Toni Morrison, 88, on August 5. The 1993 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature had been a member of the Princeton University faculty in the creative writing program since 1989. She transferred to emerita status in 2006. Among her numerous world-famous novels are “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988; “The Bluest Eye,” and “Song of Solomon.” In 2017 the university renamed West College, an administration building, Morrison Hall in her honor.
Louise Grafton on July 20. She was a prop maker for numerous theaters, including McCarter Theater, the Westminster Choir College Opera Theater, and the Rider University musical theater program, and she crafted historical reconstructions for the Princeton University history department, among other organizations. She also taught prop making at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. A memorial celebration will be announced in the fall.
Julie Carnastra, 60, on August 3. She worked at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America in Hopewell for 33 years and retired as a vice president of employee marketing this year. A funeral mass takes place Friday, August 9, at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrence Road, Lawrence.
James J. Cannon, 76, on July 29. He worked as an electronics technician for RCA and later in accounting for FMC and the McGraw-Hill Companies. A memorial service takes place Thursday, August 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the Brenna Funeral Home, Immordino Chapel, 1799 Kockner Road, Hamilton.
James W. Babcock, 97, on July 30. He retired as a line supervisor at McGraw Hill Publishing and also served as choir director at First United Methodist Church of Hightstown for more than 50 years.
Donna Balerno Boros, 71, on July 30. She served as a branch manager and teller manager at Wells Fargo Bank.
Harry Kendall Walton, 90, on July 29. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he worked at DeLaval Turbine in Trenton and Heinemann Electric in Lawrenceville, and later owned a Snap-on-Tool franchise.
William D. Hauser, 85, on July 23. He worked for Delaval, Stone and Webster Engineering, and Raytheon.
Elizabeth Calasso, 82, on July 25. She was a food service supervisor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.
Richard L. Docie, 92, on July 27. After serving in the Army during World War II he worked at C.V Hill Refrigeration in Trenton.
Harriet F. Portrude, 90, on July 24. Together with her husband, Bill, she founded Harwill Express Press in Hightstown in 1973.
Marian M. Reading, 92, on August 3. She worked at J.B. Redding’s in Princeton for many years. A graveside service takes place Friday, August 9, at 10 a.m. at the Lawrenceville Cemetery.