February 7, 2001:
Carl Beier '40
Carl died on Jan. 24,
2000, five days before his 80th birthday. He came to Princeton at
age 16 and was one of the first University Scholars. Carl was active
in theater and began writing poetry, which he continued for most
of his life. Following graduation, Carl became one of the first
directors at CBS television. During WWII, he served in the AAF,
producing and directing pilot-training films. After the war, he
wrote, produced, and directed radio and TV programs in New York,
including an award-winning documentary on atomic power. He was particularly
proud of his success in reestablishing the careers of blacklisted
artists. He taught acting for the American Theater Wing, coached
actors and singers, and directed live theater.
In 1966, he moved to
the Berkshires to create an arts program for Simon's Rock, a junior
college. He later became first head of the arts division at Kirkland
College in Clinton, N.Y., where he lived until his death. Carl returned
to Princeton to read his poetry at a University Chapel service and
an Alumni College. He leaves his wife, Jane, his sister, Charlotte,
daughters Juliet '75, Miranda, and Liane, and grandson Christopher
The Class of 1940
Donald A. Cleaves
Don, one of our most
loyal classmates, died on Oct. 31, just 10 days after attending
the Harvard game with his son, Gerard '76.
Don came to Princeton
from Montclair [N.J.] H.S., majored in modern languages, roomed
with Bill Marlow, and joined Gateway Club.
Going directly into the
Coast Guard after graduation, he was assigned to the Coast Guard
supply depot in Brooklyn and left as a chief petty officer.
After WWII, Don spent
five years teaching in public and private schools, then 10 years
in the insurance business before returning to his first love, teaching.
He retired from Point Pleasant [N.J.] H.S. in 1985 but continued
teaching and taking students on tours through Germany for the Central
Jersey Christian School, Asbury Park, N.J.
Very active in the Ocean
Grove Camp Meeting Assn., he moved there 15 years ago.
Predeceased by his wife,
Cathlene Valk, Don is survived by his sons, Donald W., Gerard W.
*76, and David J. '78, two sisters, Charlotte Cole and Barbara Hegge,
as well as five grandchildren.
The Class of 1941
Prof. Richard Eastman
died at his home on May 29 surrounded by his family. Son of Ford
Eastman 1901, he was born and raised in Erie, Pa.
At Princeton, Dick majored
in chemistry, was a junior Phi Beta Kappa, No-Course Plan, Sigma
Xi, and graduated with highest honors. He roomed variously with
Bartlett, Barr, and Edmonds, and was a member of Elm.
Earning his PhD at Harvard
in 1944, he joined the Stanford U. faculty in 1946 and became a
professor in 1959, retiring emeritus in 1982. He loved teaching
but also published over 40 articles in scientific literature as
well as two textbooks.
He and his wife, Patty,
traveled extensively around the country in their RV, trailing their
boat behind. He is survived by his three sons, Jeff, Richard, and
Thomas, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
The Class of 1941
John Moffat '41
John died June 19. A
Hill School graduate with an illustrious Princeton heritage: father,
Class of '13; grandfather, Class of 1875; great-grandfather, Class
of 1835; a great-uncle, Class of 1883, who was inducted into the
National Football Hall of Fame.
With his first wife,
Lovice Whitall, he settled in Cooperstown. Then, after a second
marriage to equestrian champion Elaine Moore, he devoted himself
to his lifelong love of horses, establishing the Cooperstown Stables,
a thoroughbred breeding and showing farm.
In 1968, he became director
of riding at Mount Holyoke, developing one of the top collegiate
riding programs before he retired in 1984.
John's equestrian career
included studies at the Fulmer School of Horsemanship in England
and the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. He was a licensed and recognized
judge by the American Horse Shows Assn. in hunters, jumpers, and
hunt-seat equitation, and became one of the most distinguished members
of the Professional Horsemen's Assn.
Surviving are his wife,
Elaine Moore Moffat, his first wife, Lovice Quigley, two sons, James
and Michael, two daughters, Sarah and Pamela, nine grandchildren,
one great-grandson, and his cousin, Ted Fuller '41.
The Class of 1941
Edward Joseph Posselius
Jr. '41 *42
Ed died Nov. 19 at his
home in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Coming from the U. of
Detroit H.S., he majored in chemical engineering at Princeton, achieving
Phi Beta Kappa and graduating with honors in 1942. Ed was a member
of Campus Club, serving as secy.-treas.
After school, Poss joined
Standard Oil but left in the late 1940s to join the family business,
the Good Housekeeping shops, where as chief executive he expanded
the firm to 32 shops before liquidating it in 1996.
An avid pianist, Ed was
active in a contemporary music group at St. Clare of Montefalco
Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms until just a few months before
He was predeceased by
his wife, Doris Church, but is survived by his children, a son,
Edward III, his two daughters, Christy Lawrence and Tricia Mooney,
as well as two grandchildren.
The Class of 1941
Samuel Howell Zeigler
We have just learned
that Sam died Apr. 8, 2000, in Edinburgh, Scotland, after a long
A graduate of the Haverford
School, he majored in the school of public and international affairs
at Princeton, winning the summer scholarship award.
He left Princeton at
the end of junior year for work experience at Consolidated Aircraft,
remaining in the industry from 1941-45 as a naval inspector. In
1945, he was posted to the naval school of international languages,
Boulder, Colo., where he completed his study of Russian.
Sam returned to Princeton
in 1946 and received his degree the following year. Employed for
35 years by the Natl. Security Agency, he retired in 1978 to Scotland.
He is survived by his
wife of 54 years, Joanna Gregory Zeigler, two sons, Gregory and
Conway, and a daughter, Marya Anne.
The Class of 1941
LEONARD H. BERNHEIM
Len died in New York
on Sept. 19, 2000, of pancreatic cancer.
Len prepared for Princeton
at Lawrenceville. A member of the freshman crew and later varsity
coxswain, Len belonged to Charter Club.
Len served in the Army, then took a position with Stern, Lauer &
Co., a family brokerage firm, while attending NYU business school.
Becoming a partner with Stern, Lauer in 1965, he ran the firm with
his brother, Charles '57, until it was dissolved in 1978. He then
joined Bear, Stearns & Co. and remained active as a managing
director until he died.
Leonard was deeply involved
in philanthropic and community activities, serving as v.p. and on
numerous committees of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's
Services. He was a trustee and member of the executive committee
of the UJA/Federation, pres. of the board of the Lexington School
for the Deaf, and member of a visiting committee to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art.
Leonard is survived by
his wife, Stephanie, his daughters, Claudia and Erica, and his brother,
Charles. To them the class extends its heartfelt sympathies; to
Leonard's memory, it extends its gratitude for the time and the
resources he so unselfishly dedicated to Princeton.
The Class of 1959
Frederic Mather Lord
*51, Psychology, Feb. 5, 2000
Albert Howard Clark *69,
Physics, Feb. 5, 2000
Wilfred Cantwell Smith
*48, Oriental Languages & Literature, Feb. 7, 2000
Robert Eugene Basye *31,
Mathematics, Feb. 9, 2000
Daniel Noyes Hall *64,
Chemistry, Feb. 15, 2000
Philip Elwyn Arsenault
*59, Romance Languages & Literature, Feb. 16, 2000