Memorials: April 2, 1997
Henry B. Guthrie Jr. '24
Henry Guthrie died Feb. 12, 1997, at his home in Bedford, N.Y. Hank prepared at Hill School, showing early promise in the dramatic club and in work on the school publications.
At Princeton, Hank's verbal skills were honed on the debating team. He served four years on the Princetonian board, including two years as editor.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, he completed Harvard Law School in 1927 and joined the NYC law firm of Shearman and Sterling; he became a partner in 1941. He was a director on the board of Doubleday and Co., Inc., where he was the chairman in 1973.
His work with charities included chairing the board of Big Brothers of New York and serving as v.p. of Big Brothers of America. Other institutions benefiting from his expertise included the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Mount Desert Island Hospital, the United Hospital Fund of New York, St. Luke's Hospital, and Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Hank is survived by a brother-in-law, E. Chandlee Archer '34, and a niece, Elizabeth F. Nixon, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held May 31, 1997, at the family home in Bedford. Contributions in Henry's memory may be made to the American Museum of Natural History or the charity of your choice.
The Class of 1924
Charles Frederick Snover '25
Charlie Snover died Oct. 21, 1996. He was 94. He was a lifelong resident of Glenridge, N.J. He is survived by a daughter, Deborah Evans, and two grandchildren.
He prepared at East Orange [N.J.] H.S. At Princeton he was on our freshman crew, with the Law Club, and a member of Key and Seal.
After graduating from New Jersey Law School, he practiced law in Newark, N.J. He married Katherine Suckow, who predeceased him. He served on the Republican County Committee and was secretary of the Beaver Lake Realty Co., of Newark.
The Class of 1925
Albert Marshall Helmrath '26
With regret, we report that Al Helmrath died at his home in Summit, N.J., on Aug. 26, 1996. He was 92.
Before he retired in 1958, Al was engaged in NYC in the family business of importing and exporting leather through Helmrath, Inc., a corporation of which he was the sole owner. Al came to Princeton from Salisbury School and as an undergraduate participated in athletics, playing on our freshman football team and pulling an oar on the freshman heavies. He was on the varsity football and crew squads in our sophomore year. He majored in history and was a member of Cap and Gown.
Al married Barbara Hill Cox in Dec. 1949, and before her death in 1988, they enjoyed spending their summers with their three children at the family farm in upstate New York near the Berkshires. He loved the great outdoors and with Barbara enjoyed good hunting and fishing and teaching the children the rudiments of these sports.
He is survived by his children, William, Peter, and Susan, and five grandchildren. To all of them, the class extends deep sympathy.
The Class of 1926
Peter A. Cohn '27
Peter A. Cohn died Feb. 17, 1997, in NYC, his lifelong place of residence.
Pete came to us from Peddie. Freshman year, he roomed in Hill Dormitory with K. T. Howell; thereafter, in Holder with W. H. Liebman Jr. After graduation he was a partner in his father's firm of stockbrokers, Spencer Koch & Co., in NYC from 1928-55. In 1929 he married Marjorie Sidenberg. They had a daughter, Jill, who married Richard Grossman in 1955. Jill and Richard raised four children, Teri, Jeffrey, Douglas, and Steven.
In 1948 Pete married Elizabeth Scharff and became a partner in the brokerage firm of L. F. Rothschild & Co. In his later years, Pete helped run Carnegie Hill and Bronx House Emmanuel camps. Pete donated a '27 scholarship in his name to Princeton.
He is survived by his grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. To them, the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1927
Charles C. Emmons '27
Word has just been received from the Office of Alumni Records that Charles C. Emmons died Nov. 28, 1996, in Baltimore of pneumonia.
Chuck came to us from Gilman. At Princeton he was a member of the freshman basketball squad and Quadrangle Club. He roomed in Holder Hall with Kenny Egerton and G. W Scarlett. After graduation he worked for Wm. E. Hooper & Sons Co., manufacturers of cotton duck, first in Philadelphia and then in Baltimore, where he became production manager in 1933, general manager in 1935, and a director in 1941.
In 1941 he married Jean Slaughter, who, by a previous marriage, had two sons, Richard and D. Graham Slaughter '60. His own son, Charles C. Emmons Jr. '66, was born in 1944.
Chuck retired in 1965 and lived in Ruxton, Md., where he was a trustee of the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, a director of the Thomasville Stone and Lime Co., and a member of the Baltimore Country and L'Hirondelle clubs. In 1965 he became the first director of development for Gilman, a post he held for about 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, son Charles Jr., stepson Graham, 10 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. To them, the class extends its sympathy in the loss of a most genial classmate.
The Class of 1927
Wilber Hurlbut Young Jr. '28
"Tex" Young, a geology consultant and petroleum engineer, died Aug. 8, 1996, in Wellsville, N.Y. He was born in Texas, hence the name, but was living in Montclair, N.J., while attending Princeton, where he majored in geology.
After graduation he worked in Bradford, Pa., for the firm of Torrey, Fralich, and Simmons until 1935, when he moved to Titusville, Pa. There he ran a core laboratory for two years. In 1937 he moved to Wellsville, N.Y., where he worked for the Empire Gas & Fuel Co., from which he retired in 1969.
He was a member of the Exchange Club of Wellsville and a past member of the American Petroleum Institute, the American Assn. of Petroleum Geologists, and the Northern Appalachian Geological Society. He was cofounder and past president of the Wellsville Little League and past chairman of the Wellsville town planning board. He wrote numerous technical papers on gas and oil production. His hobbies were hunting, tennis, and swimming. In later years he became an avid vegetable gardener. He followed the progress of Princeton football, basketball, and baseball teams with great interest, often attending the Princeton-Cornell games in Ithaca.
In 1933 he married Doris Casey, who survives him. Since retirement they have wintered in Englewood, Fla., but have continued to summer in Wellsville. The class extends its warm sympathy to Doris.
The Class of 1928
Edwin J. Smith Jr. '30
Edwin J. Smith Jr. died Dec. 29, 1995, in his hometown of Prescott, Ariz., where he retired in 1971.
Born Apr. 23, 1906, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Edwin and Genevieve Maxwell Smith, his father was in the motion-picture business.
He prepared at the University School of Cleveland, Penn Charter School, and Lawrenceville. At Princeton he was a member of Charter Club. After graduation Ed spent two years at Harvard studying law and business. He started his career in the film industry with RKO. His military service during WWII was spent working at the Pentagon; he was discharged a major in 1946. He returned to RKO, traveling the world to help reestablish foreign business and procedures; in later years he spent much time in London, where he was eventually in charge of U.K. operations for Natl. Screen Service.
In his retirement, which Ed shared with his wife, May, in Prescott, he enjoyed peace, quiet, and rest from travel. He took up golf again, and enjoed hiking in the Grand Canyon State.
He is survived by May, whom he met while working in London. She lives at their house at 2166 Forest Dr., Prescott, AZ 86303. The class extends its deepest sympathy to her.
The Class of 1930
Albert H. Clayburgh '31
Albert H. "Bill" Clayburgh, died at St. Luke's Hospital in New York, N.Y., on Feb. 6, 1997. He was 87. After graduation Bill was employed by A. D. Smith Co., where he was involved in the production and marketing of bookcover materials. He remained an officer and specialist in this business through several buyouts and mergers, ending with Industrial Coatings Group. He was a member and supporter of the Typophile society. He was commissioned in the Navy in 1942, served on a carrier in the Pacific, and retired with the rank of lt. commander in 1945.
Bill's first marriage, to Barbara Corlies, ended in divorce. They had a son, Corlies Clayburgh. In 1941 Bill married Julia Dorr, by whom he had a daughter, Jill Clayburgh (Rabe), now a movie star, and another son, James. Bill and Julia were excellent skaters and were theater buffs. Julia died in 1975. In 1992 Bill married Sandra Church, a star ingenue on the legitimate stage. She survives him, as do his children, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. To his family, the class extends its regrets at Bill's passing.
The Class of 1931
David Rudolf Wintermann '34
Dave "Tex" Wintermann, described in his citation in 1980 for our Outstanding Achievement Award as "a businessman, sportsman, humanitarian, and member of our class of whom we are proud," died Feb. 4, 1997, less than a month after his 86th birthday. More than 20 years earlier, at the dedication of the Eula and David Wintermann Library, which Tex and his wife donated to Eagle Lake, Tex., their hometown, a classmate living nearby wrote, "probably no one will ever know the extent of his private philanthropies, but the mayor summed it up by saying there were few people in town whose loads had not been lightened somehow by Eula and Dave Wintermann."
An avid conservationist and longtime prominent member of Ducks Unlimited, Dave was honored last fall by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. for his lifetime contributions to nature conservation and by the Texas Nature Conservancy, which gave him its lifetime Achievement Conservation Award, its highest.
Dave's wife, Eula (Goss), a 1933 graduate of Rice, survives. She is a life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited and a life member of the Audubon Society, and with Dave made possible the construction of both the hospital and the community center in Eagle Lake. To her we offer our sincere sympathies.
The Class of 1934
Charles Bryant Halsey Jr. '35
Bry Halsey died of heart problems Jan. 1, 1997. He was 85. Born in Manhattan, he prepared for Princeton at Choate and Hun. He majored in architecture, belonged to Cloister Inn, and roomed with Jack Caulk.
During WWII, Bry served as a lt. commander in naval intelligence antisubmarine activities. His business interests were always with architecture and construction, and he was involved in many diverse projects. He was a developer and builder, building single-family homes and commercial projects. He was widely recognized for his innovative approach to developing and financing commercial real estate. His active business career ended with his retirement in 1992 as president of the Cafritz Co. in Washington, D.C.
In 1950 Bry married Joanne Undine; they had three children, Hilary Lynn, Jill Elizabeth, and Charles B. III. A grandson, Charles B. IV, now carries on the family yachting tradition. The first marriage ended in divorce in the mid-1960s; Bry later married Loraine Wickison, who survives. Ever the avid yachtsman, Bry owned numerous small craft, which he sailed on Chesapeake Bay. He and Raine lived in Kilmarnock, Va., in later years.
Bry was a true sailor, who felt the wind and rode out the storms in anticipation of later favorable winds. The class sends most sincere sympathy to Raine and the family.
The Class of 1935
Willis F. Harrington '35 *36
Will Harrington, a former president of our class, died Jan. 21, 1997, of a major blood disorder, which he had battled valiantly for several years.
Born in Washington State in 1913, Will worked for 34 years with the DuPont Co. at 14 different manufacturing facilities, retiring in 1970.
Will grew up in Wilmington and entered Princeton from Lawrenceville, obtaining at Princeton both a bachelor's and a master's in chemical engineering. In 1989, Keuka College in Penn Yan, N.Y., honored him with a doctorate of humane letters; a renovated residence hall at Keuka was redesignated as Harrington Hall, in honor of Will's father. Throughout his life, Will participated in a great many and varied community, club, and societal activities.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Janet Holmgren, brother George '39, son Douglas '65, daughter Lisa Foote '76, and five grandsons. Several classmates attended Will's funeral services in Wilmington, at which "East of the Sun'' was played as a recessional. The class sends its most sincere condolences to Janet and the family.
The Class of 1935
Frederick Sidney Burroughs Jr. '36
Fred died Jan. 21, 1996. He was 81. He prepared at Columbia H.S. and Exeter Academy. At Princeton he played freshman football, was on the boxing team, and was v.p. of Cannon Club.
His business career was diversified, including employment in the fields of advertising, sales promotion, public relations, trade association management, and working as a manufacturer's sales representative.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, he was always a supporter of conservation and the environment. In 1969 he founded and was the first president of the North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Fred is survived by his wife, Virginia S. Burroughs, a daughter, Cynthia S. McCann, a son, Frederick S. III, and eight grandchildren. Fred lived an interesting life. He was a loyal Princetonian and classmate. He will be missed.
The Class of 1936
William Charles Guenther '36
Bill died Sept. 17, 1996. He was 82. He prepared at Newark Academy and was at Princeton through his sophomore year. He also studied at the U. of Heidelberg and at the Sorbonne, in Paris.
During the 1940s he studied architecture and designed a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced country home, which was imitated in the northern New Jersey area. He taught English literature at Williston Academy and the U. of Hartford, where his lifelong friend Joseph Doyle '37 was dean. In his retirement, Bill continued to teach English classes and classes on American poets, particularly Marianne Moore, whose thematic content had been a subject of extensive literary debate with Kenneth Burke, the philosopher of literary form who was a neighbor of Bill's for many years.
Bill is survived by a son, John, a daughter, Jane Jacobson, and two granddaughters. He expressed fondness for Princeton and our class. He was glad to participate in an important class project for our 60th reunion.
The Class of 1936
William Crocker Parsons '39
Bill died suddenly, apparently of a stroke, on Dec. 13, 1996, at his new home in Ardmore Pa., to which he had moved only six weeks before. He had been in excellent health and, as always, was actively serving Princeton, not only as a member of the area Alumni Schools Committee for undergraduate candidates, but also very significantly as our class treasurer.
When Bill graduated from Haverford School in 1935 he was awarded the school's first "Key Man" award for all-around excellence in academics and athletics. That award was a harbinger of his career to come. After service in both the Army and Navy during WWII, he began teaching. From 1948 until he retired in 1972, he taught English and coached major sports at Haverford. An indefatigable volunteer, he lent his energy and support to RSVP, Contact, Hospice, Red Cross, and local hospitals. He served as deacon and elder of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and pursued his interest in history and genealogy with the Pennsylvania Historical Society.
Bill's wife, Ellen Davis, died in 1993. Surviving are their sons, John and David '72, daughter Laurie Montgomery, and her son, Christopher. Also surviving is Bill's sister, Ellen. With them we give thanks for the life of our good and generous friend.
The Class of 1939
Arnold Goldburg '48 *60
The class and Princeton lost one of its most distinguished scientists in the death of Arnold Goldburg on Jan. 24, 1997.
As head of flight sciences at Boeing Scientific Research Laboratory, Goldie played a key role in the development of supersonic transportation. He was an adviser to the British-French Concorde Project. He helped design the wings for the 747.
When federal funding for supersonic transport was cut off, Goldie moved to Denver and became involved with Gary Energy Corp. in enhanced oil recovery. Instead of air in the atmosphere, it was oil in rock-the basic principles of fluid dynamics. He later worked as a research professor at the Naval Academy and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute.
Goldie joined us from the Ramsey, N.J., high school. He graduated with highest honors in mechanical engineering and was a member of Terrace. He was in the Navy 1945-46. He went on to take an MA from MIT and while a Guggenheim fellow, a PhD from Princeton.
Goldie was active in Colorado Jewish affairs, being on the boards of B'nai Brith Hillel, Allied Jewish Federation, and American Jewish Committee.
Goldie was devoted to his family. The class extends its deepest sympathy to his widow, Barbara, son Marc '82, and daughters Carol and Allison. Their loss is shared.
The Class of 1948
John Alfred Johnson '48
John Johnson died Nov. 22, 1996. He joined us from Choate, was a member of Court Club, and graduated in economics in June 1948. He served in the Navy from 1944-46.
John's business career was with Natl. Standard Steel Co. He was with the company 28 years. He retired in 1988 as a v.p.
Although not active in class or alumni affairs, John's devotion to Princeton was great and was made manifest by a handsome bequest.
His joy was in his family and in country living in Green Pond, N.J. A big challenge was growing a garden in the woods despite the depredations of rabbits and raccoons. Severe winters were a boon to his penchant for ice boating.
To his widow, Ruth, son Daryl, and daughter Catherine, the class extends its deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1948
Martin Humphrey Moynihan '48
Martin Moynihan, an authority on animal behavior who built the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama into a world-class scientific center, died Dec. 3, 1996, in Albi, France. He was 68.
Martin joined us from Horace Mann-Lincoln School in NYC. He graduated in June 1950 with highest honors in biology. He was Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. Charles Rogers directed his senior thesis, which was illustrated by a series of exquisite bird paintings. Martin was a first-rate artist. He went on to earn his PhD in zoology the next year at Oxford. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard when he accepted the Panama assignment.
Martin was a field biologist who roamed the world to observe animal behavior. He swam along with reef
squid in the warm waters off Panama, with a waterproof notebook. He undertook a study of New World monkeys that took him through South America. In recent years he had his eyes on hornbill, kingfishers, and pheasants.
His scores of papers on evolution and animal communication appeared in the Journal of Theoretical Biology and other scientific publications. Among his books were The New World Primates: Adaptive Radiation and the Evolution of Social Behavior, Languages and Intelligence, and Communication and Non-Communication Among Cephalopods. He received the Smithsonian's Joseph Henry Medal, among many honors, and was named consultant to the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
To his widow, Olga F. Linares, and to his colleague Egbert Leigh '62, the class extends its deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1948
Robert Edward Pearson '48
Bob Pearson's death on Dec. 9, 1996, has left the class much the poorer. His knowledge of the early days of Princeton, the College of New Jersey, and the area was awesome. He came by this knowledge naturally, as an ancestor was valedictorian of the first graduating class of 1748.
Bob went into the Marines from 1944-46 after graduating from Lawrenceville. He was awarded the Purple Heart on Okinawa and also served in North China. While there, he was busy disarming the Japanese and keeping the Communists and the Nationalists separated. At Princeton he was an engineer but lasted only a year. This frustration was repeated at U. of Virginia. He was, however, readmitted to Virginia and graduated in economics in 1951.
His first employment was with General Motors as an efficiency expert, but the work failed to be congenial. Bob found his career home in 1954 at Merrill Lynch and stayed for 38 years, retiring as a senior financial consultant.
Bob was active all his life in the Presbyterian Church, serving for many years as an elder. He had a great interest in antique furniture and objects d'art.
To Bob's widow, Sheila, daughter Alexandra, goddaughter Nicolette, and brother George '47, the class offers its deepest sympathy and shares in their loss.
The Class of 1948
José Donoso '51
When José died Dec. 7, 1996, of cancer at his home in Santiago, Chile, the class lost one of its most illustrious members.
He was in the forefront of Latin American literature. The NY Times wrote, "[He] created multilayered visions of social disintegration and human fallibility that compared with . . . Gabriel García Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Mario Vargas Llosa." The Obscene Bird of Night, which many considered his masterpiece, was published by Knopf in 1971. The New Yorker considered José to be "one of the seminal writers of the extraordinary boom in Latin American fiction . . . "
The post-Allende upheavals in Chile caused José to spend many years in Spain, where he was deemed one of its national treasures. In 1987 King Juan Carlos decorated him with the Order of King Alfonso X el Sabio and in 1994 with the Grand Cross of Civilian Merit. In the U.S., his novel The Coronation won the 1962 William Faulkner Prize, and in 1990 Chile gave him its highest award, the Chilean National Literary Prize.
José studied at the U. of Chile before coming to Princeton as a junior. He majored in English, wrote stories for the Nassau Lit, and was a member of Quadrangle Club. He later taught at Princeton and at the U. of Iowa.
José is survived by his wife, Maria Pilar, and their daughter, Pilar. The class extends its deep sympathy for their loss.
The Class of 1951
G. F. Steedman Hinckley '53
With each passing day, aviation executive, philanthropist, and our former class president, Steedman Hinckley, who died Aug. 27, 1996, is missed by those fortunate to have known him.
Born in Mt. Kisko, N.Y., Steedman graduated from Exeter. At Princeton he majored in history, was a member of Cottage Club, and roomed senior year with John Emery, Jinx Cleaves, and Dave Tait.
A graduate of Harvard Business School, Steedman saw duty in the U.S. Military Air Transport Service. He was the former chairman of Overseas Natl. Airways and was one of the leaders of the successful campaign to deregulate the airline industry. A longtime trustee and fundraiser for Exeter, he was chairman of the Third Century Fund and received Exeter's Founders Day award in 1962.
He served Princeton as '53's president from 1993-6, as a member of the Alumni Council, and as an Annual Giving stalwart. He oversaw the construction of the paddle steamer Mississippi Queen and was active in preserving the country's resources, serving as chairman of the Piedmont Environmental Council. He was a trustee of the Highland School in Warrenton, Va.
Deepest sympathy continues to be extended to Steedman's wife, Ingrid Mjornell Hinckley, son G. F. Jr., daughters Annalisa H. Savin and Katherine '95, and brother Albert P. Jr. '55.
The Class of 1953
Michael de B. Turnure '57
Michael died Jan. 2, 1997, after a courageous year-long battle with lymphoma. He came to Princeton from Kent School with his good friends Bill Hewson, Gary Lane, and Tony Abbott.
Mike loved Princeton; his special joys were crew and Cottage Club. He also participated in Whig-Clio and the debating team. His marks fell, causing him to leave Princeton after his sophomore year, join the 85th infantry regiment, and perform national duty in Germany. He returned to Princeton to finish his studies, graduating in 1960. He remained loyal to the Class of '57, always positive on the education he received in college.
After graduation Mike joined Mobil Corp. and spent the next decade with Mobil, largely in Caracas, Venezuela. Upon his return to the States he purchased Community Lumber and Hardware in Lakeville, Conn., which he managed until Dec. 27, 1996, when he was forced to cease. He resided in Salisbury, Conn.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; five children: John, Barbara, Richard, Lillian Bassett, and Virginia Morgan; his mother, Marian Turnure, and sister, Lisa Oldenbury. The class extends its sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
The Class of 1957
Anthony S. Briggs '61
After a three-year battle with cancer, Tony died Oct. 4, 1996, in Malvern, Pa., where he had been living since 1995, having spent the previous 25 years abroad, in Switzerland, South Africa, and Paraguay.
Born in New Haven, Conn., and raised in NYC by his mother and stepfather, Ashbel T. Wall '37, Tony graduated from St. George's in 1956. He spent a year at Radley College in Abington, England, before coming to Princeton. At Princeton he majored in the Special Program in Public and International Affairs. Tony was a member of Charter and was active in Whig-Clio, the Princeton YMCA, and the Student Christian Assn.
Tony's career in journalism, specializing in economics, began in NYC with Business Intl., Inc. He then went abroad to continue that career and to engage in investment advisory services and export/import activities. His brother Bill '64 reports he was an "exceptionally perceptive and critical thinker."
For obvious geographical reasons, we did not see much of Tony at reunions or other class events.
He is survived by his five children, Anthony, Andrew, Timothy, Anton, and Cynthia, three grandchildren, brothers William A. '64 and Henry H. III, and a step-uncle, F. Brooks Wall '41. We join his family in mourning his passing.
The Class of 1961
Mary Quaintance '84
Mary Quaintance died by suicide Dec. 8, 1995, in New York, N.Y.
Mary graduated with honors in comparative literature, receiving the Francis LeMoyne Page Creative Writing Award, the Ward Mathis Prize, and the Bain Swiggett Poetry Prize for her writing at Princeton. She also acted in Theater Intime and 185 Nassau Street productions.
Mary was awarded a Mellon Fellowship, with which she continued her studies at Yale. After completing coursework there, she moved to Manhattan, where she had planned to complete her dissertation. She worked for the NY Review of Books until June 1995, when she left to concentrate on writing.
Princetonians and others remember Mary for her uncompromisingly keen but flexible intellect; her passion for literature, film and baseball; the fertility of her ideas; her uncanny knack for anagrams and predicting the winners of the Oscars; and the warmth and depth of her friendship. Wrote one, "she . . . activated parts of the souls of those she befriended in a way that makes one fear one may never know them again without the stimulus she so freely offered."
The class extends its deepest sympathy to her mother, Lucy, father Chad '61, and brothers Tom and John.
The Class of 1984