dick williams, who spent 20 years as Somerset County Trustee, died on January 22. He was 77 years old. Williams began working for the Somerset County Economic Development Office in 1970 and became county administrator in 1991.
Edith Hodes Rose, who was New Jersey’s oldest resident, died Jan. 11. She was 111 years old. Rose was the sister of Irving Hodes, the Democratic candidate for Congress from New Jersey’s 12th District in 1956. Rep. Robert W. Kean (R-Livingston), the grandfather of the former Senate Minority Leader, Tom Kean, Jr., defeated Hodes by 31,668 votes, 60% to 39%, in his bid for re-election to a tenth term in an Essex County-based House district.
Patricia Aldrich, who was an emergency room nurse and prominent environmental advocate, died on January 22. She was 85 years old. She was the widow of the former mayor of Dover (now Toms River), Bud Aldrich.
Lilly Lodge, a actress whose father was Connecticut Governor John Davis Lodge and uncle was former U.S. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, died August 7 at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood. She was 91 years old. Her father was an actor who played Shirley Temple’s father in The Little Colonel before becoming a congressman, governor and US ambassador to Spain, Argentina and Switzerland. Through her maternal grandmother, Lodge was the great-great-granddaughter of United States Senator Frederick Frelinghuysen of New Jersey.