The Class of 1972 has been awarded the 1928 Trophy in 2015-6 for the largest offsite gathering of class members. See details here
University Orator - Bob Murley
classmate Bob Murley served as University Orator at Commencement on
Tuesday, May 31. As such, he had the privilege to present to President
Eisgruber all of the candidates for an honorary degree, starting with
Ben Bernanke. Watch his 13-minute performance here
. He did the University and the Class proud!
Cheers For Marty Franks '72
of Princeton's outstanding coaches, 13-year star Kristen Holmes-Winn,
who guided the Princeton field hockey team to a national championship in
2012, announced her resignation this past week to start a new career in
business. In a letter of heartfelt appreciation for her time in
Tiger Athletics, she had some wonderful words for our Marty Franks.
want to pay special thanks to an individual who has served as my most
important mentor during my time at Princeton; Mr. Martin Franks '72 P07.
As many of you know, Marty and his wife, Sherry are stalwarts of TFH.
Their graciousness and kind support have been in constant play since my
arrival in 2003 and have impacted every part of TFH." [Tiger Field
Princeton Field Hockey thanks classmate Marty Franks here.
Sante Fe - April 2016
April 6 to 10, 2016, the Class of ’72 ventured into new territory with a
Class Trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Classmates, spouses, and guests,
altogether numbering 72 strong, convened from as far as Switzerland, San
Francisco, and New York City. Our base was the comfortable and
convenient Inn on the Alameda, just on the edge of Santa Fe’s
first adventure, on Wednesday afternoon, was a group visit to SAR, the
School of Advanced Research, a century-old anthropological /
archaeological / cultural think-tank presided over by our classmate
Michael Brown, who recently took charge there after more than thirty
years teaching anthropology at Williams College. We had an inside look
at the School’s impressive facilities, including a spectacular
collection of Southwestern ceramics and other objects made by indigenous
peoples. Commentary by Michael and some of his colleagues was a welcome
introduction to the subject and setting for many of us. That evening,
we dined at the La Fonda Hotel right at center of Santa Fe, overlooking
the imposing 19th-century cathedral’s façade.
There we were joined by Michael Brown and Jamie Clements ’80, the CEO
of the New Mexico Museum foundation, an umbrella organization for
several of the city’s most iconic museums.
Next day, Thursday the 7th,
we took off, on foot, in small groups for walking tours of some of the
historical and cultural offerings of downtown Santa Fe, led by
knowledgeable and engaging local guides. We gathered for lunch at Coyote
Cantina, and then spent the afternoon at the Museum of Indian Arts
& Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. We were welcomed
for dinner at the spectacular home of Michael Pettit ’72 and his wife
Cindi, where we dined on delicious barbecue and savored stunning views
of Santa Fe’s surrounding landscape.
On Friday the 8th
we boarded buses for an hour-long drive to Los Alamos, birthplace of
the Atomic Bomb and subsequent center of nuclear and related scientific
research. At the Bradbury Museum of Science we enjoyed a fascinating
series of talks about the research laboratory’s mission and history,
from the Manhattan Project and Cold War to the present day (e.g.
analyzing data from the Mars Rover), followed by a bus tour of the
extensive facility, as big as a university campus. We ate box lunches at
scenic White Rock, overlooking the Rio Grande River far below, then
motored through hairpin turns to Bandelier National Monument, where we
explored ancient, enigmatic cliff dwellings. Once again our guides
provided engaging commentary, both onboard the buses and along the
walking trails. That evening we split into two culinary contingents and
dined at a pair of Santa Fe’s most highly regarded restaurants: the
contemporary-French-bistro Bouche (welcomed by proprietor/chef Charles
Dale ’78) and Sazon, where Chef Fernando Orlean draws from Santa Fe’s
multicultural heritage to blend the flavors of Old Mexico with flavors
from around the world, all impeccably presented and served.
Next day, Saturday the 9th,
we divided into two hiking sub-groups and one contingent of Canyon Road
art-gallery-goers. The hikers bused for an hour to Kasha –Katuwe
Tent Rocks National Monument, site of a phalanx of spectacular
conical-tower rock formations unique in the Western Hemisphere. Some of
us scrambled up 630 feet of cliffside trail – often through slit
canyons only wide enough for one hiker – to a fabulous mesa-top
overlook. We returned to Santa Fe to lunch at the renowned Compound
restaurant, then had an afternoon to either explore the city on our own
or to enjoy a tour of the spectacular Santa Fe Opera House. That evening
we enjoyed a concluding dinner at La Sena, where we toasted the success
of this latest Class of ’72 adventure. All of us added Santa Fe and New
Mexico to our lists of places to which we hope to return.