2017 Notes From:
Frederic Alling, September 23
Banks Anderson, September 8
Gerry Andlinger, January 26
Ray Baldwin, June 5
Jack Blessing, September 9
Gil Bogley. September 7
Joe Bolster's son Michael, September 15
Hale Bradt, September 6
Put Brodsky, May 11, September 7
Warren Bruce, September 8
David Butler, September 9
Charles Carpenter, September 7
Chris Eisgruber, June 1
Executive Committee to Put Brodsky, June 1
Robert Finken, September 22
Margo Fish, September 14
John Geyman, February 13, September 8
Diz Gillespie, September 12
Howard Hallengren, March 28
Doug Hardy, September 18
Porter Hopkins, February 10
Bob Jiranek, March 3
Phil May, September 5
Roger McLean, May 5, August 20, September 20
Paul Mueller, February 4, May 14
Skip Nalen, June 19
Malcolm Powell, September 7
Carol (Mrs. Hal) Saunders, January 15
Charles Shriver, September 10
David Smith, September 8
John Sprague. September 7
Richard Talbott, September 6
Dom Telesco, September 27
Ed Tiryakian, September 6
Josef Valle, Class of 2019, August 25
John Weber, September 7
Matt Werth, September 12
From: Dom Telesco
Still go strong with too few pains to talk about. Just returned from a month in Europe and back to golf and long walks in sunny Palm Beach.
From: Frederic Alling
My wife, Marty, and I have moved to an adult residence in Danvers (note our new address in the Directory). We have made new friends and love the freedom from house chores and food preparations.
From: Robert Finken
Robert's wife Elmira writes: "Still in assisted living and enjoys his excursions outside on his battery driven wheel chair with his young caregivers."
From: Roger McLean
Hope all is well with you. I hope to see you Yale Game weekend, if my doctor will allow it.
From: Doug Hardy
I did enjoy getting to our 65th reunion. Many thanks to Put Brodsky for a well planned event.
From: Roger McLean
Babe Ruth's Home Run Bat
In October 1921, after the end of the season, Babe Ruth sent one of his home run bats to Robert G. Larsen, manager of Keith's Boston Theatre. He sent it in appreciation for vaudeville guest appearances made during visits to Boston, and his letter said, "This bat served me will in baseball, and I hope it will serve you well in vaudeville." The Babe was also hoping for a new post-season vaudeville our, and the bat and letter got Bob Larsen's attention. The result: within ten days he was off on a twenty week tour of vaudeville venues across the country.
The bat, with its framed letter, was later displayed at the residence of Bob's daughter Stella and her husband Albert McLean in Egypt , Messachusetts. It became an object of admiration and good conversation. When the McLeans left Egypt in 1945. the object was passed along to their son Roger, who was the only ballplayer in the next generation. Roger held on to it for years but never displayed or talked abou the Babe's bat.
Roger had heard the story of a father who wanted to celebrate his son
s bar mitzvah in the best possible way. Over the summer, he took his son to games at all six National League ball parks. They filled a ball with home-team autographs at each stadium. The six were placed in glass protectors on the mantel at home. They were objects of admiration and good conversation. Sometime later, the family came home to discover that all six autographed balls were missing and nothing else at the house. The mystery went unsolved.
Having learned from this cautionary tale, Roger never displayed the Babe Ruth items. On the occasion of Stella's death, Roger received a call from his only sibling, Albert Jr., wondering what Roger planned to do with the Babe's bat. They agreed the respectful thing to do would be to offer it as a donation to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
The call to Cooperstown resulted in a surprise. The director made it clear they have too many Babe Ruth home run bats, and he suggested that Roger take it to an auction house in New York City. This resulted in another surprise. Sotheby's was delighted, especially since the bat was accompanied by a letter signed by the Babe giving authenticity. The house had already scheduled a Baseball Card and Sports Memorabilia auction for April 1994 and promised they would make the bat the lead item. In the catalogue, it would become the highest-priced item at $40,000-50,000.
April 9, 1994 finally arrived and due to the advance publicity, the auction house was packed with bidders. They were waving paddles everywhere, and calls came to a battery of phones on the stage. The bidding was lively and went beyond the original estimates. It finally stopped at $60,000 for the Babe's bat, which was announced to be the highest price for a bat at auction.
It was later revealed that the caller from Seattle had outbid everyone. He had a good reason. The winner's name was Chris Larson, an owner of the Seattle Mariners and former Microsoft executive. He apparently had spotted that the Babe had misspelled Bob Larsen's name as Larson. So, this gave Chris Larson the latitude to claim the vaudeville manager as a distant relative.
From: Margo Fish
To express the gratitude to the class of "52" is beyond the words we know. To be with the memories that came alive for me as dear Mac's wife and our "daring" marriage his Junior year - [sitting near Paul Mueller, the only living male member of our wedding - Jan. 27th 1951 - is as I said beyond words - perhaps only music & poetry can be the expression of gratitude. With deepest appreciation and sincere dreams for future gatherings I send this. Fondly, Margo
PS I sold my apartment in NY [my art studio] and spend cold months in St. Petersburg.
From: Matt Werth
George Aman - Congratulations on your promotion to Class President! I am now 91 - lost 4 years in Service of Navy + disability [100%]. The good was I went to PU on the GI Bill + 100% disability. Don't know if Mike Merle-Smith + roommates were older, do you?[Mike Merle-Smith was 47 days older than Matt, Richard Swain was almost 2 years younger.]
From: Jack Blessing
I had a cerebral hemorrhage [stroke] on Easter morning. Still in rehab but recovering very well.
From: Diz Gillespie
With Gough Thompson at our 65th Reunion.
From: Charles Shriver
Doing well except for legs that don't work well.
From: David Butler
I'm still around!
From: David Smith
We had 52 inches of rain in two days and survived but when the Army Corps of Engineers opened the 2 dams three days later we received 6 inches of water in our first floor. We have gotten the rugs our and plaster wall board. Now waiting to dry out.
From: John Geyman
New book out  - "Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. the Common Good", and "Common Sense about Health Care Reform in America" [pamphlet]. See my website - johngeymanmd.org.
From: Warren Bruce
Living in Oriental, NC. After retirement from DuPont, I flew for the Coast Guard Auxiliary until 2015.
From: Banks Anderson
Our first great grandchild is due. Nancy and I both remain active.
From: John Weber
Sally and I very much enjoyed the 65th reunion! Thank you!
From: John Sprague
Jid and I celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary 6/18/2017. We are still active and kicking, but more slowly each year.
From: Malcolm Powell
Lost eldest son, Brett, at age 57 in kite-boarding accident. He is survived by wife Carla and 2 sons. We are delighted daughter Heather and Josh Ludmir of West Hollywood are engaged. Heather is a professional violinist and Josh is an entertainment attorney and documentary film maker. We love our new location in Sebastapol. Classmates visiting would be welcome to also see Andrea's extensive gardens.
From: Charles Carpenter
Looking forward to July Maine Coast Cruise.
From: Put Brodsky
Have spent a pleasant summer mostly defervescing after our great 65th. I've just returned from 10 days in Maine with family and was able to have a nice visit with Roger and Latie McLean in their lovely retirement facility in Falmouth, Maine. Roger is getting his strength back after major surgery last Spring and hopes to make it back to campus for our November Executive Committee meeting and the Yale game. Congratulations to New President George Aman and his officers, off to a great start!
From: Gil Bogley
Still lovin' our beautiful Traverse City area!! . . . and an occasional spot of "IT'S YOURS!" tennis.
From: Ed Tiryakian
Josefina and I just celebrated our 64th wedding anniversary. Looking forward to seeing you all Nov. 10!
From: Richard Talbott
Resident along with his wife JoAnn of an Assisted Living Home in Roanoke, Va. Daughter Anne Jessie and granddaughter and great grandchildren live her and we are enjoying watching our great granchildren grow up. Recently celebrated our 63rd wedding anniversary. Enjoy visits with Bob Jiranek as he lives close by in Danville, Va.
From: Phil May
Still going strong at 92. Not on any medication - only take vitamins.
From: Joe Bolster's son Michael
all had a grand time at ‘52’s 65th this
past June. The whole weekend was a real blast for Dad and his ‘Brood’. Below is
a photo of the ‘Bolster Brood’ (38 children, spouses & grandchildren of 47)
with Papa Joe in the center.
Here is a shot of the ‘Bolster Brood’. All 14 Children were on
hand as were most of the 13 spouses and 20 grandchildren. We had a blast! ’52,
’52, ’52 Rah!
From: Hale Bradt
is a very recent photo of me and my grandson, Ben Hoskins, taken at the
Georgetown Loop RR in Georgetown, CO, Aug. 27. I had been to Sun Valley ID to
see the total solar eclipse, and and then went to Colorado to ride the reconstructed
Loop railroad. When I was there as an MIT grad student doing cosmic ray
research on nearby Mt Evans, the high trestles of the Loop, dating from the
1880s were long gone, to my regret. They were reconstructed 1977–1984. so we
rode it. The previous day, I rode the cog RR up Pike’s Peak!
I have optimistically just put $1000 diown on a cruise to see the total solar
eclipse in Antarctica in Dec. 2021. The eclipse will occur 3 days before my
By The Way,
PAW interviewed me during reunions and tell me they plan to "post the
edited version of your interview with our Oct. 4 issue.” I think they mean the
Chris Eisbruger '83 H52 note to Put Brodsky > > >
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CLASS OF 1952
June 1, 2017
Dr. John Putnam Brodsky
85 Thornbrook Drive
Shrewsbury, NJ 07707-4352
Having worked with you or watched you during your term as President of this Class we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your outstanding leadership and service to the Class, and indirectly to the University.
Your service as President really began at the 2012 Reunion, because John Clutz who was elected President was too sick to serve actively. Following his death in the spring of 2013 and until now you have served most energetically and skillfully in the office of President.
First, you were always there: attending every P-rade; chairing three executive committee meetings each year; attending every Service of Remembrance and every other ceremony at Princeton involving the Class; every Mini; and finally travelling to many services of remembrance, such as those for Dan Duffield in Quantico, Hal Saunders in Washington and George Newlin. Your car almost drives itself from Shrewsbury to Princeton from the innumerable times it has travelled that route.
If showing up is half the story, the other half of it was more time consuming, and it occurred behind the scenes as you led to ensure that all those activities were successful. That includes intensive work with David Smith on the Mini Reunions and with Mary Murdoch on this our best and possibly our last major Reunion as a Class.
You led the Executive Committee in meetings that could have become contentious discussions, such as those about which projects to select as new "Enduring Marks� and receive money from the Class Treasury. You minimized controversy by your patience and firmness. Classmates and Associates came to these Committee meetings because they were bonding experiences with you leading them.
Your email messages and letters held the Class together, but again, you did more behind the scenes by email and telephone than most of us know, for instance searching for replacements on the Executive Committee. You led the Annual Giving drive each year, assisting Don Malehorn and Ed Masinter who produced astounding totals of giving.
Truly this must have been a labor of love. And we love you back Put. We will remember you with gratitude for your extraordinary service and friendship.
Sincerely,Former Class Presidents: Executive Committee:
Stephen H. Rogers Geoffrey Nunes
James C. Parham, Jr. John Moore
Joseph L. Bolster, Jr. Walter G. Culin
Hobart C. Kreitler Robert J. Jiranek
Rogers S. Berlind Joseph W. Handelman
William F. Murdoch, Jr. Robert C. Lamperti
Roger D. McLean Barry C. Loper
Edgar M. Masinter
Existing Officers: David M. Smith
George C. Towner, Jr. Alexandra Tatnall
Secretary-Treasurer Edward A. Tiryakian
George M. Aman III
From: Skip Nalen
A few reflections on our
65th. I will admit I had very little enthusiasm in attending our reunion. My
initial reluctance sprung from the fact that it was really the first gathering
that was so markedly impacted by the loss of so many close classmates,
roommates, club mates, team mates etc. NeverthelessI decided to attend
briefly. As it turned out, thanks to a special session scheduled early in the
weekend, the loss of our classmates was memorialized in poignant service
conducted respectfully by Sam Van Culin and others at thenearby
Presbyterian church. Subsequently, there followed lots of happy
"reunioning", plenty of reminiscing and, of coursethe sharing
of greatpride over the accomplishments of so many classmates Jim Baker
and his remarks at our class dinerwas certainly a highlight and a
reminder of a classmate who has in so many ways made his mark as a
"Princetonian in the Nation's Service". And ofcourse the
P-rade.....a bit oflimping, some canes, but lots of spirit.
We may be old, butwe're not finished! In summary, ahappy gathering
with many lastingmemories, even thoughsome of them bittersweet. I'm
glad I attended! Warm regards, Skip Nalen
From: Ray Baldwin
Mates, ladies and all: A long trip home for us (drive-wait, fly-late,
drive carefully: 12 hrs), but happy. From the Baldwins’ perspective this was a
wonderfully planned and executed Reunion. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Especially our classmates, who were open and gregarious. A special thanks to emeritus president Put for
his five years of planning, administering and especially communicating. Great job,
m’boy! Additionally, this is a note to thank all of
you, among others, who made this 65th a delight for those of us from the
hinterlands. Eleanor adds: "We were superbly spoiled by the efficient and
tireless crew, the golf cart transportation and the excellent meals, among
other things. Well done, team!” Earlier this year when I got the slate of our
ongoing executive team I thought what a great decision by the Nominating Comm.
to have lots of back-up, that is, participating members of the Leadership Team.
Good thinking. And good people. We salute all you folks. AND WISH
YOU THE BEST. Ray and Eleanor
From: Paul Mueller
I went to visit John Sharp in Chambersburg, PA. He was having a
pacemaker put in back in January when his heart was punctured. He was taken by
helicopter to Hershey Medical Center where after open heart surgery the
puncture hole was sutured. Some complications developed, and John has been in
the skilled care unit at the retirement community where he had been living. He
has been having PT and OT. The day that I visited his Occupational Therapist
took him to his apartment to see how he got around on his walker in preparation
for his return several days after my visit. He was so happy to see some of his
neighbors and was in fine spirits. John's son and grandson are the 5th and 6th
generation of lawyers practicing in the office in Chambersburg.
On another front John Parker, one of my roommates for our 4 years
at P'ton, rappelled from a 13 story Portland, Maine office building for a
charitable cause on Saturday. He was told that he would be the oldest US
citizen to do such a thing. Five years ago he did the same thing, and there was
much PR and a picture in the Portland newspaper. On Saturday there was
nothing!! However, he made it down safely. [Photo from 2014]
Hope to see you at our Reunion.
From: Roger McLean
To escape the election mess, we flew in September to Honolulu to spend a few days with our nephew Tim, niece Li Ann, and her son Kyler (10) before continuing on to Hong Kong and a Tauck Tour of the major cities of China, with four days on the Yangtze. Included were visits to the Three Gorges Dam the Terra Cotta Warriors, the Great Wall and a South China cruise along the tranquil Li River. Our tour was strenuous and a bit overwhelming for someone our age. We celebrated our 60th \Wedding Anniversary with our companions and had many good experiences over the three weeks.
From: Put Brodsky
Baker yesterday giving the 2017 Taplin Lecture for the Princeton Environmental
Institute (PEI), a Conservative Approach to Climate Change. Baker
has joined with former US Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of
the Treasury Henry Paulson Jr and other Republicans to develop
a tax plan for carbon emissions that is based on conservative principle
of are markets and limited government. He spoke for about a half hour
and then took questions.. It was a good overview and he presented it
well. A good crowd with some thoughtful questions, I didn’t see an other
From: Howard Hallengren
Life has been anything
but dull lately, since I had a bad fall right after Thanksgiving last year and
spent the month of December in the hospital. Since
then I’ve been in rehab and now work with my trainer, and hopefully will be
able to get around on my own again before too long.
Immediately before the
fall, I arranged to have my novel published. I
had worked on it – Reminiscences of an Accidental Embezzler
– for a number of years after I retired and finally decided to have it
published. It is a fictionalized version of
attempted embezzlements by a couple of guys who worked for me back at the Chase
Manhattan Bank in the 1980’s. I’m glad that I had it published and
appreciate the comments of friends who have read it.
I hope 52's upcoming
reunion is great!
From: Bob Jiranek
enclosed jpeg of my undergraduate roommate, Dick Talbott, and his long
suffering wife, Joann, was taken in Roanoke the Monday after attending Alumni
Day in Princeton.
Geoff Nunes and I were undergraduate members of Tiger Inn. At the meeting in
Princeton on Friday preparing to join the Old Guard we reflected on our
heritage and many changes since 1952 not only in ourselves but in the
University as well. After the meeting Paul Benacerraf summed it up very
positively noting change is good when it is the result of empirical research.
In the case of Geof Nunes, however and who was at the meeting, Dick and I noted
that Nunes still defies empirical research.
From: John Geyman
Year 86 in a few days but still active. Attached is brief summary of activities including new book coming out next month. All the best to you.