Leslie Vought Kuenne of Princeton and Shelburne, Vt., died at home surrounded by her loving family on Aug. 12 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was 58.
The loving wife of Christopher Kuenne, she was a devoted mother to Peter, William and Matthew, and the late Olivia Michelle Kuenne, who died in 1997.
Leslie was born in Aspen, Colo. on Dec. 29, 1960 to Barbara Vought Harbach and Peter Vought, the artist and son of aviation pioneer Chance Vought. Leslie grew up in Aspen and Santa Barbara and received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California San Diego and her master’s degree in human genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She was a genetic counselor at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Abington Hospital.
A champion of the arts, Leslie recently served as president of McCarter Theatre Center’s board of trustees. Under her leadership, the board of trustees completed the Campaign for McCarter, the largest fundraising effort in the history of the theatre, which provided financial stability for the future. She also served on the boards of the Arts Council of Princeton, the Vestry of Trinity Church and as an officer of the Stony Brook Garden Club. An active volunteer in the community, she was a gifted painter, sketch artist, and chef, and an award-winning gardener and nature photographer. Her favorite place to spend family time was Shelburne, where she and her family summered. She will be remembered by her friends and family as someone who imbued her life with love, compassion, and impact.
In addition to her immediate family, Leslie is survived by her sisters Victoria Vought of Southport, Conn., Annie Vought of Oakland, Calif., Pam Harley of Rochester, N.H., and Lisa Setos of Los Angeles, Calif., mother-in-law Janet Kuenne of Princeton, and sister-in-law Carolyn Kuenne Jeppsen and husband David and daughters Charlotte, Isabelle and Mia of Washington, DC.
Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Church on Mercer Street in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Olivia and Leslie Rainbow Foundation, which provides young children with instruction and access to the arts. Please direct your gift to the foundation c/o Brown Brothers Harriman, PWM-5th Floor, 140 Broadway, NY, NY, 10005.