October 25, 2006: Memorials


Dwight “Spike” Andrews died July 24, 2006. He was a devoted Princetonian and enthusiastic class member who had a varied business career until he settled on real estate in Florida and then in South Carolina, where he was associated with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

During World War II, Dwight served “three uneventful years,” in his words, in the Navy, where he became a lieutenant commander.

For the past several years he lived in Columbia, S.C., where he was a member of Trinity Cathedral, the Cotillion Club, and the Pine Tree Hunt Club. Columbia was the hometown of Spike’s beloved wife, Nina Geddes Nelson Andrews, who died in 1997. “Our marriage,” he once wrote a classmate, “was the one thing I have done right in my life.”

Surviving are a son, Dwight Finch Jr., and his wife, Judith; two daughters, Nina Ratrie Peyton and her husband, Angus E. Peyton ’48, and Anna Andrews Haltiwanger and her husband, J. William Haltiwanger; and five grandchildren.

The Class of 1934


Bud Cretors died June 16, 2006; he was 94. He ran his family’s business, C. Cretors and Co., in Chicago from soon after World War II as the company’s third-generation president until his retirement, when he turned it over to his oldest son, Charles D.

C. Cretors and Co. “started in 1885,” Bud once explained, “when my grandfather (C. Cretors, of course) had the bright idea of popping corn in a butter preparation and salt. The family has been living off it ever since.”

Cretors machines today dominate the popcorn-machine market.

Five years ago Bud held the distinction of having what was then believed to be a class-record seven great-grandchildren.

His response to that report was characteristic: “After a long and rather undistinguished life,” he wrote a classmate, “to think I finally stepped out of the shadows of mediocrity due to the marital enthusiasm of some of my descendants is gratifying, to say the least.”

Surviving are Bud’s wife of 67 years, Georgia Donnersberger Cretors; two children; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The Class of 1934


George died at his home Aug. 8, 2006.

George graduated from Princeton with high honors in mathematical physics. He started in business with Aetna Life’s actuarial department.

During World War II he first served in the Coast Artillery and then went to England to help the RAF operate its radar system, and there met his wife-to-be. In 1944, George was sent to China as executive officer of the Aircraft Warning Battalion.

Postwar he returned to Aetna, but in 1950 he was recalled to the Korean War in the Finance Corps. Thereafter he once again returned to Aetna. In 1969, George left Aetna and joined Avco Corp. as president of Paul Revere Life Insurance Co., and in 1974 he became president of Avco. He retired in 1981.

George was a trustee of Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Art Museum, and Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital. He served as chairman of the Connecticut Hospital Association.

George is survived by Mary, his wife of 60 years; two daughters, Jane D. and Susan H. O’Connor; three grandchildren, including Jack D. O’Connor ’07; two sisters; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Over the years George served the class with distinction in many capacities, most recently as vice president for Annual Giving, and he will be sorely missed.

The Class of 1938

Eugene P. Gillespie ’40

After a long illness, our former class president died May 31, 2006, in his Princeton home.

Gene prepared at Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy. At Princeton, he majored in economics and was a member of the Yacht Club, Triangle Club, CAA, and Elm Club.

He entered the Army in 1941 and retired from active service in 1964 as a full colonel. During World War II, he was a pilot in North Africa, Italy, England, France, and Germany. Later, he was appointed to NATO headquarters in Naples, Italy; Salzburg, Austria; and Cambodia.

He spent the next 10 years in Nassau Hall as an administrator for the University, retiring in 1974.

He was a trustee of The Medical Center at Princeton, shepherding donations for the Renaissance Project and McCarter Theatre, and was a member of the Princeton Club of New York and the Army-Navy Club of Arlington, Va.

Gene lost his first wife, George Ann, to cancer in 1972. He found “a new life companion” in Sara Tiedeman, his second wife. Golf, bridge, and travel, including winters spent in Florida and Antigua, were their pastimes.

To his survivors, sons Peter and William A.; daughter, George Ann Gillespie Fox; a granddaughter; a step-granddaughter; and a beloved stepson, “the ruggedly handsome Horace A. Davies” (who assisted in this memorial), Gene’s classmates extend their heartfelt sympathies.

The Class of 1940

Homer H. Haggard ’40

Homer died June 16, 2006.

He was home-schooled while his family lived in Malpaso, Peru, where his father was associated with Cerro de Pasco Copper Co. He later prepared at Raymond Riordan School and Potsdam (N.Y.) High School. At Princeton, he majored in chemistry, attaining Second Group Honors, and was a member of Elm Club.

Homer subsequently earned a master’s and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

During World War II, he was drafted by the government to do research on explosives and other war-related equipment. In 1946, he joined the research department at Hercules Inc. in Wilmington, Del. After his marriage to Jane Ryan in 1951, he was assigned to a four-year sales residency in São Paulo, Brazil. Returning to Wilmington, he spent the rest of his career mostly in sales until his early retirement in 1977.

Homer was a proficient golfer who won many amateur titles and served on the rules committees of the U.S. Golf, Delaware State, and Philadelphia golf associations; and was president of Hercules Country Club.

Homer also was a member of the Princeton Club of New York, Sigma Xi, Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Lambda Upsilon, and Phi Kappa Phi.

His classmates extend sincere sympathies to Jane Ryan Haggard, his wife of 55 years, and several cousins.

The Class of 1940


Daniel Larkin, teacher, actor, and writer, died June 16, 2006, in Amherst, N.Y.

A graduate of Nichols School in Buffalo, he achieved honors in English at Princeton, where he also was a member of Terrace Club.

During his World War II service with the Army Corps of Engineers mapmaking unit, Dan married Joanne Kryder. They had three daughters, Penelope, Sarah, and Elizabeth. Sadly, Joanne died in 1956.

After five years with Larkin Co. of Buffalo, Dan matriculated at Claremont (Calif.) College, where he received a master’s in English. Dan taught college-level English at Pomona College and the University of Buffalo. He cherished his years at Orchard Park High School near Buffalo and at Erie Community College, where he taught speech and dramatics as well as English. Dan acted in and directed several plays in community theaters in the Buffalo area,

Upon his retirement in 1978, Dan turned to writing two books about the family, one being a biography of his grandfather titled John D. Larkin: A Business Pioneer. At Amherst High School near Buffalo he had met English teacher Peggy Joseph, whom he married in 1957. He and Peggy enjoyed wide-ranging travels.

To Peggy; Dan’s three daughters; four grandchildren; and sister, Sally Larkin Kryder; the class extends its condolences.

The Class of 1942


Ed, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., for nearly three decades, died June 13, 2006, of a stroke. He was 84.

A philosophy major at Princeton, Ed was awarded the Bronze Star during World War II for valor in the Battle of the Bulge.

After a year at Harvard Law School and a life-changing bout with polio in 1947, during which he was almost completely paralyzed for six months, Ed “had time to think.” He enrolled in Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., earning a master’s in divinity in 1951 and beginning his ministry at Trinity Boston. Until 1964, when he was called to Washington, Ed successively was rector of two churches in Massachusetts — Lynn and North Attleboro — where he said he had “rather exhausting, demanding, and yet rather exciting challenges” to build up the congregations.,

A candidate for bishop of Washington in 1977 and recipient of an honorary doctorate of divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, Ed was active in the affairs of the Washington diocese and was a delegate to six triannual national Episcopal conventions.

Ed will be long remembered as an eloquent preacher and revered leader of his congregation during difficult times in the 1960s when racial riots inflamed the city.

The class conveys its condolences to his sister, Eleanor Jaquinet.

The Class of 1942


Charles “Cat” Rees died July 12, 2006, following surgery.

He entered Princeton from Lawrenceville in the footsteps of his brother, Albert ’43, and joined Ivy Club. Cat volunteered and served with Patton’s Third Army, and as a platoon leader in Germany, he earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. Cat started his career with the famed bridge builders John A. Roebling & Sons until he was recalled for Korean service in 1951.

In a stint with the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert operations, he became an ardent disciple of the late George F. Kennan ’25. Then as a civilian Cat joined the enterprises of John Hay Whitney and finished his distinguished career in 1985 as president of Whitney Communications Corp.

He believed strongly in public service. In addition to many business and civic board memberships, he was a trustee of Foxcroft School and of Riverside Research Institute, which contracts with the Department of Defense.

Cat is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Nancy Thomas; four daughters, Liberty T., Camilla R.G., Nancy Wall, and Hilleary Coleman; his brother, Albert; and five grandchildren. The class expresses its sympathy to the family.

The Class of 1945

Peter Thomson Chew ’46

Pete Chew died of a heart attack in Washington, D.C., July 16, 2006. He lived there since 1954, working as a reporter and independent writer.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., and a Choate School graduate, Pete entered Princeton in June 1942. He soon left for duty with the American Field Service in Africa, the Mideast, and Italy. He returned to college to play 150-pound football and hockey and to head the revived Daily Princetonian.

Working as a reporter for several news-papers and for NASA, Pete also wrote a book on the Kentucky Derby. In 1966, he went to war zones in Vietnam for The Observer. His book, Inner World of the Middle-Aged Man, won the 1977 American Psychological Media Award.

He is survived by Virginia, his wife of 54 years; his children, Elizabeth Rider, Peter Jr., and Benjamin ’84; and two grandchildren. To them, the class expresses deep sympathy on the loss of a dynamic Tiger.

The Class of 1946

William Pendleton Hackney ’46

Bill Hackney died at home in Shadyside, Pa., July 31, 2006.

Born June 5, 1924, in Uniontown, Pa., he graduated from Shadyside Academy in 1942 and entered Princeton. He served in the Air Force from 1943 to 1946 as a first lieutenant flying missions in the South Pacific. After returning to Princeton to graduate in 1948, he earned a law degree from Harvard in 1951. Joining the law firm of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, he rose to senior partner by his retirement in 1984.

Bill wrote many law articles, was president of Pittsburgh’s Center of the Arts, and served in the Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed golf and gourmet cooking.

His first wife, Doris, died in 1989 after the couple had raised three children. He subsequently married Myrna Schwalb, who survives, as do his children, Penn Hackney and Jean Kingsland; his stepson, Adam Dread; and six grandchildren. The class joins the family in mourning a warm-hearted lover of life, the arts, and good society.

The Class of 1946


David died March 6, 2006, at the age of 81.

He prepared at Deerfield Academy, and prior to Princeton he served as a pilot with the Eighth Air Force in Europe during World War II. While at Princeton he was a member of the Flying Club and played hockey. He left before graduation and married Agatha Mount, who survives him, in 1952.

After leaving Princeton, David held various positions through the years, and at retirement was employed as quality-control manager for Hitchcock Furniture Co. He was a member of the Litchfield (Conn.) Country Club and an avid golfer. He also enjoyed tennis, fishing, and traveling.

In addition to his wife, David is survived by a daughter, Anne Lee Dobbins; three sons, William David Jr., John Buel, and Peter Blake; four grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren. The class extends its sincere condolences to them on their loss.

The Class of 1949


Nick died of Pick’s disease April 10, 2006. He was 78.

He prepared for Princeton at the Putney School and majored in the humanities as an undergrad and in architecture as a graduate student. He was a member of the Glee Club, orchestra, band, choir, and Camera Club. He also was a member of Prospect Club, where he served as chair of the faculty fellows committee. Nick served in the Army on Gen. MacArthur’s staff in Japan from March1946 until August 1947.

Nick spent most of his working life as an architect in Maine. While he resided in Ellsworth, his practice was statewide. He was involved in designing more than 250 different buildings, many of which received national and international acclaim. He was known for energy conservation and innovation in a variety of structures. Nick loved music, sailing, and outdoor adventure. He also maintained a close association with his many friends in the class over the years.

Nick is survived by Patricia, his wife of 45 years; and three daughters, Victoria, Christina, and Rebecca. The class extends deepest sympathy to them and shares their sense of loss at the passing of this very talented man.

The Class of 1949


Free, a retired Foreign Service officer, died at Sibley Hospital July 22, 2006, of renal failure. He was 78. He had been a resident of Chevy Chase, Md., for nearly 50 years.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, of Foreign Service parents, he spent his childhood years in Havana and Paris, where his father, the late H. Freeman Matthews, was assigned. He attended the Harvey School in New York and graduated in 1945 from the Lawrenceville School. His years at Princeton were interrupted by Army service in World War II and Korea. He was a member of Cloister Inn.

Free was an executive trainee at the Central Hanover Bank & Trust Co. in New York in 1950. He was appointed an officer in the U.S. Foreign Service in 1952, first serving as assistant British desk officer. In 1952 he went to his first post, Palermo, Sicily, where he was a vice consul and visa officer. He subsequently served in Zurich and Madrid. He was chief of the political section in Saigon from 1964 to 1966 and director of the Vietnam Working Group in the department from 1966 to 1970. He was political counselor at the American Embassy in Mexico City from 1970 to 1973 and then director of Egyptian Affairs from 1974 to 1976.

From 1976 to 1980 he served as deputy chief of mission in Cairo, where he played a role in the Middle East peace negotiations involving President Carter, President Sadat, and Prime Minister Begin. From 1980 to 1983 he was deputy director of management operations; he then served as senior inspector in the Office of the Inspector General until 1985, when he retired from the Foreign Service.

Free then became a consultant with the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, where he was director of inter-agency teams, conducting crisis management exercises at American embassies abroad. From 1987 to 1991 he was the State Department representative to the White House Iran\Contra Legal Task Force and Inter-Agency Review Committee.

A passionate animal lover, Free was active in various organizations after his retirement, including the Wildlife Preservation Trust. He volunteered at the National Cathedral, and was for many years an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

He was a parishioner of St. John's Lafayette Square for many years and was a member of the Chevy Chase Club and the Metropolitan Club.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Henneberger Matthews; four children, Luke Matthews of Houston, John Matthews of Lyon, France, Capt. Timothy Matthews of Jacksonville, Fla., and Elizabeth Johns of Woodville, Va; and 10 grandchildren. The class extends deepest sympathy to them on their loss of a fine man who lived the motto "in the nation's service."

The Class of 1949

Expanded version posted June 12, 2007


Jack died April 16, 2006, after a long illness. He was 78.

He prepared for Princeton at East Orange (N.J.) High School and majored in biology, graduating with honors. He served in the Coast Guard from July 1945 until October 1946.

Following graduation, Jack attended Columbia University Medical School and led an extremely productive and distinguished career in academic medicine. He was one of the world’s preeminent thyroid experts and research scientists, and pioneered many breakthroughs in endocrinology. He was director of endocrinology at Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y., until 1976, when he moved to the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine, where he stayed for 25 years as chairman of the division of endocrinology and metabolism.

Jack earned National Institutes of Health grants for 40 consecutive years and received several distinguished service awards for his thyroid research. Jack claimed that he had no outside interests other than his family because medicine was both his career and his hobby.

Jack is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter, Adelle Brown; two sons, Mark ’77 and Lawrence; and seven grandchildren, who remember him for his caring nature, sense of humor, and incredible intellect. The class joins them in their great sense of loss.

The Class of 1949


Charles Carlton “Carlo” Colyer, Jr. died Saturday, April 29th in Rutland Vermont after delivering the eulogy at his mother Charlotte’s memorial service. He was born 12/24/1930 in West Orange, NJ where he spent much of his youth. Carl graduated from the Westminster School of Simsbury, CT in 1948 and Princeton University in 1952, where he was a member of Cap and Gown and the Triangle Theatre Club.

From Princeton Colyer joined the Marine Corps serving active duty in Korea and Japan during the Korean War achieving the rank of Captain as an Intelligence Officer. Upon returning from Korea, Colyer joined the Actor’s Studio and began his 20+ year professional acting career. His credits include over two hundred plays in which he has played both leads and supporting roles with many of theatre's greatest names: Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Coburn, Jane Fonda, June Havoc, Helen Hayes, Van Johnson, Jack Lemmon, Darren McGavin, Jane Morgan, Vincent Price, Gloria Swanson, Betty White and many more.

Upon becoming a father and turning 40 Colyer transferred his energies from acting and directing to the teaching of acting. His students were adults, gifted teenagers, the under-privileged, the mentally retarded and the emotionally disturbed. Among the places he taught and directed many successful productions were the Dwight Englewood School, Syracuse University, Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, the Rocky Hill School, Trinity Repertory Theatre and the Brown University Learning Community. In addition to teaching Colyer published many modern adaptations of classic plays as well as the highly regarded Theatre Arts teaching manual “The Art of Acting”.

Colyer’s retirement years were some of his happiest where he continued his active life writing his follow up “The Art of Directing” as well as traveling the globe and becoming a vital member of the Brooklyn, NY and Lubec, ME communities along with his partner Kathryn Rubeor.

In addition to Rubeor Colyer is survived by his son Cameron Colyer, his daughter-in-law Lauren and their three children, Crosby, Sloan and Henry; his brothers William Osborne and Stephen Colyer; his sister Libby Hall, his cousin Charlotte Mary Hartnett, closest friend John Scaglione and his many students and friends.

There will be a memorial service at a date to be determined this summer. In lieu of sending flowers please make donations in Carlo’s name to: Lubec Landmarks at P.O. Box 422 Lubec, ME 04652

The Class of 1952


Ed died Nov. 22, 2005.

He left Princeton after our freshman year because of his father’s health, and while out of school accepted an appointment to the Naval Academy. Graduating near the top of his class in 1954, he later wrote appreciatively of the academic head start he received in his Princeton math and science courses.

From the Naval Academy, Ed went on to complete 23 years of active duty in the Navy. Selected by Adm. Rickover for the Navy’s nuclear power program, he rose to the rank of captain in the Nuclear Submarine Force, and for a time, commanded the USS John Adams. While in the Navy he also earned a master’s from the University of Southern California, and an MBA and another master’s from the University of Hawaii.

After leaving active duty in 1977, Ed became a consultant to the nuclear-power industry until 1994. He also added a master’s in engineering from the University of Virginia to his academic credentials.

Finally, at age 52 in 1994, he began a career as a registered principal with American Express Financial Advisors.

Ed is survived by his wife, Thespi; three children, Melissa, Clifford, and Melanie; and four grandchildren. To them, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1952

Milton Nye Weatherhead Jr. ’53

Milt died July 28, 2006.

A native of Alexandria, Va., he entered Princeton from George Washington High School. At Princeton, Milt roomed with classmates Clark Tufts, Steve Paliska, and Eric Sundt, and was a member of Terrace Club.

During the summer of 1951 Milt was introduced to Georgia Cort, a friend of Clark’s in Japan, and they were married the following summer. Milt postponed graduation for a year, graduating in 1954. In 1958 he joined the AC Spark Plug division of General Motors Corp. in Michigan. He retired in 1996 and returned to northern Virginia.

Milt was an inveterate community volunteer. In Michigan he was a cub-pack leader and a leader of Michigan Toastmasters. He belonged to the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Alexandria and the Kena Temple Shriners, shepherding crippled children between Virginia and Philadelphia. He served at the National Archives in Washington, sorting Civil War documents for microfilming. He was treasurer for the AARP Greenspring Chapter in Springfield, Va., a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and AARP tax preparer for the elderly, and a Fairfax Station Railroad Museum board member.

The class extends its sincere sympathy to Georgia; his two sons, Milton N. III and Charles Paul; and eight grandchildren.

The Class of 1953

Samuel C. Fullerton III ’54

Sam died July 2, 2006, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after a brief illness.

Born in Miami, Okla., he graduated from St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. At Princeton, he majored in political science, was a member of Cap and Gown Club, and participated in wrestling and football. After graduation, he served in the Army from 1955 to 1957. He then completed a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Sam practiced law in Miami and operated the family registered Black Angus business. In 1971, he began a career on the bench and served as municipal judge from 1974 to 1976. The governor of Oklahoma then appointed him district judge for Ottawa and Delaware counties. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1998.

The class extends its condolences to Sam’s wife, Priscilla; son Samuel IV; daughter Anne; and five grandchildren. His family remembers him for his kindness, patience, strength, and wonderful sense of humor.

The Class of 1954

Richard F. Hnat ’54

Dick died July 16, 2006, in Miami.

He prepared for college at the Pingry School in Elizabeth, N.J. A biology major at Princeton, he was a member of Cannon Club and played varsity football and baseball. He subsequently graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1958, served in the Army from 1959 to 1961, and subsequently completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

During his career, Dick was an attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and an associate professor at Cornell Medical School, and practiced at Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital until his retirement in 1989. He belonged to numerous medical societies in his specialty.

The class extends its sympathy to Dick’s wife of 50 years, Sylvia; his son, Frederick; daughters Nancy and Katherine; and his nine grandchildren.

The Class of 1954

Richard H. Huntington ’54

Dick died July 23, 2006.

Born in Newark, N.J., he graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. At Princeton he was active in the Republican Club and Campus Fund Drive, and was a member of Terrace Club.

Following graduation, he served in the Army from 1954 to 1956. Subsequently, he was a high school history teacher for 35 years and was the co-author of Legacy of Freedom, a widely used history textbook. Rich was a lifelong member of the Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood and a strong supporter of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town.

The class extends its sympathy to his sister, Nancy Hetzel; and his nieces, Lisa and Lauren.

The Class of 1954

Donald K. Orr ’54

Class officers were sorry to learn recently of the death of Donald K. Orr, Sept. 24, 2004.

He prepared for Princeton at Granite City High School, and while at the University was active in the Chicago and St. Louis clubs. He left Princeton during his freshman year.

His roommate, Wayne Lawson, believed that he was studying to be an engineer, and recalled him as "a nice, quiet guy" who seemed to feel homesick. Wayne noted that the photograph published with Donald's name in our Nassau Herald and 50th-reunion book was not a picture of Donald. The correct photo appears in the Freshman Herald.

No additional information was available.

The Class of 1954


Until he died of pneumonia in Milwaukee July 23, 2006, Charlie embodied the ideal of public service — to the nation as a diplomat for three decades, to the University and the class as a founder and president of Princeton Project 55, and to the nonprofit sector as president of the Johnson Foundation in Racine, Wis., and founding chairman of Ten Chimneys Foundation to restore the Wisconsin home of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine.

At Princeton he was elected president of Tiger Inn and of the University Press Club. Following graduation, Charlie was a Fulbright Scholar and an Army enlisted man before entering the Foreign Service.

After Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State in 1973, the media spotlight fell on Charlie when he resigned as the State Department’s chief spokesman because Kissinger, as national security adviser, had authorized wiretaps on some diplomats’ telephones.

Yet Charlie remained in public service as deputy director of the US Information Agency, director of the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, and later as ambassador to Senegal.

Charlie’s first wife, Eleanor, died in 1993. In 1999 he married Katie Gingrass. The class extends its deepest sympathy to her and also to Charlie’s children, Charles IV, David, and Katherine; his brothers, Richard and Thomas; his stepchildren; and his grandchildren.

The Class of 1955


Dan died June 19, 2006, in his hometown of Erie, Pa., after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer.

Dan prepared at Andover. At Princeton he majored in politics, was a member of Key and Seal, and was business manager of The Princeton Tiger. He roomed with Bob Putney, who died in 1991.

After Princeton, Dan received a degree from the University of Michigan Law School and served as a captain in Army intelligence. He returned to Erie to found the law firm of McClure & Miller, where he practiced until his death.

He was past president of the Erie County Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Erie, and served as director of several business interests. A highlight of Dan’s legal career was to successfully argue a securities case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Very active in the Erie community, Dan served as president of Hamot Health Systems and as a trustee of Erie Community Foundation, among other organizations. In 2005 the Hamot Hospital established the Daniel L.R. Miller Award for Excellence in Estate Planning in his honor.

Dan is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth “Betsey” Mayer Miller (daughter of ’27 and sister of ’58); his daughter, Elizabeth Mayer Stone; son Daniel M. Miller; and five grandchildren.

To Betsey and family, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1955

Graduate Alumni


Zeljka Matutinovic died July 2, 2006, in a moped accident while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard. She was 41.

Matutinovic, a native of Croatia, earned a master’s and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Princeton.

Beginning her career with the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., she then went into investment banking with Credit Suisse First Boston, International Real Returns, and Jerusalem Venture Partners, specializing in telecom and investment-technology firms, before starting out on her own in 2005.

Active in the International Center at Princeton and the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, she was a member of the APGA’ s board from 2001 to 2004 and of its reunions and graduate students committees.

She is survived by her parents, Zeljko and Katarina Matutinovic of Zagreb, Croatia, where her funeral was held. A memorial mass on July 18 at St. Cyril Catholic Church in Manhattan was attended by alumni and Dean of the Graduate School William B. Russel.

THOR N. RHODIN *46, Chemistry, Feb. 17, 2006.

BASIL A. DUNELL *49, Chemistry, Dec. 25, 2005.

BEN E. BREWER JR. *57, Architecture, Dec. 16, 2003.

RICHARD M. HAVENS *73, Woodrow Wilson School, Feb. 2, 2003.

DAMIEN DIXON *00, Electrical Engineering, Nov. 25, 2005

MICHAEL D. CAROLUS *05, Chemistry, Nov. 29, 2005

This issue has an undergraduate memorial for Nicholas Holt ’49 *52.

Edmund A. LeFevre *49

Edmund A. LeFevre of Wilmington, Del., died April 27, 2006. He was 81.

After graduating from Allendale School in 1942, LeFevre served in the Army Air Corps as an officer. He received a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in 1947, then earned a master’s in English from Princeton.

LeFevre taught secondary school English for 34 years, including 10 years at the Pingry School in Elizabeth, N.J., and 22 years at the Tatnall School in Wilmington. He was head of the English department at both schools. After his retirement, he taught for many years at the Academy of Lifelong Learning in Wilmington.

His wife, Nancy, writes that he “had a deep affection for Princeton, because he spent more time doing his graduate work there than he did on his undergraduate campus.”

In addition to his wife, LeFevre is survived by two children and three grandchildren. end of article

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