Harry A. Putnam

Harry A Putnam, BORDENTOWN - Harry A. Putnam, 81, died on Dec. 11, 2009, at Samaritan Hospice in Mt. Holly, NJ. Born in Worcester, MA, Mr. Putnam had resided in Bordentown with his family since 1968. He served in the United States Army for 22 years, including tours in Panama, Japan, Korea and Germany. He was a member of the 24th Infantry Division in Japan in 1950, and upon the outbreak of the Korean War was among the first units sent there, where he served from 1950 to 1951. He was a member of "Operation Gold," a successful CIA project in Berlin, Germany, from 1954 to 1955. Mr. Putnam retired in 1968 and was the administrator/instructor for the Junior ROTC Program at Bordentown Military Institute. While there, he completed his B.S. degree at TCNJ, then Trenton State College, in 1972. Mr. Putnam taught in the Clara Barton School from 1972 to 1978. After receiving his MA in education and supervision from Rider College, he became the assistant principal at the Beverly Elementary School, and subsequently the administrator of the Stockton Elementary School, Stockton, NJ. In 1984 Mr. Putnam joined the NJ Department of Corrections as an assistant supervisor of education programs, serving at Southern State Correctional Facility, the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women at Clinton, and the Garden State Reception and Youth Correctional Facility until his retirement in 1993. He was ordained a permanent deacon on May 13, 1995, by the Most Reverend John C. Reiss, Bishop of Trenton, and served at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Bordentown until his retirement in 2009. Mr. Putnam was a member of American Legion Post 26, Bordentown; past grand knight, Bordentown Council 570, Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Bishop Ahr Assembly, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and a volunteer at the McGuire AFB Pharmacy. He was a past member of Hope Hose Co. No. 1; the City of Bordentown Planning Board from 1988 to 2000, and its chairman for the last seven years of his tenure. He is survived by his wife, Anne S. Putnam of Bordentown; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. Elizabeth A. Putnam and Dr. Mark A. Pershouse of Missoula, MT, and Daria K. Putnam-Steinhardt and James J. Steinhardt of Frederick, MD; son and daughter-in-law, John W. and Patricia S. Putnam of Exton, PA, and seven grandchildren, Rebecca and Anna Pershouse, Anne, James and John Steinhardt, and Jonathan and Leah Putnam. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Agnes V. Sulak, and nephew Gene Shuman both of Florida; brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Betty Sulak of Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Helen Sulak of Virginia; brother-in-law, Andrew Hrebenar of Pennsylvania; two nieces and spouses, Deborah and Robert Morrisey of Massachusetts, and Joanne and Robert Colbert of Virginia; niece, Deborah Sulak of Texas, and several other nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grandnephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 45 Crosswicks St., Bordentown, with the pastor, Reverend Michael J. Burns, celebrant. Calling hours will be held on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. A private burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Samaritan Hospice, samaritanhospice .org, and St. Mary Roman Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the direct care and supervision of Robert L. Pecht, Bordentown Home for Funerals, 40 Crosswicks St., Bordentown, www.bordentownhomeforfunerals.com.


Published in The Times, Trenton, on December 13, 2009


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