June 5, 2002: Memorials
Henry Charles Borger 33
Hank Borger died Jan. 22, 2002, in Danvers, Mass., of complications from Alzheimers disease. He was 90. After graduation from Princeton, Hank received a doctoral degree in education from Columbia U. He taught until 1950 in several preparatory schools, then joined Clark U. as assistant professor of education and dean of men. There he advanced to became professor of education and dean of students before he was chosen as president of Leicester Junior College in 1965. Hank retired in 1975.
During WWII he was an officer in the field artillery and landed on Utah Beach on D-Day. He was awarded the Bronze Star. Remaining a reserve, he retired as colonel. Hank was active in Worcester, Mass., with organizations including the Citizens Plan E Assn., the Kiwanis Club, and the schools committee. He was a member of Central Congregational Church. He was also a member of the Natl. Education Assn. and the Natl. Council for the Social Studies.
Hanks wife, Marian, predeceased him. He is survived by a son, twin daughters, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
The Class of 1933
WILLIAM DODS HAWKINS 34
Bill Hawkins, a prominent industrialist and civic leader in Houston, died Feb. 10, 2002, following a massive stroke. In 1951 Bill, who grew up in Bronxville, N.Y., bought controlling interest in Industrial Towel & Uniform Co. in Houston with help from classmates. He expanded the business from one to seven plants and sold them in 1980.
Over the years Bill served as president of the Institute of Industrial Launderers, the Houston Seafarers Center, the Houston Country Club, and the Texas Bill of Rights Foundation, and as a trustee of Kent School [Conn.]. He chaired Princeton in the Southwest in the 1960s with his wife, Bo, who led the ladies committee, and was a president of the PC of Houston. He won our 1982 award for outstanding achievement.
Surviving, besides Bo, are four daughters, Lee Harrison, Sidney Fay, Francey Pengra, and Anne Hawkins, a son, George F., and nine grandchildren. To them all we extend our sincere sympathies.
The Class of 1934
ALEXANDER WRIEDT KEER 34
Alex Keer, class president from 1994-99 and chair of many reunions, died Feb. 27, 2002, in Princeton after a brief illness.
Following six years with an investment banking firm in NYC and five years in the Army, during which, in 1945 in Germany, he suffered a severe leg wound, he became in 1957 chief administrative officer of Princetons School of Engineering. For 12 years he also managed a small island off the coast of Georgia, owned by an association of environmentally oriented members. You havent lived, he wrote, until youve had to shape up 100 bird-watchers, all at once. In New Jersey he was a strong supporter of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, to which in 1993 he donated the building that became its headquarters.
In 1948 Alex married Cassandra Lee Arnold, who died in 1990. In 1994 he married Mary Willard Atwater, the widow of Edward S. Atwater III 31, who survives, as do four stepchildren, Carrington B. Day, Frederick T. Day, Edward S. Atwater IV 67, and Anne H. Atwater. To them we offer our sincere sympathies.
The Class of 1934
John McKeon Bartlett 36
Long John died Nov. 1, 2001 at Stony Brook Hospital near his home in Port Jefferson, N.Y.
A graduate of Montclair [N.J.] HS, he joined our class in 1932. He left Princeton in his sophomore year. Before WWII he was employed by Barclays Bank in NYC. In 1942 he entered the Army, serving in Iceland, England, and France, attaining the rank of sergeant. In late 1945 he joined Halle and Stieglitz Co., which later became Prudential Securities. He retired in 1985.
Most of his life he lived in Montclair, N.J., where he was a volunteer for organizations including the Republican Party and AG for Princeton. In 1980 he moved to St. James on Long Island and finally to Port Jefferson. John was a loyal Princetonian and for years ran our monthly NYC class luncheons. He will be remembered for his kindness and outgoing personality.
He is survived by his brother Edmund Jr. 33, nephews Marshall P. 65 and Edmund III, and a total of five grandnephews and grandnieces, including Ned 04.
The Class of 1936
John Edward McCracken 36
John died Nov. 3, 2001, in NYC. He was the son of Charles P. McCracken 1902. He prepared at Blair Academy and at Princeton majored in political science. In 1939 he received his law degree from Yale. During his legal career he was a member of the N.Y. and D.C. Bar Assns. He was an antitrust lawyer with the Dept. of Justice, a senior attorney for Mobil Oil, resident counsel of the Church Pension Fund of the Episcopal Church, a member of the arbitration panel of the N.Y. Stock Exchange, a former deacon of the Fifth Ave. Presbyterian Church, and a consultant for Phillips Intl. Art Auctioneers.
During WWII he served at the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay and in New Caledonia. He retired in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant. His hobbies included stamps, antiques, and travel, plus a 50-year membership in the Amateur Comedy Club.
John is survived by his wife, Jeanne MacPherson Smith, whom he married in 1974, and his son David. John and Jeanne attended many of our class reunions.
The Class of 1936
LESTER BUTLER CHURCHILL JR. 37
Les died in June of 2001. He came from Pomfret School to Princeton and majored in geology. When he married Lucetta Plum, they moved to Santa Monica, Calif. He became vice president of Smith and Johnson Corp., manufacturer of pneumatic tools.
Les retired in 1953 to care for the two of his three sons afflicted with hemophilia. He formed the Hemophilia Foundation to help children and families cope with this devastating disease. His wife died in 1973, sons David in 1979 and Lester III in 1993.
His passions became traveling, history, and books. When he suffered a heart attack in Norway in 1994, he moved to Lexington Residential Care Center in Ventura, Calif., to be near his son Peter. There, Les established The Churchill Library, became an advocate for residents, and created and cared for a rose garden in the courtyard.
He was survived by his son Peter, two granddaughters and two great-granddaughters. On the day after his memorial service, a third great-granddaughter was born; two weeks later, his first great-grandson was born and named Philip Churchill Schofield.
The class sends its deepest sympathy to his family.
The Class of 1937
EDWARD COMSTOCK MORTON 37
Ed died at 86 of complications from cancer on Oct. 23, 2001, at his Baltimore home. Born in Baltimore, he attended the Calvert and Gilman Schools. He majored in history at Princeton, then attended Harvard Business School.
He served in the Army from 1941 to 1946 in North Africa and Italy. Recalled in 1951, he served two years in Germany. He was discharged with the rank of captain. When Ed retired he was an account executive for investment banking company Chapin, Davis & Co. He enjoyed playing golf at home and in Siesta Keys, Fla., and was a member of the Bachelors Cotillion, the Baltimore Assembly, and Sons of the Revolution.
His wife of 52 years, Florence Smith, died in 2000. A son, Edward C., Jr., died in 1977. He is survived by a son, Robert, a daughter, Linda 77, and two grandsons. The class extends its condolences.
The Class of 1937
JOHN RICHARDS WHITE 37
John died Aug. 30, 2001, in Susanville, Calif. Born in Providence, R.I., he came to Princeton from St. Georges and was a member of Cloister Inn.
Turned down by the US Army Air Corps at the start of WWII, he joined the RCAF and served as a gunner on bombers. Discharged as a flight lieutenant, he then earned his masters in education at Chico State in California. John served as teacher, principal, and superintendent of Johnstonville Elementary in Lassen County, Calif. During his 25-year tenure, his students averaged at least two years above national and state norms in standardized tests despite being one of the poorest districts in the state.
John was an avid sailor and, with his wife, was considered an authority on birds of the region. At a night at the John R. White Memorial Gym, friends, former students, and parents were invited to bring desserts to swap with memories and stories of John.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Irma, his daughter, Sandra, and a granddaughter. The class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1937
JAMES DENNIS EWING 38
Jim died Jan. 21, 2002, in Keene, N.H., after a brief illness. At Princeton, he played baseball, hockey, and squash, was an honors graduate in the classics, a member of Theatre Intime, and Cap and Gown Club. After Harvard Law School, Jim taught school.
Following WWII, he published the Keene Sentinel for 39 years. A force in the fields of government reform and social service training, his newspaper successfully campaigned for a wide range of local and state-level causes, including land-use planning, freedom of information, and public services. Jims belief in the ability of newspapers to help readers make wise decisions about government and society extended beyond Keene.
In the mid-1980s he helped launch the International Center for Journalists.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Carolyn Cobelo and Tsultrim Allione; a son, Thomas S.; a brother, George; nine grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
The Class of 1938
John Craven Gorman 39
Sitting at home on Jan. 13, 2002, John died of heart failure. He and Leni were settled in their winter home in Naples, Fla., and looking forward to seeing old friends passing through. John spent 37 years with American Tobacco Co. in different subsidiaries around the world. His career fed his love of travel and let him indulge his eye for art and architecture. A major project was restoring a 13th-century castle in Ireland, a home he knew as Doonagore. That name belongs to the 1739 silver cup John gave the university as the symbol of the annual Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award, permanently displayed in the Office of the Dean of the College. Leni and John were married in the Princeton Chapel in 1976. Besides Leni, John leaves two stepchildren, Lizette Harper 78 and Gregory Harper, five grandchildren, and his two brothers, Tom Gorman 40 and Patrick. We join them in gratitude for the generous life he lived.
The Class of 1939
Everett Josiah Higbee Jr. 39
Hig died of a cerebral hemorrhage Oct. 15, 2001, at Atlantic City Hospital near his home in Smithville, N.J. Though born in Atlantic City, Hig spent much of his working life where his assignments with the DuPont Co. took him. He joined DuPont as a chemical engineer in 1940 and held various supervi-sory positions. His final assignment, which involved a multimillion-dollar expansion project and required extensive travel, was most gratifying. After retiring in 1981, he had time to indulge in his favorite hobbies, chief among them stamp-collecting. He was a member of the American Philatelic Society and the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society. In 1984 he married Katherine Louise Bradley, who is his only survivor. We share her sense of loss and offer her our sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1939
Harris Metcalf 39
Ace died Oct. 17, 2001, at home in Vero Beach, Fla., of lung cancer. After he retired in 1979 as a marine underwriter with the Providence Washington Insurance Co., he and his second wife, Nancy, who predeceased him, began to winter in Vero Beach and then made it their year-round home. Ace had joined the insurance firm in 1949 following his discharge as a captain after five years of service with the R.I. Natl. Guard Field Artillery, mainly in the Pacific. In 1950 he married Susanne Bradford. Though later divorced, they had one child, daughter Shepley. Ace is survived by his third wife, Mary, and by his daughter and granddaughter. We offer them our sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1939
Archibald Coleman Rogers 39 *42
When Archie died Dec. 6, 2001, of complications from a stroke, we lost a distinguished classmate who was an outstanding member of the architectural profession, having played a key role in the development of Baltimores famous Charles Center and Inner Harbor. In 1973 he was named president of the American Institute of Architects. After WWII service as a naval architect, he opened a small office in his grandmothers Annapolis home. By 1961 he had three partners in a firm named RTKL employing 900 worldwide. He headed Baltimores Urban Design Concept Team on which he fought to prevent highways from ruining aesthetics and neighborhoods. He served Princeton on its architectural advisory council and as trustee of the Graduate College. A voracious reader, he also wrote three novels.
In retirement he and Merry, his wife of 17 years, lived first at his childhood home, Belvoir, a 17th-century plantation where they entertained one of our class trips, and then at Bolton Hill, Merrys childhood home. Archie enjoyed this unusual domestic first. To Merry, son Coleman, daughter Lucia, brother Samuel 40, sister Margaret Anne, and two grandsons we extend our sympathy.
The Class of 1939
Alan Perine White 39
Al died Jan. 6, 2002, in Springfield, Va., of liver disease brought on by Hepatitis C, which he contracted in Mogadishu, Somalia, during his final overseas assignment with the US Foreign Service. Born in New Jersey, Alan moved to Minneapolis at age two and grew up paddling the lakes of Minnesota, developing his passion for fishing and skiing. After WWII service with the 81st Infantry Division, he joined the Foreign Service in 1947 and for 30 years filled overseas assignments as well as several tours in Washington. The sportsman also had a passion for vocal music. For 30 years he was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. His local chapter twice won the coveted international championship prize. An elder in his Presbyterian church, he also sang in the chancel choir.
Survived by Janet, his wife of 54 years, sons Christopher, Stephen, Howard, five grandchildren, and his sister, Alan is remembered by them for his extraordinary devotion and service to others.
The Class of 1939
FRANCIS C. EDMONDS JR. 40
Petes son, Francis III 64, called from Switzerland to tell us his father had passed away on July 22, 2001, in Livingston, N.J.
He prepared at Glen Cove HS on Long Island, N.Y. At Princeton he majored in chemistry, graduating with honors, Sigma Xi. He was a member of the Glee Club and Charter and Gateway Clubs. After medical school at Columbia, Pete entered private otolaryngology practice in Glen Cove. He retired in 1988. His sports interests were skiing, sailing, and fishing.
Francis was Petes only child by his first wife, Ruth; he and his second wife, Grace, now deceased, had three children, Ruth, James, and Amy. To all of them, we extend our belated, deep sympathies.
The Class of 1940
WALTER RUMSEY SKINNER jr. 40 *41
After a prolonged period of suffering from diabetes complications, Rum died on Jan. 23, 2002. Preparing at St. Louis Country Day School, he followed his cousins E. Lemoine Skinner Jr. 36 and Claiborne Adams Skinner 38 to Princeton. Rum majored in chemical engineering, tied for Class of 1861 sophomore mathematics prize, and graduated with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa. He was on the cross-country and track teams, was Triangle costume manager, and was a member of Charter Club.
His career was spent in chemical research and engineering at Monsanto, R. W. Booker, and the Cupples Co. His interests were wide-ranging astronomy, mathematics, photography. He wrote papers on general relativity, earthquakes, broad-leaf evergreens, and other scientific subjects. His calculations showed a different than accepted rate of spin on the electron, allowing him to calculate the corrections NASA rockets were going to have to make to reach their destinations verified. Tennis and canoeing were hobbies.
To his sister, Elizabeth Smith, and his brother Stuart 43 we extend our sincere condolences.
The Class of 1940
James Roberton MacColl III 41
Jim died on Dec. 5, 2001, of heart failure complicated by diabetes. Son of James R., Jr. 14, he prepared at St. Pauls. At Princeton, he majored in English, was vice president of Ivy, managed the football team, and roomed first with Laughlin and then Munger. After earning his masters of divinity from the Episcopal Theology School in Cambridge, Jim was ordained a priest in 1944. He served as a Navy chaplain from 1944-46.
In 1949, he became rector of Trinity Church in Newport, R.I. In 1953 he was installed as rector of St. Thomas Church in Whitemarsh, Pa. He received an honorary degree from the Philadelphia School of Divinity. In 1968, he became president of the New York Academy of Religion and Mental Health. In 1954, Jim returned to parish ministry as rector of St. Andrews in Wellesley, Mass., and served as trustee of the Episcopal Theology School. Jim was also our first class agent, serving a total of 14 years.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Cynthia; two daughters, Cynthia Eastlake and Louise Jones; his sons, James R. IV, John A. 70, and Malcolm; and 14 grandchildren.
The Class of 1941
William Daniel Wilson 41 *48
Bill died Apr. 12, 2001. Son of missionaries, he lived in Japan, coming to Princeton by way of South Pasadena, Calif., and Westfield, N.J., high schools. He majored in architecture, joined Cloister Inn, achieved Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated summa cum laude.
As a navy lieutenant, Bill was overseas for 20 months as communications officer aboard a destroyer in both European and Pacific waters. Earning his MFA from Princeton, he became a partner in the architectural firm of Holden 12, Egan, Wilson and Corser 27. He joined the Gruzen Partnership in 1957, specializing in residential developments. Other activities included the Citizens Housing and Planning Council of NYC, the American Institute of Architects; he was a member of the Century Association. He was first class agent, then vice president, and lastly secretary of our class, from 1979-2000.
Predeceased by his first wife, Barbara, he is survived by his wife, Peggy; three sons, Peter 66, Rodman, and Christopher 73; two grandchildren; two brothers, Rodman 43 and George 45, and his sister, Anne.
The Class of 1941
FRANCIS JOSEPH DENIS BEATTY 42 *49
Den died Jan. 14, 2002, of lung cancer at home in San Francisco. A retired architect, he enjoyed international travel. His wanderlust began as the son of a US naval officer, under whom he served at the end of WWII as flag lieutenant (his father was then Commander, Destroyers Atlantic).
Den prepared for Princeton at Hill and Thacher Schools, majored in architecture, and was a member of Charter Club. During the war he served four years on the battleship Iowa as a division officer with the rank of lieutenant. He saw action in the Pacific theater, including Kwajalein and Eniwetok. After the war he earned an MFA at Princeton. After practicing in San Francisco for several years, he established his own firm. His works included part of the College of San Mateo, the original Oakland Airport, and Joseph Magnin stores. After he retired he converted one of King Farouks Egyptian palaces into a hotel. In addition to tennis and bird-shooting, he painted watercolors .
To his wife, Martha Nell; his daughters, Deidri and Victoria; his stepdaughter, Alana; and his six grandchildren the class extends its most sincere condolences.
The Class of 1942
JOSHUA Lewis MINER III 43
We lost Josh on Jan. 29, 2002, to prostate cancer. He died at his home in Andover, Mass., at the age of 81.
A native of Plainfield, N.J., Josh prepped at Phillips Academy and graduated from Princeton in 1947. His education was interrupted by WWII; during the conflict, he served with Gen. Patton in Europe, coming out with a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the French Croix de Guerre.
In what was his greatest claim to fame, Josh founded the Outward Bound Program in 1962, modeling it after a European program. The program aims to instill confidence in students as they face outdoor challenges.
Joshs professional life was bound up with Phillips Academy; he served as science teacher and later as director of admissions. He retired in 1985.
Josh leaves his wife, Phebe; three sons, Joshua, John, and Daniel; two daughters, Phebe and Louise; and 12 grandchildren. To the entire family, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences.
The Class of 1943
ROLLIE D. GILLISS JR. 44
Rollie Gilliss died in Baltimore on Jan. 29, 2002. After high school and a postgrad year at Choate, he came to Princeton, where he was a finalist in the baseball managerial competition and vice president of Key and Seal Club. He majored in economics.
During WWII he served in an Army anti-aircraft artillery battalion, earning battle stars for service in northern France, the Ardennes, and the Rhineland. He returned to Princeton; after graduation, he joined Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland, rising to vice president; he retired in 1985 from its fidelity department.
Rollie was active in the Towson, Md., United Methodist Church and was an avid baseball fan. He married Ethel in 1950; she survives him, as does their daughter, Lynne, their two sons, Edward and David, and seven grandchildren. The class extends its most sincere regrets to them all.
The Class of 1944
ROBERT MATTER JR. 45
Bob died in Naples, Fla., on June 15, 2001, of complications following vascular surgery. Bob entered Princeton from Exeter from a family of many Princetonians, including his father, Robert 14, uncles John Matter 06, Milton Matter 09, and George J. Bippus 19, cousins Philip Matter 51 and Fred Matter 58 *61, and his brother Tom 52. Bob left Princeton for service in naval construction with the Sea Bees. Returning, he joined Tiger Inn and graduated in chemical engineering with highest honors in 1947. He was Phi Beta Kappa.
In 1950 Bob married Lynn Buchanan in Marion, Ind., where Bob was at Anaconda Wire and Cable. In 1960 they moved to Houghton Lake, Mich., where they owned and operated the North Shore Lumber Co. for almost three decades. In 1987 Bob and Lynn retired to Naples.
In addition to Lynn, Bob is survived by sons Geoffrey, Robert, David, and Timothy, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a sister, Sally Buschmann, and his brother, Tom. He was preceded in death by his son Daniel. The class expresses its sympathy to all the family.
The Class of 1945
DONALD WALTER MILESTONE 45
Donald died on Feb. 15, 2001, at the Cleveland Clinic after a short illness. A lifelong Ohio resident, Donald entered Princeton from Taft, joined Charter Club, and was a member of Whig-Clio. He left Princeton for the V-12 program at Columbia, serving in the Navy from 1943-47. In 1948 he married Suzanne Hutchinson and joined the Perfection Stove Co. in Cleveland. Donald spent the rest of a long and successful career with the Ohio Goggles Co., now Mack Products Co. of Cleveland. He was president when he retired. Donald noted in our 50th-reunion book that his formative years were spent arranging marketing agreements in Central and South America, Europe, the Near East, and Africa. He said that extensive travel gave him a unique understanding of the cultures of other peoples.
Donald was preceded in death by Suzanne and is survived by a son, Walter, two daughters, S. Victoria Wright and Nancy Gallion, his sister, Patricia Zonsius, and nine grandchildren. The class expresses its sympathy to the family.
The Class of 1945
JOHN TERHUNE VALDES 45
Jack died Sept. 19, 2001, in West Palm Beach, Fla., after a long illness. Entering Princeton from St. Georges, Jack joined Colonial Club and Triangle. His Princeton career was interrupted by service as a naval aviator and torpedo bomber pilot during the Okinawa campaign. Jack was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals. Returning to Princeton, he graduated with honors in 1948, and a year later married Fleury. His Triangle experience led to employment at CBS television, where he was special effects supervisor on such national network shows as The Jackie Gleason Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. Jack later became a television account executive with BBDO advertising agency, a co-owner of radio station WCUE in Akron, and became director of several New Jersey banks. Jack and Fleury were divorced in 1963, and in the 1970s Jack retired to Florida, where he hosted many classmates. He continued an interest in aviation.
Jack is survived by four daughters, Stacy Lorenceau, Midge, Victoria McKellar, and Fleury, and by six grandchildren. The class expresses its sympathy to the family.
The Class of 1945
Gerald William Bowdren 48
Jerry, a class stalwart for many years, died Jan. 9, 2002, at home in Wichita, Kans. He and his companion, Marsha Murray, moved from their longtime Bridgewater, N.J., home three years ago. A faithful participant in local 48 monthly luncheons, he is sorely missed.
A native New Yorker, Jerry graduated from Rice HS. He was a sergeant in the Marines 1943-46 and graduated from Princeton in electrical engineering in 1949. He ran on the track team.
His entire 40-year career was with Public Service Electric and Gas, where he was a project manager until he retired in 1988. For years he was mayor of Montgomery Township, Princetons northern neighbor. For ages he was featured in pictures of the books being moved from Pyne Library to the new Firestone Library in 1948.
To Marsha and children Gerald, Patrick, and Christine, the class offers condolences.
The Class of 1948
Richard Hartman Whiteside 48
Dick died Nov. 16, 2000. He was principal and owner of Hartman Marketing and Construction of Fairfield, Conn., and former vice president of Fletcher-Thompson, architects and engineers.
Dicks early years were in the Greenwich area. He attended Greenwich HS and graduated from Choate. He was in the Navy before graduating from Princeton in 1949 in architecture. He was a member of Cannon and sang in the Glee Club.
Dick was development director of Choate from 1965-70 and active in civic affairs. He was always a loyal Princetonian.
To his widow, Eleanor, and daughters Cheryl, Dale, Leslie, and Elizabeth, the class extends its condolences.
The Class of 1948
Joseph E. Drangula 49
Joe died at home Aug. 13, 2001, of pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed only six weeks before his death. He was 76. Joe came to Princeton from Hamilton HS in Trenton and Army service in the ETO, where he won three Battle Stars, including one for the Battle of the Bulge. He majored in biology and was a member of Key and Seal Club.
Joe spent 34 years with Dow Chemical in sales and marketing. His responsibilities extended from Boston through Atlanta as N.Y. regional manager. He retired in 1991. His hobbies included golf, an interest he shared with his wife, Beth.
In addition to Beth, Joe is survived by a son, Joseph E. Jr. 95, and a daughter, Carey Flately. The class extends its sincere condolences to them on their loss.
The Class of 1949
Justin Matthews III 49
Justin died on Aug. 5, 2001. He prepared for Princeton at Lawrenceville. At Princeton he majored in psychology and was a member of Quadrangle Club. He served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean War.
After his naval service Justin returned to Little Rock and the Metropolitan Trust Co., a family business involved in real estate and land development. He retired in 1989 as chair of the board and devoted himself to his favorite sports of hunting and fishing.
He is survived by four sons, Somers, David, Hal, and Jed, a daughter, Alice, and seven grandchildren. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them on their loss.
The Class of 1949
Henry Onderdonk 49
Hank died Aug. 17, 2001, while backpacking in the Sierra. He was 73. He prepared for Princeton at St. James School. He was a member of Key and Seal Club and majored in music. He was in the Glee Club and served on the staff of the Daily Princetonian. Hank served in the Army from 1952-54 in Korea.
After earning graduate degrees at the U. of Michigan he moved to San Francisco in 1960 and began a 34-year career as a composer and professor of music at San Francisco State U., where he taught both classical and contemporary music and directed graduate studies and the Composers Workshop. He also composed numerous chamber music compositions which have been performed worldwide. His works include Sonata for Two Pianos, Music for Viola and Piano, and Two Songs, settings of poems by Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Hank is survived by his wife, Jeannette Eisen, a son, Gabriel, and a daughter, Emily. The class extends its sympathy to all of them on the loss of this talented man.
The Class of 1949
HARRIS HART II 50
Harris died on Nov. 28, 2001, in Tazewell, Va. He was born in Richmond, Va., attended local schools, and entered Princeton from St. Christophers. He majored in history and was a member of Charter Club. Harris graduated with honors in 1951, having stayed out of college for a year because of the illness of his mother. He received a law degree from the U. of Virginia in 1954 and served in the Army from 1955-56.
After military service Harris settled in Tazewell, where he practiced law, farmed, and managed family mineral and banking interests until his death. He was attorney for Tazewell for over 30 years. A longtime supporter of the Tazewell HS football team and Young Life Program, he was a also a trustee, deacon, and Sunday school teacher at the Tazewell Presbyterian Church. His hobbies were golf and horses.
The class extends its condolences to his wife of 41 years, Mary Gail, daughter Florence Mogen, sons Harris III and Charles, 10 grandchildren, and his sister, Helen Cox.
The Class of 1950
Allan Murdock McCaskill 50 *52
Following emergency surgery, Allan died on June 27, 2001. He was born in NYC and graduated from Western [DC] High School. At Princeton he earned a BSE and MSE in aeronautical engineering and was a member of Tower Club.
Early on, he worked for Douglas Aircraft. In 1960 Allan joined Analytical Services, returning to northern Virginia. Four years later he moved to the newly formed Commercial Satellite Corp. (COMSAT) to head its satellite launch division. From 1978 until he retired in 1993 he managed launch vehicle and satellite programs for the International Telecommunication Satellite Organization (INTELSAT). Allan was instrumental in establishing policies and practices for commercial users of satellite launchers. The Washington Post wrote that the respect shown to INTELSAT today as a world leader is due in large part to his contributions.
Allans hobbies included golf, which he enjoyed with his wife, JoAnne, gardening, and classical music.
The class extends its sympathy to JoAnne, son Robert 78, daughters Susan and Kyle, and five grandchildren who survive him.
The Class of 1950
RAYMOND F. FITZSIMMONS 55
Ray died at his home in Orange, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2002, following a lengthy illness. He came to us as a Cane Scholar from Dickinson HS in Jersey City. Ray majored in Latin-American affairs and was fluent in Spanish. He was vice president of the Glee Club and sang in the Chapel Choir.
Following Army service, he received an MBA from Harvard and joined Citibank in NYC, serving several Latin American countries, finally as manager of the prestigious Reforma Branch in Mexico City. Later, he was treasurer of Chrysler Mexico. He then had his own successful consulting business for many years in Mexico. After he retired he made his home in Orange with his mother, who died last year.
Ray had an operatic-quality tenor voice and performed with several companies. He often entertained us as a soloist at concerts during reunions and sponsored tours by the University Choir in Mexico when his friend Walter Nollner was director. A breeder of dalmatians, he served as a judge at major dog shows around the world.
Rays roommates, John Perkins, Paul Perreten, and Leon Prockop, remained lifelong friends. He was a loyal Princetonian, and a fine friend. We shall miss him greatly.
The Class of 1955
John Haughton DArms 56
John died Jan. 22, 2002, in NYC. Following graduation, he had a Keasbey scholarship to study classics for three years at Oxford. He shared digs with his classmates Neil Rudenstine and Charlie Fried, also studying at Oxford. That undoubtedly played an important part in his development as a major classical scholar who dealt with important archaeological digs throughout the ancient world. At various times, John served as the director of the American Academy in Rome, as a trustee of Princeton, and as professor and chairman of classical studies, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost of the U. of Michigan. In December, he was appointed a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study. At his death, he was the president of the American Council of Learned Societies.
John prepared for Princeton at Exeter. A talented pianist, he played with jazz bands on campus. He was a member of Colonial Club. Senior year, he roomed with Darby Bannard, Tom Waite, Stu Block, and John Bodman.
To his wife, Teresa, his children, Justin and Helena, his grandchildren, Cecilia and Kazimir, and his brothers Ted and Philip, the class extends its heartfelt sympathy.
The Class of 1956
Frank G. Denig 59
Frank died in Connecticut on Sept. 1, 2001, of multiple myeloma. A native of NYC, Frank majored in history at Princeton, took meals at Terrace Club, played freshman baseball and football, swam varsity, and served on the Orange Key schools and scholarship committee. In later years Frank served as a schools committee member.
Frank worked for many years for the Schindler Elevator Corp. of Morristown, N.J., as vice president for information systems. In 1997 he took a position with Yale as executive director of procurement. His management style and warm personality had an immediate impact, leading to a major reorganization of the procurement system and introduction of innovative processes. Even after learning of his illness Frank continued to focus his energies on his job. Frank wrote in our 35th-reunion yearbook: To die the way a leaf dies, robed in brilliance, with quiet spiraling grace. Those words were prophetic, for that was the way Frank faced death.
Frank is survived by his wife, Dolores; his son, Christopher; his sister, Joyce; and his mother, Frieda, to all of whom the class extends its heartfelt sympathies.
The Class of 1959
Andrew A. Graham II 59
Al Graham died on Sept. 13, 2001, of a brain tumor. Born in Princeton, Als ties to the university were deep. His father was a faculty member, and two uncles were alumni. An economics major and member of Terrace Club, Al was on the track team all four years, and retained a lifelong interest in running. Graduating on June 16, 1959, Al was commissioned in the Marines on June 17, and married Martha Dix on June 18.
Three years in the Marines and two sons later, Al and Martha took up residence in DC, where Al began work as a financial analyst for NASA. They later moved to Grafton, Va., where Al worked on the Viking Mars landing and a variety of other aeronautics projects, including wake vortex research. He retired from NASA in Mar. 2001, and Al and Martha celebrated with a 70-mile kayak trip along the coast of Baja California, and a climb in the Himalayas of Nepal. He learned of his brain tumor in June.
Al is survived by Martha, his wife of 42 years, his sons, George and William, his father and stepmother, and two sisters. A daughter, Rosanna 88, died in 1993.
The Class of 1959
William Alexander Volckhausen 59
Bill, distinguished banker, lawyer, and law professor, died of Parkinsons disease on Sept. 10, 2001, in NYC.
Bill majored in English, minored in Chinese, and dined at Campus Club. He rowed 150-pound crew; worked at Princeton Summer Camp; and served as a chapel deacon, vice president of the Student Christian Assn., and on the Westminster Foundation Council.
Teaching English at Tung Hai U. in Taiwan from 1959-61, Bill reopened the Princeton-in-Asia program, suspended since WWII. He earned a masters in Chinese history at Berkeley and a law degree from Harvard, then served with the Asia Foundation and the NYC legal services program. In 1973 he became deputy superintendent and general counsel for the New York State banking department. In 1980 he joined the Dime Savings Bank, becoming executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary, all while serving as adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School.
Bill loved Princeton, New York, theater, and the Yankees. He served numerous Princeton, bar association, and civic organizations. His gallant battle against his disease epitomized the discipline and courage that marked his life. To his wife, Grace, and his children, Sharon 91 and Alex 93, the class extends its deep sympathies.
The Class of 1959
Hart A. Goldsmith 60
Hart died Oct. 11, 2000, of cancer. He was 61. He graduated from the Allendale HS in Rochester, N.Y., and attended Princeton, leaving in his junior year to attend the U. of Rochester. After college, Hart worked for the federal government in southeast Asia, then returned to Rochester to start his own business, Continental Financial Systems. He was the Republican town leader for Mendon and a volunteer firefighter for more than 35 years. He was a member of the board for Childrens Hospital, the Stuart Horse Trials, the Pittsford Carriage Assn., and the Mendon Fire Dept.. He enjoyed flying, fox hunting, sailing, skiing, golf, and gardening, and was a member of the Oak Hill Country Club, the Genessee Valley Club, and a former member of Ski Valley.
Hart is survived by his wife, Katie, his children, Hart, Geoffrey, Michael, Bridget, and Meaghan, and his three grandchildren. To them, the class sends its condolences.
The Class of 1960
John R. Martin 60
John died Nov. 21, 2002. At Princeton, he majored in politics, was on the Undergraduate Council, worked in the Campus Fund Drive and the SCA, and was a member of Orange Key. He was an active member of Dial Lodge. After graduation John earned an MBA from Columbia U. He was vice president for university personnel at Rutgers before he retired in 1989.
John was a founding member of the Rutgers Community Health Plan and served as the first president of its board of trustees. He was also on the boards of the Urban League of Greater New Brunswick, the Crossroads Theater Co. in New Brunswick, the Middlesex General Hospital (now Robert Wood Johnson Hospital), the National Society to Prevent Blindness, and the National Bank of New Jersey.
He is survived by sons David and Lawrence, a daughter, Julianne, a brother, William, and four grandchildren. To them, the class sends its condolences.
The Class of 1960
Timothy A. Patrick 60
Our beloved Timothy and his wife, Sandra, were killed in their private plane on Jan. 25, 2002. Tim had radioed the tower that he had a problem of icing on his wings.
Tim graduated from Pomfret School, Princeton, and the Baylor Medical School in Houston. At Princeton, Tim was a classics major and active in Campus Club, the Flying Club, and the PreMed Society. Tim met Sandra, an operating room nurse, when he was in rotation as a surgical resident. The family moved from Houston to Astoria, Ore., where for many years Tim enjoyed a successful surgical practice and was chief of surgery and chief of staff at the Astoria hospital. Since 1988, Tim and Sandra lived in Ebensburg, Pa., not far from close friend Zane Kirk 60 and his family.
Surviving Tim and Sandy are two sons, Sean and Timothy, Jr.; two daughters, Shelly and Shannon; two grandsons; Tims father, Joseph; and his brother, Stuart. Classmates will recall Tims energy, his quick wit, and his pride in his Irish heritage. Premed classmates will remember his intense dedication to his work, always punctuated by humor and an interest in others.
The class sends its condolences to Tims family and mourns the loss of a vital and beloved classmate.
The Class of 1960
David Burton Driscoll 64
On Dec. 6, 2001, our class lost a good friend when David died of cancer. He was 59. David, or Dip as many of his classmates knew him, arrived at Princeton as a self-described precocious, spoiled youth, having prepared at Exeter. At Princeton, David impressed classmates with his smile and his cynical view of authority. He explained that this attitude was acquired at Exeter along with his nickname: Dip, David said, was of course, short for cheese dip.
David swam at Princeton and sang in the Chapel Choir in addition to numerous student entrepreneurial activities. A member of Tower Club, he majored in history. Following graduation, David worked for Chase Manhattan Bank before establishing his own business in NYC real estate development and investment.
David is survived by his wife, Pat, his children, Hannah and Scott, and a brother, Scott 61. The class extends its deepest sympathy to the family.
The Class of 1964
DAVID A. GARDNER 69
Davids death in NYC on Dec. 23, 2001, evokes both a great sense of loss and an enormous sense of gratitude for an extraordinary life. Remarkably accomplished as a real estate developer, venture capitalist, and philanthropist, he will be best remembered as a superb human being. After Princeton, he received an MBA from Harvard in 1971, and he and Lynn, a business school classmate, married and forged a partnership of great devotion and success.
In 1980 David formed Gardner Capital Corp., which developed personal and residential properties in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Among many activities, he was chair of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York and a national board member of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn., the affliction he battled courageously and effectively for many years. A leader in Princeton activities, he served as cochair of the New York region for Princetons 250th Anniversary Campaign; repeatedly as special gifts cochair for our class; and as class vice president.
His intellect, his warmth, his captivating smile, and unfailing kindness will live on in our hearts. Our sympathy goes to Lynn and to his mother, Matilda, his sister, Cynthia, and his brother, Daniel.
The Class of 1969
James Abercrombie Pendleton 69
James died of a malignant brain tumor in Boulder, Colo., on Dec. 13, 2001. Born in Reading, Pa., Jim graduated with honors from Choate and joined Princetons Class of 1968. He graduated with high honors in geology in 1969 and earned a masters and doctorate from the U. of Colorado.
Nancy and Jim were married in Aug. of 1969 in the first Catholic wedding held in the Princeton Chapel. They then moved to Boulder, where Jim enjoyed a distinguished career as scientific and technical coordinator for the minerals and geology division in the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Colleagues at his funeral lauded his professionalism and his dedication to public service and to preserving the Colorado environment. The author of many papers, he was awarded the National Defense Education Fellowship and the John Wesley Powell Award.
Jim and Nancy created a spectacular, welcoming environment in their mountain home. Their train room, a magical array of model trains, reflected one of Jims passions.
Jim leaves many friends in the classes of 1968 and 1969. Along with Nancy, he is survived by his mother, Mary; brothers Joseph and Philip; and sisters Mary, Stephanie, and Jeanne. We send our sympathy to them all.
The Class of 1969