Memorials: December 17, 1997

The class was shocked to learn of the death of Bob Ward on May 30, 1997, in the Princeton Medical Center following a stroke that was both severe and unexpected.
As an undergraduate, Bob was governor of the Charter Club and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduation Bob was treasurer of Carnegie Corp. in NYC and worked for several investment banking firms, giving him experience in the financial field. In 1947 he became treasurer of J. H. Whitney and Co. and subsequently a partner in the firm. He retired in 1967.
Bob and Margaret "Polly" Elizabeth Wright-Clark were married in 1934 and soon after became residents of Short Hills, N.J., where Bob became prominent in community affairs. In 1995, they moved to Meadow Lakes, a retirement village in Hightstown, N.J. While living in Short Hills, Bob served on the boards of two hospitals and on the Hospital Council of New Jersey. He served six years on the Milburn Township Committee and as deputy mayor. He was a trustee of the Cora Hartshorn Foundation.
Bob was devoted to Princeton and the Class of '26. He was treasurer of the class for a number of years and was v.p. and a member of the monetary committee when he died.
He is survived by Polly, their daughter, Toni Carr, sons Mike and Ted Ward, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, to all of whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1926

Word has just been received that Craig E. Nightingale Jr. died at Cos Cob, Conn., in Apr. 1996. "Night" came to us from Greenwich HS. At Princeton, he was a member of the freshman and varsity lacrosse squads and Gateway Club. He roomed with C. F. Hahner senior year in N. Dod.
On leaving Princeton, he engaged in engineering and construction work with his father (who was Class of 1898) and later in Peekskill, N.Y., as general manager of the Peekskill Gravel Co. and the American Cyanamid Co.
During WWII, he served with the Army Engineer and Transportation Corps at Camp Gordon, Fla., as warrant officer junior grade, working on boat repairs.
He married Aloie Dickinson of Montclair, N.J., at the University Chapel in 1931.
After the war, he headed his own boat-construction company at Greenwich, Ct., retired in 1988, and indulged his fondness for golfing and bowling.
He is survived by his daughter, Audrey Greenwald, his grandchildren, Gary, Joanne, and Jay, and two great-grandchildren. To them, the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1927

Robert L. Churchill, Eastman executive and former president of Eastman Chemical Products Inc., died Sept. 16, 1997, in Kingsport, Tenn. He was 89.
Robert was born in Phillipsburg, N.J., and was educated in public schools there before attending Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. He graduated with a bachelor of chemical engineering degree, and later earned a master's in chemical engineering.
Robert began his career with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., in 1931. He moved to Kingsport in 1932 to join Tennessee Eastman Co., and retired in 1973 as the president of Kodak's marketing sales subsidiary for the chemical division.
Robert and Louise Hill were married in 1934 and have lived in Kingsport ever since. Robert was a past president of Kingsport Kiwanis Club. An avid golfer, he was a member of Ridgefields Country Club. He was a member and former elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport.
In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by three children, James A. '57, Catherine C. Collette, and Frederick A. '64, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. To his survivors the class extends its deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1930

Burton L. Curry died Oct. 4, 1997, in Vero Beach, Fla., where he had lived for six years. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 18, 1909.
He prepared for Princeton at the Madison [N.J.] H.S., and after graduating, earned a master's in French from Princeton in 1933. He taught French and Latin at the Culver Military Academy for 30 years before he retired. He served in the Navy for three years during WWII and was discharged as a commander.
He married Beatrice Perin in 1939. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Jean C. Stephenson; a son, Burton Jr.; and a grandson. To them the class extends its deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1930

G. E. KIDDER SMITH '35 *38
Few men attain the stature in their elected fields that was reached by the classmate known affectionately as Geks. A graduate of Princeton's School of Architecture (MFA *38), he became not only a practicing architect and a fellow in the American Institute of Architects, but more importantly an "architectural messenger boy." (His words.)
After wartime service with the Navy he authored six books on the architecture of European countries and Brazil, plus a three-volume guide to U.S. architecture. His books appealed to wide audiences and earned him gold medals from the governments of Italy and Brazil. They also led to work as a visiting professor at Yale and MIT and as a lecturer on contemporary architecture here and abroad.
Geks was also an expert photographer. His pictures illustrated his books, became part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan, and won AIA's gold medal.
On Oct. 8, 1997, Geks died at his NYC home. His colleagues will remember him for his talented delivery of architectural messages in both words and pictures. His classmates will remember him as a serious student of architecture, a rugged 150-pound oarsman, and, yes, a graceful dancer. He is survived by his wife, Dorothea, a close collaborator in his work and "a dancing delight," sons Kidder Jr. '67 and Hopkinson (Harvard '70), and four grandchildren.
The Class of 1935

Larry died Jan. 10, 1997, in Charlotte, N.C. He prepared at the Hun School. At Princeton he majored in history, rowed varsity crew, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
In 1936 he joined the Bethlehem Steel Corp. at its Quincy, Mass., shipyard. Rising steadily through the ranks, he was elected v.p. for public affairs in 1970. He retired in 1977 after more than 40 years of service.
A member of the American Iron and Steel Institute, he served on its trade and public affairs committees. He also was on the advisory councils of the U.S. Dept. of Labor Statistics and Princeton's Dept. of Economics.
He was a director of Historic Bethlehem [Pa.], the Pastoral Institute of the Lehigh Valley, and the Allentown Art Museum. In 1974 he was appointed by Pennsylvania's governor to serve on the board of that state's state colleges. He enjoyed five years as a part-time faculty member teaching industrial management at night at Bethelehem's Moravian College.
Larry is survived by a son, Peter L.; a daughter, Kirsten Ramage; a brother, Dr. Leonard D. '38; a sister, Louise Sayen (widow of James C. Sayen '38); four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by a son, Michael B.
The Class of 1936

Riner "Bud" Altizer died July 5, 1996, in Eureka, Calif., where he had lived for some years in health he described as "not too good."
Bud came to Princeton from Woodberry Forest School and entered with '37, but earned his AB in English with '38, after which he worked for a few years for the Gravely Motor Plow and Cultivator Co. before serving in the Air Force from 1941-46, rising to captain.
After WWII, Bud worked first for Sperry Road Service as advertising manager and then put in 15 years with the Magnus Metal division of Natl. Lead Co., where he became v.p. and manager of Eastern sales.
In 1964 he moved to San Diego, where he stock-brokered until he retired in 1974. He was an avid golfer throughout his life.
On Dec. 16, 1943, he married Anna Maye Wilkinson, who survives him, as do his sons, James and Ralph, and his brother, James '33, to all of whom the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1938

Harry Cranston died of a stroke Sept. 19, 1996, in Napa, Calif.
Harry prepared at Lawrenceville. His arrival in freshman year was delayed as he was lost on an expedition in the Yukon. A mainstay of our swimming team, he won the Eastern Intercollegiate diving championship in sophomore year. In senior year, when the swimming team faced one of the great Yale teams which had been beating us with unhappy regularity for years, Harry was the key to our victory. The meet was close, and after it ended, the outcome was in doubt while the results of the dive were still being tabulated. After a suspenseful wait it was announced that Harry had won the dive, and therefore the meet, both by a narrow margin.
Harry was our head cheerleader in senior year, belonged to Charter Club, and majored in geology. He then earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. During WWII, he served as an Army Air Corps flight instructor. Later he owned and operated the San Mateo-San Francisco Aviation Service until 1954, when a plane crash left him partly paralyzed. He arrived at our 20th reunion on wheels, but still smiling. After recuperating, he became a hospital and employee benefits administrator until he retired from UC–Berkeley in 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, his children, Susan and David, and nine grandchildren. We join them in celebrating the life of our friend and classmate.
The Class of 1938

Al Price died in Crystal Lake, Ill., on June 15, 1995. He was the son of Benjamin Price '04 and nephew and namesake of Alfred M. Price '13. His father was the first of Princeton's Rhodes scholars.
Al prepared at Portsmouth Priory School and graduated with honors in mechanical engineering. As a member of Cloister Inn, he was active in interclub football, basketball, and baseball competition.
His early business career, which began with Ryerson and then Inland Steel in Chicago, was interrupted by WWII. Commissioned in the Navy in 1942, he spent the bulk of his time afloat, going from the Salerno-Anzio beachheads to the Pacific theater and Saipan and Okinawa. His participation earned him seven battle stars and attendant campaign ribbons. The Navy recalled him for service in the Korean War in 1951-53, and he emerged with the rank of commander.
In 1946 he joined the Quaker Oats Co., first as a project engineer. His business career was spent in engineering assignments with Quaker Oats, and when he retired in 1982 he was the chief engineer at their Akron laboratories. After this he continued doing design engineering for many small manufacturers.
Al married Roxane McKenzie in 1940. He and Roxane were frequent attendees at our reunions. Roxane died in 1991. They had one daughter, Charlotte, to whom the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1938

Larry is probably best remembered by the class as the all-America fullback and captain of Coach Bill Logan's 1937 championship soccer team. But he also was president of Cloister and an honors graduate in biology en route to an MD from the U. of Pennsylvania. He became a general surgeon in Philadelphia, taught at Penn medical school, and even performed a gall-bladder operation for early television. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Penn Medical Society.
He married Carolyn Gibbs in 1940. They had three children--Lawrence G. '64, Kenneth, and Suzanne, an accomplished equestrienne--who have been the parents of nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Larry had a distinguished war record as a medical corps captain in the Italian campaign. The citation for a well-earned Bronze Star medal specified that "on numerous occasions, completely disregarding his own safety, he ventured out onto the battlefield under heavy fire to administer first aid" to wounded men.
Postwar, he and Carolyn lived an active life. They were members of the Presbyterian Church of Bryn Mawr, and traveled extensively, often in pursuit of his favorite latter-day sports--golf and fishing. At home he was a proficient gardener, cook, and--a lifelong enthusiasm--jazz drummer. He died after a long illness on Apr. 17, 1996.
The Class of 1938

Kennard "Bud" Underwood suffered a massive heart attack Oct. 14, 1997, and died at the Pardee Hospital in Flat Rock, N.C. A longtime resident of Fairfax, Va., he and his wife, Nancy, had moved to Flat Rock just a few years before his death.
Bud came to us from the Taft School and Rensselaer Polytechnic. During WWII, he was in the Army Air Force, flying more than 55 missions in B-24s.
Most of his business career was spent traveling for the Tyrex Division of General Motors, for whom, as their top sales executive, he applied his expertise in industrial equipment and earth-moving machinery to legendary effect. He retired in 1989.
The class will remember Bud most fondly for being the happy face behind the drums in our 8-Ball Jazz Band. The 8-Balls were an immensely popular Reunions feature for over 30 years, and Bud never missed a single Reunions gig in all that time. A longtime Dixieland jazz enthusiast, he enjoyed playing for groups such as the popular Washington Monumentals in Washington, D.C., combos in Venice, Fla., where he wintered, and many other gatherings of business executives who loved to get together after work to play jazz.
Bud is survived by Nancy, his son, Peter, daughter Patricia, sister Rosamond Wilson, and two grandchildren. Like them, we are all going to miss his enthusiasm and, most of all, his smiling face.
The Class of 1938

George died on Aug. 29, 1996. He was 75.
An NYC native, he was educated at the Newman School, Princeton, and Yale. During WWII, he served with the Navy and Coast Guard. Following the war, George received his degree from the U. of Buffalo Medical School in 1948.
He began his medical training at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. Specializing in cardiology, the Eden, N.Y., resident was an attending physician at Buffalo General and Deaconess Hospitals, as well as serving on the faculty of the U. of Buffalo. Some of George's other community credentials include the United Health Foundation, the Buffalo Historical Society, and the United Fund of Buffalo and Erie County. He was a past president of the Medical Society of Erie County and the state of New York. In 1977, George was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Buffalo News. Two years later, then-governor Hugh Carey appointed him to the board of trustees of the State U. of New York, a post he held for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Jean Hill; a son, George L. III; a daughter, Phoebe Bridgman; and a sister, Margery Marcyes. To the family members we offer our deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1943

Jules died of pneumonia at his home in Cocoanut Grove, Fla., on Aug. 31, 1997. He was 79.
Scion of one of Miami's pioneering families, he was the son of Edward C. Romfh, mayor of Miami in the late 1920s.
Although born into wealth, Jules was known as a humble man among family and friends. He was a highly successful businessman in the fiercely competitive real estate market of South Florida; to clients, colleagues and competitors alike, Jules was known as a man whose word was as good as his handshake.
At Princeton, Jules majored in political science. Once graduated, he enlisted in the Army during WWII, attaining the rank of captain and seeing much combat action in the ETO.
Aside from his career, Jules's main driving force was his love of polo. He helped the Princeton polo team win intercollegiate championships two years in a row, once played with Britain's Prince Philip, brought the game back to the Orange Bowl for the first time since the 1950s, and remained an active player up to the age of 69.
Jules is survived by his wife, Emily, whom he met on a blind date in Atlanta in 1949; a son, Jules Jr.; four daughters, Karen Romfh Nunes, Nancy, Julie, and Marie Romfh Keith; and seven grandchildren. To the entire family, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences.
The Class of 1943

Dave Stephenson died of leukemia July 4, 1997, at his home in Washington, D.C. At his services, classmates Talbot Chubb, Will Haley, Steve Palmer, and Wat Stewart were in attendance.
Dave entered Princeton from St. Albans. His Princeton career was interrupted by service as a Marine Corps combat correspondent in the Pacific. After graduation, he attended the U. of Pennsylvania Law School and took his law degree in 1950. Dave was a Justice Dept. lawyer for 45 years before retiring in 1990 after serving five years as the U.S. Patent Attorney.
He married the former Sarah Clagett while at Princeton after returning from Pacific combat. They subsequently divorced, and he married the former Julia Weatherman, who survives, together with their daughters, Julia and Evelyn, as well as a brother, Lowry.
The Class of 1945

Bill Ellis died Aug. 30, 1997, at his home in Columbus, Ohio after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
A graduate of Plainfield [N.J.] H.S., Bill majored in politics at Princeton and graduated in 1947, elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He served in the Navy from 1943-46, in the Atlantic theater as a P.T. boat captain. A 1949 graduate of Columbia U. School of Law, he worked for an NYC firm for seven years before joining Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus, specializing in corporate and tax law until he retired in 1992.
Always devoted to ecology, Bill had been chairman of the Ohio chapter of Nature Conservancy, and with his wife, Ann, established and funded Crane Hollow State Preserve in southern Ohio. He was an accomplished naturalist and botanist. He also served as chairman of the First Community Church.
Bill leaves his wife; their children, William W. Ellis III '73, Barbara Evans, Janet Hansen, and Susan Jane Liston; four grandchildren; and his sister, Marion Leavitt. To them all the class extends its deep sympathy on the loss of a fine man and loyal classmate.
The Class of 1946

Don Larmett died June 26, 1997, in Pittsburgh, Pa., after three days in hospital.
He entered Princeton in June 1942, after high school in Havertown, Pa., and Weston, Conn., where he was valedictorian. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943, won his wings, was commissioned in June 1944, and was assigned as a navigator in a B-24 bomber group based in Italy. After flying combat missions, he was discharged in Sept. 1945 and returned to Princeton. He roomed with Pete Pulrang and Bob Rogers, majored in politics, and joined Cannon Club.
After graduating in 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Clute. Don sold non-ferrous materials on the East Coast for 15 years before moving to Pittsburgh, where he worked for PPG Industries as a credit manager. He retired in 1985.
His wife, with whom he had traveled and cruised extensively, died suddenly in 1994, and Don moved into a fine retirement facility. He is survived by his sons, John and James C. '73, and two grandchildren. To them the class extends its deep sympathy on the loss of our loyal member.
The Class of 1946

Lonny died of cancer on Feb. 9, 1997 at Columbia Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, N.H.
Lonny was born and raised in Greenwich, Conn. He graduated from the Salisbury School and matriculated at Princeton in July 1943. He left Princeton to join the Navy, where he served as a radio operator in Guam, Mariana Islands. Lonny returned to the university after the war, becoming a member of the Quadrangle Club, but he left Princeton in 1948 to become associated with the Shell Oil Co., where he worked for 22 years in marketing and operations.
In 1975, he founded the Sea-3 Inc. of Newington, N.H., a propane importing company, where he served as e.v.p. until his death. He was a trustee of the Portsmouth Historical Museum and originated the Portsmouth Harbour Trail. He was an avid skier and sailor.
Though Lonny attended few class functions, he always had a great affection for Princeton and its excellent educational standards. The class extends its deepest sympathy to his wife, Elizabeth Thompson; his sons, Peter, Stephen, and Timothy; his daughter, Anita Fisher; his 10 grandchildren; his brother, John '43, and his sister, Cynthia McAdoo.
The Class of 1947

Dick Cook died on Oct. 15, 1997, of massive heart failure. He had been blessed with excellent health all his life.
A graduate of Germantown Academy, Dick entered Princeton in July 1944. He was in the Army for a year and graduated in June 1949 with honors in psychology. He played varsity soccer and JV baseball and was in Colonial.
After a brief interlude at the Insurance Co. of North America, Dick was with duPont for 32 years in personnel work. In that period his first marriage ended, leaving him with three wonderful children. In 1964 he married the love of his life, Connie, who brought two children along with her. Connie's father was Jim Montgomery '20. It was a rah, rah, orange-and-black family.
An interest in juvenile justice brought him to the Delaware Dept. of Corrections as a counselor for 17 years. He also worked for the Plummer Center, preparing adult offenders for life after prison.
Dick's family was first in his life, with sports a close second. He coached a variety of sports and was an authorized baseball official. His magical relations with youngsters were reflected at his funeral service, "A Celebration of Life"; his seven grandchildren took stage center for a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
To Connie and their children, Marti, Cindy, John, Geoff, and Sandi, the class extends its fondest condolences and an extra rah, rah.
The Class of 1948

Al Rothwell died Nov. 6, 1996, after a long battle with cancer. Typically, he issued a message of gratitude and love to family and friends prior to his death. His wife, Jane, had predeceased him.
Al prepared at Deerfield and entered in 1946 after a stint in the Navy. He graduated with a degree in mathematics. He was president of the debate panel and was active in Tigertones, Triangle, and WPRU. He won the junior oratorical contests and was in Colonial.
Al took his law degree from Columbia in 1951 and began practice with Sullivan and Cromwell.
He was for many years with Natl. Potash before joining Freeport-McMoRan to complete his career. In later years he lived at Westhampton Beach, N.Y.
He was an avid fisherman and sailor.
To his four children, Susan, Peter, Anne, and James, the class extends its deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1948

Joe Tilt died instantly as the result of an automobile accident on Sept. 3, 1997, while near Eugene, Oreg., for his son's wedding.
Joe prepared at Polytechnic School in Pasadena and the Cate School in Santa Barbara. He graduated from Princeton with a degree in mechanical engineering. A member of Colonial Club and the Rugby Club, he also played JV soccer and was on the 150-lb. crew.
He spent nearly his entire professional career with Kaiser Engineers Intl. on a variety of heavy construction and industrial projects in many parts of the world. Some of these projects were the Krematsa Dam in Greece, the Akosombo Dam in Ghana, an aluminum reduction plant, also in Ghana, and an iron ore project in Brazil.
Joe was outdoors-oriented, participating in activities that ranged from backpacking in the High Sierras to safaris in Kenya. He was also an avid tennis player. While in Brazil, he was a director of Escola Americana de Belo Horizonte, and while at home he spent three years on the school board in San Enselmo, Calif.
Joe was an eternal optimist and a positive thinker--a truly happy person.
The Class of '50 offers its deepest sympathies to his wife, Judy, his daughters, Susan and Anni '86, and his son, Charlie.
The Class of 1950

With sadness we have just learned that Herb D'Elia died June 19, 1986, in Pasadena, Calif. Herb was born in Milford, Mass., and prepared at St. Mark's. Freshman year he roomed with St. Mark's classmate Stuyve Pell. Stuyve remembers that Herb was a gifted trumpet player. "He was a wizard on the instrument and could really make it sing," Stuyve recalls. Sophomore year Herb roomed with R. Herbert and joined Elm Club. He left the university at the end of sophomore year to join the Army.
After fulfilling his military duties, Herb completed his education at Clark U. in Worcester, Mass. He taught high school English, math, and golf for several years. He retired from teaching in 1970 to manage his wholesale/retail business. Finally, tiring of snow and ice, Herb relocated to California in 1984.
We regret that we did not hear from Herb in later years. Our condolences go to Herb's wife, Marge; mother, Rose; son, Timothy; daughters, Judith and Mimi; and the four D'Elia grandchildren. Sympathy may be expressed by contributing to "Class of '53 Memorial Scholarship," c/o Class Treas. Frederick E. Crispin, 3 Cedarbrook Terr., Princeton, NJ 08540.
The Class of 1953

Clem Cohen died of a heart attack at his home in Caracas, Venezuela, on Aug. 8, 1997. A native of NYC, he was a French major and active in Theatre Intime. He served as president of the Hispanic Club, was v.p. of Prospect Club, and earned hockey awards in his freshman and sophomore years. Following graduation, Clem served in the Navy, lived in Italy, and then moved to Venezuela, eventually becoming a citizen of that nation.
Clem was a life-long journalist. He served as a reporter for the Caracas Daily Journal, becoming its managing editor and then director, and was also news editor for the Associate Press in Caracas and a stringer for the Financial Times, the NY Times, Time, and Newsweek. He was a columnist for several Caracas newspapers and a correspondent for oil publications, becoming an expert on the Venezuelan petroleum industry and writing a book on Juan Pablo Pirez Alfonso, a cofounder of OPEC. During the administration of Pres. Jaime Lusinchi, Clem was named Venezuela's Deputy Information and Tourist Minister. In an article about Clem published in the Caracas Daily Journal following his death, he was called "an outstanding journalist, a person of integrity, and a just man."
Clem is survived by his wife, Liliana, their children, Giorgio and Viana, and his brother, Roy '53. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them.
The Class of 1956

We are saddened to report the death of Rick Bell on July 27, 1994, after a long illness. Rick touched many of our lives and was among our classmates remembered at the Princeton Chapel memorial service in Feb. 1995, but tardiness in honoring his memory in these pages attests only to the difficulty of adequately expressing our sorrow at his loss.
Rick was born John Richard Bell Jr. in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Sept. 16, 1942, and attended the Hill School. At Princeton, Rick majored in history, was an active member of Colonial Club and the freshman golf team, sang in the Glee Club, and graduated magna cum laude. Rick was an enthusiastic alumnus and attended the 1994 Alumni Day only three months before he died.
Upon graduation, Rick was recruited by Kidder, Peabody, where he began his long career in investment banking. He earned his MBA at Wharton in 1968 and had a series of successful careers with MGM, AMPROP, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and NatWest Securities. Rick was also a coinvestor in a successful marina operation in Coconut Grove, Fla. He was managing his own investments at the time of his death.
Rick is survived by his mother, Mrs. Serta Moare; his sister, Deborah Bourne (married to Ken Bourne '66, who started at Princeton with our class); and his brother, Craig Marshall Bell. To Rick's family and friends who will miss him, the class extends sincere condolences.
The Class of 1964