Class News: 2006
for Liz (Elizabeth Ballou Duffield)
Each a book whose cover knows no equal
'52 chapters related down the years.
Each by her own loved as could be no other
and to her husband's roommates still a 'mother'
whose loss is a giant tear in the fabric
--a whole class weeps as in the darkest night
her star above its silent vigil keeps.
Dan Wilkes, written for inclusion in the Order Of Service for Liz on April 20, 2006.
Gough '52 responded to a question from Dan Duffield about the meaning
of "Mind-Being Research," a subject raised in Bill's contribution to the
50th Reunion Book of Our History, with the following explanation:
Your note has stimulated me to attempt to explain the meaning of the exploration that we have called "mind-being research."
name was proposed in 1979 by the co-founder of the Foundation, Virginia
Gruye Gates, an interior designer and psychic. Being an engineer who
worked in physical science research most of my life, I was as confused
with the term initially as you are now. However, Virginia convinced me
that we needed to go beyond the mind-body concepts currently prevalent
and suggested that we recognize that something exists beyond our
physical body and our mind. The dictionary defines being as "something
that actually exists" - it is real. In philosophy it means one's
"essence." In effect it is what we are as "human beings." Thus, FMBR has
defined Being as our body-mind-spirit composite. We are an integrated
system in which our minds interact with and affect both the physical
body and the spiritual aspects of our Being. This theme appeared to be a
worthy cutting edge direction for a scientific research quest.
I began to understand the deeper meaning and significance of
mind-being. The Foundation for Mind-Being Research was established to
serve as a forum to bring together and synthesize all kinds of content
that have been taken apart over time, but which belong together in
harmony. We believed that the time had arrived to step back and look at
what the sciences, the world religions, and the metaphysical have
separated, and put them back together as a unity. My personal focus over
the last twenty-five years was to seek to understand the philosophy of
science and the implications of quantum theory, relativity, biophysics
and the emerging physics models and apply them to this goal.
Foundation continues to seek clues or guides to this synthesis process.
This has been accomplished by exploring four sources: First through our
knowledge of modern science; Second through a recognition of the
mysteries and underlying assumptions of modern science; Third through an
appreciation of the wisdom of ancient science and religion; and Forth
through personal experiences of individuals, including myself, who have
expanded the boundaries of their perception - experiences that
constitute "white crows." William James said: "If you wish to upset the
law that all crows are black . . . it is enough if you prove one single
crow to be white."
Our everyday experiences tell us that the world is
flat, a perception that is more than adequate most of the time.
However, when we sail or fly around our spherical earth or look at it
from a space shuttle, that perception has to change. The flat world
perception is an analogy to a Newtonian (classical physics) approach to
reality. It works for most day-to-day activities. I realized that most
persons including engineers, scientists, psychologists and doctors still
hold to a Newtonian world-view. However, the three dimensional sphere
analogy corresponds to a "mind-being" approach - a composite
"body-mind-spirit" reality. This approach is consistent with the data
supporting theories like relativity and quantum theory, and the
perennial wisdom of the great spiritual traditions. As we use our minds
to explore our Being, we realize that we are not confined to our
physical body and we are led to a new vision on what the future for
human beings and civilization could be.
Bill invites comments, sent to William C. Gough, FMBR Chairman of the Board, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Melchert's "Amazing Ceramics"
Don Oberdorfer has contributed the following report:
Melchert gave a public talk on his amazing ceramics at the Katzen Arts
Center of the American University in Washington, D.C., on May 20. Jim
traveled from his home in Oakland, California, for the event celebrating
his wall-mounted works, which are formed by breaking ceramic tiles and
glazing them along the natural patterns of breaks. Breaks are not random
but reflect pre-existing natural patterns in the tiles, Jim explained
in his talk. The museum described Jim as "at the center of the San
Francisco Bay area’s ceramic arts movement, creating conceptually driven
pieces of great innovation and beauty.”
and Laura, Skip Nalen, and Carol Saunders (in the absence of Hal, who
was in Moscow) attended Jim's talk. For background information on Jim's
career in the arts, see his entry in the Book of Our History.
1952 Stadium: A Class of '52 "Enduring Mark" Recognized
particularly fitting that we take note of the 1952 Stadium as an
"enduring mark" as we remember Don Kahn, the spark behind the enduring
marks program within the Class of '52 leadership ranks. Linda and Sid
Liebes have passed on this statement of appreciation from Harvard grad
Nicholas Wolf, father of Becket Wolf, Princeton '97.
you in New York at the Brearley, class of '56 50th reunion, and hearing
that your husband was class of '52 at Princeton, I wanted to share with
you that our son Becket, class of '97, was captain of Princeton
Lacrosse in '97, two time all-America, and a member of 3 National
Championship teams. I can tell you that he arrived at Princeton just in
time to practice and play games in the Class of '52 Stadium, a perfect
venue for the sport, and a place that now holds fond memories for all of
us, especially parents, who liked to see their boys close up.
full stadium that rocks is perfect for any sport, a stadium that holds
25,000 and is only partially filled for a game, is a disappointment. I
don't know who designed the stadium, but let me tell you it was great
for excitement, great on acoustics for the band and screaming fans, with
sight lines that should be studied by anyone thinking of building such a
place. The parking is adequate, which usually is not the case, and the
all-weather field is a key to early season practices, when the snow can
just be plowed to the side of the field. Please let your husband and his
classmates know that this parent, and your classmate at Brearley, my
wife of 47 years Patricia, heartily thank all of you for your vision and
sacrifice on behalf of Princeton Lacrosse. This is not an official
letter of any kind, but just a note from (of all things) a Harvard man
who is envious of your college spirit.
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Hellwarth Elected Fellow of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences
announcing the election of Robert W. Hellwarth '52 and others as
Fellows, Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks said that "Fellows are
selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes
individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines
and to society at large."
Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock
and other scholar-patriots. In the years since, the Academy has elected
as Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members "the finest minds and most
influential leaders from each generation, including George Washington
and Ben Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph
Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston
Churchill in the twentieth."
The newly elected Fellows will be
inducted into the Academy on October 7 at the Academy's headquarters in
Cambridge, Massachusetts. For the full press release, go to http://www.amacad.org/news/new2006.aspx, and for USC's explanation of Bob's work on nonlinear optical devices, to to http://physics.usc.edu/Faculty/Hellwarth/.
Baker, Bush Family Fixer, Will Advise President on Iraq
The New York Times, April 24, 2006
By STEVEN R. WEISMAN
April 23 — In the late 1960's, an anguished President Lyndon B. Johnson
sought advice from a respected elder statesman on the Vietnam quagmire.
In part because of the private counsel of former Secretary of State
Dean Acheson, a onetime hawk turned skeptic on the war, Johnson shifted
course in 1968, halting the bombing of North Vietnam and announcing that
he would not run for re-election.
analogy is far from perfect, but Republicans and Democrats are seeing
parallels between the quiet designation last month of former Secretary
of State James A. Baker III to head up a Congressionally mandated effort
to generate new ideas on Iraq and the role of Acheson, who served under
President Harry S. Truman.
Baker, a longtime confidant of the first President Bush who has
maintained a close but complicated relationship with the current
president, plans to travel to Baghdad and the region to meet with heads
of state on a fact-finding mission that officials say was encouraged by
both father and son and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
you had a health problem, you'd want somebody to give you a second
opinion," said Representative Frank R. Wolf, an influential Virginia
Republican who helped recruit Mr. Baker for the job. "What the United
States needs on Iraq is some fresh ideas from people able to speak out,
and no one is more qualified to do that than Jim Baker."
options that might be available at a time of rapid developments in
Iraq, including the moves on Saturday toward establishing the country's
first permanent, post-invasion government, are unclear. An official
involved in enlisting Mr. Baker, who was granted anonymity because Mr.
Baker has asked those associated with the effort not to speak to the
press, said it would be a mistake to think that he could find a silver
Baker comes at this will be crucial," the official said. "He's a very
shrewd fellow who doesn't want to be window dressing. He could come up
with nothing or it could be a very big deal. To my mind, Dean Acheson
and Lyndon Johnson is the model."
a time of growing American disenchantment with the war, but no real
consensus on what better course there might be, the choice of Mr. Baker
to lead what is called the Iraq Study Group is filled with historic and
familial significance. It is also seen as the most telling sign yet of
the administration's willingness to admit that it needs help in weighing
its options and generating public support for them.
close to Mr. Baker say that he was extremely concerned about being seen
as second-guessing President Bush's foreign policy aides and made sure
to get Mr. Bush's approval in person before he took on the job.
Baker declined to be interviewed, but at a news conference this month,
he said it was not his intention to engage in "hand-wringing about the
past" but to focus on the path ahead "on a bipartisan basis in the hope
that we can come up with some advice and insights that might be useful
to the policy makers in Washington."
is co-chairman of the group along with Lee H. Hamilton, a Democrat and
former congressman who served as vice chairman of the commission that
studied the intelligence failures related to the attacks of Sept. 11.
Mr. Baker and Mr. Hamilton chose the other members of the group, trying
to pick respected people who would be prepared to take a fresh look at
the situation, they said.
their team are William J. Perry, a former defense secretary under
President Clinton; former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York; the
former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor; and Vernon E. Jordan
Jr., a longtime civil rights leader, Washington power broker and
confidant of President Clinton.
gives Mr. Baker's role weight, however, is that while he has never
publicly deplored the decision to go to war, he wrote in his memoirs
that he had opposed ousting Saddam Hussein in the Persian Gulf war in
1991 out of concern that it would have led to an Iraqi civil war,
international resentment of the United States and eventual loss of
American support for an occupation. He has told colleagues that he feels
officials involved in setting up the study group, who were granted
anonymity because they did not want to be associated with criticism of
Ms. Rice, said she resisted it and was unimpressed with its potential to
come up with alternatives to what the administration had already been
Sean McCormack, the State Department spokesman, said Ms. Rice was
enthusiastic and is "going to make sure that the State Department
provides everything they need to complete their work."
Iraq Study Group is receiving funds from Congress with the help of Mr.
Wolf, who is chairman of the appropriations subcommittee in the House
that controls the budget of the State Department. The group has several
subgroups, including a set of retired military commanders.
is getting staff assistance from four academic and policy centers: the
United States Institute of Peace, a government-financed entity; the
Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington; the James
A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston;
and the Washington-based Center for the Study of the Presidency.
the team selected by Mr. Baker and Mr. Hamilton are Robert M. Gates, a
former director of central intelligence; Leon E. Panetta, Mr. Clinton's
onetime chief of staff; former Senator Charles S. Robb, a Virginia
Democrat; and former Senator Alan K. Simpson, a Wyoming Republican.
officials involved in the study group say the mission reflects a
growing realization inside the Bush administration that the course in
Iraq is not working, and dissatisfaction with a foreign policy team that
has not successfully trained the Iraqi military or brokered a political
order that could win confidence of Iraq's disparate sectarian groups.
is not the first mission for which the Bush administration has drafted
Mr. Baker. Two years ago, Mr. Baker carried out a mission to win debt
relief for Iraq. That effort was more successful among Europeans than
among Arabs, particularly the Sunni-dominated Persian Gulf countries
like Saudi Arabia, where distrust of the Shiite-led Iraqi governments
Distinguished Service Award for Bob Oakley
The May/June issue of Foreign Affairs magazine includes the following announcement:
"The American Committees on Foreign Relations
Distinguished Service Award
for the advancement of American public discourse of foreign policy
Hon. Donald P. Gregg
Hon. Robert B. Oakley
first recipients of this Distinguished Service Award, Ambassadors Gregg
and Oakley have given their time and attention to public discourse on
foreign policy under ACFR's auspices continuously and unstintingly since
the organization's inception in 1995.
is a national nonprofit association dedicated to promoting dialogue
between local and regional civic leaders and foreign policy makers and
other experts. ACFR Committees are active in 33 cities around the United
States: see www.acfr.org.
Award will be presented at ACFR's Annual Dinner Meeting on Friday
Evening, May 12, in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room of the U. S.
Department of State, Washington, D.C."
'52 "Gauchos" Ride the Uruguayan Pampas
By: J.C. ("Chips") Chester
year's annual horseback ride took place in the wide-open, expansive
"pampas" of Uruguay about 2 hours north of the capital, Montevideo-in
the state of Florida (pronounced Flo-ree-da).
Alas, I must report that participation was limited to Bob Jiranek ('52) and the author.
was reported in our Class Notes, our beloved classmate, Arthur Collins,
died last September after a long struggle with cancer. Our esteemed
Class widow, Margo Fish (widow of Howard M. "Mac" Fish '52), decided to
drop out this time around and concentrate on her usual run in the Boston
Marathon. Margo, it should be noted, is definitely not in the category
of a "wimp"!
is the second smallest country in South America-after Equador-and it
has a total population of 3.5 million people. This contrasts with
approximately 13 million cattle and 9 million sheep. Meat exports are,
therefore, the mainstay of the Uruguyan economy. Tourism, not only from
abroad (especially from the U.K.), but also from neighbors Argentina and
Brazil is also an important source of income. Gambling is legal in
Uruguay, but not in its neighboring countries. So the various casinos in
and around Montevideo are an attraction. The so-called "Tupamaros" or
urban guerillas that destabilized the regime some decades ago are now
represented in the cabinet and in the majority party in parliament.
Their original radicalism, I am told, has been tempered by leadership
year we were accompanied on our ride by Bayard Fox, founder of
Equitors, Inc., the organization which has made arrangements for
horseback rides in some 30 countries worldwide. (Bob and I have now been
on ten of them). Bayard is a Yalie of our approximate vintage and owns a
ranch in the Bitter Root Mountains of Wyoming where he keeps his
corporate headquarters in Dubois, Wyoming. Bayard is a classmate of Jay
Sherrerd; before college the two attended Episcopal Academy in Merion
Station, Pennsylvania. Aside from his equestrian interests, Bayard is an
expert catch and release fly fisherman, who led Bob Jiranek, Dr. Bill
Stephenson (who is the Master of a Hunt in East Texas and rode with us
in Tuscany two years ago) plus some additional participants on a three
day fishing expedition for Dorado on the Rio Kequay in the northwestern
part of the country. The Kequay River flows into the Uruguay River which
comprises much of the border between Uruguay and Argentina.
Considerable dedication was required as it rained for three solid days
and nights-leaving our sportsmen wallowing in water and mud. Bob caught a
Dorado-but at a rather steep price. The fishing trip was prior to the
commencement of our week's horseback ride.
lack of fishing qualifications saved me from this fate. Instead I was
shown the sights of Montevideo and the ocean resort of Punta del Este by
Mr. Francisco (Pancho) Ravecca, a native Uruguayan who has degrees from
Stanford and NYU and is a close friend of my Exeter classmate, Peter
Brooke. I thought wistfully, but not too long, about my fishing buddies
while I was being entertained at dinner at the Punta del Este Yacht
the time our ride began, however, the sky had cleared and we enjoyed
absolutely perfect weather for the next 6 days. We started at the El
Ceibo ranch or "estancia", managed by our chief organizer, Carmen
Passarella and her husband, Jose Hernandez, and then spent 2 nights
there plus 2 nights each at 2 additional estancias. The topography was
generally flat with seemingly endless, rich grasslands filled with
cattle and sheep.
time we had only experienced riders, so we managed to cover quite a bit
of ground (up to 45 miles one day). The horses were mostly various
mixes of criollos-similar to our Western cow ponies-very surefooted and
capable, but often with somewhat rough gaits. My original horse fell in
that category, so I managed to persuade our guide to give me her large
(very comfortable) Percheron-cross mare, while my horse ended up with
Bob-who found her both spirited and smooth (for some unknown reason). At
least we all ended up satisfied with our respective mounts.
Where we will end up a year hence is anyone's guess. But meanwhile we continue to ride into the sunset.
For now-best wishes to all classmates and
April 11, 2006
Independent Scholar George Newlin '52
Princeton Town Topics describes
George Newlin as "corporate lawyer, venture capitalist, amateur concert
pianist and opera singer [who] has succeeded in everything he set out
to do." But it is his current, third career, as independent scholar
researching Dickens, Trollope and other Victorian novelists, that George
says is categorically "the most enjoyable of any of my careers."His analysis: there is thesis - law, antithesis - music, and synthesis - literature. "Somehow, it all came together," he says.
encyclopedic thousands of pages on Dickens and Trollope have been
published. His work on George Eliot is to be published next month, and
he is now working on Thomas Hardy. His life has had its ups and downs,
but apparently has never been dull.
For the full text of the Town Topics article - a companion piece to George's personal contribution to The Book of Our History that he put together for our 50th Reunion - go to the Town Topics website, http://www.towntopics.com/mar2906/index.htmland to the column by Jean Stratton.