Memorials - April 22, 1998
Bennet Botsford Harvey '25
Ben was born in Chicago May 12, 1903. He prepared at Choate and while in college was manager of the wrestling team and a member of Cloister Inn.
On graduation, he joined the publishing division of Rand McNally, finishing his career as v.p. and chief of their trade publishing division. During his career, he especially valued his relations with authors. He was also known for his sense of humor. His fondness for animals found expression in The Elegant Elephant by Russell McCracken, to promote which he brought a live elephant, Judy, into the third-floor book department of Marshall Field to autograph copies with a rubber stamp attached to her trunk. The autographing party was a great success, but, when it was time to go home, Judy refused. Eventually her exit necessitated the building of a ramp over three flights of stairs.
After his retirement, he organized the annual outdoors Rogation Sunday Services at which animals are blessed at St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church.
He died Jan. 17, 1998. His wife, Dorothy Wegener, died in 1995. Survivors include his son, Ben Jr. '56, his daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
The Class of 1925
Addison Brown '27
Addison Brown died Nov. 30, 1997, in Naples, Fla.
He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. At Princeton, he was a member of Charter Club. He was the former secretary-treasurer and part owner of D.J. Stewart & Co., in Rockford, Ill., and of the Rockford Country Club, the University Club, Rotary Intl., and Midday Clubs, and a trustee of Rockford College and Keigh Country Day School. He was also president of the Wilda Carter Specialty Shop.
He spent his winters at Boynton Beach, Fla. His survivors include his daughter, Constance, his son, Addison Jr., 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Burpee; his second wife, Frances Smith; his daughter, Elizabeth; his brother, Charles; and his sisters, Elizabeth Coleman and Virginia Pearson.
The class shares the grief of his survivors.
The Class of 1927
Robert R. Munoz '27
Robert R. Munoz died Jan. 18, 1998, at his home in La Jolla, Calif.
Bob came to Princeton from Montclair Academy. He was a member of the 1927 Bric-a-Brac, photographic chairman of the Nassau Herald, and a member of Terrace Club. He majored in geology.
He became a petroleum geologist for the Continental Oil Co. of New Jersey. Later, he headed the Terrace Oil Co. of Evansville, Ind. Then he became v.p. of the Southwood Corp. Co., Inc., in Denver, and v.p. of the Santa Fe Corp. He was president of the Colorado Heart Assn., a trustee of the Mile High United Fund, and a member of the Metropolitan Council for Community Service.
During WWII, he served as a major in the economic branch of the Counter Intelligence Group at the Pentagon. After the war, he was president of the Rocky Mountain Assn. of Geology. A former member of the Alumni Council, he was class v.p. and held office as president, v.p., secretary, and treasurer of the Princeton Club of California.
He married Jimmy Loomis in 1928. She survives, as do their sons, Jim '61 and Robert Jr.
The Class of 1927
Charles Merritt Case Jr. '28
Merritt Case died Dec. 15, 1996, in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, where he had lived most of his life.
He prepared at Lawrenceville. At Princeton he majored in economics and belonged to Campus Club. In 1932 he married Margaret S. Williams, who died in 1994. She attended Smith College and the U. of Minnesota. They had four daughters, two of whom, Sara and Anne, had professional careers in law and medieval studies, respectively. The other two are Helen Hartfiel and Charlotte Hatch, who together gave them seven grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.
Merritt was v.p. of the Kellogg Commission Co. in Minneapolis. He was also a director of the Atlantic Elevator Co. and of the Janney Semple Hill Co.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Merritt signed up for service with the Air Force and was an intelligence officer with the 9th Air Force in the European theater. He was discharged with the rank of captain and received a Presidential Unit Citation. He also received the Belgian government's award of Fourageure.
Merritt was active in numerous civic service groups in Minneapolis, among them Community Chest, Pillsbury House, and Citizens Club Settlement House. He enjoyed skiing, tennis, and gardening and for many years was an avid painter.
The class extends deep sympathy to his family.
The Class of 1928
Patrick Bernard Connelly Smith '28
Pat Smith died in Knoxville, Tenn., on June 17, 1997. He had lived all his life in Knoxville. He prepared at the Princeton Tutoring School. At Princeton he majored in economics and was a member of Charter Club.
His father was in the coal business in Tennessee, and Pat followed his lead. He founded the InterMountain Coal Co., wholesalers, with the producing area of the Tennessee mountains.
Pat married Bessie Ann Stanton, a graduate of Hollins College, in July 1935. They had two children, David and Catherine (Mrs. Gary Grizzle). There are six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pat retired in 1976. He was a trustee of the Knoxville Symphony and a member of the City Club of Knoxville, the Cherokee Country Club, and the Roman Catholic Church.
He and Bessie had joined our class's 70th reunion committee and were looking forward to this last major reunion. They had attended all major reunions since our 50th. His classmates and friends will miss him at the 70th but are glad he was able to attend the 65th.
The Class of 1928
Henry Alfred Loeb '29
Henry died Jan. 27, 1998. He prepared for college at Horace Mann School in NYC.
After Princeton he went to Harvard Law School and joined the New York and California bars. He practiced first with the firm of Cook, Nathan, and Lehman and then with Steinhart, Feigenbaum, & Goldberg in San Francisco. He returned to NYC in 1938 to begin his remarkable career in investments and philanthropy. After senior partnership in several of the family firms such as Loeb, Rhoades & Co., he became vice-chair of Loeb Partners.
Henry's remarkable philanthropic career included leadership of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, and he was a life trustee of the New School (which gave him an honorary law degree), president of the Mt. Sinai School of Nursing, and a board member of the National Urban League, the Institute for Research on Deafness, and many other charitable organizations. At the start of WWII, Henry volunteered in the Army and became a first lieutenant and tank officer, participating in the Omaha Beach landing. He received a Bronze Star and five battle stars. In 1934 Henry married Louise Steinhart. She survives, as do their two daughters, Jean Troubh and Betty Levin, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Margaret Kempner. The class extends sincere sympathy to Henry's family.
The Class of 1929
Udolpho Snead Macdonald '29
Bud died Feb. 9, 1998. At Princeton he played water polo and was a member of Dial Lodge. His career was interrupted in 1948 by a bout with polio, from which he made a heroic recovery, not only resuming his business career but giving much of his time to assisting handicapped people. His work with Snead & Co. dealt with bookstacking for libraries and steel partitions. That included five months in England supervising installations in the Manchester Public Library.
Bud's hobbies included golf, skiing, and polo. He taught skiing to the visually impaired and organized the March of Dimes in Mendham Township, N.J. He was president of the Rotary Club in Jersey City.
In 1948 Bud married Grace Baker, and she survives, as does their daughter Leigh. The class extends sincere sympathy to Bud's family.
The Class of 1929
Robert Anderson Hall Jr. '31
Robert Anderson Hall Jr. died Dec. 2, 1997, at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, N.Y., of Parkinson's disease.
Bob was our class's gift to the science of linguistics. After his AB, he earned his MA from Chicago U. and his doctorate from the U. of Rome. He taught courses in modern languages at the U. of Puerto Rico, Princeton, and Brown. He became associate professor of linguistics at Cornell in 1946, full professor in 1950, and professor emeritus of linguistics and Italian in 1976.
Bob published over 50 books and more than 500 articles relating to linguistics, and became president of the Linguistic Assn. of Canada and the U.S. in 1984. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright lecturer. During WWII, Bob took part in the Army's Intensive Language Program, teaching, Italian, French, and Melanesian Pidgin.
As a sideline, Bob sang in choirs and choruses, and composed a Mass (you guessed it) in Latin.
His first wife, the mother of his children, Frances I. Adkins, died in 1975. He is survived by his second wife, Alice M. ColbyHall, son Philip, daughters Diana Goodal and Caroline Erickson, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Alice, Bob's widow, has had an extraordinary career of her own, recently mentioned in '31's class notes.
The Class of 1931
Percy A. Hemming '32
Percy Hemming died Oct. 19, 1997, at Saratoga Manor in Pottstown, Pa. His entire business career was with the J.J. Newberry Co., where he worked 43 years until he retired in 1975.
He was active in his local Chamber of Commerce, served on the board of trustees of the First Methodist Church of Sayre, and was chairman or cochairman of many activities at the church. He was also active in gardening and reading until declining health slowed him down in his last few years.
Percy was predeceased by his wife, Marguerite, in Mar. 1983. He is survived by a daughter and soninlaw, Linda and James Brant; a son and daughter-inlaw, Walter and Shirley; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The class extends its sincere condolences to all of them.
The Class of 1932
John Chandler Hume '32
A nationally recognized physician in the field of public health, John Hume died of pneumonia Feb. 16, 1998, at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.
John earned his MD from Vanderbilt U. School of Medicine in 1936. He also earned an MPH in 1947 and a DrPH in 1951 from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. After some time in private practice, he was in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service from 1940-50. In 1947 he joined the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health faculty, taking charge of the VD training program and serving as assistant dean. In 1955 he became medical director of the U.S. Health Mission to India. He returned to Hopkins in 1961 as chairman of the department of public health administration and dean thereof. During his tenure as dean, enrollment more than doubled, faculty increased by more than 20%, and the master's of health sciences program was instituted. Upon retirement John received several awards for outstanding contributions to human welfare.
An avid philatelist with an extensive collection of stamps from British India, John published many articles on this subject.
John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Amelia; children John C. Jr., William P., and Susan H. Artes; and seven grandchildren, to all of whom the class extends deep sympathy.
The Class of 1932
Herbert Alexander Burns '34
Herb Burns, a resident of Saddle River, N.J., since 1968, died May 21, 1997, it has just been learned. In 1984, near Spring Valley, N.Y., where he used to live, he was badly beaten by two teenagers and lost the sight of one eye. In 1991 a stroke caused the loss of his other eye. "Because of my handicap," he wrote before our 60th reunion, "it would be difficult to return for our reunion. I will miss you, and my thoughts will be with you."
A member of our class executive committee (1969-74), Herb loved Princeton and considered his four years there "among the best years of my life. After them the great adventure of my life was my service in the Army attached to Gen. MacArthur's headquarters in the Philippines." He took part in the invasion of Luzon and the taking of Manila.
Prior to his move to Saddle River Herb grew flowers under glass and served on the boards of public utilities and a local bank. He was parks and recreation commissioner for 22 years and board chairman of his church for 14 years.
Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Nancy Cable Burns. The couple had no children.
The Class of 1934
Frederick Mahlon Kafer '34
Fred Kafer, after a year and eight months in a nursing home in Hudson, Ohio, where he had lived since 1951, died Feb. 15, 1998. He had his 87th birthday in January.
Fred spent his business life in insurance, in NYC, Kansas City, Chicago, and Cleveland. He joined the Pinkerton Agency in Cleveland in 1967, where he found "what I should have been doing in the first place," as he described it, "the most stimulating and rewarding of all my endeavors." He became a v.p. and remained active past our 50th reunion. Later he worked as a volunteer AARP tax consultant.
But in those years he "devoted much more time to R and R," and he and Betty (Elizabeth Covert), whom he married in 1936, traveled extensively. They visited Spain and Portugal (1985), the Panama Canal (50th anniversary cruise, 1986), China (1987), Copenhagen and the North Cape (1989), and London (1992). Fred and Betty were also faithful and enthusiastic reuners, up to and including our 60th four years ago.
Betty survives, as do a son, F. Wilson '63, and two grandchildren. A daughter, Eleanor, died in 1967 at the age of 24 as a result of an auto accident two years before. To Betty and her son we offer our sincere sympathies.
The Class of 1934
James Miller Hustead II '35
Jim "Phoebe" Hustead II, who was quite particular about being known by his army rank of lieutenant colonel, died Dec. 25, 1997. He was 83. He had lived in Babson Park, Fla., since his health had started to deteriorate several years ago.
After prepping at Lawrenceville, Jim majored in economics, belonged to Colonial Club, and roomed variously with Charlie Bentley, Fred Etherington, Bob Everett, Dick and Ned Scudder, and George Williams. He joined the regular army in 1940, and worked in intelligence. During the European conflict he earned a Bronze Star and the rank of lieutenant colonel. Remaining in the army after the war, he served at Forts Benning and Sill.
He married Margaret Row at Fort Benning in 1944; she died in 1968. A second wife Esther died in 1975. There was a third wife Margot, whom he married in 1984. Together Phoebe and Margot remodeled a home in Florida, where they lived until she died. Phoebe and his first wife Margaret had three children, James (1949), Virginia (1950), and Charles (1955). The class sends deepest sympathy to all.
The Class of 1935
Stevan Butler Smith '35
Steve died Dec. 14, 1997, in his Banner, Wyo., home, from the complications of Alzheimer's disease. Since retiring from business in 1978, Steve and his wife, Margaret, had divided their time between their ranch in Wyoming and home in Iowa.
Steve was a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and came to Princeton from Lawrenceville. His father also was a Princeton graduate (Class of 1890). Although he was a westerner, Steve's fondness for Princeton never wavered, and he attended most major reunions. He majored in modern languages, belonged to Cannon Club, and roomed with Hutch Cone and Will Harrington.
In 1940 Steve joined the National Guard and served until 1945 on active duty with the First Cavalry in the Aleutians. In 1942 he married Margaret Crane in Sheridan, Wyo., and the couple had three sons, Creighton (1946), Philip (1950), and David (1956).
Steve's business career was spent entirely with the Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. in Cedar Rapids. His civic activities included fundraising, the theater, and promotion of the local symphony. In 1978 Steve noted, with respect to his move to Wyoming, "We really think this is a good life." The class sends deepest sympathy to Margaret, their sons, and their grandchildren.
The Class of 1935
Lambert J. Gross '37
Specialist in accounting and business administration and retired corporate executive Lambie Gross died Jan. 26, 1998, after a long illness. He left his second wife Rheta. His daughter Suzanne died in 1962, and his first wife Shirley in 1984. Both roommates, Sam Gilbert and Tom Cosgriff, predeceased him.
At Mercersburg Lambie was on the football and track teams. At Princeton he majored in English, was on the football team freshman year, and joined Elm. He earned a master's a the New York U. Graduate School of Business Administration and a CPA from New York State. He was a certified public accountant with R.G. Rankin & Co. in NYC until 1943, was treasurer of Autoflight Corp. until 1945, and crossed the country to be secretary of Adel Precision Products Corp. in Burbank. He also earned a CPA from California. He returned to NYC as comptroller of Electric Boat Co., became chief financial officer of General Dynamics, and then chairman of the board of Canadair Limited until 1960. He was v.p.-finance, treasurer, and director of Combustion Engineering, a worldwide manufacturing and engineering company, until he retired in 1980 and moved to Stuart, Fla., to pursue his sailing and golf.
Lambie continued his friendships from undergraduate days and was proud of his Princeton background. A man of congenial mien, he will be remembered fondly.
The Class of 1937
Robert Crawford Morris '38
When Director of Admission and Dean of Freshman Radcliffe Heermance welcomed our class in 1934, he made it clear that no matter what we became, we all were and would be "gentlemen." Crawf Morris epitomized the word.
He prepared at Columbus Academy and was news editor of the Prince and a member of Quadrangle Club. He graduated with high honors in psychology.
Crawford graduated from Harvard Law School and began a legal career in Cleveland, but the Army Air Corps sent him back to school at Yale, Harvard, and MIT. Highlights of his WWII career were 32 B-17 missions, three Navy PT Boat forays, a diversionary mission on a British gunboat, and the Air Medal and five clusters.
He left service as a captain, rejoining his law firm, which he worked for his entire career. He devoted himself to trial work and publication, primarily in the field of medical liability defense. He was active in many Bar societies and in local civic endeavors.
Crawford died Sept. 7, 1997, and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Emma "Jo," his daughter Sylvia, and three grandchildren.
Crawf wrote in our 50-Year book, "I have always loved Princeton, which I credit with having taught me the pursuit of excellence, which I have tried to make the hallmark of my professional career." With pride we say, "well done, classmate!"
The Class of 1938
Albert Edward Rising Jr. '39
Al died at his home in Brightwaters, N.Y., Oct. 11, 1997. A consulting metallurgist and petroleum geologist, he earned his doctorate in engineering at Yale in 1942, then immediately reported to the Navy as a research metallurgist at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where he worked on the development of the landing hook for carrier-based aircraft. In 1946 he became head metallurgist for Reynolds Metals, participating in the development of aluminum as a substitute for steel in the canning of foods and beverages. However, when Reynolds moved from Long Island to Richmond in 1939, Al chose to remain behind, close to the sea and the fishing and sailing he loved. At that time he launched a new career as an independent consulting metallurgist and geologist, serving on the boards of many corporations including Wheelabrator-Frye, Allied Signal, Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mines, American Export, and Isbrandtsen Co., Inc.
Al devoted much time and energy to his community. He served the village of Brightwaters as harbor master and was a trustee of the Long Island chapter of Nature Conservancy and a longtime trustee of the Long Island Maritime Museum.
To Niel Isbrandtsen, his wife of 53 years, their four children, and eight grandchildren, we extend our sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1939
David Duffield Deacon '40
Only recently have we learned of the death of Dave Deacon, whose location at the time of his death, Apr. 9, 1995, was Newnan, Ga. He was raised in NYC and prepared at Loomis School, where he participated in tennis, squash, and the Glee Club. At Princeton he concentrated in modern languages and literature and was a member of Elm Club. After graduation Dave unfortunately did not contribute to our class publications and other news outlets, so we are quite unaware of his later life's occupation, career, and interests.
He leaves his widow, Frances; two sons, William and David; a stepdaughter, Ann F. Estes; two stepsons, Charles and Bluford Fowler; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. The class deeply regrets the loss of Dave Deacon, shares the grief of his family, and is sorry to have lost touch with him over the years since graduation from Princeton.
The Class of 1940
John Anson Hood '40
News has been received that our classmate John Hood died Jan. 15, 1994. This information has been received, via university channels, from John's widow, who lives in Houston. Unfortunately John communicated very little with Princeton or our class, so we know little of his life after leaving Princeton. We are unaware of any further details regarding his family.
John came to Princeton from the Loomis School and majored in modern languages and literature. He was also a member of the Nassau Lit board.
Our belated sympathy and condolences go out to his widow and other family connections. We are indeed saddened at the loss of another member from our everthinning ranks.
The Class of 1940
Hugh Norman Maclean '40
Hugh Maclean died Dec. 15, 1997. He grew up in NYC and came to Princeton from Andover. He graduated with honors in English and was a member of Gateway Club. From 1940-46 Hugh served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada with stations in Canada, Jamaica, the U.K., France, Holland, and Germany. After the war Hugh took an MA and PhD in English at the U. of Toronto. Subsequently he taught at the Canadian Royal Military College, the U. of Cincinnati, Toronto's York U., and from 1963 until he retired in 1986, at the State U. of New York at Albany, where he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 1974 on he had held the rank of distinguished teaching professor. Siena College awarded him an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 1991.
Hugh authored and published articles and reviews in numerous literary journals, primarily on English Renaissance literature. With Lt.-Col. Sir John Baynes, Bt., he published in 1990 A Tale of Two Captains, a memoir and letters recording the military experiences of the editors' fathers in the British Army during WWI. Earlier he served as president of the Spenser Society and wrote a history of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.
Hugh married Janet Malcolm in 1949. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Susan Mary Buda; and a son, Alan Peter. They have our deepest sympathy regarding the death of our classmate Hugh.
The Class of 1940
Donald Robert Woodford '40
Don Woodford, who resided in Upper Montclair, N.J., died in late Feb. 1997. From Lawrenceville School, where he was a member of the band and orchestra, he majored at Princeton in English and played in the band all four years. A member of Gateway Club, he roomed two years with Jack Baird. In 1942 Don enlisted in the Army Signal Corps and wound up in Hawaii as a service news chief. Later he was appointed managing editor of Bell Telephone Magazine. During his long career and varied assignments, mostly editorial, with AT&T and New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., he contributed many thousands of words to Bell System publications.
We know that Don was fond of music centering around the organ. At one time he had constructed a "three-way organ in my home. It has come to be known variously as Woodford's Folly, and, in a somewhat bawdy vein, Woodford's New Organ."
Don is profoundly missed by his wife of 53 years, Marian, and two daughters, Linda and Bonnie Woodford-Potter. The class shares their grief.
In our 25th Year Book Don wrote, "I have enough interests to keep me busy from here on in, and I intend to keep busy until Gabriel blows the trumpet; and when he does, I hope he doesn't crack the notes. I can't stand sloppy playing."
The Class of 1940
Theodore DeMott Vreeland '42
Ted died Dec. 25, 1997, in Austin, Tex., his home for less than a year. He had lived and practiced law in Princeton for 45 years before moving to Texas.
Ted attended Mount Hermon before coming to Princeton, majored in English, and was a member of Cloister Inn club. He left at the end of junior year to join the Marine Corps, where he served for five years. He saw action, with the 2nd Marine division in Tarawa, in the Pacific theater and attained the rank of captain.
After the war Ted came back to Princeton, graduating in 1947, and received his law degree from Harvard in 1949. He established his own practice in Princeton, retiring in 1997. Ted and his wife, Helen, served as foster parents for over 30 years for Children Home Society of New Jersey, giving loving care to 86 needy babies, as he had been cared for as an orphan by the same organization.
To his widow, Helen; to his daughters, Isabel and Anna; to his sons, Benjamin, Garret, and Daniel; and to his nine grandchildren, the class offers its most sincere condolences.
The Class of 1942
John Warren Jr. '43
John died Feb. 14, 1998, following a massive stroke suffered in January. He was 77.
A Jersey City native, John lived in Fair Haven and Red Bank before a move to West Long Branch in 1973.
Prepping at Lawrenceville, after Princeton he earned his law degree from NYU Law School. A decorated Army veteran of WWII, John reached the rank of captain and was awarded the Bronze Star.
His legal career spanned 50 years. John was a partner in Parsons, Canzona, Blair and Warren in Red Bank until he retired in 1992. He then served as counsel to Evans, Osborne, Kreizman and Bonney in Little Silver, N.J.
John's public service credentials include Red Bank Council president and police commissioner; State Planning Commission (Monmouth County) president; Red Bank Lions Club president; and Red Bank Chamber of Commerce president.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Marjorie June Smith; two daughters, Drucilla W. Farquhar and Cynthia W. Kelley, and four grandchildren.
To the entire family, we offer our most sincere condolences.
The Class of 1943
Norman J.A. Brisbane '44
Norman J.A. Brisbane, a Canadian citizen, died Aug. 24, 1997, in Caracas, Venezuela. He was 76.
He came to us from Loomis and majored in psychology. His club was Cloister Inn. Monk left Princeton in 1942 to join the Canadian Army, where he served for three years, including seven months in Europe. He returned to Princeton, received his AB in 1947, and joined McKesson and Robbins. In 1953, he was the founding manager of the Caracas branch office of Fahnestock and Co., Inc., of NYC, of which he was a senior v.p. at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Jane, daughters Lucinda, Molly, and Julia, and three grandchildren, to whom the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1944
George C. Palmer '44
George Palmer died Jan. 6, 1998, of a heart attack following bypass surgery. He was 75.
He came to us from St. Paul's School, and roomed with Dick Wallower and Harc Waller. At Princeton, he majored in politics and belonged to Charter Club. George left Princeton in 1943 with his AB and entered the Navy as a salvage officer and diver in the north Atlantic and south Pacific. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1948, joined E.F. Hutton and Co. in NYC as a stockbroker, and retired in 1985 as a corporate v.p. and branch manager. George was an avid sailor and had been president of the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Assn. and commodore of the Sayville Yacht Club. He also enjoyed wood carving, but, when he wasn't traveling or gardening, surf fishing was his passion, and he spent hours fishing at his beach house on Fire Island.
To his wife, Althea, whom he married in 1981; his sons, John, Robert, Thomas, and Christopher; his daughters, Susan, Catherine, and Virginia; his stepdaughter, Pamela; his stepson, David; his brother, James; his sisters, Anita and Nancy; and his 11 grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren, the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1944
Thomas M. Green III '48
Tom Green died peacefully at his home in Savannah on Nov. 27, 1997, after a battle with an infection following surgery.
Tom was born in Baltimore and attended Calvert School and Boys Latin School. He went on to Duke and then into the Army and preparation at Oklahoma A&M and Yale for involvement in the effort to break the Japanese code. He received an honorable discharge after an infection left him legally blind.
Tom never let his limited sight be in any way a handicap. In addition to a long career in education, he was an accomplished cabinetmaker and furniture designer. At Princeton, he majored in English and was a member of Ivy.
After graduation, Tom taught at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut and became assistant headmaster. In 1958, he began a 16-year term as headmaster of the Peck School in Morristown, N.J. Later he was headmaster of the Country School in Easton, Md., and of the St. Michael's School in Stuart, Fla. In 1987, Tom and Dulcy moved to Savannah.
Tom lectured widely, including at Oxford U. on coeducation.
To Dulcy and sons Thomas and Jonathan, the class extends its deepest sympathy and admiration for a truly valiant man.
The Class of 1948
Alfred Raleigh '48
Alfred Raleigh died at his home in Strafford, Pa., on Dec. 13, 1997. He was 71.
Alf was born in Baltimore and followed the great tradition of so many Baltimoreans: Calvert School, Gilman School, Princeton. At Princeton he majored in history and was in Charter. He was in the Merchant Marine from 194446 and graduated from Princeton in 1951.
Alf went into banking, first in Baltimore, then NYC, and finally in Philadelphia. He was a senior investment officer at the Girard Bank and, from 1970 until he retired in 1993, with the Mellon Bank.
In 1963 he married Laura Arnold in Gibraltar.
Alf never lost his love of the sea from his Merchant Marine days. His history major carried him on in later years as an avid historian, reading five or six books every week. He was a chess and bridge player as well as a classical music addict.
To his widow, Laura, sons Alfred and George, and brother Richard, the class extends its deepest sympathy and shares in their loss.
The Class of 1948
Charles Edward D'Honau '49
Our class lost one of its staunchest members when Charlie died Feb. 5, 1997, at the U. of California (San Francisco) Medical Center of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Born Nov. 15, 1928, Charlie came to us from Cranford [N.J.] H.S. and Pingry. He majored in psychology, was circulation manager of The Daily Princetonian, and was a member of Theatre Intime, the Catholic Club, and Elm Club.
Following Princeton, Charlie sold advertising space for Vogue and Seventeen magazines before joining Time, Inc. From 196584 he was the Asia publishing director of Time, based in Tokyo; Japanese colleagues called him "The American Samurai." A consummate international person, he focused on the challenges of international business, yet his roots and identity were ever important.
Charlie became president of the Princeton Club of Japan while he was chairman of the Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce. The Emperor Meiji's favorite haiku verse was also Charlie's: "In my garden, native plants, foreign plants, growing together." He remained loyal to his Princeton and Cranford friends. Golf was a favorite pastime; he belonged to The Presidio golf club in San Francisco.
Charlie is survived by Maureen, his wife of 43 years, and sons Charles and William. We offer them our deepest sympathy at the loss of a gentleman, husband, father, and friend.
The Class of 1949
Clyde L. Ellzey '49
Clyde Lawrence Ellzey MD died May 3, 1984, in Covington, La. He was 55. Born in McComb, Miss., he graduated from McComb H.S.
An accomplished musician, Clyde majored in music at Princeton, while studying piano with Robert Casadesus. He spent summers in France working under Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau, and following graduation continued his piano study in NYC. However, after some years he entered the U. of Tennessee's College of Medicine in Memphis, beginning his practice of internal medicine in 1966.
Clyde was not married, and had not been in touch with Princeton or his classmates in recent years, so the fact of his death has only now become known. Those of us who knew Clyde remember him as a warm and outgoing person of enormous talent. He exemplified all the best of his southern roots. His early death is a loss to us all.
The Class of 1949
John Francis Adams '50
John Adams died Nov. 29, 1997, at the Tucson [Ariz.] Medical Center from complications resulting from a head injury. He was 70.
John prepared at the Catalina Island Boys School, where he was manager of the soccer team, editor of the school magazine, and a prefect. He spent 194446 as a sergeant in the Army, serving in the Aleutians.
At Princeton, John majored in architecture and was a member of Cannon Club. He earned his MA in architecture in 1952 from Stanford.
In an architectural career that spanned his entire working life, he worked for Edward Durell Stone and twice had his own firms, specializing in commercial office buildings and hospitals. Much of his spare time was spent in volunteer work, serving on a number of boards in his hometown of Pasadena, Calif.
After he retired in 1993, John moved to Tucson, where he pursued his many, varied interests. He was a firstclass wood carver, and among his works are a harp and a sixfoot Celtic cross, which stands in his garden. He was a lifelong coin collector with an interest in the halfcent, and an avid reader.
John is survived by his widow, Sheila, son Walter, daughter Carolyn Cole, and a granddaughter, Anne Cole, to whom the Class of '50 offers its sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1950
Frank Rahm Stoner III '50
Frank Stoner died Dec. 26, 1997, at his home in Easton, Md., after a long bout with cancer. He was 69.
Frank prepared at St. Andrews School in Middleton, Del., where he was active in school publications and participated in rowing and wrestling. At Princeton, he majored in chemistry, was a member of Key and Seal Club, and was J.V. crew and wrestling.
After graduating with honors, Frank spent three years in the Navy, mostly in the Washington, D.C., area, where he gained an MBA at night from George Washington U. Returning to Sewickley, he worked as an industrial chemicals salesman with StonerMudge Co. and then with Lilly Industrial Coatings.
Active in community affairs, Frank was on the boards of trustees of Sewickley Academy and Sewickley Cemetery and chaired the Republican Committee in that area. He was also an elder and trustee of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church.
Frank retired in 1992 and soon moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to be closer to his children and to participate in the three P's of his nonwork life -- politics, photography, and plants.
Frank is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sarah; two sons, Jack and Frank IV; a daughter, Sally Goswell; and eight grandchildren, to whom the Class of '50 offers its deepest sympathy.
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Donald Colin Webster '51
Ben died of cancer Dec. 13, 1997, in Toronto. He was the scion of one of Canada's most prominent families. He was an outstanding venture capitalist who began his career by introducing Velcro, a Swiss invention, to North America. This coup in the late '60's led him to form Helix Investments. Its investments in Canadian communications, computer, and electronic companies were extremely profitable. As his brother Lorne has said, "His average was always good...he didn't have any big misses."
Ben was also a mystic. He invited friends to séances and explored telepathy and reincarnation. He received the Dalai Lama and entertained parapsychologists. His world was eclectic.
He came to Princeton from Lower Canada College. Here, he majored in mechanical engineering, was on the "Tiger" business board, the Presbyterian Student Council, and Quadrangle Club. Ben roomed with Lans Holden, Howie Parks, Lou Kelly, John Mott, Fred Riehl, and Bruce Huber.
Ben is survived by his sons Ben '86, Colin '88, and Samuel '92 and daughters Alexandra '90 and Victoria '99.
Hal Urschel's eulogy said, in trenchant part, "Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why?' Ben, you dreamed things that never were and said, 'Why not?'"
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John Burchard Fine '52
John Fine died Feb. 6, 1983. He was 51.
He graduated from Andover in 1948. After graduation from Yale Medical School in 1956, he completed his internship at King's County Hospital in Seattle. This was followed by two years in the Air Force, stationed in Tachikawa, Japan. He served as a medical officer in the largest hospital in the Far East. After two years in a general-practice residency in Sacramento, he returned to practice in Essex, N.Y., where he had spent summers as a child. He found his work satisfying, was loved by his patients, and was respected by his coworkers. He married the former Rose M. Sulkosky in 1960. They moved to Riverton, Wyo., in 1975, and John worked on the Arapahoe Indian Reservation in central Wyoming for three years.
Throughout his life, John found relaxation and relief from his busy practice by engaging in fishing, sailing, and reading. He dearly loved Lake Champlain and asked that his ashes be placed there.
John is survived by his wife, brother Paul, sister Mary Darragh Lalich, and four children, Harry, Mariko Darrah Fine-Lease, Anthony, and Eve. We extend to John's family our deepest condolences.
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Luis de Almeida Prado '52
Last spring, we received the following letter from Luis Prado's son Fernando:
"For the last few years, my father has been receiving material from Princeton. I would like to communicate that he died June 3, 1994, in a car accident.
"At the time of his death, he was working on his farm, where he raised cattle, pigs, poultry, and horses. He used a new kind of technology here in Brazil that consists of integrating all those animals. He was very proud of his work.
"It would be nice to let his classmates know what happened to him, how his life was for the last few years, and that he was proud to be a Princeton graduate.
"He is survived by his wife, Maria Stella, four sons, Luis, Fernando, Marina, and Roberto, six grandchildren, and his brother Sergio '52."
Luis graduated from Blair Academy and at Princeton majored in politics and belonged to Cap and Gown. During his first two years, he was on the swimming and soccer teams. Luis left Princeton in 1951 to help manage the family coffee plantation in the outback of Sao Paulo state. He had a tour in financial management with his father-in-law's enterprises before returning to his family's agricultural interests.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Luis's family.
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Austin George Edward Taylor '52
Austin Taylor died in Vancouver on Dec. 19, 1996, after an 18-month battle with prostate cancer. The only son of a mining, lumber, and oil magnate in Vancouver, he had returned for treatment to the city of his birth.
Austin's nickname was "Austintatious," referring to his physical size, 6'4" and 300 lbs. Perhaps it also reflected the awe in which he was held for turning McLeod Young Weir Ltd., a second-tier firm, into Scotia-McLeod Inc., a giant of Toronto's financial district. In a 1987 interview, Austin said, "I was an utter failure until I turned 40. I was filled with impatience, boredom, and greed...I was a disappointment to my family."
Having dropped out of Princeton and the U. of British Columbia, Austin drifted through several jobs. His energies were mobilized when he took over the Vancouver office of McLeod Young Weir in 1964. He became CEO in 1978, and from its Toronto headquarters established himself as the last of the great, charismatic leaders in the Canadian investment business, knowing all 2,300 employees by their first name. The firm was sold to the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1987, and, frustrated by its style of management, Austin took early retirement in 1993.
Austin is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Newbold Taylor, and daughters Michelle and Patricia. We offer them profound sympathy.
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Benjamin Max McKulik '53
Ben McKulik, an admired professor of literature at York College, died of a stroke Dec. 27, 1997. Born in Hillside, N.J., Ben was the son of Meron and Dorothy Neece McKulik. He graduated from Hillside H.S.
At Princeton, Ben majored in English, sang in the chapel choir, and belonged to the Canterbury Club, the German Club, and the Yacht Club. He was a member of Dial Lodge, and while on campus roomed, at one time or another, with Marty Mayer, Dan Ost, Cal Perrine, and Arthur Riemer. He received his doctorate in comparative literature from the U. of South Carolina. Before coming to York in 1971, he taught at the U. of Regensburg, W. Germany. At York, the chairman of the school's Dept. of English and Humanities said, "Students were wildly enthusiastic about him," and that "his academic interests ranged over a wide spectrum of literature from ancient to modern." He and his wife, Aneita, were in Europe frequently, and it was there that "he drew inspiration for both his poetry and academic interests."
To Aneita, son James Geoffrey, brother Myron, and sister Grace Mayer, we offer our deep sympathy. Memorial contributions may be made to Ben McKulik Scholarship Fund, York College, Country Club Rd., York, PA 17403.
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John Erwin Strong '53
NYC native John Strong, who served faithfully and unerringly as '53 treasurer under five class presidents for a record 20 years, died Jan. 19, 1998, in Vero Beach, Fla., where he had retired after a prolonged illness.
The son of Benjamin Strong '19, son-in-law of William D. Gaillard Jr. '26, and the brother-in-law of our Bill Gaillard, John prepared at Exeter. He was in Colonial and majored in history. After graduation, he was a Navy officer for three years. His career was in banking, first in NYC with J.P. Morgan, then in Philadelphia with Girard Trust, and finally in Vermont as e.v.p. of the Howard Bank. John was on the Alumni Council of Exeter, from which both his children graduated, and on the board of numerous volunteer groups where he aided others. His close friend Ed Bragg put it well: "John's positive spirit, the quick smile, and his deep faith were there until the end."
John is survived by wife Katharine, son John Jr. '83, and daughter Karen Fossel, all of whom spoke or wrote moving remembrances at his service, two grandchildren, and sister Laura Butterfield. Sympathy may be expressed by contributing to the Visiting Nurse Assn. and Hospice, 1111 36th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960.
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