'66 Classmate in the News

Please send information with notable '66 news, information, and activities to jmhart62@gmail.com (thanks in advance!). This is just a partial collection of recent accomplishments by our remarkable classmates. Some of the "news" is not so new.

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.'" 
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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.

May 11, 2017: John Scully is the 2017 Horatio Alger Award Winner.

April 18, 2017. This January 30 ABC News video video covers the story of Insha Afsar, a Pakistani Teen Who Lost a Leg in Earthquake Now a Skiing Competitor. Ted Bent and his wife Rebecca are Insha's US guardians. Ted makes an appearance in the video and talks more about Insha in his 50th Reunion Book bio.

April 14, 2017. T.R. Reid's latest book is A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System. T.R. covers tax policy alternatives, and he discussed the book at our Feb 25 Alumni Day dinner. Click here for an April 3 Fresh Air NPR interview with Terry Gross, Author Looks To Other Countries To Rethink America's Complicated Tax Code. T.R. was featured in a long segment of the April 13 PBS NewsHour and has an April 14 OpEd (Filing Taxes in Japan Is a Breeze. Why Not Here?) in the New York Times.

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, has announced 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, 2016Bob 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 (click here 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."

January 17, 2015Russell Willis runs Willis' Walkabouts in Australia's Northern Territories and is well-known in bushwalking circles. Wild Magazine published 30 Years of Willis. Also see a 2011 article and Into the Wild with Willis in the 2012 Territory Quarterly. Hornblower Russ Leads the Charge proves that some of us can still do what we did 13 years ago.

December 10, 2015Charlie 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, 2015Our honorary classmate, Shirley M. Tilghman h'66, has been named a member of the Harvard Corporation.

November 14, 2015Three 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, 2015The 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..



Rocky Barrett 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.


Stas' Malizewski 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. 


Bob Nahas caught this Sports Illustrated article about David Blatt '81 who was on our 15th reunion crew as was recently named head coach of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Bob mentioned several other notable reunion crew members:
  • Keith Elias '94 (25th reunion), who went to the NFL
  • Pyper Davis '87 (20th reunion), a university trustee
  • Tara Christie Kinsey '97 (ran our 30th), Princeton's Associate Dean for Campus Life

Read The Train Set Of Boyhood Dreams: John Scully's $400,000 Playground in ForbesLife, Sept 23, 2013.


Lanny Jones 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.


Jeff Shafer's Five Years Later: Lessons from the Financial Crisis was published Sept 12, 2013 by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute. Here's a press release and summary, and here's a three-minute YouTube presentation. Also, see p. 48 of former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's "Stress Test" for a complimentary reference to Jeff.


WilmerHale announced 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 YouTube video shows Terry Seymour's remembrance address for Dr. Samuel Johnson, delivered in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. Also see Terry's 2011 book, A Printing History of Everyman's Library.


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.