OBITUARIES, Sept. 10, 2002

David Wilkinson, Nancy W. Apple, Constance Shipley, Robert Anderson, Alice S. Petrone, Concettina A. Manganelli, Ruth B. Turndorf.

David Wilkinson
Physics professor
   
David Todd Wilkinson, a professor of physics whose research helped shape scientists’ understanding of the structure of the universe, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.
   Dr. Wilkinson, Princeton’s Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics Emeritus, was a key figure in making the astronomical observations that, in the 1960s, gave a solid basis for the Big Bang theory of the universe. Over subsequent decades, he conceived and guided major satellite-based investigations that yielded further dramatic insights and continue to refine scientists’ picture of the universe today.
   "He was a mixture of a teacher and a scholar of a caliber that we were very lucky to have," said Joseph Taylor, dean of the faculty and longtime colleague in the physics department.
   In addition to his research, he eagerly engaged in mentoring students, organizing innovative classes in physics, enlisting undergraduates in research and arranging stargazing gatherings. In his most recent project, he invited amateur astronomers and other volunteers to work side-by-side with Princeton scientists in a search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
   Starting as an instructor in physics at Princeton in 1963, Dr. Wilkinson began a search for a faint bath of energy that theorists had predicted would pervade space if the Big Bang theory were correct. The radiation was discovered in 1964 by researchers at Bell Labs who were awarded Nobel Prizes, but Dr. Wilkinson went on to confirm its existence and make increasingly subtle measurements that continue to shape cosmology.
   Dr. Wilkinson’s work in this area ushered in an era of cosmology that emphasized taking astronomical measurements with the kind of precision scientists expect of laboratory-based experiments, said physicist Lyman Page, a Princeton colleague. "The whole vision of doing really fundamental science from the cosmos grew out of his work," said Dr. Page.
   One of the biggest advances in the field came in 1989 with the launch of a satellite called COBE, the conception and development of which was driven in large part by Dr. Wilkinson. The COBE satellite charted a sky-wide map of very slight variations in the radiation.
   In 2001, NASA launched the MAP satellite, which is making an even more detailed map of the radiation. Although many scientists participated in its development, "Dave was really the father of MAP," said Dr. Page.
   Dr. Wilkinson served on numerous high level committees for planning and teaching initiatives for the National Academy of Sciences. He also chaired the Princeton physics department for three years and served on many university committees.
   In 2001, the National Academy of Sciences awarded Dr. Wilkinson its James Craig Watson Medal for his contributions to the science of astronomy.
   As influential as his own research, said colleagues, was the impact of Dr. Wilkinson’s teaching and mentoring. He also was an enthusiastic teacher of undergraduates, developing several new courses, including a sophomore course in experimental physics that he organized in the last couple of years before retiring earlier this year.
   In 1996, he received the Princeton President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
   He is survived by his wife, Eunice, of Princeton; son Kent of San Antonio, Texas; daughter Wendy Gordon of Lambertville; stepchildren Marla Dowell of Boulder, Colo., Michael Dowell of Chicago and Janice Dowell of Bowling Green, Ohio; and five grandchildren.
   A memorial service in Dr. Wilkinson’s honor is being planned.
   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ISLES or the Optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (OSETI) group, care of the Princeton University Department of Physics.
Nancy W. Apple
Montgomery teacher
   
SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Nancy Weiss Apple died Saturday at home in Monmouth Junction.
   A school teacher specializing in social studies and geography, she taught in the Montgomery Township School District from 1973 until her medical condition forced her retirement in the spring of 2000.
   She graduated from Syracuse University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She earned a master’s degree with distinction in educational media from Temple University.
   She began work in Montgomery at Orchard Road Elementary School and transferred to teach seventh and eight grade at Montgomery High School when the opportunity arose to teach her favorite subject, social studies.
   She was instrumental in the development of the K-12 social studies curricula and brought the National Geography Bee and Model UN to the district.
   She was a member of the NJ Geographic Alliance Advisory Board and a trainer for the NJ Geographic Alliance Summer Geography Institute. She was recognized as a core consultant by the National Geographic Society and worked on national standards for student knowledge in geography.
   She received the Governor’s Recognition Award in 1986 and the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award in 1997.
   She underwent a lifelong battle with diabetes and more recently a three-year battle with brain cancer.
   She is survived by parents Frankie and Marty Weiss of West Orange; longtime companion and life partner Bill Kraus of Hillsborough; sister and brother-in-law Jill and Paul Jacobs of South Orange; and many relatives and friends.
   Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association and the Nancy Apple Memorial Teaching Fellowship Fund at the Montgomery Township School District.
   Arrangements are by Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Funeral Chapel, Livingston.
Constance Shipley
Planning Board member
   
WEST WINDSOR — Constance J. Shipley died Saturday at home. She was 75.
   Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., she lived in West Windsor since 1962.
   She served on the West Windsor Planning Board during the 1980s and was a member of the West Windsor Republican Club.
   Daughter of the late Murray and Mary Buono, she is survived by her husband of 50 years, Don G. Shipley; sisters Gloria Cantone of Hamilton and Jo Rongo of Avon, Ind.; children Sharon and John Zubricky, Cheryl and Kevin Coyle, Glen and Sheila Shipley, Brian Shipley and David and Christine Shipley; grandchildren Marc Zubricky, Matthew, Brigham, Jacob, Emily and Hayley Shipley, Kevin and Kelly Coyle and Andrew James Shipley; and several nieces and nephews.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. today at Queenship of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 19 Dey Road, Plainsboro.
   Entombment will be in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Queenship of Mary Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 759, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.
   Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
Robert Anderson
Engineer
   
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska — Robert Colin Anderson Sr. died Aug. 26. He was 55.
   Born in Princeton, he attended Princeton public schools.
   He was a 1969 graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
   He was employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft before entering active duty.
   He later became an Army Ranger, serving in Europe, Alaska and other states.
   In 1980 he began work as an engineer for the Department of Defense at the Cold Regions Test Center, Ft. Greely, Alaska.
   He received numerous awards and citations during his military and civilian careers.
   His interests included helping his son in the family business, fishing, boating, hunting, reading, skeet-shooting and working for the Republican Party of Alaska as webmaster.
   Son of the late Betty S. Anderson, father of a deceased infant child, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Deborah; son and daughter-in-law Robert Jr. and Theresa; daughter and son-in-law Heather and William Vickers; father Robert J. Anderson of Princeton; brothers Mark and Timothy; sisters Pamela and Sharon; grandchildren Cassi, Katie, Kyle and Tyler; and many other relatives and friends.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to National Right to Life, Republican Party of Alaska or the Fairbanks Rescue Mission.
Alice S. Petrone
Princeton resident
   
Alice Scheck Petrone of Princeton died Friday at Princeton Nursing Home. She was 89.
   Born in Trenton, she was a lifelong area resident.
   She enjoyed music and corresponding with friends, and was a devoted fan of Willie Nelson.
   Daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Klein Scheck, wife of the late Victor Petrone, she is survived by son and daughter-in-law Victor and Janet Petrone of Princeton; daughter and son-in-law Virginia and Robert Goeke of Kingston; grandchildren Robert Jr., Richard and Debra Goeke, Pamela Bentz and Victor Jr. and Lindy Petrone; great-grandchildren Melissa, Jennifer, Pamela, Christa, Jeffrey, Patrick, Joseph and Vittorio Francesco and Juan Carlo; and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral will be 8:30 a.m. today at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Ave., Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Princeton.
   Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.
   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542.
Concettina A. Manganelli
Native of Princeton
   
TRENTON — Concettina A. Manganelli died Thursday at St. Francis Medical Center. She was 74.
   Born in Princeton, she lived in Trenton 28 years.
   Daughter of the late John and Maria Russo Boccanfuso, wife of the late Antonio S. Manganelli, to whom she was married 55 years, she is survived by daughter and son-in-law Maria Hullfish Barkosky and David Barkosky of Princeton; brother George Boccanfuso of Princeton; grandchildren Krista Maria, Kelly and David Hullfish, all of Princeton; great-grandchildren Kimberly and Alisa Hullfish; and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral was private.
   Burial was in Princeton Cemetery.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2550 Route 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902; or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265.
   Arrangements were by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.
Ruth B. Turndorf
Son lives in Montgomery
   
BRIDGEWATER — Ruth Blumberg Turndorf died Sunday. She was 94.
   She was the legal assistant to the legal department of the city of Paterson for 35 years.
   Born in New York City, she was raised on the Lower East Side of New York. Following her marriage, she moved to Paterson and later to Hackensack, spending winters in West Palm Beach, Fla.
   She was a longtime volunteer with Cancer Care of New Jersey.
   Wife of the late Charles Turndorf, she is survived by sons Dr. Herman Turndorf of Miami and Gary Turndorf of Montgomery Township; sister Lilian Izenberg of Wayne; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   Memorial donations may be made to Cancer Care of New Jersey, 141 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
   Arrangements are by Bernheim Apter Reitzman Funeral Chapel, Livingston.