Spencer J. Reynolds, Sr.


Spence died peacefully November 28, 2021 in Princeton, following complications of vascular dementia. He was 83.


He was born in Providence RI, but returned as an infant to the cattle ranch in Wyoming where his mother and her close friends from Providence had met and married cowboys a few years before. He grew up on ranches in Cora and Big Piney, Wyoming, then went “back east” to South Kent School in Connecticut.


Spence attended Princeton with the Class of 1961, majoring in religion. He sang in the Glee Club, was a member of Cap and Gown, coxswained for crew, and was active in Episcopal services. His senior roommates were Hedgren, Edwards, Fike, Huey, and John Morris. He was elected an honorary member of '74.


At graduation he was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship to Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.  After one year, he joined the US Army and spent two years as a lieutenant in military intelligence in South Korea. Then he joined Chase Bank in Manhattan, first in money management and then in human resources.  Human resources proved satisfying and he applied to the undergraduate admission office at Princeton, which launched a rewarding career spanning more than fifty years, during which he consulted, consoled, and mentored both applicants and their families.


Given his rural-state upbringing, Spence knew intimately the outsider’s experience upon encountering a great institution like Princeton. He always empathized with the angst of applicants, and had a gift for putting students and families at ease. He loved working with coaches and other Princeton staff to find students who were not only capable scholars, but also promising athletes, artists, leaders, and personalities.


Today at this time of rising awareness and celebration of human diversity, it's interesting to note that in the late 1960s Spence was one of the first admission officers at Princeton charged with actively recruiting the heretofore untapped talent of minority students. Whatever their backgrounds, he derived lifelong satisfaction from the vast array of students’ accomplishments during college and after graduation.


Outside of the office, Spence carried Wyoming in his heart and on his head. He could be recognized around town and gown by his distinctive gait and cowboy hat, often uplit from under the brim by the glow of his pipe.  You could see it too in the Levis and cowboy boots he proudly wore to his sons' weddings, before it was fashionable to do so.


Most important to Spence personally, he was a caring and dedicated husband and father, taking great joy in the growth of his sons, and later of his grandchildren.  Spence and Joy raised their family on Jefferson Road and Markham Road, and for the past two years lived together on Princeton Avenue in a cottage which they designed and built on Spencer Jr.’s and Abby's property. Spence is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joy, and their three sons and their families:  Spencer Jr., his wife, Abigail, and their four children, Spencer III, Sydney, Peyton, and James (Princeton); Thaddeus (San Francisco); and Bram and his wife, Rakia, and their three children, Skai, Zoe, and Bram Jr. (Princeton).


Ever practical, Spence bequeathed his remains to the Anatomical Association of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for study and medical research.  A service of remembrance will be held at Trinity Church, Princeton (33 Mercer Street), on December 23, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.

Posted 12/19/21


Kenneth C. Scasserra


Kenneth Charles Scasserra, 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 3, 2021 in his adopted home of Pompano Beach, Florida.  “Kenny” was born in Princeton, NJ and attended Princeton Country Day School, The Canterbury School, and Princeton University, graduating in 1961. While at Princeton, he managed the Men’s Hockey team, an affiliation that would last over 50 years as he helped found and manage the Friends of Princeton Hockey & the Princeton University Hockey Association.  In 2010, the “Friend’s Room” at Baker Rink was dedicated and named in his honor. Ken ate at Charter Club, and his senior roommates were O'Connor, McCabe, Bush, Black, Eckfeldt, West, Epsen and O'Neill. Ken’s love of “the university” and his classmates was borne out by his commitment to the Class of 1961, for years leading 1961 reunion and other committees, and attending every '61 reunion for over 50 years, until his health prevented it. 


He spent his recent years keeping up with ’61 classmates in Florida, watching the Florida Panthers, playing Trivial Pursuit, reading, and attending the sports and activities of his grandchildren, whom he adored.


Ken was predeceased by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Benedict Scasserra; sisters Marilyn Scasserra, and Judith Cinciripini; niece Karen Stewart.  He is survived by his sisters Carol Stewart, Linda Masada, and Andrea Scasserra; son Martin and daughter-in-law Melissa; grandchildren William, James, Daisy, Charles Kenneth, Virginia, and Penelope Scasserra; nieces Celia Shafer, Alison Batman, Emily Kissinger, Rosa Jennings, and Theresa Cinciripini.


Burial will be in the family plot at Rocky Hill Cemetery on a date to be determined. A celebration of his life will take place in Princeton during PU reunions in 2022.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s memory may be made to the Princeton University Hockey Association, The Princeton Class of 1961, Princeton Day School or the Canterbury School. 



Posted 12/9/21

John F. Bright


John F. "Jack" Bright, Age 82, of Edgewood, PA passed away suddenly on March 1, 2021.


Jack was born in Pittsburgh to John G. Bright and Virginia (Wallace) Bright in 1938. He went to The Lawrenceville School and then majored in economics at Princeton, where he ran cross-country and track, wrote for Tiger Magazine, and ate at Terrace Club. His senior roommates were O'Neill, Douw and Roberts. Then he later earned an MBA at Pitt.


His career was long-centered on financial services and he never retired, continuing to work as a stockbroker, insurance agent, book-store owner, and firewood supplier. He served on the Edgewood Borough Council for the past 12 years and took special pride in expanding the fun at the annual Community Day activities. He was involved in many Republican organizations including as long-time chair of the Edgewood Republican Committee and was well known as an enthusiastic grassroots organizer of numerous election campaigns.


He was tireless in his devotion to all these activities. In his scant leisure time, he enjoyed being an outdoorsman. He owned and participated in a tree removal service even into his later years.


Jack is survived by his sons Frederick of Duxbury, MA and Alfram of Boston, MA. He also leaves his twin brother William ("Bill") of Ligonier, PA, and his sister Janice Dilworth of Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, he had 2 grandchildren, Mackenzie and Matthew and nephew, George Dilworth of Atlanta.


Friends received 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 8th at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington Street, Swissvale. Funeral service will be held there on March 9th at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Homewood Cemetery.


Posted 11/29/21


Harold A. Falconer, Jr.

Sandy passed away peacefully on the evening of Oct. 24, 2021, after a long illness. He was born on June 26, 1939, in Schenectady, N.Y. to Constance Theodora Mott-Smith and Harold Alexander Falconer. He graduated as salutatorian from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, N.Y., and attended Princeton University, where he ate at Terrace Club, sang in the Chapel Choir, and majored in music. His senior roommates were Andrews, Messina, Prindl, McKamy Smith and Ed Rose. After Princeton, Sandy earned his MD at Tufts University Medical School.


In 1965, Sandy was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served two tours in Vietnam as a SeaBee (Construction Battalion) physician in Da Nang. In between tours, he married Sheila Gilman of Rhode Island in 1967 and they had four children. Returning to the U.S. in 1968, he did residencies at Albany Medical School and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, specializing in pediatrics.


In 1970, he and a Tufts classmate opened a pediatric practice in Wakefield, R.I. ln the early 1980s, he moved to South County Hospital in Wakefield as an ER physician. He was board-certified in both pediatrics and emergency medicine.


Sandy grew up in a household steeped in music, and music was the great passion of his life. He studied piano at an early age, and in high school, Sandy filled in at the local Episcopal church on the organ. He also played the cello in high school, and took it up again later in life. During his early years in Rhode Island, he played organ regularly and directed choirs.


Sandy strengthened his ties with musical friends by inviting groups to his house to sing madrigals and play chamber music. Those associations became the nucleus of the South County Chamber Singers with Sandy as founding director in 1986. At the height of his eight-year tenure as director, the chamber singers was composed of as many as 40 singers and enjoyed robust attendance at two to three concerts annually, often accompanied by full orchestra, in South County area churches and University of Rhode Island Auditorium. During these years, Sandy also played piano trios with his close friends Gary Petersen on violin and Bob Champlin on the cello. They called themselves the “Bush Arts Trio.”


In 1990, he married his second wife, Judith Lord née Deniston, who had two young daughters by a previous marriage. In 1994, Sandy took a new ER position at New Britain General Hospital in New Britain, Conn., and the family moved to Farmington, Conn. While in Connecticut, he joined Connecticut Choral Artists, a professional choral group, and also served on its board of directors.


In 2003, Sandy retired from New Britain General Hospital, and built a new house in South Bristol where he had summered with his beloved extended family all his life. He continued working in the ER part time at Waterville Hospital, and then at Miles Hospital, where he retired in 2014. Starting in 2015, Sandy and Judy split time between Maine and Florida.


In 2006, Sandy became the director of Tapestry Singers in Damariscotta. He continued directing this group until 2014, giving several concerts each year, often with orchestra. He also worked as an organist at Damariscotta Baptist Church and Damariscotta United Methodist. In addition, he and Judy sang with St. Cecilia Chamber Choir and Sheepscot Valley Chorus, and he played cello with the Seacoast Orchestras. He also sang with VOXX (Voices of Twenty).


All his life, Sandy loved the outdoors, and was especially fond of hiking. Some of his notable achievements were climbing Mt. Whitney (14,500 feet) in California, and Mt. Katahdin in Maine, as well as many peaks in the Adirondacks. He also loved to travel and some favorite trips were to Italy, Switzerland, England, and Scotland. He had never spent time in the west and came to love visiting the national parks in California and southern Utah. He and Judy had two raft trips down the Grand Canyon. Even as recently as a month ago, Sandy hiked on local trails.


Sandy is survived by his wife of 31 years, Judy Falconer; four children, Raymond Falconer, of Hamilton, Mass., Jennifer Lambert, of Providence, R.I., Jacob Falconer, of Byfield, Mass., and Amanda Barone, of Jamestown, R.I.; two stepdaughters, Pamela Lord-Voshell, of York, and Kimberly Lord, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and his sisters, Joan Falconer, of Iowa City, Iowa, and Constance Scudder, of Potsdam, N.Y.; and a niece, Althea Haefner of Tulsa, Okla.


In lieu of flowers, donations to Tapestry Singers; St. Cecilia Chamber Singers; and/or Sheepscot Valley Chorus would be appreciated. A memorial service will be held at Second Congregational Church in Newcastle on July 16, 2022.


Posted 11/28/21



Sent to Class Secretary:




I am a co-Chair of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) and am delighted to invite the Class of 1961 to attend this year's A4P Reunions and Awards Ceremony virtual event on Thursday May 20th 6:30 - 8:30 PM EDT.  Franklin Odo is being recognized with the A4P Distinguished Alumni Award for his many contributions as an author, professor, activist, historian and pioneering champion of Asian American Studies .  He will also be a speaker on the panel "Bold Futures in Education". 


Posted 5/24/21








Hank Sykes wants to share his 10-minute video from our 50th reunion P-rade. Click here to play it. Were you there?


Posted 5/24/21


Sent to Joe McGinity and John Quilty by Scott McWhinnie:


This was the Freshman Heavyweight Crew.

Front row: A.D. Wiles, Ron Shipman, Carl Bredenberg, Yung Wong, Markley Huey John Randall
Middle row: Doug Greer, Dave Duval, George Gray, Terry Maloney, R. Barrowclough, Cliff Conway, D. Anthony, Rich Palmer, Bill Simmers, F. Lewis, John Quilty
Top Row: Jim Kunkemueller, A. Howard, John Bennett, Scott McWhinnie, A. Pike, Ken Moyle, Frank Alexander, Doug Henley
Missing (at least): John Bjorkholm

My quick story to you on Wednesday at Punta Gorda was… As you know, when you win a crew race, you receive the shirts from all your counterparts in the losing boats. I believe I have more shirts, if not shirts from the most diverse schools from around the country, than any other classmate over 4 years because in just one race I happened to be in the winning freshman "pickle"? boat (made up of the spares from each team). This was in the IRAs in Syracuse our freshman year when it was raining and very windy, filling the boats with water which we bailed out on the starting line with some sponges that just happened to be in the shell. We won the race not because of skill, strength or staying power but because we just happened to have some sponges. Princeton's first freshman boat versus all of the other first boats came in 5th for example. The diversity of shirts from many schools came from the fact that the losing boats contained the "spares" from all over the country instead of the Ivy League teams we normally competed with. Our winning "pickle" boat's picture was in the NY Times the next day.


Scott McWhinnie


Posted 5/2/21


To the Class Secretary:


Dear George,




I am sharing a recent announcement of an award I received from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where I received my PhD in 1970. This may be of interest to our classmates. For your information, I remain in full-time teaching at Virginia Tech and am completing my 55th year of full-time teaching.




"Professor Edward Weisband, Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences, Department of Political Science has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the 1943 Legacy Award at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). This new recognition is  given annually to honor an individual who has demonstrated unparalleled service to SAIS through significant organizational involvement, professional achievement, and planned giving. The award stated that SAIS was delighted to acknowledge Professor Weisband's leadership and dedication to educating students and cultivating a capacity for lifelong learning, core to the School and the University’s mission.  By presenting Professor Wisband with this award, SAIS hopes to convey its deepest gratitude for your embodiment of our institution’s values."


I look forward to participating in this year's virtual class ('61) reunion!


Best wishes,

Edward Weisband




Posted 5/2/21


Sent from Chris von Rohr to Steve Roberts's widow via Class Secretary Brakeley:


Dear Dawn,


In the Princeton Alumni Weekly I read about Steve's death, and I can imagine how you and your children and grandchildren feel. Reading Steve's CV I am almost sure I have met him during my year in Princeton because we shared a strong interest in politics. I am writing because I hope that the story I can tell makes you smile for a moment.


In June 1960 my Fulbright year was over and I had three months to discover the New World - with the spirit of an explorer but no money. So I started hitchhiking to the west coast, to Mexico and Costa Rica, with absolutely no unfortunate incident. When a nice truck driver dropped me near Des Moines a police car pulled up. "Hitchhiking is  prohibited in Iowa," they said and asked for my passport. When they learned about my background they smiled: "We can give you a  ride to Des Moines, just hop in our car. Where shall we drop you?" At the youth hostel," I answered.  "There is no youth hostel in Des Moines, but we have some nice  and rather cheap hotels. How much can you spend a night?" $1, worst case $2."That is difficult," they answered. 


A few minutes later they came up with a proposal: "We can put  you up in the local carcel, there you stay for free, in the morning you will get a cup of coffee and a donut." That was fine with me. I was locked up - not in an individual cell though, but in a room with a dozen guys. "What are you in for?" they screamed. Should  I admit that I was a house guest of the local police? Or a murderer? "Vagrancy"?, I said. "Same with me"?, an old man with no teeth yelled, and from that moment I had a friend which you desperately need in such environment.


The next morning at 7 AM we got our coffee, but nothing happened. I waited until 8 AM, then 9 AM, completely desperate. Would I ever get out of this cell? Complaining was no option with such cellmates in the back. Finally at 10.30 AM I heard loud steps and yesterday's cops admitted that they had completely forgotten me. To make up for that mistake they showed me all around Des Moines and dropped me at the US 35. Our 10 grandchildren love to hear that story, two of them have promised to go and see the city jailhouse when they are grown up.


Wishing you consolation and the return of happiness,


Dr. Hans Christoph von Rohr




Posted 4/25/21


4 Tigers walked into a bar...


On April 6th, this was an impromptu gathering, triggered by Cookie Krongard's visit to friends in the Naples area and desire to play golf and tennis.  Don Swan and Dick Edmunds met us at my local club, had lunch with us, played 18 and headed back to Sarasota.  Beautiful day for golf and good company.



Joe McGinity


Posted 4/7/21

Here is a picture of myself, wife Roz, and miniature schnauzer Maxine, and another just of me, now gray haired.  


I was fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time and helped to start the fields of interventional radiology, cat-scanning, MRI and cardiac imaging as well as the early uses of balloons.


I enjoyed my career in academic medicine, running a large fellowship program. I retired only because my wife’s health required a warm climate, so we moved from New York City to Florida. In retirement we are attempting to be avid bridge players and we are now both Life Masters.

Looking forward to seeing you all at our 60th reunion.


David Gordon


Posted 4/3/21

John RodeJohn S. Rode

John S. Rode, 80, of Huntersville, NC died October 3, 2019 at his home. He was born on September 10, 1939 in Mt. Vernon, NY to the late John and Yvette Rode. He is preceded in death by his wife Marjory.

At Princeton, he ate at Dial Lodge, joined ROTC, and played intramural hockey.

After a long career in law in New York City, John and Marjory retired to North Carolina in 2006 to be closer to family. John joined the NorthStone Country Club and spent many an enjoyable day on the course with the ROMEO's golf group. He also spent time on multiple Southern race tracks as a pit crew member with a group of friends, and was always willing to lend a hand or a bit of advice for those who stopped by to visit at his front porch in Centennial. He greatly enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up and spending time with his sons and their wives.

Survivors include his sons, Greg Rode and wife Abby of Huntersville and Eric Rode and wife Margaret of Evergreen, CO; brothers, Henry and Peter; and grandchildren, Rebecca and Garrett.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, cancer.org.

Posted 9/27/21

William H Miller Fairfield, Connecticut ObituaryWilliam H. Miller

William Harlowe Miller, Jr. of Norwalk, Connecticut passed away peacefully at Stamford Hospital on August 30, 2021, after a long bout with dementia. He was born on April 22, 1939 in Mineola, NY to William Harlowe Miller and Martha Clarke Miller of Lloyd Harbor, New York. Bill attended Phillips Exeter Academy (class of 1957) where he played on the varsity soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams. He then attended Princeton University, where he played on the varsity ice hockey team and was a member of the Ivy Club. His senior year roommates were Barker, Brown, Driscoll, Butt, Garrett, Rankin and Sanger.

After graduating from Princeton in 1961, Bill served in the U.S. Navy, during which time he sailed on a destroyer, the USS Strong, and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1963, Bill earned his JD from Syracuse University College of Law in 1966. He also married Jean Piersol of Philadelphia in 1966. After living in New York City for a few years, Bill and Jeanie settled in their current house in Wilson Point, Connecticut.

Bill was a trusts and estates attorney, initially with Humes, Botzow, Wagner, and Miller, and finished his distinguished career as a partner at Davidson Dawson & Clark, LLP of New York and New Canaan. He retired in 2014.

Always generous with his time, Bill leaves a legacy of volunteering and service to the activities and cultures that provided him with so much joy throughout his life. He coached his sons' hockey teams in the Darien Youth Hockey Association, served on the Board of Trustees of Greens Farms Academy, the Board of Directors of the Amateur Ski Club of New York (ASCNY), and the Board of Directors of the Wilson Point Property Owners Association, for which he served as Secretary for 30 years.

In addition to ice hockey and skiing in Vermont and Utah, one of Bill's primary passions was sailing. He grew up racing Atlantics and other one-design boats on Long Island Sound at the Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club. He went on to race in numerous Newport-Bermuda Races, Block Island Races, Vineyard Races, and Halifax Races. He also loved cruising the waters of the northeast with his family. He was a member of the Norwalk Yacht Club, the New York Yacht Club, the Corinthians, and the North American Station of Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs. In addition to his accomplishments on the water, and in keeping with his spirit of giving, Bill served as a board member and Chairman of the Junior Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound in the 1980s. He was also a board member of the Norwalk Yacht Club and its Junior Sailing Program, for which he served as Chairman from 1981 through 1984.

Bill was a modest, unassuming soul who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Jeanie, his two sons, William H. Miller, III (Rachael) of Crested Butte, Colorado and Thomas P. Miller (Sara) of Sammamish, Washington, and four grandchildren, Paige, Ellie, Brooks, and Skyler, who were the little lights of his life. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Miller Massey and his brother, Ludlow Clarke Miller, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

A memorial service will be held on October 9, 2021 at Saint Luke's Parish in Darien, CT at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Norwalk Maritime Center, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 - https://www.maritimeaquarium.org/donate. Smooth sailing, Grandad.

Posted 9/2/21

Cookie Krongard Still Playing Lacrosse at Age 80

Fri Mar 5 2021 | Michelle Booth | College


Howard Krongard, more commonly known by his nickname “Cookie,” started playing lacrosse when he was 5 years old. He was a two-time All-American goalie at Princeton and named the outstanding player in the country twice. He’s been inducted into four halls of fame, including the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1985 and the New York Sports Hall of Fame (he’s the only lacrosse player) in 1994.


But perhaps his most notable accomplishment is that Krongard still plays today at age 80. He’s a regular in the Florida Lacrosse League, where he faces blistering shots coming off the sticks of twenty-somethings, and competes annually in the Princeton alumni game.


>>> this is the beginning of a really interesting article about Cookie in USLacrosse magazine. Click here to read the rest and be amazed!


Posted 3/31/21


Frederick Oscar Lamparter


Fred died on June 22, 2021, in The Woodlands in Houston, TX. Born in Plainfield, NJ, to Oscar Frederick and Frances Sinclair Lamparter and sister Joan, he came to us from Lawrenceville School. At Princeton he majored in English, played IAA sports, was an announcer and engineer at WPRB, and took his meals at Terrace Club.  He roomed with John Bidwell.  Fred amusedly recalled a time he – wearing his radio DJ letterman sweater - entered a burger shop on campus and the many underclassmen within parted like the Red Sea to let him through to the counter. 


Following Princeton, Fred joined the US Air Force and became a pilot.  Stateside, he flew a C141 out of the Carolinas.  After officer training, he spent a year in Viet Nam as a Forward Air Controller, flying 295 combat missions and providing essential intel and ground support in a “low and slow” aircraft over dangerous terrain.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for locating a compromised ground unit and acquiring air support that ultimately saved their lives.


After honorable discharge, Fred married Mary Anne Nelson of Virginia, settled in NJ, and worked in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather.  The couple was married almost 20 years and had three children.  He often took his children to Palmer stadium for football games, or to watch basketball games with Pete Carril style coaching.  After a career of international travel running training programs on interpersonal and communication skills in business, Fred retired from Ogilvy & Mather and moved to the Myrtle Beach area of S. Carolina.  He was a consultant trainer for The Baron Group for a decade, while enjoying his freedom to be very involved in his grandkids’ lives.  He played tennis 3 days a week and was the hurricane emergency coordinator for the Wachesaw Plantation community.  In 2019, he joined his daughter’s family in a suburb of Houston Texas.


Fred is survived by his sister Joan, and her husband, Steve; Fred’s three children, Kyle, Joanne (Sam), and Bryan (Leigh-Ann); and 7 grandkids: Kaitlyn, Audrey, Amy, Fred, Oscar, Owen, and Morgan.


Fred’s first official solo flight was June 21, 1963 at Vance AFB in Oklahoma.  His final solo flight was June 22, 2021 in Texas.  He soars.


Posted 8/5/21



Perry Thomas



It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Edward Perry Thomas (Atlanta, Georgia), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, who passed away on July 21, 2021, at the age of 81, leaving to be mourned by family and friends.


At Princeton "Hippo" ate at Cap and Gown, and joined Navy ROTC. He received an architecture degree at Tulane after serving in the Navy, but then switched to real estate.



Posted 7/29/21


 Webster B. "Dan" Todd, Jr.


      Webster B. "Dan" Todd, Jr. passed away on June 3, 2021 at his home in Bernardsville, New Jersey.  He was born December 1, 1938 to Webster B. Todd and Eleanor S. Todd of Oldwick, New Jersey.  Dan graduated from Millbrook School and Princeton University '61 with a BA in Geology. He played hockey and rugby, and ate at Ivy Club.


       Dan was a Renaissance Man having lived a full life.  He was an avid outdoorsman, licensed fishing guide, pilot, marine captain, golfer, hockey player and coach, race car driver, a musician, rancher, and was involved in a number of real estate business endeavors.  Dan's political involvement spanned many decades.  In addition to his turn in the New Jersey State Assembly, he worked on numerous campaigns both presidential and statewide.


       Dan was the founder and owner of Princeton Aviation Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey.  He served in the New Jersey State Assembly in 1968.  In 1973, Dan was appointed Deputy Special Assistant to the President, White House Personnel Office.  In 1974, Dan became Inspector General of Foreign Assistance and Assistant Secretary, United States Department of State. In 1976, he served as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, DC.  He was Director of Engineering and Air Safety for the Airline Pilots Association International AFL-CIO, Washington, DC.  Dan was President, COO, and Director of Frontier Airlines, Denver, Colorado.  After working for Frontier, he founded Fishook Land and Cattle Company, a ranch real estate investment company, in Livingston, Montana.  Along with ranching in Montana, he was a certified mountain search and rescue pilot and certified firefighter.  Dan was a Professor at The Ohio State University, Ohio and Monmouth University, New Jersey.


        Dan also served on the Somerset County Library Commission; and as a Trustee of The Millbrook School, the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, the Air Safety Foundation; and as a member of the Committee on Aviation Safety Engineering, the Colorado Forum, the NJ Commerce and Economic Growth Commission and the Tewksbury Township Agricultural Advisory Board.  Dan was president, trustee and a member of the Oldwick, NJ Volunteer Fire Company.  Dan was a member and also served as Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey Aviation Association; and a member and Governor of the QB Association.  In October 2015 Dan was awarded by the United States Federal Aviation Administration, The Wright Brothers "Master Pilot Award" for fifty years dedicated service in aviation safety.  In 2019 he was inducted into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame.


         And we can't leave our his interest in music: he played with The Lazy Tiger jazz band. Also, due to his geology major at Princeton, he loved the outdoors and was a licensed fishing guide in Montana, and had his captain’s license in Florida . He was also a fantastic lifelong guide at Yellowstone Park where he spent his summers while at Princeton. He raced cars and even built one from the ground up that he and his brother raced.



          Dan is survived by his wife, Barbara Todd of Bernardsville, NJ and his six children: son, William Todd and wife Betsy; daughter, Whitney Zimmerman and husband Kevin; son, James Todd and wife Nikki; daughter, Elizabeth Todd; daughter, Claire Todd and daughter, Margaret Todd.  Dan is also survived by four grandchildren: Wyatt Todd, Graceley Todd, Caden Zimmerman and Ben Zimmerman; and his sister, Christine Todd Whitman.  Dan was preceded by both his parents, sister Kate Beach and brother John Todd.


          In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Oldwick Fire Company, 163 Oldwick Road, Oldwick, New Jersey 08858 or to Henry's Fork Foundation, P.O. Box 550, Ashton, Idaho 83420.


          A celebration of Dan's life will be held on June 18, 2021 at 4:00pm at the Oldwick Fire Company, Oldwick, 


Posted 6/4/21


Pressedienst 19. Dezember 2019: Germanist Marron C. Fort verstorben -- Universit├Ąt OldenburgMarron C. Fort



Marron Curtis Fort (October 24, 1938 – December 18, 2019) was an American-born German linguist and professor who specialized in the study of Saterland Frisian language and Low German (plattdeutsch) spoken in northern Germany. Fort was a German citizen and lived in Leer. Fort's work in print and appearances in radio and television have contributed greatly to the preservation and furthering of the Saterland Frisian language and Low German language and culture in general.


Fort was born in Boston to Alice and Marron William Fort.[1] His father was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in engineering. After attending boarding school in New Hampshire, Fort began his studies in Princeton University in 1957, including German studies, English, Dutch studies, Scandinavian studies, and Mathematics. He ate at Court Club. In 1961 he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In 1963 Fort participated in a university exchange program at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. In 1965 Fort completed his PhD with Professor Alfred Senn at University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on the Low German language spoken in Vechta.[2]


From 1969 until 1985 Marron C. Fort taught as Professor of German at the University of New Hampshire. During this time, specifically 1976–77 and 1982–83, Fort lectured as a guest professor at University of Oldenburg and began to study Saterland Frisian language as well as East Frisian Low Saxon. At the University of Oldenburg, Fort was a Senior Researcher beginning in 1983 and was in charge of the Center for Low German and Saterland Frisian until his retirement in 2003. Fort has lived in Germany since 1982.


As part of his involvement with Saterland Frisian, Fort published a Saterland Frisian dictionary as well as two volumes of folk tales in that language. He also prepared a translation of the New Testament and Psalms.


Fort has received numerous awards, honors and titles from academic institutions, community organizations and cultural councils in northern Germany



Posted 3/21/21


David A. Sawyer


David Austin Sawyer, 82, passed away peacefully in his home January 13, 2021 due to pancreatic cancer. He was being cared for at home by Hospice and Margaret Thomas. Dave was born September 27, 1938 at old St. Joseph's Hospital in Kansas City, MO, the son of Joseph Neal Sawyer and Virginia Ann Austin.


Dave was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, a member of the 1956 graduating class of Southwest High School and, with an interval of Army Reserve Active duty, divided his college years evenly between Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, where he rowed on the crew and was a member of Colonial Club and roomed with Bob Towler, and the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, held the Phi Delta Theta Scholarship Cup, and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1961.


After varied experience at the Pacific Coast Head Office of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in San Francisco, the Folgers Coffee Company eastern headquarters in Kansas City, and as a reporter for the Kansas City Times, in 1964 he enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and won the American Jurisprudence Award for Creditors Rights, graduating with a J.D. degree in 1967, and in that year becoming a member of the Missouri Bar.


After practicing law at the Independence, MO firm where he clerked to finance his legal studies, Dave served as estate planning counsel at Commerce Bank of Kansas City Trust Department. In 1971 he became interested in the title insurance industry and joined the Guarantee Abstract and Title Company, Inc. in Kansas City, KS as an attorney examiner. In 1973 he was appointed by Guarantee Abstract's underwriter, Chicago Title Insurance Company, as escrow counsel and later as regional claims attorney in its Kansas City, MO office. In 1978 he was invited to relocate to Chicago Title's southern regional headquarters in Atlanta, GA, where in 1984 he was appointed Regional Claims Counsel, heading a staff administering the company's claims operations in the southern states from New Mexico to Florida and in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In 1994, preliminary to retirement, he moved to Orlando, FL, where he lived in the Altamonte Springs/Sweetwater district and served at Chicago Title's newly established Regional Claims Headquarters in Winter Park as Senior Counsel until his retirement in 1999. In July of 2000, he returned to Kansas City.


Dave was a devotee of early American history and genealogy and became a lifetime member of both the Jamestowne Society and the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas City, the Civil War Roundtable, the Alden Kindred of America and the New England Historic Genealogic Society.


Dave was an unfailing enthusiast for Kansas City and considered himself surpassingly fortunate to be born and raised in a loving family in such a special place. He liked to recall the rhetorical question of the French writer Andre Maurois to the effect that "who in Europe, or in America for that matter, knows that Kansas City is one of the loveliest cities on earth?" Dave's fascination with the City proceeded from not only the tales handed down in the family long ago regarding the ancestors who helped build the City, but also from his all-too-brief experience at the Kansas City Star/Times where as a young reporter he was indelibly imprinted with The Star's unwavering determination to chronicle Kansas City's history and development.


Dave's return to Kansas City was auspicious for him in more ways than the fulfillment of a return to roots, for it was here he met the late-in-life love of his life, Margaret Thomas, together with whom he shared not only the allurements of local city life but also far-ranging trips to her native northern Idaho, where a cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene and mountain biking on the Hiawatha Trail through the Bitterroots into Montana were special features. In this way as in so many others, blessings abounded in his later years.


Dave was a member of Mensa, The Missouri Bar, the Princeton Alumni Association of Kansas City, the University of Missouri Alumni Association, the Golden Legion of Phi Delta Theta, the Princeton University Rowing Association, and the Plaza Club. He was a supporter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, the Land Institute of Salina, KS, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He was a former member of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Kansas City, MO.


Loved ones remember Dave as a kind and gracious gentleman, a quiet introvert with a sweet smile, an impressive intellect and an amazing memory. Dave was proud of being a Democrat and an advocate for liberal values.


Dave is survived by his beloved companion Margaret Thomas; her family, his sister, Suzanne Koontz (Paul); his twin brother J. Neal Sawyer, Jr. (Kathy); his brother Robert N. Sawyer (Jennifer); and eight nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. A private family graveside will be held at Forest Hill & Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. Memorial donations can be made to Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).


"Good night sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"



Posted 2/24/21



James W. Klein


On Monday, February 15 2021, James Klein, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at the age of 81 due to pneumonia complications from COVID-19.


Jim was born on September 28, 1939 in Newark, NJ to Walter and Vera (Allen) Klein. He received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1961, where he joined Dial Lodge, and completed graduate certifications at Purdue University (power systems engineering) and Columbia University (executive business program).  Jim started his career working at Public Service Electric & Gas, managing a nuclear power reliability project. He also provided consulting to NASA regarding nuclear power and space flight reliability.


Jim later moved early on to work in management roles at American Cyanamid, including Vice President - Planning and Operations and Vice President - Latin American Operations.  He became Executive Vice President of Jacqueline Cochran, then a subsidiary of American Cyanamid, where he focused on mergers and acquisition of prestige brands such as the US launch of La Prairie.  Jim then used his knowledge of technology to move into software at Madison, McKesson/HBOC, and Atlantic Health Systems. 


Jim served as a board member and Vice Chairman of Chilton Memorial Hospital, board member at Memorial Health Foundation in Morristown, NJ, board member and President of the Counseling Center for Growth and Healing, board member and Treasurer of the Creative Living Counseling Center, and board member of the PHO of Chilton Hospital physicians. 


Jim was active in his community and many have fond memories of him as their Sunday School teacher at Packanack Community Church, a founding member of the decades-strong Packanack Church Men’s Book Club, Packanack Tennis Club member, and Princeton Alumni Interviewer. Jim led the first acoustic guitar group in the Packanack Community Church, held Sunday song sessions for the smallest churchgoers, and played in the outdoor Sunrise Service every Easter.  In recent years, Jim volunteered at the Oasis Haven for Women and Children in Paterson to teach physics and chemistry to shelter residents seeking graduate equivalent degrees.   He was always with a guitar, whether it was in church, playing his solid Gibson electric guitar at Greenwood Lake in the 1950s, or singing to his kids at bedtime.


Jim and his wife Guitty enjoyed travel, exploring places like Morocco, China, and Guitty’s native France together.  Their home was always filled with fond memories of their travels and with cherished pets, including chirping cockatiels and a beloved dog, Kazoo.


Jim is mourned by his wife, Guitty Rostai of Wayne, New Jersey. His first marriage ended in divorce. He is remembered with love by the children from his first marriage, Ann, her husband Krist Roginski, and his son, Greg; his grandson, Brian Mandle; and his siblings Janet Marantz and Thomas Klein and wife Ann Marie, and their daughters Sarah and Katie.


The family plans to hold a private memorial service in April.  The family would be grateful for any donations in James Klein’s honor in lieu of flowers or gifts.  Donations can be made to Oasis:  A Haven for Women and Children https://oasisnj.org/donate


Posted 2/18/21



Howard C. "Ward" Sylvester, Jr.


Ward Sylvester Monkees

Ward Sylvester, a pivotal figure in the career of The Monkees, their television series, live performances, and more, passed away on June 11, 2017. He was 77.


At Princeton, he ate at Court Club and served as Vice-president and social chair. He also joined Triangle Club, the University Press Club, and announced at WPRB, and served on its Board of Directors.


Ward managed a pre-Monkees Davy Jones, served as an associate producer for The Monkees television series, oversaw the first Monkees concert tour, acted as executive producer for their 1969 television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, and later collaborated with Michael Nesmith on various projects throughout the 1980s and 1990s. All four Monkees selected Sylvester as their manager in 1995 in preparation for the group's 30th Anniversary festivities.

Ward was born on October 1, 1939. In the early 1960s, he was Vice President of Columbia Pictures and would play a key role in the burgeoning career of a young Davy Jones. In his 1987 autobiography, They Made a Monkee Out of Me, Davy remembered visiting with Sylvester in 1964 during his stint as 'The Artful Dodger' in the Broadway production of Oliver! "Ward Sylvester, a Screen Gems executive, had come to see Oliver! After the show he came backstage and said he'd like me to come to Hollywood and do some tests - was I interested? Was I interested? ... Meeting Ward and doing those screen tests was the beginning of the ideas and connections that led to The Monkees — though no one knew it then." 

The Hollywood Reporter announced the partnership between Jones and Screen Gems (Columbia's television division) in September 1964, two years before the debut of The Monkees, saying that Davy "has been signed to a long-term contract by Screen Gems. In addition to appearing in future TV series for Screen Gems, Jones will also record for the firm's Colpix Records and make features for Columbia Pictures."


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Posted 2/9/21

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