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Class Notes for October 10, 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

         ANNUAL GIVING '07. AG boss DON MALEHORN reported the success of our 55th Reunion campaign. The Class raised $2,250,181, an all-time record for 55th reunion classes, pushing our AG total to $24,396,495, the current record for donations since graduation by a single class. Our 80.3% participation tied that of '57 for highest among post-WWII classes. Don was quick to point out that '52 does well every year because of the efforts of some four dozen classmates led by the team of JOE BOLSTER, JOHN EMERY, and JAY SHERRERD.

        A TRIBUTE. CHIPS CHESTER, HARRY EMLET, COKE FLORANCE, BOB JIRANEK, BARRY LOPER, and GEORGE TOWNER all attended JACK McCUNE's funeral on May 16, 2007 at Washington's National Cathedral. Jack for 29 years taught at St. Albans School in Washington. Quiet, unassuming, and a gentleman to his fingertips, Jack was revered as a teacher, counselor and mentor. To honor him, over a thousand turned out, filling the nave of the cavernous cathedral and large parts of the side aisles. Chips estimated that Jack drew a bigger crowd than President Reagan's memorial service. Even more impressive were the eulogies by some of Washington's foremost citizens, testimony to the lives Jack influenced by his intellect and concern for others. Bob Jiranek wrote: "The Class of '52 has lost a quietly towering figure."

        HARVARD GAME. The Tigers and Cantabs tangle October 20, 2007 at Harvard Stadium. ROGER McLEAN writes that there will be a '52 table in the Tiger Tent next to the stadium. Come early, meet classmates, and fortify yourself for the rigors of game with genuine New England clam chowder.

        WEB GEMS. President STEVE ROGERS announced that the new address for the Class web site is www. princeton52.org . Be sure Steve or VP JOHN CLUTZ has your correct E-mail address.

                                                                    Dan Duffield 
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Class Notes for September 26, 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

         Some loose ends that space limitations pushed out of the Reunion Class Note.

         RELIEVING THE WATCH. An important moment in every major Reunion is the changeover in the elected leadership of the Class. At the luncheon on Friday, June 1 our former

Vice President, STEVE ROGERS, took over from HAL SAUNDERS as our new President. Passing the Nassau Hall bell clapper appropriated in September 1948 to the new President (on the left) symbolized the change. The incoming Vice President is JOHN CLUTZ who earned a Distinguished Classmate Award for his 15 years of service as Class Treasurer. His successor as our CFO is RUDY LEHNERT, a rookie Class officer. Rounding out the group of elected officers is your Secretary who reenlisted and was approved by the Class for a third term.

        ERRATA. During his tenure the Secretary has labored to spell classmates' names correctly. After two error-free terms, the 55th Reunion Class Note was a disaster with four name errors. Mea culpa and apologies to the following: to QUINCEY LUMSDEN for overlooking the "E" in his first name; to Nancy KEGERREIS for overlooking the "E" in her last name; to Priscilla HILDUM for calling her Patricia; and to Latie - not Katie - McLEAN.

        REQUIESCANT. The family advised that BOB ARNSTEIN of Bainbridge Island, Washington died on April 30, 2007. BARRY LOPER reported that JACK McCUNE died on May 9, 2007 in Washington. DC. DIZ GILLESPIE sent word that FRANK PEARD died in Boston on May 25, 2007. The Class learned that ROBERT SMITH of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania died on June 28, 2007.       
                                                                                       Dan Duffield 
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Class Notes for July 18, 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        OUR GLORIOUS 55TH.  Our Class contingent numbered over 330, led by 150 Classmates, a record for a 55th Reunion, and 13 Class Associates with a good crowd of wives, other family and friends.  The weather held up, save for a little thunder and lightning Friday night, and the event was well worth the 55-year wait.

        HEART AND SOUL.  A successful Reunion is all about people.  It begins with planners who make sure everything works right.  Once again, MARY and BILL MURDOCH were our trail bosses, preparing for and running the show.  BRUCE COE handled housing.  Barbara COE planned the headquarters set-up, including recruiting and training the matchless student staff.  RUDY LEHNERT was transportation captain.  PUT BRODSKY helped plan activities at the headquarters, and with HOBY KREITLER, helped JOE BOLSTER set up our part of the P-rade.  JOHN EMERY and BARRY LOPER concentrated on attendance with Annette MERLE-SMITH working to bring in Class Associates.  LEIGH SMITH did all our artwork including the dancing '52 tigers who have embellished all our Reunion literature.  JOHN CLUTZ, the budget guru, worked late hours to assure we broke even.

        FORUMS, A CAPSULE, AND TOURS.  Friday's events featured the '52 Forums, discussions about the impact of higher education on our lives.  Moderator HAL SAUNDERS teamed up with ROGER BERLIND, WALT CRAIGIE, TOM LEARY, QUINCEY LUMSDEN, JOHN PEAK, DAVE SMITH, and GEORGE STEVENS.  Later, moderator PHYLLIS OAKLEY's panel included Stephanie ABBOTT, Ellen AMAN, Patty CLUTZ, Nancy KEGERREIS, Jean LOPER, and Latie McLEAN.  At lunch, the '52 Time Capsule, conceived and implemented by ED TIRYAKIAN, was turned over to the University Archivist to hold until the 50th Reunion of our grandchild Class of 2002.  After lunch, Annette Merle-Smith put on her docent's hat and conducted a tour of the University Art Museum.

        REMEMBRANCE AND AWARDS.  At Saturday's Memorial Service, Revs. SAM VAN CULIN and JIM EVANS presided with Hal Saunders serving as Lector.  Readers of the names on the '52 roll of honor were Priscilla HILDUM, ROGER McLEAN, Annette Merle-Smith, GEOFF NUNES, PAUL PIRET, and Hal Saunders.  Choral music, as it has been since 1992, was provided by our Class Choir, augmented by women from the University Chapel Choir.  Conducted by Margaret EVANS, the choir consisted of GEORGE AMAN, John Clutz, TOM DAUBERT, Jim Evans, Margo FISH, CHARLIE HARPER, JOHN HELM, BRUCE JOHNSON, Sally KREITLER, COLIN McANENY, Jeanne and BRUCE MACOMBER, JIM MELCHERT, POSS PARHAM supported by progeny Kaya and Greg, CHARLIE SHRIVER, Lois and DAVE SMITH, PAUL TROUTMAN, Sam Van Culin, TOM VINCENT, and ALLEN WEST.

        Saturday evening, after the incomparable P-rade, was time to assess classmates' awards.  Outside the Class, the Princeton Varsity Club presented DICK KAZMAIER its Citizen Athlete Award for 2007.  The Friends of Princeton Track gave the Larry Ellis Alumni Award to Joe Bolster.  John Emery received the Alumni Council Award for service to Princeton.  At our headquarters, we applauded 11 recipients of Distinguished Classmate Awards: well-known agronomist RANDY BARKER; the founder of STRIVE, SAM HARTWELL; "a role model for our Class, for Princeton and for the nation", Dick Kazmaier; and ace student recruiter TED McALISTER.  Honored for service to Princeton and '52 were John Clutz, DAN DUFFIELD, Barry Loper, DON MALEHORN, Roger McLean, Mary Murdoch, and Poss Parham.  These awards will be the last of the Distingished Classmate citations.
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Class Notes for May 9, 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

       REUNIONS, MAJOR & MINOR.  It's not too late to get on board for our 55th Reunion.  We now have 142 classmates returning, along with eight associates (widows of deceased classmates) and, as usual, a crowd of wives, children, other family members, and companions.  Looking forward to the off-year mini-reunions, our schedule for the next three years is: 2008 in Charlottesville, Virginia; 2009 in San Antonio; and 2010 in Boston.

        FUTURE GENERATIONS.  The odds are very short that a conversation with any one in his fifty-fifth year after graduation will soon turn to grandchildren.  Notes from classmates follow the same pattern.  Dan Baker reports the arrival of two new grandchildren in one week last fall.  He has them pegged for the Class of 2028, the year of our 76th Reunion.  John Birkelund says his oldest grandson is bound for Harvard.  With eight younger grandchildren, John speculates that at least one could be a future Princetonian.  Dave Freeman writes he is looking forward a few years until his grandchildren put on their "stripes" - presumably Tiger stripes.  Jay Sherrerd advised that his second granddaughter, Class of 2010, is a candidate for Princeton's top-ranked women's rowing program.  And Dom Telesco tells us with pride that his granddaughter, Chloe Wohlforth, whose dad was lost at the World Trade Center on 9/11, will pick up her Princeton degree in June.

        TALENTED LADIES.  Two classmates reported that their daughters are recent authors.  Holt published The Dressmaker, a first novel by John Birkelund's daughter, Elizabeth Oberbeck.  Porter Hopkins' oldest daughter, Alix, in conjunction with The Trust for Public Land, brought out Groundswell, an account of six successful public-private conservation projects.


                                                                                                Dan Duffield
 
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Class Notes for April 18 , 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

       ALUMNI DAY.  Benign weather on Alumni Day, February 24, encouraged a turnout of about 1500 alumni.  Our activities began with an Executive Committee meeting Friday after which about three dozen adjourned for dinner at Windrows, a retirement community outside Princeton, the new home of our hosts, Bill and Mary Murdoch.  Guest of honor was our newest honorary classmate, Janet Dickerson, shown here flanked by Class President Hal Saunders (left) and Vice-President Steve Rogers (right).  [The photo is on the Home Page.]  After dinner, Janet, University Vice-President for Campus Life, gave a brief talk about today's Princeton students.  On Saturday, the '52 delegation of 30-plus filled three tables at the Alumni Day luncheon in Jadwin Gym.  We were happy to see two Class "kids" cited in the program for contributions to the University. Bob Doherty's son, Kelly '81, helped lead his class in raising well over five million dollars in its 25th reunion Annual Giving campaign.  Jay Sherrerd's daughter, Anne *87, is Chair of the Graduate Alumni Relations Committee of the Alumni Council. After lunch and the awards ceremony, we went to the University Chapel for the Service of Remembrance.  This year 23 deceased classmates were honored.  George Aman ably represented us in the procession of classes which lost members during 2006.

        ELECTION NOTICE.  President Saunders announced the day before Alumni Day the single slate of nominees to serve as Class officers from our 55th to our 60th Reunion.  Nominated are: for President, Steve Rogers; for Vice-President, John Clutz; for Secretary, Dan Duffield; and for Treasurer, Rudy Lehnert.

                                                                                                Dan Duffield 
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Class Notes for April 4 , 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        HONORS.  Thanks to Jerry Canter, we have learned that Bill Carey has been a major donor to Johns Hopkins University in his native city of Baltimore.  As a result of Bill's generosity, Johns Hopkins recently established the Carey Business School.  As a metter of record, Bill was with us on campus for two years before moving on to Penn's Wharton School for his baccalaureate degree.  Nevertheless, he has never missed a class dues payment, has been a generous supporter of Annual Giving, and is a frequent "re-uner", most recently at our 50th.

        ARTISTS AT WORK.  Classmates continue to make contributions to our cultural heritage.  In the case of Jack Ball, it is documentary films produced for an interesting list of clients.  Completed last fall was a film for the U.S. Navy.  Moving on from there, Jack began work in January on a film for the Vatican, a sequel to an earlier production, In the Steps of Peter.  Denizens of Cape Cod know full well that Hyannis Port will never be confused with California's Napa Valley as a center of American viniculture.  On the other hand, it is Bruce Johnson's home town, and he is co-author with Christine Ansbacher of Secrets from the Wine Diva.  Bruce writes that it is "in book stores everywhere".

        RENEWAL.  From Mitch Mills comes the happy news that he has remarried.  His first wife, Betty, died from Parkinson's disease in 2002.  Three years later, Mitch married Sabyna Sterrett whose previous husband also had been a victim of Parkinson's.  The couple live in the retirement community of Greenspring in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Springfield, Virginia.

                                                                                                Dan Duffield
 
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Class Notes for March 21 , 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        CLASS HONORS.  The Alumni Council advised that '52 has won the 1898 Trophy and the 1928 Trophy for class gatherings during the year ending June 2006.  The 1898 award goes to the class with the highest percentage of members attending any gathering other than Reunions.  The 1928 prize is for the largest number attending a class gathering outside Princeton.  We had 80 classmates (13.75 percent of the class) at Mini XXI in San Francisco.  The Class now has won these two awards twice in the 2002-2007 quinquennium; the other occasion, Mini XVIII in Washington, B.C. in May, 2003.

        CLOSE CALL.  Two classmates started out from Princeton to attend Dick Pivirotto's funeral but never completed the journey.  Thereby hangs a tale.  Barbara and Bruce Coe and Bill Murdoch were on the upper reaches of the Jersey Turnpike en route to the funeral.  Bruce was at the wheel, Barbara beside him, and Bill in the back seat.  Without warning, a large passenger van passed them on the right and then swerved in front of them.  The impact was severe enough to activate all the airbags and later cause the car to be declared a total loss.  Nonetheless, injuries to the occupants were minor cuts and scrapes.  Bill attributed their good fortune to two factors: Bruce's quick reaction to steer the car away from the van, avoiding what would have been a head-on collision; and the tank-like sturdiness of Volvo sedans.  The car was a mess, but the occupants walked away.

        WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.  Space limitations precluded earlier acknowlegement of Joe Bolster's assistance in covering Dick Pivirotto's funeral.  Joe filed a detailed report on which 90 percent of the account in Class Notes (March 7) was based.  Our thanks, as always

                                                                                                Dan Duffield
 
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Class Notes for March 7 , 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

       GOING OUT A WINNER.  The class learned from John Emery that Dick Pivirotto died January 8, 2007 in Greenwich, Connecticut.  On Friday, January 12, a reception followed by a funeral eucharist was held at Christ Church in Greenwich.  More than 700 mourners filled the church.  The Princeton delegation was headed by senior administration officials and former trustees.  Classmates on hand included Roger Berlind, Joe Bolster, Brantz Bryan, Joe Handelman, Chuch Hemminger, Bruce Johnson, Dick Kazmaier, Tom Knight, Hoby Kreitler, Don Malehorn, John McGillicuddy, Roger McLean, John McShane, Hal Saunders, Jay Sherrerd, and George Stevens.

        The two-hour service featured the 23rd Psalm, the singing of Amazing Grace, and a reflection about Dick's life eloquently delivered by his son, Rick '77.  As the service went on and for the next two days, a University flag flew at half-mast over the tower of East Pyne Hall, a customary tribute to distinguished members of the University community.  At the request of Dick and his family, the Class of 1952 headed the list of honorary pallbearers, a salute to all of us from a staunch member of the class.

        Dick's strong attachment to his classmates was never expressed with more feeling than in a note last fall.  Aware that he was seriously ill, he wrote: "The battle is far from over, but knowing that an army of '52 has joined the fight, I feel emboldened and strengthened.  Thank you, one and all."

        REQUIESCANT.  Hale Bradt reported that Bob Chalmers died December 24, 2006 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  From Phil May we learned that Gil Stockton died December 28, 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida.

                                                                                                Dan Duffield 
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Class Notes for February 14, 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        AT HIGHER ALTITUDES.  Last June, Roger Berlind picked up his fourteenth Tony award.  Three months later, he sent a note with his Class dues payment saying - I'm not making this up - "I wish I had some news. I keep doing the same thing, putting on plays and musicals."  Turns out his current endeavor is a "backstage murder mystery musical comedy" which Roger assures us is "very funny".  Despite his surpassing self-effacement, Roger may well be called on stage next June to pick up another Tony.

        Now a mediator, Charlie Renfrew has been engaged by the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia to help iron out an old water rights dispute.  As complex as such issues can be, this one becomes even trickier when one contemplates the names of the subject watercourses.  Try saying Appalachicola, Chattahoochie, and Tallapoosa ten times as fast as you can.  Even so, Charlie is pleased by the good will among the parties and the progress made thus far.

        FAREWELL TO AN OLD FRIEND.  Elliot Forbes, long-time conductor of the Harvard Glee Club, directed our Freshman Glee Club and, in our senior year, the University Glee Club before moving on to Harvard.  Classmates from the Glee Club had stayed in touch ever since, most recently a few years ago when Stokes Carrigan visited him in Cambridge.  A note from Al West advised that Elliot Forbes died last winter.  Al attended a packed memorial service on February 25, 2006 celebrating Elliot's "talent, kindness, and enthusiasm for music and people".

        REQUIESCANT.  From Lucius Wilmerding, the Class learned that Preben Scheutz of Fredensborg, Denmark died on November 18, 2006.  Lefty Thomas called to report that Buzz Berckmans died November 25, 2006 in Coconut Grove, Florida.

                                                                                                Dan Duffield 
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Class Notes for January 24, 2007
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        WELL DONE.  Our classmates' recent accomplishments prove once again that '52 is making its mark.  Cliff Barr still plays squash at the national championship level in his age group, winning it all in 2005 and reaching the finals this year.  John Birkelund joined the board of directors of the world-renowned Frick Collection.  Our honorary classmate, Mary Murdoch, received the Alumnae Board Award from her alma mater, Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  Robert ter Horst, a modern languages scholar, has taught at five universities, most recently the University of Rochester.  He writes that he delivered the 2006 Fordham Lecture on Cervantes, enlightening his audience on "Cervantes' secular scripture".  Fred Mann reports that he was elected to the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame.  Our Valedictorian, Bob Hellwarth, is reputed to have received only first group marks ("ones") during our undergraduate years, decades before grade inflation.  For the past 25 years he has been Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at U.S.C.  Now comes word from Roy Lawrence

        WANDERLUST.  Classmate tourists were on the road or the high seas, often with the same destinations.  The spectacular scenery of the Dalmatian coast drew Miriam and Bill Carson who joined a Princeton group viewing the historic coastline from a sailing ship.  Bill said the star of the show was our honorary classmate, Caryl Emerson, who gave lectures on the history of the area.  Bob Stott traveled to Dalmatia as well when he wasn't "dodging hurricanes" in his Florida home.  And Chappie Wagner, despite undergoing pulmonary rehab, and taking oxygen 24 hours a day, also toured the Mediterranean.  His tour group calls itself the "sea puffers".  Chappie says it's the "trips that keep us going and 'above ground'".

        America's largest state, Alaska, drew a crowd.  Jay Sherrerd took his whole family - eleven in all, covering three generations, ages eight to 76 - on an Alumni College cruise to Alaska's awesome southern coast.  En route to and from, Jay took time to visit Kitty and Eric Merrifield and Barbara and Jim Crutcher in Seattle.  Sandy Zabriskie served as travel guide for a trip to central Alaska.  His group included Ray Baldwin, Dave Kass and their wives.  When not visiting Alaska, Ray made a 400-mile bike tour of Montana and Alberta. Relieved that he finished the journey without a fall, he was inspired by the sight of "purple mountain majesties". For his part, Sandy left Alaska behind to take his family - all 23 of them - on an ecology cruise along the Costa Rican coast.

        Farther afield, the indefatigable Ed Tiryakian stopped off in Seoul, Korea en route to Beijing.  Korea today is a far cry from the war-torn country many of us saw over 50 years ago.  Ed says the country today is "dynamic", "urban", and "industrialized" with Asia's largest international airport and, soon to be completed, the world's tallest office building at 120 storeys.  Farthermost from home, in the world's most relaxed and scenic environment, was Matt Werth who took an 80th birthday cruise to Polynesia. From his description of the luxuries of the cruise ship and the beauty of the islands, it is a wonder that Matt was persuaded to leave paradise.

        REQUIESCAT.  From a Princeton friend, the Class learned that Kim Sparks died October 30, 2006 in Cornwall, Vermont.
that Bob has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Elected at the same time was some fellow from Arkansas named Clinton, William J. Bob clearly is in the big leagues.

                                                                                                Dan Duffield 
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Class Notes for December 13, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        CULTURE SHOCK.  Among the highlights of the San Francisco mini-reunion was Saturday lunch at the Yank Sing restaurant.  Here in Phil May's photograph [in the print edition], we see Bob Jiranek trying to make chopsticks behave as an amused Nancy Jiranek looks on.

        PATERNAL PRIDE.  Two classmates are justifiably proud of their sons.  After three years as Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Jim Eakin's son, Douglas, took the Paul Volcker Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations and also serves as Director of its Center for Geoeconomic Studies.  Former Marine lieutenant and Korean vet, Larry Anderson, has two sons in the Army. Ned, a major and chaplain, is scheduled to return to Afghanistan for his second tour there.  Toby, a captain, is finishing a second tour in Iraq.

        "GAUCHOS" RIDE.  Since the untimely death of Art Collins, our Class cavalry troop now consists of Chips Chester and Bob Jiranek.  Their most recent destination, the Uruguay pampas.  First, while Chips lounged around Montevideo, Bob wallowed in rain and mud trying to catch the elusive Dorado trout. In three drenched days he managed to land one large fish. Then the two journeyed to the Uruguayan version of the open range where they rode over two hundred miles in six days from three different estancias (ranches).

        REQUIESCANT.  The family reported that Ray Lanflisi of San Diego, California died September 12, 2006.  Bill Ragland of Dallas Texas died September 19, 2006.  From John Emery we learned that Harry Barbee died October 12, 2006 in Red Bank, New Jersey.

                                                                                                 Dan Duffield 
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Class Notes for November 22, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        REFLECTIONS.  We get occasional messages from classmates reporting smooth sailing and enjoying the voyage.  Gil Bogley this year celebrates "75 years of a good life, 50 years of a happy marriage, the blessings of good health, and seven perfect grandchildren".  Al Gilgen still lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa five years after retiring from the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa.  His evocative message to the Class: "Life proceeds apace! Light meals, household chores, feed the birds, flush out the bird bath, trim the bushes, mow the lawn, put up a bat house (sic), work on book manuscript (his seventh), sit in doctors' offices, watch CNBC and C-Span, visit my son's antique store, play Scrabble with wife, Carol, get up twice in the night, and turn 75".  A post script mentioned attending an occasional concert.  No question.  Al has a surefire formula for graceful aging.

        STILL ACTIVE.  Put Brodsky retired from his medical practice and moved into a condo in Rumson, New Jersey.  He was persuaded to become president of the condo association, a position he calls "a new life experience".  Arnold Barnes, fully retired from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom Air Force Base, is now a member of the Weston (Massachusetts) Council on Aging.  Bruce Berckmans received "a new and interesting security and investigative services assignment" on his 75th birthday.  George Lambrakis is still in charge of the International Relations and Diplomacy Program in the London branch of Schiller International University.  Finally, Wim van Eekelen chairs the European movement in the Netherlands.  Both he and Bruce promise to be at our 55th.

        REQUIESCAT.  The Class has learned that Gren Garside died September 22, 2006 in Norfolk, Connecticut.

                                                                                                 Dan Duffield 
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Class Notes for November 8, 2006

        A NEW MARK FOR ’52. April 8, 2006 — a good day for Princeton, the track and field program, and the class — saw the formal unveiling of the Class of 1952 scoreboard for indoor track and field in Jadwin Gym.  As large as the floor space of a medium-sized living room, the board electronically projects event results and team scores so that they are visible across the gym’s main floor.  On hand for the dedication were Director of Athletics Gary Walters ’57, men’s and women’s track coaches Fred Samara and Peter Farrell, class president Hal Saunders, and the three donors, Joe Bolster, Joe Handelman, and Jay Sherrerd.
            Our four classmates posed after the ceremony with the new scoreboard visible in the background. Pictured (l-r) are: Sherrerd, Bolster, Handelman, and Saunders.

            NOT ON THE SHELF.  Three classmates formally retired but are still active.  Jim Armstrong turned over his practice in Kalispell, Mont., to son Jamie ’86, but continues part-time work in a local Planned Parenthood clinic.  Banks Armstrong kept his office at the Duke U. hospital, but, as of this summer, does not see patients. His new “non-schedule” leaves time for travel.  Also at Duke, Ed Tiryakian became professor of sociology emeritus a year ago.  He still teaches a course each semester, keeps up his research, and travels enough to pile up plenty of frequent flier miles.

                                                                                                 Dan Duffield 
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Class Notes for October 25, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        WOMEN OF '52.  Some achievements of our better halves.  Ruth Kahn wrote an eloquent note thanking the Class for its gift of books to the Firestone Library in memory of Don.  A similar gift honors every deceased classmate, but Ruth's letter made this one special.  Jane Dean, following George's example, ran the 50th reunion of the Wellesley College class of 1956.  In recognition of her success, the class elected Jane president. John Schmidt's wife, Sue, took to the outdoors in her early forties.  Since then, she has: climbed Mt. Everest, bicycled across China, hiked over the Sahara, and skied to the North Pole.  Closer to home in York, Pennsylvania, she is a triathlete, winning in her age group despite dealing with lymphoma, now in remission, and arthritis.  Finally, right here in Princeton, Tink Bolster also took to the outdoors after raising 14 children.  A dedicated triathlete, she has placed high in her age group.  She swims laps before dawn at the DeNunzio Pool, so early that the University gave her a key to the pool.

        MAKING AN EXCEPTION.  Carole and Dave Kass met over a half-century ago at Prospect Club.  Later, the club was demolished and replaced by the building housing the Center for Jewish Life.  Dave and Carole wanted to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary at the place where they met, albeit in a different building, but the University prohibits private parties in campus facilities.  It took some doing, but Dave and Carole got a special dispensation and on June 17, 2006 greeted relatives and friends for their anniversary gathering on the spot where they met.  Former roommate Don Oberdorfer was on hand and sent in this account.

                                                                                                 Dan Duffield 

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Class Notes for October 11, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)
        HONORS.  In recognition of their singular accomplishments, five classmates were in the spotlight at different times earlier this year.  In June, Roger Berlind picked up another Tony award, his fourteenth, for the American production of the British play History Boys.  No other Broadway producer in the past half-century can match Roger's array of Tonys.  In May, George Garrett received the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, an award that recognizes George's talent and also puts $10,000 in his bank account.  At the same time, George's most recent book, Empty Bed Blues, hit the street.  The reviewer for the Los Angeles Times cited George's adherence "to the old Southern front-porch storytelling tradition that nourished William Faulkner".  In April, George Gowen, who served nearly four decades as General Counsel of the U.S. Tennis Association, was inducted into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame.  Among his predecessors accorded this honor were tennis greats Don Budge, Arthur Ashe, and John McEnroe, as well as Princeton's Herb FitzGibbon '64 and Marjory Gengler Smith '73.  In May, the Katzen Arts Center of the American University Museum in Washington, D.C. opened an exhibit of ceramic wall panels crafted by Jim Melchert.  Exhibition notes described Jim as "a central figure in the San Francisco ... ceramic arts movement" presenting "a rare solo showing on the East Coast".  Finally, at a dinner in May, The American Committee on Foreign Relations presented their Distinguished Service Award to Bob Oakley in recognition of his efforts to advance "American public discourse of foreign policy".

        REQUIESCANTTom Dosdall reported the death of Frank Andrews on August 8, 2006 in Aliso Viejo, California.  George Newlin advised that Jim Beck died in Princeton on August 13, 2006.
                                                                                                  Dan Duffield 

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Class Notes for September 27, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        ANNUAL GIVING '06.  Annual Giving capoDon Malehorn gave a justifiably upbeat summary of the Class achievement in the campaign just ended. A record 80.7 percent of the Class donated a total of $450,504.  Not only was the participation percentage a first for '52, it tied for second place among all classes after 1936.  The leading class, '56, led us by less than a percentage point, while we tied our old rivals in '51.  The dollar amount was the third highest off-year total in our history, exceeded only in 2001 and 2005.  The total was also third among all off-year classes.  As he always does, Don insisted that his team get the credit they so richly deserve.John Emery, backed by some 50 telephone solicitors, managed the participation effort. Jay Sherrerd and Joe Bolster, with a major assist, despite ongoing health problems, from Dick Pivirotto, concentrated on larger gifts.

        FAREWELL.  Russ McNeil of Audubon, Pennsylvania died on June 6, 2006, the same day his granddaughter, Amy Bregar '06, received her bachelor's degree from Princeton.  At a memorial observance on June 10 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, family and friends reminisced about Russ.  Among those who contributed to the picture of a much-loved family man and respected citizen was Howie Wentz.  Also on hand from the Class were George Aman, John Clutz, Tom Daubert, Jack Joyce, and Jay Sherrerd.
        
        REQUIESCANT
.  The Class has learned that: David Giles of Eureka Springs, Arkansas died on April 16. 2006; Joe Wilson died on April 25, 2006 in El Dorado, Arkansas; Alan Allen of Salem, South Carolina died on May 19, 2006; Barry Cruikshank died on June 24, 2006 in Keansburg, New Jersey.

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Class Notes for July 12, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        FIFTY-FOURTH REUNION. Our off-year gathering began Friday evening, June 2, with the traditional dinner at Mary and Bill Murdoch's.  A group of three dozen or so enjoyed a sumptuous buffet and Nassoons concert beforehand.  Hal Saunders, in his toast to Mary and Bill, noted that this dinner was the last they would host for the Class in their home on Orchard Circle.  They will have moved to a retirement community outside Princeton but will continue to entertain classmates at dinner three times a year.  Another feature of the occasion was the presence of four class associates, widows of classmates. They were: Grace Brush, Ruth Kahn, Annette Merle-Smith, and Sandy Tatnall.  On Saturday, about fifteen hardy souls made up the '52 contingent as the incomparable P-rade got underway on wet grounds but with no rain.  Our 50th Reunion gonfalon banners were carried with pride by Joe Bolster, Jim Davis, and  Hoby Kreitler.  Dampness did not diminish cheers from younger classes, the graduating seniors of '06 in particular, at the sight of our striped blazers and classic banners.

        MINI BY THE BAY.  Planned and managed by John Lowry, Bruce Atwater, and Bill Seavey, the San Francisco Mini XXI delighted 79 classmates and about the same number of wives and other guests on May 4-6, 2006.  Headquarters for the Mini was the Hotel Vitale, described as a small, boutique hotel.  On opening day, Bruce Atwater took a group to the Gap Corporate Art Collection.  That evening, everyone gathered at the One Market restaurant for dinner, after which half the group attended a hilarious, topical revue at a downtown theater.  Friday, May 5, was spent across the Bay with a small, active group at the Atwater home for hiking, tennis, and swimming, and a larger group visiting the Seavey Vineyard in the Napa Valley.  Both groups reassembled for dinner at a venue described as "a center for wine, food, and the arts".  All three were top quality.  On Saturday, the last full day, the group split between two world-famous San Francisco institutions: the DeYoung Museum and the former Federal prison at Alcatraz.  Lunch was at a Chinese restaurant followed by a free afternoon and final dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club.  (Many thanks to Mini participants Joe Bolster, Jerry Canter, Walt Culin, Jim Davis, John Lowry, and Steve Rogers for their reports on various phases of this extraordinary occasion.)

        FAREWELL.  John Clutz and Joe Bolster reported the death of Doc Buyers on May 20, 2006 in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.  Doc's funeral was on May 31 at the Pequea Presbyterian Church near Gap, Pennsylvania.  Two daughters and a son-in-law were readers, while his nephew, Bob, gave the eulogy.  Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers, and a choir of Doc's children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews sang America the Beautiful.  The casket was draped with an American flag in recognition of Doc's Marine Corps service before entering Princeton.  Before the casket was lowered, two Marine Corps noncommissioned officers carefully removed and folded the flag and then presented it to Elsie Buyers.  A classmate present wrote: "From start to finish,it was an impressive service."  Among those attending were classmates Joe Bolster, Fred Jones, Dick Kazmaier, Hoby Kreitler, Tom Mangan, John McGillicuddy, Paul Moeller, and Jay Sherrerd.

        REQUIESCANT.  The University reported that Bob Van Dyke died on April 17, 2006.  At the time of his death, he was a resident of Kobe Sound, Florida.  Also reported was the death of Carl Colyer on April 29, 2006 in Rutland, Vermont.
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Class Notes for June 7, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)


        AUTHORS.  Advancing years may have slowed but certainly not stopped the varied output of class authors.  Al Gilgen's seventh psychology text is in progress.  Dick Billings provides no information about his new book, Battleground Atlantic, except the title.  John Geyman tackles current health care issues in two new books.  Jim Armstrong discussed abortion in the Journal of Scientific Exploration as the sole provider of the procedure in northwestern Montana.  Hal Saunders' book Politics Is About Relationship "focuses on ... citizens in and out of government and the relationships they form to solve public problems".  Finally, George Newlin's detailed investigations of Victorian novelists have already produced anthologies of Dickens and Trollope (four volumes each) followed recently by a mere two volumes on George Eliot with Thomas Hardy next.  In his words, a "media frenzy" has produced excellent articles about George in The TimesTown Topics

        FAREWELL I.  A memorial service for Elizabeth Duffield took place April 20 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke, Virginia.  Among the Tiger contingent were, from '52: Annie and Ted Beck, Jerry Canter, Elinor and Harry Emlet, Lily and Phil Hill, Jean and Barry Loper, Jack McCune, Suie and John McShane, Mary and Bill Murdoch, Kent and Steve Rogers, Jay Sherrerd, and Chappie Wagner; and from '53: John Beck (Ted's brother).

        FAREWELL II.  Don Malehorn and George Newlin reported that Don Kahn died April 27 in Edison, New Jersey.  At a service for Don on April 30 at Temple Neve Shalom in Metuchen, New Jersey, speakers, none more eloquent than his elder son, Jonathan '84, emphasized Don's years of_voluntary service to Metuchen, his home for most of his life.  Present from '52: John Emery, John Helm, Don Malehorn, Mary and Bill Murdoch, George Newlin, and Carol and Hal Saunders.

        REQUIESCAT.  Jim Rockwell advised that Ed Caddy died April 17 in Bolingbrook, Illinois.
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Class Notes for May 10, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        RECOGNITION.  A half dozen classmates can claim noteworthy achievements.  Pete Mueller was co-author of an article in a professional journal asserting that he and his colleague had identified a pharmacological treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder.  Bob Jiranek drew on his lifelong love of horses to found Equs, Incorporated in Danville, Virginia.  Bob says Equs will "provide equestrian instructors for local students and teenagers" with the objective of using "the horse to teach character".  Bob Doherty advises that Sam Hartwell's "Project Strive", which helps ghetto kids to their feet with education, job training and placement, "is just a phenomenal success", featured on 60 Minutes and established in 14 major cities.  Coke Florance reports that the Normandy Visitors Center, which he designed, is under construction and "on budget - so far".  After Harvard Law and private practice in Portland, Oregon, Jack Collins joined the U.S. Attorney's office there.  Along with landmark environmental and white-collar crime cases, Jack is distinguished for indicting in absentia the notorious sky-jacker D. B. Cooper who in 1971 parachuted with $200,000 cash from a passenger jet over Washington state, never to be seen again.  Finally, Steve Rogers was present when Frank Carlucci received The International Business Leadership Award from The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training at their dinner in Washington, D.C. on February 23, 2006.  Steve wrote that Frank accepted the award with "brief, entertaining, and modest remarks".  Also on hand were Bob and Phyllis Oakley.

        SETTLERS.  Mac Powell reports enjoying his sixth spring in California's Napa Valley.  Another Golden State resident, Fred Mann, plans to build a vacation home in New Zealand to enjoy their summers during our winters.

        REQUIESCANT.  The Alumni Records Office reports that John Stadter died December 7, 2003.  At the time of his death, John was a resident of Naples, Florida.  The Class also learned that Ed Mortimer died on November 22, 2005 in Atlanta.
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Class Notes for April 19, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        SAD NEWS.  Mike Ely called to report that his son, Douglas '79, died March 2 in Bethesda, Maryland in a bizarre traffic accident. The younger Ely drove under an overpass just as a truckload of lumber overturned on the roadway above. The lumber dropped over the side of the overpass directly onto Douglas' car and crushed it. Douglas was an academic star, summa cum laude at Princeton and a law review editor at Columbia Law School. A vice president and assistant general counsel for Marriott International, Inc., he left a wife and two children. Mike gave a brief, eloquent eulogy to the 600 or more who attended Douglas1 funeral.
        
        THIRD GENERATIONS
. In the course of a year, information flows in about grandchildren.  From Houston, Dave Smith reports the baptism of his fourth granddaughter, and now counts six grandchildren. From the same Texas metropolis, Bob Johnston advises that all is well in his family that has added two more-grandchildren.  Banks AndersonBob Doherty finds it "very sobering" that some of his grandchildren are about to enter college. Part of "sobering" is the cost per grandchild per year.  Farther north, Fred Kaufman writes that his family, including seven grandchildren, has acclimated to the New Hampshire lakes region.  Ben Moore claims 18 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, perhaps the current Class record.  But Tink and Joe Bolster have so many children, spouses, significant others, and grandchildren that their family Christmas card is a six-page brochure.  This is an invaluable aid in keeping track of their clan and shows that the grandchild count last Christmas was 13, a number that is sure to grow.

        AND A FOURTH.  Mal Cleland finds it "hard to imagine" that he has four great-grandchildren, another potential current Class record.
now has 11 grandchildren spread in ages between the youngest recently baptized and the eldest a freshman at Duke. 
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Class Notes for April 5, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        ALUMNI DAY, 2006.  Alumni Day on February 24 was a time to see classmates and applaud the University's top performers.  We began Friday with an Executive Committee meeting followed by a delicious buffet at Mary and Bill Murdoch's.  At Saturday's Alumni Day luncheon in Jadwin Gym, alumni accomplishments in student recruiting and Annual Giving were recognized as were the top six graduate and undergraduate students, winners of the Jacobus and Pyne awards respectively.  Last on the program were introductions of the distinguished recipients of the Madison Medal and Wilson Award.  Later, at the Service of Remembrance, we honored, among others, the 17 members of the Class who died in 2005.  Treasurer John Clutz was our representative in the procession of classes.  Saturday evening, we had our Class dinner at the Friend Center.  Our speaker was David Dobkin, Dean of the Faculty.  He spoke wittily about the hazards of recruiting and managing talented faculty but emphasized Princeton's unusual sense of community, crediting the alumni body for its contribution.  Thereupon, President Hal Saunders sent us on our way.

        VIGNETTES.  Seen and heard during Alumni Day events.  Bruce Coe's wife, Barbara, described how the rampaging Delaware River had three times forced them out of their waterfront home.  The Coes are now eyeing a house on higher ground.  Roger McLean handed out copies of a piece from a Boston paper describing the unlikely but lifelong friendship between Sam Gwynne and old time Red Sox star, Dave "Boo" Ferriss.  Author of the piece was Sam's son.   Class President Hal Saunders and his wife, Carol, arrived a moment late for the Alumni Day luncheon to find our three tables full and had to sit with '53.  Mary Murdoch told us that she and Bill were moving to a retirement community in Princeton but hastened to assure us that their traditional dinners for the Class would continue without interruption.

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Class Notes for March 22, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        VOYAGERS.  Several classmates report visits to nearer and farther corners of the world. Ed Tiyakian checked out the island of Madagascar.  He found lemurs and crocodiles but no tigers. Bob Stott, Pete Mathews, and Dunc StephensParker Monroes celebrated their fiftieth anniversary by taking eleven family members for a week cruising the Caribbean.  Lucy and Bill MacIlvaine found that three weeks in China were "a great education".

        TOUR GUIDES.  Some classmates accompany travelers to make their journeys more informative.  Patty and Bud Foulke have been doing this for years and have become co-presidents of the Travel Journalists Guild.  Mike Ely ventured into the field as a lecturer on an Elderhostel cruise to Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam.

        IF ONLY...  Fred Schumacher tells how he almost became a tropical magnate, then was lucky to escape with his skin intact.  The year was 1985; the locale Tanzania.  Three years previously, Fred had started a safari operation there which was flourishing with two years of advance bookings.  He was weighing an offer to buy a large coffee plantation.  Owning both businesses would have made Fred the "Big Daddy" of that part of Africa.  That Fred is not now ruling a tropical paradise is the result of a Tanzanian army mutiny which threatened all foreigners with gross bodily harm.  Fred and Birte flew out from the local airport with only the clothes on their backs.  As Fred writes, "It all ended in one bad day. So much for adventure."

all took their spouses at various times to Alaska.  For Pete and Lee, it was a fiftieth anniversary gift to themselves after taking their family to Russia. Dunc and Eileen could claim they had been to all 50 states.  Bob and Heidi came home:, repacked and were off to one of their "favorite places in the world", Bellagio on Italy's Lake Como.  Elsewhere, the
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Class Notes for March 8, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        FAREWELL.  Jay Sherrerd advised that five classmates attended John Laupheimer's funeral on January 4, 2006 at St. Rose Church in Short Hills, New Jersey.  Dick Kazmaier and John McGillicuddy each delivered a eulogy. Also present were Chuck DeVoe, George Stevens and Jay.  All but Jay were John's roommates junior and senior years.

        SAD NEWS.  Bill McGarry, our senior member (our commencement came about a week after his thirtieth birthday), reported that his wife, Martha, died in February 2005.  The McGarrys were married before Bill matriculated at Princeton after serving as a fighter pilot in WW II.  Both of their children were born during Bill's undergraduate years.  Mal Powell

        VIGOROUS LIVES.  Three classmates stay active on the golf course or in the air, while a fourth has been grounded for medical reasons.  Warren Bruce, a lifelong aviator, was overjoyed to pass his flight physical at age 75.  His first move after getting cleared was to buy his "last" airplane, a "sweet little Cessna 150".  The golfers, Bill Ragland and Dunc Stephens, were pleased with their accomplishments in 2005, albeit at different levels of the game.  Bill wrote that of 19 rounds he played in August last year, he shot his age (75) or better 10 times.  Dunc was pleased to report that he finally broke 90 and hopes to improve on that score in the future.  Jet Rutter, a water sports enthusiast, told us that last year his aches and pains from several recent operations had caused him to give up surfing and reluctantly retire to the beach.
reported that his oldest daughter, Alison, and her husband, Jim Sapikowski, died in 2005 but gave no further details.

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Class Notes for February 15, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

        COUNSELORS PAST AND PRESENT.  On January 8, President Bush gathered 13 former Secretaries of State and Defense to meet with him, the Vice President (himself a former defense secretary) and the present incumbents at State and Defense. Of the 16 current and former senior national security officials present, four were Princetonians: George Shultz '42, Donald Rumsfeld '54, and our own Jim Baker and Frank Carlucci. Woodrow Wilson would have been proud of the Tiger delegation.

         "MICRO-REUNIONS".  We have reports of three less glamorous but more relaxed gatherings of classmates. Burt Weiss writes that he and Al Sloan with their wives spent a "great weekend" last August with Joyce and Ben Saler at the Salers' summer place in Spruce Head, Maine. Also in August, Elizabeth and Hobey Henderson marked their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner in the Philadelphia suburbs. On hand were classmates George Aman, Stokes Carrigan, John Clutz, and George McNelis and their wives. Happy memories of the occasion were muted by news of the death of George McNelis only four days later. Finally, in the unlikely venue of an October regional conference of the Colonial Dames in Seattle, Bill MacIlvaine, Larry McNichols, and Eric Merrifield sat on the sidelines while Lucy Macllvaine, Lannie McNichols, and Kitty Merrifield, Colonial Dames all, conferred.

        MINI BY THE BAY. Mini XXI, scheduled for May 4-7 in San Francisco and the Napa Valley, is shaping up to be a resounding success. As of early November, the organizers had firm commitments to attend from 151 people, including 80 classmates. That would make Mini XXI the largest since Mini XVIII three years ago in Washington, D.C. and one of the largest in Class history.

        REQUIESCANT. The Class has learned that Bill Gregory died December 10, 2005 in Denver, and John Laupheimer died in London on December 19, 2005.

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Class Notes for January 25, 2006
(as submitted to the
Princeton Alumni Weekly)

       EYE OF THE STORM.  Herb Kaufman is the only classmate whose permanent home is in the impact area of Hurricane Katrina, in his case, downtown New Orleans. Wondering what might have happened to Herb, Don Kahn worked the phones a few days after the storm and learned that Herb rode out the worst of it in his ninth-floor condo. However, soon after the storm passed, Herb mustered his family and headed for Texas. A follow-up call revealed that Herb and family returned home in mid-October. Since then, Herb has shifted his medical practice to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about an hour north of New Orleans.

        AN ADDENDUM.  A recent item in these Notes mentioned two classmates celebrating the second anniversaries of their heart transplants.  Left open was the possibility that there were transplantees of whom we kneweth not. Sure enough, we learned from Hank Sherk, a distinguished Philadelphia orthopedic surgeon, that our classmate Walt Weidler had a heart transplant about eight years ago and is still going strong.  Yet later, we learned from Fred Jones, Hank's Princeton roommate, that the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons chose Hank to write the new history of the academy.

        "MICRO"-REUNIONS I.
  Lefty Thomas reported that a notable sports weekend for Princeton teams, October 22-24 in Boston, was made more rewarding by the presence of old friends, Lefty (center) was joined by John WintonBuzz Berckmans (right) from Miami.  [Watch for the photo in the print edition of the Class Notes.]  With a larger group of classmates, the three spent Saturday afternoon watching the Tiger football team beat Harvard for the first time in a decade.  The rest of the weekend they were on hand for the Head of the Charles, America's largest rowing race, in which hundreds of crews of all ages and experience levels and both genders row a three-mile course against time on the Charles River.  Buzz is a "Head" veteran, having competed successfully in his age group for single sculls. Later, he served on the committee that supervises the competition.  Our three amigos and all the Princetonians who watched were immensely excited by the achievements of the Tiger's men's and women's varsity eights.  Rowing in the elite divisions, the women placed second to the U.S. national eight while the men came in first against elite international and American crews.

        "MICRO"-REUNIONS II.  Other classmate gatherings included this meeting at the Union Club in San Jose, Costa Rica.  At left and right are Steve Rogers and Walt Culin.  In the center is their host, our classmate in Costa Rica, Alberto Gonzalez [Photo in the print PAW.]  From the West Coast, Jay Master reports that he catches up "from time to time" with Jack Dodds and Tom Dosdall on various Southern California golf courses.  Bob Doherty reported that, with Jack Ball and Sam Hartwell, he attended the funeral of a long-time friend in Kennebunkport, Maine.  The deceased was an Eli as was "a platoon of other Yale folks" among the mourners, most notably former President George H.W. Bush.

        REQUIESCAT.  The Class has learned that Tom Worthington died October 22, 2005 in Zurich, Switzerland.
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