Our 63rd Reunion was a smashing success, with seventeen classmates and ten spouses and family on hand for drinks and dinner on Friday evening, plus our annual meeting and a short post-dinner concert by the acapella group Tigressions, led by the Pickens’s granddaughter Jennifer ‘24. Present were Sue and Jim Blair, president Peter Pettibone, Maureen and Joe McGinity, Ellen Boer, Art Smith, Martha and Jim Wickenden, Lee Blyler and daughter Allison, and Charlie Rippin. Additionally, Carol Wojciechowicz, Frank Novak, Pat and Jon Hlafter, Mary and Bob Pickens, Ev Prather, Tamara and George Brakeley, Jeanne and Felix Wong, Will Somers and friend Janice Threefoot, and, last but not least, Ruth and Andras Hamori, attending his first-ever class event. He and Frank Novak had a kind of mini-reunion, having both come to us from Hungary.

 

Click here for photos.

 

Posted 6/4/24

 


 

University dedicates Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute


A transformative gift from Gilbert Omenn ’61 and Martha Darling *70 named the institute, which is promoting new directions in research at the intersection of engineering and the life sciences, while serving as the home for new bioengineering postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs.

 

(At left) Bob Pickens and Ellen Boer, pictured with Gil, represented the class at the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/30/24

 

 

Randolph W. Taylor

 

Randy died on November 13, 2022, in New York City. He prepared for Princeton at Kew Forest School n Forest Hills, NY, where he was a member of the yearbook team and the Student Government. At Princeton he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School, writing his thesis on The Heroism of the French Resistance during World War II. He took his meals at Key and Seal, was Executive Editor of the Daily Princetonian, and roomed with Frank Childers.

 

Following Princeton, Randy earned his law degree at Yale, and entered practice with Lovejoy, Wasson, Lundgren and Ashton, then Goldfields Consolidated, and finally Murray, Hollander and Bass until his retirement. He lived in New York City his entire adult life.

 

We know little else, as, regrettably, he was never in touch with the class or the University, so far as we know.

 

He is survived by Emilia, his wife of 48 years.   

 

Posted 5/29/24

 


The Celebration of Joe Prather’s life was held on May 10. 2024 at the Calvary Episcopal Church, followed by a luncheon at The Beacon Hill Club, both in Summit, NJ.

 

 

Back row: Jim Wickenden, George Brakeley, Ken Lomas, Jim Blair, Jon Hlafter, Joe McGinity
Front row: Lorraine Menna, Ev Prather, Carol Wojie

 

Others in attendance: Frank Novak, Lee Blyler, Ted & Carol Newlin, Bob Pickens, Martha Wickenden, Pat Hlafter, Maureen McGinity, Sue Blair, and Tamara Brakeley.
Also, Mike & Gerri Horn attended the church service.

 

 

 

Brakeley's Remarks
The University has an event every February called Alumni Day, and there’s a huge luncheon for maybe 1,500 people at which an award called the Madison Prize is given to some outstanding undergraduate degree holder. About four years ago the awardee was Meloddy Hodson, class of 1991, who has had a remarkable history in the business world. In her thank-you remarks she said that her new husband had attended his first Princeton reunion a few years earlier, after which he said to her, “This isn’t a college – it’s a cult”, which, of course, got a big laugh. But, she went on, “Let me remind you my husband is George Lucas, who created Star Wars, and thinks we are a cult!”. Indeed, we are a cult, and the cult is reinforced by the individual cults of the 83 living Princeton classes, including our own. It’s one of the phenomena of being a Princeton alumnus.

 

Another phenomenon is how, if you set one foot on the campus freshman year, you are an alumnus, ever and for always, even if you don’t graduate. Which was Joe’s case – he left early to get married, but his commitment to our University and our class never wavered.

 

In my capacity as class secretary and Len Berton’s as our webmaster, you might say we two are the voice of the class, but, as I wrote in Joe’s PAW memorial, “Joe was the heart and soul of our class", serving in so many ways for virtually his entire adult life.

 

Over the years he served as our president, two different terms as vice president, and Reunions chairman. When I was president of the class he was my reunion chairman, and when he was the president, I was his class secretary. Sort of a tag team thing.

 

In all these years he missed only three reunions – the 1st, 4th and 5th. Since then, a perfect record, plus every class event and mini-reunion. He was always there.

 

He organized any number of class dinners on Friday evenings of our off-year reunions, as well as receptions for families of deceased classmates after the Service of Remembrance on Alumni Day. And for the last ten years or so, he and Ev attended the memorial service of every classmate in the region.

 

He had the vision to create the Class of 1961 Foundation, was its first Board president, and launched our participation in Teach for America.  The Foundation also created our Caring Committee, which looks after classmates in need and sponsors colloquia on topics relevant to the fact that we are in our eighties.

 

And he represented the class in innumerable other ways, working with the Alumni Office and other University offices on class business. He was our “go-to” guy for just about everything. And he served the University over and above our class. He was Chairman of the Alumni Council’s Committee on Reunions for several years. And he was Grand Marshal of the P-rade for seven years. Who will ever forget him in his wonderful DaVinci hat!

 

My fondest memory of Joe will be his appearance. Yesterday my wife observed, “Joe had SWAG.” In his Bernardsville News obituary, his son Tony wrote of his “stylish attire and neat appearance.” He was always dressed to the nines – the perfectly knotted tie, never a single hair out of place, always dapper and totally unruffled, even in hot weather.

 

And then there’s the legacy Joe has left us in the presence of Evvie, who was at his elbow on every occasion, and, in recent years, represented him so well when he had such difficulties communicating. We are so lucky that she is staying on as our Reunion Chair and as a Director of the Foundation, and will long remain a part of the life of the class. Not for nothing was she made an Honorary Member of the Class of 1961 some years ago!

 

- Lead Singing of Old Nassau

- Lead a locomotive cheer for Joe

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A mournful Taps was rendered by Ken Lomas.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 5/12/24

 

Vincent J. Menna, M.D.

 

VJ Menna, of Doylestown, PA, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at his home. He was 85 and the husband of Lorraine Menna. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Nicholas R. and Mary Pili Menna.

He was a graduate of Glassboro High School, in Glassboro, NJ, Princeton University and Hahnemann Medical School. He was a Major in the United States Army, serving from 1968 until 1970. At Princeton, VJ played rugby and JV football, ate at Cannon Club, and roomed with Iseman and Hagstrom.

Dr. Menna was in private practice in Cherry Hill, N.J. for four years, two years in North Adams, Massachusetts, for 32 years as a pediatric physician in Doylestown, PA, was on staff at Doylestown Hospital from 1976 until his retirement and physician for Central Bucks East High School for 27 years.

He was a member of the Bucks County Medical Society, on the Board of Trustees of Central Bucks YMCA and Peace Valley Nature Center and volunteered at Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic. In his free time, Dr. Menna enjoyed playing golf and tennis, skiing, bird watching and hiking.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Menna is survived by his three daughters: Nina Menna Carlineo, her husband, Dominic, of Riegelsville; Anne Menna Carrozza, her husband, Erik, of Blue Bell and Joan Menna Bell, her husband, Bob, of Chalfont, as well as seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his sister: Marianne M. Wilkins of Cherry Hill, NJ. He was preceded in death by his brother, Nicholas R. Menna

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial Mass at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, 5194 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dr. Menna’s name may be made to: Central Bucks YMCA, 2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 or to: Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

 

Posted 4/14/24

 


 

Nick and Pam Gotten visited the McGinitys in February, 2024 - still going strong!

 

Robert H. Craft, Jr.


My Dad’s Obituary. written by Tiger Craft


Robert Homan Craft, Jr., respected attorney, active member of both the legal and cultural communities, and beloved husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully at his home in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2024, following a five-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 84 years old.


Born on September 24, 1939, in New York City, Bob attended Scarsdale High School, where he was school President his Junior and Senior years. He later attended Princeton University (where he played 150 lb. football, joined Cap & Gown, and roomed with MacMurray, Waters, Kornrumpf, Baldwin, Norton, and Wooley), Oxford University and Harvard Law School.


Bob joined the New York office of law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in 1966. In 1974, he moved to Washington, D.C. and served for two years as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Security Assistance and as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 1977, he helped found Sullivan & Cromwell’s Washington office, where he served as Managing Partner from 1987 until his retirement in 2006.


Bob had an outstanding career during which he represented underwriters, including virtually every major investment bank, on securities offerings in the U.S. and global capital markets. He was considered by many as the “go to” lawyer for supranational and government agency issuers, including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and Fannie Mae. He also advised on numerous securities offerings by International Finance Corporation, Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), Federal Home Loan Banks and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Outside of his professional pursuits, Bob was actively involved in his community. An avid opera fan, he was particularly devoted to the Washington National Opera, where he served over the years as President, Vice President and General Counsel, and supernumerary in multiple performances. In 1994, Bob and his wife Jamie appeared in a production of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia – a moment memorialized in the documentary film RBG.

 

Bob also served as a member of the Board of Directors of his beloved Camp Dudley, Fundraising Chair and member of the Visiting Committee of Harvard Law School, Co-Chair of the National Patron’s Council of Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and President of Friends of the House of Sweden.


He also pursued his love of photography, self-publishing two works of which he was justifiably proud – one on birds and one on the Adirondacks, where he spent nearly 80 summers. But perhaps Bob’s favorite title was “Coach Craft” when he coached the ASAP Giants Little League baseball team, on which his son Ford was the team’s catcher.


Bob will be remembered for his energy, enthusiasm, generosity and positivity – qualities that he brought to his life as a husband, father of two, grandfather of five, uncle of many, friend, and lawyer. And we will all miss his smile.


He is survived by his wife Jamie, sons Tiger and Ford, and grandchildren Ellie, Olive, Robert, Coco, and James. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown on Tuesday, April 30th at 10:30 am. A celebration of his life will also take place this summer at Lake Champlain, a place Bob held dear.


The Craft family is grateful to Dr. Valerie Lee at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital for the expert and personal care he received from her and her team. After five years of treatment, he considered them all dear friends. Donations may be made to their research.

 

Posted 4/7/24

 


 

Nick and Mary Jane Newens enjoying lunch in Palm Desert with David and Rita Wells on March 16, 2024. Dave and Nick have been fast friends since age 10 in Omaha, NE.

 

Posted 3/18/24


 

Alumni Day was held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, with a class reception at Cannon Club (arranged by Evelyn Prather) following the Service of Remembrance in the chapel. The Hlafters, the Newlins, Art Smith, Charlie Rippin, and Peter Pettibone attended, along with Evelyn and her family, pictured here.

 

 

 

L-R: Daughter Marnie O’Connell, Sons Tony and Alex Prather, Ev, Daughter Wendy Burwell, Grandson Nicholas Prather (Tony’s son).


Posted 3/13/24

 

Harlan Spitz

With great sadness we announce the passing of Harlan Spitz, M.D., on Feb. 29th, 2024, in Greenport, New York. He was 84 years old and died from Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late Henry and Rose Spitz.  Survived by his daughter, Rivi Handler-Spitz, his brother Arnold and Arnold’s wife Toby Spitz, their children David and Naomi, five grandnieces and grandnephews, and many other cherished family members, friends, and colleagues.

Harlan earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Princeton University, where he joined the Woodrow Wilson Society, the Sailing Club, and the Hillel Foundation. He then received his M.D. with honors from Yale Medical School. Following a pediatrics internship and residency he served as a Captain/pediatrician in the U.S. Air Force. Then, after a combined residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship in child psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he practiced child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry for 25 years at Einstein and its affiliate institutions.

Following retirement from NYS Service in 2004, Harlan served as a Consultant Psychiatrist in child and adolescent psychiatry in New Zealand six months a year for four years in a district health clinic with a sizable Maori population.

Harlan had a wide range of interests which he enjoyed immensely and pursued to their fullest including:  tennis, cycling, cross country skiing, kayaking, sailing, music, folk guitar, and extensive international and domestic travel. As one of his colleagues at Bronx Children’s Hospital said of him: “Whether it’s cross-country skiing or cycling, cross-disciplinary discussion or problem resolution, Dr. Spitz is that careful adventurer who enlivens the paths for all around him. Harlan is truly a physician for all seasons.”

For those who may wish to make a memorial contribution in tribute of Dr. Harlan Spitz may we suggest Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the details of which appear below. During his distinguished 25-year career in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry Harlan trained, taught, and worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and its affiliated institutions. To make a contribution, click here to make a gift online, or call 718-430-2411.

 

Posted 3/3/24

 


 

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

 

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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."

Regards,
Joe

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



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.
Wendy’74

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

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,

Don 

Donald K. Emmerson
emmerson@stanford.edu

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.

Cheers,

Jim Zirin

Posted 9/23/23



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

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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




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

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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

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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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