Memorials: November 6, 1996
George Elton Snyder Jr. '30
George Elton Snyder Jr. died Aug. 31, 1996, at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne, Pa. He was the husband of the late Frances "Soapie" Lux, whom he married in 1933.
George was born in Atlantic City in 1909 and grew up in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., He was a longtime resident of Narberth and Bryn Mawr before moving to Gladwyne. He was the valedictorian of his 1926 class at the Episcopal Academy. After graduating from Princeton, he joined Geo. E. Snyder & Co., which had been established in 1906.
He was the third generation to have been a member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (America's first stock exchange) when he was elected to membership in 1931. He became a governor of the Exchange in 1935 and remained governor, emeritus. He was president of the Exchange and the Philadelphia Stock Clearing Corp. from 19491951, and chairman from 196668. He was a cofounder of Invest in America, an educational project.
George was an elder of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, where he was also superintendent of its church school from 1940-52 and was active in its social lay groups.
He is survived by two daughters and one son: Ann Donahower, Deborah Bussart, and George "Terry" III, and six grandchildren and one greatgrandson.
The class extends its deep sympathy to the family.
The Class of 1930
Chalmers W. Alexander '32
A leading citizen of his lifelong hometown of Jackson, Miss., Alex died June 29, 1996, of heart failure at the Willard Bond Home.
After obtaining his law degree from Jackson School of Law in 1938, Alex worked with the IRS from 1938-48 except for his three years in the military service. He entered the Army Air Force in WWII as a private and retired as a captain in 1945, having served in India, China, and the US.
He practiced law in Jackson from 1948-52, then became the city commissioner of Jackson for the next five years. He was head of the trust department at First Natl. Bank in Jackson from 1957-73 and consulted thereafter until he retired in 1978. He was active at various times in two Presbyterian churches and in the Riverside Independent Methodist Church, where he served on the board of stewards. He was a contributing editor to the Southern Presbyterian Journal.
Although Alex never married and left no immediate survivors, he will be missed by his many friends in the class and his community.
The Class of 1932
James Ruffin Mitchell '32
Jim Mitchell died of a heart attack on July 3, 1996, at Frye Memorial Medical Center in Hickory, N.C.
Graduating, as all of us did, in the Depression years, Jim tried his hand at a number of occupations, including salesman for Intl. Harvester and owner of Mitchell's Fancy Foods in Atlanta. During WWII, he served as a naval flight instructor in Miami. He then settled in Hickory, where he formed Custom Craft Furniture, which manufactured primarily juvenile furniture. He operated the business until he sold it in 1974. He was active in community affairs, serving as chairman or president of a variety of organizations including the Family Guidance Center, United Way, Rotary Club, and the Lake Hickory Country Club. He was planning to come back for our 65th reunion when fate intervened.
Jim's first wife, Helen Hayes, died of cancer in 1946 shortly after the birth of their only son, who died in 1986. He married Beulah Mae Jones in 1949. She survives him, along with two grandchildren, Lamar Mitchell and Virginia Daley. The class joins with them in mourning our mutual loss.
The Class of 1932
Harold Sydney Edwards Jr. '33
Hal Edwards died June 4, 1996. He had been an invalid for seven years as a result of a stroke, but he retained an unfailing cheerfulness and was happy to hear from and talk to George Constable, Walter Buck, and his many other friends in our class.
He grew up in Dedham, Mass., and prepared for Princeton at the Thacher School and at Andover. He entered in the Class of '32, but a dislocated elbow forced him to leave school and spend the rest of the year traveling in Europe. He dropped back to the Class of 1933 upon his return. Hal ran cross country, and was a highly respected member of our class.
Hal joined the family farming business in California during his junior year. He married Margaret Spaulding in Santa Barbara in 1939, and they moved to Marysville, Calif., where they lived for the rest of his life. The Edwards farming operations were described in an article written by his son Selden '63 which appeared in our 1993 summer newsletter. There is more about those operations in the Ralph Bard story which appeared in the 1991 newsletter.
Hal is survived by his wife, by their three sons, Samuel, Blair '61, and Selden '63, and by their daughter, Hannah. Hal's brother C. William Edwards, who was Princeton's director of admissions for 15 years, died in 1994.
The Class of 1933
Arthur Vincent Meigs '33
Art died of complications related to a stroke on Aug. 9, 1996. He had lived for many years in Washington, D.C., and was a good citizen of that community.
He was born in Philadelphia but moved to Washington as a child. He graduated from Sidwell Friends School, where his closest friend was our classmate Bob Clifford. At Princeton he was active in debating and was a member of the American Whig Society, the St. Paul's Society, and Colonial Club.
After college, Art attended Harvard Law School from which he graduated in 1937. He practiced law in Philadelphia for three years and then returned to Washington. He became a voluntary full-time worker for the Moral Rearmament Program in Great Britain, Holland, and Switzerland as well as the US and Canada.
In 1955 Art married Ellen Lee Blackwell. They lived in Cleveland Park in Washington for many years, and Art was active in the Cleveland Park Citizen's Assn. He was a loyal and interested alumnus and was a regular attendant at university functions.
Art was above all a good citizen, and he devoted his life to making the world around him a better place. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, and by his daughter, Mary B., and his son, Edward B.
The Class of 1933
Don Cargos Travis '33
Don Travis died Mar. 1, 1996, in Austin, Tex., where he had lived for many years. His eyesight and his hearing had both been in decline for some time, but he remained active and in good spirits to the end.
Don grew up in Kenosha, Wis., and after a year at Culver in 1928, graduated from Kenosha Senior H.S. and entered Princeton in 1929.
Don spent junior year in France and received his diploma in 1934, although he always thought of himself as a member of our class. After graduation from Princeton, he did graduate work at the U. of Wisconsin and earned an MA in 1935 and ultimately a PhD.
Don was fluent in German and spent 81/2 years in Germany for various agencies of the US government during and after WWII. After the war Don taught Germanic languages at the U. of Texas and had attained the rank of associate professor when he retired in 1972. He was well known not only for his language courses but also for the courses in modern Germanic art and literatures and for his remarkable library covering these subjects.
In 1936 he married Nevanna Tsanoff; she survives him as do their two sons, Andrew and Neven. To her and to them, we extend our sympathies.
The Class of 1933
Richard Donald McCarty '34
Dick McCarty, who retired in 1983 after a nineyear stint with the postal service following nearly 30 years with R. Hoe & Co., printing press manufacturers, died of leukemia Apr. 28, 1996. According to his wife, Elizabeth, he had entered the hospital for tests expecting to return home in a day or two.
In retirement Dick took up woodworking and turned out some beautiful chests, desks, and bureaus, apparently never fully realizing the talent he had.
After Harvard Business School (193436) and the Columbia Graduate School of Business Administration (193940), Dick worked for R. Hoe & Co. in tabulating, accountings sales, and production, from 1935-43 and again from 1951-71. From 1943-51 he served in the Navy.
Since college, Dick once noted, he had homes in Orange, N.J.; NYC; Rowayton, Conn.; Arlington, Va.; and New Canaan, Conn.
Surviving besides Elizabeth Forsyth McCarthy (Hollins '37), are a son, Robert, a daughter, Terry, and five grandchildren. To them we offer our sincere sympathies.
The Class of 1934
J. Clarke Cahill '36
Clarke died Sept. 2, 1996, in Ocala, Fla., of congestive heart failure. He was 82. He prepared at Phillips Exeter Academy. At Princeton he majored in chemistry and was a member of Cannon Club.
During WWII, he served three years in the Navy, assigned to destroyers and transport vessels. He retired in 1945 with the rank of lt. commander.
After the war he settled in Greenwich, Conn., where he was self employed. He retired in 1977 and moved to Ocala. He was an avid golfer, a founding member of the Burning Tree Country Club of Greenwich, and an active member of the Eastern Seniors Golf Assn.
Clarke is survived by his wife, Renee Jean Cahill, a son, John C. Jr., two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, as well as by his sisters, Margaret Vogel and Priscilla Gortner. The class extends its sympathy to his family.
The Class of 1936
G. Seaver Jones '36
Seaver died of a heart attack July 29, 1996. He was83. He prepared at St. Pauls School. At Princeton he majored in politics and was a member of Cap and Gown Club. He was class president from 196671.
After graduation he spent a few years with Standard Oil of New Jersey. During WWII he served three years in the Navy rising to the rank of lieutenant. He traveled the world as a gunnery officer on tankers, cargo ships, and troop ships. He spent 35 years with Bankers Trust Co. of NYC becoming a first v.p. in charge of its insurance division. He took early retirement in 1974 and spent several years as an account executive with Stillman Maynard and Co.
Seaver was a civic leader in the Oranges and Maplewood, N.J., area. He was president of the board of the Beard School, president of the United Community Chest, and an elder of two Presbyterian churches. His hobbies were golf and playing backgammon with classmates at the Princeton Club of New York. He was a member of the New York Sons of the Revolution as a dependent of Captain Isaac Baldwin, who died in 1775 at Bunker Hill.
Seaver was predeceased by his wife Louise Hannahs, whom he married in 1940. He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Jan J. Bird, and two granddaughters, Marley Bird and Mrs. Paul Bratone. Here was a man of distinction and character. He had great love for his family, Princeton, and our class. His wisdom and foresight were sought by our classmates throughout our graduate years. He will be sorely missed.
The Class of 1936
Rea Kirklin Ashley '45
Kirk Ashley died July 21, 1996, of heart failure in his native San Francisco. Kirk entered Princeton with the large Lawrenceville contingent and lived in Hill Dorm. Kirk's undergraduate days at Princeton were cut short by his acceptance to the Navy's V12 program, but he found time to join the Nassoons and over the years kept in contact with fellow members.
He earned his degree from Temple in 1946 and interned at San Francisco General Hospital until his call to active duty in the South Pacific, where he spent three years on a Navy repair ship in China. He returned to a residency in Philadelphia and married the former Elizabeth Lawler. He began his medical practice as an orthopedic surgeon in San Francisco. He was on the staff of Shriners Hospital, and from 1981-91 he was chief of staff and then chief of staff, emeritus, until his death.
Kirk and Betty were interested in the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet. Kirk went every year to New Zealand to fly fish. Kirk remained devoted to Princeton, and he and Betty enjoyed our 50th reunion.
In addition to Betty, Kirk is survived by a son, Rea, a daughter, Elizabeth Hope, a brother, William '43, and a sister, Ann Kidney. To them the class extends its deep sympathy.
The Class of 1945
John Daniel Mosser '45
John died in Portland, Oreg., on Aug. 21, 1996, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. As he remarked last year, he was one of the very few to have had an opportunity to read his own "memorial," in our Nov. 8, 1995, class column. John, an outstanding citizen and the quintessence of "Princeton in the nation's service" entered Princeton from New Trier. He earned his degree in 1947 from the School of Public and Intl. Affairs after service with the 95th Infantry Division in Europe.
John earned his law degree from Yale in 1950 and practiced law until he retired in 1991. He was a three-term Oregon legislator, adviser to six governors, chairman of the Land Conservation and Development Commission, and president of the State Board of Higher Education. He headed the successful cleanup of the Willamette River and was instrumental in the creation of Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park. On June 14, 1995, the mayor of Portland declared John Mosser Day as a tribute to his long public service and accomplishments.
John is survived by his wife, the former Marian Slade; his sons, Daniel and William; his daughters, Susan Walcutt and Anne Jewell; his stepsons, Colin L. Slade, Peter W. Slade, and Eric F. Slade, and by nine grandchildren. To all of them, the class sends its deep sympathy.
The Class of 1945
Robert Maury Peers '45
On June 28, 1996, cancer took Bob Peers with merciful rapidity.
Bob entered Princeton from Trinity and became a member of Cannon Club. He played on the freshman football squad and was a member of the wrestling team. His Princeton career was interrupted by service in the Counter Intelligence Corps in the European theater where he met his first wife, the former Edith Widera, whom he married in 1947. He then returned to Princeton, completed his studies and obtained a law degree from Columbia. Specializing in international corporate practice, he rose to partnership with the firm of Appleton, Rice & Perrin. Subsequently, he lent his multilingual expertise to other Manhattan firms. In 1993 Bob opened a NYC office for a German law firm, Schuermann and Partners, headquartered in Frankfurt.
Bob was a staunch classmate, a man who was kind and generous to a fault, one who unfailingly gave more than he took. His classmates will miss this matchless friend and bon vivant, an individual who combined joyous fun with a capacity for clear thinking and hard work. To his widow, Marilyn, and to his children, Christopher, Stephanie, and Gabrielle, and his five grandchildren, we extend our deep sympathy.
The Class of 1945
James Haviland Tompkins '45 *47
Tommy Tompkins died Oct. 19, 1995, at Morristown [N.J.] Memorial Hospital. Tommy, who was born in South Orange, N.J., entered Princeton from Montclair Academy, played both freshman and varsity golf, and was a member of Elm Club. He took his BS in aeronautical engineering cum laude in 1944, then served in the Navy during WWII as a lt. jg, returning to Princeton after the war to obtain his graduate degree in aeronautical engineering in 1947. In 1945 he married the former Mary Doggett.
Tommy got his first job along with classmate Bart Bumsted at Reaction Motors in Rockaway, N.J., testing rocket engines. He then worked at SmoothOn, Inc., a manufacturer of paint resins. Tommy at his death was chairman and CEO of SmoothOn. Tommy and Mary resided in Chatham, N.J., until 1970, when they moved to Mendham, where they resided until his death. As an avid golfer, he was a president of the Morris County Golf Club and as a sailor was a longtime member of the Wilson Cove Yacht Club in Norwalk, Conn., where one of his daughters lived. Tommy built and flew radio-controlled model airplanes.
In addition to Mary, Tommy is survived by three daughters, Lynne Ward, Elizabeth Abbey, Deborah Bianco, two sisters, Eleanor Poland and Carol Selvage, and seven grandchildren, to all of whom the class expresses its deep sympathy.
The Class of 1945
Frederick Forscher '47 *47
Fred died July 23, 1996, in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born in Vienna in 1918, and when the Nazis marched into Austria in 1938, he sought refuge in the US. He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and was sworn in as a citizen in 1942 while in uniform.
After a brief stint at Princeton in the Army Specialized Training Program in 1944, he served with an engineering battalion in the Philippines and Japan. He returned to Princeton to study engineering, also earning a master's. He earned a PhD in applied mechanics at Columbia. In 1944 he married Mia Weiner.
In 1952 Fred began with Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, where he organized and supervised the mechanicalmetallurgical section, which was helping develop the metal alloys used in the first nuclearpowered submarine. With two other engineers in 1957, he founded NUMEC, the first privately owned nuclear-fuel company. In 1968 Fred returned to Westinghouse as manager of advanced fuel in their nuclear fuel division. Five years he became an energy consultant and helped several federal agencies, including the Presidential Commission to investigate the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979.
Fred's exemplary career was in the Princeton tradition of service to the nation. Our class is proud of him. To Mia and their three daughters, Stephanie, Joan, and Carrie, we extend our profound sympathy.
The Class of 1947
Stephen Clark Peaslee '50
Steve Peaslee was born in West Hartford, Conn., and prepared for Princeton at Kingswood.
At Princeton, Steve majored in politics and graduated with honors. He also played soccer all four years and lacrosse as a freshman.
Steve spent his early postgraduation years with A. F. Peaslee, Inc., his father's construction contracting business. He later formed a family business centered around residential construction, real estate, construction consulting, and forestry. In his later years, Steve settled on his farm in Woodstock Valley, Conn., where he was active in growing plants and landscaping.
Always a "doer" he was secretary and then president of the Central Connecticut Alumni Assn., and was a member of the Republican Committee of West Hartford. He was also on the board of the local library and was active in his church. Steve played squash, collected coins and stamps, and was an avid reader.
Above all, Steve was a devoted husband and father. Two of his five children graduated from Princeton. The class offers its deepest sympathy to his wife of 45 years, Pamela, his sons, Clark '73, Stuart, and Bartlett, and his daughters, Kim '78 and Merry.
The Class of 1950
Robert C. Post '51
Bob Post, sire of '51's Class Baby, died July 3, 1996, after a sixyear battle with prostate cancer.
Although he earned a BS in chemical engineering, Bob was more than an engineer. He was a giant in his field-author or coauthor of 10 patents in ceramic engineering and paper and chemical processing; he designed and built 11 plants in the US, Canada, and Japan. At Texas Instruments he put together what was then the world's largest producer of semiconductor
grade silicon. At Materials Technology Corp., Bob developed a still-used coating to protect the cutting edge of machine metal tools.
Bob had a deep interest in opera, classical music, literature, bridge, fishing, and his church. His Navy career aboard the USS Craven was memorialized when its flag flew at half mast at his house during his memorial service.
For many classmates, the sight of Bob and his Class Baby Ted, standing on the pitcher's mound at our first reunion, Ted throwing out the first ball to start the PY game, will be ever green.
Bob is survived by Margaret "Roxie," his wife of 45 years, daughter Roxanne, sons Andrew and Theodore, brothers Dick, Zachariah, and Danny, and four grandchildren. The class deeply regrets the loss of one of its outstanding members and sends his family its sympathy.
The Class of 1951
Wilbur J. Holleman Jr. '53
Wib Holleman died July 20, 1996, at home in Corona Del Mar, Calif. He was 64.
Wib was a native of Tulsa, Okla. He prepared at St. Andrew's School and brought to Princeton a quiet, droll sense of humor. As his wife, the former Carol Borden wrote, "Wib enjoyed his time at Princeton and always attended reunions with pleasure."
A popular member of Tower Club, Wib majored in politics, was on the undergraduate schools committee, and participated in IAA competition. Senior year he roomed with Marc Quinn. After graduation he earned his LLB from U. of Oklahoma Law School. He then earned a graduate degree in taxation at NYU and was general counsel for the New England Petroleum Corp. in NYC. Wib moved to Irvine, Calif., where he was v.p. and tax counsel for the Fluor Corp. Most recently he was a principal of Ord, Norman, & Holleman, a law firm in Newport Beach, Calif.
As we sadly say goodbye to our congenial classmate, our sympathy goes to Carol, sons John and Eric, mother Maxine, brother James, sister Judith Bingham, and two grandchildren. Contributions can be made to the Diabetes Research Ctr., c/o Dr. Charles, 1000 S. Anaheim Blvd, #302, Anaheim, CA 92805.
The Class of 1953
John Lee Seeley '56
John Seeley died Apr. 5, 1996, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, and came to Princeton in the fall of 1953 from Eton College. His father, Paul S. Seeley, was the Class of '06. John majored in modern languages and literature and was a member of Key and Seal and Triangle Club.
After Princeton, John served in the Marine Corps. He then moved to New Orleans, where he became an American citizen, and began a career in banking which took him to Easton, Md., and ultimately Phoenix. He was a v.p. at Wells Fargo, coming to that bank through the First Interstate merger. John was active in the Native-American community and was well known for his economic development programs throughout the state.
John's wife, Carol, shared with us that he always approached life with integrity and a sense of humor that is not often found anymore. He will be sorely missed by Carol, his sons, John and Paul, and his grandson, Devin. The class extends sincere sympathy to them and joins in their sorrow.
The Class of 1956
George Boyd Thomas '56
George Thomas died of lymphoma at Boston U. Medical Center on July 1, 1996. He had planned to attend our 40th, but his illness prevented him. George was a longtime resident of Boston's South End, moving there well before it was fashionable.
George attended Princeton H.S. and at Princeton received his degree in English, bridging that department and religion (in 1940 his father, George F. Thomas, had been appointed the university's first professor of religious thought). George played freshman soccer, was a keyceptor and chapel deacon, president of the Student Christian Assn., manager of the Chapel Choir, and was a member of the Tigertones, the Undergraduate Council, Theater Intime, Brica
Brac, and Quadrangle Club. He served in the Navy, and earned a master's from Stanford and Harvard, where he also earned his PhD in education.
George considered himself to be an "organization consultant." He was a principal in the Synapse Group and a senior consultant to the North Carolina Manpower Development Corp., Inc., and advised UNICEF, Lilly Endowment, and other organizations. George served on numerous committees and boards including those of the Boston YMCA and the Beau Jeste Moving Theatre.
George is survived by his daughters, Christie '88 and Megan, his mother, Dorothy, his brother, Robert '58, and his close companion for many years, Barbara Rodriguez. The class extends its sincere sympathy to each of them.
The Class of 1956
Jerome Paul Weiss '56
Jerry Weiss of Great Falls, Va., died in Norfolk, Va., July 6, 1996. He had suffered a stroke while hospitalized for an infection complicated by his fiveyear struggle with cancer.
Jerry came to Princeton from Nottingham H.S. in Syracuse, N.Y. He studied at the Woodrow Wilson School, played freshman football and baseball, 150lb. football as a sophomore, and ran track in his last two years. Jerry served as a keyceptor, a member of our Memorial Fund committee, and joined Cap and Gown. He was a lieutenant in the Navy from 1956-58, specializing in naval intelligence. In 1961 he received his law degree from Harvard.
Jerry began his law career in Syracuse, ultimately specializing in agricultural cooperatives and membership organizations. He joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in 1986 as managing partner, opening the firm's Washington office, where he remained until his death. From 1988-91 he was special counsel to the chairman of the Farm Credit Administration.
Jerry was an adjunct professor at Syracuse and Antioch law schools for a number of years. In 1972 he was appointed chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Syracuse and Onondaga County. At the time of his death Jerry was our Annual Giving section chairman for Baltimore/Washington.
The class extends its deep sympathy to Marion, Jerry's wife of 33 years, their sons, Jonathan '90 and Andrew '94, his mother, Irene, and his sister, Judith Kautto.
The Class of 1956
Winston Hill Cox '63
Tony Cox died Sept. 21, 1996, of a heart attack after collapsing at a Manhattan health club.
At Princeton Tony studied American civilization, played rugby, managed the hockey team, and held offices in Charter Club and Orange Key. He graduated from Harvard Business School and then worked for Time, Inc., in the comptroller's office. After working on the launches of People and Money magazines, Tony joined Home Box Office (HBO) in 1976, rising six years later to executive v.p. From 1987-95 he was chairman of Showtime. He had just become CEO of Cybersmith, which operates cafés for computer users. He owned the San José [Calif.] Giants, a minor league baseball team.
Tony helped lead an effort to reduce violence in cable programming and was honored for helping increase the hiring of women and minorities in the cable industry. He was chairman of our fifth reunion, class president for the next five years, special gifts chair for our recordbreaking, 20th-reunion Annual Giving campaign, Alumni Council member, schools committee chairman in northwest New Jersey, and a board member of PAW.
The class will miss his energy and compassion and extends its sympathy to his wife, Heidi Stamas Cox, and their two small children, Alexandra and Samuel; and to his two adult children, Christopher and Elizabeth '95, his mother, Rosalie Cox Volkening w'29, a brother, Charles, and a sister, Virginia C. Bullock.
The Class of 1963
Robert Marshall Stolarz '73
Robert Stolarz died June 24, 1996, of heart failure. He was born in 1951, in Jacksonville, N.C., and graduated as class valedictorian from Emerson [N.J.] H.S.
At Princeton he was a member of Stephenson Hall and Wilson College. He was an electrical engineering research assistant and spent the summers operating the computer center under the direction of Prof. Arthur Lo. In June 1970 he was awarded an honorable mention for the Manford Pike Memorial Physics Prize and earned a certificate of teacher preparation program in 1973. After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, Robert joined Digital Equipment Corp. in Maynard, Mass. At the time of his death, he was president of PC Insights, a consulting firm specializing in personal computers and software development in Rutherford, N.J.
Robert is remembered by his friends and colleagues as extremely intelligent, considerate and caring (he spent much time tutoring others and made numerous contributions to needy chlldren), an outstanding scholar, and achiever in the computer field. To his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Stolarz, family and friends, the class extends its deep sympathy and heartfelt condolences.
The Class of 1973