Judith Erdman

Obituary of Judith P. Erdman

Judith Peck Erdman of Princeton, NJ and Edgartown, MA passed away peacefully on June 8th with her four children by her side.  She was 92 years old. 

Judy was born on May 11th, 1926, in New Rochelle, NY, to her parents Edna H. Peck and Frederic C. Peck.  Her father was chairman of Peck & Peck, a prominent women’s clothing concern based in NYC and founded by her grandfather in 1890.  When she was seven years old her family moved to Rye, NY where she attended Rye Country Day School and learned to play tennis at the Manursing Island Club, a sport that she would enjoy into her 80’s.  In 1940 she enrolled as a boarder at the Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT, from which she graduated in 1944.  While at Farmington she was captain of the “Squirrels”, one of three intercampus sports teams, and established several life-long friendships.  Throughout her childhood she enjoyed summer trips with her family to the Adirondack League Club, situated on Little Moose Lake in Old Forge, NY. 

Upon graduating from Miss Porter's, Judy joined her parents in their NYC apartment at 485 Park Avenue.  After attending the Barmore Secretarial School she first worked at Vogue Magazine and then at Junior Bazaar Magazine, where she was secretary to the editor.  She was on a blind date when she met the love of her life, Harold B. Erdman, whom she married on September 25, 1948.  Judy and Hal lived in NYC, Greenwich, CT and Phoenix, AZ before settling in Hal's hometown of Princeton, NJ.  While bringing up four children in Princeton and summering with her family in Martha's Vineyard, Judy brought joy to everyone she knew.  She was warm and friendly, bright and shiny, graceful and poised, and had a wonderful ability to see the positive in everyone. 

Judy had joyous times in Princeton with her family and many close friends.  Between school, ice hockey, ballet, and playdates, she found time to take her four young children to see the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965, an experience none of them would ever forget.  In Princeton, she was a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, the Springdale Golf Club, the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton, the Present Day Club, and the Nassau Club.  In Martha's Vineyard, she was a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club, the Chappaquiddick Beach Club, and Crackatuxet, where she swam in the surf with her grandchildren.

Judy was pre-deceased by her twin older sisters, Anne Cumpston and Jane Halsell, and her loving husband of 65 years, Harold B. Erdman.  She is survived by her four children, Guy Erdman, Fred (and Cindy) Erdman, Jody Erdman, and Carl (and Debra) Erdman; nine grandchildren, two great-grandsons, four brothers-in-law and eighteen nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miss Porter's School, 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 and the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.  A celebration of her life will be held on September 22nd at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.


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