May 14, 2008: Memorials
CHARLES SUMMERS STEVENSON ’30
Charles Stevenson, one of the distinguished doctors in the class and its first centenarian, died Feb. 1, 2008. He celebrated his 100th birthday in November in Laconia, N.H.
Charlie came from a long line of Princeton relatives and always was headed for the practice of medicine. He graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. In our 25th-reunion book he wrote that he had “time only for limited private practice because of his all-encompassing professional services and activities on behalf of Detroit institutions and charities.”
Charlie was professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University and chief attending physician at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Herman Kiefer Hospital. Regarding the hospitals, he said, “The running of these two large city hospital services. . . is the hardest and happiest part of my work. The patients cared for are indigents of the city.” He was also chief obstetrician for the William Booth Home, run by the Salvation Army.
Charlie is survived by three daughters, Frances K. Stevenson, Edith T. Stevenson, and Anne V. Stevenson; and six grandchildren. His wife, Betsy, and son, Charles ’59, also a physician, predeceased him. To all the family, the class sends its sympathy.
The Class of 1930
MARCUS JAY LESCHIN ’34
Mike Leschin, who became dissatisfied with life in retirement and returned to work at age 73, died Feb. 20, 2008, of prostate cancer. He was 95.
In retirement, Mike tried watching daytime TV, doing volunteer work, and traveling. But he felt he was missing something. One day he saw on television that the Internal Revenue Service was hiring people for seasonal positions. This piqued his interest because it was part time and close to home. Twenty years later, the IRS awarded him a length-of-service certificate. Asked about his future plans, he said, “I’m looking forward to getting my 25-year plaque in five years. No retirement plans here.”
In 1940, Mike married Marie Antoinette (“Tony”) Munk, who survives him. Also surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Schmiedeler and her husband, Ed, and Barbara VanDyke; four grandchildren, Laurie Anderson, Bryan Coffey, Anne-Marie Bannon, and Heather VanDyke; and two great-grandchildren. To them all, we offer our sincere sympathies.
The Class of 1934
ROBERT L. FISHER ’36
Bob died of natural causes June 22, 2007, in North Canaan, Conn.
Bob was part of a great Princeton family. His father was Howard S. Fisher 1894 and his five brothers included Howard S. Fisher Jr. ’29, David N. Fisher ’30, Fred N. Fisher ’37, and Nick Fisher ’42.
At Princeton, Bob majored in chemistry, belonged to Cloister Inn, was chairman of the Undergraduate Schools Committee, played football, and was a member of the freshman crew. Bob attended medical school at Columbia and joined the Navy as a medical officer in 1942. He served on a submarine tender and an ammunition ship in the Pacific.
After the war Bob married Ruth Alden Seeley, who died in 2003.
In 1947, Bob and three of his medical-school classmates, including the late George Fowler ’36, opened the Sharon (Conn.) Clinic. Bob’s specialty was obstetrics, and he delivered more than 7,000 babies before he retired in 1982.
Bob was active in his community. He was chairman of the Sharon Board of Education and of the Board of Housatonic Valley (Conn.) High School. His hobbies included gardening, golf, double crostics, needlepoint, and stamp and coin collecting.
We send sincerest condolences to his six children, including Robert L. Jr. ’72, and six grandchildren.
The Class of 1936
JOHN F. HYLE ’36
Johnnie and his good wife, Marion, whom he married Oct. 11, 1947, were regular attendees of our major reunions, at times accompanied by other family members. They always thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Johnnie died July 24, 2006, at age 91.
Johnnie majored in economics and was a member of Court Club. He served two stints with Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Co. (from 1936 to 1941 and from 1946 to 1947), interrupted by combat service with the Army in France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.
After five years with Transcription Sales in Springfield, Ohio, Johnnie went to work for Mellon National Corp. in Pittsburgh, where he stayed until his retirement in 1977 as corporate secretary.
We extend our sincerest regrets to Marion; sons Frederick and his wife, Sue, and Charles and his wife, Charlene; three granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
Johnnie was a fun-loving guy and always a pleasure to be with. We miss him.
The Class of 1936
HOWARD MENAND JR. ’36
Howie succumbed to Alzheimer’s April 9, 2007. One of our brightest shining stars is dimmed.
Howie came to Princeton from Albany Academy. He was business manager of Triangle, advertising manager of The Daily Princetonian, and president of Charter. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1938.
Howie had two loves: Lucy Colpitts of Princeton, whom he married in 1936, and Princeton University. He started consummating No. 2 when he convinced President Dodds to hire him to teach in the engineering school. He taught business administration and became assistant dean. He also became close adviser to hundreds of students. Our class regularly witnessed his popularity when, in the P-rade, his name was called from the sidelines and he renewed friendships. The American Society for Engineering Education awarded Howie one of three prizes as a most effective teacher of engineering students. Not bad for a politics major.
Howie was class president from 1951 to 1956. He ran most of our major reunions and many minor ones. He and Lucy, an honorary member of our class, hosted parties for classmates before and after football games at their lovely Hodge Road home in Princeton.
Lucy died in 1994. Howie is survived by their children, Molly, Walter, Nelle, and Howard III; a brother Louis; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. We sympathize with them on their great loss.
The Class of 1936
CHARLES BARTLETT ROGERS ’36
Chuck died Feb. 8, 2008, at the age of 93. He had been an Arizona resident since 1980 and was living in Green Valley.
Chuck prepared for Princeton at Blair Academy. He majored in economics, played on the varsity lacrosse team, and was a member of Charter Club. During World War II, Chuck served in the Army’s Office of the Quartermaster General in Chicago and retired as a captain in 1946. He married Jane Myers in 1942.
Chuck spent most of his working career in Madison, Wis., with Oscar Mayer & Co., retiring in 1973 as manager of marketing research. Over the years he was active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving on several committees at the district, council, and regional levels.
After retiring in Green Valley, Chuck remained active. He became treasurer and president of Country Club North and was a leader of the Green Valley Hiking Club for several years. He was a member of Valley Presbyterian Church.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Jane; their daughter, Marcia Hunter; sons Keith and David; and 10 grandchildren. We send our deepest regret to each of them.
Chuck was a loyal Princetonian. We are saddened to say goodbye to this highly respected classmate.
The Class of 1936
EDMUND K. TRENT ’36
Sadly, Ed Trent died June 14, 2006, just two weeks after attending our 70th reunion. We were aware of the struggle he had just to be there. Despite his physical problems, he was able to participate fully. His daughter Stephanie did a wonderful job as shepherdess.
Ed was born in Pittsburgh and spent most of the rest of his life as a resident of Sewickley, Pa. His father was Edmund K. Trent 1905.
After preparing at Hotchkiss, Ed majored in modern languages at Princeton and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was on the varsity track and soccer teams and was assistant manager of the Student Tutoring Association.
Ed graduated from Harvard Law School in 1939. Shortly afterward he joined the law firm of Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, where he became a partner in 1958 and remained one until his retirement in 1982.
Ed married Helen Read of Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1942. She predeceased him, but after Ed’s retirement they were able to travel a bit and spent two years living in London and Munich.
We send our heartfelt sympathy to their three daughters, Linda and Stephanie Trent and Elaine Trent Dow.
The Class of 1936
JOSEPH MORGAN ROLAND ’37
Joseph Morgan Roland died Jan. 21, 2008, at Medford Leas in Medford, N.J.
He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Germantown Friends School. At Princeton he majored in German and graduated with high honors. He was a member of the Glee Club and the Chapel Choral Union and also taught Sunday school and other educational activities at Jamesburg State Home for Boys.
After Princeton, Joe became one of the top men in the State Department and moved to Germany to study at the University of Munich for a year. He then spent two years in Vienna as the American vice consul, leaving Austria just before we got into the war. After his experiences under German occupation, he became a political analyst in the State Department’s Division of Foreign Affairs in Washington. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant.
In 1944, Joe married Mary Helen Banker, who was a Navy WAVE.
In his later years, Joe spent a lot of time in the State Department, serving as director of the Office of European Programs. He remained active with many Quaker interests.
Joe’s last visit with our class was at our 70th reunion. To Mary and all his friends, the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1937
David T. Stanley ’37
David T. Stanley, public administrator, researcher, and scholar, died Jan. 22, 2008.
Born in Orange, N.J., Dave attended Montclair Academy. At Princeton, he majored in politics, graduating with honors and election to Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of Dial Lodge and roomed with Charlie Roh, Ed Mosehauer, and Tom Randall.
After graduation, he became an intern with the federal government in Washington, served three years with the Army Air Force, and held management positions in four federal agencies.
After earning a master’s in public administration, Dave joined the Brookings Institution in Washington in 1961, where he led studies on public administration, executive performance, bankruptcy, and parole, resulting in seven books.
He was a fellow of the American Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, where he was a leader in the effort to admit women to membership.
He and his late wife, Helen, spent many summers at Rivermede, the family farm in Keene Valley, N.Y., where they welcomed their large extended family.
Dave’s Princeton relatives include his father, Edward O. Stanley 1906; his late brother, Edward ’40; his son, David ’64; and his nephew Jonathan Stanley ’68. In addition to his son and nephew, he is survived by his daughters, Margaret and Mary; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The Class of 1937
Sanders Maxwell ’39
Sandy, only recently elected our class president, died peacefully Feb. 23, 2008, after a brief hospitalization.
We have probably not had any classmate as totally immersed in Princeton as Sandy, beginning with his undergraduate days as president of Triangle Club. Except for his World War II service as an intelligence officer in the 8th Air Force, he lived his entire life in Princeton. He commuted to work in the advertising business as a creative director for leading ad agencies. In Princeton he served on local, school, and University boards. But he will always be remembered for his musical life. An accomplished pianist, he and a small group of musical colleagues played not only at all our reunions, but on all kinds of occasions around town.
Our final farewell to Sandy was colorful. After a memorable service that included music by Sandy’s band, the entire congregation at Trinity Church fell in behind the band for a New Orleans-style jazz procession up Mercer Street to the Nassau Club, where there was a reception for family and friends.
Predeceased by his wife, Patricia Gefaell, he is survived by daughters Linda and Donna; sons Lee and Robert; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and by his fiancée, Celia Ryan. The class sends sympathy to them all.
The Class of 1939
WILLIAM ROBERT MILNOR JR. ’41
Bill died Jan. 3, 2008, at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Baltimore.
Bill prepared for Princeton at Wilmington’s Pierre duPont School and Tower Hill School. A biology major, he joined Tower Club and the Skeet Club, and was on the class crew. Senior year he roomed with Jack Bagby, Mac Haines, and George McNeill.
After Princeton, Bill entered Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, graduating in 1944. After his residency, he joined the Army Air Corps and served as a flight surgeon in Japan and the Pacific with the 5th Air Force before separating as captain.
Bill had a research fellowship with the National Heart Institute, then joined the Hopkins medical faculty and the staff of Hopkins Hospital in 1951. He collaborated with Dr. William Kouwenhoven in developing the CPR technique from 1954 to 1958.
Active with the American Heart Association, Bill served as chairman of its research committee from 1966 to 1967. He returned to basic science at Hopkins and was appointed professor of physiology in 1969. Bill retired in 1990.
He was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Gabriella Mahafey Milnor. He is survived by his son, William; his daughter, Katherine; and a grandson, R.J. Milnor Beard.
The Class of 1941
RALPH LATIMER RICHARDS ’41
Ralph died Feb. 7, 2008, at his daughter Ann Hartig’s house in Fair Haven, N.J., after a long illness.
Coming to Princeton from the Wooster School in Danbury, Conn., he majored in the School of Public and International Affairs.
Ralph played 150-pound football, becoming captain his senior year. He was a member of the Undergraduate Schools Committee, secretary of Orange Key, and senior trustee of Cap and Gown Club.
During the war, Ralph was a skipper of PT boats and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. He separated as a lieutenant commander.
After his service, he joined Westinghouse Electrical Supply Co. as eastern advertising and promotion manager, before moving on to Keuffel and Esser Co., where he became director of marketing.
Taking early retirement in 1974, he moved to Mantoloking, N.J., before moving to Vero Beach, Fla., where he lived for 23 years. In Florida he worked for Jamieson Publishers.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Marcy Smith Richards; his daughters, Ann Hartig and Rosemary Richards; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Ralph, and his stepson, L. Gordon Miller.
The Class of 1941
THOMAS MARSHALL SPENCER ’41
Tom died Dec. 28, 2007, at Hospice of Arizona in Peoria.
He came to Princeton from Duluth, Minn.
Joining the Army Air Corps in 1942, Tom won his wings and was assigned to the China-Burma-India theater as a pilot in the Air Transport Command for a year and a half. After his service as a first lieutenant, Tom returned home to Duluth and joined the First National Bank, where he was vice president and a trust officer.
He moved to Sun City, Ariz., upon his retirement. There he and his wife, Jane Coulter Spencer, were active in All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church. However, they returned every summer to their home on the Brule River in Wisconsin.
Tom is survived by Jane, his wife of more than 63 years; his daughters, Marron and Laurie; and his son, Mark.
The Class of 1941
Orin Lehman ’42
Orin Lehman, New York State’s longtime parks steward, died of pneumonia Feb. 22, 2008, at his Manhattan home.
Orin was a great-grandson of Mayer Lehman, a founder of Lehman Brothers. He prepared at the Taft School. At Princeton he played on the freshman football team, majored in psychology, and was a member of Cap and Gown.
Upon graduation he received a commission in the Field Artillery, and shortly thereafter was trained as a liaison pilot. He flew many observation missions in Europe and was shot down over Germany, receiving injuries that necessitated amputation of one leg. For his service he received the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
In 1947 he joined Eleanor Roosevelt in founding Just One Break (JOB), an organization dedicated to finding employment opportunities for the disabled. He remained its chairman for half a century. In 1975 he was appointed New York State commissioner of parks, recreation, and historic preservation and retained this title for 18 years. He was particularly effective in bringing order to the administration of his office and emphasizing historical preservation.
Orin’s first wife, Jane Bagley Lehman, died in 1988. He and his second wife, Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman, were divorced in 1995.
To his daughters, Susan Lehman Carmichael, Brooke Lehman, and Sage Lehman, and his four grandchildren, the class sends its condolences.
The Class of 1942
FRANK MELVILLE ’45
Frank Melville died Dec. 5, 2007, at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, Conn., after a long illness.
Frank prepared for Princeton at Pomfret and joined Tiger Inn. He left Princeton to join the Navy Air Force during World War II. After the war, he worked briefly as a book designer before joining the fledgling History Book Club, from which he retired as president in 1978.
Frank served as a trustee of Pomfret and of Sarah Lawrence College and was throughout his life a strong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1980 Frank and his wife, the former Allen Whitely, moved from New Canaan to Norfolk, Conn.
Frank was the guiding spirit behind the Melville Charitable Trust, which is committed to alleviating homelessness in the United States, from its inception in 1990.
In addition to Allen, Frank is survived by four sons, Stephen, Lanning, Gregory, and Cameron; three grandchildren; and his younger brother, David. By sad coincidence, Frank’s brother-in-law and classmate, Michael Whitley (Allen’s brother), predeceased him by two months. The class expresses its sympathy to the family.
The Class of 1945
MICHAEL ALFRED WHITLEY ’45
Mike Whitley died Sept. 18, 2007, just two months before his brother-in-law and classmate, Frank Melville.
Mike prepared for Princeton at Choate, and at Princeton joined Cottage Club and played freshman football and hockey. He left Princeton for service as a forward observer with the 4th Marine Division, seeing combat in the Pacific. After the war, he returned to Princeton and received a degree in 1948. He then entered a succession of merchandising managerial enterprises in New Jersey.
As his career attested, Mike’s favorite two phrases were “Melville Charitable Trust” and “Go Tigers.” Mike was predeceased by his wife, Frederica, and his daughter Michele. He is survived by a son, Jeff, and by his sister, Allen Melville. The class expresses its sympathy to the family.
The Class of 1945
William Aloysius Dwyer Jr. ’48
Bill Dwyer died Feb. 29, 2008.
He was born in Paterson, N.J., in 1927. He attended Newark Academy before Princeton, where he was a premed major in the Navy V-12 program. After Princeton, he earned a medical degree from New York University Medical School and interned at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He served in the Navy’s Sixth Fleet as a physician from 1952 to 1954.
After leaving the Navy, he began a surgical residency at New York University Medical School and then was recruited to serve on the surgical faculty for a new medical school at the University of Missouri. He finished his residency at Missouri and returned to Paterson in 1959 to establish his practice as a surgeon at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He went on to practice medicine in northern New Jersey for the next 50 years.
Bill served as president of the Passaic County Medical Society and chairman of the Committee on Trauma of the State of New Jersey. He also taught on the faculty of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
He resided with his family in Wayne, N.J., for 42 years. In 2004 he moved to Acton, Mass.
Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Janet Roberts; three children, William Dwyer, Karen Tower, and Pam Alcaide; and five grandchildren.
The Class of 1948
Joseph A. Fischer ’48
Joe Fischer died Feb. 18, 2008. He was 85.
Joe’s father died when Joe was 7, and Joe was admitted to an orphanage, Girard College, in Philadelphia. He graduated in 1940 and went to work for GE for two years. Then he volunteered for the Army Engineers and was sent to Princeton for the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). This was followed by reassignment to the 106th Infantry Division as a combat engineer. In the Battle of the Bulge, Joe was injured and was hospitalized for seven months.
After a medical discharge, he returned to Princeton, where he became the first president of the Engineering Council and was a member of the Undergraduate Council. He was in Key and Seal and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
His professional career was with New Jersey’s Public Service Electric and Gas Co. until his retirement in 1988. He received the Silver Beaver Award for longtime service to the Boy Scouts of America. He was an avid tennis player.
Our condolences go to his widow, Irene, and son Joseph ’73. He was a loyal ’48er and son of Old Nassau.
The Class of 1948
William Raymond Whelan ’48
A native of Newton, Mass., Willie died Feb. 26, 2008, in Colorado. He was 84 and had lived for many years in Boulder.
Willie’s early years were anything but conventional. He participated in the invasion of Guadalcanal in July 1942 with the First Marine Division. In 1943 he was selected for V-12, first at Penn and then at Princeton. Willie and Nancy Sloat were married in 1945 and had three children, Lorie Ann, Michael, and Wendy Jean. Nancy died in 1980 and Willie remarried in 1983.
After graduating from Princeton with a bachelor’s in English, Willie spent three years with Arthur Murray dance studios, specializing in the mambo. He then wandered into the aircraft business via an ad by Douglas Aircraft for men with mechanical aptitude. Eventually he worked his way up to associate engineer.
Willie’s professional career was in aerospace designing and testing. At various times he worked for Douglas, Radioplane, and Lockheed until his retirement in 1987. He was an adventure enthusiast whose passions included hiking, camping, fishing, scuba diving, and skiing.
Willie is survived by his widow, Evelyn; his three children; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The Class of 1948
DAVID M. BODINE III ’50
Dave (whom we also knew as “Bo”) died Dec. 25, 2007, after suffering internal bleeding in the brain. He had suffered a stroke in October 2006.
He was an avid sports fan, with a keen sense of humor and quick wit.
Dave was born in Trenton, N.J., and graduated from Trenton High School in 1946. He majored in economics at Princeton, belonged to Quadrangle, ran track, and participated in intramural sports.
After graduation, he was called to active duty with the New Jersey Air National Guard, serving 18 months in Atlanta in Air Command intelligence. Following his service, he married Anne Grimwade in 1953.
For a short while, Dave worked for Roebling Wire Rope Corp. in Atlanta. He and Anne relocated to the Trenton area in 1954, where they raised their three children. Dave pursued a career in commercial banking, serving as a trust officer for a number of tri-state banks. He retired from Princeton Bank & Trust, now JPMorgan Chase, in 1986 to live permanently on Sanibel Island, Fla. He also spent every summer at his beloved home on Orr’s Island, Maine.
Our sympathy goes to his wife, Anne; his son, David; daughters, Carol Hurt and Margot Congdon ’83; and eight grandchildren.
The Class of 1950
ALLEN Richard BRAY JR. ’50
Dick died peacefully May 12, 2007, in his Mendham, N.J., home. He had been in failing health.
After graduating from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., in 1943, he enlisted in the Navy. He spent most of his service in Norfolk, Va., testing torpedoes, though he was on a ship being deployed for the invasion of Japan when V-J Day was announced.
Dick was the son of Allen R. Bray 1919 and was one of our married veterans, having wedded Nancy Moul in 1947. He majored in economics.
During his career, which was mostly in sales and marketing, he and his family lived in Ohio, California, Washington, and Michigan before settling in New Jersey. He retired in 1992 after 20 years service with the Faber-Castell Corp. He served on the board of directors of the National Materials Trade Association from 1988 to 1992.
Dick was an avid golfer, who in his retirement years traveled to see the world and his widespread family.
We extend our sympathy to Nancy; the couple’s three children; six grandchildren; and Dick’s brother, George ’49. He was predeceased by another brother, Stephen ’52.
The Class of 1950
FRANK K. EWING JR. ’50
Frank died at his North Carolina residence Sept. 1, 2004.
He was an Exeter graduate. At Princeton he was commissioned in the ROTC, joined Cannon Club, and received his bachelor’s in English. Following graduation, he served as an artillery officer in the Army, being discharged as a captain.
Information collected for our reunions show that Frank was a plant manager in North Carolina in 1960, and that he continued to reside in North Carolina until his death. He was active in land conservation throughout his life.
Frank’s wife, Elizabeth, whom he married in 1955, predeceased him. At the time of his death, he was survived by a daughter, two sons, a brother, two sisters, and four grandchildren. Frank’s father was Frank K. Ewing 1910. The class belatedly extends its sympathy to his survivors.
The Class of 1950
ROWLAND E. ROBERTS JR. ’50
Rowly died Jan. 1, 2008, in Wilmington, Del.
Rowly, son of Rowland E. Roberts ’28, was born and raised in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He graduated from the Episcopal Academy. At Princeton he was a member of Key and Seal and received his bachelor’s in public affairs.
In the early 1950s, he served as a Navy lieutenant junior grade in Washington, where he met his future wife, Jane Hoy, whom he married in 1954. After his release from active duty in 1953, Rowly began a long career working for the federal government. Various assignments sent him and his family to live in England, Denmark, Belgium, and Switzerland.
Rowly’s permanent residence for 40 years was his home in Chevy Chase, Md. In 2001, he suffered a stroke, eight months after Jane’s death. He then moved to Wilmington to be near his daughter, Liz.
Our condolences go Liz; his son, Brian; his brother, Ted; and his three grandsons.
The Class of 1950
ROBERT C. SMITH ’52
Robert Smith, known to us as “Smitz,” died peacefully June 28, 2007, at his home in Phoenixville, Pa. In his later years he preferred “R.C.” to Smitz.
Born and raised in Delaware, he came to Princeton from Dover High School, where he was prominent in many activities, becoming senior class president.
At Princeton he majored in the SPIA and was one of our classmates most involved in the Woodrow Wilson School. After graduation he joined the Army, and served during the Korean War, including two years in Alaska.
Following his military service, R.C. joined Kimberly-Clark Corp. briefly, and then moved to Puerto Rico, where he specialized in wholesaling drugs and specialty items. He married Carol Schenck, who shared his love of Puerto Rico. They next moved to the Philadelphia area, where R.C. eventually specialized in investments and securities management. He became senior vice president of First Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia, specializing in fixed-income securities.
In retirement, R.C. was able to spend more time on extracurricular activities, including golf at the Phoenixville Country Club and the River Crest Golf Club. He is survived by Carol; three children, Charles, Caroline, and Thomas; and four grandchildren. The class extends deepest sympathy to them.
The Class of 1952
DAVID RICHARD SAUNDERS ’53
David, an emeritus professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine who was voted by his students as “Teacher Superior in Perpetuity,” died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Jan. 22, 2008, at his home in Lake Forest Park, Wash.
Canadian by birth, he graduated from Montreal High School and majored in chemistry at Princeton, where he fenced, was on the Nassau Lit staff, and worked with the Schools and Scholarship Committee of Orange Key. He took his meals at Quadrangle and roomed senior year with Ron Cape, Henry Onken, and Bob Slighton.
After medical school at McGill University, he married Donna Dodds, a graduate of the Royal Victoria School of Nursing.
His distinguished medical career at the University of Washington began in 1964 as a fellow in the gastroenterology division. Later he became its chief, a title he held until 1995. David is remembered by those whom he taught as an “eloquent mentor.” Donna spoke of David’s quick wit and how he relished a good pun, as do his sons John, Richard, Michael, and Brian. David also was a classical pianist, spoke fluent French, and quoted Shakespeare flawlessly. Outdoors, he enjoyed canoeing, backcountry hiking, and bird watching. Our sincere sympathy goes to our multitalented classmate’s family.
The Class of 1953
David A. Hoffman ’54
David Hoffman, a retired obstetrician, died Feb. 12, 2008, in Reading (Pa.) Hospital and Medical Center in the city where he was born.
At Princeton, he was a biology major and a member of Campus Club. He was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania Medical School on completion of his third year at college. After graduating from medical school in 1957, he trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Reading Hospital, and in 1961, opened an office in Wyomissing, Pa.
During an active medical career that included delivering more than 6,000 babies, David transitioned into reproductive medicine and ultimately retired in 2002. He served in many other capacities, including the Medical Books for China International donation program. He had numerous avocations and was a scholar of local history, tall clock cases, and mechanical music.
David is survived by his wife, Dr. Kristen Angstadt; five children, David, Joda, Beth, Amy, and Meg. The class extends its condolences to his extended family. Contributions may be made to a scholarship fund in his memory at Lebanon Valley College, 101 N. College Ave., Annville, PA 17003.
The Class of 1954
Charles W. Lowry III ’57
Chuck died Sept. 8, 2002. We received this information recently.
At Princeton he majored in religion. Active in football, he played as a freshman and in 150-pound football. He did not keep in touch with Princeton.
After graduation, Chuck received a master’s degree in history from American University in 1971. He married and was widowed, and we know of no survivors.
The Class of 1957
C. David Robinson ’57
Dave died Feb. 2, 2008, from complications related to ALS.
He was born in New York City and attended St. Paul’s School. At Princeton he captained the ice hockey and crew teams and majored in art and archaeology. He roomed with Gerry Hackney, Fred Reynolds, and Ben Williams.
He then earned an architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania. David served in the Marines from 1958 to 1961.
After a stint at Skidmore Owings in San Francisco, Dave opened Robinson, Mills, and Williams in 1970, which grew to 150 employees with five offices. In 1990 he joined Polshek & Partners, and in 1997 formed C. David Robinson Architects.
Among his architectural achievements were museums, residences, cultural centers, and performing-arts centers such as Cantor Center at Stanford University, SFMOA, California Academy of Science, and The Cliff House. A lover of the arts, David built extensive collections, including one of 19th-century photographs now in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. He served on the boards of several art museums and won numerous awards and distinctions.
Dave is survived by his wife, Mary Leonard; children Anne Woods ’88, Ward, and Steven; three grandchildren; two brothers; and three sisters. The class sends its sympathy to Dave’s family and friends.
The Class of 1957
JOSEPH BAKER KNOTTS JR. ’60
Joe Knotts died of a heart attack Dec. 18, 2007, in Leesburg, Va. He lived in Purcellville, Va.
Joe was born in Baltimore and prepared for Princeton at The Hill School. A classics major, he ran track and wrestled during our sophomore, junior, and senior years. He was a member of Cannon Club and president of the James Madison Assembly.
After Princeton, Joe completed legal studies at Harvard Law School and practiced with the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C., and with a trade association in New York before entering private practice. Among his accomplishments was winning a Supreme Court decision 9-0. Joe worked to build several firms before forming his own, Conner & Knotts, in 1973. He advised the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents and wrote for the American Nuclear Society. He was also an avid sportsman who won awards in trapshooting and skeet shooting.
His wife, Wendy Knotts; two children from his first marriage, Joseph and Christopher; two stepchildren; and six grandchildren survive Joe. The class extends its sincere condolences to all his family.
The Class of 1960
DANIEL J. TOBIN ’60
Dan died Dec. 19, 2007, at his home in La Mesa, Calif., after courageously facing the effects of a 1997 stroke and Parkinson’s disease with gentle determination and a cheerful spirit.
He came to Princeton from Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C., under a NROTC scholarship. At Princeton, Dan majored in English, was president of Tower Club, and a member of the University Band and the golf team.
After active Navy duty, Dan graduated from UCLA School of Law and became a partner with the firm of Harelson, Enright, Knutson & Tobin. President of the San Diego County Bar Association and a member of the California State Bar Board of Governors, Dan was appointed by the governor to the Superior Court of California. His final assignment was as presiding judge of the family law division.
He served as president of the San Diego Princeton Club and the La Mesa Kiwanis Club, received honors for his service to the Boy Scouts of America, and held the rank of captain in the Navy Reserve.
Eleanor, his devoted wife of 47 years; daughter Deborah; sons Frank and Tom ’93; and six grandchildren survive Dan. The class sends its heartfelt condolences to the family.
The Class of 1960
VAN W. KNOX III ’63
The class has lost one of its brightest stars with the death of Squire Knox, who died Nov. 29, 2007, at home in Naples, Fla., after a long battle with cancer.
At Princeton, Squire belonged to Colonial Club and sang in the Glee Club. At a concert with Wellesley, he met his future wife, Alex-
andra. He majored in Spanish, served in the Marine Corps, joined Smith, Kline & French Laboratories, and then went to Schering-Plough, serving three years in Rio de Janeiro as Latin American director of marketing. In 1985 he formed an investment-management firm, Van W. Knox Inc., specializing in strategies for foreign and domestic clients.
He was a Renaissance man: a gifted musician, master linguist, scholar of literature, amateur thespian, medal-winning skier, marathoner, and an ornithologist in Florida’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. He even performed the wedding for a classmate’s daughter. Squire lived life to the fullest, traveling broadly — to the Galapagos, Baja California, Antarctica, and Chilean Patagonia — and conveying to everyone whose life he touched a sense that each was a special friend.
Squire is survived by Alexandra; a son, Rafe ’89, a daughter, Heather; six grandchildren; a sister, Kathy; and a brother, Christopher. To all of them, the class extends its deepest sympathy.
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John H. Mack ’64
John Mack, who retired last summer as pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., died Jan. 15, 2008.
In November, John and wife Barbara embarked on an adventure in the Himalayas. While trekking, John contracted high-altitude pulmonary edema, which was subsequently complicated by pneumonia. Following a lengthy hospitalization in Asia, he returned home by air ambulance before his death.
Following his years at Exeter and Princeton, John served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam, an experience that affected him deeply and helped solidify a decision to enter the ministry. John dedicated himself to welcoming and embracing those at the margins of society and to responding to the “prophetic imperative,” as he called it, of our various religious traditions. Intellectually curious, ever witty, and deeply devoted to the children he and Barbara adopted from Colombia, he affected everyone with whom he came in contact.
John served on Princeton’s Religious Life Advisory Council for 12 years.
Having just retired, John had more chapters to write and more songs to sing; he will be deeply missed. We extend our sympathy to Barbara, daughter Jessica and son Peter, and their spouses and children. We hope that John’s memory will ever be a blessing to them.
The Class of 1964
THOMAS A. WRIGHT III ’64
Tom Wright died peacefully June 29, 2006, in Dallas, Texas, surrounded by his loving family. He was 64.
Tom grew up in Dallas and attended St. Mark’s School and Highland Park High School, two of the city’s best secondary schools, before entering Princeton in 1960. While at Princeton, he lived in Holder Hall, played freshman football as a tackle, and did his best to learn the single-wing offense.
Those who knew him will recall fondly this barrel-chested teddy bear of a man who was fun to be around. His passion for Texas-style football undoubtedly led to his decision not to return to Princeton for his sophomore year. He went on to earn his A.B. and law degrees at Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
After graduation from SMU, Tom served in the Marine Corps and then had an active and successful legal practice in Dallas. He was a member of the Dallas Country Club and an avid racquetball and backgammon player. We regret not having seen more of Tom over the years.
Tom is survived by his daughter, Ann Wright, sons Stayton and Spence Wright, and their families. To them all, 1964 extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1964
Gazaway Lamar Crittenden Jr. ’65
Lem died Aug. 1, 2007, in the crash of his ultralight plane while he was attempting to land at Cranland Airport in Hanson, Mass.
Lem was raised in Dover, Mass., prepping at Milton Academy. Quiet and reserved, but kind to all, he seemed enigmatic to all but his closest friends.
Lem’s roommates included Bob Mertz, Rick Morry, and Bill Crouch. He majored in English and belonged to Quadrangle.
Commissioned as an Army lieutenant at graduation, Lem served in Vietnam as a forward observer with the 1st Air Cavalry. Just before his death, Dan River Press published his Vietnam novel, Jungle Rules, which he promoted in a month-long cross-country tour.
Lem went to Yale Law School, worked in Boston for Palmer & Dodge and later established his own office in Wellesley, specializing in technology matters. At the time of his death, he was planning to retire to his family’s 19th-century summer home in Wareham, Mass.
Lem’s wife, Gaily; his daughter, Joey; and his sister, Jenny, predeceased him. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah; his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Crittenden Sr.; and his sister, Penny. To them, the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1965Howard S. Merritt *58
Howard S. Merritt, a longtime professor of art at the University of Rochester, died peacefully June 25, 2007, at the age of 92.
Merritt earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and an MFA from Princeton in 1942 before serving in the Army from 1942 to 1945. Returning to Princeton, he worked on his Ph.D. from 1945 to 1946. However, in 1946, before its completion, he accepted an assistant professorship at the University of Rochester.
Trained in the history of early 16th-century Italian painting before he joined Rochester, his scholarship grew to include 19th-century American landscape painting, especially the art of the Hudson River School and its founder, Thomas Cole. In 1958, Merritt completed his Princeton Ph.D. and was promoted to associate professor. He became a full professor in 1963, and retired in 1976.
Merritt’s interest in rare books and prints led him, along with his wife, to a second career as a successful antiques dealer and collector. His personality and interests made him good company to the end.
Merritt was predeceased by Florence, his wife of 61 years, in 2002. He is survived by four children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
John Garrett Penn *68
John Garrett Penn, former chief judge of the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., died Sept. 9, 2007, of cancer. He was 75.
Penn graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1954 and from Boston University School of Law in 1957. He joined the tax division of the Justice Department in 1961 and then became the division’s assistant chief of litigation. From 1967 to 1968, he was a visiting student at the Woodrow Wilson School.
In 1970, Penn became a judge in the newly created D.C. Superior Court, which took over criminal cases formerly tried in federal court. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed Penn to the District Court for D.C. He served as chief judge from 1992 to 1997, then as a senior judge.
Many of the cases tried before Penn involved prominent people, such as the 1980 conviction of a congressman in the FBI’s Abscam undercover operation and the 1983 conviction of a former wife of the then-D.C. mayor on charges of conspiracy to defraud the federal government.
Active in community affairs, Penn was a member of Sigma Pi Phi, a black professional fraternity. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ann; three children; and two granddaughters.