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.


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.


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 (


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. 


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.

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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.



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 (


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.

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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 (; 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.


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.


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.

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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

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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 (

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 —

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.


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.

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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 (


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


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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 to sign Dee’s guestbook and leave messages for her family.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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


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.

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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 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 or (609) 396-9355.


Joan Stewart Hicks


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 ( and to the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, NJ (


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.


Alban Forcione

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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 ( or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (


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

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 (

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.


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.

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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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.

August 18, 2021

Carol Hollander
July 17, 1946 — August 13, 2021

For those who knew me and those whose lives I have touched.

I was born into a big Italian family. The date was July 17, 1946. My blue eyes caused quite a stir, and I rose like a bright star in the hearts of my loving parents, Lena and Eugene Martinelli. The stories and history that ran through my family shaped the person I would become. Even now as I write this, I can fall back all those years to big family dinners, raucous weddings, and simple days at the Italian Club watching the old men play bocce ball on perfectly sculpted courts. There was a sense of community, connection, a shared history, and a passion for life that has informed my entire being. I loved school from the beginning, and by the age of 8 knew I wanted to be a teacher. My brother Paul, who is six years younger than I, can attest to my early awakening to a passion for teaching when, as a precocious 10-year-old, I would make him sit at a desk for hours as I honed my skills.

I found many joys as a teen, including theater and cheerleading, culminating in the beginning of a relationship with Michael, who was to become my husband and partner of almost 60 years. I the cheerleader captain and he the captain of the football team, my own personal fairy tale. I attended William Paterson College and graduated with honors in 1968 with a B.S in Education, followed a number of years later by an M.S. in Speech Pathology at California State University Fullerton.

What followed was a 43-year career in teaching, where I found all I could have ever hoped for in a profession, as well as a group of lifelong friends whom I love and respect to this day. I held each student who passed through my classroom as a precious and unique individual deserving of my full attention and respect and of the opportunity to grow into a competent and curious adult. As co-president of the Teacher’s Union, I help lead the union through some difficult and important milestones in the history of the school district, with results that reflected my deep commitment to the profession and my belief in the importance of education to the fabric of every culture.

Along the way, we were blessed with the arrival of our son Jason, who would grow to become an accomplished and compassionate doctor and who with his wife Sarah blessed us in turn with our granddaughters Alex and Jesse. Watching those girls grow into beautiful, kind, and competent young women has been nothing short of extraordinary and life-affirming. I know they will continue to bless the world with their presence.

Throughout my life I traveled far and wide, climbed a few mountains, toured Alaska, parts of Europe, and much of the continental United States and Canada on a motorcycle and was blessed with abundant gifts of a well-lived life.  In the end my biggest joys came from family and from my lifelong quest to bring people together whenever it was in my power to do so. I leave this world with a big thank you and with gratitude to all those who have blessed me with their presence and friendship throughout my life. Now I make room for another to be blessed by the gifts of life. May they find as much joy and fulfillment as I have.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the MDS Foundation, 4573 South Broad Street, Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620. And please consider donating blood to the Red Cross. The gifts of being a blood donor are remarkable.


Marguerite Kovalakides

Marguerite Kovalakides, 89, a lifelong resident of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. She was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1 of Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1949. She was the longest full-time employee at the Firestone Library at Princeton University. She was an avid fan of the Mets and NY Rangers and also enjoyed knitting.

Predeceased by her parents James and Eva (Mavericos) Kovalakides and sister Anna K. Miller, she is survived by her brother Nick Kovalakides of Bradenton, FL; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Princeton First Aid Squad, 2 Mt. Lucas Road., Princeton, NJ 08540.

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


Dr. Leonard M. Moss


Dr. Leonard M. Moss died on August 3 at his home in Princeton, NJ, at the age of 94.  He was born in Brooklyn, and he lived and worked in New York until he moved to Princeton in the early 1990s.

From 1943-45, he attended Columbia University, where he was an outstanding student and an editor of the undergraduate newspaper. He served in the Navy during 1945-46, and following his honorable discharge, he continued his education at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, receiving his MD degree in 1951. He also received a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Medicine from the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, where he was a collaborating psychiatrist for many years. He was Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was also a member of the Task Force on Psychiatry and Industry for the American Psychiatric Association, and one of the founding members of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry.

Early in his career, Dr. Moss conducted groundbreaking research on the treatment of patients in suicidal crisis, resulting in his publication of a paper, “The Psychotherapy of the Suicidal Patient,” in April 1956, as well as several subsequent publications on that topic. As a result of his work in this area, the New York City Board of Corrections engaged him as a consultant on the relationship between the suicidal behavior of inmates and the overcrowded prison environment.

In addition to treating individual patients, Dr. Moss became a pioneer in the field of occupational psychiatry, which led to his becoming the psychiatric consultant to the medical department of the Mobil Corporation. In that capacity, he started working with other Mobil physicians to understand and solve systemic workplace problems, such as how to prevent the depression experienced by Mobil’s fleet of sea captains as they approached the age of 40.

In 1970, he became Mobil management’s in-house consultant on matters of organizational stress.  Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, he developed Mobil’s plan to help avoid stress and depression among the 1,400 workers stationed in the North Sea while building and working on an 88-story high oil platform, the largest in the world at that time.  He did much of his work on-site in Norway or at the North Sea platform, enduring frequent, hazardous helicopter flights ferrying him to and from the platform. 

In 1987, in partnership with his second wife, Dr. Muriel Moss, he formed The Human Effectiveness Group, which provided stress management programs for corporations, and coaching and career development for their executives. Their clients included companies such as American Express, First Data Corporation, Western Union, and RJR Nabisco, at locations in the United States, London, Paris, and Vienna.

Leonard Moss authored numerous articles, chapters, and volumes throughout his career, including Management Stress (1981), a volume in the Addison-Wesley Series on Occupational Stress, which focused on managing depression and violence in the workplace and the role of the psychiatrist in industry. After retiring in 2005, he wrote a memoir called Managing Stress in Times of Uncertainty, published in 2012. At the time of his death, he was working on a book on psychiatry and aging.

In addition to his professional career, Leonard Moss was an avid art collector and supporter of the arts, particularly of printmaking. He first acquired prints of scenes of New York City, but quickly expanded to acquire work by many of the most important artists working in prints. His close friends included artists like the extraordinary artist and art teacher Will Barnet, and he became involved in promoting the discipline of prints in contemporary art, both through his involvement in the New York Print Club, of which he was a longtime president, and his years as the first co-chair (with his wife Muriel) of the Advisory Council of the Rutgers University Institute for Print and Paper, now the Brodsky Center. He and Muriel Moss presided over the transition of the print center to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where it continues to publish new editions by significant diverse artists.

Throughout the past decade, he was also active and served in a leadership role in the Princeton Community Without Walls, an organization that helps aging people continue to live in their homes.

Twice a widower, Dr. Moss was married to Ruth Moss from 1950 until her death in 1987, and is survived by three children from his first marriage. He was later married to Dr. Muriel Vogel Moss from 1989 until her death in 2020, and is survived by three step-children: Laura Vogel (Barry Farber), David Vogel, and Rob Vogel (Bonnie Malkin); five step-grandchildren: Jason Farber, Steven Farber, Rebecca Vogel, Claire Vogel, and Jack Vogel; and three step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 18. Contributions in his memory may be given to the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.


Lena Chang Sheeran

Lena Chang Sheeran peacefully passed away in the early hours of August 13th at home surrounded by her loving family. Far more than an award-winning actuary and co-founder of both CURE and NJ PURE, she was a dedicated colleague, mentor, and friend.

Born in Yuen Nan, Xiang Yuen, China, Dr. Chang came to the United States at the age of 16. As a young woman, she broke barriers, earning a bachelor’s degree in physics at age 19 and doctorate in mathematics from the University of Illinois by the age of 23. Her career spanned decades in which she founded Massachusetts Employers Insurance Exchange in Boston, MA (now, A.I.M. Mutual) before moving to New Jersey where she and her late husband and former New Jersey insurance commissioner, James J. Sheeran, co-founded CURE Auto Insurance and NJ PURE medical malpractice insurance. She also founded both Chang & Company and Silver Rock Solutions throughout her storied career.

Dr. Chang proudly received a number of awards over the years, including the prestigious Clifford D. Spangler Award by the American Risk and Insurance Association in recognition of for her highly regarded article and theorem on rating and risk evaluation in 1989. She also received the Golden Door Award from the International Institute of New England, honoring a U.S. citizen of foreign birth who has made outstanding contributions to American society. A strong proponent of education, she shared her knowledge with others, holding professorial positions at several universities and serving as an assistant dean at Temple University School of Business. In 2009, she was invited to join the China Center for Insurance and Risk Management (CCIRM) as a member of its advisory board for a three-year term.

Beyond her memorable work, Dr. Chang enjoyed the arts. She was on the Board of Trustees of the renowned McCarter Theatre in Princeton for many years and supported the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra as the American Friend of the Choir, for which she was invited to a dinner hosted by HRH Prince of Wales at the Buckingham Palace in May of 2017. Dr. Chang also enjoyed playing golf, creating jewelry, meeting people, and traveling, especially her cherished visits to Jamaica. Yet, she valued nothing more than spending time with her family. 

Dr. Chang made a difference in the lives of so many. Those who had the great fortune of knowing her will forever remember her strength, ethics, and loyalty. She will be missed dearly but not forgotten.

Daughter of the late Hai Ping Chang and Zi Ruai Kwan, wife of the late James J. Sheeran, sister of the late C.S. Chang, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Audrey Poe Knox and Campbell Knox; son Eric Poe; brother and two sisters-in-law Thomas and Monica  Chang, Alice Chang; five grandchildren Eibhleann G. Knox, James Riordan Knox, Mikayla J. Poe, Madison R. Poe, and Mason R. Poe; cousins Shen and Mary Shey, CH and Carol Liu; and many nieces and nephews.

The Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Entombment will be Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. in St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Sea Girt.

Friends may call on Sunday, August 22, 2021 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to in memory of Dr. Lena Chang.

August 11, 2021

Royce N. Flippin Jr.

Royce N. Flippin Jr. passed away at age 87 from natural causes on Saturday, July 31 at his home in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Born and raised in Montclair, NJ, Royce gained fame early in life as one of the leading scholar-athletes of the 1950s in high school and college. At sports powerhouse Montclair High School he lettered for three years in four sports — football, basketball, baseball, and track — and was named New Jersey’s outstanding high school athlete as a senior.

Royce went on to become a Princeton University football and baseball standout and student leader. Playing tailback in football coach Charlie Caldwell’s legendary single-wing offense, Royce was named All-Ivy and All-East as a junior. He famously came off the bench with a knee injury his senior year to score the opening touchdown against Yale in a 13-0 victory that clinched the Tigers’ Ivy League championship. At graduation Royce was awarded Princeton’s Poe Cup, presented to an outstanding athlete who also exhibits great moral character.

After college, Royce served in the Marines and worked for Standard Oil before attending Harvard Business School. Following stints at General Foods and Smith, Barney, he joined colleague Tom Delaney to start First Spectrum, the nation’s first-ever corporate-responsibility mutual fund. In 1973, he became Princeton’s athletic director, presiding over six years of Ivy League-leading winning percentages. He went on to be athletic director at MIT for 12 years, serving five years on the NCAA Executive Committee and one year as President of the ECAC. He sat on the Ariel Investments and TerraCycle Inc. boards, among others, and advised companies including Lightbridge and New Reality Solutions.

For all his professional success, Royce’s life was expressed most deeply in the personal impact he had on countless individuals over the years. He loved lifting up others wherever he encountered them, and the stories of those he assisted along their life paths are legion. He was also devoted to his family, including his soulmate and wife of 65 years, Louise Ferdon Flippin, who survives him; his late daughter Diane Nole and her late husband Art; sons Royce 3rd and Robert and their spouses, Alexis and Patricia; six grandchildren — Brian Nole with his wife, Dana, Robert Flippin Jr., Michael Flippin, Ryan Flippin, Christopher Flippin and Maisie Flippin; great-granddaughter Haylee Nole; four siblings, Carol Colavita, his late sister Molly Baker, John Flippin, and Doreen Cleerden and their families; and his Ferdon in-laws and their families.

Royce continued to embrace athletics throughout his life, excelling in tennis in middle age, and was admitted into New Jersey’s High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017. He remained dedicated to all things Princeton University, including his Class of 1956 classmates, and was an enthusiastic member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Royce’s energy and optimism and his willingness to go the extra mile for others have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Donations can be made in Royce’s memory to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 90 Leonardine Avenue, South River, NJ 08882.


Paul Emerson Van Horn, Jr. M.D.

Dr. Paul Emerson Van Horn, an orthopedic surgeon who practiced in Princeton, N.J., for over 30 years, died on Thursday, July 8, 2021. He was 91.

Dr. Van Horn moved to Princeton with his wife, Margaret “Peggy” R. Van Horn, M.D., a psychiatrist, in 1962. While they raised their family of four children, first on Gulick Road and then across town on Stuart Road West, Dr. Van Horn started his private practice, the Princeton Orthopedic Group, P.A., one of the first professional associations in the state. Dr. Van Horn was a stalwart at the Princeton Hospital (Princeton Medical Center) where he saw patients for decades, and served many local schools, including Princeton University, Lawrenceville, Hun, and Peddie, as well as other institutions such as Meadow Lakes and Rossmoor. Seeing a need for a local source of post-operative physical therapy, he founded Physical Therapy of Princeton. In addition to his medical practice in Princeton, Dr. Van Horn taught at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center.

Born in Springfield, MA, in 1929, Dr. Van Horn grew up in Churchville, NY, outside of Rochester, where he kept a trap line, bred pigeons, and canoed the Genesee River with his younger brother, Pete. He graduated cum laude from Mount Hermon School (now Northfield Mount Hermon) in 1947 and from Yale in 1951, and then received his medical degree in 1955 from New York Medical College. After completing an internship at the General Hospital, University of Rochester, NY, he served two years in the U.S. Army as a flight surgeon, including training at the U.S. Air Force School of Aviation Medicine in Texas. After his military service, Dr. Van Horn returned to his studies as a resident in General Surgery at Tufts Medical School until 1959, when he received a fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery from the Mayo Clinic. It was at the Mayo Clinic that he fell in love with Peggy Ross, a young psychiatric fellow. Upon completion of the fellowship and receiving a Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Surgery from the University of Minnesota, he and Peggy married in 1961, and together they moved to Princeton.

Dr. Van Horn was a member of the American, New Jersey, and Mercer County Medical Associations, a fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a founding member of the Eastern Orthopedic Association, a member of the Yale Club of New York and Princeton, the Holland Society of New York, the Nassau Club, the Old Guard of Princeton, a Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Doctors Mayo Society.

During the latter part of his career, Dr. Van Horn volunteered with various organizations, performing surgery in underserved areas in Pakistan and in the Amazon River Basin in Brazil. After retiring in 1993, he traveled extensively with Peggy in various parts of the world including India, the Netherlands, Botswana, Tanzania, and China, but was particularly drawn to the more remote places such as the Alaskan Pribiloff Islands, the Galapagos Islands, and the lush jungle areas of Peru and Costa Rica. He enjoyed skiing, tennis, and puttering around fixing things at his retreat on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos, and later, on Virgin Gorda.

Dr. Van Horn died peacefully at home at Meadow Lakes in Hightstown, N.J., surrounded by family who were gathered for the celebration of his 60th anniversary of his wedding to Peggy, who survives him. Also surviving him are his four children, Barbara V.H. Yocum of Snowmass Village, CO; Valerie V.H. Pate of Richmond, VA; Alison K. Van Horn of Washington, D.C.; and Paul E Van Horn, III of Brooklyn, NY; their four spouses; and nine grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 28 at 3 p.m. at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, NJ, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his name be made to Esperanca ( or the Sierra Club (


Helen B. Cleary

Helen Birch Cleary, 96 – beloved wife, mother, and grandmother – passed away peacefully at CareOne at East Brunswick Assisted Living in East Brunswick, New Jersey on July 19, 2021.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, on July 18, 1925 to William John Birch and Angelus Coffee Birch, Helen grew up in the Town of Princeton and, from her earliest days, was a fantastic athlete and a passionate ballet dancer. After graduating from Princeton High School in 1943, she decided to pursue her passion further by studying at the school of the acclaimed Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in New York City under the famed tutelage of Mme. Maria Swoboda. Her love for ballet was a constant in her life, and in 1954, Helen served as the first volunteer teacher for the then-fledgling Princeton Ballet Society, founded by the renowned Audree Estey. Working closely with Ms. Estey, she helped to grow the program from its humble beginnings in a small empty space on Witherspoon Street into what is now known as the American Repertory Ballet, which today is recognized as New Jersey’s preeminent residential ballet company.

In pursuit of another one of her passions – childhood education – Helen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Trenton State Teachers College (now The College of New Jersey) in 1947, which marked the beginning of a decades-long career as a primary school teacher. After spending a few years at Miss Fine’s School, she then entered the Princeton, New Jersey, public school system and served on the faculty of the Nassau Street, Community Park, John Witherspoon, and Johnson Park schools. It was in the classroom that Helen was most at home – where her unmatched creativity, wit, and love for the students she taught were always on full display. Unquestionably, Helen was a truly wonderful teacher.

In 1951, Helen was married to Joseph Robert (“Bob”) Cleary – her high school sweetheart and a passionate educator himself – and the two spent the next 65 years happily sharing their lives together. After brief periods living in St. Louis, Chicago, Rochester, and Malaysia for Bob’s work, they retired to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in 1986. In retirement, Helen was a devoted volunteer. She served as the Head Courier for the PGA’s Heritage Golf Tournament, sponsored by The Heritage Classic Foundation, and for many years, also ran a daycare program for the children of visiting golfers. Additionally, Helen was a long-time volunteer for the WTA’s Family Circle Cup, a women’s professional tennis tournament.

Helen – known to her friends and family as “Honey” – was the life of the party. She had a personality that would light up a room and a laugh that would carry far and wide. Helen was an avid storyteller, was blessed with the gift of gab, and was also a top-notch practical joker. She was a talented craftsperson and was always experimenting with new mediums to express herself artistically. And, while less adept in the culinary arts, that never stopped Helen from also experimenting in the kitchen – especially around the holidays when she would tirelessly bake delicious Christmas cookies for everyone she could think of. A devout Catholic and a proud American, she was both deeply spiritual and patriotic. Helen was strong-willed and fiercely dedicated to her family. She was also supremely generous and would never hesitate to help a friend in need. Wherever she went, Helen knew everybody – and everybody knew her as well.

The many students who passed through her classroom doors will remember Helen for the positive impact she assuredly made on their young lives. Her friends will remember her for her grace, humor, charm, and fun-loving nature. And her family will remember her for the unrivaled kindness she exuded, as well as for the unwavering love she bestowed upon them each and every day. Helen will undoubtedly be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have had her even briefly touch their lives.

Helen Birch Cleary is survived by her loving son Mark Cleary, her adoring grandsons William and James Cleary, and their mother Jenifer Cleary. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at a date and time soon to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Helen’s honor to The American Repertory Ballet & Princeton Ballet School by visiting Donations can also be sent by mail to Princeton Ballet School, 301 N. Harrison Street, 2nd Floor, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.


Leila Cayci

Mrs. Leila Cayci passed away on April 30, 2021, at her home in Princeton with her family around her.

Blessed with beauty, brains, and a gentle charm, Leila was a graduate of the American Girls School and the American University in Cairo. A talented pianist, Leila pursued her interest in music receiving a bachelor’s degree in arts from Douglas College and a master’s degree in music from Syracuse University. Her children have wonderful memories of listening to Leila play the piano and she instilled in them a lifelong love of music.

While studying at Douglas, she met her future husband, M.A. Cayci, a civil engineer who worked in multiple disciplines including infrastructure design and aerospace engineering. Leila combined being a devoted wife and mom with pursuit of a career as a librarian, earning a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University. For many years, she served as a public library director.

In retirement, Leila enjoyed spending summers at the Jersey shore, attending concerts and cultural events, and following with keen interest news of the world. Throughout her life, Leila was always up for a lively conversation about current events.

Leila was predeceased by her husband and is survived by her daughters Karen and Barbara and extended family. The service and burial at Princeton Cemetery were both private and arrangements were handled by Kimble Funeral Home.

A beautiful, loving, and dedicated mother, and a strong, independent, and determined lady, Leila lived her life with honesty, integrity, and respect for all. She will be deeply missed by her family.


Gil Gordon

Gil Gordon, of Monmouth Junction, passed away on Friday, August 6, 2021 with his family beside him. He was 72.

Born and raised in Warwick, NY, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and a Master’s in Human Resources from Cornell University. After working at Johnson & Johnson for 10 years, he started Gil Gordon Associates in 1982, a firm specializing in Telecommuting.

As a pioneer and innovator in this field, he was highly sought after as a consultant and speaker throughout the United States and the world. He authored multiple books on the subject. One of the leading experts on telecommuting and organizational behavior, Gil was showcased in multiple interviews for local, national, and international news outlets throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

During the past 20 years, he transitioned to his next career — community service and advocacy. These efforts became his full-time job. He was admired and recruited for his ability to analyze situations, address them efficiently, and solve disputes with minimal conflict. Always on the cutting edge, Gil had the foresight to identify the challenges of tomorrow while actively working on the issues of today.

Gil was quietly charitable with both his time and his resources, helping not just people, but communities and organizations in need. He served as a longtime volunteer and board member of JFCS of Greater Mercer County, served as President of The Jewish Center of Princeton, volunteered with Cornerstone Kitchen, and developed and spearheaded the Princeton Period Project.

In addition, Gil served on the Biomedical Ethics Committee at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, weighing in on difficult decisions before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. These were just some of his local affiliations and positions; he also served on national committees within the Jewish Conservative Movement.

An avid photographer, Gil traveled much of the American Southwest in an effort to capture the perfect shot. He also loved classic cars, and his purchase of a neon green Dodge Challenger in 2020 brought him great joy throughout his illness.

Gil is survived by his wife Ellen; his children Adam Gordon (Kari Hexem) and Lisa (Marc) Rogol; his brother Barry (Barbara) Gordon; grandchildren Zachary, Alexa, Moe, and Asher; his treasured aunt Shirley Gordon and her daughters Joy Markel and Leah Gomberg; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

Funeral services were held August 8 at The Jewish Center of Princeton, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.

At Gil’s request, memorial contributions may be directed to The Jewish Center General Fund or to JFCS of Greater Mercer County.  Kosher canned/packaged goods may also be donated to JFCS Mobile Food Pantry in his memory.

To send condolences to the family please visit Gil’s obituary page at


John B. (Jack) Rogerson, Jr.

John B. (Jack) Rogerson, Jr. passed away peacefully on July 8 in Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA.  Born on September 3, 1922, Dr. Rogerson died two months shy of his 99th birthday. The son of the late John B. Rogerson, Sr. and his wife Freda of Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Rogerson was the devoted and loving husband of Betty, his lifelong companion who passed away in 2012. They were soulmates for almost 70 years.

Dr. Rogerson, a navy veteran, loved music, reading, and travel, especially to countries where he could use his language skills. He received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Case Institute of Technology in 1951, a PhD in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 1954 followed by a post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Carnegie Foundation. During his career as a professor at Princeton, Dr. Rogerson took an active lead in developing techniques suitable to space astronomy.  His work with Stratoscope 1 and 2 in which a balloon lifted a telescope 80,000 feet above our atmosphere to film the surface of the sun earned him the appointment of Executive Director of the Princeton Observatory’s Space Telescope Program. That appointment led to NASA’s launch of the Copernicus Satellite in 1972, an Orbiting Astronomical Observatory that produced significant advancement of knowledge to the astronomy community around the world. His life’s work produced numerous professional publications. Dr. Rogerson is listed in “Who’s Who in America” as well as “American Men of Science.”

Professional accomplishments aside, Dr. Rogerson was first and foremost dedicated to his family. A soft-spoken, gentle individual, he was their cornerstone. A warm and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Dr. Rogerson is survived by two sons, Dr John N. Rogerson and wife Eunice of The Villages, FL, Alan M. Rogerson and wife Chrysa of Tucson AZ; grandchildren Jennifer Azzano and husband Chris (Maj. Gen USAF retired) of Reno NV, Betsy Wolf and husband Derek of Danville, CA, Johnny D. Rogerson and wife Christine of Howell, NJ, and Jason Rogerson of Ewing, N.J; great-grandchildren Allison, Chicago, IL,  Steven Azzano, Stanford Univ., CA, Emmy Wolf, Univ. of Colorado, and Drew Wolf, Danville, CA, Jerry and Jake Rogerson, Howell, NJ.  Dr. Rogerson was predeceased by wife Elizabeth “Betty/Nana” and wonderful son, Jerry B. Rogerson.

The family misses our loving patriarch but takes comfort in the fact that he is reunited with his dear Betty and Jerry.  A private interment ceremony for family was held at the Princeton Cemetery on July 30, 2021.

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


Joan Machol

Joan Miriam (Carlson) Machol, 80, of Princeton Junction, loving wife of Richard Erving for 59 years, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2021.

She was born and raised in Manchester, CT, lived many years in Worthington, Ohio, and resided in Princeton Junction, NJ for the past 34 years. She was a Registered Nurse, mother of five, and an avid volunteer. Her volunteerism included many years at McCosh Health Center at Princeton University and Princeton Hospital. Joan and Richard were world travelers having traveled together to Sweden, Italy, Japan, China, Hawaii, Alaska, Bermuda, and the Caribbean Islands. She loved her 10 grandchildren.

Predeceased by her parents Edwin Harold and Miriam Dorothy (Dahlstrom) Carlson, she is survived by her husband, Richard Erving; five children — Melynda Jean (Stephen Ullery) Machol, Karen Machol (James Vincent) Piraino, Richard John Machol, Kelley Elizabeth (John) Figueroa, and Kathleen Beth Posk; 10 grandchildren — David, John Michael, Christopher, Kathryn, Veronica, Alexa, Christian, Eva, Faith, and Olivia; sister Elizabeth Joy Jones; and brother Edwin Carlson.

Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at St. David the King Church, 1 New Village Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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

July 28, 2021

Inge (Ingeborg) Pielenz Cadle

November 8, 1933 — July 18, 2021

Inge Pielenz was born in Heilbronn, Germany, on her mother’s 25th birthday. Her childhood was shaped by World War II. Happily, her family lived in a rural town that suffered relatively little devastation. After the war, as the only daughter (with three brothers), Inge was expected to stay at home until she married, but she insisted on training as an interpreter. She studied French in Switzerland and then English in England.

Next Inge got a job in Heidelberg as an interpreter and secretary in the office of the chief chaplain for the U.S. Army in Germany. There she met Don Cadle, a private in the Army, but one with a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Oxford. They were passing acquaintances for more than a year before Don was asked by her boss to proofread her application to an American college, and discovered that the beautiful blonde German girl was also both smart and principled.  With only two months left in his enlistment, he tried to court her, but she was skeptical, thinking all he wanted was a quick adventure before heading back to the U.S. Don, however, was very persuasive: they got engaged on their second date and were married on June 30, 1956.

Forty years of a very good marriage followed. Inge bravely left her family, culture, and native language behind when travel between the U.S. and Europe meant either days on a ship or a sequence of propeller planes! Don soon joined the Civil Service, starting in the Bureau of the Budget; then he and Inge were joined by daughter Caron. Inge became an American citizen and settled into suburban life in Arlington, Virginia. 

But in 1964 the three Cadles moved to Germany, due to the death of Inge’s beloved older brother Frank. Don was needed to help run the Pielenz family business, a sewing-thread manufacturing company. Inge had to readjust to being her parents’ daughter in her old hometown and help Don deal with the stress of learning a new language in his mid-30s and of working with his father-in-law. There was secret relief all around when, more than three years later, Inge, Don, and Caron could return to the U.S. They settled in Washington, D.C., and Don resumed his work with the Civil Service.

Don left the government for private industry in 1970, and in 1971 the family moved north to Princeton, New Jersey. In 1978, Don opened his own investment business. This gave Inge and Don the flexibility to do a lot of what they loved best: encouraging, helping and broadening the horizons of (mostly) young people, with great generosity. Over the course of about 30 years, they took 66 teens and 20-somethings on major trips, including three to Egypt, four to China, one to the Soviet Union, two to India, and many more to Europe, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and many U.S. states. Inge was counselor, sounding board, den mother, and cheerleader for two generations of young folk from the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, and Japan. She and Don opened their home and hearts to exchange students, relatives, friends, friends of friends, and to daughter Caron’s German husband, Ralf Remshardt, who was welcomed into the family in 1986 with celebrations first in Germany and then in Princeton. Inge and Don often changed lives with spontaneous acts of kindness, such as buying a car for the chauffeur who’d driven them during several trips to Egypt so he could open his own taxi business.

Inge managed to do all the above while also taking care of a large house, always full of guests, without any help until she was well into her 80s, and creating a huge, beautiful garden that was her greatest joy and, as she put it, her therapy.  She always said that she would have liked to have been an architect, and her designs for a major addition to the Princeton house and for the landscape that surrounded it prove she would have made a good one.

Inge Cadle will be remembered by those whose lives she touched for her sense of adventure, her courage, her tenacity, her wit, and her warmth. When she lost Don in 1996, she faced the future without fear or self-pity. Asked by one Princeton neighbor how she managed not to cry, she replied, “I had 40 good years, I have no reason to complain.” She responded to the undeserved cruelties of age and memory loss with the same stubborn bravery. While we live, we will miss her.

Inge moved to Gainesville, Florida, in 2018 and received 24-hour care starting in March 2019.  She is survived by daughter Caron Cadle, son-in-law Ralf Remshardt, brother Albrecht Pielenz and his wife Christiane, sister-in-law Christa Pielenz, ex-sister-in-law Erika Pielenz, 12 nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Germany, their many descendants, and a large group of much-loved “relatives by choice,” as well as the best care team in the world: geriatric care manager Jocelyn Holt and caregivers Liza and Mary Clines, Melissa Giles, and Iva Floyd.


Jean O’Neill Huntington

Jean O’Neill Huntington, 95, died peacefully on July 3, 2021 at her Stonebridge at Montgomery residence in Skillman, New Jersey, with her family at her side. 

Jean was the wife of the late Thomas Foster Huntington and their 24-year union was a joyous one. Jean and Tom spent countless days sailing around Narragansett Bay and cruising the New England coast. Whenever there was music and a bit of floor space they would be the first ones to step out and start dancing. They also loved traveling overseas and spending time with their children and grandchildren. 

Born Jean Bell O’Neill on May 9, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Mildred Tiel O’Neill and William Charles O’Neill, Jr, she graduated from Abington Friends School and the University of Pennsylvania. Jean then worked in New York and became a trade journal editor. After her May 1956 marriage to Charles Fink Fischer she moved to Princeton where they raised two children, Cornelia and Henry.

A natural athlete, Jean played and refereed field hockey for over 30 years. She loved competitive tennis and continuing playing well into her 80s. Despite losing her sight and with it her ability to play bridge in her final years, Jean remained cheerful and witty, an O’Neill family trait that served her well all of her life. Jean was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, and the Present Day Club.

Jean is survived by her brother William (Audubon, PA), her daughter Cornelia Fischer Sertl (Mark Sertl, Rochester, NY) and their two children Katja (Annapolis, MD) and Nicholas (Somerville, MA), her son Henry Fink Fischer (Nancy Richardson Fischer, Hood River, OR), as well as Fischer stepsons Charles (St. Croix, VI) and Don (Mary Esther, FL), Huntington stepdaughters Ellen (Wilmington, DE), Louisa (Weezie) (Allentown, NJ), and Deborah (Brooklyn, NY), and their families.

A private family gathering is planned later in the year.

July 21, 2021

Byron Adams Campbell

In Memoriam

Byron Campbell, Ph.D., died peacefully at home on June 24, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 94.

Byron was the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, and then professor emeritus, at Princeton University.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Byron grew up in Seattle and loved the mountains and the Pacific Northwest. Summers on his maternal grandfather’s farm, becoming an Eagle Scout, camping with family and friends, and his first adventure in Alaska built the foundation for his lifelong love of the wilderness.

His father, Robert H. Campbell, was a prosperous business owner in the food and grain supply industry, and his mother, Estelle Grettie Campbell, was a capable woman known for baking lemon meringue pies from scratch on backcountry hiking trips. Sadly, Byron’s father died in an accidental drowning when Byron was just 11. This event no doubt spurred him to make the most of every day, and to work hard to secure financial stability for himself and his family. Eventually this goal led him to supplement the family income by investing in and managing rental real estate.

After high school graduation, Byron volunteered for induction into the Navy, and served as a radar technician for the duration of WWII. He then used the GI bill to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington. Byron continued his studies at Yale University, earning his Ph.D. in experimental psychology, and then completed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University.

While at Yale, Byron fell in love with fellow graduate student Enid Margaret Hobart. They were married in 1954, and in 1956 Byron joined the faculty of Princeton University. Later that year their daughter Andrea was born and 5 years later they celebrated the arrival of their son, Ian. Over their marriage of 62 years, Byron was always supportive of Enid’s work as a professor at Trenton State College, and as a clinical psychologist in private practice.

Throughout his five decades of research and teaching, Byron treasured his relationships with many colleagues, and with graduate students and post-docs in “the Campbell lab.” He and his team made significant contributions, and he mentored many of the field’s greatest contributors. His post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, and their post-docs and grad students, have gone on to train over a thousand women and men whose research and teaching continues to push neuropsychology forward around the world.

Byron was an amazing trip planner, and he loved sharing his enjoyment of the outdoors and travel with Enid, his children and later his grandchildren, and close friends. There were many adventures in Europe and North America, as well as New Zealand, and China. In addition, he greatly enjoyed spending time in the little house he and Enid acquired in 1984 and fixed up over time, just a few miles from the Canadian border in Northern Vermont, with a spectacular view of Mount Mansfield, and blessed with wonderful neighbors. The family still gathers there for a bit of mountain magic. Camping, canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, and his annual adventures to Alaska, especially along the Stikine River and near Wrangell, remained active passions for him well into his 80’s.

His wife Enid passed away in 2015. He is survived by his son, Ian Campbell, Ph.D., of White Rock, New Mexico; and his daughter, Andrea Sacchetti of Princeton, along with Andrea’s husband Raymond, and grandchildren Adam Frary and Thomas Sacchetti. In addition, he is survived by Adam’s wife, Rebecca McNichol, greatgrandchildren Simone and Fox, and Thomas’s fiancée, Emily Denton. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Joan Hobart, nieces Ann and Elizabeth, and nephews John, Ted, and Bill.

A memorial gathering is planned in Princeton on August 6. For more information, please contact Andrea at

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in his name to D&R Greenway Land Trust, or The Nature Conservancy.


Natalia Oleynikova

Natalia Oleynikova, age 68, passed away in Plainsboro Township, NJ, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.

She is survived by her daughter Julia, son Eugene, daughter-in-law Makiko, grandson Emil, father Dolya, brother Aleksandr, and other relatives in Minsk, Belarus, and Brooklyn, NY.

Natalia will be remembered as a person of integrity, hard work, and passion.

She was cremated in accordance with her will.

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Ellen J. MacLean

Ellen J. MacLean, 75, of Hopewell, New Jersey. It is with great sadness that the family of Ellen J. MacLean announce her passing. Ellen went home to be with the Lord on July 16, 2021. She was born on September 15, 1945 in Perth Amboy, NJ. Ellen was “born again” in 1989. She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Pauline Everson, her son, Jerry MacLean, Jr., and her brother, Don Maier. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jerry MacLean (Hopewell, NJ), daughters, Tammy MacLean (Boston, MA) and Sherry MacLean (Princeton, NJ), a godson, Kam Amirzafari (Hillsborough, NJ), and brothers Fred Everson (Toms River, NJ) and F. L. Everson (Tuckerton, NJ). She also leaves a large circle of other close relatives and many dear friends.

Ellen was a member of Cape Island Baptist Church in Cape May, NJ for many years, and also of Stonehill Church in Princeton. Ellen loved nature, the town of Cape May, where she had a second home for many years, the scenic countryside in and around Hopewell, and her husband’s beautiful gardens. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved son in Shoreland Memorial Gardens in Hazlet, NJ. Forever in our hearts.

Family and friends were invited to visit on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 3269 State Hwy/Rt 35 N., Hazlet, NJ 07730. Funeral services were offered at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2000 Florence Ave, Hazlet, NJ 07730. Interment followed at Shoreland Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hazlet, NJ. Memorial Contributions in memory of Ellen can be made to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, at  For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit,

July 14, 2021

John H. Timoney

John H. Timoney, age 88, beloved husband of Ana Palacios Timoney, and father to Maria Teresa (Tess), Francis, Mark, and Michael died peacefully at home on July 3, 2021 after a long illness.

Born June 14, 1933 to Francis Xavier and Margaret Timoney of New York City, he attended All Hallows Elementary and High Schools and Columbia College where he was captain of the swim team and president of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He played water polo for the New York Athletic Club, the U.S. Army, and various clubs in South America.

At 23, after two years of service in the U.S. Army, John joined W.R Grace and became sales manager for Pan American-Grace Airways in Bolivia. There he met and married Ana Palacios of San Antonio, Texas, who was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in La Paz. His career in finance took the family across Latin America, from Bolivia to Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, New York City, the Midwest, and Berkeley, California, bringing them to Princeton in 1978 when he left W.R Grace to join Bio-Dynamics. He served as Chief Financial Officer for Applied BioScience International (APBI) until 1997 and subsequently served as a member of the Board of Directors of Omnicare and International Schools Services (ISS).

John and Ana traveled the world with curiosity and a sense of fun. He was as comfortable in the great museums of Europe as in the sugar cane fields of Northern Peru. And wherever he was, he always found a beach or a swimming pool. John was an avid reader of history and literature, with an abiding interest in Spanish and Latin American culture. He read deeply into the nexus of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. His Catholic faith was the core of his strength. He was charitable in all ways. He gave generously, not just financially, but also of his time. He was especially proud of having volunteered in the renovation and construction of homes on behalf of Catholic Charities of Trenton.

John was, in every respect, a gentleman. He was an exceptionally loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than to be surrounded by his boisterous family, including ten grandchildren and his great grandson. His memoir, From La Paz to Princeton, tells his story.

His wife Ana; his children Tess, Francis, Mark, and Michael; and his sister Susie O’Neill of New Berne, North Carolina, survive him. His brother James, and his sisters Jane and Margaret predecease him.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday July 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the All Hallows School for Boys in the Bronx.

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

July 7, 2021

Gregory Burnham

Gregory Gerard Burnham, beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at the age of 74, following a cardiac incident the prior Wednesday.

Greg was born in Flint, Michigan on May 27, 1947, the eldest child of Eleanor and Robert Burnham, and raised in Jackson Heights, New York, with brothers Geoffrey, Robert, Kevin, and sister Victoria. Exceedingly bright and an excellent student, Greg attended and graduated from St. Joan of Arc School in Queens, Regis High School in Manhattan, Fordham University (BS, Mathematics) in the Bronx, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Northwestern University. Greg excelled academically, and his curiosity and lifelong interest in learning were an inspiration.

Greg met the love of his life, Leland Jacobs, of Larchmont, NY, while still in high school. They married in 1969, and raised three devoted children, Snowden Anne Zastrow, Kevin Burnham, and Rory Pickett.

Greg worked for Bristol Myers Squibb from 1978 to 1998. The family lived in Evanston IL, Fayetteville NY, Hamden CT, and finally Princeton, NJ. Always enthusiastic, approachable, and generous, Greg made dear and lasting friends in each of the towns he lived.

In 1998 Greg joined the Port Authority of NY & NJ as its Chief Information Officer, and oversaw the modernization and implementation of a number of new initiatives and strategies, including those related to EZ Pass and other IT systems.

Greg was rightfully proud of his efforts after 9/11, helping to restore PATH service, payrolls, and other Port Authority functions in the harrowing and sorrowful wake of that day. His proudest accomplishment was that he managed to deliver each employee their weekly pay on time, ensuring them financial stability during an unprecedented tragedy. These accomplishments were cited by the Port Authority in a 2006 special citation honoring both his extraordinary efforts over the post 9/11 period and his longstanding excellence and distinguished service.

Both from large families, Greg and Lee’s primary focus and joy in life were their children, and more recently grandchildren who came to call their beloved grandfather “Chief.” Greg and his grandchildren delighted in each other. He shared with them his curiosity about the world including astronomy, music, wildlife, mathematics, sports, chess, baking, Road Runner, and countless other amusements.

Greg was an avid learner and prolific reader, and his insatiable curiosity and enthusiasm about countless subjects made him a wonderful companion and conversationalist. He was known as Bob Dylan’s greatest fan. Always fit and active, Greg enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially running, hiking, and biking. He felt at home in the mountains.

Greg’s company was a joy to all those fortunate enough to have known him.

Greg is survived by his wife Leland Burnham, of Princeton, NJ; by daughter Snowden, and Brad Zastrow, grandchildren Madeline Fink, Maxwell Fink, and Kane Zastrow, of Libertyville, IL; by son Kevin Burnham, and Anousha Shahsavari, grandchildren Keon and Neelu Burnham, of Austin, TX; and by daughter Rory, and Robert Pickett, grandchildren Charlotte and Hazel Pickett, of Princeton, NJ. He is also survived by his sister, Victoria Andrews, of Levittown, NY.

Greg will be sorrowfully missed as well by friends, countless nieces and nephews, in-laws, and relatives too plentiful to count. As one of his brothers-in-law lamented, “We’re down a good man.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders or Homefront Central New Jersey.


Thomas Joseph Thornton Jr.

Thomas Joseph Thornton Jr., loving husband to Mary Ellen, dedicated father to T.J. (Amanda) and Ryan, grandfather to Alice Marie and Sam Thomas Thornton, passed away peacefully with family at home in Atlantis, FL, on June 20th, 2021 from complications from Parkinson’s. In a beautifully poetic last gesture, it happened to be Father’s Day.

Tom was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 31st, 1946 with his parents Catherine and Thomas Thornton, his brother Bobby, and is survived by his sister Christine. Raised in Manhasset, NY, where he attended St. Mary’s High School, he proceeded to complete his education at The University of Notre Dame and then went on to receive his MBA at LIU. A tried and true fan of all things Notre Dame, his enthusiasm for his alma mater was unwavering.

He served as a Commissioner in Manalapan, Florida, for ten years and weaved his way through a fascinating professional career. He started at WR Grace as Peter Grace’s assistant, then advanced to mergers and acquisitions. Next he became CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware in California, followed by CEO jobs at home center Mr. Goodbuys, and gourmet food pioneer Dean and Deluca in New York City. Thomas then did consulting work for Campbell’s Soup, Fouchon, Lindt Chocolate, Juniors Cheesecake, and Kluge Vineyards, among others. He completed his career as CEO of Carmine’s, Palm Beach Gardens. While busy growing these companies, he also took an interest in new products, often coming home with hardware gadgets and then, after switching industries, delicious foods — he was much more partial to the latter. Great stories were often more plentiful than the perishables; Soho, NYC, in the 90s was a different place than it is today, and his accounts of the store, his colleagues, and the neighborhood made for lively family dinners, of which he missed few. Tom worked hard to provide a lovely upbringing for his two sons in Princeton, New Jersey, and for that they are forever grateful.

He met his wife, Mary, in Manhasset and they were married in 1972. Mary was everything to him and he liked to say that he was the luckiest guy in the world to have her as his wife. Well, he was, because she is an absolute treasure, caring for him with great love until the very end and still somehow finding time for work, hobbies, and grandkids.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation of Palm Beach County, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida, 33131 or online at For more information, you can call them at (561) 206-3156

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Quattlebaum Funeral Home, (561) 833-4061.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Edward Catholic Church, 144 North County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480 on July 16th at 11 a.m.

“Sheila said she loved me, she said she’d never leave me, true love will never die.”

—Tommy Roe


Rabbi David Wolf Silverman

David Wolf Silverman, rabbi, scholar, and educator, died peacefully at his home in Princeton on July 4th, 2021. He was 94.

Born in Chicago in 1926, Rabbi Silverman received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, his Masters of Rabbinical Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University. He served as Chaplin at Fort Lewis, Washington, during the Korean War.

Silverman was rabbi of the Conservative Synagogue of Riverdale, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia, and Temple Israel of Deal, NJ.

Rabbi Silverman taught medieval and modern Jewish Philosophy for many years at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and was Principal of the Prozdor High School program there. He served as President of Spertus College of Judaica. Before his retirement, Silverman was adjunct professor of philosophy at  Monmouth University.

Since his retirement from the rabbinate, Rabbi Silverman was an active member and sought after teacher of Jewish philosophy, ethics, and bioethics at The Jewish Center and led High Holy Day services there. He also served for many years as Chaplin at the Princeton Hospital and The Penn Medicine Princeton Health Center.

Loving husband of 70 years to Tziona (Zion) Silverman, Rabbi Silverman was father to Shira (deceased), Debora, Eve, and Ethan Silverman, and father-in-law to Jeffrey Prager, Alan Kingsberg, and Irene Tobey. He leaves seven grandchildren, Daniel, Jesse, Julia, Noah, Alex, Theodore, and Raphael and one great-grandchild, Abigail.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 7th at 12 noon at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery. Face masks are required for all those attending the service in the synagogue. Evening Shiva will be held at the Silverman residence on Wednesday, July 7th and Thursday, July 8th.

Contributions in Rabbi Silverman’s honor may be sent to The Jewish Center, Mazon, and the adult education program of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

To send condolences to the family please visit Rabbi Silverman’s obituary page at

May his memory be a blessing.


Immanuel Lichtenstein

Immanuel Lichtenstein, age 99, died peacefully on June 12, 2021, surrounded by his family.

Immanuel, also known to friends and family as “Im,” “Immey,” “Manny,” and “Mike,” trained as a metallurgical engineer at the School of Engineering at Columbia University and at the Stevens Institute. His career and interests were far ranging — from corporate work for Avco Corporation and Phelps Dodge Corporation in California, gold and silver mining in Nevada and Idaho (as the founder and president of Agricola Metals, Inc.), gum arabic planting in Chad, and inventing and patenting “Laminite,” a treatment for corrugated cardboard that made it “rat-proof and fire resistant” — to memorizing and easily reciting the works of A.E. Housman, George Bernard Shaw, John Keats, and Shakespeare.

Immanuel, a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, helped to build airfields in the Arctic and to rebuild airfields in Germany after WWII. Known for his remarkable zest for life and adventure, Immanuel loved to ski, hike, and sail into his late 80s and 90s and continued to head Agricola Metals until his death.

Immanuel was the elder son of Rabbi Morris and Tehilla Lichtenstein who founded The Society of Jewish Science, a reform branch of Judaism, the year of Immanuel’s birth in 1922. Though not an observant member of Jewish Science, many believed that Immanuel embodied the Jewish Science philosophy of positive thinking in his practice of embracing life’s challenges with curiosity and enthusiasm. Indeed, in the final week of his life, Immanuel told his family that he wanted all to know that “we are all one; we love one another; there is nothing to fear about dying.”

Immanuel is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Rabi Lichtenstein; his daughters, Alice Rabi Lichtenstein (James Bercovitz) and Elizabeth Torak (Thomas); his two granddaughters, Iris and Sarah Bercovitz, and his beloved younger brother, Michael (Peggy). He was predeceased by his son, Peter Morris Lichtenstein.

The family would like to acknowledge the enormous number of friends and relatives who shared in Immanuel’s joy of being.

Donations in Immanuel’s name can be made to The Society of Jewish Science.

His family has entrusted his care to the Johnston & Stanimer Funeral Home in Morris. For online expressions of sympathy to his family, please visit


Eric D. Weitz

Eric David Weitz, PhD, passed away Thursday, July 1 at his home in Princeton, NJ, surrounded by his family at the age of 68.

A distinguished professor of Modern European History at City College of New York, he was a frequent lecturer in public and academic settings on the history of human rights, the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and the genocide of the Herero and Nama of Namibia. His book Weimar Germany was named an “Editor’s Choice” by The New York Times Book Review.

He was born in New York City on June 15, 1953 to Charles and Shirley Weitz, the children of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. The youngest of three brothers who remained close throughout his life, he grew up in a small home in Bayside, Queens. His father, a CPA, worked long hours while his mother took care of the family. The Bayside Jewish Center was central in their lives both socially and religiously.

The brothers attended Campy Hurley, near Woodstock, NY, and it became an important part of Eric’s formative years. There he and his brothers learned about civil rights and peace, informed also by left-wing songwriters who performed there. Eric’s future academic work would continue to be rooted in the values he learned at camp and at the United Community Center in East New York, Brooklyn.

Eric married Carol Hunt Weitz in 1974 and the couple had two sons, Lev and Ben. He and Carol were married for 34 years with many happy years together.

As a young man in the 1970s and 80s Eric worked as a cook and a baker, sometimes while writing his dissertation, uncertain that he would land an academic position. He continued to enjoy cooking and baking throughout his life. He went on to a distinguished career as a professor of Modern European History first at St. Olaf College, then the University of Minnesota, and most recently at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. From 2012 to 2016 he served as Dean of Humanities and the Arts at City College.

His many written works, all published by Princeton University Press, include A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States (2019), Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (2007); A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation (2003), and Creating German Communism, 1890-1990: From Popular Protests to Socialist State (1997). In 2006 he initiated a book series, also published by the Press, Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity.

In 2011, Eric married Brigitta van Rheinberg, his longtime publishing editor. He enjoyed getting to know her son Sebastian and her former husband Bob, who became good friends. Eric and Brigitta traveled more in the past 10 years than many people do in a lifetime. Highlights include Cuba, Machu Pichu, Kenya, South Africa, China, Japan, and a wonderful trip to Switzerland with the entire extended family. There were also many trips to Germany and the couple spent much time in Aachen, where Eric came to know and cherish Brigitta’s family and friends, and in Berlin with their dear friend Hanna Schissler.

Eric is survived by his wife Brigitta van Rheinberg; his sons Benjamin and Lev Weitz (Doha Mekki); his granddaughter Dahlia; his step-son Sebastian Zahler; his brothers Mark Weitz (Carol Weitz) and Alan Weitz (Linda Cohen); and his niece Grace.

A private funeral service will be held at Princeton Cemetery.


Ellen Sharfstein Avins

Ellen Sharfstein Avins, age 104, of Skillman, NJ, died on June 29 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center after a brief illness.

A native New Yorker, she was the oldest of the four children of Hyman Sharfstein and Sarah Stern Sharfstein. She excelled at Curtis High School on Staten Island and went on to Hunter College, graduating in 1937 with a major in statistics and election to Phi Beta Kappa.

Her career as a teacher of business studies at Curtis, New Dorp, and Tottenville high schools on Staten Island gave her great pleasure. After getting a Master’s in Counseling at Rutgers she became a career counselor, mentoring Tottenville students (some of whom had never been to Manhattan) and preparing them to succeed in the workplace. In the early years of retirement she used those skills as co-director of The Professional Roster in Princeton (where she and her family had moved in 1964).

She was married for 50 years to Jack Avins, a research engineer at RCA. With him she shared enthusiasm for family travel adventures and closeness to their siblings and extended families. In 2003 she moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery. In the past 10 years, she was fortunate to live with her talented and devoted companion, Winnie Njero.

Ellen is survived by her children Laurence Avins (Mary Ellen Biebel) and Carol Avins (Rayman Solomon); grandchildren Sara Avins Brown, Jenni Avins, Sara Voegtline, Matt Biebel, Claire Avins Solomon Nisen, and Jess Avins Solomon; as well as great-grandchildren Bella, Maizie, Jack, Lua, and Miriam.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 6 at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Burial was at The United Hebrew Cemetery, Staten Island, NY.

To send condolences to the family please visit Ellen’s obituary page at

June 30, 2021

Sara Erina Katherine Cooper

Sara Erina Katherine Cooper passed away peacefully in her home in Titusville, New Jersey, on June 21, 2021, from complications associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Sara waged a courageous fight against ALS for over five years with the same determination and commitment she brought to everything she did. Sara did not allow ALS to define her or prevent her from continuing to live her life as fully and meaningfully as possible. From the time she was diagnosed, raising awareness about this disease, for which there is no cure, was her passion and helping others with this disease, her mission. Sara educated others about ALS through her countless interviews, her exposure in magazines, newspapers, and podcasts and through social media. And as a champion and advocate for those new to the ALS fight, with her own experience in mind, she created the ROADMAP, a vehicle to provide those newly diagnosed with the information needed to navigate this unforgiving disease. She was relentless in her desire to make a difference, and she did.

Sara was a graduate of the Princeton Day School and Boston University, School of Management. After ten successful years in banking, Sara completed training at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She turned her passion for cooking and her natural ability to engage with people into Four Girls, a successful catering business she started with three equally enterprising women. Sara was recruited to manage the customer accounts and new business development with Princeton’s Town Topics, and this experience gave her exposure to all aspects of marketing and the ability to secure director-level positions at The College of New Jersey, Princeton Magazine, and Moxie Woman. For three years Sara was also Director of Corporate Communications for Metaphore Pharmaceuticals Inc., Fort. Lee, NJ. But it was with Cooper Creative Group, launched in 2016, that gave Sara the greatest personal and professional satisfaction. There, along with the diverse talents of the women she assembled, she was able to combine her marketing experience with her entrepreneurial spirit, helping local businesses realize their full potential. She continued to enthusiastically serve her clients through her illness.

Sara served on the boards of Christine’s Hope for Kids and Hope Loves Company, an organization providing emotional support for children and young adults living with parents suffering from or lost to ALS. Sara was the recipient of the New Jersey Press Association Award and was recognized by several organizations for her achievement in raising ALS awareness, including the 2019 inaugural Impact Award presented by the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Sara was a woman whose heart was full of love and compassion. She possessed a unique ability to bring people together and lift them up with her smile, her sense of humor and her humanity, and this never wavered despite her illness. She never focused on her challenges, but instead grew even more grateful for the life she lived and the love she received. She leaves a void in the lives of so many, but also leaves a legacy of kindness, selflessness, and a commitment to make a difference in the lives of others, simply by being Sara Cooper.

Sara was born in New York City on September 18, 1962. Sara leaves her husband, Michael James Delehanty; her mother, Mary Jane (Rubino) Cooper, the former Inspector General of the State of New Jersey, of Lambertville, New Jersey; and father Albert Cooper III, of Pinehurst, North Carolina; her brother and sister-in-law, Albert Cooper IV and Mary Platt Cooper, and her beloved nephew, Henry Albert Cooper, all of Hope, Maine and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sara was predeceased by her grandparents, Samuel and Philamena Rubino; and the Honorable Albert Cooper Jr. and Kate Cooper; and her adored nephew Keel James Cooper.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 137 Upper Ferry Road in Ewing, NJ, on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, Sara requested that donations be provided to Christine’s Hope for Kids and Hope Loves Company. Sara asked that donations not be given in her name to the ALS Association. Condolences are welcome at


Elizabeth “Betty” Gray

Elizabeth “Betty” (Kubovcik) Gray, 91, of Princeton, N.J., formerly of Spotswood, N.J., and Newton, Mass., died on June 25, 2021, in Princeton Care Center, Princeton.

Funeral services were entrusted to Spotswood Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Spotswood. Entombment was in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick. To send an email note of condolence to the family, please visit

Born in Larksville, Penn., Betty moved to Newark, N.J., at a young age and married Gerald “Jerry” Gray in 1949 before moving to Spotswood, where they lived for most of their married life. Jerry died in 2011. Betty moved to Newton, Mass., in 2013 and then to Princeton Care Center in 2020.

At a time when women, especially mothers with young children, did not work outside the home, Betty worked nights as a bookkeeper for Prudential Insurance Company in Newark in the early 1950s before moving to Spotswood. She became a Tupperware dealer and eventually managed a team of dealers, a position she held for many years. In the mid-1970s Betty returned to full-time work as an executive assistant in the undergraduate admissions office at Rutgers University, before retiring as executive assistant to the director of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College in 1997.

Betty was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church Choir for more than 40 years and enjoyed participating in the Ocean Grove Choir Festival yearly. She was actively involved in church activities, especially Immaculate Conception School. She was a Girl Scout leader in Spotswood for many years and was a longtime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Spotswood Fire Department. She and Jerry enjoyed traveling extensively in the United States and throughout the world, often with their “club,” five couples from West Side High School in Newark who maintained a friendship for more than 75 years.

Betty is survived by two sisters, Marie Bauman and Josephine Kubovcik, both of Massachusetts, and her children: Barbara Flanagan and her husband, David, of Brookline, Mass.; Linda Flanagan and her husband, James, of Sag Harbor, N.Y.; William Gray and his wife, Stephanie, of Princeton, N.J.; and Maryellen Smith of Waltham, Mass. In addition she leaves nine grandchildren, Erin Flanagan Manning and Megan Flanagan LaForge, Michael and Thomas Flanagan; Michael Anna Gray, Corrie Gray Garcia, and Abigail Gray; and Hannah and Sarah Smith; and seven great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made in memory of Elizabeth Gray to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or online at


Arthur M. Edelman

Arthur M. Edelman, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who lived and worked in the Trenton, N.J., area for more than seven decades, died peacefully on Monday, June 21, at Penn Medical Center in Plainsboro, N.J. He was 90 and had been in declining health.

A Boston Red Sox fan since his youth, Arthur followed the team religiously right up to his final days in the hospital, which he spent surrounded by family. Like most Red Sox fans, he claimed he could run the team better than whoever was manager at the time.

Arthur never got a shot at managing the Sox, but he had a long and successful career as a certified public accountant. In his younger days, especially during tax season, he would often work evenings in the den, the printout from his adding machine cascading from the desk to the floor, a college basketball game on the television to keep him company.

Later, Arthur merged his firm, Edelman & Eros, with J.H. Cohn & Co., where he became a member of the management committee and managing partner of its office in Lawrenceville, N.J. After he retired, Arthur continued as a consultant to the firm. He kept a calculator in his home office — a digital model with no paper to clutter the desktop.

Arthur Myron Edelman was born December 11, 1930, in Newton, Mass., and moved to Trenton 15 years later with his mother, Bertha Berkman Edelman, and older sister, Felice, after the death of his father, Maxwell.

It wasn’t long before he met his future wife, Marion Lavine, a classmate at Trenton Central High School. He went on to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, commuting daily to Philadelphia, while Marion studied at Douglass College. They married in 1953, a year after their graduations and while Arthur was in the middle of his stateside Army service.

Arthur and Marion settled in Trenton and started a family. They lost their second child, a daughter, Leslie, to leukemia at 2 ½ in 1961. Marion died 11 years later, at 42, from breast cancer.

Arthur did what he saw his mother do: He persevered. A new love entered his life, Carol Frank, and they married in 1974. Their households came together — Arthur’s three children and Carol’s two, plus Carol’s father and a miniature schnauzer — in Princeton, N.J. He adored his wife, loved his new children, and tolerated the dog.

When he wasn’t working or complaining about the Red Sox, Arthur relaxed by golfing, socializing at Greenacres Country Club (now known as Cobblestone Creek) with Carol, going to the movies and theater, and traveling. He enjoyed watching his children, and then grandchildren, compete in sports and perform in dance.

His volunteer work included serving as president of the Jewish Community Center of Trenton, the local Jewish Federation, and Greenacres Country Club (now Cobblestone Creek Country Club.)

In addition to Carol, Arthur is survived by Marc and Edna Edelman, of El Portal, Fla.; Larry Edelman and Meghan Willis, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Nancy Frank Cook and Richard Cook, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; Sue Edelman and Cheryl Schaffer, of Medford, Mass.; and Seth Frank and Caroline Broullon, of Doylestown, Pa.

His nine grandchildren — Sagiv Edelman, Gilad Edelman, Mara DeJonghe, Jacob Edelman, Gabriel Edelman, Stephanie Cook, Jennifer Cook, Sayde Frank, and Chloe Frank — brought Arthur immense joy. So did his great-grandchildren: Emmanuel Edelman, Remy DeJonghe, and Sylvie DeJonghe. 

Funeral services were held Friday, June 25 at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, with burial at the Har Sinai section of Ewing Cemetery.

Arthur was a regular contributor to Planned Parenthood. Memorial contributions can be made at As Arthur would surely note, it’s tax deductible.

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Andrew “Bucky” Cupples

Andrew “Bucky” Cupples, 93, of Princeton passed away peacefully on June 25, 2021 at Stonebridge at Montgomery Assisted Living in Skillman. He was born, raised, and a lifelong resident of Princeton. He was a three sport athlete at Princeton High School playing baseball, football, and basketball. He was inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the 2000s.

After high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War. After returning home he met his lifelong wife of 60 years Teresa B. Cupples. Bucky was an active Firefighter with Princeton Engine Co. #1 with over 60 years of service and also worked and received service awards from the Princeton American Legion as well. Bucky is considered one of the last few remaining “Townies.” He loved Princeton and enjoyed raising his children and grandchildren there. Always attending Princeton University sporting events and parades down Nassau Street.

Bucky was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Rebecca Cupples; daughters Tracey Breetveld and Rebecca Kent; he is survived by his six grandchildren Daniel V. Wilson, Dylan Hullfish, Trevor Hullfish, Andrew Breetveld, Rebecca Breetveld, and Oliver Kent; and five great-grandchildren Madison and Reese Wilson, Harper Hullfish, and Michael and Tracey Breetveld.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Funeral service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Princeton Engine Co. #1 / Princeton Fire Department, 363 Witherspoon Street,
Princeton, NJ 08540.


Benjamin R. Britt, III

Benjamin R. Britt, III, 70, of Princeton died Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he resided most of his life in Princeton.

Benjamin was a graduate of Lawrenceville Prep ’69. He retired in 2016 with over 27 years of service as a Shipping and Receiving Foreman with Princeton Gamma Tech. He was the former President of the Princeton Mac users group, member of the Washington Crossing United Methodist Church and the worship ministry, lifelong guitarist and bass player who enjoyed mentoring others as well as an avid fisherman.

Son of the late Benjamin R. and Margaret (Birge) Britt, Jr., brother of the late James Duncan Britt, he is survived by his wife of 41 years Susan (Geist) Britt; two sons and two daughters-in-law Jonathan and Julia Britt, Michael and Karla Britt; a daughter and son-in-law Naomi and Trenell Galman; two sisters Margaret Riley Britt, Alice Hume Britt; and six grandchildren Michaela, Abigail, Charlotte, Josiah, Jeremiah, and Henry.

The Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 28, 2021 at the Washington Crossing United Methodist Church in Washington Crossing, Pa.

June 23, 2021

Martin Almas Chooljian

Martin Almas Chooljian, 90, of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from complications related to the congestive heart failure he had battled for the past four years. Until his last few days he was able to remain at his residence in the care of his devoted caretaker, Brenda Stewart.

Martin was born April 18, 1930 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, as the fourth and youngest child of Manoog and Almas Chooljian. His father owned a confectionery as well as residential rental properties. The Great Depression had a lasting effect on Martin as it battered the family’s finances. He would later recall how the local bank worked with his parents to save their rental units. Early on, Martin learned the importance of hard work and education to move ahead in the world and he spent several summers working for the Haverhill Parks Department before graduating from Haverhill High School as the class of 1948 valedictorian. Martin then attended Harvard University on a scholarship where he received both his B.S. degree as an economics major in 1952 and his M.B.A. in 1954. While at Harvard Business School he met his future wife Helen, and they were married on April 16, 1955.

The couple spent their next few years in Dayton, Ohio, where Martin was serving for two years as a Procurement Officer in the United States Air Force, HQ Air Material Command with the official rank of First Lieutenant. Their first child Anne was born here in August of 1956.

Martin next moved his young family to Palo Alto, California, after accepting a job at Litton Industries where he served as Treasurer from 1958-1964. In August of 1959 a second daughter, Cynthia, was welcomed by the family.

In the summer of 1964 the family moved to Princeton where son Andrew was born in December of 1965. Martin and his best friend from childhood, Dana Hamel, started their own business, Penn Corporation, and felt that Princeton was the ideal location for a corporate office with its proximity to the two major cities of New York and Philadelphia. As President and Director of the company Martin presided over several years of growth as the original Penn Champ manufacturing facility in Butler, Pennsylvania, was joined by Beach Products in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a paper products company that boasted the exclusive license for the Disney paper tableware line. Ritepoint, a pen and writing instruments company was the next company to enter the fold, and finally Vitronic, an advertising specialties company located in the Ozarks of Missouri was the last company to be part of the Penn Corporation conglomerate. 

In 1985 the partners received an offer for their company that they could not refuse but they remained together at the same office location and founded CH Capital Corporation. Martin as President invested for various family members. The company was closed in late 2019 and Martin was proud of the fact that he was the longest lease holder of any tenant at One Palmer Square in the heart of Princeton.

Martin had many interests outside of his businesses. He was an avid walker who covered between seven and ten miles daily until the last few years of his life. His favorite walking companion was Baron, his much loved and spoiled Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He enjoyed reading the New York Times and Wall Street Journal on a daily basis, traveling, cooking, flying his Beechcraft Baron as an instrument rated pilot, deep sea fishing, skiing in Vail, Colorado and Alta, Utah, and playing tennis.

He thrived in the vast intellectual wealth of Princeton and Princeton was enhanced by his involvement in many of its local organizations. Martin and Helen were longtime members of the Nassau Club and Bedens Brook Club. They were also longstanding members and contributors to All Saints’ Episcopal Church. In addition they were major supporters of Trinity Counseling and the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. The two organizations they had the strongest affiliations with were the McCarter Theatre and the Institute for Advanced Study. At McCarter Martin served as a Trustee and Treasurer from 1987-1994 and was named an Honorary Trustee in 1995. While serving he helped with the Phase II renovation of the Mathews Theatre. In 1992 Martin and Helen joined the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study where they became enthusiastic supporters. Martin was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1997 and made significant contributions while serving on the Audit, Finance, Academic Affairs, Building, Development, and Public Affairs committees. After 13 years in this role Martin was named as a Trustee Emeritus. In appreciation of his service and philanthropy he was named an honorary lifetime member of the Friends Executive committee in 2016.

Martin was preceded in death by his beloved wife Helen, his two sisters, Sally Walden and Vars Adamian, and his brother Robert Chooljian. He is survived by daughter Anne Chooljian and longtime companion Raul Najar; daughter Cynthia Jost and son-in-law Dan Jost; son Andrew Martin Chooljian and daughter-in-law Laurel Chooljian; Brenda Stewart, loving caretaker and companion to Martin and Helen for 18 years; honorary grandchildren, Dr. Ingrid Stewart, Tyrone Taylor, Dr. Elizabeth Taylor, Dr. Rebecca Taylor, Joshua Taylor; and finally his honorary great-granddaughter, Stony Taylor.

Martin will always be remembered for his smile, kindness, great intellect, love of dogs, and his lifetime commitment to philanthropy. Most of all he will be remembered for his devotion to his family and especially to his wife Helen who he adored. He will be forever in the hearts of his family, numerous friends, and the Princeton community.

Private cremation was held and a memorial service celebrating Martin’s life will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday September 11, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. to be followed by a reception at the Bedens Brook Club at 240 Rolling Hill Road Skillman, New Jersey.

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


John J. Wise

John J. Wise, a retired Vice President-Research at Mobil Research and Development Corporation for 44 years, died on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Princeton, NJ. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on February 28, 1932.

John graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and from MIT with a PhD in Chemistry. He worked at the forefront of commercialization of new technology for all facets of the petroleum industry ranging from how to find oil in the ground to making finished fuels and lubricants. He was responsible for the development and commercialization in New Zealand of technology for the conversion of natural gas into gasoline, a major advance of synthetic fuel technology. He also developed new technology now widely used for the production of the chemical intermediates for manufacturing polyester and styrene. He co-chaired a study between the auto and oil industries that developed information in a massive multi-year research study on how to minimize air pollution by reformulating gasoline and diesel fuel. This data was used by the EPA to set fuel standards used to implement the Clean Air Act. He was also recognized for his work as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He received the Gold Medal from the Industrial Research Institute for excellence in research management. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

John married the late Rosemary Seary Bishop in 1967. They lived in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, and then Princeton, NJ.

He is survived by his two daughters, Susannah Scovil Wise and Jean Porter Wise, and one grandson, Alexander Wise Philbrick. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to LIFE Inc, 550 Lincoln Road Extension, Hyannis, MA 02601.

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


Ruth Virginia Reynolds

Ruth Virginia Reynolds, “Virginia,” died peacefully on June 7, 2021. She was the loving wife of George T. Reynolds who predeceased her after 62 years of marriage. Daughter of Kenneth and Ruth Rendall, Virginia was appropriately born in Virginia 99 years ago.

During the first few years of Virginia’s life, the family traveled the country, as her father was playing tackle on one of the first professional football teams. They settled in Highland Park, NJ, when she was two, and she was soon joined by her loving brother Ken Jr.

After an active high school career, Virginia attended the New Jersey College for Women, now Douglass College. She was interested in children’s literature, and in that she became an expert. Combining her love of books with teaching, she enjoyed 20 years as head of the Lower School Library at Princeton Day School. Teachers would sometimes send troublemakers to that library to be “straightened up,” so calming and safe was that space. She worked in public libraries in Brooklyn and Trenton before marriage and afterward at the Churchill College Library (Cambridge) while on leave from PDS. She was also a volunteer on the Princeton Public Library Council and Board of the Friends.

Virginia was an accomplished storyteller, holding countless children and adults in spellbinding, delighted wonder with her presentations. She was also interested in art and was a highly respected docent at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Newlywed at age 21 Virginia and George, a physicist, spent most of the war years together at Los Alamos, until he left for the Pacific. She was initially denied residence on “The Hill” as she was not involved with the project. Saved by her degree in Library Science and George’s brash insistence, Virginia was allowed residency and worked there in the Library of Secrets.

Virginia made friends far and wide, from hometown Princeton (since 1946) to her beloved summer location in Woods Hole (since 1963) with its varied communities in marine science, arts, paddle tennis, and sailing. During several scattered years of sabbaticals in London, Cambridge, and Oxford, Virginia expanded her interests and circles of friends.

She traveled extensively in the UK, Europe, Turkey, Kenya, and Central America. Returning from a literary conference in Hawaii, she adopted a new name within the family, TuTu, Hawaiian for grandmother. And so, now as TuTu, she bestowed her knowledge and love onto her grandchildren, Justin, Ian, Allie, Jamie, Caroline, and Paige. Her brightest days over the last few years were seeing her great-grandchildren, Liva, Elijah, and Sophie-Morgan.

Virginia met any challenge with quiet optimism and an expectation of enjoyment. She and George raised four sons, Tom, Richard, Rob, and David. Above all, Virginia embodied a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law (Marianne, Mary, Kris, and Pam), and grandmother.

Having had a modest upbringing, dampened by the Great Depression, Virginia always maintained caring and respect for all, making friends and inspiring confidence in those fortunate enough to meet her ready smile, which never left her. She coupled these values with a healthy dose of fun seeking and the occasional flash of mischievousness. She will be greatly missed.

The family have many to thank, particularly the staff at Stonebridge at Montgomery, for making the past several years ones of comfort and contentment.

Donations in Virginia’s memory may be made to All Saints’ Church of Princeton, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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


William L. Joyce

William L. Joyce (Bill), of West Windsor, New Jersey, a retired archivist and research libraries administrator, died on June 6, 2021, from cancer. He was 79.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. David the King in West Windsor, New Jersey. Visitation will be held at the Chapel of the Church from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday June 28, 2021.

Bill was born in Rockville Centre, Long Island on March 29, 1942 and grew up in Freeport, New York. A 1960 graduate of Freeport High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in 1964 from Providence College, a master’s degree in 1966 from St. John’s University, and a Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Michigan.

Bill worked primarily as a rare books and special collections librarian, curator, and administrator. He started his career as a manuscripts librarian at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. Beginning in 1972, he served as Curator of Manuscripts and later Education Officer at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. After moving back to the New York area in 1981, Bill began as the Assistant Director for Rare Books and Manuscripts at the New York Public Library. He then became the Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University in 1986. This was followed by his appointment as the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair for Special Collections and Head, Special Collections at the Pennsylvania State University from 2000-2010.

Bill’s most important public contribution was his service on the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 created the Assassination Records Review Board as an independent agency to re-examine for release any assassination-related records that federal agencies continued to regard as too sensitive to open to the public. President Clinton appointed Bill to the five member Board in 1993 and he was confirmed by the Senate in April 1994. The Board finished its work in September 1998, issued a final report, and transferred all of its records to the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington.

During his retirement, Bill’s commitment to scholarship and public education led him to create two charitable funds to support these goals. The first, is the John Higham Research Fellowship awarded annually by the Organization of American Historians. The fellowship is named for Bill’s mentor at the University of Michigan, John Higham. It supports graduate students writing doctoral dissertations in American history. The second charitable fund is the William L. and Carol B. Joyce Historical Collections and Labor Archives Program Endowment for the University Libraries at The Pennsylvania State University. Its purpose is to support and enhance the Historical Collections and Labor Archives of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State University.

Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol Bertani Joyce; his daughter and her husband, Susan and Oliver Köster; his son, Michael Joyce; his grandchildren, Alexander, Charlotte, and Marie-Louise; his sister-in-law Jacqui Joyce; his sisters and their spouses, Rosemary and David Spencer and Kathleen and Tom Sullivan; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Any memorial donations may be given to the two funds referred to above that Bill and Carol created to support scholarship and public education. Online memorial donations to the John Higham Fellowship can be made at:, by checking the box “Make a donation,” completing the contact information, and selecting a donation amount. On the page where the donor inputs the donation amount, there is a drop-down box “Donation Fund Designation,” please select “Other” and indicate Higham Fund in the box immediately below. Donations are also accepted via mail to: Organization of American Historians, 112 N. Bryan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408; or by phone at (812) 855-9836. Any memorial donations to the William and Carol Joyce Endowment at Penn State may be made to:  The Pennsylvania State University, 510 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802. Please indicate the “William and Carol Joyce Endowment” in the memo line.


Cantor David S. Wisnia

Cantor David S. Wisnia, 94, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

David Wisnia was a vocalist, composer, educator, and beloved community leader. Later in life, he would use his powerful baritone to share with the world his remarkable tale of surviving the Holocaust through story and song, tracing his harrowing journey from young Polish singing star to Auschwitz prisoner to American liberator with the 101st Airborne. Cantor Wisnia’s remarkable singing voice helped save him in the Nazi concentration camp.

David was born in the town of Sochaczew, Poland, on August 31, 1926. He was  a star student of the Yavneh-Tarbut Hebrew School System and he had mastered multiple languages — including German, French, Yiddish, and Hebrew — by the age of 10. He received vocal training as a pupil of director/composer Maestro A.Z. Davidovich. David also learned from renowned Cantors Gershon Sirota and Moshe Koussevitsky, mentors who taught him how to blend Jewish tradition with an operatic style.

As young David’s singing career began to flourish, he and his family — father Eliahu, mother Machla, older brother Moshe and younger brother Dov — moved to the capital city of Warsaw. David was soon performing in synagogues, in theaters, and on Polish radio. But on September 1st, 1939, Germany invaded Poland and soon after, the local Jewish population was forced into a small section of the city that would become the Warsaw Ghetto. One day, David returned home to find his father, mother, and younger brother murdered by the Nazi SS. David’s older brother had escaped the ghetto but was never seen again. Eventually David was captured and taken by cattle-car to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. 

David was a prisoner of Auschwitz for close to three years. He stayed alive by singing to entertain the Nazi guards and cell block leaders. While in the notorious death camp, he composed two songs that became popular with the inmates. One song is in Polish, “Oswiecim” (Auschwitz), and the other in Yiddish, “Dos Vaise Haizele” (The Little White House In The Woods), is now on display at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. After being transferred to Dachau and surviving a Death March in December 1944, David managed to escape into the nearby woods. He was soon found and rescued by the American 101st Airborne Division. Joining with the 506th Parachute Infantry, he was adopted as their “Little Davey” and was able to put his language skills to work as an interpreter. He engaged actively in combat during the closing days of the war with Germany in 1945, transforming from a survivor to a liberator.

When the army brought him back with them to the United States in 1946, David set about building a new life in New York City. He began selling encyclopedias for the Wonderland of Knowledge company, eventually rising in the ranks to Vice President of Sales. He worked hard to support his wife, Hope, and their four children. He traveled often, but he always made sure to be home in time for Friday night Shabbat dinner — just as his father Eliahu had done for his family back in Sochaczew.

When the family moved to Pennsylvania, David and Hope helped grow a new thriving Jewish community in the Bucks County area. David served as Cantor of Temple Shalom in Levittown, PA, for 28 years, and then as Cantor for Har Sinai Hebrew Congregation of Trenton, NJ for 23 years. After retiring, he remained an active part of the community, teaching classes on cantilation and Hebrew language, leading communities in prayer, and performing countless baby namings, bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies, weddings, and funerals around the country. David also became a member of the American Conference of Cantors within the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

David would go on to perform internationally, singing in Buenos Aires’ Libertad Synagogue, Israel’s Yad Vashem, and Warsaw’s Nozik Synagogue (1986) where he officiated at the first formal Bar Mitzvah ceremony to be held in Poland since World War II – the same synagogue where Wisnia sang as a choir boy over 70 years prior. David also performed concert tours with his grandson, singer/songwriter and pianist Avi Wisnia. Most recently, David returned to Poland to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz at a 2020 event attended by concentration camp survivors and prominent heads of state, which was televised to an international audience of millions. He frequently said that one of his greatest honors was being called up to sing the national anthem at the annual 101st Airborne Snowbird Reunion in Tampa, Florida, where veterans of World War II still called him Little Davey.

Towards the end of his life, David Wisnia found it increasingly urgent to share his experiences of living through the Holocaust. He published his memoir, “One Voice, Two Lives,” (2015) to ensure that this chapter of history will never be forgotten. His story has been featured in The New York Times, The Daily Mail, The Jewish Exponent, Buzzfeed, and in many other outlets around the world.

David led presentations about the Holocaust for audiences at synagogues, schools, and museums, and he was a frequent guest lecturer at Stockton University in New Jersey, at the invitation of Professor Douglas Cervi. David loved connecting most with students and young people, taking selfies with them, and imploring them to think about the impact they have on the world around them. When asked what he hoped the students took away from his story, he would say, “Do away with hate. Prejudice and hatred leads to death. There is a saying in the Torah: God tells Abraham ‘You shall be a Blessing’ and that is my message, that each and every one of us should ‘be a blessing.’ We should do good in this world, and be good to one another. Live a life with meaning and purpose, and leave this world a better place than when you entered it.”

David will certainly be remembered for his incredible voice, but he will also be remembered for his love of hot soup, fancy cars, and making friends with anyone and everyone he came into contact with. Husband of the late Hope Wisnia, he is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Rabbi Eric and Judith Wisnia, Michael and Misa Wisnia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Wisnia and Kirk Wattles, Jana and Lee Dickstein; and five grandchildren, Sara (Matthew Schiffer) and Avi Wisnia, Rachel and Ethan Dickstein, and Naomi Wattles. He was also grandfather of the late Dov Benjamin Wisnia.

David will be dearly missed by so many, but his story, his voice, and his legacy will continue to resonate from generation to generation.

Private funeral services and burial were held June 17 at King David Memorial Park, Bensalem, PA. A public memorial will be held at a later date.

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