May 16, 2001:
William M. Larrabee
and retired executive of AT&T, William M. Larrabee died Aug.
31, 2000, at Fairfax, Va. He was 97.
William was a longtime
resident of Great Neck, N.Y., and in 1983 he moved to Virginia.
He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton and held an MBA from
He served on the local
and national board of directors of the Nature Conservancy of the
US and also was a professor and dean in the graduate school of business
of Long Island U., in New York. In retirement he continued to be
physically active in worldwide travel, golf, and activities centered
on wildlife photography.
Survivors include his
sons, Robert and Allan, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
After 63 years of marriage, Dorothy Larrabee predeceased her husband
The Class of 1925
HORACE H. WILSON '25
Hank Wilson died June
23, 2000, in Carmel, Calif. He was 95. His career was in life insurance,
starting with his father's General Agency for Equitable Life. He
took over the agency in 1936 and subsequently went on to become
a senior vice president and director of Equitable, in charge of
all group insurance. His career was interrupted by WWII. He started
as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery and ended in Washington,
DC, as a lieutenant-colonel, where he earned the Legion of Merit.
Hank was active in Princeton
affairs. He was class treasurer and one of the founders of the '25
Foundation. He also served on the boards of Lahey Clinic Foundation
and Monterey County Symphony, and he was CEO of United Student Aid
Funds. He was a member of the Nassau Club and the Princeton Clubs
of New York and Northern California.
Hank's first wife, Alice
Pratt, died after 45 years of marriage. He subsequently married
Julia, who survives him, as do a daughter, Ann Wilson Evans, a son,
John A. '50, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
The Class of 1925
John C. NORMAN '29
Jack died Mar. 2, 2001.
He prepared for Princeton at Louisville Male H.S., where he was
captain of the football team and held an individual scoring record
that lasted 30 years. At Princeton he was an outstanding football
player, president of Tower Club, and chair of the Inter-Club Committee.
Following graduation he went into the lumber business in Louisville
and became president of the Norman Lumber Co. He had been a member
of the vestry and senior warden of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal
Church. He was also a past president of Family and Children's Agency
of Louisville, a board member of the Arthritis Foundation, Louisville
Health and Welfare Council, Neighborhood House, and the Tuberculosis
Assn. He was a member of the Louisville Country Club and the Wynn-Stay
In 1933 he married Eleanor
Evans, who predeceased him. They had three daughters and one son.
Surviving are Martha N. Pepples and John Jr., five grandchildren,
and five great-grandchildren, as well as a nephew, Jonathan V. III
'59. To all of them, '29 extends its deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1929
Harold B. Wells Jr.
Feb. 17, 2001, at Moorestown, N.J. He was 94. He came to Princeton
from Bordentown, Mich., and was a member of the Wesley Club executive
committee and a member of Arbor Inn. After graduation he attended
the U. of Pennsylvania law school and entered the practice of law
in Bordentown with the firm of Wells, Hillman and Wells. He had
been president of the Burlington county bar association, president
of the Bordentown Rotary Club, and a member of American Judicature
In addition, he was superintendent
of the Methodist Sunday School in Bordentown, and a trustee of Burlington
Library and the Visiting Nurse Assn. During WWII he was a member
of the New Jersey Selective Service advisory board and Burlington
County war price and rationing board.
He is survived by a son
and daughter-in-law, Harold B. III and Mary Wells, a daughter and
son-in-law, Viola B. and Elwyn Gibbs, a sister, Elizabeth Hann,
a sister-in-law, Margaret Wells, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
To all of them, '29 extends its deep sympathy.
The Class of 1929
Harold R. Hawkey '32
Hal died Jan. 9, 2001,
after a very brief illness in Medina, Wash., where he had moved
from Montclair, N.J., just a year ago to be near family. He lived
most of his 89 years within less than an hour's drive from Princeton.
He was a member of the first crew team Princeton ever sent to the
Henley Regatta in 1931. He was a member of Dial Lodge. In 1935 he
graduated from Columbia law school.
For 55 years, Hal was
manager and attorney for the Employers' Assn. of North Jersey, retiring
three weeks before moving to Washington. (He said the only thing
he disliked about the move was that he was now unemployed.)
Hal and Marion, his wife
of 64 years, traveled extensively for pleasure but always had time
for their beloved Truro, Cape Cod, where they had a summer residence
for 45 years. Hal was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the
Montclair Golf Club.
Surviving are Marion,
a son, G. Michael Hawkey '63, a daughter, Marianne Langenbach, and
The Class of 1932
William B. Kerkam
Bill, a retired patent,
copyright, and trademark lawyer who had practiced in the Washington,
DC, area for 50 years before he retired in 1985, died of respiratory
failure Feb. 18, 2001, at his home in Lewes, Del. He was 89.
Bill was a graduate of
St. Albans School in his native Washington. At Princeton he majored
in chemistry and physics. In 1935 he graduated from George Washington
U.'s law school. He served on active duty in the Army during WWII
and retired from the Reserves in the mid-1950s as a lieutenant-colonel.
He began his professional
career in 1935, when he joined his father's Washington law firm,
Cameron, Kerkam & Sutton. He retired from the law as a senior
partner in the Falls Church law firm of Kerkam, Stowell, Kondracki
Bill was a member of
the Lewes Historical Society. His hobbies included sailing and woodworking.
His first wife, the former
Elizabeth Howison Gill, whom he married in 1935, died in 1987. His
second wife, the former Joan H. Goodwyn, whom he married in 1989,
died in 1999.
Survivors include three
sons from his first marriage, William III, James G., and Stephen
H., and five grandchildren.
The Class of 1932
James Alfred Avirett
Jim Avirett died Feb.
10, 2001, at his home in Cumberland, Md., of a heart attack. He
I believe there was no
member of our class who worked longer and more industriously than
Jim. He practiced general law at One Washington Street in Cumberland
from 1936 until his death. He graduated from Episcopal H.S. in Alexandria,
Va., was Phi Beta Kappa, chair of the Democratic Campaign Committee,
and on the 150 lb. crew at Princeton. Jim received his law degree
from Harvard in 1936. He served for 30 years with the Department
of Justice as the commissioner and magistrate for Western Maryland.
He was legal counsel for Columbia Gas of Maryland, LaVale Sanitary
Commission, and Allegany Community College and had been a member
of the Federal Communications Commission. During WWII he served
on the judge advocate's staff as a major. In 1949 he married Salena
Sharp, who died in 1999. He was a communicant of Emmanuel Church
Jim is survived by a
son, Alfred Jr., and two daughters, Sarah Avirett Hoover and Anne
Avirett Dilts, and five grandchildren. Our classmate has set a work
record that will be hard to beat. He will be greatly missed.
The Class of 1933
Dwight Anthony Horne
Dee Horne, banker, golfer,
sailor, and churchman died Jan. 4, 2001, at his home in Hyannis
Port, Mass. He was 89. He attended Pomfret School. At Princeton
he was on the gym team, 150 lb. football team, and was president
of Cottage Club. He received an MBA from NYU in 1955. Dee was president
of the Pomfret School Alumni Assn. and served on the school's board
of trustees. During WWII he served as a major in the finance office.
His banking career of 40 years was spent in its entirety at the
Hanover Trust Co., where he served as secretary of the bank and
for 15 years as vice president and manager of its Mayfair branch
in Governor's Square. During that time he served as president of
the American Overseas Memorial Day Assn., which arranged services
honoring American war dead buried in England, and as the American
member of the Hansard Society, which advised members of the newly
formed British Commonwealth.
Dee was an avid golfer
all his life. On weekends in New York, he and his wife, Dorothy
Edwards, who predeceased him in 2000, sailed his English-made sloop
Grenadier with the New York Yacht Club. On retirement he moved to
an old family home in Hyannis Port, where he continued his interests
in golf, sailing, printing, and collecting and making clocks.
Dee is survived by his
daughter, Susan Anthony Horne Thomas, three granddaughters, and
two great-granddaughters. We will all miss this classmate, a versatile
The Class of 1933
William John Pyle
Jack Pyle died Feb. 19,
2001, at home, after several years of deteriorating health. He was
90. After retiring in the 1970s from positions as New England regional
manager and national accounts manager at Sealright Corp., Jack operated
a small business as a manufacturer's representative.
Jack was a member of
the Playhouse Assn. of Summit, N.J., since 1934. He appeared in
more than 70 of the group's plays, served backstage, and was president
for two terms. He was a founding member of the Clearwater Club in
New Providence, N.J., where he started its swim league. He was a
former president of the Summit Taxpayers Assn. and a life member
of the Old Guard of Summit. For several years he played Santa, telephoning
children who wrote to Santa Claus care of the Old Guard.
Jack lived in Summit
most of his life. He is survived by two daughters, Lindsay P. Behne
and Susan P. Smith, and a son, William Jr., six grandchildren, and
four great-grandchildren. We'll all miss this eloquent thespian.
The Class of 1933
Sandy, a resident of
Reading, Pa., died Sept. 15, 1999. He prepared at St. George's School
in Newport, R.I.
Most of his career was
spent as a yarn broker to the textile industry. He was a past president
of the Wyomissing Institute of Fine Arts, a school instructing students
in various art forms such as music, dancing, painting, and sculpturing.
One of his hobbies was old automobiles, of which he had a modest
Sandy is survived by
his wife, Rosemary Hoff Cameron, a son, Alexander IV, daughters
Rosalie C. Brainard and Michaele C. Cooke, eight grandchildren,
and seven great-grandchildren. Son Alexander IV's daughter, Cecily
C. '89, is married to Derek Schrier '89.
The Class of 1936
Leon John Heuser '36
Lee, of Robbinsville,
N.J., and Tubac, Ariz., died Dec. 8, 2000. He was 85. He prepared
at Montclair Academy. At Princeton he majored in chemistry and was
a member of Key and Seal Club. He received his PhD in organic chemistry
in 1940 from Marburg U. in Munich, Germany.
He was a research chemist
for 30 years with E.R. Squibb and Son, developing mass production
methods for antibiotics at the Squibb Institute. He held 16 US patents.
He retired in 1976.
Lee earned his pilot's
certificate in 1949. He was an accomplished artist and an expert
on contract bridge. He once raised champion boxer dogs.
In the late 1990s he
and his wife, Josephine, endowed a fellowship in Princeton's department
of chemistry supporting graduate students in chemistry.
Josephine, whom he married
in 1946, died in 1999. He is survived by sisters-in-law Margaret
V. Dinges and Alice V. Stanley and several nieces and nephews. We
of the class are proud of Lee's meaningful life. He was a loyal
The Class of 1936
Howard Sumner Holmes
Howard of Ann Arbor,
Mich., died Jan. 3, 2001. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy.
He left Princeton after his freshman year and followed his father's
footsteps to the U. of Michigan, where he earned a BS in mechanical
It is evident that he
continued his affection for Princeton. Besides being listed in our
Freshman Herald, he supplied information to be listed in our Senior
Nassau Herald and our Fifty Year Book. Until his death he remained
on our class roll, and he contributed over 50 years to AG.
For 50 years he provided
leadership as president, director, and chair of the Chelsea Milling
Co. He led a very active life in community affairs, being deeply
involved in fundraising for the Catherine McAuly Center and the
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was also on the development committee
of the U. of Michigan cancer center and was chair of its United
Way for five years. Howard was also on the boards of several organizations,
including the Chelsea State Bank, Eastern Michigan U. Foundation,
Cleary College, Washtenaw Community College, and the Boy Scouts
Howard is survived by
his wife, Mary Ernestine Blodgett, whom he married in 1945, sons
Howard S. and William B., daughters Christine M., Kathryn W., Andrea
L., four grandchildren, and his twin brother, Dudley.
The Class of 1936
Robert Abbot Sincerbeaux
Bob died at home in Hanover,
N.H., on Dec. 6, 2000. He was 87. A graduate of the Hun School,
at Princeton he majored cum laude in political science. In 1939
he received his law degree from Yale.
During WWII he served
three years in the Navy and later in the USNR, attaining the rank
of lieutenant-commander. From 1946-72 he was an associate, partner,
and counsel of the NYC law firm Sincerbeaux and Shrewsbury.
Bob was president of
the Eva Gebhard-Gourgaud Foundation and trustee of the Cecil Howard
Charitable Trust, both organizations devoted to historical preservation.
He was also a trustee of the Woodstock [Vt.] Foundation and the
Woodstock Historical Society. He was a founding member of the Preservation
Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Land Trust. He also aided in the
creation of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. He was a past
president of the Woodstock Country Club. In 1982 he received the
Preservation Trust of Vermont Award and in 1984 the National Trust
for Historic Preservation Honor Award.
Bob is survived by his
wife, Elizabeth Morley Sincerbeaux, sons Richard M. '64, Charles
M. '75, a daughter, Suzanne S. Brian, eight grandchildren including
Caroline C. Sincerbeaux '98, three great-grandchildren, and a sister,
The Class of 1936
Sydney S. Date '37
Syd Date, son of Lamson
Date '43, died Jan. 15, 2001. A sales control manager and director
of market research, he was a longtime resident of Winnetka, Ill.
Wives Virginia (married in 1937) and Jane predeceased him, and he
left a daughter, Winifred "Freddie" Hayes, and granddaughters
Julia and Virginia.
At New Trier H.S., Syd
was on the rifle team and in the dramatic and honor societies. He
majored in economics at Princeton and was Phi Beta Kappa, graduating
with high honors. He was a member of Dial Lodge and roomed three
years with Norm Biorn, who died in 1987.
Syd started out with
Lansing Bros. in Chicago before three years in the Navy, entering
as an ensign and becoming a senior lieutenant, with domestic service.
His business career was then mostly with Ditto, Inc., in Chicago
and then Bell & Howell Co. until he retired in 1995 to Evanston.
His hobbies were reading, tennis, bridge, and swimming. He described
his life in his biography as "working and playing hard."
The Class of 1937
ELWOOD CARL WEISE
Woody died in Trumbull,
Conn., on Sept. 29, 2000, four months after being diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer. He had been in private dermatology practice there
for 45 years.
After Taft School he
majored at Princeton in chemistry. He roomed with Bob Miller and
Art Dowell and was in Triangle and Campus Club. During WWII he served
in the Army and then studied medicine at Jefferson Medical College
in Philadelphia, where his father, a member of the Class of '13,
had also studied. After studies at NYU medical school, he was called
by the Air Force to serve in Korea, where he taught radio communications.
He and his wife, Audrey,
whom he married in 1946, enjoyed showing their dogs, keeping as
many as six St. Bernards and many Bearded Collies; they frequently
took off in their trailer to compete in East Coast dog shows.
With Audrey and their
children, Kenneth, Wendy, and Heidi, and six grandchildren, the
class shares the loss of a man who cared for his fellow man while
also caring for man's best friend.
The Class of 1944
James Edward Hardy
Jim died Feb. 7, 2001,
at his home. He was 74. A native of Louisville, he spent his entire
life in the lovely Kentucky city.
Jim's entire business
life was spent with Brimly-Hardy Co., a family farm-equipment manufacturing
and distributing business founded in 1839. He was the fourth generation
of the family to head the company, becoming president in 1951 on
the death of his father.
Jim joined us by way
of Woodberry Forest School. At Princeton he was in Cottage, was
active in the Press Club, and was in the Triangle shows of 1948
and 1949. He graduated with honors in economics. He and Barbara
were married on Valentine's Day 1953. They had a son and two daughters.
Over the years Jim was
involved in a broad range of civic affairs, including the Greater
Louisville Fund for the Arts, the Child Guidance Clinic, and the
Southern Farm Equipment Manufacturers Organization. Extracurricular
interests centered on hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, and travel.
He was involved as state chair and as a trustee of Ducks Unlimited
for more than three decades.
Jim is survived by his
widow, Barbara "Babs," son Edward, daughters Susan and
Jane, and his sister, Jean Licklider. To them the class extends
its profound condolences.
The Class of 1948
Thomas Neal Bramlett
Tom died June 18, 2000,
in Greenville, S.C. He was 83. He was born in Laurens, S.C., and
served in the Army as a staff sergeant from 1941-45. He attended
Princeton for one term and then withdrew. He was married to Theresa
Ann Greene, who, along with one sister, survives him.
All that is known of
his life after Princeton is that he later retired from the US Postal
However, he never removed
his name from the class roster. The class extends its sympathies
to his survivors.
The Class of 1949
Edward William Diehl
Rev. Edward William Diehl
died at home in Waymart, Pa., on Mar. 15, 1998, of diabetes and
heart problems. He was 76.
He served as a B-17 pilot
in Europe during WWII, flying 52 combat missions and receiving a
Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.
He transferred to Princeton from Dickinson College in 1945, majored
in history, and was foreman of the monumental move of the university
library from Pyne to Firestone in 1947.
His war experiences moved
him to become a minister and he received his master's of divinity
from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1951. Ed married Helen Lohenic
in 1945. They had two sons born while Ed was a missionary to the
Athabascan Indians near the Alaskan Highway. They later had a daughter.
He served for 30 years as the first institutional resident chaplain
to the criminally insane at Pennsylvania's Fairview State Hospital.
He found helping inmates regain control to be very rewarding.
Ed is survived by his
wife, Helen, sons Daniel and Michael, daughter Melanie, three brothers,
and nine grandchildren. The class extends its deepest sympathies
to all of them at the loss of this outstanding humanitarian.
The Class of 1949
Wade Fairchild '49
Wade died at home in
Scottsdale on Mar. 6, 1998, surrounded by members of his immediate
family. He was 75. He prepared for Princeton at Glen Ridge H.S.
in Orange, N.J. He served as a naval aviator in the Pacific from
July 1942 until Nov. 1945 with the rank of lieutenant (j.g.). At
Princeton he majored in English and humanities, graduating with
high honors. He worked for the Tiger and was a member of Cap and
Gown Club. Wade married Jean Braekenridge in 1943, and they had
three children. They later divorced.
Wade worked for Fairchild Publications, Inc. as publisher of Electronic
News and Metalworking News. In 1963 he moved to Scottsdale, remarried,
and had two more children, and was president of Fairchild Aeromaps,
Inc., taking aerial pictures of the growing area. He again divorced,
and a third marriage also ended in divorce. He was a talented artist
who founded the Scottsdale Artists' School.
Wade was one of those
smart, gregarious, funny colleagues we are lucky to meet along life's
path. He is survived by one son, Peter, five daughters, Carol, Nancy,
Mary, Anne, and Elizabeth, two sisters, and eight grandchildren.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all of them.
The Class of 1949
June 28, 2000, at Mercy Hospital in Miami, where he had been evacuated
from his home on Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. He died of injuries
received in a fall after Hurricane Floyd severely damaged his home.
He was 72. He prepared for Princeton at Choate and left Princeton
at the end of our freshman year. He later graduated from Columbia
with a degree in electrical engineering.
Sandy and a partner established
a business monitoring air quality for municipalities across the
US, and the work could only be done during the warm months. This
allowed him to spend his winters in the Bahamas. Prior to 1980 he
was based in Essex, Conn., but then moved permanently to Great Guana
Cay. He powered his home there with a windmill and solar power and
was an avid ham radio devotee with many ham friends around the world.
He was married three times, but never had any children, and he was
single when he died.
The Class of 1949
William C. Gardiner
Bill Gardiner died Nov.
17, 2000, following a bicycle accident.
Born in Niagara Falls,
N.Y., Bill majored in chemistry at Princeton. He was a member of
Campus Club, played 150 lb. football, was president of the Student
Unitarian Fellowship, and was a member of the Chapel Choir. He was
a Fulbright Scholar at the U. of Heidelberg, obtained his PhD from
Harvard in chemistry, and became widely published in scientific
journals. He was awarded a second Fulbright scholarship, including
a Humboldt Fellowship. The class extends its sympathy to his mother,
brothers, his wife, three daughters, and two grandsons.
The Class of 1954
Charles Edgar Keller
died Feb. 27, 2001, at his winter home in Palmas Del Mar, Puerto
Rico. Subsequent to his bachelor's degree, he obtained his law degree
from the U. of Michigan in 1957. He spent 40 years as a corporate
law attorney in Detroit and Bloomfield Hills. He was a partner of
Keller, Thoma, Schwarze, Katz and Duby and also taught labor law
at Wayne State U. in Detroit. He actively taught young associates
in his firm in the field of labor law. After he retired in 1997,
he continued to work as a consultant to corporate boards, hospitals,
and school boards. While at Princeton he was a politics major, a
member of Cannon Club, and was active in basketball, baseball, and
hockey. He also has served as our class secretary for a five-year
The class extends its
sincere condolences to his wife, Joan, his daughter, Katherine,
and his sons, Charles Jr. and Matthew.
The Class of 1954