April 7, 2004: Memorials


Chan Archer, who had lived at the Kendal at Hanover [N.H.] retirement community since 1991, died Jan. 10, 2004.

A retired executive vice president of the Philadelphia National Bank, he moved to Vermont in 1973 and served for 12 years as a loan consultant for the Howard Bank in Burlington. In Burlington he was active in Planned Parenthood, the United Way, the Vermont Nature Conservancy, Audubon, and other organizations with special concern for environmental matters.

Chan was the son of F. Morse Archer, Class of 1894. The late F.M. Archer Jr. ’23 was his brother, and his sister, Elizabeth, was married to the late Henry B. Guthrie ’24.

Chan is survived by his wife of 69 years, Frances (Fran) Allen, who was his first date on his 16th birthday (“She is still No. 1,” he wrote many years later); a son, Evan Jr.; two daughters, Holly Crawford and Katharine Archer, and several grandchildren.

The Class of 1934



Bill died Feb. 6, 2004. Born in 1914 in Balti-more, he went to the Gilman School there.

At Princeton he majored in biology, and was a member of Arbor Inn. After earning an MD from Johns Hopkins, he was laid up with tuberculosis for two years. He worked in pathology at Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. At Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and as associate professor of industrial medicine at NYU, he headed tests on animals for carcinogens in refining petroleum.

Beginning in 1958, Bill served for 25 years as director of the Health Research Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson U. He and his associates reported some of the early experimental evidence for carcinogenicity of asbestos. For lung cancers induced by asbestos in mice, they reported cures by a drug (PCNU) combined with an analog of Vitamin A.

In 1945, Bill married Elizabeth Hamilton. They had three children and divorced in 1962. In 1970 he married Marye Collins. Bill and his family spent summers on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, where he and Marye lived after his 1983 retirement. She predeceased him, as did his sons Austin and Howard, and brother Edgar M. He is survived by a daughter, Rosalie Strickland, and five grandchildren.

The Class of 1934



Stu died Oct. 6, 2003, as a result of a fall while strolling with his wife through the Long Island Sound salt marshes near his home in Guilford, Conn.

His son, S. Jeffrey, wrote, “He lived a wonderful long life (celebrated his 90th birthday in July) and was doing what he loved to do right up to the end.”

Stu came to Princeton from the Peddie School. He began working for Newell Rubbermaid Co. in 1939. This was interrupted by WWII service with the Army in Africa and Italy. He resumed his career as an executive with the company in 1945, and was serving on the board of directors when he retired in 1986. He also was president and owner of Burt Blo Poker, a company that manufactured a poker used to revive a dying fire.

Stu was an avid tennis and croquet player, and founding member of a men’s hiking group. A strong conservationist, he supported land preservation in Guilford and the Thousand Islands, where he spent his summers. A memorial service will be held there in the summer.

Survivors include Stu’s wife of 58 years, Ellen; children S. Jeffrey, Louise Burt, and John; and three grandchildren. His local newspaper said, “He was known to his family and friends as an incredibly cheerful, kind man.” We, too, shall miss him and send our sympathy.

The Class of 1937



An outstanding architect, Bill (a.k.a. “Duck”) died Jan. 10, 2004, in La Jolla, Calif., from old-age-related ailments.

At Princeton he was active in Theatre Intime, the Glee Club, University Choir, and as president of Triangle Club. He graduated with highest honors and earned a master’s degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Serving in the Navy during WWII, Bill designed and built military airstrips in the South Pacific. He was a commander in the Naval Reserve.

Postwar, he constructed large urban projects in the SF area before moving to La Jolla as a managing partner of the firm that still bears his name: Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson. Bill designed a wing of the San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, several banks, and military installations. He was a director of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and vice president of what is now the Museum of Contemporary Art. He enjoyed a reputation as a man of great good humor, wit, and grace, and with flawless architectural judgment.

Duck is survived by his wife, Julia, sons Stephen and Kirk, and a sister, Dr. Laurie Raymond, to all of whom the class sends its sincere condolences.

The Class of 1938



The Greenwich [Conn.] Times reported that Syd, “a lawyer and corporate executive, who at age 68 became an ordained Episcopal priest, died Jan. 3, 2004, of natural causes. Care and empathy for people were what motivated (Syd) and also (were) what faith could look like when you live it well.”

Syd prepared at Erasmus HS in NYC. At Princeton, he majored in history and the School of Public and International Affairs. He won the Class of 1883 English Prize and the Hope Public Speaking Prize. He rowed crew, was the Princetonian’s dramatic critic, president of the Undergraduate Council, and was a member of Orange Key, the debate team, and Cloister Inn.

From 1942-46, he served the Marine Corps in the Pacific, reaching the rank of captain. At Iwo Jima, he witnessed the historic raising of the American flag.

In 1947, he graduated from Yale Law School. Starting his law practice in NYC, he became special assistant attorney for New York State, then treasurer of American Standard, Inc. From 1969-81, Syd was treasurer and house counsel for Rockefeller U.

Syd’s interest in religious life led him, at 66, to attend Yale Divinity School, eventually serving Christ Church Greenwich. A former class officer and chairman of the Schools and Scholarship Committee in Greenwich, he was a lifelong Princeton supporter.

To his wife of 53 years, Jean Fleming Woodd-Cahusac, his daughters, Ann Neary and Lee Cowans, son Kenneth, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren, his classmates extend deepest sympathies.

The Class of 1940



Harry died on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, 2003. A California resident for 50 years, he was born in Chestnut Hill, Pa., and attended Chestnut Hill Academy and the Kent School.

On Princeton’s freshman soccer and lacrosse teams, he played all three upperclass years on the varsity lacrosse team. Majoring in geology and a member of Colonial Club, Harry roomed variously with Bowring, Goodfellow, Huston, Longcope, Moss, Page, and Wainwright.

Immediately after graduation, Harry entered the Harvard MBA program, earning his degree before entering the Navy as an ensign in 1942.

Harry served four years in Aviation Ordnance, 16 months of which took him to the Pacific theater where he participated in the Admiralties and Philippines campaigns. He was discharged as a lieutenant in 1946.

Starting with Connecticut General Life Insurance Co., which moved him to SF, he then worked for Marsh & McLennan, New York Life, and finally the Zische Organization, retiring in 1977.

Moving to The Sequoias, a continuing-care community in SF, he met and married his second wife, Jean Smith, who predeceased him.

Surviving are his first wife, Sally Bubb Holland, mother of his four surviving sons, Harry III, John, Tom, and Robert; and his sister, Alice Jones.

The Class of 1941



Frank died Dec. 18, 2003, in Vero Beach, Fla. He came to Princeton after attending All Hollows HS in NYC and then Lawrenceville.

He was on the freshman football and swimming teams, but resigned from the University in the middle of freshman year. However, Frank maintained his loyalty to Princeton and our class.

Going to work for an insurance company, he married Barbara Haring in 1940. In 1944, Frank was drafted into the Army. Assigned to the 76th Infantry Division, he saw action in three major battles, before being sent to officer candidate school in Paris. Receiving his commission, he joined the 29th Division in Bremen, finishing his tour of duty in the occupation forces.

Frank then joined Despard & Co. in NYC as an international insurance broker, retiring in 1970. Retirement obviously didn’t suit him because, after a short interval, he went to work for a local real estate and insurance company, the Redden Agency in Rumson, N.J., where be had lived for many years. Eventually retiring again, he moved to Vero Beach.

Predeceased by his sons, Francis III ’62 and Richard, he is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughters, Barbara Hammitt and Kathleen Westdyke, and three grandchildren.

The Class of 1941



“Red” Chandor, 82, one of our most colorful classmates and descendant of alums beginning with the Class of 1784, died Dec. 22, 2003, in NYC.

After preparation at South Kent [Conn.] School and a year at Hamilton College, he earned honors in modern languages at Princeton, tutored French and Greek, and was a member of Cloister Inn. An Air Force lieutenant during WWII, Red worked as a navigator.

A well-traveled ladies’ man in the international jet set, Red had a peripatetic career as a public relations executive, stockbroker, financial entrepreneur, and editor and writer in social commentary magazines. His club memberships included Union, River, Princeton Club of New York, St. Nicholas Society, Shinnecock Hills Golf, Meadow, and the Bathing Corp. of Southampton.

Red was, to say the least, an energetic and persistent family man, having had the companionship of five prominent wives and four attractive children. He was most proud of his pre-Revolutionary ancestors: the Harings (Dutch), the Mulfords (English), and Count Laslo Fulop Chandor of Budapest.

To his surviving children, Cary Savant and Allaire Stallsmith, and to his six grandchildren, the class expresses its sincere sense of loss of this exemplar of the good life.

The Class of 1942



Rollo Shaw, 82, a founder of Great Britain’s independent oil industry, died Dec. 19, 2003, at his home near London

Rollo left Princeton in 1941 to complete 73 missions as a bomber pilot in the Far East and Germany. In 1945 he returned to graduate with high honors in political science. After attending the London School of Economics, he joined the diplomatic corps in Germany, where he met and, in 1952, married Felicitas “Fee” von Frankenburg. They had two daughters, Alexandra and Victoria. Fee died in 1995 after a wonderful marriage.

Bored with the diplomat’s life, Rollo found his life’s work in oil exploration. His background in business and diplomacy, his formidable presence, and his remarkable ne-gotiating skills destined Rollo to a great career in the glory days of North Sea oil development. Through a series of imaginative and innovative maneuvers he headed the creation of Premier Oil as managing director and chairman of the board. He never retired. While at Premier he founded Brindex, an association of independent British oil companies. He was chairman of Burren Energy, a Bermuda-registered oil company, and in 1985 he was awarded an honorary CBE (Commander, Order of the British Empire).

Rollo was memorialized as “a calm and sensitive man who protected many and did business to befriend more. “The class mourns, along with Alexandra, Vicky, and the grandchildren, the loss of their “much-loved father and grandfather.”

The Class of 1942



John died Aug. 14, 2003; he was 82.

A Denver native born into one of Colorado’s pioneer families, he attended Graland School and the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., before coming to Princeton.

During WWII, John served in the Air Force in the Pacific theater as a weather intelligence officer. After the war, he returned to Denver as chairman and CEO of Davis Brothers, Inc., a firm founded in Rawlins, Wyo., in 1880.

John was very active in charitable and community affairs. He was JCC National Man-of-the-Year in 1956, president of the Denver Chamber of Commerce from 1959-61, trustee emeritus of the U. of Denver, and director of Colorado Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret; sons John Charles IV and Andrew Speer; a daughter, Marne Kellogg; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

To all the survivors, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences.

The Class of 1943



Bones died of pneumonia Dec. 30, 2003, shortly after turning 82, in LA. He had suffered a stroke in 2001.

A graduate of Columbia HS, South Orange, N.J., he came to Princeton and became a member of Quadrangle Club. He was the first in Princeton history to win a varsity letter freshman year, for diving.

During WWII, Bones was a Navy pilot at Pensacola and later taught other fighter pilots. After the war, he attended NYU Medical School as an Army reserve officer, served in Korea as a medical officer with MASH units, and earned the Bronze Star.

Bones later went to law school at USC, was admitted to the bar, and specialized in medical malpractice litigation. He pursued many outside interests, including racing ocean yachts, celestial navigation, golfing, horseback riding, and playing piano.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; 10 children by his first wife, Dr. Ana Doran Negri; 12 grandchildren; and a brother, David ’50. To all the family, we extend our deepest and most sincere sympathies.

The Class of 1943



Steve died Jan. 30, 2004, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 81.

A native of Manchester, Conn., he received his bachelor’s in English from Princeton in 1943. During WWII, he served three years with the Army Air Forces in North Africa.

Back in civilian life, Steve began working for the American Petroleum Institute (API) in 1946 as an economist-writer. He became vice president for public affairs in 1970, and also vice president of government relations in 1975. Four years later, Steve was named senior vice president.

During the course of his long and distinguished career with API, Steve had a major role in establishing the institute as one of the leading national trade associations. He led API to adapt to the changed energy world following the 1973-74 OPEC oil embargo.

A private and somewhat shy person, Steve enjoyed golf and was an avid bridge player, achieving the status of silver life master.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Ruth Headlee, a son, Stephen Niles Potter, and two grandchildren.

To the entire family, we extend our most heartfelt sympathies.

The Class of 1943



Tom Underhill died June 26, 2003, in West Chatham, Mass.

Tom entered Princeton from Summit [N.J.] HS and joined Charter Club. Accelerating, he received his degree in chemistry in 1944, then served as a naval officer aboard the USS Perry in the Atlantic theater. Tom next received a law degree from Harvard in 1949 and became an international patent lawyer with the Kendall Co. in Boston. He continued in practice with Kendall and with Monsanto until he retired in 1976.

In 1950, Tom married the former Carly Barber, who predeceased him in 1995. Tom then married the former Janet Means. In the 50th yearbook, Tom noted a mixed blessing in his life when he was elected a selectman of a small Massachusetts town. In addition to devoting effort to the many duties this post entailed, Tom found time to enjoy sailing, writing mystery novels, and composing wickedly difficult crossword puzzles featuring impossible puns. We will miss Tom and his highly developed sense of humor.

In addition to Janet, he is survived by a daughter, Sara Wisseman, a son, Nicholas, and three grandchildren. The class extends its sympathy to the family.

The Class of 1945



Larry Wharton died Dec. 4, 2003.

Larry prepared at the Gilman School, and at Princeton joined Colonial Club, and played on the varsity football team and the wrestling squad. He left Princeton to serve as a medical student in the Army Specialized Training Program and received his degree from Johns Hopkins U. in 1947. He took up a residency practice in gynecology and taught at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

The same year he received his degree, he married the former Alison DeRopp. Larry and Alie, in addition to raising three children, were never without Labrador retrievers, as Larry pointed out in his submission to the 50th yearbook. He and Alie spent all their married life in the same gracious home in Ruxton, Md.

In addition to Alie, Larry is survived by his son, Lawrence Wharton III; daughters Louise Pistell ’78 and Margaret Noonan; and two grandchildren. The class extends its sympathy to all the family.

The Class of 1945



Self-styled country lawyer George W. DeVoe died Jan. 12, 2004, at his longtime home in Highland Park, N.J.

A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, he entered Princeton in 1942, served as an Air Force meteorology officer in Hawaii and Johnson Island, and returned to graduate in engineering in 1949. While at Princeton, he married Edith Hughes. George entered U. Va. Law School, graduated in 1952, and was admitted to the New Jersey bar. He began a lifelong law career at his father’s firm, and later added his daughter, Alice, to the firm of DeVoe and DeVoe, specializing in trust, estates, real estate, and banking.

George was a vestryman at Christ Episcopal Church in New Brunswick, and also worked with the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, and the Class of ’46 Memorial Fund. He collected model trains, lighting his lawn each Christmas with a large train overlooking the Raritan river. With grandchildren, he and Edith traveled to Europe, Alaska, Maine, and the Southwest.

Surviving, in addition to Edith, are daughters Alice, Edith Klink, and Susan Goff; a son, George Jr.; two sisters; and six grandchildren. To them, the class extends its sympathy.

The Class of 1946



Dick “Duke” Dennen died peacefully at his Wyckoff, N.J., home Oct. 15, 2003.

Born in Brooklyn and reared in Sea Girt, N.J., he entered Princeton as a veteran of the Army in occupied Japan, and a graduate of the Lawrenceville School.

At Princeton he was a psychology major, a varsity football stalwart, and a member of Cap and Gown. And most important, midway through his undergraduate years, he married Barbara Murray, his beloved wife for more than 50 years. Delightfully friendly as a classmate, he remained so through his rich, full life.

From Princeton, Dick went on to NYU Graduate School and a distinguished career in banking and investment advising, first with General Electric, then for 35 years as vice president of the Pension and Trust Dept. of Bankers Trust.

Equally distinguished were his community contributions, made through generous service to the Wyckoff YMCA and to St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, where he was both financial adviser and usher.

Above all, Dick was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His love for Barbara, his daughters, Kathleen, Patricia, and Maureen, his son Duke, and his nine grandchildren knew no bounds. To them all, the class extends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1952


WILLEM ROYLE van der HOEVEN ’52 *53

Bill died of cancer Sept. 29, 2001, in Asheville, N.C.

Bill came to Princeton from Valley Forge [Pa.] Military Academy, rooming with Fred Kaufman, Ted Martin, and Paul Pressler. After graduating cum laude in chemical engineering, he stayed on at Princeton to obtain a master’s, then spent two years in the Army at Ft. Monmouth, N.J. His entire career was spent in engineering and management positions with Union Carbide, first in West Virginia, then Puerto Rico, Houston, and finally in executive management at corporate headquarters in Danbury, Conn. Bill retired to Asheville in 1987.

An accomplished cellist, Bill was devoted to music. He played in orchestras throughout his life, first at Princeton, then Charleston, then in the Asheville area. He was most enthusiastic about chamber music, and he organized and played in numerous small chamber music sessions. He also was program director for the Asheville Chamber Music Series.

Bill was a devout Christian and served actively in many churches and fellowships. He was an elder, Sunday school teacher, choir member, and occasional cello soloist for the Presbyterian Church in Arden, N.C.

To the end, Bill rejoiced in his beloved Sally, his partner of 47 years, sons Will, Peter, and Paul, daughter Peg, and 16 grandchildren. To the entire family, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1952

Graduate Alumni



Jeffrey Daniel White, 37, died Apr. 25, 2003, in an apartment fire in NYC.

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, White went to U. Va. on a merit scholarship and graduated with highest distinction in 1988. Two years later, he earned a master of architecture degree from Princeton, where he was awarded the William Crosby Butler Fellowship. Thereafter, White practiced architecture in NYC with a number of firms, most recently Fifield Piaker Architects.

White loved art galleries, dogs, and travel. He is survived by his parents and four siblings.

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