October, 2014, Events
of 1968 Seminar on Foreign Policy
On Friday and Saturday October 17 and 18, seven of
us (Jay Bestmann, Bill and Anne Charrier, Dan Harman, Bob Herbst, and Rick and
Chris Kitto) joined over 40 members and spouses of the Class of ’68 at their
annual seminar in Princeton on the campus of the Theological Seminary. Over the course of 24 hours we
were treated to lectures covering situations that confront U.S. foreign policy
makers, ranging from the Middle East, Ukraine and East Asia to the future of
multilateralism to a look-back at decisions regarding Vietnam which all of us
remembered from our days as undergraduates. The session culminated in a very informative talk by Cameron
Hume ’68 who has had a distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service
culminating in ambassadorships to South Africa and Indonesia. Cam reflected on his experience and
imparted some profound insights on what lay ahead for the U.S., as emerging powers
and ideologies begin to assert themselves.
The seminar proved to be a great way to gain insight
into the quality of the University’s faculty, while providing an opportunity to
get together. All of the talks
were followed by spirited question and answer sessions, and we all enjoyed a
dinner at the Nassau Club on Friday evening. We apparently didn’t misbehave too much, because the Class
of ’68 extended an invitation to us to attend this gathering every year. We hope more of us can take advantage
of this opportunity, because it’s a wonderful way to catch up with classmates
while also learning something.
Just ask any of us who attended.
in Africa Annual Gala
evening of October 23 was a very special one as 30 ‘69ers, PICS board members
and guests were among those who gathered in New York to attend the Princeton in
Africa Annual Gala where Jim Floyd and George Hritz (along with Frank
Strasburger ’67) were presented with the Inaugural Princeton in Africa
Founders’ Medal in honor of their work starting Princeton In Africa. In lieu of the three honorees giving acceptance speeches, a brief pre-recorded video interview was shown. Click here to see that video: http://www.princetoninafrica.org/princeton-in-africa-founders-video/
For many of us it was a walk down
memory lane, as Emily Holland, daughter of Lindsay, and one of our original
CSF/PICS interns nearly 20 years ago, emceed the affair. In fact, our CSF incubated
Princeton in Africa, and Seva Kramer served as its first Executive Director
while Jim, George and Frank were getting it off the ground.
in attendance included Jay Bestmann, Bill and Anne Charrier, Jim Floyd, Lindsay
Holland, Steve Houck, George and Mary Beth Hritz, Seva and Peter Kramer, Rick
and Chris Kitto, Jeff and Maureen Marston, Clay and Pinky McEldowney, John and
Ellen Stossel, and Dick and Raina Stuart. Several of our gang who were unable to attend also generously
supported the dinner: Bob Axelrod and Christy Wise, Dick and Marian Bott, Dan
Danser, Chuck and Judy Freyer, Jim and Jane Gregoire, Bruce Hillman, Bob and Gail Loveman, Bob and Angenette
Meaney, Marc Miller and Stephanie deSibour, and Paul and Betsy Sittenfeld. Two of our classmates contributed to
this benefit in a special way: John
Stossel and our honorary classmate Paul Muldoon were each auctioned off for
dinner to help support Princeton in Africa’s mission. Several of our non-classmate PICS Board members also
attended, and our Class and PICS were both recognized as the two "Silver
Chairs” of the event. In all ’69ers
and PICS Board members contributed well over $30,000 to support Princeton in
Africa. A good time was had by all,
and a great organization benefitted.
Click here to see photos from the event.
Activities on October 25
Class Events over the Harvard weekend provided yet another October opportunity
for fellowship. We held our Class
Steering Committee in the morning.
The major news from that meeting is that we’ll be having a mini-reunion
next fall in Williamsburg, VA organized by Clay and Pinky McEldowney. Thanks so much to them for taking
this on. Details in due course.
had a lovely day for the festivities (the outcome of the game will not be
mentioned here) starting with a wonderful tailgate organized by Chip and
Marilyn Jerry, Jeff and Maureen Marston and Clay and Pinky, arranged for us on
the premises of Ivy Club by Jack McCarthy. After the game over 40 of us gathered for cocktails and dinner
followed by our speaker, Pulin Sanghvi, Princeton’s new Executive Director of
Career Services. Pulin described
his ambitious vision for helping Princeton students define and fulfill their
ambitions with the help of faculty and alumni. In the course of his remarks, he mentioned several times
that the PICS model for alumni network engagement for the benefit of Princeton
students is one he hopes to extend in executing his re-invention of Career
Services. Princeton is clearly
lucky to have him, and Pulin credits our classmate Don Dixon with helping to
bring him here from Stanford Business School. Again, all who attended had a good time.
Our next Class Dinner will on occur on February 21,
2015 when we will celebrate Princeton’s 100th Alumni Day. Details to be provided soon.