July 19, 2006: Memorials
Frank C. Schroeder Jr. '32
Frank Schroeder of Sewickley, Pa., died Dec. 16, 2005. He was 94.
Frank attended Sewickley Academy, Philips Andover Academy, and Princeton, leaving at the end of his junior year to help his family during the Depression. Despite his early departure, he was always a loyal supporter of Princeton, where he was a member of Tower Club. He married Catherine Meanor in 1940 and Charlotte Bryant in 1984.
Frank began his business career with H.H. Robertson Co. and ended it as president of Equipment and Supplies Inc. He loved bird watching, gardening, and golf. (He reached the pinnacle of his golf game in 1984 when he won his third Spring Medal Tournament at Allegheny Country Club at age 73, becoming the oldest person ever to win the tournament.) He was a member of the oldest family in the Sewickley area and was a modern-day Renaissance man. He was a trustee of Sewickley Academy, Sewickley Valley Hospital, and the Phipps Conservatory, and he served many years on the Edgeworth Borough Council.
Frank was predeceased by his son, Edward. He is survived by Charlotte; his brother, Reed; and his children, Frank, Frances Daws, and Jean Slack Schroeder, to whom the class sends sincere condolences.
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John C. Shull '32
John Shull died Jan. 20, 2006. He was 94 and resided in West Yarmouth, Mass., with his wife, Charlotte Kean Shull.
John graduated from Princeton and from Harvard Medical School. He served as a doctor in the Navy during World War II. After the war he established his own ob-gyn practice in Hartford, Conn. He retired in 1975 and moved to North Carolina; in 2000 he moved to Cape Cod.
John is survived by his wife and eight children, John, Alleyene, Carol, Robert, Milot, Chris, Steve, and Andrew, to whom the class sends sincere condolences.
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THEODORE EUGENE BRIELL JR. '34
Ted Briell, who described himself not long ago as becoming a “mechanical man: first, spectacles; second, hearing aid, one in each ear; third, hip replacement; fourth, pace-
maker; fifth, ?,” died Jan. 2, 2006, it has just been learned. He was 94 and had lived in Bloomington, Ill., since 1995.
Ted grew up in St. Louis, where he was born and where he worked before World War II at the family manufacturing business, Briell-Rodgers Cotton Goods Co., which made uniforms for the linen-supply industry. He served in the Army for 62 months, ending up as 86th Infantry Division ordnance officer. After the war, he returned to St. Louis and what he called “the rag business,” which he sold in 1963. He worked as a manufacturer's agent until he retired in 1980.
Ted married Dorothy “Dottie” Kirchner, an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis, in 1939, and the couple had one daughter, Judy B. Aldridge. Dottie died in 2002.
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JACKSON PENROSE SERFAS '34
Jack Serfas, a prolific writer of letters to the editor of several papers including The New York Times, died Aug. 4, 2005, it recently was learned. He was 94 and believed to be our oldest classmate.
Jack was a student of American history and an authority on the life of Maj. Gen. George A. Custer of the famed 7th Cavalry. Among the subjects he discussed in letters to newspapers was “the Custer Doctrine” of women serving in the Army and, more recently, why “Philadelphia should be proud that a street [Custer Street] was named after him.”
Jack, who was single and lived in Drexel, Pa., since 1984, also commented in letters on subjects as varied as the sighting, in 1986, of the rare ivory-billed woodpecker in Cuba; the background of S.S. Kresge, the founder of the Kmart (“K for Kresge”) chain of variety stores; and a correction of the myth that George Washington threw a silver dollar across the Delaware River, “nor did he throw one across the Potomac River, as some people say.” It was the Rappahannock River. “I saw a reenactment of this event on Washington's birthday in 1936 ... .”
Jack is survived by two nephews, John P. and Stephen L. Klingman.
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George Marcellus Onken '36
George died July 21, 2005. He was 92.
A graduate of Brooklyn Friends School, he majored in economics at Princeton and was a member of Elm Club. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, and was awarded the Secretary of the Navy Citation.
In 1946 he graduated from Columbia Law School. He received a master's degree from the NYU School of Law in 1952. In 1947 he joined the Long Island Railroad, where he became general counsel, vice president, and secretary. He often served as acting president. He retired in 1978.
George's numerous community interests included being a vestryman of the Grace Episcopal Church in Brooklyn Heights, serving as chairman of the Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA, and, for more than four decades, being a member of the Orphan Society of the city of Brooklyn, later Brookwood Child Care. In 1998 George and his wife, Mildred, were honored with Brookwood's Lifetime Commitment and Service Award. Together, the two had more than 80 years of great service to the organization.
George is survived by Mildred, his wife of 48 years, and their daughters, Jane E. and Nancy C. Onken.
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Franz Josef Bing '37
Franz, who was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and lived in Pelham Manor, N.Y., for more than 70 years, died in Pelham Manor Aug. 28, 2005. He was 89.
He graduated from Pelham Manor High School in 1933 and at Princeton majored in modern languages. He earned a master's degree in business administration from Harvard in 1939.
Franz served in the 7th Army from 1942 to 1945 with the rank of master sergeant. He served in G-2 military intelligence during World War II. In 1946 he married Jeanne Wagner in Pelham Manor.
He was president and owner of F. Bing Inc., a family business. He was an active member of the Pelham Country Club since 1946. He was a generous and consistent supporter of many activities and organizations, including the Pelham Public Library, Princeton, the Swiss Benevolent Society, and United Way. He will be remembered for his generosity, good humor, loyal friendships, and his love of family.
Franz is survived by his wife, Jeanne W. Bing, his daughter, Lauren B. Daniel, and two grandsons, Blake and Chase Daniel.
The class sends loving sympathy to Franz's family and friends and will remember him for his loyalty and good cheer.
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Charles Allan Chatterton '37
Charles was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and died Feb. 26, 2006, in Ladysmith, Wis. He was 91.
An unassuming man of talent and privilege, he never spoke much of his background or accomplishments. He served in World War II and married Lola Jane Young at the end of the war. Trained as an illustrator, he spent his working life as an “idea man” in the world of advertising. He was an intellectually honest man who made the best of whatever came his way, and found joy in everything he did. He especially enjoyed his family and career, painting pictures of horses, and exploring new places. He kept his personal views to himself but was always affable and always found time for others.
Severely incapacitated by Parkinson's disease in his later years, he maintained his characteristic grace, style, and good humor to the end. He will be deeply missed.
The class extends its loving sympathy and fond remembrances to his family and friends.
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Robert W. Sayre '37
Bob died March 26, 2006, at his home in Haverford, Pa. He was 90.
He grew up in Germantown, Pa., and attended Penn Charter School, where he played soccer and was known for a strong left foot. He also played tennis and graduated as class valedictorian. At Princeton he played varsity soccer, majored in history, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, Bob served in the Army for five years and was separated in 1946 as a lieutenant colonel.
Bob spent his entire legal career with Paul, Ewing, Remick & Saul in Philadelphia, specializing in antitrust and securities-fraud litigation. For more than 20 years he was general counsel for Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. In recognition of “distinguished service in the cause of justice in the Philadelphia area,” he received the 1982 Fidelity Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association. He became president of the United Way of Southwestern Pa. from 1972 to 1974, and with his wife, Lucy, was co-recipient of United Way's Citizen Volunteers Award.
Bob is survived by Lucy; a sister, Barbara Ellis; sons Robert W. and Philip; a daughter, Elizabeth Sayre-Scibona; and seven grandchildren. Our loving sympathy and fond remembrances go to his family and friends.
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ARTHUR EMIL HESS '38
Arthur died Nov. 15, 2005, at his home in Charlottesville, Va.
He prepared for Princeton at Wyomissing (Pa.) High School, where he was class president. At Princeton he majored in public and international affairs and was vice president of Court Club. Illness forced him out of college in 1938, but he returned to graduate Phi Beta Kappa in 1939, winning the Lyman H. Atwater Prize in political science. In 1948 he earned a law degree at the University of Maryland.
Arthur had an outstanding career in executive positions in the Social Security Admin-
istration. In 1965, following the passage of Medicare, he became the first head of the program, as director of the Bureau of Health Insurance. He received the Arthur S. Fleming Award for outstanding federal service in 1955, and four years later the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
After retirement from the government in 1974, Arthur served in many important public positions too numerous to list.
Arthur is survived by his second wife, Jane Linn; and by daughters Jean, Ann, and Eliza-
beth and seven grandchildren from his first marriage to Ann Smith, who died in 1979.
The class extends condolences to them all.
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WILLIAM WHITTLE RICHARDSON '38
Bill Richardson died Jan. 4, 2006, in Vero Beach, Fla., after a long illness.
He grew up in Maplewood, N.J., and graduated from Columbia High School. At Princeton he was a member of Cloister, majored in economics, and graduated with honors.
He was drafted in 1940 and served for five years, including duty in the Department of Statistical Control at the Pentagon. He became a lieutenant in the Army Air Force before retiring. While stationed in Spokane, Wash., in 1942, he married Conradina Crommelin.
Postwar, Bill earned an MBA at New York University before starting 45 years of work with the Mobil Oil Co. in accounting and management. In 1973 he was assigned to Tokyo for four years as head of the Mobil affiliate there. He returned home to become project manager for the transfer of Mobil's headquarters from New York to Fairfax, Va. Before retiring, he also served as assistant to the Mobil CEO.
After retirement, Bill and Connie continued their worldwide travels but New Jersey was always home until 1998, when they moved to Vero Beach.
Bill leaves his widow, three children, and seven grandchildren, to all of whom the class extends its condolences.
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WILLIAM NEWELL TODD JR. '38
Bill died Nov. 19, 2005, in Richmond, Ind. He was born in Piqua, Ohio, grew up in Richmond, and attended the Lawrenceville School.
After graduating from Princeton, Bill worked for an auto parts manufacturer in Hagerstown, Ind., until 1941, when he enlisted in the Navy. Bill served in the Pacific for four years, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander as commanding officer of the submarine chaser USS SC-1047. While in the Navy, Bill married Marion Hartley.
After leaving the Navy, Bill returned to Richmond and became a successful food broker. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Richmond and of the local hospice. He and Marion traveled widely and, on retirement, moved to St. Simons Island, Ga., where Bill, who was an excellent golfer, enjoyed the fine course there. He was also an avid landscape painter, and enjoyed composing crossword puzzles for the local newspaper. A few years after Marion's death in 1995, Bill moved back to Richmond.
Bill is survived by his two sons, Douglas and William; his daughter, Nancy Lawhorn; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. To them all, the class extends its deep sympathy.
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SCHUYLER COLFAX WOODHULL '38
Schuy died in Minneapolis Nov. 6, 2005, just short of his 90th birthday.
He came to Princeton from the highly respected Blake School in Minneapolis. At Princeton he played on the hockey team as the first-string forward for all four years. Schuy also belonged to Colonial Club, was a member of Theatre Intime and the Glee Club, played on the tennis team, and majored in English, graduating with departmental honors.
His World War II military service consisted of four years of active duty in three theaters, North Africa, Italy, and Austria. He rose to the rank of lieutenant. His postwar career was one of increasing importance in real estate, land development, and construction. He contributed to the community life of greater Minneapolis over the years, fundraising for his church, schools, the YMCA, and the Republican Party.
Always athletic, Schuy remained active in skating, tennis, swimming, and golf throughout his life. He is survived by Janet, his wife of 54 years; their five children; and 12 grandchildren, to all of whom the class extends deep sympathy.
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Kent Pettit Cooper '39
Kent died Jan. 20, 2006, in Rockport, Maine, where he had been living under the care of his daughter, Sally Ann '84, and his sons, Kent Jr. and David. He had suffered a stroke a year before his death, and in the succeeding months, had hated his immobility until pneumonia took him.
Kent had a very active career as an internist. He received his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in 1945, and was commissioned a captain in the Army Medical Corps. During most of his tour of duty he was stationed at Veterans Hospital in Legion, Texas. He married Lois Fitton in 1952.
In 1954 he joined the Katonah (N.Y.) Medical Group and was affiliated with it for 35 years. During that time he enjoyed his family, church work, sailing on Long Island Sound, spectator sports, and music. Upon retirement he resettled in Cape Coral, Fla., where he could continue boating and be near his brother, whose interests were similar to his own. He was active in the Princeton Club of Southern Florida and was a tenor in the Barbershop Singers of Caloosahatchee, Fla.
Kent is survived by his three children. We share their sense of loss and offer them sincere sympathy.
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Richard Wallace Murrie '39
On March 6, 2006, Dick died peacefully after a long illness. He was 88.
One of the large contingent in our class from the Lawrenceville School, he went on to Yale Law School, graduating in 1942. As a Navy lieutenant, he served in both the North Atlantic and the Pacific until 1946. He became senior vice president and fiduciary counsel of Bessemer Trust Co., from which he retired in 1983, and then served as chairman of the board of Pacific Inland Navigation Co. He treasured his summers in Quogue, N.Y., where he was a member of the Quogue Field Club and the Quogue Beach Club. With a bow to his Scottish ancestry, he was a member of the St. Andrew's Society. He also served as president of the New York Numismatic Club. Dick's sharp mind, his quick smile, and ready laugh endeared him to his many friends.
Dick's first marriage to Elizabeth Horgan ended with her death in 1975. He is survived by Rita T. Murrie, his wife of 30 years; his stepson, Steven Finley; stepdaughter Elizabeth Vary; and four beloved step-grandchildren. Like them, we hate to see him go and we offer them our sincere sympathy.
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Karl Beckwith Smith Jr. '39
K.B. died Jan. 28, 2006, in Sanibel, Fla., just two weeks short of his 90th birthday.
He was widely recognized as the longest living survivor of insulin-dependent diabetes. In 1922 he was among the earliest recipients of this lifesaving drug. He believed that strict control of blood-sugar levels would diminish the complications of diabetes and, for him, this was the case, as his long and active life attests.
During World War II he served as an engineer and civilian technician with the Navy. K.B. worked to develop cooling systems for aircraft engines and invented a self-locking nut. He was employed by Wright Aeronautical and General Motors corporations. A longtime resident of Jamestown, R.I., he was former commodore of the Conanicut Yacht Club and founder of the Fool's Rules Regatta, a major community event in Jamestown for more than 25 years. He raced stock cars and hydroplanes, winning numerous trophies. An avid tennis player, he also hunted, fly-fished, was a gunsmith, and designed and built high-speed miniature steam engines.
K.B. is survived by Diana, his wife of 33 years; his children by his first marriage to the late Barbara Conger, Karl III, Beverly,
and Barbara; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. We offer them sincere sympathy.
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E.E. Fuller Jr. '40
Tom died Jan. 30, 2006, in the 60th year of his marriage to the former Ellen S. O'Neil. Earlier, he summed it all up, writing, “It's been a life to be thankful for.”
He prepared at Lawrence High School, Falmouth, Mass., and Williston Academy in East Hampton, Mass. At Princeton, Tom majored in chemical engineering; was on the freshman and senior baseball teams, receiving the IAA medal for the championship; and was a member of Princeton Engineering Society and the Princeton Chapter of AIChE.
During World War II, he was a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers and was awarded three battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for his service in the European theater. Injured in Germany, he was discharged.
Upon graduation, Tom spent a short period with Phillips Petroleum; thereafter, his whole career was with the Coca-Cola Co. in various managerial and executive positions. He held memberships in several professional societies and served on the board of the Sandy Springs Community Association and the Atlanta (Ga.) Personnel Roundtable.
Tom enjoyed fishing, travel, reading, and time with his family.
In addition to Ellen, he is survived by his children, Cynthia Fuller, Marion Aller, Mark, and Andrew, and two grandchildren. His classmates extend their sympathies to his family.
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Francis L. Kellogg '40
Our much-honored classmate died peacefully April 6, 2006, at his New York residence.
Fran prepared at Choate School and Phillips Exeter Academy, and followed his relatives, Alexander S. Kellogg '35 and John Stewart Kellogg '39, to Princeton. He majored in history, was on the freshman squash and heavyweight crew teams, played varsity squash, and was a member of Theatre Intime and Colonial Club.
From 1942 to 1946, Fran served as a major in OSS intelligence. During his career, he was executive vice president of John Wanamaker, he represented the State Department as ambassador for refugees and migration affairs, served as director of UNICEF's Children of the World Coin Program, was chief of protocol for the New York Mission to the United Nations, and was president of the World Wildlife Fund, among many other worldwide fundraising and honorary positions.
He was an avid saltwater sailor, racing in Bermuda, Annapolis, Newport, the Mediterranean, and the Baltic. He was a member of the syndicate that built the 12-meter Constellation, the successful defender of the America's Cup.
Fran is survived by his son, Christopher; daughter Fernanda K. Henckels; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. To them, his classmates offer deep condolences.
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E. Marshall Palmer '40
Marsh died April 5, 2006, at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., after a short illness.
He prepared at Reading (Pa.) High School. At Princeton, he majored in economics, graduating with honors. Marsh was on the freshman boxing and golf teams, and was a member of Triangle Club, the band, Glee Club, and Campus Club.
During World War II, he served in the Army Signal Corps, and retired with the rank of captain.
His 33-year business career was spent almost entirely with J.P. Stevens, where he rose to the position of director of administration. Marsh also served 20 years as trustee for the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Services (now Philadelphia University), from which he was awarded an honorary degree. He was a member of Fernwood Presbyterian Church, Forest Lake Club, Westfield Rotary Club, Reading Country Club (where he was a past club champion), and was an avid freshwater fisherman.
Marsh was married for 51 years to Frances Embry, who died in 1992. An infant daughter, Janet, died in 1944, and a son, David, in 1999. Marsh is survived by two sons, Stephen and Robert; a daughter-in-law, Sharon; two grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard and James. To them, his classmates extend their sincere sympathies.
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ROBERT LOUIS GENSLER '42
Bob, of Petaluma, Calif., died June 12, 2003, from complications of Parkinson's disease.
A graduate of Newark Academy, he was an honors major in chemistry at Princeton. He was on the gym team and a member of Gateway Club. During World War II he spent three years in Army Ordnance as a sergeant in the European theater.
Bob had two careers — first in the chemical industry and second in law. After a stint with Heyden Chemical Corp. in Princeton, during which he met and married Sally Vaughan Field, Bob moved Sally and their children, John and Peter, to Cincinnati, where he worked for Procter & Gamble in product development. In 1970 he began nighttime courses at Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Five years later he graduated, passed the bar, quit P&G, and began his law career in the Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Public Defender's Office.
After retirement in 1986, Bob and Sally moved to Marin County, Calif., near their younger son, Peter. In 1997, they were named volunteers of the year in Marin County. Bob and Sally, who died in 2002, will be remembered for their volunteer work in the local public defender's office.
The class conveys deepest condolences to John, and to Peter and his two sons.
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ETTORE HOWARD GRASSI '42
Bud, a prominent textile executive, died April 24, 2006, in Chestertown, Md.
A graduate of St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H., where he was an outstanding athlete, Bud left us at the end of freshman year to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange until he joined the Army in 1941. He performed the hazardous duty of parachuting behind Japanese lines at night to show Siamese guerillas how to liberate Allied prisoners from Japanese prison camps. He was discharged as a captain. In 1942, he married Edith Gwathway. They had three children, Louise, Temple, and Edward.
Bud began his career at Mount Vernon Woodbury Mills in Baltimore. After that branch was closed, he moved to corporate headquarters in Greenville, S.C., where he rose to executive vice president. Finally he moved to New York, where he became president of Turner Halsey, the selling agent for Mount Vernon Mills.
After retiring in 1983, Bud and Edith moved to Chestertown, where he served on several boards and the vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. In 2002, they moved to Chestertown's Heron Point and continued to spend summers at their home in Seal Harbor, Maine.
To Edith, Louise, Temple, Edward, and Edith's six grandchildren, the class extends deepest sympathy.
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JOHN PETER STAMAN JR. '42
Jack, of Rackliff Island, Spruce Head, Maine, died from a heart attack April 10, 2006.
He graduated from William Penn Charter School, where he was president of the senior class and captain of the track team. At Princeton he majored in modern languages and literature and graduated with high honors. He earned letters in varsity track and 150-pound football. He was a member of the Varsity Club.
Having received his second-lieutenant commission from ROTC, he entered active duty after graduation. He was assigned to the 100th Infantry Division but then transferred to the 762 Field Artillery Battalion and saw action in Germany. He received a Bronze Star and separated as a major.
Most of his business career was with Thompson Mahogany Co. A talented executive, early on he managed three veneer mills in Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia. He rapidly rose to president and retired in 1985.
Jack married Margery Adams in 1943 and they had six daughters. Margery died at a young age. Subsequently Jack married Jane Odgers in 1969. Upon retirement, Jack and Jane moved to Rackliff Island near classmates George McAdams and Bill Munger.
To Jane; surviving daughters Ann, Mimi, Sara, Kate, and Polly; and Jack's five grandchildren, the class extends deepest sympathy.
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JAMES R. COMPTON '44
Jim died March 18, 2006, in Tiburon, Calif.
He was a widely honored philanthropist, whose generosity and service encouraged world peace, preserving the environment, and human rights. These included a $600,000 gift to Princeton in 1982 from the Compton Foundation Inc., of which Jim was president. The foundation was begun by his parents, Randolph P. Compton '15 and the former Dorothy Danforth, in honor of his younger brother, John Parker Compton '47, who was killed in World War II. Another brother was the late William D. Compton '41.
Jim prepped at Hotchkiss. At Princeton he roomed with Ed Carter, was on freshman crew and ran varsity track, earned an economics degree, and was a member of Whig-Clio, Westminster Society, and Tower Club.
Jim led a Marine platoon onto Iwo Jima on the second invasion day.
Originally a land developer, Jim also served as chairman of the board of the Fund for Peace, and was a board member of World Learning Inc. and River Network.
Jim's first wife, Beverly, died in 1980. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a twin sister, Ann Stephens; sons Dan, Randy, and Marshall; and three grandchildren. His cousins include William H. Danforth '48 and John C. Danforth '58. Our condolences go to them all.
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ROBERT A. HOLZL '44
Bob died Feb. 9, 2006, at the age of 83.
He and his wife, Dianne, were longtime residents of La Canada, Calif., near where Bob was a leading turbo, gas, and rocket-engineering executive and entrepreneur. He was born in New York City and prepped at Montclair (N.J.) Academy. A popular classmate, he majored in chemical engineering, was on our well-rated varsity tennis team, and was secretary of Dial Lodge. His roommates included John Ames, Gil Stout, and Al McCree.
After receiving his degree in 1943, Bob served in the European and Pacific theaters on Navy LST vessels. He earned a master's in mechanical engineering in 1949, and married in 1951. Considered one of the world's leading authorities on high-tech ceramic coatings, he was granted more than 50 patents for chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes, and invented one now in wide use.
Bob is survived by Dianne; their sons, Clay and Derek; and daughter Suzanne, to all of whom we extend sincere condolences. In our 60th-reunion directory, Bob wrote that he hoped Princeton's leaders would have as much dedication in conserving “what has been so wonderful about Princeton” as he saw their interest in “growing it.” He loved his Princeton experience.
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KENNETH MILLER '44
Ken Miller, who followed in his father's footsteps as a prominent United Press International foreign correspondent, died in New York March 21, 2006.
Ken also won renown as an oil analyst and authority on the rise of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Ever in jacket and tie, his careers took him to 75 countries. Later he spent 23 years with Petroleum Intelligence Weekly in New York, rising to executive editor, and served as a consulting editor at Bloomberg News until retiring in 2005.
Born in Paris, Ken was the son of Webb Miller, a Pulitzer nominee as a war correspondent for UPI. Ken was educated in England and France before joining us. He majored in English, was active in swimming, and was a member of the Yacht Club and Terrace Club. His roommates were Willie Kerr and Bud Herbruck. Ken served two years as an artillery and infantry officer before graduating in 1947. He married Helene Leyna Glavani of Athens in 1956.
Ken remained a competitive open-ocean swimmer until there were no remaining age-brackets for him. He especially respected Dylan Thomas' “Do not go gentle into that good night/Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Our sincere condolences go to Leyna. Swim on, Ken.
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WALTER W. WHITE '44
Bill died of respiratory failure in Albuquerque Feb. 16, 2006.
Observing that Bill was known for his devotion to task and staying focused, the local newspaper reported he had been singing bass (as he had for some 20 years) with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra only weeks before, with an oxygen tank at his feet.
He came to us from Milwaukee and was active in track, publications, dramatics, and Terrace Club. He roomed with Tony Gosse and Ben Walker. He graduated in 1943 from the School of Public and International Affairs, and was in the ROTC program. He married Julia on the fly, and served as liaison with the Chinese Army in the China-Burma-India theater. Discharged as a captain, Bill undertook further political studies at Columbia and taught at Sarah Lawrence.
Sought by the CIA, he served 20 years as an intelligence analyst, chiefly in Asia. He and Julia moved to Albuquerque, where he earned a master's in counseling and became a psychotherapist for eight years. He was very active in the Democratic party and in St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church.
Besides Julia, he is survived by three daughters, Susan, Gauri, and Lavinia; four grandchildren; and a despondent boxer dog, Abigail Adams. The class extends sincere condolences to all.
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Richard R. Schellenberger '46
Rick died April 27, 2006, at home in York, Pa., where he lived for many years.
He taught English at Mercersburg Academy, from which he had graduated before coming to Princeton in 1942. Rick served in the Army Air Force in Europe from 1942 to 1946, earning three battle stars, then returned to graduate in 1949 with a degree in psychology. He also earned varsity football letters in 1942 and 1946.
Never married, Rick enjoyed his long teaching career. He leaves a sister, Barbara Ann Henrick, and his beloved cat, Macavity. We salute a loyal Tiger at his passing.
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Alden B. Hall '47
Entering Princeton in 1943, Aldie was swept into the Army in 1944. He returned in 1947; so, too, by fortunate coincidence, did his older brother, our classmate Tad. They roomed together for three happily remembered years, and certainly remained very close thereafter.
Aldie excelled in biology, earned varsity letters in wrestling and track, sang in the Chapel Choir, and became a patriotic Princetonian for the rest of his life. After college he earned a master's in biology at Amherst and an MD at Rochester, and interned at New York's famed Bellevue Hospital. He went on to private practice for 30 years as a surgeon in Newton, N.J.
Aldie's charming recollections of these years are reflected in his memories of professional colleagues and the foibles of his patients, published in 2005 and titled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the OR.
In 1955 he married Audrey Schramm, mother of his three children. She died in 1996. He married Monica O'Callahan shortly thereafter, and they enjoyed wonderfully happy retirement years in Florida until Aldie's death Jan. 11, 2006.
To Monica, the children, and Tad, we offer this fond remembrance of this happy classmate and devoted Princetonian.
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Robert D. Judson '47
Bob joined us in 1943 from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. He soon left to serve in the Atlantic fleet during the war.
On his return to Princeton he became a student of economics and an active and excellent varsity golfer. He had taken up golf at a young age under his doctor's command as therapy for recovery from polio.
Bob bonded for life with banking as a profession and with Chicago's First National as an employer. He was widely admired as a senior vice president, an astute financier, and a wise lender who helped diverse businesses, including the oil industry. His happy marriage in 1948 to Mary Scribner (who died in 2000) produced six sons. He lived virtually all his life in Winnetka, served his community well, and enjoyed a wealth of friendships. He died July 8, 2004.
As recounted in his entry in our 25th yearbook, Bob was angered by Princeton policies developed during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. This led to an unhappy estrangement from his class and his alma mater. He left us at the very time our war-torn class was becoming “peaced together” after our 25th.
Despite this loss, we remember Bob as one of us in those long-past, pleasant postwar Princeton years.
The Class of 1947
Hewitt P. Tomlin '47
In 1946, Hewitt was promoted (albeit backwardly) from 1948 to fabulous 1947. His postwar years at Princeton were treasured especially because, he told us, we were veterans and more mature, and because we “shared unique feelings of loyalty both to country and Princeton.”
Hewitt went on to establish a solo law practice in his hometown of Jackson, Tenn. He served a tour in the legislature and married Joan Cooley in 1957. They had three beloved children. In 1982 he was appointed to the Court of Appeals, and in 1995 became a senior judge, which enabled him to combine part-time judicial service with ample, happy leisure.
Early in his career, he experienced a profound spiritual transformation that enabled him to make God's love part of his life. “I learned that material goods, while providing satisfaction, do not fulfill our real needs,” he said.
Hewitt died Feb. 10, 2005. To Joan and their three children, we send our affection and sympathy.
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DONALD M. BOYD '49
Don died Dec. 30, 2005, at the age of 80.
He prepared for Princeton at Ridgefield (N.J.) High School and served in the Army from 1943 until 1945 in the European theater, where he participated in the invasion of Normandy. At Princeton he majored in politics. He was manager of the lacrosse team, a member of the Glee Club and Chapel Choir, and coached the Rifle and Pistol Club. He also was a member of Cloister Inn.
Don's career was spent in personnel management. He spent the last 22 years of it working for the New York State Employment Service, from which he retired as regional director of the New York City area. Shortly after retirement his wife, Lou, suffered a stroke. Don gradually took on more of the role of nursemaid, which gradually became almost a full-time task. Still, they were able to do some traveling and sailing until Lou's death in 1988.
Don is survived by his sons, Malcolm and George; a daughter, Allyson Davison; and five grandchildren. Don was an active member of the class, and we share his loss deeply with his family. He was a great guy.
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JOHN W. KALAJIAN '49
John died Oct. 26, 2005, at the age of 80.
A lifelong resident of Princeton, he prepared at Princeton High School and served in the Army in Europe, participating in the Battle of the Bulge prior to entering the University.
John served Princeton for many years as a senior technician in the physics department. He also was in the dry-cleaning business, and taught and played the cello for more than 40 years.
John is survived by two daughters, Susan Ranallo and Jocelyn Kalajian, and three grandchildren. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them on their loss.
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VINCENT R. SMITH JR. '49
Vincent died Dec. 23, 2005, after a long illness. He was 81. He was originally a member of the Class of 1947, but switched to '49 upon his graduation. He prepared for Princeton at Mercersburg Academy, and served with the Merchant Marine during World War II. At Princeton, Vincent participated in Triangle, having a lead role in two consecutive performances. He was a member of Quadrangle Club.
After graduation Vincent spent a year at Harvard Law School before opting for a career on Wall Street. After retirement he moved to Newport, R.I., and ran an antique shop where he indulged his love of social history, antiques, and architecture. He was a founder of the Newport Hill Association and a member of the Newport Historical Society.
Vincent is survived by his wife, Marjory; four sons, Vincent III, Richardson, Patrick, and Lowery; two daughters, Catharine and Alexandra; six grandchildren; and a step-great-grandson. The class extends sympathy to them on their loss of this gentleman, who was recognized as having come from the old school of gentlemen and scholars.
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Philip B. Kunhardt Jr. '50
Phil, a well-known writer and producer of documentaries, died March 21, 2006, at his home in Chappaqua, N.Y.
Phil came to Princeton from Groton. He belonged to Cottage Club, played rugby, and graduated with high honors in humanities. Immediately after graduation he married Katharine, the sister of his roommate, Clint Trowbridge. Two weeks later he started as a reporter for Life magazine. He was its managing editor when the magazine ceased publication in 1972. He then created the first dummy issues of People magazine, and in 1978, brought Life back as a monthly.
A recurrence of heart trouble prompted his retirement in 1982, but he continued editing Life Books. From the 1990s on he worked in his son's documentary firm, Kunhardt Productions, whose films included PBS documentaries.
Phil wrote more than a dozen books, some with his mother and some with his sons. Two were memoirs of his parents. One of his books dealt with Lincoln's assassination and another with Matthew Brady, both inspired by an extensive collection of Brady's glass negatives and other memorabilia that he had inherited. Phil always looked forward to his summers on the Maine coast.
Phil is survived by Katharine, six children, and 16 grandchildren, to whom we extend our sympathy.
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JOHN S. LIONBERGER JR. '50
John died Jan. 30, 2006, in St. Louis, a few days after his 79th birthday.
Wanting to serve his country, John accelerated through high school so he could graduate early from the Country Day School of St. Louis. He enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday and was stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific theater. After the war he entered Princeton, where he majored in economics and was a member of Colonial Club.
After Princeton, he worked for several years as a banker in New York City. He then returned to St. Louis, where he pursued a career as a stockbroker. He was a lifelong community volunteer and activist. In retirement he became a docent at the St. Louis Zoo. John was always committed to his principles. He was a strong supporter of the Republican party, in which he and his wife were extremely active.
John's family meant a great deal to him, as did friendships he made at Princeton and throughout his life. Our condolences go to Erle, his wife of almost 50 years; daughters Erle and Louise and their husbands; six grandchildren; a brother; and two sisters.
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HUGH MORRIS GHORMLEY '51
Hugh was born Aug. 13, 1929, in Seattle and died July 13, 2005, in Houston.
He came to us from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. At Princeton his roommates were Bill Webb, and Bill and Gerry Thomas. He graduated with a bachelor's in basic engineering and was a member of Tower Club. After service in the Navy, Hugh earned an MBA from Stanford in 1957. In 1958 he moved to Houston, where he started his 47-year career with Commercial Metals Co. Steel Group, ending as president emeritus of the fabrication division.
Hugh was active for many years in Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and in charitable organizations, including West Houston Young Life and the Brookwood Community for adults with functional disabilities.
Hugh was predeceased by Carol Beustedt, his wife of 44 years; and his daughter, Nancy Walls. He is survived by his wife, Betsy Dildine; daughters Karen Ghormley and Susan Colquitt; his brothers, Kenneth and Edward; his sister, Muriel Krebs; and his grandchildren, Jennifer, Christopher '07, and David Colquitt '08; and Emily, Robby, and John Walls. He is also survived by Betsy's daughters, Stephanie White and Wendy DellaCamera, and by his son-in-law, Robert Walls.
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EDWIN THOMAS LIGHTCAP '51
A Jersey native, Ed was born Feb. 8, 1927, in North Bergen; he died Nov. 16, 2005, in Whiting after a long illness. He was a World War II Navy veteran and came to us from Union Hill High School, where he was in the class of 1944.
At Princeton he roomed first with Charles Reed '49 and then with Dick Snedeker, majored in aeronautical engineering, was president of the Engineering Society and the Flying Club, was chairman of the Engineering Council, and was a member of the Undergraduate Council. He married Noreen Whitehead in 1951.
Ed was in aviation all his life. He started out as a member of the flight-test crew for Lockheed and Douglas for two years, then went on to sales with McKiernan-Terry in Dover, N.J. For eight years he was in aircraft sales and turbojet charter. Ed was a flight instructor at Teterboro Airport and for 15 years was an airline transport-rated corporate pilot in New York. At various times he was chosen to fly former presidents Nixon, Ford, Bush, and Reagan.
He is survived by Noreen, his wife of 54 years; their children, Chaleen Stevens and Kim Ryan; grandchildren Faith and Jake; and his brother, Howard.
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WILLIAM LOVERING WALDRON JR '51
Bill was born June 20, 1929, in Minneapolis and died June 17, 2005, after a three-and-a-half-year struggle with ALS.
He graduated from Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn., and matriculated with us in the fall of 1947. A psychology major and member of Tower, he roomed with Bill Grady, Peter McKay, and Charlie Taggart. In 1950, Bill left Princeton to attend Columbia, and commencing in 1952, he served two years in the Army Artillery, including a year in Korea.
After working for 33 years at Honeywell, Bill retired in 1984 from its corporate technology center. He was a devotee of upland game hunting and trap and skeet shooting, and enjoyed scuba diving in Grand Cayman for more than 25 years. For the past 10 years he traveled worldwide.
Bill's son, William III; his first wife, Sheila; and his sister, Barbara Bellows, all predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Helen Snyder Waldron; three daughters, Wendy Burton, Luci Chorley, and Stacey Eastman; four stepchildren; five grandchildren; and nine step-grandchildren.
Nipper McCampbell, who grew up with Bill, said of Bill: “a kinder, gentler man I never met.”
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BERNARD LACOSTE '53
Bernard, who was born in Paris, died there March 21, 2006. He was the son of René Lacoste and Simone Thion de la Chaume. He joined us junior year, transferring from Lycée Jeanson in Paris.
Senior year he roomed with lifelong friend Fred de Sibert and was in Cap and Gown Club. After graduation he joined La Chemise Lacoste, a small family company he built into a billion-dollar worldwide enterprise featuring the crocodile trademark that has become a global icon. He was awarded France's highest civilian honor, Officier de la Légion d'Honneur. Despite an extraordinary work schedule, he always welcomed classmates visiting Paris and generously donated the white dress shirts for our 50th reunion.
He is survived by his wife, Sachiko; his wife from an earlier marriage, Claire Lacarrière; their children, Jacques, Camille, and Beryl Hamilton; six grandchildren; his sister, Catherine; and brothers François and Michel.
At Bernard's funeral, David Ogden '89, who lives in Amsterdam, represented '53 for his father, Bill, Bernard's U.S. attorney, who was unable to attend. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to all his family.
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Robert Hanson Birney '54
Robert H. Birney died April 26, 2006.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated from Triadelphia High School in Wheeling, W.Va. While at Princeton, he was an English major and joined Prospect Club. He left after his second year, joined the Army, and later graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Robert lived in Durham, N.C., for the past 40 years, working in stock and bond sales. He also enjoyed teaching as a piano instructor.
The class extends its sympathy to his wife, Beverly; daughters Cathy and Sandra; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
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John Gregory Dunne '54
John Gregory Dunne died Dec. 30, 2003, of a heart attack.
Born in Hartford, Conn., he graduated from Portsmouth Priory School. At Princeton, he majored in history and worked on numerous campus committees and sports.
After graduation, he won a Vogue magazine scholarship while studying at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a staff writer for Time magazine. On Jan. 30, 1964, he married Joan Didion. They became collaborators on a series of screenplays. John was a literary critic for The New York Review of Books, and authored two books of essays as well as numerous other titles. His final novel, Nothing Lost, was in galleys at the time of his death.
The class extends its sympathy to Joan, who published The Year of Magical Thinking in October 2005, a memoir of the year following John's death. Their only child, Quintana, died in August 2005.
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Francis A. Lovecchio '54
Frank died suddenly May 16, 2006, following a brief illness.
After his Princeton premed and football days, Frank attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, served in the Navy medical corps in Philadelphia and Bermuda, and then trained in orthopedics at University of Pennsylvania Hospital.
Frank married his high school sweetheart, Lillian Grivner, in 1955, and they settled in East Stroudsburg, Pa., where he established his practice and they raised their six children.
As a physician, educator, and community activist, Frank became one of Monroe County's most prominent citizens. He served as chairman of orthopedics and chief of staff at Pocono Hospital; was president of the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society, chairman of his Catholic diocese board of education, and team physician for several local high schools and East Stroudsburg State College; and assumed many other civic and church responsibilities. In 2004 he was presented the Golden Deed Award as an outstanding humanitarian, an honor rarely bestowed by East Stroudsburg.
At Princeton, Frank was given the sobriquet “Dr. Love.” In East Stroudsburg he earned that title by tirelessly offering his medical knowledge, exceptional orthopedic skills, and good counsel with compassion, humor, and humility to all who sought his help. He dedicated his life to serving his family, his profession, his church, and his entire community. Throughout his life he was extremely proud of his association with Princeton and 1954.
The class offers deepest sympathy to Lil, their children, and grandchildren.
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Louis Richard Rukeyser '54
Lou died May 2, 2006, after a long bout with cancer. He wasn't well enough to come to the 50th reunion. He wanted to be there. He loved a celebration.
Lou was the second of four Rukeyser boys whose father was prominent in economic journalism. First and foremost a journalist, Lou was on assignment for the Baltimore Star in New Delhi, India, during our 10th reunion. He also lived in Paris, making TV specials for ABC News. He really hit the sweet spot in 1970 with Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser, which became the longest-running financial show in television history. The show helped create many brilliant careers for his innumerable panelists and guests. His highest ratings came when his father, Merryle, appeared on the show, a proud moment for both men.
He loved the good life, the best restaurants, and great wines. He received many awards and dealt with much hoopla, which he never took too seriously.
Lou was devoted to his family. He met Alex in London and was married on the Isle of Man, her home. He adored his daughters, Beverly, Susan, and Stacy '91, who now writes TV shows in Los Angeles. He was a giant in the class, and our heartfelt condolences go to the immediate family and Lou's brothers, Bud, Bob, and Bill '61. Lou's optimism is still shining somewhere up there. His charm and his wit enriched all of us.
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Donald Kenneth Woolley '54
Kenneth Woolley died June 14, 2005, in Nashville following a brief illness.
He prepared for college at North Plainfield (N.J.) High School. While at Princeton, he was active in Whig-Clio. He left prematurely to join the Army Signal Corps. He subsequently graduated from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, obtained a master's degree in public relations from the University of Iowa School of Journalism, and became an assistant professor at Iowa. He later spent 10 years as associate professor at the College of Journalism of the University of Iowa.
His career included consulting roles at more than 10 newspapers in five states, as well as writing a monthly newspaper column.
The class extends its sympathy to his wife, Deborah, on her loss.
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RICHARD MACDOUGALL FARRELL '66
The class learned only this spring of the death of Dick Farrell in March 1984.
A native of Teaneck, N.J., Dick graduated from the Gilman School in Baltimore. At Princeton he majored in history and wrote his senior thesis on the fiscal policies of the British Labour Party. He was a member of the Glee Club, as he had been in prep school.
Dick also was a member of Campus Club, where he was well-regarded for his easy-going manner and wit. Senior year he roomed in the Taj with Rick Buck, Jeff Reichel, and Chuck Cannon.
In the spring of our freshman year, Dick earned a permanent place in Princeto's annals: His playing of the bagpipes one evening is generally regarded as the opening salvo in what became known as the Princeton Riot of '63 — an event that was front-page news all over the nation. (It was a slow news day, and those were simpler times.)
We miss Dick, his smile, and his bagpipes.
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CHARLES K. OKSTEIN '66
We lost Charlie to kidney disease March 25, 2006, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 61.
Charlie was born in Cambridge, Mass., and graduated from Milton High. At Princeton he majored in biology and was a member of Terrace Club. He was indispensable to WPRB, serving as engineer, announcer, and classical music director. He roomed with Art Cohen in his senior year.
After Princeton, Charlie married Nancy Kornetsky, graduated from Tufts Medical School, completed a pediatric internship in Boston, and served a stint in the Army. He then moved to Mansfield, in rural Connecticut, where he lived and practiced pediatric medicine for 15 years. In 1990, he and Nancy moved to Phoenix, where he resided and practiced for the rest of his life.
To Nancy, his wife of nearly 40 years; his daughters, Susie and Linda '91; and the rest of his family, the class sends its condolences.
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ARTHUR B. SCHOEN JR. '75
Artie lost his battle with cancer Dec. 24, 2005.
Artie was born in New York and came to Princeton from the Buckley School and St. Paul's. He majored in history. His urbanity, charm, and wit were apparent and captivating. Artie was president of Cap and Gown Club and spent many hours there among friends, honing his considerable skills for the world after Princeton.
Following graduation, Artie joined Bankers Trust in New York. He had a successful 30-year career at the firm, and at the end was a managing director and senior member of the financial sponsors group. He is remembered well for his mentoring of younger people, his skills as a negotiator, and his strong relationships with clients. He was a trustee of the Boys' Club of New York, for which he relentlessly raised funds to support educational opportunities for young people, and was active in the Southampton Association, an important group in a community that he loved.
Artie is survived by his wife, Pamela Brown Schoen; their twins, Artie and Caroline; his father, Arthur B. Schoen '46; and many saddened friends and classmates. Artie's was a too-short life well lived. He was a gentleman.
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Philip Alan Rogers '79
Phil died Dec. 31, 2005, several days after suffering a severe stroke.
Phil spent his early school years in England, becoming an excellent rugby player. His passion for rugby continued at Princeton, where he also played varsity soccer and was a member of Tiger Inn. A civil engineering major, Phil received the New Jersey Society of Civil Engineers Award at graduation. He met Ieva Miesnieks '80, the love of his life, at Princeton, and they married in 1985.
In 1979, Phil joined Mobil Corp. and then spent three years in Saudi Arabia managing plant construction for Aramco. On returning to New York, he first managed oil-futures trading and then petrochemical development for Mobil. Since 2001, Phil was senior vice president of EI Associates, an architectural and engineering firm he led alongside Guy Cipriano '78.
Phil enjoyed sports, but most of all loved spending time with his family and teaching his sons, Oliver (16) and Colton (5), the importance of sportsmanship and team spirit.
In addition to Ieva and the boys, Phil is survived by his parents, Alan and Waltraud Rogers; and his brothers, Martin '78 and Peter. Phil's family has established the Philip Alan Rogers Memorial Rugby Fund (www.
parmrfund.org). The class extends deepest sympathy to Phil's family and friends. His gentle kindness, sense of humor, positive outlook, and zest for life always will be remembered.
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Elizabeth Dodge Schwab '94
Elizabeth, who battled cancer while graduating with honors from law school and then joined one of the nation's foremost law firms, died July 30, 2005. She was 33.
Doctors diagnosed her breast cancer in 1997, during her final year at the University of Texas School of Law. “She was taking chemo when she took the bar exam when she was 24,” her husband, David Michael Schwab, said. “She passed on the first try.”
Before enrolling at Texas, she had graduated with honors from St. John's School in Houston and with high honors from Princeton. During her second year in law school, she was hired as a summer associate by energy law firm Vinson & Elkins.
A seventh-generation Texan, Elizabeth was a descendant of J.B. Pier, who took part in the Battle of San Jacinto. She was in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the San Jacinto Descendants. She also was a member of the Junior League of Houston, The Park People, and the board of stewards of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband; her mother; a brother, John Hopkins Dodge III; and a sister, Alice Anne Dodge.
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HERMAN M. WARD *40
Herman M. Ward, noted poet and professor emeritus of English literature at the College of New Jersey, died Feb. 18, 2006, at his home in Belle Mead, N.J. He was 91.
The recipient of New Jersey's Governor's Award for Service to Poetry in 1986, Ward was well-known for his readings and poetry workshops throughout the state. As founder of Belle Mead Press, he saw seven books of poetry into print. Other publications include high school literature texts and Poems for Pleasure, an anthology of famous poems.
Born and schooled in New Jersey, Ward went to Princeton for a Ph.D. in English. After discharge from the Army at the close of World War II, he began a long career at Trenton State College — now the College of New Jersey — where he taught Irish and Greek literature, classical Greek, and English poetry. During that time, several sabbaticals took him to Greece, Iceland, and Germany. He retired from college teaching in 1976.
A self-taught handyman, Ward spent years renovating his Dutch colonial home in Belle Mead, for which he received the 2004 Award for Historic Preservation from the Montgomery Township Landmarks Commission.
Ward leaves behind his wife, Margery; four children; and five grandchildren.
JOHN H. BRODIE *98
John Hartley Brodie, a theoretical physicist, drowned in an accident Jan. 28, 2006, near Brattleboro, Vt.
Brodie received bachelor's and master's degrees from Cornell in physics. In the year following, he traveled around the world, mainly in the Far East, where he developed an interest in Eastern philosophies and religions. He returned to doctoral studies in theoretical physics at Princeton and went on to do research in string theory, first at the Stanford linear accelerator and then at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada.
In 2004, Brodie took a leave of absence from research and publication in disciplinary journals to teach at the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica. Traveling to Nicaragua, he helped construct housing for the poor with Habitat for Humanity. Over the years, he became an environmental advocate, a strict vegetarian, and an antiwar activist.
Brodie is survived by his parents, Harry and Angela Brodie, and his brother, Mark.
DAMIEN DIXON *00, Electrical Engineering, Nov. 25, 2005
MICHAEL D. CAROLUS *05, Chemistry, Nov. 29, 2005