2008-12-24 / Obituaries

Thomas F. Huntington, 88

Thomas Foster Huntington, 88, died at home in Stonebridge at Montgomery, in Skillman, N.J. on December 16, 2008. He was the husband of Jean O'Neill Huntington.

Born in 1920, son of Edith Foster Chamberlin and Henry Strong Huntington II, he graduated from Asheville School, Princeton University, and Harvard Business School. His business career was varied starting with management positions within Johnson & Johnson and later at Trans World Airlines as vice president and executive assistant to the president.

Further positions followed as president of Holmes Protection Company, president of the Buffalo Color, and treasurer and vice president of The Conference Board. Following retirement from the corporate world, Mr. Huntington consulted with owners of foundermanaged businesses, addressing management and succession planning.

For 35 years, he was a trustee of Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, and for two years he was the president of the Near East College Association. At various times he was a member of the board of directors of John Morrell & Co., Coral Air of Saint Croix (USVI), and Hilton International Hotels.

He was active in Princeton University alumni affairs, serving as Reunions "P-rade" Marshal a record 65 times. In the town of Princeton, where he lived for more than 75 years, he volunteered for the United Fund of Princeton and was an executive committee member of the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. He was active in the environmental coalition, which successfully opposed the construction of the Duck Island Incinerator in the Delaware River.

Mr. Huntington was a summer resident of Jamestown, where he was a member of the Conanicut Yacht Club. He was an avid sailor, skier, cabinetmaker, dancer and photographer.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister, Alice Allen, of Amherst, Mass.; his daughters Ellen Slade, of Wilmington, Del., Louisa Huntington, of Hopewell, N.J., and Deborah Huntington, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; six grandchildren; stepchildren Henry Fischer and Cornelia Sertl; two step-grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

A gathering will be held to celebrate his life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Stonebridge at Montgomery, Skillman, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Friends of the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542 or to Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, 437 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608

Arrangements are by Hudson Funeral Service, New Brunswick, N.J. .

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