Stuart R. Race
AGE: 90 • Bridgewater
Stuart R. Race, 90, of Bridgewater passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Bridgeway Care Center in Bridgewater surrounded by his family.
Born in Glen Ridge on September 20, 1926, he was the son of the late Stuart R. Sr. and Martha Camp Race.
A 1944 graduate of Newton High School, Newton, he attended Bloomfield College before tranferring to Gettysburg College where he graduated in 1951. He received his MS degree in 1955 and his Doctorate in Entomology in 1957 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He was a member of the Lambda Chii Alpha, Beta Beta Beta, and Sigma Xi fraternities.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he served as a Medical Photographer from 1945-46. Thereafter, photography and presenting slide shows for his family and friends was a favorite pasttime.
Dr. Race researched and taught at New Mexico State University, Las Cruzes, NM from 1957 - 65. He was an Extension Specialist in Entomology at Cook College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick from
1965 until retiring July 1, 1993. He published many research studies and was well known among the NJ farm community whom he advised regarding insect issues concerning vegetable and field crops, tree fruits, poultry and livestock.
Mr. Race was a member of the Gardeners of Somerset Valley. He was a member, Elder, Deacon, and liaison to the Presbytery of Elizabeth at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, where he was active in various church functions. He with his sons were involved with Boy Scout Troop 154 of Pluckemin.
An avid golfer, he participated in the Somerset Businessmen's Golf League and enjoyed passing on his passion for golf to his sons and grandsons. He was member of the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Swim Club, the Rutgers Retirees Lunch Club and a local pinochle club. He was a volunteer driver with the American Red Cross.
He enjoyed travelling throughout the United States camping with his family; his favorite spot being Arches National Park in Utah. He fondly recalled cruising to Alaska and through the Panama Canal.
He was predeceased by his first born son, Peter Camp Race, who died in January 1958; and by a sister, Joan R. Rowen, who died in 2011.
Mr. Race is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris Rossetto Race; four children, Donna L. Freeby and her husband, Warren, of Bangor, PA, Andrew W. Race and his wife, Roxana, of Bridgewater, Susan L. Van Gelder and her husband, Paul of Denville, and Thomas S. Race and his wife, Melissa, of Wellington, FL; 11 grandchildren; 2 great grandsons; and a great granddaughter due in July.
Funeral service from the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, 279 Route 202 - 206, Bedminster on Thursday, June 8 at 1:00pm. Interment will follow at Pluckemin Church Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit at Layton Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Bedminster on Wednesday 6-8pm and prior to services at the church from 12-1pm Thursday. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society
, or the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church.