Memorials: October 11, 1995
Henry H. Mayer '27
Henry H. "Hank" Mayer, a lifelong resident of Erie, Penn., died July 14, 1995, at Forest View Skilled Care Center of Parkinson's disease. Born in Erie, Dec. 1, 1904, he prepared for Princeton at Princeton Prep. At Princeton he was a member of the freshman football team and Charter Club. He roomed with F. S. Newberry and H. B. Swoope.
After graduation, Hank devoted the majority of his business career to the brokerage business and, at 70, retired as v.p. and manager of the Erie office of Bache and Co. He was also active in community affairs, serving on the boards of Hamot Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Assn., Erie Cemetery Assn., and for many years, he was the treasurer of the Episcopal diocese of northwestern Pennsylvania.
Dedicated to Princeton and especially to the Class of '27, he was a regional v.p. of the class and chairman of the 1927 Memorial Fund Committee for many years. From 1963-1965, he was a member of the university committee to nominate alumni trustees. Over the years he maintained an active correspondence with friends in the class.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Shannon Mayer, whom he married in 1934, two children, Henry H. Mayer Jr. '58, Betsey Miller (wife of Daniel Miller, '55), and four grandchildren.
To them, the class extends deep sympathy in the loss of a loyal classmate.
The Class of 1927
William Metcalf Parkin Jr. '32
Bill Parkin died of pancreatic cancer July 1, 1995, at the Forbes Hospice in East Liberty, Penn.
After leaving Princeton, he joined the Parkin Chemical Co. in Pittsburgh, a business started by his father. He spent his entire career with the company, which specialized in the chemical treatment of steel. In addition to his duties as president of Parkin Chemical, Bill was active in a number of civic organizations, including the Jane Holmes Residence, a residential nursing center for the elderly. He was also a piano player and a lover of music.
In 1945 Bill married Helen Goulding, who died in 1992. He is survived by two daughters, Ann Parkin Pierpont and Helen Parkin, a granddaughter, four nephews, and his close friend, Nora Sullivan. To all of them, the class extends its sincere condolences.
The Class of 1932
William A. Pearson '32 *33
Bill Pearson died July 1, 1995, at Country Meadows in Hershey, Penn.
Having obtained his master's in mechanical engineering, Bill went to work for Harrisburg Steel Co., a division of Harsco Corp. He worked there for 40 years, retiring as president in 1975. He was also a director of Commonwealth Natl. Bank and a trustee of Harrisburg Hospital, as well as being active in a number of other civic organizations. During WWII, Bill served in the Navy, retiring as a lieutenant. A son and close relative of several other Princeton graduates, Bill was at one time regional chairman for Annual Giving. His son-in-law has written: "Bill always thought very highly of Princeton, and having attended and graduated therefrom were big events of his life."
Bill's wife, Jane, died a year ago. He is survived by two daughters, Linda Lefever (wife of Richard R. Lefever '58) and Mary Murray, to each of whom the class offers its sincere condolences.
The Class of 1932
John Eastburn Richardson '32
Jack Richardson died July 24, 1994, at his home in Yardley, Penn., after a long illness.
He had devoted his entire career to banking, having been employed by Central Pennsylvania Natl. Bank in Newtown and Philadelphia. In WWII, he served with the Army in North Africa and on troop convoy duty in the Atlantic.
Jack is survived by his wife, Margaret, and five nephews. The class offers its deep sympathy to all of them.
The Class of 1932
Ormsbee W. Robinson '32
Ormsbee died July 3, 1995, apparently from a heart attack, while driving his car near his home in Fearington Village, N.C. Thus ended an outstanding career in education and service to humanity.
For the first few years out of college, Ormsbee engaged in a variety of occupations, including director of education for the Society of Ethical Culture in N.Y.C. and president of the Associated Junior Work Camps. In 1946 he became director of admissions at Bard College, and later v.p. In 1955 he was appointed consultant to the Connecticut State Dept. of Education and later became chief of its Bureau of High Education. He eventually went with IBM as director of university relations planning, where he was involved with the company's programs of support for colleges and universities. He retired in 1975. During WWII, Ormsbee served with the office of price administration, ending up as district price board executive for the New York area.
Shortly before his death, Ormsbee and his wife, Janet, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She survives him, as do his two children, Heather Thorp and son, John, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The class extends to them its sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1932
Willis Garson Ryckman '32
After a distinguished career as business executive, author, professor, and bank founder, Bill died June 25, 1995, at his home in Charlottesville, Va.
Starting his business career with the Electrolux Corp., he eventually became a senior executive and general manager with the company's southeastern division in Atlanta. Taking early retirement, Bill became a lecturer at the Darden School of Business at the Univ. of Virginia, where he taught for over 17 years. He received an honorary chair there in 1983, as well as a doctor of laws for his work at Lynchburg College. He authored and published 17 books and was a founder of the Charlottesville Savings and Loan Assn. His principal hobby was the Civil War, about which he published numerous articles.
Bill is survived by Isabel, his wife of 55 years, a son, Willis, a daughter, Robin Graziano, and five grandchildren. The class sympathizes with them in their loss.
The Class of 1932
Raymond Christy Firestone '33
Ray Firestone died Sept. 9, 1994, of heart failure. He was 86. Ray grew up in Akron, Ohio, and prepared for Princeton at Hill School and at Hun. At college he was a star polo player and captained the team in his junior and senior years. He was a member of Cottage Club.
After college Ray joined the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., the family business. Except for the period from 1942-44, when he served as a pilot in the Air Transport Corps of the Army, he spent his entire business career with that company. He began by pumping gas at a L.A. store and served as president from 1957-64, chief executive officer from 1963-73 and chairman of the board from 1966-76.
The university's Firestone Library stands as a monument to the generosity of the Firestone family. Ray's major role was recognized when the new skylit reading room was named for him and for his brother Leonard '31. His many contributions to the university were but a part of a lifelong practice of philanthropy, of generously supporting worthy causes and activities.
Ray is survived by his wife, Jane, daughters, Christy An Gordon-Creed and Judith An Thiell, a stepdaughter Eleanor Hunter, six grandchildren, and by his brother, Leonard.
The Class of 1933
Robert B. Upham Jr. '37
Bob Upham died Feb. 9, 1995, leaving wife, Elizabeth Thiel, daughters, Joan and Susan, and three grandchildren. He was widowed from his first wife, Peggy Forgan.
At Hotchkiss he was on the football, hockey, and track teams, as well as in the dramatic and debating societies, and a class officer. At Princeton he majored in economics, was on the football team, was president of the Hotchkiss Club, and a member of Tiger Inn.
Excluding war years, most of his professional career was spent in voicing the accomplishments of Linde Air Products Co. (a unit of Union Carbide and Carbon Corp.) around his native Chicago, Milwaukee (where he was an assistant district manager), and Detroit. He was a sales manager at the time that he retired. In 1956 he began with Calvert Lithographing Co. as v.p. and director in charge of advertising sales, and in 1962 with the Mart Press in Chicago.
He was in the Army for three years and 11 months, and he was always looking for '37 classmates. He went from private to 1st lt., in the Zone of the Interior, with the Ordnance Dept. He earned an Army Commendation Ribbon.
Our condolences go to the family.
The Class of 1937
Dallas S. Townsend Jr. '40
Former radio and television commentator Dallas Townsend died June 1, 1995, in Montclair, N.J.
After Princeton he attended the Columbia School of Journalism, was briefly a news editor in N.Y.C., and served in the Army in WWII as a communications officer.
For more than 40 years, Dallas was associated with CBS. He presided over CBS World News Roundup and anchored The World Tonight. During this period, he informed Americans about many major events including national political conventions and elections, space launches, atomic tests, international peace conferences, and presidential inaugurations. His broadcasting career was marked by many of journalism's highest awards for excellence in reporting and editing. " . . . No other newsman in our day had a broader acquaintance with news or communicated it with more economy or precision" was said of Dallas.
His survivors include his wife, Lois; four children, Katherine T. Hamlin, Nancy T. Wilson, Patricia X. West; and Douglas; and 10 grandchildren. With them we mourn with reflection and gratitude.
The Class of 1940
Ralph B. Yardley '40
Recently retired attorney Ralph Yardley died at his home in Yardley, Penn., June 21, 1995. "Yak" prepared at Shadyside Academy. At Princeton he was a member of Cottage and Triangle Clubs and served in the ROTC. Junior and senior years he roomed with Jim Hundley, Greek Fuller, Bim Burkham '41, and Crawf Madeira.
After WWII service in New Guinea and Australia, Yak received his law degree from Dickinson Law School and practiced with the Philadelphia firm of Clark, Spahr, Eichman & Yardley, specializing in trusts and estates. He eventually settled in Yardley Borough on property granted by William Penn to his ancestors.
Yak frequently returned for class gatherings and other events and was present for our 50th reunion. He served on the Pennsbury school board, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church vestry, the Yardley Borough Council, and the Southern Home for Children. He maintained contact with Princetonians through the Philadelphia Princeton Club and the Philadelphia Racquet Club.
Yak is survived by his wife, Anne Smith Yardley, whom he married in 1956; sons, Ralph B. Jr., Richard B. '70, and Michael S. Seely; Cassie Rulon-Miller, and six grandchildren. We are deeply saddened by Yak's death and will miss his friendly presence, relaxed sense of humor, and congenial personality. Our sympathy and condolences reach out to his entire family.
The Class of 1940
David Robinson III '42 *51
Dave died July 8, 1995, in Saxtons River, Vt. He was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 1984 and began receiving transfusions in May 1994. After saying he was tired of being tired all the time, he died peacefully.
Dave came to Princeton via Loomis and majored in electrical engineering, graduating with honors. He then spent four and a half years in the Navy, serving in the Aleutian Islands, retiring with the rank of commander. He continued with the Navy for five more years as asst. dir. of the Underwater Reference Sound Laboratory. He earned his M.S. in electrical engineering. After a stint at GE, as a project engineer, he moved to Saxtons River, maintaining that, while he would never become rich as a consulting engineer, he opted for a life less frenetic than that demanded by the corporate world. A guided missile expert, Dave was responsible for the design and development of guidance systems for the Polaris missile. At the time of his death he was retired from part-time work with Vermont Academy's computer services department, the second high school in the nation to offer such courses.
To his wife, Carol, to his three sons, David, James, and Alexander; and to his four grandchildren, the class offers its condolences.
The Class of 1942
John B. Callaghan '43
John died, following a lengthy illness, at the Benjamin Rose Institute in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on June 25, 1995. He was 75.
Born in Cleveland, he prepped for Princeton at Cathedral Latin School there. In 1947 John earned a master's from Georgetown Univ. School of Foreign Service.
WWII service as a first lt. in the Army Air Corps in Belgium, France, and Germany earned him a sniper wound, plus the Belgian Fourragere and Croix de Guerre medals.
While John had ambitions for a Foreign Service career, he returned to Cleveland after the war to assist his ailing father in running the William D. Callaghan, Inc. Insurance brokerage, founded in 1928; he acted as owner and pres. of the agency until his health declined in 1990.
John was active in many Cleveland charities and organizations, and was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy O'Neil; sons Thomas, Brian, and John B. Jr.; daughters Anna, Dorothy, Mary, and Susan; a brother; sister; and five grandchildren.
To the entire family, we send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences.
The Class of 1943
Lewis S. Kraft '44
One of '44's very special people was Lew Kraft who died of a stroke July 6, 1995, at Princeton Medical Center.
Lew came to us from Horace Mann School. He roomed with Reg Bishop and majored in politics. A member of Dial Lodge and soccer manager-elect, he was Phi Beta Kappa. He left for Army service in 1943 to become a forward observer in artillery spotter planes in Europe.
Lew spent most of his career in residential development in and around Princeton and, for many years, ran Longridge Builders. Loyal to Princeton and to '44, Lew chaired our Lederhosen 10th, cochaired the 25th, was class president 1974-79, and served on the Alumni Council. After retirement, he worked in the Univ. Athletic Public Relations Dept., and volunteered at the North Princeton Development Center and Carrier Clinic.
Despite his 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis, Lew was an inspiration through his gentleness, thoughtfulness, cheerfulness, and ever-welcoming smile, notwithstanding his wheelchair entrapment for the last five years. Nonetheless, he continued his involvement in the MS Society, in local organizations, as well as the '44 reunion and executive committee meetings.
To his wife, Eve, his sons, Kenneth and Robert, and his four grandchildren, we extend our sympathy, and we share your loss. We will be sustained by Lew's remarkable and unique spirit.
The Class of 1944
Paul R. Sieber Jr. '44
Paul died May 12, 1995, of cancer at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he had practiced medicine for four decades. He was 72.
Paul came to Princeton from Shady Side Academy, where he was class president and captained football and baseball. At Princeton he played freshman and J.V. football, majored in biology, and was a member of Cap and Gown Club. Russ Boles, his roommate, clubmate, and friend through the years, recalls vividly when their fathers, both doctors, came to Princeton to jointly persuade them to complete their pre-med education before crossing the border to "join up."
Leaving Princeton in 1943 to enter the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical School, Paul received his M.D. in 1946 and after two years in the Army, was discharged with the rank of captain. He joined his father's medical practice at Mercy Hospital and so began his distinguished surgical career. He also served as the B&O Railroad area doctor and after retiring from the hospital, became medical director for the postal service in western Pennsylvania. During his lifetime, his love of sports continued and was a key interest in his retirement years, moderated only by increasing back problems. In 1944 he married Emily Jean McCready, who survives him.
To Emily, to his sons, Paul R. III and Richard, his daughter, Nancy Tucker, his brother, John R., and six grandchildren, the class extends its sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1944
John Kevin Barry '46
Jack Barry died of cancer at his home in Sewickley, Penn., Jan. 9, 1995. Jack prepared at Western Reserve Academy. He became a naval officer after training with the V-12 program and served aboard the USS Feland in the South Pacific. Jack majored in English and was a member of Quadrangle Club, receiving his A.B. in 1947.
Jack attended Northwestern Law School and began his professional career in his hometown of Akron, while serving also as secretary of the Akron Princeton Club. During the late 1950s, Jack served as a trial tax attorney in the chief counsel's office of the IRS in Washington, D.C.
In 1960 Jack joined the Pittsburgh law firm Reed Smith Shaw & McClay; he became head of their taxation and pensions section before he retired in 1986. Jack served on the planning commission of Sewickley Heights and the Pittsburgh Symphony's board of directors. He was a trustee of Sewickley Academy
and cochairman of the Western Reserve Academy's oversight committee.
Jack is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Kevin and Nicholas; two daughters, Lisa Barry and Mona de Sayve; and one grandson. To all the family, the class sends its deep sympathy and notes with regret the passing of a loyal friend and classmate.
The Class of 1946
C. Andrew L. Bassett '46
Andy Bassett died Nov. 14, 1994, of a brain tumor at his home in Bronxville, N.Y.
Andy entered Princeton the fall of 1941, but his studies were interrupted by the war. He served in the Army with an ASTP stint at Washington and Lee. Andy did his medical work at Columbia, where he was associated for most of his career.
Andy continued his medical training at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan, at the Mary Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, and at the New York Orthopedic Hospital. During the Korean War, he served as a Navy doctor, doing research at the Bethesda Naval Hospital on tissue banking. Andy became professor of orthopedic surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1955.
Andy's most significant discovery involved the use of electro-magnetic waves to heal fractured limbs. Later, he founded ElectroBiology Inc. of Parsippany,
N.J. and the Osteodyne Co. in Research Triangle
Park in North Carolina, applying the influence of electro-magnetics on the human cell. He also designed a device which looked like a shin guard which was used to heal injured thoroughbreds.
Andy is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Dr. Susan B. Wilson; two sons, David and Lee; and three grandchildren.
To all of them, the class sends its deep sympathy and regrets the loss of this brilliant surgeon and loyal Princetonian.
The Class of 1946
Roger Baber Prescott Jr. '46
Roger Prescott died June 3, 1994, of a heart attack at his home in Keeseville, N.Y.
Roger prepared at Exeter. During the war, Roger served in the Pacific in the Navy's amphibious-landing forces, reaching the rank of lt. j.g.
At Princeton Roger was on the golf team, majored in economics, and was a member of Quadrangle
After attending Harvard Business School, Roger joined the family firm of Prescott and Co., in Keeseville, becoming its CEO and president and later
serving as president of the Keeseville Natl. Bank, the Ausable Chasm Co., and the Polar Caves Park in Plymouth, N.H. He was a member of the board of directors of the Delaware and Hudson and Bangor and Aroostok Railways.
Roger served as president of the northern New York Center, the United Way of Clinton County, and
the Keeseville Kiwanis Club. Earlier, Roger had been active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Red Cross, the Elks, and the YMCA.
Roger is survived by his wife, Nancy, his daughter, Diana Zais, and two grandsons, Samuel and Daniel Zais. Roger's son, Roger III, predeceased him.
The class sends its sympathy to all members of the Prescott family and regrets the untimely loss of one of its outstanding members.
The Class of 1946
Morris E. Kinnan Jr. '50
"Mo" Kinnan died of lymphona June 25, 1995, in Princeton Hospital after a courageous battle. He graduated from Lawrenceville during WW II and served in Europe in Army. He was a member of Tower Club and active with the Sons of '13.
It was, however, at the Theatre Intime that he established a lifelong reputation by playing King Lear. After one show, Albert Einstein sought him out to congratulate him for his excellent performance. Forty years later, at a reunion, three alumni were observed greeting Mo separately and mentioning his Lear triumph-all within a half-hour period.
A writer, director, and producer of documentary/industrial films and television commercials and programs, Mo was an executive director for Wm. Esty Co. and later v.p. of Needham, Lewis & Brorby, both of N.Y.C. After moving to Princeton, he established his own company to help others develop visual concepts for new products.
We shall miss our class cheerleader. Mo carefully selected resonant locations along the P-rade route-like archways-for our cheers, so that every year they seemed to be from a major reunion.
The class extends its condolences to Mo's wife, Catherine; sons Alexander and Matthew; daughter Helenka; and sister Mary Augusta Koblenzer.
The Class of 1950
James Shriver III '50
Throat cancer stilled the strong bass voice of Jim Shriver June 29, 1995, a voice that played an important role in his life from the Deerfield Glee Club to Triangle Club and the Tigertones to impromptu barbershop groups at Cottage Club after football games and even to his retirement volunteer job at Recording for the Blind. His good ear and love of words undoubtedly helped in his modern language major at Princeton.
Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., Nov. 26, 1927, Jim graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1945 and then spent a year in the Navy before entering Princeton.
He began his career in advertising with Gallup and Robinson and later worked in N.Y.C. at Young and Rubicam, J. Walter Thompson, and Colgate-
Palmolive. He returned to Princeton in 1974 to the Gallup Organization where he became v.p. and managing editor of the Gallup Poll. Until his 1989 retirement, he wrote the weekly syndicated press releases, edited the monthly publication, and took care of much of the day-to-day management.
Jim's 1952 marriage to Markell Meyers ended in divorce 15 years later, but they remained close friends until his death. Jim is also survived by brother, Charlie '52, two nephews, and a niece. We'll miss his wry and indomitable sense of humor.
The Class of 1950
Noel Shipman '65
Noel Shipman died Dec. 13, 1994, of prostate cancer, the same disease that had claimed his father only four months earlier.
At the time of his death, Noel was living in Hawaii (a lifetime dream), where he and his fiancee, Suzi Bond, and their son, Stephen Elias, were building a house next door to his sister Nina.
He came to Princeton from Eagle Rock (Calif.) H.S. and majored in economics. After Princeton Noel served as a naval aviator. He received his M.B.A. and J.D. degrees in short order. He then worked in California with the National Labor Relations Board as a field examiner. These labors ripened into a law practice specializing in wrongful terminations. This gave him the opportunity to crusade for underdog workers and to fight against abuses by corporate power.
Noel's previous marriage to Berit Shipman produced four children, Tanja, Colin, Noelle, and Berit Hetland Jr.
Noel will be remembered for his competitiveness and determination. He set the school record for the 60-yard dash in 1963 and was a member of many of the legendary Dial Lodge intramural teams, most notably the championship volleyball team our senior year. He will also be remembered for the depth and breadth of his social conscience and dedication to justice.
To all of his family, the class sends its most sincere condolences on the loss of this very fine man.
The Class of 1965
Carter K. Combe '74
Carter Combe, a resident of Scarsdale, N.Y., died of a heart attack while playing basketball Dec. 20, 1994.
Originally a member of the Class of '75, Carter took advanced standing, majoring in history. His Princeton roommates included '75ers Tom Roberts, Ted Bohlen, Artie Schoen, and Jim Conant. Other close friends included Stew Schoder '75 and Paul Atkinson '74. He was a member of Quadrangle Club and played varsity volleyball.
Carter earned a law degree at Boston Univ., and married his classmate Cynthia Merz in the Princeton Chapel in 1977. Their son, Paul, was born in 1986.
Carter spent his legal career in N.Y.C., first at Hale, Russell & Gray and subsequently as a partner at Roberts & Finger, specializing in labor relations and employment litigation.
Carter's many friends and colleagues will remember him for his even temper, his depth of judgment, and his love of the New York Knicks. He was a man who accepted with grace the responsibilities of family, friends, and the law.
The family has established the Carter Kim Combe Named Prize in History. Donations may be sent to Princeton's Office of the Recording Secretary.
To Cindy, Paul, Carter's parents, Louis and Bettie, and brother, Kirk, the class extends its deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1974
Hugh Thames Aiken '88
Hugh Aiken took his own life June 29, 1995, in Nashville. He had recently moved there with his wife, Jill, to begin his medical residency at Vanderbilt Univ. Hospital.
Throughout his life, Hugh was a scholar and an athlete. His intense passion for everything he did took him to the top of his class at Porter Gaud H.S. in Charleston, S.C. At Princeton Hugh continued to excel academically.
He majored in East Asian studies, with a specialization in Japanese, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Hugh also played lightweight football and was a member of Tiger Inn. He returned to his native state to attend the Medical Univ. of South Carolina.
Hugh will live on in the memories of all Princetonians who knew him. In the words of one of Hugh's close friends, "His life is like the haiku, brief but powerful in its words and the images it leaves in one's mind."
The class extends its heartfelt condolences to Hugh's family and friends.
The Class of 1988
Virgil G. Hinshaw Jr. *45
Virgil G. Hinshaw Jr.. *45, professor emeritus of philosophy at Ohio State Univ., died July 22, 1995. He was 75. Born in LaGrange, Ill., and raised in Pasadena, he earned his B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) at Stanford in 1941, M.A. in philosophy at Iowa in 1942, and Ph.D. at Princeton in philosophy.
In graduate school he was influenced by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein, about both of whom he published philosophical writings. His entire professional career was spent at Ohio State. He was an acknowledged expert among post-WWII American philosophers, especially in the theory of knowledge and philosophy of history, sociology, and natural scieces. The excellence of his teaching inspired many in a variety of disciplines.
Personally, he loved music and sang in a church choir for 35 years. His enthusiasm for O.S.U. football was quite as robust. For 12 years, he was a member of the governing board of the APGA, and for an even longer period he was recording secretary representing the Graduate School for the paw. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Alene, his son, Stephen, his daughter, Sally, a grandson, three brothers, and many nieces and nephews, not to mention a veritable host of former students, friends, and colleagues. To all who held him dear, we extend profound and heartfelt sympathy.
The Graduate Alumni