12/17/09 -- Classmate Geoffrey Lines Tickner died on November 26, 2009. Click here for his obituary on the Memorials Page.
11/27/09 -- Click here for Class Notes for the November 18, December 9 and January 13, 2010 issues of the PAW. Classmates mentioned on November 18 are John Moore, Jim Davis, Joel Stone, Ed Tiryakian, Fred Alling, Bill Gough , Hank Sherk, Roger McLean, Bill Seavey and Hal Arensmeyer. The December 9 issue mentions Tony Meyer, Dick Kazmaier, Banks Anderson, Bob Doherty, Bob Eby, Bob Jiranek, Paul Lindsay, Paul Troutman, Harvey Glickman, Ralph Simon, Al Sloan, Tom Matter, Bob Stott, Walter Craigie, Irv Cohen, Ray Baldwin, Warren Bruce,and Arnold Barnes. The January 13, 2010 issue mentions Bill Murdoch, Bob Doherty, Joe Silverman, Ed Masinter, Phil Hill and honoraries Janet Dickerson, Mary Murdoch and Anne Sherrerd
11/22/09-- Classmate Philip Bonner Hill died on November 17. Click here for his obituary on the Memorials Page.
10/31/09 -- Click here for a memoir of Hal Arensmeyer by John Moore on the Class News page.
10/29/09 -- Classmate Hal Arensmeyer died September 22, 2009. More on the Memorials page.
10/22/09 -- American Cemetery Visitor Center, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy
For more shots of Coke Florance's architectural masterpiece, click here to go to the Photo Album
10/19/ 09 -- Click here for Class Notes for the October 21 and November 4 issues of the PAW on the Secretary's Page. Classmates mentioned on October 21 are Roger McLean, Bruce Johnson, Brantz Bryan, Tom Hennon, Joe Bolster, Rudy Lehnert, Tom Mangan, Dick Kazmaier, Stanley Seeger and Shirley Tilghman. Classmates mentioned on November 4 are Coke Florance, Bob Jiranek, Ed Tiryakian, Dave Smith, Mary and Bill Murdoch and Rudy Lehnert.
9/18/09/ -- Click here for the minutes of the May 29, 2009 meeting of the Class Executive Committee.
9/14/09-- Click here for class notes for the September 23 and October 7 issues of the PAW on the Secretary's Page. Classmates mentioned on September 23 are Chuck DeVoe, Gil Bogley, Cliff Barr, Joe Handelman, Barney McHenry, Charlie Schaefer, George Aman, George Brantz, Stokes Carrigan, John Clutz, Tom Daubert, Jim Davis, Hank Sherk, Terry Bomonti, Marty Battestin, Peyton Weary, Rudy Lehnert, Tom Hennon and Tony Meyer. Classmates mentioned on October 7 are Don Malehorn, Ed Masinter, Jay Sherrerd, Warren McCabe, John Emery, Joe Bolster, Paul Glenn, Roger McLean, Jim Evans and John Smith.
9/10/09 -- Rudy Lehnert has uploaded photos taken by his daughter Cheryl, Kent Rogers, and Rudy remembering our 55th Reunion. To view the slideshow, click here. For Hal Saunders' comments on the memories involved in the reunion, and Dan Duffield's extended reunion report, click here.
8/28/09 -- Jim Evans reports that classmate John H. Smith, Jr. died on August 26, 2009 in St. Louis, MO. Click here for more information on the Memorials Page.
8/11/09 -- Chips Chester, our Lone Ranger, reports on his latest equestrian adventure in Botswana. Click here for his account on the Class News page.
8/9/09 -- Classmate Walter Francis (Terry) Bomonti is reported to have died on January 19, 2009. We have heard nothing from him since he left Princeton in 1950.
8/7/09 -- Tom Hennon's Memorial Service yesterday in the University Chapel was attended by classmates Joe Bolster, Dick Kazmaier, Rudy Lehnert, Tom Mangan and Holly Donan '51.
8/4/09 -- Click here to see the Class Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 on the Treasurer's Page.
7/25/09 -- A cocktail party in celebration of classmate Tony Meyer's life will be held on Friday, August 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Harborview Hotel in Edgartown.
7/14/09 -- Dottie Werner of the Alumni Council tells us that classmate Tony Meyer died on July 13 in Edgartown, MA. Click here for his obit on the Memorials page.
7/11/09 -- Bill Baillargeon has sent us a link to an op-ed piece in the Seattle Times by classmate Dr. John Geyman. It's a clear and timely contribution to the debate on national health care policy. John says reform can be accomplished, and at a feasible cost. Click here
7/06/09 -- Audrey Hennon reported to Rudy Lehnert that there will be a memorial service for the text of John's essay on the Class News page.for Tom Hennon in The Princeton University Chapel on Thursday August 6th at 11:00AM.
7/1/09 -- Wendy Bryan reports that Brantz Bryan's remembrance service is scheduled for July 26 (Sunday) at 2:00 at the Wequassett Inn in Chatham, Mass.
7/1/09 -- Rudy Lehnert reports that Tom Hennon died on June 27, 2009 in Flemington, NJ. Click here for an obit on the Memorials page. A memorial mass will be held later.
6/27/09 -- Click here for a listing of the Class Executive Committee for 2009-10 on the Class Leadershp page. It adds George Brantz, Bob Flinn and Harvey Glickman.
6/26/09 -- Classmate Hank Sherk gave the keynote speech to the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences Residency and Fellowship Programs. The enthusistic review by a professor of medicine who is a member of '86. was well deserved as the text shows. Click on Class News.
6/16/09 -- Click here for Class Notes for the July 15, 2009 issue of the PAW on the Secretary's page. Classmates mentioned are Bill Murdoch, Bill Healey, Ted McAlister, Dave Smith, Lefty Thomas, George Gowen, Bruce Macomber, Mac Powell, Jim Crutcher, Lovett Baker, Chuck DeVoe, Sandy Zabriskie, Paul Mueller, Dick Kazmaier, John Sharpe, Duncan Stephens, Jack Ball, Ted Martin, Mike Ely, Porter Hopkins, Don Oberdorfer, Dave Kass and honoraries Mary Murdoch and Shirley Tilghman.
6/1/09 -- The approved minutes of the Executive Committee meetings of October 24, 2008 and February 20, 2009 are on the Executive Committee Page. Click here to see them.
5/25/09 -- See the Secretary's page for Class Notes for the June 10, 2009 issue of the PAW. Classmates mentioned are: George Aman, Jack Ball, Joe Bolster, John Clutz, Bruce Coe, Chuck De Voe, Diz Gillespie, George Gowen, George Hambleton, Chuck Hemminger, Bob Jiranek, Jack Joyce, Dick Kazmaier, Tom Knight, Bob Lamperti, Rudy Lehnert, Barry Loper, Bob Lovell, Don Malehorn, Roger McLean, Eric Merrifield, Bill and Mary Murdoch, George Newlin, Don Oberdorfer, Steve Rogers, Hal Saunders, Jay Sherrerd, Jim Simpson and George Stevens; honoraries Anne Sherrerd *87 and Shirley Tilghman and associate Mimi Pivirotto.
5/24/09 -- Classmate David R. Kass died in Shaker Heights, OH on May 21, 2009. Following a private ceremony, his family may be visited at 17150 South Woodland, Shaker Heights, OH from 3:00 to 7:00 PM on May 25 and 5:00 to 8:00 PM on May 26 and 27. Click here for an obituary on the Memorials page.
5/20/09 -- Mini XXIII was canceled, but these happy classmates and spouses (and a few who didn't make it in this photo) got to San Antonio and found a warm and friendly welcome, led by host Dave Smith on the left and Lois Smith, fifth from right. The setting is the Alamo, just across the street from the wonderful Menger Hotel, headquarters for the Mini. For more on the Mini-Reunion and who was there, go to the Reunions Page and click on Mini XXIII.
5/13/09 -- As previously reported, Hal Saunders gave the first presentation at Bruce Coe's memorial service - a beautiful statement of Bruce's service to Princeton, to New Jersey, and to the nation. For the text of Hal's remarks, click here.
5/10/09 -- See the Treasurer's Page for a financial report for 9 months ended 3/31/09
5/9/09 -- For a brief report on what happened (and what didn't happen) in San Antonio April 30-May 3, go to the Reunions/Mini-Reunion Page.
4/26/09 -- Click here for news of Bruce Coe's memorial service on the Class News Page.
4/10/09 -- See the Secretary's page for Class Notes for the May 13, 2009 issue of the PAW. Classmates mentioned are Joe Bolster, Joe Silverman, Ansel Gould, Duncan Stevens, Cliff Barr and the late Ludlow Fowler, George Stevens, Chauncey Loomis and Bruce Coe.
4/8/09 -- The dedication of Sherrerd Hall on the Princeton Campus was attended by classmates Joe Bolster, John Clutz, Chuck DeVoe, George Hambleton, Bob Jiranek, Jack Joyce, Bob Lamperti, Rudy Lehnert, Bob Lovell, Roger McLean, Eric Merrifield, Bill Murdoch, Don Oberdorfer and Steve Rogers and honorary classmates Mary Murdoch, Anne Sherrerd *87 and Shirley Tilghman. All wore '52's reunion jackets whose color scheme enlivened the invitations, programs and even the cookies served. Click here for an article on the dedication from News at Princeton. Click here for photos of the dedication including one of the '52 table at lunch.
4/8/09 --Our Classmate W. Joe Wilson, who died almost three years ago, recalled with courage in the 50th Reunion Book of Our History his experience with Alzheimers' - "not as frightening as it is reputed to be," with his wife Johnette to back him up. Johnette has since died, and an additional remembrance of Joe and Johnette is now on the Memorials page, written with the assistance of their son, which reflects that fact and the existence of their three great-grandchildren. Click here to read it.
4/7/09 -- Rudy Lehnert reports that Ludlow Sebring Fowler died on February 27, 2009 in Delmar, DE. See a local obit on the Memorials page.
4/6/09 -- George Gowen reports that Jim Simpson died on March 10, 2009. See the Memorials page for his obituary in the Birmingham (AL) News.
4/5/09 -- A detailed obituary of Chauncey Loomis from the New York Times for March 31 was received, courtesy of Roger McLean, and has been added to the Memorials page. it includes details of Chauncey's memorial service to be held on May 9.
4/2/09 -- Bruce Coe's memorial service will be held on April 18. See the Memorials page for details.
3/28/09 -- Hal Saunders learned from Bruce's wife Barbara, that Bruce Coe died on March 24, 2009 in Lambertville, NJ. See the Memorials page for an obit from today's Times of Trenton.
3/20/09 Steve Rogers has learned today of the deaths of two more classmates on March 16, 2009, Chauncey C. Loomis, Jr. in Great Barrington, MA and George E. Stevens in New Canaan, CT. See the Memorials Page for obits and info on George's services.
3/18/09 -- See the Secretary's page for Class Notes for April 1 and 22. April 1 mentions Bill and Mary Murdoch, George Aman, Gordon Lamb, Warren Bruce, Jim Evans, Jefferson Platt, Tom Fentress, Paul Schulz and Ted Beatty. April 22 mentions Ben Moore, Jack Blessing, Sandy Zabriskie, Walt Culin, Don Malehorn, Paul Mueller, Skip Nalen, Phil May, Ed Tiryakian, Fred Mann, Vic Hall, George Lambrakis, and Dave Smith.
3/16/09 -- See the Treasurer's page for the Class Financial Report for the first half of the fiscal year 2008-9 ending on 12/31/08.
2/23/09-- Brief obits for Tom Fentress and Randy Platt are on the Memorials Page.
See the Secretary's Page for Class Notes for the March 18 issue of the PAW.
2/20/09 -- Rudy Lehnert has learned today of the deaths of two more classmates:
Thomas L. Fentress, Jr. on February 2, 2004 in North Barrington, IL and
Jefferson Randolph Platt on May 13, 2003 in Northeast Harbor, ME.
2/18/09 -- Classmate Paul R. Schulz died on December 28, 2008. He disappeared from the class forever after graduation. See a brief mention on the Memorials page.
2/17/09 -- See the Memorials page forobits on Ted Beatty and Brantz Bryan.
2/5/09 -- Two classmates' deaths to report: Ted Beatty on January 25, 2009, and Doug Pedersen on June 17, 2007, information just received. More including 1952 photos on the Memorials page.
1/25/09 -- Mini XXIII: for a preview of the packet you'll receive from the San Antonio Mini-Reunion Committee, go to the Reunions page and click on XXIII, San Antonio. You'll find the Committee's letter, the mini schedule, and the registration form. The map of San Antonio that we'll get with the packet isn't on this site, but you can select, print, fill in, and mail the registration form (with check), or you can wait until you get the packet sometime in the not-too-distant (but unpredictable) future. The Committee recommends reserving rooms at the Menger early; cancellation up to three days before is permitted.
1/25/09 -- See the Secretary's Page for Class Notes for February 11 and March 4, 2009. 2/11 mentions Roger Berlind, Tom Daubert, Barry Loper, Roger McLean, Allen West, Geoff Nunes. Dick Kazmaier, and John McGillicuddy. 3/4 mentions John McGillicuddy, Joe Bolster, Art Christenson, Dick Kazmaier, John Birkelund, Al Ellis, Joe Handelman, Tom Knight, Hoby Kreitler, Tom Mangan, Ed Masinter, Geoff Nunes, Mimi Pivirotto, Bob Jiranek, George Aman, John Clutz, Bill Seavey, Bob McLean, Lucius Wilmerding, Bob Warren, Purd Wright, John Moore, Lou Parsons and Pete Matthews.
1/22/09 -- Please note the information contained in this website: (1) the Calendar, for dates of area luncheons, reunions and mini-reunions, Alumni Day, etc.; (2) the Directory, for addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information; and (3) the Secretary's Page, for recent Class Notes columns. Let John Clutz or Steve Rogers know when you have something to add or correct.
1/13/09 -- In his eulogy at the service for John McGillicuddy on Janary 6, Dick Kazmaier recalled their 60-year friendship, beginning with their meeting on the freshman football field. To read what Kaz had to say about his "great and good friend" who "personified the combined benefits of athletics and the finest of educational opportunities," go to the Class News Page.
1/9/09 -- Art Christensen's report on the memorial service for John McGillicuddy, including the names of the ten from the class who were present, has been added to the Memorials Page.
1/7/09 -- For links to obituaries in the New York Times and the Westchester County paper that record some of the extraordinary career and accomplishments of classmate John McGillicuddy, go to the Memorials Page.
1/6/09 -- See the Secretary's page for Class Notes for December 17, 2008 and January 28, 2009. 12/17 mentions Jay Sherrerd, Joe Bolster, Bill and Mary Murdoch, Anne Sherrerd h52, John Geer, Roger McLean, Larry Anderson and Al Ellis. 1/28 mentions Bob and Phyllis Oakley, Roger McLean, Dick Kazmaier, Nick Clifford, Hale Bradt, Roger Kirk, Fred Slivon and Jim Davis.
1/5/09 -- We've heard from Mary Murdoch, John Emery, Ed Masinter and others that John McGillicuddy died yesterday. The funeral service will be on Thursday, January 8, at 10 a.m., at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye, N. Y.
1/3/09 -- Annette Merle-Smith has told us she has learned that Roberta Slivon, wife of Fred '52 and a good friend of many people in the class, died of heart failure yesterday. She and Fred have made San Rafael, CA, their home; his address is in the 55th Reunion Yearbook directory.
Harold John Henry Arensmeyer (1930-2009)
met Hal when we both were high school seniors who had applied to
Princeton—members of a Princeton alumni group in St. Louis entertained
us and a bunch of other fellows from the area. They were recruiting us
Four of us roomed together in Lockhart freshman year. Both Hal and I worked as waiters in Commons.
living among young people often seems to invite complaint about the
food and a number of other things. Hal was not a complainer and did not
join in such exchanges. He would bring from his classes some anecdote
to smile over—maybe what Mme. Turkevitch had said in Russian class (we
all learned a few phrases of Russian from him; he loved to pronounce
was a talker, friendly, but never in your face. He liked
girls—whenever we saw any—and went with us to Sweet Briar or Vassar
or…. He was liked, of course, by them for his cheer and North European
good looks. He went out for 150# football and suffered on lean rations
before a weigh-in. In no way fat, but muscled.
was quietly serious about his studies, regularly disappearing from
distractions of the dorm to work at the library—and not only before
exams. About his family he spoke most affectionately of his sister,
Jane, and of a spinster aunt whom he relished for her high spirits.
sophomore year our class was the first in Princeton history to
guarantee a bid from an eating club for any of the class who wanted
one. One optional aspect of this was the creation of the "iron-bound”,
an agreement between several students to be considered and taken
together. Hal and I and two others formed one and got a bid from Key and
Seal. It was a happy place where the members were helped and looked
over by avuncular black men in a Club uniform. A fair amount of the
good cheer on weekends was alcohol-encouraged.
dropped off in the middle of junior year to go to Annapolis, but I
think Hal had already formed a friendship with a rather tall blonde
Smithie. Elliott, I think her name was.
John P.D. Moore ‘52
September 27, 2009
52's "Lone Ranger" Rides Again
This year (2009) in Botswana
by: J.C. ("Chips") Chester '52
Beginning in 1994, three '52 classmates, namely Arthur Collins, Bob Jiranek, and the undersigned, embarked on a series
of annual international horseback rides-- sponsored and arranged mostly
by Equitours Inc., which is based in Dubois, Wyoming.
the decade and a half that followed, we managed, to ride in distant
Mongolia and New Zealand in the Far East and in selected countries in
Europe, Eastern Europe, southern Africa, and South America.
year, alas, the late Art Collins is no longer with us, and Bob Jiranek
had an unbreakable family conflict. That left me as '52's lone
equestrian representative. I was, however, accompanied by my 16-year-old
granddaughter, Kyra Paul, her riding instructor, Heather Sanders, my
nephew from Milwaukee, Ross Read, and his wife, Mary.
This was my 12th ride worldwide and my 2nd in southern Africa.
Botswana- The Okavango Delta
the former British protectorate of Bechuanaland, is now an independent
country. Unlike many of its neighbors, it is a stable and democratically
governed land, with an economy based largely on diamonds and tourism.
It has approximately 1.6 million inhabitants and considerably more wild
animals. In the Okavango Delta, moreover, there are some 900 species of
Okavango Delta, where we rode exclusively last July, is the largest
inland delta in the world. As an official guidebook explains:
"The Okavango is a river of considerable size rising in the highlands of distant Angola
(and Passing through Namibia), but in Botswana its waters fan out into an immense
delta and eventually evaporate or sink in the sand. With the exception of the border rivers
and the Okavango, there is no standing water anywhere in the country: There are no lakes, no rivers and no streams."
during the totally dry season (including July and August), when there
is not a cloud in the sky, the delta can be flooded by water from
Angola. This means that over half the time on the Okavango ride, you
will be wading through moderate to deep water. In fact a second "fly"
(temporary) camp was located on a large island which can only be reached
by horses that swim or by boat. Most of our party rode swimming horses,
holding onto their manes until they reached the shore.
Okavango Delta contains just about every specie of animal life you
might want to see-~ and a few you don't want to get close to. The lions
and hippos fall into the latter category. For instance, a lion cannot
always distinguish between a horse and a zebra--the lions' natural prey.
(On one Delta safari, not ours, a lion attacked a horse and rider and
had to be shot-- together with the horse) Consequently, looking out
constantly for lions was a major preoccupation. We saw no lions on our
ride, but they occasionally penetrated the camp at night, along with
hippos, and had to be driven off. The horses are guarded on a 24-hour
the many animals we did see-- and were able to approach fairly
closely-- were: elephants, giraffes, impalas, various species of
antelope including the lechwe (they like to hang out in water) and
tsessibe (they only drink the water, but are the fastest of the antelope
family); water buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, monkeys and baboons- to cite
just a sampling.
could be dangerous if they feel challenged, but were quite nonchalant
if allowed to approach the riders. Needless to say, an experienced guide
is a necessity.
There is clearly no better way to view the above sights than on horseback. A jeep or van would not suffice in the Delta.
you are 80 years old-- or pushing that figure-- you will be treated
royally by all of the safari staff. Aside from their good nature, they
probably are anxious to keep you from expiring on their "watch". Old
age, believe it or not, has a few (if not many) benefits.
And so I now wish all classmates an equally happy and rewarding retirement.
A pay-go option for health-care reformBy John Geyman M.D. '52
Special to The Times
AS Congress recessed for the July Fourth holiday, the debate over
health-care reform was reaching a fever pitch. Now the top domestic
issue for the Obama administration, the biggest questions are how much a
reform bill will cost and how to pay for it, quite aside from how
effective a "reform package" will be.
Skyrocketing costs that are out of control are the hallmark of our
present system. Yet legislators have already acceded to pressures and
dollars from stakeholders in the present system (within which costs are
revenue) and are only considering options that "build on the present
After months of work, legislative committees in Congress have brought
forth drafts of proposals that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is
starting to score in terms of cost and effectiveness. As expected, the
costs of these incremental proposals are high — the first number of $1.6
trillion over 10 years (while still leaving 36 million Americans
uninsured) sent these committees back to the drawing board. At the
moment, leading Senate Democrats are hailing $1 trillion over 10 years
as potentially doable.
After presiding over huge deficits during their eight years in power,
Republicans are now demanding "pay as you go" (pay-go) policies.
Together with Blue Dog Democrats, they are threatening to act as
spoilers of any health-care-reform bill on its price tag alone.
Given the dimensions of these difficult economic times — including a
$1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, $5 trillion in new federal debt over
this year and next, and rising unemployment — pay-go makes good sense.
And the president is making the case that his health-care plan must pay
for itself. Conventional
"wisdom" (as generated by the mainstream corporate media) says that any
health-care reform will cost a lot, and that there is no pay-go option.
But there is.
Single-payer financing (public financing coupled with a private delivery
system, a reformed "Medicare for All"), as embodied in Rep. John
Conyers' bill (HR 676 in the House) with its 83 co-sponsors, will yield
savings of some $400 billion a year. That's enough to assure universal
coverage for all Americans while eliminating all co-pays and deductibles
— the ultimate pay-go. Single-payer will give us far more efficient,
affordable, effective and reliable health care than our present
multipayer system. Health insurers have known for years that they can't
compete on a level playing field with single-payer, and have only been
surviving by favorable tax policies and other subsidies from the
This recent testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science and Transportation by Wendell Potter, former head of corporate
communications at Cigna, says it all: "I know from personal experience
that members of Congress and the public have
good reason to question the honesty and trustworthiness of the
insurance industry. Insurers make promises they have no intention of
keeping, they flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and they
make it nearly impossible to understand — or even to obtain —
information we need."
Many studies over the past two decades, including those by the CBO, the
Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the nonpartisan Economic
Policy Institute, have concluded that single-payer can assure universal
coverage and still save money. HR 676 needs to be brought out of the
closet and put on the table for CBO scoring against other options being
considered in Congress, all of which cost much more and fail to provide
President Obama has brought forward the concept of audacity of hope. Is
it too audacious now to hope that the legislators we elect to Congress
can see beyond their campaign contributions and the lobbying efforts by
corporate stakeholders to require that single-payer be scored?
John Geyman is professor emeritus of Family Medicine at the University
of Washington, past president of Physicians for a National Health
Program, and a member of the Institute of Medicine.
A note about Hank Sherk received June 12, 2009
Your classmate Dr. Henry Sherk was the Keynote Speaker at the Seton
Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, Division of
Medical Residency and Fellowship Programs.
He delivered an impassioned oration that inspired both the graduates and Faculty.
Respectfully submitted by, Jill Kraft Butler, Class of 1986, Spouse of *92,94, 01
Jill Butler, MD FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education
Here is the text of Hank's remarks.
"INSPIRATIONAL REMARKS” As
Invited by Dr. Vincent McInerney
a month ago Dr. McInerney invited me to make what he called a few
inspirational remarks at this ceremony. At first, I thought that he was
mostly interested in some congratulatory comments ending with a generic
charge to you to "do your best”, and "make your teachers proud”. Upon
reflection, however, I realized that Vince McInerney is far too subtle
and too thoughtful for this and what he really wanted was for me to
think hard about what I myself would need to hear from a speaker under
these circumstances. I have decided, therefore, to open with a question,
and it is: what do you look forward to as your reward for the years you
have invested in your education? Beyond that, what do you think your
chances are of realizing these expectations?
To address these
questions I decided to forgo theoretical discussions of ethical
conundrums and instead look at what happened to real people, in other
words people like yourselves who went to school, spent their time and
their money on their educations and hoped for a pay-off of some sort to
justify all their effort and investment and their delayed reward.
Take, for example, several historical figures, people a little remote
from our time but real people who stand out to a degree because they did
something unusual, or who in fact achieved something epochal even
something of sublime importance. For starters, please consider the life
of William G.T. Morton. Dr. Morton was a Boston dentist. He is credited
with introducing ether anesthesia during surgery to the modern world. He
had developed the technique by himself and was invited to demonstrate
it at the Massachusetts General Hospital in April 1846. As he had done
many times in his dental practice he poured the volatile liquid ether
onto a cloth and held the cloth under the patient’s face. He asked the
patient to take a few deep breaths. The patient became sleepy and then
unconscious. Dr. Warren, the surgeon then incised the patient’s mandible
to drain and clean out an abscess. When the patient awoke after the
surgery, he did not remember experiencing any pain. The assembled crowd
of onlookers went wild with the realization that they had witnessed the
dawn of a new era in medicine and surgery. Two months later the Boston
surgeons published their great article on inhalational anesthesia in
surgery and they took over the discovery completely.
happened to Dr. Morton? What was his reward for his research, his risk
in being the discoverer of this property of ether and its applicability
in clinical practice? The answer is virtually nothing except bitterness,
law suits, and rejection. He spent the rest of his life trying to
patent his discovery and achieve recognition for what he had done. He
even went to the Congress of the United States for a "letter of
appreciation” all to no avail. He died a poor and angry man scorned for
what was perceived to be his relentless self-promotion.
about Konrad Roentgen? Dr. Roentgen was an academic German scientist
who did research at the University of Munich. In the mid-1890’s he did
experiments upon the effect of large charges of electricity passed
through a vacuum tube, a device that had been designed by an Englishman
named William Crooke. Using the Crooke tube, Roentgen produced a unique
invisible ray that caused phosphorescence of a platinocyanide compound.
When Professor Roentgen applied the compound to a sheet of cardboard,
the ray caused the cardboard to glow and when he held a metal object
such as a key in the path of the ray the key and the bones in his hand
cast a shadow image on the cardboard. Dr. Roentgen realized that he had
found a way to visualize the interior of the human body using this
unknown ray, or as he called it the x-ray. When he demonstrated it at a
meeting of German scientists they clapped and cheered and demanded that
this ray would henceforth be called the Roentgen ray. Within two months
after the demonstration the ray was in use in Europe and America for the
diagnosis of fractures and the location of retained foreign bodies.
Within the year, lawyers had used it in court in medical malpractice
Roentgen refused to patent his discovery leaving it
for the benefit of all human kind. He thought that his comfortable
pension for his years of service at the University would support him for
the rest of his life. However, the value of the pension collapsed to
zero in the inflation of the Weimar Republic and Dr. Roentgen could not
afford fuel for warmth or food for his personal sustenance. He virtually
starved to death. He had the reward of personal recognition during his
lifetime but his virtuous behavior and his rejection of the great wealth
he could have realized from his discovery gave him nothing. It was for
others to reap that reward. One wonders how he felt about it at the end.
There are others. Madame Curie, the discoverer of radium died from
leukemia almost certainly caused by the radioactivity to which she was
exposed during her lifetime of research, and perhaps the saddest of all
is Clara Maass, R.N., the Army nurse who volunteered to participate in
the investigation carried out by Dr. Walter Reed on the mechanism of
transmission of Yellow Fever. The participants in the study had to allow
themselves to be bitten by mosquitoes which a short time previously had
bitten a patient suffering from that disease. Clara Maass developed a
full blown case and died. She had no reward in her life for her
sacrifice but she is to a degree revered for helping to prove how a
fatal disease is transmitted. Also there is a hospital in Newark which
changed its name from the Newark German Hospital and Dispensary to the
Clara Maass Memorial Hospital.
All of the people I have
mentioned made contributions of great importance to human kind and so
will all of you; perhaps not contributions of such seminal importance
but contributions nonetheless. Sadly but inevitably you will also
suffer, not to the same degree one hopes, but somewhere and somehow you
will be hurt and disappointed and feel abandoned and neglected. A
patient you treat will not do well, despite your best efforts. He or she
may even die. Many of you will endure a lawsuit, a bitter experience if
ever there was one.
So how do you rationalize this? How do
you go forward in a high risk profession in which you have invested
everything including even a major portion of your youth? You can pay
down the student loans but those years are gone forever. Again, think of
some examples. Examine the lives of people you know who lived
skillfully. How did they do it? It is almost certainly not that they
continuously from moment to moment thought about specific virtues and
vices or that they merely obeyed the law or practiced an inhuman
evidenced based medicine strictly by the numbers. What is or was their
secret? How did they find success and happiness in their lives?
Certainly you can find examples among your mentors, particularly those
you have come to respect and admire during your training here. Consider
how they reacted not only to stressful situations, but also how they
dealt with the more mundane daily events of their lives. Think
especially about the choices they made while you were with them because
in our daily lives we constantly have to choose and decide and that is
what makes or breaks us as we strive to live not well but skillfully.
And, always remember the difference. Living well implies lots of money,
fancy cars, expensive vacations, and maybe membership in an exclusive
country club. Living skillfully is more difficult to define but to me it
is peace in one’s life, comfort with one’s choices, and a calm
acceptance of one’s self regardless of life’s successes or failures. The
reward for your years of study, your many nights on call, and your
years of work is not necessarily the chance to live well. The reward the
healing profession will give you is an unparalleled opportunity to live
skillfully. You will have many, many choices to make in your careers,
and you have to make them wisely to end up with the calmness of a life
I am sure that every one of your
teachers here is an excellent model that you can study and consider.
Going further afield, however, all of you as New Jersey physicians and
healthcare givers should know about the example set by a Newark surgeon,
now long gone, who in his time was the exemplar of what I have been
talking about. Many of you have never heard of him but let me introduce
him to you. His name was Edward Ill, an odd name for a doctor but
derived from the German "Uhl” which when distorted by American English
became "Ill”. The Ill’s arrived here from Germany in the mid- nineteenth
century. The father had a heavy accent and spoke English poorly. The
family lived in a poor section and Edward had to struggle to make it
through the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He decided
to pursue a career in the practice of surgery in Newark and the
surrounding part of northern New Jersey and he began his practice at
about the time that surgeons in America were learning about the
importance of antisepsis. With assiduous attention to the details of
Lord Lister’s new techniques Dr. Ill became able to perform
hysterectomies, bowel resections and anastomoses and many other
procedures which up until that time could not be done because of the
threat of infection and mortality. Dr. Ill became enormously successful
and developed a huge practice. He became in effect the dean of surgeons
in New Jersey and he served as a mentor and model for several
generations of surgeons and gynecologists in this state. Late in his
career he made an important choice. One of his young competitors lost
his privileges to practice at a well-known hospital in a Newark suburb.
The stated reason was that the physician had too many poor patients. The
Board of Trustees at the hospital would not allow the young doctor to
remain on the staff and they ostentatiously withdrew their permission
for him to admit patients there. Dr. Ill did not loudly protest that
decision. That would have called too much attention to himself. What he
did do was to promptly and permanently resign from the staff of the
institution in question choosing to withdraw from his alliance with the
hospital and to sever his relationship with the trustees. The decision
to do so would have been more difficult than it seems. Dr Ill would have
known the trustees personally and it was probably hurtful for him to
relinquish their friendship and support. If he had wanted only to live
well, he would have kept his mouth shut and remained on the staff of
that hospital to continue to enjoy the prestige, income, and profitable
social interaction. His choice was the right one, however, and Dr. Ill
never regretted it.
So- to you graduates, now that you
have all this knowledge and skill, my advice is think about the choices
you make and grasp the opportunity to live skillfully in a way that will
make Dr. McInerney and his colleagues proud that you learned your
profession on their watch. That is your reward and it is yours for the
Prepared by Henry H. Sherk, M.D., May 20, 2009
Bruce Coe's memorial service was held on April 18, 2009 at the
Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, N J. Hal Saunders gave the first
of fifteen reminiscences and musical performances by friends and family,
citing Bruce as an example of "Princeton in the Nation's (in this case,
New Jersey's) Service" (Hal's text is below).
The service was
attended by eleven classmates ( George Aman, Joe Bolster, Put Brodsky,
John Clutz, Al Ellis, Barry Loper, Don Malehorn, Roger McLean, George
Newlin, Steve Rogers and Hal Saunders ), six wives and two associates
Here is the text of Hal's reminiscence:
April 18, 2009
• Bruce was a dedicated—and beloved—member of Princeton University’s Class of 1952.
withdrew from the University midway through his junior year. That was
the turn of the year 1950-51. Like others in our generation who felt
they needed a more mature perspective on life to make the most of their
educational opportunities, he decided to fulfill his obligation for
military service. He went through basic training and officer candidate
he later wrote for his classmates, "I found myself in November of 1955 a
senior at Princeton missing a mid-term exam as I sat in Princeton
Hospital awaiting the birth of a son.”
many such returning students did, when he graduated, Bruce chose the
Class of 1952, where he had made friends while living on campus, as his
alumni class. I believe he is the only such classmate to serve as an
alumni class officer (Vice President, 1997-2002).
This is just background to sharing what I really want to say about
Bruce as a Princetonian. Given his modesty, I doubt that he would ever
have thought of himself in this way. But I want to say that Bruce came
to be an extraordinary exemplar of what Princeton stands for. In 1896,
giving a major speech on the occasion of Princeton’s 150th
anniversary, then Prof. Woodrow Wilson used a phrase that has become a
Princeton watchword: "Princeton in the nation’s service.”
In a remarkable way, that phrase captures Bruce’s very conscious plan
for his life. I want to use the rest of my time to document this point
using the words that Bruce himself wrote in sharing his thoughts about
himself with his Princeton classmates. Many who follow me at this podium
will amplify it.
Six years after his 1956 graduation, Bruce was at work in investment
banking with Kidder, Peabody & Co. He wrote these words in our 10th
am most successful in business, and attribute this to average
intelligence, considerable sincerity, and a genuine liking for almost
all people. I have trouble being serious and trouble growing old. I
still have to show identification in liquor stores and clients of the
firm question whether they’re receiving mature treatment.
am most concerned about the major issues, and particularly the ‘low
state’ (and low quality) of the public servant. Although I am now almost
totally illiterate and probably unqualified, I have determined ‘to do
something about it’. In four years more time, if all goes well, I will
have compounded the capital gains to the point of complete independence
and hope to devote remaining years to the political scene and government
That was 1962.
Fast forward now to Bruce writing for his classmates in 1977: "I have
recently left private industry and accepted an appointment in government
service [as Executive Director of the State of New Jersey’s Planning
Commission]. I hope I can make a contribution. So far, for merely
trying, I’ve found that I’m much happier with myself. I suspect that if
more of us could take the time to get involved, we’d all be more
pleased with the results.”
• Fast forward another 15 years to our 40th
reunion in 1992—now we’re approaching modern times and what some might
see as retirement age. Bruce wrote most tellingly: "Thirty years ago, I
wrote. . . that I planned to leave Wall Street and enter public
service. This I did at the end of 1975, and have now worked closely
with four New Jersey Governors. I’m told I’ve now been appointed by a
Governor and confirmed by the Senate more times and for more positions
than anyone else in New Jersey’s history. . . . all of these [positions] have offered me exposure to diverse policy issues.
"I now believe I really understand both the opportunities and the
limitations of government. Certainly these recent years have offered
State government the challenge to be incubators for solutions to issues
of national concern. . . .
"What observations do I have from this second career in the public
policy area? That there is a direct correlation between the quality of
government and the degree of public participation in the process. Put
another way, government needs all the help it can get. Elected officials
and public sector employees cannot, by themselves, come up with the
best answers to public concerns. Every experience I have had
demonstrates again and again and yet again: good people contributing
their time and talent are what make government work best. We are the
sine qua non for greatness in democracy.”
• Finally, writing on September 11, 2001
for our fiftieth reunion book, Bruce said: "I’ve now put public service
behind me and spend most of my time working for non-profit
organizations. . . . Both Barbara and I strongly believe that these
organizations serve to make the world a better and safer place by
helping to transform people’s lives in positive ways.” Public service
behind him? Not really. Just another form of public service!
• This was Bruce Coe, Princeton University Class of 1952 placing himself consciously "in the nation’s service.”
Hall, named for our classmate Jay Sherrerd, was dedicated on April 4,
2009. The dedication was attended by classmates Joe Bolster, John
Clutz, Chuck DeVoe, George Hambleton, Bob Jiranek, Jack Joyce, Bob
Lamperti, Rudy Lehnert, Bob Lovell, Roger McLean, Eric Merrifield, Bill
Murdoch, Don Oberdorfer and Steve Rogers and honorary classmates Mary
Murdoch, Anne Sherrerd *87 and Shirley Tilghman. All wore '52's reunion
jackets whose color scheme enlivened the invitations, programs and even
the cookies served.
for an article on the dedication from News at Princeton
. Click here
for photos of the dedication including the '52 table at lunch from Aspire. ****************************************************************
Following is the text of the eulogy that Dick Kazmaier delivered at the service for John McGillicuddy on January 6, 2009
O’Donnell, I hope to bear witness to John’s positive effect on other
people. Also, I am privileged and honored to be here with Sean and want
Conna and the family to know how appreciative I am of this opportunity
to remember John.
and I met 60 years ago on the freshman football field – along with some
120 outstanding high school players from all over the country. John
was a highly recruited prospect from HarrisonHigh School – just this morning I learned that they burned him in effigy here in Rye!
But neither one of us was particularly noteworthy in our first year as
collegians. As we advanced to the varsity the next season, my first
glimpse of the strength of character of my great and good friend began
we didn’t start rooming together until our junior year, in 1949 I was
not aware until the end of the season that John was the only player who
dressed for every game who did not have even one minute of playing
time. He was devastated – obviously but his response was to work harder
in spring practice and as a junior he was a backup defensive halfback
and he earned a letter. In our last year he was a starter at defensive
halfback and contributed mightily to our second undefeated season.
That year, 1951, our wingback was our punt return specialist – at least until a Penn end laid him low in our 3rd
game. After that John was the designated punt returner where he went
on to set a season record for number of catches – that was not all glory
because there was no fair catch rule that season which meant he had to
field each punt and the opponent’s could find him "fair game”. As a
side note, from those 120 freshman in 1948 our class ended up with only
11 lettermen our senior year.
Throughout his life he was a college football enthusiast –in large part because of his personal experiences. His support for Princeton
athletics of all kinds has been continuous and substantial – as has his
service to the University including as a Charter Trustee. No matter
what the issue or challenge he supported those activities that followed
from his own background and personal involvement – and that included
especially his friends and teammates. When someone from his
undergraduate past turned to him for help, he responded with whatever
was appropriate and within his ability to offer.
I proceed beyond John the athlete who personified the combined benefits
of athletics and the finest of educational opportunities, a moment of
truth arrived in the 1980’s. John’s mother who was living in Harrison
at the time saw a picture of John and myself in the local newspaper.
The caption read "John McGillicuddy, Princeton All American". His
mother promptly called and told him to tell the editor immediately to
correct that mistake. Upon reflection, I guess it wouldn’t be hard for a
reporter to assume John was a football All-American, because he was in
so many other ways!
most of you know golf was his dominant sport interest. Have you seen
anyone with a collection of golf club memberships as extensive and
prestigious as John? A sidelight on his golf game is that at one time
when we were younger golfers, I had the lower handicap and would usually
win our match. When he was advancing at such a rapid pace up the
ladder at Manufacturers Hanover, it seemed his golf game got better and
his handicap lower! He was hard to beat with all that success going for
John was appointed President of the bank in 1971 he was listed as 40
years old. Actually, when the announcement was made he was only 39 but
the then Chairman of the bank thought 40 would sound better with his
birthday coming a few weeks later. The other phenomenon I observed was
how then, and thereafter, those men that he leapfrogged carried no
animosity, rather they were and remained respectful and supportive.
Obviously, they realized what his friends already knew about his
obituaries I have seen from The Journal News and New York Times offer
wonderful and fairly complete rundowns of John’s outstanding business
career and accomplishments – as well as his charitable and civic
contributions, which were many and most valuable. When he retired from
the bank, I admired how readily he moved into meaningful positions with
the New YorkHospital
and the Boy Scouts of America. The last time I visited with him was a
few weeks ago at the hospital where Sean showed me his portrait that is
displayed with the other three men who were instrumental in guiding the
merger of the New York Hospital with the Presbyterian Hospital. John
was an outstanding banker and businessman – and an outstanding citizen
and contributor to society – because he was a man who understood what
ingredients in life, and in his associates, were most important to
whatever the endeavor.
the years I had opportunities to observe others in his presence. No
matter what station in life – and particularly with those that made
things happen at the most basic level – he was considered a kindly
associate and a friend. Obviously, with a man as able and vital as he
was there are legions of work efforts, organizations, projects and human
understanding that could be brought forth and noted by all who knew
him. In a way, it is overwhelming - just what I have observed or shared
with him. It is hard to imagine how much more there is to relate.
was devoted to Conna, she truly was the love of his life. She
supported him faithfully through their 50 plus years. While his banking
and personal activities were abundant and most visible, his wife and
his children were central to his being and his beliefs. Sean represents
them well. I know John must be proud of them all.
can see him now smiling down from above on his wonderful family – and
getting ready to lead some heavenly band in a project God has outlined