PRINCETON
CLASS OF 1957
 
 
Events and Announcements

  

April 2012

Dear Classmates and ’57 Family,

John Nevin has agreed to serve as our Class President for the next five years. John has served for the past five years with distinction as Co-Class Agent and will bring strong managerial experience to the job. He and his wife Joy will evidence a strong Class commitment and much enthusiasm in their interactions with us over the next five years. Our Class will be in good hands. Please give John and Joy a warm welcome at our Reunion.

Signing on for another tour is Class Treasurer Fred Deming, Class Secretary Turhan Tirana, and Co-Class Agent Dean Groel. Stepping to the plate will be Ted Jones as V.P. and Charlie Edwards as Co-Class Agent. Bart Reitz and Stu Pertz will continue to manage our Class web site. Shep Davis and his respected Trustee team will keep The Classmate Fund on course. Tom Williams and Ted Jones will continue as Co-Chairs of the Caring Committee pursuing that important mission.

The Williamsburg Mini-Reunion is nearly fully subscribed, but, nevertheless, I encourage anyone interested to sign on. Inevitably, there will be some cancellations and room for several more individuals. Jack Snell and John Nevin have put together a very attractive four-day program, October 7-11, 2012, at a reasonable cost. Contact Jack at jsnell@widomaker.com or 757-221-0334 if interested.

Our 55th Reunion scheduled for May 31 – June 2 is on track with 297 registered so far, including 143 Classmates and 4 Widows. It’s time to register for those of you procrastinating! We still have some housing options, although you must move quickly. Contact me (mspeyton57@aol.com or 609-737 0390) if you need help with housing or need the registration packet. Jay Lehr and George Weiss have put together the makings of a good time and treasured memories. Join the celebration for the three days or at least part of them. Your presence will add to the

pleasure for all present. Good company, fine food and drink, most enjoyable music, wonderful environs, interesting programs, great value for the money!

Once every five years, in a major reunion year, we are asked to make a special effort to contribute to Princeton’s Annual Giving campaign. 1957 has done so in generous fashion in the past, and we have, to my knowledge, met or exceeded our goals on all such occasions. For our 50th we raised over $5,000,000 with a spectacular participation rate of 80.3%. Our 55th Reunion goals are much more modest at $1,570,000 and 77%. In these final three months of the campaign we need your help to meet them. To those who have given I thank you on behalf of our Class and Princeton. If you can see your way clear to add to your gift, your Co-Class Agents Dean Groel and John Nevin and I would be very grateful. If you have not yet given, we need your generous participation. I hope that you can arrange, for this once in five year occasion, to make the special effort that we will need to meet our goals. With 90% of its endowment restricted, Princeton depends heavily on Annual Giving to create additional student aid and faculty compensation resources, to expand promising new programs, and to pursue new initiatives such as the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

I live near Princeton and have been involved with the University for the past 43 years, especially in the past five years. My involvement has included, in addition to interaction with the administration as a class officer and through our recent Mini-Reunion on campus, association with students via my role in the track and field program as a fan and an official and with our grandchild class of 2007 in its undergraduate years. I am impressed by the high quality of the student body and its commitment to education and, as well, by the faculty which is remarkably talented and diverse in perspective. That’s what a college education should be all about: exposure to great minds and a wide range of subjects and opinions. Further, Princeton’s wise and effective management of its resources has enabled the University to weather this recession remarkably well, and the endowment, which took a 30% hit in 2008, is back to its pre-recession high. The continuing strong alumni/ae support has been an important factor in that recovery as Princeton approaches its $2.25 billion Aspire Campaign goal, to which our 55th Reunion campaign will contribute. Money goes increasingly to scholarships, faculty salaries, research support, and to facilities upgrades. Princeton is investing in the maintenance of its excellence and reputation as a world class university. I see the evidence in its students, its faculty, and its facilities. Full scholarships, $52,670 this year, go to those whose family income is at or under $60,000, and as much as $17,000 goes to those students whose family income is over $200,000! Annual Giving helps make this possible, and I urge your special support in our 55th Reunion Year.

I am indebted to many who have contributed to the well-being of our Class over the five years of my term as Class President. Former Class President Bob Kent made it possible for me to serve and provided invaluable orientation and guidance in addition to setting a high standard for me to follow. Class Vice-President Elliott Otis has been a good friend, a patient listener, and a savvy advisor, including helping vet Mini-Reunion proposals. Treasurer Fred Deming, now in his 15th year in that office, has continued to be a remarkable Class asset managing the financial resources ably, providing invaluable data, guidance, and assistance at every turn. Secretary Turhan Tirana, now in his 15th year in that role, has communicated the wide range of notable endeavors and achievements of our talented ’57 Family in an entertaining, informative, and creative fashion. Classmate Fund President Shep Davis and his Trustees (see masthead) have continued their unique and valuable service to our Class with diligence and compassion. I thank them for this important Class service, and I thank all who have so generously supported The Classmate Fund over the past five years via the annual Class dues card or in our special fund-raising campaign. Ted Jones and Tom Williams, with important contributions from Lynne Deming, Valerie Kent and Carolyn Sparks, have maintained the Caring Committee’s mission course to the benefit of all of us. Bart Reitz and Stu Pertz have given much time to keeping our Class website up to date and assisted significantly our Class communication efforts. Jay Lehr and George Weiss, now in their third major Reunion collaboration, have given the better part of two years preparing for what will be a most enjoyable 55th Reunion. While not on the masthead on the left side of page one of this letter, former Class President Nate Bachman, together with his assistant Debbie Gehlenborg, has rendered the Class of 1957 an invaluable service for the better part of two decades in handling a significant segment of the administration of our Class Mini-Reunions.

Speaking of Mini-Reunions, I am very grateful to a number of Classmates and their spouses who have organized and conducted well received Mini-Reunions: Whit and Barb Courtney in Ireland, Tom and Ada Deuel and John and Maurita Milton in Spain, George and Susan Carneal and Marvin and Anne Zim in Washington, D.C., Nort and Linda Rosensweig and Dick Schulze in Savannah, Bart Reitz and Jerry Moyer in Princeton, and , set for this coming October, Jack and Liz Snell and John and Joy Nevin in Williamsburg/Richmond.

I also am most appreciative of all the support that the University’s McLean House, under the capable direction of Margaret Miller ’80, has given to our Class as it does to all Classes. And it does so in a very gracious and effective manner. The McLean staff’s dedicated service has been an essential element in all of our communications, our Princeton Mini-Reunion, and our major Reunion planning.

Our 2012 Class Phone Directory has been mailed to all Classmates and Widows on our mailing list. If you did not receive one, please contact me (see data earlier in letter). Fred Deming did his usual phenomenal job in gathering and putting all this data together in the very handy pocket-size booklet. None too soon; my 2007 Directory is in tatters!

Enclosed in this mailing is a Notes & News compiled by Class Secretary Turhan Tirana. These are items which he was not able to fit into the very limited space allocated for Class Notes in the PAW. As usual, another good read from Turhan.

Also enclosed is Treasurer Fred Deming’s Honor Roll of Dues payers for the 2011-12 academic year. Our Class Dues at $50 per year are vital to cover the costs of our Class mailings, subscriptions to the Princeton Alumni Weekly for all Classmates and Class Widows, and various other Class activities. My thanks to all who have joined in payment of Dues this year. If you do not see your name on the Honor Roll, I ask that you use the enclosed card and envelope to send in your Dues.

In my October newsletter, I included a proposal by Eldon Mayer for a Class Invest Serve program which would provide access for members of our Class to the expertise of Classmates who have relevant experience in the world of managing financial investments much as our Caring Committee now can put members of the ’57 Family in touch with Classmates with specific medical expertise. Six of you volunteered to participate on an Invest Serve committee. Several others expressed support for the proposal. We are interested in contacting other Classmates with pertinent credentials in hopes of expanding the Committee from its present six and will do so over the weeks to come. Meanwhile, we have prevailed on Eldon to put together and lead a panel discussion on the topic "GPS for the Investment Jungle” at 3 P.M. on Thursday, May 31, the first day of our 55th Reunion. In addition to Eldon, Pete Colhoun and Charlie Rockey will be panelists. That panel may give us an opportunity to gauge the interest in Eldon’s proposal and the probability of its viability. I hope that we will find the basis for moving ahead with this initiative for the 2012-13 year.

I regret to report the loss of seven members of our ’57 Family: Ed Smolensky 4/7/10, John Macrae 10/17/11, Keith Groneman 11/1/11, Henry Bessire 11/18/11, Susan Groel 12/12/11, Anka Murphy 1/4/12, Arbie Thalacker 1/9/12, and Newton von Sander 2/6/12.

It has been my privilege to serve as President of the Class of 1957 for the past five years as well as to have the great good fortune to be a member of a very remarkable group of individuals known as the ’57 Family.

April 2012

Dear Classmates and ’57 Family,

John Nevin has agreed to serve as our Class President for the next five years. John has served for the past five years with distinction as Co-Class Agent and will bring strong managerial experience to the job. He and his wife Joy will evidence a strong Class commitment and much enthusiasm in their interactions with us over the next five years. Our Class will be in good hands. Please give John and Joy a warm welcome at our Reunion.

Signing on for another tour is Class Treasurer Fred Deming, Class Secretary Turhan Tirana, and Co-Class Agent Dean Groel. Stepping to the plate will be Ted Jones as V.P. and Charlie Edwards as Co-Class Agent. Bart Reitz and Stu Pertz will continue to manage our Class web site. Shep Davis and his respected Trustee team will keep The Classmate Fund on course. Tom Williams and Ted Jones will continue as Co-Chairs of the Caring Committee pursuing that important mission.

The Williamsburg Mini-Reunion is nearly fully subscribed, but, nevertheless, I encourage anyone interested to sign on. Inevitably, there will be some cancellations and room for several more individuals. Jack Snell and John Nevin have put together a very attractive four-day program, October 7-11, 2012, at a reasonable cost. Contact Jack at jsnell@widomaker.com or 757-221-0334 if interested.

Our 55th Reunion scheduled for May 31 – June 2 is on track with 297 registered so far, including 143 Classmates and 4 Widows. It’s time to register for those of you procrastinating! We still have some housing options, although you must move quickly. Contact me (mspeyton57@aol.com or 609-737 0390) if you need help with housing or need the registration packet. Jay Lehr and George Weiss have put together the makings of a good time and treasured memories. Join the celebration for the three days or at least part of them. Your presence will add to the

pleasure for all present. Good company, fine food and drink, most enjoyable music, wonderful environs, interesting programs, great value for the money!

Once every five years, in a major reunion year, we are asked to make a special effort to contribute to Princeton’s Annual Giving campaign. 1957 has done so in generous fashion in the past, and we have, to my knowledge, met or exceeded our goals on all such occasions. For our 50th we raised over $5,000,000 with a spectacular participation rate of 80.3%. Our 55th Reunion goals are much more modest at $1,570,000 and 77%. In these final three months of the campaign we need your help to meet them. To those who have given I thank you on behalf of our Class and Princeton. If you can see your way clear to add to your gift, your Co-Class Agents Dean Groel and John Nevin and I would be very grateful. If you have not yet given, we need your generous participation. I hope that you can arrange, for this once in five year occasion, to make the special effort that we will need to meet our goals. With 90% of its endowment restricted, Princeton depends heavily on Annual Giving to create additional student aid and faculty compensation resources, to expand promising new programs, and to pursue new initiatives such as the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

I live near Princeton and have been involved with the University for the past 43 years, especially in the past five years. My involvement has included, in addition to interaction with the administration as a class officer and through our recent Mini-Reunion on campus, association with students via my role in the track and field program as a fan and an official and with our grandchild class of 2007 in its undergraduate years. I am impressed by the high quality of the student body and its commitment to education and, as well, by the faculty which is remarkably talented and diverse in perspective. That’s what a college education should be all about: exposure to great minds and a wide range of subjects and opinions. Further, Princeton’s wise and effective management of its resources has enabled the University to weather this recession remarkably well, and the endowment, which took a 30% hit in 2008, is back to its pre-recession high. The continuing strong alumni/ae support has been an important factor in that recovery as Princeton approaches its $2.25 billion Aspire Campaign goal, to which our 55th Reunion campaign will contribute. Money goes increasingly to scholarships, faculty salaries, research support, and to facilities upgrades. Princeton is investing in the maintenance of its excellence and reputation as a world class university. I see the evidence in its students, its faculty, and its facilities. Full scholarships, $52,670 this year, go to those whose family income is at or under $60,000, and as much as $17,000 goes to those students whose family income is over $200,000! Annual Giving helps make this possible, and I urge your special support in our 55th Reunion Year.

I am indebted to many who have contributed to the well-being of our Class over the five years of my term as Class President. Former Class President Bob Kent made it possible for me to serve and provided invaluable orientation and guidance in addition to setting a high standard for me to follow. Class Vice-President Elliott Otis has been a good friend, a patient listener, and a savvy advisor, including helping vet Mini-Reunion proposals. Treasurer Fred Deming, now in his 15th year in that office, has continued to be a remarkable Class asset managing the financial resources ably, providing invaluable data, guidance, and assistance at every turn. Secretary Turhan Tirana, now in his 15th year in that role, has communicated the wide range of notable endeavors and achievements of our talented ’57 Family in an entertaining, informative, and creative fashion. Classmate Fund President Shep Davis and his Trustees (see masthead) have continued their unique and valuable service to our Class with diligence and compassion. I thank them for this important Class service, and I thank all who have so generously supported The Classmate Fund over the past five years via the annual Class dues card or in our special fund-raising campaign. Ted Jones and Tom Williams, with important contributions from Lynne Deming, Valerie Kent and Carolyn Sparks, have maintained the Caring Committee’s mission course to the benefit of all of us. Bart Reitz and Stu Pertz have given much time to keeping our Class website up to date and assisted significantly our Class communication efforts. Jay Lehr and George Weiss, now in their third major Reunion collaboration, have given the better part of two years preparing for what will be a most enjoyable 55th Reunion. While not on the masthead on the left side of page one of this letter, former Class President Nate Bachman, together with his assistant Debbie Gehlenborg, has rendered the Class of 1957 an invaluable service for the better part of two decades in handling a significant segment of the administration of our Class Mini-Reunions.

Speaking of Mini-Reunions, I am very grateful to a number of Classmates and their spouses who have organized and conducted well received Mini-Reunions: Whit and Barb Courtney in Ireland, Tom and Ada Deuel and John and Maurita Milton in Spain, George and Susan Carneal and Marvin and Anne Zim in Washington, D.C., Nort and Linda Rosensweig and Dick Schulze in Savannah, Bart Reitz and Jerry Moyer in Princeton, and , set for this coming October, Jack and Liz Snell and John and Joy Nevin in Williamsburg/Richmond.

I also am most appreciative of all the support that the University’s McLean House, under the capable direction of Margaret Miller ’80, has given to our Class as it does to all Classes. And it does so in a very gracious and effective manner. The McLean staff’s dedicated service has been an essential element in all of our communications, our Princeton Mini-Reunion, and our major Reunion planning.

Our 2012 Class Phone Directory has been mailed to all Classmates and Widows on our mailing list. If you did not receive one, please contact me (see data earlier in letter). Fred Deming did his usual phenomenal job in gathering and putting all this data together in the very handy pocket-size booklet. None too soon; my 2007 Directory is in tatters!

Enclosed in this mailing is a Notes & News compiled by Class Secretary Turhan Tirana. These are items which he was not able to fit into the very limited space allocated for Class Notes in the PAW. As usual, another good read from Turhan.

Also enclosed is Treasurer Fred Deming’s Honor Roll of Dues payers for the 2011-12 academic year. Our Class Dues at $50 per year are vital to cover the costs of our Class mailings, subscriptions to the Princeton Alumni Weekly for all Classmates and Class Widows, and various other Class activities. My thanks to all who have joined in payment of Dues this year. If you do not see your name on the Honor Roll, I ask that you use the enclosed card and envelope to send in your Dues.

In my October newsletter, I included a proposal by Eldon Mayer for a Class Invest Serve program which would provide access for members of our Class to the expertise of Classmates who have relevant experience in the world of managing financial investments much as our Caring Committee now can put members of the ’57 Family in touch with Classmates with specific medical expertise. Six of you volunteered to participate on an Invest Serve committee. Several others expressed support for the proposal. We are interested in contacting other Classmates with pertinent credentials in hopes of expanding the Committee from its present six and will do so over the weeks to come. Meanwhile, we have prevailed on Eldon to put together and lead a panel discussion on the topic "GPS for the Investment Jungle” at 3 P.M. on Thursday, May 31, the first day of our 55th Reunion. In addition to Eldon, Pete Colhoun and Charlie Rockey will be panelists. That panel may give us an opportunity to gauge the interest in Eldon’s proposal and the probability of its viability. I hope that we will find the basis for moving ahead with this initiative for the 2012-13 year.

I regret to report the loss of seven members of our ’57 Family: Ed Smolensky 4/7/10, John Macrae 10/17/11, Keith Groneman 11/1/11, Henry Bessire 11/18/11, Susan Groel 12/12/11, Anka Murphy 1/4/12, Arbie Thalacker 1/9/12, and Newton von Sander 2/6/12.

It has been my privilege to serve as President of the Class of 1957 for the past five years as well as to have the great good fortune to be a member of a very remarkable group of individuals known as the ’57 Family.


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