The Reverend Carl Reimers, faculty member, department chair, dean, past parent, former trustee, committee member, and dear friend, passed away peacefully at his home on June 17. He was 85.
Born on January 17, 1930, in Richmond, Virginia, Rev. Reimers grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from St. Mark’s School of Dallas. He arrived in Princeton shortly after college to attend Princeton Theological Seminary, from which he received a Master’s of Divinity. In 1959, he was recruited to the position of Assistant Dean of the Chapel at Princeton University and, during his ten-year sojourn at Princeton, served as both minister and professor.
Having also joined the faculty at Miss Fine’s School in 1960, Rev. Reimers came to Princeton Day School in the fall of 1969 and, during his 23-year career on the Great Road, served as Chair of the Religion Department, Dean of Students, and advisor. In 2007, Carl was tapped by then-Board Chair Jack Hall to join the board of trustees. At the time of his death, Carl was a member of the school’s 50th anniversary steering committee. The school's sole endowed chair for a member of the faculty is named in his honor.
Rev. Reimers is survived by his son, Carl III ’80, his son’s wife, Pamela, and their children, Grace and Charles, all of Greenwich, Connecticut; and his stepsons, Watt and Thomas Reynolds ’72 of Fort Worth, Texas.
A memorial service in his honor will be held on Thursday, July 9, at 11:00 a.m., at the Princeton University Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.
Head of School Paul Stellato noted, “It is difficult to reflect well the role which Carl played in the life of a fledging school or in the lives of the countless students, parents, faculty, trustees, and headmasters whom he taught, counseled, befriended, married, and buried. Carl’s advice was coin of the realm; his friendship was a prized, valued, enduring thing. The school he loved so dearly and served so well mourns his passing.”
Princeton Day School will share information about any further opportunities to honor and celebrate Rev. Reimers’ life and work.