Gift from his
Deaths of members of the Class of 1952 and their wives, depending on the understood wishes of the survivor, are reported to classmates by 52Net email. For the formal memorials, which are limited to 200 words, published in the Princeton Alumni Weekly since 1994, go to the PAW online and click on Memorials, by class or by name. Since 2002 full obituaries and memorial tributes have been posted on the Class website by year of death. With the launch of this updated website, we welcome recent photographs as well as personal tributes.
The Class of 1952 Memorial Book Fund, launched in 1960 with a gift of $2000 from the Class Treasury, provides funds to buy ten books for the University Library in memory of each deceased classmate. Each has the bookplate and inscription shown at right, and the University Librarian writes the next of kin that the Class of 1952 has made the donation.
George Cochran Denby, May 7
Daniel Duffield, December 25
John C. Giordano, September 11
Robert L. Goodale, July 17
John Rodes Helm, November 29
John C. "Jack" Howell, January 3
Harry S. Jeanes, III, January 9
Robert C. Johnston, June 1
Ronald Lee Kinney, March 3
George Moses Knebel, Jr., April 28
Thomas Spencer Knight, May 4
John Alfred LaGrua, Jr., October 4
Thornton Benson "Ted" Morris, March 20
Charles Twiggs Myers, June 14
George A. Nankervis, April 8
Robert B. Oakley, December 10
Richard Sterling Porter, August 27
Samuel Wilson Pringle, Jr., May 11
William Brewster Purdy, November 26
Robert Leslie Stott, Jr., November 10
J. Edfgar Thomson "Jet" Rutter, May 31
Howard Beck Wentz, Jr., September 19
Daniel Morrell Duffield, Jr.
I would like to talk with you about a man of high
standards. You could count on Dan He was a major contributor to
the life of the Class of 1952. When I was
leaving my post as Class President, and Dan had served his
first term as Class Secretary, he had a typical straight-forward observation.
told me, "It was a great ride! I may not have agreed with everything you
did, but I'm glad I was here for the ride."
of the first things that comes to mind when I think of Dan and Liz is the
gorgeous Greenleaf Inn in Chester, Vermont. Dan and Liz turned this into a
model of excellence in a lovely country setting. Latie and I made
two trips to Chester to enjoy this perfect Inn and visit with Dan and Liz. Liz
provided us with the best breakfast in New England, and Dan worked
with her to decorate and maintain the lovely Inn. What fun we
had! You could tell that a Marine Colonel was always preparing the rooms for
an inspection by his Commanding General!
an undergraduate, Dan became a central figure on the varsity crew. In our
senior year, his heavyweight boat beat Harvard, winning the Compton Cup.
Harvard had won ten straight years, but not the eleventh. For
his contribution to Princeton and Princeton rowing, Dam was recognized in 2004
by the naming of a new heavyweight shell in his honor.
Dan was elected Class Secretary, he approached the job with gusto. He enjoyed
writing the column and had some fun. He reported one time on a
committee I had in Boston which was preparing for a '52
mini-reunion with a hundred people. Dick Kazmaier had obtained Red Sox tickets
for us. Dan's column read, "To check the atmosphere, the
committee met at famed Fenway Park. After the business meeting, the
participants decided to stay for the game."
had to meet fifteen column deadlines every year, and once he had that under
control, he expanded his role. He initiated sending colorful birthday cards to
all five or six hundred of us during his three terms. He was
for 15 years and at the end, he volunteered to write obituaries along
with writing the Alumni Weekly column and sending the birthday greetings.
energy, and devotion to the Class, he set a new standard for Class Secretaries
and served a Class full of amazing people exceedingly well. With our
wild and colorful jackets, we and he perpetuated a Class
Spirit that is the envy of many other classes.
Hooray for Dan and the
part he played!!
Roger McLean '52
Remarks at Memorial Service, Quantico marine Corps Base, March 27, 2015
Robert Biggar Oakley
Oakley, diplomatic troubleshooter, dies at 83 - By Adam Bernstein
December 11 at 7:59 PM, for the Washington Post
Robert B. Oakley, a
career diplomat and three-time ambassador with a reputation for shrewdness in
Washington and toughness in crisis zones, and who in retirement obtained the
release of an American pilot captured during the "Black Hawk Down” incident in
Somalia, died Dec.10 in McLean, Va. He was 83. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s
disease, said his wife, Phyllis E. Oakley, a retired assistant secretary of
state and a former spokeswoman for secretary of state George P. Shultz.
Mr. Oakley, who
attained the high-ranking title of "career minister,” officially retired in
1991 as the chief American envoy in Pakistan. Thin and with a soft Louisiana
drawl, he was regarded as a top troubleshooter in some of the world’s thorniest
regions. He specialized in Africa, the
Middle East and South Asia, and his perspective was profoundly shaped by his
stint in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967, when he helped draft a Western-style
constitution. He said a Vietnamese journalist once told him:
"You know, you Americans look on us as if we were
just a basket of crabs. You don’t really care what the crabs are doing in that
basket as long as they don’t escape or as long as someone is not stealing the
basket away from you.” Mr. Oakley later
added, "I thought then that he had that right. Our motives were often quite
selfish even when disguised in very noble terms.”
He headed the State
Department’s counterterrorism office from 1984 to 1986, a period marked by a
rise in hostage crises and state-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East and
Libya. He also served as ambassador to Zaire (now Congo) from 1979 to 1982, to
Somalia from 1982 to 1984 and to Pakistan from 1988 to 1991. "He didn’t wind up in places like Copenhagen,
if you get my drift,” Chester A. Crocker, a former assistant secretary of state
for African affairs, once told the Los Angeles Times. Instead, Mr. Oakley
specialized in "rough duty, places where you spend seven days a week walking
through a minefield of ambiguity.”
In difficult jobs, Mr.
Oakley’s personal connections to the top echelon of Washington policymakers
were invaluable. He was a Princeton
classmate of James A. Baker III, who became secretary of state, and Frank C.
Carlucci III, who became secretary of defense. He apprenticed at the National
Security Council in the mid-1970s under national security adviser Brent
Scowcroft and, from 1977 to 1979, was a deputy to Richard C. Holbrooke, who was
then serving as assistant secretary for Far Eastern Affairs.
Mr. Oakley’s portfolio
in the 1980s encompassed the Iran-Iraq War; the continued captivity of American
soldiers in Lebanon; the passage of arms to the U.S.-supported mujahideen in
Afghanistan and the Soviet departure from that country; encouraging the
restoration of democracy in Pakistan after long military rule; and maintaining
the fragile peace between nuclear-armed archenemies Pakistan and India.
After Carlucci was
named national security adviser in 1987 with a mandate to clean house after the
Iran-contra scandal, he tapped Mr. Oakley as head of Near East and South Asian
Affairs on the National Security Council.
In that role, he helped revive an "activist” policy in the Middle East
after the embarrassment of Iran-contra and the earlier American withdrawal from
Lebanon after deadly terrorist attacks that struck the U.S. Marine barracks in
Beirut. As part of that push, Mr. Oakley
helped orchestrate a sizable American naval presence in the Persian Gulf to safeguard
Kuwaiti oil tankers during the Iran-Iraq War.
In 1992, Mr. Oakley
said Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lured him from
retirement to serve as a special U.S. representative to Somalia for President
George H.W. Bush. He went initially to
Mogadishu as part of a humanitarian mission to maintain a cease-fire in a
country riven by civil war and famine.
Mr. Oakley left in
March 1993 and, to his dismay, the American presence deepened under President
Bill Clinton into a heavily militarized nation-building endeavor. He said he
was an advocate of "tremendous restraint” in Somalia, not becoming a "party to
That October, Clinton
called on his services after the Battle of Mogadishu, in which 18 Americans
were killed and dead U.S. soldiers were dragged through the streets. A downed
Black Hawk helicopter pilot, Michael Durant, was captured by loyalists of the
warlord Mohamed Farah Aideed. Mr. Oakley
had earlier developed a respectful if wary relationship with Aideed, a man he
said needed to be treated "as if he were a vial of nitroglycerine that could go
off in my hands.”
In an account reported
by journalist Mark Bowden, who went on to write the bestselling book "Black
Hawk Down,” Mr. Oakley impressed on representatives for Aideed, who was in
hiding, that the U.S. president wanted the pilot back unconditionally and fast. If Durant was not set free, Mr. Oakley
warned, the Americans would attack. "The minute the guns start again, all
restraint on the U.S. side goes,” he said, according to Bowden’s account. "This
whole part of the city will be destroyed, men, women, children, camels, cats,
dogs, goats, donkeys, everything. . . . That would really be tragic for all of
us, but that’s what will happen.” Less
than a week later, Durant and a previously seized Nigerian soldier were
released as a "goodwill gesture.”
ordered the liberation of many Somalis being held by U.S. forces, at the
request of the Somalis. The United
States soon withdrew entirely from Somalia. Aideed declared himself president
in 1995 and was killed the next year by rival forces.
Robert Bigger Oakley
was born in Dallas on March 12, 1931, and grew up in Shreveport, La. He
graduated in 1952 from Princeton with a degree in philosophy and history. A stint in Navy intelligence in Japan sparked
his interest in foreign affairs and led to his joining the State Department in
In 1958, he wed the
former Phyllis Elliott. Besides his wife, of Washington, survivors include two
children, Mary Kress of Falls Church., Va., and Thomas E. Oakley of McLean; and
His career often
interfered with a smooth home life. His work in Vietnam kept him apart from his
wife for 22 months. When he was tapped as U.S. ambassador to Pakistan in 1988,
he went on a moment’s notice, after his predecessor was killed in a mysterious
airplane crash along with Pakistan’s president, Mohammed Zia ul-Haq.
He said that when
Powell asked him to go to Somalia in 1992, his wife set down one ground rule:
that Mr. Oakley be allowed to return for his son’s wedding later that year.
When President Bush was planning a visit to troops in Somalia around the time
of the nuptials, Mr. Oakley panicked, thinking he needed to greet the commander
in chief. "My wife called me in
Mogadishu and said, ‘Look, President Bush isn’t going there to see you,’”
he said. "It was a very good point.”
<< Robert B. Oakley, right, in Mogadishu, Somalia, in January 1993 with
Mohammad Farah Aideed. (Scott Applewhite/AP)
The following is from Wikipedia: Robert Biggar Oakley (born March
12, 1931, died December 10, 2014) is an American diplomat whose 34-year career (1957–1991) as a Foreign Service Officer included
appointments as United States Ambassador to Zaire, Somalia, and Pakistan and, in the early 1990s, as a special envoy during the American involvement in Somalia.
Born in Dallas, Oakley
graduated in 1948 from Connecticut's South Kent School and spent four years as an Intelligence Officer in the US Navy.
He joined the Foreign Service in 1957 and was assigned
to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum,
in 1958. He first served in the Office of United Nations Political Affairs, Department of State, and later served in
American embassies in Abijan, Saigon, Paris, and Beirut. He also served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nationa,
and as Senior Director for Middle East and South Asia on the staff of the National Security Council.
1977, he became Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs. He became U.S. Ambassador to Zaire in November 1979
and U.S. Ambassador to Somalia in August 1982.
In September 1984, he was appointed Director of the State Department Office of
Combating Terrorism. He again joined the National Security Council Staff on
January 1, 1987, as Assistant to the President for Middle East and South Asia.
He was named as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan in August
1988, succeeding Arnold Lewis Raphel, who was killed in an
August 17 airplane crash along with Pakistan's President, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.
from the Foreign Service in September 1991, Oakley became associated with the United States Institute of Peace.
In December 1992, he was named by President George H. W. Bush as Special Envoy for Somalia, serving there with Operation Restore Hope. until March 1993.
In October 1993, he was again named as Special Envoy for Somalia by President Bill Clinton,
and served in this capacity until March 1994. In January 1995, he joined the
Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. In 2000,
prior to the September 11 attacks, Paul Bremer characterized the Clinton administration as "correctly focused on bin
Laden", while Oakley criticized their "obsession with Osama".
service with the State Department, Oakley received numerous State Department awards,
including: the State Department Meritorious Honor Award, four Presidential
Meritorious Service Awards, and the State Department Distinguished Honor Award. For his service
as Special Envoy to Somalia, he received a second State Department
Distinguished Honor Award and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. On June 18, 1993, he received the Diplomatic
Award for Excellence of the American Academy of Diplomacy. In October
2008, Oakley was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Princeton in Africa.
In Cairo, during June 1958,
Oakley married fellow Foreign Service Officer Phyllis Elliott who, under then-prevailing rules, was obliged to resign. The
Oakleys have two children, Mary Kress, and Thomas Oakley (one married, one
divorced) and five grandchildren, Robert Kress, Andrew Kress, Peter Kress,
Graham Oakley, and Josephine Oakley. Phyllis E. Oakley returned to the Foreign
Service in 1974.
John Rodes Helm
John Rodes Helm, Publishing executive, volunteer in the Montclair
community. John Rodes Helm died Nov. 29,
2014. A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at Central
Born to Mary Rodes and Harold H. Helm at Mountainside
Hospital on Sept. 1, 1930, John lived in Montclair for most of his life. He
graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton,
Class of 1952. John worked in publishing for Doubleday,
Praeger and MIT Press. For the last 40
years he was an active volunteer in the Montclair community. He provided
leadership at COPE, the Red Cross, the Senior Center, Van Vleck House and Gardens, the planning
board of the United Way and the
Montclair Community Foundation. John
gave 93 pints of blood through the Red Cross
up until 2003, and then gave platelets for the next 10 years. He was a 75-year
member of Central
and served for decades as a leader on the session, mission committee,
stewardship committee, editor of the newsletter and longtime choir member. John
was known for his love of books, community service and philanthropy.
in death by his longtime partner, Roberta Steiner, he is survived by sister,
Eleanor Ketcham (John), and nephews and nieces, Jim Ketcham (Dana), Cliff Ketcham
(James Moudy), Mary Sterner (David); and
five great-nephews, great-nieces and many cousins. In lieu of flowers, the
family suggests contributions to COPE, 104 Bloomfield
Ave., Montclair, N.J. 07042 or Central
Mission Fund, 46 Park St., Montclair, N.J. 07042. Published in Star-Ledger on Dec.2,2014
OF JOHN HELM
Year After his death on November 29, 2014
was a remarkable person, who loved singing and books, while also serving the
communities where he lived, Montclair, New Jersey and Chilmark, Martha’s
I saw directly of John’s life reflected chiefly his love of music, especially
singing. He sang as a solo first tenor in the Glee Club while I was singing in
it as a second bass. I have a record of a Houseparty Concert in which he sang a
solo in ”Old Folks at Home”, which brings back a poignant memory. Many years later
he sang several times in the Class chorus that performed for the memorial
services during our major reunions. That chorus, led by Classmate Jim Evans included
several former glee club singers. At every reunion and at other Princeton events
we found John because he was always glad to see us and discuss our continued choir
John’s cousin Cathie Hartnett
provided additional information about John’s musical activities while he was
living and working in New York City. He sang in the chorus of the preeminent
Gilbert and Sullivan theatrical organization, the Blue Hill Troupe. Later he
sang in the Collegiate Chorale, a well- known chorus singing more serious
as important as music for John was reading and collecting books. He worked in
New York for three publishing companies. Later, for a few years he worked in a
book store in Philadelphia, Sessler’s, located near the office building where I
practiced law. He enjoyed that work, and even considered buying the store. The
program for his service says "nothing gave him greater joy than producing an
annual book sale.” His report in the Class of 1952 Fiftieth Reunion book said
he ran two book sales a year. Many of the books in those sale may have been
donated by him. I remember seeing him walking into a church in Princeton one
morning carrying a box of books he was donating.
never mentioned to me any of the several philanthropic organizations he was
involved in. In the Fiftieth Reunion book he listed three nonprofit boards on
which he served. The Vineyard Gazette obituary mentioned that John was a
founding member of the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society.
important to John must have been his work at The Central Presbyterian Church in
Morristown where he was a lifetime member. This is clear from the picture
selected for the program for his memorial service. That picture shows him
standing in front of the pulpit of the Church surrounded by bags of food
collected for the Church’s Human Needs Pantry. Standing in front of that pulpit
he was "preaching” the message of his faith in a concrete way, and his way went
beyond using words.
also never mentioned to me his "great friend and love, Roberta Steiner”. I
believe she died in 2007. Again I don’t remember John ever mentioning her.
was a talented, service-oriented and very likeable guy; a great credit to the
January 2016 - George
William Brewster PurdyWe have received word from Matt Werth who reports that Bill Purdy died on November 26, 2014.
William Brewster Purdy, 87, died Wed., Nov. 26, 2014 in his
residence at Harbor's Edge. He was born in Orange, NJ and was son of the late
Alvin C. and Dorothy Fullerton Purdy. Bill graduated from the Lawrenceville
School in Lawrenceville, NJ and earned a BA from Princeton University class of
1950. He then served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea. He retired as
a Financial Advisor having worked in both New York City and Norfolk. Bill was a
former member of the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and a past member of the
Board of Directors of the Virginia Opera. Left to cherish his memory is his
sister, Nancy L. Purdy of Basking Ridge, NJ. Interment of his cremains will be
in Hillside Cemetery in Middletown, NY at a later date. In lieu of flowers
memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Zoological Society, 3500
Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23504. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is
handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?pid=173302435#sthash.hZMRHOnv.dpuf
John Alfred LaGrua ,Jr.We have received word from John Cartier ’60 who reports that John LaGrua ’52 died on October 4, 2014.
John Alfred LaGrua, Jr., of New York City, died October 4
after a long illness. His death saddened friends and relatives, leaving the
community depleted by the loss of a strong and sensitive individual. The cause
of his death was heart failure, according to members of his family.
The son of John A. LaGrua, Sr. and Mary Arbuthnot LaGrua,
John was born in 1930 and grew up in Queens and Manhattan, attending for one
year Columbia College before transferring to Princeton, where he joined Tiger
Inn and graduated with the Class of 1952.
A long career in Wall Street banking followed, eventually leading to his
service as president and CEO of several international banks. He led a joint
venture of Deutsch Bank and the Union Bank of Switzerland, which later became a
part of UBS, the largest bank in Europe. He also served as president and CEO of
Scandinavian Securities Corp, an investment bank responsible for the Wallenberg
Interests in Sweden.
John lived for a number of years in San Francisco and
Chicago and travelled extensively in the latter phases of his career, acquiring
broad cultural experiences and many friends abroad. He worked for several years for the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) and was especially proud of
his work teaching the United States banking system in St. Petersburg, Russia.
John was a member of the Links Club and the River Club in
Manhattan and the Meadow Club of Southampton, L. I. Since retirement, John was
especially drawn to Central Park where he made many friends while walking his
dog each day. He contributed regularly to the upkeep and improvement of the
Park and also authored an article about the Park for a local publication.
John is survived by a sister, Gloria Dugan, of Naples, Fl.,
a niece, Barbara Beuerlein, of Huntington, N. Y., a niece, Pamela Dugan, of
Naples, Fl., and a grand-nephew, William
Beuerlein, of Huntington. He will be
missed by them and his many friends.
A Memorial Service for John will be held at St. Ignatius
Loyola Church, 980 Park Ave, New York, on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at
1:30 P.M. [Posted December 20]
John took a detour through Columbia after graduating from
Bayside High School and joined us in sophomore year. He joined Tiger Inn and worked on the Class
Memorial Insurance Fund—prefiguring his career in finance. He was in the Catholic Club and worked as a
research assistant at the Forrestal Research Center.
John died in New York, his longtime and much relished home,
on October 4, 2014. In his entry for
"The Book of Our History”, John reported working in Wall Street, becoming the
president of a foreign-affiliated investment bank, which involved much travel
on European assignments. After retiring
from the bank he took up consulting, in the course of which he taught a class
on capital markets in St. Petersburg that he recalled with pleasure.
Written by J.P.D. Moore, November 22, 2014
Robert Leslie Stott,Jr.
November 10, 2014
Leslie Stott, Jr., 84, of Vero Beach, FL, died peacefully, surrounded by family, at
home on November 10. Bob is survived by wife of 30 years, Heidi Bingham Stott;
brother Donald B. Stott of Summit, NJ and North Palm Beach, FL; sons David and
Lawrence; daughters-in-law Micki and Megan; five grandchildren; stepchildren
Kathleen Fell Connor, John Fell, Michael Fell and Jeffrey Fell; and four
step-grandchildren. Services will be held at The Community Church of Vero
Beach, FL on November 21. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The
Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963 or
The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. – New
Howard B. Wentz, Jr.
September 19, 2014
Howard thoroughly and proudly enjoyed his relationship to
the class of ’52. He came to us from
Principia in St. Louis and achieved here a BS in Engineering. He followed Princeton with service as a USN
Lieutenant JG before employment at the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. From there he went on to Harvard Business
School (’57) where he met his wife of 56 years Judith Ann Blough. They married in 1958, eventually settling in
New Canaan, CT centered around a Manhattan business career migrating through engineering
consultation, operational management and business leadership. He spent the bulk of his career within Amstar
Corporation (Chair, Pres., CEO), Esstar Inc. (Chair) and Tambrands (Chair)
while serving on the boards of Colgate-Palmolive, Uniroyal Inc. and
He was an avid golfer, wingshooter, clays shooter, fly
fisherman and racquet sportsman. He
enjoyed these pastimes with Judy, Princeton alumni, colleagues, family and
friends spending time on the links in Hobe Sound, FL and the fields and streams
of Blooming Grove Club, PA among other golf and city clubs.
Howard was a believer in the need to progress America’s
sciences education to shore up economic competitiveness. In his name is a Junior Faculty Award at the
School for Engineering and Applied Sciences, which he established with the
purpose of recognizing and assisting promising junior faculty members in
engineering. Additionally, he
established with his wife a teaching chair in interdisciplinary studies, a
teaching fellowship and a Pre-Engineering Program at Kent School.
Howard passed due to congestive heart failure and is
survived by his wife of 56 years, three children and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Sidney Frederick Wentz ’54. His brother–in-law is William W. French lll ’53.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wentz
Pre-Engineering Program at Kent School, Kent, CT. 06757
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 27th
at 10:00AM at the
First Presbyterian Church of
Hawley, 815 Church Street, Hawley, PA 18428.
John C. Giordano, Jr.
Giordano, Jr., known to many as "Jack,” of Southampton and Middletown, New
Jersey, died at his Southampton home on September 11. He was 84.
The youngest of three children, Mr. Giordano was born in Long Branch, New
Jersey, on March 17, 1930, to Ruth Hadenwald Giordano and John C. Giordano Sr.
He attended the Lawrenceville School, graduating in 1948; Princeton University,
earning a bachelor’s degree in 1952; and Rutgers University School of Law,
graduating Phi Delta Phi in 1955. He was editor of the Rutgers Law Review from
1953 to 1955 and law secretary to New Jersey Supreme Court Justice William J.
Brennan Jr. from 1954 to 1955.
Upon completing his clerkship with Justice Brennan, Mr. Giordano formed the
Giordano & Giordano law firm in Long Branch with his father, the Honorable
John C. Giordano Sr., who served as a Superior Court judge in Monmouth and
Ocean counties and retired from the bench to join his son’s new law practice.
The law firm grew much larger over the years and ultimately became Giordano,
Halleran & Ciesla of Middletown. Under Mr. Giordano’s leadership and
vision, the firm became a multi-service law firm focusing on business, real estate,
health care, environmental and securities and litigation. Today, the firm has a
total of 116 lawyers and support staff.
During his career, Mr. Giordano represented major commercial and residential
real estate developers throughout New Jersey. He was instrumental in the
enactment of legislation to permit a new New Jersey Turnpike interchange and
bridge to provide turnpike access to and from the Jersey Gardens Retail Center
in Union County. He served as an advisor to clients on a variety of legal issues
including the acquisition and subsequent management of the Boston Celtics, as
well as the formation of the Hartford Whalers and related application to the
National Hockey League.
As well as having an outstanding legal career, Mr. Giordano was instrumental in
the success of several business ventures, survivors said. He was a promoter and
a founding member of the First State Bank of Ocean County, subsequently the
Middletown Banking Co. He was a principal in Countrywide Development
Corporation and 2 JG Associates, in which he participated in the acquisition of
developable land, obtaining approvals, construction of the projects and
In 1963, he was one of three founding members of the Navesink Country Club in
Middletown, and he oversaw the acquisition of the club’s site overlooking the
Navesink River, as well as the development of the clubhouse, PGA golf course,
hockey rink, tennis and paddle courts.
Early in his career, Mr. Giordano was active in the Monmouth County Democratic
Party and ran for State Assembly. He was an advisor to New Jersey Governor
Robert Meyner and an election campaign advisor and chief strategist to New
Jersey Governor James Florio. He remained involved in the political process as
a mentor to state senators and assemblymen.
Survivors said Mr. Giordano was an inspirational and charismatic leader for his
law firm for more than 55 years. Due to his extraordinary legal acumen and
counsel, they said, he was responsible for the ongoing prosperity of the firm
and its clients. They said his work ethic and ability to develop professional
and personal relationships was unsurpassed and that as result many clients
became lifelong friends and confidants who never lost touch with him.
Mr. Giordano is survived by his wife, Andrea J. (Cerullo) Giordano; three
sons—whose mother was the late Mary Kay Wertheim Giordano—and their spouses,
John C. "JC” Giordano III (Errol Train Giordano), Mark V. Giordano (Sallie
Dinkel Giordano), Paul G. Giordano; and stepson, V. Andrew Cerullo; five grandchildren,
John "Jake” C. Giordano IV, Schuyler H. Giordano, Nicholas B. Giordano, Leta K.
Giordano and Allegra L. Giordano. He is also survived by two sisters, Gloria
Henneberry and Joy Conhagen, and their families.
Robert L. Goodale
Dr. Robert L. Goodale of Minneapolis died July 17, 2014. A
memorial service was held Tuesday, August 5 at 2:30pm at St. Mark's
Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred
to the Dr. Robert and Katherine Goodale Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, c/o
University of Minnesota Foundation, PO Box 860266, Mpls, MN 55486-0266
Robert L. Goodale’s name graces a downtown Minneapolis theater that his
donations helped to refurbish. But before he was an arts philanthropist,
Goodale was a pioneering surgeon at the University of Minnesota who was
instrumental in developing now commonplace noninvasive procedures that allow
patients to return home the same day. Goodale,
who died of cancer at age 84 on July 17, was the founding director of the
university’s Department of Endoscopy and helped to introduce laparoscopic
technology to U.S. medicine. He joined the faculty in 1967 as the last
appointee of noted Surgery Department head Dr. Owen Wangensteen before he
groundbreaking research included an extended trip to Japan in 1978 to observe
advances in noninvasive surgical technology. "He set the standards and taught the rest of us,” said his
colleague Dr. Henry Buchwald. "He was one of the people who popularized this
kind of surgery not only in the Twin Cities but throughout the country.”
Richard Sterling Porter
TOPSHAM, ME — Richard Sterling Porter, age 85, of 80 Governors
Way, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
He was born May 14, 1929, in Newton, MA, the son of W. Edwin
and Mabel Saunders Porter.
He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton
University, and University of Virginia Law School. He served as lieutenant in
the U.S. Army and worked for Alcan Inc. for 31 years. In 1955, he married Sara
Patten McCrum. They lived in Charlottesville, VA, Cleveland Heights, OH, and
Montreal, Quebec. When he retired, they moved to Brunswick in 1988 and to
Topsham in 2007.
He was predeceased by his wife and is survived by two sons
both living in Brunswick, John Sterling Porter and Edwin Ross Porter, his wife
Karon Diane Salch and their son Samuel John Porter, and by a brother, William
Ross Porter of Dallas.
Friends may visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday,August 28, at Brackett
Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. For those unable to attend,
condolences to the family may be posted and a "Tribute” of his life viewed at
At the request of Mr. Porter, there will be no funeral
service. Memorial contributions may be made to Tedford Housing, P.O. Box 958,
Brunswick, ME 04011.
Charles Twiggs Myers
Charles Twiggs Myers,
83, a legendary history teacher and coach at Berkshire School for over four
decades, died at Berkshire Medical Center on June 14 as a result of injuries
suffered in a fall at home.
A true Renaissance man, Mr. Myers had interests
beyond the classroom and playing fields that ranged from land preservation to
railroad trains, from trees and flowers to all kinds of clocks, from baseball
and football (i.e., Phillies and Eagles) to the back roads of the Berkshires
and the Adirondacks, where he spent his summers. Twiggs Myers was born on
August 2, 1930, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the youngest of three children of
Charles Myers, a Philadelphia attorney, and the former Gertrude James Hearne.
He was the namesake of his great-great grandfather, David Emmanuel Twiggs, a
hero of the Mexican War and later commander of the Department of Texas for the
United States Army.
When the War Between the States broke out, Major Twiggs, a Georgian, promptly
turned the department over to the Confederacy, which commissioned him a Major
General. Born in 1790, he was the oldest Confederate general in the Civil War.
As a child in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Twiggs Myers went to elementary school in
nearby Radnor and from fourth through twelfth grades attended the private
Haverford School. During his childhood, he raised homing pigeons kept in a loft
attached to the family garage. Every summer, a baggage master on the
Pennsylvania Railroad would take pigeons belonging to the young Twiggs and
other local members of the International Federation of American Homing Pigeon
Fanciers to as far away as Columbus, Ohio, or even Indianapolis, one thousand
miles distant, and then release them. (Years later, Mr. Myers would raise
chickens at his home on Berkshire School Road in Sheffield, which he delighted
in calling Laywell Farm.) In 1948, he entered Princeton University, where his
father had graduated in 1909, when Woodrow Wilson was its president. In his
oral history of Berkshire School, Mr. Myers readily admitted that his academic
progress was, in his words, "frequently hindered by the many social
distractions of college life." He said he got by because of his passion
for history, particularly the Civil War. Among other members of Princeton's
Class of 1952 were Dick Kazmaier, a star tailback on Princeton's football team
and the last Ivy Leaguer to win the Heisman Trophy, and James A. Baker,
Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State under
George H.W. Bush.
Twiggs Myers graduated from Princeton in 1952 with a degree
in history and, he said, no idea of what he wanted to do. He drifted into
Harvard Law School and soon discovered he did not want to be a lawyer. "I
found the whole business of the law distasteful," he said, "and I had
a very miserable year in Cambridge." But he knew that he loved history. He
wryly noted that he also had "an unrealistic view of the romance of
teaching at a boarding school." So, following his year at Harvard, Twiggs
Myers headed west to the Berkshires, where he found his direction, his calling
and his home. At Berkshire School, Mr. Myers was among the last of a breed: the
bachelor schoolmaster whose institution is his love and whose students are his
children. He taught history there his focus was American history in general and
the Civil War in particular from 1953 to 1995, when he was named the school's
Senior Master Emeritus. In 1974, he built his home on Berkshire School Road,
where his immediate neighbor to the east was his Berkshire School mentor and
friend, Arthur Chase. Mr. Myers taught track and field his entire career and,
in 1966, founded the school's cross country running program, whose teams racked
up 200 victories while he was coach.
After retiring, Mr. Myers served as the
school's archivist and continued to take meals with the students and faculty. A
popular figure at alumni celebrations, he remained especially close with
members of his first graduating class, which, at its 25th reunion, named him an
honorary member of the Class of 1957. In 1995 Mr. Myers was named Honorary
Distinguished Alumnus, and in 2001 he joined Berkshire's board of trustees. At
the end of every academic year, awards in his name are given for teaching,
excellence in history, and achievement in cross country running. In the spring
of 2012, a sports car whisked Mr. Myers through a phalanx of cheering students,
faculty, and friends en route to the dedication of the Myers Lobby in Berkshire
Hall, the school's main academic building.
An inveterate storyteller with a
quick, often irreverent, wit among the staples in his repertoire was Adlai
Stevenson's quip, "I find Norman Vincent Peale appalling and St. Paul
appealing "Mr. Myers was ever the optimist. In a 1995 commencement
address, he urged Berkshire graduates to share that optimism. "Is there
anything to be won either for yourselves or for the rest of humanity by
lamenting the malignancy of the times?" he asked them. "A spirit that
rejoices in life may be quicker to heal its neighbor's misery. This is not the
first century in which the world has lived with calamity; over students in the
Middle Ages, the skies hung dark indeed. Theirs was an uncertain fate, but
still they made songs and sang them, songs whose gaiety has survived all their
unhappiness, and one such song has survived to this day: Guadeamus! Let us be
In addition to his countless former students, Mr. Myers's
survivors include his sister, Eliza Miller; nieces Diane Hulburt, Katje
McIntyre, Wendy Miller, and Susan Curtin; nephews Hunter Ten Broeck and Mark
Miller; 12 grand-nephews and nieces; and 5 great-grandnephews and nieces. A memorial
service for Twiggs Myers will be held in July at a time and place to be
announced. Gifts in his memory may be made to Berkshire School or to the
Sheffield Land Trust in care of Birches Roy Funeral Home, 33 South Street,
Great Barrington MA 01230.Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June16,2014
MacKinnon Simpson '65 wrote: I just rec'd notification from Berkshire School that your classmate Twiggs Myers died this past Saturday. Twiggs taught me American History at Berkshire and was a major influence in my career. A great man. Here is the notice I got from the School:
To the Berkshire Community,
It is with profound sadness that I share that Twiggs Myers passed away this
past Saturday, June 14, as a result of injuries suffered in a fall at home.
Peter Kinne was with him at Berkshire Medical Center, where Twiggs had been
resting comfortably and peacefully for two days prior. With this tragic news,
Berkshire loses a truly exceptional person and a legendary school master,
someone who touched the lives of countless members of our community and with
ties across over 60 of the School's 107-year history.
As many of us saw, Twiggs was at his very
best this past Reunion Weekend, making the full rounds of campus over the
weekend, participating in many of the events, and eagerly reconnecting with
indebted alums from every decade in attendance. Over my own time at Berkshire,
there is hardly a day that has passed without a member of our community, past
and present, invoking a lesson learned at the side of this great man. Joining
him for a conversation over a dining table in Benson was, for me, always an
occasion to draw upon his wisdom, perspective, and famous wit. As we all know
well, Twiggs was never shy about telling you what was on his mind and exactly
how he felt about it! In so many ways, he represents the soul and conscience of
Berkshire, with both rooted in relationships that spanned Seaver and Ann Buck,
the School’s founders, to the current students with us today. His loyal
stewardship of the School’s mission and values ultimately defines his legacy,
and I find some comfort knowing that this will live on in the lives of all whom
Twiggs, as you would all expect and
appreciate, was very clear in his wishes for our remembrances of him. A service
is planned for Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Church in
Sheffield, Mass. There will be a reception following on campus, in the Myers
Lobby of Berkshire Hall. I look forward to welcoming back to campus all those
who can join us for this occasion.
An additional service, later in July, is
being planned for Essex, New York on Lake Champlain where Twiggs spent summers
during his childhood and his many years at Berkshire. Finally, Twiggs was also
clear that he wished for our extended Berkshire community to remember him as
part of next June's Reunion Weekend. I'm sure other moments will emerge as we
struggle to move forward from his loss and to celebrate his staggering
contributions to Berkshire over all these years.
For now, please join Lucia and me in sending
our thoughts and prayers to Twiggs and his family. The likes of him we will
never see again, but in all of us… the thousands of Berkshire alumni, faculty
and staff past and present, students, parents, and friends of the school... we
carry his remarkable legacy and his enduring love for Berkshire forward
To read the obituary written by James Harris, click here.
To view a video, photo gallery and to share your thoughts and memories of
Twiggs, click here.
With great, great sadness,
Pieter M. Mulder
Head of School
Robert C. Johnston
Robert (Bob) C. Johnston, Esq., 83, passed away on June 1, 2014, at
his home in Princeton, NJ. He was born in New York City, NY, on Oct. 21, 1930.
After graduating from Deerfield Academy, Bob studied at Princeton University's
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, from which he
received his AB degree, before going on to obtain his LLB from Harvard Law
Bob enjoyed a notable career as an attorney working first for Dewey,
Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood in New York, NY, before forming his own
law firm, Johnston & Ward, also based in New York City. However, it was at
Squibb Pharmaceutical Company that he spent the majority of his career, serving
as both vice president and general counsel for the Squibb Medical Products
Group. Demonstrating a lifelong dedication to the legal profession, he joined
the Princeton firm of Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher & Brennan as partner
upon his official retirement.
Bob proudly served as an officer in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean War. Bob made his mark through his charitable and civic
involvement with the community. An ardent member of the Democratic Party, he
was involved with both the Freeport Democratic Club and Hopewell Valley
Democratic Club. Additionally, he served the Freeport PTA and school board
campaign organizations; the Hopewell Township Planning Board; the Stony Brook
Millstone Watershed Association; the Freeport NAACP chapter; the Preservation
New Jersey; the Hopewell Valley Historical Association; Planned Parenthood
Association (Mercer Area), and Princeton Pro Musica. At the time of his death,
Bob was an active member of the Pennington Presbyterian Church, co-founder and
former chairman of the D&R Greenway Land Trust, and trustee and treasurer
of the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space.
Bob is survived by Grace Previty
Johnston, his beloved wife of 14 years who, among many other accomplishments,
is a well-recognized pastel artist and teacher. He is also survived by his four
children and their spouses: Kathryn Johnston (David Wolf); Barbara Johnston
(Martha Kelch); Kenneth Johnston (Carolyn Johnston), and Carol Johnston
(Richard P. Curran), as well as his wife's four children and their spouses:
Adrienne Booth (Matt Garamone); Richard E. Booth (Julie Booth); Marigrace
Wuillaume (Francis Wuillaume), and Krista Crowe (Chris Crowe). He leaves behind
12 grandchildren: Daniel, Jenna, Sorrel, Tyler, Adam, Alex, Thomas, Claire,
Chloe, Cate, Haley, and Jackson. He also leaves behind his brother Reverend David
K. Johnston (Valerie Johnston) and two nieces, Martha Bishop and Sarah Brady. Bob was predeceased by his devoted wife of 43 years, Nancy Bakken Johnston,
who, among her many other accomplishments, served as president for both the
Hopewell Valley Board of Education and Mercer County Master Gardeners.
celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 6, at the
Pennington Presbyterian Church, located at 13 South Main Street in Pennington,
NJ, with a reception to follow. The Rev. Nancy Miksoki will officiate. The
family suggests donations be made in Bob's memory to D&R Greenway Land
Trust, Pennington Presbyterian Church, or the St. James Roman Catholic Church
of Pennington. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington
Road, Pennington, NJ. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.
in The Times, Trenton, on June4,2014 March 6, 1931-May 31, 2014
Note: Bob served the Class of '52 as a member of the Class Executive Committee from 2012 until his death.
6, 1931-May 31, 2014
Jet's wife Kit wrote: "As you may know, Jet passed away May 31, 2014, from pancreatic cancer. Enclosed is a copy of his obit which he wrote just two weeks before he died."
J. Edgar Thomson "JET" Rutter II departed to see the Lord on May 31, 2014, at age 83, after a short bout with cancer (it seemed longer.) J.E.T.
Rutter was born in what he liked to call "The People’s Republic of Santa
Monica,” California on March 6, 1931, the son of Thomas Renaud Rutter
(Princeton class of 1913) and Abby Holstein Rutter. He graduated from Chadwick School, located in the then-boondocks of Rolling Hills. In those days he was known as "Ned" or "Ed." He attended Princeton
University. After flunking out of the pre-med program, "Jet" finally graduated with honors from the Department of Religion and Philosophy, with a minor in Economics. During his senior year at Princeton, Jet was the Captain of
the Princeton Fencing team, and was named as an alternate for the 1952 Olympics..
The day after graduating from Princeton, June 18, 1952, "the luckiest day of his life" Jet married Lenore "Kit" Kittredge, daughter of Princeton Senior Professor of Engineering,
Clifford Kittredge (who was delighted to hear about Jet’s beer drinking and
bawdy song singing abilities.) In 1955, with assistance from Kit, who worked
full time to support them, Jet graduated from USC law school. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army (where he wasted two years and some taxpayer money), and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. When he returned to California (in 1957) he took a job practicing law with a mid-sized law firm in Los
In 1959, he formed a partnership with Dennis Carpenter and practiced law in Newport Beach until 1968, when he was appointed to the
Municipal Court. In 1970 he was promoted to the Superior Court. Judge Rutter
organized the Family Law Panel for the Orange County Superior Court; he resigned from the bench in 1985 as the senior judge of that panel. Thereafter, he
worked as a mediator, private judge, arbitrator, and appellate law consultant.
After shaking off their children (they thought), Kit and Jet traveled extensively, and enjoyed their waterfront home on Lido Isle, their condo in Palm Desert, as well as their friends at The Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
Jet Rutter lived most of his life on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, and served as board
President of the Lido Isle Community Association. He was a founding
member of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and served for many years on the board and as its President. His charitable efforts included Saint
James Anglican Church and the Lighthouse Outreach Ministries in Costa Mesa.
Jet was an avid free diver, SCUBA diver, and a mediocre and boogie boarder (until he had to have his back fused from "going over the falls" and other clumsy mistakes.) He enjoyed gardening, boating, and singing and playing guitar (not good but loud). His repertory of bawdy songs (his
repertory of bawdy songs and limericks was legendary.
Jet Rutter is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kit, who has stood by him all these years, and by their four children and three grandchildren (Thomas R. Rutter II, John P. Rutter, Lynne Rutter, and Lee Runnels, and grandchildren Elizabeth Rutter, Jet Rutter, and Griffin Runnels).
Jet Rutter was a man who was hard to ignore - whether or not you miss him is up to you. --- JETR II May 14, 2014
On May 11, 2014, due to heart failure. Born to Samuel W. and Margaret
"Peg" (Thumm) Pringle on October 14, 1930, in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. Grew up in Mt. Lebanon and lived in O'Hara Township. Current
residence Lansdowne, VA. Married Barbara B. Pringle on April 21, 1979. They
were married for 35 years. He was a devoted member of the Fox Chapel
Presbyterian Church, where he served as Head Usher and member of many church
committees for many years. Former member of St. Clair Country Club and Longue
Vue Club, and the Masonic Lodge of Dormont.
Sam was an avid golfer who enjoyed
playing bridge, singing in the choir, and exercising. He attended Mt. Lebanon
public schools. Graduated from the Mercersburg Academy preparatory school in
1948,and from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School
of Public and International Affairs where he was a member of the Terrace Club,
glee club, and sang in the church choir. Sam prepared a thesis on "Wage
Stabilization in the Battle Against Inflation" and graduated with honors
with the Class of 1952. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in
He served as assistant to Federal Judge Joseph P. Wilson from 1955 until
1957. Sam worked for his father's law firm from 1957 to 1960. He then joined US
Steel's law department as an attorney in in the real property division,
enjoying a nearly 40-year career with U.S. Steel, retiring in 1997. After
retiring from US Steel, Sam worked as a real estate attorney for Sprint
Communications, Inc., from 1998 until 2005. He was a member of the American Bar
Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Survived by wife, Barbara
B. Pringle; four children, Marybeth Edgar and her husband, Lee of Falls Church
City, VA, S. Wilson Pringle III and his wife, Meredith of Summit, NJ, Robert E.
Walley IV. and his wife, Cindy of Huntersville, NC, and Philip P. Pringle of
Greenville, SC; nine grandchildren, Caroline Jarrard, Grant Edgar, Sophie
Edgar, Will Pringle, Sloane Pringle, Alexis Walley, Morgan Walley, Robert
Walley V, and Alex Pringle. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Pringle's name
can be sent to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh,
PA. 15238. Arrangements are being handled by SLACK FUNERAL HOME,
(www.slackfuneralhome. com) 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD, 21043,
410-465-4400410-465-4400. Private Funeral Services will be held in Doylestown, PA at
Doylestown Presbyterian Church. Interment in the National Shrine of Our Lady of
in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 14,2014
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GEORGE MOSES KNEBEL, JR. died Monday, April 28, 2014. Born in
Venezuela, he was a son of the late George Moses Knebel Sr. and Carolyn G.
Knebel. He spent the 1st 10 years of his life at an American Oil Camp in
Venezuela, where his father was a Geologist and Exploration Manager. Once back
in the states, George graduated from Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, NY. He
received a BA from Princeton
University and an MBA from Wharton School of Business. Mr. Knebel
served in the US Army after college in the 101st Airborne Division in Germany. Then he went to work
for IBM as a Systems Engineer in NYC & White Plains, NY. He was promoted to
Systems Engineering Manager and spent many years in Chattanooga, TN and
Mr. Knebel was dedicated to serving his community and his church.
In Scarsdale, NY, he became a Mason, of which he was a lifelong member. In
Chattanooga, he was an active Civitan and received the "Man of the
Year" award and served as an officer of the group for many years. A devout
Episcopalian, Mr. Knebel served as a Jr. and Sr. Warden, and on the vestry at
the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mtn., TN. He also was an active
member of St. Martin's In the Fields, in Dunwoody, GA. In Columbia, SC he
joined Trinity Cathedral and regularly attended services at The Chapel at Still
Hopes. Mr. Knebel is most remembered for his qualities of honesty, kindness and
generosity. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He is survived
by his sister, Betty Kahle (Loren) of Austin, TX; his daughter, Carolyn Green
(Win) of Blythewood, SC; His son, Craig Knebel (Jennifer) of Darien, CT; His
grandchildren, Bill, Meghan and Tanner Green of Blythewood, SC; and Emily,
Laura, Nicholas and Bradley Knebel of Darien, CT. He is also survived by his
dear friend, Jane Berry, of West Columbia, SC. He was predeceased by his wife of
49 years, Jane Ann H. Knebel. The family wishes to thank the staff at Solutions
for Living at Still Hopes along with Dr. John Gould and his partners for the
loving care they provided.
service for George Moses Knebel Jr., 83, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday,
May 31, 2014, at Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Still Hopes. There will be a
reception at Still Hopes following the service. The burial will be private.
Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to The American Chestnut
Foundation at www.acf.org.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on
May 2, 2014
GEORGE COCHRAN DENBY, the son of James Orr Denby, U.S. Vice Consul to Peking, China, and Phyllis
Cochran Denby from Philadelphia, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in
Wilmington, NC. George was born in Peking, China
in 1929. His father was also born in Peking, the grandson of Charles Denby, the
first U.S. Minister to China. The family spent the first fourteen years of his
life in a number of foreign countries; Ireland for five years, Italy, Austria
and South Africa. He developed an abiding interest in the life and history of
South Africa. He had the opportunity with his family to travel throughout South
Africa and to undertake a lengthy and memorable trip from Capetown to Khartoum.
He attended Le Rosey School in Switzerland, Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY, and attended Princeton University. He spent five years in the US Air Force,
several of them on assignment to a number of Asian countries while stationed in
Honolulu as an aide to Commanding General Curtis LeMay, retiring as a Captain.
He considered his duty with the Air Force as one of the defining periods of his
A resident of Washington, DC, since the mid-fifties, he entered the
brokerage business with Auchincloss, Parker and Redpath; Thomson and McKinnon,
Prudential Securities and retired from Wachovia Securities. He was a former
president of St. John's Community Services, a member and former Governor of
Chevy Chase Club and a member of the Metropolitan Club. He had a keen interest
in chess and played with the Metropolitan Club chess team and elsewhere.
Beginning in 1980, he spent weeks to several months a year in Emerald Isle, NC, and for the past 18 years at Figure Eight Island in Wilmington, NC. He was
deeply appreciative of the opportunities coastal activities presented to his
family, and as a consequence it became an especially rewarding period of his
He leaves Marion von Hagen Kober, the mother of his two sons, Douglas and
Nicholas. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years Carmen Yoma from
Santiago, Chile; his son Douglas, married to Courtney Gregory and their three
children Marcella (17), Meredith (14), and George (10); his other son Nick,
married to Brooke Holt and their two children Grayson (12), and Douglas (8). He
is also survived by his dear brother Douglas Denby of Washington, DC; married
to Christiane, and his niece and nephew, Catherine Koutalas and Christopher
Denby. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the
wonderful Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation of Wilmington, NC at Lower Cape
Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or online www.lcfhfoundation.org. Condolences to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com Andrews Mortuary Market Street, Wilmington, NC. Market Street,
Thomas S. Knight, Jr. died peacefully at his
Greenwich, CT home Sunday morning, May 4, 2014, shortly after midnight. Knight was born in
Rochester, NY on May 9, 1930. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1948
and went on to Princeton University graduating in 1952.
Shortly thereafter he
traveled to Europe where he met his future wife of forty-eight years, Kathleen
Craig, while they waited together in line to collect mail at the American
Express office in Paris. He served his country in Korea during the War as a 2nd
lieutenant in the United States Army with the 555th Field Artillery Battalion.
Upon his return from active duty he began a career in advertising with Young
& Rubicam in New York, where he was as an account executive for over twenty
years ultimately retiring from advertising with the firm E. B. Wilson. In
addition he was a board member of PNC New England Bank.
An avid hunter,
fisherman, and golfer, Knight pursued those hobbies throughout his life and was
on the Board of Directors of the Round Hill Club and the Trout and Salmon
Foundation. Knight dedicated his time to several charitable organizations
including St. James Church in Manhattan where he served on the vestry and
became president of the Rector's Council, Portsmouth Abbey School where he was
a member of the Board of Regents, the United Way of Greenwich, and the YMCA of
His greatest philanthropic passion was Orbis International which he
co-founded with Dr. David Paton. From its humble origins in a few spare offices
in Young & Rubicam's Madison Avenue headquarters, Orbis has gone on to
provide ophthalmological training to three hundred twenty-five thousand medical
professionals in ninety-two countries and saved the vision of twenty-five
million people around the globe. Knight is survived by his wife, his four sons,
T. Spencer Knight III, George C. Knight, James E. Knight, and Peter A. Knight
as well as their wives Patricia, Meghan, Alison and Samantha, along with his
twelve grandchildren. Funeral service was held on Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 11 AM at
St. Michael's Parish - 469 North Street, Greenwich, CT. The family has requested
in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to Orbis International at www.orbis.org. If you wish to leave an
online condolence please visit http://www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com/
On May 9, 2014, at 5:26 PM, Dick Gillespie wrote: I attended Tom’s service this morning at Saint
Michael’s Parish and the church was packed to the gills. A wonderful
testimony particularly by his children. I did not see other
classmates but it was a large crowd and some may have been there. I
did see Mimi Pivirotto who looked wonderful. Tom was a great person but somehow
lost touch with us in the past 20 years or so. Dick Gillespie
George A. Nankervis, Ph.D., M.D., age 84, died April 8, 2014.
Preceded in death by sister, Jane Sturdevant of Dayton, Maine, he is survived
by Janet, his beloved wife of 59 years; two children, Patricia Van Lengen
(Charles) of Evanston, Ill. and Craig Nankervis (Mary Ann) of Dublin, Ohio;
brother-in-law, Franklyn Sturdevant of Dayton, Maine; nieces, Ruth Smith and
Nancy Sturdevant; nephew, David Sturdevant; and two grandchildren, Christopher
and Elizabeth Nankervis.
Dr. Nankervis was born on April 1, 1930 in Meriden, Conn. He graduated from
Meriden High School in 1948 and from Princeton University
cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy
as a gunnery officer on a destroyer
from 1952-1955. Following his naval service, Dr. Nankervis received his Ph.D.
(Sigma Xi) in Bacteriology in 1959 and his M.D. (with honors, AOA) in 1962 from
the University of Rochester. Dr. Nankervis completed his pediatric internship
and residency in 1965 at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston,
Mass. and his fellowship in Infectious Diseases in 1967 at the Case Western Reserve
University (CWRU) at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospitals (CMGH) in
Cleveland, Ohio. Following completion of his fellowship, Dr. Nankervis enjoyed
a long and distinguished career in pediatric infectious diseases research,
administration, and education.
Dr. Nankervis joined the faculty at CWRU, assigned to CMGH, as an Assistant
Professor of Pediatrics in 1967, rising to the rank of Professor of Pediatrics
in 1976. During his time at CMGH, Dr. Nankervis served as the Director of the
Viral Diagnostic Laboratory, where he carried out important bench research and
published extensively on congenital viral infections in the newborn, especially
Dr. Nankervis served as the Interim Director of Pediatrics at CMGH from
1977-1979, as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College
of Ohio (MCO) in Toledo, Ohio from 1979-1985, and as the Chairman of Pediatrics
at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Akron, Ohio from 1985 through his
retirement in 1995. Dr. Nankervis was a member of many important local, state,
and national committees, including the Home Away from Home Board of Trustees
(Ronald McDonald House), the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Ohio
State Medical Association Committee on Infectious Diseases, the American
Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee),
and the Board of Trustees, Hattie Larlham Foundation. Dr. Nankervis was a
member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of
Pediatrics and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and served on the
editorial board of Infection and Immunity.
Dr. Nankervis was recognized for excellence in pediatric education throughout
his career. He received the Faculty Teaching Award at CWRU in 1977, the Golden
Apple Award at MCO in 1982, the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of
Pediatrics Recognition Award for Distinguished Achievements and Outstanding
Contribution to the Advancement of Pediatric Care and Education for Patients
and Physicians in 1988, and the Dean's Award at Northeast Ohio Universities
College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) in 1995. He was selected by the NEOUCOM
graduating classes of 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, and 1995 to serve as one of their
"hooders" during graduation and was selected by the NEOUCOM graduating
class of 1996 to administer the Geneva Oath at their graduation.
A memorial service will take place 1 p.m. SUNDAY, April 13th at the Billow
FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2
to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. SATURDAY, April 12th. Private inurnment will take place at
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, One
Perkins Square, Akron, Ohio 44308. To share a Memory, Send a Condolence, Light
a Candle or Send Flowers, visit the Tribute Wall at www.billowfuneralhomes.com
Benson "Ted" Morris, 86, died peacefully in his sleep on March 20,
2014, in Pittsboro, NC. The cause of death was Alzheimer's Disease. The eldest
of three children, Ted was born on February 6, 1928 in Plainfield, NJ, to
Elizabeth Jenkins Morris and Herbert Leroy Morris. Valedictorian of his
Williston Academy class in 1945, he went on to receive a BA in Economics from
Princeton University in 1953, having completed his college education in three
sessions, scheduled around his service as Chief Petty Officer in the Navy from
1946-48 and 1952. He married Frances Rosalie Van Dyke in 1951 and they had two
children, Todd Robertson Morris and Leigh Haviland Morris.
A dedicated banker,
Ted was Assistant Treasurer at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in New York, NY
and Senior Vice President at Branch Bank & Trust in Raleigh, NC before
settling with his family in Simsbury, CT, where he presided as President and
CEO of Simsbury Bank & Trust Co. from 1964 to 1987 and then became a
Founding Member and Chairman of the Executive Committee of First Connecticut
Bancorp, Inc. Ted also served as President of the Connecticut Bankers
Association, State Vice President of the American Bankers Association and
President and Founding Member of the Yankee 24 ATM Network. His commitment to
banking was matched only by his commitment to service in his community, serving
as Trustee to the Peace College Foundation and the Hartford Foundation for
Public Giving, Chairman of the Simsbury Housing Authority, President and
Treasurer of the Simsbury Free Library, Vice President and Treasurer of the
Ensign-Bickford Foundation and Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Finance of
First Church of Christ, Simsbury, CT.
Retirement in 1987 and his love of
sailing, the sea, and distilling beach plum brandy brought Ted and his wife,
Rosalie, back to Brewster, MA, where his family had long spent their summers.
For Ted, the joy of retirement was the opportunity to more fully explore his
talents as a Jack-of-all-trades. He loved fixing clocks, woodworking, home
repair of all kinds, and locksmithing (he held a diploma which he had earned by
mail in 1975), as well as discussing philosophy and religion, which had been
his minors at Princeton. He considered opening a business called "Locks
and Clocks," but finally determined that it would interfere too much with
the international travel he and Rosalie enjoyed, so instead he turned his many
talents once again to public service and took on the task of making repairs to
donations at the Cape Cod Council of Churches Service Center, where he also
worked with the food bank and spent nights overseeing the homeless shelter.
During those years on the Cape, he also served as Director of the Cape Cod Red
Cross, Trustee and Financial Committee member of the First Congregational
Church of Harwich, and Member of the Board of the Cape Cod Housing Authority.
In 2006, Ted and Rosalie moved to Galloway Ridge, in Pittsboro, NC, where his
many friends, as well as the staff, enjoyed his celebrated, quick wit and dry
sense of humor. Throughout his battle with Alzheimer's, he never lost that
sense of humor, frequently astonishing those around him with his unexpected
"zingers." His brother, Robert Jenkins Morris and his son, Todd
Robertson Morris, predecease Ted. He is survived by his wife of 63 years,
Rosalie Morris, his daughter Leigh Haviland Morris and her partner Lynn Denise
Seagroves of Durham, NC, his grandchildren, Steven Cameron Morris and Kevin
Alexander Morris of League City, TX, his sister, Janet Mitchell of Aiken, SC,
his devoted, rescued English cocker spaniel, Annie, and numerous nieces and nephews
and great nieces and great nephews, who will all miss their irreplaceable Uncle
Thornton immensely. A memorial service was held in the auditorium at
Galloway Ridge on April 8, 2014 at 10:00 A.M., and at a later date a service in Brewster, MA and interment at Brewster Cemetery, beside his
beloved Brewster Park Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Cure
Alzheimer's Fund 34 Washington Street, Suite 200 Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
781-237-3800781-237-3800 firstname.lastname@example.org University of North Carolina Hospice P. O. Box
1077 Pittsboro, NC 27312 1-877-715-0606 Galloway Ridge Residents' Reserve Fund
Galloway Ridge 300 Galloway Ridge Road Pittsboro, NC 27312 1-800-437-2423 www.gallowayridge.com
in The Hartford Courant from Mar.25 to Mar. 30,2014
Ronald Lee Kinney, age 83, passed away peacefully in his Novato, CA, home on March 3, 2014. Ron was born in Toledo, Ohio, on September 7, 1930, to Russell and Mildred Kinney. After high school, Ron attended Princeton University and received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He went on to earn a Masters degree at the University of Michigan.
After graduation Ron drove out to California on Route 66 and embarked upon a career that lasted 38 years at Chevron Corp. On the trip out west to California, Ron brought along his new bride Marcia. Happily married since 1954, Ron and Marcia celebrated their 60th anniversary on February 27th. Ron was a dedicated and proud father of his three children, Michael Kinney, who preceded him in death, Nancy Andrews (Dr. Mark Andrews) of Calabasas, and Stephen Kinney (Hilary) of Novato. His seven grandchildren provided him with endless enjoyment; Megan and Matthew Kinney, Samantha and Branko Andrews and Hayden, Kendall, and Wyatt Kinney.
In addition to his involvement with his family's activities, Ron could be found reading; he was especially fond of U.S. and European history, or listening to music throughout the day, as he was a great fan of jazz. It was out in nature, however, that provided him many of his fondest memories, and whether he was with others or by himself, the outdoors was where he was the happiest. Up until a few years ago, Ron could be found in the Marin hills running or biking almost every day. He completed many marathons and other races in California and Colorado including the Dipsea and Pike's Peak. We will always remember Ron and the life he enjoyed. We will miss him dearly. A private service will be held for the family. Charitable donations are welcome at www.justgive.org/ronaldkinney.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Mar. 11,2014
Henry S. Jeanes III '52 died January 9, 2014. His obituary from the Philadelphia Inquirer follows:
Henry S. Jeanes III, son of the late Henry S. Jeanes Jr. and Grace Price Morgan of Devon, PA died on January 9, 2014. He is survived by Shirley A. Jeanes of Washington DC and their three children Grace P. Jeanes and her wife Leah Basbanes, Dunstable, MA; Amity Jeanes, Cape Neddick, ME; and Henry S. Jeanes IV and his wife Ana and daughters Giulia and Sophia, Cheverly, MD. Harry also leaves his beloved sister Carol J. Hollingsworth, brother Marshall M. Jeanes, and many devoted nieces and nephews.
Harry was born on January 21, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Devon, PA. He attended Haverford School, the Malcolm Gordon School and St. Paul’s School. Harry majored in Geology at Princeton University and later attended the University of California, Davis to study Agronomy. Prior to his study at Davis, he served as an officer in the United States Navy patrolling the Eastern Seaboard during the Korean War.
Harry followed his dream of becoming a farmer and purchased a farm outside Mercersburg, Pennsylvania where he raised sheep. There, in a beautiful valley called Little Cove, he helped raise a family. He was a man of keen intellect and character who loved words, books, art, rocks, stars, plants and animals. He had great empathy for and interest in the world around him. Harry was a true naturalist. York Harbor, Maine, where Harry spent many summers throughout his life, was a place of great significance to him. He returned to York Harbor in his final months where he passed away surrounded by family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy or mailed to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, Memorial Giving, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203. A servicewas held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 407 York St, York, ME, on January 25, 2014 at 11am. A reception followed at the Hollingsworth home, "Swanwicke”, 168 Western Point Road, York Harbor, ME. Relatives and friends were warmly invited to attend. Interment will be in Devon, PA at a future date.
HOWELL, John C. "Jack" of New Port Richey, passed away on Jan. 3, 2014 at 10:40 in the evening. Mr. Howell was born in New Jersey on Sept. 27, 1930. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he was a partner in the law firm of Moore and Howell in Newark, NJ. Mr. Howell is survived by his cousins, Mrs. Barbara B. Rieger of Maryville, TN and Mrs. Elizabeth B. Troutman of Glastonbury, CT. Interment is set for a later date at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 29, 2014