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Torry James Luce Jr., 88

August 28, 1932 - May 29, 2021

(Professor of Greek Studies at Princeton University)


Torry James Luce Jr. (Jim), formerly of Skillman, died at Seabrook Village, Tinton Falls, on May 29 after succumbing to multiple health issues. He was 88.

Jim Luce

Jim was a professor of Greek Studies at Princeton University until his

retirement. He also was the author of numerous books, essays, and other written works including a history of the Sourland Mountain region of New Jersey, titled New Jersey's Sourland Mountain ( January 1, 2001).


Born on August 28, 1932 in Elmira, New York, Jim graduated from Elmira Free Academy and went on to attend Hamilton College and Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D.


Jim was a prolific artist and lover of opera, classical music, and theater. Jim and his husband Marvin were fortunate to have travelled the world together.


Jim is survived by his beloved husband Marvin Mandelbaum also of Seabrook Village; and siblings Mary Elizabeth Kane (Libby) of Horseheads, NY and John Seeley Luce (Joanne) of Bolivia, NC; brother-in-law Alan Mandelbaum (Myrna) of the Mt. Laurel area, as well as many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Torry James Luce Sr. and Frances Carpenter Luce; a sister Vieva Iszard (Bob); brother-in-law Patrick D. Kane Sr.; and sister-in-law Florence Mars (Jack).


He will be dearly missed by his family as well as the many friends he made during his long and rich life. A memorial service for Jim is scheduled for Thursday, June 10, at 4 pm, in the Seabrook Village multi-purpose room across from the auditorium. Donations in memory of Jim can be sent to the Seabrook Scholar’s Fund, attention Ann Marie Matthews, Town Square, 3004 Essex Road, Tinton Falls, NJ. 07753.


Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ely Funeral Home, Neptune, NJ.

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