John S. Stith, Esq.
"Jack" died peacefully at home on November 9, 2022 at 83. He was born in Cincinnati, OH on April 15, 1939 to the late David and Dorothy Stith.
Jack and Bette met when her family moved to Cincinnati in the summer of 1955. Jack graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1957 (cum laude), Princeton University in 1961 (cum laude), and the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1964 where he graduated at the top of his class (summa cum laude). Jack and Bette married in 1961 and spent their 61 year marriage living in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Cincinnati.
At Princeton, he ate at Cloister Inn and served as its president. He worked at WPRB and played soccer. His senior roommates were Pinckney Roberts and Peter Frame.
He was proud that his 3 children and 2 of his grandchildren followed in his steps by attending Kilgour Elementary School and Walnut Hills High School.
Jack was very accomplished in all areas of his life. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1957 as a member of Troop 114, and was a 60+ year member of the Dan Beard Council. He has served on the Council Board of Directors since 1982 and was a Vice President on the Executive committee during the late 1990s. Jack was a founder of the Dan Beard Council Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association, was the first Chapter Chairman, and has served on the Council Eagle Court of Honor Committee. He received the highest honors in Scouting, including the Silver Beaver award in 1995 and the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in 2020. Scouting runs in the Stith family, with his son Steve and grandsons Mitch and Nick also earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Jack was highly respected in the legal field, a profession he practiced until the end of his life. He began his career with Frost & Jacobs in 1964. At the age of 65, when most people are retiring, Jack chose to continue his legal career at a second law firm, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur. Jack's career of more than 60 years in the Cincinnati legal community included advising clients on matters of general business and corporate law; business structure, organization, and governance; securities law; fiduciary responsibilities, indemnification, and insurance coverage of directors and officers; mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions; capital formation, including venture capital; and complex contract issues. He was a leader in both the legal profession and the Cincinnati business community and has had substantial involvement with the nonprofit sector, both as a professional advisor and as a volunteer. Jack was elected and served as President of both the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. As president of the Ohio State Bar Association in 2006-2007, Jack is credited with overseeing that organization's first comprehensive strategic plan and initiating an in-depth review of its Constitution and other governance issues. He has been a key advocate of several measures including entrepreneurial activities that have enabled the OSBA to continue as one of the most effective professional organizations in the United States. Under Jack's leadership as chair of the Board from 2007-2021, Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the OSBA, has generated millions of dollars in dividends paid to its parent company.
Jack has been the recipient of numerous awards for professional excellence and community service. He has been a part of numerous civic, church-related, youth-oriented and other charitable activities, including The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Ohio State Bar Foundation,
Cincinnati Museum Center, Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America, Cincinnati Arts Festival, Leadership Cincinnati, Stepping Stones Center, Cancer Family Care, and Hyde Park Center for Older Adults. He served as general counsel of the 2012 World Choir Games, a spectacularly successful international choral music festival held in Cincinnati. Jack was also very involved in his church, Knox Presbyterian Church, serving several terms as Elder, and more recently as Clerk and Associate Clerk of the Session. With fishing as a particular passion of his, he was also a co-founder of the Queen City Anglers Guild.
In spite of all of his professional and community accomplishments, Jack's proudest accomplishment was his relationships and experiences with family and friends. He was a Scout leader, and coached various soccer and baseball teams of his children. If he wasn't coaching, he was an avid fan in the stands of all of the athletic, musical and other extracurricular events of his children and grandchildren. He recognized the importance of family togetherness and owned homes on Webster Lake and then Norris Lake in order to provide a setting for family members to gather. He also always made beach trips and Thanksgiving gatherings a priority. He and Bette have traveled extensively and have set foot in 48 states and been to nearly 40 countries in North America, Central America, and Europe. Their travels always included family or special friends.
Jack was the ultimate optimist. When he was diagnosed in 2019 with bladder cancer, he never once questioned "why me" or felt sorry for himself. He proceeded to research and find himself the best doctors and the best treatment, which enabled him to enjoy 3 ½ more years in spite of an aggressive cancer. Jack carried on with all of his commitments to boards and committees during his illness, all the way up until his last few weeks of life. We have all learned and benefited from his optimistic perspective.
A Celebration of Life was held on November 18 at Knox Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knox Church, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, or the Boy Scouts of America Dan Beard Council.
Olin L. West, III, M.D.
Olie, age 83, died peacefully on October 31, 2022 in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the Hospice of the Piedmont, his wife and two sons by his side.
A true, do anything for you friend, Olin was a tower of kindness and support to all who knew him, and a warrior throughout his life, even in the last difficult years of illness and disability.
Olin began his remarkable life in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on August 19, 1939, the eldest of five children born to Olin Leslie West and Bertha Courtney West.
Greatly admired as an athlete in his youth, he might have chosen a pro career were it not for a terrible series of patella tendon injuries. At the Haverford School in Philadelphia, where he was given the award of best all-around athlete, he’d lettered in both baseball and basketball, and was later to receive the Maxwell Club Award as the most outstanding football player in the Inter-Academic league. Olin’s strength, speed, and ability to shed blockers and to tackle made him a strong recruit for college football, and though he was offered a full scholarship at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University Of Delaware, he chose Princeton University.
Unfortunately, after repeated starts on both the football and baseball fields, and repeated surgeries with long recoveries in hip-to-ankle casts, he was clipped from behind while defending an off tackle play and was carried off the field with torn ligaments of the left knee. His season was over.
He took his meals at Tiger Inn.
It was a win, however, for the field of medicine. Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology from Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons, Olin had what it took of course, but it was his natural warmth and empathy that made him the best of shrinks, always going above and beyond for his patients. Early in his career, before opening a private practice, his primary work involved team development in both hospital and community settings. Specializing in group therapies and the creation of Day Hospital Programs (he was part of the highly regarded Day Hospital in the basement of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine), he was elected Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association for his work in the 1970s developing housing options for indigent, mentally ill people in New York City.
Olin, or the big O as he was often called, was a powerful and courageous man. One incident that comes to mind took place on an extended family vacation at a dude ranch in Wyoming. The large group was being led by one of the wranglers on a pleasantly ambling trail ride when the horse carrying his younger son got spooked and tore off. Instantly Olin was galloping after them, ahead of the wrangler, just like in a western. Another dramatic rescue occurred when his beloved boxer fell into the middle of the family’s icy pond. Olin miraculously heard her calls and dragged the nearby rowboat onto the ice. Standing in the boat as in a gondola, he used an oar to repeatedly push off the ice to where his dog, too barrel-chested to pull herself out, would have drowned.
The strong do what they have to do. And Olin was never cowed by what people thought of him. One time he’d driven one of his boys to an outdoor tennis tournament, and getting out of the car had spilled an entirely full Gatorade onto his lap. Chilly outside, he’d looked for a change of clothes in the club’s ‘lost and found’ and then appeared court-side squeezed into a pair of hot pink yoga pants.
A longtime tenor banjo player who loved New Orleans Dixieland, Olin gained professional experience in the 1970s playing in two Greenwich Village jazz bars, Your Father’s Mustache and The Red Garter. He continued to play throughout most of his life, appearing in local venues with the groups the Jazz Rascals and the Shenandoah Swingers.
All manner of fishing thrilled him– on a lake, out at sea, in a crystal clear trout stream. He played a formidable game of tennis with a power serve. He loved basketball and action movies, and in another life would have liked to have been an FBI man like his brother. He loved animals, rescuing a dog while in medical school who’d been used for testing and was scheduled to be euthanized. Most of all he loved his family.
Olin is survived by his wife of 40 years, Katherine Kane, and their two sons Jonah Kane-West (Sazshy Valentine and granddaughter Sally) and Daniel Kane-West (Britni Sweet); his sister, Rosalind Harper and her children, Scott (Le and children Avery and Bryce) and Courtney McCormick (Scott and children Connor, Rosalind and Margaret); his brothers, Ronald West (Bronwyn) and Courtney West and his children, Hillary Strengholt (Phillip and children Mary West and Reid), Courtney (Cailin and children Margot, Judson and Courtney), and Leslie West Falkoff (Adam). Also surviving him is his nephew, Lee Underwood (Christine and children Kalani and Kaia), son of Olin’s beloved deceased sister Leslie.
A private celebration of Olin’s life will be held on December 10, 2022 at Waterperry Farm, his home in Free Union, Virginia. Gifts in Olin’s name may be made to The International Rescue Committee, 375 Greenbrier Drive, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
Michael D. Iseman
Dr. Michael Dee Iseman, 83, of Denver, Colorado, passed away on November 20, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer.
Mike was born on March 3, 1939 to Manny & Eileen Iseman in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his younger sister, Toni, spent their formative years in Fremont, Nebraska, where he met his wife to be, Joan, when they were in junior high (he was the only boy taller than she was). He earned a history degree from Princeton University (where took his meals at Tiger Inn), followed by a medical degree from Columbia Physicians and Surgeons. Mike served two years in the US Navy in Hawaii, after which he settled down in Denver, Colorado to raise his family and practice medicine.
Mike was an accomplished athlete and took lifelong joy from sports. He excelled in high school, earning all-state honors in four sports and being named Nebraska high School Athlete of the Year, and later being inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. As an All-American football player, Mike was heavily recruited, including a visit from Army football legend Doc Blanchard and a call from the Governor of Nebraska, telling him it was his “patriotic duty” to play for Nebraska. In the end, he chose Princeton University because the coach’s wife promised to bake him chocolate chip cookies every week (and she did). He starred on the Tiger football team, lettered in track, and won a restaurant’s competitive eating contest by downing nine hamburgers in 10 minutes (after eating full lunches at two dining halls on campus earlier that day). At Columbia he took up rugby, being named to the All-Decade Rugby team and the legendary Old Blue Hall of Fame. In his 40s, he was persuaded to try crew and went on to win a masters world championship with the esteemed Team YOFRA. Even in his 70s, Mike was often spotted pumping iron at the Greenwood Athletic Club.
When he wasn’t playing, he was coaching or cheering, helming his sons’ Little League teams and taking them to Chili’s after the game, win or lose. He was a lifelong Denver baseball fan, supporting the Bears and Zephyrs before being a 25-yr season ticket holder of the Rockies. His passion for sport led him to exchange emails with the Rockies’ owner for over 10-years, proposing trades, scouting the farm system and discussing the merits of bunting at Coors Field.
But he was more than a jock. Mike served on the faculty for the University of Colorado Medical School and headed up the Tuberculosis program at National Jewish Hospital. Over his career, he traveled to thirty-eight countries, 47 states and wrote the definitive textbook on the subject. His career accolades include being named one of America’s Top Doctors for over a decade, being inducted into the Halls of Fame for the American Thoracic Society and his hospital, National Jewish.
But, more important than the accolades, were the patients. He often dealt with the most challenging cases from around the country, people who had exhausted treatment options elsewhere. He prided himself on making patients feel more human and treating them with dignity and empathy. The holidays were marked with cards from countless people thanking Mike for giving them another chance at life.
He was also a great husband and father. He married Joan Christensen in 1963 and they went on to have two children, Thomas and Matthew. Whenever he got home from work, he’d play catch with his boys till the sun went down. Mike learned to keep score while attending his sons’ games so he wouldn’t question the ocular ability of the officials. Mike always made clear that his greatest blessing was, without question, Joan. She made their home, raised the boys and nurtured him, and managed their finances. As he said, "I had my medical career, and she did everything else.” 59 years of marriage and she remained his best friend and breakfast buddy (they had a regular table at Perkins!).
Mike was blessed by fortunate affiliations and friendships throughout all phases of his life: in Nebraska, where he learned values, foundation, and family; at Princeton, where he made lasting friendships and he was a trustee for the University; in the Navy, where he served out of Pearl Harbor and later in the National Guard in Colorado (where he took great pride in his marksmanship); and at National Jewish, where he cared for patients and helped to build a nationally recognized program in pulmonary medicine.
Mike is survived by wife Joan, sister Toni, sons Matt and Tom, daughter-in-law Alexandra and grand-daughter Claire. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Village Club in December, details to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to National Jewish Hospital. https://donate.nationaljewish.org
Retirement gives us the opportunity to engage in things that may have been side interests earlier or are entirely new ones. For John MacMurray, it’s painting. To be specific, watercolors. To be even more specific, portraits of some of Mac’s closest ’61 pals. Here are Don Kornrumpf, Cookie Krongard, Sue and Jim Blair, Stan Baldwin and Bob Craft.
Pierce and Alexis Selwood welcomed Rhode Islander Hank Sykes (right) at their Fullerton, CA, home on November 10th, pictured at left.
They had a great time reminiscing about their last time together at our “Burning Bright” 55th reunion, fellow classmates and family. Pierce and Alexis are very happily situated in their Fullerton community after moving there from the Hollywood Hills back in 2017.
A week earlier, Jo and Hank saw roomie Rick and Weezie Johnson for lunch in Newport; and, come February, they expect to see Woody and Cynthia Andrews in Naples, FL.
Blair was Honorary captain on homecoming day at Princeton [on 10/29/22]
Jim Blair wrote to Class Secretary: This was a lot of fun. These guys are huge! I flipped the coin and Princeton won the toss!
Then they won the game!
Adrien Newens and Jerrold Graber, old roomies and rugby players, recently at Peabody Hotel in Memphis, having stopped there on a Mississippi River cruise.
A Visit with Scotty Marsh '63, formerly ‘61
Many will remember Scotty, who was with us through midway in sophomore year, when he was asked to withdraw for academic reasons, which he only too cheerfully admits. At the suggestion of Dean Lippincott, he went into the military, specifically the Marine Corps, which, he says, squared him away to the extent of making it possible for him to return to campus to graduate with ’63. He majored in Economics with an eye toward the business world and ate at Tiger.
Scotty had run track as a freshman and was proud of having been on a winning relay with the legendary Dick Edmunds, Jay McCabe and a third guy whose name eludes him.
After Princeton Scotty earned an MBA at NYU and went to work on Wall Street. He ended up at Pincus Warburg, where he spent 30 years before retiring and going into money management in Morristown, NJ.
He and his wife Betty have two daughters, Ashley ’93, a swimmer, and Carter ’97, an All Ivy lacrosse player. They have homes in Hobe Sound, FL, New Vernon, NJ and Manchester, VT, home also of Lance Odden and George Brakeley (which is how George and Scotty got together for lunch in September 2022).
Frank Wisner sent this photo of his daughter, Sabrina, at 14000 feet on Mount Princeton in Colorado.
More from Sabrina: "My hiking pal Kelly and I were speaking about our dads and the fact they both went to Princeton and wouldn’t it be fun to hike Mt Princeton In their honor. It is not a mountain to be taken lightly! Mt. Princeton is a Class 2/3 14,200 ft mountain in the Collegiate Range near Buena Vista, CO. Spent the night at the trail base on Sept 27 and headed out on Sept 28 at 5:30 am and hit the top around 11:00 and back at trail head around 2! Though not super long, 9 miles round trip, it is certainly the hardest !4k mountain I have done- and we were snowed upon on our descent! I thought it would bring a smile to my dad’s face."
Old Russia Hands Panel Discussion
The Class of 1971 hosted a very well attended and fascinating panel "Putin, Russia, and Ukraine - What's Next?" that featured panelists from the classes of '61, '66, and '71:
Peter Pettibone '61 [his segment begins at 11:40]
Jeff Burt '66
Jim Hitch '71
Kathy Molony '71 (moderator)
The session was recorded, and the video is available on YouTube with the restricted link below. Please do not share this link with anyone but classmates without the permission of '71. The YouTube link is: https://youtu.be/qA5TCIHYDhg
F. Peter Boer
Dr. F. Peter Boer, 81, a Harvard University PhD, chemical executive, author, and Yale University adjunct professor, who contributed to a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, died unexpectedly on October 3, in Alexandria, Virginia. His wife of 60 years, Ellen Boer, was by his side.
A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, where he joined Terrace Club, Dr. Boer earned a PhD in chemical physics at Harvard University, and was cited in Dr. William Lipscomb's 1976 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He began his career at Dow Chemical in 1965, and later served as Vice President of Research and Development at American Can Company. He directed the Columbia Maryland Research Division at W.R. Grace, ascending to Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the company. Upon retiring in 1995, Dr. Boer authored 10 books, including the Valuation of Technology and The Real Options Solution, which were translated into multiple languages. He was appointed the John J. Lee Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Engineering, taught at the Yale School of Management, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Boer was a formal advisor to many government and academic organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Princeton, Harvard, University of Chicago, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, and Texas A&M. He was Chairman of the Evaluation Committee for the National Medal of Technology under Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, and elected President of the Industrial Research Institute. Through his company, Tiger Scientific, he was appointed to eight boards of directors, including W.R. Grace, ENSCO and NOVA Chemicals.
Born in Budapest in 1940 during World War II to an American mother and Hungarian physician, the Boer family, including his younger sister, escaped to the U.S. in 1946. He grew up in Lackawanna, New York, and attended Nichols School, where he was distinguished as the school's highest scholar for two years, as well as a National Merit Scholar. At 16, Boer was admitted to Princeton, where he met his future wife. He enjoyed a lifelong relationship with Princeton, a place that imbued him with an appreciation of the power of higher education, and a bond that continued with his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren. Dr. Boer was very proud of his election to alumni treasurer and vice president of his Princeton class.
Dr. Boer was constant in his quest for knowledge, especially history, which he could learn, retain, and integrate across cultures, time, and space. He spoke five languages and traveled with his wife to more than 180 countries, including an annual trip with his family to remote and adventurous locales. He co-authored, The Grand Tourist, a trilogy of travel books, and self-published his final book, The Virtual Tourist, during the pandemic, about the few places he would likely never get to visit, except through Wikipedia and Google Earth.
Dr. Boer will be lovingly remembered as a kind, generous, and brilliant father and grandfather by his wife, children, and four extremely accomplished and talented grandchildren, whom he instilled with his love of travel, history, engineering, science, leadership, tennis, and ice hockey.
A private burial was held in Danby, Vermont, to be followed by a celebration of life at a later time.
Dr. Boer's family requests that donations in his memory be directed to the Nichols School in Buffalo, New York (www.nicholsschool.org) in gratitude for the invaluable foundation the school provided to a talented and curious young boy, enabling him to achieve his dreams in
Franklin S. "Frank" Odo
Frank, born May 6, 1939, was a Japanese American author, scholar, activist, and historian. Dr. Odo served as the director of the Asian Pacific American Program at the Smithsonian Institution from the program's inception in 1997 until his retirement in 2010. As the director of the APA Program, Dr. Odo brought numerous exhibits to the Smithsonian highlighting the experiences of Chinese Americans, Native Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, Filipino Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Korean Americans, and Indian Americans. He was the first Asian Pacific American curator at the National Museum of American History. He currently teaches American Studies at Amherst College.
Dr. Franklin Odo was born in and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and was the first from Kaimuki High School to attend Princeton University, where he received his B.A. in History in 1961. He then received his M.A. in East Asia regional studies at Harvard University in 1963. He returned to Princeton University, where he completed a doctorate dissertation on Japanese feudalism in 1975.
While his academic background and training had been in traditional Asian Studies, Odo became involved in the movement that created Asian American Studies and other ethnic studies in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a result of the anti-war and anti-racism activism in the United States.
Odo has taught for over 50 years at numerous academic institutions, most recently at Amherst College and the University of Maryland, College Park. In the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Odo taught at Occidental College; the University of California, Los Angeles; and California State University, Long Beach. In the 1990s, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Hunter College, Princeton University, and Columbia University. He has also served as the director of ethnic studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. From 1989 to 1991, he also served as the President of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS).
Friedrich W. "Walt" Conrad
Walt died peacefully but unexpectedly at his summer home in Kalispell, MT on September 24. He was 83. He had enjoyed good health and pursued vigorous outdoor activities for most of his life.
Walt was a proud and loyal son of Texas, where he lived his whole life except for four years at Princeton, two in the Army, and, after retirement, hot weather retreats to Montana. He was born and raised in Houston and graduated from Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, where he was on the swim and debate teams. It was there he met the love of his life, Nancy Riedel, whom he married the summer after graduation from Princeton. They were married for sixty-one years and had two children while Nancy pursued her own successful career as an artist.
At Princeton, Walt rowed on lightweight crew, served in ROTC, and joined Quad. He majored in history and wrote his thesis on Woodrow Wilson and the 1916 election for Arthur Link. He roomed with Larry Brennan, John Cooper, Pete Finch, Al MacKenzie, and Dan Whiteley. This group of “The Roomies,” as their wives called them, remained close friends after graduation, often visiting each other and holding mini-reunions in their respective locales. They made up nicknames for each other based on their real names; Walt’s was “Friedy” or “Frieds.” By all accounts, they were a raucous bunch who took the fullest advantage of the Princeton party scene at Quad, and other venues.
With his level-headed judgment, thoughtfulness, and quick repartee, Walt knew from an early age that he wanted to be a lawyer. After graduation, he proceeded to law school at the University of Texas, where he was on the moot court team and law review. He finished a semester early in order to do his military service, which was mainly at Fort Lewis, WA. From there, he returned to Houston to join Baker Botts, the firm which had been founded by the grandfather of Secretary of State James A. Baker III ’52, who became a friend and hunting partner of Walt’s. Baker Botts remained his professional home, where he had a distinguished career until he retired . He specialized in litigation in environmental matters, and he rose to lead the Houston Trial Department and joined the Firm Executive Committee.
Walt’s roots and attachment to Texas gave him a clear sense of who he was and who he wanted to be. Yet he always remained open to new places, new people, new ideas, and new experiences. Over the years, he visited all of the continents except Antarctica. Some of his trips abroad were on business, but many were connected with his passion for hunting and fishing. He hunted game in such places as the foothills of the Andes, the backcountry of the Yukon, and Africa. One of his different excursions was a PAA trip to southwestern France, where he pursued his interest in wines. Other ventures were with his children and grandchildren.
Walt is survived by his wife Nancy; daughter Jennifer Conrad, of Dallas, and son Paul Conrad ‘91, of Lexington, MA, and three grandchildren. Walt will be sorely missed by them, the remaining Roomies, and a host of friends and admirers.
Did you know that seven of our classmates served in the Peace Corps? Click here to read their stories.
Dear George [Brakeley],
Ruth and I were taking a Seabourn cruise up the coast of Norway with someone who had belonged to the Princeton Club in NYC, when someone at our table said, “I’m Princeton class of 61-engineering,” and it turned out to be Rick Butt.
We talked about classmates here and gone and ran into each other the next day when Ruth took this picture. Unfortunately, I came down with Covid — supposedly one of 6 people out of 600 of guests and crew — and so we didn’t get a chance to meet again. He’s in great shape and enjoying himself.
Ruth took this pic (I’m the bald wizened little guy).
George P. Landow ’61 P91
Paul E. Oppenheimer
Paul, age 83, of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, died peacefully July 28, 2022.
A poet, writer, prankster and professor, Paul taught for 55 years in the English Department at The City College of New York and The CUNY Graduate Center. He published numerous books and articles on wide-ranging subjects such as evil, vampirism, the birth of modern thought, guilt, and Till Eulenspiegel. An expert in medieval literature and fluent in seven languages, he wrote biographies of Peter Paul Rubens, in which he discovered the origins of film, and Niccolo Machiavelli, and in which he found mischief and machinations. He wrote several novels, four poetry collections, and many essays. Academically, his primary interest involved the development of ideas from historical origins to modern incarnations, including scientific concepts.
Oppenheimer graduated Horace Mann School, Princeton (BA) where he joined the Woodrow Wilson Society, and Columbia (MA, PhD). In addition to CCNY, he taught at Hunter, the Sorbonne, University College London, and Osnabruck University, as a Fulbright Fellow.
Oppenheimer is survived by his wife Assia Nakova; daughters, Julie (Daniel) and Rebecca from a previous marriage to Linda; granddaughters Audrey and Hazel; and siblings, Miriam and Tony. A memorial celebration will take place in September.
On July 21, I gave a talk on US-Russia Relations at the Public Library on Shelter Island as part of the Great Decisions series of the Foreign Policy Association. It was a hybrid event in which over 80 participated in person at the library or on Zoom. Prior to the event, I prepared a background reading list which included
- the article "Can Putin Survive: the lessons of the Soviet Collapse", which is in the current issue of Foreign Affairs (July/August 2022)
- the article by Yale Professor of History Timothy Snyder "The War in Ukraine is a Colonial War" which appeared in a recent issue of The New Yorker
- an article which I wrote with three other lawyers who had spent substantial time in Russia and the Soviet Union entitled "The Number One Priority in Setting a New Course in Putin's Russia" which appeared in the National Interest two years ago
- a YouTube video entitled "A Brief History of Ukraine (and why Putin wants to control it).
George and Tamara Brakeley and Peter and Ellen Boer got together for dinner in Manchester. VT, on July 19 when the Boers were in Vermont making their annual pilgrimage to Ellen's family homestead in nearby Danby. The book George is holding is the Boer's latest travel book, entitled "Grand Tourist 3, A Lifetime of Travel."
David H. Gordon
David died in his sleep on July 15, 2022, in Westchester County, NY. Born in Brooklyn, he came to us from Jamaica High School. At Princeton he majored in Chemistry, ate at Court Club, was a member of the University Band, and played tennis and squash. He roomed with Marty Fechner in his senior year.
Following Princeton, David earned his M.D. at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and, after serving in the US Public Health Service during the Vietnam war, embarked on a career in Radiology at Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn, where he worked for almost 30 years and retired as a full Professor in Interventional Radiology and CT and as Acting Chairman. He was proud of having helped to create several new fields of medicine in CAT scanning, Endourology and Interventional Radiology.
He continued working for the next 14 years as a Professor of Radiology at the Jacobi Medical Center, in the Bronx, NY. His lifelong commitment to squash and tennis having been complicated by orthopedic challenges, he was active in table tennis in his later years at the national level.
A New York resident for most of his life, he and his wife retired to Lake Worth, Florida, in 2016. He is survived by Rosalind, his wife of almost 61 years; daughter Padma, sons Eric and Jeffrey, and three grandchildren.
Charles F. Reusch
We lost Charlie on April 8 when he died at home in Chevy Chase, MD. Born in Brooklyn, he came to us from Bellport High School. At Princeton he majored in Chemical Engineering; played trumpet and French horn in the Marching Band, the Concert Band and Triangle, and took his meals at Terrace. His senior year roommates were George Wilson, Bill Michelsen, Bob Sholz and Steve Babcock.
Then followed an impressive academic record – a Master of Science from Michigan, a PhD in Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon, and a JD from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. His civil service career with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission spanned nearly 50 years. His avocational passion was scouting, and he was deeply involved with the Boy Scouts of America over 70 years as an Eagle Scout, recipient of the Order of the Arrow Honor Society, and adult leader. An avid soccer fan, he attended matches in Spain and South Africa. He was also a committed Tiger, having served as President of the Princeton Club of Washington and being active in class activities, especially as a Reunions “regular.”
He is survived by his wife Judith, sons Peter and Robert, and his brother Victor ‘66.
Peter B. Fisher
Peter B. Fisher, age 84, of Whitehouse, Texas passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Peter was born January 23, 1938.
He came to us from Larchmont, NY and St. Paul's School. Major at Princeton unknown. Member of Quadrangle Club.
Harry M. Tollerton
Harry died on January 26, 2022 in Port Republic, MD. He grew up in Syracuse and came to us from Pulaski Academy. At Princeton he majored in History, was Phi Beta Kappa, was on the Princeton Senate of the Whig-Clio Society, and took his meals at Court.
Harry earned a J.D. at Yale and then went to Washington to work in international science and technology policy with the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) and the National Academy of Sciences. Along the way he served as Director of International Affairs for the American Association of Engineering Societies.
He was a frequent attendee at our reunions and we last saw him and his wife Kathy in person at our 55th. He is survived only by Kathy, whom he married in 1970, to whom the class sends its condolences.
From MacMurray to the Class Secretary:
Charlie Rippin charmed me into the unlikely role of soldier in Class AG solicitations, from which I have enjoyed the unexpected collateral reward of resurrecting (really founding de novo) of relationships with Classmates .
Mo Morris and I have discovered heretofore unknown common interests to our delight (hot rodding Henry Ford's Flathead V-8's, for example —-pre Princeton and still abiding ).
But, more impressive to me has been to see the fruit of his career post Princeton . I have been staggered by his Company's manufacture of process plant tanks and heavy equipment, combining the beauty of buffed stainless steel fabrications rendered in arch utilitarian.and exquisitely engineered components, some just barely able to be moved on a 20 Wheeler. And he is still in the saddle.
Perhaps as impressive have been unknown cross connects. When I showed Mo a water color portrait I am doing of my friend, Philippe Petit ( he walked his wire between the Twin Towers in 1974), Mo told me of the awesome achievement of his company having manufactured and put in place all the HVAC equipment in those Towers.
The securing of the contract, the marshaling of plans and time schedules, the logistics of manufacture and installation in fast track construction and timely execution to critical standards is exhausting to think about. Particularly for such as I, whose greatest strain amounted to putting thought to paper, sitting down.
"We sold and ran the contract for all the HVAC equipment—in the pic you can see two equipment floors (there were four)—hundreds of fans and coils. What an experience—had to go up and down the entire two towers on creaky wooden elevators on the outside of the building because the real elevators and most of the outside walls did not exist. Total energy consumption more than the entire city of Syracuse, NY.
Nick Newens '61 and Tim Newens '64
Enjoying 18 holes of golf in Palm Desert, CA last month
Younger brother beat older brother significantly!
For an interesting report on a San Francisco alumni meeting that Jim Diaz sent to secretary Brakeley, click here.
So far so good down here [Naples, FL], despite Omicron.
Here's a pre-Christmas shot of me and my daughter's family after a sightseeing ride around Marco Island. Me, James, Doug and Claire Adams.
From: David Marshall to Class Secretary:
George, while reading the current issue of the PAW, I hatched a plan to write you as I've done so only once since 1961. I have lived a multitude of lives since then and I'm moved to write them down.
One week after my Princeton graduation I married Lucy Smith, who I had been courting for three years. Over the next two decades she gave me four terrific children. I am eternally grateful to her for that huge undertaking
After Princeton, where I studied geology, I earned a master's degree in mineral economics at Penn state. That turned out to be a most important part of my education as most of my career progression counted on my economics learning more than my geology. After Penn State I joined Alcoa where I thought my geology would contribute to their need for new and economic sources of bauxite. Not to be…. I was promoted out of their training program into a position as financial analyst in corporate planning.
That was a wonderful learning period for me, and after three years there I moved from Pittsburgh to New York with Freeport Sulphur Company, which was just then growing into Freeport Minerals Company. Again I was in economic analysis and planning. No geology. I remained with Freeport from 1965 until 1982. It was a grand first major career, they sent me to Australia in 1968 for 4 plus years as president of Freeport of Australia. That was a mineral exploration arm of Freeport and finally my geology got involved.
I left Freeport in 1982 when it was acquired by a fancy Texas oil man whose ideas did not mesh with mine. I quickly found myself at the Pittston company which I thought of as a coal company, but which also owned Brinks Inc and Burlington Northern air freight company. By 1985 I had spent 2 years as chairman of Brinks and been relocated to Irvine California to be CEO of the air freight company. I also carried the tag as CFO of Pittston. I stayed in the air freight biz until 1997 when I moved back east to serve as Pittston's vice chairman.
So in that 25 year period from 1982 to 1997 I learned three very different businesses. 3 challenging careers. When I retired for real in 1998, I started a fourth career selling flooring at Home Depot, and after that driving for Uber. Only after Uber did I start my current career as a professional caregiver at Home Instead Senior Care. I'm still there but now at 82 I'm down to 4 days a week.
Back in 1999 I married Lynette laLond and took on her 4 and 8 year old sons, that has kept me young. We moved to Sparks Nevada in 2006 and there we opened a Pilates studio which I managed while she taught. Timing is everything and the studio did not survive the Great Recession of 2009-10. That allowed me to put all my energy into caregiving. We are still in Nevada and love it.
My 4 kids have produced my 12 grandkids and they are so wonderful, but all live on or near the East coast.
That was a long hello, thank you.
Thank you to Jim Adams for pointing out that our classmate Steven E. Rhoads had his latest book mentioned in the Princeton Bookshelf section of the December 2021 PAW (p. 8 & p. 12). It is entitled "The Economist's View of the World And the Quest for Well-Being". It is currently available on Amazon and other book sellers. One note liner (from Alan Blinder ’67) says, “The first edition…...became a classic. Rhoads has packed this edition with new insights, up-to-date examples and delicious nuggets of all sorts.”