March 27, 2002: Memorials

Morris A. Mayers ’27

Kutch died at Monroe Village in Jamesburg, New Jersey, on Oct. 31, 2001, at age 95, following a series of minor strokes. Born in NYC, he came to Princeton from Columbia Grammar and majored in French. As an undergraduate, he took particular pleasure in translating poetry into colloquial English — particularly that of the lusty Roman poet Catullus. He rowed lightweight crew and later was a trustee of Princeton’s rowing association.

An amateur radio operator, his interest in electronics was useful in his Marine service during WWII and in Korea. As president of Display Lighting, Inc., he pioneered TV lighting, and later pursued a career with DuMont Television Network and with Visual Electronics, Inc. After moving to Princeton in 1957, he participated in local productions and cofounded a barbershop quartet group. President of the Class of 1927 at his death, Kutch served for years as reunion chair, with the enthusiastic support of his wife, Ros, who died in 1999. His many friends remember him for his gracious hospitality, his loyalty, and his delight in a good joke well told.

Kutch is survived by his sons, Alan E. ’54 and Kenneth E. ’58, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. The class extends its condolences to them.

The Class of 1927


Lawrence Drake ’41

Larry died Aug. 30, 2001, in Gladwyne, Pa. Born and raised in Warrenton, Va., he prepared at St. Paul’s School. His father was in the Class of 1897.

Majoring in modern languages, he was a member of Ivy, and roomed freshman and sophomore years with Tony Duke, and junior and senior years with Sandy Laughlin.

During WWII, Larry served in the Field Artillery, spending two years in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was discharged as a major. After service, he entered architecture school at the U. of Pennsylvania, earning his master’s. Larry went into practice in Philadelphia, finally semiretiring to his home in Phoenixville, Pa. He is best known for his design of churches in the Philadelphia area, including St. John’s Lutheran Church in Phoenixville and St. Mary Magdalen in Media. He also designed the Wissahickon Skating Club. Larry was elected planning commissioner and then supervisor of Schuylkill Township.

He is survived by his wife, Cassandra F. Drake, two daughters, Erin Gray and Amanda Austwick, two grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Emmet Drake.

The Class of 1941


John Wooten Moore ’46

Jack died Oct. 28, 2001, of a heart attack at his home in Creve Coeur, Mo. He joined the class in June 1942, served in the Air Corps from 1943-46, flying B-29 bombers in the Pacific, and graduated in 1948 with honors in economics.

His career was in manufacturing, first in plastics in Linesville, Pa., then as founder of Swan Corp. in St. Louis, making bath and kitchen products. He was a fisherman, horticulturist, history buff, and arts patron. His farm was a center for wildflower prairie cultivation. He was a trustee of the St. Louis Zoo.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Terry, sons John and Wesley, daughter Harriette Warren, brother Thomas, and four grandchildren. We share in sorrow their loss and salute a loyal classmate.


Hoyt Hayes Thompson ’50

Hoyt died Aug. 21, 2001, after a brief illness. He lived in the Kansas City area virtually his entire life, graduating from the Pembroke-Country Day School there. At Princeton he majored in modern languages and literature and was a member of Colonial.

He joined the Townley Hardware Co. in 1954, became president in 1977, and retired in 1983. He served on the executive committee of three industry associations. Devoted to community and to politics, Hoyt called himself “a midwestern conservative.” He was development director of the Kansas City Symphony Foundation and chair of the local United Way. Board memberships included the Metropolitan YMCA, Pembroke-Country Day School, and United Missouri Bank of Kansas City. An active Republican, he served on the city council and as mayor of Mission Hills, Kan. An avid hunter, Hoyt served as president of the Kansas City Country Club, as did his father.

The class extends its sympathy to his wife, Barbara, son, Webster, daughter, Deborah, two brothers, and four grandchildren.

The Class of 1950


Richard Yorke Remley ’54

Richard Remley died Aug. 18, 2001, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., of complications from surgery. Born in Washington, Pa., Dick attended Royal Oak HS, Michigan. At Princeton, he majored in engineering. He was a member of Quadrangle Club and freshman crew. After graduation he served in the Marines as a captain. Subsequently, he was employed at IBM. After retiring in 1993, he became a computer instructor at St. Charles (Mo.) Community College. He was a longtime volunteer at Goodwill Industries and an active member of St. Anselm Parish.

The class extends its sympathy to his wife, Nancy, their daughters, and 16 grandchildren.

The Class of 1954


William C. Barnard ’57

Bill died of a heart attack Oct. 4, 2001. At Princeton, Bill majored in politics, joined Cap and Gown, and was active in 1AA basketball, St. Paul’s Society, Pre-Law Society, WPRB, the Campus Fund Drive, and Phi Delta Phi. He graduated cum laude and received a law degree from the U. of Michigan in 1961.

Bill cofounded Sommer and Barnard, which now employs 60 attorneys in Indianapolis. Widely respected for his work on complex business, environmental, antitrust, and securities law, he was deputy attorney for the state of Indiana. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in American Law.

The class extends its sincere best wishes to his wife, Lynne, children, Laura, Peter, Sarah, Elizabeth, and David, and six grandchildren.

The Class of 1957

Fulton Edwin Massengill ’57

Ned died on Oct. 14, 2001, of cancer. He came to Princeton from Newark Academy. At Princeton, he participated in lacrosse and was a member of Ivy Club and ROTC. An Air Force pilot assigned to the 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, he was active during the Cuban missile crisis. His entire business career was spent with Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. in NYC, where he was a first vice president in the institutional equity sales and research departments.

A 30-year resident of Short Hills, N.J., before moving to Morristown, and an avid golfer, Ned was seven-time club champion at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ, a member of Pine Valley Golf Club, and a member of the N.J. Senior Golf Association. Ned loved Princeton and his college roommates and friends, and he regularly attended class functions and Princeton sports events.

Our class extends its deepest sympathy to his wife of 42 years, Helen, to his children, Lisa, Michael, James, and Robert, his brother James and his eight grandchildren.

The Class of 1957

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