September 10, 2003: Memorials


The class lost a distinguished member when Bill Forsyth died in Hightstown, N.J., May 14, 2003. He was 96.

Bill was curator emeritus of medieval art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and helped transform piles of old masonry into the Cloisters on land donated by John Rockefeller Jr. in Fort Tryon Park, in NYC. Bill was the last living member of the staff that oversaw the Met’s project to re-create the Middle Ages. Bill documented the project in a 1992 publication Studies in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Cloisters.

Bill came to us from Hotchkiss. At Princeton he was a member of Court Club. He sang in the Chapel Choir. His junior year he roomed in Dod with Gordon Craig.

He is survived by four daughters, Agnes Kuenkler, Caroline Elischer, Marian Weekly, and Theresa Hare; a son, William Jr.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife of 53 years, Agnes Mitchell Forsyth, died in 1995. The class extends its sympathy.

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George died Apr. 17, 2003. He prepared at Poly, and at Princeton he was in Campus Club. After Princeton George worked at Schlegel Lithographing Corp. and in Mar. 1934 was made secretary of the corporation. In 1937 he became executive vice president and in 1946, president.

Trade organizations consumed much

of his extracurricular time during these years. He was director of the Litho Club of NYC and of Lithographic Technical Foundation, which he served as president. He was founder of the Young Lithographers Assn. and was its president. He was a director and held positions with Metropolitan Lithographers Assn. for more than 15 years.

In addition he was a founder of the Young Presidents’ Organization, which he served as vice president and treasurer. Most of his after-office hours were devoted to his children, Peter Haviland, George Ransom, and Lavinia Dent, to whom the class sends its sincere condolences.

In the 25-year book, George said, “My years at Princeton were years well spent and I would like nothing better than to see my two sons enrolled there in a few more years.”

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Louis E. Toro Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pa., died May 19, 2003. He was 93.

After Princeton, Louis attended the U. of Virginia Law School. He founded the Freeman and Toro Insurance Co. of Rosemont, Pa., with his classmate Eldridge Freeman. He served in the Army in the Counter Intelligence Corps.

Louis was a member of the Wayne Rotary Club, of which he was a past president, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He also was a member of the Union League, the Bachelor’s Barge Club, St. David’s Golf Club, Merion Cricket Club, and Our Mother of Good Counsel in Bryn Mawr.

He is survived by two daughters, Susan Toro Meredith and Patricia Ann Toro; one son, Louis; and three grandchildren, to all of whom the class sends sincere condolences.

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Albert Keidel Jr. ’33

Bob died after a short bout with heart failure at his winter home in Florida May 4, 2003. He was 91.

Bob was a backbone of the class. His summer “letters,” edited with Curly Marsh, were a tremendously adhesive force for the class. Several hundred members sent anecdotal essays and poetry to Bob’s literary production, which spanned about 12 years.

Bob spent most of his business years

with the Rouse Co. He and Jim Rouse were visionary land developers and builders. Between the two of them they built the city of Columbia, Md., from raw land to finish.

In addition they renovated a Boston marketplace and the Baltimore waterfront.

Bob had an extraordinarily tough and well-organized mind — “tough” is a major compliment. Nothing stopped him, including golf, which he played successfully up until the last minute. Bob’s wife, Justine, predeceased him. He is survived by his daughter, Anne; two sons, Albert III and Christian; and four grandchildren. We all will miss Bob very much.

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Philip Waddell Smith ’33

Phil died May 17, 2003, at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, Pa. He was 91.

After graduation from Princeton and Harvard Business School, he joined CIT Corp., where he served as office manager until WWII, when he became a special agent for the FBI. In 1946 he joined Chase National Bank. In 1957, as vice president, he assisted in opening the consumer credit department, which he headed until he retired in 1972. He was a member of the Consumer Credit Division of the American Bankers Assn. and of the New York Bankers Assn. He was active in the Westfield Presbyterian Church, where he served as deacon, elder, and trustee. He was a fundraiser for the YMCA and United Way, was a director of the YWCA, and delivered Meals on Wheels. He was a member of several country clubs.

Phil was the great-great-grandson of Ashbel Green, Princeton’s eighth president.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jeanne Evans; daughters Santita Ogren and Susan Gallant; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He will be missed by family and many friends.

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CharlEs Edward Shain ’36 *49

Charlie died Apr. 13, 2003; he was 87.

At Princeton he majored in English, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of Elm Club. Besides his BA, he received master’s and PhD degrees at Princeton. In addition he studied a year at King’s College at Cambridge University in England. He also received honorary degrees from Princeton, Wesleyan, and Emerson.

His first teaching position was at the Los Alamos Ranch School in New Mexico. Later he taught English at Milton Academy in Massachusetts.

During WWII he enlisted as a private and retired as a major in combat intelligence with a heavy bomber group in the Pacific theater. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

After the war Charlie taught English for seven years at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. In 1962 he was called to be the sixth president of Connecticut College in New London, retiring in 1974. In 1985 the college dedicated its library to him.

Charlie was predeceased by his first wife, the former Josephine Hooker Wilson of Boston. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Sammuella R. Etnier, three nephews, a stepdaughter, two stepsons, six step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren.

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Harry J. Hogan ’37

Our distinguished classmate died Feb. 17, 2003, in Arlington, Va. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Harry majored in history at Princeton and graduated magna cum laude. He left Harvard Law School to join the Navy during WWII. He received a law degree from Columbia and a doctorate in history from George Washington U.

Harry first worked as an attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority, then spent 12 years in Oregon, where he practiced law, worked for the Dept. of the Interior, served as a district attorney, and was active in the Democratic Party. In 1962 he became associate solicitor at the Dept. of the Interior. During the next 20 years, Harry was counsel for the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, director of government relations for Catholic U., assistant director of Action (Peace Corps and Vista), and associate director of Washington’s Consortium of Universities.

After retiring he worked for organizations promoting volunteerism, education, and conflict resolution.

Harry was a devoted husband to his wife, Virginia, from 1941 until she died in 1995, and a loving father to daughters Shannon Sorzano, Grace Hogan, and Monica Mullin ’78. Four grandchildren and two brothers also survive. His classmates send sincere sympathies to the family of this man devoted to service.

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Joseph Wharton Lippincott ’37

Joe died Jan. 25, 2003, of respiratory disease at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He was 88.

He prepared at St. Paul’s and majored in English. During WWII, he drove an ambulance for the American Field Service in Italy and Germany.

A great-grandson of Joseph Wharton, founder of the Wharton School of Business at Penn, Joe was the fourth generation of his family to head the Philadelphia Publishing Co., founded in 1785 and now known as Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. He joined the business after graduation and served on the board until 1987. Under his leadership, Lippincott expanded beyond the US into Europe and Asia.

He was chairman of National Library Week and regularly attended the annual meeting of the American Library Assn. to present an award for outstanding librarianship, named for his father. After retirement, he volunteered at a secondhand bookstore in Vero Beach.

His wife of 52 years, Mary Louise Beck; son Joseph “Jay” III; daughters Elizabeth L. Mather and Jean L. Coady; 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters survive. With them we mourn the loss of this dedicated, interesting man. Memorial donations may be made to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation.

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George died Dec. 7, 2002, in Springfield, Ill., his longtime residence.

At Princeton he was a member of Cap and Gown Club. During WWII, he served with the Marine Corps on Peleliu in the South Pacific.

Following the war, he joined Bunn Capitol Corp., where he served as chairman. He later founded and served as chairman of Bunn-O-Matic Corp. George was active in farming and enjoyed a lifelong involvement with horses. He also served on numerous boards over the years and supported many charitable organizations.

George is survived by Nancy, his wife

of 62 years; sons George R. Jr. ’63 and

Arthur H.; daughters Pamela B. Brown and Deborah B. Alley; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces, to all of whom we extend our deep sympathy.

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At Harvard, the Gordon Hall flag flew at half-mast following Ivy’s death on Apr. 13, 2003, a rare honor for a non-Harvard Medical School graduate.

Ivy prepared at Noble and Greenough School. At Princeton he majored in chemistry, attaining departmental honors. He played freshman and JV football, lacrosse, and hockey, was a member of the “21” and Right Wing clubs and the Freshman Orientation Committee; he was treasurer of Ivy Club.

After graduating from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, he was a fellow at Harvard Medical School. During WWII, he was a captain in the Army Air Force. His residency was at Belleview Hospital in NYC. Ivy was chief of medical services for the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, president of Boston Tuberculosis Assn., chairman of general staff of New England Deaconess Hospital, and clinical associate and lecturer at Harvard, Boston City Hospital, and Tufts.

Ivy’s great satisfactions were family, medical practice, and “his good fortune” to live where he could enjoy ocean sailing, skiing, golfing, and visits to Princeton. He was regional class agent from 1955-60.

His classmates extend their deepest sympathies to this loyal Princetonian’s family, including his wife of 55 years, Amey Amory; daughters Polly DeFriez and Elizabeth Gibson; son Nicholas; and four grandchildren. Those desiring to honor Ivy may do so by contributing to the Class of 1940 Memorial Scholarship.

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Van Santvoord Merle-Smith Jr. ’40

Pat died in Bethlehem June 1, 2003. He would have liked the sound of that, even if it was Bethlehem, Pa.

He prepared at The Hill School. At Princeton he majored in geology. Pat participated in the Cane Spree and was a member of varsity crew, and the ski, yacht, Triangle, and Colonial clubs. He was regimental commander of ROTC.

During WWII, as a lieutenant colonel, he served as an aide to Gen. Patton in the European theater. He was decorated with the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star. After the war, Pat taught at St. Paul’s School and was headmaster at Foxcroft. He received a master’s from Columbia and a B.D. from Union Theological Seminary.

While assistant minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Oyster Bay, N.Y., Pat’s book, The Village of Oyster Bay, was published. He then moved to Bethlehem, where he became chaplain at Moravian Academy. He was active on many boards, and returned to Princeton to conduct memorial services.

His classmates wish to express sincere condolences to Kitty, his wife of 57 years; stepson Richard Combs Jr.; sons Van S. III, Edmund, Grosvenor, and Barton; daughter Katherine; and 22 grandchildren.

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Ted died Apr. 19, 2003, in Morristown [N.J.] Memorial Hospital. He prepared at the Loomis School. At Princeton he majored in biology and was elected to Sigma Xi. He was on the freshman and JV soccer teams, in the Camera Club, and a member of Dial Lodge.

After a year at Cornell Medical School, Ted completed two tours of duty with the Navy: in the Pacific during WWII and in the Atlantic during the Korean War. He became a lieutenant commander and was active in the Naval Reserve.

He obtained a business degree at NYU Graduate School. Having lived in Paris and London before coming to Princeton, and having a broad background in exports and pharmaceuticals, Ted worked in that field for several international companies before joining Charles Pfizer and Co. in 1948. He retired in 1979.

He had a lifelong love of sailing, skiing, tobogganing, swimming, and badminton, but his all-engrossing hobby was photography.

To his wife of 55 years, Edwina Fenton Needham; sons Peter and Thomas; daughter Wendy; and his four grandchildren, his classmates extend their heartfelt condolences.

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Pete died of Parkinson’s disease May 11, 2003, in Santa Barbara. He attended school in Switzerland and France before preparing at Woodbury Forest School in Virginia.

He majored in economics at Princeton, achieving departmental honors. Pete was on the football, swimming, ski, and rugby teams, and was a member of Cap and Gown. He was chairman of the Princeton Tiger, and a cartoonist of note.

During WWII, as first lieutenant on the USS Diploma, a minesweeper in the Atlantic and the Pacific, he was involved in the battle for Okinawa.

In 1946 he married Eleanor Cuyler Walker, moving his family to the Dominican Republic and then Peru while he worked for Merck, Sharp and Dohme. He also published a weekly bilingual magazine based on the New Yorker, Go! Lima’s Weekly Guide.

In 1960, returning to the US, he became a Spanish and French teacher at St. Mark’s and St. Andrew’s, and earned a master’s in Spanish at Middlebury. He retired in Chester, Nova Scotia, in 1977. There he enjoyed his hobbies of watercolor painting and tennis. Pete and Eleanor then moved to Santa Barbara, where she died in 1992.

To his second wife, Catherine; children Peter Jr., Helena Hill, Robert, and Mary Hamblin; and seven grandchildren, his classmates extend their sincere sympathies.

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Tut died Feb. 4, 2003, at Exeter [N.H.] Hospital. He grew up in the Chicago area, preparing for Princeton at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka.

At Princeton, Tut majored in chemistry and graduated with honors. He was a member of the badminton team, Glee Club, choir, SFA Undergraduate Committee, MFH, Nassau Literary and Fox-Hunting Society, and Charter Club.

A 1943 graduate of Harvard Medical School, he was a lieutenant in the Navy,

serving in Okinawa and, after VJ Day, in China. His medical residency was at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in NYC and Boston City Hospital, with a brief stay at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. For many years, he taught pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

He moved to Exeter in 1954 and joined the Exeter Clinic. He also worked as head physician for Project Hope in Ganado, Ariz., training Navajo Indians as health care providers. Retiring from the Exeter Clinic in 1975, Tut became medical director at Phillips Exeter Academy until 1986. He enjoyed sailing but his passion was singing.

To his wife, Nora; sons John, Andrew, Alan, and William; and four grandsons, his classmates extend their sincere sympathies.

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Bob died Apr. 28, 2003, at his home in Stuart, Fla. He prepared at the Lawrenceville School, following his brother, Harry ’37, to Princeton. He majored in chemistry and was elected to Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. His club was Campus. This was followed by a degree from Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons.

During WWII, Bob was a Naval medical officer aboard the destroyer USS Murray. Later he was clinical professor of medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical U. and maintained a private practice in internal medicine and cardiology in Syracuse until 1981.

He was also on the staff of SUNY Upstate Medical U. Hospital, Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital, and Community-General Hospital. Bob was president of the American Society of Internal Medicine and the Onondaga County Heart Assn., a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, the US Public Health Service, the Social Security Administration, and the Dept. of Defense.

Bob is survived by Agnes, his wife of 58 years; brother William ’47; sons Robert Jr. ’69, and Richard; daughter Barbara W. Walker ’71; and six grandchildren, including granddaughters Kelcy Walker ’01 and Brianna Walker ’04. To them, his classmates extend their deepest sympathies.

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Our most enthusiastic classmate, Thacher, died Apr. 11, 2003, of heart failure. Crippled with Parkinson’s disease his last few years, he maintained a warm personality to the end.

Coming to Princeton from Haverford School, he played varsity football and was on the track team. He was senior class president and manager of Ivy Club. He roomed first with Bill Vauclain and Sam Finnell, and then with Stan Pearson at Ivy.

Thach served in the Navy in WWII, winning two Bronze Stars, and leaving as a lieutenant commander.

After the war, he worked for Life magazine and an ad agency, and became president of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce in 1964. In 1955 he ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Philadelphia.

In 1967 he was elected to Philadelphia City Council (a Republican in an overwhelmingly Democratic electorate). He ran for mayor again in 1971, was defeated, then re-elected to the council for six terms.

In 1990 he published his autobiography, Main Line Wasp. His love for Princeton was unbounded. We shall miss him!

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Claghorn Longstreth; sons Peter ’66 and William T. Jr.; daughters Anne Delay and Ellen Goodwin; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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Phil died Dec. 21, 2002, in La Jolla, Calif., from complications of radiation treatment. One of our brightest, he had a brilliant career in retailing and real estate development.

Phil prepared for Princeton at St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. At Princeton, he earned highest honors in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was on the JV soccer team and was a member of Colonial Club. During WWII Phil was an artillery battery commander in the European theater, attaining the rank of captain. He then attended Harvard Business School and graduated at the top of his class.

Phil had a remarkable career at R.H. Macy in NYC. He rose from buyer to corporate vice president of merchandising and assistant to the president. In 1966, Joske’s of Houston, a privately owned retail chain, hired Phil as president and general manager. Eventually, he oversaw liquidation of the firm. That experience led to partnerships in many successful real estate ventures, including several with former governor of Texas John Connolly.

In 1958, Phil married Maria Agripina Popescu. They had one daughter, Carina ’83. To Maria, Carina, and Carina’s two children, the class extends its sincere condolences.

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Gordon died May 4, 2003, in his Southbury, Conn., home following an extended bout with respiratory problems. He was 81.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he came to Princeton from the Taft School. On campus Gordon roomed all four years with Sandy Lewis, plus Johnny Farrar junior year. A politics major, he worked on the business side of the Daily Princetonian, belonged to Charter Club, and was in NROTC.

During WWII, he served in the Navy. Gordon’s first employment was with Western Electric.

He also graduated from Fordham Law School and became a member of the New York bar. Gordon’s practice was a long and varied one, ranging from in-house counsel for a large corporation to private practice and counsel for the Methodist Church. During his later years, Gordon taught intellectual property law at the U. of Hawaii and was certified to practice before the US Supreme Court. He is survived by his wife of many years, Florence Mary; sons Bill and Leigh; and five granddaughters. To the entire family, we extend our most sincere condolences.

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Bob died April 4, 2002; he was 81. Teacher, world traveler, and former Peace Corps member, Bob was a native of Littleton, Colo. He received his diploma from Princeton prior to serving in the Navy during WWII.

From 1947-58, he worked for American Life Insurance Co. in Manila; Caracas; Karachi; Wilmington, Del.; and Hamilton, Bermuda. From 1958-83, he taught math at educational institutions from Colorado to Massachusetts. A musician and artist, he played several instruments, painted, and was active in community theater. As a math teacher in the Peace Corps, Bob observed his 65th birthday in Nepal and his 70th in Lesotho.

He is survived by sisters Ruth and Elizabeth, and brothers Richard and David. To all the survivors, the class offers its deepest and most heartfelt sympathy.

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John died May 7, 2003, at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.; he was 82.

Born in Genoa, he grew up in Italy and France. He attended Le Rosey School in Switzerland and St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire before coming to Princeton.

During WWII, John served as a lieutenant in the Marine Corps, assigned to the Office of Strategic Services. He landed at Omaha Beach, participated in the liberation of Paris, and earned Silver and Bronze Stars as well as the Croix de Guerre.

John spent most of his professional life in the diplomatic service in Rome; Washington, DC; Kinshasa, Zaire; and Rio de Janeiro. His last posting was to the US embassy in Vienna. John also was a journalist and businessman who lived in Paris before retiring to Florida.

He is survived by his wife, the former Letizia Crostarosa; a son, John; and two grandchildren. To the survivors, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies.

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Toby died April 22, 2003, in Ennis, Mont., at age 82.

Following his 1939 graduation from St. Paul’s School, he went on to major in political science at the Woodrow Wilson School. He was a member of Colonial Club.

Toby joined the Naval Reserve a month after Pearl Harbor and became a PBY pilot, later qualifying in land-based planes to join VBP Squadron 135. He flew many rocket and strafing missions against Japanese ships. When peace arrived, Toby took up ranching as a career. Eventually, he built the business into a large-scale operation.

He never lost his love of flying and readily volunteered his services for rescue and mercy missions. Toby was respected for his integrity, kindness, honesty, and personal warmth. He belonged to the Ennis Lions Club and served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica from 1967-70.

Toby is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Carol Jahns; a son, Monty; daughters Elizabeth Segal and Katherine Dix; and seven grandchildren. To the entire family, we extend our deepest condolences.

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George Tanham died in Washington, DC, Mar. 29, 2003.

He prepped at Tenafly [N.J.] HS. At Princeton he majored in history, was active with the Westminster Society, and was president of Key and Seal Club. He roomed with Bob Van Wagoner and Ward Sangren. In 1943 he entered the Army, being separated as captain after earning the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Air Medal, and Croix de Guerre.

He earned a PhD from Stanford and was a Ford Fellow at Oxford. He worked in classified projects for the Dept. of Defense and held a professorship at the California Institute of Technology before joining Rand Corp. in 1955, where he worked until retirement.

George published three books including Communist Revolutionary Warfare; he contributed to Foreign Affairs, The Historian, and Military Affairs; and he was editor of the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; three children from his first marriage, George Jr., Geoff, and Alexis; four children from his second marriage, Barbara, Maedi, Ruth, and P. Ramsay; and 14 grandchildren; to all of whom his classmates tender their sincere regrets.

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With the death of Bill Clifford on Apr. 20, 2003, the class has suffered the loss of a fine oenophile and a splendid friend.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Bill graduated from Princeton with high honors in English. He was a member of Terrace. After consecutive Fulbright grants for France and India, he settled in Greenwich Village and a life in book publishing. At various times he served on the staffs of Macmillan, Oxford U. Press, Silver Burdett, Vanguard, and Simon & Schuster.

In due course, he embarked on a freelance writing career with a special gift for wine writing. As NYC became old, Bill and his family (wife and two sons) migrated for a couple of years to the Devon coast in England before settling in Morris, Conn. His syndicated column, “Wine on the Table,” flourished since 1968.

Sons Nicolas and Ben graduated with honors from Princeton in ’82 and ’88, respectively. Nicolas lives in Paris. Ben died tragically in an accident in Indonesia in 1994. The class will miss this enormously civilized man whose devotion to Princeton persisted.

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We will very much miss Tom Emmons, who died suddenly on May 24, 2003. At the time of his death Tom was serving as our 55th reunion treasurer. He served in that office at our 50th as well. He was class treasurer 1988-93.

In 1984, Tom had the idea of providing an anchor for recovering alcoholics reluctant to attend Reunions. The inspiration became AA Haven, now an integral part of Reunions and widely replicated across the country. In conjunction with AA Haven, Tom was always identified as our “anonymous classmate.” The AA program loomed large in Tom’s last quarter-century.

A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Deerfield, Tom was a member of Cap and Gown and assistant manager of baseball. He graduated in 1951 with honors in economics. He was in the investment business initially before operating the Frigate Bookstore in Chestnut Hill, Pa., for many years. He retired in 1985.

Tom is survived by his wife, Marcy, to whom he was married for half a century; their children Lisa Pyne, Thomas P. Jr. “Peter,” and Nina Binnie ’79; and eight grandchildren. The class is bereft of a wonderful friend.

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Nick died May 13, 2003, at home. He was a well-known civic leader and philanthropist in Idaho as well as owner of the Idaho State Journal. In addition to the Journal, Nick

managed papers in Bozeman and Havre, Mont., and five weekly papers in Oregon. The family started the Journal in 1893 and operated it until 1984, when Nick sold the family interest. He visited its offices almost daily, including the morning of his death.

He prepped at Lawrenceville, and at Princeton, he was in Cannon and Theatre Intime, played soccer, and graduated with a degree in history.

Nick served on the Judicial Council and the Idaho Community Foundation. He was a founding member of the Pocatello Regional Medical Center Foundation, and a director of Henry’s Fork Foundation. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Former Gov. Cecil Andrus described Nick as “one of the state’s leading citizens.” Gov. Dirk Kempthorne praised Nick as “a generous community member, a very thoughtful gentleman.” Nick was a fly fisherman and loved field sports.

Nick is survived by Sara Jean, his wife of 48 years; and children William Nicholas and Martha Jean. The class has lost a loyal friend and devoted Princetonian.

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Bob, a resident of Haverford, Pa., died Mar. 1, 2003, of complications from ankylosing spondylitis, a rheumatic disease he struggled with his entire adult life. He was a gentle person, and despite his painful affliction, never complained.

Bob grew up in Penn Valley. He attended Haverford, and then the Hill School, from which he graduated in 1945. He enlisted in the Navy and served as a seaman first class. He came home with a backache that signaled the beginning of his illness.

At Princeton, Bob majored in biology. A member of Quadrangle Club, he was on its graduate board for several years. After graduation, he took a job with Freeland Felt Works, a textile mill founded in 1862. He became general manager eight years later, purchased the business in 1971, and operated it until he retired in 1993.

A lifelong devotee of opera, he was on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Opera Company Guild and its treasurer for many years. He loved Princeton and Princeton football, and was invariably in the stands at home games.

In 1951, Bob married Jean Haig, who predeceased him. Our sympathy goes to his daughters, Leigh, Susan, and Karen, and his eight grandchildren.

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John died Sept. 26, 2002, of atherosclerotic heart disease. He was born Dec. 8, 1927, to Ferdinand L. Mayer ’09 and Katharine Duer Mayer. He went to Brooks School and served in the Army from 1945-47 in Austria prior to coming to Princeton, where he was a religion major.

We knew him as Jack Mayer. He assumed his mother’s surname in 1970. In 1958 he received a master’s in art history from NYU. John lived in NYC and was a member of the Princeton Club. He never married.

Surviving are his three sisters, Lucie McKee, Katharine Aimers, and Elizabeth Mayer; five nieces and nephews; and eight grandnephews.

The family asks that donations in his memory be made to Princeton. They have our sympathy and our thanks.

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Bill “Willy” Fuellhart died in the Alzheimer’s ward at the Masonic Home in Burlington, N.J., Dec. 31, 2002.

Born May 15, 1929, in Pittsburgh, he came to us from Shadyside Academy. His was a Princeton family, including his father, William C. ’25, late brother James ’57, brother David ’60, and cousin James Marsh ’48. He was a politics major, a member of the marching band, Glee Club, and Terrace Club. He roomed with Clay Griffin, Dan Sullivan, and Jim Farrell.

Bill was in NROTC and served three years in the Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. He entered the training program at GE, then served in several management positions in New England.

A career shift led him to Connecticut General, where he was a member of the Million-Dollar Round Table. He later worked for Merrill Lynch and New York Life. He was for years chairman of the board of governors of Terrace Club, spearheading the club’s renovation after a serious fire in 1987.

Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara; children Bill, Kathi, and Becky; five grandchildren; and his brother David and sister Ann. They have our sympathy.

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George died in Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 1, 2001. He had suffered from diabetes and a heart condition.

George prepared for Princeton at East HS in Denver. He majored in history and joined Dial Lodge. His senior-year roommates were Norman Hochgraf, John Peak, and Roy Sippel.

George joined United Airlines in Denver, but soon began active service in the Army as a gunnery instructor. Afterward he returned to United. He married Mary Green in 1957. In 1960 he went to work for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co. He was successful as a life insurance salesman, and also worked with the Princeton Schools Committee.

George and Mary moved to Orange County, Calif., in 1967, where he remained for the rest of his life. Several years after the move, his marriage to Mary ended. Subsequently, George joined Alcoholics Anonymous and remained alcohol-free until he died. He later married Karen Huggins.

Classmates will remember George as a gregarious friend who enjoyed practical jokes. George was always upbeat and optimistic.

The class extends its deepest sympathy to Mary; their children, Katherine Marie, Christopher Michael, Karen Ann, and Peter Whitehead; nine grandchildren; Karen Huggins; and sister Jeanne Kearns.

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Phil died suddenly of a massive heart attack in his birthplace, Florence, Italy, on Aug. 25, 2001. Gifted with irrepressible joie de vivre and contagious good humor, even during his difficult last years, Phil made and cherished friends the world over. In the words of one friend, it was “always summertime with Phil.”

He attended Milton Academy, and at Princeton was a mechanical engineering major and member of Cottage Club. Later he served Princeton on the Schools Committee and Alumni Council.

Phil went on to Harvard Business School and an investment career. A longtime associate and sometime trustee of Toqueville Asset Management in NYC, he owned Tanglefoot Co. in Grand Rapids, Mich., producer of organic insecticides; Halcyon Days of London, producer of enamels; and, best known to his friends, Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar in London. At Green’s, Phil remained true to the guiding principle he wrote for our class history: “Always leave them laughing when you say goodbye.”

To his beloved companion, Isabelle de Waldner; his children and their spouses, Nicolas and Isabelle Le Blan, Beatrice Uzielli, and Alessandro and Kimm Uzielli; and to his grandchild, Adriana Olivia Le Blan; the class extends its deepest sympathy.

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Tim, one of our successful Wall Street executives, died May 11, 2003, after a bout with brain cancer.

Upon finishing Woodmere [N.Y.] HS, he began Princeton on Dickinson St. in one of the homes that housed freshmen. There it was like a small club. Jim Neff recalls the pleasant surroundings and going out with Tim for the 150-lb. frosh crew. Dick Simmons remembers Tim as a considerate roommate who “always had a smile on his face and would join in on just about any endeavor.”

Tim majored in mechanical engineering, and so had a short walk to his eating club, Campus. After graduation, he sandwiched in engineering design before and after Army service. He became a stockbroker, married Margaret Berger, and had two boys. Later the family moved to New Jersey. He retired seven years ago as vice president of equity research at Salomon Smith Barney. Divorced, he traded for himself on the Internet from his Mahwah home until he became ill.

We pay our final respects and send warm feelings to sons Jeff and Stephen ’89; sister Ellen; and adored granddaughter Sarah.

The Class of 1953



Tom, of Centreville, Md., died May 31, 2003, of causes related to non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 65.

Tom came to Princeton from St. Andrew’s School and earned a law degree from the U. of Maryland in 1969. He also served in the Army, assigned to the Intelligence Corps in Washington. Tom practiced law first in Easton, then in Centreville, Md., until shortly before his death.

He was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and chairman of the Trust and Estate Section of the Maryland Bar Assn. At Princeton, Tom majored in politics and belonged to Key and Seal. In 1964, Tom married the former Penelope Ord; they had three children.

He was active in civic affairs, and was an active Princeton alumnus who valued his association with the University.

He is survived by his brother, Michael; three children, Thomas V, Edmund, and Ann Keating Ashley; and five grandchildren. Donations may be sent to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood Dr., Easton, MD 21601. If you seek Tom’s monument, view The class sends its condolences to Tom’s family and friends.

The Class of 1960



Murray “the Mole” died at his home in South Natick, Mass., Apr. 29, 2003, after a struggle with cancer and a stroke.

He came to Princeton from Governor Dummer Academy, where he was ranking scholar. At Princeton he majored in history and was active in Charter and Triangle clubs. He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1967 and became a CPA in 1971. During his junior and senior years, Murray was a resident of the infamous “Slipshod Manor” in the Blair-Joline Tower along with Doug Brady ’65, Van Williams ’65, and Lee Wright ’64. These four remained close, and many nights were spent recounting their adventures, including creating the legendary “Ivy League Marriage of the Week Award” in 1963-64.

Murray was a founding officer of Metagraphics and Nitromed in Woburn, Mass., and founding controller for National Medical Care (now Fresenius Medical Care). Recently, he had been CFO and consultant to several other companies in the Boston area.

Classmates Lee Wright, Phil Dickinson and John Parfitt attended his funeral as did close friends David Goodrich ’63 and Van Williams ’65.

Murray is survived by his wife, Cindy, and sons Jeffrey and Andrew. A daughter, Betsy, died in 1983. The class sends its deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

The Class of 1964



Patrick O’Hern was treasurer of the Class of 1969 when he died Apr. 12, 2003. He was born Feb. 11, 1947, in Iowa.

By virtue of a paperboy scholarship he wended his way eastward, first to Andover and then to Princeton. While at Princeton he and his roommates Joe Magruder, Doug Kenna, and Jimmy Johnston created their own “sty.” Patrick flourished at Cap and Gown and the Woodrow Wilson School. Later migrating to California he attended Boalt School of Law and began practicing in San Francisco in 1974. He started in private practice, moved to the public sector, and then to Lawrence Livermore Lab.

Active in legal organizations and chairing the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, he most enjoyed his involvement in Oakland girls’ softball. His daughter Maureen O’Hern ’06 is an all-star pitcher and first baseperson. Patrick acted as manager, press agent, game scheduler, coach, and ombudsman on behalf of girls’ softball for many years.

Although Patrick became gravely ill in 1994, he recovered sufficiently to travel to the Olympics, the World Series, and many times to Princeton, Europe, and his beloved Ireland.

The Class of 1969



Don died of kidney cancer Feb. 7, 2002, at his home in Philadelphia.

He grew up on Long Island and graduated from East Meadow HS. At Princeton, Don rowed with the varsity heavyweight crew, and was a member of Dial Lodge. After Princeton he studied at Penn, then taught architecture at both Penn and Princeton for more than two decades. Don received the prestigious Progressive Architecture Research Award for his work on designing energy curricula for architecture schools.

A fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he founded his own architectural firm, designing buildings that were ecologically sound, energy-efficient, and affordable. He was a regional correspondent for Progressive Architecture magazine and a contributor to the architecture column in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer.

Don is survived by his wife, Mady, whom he met when he worked as a busboy at her family’s famous resort hotel, Kutscher’s, in the Catskill Mountains; son Matthew ’01, daughter Rachel; and parents Millard and Gloria Prowler.

We celebrate the memory of Don as one who put his Princeton education to work for the betterment of society and the education of future generations.

The Class of 1972



Doug died of a viral infection of the heart Sept. 12, 2000, in Lancaster, Pa. He was 42.

Raised in Wellesley, Mass., Doug came to Princeton from Noble and Greenough School. At Princeton he majored in religion and received the departmental senior prize. He shared his love of singing with the Freshman Singers, the Offbeats, and the Katzenjammers. His steadfast and sonorous bass voice, as well as his nurturing term as president of the Katzenjammers, are remembered with great fondness.

Doug earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1982 and began a long career as a human resources executive with PepsiCo and PepsiCo Foods International. While at PepsiCo, he and his family lived in Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, and London. In 1996, Doug joined Lancaster-based Armstrong Holdings, Inc., where he was held in high esteem as executive vice president and director of human resources.

Doug’s wonderfully goofy sense of humor was legendary, as were his kindness, warmth, and authentic concern for others. He is survived by his wife, Daral Donkervoet Boles ’80; their children, Leslie, John, and Laura; his mother and father; two sisters; a brother; and many friends who loved him.

The Class of 1980


Graduate Alumni

JANUSZ SLESZYNSKI *54, Woodrow Wilson School, March 1985

LEE M. FAIRCHILD *35, English, Oct. 8, 1995

JOHN R. MAGUIRE *67, Woodrow Wilson School, Nov. 11, 1998

DAVID A. BRIDEWELL *32, Economics, July 28, 1999

KENNETH C. TAYLOR *73, History, Nov. 29, 1999

JIRO TOKUYAMA *58, Woodrow Wilson School, October 14, 2000

JOHN C. BIERER *38, Geology, May 16, 2002

THOMAS B. IRVING *40, Oriental Languages and Literature, Sept. 24, 2002

RALPH N. ADAMS *53, Chemistry, Nov. 28, 2002

RONALD F. GEBHARDT *66, Geological Engineering, Jan. 15, 2003

OWEN E. RINGWALD *49, Chemistry, Jan. 22, 2003

FREDERICK E. CHRISTIAN *34, History, Mar. 2, 2003

Rev. SUNNY P.H. OEY *60, Religion, Mar. 18, 2003

MICHAEL JOHN KEATON *71, Chemical Engineering, Mar. 22, 2003

EVAN L. BURGE *69, Classics, Mar. 27, 2003

LAWRENCE J. WATHEN JR. *49, Art and Archeology, May 12, 2003

Lt. Col. JOHN P. RAINIER *84, Woodrow Wilson School, May 25, 2003

W. DONALD WOOD *59, Economics, June 21, 2003

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