.

When Digger left Princeton after the 2000 season, he returned to the high school level, coaching first at Paramus Catholic and then at Nutley while also teaching U.S. Government at Nutley. In his final season as the head coach at Nutley, he was named the New Jersey high school football Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Essex County Football Hall of Fame in 2000. During his career, he would coach seven players who would go on to play in the NFL, including one, Jason Garrett, who would also become an NFL head coach. He would also coach the current Princeton head coach, Bob Surace, when he was an undergraduate.

In addition to his immediate family and friends, he is survived by his sister Lynda and her children, his niece Allison and nephews Jack and Alex, as well as his aunt Carol Palkowetz and many cousins who were a huge part of his life beginning in his childhood.

Steve DiGregorio was a loving, caring, wonderful, passionate man with a gigantic heart and boundless spirit. He will live on in the hearts of all of those to whom he meant so much.

Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial were held on Monday, October 18, 2021 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial was in Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Dr. Bernard Broad

Dr. Bernard Broad, of Princeton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 17, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with heart failure and kidney malfunction. He was 86 years old.

He was the original Medical Director at the Princeton Ambulatory Surgical Center from 1986-2004. After a career spanning 40 years at Princeton Hospital, he retired at age 75.

Born in Philadelphia on July 23, 1935, to Morris and Bella Broad, he graduated as the president and top of his class at West Philadelphia High School. He went on to graduate at the top of his class as an undergraduate and at Temple Medical School. After graduating he became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.

A resident of Princeton since 1986, he was a former resident of Levittown, PA.

He was respected and adored by his family, colleagues, patients, and everyone that had the privilege of knowing him. He was known and admired for his witty sense of humor, friendly demeanor, and generosity and empathy towards others. His breadth of knowledge calmed, advised, and impacted so many people. Growing up in West Philadelphia, he was an avid Philly sports fan, and his children followed suit and frequently got together to watch Eagles and Sixers games. He also loved traveling, being outdoors, playing golf and tennis, reading mystery novels, trying new cuisine, and constantly sharpening his knowledge on medical research, current affairs, and in all other facets.

Above all else, he enjoyed the simple and beautiful life he shared with his wife and children. He never missed a single one of his children’s sporting events, music recitals, or other milestones. He poured his heart and soul into creating the best life possible for his family and being a source of light for everybody around him.

Bernard is survived by his wife Peggy Broad; his children Foster Broad, Carter Broad, Danny Broad (Sarah), Audrey Broad, Michelle DeRosa (Greg), Terri Pargot; his brother Lester Broad (Sandy); his sister-in-law Rita Broad; along with several grandchildren.

Private funeral services and burial were held at Princeton Cemetery.

To send condolences to the family, please visit Dr. Broad’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

October 13, 2021

Dolores Milan Breithaupt

Dolores (Dee) Milan Breithaupt passed away on September 24, 2021. Born Dolores Phoebe Milan on December 5, 1928 in Middlesex, NJ, Dee was the fourth of five children born to Anne Taylor Milan and Louis Milan. 

As a child, Dee lived with her family in both Plainfield and Whitehouse, NJ, and Princess Anne, MD. From an early age, Dee’s life was filled with music, dancing, and singing. She mastered the castanets, having been taught by Paco Cancino (Rita Hayworth’s uncle). Dee’s close childhood neighbor, the now renowned jazz pianist Bill Evans, taught her how to play the piano. Dee excelled in tap dancing and ballet, ultimately taking these talents to Broadway as a young teenager, telling a small fib about her age in order to get an audition. She performed in the Broadway shows Count Me In, Dream with Music, and Early to Bed. While working on Broadway, she attended the Professional Children’s School in New York. 

In a newspaper article published when Dee was 17, she was quoted as saying her father did not like the idea of her being in show business. After several years of performing on Broadway, the family moved far from the big city to a farm on the Chesapeake in Princess Anne, MD. Dee graduated from the Mary A. Burnham School in Northampton, MA, and from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio — majoring in English. She later set up a dance school in Williamsport, PA. 

Dee worked for many years for American Express, first traveling the world and leading tours as a travel agent and later as Regional Director of Corporate Sales. Through her travels, she met and later married the love of her life, Wendell Breithaupt. Dee retired from American Express in 1991. 

Dee and Wendell shared a love for the game of golf. They traveled extensively and played golf at many famous courses. They retired to their home in Carmel Valley where they spent many happy years golfing, dancing, singing, and just enjoying each other’s company. As a team, they won several couples golf tournaments. One of Dee’s proudest golf achievements was a hole-in-one made during a tournament at Carmel Valley Ranch. She won senior championships in both New Jersey and California. She and Wendell are longtime members of Quail Lodge and Golf Club and Dee was a member of the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California. 

Dee is survived by her husband Wendell T. Breithaupt of Carmel Valley, CA; and her daughters Kim (Dave) Toot of Wellsville, NY, Megan Milan of Marco Island, FL, and Deborah (Bob) Smythe of Lawrenceville, NJ; as well as her brother Sandford (Carolyn) Milan of Whippany, NJ; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nephews and a niece. Dee is predeceased by her parents and siblings, Louis, Janet, and Robert. 

Dee’s family would like to thank Hospice of the Central Coast and Ileini’s Care for the loving and compassionate care they provided. 

Donations in Dee’s honor may be made to the SPCA for Monterey County, PO Box 3058, Monterey, CA 93942 or The Salvation Army of Monterey County, PO Box 1884, Monterey, CA 93942. There will be a memorial service at a later date. Please visit thepaulmortuary.com to sign Dee’s guestbook and leave messages for her family.

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William W. Hewitt, Jr.

William W. Hewitt, Jr. passed away peacefully on October 3, 2021, in Princeton, N.J., at the age of 93. Born on July 28, 1928 in New York City, N.Y., to William Sr. and Mildred (Hegeman) Hewitt, he grew up in Garden City, Long Island, along with his sister Barbara (McBride), and graduated from Garden City High School. He attended Deerfield Academy and then graduated from Princeton University.

During the Korean War he served in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge. His business career spanned many years at Merrill Lynch, as well as other financial institutions. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Suzanne (Throckmorton) Hewitt, along with his son William (Catherine) and daughter Heather (Vincent), and three grandchildren: Will, Jack, and Elizabeth.

Requiem

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

—Robert Louis Stevenson

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

October 6, 2021

Richard (Dick) Alphonsus Canning

On Saturday October 2, 2021, Richard (Dick) Alphonsus Canning, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 93 in Queens, NY. Dick was the devoted husband for nearly 49 years of Eugenie (Jean) Loscalzo Canning, who preceded him in death on April 8, 2005. He is the son of Alphonsus and Regina Murphy Canning, both of New York City, NY. He is survived by his sister Mary Jeanne Canning of Monroe Township, NJ, and eight sons and daughters and their spouses: Sheila Canning of Rockville Centre, NY; Paul Canning (Marie Lavendier) of Farmington, CT; Denise Winters (Ed) of Salt Lake City, UT; Eileen Schwagerl (Brian) of Rockville Centre, NY; Jerome Canning (Chris) of Mount Vernon, NY; Michael Canning (Laurie) of Glen Allen, VA; Daniel Canning (Debbie) of Greenwood Village, CO; and Theresa Canning Zast (Jon) of Jackson Heights, NY. Dick was incredibly proud of his 17 grandchildren: Christopher, Nicole, Elizabeth, Caitlin, Kyra, Christina, Annie, Mary, Ellie, Aideen, Katie, Isabel, Paige, Cianna, Sofía, Charlie, and Vivian.

Dick was born on June 29, 1928 in Elmhurst, Queens, NY, and proudly acquired a Jesuit education at Xavier High School (‘46) and Fordham University (‘50) where he earned a full academic scholarship. Shortly after graduating from Fordham in the summer of 1950 and the commencement of the Korean War, Dick was drafted into the United States Army, training as a medic with his ultimate duty station, Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, CO, before receiving an Honorable Discharge in October 1952.

In August 1954 Dick was hired as a Hospital Sales Representative by E. R. Squibb & Sons, moving to Philadelphia to join the sales region there. In Philadelphia, Dick was introduced to Jean Loscalzo by a mutual friend. They went on their first date to a basketball game at the Palestra between Villanova and St. Francis, quickly fell in love, and were married on May 12, 1956. Dick and Jean settled into a small three-bedroom home on Price Street in Narberth, PA, which filled quickly when Sheila, Paul, Denise, and Eileen were born between 1958 and 1962. Upon promotion to manager of the Newark, NJ sales division, Dick and Jean relocated their growing family to Somerset, NJ, where Jerry, Mike, and Dan were born in quick succession. In the fall of 1970, Dick was promoted to a marketing position with Squibb and corporate worldwide headquarters were relocated from Manhattan to a new campus in Lawrenceville, NJ. This coincided with the growing family moving to a larger home on an acre of land in South Brunswick, NJ. Here their youngest, Theresa, was born, rounding out the busy household with four boys and four girls.

Outside of work, Dick spent all his spare time with his children, instilling the simple ethics of dedication to family, faith, and hard work. Dick coached many basketball, baseball and softball teams, led many summer trips in a station wagon full of children across New England, upstate NY, the Midwest, North Carolina, and the favorite destination of Dick and Jean, Cape May Point, NJ. Here Dick, Jean and children attended numerous family retreats run by the Marianist order of Catholic priests, brothers and sisters at their large seaside home. As Dick’s children grew into adulthood, married and started families of their own, he and Jean downsized from the busy house on Carter Brook Lane outside Kingston in 2003 to a comfortable duplex in Lawrenceville, NJ, where pictures on Dick’s refrigerator displayed his grandkids as their numbers grew and they experienced many successes in academics, athletics, and public service and he visited them around the country. Dick could not express often enough or effusively enough how proud he was of each of his grandchildren.

Throughout his life Dick had other passions beyond work and family. Having been raised in very humble surroundings in the midst of the Great Depression, Dick never forgot those who had less financial means and struggled with poverty and hunger. Putting his concerns into action, he supported the Martin House in Trenton, NJ, and became a foster parent to Raul Cruz, who Dick and Jean first met at a foster residence in New York City and who went on to raise a family of his own.

Another passion was his Irish upbringing. His parents, Al and Regina, were the children of Irish immigrants. Dick grew up in a time when everyone was identified by their ethnicity and heritage, so Dick was known as one of the “Irish kids” on the streets of New York City. This inspired in Dick a lifelong search to connect with his Irish roots culminating in a meeting with his two closest living Irish relatives, Kathleen Canning Donegan of Gortahose, County Leitrim, Ireland, in 1999 and her sister Josephine Canning Farrell of Dublin and Kathleen’s four sons in Leitrim in 2014.

Throughout these years Dick cultivated yet another passion channeling his past basketball playing and coaching background when in 1990 he became a season ticket holder of Villanova University basketball. For the next 26 years, Dick rarely missed a home game and when Jean could not attend with him he eagerly shared his second courtside ticket with his sons and daughters, grandkids, and many, many friends.

In the final quarter of Dick’s life, he came full circle returning to Queens, NY, when he moved to the Atria Assisted Living Residence in Forest Hills for the past five years. Dick was a gregarious favorite in the dining room, on the Resident’s Council, and during activities, including keeping his competitive streak alive in his later years appearing in many spelling bee finals.

Dick has rejoined Jean in Heaven and spent his last few days peacefully surrounded by family and content in a life well-lived of service, passion, and commitment.

A Celebration of Dick Canning’s life will be held with calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, Funeral Home, Bronxville, NY, between the hours of 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 8. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, Bronxville, on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 9:45 a.m.

Please join the Canning children, spouses and grandchildren after Mass for a gathering of family and friends at JC Fogarty’s, 60 Kraft Avenue, Bronxville.

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Frances Joan Flowers

Frances Joan Flowers, 100 years old, died peacefully in Princeton, New Jersey, on September 20, 2021.

Fran, daughter of Francis and Tekla Binkiewicz, was born in Great Neck, Long Island, on March 4, 1921, and lived much of her life there. The youngest of four daughters, she studied at Columbia University, receiving her nursing degree from Flower Fifth Avenue. During WWII she worked as a registered nurse at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, and after marrying midshipman Jeff Flowers of Selma, Alabama, they settled in Great Neck and raised their family of four children.

Fran (Fanya, Binkie) was a courageous soul, a loving wife and mother, a hero nurse. She loved the outdoors, grew beautiful gardens, traveled the world, and in retirement took up bird watching. She was an avid reader while her sight permitted. A devout Catholic, Fran was accepting of all, respectful, playful, and loving.

She spent the last two years living in Hopewell Township with her daughter, Rev. Chris Reed, retired pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, and retired Unitarian Chaplain of Princeton University. She is survived by her daughter Chris, and three local granddaughters, Phoebe Reed of New York City, Alicia Reed of Hopewell, and Gabrielle Capoferri of Pennington.

Predeceased by her parents, her three sisters, and her husband, Fran is also survived by her children Marie Haulenbeek of N.C, Jeff Flowers of Maryland, and Jim Flowers of Indiana, her niece, Joanna Stern of New York City, their spouses, and 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A  Memorial Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Pennington, NJ, on October 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. Fran’s and Jeff’s ashes will be interred at All Saints Church Cemetery in Great Neck, NY. After over 100 years, she is going home.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

September 29, 2021

Donna Meiyun Liu

Donna’s ashes were strewn into a deep-woods spring that ultimately feeds into Princeton’s rivers and streams, on September 7th. She had asked that they be spread as soon as possible into clear running water. “Don’t leave me in a box on the shelf,” she said.

On our hikes we sometimes mentioned that this or that place would be good for our cremated remains to be returned to the earth. The spot we wound up using was a favorite, serene and beautiful, deeply grounded and verdant, like Donna.

We wanted to keep Donna’s death out of social media but asked a group of CNN colleagues and family members to spread the news through email. Eventually it crossed into the CNN Alumni Facebook page. Many won’t be able to access the site, but the string of memories and the depth and warmth of the feelings are profound. A word that kept on coming up was “mentor” and the depth of gratitude from so many people from production assistants to correspondents, anchors, editors, camera crews, TV engineers, and executives was amazing. We never realized she had helped so many people, most of them younger than her, learn to make their way in the driven, demanding world of television news. She did it not through the assertiveness that’s part of the industry, but through her quiet, elegant competence.

Donna left CNN after 18 years and pursued careers with different paths, relying on her TV production experience. Just prior to the start of the second Iraq war, she taught a seminar as a Ferris Fellow at Princeton’s Humanities Council about the role of media coverage of conflict, in which she had plenty of field and desk experience. She was on the ground for the first Iraq war, and Tiananmen and its aftermath, earthquakes in Haiti and Kobe, so much more. She moved on to the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs to launch and curate the UChannel, a video lecture series on international affairs. She later worked at TelVue, a startup video server company which supplied the digital technology for local cable stations’ public access channels to operate more efficiently. She always felt a responsibility to democratize access to media. For several years she chaired the board of Princeton Community Television, our local public access cable station.

And in the middle of all this, Donna got our family to Prague for a month to get certified as ESL teachers. The plan had been to travel widely and teach but, in the end, we wound up team-teaching evening classes of recently immigrated parents of students at a local elementary school in Twin Rivers, organized by Literacy New Jersey. Donna had a wonderful talent in front of a class. The quiet and demure woman turned out to be an engaging performer for adult students crouched around elementary school desks for three hours in the evening.

Ultimately, she turned her attention to environmental issues. For two years Donna media-managed CivicStory, a nonprofit news site posting solutions-based news about sustainability and civics. She ran the website and produced more than a score of video and print stories of her own, combining her media savvy with her community and environmental concerns.

All our hiking in the fields and mountains around Princeton made us aware of the need to use our water resources more wisely. We took a course at Rutgers on environmental stewardship. As part of the certification process, Donna produced a video on Princeton’s water story and emerged as a credible source of public knowledge about what sustains Princeton.  That’s where the desire to have her ashes go into a stream with running water comes from.

She pushed on with her environmental activities well into the second and third rounds of her cancer treatment. As the disease dug into her central nervous system she would complain of her faltering capabilities. It was overwhelmingly sad as we watched this wonderfully intelligent woman lose her capacity to focus on what she had been able to spend so much of her creative life doing so well, writing and reporting.

As she wanted, Donna died at home, surrounded by her family, cousin Sandy from New Hampshire and Lynn, our housemate who lived with us in Atlanta and Hong Kong — Auntie Sandy and Auntie Lynnie to our daughters Karla and Louise. Donna was stoic, and complained only when her medication couldn’t control the pain that would overwhelm her. She was increasingly sedated as we, with the guidance of hospice nurses, worked to make her as comfortable as we could.

She died in the early morning of September 2nd fittingly, maybe, amid the flooding driven by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The streams and rivers around us were at historically high levels and a tornado tore along Lake Carnegie.

As her illness grew worse, so many messages went unanswered, so many kind words and cards and flowers and gifts have gone unacknowledged. We hope this reaches all those who loved Donna as much as we did.

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Gail Elizabeth Kohn

Gail Elizabeth Kohn, age 69, passed peacefully on Sunday, September 19, 2021 surrounded at home by loving family and friends.

She was born in New Haven, CT, the daughter of the late Immanuel and Vera Kohn.

Gail was a graduate of Princeton High School and Rider College. Her career included working for The Gallup Organization and Mathematica Policy Research. 

She was an active promoter of the visual and performing arts within the Princeton community, including serving on the board of trustees of the Princeton Festival and as a member of the Princeton University Concerts Committee. She was a lifelong volunteer for libraries and numerous community organizations.

Surviving are her sister Sheila, brother Robert and wife Sue, brother Peter and wife Meg; six nephews and nieces: Megan, Emily, Michael, Jason, Sarah, and Katherine; and her grandnephew David and grandniece Hannah.

Burial services will be private.

The family requests that any gifts in Gail’s honor be sent to the Princeton Festival, the Princeton University Chamber Concert, or Institute for Advanced Study in support of the Hans Kohn Endowed Fund.

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Peter C. Bunnell

1937-2021

Peter C. Bunnell, whose passionate and inspired teaching profoundly changed the field of photographic history, passed away at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Monday, September 20, 2021. As the inaugural David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University, a position he accepted in 1972 and held for 30 years before his retirement, Bunnell educated a generation of undergraduate and graduate students in what is still a young branch of art history; his was the first endowed professorship in the history of photography at any American university. An enthralling storyteller with a deep personal knowledge of the medium’s history, an infectious enthusiasm, and an unfailing devotion to his students, Bunnell drew capacity crowds to his undergraduate courses and attracted graduate students from across the country and beyond. A testament to the widespread and lasting influence of his teaching, Bunnell’s Princeton protégés have served as curators and professors at leading institutions including the Metropolitan Museum; the Museum of Modern Art; The Morgan Library; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman Museum; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the International Center of Photography; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Fotostiftung Schweiz; Aperture; Brown University; Indiana University; City College of New York; Bard College; Bowling Green State University; and Zurich University of the Arts, among others.

As curator of photography at the Princeton University Art Museum throughout his 30-year tenure on the faculty, and as Museum Director from 1973 to 1978 and Acting Director again from 1998 to 2000, Bunnell built a broad-ranging collection of photography, the firsthand examination of which became an unforgettable central element of the student experience in his classes and seminars. “These photographs are used,” he said, “they don’t just sit around in boxes.” In fact, he taught all of the discussion sections of his courses himself, always with original photographs rather than with slides. Photographer and former Princeton professor Emmet Gowin recalls Bunnell’s extraordinary gift for “awakening and reaching the hearts and minds of students of all kinds, but especially his ability to connect with and support students attempting to practice the art of photography themselves.” At the time of Bunnell’s retirement in 2002, Gowin praised his capacity to understand the work of artists “who were in no way synchronous with his own stances or world views. To a degree almost unthinkable, the collection he built at Princeton is without gender bias or cultural bias, but embracing of all that was fresh and difficult in the work of young contemporary artists.”

Allen Rosenbaum, who Bunnell hired as Assistant Director of the Museum in 1974 and who later became its Director, similarly recalls his generosity, noting that “there was no ego or vanity in his directorship.” Rosenbaum vividly recalls having been invited to a class led by Bunnell and Gowin and having come away with “a sense of the great gifts of these men as thinkers and communicators, and with the revelation — at least for me — that there was such a thing as connoisseurship in photography.”

In addition to the expansive and carefully selected collection that Bunnell built for the Museum, spanning the history of the medium, he secured two important archives — those of Pictorialist photographer Clarence H. White, the subject of his Master’s thesis at Ohio University, and Minor White, Bunnell’s own mentor as a photographer and interpreter of the medium. He met Minor White as an undergraduate at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where classes taught by White nurtured his burgeoning interest in photography. “I took his classes, and, as was his practice, he drew a group of students around him outside the Institute,” recalled Bunnell. “These were informal sessions where he explored in more depth his philosophy and attitudes toward photographing.” Bunnell went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Ohio University in 1961 under the tutelage of Clarence H. White Jr., as well as an M.A. in art history from Yale University in 1965, where he began a doctoral dissertation on the life and work of Alfred Stieglitz.

Immediately before joining the Princeton faculty in 1972, Peter Bunnell served as curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where he had joined the staff in 1960 as a collection cataloguer and risen to associate curator in 1968 and curator in 1970. At MoMA, Bunnell’s achievements included groundbreaking exhibitions that offered innovative new avenues to analyze and understand photography: Photography as Printmaking (1968), and Photography into Sculpture (1970), as well as an exhibition of the work of Clarence H. White (1971). In addition to exhibitions at Princeton in subsequent years, including a continuous series of installations designed for students in his courses, Bunnell organized the Harry Callahan exhibition for the United States Pavilion at the 38th Venice Biennale in 1978.

Beyond his role as teacher and curator, Bunnell served the field in various capacities — as national chair of the Society for Photographic Education and chair of the board of The Friends of Photography — and was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (1979) and the Asian Cultural Council (1984). He was also named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

Peter Bunnell wrote extensively on topics across the history of photography, though primarily about American artists, and most often about living photographers, many of whom he knew personally. His numerous essays have been anthologized in Degrees of Guidance: Essays on Twentieth-Century American Photography (1993) and Inside the Photograph: Writings on Twentieth-Century Photography (2006). His book Minor White: The Eye That Shapes, which accompanied a retrospective exhibition of White’s photographs that opened at the Museum of Modern Art in 1989, won the George Wittenborn Memorial Award of the Art Libraries Society of North America. He also authored three monographs on Jerry N. Uelsmann, his undergraduate roommate at Rochester Institute of Technology and a lifelong friend. In addition, he edited several anthologies — A Photographic Vision: Pictorial Photography, 1889–1923 (1980); Edward Weston on Photography (1983); and Aperture Magazine Anthology: The Minor White Years, 1952–1976 (2012); and co-edited two Arno Press reprint series, The Literature of Photography and The Sources of Modern Photography.

Long into retirement, Bunnell happily remained an invaluable source for researchers in the history of photography who called upon his recollections of firsthand encounters with 20th-century photographers, recollections aided by file cabinets filled with decades of carefully taken notes, newspaper clippings, and other seldom-saved ephemera — an invaluable resource that will become available to future scholars at Princeton’s Art Museum and Firestone Library.

Peter Curtis Bunnell was born in 1937 in Poughkeepsie, New York, the son of Harold C. Bunnell and Ruth L. Buckhout. He is not survived by immediate family but is held dear in the memory of the many students, scholars, artists, and curators who benefited immensely from his wisdom and deep generosity of spirit. Following his wishes, no funeral service will be held, but friends, colleagues, and protégés will gather at a later date to celebrate his life.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com. Photo: Richard Avedon, courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum.

September 22, 2021

Albert J. Raboteau Jr.

(Photo Courtesy of Princeton University)

Albert J. Raboteau Jr., 78, was a lifelong scholar and man of faith who authored five books, co-edited two books, published numerous academic papers, and taught and mentored generations of students as a professor in the Department of Religion at Princeton University from 1982-2013.

Known as Al to friends and loved ones, he died peacefully at home on September 18, 2021, following a years-long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Al was born in 1943 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, but largely grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Pasadena, California. He was intensely dedicated to his studies, entered college at age 16, and went on to earn bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from Loyola Marymount University, Marquette University, and Yale University, respectively. Raised Catholic, Al was deeply inspired by the writings of Thomas Merton. Al converted to the Orthodox Church later in life. He found great inspiration and solace in the Orthodox faith and was one of the founders of the parish church, Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow, in Princeton, N.J. Al was predeceased by his father, Albert Jordy Raboteau; his mother, Mabel Ishem Raboteau; his stepfather, Royal Woods; and his sisters, Alice Warren and Marlene Raboteau.

Al is survived by his wife, Joanne Shima, four children — Albert J. Raboteau III, Emily Raboteau, Charles Raboteau, and Martin Raboteau — and two stepchildren, Jane Bennett Smith, and Annie Bennett. Al is also survived by seven grandchildren: Albert J. Raboteau IV, Oliver Raboteau, Magnus Raboteau, Lucia Raboteau, Paz Raboteau, Geronimo LaValle, and Ben LaValle. Al will be dearly remembered by all of them, as well as by his former wife and the mother of his children, Katherine Murtaugh; and numerous members of his extended family, including daughters-in-law Jane Machin and Cara Mafuta Raboteau, and son-in-law Victor LaValle.

Al will also be fondly remembered by numerous colleagues, former students, and friends. Al will forever be recalled as a patient and attentive teacher; a caring father; a diligent, creative, and influential scholar; a generous friend; and a lover of the arts, film, literature, poetry, the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, and a wide range of music spanning centuries, from Gregorian chant, to spirituals, to Bob Dylan.

The viewing will be held Thursday, September 23, from 6-9 p.m. at Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church, 904 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, N.J. The Office of Burial will be held at the same church at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 24. The ceremony is open to well-wishers and will also be streamed online at facebook.com/mogprinceton The burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, 95 Hopewell-Wertsville Road, Hopewell, N.J. In-person attendees for all events are asked to wear masks in consideration of the health of all present.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Arm In Arm, formerly known as The Crisis Ministry, in Trenton, N.J., which can be contacted at arminarm.org or (609) 396-9355.

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Joan Stewart Hicks

1926-2021

Joan Stewart Hicks lived a rich and committed life, deeply devoted to family, friends, and social justice. Born in Abington, PA, Joan spent her early years in Huntington Valley, PA, and her adult and married years in Princeton, NJ. She spent the last 18 years with her wonderful friends at Stonebridge in Rocky Hill, NJ. Joan died on September 12, 2021, at home, with her family by her side. She was 94 years old.

Brilliant, elegant, quick witted, and fun, Joan loved life, her family, and her friends. She experienced the world passionately through conversation, music, language, and art. Joan was an engaged and entertaining conversationalist. You could be sure that she would listen to you attentively, be genuinely interested in your point of view, and ask thought-provoking questions. Joan spent countless hours at her table reading, writing, painting, and sketching, and connecting remotely with loved ones. When not at her table, Joan could be found at her keyboard, composing original tunes, or at her computer, firing off missives in English, French, and even Spanish. Joan was deeply connected to her family’s lives. She often pored over the pages of her atlas, tracking a loved one’s travels. Joan was drawn to life’s adventures. From learning to fly planes to aid war efforts during WWII, to sailing around the globe with her beloved husband of 70 years, A.C. Reeves Hicks, and their five children, Andrea, Ted, Lindsey, Daren, and Libby, Joan explored life with a fierce curiosity and a desire to experience everything.

Joan was deeply committed to social justice. She treated all she knew with respect, dignity, and care. This was reflected in her relationships with family and friends, in her service to her community, and in her philanthropic efforts. Joan was committed to her work with children at the Grant School in Trenton, the Stuart School, the Rock Brook School, as well as to her involvement with the Princeton Arts Council, the Princeton Public Library, the YWCA, where she helped run Soupcon, a cafe for incarcerated young women, and countless other community projects. A lover of music, Joan was a longtime supporter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New Jersey and Princeton symphonies. An avid tennis player, Joan played competitive youth tennis and was known locally for her wicked forehand.

A loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Joan will be deeply missed. She believed in the power of love, respect, and wit as avenues for making the world a better place.

Joan was predeceased by her husband, Reeves, her son, Ted, and her sister, Patricia.

Joan left us with the following thoughts:

“So where am I going, what shall I do, send you some kisses, adieu adieu.”

Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum in Hopewell, NJ (ssaamuseum.org) and to the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, NJ (bgcmercer.org).

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Gioconda Escalona

Gioconda Escalona, age 85, died peacefully at her home in Lawrence Township, NJ, on Sept. 12, 2021. She was the wife of the late Alfredo Escalona. For 28 years Gioconda has longed to rejoin her late husband, and continue their love story.

Gioconda was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1936. She was a high school graduate of Colegio Baldor in Havana. A young bride when she married, she and Alfredo fled communist Cuba in 1961 with their two eldest children, two suitcases, and $60. This painful decision was motivated by a strong desire to raise their children in freedom.

Together they rebuilt their life with years of hard work. She and her husband founded and operated The Village Store on Plainsboro Road for 25 years.

Gioconda was a member of St. Paul Parish in Princeton, and was a daily communicant for many years at the Church of St. Ann in Lawrence. A devout Catholic, she dedicated much of her time praying for her loved ones and others in need of prayer. While living in Puerto Rico, she and her husband ministered together as Cursillistas.

An avid reader of mystery novels, she also enjoyed true crime stories on TV. She loved old-time Cuban music and sharing family history with her children and grandchildren. Gioconda will be remembered for her high intelligence and sense of humor. She balanced a no-nonsense approach to life with her wit and banter, enjoyed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

She is survived by her children: Alfredo Escalona (Cassy) of Lawrence Township, Alida Escalona of Hainesport (Joseph Fadule II of Robbinsville), Lisa Gutro (James) of Lincoln, NH, and Paul Escalona (Jerilyn) of Croydon, PA; seven grandchildren: Joseph, James, Nicholas, Matthew, Samuel, Alexa, and Brian; and great-grandchildren: Anthony, Athena, and Aubrey Nicole. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Aubrey Pappas and Aubrey’s unborn baby, Niko.

A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Paul Parish, Princeton, NJ, with burial following in Princeton Cemetery

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Patricia Dickson Tappan

December 18, 1935 — September 9, 2021

Patricia Dickson Tappan passed peacefully on September 9, 2021 at her home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, after 11 days of hospice care and a battle with dementia.

She is survived by her loving son Thomas Dickson Edgar. Patty is beloved by many, many dear friends. A celebration of her life will be held December 15 at Sea Pines Country Club.

Born north of Boston, Patty grew up in Brooklyn Heights, NY, and lived in Grosse Pointe, MI; Chappaqua, NY; Paris, France; and was a longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, before moving south in 2012. She worked as a teacher, manager, and realtor.

She published a fun novel, A Fine How Do You Do, under Patty Dickson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Friends of Caroline Hospice in Port Royal, SC.

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Alban Forcione
1938-2021

Alban Keith Forcione passed away Tuesday, September 14. Born in Washington, DC, in 1938 to Eugene Forcione and Wilda Ashby, he prepped at the Landon School. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1960, majoring in the European Civilization Program and writing his senior thesis on Cervantes’ Don Quixote. He received an M.A. from Harvard in Comparative Literature (Spanish, Italian, English), studied on a Fulbright scholarship in Spain and Germany, and returned to Princeton for his doctorate, writing his Ph.D. thesis on Cervantes and the Humanist tradition.

After completing his graduate studies Alban was asked to join the Princeton faculty in the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where he spent the majority of his 50-year career as the Emory L. Ford professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. He also had interim appointments as Distinguished Visiting Professor at other universities such as Stanford, Columbia, Penn, Dartmouth, and Harvard.

Alban was an eminent scholar of Seventeenth Century literature of “Golden Age” Spain, and the graduate students he mentored include many outstanding educators who maintain a community because of his teaching. Alban’s exhaustively researched books are all seminal works in his field. They include: Cervantes and the Mystery of Lawlessness, Cervantes and the Humanist Tradition, and, most recently in 2009, Majesty and Humanity in the Political Drama of Golden Age Literature.

In retirement Alban moved to the Windrows, where he enjoyed classical music and movies, playing the piano, and attending the opera and Princeton football games. (As an undergraduate he had played on the University sprint football team.)

He was predeceased by his wife, Renate, and one of his two sons, Mark. He is survived by his son Michael, his brother Eugene, a niece Erika Lubben Bucci, two nephews Stephen and Lawrence Forcione, and his companion, Joyce Gardiner.

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Theodore B. Van Itallie, Jr.

Theodore B. Van Itallie, Jr., 70, died at home in Princeton on September 11, 2021. The cause was myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood cancer. 

An attorney, he had an accomplished and varied career in private practice, as corporate counsel, in government service, and as an arbitrator. He was a litigator for 19 years at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler in New York, where he became a partner in 1985. From 1996 to 2009 he was Associate General Counsel and head of global litigation for Johnson & Johnson.  He served as Director of the Division of Law, NJ Department of Law and Public Safety, in 2009.  He then became an arbitrator specializing in commercial disputes in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, continuing that work until 2021.   

He was a co-founder and chair of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association, co-founder and president of the New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance, and a board member of the Fund for Modern Courts, among other organizations. He taught advanced law courses at Seton Hall and Columbia Law Schools, and published pointed commentary on New Jersey legal issues. 

Known from childhood as Taysen, he was born September 13, 1950, in Boston, the second of five children of Barbara Cox Van Itallie and Dr. Theodore B. Van Itallie. He grew up in New Jersey, first in Franklin Lakes and later in Englewood, and spent idyllic summers on Long Island Sound in Fenwick, Connecticut. He graduated from Choate in 1968, then studied for a year at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He earned his B.A. cum laude from Harvard in 1973 and his J.D. in 1977 from Columbia, where he was a Kent Scholar.   

He met his wife, Jane Scott, when both were lawyers at Patterson Belknap; they married in 1988 and raised two children, the joy of Taysen’s life. He maintained strong bonds with his four sisters and their families, spending part of every summer under the same roof with them in Fenwick. He enjoyed warm relationships with his wife’s family and was a valued friend and counselor to all his nieces and nephews.

A graceful skier, a dedicated golfer, and an avid cyclist, he took pleasure in introducing his children to his favorite sports. He learned boating at a young age and felt at home on the water. In later years he took up fly-fishing. When these activities were precluded by his illness, he continued to enjoy reading, especially history; he was halfway through a biography of Lenin when he died.

He was also a talented photographer. He leaves behind a rich archive documenting the adventures of his youth — his year in Beirut, summers volunteering in a remote village in Quebec, a trip through Iran and Afghanistan in 1977 — and the growth of his beloved children. 

Taysen is survived by his loving wife Jane; by his daughter Elizabeth Van Itallie and son Michael Van Itallie of Brooklyn, NY; by his sisters Lucy Borge (Robert Lombardo) of Quogue, NY; Tina Van Itallie (James Anderson) of Guilford, CT; Elizabeth Van Itallie (Glenn Morrow) of New York, NY; and Katharine Van Itallie (Lars Klove) of Peterborough, NH; by his nieces Caroline Keenan (Richard) of Ridgefield, CT; Emily Anderson (Jake Sandmann) of Guilford, CT; and Gina Morrow of Brooklyn, NY; and nephew Jackson Morrow of San Francisco, CA; and by his grandnieces and nephews Zoe and Teddy Keenan and Hugo and Margot Sandmann; along with dear cousins from Maine to Arizona.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church in Princeton. It will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend; a link will be available on the Church website the day of the service.

Donations in Taysen’s memory may be made to Housing Initiatives of Princeton and Send Hunger Packing Princeton, two charities he admired.

September 15, 2021

Arthur Leslie Arrison

Arthur L. Arrison, a pioneer Christmas tree farmer in Princeton and Newtown, Pa., went home to be with his heavenly father on July 12, 2021. Arthur battled COPD and heart complications with loving care in Lake Placid, N.Y., for many years.

Arthur was born in Trenton, N.J., on February 6, 1956 to Carl and Kay Phillips. He had a twin brother, Philip; a brother, Carl; two sisters, Diann and Brenda; and many nieces and nephews. He married his sweetheart, Dena, in 1985 and was a proud and loving father to his two sons, Christopher and James. He had a daughter, Nicolette Danielle Arrison, by a prior marriage in St. Louis, Mo.

Arthur proudly joined the U.S. Army, where he excelled highly for six years and was discharged with honors after serving in Korea and North Carolina. He returned home and married Dena,  and they purchased a 21-acre farm from the Reed family at 4200 Mercer Road in Princeton. The family planted  thousands of tree seedlings in the barren fields, and started a Christmas tree farm consisting of spruce, pine, fir, and hemlocks. Arthur believed in farm preservation to fight climate change, and maintained beautiful open space to save the farm from any future development of condos, townhouses, or apartments. Arthur will be remembered as being a steward of land and often said, “Leave no farm behind.”

Arthur was very generous to the Princeton community, and gave back by saving trees, caring for trees and shrubs, and also planting hundreds of spruce and pine trees in Princeton neighborhoods for 27 years. In addition, he started a firewood business in the winter months — he recycled wood by removing diseased or dead large oak trees on the farm and worked hard all year long in order to prepare for winter sales of firewood to the Nassau Inn and neighbors with his two sons and a beagle named Mason. Recycling the wood was a way to avoid turning it into mulch, and to keep Princeton fireplaces toasty during the holidays.

In the summer months on the farm he planned and planted a huge vegetable garden with his sons. He also taught them how to farm crops and care for the farm for a self-sustainable way of life. He purchased seedlings every year, fixed barn windows and floorboards, grew hay, fixed tractors, and worked long days, sunrise to sunset.

Arthur’s final wishes were to preserve the Princeton farm forever from more Mercer County development and New Jersey sprawl.

Arthur was a member of the Washington Crossing United Methodist Church, where he tirelessly worked on many events and volunteered for many church suppers. He was very generous at Christmastime by donating trees to local town halls, city halls, and Princeton neighbors and businesses.

Arthur also loved their home on Cape Cod, finding his serenity on the ocean while deep sea fishing with his sons, and canoeing and hiking in the Saranac region of the Adirondack Mountains.

Arthur was laid to rest in Washington Crossing Veterans Cemetery on August 2, 2021, and will be missed by Dena, his children, grandchildren, family, and friends.

Memorial donations may be sent to Isles Inc., Resource Development Department, Attn. Patricia Walker, 10 Wood Street, Trenton, NJ 08618.

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James Leonard Groom

Local architect James Leonard Groom, known to all as Len, recently passed away in Kenmore, WA, at the age of 87.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1933, Len moved to Princeton with his parents and elder sister Estella as a pre-teen. He attended Princeton public schools and then Princeton University (Class of 1955), where he was an enthusiastic participant in track and field, lover of classical music and opera, and student of art and architecture.

He attained his bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from Princeton and Columbia. Following a stint in the Army and a year of European travel, Len and his wife, Anne, and young daughters, Lisa and Martha, returned to Princeton for what would be Len’s long career with local architecture firms, most notably The Hillier Group.

He played leadership roles on a number of major projects, including dormitories at Rutgers University, Ramapo College, and Fordham University. After the enormous satisfaction of completing the Merritt Tower skyscraper in Baltimore, he declared that he could never go back to designing “squatty little buildings.” He capped his career with the exuberant New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden and the headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline in London — now a familiar landmark on the route to Heathrow Airport. His coworkers fondly recall his astute mentoring and creativity, and teased him about his perpetually scrounging for change for the office Coke machine.

Bright, curious, and open-minded, Len enjoyed good conversation, Monty Python, and the New York Mets. An inveterate traveler, Len and Anne made many trips to Europe and especially enjoyed train travel and cruises. Len also amused himself by painting detailed digital portraits that placed the beloved faces of family members into old master paintings, with such finesse that his grandchildren are continually surprised when they encounter the originals.

Len is survived by his wife, his two daughters, and their spouses and children, along with his sister, two nieces and two nephews, and their spouses and families.

His modern house on Cedar Lane in Princeton, imaginatively designed and largely constructed by him, still stands and remains in the family.

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Memorial Service

Trudy Glucksberg

On Sunday, November 7 (postponed from September 19), from 2-5 p.m., the Arts Council of Princeton will host a memorial service celebrating the life of Trudy Glucksberg.

Trudy was an artist by profession and passion, and a gifted and gracious connector of people. She was a beloved member of the Arts Council family, serving as a dedicated front desk volunteer, attending weekly Open Drawing Workshops, displaying her work in the popular “Concentric Circles” exhibition, and annually submitting work to our Members Exhibition. Her art has graced many book covers, has been exhibited in numerous galleries, and hangs in homes and corporate collections across the world.

This memorial will be hosted by Trudy’s family and open to all who would like to celebrate her incredible life.

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Margarete Leah Linton

Margarete “Leah” (Deutch) Linton fled Nazi-controlled Austria as a young teenager, broke female stereotypes working men’s jobs in her 20s, helped start a kibbutz in Israel, and became a beloved nursery teacher for decades in the Trenton, NJ, area. She passed on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in Southbury, CT, after a courageous battle with cancer. She had just turned 96, and to the very end, she maintained her legendary and contagious sense of humor.

While universally seen as a strong, loving, and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she remained a trailblazer, a community pillar and inspiration to all whose lives she touched. According to Jewish tradition, her passing on the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah deems her a “tzadik,” or “person of great righteousness,” which she indeed was throughout her storied life.

Having escaped Vienna, Austria, with her mother for the United States as a young teen in 1939 and having lost many family members, including her father, in the Holocaust, those experiences shaped her self-prescribed mission: to bring the phrase “Never Forget,” to life and spend a lifetime educating citizens about the dangers of hate. Thus, she freely shared her experiences in person and online about the dislocations and terror she experienced as a young girl with thousands of students in Connecticut and elsewhere, as well as providing an oral history to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and speaking to the Connecticut State Legislature on Holocaust Remembrance Day at the request of the Governor.

In 2017 at age 91, Leah and her daughter, Leslie Linton, celebrated a joint bat mitzvah at B’Nai Israel in Southbury, where she was an active congregant, the first bat mitzvah for both of them. “Thirteen represented a terrible time in my life, in our world,” she said during her bat mitzvah speech. “I am here today for the millions of girls who were killed during those years and were never able to even dream of a bat mitzvah.”

Yet despite the trauma she experienced, Leah was incredibly optimistic and funny, an inveterate joke teller with a quick wit that was never used to denigrate anyone but herself.

As a former resident of Lawrence Township, NJ, Leah was the favorite nursery schoolteacher of thousands of children who attended Herzl Zion Hebrew School in Trenton (later the Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley, PA) and to the end she maintained connections with many of her students, who are now in their 60s and 70s.

Leah and her husband Ted, upon his retirement from Princeton Plasma Labs, moved to Los Alamos, NM, where he continued work on scientific projects. They later returned to settle in Southbury, ultimately to the Watermark retirement community. After Ted passed in 2006, Leah became an even more active member of that community, where she was universally loved and acted as an unofficial mayor and ambassador for prospective residents. She also founded a writer’s circle, another passion of hers, and loved her time participating in drum circles and other activities.

Leah was a believer in the independence of women. “I have always had strong views on women’s equality,” she also said in her bat mitzvah speech, noting that as a young woman, “I went out of my way to prove women can do anything men can do.”  So it made perfect sense that Leah pushed the envelope for women, whether as the first woman upholsterer in a New York upholsterer’s local union or the first woman hired as a tree trimmer at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. Even before these jobs, she was a founding member of Kibbutz Sasa in Upper Galilee, Israel.

Leah will be deeply missed by her children, David (Hope) Linton of Lawrenceville and Leslie Linton (Bruce) of Colts Neck, N.J.; grandchildren Jaime Bunn (Matt), Adam Whitten, Josh Linton, and Dana Whitten; and great-grandchildren Tyler and Zachary Bunn. Leah is predeceased by her loving husband, Ted Linton.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Harold Corbusier Knox

Harold Corbusier Knox of Tucson, AZ, died on September 5, 2021 in Tucson due to complications from kidney cancer. Hal grew up in Princeton, NJ, and was the son on Nancy and Gordon Knox of Princeton and Santa Fe, NM.

Born on September 1, 1946, Hal graduated from Princeton Country Day, the Darrow School, the University of Arizona, and Potomac School of Law.

For many years, Hal served as a United States National Park Service Ranger in Washington, DC, and then joined the federal Bureau of Land Management as a Real Estate Specialist in New Mexico. Upon retirement, he moved to Tucson. Hal had an ardent interest in the outdoor and conservation issues. He spent many years volunteering at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area in Tucson as well as with other local charities. An accomplished creative writer, several of Hal’s poems were published in magazines and he also wrote a screenplay.

Hal is survived by his twin brother Tom Knox and his wife, Jill, of Tucson, and his brother Toby Knox and his wife, Kathryn, of South Burlington, VT, and many beloved nieces and nephews. His parents and sisters, Emily Corbusier Knox and Cynthia Knox Watts, are deceased.

Donations in Hal’s memory can be sent to the Arizona chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Tucson Conservation Center, 1510 E. Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719.  A gathering of family and friends will be held at a future date. 

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Jerry Grundfest

June 12, 1930 – Sept. 5, 2021

Jerry Grundfest, 91, died suddenly on Sept. 5, 2021. He was a resident of Somerset, NJ, since 1966.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he spent his high school years in Phoenix, AZ, and then received his BA in History from Stanford University, and an MBA and Ph.D. from Columbia University (also History).

His career in arts and historical organizations included the Philadelphia Bicentennial Commission and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. In his later years he was a real estate agent for several firms in Princeton, NJ. He was a member of the Princeton Historical Society, where he led historical tours of Princeton. A lifelong lover of the arts, he subscribed to many cultural institutions  — opera, symphony, ballet, theater — in New York, New Jersey, and Tanglewood, MA.

He is survived by Sandra, his beloved wife of 66 years; his daughter Leslie (Ricardo Siboldi) of Piscataway, NJ; his son Robert (Colleen) of Warren, NJ; and grandchildren Elizabeth Siboldi, Joshua Grundfest, and Abigail Grundfest.

He is pre-deceased by his sister, Rhoda Sigman, and survived by a niece, Isabel Stevens, and nephews Alan and Jonathan Sigman.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, September 9 at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ.

Donations in his memory may be made to Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple or an organization of your choice.

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Nancy M. Kramer

Elizabeth (Nancy) Ann MacNeil Kramer passed away peacefully September 6, 2021 at the age of 90 in Essex, Connecticut.

Nancy was born in Forest Hills, New York, on November 8,1930 to Elizabeth Quinn MacNeil and Neil MacNeil. She enjoyed much of her life in New York, New Jersey, and Vermont surrounded by her family and friends.

Nancy studied at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Barnard College in New York City. While in college in New York City she met her husband Jack Kramer. They were happily married for 52 years. She was an accomplished painter, gardener, and bridge player. Nancy had a vibrant social life and was well-known by her friends and family for her welcoming and loving nature. 

Nancy is survived by her two children, W. Jeffrey Kramer and Elizabeth Whitney; and three grandchildren, Hunter, Kathryn, and John Kramer. Nancy was predeceased by her son John MacNeil Kramer, her sister Maryrose Cumbaugh, her brother Neil MacNeil, and her husband John Stanley Kramer.

A funeral service was held on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Burial was in Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

September 8, 2021

Charles Joseph “Cal” Heitzmann Jr.

1940-2021

Charles Joseph Heitzmann Jr., 80, beloved husband of Marilyn Heitzmann, passed away on August 22, 2021 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Cal, as he was known by his friends and family, was born in Weehawken, NJ, to Charles and Lula Heitzmann. Throughout his entire life, Cal was incredibly passionate about Weehawken. As an athlete, he excelled on the field lettering multiple years in soccer, basketball, and baseball. As a student, he graduated with honors. But there was nothing more special to him about Weehawken than the lifelong group of friends he made there, many of whom he stayed connected to for his entire life.

Cal graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Peter’s University with a major in American History. He went on to receive a master’s degree from New Jersey City University. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Cal married Ruth Steinmetz, who pre-deceased him. The two were happily married for 33 years. After a few years of travel, they had two children, son David and daughter Laura. They raised their family in Belle Mead, New Jersey. Cal’s love of sports also spilled over into coaching where he coached both his son and his daughter for many years in both basketball and baseball. He was particularly proud of one of his daughter’s teams winning the league championship in basketball. He also continued to play in both softball and basketball leagues well into his 50s with more wonderful friends that he made along the way. 

Cal was keenly interested in helping others and spent his entire 40-year career in the healthcare industry starting with the CDC as a field epidemiologist, spending the first five years of his career there. He spent most of his working life serving as the Executive Director of the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey. Here, Cal was instrumental in creating and developing the concept of an “Academy” to manage the business affairs for medical specialty and health related organizations. This concept has since been adopted by dozens of states and major cities across the country, all focused on sponsoring continuing medical education programs for physicians. Cal served on many Boards and Committees including the NJ Osteopathic Education Foundation Board of Directors and the American Diabetes Association, NJ Affiliate Board of Directors. He was also a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives.

It was in Princeton where he met his devoted wife of more than 19 years, Marilyn Davies. The two made an instant connection at a Princeton Hockey game and the rest was history. Cal and Marilyn spent half their time in Naples, Florida, and the other half in Princeton/Skillman, New Jersey. Like newlywed kids, they enjoyed so much together including fine dining on the town and friendly competition on the golf course. Cal being an avid New York Yankee fan even got Marilyn to become one herself. They were each other’s greatest strength, and they treated each other’s families like their very own.  

Cal had a unique way of connecting with people on a personal level and making them feel great about themselves. He was also one of the kindest, loyal, and trustworthy people one could ever know. All of Cal’s family and friends will miss him dearly.

Cal is survived by his wife, Marilyn Heitzmann; two children (and spouses), David (Carol) Heitzmann and Laura (Paul) Ulrich; and four adoring grandchildren, Trevor, Paulie, Kelsey, and Charlie. He is also survived by four step-children (and spouses), Bruce Davies (Susan Marcantonio), Mark Davies (Lidianny Barga), Eric Davies (Trevor Davies), and Nancy Davies (Brad Schwartz); and six step-grandchildren, Kyle, Lucas, Nadia, Elliot, Sage, and Elle. He also leaves behind his sister Gail Hunt and his cousin Mary Bea Kingwill.

A Memorial Service was held on August 26, 2021 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Cal Heitzmann to the Parkinson’s Foundation (parkinson.org) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (st.jude.org).

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Dennis M. Moore Sr.

Dennis M. Moore Sr., 70, of Seaside Park, NJ, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and resided in Seaside Park. He graduated from Rider University with his master’s in business and continued to attend Stanford University’s executive business program. He was hired by Church and Dwight in 1980 where he served as Vice President in several capacities over the course of his career until he retired in 2006. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, sitting in his garage down at the shore, playing golf with his sons, and spending time with his grandsons. His family was the most important to him.

Predeceased by his parents William H. and Lucille (Culhane) Moore; two sisters Sharon Cassity and Maureen Joy; three brothers William Michael, Bobby (Robert), and Joseph Earl; he is survived by his wife of 28 years Donna (Gordon) Moore; one daughter Courtney Moore of Jersey City; three sons and daughters-in-law Derek and Nicole Rasavage of Pittstown, Kyle Rasavage and Natalie Rockhill of Bordentown, and Michael Moore of New York; three cherished grandsons Kyle, Mason, and Carter; and sister Jackie Morphew of Peru, Indiana.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 5-7:30 p.m. followed by a funeral service at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org.

September 1, 2021

Laura J. Hawkins

Laura J. Hawkins passed away peacefully at Princeton Medical Center on August 22 after a prolonged illness during which she demonstrated great fortitude and grace.

Born in Metuchen on September 14, 1946 to Alberta Stults Dey Hawkins and Albert William Hawkins, she grew up in a house on Longview Drive, built by her father, who also designed a footbridge in the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve which she proudly pointed to when walking there with friends. She was also proud of her family’s deep roots in New Jersey, roots reflected in the family surnames Dey, Stults, and Hawkins found in many regional place names and cemeteries. 

She had a beautiful alto voice. After graduating from Princeton High School, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied the French horn and Music Literacy, subjects she subsequently taught at the American Boychoir School in Princeton. She sang in a number of choral groups, including Princeton ProMusica.

Laura was a gentle spirit with a quick and wry sense of humor and little patience for pretense. She had a deep interest in plants and nature which she developed and expanded, first as a Rutgers Master Gardener of Mercer County, then in Landscapes of Light, a horticultural business she established. She was an early proponent of native plants. Her keen eye for texture, shape, and color helped owners enhance existing plantings, and her knowledge and design skills are evident in many local gardens.

In recent years, Laura turned her considerable talents to photography. She posted magical photographs on Facebook of the many places in New Jersey and Pennsylvania she visited: the Pine Barrens, D&R Greenway, Cranbury Pond, Wickecheoke Creek Preserve, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, and High Rocks State Park, to name a few. She shared her love for nature with all she met, and was especially gifted in communicating with children. Through her photography, Laura supported the conservation efforts of local organizations such as D&R Greenway Land Trust and Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Laura’s love of and respect for nature also led her to be active in environmental causes including EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) which successfully lobbied a major bank to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

Laura’s powerful photographs earned her recognition from The Pine Barrens Alliance and from D&R Greenway Land Trust. The Trust selected her as their first Photographer of Preservation, a group that came to include Tasha O’Neill, Dave Anderson, and Jim Amon. Their library of her photographs features striking scenes of central New Jersey preserved landscapes, and of Meredith’s Garden of Inspiration in the Greenway Meadows Poetry Trail.   

Laura was a member of many “communities” in Princeton — healthy food, native plants, yoga, music, environmental protection, swimmers at the Princeton Pool, and patrons of the Princeton Senior Resource Center where she was known as an avid ping-pong player. She was also a member of the informal community of Princeton’s animal lovers, including the owners of dogs and cats she cared for while their owners were away. Laura’s uncle Amos Stults founded the Hopewell Veterinary Group, and Laura too had a special way with animals. She had sustained relationships with the pets she cared for that their owners envied — some called her the Dog Whisperer.

Laura is survived by a niece Susan Hawkins Bitsko and her husband Frank Bitsko, two nephews, seven great-nieces and nephews, and five great-great-nieces.

Laura attended Princeton’s Quaker Meeting and was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church. A burial service will be held at Princeton Cemetery, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later time soon to be determined. Please contact Nassau Presbyterian Church for details. Condolences may be made online at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home website (https://matherhodge.com).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Laura’s memory can be made to D&R Greenway Land Trust, the Trenton Music Makers, or the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

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

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Joseph J. Gawarkiewicz

Capt. Joseph J Gawarkiewicz, USN (ret) died on August 21, 2021 at Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster, PA after a long illness.

Joe was born on Staten Island, NY, in 1934 to Helen Kochman Gawarkiewicz and Joseph J. Gawarkiewicz. He attended high school at the Augustinian Academy in Staten Island. He attended Villanova College prior to receiving a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy graduating in 1957.

He joined the Civil Engineer Corps, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His first CEC tour was at the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, MD.

Next, Joe earned a Master’s of Science in Engineering at Princeton University. Joe completed two tours of duty in Vietnam in 1968 – 1969, along with tours in Thailand, Mississippi, London, England, Newport, Rhode Island (Naval War College), and the Pentagon.

He completed his career as the Public Works Officer at the Naval Academy. Joe’s awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat V, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

In 1982, Joe joined Princeton University as General Manager of Plant & Services and became involved in an expansion of Princeton facilities and Service Departments. In 1993, he retired from Princeton and with his wife Dolores moved to Island Heights, a small community on the Jersey shore. While there he was elected to serve on the Borough Council for two terms. Joe and Dolores moved to Philadelphia for several years before moving to Willow Valley Communities in Lancaster, PA, where he was able to spend some time with fellow USNA grads.

Joe was a role model to many, a great thinker with a dry sense of humor, and much loved by his family and friends. His reassuring presence will be sorely missed and hopefully emulated by his grace, dignity, and humility.

Predeceased by his wife, Dolores Gleba Gawarkiewicz in 2018, Joe is survived by his son, Glen and wife Connie, and daughter Marlene Jane and husband Marty Franklin; five grandchildren Ellen, Thomas, Gwen, Delia, and Teddy; and his brother, Charles Gawarkiewicz and his wife Patricia.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Services will be held at the Naval Academy in the spring.

To send an online condolence, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com

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Judith M. Paulsen

Judith M. Paulsen, 84, of Griggstown passed away Monday, August 23, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Judith was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she graduated from Fort Hamilton High School. She spent many summers and weekends in Griggstown growing up and moved there permanently in 1957 after marrying the love of her life, Carsten. She raised her family and was adored by all the neighborhood kids of Sunset Hill. She was known as Aunt Judy but most of all, everyone’s “Bestamor.”

She worked at Chase Bank in Manhattan and over 20 years at Management Planning Inc. in Princeton.

She was a longtime member of Bunker Hill Church.

She is predeceased by her parents Jens and Madeline Olsen, her children Cheryl and Steven, a sister Doris Fredholm (Richard), and a brother Ronald Olsen (Priscilla).

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years Carsten Paulsen; son James and wife Stacey, son Christopher and wife Rose, and daughter Meredith and husband Michael Mangini; seven grandchildren James Jr., Kristen (Aaron), Emily, Bara, Sean, Michael Jr., and Dakota; seven great-grandchildren Hannah, Landon, Lauren, Hailey, Brooklyn, Brayden, and Madilynn; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Bunker Hill Church, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Griggstown, NJ.

Family and friends are welcome to call starting at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bunker Hill Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of M.J. Murphy Funeral Home.

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Antonio Tamasi

Antonio Tamasi, 94, of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on August 23, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Pettoranello, Italy, Tony immigrated to the United States in 1953 and settled in Princeton.

He worked in the grounds maintenance departments at Princeton University and then RCA Laboratories. After a 35-year career at RCA, he retired in 1992. After retiring, he expanded his part-time landscaping business and continued to work well into his eighties.

Tony was a member and past president of the Societa M.S. Roma Eterna, and a member of the Princeton Italian American Sportsman Club. He was a devout parishioner of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. Tony was an avid gardener and was passionate about his craft. For many years he volunteered his time planting and maintaining the beautiful grounds of Pettoranello Gardens in Princeton. He proudly shared his gardening expertise with family, friends, and neighbors.

Tony’s true passion was his family. He was a devoted husband, proud father, and PopPop, a loyal brother and friend. He enjoyed helping his children and grandchildren with their vegetable gardens and landscaping. He especially enjoyed spending time with family at Sunday dinners. Tony leaves a legacy of hard work and love of family.

Predeceased by his parents, Vito and Carmela (Cifelli) Tamasi, his sister, Cleonice Nini, and son-in-law, James Willie, Tony is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Evelina (Pirone) Tamasi; his daughters and son-in-law, Carol Ann Willie, Marisa and Michael Robson; his grandchildren, Jennifer Bukowski and her husband Michael, Lauren Carey and her husband Chris, Lindsay Robson and Michael Robson; five great-grandchildren, Ryan, Evan and Kyle Bukowski, Megan and Jack Carey; his sisters, Ida Ciccone and Esterina Sferra and her husband Umberto; his sister-in-law Mary Ann Pirone; brothers-in-law, Giuseppe Nini, Ralph Pirone, and his wife Lydia; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The funeral was held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul’s Church and burial at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to Embracing HospiceCare, 3349 Route 138, Building D, Suite F, Wall, NJ 07719.

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Lorraine Fisch

Lorraine Fisch, beloved wife, mother, volunteer, and friend, passed away August 28, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. She was 60 years old.

Lorraine was a 30-year resident of West Windsor. She gave of herself to help others, believing deeply in women’s equality, anti-racism, and empathy for others.

She volunteered and served in leadership over the years at String of Pearls Reconstructionist Synagogue, Sharim v’Sharot choir, Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, Girl Scouts, and the Friends of the West Windsor Library. She helped friends and family whenever she could and had a kind, giving, and protector soul. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Lorraine is survived by her husband Rob Friedman and daughter Molly Fisch-Friedman.

Funeral services and burial were August 31 at Ewing Cemetery.

Shiva will be observed at the family home through Sunday evening.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the many causes of her life, including Planned Parenthood, SAVE, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Greenpeace, and String of Pearls Reconstructionist Synagogue.

To send condolences to the family, please visit Lorraine’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

August 25, 2021

Gary and Susan Froehlich

Gary Froehlich, 72, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away at home on August 10, 2021. Susan Froehlich, 72, also of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away on August 13, 2021. 

Gary was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on July 21, 1949, and attended Princeton High School until he enlisted in the Army.  Gary served in the 11th Light Infantry Brigade, and was sent to Vietnam to serve his country, which he was very proud to do.  Gary was awarded two Purple Hearts with OLC, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar.  He was also awarded high honors from the State of New Jersey for serving his country. Even though Gary was a Disabled Veteran, he looked at every day of his life as a gift.

Despite his disabilities, Gary worked for many years in the family business, Bohrens/United Van Lines, which was founded by his grandfather. Gary was a longtime resident of West Windsor, New Jersey, before moving to Port Orange, Florida, in 2001 and then to New Smyrna Beach in 2020. Gary was a family man who loved life and enjoyed fishing, and he was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and friend.  He will be truly missed by many.

Predeceased by his parents, Warren Froehlich, Sr., and Louise Marshall Froehlich, and his brother, Warren Froehlich, Jr., Gary was survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Susan L. Froehlich, who passed away three days after Gary. Gary is survived by his daughter, Kristie Christ, son-in-law Tim Christ, and grandchildren Kyle and Jennifer Christ of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He is also survived by his brothers, Theodore W. Froehlich of Princeton, New Jersey, and Edwin Froehlich of Waretown, New Jersey, and many nieces and nephews.

Susan was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on March 29, 1949, and attended Princeton High School, where she met the love of her life and husband of 52 years, Gary Froehlich. Susan was a homemaker who dedicated her life to making a home for her husband and daughter. She also worked at the Dutch Neck School in West Windsor, starting as a cafeteria aide and later as an assistant librarian. Susan loved working with the children, and the students loved her because she listened with an open heart and was very fair to all. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, who will be missed by many.

Susan was a longtime resident of West Windsor, New Jersey, before moving to Port Orange, Florida, in 2001, and then to New Smyrna Beach in 2020.

Susan was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Carolyn Hawley. Susan was also predeceased by her husband, Gary, who passed away three days prior to Susan’s passing. Her family feels that, simply put, she could not bear to continue without him.

Susan is survived by her daughter, Kristie Christ, son-in-law Tim Christ, and grandchildren Kyle and Jennifer Christ of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Services for both Gary and Susan will be private and determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in their names to the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department, 3551 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 32168.

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Guinnevere (Guinn) Anspaugh Roberts

Guinnevere (Guinn) Anspaugh Roberts, 80, left the world peacefully on July 27, 2021, at her Princeton, New Jersey, home with her family by her side.

Guinn came into the world in Wichita, Kansas, as the second of three daughters born to Lee and Ellen Anspaugh. Guinn was an insatiable reader and excelled in school. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Kansas. Guinn was both studious and adventurous. A friend introduced the tall and willowy college junior to Rad, a handsome and humorous entomology graduate student, and she often snuck out the window of her Alpha Chi Omega sorority house to visit him.

The two married and moved to Berkeley, California, and then to Corvallis, Oregon, where their shared love of gardening blossomed and their first two children were born. After six years of working, raising kids, gardening, reading, and enjoying the outdoors, the family moved to New Jersey. Guinn and Rad’s youngest daughter was born shortly thereafter, and a feisty dachshund puppy also joined the family. The family lived on the Millstone River for two years of merry madness, including two floods. Ever calm in a crisis, Guinn rescued the neighbor’s two goats by coaxing them into a canoe. Soon thereafter, the family moved to higher ground in Princeton.

Guinn taught English as a Second Language at Rutgers. She was much loved by her students, and by her family and friends, for her calm demeanor and unwavering encouragement. She adored her children and supported them from infancy to adulthood, handling the majority of parenting and household tasks. Guinn worked in her garden most days and shared her horticultural knowledge through volunteer work as a Master Gardener. Guinn and Rad made many trips to Central and South America, mixing fun and science to collect insects for Rad’s research, and the entire family spent an adventure-filled sabbatical year in Argentina in 1983. Whether traveling or at home, they enjoyed friendly and competitive games, including Scrabble, which Guinn often won.

Once the children were grown, Guinn shifted from teaching to work at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), where her team designed, wrote, and evaluated the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). After retirement, Guinn enjoyed many years of master gardener work, reading, taking classes at the Princeton Adult School, travel and vacations with family, and visiting and playing Scrabble with friends.

Guinn was predeceased by her husband Radclyffe Roberts. She is survived by her three children, Radclyffe, Guinnevere (Winnie), and Pauline (PK); five grandchildren; two sisters Kay and Barbara and their children; and a loving extended family. A memorial will be held in Princeton in the fall.

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Cornelia Ladd O’Grady

Cornelia Ladd O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away in her sleep at her home of 23 years on Monday, August 9, 2021 after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on April 13, 1935 to Caroline Heminway Ladd and Delano Wood Ladd, Sr.

She is a graduate of Miss Porter’s School and an alumna of Vassar College.

She was a former New Jersey chapter board member of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America, a former board member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and a former officer of The Junior League. Also, she was active in arranging trips for The Friends of The Princeton University Art Museum.

She was a current member of The Colony Club, The Present Day Club, and Bedens Brook Club.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert H. O’Grady; her son Standish H. O’Grady of Glenbrook, Nevada; her son Bradford L. O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey; and her daughter Cornelia S. O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey. She is also survived by her daughters-in-law Anne Brophy O’Grady of Glenbrook, Nevada, and Katharine Carter O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey; her grandsons Henry, Standish, Alexander, and Tyson; and her granddaughter Sinclaire.

Her sister Caroline Ladd McCullagh and her brother Delano Wood Ladd, Jr. pre-deceased her.

Memorial contributions may be made to Miss Porter’s School at 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032; Trinity Church at 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; or SAVE – A Friend to Homeless Animals at 1010 County Road 601, Montgomery Township, NJ 08558.

Funeral arrangements are to be determined. 

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John Theodore Fischer

John Theodore Fischer, age 92, of Princeton died peacefully on August 22, surrounded by his loving family. He had suffered complications from Parkinson’s disease. 

John was the son of Dr. Theodore and Eleanora Marie Koestering Fischer and was born at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, in 1928.

John grew up in South-Eastern Missouri and loved attending school. His early education was at a parochial school in Altenburg, and he attended Perryville High School where he graduated as valedictorian of his class. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MSEE degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. For his sabbatical year he spent his time studying abroad at the Imperial College of Science in London, England.

John was employed for many years as a research engineer in consumer electronics at RCA Laboratories (later David Sarnoff Research Center of General Electric) in Princeton, NJ. He loved problem solving, woodworking, building things, splitting firewood, and annual trips with his family to the Maine seacoast.

John was a longtime member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton, NJ, having joined the church when he and Esther came to Princeton in 1952. Over the years he served the church in many roles including
Sunday school teacher, Church Treasurer, and member of the Board of Elders. John also served on several call committees.

John was pre-deceased by his parents and his two brothers, Frederick E. and Richard A. Fischer. John is survived by his wife of 69 years, Esther, his daughter Elizabeth Kay Fisher, his son John II, son and daughter-in-law James Andrew (Sandra Anne), and granddaughter Katherine Alida Fisher. He also leaves behind his sister, Patricia Allen, his stepsister Kathryn Miesner, and sister-in-law Jeanette Fischer, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton.  The funeral will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. The burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Greenwood Avenue (95 Hopewell-Wertsville Road), Hopewell following the service.

Donations in John’s honor may be made to The Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or Trinity’s Services and Food for the Homeless (SAFH), Lower East Side, 602 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009.

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Nixon Waln Hare

Nixon Waln Hare, 76 — beloved father, uncle, and grandfather — passed away at home in Spartanburg, SC, on May 17, 2021. Nick was a lifelong resident of Princeton, NJ, joining the community as a child and returning after college and military service to live and work in the area for nearly 60 years.

Born in Mineola, NY, in 1944, Nick lived with his parents, Jean Gibbs Hare of Garden City, NY, and Emlen Waln Hare of Bryn Mawr, PA, and his older brother, Emlen Gibbs Hare, in Garden City, and attended Cathedral School of St. Mary. 

The family relocated to Princeton in 1952 where Nick attended Princeton Country Day School (1959) and The Choate School (1963). A natural athlete and lover of games, Nick played varsity hockey, lacrosse, and soccer, captaining and co-leading soccer teams in high school and at Colorado College (1967).

Before his senior year, Nick completed boot camp with the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a 2nd Lieutenant commission at graduation, got married, and started USMC Basic School in Quantico, VA. He was accepted into the flight program and shipped out to Iwakuni, Japan, as a Radar Intercept Officer in F-4B Phantom aircraft in 1969. Between 1970-1971, Nick was assigned to the 2nd Marine Air Wing in Beaufort, SC. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Princeton and entered the USMC Reserve Force until 1973. Joining the military remained an enduring honor and source of pride for Nick as a veteran.

Nick pursued a career in finance, working in corporate lending departments for commercial banks, including Citibank and J. Henry Schroder Bank and Trust, in New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton. He enjoyed developing new business and dove into every aspect of fund and portfolio management at Founders Court, Inc. starting in the mid-1980s, and pursued leveraged buyouts for manufacturing and chemical companies.

As a hobbyist photographer, Nick merged his love of animals, nature, and sports. He was a friend to feral cats and songbirds alike, an audio-recorder of midnight coyotes, a happy walker of dogs, and an unmissable presence on the sidelines. Nick relished Southwestern landscapes, pristine Caribbean waters, golfing with good friends, dry wit, fast cars, making pancakes, hospital volunteering, dancing, and hikes in the mountains of North Carolina.

Nick is survived by six children: Elizabeth Hare, Katherine Hare, Hobart Hare, Margaret Hare, Amory Hare, and Phoebe Hare; their spouses; three grandchildren; and his brother.

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Fritzie Moore Tottenham-Smith

February 18, 1931 — August 8, 2021

Fritzie Moore Tottenham-Smith passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at RiverWoods in Durham, NH. She was 90 years old.

Born in Ventnor, NJ, she had been a Princeton resident since 1954. She and her husband also maintained a cherished summer residence on Grindstone Island, Clayton, NY, within the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, which she and her first husband designed and built. She attended Miss Fine’s School in Princeton and graduated from the Queen Anne School in Seattle, WA.

After 28 years of marriage, Fritzie was widowed by her first husband John L. Moore, Jr. in 1980. She subsequently married Norman Tottenham-Smith, also a widower, in 1981.

Fritzie volunteered for many years at the Medical Center at Princeton. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Visiting Nurse Association and the Princeton Day School. She was a former member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Contemporary Garden Club, Pretty Brook Tennis Club, and The Princeton Club of New York.

Fritzie is survived by her husband Norman; her loving sons John L. Moore III (and daughter-in-law Kimberly) of Norwalk, CT, Peter J. Moore (and daughter-in-law Louisa) of Richmond, VT, and Thomas B. Moore (and daughter-in-law Verlinda) of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Also, stepson Michael Tottenham-Smith of England and stepdaughter Fiona T-S Stonor of France. Lovingly known as “G” to her four granddaughters: Sarah and Phebe Moore, Caroline and Melissa Moore; and her grandson Ian Moore; as well as one step-granddaughter, two step-grandsons, and two step-great-granddaughters residing abroad.

As her father once told her, “your heart is as big as a hotel, always room for one more.” She far exceeded her father’s observation and filled her family with unbelievable amounts of encouragement, support, and love.

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Mary Murray Garrett

Mary Murray Garrett, (née Tietje), 91, of Hobe Sound, Florida, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on August 12, 2021 surrounded by family and her husband of 20 years, Robert Y. Garrett, III.

Mary was born on April 16, 1930, the daughter of Marion and Emil D Tietje, Sr. She graduated from Lacordaire Academy in Montclair and attended Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY.

Mary was one of the founders of the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, NJ. She was a member of the Jupiter Island Club, the Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club, the Pretty Brook Club, and the Bedens Brook Club of which her husband was one of the founders. She was also a member of the Garden Club of Trenton, the Contemporary Garden Club, and the Jupiter Island Garden Club. She served as President of each. Mary also served on the boards of the Stuart Country Day School, the Princeton chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the New Jersey National Bank, the Jupiter Island Club, and the Hobe Sound Nature Center. She was an active volunteer in the Princeton community.

Mary enjoyed painting throughout her life. She was very competitive as an equestrian, sailor, tennis and paddle player, and as a golfer.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 50 years, John P. Murray, Jr. and by her sons Michael, Timothy, and Peter. She is survived by her children: Ellen (Jim) Kelsey, Elizabeth Hosea, Rick (Brigid), Stephen (Muffie), and Scott Murray; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joann (Harry) Briggs. Mary is also survived by her stepchildren Tracy Rubin, Rob (Diana), and John Garrett; eight stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was a loyal and good friend and a caring wife and mother who will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hobe Sound Nature Center, 13640 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455 or the charity of your choice.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Marilyn Adele Durbin

Marilyn Adele Durbin, age 97, passed away peacefully in the embrace of her family on August 11, 2021 in Duarte, California. Marilyn was a resident of the Princeton area for 65 years. She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton for more than 50 years and was the assistant librarian at Princeton University’s math and physics library for 20 years.

Marilyn was born in New York City and attended Hunter High School and College. In 1945, she married Enoch Durbin, who subsequently became a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Princeton University. Together, they enjoyed travels abroad, church activities, playing tennis and bridge, and being with their children and grandchildren. 

Marilyn was a dedicated volunteer. She created a library for the Plainsboro schools in the 1950s. She delivered food for the Red Cross’ Meals on Wheels, through snow and rain and continuing until she was older than many of the residents she served. She sorted clothes at Second Time Around, a charitable thrift store in Pennington.

Her children, Jon, Paul, and Karen, made Marilyn proud. She was a wonderful mother-in-law to Donna, Cinian, and Abhinandan. She was equally proud of her five grandchildren, Amanda, Lyle, Aarti, Nikhil, and Seth, and one great-grandson, Niam. The family has many fond memories of joyful and loving times with Mom/Grandma/Great-grandma.