Former Executive Director of Recording for the Blind and Founder of the Princeton Area Community Foundation
Stuart Carothers passed away peacefully February 2, 2019 in Lawrenceville NJ at Morris Hall Meadows, where he and his wife, Dodie, were together after 60 years in Princeton Borough and Princeton Windrows in Plainsboro.
Born in Bethlehem PA in 1923, he attended Blair Academy in New Jersey and graduated with a degree in economics from Princeton University, Class of 1945, after U.S. Army service in the Aleutian Islands in the final years of WWII. He earned his law degree from St. Louis University Law School while working in labor relations at McDonnell Aircraft.
Subsequent local administrative roles included Associate Director of the Princeton University Office of Research Administration, Secretary and Counsel of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and 15 years as Executive Director of Recording for the Blind, where he presided over the relocation of the national headquarters to Princeton and modernization of the master library production operation.
Post-retirement from RFB, Mr. Carothers founded the Princeton Area Community Foundation in 1991. To date, total PACF grant funding to not-for-profit service and educational organizations is now approaching $150,000,000.
An avid sports enthusiast, Stuart spent much of his life on the tennis court and was an energetic supporter and advocate for the Princeton University varsity wrestling program, serving for over a decade as editor of the Princeton Wrestling News.
He is survived by his wife, Helen (Dodie) Conant Carothers, three children, Stuart Jr., Eileen, and Elizabeth, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial gathering will be Friday afternoon, May 31st 2:00pm at Princeton Cemetery, reception to follow until 4:00pm at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home with words of remembrance at 3:00pm. Contact: 609-924-0242, www.matherhodge.com.
Please direct memorial tribute donations to Princeton Area Community Foundation, Stuart Carothers Memorial Fund. Contact: Donor Services 609-219-1800, www.pacf.org/donate.
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