Notes to the Secretary

Prior Year Notes:

Notes 2015 From: 

Frederic Alling, September 2
George Aman, April 22
Banks Anderson, August 29
Ray Baldwin, August 31
Arnold Barnes, June 29
Ruthe Battestin, August 31
Roger Berlind, January 28
Jack Blessing, October 5
Gil Bogley, December 29
Put Brodsky, January 12, August 27, December 29
Dave Butler, September 21
Stan Cairns, October 13
Malcolm Cleland, December 29
Irv Cohen, September 1
Mark Crane, September 1
Robert C. Doherty, February 2, October 8
Allen Ellis, September 8, October 26
Jackson P. Forbes '18, June 26
Al Gilgen, March 30
Richard Gillespie, May 31, November 11
Howard Hallengren, November 21
Nicole J. Hardy '16, May 27
Ben Harer. July 9
Herb Hedick, August 27
Hobey Henderson, November 20
Guy Hollyday, August 22
Darby Houston, August 24
Bob Jiranek, February 14, February 26
Fred Jones, August 22
Kathie Knight, August 31

Gordon Lamb, December 21
Tom Leary, July 12, September 8
Fred Mann, October 8
Ed Masinter, July 1
Jay Master, March 31
Phil May, April 22, August 31
Colin McAneny, August 31
Roger McLean, April 1, November 2
Larry McNichols, September 22, October 21
Paul Mueller, July 5, September 29
Ted Nicholson, September 2, November 30
J. Marshall Osborn, November 17
Nancy Osius Zimmerman, February 20
John Parker, August 31
Malcolm Powell, September 8, November 21
Steve Rogers, August 30
Hal Saunders, January 5, August 31
John Sharpe, December 30 
Dave Siegel, September 28
Leigh Smith, December 9
John Sprague, March 30
Malcolm Strachan, September 2
Dom Telesco, August 31
Bill Tierney, May 25
Ed Tiryakian, April 14, November 4 and 9, December 29
Willem F. van Eekelen, December 29
John Weber, September 2
Matt Werth, August 31
Allen West, February 23
Lucius Wilmerding, December 31
From:  Roger McLean
Posted January 25, 2016
     Roger McLean congratulates our adopted grandchild Chris Young '02 for his notable pitching for Kansas City in the World Series Championship.
     Attending the Harvard game in Cambridge were Roger and Latie McLean, George and Marcia Gowen, and Tootsie and Lefty Thomas.  Also present were Geoff and Clare Nunes.  All were grateful the first quarter remained scoreless.  No so pleased about the 42-7 final outcome. [11/2/2015]

From:  Lucius Wilmerding
Posted January 20, 2016
"Still alive" is his answer to "How are you?", and pretty fit, says Adda.

From:  John Sharpe
Posted January 17, 2016
I've been in a retirement home in Chambersburg [PA] since March.  My wife Lynn (whom many of the Clas met in the Dean's Office) expired March 31 - this was connected to a head injury at tennis.

From:  Gordon Lamb
Posted January 11, 2016
Anita and I are now Florida residents ensconced in The Dartmouth enclave of Harbour Ridge in Palm City.  Wonder spot but very few Princetonians.

From:  Ed Tiryakian
Posted December 29
Going off to Bilbao, Spain, for an international conference December 9-12 - part of my "routine retirement".  Best to all for year-end good wishes.

From:  Gil Bogley
Posted December 29
Still playing "IT'S YOURS" tennis; but still failing to hit my age on the golf course.  Pathos !

From:  Mal Cleland
Posted December 29
I remain reasonably well, but my wife (Martha) continues to suffer considerable arthritic pain.  Surgery is scheduled for 12/04/15.  Hopefully it will give hr first belief in 3 years. 

From:  Willem van Eekelen
Posted December 29
This year we fulfilled several ambitions: climbed Machu Pichu and sailed through the Panama Canal.  And I prepared a new edition of my 1964 PhD theses, "Indian Foreign Policy and the Border Dispute with China", adding 120 pages and appendices on Tibet.  In 1962 they fought the first war between a non-aligned and a Communist country.

From:  Put Brodsky
Posted December 29
I'm sending an article by Anne-Marie Slaughter, written recently about the black protest on campus regarding Wilson and racism, sent to me by a friend and fellow Princetonian, Mike Loprete, Class of '54. I think it's an excellent piece and right on point. It is also about Ta-Nehisi Coates and his book Between the World and Me which recently won the National Book Award and the black situation in this country. It is a very thoughtful article.  
Anne-Marie is the daughter of Edward R Slaughter, Jr, Class of '53.  There is an impressive write-up about her from Princeton on Google.
  My best, Put

Anne-Marie Slaughter - Former dean of the Woodrow Wilson School commenting on the issues. November 22·

On Ta-Nehisi Coates, Campus Protests, and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School

Ta-Nehisi Coates won the National Book Award this week for Between the World and Me. Had he not, I would have doubted the process of selection forevermore. When I read the book earlier this year, I had no doubt that it was one of the most important and powerful books I would ever read in my lifetime, for both literary and political reasons. Indeed, it sent me to James Baldwin, whom I realized to my shame I had never actually read. I am halfway through The Fire Next Time now, which also contains a letter to a younger black man – the device that structures all of Between the World and Me. Both books focus on the daily degradations black men and women, boys and girls experience in the United States. Both focus on the superiority that white Americans – or, as Coates point out, Americans who "think they are white,” since we are all actually of mixed race, presume is their birthright. We do not question that equality means creating the opportunity for others to be equal to us, never accepting even the possibility, as Coates puts it, that we, the "dreamers” of the American dream, "will have to learn to struggle [ourselves],” "to understand that [our] Dream is the same habit that endangers the planet, that sees [black] bodies stowed away in prisons and ghettos.”

Both books also focus on fear, the physical fear that is the lot of almost all African-Americans at some point in their lives – no matter how wealthy and well-educated they are. Coates writes over and over again about the body, the different relationship that African-Americans have with their bodies, knowing that their bodies are still, constantly, at risk. That fear, of course, is not limited to the boys or men actually confronting the police or security guards or anyone, meaning virtually everyone, with a gun. It permeates their entire families. I have written about my elder son’s encounters with the Princeton police and the turmoil that caused my husband and me. But at no point did we ever worry about our son’s physical safety. I have tried to put myself back in those years and to imagine what it would have been like to feel the strangling fear every time he was out that I might get a call from the police telling me not that they had picked him up but that he was dead. It paralyzes me even to think about it. Yet that is the reality that African-American parents, siblings, and spouses live with, as we now actually see on video after video.

But do we see it? Really see it? I gave a set of lectures at Yale this week on strategy, power, and leadership in a networked world. In talking about the power of connecting people, a very different power than that of commanding them, I spoke about the basic human drive for recognition, identified by philosophers, political scientists, sociologists, and evolutionary biologists as a fundamental part of what it means to be human. What each of us seeks, from the moment we can first identify ourselves in relation to other children to our twilight years when we resist renewed infantilization, is to be acknowledged by our fellow human beings as a person of equal dignity and value, even in the face of undeniable differences of talent, money, and luck. It is an emotional drive that must be satisfied before reason can kick in.
That is where the campus protests taking place over the past few weeks come in. The student screaming at Professor Nicholas Christakis, Head of Silliman College, was insisting on her right to be heard, really heard, as someone whose pain and anger are real and yet invisible even to an extremely liberal-minded and well-intentioned white man (a man, by the way, whose scholarship I admire). A powerful set of essays by three African-American Yale seniors published in The New Journal this week describe a Yale that their fellow white students simply do not see. The term "micro-aggressions” may sound hopelessly PC, but they are the many small moments that pile up – the interruptions, the different treatment, the turning first to a white person (or, from a woman’s perspective, a man), the slips of speech – to let someone know, constantly, that he or she is still an outsider. After all, New York Times columnist Charles Blow wrote earlier this year about his son, a third-year student at Yale, who was accosted at gunpoint by a white campus police officer who thought he was a robbery suspect. That simply does not happen to white students, no matter what they are wearing. White police officers see white kids on a college campus and assume they are students.

Which brings me to Princeton. I was the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton for seven years. I became dean roughly thirty years after I graduated from Princeton as a Woodrow Wilson School major and fifty years after my father did the same – both of us deeply attracted by the ability to put together a multi-disciplinary set of courses and to work intensively on a set of important public problems through our junior and senior independent work. As dean I had plenty of occasion to think and talk about Woodrow Wilson’s racist past and what that meant for students of color in the school. We held panel discussions with historians and looked the ugly side of Wilson’s record as President – his appointment of racist cabinet members and re-segregation of the Federal civil service – full in the face. We talked about it at Students and Alumni of Color weekends.

My view then, as now, was that erasing Woodrow Wilson’s name and presence from the School that he first conceived of – long before "policy schools” existed – and from a University dedicated to an informal motto that he coined – Princeton in the Nation’s Service – would be a grave mistake. In my view, the good that Woodrow Wilson did, even fully recognizing his racism, his sexism, and indeed the overall rigidity and self-righteousness make him simply unlikable in so many ways, greatly outweighs the bad. As Princeton’s president, he perhaps did more than anyone else to transform the school from a preppie gentlemen’s preserve into a great research university. As the nation’s President, he was responsible for implementing a remarkable agenda of progressive reforms, securing a massive overhaul of the nation’s banking, tax, and trade laws, passing child labor and labor rights laws, taking on monopoly power, and appointing the great progressive Justice Louis Brandeis, also the first Jewish Justice, to the Supreme Court. And as a foreign policy leader, he established the Wilsonian tradition of a values-based foreign policy, standing for the self-determination of peoples and "equal covenants openly arrived at.” Yes, he believed in equality only for white nations, just as our founding fathers believed in equality only for white, propertied men, a position that was radical for their time. Once established, their principles proved impossible to limit in the way they had intended.

Moreover, the entire point of a liberal education is to teach students to move beyond black and white, in every sense of the word. It is to complicate simple narratives of good and evil, to teach skepticism and critical thinking, to insist on universal narratives of the human condition from ancient times to the present in all cultures and countries. From the Greek myths to African folk-tales, those stories all depict our complex and often deeply inconsistent characters, showing us the dark sides and struggles of gods and humans alike. We should strive for what is slowly being achieved at Monticello, in my home-town of Charlottesville, Virginia – a presentation of Thomas Jefferson fully in the round. Visitors no longer see only the idealized Mr. Jefferson of my youth – the author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia – but also the man who fathered children with an enslaved woman, did not free his slaves even on his death, and wrote about the inferiority of blacks to whites in both beauty and intelligence. He was a racist, certainly, by today’s standards. But he was also a man, for all his faults, who could see a different future for all mankind and took a giant step toward it.

Yet what we also learn, or should learn, in the halls of Princeton, Yale, or any other great university, is that genuine debate cannot take place unless both sides seek not only to persuade but are actually willing to be persuaded. If one side knows that the other simply rules out the possibility that he or she might be wrong or mistaken, what is the point of arguing? That is precisely where the only alternative is to scream, or occupy, or turn to force of some kind. When Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber announced this past week that he was launching a process to consider demands by protesting Princeton students to remove Wilson’s name from the Wilson School, I initially thought it was a crazy decision. But on reflection, it is the only decision that is consistent with Princeton’s values. Princeton’s administration, faculty, alumni and current students should welcome this debate on open and honest terms, without a predetermined outcome. If they, or should I say we, cannot make a compelling case based on tradition, the balance of Wilson’s contributions, the need to evaluate historical figures in their own time, and the value of complexity rather than erasure, then we should not impose our views by majority right. And who knows? I started reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article The Case for Reparations firmly convinced that I was opposed to reparations, no matter what he might say; I finished it convinced that he was right.

In any event, these debates will not go away. We European-Americans who assume that we are white because of our skin color, even though our genetic lineage is likely to tell a very different story, must be prepared to question some of our most deeply cherished beliefs. James Baldwin reflected in 1962 on our ethnocentrism. "White Americans, he wrote, "have supposed ‘Europe’ and ‘civilization’ to be synonyms, which they are not, and have been distrustful of other standards and other sources of vitality, especially those produced in America themselves.” Today the time is rapidly approaching when we will have no choice about whether, how, and when to engage. As Eric Liu wrote in the Journal of Democracy earlier this year, "Americanness and whiteness are fitfully, achingly, but finally becoming delinked—and like it or not, over the course of this generation, we’re all going to have to learn a new way to be American.” In twenty or thirty years it will be white students who will be in a minority even on Ivy League campuses. And who will feel silenced then?

From:  Leigh Smith
Posted December 20
Have you found the seven Noels?  On the home page picture find [1] on the teapot and [2] in the shadow on the tablecloth; and on this page [3] in the Herald Rabbit's ruff; [4] the Mouse is holding a paper cutout; [5] ticket on the Mad Hatter's hat; [6] signpost to Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee; [7] in the Disney version on the four teapots.  The watch is a pocket watch which is in the March Hare's watch pocket.

From:  Ted Nicholson
Posted December 10
Not many 1952 Princeton grads down here.  Prescott does not have any - I think - but Phoenix does.  Will try to get back to Princeton for visit in 2016.

From:  Howard Hallengren
Posted December 10
Had a great cruise in the Baltic in August focusing on Stockholm and St. Petersburg.  Paternal grandfather born in Stockholm, and cruise ended in Copenhagen where maternal grandfather was born.  Hated to leave the ship when it ended.

From:  Malcolm Powell
Posted December 10
Andrea and I have downsized, moving to Sebastopol, CA.  Love it. Our brood is now four in Bay Area, six elsewhere as far away as Switzerland.  We have one teacher, one professional violinist, a Federal Reserve Chartered Bank Examiner, plus four in business and two stay home Moms!

From:  Hobey Henderson
Posted December 10
Betty and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary in September 2015 at our daughter's cabin high in the Colorado Rockies.  All our childred (4) and grandchildren (5) were there.  Great fun! Betty and I are doing just fine - well, sort of "fine", all things considered.

From:  J. Marshall Osborn
Posted December 10
My wife and I are still in good health, but we had two major problems this summer.  First a 100-foot tree fell on our house.  Then a month later a pipe broke and a room was flooded.  Fortunately the houseis now back in good condition. 

From:  Leigh Smith
Posted December 9
We are holding our own and continue to be mobile, but, even so, we do seem to remain relatively stationery!  However, Joanna and David are on the move.  They were in Sarasota, Florida, then at the Getty Institute in Los Angeles where Joanne had a three month grant.  They are now at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts for four months on a Kress Fellowship.  In October we visited them there.  Also she traveled to Tallahassee, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.  Joanna, David, & Luci will be here for Christmas.  Geoffrey, Caroline, and Violet paid a visit to the U.S. in August for four weeks.  In addition to Brookline they visited New York City, New Jersey (Princeton), and New Hampshire (Seabrook & Salem).  Violet (now 5) is in Year One at her school.  Our home projects this year include a retaining wall, planters, and steps leading to the backyard all in heavy timbers and some other less ambitious home improvements.

We thought that a good way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Alice Stories by Lewis Carroll would be to check out some ways the Mad Tea Party has been illustrated.  John Tenniel's classic is on the home page, and here is the Disney version.

Below is one by Linda Ravenscroft that is probably the most festive of all.  Her version contains a pocket watch (possibly the White Rabbit's?) and many other items to look for.  Also, as usual, there are seven Noels (not including this one!) throughout the illustrations for you to discover.  Answers are above [posted 12/20] - no peeking!)  We hope this finds you in good spirits and enjoying holiday festivities that aren't quite so mad as those pictured here! Have a wonderful year in 2016.

From:  Diz Gillespie

Posted November 11  
George My wife and I attended a dinner last night in New York honoring Sam Hartwell as the co-founder of Strive, Building America from the Workforce Up. This year is Strive’s 30th Anniversary and they have trained over 60,000 men and women that were disadvantaged and in serious trouble and led them into permanent employment. A great success story!

From:  Ed Tiryakian
Posted November 7, 11  

Our ’52Triangle Area fall luncheon was held on October 19th. In attendance were Bob Jiranek and his wife Nan Freed, Bill Pritchard, Paul Lindsay, Bob Eby, Ed Tiryakian, and two Princeton associates: Peter Fish ’60 and Benett Galef ’60. Following our custom of a guest speaker with a Princeton connection, Political Scientist Abdeslam Maghraoui (Princeton Ph.D.) made a presentation on "The Middle East in Turmoil”.

After our Triangle Area lunch on October 19, I went to the October 28, Princeton Club of New York 50 Year Member Luncheon.  Very nice, with about two dozen in attendance, but I was the only one from '52.


From:  Bob Jiranek
Posted November 7   

Diane & Stokes Carrigan before leaving for Ireland and Australia visited the Jiraneks in Virginia. Diane is a Doctor of veterinary medicine. She travelled to Virginia Tech to assist Bob’s grandson, George, buy two pure bred Angus cows at the Hokie Halloween sale. Next the Carrigans travelled to the Greenbrier to relax and hear about the progress of the Arthur Collins Memorial planned for Palmer Square. A comment was heard that the Irish have to stick together. Like Arthur, Stokes has become an accomplished equestrian learning the craft from Diane on their ranch in Queenstown Australia.

At the Greenbrier the spirit of Arthur & Chips hovered over us. So a second JPEG is attached.  Best/Bob


From:  Al Ellis 
Posted November 7   

Al Ellis is seen relaxing at home celebrating his birthday with his twin grand-children: Hayden Lynn Forte and James Reid Forte who were born on March 27, 2015 to his daughter Ashley Ellis, and his son-in-law James Forte.

Re:  Stan Cairns 
Posted October 14    
 I’m Dick Edmunds, Class of 1961, sending you an article that appeared in the Sawgrass Country Club newsletter.  Stan is my cousin and was instrumental in my decision to attend Princeton.  I wanted to share it with you (because I know Stan won’t) so you can add it to your class news in the PAW.  Dick Edmunds

Sawgrass Country Club, Ponte Vedra, FL
Greg Leckler – PGA Director of Golf
Announces a member Accomplishment
"Congratulations to Stan Cairns, member since 1993 and a past president, on his HOLE IN ONE on Wednesday, September 30th. Stan hit a 7-Iron From 142 yards on Hole #3 West. Great shot, Stan!!

From: Fred Mann

October 8, 2015
Having spent the past seven years in San Francisco, a once lovely small city which is now building high-rises on every corner, my wife Kitty and I have rented a house in Point Reyes Station, CA to escape the massive construction which has become the hallmark of this tech-driven town.

From: Bob Doherty

October 8, 2015
Big party end of September to celebrate 50 years of marriage for Kerstin and me.  Family, old friends, new friends, musicians from North Carolina Symphony to perform.  Big Doing!

From: Jack Blessing

October 5, 2015
Phyllis and I still thankfully healthy and happy here on Eastman Lake in New Hampshire.  We expect to spend three months this winter with out two daughters, each now living in or nearby Vero Beach in Florida.  Latest count is five fully grown children, 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and still hoping for more.

From: Paul Mueller

September 29, 2015
Jane and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary with only the family the weekend of September 11. Actually, our anniversary date was September 10, 1955. All three daughters were here with spouses and beau and two of the five grandchildren were here also. Kate, a senior at Princeton this year, is a RA and could not make it since the new freshmen class was returning to campus from the first week adventures off campus . Cathy '81 and David Boyer '80 came in from New Zealand. On Sunday they went to Wilmington, DE to celebrate father David's 85th birthday ( he was our classmate).

Jane and I will most likely see you in a few days as we head to P'ton for our class mini on Thursday.

We are doing a Road Scholar program beginning on November 1 in Charlottesville about the Presidents - Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. The group will visit their houses/plantations in the afternoon on different days with lectures in the morning.

We head for Palm Desert, CA on November 18 for the winter. If any classmate is in the area of Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, etc. , please give me a call so we could have lunch or dinner. I am in the phone directory and do not come back east until mid April.

Hope to see you soon.  Paul

From: Julie [Mrs. David K.] Siegel

September 28, 2015
This note is from wife, Julie.  Dave is suffering from severe Alzheimer's Disease [stage 6 of 7].  He is living in a facility for Alzheimer's called Kemper House in our neighboring community of Mentor [OH] and as settled in well.  I'm sure that he would wish you all his best if he could.

From: Larry McNichols

September 22, 2015
I thought Lannie and I had our "trip of a lifetime" in the recent past.  Not so.  In November, via Madrid, to Athens, Turkey, Israel, Rhodes, Egypt, Sicily and Italy.   Home via London, after three weeks of cruising, sightseeing and learning.  It will be a History major's :feast". 
October 21, 2015
Oops, ‘trip of a lifetime’ no more. Holland American cancelled Egypt stops (including pyramids) so we have, in turn, cancelled our trip.

From: Dave Butler

September 21, 2015
I'm taking my lat overseas trip September 5-15, to Iceland !!  Still healthy, but how long will it last?

From: Malcolm Powell

September 8, 2015
Andrea and I are downsizing and moving closer to family in Marin as of October 1.  Our new address is in the Directory.

From: Tom Leary

September 8, 2015
My most interesting activity these days is service as a Docent on the Carrier Midway, anchored as a museum in San Diego Bay.  Will be pleased to offer private tours to any classmates in town.

From: Allen Ellis

September 8, 2015
Allen and Sherrie Ellis would like to announce the birth of their twin grandchildren, Hayden Lynn and James Reid Forte! 

From: John Weber

September 2, 2015
Put wrote a very nice letter, and the Fall on-campus mini-reunion sounds very well planned.  Sally and I are still healthy and active, but cannot attend this one.  Thank you, George, Don, Put, Lois, dave and other for your good works and energy.

From: Malcolm Strachan

September 2, 2015
Alma and I are still living on the waterfront in Buffalo and enjoying reasonably good health.  We've been married 14 happy years.  Alma has two great grandsons in the Albany, NY area, one almost nine and the other six months old.

From: Ted Nicholson

September 2, 2015
Active with the Bridge Group at the Capital Canyon Club [Tues/Thurs].  They also have a Fitness center which is getting used.  Our two children, Edward and Ann, are actively at work, and we are actually managing our portfolio, and wondering where the market is going.  Had an excellent phone call from Stokes Carrigan. 

From: Mark Crane

September 1, 2015
I am living in a retirement community in Evanston, where I am in my second year as Chair of the Resident's Council.  I lost Connie last year and live largely through the achievements of my nine grandchildren, notably Charlotte Guyett '13, who is Assistant Media Director of Gov Christie's Presidential campaign, and Douglas Guyerr '16, who rowed for Princeton at Henley in July.

From: Irv Cohen

September 1, 2015
Fully retired.  Try to keep as active as I can.  Not easy with Parkinson's.  Wife, children, grandchildren all well !! 

From: Put Brodsky

August 27, 2015
No news. Quiet summer.  Did do a nice 10-day cruise of the Great Lakes - Toronto to Chicago [not Princeton related] with some old medical friends from California.  Beautiful and interesting - a lot of water.  Looking forward to the Mini.  Anne Sherrerd is coming and will speak at our Thursday dinner.

From: Banks Anderson

August 29, 2015
Nancy and I cruised the Black Sea with a Duke and a Tiger group this summer.  I had a chance to wear my Reunion Jacket to general acclaim.

From: Fred Alling

September 2, 2015
Had a Review Article published in the July 2015 issue of "Explore: Journal of Science and Healing".  Title: "The Healing Effects of Belief in Medical Practices and Spirituality".  Marty [wife] and I enjoying 59 years of marriage and eight grandchildren nearby.  

From: Matt Werth

August 31, 2015
My wife Murrell died in October 2014 and the house was hers.  I have just moved out to an Assisted Living Home, so I have a new address.  Please advise all concerned of it [see Directory].  I will try to stay in touch. 

From: Dom Telesco

August 31, 2015
Enjoying life in Palm Beach.  Still playing golf [but poorer].  Summers in Southampton and Italy.  Life is good.

From: Hal Saunders

August 31, 2015
Carol and I moved into our new apartment in November.  We are very happy in our new space and feel a real sense of community in our building of retired public servants.

From: John Parker

August 31, 2015
Despite minor setbacks now and then, Ann and I are still healthy, playing golf and occasional tennis and down hill skiing in the winter.  We thank God.

From: Colin McAneny

August 31, 2015
Still blessed with good health, but slowing down a bit.

From: Phil May

August 31, 2015
On a walker but have my wonderful wife with me in our delightful high rise condo right across the river from our treasured home of 32+ years.  Our four children live nearby.  Our eight grandchildren are scatted all over the US.

From: Kathie [Mrs. Thomas] Knight

August 31, 2015
Missing Tom terribly - great support from family.

From: Ruthe [Mrs. Martin] Battestin

August 31, 2015
Thank you to call who sent notes on martin's death on 15 May, 2015.  I appreciate all your kindnesses.   I miss Martin every minute still.

From: Ray Baldwin

August 31, 2015
I was trained and qualified to swim in National senior Games but back spasms disabled me from going,  Octagenerian life has disappointments.

From: Steve Rogers

August 30, 2015

Kent and I attended an enjoyable 85th birthday bash that Dorothy Canter arranged in a Georgetown waterfront restaurant today, with several dozen of his friends, colleagues, and family, to celebrate Jerry's 85th birthday - actually a few days after the date. Jerry is partially retired, from his careers first as a surgeon at George Washington University Hospital, and then as a financial analyst - both useful to friends and colleagues at this stage.

Kent and I are now living a few miles from Georgetown in a large retirement community in Fairfax County called Greenspring, having sold the house in Annandale we bought 51 years ago and moved into four times while we were in the Foreign Service. We're still within range of Washington-area activities, including the regular class luncheons at the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington that George Towner and Susan Clay arrange - next one coming up soon. Greenspring is also where classmate John Gauthier lives with wife Pat.

From: Herb Hedick

August 27, 2015
At this stage of life "no news is good news".

From: Darby Houston

August 24, 2015
Still working at Home Depot and staying out of trouble.

From: Fred Jones

August 22, 2015
Mary Jo and I are still living on our farm near Danville, PA and doing well [except I was recently bitten by a neighbor'd parrot - a first for me].  I retired nearly 20 years ago from the nearby Geisinger Medical Center where I had a long tenure as a pulmonologist and as Chairman of Medicine,

From: Guy Hollyday

August 22, 2015
Went back to Italy in April, and Appalachians in July.  Looking forward to Princeton in October

From: Tom Leary

July 12, 2015
Tom's wife Stephanie wrote:  We thoroughly enjoy our lives here [in Coronado, CA]. Tom is a weekly docent on the Midway carrier museum and currently is writing bios of local military for a heroes project. It's been a year since his successful aortic valve replacement when he was part of a study using an artery to insert the artificial valve rather than opening the chest. 

From: Ben Harer

July 9, 2015
I am coping with loss of Pamela [July 1, 2014} after 61 years of marriage.  

Went with expedition to Sudan for 2 weeks in January to excavate with UC Santa Barbara team.  Big change after working in Egypt for 30 years. 

Dr. W. Benson Harer Jr., pictured with the Egyptian goddess that looks after pregnant women, is an OB/gyn by profession and an amateur Egyptologist.

From: Paul Mueller

July 5, 2015
To All:
Marketing was not my major, but it is exciting for both Lancaster Country Club members and Lancaster County to host this Open which has 150-some golfers vying for a 2015 championship title. About 100,000 golf fans are expected to attend the four-day tournament.

More than 300 media representatives will cover the event, and I have heard that Fox TV will have about 100. Korean TV and media are here with reportedly 50 plus people. The TV coverage starts Thursday. There should be some wonderful shots of Lancaster County including the Amish farms. Not since the movie "Witness" was filmed here has there been so much excitement.

The Lancaster Country Club course was designed by William Flynn over 110 years ago. It is in beautiful condition. Members have not been allowed on the original 18 holes since June 28.

I only hope that we do not have severe thunderstorms as the days will be humid. I am working as a volunteer in the Volunteers Tent which has AC!! Holding a sign and walking or directing spectators had no appeal at my age.

So try to find time to watch some of the golf and see my home course.


From: Ed Masinter

July 1, 2015
I am forwarding an email from Greg Hughes, Coach of the PrincetonHeavyweight crews, which reports on the participation by those crews at this year's Henley Regatta that begins today. Of particular interest is the naming of two of the boats, borrowed for the Regatta, for Dan Duffield '52 and John Beck '53. There is a link to a video of the naming ceremony. Dan died on Christmas day, 2014, and John died on June 3, 2015. I thought you might be interested in this warm and touching recognition of two of Princeton's rowing greats. If you want more details, Greg can furnish them after his return from Henley.  All best.  Ed Masinter '52

Henley Racing Starts Today!
3V will race at 11AM TODAY Eastern in Temple vs MIT

The Heavies arrived in England 9 days ago and have been training hard on the Henley course in preparation for the start of racing. Forthose of you that have been on a Princeton Henley trip, you know the pre-race routine. The team lives with our local host family, the Colemans, right on the edge of town and the team trains out of the boat tent right on the Henley venue. When we're not on the water, the team spends time relaxing and playing a little croquet in the back yard. Tom and Elaine Coleman are experts at feeding large groups and the entire squad has a team dinner around the Coleman's table. It's an incredible experience and the team has been enjoying their time here adjusting and preparing for the start of racing.
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There is a third special video that highlights the naming of our Henley shells. Just before we left for England, we received the very sad news of the passing of John C. Beck '53. John was a member of the 1952 heavyweight varsity that finished 2nd at the IRA regatta. His boat mate, Daniel M. Duffield Jr. '52 passed just weeks before. To honor them, and the special connection that the crew of 1952 has had on our team, we decided to name our 1V and 2V shells at Henleyin their honor. Doug put together a great video of the ceremony and the thoughts from the rowers on it all and you can find it HERE.

From: Arnold Barnes
June 29, 2015
Arnold Barnes and Sally, his wife of 54 years, celebrated his 85th birthday on 10 June along with their 3 children, their spouses, and 6 grandchildren. Together we also celebrated close-by birthdays with granddaughters Elizabeth Barnes and Brenna Hurley. Arnold keeps busy driving for FISH, as co-host with Sally of the Springhouse Pond Hospitality Committee, and as treasurer, KB1RIA, of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association.
From: Jackson P. Forbes '18
June 26, 2015 

          Jackson, the 2014-2015 recipient of a scholarship award through The Donald Hogue Burnett Scholarship Fund, wrote:  "I would like to thank you for the scholarship assistance that you provided me this year.  As a freshman on the basketball team and more importantly as a student I was able to enjoy my first year of college.  Thank you, Jackson P. Forbes"

Jackson, although undeclared at present, has indicated Career Plans in Engineering, Computer Science, or Economics.  In Plano, Texas, he was his High School Senior Class Treasurer, a member of the Presidents Council and Alumni Roundtable, and participated in Crew, Basketball, and Track & Field.  An Honor Graduate, he was also interested in Texas Titans Basketball Organization and Habitat for Humanity.

From: Richard Gillespie
May 31, 2015
I am enclosing a picture from lunch we had at Marny Smith’s in Norwalk CT on May 23 (she was first Marny Bryan ‘52. On the left me, Sam Hartwell, Kathy Craig Knight ‘52, Edwina (Millington) Brokaw ’52.Mary Smith hostess, Fred Smith, Peggy Stevens and friend. Class wives live longer I would assume.

From: Nicole J. Hardy '16
May 27, 2015 

          Nicole, a Candidate for BSE and a future in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Car Design, is the recipient of The Class of 1952 Memorial Scholarship.  She wrote, "Dear Class of 1952, Thank you so much for your generosity.  Without it, I wouldn't have the privilege to attend this University.  The gift of education cannot be repaid, and I am forever in your debt.  I wish you all the best.  Enjoy the summer.  Sincerely, Nicole J. Hardy"
           Nicole is from Dunwoody, GA, and lists some of her other interests as high school Valedictorian, Gates Millennium Scholar, AP Scholar, National Hispanic Recognition Scholar, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Buckhead Youth Orchestra section head, and Dekalb Symphony Youth Orchestra section head.

From: George Towner
May 25, 2015 

Honorary Classmate Bill Tierney  - fourteen years after his last national championship at Princeton and six years after moving to the University of Denver to embrace the challenge of building a national lacrosse power virtually from scratch -  finally came back to coach on the final day of championship weekend.  See  The visit proved to be a success as Denver defeated Maryland 10-5.  See also

From: Phil May
April 22, 2015

Somehow our wonderful, caring, loving Father in Heaven has allowed me, as of June 5, 2015, to exist on this convoluted, contentious, combative, beautiful, amazing planet. The Lord has provided me a beautiful caring, loving wife, four amazing children, eight inspired grandchildren (one a certified genius) and three delightful great-grandchildren. Gloria and I have had many wonderful trips to fascinating parts of the world. I keep in touch with many active, inspiring, productive Princeton classmates who are continuing to help make this a better world. At ninety I have been blessed beyond measure!

Phil has also written about his experiences in World War II.

From: George Aman
April 22, 2015
George Brantz and I attended the memorial service for Charlie Schafer last Saturday, which was very impressive. Also instead of personal reminiscences during the service the program had a full page of his life achievements.

From: Ed Tiryakian
April 14, 2015
Our Triangle Area regional group had its spring lunch on April 6, with eleven (11) members and associate present, including Banks Anderson, Bob Doherty, Paul and Caroline Lindsay, Bob Jiranek, Bill Pritchard, Ed & Josefina Tiryakian.  Guest speaker was Professor Martin Ruef (formerly a tenured professor at Princeton, now at Duke) who spoke on entrepreneurship and industrialization.

From: Al Gilgen
March 30, 2015
Thankful for the support of my sons Jim and Bert and daughter Beth, all of whom live in Cedar Falls (Bert lives with me).  Health OK, but I've slowed down considerably.  Also enjoy exchanging e-mails with classmate, Norm Gilbert.  All the best to my classmates.

From: Roger McLean
April 1, 2015

Photo taken at the dinner following Dan Duffield's recent Memorial Service at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia - Bob Jiranek, George Aman, Roger McLean, Gen. Bernard Trainor, Steve Rogers, Barry Loper.  Those attending included Steve and Kent Rogers, Roger and Latie Mclean, Barry and Jean Loper, Quincy and Helen Lumsden, Bob Jiranek, Ed Tiryakian and George and Ellen Aman. The McLeans won the distance award flying from Maine.

Earlier in the day, at Quantico, Ed Tiryakian and the Quincey Lumsdens had joined us. Gen. Bernard Trainor [in the picture] had given a lovely eulogy at Quantico. It was clear that he and his wife were very fond of Dan and Liz. Dan and Liz have been buried together.  The memorial service was held in a covered, but open, shelter in the Cemetery under a chilly and cloudy sky. The gathering of family included Dan's daughter Margaret, her boyfriend, Margaret's brother Fred, her grandson (who had driven Dan to recent Reunions), granddaughter and cousins including Dan's cousin Ted Duffield, Princeton '58. A poignant, and at times humorous, remembrance of Dan in early Marine years was given by Dan's oldest friend and early roommate General Trainer. The religious ceremony was led by a preacher whose name I never got. Marines in dress uniform presented Margaret with a beautifully folded American flag and the ceremony ended with a rifle salute by other Marines. We then followed to observe the burial of Dan's ashes in a grave among the many rows of others with identical headstones.

A few hours later Margaret hosted a fine dinner at a nearby restaurant. There Roger gave a statement about Dan's service to the Class, and many reminiscences followed. A couple told about the bed and breakfast farm house in Chester, Vermont where Dan presided with military precision. We also learned some more remote family history from cousin Ted, revealing that Dan's great-grandfather had taught mathematics at Princeton. The P-52 Classmates posed for a picture and then we sang Old Nassau.

My remarks at the dinner speak for themselves. [See Roger’s remarks on the Memorials page.]

Barry Loper, Latie and I had a brief visit with Dan and Laura Oberdorfer on Saturday. I gave Dan a 7th Division patch. It brought a smile. I also reminded him of episodes on our travels together in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Rangoon and New Delhi.

Laura is being treated for lung cancer. They have a lot on their hands.

From: Jay Master
March 31, 2015

Southern California's amazingly mild winter has me within two strokes of shooting my age on the golf course.  Got to love it!

From: John Sprague
March 30, 2015

Just to let you know I will be SCUBA diving off the coast of St. Vincent in the Grenadines on my 85th birthday, April 5. My wife, Jid, will be on the beach. My latest book, on the history of Sprague Electric Company, should be published in May or June. I'll let you know.

From: Bob Jiranek
February 26, 2015
"As the Jiraneks continue up the California coast from the Dosdall’s house in Laguna Woods the next stop was a book signing at Dick Riordan’s house in Los Angeles. Dick kept the pen shown in Bob’s pocket as a souvenir. An important question during the visit was The Arthur Collins Equestrian Center for at risk kids. The Mayor was asked to consider being the Chair for EQUS's two million campaign for the Equestrian Center. The Center will recognize Arthur’s considerable contributions to Princeton and to the Class. The Center will also recognize the value of an Ivy League Education and it’s relevance today. The memorial will not be for just Arthur, Chips Chester, or John Schmid but for the many efforts our Class has made in many ways over the years. These many efforts have made the world a better place. The doner list would be directed at classmates.

When we were together with the Mayor the subject of Barbara Boxer’s retirement came up. Virginia’s political pundit, Larry Sabato, recently tweeted that a liberal Republican could complicate the California Senate Race. Riordan qualifies. and he could work equally well with the Clintons or Bushes both of whom he knows more than casually. Certainly our Congress needs leadership that can cross the aisle.

Jiranek commented that at 85, time is of the essence."

From: Allen West
February 23, 2015
I am just getting back to tennis after open-heart surgery in June to replace a mitral valve gone bad. The moment my game begins to improve, it seems that something medical always pops up! I guess that’s what being 84 is about. My son, Dan, died in September at 50. It was not a complete surprise; he'd been fighting multiple melanoma for four years.

John Pratt ’52 is also here at Brookhaven. I see him every other week at duplicate bridge and often outside walking. Brookhaven continues to be a great place for me, partly in the face of more that eight feet of snow with over five so far in February (a/o 2/23/15), more because I have found a loving friend, Betsey Farber. I’m sure that some of you would thank her when you use OXO kitchen utensils, if you knew that she and her then husband Sam Farber founded OXO together in 1985!

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: Bob Jiranek
February 14, 2015

"Yesterday, one day before Valentine’s Day, Tom and Annella Dosdall, Nan Freed and Bob Jiranek enjoyed a delightful lunch at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Dosdalls just moved into their new home in Laguna Woods and have a magnificent view of the mountains. Annella is busy with her garden and the southern California Environmentalists enjoying the study of local plants and wildlife. Tom is working on a memorial for his close friend, Congressman Bill Frenzel, who died this past November. The Jiraneks are spending the month of February in Coronado, California. Annella goes to church regularly to pray for Bob".

From: Nancy Osius Zimmerman
February 20, 2015
Nancy, widow of Classmate Ted Osius, Jr., who died in 1984, reports that their son, Ted Osius, III, [Harvard '84] was confirmed by the Senate in November as U. S. Ambassador to Vietnam.  Nancy accompanied Ted and his family when they set up residence in Hanoi in December.
From: John Moore
February 16, 2015

Readers of the February 2015 issue of WSJ, the Wall Street Journal magazine, are treated to a fine full page photo of Dom and Susan Telesco, who approve of First Republic Bank.

From: Bob Doherty
February 2, 2015
In April looking forward to again see granddaughters Anna [Princeton] and Christina [Yale] square off in Princeton-Yale lacrosse game.

From: Roger Berlind
January 28, 2015
Nothing new to report.  I'm still producing  plays and musicals in New York.

From: Put Brodsky
January 12, 2015
I'm feeling well.  Had lovely holidays with Princeton son John '79, and his family and near adult grandchildren, and other old friends.  But was very interested on exploring our website to find the report about John Geyman, MD's new book on 'How Obamacare is Unsustainable".  Why we need a single payer solution for all Americans.  This has been my sentiment for a long time.  I'm looking forward to reading John's book.  Maybe the most important book of 2015 !
From: Hal Saunders
January 5, 2015
"Carol and Hal Saunders had the unexpected pleasure of enjoying New Year's Day dinner with Ernie and John Peak from La Jolla, CA, who had flown east to visit John's recently widowed sister-in-law who lives in Vinson Hall—the retirement community in McLean, Virginia, where the Saunders are just settling into a new apartment. Carol and Hal report, "We love our new space, and will be even happier when we have emptied the many boxes we have brought with us from our three-story home."