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Ken Perry

8 Nov 2017

Both Jim Wallace, our class treasurer, and your scribe are always gratified to receive notes from our loyal class associates. They come from all over the country with California nosing out New York in the latest receipts.

From New York, Anne RUPPEL (PHIL'S widow) wrote that Phil's great-grandson, Louie Lawrence Brandt, arrived last December. He is the grandson of Laurence Levine '63. Lest we forget, Phil served as a Marine lieutenant in Korea, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

From South Carolina, ANNE BUXTON (JULIAN'S widow) reported that she again hosted the Princeton Club of Charleston annual "Welcome to Princeton BBQ," which brought the members of the Class of 2021 together with present students and alumni. Recalling our 2001 mini reunion in Charleston, hosted by Anne and Julian, the BBQ and
trimmings at Anne's home on the creek surely provided Southern hospitality at its best.

From California, Allison WILSON (DAVE'S widow) wrote, "Sorry, no news in my case is good news." Not to be sorry, Allison; that's the best kind of news for us.

A letter from Alexandra CHON (DON'S daughter) described a successful year for the Donald J. Cohn Scholarship Fund at the Riverdale (Bronx, NYC) Neighborhood House. She and Eva (Don's widow) attended the 2017 graduation ceremony, where stipends were given to seven graduates. She wrote, "Don would have been so proud of these young men and women."

 

25 Oct 2017

It seems that much of the "news" your scribe receives these days is about the past.

TOM FISHER'S widow, Evelyn, wrote that Tom, who played varsity soccer, enjoyed recounting a game against Navy in Annapolis. He recalled kicking the ball into the Severn River, thus delaying the game until the ball was retrieved. Watching college soccer today, your scribe wonders whether the kids who now carry spare balls up and down the sidelines wear swim suits at Annapolis? But 70 years later, the soccer field has surely been relocated, at taxpayer expense.

Did you know that you might have sat on the creation of a classmate? Never fear, you did no damage. ROBIN LITTLE designed the seat
for the Boeing 737, whose maiden flight was in 1967. He reports that the design is still in place after almost 10,000 planes have been built.

The Aug. 21 solar eclipse brought to mind our classmate BILL WELBON,, who died in 2008. Bill's passion was observing solar eclipses. Over a period of 58 years he observed 22 total solar eclipses around the world. His observations qualified him for the achievement, much sought by eclipse watchers, of observing at least one hour of total darkness.

Besides writing this column and memorials (too many, unfortunately), your scribe keeps busy at his summer home in Rockport, Mass., making
birdhouses from driftwood that he finds along the shore. He has just completed his 370th. Each one is different. Proceeds from sales go to his Rockport church. His first sale in 1998 was to Eva Cohn.

 

4 Oct 2017

As your scribe awaits news from the class-dues solicitation, he has gleaned some bits from recent correspondence.

BILL WALLACE is still living in St. Petersburg with wife Sally. His clan numbers three children and six grandchildren.

KEN UNDERWOOD reports that he and wife Barbara are as "together as we can be after 57-plus years of marriage," despite Barbara's confinement to a nursing facility due to major mobility issues.

LANSE HOSKINS has become a member of the No-News-Is-Good-News Club upon reporting that he and wife Patience are well in Ohio, as has
BILL KRAMER from the nation's capital..,. And "ole' man river" DAVID MILLER "keeps rollin' along." His syndicated weekly NPR radio show, Swingin'Down the Lane with David Miller, which features the Big Bands, has now aired for 34 years and recently reached 1,830 episodes. In his Little Rock, Ark., studio, David draws from his personal collection of songs for the hourly program, a collection that now numbers 142,478.

When sending JOE GREEN'S obituary from Cincinnati, DAVE CRAFTS wrote that their monthly luncheon group offive is now down to three. Their first member, VADEN FITTTON, died two years ago. JIM GARVEY, BEN LAWRENCEand Dave plan to continue the luncheon tradition and will attend Joe's memorial service on Oct. 2l.

We are always glad to hear from associates: Joan ROBERTS (HOWARD''s widow), Ter Norton (TOM PAINE's widow), Evelyn FISHER (TOM's widow), and Karla COSTEN (BILL's widow), who has relocated from St. Louis to Cincinnati.

 

13 Sep 2017

In response to recent notes about class authors, "FAX" CONQUEST, aka "Doc C," wrote from Virginia that he became a professional writer in 1970 when he had a poem published in the Wall Street Journal and received a check for it from Dow Jones. In 1994, he published a book of poems, Where The Wind Takes Me. In recent years he has been writing song lyrics
and has released "Songs That Soar," an album of 12 songs.

Hey, you '50 writers, send me more about your authorships.

A call from JEREMY MAIN in Connecticut revealed that he is still playing tennis, but as many of us have already learned, the game is slowly getting ahead of him. He retired in 1991 after spending his career with Time/ Life, writing for Fortune and Money. He now edits a periodic newsletter for Time alums, which number about 1,800. Like many of us, he is trying to keep-abreast of evolving communication technology, and has the added
advantage of "technical support" from a 16-year-old granddaughter next door.

The summer has not been kind to our class as news of classmates' passing, arrived. In 2016, MARK ROBINSON died Jan. 1 in Alburquerque, N.M., and HANK SPITZ died May 17 in Bozeman, Mont. This year BEN DOANE died May 5 in Nova Scotia; HEW RYAN May 23 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; DICK MAAG May 26 in Charlotte, N.C.; BILL TAYLOR May 29 in
Haddonfield, N.J.; BOB MCKINLEY June 14 in Bay City, Mich.; REDWOOD "RED" WRIGHTMay 8 in Woods Hole, Mass.; BOB FRANTZ June 9 in Greenville, S.C.; CLINT TROWBRIDGE June 24 in Sedgwick, Maine; JIM HAYNES July 9 in Shreveport, La.; and JOE GREEN July 20 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

12 Jul 2017

Our 67th reunion featuring a Friday-night dinner at Forbes is now history. Classmates attending were AL ABBOTTS, BOB CRONEHIM, STU DUNCHAN, PETE ERDMAN, BILL HAYNES, TEX LAMASON, DAVE MCALPIN, WILL RIVINUS, JACK ROBINSON, HENRY POWSNER and KENT YOUNG. Joining them were associate Deeann Gutenkunst, and
honorary members MARY ALEXANDER and NICK ANDERSON.. For photos showing some of the Friday-night action, check the class website.

The traditional bagpipe band led our class in the P-rade where BILL HAYNES, KENT YOUNG and CHARLIE ROSE rejected motor transportation and walked the route. This year BILL SCHLUTER became the eighth member of '50 to be recognized by The Order of the Claw
for extraordinary commitment to Reunions.

Yet another classmate joined the ranks of class authors when ROBIN KNOX LITTLE published The Second of July. His book has been in the works since 1991, when he began to seriously research and write this historical novel, which is now in an illustrated 8-by- 11, hardbound form. It recounts the three- generation story of Robin's family, starting with their immigration to America from Ireland in 1830, and closing with their role in the opening of the West and the dawn of the Aviation Age. It draws its name from the day in 1863 when Robin's great uncle, Lt. Edward Knox, led his artillery battery in a delaying action in the Peach Orchard at Gettysburg. For his bravery, he was later awarded the Medal of Honor.

Our sympathy goes to DAVE MILLER, whose wife, Latitia "Tish," died in Little Rock, Ark., May 20.

We fondly remember RUSS SPENCER, who died Sept. 16, 2016, and LLOYD COTSEN and KEITH LORING, both of whom died May 8.

 

7 Jun 2017

We hadn't heard from HAL STOCKER for a while, so his recent note brings us up to date. After a 28-year career in internal medicine at
Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, Calif., he moved to the California foothills of Yuba County, where he served as county supervisor for 20 years.
Recently retired, he confesses he still cannot keep his finger out oflocal politics. We assume his wife of 49 years, Leah, isn't surprised.

BILL WINTERS, another M.D., retired after a six-decade cardiovascular career, which included presidency of the American College of Cardiology and co-developer of echocardiology. Joining the ranks of our class authors, he published Rumination of a Cinquainist, No, a cinquainist is not a medical practitioner, but one who composes cinquains (i.e., five-line limericks). Barb and Bill will remain in the Houston area, where their sons
and grandchildren live, and I suppose, continue to write cinquains.

PETE ERDMAN, who alerted us to his childhood neighbor BOB DOUGHERTY's death, wrote that he continues to enjoy life at the senior-living community Stonebridge at Montgomery, just outside Princeton. With family living nearby and endless activities in the community, Pete says "there's plenty to keep my old bones busy."

April saw the passing of three classmates. BILL BERNART died April 6, in North Carolina, Bob Dougherty died April 9, in New Jersey, and WALLY WALLACE died April 16, in Pennsylvania.

 

17 May 2017

Another classmate joins the list of Class of 1950 authors. In November BILL CARSON published his book, He Moved West with America, The Life
an
d Times of William Carr Lane, 1789-1863. Lane was the first mayor of St. Louis, second governor of the Territory of New Mexico and Bill's great-
great grandfather. The book is available in bookstores and on Amazon. Bill was born in St. Louis and now lives in New Mexico.

Bill's family continues its Princeton legacy. His daughter, Laura, is Class of 1984. His oldest granddaughter is Class of 2016; grandson is Class of 2019; and now his youngest granddaughter is in the Class of 2021.

From across the pond, GEORGE BAILEY credits cycling and swimming for his good health. He also wrote that he frequently sees Elizabeth and JOHN SCOTT , who live nearby in London. Our other two UK residents are TED BUTTREY, retired classics professor at Cambridge, and COLUMBUS O'DONNELL in Oxton. (Incidentally, Bill Carson's daughter,
Laura '84, lives in the UK.)

Across another pond, this one the Pacific, CHARLIE SLACK reports from western Australia that he "loves old age," finding it a great excuse to use on occasion. Don't we all?

Our class has been diminished by three . JOHN BROTHERTON died Jan. 26 in New Jersey, ART THOMAS died March 7 in Michigan, and
JOHN HUTTON died March 24 in Connecticut.

 

26 Apr 2017

There was a feature in New Jersey's Star- Ledger last June entitled, "At 90, North Caldwell man fiddles his way through life." Turns out that man was our classmate, JERRY SORELL. It seems that 10 years ago Jerry started giving
concerts because his tennis buddies did not believe he could play the violin. He and a neighbor on the piano now perform Bach through Joplin under the stage name "The Arthritic Duo."

Jerry started playing the violin when he was nine and studied at the Vienna Conservatory before his family left Austria in 1938. They eventually landed in New York, where he resumed playing the violin at the High School of Music and Art. After serving in a heavy-weapons company
during WWII, he came to Princeton. Along with majoring in chemical engineering, he was the concertmaster and soloist of the University
Orchestra. Jerry has retired from Esso Research and Engineering (now Exxon), but still consults on air-pollution control systems for refineries.

It is always a pleasure to get acquainted with the undergraduates who work at Reunions, and especially to learn later about their achievements. Your scribe remembers Ellen Dobrijevic '17 from our 65th. Ellen, a native
of Sydney, Australia, has been honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches as the Division I National Scholar of Distinction. Ellen met the
criteria of a CPA over 3.9 in the first semester and played on our Final Four field hockey team. She also was the first Princeton athlete ever to
win the NCAA Elite 90 Award for the highest CPA competing in a NCAA championship.

On a sad note, we have lost three classmates: Clem Bowen died Feb. 1, in Delaware; Bernie Adams died Feb. 26, in Colorado; and Bob Schelling died March 5, in Quebec.

 

11 Apr 2017

What is a better thing to do when you retire other than to write a book? That's exactly what BILL SCHLUTER has done. His book, Soft
Corruption, published by Rutgers University Press, tells the story of how New Jersey lawmakers engage in ethical misconduct to further their pursuit of money and power. Bill points out that "while these deeds are in most part perfectly legal, they are morally reprehensive and deprive the public of the government services to which they should be entitled." He adds, "Similar conditions exist in other states."

Bill called upon his long involvement in New Jersey politics, which started with election as a Pennington (N.J.) City councilman in 1963, and eventually led to New Jersey assemblyman in 1987, and state senator in 1991. When your scribe asked if he expected repercussions, Bill replied, "I'm sure there will be plenty from New Jersey political powers. Will keep you posted."

DICK RHAME, now retired from active practice of urology, has settled in Middlesex County, Va., on the Piankatank River about five minutes away from the Chesapeake Bay. He finds it convenient for sailing and close enough to Richmond to keep the synapses open as a volunteer general doctor at a free health clinic.

On a sad note, FRED SEELEY wrote from Cape Cod that Barea, his wife of 63 years, died Nov. 27, after several years of declining health. She was a lifelong music composer, artist, and award-winning. biographer.

 

22 Mar 2017

Even though he resides on the "left" coast, as TONY REYNOLDS describes his residency in California, he, like all of us, applauded the 2016
Ivy League Championship football team. He did complain about the "The Third Gold Rush," this time in Silicon Valley, where he lives. Too much traffic and exorbitant housing costs, but he likes living there anyway.

Last December while participating in a Road Scholar (aka Elderhostel) Christmas program in San Diego, your scribe and his wife enjoyed a
lunchtime reunion with JEAN and SID FOX, who drove from their home in Campo. And here's a good place to thank Jean, who keeps in touch with our class widows.

Your scribe learned recently of the DONALD J COHN Scholarship Fund at Riverdale (NY) Neighborhood House. The fund is in honor of our classmate, Don, who as a mentor, teacher, and community activist contributed so much beyond his profession as a lawyer to those around him.

FROM THE PAST: In Judge Standish Medina '37's remarks at our class dinner in December 1949, he noted "that things have changed at Princeton in the last 12 years. In my day, for instance, girls appeared on the campus in any quantity on only one weekend a year, house parties in the spring. Now (1949) it seems that practically every football weekend
is house party weekend." Little did we suspect then that coeducation would come in 20 years. And we probably were not aware that Princeton
maintained and staffed Evelyn College, a sister institution, for a decade starting in 1887.

STAN UDY died Dec. 2, 2016, presumably in Hanover, N.H., where he was a retired sociology professor at Dartmouth.

1 Mar 2017

BILL BROWN is still writing and waiting for The Wiz to get back on Broadway. Bill wrote the book for the show that won seven Tonys in 1975. His work as a writer and cartoonist includes two syndicated comic strips, network TV credits, and successful musicals in regional theater. He now resides in Connecticut where he lists his business as "writer."

BOB CRONHEIM has joined the ranks of great-grandfathers with the birth of a great- granddaughter in December. Though the parents are both Cornell graduates, Bob acknowledged that they produced a beautiful baby girl.

JIM MACWHINNEY's widow, Nancy, reported that their granddaughter, Shira Cramer, was one of the authors of a significant research study, which addressed a contributing factor in cancer growth. The report was
published in Nature Medicine, a highly cited research journal in pre-clinical medicine.

BO NIXON wrote. "All is well." He works out three times a week and still plays golf. (No comment on his scores.) Over the past year, he and Edie have traveled from their Louisville home to spend time in Michigan and South Carolina.

DAVE MCALPIN has a new neighbor. PETE ERDMAN has moved into the senior community near Princeton where Dave resides. Dave's family ties with Princeton were again reinforced when his granddaughter, Ava McAlpin' 09, married Townsend Wells '08 in September.

The fall 2016 edition of Princeton International featured an article on a study of Russian children's books published during the first two decades of the Soviet era. The books were an attempt to introduce Russian children to politics and give them a basic picture of how the world works, but with "a strong backlash against fairy tales, God, and religion." The
Russian collection is part of the much larger collection of children's books that LLOYD COTSEN gave to the University and is housed in
the Cotsen Children's Library in Firestone.

 

8 Feb 2017

Much news from California. JEAN and SID FOX caught up with former California resident DAVE JORDAN in Ramona in late summer when Dave was there to attend the service of the priest who had conducted his wife, Bea's, service. We remember Dave as host of our 1998 mini-reunion in San Diego. He now lives in Pennsylvania .

JOHN GEBHARD wrote that he has moved to Belmont Assisted Living in Rancho Palos Verdes to be near his daughter Carolyn. Unfortunately, he broke his ankle after the move but was assured by his doctor that in time
it would heal.

Also from California, DAVE WILSON'S widow, Allison, wrote that she had two small TIAs in September. She was released from the hospital after two weeks of therapy and is now cleared to drive locally. She sent her "best" wishes to all '50S classmates." And we to her.

ERNIE RUBENSTEIN and HAROLD SMITH responded to the note on Princeton's 1946 17-14 upset win over third-ranked Penn. Ernie described it as "the most exciting and biggest upset I have ever witnessed." Harold described how John Gebhard invited Bill Hughes and him to ride to Philadelphia in John's brother's Model A Ford coupe. The ensuing story, which includes a blown tire and flipped car, is fully recorded on the class web page (Princeton1950.com).

Speaking of Penn games, last fall "TEX' LAMASON, CHARLIE ROSE, and BILL HAYNES watched as the Tigers rolled to a convincing 28-0 win. At halftime, Bill was announced from the stands as a WWII and Charlie as a Korean veteran as part of the Veterans' Remembrance Day.

DICK DITTMAN died in West Hampton.

 

11 Jan 2017

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Shades of Orange - Steve Zimmerman
version: "At Vi at Silverstone in Scottsdale, Ariz., the retirement community where Jack Bogardus and I live, we hold an annual reunion dinner for Princetonians and their wives every Oct. 18. Pictured here are Betty and Steve, Tom Finical '47, and Jack and Lela Bogardus. We had a great time toasting Old Nassau and explaining ourselves to other residents who were more than curious about the profusion of orange at our table."

Shades of Orange - Anne Buxton version: "On Sept. 1, I hosted the Princeton Club of Charleston (South Carolina) when we welcomed six new students from the area. We had a great barbecue dinner. Must have been 50-60 people here. Orange and black banners and Tigers galore."

Gleaned from the Class of1950 website (www.princeton1950.com): Our original gift from class insurance some 40 years ago to the Bendheim Center for Finance has grown to almost $1.4 million. Last year, income from this endowment supported the research of Dilip Abreu *85, professor of finance and economics.

We just learned from Bill Montgomery's son, John, that Bill died Jan. 26, in Arizona.

Our honorary classmate and former University president, Bill Bowen *58, died Oct. 20, in Princeton. As provost, Bill was a principal architect of plans to bring coeducation to the University.

 

7 Dec 2016

WALLY GREEN wrote from Florida, "At our age, no news is good news." Your scribe certainly agrees, but adds that news for this column is also good.

Cee and JOHN MINTON have moved back to St. Louis where he had gone to prep school and lived off and on during his business career. They are moving from Florida, but plan to revisit there for a couple months in the winter. Always interested in University affairs, John questioned the change in the University's motto in a recent letter to PAW.

When JIM BILLINGTON was Librarian of Congress, he once said that the library was afflicted with "Rat Pack-ism." Your scribe can be accused of the same affliction, for in his files he recently found a letter from Judge
Standish F. Medina '37 outlining his "Talk to Senior Class at Princeton, Dillon Gymnasium, Sunday Evening, Dec. 11, 1949." The timing was ironic since we just learned of JOEL NIXON's Judge Medina's talk starts, "I've
been sabotaged. Joel Nixon mentioned getting me down here for a little talk of about five minutes and then my friends began calling me up and telling me that The Daily Princetonian was running headlines about a big speech ... So I guess I'll have to stretch this talk to six or seven minutes." Since some ofJudge Medina's remarks are appropriate today, they will
enhance this column when news is short.

When reporting TOM PAINE's death earlier, your scribe recollected that two of our classmates became vintners: Tom in Napa Valley, and DAVE PARK in the St. Emilion district of France. Were there more?

Our living class dwindles as we received news that BILL AHRENS died in Fla. Sept. 20, and Joell Nixon in Colo. Oct. 6.

 

9 Nov 2016

On Nov. 2, a few days more than 70 years ago, Princeton upset Penn(17-14), which was ranked third nationally in football, before 72,000 fans at Franklin Field. In The New York Herald Tribune, Stanley Woodward reported that at the game's end the "implausible brats" from Princeton stormed the field, tore down the goal posts, and locked horns with Philadelphia's mounted police who were trying to restore order. Your scribe wonders whether any of you were one of those "implausible brats." (He was running cross country in Cambridge that day and missed out, though ended up with a piece of a goal post that he has donated to Princeton's Department of Athletics.)

STU HAYES , former physics and math teacher at Lawrenceville, devotes much of his time in his Colorado home studying and writing about biblical history. He has just published The Gospel of John - Does It Have Historical Validity? The book is available through Amazon.

A good amount of the news we receive deals with offspring, since it seems we are becoming more observers than activists. BILL CAMPBELL,
retired Philadelphia lawyer, now has his first great-grandchild. Bayard, who was born in May, "is definitely Class of 2038 material."

ROBIN LITTLE, who was deeply involved with the design and development of Boeing's 700 series airplanes, announced that Carol and he welcomed their first great-granddaughter into the world last year. She joins four great-grandsons.

RALPH CARDELLO, former Exxon engineer now residing in assisted living in Arbor Glen, Bridgewater, N.J., wrote that his oldest grandson is a policeman in Philadelphia and another grandson is a fighter pilot in Iraq.

We were sorry to hear from CAREY MATTHIESSEN's wife that he is in poor health.

We received news from DC that GEORGE CHAPMAN, a Georgetown biology professor, died Sept.7.


26 Oct 2016

Recent notes from classmates have described their summer "adventure." Your scribe uses the term "adventure" might well be a trip to the
supermarket and back.

From New York, LOU LANGIE not only claimed he caught a 17 lb. lake trout in Lake Ontario, he verified the August catch with a photo of him with the fish. Lou retired from banking in 1989 and has spent much time with
rod and reel, especially on Lake Ontario, which he said is abundant with trout and salmon.

From Ohio, ..JIM WALLACE wrote that he and Aline, with their daughter and son-in- law, traveled in France for two weeks, visiting Normandy by riverboat. They stopped in Iceland during their return to the states.

From Illnois, DICK MENTZINGER described an East Coast visit to family and friends in Vermont and Philadelphia. Along the way he saw DAVE MCINTOSH "who is just fine."

From Connecticut, ROGER SMITH went north to Squam Lake in N.H. for a reunion attended by 42 family members.

From Massachusetts, GUS FLEISCHMANN summarized his summer on Cape Cod as "good" with one exception. Indeed, a big exception! Gus wrote that during an after- dinner walk, Una and he encountered four boys with a dog. The dog suddenly leaped up and took a big hunk out of Una's left forearm. She ended up in Boston's Mass General Hospital
where they operated and repaired the wound. With stitches removed now, she seems well. "But that was enough excitement for the season," Gus said. We agree.

We were saddened to learn that BILL HAUGAARD died in Florida July 30, and TOM PAINE died in San Diego Aug. 16. Our sympathy goes to DAVE BILLINGTON, whose wife, Phyllis, died in California, Sept. 3, after a
long struggle with a heart condition.


5 Oct 2016

CHARLIE KRIGBAUM sends "his warm greetings to fellow classmates" from his home in Hamden, Conn. Charlie retired from Yale where he was university organist and professor in the school of music in 1999. Since that time he has enjoyed travelling and visits with his three children and four grandchildren.

From the West Coast and Menlo Park, TONY REYNOLDS reports that despite being in Stanford territory he is eager to hear from classmates and about Princeton sports and academic achievements. He talks via
phone with JOHN WILSON from time to time, is entertained by his two-year old twin grandchildren, and takes lessons and plays bridge to preserve his cognitive skills.

Two of our classmates, JIM CALDWELL and BOB BROWN, were graduates of the Kiskiminetas Springs School (aka Kiski) just east
of Pittsburgh. Recently, Bob remembered his prep school with a generous donation for a field house, which now bears his name. Bob recently relocated from his home in Toledo, Ohio, to the Swan Creek Retirement Village in the same city. The Village is a Presbyterian facility but graciously accepted Bob, a Methodist.

Since news from classmates is slow, the following history of Kiski seemed worthy of these notes. In 1888, Andrew W. Wilson, Class of 1883, a cousin of President Woodrow Wilson, purchased a resort for the purpose of transforming the facility into a first-class preparatory school for boys to rival any of its East Coast counterparts. By 1894, Kiski had graduated 42 boys, 26 of whom matriculated at Princeton.

At this writing we bid farewell to three classmates. GEORGE ZABRISKIE died in Bozeman, Mont., July 19. DICK MCCLELLAND died in Charlotte, N.C., July 28. LEW BANCROFT died Aug. 3, in Wilmington, Del.

 

14 Sep 2016

A summer art museum exhibition of photography, "Ansel Adams to Edward Weston," recognized the "transformative impact" on the museum of DAVE MCALPIN's father, Class of 1920. The exhibit was drawn mostly from McAlpin's 1971 gift of over 500 photographs. The exhibit included a study of McAlpin's pursuit of photographs by Adams and Weston based on hundreds of pages of archival material donated by Dave.

In this spring's Eastern Sprints (150'S), Princeton was the only program to medal in all five rowing finals. BILL VAN CLEVE's grandsons were significant contributors. Will Van Cleve '17 rowed on the first varsity and Billy Van Cleve '17 on the fourth. "DUTCH" PRIOLEAU wrote that Bill's grandsons got the better of one of his grandsons, Luke Prioleau, who captained the Georgetown lightweight crew.

"Dutch" also wrote that during Reunions weekend he was in Fort Worth, Texas, at grandchild Claire's graduation from the All-Saints Episcopal School. He had a nice chat with its headmaster, Dr. Tad Bird, who is the son of our classmate HANK BIRD. He reminded Tad about Hank's stroking the 150-pound crew to a gold medal at the Thames Cup in the 1949 Royal Henley Regatta.

It seems the University is never short of awards. The 1942 Senior Dues Award recognizes member participation for older classes. This year for '65 and older classes, Treasurer JIM WALLACE reported that our
class was one of only four who reached 60 participation. Good job, '50!

We were saddened to lose six classmates in recent months. HOWARD GRAY died on May 23, in South Dakota; PETER CLARK on June 2, in Texas; PHIL ENGEL on June 20, in New Jersey; CHARLIE GUTENKUNST on June 22, in Wisconsin; JOHN YARDLEY on July 5, in UK; ERIC STOCKHOLM on July 8, in New Jersey.

From our original class of782, there are now 256 active members.

 

6 Jul 2016

Among CHARLIE ROSE'S duties as class president is serving as Princeton stringer for our Class Notes, From our 66th he reported
that ABBOTTS, CAMPBELL, CRONHEIM, DUNCAN, ERDMAN, FREEMAN, HAYNES, LAMASON, LOWRIE, RIVINUS, POWSNER, ROBINSON
and ROSE were at the Friday night dinner in Fine Hall. They were joined
by spouses, significant others, children, and friends . JORDAN joined the P-rade and MINTON was spotted on campus.

Our guest on Friday evening was Mary Alexander, a former Maclean House staff member, who over the years quietly helped behind the scenes with class affairs.

Chair of the Committee on Reunions, Tony Fittizzi '97, presented BOB CRONHEIM with the Society of the Claw for outstanding service to Reunions. Though normally awarded on major-reunion years, an exception was made for Bob. AL ABBOTTSs and PETER ERDMAN
were recipients at our 65th.

The May 11 PAW carried a Department of Art and Archaeology notice about the JAMES F HALEY Memorial Lecture by Columbia Professor Barry Bergdoll. Its title: "Reading Mile High: Frank Lloyd Wright Takes on
Chicago 1956." Jim was an honors history major and member of Cottage who went on to Harvard Law School. He died in 1969.

Other news gleaned from PAW's June 1 issue noted that JACK BOGARDUS'S son, Steve '76, is in the cast of a new Broadway musical, Bright Angel. The show has already garnered five Tony Award nominations.

DAVE MCALPIN, BILL HAYNES, and CHARLIE ROSE represented our class at the May 12 service for vice president STU DUNCAN'S wife,
Nell, who died earlier in the month after an extended illness. Our sympathy goes to Stu.

News has reached us that we have lost three classmates recently, FRED "SNUFFY" KNIGHT died April 9 2016, in New Mexico; JOHN SPEED died April 23, 2016, in Louisville and Lee Bellmer died April 30, 2016, in
Pittsburgh.

 

1 Jun 2016

It is always gratifying to receive the annual report on scholarships.

During the 2015-16 academic year, 17 undergraduates received aid from the 12 scholarships that are associated with the Class of '50. This year Princeton awarded $140 million in need-based financial aid. Most gratitying was that the average student debt at graduation at Princeton was lower than any other national university, and the average student debt at the second-ranked school was almost double that of the Princeton average.

One aid recipient from the Class of '18 wrote, "Every day, I look around the beautiful campus and am astonished at this incredible opportunity I have been granted ... I am so blessed to go here."

The Bendheim Center for Finance advised us that the funds our class provided, starting at our 25th and with a book value of $57,900, have grown to $1.46 million. Last year the income was used to support the research of Professor of Economics Wei Xiong. Some years ago, the income was used to provide data for Ben Bernanke's study of the 1929 recession, which served him well during his tenure as the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

A few of you may recall that in 1966 your scribe and his wife spent the year traveling around the US visiting the 32 cities and towns named Princeton. Now, after 20 years, an account of this odyssey has taken book form, Breakfast in Princeton, USA with personal recollections, history, anecdotes, and photos of each community. It's available on Amazon.com, bookstores everywhere, or from your scribe.

We are sad to report the recent loss of three classmates: BOB JONES died March 22 in Orleans, Mass.; ELMER "BO" LINDSAY died March 23 in Monterey County, Calif.; and BILL FLAMMER died April 7, 2016, in Gladwyne, Pa.

 

11 May 2016

BILL AHRENS sent a note some time ago that he had "become 90 in 2015 in the Florida sun." Your scribe apologizes for not reporting this landmark sooner, but will get ahead of the game by writing here that today, May 11, Bill is now just one day shy of 91. Happy Birthday eve, Bill!

JIM WALLACE, our erstwhile treasurer who keeps class books in the black, wrote that he and Aline became great-grandparents again last July, While the newcomer lives in the same state as they, Ohio, the other two great- grandchildren live faraway in Alaska.

DICK SHARRETT continues to follow his grandson Tyler's progress as a swimmer. Tyler keeps posting pre-Olympic times for his age group.

DICK MENTZINGER says he is holding up well since the second anniversary of Mary Jane's death has passed. It must be in part that he
sees his children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren often, and travels extensively. Not to mention playing golf and tennis, and working out three days a week.

MEADE TWITCHELLwrites that Inge, his wife of 48 years, is "looking after and spoiling me." They were about to move to The Barringtom, a new retirement community in Carmel, Ind., when he broke his hip. They did move, but he to the skilled-care facility and she to their apartment. We hope that, by now, therapy has enabled Mead to join Inge.

Think about our 66th, May 26-29, or at least our class dinner in Fine Hall,
Friday night, May 27.

 

20 Apr 2016

Harking back to high school Latin, tempus sure does "fugit." Not many months ago we were celebrating our 65th. Now May 26 through 29, we will be Old Guard and P-rading at our 66th. Class prez CHARLIE ROSE has reserved the Professors Lounge in Fine Hall for our traditional Friday-night class dinner. The University underwrites Old Guard lodging, and
there is no Reunions fee. Meals at cost will be available at Forbes.

Your scribe was never one to wear a lapel pin until AI Abbotts unveiled our' 50 Tiger. Since then I have met Princetonians who might otherwise have "passed in the night." At lunch during a 2014 Road Scholar (aka Elderhostel) Christmas program in St. Augustine, Broadus Bailey saw the Tiger and announced himself as Class of ' 51. In April 2015 at a seminar on WWI at Oxford's St. Hugh's College, a dinner mate spotted the Tiger and identified himself as Markley Boyer' 55. At the bar aboard a Danube riverboat this past Christmas, David Rogers' wife recognized the Tiger and introduced her husband, Class of '88.

At Reunions last May, MACK BLACK had more than "going back" on his mind. He was awaiting news of the birth of a grandchild and a great-grandchild. Speaking with MACK recently, I learned that they did arrive, so he and his wife, Arlene, have two newcomers to join an older great-grandchild. They are all girls. MACK reported that Arlene had suffered
a heart attack, but is home after rehab. We wish her well.

 

5 Apr 2016

When my broker called recently, I fully expected advice about stocks. Not so," Do you know about 'a Princeton'?" he asked. Never heard of it," I replied. Back around 1960, when he was a kid, his father cut his hair. If dad was in a good mood, he would give him "a Princeton". Otherwise , it was a "buzz job." Off to the net I found a picture of it in a 1961 Boys' Life and spent the next 10 minutes watching a barber, who talked the entire time, give a boy "a Princeton." It featured short bangs in the front with the rest a crewcut. Though in vogue a decade after we graduated, does anyone have memories of "a Princeton"?

Thinking back, I recall in English 102 a short story as told by a barber. Our instructor was quite clear that he did not like the story for this simple reason: He did not like his barber talking while giving him a haircut.

JIM BILLINGTON'S wife, Marjorie, sent an interesting note relating to Jim's retirement after 28 years as the Librarian of Congress. His Sept. 30 retirement was the same morning House Speaker John Boehner decided to retire. She wrote that both had been inspired by Pope Francis' visit the day before. The Pope had presented Jim a new, illustrated manuscript of
the Bible created in a Benedictine monastery as a gift to the American people. Jim put the manuscript on display in the library.

At this year's Alumni Day were "TEX" LAMASON with wife Nancy, son Kip, and daughter-in-law Kathy; BILL HAYNES with wife Aline; CHARLIE ROSE; and STU DUNAN, who represented our class at the Service of
Remembrance.

On a sad note, we learned from a memorial in the Jan. 13 PAW that TEX'S son, Chip Lamason '76, died last July. Our sympathy goes to TEX and his family.

 

16 Mar 2016

DICK RHAME has finally retired from his urology practice and has relocated from Alexandria to Deltaville, Va., on the lower Chesapeake Bay, where sailing opportunities abound. However, he looks to nearby
Richmond for other activities "a very nice city, better in many ways than DC."

KENT YOUNG now lives full time in Centerville, Md., on the northern reaches of the Chesapeake Bay. He sold his other home in Maine to a Princeton sociology professor and his wife, who coincidentally turned out to be friends of his godson, BOB READ's son, Charlie.

JOE GREEN has been happily settled for over a year in Maple Knoll, a large senior center in the Cincinnati metro area. He lives independently in a small cottage on the center's campus. His time is filled with an active music program, trips to Cincinnati, and two-mile campus walks. Joe also finds it easy to keep up with old friends and organizations since the center is adjacent to his former residence in Glendale. The longstanding
monthly luncheons with the five classmates living in the Cincinnati area continues, but with the death of VADEN FITTON is down to four members: DAVE CRAFTS, JIM GARVEY, BEN LAWRENCE JOE.

Following up on the "Love" theme in the previous issue of PAW, it is appropriate to report that Nell and ROGER SMITH celebrated their 60th anniversary last March, as well as the marriages of their two eldest grandsons. Earlier in the year, their entire family, numbering 18,
had a reunion for the 21st time on Squam Lake in New Hampshire.

Carol and ROBIN LITTLE marked their 65th last June. Their family now includes five great- grandchildren from their 10 grandchildren.

News arrived from Greenville, S.C., that JIM SHEPPARD died Dec. 20, 2015, after a brief illness.


2 Mar 2016

Though Valentine's Day has passed, it was PAW's Jan. 13 special section devoted to love and romance that inspired these notes.

Sande and Allan Ryysylainen may be our longest-married couple. Sande wrote that she and Allan had recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Jekyll Island, Ga. Allan, a four-year veteran before entering Princeton, met Sande at the Naval Air Station in Daytona Beach, where they were both serving in the Navy. They married
Dec. 22, 1945·

They moved from New York state to a golf community in St. Mary's, Ga., about 10 years ago and they now "enjoy balmy weather and don't know what a snow blower is."

Perhaps you missed the photo of Betty and Steve Zimmerman at 1950 Houseparties on the index page of the Jan. 13 PAW. Here is Steve's love story from the PAW website: "My classmate and good friend, Gordon Taft, had a blind date with a freshman at Vassar in November of our senior year. Upon his return, he described his date to a bunch of us ... 'gorgeous, statuesque, smile that lights up a room, extremely bright, Southern accent you could cut with a knife.' I said, 'I'm in love with her, I'm going to her marry her.' Three and a half years later, I did. Betty ("B.J.") and 1 have
been married for 62-plus years."

Little did your scribe realize on his first date with wife, Garie, that marriage - a mere 58 years and counting - was predestined. Her two sisters married only children: one a Yale graduate, the other, Harvard. Being an only child, who else to bring balance to her family?

Our class is blessed with wives who are caring for husbands in poor health. We thank John Hutton's wife, Dolores; George Zabriskie's wife, Thyrza; and Bob Dougherty's wife, Patricia.

 

 

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3 Feb 2016

In December, DAVE MCALPIN received well-deserved recognition when he was honored by the Princeton Area Community Foundation with its 2015 Annual Leslie "Bud" Vivian Award for Community Service. The presentation noted that Dave, "from a family with a long history for philanthropy, established the Trenton chapter of Habitat for Humanity in
1986 and has devoted much of his life to helping low-income families have the opportunity for home ownership in the community." The Trenton chapter has built nearly 100 homes. In setting his sights on integrated housing, Dave has specifically worked on two developments: one in Princeton and one in West Windsor.

When reporting JOEL NIXON's move to Colorado in the last Class Notes, your scribe failed to point out that this move brings to seven the number of classmates residing in the Centennial State. He joins BERNIE ADAMS, JIM EARL, KARL GRUBER, STU HAYES, CALDWELL TOLL and CRAIG WALLACE. Our 1950 Nassau Herald revealed that Detroit was the farthest west any of them lived at graduation time. "Go west, young man"- though your scribe suspects most were not so young when they moved to Colorado since only two listed a Colorado address at our 25th.

Roger Smith wrote from Connecticut that he and Nell are "happy and healthy," and that their first two grandsons were married in 2015.

Your scribe is indebted to the readers of this column for noting that Nancy MACWHINNEY's name was misspelled in recent Class Notes. My apologies to Nancy.

Farewell to three classmates: JOHN SIGAFOO died Sept. 29, 2015, in North Carolina. FRED SCHLUTER died unexpectedly Nov. 13, 2015, from a heart attack while visiting his daughters in Colorado. TOM FISHER died Nov. 25, 2015 in Pennsylvania.

 

13 Jan 2016

The editor of PAW recently passed on to your scribe a letter received from Austria. It was from Dr. Franz Moser who had been an exchange student in 1950. Here it is in its entirety: "It might be interesting, if possible, to bring up some reminiscences to some members of Dial Lodge, from an Austrian exchange student of 1950, Franz Moser, who still remembers some experiences of times past.

"First, a weekend trip at the end of the year with DICK GAMBLE and JIM WALLACE to DC, where we enjoyed the coaster ride with these pretty dates from there. Or on the car trip together with DAVE MCALPIN to Minneapolis, Minn., where we both joined the YMCA students' seminar in which one day this preposterous Austrian proclaimed loudly: 'I am proud not to be a Christian".

"And finally, the visit of PETE ERDMAN to Reutte/Tyrol (if I remember right in 1951) with his girlfriend and our skiing experience in Zugspitze, where coming down we gruesomely passed the graves of some avalanche victims of the day before. Times go by, but rememberances stay in the mind."

GEORGE BAILEY writes that living in retirement in London is "a joy," with swimming and bicycling helping him maintain the body. JOEL NIXON writes that last May he and Elaine relocated from Tuscon to Wind Crest, a retirement community in Denver, wher they live independently and will be able to travel often.

With regret we report tha FREEMAN GOSDEN died in Santa Barbara, Calif., Oct 26,2015. Freeman's wife, Dorothy, died just two months before him. JIM BEVERLEY, who withdrew from Princeton in 1948, died in Tulsa, Okla, Oce 27. VADEN FITTON died in Hamilton, Ohio Oct 29.

 

 

2 Dec 2015

JIM BILLINGTON has joined the ranks of retired classmates. After 28 years as the 13th Librarian of Congress, he retired at the end of September. No doubt Marjorie has been forewarned, as many of our spouses have been, "For better or for worse, but not for lunch."

We are grateful to hear from our many associates who continue with their class dues, and especially with news. Anne BUXTON hosted last fall's meeting of the flourishing Princeton Club of Charleston, S.C. She got help
from her three Tigers: Julian '83, Lucy '86, and Jim '95.

Carol POSTELL wrote that she is still living in Vero Beach, Fla., where she looks forward to visits from her three sons. Her grandchild count is eight, ranging in age from 8 to 22. Nancy MACWHIPPEY wrote from New
York State that she enjoys reading news about Jim's classmates.

Georgia VAN CLEVE COLWELL reports that her family's tradition continues at Princeton as her granddaughter, Ella Van Cleve, entered
with the Class of 2019. Ella joins her brother, Will '17, and cousin Bill '17 on campus. Phoebe BALLARD FORD wrote that she and DICK hosted
son Michael's wedding in their Greenwich, Conn., backyard. Michael married Jennifer Yip of Brooklyn, whom we met when they accompanied Phoebe and Dick to our 65th.

News has reached llS that BILL KORNFELD died July 14 and DAVE EDDY died Sept. 21, both in Louisville, Ky. BILL BROWNE died Oct. 5 in Wisconsin.

 

11 Nov 2015

Long ago and far away- actually 1974- Bill Brown wrote the book for The Wiz, a musical version of Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz set in African-American culture. It was a winner of seven Tony Awards including
"Best Musical." Bill wrote that it would be reprised by NBC on Dec. 3. Next year a revival is slated for Broadway.

When your scribe and his wife visited the boathouse on Lake Carnegie during Reunions with "Dutch" Prioleau, a former Tiger oarsman, we were treated to an array of historic crew photos throughout the building. This
display was compiled by Will Rivinus and complements his book, Rowing at Princeton -1872-2005, a mere 600 pages with 800 illustrations. Will is retired now, but for 20 years he authored histories of sites around
Bucks County, Pa. He has received a citation from the Pennsylvania House and Senate in recognition of his work to promote preservation
of the Delaware Canal and for his founding chairmanship of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Commission.

Will has not neglected Princeton. He has penned histories of Colonial Club, Tower Club, Tiger Inn, and Terrace Club, the last being a cookbook.

Una and Gus Fleischmann left their home in Weston, Mass., and swelled the population of Buzzard's Bay on Cape Cod for almost three months this summer. Jim Bralla, one of his Princeton roommates, and Jim's wife, Martha-Jane, came down from western Massachusetts to visit for several
days and enjoy what Gus described as "beautiful weather."

In case you missed it, PAW's Sept. 16 edition listed an online feature about Dave and Jim Billington titled Impressive Legacies. You can
find it at paw.princeton.edu.

 

21 Oct 2015

Recognition came from everywhere last spring to LANSE HOSKINS and his family. In March, his artist daughter, Marta, who lives in Paris and was the sole American actress in the French film Le Dos Rouge/Portrait of the Artist personally introduced its premiere showing America at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Manhattan's Lincoln Center for the
Performing Arts. Later that month daughter Sarah was awarded one of Keene (N.H.) State College's four Outstanding Women of New
Hampshire Awards of 2015 for her 16 years' service as victim advocate in the Cheshire County Justice System. In April, Lanse received recognition from Case Western Reserve U's School of Medicine and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 51 years of service and for establishing an endowment for education and research for trainees and junior faculty of the division of gastroenterology. Finally, in the same month, Lanse's wife, Patience, received the annual LimeLight Award from
the Greater Cleveland Volunteers' Association for her service at the Judson Park Retirement Community. Sounds like time now for Lanse
and Patience to enjoy retirement.

BILL AHRENS wrote from Vero Beach that he was confined to a wheelchair, but "feels great." RALPH CARDELLO wrote that he is settling into independent living at Arbor Glen Senior Center in Bridgewater, N.J.

CHARLIE ROSE, incoming class president, held his first executive committee meeting in September and announced that the top of Fine
Hall with its unmatched view of the campus had been reserved for the Friday-evening dinner at our 66th next year.

HOWIE EFFRON, whose business ventures, both in number and uniqueness, were surely tops for our class, died Aug. 18, 20l5, in NYC.

 

7 Oct 2015

Most of us probably have not kept up with the latest in recreational sports, but TOM LOWRIE has. Tom is "ambassador" for the USA Pickleball Association in Westport, Conn. If you don't recognize "pickleball," it is a net
game first played in 1965. It is somewhat like tennis with hard rackets, a whiffle-like ball, badminton-sized court and rules geared to the older set. Always an active sportsman, Tom will enthusiastically brief you on its merits, as he did when presenting his card to your scribe at our 65th.

DAVE MCALPIN has had a firsthand look at Cuba last January with a group from the Bronx Museum of Art. He specifically visited new art galleries created and operated by the artists under a new government policy to encourage private enterprise in tourism and the arts. Dave moved this summer from his longtime homestead in Skillman, N.J., to Stonebridge, a retirement community in Skillman where PETE ERDMAN has lived for several years. As an emeritus trustee of Habitat for Humanity of Trenton, Dave is hoping the town of Princeton will permit Habitat to build two affordable houses near the University.

A while ago, Lela and JACK BOGARDUS moved from their Desert Mountain home in Scottsdale, Ariz., to a nearby retirement community called Vi at Silverstone. They are now within shouting distance, figuratively speaking, of Betty and STEVE ZIMMERMAN who are their neighbors in the same building and who have lived there for the past four years.

The comment on a classmate's unsigned dues card last year read, "Still working and enjoying the cultural life of NYC". Your scribe awaits his report this year, preferabley signed, as well as an influx of news-bearing cards.

We just learned that two classmates in Missouri have died: ED HUNVALD on June 27 in Columbia, and JACK GOESSLING on Aug.18 in St. Louis.

 

16 Sep 2015

 

With these notes, your scribe begins his 16th year as class secretary and adds to his estimated 75,000 words in Class Notes. But this in no way matches the contribution of Bill Dippel, who begins his 21st year as vice
president for AG. Bill and his committee led our class to 79.1  participation in the past year's AG, fourth-best among large classes, and brought our cumulative giving since graduation to $14,957,667.

One locomotive: Dippel!

A few post-65th items: Charlie Rose, our all-in-one class president, 65th reunion chairman, and webmaster, has published a detailed report of our 65th as well as links to photos on our class website. He also has noted with pride that our class was the first in recent history to stage a deficit-free 65th.

We were shocked by the tragic death of John Nash *50 and his wife, Alicia, a few days before our reunion. They had been our reunion guests in previous years and had planned to join us at our Saturday dinner.

On the return trip to their North Carolina home, Ann and Hugh Morgan visited Ellen and Gates Lloyd in Haverford, Pa., recapping reunion events and presenting them with greetings from classmates penned on a P-rade
"1950 is 65 in 2015" banner.

Our roster has diminished, as we have received news of the passing of classmates. Most recently, Paul Stavrolakes died March 20; Russell ",Joe" Kirby died May 14; Marcus "Pete" Aaron, May 28; John "Ben" Wren, June 4; and Bob Roth, June 7.

Charles Dunlap, a Navy veteran who left Princeton in 1948 and with whom
we lost contact, died in Wisconsin May 5, 2015. We belatedly received news that Ed Grombacher died Dec. 12, 2012. Ed's widow, Ilona, advised us that he did not wish to have a PAW memorial.


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The sun shone warmly, both literally and figuratively, on our 65th reunion. Our contingent of 58 class members grew to over 130 as kin and friends joined us at various times. Present were: AI Abbotts, Dave Beaty, Mack Black, Dave Billington, Jim Billington, Jack Bogardus, John Brotherton, Tom Carruthers, Bill Carson, Chris Christensen, Bob Cronheim, Bill Dippel, Stu Duncan Phil Engel, Pete Erdman, Bill Flammer Dick Ford, Sid Fox, Jean Fox h'50, Les Freeman, Ted Friend, Jim Garvey Gene Goldberg, Wally Green, Bill
Haynes, and Lanse Hoskins. Also, Charlie Johnson, Dave Jordan Bob Kelley, Tex Lamason, John Lewis: Tom Lowrie, Mac MacLean, Jeremy Main, Dave McAlpin, Dick Mentzinger Rollie Minda, Ralph Moberly, Hugh Morgan, Karlos Moser, Ken Perry, Art Pivirotto, Henry Powsner Dutch Prioleau, Spence Raymond, Bob Read, Rich Rhame, Will Rivinus Jack Robinson, Charlie Rose, Bill Schluter, Fred Schluter, Dick Sharrett, Charlie Slack, John Speed, Jim Wallace, Kent Young, and Steve Zimmerman.

The many others who had hoped to be with us, but for various reasons could not make the trip to Tigertown, were recognized at our Saturday dinner by trumpet solo of "Auld Lang Syne" played by Mack Black's son, David.

Dave McAlpin conducted the traditional Friday afternoon memorial service. His moving homily, the reading of the names of 124 classmates who had died since our 60th, and the close with "Old Nassau" stirred memories of departed friends and bygone days.

On a lighter note, your scribe is pleased to report the following awards: hospitality, Nancy and Bill Schluter for hosting the Thursday evening reception and dinner at their 1838 home in Pennington, which was originally the Women's Presbyterian Seminary; vintner extraordinaire, Stu Duncan, who procured excellent white and reds bottled under our class logo; longest travel, Sue and Charlie Slack, who came from Perth, Australia - though Patricia and Ralph Moberly's "red eye" from Hawaii might have seemed the longest to them; age - youngest, Karlos Moser and oldest, Rollie Minda; most courageous: Merle Minda, who broke her wrist the night before leaving Minneapolis but insisted on coming, and arrived the next day with a plaster cast; Society of the Claw (the University's recognition of those who embody the spirit of Reunions through service and participation), Al Abbotts and Pete Erdman; and lifelong academic excellence, the honorary doctorate bestowed upon Dave Billington at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

And so our 65th is history and now' 50 has joined the Old Guard.

Sadly, news of the departing of classmates follows: Scott Reed died in Idaho May 2; Elliott "Razor" Blaydes died in West Virginia May 19; and Bill Nixon died at his Tuxedo Park, N.Y., home May 22.

 

3 Jun 2015

"Mas vale tarde que nunca." That's the first Spanish phrase Tony Reynolds learned in Spanish 101 in 1946, and he still remembers it. Tony gave up tennis some time ago but still travels to "faraway places" where perhaps he can find an opportunity to use this remnant of his Princeton education. He also wrote that he talks with ..Jack Wilson at least once a month.
In English, I assume .

Jim Earl sold his Coyote Canyon Ranch in Durango, Colo., in January, and three days later got a new hip. Now he wonders what to do with no ranch work and lots of mobility.

We wish Bill Ahrens the best. He spent five months in the hospital due to a fall and, as of a few months ago, still was not walking.

Len Palin has retired after 63 years of pastoral ministry and continues to live in California with Wilma, his wife of 64 years.

Your scribe was pleased to receive a note from Jim Hitzrot with best wishes on re-election as class secretary. Jim is a fellow Mercersburg Academy alum and retired chief of orthopedics at Church Hospital in Baltimore, who now lives in Massachusetts.

Nick Colby's daughter, Sara, wrote that Nick died in California March 7, 2015. A belated note from Walt Pittis' son, Arthur, informed us that Walt had died April 4, 2014, in New Jersey. Information was also received that Bob Pottenger died May 2, 2014.

 

13 May 2015

22 Apr
As a prelude to our 65th, which is just two weeks away, here are some "Tiger bits" about our class.

From our original class of 782, 308 were on the March 17 roll. (We have lost track of 16.) Not all of us are octogenarians. An unofficial count identified
12 nonagenarians. There are 171 class associates on our mailing list.

Classmates were significant contributors to the '47, '48, and '49 Big Three championship football teams. (Freshmen were not eligible for varsity play in
'46.) Cumulative scores: Princeton 113, Harvard 27; Princeton 58, Yale 27.

There are 12 scholarships are associated in some way with our class, benefiting 18 undergraduates this year.

Ours was the first class to have a bona fide off-campus mini-reunion; 257 classmates have attended at least one of the 27. Total attendance has been well over 2,000.

On the news front, your scribe recently learned that two grandsons of our late classmate Bill Van Cleve and associate Georgia Van Cleve Colwell are rowing on the lightweight crew. Cousins Bill and Will Van Cleve, both Class of'17, frequently find themselves on Lake Carnegie.

Never let it be said that '50S shrink from expressing their opinions. Thoughtful letters from John Minton in Florida and Bill Carson in New Mexico were published in PAW's March 18 "Inbox."

Bill Sant called to report that fellow St. Louisian Denny McCandless died March 16. Your scribe apologizes for misspelling Gene Weinstock's name in the Class Notes that reported his Oct. 8, 2014, death.

 

22 Apr 2015

22 Apr
Our 65th is just a month and a few days away. Check the class website for names of those planning to attend.

When Wally Green recently described his life in Florida, he wrote, "just another day in paradise." Your scribe delayed publishing his remark until spring to avoid aggravating our 11 classmates who live in Massachusetts.

Phil Holt retired Jan. 1, though stilI has a few clients. He wrote that the architectural firm that Perry Morgan '46 and he founded in Princeton 50 years ago is still going strong. He and wife Nancy have lived in the same, modern
house in Princeton since 1955, and at their age are grateful it is one story. Phil enjoys their small Cape Cod cottage, where he can walk the beach and sketch off-season. He adds, "No more ocean swimming since the Great Whites have taken up residence off the beach."

Incidentally, seven other classmates list Princeton as their residence. New Jersey ranks as the highest state for classmates' residences with 36. Which are the next three states?
(Answer below.)

When your scribe was preparing the memorials for Charlie Brumback and
Hank Betts, he realized that Chicago lost two of its most outstanding citizens in January, and within eight days of each other. As longtime head of The Chicago Tribune, Charlie brought the Tribune into the technological era. Hank was internationally recognized as a champion of the disabled, building the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago into the world's foremost organization for treating disabilities and rehabilitation.

Answer: California, 30; New York, 25; Florida, 24.

 

1 Apr 2015

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Like the Energizer Bunny, some Tigers just keep on going. BILL WINTERS was in Switzerland last April; Woodstock, Vt., in August; and Santa Fe in September. All that while publishing a book, Houston Hearts, a history of cardiovascular surgery and medicine at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center at Houston's Methodist Hospital, where he still works full time, when in town.

DAVID MILLER is now in the 33rd year as host of his weekly National Public Radio program, Swingin' Down the Lane. His program is carried by more than 50 stations, and recently added Perth, Australia, where our most far-flung classmate, CHARLIE SLACK, lives. Dave is now starting on Volume 17 of his
memoirs.and in his spare time judges dance contests, teaches a Big Band
course, and is involved in a Taiwan student-exchange program.

We trust the "Ohio Five" - DAVE CRAFTS, VADEN FITTON, JIM GARVEY, JOE GREEN and BEN LAWRENCE - are still meeting for their monthly luncheon, and that at least a few will be at our 65th. Vaden doubts that he will get there since he will be recovering from a hip replacement.

Another classmate missing our 65th will be GEORGE BAILEY, who wrote from across the pond that he has managed to make adjustments after Yvonne, his wife of 51 years, died in 2013. He sees classmate JOHN SCOTT frequently. Since he finds travel challenging these days, George assures us that he will enjoy our 65th vicariously.

CHARLIE BRUMBACK died in Florida Jan. 12,2015. JIM BUTTERWORTH died in North Carolina Jan. 29, 2015.

 

18 Mar 2015

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Tom Selby's son, Rear Adm. Lorin Selby assumed command of the Naval Surface Warfare Center last October. He is now responsible for leading more than 16,000 civilian and active duty engineers, technicians
and support personnel who not only research, develop, and test for the future Navy, but support the operational fleet. Tom volunteered that his own service as an ensign in 1945-46 had little to do with his offspring's career
choice, since his son, a Naval ROTC graduate of the U. of Virginia, was "a natural to the call."

Dick Sharrett, who opted to stay grounded and played football and lacrosse as an undergraduate, writes that his grandson, Tyler, has taken to the water. As a high school freshman, Tyler now posts Junior Olympics times in four swimming events.

When reading the cover story on John McPhee '52 in the Nov. 12 PAW, Fran Wood noted a number of references to the classroom notes his daughter, Amanda '84, took while studying under McPhee.

Your scribe always is gratified when he receives a response about Class Notes.

Harold Smith recently wrote that thanks to the Class Notes he was once again in touch with John Gebhard, his high school classmate (Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J.), Princeton roommate, and best man in his wedding. Harold and wife Camilla celebrated their 62nd anniversary last December. One of their children, Heather, is Class of 1980.

While updating the 65th directory, we learned that Bruce McCurdy died in
Maryland April 13, 2013.

 

4 Mar 2015



ELECTION RETURNS ARE IN: Having received no additional
nominations, election committee chairman AI Abbotts declared the following classmates elected to a 5-year term starting this May 31: CHARLIE ROSE, president; STU DUNCAN, vice president; BILL DIPPEL, vice president-AG; KEN PERRY, secretary; and JIM WALLACE, treasurer.

IT'S A SMALL WORLD: RALPH MOBERLY wrote that he and his wife, Patty, attended a Geological Society meeting in Vancouver in October. While awaiting departure, and with their 60th-reunion orange-and-black tote bag
laden with rock samples collected on a field trip, they were greeted by SID FOX'S daughter, who said she recognized the bag. And speaking of SID, the picture here shows him (right) with JACK BOGARDUS' son, Steve '76. SID and his wife, JEAN, had earlier enjoyed a production of a new musical, Bright Star, in which Steve starred at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

Check the photo of a 1950 Dial Lodge theme party on page 59 in the Jan. 7 PAW. Identified among the revelers were DAVE MCALPIN, JIM WALLACE, and VAEDN FITTON. Let PAW know if you were there.

We are saddened by the loss of five classmates: In 2014, FRANK MCLOUGHLIN died Feb. 9, TOM WILLARD died Dec. 2, and BOB WEATHERLY died Dec. 30. This year, GLENN SILER died Jan.3 and HANK BETTS, Jan 4.

 

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THREE FOR THE RHODE(S): Perhaps you have read that three
Princetonians were elected to the Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015 - the same number as our class in 1950. One of the three was Rachel Skokowski '15, a member of the women's cross-country and track team, whose election, according to the Department of Athletics, brought to 21 the number of Princeton Rhodes athletes.

When checking the department's list, your scribe found two omissions: '50 Rhodes scholar JIM BILLINGTON was a soccer goalie for four years, and PHIL ZABRISKIE played baseball for two years. Our third, JACK LAWSON, had no athletic credentials while on campus, but in our 10th directory he wrote that" an acute shortage of lacrosse talent enabled me to play defense
for Oxford," making him the only Princeton Rhodes winner to do so unless football and lacrosse player Frederick Billings' 33 did.

FROM THE PREP SCHOOL FILES: QUINN BARTON, trustee emeritus, historian, and archivist for the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., proudly reported that Bolles graduate Katherine Pogrebniak '14 was Princeton's Class of 2014 valedictorian. Another Bolles graduate, Gabrielle Ragazzo '15, was co-captain ofthis year's women's soccer team and a first-team All-Ivy selection.

DICK HOFFMAN was pictured sitting on his Kentucky home porch in a recent Mercersburg Academy publication. Now retired after a long career in teaching, Dick was recognized for his 67 consecutive years of supporting the
Academy's Annual Fund, which makes him the academy's longest living alum supporter.

We were saddened to learn that DAVE MCALPIN'S wife, Sarah, died Aug. 9, 2014. Classmates GENE WEINSTEIN died Oct. 8, 2014, and TOM WILLARD died Dec. 2, 2014.

 

Jan 2015

As we approach a landmark reunion, think back to 65 years ago when the reality of the new year, then 1950, raised the specter of completing, or in
some cases starting, one's thesis. Anyone still having  nightmares about missing the submission deadline?

From California, BILL TOMLINSON writes that he came East last summer with his family to take a cruise from Boston to Quebec City. He commented that the hike up to the Chateau Frontenac made him "feel like he was again preparing for the Henley Regatta."

From Georgia, BOB ROTH writes that all is well with his family. In retirement since 1995, BOB now plays guitar with a "very local" country band. A four-year swimmer as an undergraduate, he still finds time and energy to "swim a little."

From Connecticut, GEORGE SCHMIDT writes that he has moved from New York State to West Hartford, Conn . JACK BOGARDUS may still live in Scottsdale, Ariz., for seven months a year, but he spends summers in Greenwich, Conn.

GOING BACK. The class poll in the 1950 Nassau Herald - Votes for "Desert Island Companion" - resulted in a tie between Liz Taylor and "My Gal." Also-rans included Ruth Roman, Ava Gardner, "my wife," a good dog, a case of beer, the Bible, and The Harvard Classics.

We sadly report the loss of three classmates.
BOB STAATS-WESTOVER died Oct. 3, 2014, and DOUG RAYMOND died Oct. 18, 2014. Belatedly, we learned that BOB WARREN, who left Princeton in 1948, died Oct.26, 2013.

 

3 Dec 2014

Your scribe recently came by a small book entitled Stories and Poems by
ROY WELCH. Some of Roy's boyhood recollections may evoke your own
pre-Princeton memories. How about these? The massive Hindenburg flying
over his school in Princeton in 1937, a short time before its catastrophic
explosion in Lakehurst. Watching a televised Joe Louis-Max Schmeling
heavyweight-boxing match, which was projected onto the side of a large
white barn near Princeton. Living in the same neighborhood as leaders of
the Manhattan Project, such as Robert Oppenheimer, which inspired Roy's
George School nickname, "Atom Smasher". Cutting asparagus for four or
five hours at a time for 25 cents an hour as school children contributed on
the home front during to the WWII.

Alaska hosted several classmates during the summer. Nell and ROGER SMITH treated their youngest grandson, age 10, to kayaking, hiking and
whale watching there. Aline and JIM WALLACE enjoyed a ten-day train-bus
tour, then visited with their granddaughter and their two great-grandsons in
our 49th state.

JIM, our Class Treasurer, recently completed the annual class financial
report, which has probably reached you. While class dues support our
individual PAW subscription as well as those for our class widows, please
note that your scribe is very desirous of the news that accompanies your
dues. (Be advised that Alaskan trips are not a perk of the treasurer's
office.)

WAYNE DIMM, co-chairman of our 19th Mini Reunion in Palm Beach, died
on October 6,2014, in Chatham, Massachusetts. We belatedly learned of
the death of BOB HALLGRIN on December 25,2012, in Falmouth,
Massachusetts .

 

12 Nov 2014

Our dignified Tiger who headlined our 60th Reunion will be with us for the remainder of the year to remind us of our 65th May 28 - 31, 2015, in Princeton.

Speaking of landmark years, LANSE HOSKINS is in his 50th year as a physician at the Louis Stokes (Cleveland, Ohio) VA Medical Center. He now serves as a consultant for physicians assistants in an ambulatory-care clinic once a week.

JIM BILLINGTON completed his 27th year as Librarian of Congress Sept. 14. Jim is the 13th librarian since 1802 and is fourth in length of tenure.

BILL CARSON wrote that he and his wife, Georgia, were very pleased that the volunteer organization they started 17 years ago to assist low-income students in two Santa Fe public schools is thriving. It now supports seven schools with a paid staff of 11. The organization has just completed its first full year as the New Mexico affiliate of Communities in Schools, an umbrella organization in 26 states.

A few more moves to report: Joan and GLENN SILER have moved west from their longtime St. Louis residency to Overland, Kan.,, which "brackets" the homes of their two sons. HARRY MOORE and his wife, Mary, have decided to live full time in Sarasota, forsaking Charleston, W. VA., which Harry listed as his home while at Princeton. Gloria and RALPH CARDELLO have stayed in New Jersey, but relocated to an independent living community in Bridgewater.

We lost two classmates: JAMES "JERRY" TAYLOR died Aug 20, and BOB BREWER died Sept.15.

 

22 Oct 2014

TYGER, TYGER: Borrowing the words of William Blake, '50 is still "burning bright." Reunions chairman CHARLIE ROSE and committee are shaping up a full program for our 65th in Old Nassau May 28-31. Be there.

SPANNING THE GLOBE: Though the tiger's natural habitat is Asia, that doesn't stop those of '50 vintage from cruising the world. During the past year, TONY REYNOLDS' travels included a cruise that touched down in France, Spain, and Portugal.

BILL WINTERS and his wife, Barbara, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a two-week Danube cruise. ROGER SMITH and his wife, Nell, cruised the Far East seas, starting in Bangkok with at least seven ports of call along the way until they docked in Dubai. Your scribe and his wife, Garie, cruised in Antarctica over Christmas, where, to their surprose, the temperatures were a few degrees warmer than at their St. Louis home.

As part of his plan to show his grandchildren the world, JEREMY MAIN took his grandson, a recent graduate of the U. of Maryland, on a river trip along the Peruvian section of the Amazon. Exercising prudence, which has come with older age, he did not try "Ayahuasca," a potion recommended by a shaman. As Jeremy described the potion, it "makes you feel like a world conqueror, but unfortunately only after you have suffered from stomach pains, vomiting, and a fever."

Our thoughts go out to LEW BANCROFT, whose wife of 53 years, Sis, died May 13. We much enjoyed being with Sis as she and Lew were among our mini-reunion regulars.

Other sad news to report: STEW BAKULA died June 2 in St. Louis, GRIF JONES died July 15 in Montclair, N.J.; JOHN NEWMAN died Aug. 10 in Norwalk, Conn.

 

8 Oct 2014

BUSINESS FIRST: With our 65th upon us, the time has come to initiate the election of our class officers for the next five years. Per our constitution (yes, the Class of '50 has a constitution), the nominating committee presents the following slate of officers to serve from Reunions 2015 for five years: president, CHARLES ROSE; vice president, STUART DUNCAN; vice president AG, WILLIAM DIPPEL; Secretary, KENNETH PERRY; and treasurer, JAMES WALLACE.

The slate will be elected if no classmate requests for nominating-petition forms and inatructions are received by ALFRED ABBOTTS within 30 days after this PAW publication date, sent by U.S. mail, to: 15 Meadow Lakes, APT. U3, East Windsor, NJ 08520-3365, or by email to : socko50@comcast.net.

A STAR AMONG US: Along with three other astrononomers, SIDNEY VAN DEN BERGH was awarded the 2014 Gerber Fouindation Cosmology Prize for his contributions to the understanding of the structure and composition of the nearby universe. This internationally recognized prize, which also carries a substantial monetary award, adds to an impressive list of honors and awards that Sidney has received during his distinguished career. The director of the National Research Council of Canada described Sidney as "truly one of the great names in modern astronomy"

THE THIRD GENERATION: One wonders how many grandchildren our class offspring have begot. The number could well be more than 4,000. When ROBIN LITTLE wrote that he and Carol celebrated their 64th anniversary in June, he noted that they had 10 grandchildren. In a note from JOHN LANGER, he matched that number, but added more from their adopted children: two boys from Liberia, two girls from China. Even as this is written, the fourth generation is coming on the scene as Robin also reported four great-grandsons.

A note from the son of PHIL BAUMGARTNER conveyed the sad news that Phil died March 16 in Rhode Island.

 

17 Sep 2014

If your scribe's math is correct, 50 (our class) plus 15 (next year) adds up to 65, two weeks short of the years since out June 13 Commencement and, more importantly, the number of our next reunion.

So mark your 2015 calendars for Thursday, May 28, through Sunday, May 31, to be on campus for our 65th. It's our last "independent" reunion, since we will join Old Guard in 2016. Watch for a mailing with details next month.

Responding to a question posed about classmates - in addition to DAVID MILLER - who are writing their memoirs, BOB READ wrote that he has been inspired by his great-grandfather's "memories" and is in the throes of writing his own. With his wife, Alden, Bob is living in a retirement community outside Pittsburg and reports that he has traded travel and tennis for gardening and reading, and, of course, writing his memoir.

When Bob mentioned his tenure as class secretary from 1960 to 1965, it seemed appropriate to recognize in the year's first Class Notes the eight class secretaries who preceded your present scribe. They were: PETE ERDMAN, JOEL NIXON, EV FRANK, DON COHN, BOB READ, STU DUNCAN, PETE BUCHANAN, and SID FOX. Pete and Sid served the longest, alternating five-years stints for 30 years. They penned 645 columns and more than 175,000 words.

An apology is in order because your scribe violated the principle of journalism to always double check a source. It was Stu Duncan, not BILL SCHLUTER, who was inducted with BILL OSBORNE and CHARLIE ROSE at our 64th into the Society of the Claw for exemplary contributions to Reunions.

During the summer we received news of the death of OTTO "BOB" THEURKAUF on June 16 and of BOB STEVENS on July 10.

 

9 Jul 2014

The Friday-evening dinner at Fine Hall, a special presentation and a bag-pipe band in the P-rade highlighted our 64th reunion. AI Abbotts, Dave Beaty, Dave Billington, Jack Bogardus, Bill Campbell, Bob Christensen, Bob Cronheim, Stu Duncan, Pete Erdman, Bill Haynes, Dave Jordan, Tex Lamason, Dave McAlpin, John Minton, Bill Osborne, Jack Robinson, Charlie Rose, Will Rivinus, Bill and Fred Schluter-joined by wives and guests - convened Friday evening for our traditional class dinner atop Fine Hall.

During the dinner, the Committee Chair on Reunions arrived to induct our longtime off-year reunion chairman, Bill Osborne, into the Society of the Claw for his exemplary contributions to Reunions. Bill joins Charlie Rose and Bill Schluter in this select society.

A count of our ranks in the P-rade is unavailable, but the bagpipe band leading our class made certain '50 was noticed.

In April, Bob Christensen attended a luncheon in Chancellor Green marking the reinstatement of NROTC at Princeton. Bob was one of 33 classmates commissioned in the Navy in 1950 via the NROTC program. An additional 13 classmates were commissioned in the Naval Reserve that year. Bob Jr. '75
chauffeured his father the 100 miles from his Chappaqua, N.Y., home.

Bob Brown's granddaughter, Betsy Brown, is representing the family name in a way not imagined when Bob was at Princeton.
In 2012, 15-year-old Betsy, on her 9-year-old stallion, SV Peppys Whiz, outscored 63 entries in national competition to win the Silver Spurs
Equine Rookie of the Year Award. She has followed up this success by placing near the top in more advanced national competitions.

We are saddened to report that Walt Bauman died in South Setauket, N.Y., Dec. 15,2013; Steve Halsey died April 22, 2014, in Portland, Ore.; and Lew Hicks died April 24, 2014, on Cape Cod.

 

4 Jun 2014

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Here are Pete Anson and his daughter, Leslie von Wangenheim '85, visiting the renovated St. Paul (Minn.) Union Depot, which Leslie described as the illustrious starting point of Pete's fall journeys during his college years to the "best old place of all."  She reports that Pete is an avid reader, as usual, and Sally is stirring up their assisted- living establishment. They have nine grandchildren, all connected across the seas and continents. Leslie, who lives in Munich, has been an active Princetonian whose 20-year Schools Committee service was culminated by three years as international vice
chair of the Schools Committee.

Betty and Steve Zimmerman's daughter, Jean, has made literary news with
her second novel, Savage Girl. A book review in the March 23 NY Times described Jean as a "canny author" who "turns to the Gilded Age for a sweeping narrative ... set in 19th-century Manhattan ... that raises touchy questions about what it means to be civilized."

Anne Buxton, Julie's widow, wrote from Charleston that their son, Julian III '83, forsook what she thought was confirmed bachelorhood at the age of 52 to marry Polly Des Francs in December. We remember him as our "ghost tour" guide during the 2001 mini- reunion in Charleston.

We bid farewell to three classmates who died in March. Fred MacFadden died on March 19 in Baltimore; Jack Auld on the 24th in St. Louis; and Frank Feiner on the 27th in Schenectady.

 

14 May 2014

Dick Sharrett, now a retired physician, has taken up writing poetry. He wrote that he has been in touch with Stu Hayes, a poet in his own right, who is actively writing a personal history. Knowing that David Miller also has been writing his autobiography, your scribe wonders how many more classmates are doing likewise.

And what are other classmates doing in retirement? Here is a sampling from recent notes that accompanied class dues:

Bob Roth is still swimming, "limited by ability and my cardiologist."

Quinn Barton continues as historian and archivist of his prep school alma mater, the 80-year-old Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. That Quinn is six years older than the school certainly qualifies him for these positions.

Tom Lowrie has given up lawn tennis for badminton and pingpong, though still plays golf.

Bob Kelley is exercising body and mind by cutting his own wood, mowing his lawn, reading Shakespeare, and "doing a little history."

Roger Lester, a psychology major who claimed he came close to flunking physics and math as an undergraduate, is now teaching himself some modern physics and math. He observed that they don't appear to have gotten any easier in the intervening years.

Dave Doran wrote that he has been kept alive and healthy by "cheating a bit".  His "cheat listincludes a triple bypass, a carotid cleanout, and a pacemaker.  (We are glad that such a cheat list does not violate the honor system.)

REMINDER: Just two weeks until our 64th reunion. Off-year reunion chairman Bill Osborne and class president Bill Haynes have reserved the top of Fine Hall for the class dinner Friday evening, May 30. The Class of 1949, celebrating its 65th, has graciously invited us to share its headquarters at Forbes College throughout Reunions, and offers meals at modest prices.

Charlie Elliott died March 10 in Ithaca, N.Y.

 

23 Apr 2014

PLAY ON: Karlos Moser will add to his list of producing and conducting more than 70 operas this May when he conducts a benefit concert of music by the early-20th-century music group, The Original Hyperion Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra in Madison, Wis. This concert will raise funds for Melinda and Karlos' foundation, Free Opera Tickets for Kids. Karlos retired in 1998 after 36 years with the U. of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Music, but obviously has not put down his baton.

AND THE BEAT GOES ON: David Miller's "Swingin' Down the Lane" surpassed its 30th year on the air last October. His one- hour radio program is now heard on 50 or so NPR stations, plus one in Germany and one in
England. His broadcasts have passed the 1,650 mark. Always in the quest of program material, last year Dave phoned a '40S and '50S movie star on whom he had a teenage crush - Gloria Jean. He blended excerpts from their
conversation with songs from her movies in one of his broadcasts. Dave also teaches a big band course for LifeQuest, an organization that offers courses to the 50-plus age group.

PLAY BALL: With baseball season upon us your scribe is reminded of the two-week visit he and his wife made to Cuba last April, and a question posed to him by a young Cuban girl: "Why do you call it the 'World Series' when
only American teams play?" Cuba is a country with music everywhere, infatuated with '50'S vintage cars, and in love with baseball. The last
prompts my prediction that Cuba will have a major-league baseball team by mid-century that will rival the Yankees in attendance. But first the embargo must be lifted and Guantanamo resolved.

Welcome to the Class of'so: '50 . '47's loss was our gain in January when Isaiah "Pappy" Lieberman, a resident Issaquah, Wash., who graduated with us, reverted to '50.

 

2 Apr 2014

Be on campus May 29-june 1 to give "A ROAR FOR 64" - our 64th reunion, that is. What better way to prepare for next year and our 65th? Not many in number at Alumni Day in February, but representing '50 were Aline and
Bill Haynes, Nancy and Tex Lamason, Bill Campbell, and Charlie Rose.

News comes from California, where 24 classmates now reside. Incidentally, only four listed the Golden State as their address while at Princeton. The others must have heeded Horace Greeley's suggestion, "Go west, young
man," even though some did so when they were not so young.

From San Diego County: Tom Paine touts life there as "good for us oldsters," especially the weather. He still has his gardens, and for some reason since we are well beyond 70, is trying to convince AARP and the State of California to move the retirement age to 70 for full benefits.

From Hermosa Beach: .John Gebhard is keeping busy and enjoys the view of the Pacific at Sunrise Assisted Living, where he and his wife, Nancy, moved in 2011. Sadly, Nancy died soon thereafter from a sudden heart attack.

From LA: Bill Lucas reports, "Life is full, interesting, rewarding, and fun." When not summering in Martha's Vineyard, he is involved with educational reform for K-12 in California, a major charter school and after school programs for kids, several libraries and museums, the Program in Visual Arts
at Princeton, and archaeology in Peru and Greece. Add to these that his four children have produced nine grandchildren, who indeed make life even fuller for him and his wife, Ann.

With condolences to their families, we note the deaths of Jack Farmer and Paul Hofflund Feb. 1, and .Joe Mack on Feb. 2.

 

19 Mar 2014

While our string of class mini-reunions ended in Princeton in the fall of 2011 at 27, there are still "mini-minis" taking place:

Vaden Fitton wrote from Ohio that Dave Crafts, Jim Garvey, Joe Green, Ben
Lawrence,
and he get together monthly for lunch to "cuss/discuss" and solve the world's problems. As would be expected, he confessed little success with the latter, but no comment on how much cussing.

Mac MacLean reported that Gates Lloyd, Bob Read, and Jim Garvey would
be spending part of the winter season at Manasota Key on the west coast of Florida. Your scribe trusts that Jim will be granted excused absences from the Ohio luncheons he misses.

Tex Lamason ran into Kent Young and Bill Schluter at last fall's Penn-Princeton football game, and reveled in the outcome of the game.

A few months ago, Joe Green sent an article from the Wall Street Jorunal on the "Hit Songs of the Civil War." It described a new release of "Listen to the Mockingbird," which "receives an unadorned, mournful reading by Stuart Duncan and Dolly Parton." Alas, a Google search revealed another Stuart Duncan, not our classmate. However, Dick Sharrett wrote that the same Google listed him as co- author of a 1957 article in the journal Cardiology
and this is true.

Our sympathy goes to Bob Christensen, whose wife of 61 years, Barbara, died at year- end, and to Henry Powsner, whose wife of 62 years, Dana, died in early January.

We sadly report the deaths of two of our decorated, career military classmates. Air Force Lt. Col. Torr Harmer died Jan. 13, 2014. Army Col. Lucius "Lew" Daugherty died Jan. 30, 2011. Torr received the Legion of Merit
and two Distinguished Flying Crosses; Lew, the Bronze Star Medal.

 

5 Mar 2014

Last month at the annual meeting of the Catboat Association in Groton, Conn., Clint Trowbridge read from his book The Boat That Wouldn't Sink. His 34-foot Barnegat Bay catboat, Scatt II, has become a member of the family over the past 26 years, and she is still spoken of as if human. Clint's book goes beyond the exciting adventures of his old craft by adding reflections on life and nature. Clint earned a PhD from the U. of Florida. He taught at Rollins College, The College of Charleston, and Dowling College on Long Island before retiring to Maine in 1978. He has kept busy by writing five books, publishing many popular and scholarly articles, and teaching part time at
the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.

You might think that at our age retirements would be things of the past. BUT NOT SO!

Fred "Snuffy" Knight retired after 20 years teaching public speaking and
interpersonal communications at Eastern New Mexico U. Fran Wood no longer sees patients and retired after 10 years on the U. of Washington medical faculty. Now one of his commitments is maintenance of Seattle's
Leschi Natural Area, an 18.5-acre park near his home. Bill Kornfeld suffered a small stroke behind his left eye, which impaired his vision and prompted him to retire from his psychiatric practice of 54 years. Bill wrote that he misses
his patients and income, but not the pressure and tension.

Belatedly, our thoughts go with Bill Ahrens in Florida, whose wife, Katie, died
last February, and with George Bailey in London, whose wife, Yvonne, died last May.

We bid farewell to three classmates: Bob Forrest died in Pennsylvania Oct. 30, 2013; Harley Funk died in Pennsylvania Dec. 18, 2013; and Charles "Chuck" Mullen died in Washington state Dec. 27, 2013.

 

5 Feb 2014

Relocation and retirement communities seem be the vogue these days for '50ers. Martha and Jim Bralla wrote that they decided it was "prudent" to give up their country house in Pennsylvania and move to an independent- living facility in Springfield, Mass. Their two daughters live nearby, and Jim worked for the the Titflex Co. in Springfield early in his career. They found another Princetonian at the facility: John Parke '38, now 97 years old, who had a
"fine time" at his 75th reunion last year.

After 51 years in Colts Neck, N.J., Teresa and Les Freeman have moved 10 miles southeast to a retirement village, which Les describes as "not bad!"

Adrienne and Jack Maxwell still claim a Richmond, Va., address, but have moved to a nearby retirement home where they have lots of opportunity to stay sharp by playing bridge. Having visited about a hundred countries over
the years, they now plan to restrict their travel to exploring the US and visiting with friends.

Ann and Hugh Morgan have relocated to Morganton, N.C., not because of the town's name, but to be close to their children and grandchildren. Like many who relocate, Hugh volunteered that it was very difficult to leave
Birmingham after living there for more than 50 years, and having been deeply involved with the community's business, civic, and charitable activities.

Margaret and Wayne Dimm have sold their Palm Beach home and moved
permanently to Cape Cod, where they have a house in Chatham.

Carolyn and Doug Raymond now live in Dunwoody Village, a retirement community in Newtown Square, Pa.

Again, sad news has reached us. Three classmates died last November: Blair
Mac
Donald in Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 17; and Hugh King in Venice, Fla., and Joe Zang in Greenwich, Conn., both Nov. 29.

 

8 Jan 2014

FAMILY MATTERS: The Prioleau family was both ashore (see photo in class website)and on the water last fall when Diane and "DUTCH' PRIOLEAU were in Boston for the Head of the Charles Regatta. They watched a son, two.grandsons, and three cousins rowing or coachmg various crews. The Head of theCharles always brings memories of our late classmate HANK BIRD who rowed there until age 76. About this time, Dutch discovered that
the headmaster of All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas, which three Prioleau grandchildren attend, was Hank's son, Tad.

We pictured Joan and ALAN KIRK in the last issue. Latest news from the Kirk family is that their daughter-in-law, Carolyn Kirk, was handily re-elected in November to her fourth term as mayor of Gloucester, Mass. Carolyn's
campaign was given a boost when Hillary and Bill Clinton came to one of her campaign events in this oldest working seaport in the US.

FRED SEELEY, who is retired in Falmouth on Cape Cod, stays close to his family, as all his children live in New England. He finds working out of his home as a financial adviser eliminates commuting problems, since getting
from bedroom to home office is rather easy. Not withstanding, Fred continues on the board of a bank in the Cayman Islands.

DAVE McALPIN's family expanded when he joined the ranks of other classmates with great-grandchildren, on the birth of Marcel Munro McAlpin in June. Dolores and JOHN HUTTON drove from their Connecticut home to Maine in August for their granddaughter Grace's wedding.

We extend our sympathy to classmates BILL AHRENS, BOB CHRISTENSEN, and MARCUS AARON, who lost their wives during the past year. Bill's wife, Katie, died in February. Bob's wife, Barbara, died in June. Marcus' wife, Barbara died in September.

 

4 Dec 2013

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It's always great to get a photo of classmates, especially roommates and spouses traveling together. Pictured here (l-r) are"Lutie" and Steve Halsey with Joan and Alan Kirk during their recent Alaskan cruise. They saw Juneau, whales, fjords, and glaciers, but not the Princeton and Tiger Tail Glaciers, which are best seen from a chartered plane.

Among our other travelers was Bob Brown, who with his traveling companion, Barbara Schlaffer, toured Yellowstone as well as Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde in the Southwest.

Len Palin continues his part-time ministry on the pastoral staff in Dana Point, Calif. His 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren are thriving. In fact, one of the grandchildren is Beau Palin, Yale football captain and defensive
end. Beau was among the football student- athletes announced as candidates for the 2013 National Football Foundation National Scholar-
Athlete Awards.

We are saddened to report that Ed Weinstein died in Philadelphia July 15; Thad Tomson in Caracas, Venezuela, Sep 23: and Dave Aubrey in Sun City West Ariz Sept.29·      

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13 Nov 2013

It may seem a bit early, and well in advance of our 65th reunion in 2015 when we join the Old Guard, but AI Abbotts in lawyeresque fashion is reviewing our constitution and initiating the selection of the next five-year slate of class officers.

So with class matters in good shape, president Bill Haynes and his wife, Aline, left their Princeton home in September to enjoy a 12-day Mediterranean cruise, departing from Venice, sailing around Italy, and docking in Monte Carlo. Bill noted that it was the first time in 60 years he was aboard a ship without being in uniform. Recalling Sea Time, Bill's book that described his experiences on board supply and troop ships during WWU, his comments
come as no surprise. "The wheelhouse was totally wired, no sextant, the helmsman had a small wheel to steer the ship, and many more than one propeller," he said. Bill still keeps his hand in teaching. He meets with Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School students every two or three weeks to discuss case studies in cardiology and share an "old doc's" viewpoint.

And with class finances in sound condition, treasurer Jim Wallace, and his wife, Aline, left their Ohio residence in August to travel to Santa Fe. There, Aline visited with Southern California roommates she had not seen in 30
years while Jim "spent time on his own." Next was Dallas, where they visited the two Bush libraries, and then Little Rock for the Clinton Library, which completed their visits to all 13 of the presidential libraries.

No, it's not a misprint. What other class can say that the wives of two of its officers are named "Aline?"

 

23 Oct 2013

Kudos to Bill Dippel and his AG volunteers! The class has posted 22 consecutive years at better than 60% participation and the last 10
at better than 70%. This past year, 73.8% of our 344 classmates participated, placing us seventh among non-major reunion classes. Let's move up next year.

It took a countrywide sweep to fill out this column.

From New Jersey: As reported by a source in Princeton (aka Charlie Rose), Stu Duncan is still reviewing plays in the Princeton area. Your scribe remembers that some years ago Stu lamented that, while he enjoyed reviewing, he had become exasperated by sitting through countless performances of Annie, and then listening to the star's doting grandparents.
Either Annie's popularity is waning or age has toughened Stu.

From Delaware: Bernie Dempsey wrote that it is "hard to believe" that he and Pat have been married 60 years. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in June.

From New York: John Northrop wrote that his son, Michael '81 has worked for years  for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, focusing on the environment and public awareness of global-warming problems.

From Florida: Ted Friend wrote that his son, Tommy, created an ESPN video that traced pro basketball's LaBron James through his childhood to his preeminence with the Miami Heat.

From Missouri: Georgia Van Cleve Colwell wrote that Bill [Van Cleve ] would have been "so pleased" that two grandsons are in the Class of 2017: Will, son of Robert Van Cleve '82, and Billy, son of Peter and Andrea Van Cleve, both '80.

From California: Phyllis and Dave Billington have moved to Palo Alto, Calif., to be closer to family. They leave their longtime residence in Princeton, where Dave established his legacy as a University professor, innovative teacher, and icon in the world of bridge design.

We received news that Gordon Armistead died in California Aug. 7.

 

9 Oct 2013

When these notes appear, the Tigers will have already completed their third football game of the season, which brings back memories of fall Saturdays in the late '40S and Charlie Caldwell's single-wing offense. Sadly, we must
report that a key member of those Princeton squads, Don Cohn, died suddenly from a heart attack at his Long Island, N.Y., home Aug. 13. Don anchored the center of the line and was a three-year letterman.

As class scribe, I must relate one of the many stories Don told. Class secretary from 1955-60, he once found himsel flacking news for his
notes. Not one to shortchange his readers, Don created a fictitious classmate and expansively reported on the "classmate's" activities. Though the PAW editors chastised him when the ruse was discovered, he always recounted
the story with a smile and without remorse.

The class officers were gratified when Jean Fox s'50 w'50 h'50 agreed to be our associates chair. Her primary duty will be maintaining relationships with our class widows. Clarifying the designations: s'50 indicates that Jean's
spouse is a member of '50, in her case, Sid Fox; w'50 means that Jean is a widow of Don Taylor '50; and h'50 signifies that she is an honorary member of '50.

Rollie Minda's blog, Retirement Dance, recently carried an article titled, "Comes Mid-Summer, When Out-of-Town Kin or Friends Arrive - What To Do With Them!" Not much help for most of us, as it featured the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. However, we can vouch for many of the places recommended, since Rollie's "out-of-town"'50 classmates enjoyed them during the 2007
mini-reunion there.

We extend our sympathy to Bill Flammer whose wife, "Terri," died May 26.

 

18 Sep 2013

Remember 67 years ago when the Class of l950 initially made its presence known on campus? As the late Pete Armstrong reminisced at our 50th: "We were the first true postwar class.  We thought Baker Rink was for ice hockey.
President Dodds spoke to us in Alexander Hall, seldom to be seen again."

When Bob Brewer sent in his new address in Lexington, Ky., he added that he remains active in the Central Kentucky Alumni Association as AG chairman and secretary. Another AG volunteer, .John Scott, reported from London that Stirling Carpenter's research on a Kreuzfeldt-Iacob disease variant received endorsement at a meeting in Oslo.

Your scribe has been remiss in not noting that he looks forward to the personal and religious poems that Stuart Hayes sends each year with his class dues from his residence in Denver.

In noting the passing of classmates, we have to be impressed and proud of the breadth that their careers took after graduation: clergy, farming, academia, banking, business, news media, public service. So with respect, we record that Michael Turner died July 12, 2012; and in 2013, .Joe Edens died June 3; Lou DiPaolo June 4; Hank Bird June 14; Dan Golden June 14; Stan .Johnson June 20; Don de la Chapelle June 21; Tony Fryer June 25; Frank Reeve June 28; and .John Hager July 18.

 

10 Jul 2013

"TYGER, TYGER (still) BURNING BRIGHT." With 21 classmates at our 63rd reunion, a number slightly larger than the past two reunions, '50 continues to burn bright. In attendance at the traditional Friday evening dinner on the top floor of Fine Hall, again oranized by BILL OSBORNE, were: AL ABBOTTS, DAVE and JIM BILLINGTON, JACK BOGARDUS, BILL CAMPBELL, BILL DIPPEL, DAVE DORAN, STU DUNCAN, PETE ERDMAN, LES FREEDMAN, BILL HAYNES, TEX LAMASON, DAVE MCALPIN, JOHN MINTON, Bill Osborne, JACK ROBINON, CHARLIE ROSE, and BILL and FRED SCHLUTER.
Seen at other times were BOB CRONHEIM and HENRY POWSNER. A greeting from both outgoing and incoming Princeton presidents from the P-rade reviewing stand Saturday was a fitting climax. Now on to our 64th.

The City U. of New York may seem unusual copy for our Class Notes, but the news from there is worthy when a classmate is involved. ERNIE RUBENSTEIN has been a board member of The Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation for 25 years and is currently its president. The foundation recently made a $25 million award to CUNY's three community colleges to support their initiatives to boost student retention and graduation rates.
As foundation president, Ernie said, "The CUNY grant is the result of several years research into how the foundation could best advance the cause of making a college education available to the largest possible number of highly motivated, low-income, public school graduates." He added, "This is the best thing the foundation has done in its 50-plus years of existence."

FRED "SNUFFY" KNIGHT is into his 20th year teaching interpersonal communications and public speaking at Eastern New Mexico U. It started when he retired in 1993. Sadly, Carol, his wife of 49 years, died in August 2011.


CHARLIE KNIGHTS' daughter informed us that he died in Portland, Ore., Feb. 23,2013.

 

5 Jun 2013

BILL HAYNES, our class president, sent a photo of his wife, Aline, and him in Baltimore with his oldest grandson, Henri Halle, who had just come off the field from Colorado College's lacrosse victory of over Babson. Bill's family has an extensive history of playing lacrosse, and his son, Bill '84, played rugby in grad school. Somehow, Bill's genes translated to "dry land" sports, not competitive swimming, which has been Bill's forte.

After selling his actuarial business, EFI Actuaries, and moving from his long time residence in Washington last June, TED FRIEND is now ensconced in Boca Raton, Fla. He kept his parent company, Ed Friend Inc., and is actively marketing a new and innovative pension-retirement system for public-sector
employees. His patent-pending approach, called "Double DB," provides employers with "fixed-cost" pension funding while providing traditional pension benefits. Ted used multiple variations of the past 100 years of nationwide asset-class returns to verify the benefits of his system over those presently used.

BILL CARSON and his wife, Georgia, are in their 21st year in Santa Fe and particularly pleased that the program they started to support students in low-income public schools, "Santa Fe for Students," has become the New
Mexico affiliate of the National Communities in Schools organization. Bill notes with pride that his granddaughter is the Class of'16.

We were saddened to learn that ALLAN RYYSYlAINEN's son, Lloyd, died in March. Alan served in the Navy from 1942-46 and was one of our married classmates. He wrote that Lloyd was born in Princeton Hospital in January 1949, right in the middle of final exams.

DAVE MCLAIN died April 13 in Warren, OhIO.

 

15 May 2013

When Librarian of Congress JIM BILLINGTON announced this year's 25 additions to the National Recording Registry on March 21, he brought to 375 selections for the program that started in 2002. Among his selections were a D-Day radio broadcast, the original cast recording of The Sound of Music, Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," and Chubby Checker's dance craze sparker, "The Twist."

On the same day, a USA TODAY editorial noted that the library, which is in charge of the Copyright Office, has provoked widespread criticism with its recent announcement that "the 'unlocking' of cell phones would no longer be legal without permission of your wireless service provider." The editorial concluded, "When the Congress' librarian starts behaving like a new sheriff in town, consumers have good reason to suspect the law is stacked against them." Being described as "a new sheriff in town" certainly wasn't part of Jim's job description when President Reagan appointed him librarian in 1987.
Nonetheless, congratulations, Jim; you are probably the Class of '50'S first sheriff.

In February, Joan and AL ABBTTS vacationed south of West Palm Beach, where they partied with Addie Vogel and JACK ROBINSON in their nearby condo. They also stayed for "a spell" with AI's four-year roommate, WALLY
GREEN
, and Wally's wife, Doris.

REMINDER: Just two weeks until our 63rd reunion at Princeton. Off-year reunion chairman BILL OSBORNE and class president BILL HAYNES have reserved the top of Fine Hall for a class dinner on Friday evening, May 3l.
The next day there will be room in our ranks to follow the fife and drums that will lead us in the P-rade. Headquarters will be with the Class of 1948 at Forbes.

We have lost two classmates recently: JIM WEISEL died Feb. 12,2013. HANK RENTSCHLER, one of our class stalwarts and former class president and treasurer, died March 26, 2013.

 

15 Apr 2013

It's great to have children to visit who work in more exotic parts of the world. So it is with Ann and HUGH MORGAN, whose daughter, Grace, is with the World Bank in New Delhi. They spent the month of December in India and were impressed with the progress they observed since a visit there 25 years ago.

Not one to stay at home, BOB BROWN and travel companion Barbara Schlatter took a Black Sea tour last year that included Budapest and Bucharest. After a respite in hometown Toledo, Ohio, it was off in January
for a three-masted Clipper ship cruise in the Bahamas. At last report, Bob was relaxing in South Carolina, where he occasionally has dinner with Lucia and DICK GRAY.

There are 11 Princeton scholarships associated with our class, benefitting 16 undergraduates this year. The recipient of our 50's FUND 2000 scholarship is Ethan Berl '14 of Champaign, Ill., who is a computer science major in the engineering department. We received a letter from Ethan expressing his
gratitude for the scholarship "which made it possible [for him] to attend Princeton this year." He took last year off to work as a founding team member of a small, startup company in SF. "Thankful for the many opportunities Princeton has given me," says Ethan, he plans to give back by teaching a class through the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club this semester in which he will show other students how to apply algorithms behind natural language processing and machine learning as used in major websites.
Obviously, a quantum leap from our sliderule generation. And how about this for his courses last semester: philosophy, policy, sociology, neuroscience, and computer science.

We learned from a NY Times obituary that BOB ELBERSON died Feb. 26 in Charlotte, N.C.

 

3 Apr 2013

From California, LEN PALIN has alerted us to look for his grandson when Princeton plays Yale this fall. Beau Palin, a defensive end who is 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 247 pounds, has been elected captain of the New Haven team. As a senior, Len, who played guard, was listed at a mere 6 feet and 198 pounds in the 1949 Princeton-Yale game program.

A historical note from One Hundred Years of Princeton Football (1869 -1969) by our late classmate, Bill STRYKER: In 1949 the Tigers made it three straight over Yale by winning 21-13. GEORGE SELLA caught Dick Kazmaier '52's passes for two touchdowns and was the top ground gainer with 83 yards. Other '50S on the squad were BUXTON, COHN, COLLINS, HARKINS, HOWARTH, MCKENNA, MOORE, and POWERS.

From Florida, DAVE DORAN sent a reminiscence of his 1995-96 assignment in St. Petersburg as part of a State Department program to get the Soviets to convert 26 military factories to making civilian products. He actually got one company to make wheelchairs, but they continued making submarines. He
was suspected of being a spy most of the time, but was removed from suspicion near the end of his sojourn, though a friend did not escape arrest.

From Ohio, BEN LAWRENCE reported having a good summer last year at his lake cottage in Michigan. While at home in Cincinnati, he joins classmates JIM GARVEY, JOE GREEN, DAVE CRAFTS, and VADEN FITION every month or so for a restaurant lunch and lots of talk.

From Washington, ROBIN LITTLE wrote that his great-grandchild count is approaching 4. He and Carol are still ranching in eastern Washington State.

We received news that DAVID "GORDON"ASHTON died Jan. 31, 2013, in Manchester, Vt.

 

20 Mar 2013

SIDNEY VAN DEN BERGH reports from his home in British Columbia that last year he retired from the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory on the ccasion of his 83rd birthday. He lamented that his most recent paper, No. 806 according to NASA records, will be his last. He added that it represented
a record, since he and his co-authors took 30 years to complete it. (Of course, in astronomical time, that is essentially nothing.) Sidney and Paulette will be staying at home, "content with watching ships and seals passing behind
their living-room window with some 7,000- foot mountains in the background." Sidney has the distinction of being 1950's only Fellow of the Royal Society, in recognition of his work as an astrophysicist.

ROGER LESTER's career after graduating from Yale School of Medicine was primarily teaching medicine. From Fort Worth, Texas, where he has now settled, he writes, "In recent years I've been reading philosophy (Hume, Kant,
Hegel, et al). I'd enjoy hearing from anyone in the class with a similar nterest." Roger's email address is in our directory.

LEE BELLMER's wife, Shirley, brought us up- to-date on Lee's health. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's shortly after his retirement from General Electric in 1992. He has experienced two serious operations, hospitalizations, and rehabs in recent years, which have depleted his physical skills. Despite all this, Lee is in good spirits and still quick with a
"comeback." He enjoys the activities and accomplishments of his 11 grandchildren, but is disappointed that as yet none have applied to Princeton.

We were saddened to receive the news that JACK MCKENNA died in Stuart, Fla., Jan. 7, and JIM MACWHINNEY died in Rochester, N.Y., Jan. 11.

 

6 Mar 2013

6mar
Oii est ce siqne? Imagine your scribe and his wife's surprise when they spotted this sign in Colmar,
a city of 68,000 in Alsace, during part of a Road Scholar (aka Elderhostel) Christmas tour, which started in Paris and ended in Provence. An inquiry revealed that Princeton was Colmar's sister city. The University was described in a full-page spread in Colmar's colorful, 12-page brochure as

"une prestiqieuse universite dont La devise proclame 'Dieu a etudie a

Princeton," Translation: "a prestigious university whose motto proclaims, 'God has studied at Princeton." Obviously, a presumptive translation of "Dei sub numine viqet,"


Last March DAVID MILLER served as emcee for the celebration of the 100th birthdate of bandleader Les Brown in his birthplace, Tower City, Pa. Along with local band performances, a street adjacent to Brown's birthplace was name "Les Brown Way." Dave volunteered that during our Princeton days,
the major hit of Brown and his Band of Renown was an instrumental recording of "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm." Who was the favorite band in our class poll? Answer: Lester Lanin.

We will miss Ouida Davis who had been our class associate chairperson for the past five years. Ouida was JIM DAVIS' widow and lived in White Sulfur Springs, W.Va. She died Dec. 14.

PETER SCULLY died Dec. 16 at his home in
Dwight, III.

 

6 Feb 2013

Not only is treasurer JIM WALLACE pleased to receive your class dues, but your scribe is equally pleased to get the notes that accom-
pany them. Hence, the news that follows:

TONY REYNOLDS curtailed his travel schedule and stayed home in California after remodeling his 56-year-old house last year, and then his daughter and twin grandchildren traveled from London for a visit last August.

DAVE BINGHAM's wife, Beverly, wrote last fall about the Princeton Footnotes visiting the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass., where Dave resided, and how he enjoyed their rendition of "Old Nassau" and a special locomotive. Sadly, we just learned that Dave died Dec 21.


TURNER ODELL is now settled in Portland, Ore., where he moved last July to be near his son, Turner Jr., and his daughter, Lindley '85.Turner had been living for two years in a retirement community in Easthampton, Mass.,
where he was on the community's board of directors. DAVE JORDAN, whom we remember fondly for chairing our 14th mini in San Diego in 1998, moved in the opposite direction and now claims Warminster, Pa., as his residence. ROGER SMITH seems to be thriving in his "golden years" in Connecticut, filling his days playing golf, tennis and paddleball, gardening, and reading. Wife Nell and he enjoyed an evening with Adele and JACK MCKENNA last fall.

No news in JIM HITZROT's latest note, but we assume he has acclimated well to Bedford, Mass., where, the longtime Maryland resident moved several years ago.

IVY UPDATE: CHARLIE ROSE, our campus emissary as well as vice president and web- master, reported that the class ivy planted at 2012 Reunions is thriving.

CHARLIE BIGGS' son, Class of '74,·wrote that his father and our classmate died Nov. 2, 2012 at the Winchester Medical Center in Virginia. Charlie lived in Berkley Springs, W.Va.

 

16 Jan 2013

After an overnight stay in St. Paul, 16 class mates, wives, and companions boarded the American Queen Oct. 19 for a three-day cruise on the Mississippi. Camaraderie was foremost, but stops included a former church where the Grand Army of the Republic supposedly was formed, a logging camp, and the National Bald Eagle Center.

CHARLIE ROSE, who led the group, reported that many of the fellow cruise people probably did not understand the Princeton presence. As Charlie's daughter '77 commented, "To be fair, what proportion of the normal population would know how to take a group of Princetonians, let alone a group from '50?" The' 50ers were PETE ANSON, LEW BANCROFT, BOB BROWN, DICK FORD, SID FOX, JEREMY MAIN, JIM GARVEY, CHARLIE ROSE, and BILL WINTERS. Not aboard, but organizer of the mini, was JIM WALLACE.

Celebration of the Tigers 29-7 win over Yale in New Haven has subsided by now, but classmates CHARLIE KRIGBAUM, DANFORTH, and BOB FORREST, who live in the area, must still be quite pleased with the outcome. RICK SHANLEY, who lamented the fortunes of the team earlier this year from his Boynton Beach, Fla., address, should be more upbeat now. Obviously Coach Surace did not hear Rick's suggestion to return to the single wing, but the most effective play against Yale was a power sweep, reminiscent of our 1947-49 HYP champion teams. (Today, they run this sweep from the "wildcat" formation, but it sure looks like Charlie Caldwell's single wing.)

A trip from Florida brought Sally and BILL WALLACE back not only for our class dinner and the P-rade, but for the graduation of their granddaughter, Sara '12.

Our sympathy goes to CHARLIE SAUNDERS who wrote that Mamie, his wife of almost 62 years, died May 25 after a long battle against leukemia. Mamie's Princeton heritage included a son '74, brothers '47 and '52, and her father 1903.

 

12 Dec 2012

 DAVE MCALPIN modestly wrote that he had retIred after 2 5 years of service as president and trustee of Habitat for Humanity Trenton. Needless to say this was an understatement of hIS contribution to Habitat and the Trenton community.   Al ABBOTTS a article from The Times of Trenton about Dave's retirement that added a good deal more about his tenure. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Trenton chapter has built more than 80 homes, despite continued funding challenges, which Dave said had really worried him about every two or three years. Actually, Dave retired from the organization 11 years ago, but felt compelled to return when he realized the group was struggling to survive. "It's in good shape to carry on now," he said. In looking back, Dave described the great satisfaction he got seeing "something new and beautiful replacing dilapidated houses" and "bringing people together," especially in the East Trenton neighborhoods. Job well done, Dave.

AI Abbots also wrote that he and Joan spent a month this summer at Lake Winnipesaukee, their favorite lake in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, Al is being "bugged by a bad guy, 'Arthur Itis,' but is soldiering on in spite of him." No doubt, many of our class are acquainted with that guy.

BOB CRONHEIM's daughter, Carol '86, is the new assistant secretary of state for New Jersey. Her responsibilities include state buildings, historical monuments, state history, and the council for the arts.

DICK SHARRETT and his wife, Betty, are about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, though with two years of "chasing," Dick figures it amounts to 52 years. Such is the logic of an MD from the U. of Pennsylvania.

 

14 Nov 2012

Your scribe thanks PETER ERDMAN's office assistant, Suzanne, for goading Peter into sending the following news: Last July, class associate Virginia CRAWFORD hosted Peter at her summer home on the grounds of the beautiful Chautauqua Institution in western New York.  She also hosted Aline and JIM WALLACE for a few days when all attended lectures and concerts that were events of the institution's summer program. Later, Peter and Virginia dined with Phoebe and DICK FORD who had come to Chautauqua for a week.

BILL KORNFELD visited Bette and BILL KRAMER in "their gorgeous digs in Washington, DC", and reported that all are well. There was a meeting of the coasts when ALAN KIRK had a visit from former roommate, STEVE HALSEY,
and his wife, Lutie. Alan lives in MacLean, Va.; the Halseys, in Portland, Ore.

Did those of you who were at Reunions recognize the cover of the events catalog? It was the watercolor of Nassau Hall and our class assembling for our 60th by John Hutton '82, son of Dolores and JOHN HUTTON. Dolores
stated emphatically that she and John "can't draw at all."

Our sympathy goes to two classmates who recently lost their wives. RICH HUNGERFORD's wife of 40 years, Marian, died March 3 l. CHARLIE SAUNDERS' wife of 61 years, Mamie, died May 25.

News has reached us that JIM TUCKER died Aug. 31 following an accidental fall at his home in New Hampshire. We reported in the previous notes that JIM SCHAEFER had died Aug. 16. Sadly, we learned that his brother and Princeton roommate, LOU SCHAEFER, died Sept. 2.

 

 

24 Oct 2012

This spring, "HANK" RENTSCHLER alerted your scribe to a book written by another "HANK," HENRY BIRD, that is. Titled Ride the Wind: Biologist and Pastor, it was published last October. Using my limited computer skills I
located an extensive promo on Amazon.com that is worthy of this column.

'''Rowing allowed me to excel,' he [Henry] said, understating his accomplishments in many areas. Ride the Wind: Biologist and Pastor is full of understatements and minimalist reports. Henry captained a crew in col lege and began rowing again later and continued well into his seventh decade. Over the years, Henry has led in action and by example a life worth living, and hopes readers will enjoy his tales and photos of events and people in this tapestry of stories.

Henry served as a Navy corpsman, worked in industry as a biologist, was ordained a priest and minister, was a dedicated civil-rights advocate, worked with Native American communities in the Southwest and Maine, and always returned to his roots in Maine. He lives in Cundys Harbor with his best friend, partner, and wife of more than 50 years, Hilde."

TIGER TIDBITS: BOB STAATS·WESTOVER retired last year and moved to Stone bridge at Montgomery in Skillman, N.J., just up the road from his former Princeton residence. Among those who traveled with your scribe
and wife Garie on a Princeton Journeys river trip to The Netherlands and Belgium in April (lots of tulips and Northern Renaissance art) were WILL RIVINUS' nephew, John Leydon '66, and BILL MARITZ's son, "Flip" '83.

JIM SCHAEFFER died Aug. 16 in New Jersey.

10 Oct 2012

Not surprisingly, a significant portion of the news that your scribe receives is as much about children and grandchildren as it is about classmates themselves.

STEVE ZIMMERMAN reports that his daughter Jean's new novel,

The Orphanmaster,

has been released and gotten excellent reviews.  Most notable was every author's dream, a very favorable review in Sunday's NY Times Book Review section that described it as "the ideal historical novel for readers who value
history as much as mystery."

JOHN NORTHROP wrote that his granddaughter, Katrina, went to China this summer to study Chinese and improve her fluency. She is only 15. (Hen hao, xiao Katrina.) Incidental to this, John commented favorably on a Bill
Bradley '65 book signing he attended near his home on Long Island.

From across the pond, JOHN SCOTT relayed the news from Porto, Portugal, where STIRLING CARPENTER resides, that Stirling's Pathology of Skeletal Muscles (1996) may be coming out in a new edition. Meanwhile, Stirling is participating in an international research project of electron microscopy into Kuf 's disease, a progressive disease that results in dementia.  Stirling and neurologist wife Ligia's son, Simon, is now 10 years old. John speculates
that Simon may qualify as our youngest legacy.

Do you remember that when most of us entered Princeton in 1946, the Dow Jones Index had dropped below 170, and listed stocks such as Woolworth, National Distillers, Corn Products Refining, and Allied Can?

We were saddened to learn that "BO" KELLY, lifelong Baltimorean and civic leader, died in Maryland Aug. 1, and JOE FINNIGAN, a retired Navy lieutenant commander, died in Virginia Aug. 14.

19 Sep 2012


What better way to start this year's initial column than with an email from FAX CONQUEST who mused, "A number of thoughts recently ran through my mind. On my last birthday, I found I am 84 years old. My son Chris is 50 years old. My Princeton Class is '50, and Chris' class is '84."

In the spring, KEITH JONES was part of an informal workshop on physics-related topics that brought together four undergraduate physics majors: two from the Class of 1950, two from the Class of 2000. Pictured are (l-r): Keith Jones, LIN LEE, Matt Eisaman '00, and Heather Lynch '00. All four are connected professionally with the Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook U. They hope to expand such workshops, perhaps via a Facebook page, to include all Princeton undergraduate physic majors.

RICHARD WEGHORN's wife, Janina, continues to operate the old nun's residence in Zakopane, Poland, that she remodeled and converted to a small inn. The area is touted as the Aspen of Eastern Europe. Doubt that any of us are still skiing, but sounds like a great place to take the grandchildren.

A REMINDER: Visit the class website and view reunion pictures of the ivy planting.

News reached us that BILL MCCLOSKEY died June 6 in Florida, and "GENE" LEGGETT died June 8 in Virginia.

11 Jul 2012

Former class president AL ABBOTTS and current president BILL HAYNES are pictured by the Class of 1950 stone on the front right- hand side of Nassau
Hall as they pre pared to plant our class ivy before the P-rade. The class joined over 100 other Princeton classes who have followed a tradition of planting ivy initiated by the Class of 1870. The 62 years since our graduation marks a record, albeit a dubious one, for the longest lapse between class graduation and ivy dedication.

62ND REUNION DINNER: Joining off-year reunion chairman BILL OSBORNE in the "Professors' Lounge" atop Fine Hall on Friday evening were: Abbotts, DAVE BILLINGTON, BOGAR DUS, CAMPBELL, CRONHEIM, DIPPEL, ERDMAN, FORD, FREEMAN, Haynes, MCALPIN, RIVINUS, JACK ROBINSON, ROSE, BILL and FRED SCHLUTER, STAATS-WEST- OVER, and BILL WALLACE. Spouses, kin, and friends added to the gathering that enjoyed a
truly "fine" view of the campus. Next day, 28 marched in the P-rade.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER MINI-REUNION: It's not too late to sign up for our 28th mini-reunion. Contact JIM WALLACE (Jimwallace@ juno.com.) who reports that 17 are now booked on The American Queen, which leaves St. Paul Oct. 19 for a three-day Mississippi River cruise.

JOE GREEN, our treasurer for many years, wrote that his wife, Jeanne, died in March after a long bout with Alzheimer's. After their marriage in 1983, Jeanne and Joe at tended 21 consecutive mini-reunions.

Our ranks were thinned when STEVE HALLIDAY died Feb. 26, TED PEYSER died April 13, and"LUKE" HOPKINS died May 23.


6 Jun 2012

When browsing througn our 10thdirectory, BILL DIPPEL noticed the picture (page 432) of a plaque in the Chancellor Green lounge dedicated in 1955 to the six members of our class who "Gave Their Lives in the Service of Their
Country." Not finding the plaque when he stopped by the lounge, he decided to seek its whereabouts. He ultimately located a University employee involved with a renovation of the lounge who led him to a room where the
plaque was safely stored in a wooden box. At Bill's prompting, the plaque has now been mounted just outside the entrance to the lounge.
It is fitting that the plaque is on display again, since this is the 60th year since STU BLAZER and "RICK" RICH were killed in action in Korea, and FRED BARBOUR died of bulbar polio at the West Point infirmary. TOM KILBY died in a North Korean POW camp the year before; JOHN GRAY in action in Korea in 1953; and JOE FORT in a Navy jet training flight in France in 1955·

News arrived from one of our expatriates, JOE LESHICK, who has lived overseas for over 40 . years. Joe, who retired in 1991, wrote that he had "the distinct impression that this year I grew older." Nevertheless, he still splits each year between Brussels and Costa Blanca in Spain. Joe added that he actually "printed" the message with his arm in a cast.

JIM CALDWELL called in March to report his successful triple-bypass operation and aortic- valve replacement. No driving for a while, and no golf for at least six months. But imagine his surgeon's surprise when, before being sedated, Jim said, "You look just like your father." The surgeon was George Finney '81, whose dad is "Reddy," Class of '51, the center on the undefeated' 50 football team after DON COHN graduated.

16 May 2012

Some time ago we reported that you could find ROLLIE MINDA's blog, The Retirement Dance, on the Net. In his latest posting, Rollie unapologetically reveals an addiction that was started in high school, fine-tuned during
WWII in Manila - where it is a national institution - and cunningly sustained in seeluded hideaways during his early employment. When he became self-employed he made certain his office was compatible with the addiction by furnishing it with a comfortable chair with easy access for putting his legs on his desk. The addiction: NAPPING. Today, since he has no intention of
shaking this addiction, Rollie finds himself vindicated by recent research, which suggests that a nap not only restores one's brainpower, but also boosts it. A finding in which we all can rejoice.

"BO" KELLY's wife, Ellie, brought us up-to- date on BO's medical saga. Two serious hospitalizations and two unnecessary colon operations last summer left him extremely disabled, but not enough to prevent him from being "a wheelchair honorary usher" at PAUL INGERSOll's overflow funeral in January. Unfortunately, in March, double pneumonia and a "host of other bodily attacks" put him in a coma for 10 days. When coming out of the coma, Bo's first words to the doctor were "If you don't-participate, you don't have to be held accountable." So, as Ellie noted with Bo's AG, "He's participating and can be held accountable for his support of Princeton." One locomotive for Bo and Ellie, whom we remember fondly for hosting our 2008 mini-reunion in Baltimore.

Proud, and rightly so, are Betty and STEVE ZIMMERMAN, whose daughter Jean's latest non- fiction book, Love, Fiercely, a gilded-age romance, was published in March by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her new publisher, Viking
Press, will publish another novel, The Orhan Master, this summer.

Our condolences go to GEORGE SCHMIDT whose wife, "KT," died March 14·

 

25 Apr 2012

Off-year reunion chariman, BILL OSBORNE, wants to remind you that our 62nd reunion will be May 31-June 2, the weekend after Memorial Day. The class dinner will be Friday, June 1, once again at the top of Fine Hall. The
Class of 1952 will host us at their Princeton Stadium headquarters.

Preceding the P-rade, the class ivy and the memorial plaque commemorating our six classmates who gave their lives during the Korean Conflict will be dedicated at the south side of Nassau Hall. (The plaque has just been mounted in the Chancellor Green rotunda.)

Carol and ROBIN LITTLE's Christmas letter noted that they celebrated their 61st last June at their townhouse in Whitefish, Mont. They now have two great-grandsons and 10 grand- children. They still enjoy their Lazy Bar L
Ranch east of Seattle, which Robin lists as his business address.

We hadn't heard much in recent years from KENT YOUNG, who retired from a medical career in 1997, until his letter appeared in the March 7 PAW. Kent recalls some of Princeton's storied football history and points out that our athletic programs offer us "much to be proud of." Like Kent, your scribe finds it difficult to understand why the Ivy League prohibits its football champion from competing for a national divisional championship, while there is no such prohibition for other teams. (An aside: Princeton's win, which broke Trinity's 13-year hold on the national squash championship, continued the Tigers' streak of 41 years with either a team or individual national collegiate champion.)

TIGER BRIEFS: COLUMBUS O'DONNELL wrote from the United Kingdom that his daughter came across the pond last fall to look at colleges. Not looking any more is DAVE AKERS' granddaughter, who graduated last May with the Class of 2011. HARRY MOORE wrote that he is not playing tennis now, but is still active otherwise.

 

4 Apr 2012

An unsigned dues card read: "You know you're getting older when you are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the police."

Last October, PAUL DlDISHEIM, with his daughter, Melinda, and her son, Neal, spent an unforgettable week in Paul's birthplace, Paris, where they met with 10 of Paul's cousins. Reminiscing in several languages led to some
hilarious conversations. Paul and his wife, Ricky, also get back to Princeton to see their daughter, Andrea, who lives there, and to meet with the recipients of the Didisheim Scholarship Fund. The fund's first three recipients graduated last May with the Class of 2011.

TONY REYNOLDS wrote from California that he is in the process of retiring after 46 years in investment and financial planning. Looks like Tony spent as much time traveling as in his profession. A Rhine/Mosell cruise, a cruise around the Italian boot, Yosemite, and Monterey were all on his 2011 travel list. In between, his London grandchildren visited in July.

Also traveling were Nell and ROGER SMITH who celebrated their three children - Jeff, Jennifer, and Stuart - becoming 50 years old or more by taking them on a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Venice.

ELMER "BO" LINDSAY reported from California that he has had to forsake long-distance travel and fly-fishing, but still enjoys painting.

TOM FISHER remains in Pennsylvania, but has moved from his Malvern home to a retirement community in an area he describes as "a beautiful location with birds, trees, and sky."


When preparing memorials some interesting facts surface. Here's one: For many years, Princetonians whose classes were just one year apart led two of our nation's major money-management firms. Our late classmate, JON LOVElACE, led The Capital Group. John Bogle '51 led Vanguard. Both majored in economics.

 

21 Mar 2012

"Old Man River" is awaiting the Princeton Class of 1950. JIM WALLACE is coordinating our 28th mini-reunion, which will be a river cruise on The American Queen, leaving St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Oct. 19, and returning
on Monday, Oct. 22. Contact Jim at Jimwallace@juno.com.

Doctors sometimes are blase about their health. A note from BILL KKORNFELD read, "Nothing unusual." He then added that he had his
first stent put in, and has a bum right leg despite back surgery to improve it. Notwithstanding, Bill is still working 12 hour days in his private psychiatry practice in Kentucky.

CARL "Duff" MADSEN's wife, Alice, wrote that he retired from his Indiana psychiatry practice in October. She added that he had a coronary in June, from which, we were glad to hear, he is recovering nicely.

We missed GEORGE BAILEY who had hoped to come from London to our on-campus mini- reunion in October. Unfortunately, his wife, Yvonne, had a fall and needed his care.

With health news seemly in the forefront, BOB BROWN's saga fits right in. Bob's advice is not to get a knee replacement just because the original hurts. After seven operations, he now has his second new knee that he hopes
will resolve the pain issue. Undoubtedly, our many classmates in the "New Knee Club" empathize with Bob.

When collaborating with RON WITIREICH on JIM MCCLAVE's memorial, he sent an anecdote about Jim's uncle Stephen. Stephen and Jim's father were the Class of 1903, but Stephen vas denied his diploma until 1913. At some
Joint it seems he physically struck one of his orofessors. As a result, he did not receive the :liploma until 10 years later, and only after that professor, Woodrow Wilson, had left Princeton to become the US president.
Should a grain of salt accompany this?)

 

7 Mar 2012

A warm clime seems to attract classmates to Florida. Almost 10% of our class roster now lists an address there. One Sunshine State resident, RICK SHANLEY, has "no complaints" about life in Boynton Beach. Latest to relocate to Florida is JOHN MINTON, who decided Richmond was not far enough south after he and Corey (formerly "Cee") moved there from
St. Louis.

While the Princeton presence in Florida increases during winter months when "snow birds" like JOHN BRALLA migrate there to escape harsher weather at home, there are those who stay put. GEORGE ZABRISKIE lives with sub- zero temperatures in Bozeman, Mont. TOM LOWRIE is still playing golf and active in Rotary in Westport, Conn., a community he describes as "hard to leave after 45 years."


Dolores and JOHN HUTTON "survived" Hurricane Irene and Snowstorm Alfred, which dumped 20 inches of snow in late October on Tolland, Conn., and left them without power for 10 days. (Didn't know until now that
snowstorms are named.) HANK BIRD's approach to winter this year in Maine has been to move to a nearby retirement apartment until April, when he will return home. As an aside, Hank published his memoirs, with a signing in January.

A letter announcing plans for our 28th mini-reunion should have reached '50's households by now. JIM WALLACE has planned a Mississippi River foliage cruise on the paddleboat, The American Queen, embarking from St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 19 and returning there Oct. 22. All aboard!

Recent Class Notes reported that Mimi and PAUL INGERSOLL celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October. Sadly, news has reached us that Paul died of respiratory failure Jan. 2, 2012, in Philadelphia.

 

11 Feb 2012

WHAT'S IN A (NICK) NAME? Your scribe received a note from Jack Lilly '48 last year, recalling the unique nicknames he remembered from our class, specifically "Tizo" ROBINSON and "Brother Bill" TAYlOR. This prompted a reprise of nicknames from our Nassau Herald, which was both revealing and
nostalgic.

Among the familiar nicknames listed, "Bill" outdistanced "Bob," 42 to 33· "Jim," "Jack," and "Mac" were next in popularity. More than 20 animals and insects were represented, including three "Tigers," two "Mooses," two "Bulls," a "Gopher," a "Snake," a "Spider," and "Bugs."

Ours was a colorful class: four "Reds," a "Pinky," and a "Whitey." There were several "Buds," "Docs," "Flips," and "Skips." Not surprisingly, there was only one "B.O." (BERNART), "Razor" (BLAYDES), "Bubbles" (BROWN), "Ice Cream" (COHN), "Footsie" (COLLINS), "Dundee" (DOYLE), "Cookie" (LACKEY), "Koos" (MOSER), "Cess" (POOLE), and "Rock" (STONE). Some
would have been fitting in a Mafia line-up: WILLIAM ''The Dipper" DIPPEL, JAMES ''The Do" DOTY, CHARLES 'The Poet" ELLIOTT, and EUGENE
''The Turtle" WEINSTOCK.

One wonders how many of these names were left on campus at graduation and how many have endured over the years. No doubt "Grandpa" and its derivatives would be high on today's list.

HERE AND THERE: JIM BILLINGTON has begun his 25th year as librarian of Congress. Sue and CHARLIE SLACK continue to keep busy with their church work in Western Australia. Astronomer SIDNEY VAN DEN BERGH was appointed recently to the Canadian Hall of Fame for Science and Technology

We lost five classmates last November. TED MELDAHL died Nov. 11; JON LOVELACE on Nov. 16; BILL BOOTH,Nov. 19; HARRISON "MAC" MCMICHAEL Nov. 20; and JIM MCCLAVE Nov. 30. Also, "PAS"
MITCHELs second wife, Meg, died Nov. 15.

 

18 Jan 2012

FOR THE RECORD: Please note that the address of the class website has been changed.  "Princeton1950.com"

BACK IN ACTION: After minor heart ~ surgery last year, DAVE JORDAN was urged to commence a program of regular exercises. After increasing the routine for seven weeks during August and September, he entered the San Diego Senior Olympics, and as Dave wrote, "Wonders never cease." He won a gold medal in the 5K run. As a follow up, in October he spent a week hiking in the high Sierras.

ALAN KIRK wrote that he had a "medical hiccup," without elucidation, but that it is history now and he was back golfing three or four times a week. Last summer he spent time on Cape Cod's Buzzards Bay with his entire family, which totaled 14. Alan is active as chair of the library at the Metropolitan
Club of Washington, and, if you are looking for a guide at the National Cathedral, he is your man.

ABOUT BOOKMAKING: Last year, we reported that the new musical, Twist, as in Oliver, had played in Atlanta. Now, after a summer run at the Pasadena Playhouse, it's being prepped for Broadway. BILL (WILLIAM F.) BROWN and his wife, Tina Tippit, wrote the book. You might recall that Bill wrote the book for The Wiz, winner of Broadway's 1975 best musical, was a Tony Award
nominee and received a Drama Desk Award.

It took two years, but JACK MCKENNA's book, SKY CRANE, Igor Sikorsky's Last Vision, has been published to favorable reviews. In writing the book, Jack called upon his background as an aeronautical engineering major,
service in the Air Force, and work at Sikorsky Aircraft.

FROM THE WIVES: DICK MCCLELLAND's wife, Betty, sent a photo of their lovely and talented granddaughter, Megan, standing with a bouquet of roses and sporting medals for winning the Eastern National All Around Gymnastics Championship in the 2011 USA Junior Olympics. Incidentally, Megan's father
is their son, Craig '88. After 50 years of living in Princeton, the McClellands are now settled and happy in Charlotte, N.C. Dick is a dual retiree, as a Navy Reserve captain and a DDS.

JIM MACWHINNEY wife, Nancy, wrote from Rochester, N.Y., that although Jim has had Parkinson's for several years, he is an avid reader who enjoys spending time with friends and family, and going to concerts and an occasional lecture. Jim retired in 1997 after 40 years of general pediatric practice.

IN SHORT: During this winter season in Schenectady, N.Y., GEORGE SCHMIDT must be thinking about the good times last summer in Nantucket and fly-fishing there for blues and bass. In October, PAUL INGERSOLL and Mimi celebrated their 60th with a family party. GEORGE BAILEY sent a note from across the pond, noting that although he is hardly a monarchist, he was impressed with how the British outdid themselves with the royal wedding of Kate and William.

FROM OUR CLASS: We gratefully recognize the contribution that Ouida DAVIS, JIM's widow, and PAUL HOFFLUND are making for our class. Ouida is the chair of our associates (widows of classmates). Paul leads our class
Planned Giving, which at latest count listed 57 members in the 1746 Society.

We learned that DEAN CHACE died at his home in Princeton Oct. 20,2011. Our sympathy goes to JIM BUTIERWORTH whose wife, Nona,
died last Aug. 25.

 

14 Dec 2011

NEWS BRIEFS: A note from Sue SPEERS, GUTHRIE's widow, reports that STEW MACCOLL will be interim minister at the Presbyterian Church in Wilton, Conn., where he was the founding pastor many years ago. Stew moves to Connecticut from Texas.

EARLE LEONARD and Cornelia, his wife of 64 years, still reside in Seattle, but have moved to a retirement facility. Their family now includes eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

"DUTCH" PRIOLEAU's granddaughter, Lainey, played on Columbia's women's soccer team this fall, .and his grandson, Hutson, a tad bigger than granddad at 6 feet 4 inches tall and 251 pounds, is a tight end at Texas A&M.
Dutch couldn't lose when Princeton's women beat Columbia, 4-1. Wisely, Princeton does not play nationally ranked A&M in football.

MINI-REUNION POSTSCRIPTS: We missed JOE ZANG at the mini. Joe, who has stenosis of the spine, wrote that he now has a battery-charged wheelchair that expands his horizons but, unfortunately, not as far as
Princeton.

DAVE BINGHAM's wife, Beverly, wrote that she and Dave would miss the mini. In April, Dave, a Navy veteran, took up residence at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass. Bev reports he is receiving excellent care and suggests veterans in our class consider Soldiers' Homes if the need arises.

Not only did CHARLIE ROSE receive kudos for co-chairing the mini with STEVE ZIMMERMAN, he added another gold star for attendance, having been to all 27 of '50'S minis.

Our tour of the new Frick building prompted former chemistry major, LANSE
HOSKINS, to wonder where the odors were that he remembered so well in the old Frick. (Could they have escaped during the move to the new building?)

Reportedly seen during the mini, but not among the "official" attendees, were HENRY POWSNER, WILL RIVINUS, and BILL SCHLUTER.

We just learned that DAVE WILSON died Oct. 11 in California.

16 Nov 2011

Your scribe is wont to believe that the presence of the Class of 1950, saluted before kickoff by the band, was a significant factor in the Tiger football team snapping a l0 game losing streak with a 24-21 win over Columbia. It was a fitting conclusion to our "Going Back Mini Reunion" (Sept. 2S-0ct. 1), our
27th mini and first on campus.(Photos are posted on our website.)

Kudos to STEVE ZIMMERMAN and CHARLIE ROSE who arranged for campus tours, stimulating lectures by five prestigious professors, and repasts at various campus locations. The lectures, I5 minute variety, included a profile of China as a leader in the world economy (Gregory Chow), worldwide wage comparisons based the price of a Big Mac (Orley Ashenfelter), reflections on American foreign policy (Anne-Marie Slaughter '80), business ethics as related to climate change (Harold Shapiro *64)' and art in the form of bridge design (DAVE BILLINGTON).

Steve and Charlie responded adeptly to the on-site needs of the 79 who attended from Wednesday, Sept. 2S, through Saturday, Oct. 1, 65 years after most of us entered as freshmen. First-timers were JACK SHEPPARD and
DAVE BILLINGTON. Dave, a Princeton resident, had missed the previous minis elsewhere, so this mini was brought to him.

There were 42 classmates - about 11 % of our living class - and three associates on campus. SID FOX and "DUTCH" PRIOLEAU traveled
cross-country from California, and BOB SCHELLING crossed an international boundary to come from Montreal. Others were: ABBOTTS,  AHRENS, BANCROFT, BOGARDUS, BOB BROWN, CAMPBELL, COHN, CRONHEIM, DEMPSEY, DIPPEL, ERDMAN, FORD, FRIEND, GARVEY, JOE GREEN, GUTENKUNST, HAYNES, HOSKINS, KELLEY, KRAMER, LEWIS, LLOYD,MAC-
DONALD, MACLEAN, MAXWELL, MCALPIN, MENZINGER, MINDA, MORGAN, OSBORNE, PERRY, READ, JACK ROBINSON, JIM WALLACE, WINTERS, and associates Anne Buxton, Eileen Perley, and Ann Raleigh- Schulte.

News reached us that BERT PITTIS died Sept. 2, BOB TYLER died Sept. 24, and DOUG DELANOY and STEVE PIGA died Sept. 26.

 

26 Oct 2011

You scribe tracks all the Princeton teams and In September followed the women's basketball team and its junket to Paris and Dakar. They noted that the ambassador to Senegal was Lewis Lukens '86 *03, and that Lukens and his wife, Lucy, were hosting the team during its days in Africa. Little did I
know until Anne BUXTON wrote that Lucy was hers and Julian's daughter. Lucy also is Class of '86. Anne added that Lew is the ambassador to Guinea-Bissau, which prompted an immediate trip to Wikipedia for a geography
lesson. Guinea-Bissau is a small republic of 1.6 million people bordering Senegal on the south.

During Reunions, DAVE BIlliNGTON received the Alumni Council's 2011 Award for Excellence in Alumni Education: "For recognition of outstanding contributions by a person or class to the advancement of quality education by and for Princeton alumni."

For many of us, "a tie that binds" is the Class of '50. From Connecticut, ROY WELCH wrote that he had a great visit with Sally and DAVE MCALPIN that evoked many happy memories since first grade at Miss Fine's School in
Princeton. From Maine, HANK BIRD, who says he is "struggling" to write a memoir at his son's request, reported that he had a good visit from NORM ROGERS' widow, Phoebe, and their daughter, Amy. From Ohio, some leg
and joint problems kept BEN LAWRENCE from going to his summer cottage in Michigan, but he joined JOE GREEN, VADEN FITTON, and JIM GARVEY for a regular lunch get-together in September.

We were saddened to learn that two of our classmates died July 26: BRAD POSTELL in Vero Beach, Fla., and LOU MCCARTER in Bryn Mawr, Pa

 

5 Oct 2011

ERNIE RUBENSTEIN was a bit "dismayed" to realize that he was the earliest of the Tom Clark clerks present at a February reunion of former clerks to Justice Tom C. Clark in Washington. After Ernie graduated from Yale Law
School, he clerked for Clark in 1953-54. In his article in The Supreme Court Historical Society Quarterly, Ernie recalled two subjects from his clerkship that are most impressed on his memory: the court's decision to vacate the stay of execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and the ruling that school desegre gation was unconstitutional.

DICK RHAME, who early on spent a couple years training at Yale Medical Center, is still working full time as a urologist in Alexandria, Va. He wrote that his health "seems OK," but he might retire as the onset of electronic medical records may lead to the long-term deterioration of the doctor-patient relationship and his enjoyment of the profession.

CHARLIE KNIGHTS, one of our WWII veterans who married while at Princeton and lived two years in "The Project," sent a message that he and his wife have moved from Cape Cod to Portland, Ore., to be closer to their oldest daughter, two granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren.

At our 25th reunion, the class established an endowed account for the economics department, which now provides interest income for the Bendheim Center for Finance. Its book value of $58K has grown to $893K. Last-year's income will be used to support hiring visiting professor Ana Babus, who will help supplement course offerings. Incidentally, the Bendheim Center just marked its 10th year after opening the doors of old Dial Lodge.

We learned recently that DAN WESSELLS died July 11 and BOB HOLSINGER July 24.

 

14 Sep 2011

'50 LEADS THE WAY.  Congratulations to treasurer JIM WALLACE, who was the first to submit an annual class financial report to the University.  The class is solvent , too.

STEVE ZIMMERMAN says it's not too late to join the 86 who plan to be in Princeton for our "Going Back" mini-reunion Sept. 26-Oct 1.  Latest news is that Anne-Marie Slaughter '80 former dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and the the last two years director of policy planning for the State Department, will join University professors Orley Ashenfelter and Gregory Chow on a Friday morning panel.  She appears regularly on CNN, NPR and PBS, and was named by Foreigh Policy magazine to its annual list of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers".  {Also speaking, Harold Shapiro and DAVE BILLINGTON}

Thanks to fellow class secretary Paul Sittenfeld '69 for sending a clipping from the Cincinnati Enquirer, which reported that VADEN FITTON was honored as the "longest giving donor to the Butler (Ohio) County United Way.  In addition to donating since 1954, Vaden has a long history of service to the community, including as fundraising chairman of the bicentennial commission that funded construction fo the arts and cultural center in Hamilton that bears his name.

"THAD" THOMSON wrote that despite a Miami mailing address, he continues to live in Caracas, Venezuala, where he moved in 1958.  He noted that a few ailments have slowed him down, he says, "but fortunately my mind still functions except for forgetfulnesss   His son, Thad IV, lives in Muscat, Oman, where as general counsel for a division of the Oman Oil Co. he travels extensively to negotiate new investments.

We wish STAN JOHNSON a speedy recovery from another operation for tongue cnace.

We were saddened to learn of the deaths of JACK FREY on April 11.  "RUDY" RIEFSTAHL, June 25 and "CAMMY" SLACK July 1.

 

8 Jul 2011

Perennial off-year reunion chairman BILL OS BORNE orchestrated this year's 61St. Among the highlights were a Friday evening dinner in the Professors' Lounge at Fine Hall, DAVE BILLINGTON's award from the Committee on
Academic Programming for Alumni for his contribution to education, and the P-rade, where marshals STU DUNCAN, HENRY POWSNER, and CHARLIE ROSE helped control the ranks. Others present were: ABBOTTS, OGARDUS, CAMPBELL, COHN, CRONHEIM, DIPPEL, ERDMAN, BILL HAYNES, LAMASON, MINTON, MCALPIN, RIVINUS, and BILL andFRED SCHLUTER.

STEVE ZIMMERMAN reports that 59 people have already signed up for our "Going Back" mini Sept. 28-0ct. 1 on campus. What a great opportunity to experience the campus during the academic year, to hear firsthand from
professors without the anxietyof ensuing quizzes, to cheer for the Tigers as they take on Columbia, and, of course, to enjoy the camaraderie that '50 always generates when it gathers.

QUINN BARTON continues to serve as historian and archivist at his "other alma mater:' The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. No doubt he will check on Princeton women's soccer this fall as one of the team's talented new-
comers is Bolles graduate, Gabrielle Ragazzo. Gabrielle will continue Bolles' athletic presence as another of its alums, Rachel Blum 11, all-Ivy first team golfer, just graduated.

In a letter responding to a March 2, 2011, PAW article on improving schools, Charles Smith '76 described the successful Santa Fe community-based organization led by BILL CARSON, which supplies general support.to two elementary schools. The wide-ranging support includes books, dictionaries, and atlases for the students; volunteer role models, mentors, and tutors; and affiliation With a health center and a family center. The results, Smith wrote, are improvement in staff morale, increased parental involvement, and better academic performance.

JOHN ANDERSON died at his home in Terrace Park, Ohio, May 2.

 

1 Jun 2011

The word "blog" isn't found in the Webster Colllegiate Dictionary of our college days. In fact, its definition today includes "website" and "online," which we probably have associated with spiders. A "blog" is a website con-
taining an online personal journal with reflections, comments, etc., provided by the writer. One such writer is ROLANO MINDA, who has initiated a monthly blog, The Retirement Dance. It's free! Subscribe as www.retirement-dance.corn.

When your scribe recently came across a copy of the 25th issue of "Carmina Princetonia, The Princeton Song Book" copyrighted in 1940, I was surprised to find that ROY WELCH's father, then head of the music department, had written the forward. He astutely wrote: "In singing familiar words and melodies one recaptures the happiest memories of one's life." In responding to an offer of the copy for their archives, Mudd Library staffers said that they had a run of Carminas, only missing No. 12 from 1906, but would dearly like
to have the missing issue. Must be one on someone's attic.

By error - human, that is - the recent Class Notes reported that Anne ROBINSON was living in Nashville. No so - she was just visiting her son there. Anne still is living in New Orleans and wrote: "If anyone in the class is
ever down this way, I'd love to see them." We fondly remember our ninth mini that she and "TIZO" hosted in New Orleans in 1992.

We had recently reported encouraging news about GUTHRIE SPEERS' rehab from heart surgery. Unfortunately, it was premature since Guthrie died at Massachusetts General Hospital April 17· We lost another classmate
when STEVE POST died April 6 in St. Louis.

 

11 May 2011

GOING BACK: Among the many highlights of our "Going Back" mini on campus Sept. 28- Oct. 1, will be seeing BLAIR MACDONALD and his
new bride, who plan to be there. Blair married Keith Hollins of Memphis, a widow and friend of many years, on March 18.

BACK IN MARCH: FRED SEElEY called from his Cape Cod home that he and his wife, Barea, acquired over 10 years ago. Fred still keeps busy, but at his own pace, serving on several boards and dispensing financial advice he acquired during the many years he worked for J. Henry Schroder Banking Corp. in New York.

BACK TO SCHOOL: JIM CALDWELL is bowling and golfing again after three months spent on the injured reserve to get a pace- maker. Jim also is back at school, taking an American history course at a community college near his Maryland home. As the course moved into the 1930S and '40s, Jim became a
living reference, since his fellow students,' ages 19 to 35, and his teacher - much Jim's junior - were not born until decades there- after.

THINKING BACK: When your scribe watched Tucker Shanley '13 score the win ning goal in the fourth overtime to beat Brown 5-4 in the second longest game in Princeton lacrosse history, he thought the name Shanley must have a 1950 connection. Sure enough. Tucker's great uncle is our classmate, RICK SHANLEY. And like Rick, Tucker considers fly-fishing in Pennsylvania a great
pastime. Rick has lived in Florida since he retired as a criminal prosecutor for the US Department of Justice.

A call from his brother informed us that NICOLAS OREAMUNO died Feb. 1 at his home in Costa Rica. We also learned that ED HOUSE died
Feb. 13 in Trenton.

 

27 Apr 2011

As of last month, BILL AHRENS completed the second of two consecutive four-year terms on the Indian River Shores (Fla.) Council. With term limits, he says that he is now out of politics, leaving issues concerning water supply and distribution to the newly elected council members. Bill reported that he is joined in the Princeton Club of Vero Beach by five other classmates: BILL FLAMMER, JOHN LEWIS, BRAD POSTELL, WALLY WALLACE, and DICK WEGHORN. At a recent black-tie dinner-dance for the Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth clubs, he noted, "Some of us have trouble walking ...
but we sure can dance!"

Last Halloween was no fun for GUTHRIE SPEERS. He was rushed from his local New Hampshire hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital for 12 hours of emergency open- heart surgery. The good news is that he is making slow but steady progress in rehab.

BOB KELLEY is bouncing back after a couple of bypasses and a new aortic valve. Somehow he learned the valve was labeled "bovine" and came from California, which he guesses makes him part Holstein now. No, Bob, you
are still all 'Tiger."

And did you know that our class had a presence north of the Arctic Circle during the Christmas season? Your scribe and wife Garie spent 13 days - seven above the circle- plying the coastline of Norway on a freighter. There were some sunless days, occasional Northern Lights, and festive holiday celebrations onboard and in coastal communities.

We received word that NICOLAS OREAMUNO died Feb. 1 in his native Costa Rica. ED HOUSE died Feb. 13 in Trenton after a recurrence of cancer. Our condolences go to JIM GARVEY, whose wife of 56 years, Blair, died in January.

 

6 Apr 2011

CHARLIE ROSE, our man about campus and webmeister, lamented that only three classmates - BILL DIPPEL, JOE HOLMAN, and BILL OSBORNE -
were with him at the Alumni Day. Joe was there with his son, Jeff '74. Dottie Pershing, widow of our late classmate, HUGH PERSHING, attended the Service of Remembrance, at which Charlie represented '50.

KEITH LORING wrote from Texas that he is going into his 15th year as a co-founder and leader in three prostate-cancer support groups, and to report his new avocation: stand-up comedy. He boasts a repertoire of more than 200 memorized jokes. At our age, that's one way to keep the memory sharp.
Keith is open for bookings.

HUGH MORGAN and Ann had a fine visit with Anne Robinson, widow of "Tizo" ROBINSON, in Nashville, where she now lives. The Robinsons' youngest son, Will, lives in Nashville, where he is a successful songwriter. Hugh . also caught up with VADEN LACKEY, but was unsuccessful in convincing him to come along on a trip to the Far East in February.

BILL WINTERS apologized for missing our 60th because his grandson and namesake graduated from high school that weekend. He added that he has our "Going Back" campus mini on his calendar for this fall (Sept. 28· Oct. 1).

Our "Going Back" mini prompted a look at our senior poll, in which 'The Desert Island Companion" vote caught your scribe's attention. The results: a tie between Liz Taylor and "my gal," followed by Ruth Roman and Ava
Gardner. "My wife" got five votes. Other choices included a case of beer, a good dog, a good book, Lassie, the Bible, a TV set, a radio transmitter and, of all things, The Harvard Classics. Remember your vote? Now, 60 some
years wiser, what would your vote be today?

 

23 Mar 2011

Class president BILL HAYNES is now rehabbing from a knee operation. One would expect knee operations for footballers like GEORGE SELLA and KARL GRUBER, but for a varsity swimmer? Your scribe was remiss in not reporting
that DON WEST had a knee replacement several years ago. When his class dues were received this year (Thank you, Don!) without any news, we assumed he has been back at full speed for some time.

CATCHING UP WITH CLASS MDs: BILL WINTERS is still "very" active in his cardiology practice, as chief education officer of the Methodist Hospital in Houston and as editor of Methodist Debakey Cardiovascular Journal. With a trip a few years ago to Beirut and fly-fishing around the world, he writes that
he has "no time to grow old."

CRAIG WALLACE's daughter, Pam '92, wrote that Craig now is living near her in Colorado Springs. After retirement, he lived in the DC area for over a decade. Craig is one of '50'S two admirals. He became a rear admiral when called to Washington by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to serve as assistant surgeon general. Previously, he had set up health units under Johns Hopkins' auspices in Ethiopia and Egypt. Our other admiral, the
late JIMMY LIPSCOMB, was a rear admiral in the Coast Guard.

After retiring from the U. of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1988, JIM MARKS soon returned to do additional research until 2008. He and his wife, Susan, still reside in Dallas. Besides his MD status, DICK SHARRETT
serves as a trustee of the Pennington (N.J.) School. BILL KORNFELD continues to spend 12 hours daily in his solo psychiatry practice in
Kentucky.

We have learned that JOHN COOK died Jan. 23. HUGH KING sent the sad news that his wife, Billie, died last December 29, after suffering a
massive brain hemorrhage.

 

2 Mar 2011

This may not qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records, but certainly is a record for our class: Three months after his 85th birthday last April, ROLAND MINDA got an online ordination as a Universal Life Church minis-
ter and officiated at his god-daughter's wedding in Baltimore. Later in the year, he and Merle traveled to Morocco, staying with a friend who incidentally is the American ambassador there. Merle continues her travel- writing, some of which you travelers may find in the Delta's SKY magazine.

When Betts and BILL CAMPBELL recently moved to Waverly Heights, a retirement community near Philadelphia, they added to '50S presence there. Already in residence were CHARLIE JOHNSON, BILL FLAMMER, and WALLY WALLACE.

As I noted sometime ago, an assemblage of gers is called a streak or an ambush. Since I assume that their streaking days are long gone, it must be an ambush that VADEN FlTTON describes when he meets JOE GREEN, DAVE
CRAFTS
, JIM GARVEY, and BEN LAWRENCE for lunch every few months. With three of the ambush being ex-Procter & Gamble guys, Vaden con-
fided that he washes with Ivory Soap on those days. (You remember, the stuff that is 99 44/100% pure and floats.)

KEN UNDERWOOD, now a retired architect, claims he has spent more time in jail than most inmates during the 20 years that his career niche was prison design. He has taken to apartment living in New Jersey, where he is learning to cook while ministering to his wife, Barbara, whose mobility has been im-
paired by heart problems. Ken has kept in touch with his roommate, GEORGE KENNEDY, who lives in Colorado after retiring from the classics department at the University of North Carolina.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: '50S first "Going Back" mini will be on campus Sept. 28-0ct. 1.

9 Feb 2011

From BILL KRAMER came news that he and Bette had a wonderful three-week trip to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos late last year. Three years ago they moved from Richmond to DC, where they are now taking
full advantage of the cultural and adult educational opportunities the city offers.

Our sympathy goes to BOB ROTH, who wrote that his wife of 60 years, Jean, died last November. This remembrance that accompanied Bob's note certainly deserves space in this column: Walking across the campus in
the fall of 1950 to the stadium for the Cornell game, he and Jean passed three Cornell undergraduates, one of whom remarked, "How do these Princeton guys get such pretty girls?" Without missing a step, Jean turned and waved her left hand at him while saying, 'This one married her!"

We also extend our sympathy to JACK SHEPHERD whose wife, Rosemarie, died last June. They, like the Roths, were married for 60 years.

JOHN NORTHROP left Princeton in 1949 to work, and then to serve in the 82nd Airborne (12 jumps). He went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia in 1954, but with his class-dues wrote, "Even though I did not grad-
uate with the Class of '50, I still think of myself as a '50!" Thanks, John.

In a note last fall from DAVE BINGHAM's wife, Beverly, in Northampton, Mass., she wrote that as the song goes, they "don't get around much anymore." Unfortunately, Dave's Ahlzeirner's, first diagnosed more than four
years ago, is slowing him down. We have missed them both at our last two reunions.

We were saddened to learn that JAMIESON "JAMIE" MATTHIAS died in California Nov. 8, 2010, and PETER DODD died in British Columbia
Nov. 25,2010.

19 Jan 2011

Happy 2011!  It may be Year 4708 for the Chinese, but for us it's Year 65, marking the years since most of us entered Princeton.  Some of our WWII classmates started earlier but returned from wartime service to join the
Class of 1950. In our Nassau Herald, about a quarter of our 782 class members listed military service prior to 1946.


STEVE ZIMMERMAN and CHARLIE ROSE want you to reserve Sept. 28-0ct. 1 to be in Tiger Town for our 27th mini-reunion. As co-chairmen, they have blocked out rooms (at a reasonable rate) in the Nassau Inn and are planning a unique on-campus experience that concludes with the Columbia game. Let's plan on rooting on the Tigers to a better gridiron outcome than in the past two years. Flashback: Princeton only met Columbia once during our
years. In 1948, the Tigers won 16-14 on a field goal by Frank Reichel '51 with 71 seconds left in the game.

Una and GUS FLEISCHMANN have been among the traveling crowd. Last spring, they cruised the Norwegian fjords from Bergen to far above the Arctic Circle. OICK WEGHORN, who resides in the warm comfort of Vero Beach,
Fla., spent three weeks in Zakopane, the ski capital of eastern Europe, which he describes as a beautiful, booming, small town in the Tatra Mountains of southeast Poland. His wife, Janina, has a small hotel at the base of a ski lift there. In June, BILL AHRENS traveled to France and Morocco. In September, TONY REYNOLDS took off for a cruise around the boot of Italy. Tony also reported that during the summer he had visited with JACK WILSON in
San Diego.

Staying stateside, BILL LUCAS, still an active partner in the family business and involved with several profit and not-far-profit boards in LA, spent a good part of the summer at his other home - the one on Martha's Vineyard.
BLAIR MCDONALD stopped by to visit JACK MAXWELL, who was summering in Maine. After Reunions, your scribe and wife Garie first
hosted Tish and DAVID MILLER, then MaryJne and DICK MENTZINGER, at the Perry summer home in Rockport, Mass. Two-and-a-quarter- pound lobsters, freshly trapped in the At lantic by a lobsterman neighbor, were
featured meals. Dave also had a "fried-clam fix" at a local eatery, a meal not part of the cuisine of his hometown, Little Rock, Ark.

WHARTON SHOBER, who now makes his home in West Palm Beach, Fla., has authored an other spy thriller, Israel Threatened. Based on his 10 year residence in Saudi Arabia, Whartie describes it as "a merry romp through
Middle Eastern politics, money, and sex."

BOB BROWN came home in October after a knee infection prompted four operations, and subsequently, four months of rehab. After all this he is trying to adjust to a stiff leg that resulted from a steel rod cemented in place. We
hope that it will not be too long before Bob is back training for senior triathlons.

This is the first time your scribe has received a note from a Georgia Tech alum. Accompanying a class-dues remittance, Don Jones (Tech '47) wrote that 34 years ago he married Ann, the widow of ERNEST "BICK"
WRIGHT. Together, they now have six children, 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. To quote from Dan's note, "Princeton and we have been very happy together ... thoroughly enjoy PAW ... please keep it coming."

It was sad to learn of the loss of two classmates. JOE MCDONOUGH died in Palo Alto, Calif., Oct. 22, 2010, and JOE HOOPER died in Balti more Oct. 24.

 

8 Dec 10

It's show time again for BILL BROWN with another musical on the boards. You might remember that Bill wrote the libretto for The Wiz. a version of The Wizard of Oz that featured a black cast, and for which he was a Tony Award nominee. This time, it's the libretto for Twist, which moves the Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist, from 1850 London to 1928 New Orleans. Twist, the orphan in Bill's book is the son of a black father and a white mother, whose travails in Prohibition time are enacted on stage with a multiracial cast.   The show opened at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre on Sept. 15. Incidentally, The Wiz is due
back on Broadway in 2011.

Still in good voice, JOHN ANDERSON sent news from Ohio that a senior singing society he organized has grown to 50 members. They sing at retirement and nursing homes throughout the year. From the F6 Ranch in Texas, DAVE AKERS wrote that he has a granddaughter at Princeton who is now a senior. And from the Garden State, ERIC STOCHHOLM reported that
after a career of practicing law in New Jersey, he retired in 2005 and lives in Short Hills, where he has resided since 1933.

A few weeks after this date, actually Dec. 24, Beverly and GENE WEINSTOCK will celebrate their 60th anniversary. Gene proposed to Beverly under Blair Arch on Valentine's Day 1950, describing it as " the smartest and best thing I ever did." They have three children and nine grandchildren.

News was received that DOUG DYNE died June 7. Of those classmates with whom we lost contact after they left Princeton, we have learned through a genealogy search that JOHN HARPER died in 1968; ERNEST WILLIS died Oct. 13, 2004; EDWIN ROBINSON died Nov. 22, 2006; and JOHN DULHAGEN died March 2, 2008.

 

17 Nov 10

When JIM BILLINGTON became the Librarian of Congress in 1984, announcement of a plan to preserve "tweets" might well have
suggested a program to collect birdcalls. Fast-forward to early this year when, in fact, the library did announce a plan to archive tweets. Not bird calls, mind you, but text-based Internet postings of up to 140 characters on the Twitter website, which en ables users to send and read other users' mes-
sages. Initiated in 2006, over 65 million tweets were posted daily during June. (Your scribe's reaction: Hey guys, I just got comfortable with e-mail.)
Jim explained, 'The Twitter digital archive has extraordinary potential for research into our contemporary way of life. This information provides detailed evidence about how technology-based social networks form and
evolve over time. The collection also documents a remarkable range of social trends. Anyone who wants to understand how an ever-broadening public is using social media to engage in an ongoing debate regarding social and cultural issues will have need of this material."


JOHN SCOTT one of six classmates who reside in the United Kingdom, wrote that STIRLING CARPENTER has been a neuropathologist for nine years at a hospital in Porto, Portugal. His wife of 11 years, Ligia, is a neurologist at the
same hospital. Their 8-year-old son, Simon, undoubtedly is our youngest class offspring.

Along with his class dues, GEORGE BAILEY reported that he and Yvonne recently had luncheon with Elizabeth and John Scott. With a 3-year-old grandson he described as "great fun," George said he and his wife
"enjoy London more than ever."

One of '50'S best athletes, WALT ARMSTRONG, who played four years of varsity basketball and baseball, and was captain of the 1950 baseball team, died in Kennett Square, Pa., Sept. 12.

 

3 Nov 2010

What better tribute to our 60th than from WILL RIVINUS who wrote, "Reunions were so successful that I followed up two weeks later with a quadruple cardiac bypass, and am now (late August) almost fully recovered."

With 339 classmates representing an 84.1 % class participation in AG, '50 posted the highest participation of any class with more than 138 members. We were topped only by '34 (100% from 10 members) and '42 (89.1%
from 138 members). Among those who deserve kudos for our success are: BILL DIPPEL, who led the campaign; HANK RENTSCHLER and his special gifts solicitors, Ouida DAVIS, who was responsible for our associates; and ROB VAN VRANKEN, our honorary classmate, who was our University liaison. By the way, Bill is looking for some volunteers to take the places of regional solicitors who have retired.

Had a long telephone conversation last spring with TONY SYLVESTER, who lives in Kitty Hawk, N.C. He was calling about the death of his four-year roommate, BILL BARRY. Tony has given up his website but still writes editorials for The Coastland Times in Manteo, N.C., which covers the northern Outer Banks. Tony spent a good deal of his career in radio, including working in DC and owning a radio station in Mifflinburg, Pa. Unfortunately, his
wife, Eda, is essentially bedridden.

Did you catch the photo of three classmates in PAW's Sept. 22 "From the Archives" (page 49)?  Impeccable in their 1948 band uniforms were the late ART LEIDHEISER and AD GOBLE, and . RALPH CARDELLO who lives in Morristown, N. J.

Sad to learn that ED FOLK died in Newtown, Pa., July 3; JIM DOTY in Oswego, N.Y., July 14; HUGH PERSHING in Hingham, Mass., Sept. 2.

 

13 Oct 2010

Having recently renewed his "poetic license," and recalling Don Stauffer's lectures, your scribe felt free to paraphrase Shakespeare to lead in this column: 'The good that men do lives after them."

NICK CANADAY's son sent the news that Seattle's Downtown Emergency Service Center has named its newest supportive housing facility for mentally challenged men and women Canaday House in honor of our classmate, Nicholas Canaday, who died in 2003. Canaday House will include 83 studio
units of affordable housing, supportive serv ices, community space, and an outdoor gar den - with 25 apartments reserved for disabled veterans. In 1987, following his third Fulbright Senior Lectureship appoinment, Nick retired to Seattle, where he was socially active and volunteered at Seattle's largest homeless shelter.

Though WALKER MCKINNEY majored in eco nomics, he loved the life sciences and made several outright gifts to Princeton in these areas. Upon his death in 2000, a trust and previous endowment, as well as funds from a
supporting organization in his name, were combined to create the Walker McKinney '50 Life Sciences Fellowship. Today, the income from this endowment fund provides fellow ships for graduate students who conduct research in the life sciences, and in the Institute for Integrative Genomics. The Fund has supported 20 graduate students since it was created: seven in neuroscience, eight in molecular biology, and five in chemistry.

Soon after our 60th in Princeton, Lela and JACK BOGARDUS celebrated another 60th. This one, in Barcelona, was their 60th wedding anniversary. Also 60th attendees, Ci and JOHN MINTON, returned to their new home in Rich mond, Virginia, having relocated from their longtime residence in St. Louis.

We mark the passing of two classmates: HENRY SAILER on June 22, and HARRY WEBER on July 22. Our sympathy goes to JEREMY MAIN, whose wife of 54 years, Patricia, died in March.

 

22 Sep 2010

It's early August as your scribe prepares the first of 14 Class Notes columns for the next academic year. Our 60th is history and, as CHARLIE ROSE noted, "It gives me pause when I realize that '50 is the senior (oldest) class being asked to take part in this year's class of ficers' orientation session."

REUNION WRAP-UP. It was good to see Dolores and JOHN HUTTON at Reunions. They celebrated their 50th a year ago in July. With them was their oldest son, John '82, who teaches at Salem (N.C.) College. He has just
published his third children's book. John's colorful gouache of our class assembling for the P-rade was carried in the PAW's July 7 Re unions issue (page 5), but check out a much larger image and exclusive reunion photos on
our web page.

DAN GOLDEN literally "Cleared the Track" to come to the 60th. Dan traveled by rail from Boston's South Station to New York's Penn Station, then to Princeton Junction and, finally, to Princeton on the Dinky.

At our Thursday evening dinner, we welcomed LYDIA OSBORNE as an honorary classmate. Lydia is a cousin of Bill OSBORNE and shares with him a Princeton legacy dating back to the early 1800s. We are grateful for her help in handling class affairs as the assistant director and office manager at Maclean House.

We missed our loyal classmate, JOE ZANG, who wrote, " I have a condition that prevents me from walking. The medical term is stenosis of the spinal column. I am otherwise OK. The only problem is, I cannot get to the reunion this year or in five years."

Bill CHRISTISON died in New Mexico on June 13. NORM ROGERS died in South Carolina June 18. Belatedly, we have learned that PAUL HOFFLUND's wife, Anne, died Jan. 5, and that JOE HOLMAN's wife, Jean, died Jan. 20.

7 Jul 2010

Our outgoing president, AL ABBOTTS, observed at our Friday, May 28, dinner that we probably gave no thought when assembled at FitzRandolph Gate for commencement on June 13, 1950, that soon thereafter the Class of 1890 would be assembling there for its 60th Reunion.  No doubt, members of the
Class of 2010 gave no thought to their 60th in 2070 as they cheered us at the P-rade.

About a quarter of our surviving class - 96 classmates - enjoyed perfect weather on a campus greatly changed since we graduated but still recognizable. They were: AARON, ABBOTTS, ADAMS, AUBREY, BANCROFT, BEATY, BIGGS, DAVE BILLINGTON, JIM BILLINGTON; BOGARDUS, BRALLA,
BROTHERTON, BOB BROWN, CALDWELL, CAMPBELL, CAR SON, CHACE, CHRISTENSEN, COHN, COLBY, COLWELL, CRONHEIM, DIPPEL, DUNCAN, EFFRON, ELSEN, ERDMAN, FEINER, FISHER, FITTON, FLAMMER, FLEISCHMANN, FORD, FOX, FRIEND, GARVEY, GILBERT, GOLDBERG, GOLDEN, JOE GREEN, WALLY GREEN, GUTENKUNST, HALSEY, HAYNES,
HOFFLUND, HOPKINS, HOSKINS, HUTTON, INGERSOLL, CHARLIE JOHNSON, STAN JOHNSON, JORDAN, KELLY, KING, KIRK, LAMASON, LAWRENCE, LLOYD, LOWRIE, MACLEAN, MAIN, MCALPIN, MCINTOSH, MENTZINGER, MILLER, MINDA, MINTON, MOBERLY, MORGAN, BILL NIXON, BO NIXON, OSBORNE, PAINE, PERRY, PEYSER, PIVIROTTO, POWSNER, RAYMOND, READ, RIVINUS, ROBINSON, ROSE, RUBENSTEIN, SAUNDERS, BILL SCHLUTER, FRED SCHLUTER, SELLA, SHEPHERD, SPEERS, STAATS·WEST· OVER, STEVENS, WALLACE, WITTREICH, WOOD, and ZIM·
MERMAN. Also, we were joined by associates Joan BUCHANAN and Ann EDWARDS, and associ ates now wives of classmates: Jean FOX, Terri
FLAMMER, Phoebe Ballard FORD, and Georgia Van Cleve COLWELL.

The memorial service on Friday, thought fully planned by three of our clergy - Dave McAlpin, Bill Haynes, and Guthrie Speers - had its solemn moments as the roll of classmates deceased since our 55th was read and its uplifting moments as Guthrie's homily, "Many Mansions," put into perspective the
lives of our departed classmates and the promises the future holds for us.

Kudos to Bill Haynes and his reunion committee, whose work began last year. Recognition is due Patti and Ralph Moberly whose trip from Hawaii was the longest. Thanks to another Patti, Bob Cronheim's daughter, whose nsemble played at Thursday's dinner.

And while many classmates brought "kin and kids," none came close to matching the Dave and Jim Billington clan of 34· One of the many campus offerings was the Saturday Symposium on Scholarship by Students of David P. Billington on the Occasion of His Retirement (1960-2010). During the
day-long symposium, 11 former students described their technical achievements and rec ollections of Dave's influence on their careers.

One of the best one-two running combinations in Princeton cross country history was on hand in the persons of Stan Johnson and Ron Wittreich. While both passed up the alumni 3.1-mile Princeton University Reunions Run Saturday morning, Ron was honored with the Larry Ellis Award for his track
performance, interest in track, and successful career. Ron once ran against Larry in his junior year when the two were anchormen on medley relay teams at the Penn Relays. Ron remembers, ironically, that Larry edged him out to take second place for Syracuse.

We were honored at several dinners and in the P-rade by Alicia and John Nash *50, guests of Charlie Rose. John, who earned his doctorate from Princeton, is now a senior research mathematician still working in his
Fine Hall office on monetary exchange theory. More often, he is recognized from A Beautiful Mind.

We ate well: 862 meals at our five repasts. Wine and beer consumption is confidential class information, but there were no drinking-age incidents, since we octogenarians had been issued the University's alcohol-approval
wristband.

 

2 June 2010

Your scribe is always pleased when an item in the notes prompts a response from a long- silent classmate. LEON GOLDMAN wrote that he was amazed to see his name in the recent Class Notes, honored as one of two class- mates wise enough to live in Idaho. (A far cry from the Bronx, where he went to high
school.) Leon and his wife, Linda, have had a home in Sun Valley for over 40 years, full- time since his retirement as chief of head and neck surgery at the Kaiser Foundation Hospi tal in Bellflower, Calif. Leon still enjoys skiing, hiking, and tennis in what he describes as "a beautiful area."

Kathleen and BILL CHRISTISON bring a personal and pictorial perspective to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. In their recently published book, Palestine in Pieces,
they argue that Israel's long-term intention is to fragment the occupied territories so that any sustainable presence in the land by Pales tinians as a nation will be negated. They are also concerned that the present administra-
tion is not boldly addressing this issue. Both are former CIA political analysts, having retired in 1979, and now live in Santa Fe.

BILL TAYLOR and wife Helga visited with BOB TYLER, one of Bill's roommates, last November at his Palm City, Fla., condo. Bill reports that
Bob is doing well, taking advantage of the ac tivities, social events, and excellent food. Bob's daughter and family live nearby.

We learned recently that JIM LINDSAY died in New York Jan. 14, 2009·

 

12 May 2010

On occasions when Tigers assemble, their gathering is known as a "streak" or "ambush".  Palm Springs, Calif, was the scene of such a gathering when JOHN COLWELL and Georgia Van Cleve were married there Feb 14.  Not only was it Valentine's Day but it was also the first day of the Chinese Year of the Tiger!  Other Tigers in the "streak" -- or if you prefer, "ambush"-- were Georgia's children, Peter '80 and his wife Andrea '80; Robert '82; Sally '84; Emory '87; and granddaughter Sarah '12.

BOB STEVENS, who remarried in 2007 three years after the death of his first wife, keeps busy in North Andover, Mass., writing local and family histories, summering in New Hampshire, and traveling.  Bob is undoubtedly the only classmate who claims to be living in his great-great grandfather's home.

Adrienne and JACK MAXWELL continue to travel, visiting Seoul, South Korea, last spring, where he had not been since the war in the early '50s.  They then went to China, which brought the countries Jack has visited to more than 90.  London has become a future travel destination as Jack's son is transferring there.

TONY REYNOLDS volunteered, "No news is good news, except for the class secretary." Regardless, he did provide news that he and his wife, Lynne, have occupied themselves with local travel in California, and to New York and Italy.  Tony also reported talking recently with fellow Californians GEORGE FRENCH and BEN WREN.

"MIKE" VIALLS died in his native South Aftica on March 24.  Our sympathy goes to VADEN FITTON, whose wife, Grace, died March 30.

 

28 April 2010

Most MDs seem to keep practicing until they "just faed away" but not "Fax" CONQUEST.  He retired in 1985 after 22 years in general surgery in Richmond.  Then he prusued his life long interest in poetry, publishing a volume of his collected poems in 1994.  On a CD released this month by Jackie Frost and Troupe, the lyricist for two songs, "take Me Home Yeocomico" and "OVirginia!" is none other than H. FAIRFAX Conquest.  (Yeomocmico? A river in northeastern Virginia.)

BOB ROTH has given up swimming in the local Masters program to better take care of his wife, Jean, who has very limited use of her left side.  Bob, who took up Masters swimming when knee and ankle problems cut short his running and walking regimes, volunteered that it probably was time, since his best swimming year was 2002.

When checking in from Victoria, British Columbia, with treasurer JOE GREEN, PETER DODD inquired about Joe's downsizing experience.  Seems Peter is considering such a move.  Your scribe was remiss in not reporting earlier that Peter's son, Dan '93, made him the grandfather of twin boys, Jesse and Logan.  Jesse was named for a relative, Jesse Carter, whose Princeton class preceded Dan's by 100 years.  Carter was a professor of Latin at Princeton.  He was an emissary of the American Red Cross and died on the Italian front in 1917.

News reached us that BILL JOHNSON died in Maryland Feb.12 and DICK PRENTISS died in Alabama Feb. 27.  Our thoughts are with CHARLIE BRUMBACK, whose wife, Mary, Died last Sept.

 

7 April 2010

We caught up with SCOTT REED one of two classmates who live in Idaho. (LEON GOLDMAN is the other.)  Scott and Mary Lou, his wife of 56 years, live in Boise. His son, Bruce '82, was a domestic-policy adviser for Bill Clinton, and now heads the Democratic Leadership Council in DC. His daughter, Tara, is a biology professor at the U. of Wisconsin in Green Bay.  When asked what he was doing now, he responded, "I am still practicing law, having no retirement skills."

From TED FRIEND came this note: "After having a day dream about DICK BLANCHFIELD, my math-major friend who passed away in 1955, I called his old roommate, ART THOMAS a, retired Central Michigan U. professor. Art is
recovering from a triple bypass and a stroke but is optimistic about recovery."

MAC MACLEAN' name may not appear on the Discovery Channel, but two of his boats, the fishing vessels, Eagle II and Sea Hawk, are featured in a reality series on sword fishing in North America, mostly on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland last September through November.

In November, across the Atlantic at Buckingham Palace, Angus MacDonald, the son of TEX LAMASON's wife, Nancy, was invested with an Order of the British Empire.

We mark with sadness the deaths of four classmates: BILL BARRYon Jan. 9; PEARCE BROWN lNG,Jan. 14; ED HAWKINSJan. 15; and BOB WAKEFIELD Feb 4.
Our sympathy goes to BILL DIPPEL,whose wife of 57 years, Lucina, died suddenly Jan. 22.

 

17 March 2010

GEORGE AND THE BEAR:

Last October while hiking in Glacier Park, GEORGE ZABRISKIE and his brother, Sandy '52, came upon a grizzly bear chomping on grass about 10 or 15 feet away. Fortunately, George lived to report that she was more inter -  ested in getting ready for winter than in partaking in some vintage tiger meat. Or was it that the bear knew that George had celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in June, and respected family values? (George failed to mention how he determined the grizzly's gender, but we will take his word for it.)

FRAN AND THE PIG:

One does not picture FRAN WOOD as being bored, but he wrote that "just to avoid boredom," he and his physician experts elected to replace his  malformed aortic cardiac valve last October with a porcine (pig) valve. After a six-day hospital stay, he returned home to patiently await his breastbone (sternum) to heal so he could support his elderly muscular activities such as
fly-fishing and holding binoculars when bird watching. At last report, Fran was doing well, but "boared" in a new way.


JACK AND THE 'COPTER:

Calling upon his experience as a top executive at Sikorsky Aircraft, JACK MCKENNA has completed a book due out in June on the Sikorsky SKYCRANE Helicopter. The helicopter was Igor Sikorsky's last and most radical design, and, despite skeptics, met his expectations of creating new military and commercial applications. It first flew in 1961. Many are still flying worldwide today.


We share with BILL DIPPEL the loss of his
wife, Lucina, who died Jan. 22.

 

24 February 2010

GOING BACK (from Florida): From St. Petersburg, BILLWALLACE first enjoyed last year's reunion dinner, then took in all the graduation events as his grandson graduated with the Class of 2009. From Jacksonville, QUINN BARTON came back during a Thanksgiving visit to his son in  NYC, checking out his old dorm, Foulke Hall (Entry 1), ------ and his club, Cloister Inn, neither of which he had seen for many years. However, bucking this trend, JIM MCCLAVE is staying put in Stuart, "enjoying the Golden Years," and HARRY MOOREhas left West Virginia to winter in Longboat Key.

ROY WELCH'swife of 62 years, Connie, died in September 2008. He wrote that it took a while, but he is now able to enjoy living in Stone Ridge, a new life-care facility in Mystic, Conn. TED MELDAH whose wife Joyce died last April, has moved to Homestead Hills, a senior community in Winston Salem, N.C., where he finds the lifestyle to his liking.

RETURNS ARE IN: Having received no nominating petitions for class officers, president AL ABBOTTSdeclared the proposed slate of officers will take office the "Sunday of the class major-reunion week, for a term of five
years" (Constitution Art. IV, Sec. 1). Officers will be: BILLHAYNES president; CHARLIE ROSE, vice president; BILL DIPPEL vice president, AG; KEN PERRY secretary; and JIM WALLACE tre asurer.

REID HEUER died June 15, 2009, in Blacksburg, Va. HALE ANDREWS died Dec. 7, 2009, in Berkeley Springs, W. Va.

 

3 February 2010


GIVE ME AN ''F'': For 1950'S '''50 is 60 in '10" reunion. Where els e could you parade around in orange and black with a lot of guys in their 80S and not be considered senile?

GIVE ME AN "I": For PAUL IN GERSOLL, who received the Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation's Gerhard Award last November for dedication to the hospital through "advocacy, philanthropy, leadership, and service." A month earlier, Paul and his wife, Eleanor, celebrated 50 (plus 8) years of marriage.

GIVE ME AN "F": For GUS FLEISCHMANN, who sent the news below that provided the "Y" to complete "FIFTY."Gus and his wife, Una, are"still going strong" after 50 (plus 8) years.

GIVE ME A "T': For BILL TOMLINSON, who still sings bit parts with the Diablo Theatre Company in the SF Bay area, where he and Mary, his wife of 50 (plus 7) years, have lived since the early '50s. Bill's singing career goes back farther, at least to glee clubs at Episcopal Academy and Princeton.

GIVE ME A "Y": For the Yosemite Fund, which recently profiled Lillian and JON LOVELACE to honor them for giving the time, talent, and financial resources that facilitated the fund's early high-country projects: trail repair, wilderness restoration, and reintroduction of peregrine falcons and bighorn sheep. Jon also introduced the fund to his company,  The Capital Group, which has become an active corporate steward of the park. Our kudos to Lillian and John, who have been together 50 (plus 9) years.

Fifty! Fifty! Fifty!

 

13 January 2010

Chairman BIll HAYNES and his committee are "clearing the tracks" for our return to Old Nassau. Our '50 is 60 in '10 reunion will be May 27-30, 2010.
Be there!

Meanwhile, news from the hinterlands trickles in with class dues. HANK BIRD is now a landlubber, having given up rowing after over 60 years on the water. At last report, he was still active in the Maine Rowing Association, Habitat for Humanity, and his local neighborhood, and has nine grandchildren. Hank reported that he had a good visit with ED LAWRENCE and Ed's wife, Millie. No doubt Hank and Ed reminisced about their rowing days with the 150-pound crew on Lake Carnegie.

The other LAWRENCE in our class, BEN, is still enjoying summers at his lake cottage in Michigan, but lamented that the lake was not swimmable about half the summer ~ since his minimum entry temperature is 73 degrees.  Ben's fellow chemical engineer, RALPH CARDELLO, continues to live the quiet life in New Jersey. Visiting his children - a daughter in Virginia, a son (Class of '84) in California, and now eight grandchildren -_ requires a bit of travel.

Our 24-17 win over Yale November should have delighted FRED DANFORTH, who lives in New Haven and perennially writes that he has to suffer the "arrogant Yalies."

BIll INGERSOll died in Arizona Oct. 9, 2009. BOB SELLERS died in North Carolina Oct. 24, 2009. Our sympathy goes to JACK FARMER, whose wife of 50 years, Aurilla, died last summer.

 

9 December 2009

It's a new gig for both Merle and ROLAND MINDA. They are now appearing
once or twice a month on a program called "Showcase Minnesota" on the NBC TV affiliate in Minneapolis, immediately after The TODAY Show. Merle will be a travel contributor and Roland will be a senior contributor, reporting on senior-related topics. In September, Merle presented a segment titled "Foreign Travel - Packing a Small Bag," and Roland had a segment titled "Roland Minda's Favorite Senior Gadgets." Now that's an intriguing subject for us seniors. Any favorites come to mind?

TED FRIEND's son, Tom, is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN, The Magazine. One of his latest articles was a poignant story about gold medal Olympians Al Joyner and his wife, Florence "Flo [o" Griffith, who died prematurely in 1998.

While at our mini-reunion in Milwaukee, Joan and GLENN SILER recounted their summer trip from Vancouver to Anchorage, Ala., with their three sons and wives (sans grandchildren).  A highlight was witnessing calving of the spectacular Huber Glacier. Incidentally, Glenn was among the 19 classmates at graduation who listed the St. Louis area as their residence. The Silers now live near St. Louis in Eureka.

ALAN KIRK made a trip to Tuscany in late May. He wrote that he is "keeping fit, busy, and happy- and playing loads of golf."

DID YOU KNOW THAT ... JIM BILLING TON entered his 23rd year as Librarian of Congress Sept. 14. His tenure is the fourth longest of the 13 librarians; the first appointed by the president in 1800 .

Our class has two admirals: CRAIG WALLACE who served as assistant  surgeon general,  and the late JIMMY LIPSCOMB while in the Coast Guard Reserve.

The late PHIL KUNHARD prepared the first dummy copies of PEOPLE magazine.

BARKER GUMMERE died in Newtown, Pa., Sept. 29,2009.

 

15 November 2009

WEST COAST NEWS. TONY REYNOLDS, whose career has been in personal financial planning, reported that he is still working. Part time, that is. His wife, Lynne, is director of alumni relations for the Stanford School of Business. Happily for them, their twin grandchildren live about an hour from their Menlo
Park (Calif.) home.

Mary and "BO" LINDSAY have a longer trip from their Pacific Grove (Calif.) home to visit their offspring in western Washington State. This summer they combined a family visit with a stopover in Seattle for a day to visit with Bunny and FRAN WOOD and Natalie and BERNIE ADAMS, who were spending time away from Colorado with the Woods.


CLASS 2010 ELECTION NOTICE. Our nominating committee slate of officers is: WILLIAM F.HAYNES JR., president; CHARLES H. ROSE, vice president; WILLIAM A. DIPPEL, vice president, AG; R. KENNETH PERRY, secretary; and JAMES C. WALLACE, treasurer. Nominating petitions for any office must be signed by at least 20 classmates, have a nominee's signed consent to serve if elected, and be mailed before Dec. 16, 2009, to president ALFRED ABBOTTS, 15 Meadow Lakes Q3-U,Hightstown, NJ 08520. nominees for president and vice president must be class members. Nominees for other offices may be classmates, associates, and spouses. If no petitions are received, the slate of officers is elected. If any petition is accepted, the executive committee will determine the election procedure for contested offices.

STAN PLENINGER, our lone Alaskan classmate, died in Anchorage Aug. 29, 2009. DICK GAMBLE, a member of the executive committee, died in Boston Oct. 6, 2009. DON FISHER, an honorary classmate and founder of The Gap, died in California Sept. 27, 2009. We extend our sympathy to BOB BROWN,
whose wife of almost 57 years, Sally, died Sept. 29, 2009·

November 4, 2009
“Oh, East is East, and West is West,” but the twain, in this case 54, did meet in Milwaukee Sept. 23-26. They came from 16 states and Canada for a “mini,” our 26th off-campus reunion.
Deeann GUTENKUNST with husband CHARLIE and Aline and JIM WALLACE had Milwaukee primed for us. An orange and black Harley motor bike was on display in the lobby of our Intercontinental headquarters, and orange was the hotel motif. At Ten Chimneys, the Alfred Lunt-Lynn Fontanne home, the host greeted us with unbounded enthusiasm, explaining that she had not been with so many Tigers since a student at Ripon (Wis.) High School, whose mascot was a tiger with colors orange and black.
Since motorcycle history was foreign to us, the Harley-Davidson museum was an unexpected learning experience. However, DICK FORD had some foreknowledge as photos of Harley’s replacement parts for its catalog and its promotional photography are products of his son’s Midcoast Studio. Viewing the bikes, LEW BANCROFT recalled that he rode a motorcycle to work, much to the consternation of his safety-minded employer in Wilmington, DuPont.
No Milwaukee visit would be complete without a brewery tour, and, of course, sampling. Ours was at Sprecher Brewing Co., Milwaukee’s original microbrewery. We later learned that the grandfather of “DUTCH” PRIOLEAU’s wife, Diane, was once the largest hops grower in the world.
Bird watcher FRAN WOOD, quick on the draw with his binoculars, spotted a Double-crested Cormorant on the lake cruise.
At Saturday evening cocktails, high up in the University Club and overlooking Lake Michigan, we viewed the ethereal opening of the art museum’sBrise Soleil (aka “wings”) and considered it an appropriate salute and “auf wiedersehen” to the Class of ’50.
Class webmeister CHARLIE ROSE has downloaded photos from Milwaukee to our Web site. (See address above.)
The class has memorials in this issue.


October 21 , 2009
We well remember our Baltimore mini when Ellie Kelly’s niece-in-law, Janet Marie Smith, described her work as Red Sox vice president and architect responsible for modernizing Fenway Park, major-league baseball’s oldest stadium. This June, Ellie and “BOKELLY and two of their grandchildren not only received a VIP tour of Smith’s product, but Ellie’s 80th birthday was recognized on the Fenway screen in front of a sold-out Red Sox crowd.
Bo also reported that he saw CAREY MATTHIESSEN while on Fisher Island off the Connecticut coast. Carey is an eminent authority on oysters, and once had a thriving oyster nursery in a pond just below the Kellys’ island home. Bo “nostalgically” recalled that at one time Carey put some dye in the Kelly sanitary system to make certain it was not contaminating his pond.
DICK PRENTISS’ last publication, written as an undergraduate, was about Father Charles Coughlin, a political activist in the ’30s, whose weekly radio program was carried on 130 stations.
Now, many years later, and after a career in law and dedication to his Palm Beach Society Band, Dick is seeking a publisher for a novel. Drawing upon his residences in both NYC and Palm Beach, Fla., and his love of tennis, he writes about a lovely divorcee who leaves her Fifth Avenue penthouse “to try her luck “at a wealthy Florida tennis and golf club. All that Dick will reveal is that she “finds more than success.”
DAVE BILLINGTON, formally known at Princeton as the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering, was the honored recipient of the 2008 distinguished award of merit from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
News reached us that KEN SAMUELS died in Texas, Aug. 25, 2009, and “BOGEY” TAILER died in West Palm Beach Aug. 30, 2009.

 

October 7, 2009
The bells were ringing in Greenwich, Conn., June 6, when Phoebe Ballard and DICK FORD were married. Dick cites our 24th mini- reunion in Minneapolis in 2007 as the catalyst for their union. Phoebe and Dick now join Jean and SID FOX, whose romance also began at a mini-reunion. Representing ’50 at the wedding festivities were Lela and JACK BOGARDUS.
JOHN SCOTT reported from his home in London that he had talked with CHARLIE SLACK in Perth, Australia. Charlie is chairman of the board for the Perth’s drug-rehabilitation program and was recently invited to join the board of Tabor Bible College after completing a theology course there. Charlie and his wife, Sue, continue as co-pastors of the Greenwood Christian Fellowship in a small town of 300 some 200 miles north of Perth.
One of John’s London compatriots, GEORGE BAILEY, wrote earlier in the year that his “life was very full,” especially as he and his wife, Yvonne, enjoy their first grandchild, who is now 3.
CHARLIE SWIFT has moved to Eufaula, Ala., the hometown of his wife, Donna, in the southeastern part of the state. Their home is on Lake Eufaula, a lake with 640 miles of shoreline and known as “The Big Bass Capital of the World.” In recent years they have traveled to China and India, and they plan to return next year to Australia, where Charlie has some family and lived in the late ’80s.
At last report, MACKNIGHT BLACK was still in Virginia breeding and raising Airedales. Last year he sold a litter of 10.
JIM BRALLA sent news that JOHN LINCOLN died in New Hampshire Aug. 1, 2009.

Recently PAW asked if any of our classmates were authors whose books had been made into movies. A survey came up dry. However, the question prompted Bill Dippel to volunteer that he once slept in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Princeton room in Little Hall.
Our sympathy goes to WHARTIE SHOBER, whose wife, Sandra, died in February. Attending her funeral in London were classmates and UK residents, JOHN SCOTT and COLUMBUS O’DONNELL. Whartie will be moving from London to West Palm Beach, Fla. 
We will miss ROD EDWARDS, who died May 5 at his Bay Head, N.J., home. Rod was our class president from 2000-05 and a stalwart of our class in many ways.

September 23, 2009
Could it be that most of us began our Princeton journey 63 years ago, and that next May we will mark our graduation in 1950 with our 60th reunion?
FRED KNIGHT and RICHARD RHAME paid tribute to two of our classmates in recent notes. Fred wrote that he has not participated in AG, since he and his wife favor local charities. However, this year he was making an AG gift to honor PETE BUCHANAN who “was a classmate at Deerfield, a gifted Princetonian, and a good friend.” Fred, better known to us as “Snuffy” while an undergraduate, retired from business in 1994 but still teaches communications at Eastern New Mexico U. He and Carol will celebrate their 47th anniversary this December.
Richard, whose undergraduate monikers were “Raymer” and “Rick,” is a urologist in Alexandria, Va. With his AG gift, he recounted the 17 years classmate GEORGE RIESZ was his patient, during which they “became good friends and I developed a great respect for his [George’s] courage, energy, and good humor.”
Two of Richard’s roommates were heard from earlier this year. JOHN BROTHERTON, who is in his 22nd year of retirement from Exxon, reported a phone conversation with JIM CAFIERO that evoked reminiscences of their 1955 tiger hunt in India. John added that the hunt was unsuccessful, which, considering the tiger’s endangered status today, was a fortunate outcome.
In May, our class was represented at the 134th Annual Princeton Club of St. Louis Dinner by JOHN GOESSLING, Cici and JOHN MINTON, class associate Georgia Van Cleve with JOHN COLWELL, and your scribe with wife Garie. (The club was founded in 1875, 21 years before the University officially became Princeton.)
We will miss the following four classmates who died in recent months: JACK STONE, May 15; ALLEN DALEY, June 1; AL GALLUP, June 22; and AL NICHOLSON, July 18.

 

July 15, 2009
Our 59th is now history, and reunion chairman BILL HAYNES has plans well under way for our 60th next May. Of course, there will be a warm-up in Milwaukee this fall when our 26th mini takes place Sept. 23-27. 
Our Princeton stringer, BILL OSBORNE, who also doubles as off-year reunion chairman, reported that there were 45 attendees at Friday’s class dinner in Fine Hall Tower. At the dinner or seen elsewhere on campus during Reunions with wife, friend, or singly were: ABBOTTS, BEATY, DAVE BILLINGTON, BOGARDUS, CAMPBELL, CHASE, CHRISTENSEN, COHN, DIPPEL, DUNCAN, ERDMAN, FISHER, FREEMAN, HAYNES, LAMASON, LOWMAN, MCALPIN, MINTON, OSBORNE, POWSNER, RENTSCHLER, RIVINUS, JACK ROBINSON, ROSE, BILL and FRED SCHLUTER, SHEPHERD, STAATS-WESTOVER, and BILL WALLACE. Bill, no doubt, checked out the environs where his two grandchildren, William ’09 and Sara ’12, are studying. 
The world has been well represented by the recipients of the scholarship Ricky and PAUL DIDISHEIM established three years ago. Pictured here (l-r) between Paul and Ricky at a February luncheon at Prospect are Hyeon-Ju Ryoo ’11 of Seoul, Quzhao Hu ’12 of Nanjing, and Namita Biala ’10 of London. Each received the scholarship for their freshman year. Paul also reports that he plays tennis several times a week, and he and Ricky relish the activities of their three children and six grandchildren. 
Another tennis player, MIKE TURNER, is on the court three or four times a week, and despite a variety of medical ailments, is enjoying life. 
News came from Kentucky that BO NIXON and his son, Ted ’74, were inducted into the Louisville Business Hall of Fame in March. Those of us who attended our 23rd mini-reunion in Louisville that Bo orchestrated know first-hand the respect he has in that community. There to bask in Bo’s glory were Grace and VADEN FITTON and Aline and JIM WALLACE. After the ceremony, joined by Bo’s daughter, Edie ’79, they retired to the bar for a round of stingers — the traditional drink they have enjoyed through many years of traveling and partying together.
Early this year BO KELLY spent a few hours with Dave Billington at a Princeton Art Museum exhibit on Felix Candela’s sculptural buildings. The exhibition coincided with the publication of a book on Candela by Marcia Garlock and Dave. Mary. We extend our sympathy to Mary; his sons, Peter '75, Christopher, and Brian; and his grandchildren.

June 10, 2009
The Alumni Council awarded the 1898 Trophy for the 2007-08 academic year to our class for the highest percentage of members attending a gathering during the year between Reunions. The award recognized the 11.9% of class members who attended our 25th mini-reunion in Baltimore in April 2007. Kudos again to the Baltimore committee — Ellie and BO KELLY, PAS MITCHELL, LUKE HOPKINS, and BILL GILBERT.
Our 26th mini is less than four months away. Plan on being in Milwaukee Sept. 23-27 when Deeann Gutenkunst and committee have arranged, as class president AL ABBOTTS describes, a “wonder-filled event.”
Mention of Wisconsin reminds your scribe of one of the 32 Princetons he and his wife visited in 1996. Princeton, Wisconsin, is a town of about 1,500, 75 miles northwest of Milwaukee. It was the home of the Princeton Brewing Company, which thrived before Prohibition and whose product, Tiger Brew, was known locally for its “flavor and head” and was advertised as “the beer with a purr.” A painted head of a generously bewhiskered tiger, the company’s logo, dominated the front of the brick building that once housed the brewery. One of the locals recounted that her father, who drove a horse-drawn beer wagon, would report how kegs of Tiger Brew sustained Polish wedding celebrations for days. Unfortunately, the brewery’s revival after Prohibition was short lived.
JACK AULD wrote from St. Louis that he is on his third pacemaker after a quadruple bypass in 1991, but is “physically quite fit except for vision.” Downsizing from a five-bedroom home is in his plans. Jack, who attended Grover Cleveland High School in St. Louis, recalled meeting Mrs. Cleveland as a freshman at Princeton and sitting next to Einstein one evening at Princeton Playhouse.
FRED GREGORY died in Indiana March 29. GRAHAM “DOC” SHANLEY died in Spain March 30. 

 

 

May 13, 2009
It may surprise some of the younger set that the invention Alexander Graham Bell patented in 1876 is still an effective way to communicate. KEITH LORING suggests a phone call to him if anyone wants information about prostate cancer. You can reach him at 512-868-3337 or e-mail lorings2@aol.com. 
As a non-physician, prostate cancer survivor, and cofounder/facilitator of several support groups, Keith has gathered extensive material about this disease and made national connections during the 13 years he has aided men. Keith lives in the Sun City Active Adult Retirement Community in Georgetown, Texas, but makes no mention of “actively” using his Terrace Club softball-pitching prowess there. 
JACK SHEPHERD phoned to inquire whether Nobel Prize winner John Nash *50 (A Beautiful Mind) and resident Princeton mathematician and economist, whom he recently met, had any connection with our class. (Graduate school at the same time.) Jack has been retired for 20 years, after peddling securities for many years at Goldman Sachs. He is doing well in Tenafly, N.J.
BOB MCKINLEY reported that JOHN LOWMAN sounded fine during a recent phone conversation. Bob added that he was in “pretty good shape,” but has curtailed the extensive traveling that he and his wife had done in the past.
A phone call following an e-mail from ALLEN DALEY found him in California. Sadly, Allen’s wife, “Canoe,” died suddenly from a stroke last March. Allen, who is fighting Alzheimer’s, has moved from Delaware to an assisted-living community in Morgana, Calif., to be near his son, Tom ’75.
FOR THE RECORD: LEN PALIN wants all to know that he has no relatives in Alaska. He continues his pastoral ministry in Monarch Beach, Calif. BILL AHRENS is in his second, four-year term as councilman in Indian River Shores, Fla.
News arrived from North Carolina that ADDISONADGOBLE died March 18.

 

REMINDER: Warm-up for the 60th by coming to Old Nassau for our 59th. BILL OSBORNE has arranged our class dinner for Friday evening, May 29, in the professors’ lounge atop Fine Hall. Saturday meals will be available at ’49’s 60th headquarters at Forbes College. Attend the 59th and double up by coming to Milwaukee for our 26th mini-reunion Sept. 23-27 (see Web site).
And did you know that minis can be catalysts? So reports DICK FORD, with the news that he and Phoebe Ballard are engaged. Dick cited our 24th Mini in Minneapolis in September 2007 as the catalyst for their romance. (Recollection is that some earlier minis “catalyzed” the romance of Jean and SID FOX.) Dick and Phoebe were in Minneapolis in January for the opening of Henry V at the Guthrie Theatre. Dick’s son, Rick, who is a member of The Acting Company based in NYC, played five parts in the play, which is now on a 26-city tour. Dick and Phoebe also had dinner with Merle and ROLAND MINDA. Merle is bouncing back from a hip replacement. Roland still has his weekly TV show, Strictly Seniors.
CHARLIE ROSE recently discovered that “BARK GUMMERE was a townhouse-community neighbor in Newtown, Pa. Bark, whose career was in banking, has remained single and has lived in Newtown for the past 25 years. He still researches electric railways, especially the bygone trolley system of his native Trenton area.
We note the passing of two classmates. BOB PEARCE died Aug. 1, 2008, and RALPH MCGILL died Feb. 12, 2009. Another sad note: JOE TILT’s widow, Judy, was killed in a car crash in California last Memorial Day. It was a second tragedy for the Tilt family, as Joe was killed in a car accident in 1997. 

While we normally report the loss of a classmate with a brief notice at the close of Class Notes, an exception is in order. Class stalwart "PETE" BUCHANAN died in Beverly,Mass., Feb. 9 from complications of prostate cancer. The class owes a great deal to Pete, who was a longtime member of the executive committee, class secretary for 15 years, a one-term AGchairman, a memory bank: of class history, the initiator of the tradition of class minireunions, an organizer of four '50 minis (in Newburyport, Mass., in DC, and two in Salem, Mass.), and a source of guidance for organizers of our other 21 minis. We will miss Pete.


Last fall there was a mini of sorts when JOHN SPEED and AL SHANDS  traveled from Louisville to Tigertown to join BILL HAYNES and DAVE BlLLINGTON at the welcoming celebration for the Rev. Paul Jeanes, a former Louisville resident, who became the new rector at Trinity Church in  Princeton. It was Princeton day at the White House Dec. to when Librarian of Congress JIM BILLINGTON and two other Princetonians received the Presidential Citizens Medal. The medal, awarded in recognition of exemplary deeds of service to the nation, is one of the highest honors a president can confer on a civilian. Also honored with Jim were Princeton's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Robert George and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp '89.

North Carolina is now horne to two classmates. After almost 50 years in Princeton, Betty and DICK MCCLELLAND moved to Charlotte. This brings them nearer their three sons and their families, whose count comes to 17 McClellands. Cynthia and BILL BERNART have moved south from Virginia to Raleigh, likewise to be closer to their children.

 

18 March 09

1950 IN THE MEDICALWORLD: JOHN COLWELL was awarded South Carolina's highest civilian honor, The Order of the Palmetto, by Gov.Mark Sanford in December. John was recognized as an outstanding physician and a leader in the medical community and for his dedication to the cause of diabetes research, patient care, and education. Later in December, Medical U. of South Carolina trustees designated the school's diabetes research center as The John A. Colwell Diabetes Research Center. John is a past president of the American Diabetes Association and a master of the American College of Physicians.


DICK SHARRETT, a cardiologist, presented a paper titled "Facilitation of the Development of Resiliency Heart Care Systems in the United States" at the 61St annual meeting of the Gerontological Society in November. Dick noted that his first professional paper, which was co-authored, was published in 1957.


Bill WINTERS reported from Texas that he survived Hurricane Ike with minimal damage. Bill is still practicing cardiovascular medicine, and is editor of the Journal of the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center and chief of the Methodist Hospital Education Institute.


"HEW" RYAN, a psychiatrist, traveled from Alabama to attend his 50th reunion at the Rochester School of Medicine last year. He suggested that he and wife Valerie had better come to Princeton for our 59th so they would
be able to recognize classmates at the 60th.  Not a bad idea. Reunion dates: May 29-30.


Bill KORNFELD, also a psychiatrist, wrote from Kentucky that "after three years of hard effort, I am finally divorced, and very happy, working hard, and in pretty good health."


We have lost two classmates. Medical researcher DUNCAN MCCULLOCH died in Hanover, Pa., Jan. 20, and BOB PERLEY died at his home
in Westfield, N.J., Jan. 26.

4 March 09

What do a recycling station, a pipe organ, and a weekly radio program have in common?
Answer: The Class of '50

According to an article in the Morgan (W.Va.)Messenger: "Cars and trucks
were lined up to mark the opening of Morgan County's permanent recycle center Monday, Dec. I5." Specifically, it was the Charles R. Biggs Recycling Center, named for CHARLIE BIGGS. Charlie and his wife, Margaret, have promoted recycling over the 13 years they have lived in the county. He undertook design and construction supervision of the center. It took $75,000 in cash and in-kind donations to prepare the site, install receptacles, and put the finishing touches on the two-acre facility.


CHARLIE KRIGBAUM, university organist and professor in Yale's School of Music until 1995, also has his name on something. He was honored last year by having a new Taylor and Boody mean-tone pipe organ named for him. The organ is in the Yale Divinity School. Charlie wrote that it is "one of very few in such an early temperament."  (Your musically naive scribe consulted his church organist for clarlflcatlon.)  Charlie added, "Wonderful for pre-Bach music.

Last October, Little Rock, Ark., TV station KLR broadcast a five-minute interview with DAVID MILLER to mark the 25th anniversary of the syndicated weekly radio jazz program he produces. Swingin' Down The Lane with David Miller is now carried on 50 National Public Radio stations plus a station in Hamburg, Germany.  Ironically, the program has been running far longer than the "Big Band" era, which is one of its main features. And to think, the program is rooted in David's boyhood in Elizabeth, N.J.,where he saved his nickels and dimes to purchase 78 rpm recordings of popular music.

 

11 February 09

Couldn't help noticing a 'Tiger" award for an item in recent Class of '75 notes
recognizing Doug Schutte. He is Virginia's top blood donor, having given platelets 328 times by Reunions. Congratulations, Doug, but let the record show that our own CHARLIE ROSE was 50 donations better - having given
372 times by Reunions. In addition, Charlie has given 183 units of whole blood.  When Charlie was recently honored with the first-ever New Jersey Blood Services Lifetime Platelet Donation Award, he recounted his first donation. "I started with whole blood at Princeton, where I was given
a shot of whiskey afterward. Who cared if I was underage," he said. Reflecting on the award, he mused, "Since they analyze my blood chemistry every two weeks, perhaps they know something that I don't. You know,
like the Academy Awards where each year there is a lifetime award for someone who they expect may not be around the next year."


STAN PLENINGiER is our only classmate who resides in Alaska. He recently called seeking his roommate JOE GREEN's number. Stan has lived in Alaska since 1975. He has cut back on his law practice and now is directing his
energies toward developing a retirement community on land he acquired many years ago. It's choice property with lake frontage and easy highway access north of Anchorage, and not far from Wasilla. So if you believe
Sarah Palin, it also might have a good view of Russia.


BOB SCHELLNG is one of our four classmates who live in Canada. Bob took Sylvie, his wife and tennis fanatic, to the French Open last June to celebrate her birthday. Prudently, he quantified Sylvie's birthday only as "significant."


We lost two classmates at the close of 8 BOB PRICE died Dec. 3 and GENE NOBLES died Dec. 22.

 

28 January 09

Mark your 2009 calendar for two class reunions: Our next mini-reunion will be in Milwaukee Sept. 23-26, where CHARLIE GUTENKUNST's wife, Deeann, is forging ahead with plans for an influx of classmates for our 26th mini. BILL OSBORNE off-year reunion expertise continues to hold him in good stead as he shapes plans for our 59th during Reunions weekend, May 28-31. Both will be great warm-ups for our 60th in 2010, which the Chinese presciently designated as the Year of the Tiger, as they did for 1950, our graduation year.
TRAVELIN'TIGERS: Last August, Joan and GLENN SILER visited Russia, where they "enjoyed an interesting and challenging holiday." Starting in Moscow, they boarded a riverboat for an eight-day cruise up the Baltic waterway to St. Petersburg with its Hermitage and Peter the Great's Palace. They ended their trip in Stockholm. 

DON WEST did not tell us - but we have pictorial evidence - that he was in Europe last fall. HANK RENTSCHLER sent a photo of his sister, Liz, and Don in Dresden last October. All Hank learned from his sister was that they had met Don at breakfast. 

Thyrza and GEORGE ZABRISKIE traveled last summer from their Montana horne to the Zabriskie family house in Hancock Point, Maine, for their annual sojourn there. All 12 members of the Zabriskie family branch were present for the first time in 10 years. 

Ann and BILL LUCAS celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 19.  They continue to travel from their LA home to summer in Martha's Vineyard. The Vineyard population swelled last summer as the Lucases' four children
and their spouses and nine grandchildren joined them. Bill continues in the family investment business, with nonprofit organizations in education, the arts, and Third World development, and on the advisory council of Princeton's Department of Art and Archaeology.


Joyce and TED MELDAHL have had a full year of experiencing the medical system, but were able to fit in an Elderhostel stay, a trip to North Carolina mountains, and a cruise on the Danube. Ted noted that more recent travels
have been of a "rehab" nature to hospitals in South Carolina. He is most complimentary of the "competence, dedication, and just plain caring" they found in so many people in the medical world. This is especially reassuring
as they address Joyce's heart problems.

Maybe at this very time RUSS KIRBY, onetime Princeton swimmer, is soaking up the sun on a beach. Russ left the chill of his Minnesota home in December for six months in Hawaii. He added that he now has a new heart valve - the pig variety. Hope this doesn't ruin his appetite at a traditional luau.

BUT SOME STAY HOME FOR GOOD REASON: Gloria and RALPH CARDELLO welcomed home one of their eight grandchildren, a grandson who returned in October from the war in Afghanistan. They are living a "quiet life" in New Jersey, where two of their daughters living nearby keep tabs on
them. That's harder lately since Ralph has fully recovered from 2007 back surgery. Their other two children live in Virginia and California.

We extend sympathy to two classmates who have lost their lifelong spouses: ROBERT FORREST, whose wife of 60 years, Jean, died Sept. 11; and STUART HAYES, whose wife of almost 59 years, Louise, died Oct. l.

News of the death of two classmates has reached us. Bill STEVENSON died Oct. 9 and SAMUEL ROBINSON, affectionately known as"Tizo," died Nov. 10.

 

17 December 08

I recently heard from BEN LAWRENCE who was trying to catch up with his roommate, JOHN MINTON.  He enjoys summers at his Lake Michigan cottage, and now is back in his Ohio home for the winter, where his voice bolsters the church choir.  John just celebrated both his 80th birthday and completion of radiation treatments for prostate cancer. He still plays tennis several times a week in St. Louis, and is contemplating retirement next year. In Richmond, maybe.


In case you missed them, recent editions of PAW carried two letters with '50 authorship. The Sept. 24 edition ran a thoughtful letter from John Minton on attacking alcohol abuse. The Oct. 8 issue printed a letter from HARLEY FUNK'swife, "Petey," that revisited life and travails of married WWIl veterans and their wives who resided in "The Project."

It has been a busy and rewarding time for Pablo Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Sciences. On July 1, Professor Debenedetti assumed the position of vice dean of the engineering school. On Class Day he won the School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Teacher Award, and at Commencement, he received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

With a dearth of news until the class dues start flowing to treasurer JOE GREEN space permits tribute to our previous eight class secretaries.
In order since 1950, they are: PETE ERDMAN, JOEL NIXON, EV FRANK, DON COHN, BOB READ, STU DUNCAN PETE BUCHANAN and SID FOX- with Pete and Sid covering the class beat for 30 years by alternating every five years. Faced with a news shortage, one scribe (name withheld) chronicled the doings of a fictitious classmate he created, much to the consternation
of PAW's editors.

EDWARD   'DOUGH" HOLYOKE former chief surgeon at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, died Sept. 29 in Sandy Pond, near Oswego, N.Y.

 

19 November 2008

The saying goes that "old soldiers just fade away." This is not true of some teachers, especially two classmates who reside in Princeton. Bill HAYNES has retired from office practice, but still teaches third-year medical students using cardiology case studies. He also conducts seminars about healing, faith, and prayers based on personal experiences recounted in the book he co-authored, Is There a God in Health Care?

DAVE BILLINGTON, Princeton professor of civil and environmental engineering, was quoted in the E-Quad News as saying, "Equations are only part of engineering .... I don't consider engineers educated unless they learn something about history." To this end, he continues to teach two cross-disciplinary courses - "Structures and the Urban Environment" and "Engineering in the Modern World." Two hundred or more students sign up for each course in which Dave's lectures illustrate that engineering is intricately connected to economics and politics, to history and art. The News described his lectures as "entirely given from memory, but as enthusiastically as if for the first time."

In September, Dave's brother, JIM BilLINGTON, began his 21st year as the 13th Librarian of Congress. Since Congress authorized it in 1800, the library has greatly broadened its outreach, as exemplified this year when Jim named children's book author Jon Scieszka as the country's first national ambassador for young people's literature, a kind of children's-book version of the library's poet laureate.

There was a time when "hip" referred to a mindset, but now that we have "aged" ... oops, cancel that ... "matured," it more likely brings to mind a body part. Point in hand:

SID FOX had his left hip replaced in August, to go along with his right one done nine years ago. "Hip" again, he and Jean were off on a Columbia River cruise in October.

News came from Maryland that HOWARD COHEN died Oct. 2.

 

5 November 2008

We trust that when you read thls Column, written in late September, meaningful action will be under way to address the financial crisis. And surely it will bear the mark of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. Bernanke has said that many of his actions are based on his study of the Great Depression while at Princeton. So where does the Class of '50 fit into this scenario? Here is what I gleaned from HANK RENTSCHLER:

Going back to our 25th, there was pressure to give all our memorial insurance to AG. BILL MARITZ and JACK WILSON led the resistance to this proposal and succeeded in establishing a class fund for the economics department. Since then, on an annual basis, fund income has been used by the Financial Research Center for collecting data that have been the underpinning of economic studies such as Bernanke's. Thus our class action in 1975 has manifested itself in the "nation's service" 33 years later.

After leading our class to 71.3% participation in last year's AG, chairman BILL DIPPEL writes, " I am sure our classmates will be astonished to learn that in spite of the financial meltdown, it will be business as usual in the AG department, and they can expect to see my first letter in mid-November."

JIM CALDWELL is enjoying his retirement from Westinghouse in Maryland with time aplenty to pare some strokes from his golf handicap. BOB CRONHEIM is still working as a Realtor/developer in New Jersey. Even though his grandson qualified for this year's US Amateur Golf Tournament, Bob's golfing friends often remind him that his grandson's talent obviously was not inherited from his grandfather.

After a long struggle with Parkinson's, JOHN CORNOG died in Connecticut July 26, 2008.

 

22 October 2008

 

SIDNEY VAN DEN BERGH joined previously recognized astronomers such as Edwin Hubble when he was awarded the 2008 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal. This annual award, dating back to 1898, is the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's most prestigious award for lifetime achievement in astronomy. Sidney is now researcher emeritus of Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in British Columbia.

There is much more than most of us envision when looking skyward, as attested by Sidney's distinguished work on galaxies and their stellar content. His fundamental work has included contributions to studies of local group galaxies, dwarf galaxies, and galactic morphology. He has added significantly to the understanding of the extra-galactic distance scale, globular and open star clusters, supernovae, and metal abundances and chemical evolution of the universe. All of which brings to mind Plato's observation:

"Astronomy compels the soul to look up, and leads us from this world to another."

The previous column sadly noted the death of GEORGE RIESZ, chairman of Planned Giving for our class. The 1746 Society recognizes those classmates or spouses who have made gifts to the University in the form of an annuity. After the death of a donor, the gift goes to a University program that the donor designated. Our class now has 48 society members (including some who are deceased) and a fund value of over $4 million.

ERNIE RUBENSTEIN wrote that he and DON COHN attended the memorial service for SHELDON ElSEN's wife, Gerri. She died Aug. 15 from multiple sclerosis. Despite being diagnosed with MS in her early 20S, Gerri led a happy and extremely productive life. Our thoughts are with Sheldon and his family.

News arrived that ROBERT BAIRD died in New Jersey Aug. 22, 2008, and BARRY VROMAN died in Maine Aug. 24, 2008.

 

8 Oct 2008

No, this is not Lawrence of Arabia (he went to Oxford). Rather, it is WHORTON "ED" SHOBER, who just published his third novel, Royal Sands. Ed lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 10 years, participating in the still-secret negotiations for an Iraqi oil pipeline over Saudi territory and a maintenance contract for Saudi helicopter gunships. He co-founded and was CEO of Saudi Arabia's first and largest hospital management company. Ed Withheld publication of this "page-turning plot of Royal skullduggery and intrigue" for 18 years to avoid any quesition of breaking confidentiality and trust.

Ed is part of Our London contingent that routinely gets together. The latest gathering reported by JOHN SCOTT was with COLUMBUS O'DONNELL, Ed, and their wives at a reception by William Polk Carey '52 in Spencer House, St. James. JOHN wrote that hundreds partook of endless Veuve Clicquot, canapes, and caviar, while a string quartet and harpist played Mozart divertimenti. Not too shabby!

If homegrown crime is more to your liking, ROLAND MINDA's wife, Merle, recently co­authored Famous Crimes: Stories of Law & Order in Minnesota, which begins with the St. Paul gangster era in the 1930S, when John Dillinger and Ma Barker were safely holed up there. We 2007 mini-reuners vividly recall the stories of the St. Paul gangsters during one of Our city tours.

We have lost a dedicated classmate. GEORGE RIESZ, who led our Planned Giving in recent years, died Aug. 23, 2008, after an 18-year fight with cancer.

 

 

24 Sep 2008

 

Sixty-two years ago the Class of '50 entered Princeton as the first truly post-World War II class. Our ages ranged from 16 to the early 30s. Our number, now officially set at 782, was swelled by veterans who opted for their graduation year instead of their acceptance year. WWII veterans constitute over one­quarter of our class roster.

Speaking of veterans, TONY FRYER, who served in the Navy, reported that earlier this year he and wife, Angeline, took a Pacific theater cruise from Auckland to Osaka, stopping off at such bitterly contested islands as Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Tony was the first Japanese consulate general in Buffalo, acting in that honorary post for 22 years. He now dabbles in the travel business.

Another seagoing tiger was BO NIXON. He and his wife, Edie, sailed on the first leg of the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria from NYC to LA via the Panama Canal. Eva and DON COHN sent them off in proper New York fashion with a bon voyage dinner.

STEVE HALLIDAY, also a Navy veteran, is now in his 51st year with Renite. His family business, founded in 1932, manufactures lubricants and other products used in the hot forming of glass and metalworking.

The summer has brought some sad news.

ROGG COLLINS died May 17,2008. DAVID POOR died June 11. ORVILLE "JACK" ANDERSON died July 15· In seeking the whereabouts of a Peddie classmate, AL ABBOTTS learned that RAYMOND LAST died Oct. 12, 1996.

On another sad note, SID FOX reported the death of David Humphreys, our "class baby" and son of our late classmate, ART HUMPHREYS, July 25, 2008. David was the husband of Sid's daughter, Lydia '81, and Sid's godson.

 

16 July 2008

58 AND COUNTING: Marking 58 years since graduation,Sl classmates, wives, and guests gathered for a class dinner in Fine Hall Tower Friday night of Reunions weekend. Classmates present were: ABBOTTS, BEATY, DAVE BILLINGTON, BOGARDUS, CAMPBELL, CARSON (all the way from Santa Fe), CHACE, CHRISTENSEN, CRONHElM, DIPPEL, DUNCAN, EDWARDS, ERDMAN, FISHER, FREEMAN, HAYNES, LAMASON, MCALPIN, MINTON, OSBORNE, RENTSCHLER, RIVINUS, ROSE, BILL and FRED SCHLUTER, and STAATS-WESTOVER. Kudos to dinner chairman BILL OSBORNE

On the Saturday of our Baltimore mini, an event honoring a classmate was taking place in Baltimore County. That was the Benjamin H. Murray. Memorial Steeplechase race. "Laddie" is one of Princeton's most highly decorated war heroes. He was awarded the Navy Cross, the nation's second-highest military honor, for" extraordinary heroism as a forward outpost commander" in the Korean War. On the night of March 26, 1953, he suffered severe wounds while exposing himself to rally his men and repulse a fierce enemy attack. Laddie went on to be an outstanding rider on the Maryland point-to-point circuit. Unfortunately, he died prematurely in 1964, perhaps in part from the trauma of his Korean War wounds. PETE ARMSTRONG, whom we lost in March 2007, had written that he was no more than 2,000 yards away from Laddie that night. Pete added, "If you were an infantryman as I was, you might as well have been 100 miles away. The world of an infantry platoon commander is a very narrow one. I never learned about Laddie's award for months thereafter."

Class president Al Abbotts and others attended the annual luncheon at Prospect House in April for undergraduates who were recipients of the 11 scholarships associated with our class. Al described the group as "diverse, intelligent, and sociable." In March, Ricky and PAUL DIDISHEIM had lunch with Hyeon-Ju Ryoo '11, who benefited from their scholarship. The class scholarship, 50's Fund 2000, has grown to a market value of $824,000 with income of S36,000.

BOB STEVENS just shared the news with us that he married Anne Adams March 10, 2007. Bob's first wife, Nancy, died in 2004. He and the new Mrs. Stevens are residing in Andover, Mass.

Apologies to JEREMY MAIN for belatedly reporting that last October he was among members of the Time-Life Alumni Society who spent three days in DC. He wrote that the highlight of the trip was lunch at the Library of Congress, where his roommate, librarian JIM BilLINGTON, "held us spellbound with a brilliant, soaring talk on libraries, reading, education, digitizing, and other subjects within his vast grasp."

After completing his training regimen at the Baltimore mini, BOB BROWN drove back to his other home in North Carolina to compete in the annual Sun City Hilton Head Triathlon. Bob finished first in the over-80 division. Not surprisingly, he noted that he faced fewer competitors than he did last year when he was in the 75-80-year-old division.

TIGER BITS: At last report, DICK PRENTISS was looking for a literary agent for his novel. Leah and JOE MCDONOUGH are still enjoying retirement in Palo Alto, especially with family living in California. Bette and Bill KRAMER have moved from Richmond to DC with plans to keep their minds stimulated by the many cultural, political, and athletic opportunities the nation's capital provides. Earlier this year, Betty and STEVE ZIMMERMAN sat with Allison and DAVE WilSON at the big Pacific Life Open professional tennis tournament, as they have for the last 10 years.

JACK CRITES died March 15,20°7. Our sym­pathy goes to PETER DE ROETTH, whose wife, Lisa, died in early April.

 

1 June 2008

Although the calico cat is Maryland's official cat, the tiger's orange and black was a far greater presence in Baltimore April 16-20, when '50 gathered by the inner harbor for its 25th mini-reunion.

PETE BUCHANAN, archivist of mini data, announced that of the 106 attendees, 54 were classmates.  Three first-timers, MACK BLACK, JIM EARL, and TOM PAINE, brought the total of classmates attending at least one mini to 255.  Associates Phoebe BALLARD, Virginia CRAWFORD, and Ouida DAVIS graced the group.  Missed were Baltimoreans, CAMMY SLACK and JOE HOOPER whose health precluded their attendance.

BO and Ellie KELLY, with PAS MITCHELL, LUKE HOPKINS and BILL GILBERT, skillfully orchestrated a full schedule of sightseeing, events, and dining.  Just some of the highlights were: a Naval Academy visit with a private recital on the chapel's 15,000-pipe organ and lunch at the officer's club, where an ESPN commentator/Navy sailing coach dramatically traced the history of competitive sailing: a breakfast cruise of Baltimore Harbor well after "dawn's early light"; and a lecture on genomes by Pas' on, Dr. Braxton Mitchell '78, in the U. of Maryland's historic Anatomic Theatre.

Did you know that Maryland's history is intertwined with the Class of 1950?  Two of the state's most prestigious institutions were founded by members of classmates' families:  BO KELLY's grandfather was a founder of Johns Hopkins Hospital and LEW BANCROFT's great-uncle was founder of the Naval Academy.

The Saturday evening dinner with Sen. Paul Sarbanes '54 as honored guest climaxed the reunion.  Honorary classmate BOB MILNE, fresh from Tokyo, provided dinner music, and afterward Joan and Addie "cut the rug" to the applause of their mates, AL ABBOTTS and JACK ROBINSON, and the assembled.

Reports (unconfirmed) are that a few loitered in the city on Sunday to get a final Maryland crab cake.

 

May 14, 2008

REPORTS FROM OUR EAST COAST STRINGERS. From New Hampshire: GUTHRIE SPEERS sent a January clipping from the Rappahannock (Va.) News. A front-page headline proclaimed Linda and Bill DIETEL the county's "2007 Citizens of the Year." As a friend said, "The Dietels have been involved with practically every major initiative in the county that is concerned with education, self­help, and community service." Among the accolades, Bill was described as an "eloquent and charismatic speaker" who last year urged a full auditorium to support a school budget that he felt critical for the system's continued improvement.

Linda and Bill coauthored The Board Chairman Handbook, which has become a standard in the nonprofit community since it was published in 2001. They also run their own philanthropic fund. Bill's activities are not limited to Rappahannock County. He is chairman of the board of GuideStar International, a London organization that promotes charitable giving, and president of NYC and LA foundations.

From Pennsylvania: CHARLIE ROSE wired that Princeton resident BOB STAATS-WESTOVER was acknowledged by the author of New Jersey Graveyard and Gravestone Inscriptions Locators - Mercer County for his graciousness in producing the fine, computer-rendered maps for this series.

From Delaware: Bill DIPPEl sent a release that the U. of Chicago Press has published the Hard Road West. The book was written by South Carolinian TED MElDAHl's son, Keith, who is a professor of geology and oceanography at Mira Costa (Calif.) College. It is described as "an amazing book ... which opens up a whole new dimension of the California Gold Rush." Wrote another reviewer, "Fans of John McPhee '53 will find many familiar pleasures in Hard Road West."

Three classmates have left our ranks. JOHN MAY died March 23, 2008; TOM DUNN died March 25, 2008; and FRANK EWING died Sept. 1, 2004. We regret that the date reported for the death of DAVE JORDAN's wife, Bess, was in error. It was Feb. 6, 2008, not 2007.

 

 

April 23,2008

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"PDQ" (but not what you think).

"P" FOR PRINCETON REUNIONS:

Celebrate our 58th at the class dinner in the Professors' Lounge atop Fine Hall Tower Friday, May 30.

"0" FOR DOCTORS: HEWITT RYAN was recently elected chief of staff at Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of the psychiatric hospitals Dorothea Dix help found before the Civil War. The hospital was almost burned down during that conflict by Croxton's Raiders. Fortunately for Hewitt, Dr. Peter Bryce talked Gen. Croxton out of torching it. Familywise, Valorie and Hewlitt's four children and three grandchildren are "spread to the four winds."

LANSE HOSKINS claims he is enjoying life in the "slower lane." He is teaching medical students 12 weeks this year, seeing patients half a day each week at Cleveland (Ohio) VA Medical Center, and continuing research in his lab. What was the faster lane like?

At last report, HANK Betts is working every day at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Hank retired three years ago as its president/ CEO; then, as its chairman, after a $93 million fundraising campaign. He also works with six other organizations dealing with disability, and has worked for better rehabilitation for severely disabled veterans from the war. With Mayor Richard Daley and civic leaders, Hank helped assemble a dynamic approach to the employment of the disabled.

Sadly, the medical community lost a member when ED SCHOTT died Feb. 13, 2008.

"Q" FOR QUANDARY: BOB CRONHEIM writes that his grandson and namesake is one of the best amateur golfers in the New York metro area. With him now playing NO.1 at Cornell, the Big Red has moved up to top­rated Ivy men's golf team, surpassing Princeton and Yale, which have dominated in recent years. Laments Bob, "When Princeton and Cornell are in the same tournament, what's a loyal alum to do?"

 

April 2, 2008

NO GRASS GROWING UNDER THESE TIGER FEET. BOB SCHElLING spent three weeks in Italy last fall to celebrate his 80th birthday. While visiting wellknown locales such as Siena, Assisi, and Verona, he learned quickly that "cinque minutes could be from five minutes to five hours, 500 meters could be up to five miles, and everything is uphill."

Three days after the Minneapolis mini that they hosted, Merle and ROLAND MINDA flew to Venice. Soon thereafter they went to New Zealand and Australia. Roland commented that traveling like this is "the challenge of being married to a 13-years­younger bride who is disconcertingly vibrant. It does require the senior partner to keep up or be left in the dust," he says.

JOHN MAXWELL took time out from consulting and serving on five nonprofit boards to cruise the Mediterranean from Nice to Athens with Adrienne last fall. About the same time, Nell and ROGER SMITH were sailing on the Rhone and Saone rivers in France and tacked on five days in Paris.

Perennial travelers Maggie and GEORGE RIESZ made two trips: in spring to Brazil and the Amazon; in fall on a Norwegian coastal ship from Bergen around the North Cape and back. Seta and JOHN NORTHROP found exploring the Galapagos Islands on an eight-cabin motor sailor a delight for nature lovers.

Your scribe and his wife, Garie, took an ecological tour of Costa Rica and a passage through the Panama Canal this February.

Last June, along with JULIE BUXTON's widow, Anne, we represented '50 on a Princeton Journeys trip to Siberia's Kamchatka Peninsula that featured 17 zodiac landings to study birds, animals, geology, and archaeolo gy on this sparsely populated land.

News reached us that BILL WELBON died Feb. 5,2008, and JAY REESE died Feb. 7, 2008. Our sympathy goes to DAVE JORDAN, whose wife, Bess, died Feb. 6, 2007.


March 19, 2008

Gloucester , Mass. , America 's oldest seaport and a town we visited during our 22nd mini­reunion, has a new mayor, ALAN KIRK's daughter-in-Iaw, Carolyn. Elected last November, she, like mayors of most old cities, faces an urban "perfect storm." In the case of Gloucester , this has been spawned by budget deficits, a depressed fishing industry, and a crumbling infrastructure. Carolyn's husband, Bill, and two other Kirk offspring live in the Gloucester area, so Alan has a good reason to visit the Bay State . However, this did not preclude a trip he and wife Joan took to Egypt last March, and his ongoing efforts to shoot his age on the links.

STEVE ZIMMERMAN's son-in-law, Gil Reavill, has two recent publications. The first, Aftermath, Inc., deals with a bona fide company that cleans up gore at crime scenes. Probably not bedtime reading, since it has been described as "violence on steroids." The second book, which Reavill co-authored with Tiki Barber, is Tiki, about the retired New York Giants running back and now TV personality.

JOHN GOESSlING, who has joined the ranks of great-grandfathers, still goes to his office daily, That is, when he is not traveling or duck and dove hunting with his two dogs, a Labrador and an English setter.

And speaking of dogs, MACKNIGHT BLACK wrote that his Airedale bitch, Wildwood's New Yorker of Armack, won her AKC championship last June. He was explicit that this item could be used if needed for filler, "but please not sandwiched between breaking news that one classmate has won a Nobel and another will receive 'brain surgeon of the year' recognition." Thus, it is a fitting close for this column.

 

 

March 5, 2008

 

TIGER TREASURES: All our classmates are treasures in their own right, but Georgia and BILL CARSON are officially included among Santa Fe's Living Treasures. And rightfully so. In 1997 they started a volunteer literacy program in a public K-6 school with 90%, low-income students. Today, there are 85 volunteers helping in two schools. The program has expanded to provide physical education, health-care support, and books, and has touched almost 20,000 youngsters. Bill is also chairman of the city's children and youth commission.

TIGER PREPPIES, IN THE BEST SENSE: Belatedly, we report that the Pennington (N.J.) School honored DICK SHARRETT in October 2006 with isTower Award. This award is the schoo\"s highest recognition for long and faithful service. Bill attended Pennington from the second grade until his graduation in 1946. He is now on its board of trustees.

BILL FLAMMER sustains his lifelong commitment to Loomis Chaffee, where he is midway through his second term on its board of trustees. This still leaves him time for interests in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks.

TIGER MINISTERS: LEN PALIN continues to minister on the pastoral staff of South Shores Church in California. CHARLIE SLACK, our most distant classmate, continues to pastor a Christian fellowship in a tiny western Australia fishing village 300 kilometers north of Perth.

ROWLAND ROBERTS died Jan. 1, 2008. We extend condolences to JOHN COLWELL, whose wife, Jane, died Dee. 6, 2007, and to Connie and ROY WELCH, whose daughter, Alyson, died Nov. 12, 2007.

 

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