March 7, 2001: Memorials

Talbot Curtin '27

Tal Curtin died on Aug. 16, 1999. Tal, a leader of the Princeton Club of Rochester, N.Y., served there as pres., treas., secy., and director. He hailed from the environs of NYC, where he prepared for Princeton at Brooklyn Polytech. He was a member of Tower Club.

After Princeton, he earned both an MBA and LLB. Tal married Janet McGregor in 1934, and they had two sons. He rose to the presidency of the Keelox Manufacturing Co. of Rochester, manufacturer of carbon paper and inked ribbons, interrupted only by service in the Naval Aviation Service during WWII, from which he retired to the reserves with the rank of lt. commander. Tal retired from Keelox in 1968 and, at the time of our 60th reunion, was living in Sanibel, Fla.

In addition to his two sons, Talbot and William, he leaves four grandchildren and one great-grandchild, to all of whom the class extends its condolences.

The Class of 1927

John McNaughton Myers '27

Mac Myers, who died on Apr. 23, 1999, was a proverbial pillar of the community in his birthplace and hometown of Mercersburg, Pa., where he had prepared at Mercersburg Academy. His undergraduate years were interrupted by illness, but he graduated with a major in electrical engineering in 1928. After some years with Bell Telephone, he served in a civilian capacity with the Army Signal Corps during WWII and then returned to Mercersburg to take the reins of his father's prominent department store. He took on numerous civic responsibilities as mayor, as director or officer of the First Natl. Bank of Mercersburg, the Mercersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Mercersburg Development Assn., the Franklin County Children's Aid Society, and the James Buchanan Joint School District, and as a member of the Borough Council.

He served as elder, trustee, and Sunday School superintendent of the Presbyterian Church of Mercersburg, and was active in the Princeton Club of Harrisburg and the Tuscarora Area Community Theater. Mac's wife of 43 years died in 1976. The class extends its condolences to his survivors, who include two daughters, Mabel M. Pearce and Trudy M. Clark, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous relatives in the Princeton family.

The Class of 1927

Valentine C. Putz '27

The class was saddened to learn of the death of Val Putz on Apr. 19, 1999. Born in NYC, he prepared for Princeton at Islip H.S., where he was active in the debating society and basketball. At Princeton, he majored in politics, was a member of Gateway Club, and participated in crew and Glee Club. A self-employed attorney, he was still practicing at the time of our 60th reunion. He was married twice, but has no survivors.

The Class of 1927


Carl died Oct. 21, 2000. He was 94. At Princeton, he played hockey and lacrosse. He was on the cabinet of the Philadelphian Society and was a member of Cloister Inn.

He was an independent thinker, as evidenced by the fact that he invented his own diving equipment and flew his own airplane when there were few of them around. His life was devoted to the Foreign Service, being one of 30 chosen out of 3,000 taking the entrance exams. His posts included Zurich, Haiti, Ottawa, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, and Trinidad.

At age 50, he took early retirement and moved back to Princeton, where he served as assistant secy. of the Graduate Council. He was active in local environmental affairs, such as the Herrontown Woods and Princeton Battlefield Preservation. For 20 years, he was a trustee of the American Institute for Economic Research.

He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Macphail, a daughter, Anne Corson, a son, Dr. Anthony Breuer, a sister, Annie Reynolds, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. To all of them, the class extends its profound sympathy.

The Class of 1929


"Pop" Howley died on Sept. 1, 2000. He was 93. At Princeton, he was Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended Harvard law school, graduating in 1932, and was with the firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine until WWII, when he followed "Wild Bill" Donovan, senior partner of the firm, into the Office of Strategic Services (now the CIA), which Gen. Donovan headed throughout the war. After the war, together with Leonard Hall, who was later the Republican national chair, and William Casey, who later headed the Securities and Exchange Commission and the CIA, they formed the law firm of Hall, Casey, Dickler and Howley, a renowned law firm.

He retired to his farm in Milbrook, N.Y., but after several years of "deadly boring retirement" as he described it, he returned to the practice of law and guided his new firm to become the preeminent general practice firm in the Hudson Valley. He suffered a stroke several months after the death of his wife, Gertrude, in 1994, after 53 years of marriage. He served for years as a trustee of Bennett College and was a warden of St. Peter's Church in Lithgow, N.Y.

He is survived by a daughter, Jane Cannon, two grandchildren, Amanda Grauer and Jeffrey Grauer, and a brother, James. To all of them, the class extends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1929

William D'Olier Lippincott '41

We lost a most illustrious classmate with the death of Bill Lippincott on Nov. 25, 2000.

Graduating from St. Georges School, he roomed with Brooks Wall all four years, joined junior year by "Greer" Fuller, "Snake" Hundley, "Yak" Yardley, "Crawdy" Madeira, and "Bim" Burham, all Class of '40. They were replaced senior year by "Porky" Young, John Davies, and Hugh Lewis.

This group kept together for years with mini-reunions in Princeton, Little Compton, R.I., Biddeford, Maine, and Martha's Vineyard.

Bill was pres. of Ivy Club and pres. of the Inter-Club Committee.

Entering service in Oct. 1941, he was an instructor in the field artillery school, Fort Bragg, before being assigned to the 10th Army headquarters, Pacific theater, retiring as major.

Bill's career at Princeton began as assistant dean of the college. He then became associate dean and later a very popular dean of students, retiring in 1972 as executive director of the Alumni Council.

He served for some years as a trustee of St. George's School.

Surviving are his former wife, Ellen Kappes Lippincott, nephew Walter Lippincott '60, niece Helen Jennings, six step-grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his former wife, Eleanor Hallowell Lapsley.

The Class of 1941

John William Sease '41

John died on Nov. 12. After attending Rutgers Preparatory School, he came to Princeton and immediately immersed himself in the chemistry department, earning Sigma XI, Phi Beta Kappa, and graduating with highest honors. Rooming variously with Paul Miller, Ben Sanford, John Beatty, and Larry Ackard, he was a member of Dial Lodge.

He earned his doctorate at the California Institute of Technology and then joined the faculty of Wesleyan U. in 1946 in the chemistry department, retiring in 1988. He continued to teach as professor, emeritus, especially in environmental chemistry, for the next 10 years. He served as department chair of the chemistry department and also as head of the building committee for the Hall-Atwater Laboratory.

John had a lifelong interest in railroads and steam locomotives and was an active model railroader. He and his wife, Mary Lieurance Sease, traveled extensively and particularly enjoyed sailing.

Recently, he devoted himself to the care of his wife of 57 years, who survived him for just six weeks. He is survived by his four children, Margaret Skiles, Catherine, Ann Monoyios '72 *74, and John '73; five grandchildren, including Kalliopi Monoyios '00, as well as extensive family.

The Class of 1941


Ev died Dec. 3, 2000, at Evanston [Ill.] Hospital, after a long period of failing health. His business career was devoted mostly to print sales in magazines, newspapers, and trade papers that eventually brought him to Winnetka, where he made his home for over 40 years.

Ev prepared at Choate, majored in modern languages at Princeton, and was a member of Cottage Club. During WWII, he spent nearly four years in the Army infantry and the OSS in France and China. Parachuted behind enemy lines in southern France, he operated with the French resistance as the Germans retreated after the allied landing in June 1944. With the rank of capt., he was awarded the Croix de Guerre with palm mounting in diamonds, the Purple Heart, and four battle stars with arrowhead.

After the war, he sold space for Printer's Ink in NYC and the St. Louis Globe Democrat before becoming v.p. and Chicago sales manager for Million Market Newspapers, and later midwest manager of Petersen Publishing Co. He rounded out his career in management consulting, first with his own firm, and then with James Kittleman & Assoc., Inc.

To his widow, Jeanne, his children, Ruth and James, and to his two grandchildren, the class offers its condolences.

The Class of 1942


Dave died Sept. 26, 2000, at Lynchburg [Va.] General Hospital following a heart attack. After a long and distinguished career in education, Dave retired in 1987 as professor of Asian studies at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, but had begun teaching two courses there last fall.

Preparing at Mercersburg Academy, Dave joined our class but left during senior year to become a naval intelligence officer, eventually lt. commander, in Washington and the Pacific theater. After WWII, he married Laura, received an MA and a PhD from Yale, and spent 12 years in government service, here and abroad. In 1962 he was selected as director of the Tri-College Asian studies program at Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon, and Sweet Briar, until 1965, when he joined the faculty of Randolph-Macon. Active in many civic organizations, he also led a number of trips abroad to study Asian culture. Dave was always a dedicated Princetonian, attending reunions, and leaving a lasting impression of his wit and humor at the first '42 mini-reunion in Skytop, Pa.

The class joins his wife, Laura, his children, Laura, David, and Alex, and his eight grandchildren in mourning the loss of a wonderful friend, husband, and father.

The Class of 1942


Henry died in NYC on Oct. 27, 2000, after a long illness. He was a trust and estates partner at the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, where he spent his entire law career.

Coming to Princeton from the Hill School, Henry majored in history, graduating with highest honors. He won the Lawrence Hutton prize in history, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of Gateway Club. After earning his LLB at Harvard in 1944, he joined Sullivan & Cromwell.

Before becoming pres. of the Princeton Club of New York, Henry served as a director for more than 10 years. He was also a director of the New York County Lawyers Assn. He never married.

To the family and friends of this distinguished member of the legal profession, the class offers its sincere sympathies.

The Class of 1942


Sandy died at home, in San Rafael, Calif., Sept. 9, 2000, of a brain tumor. He retired in 1984 from a long and distinguished law career in San Francisco.

Coming to Princeton from the DeVeaux School, Sandy majored in history, graduating with honors, and was a member of Key & Seal Club. During WWII, he served in the Pacific theater as a Navy lt. aboard the destroyer Bronson. Receiving a law degree from Cornell after the war, he moved to California in 1949, joining the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. He formed his own practice some years later. Sandy attended reunions regularly with his wife, Marjo, who predeceased him. After retiring, he remained active in the Bohemian Club and served on the board of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory.

To his companion, Barbara Wornum; to his sons, Timothy and Michael; and to his four grandchildren, the class extends sincere sympathies.

The Class of 1942


Bill died Sept. 17, 2000, in Houston. He retired in 1983 after a career with Union Carbide Co. and M. W. Kellogg.

Preparing for Princeton at the Kent School, Bill majored in chemical engineering and was a member of Terrace Club. Joining the Carbide & Carbon Chemical Corp. (subsequently Union Carbide) in Charleston, W.Va., after graduation, he embarked on a long career in chemical plant design and construction, with managerial positions in Texas City and Houston. His work in the international division took him to many countries through the years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace.

To his sons, Bill, Bob, and Peter, and to his four grandchildren, the class offers its most profound condolences.

The Class of 1942

Charles A. Brown '46

Treas. Charlie Brown, age 77, died of cancer on Nov. 11, 2000, in West Chester, Pa., where he lived and near where he was born. He prepared for Princeton at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. Entering Princeton in 1942, then serving two years as a Marine first lt. in Guam, Hawaii, and China, Charlie returned to play varsity football and other sports and graduated as a history major in 1948.

His career of some 37 years with Owens-Corning Fiberglass took the Browns (he married Elizabeth Broadbent in 1948), to Ohio, Madison, N.J., Strafford, Pa., Des Peres, Mo., and the Philadelphia area, where he retired in 1985. An avid golfer, Charlie's lifelong rival was his twin brother, Walter (Yale '45). He was an active church member of Wayne Presbyterian and was always strong in class affairs, having served as v.p., class agent, and treas. since 1991.

Surviving are his widow, Betty, sons Charles III '72, Michael, and Craig, daughter Katharine, brother Walter, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. To all the family, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1946

Ralph t. Gordon '46

Ralph died Nov. 28, 2000, of lung cancer in California, where he made his home in Belvedere with his wife of 54 years, Patricia. He came to Princeton from the Hill School in 1942 to major in politics. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943-45, flying B-17 bombers as an instructor, then as squadron leader on 33 missions, mainly over Italy.

After returning to graduate in 1948, Ralph, who married Pat in 1946, moved to California to join Equitable Life Insurance Co. He retired after 31 years as area v.p. Ralph enjoyed boating and golf and was active with the Princeton Alumni Assn. Western Conference.

Surviving, in addition to Pat, are their sons, Tom (Ralph T. III) and Lindsay, and eight grandchildren. The class expresses its profound sympathy to them on the loss of our loyal classmate.

The Class of 1946

Corty Herbst '46

Corty died Nov. 19, 2000, near his home in Maharees, Castlegregory, in County Kerry, Ireland. He had lived there since 1969 with his wife, Joan, whom he married in 1961. He had a real estate business until 1985, retiring to part-time journalism.

Corty was born in Minneapolis and prepped at the Landon School in Bethesda, Md. He spent only freshman year at Princeton, entering the Army Air Corps in June 1943. After service in Italy, he studied at George Washington and American Universities in Washington, DC. He worked there as a realtor. In Ireland, he became an enthusiast of the currach, a type of sailboat, and officiated races at the Maharees Regatta Committee.

His brother, William P. III '44, predeceased him in 1985. To Joan, Corty' s widow, the class extends its sympathy.

The Class of 1946

Lawrence E. Hess jr. '46

Larry died Nov. 30, 2000, of cancer, at home in Fort Washington, Pa. He was 77. He came to Princeton in June 1942 after graduating from Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pa. He accepted appointment to the Naval Academy in 1943 and graduated in 1946 with a BS. He then served in WWII and the Korean War on duty aboard several ships. He was later stationed at the Judge Advocate General's Office while attending George Washington law school, graduating juris doctor with honors in 1954. He retired a lt. commander in 1966 to practice law in Fort Washington, Pa.

Larry earned Navy letters in crew and football and enjoyed swimming and golf. He served on church and school boards and was pres. of retired naval officers associations. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jane Strayer, two children, Cdr. Lawrence E. Hess and Charlotte Cardwell, three grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren. To them all, the class extends its sympathy.

The Class of 1946

John B. Rhodes '46

John, 75, died Nov. 10, 2000, of lung cancer in NYC, where he lived with his wife, Joan.

Born in Pittsburgh, "Dusty" joined the class in June 1942 as an engineering major. After service as a lt. in the Marines, 1943-45, he graduated BSE in 1946. He joined California Texas Oil working in Arabia and India, served in Korea from 1951-52 with the Marine Corps, and joined Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. in New York in 1959, retiring as vice chair in 1990. He led his firm into business in the Middle East, Latin America, USSR, and China.

John served as chair of the US Business and Industry Advisory Committee of the OECD, as board member of the Intl. Executive Service Corp., and at Columbia U. graduate business school.

An avid skier, he wintered with his family in Klosters, Switzerland, and summered in Nantucket, where he enjoyed sailing.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joan, his children, John III '79, Mark L. '81, and Lydia R. Petty '84, and eight grandchildren. The class extends its sympathy to them.

The Class of 1946

Roger W. Wescott '46 *48

Roger died Nov. 21, 2000, at home in Southbury, Conn., where he lived in retirement with his wife of 55 years, Hilja. Born in Philadelphia, he came to Princeton from Exeter in July 1942 to major in English. He graduated summa cum laude in 1945 and earned his MA and PhD at Princeton in Oriental languages and literature in 1948. A Phi Beta Kappa, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and obtained an Oxford degree in 1952.

A master of history, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics, he taught at MIT, Boston U., Michigan, Southern Connecticut State, Wilson College, and Drew U. He hosted several radio programs, wrote over 180 articles, published 13 books, including The Divine Animal (Funk & Wagnalls, 1969), and lectured in many countries. At Drew from 1966-88, he established a popular anthropology course in "futuristics."

He is survived by Hilja and two sons, Walter and Wayne. To them the class extends its condolences.

The Class of 1946


Pete Lincoln died Aug. 6, 2000, in Manhattan from a recurrence of renal cell carcinoma, which he had battled since 1986. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Cheltenham H.S. At Princeton, he ate at Tower Club and graduated cum laude in psychology before receiving his PhD in clinical psychology from NYU. He performed his internship at New York Psychiatric Institute. Later, Peter combined private practice with numerous professional affiliations, most recently heading up an outpatient program at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, where he worked until five weeks before his death. The New York State Psychological Assn., where he served in many executive capacities, has named one of its events "The Peter G. Lincoln Clinical Internship Fair."

Pete's oldest son, Kai, was killed in 1993 in Somalia while a member of the UN Peacekeeping Force. He is survived by his children, Justin and Kara, his life partner of 20 years, Mary McCorry, his parents, Ray and Jerry, a brother, Joe '70, and a sister, Lisa. The class extends its sympathy to all of them on the loss of this fine individual whose focus in life was relieving the suffering of others and who was determined to make the most of what life provides.

The Class of 1965


Our dear friend Roger Lichty died Oct. 6, 2000, of complications from a heart attack.

At Princeton, Roger established solid, long-lasting friendships with his classmates and roommates. He was a member of Tower Club and was a drummer in the band. His academic interests included English literature, in which he graduated cum laude and, more particularly, E. M. Forster, on whom he wrote his senior thesis.

Roger had a great sense of humor, and you could always count on a new joke or two every time you spoke to him. Roger was fiercely loyal to his wife, LeeLee, his children, his sister, his friends, his faith, and to Princeton. He worked tirelessly on the schools committee and fundraising.

Roger held a law degree (U. of Colorado) and an MBA (Denver U.) and spent most of his career as a central counsel in the independent oil and gas business.

Roger was a loyal and true-blue friend, and we will miss him greatly. The class wishes to express its deepest sympathy to Roger's wife, LeeLee, his four daughters, Beth, Kallie, LaLa, and VeeVee, and to Roger's sister, Priscilla.

The Class of 1967


Scott died on Mar. 18, 2000, as a result of an auto accident that also claimed his wife, Janis. Scott and Janis were taking their 14-year-old son, Zachary, and a friend to a Saturday morning soccer game. Miraculously, both boys survived the accident.

Scott came to Princeton from Kennedy H.S. in Plainview, N.Y., where he played lacrosse and soccer and was class valedictorian. At Princeton, Scott played lacrosse and was a member of Charter Club. He majored in economics, graduated magna cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

After graduating from Harvard law school in 1977, Scott joined the legal staff of the FTC in Washington, DC. When he died, Scott was a partner specializing in the energy industry at the firm of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman.

Scott was a committed husband and father who was wholeheartedly devoted to his family. He maintained his close ties to Princeton over the years, and was active in Princeton alumni activities, including the schools committee, fundraising for our 25th reunion, and the Friends of Princeton Lacrosse. Scott's friends and family will always remember his rare combination of brilliance, humor, compassion, and humility. Scott is survived by his children, Zachary and Mollie, his parents, Samuel and Ruth Klurfeld, and his brother, Larry '70. Our class extends its deepest sympathy to the entire family.

The Class of 1974

Graduate Deaths

John Paul Blewett *36, Physics, Apr. 7, 2000

Gerald Joseph Garvey *62, Politics, Apr. 9, 2000

Richard Dana Cramer *49, Architecture, Apr. 21, 2000

Paul Richer Evans *64, Music, May 13, 2000

Francis Bowman Clough *51, Chemistry, June 1, 2000

Kevin Lloyd Hartzell *89, Sociology, June 3, 2000

Leonard Rex Criminale *49, Modern Languages & Literature, June 5, 2000

Roger Beatty Sutton *43, Physics, June 6, 2000

Louis John Sayegh Jr. *59, Chemistry, June 11, 2000

Charles Stanley Ogilvy *39, Mathematics, June 21, 2000

William Sutherland Blair *41, Economics, June 21, 2000

George Abraham Snow *50, Physics, June 24, 2000