2017 Notes From:
Gerry Andlinger, January 26
Ray Baldwin, June 5
Put Brodsky, May 11
Chris Eisgruber, June 1
Executive Committee to Put Brodsky, June 1
John Geyman, February 13
Howard Hallengren, March 28
Porter Hopkins, February 10
Bob Jiranek, March 3
Roger McLean, May 5
Paul Mueller, February 4, May 14
Skip Nalen, June 19
Carol (Mrs. Hal) Saunders, January 15
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.