Talbot C. Mack


Talbot Chambers Mack, beloved father and teacher, left this life on January 28th, 2024. He died peacefully at home with his family in The Plains, Virginia.

Tal was born on March 5th, 1940 in New York City. He grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy (‘57) and Princeton University (‘61) where he played hockey, served as a chapel deacon, and ate at Ivy Club. His senior roommates were Sanger, Miller, Butt, Brown, Barker and Garrett.


He joined the United States Navy in 1962, serving as first lieutenant on a minesweeper. Upon leaving the Navy, Tal worked as an editor for Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.


Moving to Virginia in 1973, he earned a Master’s degree in education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and embarked on his long teaching career. Teaching first in the Fauquier County Public School system, then at Powhatan School, he found his permanent home at The Hill School in Middleburg, Virginia. At Hill he taught English, writing, history, founded Calliope, the school’s literary magazine, and coached sports for over 40 years.

After school or during the summers, Tal could most reliably be found running for long distances on the back roads around his farm, weeding his vegetable garden while smoking a cigar, or sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee revising a draft of his most recent poem. He is survived by Catherine, his wife of 48 years, six children, and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Lucy G. Mack, and sister-in-law, Barbara A. Gerlach. He is pre-deceased by his brother, John H. Mack, and first wife, Mary Tayloe Mack.

A celebration of Tal’s life will be held at The Hill School’s Dornin Science Center on April 27th. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Piedmont Environmental Council, Windy Hill Foundation, and The Hill School of Middleburg, Virginia.


Posted 2/13/24


Alan E. Oestreich


Dr. Alan Emil Oestreich, a compassionate and celebrated individual, passed away on September 20, 2023, at the age of 83 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born on December 4, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Drs. Mitchell and Edith Oestreich.


Alan's life story was adorned with countless achievements and impactful moments. Alan had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a passion for healing as a Pediatric Radiologist at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital for 43 years. He dedicated his life to caring for the youngest patients and providing comfort and hope to their families. Alan's unwavering commitment to his profession earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and the community he served.


Alan is a graduate ofNichols High School in Buffalo, NY. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton University, where he wrote for several publications such as Tiger Magazine and the Princeton Engineer, joined Theatre Intime and the Pre-med Society, and ate at the Woodrow Wilson Lodge. He roomed with Steve Gersten.


He continued his education at Johns Hopkins medical school and completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. Alan joined the faculty of the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri, where he met and married his love, Tamar Kahane in 1973. Their son Michael was born in 1983.


Alan was a member of several organizations, including the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the National Medical Association, the European Society of Pediatric Radiology, and the German Society of Pediatric Radiology.


Beyond his dedication to his work, Alan was a lover of adventure and exploration. His wanderlust led him to travel the world, immersing himself in diverse cultures and often learning foreign languages, as well as being an avid reader of history, literature, and poetry.


He was the author and co-author of several medical textbooks and numerous articles. His greatest passion was teaching his medical students, residents, and fellows, often with his distinct wit and humor.


Never one to shy away from fighting for what he believed in, Alan was a dedicated civil rights activist, passionately advocating for equality, justice, and inclusion. His unwavering commitment to making the world a better place reverberates through the lives he touched, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew and admired him.


Alan was a beloved husband to his wife, Tamar, of 50 years, who stood by his side through every triumph and challenge they faced together. He is also survived by his son, Michael, his sister, Dr. Janet Bernstein, nieces, nephews, and several cousins.


A celebration of Alan's remarkable life will be held at a later date at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center.


Posted 2/3/24

Received by Class Treasurer Ellen Boer on the dues "boxtops":


Normand D. Brown, M.D.

"Grandson - Jacob Brown - PhD from Harvard 2022, completed post doc year at Princeton in Aug & began his appt as Asst Prof of Political Sci at B.U in Sept. son of David '85 & Deborah '84"


Lynn Adelman

"Am lucky to be in good health and still working as a U.S. Dist. Judge in Milwaukee"


Dawn Roberts, in memory of Stephen W Roberts

"Currently I am a State (Iowa) Co-Chair for the Nikki Haley Campaign for President"


Ed Dubrow, M.D.

"Wonderful summer get together Roomate Pete Rosenberg in Augusta, Maine; keep in contact with David Gay, who lives in Tucson. Keep in close contact Elihu Leifer (Chevy Chase, MD) ever since our college days."


Gil Omenn

"Princeton announced that the Omenn-Darling Lecture (2nd annual) on Ethics & Policy Aspects of Bioengineering will be Monday May 6, 2024."


Larry Buell

"Have new book just out! - See cover below (old dog, new trick), my Covid project....."



Posted 1/28/24




Below is a photo (l-r) of Woody Andrews, Hank Sykes, John Cooper and Joe McGinity after John captivated a large Princeton Southwest Florida Alumni Club (Naples) audience talking about

• the significant and sometimes unappreciated contributions Woodrow Wilson made to our lives at Princeton, such as precepts;

• the  impact he had on the world at large.

John dazzled us in the question and answer session with his depth of knowledge about Wilson. What a distinguished classmate he is! We were lucky to be there.

Hank Sykes


As you have heard from Hank, we had a luncheon event on January 12, 2024, with John Cooper, hosted by Paul Atkinson '74, president of the Princeton Club of SW Florida. Judy Cooper accompanied John.

Woody Andrews and Cynthia were there, and Hank's wife Jo, and Woody writes - "The title of John’s talk was 'Woodrow Wilson: A Reappraisal.' It was a remarkable 3½ hour event—all of us listening attentively to the end. John must have been a wonderful teacher for his students."


Posted 1/15/24


Blair Arch

Jim Adams has informed us that Blair Arch will be featured on this year's birthday cards which he has started sending to our classmates. He thought that all would find the following information about the Arch very interesting. Jim has been faithfully providing this pleasant service to the class since our 25th reunion.


As the largest arch on campus, Blair Arch (built into Blair Hall), as well as 1879 Arch, are popular spaces for student a cappella groups to give free concerts. The broad steps behind Blair Arch are the location of the Senior Step Sing and the First-Year Step Sing. The Senior Step Sing occurs the night of Baccalaureate Day, with seniors singing songs from throughout their Princeton years, culminating in the Princeton alma mater, Old Nassau. The arch was also featured in the movie A Beautiful Mind.


Posted 1/3/24

David N. Fisher, Jr.


David Nichols Fisher, Jr., long-time Cape Elizabeth resident and Portland attorney, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, surrounded by his family, at Mercy Hospital in Portland, ME. He was 83.

Born March 27, 1940, in New York City, David, or “Papa” to his ten grandchildren, was the father of four and married for 41 years to Mary Susannah (Hannah) Fisher, who predeceased him. He was an alumnus of Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut, a proud Princeton Tiger (he played rugby and ate at Tiger Inn), and a graduate of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law near Cincinnati, Ohio. He practiced law for 42 years at Drummond & Drummond in Portland, where he was known to his clients as a deliberate and empathetic lawyer with a calming, thoughtful demeanor.

David, a true bon vivant, was a lover of too many things to be listed here. A short list might include his tight-knit group of friends, all things Princeton, 47 years of singing in the St. Alban’s church choir, a good game of bridge, a great meal, and a Manhattan or two to be enjoyed with all of the above. Several local restaurants – The Good Table, Bridgeway, Nunan’s Lobster Hut, F. Parker Reidy’s and The Roma, to name but a few – probably should have appointed David honorary board member in light of his prolific patronage.

Known to spontaneously break out into a rendition of “Old Nassau”, David bled orange and black. He was a fourth-generation legacy at Princeton, and was proud to watch two children and one grandchild (so far) follow in his Tiger footsteps. He faithfully attended Princeton reunions for many years, and could be found rooting on Tiger athletics of all stripes at any time of year – be it field hockey, lacrosse, or the men’s basketball team, which he was spotted heartily cheering from his hospital room just two days before his passing.

David’s love of language, honed as an undergraduate English major, would be a hallmark of his personality. Put to productive use in his law practice, it is also the reason his children know the proper usage of “who” and “whom”, among other grammatical idiosyncrasies. His love of the written word was also made clear by the stacks of yellowing periodicals and correspondence which surrounded him both at home and at the office – indicative not only of his love of learning, but also of an indomitable optimism which would be a lifelong source of support during the inevitable difficult times.

To his children, grandchildren, and longtime partner and better half Robyn Hooper, David was a patriarch of intense loyalty and boundless love. He will be deeply missed for his dedication to his family and a traditionalist’s sense of commitment and gentlemanliness. He was a rock-solid support for his beloved wife Mary Sue during her decades-long battle with cancer. He traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles, often in questionable New England weather, to attend his children’s and grandchildren’s various athletic events. He passed on his love of the quiet delights of Kennebunkport, a longtime family getaway spot, to his descendants. And he delighted all of them with his locally famous rendition of “Happy Birthday”, delivered in his trademark deep-bass-with-flourishes to family and friends annually without fail.

David is survived by his loving partner of more than twelve years, Robyn Hooper of Cape Elizabeth, daughters Lisa Sutton Fisher of Winthrop, Maine, and Wendy Fisher Westervelt of Cumberland, Maine, and Venice, Florida, sons David Nichols Fisher, III of Riverside, Connecticut, and Andrew Beckett Fisher of Durham, North Carolina, as well as ten grandchildren spread across the country, all of whom carry a piece of David’s legacy wherever they may go.

A memorial service was held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church on Friday, December 22, 2023. A service of remembrance will also be held this summer at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, date and time forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dempsey Center, a Maine-based cancer care and support organization. www.dempseycenter.org.

Posted 12/30/23

Joseph E. Prather

Joseph Ellis Prather, 84, of Summit, and a former long-time resident of Bernardsville and Far Hills, NJ, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. His family was by his side in his final days, recalling special moments and contemplating all that he had brought to their lives.

He was a remarkable individual, known for his broad range of passions, sense of adventure, intellectual curiosity, and zest for life. With his gregarious nature, he enlivened any social scene, especially in Bernardsville, Short Hills, and Bay Head, where he and his family summered for many years. His stylish attire and neat appearance earned him the moniker, “Pristine Prather.”

He was born on Sept. 29, 1939, in Philadelphia. His childhood was spent in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and an especially formative year in post-World War II Greece. After high school in Swarthmore, Pa., and Okemos, Mich., he attended Princeton University, where he joined Cannon Club and competed in intramural sports. His time at Princeton also began a lifetime commitment to alumni and philanthropic activities. He was reunion chair, class president, and founder of the Princeton Class of 1961 Foundation, which has supported Teach for America and STEM initiatives for underserved areas. He served for many years as Grand Marshal of the P-rade and was honored for his contributions to reunions by induction into the Society of the Claw.

He was president of the metal stamping company Edson Tool & Manufacturing in Belleville, where he registered cable closure patents and transitioned the company to subcontracting components for the burgeoning personal computer market. He later founded the Macaw Company to service this market in Ireland. While living and working there he developed a deep appreciation for its people, culture, and natural beauty.

The most striking of Joe’s adventures was his African safari. He channeled his interest in hunting and fishing as president of the sporting goods company Griffin & Howe. During his later visits to Africa, his focus shifted to philanthropic efforts, in particular a project to decrease deforestation by introducing high efficiency stoves. Joe served on the boards of the Campbell Foundry and the Fairmount Cemetery Association of Newark and Somerset Hills. He was actively involved in the Essex Club in Newark, the Bay Head Yacht Club, the Essex Hunt Club and Hudson Farm.

Joseph is survived by his beloved wife for over 60 years, Evelyn, and their children, Anthony Prather, Wendy Prather Burwell, Christopher Prather, Alex Prather and Marnie O'Connell. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Princeton Class of 1961 Foundation, Inc. Donations should be sent to: Princeton Class of 61 Foundation, Accounting Department, in care of Deborah Brien, 50 Mad River Road, Campton, NH 03223. Contributions in Joseph’s memory will support causes close to his heart and honor his legacy.

Posted 12/8/23

Jeffrey W. Morgan

Jeffrey Walter Morgan, 84, of West Hartford, Connecticut, passed away on November 4, 2023, after an unexpected accident.

Jeff was a gregarious individual who always brightened the room with his presence. Known for his informative conversations on a wide range of topics, he was someone who could engage anyone in a fun discussion. He was also known for his willingness to lend a helping hand to those in need.

In his personal life, Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Morgan, and his children Gregory Morgan and Susanne Morgan Taylor. He was also a proud grandfather to his grandsons, Cole Morgan and Crew Morgan.

Jeff's educational journey included graduating from Andover Academy and attending Princeton University, where he joined Tower Club and performed in Triangle Club. After college, he lived in Massachusetts and Illinois before returning to Connecticut, where he would live the rest of his life.

During his career, Jeff served as a project manager in the data processing industry. He held positions at RCA, Travelers, Hamilton Standard, and ITT Hartford, where he made significant contributions.

Jeff had a thirst for knowledge and enjoyed learning about various topics mainly through reading and conversation. He cherished his walks with his dogs, not only for the exercise but also for the opportunity to engage with friends and neighbors. He was an avid lover of cars, played the piano and thoroughly enjoyed watching all kinds of sports (especially those where UConn was playing).

As per his wishes, no memorial services will be held to commemorate Jeff's life.

Posted 12/2/23

Pettibone on PAWcast panel

PAW is Princeton University’s editorially independent magazine by alumni, for alumni. On the monthly PAWcast we interview alumni, faculty, and students about their books, their work, and issues that matter to the Princeton community.

Nov 3, 2023
PAWcast: Three Alumni on Ukraine, Putin, and Nuclear War

Jeff Burt ’66, Jim Hitch ’71, and Peter Pettibone ’61 might know a bit more about Russia than the average Princetonian. All three headed up the Soviet and Russian practices of the international.....

Click here to listen.

Posted 11/15/23

Richard T. Niner

Dick passed away on July 10, 2023, in Jackson, WY, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.  Born in Berkeley Springs, WV, he came to us from Montgomery Blair High School.  At Princeton, he was in the then-Woodrow Wilson School, served as business manager of Triangle, was an Orange Key Keyceptor and a member of the Aquinas Foundation. He took his meals at Cap and Gown and roomed with George Gray, Jim Lane, Hunter Platt, Frank Alexander, Bill Rudell, Justin Kimball, John McConnell and Paul Rubincam.

Following an MBA at Harvard, he spent his career in venture capital, first in Chicago, rooming with Paul Earle, then in New York, and finally at Wind River Partners, a private investment firm in Connecticut.  Dick and Pam raised their family in Greenwich, CT. In 2001 they relocated to Wyoming and in 2008 he founded Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles, CA, now managed by his son Andy.  

Dick is survived by Pam, his wife of 51 years, his children Andrew and Katy ’03, and grandchildren Cora and Callan.

Posted 11/12/23

Ronald E. Goldman

Ron, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, passed away on September 28, 2023, at the age of 84 from acute myeloid leukemia. Like everything else in his life, he faced this challenge with humor and a warm smile.

The son of Dr. Theodore (Ted) and Rosalie Goldman, Ron was born on May 2, 1939, at Cedars in Los Angeles. He was the Beverly High School class president (1957), quarterback and ranked tennis player, and started on the football team at Princeton University, and joined Cottage Club. His senior roommates were Blair, Boorn, Bob Diaz, Fields, Loftus and Spangenberg. He earned his master's degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from MIT. From age 10, he knew he wanted to be an architect. Throughout his life, his intuition was correct.

He told his parents the night he met Barbara, " I met the girl I want to marry." This August, they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. They have two children, Karen and Mark, in whom they instilled a love of family, the importance of education, and the beauty of art and culture. Ron and Barbara were a team, working together, literally side by side in the same office, designing houses for their family and clients, developing projects that made a difference in their communities, traveling and collecting art, and exploring new restaurants and galleries. Traveling nationally and abroad to watch their grandson Jason's kayak competitions were some of their favorite family trips. For the past twenty years, they have walked their Montana Avenue neighborhood at sunrise each morning.

Founding an architecture firm in 1975, Ron Goldman created some of the most distinguished homes, schools, religious buildings, and commercial developments in Southern California. He earned more than 50 design awards for his architecture and developments. His work is celebrated as "architecture that shelters without enclosing and defines without limiting." The Los Angeles Times called his work "the epitome of the California dream."

Ron was an advisor to the California Coastal Commission and worked with the City of Malibu to ensure proper building and design standards. A big believer that developments affect everyone in their environment, Ron did a wide range of community service to benefit both urban areas and remote communities worldwide. After a 50-year career as an active architect, Goldman retired but remained very active and passionate in his community projects, the most recent of which is Ron's Re-Create to Recreate, a conceptual effort to provide neighborhood parks within a short walking distance from residents in Compton and other urban areas.

He was a founding member and met weekly with S.M.a.r.t (Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow), pursuing the philosophy that "good design is good business." At 84, Ron looked forward to his weekly breakfasts with his high school buddies and the reunion of his high school club, The Dukes.

Ron sought to change the world through his architectural talent and enriched the lives of many through the design and landscaping environment he created. We were lucky to experience the world through his dreams and his eyes and architecture.

He is survived by Barbara, Karen, and Mark, their spouses Lindsay and Maya, grandson Jason, brother Kenny (Lori), and sister Lynne Shapiro.
There will be a private Celebration of Life. Donations to his memory can be made to Planned Parenthood LA or the Pacific Neuroscience Institute (PNI) Foundation.

Posted 10/19/23

Sent to the Class Secretary:

Hi George.
I am Wendy Zaharko '74. Jay Webster and I have been very close friends for 55 years. I have his '86 jeep Cherokee in bright orange sitting outside my house in Aspen, Colorado.

Recently I attended his 10th wedding anniversary celebration to Patti and this was the cake that celebrated his 85th Birthday.  The other 5 layered cake would not fit in the picture!

He gently asked if I could send this on to you for the PAW.  I must say I absorbed much of my love for Princeton and all things orange and black from Jay, who is still a staunch Tiger after all these years.

Hope you are well and thriving.

Posted 10/13/23

From Class Treasurer and Honorary Class Member Ellen Boer to the Class Secretary:

Here is a picture of nine of us in South Africa with six Princetonians ….. albeit one Honorary. It is my fondest hope that we get a seventh.  LOL. Like winning the lottery!

We had a special dinner on August 9, 2023 to celebrate what would’ve been Peter's and my 60th anniversary.

It was held at Singita, a private safari reserve in South Africa. Peter and I had visited Singita 11 times previously. We had planned to hold an anniversary dinner with our family there. It was attended by our four grandchildren, including Kate Boer '26, Andrew and Jessica Boer '93, and Alexa Boer Kimball '90 and her husband Ranch Kimball '81.

Posted 10/5/23

John C. Macmurray

"Mac", of New York City, died September 4, 2023, at the age of 84, with his longtime partner, Linda Donn, at his side.

Born and raised in Camp Hill, PA, he spent his early years hunting and fishing along the Susquehanna River. He was an all-star athlete and graduated Camp Hill High School as valedictorian and class president in 1957.

He went on to Princeton University, where he was a member of the Ivy Club, majored in philosophy and was a wingback on the varsity football team. He scored the only touchdown in the 1960 season closer against Dartmouth, landing his picture on the Princeton Alumni Weekly. His senior rooommates were Baldwin, Craft, Norton, Kornrumpf, Wesley and Wolers.

After graduating in 1961, he spent a year teaching math and painting in Greece. He sold one painting. Upon returning to New York City, he entered Columbia Law School, graduating in 1965. In 1973, Mac co-founded Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard and Kristol where he was known for his legal acumen, boundless energy and sense of humor. He helped build and run the successful practice for 30 years before merging it with Ropes & Gray in 2003. John was a member of the Downtown Association, the Anglers Club, Racquet & Tennis Club, and the Knickerbocker Club. He was a member of Brick Church and served as trustee and member of its School Committee, a former board member at St. Bernard's School, served on the Princeton University Press and was an active supporter of Legal Outreach, an educational program serving low-income, urban youth in New York City. In 2019, John received Legal Outreach's first ever lifetime service award.

He leaves behind two sons, John F. and Grant C., their mother, Ann, daughter-in-law, Janine and two adoring grandchildren, Mac and Adele.

A memorial service was held at The Brick Presbyterian Church (62 East 92nd Street) on Monday, October 2nd at 4:30 PM, followed by a reception at The Knickerbocker Club. 


   We heard of Mac’s passing a few days ago with extreme sorrow. I knew he was very sick & he was expecting this since I communicated with him basically weekly for the last few years. We had a common passion for old Ford hot rods starting when we were ~ 14 years old. Mac even purchased a pristine 1934 Ford Pick Up hot rodded to the fullest from my brother in law in Buffalo. It was delivered to Mac at his farm in early July & he was already declining so he didn’t really get the chance to enjoy it. We did however have great fun with the process of buying it, fixing it up, extensive decisions, photos back & forth and so on. Mac was in pretty good shape thru April & May.

Thanks, George Morris

Posted 10/3/23

Sent to Class Treasurer:

Dear Ellen Boer,

Having just regular-mailed to you my class dues for last year and this year, I thought perhaps this bit of personal news might be worth sharing in class news:

I’m looking forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary of Stanford's Southeast Asia Program in Spring 2024.  I began Southeast Asian studies at Stanford in 1999 and have headed the program ever since.  I plan to retire in September 2024.  Perhaps I’m not alone among classmates in thinking of writing an analytic memoir, including of course a retrospective on my time at Princeton.  By “analytic memoir” I mean something more thoughtful and less self-focused than a mere recounting of personal events.  

Regarding Princeton, e.g., I would want to reconsider the post-WWII “Silent Generation” label coined by Time in 1951, including of course the Class of 1957’s self-revelations in The Unsilent Generation (1958) edited by Princeton Prof. Otto Butz, whom I and other freshmen/sophomores knew.  I btw would be happy to learn what others in our Class of 1961 may have thought about all that. 

Thanks, Ellen, wishing you the best,


Donald K. Emmerson

Posted 9/27/23

Sent to Class Secretary:

I returned from an exhilarating afternoon at Princeton yesterday [Septermber 20th] where I moderated a fascinating discussion featuring former Solicitor General Neal Katyal on  the topic “Arguing Civil Liberties in the Modern Supreme Court." Neal was joined by a panel of experts from the professoriate; and knowing I was punching way above my weight, I tried to contribute an observation now and then to the extent I could get a word in edgewise.

The event was sponsored by the Center for Democratic Politics, and co-sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs, née the Woodrow Wilson School.

[L to R: Neal Katyal, Sarah Staszak, Deborah Pearlstein, Shaun Ossei-Owus, Jim Zirin]

The sponsors took me to dinner afterwards to a joint on Witherspoon Street, next door to Lahières, where the conversation continued, covering of course Trump, disqualification under the Fourteenth Amendment, and his four indictments. After a few drinks, I felt myself on a more level playing field.

Here’s a link to the program.


Jim Zirin

Posted 9/23/23

James C. Gieske

Jim Gieske died of cardiac arrest on Aug. 10, 2023, at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, formerly known as Memorial Hospital, a place where he cared for many patients over the years. He was 84.

Gieske was a lover of medicine, sailing adventures, orchids and family. At Princeton, he joined the Savoyards, the Glee Club, and the Sailing Club, ate at Charter, and his roommates were Gus Lewis and Bill Woodward. A Johns Hopkins trained surgeon, he gave up the glitz of a skyrocketing career and settled on the Eastern Shore to raise a family and care for his patients. Often patients would barter with him for the ducks they had shot to get a surgery performed. This was long before health insurance took over the art of medicine. So, he said yes to ducks, crabs and even crates of lobster. At heart, he was a country doctor.

His son Hardy remarked on how challenging it was as a young family man with two kids.

“Jim was in the Navy and sent off on a spy ship for seven months and couldn’t tell his wife where he was going. He told mom, ‘Don’t know where I am going and don’t know when I will be back.’ He missed (brother) Porter’s birth and was gone from September 1968 through Porter’s second birthday. His kids were little, and I think that experience really told him to cool down. Be a dad. So, he went from being a really highly trained general pediatric thoracic cardiac surgeon. He was going to be a big wig. That experience made him want to chill and become a small country doctor. He thought, ‘I want to bring my expertise to who ever comes through the door.’ He probably charged 0% to 25% of his patients. We had a freezer in the garage that would be full of soft shell crabs, oysters and chickens and hams,” Hardy said.

Gieske started an insurance company out of dissatisfaction. It was the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care. With a few other doctors he created what is now the data analysis behemoth Qlarant.

Like all men there is the public self and the private.

“In public, he was a formal guy and liked to have intellectual conversations; the other side of him always like to have his hands in the dirt. There was a very casual organic unfettered simplicity to him. Gardening and sailing and medicine and all these collisions of the deeply intellectual study of something like music and just being in real life,” Hardy said.

“He was extremely gifted with his hands as a surgeon. And you know that whole Dutchman’s Lane complex was nothing until we put up the first medical building there and then the second. And then it all blossomed. It all started with 505 Dutchman’s Lane. Medicine today is a job, and when we practiced it was a passion. Today it is about how much time do you get off. When Jim and John and I practiced it was medicine and if we were lucky we slotted in family life where we could. What Jim and Judi did was remarkable. To have two active practices and raise three great sons,” Bysshe said.

Years later Gieske bought a live aboard barge and navigated the Seine in France for 10 summers. He also took off to sail around the Caribbean for two years saying, “We don’t know where we are going and we are going for and indefinite amount of time. Are you up for it?”

He took his wife and his son Hardy. Hardy taught his mom how to sail on the way.

Even after his two year sailing hiatus with his wife, Gieske never practiced in a hospital again, but he gave hundreds of consultations in his living room.

On the Joli Coeur (Pretty Heart), they traveled around 5,000 miles in France by barge. There was no shortage of vineyards, fresh bread and gooey cheese to experience aboard the 78-foot pleasure craft. They fell in love with France.

Even his last week seemed charmed. He took a trip to Martha’s Vineyard and was surrounded his family and grandchildren.

Posted 9/21/23

Richard M. Jones

Mahlon Jones, 83, of Evanston, passed away at his home Tuesday, July 4, 2023. He was born February 12, 1940 in Evanston, the son of Richard Ward Jones and Miriam Dorothy Jones, nee Eubank.

At Princeton, he rowed on lightweight crew, wrote for the Bric a brac, and joined the Woodrow Wilson Society.

He is survived by his brother, Lawrence Jones of Evanston.

Service and Interment private.

Posted 9/21/23

Ben was on his Fisherman’s Paradise (Pawleys Island, SC) beach recently and found the mullet run in full swing. Two sharks landed and released. The second one gave him all he could handle but a 35 minute fight ended successfully with a catch and release. This one was a horse - a 5’ 2” long blacktip that weighed in around 150 pounds!

Posted 9/14/23

9/21/23: to read more about Ben's fishing adventures, click here


Ben inherited Cookie's class baseball cap, and here is how he put it to good use

Posted 11/19/23

George Brakeley (on right) with Lance Odden.

They enjoyed lunch at the Dorset Field Club, Dorset VT on 9/8/23. Two old classmates exchanging stories.

Posted 9/9/23

Mason Ferry

Mason passed away peacefully on Sept. 1, 2023.  Mason was the son of Dexter and Marian Ferry, born August 16, 1939 in Detroit, MI.  An alumnus of Grosse Pointe University School ‘57 & Princeton University ‘61,where he ate at Dial Lodge, and his roommates were Prochilo, McKenzie, and Whitey Finch.

He was a veteran of the US Army.  Then Mason had a long career at the National Bank of Detroit as Trust Officer before pursuing philanthropic endeavors.  He led the expansion of the Detroit Science Center (now MI Science Center), tripling the former exhibit space.  He was responsible for the design & construction of the new History Center of the GP Historical Society.  He donated his time, talent, & treasure to Inland Seas, St. Patrick Senior Center, & other organizations.

Among his interests were historic arms & artillery.  He was a member of the 1st MI Light Artillery Regiment (Loomis’ Battery).  He had a passion for antique arms, art & architecture, sailing & history including Detroit.

Mason is survived by his wife of 40 years Mary Kaye Ferry (nee Schrage), sisters Marian Williams (Gray) & Julia Hale, his children Joshua Ferry (Lisa), Charles Kukawka (Theresa), Elizabeth Schneider (Kurt), Cheryl Kaye, Sara Guetzkow, and Clifford Kaye, his grandchildren Jay Gild (Joshua), Brady Kukawka, Molly Kukawka, Joseph Kukawka, Julia Kukawka, Lydia Kukawka, Harrison Kaye, Charlotte Kaye, Cecilia Kaye, Jack Schneider, Sophia Schneider, Taylor Haggarty, & Dylan Haggarty.

Visitation: Friday September 8, 4-8 PM at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.  Memorial service: Saturday September 9, Noon at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI.  In lieu of flowers please send donations sent to St. Patrick Senior Center, 58 Parsons, Detroit MI 48201 or Hospice of MI.

Posted 9/9/23

August 5, 2023 note sent to Class Secretary;

Steven Schaefer and I met up for a mini-reunion in July in Columbia, SC. Steven is on another of his long distance trips across three continents. It was fun catching up.

Pinckney Roberts


Posted 8/16/23


Received from Co-class agent Charlie Rippin:

Co-class agent Rob Walker recently reported these ’61 AG FY2023 results to president Peter Pettibone: 54% of our class (231 members) contributed a total of $164,175, exceeding our FY23 financial goal of $161,961. (47.5 % of all Princeton undergraduate alumni contributed to the University’s FY23 Annual Giving a total of nearly $74M.)

He also sent an updated list of regional AG section chairs, which is posted on the Class Officers' page.


Posted 8/5/23


Major gift from Gilbert Omenn ’61 and Martha Darling *70 names bioengineering institute

The Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute will promote new directions in research and education at the intersection of engineering and the life sciences while serving as the home for new interdisciplinary bioengineering programs. 

“This extraordinary gift from Gil Omenn and Martha Darling will accelerate bioengineering innovation to address some of the 21st century’s most critical challenges,” said President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83. “Given Gil and Martha’s exceptional leadership and their scientific and policy achievements, it is especially fitting that the Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute will be named for them. This new institute will amplify the University’s strengths at the intersection of engineering, machine learning, public policy, and natural sciences, with interdisciplinary collaboration yielding significant benefits to human health and the environment. I am deeply grateful to them both for their vision and friendship.”

Bioengineering research at Princeton is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute will include a team of core faculty members and will also convene affiliated faculty from across campus. The current Princeton Bioengineering Initiative, which launched in 2020, has involved faculty from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the departments of molecular biology, physics, chemistry, and ecology and evolutionary biology.

The Bioengineering Initiative has been led by Cliff Brangwynne, the June K. Wu ’92 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His research has changed how scientists understand cellular organization by linking biology with materials science and engineering, leading to foundational insights about cell functions and suggesting new ways to treat diseases such as cancers, ALS and Alzheimer’s. He has earned many accolades for his work, including being named a MacArthur Fellow, a Sloan Fellow and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator. 

“Gil and Martha recognize that Princeton must play a leading role in bioengineering, one of the most important fields for humanity this century,” Brangwynne said. “Their fantastic gift will have a major impact on Princeton students and faculty for generations to come.”  

The Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute will be housed in the new environmental sciences and engineering neighborhood, scheduled to be completed in 2025, and will expand research already underway in the Bioengineering Initiative. The Institute’s main areas of focus will be cellular engineering, biomedical instruments and devices, and computational bioengineering. An important part of its work will be to bolster innovation and entrepreneurship as well as ties to the region’s biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

The married couple’s support of the University’s strategic initiative in bioengineering includes an earlier gift: The Gilbert S. Omenn  ’61, M.D, Ph.D. and Martha A. Darling *70 Fund for Grand Challenges was announced in September 2021, supporting initiatives in biology and engineering. 

“Supporting Cliff Brangwynne and other Princeton researchers with the Grand Challenges fund in bioengineering really captured our imagination,” said Omenn. “The more that is learned in this field, the more we realize we have yet to understand, a common experience. This is an exciting area, where new technologies, basic biology, and chemistry, physics, mathematics and computational sciences all need to be brought together. This emerging institute will do exactly that.” 

The Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute will promote collaboration across disciplines, bringing together scholars and researchers who are exploring experimental and computational methods as well as the ethical and public policy implications of new ideas and technologies. 

“Pairing biology and engineering together is very intriguing to us, especially because of Gil’s professional contributions in the fields of computational medicine and bioinformatics,” Darling said. “In addition, Princeton is uniquely positioned to highlight in-depth exploration of the ethical and policy implications of this rapidly evolving field. Princeton faculty are very aware of the larger societal context that is involved in some of these technological breakthroughs.” 

“The Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute will accelerate Princeton’s leadership at the forefront of this exciting engineering frontier, with unlimited potential for positive impact on health, medicine and quality of life,” said Andrea Goldsmith, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “The institute will bring together the most innovative faculty and students in the field and provide them with the foundation needed to enable transformative research and teaching. With its world-class faculty across relevant areas and its robust culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, Princeton is now well-poised to shape the trajectory of bioengineering long into the future.”

Posted 7/22/23

Note to Class Secretary

Hi, George!

Your news that Cookie Krongard had passed away in May hit me especially hard, perhaps because I have not yet adjusted to my loss of my wife Sandra in April.

Within the last couple of years, I accompanied Sandy to her cancer treatment and, as she later told me, when a nurse asked her to state her name, the patient across the room asked “Aren’t you married to John Schwartz?” He identified himself as Howard Krongard, which didn’t register with Sandy, but when he then said “Cookie,” she understood (she had been with me to 3 reunions) and replied that I was right outside in the waiting area if he wanted to say hello. It was great seeing him (he was wearing his Princeton letter) and the nurses got a kick out of our college reunion in adjoining treatment areas. I assume there will be a Memorial in a future PAW.

Thanks for the attention you gave my retirement in Class Notes. I assume by now Len has updated my post-retirement phone number (212-777-1759) and e-mail address (johnandsandra33@gmail.com) into class records. You deserve a medal for all these years of doing this job (I’m doing it for my high school class).

Best regards,

John Schwartz

Posted 7/15/23

More from John:

Thanks, Len. I looked at the class news and saw that Bob Schweizer had died this year, which brings up another story: at Princeton, you may recall that they often assigned seats in big lecture courses alphabetically, so in several courses I was always seated between John Schulz and Bob Schweizer. After graduation, law school, the army and a wedding, Sandy and I got an apartment in Manhattan and upon moving in were greeted by the tenant in the apartment next to ours, the same Bob Schweizer! My reaction was a cry of relief: “Why real life is just like college!"

Posted 7/17/23

Our 62nd Reunion

Our Class dinner at the Nassau Club was preceded by our annual class meeting run by President Peter Pettibone, with reports from Secretary George Brakeley, Treasurer pro tem Ellen Boer, Reunion Treasurer Mike Horn, Caring Committee Chair Bob Pickens, Class Foundation Trustee Jim Blair, and a written report on AG from Class Co-Agent Rob Walker. There were two important additions to the class leadership team: Bob Pickens was elected to serve as Vice President and Ellen Boer as Treasurer, in both cases succeeding the late Peter Boer. In addition Ellen was elected an Honorary Classmate.

Also in attendance:  Tony Atkiss, Len Berton, Susan Blair, Lee Blyler and daughter Allison ‘88, Honorary Classmate Jerry Ford ’54 (designer of our award-winning blazer), and Pat and Jon Hlafter. Also, Gerri Horn, Suzanne and Justin Kimball, Jean Pettibone, Mary Pickens, Art Smith, Will Somers, Martha and Jim Wickenden, and Carol Wojciechowicz.

After dinner we enjoyed a delightful concert by the accapella women's singing group, the "Tigressions", led by Bob Pickens's granddaughter.

On Saturday we were joined by Charlie Rippin, John Cooper, and Tony Prather *98, for the P-rade, with Andy Frisbie ’00 and Margie Jaeger ’98 (Jim Todd’s daughter) stopping by to say hello. See pix on the web site here.

Posted 6/5/23

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