April 5, 2006: Memorials

Robert Carl Ficke Jr. ’33 *34

Bob died Jan. 3, 2006, at home in Wilmington, Del. He was 96.

Born Feb. 21, 1909, in Davenport, Iowa, he attended the Lawrenceville School and graduated from Princeton with a bachelor’s in engineering. He earned a master’s in chemical engineering in 1934. He was elected an associate of the Society of the Sigma Xi. In the 1930s he played in a jazz band, touring Europe during his summers off from college.

He joined DuPont Co. and contributed to engineering technology developments across a number of manufacturing sites, and worked in leadership positions with the engineering service division prior to his 1971 retirement. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Bob delighted in being with family and friends at the Long Beach Island (N.J.) house he designed in 1947.

He was a member of the governor’s economic committee in Delaware and of the Wilmington and New Castle County Management Studies Committee; he also served on the Tatnall School Board of Trustees from 1963 to 1974, the last seven years as president.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha Melvin Ficke; and by his children, Robert C. III, C. Darden, Christopher M., Virginia F. Junkin, and Hunter H.; and by 13 grandchildren.

The Class of 1933


Benjamin Howell Griswold III ’33

Ben, who led the investment firm Alex. Brown & Sons for more than three decades, and was a decorated World War II veteran and steeplechase rider, died Jan. 14, 2006. He was 93.

A great-great-great-grandson of Irish-born linen merchant Alexander Brown, Ben directed the investment firm’s conversion to a corporation in 1983 after 178 years as a partnership. He had overseen its 1974 acquisition of another old Baltimore business, Robert Garrett & Sons.

Born in Baltimore, Ben was a 1929 Gilman School graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree from Princeton the year that Alex. Brown & Sons purchased a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, where he would serve as a director for three years in the 1950s.

Ben became Alex. Brown’s senior partner in 1946 and retained that position until his 1979 retirement. In 1951, Ben was named a trustee of Johns Hopkins University, a post he held for many years.

Ben is survived by the former Arabella Leith Symington, his wife of nearly 70 years; his sons, Jack “Jay” Symington Griswold and Benjamin Howell Griswold IV; his daughters, Lelia Leith Griswold and Nancy Griswold Knox; and 11 grandchildren.

The Class of 1933


Huyler Louis Lisk ’33

Huyler died Aug. 5, 2005, at home. He was 93.

Huyler was valedictorian and president of his senior class at Cranford (N.J.) High School. He attended Princeton on a scholarship and ran an ice cream business to help fund his way. His degree was in public and international affairs.

Huyler was a certified public accountant with Lybrand, Ross Brothers & Montgomery in New York City for 41 years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Accountants.

He married Kathryn E. Austin in 1935. The couple lived in Cranford and Millburn, N.J., until 1977 when they moved to Upland to live near their daughter. Huyler was a member of Upland United Methodist Church and a faithful and active member in several other churches.

Huyler enjoyed his family and his home. He was an avid sports fan of all Indiana and New York teams. He was a gentle, sweet, winsome man and a true gentleman, loved and respected by all who knew him.

Kathryn predeceased him as did his brother, Lloyd, and a grandson, David Bronkar. Huyler’s survivors include his daughters, Janet Jarman and Carolyn Bronkar; a brother, Douglas; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The Class of 1933



Pete, an Air Force colonel who retired in 1968 after serving more than 33 years, died Feb. 11, 2006, at his winter home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 94.

During his Air Force career he piloted more than 50 different types of military aircraft and was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf clusters for flying missions against the Germans and Italians in World War II. He was a veteran of 33 bombing missions over enemy installations with the 57th Bombardment Wing of the 12th Air Force, which he commanded.

Pete married Jeanne Gamble Atkinson in 1946. After his retirement he and Jeanne lived in Watertown, N.Y., for several years. Later, they were summer residents of Clayton, N.Y., on the St. Lawrence River, and spent winters in Vero Beach.

Surviving, besides Jeanne, are a daughter, Margot; two sons, Peter H. Jr. and Harold A.; and six grandchildren.

The Class of 1934



Len, of Bedford, Mass., St. Michael’s, Md., and Ardsley-on-Hudson, N.Y., a minerals consultant and economic geologist who was also an avid birder, golfer, and joke teller, died Feb. 10, 2006. He was 93.

His business travels took him to every continent but Asia, every country in South America, and every state in the Unites States. Summers he spent with his family at Pocono Lake Preserve in Pennsylvania, “a great place,” as he once wrote, “for visits from children and grandchildren.”

Len was an enthusiastic classmate and loyal Princetonian. The Warriners’ Princeton lineage began with Wood Rutter 1905, the father of Ruth, Len’s wife of 61 years, who survives; as do Len’s brother, John S., and his son-in-law, William P. Newhall ’70, husband of Len’s youngest daughter, Ibbits. Also surviving are Len’s older daughters, Judy Walke and Tucker Smith, and Sarah Newhall ’06, Ibbits’s daughter, whose graduation from Princeton this spring Len had hoped to attend.

“I am content,” Len wrote, “with the thought that my productive years have added modestly to the well-being of my fellow man and that in my children I have served the future.”

The Class of 1934


Thomas Kenworthy III ’39

A year ago Teke, who had Parkinson’s disease, fell and suffered an injury to his head. Then in June he had major surgery for lung cancer. He died Aug. 18, 2005.

Losing him just at this time was doubly hard for his wife, Wynne, because she and Teke were planning to move to a new home in Tennessee and he did not live long enough to enjoy it.

Teke’s career as a wool merchant began when he left college in 1937 to join Thomas Kenworthy Sons, wool merchants selling to carpet manufacturers. World War II found him working for SKF Industries and serving in the Navy. Teke married Mollie Wells of Philadelphia in 1937; they had three children, but were later divorced, and Teke married Elizabeth Grubb, which brought him three stepchildren. He and Elizabeth eventually divorced. He moved to California, where he was owner of Westinghouse Security Systems. Upon his retirement, he and Wynne settled in their North Carolina home where he could spend time sailing and reading.

To Wynne, his six children, and 15 grandchildren, we offer our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939



Buzz Bohlen died Jan. 14, 2006.

Buzz prepared for Princeton at St. Paul’s, following his father, Francis ’17, and brother Francis III ’43. He joined Ivy Club and accelerated his education, receiving a degree in economics in 1944 along with election to Phi Beta Kappa, before leaving for service in the Navy amphibious forces in the Pacific, seeing combat as a deck officer.

He earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1948 and joined the law firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads, rising to partner and specializing in corporate law.

As a resident of Radnor (Pa.) Township, he was active with local civic associations. In the 1970s, he held various positions in Radnor Township government, including membership on the board of commissioners. Buzz retired from Dechert in 1988 and devoted his attention to organizations such as Common Cause on the political front and the Nature Conservancy on the environmental front. His hobbies were bridge and golf, and he was a member of Gulph Mills Golf Club.

In addition to Francis and another brother, Dudley, Buzz is survived by his children, William F. Jr., Priscilla D., Edward G. ’75, and Laurie Brown. The class expresses its sympathy to all.

The Class of 1945



Henry died Jan. 11, 2006, in Newtown, Pa. He was 82.

After majoring in English, graduating magna cum laude, and publishing a volume of poetry with classmates, he taught English at the American University of Beirut, where he met his future wife and began a lifelong love of the Middle East and Egyptology.

After earning a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the curatorial staff of the Egyptian department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was head of the department from 1964 to 1970, when a research chair was endowed for him, a position he held until retirement. He played a crucial role in bringing the Temple of Dendur to the museum, and his wide-ranging Egyptological publications emphasized the relationship between language and art.

As a student of early music, Henry played the sackbut, a forerunner of the trombone, and wrote its history. In retirement, he published numerous collections of formal verse. As a citizen, he helped found and guide Americans for Middle East Understanding, an organization promoting exchange in the interests of regional peace and justice.

The class expresses its sympathy on the loss of this outstanding scholar and classmate to Eleanor Teel Fischer, his wife of 53 years, and his daughter, Katherine F. Taylor.

The Class of 1945


Robert W. Bjork ’47

Bob died Oct. 23, 2005, following a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease.

In 1944 he entered Princeton, left for two years in the Navy, then returned to the University and became a founding member of the Tigertones. After graduating from Princeton in 1949, and Harvard Law School in 1952, Bob practiced law as a litigator and as a prosecutor until 1960, then changed his business focus to money management and financial consulting.

Despite the Parkinson’s, he stayed active with family, friends, business, and travel. He loved fly-fishing, and annual trips to Alaska were his favorites. Bob also loved Princeton, and Reunions provided a special lift to him, especially last May. He treasured the fellowship of his classmates and the revelry of singing again with the Tigertones. Those connections became life-sustaining, as singing became part of his voice therapy, literally giving him the breath he needed.

The loving support and care of his wife, Pat, enabled him to participate in many class activities. Indeed, the richness of his bonds with Princeton ran as a continuous thread in his life. Many classmates attended his memorial service and heard the Tigertones gloriously singing him on to his final rest. We extend our love and sympathy to Pat and the family.

The Class of 1947


Hugh B. Hanson ’47

Hugh was a wonderfully talented, beloved classmate — a blithe spirit who enriched our lives.

At Princeton, he excelled in engineering, led the Glee Club, inspired spontaneous songfests, and wrote the book for “Clear the Track” — a superb Triangle show. After graduation, in 1952, he married Martha Ann, a talented singer who joined Hugh in many musical activities.

For 39 years, he worked in the paper production business, uniting this vocation with a rewarding avocation: a project to restore Rittenhouse Village in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Park, site of America’s first paper mill.

Hugh served us brilliantly as a class officer, and as a composer of many ’47 songs and of signs we all carried in reunion parades that inspired raucous cheers from onlookers. He led our Lend a Hand project, which encouraged and recorded the diverse public services still rendered by many aging classmates.

During a recent mini, he continued to light up our lives, especially when we joined in singing his creation, “Flutterby Little Butterfly,” while we glided down the Mississippi.

On Dec. 12, 2005, Hugh, who had serious cardiac problems, went peacefully to sleep with his dog on his lap. He never woke up.

To Martha Ann, the children, and grandchildren, this celebration with our love.

The Class of 1947



John died of prostate cancer Dec. 1, 2005, at his home in Mattapoisett, Mass.

Born in Salem, Mass., John graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. At Princeton, he majored in English and was a member of Cannon Club. Two years at Harvard Business School followed. Since his earlier maritime service did not exempt him from the military during the Korean conflict, he joined the Marine Corps at Quantico. Upon completion of his tour, he went to night law school at Suffolk (Mass.) University. For 30 years he worked for the “late and venerable” F.W. Woolworth Co., as he described it.

A year ago, he and his wife, Joanella, sold the family homestead of some 60 years in Marblehead, Mass., and moved to Joanella’s birthplace, Mattapoisett.

John enjoyed sailing, skiing, tennis, singing, and crooning in Tigertone style, keeping in touch with several classmates, and especially spending time with his 14 grandchildren.

Our sympathy goes to Joanella, his wife of 50 years; his children, Shawna, John III, Sean, Eliza, Tristram, and their spouses; his grandchildren; and his sister, Virginia.

The Class of 1950



John died in Florida Sept. 19, 2005.

John was born and raised in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and graduated from Ridley School in St. Catherine, Ontario. Transferring to Princeton from Niagara University in 1948, he majored in chemistry and belonged to Elm Club.

John’s early career was as a chemist and product manager with DuPont in Niagara Falls; Memphis, Tenn.; and Wilmington, Del. In 1966, with his second wife, Patricia, he bought a “dream” home in Lewes Beach, Del., where he enjoyed swimming, sailing, fishing, and clamming. In 1971, tired of the corporate environment, he took a job with Barcroft Co. in Lewes Beach. In his 25th bio, John noted that one of Barcroft’s products was Maalox, in case any classmates suffered from the gastronomic pains of big-city living.

He retired to Fort Myers, Fla., in 1981, where he busied himself with travel and local affairs. Unfortunately, Patricia died suddenly in 1994. John remained in Fort Myers, where he continued his local activities and kept in close touch with his children and friends.

Our condolences go to John’s sister, Susan; his brother, Rodger; his children, Denise, John IV, and James; stepchildren Page Holmquist and Chip Adams; and four grandchildren.

The Class of 1950



Bob was born March 16, 1928, in Tazewell, Va., and died of complications from dementia and diabetes May 23, 2005, in Florence, Ala.

He came to us from Fork Union Military Academy and was a politics major. A member of Campus Club, he roomed with Brad Currey, Stan Hoffburger, Steve Seidel, and Ed Simonsen.

After graduation, he spent more than nine years in the Navy, becoming an alumnus of the Rickover Nuclear Power Program. After leaving the Navy, he worked for NASA as a nuclear engineer, and then worked with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission until he retired in 1983. He consulted for several years after that in Maryland and Alabama.

Bob married Wilma Madden Boggs in 1954. After retirement, they relocated to Florence, where he was active in the music and international students’ programs at the University of North Alabama. He contributed scholarships to UNA and formed the Bottimore Outstanding Academic Achievement Award to recognize teaching in physics, foreign languages, and the arts. A longtime member of the UNA president’s cabinet, he received an honorary doctorate from the university.

Wilma died in 2002. Bob is survived by their children, Ann Miller, John, and David; and their grandchildren, Elly and Drew.

The Class of 1951



Art died peacefully at his home in Wilton, Conn., Sept. 3, 2005, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Born in New York City, he prepared for Princeton at Kent School, and at Princeton he prospered as an architecture major, a hockey-team stalwart, and Cottage Club member.

After serving two years in the Navy and earning his MFA in architecture from Princeton in 1956, Art commenced a long and distinguished career in real-estate development. He began in New York and later, with his founding of Collins Development Corp. in 1969, concentrated in Connecticut and New Jersey. Among his distinguished work is today’s Palmer Square. He purchased the square from the University in 1980, redeveloped it, and later sold it.

Art’s lifelong passions included the sea, sailing, and maritime history; ice hockey, which he played competitively into his 70s; horseback riding the world over, especially with Chips Chester and Bob Jiranek; and Kent School, whose campus he helped shape.

A strong family man, he reveled in having his sons, Arthur and Dwight, work with him. In addition to them, Art is survived by his wife, Judith; daughter Merrill; stepson Benjamin; brother Hunt; and six grandchildren. To the family, the class extends deepest condolences.

The Class of 1952



George died of a cerebral hemorrhage Aug. 20, 2005, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Born in Philadelphia, he entered Princeton from Episcopal Academy. At Princeton he was a basic engineering major, a discus thrower for the track team, a member of Cap and Gown, and an Army ROTC student.

Following Princeton, George served three years of active duty at several stateside proving grounds. He then returned to the Philadel-phia area where, after earning a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he had a highly successful lifelong career as an independent lawyer specializing in representing small businesses. He served on more than 20 mostly pro bono boards and boards of small corporations. His other pro bono work was extensive, ranging from churches to JFK’s Philadelphia campaign to local community action associations and boards of elections.

In 1980 George married his beloved Jean. Commenting on her life with George, Jean spoke for all who knew him: “Our life together was great fun with his sociable ways, great sense of humor, and extraordinary intellect.”

In addition to Jean, George is survived by a brother, John; a sister, Polly Myer; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. To them, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1952



Tom died from cancer Oct. 22, 2005, at the age of 76. He was a recent resident of Zurich, Switzerland.

Tom grew up in Birmingham, Ala., with future 1952 classmates Biddle Worthington, Bobby Parker, Jimmy Simpson, Charles Carpenter, and John Coleman. After attending Birmingham University School, he joined the Army in 1946 and was stationed in Japan.

After earning his Princeton degree in electrical engineering, Tom joined Hughes Aircraft, for which he traveled extensively. One of his assignments took him to Switzerland, where he met his future wife, Rosemary Ramseyer. They married in 1965 and initially lived in California, where he worked for Litton.

Tom spent the second half of his life in Europe, living in Switzerland, France, Holland, and Belgium. The companies he worked for included Philips, Data General, Sundstrand, and Wang. His personal interests included music and squash.

Predeceased by Rosemary, Tom is survived by his children, Nicole and Allen. To them, the class extends its deepest sympathies.

The Class of 1952



Bill died Aug. 9, 2005, at home in East Liverpool, Ohio, after a brief illness.

He joined our class from Choate, departing in 1954 and later graduating from the University of Pittsburgh. Following three years’ shipboard service in the Pacific as a Naval officer, Bill returned to Ohio and a successful career in the manufacture of chinaware, an industry native to the area.

He was a lifelong resident of the eastern Ohio city, and was an active leader of Trinity Presbyterian Church and the East Liverpool YMCA, and served on the East Liverpool City Hospital board.

Bill is survived by Josephine, his wife of 45 years; daughters Meg Pomeroy and Natalie Koos; sons Robert, William III, John and James; and three grandsons. The class extends deepest sympathy to all the family.

The Class of 1955



Gabe died Nov. 16, 2005, at home in Middletown, Del.

Born in Budapest, he survived the Holocaust and was housed with displaced persons before immigrating to the United States in 1947. Eventually living with a foster family in St. Louis, he attended University City High School. At Princeton, he studied civil engineering and captained the track team. For the past 25 years, he was an innovator in design, construction, and management of senior living and nursing-home facilities.

To Gabe, his family was everything. He loved his wife, Terry; his brother; his children, Kathy, Brad, and Jim; and their families. His five grandchildren were his “delight.”

Gabe loved music — classical, opera, big band, and Broadway. Terry recalls a splendid moment when, returning to Hungary, he had the chance to touch Beethoven’s piano.

Gabe loved Princeton. Showing Terry the campus — dorms, where grades were posted, Cap and Gown, he said that he found solace in the Chapel. Looking to a higher power, he had asked, “Why am I in an element far beyond anything I could have imagined?”

On Dec. 3, 2005, in the Chapel, many who miss him sought solace. The class extends deep sympathy to his family.

The Class of 1956


Robert M. King ’57

Bob King died Jan. 15, 2006, in Wilton, Conn.

At Princeton, he majored in electrical engineering and joined Key and Seal Club. His senior year he roomed in Little Hall with Hal Brayman, Henry Elliott, Harris Colt, Gordon Fowler, and John MacKay.

After Princeton, Bob attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, graduating in 1958. He also graduated from Harvard Business School in the 1960s. He spent his career at IBM, where he was group director of the corporate litigation support department. He loved collecting antique walking sticks, gardening, tropical fish, and technology.

He was the beloved husband of Laura Bethea King, father of Donald King and Caroline King Hawk, and brother of Carlys King Swenn. The class sends its sympathy to his family.

The Class of 1957



Kal Ruttenstein died Dec. 8, 2005, of complications from lymphoma.

Kal came to Princeton from the Nichols School in Buffalo. He was a member of Charter Club, manager of the ice hockey team, and performed in the 1957 Triangle Club production After a Fashion. Kal majored in English, graduated with honors, and went on to earn an MBA from Columbia.

At his death, Kal was Bloomingdale’s senior vice president and fashion director. Despite suffering from a 1997 stroke that made walking difficult, he remained the very prominent, even legendary, Bloomingdale’s guru, having the last word on trends in fashion and traveling on buying trips to Europe several times a year. A familiar figure at the newest restaurants, he was successful in merging show business with fashion.

His retailing career started at Lord & Taylor, then Saks. He became president of Bonwit Teller before moving to Bloomingdale’s in 1977. For his career, he was awarded in 2002 the French Légion d’Honneur in Paris and the Eleanor Lambert Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fashion in New York.

Kal had no immediate survivors. His life was celebrated by Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and others at a memorial service in January at Carnegie Hall.

The Class of 1958


Samuel Martin Sperling ’60

Martin died Oct. 14, 2003, after a courageous struggle with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Throughout his life, he was careful about his health and diet, and enjoyed tennis, running, and hiking. He did his best to fight his illness and participated in a clinical trial in addition to conventional treatments.

While at Princeton, Martin worked at WPRB as an engineer, and sometimes employed his good radio voice as a substitute DJ. Later, he continued his interest in radio by collecting old receivers and radio shows on LPs, tapes, and CDs. In addition, he compiled an extensive collection of jazz music from Django Reinhart to Bill Evans, and everything in between.

After Princeton, Martin earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His career combined research and teaching in both fields, plus basic and applied physics research in nuclear medicine and medical imaging as well as consulting for major firms in San Diego.

Martin is survived by his wife, Irene Costa Sperling; his brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Suzanne Sperling; and a niece, Lisa Sperling. His class extends its deepest sympathy to all his family.

The Class of 1960


Chrystian Alden Wurmser ’92

Chrys died of leukemia Feb. 3, 2006, surrounded by friends and family.

Raised in Massachusetts, he graduated from Princeton magna cum laude before embarking on an investment-banking career. “Wurm,” as he was known to many, worked for JPMorgan in New York before moving to San Francisco in 1997.

Blessed with a brilliant mind and quick sense of humor, Chrys was a gentle and compassionate person who was devoted to those he loved. Affable, genuine, and altruistic, he was loved by all who knew him. Rarely speaking a negative word, Chrys saw the good in every person.

Chrys was a passionate football fan, an avid bridge player, and a formidable foosball player. He was a committed member of Tower Club, and could often be found in the game room playing a spirited game of beer pong.

He is survived by his partner of four years, Stephen Yarbrough; brothers Andrew and Jonathan; his parents, John and Nancy; goddaughter Samantha Gove; miniature schnauzers Alex and Dory; and a close circle of friends and colleagues. He will be sorely missed.

A scholarship in Chrys’ name has been established at the University. The class extends deepest sympathy to Chrys’ family and friends.

The Class of 1992

Graduate Alumni


Jack Levine, a retired professor of mathematics, died June 9, 2005. He was 98.

Levine graduated from UCLA in 1929 and enrolled the following year at Princeton. He received his doctorate in mathematics in 1934, subsequently teaching at North Carolina State, where he remained for his entire career. In 1970, he was inducted into that university’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Levine served in the Signal Corps from 1943 to 1945 and was awarded the Legion of Merit Award for his outstanding service with the Army Security Agency. Subsequent research included definitive work in cryptography. An avid fan of detective fiction, Levine donated more than 2,000 mysteries to the library at North Carolina State.

Predeceased by his wife and four siblings, Levine leaves behind several nieces and nephews.



Joseph John Iannucci Jr., a leading visionary of the distributed-resources industry, died of cancer Nov. 4, 2004, in Livermore, Calif. He was 56.

Iannucci graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1969 and earned a master’s in astrophysics from Princeton. After 15 years at the Sandia National Laboratory, he moved to Pacific Gas & Electric. While working for PG&E, he and a colleague proposed the distributed-utility concept, which involved investing in small electric generation and storage technologies to meet local demands within the larger, centralized grid. Over the course of the 1990s this radically new idea, described by some as an “intellectual bolt,” became mainstream thinking in a power industry anxious to reduce cost of services as well as environmental impacts.

Iannucci founded Distributed Utility Associates in 1993 in order to bridge the gap between electric utilities and the emerging distributed-resources community. He authored seminal studies of the economic and environmental consequences of distributed resources and was a dedicated mentor and teacher.

Iannucci was also an avid rock hound, accomplished tenor, and world traveler. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, a son, and a daughter.

This issue has undergraduate memorials for Robert Carl Ficke Jr. ’33 *34 and Arthur Collins Jr. ’52 *56. end of article

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