Notes to the Secretary
Please send your notes and photos to the '52 Secretary to: GC.TOWNER.JR@ATT.NET

Prior Year Notes: 

2017 Notes From: 

Frederic Alling, September 23, November 22
Banks Anderson, September 8
Gerry Andlinger, January 26
Ray Baldwin, June 5, November 14
C. Robert Bell, Jr., December 9
Jack Blessing, September 9, December 10
Gil Bogley. September 7
Joe Bolster's son Michael, September 15
Hale Bradt, September 6
Put Brodsky, May 11, September 7, December 7
Warren Bruce, September 8, November 10
David Butler, September 9
Charles Carpenter, September 7
William Dunn, October 2
Chris Eisgruber, June 1
Executive Committee to Put Brodsky, June 1
Robert Finken, September 22
Margo Fish, September 14
John Geyman, February 13, September 8
Diz Gillespie, September 12
Howard Hallengren, March 28
Doug Hardy, September 18
Hobey Henderson, November 15
Porter Hopkins, February 10
Darby Houston, October 30
Bob Jiranek, March 3
Fred Kaufman, December 28
George Lambrakis, November 17
John Lowry, October 10
Fred Mann, November 15
Phil May, September 5
Roger McLean, May 5, August 20, September 20, October 2, October 29
Ted McClure, November 22
Paul Mueller, February 4, May 14
Skip Nalen, June 19
Malcolm Powell, September 7, November 26
Jim Rockwell, December 9
Steve Rogers [via son John], November 21
Carol (Mrs. Hal) Saunders, January 15
Charles Shriver, September 10
David Smith, September 8, December 29
Leigh Smith, December 18
John Sprague. September 7
Toby Strachan, October 4
Richard Talbott, September 6
Dom Telesco, September 27
Ed Tiryakian, September 6, November 14, November 27
Josef Valle, Class of 2019, August 25
Wim van Eekelen, December 16
John Weber, September 7
Matt Werth, September 12

From: Jim Rockwell
December 9, 2017
A good year in that I stayed out of the health center - a pleasant contract to the two previous ones.  Two other tigers from other classes.  Our number depleted by the death o Dick Warren '51.

From: C. Robert Bell, Jr.
December 9, 2017
Jan and  just observed our 66th wedding anniversary!  Talked to our Best Man Lary MacNichols and brought him up to date on my progress with chemo treatments for my "Non-Hodgkins" Lymphoma [good so far].

From: Ed Tiryakian
November 27, 2017
On October 30, we had an excellent Triangle Area class luncheon, with the largest attendance to date.  
I shall be at the Sorbonne in Paris on December 11 for a special event honoring one of France's famous sociologist

From: Malcolm Powell
November 26, 2017
Our youngest daughters have plans:  We are delighted Heather and Josh Lindmir, an entertainment attorney in Beverly Hills, plan to wed in August, and Holly and Dan Perry, a building contractor from Oregon, are also making plans.  Heather is already playing [violin] mostly in Los Angeles for orchestras and in the film studios.  Holly is presently teaching nearby in Napa and plans violin with the Rogue Valley Symphony.  These parents are very pleased with their choices.

From: Jack Blessing
December 10, 2017
2017 was an unexpected year!  On Easter morning I suffered a cerebral hemorrhage (i.e. a stroke).  After 7 months of rehab I'm happy to say that I'm as fully recovered as might be expected for any 88 year old man.  Phyllis and I are now in remarkable health and looking ahead to 70th "Old Guard" Reunion.

From: Fred Kaufman
December 28, 2017
After 27 years of retirement in New London, NH, we moved into a Senior Living facility outside Atlanta, near two of our children.  One of the strangest feelings was reading my own obituary in the PAW.  A graduate with a similar name in an adjacent class died but the obituary read like mine.  This was corrected in the next issue.  Have 3 children, 7 grand and 2 great grands.

From: Steve Rogers
December 29, 2017

Friends, We lost the charming, intelligent, and—though she always resisted the superficial values of the world—beautiful Kent on November 13, after she fell while we were walking on the steps of the Princeton Art Museum.

It was ironic that what occurred echoed one of the first memorable events in her life with that grad student who became her life companion when she was studying at Columbia Teachers College. That memorable outing together involved a long hike from the Columbia campus to the Cloisters museum in northern Manhattan, in pursuit of another of her great interests—history. Her energy and enthusiasm on that walk were evidence, to the economics student with her, that she would be willing and able to serve in many environments, wherever Foreign Service career and duty would take them. Fancy and curiosity took them to every state and every continent in the 60-odd years that they traveled and served together.

The flood of memories that her death has unleashed from our four kids, other family, friends, church, and other colleagues is evidence of the love and esteem that she earned throughout her long life, through her years of retirement as an active citizen in Annandale and, for over two years, at the nearby Greenspring retirement community.


Kent asked that donations be made to the church as people wished.

From: David Smith
December 29, 2017

From: Leigh Smith
December 18
Christmas 2017

From: Wim van Eekelen
December 16
Christmas 2017   
Dear Friends,     

We managed to keep our normal schedule of activities fairly well during 2017. Wim’s reduced mobility was alleviated by his walker and Hanneke’s driving. The inventor of the walker deserves the Nobel prize and we see more of them, competing with bicycles in our flat country. Life in The Hague was comfortable and interesting, thanks to the large number of organised events. Together we enjoyed wonderful trips. To Seoul and Taiwan; to Wim’s 65th reunion in Princeton University (Class of ’52 Hurray) followed by a visit to Hanneke’s brother and his wife on Vancouver Island; a HAL cruise through the Norwegian fjords.

Hanneke enjoys the International of the International Women’s Contact of which she is co-founder and honorary member. Wim focuses on Europe and security and, as American leadership has gone, increasingly on European security. He chairs the Dutch chapter of Eurodefence, which brings us twice a year to another European capital, this year to Lisbon and London. At home he participates in a working group of the VVD Liberal Party and currently argues in favour of close involvement in the Macron-Merkel efforts to get things moving again after the Brexit. For defence that means integration of capacities from the bottom up. We don’t talk of a European Army, because that frightens people, but it is clear that we cannot do things on our own. The Netherlands gives interesting examples by integrating our navy with Belgium and putting a quick reaction brigade into a German division. We also support Pesco, the permanent enhanced cooperation allowed by the treaty of Luxemburg and recently joined by 25 members of the EU. In the beginning some feared that it would split the members between weak and stronger, but virtually nobody wanted to stay behind. It still has to be worked out in more detail, but every member has to participate in at least one concrete project and report yearly on its progress and the state of its defence.

Brexit keeps on puzzling us: it will be bad for the Netherlands but far worse for the UK. After months of negotiations, where the UK showed remarkable unpreparedness, we just passed the preliminaries. Our citizens keep their tights in the UK and vice- versa; there is a formula for counting the cost of running commitments; and the inner-Irish border issue has been postponed. There will be a transition period of some two years in which the content of a new trade arrangement UK-EU has to be worked out. The Canadian model seems to be the most likely, perhaps with a few plusses, but in essence it means that Britain will not participate in decision-making on the internal market. For the 27 much work remains to be done, certainly on the Macron agenda and the relations with the Eurozone. What does an EU Minister of Finance mean? Could we copy the foreign policy example by making him also Vice President of the Commission? The migration issue will require closer border controls but also more effective development aid in Africa. And what about Hungary and Poland, who want to remain member but don’t seem to share all our values?

We wish you and your families all the best for Christmas and the New Year and hope to see many of you in 2018!

Hanneke and Wim van Eekelen 

From: Hobey Henderson
Betty and I finally felt the need to abandon our beloved Arizona for digs closer to three of our four children.  We now live about 40 miles north of Denver in Loveland, a major center for culture, design and creation.  But ~ we still take LONG road trips around the sensational Rocky Mountain West where our hearts truly reside.  Our best wishes to 

From: Put Brodsky
December 7
All, when I was supposed to be thinking about doing something about Christmas, I read the latest PAW (12/06/17) and Eisgreber”s article on the President”s Page - after reading your Class Notes first, George.  
It’s about a new professor, a Nieng Yan, who is a world authority in something new, cryo-electron microscopy. She was brought to PU by Bonnie Bassler, another world authority type. The only problem was that there was no place on campus to put this very special equipment she used. Dr Bassler "formed an interdisciplinary partnership with Emily Carter, then-director of the Andlinger Center for energy and the Environment, and Craig Arnold.  Together, they developed an imaginative plan to house the machine within the stunning, the new Andlinger Center.” The Class of 1952 comes to the rescue again! Read Eisgruber’s piece. Anyway, I thought it might it give Andlinger’s gift further prominence for our classmates, as I always thought the Center for Energy and the Environment was a little vague as to what the University was doing with it.  
I hope you are all sleeping well. Put

From: Frederic Alling
November 22
Marty and I now married 61 years and living in an independent living center [Brightview] in Danvers, MA.  Our family:  3 daughters and sons-in-law live nearby [Marblehead] with 6 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

From: Warren Bruce
November 10
Flew my last flight for the Coast Guard.  Gave up my post on the Airport Board.  Retired County Commissioner.  Things are winding down! - But A-Okay!

From: Ted McClure
November 22
Moved to an independent living retirement center called The Willows in April 2017.  Also received ,y first great grandchild 6-2-2017 - Theodore James McClure.  More to come.

From: George Lambrakis
November 17
Still in Paris in winter, lower Brittany beach in summer.  Exchanging for a house in Florida this holiday season.

From: Fred Mann
November 15
Am building a new house in New Zealand - for the second time - and planning to spend as much of my remaining years as I can in this wonderful country that many say is the way American used to be.
From: Ed Tiryakian
November 14
The Triangle Area club had the best showing we've ever had, with 12 classmates, wives, and class associates*, jointed by guest apeaker and Dean of Duke's Humanities program Gennifer Weisfeld [Princeton Ph.D.].  Classmates: Banks Anderson, Bennett Galef, Bob Jiranek, Bob Doherty, Bob Eby, and Paul Lindsay [and myself].
*With the approval of classmates, we have in the category of class associates a small number of Princetonians just a couple of years away from '52.  This arrangement of classmates, class associates, and a guest speaker with a Princeton degree has worked very well.  We look forward to our next lunch in April 2018.

From: Ray Baldwin
November 14
No news, guys.  If classmates are doing what they could do one or two years ago, they are doing just fine, thank you.

From: Steve Rogers
November 21

Kent Brain Rogers

Kent Brain Rogers was a much beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and more. In her 62-year partnership with her husband, Stephen H. Rogers, a US Foreign Service officer, she raised and nurtured four children, providing a home filled with love and support as they moved around the world. The family's adventures, from their home base of Annandale, Virginia, to diplomatic posts in India, France, England, Mexico, South Africa, and Swaziland, fit well with -- and fueled -- her fascination with travel, language, and history. Her other passions included family history and genealogy, education (particularly of gifted children), painting, indoor and outdoor gardening, dollhouses, and needlework.

Everywhere, Kent became involved in groups ranging from embassy wives and PTA to churches and community associations. She also encouraged her children’s academic and musical endeavors, passing on her love of learning and always providing an appreciative audience.

Born on December 9, 1933, in Springfield, Ohio, to George Louis Brain and Mila Hooper Shropshire, Kent was raised in Tomkins Cove, New York, and went on to graduate from Chatham Hall (1951), Smith College (1955), and Columbia University Teachers College (1956). Kent’s association with French and Paris was lifelong: she spent her junior year of college studying at the Sorbonne, met the love of her life at the French Club at Columbia, and returned to Paris twice for diplomatic postings. She applied her tremendous breadth of interests and talents to teaching in Fairfax County, Virginia, and New Delhi, India, and to being a full partner in her husband’s career.

After she and Steve retired to Annandale, Kent served as president of the Sleepy Hollow Woods Civic Association. They continued to explore the world and enjoy old and new connections, including with Steve’s Princeton class. Throughout, Kent maintained close ties to family and friends from all parts of her life.

Kent died unexpectedly on November 13, 2017. She is survived by Stephen Rogers; children Kryston Fischer (Tim), Halsey (Aromie Noe), Julie (Ralph Nelson), and John (Gigi Garcia-Rogers); grandchildren Sam (Chelsea Ball) and Will Fischer, Tajin and Tayae Rogers, Liz Nelson, and Kyle and Lucas Garcia-Rogers; and brother Jeffrey Brain (Anne) and sister-in-law Nancy Langston. Her elder brother George W. Brain predeceased her. A memorial service will be held at a future date at the Little River United Church of Christ (LRUCC) in Annandale. In lieu of flowers, she requested donations to LRUCC, her beloved church home for 61 years.

Princeton Class Affairs Notified us:  When Hale Bradt ’52 began reading his late father’s letters from World War II, the words "just grabbed me, viscerally,” he says. After decades of research, including trips to the Pacific islands where his father served, Bradt wrote about how the war reshaped his family.  Hale Bradt, was featured in Princeton Alumni Weekly. You can read the article here: https://paw.princeton.edu/podcast/home-and-war and see a photo of Hale Bradt ’52, left, with grandson Ben Hoskins in Georgetown, Colo.

From: Roger McLean
October 29
The score was 52-17.  A great win over Harvard in Cambridge.  Friday night under the lights.  Three 1952 classmates joined with a large crown of Princetonians watching the best team in years.  Lefty Thomas, George Gowen and Roger McLean saw an extraordinary game.  They saw a talented, disciplined and well coordinated Princeton team kick butt.  With a comfortable "52" points on the scoreboard, the three classmates saw this as a special honor and shouted, "Don't score, don't score" during a Princeton drive in the last few minutes of the game.

Senior Chad Kanoff [California], the quarterback, was remarkable, and the team gave him excellent protection.  Practically all of his passes were completed.  He connected on his first 21 passes and finished the game with 31 out of 35.  The three amigos from '52 met after the game with wide receivers Andy Griffin [Indiana] and Zach Kelly [Louisiana] and their families to share congratulations all around.  To the players, it was a pleasure to meet faithful supporters from as distant as 1952.  It surprised them to learn that one of the three was manager of the famed 1950 team.  That led them to ask about our classmate Dick Kazmaier.  Pride and excitement were in the air.

From: Darby Houston
October 30
Still working Home Depot "88" - not bad.  Best to everyone!

From: John Lowry
October 10
I'm sorry not to get to to the Reunion and sharing it with you and other friends.

From: Toby Strachan
October 4
Alma and I are still living in our three-story condo on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Buffalo.  It's getting harder to get around so we travel less, mostly to visit family in Pennsylvania, Albany New York and Vermont.  We also manage ten days each March in Gulfcoast, Florida.

From: Roger McLean
October 2
On September 30, Latie and I drove from Maine to meet Allen West at the memorial service for Geoff Nunes in Cambridge [Mass.].  We represented the Class of '52 ad learned much about Geoff's fascinating life.  A packed crowd assembled at Harvard Yard's Loeb House to celebrate his life and work.  His daughter spoke of Geoff's great generosity, his interest in everyone, and his ability to laugh at himself.  When on the ski slopes, his family knew enough to clear the way to hear his say, "The moose is loose."  When she met a business associate, he remarked, "Big man, Big fights."  That was our Geoff.

From: William Dunn
October 2
Basically a good year.  Highlights include a family wedding and reunion the end of July in Oakland, California.  Joan and I celebrated 53 years of marriage in early October with our daughters and their spouses.  Life is good.

From: Dom Telesco
September 27
Still go strong with too few pains to talk about.  Just returned from a month in Europe and back to golf and long walks in sunny Palm Beach.

From: Frederic Alling
September 23
My wife, Marty, and I have moved to an adult residence in Danvers (note our new address in the Directory).  We have made new friends and love the freedom from house chores and  food preparations.

From: Robert Finken
September 22
Robert's wife Elmira writes:  "Still in assisted living and enjoys his excursions outside on his battery driven wheel chair with his young caregivers."

From: Roger McLean
September 20
Hope all is well with you.  I hope to see you Yale Game weekend, if my doctor will allow it.

From: Doug Hardy
September 18
I did enjoy getting to our 65th reunion.  Many thanks to Put Brodsky for a well planned event.

From: Roger McLean
August 20
Babe Ruth's Home Run Bat
In October 1921, after the end of the season, Babe Ruth sent one of his home run bats to Robert G. Larsen, manager of Keith's Boston Theatre.  He sent it in appreciation for vaudeville guest appearances made during visits to Boston, and his letter said, "This bat served me will in baseball, and I hope it will serve you well in vaudeville."  The Babe was also hoping for a new post-season vaudeville our, and the bat and letter got Bob Larsen's attention.  The result: within ten days he was off on a twenty week tour of vaudeville venues across the country.

The bat, with its framed letter, was later displayed at the residence of Bob's daughter Stella and her husband Albert McLean in Egypt , Messachusetts.  It became an object of admiration and good conversation.  When the McLeans left Egypt in 1945. the object was passed along to their son Roger, who was the only ballplayer in the next generation.  Roger held on to it for years but never displayed or talked abou the Babe's bat.

Roger had heard the story of a father who wanted to celebrate his son
s bar mitzvah in the best possible way.  Over the summer, he took his son to games at all six National League ball parks.  They filled a ball with home-team autographs at each stadium.  The six were placed in glass protectors on the mantel at home.  They were objects of admiration and good conversation.  Sometime later, the family  came home to discover that all six autographed balls were missing and nothing else at the house.  The mystery went unsolved.

Having learned from this cautionary tale, Roger never displayed the Babe Ruth items.  On the occasion of Stella's death, Roger received a call from his only sibling, Albert Jr., wondering what Roger planned to do with the Babe's bat.  They agreed the respectful thing to do would be to offer it as a donation to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

The call to Cooperstown resulted in a surprise.  The director made it clear they have too many Babe Ruth home run bats, and he suggested that Roger take it to an auction house in New York City.  This resulted in another surprise.  Sotheby's was delighted, especially since the bat was accompanied by a letter signed by the Babe giving authenticity.  The house had already scheduled a Baseball Card and Sports Memorabilia auction for April 1994 and promised they would make the bat the lead item.  In the catalogue, it would become the highest-priced item at $40,000-50,000.

April 9, 1994 finally arrived and due to the advance publicity, the auction house was packed with bidders.  They were waving paddles everywhere, and calls came to a battery of phones on the stage.  The bidding was lively and went beyond the original estimates.  It finally stopped at $60,000 for the Babe's bat, which was announced to be the highest price for a bat at auction.

It was later revealed that the caller from Seattle had outbid everyone.  He had a good reason.  The winner's name was Chris Larson, an owner of the Seattle Mariners and former Microsoft executive.  He apparently had spotted that the Babe had misspelled Bob Larsen's name as Larson.  So, this gave Chris Larson the latitude to claim the vaudeville manager as a distant relative.

From: Margo Fish
September 14
To express the gratitude to the class of "52" is beyond the words we know.  To be with the memories that came alive for me as dear Mac's wife and our "daring" marriage his Junior year - [sitting near Paul Mueller, the only living male member of our wedding - Jan. 27th 1951 - is as I said beyond words - perhaps only music & poetry can be the expression of gratitude.  With deepest appreciation and sincere dreams for future gatherings I send this.  Fondly, Margo 
PS  I sold my apartment in NY [my art studio] and spend cold months in St. Petersburg.

From: Matt Werth
September 12
George Aman - Congratulations on your promotion to Class President!  I am now 91 - lost 4 years in Service of Navy + disability [100%].  The good was I went to PU on the GI Bill + 100% disability.  Don't know if Mike Merle-Smith + roommates were older, do you?
[Mike Merle-Smith was 47 days older than Matt, Richard Swain was almost 2 years younger.]

From: Jack Blessing
September 9
I had a cerebral hemorrhage [stroke] on Easter morning.  Still in rehab but recovering very well.

From: Diz Gillespie
September 12

With Gough Thompson at our 65th Reunion.

From: Charles Shriver
September 10
Doing well except for legs that don't work well.

From: David Butler
September 9
I'm still around!

From: David Smith
September 8
We had 52 inches of rain in two days and survived but when the Army Corps of Engineers opened the 2 dams three days later we received 6 inches of water in our first floor.  We have gotten the rugs our and plaster wall board.  Now waiting to dry out.

From: John Geyman
September 8
New book out [2017] - "Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. the Common Good", and "Common Sense about Health Care Reform in America" [pamphlet].  See my website - 

From: Warren Bruce
September 8
Living in Oriental, NC.  After retirement from DuPont, I flew for the Coast Guard Auxiliary until 2015.

From: Banks Anderson
September 8
Our first great grandchild is due.  Nancy and I both remain active.

From: John Weber
September 7
Sally and I very much enjoyed the 65th reunion!  Thank you!

From: John Sprague
September 7
Jid and I celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary 6/18/2017.  We are still active and kicking, but more slowly each year.

From: Malcolm Powell
September 7
Lost eldest son, Brett, at age 57 in kite-boarding accident.  He is survived by wife Carla and 2 sons.  We are delighted daughter Heather and Josh Ludmir of West Hollywood are engaged.  Heather is a professional violinist and Josh is an entertainment attorney and documentary film maker.  We love our new location in Sebastapol.  Classmates visiting would be welcome to also see Andrea's extensive gardens.

From: Charles Carpenter
September 7
Looking forward to July Maine Coast Cruise.

From: Put Brodsky
September 7
Have spent a pleasant summer mostly defervescing after our great 65th.  I've just returned from 10 days in Maine with family and was able to have a nice visit with Roger and Latie McLean in their lovely retirement facility in Falmouth, Maine.  Roger is getting his strength back after major surgery last Spring and hopes to make it back to campus for our November Executive Committee meeting and the Yale game.  Congratulations to New President George Aman and his officers, off to a great start! 

From: Gil Bogley
September 7
Still lovin' our beautiful Traverse City area!! . . . and an occasional spot of "IT'S YOURS!" tennis.

From: Ed Tiryakian
September 6
Josefina and I just celebrated our 64th wedding anniversary.  Looking forward to seeing you all Nov. 10!

From: Richard Talbott
September 6
Resident along with his wife JoAnn of an Assisted Living Home in Roanoke, Va.  Daughter Anne Jessie and granddaughter and great grandchildren live her and we are enjoying watching our great granchildren grow up.  Recently celebrated our 63rd wedding anniversary.  Enjoy visits with Bob Jiranek as he lives close by in Danville, Va.

From: Phil May
September 5
Still going strong at 92.  Not on any medication - only take vitamins.

From: Joe Bolster's son Michael
September 15
We all had a grand time at ‘52’s 65th this past June. The whole weekend was a real blast for Dad and his ‘Brood’. Below is a photo of the ‘Bolster Brood’ (38 children, spouses & grandchildren of 47) with Papa Joe in the center. 
Here is a shot of the ‘Bolster Brood’. All 14 Children were on hand as were most of the 13 spouses and 20 grandchildren. We had a blast! ’52, ’52, ’52 Rah!

From: Hale Bradt
September 6

Here is a very recent photo of me and my grandson, Ben Hoskins, taken at the Georgetown Loop RR in Georgetown, CO, Aug. 27. I had been to Sun Valley ID to see the total solar eclipse, and and then went to Colorado to ride the reconstructed Loop railroad. When I was there as an MIT grad student doing cosmic ray research on nearby Mt Evans, the high trestles of the Loop, dating from the 1880s were long gone, to my regret. They were reconstructed 1977–1984. so we rode it. The previous day, I rode the cog RR up Pike’s Peak!

Incidentally, I have optimistically just put $1000 diown on a cruise to see the total solar eclipse in Antarctica in Dec. 2021. The eclipse will occur 3 days before my 91st birthday!

By The Way, PAW interviewed me during reunions and tell me they plan to "post the edited version of your interview with our Oct. 4 issue.” I think they mean the online issue.

Chris Eisbruger '83 H52 note to Put Brodsky > > > 

Princeton, NJ
June 1, 2017

Dr. John Putnam Brodsky
85 Thornbrook Drive
Shrewsbury, NJ 07707-4352

Dear Put:

Having worked with you or watched you during your term as President of this Class we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your outstanding leadership and service to the Class, and indirectly to the University.

Your service as President really began at the 2012 Reunion, because John Clutz who was elected President was too sick to serve actively. Following his death in the spring of 2013 and until now you have served most energetically and skillfully in the office of President.

First, you were always there: attending every P-rade; chairing three executive committee meetings each year; attending every Service of Remembrance and every other ceremony at Princeton involving the Class; every Mini; and finally travelling to many services of remembrance, such as those for Dan Duffield in Quantico, Hal Saunders in Washington and George Newlin. Your car almost drives itself from Shrewsbury to Princeton from the innumerable times it has travelled that route.

If showing up is half the story, the other half of it was more time consuming, and it occurred behind the scenes as you led to ensure that all those activities were successful. That includes intensive work with David Smith on the Mini Reunions and with Mary Murdoch on this our best and possibly our last major Reunion as a Class.

You led the Executive Committee in meetings that could have become contentious discussions, such as those about which projects to select as new "Enduring Marks� and receive money from the Class Treasury. You minimized controversy by your patience and firmness. Classmates and Associates came to these Committee meetings because they were bonding experiences with you leading them.

Your email messages and letters held the Class together, but again, you did more behind the scenes by email and telephone than most of us know, for instance searching for replacements on the Executive Committee. You led the Annual Giving drive each year, assisting Don Malehorn and Ed Masinter who produced astounding totals of giving.

Truly this must have been a labor of love. And we love you back Put. We will remember you with gratitude for your extraordinary service and friendship.


Former Class Presidents: Executive Committee:
Stephen H. Rogers Geoffrey Nunes
James C. Parham, Jr. John Moore
Joseph L. Bolster, Jr. Walter G. Culin
Hobart C. Kreitler Robert J. Jiranek
Rogers S. Berlind Joseph W. Handelman
William F. Murdoch, Jr. Robert C. Lamperti
Roger D. McLean Barry C. Loper
Edgar M. Masinter
Existing Officers: David M. Smith
George C. Towner, Jr. Alexandra Tatnall
Secretary-Treasurer Edward A. Tiryakian
George M. Aman III
Vice President

From: Skip Nalen
June 19

A few reflections on our 65th. I will admit I had very little enthusiasm in attending our reunion. My initial reluctance sprung from the fact that it was really the first gathering that was so markedly impacted by the loss of so many close classmates, roommates, club mates, team mates etc. NeverthelessI decided to attend briefly. As it turned out, thanks to a special session scheduled early in the weekend, the loss of our classmates was memorialized in poignant service conducted respectfully by Sam Van Culin and others at thenearby Presbyterian church. Subsequently, there followed lots of happy "reunioning", plenty of reminiscing and, of coursethe sharing of greatpride over the accomplishments of so many classmates Jim Baker and his remarks at our class dinerwas certainly a highlight and a reminder of a classmate who has in so many ways made his mark as a "Princetonian in the Nation's Service". And ofcourse the P-rade.....a bit oflimping, some canes, but lots of spirit. We may be old, butwe're not finished! In summary, ahappy gathering with many lastingmemories, even thoughsome of them bittersweet. I'm glad I attended! Warm regards, Skip Nalen

From: Ray Baldwin
June 5

Mates, ladies and all:  A long trip home for us (drive-wait, fly-late, drive carefully: 12 hrs), but happy.  From the Baldwins’ perspective this was a wonderfully planned and executed Reunion. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Especially our classmates, who were open and gregarious.  A special thanks to emeritus president Put for his five years of planning, administering and especially communicating. Great job, m’boy!  Additionally, this is a note to thank all of you, among others, who made this 65th a delight for those of us from the hinterlands. Eleanor adds: "We were superbly spoiled by the efficient and tireless crew, the golf cart transportation and the excellent meals, among other things. Well done, team!”  Earlier this year when I got the slate of our ongoing executive team I thought what a great decision by the Nominating Comm. to have lots of back-up, that is, participating members of the Leadership Team. Good thinking. And good people.  We salute all you folks. AND WISH YOU THE BEST.  Ray and Eleanor

From: Paul Mueller
May 14

I went to visit John Sharp in Chambersburg, PA. He was having a pacemaker put in back in January when his heart was punctured. He was taken by helicopter to Hershey Medical Center where after open heart surgery the puncture hole was sutured. Some complications developed, and John has been in the skilled care unit at the retirement community where he had been living. He has been having PT and OT. The day that I visited his Occupational Therapist took him to his apartment to see how he got around on his walker in preparation for his return several days after my visit. He was so happy to see some of his neighbors and was in fine spirits. John's son and grandson are the 5th and 6th generation of lawyers practicing in the office in Chambersburg.

On another front John Parker, one of my roommates for our 4 years at P'ton, rappelled from a 13 story Portland, Maine office building for a charitable cause on Saturday. He was told that he would be the oldest US citizen to do such a thing. Five years ago he did the same thing, and there was much PR and a picture in the Portland newspaper. On Saturday there was nothing!! However, he made it down safely. [Photo from 2014]

Hope to see you at our Reunion. 

From: Roger McLean
May 5
To escape the election mess, we flew in September to Honolulu to spend a few days with our nephew Tim, niece Li Ann, and her son Kyler (10) before continuing on to Hong Kong and a Tauck Tour of the major cities of China, with four days on the Yangtze.  Included were visits to the Three Gorges Dam the Terra Cotta Warriors, the Great Wall and a South China cruise along the tranquil Li River.  Our tour was strenuous and a bit overwhelming for someone our age.  We celebrated our 60th \Wedding Anniversary with our companions and had many good experiences over the three weeks.

From: Put Brodsky
May 11

Jim Baker yesterday giving the 2017 Taplin Lecture for the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), a Conservative Approach to Climate Change.  Baker has joined with former US Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson Jr and other Republicans to develop a tax plan for carbon emissions that is based on conservative principle of are markets and limited government. He spoke for about a half hour and then took questions.. It was a good overview and he presented it well. A good crowd with some thoughtful questions, I didn’t see an other 52’er’.

From: Howard Hallengren
March 28
         Life has been anything but dull lately, since I had a bad fall right after Thanksgiving last year and spent the month of December in the hospital. Since then I’ve been in rehab and now work with my trainer, and hopefully will be able to get around on my own again before too long.  
          Immediately before the fall, I arranged to have my novel published. I had worked on it – Reminiscences of an Accidental Embezzler – for a number of years after I retired and finally decided to have it published. It is a fictionalized version of attempted embezzlements by a couple of guys who worked for me back at the Chase Manhattan Bank in the 1980’s. I’m glad that I had it published and appreciate the comments of friends who have read it.
          I hope 52's upcoming reunion is great!
Regards, Howard

From: Bob Jiranek
March 3
        The enclosed jpeg of my undergraduate roommate, Dick Talbott, and his long suffering wife, Joann, was taken in Roanoke the Monday after attending Alumni Day in Princeton.
          Dick, Geoff Nunes and I were undergraduate members of Tiger Inn. At the meeting in Princeton on Friday preparing to join the Old Guard we reflected on our heritage and many changes since 1952 not only in ourselves but in the University as well. After the meeting Paul Benacerraf summed it up very positively noting change is good when it is the result of empirical research. In the case of Geof Nunes, however and who was at the meeting, Dick and I noted that Nunes still defies empirical research.

Best, Bob

From: John Geyman
February 13
Year 86 in a few days but still active.  Attached is brief summary of activities including new book coming out next month. All the best to you.
     John Geyman, M.D. is professor emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine from 1976 to 1990.  As a family physician with over 21 years in academic medicine, he also practiced in rural communities for 13 years.  He was the founding editor of The Journal of Family Practice (1973 to 1990) and the editor of The American Journal of Family Medicine from 1990 to 2003.  Since 1990 he has been involved with research and writing on health policy and health care reform.  His latest book, released in January 2016 is The Human Face of Obamacare: Promises vs. Reality and What Comes Next.  His forthcoming book, Crisis in U. S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. the Common Good, will be released in March 2017.  He is a member  of the National Academy of Medicine, and served as the president of Physicians for a National Health Program from 2005 to 2007.

From: Porter Hopkins
February 10
I blow smoke up my tail by sending this, but there may be some classmates interested and perhaps "inspired" to do their own thing.  I hope we all realize we can't take our "stuff" with us.  For the record, some of my memorable shoots were on Lake Carnegie after Bill Brokow told me how many ducks the early crew practice put up on the lake.  Charlie Stout, '53, and I had a grand time and only arrested once.  That was on Walker Gordon property where ducks went to escape us.  With best wishes to the Class of '52 in their 65th year out.  I'm amazed I'm still around & still doing my thing.

From: Paul Mueller
February 4
Jane and I are no longer going to Palm Desert, CA for the winter months. House sold earlier this year. We shall miss the warmer temperatures. Planning a Bourbon Trail trip to Louisville in May after the Kentucky Derby weekend to celebrate with Anne, our oldest daughter who is turning 60, middle daughter Cathy '81, three granddaughters all above the legal drinking age, two young gentlemen friends and Anne's husband. Anne and I are trying and sipping different bourbons as part of the planning!! Jane and I continue to enjoy our life at Willow Valley, a wonderful retirement community with assisted living, skilled care and dementia care, which I refer to as Wrinkle Valley. So if any classmate is still driving around and has a trip passing through Amish country, please give me a call as it would be fun to catch up.

From: Gerry Andlinger
January 26
The inevitable creep towards the front has worked at least one more time. I've had all the joys of a long life, children and grandchildren (and all the trials and tribulations), death of family, hip replacement, etc.  Joy and the sense of satisfaction at the official opening of the " Andlinger Center for Energy & The Environment", granddaughter Vail just receiving her early admission to Princeton and now we will try for our next in line.  Hoping that my body parts all hold together, I'll make reunions this year.

From: Carol (Mrs. Hal) Saunders
January 15
Dear Friends, Even more than usual, I am thinking of Hal as I hear the news: 
Hal received the President's Award for Distinguished Civilian Service in 1980. Vice President Biden received this award with a rare additional cluster (like the Pope & 3 other civilians).
Civil Rights icon John Lewis spoke his mind and was maligned by the president-elect. Mr Lewis received the first National Dialogue Award from Hal's Sustained Dialogue Institute. (This year's awardee was Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg).
What a week!


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