Class Notes 2009



Class Notes for November 18, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

AUTHORS. Members of the Class not troubled by writer's block. JOHN MOORE, once a professional publisher, says his summer was "enlivened" by reading JIM DAVIS' memoirs. (See Class Notes January 28, 2009 for an enthusiastic, if brief, review.) JOEL STONE died in 2007, but his posthumous thriller, The Jerusalem File, came out early in 2009 to high praise from reviewers in The New York Times and Kirkus Reviews. ED TIRYAKIAN stayed home from his travels long enough to bring out a book of essays this year about his career in academe. FRED ALLING, Episcopal priest and medical doctor, recently published a book "about transcendent experiences" and the relationship between religion and technology. Sounds like grist for the mill of BILL GOUGH, founder of Mind-Being Research in California. However, Bill's recent work focuses on sustainable energy. He and a colleague are investigating a concept known as the fusion-plasma torch. 

ORATOR. Dr. Jill Butler '86, an Associate Professor at Seton Hall University medical school, tells us that HANK SHERK was the keynote speaker at the medical school graduation in June. Dr. Butler wrote that Hank "delivered an impassioned oration that inspired the graduates and faculty". Damn fine effort by a physician whose specialty is aching backs.

 LIKE FATHER .... ROGER McLEAN, always alert for classmate news items, sent an article from The New York Times Sunday magazine about BILL SEAVEY's son, Art. The younger Seavey, holder of a degree in marine biology, is a partner in the Monterey Bay (California) Abalone Co. Art and his partner are not getting rich on the pricey mollusks, even though raising them is a 24/7 job. What riveted our attention was the color photo of Art, the spitting image of Papa Bill at 50, down to the last steel gray hair. 

REQUIESCAT. John Moore reported that HAL ARENSMEYER died in Montrose, New York on Sseptember 22, 2009.

Class Notes for November 4, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

IN MEMORY OF HEROES. In a brilliant architectural career, COKE FLORANCE's most impressive and evocative achievement is the Normandy American Cemetary Visitor Center. From two levels, the Center, at Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooks the Omaha Beach invasion site and features a reflecting pool that appears to flow offshore into the English Channel. On the lower level are galleries where photo exhibits summarize D-day, and a simple battlefield memorial of a soldier's rifle and helmet symbolizing those who fell in the historic invasion. (Photos are on line at the Class Web site.) 

TRAVELERS. Among those on the go this summer was BOB JIRANEK, who took his wife, Nancy, their five children, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren to celebrate his eightieth birthday in his ancestral homeland, the Czech Republic. In Prague, the Jiraneks had a "glorious meeting (with) relatives we had never met" and paid "respect to family in the church where my grandfather was christened". Bob's partner on numerous "safari rides", CHIPS CHESTER, ventured to Botswana in southern Africa with his granddaughter and nephew. Traveling across a flooded plain, Chip's party saw a variety of African animals from small monkeys to elephants and hippos. Inveterate traveler ED TIRYAKIAN went to Istanbul, birthplace of his grandparents, and then to Armenia for a sociology conference. Finally, Lois and DAVE SMITH, who rarely fly, traveled by car from their Houston home to visit family in Oregon, thence to Maine and back to Texas after 30 accident-free days and about 8,700 miles. 

YALE GAME.-On November 14, Princeton lines up against Yale in the 2009 renewal of an ancient rivalry. Our Class weekend begins with dinner Friday evening hosted by MARY and BILL MURDOCH. (Please contact RUDY LEHNERT at (609) 924-3963 for details and reservations.) On Saturday morning there is a "tailgate picnic" in Jadwin Gym followed by the game at one PM.  


Class Notes for October 21, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

FAREWELLS. ROGER McLEAN reported that he and BRUCE JOHNSON attended a memorial observance for BRANTZ BRYAN in Chatham, Massachusetts. Roger said the ceremony featured readings and reminiscences from family, close friends, and business associates in Brantz's two landmark Cape Cod restaurants. On August 6, 2009 in the University Chapel a memorial mass was said for TOM HENNON. Among about 100 on hand were classmates JOE BOLSTER,RUDY LEHNERT, and TOM MANGAN as well as Tom's football teammates DICK KAZMAIER and Hollie Donan '51. 

THE GLORY THAT IS GREECE - AT PRINCETON. A year ago we summarized a press account of STANLEY SEEGER's role in establishing Princeton's Program in Hellenic Studies. Last spring, our honorary classmate, SHIRLEY TILGHMAN, used "The President's Page" in the Alumni Weekly to detail Stanley's "expansive vision" enabling Princeton to create "one of the world's great centers for the study of Greece •.. from late antiquity to our own day •.. a program that is one of the jewels in Princeton's crown." Each year the program counts more than 250 students in 20 undergraduate and graduate courses; sends 80 students and faculty to Greece for on-site academic work; and hosts some 20 visiting fellows from abroad. The program has organized major exhibitions at Firestone Library and the Art Museum and annually presents about 50 lectures, seminars and other events. In Dr. Tilghman's words: "This is the remarkable outcome of Stanley Seeger's generosity 30 years ago ••• one in which Princetonians •.• can take great pride." Secretary's note: Checking the 1952 Nassau Herald I was surprised to find that Stanley's major was music and that he planned graduate study ip. that discipline. That probably accounts for his Princeton MFA degree in 1956. I hope some day to ask him when his principal academic interest changed to Hellenic studies, a change that led to immense benefit to Princeton.  


Class Notes for October 7, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

ANNUAL GIVING 2009. Conversations with DON MALEHORN and University officials put our Annual Giving effort in focus, a solid showing in a tough year. The Class raised $598,760, 15 percent above our goal of $520,000 and fourth best among off-year reunion classes. We had 395 donors or 76.1 percent of the Class roll, against a participation goal of 80 percent. Here again, we were among the leaders, placing third among all post-WWII classes. Don, as he always does, gave full credit to his "team" where new players have stepped in to replace former stars. ED MASINTER took JAY SHERRERD's place soliciting the "critical few" major donors. WARREN McCABE became head of JOHN EMERY's "SWAT team" of telephone solicitors. JOE BOLSTER continued decades of work successfully organizing mid-level donors. Backing up the leadership were some 40 telephone volunteers. The dedication of all these classmates is the principal reason for our sustained record of achievement in Annual Giving. 

RESEARCH EFFORT. In 1965, PAUL GLENN launched the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, in his words, "to fund basic research on the aging process". The most recent evidence of the scope of Paul's work is the announcement last January that, with a $5 million donation, the Salk Institute becomes the third beneficiary, after Harvard and MIT, of the Foundation's support for aging research. 

HARVARD GAME. ROGER McLEAN wrote to tell us that there will be a pair of '52 tables in the "Tiger Tent" at the open end of Harvard Stadium on game day, October 24. Food and drink will be on sale before, during and after the game. Boston alumni, an orange and black island in a crimson sea, always do a great job providing for Princetonians who show up for the game. 

REQUIESCAT. JIM EVANS reported that JOHN SMITH of St. Louis died August 26, 2009.  

Class Notes for September 23, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

COMPETITORS. Latest results from three classmates with no quit in them. CHUCK DeVOE, described in Super Senior Tennis News as "a competitive force in today's 75+ Division", has begun a two-year term as President of Super Senior Tennis, an organization devoted to promoting competitive tennis for players 55 and older. (Our thanks to GIL BOGLEY for this item.) CLIFF BARR, back on the squash courts after time out for an injury, was a semi-finalist in the 75+ age group of the U.S. Squash National Championships last winter. He lost to the eventual age group champion. JOE HANDELMAN ran his thirteenth 50 kilometer road race last April. Joe said he worked hard to prepare for the race and that, except for the temperature near 90 degrees, he had a good race, albeit a bit slower than last year. He has already marked his calendar for the 2010 race when he will have turned 80 years of age. 

HUDSON CELEBRATION. Scholars of American colonial history can attest that September 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Henrik Hudson's discovery of the river that ever since has borne his name. To celebrate the occasion, New York State has formed a Quadricentennial Commission headed by the governor. Among those listed as commissioners is BARNEY McHENRY, head of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council, an environmental preservation group whose efforts are concentrated in the lower Hudson Valley. 

LOCAL MINI. The '52 Philadelphia group, CHARLIE SCHAEFER presiding, met for lunch at the Merion Cricket Club on May 22, 2009. Those present were: GEORGE AMAN, GEORGE BRANTZ, STOKES CARRIGAN, JOHN CLUTZ, TOM DAUBERT, JIM DAVIS, and HANK SHERK

REQUIESCANT. TERRY BOMONTI of New York City died on January 19, 2009. MARTY BATTESTIN reported that PEYTON WEARY died June 26, 2009 in Charlottesville, Virginia. RUDY LEHNERT advised that TOM HENNON died in Flemington, New Jersey on June 27, 2009. TONY MEYER died on July 13, 2009 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. 


Class Notes for July 15, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

REUNION #57. En route toward the ranks of the Old Guard, the Class celebrated its 57th on the weekend of May 29 – 31, 2009. Our Friday night dinner was hosted by MARY and BILL MURDOCH, although Mary stayed home recovering from surgery some 10 days earlier. About 40 classmates, class associates, and wives were on hand for a marvelous meal and good company at the Windrows retirement community outside Princeton. At the next day's P-rade, about a dozen striped-jacket veterans marched from Nassau Hall, cheered by younger classes and offering a Tiger cheer to University President and honorary classmate SHIRLEY TILGHMAN at the reviewing stand on Poe Field.

SAN ANTONIO; ALMOST PIGGED OUT. The efforts of the small but high-powered organizing committee for Mini-Reunion XXIII in San Antonio almost were in vain. BILL HEALEY, TED McALISTER, and DAVE SMITH (commuting from Houston), prepared an excellent program, arranged first-class accommodations, and were in all respects ready for the April 30 - May 3 event. Less than a week away, it was the carefully considered judgment of Bill Healey, over fifty years a practicing physician and thirty-year resident of San Antonio, that the Mini should be canceled because of the small but increasing number of swine flu cases in south central Texas. At the same time, the committee realized that some people would be out of touch or would take their chances and come to San Antonio. As it turned out, nine classmates and eight wives showed up to make a total of 22 including committee members and wives. In three days, the committee rebuilt the schedule so that the group saw the Alamo, San Antonio's River Walk, and the Institute of Texas Cultures, and enjoyed Mexican and Texas ranch cuisine. A most unusual but enjoyable Mini. Next up; Mini XXIV in Boston, June 2010.

MICRO-REUNIONS. Some examples of two or more classmates getting together in a "Micro-Reunion". LEFTY THOMAS and his wife, Tootsie, went to New York last February to help Marcia and GEORGE GOWEN celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. BRUCE MACOMBER and MAC POWELL, former roommates and fellow Californians, enjoyed dinner together last fall. JIM CRUTCHER entertained Seattle visitors LOVETT BAKER, CHUCK DeVOE, SANDY ZABRISKIE, and their wives last summer. Jim reports that Chuck's golf game is not up to his acknowledged tennis skills. PAUL MUELLER reported that DICK KAZMAIER won an informal Princeton golf tournament in New Jersey last summer. Paul admitted that Kaz's drives, if not "Tigeresque", were longer than his.

ET CETERA. Various classmates keep body and mind active. JOHN SHARPE, Pennsylvania lawyer, says he's "still in the race" in the office, playing tennis, and enjoying his family. Low stress; high return. DUNCAN STEPHENS is busy with historic preservation, regional conservation, overseas charities, and singing in a barber shop chorus. JACK BALL wrapped up a documentary film for the Vatican last year and will shoot films in Tokyo and San Francisco starting this year. TED MARTIN, for the past few years, has worked with Campus Crusade for Christ in Africa, India, and elsewhere in Asia. MIKE ELY assumed vice-chairmanship of the Arlington (Virginia) Sister Cities Association. He calls it "grass roots diplomacy" involving four cities in Europe and Central and South America. PORTER HOPKINS writes that the summer of 2008 was dry, but the grain crop and bird flocks on Maryland's Eastern Shore were "pretty good". Porter was less heartened by current economic conditions while acknowledging that our generation had a pretty good run between major depressions.

REQUIESCAT. We learned from DON OBERDORFER that DAVE KASS died May 20, 2009 in Shaker Heights, Ohio.


Class Notes for June 10, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

SHERRERD HALL. At the dedication of Sherrerd Hall on April 4, 2009, SHIRLEY TILGHMAN, our honorary classmate, observed that its beautiful glass facade housed the intersection of engineering (computer science) and the social sciences (economics) reflecting Jay's lifelong interests. Despite occasionally blustery weather, the dedication was a grand affair whose decorating theme, even in the cookies, was the tricouleur of the '52 Reunion jacket worn by most classmates present, including ANNE SHERRERD *87 and Shirley Tilghman. Other classmates on hand included JOE BOLSTER, JOHN CLUTZ, CHUCK DeVOE, GEORGE HAMBLETON, BOB JIRANEK, JACK JOYCE, BOB LAMPERTI, RUDY LEHNERT, BOB LOVELL, ROGER McLEAN, ERIC MERRIFIELD, BILL MURDOCH, MARY MURDOCH, DON OBERDORFER, STEVE ROGERS and class associate Mimi PIVIROTTO. (Thanks to John Clutz, Roger McLean, and Steve Rogers for their inputs to this account.)

FAREWELLS. April was the season to say farewell to two prominent classmates and old friends. Memorial services for GEORGE STEVENS and BRUCE COE took place on April 3 and April 18 respectively. Each service, held in the local Presbyterian Church, New Canaan, Connecticut for George and Lawrenceville, New Jersey for Bruce, was packed in tribute to the many lives touched by the two men. Family members, George's three sons and Bruce's wife, Barbara, gave eloquent remembrances.

At the Stevens memorial, JACK BALL, Chuck De Voe, DIZ GILLESPIE, GEORGE GOWEN, CHUCK HEMMINGER, DICK KAZMAIER, and TOM KNIGHT were on hand. For the Coe service, GEORGE AMAN, Joe Bolster, PUT BRODSKY, John Clutz, AL ELLIS, BARRY LOPER, DON MALEHORN,GEORGE NEWLIN, Steve Rogers, HAL SAUNDERS and class associate Sandi TATNALL attended. Roger McLean and class associate Mimi Pivirotto were at both services. (Secretary's note: A flood of information about the two services came from Joe Bolster, John Clutz, Diz Gillespie, and Roger McLean. To all of them our thanks. )

REQUIESCAT. JIM SIMPSON of Birmingham, Alabama died March 10, 2009.



Class Notes for May 13, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

EIGHT DECADES. JOE BOLSTER turned 80 on November 6 of last year. The whole Bolster clan got together about six weeks after the official date at Camp Dudley in Westport, New York overlooking Lake Champlain. (When not raising millions for Princeton, Joe has been the principal fund-raiser for the camp he attended as a youngster.) With Joe and his wife, Tink, the family group numbered 48, including all 14 children and 19 grandchildren, most of whom got a chance to roast and toast grandpa. The festivities, appropriately enough, took place in the camp dining hall decorated in orange and black for the occasion. Our own "Joe Pa" summarized the party as "a nifty event filled with good cheer".

HEALTH NOTES. At our age, most of us have to deal with declining health. For some, it is serious. Carol Silverman writes that her father, JOE SILVERMAN, moved last fall into an assisted living facility in River Vale, New Jersey. Joe is dealing with both Parkinson's and dementia. Even with these concerns, Carol Silverman made sure Joe was credited with a generous contribution to Annual Giving. For some, there is medical relief. ANSEL GOULD had a cancerous kidney removed last fall and began a six-month chemotherapy regimen. As of February, his treatment seemed to be effective. Then there are those working hard to remain out of the hospital. DUNCAN STEPHENS takes the positive approach, exercises regularly and stays on the golf course, albeit with an altered swing suitable for his age group.

REQUIESCANT. CLIFF BARR advised that LUDLOW FOWLER died February 27, 2009 in Delmar, Delaware. His family notified the Class that GEORGE STEVENS died March 16, 2009 in New Canaan, Connecticut. CHAUNCEY LOOMIS died in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on March 16, 2009. Barbara Coe reported that her husband, BRUCE COE, died March 24, 2009 in Lambertville, New Jersey.



Class Notes for April 22, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

WITNESS SPEAKS.  The dust-up between the Princeton band and Citadel cadets at the Citadel-Princeton game last fall provoked reactions from some alumni that verged on hysterical. Comes now before us the deponent, BEN MOORE, distinguished attorney, native of Charleston, and_devoted Princetonian, who attended the game. His testimony, brief and to the point: "Lots of Princetons at Citadel/PU game in Sept. Embarrassed at Citadel's bad behavior but also at 'scramble' band's behavior." Case closed.

ON THE ROAD. Classmates wandered afar during the past year. Phyllis and JACK BLESSING headed north from San Francisco to British Columbia, thence to Canada's Banff National Park. SANDY ZABRISKIE took all his kids, spouses, and grandkids to Alaska where he and Margy met and married a half-century ago. WALT CULIN, DON MALEHORN and their two Carols (Mrs. C. and Mrs. M.) headed south for two weeks touring Peru. Jane and PAUL MUELLER joined a Princeton trip to the North Atlantic to visit Iceland. SKIP NALEN and Katherine did France _ a little Paris and a lttle Provence. PHIL MAY had a "fascinating ten-day trip to Israel". ED TIRYAKIAN, officially professor emeritus at Duke, still plied the academic circuit in 2008: Prague and Budapest, then Oxford, and finally, Paris in the fall.

RESIDENTIAL NOTES. After seven years in California's Sonoma County, Kitty and FRED MANN moved to San Francisco, happily giving up driving everywhere in favor of walking a few blocks to do errands. VIC HALL, still in Davidson, North Carolina, spent much of the summer in the cooler western part of the state "trying to learn how to swing a golf club". GEORGE LAMBRAKIS split time between London and rural France. DAVE SMITH reported from Houston that his home suffered no major damage from Hurricane Ike, but that living the next twelve days without electricity in 90-degree temperatures was tough.


Class Notes for April 1, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

The Alumni Day weekend began Friday, February 20, with the Class Executive Council Meeting. After that, BILL and MARY MURDOCH hosted the Class dinner attended by about 40 classmates, class associates and wives.

On Saturday, about 1000 gathered in Jadwin Gym for the Alumni Association luncheon. At this event every year, talent represented by prize winners among undergraduate and Graduate School alumni, graduate students, and undergraduates boggles the mind. This year's prize winners included experts and top-ranked scholars in astrophysics, English, history of science, chemical engineering, applied mathematics, sociology, entrepreneurship and secondary education, graphic arts, and gospel choir singing.

Following the luncheon was the Service of Remembrance in the University Chapel. The service honored, among others, 17 deceased members of the Class. GEORGE AMAN ably represented '52 in the procession of classes, and, as he has been for years, JOE BOLSTER was on the Service of Remembrance Committee that plans and runs the observance.

AVIATORS. After six decades in the air, our two senior aviators headed in different directions. GORDON LAMB grounded himself after 61 years at the stick and a Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. WARREN BRUCE, also a Wright Brothers honoree, passed his 59th annual flight physical and is an instructor-examiner check pilot for Coast Guard Auxiliary fliers who patrol the North Carolina Outer Banks.

ORGANIZATIONAL NOTE. After a long, successful run, JIM EVANS has had to resign as editor of Class Memorials. The Executive Committee appointed the Secretary as Jim's successor. The Class has a backlog of unwritten memorials and will be asking for help to reduce that to a manageable number.

REQUIESCANT. JEFFERSON PLATT of Northeast Harbor, Maine died May 13, 2003. TOM FENTRESS of North Barrington, Illinois died February 2, 2004. PAUL SCHULZ of Bay Shore, New York died December 22, 2008. TED BEATTY died in Villanova, Pennsylvania on January 25, 2009.



Class Notes for March 18, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly
 
SAM PRINGLE  REPORTED that he and Barbara, with the arrival of two new grandsons, now have six grandchildren. DON BAUMGARTNER and AL GILGEN are both first-time great-grandparents while MAL CLELAND now counts nine great-grandchildren. Reporting on descendants with a Princeton connection starts with CHIPS CHESTER, whose great-nieces, Daphne Chester '05 and Alice Merrill Chester '08, are in the seventh generation of the family to attend the University. BOB DOHERTY has a grandson in the Class of 2011, a lacrosse player like his father and grandfather. Finally, BUD GILLETTE has three granddaughters applying to Princeton and is recruiting three more grandchildren as potential Tigers. 

HONORS. The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia was our host for much of Mini XXII last spring. HAL SAUNDERS reports that the Center has instituted a series of forums endowed by a gift from Janet and PEYTON WEARY. The annual sessions will focus on health care policy. Also in the Old Dominion, Randolph Macon College awarded WALTER CRAIGIE an Honorary Doctor of Laws at its May 2008 commencement. The degree recognizes Walter's years of service to the college as a trustee. 

REGIONAL MEETINGS. In their separate bailiwicks, the Washington, DC and Triangle Area (North Carolina) groups held luncheon meetings last December. GEORGE TOWNER reports the capital area group included MIKEELY, COKE FLORANCE, TOM LEARY, BARRY LOPER, BOB OAKLEY, STEVE ROGERS, and Hal Saunders.  The Carolina group met in Chapel Hill where chairman ED TIRYAKIAN counted as present BANKS ANDERSON, BOB EBY, BOB JIRANEK, PAUL LINDSAY, PAUL TROUTMAN, and their ladies. 

OOPS! The item about the Boston Mini "executive meeting" at Fenway Park (Class Notes, February 11, 2009) should have used the identifier XXIV instead of XXV. The Secretary lost count. 

REQUIESCANT. DOUGLAS PEDERSEN of Saguache, Colorado died June 17, 2007. Wendy Bryan called to say that her husband, BRANTZ BRYAN, died February 6, 2009 in Sarasota, Florida.

Class Notes for March 4, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

FAREWELL. The Class lost another stalwart when JOHN McGILLICUDDY died January 4, 2009. Four days later, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York presided at John's funeral in a packed Church of the Resurrection in Rye, New York. Reports from JOE BOLSTER and ART CHRISTENSEN described an impressive service in which John's five children and six grandchildren all took part. John's eldest son, Sean, and DICK KAZMAIER each gave a moving eulogy. Besides Joe, Art, and Kaz, eight classmates and a class associate were on hand: JOHN BIRKELUND, AL ELLIS, JOE HANDELMAN, TOM KNIGHT, HOBY KREITLER, TOM MANGAN, ED MASINTER, GEOFF NUNES, and Mimi PIVIROTTO.

LINKS. BOB JIRANEK spent a pleasant evening after Thanksgiving with GEORGE AMAN and JOHN CLUTZ. Over a bottle from BILL SEAVEY's California vineyard, Bob learned that George was one of ten former students recently inducted into the Radnor High School Hall of Fame. Earlier, Bob reported that Equus, Inc., his riding academy in Danville, Virginia, received a $10,000 gift from New York's Squadron A to build a polo practice cage for Equus students. The gift was engineered by BOB McLEAN, a longtime member of Squadron A. Another of Bob's public service projects is the presidency of Alumni and Friends of Princeton ROTC, which he helped found in 2004. The association gives awards and a scholarship to top ROTC students and helps defray initial expenses for newly commissioned officers.

BRIEF NOTES. LUCIUS WILMERDING lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut exactly three miles south of the Interstate 95 bridge over the Connecticut River. He sees BOB WARREN and PURD WRIGHT from time to time. JOHN MOORE spent a month last winter in southern California and took time to travel to Carpinteria to visit LOU PARSONS "on his hilltop by the sea".

REQUIESCAT. The family reported that PETE MATHEWS died October 31, 2008 in Stuart, Florida.


Class Notes for February 11, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

NOT SO GREAT, NOT SO WHITE. Even ROGER BERLIND's hitherto golden touch was not enough to withstand the weight of the economic downturn. In October, 2008 he reported in his characteristic, low-key way: "Same old stuff." That is to say he had two shows, the revivals of Gypsy and Equus, in Broadway theaters. Just before Christmas, Roger announced that, faced with the prospect of falling attendance, the producers were forced to close Gypsy on January 11, one of several Broadway shows to close prematurely. (Thanks to TOM DAUBERT and BARRY LOPER for sending in articles about hard times on Broadway.)

ALL BUSINESS? ROGER McLEAN submitted this photo showing the organizing committee of 2010's Mini XXV in Boston, meeting in executive session last summer "to check out the atmosphere" at famed Fenway Park. After the "business meeting", the participants decided to stay for the game. Awaiting the first pitch are, left to right, Mini chairman McLean and committee members ALLEN WEST, GEOFF NUNES and DICK KAZMAIER.

IN PRINCETON'S SERVICE. Two groups of classmates have volunteered to go the extra mile to provide Princeton financial support. The 112 Annual Giving donors in the Cleveland society each made a substantial contribution last year, in total about 85 percent of the overall amount raised by the Class. On the capital gift side, our 97 members of the 1746 society have made bequests of more than $16 million to the Univer-sity. Our membership in the 1746 Society is the largest of any class. Furthermore, 32 classmates are members of both the Cleveland and 1746 Societies.

REQUIESCAT. The family advised that JOHN McGILLICUDDY died January 4, 2009 in Rye, New York.


Class Notes for January 28, 2009
As submitted to the Princeton Alumni Weekly

DISTINGUISHED COUPLE. BOB and PHYLLIS OAKLEY were recognized for distinguished service to the nation in separate ceremonies last fall. On September 3, at its annual academic convocation, Tufts University's Fletcher School presented Phyllis its Annual Distinguished Alumni Award. Phyllis later made the principal convocation address. Our reporter, ROGER McLEAN, termed it impressive. On October 16, Bob Oakley received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Princeton in Africa Dinner in New York. The award cited Bob's "career in foreign service in Africa" including assignments as Ambassador to Zaire and Somalia and twice as the President's Special Representative for Somalia.

RETIRING #42. On Harvard game weekend, Princeton accorded DICK KAZMAIER and Bill Bradley '65 the unprecedented honor of retiring jersey number 42 which each wore with surpassing distinction on the gridiron and basketball court respectively. "Retirement" means that henceforth, #42 will never be worn by any Princeton athlete in any sport. At the reception and ceremony in Jadwin Gym on Friday, October 24, Kaz made an eloquent speech stressing the importance of teamwork rather than individual brilliance in achieving success in sports. Afterward, his #42 jersey was displayed and a statue unveiled depicting the tailback in his prime. Shown here in a photo courtesy of the Princeton Football Association are Kaz and Director of-Athletics Gary Walters '67 at a halftime observance in Princeton Stadium the following day.

AUTHORS (AND AN EDITOR). NICK CLIFFORD reports that his wife, Deborah, died in Burlington, Vermont July 25, 2008. The Cliffords co-wrote a history of the disastrous Vermont flood of 1927 ('52 Class Notes, April 23, 2008) which, after Deborah's death, earned the Hathaway Prize from the Vermont Historical Society. HALE BRADT has published a new, graduate-level textbook, Astrophysics Processes. ROGER KIRK has compiled and edited, in Distinguished Service, letters and other writings of his mother, Lydia Chapin Kirk, an accomplished woman whose husband, Roger's father, was a World War II Navy admiral and later a Cold War diplomat. FRED SLIVON and Frants Albert '53 began a twenty-year correspondence when they lived next door to each other in Edwards Hall. Their letters are now collected in The Next Will Be Better. JIM DAVIS' warm, low-key pesonality infuses every page of So Far, So Good: An Historian's Memoir. In an unpretentious, conversational style, Jim tells his story and, in microcosm, the story of our Class.