February 21, 2001:
Orvel Sebring '26
Orvel died on Dec. 20,
1999, of Parkinson's disease. He was born June 24, 1905.
Though a resident of
Pennsylvania since 1933, Orvel considered Florida, where his father
and grandfather in 1911 pioneered a town bearing the family name
and established the citrus industry in the center of the state,
his home state.
Orvel was a member of
Tower Club and the Triangle Club at Princeton. He served the class
as pres., secy., and was a member of the committee that inaugurated
the faculty/alumni forum program at Alumni Day and reunions. The
Princeton Club of Philadelphia was very active under his leadership
as pres. during the 1960s. He was also chair of the Princeton committee
to nominate alumni trustees.
Orvel graduated from
Harvard law school in 1933 and became an associate of the Philadelphia
law firm Morgan, Lewis & Rockius. He eventually became a senior
partner and retired in 1976.
Orvel was a director
of many organizations, including the Bryn Mawr Hospital, and was
an elder of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. He married Margaret
Dulles in 1935, and they lived in Villanova, Pa., for 50 years before
moving to Dunwoody Village in 1986, where his wife died in 1997.
He is survived by three children and their spouses, Margaret Sebring
Southerland, Heatly Dulles Sebring MD '62, and Milbrey Sebring Raney,
six grandchildren (including two grandsons, Princeton '98 and '01),
and two great-grandchildren.
The Class of 1926
Jut was born July 27,
1909, in Bradford, N.Y., and spent most of his early life in various
New Jersey towns, including Elmira, Millport, Glen Falls, and Elizabeth.
He attended Battin H.S. and, at Princeton, won honors as a member
of the track team, the Triangle Club, symphony orchestra, and Whig
Hall. A few more years and Jut forsook New Jersey and moved to New
York, where he remained until his death on July 2, 2000.
After graduation Jut
entered Harvard law school but left after a year to study English
literature at Columbia. He then studied fiction at NYU. None of
this proved fruitful, and so, on a more prosaic angle, he became
the RCA representative for Long Island with the Bruno, N.Y., firm.
Justus is survived by
his wife, Helen Merolla, and two daughters, Susan Park and Joan
Lauri. The class extends its sincerest sympathy to the entire family.
The Class of 1931
William Strong Babcock
Bill died of a heart
attack on Nov. 24, 2000, eight days after the death of his wife,
Dinah. They had been married for 51 years. He was 89 years old.
Bill graduated from Princeton
with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of the
rugby club. He enjoyed his occasional return visits to the campus
for reunions. In particular, he enjoyed the 40th reunion in 1973,
which coincided with his son, Keith's, graduation from Princeton.
Bill spent the majority of his work life with RCA. He worked at
the Camden, N.J., plant for more than 25 years. One of the high
points of his working experience was helping to develop the transmission
equipment for the lunar rover on the first moon landing in 1969.
Bill died in Haddonfield,
N.J., where he had lived since 1950. He is survived by his daughter,
Janet Klagholz, his son, Keith M., a sister, Nancy, and two grandchildren.
Bill will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
The Class of 1933
OLIVER CROMWELL MUNSON
Oliver died on Jan. 13,
2000, at his home in Ft. Lauderdale after a struggle with cancer.
Oliver, a resident of Babylon, Long Island, N.Y., entered Princeton
from the Peddie School. At Princeton he was a member of Charter
Club, but departed for service as a Navy officer aboard the USS
Laffey, a destroyer stationed in the Pacific theater. Upon his return
he married the former Helen Jenkins of Manhasset, Long Island, and
took up residence in that town, later moving to Huntington, Long
Island. He became an executive of Grinnell Lithographic Co., becoming
pres. and CEO of Grinnell, a position he held until his death. He
and Helen had a son, Raeburn. Helen died in 1989, after an extended
battle with cancer.
Oliver moved to Ft. Lauderdale
and married Sheryl, who survives him, along with Raeburn and granddaughters
Pamela and Paige. Oliver was a lifetime member of the New York Athletic
Club and was a member of the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale.
He was an orchid grower and a member of several orchid societies.
In 1995, a Vanda orchid was named in his honor.
The class extends its
sympathy to all.
The Class of 1945
George Richard N.
H. Nash '45
Dick died on July 22,
2000. Born in Menton, France, Dick grew up in Washington, DC, and
Warrenton, Va., spending his summers at Castine in Maine. Dick did
not enter Princeton with the class but joined us from Exeter a year
later as his brother Philip entered with the Class of '46. At Princeton,
Dick was in the ROTC program, was commissioned in field artillery,
and served with the 90th Infantry Division in George Patton's Third
Army, seeing extensive combat in France and Germany. Upon his return
to Princeton, he joined Triangle Club and was a member of Cap and
Gown. As capt. of the golf team, Dick was famed for winning a match
against Navy with a hole-in-one on the 18th green. Golfers Bill
Campbell and Tom Horn became lifelong friends. Dick received a degree
in English in 1948 and was active in securities markets until the
1980s, when he turned to his primary interest in life, inner spiritual
concentration. Dick joined various groups organized by gurus and
other mystics in such exotic locales as India and Puerto Rico in
addition to the western US.
In addition to brother
Phil, Dick is survived by two daughters, Sophie Ours and Emily Morse,
as well as by five grandchildren and two sisters. The class extends
its sympathy to all.
The Class of 1945
HARRIS BATES STEWART
Apr. 25, 2000, after a battle with cancer. He entered Princeton
from Exeter. His Princeton connections include his grandfather,
George 1876, his father, Harry B. '03, his uncle, Weir '15, and
his cousin, Weir Jr. '45. Stew's Princeton studies were interrupted
by service as a first lt. with the Fifth Army Air Force in the Pacific,
seeing combat over New Guinea and the Philippines. After graduation
in 1948 with a geology degree, Stew became an English teacher at
Hotchkiss. He then joined the US Coast and Geodetic Survey, where
he became one of the foremost oceanographers in the world. Stew
began his publication success with The Global Sea and Deep Challenge,
both of which gave a lay explanation of oceanography. Stew also
published Id of the Squid, No Dinosaurs in the Ark, Grungy George,
Sloppy Sally, and Injections of Hospital Humor. His crowning publication
was a collection of oceanographic essays published last year, The
Unpredictable Mistress. In the 1980s, Stew retired from government
to become director of the Center for Marine Studies at Old Dominion
U. In 1959 Stew married Elise Cunningham, who died from cancer in
1988. Subsequently, Stew married Louise Conant Thompson, sister
of Dodie Carothers, wife of classmate Stuart. Louise preceded Stew
in death by four weeks.
Stew is survived by daughter
Dorothy Barrett, son Harry, sister Ann Birch, brother John, and
The Class of 1945
Robert Carroll Riggelman
*89, Molecular Biology, Feb. 17, 2000
Antonio Edward Chavez
*77, Woodrow Wilson School, Mar. 5, 2000
Leslie Elizabeth Mason
*85, Architecture, Mar. 11, 2000
Harold Basowitz *51,
Psychology, Mar. 13, 2000
Michael Ivan Austrian
*64, Politics, Mar. 15, 2000
milton Norbert Brutten
*43, Modern Languages & Literature, Mar. 16, 2000
Clement Wilson Fairweather
Jr. *42, English, Mar. 17, 2000
Joe Webb Peoples *32,
Geology, Mar. 21, 2000
Melvin Willard Ecke *51,
History, Mar. 27, 2000
Harold Lloyd James *45,
Geology, Apr. 2, 2000
John Mickle Hemphill
II *64, History, Apr. 3, 2000