MEMORIALS: 2018


(his dates)
Gift from his 
classmates and friends

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.

John Fleming "Jack" Ball, March 9, 2018
Thomas Edward Dosdall, March 9, 2018
Robert Stewart Krayer, April 17, 2018
Robert Bruce Middlebrook, April 22, 2018


Robert bruce middlebrook
january 15, 1930- april 22, 2018

Born January 15th, 1930 in Seattle, Washington, ROBERT BRUCE MIDDLEBROOK has lived his 88-years to the fullest. He attended Magnolia Elementary School in Seattle. After graduating Summa Cum Laude as Valedictorian of the Class of 1948 at The Lakeside School in Seattle, he moved East to Princeton, NJ where he studied engineering and architecture at Princeton University. His sophomore year at Princeton University, he met Marilyn Jean Corl on a blind date set up by his high school best friend and college roommate, Arthur Langley. Bob and Marilyn married on April 4th, 1952 in Princeton, NJ just before his graduation. In 1954, he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Architecture from Princeton University.

For many years he commuted by train to Manhattan where he worked for several architecture firms as Chief of Design. These firms include: Kelly & Gruzen, John Graham & Company, Welton Becket & Associates, and Paul & Jarmul. He was in charge of design for many projects, including The United States Mission to the United Nations; 1964 World’s Fair pavilions for Coca Cola, Ford, and General Electric; corporate headquarters for Xerox; and the Federal Office Building and Court House in Rochester, NY. Then, moving closer to home, Robert worked for Rutgers University as the University Architect and Director of New Facilities during a time of expansion. He then continued this line of work at Princeton University, his Alma Mater. During his time at Princeton he coordinated facilities work on the main campus and then he moved to partner with scientists at the Plasma Physics Laboratory who were engaged with the Tokamak fusion reactor project. Throughout his career he also hand-painted beautiful functional renderings of design projects for corporate clients, and designed private homes around Princeton, including two homes for his family, to which he added numerous additions. He never stopped thinking about design!

As a husband and family man, Robert had a good life. He and his wife, Marilyn, travelled extensively. They travelled across the US and Canada and visited Europe as well as the Far East and Africa. Here at home, they were active in the Princeton community. They were members of Community Without Walls (House 4) and shared many enjoyable times attending concerts and theatre events in town as well as taking advantage of courses offered by the University. The long-term friendships that he and Marilyn developed over the years enriched their sense of connection with neighbors and community.

Robert Bruce Middlebrook passed on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Arden Courts in Yardley Pennsylvania where he had been struggling with dementia. He is deeply missed by his wife, Marilyn Jean Middlebrook; daughter, Carol Lynn Middlebrook of Kensington, MD; son, Robert David Middlebrook of Lawrenceville, NJ; daughter-in-law and Dave’s wife, Amy; and granddaughter, Alison. He is also survived by Ada Middlebrook, the wife of his deceased older brother Bill, as well as Bill’s children Krista of Greenville, SC; Curt of Tampa, FL; and Cora of Keedysville, MD; and his younger brother Jack Middlebrook and his wife Marci of Bozeman, MT, and Jack’s children, Eric Middlebrook of Ormond Beach, FL and Lara Middlebrook Hayes of Jacksonville, FL.

Robert, aka "Pop-Pop”, will be fondly remembered for his warm hugs, Sheltie ear rubs, the twinkle in his eye when he would say, "why spoil a good story by sticking just to the facts.” His fireside storytelling enriched our family traditions and was fueled by memories of generations passed.


robert stewart krayer
march 11, 1930 - april 17, 2018







john fleming ball
april 26, 1930- MARCH 9, 2018

John F. Ball, 87, a retired television and film production executive, died at his home in Greenwich on Friday, March 9.

Mr. Ball was born in Winnetka, Ill., on April 26, 1930, to Edward and Kathleen Ball. He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka in 1948, and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., in 1952. Following his graduation, he served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Destroyer Force.  

While a student at Princeton, he met his future wife Anne Firestone, granddaughter of tire industry pioneer Harvey S. Firestone, during spring break in Miami. They were married in 1957. Mrs. Ball died in 2013.

Following his Navy service, Mr. Ball joined the CBS Television network in New York City, where he became director of television special programming. He was credited with development of such classic television programs as Candid Camera, Sing Along with Mitch and The Man from Uncle.

Mr. Ball left CBS and joined the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in 1961, where he served as vice president of television programming and later as president of Thompson’s documentary television division Survival Anglia Ltd. At Survival, he collaborated for many years with British producer Aubrey Buxton on an extensive series of acclaimed wildlife documentaries. Their 1972 film The Incredible Flight of the Snow Geese won two Emmy awards for cinematography and film editing.

In 1985, he established John F. Ball Productions, Inc., which specialized in production of films and videos for Catholic and educational institutions.

Active in local, national and international Roman Catholic organizations, Mr. Ball was a long-time member of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Greenwich. Mr. Ball was a member of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great, Knights of the Holy Sepulcher and Knights of Malta. In 1992, he was elected a member of the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Mr. Ball received the Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II in 2003. He and his late wife Anne were long-time supporters of Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy, from which they received the prestigious Umilta Award in 2011.

Mr. Ball was an actor and songwriter. He began his musical career at New Trier High School, where he was a founder and director of the Lagniappe student musical-variety organization. He went on to write and perform in the Princeton Triangle Club, where he served as vice president. In 1952, he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing and dancing to his original music. Mr. Ball remained active in Triangle Club throughout his lifetime, as a trustee, chairman from 1970 through 1988, and chairman emeritus since 1995.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Ball was preceded in death by brothers Edward Ball and Rev. David Ball and sister Kathleen Ball Crane. He is survived by sons John F. Ball, Jr., of Chicago and David F. Ball (Lucy) of Darien, Conn., daughter Sheila Ball Burkert (Randall) of New York City and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Ball also had a home in Northport Point, Mich.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 22, from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich, Conn., 06830. The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 23, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 469 North Street, Greenwich, Conn., 06830. There also will be a memorial service this summer at Atwill Memorial Chapel in Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Family Centers of Greenwich, 40 Arch Street, Greenwich, Conn. 06830 or Leelanau Conservancy, 105 N. First Street, Leland, Mich. 49654.


ThomaS EDWARD dosdall 
MARCH 30, 1930- MARCH 9, 2018

Thomas E. Dosdall, age 87, died peacefully on March 9, 2018. Born in St. Paul, MN. SPA Class of 1948; Princeton class of 1952. Retired from H.M. Smyth. He spent many years between Minnesota and his beloved California. He is preceded in death by wife, Patricia Hickey Dosdall; and brother, Chet. Survived by wife, Annella Zervas Dosdall; sister, Mary (Reyn) Guyer; children, Diana (John) Herman, of Bloomington, MN, Debbie (Chip) Daniels of Dellwood, MN, Mike (Carol) Dosdall of Fairfield, CT, Teri (Tom) Vannelli of Mendota Hts, MN, and step-daughter, Patti Baker (Randy) Brunter of Orange County, CA; grandchildren, Keri Herman, Kevin (Kate) Herman, Patti (Patrick) McConachie, Mike (Fallon) Vannelli, Rob (Nikki) Vannelli, Christy (Matt Morrison) Daniels, Brad Daniels, Tom (Annie) Dosdall, Kiira Dosdall, Steven (Andrea) Brunter, Eric Brunter, Becca Brunter, and Katrina Brunter; and six great-grand-children.