October 24, 2007: Memorials


Arthur “Cy” Warner died at his home in Princeton July 22, 2007.

He prepared at Newark Academy and majored in history at Princeton, graduating with high honors. He was assistant manager of the University Band and a member of Whig-Clio, the Anti-War Society, and the International Relations Club. After graduation, Cy obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School and then served in the Navy as a second lieutenant. Postwar, he taught history at the University of Texas at El Paso and at Rider College.

He was dedicated to civil rights, especially the rights of gay citizens. In the 2002 book, Beyond Stonewall, the editor, Vern L. Bullogh, explained Cy’s historic gay-rights activism in detail. In later years, his interests turned to the brain and aspects of its development. As a result he founded Sentience Foundation Inc., a nonprofit corporation that sponsored research and programs to study the advancement of the brain’s capacities, maintenance, and optimal health.

Cy left no relatives, but many friends and beneficiaries of his philanthropy and years of teaching, to all of whom the class extends its deep sympathy.

The Class of 1938

Arthur McKinley Kallop ’39

Art died peacefully of natural causes June 11, 2007, at his home in Summit, N.J., where he had lived for many years.

After earning a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, he went to work for General Electric and spent the next 43 years with the company, serving as a test engineer and industrial control-design engineer, retiring in 1982 as a district sales manager.

He married Doris Mosher and they had three sons, all Princeton graduates. In retirement, he told us, his sons and grandchildren topped the list of items on the upside of life, followed by the Class of 1939 and lots of world travel. Back home he was a member of the Summit Old Guard. He was a member of the Princeton Schools Committee.

Predeceased by Doris, he is survived by his sons, William ’65, A. George ’67 *69, and Peter ’73; his brother, John ’51; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. One of his granddaughters, Field, is a member of the Class of 2004. To them all, we extend sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939

Francis Bailey Nimick Jr. ’39

Fran died June 11, 2007, after a long illness.

A lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area, he was prominently engaged in the banking business. After earning his MBA at Harvard and just getting a start in banking, he was drafted and spent the next four years in the Army. Discharged on a Friday, he went back to work the following Monday at the People’s First National Bank. In 1952 he became assistant treasurer at Dollar Bank, advancing quickly to become treasurer in 1956 and president in 1959, a position he held until 1978, when he was named chairman of the board and CEO. He retired in 1983, but remained active on the board for more than 20 years.

Fran was on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Buhl Foundation, Chatham College, and the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. An elder at Sewickley Presbyterian Church, he was recently honored for being a member longer than anyone else — 73 years.

Fran’s first wife, Christine, died in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Katherine; her two sons; his three sons and two daughters; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. We extend to them our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939

Edwin Pendleton Thompson ’39

Ed died April 30, 2006, at the Westerly (R.I.) Nursing Home.

He served as a lieutenant junior grade with the U.S. Maritime Service in the European and Far Eastern theaters from 1943 to 1945. He worked in the construction and real-estate businesses in Connecticut until 1951, when he became vice president of Aramco Oil. He spent 33 years at Aramco, all in personnel fields, particularly training.

Ed told us that one of the great satisfactions of his life was watching the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gradually develop into what it is today. When he retired to Gloucester, Mass., he was asked by TWA to help set up and train personnel for Saudi Arabian Airlines. Finally, in 1984, he retired to Westerly.

Ed’s first wife and their son, Gilbert, died years ago. He married Samira Friedman, but she, too, predeceased him. He is survived by his sister, a niece and nephew, and his stepdaughter, Sylvia Akiki. We extend our sincere sympathy to them.

The Class of 1939

Edgar Frederick vom Lehn ’39

Ed died June 3, 2007, at a hospital near his home in Cullowhee, N.C., after a brief illness.

Deeply devoted to music all his life, he earned both master’s and doctoral degrees in musicology from UNC-Chapel Hill. After World War II service as a Signal Corps lieutenant in the European theater, he was granted a teaching fellowship at the University of North Carolina. He later was professor of music at Western Carolina University from 1958 until 1982. He worked as an assistant director of the Duke University Chapel choir and as director of the Smoky Mountains Cultural Arts Development Association. He appeared in dozens of operas and musical dramas during his career in civic venues near and around Cullowhee.

Ed is survived by Sydney, his wife of 65 years; daughter Karen; two sons, Fred and John; and five grandchildren. We extend our sincere sympathy to them.

The Class of 1939

Alfred Johnson Coyle ’42

Alfred J. Coyle died June 17, 2007, in Tequesta, Fla., after a long illness. With his death the Class of 1942 lost one of its outstanding figures in the financial-services industry.

Bud Coyle was born in New York City and attended Poly Prep. At Princeton he majored in geology and joined Cannon Club. After graduation he was stationed in the Army in the South Pacific. He was separated from the service as a first lieutenant in 1945.

Bud’s first job was with Hemphill, Noyes & Co. in New York. In 1954 he joined Hayden Stone as a partner and, at 44, became chairman and CEO. He was instrumental in the development of Silicon Valley corporations such as Teledyne and Intel. Later he was appointed vice president at Paine Webber and was involved in bringing public such companies as Genentech.

Bud took joy in the companionship of friends and in activities that he could share with them, especially the golf and fishing that were part of the Florida way of life.

He was predeceased by his wife, Betty. To his daughters, Barbara Schaefer and Virginia Coyle; his son, Alfred Jr.; his stepchildren, Herbert Wagner, Peter Wagner, and Wendy Wagner; his brother, Charles ’49; and two grandsons, the class sends its condolences.

The Class of 1942

Geoffrey Montgomery Talbot Jones ’42

Geoffrey Montgomery Talbot Jones, a survivor of heroic service during World War II, died of malignant melanoma July 20, 2007, in New York City.

Jeff came to Princeton from Andover. At Princeton he was a member of Theatre Intime and the editorial board of The Tiger. His major was politics.

Immediately after graduation Jeff was called into service as a second lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division. In 1944 he transferred to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). In July of that year, dressed as a French laborer, he parachuted behind German lines in the Basse Alps, replacing an operative who had been picked up by the Gestapo. In this capacity he made contact with French resistance groups, helped coordinate their activities, and reported by radio about German movements in the area. Subsequently, he and fellow resisters drove through German lines and joined up with the invading Americans.

After the war, Jeff worked in advertising and public relations in New York. In addition he organized the Veterans of OSS and served as the group’s president for 23 years. For his wartime service he was recognized with the Croix de Guerre three times, the U.S. Legion of Merit, and the Order of the British Empire. He also was named an officer of the French Légion d’honneur.

The Class of 1942


Sam died June 14, 2007, of pneumonia in Fort Myers, Fla. He was a transportation economist and lawyer and general counsel for the Interstate Commerce Commission. He also had his own consulting firm.

Born in Erie, Pa., he prepped at DeVeaux School and attended the University of Michigan for his freshman year. His father was A. Ford Eastman 1901. At Princeton, Sam won numerals in football, was an officer of Cloister Inn, majored in aeronautical engineering, and graduated with honors. His roommates included Chet Rice.

He was a Navy radioman until 1946, and then earned a law degree at Harvard and a master’s in economics at the University of Maryland. In Washington, he helped lead the deregulation of the airline industry and also served in the Institute for Defense Analyses. He was a dedicated churchgoer, loved sailing and the Maryland mountains, and commanded the Fort Myers Power Squadron.

His first wife, Frances (“Susie”), died in 1999, before their 50th anniversary. He later married Helen (“Robin”) Kuebler, a widow and former Erie friend. Other survivors include his daughters, Megan Sarah, Melissa Sue, and Amanda Ford Buschi; a grandson; and a granddaughter. Our sincere condolences go to all.

The Class of 1944


“Rock” Semmes died July 6, 2007, of kidney cancer in his home in Chevy Chase, Md. He was 86. Only six weeks earlier he was enjoying two sets of tennis a week and a round of golf on weekends.

He prepared at St. Alban’s and Exeter. At Princeton, he majored in political science; was active in freshman and 150-pound football, track, and gymnastics; and was a member of the Madison and Whig-Clio debating societies and Cap and Gown Club. His roommates included Tom Shand, Mal Hallett, Karl Harr, and Ham Carothers.

He earned an accelerated bachelor’s degree in 1943 and was commissioned into the field artillery, in which he served three years, including combat in Europe. He earned his law degree at the University of Maryland and headed a law office on patents and trademarks in Washington. Rock was our class vice president from 1952 to 1956. He was active in Princeton regional affairs, and was a member of Washington’s Metropolitan Club and Chevy Chase Club.

Rock is survived by Carmel, his wife of 61 years; daughters Alexandra Hansen and Andrea Faller; sons Raphael “Rocky” Jr. ’79 and K.W. “Bill”; brothers Harry H., J. Gibson, and David H.; and seven grandchildren. Our condolences go to all. We’ll miss him.

The Class of 1944


Earl died May 11, 2007, in Sealy, Texas. He was 83 and a longtime petroleum engineer for Conoco Oil Co.

Earl is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons Bart, Steve, and Tony; daughter Frances Gross; stepchildren Nancy Dickerson, Edward Willy, Jeanette Daeschner, and Melanie and Mark Pulos; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The class extends sympathy to each for their great loss.

The Class of 1946


John died May 8, 2007, in Wyoming, Ohio. He was 81.

He was born in East Orange, N.J., but lived in Egypt, where his father was a missionary, until he was sent to live with an aunt and uncle in New Jersey at age 11. He attended Deerfield Academy, and arrived in Princeton in the summer of 1942. After two years as an officer in the Marine Corps, including a stint in Guam and a year of occupation duty in Japan, he graduated in 1947 with a bachelor’s in history; and went on to get a bachelor’s in divinity at Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1950.

John’s career was spent in the fields of personnel and human resources, first with a variety of companies and organizations, then starting in 1976, with his own consulting company, Quay Associates, where he was assisted by his wife as president. They retired to Ohio in 1986, where he continued to consult and was involved in a variety of religious, community, and professional activities.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Crosby; sons Peter and Paul; daughter Leslie McMillan; a sister, Virginia Hutchison; and four grandchildren. His brother was the late Robert M. Quay ’42.

The class extends deepest sympathy to his family for its loss.

The Class of 1946


Rut Rosenborg died June 9, 2007, at age 83.

He was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and moved to Princeton in 1940 when the League of Nations moved his father, a deputy director, to the Institute for Advanced Study.

After graduation from Princeton High School, Rut majored in modern languages at Princeton, writing his senior thesis in French. During World War II he served in the Army’s famed 10th Mountain Division, winning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He joined American Express in 1949 and retired as a vice president in 1976, after which he moved to a 50-acre horse farm in Stockton, N.J., with secondary homes in Switzerland and France.

Rut was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Suzanne Zinser Rosenborg, who had owned horses most of her life, and was one of a very few female trainers of thoroughbred horses. He is survived by five children, Richard, Eric, Jennifer Fricke, Victoria Rosenborg-Street, and Karina Rosenborg-Viornery; 10 grandchildren; and a brother, Thomas. He was predeceased by another brother, Staffan ’45. To them all, the class extends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1946

Branton H. Henderson ’47

Many of us remember Brant as a friendly companion during our Princeton V-12 days. He went on to sea duty in the Pacific theater and then remained a dedicated Navy man as an active Reserve officer for 20 years.

After graduation Brant won a coveted Harvard MBA, and, while still in Cambridge (and attending a Harvard Club party), he met and soon married Donna in 1955. They moved to Philadelphia’s Main Line, and he joined a financial consulting firm and, later, Mellon Bank as a senior securities adviser.

Brant returned often to our Princeton reunions — always enjoying “the beauty of the campus” and fond memories of undergraduate days, he said. Happily, too, his son Jeffrey graduated from Princeton in 1980.

Above all, Brant valued his 51-year love affair with Donna and their close bonds with three sons and daughters-in-law and eight special grandchildren. It’s hoped that Brant took great comfort when he was surrounded by this cherished family shortly before his death Jan. 31, 2007.

Fittingly, a singing of the Navy hymn and “Going Back” closed his memorial service. With fond memories of this happy, loyal classmate, we send warmest wishes to Donna and their treasured family.

The Class of 1947

Thomas N.F. Shaw ’47

Tom returned to Old Nassau in 1946 after three years in the Army, including service in the Burma-China theater. His rewarding Princeton education (completed in 1949), coupled with a Columbia master’s degree and marriage to Peggy Wolfe in 1950, prepared him for a long, fruitful career as a headmaster of many schools.

Early on, as a teacher, Tom realized that for him education was a form of “ministry.” He became an Episcopal priest in 1957 and, over many years, led church schools, first in New Orleans (where he initiated an “inter-racial program” — a sensitive project in those days), and then in Florida, Massachusetts, Virginia, and finally Bethesda, Md.

Retiring in 1989, he moved to Wilmington, N.C., where he morphed into a disc jockey at a classical radio station and skipper of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary Squadron. Sadly, Peggy’s death in 1992 cast a shadow over these golden years.

Tom cherished Princeton and yearned to attend ’47 reunions, which, alas, always coincided with his high school graduation obligations until our 50th.

He died April 27, 2007. Along with our appreciation of his dedicated life of service, we send warm wishes to his family.

The Class of 1947

FItzgeorgeHarold James Fitzgeorge ’48

Harold died at his Vero Beach, Fla., home June 14, 2007, a day before his 83rd birthday. He had Parkinson’s disease.

A native of Trenton, Harold was a member of Colonial and Sigma XI and graduated, wife and child in tow, with high honors in geology. Harold served in the Marines in World War II and the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star.

After the war Harold went to work for Magnolia Petroleum in Oklahoma City. Magnolia became Mobil. After service in Korea he returned to Mobil as a field geologist and manager. Along the way, he earned an MBA from MIT and went on to be president of Mobil Oil, Canada. This led to the presidency of the Mobil subsidiary in Venezuela until nationalization and his return to the Denver division and retirement in 1977. He returned to the oil business as president of Pennzoil from 1978 to 1984. In 1986 he founded the Student Aid Fund at Princeton.

Harold married Bette Weidel in 1945. Bette died in 1987, and Harold married Roberta Tefft in 1999. To Roberta and Harold’s four daughters, Barbara, Virginia, Patricia, and Elizabeth, the class offers its condolences. We have lost a fine friend and a loyal Princetonian.

The Class of 1948

Stanton Segal ’48

Stanton died April 16, 2007. He was a distinguished member of the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania for 41 years. He established the Division of Child Development, Rehabil-

itation, and Metabolic Disease there.

A native of Camden, N.J., and a graduate of its high school, Stan was a member of Elm, sang with the Glee Club, and was awarded the Howe Prize in analytical chemistry at Princeton. He graduated with highest honors in chemistry and went on to Harvard for his medical degree, which he received cum laude in 1952. He spent three years at the National Institutes of Health. He published many scientific papers.

Stan married Joan Meth in 1956. To Joan and their sons, Mark and Roy, the class expresses its profound condolences.

The Class of 1948

John Westcott Stewart ’48

Jack Stewart died June 20, 2007, at his Charlottesville, Va., home.

He was a local Princeton boy who spent his prep school days at Lawrenceville and lived at home for his first two undergraduate years. At that time Jack was not given to social activities. “Also, physics majors have little time for such,” he said. He lived with his father, John Quincy Stewart ’15, who taught astronomy at Princeton.

In April 1945 he went into the Army to serve with the Manhattan atomic bomb project at Los Alamos. He returned in 1946 to take up residence in 1903 Hall and win high honors in physics.

Jack went on to Harvard for a master’s, and in 1954, earned his Ph.D. After postdoctoral research at the University of Virginia, he stayed on as a faculty member until his retirement in 1994. A sabbatical year was spent at the National Bureau of Standards at Boulder, Colo.

Jack and his wife, Anne, who predeceased him, had a daughter, Christine, who produced their five grandchildren. Jack is survived by his second wife, Deborah Scott. The class offers condolences to Deborah and Christine. We have lost a talented Princetonian and lifelong devotee of hiking in Virginia and New Hampshire.

The Class of 1948


Jack died of a stroke April 6, 2007. He had been in poor health for a number of years due to a previous stroke. He was 79.

He prepared for Princeton at Lawrenceville and served in the Army in 1945 and 1946. At Princeton he majored in mechanical engineering and was a member of Cannon Club and active in the Bridge Club.

Jack spent his working career with IBM from his graduation in 1951 until his retirement in 1986. He never lost his love for the game of bridge, even after retirement and his first stroke. In 1955 he won the Goren Individual Tournament. Jack also lectured and taught the game for many years.

Jack is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; his son John B. Jr.; two daughters, Laurie Coccio and Lynn Pfeiffer; and six grandchildren. The class extends sincere sympathy to them.

The Class of 1949


Doug died Feb. 9, 2007, after a long period of hospital and rehabilitation care. He was 78.

He prepared for Princeton at Webster Groves (Mo.) High School. At Princeton he majored in psychology. He was active in intramural sports and played on the JV baseball team. He was a member of Court Club. After graduation he attended NYU, where he earned an MBA, and then served in the Army in Germany for two years.

Doug spent his working career in sales and marketing. He worked for Bloomingdale’s, Arnold Bakers, Bristol-Myers, and was assistant to the president of Sunshine Biscuits. He retired in 1991 as a management consultant for Food Enterprises and Wella Corp. He was a lifetime member of the Boys Club of Yonkers, N.Y., and enjoyed attending sporting events with his sons. He and his wife, Marguerite, also enjoyed traveling together to many lands, including a cruise to Bora Bora for their 50th anniversary.

In addition to Marguerite, Doug is survived by three sons, Douglas, Pete, and Donald; a daughter, Cathy Kearney; and five grandchildren. The class extends sincere sympathy to them on the loss of this fine man who was so devoted to them.

The Class of 1949


Mac died May 26, 2007.

Born in New Jersey, he came to Princeton from The Hill School. At Princeton, Mac played rugby for three years, captaining the team his junior and senior years. He belonged to Cottage Club and graduated cum laude in economics.

After two years in the Army, mostly in Germany, he took a position with Rogers Peet Co. in New York. Attending night school at NYU, Mac earned an MBA in 1956, and two decades later earned a master’s in fine arts from Fairfield (Conn.) University.

For our 25th, he wrote that by 1970 he “had become somewhat disenchanted with the retail business.” Wishing to use his financial experience in a more meaningful and challenging way, he joined Danbury (Conn.) Hospital as chief financial officer and worked happily there until he retired in 1993.

Mac was a Rotarian. He volunteered at his church, at local public schools, and at Norwalk (Conn.) Community College, where he found tutoring accounting his favorite volunteer commitment.

We share the passing of this gentle man with Virginia, his beloved wife of almost 30 years; his blended family of three daughters and two stepdaughters; eight grandchildren; and a sister.

The Class of 1950


Only recently did the class receive word of Joe’s death Aug. 18, 2006, in Glen Ellyn, Ill., his home these past 36 years.

Joe was born in White Plains, N.Y., and came to us from the DeVeaux School in Niagara Falls, N.Y. At Princeton he majored in electrical engineering, was active in WPRU, and was a member of Prospect. Senior year he roomed in North West College with Bill Gregory, Bob Coerver, George Bashore, Fred Neuman, and Ed Orshan.

After service in the Army, Joe earned an MBA from Harvard, worked for several companies in management positions, and then became an independent consultant. His specialty was designing and installing unique business systems for manufacturers, banks, and hospitals. He was an active member of several related trade associations.

Joe was keenly interested in science, math, classical music, his church, world affairs, and especially his dear family. He is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 45 years; two sons and their wives; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by another son, Doug.

Joe is greatly missed by his family and many friends. To all of them, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1955

Frank G. Dawson ’57

Frank died in July 2007 from liver disease.

At Princeton, he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School, concentrating in Latin America, and participated in Orange Key, the Spanish Club, The Daily Princetonian, and the International Relations Club.

Probably the class’ most educated man, Frank received a master’s from Harvard, a degree in international law from Yale, and a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University. He practiced law in America and elsewhere for Donovan Leisure before moving to England.

Frank married Julia Hedgecoe. His career in England was prodigious. He taught commercial law at Warwick University, represented NatWest Bank, taught courses about U.S. commercial law to foreign lawyers moving to the United States, and maintained residences in Cambridge and Spain.

He also wrote The First Latin America Debt Crisis, which was published by Yale University Press. One of his best college friends recollected his motto: “Life is work hard, have fun, and party hard.’’

The class sends its sympathy to Julia.

The Class of 1957


Dick Stevens died May 19, 2007, from complications of lymphatic cancer.

He came to Princeton from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia and majored in history. Senior year he roomed with Jim Caldwell. Quadrangle was his club, and he was preceded at Princeton by his father, Richard ’22, and followed by his brother, James ’61. After Princeton, he received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His expertise was in probates and estates. At the time of his death, he was a partner in Strong, Stevens & Wyant, a law firm he and his brother founded in 1991 with George Strong.

Dick was very active in his community. He served on the boards of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, The Knox Home, and Octavia House. He also was a member of Rotary and the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust. From 1992 on, Dick was secretary of the Princeton Club of Philadelphia.

His first marriage to Karen Depew ended in divorce in 1996. In 2001, he married Charleen McKenna, who survives him. To his widow; his daughter, Abigail; and his son, James, the class extends its sympathy.

The Class of 1958


Charles Thomas died Nov. 21, 2006, according to the Social Security Death Index. We know neither the place nor cause of death. Charles had been listed in the University records as having “no good address” since 1967.

Charles was born in Baltimore and attended Baltimore Friends School, where he edited the yearbook. At Princeton he won the Class of 1870 Sophomore English Prize. He majored in Oriental studies, and was one of the few students to study Arabic. Charles took his meals at Key and Seal.

Having lost track of Charles in 1967, we regret that we cannot write further of his accomplishments.

The Class of 1959

Dimitrios Cotomatas ’61

Dimitri Cotomatas died June 20, 2007, after a brief illness.

Dimitri was born in Athens, Greece. He contracted polio at age 5 and came to the United States for treatment. He stayed on, graduating from Snyder High School in Jersey City, N.J.

At Princeton, he majored in philosophy. He was among a pioneering group of juniors establishing and joining Wilson Lodge. He roomed at Edwards and senior year at Gauss. His roommates included Athanassiades, Hunter, Peluso, Pinto, and Wheeler.

He joined TWA, rising to director of systems and programming. In the early 1970s he established his own company, Systems and Programming International, which he ran very successfully until his retirement.

Post-polio syndrome had a detrimental effect on Dimitri. Despite this, he enjoyed life to its fullest, with a busy business schedule and frequent entertaining with family and friends. He traveled extensively while at TWA and loved to discuss social and political issues. He was an eternal optimist, full of energy and enthusiasm.

Dimitri is survived by his wife, Mary, and a sister and her family. The class extends its sympathy to them.

The Class of 1961

Graduate Alumni

John C. Benson *59

John C. Benson, who spent almost 50 years at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J., as professor and administrator, died Jan. 7, 2007. He was 75.

Benson received a bachelor’s from St. Peter’s in 1953, and as a Fulbright Scholar from 1953 to 1955, earned a doctorate in classics at the University of Turin. He earned a master’s in classics from Princeton in 1959.

Of his near half-century on the St. Peter’s faculty, most were spent as chairman of the classics and modern languages departments. He received many awards for his teaching, and his popularity enabled him to continue teaching until 2004, when he retired for the second time as professor emeritus. Many of his students were inspired to study abroad.

Benson also taught a popular course on “Culture of the City,” whereby he took his students on architectural walks, visited museums and churches, and introduced them to the music, plays, and dances performed in New York City.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and his daughter, Juliana.

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