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

June 24, 2020

Donna Winslow

July 23, 1948 — February 22, 2020

Donna Finch was born prematurely in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  A rush to be part of a great scene would be a theme in her life.

An only child, and disabled when these things weren’t much spoken of, Donna worked to overcome her limitations and volunteered at Navajo reservations in the early ‘70s; worked tirelessly for POW/MIAs in the ‘80s; volunteered at the Bradley Food Pantry in the ‘90s; and crocheted blankets for soldiers at Walter Reed in the ‘00s. She never failed to run a Girl Scout Cookie campaign or show up to schools to support the plight of indigenous peoples, having fostered a little boy, Curtis, who she loved deeply.

Donna was very briefly survived by her husband, Bill; her daughter, Liz; and her grandchildren who could do no wrong, Tristan, Cora, and Aaron. Services were private.

In lieu of flowers or cards, donations to the Native American Rights Fund or the United Jewish Federation would honor her legacy.


William Dyer Winslow

June 21, 1945 — February 26, 2020

Bill Winslow grew up a chameleon. One minute he at age 8 was founding the Darien Cub Scouts; the next the family was out of money and squatting in Maine; the next after that, he was back in his mother’s Deep South home feeding an alligator out back in the bayou they’d named Owen. And Bill thus learned to improvise, adapt, and overcome.

Bill Winslow was a wonderful man full of contradictions. He was graduated from Deerfield Academy on scholarship, went to Vietnam where a man he’d saved in a firefight gave Bill his MOH Service ribbon from that same fight in thanks, and sold bar soap for 30 years in the South Bronx for Procter and Gamble. He achieved 70% market share by being the unofficial gunsmith of minority store owners who couldn’t depend on the cops for protection in the ‘70s, while pursuing a second career at night in exposing cases of stolen valor.

Bill spent his retirement alternating between cowboy action shooting and doting on his grandchildren.  He is survived by his daughter Liz, and grandchildren Tristan, Cora, and Aaron.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity named in his will before he had grandkids to consider — Gay Men’s Health Crisis, largely in honor of his own dad — would make Bill happy to continue doing right.


Rose Rozich Bonini

1925 — 2020

Rose Rozich Bonini a resident of Princeton, NJ, for over 60 years, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Sunday June 14, 2020 of natural causes in Bala Cynwyd, PA, surrounded by her family.

Rose was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years William E. Bonini, parents Evan and Agnes Rozich, and sister Mary Rozich. She is survived by their four children and spouses, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one step-grandchild and spouse, and two step great-grandchildren.

Born in her home on August 29, 1925 in Farrell, PA, Rose was a first generation American raised by her parents in a bilingual home, fluent in English and Serbo-Croatian. She grew up in a richly multi-ethic small-town community where she enjoyed tap dancing, roller skating, hours of reading at the local library, and commuting on foot about town. Graduating 1st in her class from Farrell High School in 1943 she was recruited and offered an academic scholarship to Youngstown College graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1948 to become the first college graduate in her family. After college she attended the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she earned a Master of Science Degree in Zoology in 1951. She was just shy of a PhD in Biochemistry at Wisconsin, when her graduate work was disrupted to return home to care for her dying mother.

In 1952 she met the love of her life Bill Bonini in Madison at a Geology graduate-student party. They married on December 4, 1954 at the Georgetown Lutheran Church, in Georgetown, Washington, DC. The newlyweds settled in Princeton, NJ, where Bill was on the faculty at Princeton University and raised their four children. At age 50 after their youngest child started school full-time, Rose went back to work and had a rewarding career as Manager of Information Services at Carter-Wallace research laboratories in Cranbury, NJ, where she used her extensive science background to do online medical and pharmaceutical document research and indexing as their research librarian. She was always deeply grateful for her career at Carter-Wallace.

During her years in Princeton she enjoyed membership in the Princeton University League, the League’s Garden Club, the Orchid Society, and her community Bridge Club.  In their younger days Bill and Rose were regulars at all the home Princeton football and basketball games. Together, they loved the arts, collecting original artwork that filled the walls of their home, and attending the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She also loved to sew, making clothing for herself and her family. She could not have been prouder of her four children who attended Princeton University and her delightful grandchildren and step-grandchildren, all of whom gave her much joy. Above all else, she loved her family and often reflected that she had a wonderful life.

Rose is survived by her four children and sons- and daughters-in-law: John A. Bonini and wife Loretta A. Estabrooks of Holmes Beach, FL; Nancy M. Bonini and husband Anthony R. Cashmore of Penn Valley, PA; James P. Bonini and wife Patricia C. Bonini of Frisco, TX; and Jennifer A. Bonini and husband Scott N. Miller of Laramie, WY. Seven grandchildren: Christine A. Ryan (Bonini) and husband Trevor N. Ryan, Megan E. Bonini, Caroline A. Bonini, James P. Bonini Jr., Sam D. Miller, Keegan A. Miller and Margaret M. Miller. One step-grandchild: Shivani M. Cashmore and husband John E. Nevergole, one great-granddaughter Adeline M. Ryan, and two step great-grandchildren Nolan A. and Siona M. Nevergole.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory by mail or online to either: Youngstown State University Foundation, College of Science Engineering Technology and Math, Department of Chemistry, 655 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502 or online at; or the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Department of Biochemistry Fund-132151050, US Bank Lockbox 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807 or online at


Harriet Cooper Robertson

Harriet Cooper Robertson was born on May 30th, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland, and she died in Princeton, NJ, on May 7th, 2020 of the coronavirus. Our mother fought a battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s for over 20 years, but she was a beacon of light for many family, friends, and Princeton residents and establishments who knew her through these difficult years, with her endearing smile, laugh, and kisses of joy. We are grateful for the gift of an extraordinary mother who was loving, bright, clever, creative, and full of life. We reflect fondly on all of the opportunities she gave to improve the lives of so many people throughout her life and for her unceasing dedication to the Princeton community since 1966.

Harriet was the daughter of J. Crossan Copper, Jr. and Eleanor Chalfant Cooper. Harriet grew up in Baltimore where she studied at the Calvert School, and she went on to Foxcroft School in 1949, and later graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1953. Post-Bryn Mawr, Harriet married Pieter Fisher, and moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and started a family. Shortly thereafter, Harriet moved to New York state, where she coached middle school athletic teams, combining her love for athletics and working with youth; both of which were to become a recurring theme in Harriet’s life. In 1966 Harriet moved to Princeton, the town which would become her lifelong home. In addition to auditing art and music classes at Princeton University, Harriet’s life became one of giving to others, as she became increasingly involved in the Princeton community, where she shared her leadership, time, and energy: supporting and working hands-on with family crisis issues, Princeton Hospital Fetes, Princeton Day School, the NJ Symphony, and the Arts. Harriet was a giver and a doer in countless organizations, but she was especially passionate about her involvement with Planned Parenthood and Corner House, a drug and alcohol prevention and treatment center for troubled youth in Princeton. For over 25 years, Harriet was involved in every aspect of Corner House as a revered leader, board member and eventual President. On June 11, 2008, the town of Princeton celebrated Harriet’s vision and generosity with a Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor, “to applaud the magnanimous and philanthropic Princeton Township resident for 25 years of service to Corner House.”

Following a divorce in 1972, Harriet married David Frothingham. Harriet loved her extended and growing family, and delighted in additions to her brood. Harriet’s home on Arreton Road became a haven for countless young people, and everyone relished in the laughter and straight talk that became an important part of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Our mother’s home was filled with flowers and mementos of her extensive travels. This included an annual trip to Scotland highlighting hiking on her “beloved Isle of Skye,” and her winter expeditions to Palm Island in the Grenadines where she enjoyed snorkeling the reefs by day, and leading a line dance to the beat of the steel bands by night. Harriet will be remembered as a gentle and luminous spirit who left a lasting impression on all those she met. 

After becoming widowed in 1986, Harriet continued her worldly travels, and in 1991 she married David A. Robertson, a retired professor from Columbia Barnard College who predeceased her in 2004.

Harriet is survived by her children: Ellen M. Fisher of York, Maine and Pieter A. Fisher, Jr. of Querétaro, México, her daughter-in-law Karla Flores, and her stepchildren: Will Frothingham, Carrie Frothingham, daughter-in-law, Pamela Frothingham, five grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren. Harriet is also survived by her sister Louisa Dubin, a niece and nephews, and many cousins. Her brother, Jack Cooper and stepson, David Frothingham Jr. predeceased Harriet. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Corner House in Princeton, New Jersey.


Sally Kuser Lane

Sally Kuser Lane died June 7 at her family home in Bay Head.  She was 95 and had battled declining health since September.

A striking woman who was an athletic 5 feet, 11 inches tall, she was the first grandchild of James and Sarah Mullen Kerney (for whom she was named), and a grandchild of Fred and Teresa Doelger Kuser. Her maternal grandfather was editor, publisher, and owner of the Trenton Times. Her paternal grandfather, brewmaster of Peter Doelger Brewery in New York, retired to his summer home, now Hamilton Township’s Kuser Farm museum.

The oldest of three children of R. George and Mary Kerney Kuser, she grew up in Lawrenceville. Her father was a Trenton stockbroker and her mother was chairman of the board of the Trenton Times until the paper’s sale to The Washington Post in 1974. Sally attended Miss Fine’s School in Princeton, and graduated from Mary Lyon School in Swarthmore, Pa.

She married lawyer Arthur S. Lane when she was 22. He was 14 years older and they had met at her parents’ pool when she was eight and he captained the undefeated 1933 Princeton football team. Their 50-year marriage produced seven children, who attended Miss Fine’s School or its successor, Princeton Day School. For 35 of those years, the Lanes lived in Harbourton. Art became a county and then a federal judge, then general counsel at Johnson & Johnson as their first child started college. He went back to practicing law in Princeton, with Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher & Brennan, after reaching J&J’s executive retirement age. By then they had moved to her parents’ home in Princeton, although she continued to be a regular at the Pennington Quality Market.  A year after Art’s 1997 death, Sally returned to Lawrenceville, parking her current red car outside Morris Hall for 21 years. When her health began to deteriorate, she moved to The Meadows in October, relocating in March to the shore house, where she’d spent August for 35 years.   

She had a wide acquaintance. The annual Christmas card pictures, begun with one child and mailed to a global list, recorded the aging of parents and children before expanding with their marriages and christenings, then their children’s. An inveterate sender of postcards while traveling, she celebrated birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries of family and friends with cards. Knowing that a grandchild, great-grandchild, or child of friends was going to sleep-away camp for the first, she sent a card a day to ward off homesickness. Young relatives got a parade of birthday cards. 

In recent years, she walked to the Post Office in Lawrenceville most days, a tall, white-haired woman striding unaided along Rt. 206 in the afternoon, before stopping in at Fedora Café for chai and an oatmeal raisin cookie. The Postmaster General sent her a birthday card for her 95th birthday, as did Rose and Beth, her friends at the P.O., who processed the hundreds of greetings she received.

She continued her mother’s tradition of celebrating big birthdays with Christmas family reunions, parasailing with grandchildren and great-grandchildren for her 80th, 85th, and 90th in Key West. She liked to plan July trips, so she could include grandchildren and great-grandchildren out of school. She returned often to Tuscany, and most recently to Ireland, but news of a grandson taking a semester in Cape Town or a great-granddaughter in Greece sent her packing. One pocket of her handbag held a supply of $2 bills, folded for tipping or slipping to a child.

Five years ago, she traveled to Oxford to see a granddaughter get her master’s and to Salt Lake City to see a grandson receive his MBA. More recently, she celebrated a grandson’s wedding in Harrogate, England, a granddaughter’s in New Orleans, three great-granddaughters’ weddings and her great-great-grandson’s first birthday. She had two 95th parties, one on the day and one to close out the year. Princeton football, basketball, and lacrosse games were always on her calendar, along with New Jersey State Museum day trips. 

Princeton University, the alma mater of Art and four of their children, was a big part of her life. She was a member of the Princeton Varsity Club and the only female lifetime member of the Princeton Football Association. She and Art hosted an annual picnic for the football team for years in Harbourton and later, in Princeton. While the picnics ended with his death, she looked forward every spring to the presentation of the Art Lane ’34 Award.

She was a passionate, lifelong Yankees fan, calling to needle Massachusetts grandchildren the morning after a Yankees win over the Red Sox. She had a transistor radio that fit into a purse, enabling her to leave parties to check scores in the ladies room. A picture of Whitey Ford, autographed to her at the behest of his onetime caddy, a daughter’s suitor, remained on prominent display for decades. Sally & Art’s 40th wedding anniversary was celebrated at Yankee Stadium, with a surprise Jumbotron greeting.

As a widow, she chose to live at Morris Hall. Never a cook, she was grateful for the meals, and for the ability to lock up her rooms and travel. But she also valued her ability to help others, pushing wheelchairs, delivering papers and running errands for those who didn’t enjoy her good health.  When she moved to The Meadows, she spoke often of missing daily Mass in the chapel, and of residents and staff left behind, although she felt blessed to be cared for and visited by people she loved. She was mindful, also, of having missed the chance to say her goodbyes at the Bay Head Yacht Club and the Nassau Club.

She is survived by seven children: Sarah Kerney Lane (Samuel Graff), of Trenton; Arthur Stephen Lane, Jr., (Marie) of Groton, Mass.; Mark Kuser Lane (Linda Axelrod), of Little Falls, N.J.; Catherine Scannell Lane (Steve Jacobs), of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Henry Welling Lane, of Bay Head; Mary Kuser Lane, of New York City; Teresa Doelger Lane (Edward Nelson) of Basking Ridge, N.J. ; sixteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; a sister-in-law, Helen Lambert Kuser, of Fort Myers, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers, R. George Kuser, Jr., and James Kerney Kuser.

Her funeral at Sacred Heart Church, Trenton, and Memorial Mass at Morris Hall Chapel, Lawrenceville, are planned when possible. At the end of her life, Sally was most concerned about the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), 72 Escher Street, Trenton, N.J. 08609,; and Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center, P.O. Box 228, Bordentown, NJ. 08505, to underwrite camp for Trenton children,

June 17, 2020

Regina “Jean” Sharp Breithaupt
May 23, 1938 – June 4, 2020

Jean Breithaupt passed away on June 4th, peacefully and grateful for having lived a full life. She departed this earth from her Longmont, Colorado, home in the loving presence of her three children Deborah Breithaupt Smyth, Wendell Thomas Breithaupt, Jr., and Curtis Todd Breithaupt.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, at Allegheny General Hospital to George Arthur Sharp, Jr. and Helen Campbell Sharp, Jean was the second of two children, the first being her brother George Arthur “Jay” Sharp, III. Jean spent her early childhood in Washington, PA, before moving to Erie, PA, in December 1943 when her father, a pharmacist, took a pharmaceutical sales position with E.R.Squibb & Sons.

In Erie, she attended Harding Elementary School before moving on to Strong Vincent High School (Go Colonels!) where she played clarinet in the marching band, participated annually in the talent show, and graduated as honorable mention student in June 1955.

Jean’s fondest memories of her childhood and teenage years are centered on “The Peninsula” and Presque Isle State Park replete with ice skating on the bay in the winter, lying on the beach and boating in the summer, as well as family vacations in Saint Michael’s, Maryland, trips to the “big cities” of Pittsburgh and Cleveland, summer dances in the Rainbow Gardens at Waldemeer, the annual Assembly Ball, and, of course, family fish fry dinners.

In the fall of 1955 she matriculated at Upsala College in East Orange, NJ, where she studied English Literature. During her time on campus, Jean participated in the Student Christian Association, was a house officer in her dorm, joined Chi Delta Sorority, and was an avid bridge player.

Post college life brought to Jean to Clifton, NJ, in 1958, to Oakland, NJ, in 1964, then on to Princeton, NJ, in 1972, and finally to Longmont, CO, in 2005.

In Oakland, Jean was a substitute teacher for The Oakland Public Schools, a member of the Mothers Club of Oakland, and volunteered for the Recreation Department. In Princeton, she worked for 12 years in the radiology department of The Medical Center at Princeton and later for 18 more with Princeton Orthopaedic Associates until she retired in 2005. Jean was a member of the Princeton Hospital Volunteers, the Princeton Hospital Fete Auxiliary, and Womanspace. In Colorado, she was a member of the Longmont United Hospital Volunteers.

Jean was not a person who asked much of the world, except for the occasional Steeler Super Bowl victory, Penn State National Championship, and daily pictures of Lake Erie, and one who counted her riches in terms of her relationships and contentment of her children and grandchildren.

One of the many things she taught us is to be grateful for what you have in this life. Perhaps today, tomorrow, or whenever the mood strikes you right, you’ll take a moment to yourself and think of Jean and those close to you who too have passed, and then all those around you who are here and that you hold dear, and know that you too are wealthy beyond all riches for the love you grant, the love returned to you, and the contentment within you.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her brother Jay; her children Debbie, Tom, and Todd; her grandchildren Robert Joseph Smyth, Miles Maximillian Breithaupt, Kathryn Mariel Breithaupt, and Campbell Adele Breithaupt; her son-in-law Robert Osgood Smyth; and her two daughters-in-law Anna Neis and Tracy Zoller Breithaupt.

Contributions in Jean’s memory can be made to Womanspace (


Thomas Myers Poole

Thomas Myers Poole, son of Emma and Raymond Poole, passed away November 19 surrounded by the tremendous love of family and friends. Tom was predeceased by his wife of 61 years Jane; and survived by daughters Joanne Reese (Steve) and Grace Benn (Alex), brother Bob Poole (Claude), grandchildren Abby and CJ Benn, nephew Eric Poole, niece Michele Sinclair (Chris), step-grandchildren Steven (Leah) and Matthew Reese (Sara), and step-great-grandchildren Joshua, Hannah, Sophia, and Barrett.

Born on Flag Day, June 14, 1926 in Philadelphia, Tom had patriotism in his blood. After graduating from Central High School (182nd class), he was drafted by the Army mere days after D-Day. He often described himself as the luckiest Infantryman of WWII landing in France eight days before the war in Europe ended. Upon returning home, thanks to the GI Bill, he earned a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Tom was a devoted Penn man missing few reunions or Penn/Princeton football games. He missed his fifth reunion, however, to marry the love of his life, Jane; a true testament to the power of his love for her.

Penn ran deep in Tom, but so did Princeton, the town where he and Jane raised their daughters and lived for 54 years 23 days. He served on the Township Committee for six years, two as Deputy Mayor; and made many dear friends through his roles as Fire Commissioner, Housing Board Chair, and Deer Committee Chair. Tom was also a member of the Nassau Club of Princeton and proudly served as President from 2006-2008.

As an avid birdwatcher, Tom improved the land and environment by serving on the Boards of D&R Greenway Land Trust, Friends of Princeton Open Space, the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, and was a member of the Princeton Environmental Commission. He and Jane loved the outdoors and could often be found with binoculars around their necks in the Princeton Wildlife Refuge or Institute Woods.

Tom was a natural storyteller and laughter was pervasive in their home; he and Jane hosted many riotous evenings around old radio shows. Classical music was also a constant in their home. So of course Tom was a member of the Advisory Commission for WWFM, the Mercer County Radio Station. As the reader can gather, Tom was a “doer” and a “joiner”; if he believed in the cause, he joined the committee and thanks to his integrity, wit, and gregarious nature, he often wound up running it.

But Tom’s life wasn’t all birdwatching and laughs, he put his Wharton degree to good use working for Vicks, N.W. Ayre, and Lever Bros to name a few; and was Vice President and Co-Founder of the Princeton Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants. He was intimately involved with developing and launching Close-Up, the first gel toothpaste; some readers may want to thank him for helping them get “up close and personal.” He would have enjoyed knowing he played a part in fostering romance.

We’re not done yet, as sports also loomed large in Tom’s life. He played a mean center field and passed along his love of sports to his daughters. A lifelong Phillies and Eagles fan, Tom grew to enjoy the Suns and Cardinals after moving to Arizona and thoroughly enjoyed his proximity to spring training.

A man of varied interests, and never one to leave a party early, Tom was fun to be around and will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, feed the birds, raise a highball, or have a laugh in his honor. And if so inclined, send a donation in his name to the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, D&R Greenway Land Trust, or the University of Pennsylvania Class of 1950.


Benjamin “Roz” Warren

As of June 7, 2020, the Warren family, Kate, Ben, Heather, and granddaughter Mollie, mourn the passing of Roz Warren, affectionately known as “Mr. Wonderful,” “Dude,” and champion of non-sequiturs. He was an esteemed and adored elder member of the Kleban “out-law” club and a lifelong resident of Princeton. Having served as Chief of Princeton Fire Department in his 50 plus years of service, as well as his decades long membership to the NJ Chapter 22 Red Knights Motorcycle Club, he was not a stingy man with his family or his community.

From the time of the birth of his granddaughter, Mollie — the center of his universe — his last 15 years were lovingly devoted to make her every wish come true.

Full of excitement, fear, hopefulness, and love Kate and Roz set out to make a life together. The next 50 years were not all quiet but always filled with love. Love for one another and love for the family they created. Roz was the beloved father to Ben and Heather and everyone who met him gained another dad. You could feel Roz cheering you on, supporting you in good and in sad life events.

He may be the origin of the expression “smile, people will wonder what you’ve been up to.” His sincere impish smile danced in his incredibly sparkling blue eyes and lingered with anyone lucky enough to see it. And many were lucky as Roz was a happy man with an acerbic wit.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a cause that was near to his heart, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at will be welcomed. Mark your calendar for July 15, 2020 at 10 a.m. to join family and friends for a motorcade through Princeton celebrating the life of Roz starting at Princeton Battlefield and culminating with his interment at the Princeton Cemetery.

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Jane Faggen

Jane Faggen, of Princeton, N.J., died on Sunday, April 19, at Acorn Glen, an assisted living facility; she was nearly 96 years old.

She was born on May 5, 1924, in New York City, N.Y. She graduated from Hunter High School in 1941, from the University of Michigan in 1944, and earned an M.S. in Physics from Cornell University in 1947. At Michigan, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She worked at Bell Labs in Manhattan for a short period in 1944 and as a member of the scientific staff of the Sonar Analysis Group, under the auspices of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, from 1947 to 1948. Ms. Faggen was remarkable in her ambitions and achievements in science, especially considering the era in which she lived as a young woman.

Then, having raised three children in New Rochelle, N.Y., she earned a doctorate in educational psychology at the Graduate Center of the City College of New York in 1972 and proceeded to work at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., as a senior measurement statistician until her retirement. There she in part investigated gender bias in testing.

Ms. Faggen established two academic prizes, both for outstanding dissertations: one in memory of her longtime companion, Robert Simon, at Columbia University’s Applied Physics and Applied Math Department, and a second one at Princeton University’s Art and Architecture Department.

At Cornell, she was the first female teaching assistant in the Physics Department.

Dr. Faggen was an active member of the Princeton Borough Historic Preservation Review Committee, at one point acting as its Vice Chairwoman. She was also a docent at the Princeton Art Museum, an expression of her deep love of the arts.

A loving mother, and deeply devoted friend, she is survived by her three children, Peggy Steckler, Patti Steckler Bhagat, and Peter Steckler, as well as three granddaughters, Kay Bhagat-Smith, Sarah Bhagat, and Dr. Leah Steckler, and a great-granddaughter, Fiona Smith.

June 10, 2020

William James Tate III

William James Tate III, MD of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on Sunday, May 31, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. He was a beloved husband and brother, a wonderful father and grandfather, and a gentle healer.

Bill was born on October 22, 1932 in Hartford, CT. He was the son of Dr. William James Tate, Jr. and Regina Wahl Tate. Bill grew up in Deep River, CT, where he developed a lifelong love of sailing. He went to The Gunnery for high school and then on to Yale where he earned a degree in Art History in 1954. Following graduation he spent two years in the Army where he was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. After his stint in the Army Bill decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1961 and moved to New Haven, CT, for his internship and residency. In New Haven, he met his future wife, Constance Klein, a nurse.  

Bill and Connie were married in 1964 and lived in Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV, as Bill pursued an academic career in infectious disease research. However, he found that he missed working with patients and decided to go into private practice. A fellow medical resident and friend from New Haven, Dr. David H. Fulmer, told Bill of a vacancy at Princeton Medical Group. Bill interviewed and was offered the position. He and Connie moved to Princeton in 1969 and Bill began what was to be a 32-year career at Princeton Medical Group. 

After a successful and fulfilling career as a physician, Bill embarked on an equally rewarding career in retirement. Bill’s love of boats, which began as a young boy growing up in a small town on the Connecticut River, never dimmed. He named is first sailboat Nepenthe, which is a drug described in Homer’s Odyssey as one which banishes grief or trouble from a person’s mind. He then spent a decade rebuilding and restoring a 28-foot wooden sailboat named Welcome. He also built a wooden sailing dinghy for Welcome, aptly named Welcome’s Wagon.

When he wasn’t working on his boats or fixing something around the house, you could find Bill with his nose in a book. For years, he took great joy in auditing courses at Princeton University, finally taking all the courses he wished he had taken when he was an undergraduate. He was also a dedicated volunteer at the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale, showing up at the collection barn on Wednesday and Saturday mornings where he perused, sorted, and stacked used books.  Finally, in retirement Bill had time to indulge his love of music through song. Bill found a musical home with the choir of Trinity Church Princeton, which challenged him musically and fed his soul spiritually. He also sang with the Yale Alumni Chorus. He (and Connie) went on singing tours with YAC to Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Singapore, Vietnam, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Bill is survived by his wife, Connie; his sister, Regina Tate of Deep River, CT; his son, Bill and his wife, Anne Christine Tate of Ewing, NJ; daughter Abigail and her husband, Spencer Reynolds Jr., of Princeton, NJ; his daughter Sarah and her husband, Ian Constable, also of Ewing, NJ; and his grandchildren, Spencer, Sydney, Emma, Matthew, Peyton, and James. Bill was predeceased by his sister, Emily Tate Rudolph. A memorial service and celebration of his life will take place at a later date.


Harold Broitman

Harold Broitman died on June 1, 2020 at his home in Princeton, NJ, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his son Steven L. Broitman, a retired professor of molecular biology (wife: Barbara Wood a polymer scientist and avid musician); daughter Jessica Broitman, a psychoanalyst (husband: Gibor Basri, an astrophysicist and former Vice Chancellor of UCB); and three grandsons: Benjamin Wood Broitman, Adam Wood Broitman, and Jacob Avram Basri.

Harold was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1927 to Max and Jenny Broitman. His brother Kalman was two years older and preceded him in death by two years. He was a feisty kid in school, showing an early interest in how things are built and how they work. He served in the military in 1946 and learned to be a sharpshooter. He met his wife Adeline while a waiter in the Catskills and “stole“ her from his best friend Herbie. They were married in 1949; the marriage lasted for 67 years until her death in 2016.

Harold attended high school at Brooklyn Tech and college at Brooklyn Polytech, earning a BSc in mechanical engineering and immediately started working in the field. He was employed by a number of large companies, starting with The Burroughs Corp. From there he moved to Fairchild Camera, where he worked on reconnaissance data analysis and design of reconnaissance cameras, among other technical military and defense projects. He developed a talent for reading requests for proposals from the government and turning them into successful projects for his company. He was often put in the position of working on something new, and would do whatever it took to learn what was needed. He was given increasing responsibility for taking projects from beginning to end, and managed increasingly large teams of engineers. He was very fond of regaling family and friends with stories of his successful exploits and problematic supervisors. The last large corporation he worked for was RCA (Astro Division) in 1968, which precipitated the family move to Princeton, New Jersey, in 1970 from Bayside, Queens. He eventually decided to start his own company, and with Meyer Sapoff founded Thermometrics in 1970.

Harold loved the work of technical development, manufacturing processes and sales, and loved running a company. His prior experience in industry served him well and Thermometrics developed into an extremely successful company. It was a major supplier of thermistors (temperature sensing devices) to manufacturers and in medical applications. He enjoyed giving employees gifts, life advice, and help when they needed it. The company provided a profit-sharing option to employees. It was one of the early companies to take advantage of off-shoring, and Harold paid many visits to plants in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and China. Thermometrics was sold to a large British conglomerate in 1995 and Harold continued to consult with them for three years before full retirement.

In 1989 Harold and Addie built their dream house in Princeton, participating in every detail. The home reflects his engineering creativity and sophistication, and had many advanced features. In the basement he put together an amazingly equipped “dream” shop, where he built and repaired things and indulged his talent for sculpting. He was an engaged citizen of Princeton and sat on various local boards, particularly in the Jewish community. He was passionately philanthropic — interested in making the world a better place. Projects he supported included Columbia University research on Alzheimer’s and dementia, many mental health programs, support for seniors at home, and creating a safe and strong Jewish community as well as national and international Jewish projects that serve the needy of all backgrounds. Harold was fond of saying “We are put on this Earth to help improve humanity. The prize is not winning, the prize is the satisfaction of accomplishment in moving the mountain a little.” He indeed did that and had that satisfaction, and enjoyed the accomplishments of his children as well.

Private funeral services and burial will be at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, NY.

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Edmund Allenby Wilson Jr.

Oh, baby! What a life!!

Edmund Allenby Wilson Jr., 82, of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Helena, Arkansas, to Edmund Allenby Wilson Sr. and Dorothy Lillian Wilson. He attended the University of Arkansas, and graduated in 1964 with dual degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture. In 1962, he moved to Massachusetts, where he worked for the architecture firm of Alderman & MacNeish. He enlisted in the Air National Guard, from which he later received an Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant. In 1968, he accepted a position with The Hillier Group in Princeton, New Jersey, where he became a principal in the firm. He subsequently worked with Looney Ricks Kiss of Princeton, and then he embarked upon a solo practice as an architect and planner.

His years as a consultant for Robbinsville, NJ, were some of the most professionally gratifying of his career. During this time, he was able to facilitate the construction of the beautiful BAPS Akshardham Hindu Temple, and this brought him tremendous joy.

Amongst his numerous personal and professional accomplishments and accolades, in February 2020, he was honored to be a 2020 Inductee into the John G. Williams Fellowship at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design.

An avid traveler, he and his loving wife, Darleen, explored the world together, which afforded him many opportunities to exercise his love of photography. These adventures also provided diverse and delightful locations to pursue his lifelong passion for the arts. He held a deep appreciation for fine art, not only in the many museums and churches they visited, but those pieces carefully collected and displayed in the Wilson home.

Trains, planes, and automobiles were a special source of enjoyment. He was a subscriber of several automotive magazines, and always happy for the chance to discuss the newest models and technology.

He was a great music enthusiast, with tastes ranging from classical and jazz to the country of his Southern roots. These were a frequent accompaniment to the rich and varied discussions he so loved, on topics traversing philosophy and religion to politics and culture.  In addition, they provided comforting background to his lifelong love of the mystery novel; in particular, the exploits of his favorite sleuth, Jules Maigret.

Ed was predeceased by his mother, Lillian Burke Wilson, and his father, Edmund Allenby Wilson, Sr. He is survived by his beloved wife, Darleen Wilson, of Princeton, NJ; daughter Elise Courtney Wilson, of Los Angeles, CA, and son Christopher Allenby Wilson of Manhattan, NY; daughter Artelia Lyn Ellis of Danbury, NH, with first wife Linda Ray Wilson; sister Gail Smithson Robinson and her husband, Danny; as well as caring uncle to numerous nieces and nephews residing in Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ed and Darleen Wilson Travel Award in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Gifts may be mailed to the following address: Mary Purvis, Sr., Director of Development, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, 120 Vol Walker Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701.  Please make checks payable to the University of Arkansas Foundation.  Credit card gifts may be made by calling (479) 236-0675, or by using the online giving link at

In all his years, Ed never met a stranger. He made friends wherever he went, whether at the local grocery store, or halfway around the world. Father, son, brother, husband, he filled all his earthly obligations with honor and grace. He will be deeply missed, and remembered with love and laughter in perpetuity.


Renate Giller

Renate Giller passed away peacefully at home on June 8, the result of complications from recently diagnosed cancer. 

Born in 1941 in Buenauburg, today the Czech Republic, she and her family were forced to flee their home in 1945 to escape the Russians. They re-settled in Hameln in the West German State of Lower Saxony, where she grew up. Always a practical person, Renate became a technical designer. She met her future husband Peter in January 1960, when he invited her to a Carnival ball. She went as Cleopatra and he as Caesar. Renate and Peter married in 1966, thus celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in March of this year.

When Peter and Renate were offered jobs in the U.S. with Westinghouse Electric, the Gillers emigrated to America in 1969, where they resided initially in Media, Pennsylvania, then moved to Princeton in 1976. Renate became the mother of two children, Oliver in 1974 and Michelle in 1978, today Mrs. Michelle Clark of Seattle. Both gave her two grandchildren: Julia, Maika, Alexander, and Taggart. Unfortunately, Oliver passed away from brain cancer in 2018, which caused Renate great pain until her final moments.

First and foremost a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend, Renate was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah since 1978, of the German Club in Princeton, and of her neighborhood, where she was always there to help when needed, likewise a wonderful hostess, both done with love and grace. She was especially proud to have become an American Citizen in 2018.

There will be a private burial at the Princeton Cemetery this week. It will be followed by a memorial service and reception after the coronavirus is no further threat to the participants.


Sylvia Yarost Tumin

Sylvia Tumin, daughter of the immigrants of Poland Isadore and Esther Yarost, wife of Melvin Marvin Tumin of Newark, mother to Jonathan Tumin and Zachary and their wives Kathie Tumin and Laura Dawn Barbieri, and grandmother to Remy Tumin, Rachel Tumin, Ben Tumin, and Ariel Tumin, and step-grandaughters Kathleen Rigby and Alexandra Rigby, died in her sleep June 4 at her home at Stonebridge, Montgomery Township, New Jersey. She battled lung cancer for four years, but said “no more” to her treatments in late May, vowing to let nature take its course, which it did within the week.

She was born on the Lower East Side of New York January 29, 1927. The family moved to the Bronx, then to Detroit, Michigan, all in search of work during the Great Depression. She graduated from Detroit’s Central High School in 1944, then Wayne State University, whence she married Mel, then a young instructor at Wayne, and soon a professor at Princeton University’s first glimmers of a Sociology department. They made their life there, first in apartments at 120 Prospect Avenue, then 110 Prospect Avenue, then in 1965, moved around the corner to a house at 119 Fitzrandolph Road. This would be their home and neighborhood for 50 years.

As Jonathan made his way to Haverford, then Harvard, and Zach to U-Penn and on, Sylvia reinvented life in the empty nest, first as a trained interior designer, then, when no jobs came her way, in social work and the caring of the aged with a MSW from Rutgers, and work at Greenwood House, Jewish Home for the Aged in Ewing, where she retired a decade ago as the director of social work.

Her husband passed away of lung cancer in 1993, leaving her to face the future full blast as a widow, which she did for 27 years, with grace, fortitude, and a steely love always enduring in a lifelong marriage to one man, resolute and empowering. She died with his ring on her finger, his gift of love, a gold necklace, around her neck. She is buried by his side, as they lived, in Princeton Cemetery

We loved her madly, and she, us. We will miss her, and will carry on in her name and embrace.

Greenwood House, Jewish Home for the Aged of Ewing would welcome your contribution in her name (


David Aaron Friedman

David Aaron Friedman, of Lawrenceville, NJ, and Boynton Beach, FL, passed away on June 6th after a long battle with heart disease.

David was born in Trenton, NJ, on May 19, 1933, to Max and Janet Friedman. Max was an obstetrician at Helene Fuld Hospital in Trenton, having moved from Brooklyn shortly after receiving his medical degree and marrying Janet, who had been a hat model in New York.

After graduating from Trenton Central High School in 1951 where he excelled on the swim team, David attended Duke University undergraduate and Law School, graduating in 1957. It was at Duke that David discovered the true love of his life, Marilyn Nelson, who survives him. They married on June 30, 1956. Marilyn always said David’s favorite things were golf, Chinese food, and her, in that order, but everybody knew Marilyn was number 1; although, golf was surely a close second.

After graduating law school, the newlyweds moved back to Trenton, where they began an impressive and exciting life together. David began practicing law working with State Senator Sido Ridolfi, forming the law firm Ridolfi and Friedman in the early 1960s. His law career encompassed an extensive array of land use and development work, and he was involved in development and redevelopment projects throughout New Jersey and especially in Mercer County. He represented many local builders and some national developers building apartments, office parks, single family houses, and many other land use real estate projects.

One of his proudest career achievements was stewarding the approvals and advancing the development of Eggerts Crossing Village in Lawrenceville, which provides low income housing in an historically African American section of Lawrence Township. Years later, Fred Vereen Jr., past president of Lawrence Non-Profit Housing, Inc., recognized David as an integral component to the completion of the project.

Amongst David’s additional professional accomplishments were developing low income, senior citizen and family apartment projects, extensive involvement in several community banks, and being a leading force in bringing cable television to Hamilton Township.

David’s favorite place to be was on the golf course. David played golf his entire life, from joining the golf team at Duke to winning the club championship at Greenacres Country Club (now known as Cobblestone Creek) in five different decades. His involvement with Greenacres extended to serving on the Board and as President. His life-long dedication and commitment ensured the ongoing viability of the Club, including spearheading the recent land sale to construct housing, renovating the golf course and clubhouse, and creating a fresh environment for members and guests.

He was an original member of the Falls Country Club in Lake Worth, Florida, and he and Marilyn spent each winter in Boynton Beach for over 40 years. He had the first hole in one recorded at both the Falls and Metedeconk National in Jackson, NJ, where David was also an original member. One of his crowning golfing achievements was playing at over 1,000 golf courses around the world, including some of the all-time greats in Scotland and Ireland, and even Augusta National while a member of the Duke University golf team. His list of golf friends and acquaintances is endless; David always said he never met anyone he didn’t like on the golf course. He was also one of the original creators and board members for the First Tee of Greater Trenton which provides golf opportunities and life skills to young people.

One of David’s greatest and longest lasting traits was bringing people together. He was a connector always looking to create mutually beneficial personal and business relationships. Countless people looked to David as a resource of knowledge and leadership. His business and personal network was extensive, and he was always looking to combine the expertise of numerous people when starting a new project. He had an uncanny ability to build a team while providing guidance.

He loved to travel, especially to the south of France, developing lifelong relationships with many couples. Enjoying delicious food and wine with Marilyn as his favorite companion made him especially happy.

Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Although spread throughout the country, he had very close relationships with his children and grandchildren, always providing guidance and insight when needed (and sometimes when not).

David is predeceased by his parents, Max and Janet Friedman, his son, Eric Friedman, and brother Richard Friedman. In addition to his wife of 63 years, Marilyn, he is survived by his brother Robert Friedman and sister-in-law Adele of Los Angeles, California; son Jeffrey Friedman and daughter-in-law Kathy Lee of Berkeley, California; son Steven Friedman and daughter-in-law Heath of Lawrenceville, NJ; daughter-in-law Amy Gutmann of Seattle, Washington; and seven loving grandchildren: Kelly (and husband Dan Buyanovsky), Margot, Ally, Ben, Lily, Julia, and Louisa Friedman.

He will be dearly missed by many, but he leaves a lasting impression on all who knew him.

Services will be private. The family will hold a memorial service when public gatherings are possible.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either The First Tee of Greater Trenton ( or The American Heart Association (

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June 3, 2020

Gaylord “Rusty” Johnson III

Gaylord “Rusty” Johnson III, C.F.A., passed away on May 28, 2020 at his home in Skillman, New Jersey after living with pancreatic cancer for over two years. He was surrounded by his family and his brothers, and was regularly visited by dear friends and neighbors whose generosity and kindness during the past two years was truly remarkable. The family is deeply comforted by the knowledge of how many lives Rusty touched in such a positive way.

Rusty was born in Houston, Texas, on August 31, 1963 and graduated from Kinkaid High School in 1982. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington & Lee University in 1986. He remained very close to his Washington & Lee classmates through his life, especially his Kappa Alpha brothers. Rusty spent his senior year of college studying abroad in Taiwan, which led to six years of working in Hong Kong as a sell-side equity analyst, two years in Bangkok, Thailand, a year in New York City, and finally in 1994, a move to Harding Loevner Management in Somerville, New Jersey, where he was a partner until his passing. Rusty joined Harding Loevner as one of the original portfolio managers on their emerging market strategy and remained in that role until 2018. His impact went beyond investment expertise; his passion for his work and his commitment to excellence helped create the strong corporate culture of which he was so proud. 

Rusty is survived by his wife of 23 years, René McCurry Johnson and his two daughters: Samantha Kate, 20, a junior at Washington & Lee, and Caroline Alys, 16, a junior at the Peddie School. Rusty is also survived by his mother, Helen Morgan Johnson of Denver, Colorado, his step-mother, Pamela Barber Johnson of Pearland Texas, his brother Thomas Morgan Johnson (Gina, Thomas, and Eric) of Houston, Texas, his brother Douglas Paton Johnson (Christin, Davis, and Clayton) of Lakewood, Colorado, his aunt Gail Serrell of Houston, Texas, his uncle Joe Morgan (Carol, Colleen, Katie) of Lakewood, Colorado and his in-laws William and Kathy McCurry of Rocky Hill, New Jersey and Jim McCurry (Brenda, Aidan, and Blythe) of Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Rusty was predeceased by his father, Gaylord Johnson, Jr.

Rusty was dearly loved by his friends and neighbors — particularly his neighborhood “brothers” on Van Zandt Road, and his fishing, hunting, tennis, and ice hockey friends in Houston, Princeton, and Wellington, Florida. He was an avid fisherman who loved to fish for everything from small crappies behind his house in Florida, to big marlin in Cabo. Rusty loved to play tennis, was known for a wicked, unreturnable serve, and became an avid golfer in his later years. 

Rusty lived his entire life at “show pace.” Never one to waste time or sit still, he loved to putter in the garden with his plants and bird feeders, fritter in the house (i.e. throw out things belonging to his wife and daughters), and his favorite birthday gift was always a dumpster in the driveway. Rusty loved hanging out with friends, grilling in the backyard or grabbing a beer at the Tiger’s Tale. He absolutely hated fancy food, particularly small portions. Rusty loved to travel and firmly believed in the transformative power of travel for young people. To that end, Rusty started a scholarship at Washington & Lee to fund summer study abroad programs, with a focus on non-traditional destinations. Rusty loved animals, and will be greatly missed by his two dogs, four cats, and a herd of horses he could never exactly tell apart.  

Rusty was incredibly proud of his daughters, and loved to watch them compete in show jumping or field hockey (Sam) or basketball and field hockey (Caroline) and was thrilled to introduce both girls to scuba diving.Rusty hated cold water and cold weather. And, until the very end, he had absolutely appalling taste in both music and movies. He was widely known for his “Rusty-isms,” his fantastic sense of humor, and his warm heart.  

In his memory, the family asks that you gather your friends and family, pop a cold Coors Light or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, put your feet up by an outdoor fire (preferably an excessively smoky one, built with random objects the fire department would prefer you not burn), and tell tall tales of fishing exploits or exotic street meals from far-flung lands.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to HomeFront (1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrence Township, New Jersey 08648) an organization Rusty and René have long supported, or the Rusty Johnson ‘86 Endowment for Study Abroad at Washington & Lee (c/o William Greer, Development Office, Lexington, VA 24450), or the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center (  

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


Edward P. Neuburg

Edward P. Neuburg died of natural causes on May 23rd at Morris Hall Meadows nursing home in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Ned Neuburg was born in 1925 in Larchmont, New York. He attended the Fieldston School and Swarthmore College. After serving in the US Navy during World War II, he was graduated from Swarthmore with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1948, and in 1950 married classmate Helen (“Greenie”) Green. He obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago and taught for a year at the University of Vermont. He had begun work on a PhD at Harvard University when he was called back into service for the Korean War and was eventually sent to Washington, D.C., where he became a cryptanalyst and computer programmer at the Naval Security Station. This later became the National Security Agency where Ned remained, raising a family in the Washington metropolitan area, with stints at GCHQ in Cheltenham, England, and at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Princeton, NJ. He retired from the NSA in 1988, and returned to IDA, working as a consultant and adjunct until 2013.

His titles at the NSA included Chief of Mathematical Research, Chief of Speech Research, Deputy Chief of Research, Chief of Research, and Scientific Advisor. In 1980 he received the Exceptional Civilian Service Award from the Department of Defense. He published many papers in technical journals, was involved in administering the ARPA funding that led to the first successful computer speech recognition programs, and created the first computer algorithm for changing the rate of a sound without changing the pitch.

He is survived by his wife, Greenie, by his two sons, Matthew and Ethan, by his daughter, Amy, and by his grandson, Nicholas.


Dr. Helen H. Martinson

Beloved Grandmother, Retired Dutch Neck Elementary School Principal, and Princeton University Teacher

Helen Jean Harveycutter Collier Martinson died at age 88 on Monday, May 18, 2020 at Stonebridge Senior Living after a brief illness of pneumonia and COVID-19.

Helen led a wonderful and full life. She was born on October 26, 1931 at Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., to the late Eunice and Alfred Harveycutter. Helen Jean graduated from George Washington University in 1953 and soon afterwards, she met the love her life, Merrill F. Collier, on a blind date. What followed immediately afterwards was a profound, storybook romance with a soft-spoken man from Bethel, Ohio, and they were married in 1956 at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Dahlgren Chapel. On April 10, 1963, an unimaginable tragedy struck when Lieutenant Merrill Collier and all hands on the USS Thresher (SSN-593) were lost at sea during routine depth-testing exercises which forever changed Helen’s and her children’s lives.

Helen chose to enter the education sphere first teaching kindergarten at Wicoff Elementary School in Plainsboro, NJ, then became Assistant Principal at Dutch Neck Elementary School in West Windsor, NJ, after earning an M.S. in Education in 1981 from Bank Street College in New York City. Helen became known for her dedication, talent, and affinity for supporting and encouraging those around her and became Principal when a redistricting brought new growth opportunities. Helen and team created a “Camelot” — a new vision for an entirely new school within the walls of an old building, to hire all new staff and to design an entirely new curriculum developmentally appropriate to create the optimal environment for learning and nurturing young children.

Helen won two grants from the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, which supported her attendance at the Harvard Graduate School of Education summer institute on the “Art and Craft of Principalship” with some of the most respected authorities on effective school leadership in the world, and another to train teachers on alternative assessment. In 1993, Redbook Magazine selected Dutch Neck as one of the nation’s top elementary schools. She credited the “entrepreneurial nature” of her staff for the many success at Dutch Neck for earning the recognition as one of “America’s Best Schools.” The same year, Helen was honored as a National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals who selected 60 elementary and middle school principals across the U.S. for outstanding contributions to their schools and communities. In her early sixties and while working, Helen earned a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in 1999 from Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York City.

After retirement from the school district, Helen led Princeton University’s Teachers as Scholars program, a partnership between Princeton University and surrounding school districts with the objective to provide scholarly and intellectually engaging professional development opportunities for teachers, then was asked to lead within Princeton University’s Program in Teacher Preparation, a uniquely designed interdepartmental course of study that prepares Princeton University students, both undergraduate and graduate, to become certified to teach at the elementary and secondary levels and participate in direct collaboration with area classroom teachers through structured, practical field experiences, including full-time practice teaching that Helen arranged given her experience and contacts within the teaching community, before moving to Stonebridge Living facility in Skillman where she was quick to develop new valued friendships.

Helen is profoundly missed by all those who knew her. She was elegant and gracious, an amazing leader, mentor and educator who rose above adversity countless times, no matter how daunting, and loved fun and laughter and Long Beach Island.

Helen was preceded in death by her son William, and is survived by her children Sherrill (Michael) of Flemington, NJ; Neal (Carol) of Trappe, PA; Merrill (formerly Kristine) of Santa Rosa, CA; and nine grandchildren Dorothy, John Paul, Thérèse, and Maria Helen; Ben (Nicole), Katherine (Craig), and William; Gregory and Jennifer; and great-grandchild Jane Marie.

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Memorial Service Postponed
Elisabeth Borgerhoff Pomerleau

The Memorial Service for Elisabeth Borgerhoff Pomerleau, which was going to be held on June 14 at the Princeton University Chapel, is being postponed to a later date, yet to be determined. Our family keeps our loved ones in our thoughts in anticipation of gathering together to remember Beth at another better time.


Dr. Michel Vallieres

Dr. Michel Vallieres, 74, of Princeton, died Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro from complications related to the COVID-19 virus. Michel was a gentle gentleman with a persistent French Canadian accent and unassuming manner. He was friendly, accepting, and voraciously curious by nature. He instinctively saw the goodness and potential in people, and everyone he met liked him immediately. He leaves behind many friends throughout the world.

Michel was unafraid to experience life.  He was willing to try any food without description. He learned Spanish without taking classes and preferred to speak Spanish with Latins even if their English was better than his Spanish. He knew he could not keep a rhythm, but loved to dance anyway. He met his wife of 50 years at a Samba dance party. He was unapologetically a nerd’s nerd — fully embracing Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who and, embarrassingly, was an avid fan of The Big Bang Theory sitcom, which we chalked up to English as a second language and gave him a pass. His enthusiasm for life was an example to us all.

Michel deeply loved, and was loved by, his family. He never missed his daughter’s volleyball games or his son’s hockey games as kids. He spent many hours watching hockey and football with them. He spoke with his parents in Canada almost every day until they passed. He loved large get-togethers with family and friends from around the world. We cherish so many happy memories.

Born in Quebec City, Canada in 1945, Dr. Vallieres graduated Laval University in the Spring of 1967, obtained a Masters and PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He did post-doctoral work in England and Canada, before spending 38 years as a professor and 17 years as Head of the Physics Department at Drexel University. Dr. Vallieres was also a published author.

Son of the late Ulric and Noella (Villeneuve) Vallieres, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maria-Gladys (Cano) Vallieres, a son and daughter-in-law Rick and Irma Vallieres, daughter and son-in-law Nathalie and Nicholas Hand, sister Danielle Vallieres, and six grandchildren Thomas Hand, Maria Hand, Marcella Hand, Genevieve Vallieres, Jadie Tome, Joshua Tome, niece Caroline Leblanc and partner Eric Pfalzgraf, nephew Simon Leblanc and wife Valerie Drolet, nephew David Leblanc and partner Emilie Langevin.


Glenn Mohrman

Glenn Mohrman, 94, of Lawrence Township, NJ, passed away on Friday, May 1st, 2020. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on January 20th, 1926 and grew up in Rockville Centre, NY. After serving in the US Army Specialized Training Program at Harvard he was assigned to the US Army Field Artillery as a radio operator, earning three battle stars in the European Theatre.

Glenn graduated from Dartmouth College in 1949 and Virginia School of Law receiving his LLB in 1952. While at UVA he served as Editor in Chief of the UVA Law School Reading Guide.  Following law school, he became a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and began his career with General Cable Corporation at its Rome, NY, plant specializing in labor arbitration cases. 

Glenn had an extensive career in advertising research starting in 1955 with Gallup and Robinson Inc. in Princeton, NJ, where he rose to Executive Vice President and served as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Member of the Board of Directors. Continuing his career, Glenn joined Opinion Research as Vice President of Advertising in 1969 and then in 1976 joining Physicians Radio Network in NYC as Vice President of Marketing and Research. In 1983, he founded Mohrman/Scott Associates, Inc. in Princeton, NJ, a company specializing in pre-testing pharmaceutical company medical journal ads. He retired from him firm in 1995.

During his career, Glenn wrote, published, and lectured frequently for conferences of the American Marketing Association, the Association of National Advertisers and other industry associations. He lectured at Princeton University and the Harvard School of Business Administration and was a member of several Marketing and Advertising Associations and councils including the Pharmaceutical Advertising Council and the Sigma Delta Chi Honorary Journalistic Society.     

Glenn enjoyed traveling extensively with his wife, visiting more than 45 countries worldwide.  He was an avid tennis player, fly and salt-water fisherman, downhill skier and skilled sailor, spending vacations cruising the world with his family and friends. He loved classical music and tunes of the ’30s and ’40s. He was devoted to his Springer Spaniels. 

Glenn is survived by his beloved wife Waltraud (Trudy) of 36+ years, son Mace Mohrman and wife Ann Barry of South Hampton, NY,  daughter Darby O’Neill of Hopewell, NJ, and her daughters Devin and husband Joaquin Garcia, Morgan and husband Michael Barton and their two children Tanner and Blake, and sons Brooks Mohrman and his wife Veronica of Mexico City and Morgan Mohrman and wife Ashley of Duxbury, MA, and their children Clay and Chase. He is predeceased by his sister, Jean Springer of Cincinnati, OH.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Glenn to The Smile Train and S.A.V.E or any organization of your choice.


Newton Everett Godnick

Newton Everett Godnick, of Princeton Junction, NJ, died peacefully on May 30 at the age of 94.

Newton is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sherley; daughters Jenny (Deb Karvelas) and Stacy (Lisa Perricone); son Michael (Steven Cohen deceased); sister Hermine Basnight; niece Beatrice Basnight; nephews Jim Basnight and Sam Basnight (deceased); sister-in-law Flora Atkins; brother-in-law Thurston Atkins; and many cousins, colleagues, and friends.

Newton was born on May 22, 1926 in the Bronx, New York, to parents Lillian and Samuel Godnick. He graduated from Bronx High School of Science, Rutgers University BS, and New York University MS.

A kind man with an inquiring mind, his employment history reflects his diverse interests: Newton was a landscape architect with his own nursery, a buyer in retail, and chairman of the Fashion Buying and Merchandise Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Newton was well respected as a leader and educator. After retiring from FIT in 1992, he maintained relationships with many students providing counsel and friendship.

His children remember him as a patient and devoted father who encouraged them to pursue their interests. He was a passionate story teller, historian, and had a marvelous sense of humor. He loved politics, baseball (especially the N.Y. Yankees), old movies, nature, and gardening. His ability to remember lyrics to popular, film, and Broadway songs was impressive.

In retirement, Newton and Sherley traveled the world and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

At Newton’s request, no services will be held.

In lieu of sending flowers, condolences may be sent to 134 Harris Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550. Donations in his memory may be made to The Nature Conservancy (, Alzheimer’s Association-Greater NJ Chapter ( or Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (

May 27, 2020

Robert Jay Merritt

Robert Jay Merritt, a longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, and Vero Beach, FL, was born on November 23, 1941 and passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020. He lived a full life defined by an unwavering faith in God, a deep love for his family and friends, a tireless sense of service to his country, and colleagues. His unshakeable optimism for life and contagious smile brought incredible joy and left an indelible mark on the fortunate individuals who knew him. 

Bob was born to Raymond C. and Mildred Bernoski and raised in East Williston, New York. Growing up, Bob enjoyed a typical Long Island childhood during the golden age of the 1950s. Beginning at North Side Elementary and continuing through graduation from Chaminade High School, Bob established friendships that he treasured throughout his life. He, along with his brother, were the first generation of their family to attend college. He earned a Bachelor of Science at Siena College and served in their ROTC program. 

Leaving New York, Bob joined the Army and served his country in Vietnam as a First Lieutenant in the famed 716th Military Police Battalion from 1965-1967. During the war, he “distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action” and was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism. According to one citation: In disregard for his own personal safety, he fled his detachment’s headquarters to the scene of a nearby downed U.S. Air Force Bomber, which was carrying its full payload of live munitions. His act of bravery saved the lives of countless fellow U.S. servicemen on the ground and U.S. airmen trapped in the wreckage. 

After his service, Bob enrolled at Columbia Business School, where he earned an MBA in Industrial Engineering. Subsequently, he joined First National Bank in New York City. He was invited to lead Manufacturers Hanover Leasing Corporation (MHLC) in 1973 as Vice President. In 1986, with the merger of MHLC and CIT Corporation, Bob was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Equipment Financing at CIT Group. Held in high esteem in the industry, Bob would go on to serve as President of the Equipment Leasing Association. In 1990, he received Siena College’s Professor Joseph A. Buff Award, which is presented to alumni with outstanding accomplishments or achievements in their careers. Additionally, he served on the board of the directors of the New York City Opera and was a member of the New York Athletic Club for over 45 years.  

There was no other relationship more important to Bob as the one he cultivated with his family. Bob fell madly in love with Dee Dee, they married and had four beautiful children. He was a hero to his three daughters who adored him endlessly. Bob’s relationship with his son quickly evolved from not only being a father figure, but also becoming a lifelong friend and idol. 

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Dee Dee, nee Fluehr (Vero Beach, FL), daughter, Meghan Merritt (Chicago, IL), daughter and son-in-law, Mackenzie and David Skeen (Nashville, TN), daughter and son-in-law, Mercedes and Sebastian Barsh (Chicago, IL), and son and future daughter-in-law, Robert Jay Merritt, Jr. (“Beau”) and Julia F. Walker (Seattle, WA). He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Grier, Ford, Webb, Bo, Tully, and Robert Pike Skeen, and Landon Barsh, and was predeceased by grandson Cauley Skeen. Brother of Raymond Merritt and his wife Carol (Long Island, NY).

Due to current events, the burial service will be private. The Merritt Family anticipates a future celebration to honor the extraordinary life of Robert Jay Merritt. (Refer to for information on future celebration.)

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Bob’s memory can be made to: Siena College, The Robert J. Merritt Scholarship, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, New York 12211.


Robert Lewis Fishback

Robert Lewis Fishback died on May 21, 2020. Loving father of Trina (Ken) Weingarten and Jed (Breena) Fishback; devoted grandfather of Sofia, Elena, Jillian, and Jordan. Lifetime resident of Philadelphia. High school history teacher in the Philadelphia Public School System.

Last resided in Princeton. Services and interment are private. Contributions in his memory may be made to Princeton Medical Center Foundation, Healthcare Heroes Fund, Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks,

May 20, 2020

Janelle Connevey Morris

Janelle Connevey Morris of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2020 at the age of 93. She is reunited for eternity with her beloved husband of 72 years, Mac Glenn Morris, and their beloved daughter Patricia Morris Harris, who preceded her mother in death exactly one year earlier.

Janelle was born in Breckenridge, Texas, on August 19, 1926 to John Lawrence Connevey, an oil company superintendent, and Virginia Nell Connevey, née Sutton, and had two sisters, Maxine and Madge. Janelle was raised in Tuleta, Texas, a suburb of Beeville, by her father and stepmother, Mary Alice (Mamie) Connevey, née Underwood, surrounded by love and laughter, and enjoyed many travels with Maxine by her side to New Mexico and Colorado.

Janelle met her husband Mac, a Marine bomber pilot, when he was assigned to Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville shortly after returning from service in the Pacific during World War II. They were married at her home in Tuleta on July 27, 1946 before moving to Princeton, New Jersey, in 1947, where they raised their four children. Their life together was marked by an immense love for one another, enjoyment of every moment spent with their children and grandchildren, a wonderful circle of friends, and annual road trips out West.

Many happy days were enjoyed by the Morris family and their treasured friends at Clearbrook Farm in Princeton, where Janelle and Mac raised their family. They purchased Clearbrook Farm, originally the country home of Moses Taylor Pyne, in 1962 and Janelle found great joy in making the house a home by renovating, painting, and wallpapering it herself. Janelle’s hospitality knew no bounds and Clearbrook Farm quickly became synonymous with a place of celebration and joy, hosting church gatherings, large Thanksgiving dinners for family and friends, plays that Janelle wrote, and Davidson reunions for hundreds of alumni. Janelle opened her home and her heart to all, treating strangers as friends and friends as family, always cooking for a big crowd, entertaining guests around the piano, and creating traditions at Clearbrook that have been carried on for generations.

Janelle was known for her contagious laughter and sense of humor, her unconditional kindness and warmth, her Texas pride, and her heartfelt love of music. As a natural creative, she enjoyed staying up all night sewing clothes, curtains, and outfits for her grandchildren. She had a deep knowledge and admiration of Southwest Native American jewelry and developed lifelong friendships with local artists. This later inspired her career as a buyer, sharing their craft with the Princeton community. She found beauty in everything — in the people she met, the clouds in the sky, the flowers in her garden, and through music and verse. She laughed easily and often, mainly at herself. She valued her faith and was a proud deacon of the Nassau Presbyterian Church. Most of all, Janelle loved her hero, Mac Morris, and their marriage was a love story that continues to inspire all who were lucky enough to know them.

Janelle Morris is survived by her son Steve Morris of Cleveland, Ohio, daughter Janelle Thibau and husband Eric of Potomac, Maryland, son John Morris and wife Suzy of Princeton, New Jersey, and son-in-law Ed Harris, Pat’s loving husband, of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by her 13 adoring grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Janelle’s name to Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey.

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


Carol A. Weiss
Cherished mom, grandma, and sister

Carol A. (Johnson) Weiss, 76, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 14, 2020 after a courageous seven-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Carol was raised in Florham Park, NJ, and graduated from Hanover Park High School. She graduated from Trenton State College with a degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career as a third-grade teacher at Mt. Way School in Morris Plains, NJ. She continued her teaching career as a permanent substitute for the Parsippany-Troy Hills school district. She raised her family in Parsippany, NJ, for 25 years and was very active in the community, including serving as President of the Troy Hills School PTA, President of the Parsippany Council of PTAs, and initiating/organizing the Parsippany-Troy Hills school district-wide fingerprinting program for elementary school students. After moving to Skillman, NJ, in 1995, Carol remained active in the community as a Drumthwacket docent for 22 years and mentor for Princeton University postdoctoral international students. She was very involved at Trinity Church in Princeton, serving as reception desk volunteer, One Table Cafe waitress, and rummage sale volunteer.

The pride and joy of Carol’s life were her children and grandchildren. She was their biggest supporter and cheerleader! She especially enjoyed all of the wonderful vacations they all took together over the years.

Carol was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Ed, and her parents Theodore and Eleanor. She is survived by her children Kim (Ron) Payne, Ed (Trish) Weiss III; grandchildren Ryan, Kevin, Rees, Landon, Riley, and Griffin. She is also survived by her sister, Gloria Knight.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Carol’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Carol can be made to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Carol’s family would like to thank her “sister” friends, neighbors, and caregivers Ginny Scala and Joanne Prospero for all of their love and support. They would also like to thank Dr. Konner, Dr. Jewell and the entire Memorial Sloan Kettering team for their excellent care during Carol’s seven-year cancer battle.

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


Jane Gregg Schowalter

Jane Gregg Schowalter passed away in Princeton on May 14, 2020, from complications associated with dementia.

Jane lived in Princeton for nearly 50 years, with a 15-year interval in Champaign, IL, between 1989 and 2003.

Jane was born on April 6, 1929, in Milwaukee, WI, to Scranton and Violet (Durand) Gregg. She graduated from Whitefish Bay High School near Milwaukee and received a BS degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While living in Madison she met her future husband, William Schowalter. They were married in 1953.

In 1957 the couple moved to Princeton and shortly thereafter had the first of their three children, all of whom were born in what was then known as Princeton Hospital.

When their children were young Jane became involved in community volunteer activities. They centered on the schools her children were attending and ranged from room mother to committee and officer positions at parent-teacher organizations for Nassau St., John Witherspoon, and Johnson Park Schools. She was also active as a volunteer to the Princeton YWCA, serving as a member of the board. She was Chair of the Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund and of the Princeton Youth Tennis Foundation.

As the children grew older, Jane’s volunteer interests shifted to the field of healthcare, primarily through the Auxiliary of The Medical Center at Princeton. In that era the Medical Center’s primary fundraising effort was an annual community event known as the Princeton Hospital Fête. She had increasingly large responsibilities for the Fête, ultimately serving as co-chair in 1976. A lasting contribution to Princeton healthcare was her conception and realization of a Patient Support Program, along with her membership on the Board of Trustees of The Princeton Medical Center. Jane’s work at the Medical Center provided an opportunity for her to interface with the Family Service Organization of Princeton, of which she was a member of the executive committee.

Because of her husband’s affiliation with Princeton University Jane also contributed her talents to University-related activities. Most notable of these are services as vice president of the University League and as a member of the Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary of Princeton University.

Jane’s deep involvement in the Princeton community was recognized in 1986 when she was chosen to receive the Gerard B. Lambert Award, a recognition presented annually by the United Way for community service.

The next phase of Jane’s contributions to healthcare began in 1989 when her husband accepted a position at the University of Illinois and they moved to Champaign, Illinois. Soon after their arrival she was hired as a teaching associate in the University’s Department of Community Health. This led to Jane taking students on hospital visits to learn what it is like to be a patient in a hospital. She essentially transplanted her Princeton patient support experience into the consciousness of students, many of whom would become nurses or medical doctors and spend their careers caring for people in hospitals.

In 2003 Jane and her husband returned to Princeton. She reconnected with Princeton friends and made many new ones, joining The Present Day Club and re-joining the Auxiliary of the McCosh Infirmary.

Beyond Princeton, Jane’s favorite place to be was her vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. That is where summers were filled with the presence of children and young grandchildren, and off-season time was savored by Jane and her husband alone.

A description of Jane’s life would not be complete without mention of her warmth and natural affinity for people. She thrived on personal interactions and was equally engaging whether hosting functions in her home for Princeton or Illinois faculty members, undergraduate engineering students, or the co-founder and CEO of Sony.

In addition to her husband Jane is survived by her three children, Katherine Schowalter (and Richard) Lesch of Scarsdale, NY, Mary Raser of Rancho Santa Fe, CA (whose husband Jeffrey predeceased Jane), David (and Beckley) Schowalter of Holden, MA, and eight grandchildren, Stephen, Elizabeth, Charles and Jack Raser; Jackson, Clara and Dylan Lesch; and Timothy Schowalter.

Donations in memory of Jane can be made online at or by check made out to Allerton Park/University of Illinois Foundation and mailed to Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Attn: Ms. Jan Gill, Monticello, IL 61856. In either case the gift should be specified for restoration of the room of Jane’s uncle, John Gregg Allerton.

A private burial service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. A celebration of Jane’s life will be scheduled at a future date.

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


Mark William Durand

A longtime resident of Skillman and Princeton, NJ, Mark William Durand, age 60, died March 19, 2020 at his home.

Mark was born in 1959 in Camden, NJ, to parents William and Dorothy (Drummond) Durand (both deceased), and was raised in Somerdale, NJ. He graduated from Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, NJ, and received a BS in Zoology from Duke University, an MS in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

He joined Bristol Myers after graduating from business school and was involved in many key transactions, including the merger with Squibb Corporation. He was a highly accomplished executive in the pharmaceutical industry for almost three decades, with leadership roles in several companies. He also believed in giving back to his community and volunteered at several nonprofits.

Mark had a great sense of humor and loved spending time with family and friends. He doted on his daughter and encouraged and supported her in all her endeavors. He was a passionate and talented tennis player and would play at any opportunity. An avid basketball fan, he never missed an opportunity to watch the Duke Blue Devils. He loved animals, including his two dogs, and spent many hours walking them in Princeton, NJ, and surrounding parks. He had an exceptionally keen wit and could always be counted on to pen a witty limerick, poem, or doggerel for any occasion. Mark could always be counted on to support family, friends, and colleagues, and he will be remembered for his wonderful smile, the twinkle in his eye, and his humanity and kindness. He will be dearly missed.

Mark is survived by his beloved daughter Serina Durand, his former wife, Gianna Sabella, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, a memorial service may be planned for a later date.


Judith Ceccoli Colnaghi

Judith Ceccoli Colnaghi died after multiple medical challenges on May 9, 2020 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, NJ. She lived in Princeton, NJ, for many years but also lived in Ewing, NJ, and San Diego, CA. Ms. Colnaghi was born on April 6, 1942 in Scranton, PA, to Louis and Anita Bartoli Ceccoli.

She is predeceased by her parents and her brother Louis E. Ceccoli. She is survived by her nephew Louis G. Ceccoli and her sister-in-law Carol Ann Ceccoli both of Peckville, PA, and very dedicated friends.

Judith grew up in Olyphant, PA, graduating with honors from Olyphant High School. She received her BS degree in psychology from Penn State University, State College, PA, and a MA degree in public administration from Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.

Judith was a devoted, generous, and loving daughter, sister, and aunt and a loyal and caring friend who will be deeply missed. Even with a major medical challenge during her entire adult life, Judith was an accomplished, independent, self-sufficient, and resourceful woman. She had a well-respected career as a management consultant with over 25 years in State government for the Departments of Labor, Human Services, and Treasury. She was a member of the local chapter of Mensa and the Nassau Club of Princeton. She was active in both AGA (Association of Government Accountants) and ASPA (American Society of Public Administrators).

She traveled extensively through the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Mexico and loved to winter in San Miguel de Allende. Through her travels she studied languages and architecture and collected paintings and artifacts that were displayed in her home. She was an insatiable reader, consummate intellectual, researcher of “the best,” exuberant about life, an avant-garde interior decorator, and creator of a beautiful ambiance. She added elegance and color to everything she touched, enjoyed Sunday football, and loved beagles. Judith was an avid contract and duplicate bridge player and played at local clubs in Princeton and West Windsor regularly. She was instrumental in teaching and encouraging some of her friends to play as well.

The educational inequities of Native American Indian youth have been Judith’s lifelong concern. To that end she created as her legacy “The Judith Ceccoli Endowed Navajo Graduate Scholarship Fund” to support Navajo students at the University of New Mexico enrolled in the School of Medicine and School of Law who have demonstrated a commitment to assist their community after graduation. You may support Judith’s vision by sending a contribution in her memory in care of The Judith Ceccoli Endowed Navajo Graduate Scholarship Fund to The University of New Mexico Foundation, 700 Lomas Blvd NE, Two Woodward Center, Albuquerque,  NM  87102 or through the secure website:

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton, website: A memorial remembrance will be held at a later date.


Denise Hodgins Call
October 27, 1942 – May 10, 2020

Denise Hodgins Call passed away peacefully on Mother’s Day, May 10th, at her home in Princeton, New Jersey. Denise lived her life to the fullest as a mother to four, grandmother to 13, loving wife, friend, and renowned artist.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Denise was the daughter of Catherine Costello Hodgins and James Hodgins. She graduated from West Catholic Girls’ High School and Cabrini College in Philadelphia. Denise continued her studies doing post graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. Her love of books and writing led her to become an English teacher at Marylawn of the Oranges Academy in South Orange, NJ.

Denise’s impeccable memory and voracious reading habits landed her a spot on the show Jeopardy! In 1994, Denise married Steve Call, whom she loved dearly. Steve and Denise traveled the world together and threw fabulous dinner parties, sharing their love of gourmet food and wine with their many friends.

After retiring from a career at Exxon in aviation fuel sales, Denise enrolled in duCret School of Art, where she began her next career as an artist. Denise painted all over the world, but created the majority of her masterpieces from her home in Bayse, VA, where she skied and played golf with her many grandchildren.

In her final years, Denise sailed the Queen Mary with her granddaughter Morgan and could often be found at the Museum of Natural History, the Met, or Alice’s Tea Cup in New York City with her granddaughter Reagan. She was an avid fan of her grandchildren’s athletics and could be spotted at many lacrosse games and rowing regattas. Denise was a member of the Nassau Club, Springdale Country Club, and a friend of the Institute for Advanced Studies.

Denise will be missed by many and is survived by her husband Steve, her children Caitlyn Parker (Steve), Mairin Kuligowski (Jeff), Edward Gilhooly III (Sheryl), and Bevin Walsh (Tim), and her 13 grandchildren.


Diana S. Deane

Diana passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, April 25th. She had lived in Pennington, NJ, for many years prior to her retirement from the Glenmede Trust Company. Diana was born on October 7, 1953 in New York City to Betty and Everett Deane, Sr. She grew up in Sunnyside Queens and spent many long weekends in Terryville, Long Island, at the family’s country home.

Diana attended Garden School growing up and went on to Mount Holyoke College. Upon graduation, Diana later received a Master’s in Business from Harvard University and her Law Degree from Duke University. Diana honed her considerable skills by first joining private law practices which included two very prestigious firms, Shanley & Fisher and Drinker, Biddle & Reath. She completed her career concentrating on wealth and estate planning at New Jersey National Bank and Glenmede. She retired from Glenmede in 2008.

Diana loved the Arts and gave generously of her time to support local charitable causes. She was an active fundraiser for her alma mater — Mount Holyoke College. At the time of her death, Diana was the president of the Mary G. Roebling Foundation and the Roebling Musical Scholar Fund. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a brother (Everett, Jr.), sister (Kathleen), and nieces Lisa Lynch (Ryan) and Kelsey Tardiff along with a grandniece (Chloe) and grandnephew (Benjamin). Diana’s beloved Golden Retriever, Wilson, has already been adopted.

Diana enjoyed a large circle of friends in the tri-state area who will miss her indomitable spirit. Due to the COVID-19 virus, funeral and memorial services are pending. Diana had requested to be interred near her parents at the Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island. Anyone wishing to make a donation in her memory should make it to Mount Holyoke College through their website and then to Giving to MHC.


Barry Edward Kaftanic

Barry Edward Kaftanic, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died suddenly on April 27, 2020 at Park Place Center in Monmouth Junction, NJ. He was 67 years old.

Barry grew up in Metuchen, NJ. He attended RCA Institute in Cherry Hill, NJ, and worked in the computer industry in New Jersey and then California. He moved back to Princeton when his worsening Multiple Sclerosis made it too difficult for him to live on his own.

Born November 25, 1952, Barry was the son of the late Harriet and Edward Kaftanic of Princeton, NJ. He is survived by his daughter, Amber DePasquale and her husband Ed, of Cherry Hill, NJ; his son, Justin Kaftanic and his fiancée Elizabeth Aitkin, of Cherry Hill, NJ; his sister, Linda Meuse and her husband John, of Princeton, NJ; three grandchildren, Olyvia, Edward, and Kathryn; and former wives, Toni Carter of Cherry Hill, NJ and Laurie Kaftanic of Monterey, CA.

Burial at the Princeton Cemetery was private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.

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May 13, 2020

William David McCloskey

William David McCloskey, 88, known as Dave to all that knew him, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 2, 2020 at RWJUH in Hamilton, NJ.

Dave was born on July 22, 1931. He was a lifelong Princeton resident and the youngest of seven children. Dave was a devoted member of St. Paul’s Parish. He attended St. Paul’s School and graduated from Princeton High School in 1950.

Dave and his three brothers all served in the Armed Forces with Dave proudly serving as a United States Marine. Dave worked for over 30 years as a supervisor in the Princeton University Housing Department. He spent countless falls and winters cheering for the Tigers at Princeton football and basketball games.

Dave met his beautiful wife Bridie when she immigrated from Ireland to the United States at a picnic in Trenton. They married in 1960 and had two children, Kevin and Missy. Dave loved his family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, sports, especially golf, and vacationing on Long Beach Island with his family. He enjoyed shopping and was known for his sweet tooth! Dave was a member of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and a proud member and past Chief of Engine Company #1 for over 50 years. Dave was also a member of American Legion Post 76 and each Memorial Day he placed thousands of flags beside Veterans’ graves in Princeton area cemeteries.

Dave was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Margaret (Murphy) McCloskey; sisters Veronica Luttmann, Cecelia Johnson, and Rita McCloskey; brothers Robert, Thomas, and Leo McCloskey; his loving son Michael (Kevin) and wife Mary (Bridie) McCloskey. Dave is survived by his daughter Maureen (Missy) and son-in-law Ken Bruvik of Skillman; grandchildren Kelly and Ryan; and sister-in-law Margaret McCloskey of Plainsboro, and several nieces and nephews.

Dave spent his last few years at Brookdale Hamilton Assisted Living and the family would like to offer their sincere thanks to all of the associates and caregivers for their love and care shown. It will be forever appreciated.

Dave was laid to rest May 5th at Princeton Cemetery in a private graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.

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


Ethelyn C. (Peg) Volz

Ethelyn C. (Peg) Volz of Toms River passed away on May 1, 2020 at Bey Lea Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 100.

Born in Jobstown, NJ, on April 1, 1920, Peg was the widow of Princeton University coach R. Jack Volz. She was mother of the late Thomas Volz and daughter-in-law Bonnie Volz.
The daughter of the late Gertrude and George Mantell, Peg was a 1937 graduate of Pemberton High School. She lived in Princeton for 30 years before moving to Pinellas Park, FL, and then back to New Jersey.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Catherine Volz of Toms River, NJ; a son and daughter-in-law Roger and June Volz of Penne, Italy; grandchildren Robert, Debbie, David, Sharon, Cristin, Richard, Brian, and Alyx; and great-grandchildren Nicholas, Meghan, Justine, Ella, Lauren, Hannah, Abigail, Robert, Richard, and Andrew.

She was the sister of the late Mable Prickett, Mildred Letts, Arlene Gaskil, Harold Mantell, Irving Mantell, Gerald Mantell, Sylvia Sloane, and Loris Haines.

Cremation and inurnment in Ewing Cemetery will be held privately.

Arrangements by the Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly.


Naomi Jury Chandler-Reik

Naomi Jury Chandler-Reik, a gifted pianist and piano teacher, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020. She had been a resident of Princeton since 1951. She was born on September 5, 1920.

Naomi was born in Canton, Ohio, the younger daughter of Dr. and Mrs. N. J. Jury. Her father was a general physician who made house calls. Her only sibling was her sister Ruth, who was 11 years older. Naomi’s musicality was first evidenced when she was about four years old. “When I heard the piano, I’d run from wherever I was and sit on the bench with Ruth as she practiced.”

She graduated from Canton McKinley High School, and attended the College of Wooster where she studied piano with Clarice Parmelee. “She was the best teacher I ever had. She was a whiz, and the most marvelous sight-reader ever.” It was at Wooster that she met her first husband, Charles H. Chandler. He was a violin student of Ms. Parmelee’s husband.

Naomi and First Lieutenant Chandler married during World War II. After the war, they moved to Princeton because Chandler, a physicist, was hired by RCA. Most Princeton residents thought RCA was a factory or a warehouse, while it was actually a top-notch research institution. They built one of the first commercial buildings on Route 1.

Originally the Chandlers lived in Stanworth Apartments, but they were asked to leave because Naomi’s constant piano practicing bothered the neighbors. Naomi and Charles designed and built a house on Westcott Road. The living room is the same dimension, in scale, as the Boston Concert Hall.

Naomi studied at Juilliard with James Friskin. Later, he hired her to teach piano and piano pedagogy at Chautauqua, the educational and cultural center in New York State.

Charles Chandler was a very fine violinist, and he and Naomi played together for Einstein once. It was at Tiffin Harper’s house and they played Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano. She said, “I’ll never forget it. In the middle, I looked up and there he was! Einstein looked exactly as expected.”

After her first year of teaching piano in Princeton, Naomi had no dearth of students. Some years she was teaching about 40 students, and she taught hundreds in the course of her career. Ten were accepted to Princeton University.

Albert Spaulding was America’s first concert violinist. Andre Benist, a French pianist, was to play Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano with him. He hired Naomi to coach and prepare him for the recital.

Naomi and Charles divorced and several years later, in 1971, she met and married Louis Reik. He was a psychiatrist who worked for Princeton University at McCosh Health Center, treating both students and faculty. Louis was a friend of Merrill Knapp, a professor of music at Princeton, who referred him to Naomi for piano lessons. Generally she didn’t teach adult beginners; she had gotten tired of saying, “No, you’re not stupid.” But Reik wasn’t really a beginner; he could play a Bach 2 Part Invention quite well, so she took him on. They were married until he died in 1989.

Naomi had four Steinway pianos in her house, and throughout her life, she enjoyed playing four hands with friends with whom she got along with pianistically. She played often with Merrill Knapp and Jean Couts. Naomi was gifted with a very long reach between her fingers.

She was a member of the Present Day Club for 50 years, where she gave an annual recital. Brahms was always a favorite. For 10 years, Naomi was a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum.

She is the author of Piano Games, an instructional book for piano beginners.

A memorial service will be held in the future when it is appropriate.


Patricia Tindall Tantum

Patricia Tindall Tantum, a lifelong Princeton-area resident, passed away on May 4, 2020, due to the effects of COVID-19. She leaves behind her husband of nearly 68 years, Stanley William Tantum; brother Barry Tindall of Falls Church, VA, brother Wayne Tindall of Edinburg, NJ, and sister Marilyn Bergen of San Diego, CA; her three children, Robin Carter of San Diego, Bruce Tantum of New York City, Debra Kuser and her husband J. Ward Kuser of Lawrence Township; and a granddaughter, Juliana Kuser of North Brunswick.

Born November 27, 1931, Patricia grew up in Edinburg and attended Dutch Neck Elementary School, Princeton High School, and Rider College. After graduation in 1952, she married Stanley, from nearby Windsor. After briefly residing in Princeton, she and Stanley moved to Dutch Neck, where they stayed until 1977. Following time spent in Hamilton and Lawrence Townships, she had had been living with Stanley at the Acorn Glen assisted-living facility in Princeton since 2016.

A devoted mother and wife, Patricia served as a full-time homemaker and mother until the early 70s. Later, she was employed by the Junction Pharmacy, Princeton Medical Group, and Princeton Theological Seminary. A longtime congregant at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church and member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Windsor Fire Department, she enjoyed socializing with her friends; spending summers along the seaside in Manasquan, NJ; traveling, with Florida among her favorite destinations; and dogs, especially dachshunds.

Patricia will be loved and remembered by her family and many friends. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at a later date. Please visit Patricia’s permanent memorial site at We encourage all to share memories, words of comfort, or leave a message of condolence for the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the A.S. Cole Son & Co. Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ.


Betsy Howe Smith

Betsy Howe Smith died peacefully of a chronic condition on April 29, 2020 at Stone Bridge continuing care facility in Skillman, New Jersey. She was 94 years old.

Betsy was raised in Pennington, New Jersey, the daughter of William Peyton and Evelyn Howe. She graduated from Miss Fine’s School and attended Wellesley College. During World War II, she was a typist in a factory producing the Douglass Dauntless, a naval scout plane.

In June of 1946, she married James Boyd Smith at Princeton University Chapel. They reared four children Brett, Derek, Lane, and Tenbroeck Smith. Starting in Princeton, they moved to Texas for a few years, before returning to Princeton where they became longtime residents. Betsy was highly engaged in the Princeton community serving on the Vestry of Trinity Church, as a volunteer for the Arts Council of Princeton, and engaging in many other activities. She was an avid gardener, Bridge player, and a lifelong lover of crossword puzzles.

Betsy expressed her love of family in many ways. She had little experience cooking when first married. Through time and perseverance, using the methods and recipes of chefs such as Julia Child and Craig Claiborne, she gave her family and fortunate dinner guests five-star meals. She always found a place at the table for unexpected guests, and often invited those away from their families for holidays. Conversation at the dinner table was lively and engaging, due in no small part to Betsy’s outstanding conversational skills. She organized family trips to the Cotswold’s, Western Ireland, and other places. A loving mother, she helped her children overcome the obstacles which life entails and provided them with opportunities to grow.

With her children reared, Betsy returned to college in the 1970s, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. She joined Phi Beta Kappa reflecting her lifelong love of learning. Continuing at Rutgers School of Social Work, she received a Master of Social Work. She then pursued post-graduate training at the Philadelphia Child and Family Training Center, ultimately becoming a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working at Catholic Charities to provide counseling for those in need. Respecting the confidentiality of her clients, she spoke little of her professional experiences but, years later, a former client attested to the value of the counseling she provided.

Most importantly, she will be remembered as a caring and devoted mother and mother-in-law. She is survived by her daughter Lane and her sons Brett and Tenbroeck, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life will take place later in the year.


Richard Williams

Richard Williams, of Princeton, passed away on April 28th at the age of 92 after a long illness. Richard was born in Chicago, IL in 1927, the youngest child of Nadia and Frank Browne Williams. He lived in Montpelier, Ohio, with his Aunt Fanny and Uncle William Shatzer and cousin, Bill. Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy.

After his discharge in 1946, he attended Miami University of Ohio, graduating with an A.B. degree in chemistry, and continued his studies at Harvard, receiving a PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1954. Richard then served a year in the US Army at the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD, before becoming a chemistry instructor at Harvard for the next three years. He joined RCA Laboratories in 1958 where he spent the rest of his career, eventually becoming a Fellow of the Laboratories.

His work with liquid crystals was pivotal in the development of liquid crystal display (LCD) technology. In 1962 he discovered that liquid crystals exhibited unusual electro-optic  characteristics that could be used to generate patterns by applying voltage. He referred to these patterns as “domains” — a phenomenon that is now known as “Williams Domains.” This finding opened the door to the potential of utilizing liquid crystals as elements for display devices.

Richard also enjoyed meeting and collaborating with colleagues around the world. His travels included stays in Zurich, Switzerland (where he was a visiting scientist at the RCA Zurich Laboratory in 1963), Sao Carlos, Brazil (Fulbright Lecturer, 1969), and teaching as a summer school lecturer at the National Polytechnical Institute in Mexico in 1972. Later in his career he made several trips to China where he lectured at the Chinese Institute of Electronics, as well as visiting the University of Inner Mongolia to attend a meeting about rare earths.

In addition to his teaching, he made a point of learning all he could about the culture and languages of the countries he visited. He taught himself Portuguese, and wrote the textbook in that language that was used for his course in Brazil.  He later studied Chinese to prepare for his visits to that country, and continued studying the language in later years.

After his retirement, Richard remained curious and engaged with the world around him from following national and international news, writing occasional articles for the American Physical Society newsletter, to observing the backyard wildlife at his home. He was also interested in the environment and volunteered with the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

Richard is survived by his wife, Alma, and their three children Elena, Cristina (husband Joseph Helms), and Matthew, as well as several nephews and nieces. He was a longtime member of All Saints’ Church of Princeton, NJ. A memorial will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored to have charitable contributions in his memory made to a local conservation organization of your choice, or to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (

May 6, 2020

J. Taylor Woodward III

J. Taylor Woodward III passed away in Boston on April 23, 2020 from peripheral T-cell lymphoma. His wife, Barbara Hauter, was able to be with him when he died.

Taylor was born on September 10, 1940 in New York City to John Taylor Woodward Jr. and Helen Ashbrook Woodward. Raised in Rye, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey, Taylor graduated from Princeton Country Day School in 1954, Phillips Exeter Academy in 1958, Princeton University in 1962, and Harvard Law School in 1965.

While at Harvard, he married the late Pamela Warner with whom he had three children: John Taylor Woodward IV (Virginia Moodie-Woodward) of Bethesda, MD; Seth Warner Woodward (Jennifer Terra) of Hailey, ID; and Anne Dulles Woodward (Britt Miller) of North Port, FL. He and Pam raised their children in his hometown of Princeton, New Jersey. The marriage ended in divorce in 1982.

Taylor worked on Wall Street as an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft in New York City until 1968, when he joined the legal department at the multi-national health care company Johnson & Johnson. There he worked on both domestic and international assignments, becoming International Counsel and eventually Corporate Secretary for the firm. Shortly before his death, upon hearing that Johnson & Johnson was working on a COVID-19 vaccine, he remarked how proud he was to have worked for that company.

Taylor married Barbara Hauter at a poolside ceremony at their Hopewell, New Jersey, home in 1993. The next year, they moved to Santa Barbara, CA — a city Taylor had fallen in love with on a trip with his son a few years prior. While in retirement there, Taylor served on the boards of S.E.E. International, The Channel Islands YMCA, the Montecito Shores Homeowners Association, and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Taylor and Barbara also enjoyed cycling and hiking trips across Europe. Taylor wryly noted that these trips seemed to involve fewer miles and nicer accommodations as the years passed. Recently, they took eight of their grandchildren on trips to Italy.

At Princeton, Taylor played on the Ivy League championship varsity lacrosse team. He took up distance running in his forties, qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon three times. In retirement, he developed a love for golf, which he enjoyed at La Cumbre Country Club (where he served as president of the Board) and The Valley Club of Montecito. He also served for 25 years as an official for the Southern California Golf Association, which in 2016 gave him the Jim House Award, its highest volunteer honor.

In addition to his children and his wife, Taylor is survived by his sister Helen Ewing of Baltimore, MD, his brother Donald Woodward of Gainesville, FL, his step-daughter Melora Myslik Balson (Andrew) of West Newton, MA, his step-daughter-in-law, Susan Bogue Myslik, of Boston, MA, and ten grandchildren: Lilly and Natalie Woodward; Beverly Woodward; Maggie Bogue Myslik; and Alan, Philip, Isabelle, John, Robert, and Martha Balson. He was preceded in death by his step-son, Robert Hauter Myslik.

For those who have asked, Taylor loved his work with the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and would be honored to have any memorial donations be directed to that organization.


Hope E. Schreiber

Hope E. Schreiber passed away on April 27, 2020, at Stonebridge at Montgomery, Skillman, N.J. She was an energetic 95.

Hope was born in Toronto on October 6, 1924, to Joseph and Hetty Dorman. Her family later moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where her sisters Heather and Valerie were born. Hope attended Bay Ridge High School and graduated in 1941. She then worked for Chase National Bank.

In June 1944, Hope married Charles Schreiber and they moved to Corning, N.Y., where they raised three children — Donald, Nancy, and Stephen — and lived happily for over 40 years.

Hope was involved in a number of volunteer and civic organizations in Corning including the Girl Scouts, the Red Cross, Christ Church, the Salvation Army, the Corning Hospital, and Corning Futures. She also worked for a number of years for Corning Community College and then for her own business, Affiliated Services.

In 1986, Hope and Charlie moved to Princeton, N.J., after Charlie retired from Corning, Inc. In 2002, Charlie passed away. In 2007, Hope moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery where she was an active participant in daily activities for the remainder of her life.

Throughout her life Hope was known for her energy and determination. She loved to walk, talk, and socialize. Given the chance, Hope would dance the night away as she did a year ago at her grandson’s wedding. She was very fond of Thai\Lao and Indian food and liked using FaceTime on her iPad. Most of all, Hope enjoyed being with her family.

Hope is survived by her two sisters and their families, her three children, Donald’s wife, Mary, his two daughters, Stephanie and Suzanne, their son, Nick, and their spouses and children, David, Sean, Kayla, and Brandon O’Sullivan, Jason Schreiber and Meaghen Bouck, Nancy’s husband Greg Hand and their children, Emily, Matthew, and Peter, and their spouses and children, Chris Cashwell, Megan, Beau, Heidi, and Drew Hand, and Alison and Merritt Hand. Hope thought of the Sihavong brothers, Nara, Naret, Narin and Narit, as grandchildren, and their spouses and children, Jennifer, Sheryl, Lily, Noy, Sierra, Dawson, Taylor, Preston, Brandon, Jake, Dani, Sandara, Emma, and Tyler Sihavong as part of her family.

Hope will be deeply missed and forever loved. She will be buried next to Charlie in a private ceremony at the Princeton Cemetery.

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Jay Caras

February 28, 1954-April 7, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Jacob (Jay) David Caras. Born in Long Beach, New York, raised in Princeton, NJ, Jay attended Carnegie Mellon University. Jay made his way west and settled in Seattle to work in the tech industry in 1989.

Referred to as a pioneer of USB Audio, Jay was considered an influencer throughout the field of audio technology. Jay traveled the world and had endless stories from India, Italy, China, Japan, Singapore, and more.

While Jay loved to think about, discuss, and create new audio technology, his interests and talents could not be limited by that one area. Jay loved to cook and prepare meals friends and family requested and discussed for years.

He was an avid cyclist and while he experienced some health setbacks, looked forward to the day when he could bike with his family on the many trails he loved throughout Seattle.

When Jay took an interest in something, he devoted himself to learning everything he could about it. One year it was sunflowers, creating a forest on the deck along with an irrigation system to make sure they all received enough water.

While many would agree that Jay was likely the smartest person they ever met, those who knew him recall how gentle he was. After seeing a show about the energy hummingbirds expend while flapping their wings while eating, Jay bought hummingbird feeders that would allow them to rest while eating. He was quietly caring about friends and neighbors, wanting to help wherever he could.

Jay was inventive, creative, thoughtful, kind, loving, and generous. He was devoted to his family and had a dry sense of humor with impeccable timing. He was the epitome of “still waters run deep,” never wanting to be the center of attention, but with a well-timed observation or joke, required a second look and thought.

Jay leaves behind his loving wife, Randi Abrams-Caras; his son, Avi Caras; and was predeceased by his daughter, Pelli.

Jay is the son of Princeton resident Phyllis Caras and the late Bernard Caras of Princeton and the brother of Jana Gelernt and the late Edward Caras.

Jay is buried in the Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath cemetery in Seattle.


Helen M. Sletta

Helen M. Sletta, 92 of Princeton, died Saturday May 2, 2020. Born in Hallock, Minnesota, she grew up in Grand Forks, ND. She attended Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and then went on to graduate from Deaconess Hospital as a Registered Nurse. Helen started as a Labor and Delivery room nurse and finished her career at the Norwegian Christian Home in Brooklyn, NY.

In 1951, she married Robert Sletta and soon began her life as a pastor’s wife, a role which she embraced. Her gracious hospitality and caring spirit were experienced by many along with her boundless energy! Helen was a member of Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church and served as Sunday School teacher, Ladies Aid President, and Cradle Roll Administrator and sang soprano with the church choir. She especially enjoyed reading with the children, singing duets with her husband, cooking for various committees, and she could always be found cleaning in the kitchen.

She is pre-deceased by her parents, Tom and Effie (Cameron) Minchinton, husband Rev. Robert Sletta, and son John Cameron Sletta, siblings James, Florence, and Thomas Minchinton and Mary Ericksen. Helen is survived by her loving family, brother Donald Minchinton, son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Lori (Olsen) Sletta, daughter Elizabeth Sletta, grandchildren John and Hannah (Kurtz) Sletta, Jesse Sletta and David and Stephanie (Bruckhart) Sletta, and four great-grandchildren, Jonah, Finn, Jack, and Anna.

Funeral Services will be private under the direction of the M. J. Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in her memory to Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church, Restoring to Serve Building fund.


Barbara Reed Delafield

Barbara R. Delafield of Hopewell Township, passed away on May 1, due to complications of the COVID-19 virus, at Artis Senior Living of Princeton Junction. She was 83 years old.

Barby was born in New York City on May 31, 1936, the daughter of Elizabeth Bayly deSaussure and William Barton Reed, and the stepdaughter of Edmund Brooke. A graduate of Holton Arms School of Bethesda, MD, she attended Wheaton College, Norton, MA, in 1958. She was married to, and divorced from, Maturin Livingston Delafield; a marriage that produced a son “Livy” who suffered from Osteogenesis Imperfecta and predeceased his mother in 1999.

Barby was a former president of the Stony Brook Garden Club of Princeton, and a Garden Club of America judge for which she was invited to judge competitions in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Dallas. She also loved being invited by museums to interpret works of art into creative arrangements. The Princeton University Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Art Museum of Dallas, and especially, the University Museum of Archeology and Anthropology were favorite challenges. Together with her friend Angie Austin, Barby served on the Competitive Classes Committee at the Philadelphia Flower Show and was responsible for helping exhibitors present their entries for judging, and insuring that the entries remained in good condition each day of the show.

In 1982, Barby helped start the Princeton Flower Shop. She enjoyed creating wedding flowers and started her own business, “Occasions,” in 2000. A member of the Historical Society of Princeton, she served on its board for several years, helped organize the Fall House Tours, and helped with the Society’s bookkeeping. Barby was also a “stream watcher” for the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed for over 20 years. In 2014, Barby participated in the Hopewell Valley Arts Council display of 50-plus decorated oxen commemorating the settlement of Hopewell Township. Her “Ox Tops” creation earned a “Most Creative” award.

Barby owned and trained AKC award-winning English Cocker Spaniels, “Maggie” and “Minute.” Maggie earned honors in Obedience and Utility Dog Excellence, and was also a Therapy Dog for 10 years, visiting nursing homes and comforting families of the 9-11 tragedy. Minute earned a title in Utility Dog Excellence, but was more renowned for trying to catch fish in the Adirondack ponds.

There will be no services due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Burial will be at Princeton Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to: the D&R Greenway Land Trust and/or the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. While we await the time when we can safely come together to celebrate her life please take this time to embrace her memories. Till we meet again…

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Thomas Patrick Roche, Jr.

Professor Thomas Patrick Roche, Jr., 89, passed peacefully after a long illness on May  3, 2020 in Beachwood, Ohio.

Born April 19, 1931 in New Haven, Connecticut, to the late Thomas Patrick Roche, Sr. and Katherine Walsh Roche, Thomas is survived by his loving husband, Robert H. “Bo” Smith; his youngest sister Katherine Roche Bozelko and her husband, Ronald F. Bozelko; three nieces, Chandra Bozelko of Orange, Connecticut, Alana (Paul) Choquette of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Jana (Christopher) Simmons of Plymouth, Minnesota; and two grandnieces, Alair Choquette and Mair Simmons and a grandnephew, Paul Choquette IV. He was predeceased by his younger sister, Nancy K. Roche of Bethesda, Maryland.

After graduating as valedictorian from Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, Connecticut, Tom received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1953. He went on to earn a master’s degree and a PhD in English from Princeton University in 1958 and was appointed to be a professor in 1960. Until 2003, he was the Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton.

Tom was a favorite professor to students for decades, enthralling them with his wit and enthusiasm for English literature. After teaching for 43 years at his beloved Princeton, Tom and Bo spent three years as Visiting Professors at Arizona State University, three years at the University of Notre Dame, and then became the Gerard Manley Hopkins Professors of English at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio until Tom’s death. At each university, a “Tom and Bo class” quickly became one of the most popular on campus. They won a Teacher of Year Award at John Carroll University as recently as 2019.

He was a foremost expert in epic poetry, particularly Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, verse presented to Queen Elizabeth I. Along with numerous academic journal articles, Tom published several books, including the seminal treatment of the poem entitled The Kindly Flame: A Study of the Third and Fourth Books of Spenser’s Faerie Queene in 1964 and the Editorial Apparatus to it in 1984, Petrarch and the English Sonnet Sequences in 1989, and Petrarch in English in 2006. He was also the founder and co-editor for many years of Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual.  He was working on a book about the role of the Muses in art history at the time of his death.

In addition to teaching many brilliant students, Tom studied with and under some illustrious writers and academics. He was C. S. Lewis’s first American student at Cambridge University in England, where his fellow students and best friends were Harold Bloom, the future American literary critic, and Ted Hughes, the future Poet Laureate of England and husband of Sylvia Plath. Tom, Harold, and Ted were known as “The Three Musketeers.”

A memorial service will be planned when it is appropriate for people to gather. Memorial contributions can be made to the Department of English, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544; the Department of English at John Carroll University, University Heights, OH 44118; or any local animal shelter. Professor Roche’s family expresses its gratitude to the entire staff at Menorah Park Nursing Care Residence, and the faculty, staff, and students of Princeton University, Arizona State University, the University of Notre Dame, and John Carroll University.

For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide unto an other brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.

— Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene


Larry Richard Grisham

Larry Richard Grisham passed away peacefully at home May 4, 2020 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Larry was born February 2, 1949 in the small town of Henderson, Texas. He was the only child of Eva Fay (Powell) Grisham and James Marian Grisham. James was a pharmacist, at first working in a large drugstore where Larry loved to visit the lunch counter and had his first “job” straightening the magazines, and later owned a small pharmacy after the family moved to Lufkin, Texas. Larry often recalled this time fondly as time spent with his grandparents, who lived on a farm and where he was charged with feeding the chickens. Larry would ride their horse, Old Buckshot (who had earned his name), and who also gave Larry a lifelong respect, although not affection, for horses.

Larry was a gifted student and graduated at the top of his high school class. While in high school he was named a Westinghouse Science Fellow and, as part of the program, spent the summer before college working at the Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC. Larry then chose to attend the University of Texas, Austin, where he studied physics and worked part-time at the geology building. He often spent his free time hiking, caving, and going on adventures in Texas and Mexico. During his first two weeks of classes at UT, Larry met Jacqueline Criswell — they were on a double blind date (with other people) — but Jacqueline was charmed by Larry’s wit, stories, and intelligence and became his life partner and wife of over 40 years.

In 1971, Larry was named a Rhodes Scholar and he and Jacqueline moved to Oxford, England, so he could pursue his PhD in physics. They loved their time in Oxford and used Larry’s academic breaks to travel to the English Lake District, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, and Greece. Larry and Jacqueline particularly loved the Lake District, and wed there in a small ceremony in 1972.

After graduating from Oxford with high honors, Larry was offered and accepted a position at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University. During his time, he worked on numerous international collaborations, including with India, Japan, France, and the UK. During these busy years, he and Jacqueline became the proud parents of Austin Grisham, Dr. Rachel Grisham, and Hilary Grisham Goodwill. They have also been happy in recent years to welcome Jonathon Goodwill and Michael Gapen as sons-in-law, and have been especially delighted to become grandparents to Grace, Mimi, Molly, and Danny Gapen.

Upon his retirement from Princeton University, Larry was offered, and happily accepted, a position with the company Twinleaf, founded by, as he commonly said, “his two best graduate students.” He greatly enjoyed his time with the company until his health began to fail.

As anyone who ever met Larry would attest to, he had an amazing memory and wealth of knowledge. He could easily speak on any number of subjects — and often for a very long time! Larry was always very generous, both with his time, in providing knowledge and advice, and financially, by supporting multiple charitable organizations. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Interment will be private. Arrangements by Blackwell Memorial Home. For condolences, go to


Muriel Vogel Moss

Muriel Vogel Moss, 87, of Princeton, New Jersey, died on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. Dr. Moss was a model for future generations of women, having been an executive and founder of a successful company during a period when there were few women at her level of management. A New Yorker by birth and a longtime resident of New York, she had lived in Princeton for the last two decades.

Shortly after their marriage in 1989, Dr. Moss, with her husband, Dr. Leonard Moss, a psychiatrist, founded the Human Effectiveness Group, Inc., an international human resources consulting firm. She worked with Fortune 500 companies worldwide in the areas of assessment, executive development, and career transition counseling. She pioneered working with women executives, helping them with executive coaching, conflict resolution, and other issues pertinent to women at a time when there were few guidelines and little support for their careers. Her devotion to helping women was evident throughout her life. During the years of an earlier marriage which ended in divorce, she lived in White Plains, NY, and worked for the city’s board of education for ten years heading a program for unwed mothers. She was also a frequent speaker on issues of women in the workplace and career management for women.

Dr. Moss broke ground as a female corporate executive in her own right. Before 1989 she was an executive vice president of Fuchs, Cuthrell & Co, Inc., a human resources consulting firm headquartered in New York with offices in Hackensack, NJ, where she was also Director of Mid-Atlantic Operations. Earlier, she was Vice President for Human Resources for Lytel Incorporated, a start-up high tech electronics company where her responsibility was to hire 200 staff members to implement expansion of the business including engineers, administrators, and supervisors within the space of little over two years.

In addition to her corporate career, Dr. Moss was an expert in teacher education. She held various positions in the New Jersey State Department of Education from 1978-1982 where she was the principal advisor to the Commissioner of Education on matters of higher education. She also held the title of Director of Teacher Education Evaluation. Her major accomplishment in that role was to modernize the standards and processes for evaluating all undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs in the state. During that period, she served as a member of the New Jersey Commission on Employment and Training appointed by Governors Kean and Florio. She also became well known on a national level as a program development specialist for the National Teacher Corps for which she did training and development, and traveled the country to evaluate national, state, and local programs funded by government and private sources.

Dr. Moss was born in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx on September 7, 1932, the daughter of the late Morris Laufer and the late Ida Raich. Her father was the president of Laufer & Rothbaum, a wholesale furniture and hardware company in Manhattan. She received her BA from New York University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; her MA in Early Childhood Education, also from New York University; and her PhD in Urban Education/Policy Analysis from Fordham University. As an undergraduate, she majored in English and Spanish. After graduation from college, her proficiency in Spanish led her to live in Cuba for a period of time. There, she earned her living as a journalist. She remained fluent, and later in her life, often found her Spanish useful, as the United States became more Spanish speaking.

Dr. Moss was also devoted to the community and the visual arts — particularly to prints. She and her husband were well known for their collection of modern and contemporary prints. In addition they actively supported artists who made prints. Dr. Moss and her husband were the founding co-chairs of the Advisory Council for the Rutgers University Center for Innovative Print and Paper, now the Brodsky Center and located at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She also served as an officer for the Print Club of New York for many years where she organized events that featured emerging print artists, often launching their careers and public recognition.

She is survived by three children, David Vogel, a lawyer in Seattle, WA; Robert Vogel, a lawyer in Washington, DC; and Dr. Laura Vogel, a psychiatrist in Amherst, MA; as well as five grandchildren, Steven Farber, San Francisco, CA; Jason Farber, Baltimore, MD; Rebecca Vogel, Washington, DC; and Claire Vogel and Jack Vogel, San Luis Obispo, CA.

A virtual funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 28 with a later in-person celebration of her life planned for after the COVID-19 crisis allows gatherings to take place.


Sue Bishop

Susan Irene Hauser, later Bishop, was 93 years old when she died peacefully in Princeton on Sunday morning, April 26, 2020.

Sue was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 25, 1926, to Irene Marie Melgaard Hauser and Walter Urban Hauser. Almost four years later, Irene and Walter had a second daughter, Jane Elizabeth, later known as Jane Pejsa. Sue’s parents and her sister preceded her in death.

After West High School Susan left Minneapolis for Mount Holyoke College where she graduated in 1948 with a B.A in Philosophy and a minor in Art. Susan married Ty Bishop and they moved to New York City. Sue worked while her husband attended medical school. Susan and Ty later divorced.

A talented artist, Sue worked as a book designer at a series of premier publishers through her career, starting in New York in the commercial domain and quickly moving to her long tenure in the academic world. Sue was also very eager to experience and understand other cultures, art, and food, and she traveled widely throughout her working and retirement years.

In the 1960s Sue worked for Columbia University Press, during which time she lived in Columbia University faculty housing by the campus in Manhattan, close to Harlem. She was a dedicated adopted New Yorker and, when her out-of-town family fretted about the dangers of the Big Apple, Susan ignored them and lived a rich cultural life with her friends for many years. Finally, when a friend was mugged in the elevator of Sue’s building, she changed her plans and moved to Baltimore, Maryland, to join Johns Hopkins Press in the late 1970s. In Baltimore her home life was grounded in her big studio, with beautiful old wood floors, walls of windows, and room for drawing board, her art and photography.

In the early 1990s Sue made the move to Princeton, New Jersey, to join Princeton University Press. There she bought a tiny, charming stone cottage, a gem hidden in a quiet neighborhood of lovely houses and neighbors close to campus. Sue quickly filled her nest with cooking, reading, and art from her travels, every inch of space carefully thought out, and from there built her community of friends and activities that she treasured for the decades she spent there.

Sue did not have children, but she played important roles in the lives of her sister Jane’s children, Ilse and Franz, who was also her godson. In Princeton her beloved niece-in-law Conchita came often to visit and assist her, and the two traveled together on some memorable adventures, including to NYC and to Paris. Susan enjoyed many trips to Virginia to Franz and Conchita, and occasional forays to Colorado to visit Ilse.

A fiercely independent woman, Sue was always determined to meet life’s challenges on her own terms. Due to her self-determination and generous support from her community, Sue was able to complete life in her own home until almost to the end of her time in the world.

Susan is survived by her loving godson-nephew Franz Gayl, by Franz’s wife and Sue’s good friend, Conchita Gayl, by her niece Ilse Gayl and her husband James Logan, and by her extended family of Melgaard and Hauser cousins of multiple generations.

Her family is exceptionally grateful to the people who supported Sue so thoroughly, especially during her later years in Princeton. Sue’s wishes were to be cremated and her ashes interred next to the graves of her parents and her sister at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Special thanks are extended to Kimble Funeral Home staff for their kind and compassionate support throughout. Memorial services will be announced later.

April 29, 2020

Norman Peter Herzberg

Everyone who knew Norman Herzberg, mathematician, was shocked and saddened by his sudden death after a short illness. He died March 29 at his home in Princeton with his wife of 52 years, Barbara, by his side. He was 82 years old.

Born in 1937 deep in the heart of Brooklyn to the late Hans and Herta Herzberg, he leaves a brother, Edward, of Hazlitt, N.J., a sister, Susan Leon, of  Baldwin, Long  Island, as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.

After graduating early from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1954, Norman attended Columbia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1958. He then headed to M.I.T., where he earned his doctorate in mathematics in 1965. He joined the Institute of Defense Analyses in Princeton in 1967 and worked there, contributing numerous classified papers, until his retirement in 2000.

Norman was a devoted and companionable husband to Barbara, whom he met on a blind date in 1964 when she was in the original company of the Loeb theater (now A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Mass. He used to leave his motorcycle helmet on her dressing table to let her know he was up in the light booth watching the show. They were married in the M.I.T. chapel in 1967 and subsequently  moved to Princeton in 1968 after a summer of math conference in Monterey, Calif.

They traveled extensively together often to Greece and its islands, but also to Malta, Madeira, Morocco, Mexico, China, Egypt, India, the British Isles, France, Italy, or as his wife used to say, “anywhere that stuff was older” than she. Norman was an avid and skilled photographer and documented their travels in vivid detail. He loved mathematics, computer technology, travel, good conversation. Until he lost his hearing in 1965, he greatly enjoyed classical music and fondly recalled waiting in the freezing rain for standing room at the Metropolitan Opera, Symphony Hall, or a theater. As one can perhaps tell from his photo, he also enjoyed conviviality and good food. His wife says, “He was the best charcoal cook in the business.”

He valiantly battled his hearing loss to remain connected and involved in the community. He belonged to Community Without Walls House 2, where he was on the Steering Committee, keeping the membership list up to date. He was also a remarkably good reader participating in the CWW 2 Play Reading group.

He will be very much missed for his wit, his hearty laugh, and his more than incisive and perceptive insights into everything.

Donations may be made in Normans’ name to Feeding America, Doctors Without Borders, or any other charity that works towards abating human suffering. There will be some kind of memorial when the current social distancing is no longer in effect.


Anthony Tabell

Anthony (Tony) Tabell, 88, of Exeter, NH, and formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020.

He was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, to Edmund W. and Margaret (Suydam) Tabell. He grew up in Riverside, CT, and graduated from St Luke’s School and Colgate University, Class of 1952. After serving in the Army, he joined his father at Walston and Company where he consulted with a variety of institutions and pursued technical market research, inspired largely by his father Edmund.

In 1965, he became senior vice-president, a member of the board of directors, and the director of technical research at Walston and Company.  Tony was one of the earliest practitioners of technical market analysis, having learned the value of  point and figure charts from his father Edmund, and subsequently  shifting to computer models as early as the late 50s and early 60s. In an interview with Professor Andrew Lo of MIT, Mr. Tabell commented that “I liked computers. I liked sitting down and writing computer programs in assembly language… it was a natural marriage with what I was doing with technical analysis, because technical analysis is analysis of data… I’m probably one of the first people who tried to evaluate stock price returns on a computer, necessarily a mainframe.” Tony also authored the Tabell Market Letter, a weekly publication he took over from his father, after his death, in 1965. The letter, a Wall Street institution since 1944, boasted a circulation of over 100,000. In addition, he was a founding member of the Market Technicians Association (now the CMT) and served as its president from 1975-76. He was a member of its board of directors until his retirement in 1993.

In 1970, Mr. Tabell left Walston and Company in NYC to form, with Matt Delafield and Ashton Harvey, the Princeton, NJ, brokerage firm of  Delafield Harvey Tabell which initially operated as a division of Janney Montgomery Scott. The firm’s steady success caught the attention, in 1991, of the US Trust Company, and soon after, DHT merged with USTrust.

Tony was also an enthusiastic traveler and adventurer, a trait he passed down to his children and grandchildren. He and his wife, Ellen (Molwitz) Tabell, visited all seven continents, and especially enjoyed travels to Antarctica and eastern Africa, to which they journeyed three times on different family safaris. An avid skier and mountain climber, he skied throughout Europe and the western states, but was happiest in New England where he spent many hours on the slopes of Killington and Okemo with his daughters and grandchildren.

Tony, who grew up rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was also a long-suffering fan of the New York Mets and counted their 1969 World Series victory as one of the happiest days of his life. In 1985, his tongue-in-cheek theory about the correlation of the team’s success and the stock market’s dips was picked up by the AP and appeared in newspapers across the country.

In addition to Ellen, his high school sweetheart and wife of 66 years, Tony is survived by his three daughters, Meg (John) Kasprak of Brunswick, ME, Roberta (Bob) Jordan of West Bath, ME, and Sarah (Steve) Nocka of Wellesley, MA. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Alex Kasprak, Nick Kasprak and his wife Emily, Chris Kasprak and his husband Danny, Molly Jordan and her husband, Andrew, Sarah Jordan, and Andrew, Kristen, and Thomas Nocka.


Carolyn L. Patko

Carolyn L. Patko, 86, of Franklin Township passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Center for Hope, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Born 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, her family moved to Griggstown, NJ, in the early 1940’s. She resided most of her life in Franklin Township, Somerset County where she was a member of Six Mile Run Reformed Church in Franklin Park.

After raising her three children, Carolyn worked as a secretary for many years at the Westminster Choir College and the Princeton Theological Seminary, both in Princeton, NJ. She was co-owner of the Yellow Rose Country/Western Bar, Manville, NJ, from 1987 thru 1997.

As a graduate of Princeton High School, she was a dedicated member of the Class of 1951 Reunion Committee. She was past president of the Little Rocky Hill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Carolyn was very talented and creative. In her retirement she enjoyed making things for her grandchildren. Besides stitching many projects and knitting many afghans, gloves, and hats, she was an avid painter, crafter, and cake decorator and a published poet. She even taught herself how to play the guitar.

Carolyn’s legacy and spirit live on through her loving family. She leaves behind her two sons and two daughters-in-law James J. and Kimberly Patko of Kendall Park, NJ, Joseph R. and Bridget Patko of Superior, MT, and four grandchildren, Amber Patko, April Patko, Aidan Patko, and Molly Patko. Daughter of the late Eugene and Florence Tornquist, wife of the late Joseph S. Patko, mother of the late Carol L. Patko, sister of the late Robert Tornquist, Jean Rutter-Levesque.

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

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date.


Joseph P. Moore

Joseph P. Moore, 78, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at home, surrounded by family. A full obituary and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.





Betty Sander Thompson

Betty Sander Thompson, 90 formerly of Plainsboro, NJ, and most recently a resident at Stonebridge of Montgomery, Skillman, NJ, passed peacefully in her home on April 21, 2020.

Born June 26, 1929 in Glenville, WV, Betty spent the later part of her childhood in Gulfport, MS. She is predeceased by her husband Robert L. Thompson, Sr. and her parents John and Alice Sander.

Upon graduation from high school in Gulfport, MS, in 1947, Betty embarked on her future career by taking the “Hummingbird” train by herself to enter the University of Cincinnati’s School of Nursing. She graduated in June 1951 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing. She played the flute in the orchestra at the University of Cincinnati and there she met fellow flute player, Robert Thompson, who became the love of her life! They went on to marry and spent 64 wonderful years together.

Betty, an avid tennis player, was involved in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) as an umpire and referee. In fact she was recruited back in 1979 to attend the first official USTA umpire’s certification clinic. In 1988 Betty received the Edwin Mellor Award for outstanding service as an umpire for the Middle States, USTA. Over the years she worked at a number of professional, collegiate, and junior tournaments as a line umpire, chair umpire, referee, and tournament director. In 2010 Betty retired and was recognized for her 32 years of service.

Betty was an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, most recently Chapter AE of Princeton, NJ., she was recognized as a 50 year member in 2016. PEO was always near and dear to Betty’s heart, she cherished the many relationships she developed and always valued the impact the educational projects had on those women benefiting from them. Betty was also a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Betty is survived by her five children, Robert Thompson, Jr. and his wife Mary Beth, Sandra Pollock, Susan Kurtain and her husband Bill, Steven Thompson, Laurie Randow, her adopted daughter Kathy Cook and her husband Tom, her brother James Sander and her sister Nancy Royalty. She is survived by 16 loving grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Betty was a remarkable woman whose strength instilled confidence in those who knew and loved her. She was an attentive and loving wife and mother. She will be missed dearly by her family.

Due to the coronavirus the family will celebrate Betty’s life later in the summer when they can all travel and be together safely.


Al Angrisani

Government and Corporate Leader, Author, Philanthropist and Beloved Father and Grandfather

Albert (Al) Angrisani, 70, peacefully passed away on Thursday, April 23, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro, NJ. Born in Newark NJ, he lived much of his life in Princeton.

Throughout his life, Al held both government and corporate positions. He served as the Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Ronald Reagan from 1980 to 1984. He was the architect of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, which was one of the nation’s first public/private partnerships and played a major role in the economic recovery plan that created 16 million new jobs.

As a corporate leader, he led numerous successful public companies in his decades-long career including Harris Interactive, Inc., Greenfield Online/Ciao, and Total Research among others. Al was most proud of securing both their shareholder value and jobs for thousands of employees.

As an author, Al penned two books that became immediately popular in the business world. The first, Win One for the Shareholders, is a widely used primer for businesses struggling to survive in the competitive corporate world. His second book, From Last to First, drew on his own personal experiences to coach both individuals and businesses in building wealth and success. Al was also a regular commentator on national business news programs including CNBC, Fox Business, Newsmax, and Bloomberg TV.

Finally — and most importantly — he was a beloved father and grandfather, known as “Papa” to his seven grandchildren, Aiden, Reed, and Mabel Fratangelo, Landon and Noelle Nielsen, Cortland and Reese Gautieri. He is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Catherine and (Jason) Nielsen, Sarah and (Glenn) Fratangelo, and Elizabeth and (Eric) Gautieri, two brothers and two sisters, Frank, Russell and Marion Angrisani and Frances Lein.

A private graveside service will be held, with a memorial service to be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to: The Ronald Reagan Foundation ( or a charity of your choice.


Scott McVay Petrone

Scott McVay Petrone died after a year-long illness on April 21, 2020, at his home in New York City. He was 47. Known for his many deep friendships, care, and support of others, and his athleticism and love of sports, Scott will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Scott was born in Princeton, NJ, on January 15, 1973 and attended the Princeton Public Schools, graduating from Princeton High School in 1991. Remarkably, Scott earned 12 varsity letters at Princeton High School, lettering in soccer, swimming, and baseball from freshman through senior year. He captained his soccer, swimming, and baseball teams and earned All-State honors in soccer.

Scott attended Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, and graduated with a B.A. degree in economics. At Claremont, Scott was captain of the baseball team, earned four varsity letters, and was awarded the Arce Award for athletics.

After graduation, Scott embarked on a successful Wall Street career which began as a clerk on the New York Stock Exchange where he was the youngest head clerk in his firm’s history. He then held senior positions at Prudential Securities and Lazard Capital Markets as a convertible bond trader with responsibility for institutional sales, market making, capital commitment, and compliance.

Golf was a central part of Scott’s adult life and his friends and family have many cherished memories of the hours (sometimes full days) spent with Scott on the golf course and at Springdale Golf Club in particular where Scott was the Club Champion in 2012. Scott often walked away with the annual Petrone Open trophy and spent many hours organizing this much-loved family event.

Scott was also known to his friends and family for his encyclopedic knowledge of NYC and every restaurant that was worth visiting. You could call Scott with a destination and he would recommend a handful of excellent restaurants close by and sometimes pull strings to make a reservation for you. Scott loved good food and wanted to make sure that everyone was taken care of and having the best experience possible.

Throughout his life Scott was attached to his family and many friends, and doted on his nieces and nephews who were very dear to him and who loved him greatly in return. His friends treasured his spirit and sense of adventure, and the ease and enjoyment of being in his company. He will be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity, friendship, and respect and care for others.

Scott is survived by his parents, Ellen and Tom Petrone, his brothers, Michael, Andy and Bryan, his sisters-in-law, Emilie and Deborah, and his nieces and nephews, Claire, Benjamin, Drew, Calvin and Abby, in addition to many wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial services are being held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to 101: Need-Based Scholarships for Princeton High School Graduates (; or, where Scott delivered meals to the homebound in New York City.


Mildred Mario

Mildred Martha Daume Mario, formerly of Princeton and known to everyone as Millie, died April 17th in Key West after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 80.

Born in Brooklyn to German immigrant parents who fled the collapsing Weimar Republic in 1930, she was educated in New York City public schools, and was awarded a scholarship to Hunter College. Her mother, who did not believe girls should go to college, insisted her youngest daughter join the workforce, so she embarked on a brief career as an executive secretary at CBS and Bristol Myers in Manhattan, jobs for which she freely admitted in later years she was not well suited.
In 1961 she married Ernest Mario of Clifton, NJ, whose best friend, Bob Stier, had married Millie’s elder sister Edith a few years before. The couple relocated to Rhode Island, where Ernie earned his PhD and their sons Christopher and Gregory were born. In 1966 they moved to Rochester, NY, where Ernie began his career in the pharmaceutical industry. Their third son, Jeremy, was born in Rochester.

In 1972 the family returned to New Jersey, first to Cherry Hill, then to Bridgewater, and finally to Princeton. In Princeton, Millie embarked on what would become a life-long devotion to historic preservation with the restoration of the Belford House, a landmark 1934 Tudor Revival on North Road she restored long before historic preservation became fashionable.

Ernie’s career took the couple to North Carolina and then London, where Ernie was chief executive of Glaxo in the late 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, it was still customary for the wife of a British chief executive to act as an ambassador for the company, a role Millie adopted with passion and skill, and for which she was paid one pound per year. As she later said, when she was first diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in March, 2019, “I’m a girl from Brooklyn who has traveled the world by private jet and I have been everywhere. I’ve had an amazing life.”

In Palo Alto, Millie took on her most ambitious restoration project, the John Adams Squire House. A 1904 Classical Revival landmark that had fallen into serious disrepair and had avoided the wrecking ball more than once, the project would lead to Millie’s appointment to the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board, which she would be chair for eight years. She also joined the board of the California Preservation Foundation, a statewide historic preservation advocacy and educational organization, eventually serving as president.

Ernie and Millie returned to the east coast to be nearer to their children and grandchildren in 2001, eventually settling in Key West. Millie is survived by her three sons and eight grandchildren: Christopher’s daughter Millicent, of Washington, DC; Gregory’s children Griffin, Chloe, Madeleine, and Brigitte, of Miami; and Jeremy’s children Gretchen, Reid, and Charles, of Durham, NC.

Millie was an exceptional wife, a loving if strict German mother, and she doted on her grandchildren. The bacon and French toast breakfasts she made for them is a memory that her grandchildren will always treasure and that her loving daughters-in-law will never be able to replicate.

Millie was uniquely tough, strong, wise, patient, opinionated, and kind. She saw the best in everyone, was generous with her affection and her time, and would have done absolutely anything for her grandchildren. She loved the beach, the daily crossword, Scrabble, exercise, her three sisters (Elizabeth Knocklein of Garner, NC; the late Edith Stier of Clifton, NJ; and Anna Daume of Ridgewood, NJ), a good Black Russian, and was absolutely insistent that the entire family would be together for Christmas and the Fourth of July each year.

A memorial is planned in Princeton this fall.


Jean Marilyn (Farncombe) Davidson

Jean Marilyn (Farncombe) Davidson, age 76, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Littleton, MA. Jean had a smile that could light up a room and a laugh that was infectious, even in her later years as dementia took hold of her. She will be dearly missed by all that came to know and love her.

Born on August 14, 1943 in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario, Jean was one of four children born to the late John Ross and Luella May (Furlong) Farncombe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald William Crosby Davidson, in 2016 and her younger brother, George Farncombe, in 2008.

Jean’s early years were spent on a farm in southern Ontario where her father was a farm hand. Growing up on the farm, she learned the importance of family, the value of hard work, and how to be resourceful and appreciate the simple gifts that you are blessed with. When she was in high school, her parents bought a general store and it was there that she met her future husband, Ron, in 1961, when she was home from nursing school for the weekend. One week after Ron graduated from McMaster University, they married on May 18, 1963 and moved to Princeton, NJ, where Ron pursued his graduate studies at Princeton University.

Together, as a young married couple, Jean and Ron left everything that they knew — their families and their country — to build a new life, filled with hope, promise, adventure, and opportunity in the United States. While Ron’s career moved them all over the country, Jean built a home and raised their two children while working as an X-ray technician and then, later, as a mammographer.

Jean loved traveling and enjoyed sharing her love of creative projects with others, often hosting dinner parties, cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, and making stained glass. Jean was very giving and thoughtful and made everyone feel truly special — sending handwritten letters or homemade cards, favorite recipes, articles, and homemade gifts with special notes that continue to be treasured. She embodied kindness, compassion, creativity, and humor.

Jean is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Greg Premru of Groton, MA, and her son Ron Davidson, Jr. of Princeton, NJ; her brother and sister-in-law Jack and Margaret Farncombe of Kemptville, Ontario; and her sister Linda Beckham of Brantford, Ontario. She is also survived by four grandchildren – William and Leo Premru of Groton, MA; and Crosby and Cayley Davidson, of Princeton, NJ. Her extended family includes several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews in Ontario, Canada.

We are grateful for the wonderful staff who provided caring assistance to Jean over her last four years and care and comfort in her final days.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Alzheimers Research Program at McLean Hospital. Checks should be made payable to “McLean Hospital” and sent to 115 Mill Street, Mail Stop 126, Belmont, MA 02478. Online gifts can be made at Please note “in memory of Jean Davidson” in the memo field.

Arrangements are under the care of Badger Funeral Home. To share a memory or offer condolences, please visit www.


Nigel Paul Longshaw

Paul Longshaw, 66, died unexpectedly in his sleep early in the morning of April 15, 2020. He had recently been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Chipping Norton, England, Paul visited Princeton in 1985 on a lark and instantly made it his permanent home with his wife, Cille (née Koch). Longstanding Princeton residents and lifelong travelers, their itineraries invariably traced the paths of revered architects.

A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Paul forged a 40-year career as an architect first in the U.K. and subsequently in the U.S., working with international teams to produce award-winning, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities for leading pharmaceutical firms in the U.S. and abroad. As a senior project architect and technical lead at Jacobs Engineering in Conshohocken, PA, for nearly 25 years, Paul took particular joy in mentoring young architects, instilling the highest standards for design and construction practices.

Paul’s passion for distinctive design permeated every aspect of his life.Taking the lead with his Canon camera around his neck, he eagerly enticed friends and family to accompany him on walkabouts to marvel at exemplary buildings across the Princeton campus; admire glassy new structures shoulder-to-shoulder with neo-classical landmarks in Manhattan; or delight in the surprise of each new summer pavilion at the Serpentine in London.

Beyond his keen eye, Paul will also be remembered for his admittedly eclectic musical preferences ranging from Frank Zappa to Billy Strayhorn to Jenny Lewis, his talents as a photographer, his generosity, and his predilection for a proper English pint. In addition to his wife of 30 years, he leaves behind cherished extended family in the U.K. and U.S. and an exceptional constellation of lifelong friendships far and wide.

His ashes will be interred in the Pardee Memorial Garden at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial celebration will be planned at a later date.

If you wish to make a contribution in Paul’s memory, the British Heart Foundation, Philabundance, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), and Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad are among the many organizations he supported.

April 22, 2020

Simon Tams

Simon Tams died on March 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA, after a gallant battle with an aggressive lung cancer, his wife by his side.

Simon’s father, Ted Tams, delivered him on March 1,1952 on their kitchen floor during a snowstorm in Princeton, NJ.

After attending The Hun School in Princeton and Bentley College in Waltham, MA, Simon found his niche in theatre, working at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. That experience led to Broadway bus and truck tours. Eventually, Simon landed in Los Angeles working as a Construction Coordinator on national commercials and installations at Disneyland and Disneyworld. He later toured the world with the Transformer’s Bumblebee.

Simon produced several independent projects including Batman Deadend, the internet’s first most downloaded Short Film featured at San Diego’s Comic Con in 2003. He followed that with several indie films with Director Alex Cox. Simon’s passion project, A Thousand Junkies, directed by Tommy Swerdlow, was released in 2017.

Most recently, Simon had co-designed a state-of-the-art 3D camera rig to be used on camera cranes and drones. He traveled to Panama to film the opening of the new Panama Canal, to New Hampshire to film black bears for Pandas, a Warner Bros IMAX 3D film about China’s efforts to release pandas back in to the wild, and he made several extended trips to China to track the panda bear Chin Chin.

Simon was a consummate craftsman and problem solver. His curiosity, passion, and dedication to both the technical and artistic sides of the creative process were boundless. If Simon was in your corner, you had the strongest of allies. He was the person you’d want with you in a fox hole.

Simon was predeceased by his parents, The Honorable Theodore T. Tams Jr. and Lorraine P. Tams, and sister, Ruth. Simon is survived by his wife, Daren Hicks; siblings, Colin, Brian, Georgia, and Daphne; sisters-in-law, Deb and Laurie; brother-in-law, Kent; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Simon’s life will be celebrated when the current physical distance ban no longer keeps us apart.

Donations in Simon’s honor may be made to One Voice ( or Claire’s Place Foundation (


Edward Roger Budny

Edward Roger Budny, age 75, of Stuart, FL, died April 7, 2020 at Treasure Coast Hospice.

He was born 1945 in Trenton, NJ, son of Edward and Joan. He received a BS from George Washington University. He was a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). He was employed in commercial real estate appraisal. He lived in Miami, Coral Gables, and Stuart, FL, as well as Washington Crossing, PA, and Princeton, NJ.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Stuart, FL.  His son, Michael Owen, is divorced from Susan Panozzo. His other son, Trevor A. Budny, is married to Laura Dewey Budny. He had two grandchildren, Brianne and Jacob Owen.

He was predeceased by his brother Carl (1964) and his sister Joan (2010).

The time and date of service is to be determined. He will be interred at St. Paul’s in Princeton, NJ. Martin Funeral Home and Crematorium in Stuart, FL, is in charge of arrangements.


Ann Gunning Magee

Ann Gunning Magee, 91, wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully at Stonebridge at Montgomery’s Skilled Nursing facility on April 12. She had lived in Princeton for the past 58 years.

Ann was born in Rome, NY, on August 28, 1928. Her family later moved to New York City, and briefly to Ireland during the Depression, before returning to New York.

Ann graduated from Hunter College High School in New York. She graduated from Barnard College where she majored in Economics. After graduating, she attended Teachers’ College at Columbia University and taught at The Brearley School in New York. She returned to Columbia where she earned a Masters in History, as well as met her future husband, Richard J. Magee.

Ann and her young family moved to Princeton in 1961. After raising her three children, Ann returned to school, earning both a Masters in Education in Special Education degree as well as an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Trenton State College. Ann applied these degrees to her work as a Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant through much of the 1980s. Ann was elected to Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society for education, and was a member of numerous professional education associations.

Ann was an avid traveler, having toured extensively through much of Europe. She was a member of a number of local organizations including Friends of the Princeton University Library, Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Present Day Club.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Ann Magee Peretzman of Princeton, and by her sons, Richard J. Magee Jr. of St. Louis, MO, and Steven G. Magee of Short Hills, NJ. Ann is also survived by six grandchildren. Ann’s husband, Richard J. Magee Sr., passed away in 1981.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ann Magee can be made to Meals on Wheels of Mercer County, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08638.


Adam Steven Henschel

Adam Steven Henschel, 66, of Princeton, passed away April 17, 2020.

Son of the late Leonard and Judith Henschel, he is survived by his sister, Laurel Eve Henschel.

Adam was a learned, kind, and gentle soul. He was a proud American. A proud Jew.

Private funeral services and burial were Wednesday, April 22 at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood House ( or to Chabad of Mercer County – Princeton (

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.

April 15, 2020

Robert Jefferson Wolfe

Robert Jefferson Wolfe, 72, died on March 31, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. He and his wife Barbara have also been residents of Ringoes, New Jersey, since 1980. The cause of death was complications from myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare form of bone marrow cancer which he had battled courageously and cheerfully for 15 years.

Bob was born on April 13, 1947 and was raised in South Orange, New Jersey. His parents, Albert Lewis Wolfe and Olga Maurer Wolfe, pre-deceased him. Bob graduated from Columbia High School, South Orange, NJ, in 1965, where he was senior class president. He graduated from Princeton University in 1969 with a degree in Philosophy. At Princeton, he participated in crew for two years, and sculling became one of his interests later in life.

After graduation, he joined the Army Reserves and was on active duty at Fort Sam Houston in Texas from October 1969 until February 1970. Then he attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he met his wife and fellow student Barbara Burgess. They were married in December 1973. After graduating with an MBA in 1972, Bob worked for Stanford University before returning to NJ in 1974 to work as Assistant Treasurer of Princeton University.

In 1976, Princeton launched a 2,000+ acre mixed use real estate development project, the Princeton Forrestal Center. Bob, as a partner of the consulting firm K. S. Sweet Associates, was instrumental in leading the development of this project throughout his career. In 1993, he formed his own company, Picus Associates, which continues to this day (under new ownership) to manage the Princeton Forrestal Center on behalf of Princeton University. Bob enjoyed seeing the physical results of his work materialize over time, and he believed that real estate development should be concentrated in areas with appropriate infrastructure, while rural lands should be protected and the natural environment preserved.

Bob believed in contributing his time and expertise to his community. He served on the Boards of McCarter Theatre (Princeton), the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, and Princeton In Community Service (PICS, placing undergraduates with nonprofit internships for summer work experiences). At the time of his death, he was a member of the Board of NJ Conservation Foundation and its Treasurer.

He enjoyed tennis, travel, photography, and sculling. He also enjoyed spending time with extended family at a cabin on Garnet Lake in the Adirondacks. Bob was very supportive of Barbara’s equestrian interests and passion for dressage. They have owned a horse farm outside of Princeton since 1980. They began spending winters in Wellington, FL, in 2000, initially for equestrian activities, until Bob discovered sculling on Lake Wellington. With two partners, he purchased and managed the Florida Rowing Center, a winter sculling school based in Wellington, which continues today. After he retired in 2018, Barbara and Bob became Florida residents.

Bob is survived by his wife of 46 years Barbara (Burgess); his sister Susan Wolfe Lauffer (spouse Don Lauffer) of Bartlesville, OK, and Madison WI; his brother William A. Wolfe (spouse Elizabeth West Wolfe) of Princeton, NJ; a nephew Andrew Wolfe who lives in Paris, France; and a niece Amy Powell Burruss who lives in Muskogee, OK. He is remembered for his wonderful smile, consistently optimistic approach to life, kindness, and generosity.

An online video memorial service for immediate family members was held on Sunday, April 5. A memorial service for friends and colleagues will be held later this year in Princeton, after the coronavirus pandemic has subsided and travel restrictions have been lifted.

Charitable contributions may be made in his honor to MDS research at Columbia University, where one of his doctors oversees an MDS research program doing cutting-edge research to understand and combat the disease. An alternative for charitable contributions is the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, one of the premier land conservation organizations in the U.S. Since 1960, NJCF has protected over 125,000 acres of natural areas and farmland in New Jersey.

Check payable to: Trustees of Columbia University; mail to Dr. Azra Raza, MDS Research Program, Columbia University Medical Center, Milstein Hospital Building, 6GN-435 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032.

Check payable to: New Jersey Conservation Foundation; mail to Michele Byers, Executive Director, Bamboo Brook, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931.


Marion E. Bruschi

Marion E. Bruschi of West Windsor, NJ, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2020, four days before her 97th birthday. She was born on April 11,1923 in Brooklyn, NY, and was raised in Summit, NJ, where she met and married her husband, William.

In 1959 Marion moved to Princeton, NJ, where she and William raised their three children. William’s career as a CPA provided both of them many opportunities to travel, which was one of her of greatest joys. After becoming a widow in 1992, she continued to pursue her love of travel and especially enjoyed cruises and sightseeing trips with her family and friends. Marion adored her granddaughters and great-grandchildren and glistened with pride while celebrating milestones in their lives.

A devoted Catholic, Marion was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Princeton, NJ, for 45 years.She and her husband always attended the 8:30 mass on Sundays.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband William C. Bruschi, her parents George and Emma Zimmerman, and her brother George F. Zimmerman. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Robert and his wife Linda, Lauren and her husband Rod, Paul and his wife Katrin; her two granddaughters, Amy Jablonski, Kristen Wade and her husband Chris; and her beloved great-grandchildren, Will and Emma Jablonski and Gavin and Amelia Wade. She is also survived by her sister, Juliet Zimmerman, and many nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19 a memorial mass and a celebration of Marion’s life will celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Marion’s memory to: Johns Hopkins Medicine for COVID-19 Research at or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105;


Claudio Spies

Longtime resident of Princeton and Skillman, Claudio Spies, Professor of Music, Emeritus at Princeton University, died peacefully on April 2 at his home in Sonoma, California, just one week following his 95th birthday.

He had come to Princeton in 1970 with his family, and moved to Sonoma in 2013 to live with his eldest daughter, Caterina. Claudio was a prominent composer and music theorist engaged at the forefront of 20th-century music during a time of dramatic change. He was considered a leading expert on Igor Stravinsky, with whom he enjoyed close friendship and collaboration for nearly 30 years, and facilitated the premiere of one of Stravinsky’s last major works, ”Requiem Canticles,“ at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre in 1966. Claudio’s own compositions were performed often at Princeton as well as in several other venues both nationally and internationally.

Carlos Claudio Spies was born on March 26, 1925, in Santiago, Chile, of German-Jewish immigrant parents. He came to the United States in 1942, at age 17, driven by a passion to study music; and he attended the New England Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music. After earning undergraduate and master’s degrees from Harvard,  he taught at Harvard, Vassar, and Swarthmore before joining the Princeton faculty. Following his retirement from Princeton in 1998, he continued to teach at The Juilliard School until he was 85. Claudio became an American citizen in 1966.

As a scholar, Claudio wrote a series of seminal articles on the serialism of Stravinsky, and subsequently a number of important articles on Schoenberg, Berg, Brahms, and others. He was fascinated by language, and spoke five of them fluently while continuing to study others. His compositions often combined his multi-lingual and musical talents, setting to music the poetry of Celan, Enzensberger, Yehuda Halevi, May Swenson, Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, Paul Auster, and others.  He set works in English, Spanish, German, Old Italian, Hebrew, and Latin.

At Juilliard, Claudio created its first course in the study of manuscripts. He always loved perusing original manuscripts with handwritten notes, for insights into the composers’ thinking.  His excitement about these studies was captured nicely by an interview he gave for a New York Times article in 2009:  “There’s hardly a page in which there isn’t something to stimulate a musician’s imagination. Even the color of the ink.”  Claudio also referenced discovering an adjustment Mozart had made within an opera to have the most critical word in a phrase coincide with the highest note, and said,  “That’s a glaringly lovely case,  and the difference is a gleaming composition lesson. Seeing that, one smiles for a full week.”

Claudio was pre-deceased by his beloved daughter, Tatiana, and former wife, Emmi Vera; and is survived by his children Caterina (Myron Reece), of Glen Ellen, California; Michael (Claudia) of New York; Leah (Alex Winck); and Susanna, both of Los Angeles; as well as grandchildren Jake, Elijah, Ben, Olivia, and Julia.

A memorial service will be planned at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: or

April 8, 2020

Louise French (“Frenchie”) Blodget

Louise French (“Frenchie”) Blodget died on March 31st, just shy of her 100th birthday. Frenchie was blessed with a loving family and an enthusiastic, multigenerational circle of friends who filled her life with joy. And we were blessed to have her. Frenchie was the matriarch of her family and a beloved member of each community she was a part of: Princeton, NJ; Fox Hill Village in Westwood, Mass.; and Annisquam, Mass. She spent 98 of her 99 summers in Annisquam. There, she gathered family, oversaw hours of tennis, played a fiercely competitive family game of “spoons,” offered up thousands of lobster rolls, and savored every sunset with a vodka on ice.

Born in 1920, Frenchie grew up in St. Louis, Mo. While attending Bryn Mawr College she met Alden Sanford (Sandy) Blodget who quickly became the center of her life. They married in 1941 in San Francisco a week before Sandy’s ship set sail for the South Pacific and, ultimately, The Battle of Midway. After the war, they moved frequently while raising four children. Sandy died in 1990.

Frenchie’s greatest pride was opening the first New Jersey office for Planned Parenthood in Trenton. She also volunteered for years at The Princeton Hospital, The Princeton Art Museum, and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. She had a sharp and active mind that was always evident in her prowess with the NYT crossword puzzles, her frequent wins in duplicate bridge and Scrabble, and her phenomenal memory. She played tennis until she was 80, danced after two hip replacements at 92, and most eagerly awaited all news from every member of the family.

She often said that it was the war that taught her to be realistic and practical, to always “press on” and remain optimistic. And so she did when, 19 years ago, she moved to Fox Hill. There, she served on the board, worked in the library, read books to the visually impaired, and made friends with many. She possessed an enormous capacity to sit with the suffering of others, and always went to be with her many dear friends who were dying, offering care and support.

Frenchie is survived by three sons, Alden Blodget (Essex, Mass.), Dudley Blodget (Winchester, Mass.), Henry Blodget, and a daughter, Sally Carton (Chicago); and five grandchildren, who all deeply love her: Alexandra Heidinger, Caitlin Pingree, Casey Blodget, Sandy Carton, and Maggie Carton Pugel; and by five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution in her honor to Planned Parenthood (PPNCSNJ, PO Box 9077, Trenton, NJ 08650), or Wellspring House (302 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930).

The family sends deepest thanks to the hospice workers and aides who cared so beautifully for our mother in the midst of the pandemic. A memorial service will be held in Annisquam, Mass., when large and joyful gatherings are again possible.


Elizabeth Stockton Murray

Elizabeth Stockton Murray passed away on March 25, 2020 of natural causes. She was 96 and had resided at Stonebridge At Montgomery, Skillman, New Jersey for the last 16 years.

She was born in Lambertville, New Jersey. She lived in Princeton for most of her life. She is pre-deceased by her husband of 50 years, Robert Francis Murray, who was Executive Vice President with Gallup & Robinson. She is survived by her daughter, Faneen M. Cieslinski, her son-in-law, Richard Cieslinski, her daughter, Robin L. Murray, her son, Sean S. Murray and her daughter in-law, Hilary D. Murray and her grandson, Nickolas H. Cieslinski. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of Emma Louise and John D. Stockton of Lambertville, NJ and is pre-deceased by her sister, Jane Detwiler, and her brother, John D. Stockton.

She attended Brenau College. She was a model for the Princeton photographer Orrin Jack Turner, who received multiple recognitions for his images of her. She studied investing on her own, enjoyed following the market and was quite successful in her efforts. She loved the arts particularly ballet and was a talented artist. She volunteered at both the Princeton Hospital Fete and the Rummage, primarily handling artwork. She was a member of the Present Day Club. She loved all things English and traveled to England and Europe.

Her internment is at Princeton Cemetery and the service, when held, will be private.


Elaine L. Ciatto

May 19, 1930 —April 3, 2020

Elaine L. Ciatto, 89 of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in her home on April 3, 2020. Married 65 years to her lifelong partner and loving husband Robert J. Ciatto, she is survived by her husband Bob and their seven children Regina (Bob) Bryson, Dena (Craig) Darmofal, Marie Zeck, Angela (Gene) O’Reilly, Robert (Melissa) Ciatto Jr, Cynthia (Bruce) Bower, Chris Ciatto (fiancée Laurie), and 18 grandchildren.

Elaine was the daughter of Antimo and Rose Lombardi, immigrants of Italy, and was born in Bronx, NY, and raised in Jamaica Queens. She is also survived by her two sisters Marie (Bill) Kennedy and Regina (George) Garis.

After graduating from Parsons School of Design and a successful career in fashion design at Korby Sportswear, she began her “real” career as a mother and homemaker. She was a founding member of St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, a parishioner at Princeton’s St. Paul RC Church, and a community leader as a volunteer for 4-H, RWJ University Hospital, and the East Brunswick Women’s Club where she shared her service and wisdom with so many.

She maintained homes in Princeton, Long Beach Island, and Sarasota, FL, where she hosted wonderful gatherings and made forever memories for her family. Like her father and mother, Elaine was a designer, seamstress, and a fabulous cook! She exemplified the most important values in life, bringing joy to others, loving her family dearly, living her Catholicism, and was a selfless and important role model to all who knew her.

At a future date, a memorial service will be held for Elaine.

In lieu of flowers, the Ciatto family would be honored with a gift to The Robert J. and Elaine Ciatto Scholarship Fund at Fordham University (attn. Robert A. Milici, Jr., Joseph A. Martino Hall, 45 Columbus Avenue, 8th Floor, NY, NY 10023; (212) 636-7263.

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


Mary Bordman Scudder

Mary Bordman Scudder, daughter of John Bordman and Helen Irvin, born on July 30, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home with loving family at her bedside, ending her courageous battle with cancer on April 2, 2020.

Mary was a graduate of Concord Academy and Bryn Mawr College where she received a BA degree in Art History. She married Townsend Scudder Jr. from New Haven, Connecticut, in 1950. Mary and her husband, Towney settled in Neshanic, New Jersey, with their four children and lived there for 59 years before retiring to Middlebury, Vermont in 2013. Their marriage was one of true ever-lasting love. They worked side by side for over 50 years in their own nursery business, Ambleside Gardens, which is still in the family, run by their son, David. Along with their love of gardening, they loved to ski and travelled extensively in Europe and Asia. During their retirement years in their cottage in Middlebury, Vermont, Mary served on many committees and will be remembered by many as one of the shining bright lights and for her never-ending smile.

Mary is predeceased by her husband, Towney. She is survived by her brother, John Bordman and his wife in Concord, Massachusetts, and his children: John Scudder of Neshanic, New Jersey, David Scudder and his wife, Robin of East Millstone, New Jersey, Holly Scudder-Chase and her husband, Keith of Richmond, Vermont and Hal Scudder and his wife, Carol of Park City, Utah. She is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and her loving cat.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Taking Care of You, 4171 South Street, New Haven, Vermont, 05472.


Anne L. Freedman

Anne L. Freedman, 92, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2020. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was a graduate of New York University and resided in Princeton, NJ for the past 55 years.

After purchasing Kooltronic, Inc., an enclosure cooling manufacturer, with her late husband, Gerald, in 1970, Anne soon joined the company full-time and enjoyed a long career primarily managing the manufacturing side of the business. She often referred to the company as her third child. Though it was difficult, particularly during that time and in a male-dominated industry, she did not let anything deter her from being strong, confident, and decisive. She gained the respect of her peers and colleagues through hard work and tough, but fair, leadership. Anne’s passion and tireless work ethic helped turn a struggling business into the successful family-owned company that it is today. She was a role model to all who knew her.

One of Anne’s greatest joys was spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoyed hosting gatherings at her house, and celebrating holidays and other joyous occasions with everyone she loved. Several weeks ago, it brought her much joy to host the wedding of her daughter and son-in-law in her living room! She also enjoyed traveling, gardening, playing cards and other games, and had an affection for watching her daily soap opera. Anne was a patron of the arts and for many years enjoyed music and theater productions.

Those who knew Anne know she always spoke her mind and stood up for what she believed in. She will be remembered for her loving, caring, and feisty personality, and for being a generous philanthropist who supported many causes that were important to her, and Jewish organizations in particular. She was a longtime member of Adath Israel Congregation in Lawrenceville, NJ, and The Jewish Center in Princeton, NJ.

Wife of the late Gerald Freedman, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Debbie Freedman and Avi Paradise; son and daughter-in-law Barry and Bobbi Freedman; grandchildren Melissa Freedman and Michael Steeil, Jen Freedman and Darren Gorden, Michael and Lauren Freedman, Leora Paradise and Elijah Stone, and Daniella Paradise and Ross Chapman; as well as, currently, four great-grandchildren James and Madilyn Freedman and Jack and Ben Gorden.

Anne will be deeply missed and forever loved.

Due to health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, a private graveside service was held at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park.

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions to: The Leon Siskowitz Cultural Fund at Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 or The Jess and Marion Epstein Lunch-and-Learn Fund at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To leave a comment or memory visit

April 1, 2020

Jacques Pierre Sibeud

Jacques Pierre Sibeud, dearly beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on March 25, 2020 at home in Sag Harbor, NY, at the age of 93. A successful business executive with an international career, Jacques was most focused on his family and friends. His intellectual curiosity, gregarious nature, and open mind attracted new lifelong friends along the way wherever he went.

Jacques was born in 1926 in Toulon, France, where his father was a French naval officer. Most of his childhood was spent in Lyon, France, where he attended a Jesuit preparatory school before going on to Le Prytanée National Militiare, a military boarding school for children of Légion d’Honneur recipients. Although his father hoped he would follow him into the Navy, Jacques was not attracted to the life of a soldier which he could appreciate very well from his experiences as a teenager during World War II.

Ultimately Jacques’ calling was to become a scientist so he returned home to study at l’École Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon where he earned a chemical engineering degree and a PhD in chemistry. While working on his doctorate, Jacques made a discovery which brought him to the attention of the president of his corporate sponsor, Rhone-Poulenc, the French chemical-textile giant. In recognition of his abilities, Jacques was asked to move to the United States to build a chemical plant in New Brunswick, NJ, and spearhead the company’s new business there. The catch was he had to decide on the spot. Jacques accepted the challenge to head to an unfamiliar country where he did not speak the language, thereby launching a career lasting over 35 years with Rhone-Poulenc. Ultimately Jacques reached the top echelons of Rhone-Poulenc as Vice President-Technical, overseeing important research and the construction and acquisition of more plants in the United States including a rare earth extraction plant in Freeport, Texas.

Another very important moment came in the spring of 1963 when Jacques met the woman of his dreams at the home of a mutual friend. After a whirlwind courtship he and Michele were married in New York City in November where they lived for the next five years. In 1968, with 3-year-old daughter, Amy, in tow they moved to Princeton, NJ, where they lived for 21 years. Another significant decision came in 1966 when Jacques and Michele built a home in Water Mill, NY, where they summered for many years eventually moving in full-time in 1990. In 2014, Jacques and Michele moved again to a historic home in Sag Harbor within walking distance of the pier and village.

Once retired, Jacques had time to serve as Treasurer and then as Commodore of the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett, NY, where he had been involved for years running the weekend sailing races and serving as Fleet Captain. He liked to joke that his father would have been very happy to see him in uniform at last! Jacques also found time to serve on the vestry at St Ann’s Church in Bridgehampton at the time when they managed the renovation of the parish house basement to a multipurpose space for hosting meetings and Sunday school. He also ushered at Sunday services on a regular basis.

Jacques had many hobbies in addition to sailing. He was an avid bridge player and also enjoyed tennis and golf. Jacques and Michele traveled most years to California and France to visit their respective families and visited many new destinations in Europe together. They made several trips driving across the country, visiting friends and new places each time. Jacques loved working on his garden with Michele and also cooking and hosting beautiful dinners for friends and family. Many will remember that every year he and Michele made raspberry and quince jelly to enjoy and to give as gifts. An avid reader, especially of history, and a true sports fan, he always had something interesting to talk about with anyone he encountered. As a member of several luncheon groups over the years, he enjoyed lively discussions. His most recent project, now in the final stages of completion, is an extensive Sibeud family history dating back to the 1500s in both English and French.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Michele Brown Sibeud; his daughters, Amy and Eugenie; his sons-in-law Alfred Morgan and Dean Gomolka; and six grandchildren: Carter, James, Timothy, Chloe, Grace, and Max.


Ricarda Froehlich

Ricarda Froehlich, 83 years old, died peacefully at Acorn Glen in Princeton on Sunday, March 29. She was born in Allenstein, East Prussia (today Olsztyn, Poland), the first child of the late Richard Lotzin and his wife, Hilde Bransky, on August 30, 1936. She grew up in Loerrach near the Swiss border where she attended the Hebel-Gymnasium and went on to study classical languages and literature (Greek and Latin) at the universities of Tuebingen, Hamburg, and Vienna. In 1961, she married Karlfried Froehlich and went with him to to the U.S. where they lived in Madison, NJ. In 1968, the family moved to Princeton.

Ricarda tutored numerous graduate students in German and Latin. Through Redeemer Lutheran Church in Trenton she participated in the work of the Trenton soup kitchen. Later, she became a longtime member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Princeton Junction. She also served for many years as a choir mother at Trinity Church, and regularly attended the Early Birds bible study group at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

In 2010 the Froehlichs moved to the Princeton Windrows community where Ricarda spent her last years. Her mother had been a concert pianist, and Ricarda loved music. She sang in several church choirs and vocal ensembles over the years and was a faithful member of the Princeton Recorder Society. She also loved plants and flowers, and found great joy in tending her garden. She was gifted at arts and crafts, working especially with fabrics and yarns and exceptionally skilled at the spinning wheel.

Ricarda will be fondly remembered by a large circle of friends in the U.S. and abroad with whom she engaged in an extensive correspondence. She is survived by her husband and three children, Johanna Froehlich Swartzentruber of Princeton, Eberhard Froehlich of Montreal, and Daniel Froehlich of Poulsbo, WA, and two grandchildren, Anna Baroud of Berlin and Clara Swartzentruber of Princeton.

A private funeral service will be held on April 1 with burial at Princeton Cemetery immediately following. A memorial celebration will be scheduled later this year. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.


Amelia Buck Kerlin

Amelia (Amy) Buck Kerlin of Princeton died March 25, 2020, at Princeton Windrows where she had resided since 2005. She was the daughter of John Newton Buck and Elizabeth Mulcare Buck. Born in 1929, Amy grew up in Washington, DC, and attended Immaculata Junior College. In 1949 she married David Darton Kerlin, moved to New Jersey in 1955, settling in Westfield for 18 years. As their three children reached adulthood, Amy used her literacy and organizational skills working at the Westfield Board of Education in records and administrative support.

They moved to Princeton in 1972 where David was the local agent for State Farm Insurance. Amy once again employed her skills at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for eight years in administrative support capacities. Her public spirit was demonstrated in her 30 years as volunteer for Recording for the Blind.

Amy’s interests were varied. With other family members she traced her Buck ancestry to 1635 when early English settlers arrived in Tidewater Virginia. For 35 years she and her husband enjoyed summers living aboard the BLUE WHALE docked on Barnegat Bay, where they hosted friends and family and were the life of dock parties. Extensive travel took them on driving trips across the USA, visits to many countries in Europe, a safari in Kenya, as well as numerous cruises with good friends. She also enjoyed swimming, gardening, and tennis, winning some friendly tennis championships at the Bay Head Yacht Club. At Windrows she was known for arranging group trips to the Met Live in HD opera performances at local theatres, participating in the poets group and the Windrows Warblers, and singing humorous duets with her daughter Marie at celebratory functions.

Predeceased by her husband of 59 years, she is survived by immediate family: Christine Kerlin in the state of Washington, John Buck Kerlin of Hamilton, NJ, and Marie Kerlin of Princeton; her sister, Elizabeth Rogers of Bethesda, MD; grandchildren Kayla and Clarissa Kerlin and Mandy Murphy, whom she loved so much; and many nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.


Charles F. McManus

Charles F. McManus, age 100, of Princeton Junction, died peacefully in his sleep on March 22, 2020, at his home.

The son of the late Edward J. and Lenore Giblin McManus, Charles was born on June 27, 1919, in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lived for 22 years — experiencing the Dust Bowl, catching many of the Swing Era’s most renowned big bands, and, on Prohibition Era summer trips, sitting on the gate of his uncle’s ranch watching for unwanted visitors while his uncle and friends ran a still in the barn. After graduating from Omaha Central High School in 1937, he entered Creighton University, where he was Commander of the Battalion of Cadets and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics in 1941.

In 1949, Charles married Hattie Crute of Danville, Virginia. Together they had five children, of whom four survive him: Edward McManus (and wife Patricia) of Bristow, Virginia; Mary Bowden of Burlington, New Jersey; Frances McManus (and husband Herb) of Princeton, New Jersey; and Trent Liakris (and husband Christos) of Fieldsboro, New Jersey. After 13 years of marriage, Hattie passed away in 1963. In 1967, Charles married Marjorie (Jerry) Quick of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who survives him; as does their son Andrew McManus (and wife Stacy) of Chesterfield, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his son William C. McManus in 1994 and his brothers Robert E. McManus in 2009, Leo G. McManus in 2019, and Thomas F. McManus in 2020. He is also survived by six grandchildren.

Upon graduation from college in the summer of 1941, Charles entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and served throughout World War II — deploying to the European Theater of Operations in January 1945 with the 13th Airborne Division and returning home in August 1945. He was one of the original members of the Army’s Airborne Corps and trained those that followed: the 11th, 17th, 82nd, and 101st Airborne Divisions. After leaving active duty at the rank of Captain in 1946, Charles entered the Army Reserve, retiring in 1969 as a Colonel. Serving in the American military was one of the greatest joys of his life and provided him with many close friendships and fond memories, especially of Fort Bragg where he served a number of tours.

Charles worked in the investment banking industry for 45 years in a career that began with Harriman & Ripley and concluded with Merrill Lynch where he retired in 1991. Along the way he also worked at Salomon Brothers, Blyth Eastman Dillon, Dean Witter, and William Sword & Co. Upon retirement, he and Jerry settled on a golf course in Sedona, AZ, where they enjoyed life for 15 years before moving back to NJ to be near family.

A devout man of faith for his entire life, Charles belonged to several Catholic parishes around the country where he served on boards and chaired various committees and support campaigns. He was an avid golfer who played into his nineties and was a member of the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, New Jersey, for almost 50 years. He was also a lifelong fan of swing music and a lifetime member of the University Club in New York City.

Having grown up during the Depression and seen the ravages of war up close, his optimism and positive attitude were an inspiration to all. His Irish sense of humor served him well as he always remained focused on the bright side of life. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
A Memorial Mass will take place at a future date at Saint David the King RC Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.

March 25, 2020

Joy Louise Wagner Saville

Joy Louise Wagner Saville, 83, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Skillman, NJ. The cause was progressive supranuclear palsy. Joy was born September 10, 1936, to the late Benjamin William Wagner and Jennie Louise Oltman Wagner in Clatonia, Nebraska.

Though she trained as a nurse at Lincoln General Hospital in the 1950s, it was through fine art and textiles that she found her life’s true expression beginning in the early 1970s. Joy produced a body of work comprising dozens of abstract expressionist textile art works with roots in quilting and the patterns and techniques of Seminole patchwork. Her art was the subject of many solo and group exhibitions around the world, and pieces can be seen in the permanent collections of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska; the American Craft Museum in New York; and The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey; among other private personal and corporate collections.

Joy began creating textile art in the early 1970s when she left her nursing career after deciding not to return to school to become a doctor. As a young girl, she had watched her mother sew all of her children’s clothes. Her mother used to make suits for Joy and Joy’s sister, Janice, by using a suit their brothers had outgrown, transferring the buttons to the left side, and using the trousers to make a skirt. Joy made her first dress at age seven and a half. In 1975, after attending a workshop on Seminole patchwork, Joy began sewing and piecing fabric together. Years later, she recounted a moment of great inspiration: “I was working in my studio one day trying to decide what I could do with this technique and my young daughter, Andrea, suggested ‘Why don’t you just keep cutting it up?’” This brought a new discovery and dimension to Joy’s work. She developed her own creative system of color and pattern which became her trademark.

Joy’s work embodied her attempts, as noted in the book Contemporary Quilt Art by Kate Lenkowsky, “to capture and convey abstractly and through color the sensations evoked by encounters with nature. The surfaces are from a multitude of tiny patches of silk, cotton, and linen that ‘shimmer like brushstrokes in an Impressionist painting.’ ” In 2013, she wrote that “My work expresses feelings of connection, interaction, and recognition that happen in the moments when time stands still, moments that often occur when I am focused on my work; I am centered, but very much aware, as if in meditation. The energy of this stillness encircles me. It is this contradiction between the quietness of the moment and my awareness of the change implied by the existence of the moment, that fuels the creation of the work.”

Joy was a dedicated member of NOHO Gallery in Manhattan, Friends of Fiber Art International, Surface Design Association, and the Textile Study Group of New York. She enjoyed the rewards and challenges of a robust cohort of visual artists, with whom she enjoyed great friendship and camaraderie. In addition to making art, she enjoyed teaching creative processes and her craft.

Joy was the youngest of five children, Junior Donald (1928-2011), Robert Dale “Bob” (1930-2011), Janice Margery Ann (b. 1931), and Roland Gene (1933-2018). Joy’s parents owned one of two grocery stores in town. In 1943, the Wagner family moved to Lincoln where Ben began work with Gamble and Robinson, a fruit and vegetable company. Joy attended primary through high school in Lincoln. She was very involved in music, was the Lincoln High School drum majorette and sang in the Lincoln High School Women’s Octet. Joy attended the University of Nebraska for one year and then went to nursing school at Lincoln General Hospital where she graduated in 1957. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. Joy remained lifelong friends with her childhood neighbors, school friends, and nursing school friends.

Joy met Dudley Albert Saville (1933–2006) in 1958. They were married March 7, 1959, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and moved to California where Dudley worked for Standard Oil Company, then to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where their first child, Dudley Alexander (Alex) was born in 1964. At this time, Joy was an assistant head nurse in the adolescent psychiatric ward at the University of Michigan Hospital. They returned to California in 1965, where their second child, Andrea Louise, was born in 1967 in San Rafael. In 1968, Dudley was hired by Princeton University to teach in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Joy worked as a registered nurse at the Princeton Medical Center in the coronary care unit until she began working as an artist. She was a devoted member of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, where she found a spiritual community and an extended family that nurtured her throughout her life.

Joy was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Dudley, and her brothers Don Wagner, Bob Wagner, and Roland Wagner. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Amy Saville, of Highland Park, New Jersey; and their sons, Liam and Graham; her daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Stephen White, of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and their son, Aidan; her sister, Janice West of Centerville, Ohio.; and many loved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: CurePSP 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001; (443) 578-5670;


Robert Aresty

Robert Aresty, 79, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on March 21, 2020 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Robert, known to many as Bob, Spike, and “Unkie” was born in 1940 in Chicago to Julian and Esther Aresty, and grew up in Trenton, NJ. He was a proud graduate of the Lawrenceville School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he endowed the Aresty Scholars program to provide financial support for undergraduates, and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. He was the founder and president of Solar Energy Corp., known as Solec, a pioneering manufacturer of energy-efficient building materials based in Ewing, NJ. Active in national solar energy organizations, he was a passionate advocate for energy efficiency.

Robert is survived by his partner Aleta Wolfe of Garrison, NY, and her daughter, Sophia Ryzy-Ryski;  sister Jane Silverman of Princeton; nephew Jake Silverman (Katie) of New York; niece Rachel Robinson (Alex) of Austin, TX; niece Sarah Blaugrund (Jeff), of Alford, MA;  seven grand-nieces and nephews; and many cousins, friends and co-workers.

Robert loved spending time at his house and on his boat in Loveladies on the Jersey Shore, driving Corvettes, skiing, and reading Barron’s, among many passions. He loved his monthly opera subscription and his dinners and parties at the Institute for Advanced Study. He was a devoted member of his weekly breakfast club which met at a bagel shop in Lawrenceville.

In the words of his close cousin Neil Aresty, “Robert had a zest for life, was stubborn as a mule and yet, at times, as sentimental as anyone I’ve ever known. May his memory be for a blessing.” He had a wide circle of friends from many walks of life and took pleasure in mentoring and advising his family members, his interns, and many others.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, Robert will be laid to rest at a private graveside service. A Memorial Service will be planned for a later date.


Herbert W. Bilsky

Herbert W. Bilsky, 97, of Lawrenceville, passed away on March 16, 2020 after a long and rewarding life.

Born in New York City to Samuel and Esther Bilsky, he spent his early years growing up in the Bronx.  He served proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific.  He attended City College of New York and attained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University following the war.

Early in his career Herb invented the first re-chargeable battery while working for Sonotone.  In the early 1960s he moved his family from Mount Vernon, NY, to Lawrenceville and continued his professional career in engineering at RCA and GE/Lockheed in Hightstown. While there he worked on many ground-breaking aerospace projects including the first satellites which provide us today with communications and weather forecasting, several deep space missions, and the Mars explorers.  Previously Herb had worked for Culter Hammer.  Many aspects of his technical contributions to the aerospace industry are documented in the Princeton University Library collections.

He shall be remembered for these professional accomplishments, his famous signature moustache, his dry wit, and his fierce independence. Herb was also a devoted fan of the NY Yankees and NY Giants.

He is predeceased by his parents, his wife Barbara (Eisenberg), his sister Hilda (Siegel), and brother Norman. He leaves his beloved children Steven, and Joan (Williams), his grandchildren John Williams, David and Daniel Bilsky, and great-grandson, Liam Williams.

Due to coronavirus precautions, funeral services were held privately on Wednesday, March 18 at Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) or a charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To leave condolences for the family visit

March 18, 2020

John Seward Johnson, Jr.

John Seward Johnson, Jr., sculptor of hyper-realistic figures inhabiting cities around the world, creator of New Jersey’s Grounds For Sculpture and the Johnson Atelier, and grandson of Robert Wood Johnson, founder of Johnson & Johnson, died Tuesday, March, 10, 2020, surrounded by his family at his winter home in Key West, Florida. He was 89. The cause was cancer.

At the age of 38, Seward Johnson had been a painter when his wife, Cecelia Joyce Johnson, noticed that he had a mechanical aptitude and encouraged him to try sculpture. Less than a year later, Johnson won the top prize at the Design in Steel Awards. From the beginning, he focused on creating life-sized bronze sculptures of people engaged in daily activities to honor “the beauty of the rituals of everyday life.”

It was in 1980 that Johnson first achieved wide acclaim, followed by citywide exhibitions in Rome and Berlin, and a growing number of collectors. “Double Check,” Johnson’s 1982 bronze sculpture of a businessman, was the only Ground Zero piece to remain intact after the attacks of September 11, 2001. As The New York Times reported: “While ‘Double Check’ evolved into a memorial to all who perished, it was also a fitting metaphor for the city: though the sculpture had been knocked loose from its moorings, it endured.”

‘’Most people who like my work are timid about their own sense of art,” Johnson explained. “I love to draw it out of them, because they have strong inner feelings. They’ve been intimidated by the art world.’’ His later work explored iconographic references. A series that immersed viewers in life-sized tableaux of Impressionist subjects was among The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington’s all-time draws and was later exhibited along the Seine in Bougival near Paris.

As Johnson became more prolific, he opened a studio in his native New Jersey that expanded to become the Johnson Atelier — a technical school and an open foundry for other sculptors that revolutionized control of the medium. Previously, the ancient secrets of casting had been well guarded. The Atelier gave artists freedom over own their work, attracting some of the world’s great sculptors.

Seward Johnson, the son of John Seward Johnson and Ruth Dill, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on April 16, 1930. His father, a director of Johnson & Johnson, helped chart the company’s international expansion. His mother was the daughter of a member of the Bermudian colonial parliament, whose younger sister, Diana Dill, married the actor Kirk Douglas. Johnson lived with his three sisters in several locations across the United States and Europe. He attended the Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut, to address his acute dyslexia, and the University of Maine at Orono. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1955.

After the war, he dutifully took a management job in the family company, but it was later made severely clear to him that his future was not there. He would undergo a period of painful searching to find his place, which his marriage to Cecelia Joyce provided. As his career took off, so did his reputation for being a well-known raconteur. Close friend Joyce Carol Oates joked, “Seward often tells great stories, and a few of them are even true.” Yet when it came to himself, he was unflinchingly honest. “After years of being afraid into my forties to show who I really was,” he later wrote, “I had to burst out and say, ‘Here, this is the real me. Take me or leave me!’”

As Johnson’s reputation as an artist flourished, he began plans for a sculpture park with a vision as detailed as his figures. Visitors would be “encouraged to overcome any natural, habitual, or learned resistance or fear of art, for an experience that elevates the soul and heals the spirit.” The now 42-acre Grounds For Sculpture gained international acclaim since its opening in June 1992 and features the works of more than 150 artists.

Still, many in Seward’s family felt his greatest gifts were reserved for them. “He was just capable of not taking anything for granted in his field of vision, always considering something from an upside-down point of view,” his son John S. Johnson III, co-founder of BuzzFeed, recalled. “What he did for me is open my eyes.” His nephew Michael Greenleaf felt Seward’s greatest lesson was “to extend yourself — to give yourself to the situation. Be generous — over and over.”

J Seward Johnson, Jr. who resided in Hopewell, New Jersey; Nantucket, MA; New York City, and Key West, Florida, is survived by his wife Cecelia Joyce; his son, John, and his wife, Susan; his daughter, India, and her husband Eliot, and five grandchildren.


Stacie Lee Isaacson

Stacie Lee Isaacson, born December 31, 1960 in Trenton, NJ, died peacefully on the night of March 13, 2020.

She spent her childhood in Yardley, Pa. She was a special gift to her mother, whose birthday was January 1st. Stacie was a beautiful person inside and out. Despite her many difficulties in life, she had an uplifting spirit about her that will be remembered by all who knew her. At a young age, many people in the local Yardley community volunteered to assist in a program called “Patterning” to improve her motor skills. She was a medalist in the Special Olympics for swimming of which she was very proud — her favorite stroke was the butterfly.

Never one to pass judgement on others, Stacie loved laughing and telling jokes and was very good at telling you what famous person you resembled. It was her way of endearing herself to others, her intent was to form a simple connection with that person. There are many life lessons Stacie taught us — about love, the beauty of life, and compassion for others. Though we may not have realized it at the time, her outward love for people is a lesson we can all share. As many can attest, she touched many lives and will surely be missed.

Predeceased by her mother and father Sondra and George Isaacson, and brother-in-law Howard Domers, she is survived by her sister Laurie Domers, her brother and sister-in-law Steven Isaacson and Laura Lichstein, her nieces Ashley and Alli Domers and Sydney and Olivia Isaacson. She was a longtime resident of the Bancroft residential community in Vorhees, NJ, and will be missed by many of her friends there.

Due to health concerns around coronavirus, funeral services will be held privately for family with burial at Ewing Cemetery. A celebration of Stacie’s life will be announced in the near future. Memorial contributions are respectfully requested to Special Olympics of New Jersey, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave condolences for the family visit


Constance Greiff

Constance Greiff, architectural historian, a pioneer of the historic preservation movement in the U.S., and longtime resident of Princeton and Rocky Hill, died Sunday, March 1, in Princeton.

Mrs. Greiff (pronounced to rhyme with “life”) turned an amateur passion for historic buildings into a profession, authoring books, founding and presiding over Preservation New Jersey, a nonprofit devoted to preserving the state’s diverse heritage, consulting, and advising the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Every building tells a story, though sometimes you have to dig to find it,” Mrs. Greiff said. “I like the digging and I like the telling.”

Her sons James and Peter said the cause of death was congestive heart failure. She was 90 years old.

Mrs. Greiff found her vocation in the early 1960s, within a few years of moving to Princeton, which was rich in historically significant but largely unexplored homes, churches, and buildings. Teaming up with a Vassar co-alumna Mary (Weitzel) Gibbons, and photographer Elizabeth G. C. Menzies, Mrs. Greiff co-authored “Princeton Architecture: A Pictorial History of Town and Campus,” published in 1967 by the Princeton University Press. The book had unusually high sales for a university press edition and for a time graced a good number of coffee tables in Princeton. The book was later reissued in paperback.

That book led to her involvement in the nascent New Jersey preservation movement and the Princeton Historical Society, where she served twice as president and led the restoration of the society’s Nassau Street home, Bainbridge House.

In 1969, upon learning that Princeton University was going to build a large, mostly subterranean annex to Firestone Library, she and Mary Gibbons convinced the university to allow a brigade of students and volunteers to excavate the site, where the Houdibras Tavern had stood in the 18th century. For six weeks in the spring of that year, the team extracted shards of pottery and china, tableware and other household items, which later were catalogued and displayed in Bainbridge House.

Mrs. Greiff was appointed advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1973 and became an editor at the Pyne Press, a small imprint based on Nassau Street that specialized in the re-issue of vintage architectural books. While at Pyne Press, she authored “Lost America: From the Atlantic to the Mississippi” and “Lost America: From the Mississippi to the Pacific,” photographic tours of hundreds of buildings of architectural or historic value that had been lost to neglect, fire, flood or modern development. Through these books, Greiff’s work became known to a national audience.

“‘Lost America’ is more than a runthrough of a morgue of dead buildings, for it can sharpen our sight, alert us what to look for, make us conscious of the buildings around us,” The New York Times’ Thomas Lash wrote in a review. “It can help us stop making the same mistakes our ancestors did.”

In a separate New York Times review, Rita Reif wrote, “’Lost America’ is the most persuasive, intelligent argument yet presented for preservation of this country’s historic buildings….This long overdue indictment of all apathetic or greedy Americans responsible for the destruction of architectural treasures, is written with full knowledge that preservation does not mean an end to change and progress.”

Other books Mrs. Greiff authored were “John Notman, Architect” (Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 1979), “Independence: The Creation of a National Park” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987), “Early Victorian” and “Art Nouveau” (both Abbeville Press, 1995), “Robert Smith, Architect, Builder, Patriot” (Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 2000), which she co-authored with Charles E. Peterson and  Maria Thompson “Morven: Memory, Myth and Reality” (Historic Morven, Inc., 2004) which she co-authored with Wanda Gunning.

In 1975, Mrs. Greiff founded Heritage Studies, a consultancy that performed surveys and studies for towns, counties, and states in the Northeast, the first of its kind in the preservation world. Heritage Studies employed many young architectural historians, helping launch careers in what was still a new field. Architectural historian Bob Craig, Supervisor of the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, who worked at Heritage Studies during a 12 year period in the 1970s and 1980s, recalled that working for Mrs. Greiff was “like getting a second graduate school education.”

In 1978, she founded Preservation New Jersey, of which she was President until 1989. She also served on the planning boards of Princeton and Rocky Hill and was a member of the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Preservation.

Constance May Mann was born in New York on Oct. 4, 1929, the second of two daughters of Jacob and Evelyn (Weiss) Mann. Her father taught Latin in the New York public schools. Raised in Queens and Manhattan, she recalled being assigned to be a messenger in Manhattan during the blackouts of World War II. She said her duties were to sit by a phone in a basement office of her apartment building, but the phone never rang.

Mrs. Greiff graduated from Vassar College, where she studied Art History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduate studies at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, she returned to teach briefly at Vassar.

While studying at Vassar, she met Robert Greiff, an engineering student at Columbia University.  They were married in 1952 and had two sons, James and Peter, who survive her, as do James’ wife, Bia, his children, Rachel and Samuel, and Peter’s daughter, Lara. Robert Greiff passed away in 2018. Mrs. Greiff’s older sister, Joan, passed away in January 2020.


Rina Ann Pennacchia

Rina Ann Pennacchia, 75, of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away at home Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

A resident of Annapolis for over 50 years, Rina was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, by the late Dominick Pennacchia and Helen Yolanda (Taraschi) Pennacchia.

She was a graduate of Princeton High School, Golden Beacon Junior College in Wilmington, DE, and American University of Washington, DC.

Rina was a trailblazer for working women in the ’70s and ’80s. She rarely accepted “no” when she wanted to do something, and with tenacity and aplomb accomplished much in her life. She worked for a short time at ETS in Princeton, NJ, before moving to Washington, DC. She worked for the Urban Institute in its early days helping develop a compensation and classification system, minority recruitment, and affirmative action programs. After 12 years she resigned as Vice President and Corporate Secretary in 1983.

Rina went on to work for Freddie Mac as one of the only female administrators as Director of Administration, Facilities and Real Estate. She worked for Social and Scientific Systems developing affirmative action programs, restructuring benefit programs, and successfully defending against EEO lawsuits. She served as the Director of Human Resources for seven years at Howard Hughes Medical Institute where she restructured personnel services, counseled managers, supervisors, and employees in 35 sites and 28 states. By the time she left, HHMI grew to over 3,000 staff and consultants and 72 sites.

She completed her professional career with 10 years at the National Council on Aging (NCOA). As Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Management, this was one of her most rewarding experiences. She retired in May of 2019.

Rina was an avid traveler having visited Australia; New Zealand; St. Petersburg, Russia; Austria; Great Britain; Ireland; France; and Spain and especially loved spending time in Ferentino, Italy with family. She was an avid reader, loved culinary arts, classical music, and truly cared about people and their well-being. She was an active member and officer in the Washington Personnel Association (WPA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the American Society of Personnel Administration (ASPA).

Rina was predeceased by her sister, Angela (Pennacchia) Bechtelheimer. Rina is survived by her sister, Patricia Giallella and her husband Victor of Princeton, New Jersey; her niece Jennifer Cantalupo and husband Michael of South Easton, Massachusetts; her nephew Andrew Giallella of Ocean, New Jersey; her great-niece and goddaughter, Gabriella Cantalupo and a great-nephew Dominick Cantalupo; a dear brother-in-law Paul Bechtelheimer and his wife Christine of Sewell, NJ; longtime friend and companion Christopher Kuhn of Annapolis, Maryland; and several extended cousins in the Taraschi, Zoccola, Caponi, Zorochin, and Merrifield families.

She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

At the request of the family, Rina was privately cremated.

Services have been postponed and will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Rina’s honor to Dorothea’s House, 120 John Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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David Alan Jacqmin

David Alan Jacqmin of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019. He was born on October 15, 1947 in Boston, MA, to Harris John Jacqmin and Alice Wheeler Jacqmin. He grew up in Alton, IL; Great Neck, NY; Garden City, NY; Deer Park, TX; and Westport, CT, graduating from Staples High School in 1965.

After matriculating at Swarthmore University, David earned his BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While he was living in Boston and working as a carpenter, a mutual friend introduced him to his future wife, Maxine Novek. In 1977, David and Maxine were married in their Winter Hill apartment by the mayor of Somerville.

David earned his PhD in applied physics from Harvard University in 1983, after which the family moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, where they lived for the next 34 years. After a two-year stint working for Standard Oil of Ohio, he joined NASA Glenn Research Center, where he worked for nearly 30 years before retiring as a principal investigator/senior research engineer in 2014. During his time at NASA, he published numerous research papers. The paper he considered his best (“Very, Very Fast Wetting”) was published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics in 2002. It showed how it is possible to coat fibers and flat surfaces at very high capillary numbers.

David was also a musician, and — after playing the French horn as a teenager in the Connecticut All State Band — took up the instrument again in the mid-90s. He played for many years with the Shaker Symphony, a community orchestra. David loved being outdoors, and was always the first to wade into any body of water he came across — regardless of whether or not he’d packed swim trunks. He was an avid traveler, taking his family on numerous trips, perhaps most memorably to Nantucket, the Jersey shore, and Napa Valley. He was a voracious reader who loved James Thurber, Djuna Barnes, “The Wind in the Willows,” “Mistress Masham’s Repose,” and poetry. And he loved to eat — especially ice cream.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, David became active with the InMotion nonprofit center and the Parkinson Education Program of Greater Cleveland. He is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Maxine; daughters Hilary Jacqmin (husband David Fishman) and Laura Jacqmin (partner James Tasch); sister Deborah Jacqmin Kramer and brother-in-law Gregory Kramer; niece Alex Kramer; granddaughter Violet Ada Fishman; and many cousins. Donations may be made in his memory to InMotion ( and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (


Charles Russell Sheldon

Charles Russell Sheldon, 71, of Trenton, N.J., died quietly in his sleep last month after a brief illness.

Loving grandfather, father, brother, nephew, cousin, neighbor, and friend, Charlie was an ardent member of Citizen’s Rifle and Revolver Club, of Princeton Junction, and Pennington Road Fire Company and First Aid Unit, of Ewing. He is deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Charlie’s name to either of the organizations mentioned above.

March 4, 2020

Rachel “Phyllis” Soffen

Rachel “Phyllis” Soffen died at age 88 on Saturday, February 29, 2020. She lived in Princeton, NJ, for many years, raising a family of five children with her husband of 50 years, Marvin Soffen. After she retired, and after Marvin passed in 2003, Phyllis also lived in Durham, NH, Portsmouth, NH, and Potomac, MD.

Phyllis was born in Washington, DC, on September 14, 1931. Her childhood was spent in Red Bank, NJ, where she attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse. Later, the family moved to Washington Crossing, PA.

Phyllis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952, with a BA in Education, and then earned a MA in Child Psychology. While in college, she met Marvin Soffen on a blind date, but dismissed him quickly because he kept agreeing with everything she said. Later, while still in college, she fell ill with the mumps and returned home to Washington Crossing to convalesce. Bored, she started writing letters. Marvin responded, writing eagerly and repeatedly. She gave her besotted suitor a second chance and had the love affair of a lifetime.

Phyllis was an avid member of the League of Women Voters in Princeton, NJ, where she and Marvin made their life. She was a supporter of the Planned Parenthood organization and a member of the Princeton Jewish Center. She volunteered her time at Recording for the Blind.

When the youngest of her five children was in grade school, Phyllis started a career teaching three-year-olds at Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School. Her retirement party included children of children, and two generations of students. She enjoyed telling the story of always having a father of one of the children in her class play Santa Claus during the holidays. Typically, it seemed, it was always the child whose father was in costume who, terrified, tearfully refused to sit on Santa’s lap.

She instilled the love of reading in her children by taking the time to read to each of her five children separately (Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Hardy boys, Pippi Longstocking, and the Boxcar Children). Family April Fool’s Day breakfasts consisted of green colored milk and a soft-boiled egg — when you cracked it open, there was chocolate ice cream inside!

Her children’s friends also experienced her love of fun when they would come after school and get the standard “cookies and juice.” This consisted of Phyllis insisting each child give her the “hole” of the striped shortbread cookie in order to receive a fourth cookie. All would nibble that cookie down to a delectable but impossible hole, and offer it back, but no, she wanted “no cookie at all, just the hole.” This hole invariably disappeared as soon as the cookie’s rim was too tiny, and there went the chance of a fourth cookie. She was always appropriately shocked and dismayed.

She followed in her parents’ tradition of taking each of her grandchildren on a first trip to Europe when they turned 10 (so that they might remember it). She also loved trips to the family home at the Jersey shore, where she would ask the children to dig a hole in the sand to China and treat them to the Asbury Park boardwalk and amusement park rides.

Phyllis always looked on the bright side of every situation. Even when Marvin, the love of her life for 50+ years died, in the first 24 hours, through her tears, she insisted “this too will pass.” In addition to her husband Marvin, Phyllis was predeceased by her mother Mina (Greene) Ostrolenk, her father Samuel Ostrolenk, as well as her brother, David Ostrolenk.

She is survived by her children, Cindy Soffen Cooper and her husband David, Steve Soffen and his wife Margaret, Shari Soffen Donnermeyer and her husband Dennis, Sybil Soffen Miller and her husband Derek, and Scott Soffen and his wife Pat, along with 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will hold a private memorial service. We share grief in her passing and joy in the memories she left us.


The Rt. Rev. G. P. Mellick Belshaw

The Rt. Rev. George Phelps Mellick Belshaw, the ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey from 1983 to 1994, died on Saturday, February 29th peacefully in an apartment he had recently moved into on Mercer Street in Princeton. He was 91 years of age, born July 14, 1928 in Plainfield, NJ, the only child of Edith Mellick of Plainfield and New York and the Rev. Harold Belshaw, who immigrated to America from Wigan, England when a teen.

Known as Mellick, he spent his early youth in Paris, France, where his father was on the church staff of the American cathedral, before moving to Manhattan and soon thereafter to New Haven, CT. Mellick attended St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, graduating with the class of 1947, the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, completing his studies in three years and graduating with the class of 1951, and the General Theological Seminary in New York, graduating in 1954. In June of that year he married Elizabeth Wheeler of Providence, RI, and was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church a week later at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston, MA. He was ordained a priest at St. Christopher’s Church, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii that December and spent three years as vicar of St. Matthew’s Church in Waimanalo, Oahu, during which he helped construct the new church building out of the vicarage garage.

He returned to General Seminary in 1957, earning a S.T.M. degree, working as a seminary tutor. From 1959 to 1965, Mellick was the Rector of Christ Church, Dover, DE, and from 1965 to 1975 was Rector of St. George’s-by-the-River, Rumson, NJ. He was elected Suffragen Bishop of New Jersey, duly consecrated in February of 1975,  before being elected on the first ballot to be the Diocesan bishop in 1983.

Mellick was active in a number of educational and advocacy ministries, including The Anglican Theological Review where he wrote book reviews and articles and served as a member of the corporation, the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey, visiting lecturer in ascetical theology at General Seminary, Fellow of the College of Preachers in Washington D.C., longtime active member of the American Teilhard de Chardin Association, and served the national Episcopal Church on the Economic Justice Implementation Committee, the Joint Commission on Peace, and as president of the Episcopal Urban Caucus.

He edited two books on Lenten meditations based on the writings of Evelyn Underhill and Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, and wrote articles and essays for various publications including the Living Church and St. Luke’s Journal. He was awarded Doctor of Divinity degrees from General Seminary, The University of the South, and Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

Mellick faithfully served General Theological Seminary as trustee from 1975 to 2006, including as Chairman of the Board for eight years in the 1990s. He retired as the longest serving trustee in the seminary’s history. He served a year as acting Dean there during the school year of 1997-1998. He also served as the summer chaplain at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Prout’s Neck, Maine, for 36 years in August.

Mellick is survived by his three children: the Rev. Richard Belshaw of Durham, NH; Elizabeth (Lisa) Belshaw Ham, who is the Development Director of Princeton’s Public Library here in Princeton; and George P.M. Belshaw, Jr. of Greenwich, CT. He was very fond of his two daughters-in-law Julia Slater Gittes and Dorothy Murray, his son-in-law Peter Ham, and his seven grandchildren: M Slater, Daniel Belshaw, Elizabeth Ham, Alexandra Ham, Martha Belshaw, Alice Belshaw, and George P.M. Belshaw III.

Mellick was a longtime fixture at many Princeton gatherings such as the Old Guard and Princeton Symphony concerts, an active tennis player at the Pretty Brook Club, a frequent dinner guest at the Nassau Club, and maintained innumerable friendships with many local residents. He was a lifelong sailor in summers in Maine, owning and caring for an old wooden Leuder-16.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the G.P. Mellick Belshaw Educational & Theological Fund at the Diocese of New Jersey, Trenton, or Trinity Church, Princeton.


Betty Compton Selberg

On February 26, 2020 Betty Compton Selberg, formerly of Princeton, NJ, and Mountain View, CA, passed away at the age of 90 in Virginia Beach, VA.

Betty was born November 24, 1929 in Muses Mills, KY, to Virginia Nell Compton and Harold Compton. Betty was the eldest of six children. A graduate of Deer Park High School in Cincinnati, OH, she received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, an editor for the UK paper, and modeled for department stores Shillito’s of Cincinnati, OH, and Purcell’s of Lexington, KY. She later worked as a journalist for the Thoroughbred Record and the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

Married to the late Carl Faith, Professor Emeritus of mathematics at Rutgers University, she lived in Princeton, NJ, with their daughters, Heidi and Cindy. She taught English as a second language, and studied ballet and dance while she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she received her master’s degree and pursued a Ph.D. in Linguistics.

Betty developed technical documentation at Applied Data Research (ADR) in Princeton before relocating to Mountain View, CA, to join IBM’s Santa Theresa Lab as a senior technical writer. She was president of her local IEEE chapter. She loved California’s weather, taking great joy in growing her roses and fruit trees.

In 1995 Betty returned to Princeton to marry her soulmate Atle Selberg, Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Atle died in 2007.

Betty had a lifelong love of languages; she studied Latin, Ancient Greek, French, and Italian. She was intellectually curious about different cultures and the scientific world. She was an expert cook, world traveler, and ardent photographer. A talented seamstress, she made coordinated outfits for her daughters — at the age when they cooperated — and herself. Betty also had a passion for early 20th century kitchenware, cookbooks, pottery, classic clothing, and haute couture which she collected over many years. As she often observed, “they don’t make things the way they used to!”

Betty’s laughter was contagious, her smile like a sunbeam. She could find common ground or a shared story with everyone she met. Her warm, generous, and gracious spirit brought joy to all who knew and loved her.

Betty is survived by her daughters Heidi and Cindy; her grandson, Michael Mandelkorn; and her five siblings, Robert Compton, Bonnie Hanson, Paula Schneider, Reecie Compton, and Judy Scott.

In accordance with Betty’s wishes she will be privately cremated. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting journalism covering the causes that you care about.


Freeman J. Dyson

Professor Freeman J. Dyson died after a brief hospitalization in Princeton, NJ, on Friday, February 28 at the age of 96.

Freeman is survived by his beloved wife Imme Jung Dyson; his six children Esther Dyson, George Dyson, Dorothy Dyson, Emily Dyson Scott, Mia Dyson, and Rebecca Dyson; a step-daughter Katrina; their spouses; and 16 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Sir George Dyson and Lady Mildred Lucy Dyson, and his sister Alice Mildred Dyson, all of Winchester, England.

Freeman was born on December 15, 1923 in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England. He graduated from Cambridge with a B.A. in mathematics. Freeman worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force in World War II. Following the war, Freeman began his graduate studies in physics at Cornell University, where he worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman. His most useful contribution to science was the unification of the three versions of quantum electrodynamics invented by Feynman, Schwinger, and Tomonaga. He subsequently worked on nuclear reactors, solid state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics, and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied.

He has written a number of books about science for the general public. Freeman is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for progress in Religion, and in 2012 he was awarded the Henri Poincaré Prize at the August meeting of the International Mathematical Physics Congress.

Freeman and Imme were married in 1958 in San Diego, CA. They settled in Princeton where he continued as Professor of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Over the next eight years, Freeman and Imme added four children to their family, which included two children from Freeman’s first marriage.

Freeman loved to read aloud to his children, often racing Imme out of the kitchen after supper to scoop up the chapter book du jour and settle in for a good read. Freeman was also a devoted music teacher, helping the children every afternoon with their daily practicing. On clear nights, Freeman would set up his telescope and gather his pajama-clad children around to star gaze and speculate on the mysteries of the universe.

Freeman would also happily cheer his children on as they swam their hearts out at Nassau Swim Club swim meets, and at horse shows at the Chestnut Ridge Riding Club. Nothing gave Freeman more pleasure than celebrating the dreams and aspirations of his children. Once the children had grown and gone, Freeman was a familiar site at the finish line of many a road race, clutching Imme’s pocketbook and cheering her on to win yet another race.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, on Saturday April 18 with a reception to follow at the Institute for Advanced Study. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Peace Action Education Fund,


Ann Lee Saunders Brown

Ann Lee Saunders Brown, 101, died peacefully at her family’s Tuckahoe Point Farm in Richmond, Va., on February 22, 2020. She was the daughter of Edmund Archer and Jane Quinn Saunders, and the sister of Jane Q. Saunders. Her son, Charles A. Brown, lives in Hawaii. Her grandson, Alexander Brown, lives on the family farm with his wife, Natalie, and their children, Ainsley, Harrison, and Savannah.

Born in Richmond and raised on the farm, Ann Lee graduated from Collegiate School, where she received the Rosemary Award – then and now, the highest award for academics, athletics, citizenship, and leadership. Collegiate named their upper school library, Saunders Family Library, for her.

In 1959, Ann Lee married Charles L. Brown at the family farm, and together they moved 19 times as his career elevated him to Chairman and CEO of AT&T. Ann Lee was a strong and caring support to Charlie and all those affected by the breakup of the Bell System. They returned to Virginia to live, but Ann Lee maintained her home in Princeton, New Jersey, and her support of the Institute for Advanced Study.

In Virginia, she enjoyed many years of involvement with Colonial Williamsburg, celebrated her father at Virginia Military Institute, and proudly supported the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. No doubt, these institutions and others including the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and The Tuckahoe Garden Club greatly enriched Ann Lee’s life.

Let the remembrance of her smile express her deep gratitude to all family, to all faithful supporters on the farm, to many exceptionally loyal friends, all colleagues of the many institutions she enjoyed, every caretaker, and certainly her beloved dog, Nikki Beau!

A celebration of Ann Lee’s life was held on February 29 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Goochland Cares, Sheltering Arms, or any of the above-mentioned institutions.

February 26, 2020

Helen Louise Flower

Helen Flower, age 94, died on February 9, 2020 in Hightstown, New Jersey. She was resident of the memory care unit at Meadow Lakes senior living community. Helen suffered from an unremitting cognitive decline over the past ten years, even as the sparkle remained in her bright green eyes almost until the very end.

Helen was born on June 21, 1925 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the younger daughter of Fred Nassour and Sarah Abousleman Nassour. Her mother grew up in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Throughout her life she was very close to her older sister Ann Marie Rolfes, who predeceased her. When she was very young, her parents moved to Hollywood, California, where her father owned a number of businesses and built a movie studio with the first indoor soundstage. After graduating from High School she attended art school in Los Angeles, and remained an avid drawer and painter her entire life. At various times in her life, she lived in Palm Desert, Yorba Linda, and Santa Rosa (California) and in Prescott and Scottsdale (Arizona). Helen was especially devoted to animals, raising horses in her youth, and then breeding German Shepherds later in life. Her greatest success story in this regard was her horse Twinkle Toes (seen in the photograph above), who was trained as a professional stunt horse and served as John Wayne’s preferred mount in several of his most famous films (Horse Soldiers, True Grit, and many more).

Helen moved from Phoenix, Arizona, to Princeton in 2005 to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law, and her two granddaughters. To her great sadness, her husband John Sebastian Flower died suddenly in Princeton a mere three years later. In her heart she always remained a Westerner, and often spoke of moving back to Southern California. She is survived by her son Michael A. Flower (Harriet), her step-son Steven S. Flower (Cindy), of Rathdrum, Idaho, her two granddaughters Isabel A. Flower and Rosalind A. Flower, both of New York City, and her niece Jody Northcutt (Rob) of Dallas, Texas.

Her funeral mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Skillman, New Jersey. Her ashes, as well as those of her husband John Flower, will be interred in the Flower family mausoleum (built by the latter’s grandfather) in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.


Joseph C. McKee


“And music echoes eternal tones.” —John O’Donohue

Joseph C. McKee, 72, of Monroe Township and Berkeley Heights, NJ, died peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2020. He had been battling cancer with great valor and hope.

Joe was born on Sunday, March 2, 1947 in McKeesport, PA, the younger son of Mary Jane Challener McKee (music educator) and John Lowden McKee (business executive). Joe lived his early years in Princeton where his musical and acting talents were nurtured and developed in public schools and the Nassau Presbyterian Church. He earned degrees from Princeton High School, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (BM, MM), and The Juilliard School Opera Theater. He served in the United States Army (1971-1974), US Army Chorus at Fort Myer, VA.

Throughout his life, Joe contributed his acclaimed vocal talents to enthusiastic audiences in opera houses, recital halls, and churches throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Kenya. His elementary schoolmates heard his radiant gifts when he sang the soprano solo in “O Holy Night.” They evolved through his spot-on Sinatra impersonations and the corn-pone jug band he led in the home basement. Joe’s art matured ultimately in the many leading bass-baritone roles he performed during his 16-year career at The New York City Opera (Beverly Sills, General Director). For more than 20 years right up until his death, Joe sang weekly in the choir at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church (Chatham, NJ) under the direction of Robert Long.

Joe’s superb musicianship was matched nearly by his great good humor and his unfailing ability to make people laugh. Many of his best operatic roles were comedic. He was God’s instrument for warming our hearts with eternal music and puckish wit.

Those who survive Joe include his brother David McKee and Barbara Farrell (Brunswick,  ME), his niece Elizabeth McKee and husband Aaron Katz (Los Angeles), his nephew Andrew McKee and wife Kanako and daughters (Mill Valley, CA), his father’s wife Marilyn McKee (Naples, FL). And the many people whose hearts he touched and tickled who miss him dearly.

A memorial service to commemorate Joe and give thanks for his life is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th at 10:30 am in Chatham, NJ, at the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 234 Southern Boulevard. Meanwhile, mourners may leave tributes and remembrances online at Paul Ippolito Memorial Funeral Homes (Berkeley Heights, NJ),

Memorial donations are gratefully received by Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 234 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, NJ 07928 and by the Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10006-3111,


Elizabeth Sinclair Flemer

Elizabeth Sinclair Flemer (“Lib”) died peacefully of natural causes at age 94, on Saturday, February 15th, surrounded by her loving children.

Born in Princeton in June, 1925, Lib attended Miss Fine’s School, Chatham Hall in Virginia, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1946 with a BA in music composition. The youngest of five children, her parents were Harriette Hart Doughty and Donald Bunker Sinclair, MD. Dr. Sinclair was one of the founding physicians of Princeton Hospital.

Lib married her childhood friend William Flemer III (“Bill”) in 1948. Bill’s family ran Princeton Nurseries in Kingston for four generations, beginning in 1913.

Lib and Bill lived their entire married lives on the nursery, where they raised their three children and a wide variety of farm animals. Bill died in 2007, and Lib moved to Stonebridge in Montgomery Twp. in 2009, where she lived until her death.

In addition to her many skills as a nursery wife and homemaker, Lib was instrumental in the 1950s in changing childbirth practices at Princeton Hospital, where her babies were born. Thanks to her efforts and to those of other determined young mothers, fathers were allowed into delivery rooms, and mothers were given the right to manage their own deliveries, refusing sedation if they so chose.

For several years, she organized and ran the annual ballet festivals of the Princeton Ballet Society. She was a longtime member of the Princeton choral organization Musical Amateurs.

A member of All Saints’ Church in Princeton from its founding in 1960, she sang in the choir, served on the vestry and as warden, headed the Episcopal Church Women group, and edited the church newsletter.

She taught literacy to inmates at the Mercer County Jail, and was a Literacy Volunteer of America at the Princeton Public Library.

She made all of her children’s friends feel welcome in the family home on the nursery. Last-minute extra guests for supper were always generously accommodated. She was a wonderful cook and renowned for her delicious pies.

She and Bill traveled repeatedly with their children to Nova Scotia, England, and the western U.S. Later, as a couple, they visited Japan, Africa, and Europe.

At Stonebridge, she was a founding member of the Stonebridge Singers and Stonebridge Players, with its Monday Supper Club.

Lib is survived by her three children: Louise Gross of Princeton, Heidi Hesselein of Allentown, NJ, and Bill Flemer IV, of Princeton. She was also blessed with  nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, or to HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrence Twp., NJ 08648;


Lillian Cohen

Lillian Cohen, 99, of Princeton died on February 19th at home.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she lived in Princeton for 64 years.

Lillian was truly a modern woman for her time. She was curious, always reaching out to learn and experience those wonderful things that life had to offer her. She was an avid reader, loved studying French, going to concerts, and playing tennis. Lillian welcomed friends into her home regularly with open arms and great generosity sharing her wonderful cooking and spirited conversation. She was married for 59 years to Julius Cohen, a constitutional lawyer and distinguished Rutgers professor with whom she shared a rich and diverse life. They were companions of a quality one rarely had the privilege of observing.

Having grown up during the depression, Lillian went to work after taking secretarial courses right out of high school in order to help support her mother, two brothers, and sister. She also mourned the loss of her 18-year-old brother during World War II, a loss that haunted her throughout her life.

Those of us left behind will miss Lillian Cohen and will be forever grateful for her presence in our lives.

February 19, 2020

Nancy Sawin Teare

Nancy Sawin Teare, age 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Princeton, New Jersey, with her two loving daughters by her side. 

Nancy was born on March 24, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of George W. Sawin and Ida Hamilton Sawin. She grew up in Reading, MA, her parents having lived in Massachusetts all their lives. Nancy was the apple of her father’s eye and she enjoyed the time the two of them would spend together. She attended Reading High School and then Skidmore College, graduating in the Class of 1952 with a BA in Art. After graduation, she moved to Boston and worked as a commercial artist. She married George William Teare, Jr. in 1954 and enjoyed 45 years of marriage, raising two daughters together. 

Nancy moved to Princeton in 2004 to live closer to her daughters, but remained a New Englander at heart. She rooted for the Patriots, called a water fountain a bubblah, taught her family how to eat a lobster, loved coffee ice cream, subscribed to Yankee magazine, and never bought imitation maple syrup. She spent many summers on Cape Cod during her youth with her parents and her girlfriends. She later shared the love of the Cape with her children and grandchildren, always being the first one in the ocean no matter how cold the water temperature. 

Nancy was an avid artist all of her life, and her beautiful watercolors of seascapes and New England scenes hang in all the homes of those she loved. She had an innate sense of color which also showed in her interior decorating ability. Nancy displayed her artistic prowess in her many hobbies including needlepoint, quilting, and knitting. She devoted many hours to her needlepoint including stitching every grandchild their own Christmas stocking. She loved to travel and nothing made her happier than being near the ocean, whether it be sailing or walking a beautiful beach and collecting shells with her grandchildren. In the evenings, she enjoyed reading a good spy novel or a beloved poetry book and completing the day’s crossword puzzle. 

She grew up in the Reading Congregational Church, where her father was a deacon and sang in the choir. As part of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was proud of the Sawin heritage tracing it back many centuries to Boxford, England.

Nancy was most proud of her family and held them dearly in her heart. She is survived by her daughters Catharyn Teare Cutright of Princeton, NJ, and Susan Teare Morris and son-in-law John Morris of Princeton, NJ;  her six grandchildren Brooks Cutright and wife Nahema Mehta, Molly Cutright, Logan Morris McIntosh and husband Tom McIntosh, Nellie Morris, Catharyn Morris, and Annie Morris, along with her three adored great-granddaughters, Annabel and Libby McIntosh and Nyah Cutright. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 12:00 noon at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey. A private burial will be held in Watertown, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her name to Skidmore College, Office of Advancement-North Hall, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632.

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


Pierre Adrien Piroué


Pierre A. Piroué, Henry Dewolf Smyth Professor of Physics, Emeritus, passed away peacefully on Wednesday February 12, 2020, in Princeton Hospital after a brief illness.

For over 60 years Pierre graced the Princeton University physics department with his outstanding research and teaching, and unforgettable charm and wit. Though he retired in 2001, he remained active in research and created a highly popular and respected freshman seminar on the physics of music.

A talented skier and tennis player, he loved his annual visits to Verbier in the Swiss Alps, and was a colorful, relentless presence on tennis courts on campus and at Constitution Hill.

Pierre is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Marianne, son Olivier and his wife Teresa, daughter-in-law Beverly from his older son Nicolas, who predeceased him in 2004, and grandchildren Amanda and Andrew.

Funeral services and interment are private. Announcements will be made of a memorial celebration of Pierre’s life to be held at Princeton University.


Antonio Osato Elmaleh

Antonio Osato Elmaleh of Ringoes, NJ, died at home on January 16 surrounded by family after a long battle with cardiac amyloidosis. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Mr. Elmaleh was born in New York City on June 15, 1950 to Sono Osato and Victor Elmaleh. A graduate of the Collegiate School in 1968, he went on to attend Duke University.

Always fascinated by history, Mr. Elmaleh was particularly interested in the Civil War, its origins, and its continuing impact on our country today. He was the author of The Ones They Left Behind, a novel set during the aftermath of the Civil War. He was also podcaster of the series “Uncovering the Civil War,” which will be released in book form later this year.

Mr. Elmaleh was an investor in real estate and green energy companies, and a former restauranteur and movie producer. In an earlier period of his life, he was a nationally ranked tennis and squash player. Mr. Elmaleh was also an avid golfer and reader, as well as a competitive Scrabble, backgammon, and cribbage player.

He gained recognition as a dedicated supporter of education and was a two-time Board Chair of the Waldorf School of Princeton. Mr. Elmaleh was also a member of The Players Club in New York City and The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes.

Married in 2003 to Anne Williams, he is survived by his spouse and two children, Sarah Elmaleh and Andrew Elmaleh, both of Los Angeles. He is also survived by his brother Niko and nephew Alex of New York City. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Cathy Anne Horn, who died in 2013.


John Clarence Zahner

John Clarence Zahner passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. He was 85 years old.

John had a long career at Mobil Central Research Laboratory and Engineering Department. John grew up in Centralia, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois, thinking he wanted to study architecture. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering there in 1961 before joining Stanford University as an Assistant Professor.

In 1963 he and his wife Ann (Drenckhahn) Zahner moved to Princeton, NJ, to join Mobil Central Research and raise their family. John’s name is on 19 patents for Mobil, three as the sole inventor. He also conducted scoping economics at CRL and pioneered refinery model linear programming on laptops. In the last few years of his Mobil career, he taught a course in Process Engineering at Princeton University.

John retired to Vail, Colorado, where he very much enjoyed 19 years of skiing, playing tennis, listening to outdoor concerts, and entertaining family and friends. In 2013 he moved to Carlsbad, CA, to be near his brother Mike and then moved again in 2016 to Seattle to be near two of his sons and his grandchildren.

His family and friends have many cherished memories of his thoughtfulness, generosity, and hospitality. To his three sons he is remembered for giving them a great life and for being a great father, role model, and friend.

He is survived by his brother Mike and his nephew Greg; his sons (and daughter-in-law) Charles, Jamie, and Jack (and Ali); his four grandchildren Oscar, Joe, Anna and D.J.; and his ex-wife Ann.


Robert “Bob” Joseph Fratangelo

On Friday, February 14, 2020, Robert “Bob” Joseph Fratangelo, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 77.

Bob was born on November 6, 1942 in Bronx, NY, to Joseph and Leah (née Zinna) Fratangelo. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky in 1965. He was the proud trustee of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Bob was married to Susan Fratangelo and they raised their son, Glenn Joseph Fratangelo, in Great Neck, NY.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, and his mother, Leah. He is survived by his wife Susan, his son and daughter-in-law, Sarah, and three grandchildren Aiden, Reed, and Mabel.

Bob was living in Princeton, New Jersey, next to his son at the time of his death and will be buried at the Princeton Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the Princeton Care Center and Penn Medicine Princeton Health who took wonderful care of Bob. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Cathleen “Kay” Shaughnessy

Cathleen “Kay” Shaughnessy, 96, of Robbinsville died Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Rose Hill Assisted Living of Robbinsville. Born in Newark, NJ, she resided most of her life in Belleville, NJ.

Kay retired in 1989 as the Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools with the Belleville Board of Education. She was a Charter Member of the Belleville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Past President of the Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, was a Credit Manager of Walter Kiddie & Co., and an active member of Reach to Recovery Division of American Cancer Society.

After her husband’s death in 2006, Kay relocated to Princeton, NJ, to be closer to her grandchildren and became involved with The Golden Agers, The Encore Club, and Princeton Senior Resource Center. She will be remembered for her love of family and joyous spirit in which she embraced life.

Daughter of the late James and Katherine (Shanley) Reilly, wife of the late Robert J. Shaughnessy Sr. (Belleville Fire Dept. Deputy Fire Chief), sister of the late James J. Reilly, Mary Reilly Coronato, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Robert J. and Dee Shaughnessy, three grandchildren Robert, Daniel, William Shaughnessy, and a great-granddaughter Maya Shaughnessy.

The Funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair, NJ.

Friends may call on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Lucinda P. Servis

Lucinda P. Servis passed away on February 9, 2020 at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro, NJ. She was a longtime resident of Princeton and Ocean Gate, NJ.

Cin was born on May 14, 1927 in Elmira, NY, the youngest child of Raymond A. and Caroline R. Perry. After graduating from Elmira Free Academy in 1945, Cin attended Cornell University and received a bachelor of science degree from the School of Hotel Administration in 1949. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

At Cornell, Cin met the love of her life, John E. “Jack” Servis from Princeton, NJ. Cin and Jack were married on June 24, 1950, and settled in Princeton. Cin was the bookkeeper and financial mind behind the family business, Servis Electric. In 1960, Cin and Jack adopted a son, John Perry Servis. Cin and Jack were married for more than 57 years before Jack passed away in 2008.

Cin enjoyed being a dog owner. She and Jack owned six Doberman pinschers and a wandering yellow lab named Sigurd over the course of their life together. Cin also loved growing plants and flowers. She had a greenhouse at home that she worked for more than 50 years, and took pride in winning several ribbons the Central Jersey Orchid Society. In addition, Cin and Jack were active members of the Cornell Club of Central New Jersey. Cin cherished her membership in the Present Day Club in Princeton. For more than 50 years she had wonderful experiences playing bridge, attending lectures, and going on bus trips. Cin was honored to be named a life member of the Club in 2019.

She played tennis for more than 25 years after learning the game at age 42. Cin loved spending summers and long weekends in Ocean Gate, NJ. She became very skilled at preparing all types of seafood dishes. Cin was a member of St. Andrew’s and, after 1973, Nassau Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, Cin was predeceased by her loving husband Jack, her oldest brother, John D. Perry of Pine City, NY, and her niece, Kate Sinko of Trumansburg, NY.

She is survived by a son, John P. Servis and daughter-in-law Moira O’Connor-Servis, of Orefield, PA; grandsons Stephen and Andrew Koch; brother Richard A. Perry of Ithaca, NY; nieces Maryanna Crawford (David), Jane Kufta (Bill), Cindy Farnham (Butch), Marilyn Sgrecci (Carl), and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

At Cin’s request, funeral services will be private. There will be no visitation or calling hours. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton Township, NJ, will be private at the convenience of the immediate family. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to SAVE-A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558, or to Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.