Harriett Karp


Day and Time of Service: Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Location of Service: Ross' Shalom Chapels, 415 Morris Ave., Springfield, N.J. 07081

Interment: Beth David Memorial Park, 731 Kenilworth Blvd., Kenilworth, N.J. 07033

Shiva: The Home of Mrs. Susan Kalison Karp and Mr. Jeffrey Hibbitt
10 Mountain Avenue, Mendham, N.J. 07945


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Mrs. Harriett Karp of Chatham, N.J., formerly of Springfield, N.J. passed away peacefully at the Chatham Hills Sub-Acute Care Center on Thursday, May 4, 2017.  She was 95 years old.  Born in New Haven Connecticut, she lived in Newark, Springfield for 52 years, and Summit, N.J. before moving to Chatham, N.J. two years ago.  A graduate of the University of Connecticut she held a B.S. in Zoology, class of 1943.  While in college she joined the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority (Alpha Nu Chapter).  Upon graduation she went to work at the Yale University School of Medicine in the Pathology Department in New Haven CT.  She was a technologist in the Neuro-Pathology department doing tissue research and preparing slides, from 1942-1943.  From February of '43 to September of 1943 she worked at the University of Connecticut in Storrs CT. as a student tech in Pathology.  In 1944 she enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a WAVE, first working at the St. Albans, Great Lakes Naval Base in charge of the Pathology Department until 1946.  She received the Honorable Service Lapel Pin, the American Campaign and WWII Victory ribbons.  She returned to Yale Medical School to work on a research project and then went on to Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. where she worked as a research assistant for the Naval Atomic Energy Project, Harvard Cancer Commission from 1946-1948.  In 1949 she went to work at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark until 1950.  She left work in 1950 to raise a family with her late husband of 64 years, U.S. Army Colonel Martin Karp (ret).  In 1971 until her retirement in 1985 she worked for the Summit Medical Group in Summit, N.J..  She also found time to volunteer as a Girl Scout Leader, and to serve Temple Sha'arey Shalom of Springfield as a member of it's Religious School Board and it's Sisterhood.  She also served as a member of the PTA Executive Board at Jonathan Dayton High School and served as President of the Springfield Chapter of Jewish Women International for two years. She was also a member of the Springfield Garden Club. She was an avid reader, loved to travel and enjoyed knitting and sewing, cooking and baking and stamp collecting.  She is survived by her daughter Susan Kalison Karp and her son-in-law Jeffrey Hibbitt, both of Mendham, N.J., a daughter-in-law Dorie Karp (the late Alan Karp) and three grandchildren, Joshua (Racquel) Drew of Los Angeles, CA., Robyn Drew (and her fiancé Daniel Fichtelman) of Nesconset Long Island, NY, Michael (Rachel) Karp of Cherry Hill, N.J., and one great-grandson, Ari Karp.