'66 Classmates in the News
Please send information with notable '66 news, information, and activities to firstname.lastname@example.org (thanks in advance!). This is just a partial collection of recent accomplishments by our remarkable classmates. Some of the "news" is not so new.
September 21, 2020. Russell Willis publishes a monthly Willis's Walkabouts Newslettersproviding links to an excellent collection of articles covering COVID, the environment, geopolitics, and much more, all from the perspective of Russell's location in Darwin, Australia and with the benefit of his knowledge of the Australian Outback.
September 8, 2020. This item might be "66 Classmate Reads the News" as Larry Horn forwarded this New York Times article, A Nostalgic (if Isolating) Road Trip along Route 66. Unlike us, the old Route 66 is not in its prime, but the article may stir wanderlust in your soul.
August 26, 2020. Tom Yin will be next year's recipient of the Award of Merit from the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. The ARO is a major international organization in hearing and balance, and it covers the spectrum of basic science to clinical otolaryngology. The annual meeting and award ceremony will be held Feb 22 in Orlando and is attended by approximately 1400 people. Tom is now emeritus professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin.
March 30, 2020. Bruce Ribner has coronavirus advice in this article. The March 4, 2015 PAW cover article describes Bruce's Ebola work.
October 10, 2019. John Scully received a lifetime achievement award for his work with the Making Waves Academy. Jon Holman was present and writes as follows regarding John's work and the award.
Last Thursday night (10/10/19), I had the true pleasure to participate in an event honoring John. As you know, John has many big accomplishments beyond his graduation from two stellar institutions and a hugely successful career, including (with regard to Princeton) making the lead gift for a dormitory complex and serving on the board of PRINCO (the entity which invests the Princeton endowment) and as a Trustee of the University. At Stanford, he has also served on the Board of Trustees and on the GSB Advisory Council and was a former director for the Stanford Management Company, and for Stanford Hospital and Clinics. And, he has one of the greatest model train set-ups in the world
In 1989, he and Reverend Eugene Farlough set up an after-school program called Making Waves in Richmond, California. John says that his motivation to help historically underrepresented and underserved youth started from his days at Princeton when he tutored a young girl from Trenton. From the experience, he came to realize that a whole segment of our society was locked out of educational opportunities by economic circumstances and that many schools were failing our youth.
Fast forward to today. In 2007, after many years working with the Richmond student community, Making Waves Academy, a public charter school, was opened and now educates more than 1,000 students in grades 5-12. And Making Waves Foundation runs a college success program called CAP. CAP serves graduates from the Academy and high school seniors from low-income families from across the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties with 1:1 college coaching, a personal financial services coordinator, need-based scholarship funding, and professional and peer networking opportunities. CAP helps students graduate college on time and with as little debt as possible.
Last Thursday, at the 30th anniversary celebration of Making Waves, John received a lifetime achievement award. Huge event, and with no doubt he was the hero of the evening. What I've listed above is just a tiny portion of what he created with Making Waves; it really is a model for helping solve the education problems in underserved communities, and maybe in all communities.
Among the many attendees other than me were Princeton '66 classmates Ord Elliott (also a Scully roommate), Walter Bliss (likewise), Terry Eakin, Tim Smith, Bill Harrison, and Peter Wendell '72 (who served on the PRINCO board and as a Trustee with John). Terry Eakin and I also were Stanford GSB classmates of John. Ord Elliott made a very humble and humorous speech which referred to the Order of the Royal Hog, the name assumed Princeton by John and his roommates. They had been accumulating monies for charitable purposes and this year chose to gift all of it to Making Waves Foundation in John’s honor. Ord led us in a Locomotive in John's honor, captured in one of the attached photos.
A very special night for a very special guy. Made me proud to be his friend.
The photo show's John making his acceptance speech. See the Classmate Sightings page for additional photos.
August 23, 2019. This WSJ article, Kayaking the Los Angeles River, an Improbable Eden, credits Lewis MacAdams as the founder of the movement to save the LA River, although he is not interviewed. You'll need a subscription to read the complete article, but a trial subscription is only $1.
July 25, 2019. Jim Dashow's opera, ARCHIMEDES, a work designed for the full immersion ambiance of a planetarium was produced at the Hemisferic Planetarium in Valencia, Spain, on June 10, July 10, 12 and 18 of this year (2019). Also see this 2007 PAW article.
Dashow is a pioneer in digital sound synthesis, known more colloquially as "computer music", having had his first experiences with it under the tutelage of Hubert ("Tuck") Howe, class of '64. Computer music was born as a result of a collaboration between Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., and a couple of Princeton composers, most notably J. K. Rnndall, Dashow's principal undergraduate teacher and composer of the first significant computer generated works in the mid-1960's.
The 2019-20 season is looking to be unusually active: in August, Dashow has a concert at the University of Pretoria in South Africa dedicated to several of his works in the series "Soundings in Pure Duration", in October he has a similar concert in Udine (Italy), two of his pieces from that series were performed at the Sabina Electroacoustic Music Festival earlier this month (July), as well as a performance at the New York City Electronic Music Festival (NYCEMF); another of the pieces in that series is part of the concert program Electric Voice being toured internationally by Nicholas Isherwood, the foremost bass-baritone interpreter of contemporary music. Isherwood has been and will be in several cities in New York and California, as well as in Philadelphia, Montreal, Amsterdam, Birmingham (U.K.), and Cracow (Poland). In 2020 Dashow has concert engagements in Milan, Den Haag, Lyon, Florence and Rome. Then he plans to go back underground for awhile and catch his breath.
Among other things, in 2011 Dashow, who makes his home in Italy, received a career award from the Roman musical institution CEMAT in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the evolution of electronic music.
April 18, 2019. The US Department of Justice published a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report. Print and Kindle versions are available from multiple sources (click here for those available on Amazon), and online versions are available from the Department of Justice website, from major news organizations, and elsewhere. Bob has also been named by Time as one of the world's most influential people. Update, July 24. Bob's important testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees was televised by all major networks and widely covered in the media.
May 2, 2018. The Baker Industries April 28 Spring Gala honored Turk Thacher "for his 15 years of dynamic leadership of Baker Industries, a nonprofit workforce development program serving adults with disabilities, substance use disorder, those on parole/probation, and the homeless. Turk's enthusiasm for each person in our program is unsurpassed, and his support and encouragement of participants as they achieve increased stability and independence is well known at each Baker facility." Bud D'Avella and Jim Parmentier represented the class, reporting "It was a fabulous evening. Place was packed. A few hundred people. I spoke with Turk who was thrilled with and deeply appreciative of our tribute in the program. He said was most successful Gala in 37 years. And there were several competing events in the area. Raised over $100,000." To top it off, Turk and Carol's third grandchild is due June 3. With optimal scheduling and delivery, we'll still see Turk at the 52nd.
March 19, 2018, October 8, 2017: Lewis McAdams is profiled in this Los Angeles Times article, Legacy Projects Take Shape Honoring Lewis MacAdams, Poet and Crusader for Transforming Los Angeles River. The article cover Lewis' "years spent crusading to return the concrete-lined Los Angeles River to a more natural state" and work writing his memoirs with the assistance of historian Michael Block. In addition, "sculptor Eugene Daub is finishing a 7-foot-tall monument featuring MacAdams in stark relief over river flora and fauna including frogs, herons and fish. It will be unveiled in November at the Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park (formerly Marsh Park - Lewis appears in a video at the top of this page) in Elysian Valley." "The monument depicts MacAdams, his eyes fixed on a distant horizon. Just beneath the visage is one of his favorite phrases: 'If it's not impossible, I'm not interested.'" Here's more. Hint: It's still "Marsh Park" in Google Maps and Apple Maps. It's located northeast of the I-5 - SR2 intersection at 2801-2999 Rosanna St.
- March 19, 2018. Jon Wiener writes,
"I just got back from the FoLAR (Friends of the Los Angeles River) event honoring Lewis MacAdams, and he and his son Ocean told me about your proposal that our class do something to honor him. That is a wonderful idea, and I'm happy to help. Today's event, as you know, was at the park on the LA River where the statue of him is. ... It's a beautiful spot, and of course unique, but a little hard to find without GPS.Also see the April 25, 2015 Class Notes for more news and an additional photo.
... The state recently appropriated $98 million for Lewis's vision of a revitalized river - which makes Lewis the most successful fund-raiser in our class, I think! - but that money doesn't go to FoLAR, it goes to build parks along the riverbanks."
December 12, 2017. Jeff Burt is coauthor along with James Hitch '71, Peter Pettibone '61, and Tom Shillinglaw of Trump, Eisenhower and Russia: A Chance for Peace in The National Interest. The article argues for a reassessment of US-Russia relations.
June 16, 2017:
From Scuttlebutt Sailing News
: "Brad Willauer
is one of the veterans of the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race. He has been participating since he was a teenager, usually working the foredeck on someone else's boat". Now Brad is the skipper of his own crew, all family members. Here's the full article, Family Team Goes Offshore
May 17, 2017: As widely reported, former F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller has been named the special counsel for the Russia investigation. Bob's character, integrity, and humility have received wide praise from all directions; this too has been widely reported. He has also been honored by Princeton in 2012 with the Woodrow Wilson Award, conferred annually upon an alumnus or alumna of the undergraduate college whose achievements exemplify Woodrow Wilson's memorable phrase "Princeton in the nation's service." More recently, Bob spoke at our class Alumni Day dinner in 2016, and, on Tuesday night, May 16, he kept his commitment to speak (via video from Washington - click here) to the Princeton Association of New England's (PANE) Annual Meeting and Princeton Prize (our class project) Award ceremony. Here is a CNN article and video of Bob speaking at his granddaughter's graduation from Tabor Academy. March 2, 2017. Charlie Shaver
has an opinion column
in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada Sun proposing outsourcing of Canadian medial services to the US in order to help reduce US costs.
January 25, 2017. Sigma Xi,
the Scientific Research Society,
the election of Joel Primack
as president-elect designee and to serve as president from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019,, Joel writes, "I was inducted into Sigma Xi in Spring 1966 at Princeton. Now I look forward to leading Sigma Xi and helping to make a strong case for supporting research and using science as the basis for decision making in government and society".
November 9, 2016. Tom Benghauser
's BuildingBabiesBrains Foundation is a science-based non-profit dedicated to ensuring that the greatest possible number of low-income moms and dads interact with their newborns in PARENTESE as early and often as possible during their first six months and thereby maximize generation of the architecture in their infants' brains that's responsible for language and acts as the essential foundation for all subsequent cognition.
Tom has been in touch with Princeton professor Casey Lew-Williams, who was interviewed for The Language of Little Ones in the January 11, 2017 issue of PAW. Prof. Lew-Williams responded that the non-profit is "terrific" and "I am clearly favorable to its goals."
The web page describes the foundation's mission, the science, the hiring of an experienced Director of Development, and how to join other '66ers to support the organization.
October 28, 2016.
Booz Allen Hamilton has hired former FBI director Robert Mueller
to review its security measures
after one of its employees was with charged with stealing reams of classified documents from the NSA. Here are articles from the Washington Post
and the Baltimore Sun
September 20, 2016. The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (AFBNJ) Board selected Larry Horn as the winner of its 2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award to be presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism In the Law. The criteria for determining the award recipient call for a lawyer "who is well recognized for character and competence, a person who is respected by colleagues and looked upon as a model of professional behavior.” When Larry’s selection was proposed to the Board by President-Elect Sabrina Comizzoli, it was met with unanimous agreement that Larry has exemplified this standard through decades of leadership and mentorship in the New Jersey federal legal community. Mark S. Olinsky, current AFBNJ president, said, "I, of course, had to recuse myself from the vote, but was beaming with pride for the wonderful comments made about Larry by so many distinguished federal practitioners, particularly the final one that, 'on top of all that, Larry is a mensch'.” The award will be presented at a luncheon at The Imperia in Somerset on November 3.
September 20, 2016. John Edie
, the longtime general counsel for the Council on Foundations, commented on Trump Foundation activities near the end of this Washington Post article
August 10, 2016. Mike Spence is mentioned several times in a recent Economist article about seminal ideas in economics. I was planning to put this up after returning from a trip, but T. R. Reid beat me to it with the following Facebook posting on the class page:
"Mike Spence's Seminal Idea: The excellent British news magazine The Economist has launched a new feature called "Six Big Ideas," which it calls "a series on seminal economic ideas." The first installment, in the July 23-29 edition, deals with Mike Spence's groundbreaking 1973 paper "Job Market Signalling," which helped create the discipline of Information Asymmetry. The article notes that Mike's great paper, and decades of further work, made him an obvious choice for the Nobel Prize in Economics --which Mike won in 2001. Mike shared the prize that year with two other world-class thinkers, George Akerlof and Joseph Stiglitz.
Whenever I tell Princeton people about the great class of '66, I point out proudly that we snagged a Nobel Prize before our 36th reunion (well, one of us did, anyway)."
August 10, 2016. T. R. Reid was the Commencement Speaker at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine.
May 17, 2016. Mike Witte gets as mention in The Cardinals Way by Howard Megdal. Click here for the excerpt. From Mike:
"The book traces the history of the St.Louis Cardinals with focus on the ownership of the DeWitt family, especially the present Chairman, Bill Dewitt, Jr., who was a senior at St. Louis Country Day School when I was a freshman. It's a long story, but somehow the Cardinals and Dewitt formally hired me as a pitching mechanics consultant in 2005. From 2005-10, I worked with Jeff Luhnow (now GM of the Houston Astros) to reconfigure Cardinals' pitcher acquisition and development, much to the dismay of the managerial/coaching staff then in place. The attached document describes much of the field management concern then expressed. Left the Cards in 2010 to go into the baseball business with my middle son, Spencer, who played ball at Penn. We now consult with twelve ML teams."
April 20, 2016. Bob Mueller has been appointed to try to bring parties to a settlement by the judge hearing the class action against VW, Click here for the National Law Journal article and click here for the New York Times article where Bob's appointment is discussed at the end. April 9, 2016
. John Heminway
was honored at the second annual TUSK Wildlife Gala
for more images), TUSK raised more than $600k and auctioned off tickets to Wimbledon and a limited edition David Yarrow photograph. The gala honored Sir Richard Branson and the creators of the documentary, "Explorer: Warlords of Ivory,” John Heminway, Bryan Christy, JJ Kelley and Katie Carpenter.
April 18, 2016. Norm Tabler won the New Yorker cartoon caption contest from March 21. You can see his winning entry in the April 18 edition. The class now has 2.5 winners. Henry Von Kohorn won a few years ago, giving two winners from the same entry as well as the same class. JIm Parmentier once won a tote bag with a caption that was essentially the same as the winner.
April 7, 2016. Jim Timbie's retirement from the State Department is covered in this Washington Post "Power Profile" article.The article summarizes Jim's "weighty responsibilities over four decades, including reductions in nuclear forces and the purchase of highly enriched uranium." Jim has advised every Secretary of State from George Shultz to John Kerry. "Secretary of State John F. Kerry lauded Timbie as 'one of our nation’s finest public servants...The work he’s done has without question made the world a safer place,' Kerry said." December 10, 2015: Charlie Gogolak and his brother Pete received the 2015 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City. See the August 12 entry below for the award announcement. December 7, 2015. Our honorary classmate, Shirley M. Tilghman h'66, has been named a member of the Harvard Corporation. November 14, 2015. Three class members, Ron Landeck, Stas' Maliszewski, and Paul Savidge were among the winners of the The John P. Poe - Richard W. Kazmaier, Jr. Football Trophy honored at the Homecoming half-time ceremony (This page appears to have been deleted; maybe they'll put it back). The link includes a video showing some familiar faces as well as a list of the all-time winners. October 23, 2015. The American Physical Society (APS) has announced that Joel Primack, distinguished professor of physics at UC Santa Cruz, will receive the 2016 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award. The award outstanding accomplishments by physicists in promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society in such areas as the environment, arms control, and science policy. September 26, 2015. Pam and Gary Mount, owners of Terhune Orchards (site of numerous class events), will be honored with two awards. One is for "their life long commitment to community, local farming, the environment and education" and the other as "leaders in conservation, sustainability, and environmentally, sensitive farming practices." September 24, 2015. See this New York Times article for an update on the Los Angeles River; Lewis MacAdams is quoted several times. This August Los Angeles Times article discusses Lewis and the Friends of the Los Angeles River and their concerns about the LA River Master Plan. Previously, 450 people attended a 70th birthday party for Lewis, held on Oct. 12, 2014 in Los Angeles -- a fundraiser sponsored by Friends of the Los Angeles River, the environmental project Lewis founded in 1986, 28 years ago. Under Lewis's leadership as co-founder and president, FoLAR recently won approval from the Army Corps of Engineers for a $1 billion (yes, billion with a "b") restoration plan. The highlight of the party came when L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti sang a song about Lewis he had written for the occasion. Lewis' work has been covered in the New Yorker (2004), the New York Times, and elsewhere. August 12, 2015
: Charlie Gogolak
Earns Prestigious College Football Contribution Honor
. The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that former Princeton kicker Charlie Gogolak
and former Cornell kicker Pete Gogolak have been named co-recipients of the 2015 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award.
August 7, 2015:
This Los Angeles Times article
discusses Lewis MacAdams and the Friends of the Los Angeles River and their concerns about the LA River Master Plan.
T. R. Reid
was the Colorado School of Public Health graduation speaker. CSPH is the nation's newest --and a key element of the state's health care system. CSPH graduated 150 MPH's and Ph.D.'s this year..
wrote in to say he has entered his seventh four-year term of office as Tribal Chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation
. Their tribe has grown to be the 9th largest Indian tribe in the US, and their commitment to financial independence and education is bearing fruit. The majority of their elected officials hold college degrees that the Nation helped to provide, and the Nation currently has two undergraduate students at Princeton.Lanny Jones
received the Time, Inc. 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award
on April 15.
This 2010 article
about Alan Pestronk's
career in academic clinical neurology appeared on our class Facebook page (thanks to David Marshak).
The U. of Florida's Levin College of Law announced George Dawson's
appointment as interim dean.
Retired Rutgers Business School professor Donald McCabe
, "Dr. Ethics", is the first recipient of an award created in his honor. Don's award and its creation were announced
during a Sept 17 reception by the Institute for Ethical Leadership.
and Rick Bowers
returned to the Quad Cities area (Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa and Rock Island and Moline in Illinois) for the September 19 game between their high schools, Davenport Assumption and Keokuk. Here's the QC Times article
and here's the game report
NFL Commissioner Goodell has asked former FBI Director Bob Mueller
to conduct an independent investigation into the Ray Rice Incident. The story is covered in all major newspapers, including the New York Times
and USA Today
. The '66 charisma rubs off on undergrads on our past reunion work crews.
described "The Triumph of the Soccer Moms
" in the June 30 (2014) Wall Street Journal. As of July 11, you don't need a WSJ subscription to read the article.
The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees announced
the appointment of Dick McGinity
as the university’s 25th president on January 16.
that Bob Mueller
, who was director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 12 years before stepping down in September, is joining the law firm as a partner.
This New York Times article
about Mike Spence
and "Nobel Winner’s Frank Advice to China’s Leadership". Also see Mike's 2012 book, The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World
This Rugby Club newsletter
mentions Ord Elliot
and Tom Hanks attending the Princeton vs. Stanford Women’s XVs’ match in Palo Alto (a Tiger victory) with Ord delivering a post-game talk. See the sixth page.
Confessions of a Rodeo Rookie. In The Wall Street Journal (Aug 30, 2013) and PAW (Feb 5, 2014)
, Lanny writes about barrel racing as a rodeo rookie.
Tony Grassi is featured in a March 8, 2013 Bangor (Maine) Daily News article (here) about his work restoring a grist mill in Freedom, ME. The article (Labor of love restoring Freedom grist mill that was built to last) includes photos and a video with Tony describing the project. The Spring, 2012 issue of Harvard Medicine (…the alumni magazine of Harvard Medical School) focused on stories of HMS researchers who have used the special laboratory of space to test questions of medical science ranging from pharmaceuticals, to rebuild bone tissue, computational software for imaging technologies, and behavioral therapies for problems encountered in prolonged human spaceflight. One of those latter problems is motion sickness, and one of the profiled researchers was Chuck Oman, currently the Director of the Man-Vehicle Laboratory, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Written by Jake Miller, the piece (here).
Frank Neussle sent in news that Stas Maliszewskireceived a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th annual Mutual Fund Industry Awards Dinner on April 5, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. Stas was a former Director of the Yacktman Funds. His actions in defense of shareholders and of the director’s display of independence initiated a sea change for the mutual fund industry that culminated when the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a set of rule amendments related to director independence and establishing certain protections for directors". The photo shows Stas with Jon Dawson.