Secretary's Page - Class Notes for current academic year

These are the Class Notes as submitted to the PAW during the current academic year.  For searchable Class Notes from February 2003 through July 2008, in the Secretary's Archives, click here. Class Notes from 1995 and later years are on TigerNet; click here.

Class Notes for the PAW of June 1, 2016

Last December Class president Put Brodsky sent in a copy of an article written by Anne-Marie Slaughter, '80, former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School. The article dealt in part with the black student protest on campus that demanded the removal of Wilson's name from the Woodrow Wilson School and elsewhere on campus because of his racist background. Subsequently some members of the Class Executive Committee on March 30, 2016 sent some comments on the subject to President Eisgruber who forwarded it to the special committee that he had created.. That committee then issued it’s report which can be found at

Among the notes received in the Secretary’s office was one from Gil Bogley who lets us know that he is still playing "IT'S YOURS" tennis; but still failing to hit my age on the golf course. Pathos !

Ed Tiryakian wrote to tell us that in December he traveled to Bilbao, Spain, for an international conference as part of my "routine retirement".

Gordon Lamb wrote to tell us that he and Anita are now Florida residents ensconced in The Dartmouth enclave of Harbour Ridge in Palm City. Wonderful spot but very few Princetonians.

We heard fromJohn Geyman, who acknowledged our birthday card on his 85th birthday . He gave a brief update noting that his lovely wife, Gene, died four years ago of Alzheimer's after 56 years of marriage. He was remarried to Emily more than two years ago. They continue to enjoy living in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. I am still writing on health care, with my latest book,The Human Face of ObamaCare: Promises vs. Reality and What Comes Next, which was released in March. He is still a member of the United Flying Octogenarians (UFOs) and still flies actively.


The Class has learned of the death of the following Classmate William Park Callahan died on March 30, 2016 at Savannah, Georgia

Class Notes for the PAW of May 11, 2016

Hobey Henderson and wife Betty celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their of their daughter's cabin high in the Colorado Rockies. All of their children (4) and grandchildren (5) were there. Great fun! Betty and I are doing just fine - well, sort of "fine", all things considered.

Malcolm Powell wrote that he and wife Andrea have downsized, moving to Sebastopol, CA. He says they love it. Their brood is now consists of four in Bay Area, six elsewhere as far away as Switzerland. We have one teacher, one professional violinist, a Federal Reserve Chartered Bank Examiner, plus four in business and two stay home Moms!

Howard Hallengren writes that he had a great cruise in the Baltic last fall focusing on Stockholm and St. Petersburg. His paternal grandfather was born in Stockholm, and cruise ended in Copenhagen where his maternal grandfather was born. He hated to leave the ship when it ended.

Also got a note fromTed NicholsonHe tells us that there are not many 1952 Princeton grads down in his home town of Prescott Arizona but nearby Phoenix does. He is hoping to get back to Princeton for visit in 2016.

Willem van Eekelen writes that this year he fulfilled several ambitions. First, he climbed Machu Pichu and sailed through the Panama Canal. He also prepared a new edition of my 1964 PhD theses, "Indian Foreign Policy and the Border Dispute with China", adding 120 pages and appendices on Tibet.

Mal Cleland writes that he remains reasonably well, but my wife, Martha, continues to suffer considerable arthritic pain. Surgery is scheduled for her at the end of 2015 and hopefully it will give her the first relief in 3 years.


The Class has learned of the deaths of the following classmate: Bruce Warren Johnson, on March 18, 2016, in Hyannis Port, Cape Cod, MA.

Class Notes for the PAW of April 20, 2016

Diz Gillespie, dropped us a note to say that he and his wife, Patrice, attended a dinner in New York honoring Sam Hartwell as the co-founder of Strive, Building America from the Workforce Up. This year is Strive’s 30th Anniversary and they have trained over 60,000 men and women that were disadvantaged and in serious trouble and led them into permanent employment. A great success story!

Leigh Smith, wrote that he is holding his own and continues to be mobile, but, even so, they seem to remain relatively stationery! However, their Children Joanna and David are on the move. In October they visited their children Joanna and David in at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Our home projects this year include a retaining wall, planters, and steps leading to the backyard all in heavy timbers and some other less ambitious home improvements.

Scholarships from the Class of 1952 for Award Year 2016 have been posted on the Announcements page of the Class Website . These include Ms. Ha Kyung (Anne) Jung '18, recipient of The Bruce A. Beery, Class of 1952, Scholarship,who wrote a lovely thank you letter

J. Marshall Osborn let us know that his wife, Millie, and he are still in good health, but we had two major problems this summer. First a 100-foot tree fell on our house. Then a month later a pipe broke and a room was flooded. Fortunately the house is now back in good condition.


The Class has learned of the deaths of the following Classmates -

Harold H. Saunders, March 6, 2016 in Mc Lean Virginia, Walter Craigie on March 3, 2016, in Richmond, VA; David Kellogg Siegel, on January 23, 2016 in Menton CT; James Douglas Sparkman, Jr., on January 17, 2016 in New Rochelle , NY and Frank Augustus Sparrow on , February 20, 2016 in Wilmington, NC

Class Notes for the PAW of April 6, 2016

Classmate Larry McNichols sent us a note that the Holland American line had cancelled Egypt stops so he was forced to cancel his ‘trip of a lifetime’ which was to have included stops at the pyramids.

Our New England correspondent Roger McLean congratulates our Class’s adopted grandchild Chris Young '02 for his notable pitching for Kansas City in the World Series Championship. He also tells us that a goodly number of the Class attend the Harvard game at Cambridge. The group in addition to Roger and Latie, included George Gowen and wife Marcia, Roger (Lefty) Thomas and wife Dorthea, and Geoff Nunes and wife Clare. All were grateful the first quarter remained scoreless but they were not so pleased about the 42-7 final outcome.

Al Ellis celebrated his birthday with a visit from his twin grand-children: Hayden Lynn Forte and James Reid Forte who were born on March 27, 2015 to his daughter Ashley Ellis, and his son-in-law James Forte.

Another frequent correspondent, Bob Jiranek, let us know that Stokes Carrigan and wife Diane visited the Jiraneks in Virginia before leaving for Ireland and then Australia. Diane is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and she traveled to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to assist Bob’s grandson, George, buy two pure bred Angus cows at the Hokie Halloween sale. Bob, a noted equestrian himself, let us know that Stokes has become an accomplished equestrian learning the craft from Diane on their ranch in Queenstown Australia.

Ed Tiryakian, our Triangle area coordinator let us know that the fall luncheon was held on October 19th. In attendance along with Ed were Bob Jiranek and his wife Nan Freed, Bill Pritchard, Paul Lindsay, Bob Eby.

REQUIESCAT. The Class has belatedly learned from the University of the death of Classmate Paul van D. Richardson on May 2, 2014 in Bedford, Virginia.

Class Notes for the PAW of March 16, 2016

We learned that Grace Johnston w’52, held a solo art show entitled "Pastel Journeys: Finding Nature's Beauty " in the Woodrow Wilson Gallery at Princeton Windrows, Princeton, NJ. from October to the end of last year. The pastel paintings show is dedicated to my deceased husband,Robert C. Johnston'52, and includes a portrait of him and 32 other works.

Jack Blessing writes that he and wife, Phyllis, are still thankfully healthy and happy at their home on Eastman Lake in New Hampshire. They expected to spend three months this winter with their two daughters, each now living in or near Vero Beach in Florida. The latest count is five fully grown children, 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and still hoping for more.

News came of a Big Party at the end of September to celebrate 50 years of marriage for Bob Doherty and wife Kerstin. The Big Doings not only included family, old friends, new friends, but also musicians from North Carolina Symphony who performed.

Having spent the past seven years in San Francisco, a once lovely small city which is now building high-rises on every corner, Fred Mann writes that he and wife Kitty have rented a house in Point Reyes Station, CA 38 miles from the city to escape the massive construction which has become the hallmark of this tech-driven town.

Dick Edmunds Princeton ’61, sent us an article that appeared in the Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra, FL) Country Club newsletter concerning his cousin and our Classmate which read "Congratulations to Stan Cairns, member since 1993 and a past president, on his HOLE IN ONE on Wednesday, September 30th. Stan hit a 7-Iron from 142 yards on Hole #3 West.” Stan is buying!


The Class has learned of the death of the following Classmate - Jim Sparkman, Manchester Center, VT, on January 17, 2016 and David K. Siegel on January 23, 2016 at Mentor, Ohio.

Class Notes for the PAW of March 2, 2016

Phil May reports that he has to get around on a walker these days but he has his wonderful wife with him me in their high rise condo right across the river from our treasured home of 32+ years. Our four children live nearby but his eight grandchildren are scatted all over the US.

Colin McAneny writes to say that he is still blessed with good health, but slowing down a bit. Aren’t we all.

John Parker let us know that despite some minor setbacks now and then he and wife, Ann are still healthy, playing golf and occasional tennis and down hill skiing in the winter.

Hal Saunders let us know that he and wife Carol have moved into our new apartment in the neighboring Vinson Hall retirement facility. They are very happy in their new space and feel a real sense of community in their building which appears to be full of retired public servants.

Life in Palm Beach is being enjoyed by Dom Telesco. He reports that he is still playing golf but questions its quality. He manages to spend his summer in Southampton and Italy and feels that life is good.

Paul Mueller wrote to say that he and wife, Jane celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with all three daughters who joined them with their spouses and beau and also two of the five grandchildren. Kate is a senior at Princeton. Cathy '81 and David Boyer '80 came in from New Zealand. They also managed to go to Wilmington, DE to celebrate father and classmate David Boyer’s 85th birthday.


The Class has learned of the deaths of the following classmates: Jay C. Master on December 16, 2015, in Claremont, CA, Ronald H. Aires on December 22, 2015, in Columbia, PA, and William C. Long on December 22, 2015, in Chatham Township, NJ.

Class Notes for the PAW of February 3, 2016

Darby Houston reports that he is still working at Home Depot in East Windsor New Jersey and staying out of trouble.

Herb Hedick, sends as his message to the Class "At this stage of life "no news is good news".”

Steve Rogers writes to tell us that he and wife Kent attended an enjoyable 85th birthday bash that Dorothy Canter arranged in a Georgetown waterfront restaurant today, with several dozen of his friends, colleagues, and family, to celebrate Classmate Jerry Canter's 85th birthday - actually a few days after the date. Jerry is partially retired, from his careers first as a surgeon at George Washington University Hospital, and then as a financial analyst - both useful to friends and colleagues at this stage.

Steve notes that he and Kent are now living a few miles from Georgetown in a large retirement community in Fairfax County called Greenspring, having sold the house in Annandale they purchased 51 years ago and moved into four times while he was in the Foreign Service. They are still within range of Washington-area activities, including the regular class luncheons at the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington that George Towner and his law clerk Susan Clay arrange. Classmate John Gauthier also lives at Greenspring with wife Pat.

Ray Baldwin, writes that he was trained and qualified to swim in the National Senior Games but back spasms disabled him from going, Octogenarian life has disappointments.

Martin Battestin’s wife Ruthe wrote to say Thank You to all the Classmates who sent notes on Matin's death. She appreciated all your kindnesses. She misses Martin every minute still.

REQUIESCANT The Class has learned of the deaths of the following classmates: Frederic B. Ingram of Santa Barbara, CA, on August 26, 2015; George F. Titterton on November 2, 2015 at Bloomfield, CT.

Class Notes for the PAW of January 13, 2016

We heard from Tom Leary’s wife Stephanie that they thoroughly enjoy their lives in Coronado, CA. Tom is a weekly docent on the Midway carrier museum and currently is writing bios of local military for a "Heroes” project. It's been a year since his successful aortic valve replacement when he was part of a special study using an artery to insert the artificial valve rather than opening the chest.

Anne Sherrerd
87 P08 P10 ‘h52, has been elected to the Princeton Board of Trustees to serve a four-year term beginning July 1, 2015.

Princeton Alumni Weekly highlights classmate 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 in the Class website.

A $5 million gift from investment executive John P. Birkelund '52 has established the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy at Princeton. 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.

Guy Hollyday writes that he went back to Italy the past April and to the Appalachians in July.

We heard from Fred Jones that he and wife Mary Jo are still living on their farm near Danville, PA and doing well except that he was recently bitten by a neighborhood parrot which was a first him and I would guess a first for the Class. He retired nearly 20 years ago from the nearby Geisinger Medical Center where he had a long tenure as a pulmonologist and as Chairman of Medicine.

Class Notes for the PAW of December 2, 2015

Richard Gillespie, writes that on May 23rdhe had lunch at Marny Smith’s (she was first Marny Bryan ‘52) Also present wereSam Hartwell, Kathy Craig Knight ‘52, Edwina (Millington) Brokaw ’52.

Arnold Barnesand his wife of 54 years Sally celebrated his 85thbirthday on 10 June along with their 3 children, their spouses, and 6 grandchildren including . granddaughters Elizabeth Barnes and Brenna Hurley. Arnold keeps busy driving for FISH, as co-host with Sally of the Springhouse Pond Hospitality Committee, and as treasurer, KB1RIA, of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association.

Ed Masintersent along an email from Greg Hughes, Coach of the Princeton Heavyweight crews, who reported about a link on theClass of 1952website to a video of the naming of one of the two of the boats borrowed for the Regatta forDan Duffield '52one of Princeton’s racing greats.

We also heard fromPaul Muellerthatthe Lancaster Country Club of which he is a member was hosting this years US Open. He reports that he was working as a volunteer in the Volunteers Tent which has AC!! He notes that holding a sign and walking or directing spectators had no appeal at his age.

Ben Harer,writes from Seattle that he is coping with the loss of wife Pamela in July 2014 after 61 years of marriage. In January of 2015 he went with expedition to Sudan for 2 weeks to excavate with UC Santa Barbara team. He felt it was a big change after working in Egypt for 30 years.

REQUIESCANTThe Class has learned of the death of the following classmates:George S. Heyer, Jr., on October 10, 2015 in Austin, TX,Patrick McEvoy "Mac” Cromwellon September 16, 2015, in Towson, MD, andRussell Pierce, Jr., on March 2, 2015, in Murphy, TX.

Class Notes for the PAW of November 1, 2015

        Phil May sent us a beautiful spiritual note. He noted that in what he called this convoluted, contentious, combative, beautiful, amazing planet that The Lord has provided him with a beautiful caring, loving wife Gloria, four amazing children, eight inspired grandchildren (one a certified genius) and three delightful great-grandchildren. He says that he keeps in touch with many active, inspiring, productive Princeton ‘52 classmates who are continuing to help make this a better world. At ninety he says that he has been blessed beyond measure! So say all of us Phil!!

           George Towner reported, that Honorary Classmate Bill Tierney - fourteen years after his last national championship at Princeton and six years after moving to the University of Denver to embrace the challenge of building a national lacrosse power virtually from scratch - finally came back to coach on the final day of championship weekend. The visit proved to be a success as Denver defeated Maryland 10-5. 

            We received a thank you note from: Nicole J. Hardy '16, who is the recipient of The Class of 1952 Memorial Scholarship.  She wrote in part , "Dear Class of 1952, Thank you so much for your generosity.....  The gift of education cannot be repaid, and I am forever in your debt.....”   Nicole is from Dunwoody, GA, and was her high school Valedictorian along with a number of other awards.

            We also received a note from Jackson P. Forbes '18 who was the 2014-2015 recipient of a scholarship award through The Donald Hogue Burnett’52 Scholarship Fund. Jackson, who is from Plano Texas, wrote in part:  "I would like to thank you for the scholarship assistance that you provided me this year. ... ”


            The Class has learned of the death of classmate Windsor F. Cousins on September 3, 2015, at State College, PA.


 Class Notes for the PAW of October 21, 2015       

John Sprague passed the word that he planned to be scuba diving off the coast of St. Vincent in the Grenadines on my 85th birthday, this past April 5. His wife, Jid, will be on the beach. His latest book, on the history of Sprague Electric Company, he expected to be published in May or June.

            Jay Master passed along the news that Southern California's amazingly mild winter had him within two strokes of shooting his age on the golf course.  Way to go Jay!!

           We have learned that the Class had a good representation at two recent memorial services.  Roger McLean let us know that he, Bob Jiranek,  George Aman, Roger McLean, Steve Rogers, Barry Loper, Ed Tiryakian and the Quincey Lumsden were present for the service held at Quantico for Dan Duffield. The group met for dinner and Roger provided some remembrances of Dan, our long time Class Secretary.

            It wasn’t long after that Hal Saunders and wife Carol, Steve Rogers and wife Kent, Barry Loper and George Towner were attending the memorial service in Washington DC for Don Oberdorfer. The New York Time and Washington Post had lengthy reports about Don’s doings as a reporter for the Post. It was just a month later that Don’s wife Laura passed away. It was a tough stretch.

            Ed Tiryakian our Triangle Area regional group coordinator reported that the group had its spring lunch on April 6, with eleven (11) members and associates present, including Banks Anderson,  Bob Doherty, Paul Lindsay and wife Caroline, Bob Jiranek, Bill Pritchard along with Ed and wife Josefina. 

            George Aman let us know that he and  George Brantz attended the memorial service for Charles Schaefer which was very impressive. Also instead of personal reminiscences during the service the program had a full page of his life achievements.

Class Notes for the PAW of September 16, 2015 

            Donavin Baumgartner wrote in December that he spent 11 months in hospital and nursing home rehab due to osteomyelitis of his right femur (staph aureus) which was dormant since fracture at age 18. He spent Christmas with his oldest son, Chip, and saw his five great grandchildren.


            We learned that 2015 will mark Ed Tiryakian’s 50th year of teaching at Duke. Quite a record!


            Bob Finken wife Elmira also wrote that Bob is in a facility for individuals with memory loss and is doing well thanks to a medication that keeps his loss at a continuous level. His family is grateful for this, and he sends his best regards to the Class


            Class President Put Brodsky also wrote in January that he and  had spent a lovely holidays with son, John '79, and his family. He indicated that he looking forward to reading John Geyman MD's new book, "How Obamacare Is Unsustainable". Put opined that this maybe the most important book of 2015!


            Roger Berlind also reported from New York that he is still producing plays and musicals in New York.  He hopes we are all are coping with late middle age.


            In February Bob Doherty wrote that he was looking forward to April when he would again see his granddaughters - Anna ‘17 and Christina [Yale] square off in the Princeton-Yale lacrosse game.


            REQUIESCANT  The Class has learned of the deaths of the following classmates: Ira Helman on February 11, 2015 in Orlando, FL; Ray Chirurgi on April 7, 2015 in Livermore, CA;  Roy Vernon Mish on April 17, 2015 in Berkeley, WV; Archibald Hugh Ferguson  in Venice, FL on May 28, 2015; Duncan Stephens on May 30, 2015, in Woodbury, CT; Albert Sessions Redway in Woodbury, CT on June 24th; and Donald Oberdorfer in Washington, DC on July 23rd.

Class Notes for the PAW of July 8, 2015

            Our 63rd Reunion has just passed at the time of this writing. Included among those present for either the Executive Committee meeting or the P-Rade at Princeton were George Aman and wife, Ellen, Paul Benacerraf, "Put” Brodsky, Stokes Carrigan and wife, Diane, "Bud” Foulke and wife, Patricia, George Hambleton, Robert Jiranek,  Barry Loper and wife, Jean, Donald Malehorn and wife, Carol, Annette Merle-Smith, Bill and Mary Murdoch, Steve Rogers and wife, Kent, Hal Saunders and wife, Carol, Alexandra Tatnall, George Towner and Marilyn Gallagher. With our 65th Reunion approaching our Class Headquarters was at Forbes College.

            Please respond to Dave Smith’s memos concerning our Mini Reunion at Princeton October 1-4. It should be great fun!

            Hal Saunders writes that he and Carol are in their new apartment as of November 21 at the Vinson Hall retirement community in McLean, Virginia. He is still working but has been laid up following a recent trip to Moscow.  He remains as Chairman of the Board of the Sustained Dialogue Institute and also as Director of International Affairs of the Kettering Foundation. He and Carol also had the unexpected pleasure of enjoying New Year's Day dinner with Ernie and John Peak from La Jolla, CA, who had flown east to visit John's recently widowed sister-in-law who also lives in Vinson Hall

           We learned from Frederic Kaufman that after 25 years in our New London, NH house he and wife, Carolyn, have moved to a retirement facility in Marietta, GA to be closer to their families.  They will miss seeing the Dartmouth games.

            REQUIESCANT - The Class has learned of the deaths of Robert R. Edsall of Bandera, TX on March 10, 2015, of Edward D. Gregory, Jr. of West Chester, PA on April 11, 2015, of William V. Healey in Westworth Village, TX on April 30, 2015, and of Martin C. Battestin in Charlottesville, VA on May 15, 2015

Class Notes for the PAW of June 3, 2015

Doug Hardy wrote to thank us for the birthday card which was a little more invigorating than the one he received from his wife, Joan, which read - "Older, wiser . . . and probably ready for a nap". They moved this past summer to a condo in Brunswick ME.He currently volunteers at the local Habitat for Humanity and is trustee at his local church.

Duncan Stephens, let us know that he was having trouble with COPD but still sings in the Barbershop Chorus in Woodbury, CT, attends Rotary meetings, and lends support as one of the founding 8 to The Denan Project which has built hospitals, and had other projects in Denan, Ethiopia.  He says read more about this Project at

Lucius Wilmerding writes that he still enjoying life overlooking the Connecticut shoreline where River meets the Sound. Cheers for 2015 and 1952. 

Irvin Cohen, Jr. also writes from Portland, ME to say healthwise he is - and feels - in good shape, apart from his Parkinson's, which prevents him from walking as far and as fast and he used to be able to do. He tries to keep busy doing volunteer work, taking adult ed courses, keeping up with his reading of literature in German, going to a gym, etc.

Phil May reports that he now uses a walker. While he has difficulty traveling or going out at night he is blessed by having his wonderful wife, Gloria, still with him after 49 years. He loves keeping up with family and friends by phone but hasn’t joined the modern internet age.


The Class has learned of the deaths of the following classmates: Klaus T. Rifbjerg of Denmark on April 4, 2015; Paul D. Piret of Panama City FL on April 9, 2015; and Charles H. Hemminger of Northampton, MA on April 15, 2015.

Class Notes for the PAW of May 13, 2015

            Received a note from Mal Cleland who reported that other than the little aches and pains that go with advanced age, all is well in Colorado.

            Classmate James A. Baker, former secretary of state (1989–1992) and treasury (1985–1988), returned to the Princeton campus in October to deliver the inaugural lecture of the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies. In an article titled "A Long Hard Slog” the PAW of November 12, 2014 PAW carries an interview with Jim concerning the fighting with ISIS in the Middle East.

            George Aman reports that the Philadelphia regional group that also included Stokes Carrigan got together with guest Jack Bogle ’51 who talked about his recent book "The Clash of Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation”..

            With news from Massachusetts  Fred Alling wrote to let us know that he was enjoying his elder years with his three daughters and their families nearby. He enjoys sailing with sons-in-law and with wife Martha here in "paradise".

            Also received an email from the PAW highlighting Classmate George Gowan's latest book, "Talk of Many Things" where George shares a generous amount of anecdotes from people and places he had met along the way since his birth in Italy.

            Roy Lawrence has alerted us to a recent book by Classmate Gerald Bentley, dean of Blake scholars, titled "William Blake in the Desolate Market”.  The book, by Bentley, is an investigation of Blake's labors to support himself by his arts.

            REQUIESCANT; The Class has learned of the deaths of the following classmates: John Lee who died on March 13, 2015 in Freehold, NJ; John F. Bryan who died in New York, NY on March 20, 2015; and Charles Schaefer who died on March 23, 2015 of Lafayette Hill, PA.

Class Notes for April 1, 2015

As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

                Steve Rogers and George Towner attended the Sustained Dialogue Institute "From Camp David to Global Dialogue" dinner event at the National Press Club on September 29th  Steve provided for the website a photo of Hal Saunders giving his presentation at the event..  

                Bob Jiranek submitted for the website a photo showing Classmate Ben Moore and Jana Zmolikova at the Seabrook Island Club in Charleston, SC. Jana lives in Prague and is Bob Jiranek's cousin. Ben is in the process of forming The Princeton Club of Charleston.  George Hambleton and his wife Diane, Bob & his wife, Nan, and Judy & Ben Moore entertained Jana at lunch.

                 The Secretary  has been advised of a new book by George Gowen called "Talk of Many Things: Law, Sports, Politics, Nature" which was published June 3, 2014. There is a review on Class Authors page.

                 Also it was reported by George Aman that Classmate Dick Riordan has written a book called "The Mayor, How I turned Around Los Angeles After Riots, an Earthquake and the O J Simpson Murder Trial”. There is also a review of Dick’s book on Class Authors page of the website

                 We received a note from Irvin Cohen reporting that overall he is doing well, except that Parkinson's has reduced how far and how fast he can walk. His wife and their children and grandchildren are also doing well.  He tries to keep as busy as he can but he finds that he is embarrassed to say that sometimes he has to fall back on crossword puzzles.  C'est la vie!

                Matt Werth has advised of the death of his wife Murrell Rickards "Ricky" Werth on October 7th and  Ben Harer has advised of the death of his wife Pamela on July 1st. They began dating when he was a senior at Princeton.

                 Stokes Carrigan let us know that Stokes B. Carrigan V was born April 1, 2014.  Stokes says that he doubts that he will be around when No V applies to Princeton in 2031.

 Class Notes for March 18, 2015

As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

           Frank Harvey sent us word that after his wife, Robbin, passed away in December 2012 he moved to a retirement home. He writes that he still hopes to make a Reunion in the future.


            On August 6, 2014, Classmate Pat Russell’s family played a big part in the Quadri centennial Parade celebrating the arrival of Capt. John Smith on Monhegan Island, Maine which featured an articulated lobster dance. The lobster was designed and constructed by Philip Christian Russell, Pat’s son. His wife, Nan, and many of his children and grandchildren assisted with the lobster’s movements during the parade. Pat’s granddaughter Micah, led the parade playing her violin.


            We heard from Lucien Winegar that he finally retired after 20plus years in the military, , Law school, and 37 years practicing law.  He and his wife Anna winter in Leesburg Florida


            Elizabeth [Mrs. Fred] Atwood w’52 took time to write us that she is enjoying an active life and visits from her three sons and one daughter.  Ten grandchildren, three of whom are in college - Tufts, Cornell, and University of Chicago.  Unfortunately no Princetonians!


            Fred Mann reports that he had to give up tennis due to some neuropathy in his legs, He says that he is getting exercise via kayaking on Tomales Bay and flycasting at the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and loving both activities.


            Steve Rogers let us know that he and wife Kent traveled the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Portugal during two weeks in September. They hiked short stretches to give them an idea of what Martin Sheen experienced in the fine movie "The Way." Later in September they went to California for the wedding of their younger daughter Julie


            The Class has learned of the death classmate  C. Marshall Lowe on January 2, 2015 in Columbus, OH.

Class Notes for March 4, 2015

As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly


            Colden Florance reports that he was honored to give the Commencement Address this past Spring to the School of Architecture at the University of Maryland. Tell ‘em Coke!!


            W. Banks Anderson sends a note that he and wife Nancy have downsized, like many of us, to a CCRC [Continuing Care Retirement Community] in Durham North Carolina.  They moved in June and their cottage guest bedroom has already been in use several times.


            Harry Brightman writes to tell us that he sold his home in Sanibel Florida in April. He also reports that he has a new great grandson Mavrik Patelia.  He is dealing successfully with the early early stages of Parkinson. He has lost 45 lbs and is now within 5 pounds of his June 1952 weight! Good Man!!


            We learned from Mark Crane that his wife of 58 years, Constance,  died in May.  He now lives in The Mather, a retirement community in Evanston. It is close to downtown, Northwestern University, and Lake Michigan and he is kept busy by his many friends.


            Finally we received a number of reports from Jim Melchert, It appears that he was commissioned to make a ceramic tile mural for the San Francisco airport which was installed in October.  It's made of  broken and glazed porcelain tiles and measures 6' x 14'. He has titled it "Riven/River". It's located in a new corridor connecting Terminals 1 and 2 for passengers who must cross from one to the other without leaving Security. For those of us who are not in San Francisco please check "Notes to the Secretary (12/17/14) on the Class website for a picture.




            The Class has learned of the deaths of the following classmates:  Harry G. Burks, III of Montgomery, TX on July 17, 2014; Daniel M. Duffield, Jr., on December 25, 2014 in Nags Heard, NC.


Class Notes for February 4, 2015

As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

            Ed Tiryakian emailed that on July 13-19 he attended a World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan. While there he  took the occasion to visit the Peace Museum in the midst of modern Hiroshima, which was 90% destroyed on August 6, 1945. A very moving experience."


            Hal Saunders writes that he and Carol were joining a long line of classmates moving out of a home of 37 years and moving into a new independent living apartment community founded by Navy widows after World War II a mile from our present home.   It's a daunting process.


            We learned from Herb Hedick that his wife Joan, died in May near their winter home in Sarasota having been under care for Alzheimer's disease for some time.  They were married in 1952, and had 62 great years together.


            George Aman and Ellen have also moved to a retirement community and are now enjoying the good life in what former Class president John Clutz called a "wrinkle farm"


            Class President "Put” Brodsky sent along a picture of his boat, a 21 foot Ranger Tug - my "Princeton Navy", named "Tiger".  Put said that he was a life long sailor but decided a few years ago to switch to power - less work.  He misses sailing but this gets him out on the water and it's big enough to take a few friends along.

            The Class has learned of the deaths of the following classmates:  John Alfred LaGrua, Jr., on October 4th in New York City; Ralph Kurt Pfeiffer on October 30th in Stuart, FL; Robert Leslie Stott, Jr., on November 10th in Vero Beach, FL; Alberto Jose Gonzalez on November 17th in San Jose, Costa Rica; William Brewster Purdy on November 26th in Norfolk, VA; John Rodes Helm on November 29th in Montclair, NJ, and Robert Biggar Oakley on December 10th in Washington, DC.

Class Notes for January 7, 2015

As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

            If you were to Google the Franklin and Marshall College website and type in Mueller Fellows you would learn of a wonderful program initiated by our own Paul Mueller where distinguished individuals are invited to the Franklin & Marshall campus to deliver a public speech and spend meaningful time with students by staying on campus for more than one day attending classes and meet informally with students. Good work Paul!!


            For those of you who follow the Class website you have undoubtedly seen the video of Ted McLure and his grandchild, Jessica, and their bungee jumping exploits in New Zealand. Ted has also been sky diving as well. Check it out.


            Robert Hellwarth writes to tell us that he is still a full-time Professor of EE and Physics at University of Southern California where our son William just finished his B.A. in Cinema.  My wife of 29 years, Theresia de Vroom, is still a Professor of English at Loyola-Marymount University (Los Angeles).  They have been in their house in Santa Monica for 31 years. 


            Roger McLean writes to report that he and  Latie had to skip the mini-reunion in Sandwich because they were visiting London and Paris with two of their granddaughters , Avery 15 and Eliza 12. The girls took an afternoon off to visit Madam Tussaud's Waxwork Museum and then headed for a show with their favorite rock stars. As Roger says these kids are two steps ahead of us.


            Ramsey Michaels sent a note from Portsmouth, NH that his wife Betty passed July 17th just two weeks shy of their 60th Anniversary. He is being supported by his four children and many grandchildren. After securing a Th.D. from Harvard he spent many years teaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts and Southwest Missouri State University before retiring. The listing of books he has published is lengthy.

Class Notes for December 3, 2014

As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

            Received word from Robert A. Johnston that since he retired in 2000 from being an internist-endocrinologist he and his wife Nancy have enjoyed being together, traveling, and taking care of the children. Health-wise they are doing well except for his memory loss and some balance problems which seems to be improving.


            We heard from William "Larry" McNichols that he had taken a whirlwind, one-day trip to Washington, DC, on October 29, 2013, on the 1st Nebraska "Korean War Honors Flight" of 135 vets, plus some helpers.  He felt it was a most memorable moment - cheering crowd (plus pep band) when they returned.  It was a welcome none of us received over 60 years ago.


            C. Robert Bell, Judge in the 18th Judicial District of Kansas, lets us know that he has been busy performing his duties as a Ruling Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, FL since his retirement from the Court in 2000. In February, he traveled back to Hutchinson, KS, where he was installed on his high school Wall of Honor.


            We learn from Robert C. Doherty, that he had the rare opportunity this past spring to have two of his granddaughters square off against each other in the Yale/Princeton Women's Lacrosse game.  Christina [Yale '15] and Anna [Princeton '17].  Fun stuff!  Princeton won.


            Learned from Colin McAneny, after a long career as a geologist, that he is now serving as a volunteer for Serenity Premier Hospice in Vicksburg, Mississippi.


          Roger McLean reports from Maine that classmate John Parker went "over the edge" on a rainy day and rappelled 173 feet down from Portland's tallest building for a local youth outdoor action organization.  As the oldest participant, John raised over $2,000 for charity from Roger and his other friends and family.


            Finally please remember the change in my address for notes and dues and to check the website.

Class Notes for October 8, 2014

As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

            Please note the change in your Secretary’s mailing address. I appreciate all items that you send. We try to get them on the website the same day. Their use in this column is naturally delayed considerably.

            Received a couple of notes from Al Gilgen who let us know that following NROTC at Princeton and a stint in the Navy he secured a PhD in Psychology at Michigan State and then went on to Chair the Psychology Department at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He and his wife Carol had three children, Jim, Bert and Beth who also live in Cedar Falls. Carol passed away in 2011 and he has been devoting his time to writing a memoir and a manuscript concerning issues in American Psychology. He uses email to maintain countrywide contact with Norm Gilbert in Michigan, Bill Gough in California and Ben Harer in Seattle Washington.

            Malcolm Powell reports that he and Andrea are still enjoying good health and family fun with 13 grandchildren. They are in process of downsizing their home but are  planning to continue to stay on in the San Francisco Bay Area. Any classmates traveling to the Napa Valley would be most welcome to come calling (as long as they are still there and the earthquake hasn’t hit them). Andrea has extensive gardens to show.

            Herbert Kauffman has let us know that as an Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology, Pharmacology and Microbiology, he lives in Sarasota Florida with wife Maija and loves it.  He consults as an expert on product liability & patents, and also with pharmaceutical companies.  He also has some patents that he is working on including one for eye drops that would eliminate reading glasses.  He and Maija had three children - an MD, a PhD, and an MD. PhD.  All doing well. Sounds like a good life!

Class Notes for September 17, 2014
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

            As those of you with computers have noticed, all communications from Classmates are being posted on the upgraded website the day they are received. All of you have been most cooperative not only in telling your stories but including photos and in one case videos as well. So in a sense what is set out below could be said to be "old news”. But I shall do my best to provide news to the Non Techies as well.

             Dave Smith put together his second Mini of the year on Cape Cod. Arriving Sunday June 15th to avoid weekend traffic everyone registered at the historic Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich, MA. Our stay included trips to Sandwich Glass Works, the Heritage Museum and Gardens and the Wing Fort House, Plimoth Plantation as well as a visit to Plymouth Rock. The visit concluded with the usual dinner in Class attire.

             Attending were:  Hale Bradt and Dorothy, Chuck Carpenter and Sally,  Gilbert Dunham and Abby, Chuck Hemminger and Janet, Bob Jiranek and Nan, Hobey Kreitler and Sally, Barry Loper and Jean, Don Malehorn and Carol, Paul Mueller and Jane, Steve Rogers and Kent, Dave Smith and Lois, and George Towner.

             Frank Harvey, reports that his wife Robbin who enjoyed our reunions passed away in December of 2012 and that he has moved to a retirement community. 

            The news from Frank Sparrow is that he is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his heart transplant -- still going strong.

            Louise (Mrs. Walter) Jensen, thanks the Class for the PAW subscription and reports that Walter's grandson, Mark Stone, is enrolled with the Princeton Class of 2014, and is a recipient of a NASA aeronautics scholarship. 

            Gordon Lamb writes that, having hung up his helmet and goggles after 62 years and 6,000+ hours, and after 50 years on Wall Street, he and wife Anita and have become Florida residents.

REQUIESCANT. The Class has learned of the death of the following Classmates: Robert C. Johnston on June 1st in Princeton, New Jersey and Charles Twigg Myers on June 14th in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

Class Notes for July 9, 2014
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

Our 62nd Reunion has come and gone with a goodly number of the "tried and true” returning to Princeton and joining in the celebrations. This included the following classmates: George Aman, Joe Bolster, "Put” Brodsky, Stokes Carrigan, Bud Foulke, Bob Lamperti, Barry Loper, Don Malehorn, John Moore, Mary Murdoch(H52), Bill Murdoch, Geoff Nunes, "Poss” Parham, Steve Rogers, Hal Saunders, Alexandra Tattnall (W52), and George Towner.

At the Class Executive Committee meeting the updated Class website was demonstrated for the group by webmasters Steve Rogers and George Towner. The Class now has the capability of adding your notes and photos the website the day they are received. The link to the website is The new site home page starts off with a photo of the ten classmates who participated on the Mini-Journey on the Mississippi which traveled north from New Orleans to Vicksburg and back. Participating were John Weber, Walter Culin, Put Brodsky, Paul Mueller, Don Jack, Ben Moore, Robert Lamperti, Bill Jannen, Geoff Nunes, and Dave Smith. Dave Smith contributed a detailed article about the adventures of the group.

We have included photos of Ted McClure bungee jumping with his grandaughter in New Zealand and also a picture of John Parker rappelling 173 feet down the side of a building to raise money for charity. Please send in your stories and photos!! Detailed Memorials not limited by the PAW 200 word limit are also included with extra space for comments by Classmates or family members who desire to add their thoughts.

REQUISECANT. The Class has learned of the death of the following Classmates: George Moses Knebel, Jr., on April 28th in Columbia, SC; Thomas Spencer Knight, Jr., May 4th in Greenwich, CT; George Cochran Denby, May 7th in Wilmington, NC; Samuel Wilson Pringle, Jr., on May 11th in Lansdowne, VA; J. Edgar Thomson "Jet” Rutter, on May 31st in Newport Beach, CA; and Robert C. Johnston, on June 1st in Princeton, NJ.

Class Notes for prior years are archived by calendar year.  Click on the year (in orange) at the top of this column.