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Remembering the Women at the 35th

As the Class approaches the 45th Reunion, we recall the challenges faced by the women who joined our Class junior year and their pioneering spirit. In 2006, the PAW published a story featuring numerous comments from the group of 37 women of the Class of 1971. The full article, which was written by Merrell Noden '78, can be read here. We are looking forward to seeing many of these Classmates back for the 45th.

This notice is being posted on the Class Website pursuant to Section 7.01(a) of the Princeton Class of 1971 Bylaws.

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Princeton Class of 1971

Notice of Appointment of Nominating Committee and Request for Member Input

This is to inform you that the Executive Committee of the Class of 1971 has appointed a Nominating Committee consisting of the following Regular Members of the Class:

The role of the Nominating Committee is to nominate at least one Regular Member for election to each of the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for the 2016-2021 term. (The non-elective positions on the Executive committee such as Class Agent, Reunion Chair, etc. are appointed by the newly elected President.)

Nominees will be announced at least 75 days prior to the annual meeting of the Class, to be held during the Class of 1971's 45th Reunion on either Friday May 27 or Saturday May 28, 2016. Under the Class Bylaws, members of the Nominating Committee are not eligible to be considered by the Nominating Committee as candidates for any of the four elective offices.

For your information, three current Class officers have indicated their willingness to continue for another term in their respective positions, if that be the will of the Class. The three are President Podie Lynch, Secretary Mark Swanson, and Treasurer Howard Zien.

You are encouraged to contact any or all members of the Nominating Committee as soon as possible but preferably not later than October 31

(1) if you are interested in being considered for any of the four officer positions,

(2) if you have other classmates you would recommend for consideration for any of the four officer positions,

(3) if you have any comments or observations regarding any of the three incumbents under consideration for re-nomination, or

(4) if you have other relevant information that you believe might benefit the Nominating Committee in its deliberations.




October 14, 2015

Class of '71 Excels with Attendance at
San Diego Presidential Visit and Mini-Reunion

By Stu Rickerson '71, Save the Wild Life Chair
February 12, 2016

Using a presidential visit, football or basketball game or any other excuse to have a Class of 1971 mini-reunion is something we encourage you to consider. In mid-February, about 30 Classmates and their spouses did just that in San Diego. President Eisgruber '83 spoke at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla to about 200 Princetonians, where he noted that '71 had by far the largest Class representation on that Thursday night of President's Day weekend. For an hour before the reception, members of the Class of 1971 got a specially arranged private tour of part of the museum by its director and long-time Save the Wild Life friend, Hugh Davies '70 and his spouse Faye. Demonstrating 1971 ubiquity, the main exhibition chosen by Hugh featured the work of painter Ed Ruscha, whose pop art was the award-winning thesis subject for Williams grad and Class daughter, Robin Kuntz.

The next day, after partaking in the various outdoor activities available in sunny Southern California, '71 had a Regional Dinner at Tony's Jacal, a Del Mar landmark since 1946. Smaller groupings gathered on Saturday and Sunday.

Making the effort to gather were Julie and Geoff Smith, Hillary Harmon '85 and Murphey Harmon, Elyse Dasko and Rick Ostrow, Hilda and John Drummond, Cree and Ned Scudder, Liza and Dan Kirkpatrick, Susan and John ArigoniKirk LiddellBrad O'Brien, Susan and Bill Kuntz, Barb and Jack McNab, Carol Obertubbesing (Epstein) '73 W71Thom Payne, Betty and Brian Langston, Sally and Jerry FishRob WatsonPaul Deibel, Maggie and Laird Hayes, Nancy Rickerson '87 and Stu RickersonTom Sinclair and Mark Wine got stuck in nightmare rush hour Orange County traffic and missed the festivities. Long-distance awards went to McNab (international division; Ottawa, Canada), Fish (north; Portland, OR), Harmon (south; Houston, TX) and Liddell (east; Lancaster, PA).

Almost all those attending have already registered for our 45th Reunion in May, and were excited when some of the background entertainment and other plans were revealed. Join these and other registrants, and rally friends, roommates, teammates and clubmates as 1971 shoots to set a record attendance record Memorial Day Weekend and create another warm and memorable Reunions experience. There's no good reason to procrastinate.

Click here for more photos of the museum tour and Class dinner
courtesy of Drummond, Harmon, Liddell, and Rickerson.

Large Crowd of Princetonians
Greet President Eisgruber '83 in NYC

By Howard Zien '71, Class Treasurer

On Monday November 16, President Eisgruber was the featured and well-received speaker at Chelsea Piers on the extreme Westside of Manhattan. Since our graduation in 1971, I have been a New Yorker and have attended numerous events at the Pier. These include ice skating, youth soccer and basketball and a host of other athletic activities. But I had never attended a ceremony, banquet, reception or presentation there.

President Eisgruber's event was all of these, and more. This is not only my opinion. I was merely one of over 1,300 Princetonians representing what appeared to be every class. With a group of this size, hopefully I can be forgiven for not locating, let alone connecting with any of our classmates.

We gathered in a very large reception area overlooking the Hudson River and the Jersey Shore off in the distance. It was 6pm so the sun had long since retired for the evening. The view over the water consisted primarily of the distant lights, their reflection in the gentle current of the Hudson River and the occasional utility or sightseeing boat floating by.

As I have come to expect from prior events of this type, the variety of food and drink prior to the speech were beyond my already heightened expectations. It seems with each event that the organizers surpass their prior efforts. And it all seems so effortless.

At 7pm we migrated to the adjoining room for the presentation. In addition to the President himself, there were 4 or 5 large screens with his presence featured larger than life. I have seen President Eisbruber make several presentations over the years and I am continually impressed by his enthusiasm, energy and dynamism. He seems to step from behind the academic podium and reach out to each of the attendees.

His presentation was organized in three parts.

Princeton accomplishments

These included a recounting of successful efforts on the athletic field by Princeton men and women alike. These also included the designation of Princeton Professor Angus Deaton as the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Campus Life

I attended a similar event in 2014. This was President Eisgruber's first. At that event last year every attendee was give a paperback book as they left the event and headed home. The subject of the book was The Honor Code. At that time, I had no idea why we were issued the book. And I sheepishly confess I have still not read it.

This year, we were also issued a book, one entitled Whistling Vivaldi. But this year, the President's speech put the book in perspective. It turns out that, three months ago in September of 2015, this book was sent to all incoming Freshmen. Their assignment was to read the book and come to campus prepared to discuss it. President Eisgruber even crashed a few of the discussions to teach and learn about the experience.

In his presentation at Chelsea Piers President Eisgruber wryly noted that his presentation was not a book review, but he knows that in every group of 1,300 Princetonians, there are always one or two who do not do the assignment.

It turns out that this book was written by a black man who attended the University of Chicago. When he walked about after dark, others he encountered would perceive him as a potential threat to their safety and well-being. They would often cross the street, tense up, or otherwise convey a clear sense of discomfort. By accident, or perhaps out of fear himself, the young man began to whistle Vivaldi's Four Seasons...and he was quite a good whistler.

His whistling completely relaxed the strangers that he encountered. Most of them smiled, exchanged friendly and knowing nods of recognition, even respect and admiration.

The book goes on to explore the social and psychological dynamic that we all encounter and face every day. It does so in scientific terms. And the Princeton campus, as a microcosm of our larger society, is no exception.

Suffice it to say that this year, I was given the book on my way out, I read the book and found it to be as illuminating as advertised.

Woodrow Wilson

The third part of President Eisgruber's presentation was devoted to the discussion of the legacy of Woodrow Wilson. On Campus, and also in the news media, his legacy is being challenged. His positive accomplishments have been well known for decades. But recently his social and political views are being questioned, challenged and even vilified.

This discussion reminded me of our years in College back in the late sixties and early seventies. Then as now, it was and is impossible to prevent "real world" thoughts from seeping into the fabric of campus life. In our day it was Vietnam. Today, it is other issues.

It is difficult to get an impartial perspective on these types of events. It was true back then. And it is certainly true today. I get my first hint of news every morning with a quick glimpse of Google News. Then I move on to more in-depth coverage. On many mornings I see a Google clip about the Woodrow Wilson controversy. And I wonder if all 330 million Americans are seeing this same clip or is this news being filtered, sliced and diced by Google for my individualized ready consumption.

Q and A

With that, there was a perfunctory question and answer session and the formal presentation ended. The attendees retired to the reception hall for sweets and coffee.

Shortly thereafter, with my Whistling Vivaldi book in hand, I headed home nourished in both mind and body. I was indeed proud to be part of the Princeton experience.

In retrospect, I had one lingering observation. It is impossible to make good coffee for 1,300 people.

Pre-game Brunch Highlights Fall Football Weekend in Providence

It was a perfect day for football weather-wise. What happened on the field wasn't so nice for Princeton fans. The day began with a delicious pre-game brunch organized by the PAA of Rhode Island and hosted by classmate Tim Empkie at his home in Providence. Six classmates attended. L-R they are: Tim Empkie, Alan Usas (accompanied by wife Karen and just back from birth of their grandson in Philadelphia), Stu Nunnery (and SO Nancy), Bill Elfers, Steve Cook (with wife Allyson), and Rich Hollingsworth. Bill and Rich drove down from the Boston area. Bill spends his week advising firms including Frank Moss's latest, Twine Health. Rich is back working in the Boston area at a new smart RFID technology startup. Steve, who hails from Houston, was vacationing on Fishers Island, NY, heard about the event, caught an early morning ferry, and enjoyed the '71 mini-reunion.

President's Letter Reviews the Past Year and
Launches 45th Alumni Year

Class President Podie Lynch set the stage for what promises to be a fun-filled and memorable 45th Reunion next May. She summarized the many Class activities and events of the past year and noted how the upcoming major Reunion will be "a wonderful time to reconnect with old friends, long-lost and new acquaintances, and the University itself." Each Classmate was mailed a copy of the letter including a photo montage.

Podie's letter described the expanded number of Regional and on-campus events, pointed to the Class website as the best place to stay informed, and highlighted Annual Giving, Class finances, communications via the PAW, the '71 Legacy Initiative, and Save the Wild Life.

Full text of the letter and the photo montage can be found here.

44th Reunion Draws Large Crowd for '71

Photo credits: Myrna Stanczak S71

[Click here to view the 44th Reunion Photo Album]

The 44th was the full Princeton Reunion experience. The 62 Classmates and guests who gathered over the 4 days experienced the best our alma mater can offer. Alumni panels provoked critical thinking and conversation on such diverse topics as the 2016 Presidential race, museums and their obligations to repatriate certain objects, the impact of mobile devices on journalism, the promise and peril of commercial drone aircraft, and many more. The ample talent of current Princeton students was on display at the improv performances of Quipfire, the dance recital for eXpressions, and the always popular Triangle Show. Walking across campus any night meant enjoying a range of musical styles from jazz, to rock, and contemporary. Of course, it wouldn't be Princeton Reunions without a bit of heat and humidity and a surprise downpour Thursday afternoon.

Under the seasoned leadership of Class Reunions Chair Jack Hittson, '71 was treated to a never-ending series of events from the Friday BBQ with '68 and '69, a delicious Saturday lunch and time to mingle with Classmates, the P-Rade, and evening Class cocktail reception and elegant dinner at Prospect.

The large crowd of '71 members and guests who returned for the 44th included Bill Armiger, Scott Berg, Linda Blackburn and Ron, John Brower, David Chamberlain, Ed Chambliss, Peter Charapko, Tjarda Clagett, Len Coleman and son , Barbara Croken, Richard DiFedele and Maria, Stephen Dreyfuss and Lillian Pliner, Bill Elfers, Chuck Goldberg, Robert Good and Jane Leifer, Jeffrey Hammond and Jill Brooks, Murphey Harmon and Hillary, Laird Hayes and Maggie, Steve Henkelman and Marilyn, Jack Hess and Pat, Wally Hess, Ellen Higgins, Jack Hittson and Ronnie and daughter Lauren '05, Hank  Holoszyc, Frederick Lepore and Lynn, Kirk Liddell, Larry Lindsey, Art Lowenstein and Anne Patton, Podie Lynch and son, Dennis Macaleer, Mark Mazo and Fern and family, Sandy McAdoo, George McCarter, Bill Metzger, Richard Neill, Carol Obertubbesing, Ray Ollwerther and Carol, Jonathan Perel, Douglas Pike, Jamie Pitney and Ginger Davis, Tom Potts and Annie, Stu Rickerson and Nancy, Ronald Riner and Kerry, Scott Rogers and Margo, David Schankler, Bob Schiffner and Marjorie, Ron Senchesak, Porter Shimer, Thomas Shuler, Rob Slocum, Randy Snow, Ed Stanczak and Myrna, Tom Stubbs, Tina Sung, Mark Swanson and Suzette Gardner, Debbie Tegarden and Rod Bass '66, Alan Usas, John Watkins, Mac Watkins and son Will, Richard Williams and Nita Novy, John Winant, and Howard Zien.. Thanks to Myrna Stanczak S71 there is an extensive collection of terrific photos in the Photo Gallery that tells the story of the weekend in a most appealing way.

Literally a few days after all were safely home from the 44th, Jack was lining up the final members of his committee for our 45th Reunion next year. The excitement is building, so watch this page in the fall for more information on our next major reunion.

Class Adopts New Bylaws

May 27, 2015

To: All Regular Members of the Princeton Class of 1971

From: Mark Swanson, Class Secretary

Re: Amendments to Class of 1971 Bylaws

As you may be aware, our Class of 1971 Bylaws underwent a major revision in 2010. That revision has served to more effectively address the needs of our Class; but several--primarily timing and procedural issues--came up in connection with the election of Officers for our 40th Reunion that Class President Podie Lynch and others thought could be smoothed out with relatively minor revisions.

After careful review and deliberation, the Executive Committee has unanimously approved an amendment to the previous Bylaws designed to achieve that result. The amendment is in the form of a restatement that includes a number of minor editorial and clarification changes plus the following more significant substantive changes:

  • 5% of the Regular Members may call a Special Meeting of the Class ( previously was 35%)
  • Except for the approval of minutes and other routine matters, advance ballots shall be provided to Regular Members on all non-ministerial resolutions proposed by Executive Committee members (advance ballots were previously optional)
  • The meeting quorum requirements have been eliminated, but the President, any three Executive Committee members, or any ten Regular Members present at a meeting may unilaterally table any matter that was not subject to advance notice and ballot
  • If the Class President is removed from office, a Nominating Committee must be appointed to nominate a new President (previously no such requirement)
  • Bylaw amendments require the approval of 2/3 of the full Executive Committee (previously was a majority).

I am notifying you of our action as required by Article IX of both the previous and newly amended Bylaws.  A copy of the newly amended and restated Bylaws is on the Class website at You will find the new Bylaws under the News menu at the top of the page. You are encouraged to review these Bylaws and to let me or any of the other members of the Executive Committee know of any questions or further suggestions you may have.

Scott Berg Tells His Stories of Princeton and Wilson

By Rick Sobel '71

Photo credit: Charlene Olson '88

Before a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Princeton Club of Chicago's Annual Dinner, Scott Berg gave a terrific talk telling the story of his Princeton odyssey around Fitzgerald and Wilson from his earliest days on campus.  As does his engaging book, Wilson, he brought Wilson's career and politics to life--with apt comparisons to today's foreign policy dilemmas.  The audience of Princetonians expressed their appreciation with great questions and applause. There representing the Class were Rick Sobel along with Carol Obertubessing '73 W71, better half of late classmate Mike Epstein.

Phoenix is Site of Regional Class Event

Classmates enjoyed a nice gathering in Phoenix organized by Joel ("Hondo") Hoxie including his former law partner (now retired Arizona Power exec) Steve Wheeler; former rower and Terrace member Dr. Don Paxton; retired journalist, former class secretary and transplanted East coaster Jeff Marshall and his vivacious wife Judy; realtor and serious biker Mel Reese;  and Dr. Dave Gullen '70, former Tower clubmate of Joel's and Kirk Liddell's, who joined the group while in town on business.

Want to organize a Class get together in your city? Just contact Class VP Kirk Liddell who can assist.

Tiger Victory at Brown Follows Alumni Gathering

Bitter cold, ice, and mountains of New England snow did not stop three intrepid classmates from cheering the Princeton men's basketball team to a decisive 80-62 victory over host Brown. Following a regional alumni reception at the home of Phil McMaster '52, Tim Empkie and Alan Usas joined Al Barbieri to watch the strong TIger offensive display. Sitting next to two fathers of players provided them some terrific insights into the current crop of student-athletes and the future prospects for the young team.

Warm Spirits Create Festive 100th Alumni Day Despite Frigid Winter Weather

A thousand alumni and numerous Classmates braved single-digit temperatures and a Saturday afternoon snowstorm to reunite at the 100th Alumni Day celebration. In honor of the centennial, the event spanned two full days this year. Friday's program included a whirlwind exploration of language covering that first learned by infants, gender-specific responses to phrasing, student poetry slams, the language of terrorists, and computer languages. Alumni gathered in the new Frick Chemistry Laboratory for the kickoff celebration featuring delicious food and student dance and music ensembles. That evening Class members including President Podie Lynch, Kirk Liddell, Jack and Ronnie Hittson, Alan and Karen Usas, and Ray Ollwerther met for a delicious and relaxing dinner at Mediterra on Palmer Square.

The agenda for Saturday began with talks by the two award winners. Receiving the Madison Medal was Martin Eakes *80, CEO of Self-Help, which has loaned $7 billion to business, non-profits, and low-income people. His stirring address, "Homes, Lending, and Wealth Inequality in America," described the success of Self-Help and underscored the mounting challenges created by the concentration of wealth in a small proportion of the population. The stage in Alexander Hall next became the venue for Queen Noor of Jordan (Lisa Halaby '73) to receive the Woodrow Wilson Award. Her remarkable journey from Princeton architecture student to royalty at the age of 26 afforded her opportunities to learn, observe, and comment on critical issues facing the Middle East, its neighbors, and the world. Censored for her outspoken speech, she has continued to draw attention to the tragedy of war, the importance of human rights, and the role of women.

The traditional Alumni Day lunch held in Jadwin Gym was especially festive as the centennial events continued. Classmates who met together for the meal included Vice President Kirk Liddell, Howard Zien, Ray Ollwerther, Richard Neill (in from San Francisco), William Armiger, Rich and Maria DiFedele, and Alan and Karen Usas. The University uses the event to announce a number of major academic awards and prizes. The Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowships were given to four outstanding graduate students whose research was profiled for the audience through video clips. Two amazing undergraduate students received the Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize and addressed the audience with stories of their accomplishments and how Princeton and other factors played a role. One of the most moving parts of Alumni Day each year is the Service of Remembrance in honor of those alumni who have died in the past year. Class Treasurer Howard Zien represented '71 in the procession. More photos are in the Photo Gallery and also here along with additional information about the event.

President Eisgruber '83 Greets
Classmates at Philadelphia Gathering

By Kirk Liddell, Vice President
September 23, 2014

A nice turnout of Classmates enjoyed a beautiful evening at the magnificent The National Constitution Center to hear President Eisgruber '83 discuss current Princeton issues and his first year as President of Princeton University. This was the first of several alumni gatherings to be held around the country this year and next featuring Princeton President Eisgruber. The evening began with a grand reception on the balcony overlooking Independence Mall on an absolutely weather-perfect evening. Following the reception, a reported 550 Princeton alumni, family and friends moved inside to hear from President Eisgruber as he answered a series of questions directed to him first by PAW Senior Writer Mark Bernstein '83 and later by members of the audience. In the course of his thoughtful and informative remarks, President "Chris" discussed recent developments regarding Princeton's grading policy, its new policy on campus sexual assault, middle class funding initiatives, academic excellence, the important role of state universities, helicopter parents, and the many fine qualities of Princeton students today, among other topics.

Attending Classmates at the event were Chuck Goldberg, Steve and Marilyn Henkelman, Kirk Liddell, David Marshall, Sandy and Elsie McAdoo, Doug Pike, Richard Shell, Robbie Wyper Shell, Mike Slotznick, Bob Warner and Jean Hemphill, John and Kathleen Winant, and Jamie Wyper. Both at the reception and around the dessert tables following the program, Classmates mingled and caught up on recent events as well as reminisced about old times. A good and informative time was had by all.

Coming Events: Similar Alumni Gatherings featuring President Eisgruber will be held in Singapore (Oct 28), Boston (Nov 17), Portland (Dec 15), St Louis (Feb 10),  Atlanta (March 19), Dallas (April 21) , Houston (April 22), and Greenwich (May 5). Please mark your calendars and plan to be there. We will send you further information about each of these gatherings as they are announced.

Note to Murphy Harmon: The Locomotive at the end, at his suggestion, was to President "Chris," and not to President Esigruber. That appeared to be a popular and very effective choice, and we might be well advised to adopt it as our P-rade choice as well..

San Diego Plays Perfect Host for Class Mini-Reunion

By Mark Swanson '71, Class Secretary

Photo credits: Tim Tosta '71, Suzette Gardner

September 18, 2014

Our Class mini-Reunion took place on a warm and sunny weekend in San Diego in late September. Several Classmates managed to squeeze in rounds of golf at The Farms (where Kuntz is President) and Rancho Santa Fe GC (where Bing Crosby started his Pro-Am), or hike the bluffs at Torrey Pines State Park. The Friday night Class reception and pre-game Princeton Varsity Club event gave about a dozen Classmates a chance to say farewell to Gary Walters '67, and to meet and listen to new Athletics Director Mollie Marcoux '91 and Head Coach Bob Surace '90.

The Saturday pre-game tailgate was held under brilliant skies. Princeton alumni from all of California, along with family members of the football team from across the country enjoyed the grilled offerings and beverages. The pre-game was organized by the Princeton Club of San Diego. A palpable buzz from the Tiger faithful set the stage for an exciting afternoon of high-scoring football, in which the Tigers lost a West Coast game for the first time in its storied 145-year history of play. Princeton's intricate offense was in early-season form, as the explosive running and passing games were glimpsed intermittently. Princeton's hurry-up offense sputtered after the Tigers took the lead early in the third quarter. From then until the last few minutes of the game, multiple three-and-outs on offense led to a wilting of the Tiger defense, under the stifling heat, and the Toreros took a lead they would not relinquish. Princeton's front seven played surprisingly well for its inexperience; the biggest shock was the failure of the talented, experienced defensive backfield to make plays against the University of San Diego passing game. Long pass plays to speedy Torero receivers accounted for or led to the difference-making touchdowns.

Ron Rubinstein made a surprise appearance, sneaking off briefly from family wedding events 40 miles up the coast to say hello. The class dinner at Julie and Geoff Smith's house, high above Carlsbad and La Costa, was exquisite:  panoramic views of the coast and sunset, great fellowship, tasty Mexican food, and a variety of beverages.  71ers seen over the weekend included locals Nancy and Stu Rickerson, Rick Ostrow and Elyse Dasko, Susan and Bill Kuntz, James Alford and Dan Ruchman.  Greater Los Angeles sent Brian Langston, Barbara and Tom Sinclair, and Paul Deibel and Mark Wine and wife Carol.  The Bay Area contributed the attorney trio of Mike (and Kathy) Ladra, Brad (and Judy) O'Brien, and Tim Tosta (and Nancy Martin).   From out of state came Mark Swanson and Suzette Gardner (from Nevada), Bo Hunter (long-distance winner from Hawaii) and class president Podie Lynch (from Connecticut).  Yes, Greenwich CT is closer to San Diego than Honolulu!  Thanks to Tim and Suzette for contributions to the picture gallery.    

Darlene Love h71 Makes it 28 Straight Years
at Christmas on Letterman

Fans of Honorary Classmate Darlene Love were treated to another rousing rendition of her classic holiday ballad, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), when she made her final appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. A pre-show interview in the New York Times included this memorable quote from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt: "She's the greatest singer in the world." Her final performance is part of a video compilation covering the nearly three decades of her appearances to sing the song.

Classmates will remember her surprise performance at the 35th, which helped make that Reunion one of the most memorable. Stu Rickerson arranged for her appearance with support from the Class Save the Wild Life Fund,

Second '71-sponsored Legacy Initiative Event Huge Success!

By David Williams, '71 Legacy Initiative Chair

Great news of a worthy event! The collaboration between Princeton AlumniCorps and, led by Marci Alboher, vice president of and author of the Encore Career Handbook, presented the topic "Living the Nonlinear life: Building the Bridge to Your Next Opportunity" on May 3rd at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC, to an audience of over 50. Our own TINA SUNG, Vice President of the Partnership for Public Service and founder of Experience Matters; the Executive Transition Experts, was highlighted as a speaker, together with Grif Johnson '72, Board Chair of Wilderness Leadership Learning and an ARC Innovator, and Hilary Joel '85, Executive Coach and Founding Principal of WJ Consulting.

Marci introduced the topic with remarks in the context of her own transition from corporate law to full time advocate for the "encore career" movement. She then moderated the presentations of each of the three highlighted speakers, who explained their personal experiences in transitioning to high impact work in the not-for-profit sector, the skills they acquired, and the lessons they learned. The speakers' heartfelt comments made clear their deep satisfaction with the paths they had chosen. The inspiring discussion surely touched every member of the audience.

Thanks to the organizational efforts of Princeton AlumniCorps and particularly Kef Kasdin, Board Member and leader of the ARC Innovators Project, and Andrew Nurkin, Executive Director, several Washington, DC based high impact project opportunities were presented for possible matching, including Friendship Place (innovative solutions to homelessness), Mariam's Kitchen (permanent supportive housing and support for the homeless) and House of Ruth (update and enhancement of the organization's Personnel and Policies Manual). The conversations amongst the audience and representatives of the project sponsors present continued after the formal session for well over an hour. It was, by any measure, an event of which '71 Legacy Initiative can be proud.

The remaining question is: where does our effort promoting this collaboration go from here? Marci, Kef and Andrew all expressed excitement about this but as yet, details remain unclear. The first effort will, of course, be to consolidate the matches and projects which the New York and Washington sessions have now initiated. Stay tuned; there is more to come.

Chicago Alums Welcome Mitch

MITCH DANIELS was a huge hit at the Princeton Club of Chicago's annual dinner, where he was the keynote speaker. Even a number of major, avowed, big-time Democrats were seen loudly applauding Mitch's remarks. He shared his common-sense approach to government and doing the "people's work," plus shared anecdotes about his recent segue to the presidency of Purdue. Speaking of his new job, Mitch got a huge laugh from the 200-plus Princetonians and their spouses and guests when he told how one elderly friend expressed surprise at hearing Mitch was named Purdue president, exclaiming, "What the heck does Mitch know about chickens," obviously thinking he was taking over the famous poultry processor (Perdue). Just goes to show how changing a single vowell can make all the difference! Mitch answered a lot of questions after his prepared remarks -- and, to the clear disappointment of many present, again made it very plain-- he would not run for president of the U.S. 1971's table was sponsored by Class Planned Giving Chair BILL ZWECKER, who reported and is pictured (on left) with Mitch and RICK SOBEL.

Darlene Love h71 Featured in Oscar Winning Film!

On Sunday, March 2, "Twenty Feet From Stardom" won an Osacar in the Best Documentary Feature category. In an impromtu response, she joined producers Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers on stage for a stirring rendition of "His Eye is on the Sparrow" that brought the crowd to its feet. Near the beginning of the film, DARLENE LOVE is introduced as "the first" modern backup singer. The film features a number of great musicians, but primary attention is given to our Classmate. Class film critic BILL ZWECKER wrote, "It's a superb film and it was great to see Darlene in particular get this attention." Her surprise performance at the 35th helped make that Reunion one of the most memorable. STU RICKERSON  arranged for her appearance with support from the Class Save the Wild Life Fund, The film is available from various outlets including Amazon and iTunes.

SoCal Classmates and Guests Brave Winter Storm

Solterra Winery and Kitchen in Leucadia, California was the site of the Class of '71 Southern California winter meeting for 2014. Attending were ROB WATSON, Elyse and RICK OSTROW, Hilda and JOHN DRUMMOND, Cree and NED SCUDDER, Julie and GEOFF SMITH, Maggie and LAIRD HAYES, Carol and MARK WINE, Barbara and TOM SINCLAIR, Nancy 87 and STU RICKERSON, Susan and JOHN ARIGONI, Lisa and DON KIRKPATRICK, and long-distance award winner, RICH HOLLINGSWORTH, who parlayed a convenient "business trip" into a break from shoveling snow in Massachusetts, leaving that job to spouse KATHY MOLONY. Rich's surprise arrival only disappointed the four representatives of our Rocky Mountain contingent, who thought they had a lock on the prize, but not enough to dampen their spirits.



WILD Life participants with some barrels of the wines "tasted" at SoCal 2014 Class Meeting: Hollingsworth, Smith, Ostrow, Sinclair, Rickerson, Watson, Scudder, Drummond, Wine, Kirkpatrick, Hayes, Arigoni. (Click on photo for a larger version).



The group was excited by the prospect of Oscar coverage for Princeton and 1971 the following night, with DARLENE LOVE h71 favored to win in the Best Documentary category for the must-see biopic, "Twenty Feet From Stardom" (she won, with a tour de force, gospel-style acceptance) and, in reflected glory, Meryl Streep (though Vassar '71 she holds honorary doctorate in fine arts from Princeton) with her record-tying 18th nomination. (See related article on this page). BILL ZWECKER and SCOTT BERG missed the SoCal Class meeting as they were in Tinsel Town participating in Oscar events.




Sharing stories - some of them even true - from college days is typical at these events, and flight after flight of wines made on the premises fostered lively conversations. Sprinkled in with stories of children and grandchildren were those about actual or impending retirements and even the rigors of signing up for Medicare! No one was contemplating such topics 43 years ago, when the burning question seemed to be, "what to do after graduation." Self-proclaimed "sorcerer's apprentice" El Jefe, who recently published his first book, Life, America and the Road, A Biker's Perspective (, remarked that the evening's meal, consisting of 7 different rustic Mediterranean tapas paired with the wines produced on site and served on large platters family-style, was "just like at Commons, but with wine, and no spooning."



Finally, before venturing out into the first big "storm" of California's "winter," the group decided upon the next gathering: September 19-20, 2014, when the Tiger football team returns to play University of San Diego. Watch this space and the Class website for further details.



Alumni Day 2014: Slick, Inspiring, Memorable

By Howard Zien, Class Treasurer

Photo credit: Howard Zien. Click here for more photos.

At some point during Alumni Day Saturday it was mentioned that this was the 100th Alumni Day. After 100 years, the event has become very slick indeed. And I mean this in the most positive and complimentary way. Wonderful speeches, stimulating presentations, great food, a plethora of campus events, with everything occurring exactly on time.

But this year the term "slick" took on new meaning. After the lingering snowfalls and snow drifts of the past several weeks, the temperature finally ascended above freezing on the Thursday and Friday prior to Alumni Day. But the thaw was deceptive.

Overnight, the resulting melting water formed a glaze of paper-thin ice over the walkways. As I walked to the campus from my car, I must confess that I was lured by the early morning sun into thinking that winter was a distant memory. I mistook the glaze covering the sidewalk for a dusting of snow. In so doing, I came precipitously close to making an unanticipated 3-point landing on my rear end.

And our class President PODIE LYNCH independently echoed my experience. I wonder how many of the 1,000 or so attendees experienced a similar fate.

Happily as the day progressed, the temperature approached the mid 50's and warmed the attendees, the sidewalks, and the spirit of the day.

The representation of our class was a mere shadow of our representation last year when our own MITCH DANIELS received the Woodrow Wilson Award. We had ten attendees, one table's worth including guests: LEPORE, PIKE, CHARAPKO, OBERMANN, LYNCH, ARMIGER, ZIEN, and OLLWERTHER. But the conversation was lively. And the intimacy of the group enabled us to acquaint and reacquaint ourselves more easily.

The two featured award winners and speakers gave enlightening and engrossing talks.

First, Hunter Rawlings III *70 spoke about the triumphs and challenges of higher education in America. Among his major points was that in today's day and age, we try to measure quality in quantitative terms. He questioned the wisdom of this and in so doing quoted Albert Einstein as having famously said, "Everything that is countable does not count --- And everything that counts is not countable."

Following Hunter, Sonia Sotomayer '76 spoke about her personal commitment and the Princeton slogan "In the Nation's Service." She said that she thinks about two things every night before she goes to bed. No, brushing her teeth is not one of them. She thinks about:

      1. Who has she helped today. And

      2. What has she learned today.

Simple but admirable thoughts for an accomplished fellow Princetonian and a member of the nation's highest court.

Finally, I attended the memorial service for deceased Princetonians including, of course, our Classmates. I sheepishly confess that I have never attended this memorial service in the past. In fact, in my 4 years as a student and 43 years as an alumnus, the only event I have ever attended at the Chapel was in 1970 when we gathered there to voice our outrage at the Vietnam War.

I found the service to be both beautiful and inspirational. Still ringing in my ears is the mournful and haunting organ music punctuated by the occasional trumpets in an unmistakable expression of triumph. Both sounds were in keeping with the spirit and spiritual nature of the event. The organs eulogized those who have past, and the trumpets celebrated their achievements. Incidentally, there were also bagpipes, in the Princeton Scottish tradition.

The most startling thing for me occurred during the beginning and ending processionals. Along with the compelling music, the somber marching of members of each class, the University President and others, there were four wind kites, each the size of a small automobile. The kites were held aloft on long flexible fiberglass poles and deftly manipulated by 4 students. These kites soared and swooped above those attending the service and beneath the vaulted Chapel ceiling. They appeared as giant tropical fish and created the sensation that the Chapel was an enormous aquarium filled with water. How else could the fish float about so gracefully and graciously?

In watching the kites glide, climb toward the top of the Chapel arches, and then dive towards the assemblage, they could easily be mistaken for the very spirits of those students past. The movement of the kites under control of their deft handlers was both majestic and furtive, joyful and mournful.

If you have never seen this service or the kites, I urge you to view a clip of the memorial service from 2012. (The one for this year is not yet posted).

Classmates Reunite at Miami Triangle Performance

With the largest showing of any one class, '71 members gathered for the latest performance in the long history of the Princeton Triangle Club. Attending in Miami in late January were Class VP KIRK LIDDELL, accompanied by his wife Pam and daughter Devon, Class Annual Giving Co-chair JIM HITCH, MARSHALL BURACK, and BILL METZGER, his wife, and daughter who is Class of 2016. Of these only Bill can rightfully claim Triangle alumni status, but all thoroughly enjoyed the show, "Zero Gravitas." Thanks to Bill and Jim for encouraging and helping to organize the event.

Triangle plans to return to South Florida in 2017, but their winter tour will hit other locales in the intervening years...and perhaps one near you. The Club will perform it's brand new show at Alumni Day on February 22nd with a reprise during our 43rd Reunion, May 29 - June 1.

Homecoming 2014: Fall Weather Brings Classmates to Celebrate But Not the Game

By Howard Zien '71, Class Treasurer

Photo credits: Howard Zien

Otober 29, 2014

Experiencing homecoming weekend is like the preparation of a fine meal. You identify all of the key ingredients, gather them together, then combine them and prepare, cook, and enjoy the meal. The specific ingredients that come to mind are:

Wonderful weather,

Good food and drink,

The sense of identify that only Princeton can bring,

The presence and friendship of our classmates,

And a football game.

As often happens in events of this type, some of the ingredients exceed our expectations, and others fall short. So it was last weekend, October 25.

The weather in the mid-seventies was spectacular. The sun brilliant. We witnessed students pouring into Princeton Stadium in T-shirts, shorts and shower-style flip flops. It caused most of us alums to refer to the calendars on our smart phones to confirm that it was in fact the last week of October. We remembered in our undergraduate days how late October caused us to decide how many layers of woolens to put on as we walked about the campus.

The campus-wide tailgate gathering has become a campus tradition. Good food abounded, and a carnival atmosphere prevailed, punctuated by the Princeton Band. The tailgate offered 71-ers a chance to get together and also to interact with other classes. Beer, Sandwiches, Desserts. All good. The tailgate gathering started at 11am. The football game, a few short blocks away, began at 1pm.

Inside the stadium, the color orange was redolent. It was difficult to find an empty seat on the Princeton side of the stadium, so I found my place on the visitor's side. There was method in my madness. In addition to finding a place to sit, I was able to see the enormous throng of Princetonians on the other side in a sea of orange. And as the game progressed (I'll get to that in a minute), when there was something to cheer about, the enthusiasm of the Princeton fans was unmistakable.

Prior to the weekend, I had glanced at the results of previous matches for Harvard. And I must say I was a bit concerned because they had won their previous games convincingly. As it turns out, my concerns were justified. The Tigers seemed to be outcoached and outplayed. Harvard, for its part, conducted a clinic in football logic and practice. It was as if their chalkboard had come to life and the Princeton team mere smudges in the background.

I have to confess, I became somewhat distracted from the activity on the gridiron below. So I busied myself admiring the stadium and the undiminished enthusiasm of the Princeton fans when my eye caught a very large banner hanging low down behind the south end zone. The banner said:

Princeton Football

28 National Championships

Truthfully, I had never seen this banner before and I thought it contained two unrelated phrases. First, that Princeton plays football, which until this particular day we were all aware. And second that Princeton has had 28 national championships in a variety of sports.

So I researched the matter further. When we were undergrads, this research would have taken several days. But with the miracle of the Internet, on my phone and later that night on my computer at home, I was able to confirm this most unlikely of facts.

Princeton has more National Football Championships than any other college or University. Yale is 2nd with 27. The closest university we would recognize as a modern football power is Notre Dame with 22 national championships. Feel free to check my work on Wikipedia.

Funny. When I applied to Princeton, I liked football, but this was an unknown fact to me at the time and had no impact on my decision to matriculate here.

I won't dwell on the football game. Except to say that all things, good and bad, come to an end.

We were able to retire to Tiger Inn for a wonderful class cocktail party. As we approached TI, the yard in front of the Inn was teaming with students celebrating. Since the recently concluded football game was unlikely to be the catalyst for their celebrations, I can only conclude that the beautiful weather and Princeton environs were cause enough.

It certainly was for me and the other 71ers I spoke with. 

See the rest of the photos of the day in the Gallery.

Former Class President Rich Williamson Dies

Tragically and unexpectedly, our senior year Class President, Ambassador Richard S. Williamson '71, died on Sunday evening, December 8, 2013, from complications from a cerebral hemorrhage.  

Rich is survived by his college sweetheart, Jane, and their three children: Lisa (Ryan Graham), Craig, and Ricky (Sara).  

A memorial service has been held. If you need further information, please contact Al Holmer at

Class President, Podie Lynch, said in a letter to Classmates, "On behalf of the Class, I extend our heartfelt condolences to Rich's family, colleagues, and many friends."

Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

Tigers Rout Yale as Classmates Tailgate and Celebrate

By Howard Zien

Homecoming week 2013 was a bit later than prior years, taking place on November 16 rather than mid or late October. Accordingly, the breathtaking fall colors of our undergraduate days and Homecomings past were but a vague memory with fading leaves swooshing and crunching underfoot.

But the sun was brilliant with the temperatures in the high sixties. It is as though the fates had conspired to create this beautiful backdrop for Princetonians to better enjoy the glorious day and the success of our football team.

The crowd at the stadium was better attended than any game in recent memory, with over 80% of the seats occupied. The overwhelming abundance of orange at the stadium and the cheering students more than made up for the fading autumn.

And the Tiger football team did not disappoint. There were very few break-away plays, rather a steady and methodical consistency that, when all was said and done, resulted in a surprising but very gratifying, lopsided score.

STU RICKERSON and others could not help but recall how many times while we were students Yale enjoyed the better half of the Princeton matchup. This time, it was the Tigers who enjoyed the victory and the spoils and the good feelings.

University-wide Tailgate. Prior to the game, all alumni were invited to attend a University-wide reception in the Fine Courtyard, free of charge. There were a wide variety of sandwiches, pasta salad, cupcakes, cookies as well as beer and a mulled apple cider. Princeton paraphernalia abounded including wristbands, buttons, orange sunglasses (don't ask) and Beat Yale beer cups. I was thinking that this tailgate alone would justify attendance by classmates as far away as Chicago and St. Louis.

The game and resulting victory justified attendance from California and beyond.

Though the tailgate was for all alums, the 71'ers managed to find one another and begin a joyous day among friends and Classmates.

Tiger Inn Reception. After the game, our class gathered in the Library on the second floor of Tiger Inn as has been the custom for the past several years. There was food and drink free of charge and courtesy of the Class treasury. If there were two dozen classmates and friends at the tailgate, there were over 50 attendees sharing in the glow of Princeton's victory and the good cheer that always seems to emanate from the class reception.

It was a perfect way to finish off a magnificent day.

Seen at one or more of the day's events: MURPHEY HARMON, STU RICKERSON, PAUL FLOWERMAN, DOUG PIKE, MARK MAZO and Fern, HANK HOLOSZYC, MARSHALL BURACK, GERRY UEHLINGER, RICHARD WILLIAMS and Nita Novy, CHUCK GOLDBERG, ART LOWENSTEIN, PODIE LYNCH, HOWARD ZIEN and spouse, JACK HITTSON, JACK HESS and Pat, WALLY HESS h71, BILL WEIGEL, BILL MCCARTER, ROBERT GOOD and spouse, RICH DEFIDELE and Marie, PETER HAUCK and Lydia, BILL LEWIS and friend, RON SENCHESAK and Barbara, DAVID SCHANKLER, RAY OLLWERTHER and spouse, and DEBRA TEGARDEN, Among those from other Classes who joined in were Jerome Coleman '70, Stuart Taylor '70, Andy Cowherd '74, Henry Maguire '79, Princeton Trustee Bob Hugin '76, and Hillary Durgin Harmon '85.

(More photos in the Gallery).

Triple OT Win Gives '71 Thrills at Harvard

This rousing group of classmates was on hand in Boston on a beautiful fall afternoon to see the Tiger's 51-48 triple overtime win against previously undefeated Harvard. Here is the Harvard/Princeton football tailgate group (L-R): KIRK and Pam LIDDELL, BOB GOOD, KATHY MOLONY, RICH HOLLINGSWORTH, BILL ELFERS, and HENRY LERNER.

NYC Encore Career Event Guides
Classmates and Others to Next Chapter

Speaking to a full room at the Princeton Club in New York City, Marci Alboher, VP of, talked of the opportunities available to pursue "encore careers" or other worthy ways to apply our talents to meaningful nonprofit causes in which you can take pride. The event was sponsored by our Class Legacy Initiative led by DAVID WILLIAMS and by the Princeton AlumniCorps. In attendance were DAVID WILLIAMS, BILL MCCARTER, BILL WEIGEL, HOWARD ZIEN, PODIE LYNCH, BILL RODMAN, and ALAN USAS.

Read more here about the '71 Legacy Initiative and click on any of the links above to learn more about ways you can experience a valuable new chapter of service in the Princeton tradition. Photos of the event can be found in the Photo Gallery.

Hess Home Team Supports

ALS Research in Philadelphia

On a cool but dry Fall day thousands of walkers helped make the Philadelphia ALS Walk a huge success. Our own JACK HESS was the top individual fundraiser, with over $20,000 contributed to find a cure for ALS. Part of the group is shown in the photo including Pat Hess, JACK HESS, Ronnie Hittson in the front and in the back KIRK LIDDELL, DOUG PIKE, WALLY HESS h71, JACK HITTSON, and Bob Hughes '72. (Click on photo for a larger view and here for more photos.)

'71 Gathers and Supports Tigers in
Come-from-behind Win at Brown

While it was mid-third quarter before Princeton got their first lead, the Tigers showed strong second half performance in an exciting 39-17 win over Brown in Providence. Present for the evening game that began with a reception, dinner, and visit by the Tiger Band hosted by the Princeton Alumni Association of Rhode Island were (l to r) KATHY MOLONY, RICH HOLLINGSWORTH (in from MA), JIM HART (visiting from MN), TIM EMPKIE, and ALAN and Karen USAS. More photos can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.

Happy Birthday, Darlene!

The Class of '71 extends a hearty Happy Birthday to our Honorary Classmate Darlene Love, which falls on Friday, July 26. Her surprise performance at the 35th helped make that Reunion one of the most memorable. Stu Rickerson, who arranged for her appearance with support from the Class Save the Wild Life Fund, recently saw the new movie "Twenty Feet from Stardom" and pointed out that near the beginning Darlene is introduced as "the first" modern backup singer. The film features a number of great musicians, but primary attention is given to our Classmate. Stu says, "It's a lovely movie, and long overdue attention for these women who were the vocal engines of the Rock and Roll songs we knew best. Please do yourself a big favor, and see the movie, preferably in a movie theater where the sound system can do justice to the great songs and voices featured." Class film critic Bill Zwecker agrees, "It's a superb film and it was great to see Darlene in particular get this attention." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted her in March 2011, just a few months before our 40th Reunion, which featured another music legend.

Class & University Honor Daniels '71 with Wilson Award

A record number of classmates gathered in Princeton on the February 23rd Alumni Day to recognize our own Mitch Daniels, who received the Woodrow Wilson Award given to an undergraduate alumnus or alumna whose career embodies Wilson's invitation in his speech, "Princeton in the Nation's Service." In his morning address in RIchardson Auditorium (Alexander Hall), Mitch examined the current challenges facing the United States in his speech, "Do Princeton Graduates Match the Moment?" At lunch where he was formally presented with the award by Princeton Board of Trustees Chair Kathryn Hall '80, Mitch spoke to a capacity crowd in Jadwin. The day of honoring Mitch was topped off with a splendid reception and dinner starting at the Class of 1971 Library at Tiger Inn orchestrated by Class Reunion Chair Jack Hittson and ably hosted by VP Kirk Liddell. 

Visit the Class Photo Gallery here to see more images of the day. Click here to read the transcript of Mitch's speech.

Mitch recently ended his second term as Governor of Indiana and was installed this January as President of Purdue University. Among his accomplishments as Governor, Mitch transformed the $800 million deficit he inherited in his first term into a $500 million surplus. Since 2008 during the period of the Great Recession, he led the actions that enabled the State of Indiana to accumulate $2 billion in cash reserves. With the surplus, he issued tax refund checks to all Hoosier taxpayers.


Mitch Daniels '71 wins Woodrow Wilson Award

Receiving Princeton's top honor for an undergraduate alumnus, Mitch will recognized for his achievements that echo Wilson's famous speech, "Princeton in the Nation's Service." His career has included executive leadership in the pharmaceuticals industry and also public service during the terms of two US presidents. When he completes his second term as governor of Indiana in January, he will become president of Purdue University.

More information about his terrific recognition can be found here and here.

The award will be presented to Mitch at Alumni Day, Saturday, February 23rd, on campus. Stay tuned for more information about the ceremony and the day's program.

Congratulations, Mitch!

Football vs. Harvard: "And then it got crazy..."

Classmates and others witnessed a come-from-behind 4th quarter victory to hand Harvard its first loss and tarnish their national ranking. Game day featured pre-game lectures and a tailgate and the annual class post-game reception at the Tiger Inn Class of 1971 Library.

The game story and videos are available as are terrific photos of the day courtesy of Howard Zien and Kirk Liddell.

Join Us for Homecoming 2012 - October 20

There are a lot of things to do on campus including specific Class of 1971 events which we encourage you to attend:
  • Pre-game tailgate at Fine Plaza (just east of the stadium) from 10:30am - 12:30pm (kick-off is at 1:00pm). More information and registration here. FREE!
  • Annual post-game reception at Tiger Inn in the second floor library. Food and beverages available. FREE!
More information about the weekend is available in Reunion Chair Jack Hittson's announcement.

Upcoming Events

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 Class of 1971's 50th Reunion Year

50th/51st Class Reunion

May 19-22, 2022

Football vs. Stetson

DeLand, FL
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September 17, 2022


Mississippi River Cruise

October 9-15, 2022

Future Class Reunions

52nd Reunion, May 25-28, 2023

53rd Reunion, May 23-26, 2024

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