Irving J. Kessler, 76, of Skillman NJ, died May 3, 2017, of complications from Parkinson’s. A Brooklyn native, he was born May 14, 1940 to Hyman and Etta (Skott) Kessler. He attended Brooklyn College, and got his PhD in mathematics under Walter Rudin at University of Wisconsin. After teaching at Southern Illinois University, he spent the majority of his career at IDA/Center for Communications Research - Princeton. It was at IDA that he met his colleague, Hollis Fitch, who became his wife of 32 years. Together they enjoyed their home on the hill, many travels, and being with their grandchildren. Irv had an enthusiasm for all sorts of games, including chess, poker, horse racing, and baseball. He loved music, and served on the board of The Princeton Festival. He was also a longtime tennis player and a runner, participating in the New York City Marathon and many local races.
Predeceased by his parents and sister, Natalie Tannenbaum, he is survived by his wife Hollis Fitch Kessler; two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel P. Kessler and Karen Jacobson of Stanford CA, and Michael B. Kessler and Anna Kessler of Haddonfield NJ; and four grandchildren, Abigail, Gabriel, Samuel and Eden. He is also survived by a niece and nephew, Lisa and Michael Weis.
Funeral services will be held at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton at 12:00 Monday, May 8. Cantor Michael Weis will officiate. Burial will follow at Rocky Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in Irv’s name to princetonfestival.org.
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