Upcoming Events

Yale Football Game - November 11, 2017

The Class of '72 will host a post-game reception in the Study Hall in Peretsman-Scully Hall.

This event is free to all classmates and guests.



Class Dinner - November 13, 2017

Class of '72 Presents: Classmate and Author Ron Brown


Date: Monday, November 13th

Location: Princeton Club of New York

Cocktail Hour: 6:30PM (Cash Bar)

Dinner and Lecture: 7:30PM

Cost: $96

Hosted by: Tony Tichenor (wtichenor@sinuses.com) and Chris Loomis




This year's Annual Class Dinner will feature Ron Brown, who just published A History of Charitable Gift Planning: How Gift Annuities Shaped American Philanthropy.  Ron is a Class Officer managing our Scholarship Fund and Class Scholars.


Ron has served as Director of Gift Planning for Princeton University, United Way of America, the National Wildlife Federation, Fordham University, and was Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Gift Planning at Columbia University.   He is a board member of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York, the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for Princeton University, and numerous other boards.


Chef Michael Bourquin will prepare a special dinner in celebration along with wines to accompany it.


You can register here.




Columbia and Snake River Class Trip - 9/30-10/7 2017

'72 Travel Team-

As you know, we have partnered with the great Class of 1976 (and lately, Class of 1951) to secure cabins on the 44-cabin S.S. Legacy for a trip down the Columbia and Snake Rivers September 30 – October 7, 2017.  The trip will be multi-faceted, as noted in the itinerary below. History, culture, fine dining and wine tasting are all part of the package, but the real draw is the opportunity to spend time with Classmates and other Princetonians!! We will also be bonding with ’76 and ‘51, which could provide a template for future adventures. The trip will be orchestrated by Princeton Journeys, as noted in the brochure attached here.  We are working on getting an appropriate Princeton Faculty Study leader as well.  You can see the diagrams and costs of the various cabins in the first two pages of the attached brochure.  Pretty much everything we will be doing is covered in the fee.  We get $300 off per person as noted.  The Princeton allotment for the trip is 22 cabins, provided we sign up for them by the end of this month; beyond that we will have to give back our uncommitted cabin allotment.  So if you plan to sign up for this wonderful adventure, be sure to do so before January 31.  

As always, space will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. While ultimately you will be dealing directly with Princeton Journeys, please relay your interest to me first so I can control the process with the folks in ’76. My email is jfrobinson72@gmail.com. My cell is 917-502-9114.  

The itinerary is as follows:


Portland, Oregon – Embarkation

Welcome to Portland! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to our hospitality area before boarding the S.S. Legacy in Portland, Oregon. Enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres before dinner, then following dinner, gather in the Grand Salon for an evening presentation about your week's journey through time.


Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Near the Columbia River Gorge entrance sits Beacon Rock—Lewis & Clark camped here on their way to the Pacific. Once the core of an ancient volcano, the intrepid explorers debated between "Beacon” or "Beaten” Rock before naming it. Its native name translates to "the navel of the world.” As you cruise upriver, your heritage team shares the history of their famous expedition. At the locks of Bonneville Dam, embark on a private tour of the massive turbines and fish ladders at the dam’s Visitor Center. Since 1938, this historic landmark has supplied hydroelectric power and river navigation. Travel by motorcoach to towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon. At 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, the Columbia River Gorge canyon cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains.


Snake River Cruising

After an early morning transit of McNary Dam, you’ll arrive at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. But back on October 24, 1805 after crossing in canoes, Clark's diary entry describes it as foreboding. Today, hillsides reveal the vineyards of some of the area's more than 200 wineries. Glimpse the surrounding wheat fields of the Palouse—one of the nation's top wheat growing regions—and pass by massive wind farm turbines atop riverside hills. Observe the intricacies of locking through as you transit the locks and dams of the lower Snake River. This evening, a member of the Nez Perce tribe joins you on board with colorful stories.


Clarkston, Washington / Hells Canyon

After your final upriver locking at Lower Granite Dam, you’ll dock in Clarkston to delve into the history and culture of the Nez Perce people. Historical sites connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition abound in this area, including Clark’s first encounter with the Nez Perce in 1805. Board a covered speed boat for an invigorating ride into Hells Canyon. This free-flowing river stretch of the Snake, hemmed in by vertical cliffs, cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. Protected as a National Recreation Area since 1975, Hells Canyon preserves a world of fascinating natural and cultural elements. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs.



At Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, discover the region’s fascinating geologic history—from basalt flows and Ice Age floods to today’s living landscape; learn about the monumental efforts of the Manhattan Project and Hanford Engineering Works that ushered in the atomic era; and meet Baby Ems, a cast of the world’s only complete baby woolly mammoth skeleton. Pause to soak in the sweeping views of the Red Mountain AVA while touring and tasting at award-winning Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard. Then back on board, ease into the afternoon with a relaxing massage, a visit with your captain on the Bridge, or watching the scenery change as you cruise downriver.


The Dalles, Oregon

It’s a day of culture at Maryhill Museum and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. With its eclectic collection of European paintings, Native artifacts, and the Queen of Romania’s personal effects, the museum—a castle-like chateau—sits on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The Discovery Center's interactive exhibits provide a look into the area’s geologic origins of volcanic upheavals and catastrophic floods; pioneer and missionary life; and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Transit The Dalles—another of the eight dams harnessing these mighty rivers.



Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, you’ll step back in time with a visit to Fort Clatsop and Astoria. Fort Clatsop National Monument is a replica of the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the winter of 1805-1806. The fort was the Corps of Discovery’s last encampment before their return trip east to St. Louis. Visit the fascinating Columbia River Maritime Museum and take time to stroll through the quaint Victorian streets of Astoria. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening, then relive the week through photos and storytelling hosted by your heritage guides


This will be a great addition to our legacy of adventures!!  I look forward to hearing from you!! 

’72 cheers. 



Our 45th Reunion - June 1-4 2017

It's that time again! Our 45th Reunion (yipes!) will be held from June 1 to June 4, 2017. It hardly seems possible, but nearly 45 years have passed since we graduated. Clearly Princeton has changed dramatically in those 45 years, but, all in all, it is very much the same place that we remember and cherish. We hope that all of you will take the opportunity to return for our 45th and to reconnect with Classmates, roommates, teammates and the University itself.

We hope to conduct most of our 45th registration online. All the info you need should be on the registration page. The current list of registrants can be found here. If you have a problem, please contact Doug Harrison (703-795-5860 or haphar@gmail.com)

Tiger Camp

The Tiger Camp information, registration, and waiver form are posted on the Office of Alumni Affairs Reunions 2017 site:
Please share this information with your classmates and let them know that the early bird registration ends March 31.

Golf Carts

The online personal alumni golf cart reservation information and form is now available for your classmates.

Click here: Golf Cart Order Form

As a reminder, personal golf cart rentals for Reunions are only available for alumni with mobility issues. A golf cart can be rented for the three days of Reunions (Thursday 12:00 pmSunday 10:00 am) or for use in the P-rade only. An alumnus/a can only order one cart and we suggest that orders are placed by the end of April as we have a limited number of carts reserved with our vendor.
Please spread the news about Reunions Rover -- a transport service for alumni and guests. Student driven golf carts make continuous intra-campus loops with stops at headquarters sites, parking lots and program locations throughout Reunions weekend. This is the third year offering the Rover with plans to increase the number of Rover carts given the high marks we have received in post Reunions survey results. We hope the Rover service will cut down on the number of personal golf carts and shuttle buses on the campus pathways and roads.  

If a classmates does not have access to a computer, orders can be placed over the phone with Courtney Massari, Venue Manager, Venue Services, University Services at (609) 258-0286.


 Rod McNealy provided the following information on forum speakers scheduled for the Reunion:

2017 Alumni Faculty Forums Panels

Updated 2/22/17

  1. A Book That Changed Your Life

  1. Robert Harrist *89

  2. John Milton ’57

  3. Edward Strauss ’72

  4. Sarah Tantillo ’87

  5. Aili McConnon ’02

  1. The Creative Process: The Writer’s Craft

  1. Richard Graham ’67

  2. Lisa Gornick ’77

  3. Alan Deutschman ’87

  4. Catherine Holahan ’02


Ellen Chances *72, Slavic Languages & Literature

  1. Casting Call: Tigers In the Performing Arts

    1. Valerie Vigoda ’87

    2. Christine Young ’92

    3. Jordan Roth ’97

    4. Brian Boone ‘12

  1. To Infinity and Beyond: Space Exploration

        1. Katherine Timpano Ludwig *07

  1. James Graf ’72

  2. Michael Kaplan ’77

  3. Kenneth Chang ’87

  4. Daniel Eisenstein ’92

5. Divided We Stand: Dysfunction in D.C.

  1. Jennifer Nealin Parker *08

  2. Rick Stengel ’77

  3. Eric Fatemi ’87

  4. Gabriel Debenedetti ’12


Alan Blinder ’67, Economics & Public Affairs

6. We the People: An Inside Look from Local, State and Federal Perspectives

  1. Bill Ballenger ’62

  2. Pope "Mac” McCorkle ’77

  3. John Bellinger ’82

  4. Elizabeth Pearsall Lippincott ’87

  5. Marcos Vigil ’97

7. The Changing Nature of Politics

  1. Jim Marshall ’72

  2. Kathy Kiely ’77

  3. Bennet Ratcliff ‘87

  4. Phil Novack ’02

  5. Lindy Li ’12

8. China in the World Order

  1. Jim Stent *73

  2. Mary Wadsworth-Darby ’72

  3. Sara Judge ’82

  4. Peter Hessler ’92

  5. Marshall Roslyn ’02


Rory Truex ’07, Woodrow Wilson School

9. The Developing Landscape of Africa

  1. Frank Strasberger ’67

  2. Malaika Walton ’87

  3. Dave Kirkpatrick ’92

10. The Role of Cyber Security in a World of Nuclear Threat and Terrorism

  1. Bob Blakely ’82

  2. Laura Holgate ’87

  3. Peter Singer ’97

  4. Kate Charlet ’02

  5. Joe Kovba ’07

11. Diagnosing the Future of Medicine

  1. Tom Deuel ’57

  2. David Roberts ’72

  3. Alicia Brooks ’77

  4. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo ’87

  5. Jonathan Rockoff ’92

12. Epidemics: Ebola, Zika, Lyme Disease – What Is Next and Are We Prepared?

  1. Andrew Dayton ’72

  2. Tina Tan ’92

  3. Celine Gounder ’97

Ask in Progress:

  1. Jeanne Santoli ’87

13. Healthcare: Stakeholders’ Perspectives

  1. Tony Fiori *03

  2. Thomas E. Williams ’57

  3. Ron Cohen ’77

  4. Karen Anderson Oliver ’87

  5. Rachel Blake ’12

14. Glass Half Empty: The Water Crisis

  1. Andrew Eil *09

  2. Jay Lehr ’57

  3. Russ Randle ’77

  4. Sally Liu ’87

  5. Bevin Ashenmiller ’92

15. Changing the Climate of Climate Change: Avoiding a Complete Meltdown

  1. Charles Munn ’77

  2. Steve Colwell ‘82

  3. Suzanne Palminteri ’87

  4. Charlie Stock ’97

  5. Mike Ott ’07

16. LGBTQ & Gender Equality for All

  1. David Huebner ’82

  2. Hayley Gorenberg ’87

  3. Justin Anderson ’02

Ask in Progress:

  1. Jennifer Abbondanza ’97

  2. Byron Austin ‘07

17. Reflections on Class & Race

  1. Charles Shorter ’62

  2. Sharon Fairley ’82

  3. Joseph "Joey” Barnett ’12

Ask in Progress:

  1. Anthony Romero ’87

  2. Danielle Hamilton ’07

18. Making IT Happen: The Next Big Thing in Tech

  1. Julio Gomez ’82

  2. Joe Kochan ’02

  3. Ryan Shea ’12

Ask in Progress:

  1. Danny Shapiro ’87

  2. Lester Mackey ’07

  3. Marco Matos ’07

19. The Future of K-12 Education

  1. Greg Farrell ’57

  2. Robert J. Burkhardt, Jr. ’62

  3. Diana Foster ’72

  4. Mark Peevy ’92

  5. Kevin Hudson ’97


Chris Campisano, Program in Teacher Preparation

20. Entrepreneurship: Sowing the Seeds of Innovation

  1. Dinni Jain ’87

  2. Duncan Van Dusen ’92

  3. Stephen Shueh ’97

  4. Jon Hayes ’07

  5. Arielle Sandor ’12

21. Changing Your Stripes: Reinventing Yourself

  1. Silas Kopf ’72

  2. Anatoly Belilovsky ’82

  3. Mike Novogratz ’87

  4. Millet Israeli ’92

  5. Lauren Imparato ’02

22. On the High Wire: Balancing Work and Life

  1. Susan Patton ’77

  2. Lisa Belkin ’82

  3. Cathy Johnston ’87

  4. William Borde-Perry ’97

23. Social Media in the World of "Fake News”

  1. Judge Andrew Napolitano ’72

  2. Lynnley Browning ’87

  3. Lou Jacobson ’92

  4. Danielle Kennedy ’07

  5. Alexis Kleinman ’12

24. Beyond the Scoreboard: The Business of Sports

  1. Larry Lucchino ’67

  2. Anne Preston, ’77

  3. Stephania Bell ’87

  4. Jen Rottenberg ’92


25. Going for the Gold: Tales from the Olympics

  1. Les Munson ’62

  2. David Hunter ’72

  3. Craig Masback ’77

  4. Gevvie Stone ’07

  5. Donn Cabral ’12


Battle of the Alumni Bands

Communication regarding a Battle of the Alumni Bands to take place at the Reunion can be viewed below. '72 band members are encouraged to participate in the fun.  

Attention all Princeton 2017 Reunions Chairs:

Reunions 2017 will be the tenth year we offer a free Friday afternoon outdoor concert, "Battle of the Alumni Bands”, featuring alumni from all the major reunion classes.  This concert is dedicated to those alumni who formed extra-curricular "party bands” while they were undergraduates at Princeton.  This letter is a call to all classmates to ask them to re-assemble their old bands and have them perform a few songs in a 15-20 minute set….. and to ask you to communicate the details of this concert to your class.

On Friday afternoon, June 2nd, 2017, between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., we will hold a concert that will feature bands from every major reunion class (if available) in a tent on the lawn in front of the U-store at the foot of Blair Arch.  We’ll kick the concert off with a current undergraduate band and then feature a different alumni band every twenty minutes.  Imagine a rock and roll band from the Class of 1967 followed by a jazz group from 1957 followed by a hip-hop group from 2012! Some will be great, some good and some a little rusty… that’s part of the fun!

While many alumni are still playing and/or singing, some of our old classmates have stopped playing or have passed away. We will have a professional piano, bass, guitar and drummer standing by to fill in for any missing band members. We only require that someone in the band must have played for parties on campus or Prospect Street when they were undergraduates and that one or more living alumnus, in his reunion uniform, will perform in the concert.  Only one band per reunion class, unless we have some extra room.

Don’t worry about equipment.  We will have a complete sound system, music stands, and a back-line of amplifiers necessary for any configuration. We’ll even have instruments available; drum-set, piano, guitars and an electric bass.

We hope to have a representative band from each major reunion class from the 5th through the 75th reunion.  We will promote the concert and start times for each band so that your fellow classmates can attend the concert and cheer your class’ band on.

I am writing you, the Reunion Chairs, to ask that you forward the attached letter to your classmates, so that we can start to gauge the level of participation in this concert. It is important that this request go out to your class as soon as possible (only you can send a mass email to your class) so that we can begin the planning process.  I have attached a short version of this letter that you can use as an email or part of a class-wide mailing. Please get this out to your class at your first opportunity.

There will be no cost to your class. I am funding this concert along with the Alumni Association. It’s important that we have broad participation from all classes to ensure a diverse program. We had a blast last year and hope to make this an even better concert in 2017.

If you, or anyone on your Committee remembers a band leader from your undergraduate years, please send me his/her name and I’ll reach out to them directly.

If you need additional information or would like to discuss the details, please give me a call. 

Bill Webster ‘73



(310) 541-3481  home


(310) 245-5942  cell


Prague Trip May 2-14, 2018

Note from Helena Novakova:

Dear Classamates,
I am sending this message to all who signed up for the Cz trip that last night in Charleston. The bus will hold no more than 35-36 people plus baggage so if everyone who signed up originally goes we are already a bit over the capacity and I need to look for alternatives.
As suggested by Robbie the date is set for spring, May 2-14, 2018.

I am now working on the overall cost and should be able to give you that soon; I will need to start making reservations as the May season is quite popular.
Cheers to you all and will see you at the Reunions.

A description of the trip is here.