Class Announcements: 2014

Princeton Books, an email newsletter from the Princeton Alumni Weekly, has highlighted George Gowan's latest, "Talk of Many Things".  You'll find a review on our Class Authors page.  Posted December 12

Quincey Lumsden has advised of the death of  Robert Oakley on Wednesday, December 10th, in Washington, DC.  A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 20th at St. Alban's Parish, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC.  The obituary and highlights of his career are on the Memorials page.  Posted December 11
Thank you to Roy Lawrence who has alerted us to a recent book by Gerald Bentley, "Blake in the Desolate Market”. See Did You Know column below.  A full review is available in "The Literary Times Supplement"  issue published November 19, 2014.  Posted December 11
We have been advised by the University of the death of  Ralph Pfeiffer on October 30th.  Posted December 9

Marshall Keating and Hal Saunders have advised of the death of  John Rodes Helm on November 29th. John died in his sleep last Saturday of a respiratory problem. He had apparently been having some difficulty, and the doctor hospitalized him a few days earlier.  John's cousin Louise Bessire asked that the Class be notified that a Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 8 at 2 pm, Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street, Montclair, NJ.  She added that this week John’s sister Ellie Ketcham can be reached at John’s home 49 Glenwood Road, Montclair. The obituary is on the Memorials page. Posted December 1
Matt Werth called from Norfolk, VA to advise of the death of  William Brewster Purdy on November 26th.  His obituary from the Virginia-Pilot is on the Memorials page.  Posted November 28
Milena Gonzalez wrote from San Jose, Costa Rica:  I am writing to let you know my dad  Alberto Gonzalez, Class of '52, passed away, early Monday morning [November 17th] along with my sister, with a difference between deaths of an hour.  Both were ill, my dad, kidney failure, my sister with cancer.  Services for both were here today [November 18th] in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Posted November 19

Jeffrey Fell of Vero Beach, Florida, called to advise of the death of his stepfather Robert L. Stott on November 10th in Vero Beach. See Upcoming Events for Memorial Services.  The obituary is posted on the Memorials page.
Posted November 18

'A Long, Hard Slog'.  Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III '52 talks about fighting ISIS, perhaps with Iran's help, in the November 12, 2014 issue of PAW.  An excerpt from the interview is here, and the full Baker interview is available at
Posted November 14

Ben Harer has advised of the death of his wife Pamela on July 1st.  They dated when he was a senior at Princeton.
Posted November 4

Matt Werth has advised of the death of his wife Murrell Rickards "Ricky" Werth on October 7th.  Her obituary is on the Announcements page.
Posted November 4

Minutes of the May 30, 2014 Executive Committee Meeting have been approved and posted. 
Posted October 31
We have received word from John Cartier ’60 who reports that John LaGrua ’52 died on October 4, 2014.  We will post additional information as it becomes available.
Posted October 22

Matt Werth has advised of the death of his wife Murrell Rickards "Ricky" Werth on October 7th.  

Murrell Rickards Werth, (Mrs. Matthew Werth), died October 7, 2014 at 91 years of age after a long battle with myasthenia gravis. She is survived by her husband, Matthew F.M. Werth, Jr., her sons, Garrett Rickards Bowden of New York City, and Sidney Lee Bowden, of Dorset, Vermont and her grandsons, Austin and Tanner Bowden.

Murrell was the daughter of Everingham Rickards and Frances Payne Murrell. Her father was owner and manager of Rickards Lumber Company in Norfolk, Virginia. Her mother was the first graduate of Sweet Briar College in 1910. She had one brother, Garrett Rickards, who was killed in World War II on Okinawa in the South Pacific.

Murrell attended Meadowbrook Grammar School and Blair Junior High in Norfolk. She attended Miss Turnbull's Private School for Girls to prepare for Sweet Briar College, from which she graduated in 1944 and later in 1968 received the Outstanding Alumna Award. She also studied Art in Provence, France, Mexico, New York and Norfolk.

During the War, Murrell worked for the Army Corps of Engineers drafting plans for the dredging of the Norfolk Harbor. She also worked at the Pentagon in the Counterintelligence Department. She married Sidney Bowden, Manager of Wilder Theaters, and had two sons, Garrett Rickards Bowden and Sidney Lee Bowden.

Murrell moved to New York City in 1958 where rented a brownstone on the Upper East Side so that her sons could attend The Browning School. She was a member of The Colony Club, the Colonial Dames, St. James Church, and did fundraising work for both her church and the Yorkville Community Society where she was two-time chairwoman of their historic charity ball for the benefit of underprivileged children in Yorkville. She also joined the New York Skating Club.

Murrell traveled extensively with her children in Neuilly, Paris, France. While in France, her devoted and constant companion was Prince Michael Petrovic-Njego of Montenegro.

While living in New York City, Murrell met and married William Irving Patrick, an executive with Exxon Oil Company, and became stepmother to his two children. While Mr. Patrick was serving as coordinator of Exxon's South American affiliates, the family moved to Caracas, Venezuela where she studied painting with Pierre Desenne and participated in many art shows there.

Murrell eventually returned to the U.S. with her two sons, and returned to the Upper East Side of Manhattan where she served on the board of directors of the Knickerbocker Greys. She was also a member of the board of "Dancers" and belonged to "Waltzers". She studied art with New York artist, William Kasso.

To spend time outside of the city, she bought 25 acres in the town of Strafford, Vermont, and built a vacation home there, which she dearly loved and cherished.

While attending St. Bartholomew Church in New York, Murrell met and married Carl Theodore Chadsey. She worked as a travel agent for Gotham Travel. During this time she made numerous trips to Norfolk to visit her ailing mother until her mother's death in 1993. After her mother's death she decided to move back to her roots in Norfolk and bought a home in Ghent on the Hague which she restored and redecorated. While restoring the home, she met and married Matthew Fontaine Maury Werth, Jr.

During her lifetime, Murrell was a benefactor of many cultural and charitable organizations, including the Chrysler Museum, Physicians for Peace, Church of the Good Shepherd, and many others. She was a member of the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Sat., Oct. 11th at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd with The Rev. James Medley officiating. A visitation with friends will be in the Norfolk Chapel of H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. from 5 to 6:00 P.M. on Friday evening. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd. Online condolences may be made at
Posted November 4

George Aman emailed "Important news:  Dick Riordan has written a book called "The Mayor, How I turned Around Los Angeles After Riots, an Earthquake and the OJ Simpson Murder Trial”. Post Hill Press. My copy came as a gift from the Friends of Dick Riordan. It’s a very good book."  See review on Class Authors page.  
Posted October 18
George Towner has advised of a new book by George Gowen called "Talk of Many Things: Law, Sports, Politics, Nature" published June 3, 2014.  See review on Class Authors page.
Posted October 18
Steve Rogers and George Towner attended the Sustained Dialogue Institute "From Camp David to Global Dialogue" dinner event at the National Press Club on September 29th.  Steve provided a photo of Hal Saunders giving his presentation.
Posted October 7

Beck Wentz has advised us of the recent death of the father,  Howard Beck Wentz Jr., on September 19th and has provided an obituary and photo which are posted on the Memorials page.
Posted September 23

The University has reported the death of  John C. Giordano, Jr., on September 11 in Southampton, NJ..  See Recent Memorials below for link to his obituary.
Posted September 22

Edwin Porter has reported the passing of his father Richard Porter  on Sunday August 24.  See Recent Memorials below for link to his obituary.
Posted August 28

Secretary  George Towner's Class Notes for the October 8 issue of the PAW are on the Secretary's page.
Posted August 25


Ed Tiryakian   emailed, "Last month I attended a World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan (July 13-19), and took the occasion to visit the Peace Museum in the midst of modern Hiroshima, which was 90% destroyed on August 6, 1945. A very moving experience."
Posted August 5

Ramsey Michaels sent a note,  "My wife Betty passed away July 17, just two weeks short of our 60th 
anniversary.  I am grieving, even with four children and many grandchildren surrounding me."  
Posted July 21

Bob Jiranek sent some great photos from the Sandwich, MA Mini Reunion.
George Towner advises:  As you might have guessed we are very proud of our updated website. I wanted to share with those of you who use IPhones or Ipads an easy way to access the ‘52 Website. While there is no App specifically for the ‘52 website, it can be accessed directly through the App known as "Safari”. The App looks like a compass needle. If you click on Safari a screen will come up with a place for you to type the URL address of the website. That is Then click on that link and voila you will have the website. You are able to bookmark the site so that it will easy to access in the future. Keep checking the site because we are getting new items on an almost daily basis. Posted July 11

Ben Harer  wrote: "Just a quick note that my wife of 61 years, Pamela (whom many classmates knew) quietly passed away 1 July with daughters Cindy and Karen and me at her side in our condo. She had an acute lymphoma."  Pamela graciously shared stories from her life in the 55th Reunion publication Our Lives: A Generation in Transition, The Women of '52 Tell Their Stories.
Posted July 10, 2014

Jim Baker writes about "My Friend, Eduard Shevardnadze" in the Washington Post.  See his article on the Class Forum page.
Posted July 10, 2014

Stokes Carrigan and wife Diane Carter are featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 7th with beautiful photos of their home on the Jersey Shore. Posted July 8, 2014  

George Gowen  has a letter published in the July 9 issue of PAW on the ROTC program.
Posted July 7, 2014 

Bob Eby sent the following notice.  Condolences go out to Paul Troutman on the loss of his wife LaVerne.
LaVerne J. Troutman, a resident of Fearrington [NC] since 2003, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 20 following a 2 1/2-year battle with acute leukemia. LaVerne is survived by her husband, Paul Troutman of Galloway Ridge, her daughters, Jennifer Troutman of Kansas City, Kansas and Heather Troutman of Fearrington Village, and her son, Gregory Blair Troutman of Seattle, Washington. Her memorial service will be held in several weeks at Galloway Ridge. The family has requested that donations be sent in lieu of flowers to either the Duke University Cancer Center or the Mary B. Wartluft Scholarship Fund at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Posted 6/24

class of '52 welcomes new honorary member
POSTED July 1, 2014
Put Brodsky shared a copy of Margaret Moore Miller's note to him following his visit with Bill and Mary Murdoch to tell her about being unanimously voted an Honorary member of the Class at the May 31st Executive Committee meeting.  Put said, "I also got an email from Ben Moore telling me how happy and excited she was about it - she had called him the evening of our visit." 

Dear Put,

                For the past week I have been simply glowing in the knowledge that I am now an honorary member of the Great Class of 1952.  As you know, I grew up with ’52 – hearing stories about all of you, reading about you in each and every ’52 class book, and even attending your 25th Reunion just after finishing my Freshman year at Princeton.

                It is such an honor to be a part of your very special Class and I will treasure it always.

                Thank you for this and for all you do for Princeton.  I look forward eagerly to wearing my beautiful new jacket in the P-rade and whenever the Class gathers.
                                                                               All my best,

Margaret is the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Director of the Alumni Council for Princeton, and daughter of Classmate Benjamin A. Moore, Jr.

Varsity 8 shell donated
Posted 5/19/2014

Dan Duffield reported: April 25/26 marked a great weekend for Princeton Crews. Ed and Margery Masinter donated:
     1. A new racing shell named "1952”
     2. Funds to endow new shells as replacements, each one to be named "1952”
     3. Additional endowment to support annual expenses of Princeton rowing, one of the national’s foremost programs.

On hand were the living members of Princeton’s outstanding 1952 varsity eight, contender for the national championship and a close second to Olympic champion Navy: Ed, Charlie Harper, Dan Duffield and John Beck ’53. Others from ’52 were varsity letter winners Bill Murdoch and Charlie Renfrew plus Keith Dawson, our freshman cox. Deceased ’52 members of the ’52 eight, Bill Brokow and Ted Osius plus three-year JV veteran Bob Bennett were represented in style by their charming widows.


And Greg Hughes, Head Coach, Heavyweight Men's Rowing, posted on the Crew's website on May 2nd:

          Following the Carnegie Cup races, we had a very special event at the boathouse where we christened the new varsity 8 shell, 1952. The boat was a very generous gift from Ed Masinter '52 and his wife Margery in honor of the 1952 Princeton varsity crew that had a very successful season and then went on to compete in the 1952 Olympic trials. The four remaining members of the crew, including Ed Masinter '52, John Beck '53, Charlie Harper '52 and Dan Duffield '52, all returned to take part in the event, as did many of their family members and friends. It was an incredible event and a moving link to the legacy of rowing at Princeton. While much has changed in the 62 years since they last rowed for Princeton, so much of what we do has remained the same. It was an honor to be a part of such a special event. We have some great photos from the event now posted up on our Flickr page and you can find them at:

A plaque on the shell reads: "1952  This boat honors th 1952 Princeton University Heavyweight Varsity Crew that competed in the 1952 United States Olympic Rowing Trials, their esteemed fellow Heavyweight Crew Team Members and their admired Coach.

William V. Brokow '52          Bow
Donald P. Robinson '54       2
Brandon Hart '54                   3
Daniel M. Duffield '52           4
John C. Beck '53                   5
Charles L. Harper '52            6
Samuel L. Ertel '53                7
Theodore O. Osius '52          Stroke
Edgar M. Masinter '52           Coxswain and Captain
All of the other 1952 team members whose unstinting hard work, commitment and devotion to rowing for Princeton and to their team contributed so importantly to the achievement of excellence in Princeton rowing in 1952 and to the 1952 Varsity Crew's Olympic Trials opportunity.
Delos C. "Dutch" Schock          Coach
University of Washington '36

Gift of Margery and Edgar Masinter '52

Living History: Carter and Saunders' Reunion

President Jimmy Carter invited Dr. Hal Saunders, founder of Sustained Dialogue and Carter's Assistant Secretary of State, to Plains, Ga. this past April. We've heard their conversation was classified, so this photo will have to suffice!

A Man of God Who Rode for Freedom

Posted 2/6/2014

The February 5, 2014, Alumni Weekly publishes a fine tribute to our late classmate James W. Evans, under the heading, "A man of God who rode for freedom."  Jim was an Episcopal priest and a Freedom Rider in the 1960s who believed that "the faithful should do whatever they can to redress human suffering and world injustice."  The article includes police mug shots taken following Jim's arrest in Mississippi in 1961 for "breach of peace," a charge later withdrawn.  See pages 30-31 of the printed issue delivered to you this week, or go to the online Alumni  Weekly (above) and click on Jim's picture in the middle of the first page of the issue.

Countering Bias
Posted 2/6/2014 

Also in the same PAW, Poss Parham '52 has a letter on "countering bias" in the "Inbox" on page 3, and Guy Hollyday '52 is quoted on page 4 with a recollection about George Mather and a tuba (or a sousaphone).


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