Class Announcements: 2016
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announcements from 2015 are here
The Class of 1952 Award Year 2017 Scholarships have been announced by the University. See Announcements page for full listing of the 26 recipients of funds from the 19 scholarships, and letter from recipient Mr. Bhadrajee Hewage.Posted 12/26
The University has advised of the death of Charles Little Harper on December 14, 2016, at his home in North Tustin, CA.
The University has advised of the death of Robert O. Y. Warren on December 1, 2016, at his home in Suffield, CT.
Barry Loper sent notice of the death of Dan Wilkes, with the following note from Dan's family:
Dan Wilkes passed away on 4 December. He had a mercifully brief battle with an infection, and died knowing he had a loving partner and a caring and proud wider family, with him and nearby. He was also fiercely attached to his family and friends everywhere, though visits to meet them had been less and less possible in recent years. A low-key event will be held, for immediate family only, to mark his passing, and we will be in touch with you about other memorial arrangements. In sadness but with loving memories, Yours, Ursula, Bettina, Andreas, George, Rong Fen, Hannah, Laura, Noa and Yael
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AWARD YEAR 2017:
The Class of 1952 Memorial Scholarship - Mr. Bj Hewage '20
The D. Robert Owen, Class of 1952, Scholarship - Mr. Vinicius Amaral '17, Ms. Vivian Ramirez '17, Ms. Do-Hyeong Myeong '17
The Robert S. Murley '72 and Richard R. Pivirotto '52 Scholarship - Ms.Florence Odigie '20
The John F. McCune '52 Scholarship - Ms. Jessica E. Goehring '19, Ms. Flora Lao '20
The Louisa Barron Wilson Buxton and Julian Thomas Buxton, Sr. Fund - Mr. Kobe P. Miller '20
The Donald Hogue Burnett Scholarship Fund - Ms. Alicia Lynn Castillo '18
The H. Brewster Atwater, Jr., Class of 1952, Scholarship Fund - Mr. Preston Jordan Lim '17
The John McGillicuddy '52 Scholarship Fund - Ms. Annique M. Nyman '20
The Bruce A. Beery, Class of 1952, Scholarship - Mr. Sam Valle '19
The Rodney Burnett Cole, Class of 1952, Memorial Scholarship - Mr. Leif Grosswiler '18
The John D. Laupheimer Scholarship - Ms. Hannah E. Priddy '17
The Patricia J. Kazmaier '86 Scholarship Fund - Ms. Carlotta Corbella-Alcantara '19
The Thomas I. Unterberg, Class of 1952, Scholarship - Ms. Kaijia Tian '17
The Philip B. Hill '52 and Edgar M. Masinter '52 Scholarship Fund -Ms. Trina Bjorge Swanson '20, Mr. Abe Joshua '20
The James A. Baker, III, Class of 1952, Scholarship - Mr. Matthew D. Skowron '17, Mr. Connor J. Staggs '18
The Joseph L. Bolster '52 Scholarship - Ms. Anastasia Repouliou '18, Ms. Mayisha Sultana '20
The John R. Emery '52 Scholarship - Ms. James Frusciante '17, Mr. Luke Catarius '17
The Jack B. Joyce '52 Scholarship - Mr. Ogulcan Bayol '18, Mr. Yotam Sagiv '18
The John A. LaGrua '52 Scholarship Fund - Mr. Rohan R. Rummala '19
Our Triangle Area group had its fall luncheon yesterday, November 14, in Durham. On hand were classmates Banks & Nancy Anderson, Bob Doherty, Bob Jiranek, Paul Troutman, Ed & Josefina Tiryakian, and six Princeton Associates. Luncheon speaker was Professor Jennifer Hawkins (Princeton Ph.D), an authority on bioethics in Duke�s Philosophy Department and the Medical Center. [Princeton associates are Princeton alumni in a class a bit younger than �52]
The University has advised of the death of John "Jack" Lockhart Skeel, age 85, on July 3, 2016. Long time Chagrin Falls, Ohio resident, Jack is survived by wife, Beth (Bailey), children and grandchildren.
John Moore has advised of the death of George Newlin on November 8, 2016, at his home in Princeton.
Miriam Lally has advised of the death of her father, Jim Davis, on October 26, 2016, at his home in Philadelphia, PA.
John Sprague's latest book, a regional industrial history, just published by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, is now available at the Museum and in it on-line store [shopmassmoca.org/collections/books/products/87-marshall-street] $15.9987 Marshall Street: Creation, Disruption, and Renewal in the Northern Berkshires is a hot-off-the-press publication by local author John Sprague. It tells the story of the one million square foot collection of factory mill buildings which now house MASS MoCA - an international, multidisciplinary cultural center and highly respected museum of contemporary art. John Sprague takes us through the history of this significant site in North Adams, Massachusetts, drawing on his nearly three decades with Sprague Electric and more than 50 years of industrial experience. He enlivens his narrative with real-life examples of how enterprises are born, grow, become dominant, and then still sometimes fail, to become reborn in new guises.posted 10/18
Barry Loper has advised of the death of Bill Seavey on September 21 at his home in St. Helena, CA.
Ed Masinter passed on a note from Kerry Haselton '84: Hi, Ed. I am writing with sad news. My dad - Bob Lovell - passed away, peacefully, at home in Morristown, NJ, on September 20. Class of 1952 meant the world to him. Thank you for your shepherding his donations and keeping him current on the Critical Few. Enjoy this beautiful fall day. Best, Kerry Haselton '84
Dave Paton: This is the book I published about about my father [P.U. 1925] in August. R. Townley Paton founded the world's first eye bank thereby initiating available donor corneas for millions of blind people worldwide. He was a 1925 graduate of Princeton and had marked dyslexia before that was a known diagnosis. [More information on Class Authors page]
The University has advised of the death of Edmond A. B. Garesche, III on September 18, 2016, at his home in St. Louis, MO.
Barry Loper noted: Carol Saunders has been a Trustee at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for a number of years. On May 5, 2016, she was named to 'emeriti' status, which means she can attend all Dickinson Trustee meetings.Dickinson is searching for a new President and she can have a voice in that decision.Posted 8/01
We have recently learned of the death of Trueman "Ted" Martin on June 26, 2016, in Fountain Hills, AZ.Posted 07/13
We have recently learned of the death of Howard Smith on January 28, 2016, in Brooklyn, NYPosted 06/24
We have just received word from the University of the death of Robert A. Engle on July 27, 2013.Posted 06/13
Nancy Sidamon-Eristoff '81 called to report the death of her father, Robert Paul Zabel, on May 25th.Posted 6/02
Put Brodsky sent this note: We have learned from the Bolster family that Joe's wife, Sarah (Tink) passed away this morning [May 19, 2016]. Funeral arrangement will be private but a memorial service will be planned for later in the summer. The Class extends its deepest sympathy to Joe and his family.
Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment to hold opening celebration and symposium
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment will hold its building opening celebration and symposium Wednesday through Friday, May 18-20, in the building's Maeder Hall, 86 Olden St. The event will showcase the building and feature some of the center's latest research in innovative energy and environmental technologies. Andlinger Center faculty will present research on energy storage, energy-efficient building systems, nuclear fusion, biofuels, solar cells and other topics. Students and postdoctoral researchers also will present their research in a poster session. To register and for more information, go to the symposium website.
Barry Loper sent this note:
Currently under construction in Washington DC is a museum dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy. Located in a new Pavilion at 22nd and C street, it is expected to open in 2018. The new museum, known as the United States Diplomacy Center (USDC), will be housed in a two-level state-of-the-art glass and steel building. The museum will consist of four major 'Halls". Hall II will feature Diplomacy in Action and will guide visitors through our nation's diplomatic history, illustrating how it has shaped our lives today. From our first treaty on friendship and commerce in the 18th century to the 21st century multi-lateral diplomatic negotiations, visitors will understand how our international relationships support U.S. interests worldwide. A rotating exhibit gallery will host temporary displays.
Halls I, III and IV will honor Secretaries Clinton, Kerry and Kissinger respectively. Hall II will be named the James A. Baker, III Hall - Fabulous
Walt Culin has advised of the death of William Park Callahan, on March 30th in Savannah, GA
Denise Johnson has advised of the passing of her husband, Bruce Warren Johnson, on March 18th in Hyannis Port, MA.
Class of '52 may be interested in this link to the Kazmaier papers, including Dick's collection of class notebooks and papers. Bob Ruxin '76, President, Kazmaier Associates, Inc. http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/AC434Posted 3/26
John K. Doyle '56, sent the following information:
I have served as the executor of the estate of John LaGrua'52, who died in October, 2014. I am writing to inform you of several items in John's estate concerning Princeton. John was a loyal member of the Class of 1952 and often spoke of his affection for Princeton and his admiration for the efforts of the University to educate our leaders of the future. As a reflection of his feelings, John bequeathed one million dollars to the University from his estate for the John A. LaGrua '52 Scholarship Fund, which was established last year "to assist students who have shown courage and determination in the face of great adversity, and a growing maturity by demonstrating an awareness of the world around them, so as to be worthy of a Princeton education and such a scholarship."
John was a member of Tiger Inn. He also made a substantial contribution to the Club for its ongoing well-being. Classmates might want to drop by Tiger Inn to view the new plaque, just installed, which salutes the Class of '52 in John's name. I have learned that the substantial funds made available for scholarships may very likely be used by more than one student at a time, depending upon their needs and Princeton's financial conditions. I'm sure John would be very happy if more than one student at a time could benefit from his gift.
John died as a result of heart troubles after a long fight, which included a heart-transplant twelve years before his death. He died in New York where he had lived for many years among many friends and many fond memories of his time at Princeton. I am sending you this information in the expectation that his friends and others in the Class of '52 would be happy to know of John's affection for, and continuing support, of the Class and the University. If you have any questions, please contact me. John K. Doyle '56
If you would like to contact Mr. Doyle, or Mr. LaGrua's sister Gloria Dugan, please email Class secretary George C. Towner, Jr. at email@example.com.
Carol Saunders sent this note about Hal Saunders:
Dear Friends of Ours
Hal's son, Mark, and I spent the night at Hal's side as he gave up his earthly existence very peacefully about 4am Sunday, March 6. The last days he was just a shadow of his former self in so many ways so God was merciful to take him home. My daughter Caryn arrived from California in time to say her goodbyes and his daughter Cathy also had a chance to say hers. We're having a small, family-only burial this Thursday morning, March 10th & a memorial service in April when we can have most of the grandkids present. We will contact you again when a date and time have been set for the memorial.
Dief Diefenbach has advised of the death of Walter Craigieon March 3rd in Richmond, VA. We will post additional information as received.Posted 03/07
Jay Siegel '59 had advised of the death of Frank Sparrow on February 20. See his note on the Memorials page.Posted 03/01
David Smith has advised of the death in Houston, TX, of Joanne Prescott Baker on January 2, 2016. Joanne was the widow of Classmate Lovett Baker who died on February 7, 2010. Her obituary notes that they courted in New York City while she worked at Music Corporation of America before settling in Houston where they raised their three children.Posted 02/13/2016
I thought you might like to see President Eisgruber's nice note in response to my email to the class
about Anne-Marie Slaughter's article, and his thoughts on the "Wilson situation". His response is posted on the Forum page. Put
Posted January 23
Dave Smith sent photos from the October Reunion - see them at the Reunions page Mini Reunion XXIX. .Posted January 23
Scholarships from the Class of 1952 for Award Year 2016 have been posted on the Announcements page.Posted December 20
THE BRUCE A. BEERY, CLASS OF 1952, SCHOLARSHIP - Ms. Anne Jung '18
Hello, my name is Ha Kyung (Anne) Jung and 1 am currently a sophomore at
Princeton University. I was recently
notified of the scholarship assistance you have given me this year, and I would like to take the time to thank
you and introduce myself.
Currently, I am a pre-med
Chemistry major, and I am working towards a certificate in Engineering Biology
as well. This semester was full of big changes for me because I had been a pre-med BSE Computer Science major as a
freshman. I initially chose this major because my Computer
Science course in high school interested me the most. However, after taking a few Computer Science courses at
Princeton, I realized that I did not enjoy the material we were learning
and frequently felt lost because I did not know what I wished to major in instead. Fortunately, I took Organic
Chemistry this semester, and while taking this course, I regained my spark for learning and felt more uplifted in
After graduating, my hope
is to attend medical
school to ultimately become a doctor. I currently volunteer at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro as a care ambassador in the Medical
Neuro-oncology department (I am planning on exploring other departments as well in the future). It has been
a stressful but immensely rewarding experience so
far. Aiding the nurses has helped me to understand what to expect of a clinical setting, and working with the patients
has taught me reaffirmed my desire to become
a doctor. There have been many instances when I could only offer emotional support to the patients
and do simple tasks such as fetching straws for them. It pains me to not be able to aid the patients in other ways whenever I hear them
cry from pain, and I cannot wait for the day when I am able to actively help
their sickness. Apart from this, I work as a
lab assistant for the Molecular Biology Schultz Teaching Laboratory.
My non-academic interests
include violin, and Pilates. Although I had been, deeply passionate about playing
the violin since I was three years old (I enjoyed it so much that I taught myself through listening to professionals when I could no longer
take lessons due to our financial circumstance), I was diagnosed with severe
scoliosis and kyphosis in my neck. This meant that I
could no longer practice violin for hours as I had done prior to this diagnosis because this was the cause of my severe
back pain and migraines. This led me to take up Pilates since it is
supposed to help greatly for spine problems. Thankfully, I am doing much better now and I have discovered a new
hobby as well.
There have been many ups
and downs through the past year and half at Princeton, but I am very thankful for every experience I have had
here. Of course, it has not been easy and I have gone through
both physical and emotional troubles. However, I am confident that every success and failure, every person I have
met, learning to be away from home (southern
California, very different from New Jersey!) on my own, and every other experience has shaped me into a more
thoughtful, well-rounded, and mature person. Once again, I would like to thank you for the
opportunities you have given me by supporting my experience at Princeton. I hope you a happy holiday season!
The University has announced the following Award Year 2016 Scholarships from the Class of 1952:
THE CLASS OF 1952
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Ms. De Vann S. Sago '16, Mr. Curtis L. Belmonte
Ms. De Vann S. Sago: Degree Program: AB; Concentration:
Woodrow Wilson School; Career Plans: Law, Civil Rights or Human Rights; Other Interests: High School:
Academy of Law and Government, president, secretary, representative;
Class of 2012, vice president; Mock Trial; Teen Court; Fin'esse; National Honor Society, parliamentarian; The
Verdict, writer, editor-in-chief. Princeton: The Daily Princetonian, staff
writer; Students for Education Reform
Curtis L. Belmonte: Degree Program: BSE; Concentration: Computer
Science; Career Plans: Software Development; Other Interests: High School: Highest Honor
Roll; Massachusetts State Science and Engineering
Fair, 3rd place; Speech and Debate Team, president, founder; American Computer Science League, Outstanding
Achievement Award; Robotics; Math
Team; National Forensic League, degree of distinction; Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica; National Honor
Society; National Merit Scholarship
Recipient; Intellect Quest at Mass Academy, counselor; Yankee Scientific Inc., intern; Checkerboard Ltd,
intern; Community Service; Worcester Polytechnic Institute Charles 0.
Thompson Scholar; Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement
and Social Conscience. Princeton: Princeton
Public Speaking, web developer; Speak with Style, officer; Princeton Computer Science Department, lab teaching
assistant; Association of Computing
Machinery; Charter Eating Club
D. ROBERT OWEN, CLASS OF 1952, SCHOLARSHIP: Mr. Vinicius Amaral '17,
Ms. Vivian Ramirez '17, Ms. Do-Hyeong
THE ROBERT S. MURLEY 72
AND RICHARD R. PIVIROTTO'52 SCHOLARSHIP: Ms. Esther M. Maddox '17
JOHN F. McCUNE '52 SCHOLARSHIP: Ms. Hannah E.
Priddy '17, Mr. Mario Antonio Garcia
THE LOUISA BARRON WILSON BUXTON AND JULIAN THOMAS BUXTON,
M. Brian Julien Lee '17,
THE DONALD HOGUE BURNETT SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Ms.
Angela Kim '19
Ms. Angela Kim: Degree Program: Undecided; Concentration:
Undeclared; Career Plans: Public and International Relations; Other Interests: High School: National Honor Society, president;
California Scholarship Federation,
president; Korea Daily, student reporter; Spanish Honor Society; Newspaper, editor; MELODY Music Club, president;
Princeton University Summer
Journalism Program, student journalist; AP Scholar with Distinction; National Merit Scholarship Commendation; American
Legion Girls State, first runner-up;
Tae Kwon Do; Piano; Kumon Learning Center, tutor
H. BREWSTER ATWATER, JR., CLASS OF 1952, SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Mr.
Preston Jordan Lim '17
JOHN MCGILLICUDDY '52 SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Ms. Delaney J. Kerkhof
THE BRUCE A. BEERY,
CLASS OF 1952, SCHOLARSHIP: Ms. Anne Jung '18
Ms. Anne Jung: Degree Program: BSE;
Concentration: Computer Science; Career Plans: Computer Science, medicine;
Other Interests: High School: American Math
Competition, qualifier; American String Teachers Association Competition, honorable mention; AP Scholar with Distinction;
California All-State Orchestra,
first violin; California Scholarship Federation; Cantabile Music Ensemble, co-founder,
president; Certificate of Merit Level for Violin; lmagiscience Club,
president; Math Club; National Honor Society; National
Youth Orchestra of the USA; Night of the Stars, Orange County Korean Cultural Center Competition, 1st place;
Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra,
concertmaster; Principal's Exemplary Honor Roll, Questbridge National College
Match Finalist; Sharing the Music Club, co-president; Tae Kwon Do, black belt. Princeton: University
Orchestra; University of California, Irvine,
Hughes Lab, research assistant/intern; University Medical Center of Princeton, Plainsboro, volunteer
THE RODNEY BURNETT COLE, CLASS OF 1952, MEMORIAL
SCHOLARSHIP: Ms. Natalie R. Cortina '19
THE JOHN D. LAUPHEIMER
SCHOLARSHIP: Ms. Hannah E. Priddy '17
PATRIClA L. KAZMAIER ’86 SCHOLARSHP FUND: Ms. Kiersten Falck '18
THE THOMAS I. UNTERBERG,
CLASS OF 1952, SCHOLARSHIP: Ms. Adaure A. Nwaba '16
THE PHILIP B. HILL '52
AND EDGAR M. MASINTER '52 SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Mr. Benjamin A. Taylor
THE JAMES A. BAKER, Ill,
CLASS OF 1952, SCHOLARSHIP: Mr. Jay Y. Park '16, Ms.
Raya Buensuceso '17
THE JOSEPH L. BOLSTER,
JR. '52 SCHOLARSHIP: Ms. Anastasia Repouliou '18
THE JOHN R. EMERY '52
SCHOLARSHIP: Mr. James Frusciante '17, Mr. John P. Lovett '18
THE JACK B. JOYCE '52
SCHOLARSHIP: Mr. Yotam Sagiv '17, Mr. Ogulcan Bayol '18We have just received word from the University of the death of Russell Pierce, Jr. on March 2, 2015 in Murphy, TX.Posted October 5
Posted Decembetr 20
We have received word from Fred Gray '42 of the death of Patrick McEvoy "Mac" Cromwell on September 16, 2015 in Towson, MD.Posted September 29
John Sprague sent a note that his latest book, "Sprague Electric", published this past April by the IEEE History Center Press, is now available on amazon.com.
Posted September 29
The University has advised of the death of Windsor F. Cousins on September 3, 2015, at State College, PA.Posted September 21
Princeton Nassoon Alums to Perform in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 17 at 6 PM
Free Concert at the Navy Memorial Auditorium
Nassoon alumni of the 50�s and 60�s who have been singing together annually for the past 18 years will be performing the close harmony a cappella songs from the repertoire of their undergraduate years at 6 pm on Saturday, October 17 at a FREE concert at the Navy Memorial auditorium, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC.
These 25 a cappella singers are a close knit sub-group of the Nassoons of the mid-20th century, doing mostly five part arrangements of classic American and college songs: Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and Brooks Bowman (Princeton �38) are among the composers and lyricists. The group has performed for receptive and enthusiastic audiences in clubs, chapels and public spaces in locations including Palm Springs, Charleston as part of Piccolo Spoleto, Newport, Scottsdale, Gloucester, Tucson, Florida, California, Seattle, Aspen, Chicago, Bermuda and Kansas City. It also includes a quartet of the younger men called Coast to Coast pursuing music in the Four Freshmen tradition. The Nassoons are the oldest close harmony group at Princeton having come to life singing a five part version of Perfidia during a glee club concert in 1941 and still going strong.
This will be a great opportunity to relax, refresh and reminisce to some wonderful vocal music, and bask a bit in the great camaraderie and conviviality that these men share during their annual get-togethers.
Posted September 24
Finding Nature's Beauty
A selection of works by
Grace Johnston, w52
I presently have a solo art show entitled "Pastel Journeys: Finding Nature's Beauty " in the Woodrow Wilson Gallery at Princeton Windrows, Princeton, NJ. The pastel paintings showis dedicated to my deceased husband, Robert C. Johnston '52, and includes a portrait of him and 32 other works. He was my inspiration, muse, and companion on most of my "Pastel Journeys". The Exhibit will remain up 'til January 2016. [Posted 10/8]
George Aman advises, "The Philadelphia regional group had lunch at the Merion Cricket Club on Wednesday, August 26th, with Stokes Carrigan, George Brantz and me attending. Our most regular member, Harvey Glickman, has been ill for a few months, but I called him and learned he is back in his apratment after some time in the nursing care department of his retirement community, Foulkeways at Gwynedd. He is unable to travel but sent his best wishes."
Posted September 7
Phyllis Oakley h52 has advised of the death of Laura Oberdorfer on Sunday August 23, 2015, in Washington, DC, just one month after the death of her husband Don Oberdorfer
on July 23rd.
Posted August 27.
The University has advised of the death of Joseph Murphyon August 10, 2015, in Minneapolis, MN.Posted August 17
Birkelund gift funds new certificate program in history and diplomacy; Kotkin and Mullen to co-directA $5 million gift from investment executive John P. Birkelund '52 has established the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy. The new undergraduate certificate program will provide preparation for careers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Stephen Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor at the Wilson School, will co-direct the program.http://giving.princeton.edu/news/2015/07/birkelund-gift-funds-new-certificate-program-history-and-diplomacy
This article is also posted on the Announcements page.
Posted August 17
Princeton Alumni Weekly highlights Hale Bradt's new book trilogy, Wilbur's War:An american family's Journey Through World War II. See review in Did You Know column at right. You may read the Prologue at the website http://wilberswar.com/store/ and find ordering information. Hale Bradt says there's a 20 percent discount on his new trilogy [see Did you Know column on this page] if your use the coupon code PUWW when ordering through the book's website.
Posted August 15
Barry Loper advises that contributions in Don Oberdorfer's honor which are sent to the Class of 1952 Memorial Fund, Princeton University, Alumni and Donor Records, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, NJ, 08543-5357 will be credited to Class of 1952's Annual Giving campaign. Please be sure to note Don's name on your donation - and note the corrected ZIP code give here.Phyllis Oakley wrote: Laura Oberdorfer asked me to let you know that Don Oberdorfer died very peacefully yesterday afternoon [July 23, 2015] with her, their two children, and the Hospice nurse at his bedside.
The WP (Washington Post) obit is available on the Memorials page.
Posted July 24
Birkelund Gift Funds New Certificate
Program in History and Diplomacy; Kotkin and Mullen to Co-direct
August 5th, 2015/Development Com...
A $5 million gift from investment executive John P. Birkelund
’52 has established the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy at
Princeton University. The new undergraduate certificate program, available to
students beginning in the 2015–16 academic year, will provide preparation for
careers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that preserve
stability and improve lives around the world.
Stephen Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund ’52 Professor in
History and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs, and Retired Admiral Mike Mullen, the former chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting
Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School, will co-direct the program.
"John Birkelund’s generous gift will support
Princeton’s strengths in the humanities and social sciences, which are crucial
for women and men planning careers in international affairs. He is helping
Princeton extend its commitment to service to our nation and the world,” said
Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and Princeton’s Lawrence and
Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of
In addition to requiring courses in the Woodrow Wilson
School and the Department of History, the interdisciplinary program will
provide students with the opportunity to take applicable classes from politics
and other social sciences, as well as those exploring particular regions of the
world, such as Near Eastern studies and East Asian studies. Students of any
major may pursue the certificate.
The program will offer a summer internship with an
appropriate government agency or NGO. It will also foster students’ engagement
with practitioners of diplomacy and international relations through visiting
professorships, short-term fellowships, workshops, conferences, public
lectures, and field trips.
"There is nothing quite like this at any of our peer
institutions—no program that combines immersion in both history and the analysis
of contemporary international affairs, much less one that supercharges this
combination with the invaluable practical experience of an internship. We see
this as a real boon for Princeton,” said William Jordan *73, chair of the
Department of History and Dayton-Stockton Professor of History.
Mullen, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff from 2007 to 2011, has been a visiting professor at Princeton in 2012 and
2014, teaching a Woodrow Wilson School seminar, "US Military and National and
International Diplomacy.” Kotkin, a Princeton faculty member since 1989,
teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern authoritarian regimes,
global history (1850–present), and Soviet-Eurasian history. He holds a
professorship created by a previous gift from Birkelund. "The two co-directors
bring different, but highly complementary backgrounds to this program,” said
Rouse. "The students will benefit from the overall breadth of their combined
Birkelund is a co-founder of and senior advisor to Saratoga
Partners, an independent, New York-based merchant banking firm that pursues
investments in United States-headquartered companies that it believes have
opportunities for enhanced growth and productivity. His gift was inspired by
his interests in the complex interplay among history, diplomacy, policy, and
"My interest in the practice of diplomacy stems from
my military experience in Berlin from 1954 to 1956, which served as an isolated
focal point of the Cold War, and where virtually every day brought a need for
negotiation,” Birkelund said. "That we transited these difficult years is
attributable to the flexibility and determination of our armed forces and
A Woodrow Wilson School major at Princeton, Birkelund
was a US Navy officer and pursued graduate studies in business administration
at Northwestern University. He was formerly chairman and CEO of Dillon, Read
& Company, Inc., and thereafter, chairman of UBS Investment Bank. He is a
former director of the New York Stock Exchange.
Birkelund has been active with the International
Executive Service Corps, a nonprofit organization that harnesses the talents of
volunteer experts and professional consultants to strengthen businesses and
public and private institutions in developing countries. For many years,
Birkelund has been particularly engaged in Poland and other countries in
Eastern Europe. Appointed by President George H. W. Bush, he has organized and
chaired the Polish-American Enterprise Fund, which since 1990 has supported
economic reform and stability in Poland.
He also directs the Birkelund Fund, a family
charitable organization that supports numerous educational and cultural
organizations and institutions, Princeton University among them. He serves as a
life trustee at the New York Public Library, and is a trustee emeritus of the
Frick Collection. He is a chairman emeritus of the Polish American Freedom
Foundation and the National Humanities Center. A member of his class’s
executive committee, he has also been a special gifts solicitor for Princeton’s
Annual Giving campaign.
The University reports the death of Ray Chirurgi in Livermore, CA on April 7th.Posted July 13
The University reports the death of Albert S. Redway in Woodbury, CT on June 24th.Posted July 9
The University reports the death of Hugh Ferguson in Venice, FL on May 28th.Posted July 9
Don Malehorn reports that Ruthe Battestin called him to say that her husband, Martin C. Battestin passed away in Charlottesville, VA on May 15th after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Marty had an outstanding career as a professor of English literature at the University of Virginia.Posted May 20
We have recently learned of the death of Edward D. Gregory, Jr. of West Chester, PA on April 11, 2015.
Posted May 4
We have recently learned from Ted McAlister of the death of William V. Healey in Westworth Village, TX on April 30, 2015.
Posted May 2
Class Notes for the June 3 issue of PAW are now posted on the Secretary's Page.
We have recently learned from Dale L. Piret of the death of Paul David Piret of Panama City, FL on April 9, 2015.
Posted April 20
We have recently learned from Janet M. Hemminger of the death of her husband Chuck Hemminger of Northampton, MA on April 15, 2015. Chuck volunteered for many years with the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee.
Posted April 17
Posted April 14 We have recently learned of the death of Klaus Rifbjerg on April 4, 2015 in Denmark at the age of 83 after battling a long-time illness.
Posted April 14
Class Notes for the May 13 issue of PAW are now posted on the webpage.
We have recently learned of the death of John Bryan of New York, NY, on March 20, 2015. A memorial service will be held at St. James' Church, 865 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021 on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1:00pm EDT. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in John's memory to the Central Park Conservancy or the New York Philharmonic.
We have recently learned of the death of Charlie Schaefer of Lafayette Hill, PA, on March 23, 2015. Service details and obituary will be posted as soon as available.
James Baker on Public TV: Now 84, Baker was instrumental in getting three presidents elected, served in top posts for two of them, and was a central player in some of the most momentous events of the late 20th century. As White House chief-of-staff,Treasury Secretary and Secretary of State, he respectively facilitated the Reagan Revolution, negotiated the Tax Reform Act of 1986, and brought the Cold War in for a soft landing. Baker also put together the unprecedented coalition of nations that fought the first Gulf War, and he organized the Madrid Peace Conference that brought Arab nations and Israel to the table for the first time in modern history.Candid revelations from Baker and firsthand accounts from former Presidents Clinton, Carter, and Bush Sr.; former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Henry Kissinger; and journalists, authors and historians provide an eye-opening, behind-the-scenes story of power, persuasion and diplomacy at the highest levels. The film is written,directed and produced by Eric Stange with John Hesse as executive producer.
. . . And in Time Magazine in the March 30th - current - issue of Time Magazine's 10 Questions section, Jim talks with Michael Duffy of Time about current events and his career.
Posted March 23
We have recently learned of the death of John Bartholomew Lee of Freehold, NJ, on March 13, 2015. Services were held March 16th at st. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Freehold. His obituary is posted on the Memorials 2015 page.
Posted March 23
Princetoniana "Take It or Leave It” Tent
Get your paws on another alum’s unwanted Princeton memorabilia! Rather than discarding your unwanted, small Princeton collectibles and apparel, bring them to the new "Take It or Leave It” tent at Reunions [in May] so that they can be discovered by another alum or guest who will treasure them. Items not claimed by a new owner by 9:00 PM on Saturday will be disposed of. Leaving an item does not entitle giver to an acknowledgment of donation and receipts will not be given. To 9:00 PM. Sponsored by the Alumni Council Committee on Princetoniana and the Alumni Council Committee on Reunions. East Pyne, South Lawn Tent.
Mibs Southerland, Office of Alumni Affairs
posted February 17
We have recently received a letter from Andrew Grant '16, recipient of the Bruce A. Beery Scholarship.
Posted February 16