Jans McKenzie Carlen, 75, of Pottersville, N.J., passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family. His family will hold a visitation at Layton Funeral Home, 475 Main St., Bedminster, N.J., on Sunday, March 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial service, with Reverend James O’Connell officiating, will take place at Pottersville Reformed Church on Monday, March 25, at 1 p.m. Mr. Carlen was born in Concord, N.H., on Nov. 15, 1937, and lived in several locations in the Northeast before settling in Pottersville 36 years ago. He attended Amherst College, earned a B.S. in mathematics from Tufts University, an M.A. in mathematics from Brandeis University, and completed additional course work at Brown University and Columbia University Teachers College. He taught calculus at White Plains High School in New York before joining AT&T Long Lines in the engineering department. In 25 years at AT&T, he held management positions in the accounting and traffic departments. After taking early retirement in 1989, he returned to teaching. Mr. Carlen was a part-owner of a private airplane and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was also a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey. He shared his appreciation of mathematics through private tutoring and leadership of programs for students and fellow educators. As a member of the Pottersville Reformed Church, he served many years as an elder, deacon, and church treasurer, and led the education and search committees. He battled Parkinson’s disease for 20 years. Mr. Carlen was predeceased by his father, Jans Julius Carlen, and his mother, Catherine McKenzie. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marcia Jean (Atchison) Carlen; his son, Jonathan Mark Brainin and his wife, Rae Guay, of South Orange, N.J.; his daughter, Abigail Mansfield Carlen of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and his son, Matthew Jans Carlen of Baltimore, Md. He is also survived by his sister, Jane Hoppe of Encinitas, Calif.; a nephew, Carlen Hoppe of Sunnyvale, Calif.; and a niece, Anne Metzger of Carlsbad, Calif. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pottersville Reformed Church, P.O. Box 89, Pottersville, N.J. 07979.
Entering the Greater Presence of God
Published in Star-Ledger on March 23, 2013