Ashton Harvey, 88

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 7:30am

Ashton Harvey, of Princeton, N.J., passed away peacefully on Friday, April 29, 2017, at the age of 88. Born on Feb. 26, 1929 in New York City to Dr. Harold D. Harvey and Katharine Davis, Ashton graduated from Pomfret School and then from Princeton University in 1951. He was the beloved husband of Isabel Moore of Trenton, N.J., who tragically suffered a major stroke in 1971. He lovingly cared for her until her passing in 2007. He served in the Intelligence Department of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., before returning to Princeton, taking a job as a financial adviser for Janney Montgomery Scott, a member of the New York Stock Exchange. In 1970, he and his partners formed the investment advisory firm Delafield, Harvey, Tabell. Located in Princeton, N.J., the firm was bought by U.S. Trust in 1983. He remained with the company until his full retirement in 2012. 

In 1991, Ash married Marion Kulley Dunham of Princeton. Together they embarked on countless adventures, sharing his love of the west, Block Island, fly-fishing, sailing and exploring the world. Ash and Marion exemplified the definition of “soul mates.”  

Despite his influence and success in the financial world, Ash was happiest working and walking the land he cherished: chopping wood, mending stone walls, building bird houses, or towing his wagon behind his beloved 1936 Allis Chalmers tractor. Ash was a true steward of the land, active in the D & R Greenway Land Trust of Princeton, the Block Island Land Trust, the Block Island Nature Conservancy and numerous other nonprofits. He was on the Board of Directors at Lee Development Group in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2002, Ash formed the Harvey Family Charitable Foundation, an organization set up to help “those who are hurting.” He allowed family members to delegate funds each year, a legacy that will continue. He was a role model to us all.  

Ash is survived by his wife Marion; his three children, Ben, Edward and Julie; his two stepchildren, Andrea Dunham Riccio and Daniel Dunham; his seven grandchildren; and his sister, Dorothy Davis, of Plymouth, Mass. A celebration of Ash's life will take place on Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at the D & R Greenway in Princeton, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the nonprofit HomeFront at 1880 Princeton Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 and Condolences and memories can be posted at