21, 2001: Memorials
Adolph William Schmidt
The death of Dolph Schmidt
concludes the career and life of one of our most noted members.
After graduation he studied
in France and Germany, winning honors. He then entered Harvard business
school, graduating in 1929. Returning home to Pittsburgh, he headed
a municipal campaign to better the city. When WWI broke out, he
volunteered for active duty, and, as a lieutenant-colonel, he commanded
OSS operations in Africa. After the war he became a vice president
and governor of the management firm T. Mellon and Sons, in Pittsburgh.
Pres. Eisenhower appointed him our ambassador to Canada, where he
served for five years.
If only there was space
to tell of all the organizations in which Dolph was interested.
They include cofounder of World Crisis Committee, and he was the
US delegate to numerous conferences seeking greater Atlantic solidarity.
Dolph married Helen Mellon,
who survives. Other survivors are his son, Thomas, a daughter, Sedgley
Claire, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
The Class of 1926
CHARLES W. FARNUM
Dusty died Dec. 30, 2000,
in Vero Beach after a brief illness. Prior to his arrival at Princeton,
he attended the Blue Ridge School in Hendersonville, N.C., and Kent
in Kent, Conn.
At Princeton, Dusty won
the W. Lyman Biddle Scholarship, Princeton Club of New York Prize
for freshmen, Class of 1870 Prize in Old English, Class of 1879
Junior Prize in English, and was Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the
Press Club, and vice president of Campus Club.
Dusty joined Bankers
Trust shortly after graduation and remained with the bank until
he retired in 1972 as an executive vice president and director,
except for one interruption. In 1943 he joined the Navy and served
on the eastern sea frontier and the Pacific. He was ground officer
of an aircraft squadron, which was carrier-based on the USS Lexington,
and was discharged in Jan. 1946 as a lieutenant.
He was intensely interested
in the class, serving as president from 1976-81, and was an ex-officio
member of the Princeton Alumni Council. In 1968 he received the
Man of the Year award from the class.
Dusty lost both of his
wives: Dorothy Whitney in 1965 and Charlotte Rappolt in 1987. Surviving
are three children, three stepchildren, one nephew, seven grandchildren,
and seven great-grandchildren. The class extends its deepest sympathy
to the entire family.
The Class of 1931
Abraham S. Bickham
Bud Bickham died Nov.
18, 2000, leaving no survivors of whom we are aware. At Princeton
he studied electrical engineering and was a member of Court Club.
He worked for the A. O. Smith Corp. in Tipp City, Ohio, retiring
in 1974. In retirement he audited courses in physics and mathematics
at the U. of Dayton, served as foreman of the Montgomery County
[Ohio] Grand Jury for four months in early 1980, helped guide visiting
dignitaries to the Dayton Council on World Affairs to places of
local interest, tried, with little success, to understand the economic
plans of our federal government, played tennis (doubles) in the
summer and squash in the winter, but not very well, and traveled
The Class of 1932
Andrew Douglas Hall
Doug, an investment banker,
inventor, and connoisseur of old clocks, died Dec. 10, 2000, in
Durham, N.C. He was 90.
Doug attended Kent School
before coming to Princeton, where he was a member of Quadrangle
Club. He started his career as an investment banker with Bonbright
& Co. and, four years later, moved to Morgan Stanley & Co.
In 1945 he joined Diamond Match Co., subsequently Diamond Intl.
He was elected vice president and assistant treasurer in 1949. In
1950 he was elected financial vice president, and in 1952 he was
elected a director. He resigned as an officer in 1959 and became
a partner of Morgan Stanley & Co. In 1962 he relinquished his
partnership to become financial vice president of Stauffer Chemical
Co., where he was elected a director in 1962. In 1967 he resigned
from Stauffer Chemical and continued in the field as a consultant.
Doug was predeceased
by his wife, who died in 1997. He is survived by two sons, Andrew
Jr. and Benjamin, three daughters, Emlen Hall Ehrlich, Anne Hall,
and Lindsey Cohn, nine grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter,
to whom the class send its condolences.
The Class of 1932
John W. Woods '32
Woody Woods of Gettysburg,
died Aug. 26, 2000, at his home. He was 91.
He was the oldest member
of Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church, in Gettysburg. He graduated
from Mercersburg Academy in 1928 before coming to Princeton, where
he was on the rifle team, the pistol club, and was a member of Whig
Hall. He was a lifelong farmer in Freedom Township.
He is survived by his
wife, Doris Strong Woods, one son, Joseph J., and one daughter,
Mary W. Haag, to whom the class sends its condolences.
The Class of 1932
Edmund Thomas Delaney
Ed Delaney died in Chester,
Conn., on Dec. 17, 2000. He was 86. Ed had mild dementia. He had
left his home one afternoon and did not return. A search by scout
troops and two fire departments resulted in the discovery of his
body in a nearby stream, where he had apparently fallen.
Ed practiced law in New
York for 30 years. In 1970 he moved to Chester, a town which came
to love him and his wife, Barbara, for the active support and beneficence
they gave to it. Ed was described by friends as an attorney, a military
intelligence officer, historian, writer, and benefactor. He attended
town meetings, to which he contributed his constructive wisdom.
He and Barbara served as presidents of the Chester Historical Society
and were instrumental in helping to preserve the old Chester Meeting
Ed loved to write, all
the way back to the days of his thesis at Princeton. He considered
it an addiction. He wrote a hallmark book, The Connecticut River,
in addition to several books on the histories of neighborhoods in
New Torl (including Greenwich). In 1994 he wrote an autobiography
entitled Me Vola.
The family Ed acquired
in Chester and his very own family will miss Ed very much. Barbara
survives him, as do children Topher and Nick, and five grandchildren.
The Class of 1933
John Reed Welsh '36
A resident of Sedona,
Ariz., Jack Welsh died Mar. 2, 2000, after a brief illness. He prepared
at Loomis School, and while at Princeton he majored in engineering
and was a member of Tower Club. Soon after graduation Jack joined
American Brake Shoe Co. and retired after 32 years of service.
Jack will be remembered
in many ways - as the gentle man and loving husband of Elizabeth
for 45 years; the father of Gary, who called him "Pop";
the customer of the drive-in bank teller who affectionately called
him "Grumpy"; the best friend of a man who called him
"Action Jackson"; the man who explored the Southwest with
good friends in their RVs; and the man with the warm brown eyes
that had failed him, but endeared him to his bridge partners.
As a young man Jack was
an avid skier following the snows of upstate New York, a scratch
golfer who was narrowly defeated by Ben Hogan in a regional tournament,
a cross-country pilot in the days of Lindbergh, and a Navy lieutenant
He is survived by his
wife, Elizabeth, son Gary, daughter-in-law Carol Welsh, and two
grandchildren, Geoffrey and Kira.
The Class of 1936
Edward Lane Groff
and fire equipment expert Lane Groff has died. He first married
Juanita Sikes in 1942 and had daughters Valerie in 1944 and Susan
in 1946. His second wife was Maxine, and they had son Lane III in
At Lawrenceville, Lane
was active in musical clubs. At Princeton, he majored in economics
and was manager of the student milk agency, a cadet officer in the
ROTC, and a member of Terrace Club.
His ROTC appointment
in 1941 took him initially through 40 states and a hatful of Army
camps before shipping out with a field artillery battalion on the
western front in Europe. In battles in France and central Europe,
he acted as forward observer with Patch's Seventh Army. He was awarded
a Bronze Star for meritorious service and was discharged in 1945
as a first lieutenant.
Next came working as
an industrial engineer for RCA Victor. In 1961 he formed the Carolina
Fire Equipment Co., sold in 1966, and then was with Pyrene-C-O-Two
as territory representative for fire equipment in four southern
states. He also operated a fast-food operation in the Greenville
area. Next came 21 years in the automobile- and truck-rental business
and then back to Carolina Fire Equipment.
In 1958 he was president
of the Princeton Alumni Assn. of South Carolina.
The Class of 1937
Peter C. Pumyea Jr.
Pete Pumyea, who died
July 20, 2000, came to Princeton from Lawrenceville but left at
the end of freshman year, having been a monitor during the history
lecture period and a program salesman.
He worked for Sheffield
Farms Co. for five years and then a year with Otis Elevator Co.
before he was drafted in 1943 and racked up one of our outstanding
service records, in bomb disposal. After preliminary training he
was transferred to the European Theater of Operations, traveling
through central Europe, northern France, and the Rhineland, ending
up in Regensburg, Germany. He received three campaign stars and
was given the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the enemy
in Germany. He came out unscathed as a technical sergeant in 1946.
He decided not to return
to either of his companies but set himself up as a life insurance
agent in Brooklyn, living in New York, with the side interest of
philatelist. He was then with Prudential Insurance Co. until he
retired in 1979.
Pete married Louise in
1938 but was predeceased, leaving him with sons Peter III and Fred.
The Class of 1937
DESIDERIO XAVIER PARRENO
Our distinguished classmate
and valedictorian, Desi Parreno, died Aug. 27, 2000, in San Jose,
Desi was born in Santiago
de Cuba and attended the Newman School in Lakewood, N.J. At Princeton
he majored in English, won the Class of 1870 Junior Prize in English
literature, and graduated with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa. He
was also Nassau Lit board chair, a Daily Princetonian columnist,
and a member of Dial Lodge.
In our Ten Years Out
book, Desi reported that he was president of his own company, La
Maritima, S. A., comprised of a shipping terminal and bonded warehouses,
and that he was also on the board of a nonprofit organization which
presented plays to a subscription audience in Havana. During this
period he also wrote short stories that appeared in Liberty magazine.
After the 1959 Castro
takeover of all his property in Cuba, Desi moved to Spain, where
he lived for 20 years, then moved to Costa Rica in 1980.
Desi never married and
is not known to be survived by any close relatives. His brother,
Albert J. '41, predeceased him in 1972.
The Class of 1938
Bill died on Dec. 14,
2000, in Jackson Hole, Wyo., his vacation home since 1937 and permanent
At Princeton, Bill was
manager of our varsity track team, belonged to Charter Club, and
graduated with a degree (Phi Beta Kappa) in chemistry.
His entire working career
was spent with DuPont in Wilmington, Del., mostly centered in research
and development and preparation of new ventures.
As secretary of our class
for over 31 years, Bill will be remembered fondly by the many classmates
with whom he corresponded so faithfully, as well as for his constant
appearances at our reunions, where he often played his trumpet with
our 8-Ball jazz band.
Wherever he lived, Bill
was deeply involved in his community life through his church and
his music. Bill's wife of 60 years, Helen, predeceased him in 1997,
and his son, Robert, was an early Vietnam casualty. Bill is survived
by his sister, Sarah Kreker, his daughter-in-law, Kathryn Tams,
his son, James, and grandchildren Sarah, Robert, and William Tams,
as well as his many classmates, all of whom will severely miss his
lifelong friendship, generosity, and kindness.
The Class of 1938
Frederic Leake Jr.
Ted died July 7, 2000,
in Beaufort, S.C., where he had moved after he retired from a 40-year
association with NL Industries (National Lead) located in Charleston,
W.Va. He married Frances Dean Reed in 1942. In the same year he
was commissioned an ensign USNR but received a medical discharge
in 1943. They had two sons, Frederic III and Dean, and a daughter,
Ann, before they divorced. In 1956 Ted married Ann "Mitzi"
Detamore, with whom he had a second daughter, Susan. What we know
of Ted's life comes largely from what he wrote of it in our major
reunion books. Coming to us from Exeter, he majored in chemical
engineering and was a member of Ivy. He said his athletics were
strictly limited to golf and claimed to be as inactive as he could
possibly arrange things. He was a member of the Royal Pines Golf
Club and the Princeton and Exeter Alumni Associations.
He is survived by his
two sons and two daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren,
and his sister, Shirley Tower. We offer them our sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1939
MARIUS BERTHUS JANSEN
Marius died Dec. 10,
2000. He was born in the Netherlands, coming to Princeton from Wrentham
[Massachusetts] H.S. He majored in history at Princeton, graduating
in 1943 summa cum laude; he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Following three years
of military service in Okinawa and Japan as a member of Army counter
intelligence, he turned his interest from European to Japanese history,
earning his doctorate at Harvard. He began teaching at the U. of
Washington. He came to Princeton in 1959, where he directed the
program in East Asian studies (1962- 68) and was the first chair
of the new department of East Asian studies (1969-72).
Marius received many
honors, including the Behrman Award for excellence in the teaching
of humanities, the presidency of the Assn. for Asian Studies, and,
from the Emperor of Japan, the Order of the Sacred Treasure. He
wrote over 20 books, including Sakainoto Ryoina and the Meiji Restoration,
and in 2000 Harvard U. Press published his magisterial The Making
of Modern Japan.
He is survived by his
wife of 52 years, Jean Hamilton Jansen, his daughter, Maria, and
three grandchildren. To them and to his many former students and
classmates to whom he meant so much, the class extends regrets.
The Class of 1944
Lawrence J. Lincoln *37,
Civil Engineering, June 27, 2000
Craig Thompson Stockdale
*34, Economics, July 3, 2000
William Jacob Newman
*50, History, July 9, 2000
Robert Benjamin Sutton
*36, Mathematics, July 15, 2000
Jonathan Newbold Hough
*31, Classics, July 22, 2000
John Rupert Martin *47,
Art & Archaeology, July 26, 2000
John Wilder Tukey *39,
Mathematics, July 26, 2000
Mohammed A. Dahleh *87,
Applied & Computational Math, July 29, 2000
Arthur Harold Stone *41,
Mathematics, Aug. 6, 2000