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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Events On or Near Campus
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
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
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.
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.
(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!
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.)
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.
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.
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