To the Editor:

An Artist Recalled

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Stan Kephart. Any reader of U.S. 1 will remember the graphic designs and the artwork with which Stan graced the pages of U.S. 1 from its very beginning. As a writer whose work appeared in many of US 1’s Summer Fiction issues, I was intrigued by the jovial and ingenious illustrations that Stan provided for the cover of those issues. Each year it was a special pleasure to speculate on what new idea he would come up with for that year’s cover.

Stan was also an extremely talented painter, sometimes creating unusual and intricate abstract art, including a wonderful pastel of intertwining orange and black swirls that might be seen as the ultimate deconstruction of Princeton University. His enthusiasm for his own work, and his appreciation for the artistic creation of others, was infectious.

Most of all, Stan Kephart was one of the kindest human beings I have ever known. He was invariably considerate and gracious, always interested in my writings and those of all the U.S. 1 authors. I don’t believe that I ever heard him utter an unkind word about anyone, and he was a loyal, supportive friend to everyone who knew him: truly a gentle man and a gentleman.

He will be sorely missed.

Marvin Harold Cheiten

A celebration of Stan Kephart’s life will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 29, at 1 p.m.

Women, Go Red

As a survivor of a massive heart attack at age 32 and as an American Heart Association Go Red For Women survivor ambassador, I am one of the fortunate ones. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of nearly 14,000 New Jersey women annually. Too many mothers, sisters, daughters and friends die each year from these diseases. Cardiovascular disease is the leading health threat facing women today.

Thank you Congressman Christopher Smith and Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez for supporting the HEART for Women Act. If passed, this simple and cost-effective bi-partisan legislation will help improve the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke in women. The HEART for Women Act will also expand WISEWOMAN, a program providing free heart disease and stroke screenings to low-income, uninsured women that is not currently available in the Garden State. This program must be offered nationwide to give women the number one tool in fighting these diseases — the chance for early detection.

I applaud Senator Lautenberg, Senator Menendez and Congressman Smith for working to reduce the devastating effects of heart disease and stroke in women.

And please join me and millions of women across the country on February 1, National Wear Red Day for Women, by wearing something red. Go Red! to raise awareness and celebrate life.

Mary Leary

Mercer County Resident

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