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Class Notes for the PAW of June 1, 2016
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 http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S45/97/32G05/Wilson-Committee-Report-Final.pdf
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 !
Tiryakian wrote to tell us that in December he traveled to Bilbao,
Spain, for an international conference as part of my "routine
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,
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 www.princeton52.org.
. 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
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
The Class has learned of the deaths of the following
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
Class Notes for the PAW of April 6, 2016
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.http://tigernet.princeton.edu/links/link.cgi?l=6685477&h=29906&e=PRU-20150817151838
Hollyday writes that he went back to Italy the past April and to the
Appalachians in July.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!!
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.
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
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.
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!!
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
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 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
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.
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
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 http://thedenanproject.org.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 www.princeton52.org 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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly
note the change in your Secretary’s mailing address. I appreciate all items
that you send. We try to get them on the website www.princeton52.org the same day. Their
use in this column is naturally delayed considerably.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
news from Frank Sparrow is that he is celebrating the 10th anniversary
of his heart transplant -- still going strong.
(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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.princeton52.org.
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
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.