2002 Memorials


Classmate Bruce Beery died in St. Petersburg, FL, on December 23, 2002, after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  Vera has provided us with the following interesting and touching information:

           "Bruce had been Episcopalian, but made the decision to become Orthodox and was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church in January, 2002.  He was married to me there on Valentine's Day in 1999 and also buried from St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox church.  His body was in the church for two days before the actual funeral liturgy on the 26th. There was a Requiem service for him on Western Christmas at 5 p.m.(Orthodox Christmas is also on December 25th, but because the old Russian

church still uses the Julian calendar in force at the time Christ was born, the newer 16th century Gregorian calendar makes it 13 days later, January 7th).
             "As is the custom with the Russian Orthodox Church, he had a Requiem service after the 9th day, he'll have one tomorrow [January 14] because Bishop Gabriel will be here from New York , he'll have another at 40 days and another Requiem at one year.  He was a very brave man, knowing full well that pancreatic cancer was a death knell.  He endured whatever treatments he could and had over 40 blood transfusions in the 17 months after diagnosis. Bruce loved Princeton very much and had a special devotion to his class of 1952."
            Vera added that Bruce was buried in his '52 Reunion jacket and Princeton tie, with the Princeton crest on his plaque.

             From the St. Petersburg Times of December 25: BEERY, BRUCE ARNOLD, 71, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (Dec. 23, 2002) at home.  Born in Paterson, N.J., he came here in 1980 from Charlotte, N.C.  He was an Army veteran with the First Cavalry during the Korean War.  He was a banker and a member of St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church in Gulfport.  He was a 1952 graduate of Princeton University and earned a master's degree in business from Columbia University.  He was a member of Pasadena Golf and Country Club, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Princeton Club of New York.  Survivors include his wife, Vera; seven children; a brother, Arthur; and 10 grandchildren.
         Through John Clutz, we have received word of the death on November 7, 2002, of classmate Frank M. McElhinney of Oakmont, PA, at UPMC Motiefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Mac left our class in the summer of 1950 to join the Air Force.  The obituary that appeared in the Pittsburgh press noted that he was a retired sales executive for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and a member of the Oakmont Country Club.  It listed his survivors as his wife Shirley, to whom he was married 47 years; son Bruce and his wife Rachel of Pleasant, CA; daughter Betsy Hosking and her husband Ross of Boston, MA; son David of Shadyside, PA; sister Shirley Weaver and her husband George Jr. of Wheeling WV; and grandchildren Kate, Andrew, Tyler and Bradford. The memorial service was held on Sunday, November 10, at Oakmont Presbyterian Church. The family suggested that memorials be made to the UPMC Cancer Centers, Attn: Kambra McConnel, Development Department, UPMC Cancer Pavilion 1st Floor, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
Dr. Robert R. Abel

ABEL - Dr. Robert R., age 71, of Elizabeth, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, after a courageous battle with leukemia, he was the loving and beloved husband of Helen (Carter) Abel, devoted father of Carter (Denise) Abel of Mendham, Alice Boushie of Mendham and Kathryn Abel (Todd) Lewis of Hoboken, cherished and caring grandfather of Margaret, William and Emma Boushie, and Thomas and Caroline Abel, brother of Jean Abel Cramer of Flemington, Henriette Abel Stackpole of Elizabeth, Alice Holzapfel of Elizabeth, Louise Abel Atterbury of Santa Fe, N.M., and Ernestine Abel McBride of Burlington, Vt., also survived by his stepmother, Jean Abel of Santa Fe, N.M. In lieu of flowers, donations to Princeton University or New York Hospital-PresbyterianNew York Cornell Center, Department of Dermatology would be appreciated.
Published in the Star-Ledger on 11/1/2002.
TigerNet notes the death of Classmate John W. Otis on September 10, 2002.  According to the Book of Our History, John withdrew from the University at the beginning of our junior year for health reasons and did not maintain contact with the University in recent years.

 The January 19 PAW, in the 1952 Class Notes column, reports the death of Don McLaughlin (left photo) on September 8, 2002.

           We have learned from his widow that classmate Harry Dodge (right photo) died August 1, 2002.

           We have just heard from his son Matthew that Classmate Alio J. (Al) Perantoni died on July 30, 2002.  In his submission to the Book of Our History (page 716), Al wrote, "Life has been very good to me. Princeton and friends I made there have always been in my memory."  He described his family — wife Jean, children Matthew, Lynn and Mark — as "very supportive."  He noted that his state of health kept him close to his home, in Moreno Valley, California.
           Through the Annual Giving SWAT process, courtesy of Jack Blessing and John Emery, we have just (6/17/03) learned of the passing of classmate Joel Henkel.  The Alumni Council's TigerNet service records that he died July 29, 2002.  We have no further information about his death, but in the Book of Our History Joel reported on his career as a physicist and his status from 1990 as an "independent scholar, studying the evolution of [the?] mind," and a Google search on "Joel Henkel" turns up many references to his deep and original thinking and his interactions with other scholars.  Google also mentions Joel's book, "Mind from Matter," of which Amazon says it has "only 1 in stock -- order soon."
          Amazon's description of the book, published just a year before Joel's death, provides some clues as to the scope of his research.   The book "follows a multidisciplinary scientific survey of the process by which life produces mind.  The notion of proto-mind, an intermediate stage between matter and full conceptualizing mind is fully developed.  A critique of the current mechanistic scientific philosophical approach leads to a meta-mechanistic, ecological alternative approach to proto-mind, based on organism experience.  The process of experience is variously described as biological, quantum physical, information theoretic, anthropological, and philosophical."   In a note following, Joel says, "I have always been interested in two questions, What is Matter? and What is the Mind?" 
          Joel was clearly another extraordinary member of our Class.
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          P.S. (6/27/03)  George Newlin has brought to our attention that we can learn a good deal about Joel's work and thought from his fascinating contribution to the 50th Reunion Special Essay book.
George Way died June 10, 2002. He was hoping to make our 50th but his doctor told him to come in for more tests. He died in the hospital. Dave Smith, who was George's surviving senior year roommate (the others were Ed Loeffler and Bill Pierson), forwarded the information from George's widow, Gene.
To One and All: Bill Linden [ died June 5, 2002]
Six class members attended Bill Linden's funeral Saturday: Mike Ely, Jerry Canter, Don Oberdorfer, Quincy Lumsden, Don McDonough and yours truly. His family expressed appreciation at our being there. Mrs. Linden asked us to pass on a special thanks to Warren McCabe and Barry Loper because of their support and concern for Bill over the recent years. Phil Hill reported that Bill was buried in his Reunion jacket. He came home from Reunions Sunday and had the attack which cost him his life on Monday. His son said that what he wanted to do most of all was to make his 50th. The following is Bill's Obituary that appeared in The Washington Post:
William E. Linden Jr. TV Producer & Director

William E. Linden Jr., 71, a television news producer and director who retired in 1989 as Washington director for "CBS Evening News" with Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, died of ventricular fibrillation June 5, 2002, at Reston Hospital.

Mr. Linden had been with CBS for 20 years when he retired. His work there included producing and directing "Face the Nation," live coverage of the Watergate hearings on Capitol Hill, national political conventions, President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford's swearing-in as president, the Iran Contra hearings and the Apollo space shots, for which he was pool director for the three major networks.

After retiring he was producer and director for the Public Broadcasting System of the nomination hearings of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A resident of Reston, Mr. Linden was born in Washington. He graduated from Anacostia High School and Princeton University, then in 1953 began his broadcasting career with WTOP television and radio as a stage manager. He later became a producer and director with WTOP, then in 1963 joined ABC television as a director and producer for such shows as "Issues and Answers," and NASA space shots.

He had been a vestryman, senior warden and junior warden at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Washington and a vestryman at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Washington.

His avocations included golf, tennis, singing and dancing.

His marriage to Helen Ware Linden ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, William E. Linden III of Ashburn, Va. and Elizabeth Linden Rubin of North Bethesda; and one granddaughter.
Arthur S. Langlie Continued Father's Legacy of Service
From The Seattle Times

      Arthur Sheridan Langlie, a prominent Seattle attorney and the son of former Gov. Arthur B. Langlie, saw the toll politics had taken on his father's life and chose law for his own career. But he continued his father's legacy of public service, and never lost his passion for the Republican Party of Abe Lincoln.
      "All the Arthurs have taken a great interest in politics," said his son, Arthur K. Langlie of Seattle. "The conversations around the dinner table were not, 'what did you do in school?' but 'what do you think about this issue?'"
       Mr. Langlie, 71, died Friday [May 24, 2002] of a stroke. Born in Seattle on June 28, 1930, he was 10 years old when his father went to Olympia for what would be the first of three terms in office. He grew up sliding down banisters at the state Capitol and helping his father chase bats out of the governor's mansion
  He served as a page in the Legislature, but his father would not let him accept a salary. At the end of one session, Vic Meyers, a colorful lieutenant governor, announced to the Senate that young Langlie had done an excellent job but had not been paid, and so he would pass a hat for him.
       "And I don't want to hear any jingling," Meyers said.
       Mr. Langlie also met his wife of 49 years, Jane LeCocq, as a child in the capital. The governor and Jane's father, Dr. John LeCocq, were both members of a Seattle philanthropic organization, the Active Club, and the two children played together on the Capitol grounds, later marrying in 1953.
        The grandson of Norwegian immigrants, Mr. Langlie graduated in 1948 from Lakeside School, where he served as editor of the school paper. As a junior he received a medal given to the underclassman who contributed the most to school life. The yearbook noted what would become a lifelong characteristic: "Whenever there was a committee of any kind to be headed, Art could be counted on."
        Mr. Langlie attended Princeton University on a scholarship and graduated cum laude in 1952. He received his law degree from the University of Washington in 1958. Between Princeton and law school, Mr. Langlie served two years with the Coast Guard. He retired from the Coast Guard reserves in 1980 with the rank of captain.
        Mr. Langlie clerked for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after law school. He practiced law with the Seattle firm McMicken, Rupp and Schweppe until 1966, when he formed his own firm, Langlie and Praeger. For the past 10 years, Mr. Langlie was a sole practitioner.
        "He loved talking about cases," said his son-in-law, Steve Miletich, a reporter for The Seattle Times. "It was an interest we both shared."
         Mr. Langlie took over his father's seat on the Seattle advisory board of the Salvation Army, serving on the board for the next 40 years. He was the group's legal counsel, handling estate bequests and other business matters largely for free. Joe Posillico, general secretary of the Northwest Division of the Salvation Army, said Mr. Langlie brought a deep concern for the needs of common people to his time on the board.
        "He could get up at a board meeting and give a rousing speech," Posillico said. Posillico and other friends say Mr. Langlie was also a great storyteller who could entertain groups of people with tales about state history and his legal cases.
        In later years, Mr. Langlie became a floatplane pilot and enjoyed wilderness adventures. But his favorite place, said daughter Emily Langlie, a KOMO-TV reporter, always remained "a lovely blue house on the beach at Indianola," near Kingston, Kitsap County.
        He had spent summers there as a boy, before his family moved to Olympia. When his own children were young, he sought out the old beach house's owners and began renting it again. "He introduced all his children and grandchildren to the wonders of beach life and the beauty of Puget Sound," his daughter said.
        The family eventually bought the house, and his daughter recalled her father organizing spooky night walks and competitions in log walking and creek jumping. There were different levels of competition, she said, Championship of the World, Championship of the Universe, and the best and finest award, Championship of Indianola.
        Mr. Langlie still worked at his law firm six days a week and was scheduled to be in court last Thursday. His opponent did not appear, and Mr. Langlie's children were able to tell him, before he died at Harborview Medical Center, that he had won his final case.
        Besides his wife, Jane, daughter Emily and son Arthur, Mr. Langlie is survived by his sister, Carrie Ellen Langlie Vasko; daughter Karin Langlie Glass; and six grandchildren, Elizabeth Jane, Daniel, Trevor, William, Arthur Francis and Theodore.
        The family requests that memorials be made to the Salvation Army Hope Campaign, the Indianola Memorial Fund or Lakeside School. A memorial service will be held Friday afternoon at University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Ave. N.E., where he was a longtime member, with the time to be announced.


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