Planning Board Subcommittee Says No Springdale-West Drive Connection Post

By Donald Gilpin

A determined group of residents has successfully taken the first step in blocking a plan to connect Springdale Road to West Drive and then open the combined road as a major artery in and out of Princeton.

Last Wednesday, October 11, the Master Plan Subcommittee of the Princeton Planning Board read letters from the Princeton Environmental Commission, the Marquand Park Foundation, the Friends of the Rogers Wildlife Refuge, and the Nassau Swim Club; perused a petition with 102 signatures, urging the deletion of the Springdale Road extension from the Master Plan; listened to public comments, including testimony from Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association; and then voted unanimously to recommend to the whole Planning Board that West Drive be deleted from the Circulation Element of the Master Plan.


Obituaries 10/11/17 Post

Vladimir Voevodsky

Vladimir Voevodsky, a truly extraordinary and original mathematician who made remarkable advances in algebraic geometry, and whose most recent work concerned rewriting the foundations of mathematics to make them suitable for computer proof verification, died at age 51 on September 30 in Princeton, New Jersey. Voevodsky was professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a position he held since 2002.

Voevodsky was able to handle highly abstract ideas to solve concrete mathematical problems. He had a deep understanding of classical homotopy theory, where the objects considered are flexible, meaning continuous deformations are neglected, and was able to transpose its methods in the very rigid world of algebraic geometry. This enabled him to construct new cohomology theories for algebraic varieties, which he used to prove the Milnor and Bloch-Kato conjectures, relating K-theory groups of fields and Galois cohomology.

“When I first saw the basic definitions in motivic cohomology I thought, ‘This is much too naïve to possibly work,’” said Pierre Deligne, professor emeritus in the School of Mathematics. “I was wrong, and Voevodsky, starting from those ‘naïve’ ideas, has given us extremely powerful tools.”

More recently, Voevodsky had worked in type-theoretic formalizations of mathematics and automated proof verification. He was working on new foundations of mathematics based on homotopy-theoretic semantics of Martin-Löf type theories. This led him to introduce a new, very interesting “univalence” axiom.

“Vladimir was a beloved colleague whose contributions to mathematics have challenged and enriched the field in deep and lasting ways,” said Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor. “He fearlessly attacked the most abstract and difficult problems with an approach that was exceptionally innovative yet decidedly practical. Most recently, he was focused on developing tools for mathematicians working in highly advanced areas, such as higher-dimensional structures, laying out a grand vision for the future of mathematics. He was a pioneer and a catalyst and will be greatly missed by the Institute community.”

Born in Moscow on June 4, 1966, Voevodsky was awarded the Fields Medal in 2002 at age 36, shortly after his appointment as professor in the School of Mathematics. He had spent the prior three years (1998–2001) as a long-term member.

In addition to the Fields Medal, Voevodsky’s many contributions in the field of mathematics have been recognized by numerous honors and awards. He received a Sloan Fellowship from 1996–98, Clay Prize Fellowships in 1999, 2000, 2001, and many National Science Foundation grants for his work. Voevodsky also was named an honorary professor of Wuhan University (2004) and received an honorary doctorate from University of Gothenburg (2016). He was a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

Voevodsky is survived by his former wife, Nadia Shalaby, their two daughters, Natalia Dalia Shalaby and Diana Yasmine Voevodsky, his aunt, Irina Voevodskaya, and extended family in Russia and around the world. A gathering to honor Voevodsky’s life and legacy took place at the Institute on October 8. A funeral service will be held in Moscow on December 27, followed by a mathematical conference in honor of his work on December 28 at the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Institute will convene an international conference on Voevodsky’s extraordinary and original work September 29–30, 2018.


Nancy Campbell Weaver

Nancy Campbell Weaver, 80, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Born in Petersburg, Va., she was a resident of Princeton for over 50 years. She attended Duke University and earned a BS in pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia. It was during this time that she met her husband, Bill Weaver, in Charlottesville, Va. They moved to Princeton in 1963, when Bill was invited to the Institute for Advanced Study.

Nancy was an active member of the Princeton community. She was an EMT and volunteered for the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad for nearly 20 years (’79-’99). As her children matured, she returned to pharmacy, working briefly in Petersburg, Va. then in the Princeton area.

Nancy enjoyed religious studies and attended courses at the Princeton Theological Seminary and frequently participated at weekly Talmud study at The Jewish Center of Princeton. She loved learning, reading of any kind, genealogy, dolls, and antiques.

She was the wife of the late David William Weaver, III, a mathematician. She was also predeceased by her sister Beth Daniel. She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law: Sallie Campbell Weaver, a lawyer, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Drs. Yaffa and Mark Brown, of Mobile, Ala.; as well as her younger brother, Arthur Gill; 3 grandchildren; and 5 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial were at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 8 at Washington Cemetery, 104 Deans Rhode Hall Road, Deans, N.J. Memorial donations may be made to the Rabbi’s discretionary fund at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


Sonja Olson

Our sweet and gentle daughter, Sonja Carl Goodwin Olson, died early Monday, October 9, with her parents and her caregiver of many years at her bedside. Her death resulted from acute complications of a progressive and degenerative neurologic disease known as “NBIA disorder.”

Born on the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13, 1995, she was a lifelong resident of Griggstown, New Jersey. She was proud to have graduated in June from the Midland School in North Branch. Over the years, Midland created the perfect environment for Sonja to flourish. She especially enjoyed being a Girl Scout, school dances, music therapy, jigsaw puzzles, and all the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books. She filled our homes with her arts and crafts projects, jewelry, and mosaics.

Sonja charmed people with her beautiful smile and quirky sense of humor. She loved her sister and brothers, who were able to be with her before her passing. She is survived by her mother Megan Thomas and husband Tom Bodenberg; father Robert Olson and fiancée Irene Strapko; siblings Robert Olson and wife Sara Probasco Olson of Portland, Maine; sister Gwyneth Olson and husband Kendrick Smith of Princeton and Toronto; brother Nevin Olson and wife Allison O’Brien of Somerset; her nieces whom she adored, Lucy and Livy Olson; her grandparents, Lowell and Judy Thomas of Blue Hill, Maine; and grandmother Jacqueline Olson of Meadowbrook, Pa.; and by her beloved caregiver of many years, Gloria Orantes.

Her family is thankful for the compassion and expertise of the St. Peter’s University Hospital pediatric intensive care unit nurses and doctors.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Saul Funeral Home, Hamilton Square.

Contributions in Sonja’s memory may be made to The Midland Foundation, P.O. Box 5026, North Branch, NJ 08876, and to NBIA Disorders Association, 2082 Monaco Court, El Cajon, CA 92019-4235.


Jean Millis Gilpin

Jean Millis Gilpin, age 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Greensboro, Vt. Her husband of 62 years, Robert (Bob) Gilpin, was by her side. A teacher at heart, Jean nurtured, inspired, and advocated for others throughout her life. The stories are too numerous to tell, but include her bringing civics lessons to life by turning her elementary school classroom into the country of Gilpania, successfully fighting for the acceptance of the first Jewish member of her college sorority, and inspiring others to take chances and reach for distant goals.

One of those she inspired was her husband, who still shakes his head in wonder at the woman he credits with transforming him from a kid from Enosburg Falls, Vt., with less than stellar grades, to a world-renowned scholar and Eisenhower professor of International Affairs, emeritus at Princeton University.

Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to John Schoff and Katherine Millis, Jean moved with her family in 1941 to Burlington, Vt., where her father began his tenure as president of the University of Vermont. After leaving Vermont to spend her freshman year at Lawrence College, she joined the Class of 1953 at UVM, where she pledged the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, served on the student government association, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board (the senior women’s honor society).

Jean earned her first master’s degree in international politics from Western Reserve University (the second was from Trenton State in education). She subsequently worked at the United Nations prior to marrying Bob in 1955. Bob and Jean moved to Princeton in 1962, where they raised their children, Linda, Beth, and Rob. Over the next 30+ years, Jean was active in many community organizations, taught elementary school, and welcomed a stream of her children’s friends and Princeton University students into their home.

Jean Gilpin’s interests and accomplishments were many, and included foreign languages (particularly Japanese), classical music, innovative teaching methodologies, playing the piano, and cold water swimming. She could be found on Sunday afternoons, sandwiched between morning services at Trinity Episcopal church and an afternoon walk at Herrontown Woods or Marquand Park, deep in discussion with Bob about the Sunday Times’ reporting of the week’s news. Jean was a champion debater of the State of Vermont, so Bob wisely resigned himself to losing any and all arguments about current affairs, or any other topic for that matter.

Bob’s sabbaticals in London and Paris were highlights of their family life, along with summer trips to visit grandparents on Cape Cod, Lake Champlain, and Northfield, Vt. After Bob’s retirement, he and Jean moved to their home in Greensboro, Vt, and used it as a home base while traveling the world.

A Girl Scout leader, Jean was the epitome of the lyrics known by Girl Scouts everywhere: “Make new friends but keep the old.” Bonds formed in childhood, during her college years, and while living in Princeton and Greensboro, were nurtured throughout her life and remained vitally important to her.

But in the end, after the world travels, the parenting, the joys, and the struggles, it all comes back to Bob and Jean. Jean was Bob’s partner, editor, and co-author of eight books that have been published in dozens of countries and a multitude of languages, and several of which are considered seminal works. Perhaps the best vignette of their lives together can be found in a profile from the Vermont Quarterly:

“The Gilpins have a close, if occasionally cantankerous relationship, as happens when a couple lives and works together so closely. At one point when he asks if she’s going to talk or let him talk, she laughs merrily and says, “Oh, I’m going to interrupt you, of course. The way I always have.” And they move on, telling their stories, about the long-ago debates Bob would spark among Harvard intellectuals when he introduced the concept of an intersection between politics and economics … about the progressive teaching ideas Jean put into practice … about hearing a beautiful voice singing from the balcony across the street from their apartment in Paris and looking over to see Joan Baez … about how the word around the UVM campus in the ’50s, according to Jean, was that Bob was a radical. Whether this was part of the appeal she doesn’t say ….”

Jean is survived by her husband Robert G. Gilpin, Jr., children Linda Gilpin and Beth Gilpin (both of Waterbury, Vt.) and Robert M. Gilpin of Newton, Mass., and her sister Alice Grover Vest. She will be missed by grandchildren Jamie Benson, Hazen and Riley Powell, Everett, Jeremy, and Toby Gilpin, and Chase and Chelsea Benson (now Laukaitis), all of whom she taught, whether to swim, to read, or the proper usage of the phrase “lie down” vs. “lay down.” Bob, Linda, Beth, and Rob wish to express their deep and heartfelt appreciation to Brenna Gonyo, whose skill, compassion, and dedication have been a blessing over the past four years.

Services will be held in Vermont and Princeton; details to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the University of Vermont or Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro, Vt., whose staff provided Jean with comfort and care in her final months. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury, Vt. Condolences can be sent to Beth Gilpin, 480 Black Bear Hollow, Waterbury, VT, or online at


Jane Merchant Hanna

Jane Merchant Hanna, 82, of Old Chatham, New York, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She spent her last years in Princeton, New Jersey to be closer to family.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. to the late Ralph Merchant and Louise (Gorham) Merchant, where she lived until attending Smith College, graduating in 1957. Although she remained on the East Coast for the rest of her life, she always attributed her spirit (which was formidable), determination (equally formidable), and down-to-earth attitudes to her Midwestern heritage.

Jane had two careers: teaching and landscape design. She began her teaching career at the Buckingham School in Cambridge, Mass. and as a middle school math teacher at Albany Academy for Girls after the family moved to Albany N.Y. She retired in 1980, to fulfill her lifelong passion for gardens and gifted eye for design, starting Wendover Farm Nursery. She was also involved in Tannery Pond Concerts, an organization committed to bringing world class chamber music to the Berkshires at an affordable price.

She met her husband, John Hanna, Jr. in Cambridge, Mass. Married in 1958, they lived in Cambridge until 1969 when they moved briefly to Albany before moving to their beloved Wendover Farm in Old Chatham, N.Y. Over 47 years together on the farm, they planted beautiful and abundant gardens, filled the barns with animals, and created a welcoming gathering spot for friends, family, and animals. Jane always loved animals, and collected an impressive array over the years, including a fair number of strays that wandered into the yard and never left. Nothing gave Jane more pleasure than to share Wendover with family and friends. Neighbors and guests were always welcome to gather by the pond for a cookout next to the firebowl. Over the years, Jane and John welcomed many of their friends’ children to spend portions of their summers at Wendover, and these visitors became cherished friends in their own rights. In the later years, having her grandchildren gather together and enjoy the farm provided huge joy, and all nine grandchildren consider time on the farm with Granna some of their most cherished memories.

She is survived her husband of 58 years, John Hanna, Jr, three children: Lili Hanna Morss and her husband Steve of Concord, Mass.: Kate Hanna Morgan of Princeton; Josh Merchant Hanna and his wife Kim of Waukesha, Wisc.; and nine grandchildren: Alexandra, Abigail and Caroline Morss: Sarah, Jasper, Lucy and Annie Morgan: and Will and Genevieve Hanna; and a brother Louis Merchant and his wife Joyce of Wayzata, Minn.

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


K. Philip Dresdner

K. Philip Dresdner (Phil) died Saturday October 7, 2017. Phil was born April 13, 1927 in Trenton, New Jersey where he attended public schools until attending The Lawrenceville School where he graduated in the class of 1945. Phil served in the U.S. Merchant Marines, USNR, for a year and then received a BA from Yale in 1950. He married Katherine V. Winans (Kay) in June 1950. Phil was recruited while at Yale to join the CIA and assigned to an executive position in Radio Free Europe’s Munich Station in Germany. After leaving Munich Station, Phil continued to work for the CIA in New York at Radio Free Europe and then worked in a number of brokerage firms on Wall Street before opening his own company, Dresdner and Co. in Montclair, N.J. in 1971. While living in Montclair he served as trustee, treasurer, and president of the Montclair Art Museum, as president of the Yale Club of Montclair, and began serving in 1975 as a trustee of the Lawrenceville School.

Phil and Kay moved to Lawrence Township in 1980. His love for and devotion to The Lawrenceville School is reflected in his 20 years of active service on the Board and continued participation as a trustee emeritus. He served as board vice president, as executive committee chairman and treasurer of finance, managing the school’s endowment and saving the school millions of dollars in management fees. He also served as chair of the property committee and received Lawrenceville School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Phil had a major impact on the life of the school by actively supporting the Lawrenceville School Board’s move from an all-male school to coeducation which was finally approved in 1985. He supported gender equality in athletics with the creation in 1988 of the Dresdner Cup given annually in recognition of the highest athletic achievement of a girl’s Crescent House to correspond to the Foresman Cup awarded annually to a boy’s Circle House for highest athletic achievement at the school. Phil was also instrumental in hiring the school’s first female headmaster in 2003.

Phil had a lifelong love of music. As a child he studied the violin with Josef Chudnofsky, first chair violinist of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and played the violin in the Lawrenceville School orchestra and music groups at Yale. He supported the Lawrenceville School music department, donated his Heberlein violin to the school for students to play, and funded the building of Dresdner Hall, a new recital hall in the Clark Music Center.

Phil also served on the Board of the Princeton University Art Museum and was president and treasurer of the Morven Museum Board. In 1990 Phil singlehandedly saved the Morven property from becoming a New Jersey State Police Barracks.

Phil served on many Boards including the Montclair Savings Bank, the Montclair Mountainside Hospital, the Montclair YMCA, First Jersey National Bank and Trust, NJ Seeds, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Phil was a member and chairman of District Committee No. 9 of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), and a trustee of the Albert Penick Foundation, where he grew an initial investment of $300,000 to more than $5 million over time, making gifts annually over 40 years.

Fishing was another lifelong passion. Phil began fishing as a 4-year-old child on Marshall’s Creek and on the Delaware River in Shawnee, Pennsylvania. He later learned to fly fish and spent 30 years devoting himself to the art of fly casting, travelling to fish in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Maine, and the Bahamas. He travelled for many years to Patagonia fishing the Alumine, Malleo, and Corcovado Rivers and also to fish the Traful, Caleufu, Collon Cura, and the Chimehuin Rivers south of Buenos Aires. In July 1995 Phil had a spectacular record day fishing on the Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada where he caught and released a 48 pound salmon and then a 60 pound salmon. Catching these two salmon were an “incredible angling feat” as reported in the Bangor Daily News on July 15, 1995.

Phil is survived by his four children, Katherine V. Dresdner of Hopewell, N.J.; Karl P. Dresdner of Newtown, Pa.; Robert P. Dresdner of Vienna, Va.; and William W. Dresdner of Monticello, Va.; and also survived by his four grandchildren, Kate, Teddy, Maura, and Brendan. He is predeceased by his wife Katherine Winans Dresdner; his parents, Karl George Dresdner and Miriam Virginia Neumann; and his sister Hedl D. Roulette.

The burial will be at the Lawrenceville Cemetery on Route 206 near Carter Road, Lawrence, N.J. at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 14 to which Phil’s friends are welcome, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at The Edith Memorial Chapel at The Lawrenceville School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to SAVE-A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558. Arrangements are through the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.


Felice Pirone

Felice V. “Felix” Pirone, 87, of Princeton died Monday, October 2, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pettoranello Di Molise, Italy, he was a lifelong Princeton resident. He was the owner-operator of F. Pirone and Son Paving Inc., member of St. Paul’s Church, the Italian-American Sportsman Club, and Romaeterna. Felix was an avid New York Mets fan, bowler, and card player. He loved his farm and most of all enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Son of the late Umberto and Filomena C. (Nini) Pirone, husband of the late Elizabeth Marie Pirone, he is survived by two daughters Felisa Scannella, Pamela Pirone–Verdi; a son Umberto Pirone; a brother Anthony J. Pirone; a sister and brother-in-law Christine and Teodoro Tamasi; grandchildren Laurence Michael, Larisa and Steven Scannella, Francis Verdi, F. Nicholas, Julia, Salvatore, Joseph, Thomas Pirone; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends were asked to call on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Lung Association.

Obituaries 9/27/17 Post

Stephen Alan Decter

Stephen A. Decter died on September 5, 2017, in Capital Health Regional Medical Center after suffering a sudden hemorrhagic stroke. Born in Newark, New Jersey, on June 21, 1937, the son of Rose Jacobson Decter and William Decter, he was pleased to have reached the age of 80 years.

Steve was a loyal lifetime resident of New Jersey, growing up in Maplewood, attending Columbia High School. He received his AB from Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs in 1959; and an MA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, preparing for a lifetime of service in government and public policy.

Steve moved to West Windsor Township in 1977. He became involved in local politics as a Democrat and was twice elected to the Township Committee from 1983 to 1988. He served as mayor in 1987. During his time on the Township Committee, he focused on planning and development issues as the Township was undergoing rapid growth. As a member of the planning board, he would joke about the applicants’ teams of attorneys and developers arriving for the then weekly meetings in their stretch limousines.

He championed the expansion of Township services to accommodate a growing population including the building of a new senior center, zoning for a variety of housing, and purchasing land for a much-needed central community park. In an effort to create a downtown in the former farming community, he led a study of Princeton Junction with the hope of designing a commercial and service center around the train station while coping with the major Route 571 thoroughfare.

After leaving the committee, he continued in Township service as an advocate for a workable affordable housing plan and chaired the Growth Management Study Committee. He later returned to the planning board as a voting member.

Steve served as an academic administrator and researcher at Rutgers University in New Brunswick for 31 years. At his retirement in 1999, he was the senior associate director of the ecopolicy center of Cook College and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Previously, he was a research associate at the University’s Center for Government Studies, formerly the Bureau of Government Research.

Steve was genuinely committed to making the state a better place, contributing through his work at Rutgers. His commitment to service to the state was an outstanding example of what a land-grant university aspires to provide. His research interests encompassed many areas, and he contributed numerous useful publications that included studies of the future of agriculture in New Jersey; environment and natural resource use, water and solid waste management; land use planning and management with a focus on farmland preservation, transfer of development rights, and growth management; housing and affordable housing policy; regional planning and development, especially the Hackensack Meadowlands Development and Redevelopment Act.

He developed and taught courses in the Rutgers departments of environmental resources, ecology, evolution and natural resources, and political science. He also had considerable experience as a practitioner hosting numerous meetings and workshops and serving as a consultant to New Jersey State government departments of agriculture, environmental protection, community affairs, and the State Legislature, as well as county and municipal governments.

Steve found true pleasure in physical activity. He said it kept him calm and focused. He enjoyed a serious and vigorous game of tennis anytime. During the summer he swam 40 laps to the mile at Broadmead Swim Club. He bicycled, ran, and in recent years, took many active-adventure vacations to national parks, New England, California, Europe, and Belize.

His home was part of a very special community. Glen Acres was established in 1958 as a deliberately integrated neighborhood, allowing African American families to purchase homes during the era of red-lining, and residents still share a special bond of caring and support for each other as many still reside in their original homes. He was a regular host of the many parties and picnics and helped organize special events such as the 40th and 50th anniversary celebrations. His neighbors remember him as a generous and caring person interested in them, their children, and grandchildren.

Steve never married. He was predeceased by his brother Philip and his nephew Andrew, and is survived by his sister-in-law Alice, his niece Lori Yaspan and husband Richard, and four grand nieces and nephews. He is remembered fondly by his longtime friend and travel companion Susan Stanbury.

Per his wishes, Steve was cremated under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.

Steve’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service and reception on Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. at Palmer House, 1 Bayard Lane, Princeton, at the corner of Route 206 and Nassau Street.

Contributions in his name may be made to the ALS Association in memory of Andy Decter at

Obituaries 4/12/17 Post

Harry Ververides

Harry Ververides, lifelong resident of Princeton passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Merwick Care Center, Plainsboro at the age of 84.

He owned and operated Harry’s Luncheonette at 16 Witherspoon Street in Princeton, for over 40 years, before retiring in 2000.

Harry was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving during the Korean War from 1952-1960.

Mr. Ververides was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of ’51, member of AHEPA at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Hamilton and the F&AM Masonic Lodge #38 in Princeton. In his leisure time, he enjoyed long walks and speaking with his friends, neighbors, and customers in town.

Surviving are his brother, George Ververides and cousins in Greece.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 10 until 10:30 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1200 Klockner Road, Hamilton (Trenton), NJ 08619, immediately followed by the Funeral Service. Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton.

Memorial contributions made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or St. George Greek Orthodox Church at the above address are appreciated.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.

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Mark Douglas Landauer

Mark Douglas Landauer, 63, passed away peacefully in Bethlehem, Pa. on April 3, 2017. Mark was a life-long resident of Princeton, having moved to Bethlehem 10 years ago to be closer to family.

Born in Princeton, Mark was the son of the late Harry Lee Landauer and Sallie Warren Landauer. He was also predeceased by his brother, Keith Landauer.

Mark graduated from Princeton High School and was a successful realtor and real estate broker in the Mercer County area for many years. He retired early due to health challenges related to multiple sclerosis.

Mark was a very special and unique individual. While he valued his independence and privacy, he loved people. He had a very kind and generous heart. He never judged others, would help anyone in need, and was always a faithful friend. He once said he had never committed to a particular sports team because he always cheered for the underdog.

Mark had a very dry sense of humor and delivered it with a twinkle in his eye. He enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved Long Beach Island, N.J., fly fishing, old movies, music from the 1960s, and a good cup of java. He especially loved his family and relished family get-togethers and holiday dinners.

Mark is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Joe Cimerola; his brother, Richard Landauer; his niece and Goddaughter, Amelia Cimerola Tozzoli; his nephews, Michael Cimerola, Evan Landauer, and Keith Landauer; his aunts and many cousins; and more friends than he ever knew.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown, Pa. Memories and condolences may be shared at A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society


Paul A. Ashton

Paul A. Ashton, formerly of Princeton, passed away on March 29 at home in Summerdale, Alabama. He was 90 years young.

Paul was the son of Dean and Florence Ames Ashton and the brother of the late Clyde Ashton.

Born in Trenton, Paul grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey and graduated from Princeton High School in 1944. After starting college at Drexel University he joined The Army Air Corps and was enrolled in the pilot’s training program. Following his discharge, he earned a degree in pharmacy from The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

Paul spent his college summers working in Ocean City, New Jersey where he met and married Margaret (Peggy) Hopkins.

After several years working for Parke Davis Pharmaceuticals as a salesman, Paul bought The Thorne Pharmacy on Nassau Street and later opened The Junction Pharmacy in West Windsor.

Later in life, Paul and Peggy became avid square dancers and RV-ers. Their love of traveling the backroads of America led them to find their perfect second home near the gulf coast in Summerdale, Alabama. This community of retirees provided a wonderful social life that Paul enjoyed until his death. He became a volunteer at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Alabama and a host at the Foley, Alabama Railroad Museum where he spent countless hours guiding tours for visiting families.

Paul is survived by his wife of 67 years, Peggy; and two sons, Raymond (Jane) of Lawrenceville, New Jersey and Charles (Deadra) of Tunbridge, Vermont. Also, his 3 grandchildren: Laura Ashton of Sydney, Australia, Gregory (Katherine) of West Trenton, New Jersey, and Peter of Evanston, Illinois; and great granddaughter, Olivia Ashton.

A memorial service was held on April 2 in Summerdale, Alabama. A private burial will be in Hopewell, New Jersey.


Pamela Jean Frederick

Pamela Jean Frederick died peacefully at home surrounded by her immediate family in Princeton on March 31, 2017. Jean was born in Felpham near Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England on April 22, 1921 to Lizzie Ethel Tingley and Percy Ashford Norman. Her father was the last in a succession of land-owning farmers whose family name of Ashford or Ayshford originated from Devon, and was recorded in the Doomsday books. Jean was mainly home-schooled and briefly attended Courtfield House in Bognor Regis.

At age 17, as Britain defended against invasion, Jean patrolled her coastal village on fire watch during the blackouts while, in her own words, “My 14-year-old brother kicked the bombs off the church tower in the dark.” By day she served in the British Red Cross as a volunteer, nursing casualties. She was accepted to study Interior Design in London but the outbreak of war prohibited her from taking her place. Instead, she married Squadron Leader Paul Michael Procter, DFC, Royal Air Force (RAF). They lived in England and then in Aden, Yemen on the Red Sea with their daughter Susan, where he served for several years before his tragic death in a flying accident in November 1951. The fourth of five children (her sister Eleanor had died at birth), Jean outlived all her siblings. Her only brother Wing Commander Ayshford Peter Norman, DFC, RAF, had a distinguished service record and led a flying formation team; her oldest sister Phyllis (Pip) Norman joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and worked for British intelligence intercepting codes before they reached Bletchley Park. Their other sister Betty Beaven was married to a successful leather manufacturer who served in the Oxfordshire Yeomanry.

In 1960 Jean married Episcopal priest John Bassett Moore Frederick, son of New York lawyer Karl Telford Frederick and Anne Ferguson Moore, a daughter of John Bassett Moore of Smyrna, Delaware and a judge on the World Court in The Hague. The couple met in Oxford, England while Jean was working at the University and John was a curate; they later resided in New Haven, Connecticut (1960–1970) where their daughters Alexandra and Sarah were born. In 1970, the family moved back to England, living in Birmingham while John studied for his PhD and then settled in Blechingley, Surrey (1974–1995) where he was Rector. Jean attended Bournville College of Art in Birmingham and Reigate School of Art in Surrey and became a painter specializing in landscapes and portraits. They relocated to Princeton upon retirement, where they were members of Trinity Church, The Nassau Club, The English-Speaking Union, and The Middle East Society. Jean also joined the Daughters of the British Empire, although she did not support “empire building” and always considered herself a “world citizen”. A member of the Garden State Watercolor Society, Jean’s work has also been exhibited at The Nassau Club, Princeton; Phillips Mill, New Hope, Pennsylvania; The Bird in the Hand Gallery, Sewickley, Pennsylvania; and at regional locations.

Jean is survived by her husband John; her three daughters, Susan Perin and husband Reuben Perin Jr., Alexandra Frederick and partner Mark Vickers, and Sarah Borner du Cane and husband Paul Borner du Cane; grandchildren Serena Perin Vinton and husband Henry Vinton, Reuben Perin III and wife Laura Perin, Thomas Borner du Cane and Henry Borner du Cane; great-grandchildren Elena, Amelia, and Alexa Vinton, and Spencer and Reuben Perin IV; her sisters-in-law Helen Gray and Lisa Parker and their respective children Carla, Eden, and Wendy; other extended family in the U.K., niece Judith Burchell and husband Vernon Burchell, sons Gabriel and Aaron and children, nephew Marcus Beaven and wife Judith Beaven and children, cousin Deirdre Forman and husband Andrew Forman; and countless beloved friends in the U.S. and U.K.

A lover of historic places and beautiful gardens, Jean’s characteristics included a quick wit, artistic talent, and a passionate interest in her family, the lives of others, and world affairs. She was noted for her extraordinary memory which could recount the most intricate details of a life lived in several countries during both war and peace.

The funeral service will be held at Trinity Church, Princeton at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Simple family flowers are requested, as well as donations to Heifer International.



A celebration of Donald Kitchell Conover’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 47 W. Afton Avenue in Yardley, Pa. 19067. The incorrect address was listed in the obituary that ran on April 5, 2017 in the Town Topics Newspaper.


Robert D. Hulme

Robert D. Hulme of Princeton, New Jersey died at home on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 following a battle with leukemia. He was 88.

Born the youngest of four children to Norman and Elisabeth Hulme, Robert grew up in Swarthmore, Pa. He attended the University of Virginia and received his bachelor of science degree in commerce in 1950. Robert joined Sun Oil Company in Philadelphia as a statistical analyst and was later appointed industrial relations supervisor in the firm’s training division. While at Sun Oil, he completed an MBA in finance at Temple University and then worked toward a PhD in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, while additionally serving as a lecturer in finance at Temple.

Robert joined Philco Corporation in 1960 as director of training in Philadelphia. Upon the acquisition of Philco by Ford Motor Company, he was named manager of salaried personnel for the communications and electronics division of Philco-Ford. He was recruited by Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby in 1964 to assist in its diversification into a general management consulting firm. He transferred to the firm’s New York City office in 1971, where he was the human resources consulting section practice leader until his retirement as a vice president in 1986. At that time, Robert opened his own consulting practice in Princeton, where he specialized in research management, compensation, and organization until 1991. He wrote several articles on business management subjects including pieces appearing in Business Horizons and the Harvard Business Review.

Robert was an avid traveler. Together with his wife of 33 years, Mary McGlynn Hulme, he traveled to Europe frequently. To better facilitate his travels, he studied French for several years and developed a practical facility for reading and speaking the language. He spent many memorable summers in Kennebunkport, Maine with Mary where they enjoyed playing tennis at the River Club, taking long hikes, and entertaining friends. In earlier years, the two enjoyed ski adventures in the mountains of N.Y. and Vermont. Robert was an ardent reader, a dedicated swimmer, and enjoyed nothing more than telling a grand story or engaging in a passionate argument over world events with friends.

Robert was a member of Trinity Church and was particularly proud of the work his wife Mary put forth as a lead member of the altar guild. He was a member at the Racquet Club in Philadelphia, the Knickerbocker Club in New York, and The Nassau Club in Princeton.

Robert was predeceased by his sisters, Anne Vierno and Terry Merrick. In addition to his beloved wife Mary, Robert is survived by his brother Norman A. Hulme of Bryn Mawr; his three children, Randall Kenyon (Haseena) of Dallas, Texas, Michael Hatheway (Gail) of Annapolis, Md., and Kimberly Dana (Cynthia) of Clemmons, N.C.; five grandchildren, Evan, Nicholas, Chase, Leila, and Miles; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held on May 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton.

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Joanne Richmond

Joanne Mae (Amici) Richmond, 83, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, March 4th 2017, at Brandywine Living in Princeton. Born in Barre, Vermont in 1934, Joanne grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey. Joanne married the late Albert Richmond at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas in 1963 and they settled in Teaneck, New Jersey to raise their two children, Allison and Fredrick. They were married for 29 years until Al’s death in 1992. Joanne relocated to the Princeton area in 2002.

Joanne received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in piano from The Juilliard School of Music in 1957 and was an accomplished concert pianist. Shortly after receiving her degree, Joanne performed nationwide with a classical music group and worked summers performing for guests at the Green Mansions Resort in the Adirondacks. Joanne made her piano debut at the Steinway Concert Hall before age 10 and later performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She was the first female pianist hired to perform with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, where she met her husband, Al, who was also a member of the orchestra. Shortly after graduation she was employed by Columbia Records for a short period of time prior to starting her family. Joanne and her husband Al also performed with a small, local musicale group in Teaneck. Joanne had the privilege of knowing many famous artists including Van Cliburn, Charles Strouse, and Jerome Robbins. Joanne also had the privilege of working with conductor Eugene Ormandy and many other famous music artists. She was a lifelong union member of the Local 802, Associated Musicians of Greater New York having joined in 1954, and was also a retired piano teacher.

Joanne was the daughter of the late Alfred and Iole (Lotti) Amici and twin sister of the late Lucille Amici, who died shortly after childbirth. She is survived by her daughter Allison J. Richmond (of Belle Mead) and her husband William A. Beschner, and her son Fredrick J. Richmond (of Skillman) and his wife Mary A. Richmond. In addition, Joanne leaves behind five beautiful grandchildren including Christopher Beschner (18), Caroline Beschner (15), Sean Richmond (14), Scott Richmond (12), and Alexis Beschner (12), as well as her furry grandchildren Bailey and Henry.

Joanne’s family was the single most important thing in her life and she always put others needs ahead of her own. She treasured her children and grandchildren and was immensely proud of them. As a classically trained pianist, she shared her love of music with them and often frequented their school concerts, shows, and recitals. Joanne could also be found cheering for her grandchildren at the baseball fields, hockey arena, basketball court, softball fields, football games (marching band and cheerleading) and other school related events. She was their biggest supporter. Joanne was an avid tennis fan and followed the pro circuit on television and enjoyed watching her son Fred and her grandchildren on the courts. She was the consummate homemaker and loved to cook and bake, especially during the Christmas holidays. Joanne also wrote the most wonderful notes. Every card she sent did not just contain the obligatory salutation and signature. She personalized each card with an often lengthy, well-thought out, newsy letter. And no Christmas holiday would be complete without Joanne playing traditional Christmas carols while her family sang joyfully around the piano.

Joanne and her family have wonderful memories from their travels with her husband Al during his musical tours with Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Pablo Casals, Philip Glass, the New York City Ballet, and the Composers Conference.

Joanne and her family spent many wonderful vacations together. During the summer, visits to Long Beach Island and Atlantic City took place. Summer vacations were also spent in the Barre/Montpelier area of Vermont with her extended family. Joanne and her family cruised the Caribbean several times and for her 75th birthday, her family surprised her with a week-long trip to Orlando to celebrate at Sea World and Disneyworld.

Joanne was a loving, kind and compassionate individual. She will be remembered for her creativity and generosity and her spirit will live on in her children and grandchildren. She would often say she would go to the ends of the earth for her family and she loved them to the moon and back.

Funeral Service was held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 11th 2017, at MJ Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Juilliard Scholarship Fund in memory of Joanne Richmond, The Juilliard School of Music, Office of Development and Public Affairs, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.


John Frederick Hagaman

After a long illness, cardiologist Dr. John Frederick Hagaman, MD died at his home in Princeton on March 6, 2017, at the age of 69. The cause of death was due to complications from a degenerative brain disease.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on December 15, 1947, he was the only child of Frederick Homer Hagaman and Virginia Gerding. He grew up in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Episcopal Academy in Merion in 1966. From there he went on to earn a BS degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an MD degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He met his future wife, Andrea T. Hyde, while an undergraduate and they were married in Newtown, Connecticut, on May 25, 1974.

Further training took John to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan. Moving back east, he spent a year working as an emergency room physician at the Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, before moving south, where he completed a fellowship in noninvasive cardiology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

In 1980 John came to Princeton, where he joined the medical practice of William F. Haynes, MD. Their partnership marked the beginning of Cardiology Associates of Princeton which in later years grew to include additional partners. He loved the practice of medicine and over the ensuing 32 years, his practice grew and he gained a reputation for his skills as a diagnostician, attentive listener, and compassionate healer with a deep seated interest in his patients, not just as cases, but as people with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. He also delighted in his professional relationships with medical colleagues and in teaching medical students rotating through the University Hospital of Princeton.

The hallmarks of John’s temperament were his boundless enthusiasm, energy, and cheerfulness. He embraced not only medicine but many other interests as well. He loved music; playing the guitar and banjo and singing in a cappella groups in school and college, in student produced musicals in medical school and, later in life, with the barbershop chorus, The Brothers in Harmony. As a sportsman, he was a competitive swimmer in high school, loved bike riding, downhill skiing, and especially, golf. He was a long time member of the Springdale Golf Club. He also had a passion for photography, and for American and European history and traced his genealogical roots back to Holland to the 1630s. He served for many years on the board of directors of the YMCA in Princeton and was the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 88 in the 1990s. And, throughout all his years in Princeton, he and his family were devoted members of Trinity Church.

John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Andrea T. Hyde; his sons Charles and William Hagaman and William’s wife, Ursula Bailey. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 on Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m, to be followed by a reception. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in John’s name are encouraged to donate to either Trinity Church, or to the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s disease and the Aging Brain, Columbia University Medical Center, ATTN: Matt Reals, 516 West 168th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10032. The email contact is

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


Melanie Lucia Anatole

Melanie Lucia Anatole, a longtime resident of Trenton, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 9, 2017.

Born in Castries, Saint Lucia on March 13, 1961, she was the daughter of Joseph and Agneta Anatole.

Melanie relocated to the United States in 1988 in search of a better way of life for herself and her son, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. Melanie was a devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother. She traveled every year to visit and care for her mother in St. Lucia. A deeply spiritual person, she was a dedicated and active member of Higher Ground Interdenominational Church under the leadership of Bishop Roosevelt Butler. Melanie was happiest when caring for her two young grandchildren, Dilan M. Anatole Jr. and Madison Denys Anatole, attending church and providing community service.

Melanie was the much-loved caregiver to several local families and their children whom she loved dearly. She is known by all for her kind heart, sense of humor, dedication, industriousness, and thoughtfulness. Simply, she was a special person and wonderful human being.

Melanie is survived by her mother, Agneta Anatole; son, Dilan Mario Anatole; daughter in law, Latrice Anatole; four grandchildren, Dilan Mario Anatole Jr., Madison Denys Anatole, Brandon Pannell and Shyler Smith; and her 10 siblings. She will be greatly missed by her family, her congregation, her many friends and the families she cared for.

Melanie will be buried in St. Lucia where her family will hold a private service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Higher Ground Interdenominational Church at 1009 Whitehead Road, Ewing NJ 08638.


Lindsey Christiansen

This is it, chaps. Take me home./I believe, my son, I am going. That’s it./Good-bye—drive on. Cut her loose, Doc.

I’m going, I’m going. At a gallop!/Clear the way. Good-bye. God bless you!/Good-bye, everybody. A general good-night.

The words of Annie Dillard’s poem Deathbeds, set to music by James Primosch, were the last words sung at the 2017 Westminster Art Song Festival at Westminster Choir College on February 25, 2017. Four days later, on March 1, 2017, Ash Wednesday, Lindsey Christiansen, a long-time leader of the Festival and one of Art Song’s most ardent performers and teachers, died peacefully at home after a five-month journey with brain cancer at the age of 70.

Just weeks before she knew she was sick, Lindsey collaborated with her colleague, pianist J. J. Penna, to plan a program of American song literature for the Festival that wed music to some of her favorite poems with spiritual themes: Jane Kenyon’s Otherwise and Briefly It Enters, and Briefly It Speaks, Denise Levertov’s “… That Passeth All Understanding.” For those at the Westminster Art Song Festival who knew her, the songs spoke of her living and her dying.

Lindsey Christiansen was professor of voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University for 40 years, from 1977 to 2017, and chair of the voice and piano department for 18 years. She specialized in German lieder and was a life-long student and lover of the music of Franz Schubert. She was an exceptional voice teacher and a demanding professor of song literature classes, where she instilled in countless students a love for song. She taught thousands of young singers over her more than 45-year teaching career to find their voice, believe in their potential and flourish as musicians, teachers, performers and human beings. Her example has shaped a generation of voice teachers who are now inspiring the lives and voices of their students, Professor Christiansen’s musical grandchildren.

In the words of Matthew Shaftel, dean of Westminster Choir College, and Margaret Cusack, chair of the piano and voice department: “With an unrelenting commitment to musical excellence, intellectual rigor and the personal and musical growth of her students she enriched our community in countless ways …. She has been a fierce champion of students in every aspect of their education, both in nurturing and encouraging those with difficulties, and insisting upon and maintaining the high standards that she and the art of singing demand.”

Born Alice Lindsey Peters on October 3, 1946 in Roanoke, Va. to Alice and Howard Peters, she was the eldest of four children. As a young girl, she played piano and sang in churches served by her father, a Methodist minister in Virginia. It was these early experiences of music in the church that led her to devote her life to the study, teaching and making of music.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Richmond, and completed her master’s degree in voice and organ from the University of Illinois. She then taught as a part of the voice faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and studied at the Hochschulle für Musik in Hamburg, Germany for a year as a part of an International Rotary Foundation Fellowship. She was twice an artist-in-residence for voice study at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria.

She met her husband, Knud Christiansen, in 1975 during the year she was in Germany. They were married the next year in Williamsburg, Va., and then moved to Princeton, where they raised their two children, Molly and Andreas. A voracious reader of theology, from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics to Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward, she was an elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church and, in her last year, a member of the choir at Trinity Episcopal Church. As her own grandmother had been a guiding light throughout her life, so she became an extraordinary grandmother to her three granddaughters, singing regularly to Maya, Anna, and Hazel.

Lindsey Christiansen was a brilliant teacher and extraordinary musician, but she will be most remembered for her infectious energy, grace, strength, intellect, wit, joy for life, and generosity. Her strong, loving, vibrant spirit will continue to resound for years and years to come in the lives of those she taught and the lives of those she touched.

In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, she is also survived by her brother John Peters, her sisters Mary Lee Peters and Liza Peters, her son-in-law John Gearen, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service in celebration of Lindsey Christiansen’s life will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday, March 25th at 11 a.m.

To honor her life and legacy, memorial contributions can be made to the Lindsey Christiansen Art Song Festival Endowed Fund, which has been established in her honor to sustain the study and performance of art song at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Contributions may be made online at or sent to Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Attn: Art Song Festival, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ 08540. For assistance in making a gift, please contact Kate Wadley ‘02 at 609-921-7100 ext. 8213 or


Florence L. Dawes

Florence L. Dawes, 94, of Princeton passed away on March 7, 2017 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Princeton and spent most of her life there until she moved to Florida when she was 85. She was a graduate of Princeton High School and attended Blackstone College in Virginia, majoring in journalism. In the late 1940s, Florence established Woodcroft Nursery School and Summer Day Camp, which she owned and operated for 15 years. In the early 1960s, she began selling real estate, working part time with George Sands soon after he established Hilton Realty.

The 1980s were Florence’s peak years selling real estate. She joined John T. Henderson Inc. Realtors, and in 1983 she won the Relocation Prize. In 1986, she sold over $10,000,000 of real estate, which broke the 30-year record for sales at Henderson Realtors. She later was associated for many years with N. T. Callaway Real Estate until she turned 80 and retired.

For many years, Florence was a volunteer at the Hospital Aide Shop at Princeton Hospital, where her chocolate milkshakes were legendary. She also was a past member of the Present Day Club.

Florence’s pride and joy over the years were the standard poodles she cherished. The last one died in 2016 shortly before she returned to Princeton.

Florence was predeceased by two sons, John Coffee and Janney Dawes and her sister Marjorie Weiland. She is survived by two children, Joseph Coffee (and his wife Laurie) and Colleen Hall (and her husband Bob), five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAVE.


Edward Levine

Edward L. (Ted) Levine of Skillman, died on February 25, at the age of 89. He was predeceased by Rosalie, his wife of 62 years. He is survived by his three brothers and their familie; his children Carol Lovseth (Tim) of Denver, Colo.; his sons, Alex (Joyce) and Jim (Lisa), of Princeton; seven adoring grandchildren, Matt, John, Nathalie, Zeke, Jade, Freddie, and Elijah; five great-grandchildren; and friends and relatives around the country. Ted was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, served in the Army Air Corps, and received his BS and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He practiced law with one firm in New York for 41 years, helping to build and lead Cole and Deitz, which became the New York Office of Winston and Strawn. He was one of the city’s ablest and most knowledgeable banking attorneys, and worked frequently with government agencies in addition to representing his clients. A career capstone came in 1980, when he was tapped by the U.N. to create the private banking system of the soon-to-be-independent Federated States of Micronesia. Upon moving to Princeton in 2001, he became a regular at 55 Plus, McCarter Theatre, Richardson Auditorium, and in the classrooms of Princeton University, auditing a variety of classes with great curiosity. In 2012, he and Rosalie moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery, where he became an active member of the community and made many new friends. Ted will be remembered for his sense of humor, his fierce sense of justice and of right and wrong, his generosity, and his love for his family, which misses him greatly and will hold him in our hearts forever. May his memory be a blessing.

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Ruth Carr Denise

Ruth Carr Denise died Thursday, February 2, 2017 at home in Hightstown. She was 90.

Born and raised on Staten Island, she graduated from Curtis High School in 1944 and attended Packard’s Business College in Manhattan. In May of 1947, she married John Vanderveer Denise II. They were Princeton residents from 1964-1978, later living in Brick and Rossmoor. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She cherished her time at the shore, and shared her love of crabbing and boating with friends and relatives alike. She was also a member of the “Swimming Women” group who met for conversation and lunch once a month long after their children had stopped swimming.

Daughter of the late William Snell Carr and Laura Alice Charles Carr; she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law David C. and Gail Denise of Princeton, and their children and spouses; John-Garrett Denise of Princeton; Will and Meg Denise of Manhattan; and Conrad Denise of Princeton; daughter and son-in-law Susan Denise Harris and Stanley A. Harris of Isle of Palms and their children, spouses, and grandchildren; Jack and Laura Harris of Atlanta, and their children Tyler, Hallie, Leighton and Foster; Jason and Ashley Harris of Manhattan, and their children Luke, Olivia, Eliza and Charlotte; Emily Harris Dreas and Chad Dreas of Rowayton, and their children Savannah, Skylar, and Charlie; Megan Harris Mahoney and Michael Mahoney of Daniels Island, and their children Ryleigh and Garrett; Thomas and Shanna Harris of Mount Pleasant, and their children TJ and Nate; and Christian and Bethany Harris of Savannah; and daughter and son-in-law Jan Denise Loughran and Christopher R. Loughran and their children and spouses; Lt. JG Rory and Kerry Loughran of Millbury, Mass.; Laura Loughran of Manhattan; Shannon Loughran of Port Royal; and David Loughran of Hightstown.

A memorial service with graveside service to follow will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017 at Old Tennent Church, Tennent, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peddie School, 201 South Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349 or Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.

Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Edward Berger

Edward Berger died suddenly January 22 of apparent heart failure in his Princeton home. He was 67 years old.

Ed held numerous positions at the Institute for Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, Newark, and was associate director there for many years. A jazz expert, he was a respected author of four books and many articles and liner notes; editor; producer of Grammy-nominated recordings; founder of a jazz record label; road manager; right-hand man and confidant to several leading jazz musicians; and an accomplished, published jazz photographer. He was also a fixture on the basketball courts at Dillon Gym.

Edward Morris Berger was born in Manhattan to Morroe and Paula Berger. He is survived by brothers Ken of Rocky Hill and Larry of San Francisco. All three brothers remained close throughout Ed’s entire life.

A memorial gathering will be planned.


Judith Marie Goodman

Judith Marie Goodman, 86, died on February 3 surrounded by her beloved family.

Judy was a resident of Verona, N.J. for more than 40 years before moving to Monroe Township, N.J. for three years, Boca Raton Fla. for three years, and Princeton for almost four years.

Born and raised in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., Judy was the second eldest of seven children. She was the first in her family to graduate college, and she did so in less than four years, receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in childhood education from New York State Teacher’s College in Oswego, N.Y. Judy taught kindergarten in New Port, N.Y. in 1953.

She met her husband, Hilton Goodman, while a college student. The couple, who raised four children, were married for 49 years; Hilton died in 2003.

Judy lived an active life. She was a member of the Belleville Synagogue Sisterhood, the Jewish Community Center of Verona Sisterhood, a Cub Scout Den mother, a Girl Scout Leader, a member of the Montclair Historical Society, and a Docent at the Israel Crane House, where she demonstrated colonial cooking, quilting and needlework, and where she shared her great love of colonial history.

Judy enjoyed running, hiking, biking, tennis, ping-pong, ice skating, kayaking, cross country skiing, and rowing. She loved to travel but most of all she loved her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed travelling out West with her family, and through the Adirondacks, Florida, and to the Jersey Shore.

Judy always had a great way of making people feel special and bringing out the best in everyone she met. She was our coach. She was a joy to be with. She is survived by her children Deb Gold of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Joel Goodman of Princeton; Dave Goodman of Sugar Land, Tex.; and Sue Fiedler of Rockaway, N.J.; and six grandchildren and one great grandchild. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held Sunday February 5, 2017 at the Jewish Memorial Chapel 841 Allwood Road in Clifton, N.J. Interment followed at King Solomon Memorial Park in Clifton.


Dorothy Spirer Beach

Dorothy “Dee” Spirer Beach of Lawrenceville passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, February 3rd, 2017, 13 days shy of her 67th birthday.

Born in North Bergen, N.J., she was a graduate of Mamaroneck High School in Westchester County New York and the University of New Hampshire where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Dee was an outgoing, kind and generous free spirit who greeted everyone, friends and strangers alike with a warm smile.

She loved animals of all kinds and over the years rescued numerous dogs, cats, and rabbits and either found or provided them with a loving home. She was also a frequent volunteer at SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals in Montgomery.

A talented graphic artist, Dee worked as a freelance photographer for the Princeton Packet, a weekly newspaper in Mercer County. She also worked briefly for Berlitz languages and most recently as a caregiver for children and the elderly.

She spent many hours over the last several years at the Princeton Senior Resource Center where she shared stories and a laugh with her many friends over a cup of coffee or a game of table tennis.

Dee is predeceased by her parents, Etta and Lawrence Spirer and is survived by her son Scott Smude of Yardley, Pa. and brother, Alan Spirer of Wilton, Conn.

In lieu of flowers donations in Dee’s memory can be made to SAVE, A Friend for Homeless Animals in Skillman, N.J.


Dorothy Hemphill

Following a short illness, Dorothy Louise Gadberry Irwin Hemphill passed away in her home at Princeton Windrows on Saturday, January 28, at the age of 100 years and five months. She was attended by her daughter, Joyce Irwin, and son, Galen Irwin.

Dorothy Gadberry was born in Carthage, Missouri, on August 26, 1916, the daughter of William and Ethel Gadberry. During elementary school a teacher discovered Dorothy’s talent for public performance. She was given elocution lessons and performed for various local civic groups. During high school, she was active in the drama society and graduated in 1934 as co-valedictorian of her class.

Dorothy would have liked to become a minister, but this career was not open to women, so she chose teaching and attended Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kansas. She was again active in drama and it was during one production that she met her future husband, Arnold Irwin. Upon receiving a two-year teaching certificate she taught for one year at the Lone Star School, one-room schoolhouse in rural Missouri.

In June 1937 she married Arnold Irwin and they moved to Joplin, Missouri, where he was teaching secondary school. Two children, Galen and Joyce, were born to this union. In 1954, Arnold became ill with lymphatic cancer and Dorothy returned to school, completing her bachelor in education in 1958. She then began teaching in the Joplin Public Schools.

Upon the death of Arnold in 1959, she became the first woman to serve on the Joplin City Council, finishing out Arnold’s term. However, politics was not her passion and she did not choose to run for re-election. She directed her talents to other civic activities, serving, for example, as the president of the Joplin Teachers Association. In 1970 she received a Master’s degree in elementary counseling and guidance from Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, Missouri, and began serving as an elementary counselor, first in Joplin, and later in Carthage, Missouri.

In 1973 she met and married Morris Dean Hemphill of Leann, Missouri, and Corona, California. In 1974 they invited all of their children to their farm to unite them into a single family. Since then all have been treated equally and have functioned as a single family unit, demonstrating that it is not necessarily blood that defines a family, but the love that all have for one another.

With Morris, Dorothy moved to Carthage, Missouri, where, in addition to her employment in the school system, she was active in civic groups, helping to organize Crisis Intervention, serving on the Board of the United Way, and helping with Crosslines and the Friends of the Library.

She also revived her interest in speech and drama, giving book reviews and speaking to various groups. She was active in the Joplin Little Theater and the Stone’s Throw Theater of Carthage, performing often in leading roles until close to 80 years old.

Dorothy was a woman of strong faith and an active church member, serving variously as Sunday School teacher, board member, committee member, and elder. She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and PEO.

Morris Hemphill died in 1994 and in 1996 Dorothy moved to Oneida, New York, to be near her daughter Joyce. She was immediately welcomed by Joyce’s step-children, Debby, Brian, and Lisa Smith, and their children, all of whom became part of her loving extended family. In 2000 Joyce and Dorothy moved to DeWitt, New York, and in 2012 to Princeton, New Jersey. In August 2016, Dorothy celebrated her 100th birthday. Almost all of her extended family was in attendance in a two-day event at Princeton Windrows and a local hotel. She was presented with a book of her reminiscences of her 100 years. She is survived by her daughters, Janice Verity of Los Osos, California; Sandra Hunt of San Francisco, California; Joyce Irwin of Princeton, New Jersey; and Letitia Garrison of Riverside, California; and son Galen Irwin of Wassenaar, the Netherlands; as well as nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Services to celebrate her life will be held at Plainsboro Presbyterian Church, 500 Plainsboro Rd., Plainsboro Township, 08536 at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 20. Her ashes will later be buried in Ozark Memorial Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri. A generous supporter of a wide variety of charitable organizations, Dorothy could be appropriately remembered through a contribution to your preferred charity, or to the Plainsboro Presbyterian Church, or to Doctors Without Borders


Margaret White Dodge

Margaret White Dodge, a resident of Princeton for over 20 years, died on February 1, 2017 at 84 years of age. Known as Peggy, she was born on June 4, 1932 in Buffalo, New York, to Irene Margaret Lee and Emmet Daniel Hurley. Peggy was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, and attended The Villa Maria Academy in Erie and Convent of the Sacred Heart, Noroton, Connecticut. She returned to Erie following the death of her father and graduated as valedictorian from Mercyhurst Academy. She then attended Manhattanville College and moved to New York City following graduation.

In 1959 she married Dr. Richard (Dick) L. White, a graduate of Princeton University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Peggy and Dick moved to Tenafly, New Jersey where they raised three children: Richard L. White Jr., John E. White, and Lee White Galvis. Dick died of melanoma in 1966 at the age of 37.

The department of surgery at Columbia hired Peggy and she began her pioneering life as a working, single mother of three. Over the years, her career path led her to become head of public relations at Fairleigh-Dickinson University. Aside from work, Peggy spent countless hours at hockey rinks, car-pooling, and generally encouraging her children to do well in school. In 1979, she met and married Dr. John H. Keating who had retired from practice as a doctor at St. Luke’s hospital in New York City. They moved to Rumson, New Jersey and enjoyed many trips to far-flung places including China, Australia, and New Zealand.

Peggy was actively engaged in her community and made many friends wherever she lived. She joined the Rumson garden club, played paddle tennis and tennis, and was particularly happy at the beach and near the ocean. Summers at the Sea Bright Beach Club were rejuvenating and sustained her through many difficult winters and times of loneliness. Alas, Jack, too, became ill and died in 1991. Always taking charge of her destiny, Peggy moved to what she hoped would be a vibrant and welcoming community: Princeton, New Jersey. She joined the Aquinas Institute, Bedens Brook Club, Pretty Brook Club, and the Nassau Club.

A lover of art, she audited classes at the University and eventually became a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum. Later in life, Peggy loved to play bridge and seized on any opportunity to use her mind and continue to learn.

Through her association with Columbia Presbyterian, she was introduced to David and Doris Dodge who became good friends. Following the death of Doris, Peggy had the good fortune to marry a remarkable man, David Dodge. Peggy and David spent seven happy years together. She particularly enjoyed getting to know his children — Nina, Bayard, Melissa, and Simon — David’s extended family, and the many organizations to which he had devoted his time and considerable talents. While being widowed three times seemed a burdensome fate, Peggy’s faith propelled her to seek a higher purpose. She was dedicated for over 50 years to her service for the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Auxiliary, which supports the hospital through philanthropy and volunteerism. She helped establish The Richard L. White Memorial, which supports cancer research in the department of surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. She received the United Hospital Fund’s Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteer Achievement Award in 1998.

She will be remembered for her generosity of spirit, sense of humor, resilience, a love of doctors (and the medical profession), and being a great mother — not only to her children but many of their friends. In addition to her children, she is survived by her brother, John Hurley, and her ten grandchildren who brought her joy and made her feel perpetually young. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Richard L. White Memorial Fund for Cancer Research, Trustees of Columbia University, Office of Development, 516 West 168th Street, 3rd Floor, NY, NY 10032 or by calling (212) 304-7612. A funeral mass will be held in the Princeton University Chapel on Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m.

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


Joseph Robert Cleary

Joseph Robert (“Bob”) Cleary, 91 — beloved husband, father, and grandfather — passed away peacefully at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey on January 27th, 2017.

Born in East Orange, New Jersey on November 6th, 1925 to Joseph Denis Cleary and May O’Brien Cleary, Bob grew up in the Village of Lawrenceville and attended Princeton High School, where he served as the vice president of the Student Council and chief justice of the student court in his senior year. Following his graduation from Princeton High School in 1943, Bob intended to join the V-5 Naval Aviation Program — an aspiration that was promptly dashed after failing to pass his preliminary physical. Disappointed, but still determined to serve his country, he applied for and was awarded a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, New York. Rather serendipitously, the Academy proved to be a particularly formative experience for Bob, and instilled in him a lifelong passion for all things “maritime”.

While attending the Academy, Bob was a member of the King’s Point Glee Club, and after completing his basic training, he served as a cadet-midshipman for over nine months on a tanker supplying high octane gasoline to islands in the Pacific during World War II. When the war ended, he returned to King’s Point to complete his studies, and graduated from the Academy in February 1946. Upon graduation, Bob sailed as third mate for Grace Line, where he raised his license to second mate, and served in that capacity on a Liberty ship hauling coal to European ports under the Marshall Plan.

In 1951, Bob began his 35-year career in education as a mathematics teacher in the Jamesburg, New Jersey and, later, Princeton, New Jersey public school systems. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Birch — an elementary school teacher herself. In 1956, Bob joined the staff of Educational Testing Services (“ETS”), and earned his Master of Education degree from Rutgers University in 1959. After brief stints as director of program and research with the Scarsdale, New York public school system and as director of research and student selection with Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri, Bob returned to ETS in 1962 where he was tasked with opening the Midwestern Regional Office in Evanston, Illinois.

In 1967, ETS received a substantial grant from the Ford Foundation to conduct examination reform in Malaysia, and Bob was transferred back to Princeton to assume the role of project director. In 1971, he was asked by the Ford Foundation to become a resident specialist in Malaysia, where he supported the newly-formed educational planning and research division of the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Following his return from Malaysia in 1973, Bob began the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office for ETS, and in 1980, accepted a position with the Greece, New York public school system as their director of research, evaluation and accountability, where he spent his remaining professional years.

In 1986, Bob retired to Hilton Head, South Carolina, and spent his “golden years” as an active volunteer for the PGA’s Heritage Golf Tournament, sponsored by The Heritage Classic Foundation. In 2010, he co-authored the book Reflections, a personal memoir inspired by his fond memories of growing up in the Village of Lawrenceville. Bob was a gifted statistician, a talented teacher, a devout Catholic, a voracious reader, an avid golfer, a salty mariner, and a courageous patriot. He will be remembered as much for his cunning wit and sharp tongue as he will be for his unrelenting dedication to family and friends. He was always proud to say — ever so modestly — that he was an archetypal member of the “Greatest Generation”. Bob left a permanent and undeniable mark on this earth; from the many students whose intellectual development he stewarded, to his family whose lives he endowed with love and support, to the country for which he risked his young life. To all who knew him, Bob will assuredly be missed.

Joseph Robert Cleary is survived by his loving wife Helen Birch Cleary, his faithful son Mark Cleary, his adoring grandsons William and James Cleary and their mother, Jenifer Cleary. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at The Edith Memorial Chapel at the Lawrenceville School on February 25th at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to his favorite charity, The Heritage Classic Foundation — a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives throughout the state of South Carolina. Donations can be mailed to The Heritage Classic Foundation, P.O. Box 3244, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928 or can be made by visiting the foundation’s website,

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

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Jeremiah K. Reilly

Jeremiah K. Reilly, 88, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2017.

Born in Hamden, Conn. in January 1929 to Alice Sullivan Reilly and David M. Reilly, Sr., prominent Connecticut attorney, Jerry attended Hopkins Grammar, LaSalle Military Academy and graduated from The Loomis School. A member of the class of 1951 at Kenyon College, he left in 1949 to pursue a career in show business in New York City. His tap dancing talent earned him a part in the revival of Where’s Charley with Ray Bolger. After successful previews in Boston at the Shubert Theater, he was drafted into the U.S. Army for the Korean War effort and, sadly, missed the Broadway run of the show.

Jerry married Ann Crotty in 1951, settled in Hamden and began night school in business at Yale. Without a degree, he took the Industrial Engineer test, passed, and thus began his career at Safety Car Heating and Lighting, H.B. Ives, and at Nucor, the birth of nuclear power, under Admiral Hyman Rickover. Later, in New York City, he was a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, V.P. of acquisitions for Beech Nut Squibb, president of Table Talk Pies in Worcester, Mass. and back to New York City as president of Ward Baking Co. These jobs took the family to Ridgefield, Conn. and Sudbury, Mass before settling in Princeton in 1973. There, he turned to entrepreneurship and opened Halo Farm, Inc., in Lawrence in 1975, a microdairy specializing in beverages and ice cream. He then opened Halo Pubs and Halo Fete.

Jerry possessed a keen intelligence, a vibrant wit, and a kind generous soul. An avid tennis player, he once ranked number one in the Men’s 45 and over USTA Middle States.

Jerry was predeceased by his sisters, Alicia Reilly Walker and Grace Reilly Schuermann and his brother David M. Reilly, Jr. He is survived by his wife Ann Reilly; his four children, Kathleen Reilly Arnold, Brian Reilly, Mary Clare Mooney, and Eileen Reilly; grandchildren Lucy Arnold Gore, Megan and Logan Reilly, and Shannon and Schuyler Mooney; great grandson Ryder Jalbert; son-in-law Anson Mooney and grandson-in-law Nick Gore.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to his favorite charity The Hole in the Wall Gang, a camp for children with cancer.


Helen Smyers Spencer

Helen Smyers Spencer, 94, a 70-year resident of Princeton, died peacefully on January 9, 2017 after a long struggle with dementia. She was born in Norwalk, Ohio, on July 10, 1922, only child of William Henry and Mildred Schwab Smyers. She was raised in Milan, Ohio, birthplace of Thomas Edison, where she graduated with honors from Milan High School. She was first violinist in the Erie County orchestra and editor of the school newspaper.

Helen attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She later attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York to fulfill her dream of acting. As a volunteer, Helen taught swimming and lifesaving at Columbia University to nurses flying overseas in World War II. Helen was involved with the Camp Fire Girls in her youth and later worked at their New York headquarters.

Helen married the late James L. Spencer in 1945 in New York. Two years later, they moved to Princeton where they became members of Trinity Episcopal Church. Helen was a 50-year member of Trinity’s Altar Guild, a substitute teacher, and served as assistant to the rector at All Saint’s Church. She worked with the Diocese of New Jersey in Trenton and was employed at Trinity Counseling Service for 17 years until her retirement at age 81.

In her professional career, Helen was also a member of the staff at Firestone Library, Princeton University, The Flower Basket, and William Sword and Co. Helen was a past member of the Women’s Investment Club of Princeton, the Present Day Club, and was a Board Member of the Chapin School, Princeton.

Mrs. Spencer is survived by her children; Stanford H., of Belle Meade, Nancy S. and her husband Alan R. Rushton, Md., of Flemington; Linda S. and her husband Robert N. McClellan of Princeton Junction; and four grandchildren; Andrew S. and Daniel A. Rushton; and Cassandra H. and Garrett B. McClellan.

Helen was deeply loved and respected; her warmth, caring, strength, smile, bright blue eyes, and giving of herself will be missed by all who have known her. She had a strong faith and an always-positive outlook. Helen enjoyed the outdoors and nature, and spent many summers in her youth as a counselor at camps in Ohio and Vermont teaching riflery, swimming, and directing the drama and theatrics programs.

Her family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to the aides, caregivers, and medical staff who made her last years more comfortable.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on February 24, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Interment will take place privately in Milan, Ohio this summer.

Gifts in Helen’s memory may be made to: Trinity Counseling Service, 22 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or


John Winterbottom

John Winterbottom died January 15, 2017 in Skillman with his family by his side.

Born April 9, 1921 in London, Ontario, Canada, John (aka Jack) came to the United States on scholarship to study at Yale, where he earned his PhD in English literature. After teaching at Dartmouth and North Carolina State, he settled with his wife, Miriam, in Princeton and spent the rest of his career at Educational Testing Service. At ETS he worked on the Law School Admission Test and the Graduate Record Exam and developed an innovative arts testing program. His real passion, though, was the cello, which he played devotedly, and with wonderful skill, from age 9 to 90. An avid hiker and naturalist, he spent some of his happiest days at his cabin on a remote hilltop in Barnard, Vermont, part of a range appropriately called the Delectable Mountains.

After retiring, he volunteered as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum and took much joy in introducing children to art. It wasn’t long before he’d immersed himself in a serious study of art. In his 80s he wrote a scholarly paper on Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, the great 18th century-painter of epic canvases. John’s wit, his gift for conversation, and his openness to people from all walks of life, brought delight to all who met him.

In his last years he suffered from dementia, but his sweetness and wry humor continued to shine through. The family would like to thank Veronica Carbon as well as the staff at Skilled Nursing at Stonebridge Montgomery for their compassionate care. Survivors include his son Richard and his wife Kay and daughter Devon, his son Daniel and his wife Carol and daughter Nina, and his daughter Julie and her partner Stephen. A memorial service may be held at a later date. Donations in John’s memory can be made to Trenton Community Music School at


Stephan Dean Sennert

Stephan Dean Sennert of Princeton died on January 8, 2017, one day before his 74th birthday, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

He had recently retired as president of F and S Distributors, Inc., a family-owned business started by his father and associates more than 50 years ago. The company, which has been located in Clifton, Whippany, and now Jackson, New Jersey, supplies hydraulic seals to many corporations nationwide.

Steve and his wife, Nancy McCarthy, moved to Princeton in 1993. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last May.

He was born in Joliet, Illinois, on January 9, 1943 to the late Edmund Sennert, Jr. and Doris Newkirk Sennert. While he was a young child, the family moved to Pompton Plains, New Jersey, near where his parents had lived before World War II.

Steve was a graduate of South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut, and Lafayette College, where he earned a BS in industrial engineering. He put that education to good use when he joined the Peace Corps in 1968. For two years he was a volunteer in Bolivia, where he assisted in the design and construction of water, road, and school projects.

Following his Peace Corps service, Steve moved to Fargo, North Dakota, to work at the Center for Economic Development at North Dakota State University for two years. There he was involved in helping to improve the lives and job opportunities of residents of rural counties and four Native American reservations, including Standing Rock.

While in Fargo, Steve married his first wife, Constance Card, in 1971. They moved to New Jersey in the early 1970s when he joined his father’s business, F and S Distributors, Inc., then in Clifton. They lived in Ironia for a few years, then moved to Flanders. Connie died in 1990.

In addition to his enjoyment of music — classical, international, jazz, swing, and American popular music of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s — Steve loved photography. While he lived in Flanders he worked as a photographer on weekends for Recorder Publishing Company, which publishes newspapers in north and central New Jersey. Two of his photos, which he printed in a darkroom in his cellar, won awards from the New Jersey Press Association.

In 1981, two of the photographs he took in Bolivia while in the Peace Corps were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. They had won prizes for photographs taken by current and former Peace Corps members to mark the organization’s 20th anniversary.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, Steve is survived by his daughter, Doris Katharine Sennert of Los Angeles; her maternal grandmother, Caroline Wendt of Indianapolis; and his sister, Letitia Burdett of Flanders. Other survivors include his nephew, B. Stephan La Rose of Flanders; his niece, Georgiana Sennert of Lake Hopatcong; his stepbrother and business partner, James F. King of Lakewood; and his stepsister, Carol Ann Bray of Marietta, Georgia.

Steve was a member of the local senior citizens organization Community Without Walls.

His family plans to have a memorial gathering in the spring to celebrate his life. Nancy appreciates the assistance and services of the Frank E. Campbell funeral home in Manhattan. Those wishing to make a donation in Steve’s memory are encouraged to contribute to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


Harriet Baldwin Bryan

Harriet Baldwin Bryan passed away on January 1 in Whitefish, Montana surrounded by her family. She was born in Berlin, N.H. on July 31, 1931 and grew up in Hillsboro, N.H., where she attended a one-room school in Hillsborough Center. After a year (with relatives in Sweden), she attended Northfield School in Northfield, Mass. and graduated from Wellesley College in the class of 1954. After teaching in the Essex, Conn., public schools for two years she married Kirk Bryan and moved to Cambridge, Mass., where her husband was a graduate student at MIT. In Cambridge, she taught at Buckingham School. Harriet and her husband spent a postdoc year in Sweden, where they were welcomed by many relatives. Harriet was already fluent in Swedish. During that year in Stockholm, their first baby, Betsy, was born in Karolinska Sjukhus. Returning home the family lived for two years in Woods Hole, Mass., where Harriet had a second child, Samuel. The family then moved to Virginia outside of Washington D.C., where her husband worked as an oceanographer at the Weather Bureau.

During her eight years in Virginia, Harriet became an active member of the League of Women Voters, and participated in a narrowly won referendum on Public Housing in Fairfax County. After moving with the family to Princeton in 1968, Harriet again became active in the League of Women Voters. Later she was asked to be the League’s representative on the board of the nonprofit, Princeton Community Housing (PCH), which had already developed Princeton Community Village in the 1970’s. Being on the PCH Board allowed her to pursue her life long interest in affordable housing, which had been inspired in part by her two years in Sweden. She remained an active member of the PCH Board for over 20 years as a nearly full-time volunteer, serving as president and in a variety of committee assignments.

During Harriet’s tenure with PCH, she focused with other volunteers and staff — notably Eleanor Angoff. Sheila Birkhammer, Jim Floyd, Sandra Perchetti, and Ted Vial — on new initiatives to increase affordable housing in Princeton. Projects in which she was actively involved include Elm Court (1985), Griggs Farm (1989), and the Elm Court Extension (Harriet Bryan House, 2009). In the case of the Elm court extension there was a general consensus on the need for more affordable housing, but the choice of site was controversial, requiring endless meetings, court cases, and presentations to boards in both the Borough and the Township, which were then separate. Harriet’s consistent optimism, effective advocacy, and the financial aid of PCH supporters in the community were key factors in the long campaign to obtain final site approval. In recognition of Harriet’s efforts, PCH renamed Elm court Extension in her honor at the grand opening.

In 2003 Harriet and her husband moved to Stonebridge, a retirement community in Montgomery Township, where she was active on the Nursing Committee, in spite of increasing problems with her own health. Harriet is survived by her husband, Kirk Bryan; her daughter, Betsy Kohnstamm of Whitefish; her son, Samuel Bryan of Seattle, Wash; and two grandchildren, Mary Kohnstamm of Bozeman, Mont.; and Carl Kohnstamm of Squamish, B.C.


Minerva H. Reed

Minerva H. Reed, 67, beloved mother and grandmother passed away in her home unexpectedly on Monday, January 16, 2017. Born in Charleston, S.C. she lived in the Princeton area since the late 70’s.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Douglass College and two Masters Degrees from Columbia University, Minerva became the first female and African American Director of Career Services at Princeton University.

Minerva is survived by her father Joseph Harris, her two children Razwel Brown and Calvin Reed III, and her grandson Shuler Brown.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton followed by a repast at the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, 58 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Please do NOT wear dark colors. It’s a celebration of life. Arrangements are by Watson Mortuary Service Inc., 26 Gifford Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.


Robert Carter Miller Jr.

Robert Carter Miller Jr. passed away peacefully at Acorn Glen in Princeton on January 5, 2017. Bob was born July 1, 1936, in Huntington, N.Y., to Robert Carter Miller and Mildred “Moo Moo” Baylis Miller, and was a resident of New Jersey for most of his life. He was married twice, first to Sandra Schuessler Miller and then to Ruth Gibson Miller.

He spent his early life in Princeton, where he attended Nassau Elementary School and Princeton Country Day School before advancing onto the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by attending Princeton University, graduating in 1958 with a BA in English. During college, Bob played freshman soccer and was a member of the swim team for two years. He sang in the University Chapel choir and was a member of Tower Club.

After two years in the Army stationed in Fort Polk, La., Bob began his professional life as a teacher. He taught for the next 20 years as a Middle School teacher and soccer coach at the newly formed Princeton Day School. He took great pride in the final chapter of his teaching career — learning sign language and working at the New Jersey School for the Deaf in Ewing until his retirement.

Bob was a nature enthusiast and had an encyclopedic knowledge when it came to identifying flora and fauna. He was deeply passionate about history, especially the history of Native Americans. He treasured finding arrowheads, spearheads, and even an ax on the former Lenni-Lenape encampment near his boyhood home.

He loved to walk his dogs in the Institute Woods and was fond of camping and hiking in Stoke State Forest and Sunfish Pond. He worked with inner city children at the Princeton Summer Camp in Blairstown and kept in touch with the program through the years. It was always a source of joy for him.

Bob enjoyed a very active social life, attending Scottish Country Dance classes in the local area for over three decades.

He loved all things Princeton. He was an active member of the Princeton University Chapel and was a supporter of Princeton University athletics, with his favorites being football, men’s hockey, men’s lacrosse and men’s soccer. Bob was well traveled and trotted the globe from Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Ann Paiva; son, Andrew Brewster Carter Miller; grandson, Alexander Joachim Paiva; granddaughter, Sophie Joachim Paiva; and his sister, Nancy Baylis Miller. He is predeceased by his daughter, Fiona Gibson Miller and brother, Thomas Brush Miller.

A memorial service for Bob will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Princeton University Chapel at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception at Murray Dodge Hall, Princeton University, at 3 p.m. Interment will be private. Memorial donations can be made in Bob’s honor to the Princeton-Blairstown Center.


Ann France Freda

Ann France Freda, 89, died January 21, 2017 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by her family. Mrs. Freda, a longtime resident of Princeton, was a RN working on the surgical floors A-1, A-3, and J-6 of Princeton Hospital. While on A-1 she was promoted to Head Nurse, that title was changed to Nursing Care Coordinator (NCC) years later. Mrs. Freda had a stellar reputation and was known to run a tight ship with excellent patient outcomes; she was loved by her patients and respected by physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff. Many members of her former nursing staff credit her with instilling in them the importance of patient care, treating every patient with dignity and respect. Mrs. Freda went back to school at the age of 51 to earn her BS degree. She retired in 1997 as the NCC of J-6. In retirement Mrs. Freda participated in the Grandpal Reading Program at Littlebrook Elementary School serving as a Grandpal for many children, including two of her own grandchildren. She was a longtime parishioner of St Paul’s Catholic Church.

Mrs. Freda was born on March 31, 1927, in Scranton, Pa., to Gertrude and Stanford France. Mrs. Freda graduated from St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing in Scranton before moving to Princeton in 1951 to start her nursing career at Princeton Hospital. She was married in 1951 and raised three children in Princeton. Mrs. Freda is survived by her children, Maureen Freda Peterson and husband, William Peterson, of Bowie, Maryland; Kathy Freda of Olympia, Washington; Mark Freda and his wife, Beth Ogilvie Freda, of Princeton; her beloved grandchildren, Brandon Boyd of Aliso Viejo, California; Dawn Boyd of Billings, Montana; and Rebecca and Alex Freda of Princeton. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Rosemary Roberto, of Hamilton, New Jersey and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her dear sister, Barbara France Dunne of Manassas, Virginia.

Contributions in her memory may be made to: Princeton HealthCare System Foundation and directed to the Annual Fund, Hospice or any other department at Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, 3626 US Route One, Princeton, NJ 08540.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will follow at the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Ruth S. Houck Borgia

Ruth S. Houck Borgia, 96, daughter of Bethenia and Ernest Stout died at her home in Lawrence Township on Tuesday January 17, 2017.

Ruth is survived by 7 children Shirley Houck, Harry Houck, Robert Houck, Carol Ciarlone, Richard Houck, Ruth Donhauser, and Jeffrey Houck. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Ruth worked at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles. She had several hobbies that she thoroughly enjoyed throughout her life that included knitting, crocheting, weaving, and growing roses. She was a member of the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company and the Oratorio Choir at Germantown First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Pa.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542 followed by interment at Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, NJ.

Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Kenneth George Negus

Kenneth George Negus, 89, of Ewing passed away suddenly at his residence on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he lived in Princeton for many years before his recent move to Ewing.

He earned his PhD from Princeton University and taught graduate level German literature at Princeton University, Harvard University, Northwestern University, and Rutgers University.

Kenneth served in the U.S. Army in Germany after the end of World War II. He co-founded the Astrological Society of Princeton and was its president for 44 years. He published Johannes Kepler’s astrological writings, wrote poetry, loved to garden and cook, take walks, sing, and play classical guitar.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Negus in 1997. Surviving are his wife Carol Raine, a daughter and son-in-law Niki Giberson and Gary (Port Republic, N.J.), two sons and daughters-in-law; Chris Negus and Sheree (Manchester, N.H.) and Jon Negus and Jacque (Palatine, Ill.); 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Visiting hours at the funeral home are Friday, January 27, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. followed by burial at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park in Ewing, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Astrological Society of Princeton. Please make checks payable to ASP c/o D. Orr, 14 Ravine Drive, Matawan, NJ 07747.

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Emily L. Bennett

Emily (“Elva”) Langford Bennett died peacefully Wednesday January 22, at her home at St. Mary’s Assisted Living in Lawrenceville at age 93.

The daughter of the late Francis Daly and Vera Sweeney, Emily was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota and attended St. John’s School and Hamline University. She worked for the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Service in Vienna after World War II and studied opera with renowned Austrian opera singers Fritz and Louisa Krenn. Following her marriage to fellow American Frank Bennett, the couple returned to the United States while Frank completed his studies at MIT. They eventually settled in Lawrenceville in order for Frank to take a position as director of engineering at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. In addition to raising three children, Emily worked as an administrative assistant for the Princeton University Alumni Council for almost 25 years.

Following her University retirement, she worked as private secretary to emeritus physics professor John Archibald Wheeler, who acknowledged her assistance in his autobiography Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics.

A lifelong bibliophile she was a member of the Bronte Society, the St. Andrew Society, the English Speaking Union, and the Princeton Folk Music Society.

Emily loved to travel and thought nothing of jumping into the car with one or more family members for long, cross-country drives (camping along the way) to visit friends, family, places, or events anywhere in North America. She howled with wolves on Isle Royale, Michigan, watched polar bears in Churchill Manitoba, and hiked in Pangnirtung, Nunavit Territory. (She conceded the use of an airplane to reach places that did not have roads.)

A devoted mother and grandmother, she had a charm and positive energy that brightened the day of all who met her.

Preceded in death by her former husband and her son Dale James Bennett, she is survived by her daughter Nancy Bennett and grandchildren Neil and Ivor Havkin of West Windsor and daughter Emily Jane Bennett and grandchildren Sarah, Patrick, and Kathleen Neff of Golden, Colo.

A funeral mass is scheduled at the chapel at St. Mary’s Assisted Living, 1 Bishops Drive, Lawrenceville at 2 p.m. Saturday January 28th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Pet Rescue of Mercer, PO Box 2574, Hamilton NJ, 08690


George Eugene Zeitlin

George Eugene Zeitlin, 86, resident of both New York and Princeton, and a leading tax partner at Chadbourne and Parke, and a former dean of the tax law program at New York University School of Law, died Jan. 19, 2017, after a four-month illness, with family and friends in close attendance. He was a vigorous and active man who played tennis twice a week, belonged to a bridge club, and did the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink every day. He was an enthusiastic world traveler who had most recently returned from a trip to northern Greece, and had a lifelong devotion to Judaism and Jewish learning. He greatly enjoyed his profession of tax attorney.

He was a partner at Chadbourne for 34 years and kept up a full client caseload until he became ill in the fall. He handled bet-the-company IRS audits for corporations and advised on mergers and acquisitions and tax issues facing high net-worth individuals.

“George was one of the true lions of the tax bar,” said Chadbourne tax department chair William Cavanagh, adding he was the firm’s lead tax partner in the 1980s and 1990s.

“George had a broad command of almost all areas of tax law, which is somewhat unique for a tax lawyer,” Cavanagh said. “He was a very gifted and creative problem solver. George could take the most complex tax problem and reduce it down to simple, understandable terms and then come up with a solution.”

Zeitlin began his career as a tax lawyer at Chadbourne in 1955 after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1953 and serving a tour of duty in the U.S. Army. He earned his LLM in Taxation from NYU in 1961. He briefly left Chadbourne to serve as deputy tax legislative counsel in the U.S. Treasury Department in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

Zeitlin returned to New York in 1966, serving as a full-time tax professor at New York University School of Law until 1982. He was an associate dean of the graduate tax division of the law school from 1975 to 1982, overseeing the school’s LLM program. While on the law school’s full-time faculty, Zeitlin was counsel to Chadbourne. He became a partner at the firm after stepping down as associate dean in 1982. He continued to teach part time in the school’s tax program until just a few years ago.

Zeitlin was attracted to tax law for the puzzles inherent in the practice, said his daughter, Judith. “He liked the problem solving and the abstract nature of the problem,” she said.

She added that her father was a “child of the Depression” and enjoyed having more than one job throughout his life. “He was a man of tremendous energy and dedication,” who was uninhibited and liked to tell jokes, she said. “He was a warm, gregarious guy who remembered all his students,” Cavanagh added, noting he frequently kept in touch with his former students who viewed him as a resource. “He was master teacher in that he would make sure young tax lawyers would understand all aspects of a transaction.”

His wife of 63 years, Froma Zeitlin (now emeritus), was Charles Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of Classics at Princeton University (1976-2010). He supported her enthusiastically throughout the years in all her scholarly enterprises and took enormous pride in her accomplishments. George continued to spend weekdays in New York at his law firm and his weekends in Princeton, a town which he loved and where he made numerous friends, as he did everywhere he went throughout his life. They valued him among other virtues for his honesty, open-mindedness, empathy, legendary hospitality, and famous sense of humor.

George was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on September 11, 1930, to Benjamin Zeitlin, a pharmacist, and Ruth Leiberman Zeitlin, a bookkeeper, who owned and operated their own pharmacy in several successive locations in Brooklyn and in the Bronx. He received his AB in 1951 from Columbia College, a JD in 1953 from Columbia University and LLM in taxation in 1961 from New York University.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Froma; his children Jonathan, Ariel; and Judith (and son-in-law, Wu Hung); his grandchildren, Sam and Joshua Zeitlin, Lida Zeitlin Wu, and Eve Cooke; his step-granddaughter Nina Jiang and step-great-grandchildren Caitlyn and Lucas Kindij; as well as his brothers Richard and Paul. May his memory be for a blessing.

Donations in George’s name may be made to the Wallace-Lyon-Eustice Tax Fund at NYU at or the American Jewish World Service at

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Marcus Van Plateringen

Marcus Van Plateringen, 95, passed away on Thursday morning, January 5, 2017, at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, with loved ones by his side. Affectionately referred to as Max by friends and family, he was born on October 3, 1921 in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. A member of the Dutch resistance against the Nazis in World War II, Max escaped work camp internment in 1944 and went into hiding in Rotterdam, where he met his late wife, Yvonne. Max and Yvonne left post-war Europe for the island country of Curaçao, where they married in 1949 and where Max began working for Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) as a catering manager. Eventually moving with Yvonne to Miami in 1957 to start a family, Max continued his work at KLM, becoming the Miami International Airport station manager in charge of all flights to and from the Caribbean. After many years in Miami, Max moved with Yvonne to Skillman in 2005, where they resided at Stonebridge at Montgomery, close to family, for the remainder of their lives. Max touched the lives and hearts of all he knew with his warmth, positivity, and genuine character. Never one to turn down a good coffee or a good scotch, his stories were plentiful and his smile contagious. Max is predeceased by his wife Yvonne and his brother Meijndert. He is survived by his daughter Lisette (husband Hank Siegel); his grandsons Andrew and Ben; and his nieces Maureen, Elly, and Tine.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonebridge at Montgomery for their love and support of Max throughout his entire time there.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a memorial gathering at Stonebridge at Montgomery on Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m.

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions to Greenwood House Hospice, 6 Colonial Lake Drive, Suite G, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Alternatively, in memory of his love of animals, donations may be sent to SAVE Animal Shelter, 1010 County Road 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.

Arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.


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Nancy Scott Amick 

Nancy Scott Amick, 85, passed away on October 31, 2016, at her home in Princeton after a courageous battle with metastatic kidney cancer. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on January 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. To honor her memory, the family suggests donations be made to Learning Ally.


Hannah Putnam Fox

“What’s a six letter palindrome that scores 32 in Scrabble (when going first and when you can use proper nouns from the Bible)? Answer: Hannah.

Hannah Putnam Fox died surrounded by her family on December 30, 2016 at Collington, the retirement community in Mitchellville, Md. where she had lived for 11 years. She was 96 years old. She moved to Collington in 2005, after living four years at Piper Shores, a sister community to Collington located south of Portland, Maine. From 1964 to 2001, Hannah lived in Princeton where her husband, Frederic, was first Recording Secretary and then Keeper of Princetoniana at the University. As a pastor’s wife she lived in New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Maryland (which included five memorable years when Frederic worked in the White House as a Special Assistant to President Eisenhower).

Hannah was active in many groups and organizations over the 37 years she lived in Princeton. These ranged from “Youth Employment Services,” to the American Field Service, to the Friends of the Public Library, to the Smith Club, to the Princeton Child Development Institute, to the Education Center in Blairstown, to the Chapel Advisory Committee.

From 1971 to 1983 she was an elected member of the Princeton Regional School Board, serving twice at its president. When she announced her decision not to run for a fifth term the newspaper quoted her saying, “in her deceptively soft southern way, ‘If I ran again, I’d have to buy a new filing cabinet.’” She was especially known for her tireless work as the Board’s negotiator with the teacher and staff unions.

For ten years (minus 1969 and 1974), Hannah hosted the reunions of her husband’s Class of 1939 in her back yard. A custom-made, orange and black tent filled up the whole area behind the house at 28 Vandeventer along Spring Street. This was just the beginning of her volunteer service to the University. Together with a fellow widow, Hannah initiated the very successful annual fundraising appeal to Princeton University alumni widows (“The Class Associates program”). At reunions in 1996, Hannah was honored by receiving the Alumni Council Award for Service to Princeton. A paragraph from the citation sums up her independent contributions to the University:

“The requests haven’t let up. Hannah, could you serve lemonade and cookies for the Friends of the Princeton Chapel? Could you interview students applying for scholarships through the ’39 Foundation? Could you join Triangle Club’s National Committee for its Second Century Campaign? Yes. Yes. Yes.”

Hannah was born on May 16, 1920 in Ashland, Kentucky. She was the first child of her namesake mother, Hannah Russell Putnam and her father, Donald Hardie Putnam. She attended public schools in Ashland, graduating from high school in 1938. She then went to Smith College, as her mother had. Graduating in the war year of 1942, she soon went to work as a civilian for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Nashville, Tennessee. And there, in November 1943, shortly before she was promoted to the Army’s code-breaking operations located in Arlington Hall, suburban Washington, she met Lt. Frederic Fox. It was love at first sight.

And then it was love separated by her fiancé’s service in the European “theater” where he literally acted a part in the Army’s only deception unit: the 23rd Special Headquarters Troops. Their love letters during their separation were hampered by the fact that Fred’s activities with “The Ghost Army” were top secret. (In spite of this, 25 years later, Fred gathered together this correspondence that was so dear to him and tried to get it published as a war-time memoir entitled “Dear Hannah/Dear Fred.”)

The result of the marriage of Hannah and Frederic have been published, as it were. They are their five children: the late Josephine Morgan, Elizabeth (the late Stanley Meisler), Frederick (Elisa Parra), Donald (Elizabeth Billington), and Amy (Jim Kubacki). These were followed by 13 grandchildren: Hanna (who died in infancy), Gabriel, Jenaro, Michelle, Elissa, Jeffrey, Gene Paul, Kelvin, Sheida, Susannah, Elizabeth, Robert, and Sarah. And they have been joined, at last count, by ten great-grandchildren.

The divinity that shaped Hannah and Fred’s ends was early felt in the fact that they both came from families of five children. Hannah was predeceased by her brothers Donald and Louis Putnam, and by her sister Harriet Henry. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Betty and Walter Huebner; her sisters-in-law, Karlene Putnam and Sally Putnam, and her brother-in-law, Merton Henry. She was predeceased by her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Kel and Patty Fox; Wynfred and Tom Greacen; Morley Fox; and Quentin Fox. She is survived by her sister-in-law Nancy Fox Elder. Hannah is further survived by many nieces and nephews and their children.

She was a fair and loving person. She had only three rules for her children: “Don’t lie; always tell us where you are; and you can be sick at home for only one day.” Among her final words, two days before she died, were, “I have no complaints.” Among the many words that could be added here are, “Thank you, Hannah.”

And one final word of thanks: to Hannah’s devoted care-giver at Collington: Doris Cooper.

Memorials can be given to the Princeton Education Foundation ( or to any cause or institution dear to Hannah or to the giver.

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


Martha M. Merritt

Martha M. Merritt, 84, of Belle Mead died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Brunswick surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York, N.Y., she resided most of her life in Belle Mead. Daughter of the late Joseph and Martha (Roh) Hoffman, wife of the late Douglas H. Merritt, she is survived by a son Douglas K. Merritt, three daughters, and three sons-in-law: Lynn and Lee Mangan, Karen and Martin Cummins, Pamela and Brian McGinley; a sister Wilma DeHart, a brother-in-law Ted Merritt; ten grandchildren: Sarah, Thomas, Laura, Marty, Ryan, Meghan, Larissa, Katie, Brian Jr., Justin; and four great grandchildren.

Martha retired as a school teacher to raise her family and later served on the Montgomery Board of Education. She enjoyed her tenure as a Girl Scout Leader. She was an avid swimmer and loved swimming in Crystal Lake on Cape Cod. She was an animal lover being especially fond of her horses and trail riding on her beloved farm. She adored her family and treasured traditional family gatherings.

Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Harlingen Reformed Church in Belle Mead.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center, 83 Old Turnpike Rd/Rte 517, Oldwick, NJ, 08858 and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 (

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


Rosemary S. Warren

Rosemary S. Warren passed away January 9, 2017. Born Rosemary Stofila, she was the youngest daughter of John and Elizabeth Stofila.

She was a graduate of Dallas Area High School and College Misericordia in Dallas, Pa.

Rosemary worked as head dietician at Princeton Hospital for her entire career.

She is preceded in death by her Husband, Ira S. Warren, Jr,; her sisters Irene Krivak and Elizabeth Doskas; and her brothers George and John Stofila.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, January 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ.

Relatives and friends may gather from noon until the time of the service.

Interment will be, with her beloved husband, in Princeton Cemetery at a future date.


Charles J. Hunt Jr.

Charles J. Hunt, Jr., 91, of Princeton passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017 at home. Born in Trenton, he was a life-long area resident. He was a graduate of Princeton High School and was an Army veteran of World War II serving as a medic on the USS Comfort, having been awarded three purple hearts. He retired from the State of New Jersey where he was an architect. He was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. He was a long-standing member of the Princeton Cemetery Board and was acknowledged and recognized for his dedication and service as a member of the Board of Improvement Assessors from 1964 until 2009.

Son of the late Charles J. Hunt, Sr., and Bessie E. Sharp and husband of the late Ruth Terhune Hunt. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles David and Judith Hunt of Lawrenceville, Stephen and Helen Hunt of Watertown, Mass.; a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Hunt Latham and Christopher Latham; grandchildren, Jonathan and Matthew Hunt, Leah, Hunt, and Charles Latham, Eric Hunt; granddaughter-in-law, Jordan Pouliot Latham; great-grandchildren, Archer Latham and Easton Mayer-Hunt.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 13 at 11 a.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville, with pastor Jeffrey Vamos officiating. The burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at

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


George Ryazanov

George Ryazanov, a renowned physicist and philosopher passed away on January 7, 2017 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was born on September 8, 1930 in Moscow, Russia. Before retirement he worked at The Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is survived by his son, Alexey Ryazanov of Princeton, and grandsons, Vladimir Ryazanov and Arseny Ryazanov.

Funeral services and burial will be held at Princeton Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on January 12 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Joel Zieden

Joel David Zieden, 71, of Princeton, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Born in Bronx, New York to Louis and Gertrude Zieden, he had lived in Princeton for 40 years. He was a graduate of Syracuse University and The Pratt Institute. Joel was an architect who ran his own firm, Joel David Zieden Architects, in Princeton for more than 40 years. Joel worked with the Urban Development Corporation on the initial 1970s civil engineering of Roosevelt Island in New York City. His Princeton firm worked on local projects for Carnegie Center, Bristol Meyers Squibb, and Boston Properties. He built a beloved nursery center and playground in Carnegie Center and most recently worked with Miax designing their Miami Stock Exchange. He is survived by his two daughters, Gabrielle Anne Zieden and Lara Britton Zieden; his sister Priscilla Richter, her husband Michael Richter; and his niece and nephew, Lisa Vanderee and Gary Richter. In addition, he is survived by his dearest friend of 54 years, Alfred Kahn and his wife Pattykake. The funeral service was held on January 2, 2017 at the Star of David Chapel at Mather Hodge in Princeton with a remembrance on January 3 at Jasna Polana.

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Memorial Service

Friends of Caroline Moseley are invited to join her family in a celebration of her life on Monday, October 10 at 2 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. A reception at Chancellor Green will follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made in Caroline’s name to the Princeton Public Library.


Memorial Service

A celebration of the life of Jean M. Friedmann, who died on July 25, 2016, will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. Friends and family are cordially invited to attend. A reception will follow the service at the Nassau Club of Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Princeton Public Library, Wellesley College, Phillips Academy (Abbot) Andover, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Samuel D. Lenox Jr.

The Honorable Samuel David Lenox Jr. died on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Hospice in Hamilton, New Jersey. Born in Trenton on February 8, 1925, he resided in Princeton since 1974 with his beloved wife, Jacqueline; his devoted daughter, Linda Fair Lenox; his sister Barbara Miller of Dover, Del.; niece Barbara Geraghty, and her husband Joseph of West Chester, Pa.; as well as nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Lenox Toddie.

Judge Lenox was a graduate of Trenton High School and Bucknell University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He graduated from Dickinson Law School and enjoyed a legal career that spanned more than five decades. He was admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Lenox served as a judge for almost 40 years and then on recall for 10 years after retirement. He was appointed to the County Court by Governor Richard J. Hughes in 1966 and was later elevated to the Superior Court. In 1976, he became an Assignment Judge. In that capacity, at various times, he supervised all judges and judicial personnel in the counties of Mercer, Hunterdon, Somerset, Burlington, and Ocean.

While he served on many Supreme Court committees, he was most proud of serving as chairman on the Management Structure Committee which resulted in the complete reorganization of the judiciary into its modern structure of four divisions: Civil, Criminal, Family, and Chancery. He also delighted in overseeing adoptions and officiating weddings for loved ones and friends.

He loved the study of the law as well as his judicial service. He was a tireless worker and was regularly found in his chambers late at night and on weekends preparing his opinions. A judge of impeccable professional integrity, he was a meticulous and devoted scholar of the law who found immense satisfaction and pride in his work, always striving to provide justice to the litigants and lawyers who appeared before his bench.

A veteran of World War II, Judge Lenox enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943, rose to rank of First Lieutenant and continued in the reserves after the war ended. As a youth, he was active in the Trenton Jaycees.

He was a licensed amateur radio operator broadcasting on his own station, W3JND. He was an avid skier and qualified for the National Ski Patrol. He loved dogs, especially Golden Retrievers. He always had one or two dogs and took daily walks in the country with his dogs by his side. He had a lifelong interest in horses since childhood when he was a member of the only Boy Scout Mounted Troop in the United States. Before becoming a judge, he owned harness horses, which raced at tracks along the East Coast. This activity discontinued when he became a judge but he still enjoyed horses at his daughter’s New Jersey horse farm.

He was an emeritus member of the Princeton Old Guard and the Princeton Officers Society. He worshipped with his wife at Nassau Presbyterian Church. He loved to fish in Barnegat Bay and in the ocean with friends and his daughter.

Funeral services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to Shaggy Dog Rescue, 1337 Banks Street, Houston, TX 77006 or online:


obit-cook-9-28-16Joan Folinsbee Cook

Joan Folinsbee Cook passed away peacefully at her home in Kingston, on September 24. She was 97. Born in New Hope, Pa., she was the daughter of Ruth Baldwin Folinsbee and John Fulton Folinsbee, a well-known Pennsylvanian/American Impressionist painter. She went to Miss Holmquist’s School in Solebury, Pa. and attended Smith College for one year and, in 1938, married Peter G. Cook, an artist who studied with John Folinsbee. They were happily married until Peter Cook’s death in 1992.

Joan was very active in the Princeton community as a member of the Stony Brook Garden Club, an actor in the Community Players at McCarter Theater, a member of her Monday Group for book-reading, a member of an investment club, and a writer of special interest articles for “Town Topics.” She was an avid Princeton University Mens Ice Hockey supporter and would annually have the entire freshman team to the house in Kingston during the 11 years that her husband coached that team. Many of those players stayed in touch with her for the rest of her life. She had a wide circle of friends across the country with concentrations around Princeton and Woolwich, Maine where she and her sister, Beth Wiggins, summered with their families for over 70 years.

She is survived by her children, Peter B. Cook of Chilmark, Mass.; John F. Cook of Kingston, NJ; Dr. Stephen S. Cook of Belle Meade, NJ; Paula C. Sculley of Sewickley, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 15 at Trinity Episcopal Church at 33 Mercer Street in Princeton with a reception to follow at Springdale Golf Club.

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


obit-ford-9-28-16Elizabeth Stewardson Ford

Elizabeth Stewardson Ford, a 57-year resident of Princeton, died with family present on Saturday,  September 24, 2016 at 80 years of age. Born Elizabeth Masland Dana in Philadelphia on December 13, 1935, and known as Betsy, she was raised in Villanova, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Andrew Crawford and Ellen Masland Dana. She was elected head of student government her senior year at The Baldwin School where she graduated in 1954. As a young woman, she and her sister, Sally, were both junior champions at Merion Golf Club where she had her first hole in one at age 16 playing with her father.

After Mrs. Ford graduated from Mt. Holyoke in 1958, she worked as a librarian at Haverford College. The following year she married her childhood sweetheart, William Emlyn Stewardson. They settled in Princeton where she worked at Miss Fine’s School and helped her husband form the real estate brokerage firm bearing his name. They were the loving parents of three children: a son, Dana Stewardson of Haverford, Pa.; two daughters, Elizabeth Connolly (Kevin) of Lexington, Mass.; and Caroline Thornewill (Luke) of Nantucket, Mass.

In December 1972, Mr. Stewardson died suddenly. On March 1, 1975 she married Jeremiah Ford who was a good friend of both and the architect who had designed the family home. In 1974, Mrs. Ford rejoined her late husband’s real estate firm, Stewardson-Dougherty Real Estate Associates, Inc. as vice president.

She enjoyed travelling with her family and summering in Nantucket. Her many interests included playing bridge, leadership roles in the Garden Club of Princeton, the Marquand Park Association, and the Mt. Holyoke Alumni Association. She enjoyed her involvement at the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, and The Present Day Club in Princeton. In addition to Mr. Ford and her three children she is survived by stepdaughters, Amanda Ford of Lawrenceville; and Kate Ford of Maynard, Mass.; grandchildren Ashley and Rob Stewardson of Philadelphia; Lyla and Nick Connolly of Lexington, Mass.; and Wes Thornewill of Nantucket Mass.; and her sister Sally Willson and her two sons of Columbus, Ohio.

Truly adored by her family she was known as “Granny B” and they will always remember how she shared the great joy in the beauty of the natural world around her — watching clouds, digging for clams, gardening and tracing the advance of the butterfly from caterpillar and cocoon.

Contributions in Mrs. Ford’s memory can be made to: The Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Columbia MD 21046,

A memorial service is planned at The Princeton University Chapel on Monday, November 21st at 10 a.m.

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


Helen Martha Crossley

Helen Martha Crossley, 95, of Princeton, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2016.

Exceptionally bright and intellectually curious, Helen devoted her life to developing and improving techniques in public opinion research. She was a founding member of both the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), and served as WAPOR’s first female president from 1960-62. Through a philanthropic gift in 2012, she established the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

In tribute, the late George Gallup Jr. said of her: “Helen has always retained a fascination with research methodology, and also with the potential of survey research to make new discoveries about humankind, and to bring about positive change in societies around the world.” 

Helen was born in Germantown, Pa., on September 8, 1921, the daughter of pioneer pollster Archibald M. Crossley and Dorothy Fox Crossley. The family moved to Princeton in 1923, and spent summers in Woods Hole, Mass., on Cape Cod, where Helen developed her lifelong love of sailing and swimming. Woods Hole remained a cherished place in Helen’s heart, and she returned there every summer until 2015.

In 1938, Helen graduated from Miss Fine’s School (now Princeton Day School), where she received the Woman’s College Scholarship Prize. She then attended Radcliffe College, her mother’s alma mater, graduating in 1942. While a student, she and nine of her dorm mates set up a Round Robin letter-writing group that continued for six decades. A dedicated archivist, Helen arranged to have the letters donated to Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library.

Immediately following her college graduation, Helen went to Washington, D.C., to work for the Office of War Information and the War Food Administration during World War II. She earned a master’s degree in 1948 from the University of Denver’s Opinion Research Center, working under mentor Don Cahalan.

In the early 1950s, Helen worked in Germany for the Armed Forces Information and Education Division, ending as chief of its research branch. In 1955 she began her long association with the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), working with Leo P. Crespi to establish coordinated research surveys in many countries of Europe, Asia, and Latin America. These surveys measured foreign publics’ awareness of attitudes toward U.S. policies and culture, and were in effect the “Ear of America.”

Following a two-year evaluation assignment with the aid program in South Korea from 1960-62, Helen became a freelance consultant, serving academic, commercial, and government clients. She also worked for her father’s firm, ArchCross Associates, and collaborated (through Political Surveys and Analyses Inc.) on several surveys for Governor Nelson Rockefeller and other political figures.

In 1979 she returned to USIA where she was instrumental in arranging for USIA survey data to be released for public use via the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and the National Archives. She retired in 1992 with the Agency’s Career Achievement Award. After her retirement, she took up full-time residence in Princeton and spent several years cataloguing her father’s papers, which she donated to the Roper Center.

An avid traveler, Helen embarked on her first overseas trip to Germany at age 16, and she continued her globe trekking until well into her 80s. Family and friends remember her ever-present camera, with which she chronicled birthdays, weddings, trips, meetings, and much more. She loved music, and participated in choral groups throughout her life. She took great pleasure in the small beauties of nature — colorful autumn leaves, unusual cloud formations, the sunset over Penzance Point in Woods Hole.

Extraordinarily thoughtful and generous, Helen had an impact on individuals and institutions that will live on after her death. In addition to her charitable gift establishing the Crossley Center at the University of Denver, she was a major benefactor in the restoration of the historic White Hill Mansion in Fieldsboro, N.J., her father’s birthplace.

Helen is survived by her sister, Dorothy I. Crossley; Nancy Crossley, the widow of her late brother Joseph; nephews Peter Crossley and Lawrence Crossley and their families; the family of her late nephew Robert Crossley Sr.; cousins Kevin Birch, Wendy Ketchum, Carolyn Mulliken, and Sara Piccini; and her devoted caregiver, Sandra Mingo.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1, in Princeton Cemetery, with a memorial service in Princeton to follow at a later date. Helen’s family and friends will gather for a service at the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Helen’s generous spirit can be made to The Friends of White Hill Mansion, c/o Fieldsboro Clerk, 204 Washington St., Fieldsboro, NJ 08505.

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


Mimi Ballard

Mimi Ballard of Lexington, Mass., who lived previously for 35 years in Princeton, passed away on September 8, 2016. Wife of Richard Ballard for over 51 years; mother of R. Brian Ballard and his wife Patricia of Belmont, Mass.; and of Lisa Ballard and her husband David Fitzsimmons of Marlborough, Mass. Her husband and children were with her at the time of her passing. Mimi is also survived by her two grandsons, Andrew and Thomas of Belmont. At the time of her passing, Mimi was executive director of the Research Institute for Learning Development, Lexington, Mass. This organization provides assistance to children with learning problems. She was treasurer of Friends of Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, and was co-president of Non-Profit-Network, an organization of non-profit groups in the Boston area. In her years in Princeton, Mimi was executive director of Family and Children’s Services of Central New Jersey (“FACS”). FACS provided a variety of assistance programs to families and children with needs. FACS also raised special funds to provide needed back-to-school items such as backpacks and school supplies to children facing hard times. She was president of The Riverside School PTO and, later, of the John Witherspoon Middle School PTO. She was a founder and president of the Princeton Soccer Association which had over 1,000 youth soccer players during her time as president. She was president of the New Jersey Family Services Association, she received the “Woman of the Year” award from the Princeton YMCA/YWCA, she was active in the Young Audiences organization, in McCarter Theatre, and in the Princeton Regional Scholarship Fund.

Anyone interested in making a donation in Mimi’s memory can do so to: Friends of Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420.


obit-merrick-9-28-16Theodora Hulme Merrick

Theodora Hulme Merrick, born May 13, 1923, died peacefully on September 20, 2016 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman.

Known by friends as Terry, she lived a full and wonderful 93 years. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Swarthmore, attended Wilson College, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She married Eldridge Gerry Merrick, III on September 16, 1950 and they were together 44 wonderful years before Gerry’s passing in 1994. Together they raised four daughters and lived for a period of time in Shaker Heights, Ohio and Rose Valley, Pa. before settling in Princeton in 1964.

Professionally, Terry worked at Lippincott Publishing, Cedar Crest College, and even as a poodle groomer (!) but made her mark as a real estate broker with N.T. Callaway in Princeton.

Very athletic, she played tennis until she was 80 years old and golf into her late 80s! She was a “master” bridge player and enjoyed time with friends playing in a number of different groups throughout her life. She was a long-time member of Trinity Church Princeton’s Altar Guild and Princeton Garden Club. She also enjoyed her memberships at Springdale Golf Club, Nassau Club, and Present Day Club.

Known by her family as Muzzy, she gathered her family together for many wonderful holidays at their home in Princeton and at their summer home in Stone Harbor, N.J. Holidays were marked by much laughter and delicious food (Muzzy was a very accomplished cook … just ask her sons-in-law!). Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving were full of treasured traditions and trips to Stone Harbor always included a cone at Springer’s.

Our Muzzy will be in our hearts forever. We cherish her steadfast love of family and embrace that was her on-going legacy and gift to us.

She was predeceased by her husband Gerry, son-in-law Charlie Estes, sister Anne Vierno, and sister-in-law Ann Hulme. She is survived by her brothers Norman A. Hulme, Bryn Mawr, Pa; and Robert D. Hulme, Princeton; and her four daughters Deborah Estes of Washington, D.C.; Laurie Winegar and her husband Jeffrey of Pennington; Joan Schneeweiss and her husband Chris of Orleans, Mass.; and Anne Kellstrom and her husband Todd of Wurtsboro, N.Y.; and all of her grandchildren: Alison Baenen, Peter Estes, Courtney Fagan and her husband Padraig, Wells; Winegar; Berit Schneeweiss; William (Bill) Schneeweiss, Melanie Kellstrom; and a great granddaughter Merrick Fagan.

A graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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


Barbara Lundy

Barbara Lundy, née Blum, died on September 17, 2016 following a five-month illness. She was survived by her husband of 47 years Michael Lundy; her daughters and their spouses, Sharon and Sean Baartmans; Lisa and Dr. Kenneth Rieger; four grandchildren, Raymond and Mira Baartmans, and Liam and Mabel Rieger; and brother Martin and Carolyn Blum.

Barbara was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Baldwin High School (Long Island). She earned a BA from the University of Bridgeport. While raising her children at home in Livingston, New Jersey, Barbara was active in volunteer work with Women’s American ORT. Barbara became a computer programmer and for many years was a computer systems project manager for IBM. She retired in 2008 and she and Michael relocated to Skillman where she audited courses and, as a volunteer, managed the computer lab at the Princeton Senior Resources Center. Everyone Barbara touched remembers her as gentle, understanding, reassuring, and generous. Sought after for her practical intelligence and experience as related to home and work, she was a beautiful human being.


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obit-bardzilowski-9-21-16Owen Gerrard Bardzilowski

It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Owen G. Bardzilowski, at home on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at age 14.

A lifelong resident of Princeton, he began his freshman year at Princeton High School. Over the years, he loved to play golf with his Dad and Grandpa, was an expert in solving various kinds of Rubik’s cubes, an enthusiastic skateboarder, and active in various youth sports programs.

Owen is survived by his parents Joe and Marie Evelyn Bardzilowski; his siblings Miles, Ella, and Maria; maternal grandmother Marie Thomas of Plainsboro; paternal grandparents Joseph and Julia Bardzilowski of Clark; and Carole Vill’Neuve of Las Vegas; aunt Lisa (Ron) Rapolas; uncles Charles “Eddie” (Carolyn) Thomas, Michael Thomas (Northern Ireland), Mike and Jon Bardzilowski; great uncle Leon Bardzilowski; Dawn and Arturo Pacheco; and special cousin Evelyn Torres (Pensacola, Fla.); and loved in life by a host of cousins, extended family, and friends.

Owen faithfully attended Princeton Police Department Youth Academy over the past few years and this past summer was a counselor in the program.

Visiting hours were held on Monday, September 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Funeral services will be private.

Since it was Owen’s dream to be a Princeton police officer, in lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be sent to Princeton PD Youth Academy Fund, c/o PBA Local 130, 1 Valley Road Princeton, New Jersey 08540.


obit-ruiz-9-21-16David F. Ruiz

David F. Ruiz passed away suddenly, unexpectedly but peacefully, on August 15, 2016 from cardiac arrhythmia while at his beloved work place, The International Student House (ISH) of Washington D.C. He was 49 years old.

Born in New York City, David grew up in Princeton, attending Princeton Regional Schools from Kindergarten until his High School graduation in 1984. David was an honors student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst majoring in history. David later went on to receive a Master Degree in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington D.C. During his time as a graduate student David lived at the International Student House. After a short stint working as a researcher, David returned to the International Student House in 1996 taking a position as their business manager. However, in time, David’s role grew far beyond that.

The inception for ISH of Washington, D.C. began in 1934 when a small group of Quakers explored how they might make a contribution to peace and a better understanding among people of diverse national backgrounds. They believed that contributions to real peace could result from contacts between ordinary people, particularly young adults. This was a mission that was dear to David and, in his role at ISH, David became a powerful global ambassador and friend to people from every corner of the world. His kindness, and gentle soul touched the lives of countless individuals. Through the friendships he made David also had the opportunity to travel around the world extensively including through Europe, Asia, and the Americas; over the years every page of his passports became full of stamps from different lands.

David was known for his gentle and humble demeanor as well as his quiet but dry and sarcastic wit. He was also well known for his epic walking abilities and would regularly walk many miles at a stretch. He even ran the New York City Marathon in 2003. In his spare time David was an avid movie-goer attending nearly every opening night showing. He was also a staunch supporter of the arts, attending nearly every large production and independent theater performance throughout the D.C. area. David was also a supporter of several causes including the Human Rights Campaign and the Democratic Party.

David leaves behind his mother, Rosalia Ruiz of Princeton; his father Teofilo Ruiz (and spouse Scarlett Freund) of Los Angeles, California; his brother Daniel Ruiz (and spouse Maria Bruno Ruiz) as well as a niece, Sofia and nephew, Mateo who adored him. David also leaves behind his grandmother, aunt, his five cousins, and their families as well as many, many good friends.

A well-attended memorial service was held for David on September 10, 2016 at The International Student House. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in David’s honor to support the mission of The International Student House. Contributions in his name can be made to the International Student House, 1825 R Street NW, Washington DC 20009.


obit-maxwell-9-21-16David Clark Maxwell

David Clark Maxwell, age 78, died Monday September 12, 2016 in Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, Pa. He was born in Trenton, to Robert Chester and Marie Ringkamp Maxwell.

David was raised in Princeton, New Jersey and attended Princeton Country Day School, graduating in 1957 from Malvern Prep School in Malvern, Pa. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University in 1961. He served in the National Guard 50th Armored Division, and was honorably discharged.

David served as president of the R.C. Maxwell Company for 38 years. The R.C. Maxwell Company was established in 1894 by David’s father R.C. Maxwell, who was a pioneer in the outdoor advertising industry.

David also served as assistant treasurer of Martin House in Trenton, and tutored children for Big Brothers and Sisters in Vero Beach, Fla. He was president of the Outdoor Advertising Association of New Jersey, and the Legal Committee of the National Outdoor Advertising Association of America. He was a member of Kiwanis Club, president of The Trenton YMCA, president of the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum, a member of The Mercer/Bucks Running Club, a volunteer for The American Cancer Society, past member of Trenton Country Club, Bedens Brook Club, The Nassau Club, The Moorings Club (Vero Beach, Fla.), Springdale Golf Club, and the Barnegat Light Yacht Club. His interests included running, tennis, golf, windsurfing, sailing, flying, extensive travel, avid reading, aspiring inventor.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Anne; daughter Jocelyn (Bill Froehlich) and son David (Sherri); as well as three grandchildren, Kyle, Emma, and Jack.

He and his wife resided in Edgehill Gardens in Morrisville Pa., Yardley Pa., Elm Ridge Park in Hopewell, Long Beach Island, N.J., Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, Wellington Manor in Pennington, as well as Vero Beach, Fla. His final home was in Twining Village, Holland Pa.

He donated his body to The University of Pennsylvania Hospital Medical School. A private service will be held. Donations may be sent to Better Community Housing of Trenton, 802 East State Street, Trenton NJ 08602 c/o Pearleen Waters.

David was beloved by friends, family and colleagues alike. He was intelligent, unpretentious, hilarious (sometimes unintentionally), genuinely kind, honest, and selfless. His family and his business were his whole world. He will be missed by all who knew him.

“Long Live Life” — David C. Maxwell


Sheila P. Zalvino

Sheila P. Zalvino, 75, of Mercerville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at Compassionate Care Hospice at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.

Born in Princeton, Sheila has been a resident of Hamilton Township since 1965. Sheila was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, great aunt and true friend and she will be missed deeply by everyone whose life she touched.

Sheila was an extremely energetic person who started working at a young age answering phones for her father’s taxi business. While raising her children, she worked for ETS and then Koenig Plastics and then became an executive administrative assistant at Universal Process Equipment (UPE/IPPE) and retired in 2004 after 20 years of service.

Growing up in Princeton, she attended Princeton Public Schools where she created and forever maintained special friendships to this day. She always looked forward to the luncheons with her childhood friends JoAnne, Barbara, and her sister Sandy. Throughout her life she loved being a part of her children’s and later her grandchildren’s sports activities. She rarely missed a game and was the biggest fan to each of her grandchildren. She just simply adored and lived for them. She loved vacationing in LBI where she and Frank would bring the whole family and host extended family and friends, making a lifetime of joyful memories for all. Christmas Eve parties at the Zalvinos were just as memorable because of Sheila and she would put on incredible spreads for everyone to enjoy. She had a big heart and a way of making everyone around her feel loved and at home.

Predeceased by her parents, Frank and Alice (Rousseau) Petrone; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Luigi and Rose (Tamasi) Zalvino; and her husband’s grandparents, Rosario and Almerinda Tamasi; she is survived by her loving husband of 54 years (-1 day) Frank Zalvino; her two children, Susan Groninger (Kenneth Giovanelli) and Mark Zalvino; her 5 grandchildren, Chase and Cody Groninger (Cheyenne) and Julia, James and Parker Zalvino; her great-grandchild, Raelyn Groninger; her 4 siblings, John “Jack” Petrone (Jean), Thomas Petrone (Ellen), Dolores Vandegrift (James), and Sandra Towne (Ronald); and many cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church, 3816 East State Street Extension, Hamilton, NJ.

Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton.

Visitation for friends and family will be held on Monday September 19, 2016, from 6 until 9:00 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Zalvino’s memory to the American Diabetes Association by visiting In Memory Of at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.


Jean Louise Friedmann

Jean Louise (Mulvey) Friedmann died on July 25, 2016, in Princeton after a brief illness.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1927, Jean was the daughter of the late Joseph and Leona (Buckley) Mulvey. She grew up in Andover, Mass., attending local schools and then Abbot Academy, now Phillips Academy, in Andover. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and worked for several years as an editor for The MacMillan Company Publishers in New York City. In later years, using the pen name of Emily Vincent, she became a free-lance book reviewer for The Houston Chronicle, Best Sellers, and other publications as well as serving as a long-time editor of The Wellesley Magazine book review section.

In 1956, she married John Friedmann in New York City. They raised their three children in New York City, Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., and Houston, Tex., retiring to Princeton in 1984. Jean continued her editing and free-lance writing, volunteered for Literacy Volunteers of America and the Princeton Public Library, and served as an officer of the local Wellesley College clubs in Houston and Princeton. Jean was a familiar figure around town, attending many town and university events, and riding her bicycle and swimming. She and John also traveled extensively until his death in 2009.

Jean is survived by her children, Pamela Lowe, and her husband Russell; Andrew Friedmann, and his wife Darcy (Davis) Friedmann; and Thomas Friedmann. and his wife, Amy Anderson; grandchildren Brian (Hillary Anderson) Lowe, Peter Lowe, and David (Heather Pratt) Lowe, Michael and Christopher Friedmann, Charlotte and John Friedmann; great-grandson, Sawyer Anderson Lowe; her sister, Susan Mulvey Rattray, and her husband Bret; sister-in-law, Nancy Mumford Mulvey; cousin, Joanne Marlatt Otto; nephews and nieces Steven Mulvey, Kathryn (Patricia Lambert) Mulvey, Will (Heather Malin) Swarts, Hilary Swarts; and great-nephew Noah Malin Swarts. She was predeceased by her loving brother, Donald Mulvey. She deeply loved and respected, and was loved and respected by, her entire extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton on October 8th in the afternoon to which friends and family are cordially invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Princeton Public Library, Wellesley College, Phillips Academy (Abbott) Andover, or the donor’s choice of charity.


obit-murphy-9-21-16Jean C. Murphy 

Jean C. Murphy, 90, the former Jean Elizabeth Campbell, was born in Philadelphia, May 18, 1926. She grew up and lived in Wynnewood, Pa. before moving to Princeton in 1961. In 1950 she married John S. Murphy of Philadelphia and they were happily married for 60 years.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in 1948. She received a graduate degree in elementary education from The College of New Jersey.

She taught in the Princeton Regional Schools for several years in the field of special education and as a substitute teacher in the elementary grades.

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian Campbell and was predeceased by her husband, John Slaughter Murphy. She is survived by her sister Catherine Richie; daughter and son-in-law Susan and Ted Strempack; son Robert Murphy; grandchildren Kymberly Clark and Guy Strempack; great granddaughters Taylor and Camy Clark, Mia Strempack; and nieces and nephews.

She was a volunteer at the University Medical Center of Princeton for many years and a member of the Women’s College Club of Princeton.

She was an avid reader and gardener and loved to travel with her husband.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton, NJ. Donations in her memory may be made to All Saints’ Church at the above address.

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


Memorial Service

Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen

Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen, passed away on June 12, 2016. Her friends are invited to a service in her remembrance on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to her favorite environmental charities — the Audubon Society, the Wilderness Society, or the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Obit Davidson 5-25-16Ronald C. Davidson 

Dr. Ronald C. Davidson, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Emeritus at Princeton University, passed away Thursday, May 19th at his home in Cranbury. Ron was a devoted family man and an esteemed member of the international plasma physics scientific community and will be greatly missed.

Ron was born on July 3rd, 1941 in Norwich, Ontario, Canada where he grew up on his family’s dairy farm. He was the son of Annie and Crosby Davidson and younger brother to Walter Davidson. On the farm, Ron learned his uncompromising work ethic, which propelled him throughout his life. His academic life started in a one-room schoolhouse on the corner of his family farm that served grades 1-8. Despite these humble beginnings, Ron excelled academically while also contributing greatly to sustaining the family farm. In 1961, Ron met the love of his life, Jean (Farncombe) Davidson, the guiding force that kept him both inspired and grounded throughout his richly productive and joyous life. After graduating from McMaster University in 1963, Ron and Jean married and moved to Princeton, where he received his PhD in Astrophysical Sciences in 1966 from Princeton University.

From his studies at Princeton, Ron was catapulted into a 50 year long career dedicated to the evolution of plasma physics and fusion research that took him across the country and globe. During this time, he made numerous fundamental theoretical contributions to several areas of plasma physics. He also educated and inspired generations of students, both through direct supervision and through the four graduate-level textbooks that he authored.

During Ron’s distinguished career, he served as director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) from 1991-1996 and as director of the MIT Plasma Fusion Center from 1978-1988, and is author or co-author of more than 500 journal articles. Additionally he chaired the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics and Division of Particle Beams, and has participated in numerous national and international advisory and review committees on plasma physics and fusion research. Among his many recognitions and honors, Ron was awarded the James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics, the highest honor in plasma physics awarded by the American Physical Society.

Despite these accolades and his towering influence within the scientific community, Ron was consistently a humble and unassuming man who placed respect, family, and friends above all else. He was a natural leader, generous mentor, and kind soul.

Ron is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean Davidson; daughter, Cynthia Premru and her husband, Greg Premru, of Groton, Mass.; son, Ronald Crosby Davidson, Jr. and his wife, Soo Mee Kwon, of Princeton Junction; four grandchildren, Will and Maddy Premru and Crosby and Cayley Davidson; nieces, Arlene Steele of Cambridge and Nyla Jayne Kooman of Virginiatown, Ontario; and nephews, Robert Davidson of Petersberg and Bill Davidson of Toronto, Ontario.

Visitation for friends and family will be held on Wednesday, May 25th 2016, from 4 — 6:30 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 26th 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to the “Prof. Ronald Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund” at Princeton University. Contributions can be made on-line at Please note the fund’s name in the comments box.


Jane Ann Schade

Jane Ann Schade, known to her friends as Ann, and to her grandchildren as Nanny, died on May 14, 2016 at age 90. Ann was pre-deceased by her husband, Dr. Harold R. Schade. She is survived by five children: Nancy S. Hearne, Jane Ann Butehorn, Harold R. Schade, II, Mary Alexis McCormack, Christian S. Schade; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

After raising her children, Ann returned to school and attained a BA degree with highest honors from CW Post College.

A memorial service at Trinity Church in Princeton will be held on May 27th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts to Trinity Church-Pastoral Ministries would be appreciated.


Obit Bolster 5-25-16Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster

Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster, known as Tink for most of her life, died on May 19, 2016, at her home in Princeton, surrounded by her large and caring family. Tink lived a full, active, vigorous life.

She was born in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 1928, to the late John Edgar Murdock and Sarah Lynch Murdock, who were both from Greensburg, Pa.

She was educated in Washington, D.C., at the Convent of the Sacred Heart from grades 1 through 8 and at Georgetown Visitation Convent for her four high school years, where she graduated first in class.

In 1950, Tink graduated from Smith College, where she was awarded an All-Smith blazer, the college’s highest athletic honor, for making three All-Smith teams during her undergraduate years, including the All-Smith crew team in both her junior and senior years. Tink also studied “The Arts in Britain Today” at the University of London the summer after she graduated from Smith.

After returning from London, she worked in the outpatient department of the Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. For several years, Tink taught fourth grade at the Potomac School in McLean, Va. and at Miss Fine’s School in Princeton as well tutoring elementary students in her home.

Tink married Joseph L. Bolster, Jr., on July 12, 1952, in Washington, D.C. They settled in Princeton, and became the parents of six daughters and eight sons — their pride and joy.

An interested and energetic volunteer, Tink served on the Princeton Recreation Board as well as the steering committee for the Renovation of Community Park Pool. She also served on YWCA and YMCA committees, the PTAs/PTOs of Princeton Regional Schools, and was involved in many fund-raising activities for Smith College and the Nassau Swim Club.

In 1972, Tink founded Princeton Area Masters, a year-round, competitive and fitness swim program for adults. She directed this program from 1972 to 2008.

Tink enjoyed athletics all her life, participating in figure skating, field hockey, basketball, tennis, and soccer in high school and college. She rode and showed horses, usually riding her pony “Cherry”, during most of her young life, and took up crew and equestrian events in college. As a 12- and 13-year-old, she twice won the 13 and under Bay Head Yacht Club Sailing Championships in the 12-foot class of sailboat, skippering her own little boat “Scud”.

Later in life, Tink won numerous medals in Masters swim competitions and triathlons. She appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd” section on February 4, 1975, for her swimming successes. In 1997, Tink was awarded the Friends of Princeton Swimming and Diving 250th Anniversary Award. She, along with Joe, was inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame, appropriately, as a contributor in 2010. And in 2012, Tink won the Lou Abel Distinguished Service Award recognizing her commitment and dedication to Masters Swimming in New Jersey.

The academic life appealed to Tink and when her children were all in school, she took courses in Princeton University’s Continuing Education program in French, Latin, and Greek.

Predeceased by her brother J.E. Murdock, Jr., Tink is survived by her devoted husband, her eight sons Joseph Leo III, James Brennan, Andrew Machesney, Michael McKenna, Thomas Lynch, Charles McKenna, John Edgar Murdock, and Richard Clay; her six daughters Sarah Carroll, Jane Elizabeth, Mary Kathryn, Martha Murdock, Elizabeth Murdock, and Margaret Machesney; seven daughters-in-law, Hillary Kun, Sharon Kelly-Bolster, Heidi Paul, Susannah Ryan, Misuk Choe, Margaret Dawson, and Linda Monastra; five sons-in-law Robert Houghton, Stephen Wertimer, Kevin O’Flaherty, Thomas Arnold, and Thomas Hokinson McKinley; one “significant other” Richard Fenimore; 20 grandchildren; and her sister Elizabeth Murdock Matsch of Longmont, Colo. as well as four nieces and two nephews.

Tink always knew that the “greatest gift I ever received was the privilege of being the mother of our 14 interesting, accomplished, and fun children. Deo Gratias.”

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Tink’s name to The Smith Fund, P.O. Box 340029, Boston, MA 02241-0429; Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 2007-2785; The Friends of Princeton Swimming and Diving, 330 Alexander Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; The Nassau Swim Club, 2 Lower Springdale Road, Princeton, NJ 08540; The Princeton Recreation Department, 380 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Swim, bike, run, Tink! And when you rest, may it be in peace.

Ave atque vale!

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“AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE”: That’s how one of her children described Sarah “Tink” Bolster, who died last week at the age of 88. A mother of 14 who found time to play a major role in Princeton’s athletic community, she is shown here with her husband, Joe, and seven of her sons. On the top row, from left, are Richard, Jim, Joe, Thomas, and Andy Bolster. Seated next to their parents are John and Michael.

Her small stature earned Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster the name “Tink,” as in Tinkerbell, and it stuck throughout her life. But Mrs. Bolster, who died Thursday just two days after turning 88, leaves a huge legacy of children (14), grandchildren (20), and a long list of devoted friends and colleagues, many from Princeton’s close-knit community of swimming enthusiasts. more

Obituaries 4/20/16 Post

Obit Martin 4-20-16Shirley Martin

Shirley Jean Carter Martin, a resident of Belle Mead, N.J. for 50 years, passed away at home on April 12, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born on April 19, 1931 in Sayre, Pennsylvania to Carl A. and Marion S. Carter. Her sister, Helen Louise Carter Templer and both parents predeceased her.

 Shirley graduated from Laceyville High School and Robert Packer School of Nursing in 1952. Upon graduation she worked at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Morristown Memorial, BrainBio Center in Skillman, and Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, N.Y. where she met and married Arthur I. Martin. She enjoyed her nursing career so much and always said it enabled her to have many wonderful experiences throughout her life.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Art, of 58 years; her daughter Debbie and husband Bob Joslin; and her son Wade and wife, Lee Ann. Her grandchildren Matthew, Rachel, Emma, Kelly, Zach, and grand-dog Maggie will always be surrounded by her love and were her greatest joy.

Shirley was active in many organizations throughout her life and was supportive of public education through her involvement with the Montgomery P.T.A., Montgomery Athletic Boosters, and Montgomery Township Education Foundation. She was a co-founder of the Girl Scouts program in Montgomery Township. In later years, Shirley enjoyed her activities with the Present Day Club, DAR, and HomeFront.

A passion for travel took her to all corners of the globe but her favorite place was Grand Cayman. Long Beach Island was her domestic destination for summers with her children and grandchildren. Quality time with her family made each gathering special for each of us.

Shirley’s family visited with friends at Cherry Valley Country Club, Hobler House on Saturday, April 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. and a Celebration of Life was held at the Harlingen Reformed Church on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Shirley’s memory to the HomeFront Playground, which is being constructed at their new facility in Ewing. Donations can be sent to HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 to the attention of Connie Mercer (playground act).


Junior Van Skillman

Junior Van Skillman, 87, of Princeton died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at home. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident. Junior was the owner for many years of Morris Maple and Son in Princeton. He was a member of Princeton Fire Company #1.

Son of the late William Henry and Lida (Vanmater) Skillman; father of the late Lynn Simpson, William Skillman; he is survived by 2 sons Jeffrey and Michael Skillman; and a daughter Heidi Skillman.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

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


Obit Hernquist 4-20-16Thyra Hildegard Hernquist

Thyra Hildegard Hernquist, 95, passed away on Saturday April 16, 2016 at The University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro after a brief illness.

She is survived by her three children Lars Hernquist of Lexington, Massachusetts; Thomas Hernquist of Seattle, Washington; and Ingrid Hernquist of Princeton. Thyra is also survived by 7 grandchildren.

She was born in Västra Strö, Sweden on February 18, 1921 and was one of 10 children. Thyra was married to Karl G. Hernquist in 1949 and together they moved to the United States in 1952. She supported Karl in his career at RCA where he worked for 34 years. While at RCA, Karl became a world renowned physicist in the area of gas lasers. He received over 35 patents and numerous awards while at RCA. Thrya and Karl became residents of Princeton in 1952, and she received her U.S. citizenship in 1957. She was married to Karl Hernquist for 65 years until his passing in 2014.

Thyra was a dedicated mother and devoted wife. She believed strongly in providing an education for her children. Lars received his PhD in astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology; Thomas received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business; and Ingrid received her JD degree from Rutgers.

Thyra was an avid swimmer and swam a mile a day until the age of about 90. She worked at Princeton’s YMCA for many years as a swim instructor and lifeguard. She also loved nature and was an active bird watcher and botanist. Thyra and Karl enjoyed traveling together and visited many countries on multiple continents during their lives.

In 1971 Thyra received a Certificate of Recognition from the American National Red Cross for saving the life of a young boy as the result of a skating accident on Carnegie Lake in Princeton.

A memorial service will be held at Stone Hill Church 1025 Bunn Dr., Princeton, NJ on April 23rd at noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Alternatives, Inc., 600 First Avenue Raritan, NJ 08869 are appreciated.


Obit Wyckoff 4-20-16Joan Blanche Wyckoff

Joan Blanche Wyckoff died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Arbor Terrace Assisted Living facility in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Born in Orange, N.J. on January 9, 1931, she was a long time resident of Princeton Junction where she resided with her now deceased husband, Harry Wyckoff.

Joan was employed as an office manager by Manpower Inc. in Princeton. She also worked as a director of a local day care for over 15 years. After retirement, Joan enjoyed going to the local senior center where she socialized with friends and played cards.

She is survived by two sons, Richard H. Ernst and wife Mary Ann of Ponte Vedra, Florida; Harry Ernst of Ewing; a daughter, Beth Allen, of Vineland, NJ; 2 step sons Geoff Wyckoff and wife, Donna, of Titusville, NJ; and Hank Wyckoff and wife, Karen, of Hawaii; nine grandchildren, Robert, Michael, Bradley, Tara, Brittany, Courtney, Justin, Ben, and Ruth; four great grandchildren, Jacob, Jayden, Audrina, and Arielle; three sisters, Ellanore Lange of Washington State, Barbara Endiso of Kenilworth, NJ, and Lois Lombardi of West Orange, NJ; along with many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton; on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Haven Hospice (Suite 119), 8301 Cypress Plaza Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

Obituaries 7/8/15 Post

Obit Perry 7-8-15Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth Stuyvesant Perry (formerly Pyne) died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at her Princeton home of more than 60 years with her devoted husband, Dr. Venkatesan Perry, and a son by her side. She was 92.

A shrewd and highly successful investor, Mrs. Perry was also a Silver Life Master in bridge, an enthusiastic gardener, and an early supporter of environmental and women’s reproductive health causes. But most important to her, she was a loving and supportive mother to her five children: Peter, Elizabeth (“Lyn”), Russell, Lawrence (“Lucky”), and John (“Jay”) Pyne. She was a strong, independent woman who worked tirelessly to ensure that they received the best possible education and start in life.

She was born October 26, 1922 in Washington, D.C., the first child of Grace Chapin and the Hon. Hamilton Fish. As the young daughter of a long-time member of the U.S. Congress, she had many experiences in pre-war Washington that seem improbable today. She regularly helped her mother host notable statesmen; was asked by President Calvin Coolidge to throw the switch for one of the first national Christmas trees with electric lights; and, along with her friends, played regularly at Blair House and on the grounds of the White House.

She attended St. Timothy’s School in Maryland, where she won several prizes, but was largely self-educated. She was a voracious reader, and had a sharp mind and an infectious love of learning.

During World War II, she worked for the U.S. State Department before marrying Lt. John Insley Blair Pyne in 1943, who was a carrier-based pilot in the U.S. Navy. After the war, they moved into G.I. Bill housing so modest that one bathroom served several apartments. While Mr. Pyne continued his studies at Princeton University, she listened closely to him and the experts in the emerging field of computer science in which he later worked, and she successfully identified companies in which to invest their then meager savings.

Over the years, she developed an analytical approach to investing that outperformed most stock indices, and she came to understand state and federal tax codes better than many CPAs. She never forgot her childhood during the Great Depression and was a lifelong saver, but she was generous with her wealth, which she shared with her extended family.

In 1981, she and Mr. Pyne were amicably divorced after a separation of many years, and in 1991 on the island of Kauai she married Venkatesan Perry, PhD, a pioneer with several patents in fuel cell and fiber optic technology. They were steadfast bridge partners, great friends, and frequently traveled together, with India and Brazil being two favorite destinations. She also enjoyed becoming close with Dr. Perry’s family in the United States, including brothers Seshan and his wife Lalitha; Balu and his wife Radha, and Natarajan and his wife Sudha.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Russell B. Pyne, a venture capitalist in Atherton, California; his wife Helen C. Pyne and their children Thornton Hamilton, Russell Stuyvesant, Nicholas Fish, and Elizabeth Cooke Pyne; Lawrence S. Pyne, an outdoor journalist and on-air personality for Vermont PBS in Middlebury, Vermont; and his children Grace Chapin, Nathan Stuyvesant, and Jacob Perry Pyne; and John Pyne, MD, an orthopedic hand surgeon in Dixmont, Maine; his wife Sandra W. Pyne; and their children Sarah Morris, Abigail Stebbins, and Chapin Reed Pyne.

She is also survived by her late brother Hamilton Fish Jr.’s four children: Hamilton Fish III, Alexa Ward, Nicholas Fish, and Peter Fish.

A celebration of her life will be held later this summer in Princeton. Her ashes will be scattered in her garden at her Princeton home, at her ancestral churchyard in Garrison, New York, and the Ganges River in India.

Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Dorothy Fletcher Alexander

Dorothy Fletcher Alexander, 88, life-long resident of Princeton, New Jersey, was called to rest on July 1, 2015 in Merwick Care Center, Plainsboro, New Jersey. Her mother, Queen Elizabeth Black, died in 1995 in Bronx, New York. Dorothy was raised in Princeton by loving parents John and Mary Fletcher. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1946. She studied organ and voice at Westminster Choir College in Princeton while playing organ for First Baptist Church Sunday school, and singing in the Youth and Senior Choirs. For 52 years, Dorothy was the organist at First Baptist Church in Princeton. In addition to her church responsibilities, Dorothy worked full-time in the laundry department at Princeton Hospital for 42 years.

Dorothy received numerous awards and honors for her tireless years of service, including serving as an Executive Board member of the Hampton Institute Ministers and Musicians Conference, “Distinguished Service Award” from the Deacons Union of Trenton and Vicinity, the Service Appreciation Award “For Your Faithfulness in Using Your Musical Gifts to Serve the Lord,” President of Progressive National Baptist Women’s Department of New Jersey, State Organist of the New Jersey Convention of Progressive Baptist, and the Progressive Women’s Fellowship of First Baptist Church. She travelled throughout the country playing the organ at numerous conventions, church services, and programs. Dorothy loved the First Baptist Church and will be missed by her church family.

In 1947, she married William Alexander of Virginia. They had three sons, William Jr. (Billy), Roland, and Dennis. She is also survived by a grandson Jared Alexander; sister Carmelita Moore; brother in-law Joe Moore; aunts Carmelita Reed, and Julia Roberts; nephews Tony Black, David Black, Kurt Black, and Woodrow Alexander; nieces Shannon Martin and Karen Alexander; many cousins including Fletchers and Alexanders. Susie Tindall, who was Dorothy’s best friend for 30 years, is also a very close family member. Predeceased sisters are Carmen Black and Betty Jean Black. Dorothy is also predeceased by her step-brother Robert Fletcher.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at First Baptist Church Princeton at John Street and Paul Robeson Place. Viewing is at 9 to 11 a.m. Service is at 11 a.m.


Rosemary Miles Blair

Rosemary Miles Blair died on July 2, 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 84.

Rosemary, the youngest of three children, was born on February 22, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York to Catherine Gannon Miles and George Bernard Miles.

Rosemary received her BA from the College of New Rochelle and Master’s from Columbia University Teacher’s College. In 1954 she married David William Blair, of Rogue River, Oregon, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Columbia. They were married in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

In 1958 they moved to Princeton. Rosemary became an art teacher in the Princeton School system where she taught for 30 years. They had six children.

Rosemary was active in the community of Princeton and an accomplished artist. She was instrumental in bringing bike paths to Princeton in 1978. She was on the small Catholic study group that led to the establishment of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. Rosemary was passionate about preserving open space in both Princeton and New Jersey. She was a founder of the D&R Greenway Land Trust after serving as president of the Friends of Princeton Open Space. Under her stewardship, the Land Trust preserved in excess of 15,000 acres in New Jersey for the enjoyment of future generations.

Rosemary is survived by her husband of 61 years, David; five daughters and one son and their spouses; Karen and Tom Horn, Moretown, Vermont; Barbara Blair Randall, Brooklyn, New York; Maria and Eric Belliveau, Hinesburg, Vermont; Amanda and Peter Nichols, Hopewell, New Jersey; Bernice (May) and David Belmont Olav Blair, Washington, D.C., and Rachel and Terrence McGregor, Dedham, Massachusetts. Rosemary was proud of her 16 grandchildren who are spread far and wide at university or working from San Francisco to Zurich, Switzerland. They are Ben, Amos, Catherine, Henry, Philip, Lucy, Willie, Blaire, Zachary, Becca, David, Edith, John, Norah, Sam, and Charlie.

Rosemary was a practicing Catholic and feminist. Rosemary rested at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, New Jersey. Visiting hours were on Tuesday, July 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. A Roman Catholic mass will be said on Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.


Obit Hook 7-8-15Frances Hayes Hook

Frances Hayes Hook, 90, of Elon, North Carolina passed away, Sunday July 5, 2015 at the Cottage at Blakey Hall, surrounded by family and friends.

A native of Warren County, Mrs. Hook attended Norlina High School. She earned a degree in biology from Elon College, and afterward taught chemistry at a nursing college while working as a lab technician in Wilmington, North Carolina. Soon after, she married Harvey Hook, of Elon and moved to Princeton, New Jersey where they raised their four children. Mrs. Hook did extensive volunteer work in New Jersey with the Appalachian Service Project through the Princeton United Methodist Church. She was also an active volunteer with CONTACT of Mercer County, where she became the director of training and served on the board of directors. In 1989, she and Mr. Hook returned to Elon where she became a member of the Elon Community Church, the Alamance County Antique Automobile Club, and the Alamance Piecemaker Quilt Guild.

Mrs. Hook was the daughter of the late Martin Frederick Hayes, Sr. and the late Lanie McCullers Hayes. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey O. Hook. She is survived by her four children and their spouses Bruce G. Hook (Ceil) of Rochester, New York; Ellen Hook Tyler (Mike) of Lynchburg, Virginia; Nancy Hook Auel (Conrad) of Monessen, Pennsylvania; and Anne Hook Lewis (Alan) of Elon, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Rich and Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington, North Carolina, 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 9, 2015. Her funeral service will be held Friday, July 10 at 2 p.m. at the Rich and Thompson Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Pastor Conrad G. Auel of Monessen, Pennsylvania. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Elon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, of Alamance County, North Carolina.

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Elizabeth Marie Pirone

Elizabeth Marie Pirone, 82, of Princeton, New Jersey died Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro, New Jersey. Born in Trenton she was a resident of Princeton for over 63 years. Elizabeth was co-owner, along with her husband, of Pirone Paving Company. She also worked for many years as a secretary for Benson and Benson of Princeton. She was an avid swimmer and instructor at the YWCA Princeton. Elizabeth was the past-president of P.I.A.S.C. Ladies Auxiliary. She had an undying love for her German Shepherds Simba, Toby, and Bear.

Daughter of the late Salvatore and Mary (Camiso) DeAngelo, sister of the late Patrick DeAngelo, Rachel DeAngelis, Sophie Falcey, she is survived by her husband of 63 years Felix V. Pirone; 2 daughters Felisa Scannella, Pamela Pirone Verdi; a son Umberto Pirone; a brother Louis DeAngelo; 2 sisters Mary Kane, Rose Keefer; 2 sisters-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law; Marie DeAngelo, Christina and Teodoro Tamasi, Anthony Pirone; 9 grandchildren Laurence, Larisa and Steven Scannella, Francis Verdi, Nicholas, Julia, Salvatore, Joseph, Thomas Pirone; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, July 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA.


Kathleen Neuer Blumenthal

Kathleen died in her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico after a long, well-lived life. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from Goucher College and then moved to New York City, the city of her dreams. She lived and worked in New York for Mademoiselle Magazine as a writer, then editor. She met and married Jack Blumenthal, and moved to Princeton, New Jersey where she raised her son, while fighting for women’s equality and social justice. Kathleen continued writing and authored The Inn Book.

Her love of writing led her to poetry, which she continued to write her entire life. Moving to New Mexico, she based herself first in Taos, then Santa Fe. Kathleen continued to travel and write.

Kathleen lived through the Great Depression and World War II.

She is survived by her son Adam of Deering, New Hampshire; grandsons Jacob and Joseph; nephews Carl Socolow, Roy Socolow and Jeff Socolow; as well as numerous friends.

Interment will be in the Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Memorial donations in her name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Obituaries 2/4/15 Post

Obit Callahan 2-4-15Bob Callahan

Bob Callahan, 59, of Princeton passed away on January 27, 2015, in the comfort of his home. A coach and player of squash and tennis, he led his team to countless victories but is remembered most for lessons of honor and character. He was a man of dignity, humor, humility, and above all grace.

Bob was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where he originally learned the game of squash at the Cynwyd Club while attending Waldron Academy and the Episcopal Academy. After excelling at both squash and tennis as a U.S. Junior, Bob attended Princeton University in the fall of 1973 where he played on three national championship squash teams, including his senior year when he captained the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1976-77. Upon graduation, he worked for IBM for 4 years. On his very first day he met Kristen and took her out to lunch at Roy Rogers. He said he knew right away she would be his wife, and she was — for 38 years. In 1982, he assumed the role at Princeton University as Head Men’s Squash Coach and Men’s JV Tennis Coach. Since taking over the squash program, Callahan led Princeton to 314 victories, 11 Ivy League titles, and national championships in 1982, 1993, and 2012. He also coached the individual national champion 10 times. In addition to his responsibilities at Princeton, Bob has spent over 25 summers at Bedens Brook Country Club (BBC) in Skillman where he was the head tennis pro. He will never be forgotten at BBC, where a plaque dedicates the tennis courts to the memory of Bob “coach, mentor, leader and friend — inspiring excellence on and off the court.”

In addition to being synonymous with college squash for the last 30 years, Bob is also widely recognized for pioneering the development of squash in the United States. Bob founded the nation’s first major squash camp in 1982 and directed the 1998 World Junior Men’s Championships at Princeton, the first time the world junior singles championship were held in the U.S.A.

In 2012, exactly one week after leading the Tigers to their first National Squash Championship in nearly twenty years, Bob was diagnosed with glioblastoma. Bob received treatment from Memorial Sloan Kettering. Bob is survived by his wife Kristen, their five sons Greg, Scott, Tim, Peter, and Matt, their two daughters-in-law Alison and Carol, and their two granddaughters. All five sons played squash for the Tigers under Bob.

The service of celebration for the life of Coach Robert W. Callahan will be held this Saturday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. All are welcome to attend in Tiger attire!


Obit Morgan 2-4-15Arthur Palmer Morgan 

Arthur Palmer Morgan died at home from natural causes on January 30, 2015 surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was 91 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1923 to Professor Sherley Morgan and Ethel Palmer, he was a life long Princeton resident. He attended Princeton Country Day School, Deerfield Academy, and was a graduate of Princeton University class of 1944. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a second Lieutenant bombardier based in Ardmore Oklahoma where he met his first wife, Mildred Anne Underwood who predeceased him in 1984.

They moved to Hibben Road in Princeton where they created a beautiful and loving home in which to raise their three daughters.

From 1947 to 1955, Arthur worked for the family company E.R.Squibb and Sons. He was sent to Latin America to manage the building of new manufacturing facilities in Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, and Argentina, while navigating challenging international politics. For the next 30 years his career was in the financial world, holding leadership roles at The Empire Trust Co. in New York, Richardson Merrell (Vick’s Chemical Co.), Tucker Anthony (Clark Dodge and Co.) until his retirement from Princeton Bank and Trust in 1985.

Modeling the example set by his parents, Arthur believed that civic duty is necessary for ensuring the strength and vitality of his beloved Princeton community. His countless years of service were given to the following organizations: Princeton Borough Zoning Board (Chairman 1956-62), Princeton Regional Planning Board, Princeton Borough Council (1971-75), Police Commissioner during the turbulent years of student demonstrations, Director Princeton Savings and Loan, Director Springdale Golf Club, President Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Chairman Westminster Choir College, Treasurer Princeton Public Library, Director Princeton Public Library Foundation, Board Chairman McCarter Theater, Deacon and life-time member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

In 1985, Arthur married Barbara MacLeod. Their joint love of nature took them traveling all over the world fishing, birdwatching, sailing, hiking, and exploring gardens and nature preserves. He was a die-hard Phillies fan and season ticket holder for over 40 years, rarely missing a home game. A constant seeker of knowledge, he enjoyed auditing classes at Princeton University, attending lectures, and studying the piano. He became a Master Gardener at age 80. His love of literature and music quietly guided his generous support of Westminster Choir College and Princeton University where he endowed two chairs in the English and architecture departments in his parent’s name. Together with Barbara, he worked tirelessly on the campaign to rebuild the Princeton Public Library and to support the challenges of Planned Parenthood. He was also instrumental in launching Familyborn — a center for Birth and Women’s Health.

His greatest gifts were given to his family, where he offered his love unconditionally and without judgment. His beloved home in Vermont became a haven for his family to gather and he welcomed each one with open arms and a warm and generous heart. He treasured his Prince Edward Island summers with Barbara, spending the day picking berries, playing golf, and eating oysters in their peaceful cottage by the sea.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, his three daughters, Anne and husband Craig of Princeton; Catherine and husband John of Hawi, Hawaii; Cynthia and husband Stefan of Stockton Springs, Maine; and two step-daughters, Robin Alexandra Baxendale and Jennifer MacLeod Baxendale, both of Great Barrington, Mass., 12 grandchildren; seven great grand-children and an eighth expected in June. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Richard Morgan of State College, Pa., and his sister Diana Olcott of Manchester, Vt. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Drorbaugh of Princeton.

A service in his memory will be held on February 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church followed by a luncheon at the Nassau Club.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Princeton Public Library and Planned Parenthood of Trenton.


Patricia Ann Fischer

Patricia Ann Fischer, 84, of Skillman passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by her loving family. Born in Philadelphia, she was a long time resident of Trenton and Princeton as well as Cutler, Maine. She is the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (Phillips) Vesey and sister of the late Thomas Vesey.

Patricia earned her degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as a pediatric RN at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and went on to teach nursing at Mercer Hospital in Trenton. She later returned to school and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rider College in Lawrence Township. She was a very active member of the Trenton and Princeton communities and held significant volunteer positions in several organizations. Most notably she presided over the Junior League of Trenton and was awarded the President’s Bowl, given annually to the League member with the most outstanding record of service to the community, the League and her family. She was a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Union Industrial Home in Trenton and New Jersey Public Broadcasting-PBS Channel 52. She was a docent at the New Jersey State Museum, volunteered at the Princeton Child Development Institute, and served as the parliamentarian for many organizations. She loved to entertain, play tennis, and spend time with family and friends in Cutler Harbor on the Bold Coast of Maine.

In addition to her husband of 59 years, Dr. Robert Fischer, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jeffery Fischer and Veronica Fischer, of Windsor, Conn.; her daughter and son-in-law Carol Fischer Lowenstein and Duane Lowenstein of Andover, Mass.; and her son Kenneth Fischer of Plantsville, Conn. She was a loving grandmother to Cheryl, Gregory, and Suzanne Fischer; David, Emily and Peter Lowenstein; Jacqueline and Thomas Fischer; Mackenzie and Madeline Gerity; and great-granddaughter Addison Meyers.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, N.J. A private burial followed in Princeton Cemetery. Donations can be sent in lieu of flowers to the Cutler United Methodist Church, in Cutler Maine.


Obit Callan 2-4-15Chantal Deltheil Callan

Chantal Deltheil Callan passed away at home on December 8, 2015 from cancer. She was born in Paris, France in 1939. In Paris, Chantal had studied psychology at the Institut Catholique but wanted to travel. She worked for a year in order to afford the transatlantic fare on the Paquebot France. She arrived in Princeton in 1962 as an au-pair girl where she met her husband Curtis who was a graduate student in physics. They were married in 1965.

In the United States, Chantal became a French teacher. She taught middle school French at Princeton Day School in the 1970s, and at the Princeton Adult School in the 1980s and 1990s. She gave private lessons and especially enjoyed teaching adults.

Chantal was an avid and competitive tennis player. She started playing in her 30s and became a fierce competitor in multiple local leagues. She worked at a friend’s tennis shop on Nassau Street in the 1980s and learned how to string racquets, which she continued to do from home for many years. For the last decade, she and her husband spent part of each year in Kiawah, S.C., because of its nationally renowned tennis program.

Chantal loved to work with her hands. She painted and wallpapered her houses and refurbished old furniture. She did extraordinary needlepoint; her masterpiece being a 5-foot wall hanging of a Japanese mounted warrior. She learned to quilt from her mother-in-law and made dozens of quilts for family and friends. She sewed entire American Doll wardrobes for her granddaughters. Because she found gardening relaxing, she was pottering around her plants throughout her illness. Chantal was a member of the Dogwood Garden Club for several years. She was also a superb French cook, a talent her family were most grateful for.

A member of the Catholic Aquinas Institute until its recent, regretted, closure Chantal also attended masses at the University Chapel.

Energetic, charming, and generous, Chantal was a force to be reckoned with. She made a warm and open home for friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Curtis, her children Benedicte and Dominique, and three grandchildren, Nina, Nicholas, and Felicity.


Obit Goheen 2-4-15Margaret Skelly Goheen

Margaret Skelly Goheen died at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

She was born in 1919 in Wilmington, Delaware to James Thomas and Gertrude McFarland Skelly, the fifth of six siblings.

Margaret graduated from The Tower Hill School in Wilmington and went on to matriculate at Vassar College, graduating with the class of 1941. Shortly afterwards she met and married Robert F. Goheen, and they enjoyed the next 67 years together during which she provided invaluable support and guidance throughout his distinguished career.

They moved to Princeton in 1945 and in 1959 purchased a summer home in Chatham, Mass. where the family gathered to sail, fish, swim, play golf and tennis, and enjoy each other’s company.

She is survived by her six children: Anne Goheen Crane, Trudi Goheen Swain, Stephen Goheen, Megan Goheen Lower, Elizabeth Goheen, and Charles Goheen, 18 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

Throughout her life she was a committed and dedicated volunteer, serving on boards and committees for the Princeton University’s Isabella McCosh Infirmary, The Princeton University Art Museum, The Aquinas Institute, Princeton YWCA, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, and The Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund which honored her in 2009. She was also active with the Vassar College Alumnae Association and on the Board of The Bank Street School of Education.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Princeton University Chapel. Burial followed at the Princeton University President’s Plot in Princeton Cemetery.

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


Obit Woodworth 2-4-15Enid Richardson Woodworth

Enid Richardson Woodworth, 88 of Princeton died peacefully January 23, 2015 at her home in Princeton surrounded by family.

Enid was born in Passaic, N.J. on January 27, 1927. She attended Westtown School in West Chester, Pa., graduated from Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. in 1948, and received her teaching certificate from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She loved children and began her career teaching sixth grade at The Hartridge School in Plainfield, N.J. She continued to teach at The Princeton Cooperative Nursery School, Littlebrook School, Miss Mason’s School, The Princeton Junior School, The Princeton Friends School, and the YMCA squash racquets program. A dedicated natural athlete she enjoyed the exercise, the competition, and in particular the camaraderie. Invited to try out for the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey team, she also loved tennis, golf, squash, paddle tennis, and sailing. Well into her 40s, she played on the Pretty Brook Tennis Club’s squash team and “Tired Mothers” field hockey team, which competed successfully against high school teams in New Jersey. She played golf and tennis into her 80’s and was a winner of the sportsmanship award at Pretty Brook Tennis Club.

She met her husband, Newell Bertram Woodworth (Jr.) of Cazenovia, N.Y., during her junior year in college. They were married at her parents’ farm in Bernardsville, N.J. in 1950 and moved to Princeton in 1953. Enid was dedicated to her family, her friends, her community, and was always ready to give assistance.

Whether preparing dinners in cramped quarters of the galley, chasing tennis balls to keep her regular doubles matches lively, or volunteering at the Princeton Hospital’s Outgrown Shop, she always had a smile to share.

A modest, thoughtful, and radiant personality, she was a member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Springdale Golf Club, and the Society of Friends.

Predeceased by her sister, Margery Richardson Claghorn, she is survived by her husband Newell B. Woodworth (Jr.) and their four children; Pam, Buzz (Newell B. III), Sarah, and Sam; as well as her 12 grandchildren whom she adored. In celebration of her life, we encourage you to smile at everyone you meet today.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on February 14, 2015 at the Princeton Friends Meeting, Stony Brook Meetinghouse, 470 Quaker Road in Princeton. Immediately following, a reception will take place at Pretty Brook Tennis Club, 229 Pretty Brook Road in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be sent to the Princeton Friends School, 470 Quaker Road Princeton, N.J. 08540 or Princeton Day School, 650 Great Road Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Suppers Program Shares Healthy Recipes As the Holiday Eating Season Begins Post

THANKSGIVING WITHOUT THE BLOAT: At a lunch held by Dorothy Mullen’s Suppers Program this week, health-conscious diners dove into a satisfying meal of turkey meatloaf, salsa flavored with oranges and cilantro, tangy greens with tamari, roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower, and lentil loaf for the one vegan at the table. Everyone cleaned their plate but no one complained of feeling overstuffed.(Photo by Anne Levin)

THANKSGIVING WITHOUT THE BLOAT: At a lunch held by Dorothy Mullen’s Suppers Program this week, health-conscious diners dove into a satisfying meal of turkey meatloaf, salsa flavored with oranges and cilantro, tangy greens with tamari, roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower, and lentil loaf for the one vegan at the table. Everyone cleaned their plate but no one complained of feeling overstuffed. (Photo by Anne Levin)

Like most Thanksgiving feasts, this one included generous portions, multiple side dishes, and lots of discussion about food. But unlike those traditional holiday repasts, the meal left no one desperate for a nap or moaning about how they over-indulged.

The table around which 11 members of the Suppers Program gathered Monday afternoon was in the Patton Avenue home of Suppers founder Dorothy Mullen. An advocate of avoiding processed foods as a path to well-being, she came up with the concept of using the communal preparation and consumption of a nutritious meal as a way to manifest healthy change. Ms. Mullen is also known locally for her work with the Princeton School Gardens Cooperative and other health-oriented community initiatives.

She is a proponent not only of eating well, but of the importance of families eating together. “It’s important for children, because so many of a family’s values get transmitted at the table,” she said. “It’s about so much more than good nutrition. The family table is a place where sibling rivalry and tensions are resolved in a safe and warm environment. If a family is not eating together, they are missing a huge opportunity to bond with one another.”

On this rainy afternoon, it was all about chopping, roasting, sauteing, and, finally, eating. Before long, the windows of Ms. Mullen’s homey kitchen were steamed up and some people’s eyes were burning from the strong spices and condiments that were part of the cooking. As members arrived, signed in, paid the $10 to offset the cost of the food, and washed their hands, Ms. Mullen put them to work.

She paired the two newcomers in the kitchen with experienced members. One first-timer peeled sweet potatoes while the friend who brought her, a two-year veteran, chopped them into small pieces. Soon the potatoes were ready for the roasting pan and a swish of olive oil and spices.

Julie Denny, who co-chairs the One Table Cafe at Trinity Church (temporarily operating at Nassau Presbyterian Church), got busy shaping ground turkey, vegetables, and almond flour into mini-meatloaves. “I met Dor about a year ago when she spoke at One Table Cafe, and I started coming here. Now, I look forward to it,” she said. “It’s fun, and there is a nice sense of community.”

While this luncheon was a general meeting of Suppers participants, other gatherings focus on specific healing themes such as lowering blood sugar, living with diabetes, alcohol dependence, and weight management. “This is not a club,” said Karen Baldino, a trained facilitator for Suppers, during her brief orientation for new members. “It’s a program of people who gather to cook, eat, and meet to talk about diet and lifestyle change.”

Members are asked to respect each others’ anonymity and not judge lifestyles or choices. While new products or foods might be discussed, nothing is promoted. Meetings are held at about 30 different facilitators’ homes, and at locations such as the YMCA, the Whole Earth market or Savory Spice.

Once the table was set and everything was ready to serve, the plating began. The white china plates were the perfect background for the crisp, green bok choy and tat soy, the red-and-orange-flecked salsa, and other vividly colored dishes that made up the meal. Ms. Mullen lowered the lights, asked members to join hands (or elbows if worried about germs), and breathe in and out. “Take a breath, and let it go,” she said. “Give your weight to the chair. Let go of tensions.”

The lights were turned up and everyone tucked into the meal. “I would serve this for Thanksgiving dinner with a pumpkin pie and no apologies,” Ms. Mullen said as members expressed approval for each dish. “And you can make a fabulous holiday meal just out of side dishes if you like.”

Ms. Denny said that while she enjoyed the meal, she wasn’t sure she could convince her family to forgo Thanksgiving staples such as mashed potatoes with butter, swimming in gravy. Others at the table commented that it takes time to switch over to healthier options, especially when a holiday tradition is involved.

But the group raved about a gravy concocted by Ms. Denny that mixed coconut oil, onion, salt, cilantro, chili powder, vegan broth, and some coconut milk, cooked down for thickening. “When food is this colorful and tastes this good, it’s do-able, it’s delicious, and it’s beautiful,” Ms. Mullen said.


Civil Rights Activist Robert Moses Launches Freedom Summer Events Post

Parking around the John Witherspoon Middle School (JWMS) was hard to find Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t just because there was a swim meet and a football game in progress. More than 130 people turned out to welcome guest speaker Robert Pariss Moses to the school to inaugurate a series of programs at the Princeton Public Library, JWMS, and Princeton University marking the 50th anniversary of the events in Mississippi during the summer of 1964 С the Mississippi Summer Project or Freedom Summer as it became known.

But although he was expected to reminisce about his part in the 1964 campaign to register African Americans in Mississippi to vote, Mr. Moses launched into a conversation with the young people attending. Instead of the lecture podium on the stage, he chose to stand on the floor of the auditorium directly in front of the stage and invited the middle schoolers to join him in conversation. As their elders watched and listened, the veteran teacher gave everyone a lesson in history and in pedagogy.

One of the most influential black leaders of the civil rights movement, Mr. Moses initiated and organized voter registration drives, sit-ins, and Freedom Schools for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He led the campaign to bring a thousand volunteers С primarily enthusiastic young white supporters — to Mississippi to encourage African-American voters to register to vote, to provide education via summer schools, and to convene a more representative delegation to attend the Democratic National Convention.

Today, Mr. Moses runs the Algebra Project that he founded in 1980 to improve math education in poor communities. His book, which he co-authored with Charles E. Cobb, Jr., is titled: Radical Equations: Civil Rights From Mississippi to the Algebra Project.

Co-sponsored by the library, Not in Our Town Princeton, Princeton Public Schools, Princeton University, and the Princeton Garden Theatre, Sunday’s event was introduced by Tim Quinn of the Princeton Board of Education and Janie Hermann of the Princeton Public Library.

Taneshia Nash Laird, founder of the Baker Street Social Club, introduced the speaker, who was so well known to the audience that many stood to applaud him before he began to speak.

Ms. Laird said that she had been so nervous about introducing the iconic figure that she had asked her pastor how she should go about it. “Humbly, like the man himself,” was the reply.

The conversation between Mr. Moses and the students centered on the meaning of the Preamble to the Constitution, which begins with the words, “We the people.”

In classic Socratic manner, Mr. Moses explored the concepts of “constitutional person” and “constitutional property” with the middle-schoolers. He asked them to think about the Preamble’s words. “Who were the ‘we’ when the country first got started in 1787?” he asked.

In less than one hour, with patience and encouragement, Mr. Moses and the young students explored the meaning of the Preamble and the exclusion of women, Africans, and Native peoples from the collective “we,” as well as chattel slavery; the Civil War; the implications of The Constitution’s Article 4, Section 2, Paragraph 3 (The Fugitive Slave clause); constitutional amendments 13 (abolishes slavery), 14 (addresses citizenship rights), and 15 (addresses voting rights); and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Circular 3591 (concerning peonage and debt-slavery), which he urged them to “Google” when they got home; Brown v. The Board of Education, among other aspects of United States history.

Describing American history in terms of balancing two opposing ideas of constitutional person and constitutional property, Mr. Moses said that the country had lurched forward after the Civil War and backwards since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. After Freedom Summer the country is now in a “third constitutional era,” he said and asked students to think about the kind of country they will create in 30 years time. “Who then will be the ‘we’ in ‘We the people,’” he asked.

He urged his listeners to learn the Preamble and recite it; to think about it as “something we do.” In other words he suggested the Preamble not as a record of history but as a living document that could be “enacted” for each new generation of speakers, encompassing a wider group as time goes on.

Asked afterwards why he had chosen to focus on the constitution rather than reminiscence on his past, Mr. Moses explained: “The country is at a point of choice, democracy is unstable and huge forces are operating. As we shift from industrial to information-age technology, we need a deeper understanding of the Constitution and the force that it has.”

Thirteen-year-old Denzel, an eighth-grader at JWMS described Mr. Moses’s talk as “inspirational. “I learned a lot,” he said, adding that he would be “Googling” Circular 3591 as Mr. Moses had suggested and that he was eager to learn more about the work of Douglas Blackmon, the Pulitzer Prize winning author cited by Mr. Moses for his book Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Mr. Blackmon’s book examines how the enslavement of African-Americans persisted deep into the 20th century.

Traveling Exhibition

After Mr. Moses’s talk, the audience enjoyed a reception and viewed the traveling exhibition, “Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students,” from the Wisconsin Historical Society, which has one of the nation’s most extensive collections of Civil Rights material.

“Risking Everything” features 70 photographs, manuscripts, diaries and other primary source materials documenting the Freedom Summer volunteers’s efforts to integrate “all-white” businesses and to register residents to vote. It shows residents and volunteers who came to Mississippi from all over the United States and the opponents they faced. Having toured major museums and libraries throughout the year, the exhibition is making a last stop in Princeton, the only stop in New Jersey.

The exhibition will be on display at JWMS through November 23 before it moves to the Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding where it will be on view November 25 through December 5.

Upcoming Events

Freedom Summer programs continue Thursday, November 20, at 7 p.m. when Princeton residents and others share their memories of Freedom Summer and civil rights events a Freedom Summer Panel Discussion, moderated by Shirley Satterfield and members of Not in Our Town, in the library’s Community Room.

Princeton Garden Theatre at 160 Nassau Street will screen the documentary film Freedom Summer Sunday, November 23, at 1 p.m. Director Stanley Nelson captures the volatile months of Freedom Summer and Mr. Moses’s campaign to bring a thousand volunteers–primarily enthusiastic young white supporters–to Mississippi to encourage African-American voter registration, provide education and convene a more representative delegation to attend the Democratic National Convention.

Tickets for the 1 hour and 53 minute film are free, but limited, and may be reserved through the theater’s website,

For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit


Helping Stanford Water Polo Win NCAA Crown, Princeton Native Monaghan Rises to the Occasion Post

CARDINAL RULE: Sophia Monaghan poses for a team photo this spring in her freshman season with the Stanford University women’s water polo program. Princeton resident and former Lawrenceville school star Monaghan enjoyed a memorable debut campaign, helping the Cardinals win the NCAA title. (Photo Courtesy of Stanford’s Office of Athletic Communications)

CARDINAL RULE: Sophia Monaghan poses for a team photo this spring in her freshman season with the Stanford University women’s water polo program. Princeton resident and former Lawrenceville school star Monaghan enjoyed a memorable debut campaign, helping the Cardinals win the NCAA title.
(Photo Courtesy of Stanford’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Sophia Monaghan feared that she might be in over her head when she joined the Stanford University women’s polo team last fall.

With Stanford boasting a roster containing mainly California natives, some of whom are national team members, Princeton resident and former Lawrenceville School star Monaghan realized that she was stepping way up in class.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Monaghan. “I thought I may not get much playing time but that I would learn a lot.”

Exceeding her expectations, Monaghan scored six goals this spring in her freshman campaign, seeing action on defense and at utility.

“I was surprised by how much I got to play,” said Monaghan. “I had never played at that high a level. I rose to the occasion.”

In the process, Monaghan helped Stanford rise to the top of the college water polo world as the Cardinals won the NCAA title, topping UCLA 9-5 in the championship game.

For Monaghan, the moments after the national title win seem surreal even two months later.

“I could see the coach taking his phone out of his pocket and taking off his watch with a minute left; we had our arms interlocked on the bench,” recalled Monaghan.

“We were up by four goals and I realized we are going to win this game. All the people went in the pool. Everything seemed crazy, things were out of focus. I was thinking did we just spend the last 9 months of our life working hard for this. We were getting hats and t-shirts; we had to be respectful when UCLA got its trophy. It was a slow, gradual process for it to sink in.”

Getting ready for the season entailed a grueling process that started last fall.

“Being on the junior national team, I was used to short bursts of long practices,” said the 5’9 Monaghan, who helped Lawrenceville capture the Eastern Championships in 2011 and 2012.

“This was an entire year of hard training and spending a lot of time with your teammates. We did three lifts a week in the fall and we would do swimming before and after. We had five 20-hour weeks in the fall with 2½ hours practice in the afternoon and one hour in the morning. We had a three-day camp during winter break, going six hours a day. After winter break, we had another camp and then we had a scrimmage tournament.”

Showing the fruits of that training, Monaghan scored a goal in the team’s 16-3 opening day win over UC Davis on February 1.

“It was a pass across the pool, I caught it and fired it in, like the way we practiced it,” recalled Monaghan. “It showed the trust I had built with my teammates over the previous four or five months and the communication that we had developed.”

Two weeks later, Monaghan tallied three goals in a doubleheader sweep of UC Davis and Pacific.

“That was the peak of my season; it was the last game that I scored in before I got a concussion,” said Monaghan. “I got knocked around and I had to sit out a week.”

With Stanford having lost to USC 10-9 in quadruple overtime in the 2013 NCAA title game, the Cardinal players were hungry to knock off the competition in this year’s national tournament.

“We had a meeting the day before the first game, one of the players had made a slide show of the season and it got emotional,” said Monaghan. “We saw how much the team meant to all of us. Also, we talked about how much the loss to USC the year before had hurt and how we didn’t want that feeling again.”

While Monaghan’s playing time was reduced during the tournament she did get a goal in an 18-2 victory over Indiana in the quarters and saw action in a 12-8 win over Cal in the semis.

While Stanford wasn’t feeling great in the title game as it fell behind 5-2, the Cardinal players showed what they had learned from their 2013 loss to USC as they rallied to win their third NCAA crown in the last four years.

“We started off slowly but at halftime I was looking at the seniors and the girls who were playing and I saw that no one was panicking,” said Monaghan.

“We are beyond confident and we know we can do this. We had been a second half team all year. We were so composed, both the players in water and those on the bench. It was just natural, we started scoring goals and played good defense.”

The experience that Monaghan gained this season has given her a lot of confidence going forward. “I am 100 percent better definitely,” asserted Monaghan. “My knowledge of the game is better. I am more comfortable with the people I am playing with. I am making plays, I am using my voice. People had to talk to me at first, telling me to speak up. My shooting has improved and my defending is better.”

Since the end of the school, Monaghan has continued to improve. “We went to Europe; we played the Dutch national team in the Netherlands and we played the French national team in Nice,” added Monaghan, who has competed for the Princeton Tigers Aquatics water polo club and the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings swim program in past summers.

“There was a lot of training, the trip went from June 19-July 3. Right now we are doing more training, we are practicing from 6-to-8 every morning. We have one tournament, it is optional. For me, it is a great way to get competition. We go through July and then I come home.”

Out of the water, Monaghan has found a home at Stanford. “I love it, the people are so humble,” said Monaghan, who is studying human biology and is thinking about eventually going to medical school and working overseas for Doctors Without Borders.

“A girl in my dorm is a famous fashion photographer and another classmate won the Fortune innovator award but they never talk about it. The academic people have so much respect for the athletes, saying I can’t believe you are doing that. Everyone has school spirit, people are for the football games even if they know nothing about it.”

Having earned the respect of her teammates, Monaghan is looking to be more of a factor for the Cardinals next season.

“I want to take on a greater role and be more of a presence,” said Monaghan. “I want to increase my playing time and be that first, second, or third sub off the bench.”

Obituaries 6/25/14 Post

Obit Belshaw 6-25-14Elizabeth Wheeler Belshaw

Elizabeth Wheeler Belshaw, 83, of Princeton,, died at home from complications from a stroke on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Elizabeth (Betsy) was born in Providence, R.I., the daughter of Richard Elisha Wheeler and Wilhelmina Crapo West. She is survived by her husband, George Phelps Mellick Belshaw, to whom she was married for 60 years, who is the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, comprised of 14 counties in central and southern New Jersey. Two older sisters pre-deceased her.

Betsy’s children are The Rev. Richard Wheeler Belshaw of Durham, N.H.; Elizabeth Mellick Belshaw Ham of Princeton; and George Phelps Mellick Belshaw, Jr. of Greenwich, Conn.; and she had seven grandchildren, Emily and Daniel Belshaw; Elizabeth and Alexandra Ham; and Martha, Alice, and George Belshaw III.

She was educated at Miss Porters School, Farmington, Conn., class of 1948, the same school that her two sisters attended, as well as her mother, and grandmother, and daughter. Betsy loved her years at school. Then especially about Smith College, where she graduated in 1952, majoring in music, she never failed to speak enthusiastically. Over the years she would be heard to say, “can you imagine only applying to one college as I did?”

After college and before marriage she taught music for two years at Lincoln School in Providence, R.I.

Following marriage to G.P.Mellick Belshaw in June 1954 and who was ordained one week later, they went to the Hawaiian Islands, where Mellick was in charge of St. Matthew’s Church, Waimanalo, Oahu. While there, Betsy trained a youth choir. Three years later they returned to New York City, to the General Theological Seminary where Mellick was appointed a Fellow and Tutor. Then followed six years as Rector of Christ Church, Dover, Delaware, and 10 years as Rector of St. George’s Church, Rumson, N.J. During these years Betsy focused her attention on raising three children.

The funeral was held Tuesday June 24, 2014 at Trinity Church 33 Mercer St Princeton. Burial was in the family plot in Trinity All Saints Cemetery Princeton.

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


Obit Chin 6-25-14Mary Yun-Chen (Kao) Chin

Mary Yun-Chen (Kao) Chin, 90, passed away at her Princeton home on June 19, 2014. Born in Zhejiang, China, on June 12, 1924, Dr. Kao graduated from St. Mary’s Hall, an Episcopal senior high school in Shanghai (now called Shanghai No.3 Girls High School) in 1941. She attended the Université Aurore for two years, majoring in chemistry before transferring to Shanghai Medical College. Completing their medical curriculum and a one-year rotating internship, she graduated second in her class and received her MD in the spring of 1948.

Dr. Kao came to the United States for further training and started a rotating internship at St. Francis Hospital (La Crosse, Wis.), now part of the Mayo Clinic Health System, in July 1948. From July 1949 to June 1953, she did pediatric residency at Hospital for Women and Children (New York, N.Y.), postgraduate work at Harvard Medical School, and further pediatric residency years at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now called Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) and St. Louis City Hospital. Among her scholarly contributions was the third case report in the English literature of nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, a genetic disorder that causes life-threatening dehydration and hypernatremia in infants. In the midst of her residency years, the Communists announced their takeover of China in October 1949. This great and generous nation called America, the “Shining City on a Hill,” not only welcomed her to stay but also provided a path to citizenship.

After staying home for many years to raise her children, she reentered the workforce and did another year of residency at Martland Hospital (Newark, N.J.) prior to becoming a staff physician at Willets Health Center, at Douglass College (now part of Rutgers University). Practicing adolescent medicine there, she retired in 1989.

Dr. Kao married Te Ning Chin in 1953 in St. Louis, Mo. They moved to Princeton in 1958. Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by sons Alvin of Wynnewood, Pa, and Gilbert of Olney, Md.; two grandchildren Fiona and Meredith; and sisters Rose Chang, Florence Shen, Evelina Loke, Miranda Linne, and Judith Ng.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to either Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad ( or to, a non-profit organization which gives peace of mind to families of long-term inpatients in children’s hospitals as well as to military personnel deployed overseas by placing their pets in temporary foster homes until their owners can be reunited with the companion animals they love.

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Obit Lynch 6-25-14Irene O’Neil Lynch

Irene Lynch, a longtime resident of Princeton, died on June 20, 2014 at her Skillman home. She had recently celebrated her 84th birthday.

Irene Mary O’Neil was born in Boston to John Edward O’Neil and Mary Genevieve Murray, and grew up in the neighboring city of Quincy. In 1951 she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude in economics, from Radcliffe College, then a part of Harvard University. In 1952 she married Joseph M. Lynch, whom she had met when he was a student at Harvard Law School.

After living in Jersey City and Upper Saddle River, N.J., the couple moved to Princeton in 1957, where they lived until 2013. While raising her five children, Irene took part in numerous volunteer activities, especially those having to do with education. She was active in the Princeton Regional Schools Parent Teacher Organization, writing weekly and monthly newspaper columns, along with other activities. She joined with other parishioners at St. Paul Catholic Church in establishing Princeton’s first religious education program run by the laity for Catholic public school children. She also served as a teacher and Co-Chairman of Teachers in that program. She later served as president and board member of the Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation, where she helped raise and administer scholarship funds for Princeton High School seniors who needed financial help to attend college.

During those years Irene was also president of the Radcliffe Club of Princeton and a board member of the Harvard Club of Princeton. For 30 years she interviewed applicants to Harvard College, and always enjoyed meeting new students to discuss their favorite fields of study and goals for the future.

When her own children had finished school, Irene returned to her early interests in writing and reading. She was elected to the board of The Friends of Princeton Public Library and, for several years, wrote their press releases. She became a member of two local organizations: the LPG Writers’ Group and the Last Monday of the Month Book Club, and remained active with both until recently. Her writing included short fiction, family memoirs, and travel pieces. She also employed her considerable literary talents while editing her husband’s book on the early political and judicial history of the United States Constitution, Negotiating The Constitution, a History Book Club selection.

Irene enjoyed family vacations in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, as well as frequent travels to Europe with her husband Joe. Together, they attended numerous opera and theater performances and museum exhibitions in New York City. For many summers, she swam daily in the Community Park Pool, considering it a special achievement when she was reported to the lifeguard for “swimming too fast to be a senior.”

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Lynch, and her children and their spouses: Anne Lynch and Peter Hadekel of Montreal; Peter Lynch of Princeton; Teresa Lynch and Rick Terry of Black Mountain, North Carolina; Mark Lynch of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and Patricia Lynch and Trevor Dickie of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her grandchildren include: Kathleen, Christine, and Tashi Hadekel; Valentine and Rudyard Lynch; and Nathaniel, Eliza, and Rachel Dickie. She also leaves her brother, Philip O’Neil of North Quincy, Massachusetts and Genevieve McCarthy of Braintree, Massachusetts, as well as several nieces and nephews. In Princeton, she leaves many longtime, dear friends.

Visiting will be held on Wednesday June 25, 2014 between 3 and 6 p.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Interment to follow at Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to TASK, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, PO Box 872, Trenton, N.J. 08605 or to The Friends of Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton, N.J. 08540.


Charlotte W. Shapiro

Charlotte W. Shapiro, 94, who was a resident of Princeton for 52 years, died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

Mrs. Shapiro graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., Brooklyn College, and New York University with a master’s degree in retailing. She worked in New York and Philadelphia before getting married in 1948.

Mrs. Shapiro was a life member of Hadassah and a member of Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction. She was very active in those organizations.

Charlotte was the wife of the late Dr. Frank M. Shapiro, DDS with whom she shared 43 loving years. Surviving are her son Edward Shapiro and daughter-in-law Merle Hyman of Swampscott, Mass.; and two grandsons, Matthew and Eric.

The service will be held at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction on Thursday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. with burial at King Solomon Memorial Park in Clifton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East, Princeton Junction, N.J. 08550.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.


Tanis Virginia Cox

Tanis Virginia Cox, 100, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Westminster Towers and Shores in Bradenton.

Born in New York City, she grew up in the Princeton area and moved back to New York City before relocating to Florida in 1975.

She was a graduate of Princeton High School and attended both NYU and Hunter College.

Most of her working career was spent as a receptionist for law firms specializing in the fields of International Law. Tanis was an active volunteer during her life, opening the United Service Organizations (USO) club in New York City during World War II and was a founder and longtime volunteer of Volunteer Services for Children, INC., under the direction of Dr. Tom Dooley.She also worked at Maas Brother’s Department Store in Sarasota, Florida for several years where she made many friends who enjoyed her cheerful outlook on life.

Ms. Cox was honorably discharged from the US Navy (WAVES) as a Pharmacists Mate 3C after serving her country from 1943 to 1945.

Tanis was predeceased by her parents Wallace S. and Nellie Pryor Cox; two brothers, George C. and William Cox; and her niece and namesake Tanis V. Cox. She is survived by four nephews: Scott Cox of Hamilton, N.J.; George C. Cox of Port Charlotte, Fla.; George C. Cox, III; Scott M. Cox, Jr.; and a niece Katherine Cox.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at noon in Princeton Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Marine Corps League Wounded Warriors Fund, Trenton Detachment #207, 547 Schiller Avenue, Trenton, N.J. 08610.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J. To extend condolences and to share remembrances visit The


Guilluame Masseus

Guilluame Masseus, 56, of Lawrenceville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Saint Marc, Haiti, he was a former resident of Princeton, before moving to Lawrenceville 26 years ago. Guilluame was employed with the Grounds and Maintenance Department at Princeton University for many years.

He is survived by his sister, Bertha Toussaint; his daughter Anecia Masseus; his nieces and nephews Romy Toussaint (John Annand), Marjorie Young (Peter Young Jr.), Carine Toussaint, Paule Johanne Toussaint (Layton Parrish), Moshe Toussaint (Vasti Toussaint), and a host of great nieces, great nephews, and loving friends.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville, N.J.

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Obituaries 5/28/14 Post

Obit Erickson 5-28-14Elizabeth Gray Erickson

Elizabeth Gray Erickson of Princeton died unexpectedly on May 22, 2014. She was 46.

A dancer with the School of the Princeton Ballet Society throughout her youth and a graduate of the Princeton public schools, Liz attended Williams College where she majored in Japanese studies and spent her junior year in Kyoto, Japan, graduating in 1989.

During the summers of her college years, she had the opportunity to intern with the Bank of New York and after graduating from Williams worked in New York as an analyst in First Boston’s investment banking group. She then worked for two years at Bloomberg L.P.’s Tokyo office. She returned to the U.S. to pursue her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Upon her graduation in 1995, she married Jonathan Erickson and moved back to New York to work for American Express.

In 1997, she joined Save the Children as associate director of U.S. Programs and co-founded and managed Youth Noise, a web-based youth advocacy program. Save the Children was the first in a long list of youth and poverty focused commitments to which Liz devoted herself, a list which included leadership roles with Isles, a Trenton-based community development organization, the Princeton Area Community Foundation where she was a leader of the Fund for Women and Girls, Volunteer Connect, Family and Children’s Services of Central New Jersey, the Center for Supportive Schools, and Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum in Ewing. Liz, the recipient of the YMCA’s 2011 Tribute to Women award, had recently joined the board of McCarter Theatre.

As devoted as she was to community and charity, Liz’s greatest commitment was always to her children, Alexandra, William, and Edward Erickson. The daughter of Rachel and the late Charles Gray, Liz is survived by Jon, Alex, Will, and Ned; her mother; brother Douglas Gray, his wife Rebecca Johnson, and their children, Ella and Nathaniel; brother James Gray, his wife Jessica Gray, and their children, Sadie and Billy; and Jon’s parents, Kathy and Ted Erickson.

A memorial service will be held on June 6, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648,, and Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, Conn. 06880,

Liz’s family is deeply grateful to her extensive circle of friends who have been so supportive and to all who honored her by gathering in Palmer Square on the evening of her passing to give thanks for her life. Her selflessness and unbounded kindness will be missed by her family, friends, and the countless others whose lives she has touched.


Microsoft Word - Margaret L Daniels Obit.docMargaret Louise Senna Daniels

Margaret (Marge) Louise Senna Daniels, 88, died peacefully on May 24, 2014 at the Acorn Glenn Assisted Living Facility in Princeton. A resident of Belle Mead for nearly 60 years, Marge was born in her grandparents’ home in Bound Brook, N.J. on June 2, 1925. She was the only child of the late Louise Alexandra Viclock who died in 1965 and the late Joseph Edward Senna who was tragically killed in 1927.

Marge and her mother lived with relatives in Texas after her father’s death before returning to N.J. where she graduated from Bound Brook High School in 1944. She continued her education at the Boroughs’ School of Business in New York City and was employed by the Johns Manville Corporation during the war.

Marge married Walter Daniels of Raritan, N.J. on October 26, 1947. They built a house in Belle Mead in 1953 in rural and idyllic Montgomery Township; and as an extended family, raised three children there. Walter and Louise worked, and Marge stayed home to care for her children and the house. An avid gardener and a self-taught artist, she made clothing on an ancient Singer, cooked from scratch, was the navigator and official photographer on long family road trips, and was equally adept at wielding a croquet mallet, a golf club, or a fly swatter. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company #1, the Harlingen Dutch Reformed Church, Strarlight Painters, Pike Brook Country Club, and for over half-a-century, an active participant in the celebrated “Friendly Nighters Girls Club” (Ginny, Martha, Marion, Marie, June, Lisa, Barbara, Naomi, and Zelma), a group of Montgomery women who got together in their 20s and kept at it into their 70s and beyond.

When Walter died unexpectedly in 1973, Marge worked relentlessly to make sure each of her children graduated from college. She was a devoted mother and caring neighbor. She traveled extensively with close friends Pete and Hannes Engler and Carol Dixon. Marge continued working at Princeton Applied Research until her official retirement. Thereafter, she helped her daughter Dawn with her business, The Personal Shopper, for many years. Marge spent the last few years of her life stirring up trouble at Acorn Glenn where she was lovingly known as “Marge in Charge.” Throughout her life, she was known to be unafraid to speak her mind and to express strong opinions. If you knew one thing about her and nothing else, you knew that she would tolerate no “B.S.”

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 Route 206, (908) 874-5600. Visitation is Thursday, May 29 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Harlingen Reformed Church on Friday, May 30 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at the Rocky Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marge’s name to Grounds for Sculpture, 14 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619. Attention: Rhonda Dimascio — Development Department.


at Kristin's wedding - 2008Raymond Henry Peters

Raymond Henry Peters, 94, of Griggstown, New Jersey, passed away on May 20, 2014 at the Pavilions at Forrestal Care Center in Princeton.

A lifelong resident of Griggstown, he is survived by his wife of 71 years, Evelyn J. Peters; a daughter Susan Mattern of Schnecksville, Pa.; a son Raymond of Homosassa, Fla.; four granddaughters, Kristin Ploeger of Perkasie, Pa., Michelle Snyder of Indialantic, Fla., Melissa Wood of Edgemoor, S.C., and Virginia Williams of Charleston, S.C.; and five great-grandchildren. Son of the late Frederick August and Julie Bockmann Peters of Griggstown, he was predeceased by his twin sister Evelyn Van Doren and his brother Frederick Peters.

He graduated from the one-room schoolhouse in Griggstown, Princeton High School, and the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton.

Raymond served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater in the Philippines and the occupation of Japan during and after World War II in the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

He enjoyed hunting, saltwater fishing, track, golf, travel, his home, and his family.

Raymond was a lifelong member of the Griggstown Reformed Church where he served for many years as an elder. He was the last surviving charter member of the Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company founded in 1946, a member of the Franklin Park Senior Citizens, the last surviving member of the Griggstown Sportsman’s Club, a member of the Griggstown Historical Society, the Princeton Shrine Club, the Crescent Temple, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and was a Master Mason at Princeton Lodge #38.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, May 24 at 11 a.m. with a viewing at the Griggstown Reformed Church, 1065 Canal Road in Griggstown. Interment followed in the Griggstown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Griggstown Reformed Church Memorial Fund, 1065 Canal Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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


Robert Joseph Durant

Robert Joseph Durant was born on July 7, 1938 in Akron, Ohio to Ronald Joseph and Mary Linnane Durant. He passed away peacefully at home on May 21, 2014, following a two-year struggle from the effects of a stroke.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. He is survived by his wife, Mauricette, son Stephen R. Durant, and daughter Jennifer L. Mohr, wife of R. Colin Mohr and granddaughters Lilian Durant Mohr and Marin Mohr. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Dianne Durant and a brother James Michael Durant and his nephews Christopher and Jeremy Durant.

Bob graduated from the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio in 1960 with a degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, he entered the US Navy as a Naval aviation cadet, and following flight training, was commissioned a Lieutenant, flying Sikorsky helicopters in various international locations. Upon discharge, he joined Pan American Airways in 1967 as a pilot, rising to the rank of captain. Bob continued flying internationally with Delta Airlines, retiring in 1998.

Bob was a man of many interests. He was a licensed ham radio operator proficient in Morse code. He enjoyed writing and was actively involved in UFO/Remote Viewing studies.

A loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Bob will be sorely missed.

Per his wishes, no religious services will be held but a visitation advent will be conducted at the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2500 Pennington Road, Pennington, N.J. 08534 on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Planned Parenthood Association of Mercer County, 437 East State Street, Trenton, N.J. 08608 or Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton, N.J. 08611.

Condolences for the family may be offered at the following email address:


obit dennisDennis Minely

After a series of disabilities, Dennis Minely peacefully died on March 30, 2014.

He was born in the well-established Greek community in Bridgeport, Conn., the son of Stargis and Alexandra Minely, both of whom emigrated from the Macedonian area of Greece, subsequently part of Yugoslavia, and now a separate country.

Dennis attended Bassick High School where he was a champion basketball player. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1956. Following his graduation, he was drafted and spent three peaceful years in the Army at a base right near the Mexican border, where he served as the company clerk — not much different from Radar in MASH.

After his stint in the army, he had a long and successful career in business, ending up as director of Strategic Sourcing at Bell Atlantic in the isle of Manhattan. The first thing he did following his retirement in 1999 was to join a group of college students sponsored by College Years in Athens, as a student of ancient Greek history, archaeology, and mythology. He lived in Athens, and traveled to sites all over Greece. On another occasion, he taught English to young Greek students in Gazi, Crete through Global Volunteers.

He and Ivy Starr Minely, a lawyer, were married for more than 50 years. They have lived for 35 years in a house designed by Phillip Collins, the architect, in Hopewell Township, with the old Lindbergh estate on either side of their property.

Dennis was a sociable man, with a lively mind and an excellent sense of humor. He found the world endlessly interesting and engaging. And young women always gravitated to his mustachioed mediterranean good looks, even after he became a bit more “well rounded.”

He was a devoted alumnus of Dartmouth College, and was an active member of the Princeton Dartmouth Club. Over the years, he interviewed countless prospective students and did his best to steer likely candidates to his alma mater, in the hopes that they would love it as much as he did. His love for sports — not just as an observer, but as an active participant — was exhibited by his learning to ride horses for the first time when he was in his 50s. He also continually played a good game of tennis all his life.

But his favorite sport turned out to be poker. A mutual Dartmouth friend in Berlin introduced him to Peter Grosz, who introduced him to what began many decades ago as a group of Princeton graduates, expanding to faculty, and a few others. They continued to meet twice per week for this sport, with a few Princeton outsiders, Dennis Minely included. Dennis delighted in knowing this very interesting and distinguished group of pretty good male poker devotees.

He loved opera, and often attended performances at NTC and all over Europe, particularly in Vienna. He was a staunch supporter of Opera New Jersey in Prince-ton, where he served on their advisory board. But to him, the greatest operatic kick of all was serving for many years on stage and costume continually as a supernumerary for them, on the condition that he never open his mouth. Under these terms, he appeared in fourteen different operas, including as the Executioner in Puccini’s Turandot; as a priest (no less) in Carmen; the Cardinal in Tosca (what a costume!); a Notario in Elixer of Love and the Barber of Seville; a drug dealer and Scarpia’s henchman in Rigoletto; the Ship Captain in The Italian in Algiers, and other silent roles. When he was off-stage during performances, he’d hang around with the children in the cast and particularly with pretty dancers.

Dennis Minely worked as a volunteer for a boys’ and girls’ club in Harlem, where he spent one day a week, and attended many public events with the group. Best of all, in the summer, Dennis and his wife would bring bus loads of kids to his Hopewell home, where great picnics took place along with baseball, volleyball, and lots of swimming.

His interest in Meso-America took him to a large number of important archaeological sites including Maya art and culture in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Along with these travels, Dennis amassed a large collection of valuable books and archaeological reports on the subject and collected many striking pre-Columbian artifacts brought into this country before bans on the dispersion of such artworks were enacted.

Most of all, Dennis Minely was devoted to his extended family on his wife’s side, his nephews, nieces, a sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and their friends. The nieces and nephews particularly prized him for his good humor, unfailing affection, and interest in their lives. He was known to them as “Mister Congeniality.” His nieces and nephews always knew they could count on him for support, as well as for excellent adventures, silly jokes, and happy gatherings wherever he went.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABarbara Clayton Grahn Garretson

Barbara Clayton Grahn Garretson, 89, a life-long Princeton resident, died peacefully at home on April 21, 2014. Born in Tenafly, New Jersey on October 20, 1924 to John Amiel Grahn and Belle Clayton Grahn, she graduated from Princeton High School in 1942 and Wellesley College in 1946. In 1952 she married Everett B. Garretson, her lifetime partner in marriage and in business as joint proprietors of H.P. Clayton, Inc., a landmark women’s department store on Palmer Square in Princeton. Clayton’s was a multigenerational business founded in 1915 by her grandfather Henry P. Clayton. The store was managed for 30 years by her mother Belle, and in the early 1960’s through the 1980’s, expanded by Barbara and Everett into the largest family-operated retail business in Princeton. They sold the store in 1989 and thereafter enjoyed retirement, independent living, and continuing participation in the community.

Her affiliations included The Woman’s College Club of Princeton, Soroptimist International, The English-Speaking Union, The Present Day Club, The Nassau Club, The Wellesley College Club, The Princeton YWCA, and the Princeton Women’s Investment Club. For decades she was a dedicated volunteer at the annual Wellesley Antique Show and Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale in Princeton. She was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, and represented the fourth generation of Claytons with membership at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Barbara took particular pride in being an independent businesswoman. Like her mother Belle before her, through her position as a leading retailer she socialized across the entire fabric of the community. There were few employees and customers in whom she did not take a personal interest.

She was an avid tennis player, swimmer, gardener, bridge player, knitter, and needle worker. She and her husband enjoyed special trips together to England, Scotland, Egypt, China, and Italy. Some of her fondest travel memories were of summers with her family on Martha’s Vineyard and visits to Colonial Williamsburg.

She is predeceased by Everett Garretson, her husband of 59 years, and by half-sisters and half-brothers Jenny, Anna, Ruth, Amiel, Harold, and Leslie Grahn. Close living contemporary relatives include Ruth and Wesley Davis of Exeter, N.H. and Anene and Arnie Seymour-Jones of Harrington Park, N.J. She is survived by sons David Clayton Garretson and John Everett Garretson, David’s wife Silvia Garretson, John’s wife LaRae Raine Garretson, and a granddaughter Lisa Sendrow.

A memorial service followed by lunch will be held at noon on Saturday, May 17 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to SAVE Animal Shelter of Princeton, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Obit Deusen 5-14-14Martha Moon van Deusen

Martha Moon van Deusen (94) died in Princeton on May 5, 2014. She had moved to Princeton in 2010 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and George Hunsinger. She died peacefully in bed, surrounded by those she loved. Princeton Hospice was a blessing for the last month of her life, supporting both her and her family in many ways, enabling them to fulfill her strong desire to die at home.

Martha Moon was born March 16, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to Ralph Emerson Moon and Dorothy Jackson Moon. She moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana as an infant and spent most of her childhood there. When multiple trials of sickness plagued the family, Martha and her beloved younger brother, Ralph, lived with their aunt and uncle, Josephine and Jack Harnish, in Anderson, Indiana, for about 18 months. She always remembered this time with warm gratitude.

Martha graduated from Purdue University in 1941. She joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1943 and served in U.S. Army Intelligence during World War II. She married Robert Holt van Deusen on November 19, 1944 in Crawfordsville. Together they had five children, Cynthia, Robert, Deborah, Thomas, and Diana. Her husband’s work as a city manager took them first to Green Cove Springs, Florida; then to Clarinda, Iowa; Mount Holly, New Jersey; and Glenview, Illinois. When Robert retired in 1982, they moved to Rockport, Maine, where Martha loved living near the ocean. After her husband died in 1990, Martha moved to Iowa City and then to Williamsburg, Iowa to live near her son, Robert, and his family.

Martha was a life-long learner, an avid reader, a musician, and an artist. She created beauty all around her through the arts, collected beautiful stones, and filled her home with gorgeous paintings, sculptures, pottery, and artifacts from the sea. Her hand-made garments were works of art.

Martha was entranced when she heard the harp for the first time as a three-year-old. Her love of music blossomed as a young girl when she learned to play the family violin, passed down for generations. While still a teenager, she told her violin teacher that J. S. Bach was her favorite composer, a love that lasted her entire life. She played the French horn in the high school band and sang alto in various choirs for 50 consecutive years. In mid-life she took piano lessons, rounding out her musical career by playing percussion (at age 75) and trumpet (at age 78) in the New Horizons Band in Iowa City.

Martha had a gift for friendship, making many dear lifelong friends. Her gentle listening, emotional warmth, and commitment to honesty drew people to her. She enjoyed people from a wide variety of cultures and had notable affection and respect for the Native American peoples.

Martha is survived by her five children and their spouses, Anand Shanti (née Cynthia), Robert (married to Bobbi Jo van Deusen), Deborah (married to George Hunsinger), Thomas (married to Theresa Latini), Diana (married to Frank Cirrin). She was blessed with six granddaughters, Amy Merickel, Rachel van Deusen, Rachel Schmeltzer, Katy Monteith, Megan van Deusen, and Eleanor van Deusen (who was born the day Martha entered hospice, April 3, 2014) and a great-nephew, Matthew Moon, who inherited the family violin. She has two great-grandchildren, Will (3) and Vivian Monteith (1).

A memorial service will be held in Niles Chapel at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow. Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.


Robert S. Bennett, Jr.

Robert S. Bennett, Jr., 78, of Princeton, died on May 9, 2014 after a valiant four-year battle against pancreatic cancer. Beloved husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bobbie G. Bennett, and his daughter, Laura Bennett. Born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa., he was pre-deceased by his parents, Alene Grace and Robert S. Bennett. He is also survived by his aunt, Dodie Massey Henry, and his two sisters, Deborah Moore and Cynthia Squire, in addition to many cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Bob graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1954 and earned a BA in architecture from Princeton University in 1958. After completing OCS in Newport, R.I., he served for four years as an ensign in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. Following work in New York for Clark and Rapuano, a large city planning and landscape architecture firm, as well as time spent in commercial real estate development with the Uris Corporation, he opened his own residential architecture firm in Pennington in 1975. His houses and gardens can be seen in the Northeast and Florida. His passion for what he did was infectious; his houses, rooted in the Classical tradition, are a lasting testament to that passion.

He leaves a legacy of hard work, loyalty, stimulating conversation, and love of family, fun, and country. Ever humble and an optimist, he will be greatly missed.

A funeral service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville on May 16 at 11 a.m. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Deerfield Academy, the Princeton Area Community Foundation, or the Pancreas Center, Columbia University, in honor of Dr. Stephen Schreibman. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Obit Vielbig 5-14-14Gail Morrison Vielbig

Gail Morrison Vielbig, 74, died at her home on Shelter Island on May 7, 2014. Born in Queens, N.Y. on August 3, 1939 to Genevieve Burke Morrison and David Chalmers Morrison.

Living in Douglas Manor, she attended PS 98 in Douglaston, Great Neck High School and studied at Adelphi University. While raising her family, she went on to graduate with honors from The College of New Jersey. Married to Peter Vielbig in 1962, they moved to Princeton where they raised their three children. Peter and Gail lived in Princeton for 41 years before moving to Shelter Island.

Gail was always looking for ways to involve her family in the rich cultural environment surrounding her, immersing her family in all that Princeton, the Town and University, had to offer. She worked in several departments at Princeton University, retiring from the anthropology department in 2002. Gail taught childbirth education classes for 22 years, worked as a hospice volunteer, worked at the Princeton Ballet Society, the Arts Council and Familyborn Birthing and Health Center for Women. Sharing needlepointing and rug hooking with a few close friends was her recreation. She enjoyed travelling with her husband and children and made many trips to Europe.

Transitioning from life in a college town to life on a small island was an adjustment, but Gail quickly immersed herself in what Shelter Island had to offer. She volunteered for East End Hospice, the Shelter Island Garden Club, Camp Good Grief, and the Shelter Island Library. Her fertile mind was always suggesting new ideas or better ways to accomplish a goal. She was a valued member of the organizations she touched.

When Gail and Peter lost their son, she studied to be certified as a substance abuse counselor and then worked for Quannacut Outpatient Services at Eastern Long Island Hospital. Her clients remember her concern for them as individuals and her incredible professionalism. Gail was always a champion of the underdog.

Gail will be remembered for her quick wit, voracious appetite for books, compassion, intellect, and love of family and friends. She is survived by her husband Peter of 52 years, sister Eileen, daughter Leslie, and her husband Chris, son Alex, and grandchildren Charlotte, Lucy and Peter as well as many nieces and nephews. Gail was predeceased by her son Peter Laird.

A celebration of Gail’s life will be held on Shelter Island this summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gail’s name to Friends of the Shelter Island Library P.O. Box 2016, Shelter Island, N.Y. 11964, or Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services P.O. Box 970, Shelter Island, N.Y. 11964.


Obit McNair 5-14-14Vance O. McNair

Vance O. McNair, affectionately know as “Mac”, passed away on May 1, 2014 in Lawrenceville. He was born in Plymouth, N.C., grew up in Wilmington, Del., and lived in the Princeton-Lawrenceville area for over 40 years. As a child, he was educated in the Wilmington, Del. public school system. He attended Shaw University, New York University, and the University of Connecticut. Mr. McNair was an English teacher for the State of New York and the State of New Jersey, retiring from the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Much of his time and passion was spent with his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in which he was an active lifetime member. Mr. McNair enjoyed fishing, reading, mind stimulating games, walking, outdoors, giving of himself, smiling, teasing, and spending time with family.

Son of the late William and Annie R. McNair, he was preceded in death by 12 siblings.

Mr. McNair is survived by his wife Mattie McNair, daughter Joni Waller, son-in-law Russell W. Waller, granddaughter Brittany Waller, grandson Russell M. Waller, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Calling hours were from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Interment was at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park, Ewing. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.

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Obit MethTheodore Sager Meth

Theodore Sager Meth, 90, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Princeton Care Center. He was born on October 24, 1923 in Weehawken, New Jersey. He majored in Philosophy at Princeton University, graduating with honors in 1944. He then attended Yale Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1947) and Columbia University (matriculating for Ph.D.), before graduating from Harvard Law School in 1951.

From 1943 to 1952, Ted served as pastor of various churches in Vermont, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and New Jersey. He was an ordained member of the Presbytery of Newark and its legal counsel for many years. In 1952, Ted founded a law firm in Newark, which represented Blair Academy and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters; for 20 years he was Standing Trustee for Chapter XIII in the Bankruptcy Court; and a Member of the New Jersey Divorce Law Study Commission, appointed by Governor Hughes. A law professor at Seton Hall University for thirty years, Ted authored books and numerous articles on commercial law. He was a man of wide-ranging talents, deeply involved with music and poetry, and a past president of the Summit Symphony, the Composers Guild of New Jersey and the South Mountain Poets.

After his first wife, Mary, died in 1996, Ted moved to Princeton, and became active in Princeton’s Class of ’44 affairs, serving as Class Secretary and Vice President. He was a member of the Old Guard of Princeton and the Nassau Club. In these later years, his involvement with music and poetry deepened, and he published ten collections of original poetry, including A Full Moon on the Battlefield. His first book, Castleton, portrayed life in the Vermont village where he spent happy childhood times with his beloved maternal grandmother. Castleton was the place that delighted Ted most.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 17 years, B.F. Graham; his son Karl T. Meth of Mendham, New Jersey; and grandsons Tyler and Connor Meth; his stepson Trevor C. Graham (Liz) of Boston, Massachusetts; his stepdaughter Dana C. Vaughn (Dylan) of San Diego, California; in addition to four step grandchildren, Mirabella C. Graham, Lucy A. Graham, Connor G. Vaughn, and Ryan C. Vaughn.

A private service to celebrate his life will be held this summer in Castleton, Vermont.

Donations in his name may be made to the “Princeton University Creative Writing Program in Poetry,” Lewis Center for the Arts, 613 New South Building, Princeton, NJ 08544.


J. Edwin Obert, Jr.

J. Edwin Obert, Jr., commonly known as Ed Obert, died on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Born July 25, 1941, Ed was born in Princeton and was a long-time resident prior to moving to Wisconsin in 2012.

Ed worked for many years at Union Camp, which used to be located in Lawrenceville. From Union Camp, Ed went to the former Commodities Corporation in Princeton where he worked until he retired in 2001.

Ed is best known for his many years of service to the Princeton community through the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, which he joined in 1972. He held many positions with the Squad: Chief 1977-81, 1983-85, 1988-92, President in 1997, Executive Board Member 2000-01, Trustee in 2003-04. Ed was the Squad’s first paramedic back when local squads were allowed to run an advanced life support unit. Ed was very involved in getting the Squad’s original paid day crew program started in 1980.

To countless members of the Squad, Ed was a mentor in matters regarding emergency medical services and in matters regarding life in general. Ed was one of the unsung heroes of our community, doing so much for so many, without the need to be in the spotlight.

There are no plans for a service at this time. Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton, N.J.


Obit Hudson 4-2-14Lorraine Hudson

Lorraine Hudson, 84, beloved wife of Roy W. Hudson of Princeton, passed away peacefully at her home on March 24, 2014 following a long illness. She was born Eleanor Lorraine Bennett in Chester County, Pa. on October 11, 1929 and grew up in Camden, N.J. with her mother and her adoptive father, Erma J. and Russell B. Kelchner, and her brother Donald, all of whom have predeceased her.

Lorraine, a class officer and head cheerleader, was very popular throughout her high school years where she was voted “Most Popular Girl”, played piano in the school band, and was chosen senior prom queen. She met her husband Roy, whom she married on August 13, 1949, when he showed up uninvited at her 16th birthday party and they were married 64 years at the time of her death. They moved to Vineland, N.J., where Roy joined Prudential Life Insurance Company. Lorraine joined the Little Theatre of Vineland where she was cast in numerous roles. It was at the little theater that she met the director of the Bucks County Playhouse leading to roles there and at the Paper Mill Playhouse, now in Millburn, N.J.

After 10 years, Roy was transferred by Prudential to manage their Trenton agency. Lorraine and Roy bought a home in Yardley, Pa. During their 16 years there Lorraine taught swimming and lifesaving classes at the Trenton YWCA and attended Bucks County Community College.

They built their present home in Princeton in 1979 and Lorraine went on to study art at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) graduating with a BA in 1984. She enjoyed painting, drawing, and making pottery in the studio they installed in their home. Lorraine volunteered for, and supported, a wide range of environmental, social, artistic, and philanthropic causes being especially active in securing funds for the Trenton Symphony and the Children’s Home Society (see “in lieu of flowers” below). She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and the arts and was a long-time subscriber to the Philadelphia Ballet, the McCarter Theatre, and the Walnut Street Theatre. She loved to travel, which she and Roy did to four continents, and attend art museums, concerts, and plays with her many friends. Always an active person she played tennis in the Princeton Ladies League.

In addition to Roy, Lorraine is survived by her daughter Kathleen Fabish and husband John of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; daughter Nanette Joyce and husband  Brian of Ewing, N.J.; son-in-law Blair Fridgen of Scarborough, Maine; and daughter Cynthia Whittenberg and husband Hank of Derry, N.H. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter Pamela Hudson-Fridgen. Also surviving Lorraine are 9 grandchildren whom she cherished and with whom she traveled the world: Alexander and Benjamin Fabish; Dylan and Fiona Joyce, Riley and Jack Fridgen, and Kyla, Jenna, and Peter Whittenberg.

Visitation and services were held at the Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Rd., Lawrenceville, N.J on Saturday, followed at the Princeton Cemetery, Greenview Ave., Princeton.

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In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Lorraine’s name to The Children’s Home Society of N.J., 635 South Clinton Ave., Trenton, N.J. 08611.


Obit Epstein 4-2-14Marion Greenebaum Epstein

Marion Greenebaum Epstein, a long-time Princeton resident with a distinguished career of public service, passed away peacefully at her home on March 24, 2014. She was 98 years old.

Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College and went on to receive her PhD in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College where she met Jess Epstein, an electrical engineer from Cincinnati. They married in 1939. Jess died in 1998, just short of their 60th wedding anniversary.

They moved to Princeton in 1943 where Jess was a research engineer at RCA Labs and Marion worked part time in test development at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) while raising their three children She later embarked on a full time career with ETS, in 1977 becoming vice president for the College Board until her retirement. Marion also served for a number of years on the Advisory Council to the Princeton University mathematics department, and her biography is included in Pioneering Women in American Mathematics, jointly published by the American and the London Mathematical Societies.

Marion’s distinguished professional career was paralleled by her committed public service. An active member of the Princeton League of Women Voters, she served as its president for several years and spent 10 years as an elected member of the Township School Board, serving as its vice president and president. Governor Hughes later appointed her to the State Board of Education where she served for 11 years, the last four as its representative to the State Board of Higher Education. Indefatigable, Marion then became a trustee of Kean College for 15 years and represented Kean on the Council of State Colleges. After her “retirement” she spent an additional eight years on the Princeton Township Affordable Housing Board, also serving as its president.

Marion and Jess, were founding members of the Jewish Center of Princeton, with Jess serving as the Center’s president when it built its first facility on Nassau Street and Marion forming its women’s division. In addition to their three children — Peter Epstein, Barbara Vilkomerson, and Judith Ansara, Marion is survived by seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Marion was a remarkable woman, loved and respected by all who knew her. She will be deeply missed.


John W. Bauman, Jr.

John William Bauman Jr., retired professor of physiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, died peacefully on March 25, 2014, 95 years of age.

Born December 17, 1918 to John W. and Irene Bauman in Stockton, California, he grew up in Stockton and later in the Sierra foothills town of Sonora, Calif. where his family had run the Bauman Brewery for decades after the gold rush of 1849. He often spoke fondly of those depression years working an apple orchard with his brother George, riding his horse “Trixie” to school in neighboring Twain Harte, and assisting in the operating room at the local hospital in Sonora run by his aunt.

John served in the U.S. Navy 1941-46 as a medical corpsman in the Pacific theater. He was a graduate of the University of Southern California; after the war he received his doctorate from UC Berkeley and married Sally Jane Fenton of Isleton, Calif. He lived briefly in New York City and then in 1960 settled in Princeton with his wife and family.

Dr. Bauman was an associate professor, NYU School of Medicine; research scientist, State of NJ; Fellow, Princeton University; and professor, UMDNJ, Newark. He was a prolific author of research papers and a textbook on endocrinology and the physiology of the kidney. He was a lifelong tennis enthusiast, organizer of tournaments, and avid player blessed with admirable form, still playing tennis several times a week at age 90.

Later in life he moved to Kingston. He was a volunteer reader for Recording for the Blind, and worked in a stylized hand on his cartoons, illustrations, and inventions. Always quick to proffer opinions, he made an avocation of authoring them in his grandiloquent style.

John is survived by his beloved partner Janet Guerin; his children and their spouses: Lise, Kurt, and Margaret (O’Donnell), Kris and Penny (Ettinger), Hanna and Bruce (Lane); grandchildren John “Will”, Natalie, Elizabeth and Susanna Bauman and Jessica Lane; and Mrs. Guerin’s children Cathy and Alexander Ehhalt, Elizabeth, and Skip Guerin. He was preceded in death by his former wife Sally Bauman, brother George, and sister Barbara Cavanaugh.

A memorial service and reception will be held at Main Street Restaurant, 301 North Harrison Street Princeton on Thursday, April 3 at 11:30 a.m. following a private interment.

Arrangements were made through Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Claire Zeitlin

Claire Zeitlin, 66, a Princeton resident since 2012, died suddenly of a heart attack, at home, on March 26, 2014. She grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and attended the University of Cape Town, earning a BA majoring in history and English, along with a teacher certification. In her mid-twenties she moved to England where she lived for twenty years. There she attended Homerton College at Cambridge University and got a secondary math certification, married Jonathan Zeitlin, and had her children. In 1991, she moved to Madison, Wisconsin where then husband Jonathan took a professorship at the University of Wisconsin.

She taught for four decades in England and America, both in math and science enrichment, high school through elementary school levels, for children with learning disabilities, and gifted and talented students. She loved teaching children, and was marvelous at it.

She is survived by her sons Joshua and Samuel of New York City, her partner Nick Katz of Princeton, and her brother Ian Weinburg and her sister Shirley Stein, both of Cape Town, South Africa.

Her funeral was held on Sunday, March 30 at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

Memorial donations may be made to either Doctors Without Borders or to the Princeton Public Library.



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Obit Dorf 2-19-14Ruth Kemmerer Dorf

Ruth Kemmerer Dorf died peacefully in her sleep on February 11, 2014 at 104 years old. Because she lived so long and because she loved so many, she had many friends and admirers.

Ruth was born in 1909 in Ithaca, New York, the only daughter of Edwin Walter and Rachel Kemmerer. The family soon moved to Princeton where her father took a position as professor of economics at Princeton University, which he held until his death. She often would tell stories of her childhood in Princeton — hitching her sled behind the horse drawn milk wagon, sleeping on a sleeping porch with her family on Fitzpatrick Road, and wheeling a parrot dressed up in doll’s clothes around the neighborhood. She attended Miss Fine’s School and the Walnut Hill School where she excelled, especially in athletics. Her father enrolled her in Wellesley College when she was born and, in 1928 she went to Boston and attended Wellesley where she majored in chemistry. (“Chemistry, Mom? What was fun about that?” “Well, I liked the way it made me think.”) She was very thankful for the education she received at Wellesley and was an active volunteer for the alumnae association throughout her life. In 2002, she attended her 70th reunion there with a few of her remaining classmates.

Her family traveled a great deal, and Ruth learned how to manage for herself at an early age and also how to change the rules. She would say “unless it’s illegal, when someone asks you to do something, do it and expose yourself to life.” That’s probably why she flew on one of the first commercial airlines coming home from a vacation in Boston and then told her parents that she had taken the train; or accepted her father’s graduation gift of going around the world on a rusty freighter with a close friend; or traveled wherever and whenever she could; be it alone or with her future husband, or her beloved brother, Don. It might have been why she decided to volunteer as the make-up artist at a community theater event where she met Erling Dorf, a young professor of geology at Princeton University, who was also acting in the production. The name of the production is long lost to history, but the meeting produced sparks and Ruth and Erling were married a couple of years later in 1934.

Ruth did what was expected of her as a young bride — cleaned house, learned to cook (“I couldn’t even boil an egg when I married your father”), and went to geology department socials, but she knew that life was more than that. As they started having children (Tom in 1936, Norm in 1938, Bob in 1941, and Molly in 1948), she threw herself into rearing her family. Ruth was devoted to her family and not only thought about how to care for them, but how to make life an adventure. At various times in their lives, the Dorf household had dogs, crows, magpies, a monkey, birds, a squirrel, and cats. One of Bob’s earliest memories is of his Mom bringing garter snakes to him in her golf bag after she played. She took him on her bike packed in the wicker basket during World War II, took the family West to follow Erling’s geology pursuits, enrolled them in swimming and tennis classes, took them ice skating on Lake Carnegie, and secretly cringed as her oldest, Tom, made his own airplane from a kit, or as her daughter, Molly, went to Africa for the summer. She reminded the kids that life was to be looked at straight on with a twinkle in your eye.

Whatever Ruth decided to do, she would do it with gusto: despite her earlier problems with food preparation, she became a very accomplished cook with a local reputation for good parties and great food. Ruth’s sense of humor as well as her love of people made her parties the talk of the town — people always had fun.

When she realized that all four kids were going to need braces and a professor’s salary was not going to stretch that far, she parlayed her love for baking into a cottage-industry baking and selling “Mrs. Dorf’s Homemade Rolls” often making, baking, and packaging as many as 80 dozen rolls a day. The kids got straight teeth.

Perhaps the greatest example of her wisdom was her response to son Tom’s death in 1958. Without any books to guide her, she pulled her family through the grief of his sudden loss by, again, looking at life straight on and teaching them all how to cope. She took a job as a snack bar manager at the local YMCA just so she wouldn’t be at home feeling sorry for herself. She never let the kids forget their brother, nor did she let them get morose about his passing.

People remember her as “always there,” friendly and warm — always easy with a hug — making homemade bread and rolls, filling the house with that comforting smell, easy with her laugh and her love, eager to hear about your adventures and not be judgmental if they didn’t work out. None of her children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren ever doubted that she loved them and loved them for who they were.

She was classy — knew how to set a table, how to dress for a dinner dance, but also knew how to fish the Yellowstone River. She could talk with all different kinds of people and always let them know she had listened. She was a world traveler — flew on the Concorde and visited all seven continents. She was a health nut who exercised and took vitamins until she was 98, but who had a secret passion for Thomas Sweet chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce, a great fondness for Jack Daniels whiskey, and an appreciation for an ice cold beer. She was funny, loving, refined (with a naughty streak), and always interested. She was resourceful when she had to be and generous when she could be.

It was good that Ruth lived for 104 years because she was still telling stories that many of her children hadn’t heard right up to her death. In the end, the span of time that she was here made her appreciate life even more and pass that enthusiasm on to whomever she met — and for this, the family will always be grateful.

She was preceded in death by her sons Tom (1958), Norm (2007), and her husband of 50 years, Erling (1984).

She is survived by her son, Bob; daughter, Molly; 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.


Obit_PirolloRaymond H. Pirollo

Raymond H. Pirollo of Springfield, formerly of Yeadon and South Philadelphia, died on February 16, 2014, at the age of 83. He was the former owner of Raymond Hair Stylist in Yeadon. Loving husband of Jeanne (nee Navo) Pirollo, father of Lana (Thomas) DelFera, Gina (Larry) Hookey and Raymond A. (Kimberly) Pirollo; also survived by 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, brother of Samuel Pirollo.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Thursday, February 20 at 11 a.m. at S.S. Simon and Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court (Routes 3 and 352), West Chester, Pa. 19382 where friends may call from 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church. Interment will be at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to EDEN Autism Services Foundation, 2 Merwick Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


Frederick Lamb Gilman

Frederick Lamb Gilman, 95, of Skillman, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on February 14, 2014. Born in Warrensburg, Illinois in January 1919, Mr. Gilman was a long time resident of Lawrenceville before moving to Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman.

Son of Lelia Lamb and George Gilman, he is survived by Ruth Sutherland Gilman, his wife of 66 years, children Joanna (William Strauss), Thomas (Jennifer Gilman), and Martha (Scott Yarberry) and his grandchildren, Grace and Quinn Gilman, and Aric and Neal Yarberry.

After completing his education at Millikin University and The University of Illinois, he entered the U.S. Navy Midshipman School at Northwestern University. During World War II he served one year as a Communication Officer on the staff of Admiral Nimitz followed by three years as a Gunnery Division Officer on the USS Salt Lake City, a heavy cruiser in the Pacific Theater.

He worked for the National Cash Register Company in the Marketing Division for 25 years and later as vice-president of information technology at Princeton Insurance Company.

He was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, Hopewell Valley Golf Club, The Old Guard of Princeton, The Nassau Club, and Scottish Rite. He became a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution, and other hereditary organizations based on ancestry, and he traced his earliest roots to Edward Gilman who emigrated from Hingham, England in 1638.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 1, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street Lawrenceville. Burial will be at the Illini Cemetery, Warrensburg, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville or to a charity of one’s choice.

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


Obit Newton 2-19-14Julia M. Newton (Weissenburger)

Julia M. Newton, 86, of Princeton passed away on February 15, 2014 at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Dover, N.J.

She married Albert J. Newton on June 7, 1952. She worked for the Princeton University library and geology department as a secretary before starting their family in 1955. She enjoyed growing flowers and working in her garden.

She is survived by a daughter Joan Walter of Deltona, Fla.; a son Timothy Weissenburger (Lynn) of Wharton, N.J.; a daughter-in-law of Lompoc, Calif.; three granddaughters Marissa, Paige, and Jesse all of Lompoc, Calif., and many dearly beloved friends.

She is pre-deceased by her husband and best friend Albert, a son James Weissenburger of Lompoc, CA, and a son-in-law Michael Walter of Deltona, FL.

The family would also like to express thanks to the Princeton Healthcare Ministry and volunteers for all of the help and kindness they gave to Julia and Albert during the past couple of years. It was greatly appreciated.


Obit Lee 2-19-14Hsueh Yen Lee

Mr. Hsueh Yen Lee, of Princeton, passed away at the Somerset Medical Center on Feb. 9, 2014 at the age of 102. He was born into a rural merchant family of Hakka descent in Meshian, Kwongdong Province in southern China. When he was 15, he escaped apprenticeship as a tailor, and went to Nanking to attend high school, supported by his eldest brother, a military officer in the Nationalist Army. He was accepted into the Central Aviation Academy and became a Chinese Air Force pilot in 1934. In Kunming in 1938, he married Tzu-Ching Chang of Guanxian, Sichuan Province. From 1937-1945, he was a bomber pilot fighting against the invading Japanese forces during World War II. In 1943, as the commander of the first bomber group of the Flying Tigers, he led the successful bombing of the Japanese-held air field in Hsinchu, Taiwan. He was a highly decorated flyer and flew over 150 missions during his Air Force career. He survived two airplane crashes and went on to become a senior Air Force officer in China and then in Taiwan.

Retired from the (Nationalist) Chinese Air Force as a Lieutenant General in 1967 after serving as the superintendent of the Air Force Staff College, Mr. Lee began a second career as a professor in the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei, where he taught history for 17 years. In 1985, Mr. Lee and his wife moved to the U.S. to be closer to their five children. Mrs. Lee died in 1988. At the age of 90, Mr. Lee wrote his autobiography entitled Blue Sky and Flying Tigers: Memoir at Ninety. The book was recently re-printed in Taiwan as a part of the 70th anniversary of the Hsinchu bombing,

Mr. Lee is survived by his son, Wei-li Lee, and daughter-in-law, Linda Eckert Lee of Princeton, his grandchildren, Caryn Lee Farnum, Jason Lee, and Jessica Lee, formerly of Princeton, and their spouses, and his great-grandson Everett Jay Farnum; as well as his other children Sophie Yu of Baltimore, Shirley Chiou of Bridgewater, Chiawen Keh of Irvine, Calif., and Wei Ping Andrew Lee of Baltimore and their spouses, and ten other grandchildren, and four other great-grandchildren.

The viewing and funeral will take place in the J. M. Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction at noon on Saturday, February 22, 2014 followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery.


 James Raymond Faus
James Raymond Faus, 88, of Princeton died peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Stonebridge of Montgomery, Skillman, New Jersey after a long illness.Raised in Denver, Colorado, he had resided in Princeton, New Jersey since 1959.

He graduated from Central High School in Washington, D.C. and matriculated at Princeton University. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served in both World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant and the Korean War in the Air Force, reaching the rank of Captain. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a BS in economics, class of 1950 and received his MBA from New York University in 1964.

Early in his career, Mr. Faus worked for IBM and RCA in various management positions. From 1964 to 1979 he worked for AMF in their world headquarters in New York City becoming director of corporate information systems in 1973. He founded Systrin Information Systems in Princeton in 1980 and in 1983 became VP and National Director of Information Systems Consulting for Hayes Hill Incorporated. Through the mid 1960’s and into the late 1970’s he was co-owner, along with his wife, Fleurette K. Faus, of Gallery 100 on Nassau Street in Princeton.

Mr. Faus was a long time member of Trinity Church in Princeton where he served as an usher on Sunday mornings and volunteered for their annual community rummage sale. For many years in retirement, he helped run workshops for Trinity’s outreach program, Jobseekers. He was a member of the Barnegat Light Yacht Club on Long Beach Island where he served as Commodore, Trustee, and long time Principal Race Officer.

An avid sailor of Lightning’s and Sunfish; he meticulously cared for his vintage cedar planked Barnegat Bay Garvey, Quahog. He enjoyed many summer days cruising the bay with family and friends. Later in life, he became a loyal Bedlington terrier owner and long walks were a daily routine. An avid Princeton University Tigers fan, he attended both alumni classes and sporting events throughout his adult years. Most of all, he was known and respected as a gentleman, committed husband, father, and grandfather.

Mr. Faus was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Fleurette K. Faus and his grandson, Nathaniel; he is survived by his four sons, Brad and his wife, Ginny, of Lakeville, Conn., Todd of Norwalk, Conn., David and his wife, Holly, of Baltimore, Md., and John of Rocky Hill, N.J. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Jamie, Cady, Libby, and John.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton.

Entombment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church Memorial Fund, 33 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J. 08542.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, N.J. 08690.


Obit Brazzell 2-19-14Evelyn Beatrice Brazzell Turner

Evelyn Beatrice Brazzell Turner, age 90 of Princeton, passed away February 11, 2014 at Princeton Medical Center at Plainsboro. Born in Natchez, Miss., she was a graduate of Brunfield High School in Natchez in 1942. She was employed for many years at Miss Mason’s School and later the Mason Early Education Foundation.

She was the daughter of the late Katie L. Briscoe and Roy Brazzell, stepdaughter of the late Edward R. Briscoe, wife of the late Thomas T. Turner, sister of the late Thelma E. Jenkins, mother of the late Thomas Hillary, William Harrel, and Kenneth Earl Turner, grandmother of the late Anthony Ray Turner.

She is survived by two sons Barry C. Turner (Crystal) and Norman H. Turner (Taundra), daughter Evelyn Elaine Counts, three daughters-in-law Emma A. Turner, Kathryn Virginia Turner, and Ann H. Turner 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the Hughes Funeral Home 324 Bellevue Avenue in Trenton. Calling hours will begin at 10 a.m. and will last until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick, N.J.

2013: Consolidation Heads a Year of Changes Post

The biggest story of 2013 unfolded on the first day of the year as Princeton Borough and Township made their consolidation into one community official. A standing-room-only celebration, held in what was formerly the Municipal Building and is now known as Witherspoon Hall, marked the beginning of a new era for the town.

Town Topics asked Anton Lahnston, who chaired the Princeton Consolidation and Shared Services Study Commission, how he would rate Year One of the long-awaited merger. While acknowledging bumps along the way, he is generally encouraged by how the process had gone, giving much credit to the municipal staff. “On a scale of one to ten, I’d give it a seven or eight,” he said. “It’s not easy, and we never said it was going to be.”

Mr. Lahnston cited services to the community, the merger of the police force, and savings as key to consolidation’s success. Public works and responsiveness have improved, the police force has melded together despite unrest involving the departure of chief David Dudeck, and savings are on the right track. Allowing for those “bumps along the way,” he said he is encouraged by developments in all three areas. What concerns him the most is a “lack of harmony” among members of the governing body.

“The most comments I get from people are about the functioning of the Council,” he said. “There has been some time lost because of this. Some things need to be handled by the governing body prior to Council meetings, and some of the debates have gone on much too long. But the mayor has done a fabulous job in trying to keep things moving. I think there are some real opportunities for improvements as we move into the next year.”


After the Planning Board rejected its plan for a 280-unit rental community at the former site of Princeton’s hospital on Witherspoon Street, the developer AvalonBay filed a lawsuit challenging the decision, naming the town, the Planning Board, Mayor Liz Lempert, and the Council as defendants. The defendants and the developer then entered into a series of quiet meetings and finally came to a compromise.

With even-tempered Jon Vogel as representative instead of the more combative Ron Ladell, AvalonBay revised its plans and brought them before the Planning Board at the end of June. Promising greater permeability, five buildings instead of one large edifice, a scaled-down swimming pool and other adjustments, the plan was approved in July.

The group Princeton Citizens for Sustainable Neighborhoods withdrew its opposition to the proposal despite continuing concerns about scale, sustainability, and the effect on the character of the neighborhood. But as a result of the group’s efforts, AvalonBay agreed to donate $70,000 to the Arts Council of Princeton toward the inclusion of public art in the project.

No date has been set for demolition of the old hospital building.

Princeton University

Between a new president, a major bomb threat that remained just that, and an epidemic of meningitis, the ivied institution on Nassau Street was the subject of widespread news coverage this year.

Christopher L. Eisgruber, the University’s former provost, formally succeeded president Shirley M. Tilghman at a ceremony on September 22 on the front lawn of Nassau Hall. Mr. Eisgruber graduated from Princeton and first joined the faculty in 2001 as a Constitutional scholar. Since taking office, he has stressed his commitment to diversity and inclusivity of the University community, particularly with the endorsement of a study on the subject by a trustee committee.

Helicopters circled overhead and television news trucks were parked outside the campus June 10 during a daylong search for explosives after a bomb threat was called in for multiple buildings. The University evacuated students, faculty and staff to different sites including the Princeton Public Library, the Nassau Inn, and the Arts Council buildings, telling them to stay away from campus until otherwise advised. But by 6:30 p.m., the campus was reopened and all returned to normal. The University’s Department of Public Safety investigated the threat with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. But no bomb was found and no culprit was named.

The first case of meningitis B on the campus was reported in March. By early December, eight cases had been diagnosed. In November, the State of New Jersey had declared an outbreak of the disease, which is spread through sharing drinking glasses and utensils, smoking materials, and kissing. The Centers for Disease Control was brought in, and recommended that all Princeton undergraduates, graduate students living on campus, and other members of the community with medical conditions be vaccinated.

Though the vaccine has yet to be formally approved in the United States, special permission was given for it to be dispensed. More than 5,200 received the shots this month. A second round will be available in February. Those who were infected with meningitis B, which can be fatal, are recovering.

Arts & Transit

Princeton University began construction on its $330 million Arts & Transit project during the summer. The complex of performing arts and education buildings, public plazas, a new Dinky train station and new Wawa market has been the source of controversy among those opposed to moving the train terminus 460 feet to the south.

A temporary train platform was installed some 1,200 feet south of the original train buildings, which are to be turned into a restaurant and cafe managed by Princeton’s Terra Momo Group. Save the Dinky Inc. has filed lawsuits and an emergency appeal to try and stop the move. As recently as this month, residents opposed to the relocation of the station asked University President Eisgruber, at a meeting of Princeton Council, to change the course of the construction project.

[Another source of sadness for preservation-minded citizens was the demolition of a string of 19th century houses on Alexander Street to make room for construction. The white clapboard buildings, owned by the University, were not considered historically significant. But they formed a gateway, valued by many, into town. Though the University ended up offering the homes free to anyone willing to move them — a costly prospect — there were no takers].[above para could be cut, if need be]

All has not gone smoothly during construction of the arts campus. In October, a 200-foot section of the canopy collapsed at the station. While no one was injured, the accident led members of Council to request a close look at what caused the collapse, which was blamed on a faulty support structure, and whether proper permits were used. The University initiated its own peer review of the accident.

One aspect of the construction that has gone more smoothly than expected is the rerouting of traffic on Alexander Street and University Place. For the most part, motorists driving between Route One and downtown Princeton have been able to snake through without significant delay. Construction is proceeding in stages and completion of the entire project is targeted for fall 2017.


Although Princeton has been certified bronze by the organization Sustainable Jersey, the town wants to be upgraded to silver. With that effort in mind, a “municipal green team” was announced in October to include Mayor Liz Lempert, local officials, and Diane Landis of Sustainable Princeton. The idea is to score 350 points by improving efforts toward a greener town. Helping to get the effort off the ground was a $10,000 grant from Princeton University’s Office of Community and Regional Affairs.


When the Oklahoma-based Williams Company announced its plans to install a new, 1.2-mile natural gas pipeline through a section of the Princeton Ridge last February, a red flag went up among residents of the Ridge. How would the work, which would involve blasting and considerable construction, affect this environmentally sensitive area?

In a big way, it turns out. Citizens who formed a group called The Princeton Ridge Coalition did their homework and raised their concerns with Williams in a series of meetings. The company listened, and recently responded by saying they may possibly turn off an existing pipeline during the project, if it is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

As a result of efforts by the citizens’ group and the municipality, FERC has also asked Williams to explore a plan that would take the new pipeline to a location west of the route currently being pursued. Princeton Council voted in October to file for “intervenor” status, which gives the town the option to request a new hearing by FERC and a chance to appeal decisions. Construction on the pipeline, which is part of the Leidy Southeast Expansion Project bringing Marcellus shale gas from Pennsylvania, could start in the spring of 2015.


In October, the website Planet Princeton revealed that two parking meter enforcement officers were allegedly allowing some downtown businesses to park at expired meters in exchange for free food and drink. Both attendants were suspended without pay the day after the story was broken. An investigation was quickly conducted by the town, resulting in the firing of officer Chris Boutote and the reassignment of colleague John Hughes. No criminal charges were filed.[this paragraph could go as well; if left in, it should be part of the police section] \]


There were no major surprises in Princeton’s General Election this year. Council members Patrick Simon and Jenny Crumiller, both Democrats, were re-elected over newcomer Fausta Rodriguez, running as a Republican.

Princeton Police Department

On January 1, 2013, David Dudeck was appointed as Chief of the newly consolidated Princeton Police Department. The following month, after he had announced that the department would conduct a door-to-door survey of Princeton residents and businesses as to what they expected of the police, Chief Dudeck was absent from his post amid allegations of administrative misconduct. An agreement between Mr. Dudeck and the police union, in which the former agreed to retire, obviated an investigation into the chief’s conduct by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. After a long leave of absence, he retired September 1. Meanwhile, the daily operation of the Department was in the hands of Captain Nick Sutter.

In August, seven officers filed a lawsuit against Mr. Dudeck, the Princeton Police Department and the municipality of Princeton. The suit alleged that the officers, all of whom were members of the former Borough police department before consolidation, were “discriminated against and harassed” based upon “their gender, sexual orientation and disability.”

The municipality hired the Rodgers Group to report on the police force and considered alternative leadership models, such as having a civilian administrator to be the statutory “appropriate authority” for oversight of the force. In September, Council gave “appropriate authority” to the town’s administrator, Robert Bruschi, as opposed to the governing body of mayor and Council. Mayor Liz Lempert was called upon to cast the tie-breaking vote in the decision. The question of police oversight was a hot-button topic this year for residents and council members, especially in the context of the chief’s forced retirement and lawsuits.

Earlier this month, the 83-page Rodgers Report recommended, as a priority, the appointment of a new chief from within the department rather than a civilian public safety director. Acting Chief Captain Nick Sutter was singled out for praise. Council hopes to make a decision about the appointment in the New Year.

This year, in May, Princeton Police and Princeton University’s department of public safety updated an agreement that clarifies who does what. Accordingly, unarmed campus police will take all routine service calls for incidents on University property. In a situation that threatens public safety, a critical incident in progress, say a kidnapping or a threat with a deadly weapon, then the armed Princeton Police would respond until the situation is under control.

Princeton Public Schools

As a result of consolidation, what had been the Princeton Regional School District became Princeton Public Schools (PPS). The Board of Education began 2013 by completing a bond sale in January. The Chicago-based investment firm Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co. beat out competitors for the $10,980,000 bond at a net interest rate of 1.43 percent. According to Stephanie Kennedy, business administrator for Princeton Public Schools, the “historically low lending rate” was lower than-anticipated, yielding substantial savings to Princeton taxpayers. The debt service was more than half a million dollars less than originally projected. One factor leading to the lower interest rate was Moody’s rating of PPS as Aaa, a rating held by only a handful of school districts in New Jersey.

[In February, Newark Mayor Cory Booker visited John Witherspoon Middle School, at the invitation of principal Jason Burr, to address the eighth grade assembly as part of a school-wide celebration of community, student service, and kindness. Mr. Booker was welcomed as a “champion of social change and educational reform” and received rousing applause from the audience that included members of the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education, Mayor Liz Lempert, and past JWMS Principal William Johnson. [above paragraph could be dropped]]

In November, voters elected three new members of the Princeton Board of Education: Molly Chrein, Thomas Hagedorn, and Andrea Spalla. Ms. Chrein and Ms. Spalla have been on the Board since 2010. Mr. Hagadorn filled the seat made vacant when Dorothy Bedford stepped down earlier in the year. It had been filled in the interim by former Board President Anne Burns.

New PRISMS School

In January, after the American Boychoir School had relocated to Mapleton Road, its old home at 19 Lambert Drive, was purchased by the Bairong Education Foundation for a new Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS). The new private coeducational boarding school for 9th through 12th grades, with some day students, opened with a pilot program this fall and expects to be fully operational by the fall 2014. Former Illinois Secretary of Education Dr. Glenn W. “Max” McGee was appointed as Head of School in August.

Princeton Public Library

Consolidation meant a name change for the Princeton Public Library. When six new trustees took their seats on the board a the start of the year one of their first duties was to sign a document that formally changed the library to “The Free Public Library,” from “Joint Free Public Library of Princeton,” “joint’” indicating that it served both the Borough and the Township. The six new board appointees were Mayor Liz Lempert, Audrey Gould, Ruth Miller, Kevin Royer, Pamela Wakefield, and Barak Bar-Cohen.

After holding the line on budget for the last four years. the Library asked for an increase this year, citing increased costs for health benefits, unemployment and disability insurance, and pension contributions.

Once again the Library brought top authors to town, including Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American author of The Namesake and Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook. The latter was chosen for Princeton Reads, the town-wide literary celebration held every other year. Local Authors Day in April featured Admissions author Jean Hanff Korelitz, along with more than 40 other local writers. The Friends of the Library’s annual benefit in October, featured Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick in conversation with Princeton’s own John McPhee and Paul Muldoon.

Filmmakers also found a place at the Library with Superstorm Sandy and its legacy much on the minds of participants at the Seventh Annual Princeton Environmental Film Festival in January. [In February, the 105th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was celebrated when Looking for Lincoln, the documentary written by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was screened. A second documentary, based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer-Prize winning book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II was also shown. bracketed part could be dropped]

Some 86 authors and illustrators in children’s literature took part in the Library’s annual Children’s Book Festival on Hinds Plaza in September. According to librarian and festival director Allison Santos, the event is now one of the largest of its kind in the country. It featured Princeton-born authors Ann M. Martin, famed for her Baby Sitters Club series, and award-winning author and illustrator Brian Lies whose New York Times bestselling bat series includes Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Ballgame, and, appropriately enough, Bats at the Library.

Valley Road Building

In March, Princeton Public Schools Board of Education rejected a plan to turn part of its Valley Road building into a Community Center that would be a hub for area non-profits. In a seven-page resolution they rejected the 208-page proposal from the Valley Road School Adaptive Reuse Committee (VRS-ARC). The resolution said that their proposal failed to provide “credible, documented assurances that it has or can secure funding adequate for the extremely extensive building renovations.” According to a consultant hired by the district, some $10.8 million would be required to renovate the building. Nonetheless, advocates of the community center, John Clearwater and Kip Cherry, said they would not give up. The building’s last two tenants Corner House and TV30 moved to Monument Hall.

In May, Preservation New Jersey included the Valley Road School on its annual list of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey and the VRS-ARC launched a campaign to put the question of saving the building on November’s General Election ballot. The campaign failed when municipal attorney Edwin Schmierer advised the municipality that the question could not be on the ballot because the building is not owned by the municipality but by the Princeton Public Schools, which bought the building for $1 from Princeton Township in 2002.

Princeton Borough and Princeton Township had submitted a proposal for the building in 2011 that would demolish the school and build a new complex to house the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and an expanded fire station. With the Board of Education voting this month to appropriate funds for a future demolition project (see story, page X), the long saga of Valley Road Building may be coming to an end.

Princeton Future

The grassroots non-profit organization, Princeton Future, formed to protect and enhance Princeton’s unique community and share concerns about future growth and development provided three opportunities for residents to join in discussions this year. Its members are “wary of piecemeal, project-by-project development and, instead, seek broad community support for integrated solutions that balance the benefits of economic growth with the values of neighborhood identity, historic preservation, environmental sustainability, aesthetics and social equity.”

Focusing on the question: “A United Princeton Looks at the Future: What Do We Want Our Town and Region to be in the Next 20 Years?” the group, brought in planning experts to discuss what, why, and how to effect change. In March, some 50 residents turned out to learn about a new information tool created by regional planner Ralph Widner who unveiled a database culled from U.S. census information that will be valuable for future decision-making and planning purposes. The issue of traffic loomed large.

In November, Mr. Widner and others listened to the findings of a joint Princeton University and Princeton Municipality task force, which presented a report on the Alexander Street corridor.

The Alexander Street/University Place (ASUP) Traffic and Transit Task Force looked at problems and potential solutions, including transit options along the Dinky line between Princeton Junction.


It took several contentious public hearings this past March for the Regional Planning Board to come to a decision allowing the Institute for Advanced Study to go forward with a plan for a faculty housing development. But it wasn’t long before the Princeton Battlefield Society, which opposes the plan, took action to stall the project. In July, the Battlefield Society filed an appeal in Mercer County Superior Court challenging the approval. Along with some historians, they believe the site is the center of the historic counterattack at the Battle of Princeton during the Revolutionary War, and therefore should not be disturbed.

Despite the legal action, and the June announcement that TheКNational Trust for Historic PreservationКhad named the Princeton Battlefield to its 2012 list ofКAmerica’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, the IAS plan for eight townhouses and seven single-family homes on a seven-acre section of the campus is going forward. The development of 15 homes is expected to include a 200-foot buffer zone next to Battlefield Park that will be permanently preserved as open space.

So far, the Princeton Battlefield Society and its attorney Bruce Afran have brought three suits that could stall the Institute’s plans.

Other Changes

Downtown Princeton saw some changes this year with new eateries Agricola and Mistral, a new Jack Wills store on Nassau Street, the addition of the Lambertville coffee roastery, Rojo’s, and a renovation that allowed Hamilton Jewelers to expand its range of merchandise when it closed its Lawrenceville store early in the year. The new Jack Wills is the first such store in New Jersey for the British brand of home goods, clothing and accessories for men and women. The Princeton Theological Seminary finished its new library, and the Princeton Family YMCA opened its renovated athletic facility, named in honor of Jim and Nancye Fitzpatrick with new cardio equipment, strength training, and free weights. The University began renovating the Old Town Topics Building. Corner House and TV 30 moved from the old Valley Road Building to Monument Hall and the Post Office on Palmer Square (see story on page 1) found a new owner.


Obituaries 1/30/13 Post

1-30-13 Olgyay ObitIlona Olgyay

Ilona Olgyay passed away peacefully at the Princeton Medical Center on Saturday December 29, 2012. Ilona moved to Princeton in 1953, and with her husband Victor (died 1970) raised her children here.

Born Ilona Csuvik on November 27, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, Ilona was very active in sports, especially swimming. She also had a younger brother Oscar (died 2011), who became an Olympic water polo coach.

In her teens, during a time when Hungary won more Olympic medals per capita than any other country, Ilona was awarded the national award for being the top all-round women athlete in the country and was subsequently nominated to the Hungarian Olympic swimming team.

It was in Hungary where Ilona met and married Sandor Tarics, and in 1945 gave birth to daughter Eszike Tarics (died 1996). Ilona and Sandor were living in New York when Hungary was invaded by Germany in World War II, they both immediately returned to Hungary and fought in the resistance, saving the lives of many.

After the war Ilona and Sandor returned to the U.S.A., and eventually divorced. Ilona married Victor Olgyay in 1951; they lived in Indiana and Massachusetts before settling in Princeton, where Victor became an assistant professor of architecture at Princeton University.

Ilona had three more children, Nora Ava (born 1952), Cora Lynda (born 1953), and Victor Wayne (born 1958). In addition to raising her children, Ilona assisted her husband Victor performing interior designs for many of his houses. From 1970 to 1990 Ilona worked at the Institute for Advanced Study as a cataloguer in the Historical Studies Library. She greatly enjoyed this work, it used her broad multilingual skills, and she developed a wonderful network of friends there.

After retiring Ilona continued her passion for tennis and played several times a week. She also worked with several local volunteer organizations, notably “meals on wheels.” She generously gave back to the Princeton community that she loved. We love you and miss you, our dear cica pofa.

Ilona is survived by her daughters Nora and Cora, her son Victor, and grandchildren Niels, Ingrid, Kaya, and Maille, nieces Sally, Tabitha, and Joy, and great grandson Raoul.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in Ilona’s memory can be made to the Princeton Public Library at 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542, (609) 924-8822 x251, or online at


1-30-13 Noel ObitNelson E. Noel

Nelson E. Noel, of Princeton, died peacefully on December 2, 2012 after a long battle with heart disease. Born in North Adams, Mass. on July 14, 1938 to Alice Rowley and Edgar Noel, Nelson settled in Belle Meade, with his wife, Altina, in 1969. They later moved with their three children to Princeton, where he lived for the last 29 years.

Nelson was a loving husband and proud father of three children. Passionate about international travel (especially family trips to his wife’s native country, Brazil), history, and math, he also loved opera, and crossword puzzles. He was a great fan of international soccer, his beloved Boston Red Sox, and Alabama’s Crimson Tide. Nelson’s generosity and compassion were evidenced by his contributions to country and community. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1963 after serving a tour in Germany, was a treasurer for the Montgomery United Methodist Church, served as an usher at Princeton Presbyterian Church, and volunteered his time on the Princeton Elections committee, and with The United Way.

Following studies at the University of Alabama and graduation from Rider College in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Nelson began his career as a securities analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York City and earned a master’s degree in business administration from New York University. During his 34 year career he travelled the world extensively in analyst roles for various firms on Wall Street and earned repeated recognition as an all-star fixed income analyst by Institutional Investor and the Wall Street Journal. He retired from Moody’s Investor Services as a vice president in 2000.

Nelson is survived by his wife of 45 years Altina; his sister Janice Hamilton of Chicago; his three children and their spouses, Marilene Noel Bysshe and Robert Thomas Bysshe, Seattle, Wash., Linda Noel and Scott McGoldrick, Princeton, and David Rowley Noel and Kristen Armstrong Noel, Seattle, Wash.; and his four grandchildren, Cameron Bysshe, Olivia McGoldrick, Julia McGoldrick, and Jackson Noel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name can be made to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, 3626 US Highway 1, Princeton, N.J. 08540 (609) 497-4190.

A private burial will be held at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Trinity Church at 33 Mercer Street in Princeton with a reception immediately to follow at Springdale Golf Club at 1895 Clubhouse Drive in Princeton.


Betty V. de Sherbinin

Ms. Betty V. de Sherbinin of Princeton died on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the age of 95.

Ms. de Sherbinin was born in British Columbia, and had lived in Princeton since 1956. She was most proud of her five published books: Wind on the Pampas, Bindweed, By Bread Alone, The Challenged Land and The River Plate Republics.

She is survived by her nephew Matthew de Sherbinin with whom she lived, a niece, Paula Hawk of Ridgefield, Connecticut and a grand nephew and niece.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SAVE Princeton Small Animal Rescue League, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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


Angeline Dorothy Esposito

Angeline Dorothy Esposito, 96, passed away Friday, January 25, 2013. Born February 4, 1916, she was the eldest daughter of Siggismondo and Pasqualina Ranieri and sister of Filomena Skowronski, Adelina Provenzano, and Pasqualina Pease, all deceased. Angeline was a lifelong resident of the Princeton-Lawrenceville area. She married Joseph A. Esposito (deceased 2006) in 1934. Surviving are eight devoted children: Robert, Patricia Sohn, Marilyn Dinicola, Joseph, Catherine Dress, Diane Jacobs, David, and Thomas, 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Angeline attended Nassau Street Elementary School in Princeton and worked as a seamstress for several years before turning full time to raising her children with her loving husband, Joseph, who operated a service station in Princeton with his brother Vincent J. (Jim) Esposito for over 50 years. She was most proud of the fact that, despite having only an elementary school education, she was able to see all her children graduate from college, enjoy successful careers, and raise families of their own.

She enjoyed cooking and entertaining, sewing, and spending time with her children and their families. She was also an accomplished gardener, and was proud of the numerous flowerbeds, shrubbery, and plantings that surrounded her home in Lawrenceville. Her gardens were featured in an article in the Lawrence Ledger in the early 1980’s.

For the past 9 years, Angeline resided in Longmeadow, Mass. Her daughter Catherine lived nearby and oversaw her mother’s care. For the past 2½ years, she was a resident of the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow, Mass, where she received excellent care from the staff and was known as “the sweetheart of the unit”. The family is most appreciative of the kindness shown toward their mother by them.

The family will receive visitors at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542 on Saturday, February 2 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with a funeral mass to follow at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.

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Michael Edward Curtin

Michael Edward Curtin, 73, of Naples, Florida and formerly of Princeton, died on January 10, 2013 in Naples, Florida. His life was marked by unwavering devotion and love to his wife and children, steadfast loyalty to his friends, true conviction to his ideals, and untiring commitment to his work.

Michael was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Cascia Hall before attending the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1961 with a BA in Business Administration and was co-captain of the fencing team. He received an MBA from Chicago Business School in 1965.

His career was concentrated in International Finance for several companies. Notably he was executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. from 1981-1988. Throughout his life, he sustained an interest in developing markets, particularly in the role that business could play in bettering national economies and individual lives.

Michael was an early Peace Corps volunteer and part of the first group sent to Chile in 1961-63. In his later years, he became a Knight of Malta and his charitable activities were concentrated on this association. He remained a loyal alumnus of Notre Dame and regularly traveled back to the University for class reunions, football games, Peace Corps reunions and other events.

Michael is survived by his wife, Anne O’Grady Curtin; his children, Victoria and her husband Henry, Theodore and his wife Pamela, Christianne and her husband Daniel, and Susan and her husband Michael; his brother John D. Curtin and sister Margaret Curtin Hutchinson and their families; as well as his lively and lovely grandchildren: George, Elinor, Michael C., Daniel, Charles, Virginia, Michael J., Theodore, and Theodora. He was pre-deceased by his parents Agnes Marie Curtin and John Dorian Curtin, his brother George M. Curtin, and his granddaughter Marie-Claire Curtin.

He was a good man. He led a good life. He will be terribly missed by those who knew him.

Condolences may be mailed to 3951 Gulf Shores Blvd North, #201, Naples, Florida 34103.