February 13, 2008: Memorials

Joseph L. Henderson ’27

Joe Henderson died Nov. 24, 2007, after a short illness. He was 104 and had been active professionally as a Jungian psychologist until 2005.

Born in Elko, Nev., he attended Lawrenceville, where his tutor was Thornton Wilder. At Princeton, he majored in French literature and was a member of Charter Club. After graduation, he moved to San Francisco and became a drama critic and book reviewer.

Joe undertook analysis with C.G. Jung in 1929. He graduated from medical school at the college of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in 1938 and opened a Jungian analysis practice in New York the same year. In 1940 he co-founded in San Francisco the first Jungian Institute in the West. There, during World War II, he evaluated military personnel returning from the South Pacific.

Joe was elected vice president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology in 1962. He served only one term, finding that he preferred writing to political activity.

Among Joe’s published works are The Wisdom of the Serpent (1963), Thresholds of Initiation (1967, reprinted in 2005), Cultural Attitudes in Psychological Perspective (1983), a compilation of essays titled Shadow and Self (1990), and Transformation of the Psyche (2003), co-authored with Dyane Sherwood. He developed the concept of the “cultural unconscious,” introduced at the second international Jungian Congress in Zurich in 1962, which evolved into the hypothesis of the “cultural complex.”

He taught at the old Presbyterian Medical Center, the former home of Stanford Medical School, as a regular faculty member until the medical school moved to its new home on the Stanford campus in 1959.

Joe married Helena Darwin Cornford in Cambridge, England, in 1934 and they had a daughter, Elizabeth. Helena died in 1994, and Elizabeth died in 2001. He is survived by two grandchildren, Julia Eisenman and Nicholas Eisenman, and by two great-grandchildren, Kate Elizabeth Behrman and Emma Rebecca Behrman, to whom we extend our condolences.

The Class of 1927

F. Tremaine Billings Jr. ’33

F. Tremaine “Josh” Billings Jr., Rhodes Scholar, gifted athlete, and respected professor of medicine, died Sept. 16, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn. He was 95.

Josh graduated from Choate in 1929. At Princeton he was chairman of the Under-

graduate Council, a member of Ivy Club, and captain of the football team senior year. He won the Pyne Prize, graduated magna cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

During his Rhodes study at Oxford, Josh contracted polio, possibly while visiting a lab in Germany. After recovering, he attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He did postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt University, where he was chief resident in medicine. In 1942, Josh married Ann Howe and left one month later for the South Pacific theater, where he served in Hopkins’ medical unit and was discharged as a lieutenant colonel.

He joined the Vanderbilt faculty after the war and held various positions there, including dean of students, until his retirement in 1995. He served as a trustee of Princeton, Choate, and Meharry Medical College, a historically black school in Nashville. In 2000, Princeton chose Josh as its Scholar-Athlete of the Century.

Secretary of the Class of 1933 since 1999, Josh and his classmates were affectionately portrayed in a 2003 New York Times article, “In Princetonian’s Spare Telling, Class of ’33 Drifts into Winter.” Josh’s signature sign-off for his class notes — “A great, strong class” — evolved over time to reflect the infirmities and losses of its members. His final column, published in the Oct. 24, 2007, PAW, ended with “The Class of 1933 seems to hang in there.”

Josh was predeceased by Ann, a grandson, Coleman Billings Harwell, and his brother, K. LeMoyne Billings ’39. He is survived by his daughter, Ann Howe Hilton, and her husband, Robert; two sons, John and Frederic III ’68; Frederic’s wife, Susan; a sister, Lucretia Fisher; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson, Tremaine V.

The Class of 1933


Norm McClave, who worked at Northern Trust Co. in Chicago from 1934 to 1977 and retired as a senior vice president, died Nov. 16, 2007, in Evanston, Ill., of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 94.

Norm served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 in the Aviation Training Command.

Active in local affairs in Chicago and its suburbs, he served on the boards of the University Club of Chicago, the Illinois Chil-

dren’s Home and Aid Society, and the King Home of Evanston, and was on the vestry of Christ Church, Winnetka. He was president of Indian Hill Club, where he was an avid golfer, winning the club championship twice.

Norm was a strong Princetonian, fond of his years spent there. He enjoyed reunions, particularly his 60th, when his grandson took photos of the class.

Norm was married in 1940 to Lucille Wright, with whom, after his retirement, he traveled to many parts of the world. Lucille, a 1937 Smith College alumna, died in 2005. Surviving are a son, Norman III ’65; two grandsons, Norman IV ’95 and Christopher; and a great-granddaughter, Claire.

The Class of 1934

Oliver Hershman Havens ’39

Ollie died Oct. 28, 2007, in Florida of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

He came to us from Westfield (N.J.) High School, where he was class president. He roomed for four years with his lifelong friend from Westfield, Joe Cornwall, who also died last year. Ollie graduated from Princeton with high honors in economics, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1942. He immediately went into the Army, serving in Europe and the Pacific as a captain in the Signal Corps. Upon his discharge, Ollie joined the law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel as an associate, and became a partner in 1955. He was later the firm’s resident partner in Paris.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Ollie served on church vestries in Westfield and Short Hills, N.J.; Jupiter Island, Fla.; and Paris. He was mayor of Jupiter Island for six years.

In a class full of golf enthusiasts, Ollie was our leader. He was a member of six prestigious clubs. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Golf Association and was often a rules official at major tournaments.

To his wife, Libby; his brother, Joseph Havens ’40; his children; and grandchildren, we send our deepest sympathy and admiration for Ollie’s many achievements.

The Class of 1939

David Scott Thompson ’39

Dave died Oct. 30, 2007, at Monroe Village in Jamesburg, N.J., a retirement community where he and his wife, Barbara, were living in order to stay close to Princeton, their home since Dave joined the University administration in 1957.

After graduation Dave taught briefly at the Darrow School, then joined the air arm of the Navy. He was a night-fighter pilot aboard the fast-attack carrier USS Bonhomme Richard, stationed off Okinawa and Japan during the final months of the war, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He next taught at The Hill School for five years, worked briefly in the commercial world, then joined the University to coordinate a $53 million capital-gifts campaign that exceeded its goal by $8 million. He was named Princeton’s director of development in 1961 and six years later was appointed assistant to President Robert Goheen ’40 *48. In 1980, Dave became Princeton’s recording secretary, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1984. He continued to serve as a member of the Class of 1939 Foundation, winning the Harold Helm Award in 1992 for “exemplary and sustained performance” on behalf of Annual Giving for the class.

Barbara died in 2003. Dave is survived by sons David Jr. and Peter, and two grandchildren. We offer them our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939


Jy died March 30, 2007, from complications following surgery, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A descendant of one of Cedar Rapids’ founding families, his father was in the Class of 1906 and his grandfather was in the Class of 1877.

He prepared at Cedar Rapids High School. At Princeton he majored in SPIA. He was a member of the gym and varsity debating teams, was president of the American Whig Society, and was secretary of Gateway Club.

During World War II, Jy was a purser in the Merchant Marine delivering cargoes to the European theater. Returning home, he became purchasing agent for The Quaker Oats Co. in Cedar Rapids, where he worked until his retirement in 1984.

Jy served in the Iowa legislature from 1961 to 1969, and was known for his legislation abolishing the death penalty in Iowa, establishing the Iowa Civil Rights Commis-

sion, and the Iowa Fair Housing bill. He was on the boards of Planned Parenthood and the Visiting Nurses Association, and was a member of the NAACP and the People’s Unitarian Universalist Church.

Jy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Shirley Ward “Polly” Ely; their sons, John and Nathaniel; their daughter, Martha Goralka; two foster children, Charles Hudson and John Thomas; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The Class of 1941


Bob died March 21, 2007, after a long and courageous bout with cancer.

He came to Princeton from the Pingry School, where he was president of his class. He majored in economics, was on the dean’s list all four years, and graduated with honors. A member of Cloister Inn, Bob roomed variously with George Knauer, Dick Kip, and Ross Beyer. He was active on the Nassau Lit board and the Princeton Sunday News.

After a stint at Western Electric, he joined the Navy in 1942 and served in the Navy Mine Depot in Virginia. Bob returned to Western Electric in 1946 and retired in 1978 as director of industrial engineering.

He did a great job as class secretary from 1981 to 1990. Always active in the Presbyterian Church, Bob became an elder.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Isobel Forbes Stewart McCullam; their daughter, Wendy Koller; and their two sons, Robert Jr. and John.

The Class of 1941

William Smith Warfield IV ’42

William Smith Warfield IV died of congestive heart failure Oct. 30, 2007.

Bill came to Princeton from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. His father, William Warfield III 1910, was an ardent Princeton alumnus, and Bill was brought up in the Princeton tradition. At Princeton he was on the board of the Sovereign and a member of Elm Club. He majored in economics and graduated with honors.

After graduation, Bill was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy, serving on a PC boat that functioned as landing-craft control in some 16 island landings in the Pacific theater. For this activity he received a Bronze Star.

In 1948, Bill married Pat Patrick in Cody, Wyo. In 1951 they purchased their own cattle ranch near Livingston, Mont., and operated it for 50 years. Always outspoken, Bill was attracted by public life. He served in the Montana State Legislature from 1969 to 1974, and was on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. Ultimately, Bill and Pat moved to Bozeman, Mont., where he was living at the time of his death.

To Pat; their sons, William ’72 and James; their daughters, Christine and Katharine; seven granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren, the class sends its condolences.

The Class of 1942


Christy died Aug. 3, 2007. He was 84 and from an extended Princeton family.

Born in New York, his father was Samuel D. Bell ’13, and his brothers were Samuel D. ’43, Philip W. Bell ’46 *54 [see memorial on page 53], and Evan Bell ’52. He prepared at Deerfield Academy. At Princeton, he was active in freshman wrestling and soccer, roomed with Ham Caruthers and Rob Carlisle, and majored in politics. He left for the Navy Air Corps in 1942, served as an aviator in the Pacific, and returned for his degree in 1946. He was a member of Cap and Gown Club (as a Princeton daughter and son-in-law later would be).

Christy spent 23 years in senior management at General Electric, then became an energetic entrepreneur developing new technologies until his death. A family camp in the Adirondacks provided group fishing for 46 straight years.

He and Martha (“Pat”) Franklin were married in 1946, with Ham and Gid Upton as ushers. Besides his widow, Christy is survived by two daughters, Barbara Shea ’74 and Martha Bell; three sons, Christy Jr., Evan, and Philip; a son-in-law, James Shea ’74; two grandsons, Evan Shea ’04 and David Shea ’11; and the widows of his three brothers. Our condolences go to the whole family.

The Class of 1944


On Nov. 7, 2007, the class lost one of its stalwarts with the death of Tom Hartmann.

Tom entered Princeton from Andover, played freshman and varsity football, and joined Cottage Club. His Princeton studies were interrupted by service as a dive-bomber pilot in the Pacific, flying more than 89 combat missions, for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross with cluster and an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Tom returned to Princeton and graduated cum laude in 1948. However, the first thing he did on his return to Princeton was to marry Martha Bothfeld. Tom started his academic career at the Hun School in Princeton, became headmaster of St. Mark’s School in Dallas, Texas, and returned to New Jersey to join the faculty of Rutgers University, where he helped found Livingston College.

Tom received Rutgers’ Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service. When he retired from Rutgers, a citation issued in his honor by the governor noted that Tom had “gone to school with, taught, or worked with every person on the planet.”

Although Tom refused modestly to become a class officer, he and Martha became trusted and indispensable advisers to every class officer for decades until Tom’s death.

In addition to Martha, Tom is survived by their daughters, Darcy, Betsy, and Anna, and five grandchildren. The class extends sympathy to the family on the loss of this outstanding classmate.

The Class of 1945


On Aug. 22, 2007, the class lost arguably its most colorful member with the death of Bill “Butch” van Breda Kolff.

Butch prepared at The Hill School, where he starred in basketball. At Princeton, he joined Dial Lodge. He played freshman and varsity basketball and freshman soccer, and was captain of the varsity soccer and basketball teams senior year. In wartime, Butch served as a physical education instructor with the 2nd Marine Division.

After graduating from Princeton he played professional basketball with the Knicks for four years, then began his coaching career in 1951 at Lafayette College, where he coached Pete Carril in his final year there. After a stint at Hofstra, Butch came to Princeton just in time to coach another legendary figure, Bill Bradley ’65, culminating in the famed final NCAA game with Michigan.

Butch moved on to 10 seasons with the pros, mentoring the Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and Phoenix Suns. Eventually, he coached in the New Orleans area and dropped out of the sport for a few years before returning to coach 10th graders at a Mississippi high school. He then recycled himself through Lafayette and Hofstra, quitting in 1994.

Legally separated from his wife, the former Florence Smith, Butch is survived by his son, basketball coach Jan; daughters Karen, Kristine, and Kaatje; and seven grandchildren. One obituary described Butch as “a happy-go-lucky nonconformist.” The class extends sympathy to the family.

The Class of 1945


Frank Rich died Aug. 7, 2007, at his home in Darien, Conn.

Frank entered Princeton in 1941 ahead of his brother, Bob ’48. At Princeton he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team and Elm Club. He enrolled in the Marine Corps in 1943 and spent some time in the V-12 program at Cornell, returning to Princeton to receive a civil engineering degree in 1944. He was commissioned a lieutenant in 1945 and then spent a year in China.

In 1948, Frank married Jean Hopkins. He was called back to service in 1951 for active duty in the Mediterranean. His entire career was spent with the family construction firm, F.D. Rich Co., working with Bob on projects from Alaska to the Virgin Islands. The company was largely responsible for the redevelopment of downtown Stamford, Conn.

Frank had a strong interest in the arts and was founder of the Stamford Center for the Arts. The Rich Forum Theater in Stamford was named in recognition of the family’s financial support.

Jean, the couple’s six children, and 13 grandchildren survive Frank. The class expresses its sympathy to them all.

The Class of 1945


Charles Wagner died Oct. 5, 2007, in Louisville, Ky.

Chuck entered Princeton from Mercersburg Academy, following in the footsteps of his father, Daniel Wagner 1904, and his brother, Stewart Wagner ’42. He joined Terrace Club, but his Princeton studies were interrupted by his service in the Navy Medical Corps as a pharmacist’s mate. He returned to Princeton and received a bachelor’s in biology in 1947, followed by a Ph.D. in zoology from Indiana University in 1954.

In 1949 Chuck married Peggy Ann Able. He joined the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He was ordained a deacon in Calvin Presbyterian Church and shortly thereafter became an elder.

Peggy predeceased Chuck. He is survived by his three sons, Martin, David, and Paul, to whom the class expresses its sympathy.

The Class of 1945


Philip Bell was born in New York City and died in Kennett Square, Pa., Aug. 1, 2007, at age 82. He and his family were active Quakers.

He came to Princeton from Exeter in 1942, and served as a flight instructor in the Army Air Corps during the war. He received his bachelor’s in 1947, a master’s from Berkeley in 1949, and a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1954, all in economics. Following that, he worked for a year with George Kennan ’25 at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Phil had a very distinguished and varied career as a university teacher and administrator throughout the world, publishing 12 books and monographs and more than 30 scholarly articles. He was the founding provost of Merrill College at UC, Santa Cruz in 1967, and was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Wyeth Bell; his first wife, Katherine Hubbard Bell; his children, Susan, Geoffrey, Mary Ellen, and James; and their spouses and children. His Princeton relatives included his father, three brothers (see memorial for Christy Bell ’44 on page 52), and niece Barbara Bell Shea '74.

The Class of 1946


Pomeroy Shipman died in 2007 in New York City.

Bud came to Princeton from Lawrenceville in July 1942, majored in politics, and was a member of Whig-Clio and Elm Club.

During the war he served with the Army in New Guinea and the Philippines, returning to Princeton in 1946, and graduating in 1948. After graduation he was employed as an insurance underwriter, and later with several companies in the field of office management.

Bud’s Princeton relatives included his father, J.G. Shipman 1906, and an uncle, G.M. Shipman ’16.

The Class of 1946

William B. Wolf Jr. ’47

Our memorable classmate Bill — so admired for his wit and unbounded enthusiasm for Princeton and ’47 — died Aug. 28, 2007.

During World War II, he served tours in both the Navy and the Army. Finishing Princeton in ’48, he next earned a law degree from Yale, an experience cherished thereafter by Bill.

His successful professional career was with the family firm of Wolf & Wolf in Washington, D.C. He focused on commercial real estate, but had a varied general practice and was also active in banking. He was a trustee of The Wolf-Pack Fund, which created a professorship in neuroscience at Children’s National Medical Center.

Alumni activities both for Yale (now home to the William B. Wolf Jr. Fund on Women and the Law) and for Princeton were dear to Bill’s heart.

Bill’s first marriage produced his three children, but ended in divorce. His 1981 marriage to Audrey brought three more children into his life, and rewarding travels in his later years. He was especially proud that two of his children, William B. III ’79 and Susan ’75, became Princeton grads. Along with daughter Vicki, they gave him six wonderful grandchildren.

Bill hosted one of our most well attended minis in Washington — a lavish, truly memorable event.

In praise of this loyal classmate we offer our affection to Audrey, Bill’s children, and the entire family.

The Class of 1947


John died Sept. 26, 2007. He was 79.

He prepared for Princeton at Fordham Preparatory School. After leaving Princeton, he was a member of the first graduating class of Fairfield University in 1951.

John’s primary career was as a stockbroker with the firm of Dominick & Dominick, where he became a vice president. He later moved to Smith Barney as a senior vice president in Westport, Conn., until his retirement in 2005. He served on the arbitration panel of the New York Stock Exchange. He was a member of the board of directors of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., and Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services in Westport. He was a devoted fan of thoroughbred racing and a life member of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City.

John is survived by his wife, Yvonne; a son, John M. Jr.; daughters Anne Gargano, Cornelia Suskind, Marita Wein, and Alice and Deane Kennedy; and 12 grandchildren. The class extends sympathy to them on their loss.

The Class of 1949


Larry died Nov. 13, 2007, at the age of 80, after a valiant fight against brain cancer.

He prepared for Princeton at Princeton High School and served in the Navy as an electronic technician prior to receiving his degree in mechanical engineering. Larry played JV baseball and was a member of Prospect Club. He served as class treasurer, vice president, reunion chair, and was a member of the Alumni Council.

Larry’s work career was with International Salt Co. He managed mines in Avery Island, La., Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Detroit prior to building and managing the company’s solar sea-salt plant on Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. He spent the rest of his career as vice president of production and operations at the company headquarters in Clarks Summit, Pa. While on Bonaire he was a founding member of the Lions Club. He was a director of Alkali Ltd., a salt industry organ-

ization based in Jamaica, and a trustee of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He was a past president of the Princeton Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; a son, John; a daughter, Susan Moriearty; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The class joins them in their loss and expresses to them deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1949

MADISON M. MYERS Jr. ’50 *52

“Mad” died July 17, 2007, at his home in Muskegon, Mich.

After World War II Army service, he entered Princeton and accelerated to earn an undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School in 1949 and a graduate degree there in 1952. He chose ’50 for his class, in part to coordinate with his roommate, Bjorn Anderson.

After graduation, Mad led what he described as a “peripatetic existence” for eight years. Two of these were in legitimate theater, where he worked closely with Tallulah Bankhead. He finally settled into the corporate finance field.

At age 62, after 27 years in finance, he decided to pursue a “less-pressured career” as a bartender. This prompted a 1987 move from New Jersey to Oregon to be close to his son. Between 1987 and his move to Muskegon in 2000, he spent four years in Europe and eight as a bartender at the University Club in Portland. While in Muskegon he volunteered at the Muskegon Museum, and enjoyed reading and theater. For our 50th, Mad wrote, “In a quiet way my life has been personally rewarding.”

Our sympathy goes to his son, Madison III, two grandchildren, and a half-brother.

The Class of 1950


“Buzz” Piggot died of cancer May 7, 2007, in Washington, D.C..

Buzz graduated from Woodberry Forest School. At Princeton, he was a member of Campus Club and a four-year member of the Flying Club, serving as its president his junior and senior years. His degree was in economics.

After graduation, Buzz served in the Army, then received an honors degree from Cambridge University in 1955. In 1958 he was reported to be in the jungles of the Amazon-Orinoco rivers. At our 10th reunion, his forwarding address was in Ghana, West Africa, and our records showed him as a staff assistant with Aluminium Ltd. of Canada.

Buzz attended our 20th reunion, but after that distanced himself from the University. Thus we have no knowledge of his activities since then. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth, in December 2005.

To his three children and extended family, we extend our sympathy.

The Class of 1950

Burton Paul ’53

Burt, an eminent engineer, professor, and scholar, who was born in Jersey City and attended Christopher Columbus High School, died Oct. 19, 2007, from amyloidosis, a rare and incurable disease. He had lived in Princeton for the previous 44 years.

As an undergraduate, he played freshman football, was associated with WPRU, and was a member of Prospect Club. After graduating magna cum laude in mechanical engineering, he went on to receive a master’s in engineering mechanics at Stanford and a Ph.D. in applied mechanics at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.

Burt joined the faculty at Brown University after marrying Lois Simon in 1958. Later he became the first chair of the department of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at Penn, where he worked until retiring in 1996. His contributions to academia and industry became a great source of real-world knowledge to Penn students.

His gifted wife, Lois, a Hunter College graduate, worked as a computer programmer for Princeton’s Office of Population and Research. Burt’s death leaves a tremendous void in the lives of Lois and sons Jordan and Douglas. Also surviving are four grandchildren and Burt’s brothers, Jerome and Steven. We share their feelings.

The Class of 1953

Malcolm F. Brennen Jr. ’54

Malcolm Brennen died Nov. 19, 2007. He had been diagnosed with throat cancer in September 2006.

A graduate of Middleton (Ohio) High School, he left Princeton after his second year and served in the Army. He then attended Ohio State University as a pre-med student in the late 1960s. He changed his career plans and went to work at the General Electric Gas Turbine Division in Cincinnati (known as Evendale), during which time he earned his aeronautical engineering degree at the University of Cincinnati.

At the time of his death, he was living in Middleton. The class extends its sympathy to his brother, Ronald; his sister, Mary Ann; niece Heather; and great-nieces Krystle and Elyse.

The Class of 1954

Richard G. Jones Jr. ’54

Richard Jones died Nov. 15, 2007, at Hudson Valley Hospital in Peekskill, N.Y., after a long illness.

Dick was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Lakewood High School. He was an English and American-civilization major at Princeton. A member of Tower Club, he was its vice chairman and chairman of the bicker committee. He also was president of the Nassoons.

After graduation he spent two years in the Army in Germany as a forward observer and general’s aide. He then obtained an MBA from Harvard and worked at Young & Rubicam in New York City. After 39 years, he retired as the advertising agency’s senior vice president. In retirement he spent time teaching English through Neighbors Link and teaching job-search skills to inmates at Bedford Hills (N.Y.) Correctional Facility. He also spent his last years sharing his knowledge with SCORE, an organization providing free business advice from experts.

Dick was predeceased by his wife, Virginia. The class extends its sympathy to their daughter Margerie; son Richard; and grandchildren, Alexandra, Whitney, and Eliot.

The Class of 1954


John died Oct. 14, 2007, at home in Forest Hills, N.Y.

At the time of our 25th reunion, John wrote with well-deserved pride of his arduous professional journey from completion of a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Adelphi University to his own private practice in Manhattan. Other good happenings in John’s life during the first 25 post-Princeton years include marriage in 1960 to Helen Gerken (also a clinical psychologist); the birth of their daughter, Donna, in 1964; the purchase of their much-beloved summer home in Amagansett, N.Y., in 1970; and the move six years later into their Tudor-style townhouse in Forest Hills Gardens, N.Y.

Before the end of the decade following our 25th, John faced the very demanding challenge of Parkinson’s disease. For the next 18 years John fought this affliction with the same determination that he showed on the basketball court at Franklin High School in New York City, on Princeton’s freshman and JV basketball teams, and on a very competitive Campus Club interclub team senior year. In later years John would go to the neighborhood park to shoot baskets, employing the two-handed set shot — his specialty many years before the 3-pointer came into being.

The class extends condolences to Helen, Donna, and John’s two grandsons on the passing of a very scrappy b-ball guy.

The Class of 1955

John Barrington Forbes ’58

John died of cancer Oct. 12, 2007.

A New York resident for most of his life, John came to Princeton from the Collegiate School, where he was active in the Glee Club. At Princeton, he majored in English and was president of Cloister Inn, where he lived senior year with Monte Bricker. He also was coxswain of the varsity 150-pound crew for three years and senior battery executive officer of the Army ROTC.

John spent 43 years as a photo editor of The New York Times. He was an avid sailor, skippering and racing both large and dinghy-class sailboats. John was an enthusiastic conservationist. He was well known for his participation and generosity in organizations such as the Wildlife Conservation Society, Cape May Observatory, and Central Park Conservancy. Starting in 1979 he was a very active board member and choral singer in the St. Cecilia Chorus in New York City.

John leaves his daughter, Julia Burnett; a son, Graham; his brother, Henry; and two grandchildren. To them all, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1958


Stephanie died March 20, 2007, after a career as a lawyer in New Rochelle, N.Y.

She entered Princeton with the Class of 1978 and joined our class after a leave of absence. A philosophy major, she worked in a medical office in Corpus Christi, Texas, following graduation and eventually settled in Westchester County, N.Y., where her family is based.

The class offers condolences to Stephanie’s mother, Gloria Taitt-Fuller; and her three brothers, Leo, Paul, and Karl. The family has requested that donations be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the name of Stephanie Fuller.

The Class of 1980

Graduate Alumni

Ira B. Richards Jr. *49

Ira B. Richards Jr., who retired in 1965 as a colonel in the Army after 26 years of service and then continued working at the State Department on nuclear weapons control until 1974, died July 17, 2007. He was 92.

In 1939, Richards graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and ROTC. During World War II, he was on the staff of Gen. Omar Bradley at the Normandy invasion and served under him as an operations officer for the remainder of the war.

In 1949, Richards earned a master’s in politics from Princeton. Subsequent to studying Russian, he was a military attaché in Moscow from 1954 to 1956. After various stateside duties he was assigned to the State Department’s Arms Control and Disarm-

ament Agency (ACDA), where he continued to work after his Army retirement. He played a significant role in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) of 1969 to 1973, which limited U.S. and Russian stocks of nuclear weapons. He retired as ACDA’s acting assistant director at the highest grade in the U.S. civil service.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ellen; two sons; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Nikolaus E. Wolff *52

Nikolaus E. Wolff, a retired chemist, died peacefully at home in Norwich, Vt., Aug. 16, 2007. He was 86 and the cause was cancer.

Born in Germany, Wolff earned the equivalent of a bachelor’s in chemistry, came to the United States in 1948, and by 1952 earned a master’s and Ph.D. in chemistry at Princeton. He then joined DuPont as a chemist doing research and development work. After six years, he came to RCA Labora-tories in Princeton, working nine years on projects involving electronics and electro-photography. He then went to Xerox for eight years, working on the development of photocopiers. He held or co-held eight patents.

In 1976, Wolff became an independent technical consultant, and then moved to the upper Connecticut River Valley.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, Alexander ’79; two daughters, Stephanie and Katherine ’85; and five grandchildren.

Anthony G. Freeman *60

Anthony G. Freeman, a Foreign Service officer for more than 30 years with the Department of State, died May 5, 2007, in Bethesda, Md. He was 72.

Freeman graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree and from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a master’s in 1960.

During his long career in the Foreign Service, he was a political and labor officer in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Italy, as well as in other countries. He also served the State Department in Washington as a special adviser for international labor affairs to three secretaries of state, and later as deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor.

After retiring from the State Department, Freeman was the director of the Washington office of the International Labor Organization and an adjunct professor at John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.

He is survived by Maria Elisa, his wife of more than 38 years; two daughters, Andrea K. Freeman ’93 and Faith Freeman Hecht ’93 s’93; and two grandchildren.

William J. Crowe Jr. *65

Adm. William J. Crowe Jr. *65, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, died Oct. 18, 2007. He was 82.

Crowe graduated from the Naval Academy in 1946 and received a master’s in education from Stanford in 1956 and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton in 1965 (as a Harold W. Dodds *14 Fellow).

By 1980, Crowe was NATO commander for Southern Europe, and then took over the U.S. Pacific Command. President Reagan, on his way to China in 1985, stopped in Hawaii and received a briefing from Crowe that so impressed him that he chose the admiral as the next Joint Chiefs chairman. Crowe served for four years until retiring in 1989. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Crowe ambassador to Britain, where he served until 1997. From 1997 to 2000, Crowe was an alumni trustee of Princeton University.

Crowe’s term as Joint Chiefs chairman was noted for his successful agreements with the Soviet military and for balancing interservice rivalries, as well as handling the 1986 retaliatory bombing strike in Libya and the 1988 shooting down of an Iranian jetliner over the Persian Gulf.

He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 53 years, two sons, and one daughter.

Karen M. Kirby *75

Karen M. Kirby, a mathematician and insurance actuary, died July 19, 2007. She was 57.

Kirby was the valedictorian of her Garden City (N.Y.) High School class. She then graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1972 with a bachelor’s and a master’s in applied mathematics.

After earning a Ph.D. in statistics from Princeton in 1975, she was an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland and then at Central Connecticut State College. From 1982 until 2007, Kirby was an actuary and executive with several insurance and consulting firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She was a fellow in the Society of Actuaries, and president of the Southwest Actuaries.

Kirby was a patron of the arts and a voracious reader who loved the landscape of the American West. She also was a volunteer teacher for Literacy Instruction for Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Robert F. Leroy, and two sons.

This issue has undergraduate memorials for Madison M. Myers Jr. ’50 *52 and Philip Wilkes Bell ’46 *54. end of article

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