Stanislaw Pomorski, who spent 33 years as a professor of law at the Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, died Sunday, September 17, at his home in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. He was 82.
Over the years, a not-insignificant portion of the Greater Philadelphia legal profession passed through Dr. Pomorski’s classroom, where he taught criminal law, criminal procedure, and white collar investigations, among other courses, including several on Soviet and post-Soviet law. A soft-spoken man, with courtly manners and a pronounced Eastern European accent, Dr. Pomorski was known among students for his Socratic approach, high standards, and engaging classroom performance. Even after his retirement, in 2006, his pupils seemed always to be with him. He ran into them in Broadway theaters, on the canals of Venice, and, of course, at Whole Foods. Once, standing with his family amid a crowd of tourists atop the Eiffel Tower, he heard a voice— “Professor Pomorski!”—and turned to see yet another face from the past. One former student, his wife of 33 years, Patricia Smith, was truly beside him almost always.
With Ms. Smith and his three children, Dr. Pomorski lived for 30 years in Haddonfield, NJ, where he could often be seen on long walks through town wearing a favorite charcoal beret, visibly lost in thought. He was an author or editor of several books, including Economic Criminality in Cooperative Trade and American Common Law and the Principle of Nullum Crimen Sine Lege. He wrote dozens of articles; one, “Conspiracy and Criminal Organizations,” published in 1990, was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark 2006 decision, Hamden v. Rumsfeld. From 1972 to 1973, Dr. Pomorski was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Comparative Law at Harvard, and he went on to become a trustee to the National Council for Soviet and Eastern European Research. During the 90s, he worked as a consultant to the ABA Task Force on the International Tribunal to Adjudicate War Crimes in the former Yugoslavia.
Dr. Pomorski was born in Lwów, Poland in 1934, to Maria and Julius Pomorski, a homemaker and a small-town lawyer, respectively. During World War Two, Dr. Pomorski, his mother, and his older sister, Krystyna, were deported via cattle car by the Red Army. They spent the war in exile, largely in Ukraine and Kazakstan, often in harsh conditions and with limited nourishment. (His father, a Polish military officer, passed much of the conflict in a German prisoner of war camp.)
Dr. Pomorski began his professional life, in 1956, as a journalist, writing for the Warsaw legal newspaper, Law and Life. Nearly six decades later, he continued to recall proudly an investigative series he once authored on Polish carceral conditions, which he called simply “my report from the prisons.” Dr. Pomorski subsequently earned a Phd in law from the University of Warsaw and spent several years as an attorney in private practice in that city. In the early 60s, he traveled to the U.S. as visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, joining in the Boston area his sister, Krystyna, and brother-in-law, the eminent linguist Roman Jakobson—both professors at MIT. Dr. Pomorski taught himself English largely through careful daily readings of The New York Times—a ritual he observed with near-religious devotion for the rest of his life. From 1966 to 1972, he worked as a research associate at the Polish Academy of the Sciences, before moving permanently to the United States in 1972. He joined the Rutgers faculty in 1973, rising to the position of Distinguished Professor of Law, the school’s top professorial rank.
Marked by his wartime experience, Dr. Pomorski was attuned throughout his adult life to the effects on children of war and poverty, giving to Amnesty International, the Fresh Air Fund, and, especially, CARE, which helped support his family during their exile. In his decades working in Camden, he never developed an urbanite’s callousness. Ignoring chiding from family, he assisted the many panhandlers who plied his route from the train station to the law school; many greeted him warmly as “Professor.” After retiring, Dr. Pomorski served frequently in New York and London as an expert consultant in Russian and Polish law. He also penned an unpublished memoir of his early life, titled Amarcord, or, I Remember, after the film by Federico Fellini. In it, he describes characters and anecdotes that could seem plucked from the fairy tales his mother had read to him and his sister during cold nights on the Kazakh Steppe: the boy who took unaccountable glee in eating a primitive kind of bread, flecked with twigs; the brazenly thieving nightwatchman; the day his mother was forced, finally, to sell off his father’s coat.
After his cancer diagnosis, in the Spring of 2016, Dr. Pomorski’s family was struck by the degree to which he remained himself. His walks became shorter, but a day never passed when he did not take one. He stayed a generous, devoted—if often excessively-worried—father, friend, and husband. He loved to talk to his children. Most days, he spent hours reading—essays by George Orwell that were new to him and Chekov short stories in the original Russian that he knew by heart. With a German-to-English dictionary at hand, he paged methodically through each new issue of the German weekly Der Spiegel. (He also spoke Ukrainian.) In the last months of his life, Dr. Pomorski managed to concentrate his seemingly-boundless, lifelong curiosity—as well as a skeptical cast of mind and a tendency to dispense, in conversation, with certain elements of English grammar—into a kind of one-word phrase. Hearing some novel fact, or a detail with which he was unfamiliar, Dr. Pomorski would fix his interlocutor with a friendly, quizzical look and ask, simply, “Is?”
Dr. Pomorski is survived by his wife, Ms. Smith, 67; two sons, Lukasz, 45 (Kyna Hamill), and Christopher, 31; and his daughter, Marysia, 28.
Dr. Pomorski’s family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 22nd, 6-8 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in Stash’s memory can be made to CARE (www.CARE.org/donate), Amnesty International (www.amnestyusa.org), or St. John Rescue (www.stjohnrescue.com/donate).
Mary Ellen Talbott
Age 95; Formerly of Moorestown
Retired Superior Court Judge, Mary Ellen Talbott, born on November 23, 1921 in Aurora, Illinois, the first of three children of Lucille Miller Weiss and John F. Weiss, passed away on September 16, 2017 at the age of 95.
Judge Talbott was first and foremost a reader – a reader of books, newspapers, magazines and journals. She loved books. In an essay for a course she once took, she wrote that, as a child, “I dreamed of the day when my life would be my own to direct. I imagined great positions I would attain and fascinating places I would visit. My escape was in books. I lost myself in my study, skipping grades, attending summer school. I remember no one book which was more important to me than any others. All books were wonderful.” She spent numerous hours, even skipping family vacations, to read the beautiful leather-bound classics in her grandmother’s library having to cut the pages as she went since no one else had ever been through them before.
Her love of literature and learning led her to attain the honor of valedictorian at her high school, graduating at the age of 16. She attended the University of Illinois, graduating with honors and a BS in Economics in 1942. After college, she worked as a statistician for the Peoples Gas Light & Coke in Chicago and in 1943 received a Commission as lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve Supply Corps in which she served as Purchasing Officer for the 4th Naval District at the Philadelphia Navy Yard until 1948.
During her Naval service, she met her future husband, Lt. James Talbott, and they were married in 1948, moving to Haddonfield, NJ where her four children were born. During the 1950’s she was a housewife and mother to her children in their newly built post-WWII neighborhood and there she developed a love of gardening, planting pansies and fruit trees in the beds around the house. In 1959, her husband unexpectedly died, leaving her a widow at the age of 38. Two years later, she entered law school at the University of Pennsylvania on the GI bill. At that time, she was one of only two women in her law school class. After being admitted to the Bar in 1963, she went into the practice of law and served as a municipal court judge for three municipalities. In 1973, she was appointed to the Superior Court of New Jersey by Governor Cahill, becoming Camden County’s first female judge and only the 7th woman appointed to the bench in New Jersey. While on the bench, Judge Talbott wrote several published opinions, including one of the first opinions in the country to rule on the admissibility of thermographic diagnostic techniques with respect to New Jersey’s No-Fault Insurance Act, which was affirmed by the NJ appellate and supreme Courts and remains the law today. Judge Talbott retired from the bench in 1988, but continued to be active in the legal profession, handling superior court arbitrations, and serving on the NJ Supreme Court Task Force on Women and as a commissioner on the Camden County Board of Taxation.
Among Judge Talbott’s many other interests, one of her most passionate was baseball. She was a fan of the Chicago Cubs during her youth when she and her father would listen to games on the radio. After moving to Philadelphia and then New Jersey, she became an avid Phillies fan and the season tickets that she purchased in 1970, when she attended almost every home game with her son, are still used by her family today. She also owned and operated for a time a coffeehouse in Cherry Hill during the 1960’s called “The Trend.” In addition, she was a long-time supporter of the Camden County Children’s Garden and on the Board of the Camden County Mental Health Association.
In 1970, she hosted the only local radio talk show on WCAM, in which interviewed local personalities at lunchtime behind the street level show room window of the Lit’s Department Store on Market Street in Camden. She is also the former owner and president of Katahdin Communications, operator of WSYY, in Millinocket, Maine, a radio station now owned by her son, Jim.
In addition, Judge Talbott, a diehard Democrat, who once said all Republicans looked alike, was active in the Camden County Democratic Party for many years. She ran for public office three times, vying for State Assembly in 1967 and 1989, and nearly capturing a County Freeholder seat in 1970.
Judge Talbott is survived by her daughters, Jane Thorndike (Peter), Kitty Talbott, Barbara Talbott Irwin (Garth), and her son, James Talbott Jr. She is also survived by her sister, Louise Jouard, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren and step-grandchildren. She is predeceased in death by her brother, John Weiss.
All are invited to her viewing at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, Thursday, Sept. 28th from 6:00-8:00 PM. Funeral Service and Interment are private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Judge Talbott’s memory to The Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103, Attn: Donations.
James S. Hall
Age 85~Longtime Haddonfield resident
On Sept. 13, 2017, Beloved husband of Jerry (nee Fuller); Loving father of Janet Sage (Gary) of Tallahassee, FL, Cindy Cordova of Washington Twp., Bonnie Hall of Haddon Twp., and the late Lauri Hall; Cherished grandfather of Joseph Cordova, Ryan Sage, Lindsay Hough, Adam Hall & Eric Russo; Treasured great grandfather of Makayla & Jayden Cordova, Layla Hall & Ali Murphy; Dear brother of Jane Connor and the late John “Jack” Hall and Devoted Uncle of Richard & Jack Connor.
Jim graduated from Haddonfield Memorial HS, Class of ’50 and Auburn Univ. He played professional football for the Colts and 49ers & the Canadian Football League. Jim began his career as a Teacher and Coach at St. Joe’s and Eastern Regional and then continued his lengthy career at Clayton High School, becoming their Athletic Director as well as coaching. Jim was inducted into the Haddonfield Hall of Fame for his athleticism and into the Clayton Hall of Fame for his coaching.
Jim’s family will receive Friends on Monday, Sept. 18th, 10-10:45 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church, 20 E. Kings Hwy., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Service will follow at 11 AM. Interment, Locustwood Cem., Cherry Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers Memorial donation in his honor may be made through In Memorial Of (www.InMemoryOf-memorial.org) for his Alma Mater: Auburn Univ.
Mary “Mimi” Boone O’Malley
Age 79 * Life-Long Resident of Haddonfield
Passed away peacefully on September 11. Mimi is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Jack. She was an amazing mother to her son Jack (Ginger) and daughter Sue (Tim) and five loving grandchildren, Paige, Johnny and Patrick O’Malley, and Riley and Molly Sheehan.
Mimi spent her whole life in the town she called home and will be missed by many. She spent her summers in Surf City, Long Beach Island, where she made many friends and great memories. In her younger years, Mimi was an avid artist, including oil painting and needlework, and many of her works of art grace the walls of her own home and those of her children. She never missed a Little League game, an HMHS show performance, or an Elvis movie with her kids. Mimi also was a huge animal-lover and never hesitated to take in a stray. She had a humorous twinkle in her eye, and a smile and laugh that will stay with us forever.
Memorial Services will be private. Donations can be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053
Norma H. Whitcraft
Age 84 of Marlton, NJ
(nee Hagaman) On Sept. 6, 2017, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ; wife of the late Cliff Whitcraft; Loving Mother of Jayne Lightfoot (Sam) of Vail, AZ, Patti Kay Wisniewski (Paul) of Collingswood, NJ, Linda Campbell (Rich) of Medford Lakes, NJ and Kathi Crean (David) of Somers Point, NJ; Cherished grandmother of 5: Sara, Jessica, Steven, Katey and the late Jack; and Dear great grandmother of 4.
Norma began teaching Kindergarten in Gloucester Twp. and continued on in Cherry Hill Twp., retiring after 35 years. She was a member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church (HUMC), actively involved with the United Methodist Women and other church activities.
Norma’s family will receive friends on Monday, Sept. 11th, 6-8 PM in the Sanctuary of the HUMC, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield; where All are invited to her Service on Tues. Sept. 12th at 9:30 AM. Interment, Lakeview Mem. Park (via GPS), 1300 Rt. 130 N., Cinnaminson, NJ at 11:15 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Norma may be made to MIHOW at Henderson Settlement, PO Box 205, Frakes, KY 40940.
Eve L. Brittain
Age 99 of Wiley Home, Marlton
(nee Rulton) On Sept. 4, 2017, former 50+ year resident of Haddonfield, Born in Chelmsford, England; Devoted wife of the late John W.; Loving mother of Marian Olson of Ft. Myers, FL & Andrew Brittain of Merchantville, NJ; Adoring grandmother of 3 and great grandmother of 2.
Eve was a member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for 20 years. She belonged to the Saturday Nighter’s Club & the Haddonfield Assembly. She served on the board of directors for NJ Goodwill Industries.
Eve’s Service were held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.
Joseph A. Raport, Jr.
Age 93 * Lifetime Haddonfield resident
On Aug. 19, 2017, Beloved husband for 67 years of Elma “Sally” S. (nee Sharp); Loving father of Michael J. of Philadelphia & Gregory J. (Brittany) of Sewell.
Mr. Raport graduated from Haddonfield Memorial HS, Class of ’42. He had been a US Postal Clerk in Haddonfield for many years.
Services were held privately.
G. Parke Wilkinson
Age 72 of Wenonah, NJ
On Aug. 19, 2017; Devoted husband of Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Wilkinson; Loving father of Jennifer Wilkinson of Woodbury, NJ, Kelly Hyman (Samuel) of FL, Parke Wilkinson (Leslie) of GA; Cherished grandfather of 11.
Parke was a devoted family man. His greatest pleasure in life was watching his children and then his grandchildren play sports.
Parke’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, Aug 23rd, 10-10:45 AM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Rd, Haddonfield, NJ; where his Service will follow at 11 AM. Interment, Locustwood Cem., Cherry Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in Parke’s memory may be made to through In Memory Of (www.inmemoryof-memorial.org) the Leukemia Society.
S. Sprague Shope
Age 85; Formerly of Cherry Hill, NJ
(nee DuBois) On August 14, 2017, Devoted Wife of the late Daniel Shope; Loving mother of Daniel (Theresa) Shope Jr. of Fogelsville, PA & Edward (Betty) Shope of Landing, NJ and Adoring grandmother of Erin (Peter Creigh) & Colin Shope.
Sprague graduated from Miss Hartridge School for Girls in Edison, NJ and then attended Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She worked for many years as the office manager of Dan Shope Gallery of Homes. Additionally, Sprague was an avid reader and excellent bridge player, belonging to many clubs including SJ Bridge Club. She was a smart, independent, strong woman.
“A lady in every sense of the word with a life lived according to strong principles and empathy for everyone she met.”
All are invited to Sprague’s Graveside Service, Saturday, Aug. 26th, 11AM at Lakeview Memorial Park Cemetery, Rt. 130, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 Charitable donations in honor of Sprague may be made through In Memory Of (www.inmemoryof-memorial.org or P.O. Box 5472, Charlottesville VA 22905) for the American Cancer Society.
Grace C. Gladden
Age 89; Longtime Haddonfield resident
(nee Cavallaro) On Aug. 11, 2017, Beloved mother of Robert E. Jr. (Dorothy) of Merchantville, NJ; Jeffrey K. (Barbara Berreski) of Moorestown, NJ; Stephen L. (Maryann) of Maple Shade, NJ; Eileen C. Moon of Haddonfield, NJ; Michael (Bernadette Gallen) of Berwyn, PA and Norman A. (Durene Ingling) of Marlton, NJ; Cherished grandmother of 15; Loving great grandmother of 4 and pre-deceased by her husband: The Honorable Robert E. Gladden.
Mrs. Gladden had been the Secretary of Admissions for the Bancroft School in Haddonfield for several years, but her main love and passion was her family.
Mrs. Gladden’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, Aug. 16th, 9-10:30 AM, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ. Following at 11 AM, all are invited to her Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, Kings Hwy. & 4th Ave., Haddon Hts., NJ. Entombment, Locustwood Cem. Mausoleum, Cherry Hill, NJ.