Ned died at home in his sleep Dec. 22, 2004.
He prepared at Ponce de Leon School in Florida and Utica Academy. At Princeton he majored in modern languages, won the Alden Memorial Prize in French, and graduated with honors. He was a member of ROTC, the University Band, and Court Club. After military service in the United States and Italy with the 88th Infantry Division, he returned to Princeton, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1950. He retired as a professor of modern languages at North Carolina State University after 25 years.
Ned published numerous texts on French grammar, the most important of which are Le Pont-Neuf (four editions) and Reading French in the Arts and Sciences (four editions). The latter, first published in 1957, is still in print nearly 50 years later. For many years he was the leading authority on using electronic language laboratories to teach foreign languages. His book, The Language Laboratory and Modern Language Teaching, was a standard reference and had four English editions. It was also published in German, Italian, Japanese, and Finnish. His final book, a translation of the 300 maxims of the Duc de la Rochefoucauld, is due to be published this year.
Ned is survived by his friend of 30 years, the Rev. W. Wayne Lindsey, hundreds of appreciative students, and a nephew, James Keeley.
The Class of 1941