August 2016


Dear Classmates:


Time flies. We’re headed into another major reunion. And the Class has never looked better. We are setting records in all directions and positioning ourselves firmly as THE class of the 70’s. I am very pleased and proud to be able to tell you about it, as well as about things to come this year.


Annual Giving 2015-16

Under Tom Hoster’s incredible leadership again this year, the Class accomplished an extraordinary feat even by the standards we have set for ourselves: over 65% participation -- particularly impressive given that the University’s average was below 60% (58.4%) for the first time in six years. Please read Tom’s report (attached). Thanks to all of you who participated, and a huge thanks to Tom, who is now the longest-serving Class Agent at Princeton after 24 years of service.


72 CE

Our Civic Engagement project is a significant legacy we will leave to Princeton. As you know, two years ago we announced this project as the outgrowth of Project 2022, and requested contributions and pledges to help us grow this endowed fund to a level sufficient to allow us to fund two internships in civic engagement – one international and one domestic – by our 45th Reunion. I am very pleased to tell you that we have met that objective; next summer we will fund internships with PICS (Princeton Internships in Civic Service) and IIP (Princeton International Internship Program). Thanks to Grif Johnson and Barbara Julius in particular for spearheading this effort and to all of you who have contributed. Please continue to honor your Project 2022 pledges and consider a donation to this worthy cause, either online through our website or by check with the card enclosed.


Class Trips

Alumni Association Award for Largest Class Gathering: This year I am proud to say the Class of 1972 won the Alumni Association award for the Class with the largest gathering of classmates outside of Princeton during the previous year. We won this award with our Civil War trip to Charlottesville (68 classmates and 41 guests attended).


Shenandoah Valley. Last fall, Andy and Ellie Dayton and John and Christine Van Horne led a contingent of 31 ’72 hikers and historians through the beautiful mountains of Shenandoah National Park (Cedar Run, White Oak Canyon and Old Rag) and on to Charlottesville and Monticello, where we enjoyed a full day of immersion in the life, genius, and varied fortunes of Thomas Jefferson in a program thoughtfully constructed by John and Christine. We ended our trip with a glorious sunset and dinner on Montalto, the taller mountain adjoining Monticello, in the beautiful home serving as offices of the Jefferson Foundation.


Santa Fe. In April, Sallie and I led a trip to Santa Fe that was enjoyed by 75 classmates and friends, including local classmates Michael Brown and Michael and Cindi Pettit, who were very gracious as local hosts and helpful with our trip planning. We spent an evening at the Pettits’ spectacular home in the hills outside of town, and enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours at the School for Advanced Research, where Michael Brown is president. We had a special private tour of Los Alamos National Laboratory, visited many of the fabulous Santa Fe museums, hiked Tent Rocks, climbed through cave dwellings at Bandelier National Monument, and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour at the Santa Fe Opera.


Charleston. Plans are underway for what promises to be a terrific trip to Charleston, last visited by the Class in 2008 for the gridiron contest between the Tigers and The Citadel. Robby Robinson has planning well in hand. Charleston was recently rated the #1 destination city in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and this trip may set a new record for attendance. If you are interested, check the class website and get in touch with Robby. We currently have 105 people signed up.


Undergraduate Teaching Initiative

After 14 years, we are still the only class that supports such an initiative. This year ’72 will fund two new courses again: John Danner’s "Designing Ventures to Change the World” (Kelly Center for Innovation in Engineering Education) and Alison Isenberg’s "Trenton-Princeton Project” (History). More information will be posted on our website.


Class Scholars

Our class supports one deserving scholar from each undergraduate class. Delaney Johnson ’17, Deion King ’18 and Sydney Jordan ’19 will be joined by a scholar from the Class of ’20 this fall. I hope you will have a chance to visit with these students at a class event on campus this year. They are very special young people and have formed a real bond with our class by the time they graduate.


Upcoming Events On or Near Campus

Annual New York Class Dinner (Friday, Oct. 21, 2016): The day before the Harvard game, this year’s dinner at the Princeton Club of New York will feature the legendary and beloved Pete Carril, head coach of the Princeton basketball team from 1967-1996, as speaker. A separate email will be forthcoming about the event, and information is available on our website. We hope to see many out-of-towners; make a reservation to stay at the Princeton Club!


Harvard Game (Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016): Join us as we beat the Crimson. We will have our usual Executive Committee meeting at 10:00 am (to which all are invited), after which we will adjourn to the University Tailgate at Fine Plaza from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. (The lunch and libations are good, and all you have to do is register online with the University; a reminder will be sent in the fall.) After the game, we will have our traditional complimentary Class reception hosted by Fritz Cammerzell. Last year’s optional dinner was popular, so we will again offer that as well.


Alumni Day (Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017): We will have an Executive Committee meeting at 4:30 pm after the Service for Remembrance, followed by a Class reception and dinner at the Nassau Club. Thanks to the efforts of Fritz Cammerzell, one of Princeton's most renowned professors, Robert George, has agreed to speak to us, so it will be a very special evening.


Reunions (Thursday – Sunday, Jun. 1-4, 2017): This year will mark our 45th since graduation. Robby Robinson and Fritz Cammerzell, Reunion Co-Chairs, will be sending you a letter shortly. I hope you will be able to join us. Mark the dates!


Class Dues

Please fill out and return the enclosed class dues card, or make your $50 payment online via credit card at www.princeton72.org. Dues are small but important as they are our only source of income to pay for the things that benefit all classmates: PAW, the Class website, our membership in the Alumni Association, as well as mailing costs. We have held dues at $50 for twenty years in a row. We would like to avoid raising them, but to do so we will need broad participation from the class. Attached is the list of those who paid their dues last year (we had 34% participation this year and we need at least 40%). At our 45th Reunion, we will provide recognition to all classmates who have paid their dues for this coming year and all three previous years (if you are unsure of your status, check the class website for each year or ask Chris Loomis or Doug Harrison.)

NOTE: Class dues, Annual Giving and ’72 CE contributions are all tax deductible, but they are all completely different from one another and serve different purposes.


Class Website

Our website has a wealth of information about the class and its activities – past, present and future. Log on and update your profile, add photos, etc. If you need help, contact Doug Harrison, Class Webmaster. www.princeton72.org.


As always, I would enjoy hearing from you. Please send in your dues check (and any news), watch for your Reunions letter, and plan to come to campus this year – especially for our 45th Reunion.


72 Cheers,