Notes to the Secretary

2014 From: 

Fred Alling, December 2
George Aman, August 27, November 22
W. Banks Anderson, August 29
Elizabeth [Mrs. Fred] Atwood w52, September 4
Donavin Baumgartner, December 24
Robert Bell, April 25
Roger Berlind, September 8, January 28
Jack Blessing, April 3
Gil Bogley, March 28
Harry Brightman, August 29
Put Brodsky, August 27, January 12
Stokes Carrigan, November 10
Mal Cleland, November 14
Irvin Cohen, Jr., October 27, December 18
Mark Crane, September 2
Robert C. Doherty, May 3
Dan Duffield, September 17
Colden Florance, August 28
Bob Finken, December 29
Al Gilgen, March 17, September 8
Doug Hardy, December 16
Ben Harer, November 5
Frank Harvey, February 20
Frank Harvey, September 2
Herb Hedick, August 26
Robert Hellwarth, June 27
Porter Hopkins, September 4
Bob Jiranek, October 7 
Robert A. Johnston, April 8
Robert A. Johnston, September 4
Robert Kahn '86, k52, September 7
Frederic Kaufman, December 23
Herbert Kaufman, March 6

Fredric Mann, September 19
Phil May, December 19
Colin McAneny, May 18
Ted McClure, June 11
Roger McLean, July 6
William McNichols, April 11
Jim Melchert, September 2, December 4, December 17
Bob Middlebrook, January 13
Ben Moore, September 8
Paul Mueller, May 9
Paul Mueller, September 9
Bill Murdoch, November 4
Ted Nicholson, May 1
Geoff Nunes, September 2
Robert Oakley, August 27
John Parker, May 18
John Parker, September 9
Malcolm Powell, March 5
Steve Rogers, October 3
Pat Russell, March 17
Pat Russell, September 3
Hal Saunders, August 26, December 19
Dave Smith, December 19
Leigh Smith, December 7
Frank Sparrow February 21
John Sprague, March 7,
Duncan Stephens, December 18
Robert L. Stott, Jr., August 29
Ed Tiryakian, November 11, December 28
Matt Werth, October 18
Lucien Winegar, September 3
Lucius Wilmerding, December 17

From: Bob Finken
December 29, 2014
Bob's wife Elmira writes: Bob is in a facility for memory loss, is doing well, thanks to a medication that keeps his loss at a continuous level.  We are grateful for this, and he sends his best regards to the class members of '52.  Respectfully, Elmira P. Finken

From: Ed Tiryakian
December 29, 2014
Margaret Duffield telephoned me to give me the sad news about her father passing away at the hospital.  Dan had been our guest speaker at our Triangle Area Spring Luncheon in 2014.  I will certainly be going to his memorial service in Quantico.
2015 will mark my 50th year teaching at Duke.

From: Donavin Baumgartner
Posted December 29, 2014
Spent 11 months in hospital and nursing home rehab due to osteomyelitis of right femur (staph aureus) which was dormant since fracture at age 18.  The fracture ended any hope of playing on our super football team.  Will spend Xmas with my oldest son and will see my five great grandchildren!

From: Frederic Kaufman
Posted December 29, 2014
After 25 years in our New London, NH house we moved to a retirement facility in Marietta, GA to be closer to two of our families.  We will miss seeing the Dartmouth games.

From: Dave Smith
Posted December 29, 2014

From: Hal Saunders
Posted December 29, 2014
We are in our new apartment as of November 21.  I am still working.  We are very happy with our new space but will be happier when we empty the last box.  I remain as Chairman of the Board of the Sustained Dialogue Institute, which I founded in 2002.  I also remain Director of International Affairs of the Kettering Foundation, one of our country's re-eminent research organizations focusing on citizen-driven democracy.

From: Phil May
Posted December 29, 2014
Now on a walker - Can't travel or go out at night.  Blessed by having my wonderful wife Gloria still with me after 49 years (50 as of 5-1-15)/  Also blessed by wonderful caring helpers.  Love keeping with family and friends by phone - i haven't joined the modern age so don't use the internet.

From: Irvin Cohen, Jr.
Posted December 29, 2014
No major news!  Healthwise I am - and feel - in good shape, apart from my Parkinson's, which prevents me from walking as far and as fast and I used to be able to do.  My wonderful wife, Jacki, is in good health.  Our only travel plans are urrently to go to Florida for most of March.  Our children and grandchildren are will.  Our daughter, Halley, and her family will be visiting us from England over Christmas.  We will all enjoy dinner together, including our son, Jim (class of '87), and his wife and children.  I try to keep busy doing volunteer work, taking adult ed courses, keeping up my reading of literature in German, going to a gym, etc.  That's about all the exciting news that will fit on this small card.

From: Lucius Wilmerding
Posted December 29, 2014
Still enjoying life overlooking the Connecticut shoreline where River meets the Sound.  Cheers for 2015 and 1952.

From: Duncan Stephens
Posted December 22, 2014
Having trouble with COPD but still sing Barbershop Chorus, serve on Woodbury Business Association attend Rotary meetings, and lend support as one of the founding 8 to The Denan Project which now, in its 10th year, has built hospitals, trained staff and local farmers, set up minor loan programs for women, and treated over 150,000 patients free of charge in Denan, Ethiopia, Peru, Mongolia, and a possible Indian reservation soon [6% total overhead].  [Learn more about this Project at ]

From: Jim Melchert
Posted December 17, 2014
I'm delighted to have an image to send you of the mural I was commissioned to make this year for the San Francisco Airport. It's made of broken and glazed porcelain tiles and measures 6' x 14'. I've 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. Those of us who don't have tickets must content ourselves with the picture so here it is.

From: Doug Hardy
Posted December 16, 2014
Thanks much for the cheery card and remembering the birthday.  I'm not as agile as the exuberant tiger, but I can still stand on 2 legs and carry one cake.  We did move this past summer from our house in Woolwich ME to a condo in Brunswick MR which is just 12 miles away.  I retired in 1999 and Joan & I moved from New Jersey to Maine, which we very much enjoy.  We kept ourselves bush finishing the construction of a timber-frame house in Woolwich, near Bath, and do have several Princetonians living on our road and in town.  I currently volunteer at the local Habitat for Humanity and am a trustee at our local church.  We have just down-sized this year to the condo in Brunswick while both Joan and I were reasonably fit.  Thanks for the card, which is a little more invigorating than the one I received from my wife - "Older, wiser . . . and probably ready for a nap"

From: Leigh Smith
Posted December 12, 2014
Holiday Greetings!  If anyone would like an actual card with all the Noels, etc. I’d be glad to send one to them.  Merry Christmas, Leigh

From: Jim Melchert
Posted December 5, 2014
The ceramic tile mural that I was commissioned to make for the San Francisco airport was installed in October. It's located in a new passageway that allows travelers to go between Terminals 1 and 2 without having to leave the Secure area. Construction for the connector seems to have been finished, but when I stopped by last week I saw that the overhead track lighting had yet to be installed. Until that's done it will be hard to get a good picture of the work. The SF Art Commission which oversaw the project assures me that the lighting is on its way, but so is next Thanksgiving.

From: Fred Alling
Posted December 2, 2014

Enjoying elder years with three daughters and their families nearby, checking on us in roll reversals.  Enjoy sailing with sons-in-law here in "paradise" with Marty.

From: George Aman
Posted November 24, 2014 
We certainly had a fascinating lunch last Monday [November 17] even though only four were able to make it: Aman; Jack Bogle (special guest); Carrigan; and George Shafer. Jack Bogle gave us some very good stories and pithy comments on the market. At the end he presented each of us with a copy of a different book he had written. Many thanks to Jack (whose email address I didn’t get) for fitting this into your still very busy schedule. And thanks to Stokes for inviting him.

Let’s have the next one on Monday, January 19. Please mark your 2015 calendars.

From: Mal Cleland
Posted November 14, 2014
Other than the little aches and pains that go with advanced age, all is well.  I greatly enjoy reading the Alumni Weekly!  Best to all, Mal 

From: Bill and Mary Murdoch
Posted November 12, 2014
Mary’s father in 1948 purchased a 3.5 acre island in the Upper French River in Ontario Canada where the Murdoch family has vacationed each summer since. A few years ago they came across totem pole in the shop of a local Indian woodworker, Marty Restoule, a member of the Dokis Reserve. The totem pole contains three emblems - a turtle, a loon and an eagle - each of which represent the Indians' relationship to their land.

According to the encyclopedia, a totem is an object revered by a social group in a ritual relationship, which embodies and presents the bond of unity within a tribe, or a clan or even a family. The totem may be regarded as a group symbol and as a protector of the members of the group. We thank our friend Marty Restoule for its creation.

Therefore as a family and friends assembled here this summer, we do dedicate this totem as our own Family Totem, grateful for all that we have received and now pass on from one generation to another.

We are thankful for these islands, for the love that unites us, for the relationships that bind us together, for the hope that we anticipate; for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies, that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth, and our friendly helpers in this vacation home. Give us grace to accept and to forgive each other. Give us courage, happiness and the quiet mind. May we have the strength to encounter and embrace that which is to come and to be loyal and loving to one another in all the changes of life; to this we dedicate ourselves.

Photo above: Bill and Mary Murdoch, Don and Carol Malehorn, and Hoby and Sally Kreitler who witnessed the dedication
Photo right:  Totem Pole artisan Marty Restoule, his wife, Veronica, and his brother, Richard, of Dokis First Nation, Upper French River, Ontario, who explained the significance of the turtle, loon and Eagle that we see

From: Ed Tiryakian
Posted November 12, 2014

On October 27 the Triangle Area group had its fall luncheon in Durham. Present, for a record attendance, were Banks and Nancy Anderson, Bob and Nan Jiranek, Paul and Caroline Lindsay, Bob Eby, Paul Troutman, Nan Weiss (widow of Bert Weiss), Ed Tiryakian. Also present were two Princeton associates: Don Rosenberg '64 (guest speaker) and Clark Havighurst '60.

From: Stokes Carrigan
Posted November 11, 2014
Stokes B. Carrigan V was born April 1, 2014.  I doubt I will be around when he applies to Princeton in 2031.

From: Ben Harer, Jr.
Posted November 5, 2014
My wife of 61 years died July 1.  I dated her during our senior year.

From: Bill MacIlvaine
Posted October 31, 2014

Coming Home - Bill MacIlvaine shared this photo of himself and George Towner from April 9, 1954: Eighty-five miles later, coated with the fine, gray dust that covers the roads, we arrived here. We snapped pictures along the way, stopped at Kimpo Field (remembered from R&R) for lunch, got lost once again in the maze of Seoul and had a lovely scenic trip. We are billeted in a Quonset complete with iron cots with sheets, heat, and #1 electric lights. The shower is near and hot, chow is reasonably good; now all we've got to do is wait.

From: Irvin Cohen, Jr.
Posted October 29, 2014

Overall doing well, except that Parkinson's has reduced how far and how fast I can walk.  My wife and our children and grandchildren are also doing well.  I try to keep as busy as I can, but, I'm embarrassed to say that sometimes I fall back on crossword puzzles.  C'est la vie!

From:  Matt Werth

Matt Werth has shared a short memoir highlighting his serendipitous life from a "Tiger" at Woodberry Prep through his years with Panagra and on to the Norfolk Museum in Virginia.

From: George Aman
Posted October 18, 2014

Important news:  Dick Riordan has written a book called "The Mayor, How I turned Around Los Angeles After Riots, an Earthquake and the OJ Simpson Murder Trial”. Post Hill Press. My copy came as a gift from the Friends of Dick Riordan.It’s a very good book.  
[See the Class Authors page for a full review of this book.]

From: Bob Jiranek
Posted October 8

Photo is Ben Moore & Jana Zmolikova at the Seabrook Island Club [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. Jana was heard to say that she thought the next 1952 Mini should be in Charleston. George who is building a big house in the area offered his home for headquarters.

From: Steve Rogers
Posted October 3, 2014

Kent and I traveled the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Portugal during two weeks in September, on the route north from Lisbon. We had done another part of the Camino,west from Barcelona, three years ago, with the same group of friends. Most of it was by road in both cases, but we hiked short stretches, especially nearer our destination. It gave us an idea of what Martin Sheen experienced in the fine movie "The Way."

Later in September we went to California for the wedding of our younger daughter Julie (Amherst '88, our only non-Tiger kid). We got back home in time to attend (with George Towner) the awards dinner of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, a '52 "Enduring Mark." Classmate Hal Saunders, who founded Sustained Dialogue, spoke at the dinner, which was held at the National Press Club in Washington.

From: Fred Mann
Posted September 17, 2014
Having given up tennis due to some neuropathy in my legs, I am 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.

From: Dan Duffield
Posted September 17, 2014
Enjoying a relaxed life with two younger generations on the shores of Roanoke Sound on the Carolina Outer Banks.

From: Roger Berlind
Posted September 12, 2014
I'm still producing plays and musicals on Broadway. My son William [PU'95] has joined me and is very active in theater business.

From: Ben Moore
Posted September 12, 2014
Still working still fishing, still hunting. Playing more bridge. Life is good!

From: Al Gilgen
Posted September 12, 2014
Health OK, but up 3 times/night gall bladder and cararact recently gone. Psychologically sustained by: memory of wife, Carol, who dies in 2011; support of sons Bert and Jim, daughter Beth, and grandkids. Enjoy: 2 cats, bird watching, daily glass of red wine, mug of coffee, dark chocolate, recliner time, watching PBS British comedies, news channels including Aljazeera America, "Big Bang Theory", emails fro Norm Gilbert and Ben Harer. Sometimes work on memoire and manuscript. Financially sustained by minimum distribution from TIAA-CREF, and Social Security. All the best.

From: Paul Mueller and John Parker
Posted September 10, 2014

Paul wrote:  I think that I can ID several, and I am sending this email to Ted and John with whom I roomed all four years at Princeton. They may know others in the picture especially since I think Ted is the 2nd one from the left. The person kneeling is Dick Reese who was my roommate freshmen year. Dick and I grew up together in Lancaster, PA, and he graduated from McCaskey High School in Lancaster and was a star basketball player. He left Princeton after our sophomore year, but I only roomed with him our freshmen year. I think the 4th person from left might be Bob Griffin, but I ask Ted and John to confirm or possibly ID the classmate. I thought for a moment that I might be the next person, but I have absolutely no recollection of ever seeing the photo before today!!

Hope all is well with you. I had a good summer after our mini in Sandwich, and Jane and I only went for three nights to Portland, ME to spend that time with my daughter and her husband who were back in Maine to visit friends. Cathy was Class of 1981, and David Boyer, her husband and son of our classmate, was Class of 1980. I did have a wonderful lunch with Ann and John Parker on the only rainy day. Paul

John responded:  Paul, unless I don’t know left from right, that’s you second from left. The guy sitting on the bumper looks so familiar, but true to form, I can’t think of his name. I don’t think Ted’s in the picture. John

Paul noted:  It is Ted Beck and not me next to George. I hope Ted agrees, but it would be embarrassing if I did not know how I looked 60 plus years ago. The young man on the bumper is Dick Reese. I am embarrassed. I looked at the picture again closely, and it sure as hell is me. I have no recollection where or when it was taken. What a riot.

Left to right:  George Towner,  Paul Mueller, Ted Beck, Dick Reese, Bob Griffin and _____??

From: Robert Kahn '86, son of Don Kahn
Posted September 10, 2014

I thought the Class of '52 might enjoy knowing that it continues to project fresh impact on campus. Another ripple occurred September 6th - drop off day for the Class of 2018.

My dad, Don Kahn '52, loved Princeton and treasured his class friendships. The photo is of Don's son Robert '86 (me) and granddaughter Rebecca '18 in the Class of '52 room at the Frist Student Center. As a reflection of how he felt about Princeton and to connect her to your class, I thought Rebecca should see it for a "proper" student orientation!

The older photo is of Reunions in 2001 with Rebecca (then 4 years old) soaking in the Princeton spirit with Don, Ruth and me.

Seeing Rebecca start Princeton yesterday would have given Dad tremendous joy. Somewhere above he is smiling. And the influence of '52 is felt anew on Princeton's campus, another ripple two generations later.

If you know of other '52 kin currently on campus, I'd love to connect with them.

Warm regards, Rob Kahn '86

From: Robert A. Johnston
Posted September 4, 2014
Bob was written up in "Spirit", a magazine produced by Amazing Place which is a day care center for those with dementia.  See the full article here.

From: Porter Hopkins
Posted September 4, 2014
I had a nice visit with Tom Knight shortly before he died.  While uncomfortable and unable to get around, he was strong, up beat, happy and still telling jokes.  I think his life was one of the better one I have observed.

From: Elizabeth [Mrs. Fred] Atwood w52
Posted September 4, 2014
Enjoying an active life and visits from my three sons and one daughter.  Ten grandchildren, three of whom are in college - Tufts, Cornell, and University of Chicago.  Unfortunately no Princetonians!

From: Lucien Winegar
Posted September 3, 2014
Finally retired after 20+ military [LtC US Army], Law school, and 37 years practicing law.  Anna and I  winter in Florida [Leesburg].

From: Pat Russell
Posted September 3, 2014
Monhegan quadricentennial parade 8/2014
On August 6, 2014, Pat Russell’s 25th reunion jacket from the class of 1952 marched in the Quadricentennial Parade on Monhegan Island, Maine celebrating the arrival of Capt. John Smith in 1614. The jacket was worn by Damani Baker, choreographer of the articulated lobster dance, and granddaughter Micah, led the parade playing her violin. 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.

From: Geoff Nunes
Posted September 2, 2014
Moving soon to a Retirement Village - will keep you posted.

From: Jim Melchert
Posted September 2, 2014
The ceramic tile mural that I've been commissioned to make for the San Francisco airport will be installed in October.  I'm also pleased to report that I've just returned from a month near Posio in northeastern Finland, 20 km from the Arctic Circle, the most beautifully quiet place I've ever been.  Lapland's known for its lakes and forests, but the light and the ever-changing skies are what I loved most.

From: Frank Harvey
Posted September 2, 2014
Since my wife Robbin passed away in December 2012, I have moved to a retirement home.  However, I still hope to make a reunion in the future.

From: Mark Crane
Posted September 2, 2014
My wife of 58 years died in May.  Fortunately I live in The Mather, a retirement community in Evanston [Illinois] - three blocks from downtown, from Northwestern University, and Lake Michigan.  I am kep busy by many friends and my job as Chair of the Residents' Council.

From: Robert L. Stott, Jr.
Posted August 30, 2014
I think I've got more doctors appointments than I had classes in 1952.  However, I still love life and Vero Beach and my family !!!

From: Harry Brightman
Posted August 30, 2014
Sold home in Sanibel, Florida, April 2014.  New great grandson July 22, 2014, Mavrik Patelia.  Dealing successfully with early early stages of Parkinson - lost 45 lbs; now within 5 pounds of June 1952 weight!

From: W.Banks Anderson
Posted August 30, 2014
Nancy and I have downsized to a CCRC [Continuing Care Retirement Community] in the same ZIP area.  We moved in June and our cottage guest bedroom has already been in use several times.

From: Colden Florance
Posted August 28, 2014
I was honored to give the Commencement Address this past Spring to the School of Architecture at the University of Maryland.

From: Robert Oakley
Posted August 27, 2014

Steady as she goes with my "Parkinsonism" and I use a walker now.  Reading is my main occupation.

From: Put Brodsky

Posted August 27, 2014
I hope your summer has gone well.  I'm sorry to see it go so fast.  Enclosed is a picture of my boat, a 21 foot Ranger Tug - my "Princeton Navy", named "Tiger".  I was a life long sailor but decided a few years ago to switch to power - less work.  I miss sailing but this gets me out on the water and it's big enough to take a few friends along.  One of my sons created the orange and black tiger striped flag.  I'm behind the window with a white hat.

From: George Aman

Posted August 27, 2014
Ellen and I are now enjoying the good life in what John Clutz called a "wrinkle farm"

From: Herb Hedick

Posted August 26, 2014
My Wife, Joa
n, died in May near our winter home in Sarasota having been under care for Alzheimer's disease for some time.  We married in 1952, and had 62 great years together.

From: Hal Saunders

Posted August 26, 2014
Carol and I are joining a long line of classmates ahead of us in preparing to move out of a home of 37 years and to move into a new independent living apartment a mile from our present home.  It is associated with a retirement community foundee by Navy widows after World War II.  As those before us know, it's a daunting process.

From: Roger McLean

Posted July 11, 2014

Latie and I had to skip the mini-reunion in Sandwich because we were visiting London and Paris with two of our Vermont granddaughters (15 and 12).  We took along a neighbor college friend to bunk with them, and the girls all enjoyed their introduction to Europe.  As you can see from the photo, we all had fun.  (Left to right) Avery McLean (15), Eliza McLean (12), Latie, Roger, and Jordan Rock (college student, 20).  When the girls took an afternoon off to visit Madam Tussaud's Waxwork Museum, they headed straight for their favorite rock stars and emailed home to friends some engaged photos of the stars they had met in London.  These kids are two steps ahead of us.

From: Robert Hellwarth

Posted June 27, 2014

I'm 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).  We've been in this house 31 years.  My how time does fly.

From: Ted McClure

Posted June 11, 2014
           In 1995 my wife, Peggy (sister of Jack Davison '51), and I were on a Tauck tour which included a few days on the south island of New Zealand.  While in Queenstown we visited the site of A. J. Hackett's Kawarau Canyon bridge bungy jump.  I was so enthralled with the beauty of the location that I requested the opportunity to do the jump (43 meters) above the Shotover River.  I was the only one to make the request - not surprising.  It was quite the thrill.  Lots of give to the rope.  I can best describe the bottom as landing on a trampoline and bouncing.  Very soft with no jerking.  I vowed to return to  New Zealand as I consider it my favorite place on earth to visit.

          Unfortunately Peggy passed away in 2004 after battling CML for several years.  My opportunity materialized when my youngest grandchild, Jessica, decided to do a semester of study at the University of Otago on the south island not too far from Queenstown.  She was to finish in November 2013, which was Spring in New Zealand.  I made arrangements to meet her for a week of travelling upon the completion off her semester.  Previously we had investigated the A. J. Hackett bungy jumping opportunities in Queenstown and discovered he had a new one call The Nevus which has a fall of 134 meters into a canyon through which the Nevus River flows.  You jump from a steel shack launching pad suspended between two crests.  Jess was as excited about it as I was (must be the genes).  And so it happened on a beautiful day outside Queenstown.  The fall, although much higher than Kawarau, was just as soft.  After you bottomed out, you were supposed to be able to pull on a strap that ran between you ankle and your hit which would swing you into a  seating position for the pull back up to the pad.  In the videos, you will see us pulling on the straps.  I could not get mine to  work and was hauled upside down to the pad.  In Jessie's video you can see that it worked, much to her satisfaction.  I haven't heard the end of that yet.

          Jess also sky dived *12,000 feet) in Queenstown.  I passed since I had done so in Festus, Missouri two years ago [see photo at left].  Her video scenery, though, was much more beautiful than mine - background of snow capped mountains and lakes.  Mine was the Mississippi River and the city of Festus.  My bucket list is emptying out.  While in New Zealand we visited Dick Muhl '54 who attended the same high school as I did as well as Princeton.  At one point he had taught school in New Zealand and decided it was a great place to retire.  He has not tried the bungy.  Since Jessie and I so love New Zealand and she has made so many friends there through her studies, we have pledged to return before I buy the farm.

From: Roger McLean about John Parker

Posted May 28, 2014
          Roger McLean reports from Maine that John Parker went "over the edge" on a rainy day and rappelled 173 feet from Portland's tallest building for a local youth outdoor action organization.  As the oldest participant, John raised over $2,000 from Roger and his other friends and family.  It reminded John of an Outward Bound excursion 40 years ago on Hurricane Island.  [Roger took the great photos at left.]

The Maine Sunday Telegram of May 18, 2014 wrote:  Eighty people signed up to descend one of Portland's tallest building by rope to raise money for Rippleffect, a Portland nonprofit youth and community development program that operated outdoor adventures.  Each participant had to raise a minimum $1,000 for programming and scholarships for Rippleffect, although some raised much more.  The oldest participant Saturday was John Parker, 83, of Falmouth, who said the experience was nothing like the last time he rappelled - 40 years ago - as part of an Outward Bound excursion on Hurricane Island.  "The best adjective is, it is much safer," said Parker.  Over the Edge, a special events company in Nova Scotia, provided the backup expertise to the rappellers, who started out on the roof, inching down the side of the brick and glass building toward the crown below.

From: Colin McAneny

Posted May 28, 2014
          I am serving as a volunteer for Serenity Premier Hospice in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

From: Paul A. Mueller, Jr.

Posted May 16, 2014
          Before I became a Judge I was solicitor for Franklin and Marshall College, a liberal arts college in Lancaster, PA.  It has an outstanding reputation for pre-medical school and also law school.  The Government Department is excellent.
          When Liz, our youngest daughter, was at Dartmouth, she told me about the exciting experiences she had having lunch and meeting with the Montgomery Fellows which are funded with Texas oil wealth.  I decided to do it in a small way at F&M, trying to get people for 2-1/2 days.  Last fall was one of the best - Brian Greene.  I had to "Google" his name, but he is so brilliant, a Rhodes Scholar.  He was a tremendous success, and the science department and students were thrilled.
          Maybe this article might be of interest for our column.
                                                      Sincerely,  Paul
P.S.  We had a small but fun group on the Mississippi river cruise in March.

From: Robert C. Doherty

Posted May 13, 2014
Had the rare opportunity this Spring to have two of my 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.

From: Ted Nicholson

Posted May 1, 2014
Hope to get back to East Coast later this year.  Will keep you all in mind and Betty and I will give you our schedule when we know it.  Best to all, Ted

From: C. Robert Bell

Posted April 25, 2014
I have been busy performing my duties as a Ruling Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, FL. In February, I traveled back to Hutchinson, KS, to be installed on my high school Wall of Honor. I enclose the information they chose to display on the plaque:


The Honorable C. Robert Bell, Judge in the 18th Judicial District of Kansas, graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1948. He especially remembers speech and debate, band, and acting in plays during his high school years. He fondly remembers being mentored in the Presbyterian Church and the Boy Scouts, and was a member of the first troop in the world to produce 100 Eagle Scouts; he was number 113. He earned a full academic scholarship to Princeton and graduated in 1952, going on to Harvard Law School and earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1955. Mr. Bell was a Legal Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1958. He started private practice in 1958 and worked with several firms until 1989, when he became a sole practitioner, working in Corporate, Commercial, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates, Oil and Gas, Litigation, and International law. In 1988 Mr. Bell was elected Judge of Sedgwick County District Court and served there until retirement in 2000. Mr. Bell is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Bar Association. He and his wife, Janice, were blessed with five children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is a founding member, past president and chairman of the board of directors of Prepaid Legal Services in Kansas, a non-profit, bar-sponsored corporation. In addition, he has been a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association since 1970, and has found time to participate in Rotary and local government commissions as well. He has also served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Bar Association, and attended National Judicial College in 1990. For these reasons, Mr. Bell has earned his place on Hutchinson High School's Alumni Hall of Honor.

From William "Larry" McNichols

Posted April 11, 2014
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.  Most memorable moment - cheering crowd (plus pep band) when we returned.  A welcome none of us received over 60 years ago.

From: Robert A. Johnston

Posted April 8, 2014
I'm doing well.  Have remarried (35 years ago) and we have together six children and seven grandchildren.  I retired from being an internist-endocrinologist in the year 2000 since which time we have enjoyed being together, travelling, and taking care of the children.  Health-wise we are doing well except for my memory loss and balance problems which are constantly improving.  Have not seen many of my classmates recently.  My best to everyone.

From: Jack Blessing

Posted April 3, 2014
Phyllis and I still healthy and enjoying our 22 years of retirement in New Hampshire.  I was playing tennis three times a week until I slipped on the ice in March and managed to tar my right rotator cuff, so now am temporarily on the disabled list.  Meanwhile I stay actively engaged in church finances, taking interesting courses at Dartmouth's Institute for Lifelong Education, playing lots of bridge, and eagerly rooting for us whenever our teams come up to Hanover.  Now looking forward to our mini-reunion in Cape Code this June.

From: Gil Bogley

Posted March 28, 2014
Hard to believe Princeton's GREATEST EVER doubles player is gone.  I was so lucky to have Chuck Devoe as my partner for four years.  Never losing a match, singles or doubles, in four years was an extraordinary feat.  He was a winner!

From: Al Gilgen

Posted March 17, 2014
Surviving and waiting for winter to end.  Slowly working on a memoir and manuscript concerning issues in American psychology.  I also attend life-long learning classes offered by the University of Northern Iowa, from which I retired in 2001.  Since my wife Carol died in 2011 I take especial comfort in the fact that my two sons, Jim and Bert, and my daughter Beth live in Cedar Falls.  Bert, in fact, lives with me.  I still own the large Victorian house that Carol and I bought in 1986.  I regularly exchange emails with Princeton classmate Norm Gilbert who lives in Michigan.  I also communicate infrequently with classmates Bill Gough and Ben Harer.

From: Pat Russell

Posted March 17, 2014
For the past ten years Phil and Betsy McMaster have hosted a February Princeton party in Providence, RI, just before the Princeton-Brown basketball game.  All Princetonians are welcome, and the Class of 1952 is usually well represented by Chuck Carpenter, Irv Cohen, Phil McMaster and Pat Russell.

From: John Sprague

Posted March 7, 2014
John has edited and his cousin Peter has written the following review of "The Birth of Electric Traction", a biography of their grandfather.

          My grandfather, Frank Sprague, died 5 years before I was born. My impressions of him as I was growing up were that of an austere and brilliant inventor who built the first trolley car system in Richmond Virginia. There have been three other books that have come out in the last three years that added details to the legend and his numerous inventions, but little concerning the man himself.
          Abandoned at 8 to the care of a maiden aunt, he moved with his 5 year old brother to a mill town in Western Mass. Accepted by Annapolis he traveled the world already immersed in his extraordinary inventive creativity.
          Frank Rowsome's book was commissioned by my father and grandmother in the late 50's, my father died in 1960 and the manuscript remained in a box. My cousin John has brought the manuscript to publication, added illustrations and a valuable appendix and has finally brought my grandfather to life as an extraordinary human being.
          Rowsome wrote beautifully about Frank Sprague, the times he lived in, the force of his will, and his competition and cooperation with Edison, Tesla and others whose creativity and entrepreneurship made the modern city possible.
          For the first time I feel that I have met my grandfather. I feel very grateful that this wonderful book has seen the light of day and the glow of a kindle.

                                                                                           Peter J. Sprague

From: Herbert Kaufman

Posted March 6, 2014
As an Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology, Pharmacology and Microbiology, I live in Sarasota with wife Maija and love it.  I consult as an expert on product liability and patents, and with pharmaceutical companies.  I also have patents I am working on - (eye)drop to eliminate reading glasses.  Three kids - an MD, a PhD, and and MD,PhD.  All doing well.

From: Malcolm Powell

Posted March 5, 2014
Andrea and I enjoy good health, family fun (13 grandchildren).  We are in process of downsizing our home, planning to continue on in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Any classmates traveling to the Napa Valley would be most welcome to come calling (as long as we are still here).  Andrea has extensive gardens to show.  We are across the road from Castello de Amoroso winery, and 1/4 mile below Sterling Vineyards, both well known.

From: Gordon Lamb

Posted February 24, 2014
Have hung up my helmet and goggles after 62 years of flying, including 6,000+ hours, carrier-based fighter piloting, two regional soaring championships, corporate pilot, Wright Brothers "Master Pilot Award", and 14 years of airshow flying.  After 50 years on Wall Street, three children and seven grandchildren, two terms as a director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association and one as New York governor of the Soaring Society of America, Anita and I have become Florida Residents.

From: Frank Sparrow

Posted February 21, 2014
I'm celebrating the 10th Anniversary of my heart transplant - still going strong.

From: Frank Harvey

Posted February 20, 2014
My wife, Robbin Harvey, died in December 2012.  She always enjoyed our reunions.  I have moved to a retirement community.  Hope to be in Cape Cod this summer.

From: Ted McClure

December 21, 2013
I have just gone bungy jumping with my granddaughter, Jessie, with AJ Hacket in Queenstown, NZ. We did the Nevis which was 134m high. Here are our videos and photos:
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