Announcements: 2008

8/25/08 -- Go to the President's page for Steve Rogers' annual letter to the class outlining achievements in the past fiscal year and reminding classmates (but not associates or honoraries) of annual dues.

8/17/08 -- Go to the Secretary's Page for PAW class notes for September 24. These cover our outstanding Annual Giving results and mention Don Malehorn, Ed Masinter and Barry Loper. They also note the awards received by Bill and Mary Murdoch for the Class shown in the photo below.

7/12/08 -- Go to the Treasurer's Page for the Class financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008.

7/11/08 -- Go to the Annual Giving page for the results of '52's AG campaign for 2007-2008.
7/9/08 -- The Miller Center at the University of Virginia has released the report of the National War Powers Commission chaired by former Secretaries of State Jim Baker '52 and Warren Christopher. Click here for the UVa announcement, with a link to the text of the report.
7/7/08 -- Princeton has announced a record-tying $100 million gift by Gerhard R. Andlinger '52. See the Class News page.

7/7/08-- On the Class News page, George Aman notes a new book by Fred Slivon '52.

7/6/08 -- Thomas Cook M.D. '52 died May 28. His photo and a brief memorial are on the Memorials Page.

7/2/08 -- Another loss: John Pope died June 29. His Nassau Herald photo and the death notice from the Morris County Daily Record are on the Memorials Page.

6/29/08 -- Adrian Anderson '52 died April 9. He joined us as a junior in the Aeronautical Engineering Department, a recent immigrant from North Ireland. He has an entry in the 50th Reunion Book of Our History. His 1952 photo is on the Memorials Page.

6/25/08 -- Update: Stu Smith '52 died June 18. There is more information about Stu and his career in the June 25 Washington Post obituary as well as on the Memorials Page.

6/12/08 -- See the Secretary's Page for PAW class notes for July 16, 2008. These cover Jay Sherrerd's Memorial Service, our 56th Reunion and honorary classmates Mary Murdoch, President Shirley Tilghman, Professor Caryl Emerson and our newest member, Priscilla Hildum. At least thirty classmates are mentioned, including all who attended Jay's service and our 56th Reunion.

6/8/08 -- Barry Loper reports the death of classmate Joel Stone on February 2, 2007. See the Memorials Page for more information.

6/6/08 -- At the Alumni Council luncheon on May 30, the Class of '52 was presented with two awards - for innovations and for attendance at our 55th Reunion. Pictured are Reunion Co-chairs Bill and Mary Murdoch receiving the awards. The following day, Reunions 2008 brought together a huge crowd of enthusiastic Tigers and Friends of Tigers and just plain onlookers - undeterred by the threat and then the existence of heavy rain. The storm stopped just after lunch and before the P-Rade.

6/6/08 -- Both The New York Times and the Washington Post gave major space to praise for George Garrett's literary achievements. Links to both obituaries are on the Memorials page.

5/28/08 -- See the Secretary's Page for PAW Class Notes for June 11 with news of Jim Baker, Steve Rogers, George Towner, Jim Wright, Walter Craigie, Bill Kappes, Don Oberdorfer, Hal Saunders, Peyton Weary, Tom Dosdall, Billl Healey, Ted McAlister, Roger McLean, Jay Sherrerd and Larry Anderson.

5/27/08 -- Classmate George Garrett died May 25. His funeral will take place in St. Paul's Memorial Church, 1700 University Ave., Charlottesville, at 11:00 am, Saturday, June 7th. More information and his 1952 picture are on the Memorials Page.

5/21/08 -- See the Memorials Page for memorials to Ramsey Bronk, Laird Stabler, Larry Anderson and Rudy Ottersen.

5/13/08 -- See the Class News Page for recollections by a number of classmates of the memorable 1951 Princeton-Dartmouth football game.

5/10/08-- As reported to the Class by 52net email message, we have lost two more classmates; Larry Anderson on April 20 and Rudy Ottersen on April 30.

4/30/08 -- Information on our 56h Reunion (May 30-31, 2008) is available on the Reunions Page.

4/20/08 -- A report by Bruce Johnson of his work for Habitat for Humanity is on the Class News Page

4/15/08 -- An memorial written by Gough Thompson for Frank Peard, his friend of 65 years, is on the Class News Page.

4/11/08 -- Memorial Service information for Jay Sherrerd and an obituary from the Philadelphia Inquirer are available on the Memorials Page.

4/10/08 -- Go to the Secretary's Page for PAW Class Notes for May 14 with news of Roger McLean, Charlie Schaefer, George Towner, Ed Tiryakian, Reinhard Loosch, Frank Sparrow, Dave Butler, Dunc Stephens, Put Brodsky, Art Christensen, Bud Gillette, John Sprague, Gerry Andlinger, Gil Bogley, Fred Mann, Jim Rockwell, Arnold Barnes and Bill Trulio.

3/26/08 -- Go to the Secretary's Page for PAW Class Notes for April 2 with news of Ben Harer and April 23 with news of Laird Stabler, Porter Hopkins, Bill Carey, Bud Foulke, Nick Clifford and Bill Baillargeon

2/29/08 -- As reported to the Class by 52Net email message, we've recently lost two classmates. Ramsey Bronk died on December 31, and Laird Stabler on February 2

2008 Annual Princeton in Africa Benefit

The Princeton in Africa Medal
will be presented to
Ambassador Frank G. Wisner ’61
Vice Chairman of External Affairs
at American International Group

A special
Princeton in Africa Lifetime Achievement Award
will be presented to
Ambassador Robert B. Oakley ’52
for his career in foreign service in Africa

Thursday, October 16, 2008
New York Racquet and Tennis Club, 360 Park Avenue

6:30 Cocktails
7:30 Dinner and Auction

Platinum Chair ($25,000) – Table of 10
Gold Chair ($10,000) – Table of 10
Silver Chair ($5,000) – Table of 10
Bronze Chair ($2,500) – 5 tickets
Benefactor ($1,000) – 2 tickets
Supporter ($500) – 1 ticket
Friend ($350) – 1 ticket

To Purchase Tickets or a Table
Seats are limited, so reserve your tickets now!


Robert B. Oakley is a former Foreign Service Officer of the Department of State. He is presently a visiting fellow at the Institute of National Strategic Studies of the National Defense University. He retired as Ambassador to Pakistan in September 1991, after previously serving as Ambassador to Zaire (Congo) and Somalia. His other assignments included Assistant to the President for the Middle East and South Asia on the staff of the National Security Council under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. From l984 to l986 he was the Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism at the Department of State. He was also the President’s Special Representative for Somalia for President George H. W. Bush in 1992 and again in l993 for President Clinton. He serves on the board of the International Rescue Committee and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He and his wife, Phyllis E. Oakley, have two children and five grandchildren.

To All Members of the Class of 1952:

On Saturday President Shirley Tilghman announced to the Board of Trustees that a new building that will house disciplines at the intersection of engineering and the social sciences will be named for your beloved classmate and Princeton's great friend, the late Jay Sherrerd.

Jay's boundless devotion to Princeton and his unwavering leadership toward our highest aspirations strengthened the University in ways too numerous to count. His work for Princeton changed many lives, and I'm sure you'll agree that the pure joy of knowing and working with Jay changed ours forever.

Jay's daughters, Anne *87 and Susan '86, and his son Jay agree that the naming of Sherrerd Hall provides a fitting tribute to their father. Sherrerd Hall will be the new home of the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering -- a field which especially interested Jay -- and the new Center for Information Technology Policy. Jay had decided to fund the construction of the building before his death in April.

I know you join me in celebrating Jay's memory and his lasting legacy. We will be in touch about specific plans for the dedication of Sherrerd Hall next spring.

The University will make a public announcement about the naming of Sherrerd Hall later today. The text of the announcement follows.

With sincere best wishes and warmest thanks for your continuing efforts for Princeton,

H. Kirk Unruh, Jr. '70
Recording Secretary


Sherrerd funds new building at intersection of engineering and social science

PRINCETON, Sept. 29 -- A major donation to the University by the late John J.F. Sherrerd '52, an alumnus and longtime Princeton supporter, has funded construction of a building for emerging fields of study at the intersection of engineering and the social sciences.

The building, to be named Sherrerd Hall, will provide a home for the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) and the Center for Information Technology Policy, two rapidly growing areas aimed at improving decision-making in business and government related to risk and information technology.

"The research and teaching that will come together in this building bring many fields of knowledge to bear on important questions in business, finance, public policy and technology," said President Shirley M. Tilghman. "Jay Sherrerd long understood the value of collaboration in his years of service to Princeton, and his gift will provide us not only a place for these interactions to flourish, but also a beautiful addition to the campus."

The University is now completing construction of Sherrerd Hall, which is located along Shapiro Walk, across from the Friend Center for Engineering Education. Faculty began moving in Sept. 5 and a dedication ceremony is planned for the spring. It was designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners, a prominent Los Angeles architectural firm with award-winning projects throughout the United States and abroad. A portion of the funding for the building is being provided by the Sherrerd Foundation, a family trust.

"Our father was fascinated by the application-oriented research conducted by ORFE faculty and students, particularly as it related to finance, which was his profession and passion for so many years," said his daughter, Susan Sherrerd '86.

His other daughter, Anne Sherrerd, who earned a masters degree in architecture from Princeton in 1987, added that she thought her father would have chosen ORFE as his major if it had existed when he was a student. "He was delighted to provide the funding for this elegant building in support of these exciting and innovative programs," she said.

Known as "Jay" to friends and family, Sherrerd studied economics at Princeton. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and entered the investment banking field. In 1969, he co-founded Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd, a Philadelphia-based investment management firm that is now part of Morgan Stanley.

Sherrerd was one of very few people who have served on Princeton's Board of Trustees for two 10-year terms as a charter trustee. He was a dedicated fundraiser for Princeton, serving as a longtime member of the national Annual Giving Committee and leading many Annual Giving campaigns on behalf of the Class of 1952. He played leadership roles in the University's last three capital campaigns, including co-chairing the 250th Anniversary Campaign, which raised a record $1.14 billion.

Sherrerd made a number of major donations to Princeton over the years, including gifts to support financial aid and athletics and to establish a professorship in economics in 1988. His wife, Kathleen, who died in 2005, served on the advisory council of the University Art Museum, and along with her husband was a generous supporter of the museum.

Sherrerd died after a long illness at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on April 9. He was 78.

In addition to his daughters, he is survived by a son, Jay Sherrerd Jr. Two of his grandchildren are also Princetonians: Alexandra Arader '08 and Michelle Arader '10.

Both programs that will reside in Sherrerd Hall exemplify the teaching and research envisioned for the School of Engineering and Applied Science as it undergoes significant growth, said H. Vincent Poor, dean of engineering. The gift is part of "Aspire: A Plan for Princeton," a five-year fundraising campaign launched by the University in November 2007 with a major goal to support "Engineering and a Sustainable Society."

"Our vision for engineering is to solve societal problems by linking our strengths in science and technology ever more closely with the humanities and social sciences," Poor said. "Jay Sherrerd's great generosity moves us decisively toward that vision."

The Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering was founded in 1999 and quickly became one of the most popular undergraduate majors at Princeton. Research in the department involves analyzing and managing risk in financial markets and optimizing complex business operations, but extends into many other fields. Current projects range from improving market-based approaches to curb greenhouse gases to searching genetic data for clues to childhood cancers.

The building also will provide the first dedicated space for the recently created Center for Information Technology Policy. The center, directed by Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs Edward Felten, aims to help leaders in government and business react wisely and with confidence to the explosive growth in digital technologies.

"The building will let us bring together and spark conversations between people who work in different areas that each contains a piece of the story about how computer technology is changing our lives," said Felten. The center attracts associated and visiting faculty in public policy, law, sociology, business and computer science.

"If government or we as a society are going to make good decisions, there has to be a high level of discussion between all these areas," Felten said. "As a center for those discussions, Sherrerd Hall will fulfill a critical societal need."

Since it was founded in 2006, the policy center has had a significant impact on debates regarding computer security and privacy, including electronic voting. In 2007, researchers revealed security vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines, generating a national discussion in the media and government. Visiting scholars at the center this fall will address questions of privacy and Internet governance as well as the policy, legal and business aspects of e-voting technology.

In both its location and design, the new building promises to foster an even greater level of interactions across disciplines, said Robert Vanderbei, the chair of operations research and financial engineering. A three-story atrium, an open stairway and ample common space are designed to encourage serendipitous discussions. "We are very excited and grateful to have this space," Vanderbei said. "The whole atmosphere will be congenial to collaborative research."

The building's glass walls, which complement the Friend Center, will give occupants a clear view of the surrounding academic centers with which they collaborate. It is situated between buildings that house engineering school departments and those that are home to a number of social sciences departments, including the Bendheim Center for Finance, where 10 members of operations research and financial engineering will have joint appointments.

It is also across Shapiro Walk from the Computer Science Building, a center of expertise in the computational techniques used in the department. "The geography maps perfectly with the intellectual content of our work," said Vanderbei.


Princeton announces a $100 Million gift by classmate Gerhard Andlinger
Gerry's gift will establish the Gerhard R. Andlinger center for Energy and the Environment. It is tied with two others for the largest gift made to the university. The Andlinger center will include a new state-of-the-art laboratory building, several new faculty positions and endowment funds for research.
Princeton already has strong programs addressing both policy and basic science related to global warming and energy use. The Andlinger Center will enable the engineering school to develop technological solutions for the marketplace.


George Aman sends us this note about a new book by classmate Fred Slivon.

I just read in the latest issue of the Harvard Law magazine that recently a book was published written by our classmate Fred Slivon. Fred was also in the Class of 1957 at The Law School. The title is "The Next Will be Better", and it is about correspondence between him and his Princeton roommate Frants Albert '53.


Memories of the 1951 Dartmouth Game
For those of us with long memories, Steve Rogers contributes the following:

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in a column April 17 on how people tend to read and see things they agree with rather than those opposed (hardly news) cites the Dartmouth-Princeton football game in 1951. He says "That bitterly fought contest was the subject of a landmark study about how our biases shape our understanding of reality." He goes on, "Psychologists showed a film clip of the football game to groups of students at each college and asked them to act as unbiased referees and note every instance of cheating. The results were striking. Each group, watching the same clip, was convinced that the other side had cheated worse ...." Do any of the class remember such a study? Other comments?

My only memory is of one "Dirty Dick Myers” of Dartmouth breaking Dick Kazmaier’s jaw in ( I think) the second quarter of his final game. Kaz came in for a few plays at the very end, fiercely guarded by the entire Princeton team. - JJC

My memory of the 1951 Dartmouth game triggered the remarkable series of recollections below. Memories are strong, if somewhat variable, after 56 years. - JJC

Hi John, I got a kick out of reading your only memory of the 1951 game against Dartmouth. I had departed Princeton by that time in favor of saber rattling in Korea so I was unaware that Kaz had been the victim of a sucker-punch during that game. What I do recall, however was a similar jaw breaker at the end of the 1949, or maybe 1950, Rutgers game, back in the day when we used to run up some pretty lopsided scores against Rutgers. George Hawke '51 was walking off the field at games end when as he passed an obviously frustrated Rutgers player who out of the blue landed a haymaker on George and broke his jaw. End of the game, not much we could do...except continue to beat them soundly every year for many more years. Thanks for the memory. Frank Sparrow,MD '52

My recollection is that Brad Glass, the wrestler and lineman, made Myers pay for his "crime". Do you remember? Am I right? Fred Mann

My recollection is that Kazmaier's nose was broken. Our pediatrician, who was in Dartmouth's class of 52 claimed that he took part in a deliberate attack. Ansel Gould

John- I remember reading about the study and thinking at that time, how could anyone not think that Dartmouth resorted to violence in their total frustration in playing a superior team. Diz Gillespie

Brad Glass '53 visited revengeful rage on an unnamed Indian (not Dirty Dick} later. Bob Lovell

I have described bits of this game many times. I have no recollection of a psychological study, but I do remember that shortly after Kaz was injured, the Dartmouth 1st string QB left the game with an "injury", then the 2nd string QB left for the same reason. I can't remember whether we stopped then or continued on to take out #3. I asked John Emery about this "coincidence" a short time ago and he was beautifully non-committal. I think he actually claimed a memory loss. Peace, Stokes Carrigan

Regarding your May 10 e-mail about the ’51 Dartmouth game, I do remember the bias study, but I can’t recall whether it was a Dartmouth or Princeton psychology professor who conducted it.

As the quarterback in that infamous game, I can assure all Princetonians that the Dartmouth students involved in the study were dead wrong. Here are some details. In the first quarter, I called a play in which our fullback, Russ McNeill, faked a handoff to me and ran up the middle. On the play, Kaz was a wide decoy, far from the action.

Coming back to the huddle, his chin strap unbuttoned and his helmet askew, Kaz told me that a Dartmouth end "was out to get me.” I called a timeout, notified the referee, telling him I was going to call the same play and requesting that he keep an eye on the bellicose end. When the play was over, flags were dropped, and the end was penalized fifteen yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Later, in front of the Princeton bench and fans, a Dartmouth lineman, with a running start, kicked one of our prone players in the spleen, putting him out of the game – another fifteen yarder. At this juncture, our coach, Charlie Caldwell, gave tacit approval for retaliation. Yellow flags fluttered for the rest of the afternoon.

Unfortunately, Kaz cannot confirm any of these details – he was comatose most of the game! He did come in for one last play, staggering to the sidelines after-wards as the fans gave him the standing ovation he had earned. His consolation came later – his Heisman trophy now perched on his mantle. Warm Regards, George E. Stevens

As I recall I wrote my only ever letter to the Daily Princetonian fulminating about that game. George Lambrakis

Another classmate, who chose to remain nameless, phoned to tell me that Dirty Dick Myers was in one of the clubs after the game bragging about his assault on Dick Kazmaier. Brad Glass ’53, a teammate of Kaz and future NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion took him outside and broke his leg. - JJC

Bruce Johnson
Building Houses for Habitat for Humanity

April 12, 2008 -Slidell, Louisiana

The town of Slidell sits at the edge of Lake Pontchartrain some twenty miles north of New Orleans. It is also below sea level. When Hurricane Katrina hit, Slidell was inundated with a 28 foot wave of water from Lake Pontchartrain which is averagely only 12 feet deep. High watermarks on walls fifteen feet or more above the doorsills of many houses were common.

It was into this community that our 14 person church group from St. Mary’s in Barnstable came to build houses with the Habitat for Humanity organization. We were assigned to the East St. Tammany Parish where the homes of poor people were especially hard hit.

The schedule we followed for the week was rigorous. Up at 6:00 AM, on the bus at 6:30, report to the work site ready to build at 7:00 AM. Lunch at noon, clean up and back to the Holiday Inn at 3:30PM for shower and rest. On to dinner at 5:30, sometimes locally and sometimes driving 45 minutes into New Orleans for the special cuisine of that city.

The work itself was both hard and rewarding. Of the fourteen in the group we had a mix of highly skilled craftsmen and some who could barely manage a hammer. Somehow our two foremen, both young men doing tours as "paid” volunteers, sorted us out into work groups according to our abilities. Pounding nails, moving scaffolding, painting, picking up trash by itself is just hard work; building a house for a family that has lived in a trailer for almost three years is rewarding. We met several owners and prospective owners, all of whom had their stories to tell and were most grateful for the efforts of the volunteers. Hearing their stories made the work easier.

On Friday we knocked off early to do a food distribution for Katrina victims in New Orleans still homeless and living in tents under Interstate 10. This was followed by a tour of the most devastated part of the city, the Lower Ninth Ward. As much as I had read about it nothing prepared me for the utter destruction of those neighborhoods. Block after block of concrete pads where houses once stood. Other blocks of houses with large red X’s painted on indicating that they were condemned. Perhaps most poignantly were the red symbols painted on the front doors that showed: date of inspection, number of people found, number of dead people found, number of dead pets found. You cannot see these symbols and not be moved.

I am waiting at the New Orleans airport for our flight back to Boston and on to Cape Cod. I am tired, a bit nicked up from a misdirected hammer and with a bag full of dirty clothes; but I am also refreshed with the satisfaction of having participated in something extraordinarily worthwhile.


Frank F. Peard ’52

65 years of friendship, Frank and Gough Thompson

I first knew Frank when he entered the seventh grade at Gilman, Baltimore, and we became friends. We had a wonderful time growing up in Baltimore and thoroughly enjoyed our Gilman experience, movies and parties with girls from Bryn Mawr School, and other adventures during our teen-age years.

1948 was an age when the Princeton Admissions Director came to Gilman to persuade students to go to Princeton. Sixteen of our Gilman classmates including Frank and myself accepted and off we went to Princeton that fall as roommates.

We immediately became friends with Dizzy Gillespie who became our roommate beginning sophomore year and Furn’s close friend ever since. Over the four-year period Frank’s roommates included fellow Marylanders, Kim Sparks, George Hambleton, and New Yorker, Livy Rodgers and myself. We had a ball all the way through Princeton partying at Cap and Gown, undefeated football teams, and partying back in Baltimore in the days when there were deb parties.

Frank graduated and the Korean War beckoned. Frank and I joined some 100 plus ‘52 ROTC Artillery Officers at Fort Sill and then off to Korea where Frank and I caught the tail end of the War.

Frank and I returned from Korea in 1954 to begin our real lives. Frank married fellow Baltimorean, Barbie Reifschneider and I was best man. Frank and Barbie moved to Riverside, Conn., to begin his career with the L.R. McCoy Co., where he was an owner and board member for 40 years. Eventually he and Barbie settled in Duxbury, Mass in the summer and Stuart, Fla in the winter.

Frank sums up his life best in his comments in the 55th Reunion Book: "I was married for 48 fun-filled years to Barbie---We raised five children together and had a wonderful life. To her every day was a beautiful day and she made everyone a little happier”. Again Frank wrote. "When she died and left me alone, I thought the party was over---. Wow it wasn’t over! A miracle happened. Another wonderful Barbara! We have been together since the day we met and are very happily married”

Frank was a longtime Big Brother and mentored countless children with his practical wisdom and irrepressible optimism. Frank and I had a friendship that instinctively knew when the other needed help and made the needed call or visit.

Frank died peacefully at home on May 25, 2007 with his memorial service, the day of our 55th reunion. Frank leaves his wife, Barbara Smith Peard, and four children, Frank Peard, Sidney McClure, Ann Wyatt, and Jane Hamilton.

Gough W. Thompson, Jr ‘52


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