George Reginald Bishop, Jr., Professor of French and longtime Princeton resident, died July 4 at Stonebridge at Montgomery. The beloved husband of the late Alice Elgin, he was 90.
Born in Altoona, PA, he was the son of The Reverend George R. Bishop and Charlotta Miller Bishop. He graduated from Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, PA and entered Princeton University in 1940.
From 1943 to 46, he served in the Army as an artillery survey officer with the 314th Field Artillery, 80th Division, returning home as a Captain and eventually promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. On his return, he received his Princeton BA degree with highest honors in French language and culture and began graduate studies in Romance Languages.
After receiving his PhD from Princeton in 1952, he was appointed to the Department of French at Rutgers University where he subsequently became Assistant and later Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He served as Acting Dean of the College from 1972 to 1974 and Chair of the French Department from 1984 to 1990. He was Chairman of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages from 1965 to 1966. A member of the class of 1944 at Princeton, he was formerly Class President and Reunion Chairman.
A longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church, he served as warden of the vestry from 1965 to 1969, vestryman multiple times, member of the All Saints Chapel Committee, delegate to the Diocesan Convention several times, and co-chair of the 21st Century Fund from 1995 to 2000. He helped found the Trinity Counseling Service in 1968. For 26 years, he worked on the Trinity Rummage Sale, first as co-chair with his wife, Alice, and then as chair. He served as Trustee and Vice President of the William Alexander Proctor Foundation from 1956 to 1984.
He is survived by his daughters, Anne Bishop Faynberg of East Brunswick, NJ; Charlotta Miller Bishop of Princeton, NJ; and Alice Anderson Bishop of Washington, DC.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton. Burial will be private at the family plot in Huntingdon, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in his name, may be made to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.