MEMORIALS: 2018


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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
C. Robert "Bob" Bell, October 9, 2018
Frank C. Carlucci, III, June 3, 2018
Thomas Edward Dosdall, March 9, 2018
Robert Stewart Krayer, April 17, 2018
Thomas Matter, May 8, 2018
Robert Bruce Middlebrook, April 22, 2018
William Stuart "Bill" Morgan, May 16, 2018
William K. "Bill" Raymond, May 28, 2018
Lucius Wilmerding III, May 25, 2018


C. Robert Bell
July 14, 1930 – October 9, 2018

The Honorable Charles Robert (Bob) Bell Jr., 88, of Vero Beach, Florida died quietly in his sleep Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

He prepared for Princeton at the Hutchinson, Kansas, Public High School and met his wife the first week of freshman year.  They were married in December of Senior year by special permission from Dean Frances R. B. Godolphin.  Bob played trumpet in the University Band and Orchestra and was a student conductor of the Band.  He was a member of Court Club.  After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1955 he served three years on active duty as a Navy Legal Officer.  He returned to Wichita, Kansas, where he had been born and entered the general practice of law.  His legal career culminated with three terms of service as a Judge of the District Court.  Upon retirement he and Jan moved to Vero Beach, Florida.  He maintained contact with the profession by serving as a certified circuit court civil mediator.  His hobbies included hunting, sailing, golf, and reading.  He leaves behind, in addition to his wife of almost 67 years, five children: Barbara Luckey, Charles Robert Bell III, Nancy Carr, Bradley L. Bell, and James S. Bell, as well as eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He was an Eagle Scout, a lifelong Rotarian, a Presbyterian, and a Paul Harris Fellow.  He liked to say he was a gentleman by an act of congress, Honorable by vote of the electorate, but it took hard cash to become a Fellow.  He asked me to report that he did his best to do his duty to God, his family and his country.  I can also say he did justice, loved mercy and walked humbly with his God.  Requiescat in Pacem.
                     The above Memorial was sent to Larry McNichols '52 by Bob's wife Jan.

Bob was born in Wichita, Kansas to the late Charles Robert Bell, Sr. and Marjorie Wooddell Bell.  Bob found success at a young age while growing up in Hutchinson, Kansas and became an Eagle Scout as well as earning a full scholastic scholarship to Princeton University. While at Princeton he met the love of his life, Janice Little, and they have been married for 67 years. After graduating from Princeton he attended and graduated from Harvard Law School. After Harvard, he served his country as a legal officer in the US Navy.

Upon returning to Wichita, Kansas, he practiced law for many years until being elected a Judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit, serving three terms. After retirement, he and his wife moved to the Treasure Coast where he was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder.

Bob was very proud of raising five children and loved them as well as all of their spouses and grandchildren. He was a Stephen Minister, Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, avid sailor, magician, story teller extraordinaire and voracious reader. He asked us to report that he did his best to do his duty to God, his family and his Country.

Survivors include wife Janice L. Bell of Vero Beach, children Barbara Luckey (Gregory) of Woodstock,Georgia, Charles Robert Bell III of Wichita, Kansas, Nancy Carr (Michael) of Vero Beach, Bradley L. Bell (Linda) of Wichita, Kansas, and James S. Bell (Christine) of Vero Beach, grandchildren Lisa Cochran, Bradley Luckey, Jonathan Carr, Nicholas Carr, Corey Carr, Joshua Bell, Kyle Bell, and Zachary Bell, and six great-grandchildren.



WILLIAM FRANCIS MURDOCH
January 22, 1931 - July 30, 2018

William Francis Murdoch, Jr. died on July 30, 2018, in Bethesda, MD of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. A 50-year resident of Princeton, NJ, Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Cullens Murdoch, Hon. P’52, plus their four children (spouses): Mary M. (Molly) Finnell (Sam) of Skillman, NJ; Elizabeth M. Maguire (Henry) of Lewisburg, PA; Timothy R. Murdoch (Pascale Lemaire) of Montreal, Quebec; and Kate M. Kern (John) of Bethesda, MD. Bill is also survived by nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister, Sarah Schneider, and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two older sisters, Esther Hauser and Francis Schalch, and one younger brother, James C. Murdoch.

Bill was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, attended Bethel Park High School, and graduated from Princeton in 1952 with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School. Bill rowed on Princeton’s heavyweight varsity crew where he developed a lifelong passion for rowing, and he was also a member of Princeton’s R.O.T.C., the Triangle Club and the University Cottage Club. Bill’s love of Princeton University continued for 65 years, and he served his class of 1952 in numerous leadership capacities, including Class President.

After Princeton Bill enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery and served as a forward observer in The Korean War. He received an MBA from Harvard in 1956 then relocated to Pittsburgh to run the family business, the Murdoch Chevrolet Company. Concurrently, he developed a shopping center in Bethel Park, PA which established his interest in real estate,and he managed for decades the family’s Pittsburgh real estate investments.

In 1961 he joined Booz Allen and Hamilton and four years later moved to The Rouse Company where he helped to develop the planned city of Columbia, MD. In 1974 he joined Merrill Lynch Hubbard, a REIT, which went public in 1988 as HRE Properties. Over 15 years, Bill was President, CEO, and a trustee of HRE. He served as President of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), Director of Rockefeller Center Properties and Trustee of MGI Properties. Late in his career, Bill devoted more time to the Pittsburgh real estate, working with his daughter Molly. An office building currently under construction, The Murdoch Building, is located on the former Chevrolet property.

He gained personal satisfaction from his successful business endeavors, particularly when they provided for the extended family. Bill enjoyed summers vacationing in Ontario on the French River, surrounded by friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered most for his kindness, generosity, integrity, and sound judgement.

George Aman:  The loss of Bill Murdoch will hit everyone very hard. Bill died on July 30th. Superlatives multiply about him, as a person and Class leader.



john van cortlandt parker
august 2, 1930 - June 26,2018

FALMOUTH - John van Cortlandt Parker died peacefully, surrounded by his family at home on Falmouth Foreside on June 26th after a gallent battle with MDS. John was born in August of 1930 in the home of his parents in Morristown, NJ. He was the third and last child of Dudley Fuller Parker and Sarah Sturges Parker.

John was blessed with a first class education, graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, earning a BS in Civil Engineering at Princeton and later an MBA at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. After Princeton, during the Korean War, he served in the Civil Engineer Corps of the US Navy, mostly at the air base at Kodiak, Alaska. Following the Navy he took a job with the Maine Central Railroad, not knowing a single resident of the state. After 12 years with the railroad, including leaves of absence to attend the Tuck School, he transitioned to Consumers Water Company where he completed his career, including eight years as president and CEO. Shortly after Consumers was sold to Philadelphia Suburban Water Company, John wrote a history of the company entitled From Maine to the Main Line. John also remained active in the naval reserve after discharge, eventually retiring as a Captain.

Just after arriving in Maine, John was introduced to Ann C. Payson, whom he married in 1957, a week after gaining his MBA. They were married for 61 years and raised four children and four grandchildren, all whom model John's love of the outdoors.

John played many sports. His best at school was lacrosse. At Exeter he played on a New England championship team and at Princeton he played on a national championship team. Later in life he played fair tennis and terrible golf. His better sports were sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter. While he never owned a sailboat himself, he crewed on dozens of races including some 25 Monhegan races and a few Halifax and Bermuda races. He and Ann skied Sugarloaf for 65 consecutive winters and enjoyed ski vacations with friends and family in many other resorts around the world. John twice broke his neck while skiing but was not deterred from the sport he and Ann most loved doing together. He last skied in April of 2018 at the age of 87. John also enjoyed hiking many of the high peaks in Maine, New Hampshire and the Adirondacks, as well as mountain climbing with his sons guiding him up Mt Rainier and The Grand Teton. John was an avid bridge player and regularly beat his family at Oh Hell.

John thoroughly enjoyed working around his home, where Ann has lived the majority of her life. With a dull axe, John enjoyed splitting all the wood they would burn in winter. As a registered professional engineer John designed and built the pier and float which served as the base for decades of family enjoyment on Casco Bay. He also built two marine railways, one standard gauge to haul their boat and one 11 foot gauge for the ramp and float. John fished a dozen lobster traps for over 25 years, marking his traps with orange and black buoys representative of his alma mater.

John and Ann enjoyed traveling. They cruised many times, mostly river barge trips in Europe and on friends' boats in New England and the Caribbean. Over the years John cruised the entire coastline from Connecticut to the eastern end of Nova Scotia. John and Ann's favorite trips were MFOs (Mandatory Family Outings), where John set aside his thrifty nature and generously underwrote Caribbean vacations for the entire family. The MFOs solidified that "families that play together stay together."

John served on many non-profit boards and committees including The United Way, The Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, Thomas College, Waynflete School, Wayfinder School, The Victoria Mansion, The Maine Historical Society, Sun Savings and Loan (Chairman), Falmouth Zoning Board (Chairman), The Sugarloaf Water Association, and the National Association of Water Companies (President). He was Alumni Class President at Exeter, and served on the investment committees of Maine Health and The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine. He was a docent for the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad which allowed him to share his love of railroad history. John had strong opinions and his letters to the editor were regularly published in the Portland Press Herald and other publications which generated lively dialogue amongst friends and family.

John was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Sarah. He is survived by his older brother, Richard, of Catonsville, MD; his wife, Ann; his daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) and husband, James Landmann of Yarmouth; his son, David and grandson Jordan of Bainbridge Island, WA; his son, Andrew, Michelle Palmer and grandson, Cortland of Park City, UT; and his son, Stephen, wife, Jane, granddaughter, Emily and grandson, Ashanti Haywood of Yarmouth.

John was a lifelong blood donor. At his request, his body has been donated to The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for education and research.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth, with a reception immediately following at the Portland Country Club.





















William Kilborn raymond
December 21, 1928 - MAY 28,2018

Bill Raymond died peacefully at his home in Lafayette, California on Monday, May 28, 2018.  Bill was born in Akron, Ohio on December 21, 1928, the son of Ralph and Henrietta Raymond and brother of Bettie Raymond Burton(d. 2007), and twin sister Barbara Raymond Engle.

A graduate of Princeton University, class of 1952, he went on to serve as an officer in the Navy during the Korean War. After his time of service, Bill settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where he met and married Martha Harris (d.1995) in 1956 and had three daughters. Bill had a career in engineering and manufacturing and held successive management positions at E. F. Hauserman in Ohio, Essick Manufacturing Co. in Los Angeles, CA, and Agalite Bronson in Oakland, CA. In 1974, Bill started his own business, Lanaidor, Inc. a small factory in Oakland, CA, which manufactured residential sliding glass doors and insulated glass. In 1999, Bill married the second love of his life, Freddy Lancaster and gained two step-sons along with their families.

Bill was a lifelong woodworker, excellent cook, and avid bridge player. He loved to travel, experience new things, connect with people, and laugh at his own jokes. He showed up for people in ways that were significant and life-changing - always ready with help, wise advice, and a listening ear. Bill valued honesty, integrity, and loyalty, and loved his family wholeheartedly and without reservation. He considered his family to be the best and brightest of his accomplishments.

Surviving Bill are his wife, Fredericka Lancaster Raymond, daughters Julia R. Sept (Clark and granddaughters Anne and Simone), Caroline W. Rogers (Paul), and Katherine H. Raymond (Jose), and stepsons John Lancaster (Kira and granddaughter Lara) and Jeff Lancaster (Jenny and grandchildren Jeffrey and Mary).


thomas matter
AUGUST 24, 1930 - MAY 8,2018

Thomas Matthew Matter emailed:  I am writing to notify you of the passing of my father, Thomas Matter, Princeton Class of 1952.  Dad passed away peacefully on May 8, 2018 afetr a long battle with Alzheimer's.  Dad spent the last 50 years living in Walnut Creek, California.

His wife [my mother] Medelyn McGoff Matter preceded him in death, passing May 30, 2012.  My father was the last in a long line of Princeton alumni in his family, including his brother Robert Matter, Jr. '45, his father, Robert Matter, Sr. '14, uncles John Matter '06, Milton Matter '09, George J. Bippus '19, and cousins Philip Matter '51, and Fred Matter '58.

Dad is survived by his son Lawrence Matter and daughter Jean Matter, in addition to myself.

As my father's disease consumer his mind his fond memories of Princeton stayed with him until the end.  He was a proud Tiger, with banners decorating the wall of his room in a care facility.

Lucius Wilmerding III
August 20, 1930 - May 25,2018

WILMERDING--Lucius, of Old Lyme, CT died May 25. A graduate of Milton Academy and Princeton University, he worked for the United States Trust Company before moving to Princeton with Adela where they raised their children. He served on the boards of Princeton Day School, the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association and the YMCA's Sloane House, New York. Contributions may be made to the Old Lyme Land Trust or an organization of your choice in his name. His Memorial Service will be held July 28th at 1 pm in the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.


frank c. carlucci
october 18, 1930 - june 3,2018

By Bruce Nelan June 4 at 10:36 AM

Frank C. Carlucci III, a soft-spoken but hard-driving crisis manager for six presidents and whose reputation as a tamer of federal bureaucracies led to stints as secretary of defense, national security adviser and deputy CIA director, died June 3 at his home in McLean, Va. He was 87.  The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, said a family friend, Susan Davis.

Mr. Carlucci’s rise was linked with those of his Princeton wrestling teammate Donald H. Rumsfeld and Caspar W. Weinberger, both of whom were entrenched in Republican politics and became defense secretaries. They and others in high office often called on Mr. Carlucci, a self-described damage-repair specialist, to sort out turmoil and scandal in fractious federal power centers.  

As No. 2 at the CIA in the late 1970s, he was widely credited with helping calm a spy agency in almost open revolt against its director, Adm.Stansfield Turner. A few years later, as national security adviser, Mr. Carlucci helped restore the National Security Council’s probity after the Iran-contra affair brought down its chief, Vice Adm. John Poindexter, and the head of its military-political office, Lt. Col. Oliver L. North.  In his various top Defense Department roles, Mr. Carlucci also was responsible for helping build up and then dramatically reduce the department’s budget, as times and White House policy warranted.  By his own admission, Mr. Carlucci was "not a great visionary” in the mold of Henry Kissinger. But he had a steely confidence that, along with impeccable connections, got jobs done and helped him advance.

Short and wiry — his father was once quoted as calling him "a tough little monkey” — he distinguished himself in 1960 as a Foreign Service officer in the strife-ridden Congo, where he was once stabbed in the back while helping rescue Americans from a mob.

Moving up the Washington hierarchy during the first Nixon administration of 1969 to 1973, he proved deft at forging comfortable compromises on thorny issues. As a top official of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, he managed to keep the anti-poverty agency thriving despite withering attacks by Republicans alleging fraud and waste.

When then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan threatened to refuse OEO grant money to fund a legal-services program for that state’s rural poor, Mr. Carlucci worked out a plan in which the governor accepted the money in exchange for a federal investigation into the allegations. It was a maneuver that was said to have greatly impressed a key Reagan ally — Weinberger, who soon came to Washington and brought Mr. Carlucci up the ladder with him as an indispensable deputy.

As much as he benefited from admiring patrons, Mr. Carlucci was also known at times for putting his views on the line before powerful Washington insiders.  In 1974, when Portuguese military officers overthrew the right-wing dictatorship in Lisbon, then-Secretary of State Kissinger fired the ambassador and sent Mr. Carlucci over to prevent Portugal from becoming the first country in Western Europe to turn communist.  Kissinger was ready to isolate Portugal inside NATO and cut off U.S. assistance programs, but Mr. Carlucci didn’t agree. He argued that the country could be saved for democracy because of its ties to the West and its strong Catholic Church at the local level.  "Whoever sold me Carlucci as a tough guy?” Kissinger was reported to have said.

To outmaneuver Kissinger was risky business. In a later oral-history interview, he recalled telling the secretary of state that "his statements were pushing Portugal into the arms of the communists. . . . I had some discussions with the White House as well, because I believed I worked for the president, not just the secretary of state.”  Kissinger agreed to let Mr. Carlucci handle the problem his way. His position was vindicated when communists were defeated in Portuguese elections and their domination of the government ended. Mr. Carlucci played his part in this by designing U.S. Agency for International Development programs in health and housing and working closely with the democratic political parties and their leaders.  "It turned out the electoral process worked,” he said. After three years in Lisbon, he decided, it was time to go — "I had become too much of an actor in the drama.”

‘Where is Carlucci?’

Frank Charles Carlucci III was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Scranton, Pa., where his father was an insurance agent.  The younger Carlucci was only 5-foot-7 but was known as a dedicated athlete. He joined Rumsfeld on the wrestling team at Princeton, where he graduated in 1952 with a degree in international relations.

After two years in the Navy, he spent a year in a two-year MBA program at Harvard and also began an executive training program at the Jantzen swimsuit company before deciding that this, too, was not for him.

He had long been interested in foreign affairs, so in 1956 he joined the Foreign Service. He was sent to Congo in 1960, just at the cusp of its independence from Belgium. That November, he helped save from mob bloodlust a carload of Americans whose vehicle had struck and killed a Congolese bicyclist in the capital of Léopoldville.  Mr. Carlucci once said he remained with the driver "at least until the others could get away.” Only later on a bus home did he realize that he had knife wounds in his back.  His bravery in that episode and others in Congo’s rebellious provinces became the stuff of Foreign Service legend and cemented his friendships with Cyrille Adoula, who became premier of Congo, and with Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.

He returned to Washington in 1962 and took over the Congo desk at the State Department. Adoula soon arrived on an official visit and, at a White House lunch in his honor, looked around and asked, "Where is Carlucci?” The Congo desk officer was unknown to President John F. Kennedy, who turned to Secretary of State Dean Rusk and asked, "Who’s Carlucci?”  The secretary didn’t know, either, but Mr. Carlucci was soon tracked down and delivered to the table.  Passing through Washington in 1969 after working at the embassy in Brazil, Mr. Carlucci got together with Rumsfeld, who had just become head of the Office of Economic Opportunity and persuaded his former teammate to join him as deputy director for operations at the anti-poverty agency.

Over the next two years, Mr. Carlucci became the deputy to Weinberger, who led first the Office of Management and Budget and then the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Upon his return from Portugal in 1978, Mr. Carlucci accepted an assignment from President Jimmy Carter to serve as deputy CIA director. The head of the spy agency, Turner, had been expected to clean up shop after revelations at congressional hearings that the CIA was engaged in assassination plots, spying on Americans and other misdeeds.  Turner fired more than 200 experienced spies, some of them station chiefs in Eastern Europe, and was turning his resources and reliance to satellites. Mr. Carlucci took over the day-to-day operational control of the agency while Turner focused on coordinating the larger intelligence community. Mr. Carlucci’s willingness to use human operatives as well as satellites for intelligence gathering and covert action was credited with helping ease the tension.

Mr. Carlucci’s decision to work for a Democratic president was viewed as an act of betrayal by some hard-line Republicans. But when Reagan, who was now president, tapped Weinberger to run the Pentagon in 1981, the new defense secretary insisted on having Mr. Carlucci as his No. 2. They went on to launch what was then the largest military buildup in U.S. history — with a budget of $1.4trillion over five years, which Mr. Carlucci directed.  At the time, he described "economies and efficiencies in defense” as "subsidiary issues,” given a growing Soviet threat. "We provide a service much like firemen and policemen,” he said of the Defense Department. "It’s wasteful when you don’t need it, but when you need it, every cent of it’s worth it.”

To Sears, then the NSC

Mr. Carlucci left the Defense Department in 1982 because his personal bank account "ran out of money,” as he put it. He was wooed by Sears, Roebuck & Co., where Rumsfeld was on the board, and accepted the presidency of a new export services firm called Sears World Trade Inc., based in Washington. The job made him a wealthy man, but the company never turned a profit, and Sears folded it.

In 1986, he was lured back into government service amid scandal at the National Security Council, whose staff members had gone into the covert-action business. They were secretly selling arms and spare parts to embargoed Iran and, equally, secretly funneling the profits to the contra rebels fighting the government of Nicaragua. It was all illegal, and Poindexter and North were forced out.

In the search for a new national security adviser, Mr. Carlucci was the unanimous recommendation of Weinberger, Secretary of State George P. Shultz, CIA DirectorWilliam Caseyand Attorney General Edwin Meese III.  Assuming control at the NSC, Mr. Carlucci announced that he was going to get it back to its traditional role as "a staff arm” to coordinate policy formation, and not an action agency. During his year in the job, he fired 24 of the 59 professional staffers, eliminated North’s political-military section and appointed a full-time general counsel reporting directly to him.  At the NSC, Mr. Carlucci named as his deputy Colin L. Powell, , his former top military assistant at the Pentagon. Powell succeeded him as national security adviser, beginning his own rise to the highest levels of Washington’s power structure.

Mr. Carlucci succeeded Weinberger as defense secretary in 1987 and over the next two years instituted painful budget cuts and base closings as the Cold War wound down and the country entered an economic slump. One hurdle he cleared was the noisy resignation of Navy Secretary Jim Webb, who accused him of bad faith and betrayal of an administration goal of building a 600-ship navy.

After retiring from public service in 1989, Mr. Carlucci joined the Carlyle Group and led the relatively new private-equity firm into defense industry investments that reaped sizable profits. He later became chairman and, in 2003, chairman emeritus. The group now manages about $200 billion in assets for more than 1,850 investors.

Mr. Carlucci’s first marriage, to Jean Anthony, ended in divorce. In 1976, he married Marcia McMillan Myers. In addition to his wife, of McLean, survivors include two children from his first marriage, Frank Carlucci IV of McLean and Karen Romano of Lewes, Del.; a daughter from his second marriage, Kristin Weed of Houston; a sister, Joan Kleinrock of Rockville, Md.; and six grandchildren.

If not a colorful public figure, Mr. Carlucci was a widely acknowledged master of good judgment and common sense in all manner of bureaucratic entanglements.

"Frank is an operator,” one government executive who observed Mr. Carlucci for decades once told The Washington Post. "He’s a first-class manager and doer. You can get oodles of brains to come to this town, who have all kinds of fancy, brilliant concepts, but they can’t get the damn thing done. The problem is getting it to happen. Frank makes it happen.”


William Stuart "Bill" Morgan
December 10, 1927 - May 16,2018

Born 10-Dec-1927 in Jersey City, New Jersey and passed away peacefully 16-May-2018 at 10:00am in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up in Teaneck New Jersey, graduating from Morristown High School in 1945. He served a year at VMI and then 18 months in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. He attended Princeton University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics in 1952. He married Edith M. Fuehrer on 5-Dec-1953. 

During his banking career, he worked for General Electric, Morgan Guaranty Bank, and as an Executive Vice President at Worcester County National Bank. 

He was instrumental in convincing local Princeton Massachusetts residents to build the Thomas Prince Elementary School (completed in 1968) and also served as the chairman of its building committee. He also served for many years as chairman of the school committee for Wachusett Regional High School in the early 1970s.


He retired and moved to Sarasota, Florida at age 55 to take care of his mother Catherine after his father passed away. He loved playing tennis, skiing, hiking and singing. He served for some time as President of the Island House Beach Resort homeowners association in Sarasota, Florida. He had a wonderful tenor voice and loved to sing songs like "Danny Boy". He often sang in nursing homes in Florida and also served as an EMT in Florida. He was very involved in the lives of the children of his third wife Ruth Ann Magin and spent many years taking care of her when she became bedridden.


In May of 2002 he had a heart attack on the tennis court and had to have by-pass surgery on his heart. They harvested veins from his right leg to connect the six bypasses. He recently sprained his right ankle, which quickly led to an infection that did not heal because of the lack of good circulation in his right leg. This was ultimately the cause of his death.


He was preceded in death by parents Catherine A. O'Leary and William S. Morgan. He is survived by his brother Donald J. Morgan (Nanette) and his children Scot S. Morgan (Susan), Linda Leigh Morgan-Yatzor (Barry), and Victoria Eileen Taft (Rodney). Surviving grandchildren are: Jared Morgan (Jessica), Amber Milne (Kenny), Aaron Morgan (Patty), Jeremiah Morgan (Amber), Anna Yatzor, Morgan Yatzor (Gladys), Joseph Taft, Ann Morgan, and Joseph Morgan. Great-grandchildren: Peter Morgan, Oliver Morgan, and Bowen Morgan. He is also survived by his three ex-wives (Edith M. Morgan, Sharon Vail, and Ruth Ann Magin).


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
Banks Anderson writes:  Bob Krayer �52 was a roommate of mine at Princeton and died Tuesday April 17,2018 of pneumonia in Vancouver, BC (according to the eMail below). His wife had died years ago of dementia and I received the eMail below from one of is sons, Bill. Bob was I believe for a time at least on the track team at Princeton running sprints and was a member of Cannon Club. Upon his retirement from chemical engineering he and Biff bought a motor home and spent some years on the road maintaining an address at the lowest tax venue they could find. Nancy and I had a chance to visit with them on one of their trips to the triangle area of NC. After Biff became demented they had to give this up and they and he spent their last years on the West Coast at various locations. I do not know when he went to Vancouver.

Bob Krayer's son Bill wrote:  I plan on bringing dad back to New Jersey where he'll be back with Mom. I am trying to get a lot of grandchildren together for the memorial service we'll have at St. Peter's in Essex Fells. Right now I am shooting for Saturday, September 15th.  Please feel free to join. I will be placing a late obituary in the Star Ledger when I am certain of the date and time. I hope that the word does get out and any of his old friends are welcome to come and share stories. I would love to hear more, directly from his old buddies.   Dad had 11 grandchildren, two are mine and the others are scattered. Right now I believe we have 10 confirmed. Those are great stats and a grand send off to actually get them together.  I will write you again as the time gets closer and we would love to have you join us.  Kind Regards, Bill Krayer


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.