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
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.
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.
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.
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!
9/21/23: to read more about Ben's fishing adventures, click here
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.
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.
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.
Richard A. Webster
Dick passed away on July 21, 2023 at age 84 in Chicago, his home for the previous 33 years. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and came to us from St. Paul’s School. At Princeton he majored in Economics, was in the Outing Club and took his meals at Key & Seal. He roomed with Bill Rough and Jim Palmer. After Princeton Dick went on to enjoy a long career in banking that took him from New York City to Hartford, CT and finally Chicago. He had a passion for history, gardening, bird watching and jigsaw puzzles. He enjoyed spending time in Ireland, where he will be buried, and going for extensive walks throughout the varied neighborhoods of Chicago. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Brigid Maloney, whom he married in 1969. They spent the next 54 years together, having two children, Maeve and Richard.
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.
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.”
Thomas C. Koehler
Tom died of leukemia on March 15, 2023 in San Diego, CA. Born in Morristown, NJ, he came to us from Deerfield Academy but was with us for only two years, moving on to join the Navy and earn his Naval Aviator wings in 1961, fulfilling a lifelong dream. He served in the Navy until retirement in 1980, emerging as a Commander. His aviation career included two combat tours in Southeast Asia logging more than 200 combat missions over Vietnam. Overall he flew more than 5,400 hours and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as other decorations. Along the way he earned a BA in International Relations at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
After retirement he worked with the Singer Corporation as an aviation project manager for several years, and then, for the next 32 years, worked with his wife Nancy in her business, Home Medical Claims, assisting the elderly with all facets of their lives. He also was a docent on the USSS Midway.
Tom is survived by his son Steve, daughter Katie Bianchi, and four grandchildren. Nancy, his wife of 61 years, died only a month after Tom.
Note to Class Secretary
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) into class records. You deserve a medal for all these years of doing this job (I’m doing it for my high school class).
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!"
Robert D. Schweizer
Bob died on February 28, 2023, in a hospice in Tucson, AZ, his home for many years, after a general decline in his health. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, he came to us from Pingry School. At Princeton he majored in Biology, performed in Triangle and was a cheerleader and a Keyceptor. He took his meals at Quad, where he lived during our senior year.
Following an M.D. at Cornell, he served in the Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam. After the service, Bob was a radiology resident at NYU Hospital-Bellevue Medical Center. In 1974, he went into private practice with Radiology Limited in Tucson, retiring in 2000. For some years thereafter he consulted with three green companies in Arizona and California.
This all comes from his entry in our 50th Reunion Yearbook. We have no information about his life since then.
In recent years it appears Bob became largely reclusive. He had no survivors, and there was no obituary.
Andrews R. Walker
Andy, age 83, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2023 at his home in East Hampton, NY with his loving wife of 21 years, Angelika Siggelkow Walker by his side. He is survived by his nephew C. Carter Walker, III (Jamie), his niece Julia Walker Robinson (Chris), a grand-niece, three grand-nephews and a great-niece. Andrews was born in 1939 to Coleman C. Walker and Lucie Andrews Walker in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He was the great-grandson of Robert Stringfellow Walker, who founded the boys preparatory school Woodberry Forest in Orange, Virginia, in 1889 where Andrews attended from 1954-57 graduating academically first in class. He served nine years as a trustee and one year as vice chairman of the board focusing on the investment endowment of the school. In recognition of his efforts Woodberry presented Andrews with the Woodberry Forest Distinguished Service Award.
He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics, where he ate at Cottage Club, played tennis and squash, and roomed with Bramlette, Siegel, and MacDonald. After his military service from 1962-1965 at the USNR Office of Naval Intelligence, Pentagon, he received an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1969.
In New York City in the early 1970's he was a Vice President at the Wall Street investment banking firm White Weld & Co. Inc. until 1976. He accepted a position with Transco Co., in Houston Texas as Vice President Corporate. After three years in Houston Andrews returned to New York City in 1978 where he worked briefly for Chase Manhattan in corporate finance with a stint in London. He remained active in banking, financial consulting, working with a number of companies primarily in the oil and gas industry, and the citrus and vineyard business. Eastern Long Island became home for Andrews. He was a member of the President's Council of the Peconic Land Trust, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural beauty of Long Island.
Sports were a significant part of Andrew's life. He enjoyed skiing and mountain climbing. He was inspired by his service on the Board of Outward Bound and climbed the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and went on a Trek in the Himalayas maintaining his training at the Racquet & Tennis Club, New York. In previous years he was enthusiastic about playing tennis at the Meadow Club, Southampton, the River Club, New York and the Maidstone Club, East Hampton as well as the Bath and Tennis Club, Palm Beach until he was more actively playing golf in East Hampton.
More important, though, than biographical details, Andrews was a loving husband, a dear friend to many and the definition of a Southern gentleman. Following his wishes a private service will be held.
Published by New York Times on Jun. 18, 2023.
Stephen J. Lerman
Stephen James Lerman passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2023 at age 83 after suffering from a rare form of lung tumor. Steve was born to Jacob and Jeanne (Rosenbaum) Lerman in Brookline, MA. He graduated from Belmont Hill School, Princeton University (where he ate at Quadrangle Club), and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Steve was in his element as summer camp counselor at his beloved North Woods on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. Steve continued his medical training in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. He then served in the US Public Health Service investigating disease outbreaks in Nigeria. Steve strived to improve public health by organizing children's vaccine trials at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE including the first trial of flu vaccine for children. He furthered his education in public health earning a Masters in Public Health at Harvard University.
Steve thrived on travel adventures. He visited over 50 countries in his lifetime. He consulted on child health programs from Africa to Asia, and in Switzerland working for the World Health Organization. After Hurricane Katrina, Steve volunteered and activated as a Captain in the US Public Health Service. In 22 trips to China, he guided American families adopting almost 300 children.
Steve met the love of his life, Phyllis, on a volunteer archeology expedition to Turkey. They married in Brookline, MA in 1999 and moved to Reno, NV in 2009 to be an active part of his grandchildren's lives. Steve had an extraordinary affection and respect for all children. The world will be a much less interesting place without him.
Steve is survived by wife Phyllis (Sander) Lerman, first wife Lindsey Miller-Lerman and their two children Hannah and Jeremy Lerman, grandchildren Spencer and Piper Cook, stepsiblings Joan and Robert Winer, cousin Nancy London, and numerous nieces and nephews. Steve was preceeded in death by his brothers Martin and Roger Lerman.
Memorial donations may be made to to Apex Concerts at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Gordon P. Goodfellow
Gordon Goodfellow, Jr. suffered a fatal stroke on November 12, 2021 at the age of 82. The evening before he had spent doing what he loved best, dining and laughing with his family.
Gordon was born June 30, 1939 in East Orange, New Jersey to Gordon P. Goodfellow, MD and Katherine Inez Goodfellow. After his father passed away his mother remarried and the family relocated to Houston, Texas, where Gordon attended St. John's Episcopal School from which he graduated in 1957 with a strong interest in science and a fluency in German and Russian. He spent many summers at Culver Military Academy where he distinguished himself in a variety of areas including sharpshooting, swimming, tennis and sailing.
After serving as official football team water boy his freshman year at Georgia Tech (his stepfather's alma mater) Gordon decided to investigate other college options and requested an application from Princeton, which responded that it did not accept transfer students. Gordon wrote back that he had not asked to be accepted, only for an application. His perfect score of 1600 on his College Boards encouraged Princeton to relent, accepting him as the only transfer student in the class of 1961.
Following graduation from Princeton with a degree in Physics, and he ate at the Woodrow Wilson Society, he spent four years in the Army, where his linguistic gifts were quickly noted. He was sent to the Monterey, California Army Language School, where he learned to read, write, and speak Mandarin. The balance of his service was spent in Okinawa, Japan on detail to the National Security Agency.
Returning stateside, Gordon received a National Science Foundation Grant to study Hindi at the University of Texas in Austin. He took an elective economics course and found his calling in that field. While working toward his doctorate he also taught graduate level economics at the Business School. It was at U.T. where he met Ruth Elizabeth (Betsy) Maguire in September, 1970. She was a newly-arrived East Coast refugee, born, coincidentally, in Orange, New Jersey. They were married in May, 1972 and moved to Washington, where they have lived happily for nearly 50 years.
For 20 years Gordon worked as an economist with a specialty in Social Security issues in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services), and then joined Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson) as a pension program analyst for Fortune 500 companies, retiring in 2004.
Gordon was a brilliant and complicated guy. An avid reader, he also enjoyed sailing his 27 foot C and C sailboat on the Magothy River, which he did for many years. He was liked for his gentlemanly ways by all who knew him and respected for his broad range of knowledge.
Preceded in death by his parents and his sister Nancy, he is survived by his wife Betsy Goodfellow, his two children Parker Goodfellow (Lorena), and Katherine Goodfellow (Erik Gaull), and four grandchildren, Isabella, Valentina and Gordon Parker Goodfellow IV, and Ian Gaull.
A service was held in his honor at December 11, 2021 at Potomac United Methodist Church. A reception and celebration of life followed at Lahinch Restaurant in Potomac, MD where a jazz trio played his favorites.
Howard J. Krongard
Cookie died on May 3, 2023, after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Born and raised in Baltimore, he came to us from Baltimore City College. At Princeton he majored in History, dined at Tiger Inn, and was a Keyceptor and in the Orange Key. He roomed with Dick Conger. And, oh yes, he played a little lacrosse. First team All-American, with much more to follow.
After a J.D. at Harvard and studying at Cambridge University in International Law, Cookie’s legal career was spent with two law firms (Cravath Swain and Moore, and Freshfields) and two international accounting firms (Peat Marwick and Deloitte). Then followed two years as the Inspector General of the Department of State under Secretary Condoleezza Rice, and in several other public service positions of leadership.
Cookie’s career in lacrosse was no less stellar. He was a superstar whose competitive life continued into his late seventies. Not for nothing was he a shoo-in for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1985 and three other regional Halls. He was 1961’s president for five years and served the class and the University in many other ways. This short memorial does not do justice to a truly remarkable life.
Cookie is survived by his son Ken, his daughter Mara Lynn Shrek, and three grandsons.
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.
George P. Landow
We lost George on May 31, 2023.
George came to Princeton from the Wooster School, where he played football. At Princeton he played 150-lb football his first two years, lacrosse freshman year, and served as wrestling manager for three.He ate at Wilson Lodge, and his senior roommate was Doug Greer.
He arrived as an English major pre-med, gained admission to medical school, but Prof. Landa persuaded him to apply for a Woodrow Wilson at Brandeis after which he returned to Old Nassau, writing a dissertation on Ruskin that led to a prize-winning book.
He taught at Columbia, Chicago, Brown, and Brasenose College, Oxford. His books, several of which were translated into Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic, ranged from Victorian literature and art to computing. His academic honors include two Guggenheims, a graduate student Fulbright, two senior Fulbrights and a fellowship at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities. At age 58 he was invited to Singapore as the founding dean of the University Scholars Program (1999-2003).
His devoted his spare time to photography, model railroading, and coaching Little League baseball and soccer.
He is survived by Ruth, his beloved wife of 57 years, his daughter Shoshana ’91, her husband Ethan ’90, and their boys Philip and Malcolm, his son Noah Landow and his wife CJ.
Cheers to ’61!!!!
Frederick R. Ramsey
"Ted" Ramsey, aged 84 years, passed peacefully at his home in Chesterland, Ohio, on May 4, 2023.
For two years, he approached his final battle with cancer as he did everything in his life: with strength, love, and dignity. Throughout his illness and his passing, he was surrounded by family. Ted was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in Shaker Heights and Gates Mills. He attended University School, and the knowledge he gained and friendships he built there remained a source of great pride and affection throughout his life. In 1961, Ted received his degree in Romance Languages and Literature from Princeton University, and ate at Court Club.
Very shortly thereafter, he married his high school sweetheart, Jean MacKenzie Ferguson, and their marriage and loving partnership continued nearly 62 years. In November 1961, he enrolled in Officers Training School and served, over the next four years, in various assignments as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force. These assignments included what he described as an "interesting" year in Viet Nam.
He left the Air Force as a First Lieutenant in 1965 and began his second career, in banking. He first worked in commercial lending for Cleveland Trust, which later became Ameritrust, eventually rising to executive vice president and senior credit officer. He spent the last 10 years of his career at National City Bank. During his long career, he learned from those he admired, and acted as a mentor to those who came up behind him, teaching them, as he did his daughters, the importance of preparedness, assiduous work, and integrity. In 2002,
Ted retired and began his third career, as grandfather to his five beloved grandchildren. He also shared his business acumen as a member of several boards, including that of Young Audiences, an organization that worked in support of arts in public schools. One of his most enduring passions was his and Jean's work and play with the Gates Mills Players, an amateur theater group, through which they exercised their talents as thespians for over 40 years. Ted held close to his heart all of the friends he made through all of these varied and fulfilling connections.
In addition to Jean, Ted is survived by his daughters, Margaret Ramsey Hayes, Ann Ramsey Mitchell, sons-in-law Charles W. Hayes, II and John R. Mitchell, along with his four grandsons, Charles William "Will" Hayes, III, Samuel Alan Mitchell, Luke Ramsey Mitchell, and Peter John Mitchell, and his only granddaughter, Alexandra Marie Hayes. Predeceasing him were his parents, Frederick T. Ramsey and Miriam Herkner Ramsey Stubbs, beloved brother Jon R. Ramsey, and sister Judy Ramsey Ferguson.
The family suggest that those who wish to make a donation in Ted's memory may make them to any worthy organization, but especially in support of one of the following causes: The Church of St. Christopher by-the-River in Gates Mills, Ohio, and the City Mission of Cleveland (co-founded by Ted's grandfather, the first Frederick William Ramsey).
A memorial service and celebration of Ted's life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2023, at St. Christopher by-the-River, 7601 Old Mill Road, Gates Mills, OH. All who know and care for Ted and his family are welcome.
Robert A. Epsen
Robert A. Epsen, 83, of Mill Valley, California, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2023 from cancer. Bob was born May 25, 1939, to parents Robert and Lillian Epsen and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from Westminster School in Connecticut, he attended Princeton University and graduated in 1961. He joined Colonial Club, served on the UG Schools Committee and the Orange Key, and roomed with John O'Neil senior year.
That year his family moved to Hillsborough, California and shortly thereafter he married and had daughters Lisa and Francie, residing on the Peninsula. Bob worked as a Vice President of Hibernia Bank while also serving in the Army Reserves. After five years, Bob attended Stanford Law School and upon graduation he joined the historic San Francisco law firm Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe in 1971. Bob practiced corporate law and after making partner in San Francisco went on to work in the Hong Kong office for one year and opened the Los Angeles office in 1988 for two years. Following a distinguished career, he was named General Counsel before retiring in 2004.
Bob was intelligent, hard-working, humble, and dedicated to his clients. He was known for his integrity and always adhered to the highest standard of ethics. He treasured his friends and colleagues and was a beloved member of the San Francisco firm for 33 years. Bob remained in close contact with his dear friends from Princeton and his many colleagues from Heller Ehrman.
In 1988 he married Leslie West, the sister of his Princeton roommate Olin West, and had a wonderful marriage for 21 years settling in Tiburon, CA. Bob and Leslie loved to travel, fly fish and spend time with their children, grandchildren, extended family, friends and their beloved Australian Shepards. Nothing was more important to Bob than family and he especially treasured time with his granddaughters. Known as "Pappe", Bob had a wonderful relationship with each granddaughter, celebrating and mentoring their academic and artistic pursuits throughout the years.
Bob was a longtime member of the Pacific-Union Club and the Guardsmen. He was on the Board of Trustees for Crystal Springs and Uplands School and served as Board Chair for two years.
Bob is predeceased by his wife Leslie Epsen in 2009 and his brother Bill Epsen in 2021. He is survived by his sister Katie Millhiser, daughters Lisa Epsen Lenzo (Christopher) and Frances Epsen Devlin (Patrick) and his granddaughters Isabella and Alexandra Lenzo, Penelope and Lillian Devlin as well as his stepson Robert Lee Underwood III (Christine) and their children Kalani and Kaia Underwood, along with nieces and a nephew.
At Bob's request there will be no memorial service. Donations can be made to the CPMC Foundation, The Guardsmen and the Humane Society of Sonoma County.
George H. Hawks III
Woody, a longtime resident of Naples NY, died Thursday, March 23rd at 84 during a trip to Texas. A graduate of Princeton University (BA '64, Ph.D *68), where he played baseball and ate at Cap & Gown. He took leave from grad school to serve in the U.S. Marine Corp seeing active service as a short wave radio specialist during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During his service he was selected as starting pitcher for the US Marine Corps fast pitch softball league in Hawaii. A Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Stipendium, Woody did his post baccalaureate at the University Munich, ultimately joining the the Eastman Kodak Company as a research chemist in 1968. His work earned numerous patents and wide recognition during a 34 year career. His passion for the sciences was fostered by his beloved grandfather Dr. Albert K. Chapman, himself a pioneer of aerial photography and former Kodak chairman.
An avid sailor and member of the Rochester Yacht Club, he was a central part of the legendary team that won invitation to the 1979 Congressional Cup in California crewing on RAMPAGE. An autodidact with wide interests, Woody had an infectious sense of humor and wit practically in a class by himself.
As a father of five, the Hawks family mourns the loss of our bright light. Woody is survived by his third wife Elizabeth Hawks, children Jason (Val) Hawks, Macy Flenner (Elijah) of Fort Collins Colorado, Alida Hawks and three grandchildren from his first marriage. A son Haywood Chapman Hawks of Brighton and daughter Catharine Pritchard Hawks of Miami, Florida from his second marriage. His sister Victoria Lombardy of Rome Italy and many nieces and nephews. A brother, Albert Kincaid Hawks predeceased him.
Woody will be remembered for his uncompromising ethics, imagination, and his sensitivity to the human condition. Of many philanthropic interests, a lifelong advocacy for Native American causes was particularly important.
A celebration of life will take place this summer.
Paul P. Rubincam
Paul Pierre Rubincam Jr., a resident of Palos Verdes Estates CA, passed away on Friday March 17, 2023 in Redondo Beach, California. Paul was 83.
Paul was predeceased by his parents Paul P. Rubincam, Sr. and Alice Rubincam (Bradshaw), his sister Ann Rose and brother-in-law Paul Z. Rose. He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Suzanne R. Rubincam; son Paul Richard (Rich) Rubincam (wife Denise); daughter Amy Rubincam Steadman (husband Will); sister Lee Rubincam; and three granddaughters Chloe Rae Rubincam, Summer Elizabeth Steadman and Mia Christine Steadman.
Paul was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and attended Princeton University, where he took his meals at Quadrangle Club, and roomed with Rudell, Lane, Gray, Alexander, and Platt. He was in Navy ROTC, played 150-lb. football, and was on the swim/dive team.
After graduating, Paul served in the Navy on the USS Stoddard. On a road trip with shipmates, he crashed a Debutante Ball, where he met Sue, whom he won over with his (allegedly tipsy) charm. They fell in love, married and moved to their Lunada Bay neighborhood where they resided for 55 years.
Paul was gentle, steadfast and funny and maintained life-long friendships with his fellow Tigers as well as neighbors with whom he helped maintain and regularly run the local ParCourse. He was a consummate putterer, organizer, and tidier, and was known as a man who never swore ("ratsafrats!") A modest yet dapper dresser, Paul donned a hat for most occasions. And while not outwardly competitive, he rarely lost in Scrabble. (Only an avid hat-wearer like him could score 40 points with "fez".) Paul loved the beach and bodysurfing, golfing with Rich, cheering the UCLA Bruins with Amy, and spending time as "Papa" to the delight of his beloved granddaughters. He was a regular sports spectator (Super Bowl party host, college basketball and football, and Sunday afternoon golf were his favorites) and occasionally used a lull in the action to "just rest his eyes."
He was a sweetly devoted and patient husband, and friends and family knew them as inseparable "Paul and Susie".
Paul spent his career in the insurance industry; where he was both successful and perfectly suited, as he naturally planned and protected those he cared about. Most recently, he was an executive with Residence and Western Mutual Insurance.
After his retirement, Paul was active in the Palos Verdes Estates Parklands Committee and Rotary Club. Per Paul's wishes, no funeral or memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to help find a cure for Alzheimers.
Robert B. Haines
Robert Bronson (Bob) Haines, 83, of Tewksbury, New Jersey, passed away on May 9, 2023 in Morristown, New Jersey. Bob was born in Plainfield, New Jersey to Robert and Charlotte Haines on November 27, 1939. After graduating from high school, Bob went on to earn his B.A. cum laude from Princeton University, where he took his meals at Key & Seal and roomed with Dave Peterson and Pete Thauer.
From there, Bob was recruited into the U.S. Army, where he served for two years. He went on to receive his LL.B. from University of Virginia School of Law and a Master’s Degree from New York University. Bob’s expertise was in estate planning and tax strategies, and he practiced law in New Jersey for his entire professional career.
While Bob liked to travel, his favorite place was with his wife, Ellen Siegel, and at least one Golden Retriever, on the porch at the house they shared on Shelter Island, New York. They were summer residents there, and Bob served on the Shelter Island Heights Board and the North Ferry Board. Bob was also a member of the Shelter Island Yacht Club.
Two organizations were near to Bob’s heart. He was an active board member of the Frost Valley YMCA and the Hunterdon Art Museum. He was also involved with his alma mater, Princeton. Bob was an avid patron of the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, and New York City Ballet. In his younger years, Bob loved biking and sailing.
Bob is survived by his wife, Ellen Siegel, of Tewksbury, NJ, and Shelter Island Heights, NY. He is also survived by his step-daughters and their spouses, Jane Rosenthal and Barry Stenger and Anne Rose-Mason and Stephen Mason. Bob had five grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Frost Valley YMCA and the Hunterdon Art Museum. Donation information is available on their websites.
In lieu of a funeral service, we hope his friends and loved ones will raise a glass of their best wine and share memories of Bob with each other.
Stephen A. Heller
Steve grew up in South Orange, NJ, where he graduated from Columbia High School in 1957. He later attended Princeton University, graduating Cum Laude (Biology) in 1961. He ate at Court Club, and roomed with Ken Moyle, Dave Fisher, and Mike Miles.
He went on to attend NYU Medical School, graduating in 1965 with a doctorate in medicine. He spent four years as resident and Chief Resident at University Hospital and Bellevue Hospital in New York City between 1966 and 1970. As Chief Resident he received the Kyman G. Barton Memorial Award for being the Honor Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) in 1970.
In 1962, Stephen joined the Navy as a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Reserve Officer in the Medical Corps. His active duty was deferred per the Berry Plan so that he could complete his Medical Residency. Afterwards, he went on to serve active duty from 1970 to 1972 as Lieutenant Commander on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. There, Stephen was the sole OB-GYN doctor, caring for all women on base. This is also where he met Dr John Hodgers, who would become one of his best friends and his future partner in their medical practice.
Stephen married the love of his life, Suzanne Berninger, on December 3, 1967. They met at Bellevue Hospital in New York City where Suzanne was Head Nurse in the ICU/Recovery unit. They had three sons, Geoffrey, Mark, and Jonathan.
After their time in Cuba, Dr Heller and his family relocated to Washington state. He considered the Pacific Northwest to be "home" for the rest of his life and raised his family here. He always felt at home in the casual, outdoor atmosphere that is the PNW. Dr Heller practiced with Dr Hodgers for many years at Valley General Hospital in Renton, WA. They had a thriving and busy practice which grew to include additional doctors and associates over the years.
Known as Steve to his closest friends and family but as Dr. Heller to everyone else, he was a practical and old-fashioned man. According to his son Jonathan, he insisted on the medical title because he was proud of his profession and felt that it identified him. Having delivered thousands of babies, Dr. Heller was proud that he always gave his patients the very best care.
Dr. Heller benefited from an excellent memory. He could recall information from something he read decades before. His children made the mistake once of challenging him in a game of Trivial Pursuit. After Steve had ‘mopped the floor’ with them, they never wanted to play against him again. It was important to him to take care of his mind, having watched his mother suffer from dementia. Dr. Heller made a dedicated effort to keep his memory sharp as he grew older, never losing the ability to recall a story or remember important moments.
Dr. Heller lived a full and adventurous life. He and Suzanne traveled to more than thirty countries, took three African safaris, and several weeklong white water rafting trips. He greatly enjoyed playing competitive bridge in retirement and was known as "Doc" to all his bridge club pals. Dr. Heller also loved to go fishing, especially for salmon. Mark remembers him always trying new lures and techniques in his constant hunt for “Big Smiley” (the giant salmon that lurked in the deeps). While growing up, his kids would sometimes hear him say “When I die, put my ashes in a bottle of gin, place a fishing pole on top, and cast me into the ocean.”
Some of the family’s fondest memories of Dr. Heller are around food. He loved to go crabbing and then cook and serve his catch to friends and family. All the boys have memories of their father spending hours teaching them how to grill steaks and hamburgers. As Geoffrey remembered, “He spent all of 10 minutes describing how the birds and the bees worked (which was horrifying), but he spent countless hours teaching us all how to grill. He was a man with priorities, and his priority was steak.” Dr. Heller also loved Thanksgiving – a holiday meant not just for a feast, but for appreciating everyone and everything in your life. He always carved a picture-perfect turkey that no one could replicate (his sons swore it was the surgeon in him).
When Dr. Heller neared death from kidney failure he made the decision as to when to depart this world. It was important for him to die on his own terms—when the whole family could be with him and be there to support each other.
Dr. Heller is survived by his three sons: Geoffrey Heller, 53; Mark Heller, 51; and Jonathan Heller, 48, their wives Laura, Jutta, and Jennifer, along with his granddaughter Madeline, 13. He is also survived by his sister Lois Martin, nieces Amy Feiner, Julie Zomerdyke, and Margot Feiner. Dr. Heller was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Esther Heller.
Memorial donations can be sent to the Seattle Times Fund for those in Need or NW Kidney Centers. The family prefers no flowers be sent.
Dear Princeton Football Family,
We are excited to announce that Jim Blair '61 will be honored as the Princeton recipient at the 2023 Ivy Football Association (IFA) Dinner on Thursday, February 2nd. Jim's lifetime accomplishments, football skills and commitment to Princeton Football have been exceptional, and this honor is well-deserved! To read more about Jim's achievements, click here.
On February 2nd, we will gather at 5:00 p.m. to begin the festivities with a Princeton Football Association reception prior to the dinner. To view details and register for the IFA event, click here.
IVY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION DINNER
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
Featuring Chris Berman (Brown '77) and Jack Ford (Yale '72)
The New York Marriott Marquis
(1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 | Broadway Ballroom, 6th floor)
Hotel Room Block: A limited number of rooms are available at the Marriott Marquis. To view the details and reserve your room, click here.
For those who are unfamiliar with the IFA Dinner, please see the videofrom the 2019 celebration as we honored Jason Garrett '89.
Steve Simcox '83 P19
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