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October 5, 2005: Memorials


Loring Rowe, also called Andy or Shanks, died peacefully June 26, 2005, at his home in Edgartown, Mass. He was 94.

He retired in 1981 as senior vice president of LaSalle Steel Co. in Chicago, which he joined in 1956. From 1934 to 1956, except for four years during World War II when he served as an officer in the Navy, he was with Elgin Watch Co., where he became vice president.

Loring and his wife, Barbara Bastien, who died in 2000, moved gradually from Chicago to Martha’s Vineyard “in part,” he explained, “because all our children and grandchildren live in Maine and Rhode Island, in part because we love sailing.” He was a trustee of the Edgartown Yacht Club and of the local Historical Preservation Society.

A devoted classmate and loyal Princetonian, Loring enjoyed seeing other Princetonians who live on the Vineyard or, as he put it, “appear during the summer.” In 1964 he donated an Aeronca 7AC airplane to the University Flying Club.

Surviving are two sons, Andrew L. Jr. ’67 and Thomas B.; a daughter, Nancy R. Burroughs; and six grandchildren, including Amory Rowe ’95, an All-American in field hockey and lacrosse.

The Class of 1934


Fred died Nov. 25, 2004, in Florida after a long illness. He was 90.

He prepared at both Staunton Military and Shady Side academies. At Princeton he majored in chemical engineering and was a member of Elm Club. His 38-year career in engineering and sales management for the Aluminum Co. of America (Alcoa) took him to six cities.

During World War II he was on loan from 1941 to 1945 to the British Air Commission in New York City, where he was engaged in procurement of aluminum and magnesium for the United Kingdom’s aircraft production.

Fred was an avid golfer and played in numerous tournaments sponsored by Alcoa.

Fred married Laura McGee in 1941. They had two daughters, Carolyn Lancaster Greenblatt and Susan Lancaster. Laura died in 1969. In 1971, Fred married Virginia Pickett Rice.

He is survived by Virginia; his daughters; stepsons William and Phillip Rice; a son-in-law, Gerry Greenblatt; daughters-in-law Sheri and Barbara Rice; his and Virginia’s grandchildren, David Kozel and wife Ann, and Allyson, Luke, and Mike Rice; and great-granddaughters Natalie and Lindsey Kozel.

The Class of 1936



Fred died at home March 21, 2005. He was 92.

Born and raised in Boston, Fred graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. At Princeton he majored in political science; was on the freshman football, hockey, and tennis teams; and played three years of varsity hockey. He was a member of Colonial Club.

After graduation he worked for Revere Copper and Brass Co. until 1942. During World War II he was a captain in the Army Air Force assigned to Washington, D.C., and Dayton, Ohio. He retired from service in 1946.

In 1944 Fred married Janet Eccles Quinney. They had three children. He spent the rest of his business career at First Security Bank of Utah until he retired in 1977. Fred lived most of his adult life in Salt Lake City.

Fred is survived by his sons, Frederick Q. and Peter Q. Lawson, and nine grandchildren. His daughter, Joanne L. Shrontz, died in 2003.

The Class of 1936



Phil died Feb. 24, 2005, at his home in Seneca Falls, N.Y. He was 89.

Born in Wilmington, Del., he came to Princeton from the Lawrenceville School, majored in English, rowed on the freshman crew, and was a member of Elm Club. He earned a law degree from New York University Law School. In 1941 he enlisted in the Army, served for five years, and was separated as a captain of artillery. In 1975 he retired as a major in the Army Reserve.

His civilian career was with Marine Midland Bank of New York, from which he retired as vice president for advertising. From 1975 to 1980 he practiced law on his own on Long Island, moving in 1981 to Seneca Falls.

Phil was a frequent reuner and used to say that no matter how things were going for him he always felt better for having been with his Princeton friends. After a service in Waterloo, N.Y., he was interred with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. We have lost another loyal classmate and friend.

The Class of 1937



Mow died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease and emphysema April 19, 2005, at Heath Village in Washington Township, N.J. He and Anne, his wife of 59 years, had only recently moved to Heath Village after a lifetime in the New Jersey countryside, having horses for fox hunting and enjoying rural life in general.

A naval officer in the North Atlantic fleet during World War II, Mow was awarded the Navy Cross for coming to the aid of an oil tanker that had been torpedoed by a German submarine.

His business career started at McCann-Erickson, when he created ad campaigns for many clients, most memorably Esso, for whom he contributed “Put a tiger in your tank.” Mow credited this line to fond memories of Princeton, and soon tiger tails were a national presence. In the mid-1960s Mow left McCann to work directly for Exxon Technology, creating sales material for its oil refineries around the world. He retired at 80 to work to improve the environment as president of the Somerset Bridle Path Association and to sail his 22-foot catboat, Tiger II.

Mow is survived by Anne; daughter Leigh; son John G. III; two stepsons; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. We offer them our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939



Bob died May 27, 2005, in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

After college, he was a Navy lieutenant senior grade in World War II, serving on a minesweeper near Okinawa and Iwo Jima. Having majored in electrical engineering, he pursued it loosely until age 35 when he made a career switch to insurance. He started and managed the R.W. Grange Associates Agency in Phoenix for Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. of Canada.

Away from his work Bob found that sports meant the most to him. Tennis, fishing, boating, and swimming laps were his pastimes both in Arizona and at his summer retreat in Friday Harbor, Wash.

Bob is survived by his wife, Cecily Collins; their four children, daughter Perrin and sons Jonathan, Geoffrey, and Todd; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. To them all, we extend our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939



Steve died June 16, 2005, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident during his return to Westport, Conn., from Vermont, where he had been playing in a tennis tournament.

From age 9 on, tennis was so central to Steve’s life that he was known affectionately by his family as “Tennis.” He and Alicia, his wife of 64 years, had nine children and 30 grandchildren. Steve is known to have penned a postcard to each of his nine children every week for over 30 years.

After service in the Merchant Marine, Steve worked for Shell Oil Co. for five years. In 1946, he founded the AA Hearing Aid Center, where two of his sons continue the family business. Aside from his successful and caring career, tennis was his passion and he played almost every day. He became the Bridgeport (Conn.) champion 13 out of 15 years; the Westport champion 32 out of 37 years; achieved the No. 1 ranking in the New England section in the 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, and 85 age divisions; and was inducted into the New England Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.

To Alicia and the family, we offer our heartfelt sympathies.

The Class of 1939



Pete died April 16, 2005, in Charlotte, N.C.

After graduation and a four-year stint in the Army during World War II, he earned a law degree at Columbia in 1947 and joined the legal staff at Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft in New York City to practice trusts and estate law. Until his retirement in 1978, Pete commuted daily from Garrison, N.Y., where he and his wife, Anne, whom he married in 1943, settled down to raise their three children.

Pete served on the board of the Julia Butterfield Memorial Hospital and the Garrison Board of Education. A passionate naturalist, hunter, and fisherman, he enjoyed sharing his love and knowledge of the outdoors with his family and friends. He served a term as president of the Angler’s Club of New York; was a member and officer of the Adirondack League Club of Old Forge, N.Y.; and was a founding member of the Garrison Fish and Game Club.

In 1995, as a widower, Pete married Sarah Anderson, and they lived in Cohasset, Mass., and Charlotte. He is survived by Sarah; his children, Nathaniel, Josephine, and Michael ’78; and five grandchildren. To them all, we extend our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939



Jim died June 1, 2005, in Indianapolis, where he had been a very active resident throughout his life.

He majored in chemistry at Princeton, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1946. While in Chicago he also worked for the federal government’s Manhattan District from 1944 to 1946. He then joined Eli Lilly & Co. as a research chemist but soon began working in Lilly’s patent division. In 1965 he earned a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law and became a patent attorney for Lilly, writing, among others, patents for Darvon and Prozac. A member of both the Indiana and the Indianapolis Bar associations, he also was a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Patent Office Society.

An ordained deacon and elder of the United Presbyterian Church, he was also active as a trustee of the Orchard School Foundation. His interests ranged from golf and coaching Little League to choir singing, gardening, and bird watching.

Preceded in death by his wife, Pauline, he is survived by their three sons, James Jr., Robert, and Richard; and eight grandchildren. We share their sense of loss and offer them our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939



Gus died of pneumonia April 21, 2005, at home in West Grove, Pa.

Widely known as a nature preserver, he and his wife, Joan, were co-founders of the Stroud Water Research Center on farmland they donated, and through which a branch of the White Clay Creek flowed. The center, in Avondale, Pa., has made profound contributions to the world’s understanding of streams, rivers, and their watersheds, championing the restoration of forests along stream banks and on steep slopes. On his dairy farm, Landhope, he also became an innovator in land management.

During World War II, Gus survived the sinking of a destroyer in the Mediterranean and was rescued from a sinking destroyer at Okinawa. He became president of Nelson Rockefeller’s International Basic Economy Corp., establishing, among other enterprises, a cattle operation in Colombia, where he and Joan helped start a school and cottage industries. He retired to devote time to his farm, later serving on the committee for modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and on the board of trustees of Delaware Art Museum. Joan died in 1985.

Gus is survived by Ann Percy, whom he married in 1989; seven children; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. We offer them our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939



Jim died July 15, 2005, after a long illness.

Growing up in western Pennsylvania, he graduated from Wilkensburg High School. At Princeton, he majored in politics, graduating with honors. He was on the freshman wrestling and Cane Spree squads, was manager of the parking squad and University laundry, and was a member of Dial Lodge.

Jim received a law degree from Harvard in 1946, which was interrupted by his service in the Navy from 1942 to 1945. He attained the rank of lieutenant senior grade, surviving the sinking of his ship at Okinawa in 1945. He practiced law in Chicago for 35 years as partner in McDennott, Will & Emory and Kirkland, Ellis. Jim specialized in estate planning, writing articles and lecturing as an authority on that subject. He was an active alumni member of the Princeton Schools Committee, a trustee of Knox College and DePaul University and a life trustee of Episcopal Charities, and served on planning and zoning boards and boards of directors in the Barrington Hills, Ill., and Tarpon Springs, Fla., areas. Jim enjoyed fishing, golf, bowling, and photography.

He is survived by Peggy, his wife of 61 years; four daughters; Gail Joseph, Jill Zifkin, Joan Byram, and Emily Greene; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. To them, his classmates wish to offer their sincere sympathies.

The Class of 1940



The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review headline read: “Scientist Renowned for Mellon Institute Work.” Classmates will remember Ed as their able and recent vice president and class agent.

Ed died July 26, 2005, at his home in Rector, Pa. He prepared at Shady Side Academy. At Princeton, he majored in chemistry and was a member of Elm Club. In 1943, he was awarded a master’s in organic chemistry by Pennsylvania State University. During World War II, Ed enlisted in the Navy, serving in Germany with the technical industrial intelligence committee. Thereafter, he was active in the Naval Reserve as a lieutenant junior grade.

After the war, Ed was named a senior fellow at the Mellon Institute. In 1959 he joined Union Carbide as director of administration, later becoming director of Carbide’s Technical Center. From 1980 to 1983, he was senior vice president of the New York Partnership.

Many civic organizations had Ed’s active support and leadership. Over and over, he was praised for his diplomacy and fund-raising abilities.

Ed is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Rea Weidlein; five children, Edward R. III ’68, James, Peter, Joan Mudge, and Mary Macintosh; eight grandchildren; and a brother, Robert. To them, his classmates extend their sincere condolences.

The Class of 1940



Pete died Sept. 25, 2004, of lung cancer at his home in Dallas.

A fourth-generation Dallasite who entered Princeton from The Hill School, he majored in English and joined Cottage Club. He roomed with his lifelong friend, Royal Ferris, all four years.

During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the carrier USS Bunker Hill, participating in all major Pacific engagements from December 1943 to May 1945, and surviving its near-sinking off Okinawa from a Kamikaze attack. Awarded a fleet commander’s letter of commendation, a presidential unit citation, and eight battle stars, he retired as a lieutenant senior grade.

After the war, he joined the real estate development firm of Ballard Burgher and Co., serving as president for 30 years. He was a devout Episcopalian who served on the vestry and as a senior warden of his church.

A gentleman of the “old school” with a dry wit, he loved good books and European travel. Above all, he enjoyed time spent with his beloved wife of 55 years, Joan Burgher Flynn, and their family.

Joan died July 4, 2005. Pete is survived by his son, C.W. “Peter” Flynn IV ’73; a daughter, Cynthia Guill; and two grandchildren, Elinor and Peter Flynn.

The Class of 1941



Versatile Pat Howell, who switched careers to achieve distinction as a writer, editor, and consultant in psychotherapy, died May 16, 2005, in Dallas.

A graduate of Highland Park Independent School District in Dallas, Pat was a member of Campus Club at Princeton. He graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and then studied international management at Harvard Business School.

After a stint as a United Press International correspondent, he started a land-development company and ran his own international affairs consulting firm. In 1978 he married Joan Docherty. Having decided to follow yet another path, psychotherapy, he earned his doctorate in 1981 from the Saybrook Institute in San Francisco. Pat and Joan started Saybrook Publishing, and he taught classes at the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University. He held several directorships.

Pat’s greatest work was War’s End (1989), which predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was awarded the Bronze Medal of the International Publishers’ Association. He edited Beyond Literacy, The Second Gutenberg Revolution, which earned the Benjamin Franklin Award for the best nonfiction literature of 1991. He also was a nominator for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

Pat’s son, Webster, predeceased him. To Joan, their four surviving children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other family members, the class extends deepest condolences.

The Class of 1942



Ned died July 1, 2005, at home in Wilmington, Del.

A graduate of Western High School in Washington, D.C., Ned majored in politics at Princeton. He was president of Court Club until joining the Naval Reserve as an ensign after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, where his father, Adm. Husband Kimmel, was commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet.

Ned served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger in the North Atlantic, and later as officer-in-charge of the Naval radio station in Philadelphia until his discharge from active duty as lieutenant commander.

After graduation from Harvard Law School in 1948, Ned embarked on a distinguished career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. He retired in 1984 as a senior attorney.

Ned lent his leadership talents to the Wilmington community in politics, in social clubs, on corporate boards, and to the Episcopal Church.

In retirement Ned devoted himself full time to restoring the honor and reputation of his father, who the Navy had found “guilty of dereliction of duty for not having been adequately prepared” and was stripped of his rank (see PAW’s A Moment With, April 6, 2005). Subsequent investigations revealed Japanese messages indicating imminent attack had been deliberately withheld from Kimmel. Ned’s son, Manning, is continuing his father’s quest.

To Harriott, Ned’s devoted wife of 63 years, and his four children, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1942



Bart died July 11, 2005, at Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C. He was 84.

Born in Wuchang, China, the son of missionary parents, he returned to the United States in 1929. He prepped for Princeton at Kent School in Connecticut, graduating from the University in 1946.

During World War II, Bart’s oriental language skills led him to become a Japanese interpreter for the Navy in the South Pacific.

It was during this period that Bart found his calling, saying, “I realized that my life was not my own, but belonged rather to God.” He attended Virginia Theological Seminary, and served North Carolina ministries in Charlotte (twice), Chapel Hill, and Durham, as well as Charleston, S.C. Bart focused on Christian education in his ministry, and was a firm believer in the role of the church in advocacy causes.

Bart is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Elizabeth Bradfield; a son, Levering B. Jr.; two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. To the entire family, we extend sincere condolences.

The Class of 1943



Reeves died Sept. 29, 2004.

Reeves entered Princeton from Williams High in Germantown, Tenn. He joined Charter Club but his Princeton studies were terminated by service in the Army, after which he returned to Germantown and married Elisabeth Powell.

For the class’ 50th-year book, Reeves provided a detailed life-history report, noting that he found Princeton to be a “great experience,” but never made it back after war service. Instead he returned to Memphis to receive a law degree, although he did not practice law afterward.

He enjoyed a varied business career, engaging in automobile-dealership management, and owning an insurance brokerage and a local radio station. In addition he and Betty raised Black Angus cattle.

Reeves remained in the same venerable house for all of his married life, enjoying his work on its restoration.

He is survived by Betty; his sons, Chip and Thomas Ritchie; and two grandchildren. The class sends its sympathy to the family.

The Class of 1945



David Rowan died of cancer June 8, 2005, in Roxbury, Conn.

He was a member of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and recipient of the International Skiing History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He started his career after two years in England at Cambridge, as an editor of Ski magazine. Eventually he founded Ski Area Management, a trade publication, which he edited.

David was born in Bletchingley, England. He was a product of St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. At Princeton he was a member of Tower, was coxswain of the crew, and played varsity soccer. He was active at Theatre Intime and earned his AB in modern languages. His father was Class of 1899.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ann, and three children, Jennifer, Olivia, and Andrew.

The Class of 1948



Al died of leukemia May 28, 2005, the day after his 77th birthday. He was a kind, gentle, and positive man, a human being of unusual charm and good cheer.

He came to Princeton from St. Louis Country Day School, majored in psychology, and belonged to Terrace Club. After stints in two family companies, Al’s 40-year career in the brokerage business began with Goldman Sachs, but was mostly with Stifel Nicolaus in St. Louis. He went to his office regularly until just days before his death. He gave freely of his time to St. Louis charities and served on a number of local boards.

His other lifelong hobbies included bridge, racehorses, and golf. He won the University bridge championship his sophomore year, overcoming the handicap of a partner who took up the game just the previous week.

Al could talk at length on virtually any topic, unencumbered by the facts. For example, he could speak for 15 minutes about Mozart even though none of his facts were correct and he spelled the composer’s name “Motzart.”

Al was devoted to Joan, his wife of almost 50 years, who died in 2003. Our condolences go to his son, Ben; daughters Kathy and Nancy; his grandchildren; sister Elsie; and his brother and best friend, Steve ’53.

The Class of 1950



Bob, whose life was defined by family, duty, the law, and Princeton, died Jan. 6, 2005, following a brief illness.

A New Yorker to the bone, he prepared for Princeton at the Horace Mann School and in 1966 married Brooklyn girl Mary Elizabeth “Bitsy” McMahon.

At Princeton, Bob majored in the Woodrow Wilson School and was a member of Cloister Inn. After graduation he served as an Army field artillery officer in Korea, cherishing his military experience and comradeship with other ’52ers in Korea.

Study at the University of Vienna and Harvard Law School followed, and in 1957 Bob began a distinguished career in the law that spanned 47 years. He first complemented private and corporate law practice in New York City with civil rights work for HEW in Washington, D.C., and the South. After moving to Michigan in 1971, he returned to private practice in his hometown of Bloomfield Hills.

Bob and Bitsy were familiar faces at our major and mini-reunions. Bob also was a member of the Nassau Club, the Princeton Club of New York, and the Princeton Club of Michigan, where he served as president in 1991 and 1992.

To his beloved Bitsy and their daughter, Laura, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1952



Alex died March 11, 2005. He had struggled with cystic fibrosis his entire life. His twin brother, Fred, also a classmate, died in 1990.

Alex and Fred grew up in Arlington, Va., where Alex was high-school valedictorian. After Princeton, Alex earned a master’s from the University of Virginia and worked at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico for 25 years, specializing in photovoltaics and robotics. He was widely published in those fields. But a quick search shows that, among other things, he had also been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The opening clause in his response to a major article on cystic fibrosis in 2001 was unusual and distinctive for a scholarly publication like JAMA: “As a 46-year-old with CF awaiting a lung transplant . . . ”

Classmates who kept in touch with Alex over the years know how, despite the debilitating effects of CF, he enjoyed backpacking, skiing, and sailing.

He is survived by his son, Benjamin; his parents, Col. and Mrs. Alexander M. Maish; and his sister, Darby Maish Woolley. The class offers its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1977



John died Aug. 1, 1998, in Oklahoma City, of pancreatic cancer. He attended Princeton for only our first semester, but those who knew him remember his remarkable combination of intelligence, elegance, charisma, and wit.

A champion debater and extemporaneous speaker who was elected governor of Oklahoma Boys’ State before entering Princeton, John later devoted himself to his family’s clothing business. He was respected in the industry and prized by customers for his exquisite taste.

John ran 14 miles daily and regularly entered and finished ultramarathons. His ambition and resolve as an athlete were matched by his kindness in daily life. He was a sensitive and loving husband and a devoted stepfather. Because of John’s interest in literature and the arts, his family has requested that donations in his memory be made to Allied Arts or Ballet Oklahoma.

John faced his illness with courage. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, Lisa Trella Ooley; two stepchildren, Caitlin and Ryan; his father, John L. Ooley II (who has since died); his mother, Margaret Ooley; brother David Ooley; and sisters Sara Ooley and Janna Hubbard.

To his family and friends, the class sends its sympathy.

The Class of 1977



Our friend and classmate Russ Moyer died July 4, 2005, from complications related to kidney failure.

Russ came to Princeton from Fitch High School in Groton, Conn. At Princeton he majored in politics, played varsity football, and was a member of Cottage Club. After graduation, Russ held a number of sales and sales management positions in the consumer goods, automotive, and telecommunications industries.

Throughout his life, Russ was active in his church and his community. He was a loyal, enthusiastic Princetonian who valued the lifelong friendships formed during his days as an undergraduate. We were fortunate to spend some time with him at the 25th reunion and now have reason to cherish that time all the more.

Those of us who knew Russ well understood his love for, and commitment to, his wife, Sue, daughters Cassandra and Aliza, and his entire extended family. To them, his mother, Hilda, his sisters, Laurie and Lisa, and their respective families, the class extends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1980


Graduate Alumni


Fred G. Burke, architect of sweeping change in public school financing and accountability, died March 11, 2005, in Newton, N.J., from a pulmonary embolism. He was 79.

A graduate of Williams College, Burke earned a doctorate at Princeton in politics. Over the next dozen years he pursued an academic career, penning six books on African affairs, consulting for the United Nations, and directing Peace Corps training in East Africa.

Appointed commissioner of education for Rhode Island in 1971, he oversaw transition there to full state funding of public schools. Stepping into the same role in New Jersey in 1974, he plunged into controversy over financial and evaluative practice in public education. He helped pass a highly contested 1975 law mandating state testing and review of students and teachers.

In the following year, New Jersey’s first income tax promised an equalization of aid across school districts. Much to Burke’s regret, initial efforts to close the funding gap failed.

Resigning from public service in 1982, he took a senior position at the University of Connecticut and later at the Phelps Stokes Fund. His last book argues for a national education policy.

Burke leaves behind his third wife, Carol Sterling, three sons, and a daughter. end of article

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