December 16, 2020

Courtney Alexis Leopold

A beloved daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend left this world on Monday, November 30th, at 32 years of age. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, on July 8, 1988, Courtney grew up in Princeton and Burlington, NJ, where she attended All Saints Grammar School and was awarded the President’s Medal for Academic Achievement.

Courtney graduated from Princeton Day School in 2006. She studied piano and voice at Westminster Choir College for many years, where she was part of their Cantus Choir. She graduated cum laude from The College of New Jersey in 2010, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Courtney was inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society, and Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society. As a Psychology Honors student, Courtney was a research assistant in the Memory and Aging Lab, followed by a psychology externship at the William James Psychology Building at Harvard University’s Emotion Health and Physiology Lab. In 2012, she was awarded a Master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, became a Certified Yoga Therapist while there, inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, and Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society.  A straight “A” graduate student, Courtney became a Licensed Associate Counselor in 2016 helping children, teens, and adults in the Cherry Hill area, and was an adjunct professor in the psychology department at The College of New Jersey.

Her passion was yoga and the mind-body connection, having taught yoga in Princeton at Gratitude Yoga, Yoga Above, and Honor Yoga, as well as yoga studios in Southern New Jersey, and Los Angeles. One of her projects was teaching yoga to underprivileged children in Trenton. She was a talented yogi with many followers.

Courtney had great faith in the Lord as evidenced by her care, love, and concern for others. Some of her projects included working with children at the Puerto Rican Daycare Center in Trenton, and doing chair yoga for seniors at a nursing home in Los Angeles. She insisted on changing her assigned clinical counseling hours to work with high school students whose parents were in gangs, or were in gangs themselves, and counseled them regarding coping skills, including yoga and meditation. Courtney asked to be transferred from Beverly Hills High School while in her master’s program training to a Latino high school in East LA where the primary language was Spanish. Courtney was always reaching out and pushing herself to go to areas most people do not want to go, for purposes of helping others.

She was also a dancer, singer, writer, and artist. Courtney excelled in every area of her life, and combined intellect, art, and passion in every endeavor. Highly spiritual and
compassionate, a docent at Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum, a lover of animals, the beach, and all of nature, she was a beautiful soul. She especially loved her dogs, Trixie and Tommy. She loved to travel, having been to Nairobi, Kenya (to help reintegrate enslaved women into society), Ecuador, Mexico, Israel, London, and throughout the U.S.

She is survived by her father, Clayton E. Leopold, MD of Princeton, her mother Joyce Solero, her stepfather Ivan Solero, and her grandparents Dolores and John Zalewski ( “Babci and Dziadzi”) of Burlington, NJ. She was preceded in death by grandparents Carol and Harvey Leopold of New York City.

She will be deeply missed by her family, clients, and her many yoga students, and all who knew her. Courtney always reminded us that the springtime was a time of rebirth and renewal. Therefore, a Celebration of Life service and memorial will be held in the spring and more information will be posted at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that a donation be made in Courtney’s name when a foundation in her name is created in the spring.


Mary Ellen Telfeian

Mary Ellen Telfeian, age 84, of Princeton, NJ, died on Sunday, December 6, 2020. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 26 years, Artin Telfeian, M.D., in 1989. She is survived by her three children, Arthur Telfeian (Victoria), Albert Telfeian, M.D., Ph.D. (Jennifer), and Ann Mary Telfeian; her grandsons Sean and Ryan, Clark and Brooks; and her brother Dan Carey (Ronnie). 

Mary Ellen graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY, earning a B.S., and later earned her master’s degree in nursing at N.Y.U. 

She served as a nurse at St. Vincent Hospital in Manhattan and at Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT.  She met her husband Artin, through a priest friend, playing bridge. They married, raised their three children in, first, Stamford, Connecticut, then near Sembach Airforce Base and McGuire Airforce Base, where Artin was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. They both worked at Deborah Heart & Lung Hospital in Brownsville, New Jersey. After Artin’s death, she moved to Princeton, New Jersey and, very proudly, worked as a nurse at the Princeton University Infirmary. 

Mary Ellen was a devout Roman Catholic who attended mass at St. Paul Parish in Princeton. She was also a very active member in the Spanish speaking community in Princeton.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, a Memorial Mass, in St. Paul Parish, will be scheduled in the Spring of 2021. Please go to to extend condolences, share memories, and obtain memorial mass update information.


Mary Amesbury Stabler

Mary Amesbury Stabler, 85, of Skillman, New Jersey, passed away on December 14, 2020, after contracting COVID-19 in early December.

Mary was born July 16, 1935, in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to William and Mildred Amesbury. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Robert; her sister, Jane Winton; and her brother, Stephen Amesbury. She is survived by her brother, William Amesbury, of Reno, Nevada; her children Julie Hull (Tom) of Shoreline, Washington; Ted (Martha Embrey) of Durango, Colorado; Larry (Betsy) of Princeton, New Jersey; Peggy Fischer of Mercer Island, Washington; Peter (Martha) of San Francisco, California; and 10 grandchildren.

Mary attended The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and graduated from Vassar College in 1957. She and Bob raised their family in Ithaca, New York; Newport Beach, CA; and Princeton, New Jersey. They later resided in Breckenridge, Colorado, and Skillman, New Jersey. 

Mary greatly enjoyed reunions with her children and grandchildren and was an avid world traveler, bridge player, knitter, reader, sailor, and New York Times crossword solver. She resided in independent living at Stonebridge at Montgomery at the time of her death.


Joan A. Eisenmann

Joan A. Eisenmann, 84, of Kingston passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro, NJ.

Joan was born in Princeton, NJ. Joan and her husband Karl are lifelong residents of Kingston. She was a life member of The Ladies Auxiliary of Kingston Volunteer Fire Company. Joan was also a member of Kingston Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. She was a member of the Kingston Quilting Club since it began in 1999. She was employed by Woodwinds as an office manager. Joan enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, and shopping with her granddaughters.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years Karl Eisenmann, daughter and son-in-law Shari and Richard Russo, son and daughter-in-law Gary and Jane Eisenmann, five grandchildren Kimberly (David) Reed, Carly (Christopher) Whittaker, Veronica Eisenmann, Emily Russo, Jaclyn Eisenmann, and two great-grandchildren Kailey Reed and Courtney Reed. 

Burial will be in Kingston Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Kingston on Saturday, December 19 at 11 a.m. Family and friends are permitted at the graveside. Visitation and Service will be by family invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kingston Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home.


David Balitz

David Balitz, age 68, passed away at his home in Ewing, NJ, on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

David was a lifelong resident of Ewing, graduating from Ewing High School.

For the past 18 years he was the director of mail operations and services at Princeton University. Previously he worked at the New Jersey Division of Taxation. David was an avid golfer and loved watching sports and movies with his wife, Joan. He also enjoyed visiting Atlantic City and rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Predeceased by his parents Abe and Virginia Balitz, and his brother Robert Balitz. He is survived by his loving wife Joan Balitz.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 19 at 11 a.m. at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ. Masks and social distancing are required, Covid-19 restrictions on building capacity are enforced. The service will be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Donald S. Knutson

Donald S. Knutson, 88, passed away peacefully at Artis Senior Living in Princeton, NJ, with family at his side on December 11, 2020. Born June 24, 1932 in Hartford, CT, to the late Axel J. and Helga (Johnson) Knutson. He grew up in Wethersfield, CT, and spent many, joyful summers at the family farm in Waterville, Quebec. Family and relatives were always an important part of his life and he stayed well-connected with all of them throughout his life.

Following graduation from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Donald went to work for Westinghouse. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He accepted an engineering position at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in early 1966, where he worked on fusion energy research, and ultimately the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR). Donald became Principal Engineer of the Mechanical Engineering Section. He retired from the Laboratory in 1997 after 31 years.

Donald was a lifelong player and fan of ice hockey, and greatly enjoyed participation as part of Princeton University’s Intramural League. He was an accomplished accordion player and performed, recorded, and traveled with the Scandinavian Accordion Club of NY. He was a closet-historian who extensively researched genealogy and published books on his family’s history dating back to the time of Vikings in Scandinavia.

Donald and Gunilla, his wife of 44 years, enjoyed traveling together internationally, especially to Sweden. They also were fond of classical music, opera, and theater. Donald loved spending time with his six grandchildren. He enjoyed seeing family in their lakeside cottage in Harrisville, NH. Don was a talented builder who finished large projects such as a garage and sauna. He will be remembered fondly for his kind disposition, gentle nature, and generosity. 

He was predeceased in 1972 by his first wife Barbro E. (Bjornsson) Knutson.

He is survived by his wife, Ebba Gunilla (Olsson) Knutson; his daughters, Ellen (Mark) Kramm, Lisa (Donald) Hamnes, Carol Knutson, Linda (Andrew) Fiscus, and Maria (Nathan) Adkins; and six grandchildren, Karin, Sarah, Grete, Daniel, Steven, and Klara.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date in Harrisville, NH.

In lieu of flowers, honorary donations to a favorite charity are welcome.

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


Barbara Alice Gillespie

Barbara Alice Gillespie, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 23, 2020 in Monroe Township, NJ.

Born November 21, 1931 in Los Angeles, CA, to Alice Greiner and Ernst Arnold Lugenbill, Barbara graduated from Pepperdine College and married Thomas W. Gillespie in 1953. They spent the first year of their happy 58-year marriage in Princeton, NJ, where Tom was a student at Princeton Theological Seminary and Barbara taught school nearby. Partners in life and ministry, they returned to California where they served two Presbyterian congregations and raised three children. They returned to Princeton in 1983 when Tom was called to serve as the 5th President of Princeton Theological Seminary. Barbara is remembered for her wit and gracious hospitality, opening their home to friends, students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Barbara was energetic and creative, enjoying quilting and other needle arts, cooking, gardening, and travel.

A beloved mother and grandmother, Barbara is survived by daughters Robyn Glassman (Kenneth) and Dayle Rounds (Stephen), son Bill Gillespie, and six grandchildren: William Glassman, Trevor Glassman, Hilary Glassman, Emily Rounds, Allie Rounds, and Isla Gillespie.

A private burial at the Princeton Cemetery took place Saturday, November 28, 2020. A memorial service will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s name to Nassau Presbyterian Church or to the Thomas Gillespie Scholarship fund at Princeton Theological Seminary.


Beverly M. Silverman

Mrs. Beverly M. Silverman, 94, of Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and a longtime former resident of Princeton, NJ, passed away on December 10th, 2020.

Beverly Miller was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, the daughter of Isadore and Sophie Miller. She graduated from Goucher College in 1948. That year, she married Dr. Benjamin K. Silverman. After Beverly taught elementary school for a year, the couple moved around the country as Ben completed his medical residency, military service, and fellowship. In 1954, they settled in Princeton for Ben to start his pediatric practice and to raise their family.

In Princeton, Beverly became an engaged member of the community. She taught at the Stuart School, and was an active mother in the schooling of her four sons. She adored art and enjoyed many visits to the Princeton University Art Museum, as well as museums in New York City. For many years, she and Ben belonged to a theater group of close friends that attended regular performances at McCarter Theatre. Beverly loved Princeton and all that it had to offer her family. She was also the architect of many family vacations to different parts of the country. Later, as the family had scattered to different states, she and Ben purchased a beach house in Bay Head, NJ, to serve as a central gathering place for children and grandchildren. To her grandchildren, she was “Grammy,” provider of love, card games, and chocolate doughnuts.

Perhaps Beverly’s greatest accomplishment came in the care and nurturing that she provided to her son Steve, who was born with a congenital heart defect. Through Steve’s numerous surgeries and ultimately two heart transplants, she and Ben helped him to grow, thrive, and lead an independent life. They left Princeton in 1991 and moved to California, where Steve worked, to help him recover from his first transplant and stayed there until his passing in 2009. 

Beverly is predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband of 62 years, Dr. Benjamin K. Silverman, her son Steven, and her brothers Louis Miller and S. Murray Miller. Survivors include her sons Richard (Mary) of Cupertino, CA, Robert (Joanne) of Austin, TX, and Jonathan (Anne Marie) of Upper Saddle River, NJ. Survivors also include her seven grandchildren, Scott, Lara, Sarai, Dustin, Allie, Kevin, and Jeremy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey at

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December 9, 2020

Paul J. Hill

Paul Joseph Hill passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020 in Newtown, PA.

A lifelong resident of Princeton, he was born on March 16, 1923 in a house on Aiken Avenue just a block away from the Murray Place home where the family moved to and lived for many years. He grew up with his two older brothers, Homer and Dan, and went to The Nassau Street School for his elementary and junior high education and went on to graduate from Princeton High School in the class of 1940.

After attending Syracuse University with his two brothers, Paul enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was stationed in Los Angeles, California, where he met his wife June, who was living in Beverly Hills at the time. Within four months of their meeting they were married. Paul was honorably discharged February 1946 as a Corporal in the medical detachment of the 1905th Service Command Unit. After leaving California, they moved for a short time to Colorado Springs to be closer to June’s family.

After about a year in Colorado they moved back to Syracuse so Paul could take advantage of the GI Bill and finish his college education; however, within the first year after returning to Syracuse, he received a call from his father Homer M. Hill Sr. requesting that he return to Princeton to manage the store, as his father had fallen ill. Shortly after returning to Princeton from Syracuse, Paul and June built their home on Morgan Place where Paul lived for over 70 years and where they raised their two sons, Dan and Mark.

He was a third generation proprietor of Hill’s Market located on the corner of Witherspoon Street and Spring Street in downtown Princeton. The store was opened in 1909 by his grandfather William D. Hill after he sold the family’s 200-acre farm in Harbourton where the family had lived for many generations. Hill’s Market was destroyed by fire in 1977 after 67 years in business.

A good father, father-in-law, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Paul was very well known in the Princeton Community. He was a member and past general manager of Springdale Golf Club, The Old Guard of Princeton, and The Romeos, where he very much enjoyed his every weekday morning meetings at Bon Appétit in the Princeton Shopping Center with his friends and acquaintances. Paul marched in many Princeton Memorial Day parades and was thrilled to be more recently joined by his great-grandson Sandro.

After his wife June passed in 2013, he became close friends with Lorna June Andre, her daughter Anne Gunter, and her family. They very much enjoyed their time together taking walks and talking about their families.

Paul leaves behind many great memories for all that knew him. His passion for life and the people he knew live on in his rhymes, of which he penned over 100, many of which were published in the Town Topics and Princeton Packet.

Paul is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Dan and Norma Hill of Doylestown; son and daughter-in-law Mark and Beth Hill of Hopewell; Maggi Hill, mother of Ryan, Brady and Rebecca; five grandchildren and their husbands and wives — Ryan and Kyle of Williamsburg/Brooklyn, NY; Caitrin and Matt of Yardley, PA; Braden and Blair of Mullica Hill, NJ; Ellen Hill and Brian Vanderford of Doylestown, PA; Rebecca Hill of Pompano Beach, FL; and six great-grandchildren Sandro, Abram, Rockwell, Evie, Jameson, and Bonnie; niece Jude Erhardt and husband Gary Greely of Maryland; many more nieces and nephews in Colorado; and his close friends and neighbors whom he loved, including his very close friend Ann Goeke and her family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton High School Scholarship Fund at

Due to the continuing Covid virus pandemic the family will not be holding any services at this time. A celebration of life service will be scheduled sometime in 2021.


Theodore Ziolkowski


Theodore Joseph Ziolkowski, renowned American Germanist and comparatist, prolific author of 35 books on literature, religion, and culture, died around 6 p.m. on December 5, 2020, in Kirkland Village, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Known as Professor Ziolkowski to thousands of students in his lecture courses and seminars at Princeton University, and as Dean Ziolkowski from his 13 years at the helm of the Graduate School there, he was Ted to close friends and acquaintances.

Ziolkowski was born on September 30, 1932, in Birmingham, Alabama. His mother, née Cecilia Jankowski, a second-generation Polish-American from the Chicago area, taught piano. His father immigrated to the United States from Poland. A composer and concert pianist who trained at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin and with Ignacy Jan Paderewski, he found security and happiness during the Great Depression as a music professor at the present-day University of Montevallo. In his Americanization, Mieczysław Ziółkowski shed the accents in the spelling of his names and came to be routinely called Professor Z for short.

As a boy, Theodore Ziolkowski (in those days Teddy to almost everyone) excelled scholastically, completing his secondary education at 15. In addition, he starred on the high-school football field and was even offered an athletic scholarship to the University of Alabama. His main extracurricular passion was the trumpet, especially jazz. For many years, he played the brass instrument professionally on most weekends, deriving from it a major source of income until he set the instrument aside in his early thirties. At that juncture he attained a full professorship — and realized that the advent of Elvis Presley would ring the rock-and-roll death knell for his style of trumpeting.

Theodore’s father brought with him all the trappings of an Old World formation. He peppered his heavily accented and colorfully formulated English with proverbs in Latin, German, Polish, and Russian, to mention only four tongues. The lush linguistic texture of the household inspired both his children, Theodore and his much younger brother and future classicist John, to immerse themselves in languages.

Theodore Ziolkowski received his A.B. from Duke University at 18 in 1951 and married Yetta Goldstein, his partner for life, a fellow Alabamian whose father had likewise emigrated from what is today Poland. A year later Ziolkowski earned his A.M. from the same institution, and the young couple had their eldest child, a daughter. In 1957 he took his Ph.D. from Yale University, where he studied under Hermann Weigand, Sterling Professor of German Literature. These busy times witnessed the birth of his first son in 1956, his second in 1958. Also in 1958, Yetta and he forged a friendship in Cologne with Heinrich Böll that would endure until the end of the German novelist’s lifetime.

Ziolkowski’s master’s thesis, focused on the translation of the Iliad by the German Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin, gave early evidence of his lifelong preoccupation with the reception of the Classics in later literature. His dissertation, on Hermann Hesse and Novalis, displayed his fascination with the continued vitality of Romanticism in what at that point was still relatively recent German prose: the Nobel prize-winning Hesse did not die until 1962.

After holding short-term appointments for a few years at Yale University, Ziolkowski moved to Columbia University in 1962; but he first attained real permanency when summoned as a full professor to Princeton University in 1964. From the start he taught large lecture courses, especially a perennially popular one on the development of the European novel. In acknowledgment of his teaching and scholarship, in 1969 he was named Class of 1900 Professor of German and Comparative Literature. In administration, his highest and most demanding service extended from 1979 to 1992 as Dean of the Graduate School.

In the 1960s his oeuvre comprised, in longer examinations, one devoted to Hermann Hesse and another tome bearing the title Dimensions of the Modern Novel: German Texts and European Contexts (1969). In the 1970s and 1980s he maintained those areas of attraction but delved ever more into the analysis of literary themes. His most innovative book from this phase may well have been Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus (1972, recipient of the National Book Award). The 1990s saw his range expand yet again, with the far-reaching German Romanticism and Its Institutions (1990), the now-classic Virgil and the Moderns (1993), an exploration of the appearance of legal crises in literature entitled The Mirror of Justice: Literary Reflections of Legal Crises (1997, winner of the Christian Gauss Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society), a study of the meaning held by towers as an image in literature, and, finally, the first in a series of volumes in German about the cultural role of specific cities in late 18th- and early 19th-century Germany.

After supposedly retiring in 2001 from active duty, Ziolkowski embarked upon what proved to be the most remarkably productive period of his life in book writing, at the tempo of one annually across two decades. As an emeritus, he was kidded admiringly by his family for
behaving like an assistant professor bucking for tenure. Long before retirement, he had earned a quiver of distinctions in North America, such as multiple Fulbrights, a Guggenheim, and a James Russell Lowell Prize, and he had merited recognition from the profession of language-and-literature scholars by election to the presidency of the Modern Language Association. Now his center of gravity was often situated in Europe.

Late in his career Yetta and he were drawn to spend at least a few months each year in Berlin. The devotion to Germany was reciprocated. In due course he was singled out for tribute by his peers there by such honors as the Goethe-Medaille, Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm Preis, Forschungspreis from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse. On a personal level, he treasured the ties he forged, flanked by his wife, through regular participation in the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung in Darmstadt, and the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen.

The score of books, mostly in English but sometimes in German, from the past 20 years covers a breathtaking gamut. The final one, just out in 2020, entitled Roman Poets in Modern Guise: The Reception of Roman Poetry since World War I, caps his many explorations of the afterlives that the Greek and Roman Classics have enjoyed from the late eighteenth century until now. But other volumes to attest to his deepening and widening attraction to a host of other topics, especially involving religion and myth, from Gilgamesh down to the present day. Three examples, out of many, are The Sin of Knowledge: Ancient Themes and Modern Variations (2000), Modes of Faith: Secular Surrogates for Lost Religious Belief (2007), and Uses and Abuses of Moses: Literary Representations since the Enlightenment (2016).

Shortly after turning 88, Theodore Ziolkowski entered the advanced stages of heart failure. To the last, he retained his gusto for music and poetry. He rhapsodized about Bach, and he recited from memory German verses by Goethe, Hölderlin, and Novalis, especially those relating to particular sites, from the tops of mountains to the bottoms of mines, that he had visited with his wife of nearly 70 years. Often they would take turns in reciting poems, with a special favorite being Goethe’s “Wanderer’s Nightsong II,” with its closing lines “Warte nur, balde / Ruhest du auch,” translated by Longfellow as “Wait; soon like these / Thou too shalt rest.”

No further new books will appear with the letters Theodore Ziolkowski on the title page. No fourth dozen will spill onto another shelf. In the stock formulation of “publish or perish,” he took care to fulfill the first verb before succumbing to the second. That thought would make him happy, since he liked to finish well and to meet deadlines.

He is survived by his beloved wife Yetta Ziolkowski, of Princeton, NJ, and Bethlehem, PA; brother John Ziolkowski, of Arlington, VA; and daughter Margaret Ziolkowski and her husband Robert Thurston, of Miami, OH; elder son Jan and his wife Elizabeth Ziolkowski, of Newton, MA; and younger son Eric Ziolkowski and his wife Lee Upton, of Easton, PA. Also grieving his loss are a grandson and six granddaughters, along with two great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Despite his zeal for reading, learning, and writing, Theodore Ziolkowski cared deeply about those he loved and put his values as a humanist into practice as a richly rounded human being.


Dail Archer Forsyth

Dail Archer Forsyth, 84, of Orrtanna, PA, formerly of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2020. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years Alexander M. Forsyth.

Dail was born in Baltimore, MD, the daughter of the late John Anthony and Margaret Henderson Brawner Archer. She was a graduate of Princeton High in 1954 and attended Dickinson College. She worked for her father’s laundry business, University Cleaners in Princeton, NJ, worked as a Bank Teller for Princeton Bank & Trust, and later for Princeton Day School before retiring to Gettysburg, PA. Dail enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, camping with her IDTT friends, bowling, attending Philadelphia Phillies games, and was a former member of the Princeton First Aid Ladies Auxiliary and a current member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 262.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two daughters, June Miller (Jerry) of Biglerville, and Cindy Stadulis (Tom) of Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Miller (Kris), Leslie Davenport (Travis), Philip Stadulis, Meghan Kapilevich (Gary), Ben Stadulis, Justine Miller, and Sara Stadulis; three great-grandchildren, Jocelyn Miller, Jaedyn Miller, and Emma Davenport; and two sisters, Lynn Waller (John) of Danbury, CT and Braith Eldridge (Howard) of Princeton, NJ.

Private services will be held at the discretion of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to the Buchannan Valley Fire Company, 1180 Buchanan Valley Road, Orrtanna, PA 17353 or the Adams County SPCA, 11 Goldenville Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg, PA. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at


Rita M. Santora-Porter

Rita M. Santora-Porter, 78, of Winslow Twp. entered into God’s care Saturday, November 14, 2020 at home with her family by her side.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, she resided in Hammonton most of her life. Mrs. Porter was a manager with the Sands and Tropicana Casino and Hotels and retired from Design Benefits. Rita was a former member of St. Anthony’s Padua Church in Hammonton. She loved going to the casino and playing video poker

Predeceased by her parents, Vincent and Anna (Perri) Angelini; her siblings, Franny Graves and Jean Calabria; her husbands, Eugene Ashburn, Donald Santora Sr., and Ted Porter; and son Randy Ashburn. She is survived by one daughter, Teresa Santora; son and two daughters-in-law, Donald and Janine Santora Jr. and Stacy Ashburn; her grandchildren, Jennifer Speed, Emily and Sean Santora, Anthony Jones, her loving granddaughter who took amazing care of her Alison Campione and Jacob Ashburn; and three adored great-grandchildren, Michael, Giavonna Rita and Kaylee.

All services will be held privately for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 (

Arrangements are entrusted to the Blackwell Memorial Home, Pennington, NJ.


Philip Alexander Cruickshank

Philip Alexander Cruickshank, 91, of East Windsor died Friday, December 4, 2020, at the Meadow Lakes Senior Living Community. He was born in Bremerton, Washington, to Donald F. and Theodora Cruickshank. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington (1950) and a Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1954).

Dr. Cruickshank and his family settled in Princeton in 1963, where he spent most of his career as a chemist at FMC’s Princeton Research Center. He was active in his sons’ scouting troops and served on the Princeton Board of Education in the 1970s.

After retiring, Phil pursued his photography and woodworking hobbies and was a member of the Old Guard of Princeton.

Phil was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Natalie Cruickshank, and his eldest son Stewart A. Cruickshank, who passed away on June 8, 2020. He is survived by two children and three grandchildren: Marsha C. Wagner and her daughter Jessica; Walter D. Cruickshank, his wife Debi Gartland, and their daughters, Delaney and Riley; and Stewart’s widow Betty Cruickshank.

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


In Memoriam

Joann Henninger


From kind, courageous kindergarten classmate to confident, knowledgeable bakery customer rep.

Always remembering you on St. Patrick’s Day.

December 2, 2020

Robert “Bob” Bergman

Robert “Bob” Bergman passed away peacefully in Boynton Beach, Florida, on November 20, 2020 after succumbing to heart failure. He had Covid-19. His beloved wife of 15 years, Beatrice “Bebe,” was by his side. 

Bob was born in New York City on September 2, 1931 to Sadie “Sue” (nee Lebeck) and Emanuel “Ed” Bergman. He attended Stevens Hoboken Academy, received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from New York University, and earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from The City University of New York, School of Technology, in 1962. He also received numerous certificates and awards during his long and distinguished engineering career. He began at E-Systems and continued at RCA, General Electric, Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory, and SAIC. He finished his illustrious career at AT&T Bell Labs, from which he retired in 1995. He enjoyed working and would often tell people that, given his work on satellites, his “fingerprints were on the moon.”  

Bob grew up in the city but loved the country. Perhaps that love sprung from his time spent in summer camp, where he made many lifelong friends. He and his first wife, Wilhelmina Wiland (nee Van Dijk), whom he met on the French Riviera during a post-college vacation, moved to Princeton, New Jersey (“the country!”), in 1965. Bob immersed himself in Princeton life, attended weekly lectures at the University, hosted yearly ski club parties and became an avid tennis player. His professorial look garnered him a job as an extra in the motion picture I.Q., the 1994 comedy about Albert Einstein that was filmed in Princeton.

In 2002, Bob looked up his old college girlfriend, whom he had never stopped thinking about. Her name was Beatrice. He found her again by sending her alma mater a request that his email address be sent to her. She emailed him shortly thereafter, and Bob learned that Bebe was widowed and living in Florida just minutes away from his twin sister, Joan. On his next trip to Florida to visit his sister, Bob and Bebe met to get reacquainted. The rest, as they say, is history. Bob moved to Florida the following year and they were married in 2005.

Bob traveled widely and had seemingly visited just about everywhere either for leisure or business travel. He recalled traveling to Cuba before the revolution and especially loved his trips to Russia, which was exotic for him after reading so many spy novels. He also loved his trip to Israel, which he visited with Bebe and some of their close friends. Later in life, he became enamored with cruises; he and Bebe were always either on a cruise or planning the next one.  

Bob was a devoted and loving father to his two sons, Jeffrey and Eric, in whom he instilled the love and wonder of science, the beauty of lifelong learning, and the importance of family. They remember his love of nature and of the day as children that he helped them plant a shoebox of saplings all over their property. Over the years, Bob tended his boys and their trees to be tall and strong. Bob effusively welcomed Jeff’s and Eric’s wives (Nicole and Andrea) into the family and treated them both like they were his own daughters. He was a loving, proud, and generous Papa to grandchildren Nina, Jensen, and Blake Bergman, Erika LaCaruba (Thomas), Zachary Bass, Benjamin Bass, and great-granddaughter Harper LaCaruba. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Sheryl Zolotorofe.

His life was well-lived, and he left his fingerprints not just on the moon, but on the hearts of his family and friends. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the 101 Fund ( which supports need-based scholarships for Princeton High School graduates.


Stowe Holding Tattersall

Stowe Holding Tattersall of Vero Beach, FL, Edgartown, MA, and Lawrenceville, NJ, died Wednesday, November 25 after a three-and-a-half-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Husband of Peg and father of Edie Irvine (Ross). Also survived by his sister Martha Giancola (Paul), nephew David Giancola (Samantha), and Westie, Kiefer. Predeceased by his parents, Martha Holding and Samuel L. Tattersall, Jr., and brother Sandy.

Born and raised in Princeton, Stowe was an alumnus of Princeton Country Day School, The Hotchkiss School (Class of 1968), and Brown University (Class of 1972). Longtime board member of Trinity Counseling Service and Historic Morven. Lifetime parishioner of Trinity Church and St. Andrew’s Church, Edgartown. Member of John’s Island Club (Vero Beach), Chappaquiddick Beach Club, Edgartown Reading Room, Edgartown Yacht Club, The Bedens Brook Club, and The Nassau Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Stowe’s memory to the Vineyard Trust (Edgartown, MA) or the animal shelter of your choice.

November 25, 2020

Elli Walter

Elli Rambow Walter, 93, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, very sadly passed away at the Plainsboro Hospital on Friday evening, November 20.

Elli Walter was born on January 27, 1927 in Meichow, Germany, to Karl and Bertha Rambow. Her family heritage was German, French, and Eastern European. Elli attended the University of Marburg in Germany. She met her American husband Paul Walter in Germany when he was working there for the United States government. Prior to moving to Princeton in 1963, Elli worked for Johns Hopkins University and for the University of Pennsylvania.

Elli Walter lived in Princeton in the same beautiful house on Loomis Court from 1963 until 2012 when she moved to the lovely Princeton Windrows retirement community. Elli enjoyed classical music, art, reading, films, and gardening. Elli worked as a dedicated staff member in the Princeton University library system for many years (first in Firestone Library, and then from 1978 until 1996 in the Marquand Art Library where she was highly appreciated and valued).

Elli Walter’s greatest accomplishments were being an exceptionally kind, compassionate, and generous-hearted person; being a wonderful, nurturing, devoted, and supportive mother of her son Hugo, a 1981 graduate of Princeton University, who loved, cherished, admired, and adored her; having an extraordinary appreciation for beauty in everyday life and in art; and having a noble mind, a gracious heart, and a benevolent spirit which enhanced the character, decency, stature, and quality of life in any place or situation in which she was present.

Elli Walter is survived by her devoted and loving son Hugo and by the three daughters, Hannelore, Heidi, and Ute, of her deceased brother Karl and his wife Liesbet and their families in Germany and other parts of Europe, and by several relatives in South Carolina and Maryland.

Memorial donations may be made to the Marquand Art Library of Princeton University — please see the instructions about making a donation in Elli Walter’s obituary on the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home website.

A memorial service will be held for Elli Walter in the Princeton University Chapel in the future when the pandemic has subsided. The funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

Elli Walter was such a wonderful and lovely person and will be deeply and profoundly missed.


Thierry Verhaegen

Thierry Verhaegen, 68, passed away on November 20, 2020 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Thierry was born in The Hague, Netherlands, to Baudouin and Anne-Michelle Verhaegen on August 14th, 1952. As the child of a diplomat, Thierry lived in many countries including Chile, Turkey, Morocco, and Ireland. Thierry received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy and a License en Droit (JD) from Louvain University in Belgium. He received his Master’s Degree (LLM) from the London School of Economics in England. After moving to the United States, he studied for and was admitted to the New York Bar.

Early in his career, he made the switch from law to business. Thierry worked at Munich Reinsurance America, formerly American Reinsurance, for almost 30 years. During his career, he rose to become a Senior Vice President and Account Manager. Thierry was a proud participant in multiple professional activities, both internationally and locally. He was a U.S. delegate to the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Locally, he was a Trustee Advisor for the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs and a Board Member for the Princeton Water Treatment Plant.

In 1981, Thierry met the love of his life, Milka Petrovich Verhaegen, in an unexpected place: on a transatlantic flight. They married on May 11th, 1986 in Crestwood, New York. Thierry lived in Princeton with his wife and three children for over 30 years. He enjoyed gardening and riding his bicycle along the D&R Canal. He was an avid reader of both French and English literature as well as a listener of classical music, especially of the WWFM Classical Radio Station.

Thierry volunteered for a number of local organizations. He was quiet about his work but proud to serve the annual June Fête Fundraiser for the Princeton Medical Center. He also supported Eden Autism Services and would participate in their 5K run fundraiser. Many weeknights he would volunteer recording audio textbooks for the visually impaired. He was also involved in the Blue Mountain Festival, a local nonprofit to bring musical education to the underprivileged.

Thierry is preceded in death by his parents, Baudouin and Anne-Michelle; and sister Chantal Verhaegen.

Thierry is survived by his wife, Milka Verhaegen (Petrovich), of Princeton; son Samuel Verhaegen; daughter Nathalie Emerle (Verhaegen) and her husband Colin Emerle, daughter Anna Verhaegen; and sisters Beatrice De Patoul (Verhaegen) and Helene Buchen (Verhaegen); as well as nephews, nieces, and cousins.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 24 at the St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Princeton. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Eden Autism Foundation or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


Michael N. Jolley, MD

Michael N. Jolley, MD, of Princeton, died peacefully in the early hours of November 18, after a long and difficult battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was the son of Dr. Henry Arden Jolley, and Mary Maureen, nee Begley Jolley. His father, a British army surgeon from Chile, and his mother, a British army nurse from Ireland, met during World War II, and married in Nairobi, Kenya.  After the war, they returned to Chile, where Mike was born in 1947. Growing up in a medical family, he knew at an early age that he would follow in his parents’ footsteps.

The Jolley family, including Mike’s younger brother and two sisters, moved to the U.S. in 1958, and eventually settled in Oradell, New Jersey. He was graduated from Riverdell High School, and a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in pre-med studies.  He was graduated with honor from New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, now Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences.

While in college, he met his wife, Wendy, nee McCaughan, on a blind date, and they were married in 1973. They moved to New York, where Mike did an internship and one year of a general surgery residency at NYU Bellevue Hospital. They then moved to Pasadena, California, for Mike’s four-year orthopedic residency at the University of Southern California. Their first daughter was born in 1976. After returning to New Jersey, Mike completed a hip fellowship at The Hospital for Special Surgery. Their second daughter was born in 1979.

In 1980, the Jolleys moved to Princeton, Wendy’s hometown. Mike joined the Princeton Orthopedic Group, where he practiced until a merger with Princeton Orthopaedics in 1992.  Their third and fourth daughters were born in 1982 and 1983. He remained at Princeton Orthopaedic Associates until his retirement in 2016, after practicing for 36 years.

Mike was a consummate professional. He did everything precisely, and with purpose and skill.  He was a gifted surgeon, specializing in hip and knee replacements, and over the years, he took care of many older patients, both in the office and at various clinics. He was an “old-fashioned doctor,” in the sense that he treated his patients himself, from start to finish, and developed a lasting relationship with them and their families. He cared deeply, and always did his best for them.

Mike was generous to a fault, always glad to lend a hand, financial support, or just his presence.  He had great respect for many of the excellent doctors and nurses he worked with over the years. He was a lover of Notre Dame football, classic cars, ’60s music, a funny joke, a good cigar, and a glass of Chardonnay. He greatly enjoyed spending time on Long Beach Island with friends and family members. He was a loyal friend to all. His greatest joy was his family; he was a devoted husband, doting father of four daughters, and he adored his six grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Henry Vernon Jolley. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wendy; daughters Dr. Jennifer Jolley (Dr. Marcelo Hinojosa) of Irvine, CA; Katharine Milford (David) of Lawrenceville; Caroline of Philadelphia; Lindsay Ambriz (Jesse) of Pennington; and his beloved grandchildren Eve, Alexandra, Landon, Max, Olivia, and Scarlett.  He is also survived by his sister Patricia Orlovsky (Brian) of Newport Richey, FL; and sister Moira Swallow (Eric), of Saybrook, CT. He will be greatly missed by his sisters-in-law Carey Hoover (Stuart) and Marny McCaughan, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at a future date when it is safe to gather. Burial in Princeton Cemetery will be private. Donations in his honor may be made to Corner House Behavioral Health, 1 Monument Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540; or the American Nurses Association.


Alton H. Bassett

Alton H. Bassett passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on November 16, 2020, just shy of his 90th birthday. He will be remembered as a devoted family man.

Alt was born November 27, 1930 in Hartford, Connecticut, son of Martha and Arthur Bassett. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1953, with a BS Degree in chemistry. In his junior year he met and dated his future wife, Joan Tolley. After graduation, he served two years in the Marine Corps ending at the Marine Corps Institute in Washington, DC, teaching math. In 1956, he married Joan, stopping at the Princeton Inn on the first night of the honeymoon, never realizing this would become their hometown. Alt worked briefly at American Viscose Corporation in Front Royal, VA, where his first daughter was born. He then began a job with Chicopee Manufacturing Company (Johnson & Johnson) and  moved the family to New Brunswick, NJ, where his second daughter was born. They bought a “starter” house in Princeton in 1962, which became the “home” he lived in for the rest of his life. 

Alt was a Research Director at Chicopee for 30 years, developing non-woven fabrics for surgical and medical supplies, and recorded three patents. He retired in 1988 and consulted for five more years. After retiring, he and Joan purchased an old 32’ Bristol sailboat, enjoying 25 years cruising the Toms River and Barnegat Bay waters. Every February, the two would travel to Venice, Florida, to enjoy the beach in a relaxing location. Alt developed lasting friendships that he cherished for a lifetime: in college, business (“The Old Farts”), Princeton, boating, and Florida.

Alt inspired his family with a sense of adventure and exploration. He proposed marriage to Joan, who was afraid of heights, on a waterfall cliff near Middlebury. On family vacations they went tent camping along the East Coast, and skiing in New England. Weekends were spent canoeing, hiking, or exploring New Jersey and Pennsylvania, or testing his homemade model airplanes, rockets, and sailboats. Alt amused everyone with creative activities, like mock baseball in the kitchen (the sport he played in high school), or sand games at the beach. He pursued his love for the desert southwest by climbing Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and taking his entire family on an RV trip to Death Valley. Because of his talent with a camera, he captured all of his adventures on film.

Alt is survived by his wife Joan Bassett, his two daughters, Linda Bassett and Bobbie Erdman, sons-in-law Billy Erdman and George Morris, and two grandchildren, Jamie and Drew Erdman.

Alton’s family gives thanks to the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Penn Medical Center, and Park Place Center for their exceptional care during his final months. There will be a small family service in the Princeton Cemetery at a future date, due to Covid-19 concerns. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Mort Darrow

Mort Darrow passed away on Saturday, November 21st at Stonebridge Senior Community, Montgomery, New Jersey from complications stemming from a soft tissue sarcoma and Parkinson’s disease. He was 94 years old, as is his surviving spouse Maureen Darrow, who sat with him as he died painlessly in his sleep.

A longtime Princeton resident, Mort taught at the University following the completion of his PhD at Columbia. Repelled by the anti-Semitism he encountered, he leapt at the chance to help elect a democratic governor, who offered him a cabinet post once in office. Mort was 28 years old.

Throughout his life, Dr. Darrow progressed at an accelerated pace due to his extraordinary intelligence. He entered college at the age of 15. Following his political career, his rise to becoming a vice president at Prudential Insurance was meteoric. While there, he became a renowned futurist, giving extemporaneous, humorous keynote speeches and presentations at major conferences around the world. Once he retired from an executive position, Mort founded a consulting firm whose clients included cities, state governments, universities, and corporations.

Mort was born and raised in Brooklyn, the son of immigrant parents – Russian Jews from a small town in Ukraine. The family was poor and frequently moved as their small businesses failed. Education freed him, beginning at Townsend Harris, a school for gifted children. Mort served in the U.S. Army stateside during World War II, held back by vision and foot issues. With the GI bill, he was able to pursue a serious academic career, where he met the love of his life, Maureen Grace Sullivan, a teacher in training from the Bronx. Their connection transcended their disparate backgrounds and it didn’t hurt that his future wife resembled Snow White, and has retained her outer and inner beauty throughout her life.

The couple produced two children, Nancy Whiteside of Brunswick, Maine, and Marc Darrow of Aptos, California, both of whom pursued successful careers as psychotherapists. Mort is also survived by a nephew he helped raise — Robert Goldberg of Livingston, NJ, whose entire family has cared for the Darrows during their recent medical challenges — and for decades before. He is survived by two other nephews as well — Richard Goldberg and Charles Goldberg. Mort and Maureen have one grandson, Daniel Whiteside of Brunswick, Maine, who has clearly inherited Mort’s intellect.

In lieu of a memorial service, perhaps anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him can simply reflect on Mort’s kindness, generosity, humor, authenticity, integrity, and incredible knowledge base. He touched the lives of many people, often helping them in ways they couldn’t have imagined. A lot of obituaries make claims such as these. In Mort’s case, they are simply facts — ask anyone whom he inspired to become a better person as he role modeled traits we all admire.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton, NJ 08611.

November 18, 2020

Martha B. Hartmann

Devoted to her family, community, and to the advancement of civil and human rights in New Jersey.

Martha Bothfeld Hartmann died quickly and peacefully from old age on November 11, 2020 at Stonebridge at Montgomery. She was 97 years old.

Born in 1923, Martha had a happy childhood in Wellesley, MA. She liked to tell stories of how she played ice hockey with her siblings on the neighborhood pond and spent time with her cousins at her grandfather’s farm and by the sea in Duxbury, MA. In 1941 she entered Smith College where her grandmother had been a member of the first graduating class. Her college years were profoundly shaped by World War II. Because of labor shortages, she helped organize students to assist in the harvesting of local crops. In 1942, she joined the Vermont Volunteer Land Corps founded by famous journalist Dorothy Thompson. She spent the summer working on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont where her main job was to ride the hay rake.  This experience deeply affected her. She bonded closely with the family she lived with and remained in touch with them for many years. She took pride in her capacity for hard physical work and from that time on liked wearing a blue-jean jacket. 

“It was a wonderful summer but also one that made me realize the hidden rural poverty that existed in farming communities,” she wrote in a short memoir. She
decided she wanted to work for the Farm Security Administration and did her senior thesis on the subject. The thesis won Smith’s Government Department prize. After graduation she embarked on a graduate degree in Agricultural Economics at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She left the program to marry Marine Corps Captain Thomas Hartmann when he was back on leave from serving as a dive bomber in the Pacific. 

Martha and Tom had a long and close marriage until his death in 2007. They met at a party during her senior year at high school. She was bored and wanted to go home, the story goes, and he looked bored too, so she asked him to walk her home. From that point until their wedding they saw each other for a total of 20 days. Their romance blossomed through their war-time correspondence. Both were becoming avid New Deal Democrats and wrote about their changing views. Throughout their marriage they shared a passion for politics. When Tom worked as an adviser to Bill Bradley’s first Senate campaign, Martha co-chaired the Princeton campaign office.

With the war’s end, the couple moved to Princeton, NJ, where Tom finished his undergraduate degree at the university and then took a teaching and administrative job at the Hun School. Their three daughters — Anna, Darcy, and Betsy — were born in Princeton. Tom’s career then took the family to Wilmington, Delaware and Dallas, Texas. In 1963 they moved back to Princeton. Tom left private school education for anti-poverty work in state government and subsequently became a professor at Livingston College and Rutgers University.

Like so many women of her generation, Martha helped build her husband’s career, but she established herself in her own right as a forceful advocate for racial and social justice. She described herself as a “professional volunteer.”  Martha was a founding member of the Human and Civil Rights Association of New Jersey, the Princeton Youth Center, the Princeton Youth Fund, and the Witherspoon-Jackson Development
Corporation. She was also active in the Princeton Area Council of Community Services and the YMCA’s Soupcon and Interim Homes.  She was on the board of the Princeton Nursery School and on the Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. For 16 years she proudly served on the board of the Princeton Joint Commission on Civil Rights. She assisted in the development of the video “The Princeton Plan” honoring the 50th anniversary of the integration of the Princeton elementary schools. Martha remained political until the very end, casting her ballot in the recent presidential election. She was especially thrilled to hear of Kamala Harris’ historic victory.

Martha was known for her graciousness and compassion, and she gave wise counsel to friends and family members of all ages.  At the height of the 1960s generational divide, her daughters’ teenage friends could often be found confiding to her at the kitchen table. She had a strong aesthetic sense and was an excellent seamstress and gardener. She also had a wickedly wry sense of humor. 

Martha was a much beloved grandmother. Family always came first for her. In a turbulent world, she was a bedrock of sanity and unconditional love. 

Martha is survived by her daughters, Darcy Hartmann of Monterey, CA, Betsy Hartmann of Amherst, MA, and Anna Wexler of Jamaica Plain, MA; her grandchildren Elizabeth Murtagh, Blakely Simoneau, Jamie and Thomas Hartmann-Boyce, and Jonah Wexler; five great-grandchildren; and her son-in-law James K. Boyce of Amherst. She is also survived by her siblings Laura Tracy of Kennet Square, PA, and Henry Bothfeld of Duxbury, MA.

The family would like to thank the staff of Stonebridge at Montgomery, where Martha lived for 17 years, for their kindness and care, and Andrea Didisheim for her help and companionship as Martha’s health declined. The family is especially grateful to Denise Johnson whose dedication, humor, and love brightened the last years of Martha’s life and kept her smiling, laughing, and even dancing until the end.

Because of COVID, a celebration of Martha’s life is being planned for a later date.  Memorial contributions can be made to NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund,

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


Dora Celli

Dora Celli, 92, passed away peacefully at her home in Princeton, NJ, after a brief illness.

She was born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy in 1928 and came to the United States soon after WWII. She quickly learned to speak English and became an expert Dressmaker. In 1952 she married the love of her life, Cosmo Celli, and they had 52 happy years together before his death in 2004. They raised their two children in Princeton.

Dora worked for many years at Merrick’s, a Women’s Boutique, and was renowned and appreciated for her perfect alterations. She was a great cook, a devoted Church attendee, and loved hosting family gatherings at every holiday and for all special occasions. She was famous for her home made Christmas cookies of many varieties. She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her and by her adoring family.

Dora leaves a daughter, Maria Iacono (partner, Billy), and a son, Roberto Celli (Laura); three grandchildren, Marco Iacono (Megan), Ariana Iacono Ferris (Jim), and Carlo Iacono (Monica, fiancée); as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dora’s memory to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children or Doctors Without Borders.

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


Sanaa El-Bakry Abdallah

Sanaa El-Bakry Abdallah, resident of Princeton, NJ, died on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 71 years of age, with her devoted husband and two sons by her side. Sanaa was laid to rest in her place of birth, Cairo, Egypt. Sanaa lived an exemplary life of love, dedication, and virtue. Her incredibly kind and welcoming spirit gave joy and comfort to family, friend, and stranger alike.

Sanaa was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1949, the daughter of Mohamad and Saedia El-Bakry. She was deeply devoted to her husband, Mahmoud, who credits his distinguished career to her steadfast love and counsel. Sanaa was the first woman in her family to graduate college, earning her degree in pharmacy from Cairo University in 1971 with honors, a career reflective of her intelligence, grit, and compassion.

Sanaa was a skillful and dedicated pharmacist, gaining the respect of her peers as she advanced her career in Egypt before immigrating to the U.S. with her husband in 1977. They eventually settled in Philadelphia, PA, where she worked while raising her two boys, Nader and Amir, and completed her degree from the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy & Science with honors. Sanaa passed her pharmacy exam just a few days after giving birth to her second son.

Sanaa and her family moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1989, where she was able to dedicate herself fulltime to her family, which she believed to be her true vocation. She stopped at nothing to secure the health and happiness of her two sons, daughters-in-law, and six beloved grandchildren.

Sanaa honored the traditions of her Islamic faith while living its teachings everyday through selfless acts of service and generosity. She never hesitated to give of herself for the betterment of others. She cherished nothing more than having loved ones close, under her care, showering them with comforts and delicious food celebrating her Egyptian heritage.

Sanaa had a refined taste for art, culture, and fashion. She honed her own unique style that radiated elegance, modesty, and grace.  Sanaa traveled the world but loved the comforts of home most, and wherever she traveled, she dedicated herself to making others feel at home. 

Sanaa exuded strength and decency. She balanced kindness with an unwavering will to protect those she loved and stand up for what she believed was right. Loved and respected by so many, Sanaa was a true matriarch of the Abdallah and El-Bakry family; a wise and honest custodian to her husband, sons, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Sanaa will be dearly missed. Thank you for your tireless love and care. We will cherish you always.


Ellis B. Anderson

Ellis B. Anderson was born (in 1926) and raised in Michigan City, Indiana, the son of Esther (nee Nicholson) and Ben (August Bernard) Anderson. Ellis served in the Infantry during World War II, first on Okinawa and then in Korea, where his unit participated in the surrender of the Japanese and the occupation of the country after the war. He returned to college and received an AB with Honors from Indiana University, where he was very active in campus affairs. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then received a JD degree from Indiana University’s Law School and served on the Board of Editors of its Law Journal. In 1990, the Law School honored him by electing him to its Academy of Alumni Fellows.

Following graduation, he practiced Law in Evansville, Indiana for nine years, becoming a partner in the firm of Butt, Bowers & Anderson, oil and gas specialists. While in Evansville, he was active in local, state and national politics, and spent three months in Washington, D.C., with the Special Senate Committee on Chronic Unemployment Problems.

Ellis then was recruited to join the Law Department of Baxter Laboratories in Illinois, a pharmaceutical specialty company. A few years later, he was recruited by another pharmaceutical company, Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., Nutley, N.J., to become General Counsel and head of both General and Patent Law Departments. He was elected Secretary and a member of its Board of Directors and of the Board’s Executive Committee shortly thereafter. He was elected, successively, Vice President and then Senior V.P. Roche sponsored his participation in the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He served Roche for 24 years. During that time, he was given responsibilities in addition to law which included taxes, corporate planning and development, corporate licensing, risk management, government and public affairs,
human resources, and served as chair of Roche Board’s Fiduciary Review (Investment) Committee.

Ellis married twice. His first wife, Adrienne Scotchbrook Anderson, died in 1991. He is survived by their two daughters, Rebecca J. Smith and Katherine A. Nestor, by four grandchildren: Allison, Tyler and Harrison Fontan, and Ben Smith, and four great-grandchildren. Following the death of Adrienne, in 1993 he married Jermain J. Andrews, who predeceased him in 2019. He is survived by two step-children, Jermain J. Steiner and John F. Mueller, and four step grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. He has lived in Evansville, Indiana, Winnetka, Illinois, Essex Fells, New Jersey, and, for over 30 years, in Princeton, New Jersey. He also had a home in Mantoloking, New Jersey for many years.

During most of his adult life, Ellis was active in civic affairs and organizations, including service on boards of schools, family service, churches, and social and cultural organizations including The Nassau Club, McCarter Theatre, and the Nassau Presbyterian Church, where he had served on its Session and as chair of its finance committee. Douglass College, his first wife’s alma mater, awarded him the Douglass Medal. He was a member of The Nassau Club, Springdale Golf Club, and the Bay Head Yacht Club. At time of death, Ellis was living in The Princeton Windrows, a retirement community, of which he was one of the founding residents and was the first resident member of its Board of Trustees, from which service he derived great satisfaction and to which he provided great benefit.

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

November 11, 2020

Mary Strunsky Wisnovsky

Mary Strunsky Wisnovsky, a lifelong Princetonian, died on Sunday, November 8, at age 81, of metastatic lung cancer. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joe Wisnovsky; her two sons, Robert and Peter Wisnovsky; their respective spouses, Laila Parsons and Alejandro Mendoza Castillo; her sisters, Martha Ilic and Jane Wiseman; her grandchildren, Simon Wisnovsky and Jasmine Parsons; her granddaughter-in-law, Caroline Cawley; and her great-grandson, Arthur Thomas Wisnovsky.

Mary was born in New York City on June 6, 1939 and was brought home to Princeton soon afterward by her parents, Robert and Louise Strunsky. Her early education was at Miss Mason’s and Miss Fine’s schools in Princeton, and she went on to attend Barnard College, where she majored in Art History. 

Mary was an exceptionally friendly, cheerful person who greatly enjoyed her busy, hard-working life, taking time off from work temporarily to raise her two boys. Among her many local jobs, she was employed at one time or another by the Princeton University geology department, McCarter Theatre, the Princeton Art Museum, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Hillier Group, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Child Development Institute, the Senior Resource Center and — her all-time favorite — the Princeton Public Library.

Mary’s longest stint was at the IAS, where she was initially hired by Director Harry Woolf to help organize the Einstein Centennial Symposium, a four-day conference in March, 1979, that brought together hundreds of top scientists and other scholars — including dozens of Nobel Prize winners — to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s birth. A few days later, she traveled to Jerusalem to oversee a related event there. 

In her 12 years at the Institute, Mary wore several hats, including Assistant to the Director, as well as Foreign Student Advisor — the latter a position mandated by the U.S State Department to deal with visa matters, etc. She later served for many years on the board of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, which gave her an opportunity to travel to meetings with her foreign counterparts in many exotic places, including a number of
countries in Southeast Asia. In addition, she organized and ran an annual series of conferences in Germany for visiting American scientists working abroad under the aegis of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

An avid jazz fan, Mary co-founded and managed, along with Mait Jones, JazzNights, a long-running series of local house concerts, featuring top-flight jazz musicians from around the world. 

As young girls, Mary and her sister were neighbors of Einstein, and on occasion they would walk-and-talk with him, at least partway, to the Institute campus. Her most enduring memory from that time was his habit of going sock-less — a privilege she and her sister Martha envied and complained about to her mother, who firmly (and in their view, unfairly) denied it to them.

Mary was especially proud of the extraordinary academic and professional accomplishments of her offspring and their spouses. She will be remembered by her many friends as someone who was always ready to pitch in and help, particularly with fundraising for local nonprofits. She will be sorely missed by one and all.


Violet Franks

July 20, 1926 — November 1, 2020

Violet Franks, age 94, of Bloomington, IN, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 1 with her beloved son at her side. Violet was born in Queens, N.Y., on  July 20, 1926 to Jewish Russian immigrants Sarah (née Chomsky) and Joseph Greenberg. Always an avid student, Violet looked to pursue a career in psychology after graduating from Queens College. She completed a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota where she met her husband of 62 years, Cyril Franks, at a Hillel dinner. A brief courtship followed by wedding in New York and the newlyweds were on their way by steamship back to London to continue their education.

Their children, Steven and Sharon, were born in London as Violet completed her PhD in psychology at the University of London. The newly minted PhDs in Psychology from the University of London, Cyril and Violet, moved the family to New Jersey, eventually settling in Princeton.

On the cusp of the women’s movement, Violet edited Women in Therapy: New Psychotherapies for a Changing Society. Violet was active in the American Psychological Association division 12. She was active in The Jewish Center. She taught as adjunct faculty at Douglas College and served as the Director of Testing for Carrier Clinic in addition to a robust private practice. In their Princeton home of over 40 years, they hosted many parties for their friends from around the world. After suffering a stroke in 2013, Violet and her husband moved to Bloomington, Indiana, to be closer to family. She loved taking advantage of the cultural offerings of her new home, such as going to the opera, theater, and IU women’s basketball games.

Violet was a profoundly compassionate soul and a model of loving kindness. Friends and colleagues agree Violet was a seminal scholar, a wise mentor, and a merry and loyal friend. She is survived by her children Steven (Karen) Franks of Bloomington, IN, and Sharrin Vernall of Auckland, New Zealand; by her five grandchildren Julia (Joshua) Needle of Henderson, NV, David Franks of Chicago, IL, Elisabeth (Brian) Anderson of Denver, CO, Emily Sage and Brendon Vernall of Auckland, New Zealand; and by one great-grandson Nathan Needle.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Jewish Nevada’s Human Services Relief Fund (


William Robert Frazier

William Robert Frazier, 93, passed away October 13, 2020 after a long struggle following a fall and traumatic brain injury. Bill was born in 1926 in Washington, D.C., the only child of the late William Carroll and Sada Brown Frazier. He was educated in the Madison, Wisconsin, public schools. As a proud veteran, he served in World War II from 1945-1947 with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany. After the war, he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

He married the love of his life, the late Anne McElvain Frazier in 1951 in Madison, Wisconsin. They remained loving and strong partners for 53 years until Anne’s passing in 2004. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he and Anne moved to New Jersey to begin his career and to start a family. Bill was involved in his three children’s lives, actively supporting and encouraging their interests, activities, and pursuits. He was an avid gardener, sports enthusiast, and history buff. He spent his scientific career at E. R. Squibb & Sons, New Brunswick, NJ, in various capacities in The Squibb Institute for Medical Research, Manufacturing and Chemical Division. He held the position of Research Fellow, involved with fermentation technology, process development, start-ups, was the manufacturing liaison, and conducted research in the fields of microbial fermentation associated with antibiotics, microbial transformations, and enzymes. He had several extended overseas assignments in India, Brazil, and Italy, making lifelong friends wherever he traveled.  

On retirement in 1986, he and Anne moved from Princeton, NJ, to Keowee Key, Salem, SC, where he resided since. During retirement, he and Anne enjoyed world travels as well as activities in the community. He appreciated any chance to get out and connect with people around him. He volunteered in the Emergency department at Oconee Medical Center for over 20 years, was a member of the Nine Hole golf group, Key Bowlers groups, Seneca Coffee Club, the Salem Lion’s Club, and the Keowee History Club.

Bill was best known for his subtle and quiet wit, his generosity, encouraging and uplifting words to his family and those around him, and his openness to new friendships with anyone he met. He often took the time and effort to inspire and encourage others. He left behind a legacy of support and kindness which will carry beyond his life here on earth. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bill was predeceased by his step-mother Hildegarde Shultz Frazier, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jane McElvain and Carl Edwin Jenkins. He is survived by three children, William S. Frazier, of Helena, Montana, Jane Reed (Thomas) of Seneca, SC, and Barbara Ambos (Douglas), of Sherborn, Massachusetts; six grandchildren, Sarah Bekibele (Onome), William Georgitis, Mary Winters (Mark), and Samuel Georgitis, Adrienne Frazier (Dylan Smith), Scott Ambos; and four step-grandchildren, Toby Deter, Sunni Hitchcock (Clint), Jeremy Deter, and Thomas Reed. He is also survived by three great-granddaughters, Alexandria Georgitis, Sheralyn Bekibele, and Prudence Winters.

A memorial service is planned for November 22 at 3 p.m. at King’s Grove Baptist Church in Central, SC, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill Frazier’s honor may be made to Hospice of the Foothills or a charity of your choice. The family would treasure your memories of Bill. These may be expressed online by visiting


Barbara T. Lyle

Barbara T. Lyle died peacefully Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born in Patterson, NJ, in 1937 to the late Martin and Mamie Touw. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Quentin (Bud) Lyle. She is survived by her two children, Jeff Lyle (Jennifer) of Del Mar, CA, and Susan Lyle (Peter Healey) of Titusville, NJ; her cherished grandchildren, Charlotte, Jilly, Katie, and Lyle; her brother Robert Touw of East Stroudsburg, PA, and sister Debbie Grim (Allen) of Round Rock, TX; and her brother-in-law Bob Lyle (Hilary Evans) of Somers, NY.

Barbara graduated from Stroudsburg High School in Pennsylvania and the School of Nursing at The University of Pennsylvania. She met the love of her life, Bud, while in nursing school. After graduation, they married and moved to Camp Lejeune, NC, where Bud was a Dental Officer in the U.S. Navy stationed with the Marines. Following his discharge, they moved to Haverstraw, NY, while Bud completed his orthodontic specialty education at Columbia University. After his graduation, they moved to Princeton, NJ, a town they made their home for almost 60 years.  They raised their two children there and were an integral part of this community that they both loved. 

Barbara was a gourmet cook who loved entertaining and preparing special meals for her friends and family. She was the consummate host, making everyone feel as if they were a part of the family. Friends of friends and people far from home were always welcome for holidays and celebrations. Many of her children’s friends would stop by to visit her whenever they were in town.

Barbara was a passionate bridge player and an active golf member at Bedens Brook Club and later at Springdale Golf Club, where she served on the board. She also served on various committees at The Nassau Club of Princeton, where she and Bud were members, enjoying many meals and events with friends and family. Barbara had a large circle of friends who attended the Princeton Symphony and dined out together often. She was an active member of the Women’s Investment Group, where she enjoyed researching the markets and picking stocks with this fascinating group of women. She recently joined a book club where she enjoyed many lively conversations. Barbara involved herself in all of the arts and culture that Princeton has to offer; from the Morven Museum and Garden, to sporting events at the University. She loved attending performances at McCarter Theatre and playing bridge at The Present Day Club. However, Barbara’s true passion was the wonderful friendships she had with both those she had known forever, and those that were newer in her life. Barbara made time for everyone and will always be remembered as a kind and honest soul.

Barbara’s four grandchildren were a source of joy to her always. She followed their progress and reveled in their life achievements.  She enjoyed cheering them on at athletic fields and encouraging them in their art and music, as well as sharing her skills with them in the kitchen.   

Barbara loved the ocean and St. Croix was a particular place of peace and contentment for her and her whole family. Both her children and grandchildren traveled there with her and Bud many times over the years where she made all the arrangements, cooked every day, and made family time so enjoyable.

Given the current restrictions regarding social gatherings, the family has opted to plan a celebration of Barbara’s life in 2021 when conditions allow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Barbara’s memory to HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-4518; Princeton Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 250, Princeton, NJ 08542; or to the charity of your choice.

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

November 4, 2020

Christopher Robert Barbrack

Christopher Robert Barbrack died peacefully in his sleep on June 2, 2020, following several years of declining health. He was 78. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joanne, who was the love of his life; by his sons Scott and David, who he loved deeply and of whom he was enormously proud; and their families, Scott’s wife Lyz, and their four children Justine, JC, Jazel and Aly, and David’s wife Mary, and their two children Daniel and Claire. Christopher often expressed his deep love for his two strong and loving daughters-in-law, Lyz and Mary,  for their warmth, emotional generosity, and kindness, and for his six grandchildren who brought him enormous joy, laughter, and optimism for the future with their generosity of spirit and intellectual, athletic, and artistic achievements.

Christopher was born in the Bronx, NY, on August 11, 1941, the only child of Christopher Barbrack Sr. and Margaret Ryan Barbrack. He graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, and credited his study of science and philosophy in college for his lifelong intellectual curiosity and respect for intellectual rigor. After graduating, he taught elementary school (third grade),  and there became interested in child psychology and learning theory. 

He  enrolled at Columbia University, Teachers College in NYC where he received a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology in 1968, then accepted an internship in Nashville, Tennessee, at Peabody College/Vanderbilt University, where he was a prolific researcher and author in the field of child psychology and early childhood learning and development.

In 1970, Christopher was recruited by the University of Miami School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, to join the Medical School’s Comprehensive Health Care Program (CHCP), a federally-funded medical services program, to develop a psychology unit to provide psychological testing and treatment services for low income children in the Miami-South Dade area and to teach medical students on their pediatric rotation about early identification of psychological/developmental conditions in young children. Christopher moved to Miami from Nashville where he met Joanne his first week there. They fell in love, finding in each other a soulmate for life, and married in August 1971, with Scott (age 6) and David (age 3) in attendance, thus beginning their life journey.

Christopher and Joanne moved to Bloomington, Indiana, in August 1973 where Christopher attended Indiana University Graduate School of Psychology and received a PhD in Psychology  in 1975. While on the psychology faculty, Christopher taught graduate level courses in statistical experimental design and child learning theory, and organized annual psychological testing clinics for disadvantaged children in rural Wall, West Virginia. In his free time, Christopher fulfilled a lifelong ambition by taking flying lessons and receiving a pilot’s license for single-engine aircraft. He logged hundreds of hours flying over rural Indiana and adjoining states and developed a deep love and affection for the people, culture, and physical beauty of the Midwest.

In August 1977, after Joanne received a law degree (JD) from Indiana University Law School (Bloomington), Chris and Joanne moved back to the NYC area where Chris joined the faculty of Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAAP) in New Brunswick. They moved to Princeton in 1982 where they settled. Christopher received tenure from Rutgers in 1984, carried a full teaching load, and was a prolific author, publishing many articles in major scholarly journals as well as occasional pieces for popular magazines.

Christopher had an interest in the scientific underpinnings of psychology and the measurable effects of clinical treatment, and became increasingly skeptical about the lack of quantitative measurements of the effects of clinical psychological treatment, but was optimistic about developments  in the field of neuropsychology, because of its focus on brain structure and function and new developments in brain imaging. While at Rutgers, Christopher also worked as a clinical psychologist at Carrier Foundation, the largest private psychiatric facility in NJ at the time; and engaged in private practice in clinical psychology.

In 1986, at the age of 45, Christopher decided to embark on a career in law, and enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He received a doctorate of laws degree (JD) in 1989 and became a member of the New Jersey and New York bars. He opened the Barbrack Law Firm  on January 1, 1990, and, over the next 25 years, the firm represented hundreds of clients in matters of family law, medical malpractice, and immigration. Christopher had a strong affinity to the plight of the undocumented immigrant population in and around Princeton and focused increasingly on immigration clients. Chris believed strongly in the rights of the individual to be protected from unreasonable and unfair government action and, as a result, his legal practice increasingly focused on clients with immigration issues and pro bono work for prisoners mistreated during their incarceration. To Chris, his law practice and the many pro-bono clients he was able to assist, was the pinnacle of his professional life’s work.

Chris was a great animal lover and he and Joanne shared their home with many dogs, from Great Danes and Newfoundlands, to Westies and Shih Tzus, and dozens of rescue rabbits,  throughout their life together.

Of the many achievements of Chris’s life, he will be best remembered as a brilliant and charismatic man who freely shared his warmth and emotional generosity with others and for his keen insight and interest in the lives of those whose paths crossed his. He loved to hear the life stories of people who overcame personal challenges and often noted how much those who shared their stories with Chris had enriched him. Chris summed up his own personal philosophy with a tattoo he chose for himself on his 60th birthday that said, in Chinese characters, “never give up,” and he lived this philosophy to the end. Chris was deeply loved by the many people whose lives he touched and his passing leaves a deep and immeasurable void.

Contributions may be made in his name to Princeton SAVE — A Friend to Homeless Animals.


Mary Dimitruk

Mary Dimitruk, 97, of Princeton Junction passed away peacefully on October 28, 2020 at Granville Place in Burlington with her loving family by her side.

The daughter of the late George and Mary Kostuk, she is predeceased by her husband, Walter Dimitruk Sr., and her siblings, Anne Hopkins and Michael Kostuk. She is survived by her children Monja and Bruce Crandall, Nadja Selah, Walter Jr. and Ellen Dimitruk, and Nina and Robert Avery; her seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Jennie Osinski.

Private Funeral Liturgy was offered at Saint Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church, Jackson, New Jersey 08527. Burial followed at St. Vladimir’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to either St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church, 316 Cassville Road, P.O. Box 146, Jackson, New Jersey 08527; Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675; or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direct care and supervision of Robert L. Pecht, Bordentown Home for Funerals, 40 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505. Please go to Mary’s Book of Memories page at for arrangement information and direction, to upload a picture, order flowers, or offer condolences to the family.


Wendell Keith Whitney

November 27, 1927 — October 23, 2020

Keith Whitney of rural Saline County, Kansas, went to join Annie, his beloved wife of 70 years, in the Kingdom of Heaven on Friday, October 23, 2020. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Ina, of Miltonvale, Kansas.

Keith is survived by his daughter, Judy Alink; his son, Kenneth (Pam) Whitney; his chosen children Joel and Jeri Wimer; four grandchildren, Brian (Danica) Alink, Emily (Craig) Alink Batchelor, Cody (Morgan) Whitney, and Chris (Minuet) Whitney; and three chosen grandchildren, Matthew (Abby) Wimer, Michael (Ryley) Wimer, and Melissa (Michael) Wimer Haverfield. He was the loving great-grandfather to 14.

Dr. W. Keith Whitney was a PhD Research Entomologist. Keith taught all through his Bachelor, Masters, and PhD tenure at K-State. He then went on to do Research and Grain Insect Treatment for Dow Chemical, Cyanamid, and Pfizer in numerous foreign countries, mostly concentrated in Africa.

Keith passed on from this life and all its physical difficulties surrounded by loved ones at home. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Helaine Randerson

Helaine Randerson (nee Kleinman) passed away quietly at her home in Princeton, NJ, on October 24, 2020 at the age of 81. She was born in Cleveland, OH in 1939 to the late Lillian Goldfarb Kleinman and Dr. Samuel Kleinman.

Helaine, known as Grandma Lanie to her beloved grandchildren Mose and Maceo Wolfe, shared a life full of love, art, theater, and travel with her cherished husband Lewis E. Randerson, a perfect match if there ever was one. Helaine charted her own path in life. After practicing law briefly in Los Angeles, CA, she moved with Lew to Princeton, NJ, where she worked for many years as the Assistant Editor for the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

She decided to take a leap of faith and start her own business in editing and page production called Fastidious Word Processing, and she never looked back. Many an author’s writing benefited from her inquisitive mind, eye for detail, and sage advice. She shared these with her family and friends, too, but the greatest gifts were her unstinting love, encouragement, generosity, and compassion.

She is missed and loved by them all, but most deeply by her husband Lew, her son Justin Wolfe and daughter-in-law Edie Wolfe, her grandchildren Mose and Maceo, her sister Sandra Kleinman, her brothers Dr. Alan and Theodore Kleinman (Han), her niece Lisa Kleinman (Derek), and nephews Josh (Sabrina) and Chris Kleinman (Elizabeth). She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Richard Kleinman, and her ex-husband Michael Wolfe.

A feminist to her core, with a sharp intellect and a crack wit, she was a lifelong supporter of women’s rights and reproductive freedom. In lieu of flowers, we ask you to consider honoring her life and memory with a donation to Planned Parenthood.


Albert Medwin

Albert Medwin, age 94, of Skillman and formerly of Princeton, passed away Monday, October 26, 2020. An accomplished electric engineer, he holds several US patents, including in the field of electronic encoders. He was involved in the early development of integrated circuits while working at RCA in Somerville, New Jersey. In the 1960s he led the engineering group that developed the world’s first low power CMOS chips.

Born in New York City, he was a graduate of City College of New York. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre. After returning home, he married Marilyn Herbst Medwin in 1947.

In 1957 he moved to Whippany, N.J. There he and Marilyn raised their sons. Soon after moving to Whippany, he built a small sailboat. Every summer Marilyn and Alby took the sailboat, and the family, to Lake George, N.Y., to camp on the islands. 

Attached to the house was a greenhouse that he built. Throughout the year, it was a warm place to enjoy the sun and many, many orchids. In the summer, the upper row of windows opened to help cool off the greenhouse.

At one point, Medwin got his private pilot’s license and even bought a small airplane which he flew out of Morristown Airport.

Medwin’s first patent (US 3,390,314) was issued in 1968 when he was 43. It is entitled “Semiconductor Translating Circuit” and was assigned to Radio Corporation of America (RCA). His second patent (US 3,588,635) was issued in 1971 and is simply titled “Integrated Circuit.” It was also assigned to the RCA Corporation. At this point, Medwin left RCA to start his own integrated circuit development company called Ragen Semiconductor. He received his next patent (US 3,789,388) in 1972, titled “Apparatus for Providing a Pulsed Liquid Crystal Display.” This was the first of his patents that was assigned to Ragen Semiconductor.

Several years later, Medwin started another company call CGS Systems, Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey. His next patent (US 4,110,701) was issued in 1978 and is titled “Method and Apparatus for Near-Synchronization of a Pair of Oscillators, and Measuring Thereby.” His final two patents are related to electronic encoders, “Electronic Measuring Apparatus” (US 4,367,438) issued in 1983 and “Electronic Vernier” (US 4,459,702) issued in 1984. Neither of these was assigned to a company.

Mr. Medwin was a member of The Jewish Center of Princeton. He and Marilyn were active with Recording for the Blind for many years. They were also members of the Princeton Macintosh User Group (PMUG).

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Medwin; two sons, Steven (Rabbi Michele) Medwin and Lawrence (Ellie Hertzberg) Medwin; a sister, Mildred Linnetz; four grandchildren, Dan Medwin, Allison Steele, Rachel Witriol, and Sam Medwin; and five great-grandchildren, Zimra, Gavi, Teddy, Jasmine, and Julian. He is predeceased by his brother Julius Medwin.

Private funeral services and burial with military honors were held Wednesday, October 28 at 2:30 pm at Princeton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Springpoint Foundation (online at or by mail to Springpoint Foundation, 4814 Outlook Drive, Suite 201, Wall Twp., NJ  07753).

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Frederick Spring Osborne Jr.

Frederick Spring Osborne Jr., 80, of Princeton, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA, died on October 28th at home in Chester, CT.  

Fred began his career as the Director of Undergraduate Sculpture at the University of Pennsylvania and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Penn, progressed to a faculty member in the Graduate Program of Arts Education and Director of Continuing Education at Philadelphia College of Art, co-founded the Vermont Studio Center, was Dean of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and finally President Emeritus of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Fred had great influence on all with his gentleness, wisdom, and patience.

Fred is survived by his wife Judith Barbour Osborne; daughters Sophie Simpson of Philadelphia and Jessica Mungekar of Sewell, NJ; sister Lydia Osborne of Pennington, NJ; and respective families. He was predeceased by his son Thomas Spring Osborne who left behind wife Natasha of Philadelphia and two now-grown children. 


October 28, 2020

Maureen Theresa Lima

Maureen Theresa Lima, formerly known as Maureen Curtin, born August 31, 1940, died October 25, 2020 peacefully with her family by her side. 

Maureen epitomized the great American success story. The second daughter of Irish immigrants, Maureen grew up in the Bronx, NY, with her loving four sisters, Margaret (deceased), Eileen, Ann, and Theresa and her deceased brother Dennis. She met her soul mate at 15 attending a Catholic school dance. Maureen and Vincent Lima were married on June 12, 1960. Maureen always knew what she wanted. When she met Vinny, she knew they would create a beautiful home for their children. Maureen and Vinny had four children and 11 grandchildren: Mary Ley (Bill Ley) and daughter Isabella; Joanne Cella (Chris Cella) and children Justine, Christopher, and Clare; Vincent Lima (Beth Lima) and children Rachel, Vincent, Natalie, and Alexandra; Jennifer McLaughlin (Mark Dowden), and children Patrick, Molly, and Anna.

Growing up in the Bronx, Maureen dreamed of her elegant home filled with children, antiques, art, and a kitchen table for family dinners every evening and an abundance of love. She accomplished that and so much more. Maureen became an avid tennis player, a spectacular bridge player, and a wonderful mom. Her love affair with Vinny was without equal and an inspiration to her children. Later in life bridge became her passion. She studied the game and fell in love with its beauty. She played bridge because she loved it. While talented enough to make life master, she didn’t care about the title. She only cared about the love of the game and the camaraderie and friendships it brought.

Maureen was a student in the best sense of the word. She studied and developed deep knowledge for no other reason than the love of it. She introduced her children to great literature, art, and film. If there was one phrase to describe Maureen, it would be simple elegance.  She carried herself with great confidence, she was a keen listener and always lent a sympathetic ear.

Maureen will be missed by her husband Vinny, her four children, her cherished 11 grandchildren, all of her friends from bridge, and so many others touched by her kindness and grace.

Maureen lived the American dream. It wasn’t effortless, but she made it appear so. Her grit and vision and unwavering belief and desire to build a beautiful life for her family all came true.  She will be sorely missed, remembered always, and cherished forever.

A mass will be held at St. James Church in Pennington, NJ, on Friday, October 30th.  Family will be receiving visitors from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by a memorial mass. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative ( Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at


Catherine F. Lloyd

Catherine Fanget Lloyd passed peacefully on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from natural causes. She recently celebrated her 101st birthday.

A longtime resident of Catonsville, Maryland, she was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1941.

She was a long-term parishioner of St. Mark in Catonsville where she taught school for eight years and served on the parish council. She was a devoted teacher, both at St. Mark and Catonsville High School, with a lifelong impact on many of her students. She was passionate about travel and playing bridge with friends and family.

She is survived by her three children, Edward Lloyd of South Orange, NJ (Janine Bauer), Pamela Lloyd Coulter of New York, NY (John V. Coulter), and Robert Lloyd of Catonsville, Maryland. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Alex Lloyd, Kimberly Coulter, and Abigail Lloyd, all of New York, NY.   

Catherine was predeceased by her beloved husband, Edward Lloyd; her sisters Connie Driver, Rita Price, and Lillian Fanget; and her brother, Louis A. Fanget.

She was interred at St. Paul Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. A memorial service will be scheduled at some future date.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be considered in Catherine’s honor to St. Mark School, 26 Melvin Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland 21228.


Marian Lucille Miles McCredie

Marian Lucille Miles McCredie died on October 23 at the Princeton Medical Center. She was 81.

She was born Marian Lucille Miles on February 20th, 1939 in New York, New York, to George and Lucy Eleanor (Briggs) Miles. She graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, in 1956, having spent a year abroad at La Chatelaine in St. Blaise, Switzerland. She received a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art from Smith College in 1960.

Marian, known from an early age to her friends and family as Mimsy, succinctly framed her aspirations in her high school yearbook this way: “To really live life.” And so she did. She was presented to society at the Westchester Cotillion in 1956. By then she was already a veteran traveler and had proved herself an accomplished canoeist, swimmer, horseback rider, skier, and mountain climber. She was a lifelong traveler and lover of adventure. She visited places as far flung as India, Norway, Kenya, and the Galapagos and she had crisscrossed North America from the Baja peninsula to the northern woods of Maine. From 1960 to 2019, she spent part of each year on the remote Greek island of Samothrace. In fact, she liked to say that she had been on her way around the world when she stopped in Athens, Greece, and married the archaeologist, James R. McCredie on September 3rd, 1960.

Mimsy and James went on to share a 58-year marriage until his death in 2018. She was an essential partner during his extraordinary career in academia and classical archaeology, putting her legendary organizational skills and social graces to work for the benefit of all. As wife of the Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, she was known for careful planning of parties and events and tactful follow-through that advanced many a student’s career. On a more human level, she simply made sure that everyone felt included. Her ability to connect people came through in every part of her life and across the world. She is remembered fondly as a loyal correspondent, a rememberer of birthdays, and an expert networker long before that became a thing.

Mimsy is survived by and will be forever missed by her son, Miles McCredie, her daughter Meredeth McCredie Winter, son-in-law Mark Winter, grandchildren William and Eleanor Winter and by the many, many friends and acquaintances whose lives she touched.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marquand Park Foundation in Princeton, on whose board she served for many years, or to the Loon Preservation Committee in memory of her long love of a particular loon-graced lake.


Helen Gentile

November 15, 1921 – October 20, 2020

Helen Theresa Gentile, 98, passed away peacefully while sleeping at her home at The Avalon in Hillsborough, New Jersey, on the morning of October 20, 2020, a few weeks before her 99th birthday. She had been a longtime resident, with her husband Emile Gentile, of Garden City, New York for 44 years before moving to New Jersey.

Helen was born on November 15, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, the middle child and only daughter of Alexander and Rose Picozzi (née Adamo) and adoring sister of Matthew Picozzi and Vincent Picozzi, who predeceased her. Helen grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Richmond Hill, Queens, spending happy summers with her close-knit extended Italian-American family at her family’s bungalow in Highland, New York, near New Paltz, a tradition she later continued with her own children. An excellent student, Helen graduated from Richmond Hill High School at 15 and then attended Queens College, along with her older brother Matthew, where she majored in French and Spanish language and literature and was on the diving team and in the badminton and fencing clubs. She was proud to be a member of Queens College’s first graduating class in 1941, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with departmental honors. She took post-graduate courses in foreign language education at Middlebury College and Cornell University and later earned a Masters of Arts degree in Education from City College of New York in 1945. 

Following college, Helen embarked on a long and rewarding career as a New York City public school teacher, beginning as a high school French teacher during World War II, where her students were so close in age that more than one of them asked her for a date. She later changed to teaching elementary school, working for many years as a sixth grade and Spanish teacher at P.S. 41 in Bayside, Queens. She was a strict but encouraging teacher, imparting her love of learning and gift for language to her many students over the years, until retiring in 1986. 

In 1952, Helen met her future husband, Emile Gentile, on a ski slope in the Poconos when she dropped her skis and he offered to carry one for her. They were engaged four months later, married on December 21, 1952, and continued a lifelong love and partnership for more than 60 years until Emile’s death in 2013. 

Helen was a devoted, loving mother of four children. She demanded high standards but never ceasing to do as much as she could for her family. With remarkable energy through most of her life, she managed to teach school, grade papers, plan lessons, and graduation exercises, shop, cook three-course Sunday pasta dinners, be a Cub Scout den mother, clean house and dishes, sew hems, dresses, doll clothes and Halloween costumes, schedule dance and piano lessons, sports activities and doctor visits, host family holidays and birthday parties, attend weekly mass, bake chocolate cakes, zeppoles, honey cakes and cream puffs, and try her hand at crocheting, upholstering furniture, sculpture and painting. In retirement, Helen volunteered at a local Long Island hospital and with the League of Women Voters, played bridge and golf, and enjoyed movie nights, local theater, and traveling with Emile, taking Elderhostel (now Road Scholars) vacations for many years. Helen and Emile especially enjoyed spending the winter months in the Florida sun at their second home at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, where they made many new friends and visited with old friends and family. 

Although slowed in her last years, Helen continued to find joy in the beauty of nature and in her children and grandchildren, delighting most recently in her great-grandson.  She will be greatly missed by her family and caregivers for her indomitable spirit, humor, and caring concern. Helen is survived by her son, Vincent E. Gentile of Princeton, New Jersey, and his wife Patricia Pickrel, her daughter, Patricia E. Coutu of Warwick, Rhode Island, daughter Laurie J. Gentile, and son-in-law Scott Friedland, of Chappaqua, New York, and daughter Jill T. Gentile, of Highland Park, New Jersey; her grandchildren Andrew V. Gentile and wife KC Arbour, Daniel Gentile, Katherine Coutu Holland and husband Chris Holland, Nicholas Coutu, Julia Friedland, Alexander Friedland and Michael Friedland; and her great-grandson, Henry Gentile. Her son-in-law, Roland J. Coutu, predeceased her.

Her family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Avalon @ Hillsborough, NJ, for the high quality and loving care they provided to their mother, Helen, for the past seven years. A short memorial service for the family was held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, New Jersey. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations may be made in Helen’s name to Queens College,, or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America,

October 21, 2020

Marvin R. Reed

Marvin R. Reed, Jr. died peacefully on October 12, 2020 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 89 years old. A resident of the greater Princeton area for over 60 years, he moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey, five years ago. Marvin served as mayor of Princeton Borough from 1990 to 2003.

Born July 30, 1931 to Marie and Marvin R. Reed Sr. in Vineland, New Jersey, Marvin lived his early years in South Jersey. He graduated from Vineland High School in 1948 and attended Rutgers University on a state scholarship. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1952.

Shortly after college, Marvin was drafted into the U.S. Army at the time of the Korean War. After his initial training, he was sent to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was selected to work on the guided missile system program. His service and experience in the South and at the Arsenal would forever shape his lifelong commitment to public service and civil rights.

After his discharge in 1954, he began a 31-year career with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) in Trenton as the assistant editor of the NJEA magazine. His professional career evolved quickly, and he soon became Director of Communications for the NJEA. He also took on leadership roles in New Jersey school and college development efforts and taxation and municipal reform issues until his retirement in 1986.

In 1957, Marvin discovered Princeton while residing with several friends on Jefferson Road. His life changed forever in 1958 when he met Ingrid Wagner, also from Vineland, who was working in New York City while he was in the NYU Graduate Communication program. They were married a year later in Vineland and settled in Princeton. They soon became active members of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Princeton.

Early in 1961, the Reeds purchased their first home in one of Morris Milgram’s planned communities called Glen Acres in West Windsor — a small cluster of suburban homes designed specifically to foster the integration of Black and white families. Marvin and Ingrid would go on to have two children, David and Liza. The family felt lucky to spend their childhood growing up in this special place and continue to maintain connections with their many Glenview Drive neighbors.

In 1974, the Reeds moved to Princeton Borough where their family could walk and bike to town and school. In 1984 then Mayor of Princeton Borough, Barbara Sigmund, asked Marvin to run for a seat on the Borough Council which he won. Following Sigmund’s death in 1990 Marvin became Mayor, a post he would hold for 13 years. He will be remembered for his contributions to dozens of public projects, local, regional, and State, as well as his management of the relationship between the Princeton community and Princeton University. His legacy lives on in many ways. Marvin led the effort to redevelop the Princeton Public Library, the Albert Hinds Plaza, adjacent retail spaces, and Spring Street parking garage.  In addition to town administration and policy development responsibilities, he enjoyed presiding over weddings and was proud to have married over 500 couples during his tenure! While Mayor, he served on the League of Municipalities Executive Committee and chaired its Cable Television Study. He was also appointed to the State’s Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission (LUARCC) and served as President of Downtown New Jersey.

Following his years as Mayor, Marvin served as Chair of the Redevelopment Task Force of New Jersey Future, on the Princeton Planning Board, and took an integral role in the relocation of Princeton Hospital and the redevelopment of the hospital’s former location.

In 2018, Marvin and Ingrid were awarded the Leslie ‘Bud’ Vivian Award for Community Service by the Princeton Area Community Foundation honoring their combined lifetime of service to dozens of local, regional, and State level projects, committees, and organizations.

Throughout their adult lives Marvin and Ingrid maintained a strong interest in the arts and travel. They were enthusiastic supporters of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Opera Festival, and Arts Council. As followers of theatre, opera, and film, they often made these activities the focal point of their travel adventures around the world including memorable visits to Colmar, France, the American West, and regular visits to the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. In lieu of a traditional vacation home, they acquired a small apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in partnership with good friends. This proved to be a magnet for family gatherings as well as providing a home base for their energetic interest in everything New York City.

Further details of Marvin’s life and contributions to the Princeton community can be found in the Princeton Personality profile from the November 7, 2007 issue of Town Topics and the August 2011 issue of Princeton Magazine with a story about his life and partnership with Ingrid.

Marvin is survived by Ingrid, his wife of 60 years, a son David Reed and his wife Nan of Orinda, California, and a daughter Liza O’Reilly and her husband Tom of Hingham, Massachusetts, as well as granddaughters Cecilia, Jacquelyn, and Agnes O’Reilly, and grandson Owen Reed.

To celebrate Marvin’s life, consider: a walk around downtown Princeton, a ride on the FreeB Marvin I or Marvin II, a visit to the Princeton Public Library, a stop at Hinds Plaza, or a donation to Princeton Community Housing ( to honor Marvin’s commitment to affordable housing and helping people live a better life.


Irwin Litt, M.D.

Irwin Litt, M.D., of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away in August of 2020 at the age of 83. Irv was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia, attending South Philadelphia High School for Boys, and completing his undergraduate and medical training at Temple University. He interned in Brooklyn, New York, and was subsequently commissioned as a Captain in the United States Air Force, serving as a General Medical Officer. 

He returned to Temple University to complete his residency in radiology and a fellowship in interventional radiology, and soon after joined what is now the University Radiology Group in New Jersey. Irv practiced with this group for his entire career, specializing in mammography and dedicating himself to women’s health for decades. He mentored medical students and residents and worked tirelessly on behalf of his patients. He loved his profession.

Irv lived a full life with his wife of 57 years, Barbara. His three children and their spouses as well as eight grandchildren brought him much joy. He loved them all. In his free time, he was a music enthusiast with a passion for jazz, blues, classical music, and opera. He loved theater and visiting New York City, as well as travel, always with his trusty camera by his side. Irv was an avid reader of newspapers, magazines, medical journals, and books. For years he audited classes at Princeton University and later attended classes at the Senior Resource Center, and he enjoyed spending time with his friends in the Old Guard and 55 Plus social groups. 

Private funeral services were held due to COVID. Charitable contributions in Irv’s memory may be sent to The Jewish Center in Princeton ( or Greenwood House (

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Brigadier General Guy Keller Dean III

On October 11th 2020, loving husband, father of two, and grandfather of three, Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy Keller Dean III died at the age of 80. Guy was born in Princeton, NJ, in October of 1939 to Guy K. Dean, Jr. and Marion F. Dean. 

He spent his childhood in Plainsboro, NJ, and attended Princeton Country Day School through 1955. Guy then studied at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, graduating in 1958. Guy went on to Rutgers University, where he rowed varsity crew, sang in the Glee Club, acted in the Queens Theater Guild, and enjoyed fraternity brotherhood at Delta Sigma Phi, graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

After college, Guy enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving on active duty as a Special Agent with the Intelligence Corps at NATO Headquarters and in Paris, France. Guy transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves in 1966 while pursuing a career in banking over the next 30 years. Guy was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves in March of 1968. Later, he graduated from the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University in 1974 and earned a Master of Arts in Business degree from Rider College in 1981.

Guy worked at various banks in New Jersey, becoming Vice President and Senior Trust Officer at PNC Bank at Palmer Square in Princeton, NJ. In 1993 Guy’s service with the Army Reserves ended and he transitioned to the New York State Guard where he reached the rank of Colonel. In 1995 Guy began a new civilian career as well, becoming a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Life Underwriter with MetLife Securities, where he worked for the following 25 years. In 2004 Guy Joined the Veteran Corps of Artillery State of New York, the state’s oldest military command, where he rose to the rank of Brigadier General in 2017 at the time of his retirement. Guy’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the New York Conspicuous Service Medal, the New York Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous others. 

Throughout his 55 consecutive years of service in the armed forces and two careers in business, Guy volunteered on several boards, including the Princeton YMCA and Mercer Medical Center, was a founding member and treasurer of the Buck Hill Conservation Foundation, was President of the New Jersey Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors, and enjoyed membership in the Princeton Rotary Club and the Nassau Club of Princeton. Additionally he was active in many genealogical and patriotic organizations, serving as New Jersey chapter Vice President of the Society of the Cincinnati, President of the Military Society of the War of 1812, and he held leadership positions with many other organizations such as the Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of the Revolution, the Baronial Order of the Magna Carta, and more.

Guy was a lover of history, classical and jazz music, Tiger and Scarlet Knight football, dog walks throughout the Princeton and Rocky Hill nature ways, and being active with Trinity Church Princeton.  He was especially fond of peaceful summers in Buck Hill Falls, PA.

Guy is survived by his wife of 50 years, Victoria; his daughter Wistar, son-in-law Andrew and granddaughter Elizabeth Wallace of Norwalk, CT; his son Andrew, daughter-in-law Ashleigh, grandson Aston and granddaughter Amelia Dean of Jacksonville, FL; his sister Marion and brother-in-law Peter Hall of Gloucester, VA; and his brother John Dean of Canyon Lake, TX. 

A private service with burial was held for immediate family on 17 October at Trinity Church, Princeton.  A larger memorial service will be planned for a later date. Donations in Guy’s name would be appreciated to the Buck Hill Conservation Foundation (; Trinity Church, Princeton (; or the Society of the Cincinnati (


Daniel B. Rew

Daniel B. Rew, 60, died peacefully at home with his family in Bay Head, NJ, on October 12, 2020. He spent the last year with family and friends, painting, baking, and walking in between treatments for colon cancer.

Dan was born on September 6, 1960 in Berkeley, CA, to Ella May Green Rew and David Robertson Rew. Ella and David met in California after growing up as children of missionaries in Kenya and the Belgian Congo respectively, a unique perspective on life that Dan found invaluable. They raised Dan and his siblings Ritch and Sherry around the world, moving between California, Paris, Texas, and Connecticut. In 1982 Dan graduated with a Bachelors in Environmental Science at Texas A&M and set off for New York City to attend the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.

He met the love of his life over a drafting table at the University of Virginia where he then graduated with a Master of Architecture in 1987. Dan and Pam were married at the Bay Head Yacht Club on September 26, 1987.

Dan believed in books. He treated himself, family, and friends to books at every opportunity. He believed in lines and never forgetting his sketchbook. He loved towers and careful details. He could hold whole buildings in his mind, turning them over to make them better, more responsible, more comfortable. And always simpler. He believed in starting a project by reading a book and starting the day with a long breakfast. He believed in running a quick six miles to let himself think. He believed in not trying to be perfect.

He composed his complex buildings with trace paper and careful models. Over his career, he received countless AIA design awards, leading several carbon-neutral and sustainable research facilities, laboratories, and an emerging technology and innovation center. He was proud to become a partner at CUH2A and eventually a Design Director and Vice President of Sustainability at HDR Architecture. His projects were located across the world and included infectious disease research, a library and a residence for students at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, and a tiny playhouse for his three daughters.

Dan spent his time running dozens of marathons, playing weeknight basketball at the neighborhood park, and watching his girls in countless sailing regattas. He rarely missed a Texas A&M football game, loved racing his brothers-in-law to the top of Stratton Mountain, and made his mother’s lace cookies every Christmas.

Dan and Pam raised their three daughters in Princeton to be confident and curious about the world. He adored them with passion and pride, his only regret was leaving them too soon. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pamela Lucas Rew of Bay Head, NJ, and their three daughters: Margaret Rew of Washington, DC, her husband Owen Weinstein; Jane Rew Buckley of New York City, her husband Mike Buckley; and Julia Rew of New York City. To add to those riches Pam and Dan spent the last ten months doting over their first grandchild, Kailie Ella Buckley. He will be greatly missed by his brother, Ritch Rew, and sister, Sherry Nunez, their families; and his many beloved in-laws, out-laws, running buddies, colleagues, and friends. We are indebted to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s many years of research that informed the thoughtful care and chemo regimens that kept Dan comfortable over the past year.

Father Dowd, a family friend who married Pam and Dan, will be holding a private family service this week. The Rew girls will travel this spring to spread his ashes in the places he loved the most. Once it is safe for a larger gathering, Dan asked that we host a celebration of his life with his community of friends and colleagues. If you would like to attend this event, please contact the family at

We have established a memorial fund at the University of Virginia School of Architecture in Dan’s name. You can make a contribution at, or by mailing a check to: School of Architecture Foundation, Campbell Hall P.O. Box 400122, Charlottesville, VA 22904. Indicate in special instructions “For Dan Rew Memorial Fund.” Our hope is that these funds will support students as they too create a library which will enrich their study and passion for architecture.

Thank you to our family — loud and loyal fans of Dan. Thank you to the many, many people who have reached out with stories and condolences.

October 14, 2020

Dr. Stephanie K. Chorney

Dr. Stephanie K. Chorney died peacefully in Princeton, NJ, on September 29, 2020, at age 50. She is the daughter of Don Chorney and the late Doris Chorney. Stephanie leaves her legacy to her husband Orlando, son Julian, father, sister Alison Yowell, as well as extended family, friends, and colleagues.

Stephanie was a graduate of Rutgers University and Temple Medical School. She was a licensed pediatrician, with her last position being at Penn Medicine Princeton Health Hospital, where she worked on the pediatric floor.

Stephanie was a strong advocate for the arts, health, education, equality, sustainability, and Jewish community efforts. From being the co-chair of the Princeton Environmental Commission to encouraging the Princeton Public Schools to concentrate on healthy meals, to placing separate trash and recycle containers dispersed throughout the town, she made her mark. To honor her for significantly contributing to the community, Princeton Township declared May 26, 2020 Dr. Stephanie Chorney Day. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to everyone. Stephanie led by example that coordination, collaboration, and communication help us unite together. Her resilience inspired others as she fearlessly stood up for what she believed in and gave tireless effort to aid many. Stephanie was a beautiful person inside and out with a heart of gold and will be missed by all. We love you, Stephanie, and you will always be remembered and never forgotten.

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Alvin Gordon

Alvin Gordon, most recently residing with his wife Felice Gordon at Windrows senior community, died at home at the age of 91 on September 28. He and Felice previously resided at 48 Woods Way in Princeton for 48 years and moved to Windrows in 2018. Prior to 1970, they lived in East Brunswick. Their younger children, Joel and Neil, both attended Princeton High School. Mark, their oldest child (deceased in 2018), attended East Brunswick High School.

Alvin was born on April 11, 1929 to Bernard and Mary Gordon in New York City. His sister Ginger, who lives in Teaneck with her husband Jim, was his only sibling. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He subsequently attended Queens College, and then transferred to the City College of New York. He earned his degree in civil engineering, graduating from CCNY with honors.

Alvin and Felice married in 1952. They lived in Queens for two years and then moved to East Brunswick, where he met his future business partner Sanford Nacht. Together, they founded Alsan Masons, a masonry and concrete firm, which experienced a decade of growth and success during the 1960s. Alvin and Sandy transitioned Alsan into commercial real estate development during the 1970s.

He took a break from business in 1979, and then served a two-year term as the president of the Princeton Jewish Center. In 1982, he created Gordon Construction, which was focused on building renovation projects in New York City. The company was successful, and as it grew, Alvin invited his previous partner Sandy to join him. Felice joined Gordon Construction as the director of marketing in the late 1980s. The company continued to operate until the mid 1990s, when Alvin and Felice decided to retire.

Alvin and Felice enjoyed traveling abroad and in the United States. They also loved folk dancing and playing on their tennis court that they had built at their Princeton residence, where Alvin also played with his friends. Alvin and Felice enjoyed listening to classical music and Broadway show tunes. They attended performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the New York City Ballet, and other venues including McCarter Theatre in Princeton. At the age of 44, Alvin successfully undertook the challenge of climbing with a group expedition to the summit of Grand Teton mountain in Wyoming. He and Felice also enjoyed participating in a book club in their later years.

Alvin is survived by his wife Felice and by his sons Joel and Neil. In addition, he is also survived by his daughters-in-law Patricia Gordon and Anna Pegler Gordon, as well as his grandchildren Bernard, Rebecca, Dora, Eli, and Talia Gordon, Maya and Naomi Pegler-Gordon, and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Ginger and her husband Jim, as well as Ginger’s three sons Jeremy, David, and Benjamin.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Jewish Center of Princeton.


Frances Young Goeke

Frances Young Goeke, 78, of Lawrenceville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 8th

She was born on May 17, 1942 in Trenton, NJ; daughter of the late Frank and Mildred Young. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Noel; a brother and his wife, George and Connie Young of Ewing Twp., NJ; sister-in-law, Wilma Goeke of Virginia; two nieces, Lorraine Ellerth and her husband Dan, Georgette Jung and her husband Tom; one nephew, Alan Goeke and his wife Lynn; and her great-nieces and nephews, Andrew, Jocelyn, Jackson, Jimmy, Shelby, Maxwell, and Daniella.

Frances attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1960. She started work for the State of NJ in 1960 and retired as a Principle Administrative Assistant to the Attorney General in 1999 after 39 years of service.    

Frances married her handsome childhood sweetheart, Noel, on September 23, 1961. They spent 59 loving years as the very best of friends. They enjoyed cruises, traveling around the U.S. and Caribbean, and her favorite vacation spot Hilton Head, SC. When they weren’t traveling, they enjoyed going to Flyers hockey games, the local theatre, dining out, and relaxing by their pool.

One of her true passions was Genealogy. She was active in the Central Jersey Genealogy Society. She published their newsletter, and took several research trips all over the U.S. and one to England with her husband and parents. Over several years she worked on her own, and assisted others in their family ancestry. 

“Aunt Fran” to many, she will be remembered for her devotion to her family and friends. Whether it be a Girl Scout patch, a school play, a religious event, a soccer or basketball game, she was always the first in line to help and support the people she loved. She had a special bond with her niece Daniella, whom she babysat from birth; she never missed a basketball game and always wore her team colors.

Funeral services have been completed under the coordination of Blackwell Memorial Home, 21 N. Main Street, Pennington, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.

October 7, 2020

Roy “Murf” Higgins

It is with broken hearts that our family announces the passing of Roy “Murf” Higgins. Murf died peacefully on October 1, 2020. He was 87.

Born at home on June 11, 1933 to the late Leroy and Florence Higgins, Murf has been a lifelong resident of Belle Mead. When he was six years old, his family moved to Overbrook Oaks on Mountain View Road, where he proudly remained for the last 81 years.

Murf attended Somerville High School where he met the love of his life, Carol Amerman. After high school, he attended Lehigh University graduating in 1956 with a BS in Business. He and Carol married in 1959 and spent 61 years happily building their family and being active in their community.  

Murf was the President and owner of the Belle Mead Garage his entire life. Having won Chrysler’s highest recognition for customer service for 30+ years, Murf was truly recognized as one of Lee Iacocca’s “Good Guys.”

Known for his love of Belle Mead, Murf was active in the community. He served as Deacon and Elder at the Harlingen Reformed Church; he was a member of Belle Mead Rotary; he was on the Advisory Board of the First National Bank of Central NJ; he served as treasurer during his tenure on the Harlingen Cemetery Association; was a member of the board of directors for the Belle Mead Co-op; and he was a former member of Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department #1.

In his spare time, Murf loved caring for his sheep and cows on the farm, sitting on the deck looking out at Lake Champlain with Carol at their camp in Vermont, and taking his kids and grandkids out to dinner, always insisting on paying the bill.

He is predeceased by his sister Barbara McLachlan who passed away in 1998. Surviving Murf is his devoted and loving wife, Carol; sons Jon (and wife Tracy), Christopher (and wife Becky), daughters Amy, and Bonnie (and husband Tom Sullivan); six grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Joseph, Jessica, Ryan, and Benjamin; one great-grandchild, Nicholas; and nephew Morgan McLachlan III and niece Leigh McLachlan.

Graveside services were on Monday, October 5, 2020 at the Harlingen Reformed Church Cemetery, Route 206 in Montgomery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made “in memory of Roy Higgins” to the New Jersey Farm Bureau, 168 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, directed to the COVID Relief Fund, 1480 US Highway 9 North, Suite 301, Woodbridge, NJ 07095.

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Leon Joseph Christen

On September 16, 2020, Leon Joseph Christen, loving husband and father of three, passed away at the age of 93.

Leon was born in Princeton, New Jersey to Joseph and Marie Louise Christen. He enlisted in the Navy in April, 1945 and served in the Naval Amphibious Forces in the South Pacific. Upon return from the military, he matriculated at Princeton University where he graduated cum laude in 1949 with a B.S. in engineering and went on to receive his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1952. He married Rosemarie Simone in 1953. After starting his career in New York City, they moved to Canada where Leon worked for an international insurance brokerage firm.

In 1960, they returned to Princeton and Leon took over the family business, Lahiere’s Restaurant. Lahiere’s was a Princeton institution and family run for 91 years. Among its many accolades was the prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award. Leon built the restaurant into an iconic gathering place for generations of Princeton families, students, faculty members, and the occasional celebrity. He delighted in sharing his love of food and wine not only with his family, but with everyone he met.

Upon retirement, Leon and Rosemarie moved full time to their beloved home in Mantoloking. There, Leon enjoyed boating, fishing, model ship building and, of course, great food and wine. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather with a great sense of humor and a silly joke to tell. He is survived by Rosemarie, his wife of 67 years, his children, Caroline Boucher and husband Peter of Edwards, Colorado, Michele Antoniewicz and husband Ron of Jupiter, Florida, and Joseph Christen and wife Jill of Princeton, New Jersey, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Wall Township First Aid and Rescue Squad, PO Box 1105, Wall Township, NJ 07719. Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Anita M. Tocco

Anita M. Tocco (Nina) 61, of Columbus, NJ, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020 after losing her five month battle with cancer, surrounded by her two loving friends Barbara and Kim.

Born in Princeton, Nina attended Stuart Country Day School and graduated from Princeton High School. Early in Nina’s life it was apparent that Nina had a great talent for music. She could play multiple instruments, but it was the piano that took Nina to another level. Growing up Nina pursued her passion, winning many awards and accolades from her competitions. At first, she pursued music at Trenton State College but after the tragic loss of her beloved father, Nina lost that passion to perform and put aside that part of her life.

She became a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service of Princeton and Wrightstown where she also became involved as a state steward in the Union which took her around the country for various meetings and other duties. She also was part of a pilot program designed for training and promoting the Postal Service for which she received awards in excellence prior to her retirement with 35 years of service.

Besides music, Nina was a lover of sports and played basketball, soccer and softball in school and leisure, always with a competitive edge. In her later years she liked gardening, dining out with friends and traveling. This was usually to warm climates with beaches. Nina had a generous nature that extended itself to her love of cats. As a crazy cat lady she had up to six cats at a time periodically, leaving behind three of her beloved felines. And known only to a few she had a beautiful singing voice.

She is predeceased by her parents Santo and Anne (Fiumenero) Tocco and survived by three brothers Ronald (Karen), Santo, and John Tocco and also two nephews, Michael and Jonathan, plus decades of friends.

She has been cremated and a memorial service will take place on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540. Due to Covid restrictions it will be by invitation only; those interested call Kim at (609) 335-4251. Interment will be in Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540 on October 9, 2020 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to local shelters, animal rescues, or the ASPCA.


Martha Hinman Vaughn

Martha H. Vaughn, 85, died peacefully Monday morning, September 28th, at her home, surrounded by family.

Photographer, world traveler, volunteer, singer, and sportswoman — Martha had many passions and avocations. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Those who knew Martha were always happy to be in her orbit — and she in theirs.

Born and raised in Binghamton, NY, to Barbara and George Hinman, a longtime political advisor to Nelson Rockefeller, Martha graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, and Wheaton College in Norton, MA. 

She met the love of her life in her early 20s while working in New York City for Mutual of New York and Readers Digest, catching a ride with him to the slopes of Vermont. In 1958 she married George “Arky” Vaughn III, an engineer from Staten Island, NY, working with Alcoa Inc. The newlyweds moved in 1959 to the Philadelphia Main Line, where she was a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia and stayed busy as a young mother.

Martha and Arky moved to Princeton in 1965 where they raised their three daughters, Barbara, Susan, and Phoebe. Martha immersed herself in the community, volunteering with many local and regional organizations including McCarter Theatre, The Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Hospital, NJ Neuropsychiatric Institute, Planned Parenthood, and others. She served for many years on the boards of Princeton Symphony Orchestra, The Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, and McCarter Theatre.

Indefatigable, Martha had a zest for life and seized every opportunity to spend time with her family and large circle of friends. She was a creative and prolific hostess. Wanderlust was in her veins: Martha planned and took trips to exotic destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as Bermuda, where the Vaughn’s bought a house in 1978. Bermuda became a beloved second home for them.

Travel sparked Martha’s creativity, and, in her mid-life, she embarked on a career as a fine art photographer, which gave her much joy and fulfillment. She had a keen eye for color, light, and abstraction and found inspiration on her many trips overseas. Her work was exhibited in many venues including the NJ State Museum, the National Arts Club (NYC), the Bermuda National Gallery, and the Masterworks Foundation (Bermuda). She published a book of her photographs, Of Time and Place, in 2013.

Martha, along with Arky, also found great joy in singing, which was part of her life from early on. Martha was founder of the Witherspooners, a singing group that performed in Princeton in the late 1960s and early 1970s that performed in regional a cappella gatherings up and down the East Coast.

Other pursuits and passions included sports (tennis, golf, skiing), politics (member of the Off the Record Lecture Series of The Foreign Policy Association, NY), gardening, and membership at a variety of clubs in Princeton, Bermuda, and New York City.

Martha is survived by her husband, George, and three daughters, Barbara Vaughn Hoimes of San Francisco and New York City, Susan Vaughn (O’Brien) of Los Angeles, and Phoebe Outerbridge of Pennington, NJ, and their husbands; six grandchildren: Alexander Hoimes, Bailey and Whitney Outerbridge, and Owen, Lucie, and Finn O’Brien; a sister, Virginia Hinman Cummings along with her husband Dr. Harland Cummings, and brother, Harvey Hinman along with his wife Peggy Hinman; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister Constance Getz.

A private family service took place at her home; a virtual remembrance for friends and family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that any gifts in Martha’s honor be made to HomeFront and Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern NJ.

September 30, 2020

Kevin T. Delaney

Kevin T. Delaney, 76, died on Saturday, September 26, 2020 with his loving family at his side. Affectionately known as Sir and Darts he was born in Princeton, NJ, living there for over 50 years before moving to Lawrence Township in 1997.

A 1963 graduate of Princeton High School he was employed in the Tin Shop at Princeton University, having just celebrated 45 years of service. He was a 52-year member and past President of Princeton Engine Company #1 volunteer fire department and a member of the fire police, and the Knights of Columbus #7000.

Son of the late John F. Delaney and Ann P. Smith, son-in-law of the late Thomas J. Procaccino, brother-in-law of the late Francis S (Booper) Davison Jr., he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Maria Procaccino Delaney; their daughter Bridget C.; his mother-in-law Mary Agnes Procaccino; sisters-in-law Ann P. Davison and Claire F. Allen (Ronald); his nieces and nephews Sara, Ryan, and Scott Davison, Melissa Wiltsey (Craig), Emily Allen (Jason Kok), and Kyle Allen; great-nephew Oliver Wiltsey; and many friends, cousins, and wonderful neighbors. He was a wonderful cat Dad to Lightning, Tuna, and Queenie.

The family would like to thank Princeton Hospice, especially Liz, Heather, and Marie.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at St Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton and all are invited to attend.

A memorial will be held at a later date when we can give him a proper send off.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions may be made to Christine’s Hope for Kids or Princeton Hospice.


Robert Fomalont M.D.

Robert Fomalont M.D., of Cranbury, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on September 27, 2020 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 85.

Born in Philadelphia to Celia and Jack Fomalont, Bob (often referred to as Rob) grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated with friendships that lasted a lifetime from West Philadelphia High School in 1952. He completed undergraduate studies at Temple University in 1956. After receiving his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in 1960, he was commissioned in the United States Navy where he served in the Medical Corps as a Lieutenant.  

Following his service, Dr. Fomalont was a founding physician of Princeton-Nassau Pediatrics in Princeton, NJ. He remained with this growing medical practice his entire career, caring first for thousands of children and then for their children a generation later. He was loved by his patients and their parents — sharing a smile, or a joke, and often wearing a brightly colored tie that told the kids he was there for them. Dr. Fomalont became a pioneer in the emerging specialties of Attention Deficit Disorder and learning disabilities and helped countless children address these previously unmet medical needs. In 2004 he retired to a new home in Cranbury, NJ.

Dr. Fomalont lived a full life filled with love together with his wife and high school sweetheart, Bobbi (nee Narish), until she predeceased him in 2016. They traveled to Africa, went on cruises, and thought Paris was the most romantic city in the world. You could often find them enjoying a fine meal and a Broadway show, opera, or ballet in NYC, or dining in and around Princeton before attending a performance at the McCarter Theatre. Being an avid reader, his home was filled with stacks of newspapers, magazines, medical journals, and books of all genres. Dr. Fomalont was also involved with CWW and The Old Guard of Princeton, NJ, for many years. For decades after retiring, Dr. Fomalont was often approached in public venues by former patients, friends, and acquaintances who were thrilled to see him and to remember and thank him for how he had cared for them.

Dr. Fomalont thrived being surrounded by family. After marrying Bobbi in 1975, their blended family included eight children; Michael Fomalont, Joel Fomalont, Susan (Tom) Fomalont Sloan, Bud (Sindey) Dranoff, Sue Sabogal, Dede (Peter) Horowicz, Lisa (Michael) Connors, and Judi (Harvey) Malove. Along with their spouses and 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Dr. Fomalont’s “immediate” family included 35 people.

He will be greatly missed. Due to Covid-19 considerations, services are private. Charitable donations in the memory of Dr. Fomalont are requested to be sent to McCarter Theatre Center (

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Elaine L. Gulick

Elaine L. Gulick, 95, of Skillman passed away peacefully at home on September 26, 2020. She was born in Plainfield, NJ, and was the daughter of Berta Randolph Millar Loizeaux and Senator Charles Edward Loizeaux. She attended the Hartridge School and graduated from The National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., then attended the Barmore School in New York City.

In 1948 she married Alfred William Green, who joined the law firm of Carlson Wilhelm and Cook in New York City. A few years later he opened his own law firm in NYC. Mr. Green was a graduate of Princeton University and The Harvard Law School. During WWII he was captain of a motor torpedo boat and later served in the OSS. They lived in the Plainfield area for 20 years and had two children, Cynthia and Harold. Mr. Green died at the age of 49 in 1971.

In 1976 Elaine married Jack Gulick from Princeton, moved there in 1978, building a house on Nelson Ridge Road where they lived for 35 years.

Elaine was a member of the Plainfield Junior League and The Plainfield Country Club. She and Jack were members of The Mantoloking Yacht Club, Hilton Head Golf Club, Bedens Brook Club, and The Nassau Club. Elaine was also a member of The Present Day Club and The Jamestown Society. Her direct ancestor was John Rolfe and Pocahontas, who were the first settlers in Jamestown, VA, in 1608. 

Elaine loved to entertain. She did it well and her many friends enjoyed her efforts. Her other passion was travel. She and Mr. Green extensively toured the Far East as well as India, Iran, Nepal, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Turkey and Africa. With Jack she often traveled to Europe as well as Norway, Sweden, Russia, and England. In the later years they enjoyed traveling by ship — twice around South America, South Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Panama Canal, and the Mediterranean. She visited more than 145 countries.

For many years Elaine played and loved tennis before transitioning to golf, so she and Jack could enjoy the sport together. They played many courses in Ireland and Hawaii but loved the Bedens Brook course. 

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia, and her husband, John Wappel of Flemington, and her son, Harold Chamberlain Green of Monkton, MD. She had four grandchildren: Whitney Trif and her husband Greg living in Mendham, NJ; Jonathan R. Wappel and his wife, Edyta, from Delaware Township; William Green and Charlotte Green from Reistertown, MD. She also has two great grandchildren, Scarlett and Wesley.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Memorial Service at the Trinity Church, Princeton, will be private.

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


Sophia Hugel Zaininger

Sophia Hugel Zaininger took her last breath on September 24, 2020. Born in 1929 in Galicia, Poland, before the outbreak of WWII, Sophia lived her earliest years in a patriotic Ukrainian family.

In 1944, as the Soviet army approached her hometown L’viv for the second time, Sophia’s widowed mother took her young daughter and two younger sons and fled. Fate would lead them to southern Germany, where Sophia continued her studies in the schools organized by the displaced Ukrainian diaspora. Being more interested in socializing than in mathematics, she was introduced by a friend to a handsome young Bavarian, who would finish her diagrams of conical sections, allowing her to complete her Abitur. One thing led to another and a year after Sophia and her family had immigrated to NYC, Karl joined her there.

Their partnership lasted another 69 years, until Karl’s passing in 2018. Together, as they built Karl’s career as a research scientist and professor, raised a family, built houses, collected art, supported Ukrainian causes, and traveled the world, their home was always filled with friends from around the globe. Sophia’s ability to make any visitor feel welcome was next to none. Her bountiful dinner tables were populated with visitors from all walks of life, including scientists, professors, business leaders, international exchange students, and even the neediest of immigrants, always bustling with conversation and storytelling. Sophia’s exquisite entertaining and culinary skills left guests spiritually and physically nourished.

Sadly, Sophia struggled in the final decade of her life, especially following the painful and far too early demise of her youngest son from brain cancer. Though diminished during these years by dementia and back pain, which slowly eroded her true essence and joie de vivre, there were moments, even toward the end, when her zest for life bubbled up to produce a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye, evoking former times.

Beyond all else, Sophia was devoted to her husband, children, and grandchildren, whom she loved with fervor. Predeceased by her son Mark and husband Karl, Sophia is survived by daughter Lydia; son Alexander with wife Amely and children Paula, Augustin, and Louisa; and Mark’s wife Leslie with children Charlotte and Luke.

A memorial service will be held when gathering and travel are again permitted. The family welcomes any donations in honor of Sophia and Karl and asks that they be directed to the Ukrainian Museum or Ukrainian Institute in NYC.

September 23, 2020

Julian Tao Knipper

It is with great sorrow that we announce the August 31, 2020 death of our beloved Julian. Julian Tao Knipper died of a tragic accident on his family farm in Crampagna, France. He was born on April 29, 2017 to parents Jonathan Knipper and Eugénie Baudon. His family, on the farm and in the States, was large and loving. Living next door to his grandparents Papé and Mamie, he would excuse himself from the dinner table and run next door for the chance of enjoying a second dinner and to sit and read comic books with Papé at their table.

Julian was smart. From walks around the farm with his Papé he learned the names of all the plants and grasses – with a keen eye for his favorite, edible champignons. With his Mamie he would eat all the strawberries, raspberries, raw green peppers, and edible flowers. He peered into the stars and the universe with his mom on his bedroom balcony wrapped in a blanket at night. He loved helping his dad on the farm, riding together in his tractor and feeding the cows. He was very proud that he could speak both English and French with his parents and would take joy in testing his teachers at the Creche (Nursery School) on how well they knew English!

Julian also had a love for music and knew Bach, Vivaldi, and Beethoven, whom he preferred to Tchaikovsky, but also listened, on repeat, “Despacito” and most recently “Paw Patrol.” He was curious about everything, open, and loved meeting new people. He showed us that if we didn’t impose adult limitations on a child’s speech, it was possible for him to give us insight into life’s most complicated questions.

Even separated by the Atlantic and with no travel possible due to COVID, he loved his father’s parents and would look forward to their video calls, enjoying puppet shows, reading books, and sharing laughter and love. For indeed, Julian was loving, kind, and gentle to everyone in his life — but especially to his younger sister, Bloom, who just turned one. One of his first English phrases he used regularly with his family was “I love you so much, forever time.”

Julian leaves behind his parents and sister; his maternal grandparents, Doris Leuenberger and Sylvain Baudon of Crampagna, France; his paternal grandparents, James and Teresa Knipper of Washington Crossing, PA, and Barbara Beaumont and George Newton of Somerset, NJ; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. A private family funeral service celebrating his life, his light, and his love was held in France.

The family has established the Julian Knipper Memorial Fund at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, which will go to supporting their Child Life Services for their pediatric patients with cancer and/or bone marrow transplantation and thus ease the pain and suffering of many children for years to come. To make a donation to his fund please go to:

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Richard A. Ragsdale

Richard A. Ragsdale (Dick), 77, of Skillman died Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro. Born in Vancouver, Washington, he grew up in Medford, Oregon, and resided most of his life in Skillman.

Dick received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University where he was captain of the football team and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl. He subsequently attended Hong Kong University for a year on a Rotary International scholarship. Dick received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, during which time he also played rugby (he was later inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame for rugby). He then served in the U.S. Army for three years before beginning his legal career.

Dick was a partner at the law firm of Davidson, Sochor, Ragsdale and Cohen, LLC, located in Skillman and Elmwood Park. His practice focused on commercial litigation, real estate, commercial transactions, and First Amendment law. He was named one of the top First Amendment lawyers in New Jersey in The Best Lawyers in America. Dick was also a member and past president of the Montgomery-Rocky Hill Rotary Club.

Son of the late Lee Verdell Ragsdale and Elizabeth (Crow) Ragsdale, he is survived by his wife of 50 years Cathi (Artandi) Ragsdale; two sons and two daughters-in-law — David and Jennifer Ragsdale of Wilmington, MA, and Daniel and Amy Ragsdale of Brooklyn, NY; a sister, Dana Kramer of Medford, OR; and four grandchildren — Eleanor, Vivian, Catherine, and Charlie Ragsdale.

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


Rodney Allen Fisk

Rodney A. Fisk, 79 of Princeton, NJ, and New York City passed away on September 9, 2020 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after battling brain cancer.

He was born in Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated as valedictorian from Detroit Country Day School. Rodney attended the University of Vermont where he was ranked third in his class before transferring as a junior to the University of Michigan. He majored in transportation economics at University of Michigan, graduating with deans list honors and a commission in the Army Ordnance Corps. Rodney entered into active duty in the Army achieving rank of captain. He served three years in Germany commanding the Third Armored Division (Spearhead). He learned German well enough to serve as battalion interpreter. Shortly after being released from active duty he taught middle school in the inner city of Detroit. After his job as a teacher he was quickly promoted to an assistant divisional manager of the country’s fifth largest department store J. L. Hudson Company.

Rodney entered into Harvard Business School where he received his MBA in 1969. After Harvard, he went on to join Trans World Airlines in New York full time. At TWA he moved up over the years to head the Internal Consulting Group and Management Appraisal and Arbitration. Rodney used to take day trips to surrounding areas outside of New York City. On one of those trips he discovered Princeton and became enamored of this small university town in New Jersey. He relocated to the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood where he and his partner Karl renovated two houses, one of which was a Sears Roebuck Kit Home. After over ten years at TWA, he went on to tend to his investment properties in Princeton.

Rodney went on to work for National Interurban Consortium from 1980-1999. He headed a group of companies (Siemens Transportation, GE Signal, RJ Corman Railroad Construction) to operate some 50 miles of commuter-rail service in the greater Philadelphia area. Rodney then went on to work for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage from 1999-2004. He was number one in buyer-controlled sales by his second year with the company. Rodney was also a U.S. Census Bureau Field Representative in 2008 and Enumerator (assistant coordinator) in 2010.

Rodney was a Princeton Borough Councilman from 1987-1989 who had worked with airlines and other transportation ventures. He advocated for privatizing the “Dinky” (the short line railroad between Princeton and Princeton Junction for service to New York City). His efforts gained extensive media coverage both locally and nationally.

He was a member of many originations including Mensa, Rotary, American Ordinance Association, Harvard Club, and Metropolitan Association of Railroad Superintendents. Rodney was also a member of the Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue of NJ, DE, and PA. Rodney and Karl have had Weimaraners for over 30 years, getting their first puppy in 1976 and many more rescued Weimaraners have followed.   

Rodney is predeceased by his parents Fredrick Besancon Fisk and Margaret Barthel Fisk. He is survived by his loving partner of 45 years, Karl Lessig, three nieces, and his beloved dog Sara who is now in the loving care of his partner.

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

September 16, 2020

Robert Harold Atkinson

Robert Harold Atkinson, age 89, passed from this life into Heaven on Friday, September 11, 2020, at home surrounded by his family. He is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife of 69 years, Verna (Raymond) Atkinson; two daughters, Denise Atkinson and Dezra Richmond and son-in-law Curt Richmond; granddaughter Tae Richmond-Moll and grandson-in-law Jeff Richmond-Moll; great-grandson Beck Richmond-Moll and great-granddaughter Willa Richmond-Moll; a sister Donna Hieshima; two brothers, Richard Atkinson (Bonnie) and Charlie Atkinson (Sharon) and sister-in-law Carolyn Tice; and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Mt. Holly, NJ, on July 14, 1931, and raised in Vincentown, he served in the United States Army in Korea, where he found his faith in Jesus. He worked in construction for more than half a century and pursued higher education in related fields at Rutgers (New Brunswick) and Rider College. His career – including as Project Manager for Marriott Corporation and the New York State Thruway – allowed him to travel throughout the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, and many endeavors in between.

Bob and Verna built their house in Lumberton together and lived there for 55 years until they moved to Princeton in 2012. Throughout their marriage they enjoyed serving in their local church as long-standing members of Shawnee Baptist and most recently Stone Hill Church of Princeton.

His spirit of generosity made him quick to help and support others. Bob was a gentle, humble man, a true “Barnabas,” a son of encouragement and comfort. He greeted everyone he met with the most genuine smile and would almost daily say, “Thank you Lord for everything.”

Always the adventurer, he rode motorcycles most of his life, only parting with his Gold Wing bike when he was 80 years old. He picked up downhill skiing in his forties and learned to fly a plane in his seventies.

He was loved dearly by his family and friends and will be missed tremendously.

His favorite Bible verse was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

A service honoring his life will take place at Stone Hill Church of Princeton, after the lifting of COVID restrictions. There will be a private ceremony at Princeton Cemetery on Friday, September 18, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to America’s Keswick ( and/or  Princeton Medical Center Hospice Care (

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


John Suydam Kuhlthau

John S. Kuhlthau, a retired Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, passed away on September 4, 2020.

Born in New Brunswick, May 16, 1937 he spent his early life in Milltown in the New Brunswick area. He attended Rutgers Preparatory School, graduated from Princeton University in 1958, and from Rutgers University Law School in 1962. He married Carol Collier Kuhlthau and they raised three daughters joyfully together in North Brunswick. After retirement he and Carol moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1999 and made that community their home. He was a wonderful husband and father with a generous heart and spirit. He was quick with a warm smile and beloved by the many lives that he touched in each community where he lived and served.

John earned his J.D. at Rutgers University Law School and served as Public Defender and as Middlesex County Prosecutor prior to his appointment in 1976 to the bench as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey sitting in Middlesex County. He retired from the bench in 1997 after many years of public service.

He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, trained at Drew Theological Seminary, and demonstrated his faith in his actions throughout his life. In his retirement he devoted his efforts to numerous charitable causes. He supported community programs at Turning Point United Methodist Church in Trenton. He established scholarships for minority students at the Pennington School. He was a founding member of the Board of the Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program at Princeton University. He founded the John Suydam Kuhlthau Bioethics Conference at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary which has convened annually since 1997 to explore ethical and spiritual issues in medicine especially for end of life.

He is survived by Carol, his wife of 62 years, his daughter Eleanor Molloy and her husband Christopher, and their children Emma, Jack, and Owen; his daughter Ann Caspari and her children Elizabeth and Charles; and his daughter Leslie Maniotes and her husband Bill and their daughter Lily; and his brother Kearney Kuhlthau and sister-in-law Carolyn Kuhlthau. A private funeral was held at The Elmwood Cemetery in North Brunswick. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Quackenboss Funeral Home, New Brunswick. A memorial service will be held in the future.

Memorial donations may be made to the John Suydam Kuhlthau Bioethics Conference at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Princeton United Methodist Church, or Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program at Princeton University.


Luise Ella Heiba

Luise Ella Heiba, 92, passed away peacefully on Monday September 7, 2020.

She was born and raised in Leipzig, Germany. Prior to coming to the United States, she achieved her Abitur from Leipzig’s Fachshule fur Wirtschaft und Verwaltung.   She moved to Princeton in 1963, where along with her husband, El-Ahmadi Heiba, she raised her family.

Luise is survived by her three sons, Adel Heiba (Irvine, CA), Karem Heiba (Bridgewater, NJ), and Tarek Heiba (Yardley, PA), their wives, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and interment will be private.

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John Lowell Johnson

John Lowell Johnson died peacefully on September 6, 2020. John was born on March 18, 1926 in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Butte High School in 1943, received a BS in Engineering Physics at Montana State College (now Montana State University) in 1949, an MS in Physics in 1950 and a PhD in Physics in 1954 from Yale University.

His college education was interrupted for two years when he served in the United States Navy, becoming an ETM1/c and serving on the Destroyer Minesweeper USS Carmick, DMS 33, as it swept mines in the South China Sea. While in school, John was elected to membership in several honorary societies, the National Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma, Order of Collegiate Knights, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi, which he served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Princeton Chapter.

John joined the Commercial Atomic Power Department of Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1954 and was lent to Princeton University in 1955 to work at Project Matterhorn, the University’s fusion energy program, for one year. His stay was extended annually for the next 30 years, at which time he retired from the Westinghouse Research and Development Center as a Consulting Scientist (the corporation’s highest non-managerial title) and joined Princeton University as a Principal Research Physicist in the Theory Division of its Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (the name given to Project Matterhorn when the fusion program was declassified). He retired in 1995 but continued to work for several years as a consultant.

While at Princeton he served as Chairman of the Laboratory Patent Committee, on the Space Committee, and as a member of the Program Committee. His interests centered on magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and stability studies of toroidal systems with an emphasis on tokamaks and stellarators, on which he published over 100 refereed papers. He collaborated with many physicists internationally, and spent significant periods at the Culham Laboratory in England, Nagoya University, Kyoto University, and the National Institute for Fusion Studies in Japan, the Australian National University, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany, Trieste University in Italy, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

John was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and served as Secretary-Treasurer of its Division of Plasma Physics. He chaired the organizing committee for several meetings of the APS Division of Plasma Physics and associated fusion theory conferences, organized two Atomic Energy Agency International Conferences on Plasma Theory and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research, and served on the Board of Editors of the journal Plasma Physics.

His major community contribution was through the Princeton United Methodist Church, where he served as delegate to the Southern New Jersey Annual Conference, financial secretary, and a member of its Board of Trustees. He was very proud of his activity with Boy Scout Troop 88, for which he was Committee Chairman, an Assistant Scoutmaster, Eagle Advisor, and Scoutmaster (for 16 years) as well as a member of the Stony Brook District Advancement Committee. He was honored for this service with the George Washington Council’s Silver Beaver Award. Under his encouragement his son, godson, and grandsons all achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. 

During their 69 years of marriage, John and Barbara were blessed with the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America. He loved spending time hiking in the Rocky Mountains and visiting children and grandchildren.

John was pre-deceased by his parents, Lowell Wallace and Esther Thornwall Johnson, his sister, Genevieve Jean Johnson, and his brother, Robert Clifton Johnson. He will be missed by his wife, Barbara Hynds Johnson, and his children, Lowell John Johnson and Michelle Dansereau Johnson of Raleigh, North Carolina, Lesley Johnson-Gelb and Steven Gelb of Oakland, California, and Jennifer Johnson Goodall and David George Goodall of Mill Valley, California, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. 

The family wishes that any memorials made in his name be directed to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy ( or the Princeton United Methodist Church’s Appalachia Service Project (

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


Richard Stephen Blofson


Richard Stephen “Dick” Blofson, a Broadway production manager and New Jersey filmmaker, died peacefully on September 3, 2020, of complications of non-COVID pneumonia at the University Medical Center Princeton in Plainsboro, NJ. He was 87 years old.

As stage manager of Michael Todd’s blockbuster 1957 party at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the premiere of the film Around the World in 80 Days, he cued Marilyn Monroe’s entrance on an elephant. Blofson remembered that someone presented Elizabeth Taylor, Todd’s wife at the time, with a raccoon. “Here, take this,” she hissed at Blofson as she exited the stage. He also said he never saw so many rich people argue so vociferously over glasses of cheap champagne. The New York Times in 1999 called the event one of the “10 Parties that Shook the Century.” Although it was the most prominent production he worked on, it was not the one of which he was most proud.

Blofson’s career started when he was a student at Antioch College majoring in anthropology and creative arts, spending half the year in Yellow Springs, OH, and half the year in New York City working at the Phoenix Theatre. The director Arthur Lithgow (later artistic director at McCarter Theatre in Princeton) was his mentor at Antioch and deepened Blofson’s lifelong appreciation of Shakespeare. Among the many shows Blofson worked on at the Phoenix were The Golden Apple (1954), the first off-Broadway show to win the Best Musical Award from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle; and Once Upon a Mattress with Carol Burnett (1959); both went on to Broadway. In 1955, he worked with Bernard Gersten on the New York City Center production of Guys and Dolls, starring Walter Matthau. 

At the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT, Blofson worked on a number of productions, including a 1957 tour of Much Ado About Nothing with Katharine Hepburn and Alfred Drake, directed by John Houseman. During the tour, Hepburn paid for Blofson’s transportation back to New York to spend time with his infant son, who had a medical issue.

He was the stage manager for Barbara Streisand’s Broadway debut production, I Can Get It for you Wholesale (1962), in which Elliott Gould also played; for the gospel musical Tambourines to Glory (1963) by poet,
author, and playwright Langston Hughes;  for Strange Interlude (1963) directed by Jose Quintero with actors Jane Fonda, Franchot Tone, and Ben Gazzara; and Baby Want a Kiss (1964) with actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Other artists he worked with include actors Jean Arthur, Richard Boone, Katherine Cornell, Richard Easton, Merv Griffin, Eliot Feld, Carol Lawrence, Nancy Marchand, Roddy McDowell, Geraldine Page, Jason Robards, and Fritz Weaver, as well as directors Sidney Lumet, Arthur Penn, and Ed Sherin; and playwrights Tennessee Williams and Sean O’Casey.

An inveterate traveler, he then embarked a freelance career as a camera operator for CBS, ABC, WNET, and the USIA that took him to Turkey and many countries on the African continent. For the USIA, he followed tennis players Arthur Ash, who was Black, and Stan Smith, who was white, during a series of exhibition games in various countries in Africa. Ashe was the first Black American male to win a NCAA tennis Championship, the first to win a Grand Slam Title, and the first to represent the United States in the Davis Cup; Smith was a World No. 1 American tennis player and two-time Grand Slam singles champion. 

For CBS, Blofson followed candidate and former Vice President Richard Nixon in the 1968 film version of The Making of the President. He also filmed productions for the National Theatre of the Deaf with his former Broadway colleague, lighting designer David Hays. 

In 1968, Blofson and filmmaker Nigel Noble formed Arden Productions. Several years later, he and Scott Nielsen cofounded The Production Staff, succeeded in 1977 by Telequest Inc., which specializes in documentary films. Among the productions for WNET were Clash of Cultures, which won a Cine Golden Eagle and a Eudora Welty American Award. Two of 16 animated shorts made for the CBS program Captain Kangaroo won a Silver award at the Houston International Film Festival and as a Best Children’s Program award for animation sequence.  

Director and cameraman for the New York Times History Project, Blofson worked on three films: Abe, about the career of the former executive editor Abe Rosenthal, who presided over the publication of the Pentagon Papers; Reston, about James “Scotty” Reston, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who had been executive editor and columnist at the Times; and Hirschfeld, a celebration of the 85th birthday of Al Hirschfeld, caricaturist for the theatre section of the New York Times, whose hidden tributes to his daughter Nina were eagerly sought after by his followers. The footage was developed into The Line King, a full-length documentary written and directed by Susan Dryfoos that was nominated for an Academy Award. 

Telequest went on to make a series of documentaries for WNJN, Harvard University, Princeton University, independent schools, and various nonprofit organizations, including the Arts Council of Princeton, the Princeton Public Library, Womanspace of Mercer County, and a number of organizations based in Trenton, NJ, including the Children’s Home Society, and Isles. The company also made a pro-bono film called Before You Enlist to provide young people and their families a more complete picture of the life-altering consequences of joining the military, especially in wartime.

Born in Philadelphia in 1933, Blofson attended Central High School. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Putnam. A member of the Actors Studio and the Actors Equity Association, among other organizations, he lived in New York from the 1950s until 1988, when he moved to Princeton. After he retired from Telequest, he came out from behind the curtain and the camera to become a player in Onstage Seniors (McCarter Theatre), whose members create and act short documentary stories collected from community members.

He is survived by his wife, Scotia MacRae, his son Tony Blofson from his marriage to Betty Hellman (which ended in divorce), wife Denise Paasche and grandsons Caleb and Pete Paasche; his daughters Kate Blofson (Thomas Case) and Beth Blofson (Ben Dickey) both from his marriage to Eleanor Harter Ruma (who died in 1982), and stepdaughter Aurora MacRae-Crerar (Vinayak Mathur). He was predeceased by his sisters Lorraine Blofson Brown and Jane Blofson Rudofker.

Contributions in Blofson’s honor may be made to the Arts Council of Princeton (, Friends of Princeton Open Space (, or Veterans for Peace (


Barbara M. Spalding

Barbara M. Spalding, age 61, a longtime resident of Princeton, New Jersey, died Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long and valiant battle against breast cancer.

Barbara will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and friend, who loved life and refused to be defined by the disease she spent almost two decades fighting. Barbara’s determination to overcome challenges was lifelong and her greatest joy came from helping others overcome obstacles in their own lives.

Barbara encouraged others to start businesses, return to school, live healthily, and stay positive even in the most trying times, an example she set for herself.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a master’s from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Barbara moved to Princeton in 1986 with her husband Keith Spalding. While balancing the demands of life as a young wife and mother, Barbara founded and grew her own Princeton-based insurance brokerage. Some of her children’s earliest memories are of sleeping on the floor of the “CEO’s” office when they were too sick to go to school.

Barbara was a successful local entrepreneur by the time she was first diagnosed with cancer. After beating the disease, she was inspired to sell her business in 2004 to return to university in mid-life to become a registered dietician, a career that married her twin passions of cooking and healthy living. Despite being more than 25 years older than many of her classmates, Barbara graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers and went on to also earn her master’s degree from the university.

As a dietician, Barbara combined her training and personal experiences to help other cancer patients stay healthy and resilient during recovery. She ran two blogs, Second Act Kitchen and Breast Cancer Wonderland, where she shared recipes she loved and gave advice to others struggling with their health.

Barbara loved spending time with her family at Lake George where she shared her passion for the natural world with her husband and children. Having grown up in Westport, Connecticut, Barbara loved sailing and swimming in open water and long hikes through the Adirondack forest. Most of all, she loved cooking and sharing a meal with family and friends on the dock, which she considered one of life’s simple but great pleasures.

Although she is gone far too soon, Barbara’s determination meant she was able to attend her daughter’s wedding and son’s college graduation, all while battling metastatic cancer. Her endless energy, resilience, and courage will always serve as an inspiration for her family, especially in this time of deep grief.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 34 years, Keith R. Spalding, son Holt Spalding of Princeton, NJ, daughter Rebecca Spalding and son-in-law Alexander Plough of New York, NY,  and brothers Brook Manville of Bethesda, Maryland, and Reed Manville of Paradise Valley, Arizona. She is predeceased by her father, Richard Manville, and mother, Mary Harbord Fox.

September 9, 2020

Jeffrey Haig Bossart

Jeffrey Haig Bossart died on September 2, 2020 at age 67. Jeff was one of the kindest, most thoughtful, caring, smart, hard-working, and above all selfless men most people have ever known. He is survived by his three daughters (Caitie Bossart, Kristie Mass, and Callie Bossart), son-in-law (Darren Mass), and three grand-daughters (Lucine, Eloise, and Coraline Mass). He is also survived by his brother, David Bossart and family.

Jeffrey was born in Jersey City to Florence and Theodore Bossart. He and his brother, David, were raised in Chatham, New Jersey. Jeff went on to receive his Bachelor of Science from the American University in Washington, D.C., graduating cum laude. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law and his license to practice law in the State of New Jersey in 1983.

On January 15, 1983, he married his wife, Paula Jo Haider, who he met in San Diego while attending law school and working at Allstate Insurance. They were colleagues both working in the Claims department.

Jeff and Paula moved to Chester, New Jersey, and had their first and second daughters in 1985 and 1986. In 1989, they moved to Mission Viejo, CA, and had their third daughter, Callie. In 1993, they moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where they stayed for the next 20 years.

Throughout these years, Jeff, Paula, and their family went on many family trips throughout the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and countless trips to Disneyland and Disney World. Jeff was an amazing provider and caretaker for his family. He always attended his children’s sports games and swimming competitions, and he never missed an opportunity to spend quality time with his girls.

Once Jeff and Paula were “empty nesters” they enjoyed many travels together, and loved going on cruises (the Baltic Sea cruise and Alaskan cruise were some of their favorites) and traveling around different parts of Europe.

Professionally, Jeff managed many specialty claims organizations throughout his career. This included numerous claim executive roles, his most recent being EVP and Chief Claims Officer for Aspen Insurance Group, which he retired from in December 2015. His subordinates, friends, and colleagues in the professional world would describe him as wise, generous, and passionate, and having an ability to listen without judgment and give them support, even beyond work-related topics.

In the bittersweet year of 2014, Jeff lost Paula to colon cancer after 31 years of marriage. Three months later, he became known as “Papa” when his first grandchildren, twins Lucine and Eloise, were born to his daughter Kristie and her husband, Darren. As Papa, he was fun-loving, supportive, and a regular part of Lucine and Eloise’s lives.

In his retirement, Jeff spent his time remodeling houses, going on bike rides and hikes, attending church, keeping his brain sharp by enrolling in classes at Princeton University, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Jeff had many interests in self-discovery, growth, health, art, astronomy, and theater. He loved to walk around the center of town in Princeton, where he resided, and spent a lot of time along the trails and in the parks.

Jeff’s family never hesitated to tell him how much he meant to them and how much he was loved. He was, and always will be, a meaningful and important person in their lives. There are countless memories of him that his family will hold onto forever.

Jeff will be missed significantly, yet his family finds comfort knowing he and Paula will now be together eternally.

Services are being handled by Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home, 101 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ. For service information or to leave an online condolence for the family please visit their website at


Ellen (Helen) M. Long

Ellen (Helen) “Bunnie” Mathilda Long died peacefully on September 1, 2020. Her daughter Eileen was with her. A resident of Princeton, NJ, since 1953, she was an active member of St Paul’s Parish, Princeton, NJ, and retired from Princeton University Firestone Library in 1995.

The fourth of five siblings, Helen was born in Fairtown, Co. Cavan, Ireland. In the 1920s her parents met and married in Brooklyn, NY, where two of Helen’s older siblings were born before the family returned to Ireland and bought a small farm. Shortly after she was born they all returned to the USA to live in Brooklyn. The Great Depression changed those plans yet again and they all went back to Ireland in 1936 where Helen spent a contented childhood. In 1953 she set sail for New York on the SS Mauritania from Cobh, Co. Cork, and as she writes in her memoir, “…to face the world on my own.”

After a short stay with her Aunt Helen in NY she took a job in Princeton, NJ, and eventually met Patrick J. Long. They married in 1956 settling in Princeton where they both worked, raised three children and proudly took advantage of all the opportunities of their USA citizenship. Helen’s children have the most wonderful memories growing up with their happy parents.

Helen was an enthusiastic volunteer both in St Paul’s ministries and at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. She shared a love of music, art, travel, and the simple pleasures of the world outdoors with everyone. Helen had a special approach to the aesthetics of everything around her. She trained, apprenticed, and was employed as a professional seamstress early in her working life. That expertise, talent, and her love of design meant she always planned and often made everything exactly to her own specifications. Her pretty gardens and generous hospitality welcomed visitors from everywhere. Her travel adventures took her around the US, to the Holy Land, Italy, France, Bahamas, through the Panama Canal and many times back to Ireland.

Predeceased by her husband Patrick J. Long and her son Michael P. Long, her brothers Nicholas Smith and Thomas Smith, and sister Kathleen Smith, Helen is survived by her son Brian J. Long of Princeton, NJ, daughter, M. Eileen Long and son-in-law, Tarik R. Shahbender both of Princeton, NJ; her sister, Margaret Paul of Lawrenceville, NJ; stepsisters Helen Cordner of Brewster, MA, and Mary Ellen Benedetto of Ventura, CA; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends locally and around the world.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on September 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Mass will also be viewable starting at 9:50 a.m. at Burial will follow the mass at Princeton Cemetery on Greenview Avenue, Princeton, NJ. A memorial for Helen will be planned at a later date when it is safer for friends and family to gather as we wish.

Donations in memory of Helen are welcome for the Princeton Senior Resource Center at or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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


Maurice D. Lee, Jr.

Maurice D. Lee, Jr., age 94, a longtime resident of Cranbury, New Jersey, died on July 12, 2020, as a result of a fall. Born in 1925 in Buffalo, New York, he was educated at the Hotchkiss School and Princeton University, from which he received his doctorate in 1950 after service in the Navy at the end of WW II.

A distinguished historian of 16th and 17th century British/Scottish history, he spent his life as a college professor, teaching generations of undergraduates and graduate students, first at Princeton University from 1950-59, then at the University of Illinois until 1966, and finally at the Douglass College Department of History at Rutgers University. He eventually chaired the History Department at Douglass, and in 1987 he was appointed the Margaret A. Judson Professor of History in honor of his distinguished predecessor at the College in the Tudor/Stuart field. A prolific writer, he wrote ten books, primarily focused on the Stuart period of British/Scottish history. For his lifetime of work in Scottish history, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1994 from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Although he officially retired from Douglass in 1996, he continued to teach at the College, and publish, for many years thereafter.

Maurice was deeply engaged with his friendships, politics, theatre, current events; he always had a book on hand. In the arts, his first love was opera, a lifelong passion. He was still attending Saturday matinee productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York until the pandemic brought the curtain down on live performances in the spring of this year.

His wife of over 50 years, Helen, died of Alzheimer’s in 1999. He is survived by two children, Maurice D. Lee, III and L. Blair Lee, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his partner of many years, Laurine Purola. Because of Covid, a memorial has not yet been scheduled. As a strong supporter of women’s education, contributions may be made to the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University.


Kelly Procaccino

Kelly Procaccino, of Princeton, died Monday, August 31, 2020 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro. Born in Princeton, NJ, she was a lifelong resident and attended Princeton High School. Kelly was employed by the State of New Jersey for 34 years, most recently as a Human Resource Specialist with the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Church.She was a wonderful, kind, and loving person who cared about everyone she came in contact with. She especially loved celebrating Halloween and Christmas, going to the beach, and red Twizzlers.

Her late father, Ralph Procaccino, was a sergeant on the Princeton Borough Police Force. Her late mother, Marion (née Gibbons) Procaccino, was an operating room nurse at Princeton Medical Center. She met her husband, Thomas A. Clark, in 1978. Together for 42 years, they were married at La Piedad Church in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, on January 21, 1995. She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Clark; daughter Haley M. Clark; sisters Michele Lanahan and Rebecca Israel; nieces Ashley Israel, Alexis Stemler, Emily Clark, and Grace Clark; and nephews Christopher Lanahan, Andrew Bilgrav, and Thomas Bilgrav.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020 at St. Paul’s Church (216 Nassau Street, Princeton).

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, everyone must wear a mask and social distance.

A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

September 2, 2020

Stephen N. Bender

Stephen N. Bender died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, August 13th in Chapel Hill, NC. He was born on January 17th, 1934 in New York City, where he was raised. He is a graduate of Alfred University where he majored in chemistry and New York University College of Dentistry. 

He served as a Captain in the United States Army, Dental Corps 82nd Medical Detachment in Giessen, Germany. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he moved to Princeton in 1962.

He practiced dentistry in Princeton from 1962 to 2004, along with his partner, the late Jack Roemer. Their office at 214 N. Harrison Street was local architect Bob Hillier’s first commercial building. 

During his time in Princeton Steve was an active member and leader of the New Jersey and Mercer County Dental Associations, the Princeton Ski Club, and the Princeton Jewish Center, and he helped to establish the Department of Dentistry at Princeton Hospital. 

He was an avid skier – braving the icy and windy conditions of skiing in the Northeast while his children were young, before discovering the pleasures of the Rockies and the Alps.  He was a passionate world traveler – something that he shared with and passed on to his children. He continued to travel and even to ski long past the time that his body deemed those activities prudent.   

While he died peacefully, he lived his life fully and loudly – volunteering as a traveling dentist in Appalachia in the early 70s; hosting Ski Club sheep roasts in his backyard; yelling at his kids to find their way down an icy ski slope; buying a windsurfer before most of us knew what the sport was; asking his wife to endure travels to remote corners of the word, including horseback riding in Mongolia; collecting Asian antiques throughout his travels; driving through Hurricane Gloria to see his youngest daughter at her college parents’ weekend; and always driving a speedy little sports car (including his beloved mustard yellow Volvo p1800 which all of Princeton seems to recall, if only for its missing muffler which allowed all to hear it from blocks away).

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Bender of Chapel Hill, NC; his four children Lauren Bender (Adrian Hyde) of Princeton, David Bender of Richmond, VA, Michael Bender (Carolyn Bender) of Hopewell, and Ruth Bender (Dan Sheline) of San Francisco, CA; his grandchildren Tyler Bender, Katharine Bender, Lola Bender, and Hudson Bender; and his sister Judy Uman. He will also be missed by his stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Edna Bender of New York City. 

A private celebration of Stephen’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Dental Lifeline.


Carroll Keeley King

Carroll Keeley King, age 98, died on August 22, 2020.

She was born in New York City and grew up both there and in Fairfield, CT. She graduated from the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT, and attended Finch College in New York City. She was a former member of the New York and Philadelphia Junior Leagues and worked for the Red Cross during World War II.

She lived in Princeton since 1957 and spent winters in Tubac, AZ, for over 30 years. While living in Princeton she dedicated her life to raising her family, travel, and volunteering within the community. She was interested and supported the D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton Area Community Foundation (Women and Girls), Meals on Wheels, Princeton Hospital, and the Tubac Art Museum in Arizona. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and needlepoint, and was an expert flower arranger. She and her husband were founding members of the Bedens Brook Club.

Predeceased by her husband Frederick P. King Jr. she is survived by daughter Nancy K. Carleton of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and son Frederick P. King of Dover, MA, plus six grandchildren Emily Vaughan of Chevy Chase, MD, Elissa Fontenot of Houston, TX, William Carleton of Albuquerque, NM, Fred King of Medfield, MA, Lissy Kasschau of Boston, MA, and Charlie King of Sherborn, MA, and nine great-grandchildren. She was devoted to her entire family including seven nieces and one nephew.

A private burial service will take place at a later date at All Saints’ Church in Princeton. Arrangements were made by the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Gifts in her honor may be made to D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Naomi Hanft Olin

Naomi Hanft Olin died on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at her home in Surprise, Arizona, just shy of her 98th birthday.

Born September 3, 1922, in Brooklyn, she spent the majority of her adult life in Trenton, New Jersey, after her marriage in 1947.

Meeting her husband was the stuff of fiction. Harry William
Olin (neé Olinsky) was born and educated in Trenton, attended Lehigh University, and served in World War II. They met on a blind date, arranged by mutual friends, under the large clock at Grand Central Station, New York, and were married at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Over three decades together in Trenton they raised their children, longtime Princeton resident Dr. Ferris Olin, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, and Arthur Olin, a retired State of Arizona Project Manager who lives in Goodyear, AZ.

Naomi Olin, unlike most mothers in the 1950s, went to work as the office manager for a Trenton-based lace factory while her husband was first employed as a paper salesman and then worked at the NJ Department of Transportation. He was also an entrepreneur, co-owning and co-founding Tele-Rent, a business that provided televisions to patients in all of Trenton’s hospitals from the 1950s-1970s.

Naomi Olin later became an interior decorator helping many householders in the area to place their already existing furnishings in more interesting ways as well as assisting clients to select new furniture, wall hangings, and rugs. She never imposed her own style on her clients, but rather helped her clients to identify their personal styles.

The Olins retired in mid-1970 to Delray Beach, Florida, where Naomi Olin took up tennis and golf — sports she had never played before. They fulfilled their dream of seeing the world. In 1989-1990, they spent a year traveling the world by flying westward across the Southern Hemisphere. They were in Tiananmen Square when the student-led demonstrations took place. She loved to tell the story about needing to replace clothing and suitcases at least three times during their travel, as well as saying that the trip allowed them to fall in love, all over again.

In 2000, when she was 77 years old, Naomi Olin fulfilled another lifelong dream — to get a college degree — something not available to her during the Depression, when she was forced to enroll in a two-year secretarial/business course which she finished in six months. She applied to Lynn University in Boca Raton, which had never had a returning student who was so old. She received credits for her life experiences by writing up her world trip as a modern version of Homer’s Odyssey and was tutored by a high school student who taught her to use computers and also helped her pass her math courses. When she received her BA in Liberal Arts at 80 years old, her proud family attended her graduation. She then worked for a number of years as a museum docent and volunteer. Perhaps following in her feminist art historian daughter’s footsteps, she gave several lectures on women artists, among them women artists in 1920s Paris and the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, as fundraisers for the local museum.

Soon after her graduation, the Olins decided to re-retire and moved to Surprise, Arizona, nearby where her son Arthur and his family lived. Moving to Arizona provided Harry and Naomi with new pleasures as they got to spend many hours with their grandchildren and then their great-grandchildren. Son Arthur and his wife Nancy spent much time with the elder Olins, both socially and then as companions and helpers when they were no longer able to get around. Their sons, Jarrett (wife Ashley and children Harrison and MacArthur) and Justin (wife Megan and sons Tanner and Cameron), were constant visitors. Naomi Olin set up tea dates with Tanner and Cameron and had overnight pajama parties at their home so she could watch them play team sports. She also traveled to Denver to spend time with Jarrett and his family.

Ferris visited often from her home in Princeton. When her daughter, Anya Olin-Leon, moved to Waltham, Massachusetts, she and her mother helped her decorate her new home. Naomi Olin is also survived by Ferris’ son, Noah Leon (wife Nicole and daughters, Nicole, Olivia and Mia) of Miami, Florida. The last major family event that Naomi Olin attended was the first birthday party for her great-granddaughter, Mia, which was held virtually in July due to the pandemic.

After moving to Arizona, Naomi Olin continued to work in local museums and led art history and art appreciation classes for public school students in grades 4-7. She organized an exhibition of the students’ works in one of the local museum. For many of the students and their parents, visiting the exhibition was the first time they had even been to a museum. 

During her years in Surprise and until the Covid pandemic, Naomi Olin played bridge several nights a week. She and her partner were well matched, and she often took home the winnings for the night.

After her husband’s death and well into her 90s, Naomi Olin continued to satisfy her wanderlust by cruising from Los Angeles to Tahiti, from Los Angeles to Seattle, Miami to Montreal, around the United Kingdom following the route of the Titanic back to Brooklyn, and to Spain and Portugal. Her travel companions were her son and daughter-in-law, and her daughter, with whom she roomed. These were her “last hurrah travels” which allowed her and her children to gather up many memories, sight-see, and enjoy lots of adventures together.

Naomi Olin fell on August 2nd, developed embolisms in her lungs, and died less than a week later. During her illness, she was constantly and lovingly attended by Arthur and Nancy Olin.

Due to Covid-19, there will be no funeral or memorial services. The family asks that if anyone wishes to honor the memory of Naomi Olin, to make a donation to the Naomi H. Olin Endowed Scholarship at Douglass College. The scholarship was established in 1992 by Dr. Ferris Olin in honor of her mother’s achievements by providing funds for non-traditionally aged women returning to college. Donations can be made at the Rutgers University Foundation website at Please specify that it is a memorial gift to the Naomi H Olin Endowed Scholarship.

August 26, 2020

Jean S. Cheng

Jean S. Cheng passed away peacefully in her home on August 9, 2020, at 97 years old. She had been a full-time resident of Princeton for over 70 years. Most of her life she was inseparable from her high school sweetheart and then husband Professor Sin-I Cheng of Princeton University, who pre-deceased her in 2011. 

Born in the village of Wangli, China, she grew up amidst the turmoil of war, with first the Sino-Japanese War and then the Communist Revolution. She was the first in her family to strive for self-improvement through schooling, an extraordinary ambition when the education of girls was at best an afterthought. She attended a boarding school, needing to walk for days to get from home to school in the countryside at a time of war. She had decided for herself that education was a must, and nothing was going to get in her way.

Luck was with her when the Catholic Church chose to sponsor her for college in the United States, where she could join Sin-I who was already in the U.S. having won one of the few Chinese Government scholarships for studies abroad. For each of them, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to achieve dreams that had been previously inconceivable. She was forever grateful for the generosity afforded to her by the Church, a priceless gift she never forgot. After graduating from the College of New Rochelle, she followed Sin-I to Princeton, and proudly relished his accomplishments over decades as a renowned professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences at the University.

She is survived by her daughters Doreen and Irene and her son Andrew, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She often measured her own success by the success of her children and then theirs. She could not be more proud, or feel more fulfilled, than to see her life’s devotion to family bear such fruit. She never forgot where she came from, while also never taking her sights off the need to do better. She lived the motto “You make your own luck,” a lesson she passed on to all her family.

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Leighton Laughlin

Leighton Laughlin passed away at home in South Hero, VT, on Friday August 21, 2020 at the ripe old age of 93. He was born the son of Roberta Howe and Ledlie I. Laughlin in Buffalo, NY, on November 27, 1926, but moved with his parents at the age of 2 to Princeton, NJ, where he spent his childhood and most of his adult life. 

After service in the Marine Corps, he was a graduate of the class of 1949 from Princeton University. At the end of his sophomore year he married Carin Moore, with whom he was married for 51 years until her passing in 1998. In 2000 he married the former Ann Niebling Bartle; they celebrated their 20th anniversary earlier this year.  

Leighton had a varied career with his degree in psychology: he worked for Opinion Research, he had an administrative position at Project Matterhorn at the Plasma Physics Project of Princeton University, and was part of the formation of Princeton Applied Research Cooperative. Most of his professional life was spent as an investment advisor with various companies including Clark Dodge, Tucker Anthony, and finally Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Leighton was very involved in the Princeton community, the Princeton Association of Human Rights and Trinity Episcopal Church. Much of his personal and financial involvement was behind the scenes of many organizations.

Leighton was predeceased by his first wife Carin Moore Laughlin, his parents, and two of his brothers, Ledlie and Robert. He is survived by his wife Ann of South Hero, VT; his four children Toby (Nancy) of Skillman, NJ, Buzz of Keene, NH, Al (Janet) of Hopewell, NJ, Carin and Dale Hoffman of Starksboro, VT; also 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Ann’s children Amanda (Greg) Mazaleski of Medford, NJ, Fred (Erin) Bartle of South Hero, VT, and Matt (Kristen) Bartle, also of South Hero, VT, and six grandchildren. Also his brother Jim of Skillman, NJ.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Isles, Inc., a community development and environmental organization supporting youth and families, 10 Wood Street, Trenton, NJ, 08618, or Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ, 08540. The burial and memorial will be private. Arrangements are made by Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services.


Richard Stockton Snedeker

Richard Stockton Snedeker, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on August 16, 2020.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 14, 1927 to Leonard and Annis Snedeker, “Dick” attended Poly Prep Country Day School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Princeton University in 1951 and received a master’s in 1961.

Initially employed by the Princeton University Press as a technical illustrator and editor, Dick moved on to work at Aeronautical Research Associates of Princeton (ARAP), where he spent his 40-year career working in the field of experimental fluid dynamics. He published nearly 100 papers and received five U.S. patents. He retired from ARAP in 1997.

Dick married Mary Ellen Burroughs in 1952. They moved to West Windsor in 1957 where they raised their three children. Dick added two major additions to their Grover’s Mill home, doing all the carpentry, plumbing, heating, electrical, and roofing work himself. 

A beloved fixture in many aspects of the local scene, Dick served as a board member for the Princeton Small Animal Rescue League for three years. He was also a member of the West Windsor-Plainsboro School Board for 12 years, serving as president for four. He co-authored the plan to regionalize West Windsor with Plainsboro and played a significant role in the construction of the first West Windsor-Plainsboro High School.

Dick was chairman of the Grover’s Mill Pond Task Force, which successfully revitalized the pond. He also served as a board member for the Friends of West Windsor Open Space (FOWWOS) which protected areas of the township from development.

After retiring from ARAP, Dick gave walking tours of Princeton for the Princeton Historical Society and was a docent at the Morven Museum.  He helped found the West Windsor Arts Council and constructed large “Fabulous Forms” sculptures in his home woodshop for township children to paint during the council’s spring celebration. He also wrote the popular column “Looking Back” for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Community News, relating fun facts and anecdotes about West Windsor history.

An IC4A champion miler while at Princeton, Dick competed in area road races for many years, usually winning his age group. He officiated Princeton cross-country and track meets and received the Larry Ellis Alumni Award for his service. 

Dick enjoyed taking his family on camping trips to places such as Nova Scotia, Lake Michigan, and Cape Hatteras. Later in life, he and Mary Ellen found immense pleasure in semi-annual trips to numerous destinations around the globe, with western and eastern Europe as particular favorites. Dick was a master woodworker and his hobbies included building furniture, making art, and family genealogy. He and Mary Ellen especially loved German band music, Gilbert and Sullivan, and John Philip Sousa.

Dick and Mary Ellen were married for 60 years until her passing in 2012.  Dick is survived by his children Jenky Snedeker and her partner Kevin McCue of Essex Junction, VT, James Snedeker of Sunderland, MA, and Amy Snedeker of Pennington, NJ; three nephews: Robert Taylor of Asbury, NJ, Robert Snedeker and his wife Fran of Larchmont, NY, Don Snedeker and his wife Victoria of Falls Church, VA; two grandchildren: Laurel Jenkins, her husband Matthew Kent and their son Desmond of Middlebury, VT, and Peter Dugan, his wife Angela, and their children Siena and Caleb of Hopkinton, MA.

The Snedeker family offers thoughts and prayers to all those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dick and Mary Ellen were huge animal lovers all their lives. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.

A family service will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. followed by burial of ashes in Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540, that everyone is welcome to attend at 2 p.m. A Zoom service will take place on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. A link for the service will be available in the service information section of Richard’s obituary on

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

August 19, 2020

Herman Alexander Zullow

Herman Alexander Zullow, the cherished and beloved son of Keith Zullow and Kathleen Moriarty, the loving brother of Madeleine, Lillian, and Hannah Zullow, and the adored grandson of Marlene Zullow, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at the too young age of 20.  

Herman was born in Manhattan, New York, on April 19, 2000. He lived almost half his life in Ossining, New York, and then moved to Princeton Junction, New Jersey, where he attended The College of New Jersey.  

Herman was a quiet, gentle soul with a quirky sense of humor. As a child, he enjoyed inventing silly characters and games when playing with his younger sisters. He shared inside jokes with his sisters and was often heard laughing late into the night while gaming online with his friends. He also loved his pets (two dogs and two cats) and had a special bond with them. They brought him great comfort and joy, especially during times of turmoil.

From a young age Herman showed a strong interest in the outdoors and nature, something that matured into a lifelong love for hiking and adventure.  Between family trips and camps, he bungee jumped and hiked mountains all over the world, including glaciers in Iceland, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu in Peru, Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten in Norway, and many others in the United States. During such hikes, Herman’s compassionate side would shine through, as he could often be found with the slowest hikers making sure that they were okay or raising group spirits through trail games. Herman also surfed sand dunes in Peru, surfed 15-foot waves in Hawaii, and even surfed with his sisters in the Arctic Circle.  

Herman’s greatest passion was technology. He would take apart old phones and other devices to learn how they worked. This curiosity for electronics morphed into a talent for computer programming and software engineering. Herman was a self–taught programmer in multiple languages and successfully built and fixed computers and other devices for himself and loved ones. Some of Herman’s happiest times were when he was tinkering with an electronic device and searching for ways to make it work.  

Since age 9, Herman battled health issues with physical and psychological manifestations, including anxiety and depression. He was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder known as PANS/PANDAS (Pediatric Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) that caused inflammation in the brain and neurological and psychological symptoms, including anxiety, OCD, and tics. He was later diagnosed with Bartonella, an insect-borne bacterial disorder that can also have psychological manifestations, including anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, the stress of college combined with his battles with these physical and mental illnesses proved too much for him to bear. Though Herman’s time with his family was short, he touched many lives and was loved deeply by those around him. His family cherishes his memory as the brief gift it was.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation ( and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (

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Lawrence Robert Caruso

Lawrence Robert Caruso, known as “Bob” to his close friends, and professionally as “Robin the Juggler,” was born in Princeton, NJ, on Friday, February 7, 1958 and died on Friday, August 7, 2020 in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a longtime resident.

His sisters Amy Pisechko and Marti Davis have fond memories of him teaching them how to ride and fix bicycles, and how to box and juggle. Amy said that her boxing skills have been a lifelong form of self-defense and have made her fearless.  Marti says, “He bought me my very first 10-speed bicycle, a used Schwinn, that he fixed up for me as a birthday present.” When she was learning to ride it, she looked back at him and “smacked right into the back of a parked car!”  Lawrence told her that falling is inevitable and to “get right back up again and go!” 

His sister Gina Caruso remembered the extensive rock collection that he gathered in the 1960s from the dumpster behind Guyot Hall on the Princeton University Campus.  She recalls that he would identify, label, and arrange his rocks, and as a reward for “not telling on him for his almost daily, imaginative pranks,” would periodically give her a private tour of his collection. “He was the most mischievous child I’ve ever met, but he had such a sparkling curiosity. I loved exploring Guyot Hall and building forts with him in the woods,” she says. 

As a teen he was a promising visual artist and drummer who loved Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and the Velvet Underground. His sister Kathleen Kalinowski remembers when he hitchhiked across the country in his 20s and sent postcards home written in a Jack Kerouac-like style. His sister Mary Ann Mitchell remembers frequently corresponding with Lawrence when she was serving in the military in Iraq.  In 2003, she visited him in Florida, and they watched Kill Bill together. “I just loved him,” she said.

Lawrence was a certified electrician, professional juggler, owned a small moving company, played chess in a club he organized, loved old cars and motorcycles, and his dogs.  He is survived by his 91-year-old mother Mollie Jean Caruso, and his siblings John Caruso, Kathleen Kalinowski, Mary Ann Mitchell, Gina Caruso, Marti Davis, Amy Pisechko, and Aaron Caruso. Donations can be made in his memory to the ASPCA. 

A memorial for him will be held at a later date. 


Louise Russell Irving

1922 – 2020

Louise Russell Irving, aka “Weedie,” was born on March 14th, 1922 in New York City. She died at home in Princeton on August 8th, 2020. She was 98. Her large family sorely misses her.

In 1947, she married the late John E.D. Irving, a DuPont Co. marketer. They honeymooned at Varadero Beach, Cuba, and went on to raise five children: John Jr., of Princeton; the late Henry Russell Irving of Cambridge, Mass; Douglas Irving of Princeton; David D. Irving of NYC; and Carol R. Irving of Northumberland, England. John and Louise were together for over 50 years until his death in 1998.

Louise attended Miss Hewitt’s School in NYC; Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA (under the celebrated headmistress Miss Charlotte Noland). Her friends from Foxcroft School remain loyal unto death. Louise received a BA in zoology from Barnard College in 1944.

After college, and consonant with American WWII efforts, she signed up as an assistant nurse with the Red Cross and shipped out in early 1945 to Tagaytay, Philippines. There, the U.S. Marines welcomed her and made her their “Company Mascot.” Mustered out with the homebound soldiers after VJ day, she built her family with John successively in Wilmington, New York City, Providence, and Unionville, PA. After her husband died, she relocated to Princeton, her childhood summer home. Louise was conversant in French, Italian, and Spanish and applied her language skills in travels to such other countries as Vietnam and Panama. She returned from those trips and penned lively travelogues for her local newspapers. Louise practiced assiduously at the piano all her life, which brought her immense joy. She played competent tennis and golf. She loved astrology.

Louise promoted her six grandchildren’s participation in sports, music, film, and dance. While in Princeton, she was a strong proponent of the Charter School and the admirable PHS Studio Band jazz program directed by Joe Bongiovi. Her grandchildren visited her regularly, traveled with her, laughed with her, and delighted in her charisma and indomitable energy. Louise was always thrilled to see her family and especially proud of her great-grandchildren. 

She was a dyed-in-the-wool Republican with strong opinions about politics, American life, and food. She regularly hosted local Republican functions at her home, and in recent years was distraught at Leftist and progressive excesses in America. She liked President Trump and preferred “All Lives Matter” to other iterations of that concept. She was an avid, competitive bridge player up to the day she died, with a few games already scheduled for the following week. She planned to live forever.

Survivors include her four adult children John, Douglas, David, and Carol, their spouses, as well as the spouse of her predeceased son Henry; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her younger brother Archibald Douglas Russell and his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Princeton Republican Club, 131 Victoria Mews, Princeton, NJ 08542 or PHS Band Parents Association, c/o Amanda Kewley, 174 Nassau Street, Suite 423, Princeton, NJ 08542. 

Written by John Irving Jr.


“Pete” Peters

Florence “Pete” Lamborn Peters passed away peacefully at Acorn Glen Assisted Living in Princeton, New Jersey, on July 19. She had just turned 92 in June.

Pete was born June 28, 1928 in Montclair, New Jersey, and was the second child of John Warren Lamborn and Anna Elizabeth Flynn. Pete graduated from The Convent of the Sacred Heart Maplehurst (now Greenwich) in 1945 and from Rosemont College in 1949 with a degree in English. Upon graduation, Pete returned home to Montclair where she worked in a photography studio. 

While spending her summers at Martha’s Vineyard, she met Landon Peters, who also happened to be from Montclair.  She married Landon on February 2, 1952 and they moved to San Antonio, Texas, where Landon served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Their eldest child, Eric, was born in San Antonio.  They truly enjoyed their adventure there, far from family, and made many lifelong friends. They visited San Antonio many times, thereafter.

They returned to Princeton, New Jersey, so Landon could finish his studies at Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1956, though a member of the Class of 1952. Pete and Landon remained in Princeton for the rest of their lives, where their sons Michael, John, David, and Christopher were born. Pete’s younger cousin, Elinore Flynn, came to live with them in 1957, after her parents had died. They were married for 53 years until Landon’s death in 2005. 

Pete’s ties to Martha’s Vineyard were deep. Both sets of grandparents became summer residents in the early 1900s. While spending time there, she enjoyed sailing and tennis, and hosting visitors at Pohogonot Farm, as well as at the home that Landon and she built in 1989.  Until recently, she spent summers there every year of her life.  She was devoted to her large, extended family there and to the preservation of Pohogonot and its flora and fauna.

Her own mother’s lessons of community service led Pete to enjoy a long career as a volunteer in Princeton community organizations.  During the 1960s her focus was more on religion, helping to initiate, and teach, lay-taught CCD classes at St. Paul’s Church, and as a founding board member of the Princeton Interfaith Council, an ecumenical organization of people with a variety of community concerns.  At various times in the 1970s and 80s, she served on boards and various committees for the Princeton YWCA, Friends of Princeton University Art Museum, McCarter Theatre, the Medical Center Auxiliary, and the United Way of Princeton. Many of her roles focused on editing newsletters and publicity.

Her interest in history, its preservation and ongoing interpretation, drove a deep commitment to the Historical Society of Princeton, serving at various points in time, on its Board of Trustees, as Vice President, and editor of its “News and Notes.” Gardening and flower arranging was one of her primary interests throughout her adult life.  She was a member of the Garden Club of Princeton for 51 years during which she held many leadership roles including President. Friends in the GCP recall Pete as a knowledgeable and passionate horticulturist and gardener, a fabulous flower arranger, a mentor to everyone who sought her advice, and a worker who chased down every detail.  Pete served the Garden Club of America as Director, Board of Associates member, Chairman of Archives, Secretary of the Finance Committee, and Zone IV Director. She received the Zone IV Creative Leadership Award and the GCA Medal of Merit. Pete and her friend Phyllis Hamel ran The Princeton Flower Shop for several years in the early 1980s. Together with Landon, she grew and maintained gardens at their homes in Princeton and Edgartown, MA. 

In 1990, the United Way of Princeton awarded her the Gerard Lambert Award, its annual award recognizing volunteer leadership. Pete held a firm belief that those who have been blessed with good fortune have a responsibility to contribute to their communities and to those less fortunate.  She also greatly valued the enduring, cross-generational friendships that were a part of all of her community activities.

Pete was also a founding Trustee of Kieve Affective Education in 1974 (now Kieve Wavus Education) which runs Camp Kieve and Wavus Camp for Girls on Lake Damariscotta in Maine. Several of her sons and granddaughters attended those camps, as have many Princeton residents.

She was a member of Prettybrook Tennis Club, the Nassau Club, and Springdale Golf Club.

Pete was predeceased by her husband Landon, her son Michael, her sisters Patricia Coward Kolbe and Elizabeth Lamborn, her brothers John W. Lamborn, Jr., and George D. F. Lamborn, and her daughter-in-law Sarah Gelotte Peters. She is survived by her sons, Eric  and his wife, Eileen Murphy, and John, of Vineyard Haven, David, of Princeton, New Jersey, and Christopher and his wife Kathryn, of Dallas, Texas, her seven grandchildren, Nathaniel Peters, Molly Peters, Emily Peters, Caroline Peters, Lorna Peters, Charles Landon Peters, Kathryn Peters, and her great-grandchild, John Peters.

A memorial service in Princeton will be held and burial will be at Martha’s Vineyard, both at a future date.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Historical Society of Princeton, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 or the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.


Barbara MacLeod Morgan

January 3rd, 1935 –July 28th, 2020

Barbara MacLeod Morgan 85, of Stockbridge, MA (formerly of Princeton, NJ) passed away peacefully on July 28th at home with her daughters by her side.  

Barbara was born in Bear River, Nova Scotia, Canada, to Reverend Archibald A. MacLeod and Barbara Grace MacLeod. She was educated at Saint Andrews High School, Saint John General Hospital Nursing School (Registered Nurse), and University of Pennsylvania (Masters of Science in Nursing — Nurse Practitioner). She lived in Princeton for 47 years and summered on Prince Edward Island, her ancestral home, in her beloved seaside cottage on the Northumberland Strait.

In 1962 Barbara met and married her first husband, David Baxendale, in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Cornwallis Naval Station Medical Center and where he was an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Soon after the birth of their two daughters they moved to Cambridge, MA. During those years, Barbara worked at Mount Auburn Hospital while David attended university. Subsequently the family settled in Princeton, NJ, where Barbara was employed at Princeton Medical Center, both in the Operating Room and the Neonatal departments; Carrier Clinic; and eventually Princeton University Health Center. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1982.

In 1985 Barbara married Arthur Palmer Morgan of Princeton, NJ. Barbara and Arthur enjoyed a 32 year marriage including travel to five continents. Barbara worked as a fundraiser in the interest of the environment, in expanding the Princeton Public Library, and in supporting Planned Parenthood. Together she and Arthur formed a blended family with five daughters, always keeping up with the comings and goings of each and providing support and wisdom. They welcomed many shared grandchildren and great-grandchildren into their fold throughout the years. 

Although Barbara worked in many areas of medicine during her 35 year career she was most devoted to woman’s health care concerns. As a Nurse Practitioner at the Princeton University Health Center, she was especially proud of the pre-natal and post-natal program she established for international students and their spouses offering a supportive and loving atmosphere.

As an advocate and ally of those less fortunate among us, Barbara always extended her hand to offer support to those in need. A lifelong progressive, she was concerned with the socio-political atmosphere created by the current administration in Washington and followed politics, environmental and social justice issues until the end. She recognized suffering in all forms and responded with compassion.

Barbara was predeceased by her grandson William MacLeod Manning, sister Alexandra (Sandra) Thompson, brother Bently MacLeod, stepbrother Hinson MacLeod, stepsister Marion Burns, and her husband Arthur Morgan.

She is survived by her daughters Robin Alexandra Manning of Great Barrington, MA, and Jennifer MacLeod Baxendale (Richard Epstein) of Stockbridge, MA, and Dummerston, VT, and her three surviving grandchildren —Jesse Baxendale Manning (Jack), Donovan William Lally, and Lucy Alexandra Manning. She especially delighted in time spent with her devoted family.

Barbara is also survived by her brother Archie MacLeod (Carmel) of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and her stepdaughters Ann Battle (Craig) of Princeton, NJ, Cathy Morgan (John) of Hawaii, and Cynthia Pastahov (Stefan) of Linconville Center, ME, and her stepgrandchildren Jason Battle (Sarah), Celina Fuller (Dan), Morgan Battle (Brooke), Silas Standard (Cali), Alex Pastahov (Brittony), Miles Pastuhov (Sabrina), and Eloise Standard (Patrick). She was lovingly known as “GG” by her great-grandchildren.  

In honor of Barbara we invite you to make a contribution to HospiceCare in The Berkshires, Inc., 877 South Street, Suite 1W, Pittsfield, MA 01201.


William W. Augustine

William Winfield (“Bill”) Augustine died peacefully of natural causes on August 9, 2020 at Brandywine Assisted Living, where he had resided for the last eight years. He was 93.

A longtime resident of the Princeton area, Bill was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on March 26, 1927. In 1942, his parents, Thomas Henry and Ruth Duncan Augustine, moved the family to Bucks County, near Bowman’s Hill Tower, so that Bill’s father could work for General Motors in Trenton in support of the War effort. Bill’s older brother, Duncan, studied engineering at Princeton University, and Bill loved to recount stories about coming to Princeton as a child in the 1930s to visit his brother.

As a young man, Bill had his eye on a career in radio and the exciting new medium, television. He received voice training for radio in Philadelphia and also became involved with the local theater, playing leading roles in several productions at the Play and Players Theater there. However, despite having job offers from local radio and TV stations, he ultimately decided on a different path. After attending Rider College for several years, he left to take a series of sales and marketing positions with Dodge Reports, 3M, and Standard Oil, which sent him to work in Italy for several years. In the mid-1950s, Bill returned to the Princeton area to work for Johnson & Johnson as a product manager. 

In 1960, he and local contractor, Ray Hunt, formed Hunt & Augustine, Inc., which quickly became a leading residential construction and real estate development firm in the Princeton area. They partnered with architect William Thompson, Jr. AIA, who had previously spent several years as the resident architect for Williamsburg, in designing both custom homes and residential developments, including  Winfield, Audubon and Castle Howard in Princeton and the Abey tract and the Pennington Professional Center in Pennington.

In 1962, Bill began development of the property that would become the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman. Bill was one of the founders of the golf club, and the Bedens Brook Company, of which Bill was President, also built many of the beautiful custom-designed homes that ring the golf course. 

In 1981, Hunt & Augustine began development of a 700-acre tract of land in Skillman as a golf club community to be named Cherry Valley Country Club. Bill assembled the land and obtained all of the necessary approvals, which was a grueling process that took many years. This project was eventually sold to Dyson, Kissner & Moran. However, Bill remained involved until the Cherry Valley golf course was completed. It opened in 1991.

Bill married his wife, Mary Jane, in 1986. They loved adventure and traveled extensively together. One notable trip involved following the Silk Road across China from east to west in 1995. That trip ended abruptly in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, when Bill became seriously ill from food poisoning and had to be transported by medivac plane to the American Hospital in Istanbul, where he stayed for more than a month. There, he made many friends among the hospital staff, who started spending their breaks visiting in his room. In typical fashion, Bill Augustine fashion, he turned his time in the Istanbul hospital into a continuation of the Silk Road adventure.

Throughout his business career, Bill always found time to be active in the community and later in life, he devoted much of his time and energy to charitable pursuits. While serving as President of both Hunt & Augustine, Inc. and the Bedens Brook Company, he was also President of the Princeton Art Association and Senior Vice President of the Princeton Ballet. After retiring, he became a Board member of the American Red Cross of Central Jersey, which awarded him the Bob Clancy Culture of Caring Award for service in 2008. He was also a longtime volunteer with Meals on Wheels, continuing to deliver meals and cheer to shut-ins well into his mid-80s.

Bill was an accomplished athlete pursuing tennis, figure skating, running, and golf at various times in his life. However, golf was his enduring passion. He took up the game in his late 20s and continued to play until he was well past 80. He loved nothing better than spending time on the Bedens Brook and Cherry Valley Country Club golf courses with his many friends. He was especially proud of being an honorary member of both Clubs. In his later years, he researched and authored detailed histories of Bedens Brook and Cherry Valley, which he gave as an enduring gift to both the Clubs and their members.

Bill was pre-deceased by his parents; his brother, Duncan Colfax Augustine; his sister, Natalie Jean Augustine; and his two children by a previous marriage, William Winfield Augustine, Jr. and Sara Dougan Augustine. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Augustine; his stepdaughter, Lia Christian Nielsen, of Lambertville; and a nephew, Dr. D.C. Augustine of Amherst, Virginia.

A private memorial service is planned for late September. 

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Brandywine Assisted Living and Vitas Healthcare for taking wonderful care of Bill. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Red Cross of Central Jersey. Extend condolences and share memories at


Evelyn Geddes

Evelyn Geddes, age 97, of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away on August 11, 2020 after suffering a stroke. Evelyn lived a long, full life. She loved cooking, travel, reading, and had a very wide range of interests ranging from healthcare policy to politics, social justice, and the arts.

Evelyn was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Harry and Rose Basse in 1923. She grew up mostly in Brooklyn, with a short period in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from James Madison High School, and then earned a BA in economics from Brooklyn College and studied economics in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. She married Robert Geddes, her husband of 73 years, in 1947. They had two children, David, an anthropologist and business consultant, and Ann, an architect and ceramic artist.

Evelyn was involved in Democratic politics in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She was particularly active in healthcare issues, as president of Planned Parenthood of Mercer County, as president of the Princeton School Board, introduced sex education programs into the Princeton schools, and served as chair of the New Jersey State Health Commission.

She is survived by her husband, her two children, seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, her sister (Minna Berkowitz), one niece and her family, and one nephew and his family, and several cousins.

The family will be having a Zoom funeral service in the near future. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory should be made to the Guttmacher Institute.

August 12, 2020

Edward J. McCabe, Jr.
Susan C. McCabe

Edward J. McCabe, Jr. (Ted), 85, of Princeton died suddenly on Friday, July 31, 2020. Born in New York, NY, he was the son of the late Dr. Edward J. McCabe and Mary (Webster) McCabe. Ted was preceded in death by his sister, the late Patricia (McCabe) O’Connell, and is survived by his younger sister Mary Sue (McCabe) Virtue.

Three days later, Susan C. McCabe (Susie), 83, of Princeton died Monday, August 3, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Chicago, IL, daughter of the late George Shepard Chappell Jr. and Caroline (Smith) Chappell. Her death was preceded by her sister, the late Barbara (Chappell) Copello and her brother, the late George S. Chappell, III.

The McCabes have been residents of Princeton since 1966. Ted enjoyed a successful investment banking career before retirement. Susie was a co-founder and president of SAVE Animal Rescue for over 20 years, and worked for over 30 years as Manager of Talbots, Princeton. She also served on Board of Trustees for The Hun School.

Ted was a graduate of The Canterbury School and The University of Vermont ’56, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and the Men’s Basketball Team. Ted proudly served in the United States Marine Corps as Ranger Captain. Susie was a graduate of Miss Porter’s School and Smith College ’58. Ted and Susie spent their days enjoying their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. Both avid sports fans, the McCabes didn’t miss a game of their beloved New York Yankees.

They are survived by sons E. Michael McCabe and Christopher James McCabe (Helen); daughters Pamela McCabe Haley, Sheila Shumway McCabe, and Wendy McCabe Messick (Scott); grandchildren Christopher H. Grey (Kate), Spencer M. Grey (Ashley), Olivia L. McCabe, Faye W. Haley, Andrew E. Haley, Grace C. Haley, Oliver M. McCabe, Benjamin H. McCabe, Molly J. McCabe, Charlotte C. McCabe, and Miles E. McCabe; and great-grandchild George Edward Grey.

A private celebration of life will be held in Martha’s Vineyard at a later date.

Donations in their honor may be made to: SAVE – A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558 or Vineyard Trust, PO Box 5277, Edgartown, MA 02539, or Huntington’s Disease Society of America (


Dr. Klaus Georg Florey

Dr. Klaus Georg Florey, noted biochemist and pharmaceutical scientist, died at home in Princeton, New Jersey, on August 4 surrounded by family. He was 101. He was a Princeton resident for 62 years.

Dr. Florey served as the head of Analytical Research and Development for Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he spent over 30 years of his career. As an expert advisor for the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), Dr. Florey shared his knowledge with developing nations across the world and served on the W.H.O. Expert Advisory Panel on the International Pharmacopoeia from 1976-93. He was also active on the Revision Committee for the United States Pharmacopeia, 1970-95. From 1980-81, he served as President of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and in 1983 he was elected Chairman of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, the center for national science leadership and policy development, headquartered in Washington, D.C. As a leader in pharmaceutical science, Dr. Florey was awarded the Research Achievement Award from the American Pharmaceutical Association Foundation in 1987 and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists in 1990, where he served as Academy Fellow. In recognition of his scientific contributions, he was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a lifetime honor. Over his long career, Dr. Florey was perhaps best known for creating the annual book series, Analytical Profiles of Drug Substances, a resource used worldwide and for which he served 22 years as the editor.

Born on July 4, 1919 in Dresden, Germany, Klaus was the eldest son of Friedrich Georg Florey and Margarethe Pick. He completed the Academic Gymnasium in Coburg, Germany, before receiving a Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg. Klaus’ mother was of Jewish ancestry, and his family was therefore persecuted during WWII. Miraculously, Klaus survived the war and he and his brother Peter made the decision to leave Germany. In 1947, Klaus traveled by refugee ship organized by the World Council of Churches to New York City and began his new life in the United States. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1952 and went on to receive his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954.

Klaus’ curiosity never waned. He always had a book by his side and explored a wide range of literature, translating his favorite German literary works into English. He was an avid traveler and enjoyed many adventures with his family in the Alps and across the globe. He had a lifelong love of classical music and art, regularly attending concert series in Princeton and New York and frequently visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1991, he joined the Princeton University Art Museum Docent Association, leading tours and serving as the association’s archivist.

Dr. Florey is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Anne Major Florey; his children, Peter Georg Florey and his wife Patricia Dalmazio, Andrea Florey Bradford and her husband Samuel C. Bradford, and five grandchildren, John Florey and his wife Katie, Michael Florey and his wife Jessica, Stephanie Bradford and her fiancé Kevin Toth, Sarah Bradford, and Elisabeth Bradford, and three step-grandchildren, Anthony-John Scordio, Marco Scordio, and Jon-Paul Scordio. A memorial gathering will be held in the future. Gifts in Dr. Florey’s honor may be made to the Princeton University Art Museum Docent Association, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, 08544-1018.


Ruth Jane Kenneweg Bruns

Ruth died peacefully in her sleep at home in Belle Mead, NJ, with her loving husband of 61 years by her side on July 31, 2020. Born on October 26, 1936 and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Ruth attended Collegiate Institute in Manhattan following high school graduation, earning an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, and then went straight to work for a private firm on Wall Street.

Ruth was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church throughout the years, always joining a local church wherever she lived. During her youth she was a member of Good Shepherd in Brooklyn where she was baptized, confirmed, and later married. It was in her mid-teens that her husband to-be joined the church. That’s when it all started. They were part of a very active youth group and, in addition to youth group activities, shared the additional interests of playing city-wide basketball and singing in the church choir. The romance grew through the years and they were married when Bob graduated from Lehigh University.

Bob was then commissioned in the Air Force and the newlyweds headed off to their first assignment in Omaha, NE. Ruth enjoyed a good life in Omaha, joining one of the city’s top law firms and working with a great staff of attorneys on some of the city’s largest cases. She was treated well by Bob’s Air Force colleagues as the officers and their wives treated Ruth and Bob as their kids, always very kind and accommodating, making the young married couple feel comfortable and welcomed. Ruth became friends with many great people in Omaha, many of whom remained great friends through the years.

Following Bob’s resignation from the Air Force, he joined IBM in Bethesda, MD, where they spent the next three years and celebrated the birth of their daughter, Kristin. Bob was then transferred “home” to NY to work at IBM’s Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. There, Ruth established her roots for 29 years and during that time their son, Kirk Lars, was born. Both children grew up there until they went off to college. Later, Bob took advantage of an early retirement from IBM and joined Continental Insurance Co. in the Princeton, NJ, area where they have resided for the past 26 years.

Ruth’s faith was extremely important to her. Her baptismal certificate was prevalently displayed as many people display their college diplomas. She had always been active in her church from the days of her youth and on, especially while her children were growing up, working in their gardens and planning and running events through the years.

Ruth was an extraordinary gardener, crafter, and baker. She applied all these skills to benefit her church in addition to her home. Her home gardens were the envy of the neighborhood.  She was also known for her parties with homemade everything and neighbors and church friends always looked forward to her annual super bowl party. In the winter months, gardening was replaced by Ruth’s crafting and during Kristin’s early years she would make her fancy lined dresses. She later expanded her crafting to make lovable stuffed animals and dolls which many kids of neighbors, friends, and relatives proudly displayed bearing the “Made by Ruth” name tag on them.

She performed an admiral job of raising two great children as a caring mother that lived for her children, later adding her three grandchildren to the list. In addition to being a loving wife and mother of two, she also loved her many dogs through the years, especially cocker spaniels and retrievers.

Ruth was also a very strong person and fighter, both in her faith and determination. She suffered a debilitating stroke 15 years ago that left her paralyzed on her entire left side and a poor prognosis. This stole from her those things she loved to do; the gardening, baking, and crafting. Following her stroke, her son was to be married in the coming nine months and she was determined to dance at his wedding. Through true grit, determination, her faith, and fighting spirit, she achieved that objective which doctors did not believe was possible.

Pre-deceased by her parents, William Christian Kenneweg and Meta Aschoff Kenneweg; siblings William Kenneweg (Red Hook, NY), Edward Kenneweg (Prescott, AZ), Doris Kenneweg Nichols (Norwalk, CT), and Howard Kenneweg (Brooklyn, NY); she is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Bruns (Belle Mead, NJ); children Kristin Bruns Chenworth (Geoffrey) of Schnecksville, PA, and Kirk Lars Bruns (Colleen) of Waitsfield, VT; and three grandchildren, Megan Chenworth (Chicago, IL), Andrew Chenworth (Northampton, PA), and Stephen Chenworth (Cleveland, OH).

A private funeral for immediate family was held August 4th at Christ the King Lutheran Church, in Kendall Park, NJ, with a private burial at Rocky Hill Cemetery, Rocky Hill, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, NY, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kendall Park, NY, or via random acts of kindness to others, as Ruth loved to do.


Cintra Carter Sander

December 19, 1929 – August 3, 2020

Cintra Carter Sander was born in Bryn Mawr, PA, on December 19, 1929.

She left Pennsylvania and moved to Princeton when she married Dr. Richard Huber, a PHD and noted scholar at Princeton University. Unlike many in her generation, Cintra went to college at the art school of Philadelphia, University of the Arts, and became a commercial illustrator. She went on to use her talent for years, illustrating artwork for over 52 Princeton charities and advertising agencies. She was most proud of her work at The Neuro Psychiatric Institute, where she taught the groundbreaking techniques of art therapy to patients.

Cintra’s name was always of interest. When asked, Cintra would reply that her name “Cintra” had been given to the eldest daughter in each generation of her family since 1843. Originating with the daughter of Israel P. Hutchinson, who was nominated to a diplomatic post in Portugal by President James Madison; Cintra Sander is the  fourth generation to carry on the tradition. Her granddaughter Cintra McGauley Sedalik is the sixth Cintra who recently got married in Sintra*, Portugal, at Monserrate Palace. (*spelling was changed in 1900.)

Cintra lived in Princeton for many decades until she moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to be with her daughter Cintra H. McGauley and her late husband Lawrence P. McGauley, Esq., and her grandchildren. 

She settled into the lovely Florida sunshine for many years where she was a popular Marsh Landing resident and an active Garden Club leader. She was also a great participant in The Woman’s Club. 

Mrs. Sander is survived by her three children Cintra Huber McGauley and the late Lawrence P. McGauley Esq., Richard Miller Huber Jr. and Lucile Olson Huber, Casilda Carter Huber and Capt. Bill Campbell. She is also survived by her four grandchildren Cintra McGauley Sedalik, Gillan Richard McGauley, Richard Miller Huber III, and Alexandra Lucile Huber. 

Mrs. Sander is also survived by her beloved nephews Michael R. E. Carter, George W. Scudder, and stepson Whitney Sander.

The family will hold a celebration of Cintra’s life when it is safe to do so. Perhaps on her birthday, which is in December, because many friends will need to travel.

August 5, 2020

Claire Grover Parsells

On July 14, 2020, Claire Grover Parsells, age 93, passed away peacefully after a brief illness and her belief that “it was time to go.”

She was a Princeton native, born March 5th, 1927 to Hermina and John Grover. Her older sister Molly Shallow passed away also at the age of 93 in 2018, while her younger brother Lloyd died at the age of 26 from heart problems.

She was the widow of  H. Richard Parsells, who passed away in 1974, and predeceased by her eldest son Mark. She is survived by her children: Barbara Andazola, Telfair and husband Jerry Steele, Lloyd Parsells, Jaunie and husband Shaun Schooley. She is also survived by grandchildren, Becky Steele, Amanda Bassford, Emily Eldridge, Mercedes Schieu, Amelia Schooley, and Aidan Schooley. Memories of great-grandma will be retold to great-grandkids Malia, Gavin, Grover, Sylvia, and Lucy. 

Always the sporty tomboy, she honed her athletic ability playing with her neighborhood friends of “Jugtown.” Lifelong friendships at Nassau Street Elementary and Miss Fines School, continued through her attendance at Choate Rosemary Hall, Finch College in NYC, and Rider College.

While she may have believed a bad day of golf was better than a good day at work, she enjoyed her various jobs at the Princeton Public Library, Parsells Real Estate, and the Princeton Packet. When not working you could find her on the golf course. Her love of golf was inherited from her father, a “scratch” golfer and repeat club champion at her beloved Springdale. Winning the Women’s championship in 1978 was one of her fondest memories. She also won the Women’s Senior Tournament six times.     

Summers were spent with family and friends at her parents’ home in Mantoloking, N.J.

She was a mother of five, but a mom to many. While a well-kept house may not have been her forte, she made up for it by providing a home on Princeton Avenue, the family’s longtime epicenter, where all were welcome.

She resided in Princeton for 86 years before joining her daughter Jaunie Schooley in Northern California in 2013.

She was, amongst her many attributes, an animal lover, good cook, artist, world traveler, and book lover. She will be remembered not only as a strong willed, smart, and funny woman, but first and foremost, as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother whose presence will be greatly missed.

A celebration of her life will take place next summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Princeton Senior Resource Center ( or SAVE (


Marcia Satterthwaite

Marcia Satterthwaite, 71, originally of Haverford, PA, died peacefully in her sleep on August 2, 2020 of complications from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).

A longtime resident of Haverford, PA, and Hightstown, NJ, and a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work, she was a beloved mother, sister, and cousin, and a longtime social worker, travel writer, book lover, and family historian, as well as a co-owner of Tuscan Rentals.

She was predeceased by her parents, Isabel and Alfred Satterthwaite. She is survived by her sons, David (Diane) Wertime and Geoffrey (Philip Zachariah) Wertime, the father of her children, Richard Wertime, her sister, Mare (Sue Coffey) Satterthwaite, and many beloved cousins, including Julia (Phil Kapp) Hough.

An online memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2020; email for details. An in-person ceremony will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Cure PSP at Extend condolences and share memories at

July 29, 2020

Joseph Leo Bolster, Jr.

Joseph Leo Bolster, Jr., a beloved father of 14 who built a distinguished career at Princeton University and lived a life dedicated to public service, died on July 21, 2020, at the home of his youngest daughter, Peggy, in Westport, NY. He spent his final weeks surrounded by his 14 children and passed peacefully. Among Joe’s many gifts were an unflagging buoyancy of spirit, a quick, often hilarious wit, and a powerful devotion to community service born of the gratitude he felt for the opportunities afforded him in his lifetime. Joe was an inspiration to his family and to many who knew him, and whenever he entered a room, the good cheer within underwent a noticeable uptick.

The eldest son of Joseph Leo Bolster, Sr. and Jane Carroll Bolster, Joe Bolster was born in Albany, New York, on November 6, 1928, and grew up in Williamstown and Pittsfield, MA. At Pittsfield High School, he was a member of the Student Council, Vice President of the Senior Class, captain of the track team, and Western Massachusetts half-mile champion in 1945 and ’46.

After graduating from Pittsfield High, Joe spent a year in the Army of Occupation in Japan, and then attended The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, from January to June 1948. In September of ‘48, with the help of the GI Bill, he entered Princeton University as part of the Class of 1952. Joe majored in history and became an active member of the school community, joining the Senior Class Council, becoming President of The Princeton Charter Club, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Inter-Club Committee. He ran cross country and track at Princeton, captaining both the freshman and varsity track teams during his four-year career. Joe was a member of the Princeton-Cornell track team that raced against Oxford-Cambridge in 1950. He ran the mile in that meet in a four-man field that included Roger Bannister. On the voyage to England aboardthe MV Georgic, he met his future wife, Sarah “Tink” Murdock. In 1951, Joe was part of the Princeton team that finished second in the 4 x 880 relay at the IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships, edging out a Fordham team that included future Olympic gold medalist Tom Courtney. The following season, Joe’s Tiger team finished first in the 4 x 880 relay at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.

After graduation, Joe
embarked on a 39-year career at Princeton University. He started in the Bureau of Student Aid and subsequently held positions in the Admissions Office and as Secretary of the Alumni Schools Committees. In 1965, he joined Princeton’s Annual Giving Office, where he spent the next 26 years, 24 of them as Director. During his tenure, the Annual Giving Office raised more than $200 million in fully unrestricted funds for the university. Joe was also a member of the Board of Advisors, the Committee on Minority Affairs, and a coach of the freshman cross country and track teams.

As an offshoot to his Annual Giving work, Joe was a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), serving as Middle Atlantic District Chair. In 1989, he was named CASE’s Professional of the Year.

Joe spent his adult life giving back to and volunteering in his communities, never forgetting the windows of opportunity that were opened for him as a schoolboy of modest means from Western Massachusetts. In Princeton, he served as Commissioner of the YMCA Little League Baseball organization, President of the Youth Employment Service (YES), President of the Johnson Park Elementary School PTO, and President of the Friends of Princeton Track. He was one of the founders of Princeton’s Dorothea’s House Scholarship program, which he chaired for more than 25 years. Joe was also a board member at the Princeton YMCA, the Princeton Regional Scholarship Program, the Aquinas Institute, St. Paul’s Church, and the Princeton Blairstown Center (PBC), which provides adventure-based, experiential education to vulnerable youth. Joe helped complete several significant capital initiatives for PBC.

For the Princeton University Class of 1952, Joe joined the Executive Committee after graduation, and also served as president and reunion chairman, among other posts. There is a Joseph L. Bolster, Jr. ’52 scholarship at Princeton.

Elsewhere, Joe served for 15 years as a trustee of the Hill School, and 10 years on the Board of Managers at Camp Dudley, in Westport, NY,

Joe was a member of the Nassau Club, the Princeton Club of New York, the Old Guard of Princeton, and the Nassau Swim Club (where he and Tink became lifetime members after helping the club raise funds for a major renovation in 2005). He was an avid biker in later life, as well as a regular jogger who completed several marathons.

Predeceased by his cherished wife, Tink, Joe is survived by his six daughters (Carrie, Jane, Mary, Martha, Libby, and Peggy), eight sons (Joe, Jim, Andy, Michael, Tom, Charley, John, and Richard), and 20 grandchildren (Martha, Frances, Kate, Bolster, Willa, John, Dana, Henry, Michael Mac, Callye, Jake, Eva, Luke, Jack Henry, Ethan, Clay, Jack Dashiell, Kayla, Magdalena, and Leo), who loved their “Bee-Bo” dearly.

A memorial service will be held on a future date in the Princeton University Chapel. A family burial will be held in the Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Dorothea’s House (, Princeton Blairstown Center (, Princeton University, Class of 1952 Annual Giving (, Centurion Ministries (, or the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield, MA (

Hoo-ha! Sis Boom Bah! We’ll always miss you, Joe.


Lynn Rabinowitz

Lynn Rabinowitz passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at age 75 with her family by her side.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Harry Lewis Lennard (Lenny) and Ruth Lennard, she lived all across the United States as a child and young woman. Lynn resided in Yardley for the past 54 years.

Her first career was working as a receptionist and bookkeeper with her first husband Barry Rabinowitz, at his pediatric dental practice in Trenton. She was also a successful real estate agent earlier in life and for the past 21 years has been a partner, with her daughter Rachel, at the fashion boutique Hedy Shepard LTD in Princeton.

As a younger woman, Lynn was interested in the arts, loved the ballet and could be found there whenever it was in town. Lynn enjoyed tennis, swimming, her daily morning walks, and was a gardening enthusiast.  She and her husband enjoyed travel and visiting new places. Lynn was a fabulous cook and loved to feed  friends and family. Family was more important to Lynn than anything else.

Lynn is survived by her loving husband, Robert Beckelman; her children, David Rabinowitz (Kathy) and Rachel Reiss (Adam); and her grandchildren Natasha, Jordyn, Jacob, and Addison. She is also survived by her blended family, John Beckelman (Marsha), Barbara Beckelman (Susan), Linda Beckelman (Mark, deceased), and their children and grandchildren.

Private memorial services were held on July 27 at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To leave condolences for the family, visit Lynn’s obituary page at

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Capital Health Cancer Center directed to Capital Health Development Office at Two Capital Way, Suite 361, Pennington, NJ 08534.


Joseph Michael Azzara

Joseph Michael Azzara, age 64, of Princeton, NJ, entered into eternal rest Sunday morning, July 19, 2020.

Beloved husband of Barbara Hinkle-Azzara, devoted father of Michael Joseph of Charlotte, NC, and John Thomas of Asbury Park, NJ, and dear brother to Anthony (Sherry) of Jupiter, FL, Patrick of Manhattan, NY, and Carol Ann (Bob) Eberhardt of Palm Bay, FL. Joe was cherished by his loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and many extended family and friends.  

Born April 5, 1956, Joe was raised in Corona and Port Jefferson, New York, son of the late Anthony J. Azzara and Olga Azzara (nee DiNello).  He later moved to Canton, OH, where he began his working life at Republic Steel as an engineer. This was just the first step of an extensive dedicated career that later led him back to New York and the nascent field of Management Information Systems. Joe spent over 20 fruitful years at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital (later Continuum Health Partners and Capgemini) in NYC, and subsequently landed at Accenture where he continued his commitment to hard work and the advancement and encouragement of successful teams and projects. Throughout these years, many of Joe’s colleagues were impacted by his compassionate and supportive leadership style.  

Joe placed his highest priority on raising his two sons – always finding time for soccer tournaments near and far, assisting with schoolwork, and organizing ski trips. His other passions included golfing, taking care of his home – which was never visited by a plumber or an electrician – exploring small towns with his wife, particularly in Italy and France, and enjoying wine and good conversation with family and friends. Joe had an uncanny ability to spot a wine ‘winner’ in advance and took pride in his prescient picks.

Above all, Joe was defined by his strength of character – which was truly evidenced by his unwavering battle with cancer. Joe will be remembered as someone who was easy to talk with, who loved his family, and who held fast to his convictions.

Arrangements are being handled by the MJ Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction, NJ. Due to the COVID public health emergency, the family did not hold a visitation. The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, July 25th at St. Augustine of Canterbury, 45 Henderson Road, Kendall Park, NJ 08824. Following the funeral mass, entombment services were privately held for family at Holy Cross Burial Park and Mausoleum in Jamesburg, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blavatnik Family Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai Giving @  In Memory of Joseph Azzara.


Anne Dorothy (Hevner) Sullivan

Anne Dorothy (Hevner) Sullivan, 91, an acclaimed artist, departed this world peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Meadow Lakes Retirement Community in E. Windsor, New Jersey.  She was married for 61 years to the late James Leo Sullivan, former Lowell and Cambridge city manager and president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, who passed away in 2012.

Born March 17, 1929 to Anna (Zemeitus) Hevner and Thomas Benjamin Hevner, Anne grew up in South Boston, Massachusetts with her parents and siblings Dolores (Dorie), Jeanne, and Thomas (Tom) Benjamin Jr.

Since childhood, Anne wanted to study art, however, economic times postponed her dream for some years. In 1948, Anne stayed at Holmes’ Farm in Boscawen, New Hampshire, where she met her husband James. The couple married and began their family – the focus of their lives.

While raising her children, Anne began taking painting and drawing classes, entering local art competitions, and winning regional art awards.  She sold her first prize-winning oil painting, to Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski and wife Carol in 1968.

Anne began her formal art instruction at Northeastern University in 1969. After completing her associate’s degree, she continued her art study with many classes in new techniques, particularly print making at the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. In 1975, Anne began working on her B.A. in Art at University of Massachusetts Lowell as one of very few adult day students and graduated in 1977.

Anne was a longtime member of Depot Square Art Gallery in Lexington, Massachusetts, Emerson Umbrella in Concord, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Brush Art Gallery in Lowell. She was a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists, National Association of Women Artists, National League of American Pen Women, New England Watercolor Society, Copley Society of Boston – Copley Artist, and the Monotype Guild of New England.

Anne was an art instructor for the summer Aid to Individual Development program at University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where she worked with incoming freshmen who were first generation college students. In later years, she worked in Boston as an art consultant assisting banks and businesses in art acquisition for office spaces. She continued to teach at many venues, including the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA, where its Parker Gallery hosted her 2009 retrospective show when she turned 80.

Anne was a lifelong learner; always open to new ideas and developing many of her own during her 40 years in the art field, including print making, collagraphs, paper making, collage, and mixed media. She drew art inspiration from nature, and was known for her evocative watercolors as well as creative use of color and texture in experimental works. As her eclectic style became known both nationally and internationally, Anne was recognized by the National Association of Women Artists and the International Society of Experimental Artists, as well as named in “Who’s Who in American Art,” “Who’s Who in the East,” “Who’s Who in America,” and “Who’s Who in the World.”

Anne is survived by her four children and their spouses: Dr. Maura Ammendolia and her husband Anthony of Conway, New Hampshire; Mark Sullivan and his wife Elizabeth of Falmouth, Maine; Lianne Sullivan-Crowley and her wife Julie of Princeton, New Jersey; and Christopher Sullivan and his wife Kristin of Concord, New Hampshire. In addition, Anne leaves seven grandchildren: Cara (Ammendolia) Faria and her husband Adam of Westford, Massachusetts; Erin Sullivan of Cambridge, Massachusetts; James Sullivan of Cleveland, Ohio; Anne and Elizabeth Sullivan-Crowley of Princeton, New Jersey; and Jake and Quinn Sullivan of Concord, New Hampshire, as well as two great-grandsons, Wyatt and Leo Faria of Westford, Massachusetts.

Anne is also survived by her sister Dorie Docherty and her husband Edgar Eugene (Doc); her brother Thomas B. Hevner Jr. and his wife Anne; as well as several nieces and nephews, their spouses, and children. In addition to her parents, her sister Jeanne Weathers and Jeanne’s husband John Weathers predeceased her.

A private service will be held in the chapel at New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen (the town where they met) on Friday, August 7, at 11 a.m. where Anne will be laid to rest with her husband James.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Watercolor Society, PO Box 170140, Boston, MA 02117.  E-condolences may be sent to the Kimble Funeral Home website at

July 22, 2020

The Reverend Robert E. Sanders

The Reverend Robert E. Sanders, Pastor Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the age of 96 on July 16, 2020, from complications of pneumonia, not related to Covid-19.

Born on June 26, 1924, in Steubenville, Ohio, Bob was the son of Frederick P. and Lucille H. (McCoy) Sanders, and is predeceased by brothers, Maurice and Frederick. He was educated in the Steubenville public school system, received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1947, and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1955.

Bob was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and following Seminary he served as the assistant minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Englewood, New Jersey. He was called to serve as Assistant to the President of Princeton Theological Seminary, under the Rev. Dr. John A Mackay, and subsequently under Seminary President James I. McCord.

In the early 1960s, Bob worked for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. serving as the Eastern Area Director for the division of radio and television. In 1964, he was called as the senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Utica, New York, and in 1969, the First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan, called him as the senior minister, a position he held until 1978. He subsequently served as the senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich, Connecticut. In 1981, he returned to Princeton
Theological Seminary as Pastor to the Seminary, a position he held until his retirement in 1989.

Bob was a passionate amateur astronomer and built an observatory to house a large telescope that he enjoyed for many years, and shared his interest in American history as a volunteer tour guide for the Princeton Historical Society.  Bob retired in 1989, and realized his dream of living in Vermont full-time, after spending almost every summer vacation of his married life there. In the early years of his 30-year retirement in Waterbury, Vermont, Bob enjoyed working as an on-air host for WEZF
Radio Station in Burlington, Vermont. He also served as the interim minister of the Second Congregational Church (UCC) in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, the College Street Congregational Church (UCC) in Burlington, Vermont, and the First Congregational Church (UCC) in Morrisville, Vermont.  He was also frequently invited to lead services of worship at the Stowe Community Church in Stowe, Vermont.

Bob was a devoted husband of Isabelle Peck Sanders for 57 years. He is survived by his wife, Belle, sons Mark and David, and daughter-in-law Bronwen Sanders.

A memorial service will be held at Miller Chapel on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary at a future date to be determined. A private interment service will be at Princeton Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Robert E. Sanders to: Princeton Theological Seminary, Office of Scholarship Support, P.O. Box 821, Princeton, NJ  08542.


Albert C. Barclay, Jr.

Albert C. Barclay, Jr., 88, of East Lansing, Michigan, a resident of Princeton for nearly 50 years, died July 17th in East Lansing.

Born in Trenton, N.J., in 1932 to Albert and Marion Barclay, Ace (as he was known to his friends) was raised in Cranbury. He was a graduate of The Peddie School, Yale University, and Harvard Law School. He also earned a Master of Taxation degree from the NYU Law School.

Ace was a local attorney for over 50 years, operating a law office in Princeton and then in Kingston. Ace’s passions were photography, computers, cars, and motorcycles. He also had a love for all things outdoors — including hiking, canoeing, bicycling, and running. In his mountain climbing years, Ace summited the Grand Teton, Mount Rainer, Mount Whitney, and Monte Rosa (in Italy). 

He is also fondly remembered by his kids and their friends as a dedicated sports coach (baseball, soccer). An avid traveler, Ace and his wife Marge took their kids and their extended family on trips to expose them to the broader world.

Ace had a lifelong love of Chautauqua Institution, and the ideals it embodies – the arts, community, justice, religion, and service.  In his later years, he served as the honorary ambassador for the community table at the Athenaeum hotel – sharing a meal and a glass of wine with any and all looking for friendship and fellowship.

A lifelong Rotarian, Ace was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Princeton.  He was an Elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, a long-standing member of the Nassau Club, and was also a Board Member at the local animal shelter SAVE.

Ace was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Margaret (Marge) Barclay. He is survived by three children: Albert Barclay III (Meredith) of Atlanta, GA; Lee Reimann (Christopher) of East Lansing, MI; and Elizabeth Livingston of New York City; his sister Florence Winston of Raleigh, NC; and seven grandchildren – Clay, Parker, Burke, Lain, Lila, Carter, and Robert.

He will be remembered at a graveside service in Chautauqua, NY, in October of this year.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Chautauqua Fund, P.O. Box 28, Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722 or

July 15, 2020

Harriet E. Bogdonoff

Harriet Joy Eisenberg Bogdonoff passed away peacefully on July 5th in Portland, Maine. Beloved by many for her quiet wisdom and caring presence, she listened and rarely judged. Harriet will be deeply missed and always remembered.

Harriet was born December 14, 1922 in New York City and spent her early years living on the beach in Edgemere. She attended Hunter College as a math major, and worked in the statistics lab teaching others how to use the new computing machines. She was head of the math honors society, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in mathematics in 1943. Thinking she would find employment in one of the research labs nearby, she was told they were not hiring women.

Harriet ultimately found a job with the US Government at NACA, the precursor to NASA, and she left for Langley Field in Virginia, her first time out of NYC. She was to work for Seymour Bogdonoff, a young aeronautical engineer designing airplanes for the war effort, who had requested an engineer, not a mathematician. They overcame that obstacle and soon were inseparable. They married in October 1944.

In 1946 Seymour accepted the offer of a research assistant position at Princeton University, where over the next few years he built one of the foremost labs in the world for wind tunnel research into supersonic and hypersonic gas dynamics — then a new field. For more than 60 years, Seymour and Harriet were both active in the Princeton community, and were founding members of the Jewish Community Center.

Harriet worked at the forerunner of ETS (Educational Testing Service), in the math construction department, creating questions for the college board and SATs, and in the computer lab at Princeton University. After the birth of her first child, she turned to volunteer work. She was instrumental in starting a holistic health organization, a new approach at the time. She was interested in alternative health options, practicing yoga for many years and holding weekly meditation groups in her living room years later.

As a volunteer, she provided job placement advice for recently divorced homemakers and underemployed older women. Truly a lifelong learner, Harriet took a counseling class to improve her skills, and continued on to receive a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance, from Trenton State College, in 1977. After graduation, she worked on a literacy grant to teach older adults how to read. She found such pleasure in helping others and had wonderful stories of the people she had met.

At the Mercer County Community Action Council, she provided training, jobs, and follow-up for people in poverty.  When the grant was not renewed, she went back to school for her social work degree. In 1982, at age 60, she graduated from Rutgers, Graduate School of Social Work, with a Master of Social Work.  She did her internship at Cornerhouse in Princeton, a counseling center for teenagers, and then at Jewish Family Services in Trenton, working with the elderly population, where she found her life’s work. She was there for many years, leaving only when her two weeks of vacation made world travel difficult. She started a private practice that she continued until she moved to Maine.

As part of her practice she worked with one of the first retirement communities in the area, providing residents with counseling and discussion groups around isolation, health concerns, and issues with their children. She was among the first group of social workers to work specifically with the elderly and to recognize that they had their own set of needs and issues. She became a National Certified Gerontological Counselor in 1991. She was also active in the Princeton Senior Resource Center where she received an award for outstanding achievement, and represented Princeton at the White House Conference on Aging. During that time, she started an information and referral service for corporate workers dealing with issues with their elderly parents. Funded initially by IBM, many other companies signed up for this service, her database surpassing anything else available. 

In 1992 Harriet, and three friends decided something had to be done to promote aging in place in Princeton. Community Without Walls (CWW) came into being. Starting with one house (chapter) of 75 – 100 members, they wrote a constitution and by-laws, and became a 501c3. Harriet served as resident gerontology expert, nudge, muse, President, and Board member. CWW continues, now with six houses, and is a national model for aging in place.

In 2001 Harriet was the New Jersey Geronotogist of the Year. Her keen mind, generosity, and quiet persistence profoundly changed the lives of seniors in Princeton and the surrounding communities.

Travel was a lifelong love. When Seymour was asked to lecture on his research in each NATO country, off they went with their three children (ages 2, 5, and 7), for seven months of travel throughout Europe — doing reading and math lessons as they drove. Five years later, they took off again with their family for another seven months (having toured the U.S. the summer before). From then on they planned a trip or two every year, often traveling with their good friends Roz and Norm.

The list of places they visited reads like a world atlas, and includes destinations like the Soviet Union, South America, Egypt, China, India, Vietnam, Laos, Jordon, Indonesia, Antarctica, Kenya, Mongolia, and Mali, actually traveling to Constantinople and Timbuktu.  Harriet continued traveling after Seymour died, visiting Guatemala, Alaska, the Netherlands, Japan, and Budapest into her late 80s and early 90s.   

In 2008, three years after her husband died, she left her close community in Princeton to move nearer to her daughter in Portland, Maine, where she made a new life for herself. She volunteered at Osher Life Long Learning, continued to take classes, served on the community board at The Atrium, an independent living community where she settled, and made many new friends. She ate numerous lobster rolls, a long-time favorite.

Harriet is survived by her daughter Sondra Bogdonoff (Jamie Johnston), and her son Alan Bogdonoff (Estelle Gross Bogdonoff), five grandchildren (Nemo, Caitlin, Jake, Emma, Noah) and two great-grandchildren (Scout and June). She is predeceased by her sister Doris Silberstein, her adored husband Seymour, and her beloved daughter Zelda.

She included many others among her extended family, from younger friends, to relatives’ children to her friends’ children and grandchildren. Across the generations, all received her love and attention. She was curious and open-minded, never satisfied with an easy answer. She was always there when someone needed to talk, and shared her knowledge and expertise with grace and generosity. 

Memorial contributions can be made to: The Good Sheppard Food Bank of Maine, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211-1807 or to the charity of your choice.


Hedwig H.C. Dekker

Hedwig H.C. Dekker, a longtime resident of Princeton, died peacefully at her home on July 10th, 2020 at the age of 99. Her death followed that of her beloved husband of 53 years and all of her siblings.

Hedwig, known to all as Henny, was born on June 10th, 1921 in Indonesia to Dutch parents. While she had very fond memories of her childhood in Indonesia, adequate local schooling was not available so her parents decided that it was best for her and her siblings to get an education in The Netherlands. At the age of 7, she and her older brother were brought to Holland to attend school. Life without her parents was difficult and got even worse when the Germans occupied Holland. Henny lived in Amsterdam during most of the war and endured the Dutch Famine of 1944-1945 (Hongerwinter) while half a world away her father was a Japanese prisoner of war. These memories of her early life were very vivid to Henny and she talked about them constantly and in great detail to those who cared for her in her final years.   

After the war, Henny studied physical therapy at the Mensendieck Institute in Amsterdam. By the time her parents returned to The Netherlands, she had met her future husband, the mathematician Jim Dekker, whom she followed to the U.S. in 1949. They were married in 1951. As a young academic couple they lived in Syracuse, Chicago, Princeton, Kansas City, and New Brunswick until they finally settled in Princeton in 1969. 

For many years Henny worked as a physiotherapist at Roosevelt Hospital in Edison, NJ, where she was well loved and respected by the staff and patients alike. She retired in 1986. 

Henny was a very giving person. There was not a charity that knocked on her door that was left empty-handed. She also helped friends and family whenever they needed it. She felt very blessed in her life and was grateful for everything that came her way. She will be missed by all of those that had the good fortune of knowing her.

A memorial gathering will take place when it is safe to do so.

Burial arrangements will be under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.


Carol Hamilton

Carol Hamilton, age 80, passed away at home in the early morning of July 6th, 2020 after a two-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She passed in the home she’d lived in for nearly 50 years, surrounded by her family.

Carol Hamilton (nee Dudrick) was born on March 11th, 1940 in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, a town centered around Anthracite coal mining with a strong legacy of Polish American immigrants. She graduated from Nanticoke High School and received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University. She was teaching at Widener Memorial School (Philadelphia, PA) when she met her future husband, S. Sutton Hamilton III, who was a resident in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Carol had a lifelong interest in cooking and baking and originated a catering business, “Scandinavian Flair,” with her dear friend, Sue Johnson. Carol cooked along with Sue for years until returning to teaching, where she taught children with learning disabilities at the Newgrange School and finishing her teaching career at the Bridge Academy in Trenton, New Jersey. She cultivated expertise in the instruction of children experiencing difficulty in learning to read and was known for her patient and caring manner. While never a particular fan of travel by prop plane, she traveled all over the United States — including trips over the Rockies to Alaska — in the co-pilot seat of the Cessna flown by her husband.

Carol’s life centered around her family and her deep Christian faith. She was particularly active at the Stone Hill Church where she led weekly Bible study. Perhaps, above everything, she is best known and loved for her extraordinary kindness and patience. It is difficult to meet someone who knew Carol who did not comment on her remarkable concern for the wellness of others over herself. She was famous for her handwritten notes that she wrote — without expectation of return — to anyone she thought was suffering or might otherwise benefit from a personal and concrete example of kindness. 

Carol will forever be beloved and remembered for her exemplary kindness, extraordinary concern for others, and her endless capacity to put the needs of others ahead of her own. She is desperately mourned and missed by her husband of over 50 years, S. Sutton Hamilton III as well as her two children — S. Sutton Hamilton IV (Jessica) of Haddonfield, NJ, and Julie C. Hamilton (Alex) of Arlington, VA. She is also survived and similarly missed by her brother Jack Dudrick, her sister Joan McBean and her grandchildren Sophia, Micah, Cleo, Liam, and Aiden.

Special thanks to Richard Lee, MD and Laurie and Carmella of Princeton Hospice.

A celebration of life memorial service is planned for 2021.


Sally Hagen Schmid

Sally Hagen Schmid, 77, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2020, at Sandhill Cove Retirement Community in Palm City, Florida, where she was an active resident for the past 10 years.

Sally grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated from Ms. Fine’s School then attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She married in 1961 and had three children.  Following a divorce, she relocated to Hawaii to be near her family.  She worked in banking and married Albert Schmid in 1976. She was a long-term member and supporter of the Junior League of Honolulu, serving a term as President. In 1994, Sally moved back to the mainland, eventually settling permanently in Florida in 1998. During her time at Sandhill Cove she served on several committees and enjoyed living in the community.

Sally had a remarkable memory and a thirst for knowledge. She was once a contestant on Jeopardy and carried that skill throughout adulthood as an avid trivia player (and frequent champion). She was inquisitive and adventurous – she loved traveling the world on cruise ships and, in later years, reading multiple books a week, doing jigsaw puzzles and socializing with friends. She always loved meeting, talking to, and learning about people and was easy to share her quick wit. Sally (aka Gigi) especially loved watching her three grandchildren grow into adulthood.

She was preceded in death by her husband Albert; her son Thomas; and parents Ruth and Ralph Hagen. She is survived by daughters Kathleen Kerney and Barbara Kerney Phelan, son-in-law Stephen, and grandchildren Sara, Timothy, and Kevin Phelan as well as her sister Nancy Hagen Spaulding.

Sally’s wish was to have a celebration of life at Sandhill Cove which may be scheduled at a later date. She was an advocate of education and donations in her memory can be made to provide scholarship assistance to employees and their children: Sandhill Cove Foundation, 1500 SW Capri Street, Palm City, FL 34990. 


William E. Vandermark

William E. Vandermark passed away suddenly, at the young age of 70, on Friday, July 10, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones.

Billy was born and raised in Princeton and resided in Lawrenceville for the past 12 years. He was a fan of classic cars, was an ace mechanic, and was an avid camper.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Billy was the son of the late Warren P. and Daisy Bastedo Vandermark. In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his brothers Warren P. Vandermark and Arthur D. Vandermark.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela L. Vandermark; two daughters Anne Kahwaty (Albert) and Susan Vandermark; and one son Robert Vandermark (Kelly). Billy is also survived by his grandchildren Ronald and Katelyn Heil and Michael Kahwaty; two step-daughters Kimberly McBride and Katie Furfey; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his family, Billy is also survived by his lifetime friends, the Moore Brothers, several other close friends, and his sidekick, Casey.

At this time there will be no services.

Donations may be made in Billy’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at JDRF, PO Box 37920, Boone, IA 50037 (, or to a charity of donor’s choice. 

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Nancy S. Klath

Nancy S. Klath, age 79, of Princeton, New Jersey, died on July 11, 2020, at home.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and resided in the suburbs of that city, where she attended public schools. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1963 where she majored in history, and received a master’s degree in information science from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1968. After leaving Wellesley she worked for a year in Boston as a pension trust analyst for the New England Mutual Insurance Company, and following marriage to Norman in 1964 they moved to Brooklyn Heights in New York City, where she began part-time work as a researcher for the Grolier Society. In 1966 the couple moved to Princeton, NJ, where they have resided since.

Following her degree from Drexel, she began a career as a professional librarian at Princeton University. She spent 28 wonderful years working in various capacities both in public and technical services, ending up as Deputy University Librarian for eight years and finally as University Librarian for two years. She retired in 1996, one year after her husband retired from JP Morgan.

Together they pursued a long-standing interest in gardening, with a large greenhouse and extensive outdoor perennial gardens, where over the years they hosted many garden tours, primarily for benefits of local nonprofits but also for membership groups like the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the North American Rock Garden Society. The couple also traveled extensively following their retirements.  Even while both working, they took annual vacations in Barbados in February, a tradition that continued for nearly 45 years with over 50 visits. They traveled extensively throughout Europe, including the Baltic, Mediterranean, and Black Seas. England and Scotland were each visited at least once annually over a period of 15 years, along with numerous visits to France, Italy, Spain, and Norway. They also traveled widely in North America, particularly to the Northeast and Midwest, where they had family and close friends, as well as numerous times to Arizona and Canada. Nancy loved to swim, needlepointed continuously, and read widely, especially history and mystery books.

She served many years on the Council of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, including two years as President. She also served six years on the Council of the Friends of the Princeton Public Library, as well as numerous years on the Board of the Princeton Adult School and as co-chair of its lectures committee.  She was an active member of Community Without Walls House 5 from its initial establishment until her death.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Marie G. Stark and Hawley E. Stark.  She is survived by her sister, Emilie Kaden and partner Nancy Tobias of West Newton, MA; by nephew Joshua Kaden and his wife Giulia Cox of New York City; by nephew Matthew Kaden of Memphis, TN; and by nephew William Schmiedeskamp and his wife Carie Levin of Mason City, IA. Also surviving is Nancy’s husband of 56 years, Norman R. Klath of Princeton, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to the Princeton Medical Center Foundation or the Princeton Senior Resource Center. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Barbara W. Pierce

Barbara W. Pierce, formerly of Princeton, died on June 29 at the age of 101 years. Following a brief illness, she died from natural causes at Bear Creek Senior Living in West Windsor, NJ, where she had resided in recent years.

Born June 9, 1919 to parents Ernest S. Winterburn and Jessie Hounslea Winterburn, Barbara was raised in Fairfield and Nichols, CT, where she attended local schools. A graduate of Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT, she completed a two-year course of study at Weylister Junior College in Milton, CT, now incorporated as part of the University of Bridgeport.

At a young age, her father immigrated with his parents to Connecticut from Bradford, England. Her mother was a direct descendant of Roger Williams, founding father of the colony of Rhode Island and pioneer of American religious liberty. Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Henry (Hank) Wilder Pierce, Jr., whom she married on June 28, 1941.

Barbara had an active mind and was an avid reader, creative homemaker, and accomplished cook. She was an exquisite, lifelong knitter and possessed a natural talent for flower arranging. A gracious hostess, Barbara loved to entertain, and her warm, easy hospitality was regularly enjoyed by her family, her many friends, and a steady stream of out-of-town guests. She had an outgoing, vivacious personality and, often surprising those who didn’t know her well, possessed a quick, clever, and incisive wit.

Barbara and her husband were frequent travelers, enjoying many international trips with Dartmouth College’s alumni travel program, and particularly with the Dartmouth Class of ’37 alumni trips. They also enjoyed spending winter months at their Caribbean home in Bequia, B.W.I.

A long-standing member of Princeton’s Nassau Presbyterian Church, The Present Day Club, and The Nassau Club, Barbara was a devoted wife and mother, good and loyal friend and neighbor, and active community volunteer. As a young bride living in Stratford, CT, during World War II, she rolled bandages for the Red Cross in support of the war effort. Moving several times during her husband’s lifelong career with the General Electric Company until his retirement, she was a supportive, corporate GE wife, repeatedly packing up their growing family of three children and establishing a new home and life in a new community.

After her husband was transferred to York, PA, Barbara was an active member of the York County Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and the Junior Women’s Club of York. When later living in Verona, NJ, she co-founded a new chapter of the Junior Women’s Clubs (a branch of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a national organization); was active in the PTA of North Caldwell, NJ’s schools; was a board member of Princeton’s Present Day Club, at one time serving as its Treasurer; and volunteered at Nassau Presbyterian Church. A resident of Princeton for more than 50 years, Barbara worked for several years on the Princeton Medical Center’s annual Rummage Sale.

She is survived by her three children: Bonnie Pierce Stevenson and husband J. Robert Stevenson of Summit, NJ; Wendy Pierce Evans and husband Larry A. Evans of Princeton, NJ; and Jay Wilder Pierce of Denver, CO. Barbara is also survived by four grandchildren: Christine Stevenson Willeford of Benicia, CA; Andrew Pierce Stevenson of Summit, NJ; and Natalie Louise Pierce and Samuel Wilder Pierce, both of Denver, CO; as well as three great-grandchildren. Also surviving her is her sister Sally Arline Nichols of Shelton, CT, and two nephews.

A private service and burial were held at Princeton Cemetery on July 10. Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton. Donations in her memory may be made to The Present Day Club Preservation Fund through the Community Foundation of New Jersey, P.O. Box 338, Morristown, NJ 07963.


Susan (Suzy) Bell Trowbridge

Susan (Suzy) Bell Trowbridge, 78, of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully on July 4, surrounded by her adoring four sons and husband of 53 years, James W. Trowbridge. Suzy was born in Chicago, IL, the second daughter of Joseph and Sallie Bell, raised in Winnetka, IL, and educated at Woodlands Academy (‘59) and Newton College of the Sacred Heart (‘63), now Boston College.  

Suzy taught at an elementary school and then was a feature writer for the Chicago Tribune’s “Women’s Page,” before marrying Jimmy on April 1, 1967. Together, they embarked on an adventurous odyssey following Jimmy’s postings with the Ford Foundation’s regional offices in Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Washington DC, and New York, which brought the family to Princeton, NJ, in 1978. Suzy next worked with the new Forrestal Village’s commercial marketing, followed by several years’ writing the Town Topics’ commercial column, “It’s New To Us,” and then for the past 35 years as a broker associate with the Henderson family’s real estate firms, now Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Suzy’s bright light, warm smile, and her gracious, joyful manner immediately engaged and was loved by everyone she met, wherever she went. She was highly active in supporting her sons at each of their schools and was an enthusiastic participant in each community’s arts, music, and sports.  

She delighted in introducing her four sons and daughters-in-law, Jamie (Shannon O’Neil), Jeb (Ali Trowbridge), Mark (Sylmarie Trowbridge), and Matthew (Suzanne Cunningham), and nine grandchildren to her countless friends. Suzy lived for her relationships, exemplified being other-directed, and was always ready to lend support in her upbeat, cheerful way. She was fun and truly embraced life as an adventure. 

Suzy is also survived by her three sisters, Sallie Bulley (Kenilworth, IL), Bonnie Pacelli (Winnetka, IL), and Betsy Riley (Princeton, NJ).  

Gifts in Suzy’s memory may be made to, to support Susan Trowbridge Scholarships for the higher education and empowerment of selected young women living in Haiti’s poorest areas.

Arrangements by the Blackwell Memorial Home. For condolences, go to

July 8, 2020

Henry Read Martin

Longtime New Yorker cartoonist Henry Read Martin (who signed his cartoons H. Martin) died on June 30, 2020, just two weeks shy of his 95th birthday. For a man who had dealt with serious heart issues since he was 15, his sweet, loving, funny ticker sure gave him his money’s worth. 

Also known as Hank, Martin was born in Louisville, KY, where he attended public schools until entering Texas Country Day School in Dallas, TX, now known as St. Mark’s School of Texas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1948, after which he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Hank then headed back East and began his 45-year career with The New Yorker magazine. He sold his first drawing — known as a “spot” (the small drawing inside a story) — to The New Yorker in April 1950, though it was another four years before he sold his first cartoon there. He was also a longtime contributor to Punch magazine and The Spectator in England and for 15 years had a daily syndicated newspaper cartoon called “Good News/Bad News.”  Collections of his cartoons included Good News/Bad News and Yak! Yak! Yak! Blah! Blah! Blah!, both published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Hank received the National Cartoonist’s Society’s Gag Cartoon Award in 1978 and also illustrated many books published by Peter Pauper Press.

In 1953 Hank married Edith (Edie) Matthews and they settled in Princeton, NJ, where they raised their two daughters and Edie taught pre-school. It was Edie who noticed a sign for a one-room office for rent across the street from the Princeton University Press that became Hank’s studio for close to 40 years. For years he commuted to it on his bicycle and friends often stopped by his window to say hello. Despite working with pen and ink, Hank always wore a coat and tie to work “because you never know when someone is going to stop by and ask you to lunch.” In fact, every Thursday for over 10 years, Hank and other Princeton cartoonists such as Arnold Roth, Clarence Brown, and Mike Ramus met regularly for lunch at the (now defunct) Annex Restaurant on Nassau Street. 

On Wednesdays Hank would take the bus into New York “to peddle his wares” at The New Yorker, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, and The Saturday Evening Post. Wednesday was “Look Day” at The New Yorker where the cartoon editor chose potential cartoons from each artist. Hank capped those days with lunch with the New Yorker cartoonists, a group often consisting of some combination of George Booth, Roz Chast, Sid Harris, Lee Lorenz, Nurit Karlin, Mort Gerberg, Sam Gross, Frank Modell, Jack Ziegler, Warren Miller, and Peter Porges (who usually sold his drawings elsewhere but regularly joined the lunch). It was a long-held tradition: in the 1940s the cartoonists’ lunch included such luminaries as Charles Addams, Charles Saxon, Barney Tobey, Whitney Darrow, and William Steig.

In Princeton, Hank served on the boards of several local Princeton organizations including SAVE, McCarter Theatre, and Friends of the Princeton Public Library. The Special Collections at Princeton University Library holds over 500 of his original cartoons published in The New Yorker and other publications along with 680 pen drawings for the famous New Yorker ‘spots.’ Also included in the collection is a complete set of his illustrated books and other archival materials. Hank also contributed cartoons and drawings to the Princeton Alumni Weekly as well as other Princeton University-themed mailings throughout his career and into retirement. In addition, the Morgan Library in New York City holds eight of his cartoons in its permanent collection.

Hank and Edie remained in Princeton until moving to Pennswood Village in Newtown, PA, in 1998. Edie predeceased him in 2010. He is survived by his sister Adele Vinsel of Louisville, KY, two daughters, “The Baby-Sitters Club” author Ann M. Martin and Jane Read Martin, as well as son-in-law Douglas McGrath, grandson Henry, and eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date when it is safe to congregate.


Christine Wainwright

Christine Wainwright, known to all as Nina, passed away on June 26, 2020 having waged a brave, three-year-long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her daughter, Alex, her fiancé, John H. (Skip) Warvel III, and close friends. Nina was the daughter of the late Nicholas Biddle Wainwright and Christine (Tina) Henry Wainwright of Gwynedd, PA. Nina was born in Philadelphia, PA, graduated cum laude from both Germantown Academy and Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She earned her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

After receiving her MBA, she began her storied career in corporate bond sales at Lehman Brothers in NYC where, as a role model for young women in the world of finance, she rose to the position of Managing Director, an extraordinary accomplishment for a woman at that time. Following her retirement from Lehman Brothers she acted as a consultant for the Rockefeller Foundation.

Nina had a lifelong love for music. She starred in college musicals such as Kiss Me Kate and was the Director of the Wharton Follies while pursuing her MBA. In New York City, she was an active member of the Blue Hill Troupe, and she was on the board of the Singer’s Forum. When she moved to Princeton, she became active with the Princeton Symphony. As a member of the PSO board, she founded the Pops Series which remains one of the highlights of Princeton’s musical events. As a member of the Westminster Choir College Dean’s Advisory Council, she was involved with strategic planning of the College. She created the Philip A. Campanella Memorial Scholarship as an endowment to support Westminster Choir College undergraduate voice majors with a minor in musical theater. In collaboration with Phil, her friend, mentor and accompanist, she recorded the album If I Ever Love Again, a valued keepsake for family and friends.

Nina also sat on the board of Andalusia and contributed greatly to the museum which was her family’s ancestral home. Nina was devoted to Andalusia and was a generous benefactor for many years. She took great pride in assisting and advising on the upkeep and horticulture of the property, as well as the family genealogy.

Nina was a passionate athlete and outdoors enthusiast. She was an accomplished figure skater, tennis player, and loved to ski and hike the mountains near her home in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Nina was an experienced equestrian who enjoyed practicing dressage with her horse, Nobby, locally and in the summers exploring on horseback the mountains of Wyoming near her favorite ranch. Her love of nature was reflected in the gardens she lovingly created at her home which were enjoyed by many from her porch. 

Nina’s friends were her family. She drew them close to her with her natural charm, generosity, infectious humor, and loyalty. She never judged differences; she celebrated them. Nina often said her friends were a prism; they reflected the many facets of what she felt was meaningful in life. Those who were part of her sisterhood were grateful. Nina’s greatest joy and accomplishment was her daughter, Alex. She carries and exudes the grace of her mother. 

Christine Wainwright is survived by her daughter, Alexandra Henry Wainwright Sowanick, of Princeton, NJ; her fiancé, John H. Warvel, III; her beloved dog, Baxter; her cousins Richard S. Auchincloss, Jr. of St. David’s, PA, Thomas F. D. Auchincloss of St. David’s, PA, Dorothea H. Schnorr of Philadelphia, PA, Ansie S. Monaghan of Princeton, NJ, and James C. Biddle, of Bryn Mawr, PA.

A private family service was held near her family home in Gwynedd, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation, P.O. Box 62066, Durham, N.C., 27715 (email:;  or SAVE, a friend to homeless animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ, 08558 (email:

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


Robert Moody Laughlin

Robert Moody Laughlin died in Alexandria, Virginia, as the result of the current pandemic on May 28, 2020.

Bob was born in Princeton, May 29, 1934, the son of Leslie Irwin Laughlin and Roberta Howe Laughlin. He was the youngest of four sons, including Leighton, James, and Ledlie. The family moved to Princeton when Bob’s father was appointed Assistant Dean for Admissions at the University.  He built one of the earliest houses on Drakes Corner Road where Bob and his three brothers were raised. Bob fondly remembered the family turning a part of their Drakes Corner property into a Victory Garden during World War II. The few Princeton University students still on campus volunteered to work along with Bob and his older brothers to make it a success.

Bob attended the Princeton Country Day School before continuing his education at the South Kent School in Connecticut. He graduated from Princeton University as an English major with the Class of 1956 and went on to Harvard to achieve a PhD in Anthropology in 1963. These two contrasting learning experiences convinced him that Princeton was far more attentive to students than Harvard. He remained a loyal tiger.

While a graduate student Bob married Miriam Elizabeth Wolfe. His graduate experience at Harvard included participation in the Harvard Chiapas Project. This took him and his young family to the highlands of southern Mexico to study the modern Maya and acquire one of its languages. His fascination with the Maya resulted in Bob’s 17-year effort to produce a dictionary of one of the 30 surviving Maya languages. Its 36,000 entries challenged the prevailing mistaken supposition that indigenous American languages possessed limited vocabularies. Bob’s Great Tzotzil Dictionary Of San Lorenzo Zinacantan remains the largest compilation of any indigenous American language.

Bob’s work with the Maya in Mexico was shared with his wife, Mimi, and their two children, Liana and Reese. His appointment as curator of Mesoamerican ethnology at the Smithsonian kept him in Washington, D.C., half of each year. Bob and his family spent the other half in San Cristobal de Las Casas, the colonial capital of Chiapas state in Mexico, surrounded by Maya villages.

Bob’s fascination with the Maya never faltered. His work in the Mexican highlands continued for more than a half century. His studies went beyond his dictionary to create works that preserved not only Maya botanic knowledge, folk tales, and dreams, but also revealed the literary quality of common Maya speech. These studies were published in acclaimed works which brought the language to the attention of the world (and the surprising fact that today over six million people still speak one of 30 Maya languages). His dictionary not only aided scholars in cracking the ancient Maya hieroglyphic code, but also spurred the modern Maya to promote literacy in their indigenous languages. This led to the creation of an indigenous cooperative of Maya writers to preserve their literary traditions and produce materials to make literacy in their native languages possible and thus enter the school curriculum. What followed was a major cultural revival. Bob and Mimi, whose own talents as a writer were turned to the Maya also, eventually created a theater group, which they named Monkey Business Theater, which toured Maya towns with productions in their own languages.

The work of this couple reached beyond traditional ethnographic pursuits to include activism, the creation of indigenous institutions, and environmental concerns. Bob has been feted expansively in Mexico, by his fellow anthropologists and among indigenous people widely. His contribution to academic literature was always outweighed by his interest in producing books with a wide appeal which could change minds about the nature of indigenous Americans.  One of his more popular books is his Maya Tales From Chiapas, Mexico, published in 2014.

It was Bob’s choice to be interred next to his parents in the Princeton cemetery.

Among his wide range of friends, Bob is fondly remembered happily bestriding the mountain trails in the cloud forests of Chiapas in proper Zinacantan gear: huaraches with recycled tire soles, the pink tunic worn by Zinacantec men, and a locally crafted disk-like hat heavily beribboned in traditional Maya fashion.


Conrad Schure

Optimistic, endlessly curious about the past, and humorous right up to the end, Conrad Schure of Freehold, NJ, and Clinton, CT, died on July 4, 2020 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT, where his family was permitted to be with him in a coastline paradise.

Born in New York City on  April 2, 1930, the Great Depression took away the progress of his immigrant parents but not the foundation of a good education and how the determined can rebound. Among the depression tales that were learned from and became legendary, was the tongue in cheek story that he did not have a middle name because that was an extravagance. His parents, Stanley S. Schure and Tillie Effin Schure, rebuilt an economic base that also pulled an extended family to prosperity. Turning down football scholarships at several well-known colleges, which his father never forgot, Conrad elected instead to follow a drive to broaden his experiences and chose on his own to go from Elizabeth, NJ, to Montana State University to study engineering.

After graduate school at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, he went to work for the Department of the Navy working on the Navy’s first foray into computers. From there career highlights included working for several Fortune 500 companies such as Burroughs and IBM which took him into the Pentagon regularly. Later he worked on a team that put the first computer system on Wall Street. Then fine tuning his focus, his career passion became the installation of computer automation systems into hospitals across the country.

Locally, in the Freehold, New Jersey, area, he co-founded Brookside, a swim and tennis club where several generations of families made lasting summer memories. It also functioned as a way for his children and nieces to earn money for their college tuition but also to experience working in and eventually running a service business as part of becoming well rounded individuals.

Jerry (Geraldine Usher) his wife of 44 years predeceased him in 1999. His brother Stephen Schure died in 2003. His stepson Paul Schure passed away in 2015. He is survived  by children Patricia Schure and Sari Schure Picard Valenti, both of Freehold; and David Schure and his wife Anne Weber of Princeton, NJ. Four grandchildren: Emily Picard of Freehold, Molly Picard of Washington, DC, Aaron Valenti of Savannah, Georgia, and James Schure a student at RPI in Troy, New York. Of special importance is Sharon Baker, a member of the family for nearly 20 years.

A remarkable collector of art and antiques related to his many passions, ranging from western art, horses, and sailing, to surveying, scientific instruments, and calculating devices. He wrote articles and gave presentations in the U.S. and Europe on what he had learned, often using items from his collections as examples.

Due to safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service celebrating his life will be held when it is safe to gather. If friends and family are so inclined, contributions may be made to a cause of their choice.

July 1, 2020

Romus Broadway

Romus Broadway of Princeton, N.J., Princeton’s chronicler of the Witherspoon-Jackson community through photos and lectures, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer.

He was a beloved brother, wonderful father, grandfather, an adored great-grandfather, and an iconic figure in the community.

Romus was born on February 13, 1939 in Belle Meade, N.J. He was the son of Jossie and John Broadway. He grew up on the farm in Belle Meade until he was about 4 years old when his family relocated to Princeton, N.J.

Princeton is where he acquired lifelong friends which started in Princeton Nursery School, The Witherspoon School for the Colored, Valley Road School, and Princeton High School where he graduated in 1956.

Shortly after Princeton High School, he joined the United States Air Force. He was so proud to be in the Air Force and he was even prouder to have yearly reunions with many of his fellow soldiers.

After the Air Force, Romus moved to Washington, D.C., to work for American Airlines. In 1969, when Romus was riding his motorcycle to work, he was hit by an impaired driver which led Romus to a long hospitalization and numerous surgeries. Needless to say, this ended his career with the airline.

Undaunted by his disabilities, he persevered and went on to get a college degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts. During that time, he combined his love for history and photography. After graduation, he returned to Princeton and began researching his family history along with writing, photographing, and chronically people and events in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood as well as the Italian Americans who lived in Princeton. He made collages for almost every event in Princeton.

As a result of his collages, he began speaking at churches, the Arts Council and Suzanne Patterson Center, and the Henry Pannell Center on Clay Street. His love for his community always led to giving time to Princeton Nursery School and activities in the neighborhood.

Romus is survived by his daughter Michelle Crespo and her mother Evelyn Winrow of Tampa, Fla., son Collin Broadway of Tampa, Fla., sons James Broadway (Shellbe), of Princeton and Lee Broadway (Nashae) of Atlanta, Ga., grandchildren Christiana Crespo, Ewing, NJ, Carmen Blaise (Fred) of Lynden, Wash., Antonio Crespo (Kenia) of Coral Springs, Fla., Cathleen Moore ( Sidney) of Seffner, Fla., and Jose Muniz of Tampa, Fla.

Great-grandchildren, Quincy, Jasmine, Kadin, and Theo Romus Blaise. Samara, Victoria, and Isabella Broadway, Sidney, Desmond, Zane, James, Ava, Sriah, Lauryn and David Moore, and Amyla Broadway.

To say that Romus loved his children is an understatement, but the love he had for his grands and great-grands was immeasurable.

He made many trips to see his grands and great-grands but he said his last trip, which was a month ago, was one of his best trips when he went to Florida and Georgia.

He is also survived by his brother John (Florence) of Lawrenceville, NJ, and sister Frances Broadway Craig of Princeton, NJ, and many loved nieces, nephews, and extended family/friends, but Roland Glover, Charles Phox, John Bailey, Bucky Jackson, Jimmy Craig, and Melvin Drakeford were often seen with him or at his house.

Romus was predeceased by his parents John and Jossie Broadway and siblings: Clayton, Robert, Johnsie Broadway Burnett, Herbert, James, Lee, Lina Broadway Boone and Husted.

Funeral Services for Romus will be Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Hughes Funeral Home, 324 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton, NJ. Public viewing is at 1 p.m. Private Service for the family is at 1:45 p.m. Burial will be at the Princeton Cemetery.

The family of the late Romus Broadway extends its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Hospice group of The Medical Center at Princeton; especially staff Carmella, Mary, and Liz Cohn.

In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to Mount Pisgah AME Church Building Fund at 170 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542, in memory of Romus Broadway.


Dr. Arthur Howard Ackerman, MD

November 4, 1937 – June 20, 2020

Dr. Arthur Howard Ackerman, MD, 82, of Princeton, passed away on June 20, 2020 at his home.  He was born in New York City on November 4, 1937, to Boris and Laura Ackerman. Arthur moved to Brooklyn as a young boy, where he developed his unapologetic character and love of family. 

In Brooklyn, Arthur attended P.S. 225 and Lincoln High School, where he was an active contributor to the school newspaper, the Lincoln Log. He frequently recounted stories from his singularly American childhood – following the campaigns of World War II; sometimes engaging in truancy to watch Jackie Robinson play for the Brooklyn Dodgers or to attend a concert at Carnegie Hall, indulging his lifelong love of classical music; spending summers at Ten Mile River Scout Camps, where he developed an abiding passion for outdoor pursuits and sharing them with others; and fishing with his father. Arthur was proud to be the son of a hardworking immigrant who, along with Arthur’s uncles, built a thriving restaurant business and achieved the American Dream through constant labor, education, and a bit of good luck.

For Arthur, the most fortunate moment of his life also occurred in Brooklyn, where during his adolescence, he met his beloved wife of 60 years, Carol, who survives him. Together, they built a life emblematic of the Jet Age in which they reached adulthood. Carol and Arthur shared a passion for travel, other cultures, and adventure, reaching six continents as a couple, plus a visit to Antarctica for Arthur. They loved the sea, maintaining homes and developing close friendships in Truro, Massachusetts and Antigua, West Indies. 

In Princeton, where they have lived since 1968, Carol and Arthur are known for their lively sense of fun – perhaps best captured through their Halloween costume parties, where they and their friends came dressed as famous historical figures. Friends and family will remember Arthur’s delight in telling a long-form joke and the twinkle in his eye on the frequent occasions when he engaged in mischief.

Arthur attended college at New York University and, not surprisingly given his varied intellectual interests, majored in history. He went on to Yale Medical School, where he graduated in 1963. Arthur completed a residency in anesthesiology at Yale under his mentor and friend, Dr. Nicholas M. Greene, MD — who has been described as a founding father of modern anesthesiology. 

When the Navy called Arthur to serve, he did so honorably with the First Marine Division in Da Nang, Vietnam, providing anesthesia to Marines injured in battle during 1967 and 1968. While in Vietnam, Arthur was exposed to Agent Orange, which ultimately precipitated his final battle with prostate cancer — a fight through which Carol constantly was at his side.

Arthur used his medical training for good throughout his life, beginning with his service to our country. He returned from Vietnam to practice anesthesia for nearly 40 years at Princeton Hospital, where he made lasting friendships that enriched his life. After his retirement, he remained curious and energetic. Arthur taught anesthesia in Tanzania and Rwanda. He provided anesthesia for operations to correct pediatric heart defects in Ukraine, Belarus, Libya, and Kyrgyzstan. 

Arthur loved his family deeply, and his passing leaves for them both a void and many warm memories. In addition to Carol, he is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Rick), his son, Peter (Elizabeth), and his grandchildren, Alexander, Oliver, Henry, William, and Lucy. He is also survived by his two sisters, Ellen and Joan, brother- and sister-in-law, Ron and Roberta, and numerous nieces and nephews. Arthur will be buried at sea by the U.S. Navy. 


Frederic Sharaf

Frederic Sharaf, American Composer, passed away on June 23, 2020 at the age of 85.

Frederic was born on July 1st, 1934 in Brookline, MA, to Louis and Mae Sharaf. He received a B.A. in Music from Cornell University in 1956 and completed his graduate work at Stanford University where he received an M.A. in Composition and Orchestration. Frederic, or Fred as he was known to family and close friends, will be lovingly remembered by his children: Jonathan Sharaf and his wife, Lorraine Sharaf; Megan Moore; Carter Sharaf; and Kathryn Battistella and her husband, Matt Battistella. He will also be dearly missed by his grandchildren and a lifetime of close friends, many dating back several decades. His death was preceded by that of his wife, Jane Sharaf, who he loved and adored throughout their marriage of 35 years.

He was a brilliant composer who had several of his pieces published by Carl Fischer, Inc. and performed in prestigious venues worldwide. Frederic and his wife Jane, an accomplished vocalist, premiered “Three Settings of Imitations by Robert Lowell” which he had written for her. After Jane’s death in 2007, Frederic sought solace in composing 19 songs dedicated to his late wife’s memory. He continued to write a wide variety of music ranging from art songs to chamber works, and bluesy ballads. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Fred will be remembered as an energetic cook, effortless conversationalist, and a good humored friend who maintained warm and witty friendships with a large circle of friends.

Frederic will be laid to rest alongside his wife Jane in Princeton, NJ, where they raised their family. A private ceremony will be held there to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frederic’s name can be made to the ASCAP Foundation, To send the family personal condolences, please visit


Katharine Adams Chenoweth

Katherine Adams Chenoweth, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, and longtime resident of Princeton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey, died peacefully in Decatur, Georgia, on December 23, 2019. She had just celebrated her 89th birthday.

A talented artist, sculptor, and storyteller, who worked as an editor and then a real estate agent, Kitty, as she was known, split her time between New Jersey and her beloved mountain home in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee. During typical summer weeks in Beersheba, she would visit with scores of relatives and friends from all over the country.

Born on December 12, 1930, in Jacksonville, Katharine Ogden Adams was the eldest of four children of Elliott and Katharine Adams, a lawyer and a homemaker both active in community affairs. In addition to summers in Beersheba Springs, where her father’s family has been vacationing since 1872, Kitty attended Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina, for many years, was active in drama productions as a teenager, and graduated from the all-girls Bartram School (now the Bolles School) in Jacksonville.

Kitty majored in French at Vanderbilt University and served as an officer of the Delta Delta Delta sorority in her senior year. After graduation, Kitty returned to Jacksonville in her first job as a social worker. There, she met H. Avery Chenoweth and they married in 1954. Avery’s career as an artist and creative director in television and advertising took them to Gainesville, Florida, Huntington, West Virginia, and then New York City. They lived in Kendall Park for several years, and settled in Princeton in 1965.

In Princeton, while raising children, Kitty obtained a degree in interior design from the New York School of Interior Design, and served as Chairwoman of the YWCA International Festival in 1965 and 1966. She also served on a committee welcoming new families to Princeton, many of them foreign immigrants. An accomplished portrait sculptor and savvy collector of antiques, Kitty had a deep knowledge of art and design. For several years in the 1960s, she sold her beautiful hand-sculpted angels to Lord & Taylor in New York City, where they could be seen in the holiday window displays.

In the 1970s, Kitty became an editor for National Code Consultants, a publishing house for municipal codes. After her divorce in the early 1980s, she sold real estate in the Princeton area for over 30 years, most recently for Stockton Real Estate. Her training in interior design and passion for antiques and collecting were an asset in real estate and made her a natural at understanding the potential of period and historic houses.

Kitty was also fascinated with Revolutionary War history and read every book she could find on General Washington and his troop movements through New Jersey. She loved to attend re-enactments at Washington’s Crossing and could describe in detail the battles of Trenton and Princeton.

Friends and family remember her best for her infectious smile and laugh, and love of storytelling, which they attribute to her southern upbringing and long summers in the Cumberland Plateau of Middle Tennessee. She had friends wherever she went and delighted in parties and long nights on cottage porches talking about history, literature, art, and family life.

She struggled in recent years with a variety of illnesses, but also staged a series of recoveries. She recently lived for a year and a half in Connecticut, near her daughter, Isabel, and spent the last two and a half years in Georgia, near her son, Matthew. Both treasured the opportunity to care for her as she had once cared for them.

Kitty was predeceased by her parents, Elliott and Katharine Adams, and her brother Gillespie (Lep) Adams and his wife, Rebecca (Betsy) Adams. She is survived by her four children and five grandchildren, H. Avery Chenoweth Jr. (Mary) of Charlottesville, Virginia, Richard Chenoweth (Amy) of Starkville, Mississippi, and his children, Elliott, Damaris, and Lydia Chenoweth, Isabel Chenoweth (Charlie) of Hamden, Connecticut and her children, Walker (Briana), and Leila Sachner, and Matthew Chenoweth of Atlanta, Georgia. She is also survived by her sister, Louise Ropp, and brother, Elliott Adams Jr. (Tillie), both of Jacksonville, Florida, along with several nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins and extended family members.

A celebration of Kitty Chenoweth’s life will take place in Beersheba Springs in July, 2020.

Memorial donations be made in Kitty’s name to the nonprofit Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic (, founded by Kitty’s cousin Dr. Garrett Adams. The clinic provides free medical care to local residents of Grundy County, Tennessee.


Elizabeth Dale Walton

Elizabeth Dale Walton was born on September 18, 1959 and passed away on May 25, 2020 in Princeton, New Jersey. Known to everyone as Betsy, she grew up in Pennington, NJ, enjoying board games, camping, and watching TV baseball and movies with her family. In 1988 she moved to Princeton. She followed the examples of her grandmother Helen and her mother Carolyn, who both helped empower her to be a very independent woman.

Betsy had a very robust sense of humor and a sharp wit that helped her endure struggles, especially coping with cerebral palsy her whole life, and developed patience and feisty persistence to overcome many obstacles. She was a supportive, caring friend with an endearing mischievous streak, and believed strongly in the power of prayer, even in the most difficult circumstances.

She attended Hopewell Valley Central High School, where she sang in a mixed chorus, and Trenton State College, where she served as president of the Lambda Lambda Chapter of the national sorority Delta Zeta. She led the Disabled Students Coalition’s talks with the college administration that resulted in the 1983 construction of an outside ramp at the main entrance to the library. In 1984 Betsy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and was included in Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges. She continued with graduate studies at TSC, receiving a Master of Education degree in Developmental Reading.

Betsy worked for five years at McGraw-Hill Education in Hightstown, NJ. Then for 17 years she was a Professional Math Tutor at Mercer County Community College, a job that she loved passionately. She mentored individual students in computational math and introductory algebra, attending class with them and tutoring them outside of class, using her strong organizational skills and personally-created handouts to reinforce classroom lessons. She loved advocating for others struggling either academically or emotionally, and was a guest speaker for various school and church groups to educate about the needs of people with disabilities. After her time at MCCC, she served as an intern for the NJ Division of Disability Services, and then as a trained Crisis Chat volunteer with CONTACT of Mercer County.

A longtime member of Pennington Presbyterian Church, Betsy sang in the choir and served as an Elder. She chaired a workshop on ministering to children with special needs, and a task force to address the needs of people with disabilities, leading to significant building accessibility renovations. For several years she sang with the Hopewell Valley Chorus. In 1999 she became a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, again singing in the choir. She strongly supported accessibility renovations there, and loved using the new elevator after several years of climbing stairs with her crutches to attend choir rehearsals. She attended several church family retreats in the Poconos, and was delighted to participate in a Spring 2020 virtual chat with the choir.

An avid sports fan, she was fiercely loyal to the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Giants, and was known to indulge in occasional hijinks such as wheelchair races (for which she adopted the email nickname “Crash”). She enjoyed movies, word puzzles, puns, lots of reading, pizza with garlic, being Mama to her cat Ling-Ling, and sharing holiday dinners with friends and at church members’ homes. Singing was a special joy; she loved her God and loved to sing his praise.

Betsy highly valued her independence which included having a private residence, using an electric wheelchair “scooter,” and driving a wheelchair-adapted minivan, and she deeply appreciated all those who helped her maintain that independence. Over the years she worked hard at physical therapy with a series of dedicated therapists. In 2020 she especially appreciated the skilled, caring staff at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Predeceased by her parents Carolyn Y. Walton in 1996 and M. Lee Walton in 2003, Betsy leaves her brother Scott R. Walton and sister-in-law Joyce J. Walton of South Carolina, and nieces Christine Walton Morrow of Georgia and Melanie Walton Faulk of South Carolina. Betsy was a loving aunt and was especially thrilled to become a great-aunt last year.

Interment will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Ewing Cemetery on July 9, 2020. Contributions may be made to Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 W. Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ.  Plans are also under consideration for a memorial service in 2021.


Jean Beckerman

Jean Beckerman, a Princeton resident for more than 50 years, died Tuesday morning, June 23rd. She was 93.

Jean did library work for much of her life.  Originally with the New York Public Library system, she worked during the late 1950s as librarian of The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where she had a nodding acquaintance with such future stars as Robert Duvall, Suzanne Pleshette, Tammy Grimes, Tuesday Weld, and Sydney Pollack.

Born Jean Rose Friedburg in the Bronx, the daughter of a vaudeville and silent movie pianist, Jean attended Hunter College beginning at age 15. She worked with Hunter classmates Barbara Cohen Holdridge and Marianne Roney Mantell, founders of Caedmon Records, when in 1952 they began to amass recordings of the world’s great writers, including Dylan Thomas, T.S. Elliot, and Sylvia Plath. In 1954, she married librarian Edwin Beckerman. They had three children.

Following Edwin’s career path, the couple moved from Manhattan to Leicester, England to Albany to Yonkers to South Brunswick to West Windsor and finally, in 1968, to Princeton. Edwin became the director of the Woodbridge Public Library System, served as president of the New Jersey Library Association, and was on the board of the Princeton Public Library. Jean worked, for a time, at the Ewing Branch Library, Mercer County.

Jean was funny, opinionated, literate, a voracious reader. She loved theater, music, swimming, museum-going, vodka martinis, The New Yorker, and — somewhat incongruously — Dr. Phil. She loved certain movies: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Fahrenheit 451, The Maltese Falcon. And she loved Princeton.

She will be missed by her husband Edwin, a South Brunswick resident, her sons Jim Beckerman of Sayreville, Lee Beckerman of South Brunswick, Peter Beckerman of Pittsburgh, their spouses Tom, Wendi, and Eileen, her grandchildren Max, Amelia, Maia, and Lydia, her niece Susan Braun and nephews Michael Braun, Jonathan Beckerman, and Michael Beckerman.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mr. Rogers’ Neighbors Kindness Project feeding hungry Princeton families,

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Richard L. Wines

Richard L. Wines passed away peacefully on May 22, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Dick was born to the late Marcella and Wilbur Wines in Rego Park, Queens. He graduated from St. John’s Prep, Villanova University and attended Northwestern and New York University Graduate Schools. Dick was a big Villanova fan.  He tried to never miss a basketball game and believed his armchair coaching helped win the big ones. 

Dick was in the NROTC program at Villanova and was commissioned to Ensign at graduation.  He was assigned to the Naval Intelligence office in Chicago.  After two good years on active duty he moved to New York where he started his career with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (KPMG). In addition, he continued his Naval career as a reservist, eventually becoming the Commanding Officer of the Navy Field Intelligence Office in New London, Connecticut. Dick loved the Navy, the Reserves and enjoyed the men and women with whom he served. He retired at the rank of Captain and continued to be a proud patriot.

At Peat, Marwick he was responsible for the first audit by an outside firm at First National City Bank (Citigroup).  As a result, he was recruited by FNCB and later by United Jersey Bank where he advanced the ranks to President and Chief Executive Officer. While bank mergers were on the rise Dick became President of Ryan, Beck & Co, Pennsylvania. Years later he founded his own investment banking firm, Capital Consultants of Princeton. When planning to retire he was approached by McConnell, Budd & Romano Investment Banking firm to continue working with them for a few more years. Once again, good people, easy decision. 

Over his career Dick has been featured in New Jersey Monthly Magazine as “Someone to Watch in NJ Business.” He received the Villanova Alumni Medal. He was President of the Boy Scouts of America, NJ area, a member of their Northeast Region Board of Directors, and Chairman of their Exploring Committee. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rider University and Trustee of the Independent College Fund of NJ. Dick was Director of the George Washington Taxpayers Association and Director and Trustee of many local organizations and charities. He was a member of Shadow Wood Country Club and past member at Trenton Country Club & Bedens Brook Golf Club.

Dick was married to Dorothy (Dot) Shields. He was a wonderful husband and father to four daughters, dedicated, selfless and cherished. Among other things, Dick was Father Christmas to his daughters and beloved grandchildren. He was a generous man who loved making the season magical. True happiness was being Dad and PopPop. He beamed with pride at all their accomplishments. When Dick and Dot retired they spent their winters on the west coast of Florida. They were fortunate to share many memorable times with dear friends from their younger days, as well as making many great new friends. 

Dick was predeceased by his parents, his brother John Lewis Wines (J.L.), and son-in-law Peter Lamb. He is survived by his wife, Dot, his daughters Mary Susan Lamb, Ann Marie Phillips (Mike Kelly), Patricia (Neil) Habig and Karen, his grandchildren Christopher, Michael and Alexandra Lamb, Morgan Phillips, Chase, Chandler and Cameron Habig.  He is also survived by his cousins, many nieces, nephews, and great friends, all of whom brought him much happiness.

A private burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Blackwell Memorial Home, for condolences go to