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Class of 1969 Memorials

With sadness and respect, we present memorials to our deceased classmates. The memorials are listed in alphabetical order.

May their memories be honored, and may they rest in peace.
(Link to a listing of deceased classmates)

James Taylor Adams '69

Published in Mar. 12, 2003, PAW

Jim died Oct. 16, 2002, in Lawrenceville, N.J., of a cerebral hemorrhage. A 1965 graduate of the Lawrenceville School, Jim had been a teacher there for 25 years. He served the school in an extraordinary range of capacities, including English master, assistant varsity basketball coach, housemaster, and assistant headmaster. He was honored with the Class of 1965 James T. Adams Chair for Distinguished Teaching.

A native of Oneida, N.Y., Jim received a master's in English from Boston U. He was a former director of Lawrenceville's camp for underprivileged inner-city students.

A memorial service, held in the Edith Memorial Chapel at Lawrenceville on Nov. 16, was attended by a number of classmates. Mike Fremuth '69, who spoke at the service, reflected on the gift that Jim's life represented. Jim's wife of 30 years, Joanne, captured it all eloquently: "Jim was a good man and, by all accounts, he made a difference. He loved his life." He is survived by his mother, Esther; his daughter, Jennifer Adams; his son, Jared; sister Ann Garwig; and brother Stephen. Jim and his family were well known for their community service.

Our class joins many friends and admirers in mourning Jim's passing.

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Charles H. Alexander Jr. ’69

Published in the Apr. 27, 2011, PAW

Word just recently reached us of the Sept. 1, 2002, death of Charles H. "Chip” Alexander Jr. Chip drowned while swimming in rough surf off Virginia Beach, Va.

Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Cheverly, Md., and was valedictorian of his Bladensburg High School class. After receiving a degree in mathematics from Princeton, he earned a doctorate in statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

After teaching at SUNY, Binghamton, he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau and, during his later years, handled all statistical aspects of the American Community Survey Program. He was widely respected for his contributions to continuous measurement methods.  

Chip is survived by his wife, Diane, and their children, David and Emily. Belatedly, we salute a valued and accomplished member of our class.  


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Drew Arena

Published in the Washington Post, August 19, 2010

Drew Charles Arena, 62, an expert in international criminal law and national security matters passed away from complications related to his ten year battle with lung cancer on August 18th while in Boston.

Mr. Arena had recently retired as Verizon's Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Law Enforcement & National Security Legal Compliance. At Verizon he was responsible for a wide array of legal compliance matters, including issues of corporate governance and security, lawful interception and stored communications, critical infrastructure protection, business continuity and emergency preparedness.

His government service included four years in Brussels as the Attorney General’s first Senior Policy Representative for multilateral affairs in Europe, where he was a founding member of the G-8's Lyon Group of Senior Experts on Transnational Organized Crime and its High Tech Crime Subgroup. He previously worked as Counsel for International Programs to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, Director of the Department’s Office of International Programs, Director, Assistant Director and Trial Attorney in the Office of International Affairs in the Criminal Division, Legal Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Counsel to the U.S. Senate Investigation of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident, and Assistant U.S. Attorney. He held an AB in History from Princeton and a JD from the University of Colorado.

 Mr. Arena’s passion for knowledge fueled a life-long interest in world history, science, music, art, literature and politics.  He had a keen sense of justice, and a deep, abiding love for family and friends.  

He is survived by his loving wife, Elise (Pinkow), daughter Sarah, sons Xander and Dylan, daughters-in-law Patti and Brooke, and grandsons Dylan, Xander and Griffin.

Michael Bernstein

Published in the San Francisco Chronicle

On May 25, 2011, after a heroic battle against a rare and aggressive cancer, renowned scholar and novelist Michael Andr Bernstein, age 63, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, died peacefully at his home in Oakland, California, surrounded by his family. 

Born in Innsbruck Austria on August 31, 1947 and raised between Europe, Canada and the United States, Michael was a multilingual intellectual whose endeavors as a professor and as a writer of poetry, fiction, and criticism manifest a unique ability to synthesize the subjects about which he was so broadly learned: history, literature, art and politics. He published widely in the United States and abroad, and was honored repeatedly for his exceptional contributions to the world of letters. 

Among the many prestigious awards conferred on him were the Koret Israel Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a regular contributor to The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, and The LA Times Sunday Book Review. He published a volume of poetry, Prima della Rivoluzione, in 1984. 

His prolific contributions to literary criticism include The Tale of the Tribe: Ezra Pound and the Modern Verse Epic, Bitter Carnival: Ressentiment and the Abject Hero, Foregone Conclusions: Against Apocalyptic History, Five Portraits:

Modernism and the Imagination in Twentieth-Century German Writing. Bernstein's novel, Conspirators, was selected as one of the three finalists for the 2004 Reform Jewish Prize for fiction, was named one of the 25 best novels of the year by the Los Angeles Times, and was shortlisted for the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He was working on a new novel at the time of his death. 

As a teacher he was beloved for his course in which, year after year, he taught the entirety of Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust. He was a magnetic lecturer whose humanity and humor informed his analyses of authors such as James Joyce, Robert Musil, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens and Gustave Flaubert. He had a gift for bringing to bear his staggering breadth of knowledge without pretension or jargon.

In his private life Michael was a loyal friend, always offering the benefit of his full attention and generous imagination in conversations both in person and on the page, ready to engage wholeheartedly with the intellectual and artistic productivity of those he cherished. His competitive spirit found its way happily, weekly, onto the tennis courts of Berkeley. 

He was a devoted and proud father to his three daughters: Anna-Nora Bernstein, from his first marriage to Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, and Amitai and Oriane Sachs-Bernstein, from his marriage to Dalya Sachs-Bernstein, his widow, who survives him in sorrow. He is pre-deceased by his father John Bernstein, and his grandmother Dina Bernstein. His Toronto family includes step-mother Dr. Vera Rose-Bernstein; brother David; sister Suzanne; sister-in-law Susan; nieces and Alysha and Laura, and Emily nephew Brendan. He is also survived by loving family in California: his devoted in-laws Michael and Vivian Sachs of San Rafael, and his sister--in-law and brother-in-law Naomi and Ori Sachs-Amrami, and nephews Jordan, Daniel and Benjamin. 

An endowed memorial fund for graduate study in modern literature at UC Berkeley will be established in his name.

Link to original article:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?n=michael-bernstein&pid=151326616

James B. Blackburn III

Published in the News and Observer, March 7, 2012

James Breckenridge Blackburn III passed away on March 5th in Matthews, NC.

Jim was born November 16, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  He attended Princeton University, where he received his AB in english.  Jim was brought to North Carolina as a member of the US Army as he was stationed at Ft. Bragg during 1971.  He then went on to receive an MPA from NC State University before receiving his JD from Duke University in 1980.

Jim worked for the North Carolina School Boards' Association from 1974-1977.  Upon completing his law degree, he became a researcher for Terry Sullivan on the General Research staff of the North Carolina legislature and then served, for over twenty-five years, as General Counsel for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.  In 2011, Jim became a member of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in celebration of his commitment to NC and dedication to public service.  Jim enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with his family.  He was an avid lover of baseball, and spent many of his trips seeking out the local minor league teams.  His keen sense of humor and a dry wit will be missed by all.

Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cynthia Coote Blackburn (Chapel Hill, NC); his daughter, Sarah Luoise Blackburn Brincefield and her husband, Neal (Matthews, NC); his son, James Breckenridge Blackburn IV and his wife, Victoria (Washington, DC); his daughter, Natalie Alice Blackburn (Atlanta, GA); his grandson, Coleman James Brincefield; his sister, Nancy Blackburn Smithyman and her husband, Lee (Overland Park, KS); his aunt, Joann Blackburn (Oldsmar, FL) and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James Breckenridge Blackburn Jr. and Ethel Louise Herrod Blackburn.

Michael Buchner

Michael died on August 6, 2013 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after battling Multiple Systems Atrophy for over seven years.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Michael followed his brother, Stephen ’68, to Princeton from Rondebosch Boys’ High School in Cape Town. At Princeton, he was a University Scholar, majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Physics. He wrote his thesis under the guidance of Prof. Arthur Wightman. At our graduation, he was the Latin Salutatorian.

Subsequently, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1973. Following positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland, he moved to the University of New Mexico where he enjoyed doing mathematics research and teaching mathematics to both undergraduate and graduate students. He relished the outdoors and especially enjoyed frequent hikes in New Mexico. His greatest joy was bringing up his daughter as a single parent.

His marriage ended in divorce in 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Caroline "the shining star in his firmament” and his brother, Stephen and family. They and many of his Classmates will miss this distinguished and fine friend.

D. Craig Chapman ’69

Published in the May 14, 2014, PAW

Our class recorded a great loss with the Jan. 18, 2014, death of Craig Chapman.

Roommates and devoted friends Mark Jewett and Steve Wunsch have shared thoughts on his life — one of real distinction. Craig’s prodigious intellect motivated him to master 12 foreign languages, classical piano, church organ, folk guitar, and rock climbing. During our undergraduate years, he was a cook at Lahiere’s, subsequently became an accomplished chef, and authored three cookbooks.

After graduation, Craig pursued both law and medicine and had a distinguished military career, including service as a tent commander in Korea, where he directed the U.S. Army chorus.

An enthusiastic Princetonian, he recruited and interviewed applicants in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he spent his later years with his wife, Cathy. They previously lived in Savannah, Ga., where Craig established a medical partnership and worked as an emergency-room physician and forensic pathologist. He also became a private pilot, launched an air-ambulance and insurance service for travelers, and wrote a novel.

In retirement, Craig did pro bono medical work serving indigent patients, and after 9/11, volunteering to assist veterans.

Besides Cathy, Craig is survived by his sisters, Cathleen and Christine Chapman, and an extraordinary number of friends and admirers.


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Robert F. Culbertson ’69

Published in the Mar. 4, 2009, PAW

Bob Culbertson’s unexpected death, from an apparent heart attack, occurred April 8, 2008.

A graduate of Edina (Minn.) High School, Bob joined the freshman football team at Princeton. Bob left Princeton after sophomore year, was married in 1967, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in European history. He served in the Army at Fort Ord in California and lived in that state for many years. He went into the transmission business as owner of C&S Transmission Inc. in San Leandro.  

Bob loved swimming, hiking, boating, skiing, and camping. He shared these interests, as well as a love for model trains, with his brothers.  

Predeceased by his brother Frank Jr., Bob is survived by his parents, Pearl and Frank Culbertson, and his brother Jim. His funeral took place in Red Lodge, Mont., where he is buried next to his brother. The class extends its sincere sympathy to all of Bob’s family.


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Antonio Cosme Descamps ’69 *71

Published in Nov. 8, 1989, PAW

We note with great sadness that Antonio Descamps died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on May 15, 1989, in Sausalito, Ca1if., after a year of AIDS-related illnesses. Born in Cuba, Antonio immigrated to the U.S. in 1958 at the age of ten.

He completed his undergraduate degree in architecture and received his master's degree two years later. A

member of Ivy Club, Antonio spoke often and fondly of the wonderful times at the farm he shared with several classmates. He maintained close ties with many of his friends from Princeton. During the next 15 years, he lived in California, beginning as an architectural assistant and finally becoming the principal architect in his own successful firm in San Francisco. His sense of artistic integrity and fair business practice won him numerous loyal clients and friends. He also designed many sacred buildings and objects for his spiritual teacher, Da Free John (Love-Ananda), in Ca1ifornia, Hawaii, and Fiji (at the Hermitage retreat). He enjoyed traveling in France and in various tropical settings. Although his death was a long ordeal, he prepared for it with great understanding. Antonio inspired us all with his constant and fearless happiness.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers, a sister, and his partner of eight years, Patrick. His many friends will miss growing old with this extraordinary man.

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Richard Maclane Dicke Jr. ’69

Published in May 7, 1997, PAW

Belatedly, the class has learned of Rick Dicke's death on May 14, 1995, as a result of a brain tumor.

After graduating from the Hill School, Rick took a postgraduate year at Worcester Academy before entering Princeton. He also attended C. W. Post College in Greenville, N.Y.

He served as counselor with the Nassau County Dept. of Drug and Alcohol Addiction. Gardening was a special interest and a focus of his attention.

Rick's wife, Bernadette, reports that during his illness Rick received extraordinary support from many friends and came to realize how much he was valued by a wide and wonderful variety of people.

Rick is also survived by his father, Richard M. '37. To Bernadette and to his father, the class offers its sincerest sympathy.

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Malcolm Scott Douglas ’69

Published in July 3, 2002, PAW

Mac died of lung cancer on Feb. 26, 2002, in San Antonio. A member of Quadrangle Club and an accomplished fencer, he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He came to San Antonio in 1970 to work for Datapoint Corp. Mac was instrumental in the hardware design of the company's mass storage data devices. After working in London, he joined John Frassanito Associates. As a design engineer, he built the first prototype of the MINX system — the first desktop video teleconferencing system integrating video, voice, and data with a computer network. Since 1986, as a consultant, Mac created and implemented custom computer presentation and Web page design.

Computers were his life's vocation and his hobby. He also enjoyed windsurfing, golf, and helping his friends.

He is survived by children Alex, Monica, and Andreas, sister Jean Cadle, and brother Bruce Douglas '55. We extend our sympathy at the loss of this esteemed classmate.

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Wade Epps

Burlington City mourns sudden passing of former councilman

Posted in

By Jeannie O’Sullivan

Staff writer

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:04 pm

BURLINGTON CITY — Wade Epps will be remembered as an eloquent speaker, devout Christian, fluent scholar and dedicated politician.

The former City Council member and minister was found dead in his home office Sunday morning after failing to show up to deliver his sermon at Christ Baptist Church, where he was known for being punctual. He was 64.

Epps served as a 1st Ward councilman from 1985 to 1991, as an at-large councilman from 1999 to 2003, and filled an unexpired term in 2009.

"Wade was a class act. When he spoke, you listened,” said council President Douglas Ghaul at Tuesday’s meeting.

"I used to tell him he was the conscience of the council,” said Ghaul, a fellow Democrat who campaigned with Epps.

The council issued a proclamation detailing Epps’ accomplishments and describing him as a colleague and friend.

Epps worked in the public sector, retiring in 2008 after 25 years as director of the state’s Office of Support and Services for the Aged and Disabled. A community leader in the city, he served as a housing commissioner and was active in the Neighborhood Consortium and was on the board of the nonprofit SisterHood Inc.

Growing up, Epps proved his work ethic and talent as an honors student and football player at Burlington City High School. His younger brother remembered Epps’ strong role in their close-knit family.

"He always looked after me,” Mark Epps of Newark said Tuesday.

Influenced by a Christian upbringing and membership at Christ Baptist Church, Epps attended the Princeton Theological Seminary and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. According to his obituary, he was fluent in reading and writing in French, German, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, and was a staunch advocate of the civil rights teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

Epps became an ordained minister in 1980 and returned to Christ Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school, was active in the Christian Bell Choir, and gave sermons that often incorporated Burlington City’s history.

Epps also served as dean of theology of the Burlington County School of Ministry and Evangelism and for many years served communion and ministered at a convalescence facility.

Christ Baptist Church secretary Ramona Davis called Epps a humble man who was a joy to know and a "fantastic storyteller.”

Epps’ sister-in-law, Linda Caldwell Epps, also commended his way with words.

"He could always take a complicated situation and summarize it so succinctly, you wondered why you were ever confused in the first place,” said Caldwell Epps, Mark Epps’ wife.

Epps is also survived by nephews Mark Epps III of Newark and Bryan Epps of Brooklyn, N.Y.; goddaughters Noelle and Averie Blanks of Philadelphia and Andrea Flowers of Los Angeles; and several cousins and friends.

Services will be held Saturday at Christ Baptist Church, 950 Jacksonville Road. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral at 11.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Christ Baptist Church Bible Camp, SisterHood Inc. or the Association of Princeton Black Alumnae.

Link to original article:  http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/burlington-city-mourns-sudden-passing-of-former-councilman/article_e8638342-d9f0-5a78-98dd-765fd6f4ba46.html

To read Wade's homily at our 40th Reunion Memorial Service, click here.


Vincent dePaul Farrell Jr ’69

Published in The Chicago Tribune, November 17, 2014

Vincent Farrell, a strategist who was in demand as a frequent market commentator on television and an adviser on Oliver Stone's sequel to his Oscar-winning film, "Wall Street," has died. He was 68.

He died Sunday at his home in South Salem, New York, said his son, Joseph Farrell. The cause was colon cancer, according to his wife, Clotilde Farrell.

Farrell was a founding partner at Spears, Benzak, Saloman & Farrell Inc., a New York-based investment company that began in 1982. He served as the firm's chief investment officer and was a portfolio manager for some of its largest clients, according to a biography on the website of CNBC, the TV network where Farrell often appeared to provide stock market insights. He also was a frequent guest on the Bloomberg radio show "Bloomberg Surveillance," where he sometimes served as a guest host.

Spears Benzak had more than $3 billion under management when it was acquired by Cleveland-based KeyCorp in 1995 in a stock transaction valued at between $50 and $65 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

After the sale, Farrell worked as an investment consultant at several companies, most recently New York-based Dominick & Dominick. He was a senior adviser at the firm from July 2012 to December 2013, according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's website.

"He was well-liked and his market commentaries were well- regarded and widely followed," Kevin McKay, chief executive officer of Dominick & Dominick, said Monday in a telephone interview. "He was unbiased and blunt."

In October, the closely held firm was acquired by Memphis, Tennessee-based Wunderlich Securities Inc.

His financial knowledge and media access landed him a cameo in Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (2010). Farrell appeared in the film as a financial analyst alongside his CNBC colleagues Jim Cramer and Lawrence Kudlow.

Farrell also worked as the film's on-location fact-checker, advising Stone that the film's villainous "master of the universe" protagonist — Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas — would never remove his jacket in front of employees.

"He just wouldn't, because he's the man," Farrell said, according to a 2010 Los Angeles Times article.

Farrell was hired by Stone because one of the producers of the movie was a family friend, Clotilde Farrell said.

"It was a great experience," she said Monday in a telephone interview. "We even got to go to Cannes for the opening."

Vincent dePaul Farrell Jr. was born on Nov. 13, 1946, in the Bronx, New York. He was the son of Vincent dePaul Farrell and the former Marie O'Neill.

He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, a suburb north of New York City. In 1969, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, in New Jersey, where he majored in history, according to the school's alumni website. Three years later, he earned an MBA from Iona College School of Business Administration — now known as the Hagan School of Business — in New Rochelle, New York.

While attending graduate school, Farrell taught high school history at Iona Preparatory School and coached its varsity football team, according to his son.

In 1973, Farrell started working at Smith Barney & Co., where he became a vice president in sales, leaving nine years later to co-found SBSF.

After selling the company, Farrell worked as a consultant at firms in New York, including Scotsman Capital Management, where he was a principal from 2005 to 2008 and Soleil Securities Corp., where he worked as chief investment officer from 2008 to 2011. He continued in the same position at Ticonderoga Securities LLC after it acquired Soleil in 2011 until Ticonderoga collapsed the following year.

Farrell was receiving cancer treatment for several years, his wife said, and still summoned the energy to keep working. "He would go directly from Sloan Kettering to work," she said.

In addition to his wife of 45 years, the former Clotilde Bove, survivors include four children, Vincent III; Christopher; Nina; and Joseph; and a sister, Patricia Farrell.

Link to original article:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-news-bc-farrell-obit17-20141117-story.html

David A. Gardner ’69

Published in June 5, 2002, PAW

David's death in NYC on Dec. 23, 2001, evokes both a great sense of loss and an enormous sense of gratitude for an extraordinary life. Remarkably accomplished as a real estate developer, venture capitalist, and philanthropist, he will be best remembered as a superb human being. After Princeton, he received an MBA from Harvard in 1971, and he and Lynn, a business school classmate, married and forged a partnership of great devotion and success.

In 1980 David formed Gardner Capital Corp., which developed personal and residential properties in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Among many activities, he was chair of the Citizens' Housing and Planning Council of New York and a national board member of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn., the affliction he battled courageously and effectively for many years. A leader in Princeton activities, he served as cochair of the New York region for Princeton's 250th Anniversary Campaign; repeatedly as special gifts cochair for our class; and as class vice president.

His intellect, his warmth, his captivating smile, and unfailing kindness will live on in our hearts. Our sympathy goes to Lynn and to his mother, Matilda, his sister, Cynthia, and his brother, Daniel.

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James Madison Gillespie ’69

Published in Sept. 15, 1993, PAW

JAMES MADISON GILLESPIE died suddenly, of a heart attack, on Apr. 1, 1993, in the local library of his hometown, Riverside, Ill. He was 45 years old.

Jim came to Princeton from RiversideBrookfield H.S., where he had been president of the student council and active on the school newspaper and in the Russian club, as well. At Princeton, Jim majored in history, participated in WhigClio and the Young Republicans, and was a member of Cloister Inn. He made an indelible impression on all those who met him with his remarkable erudition, his forceful personality, his eloquent command of the language, and his generous spirit. He was also memorable as the inspirational coach of the Cloister Inn hockey team.

After graduation, Jim moved on to Columbia Law School and, after obtaining his law degree, returned to his hometown and the house in which he had grown up. He lived there the rest of his life.

In Riverside, Jim practiced law for a variety of corporate and government entities, and occasionally for his friends. Indeed, in some respects his greatest accomplishments may have been his friendships. Jim maintained a remarkable network of friends from every phase of his life, from grade school on. He kept actively in touch with them, sharing his knowledge and his passionsfor everything from opera to baseball, from German wine to the Chicago Bears. He was a largerthanlife figure and an unforgettable man.

Jim is survived by his many friends from all over the country, some of whom paid tribute to him at a memorial service in Riverside on Apr. 7, 1993, and all of whom feel his loss greatly.

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Ronald Ginns ’69

Published in Jan. 27, 1999, PAW

Ronald Ginns died Dec. 14, 1997. He was 48. As his wife, Donna, noted, "Ron was dearly beloved by all who knew him and will be sorely missed."

During a number of his professional years, Ron was employed by the United Nations and worked both with UNICEF and on the 50th-anniversary celebration of the United Nations. Extensive efforts have not identified additional information on what was clearly a valued and accomplished life.

To Donna and his brother Edward, we extend our sympathy on this untimely loss.

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Martin J. Golub '69

Published in the Apr. 4, 2012, PAW

Martin Golub died Jan. 29, 2011, from acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome.

A native of New Bedford, Mass., Marty graduated from New Bedford High School and enjoyed his senior year as an American Field Service student in Belgium. On the trip home, he met Melinda, to whom he was married in 1968.

After graduating from Princeton with a degree in French literature, Marty and Melinda moved to Ithaca, N.Y., for his doctoral program at Cornell, but his studies were interrupted by service in the Coast Guard Reserve. Subsequently, Melinda and Marty both graduated from Boston College Law School, and he joined Seyfarth Shaw in Washington, D.C., and later established its Brussels office.

The family, including children Elisabeth, Joseph, David, and Catherine, especially enjoyed their time in Brussels and the opportunity it presented for the children to grow up multilingual. A distinguished and accomplished professional, Marty considered his family to be the joy and focus of his life.

The Golubs lost their son David in 2008. Marty is survived, in addition to his widow and children, by his sisters Beth, Mara, and Valerie. We extend our sympathy to them.

Thomas C. Handy ’69

Published in the Mar. 4, 2009, PAW

The class notes with sadness the March 25, 2008, death of Thomas C. Handy.

After growing up in New Jersey, Tom graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and was a member of Cap and Gown. A cheerleader and head of the Catering Agency, Tom roomed with Bruce LaPierre, Bob Thompson, Alberto Mejia, Chuck Ragan, Cary Hall, Pieter Brakel, Jim Carlisle, Peter Van Wagenen, Billy Sydnor, Claude Stuart, and Steve Graham. Tom’s Princeton forebears, dating to the early 19th century, included his great-great-grandfather, William Collins Handy 1855, his father, Frank ’26, and his brother Phil ’67.  

After teaching at Loomis Chaffee and at Northfield Mount Hermon, Tom was in the insurance business in Cleveland and subsequently in health-care management with Ancilla Health Systems, which owned hospitals and health-care facilities in Missouri and Indiana. He had an abiding interest in Ancilla’s foster home.  

In 2006, Tom moved to Cape Coral, Fla., where he died. He is survived by his daughter, Miller Hughes; a granddaughter, Eleanor Preston Hughes, who was born a week prior to his death; his brothers Richard and Philip; and his life partner, Gordon Doane.  

Tom will be missed by many of us.


Glenn A. Hart ’69

Published in Dec. 23, 1992, PAW

THE CLASS OF 1969 notes with sadness the passing on Jan. 14, 1992, of Glenn A. Hart of Monsey, N.Y. During undergraduate years, Glenn majored in politics and was a member of Cloister Inn.

Professionally, he served as a computer consultant and as president of Hart Associates, Inc. He also was the editor of Foxtalk magazine.

Glenn leaves his widow, Ellen, and children, Gregory and Sarah, as well as sisters Lisa Maguire and Jill Faltz. To them we extend our sympathy and with them we share a sense of great loss.

James Edward Harris

Published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on July 29, 2012


James "Jim" Edward Harris, 64, of Little Rock, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Jim, son of the late Judge Oren and Ruth Ross Harris, was born in El Dorado, Ark, on Dec. 8, 1947. Each year when Jim was a child, he attended elementary schools in both El Dorado and Washington, D.C., where his father served as a United States Congressman, representing the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas. Jim was valedictorian of the 1965 graduating class of the Maret School, also located in the nation's capital.

After high school, Jim attended Princeton University, graduating in 1969 as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (with computer science emphasis). In 1972, Jim received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was a member of the Arkansas Law Review from 1970-1972. In 1975 he completed a master of Laws Degree (L.L.M.) in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. From 1972 to 1976, Jim served as a Captain in the United States Air Force in the positions of Judge Advocate and Area Defense Counsel.

Jim joined the law firm of Friday, Eldredge & Clark in October 0f 1976. At the time of his death, he was the head of the firm's Trust & Estates Practice Group and a member of the firm's Management Committee. Jim represented family businesses, high-net-worth individuals, foundations, fiduciaries, hospitals, and corporations in estate planning, rust and taxation matters.

His numerous recognitions include being listed the The Best Lawyers in Americas for Trusts and Estates and for Nonprofits/Charity Law in the Mid-South Super Lawyers. Jim was a Fellow in the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel and served as the Arkansas State Chair for the organization from 2001 to 2006. He was named by The Best Lawyers in America as the Little Rock Non-Profit/Charities Law Lawyer of the Year for 2012.

Him was a member of the American, Arkansas and Pulaski county Bar Associations and of the Tax and Probate Sections of the American and Arkansas Bar Associations. He was a frequent speaker on topics pertaining to taxes, estate planning, trusts and estates, family partnerships, foundations, and charitable giving.

His associations and memberships included P.A.R.K. Foundation Board Member, 2007-present; Baptist Health Board of Trustees, Chairman 2004-2005; American Red Cross, Chapter Chairman, Central Arkansas Chapter 1999-2001; Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society; Rotary Club of Little Rock. Jim was a member of Second Baptist Church for 35 years, where he served in a variety of roles, including Deacon and beloved Sunday school teacher.

Jim leaves behind a host of family members, colleagues and friends who will mourn his loss and cherish their memories of his kind, generous, loving nature. Included are Cheryl Marstellar Harris, his wife of almost 41 years; his son, Jonathan Oren Harris, his wife Sara, and their two sons, Connor James and Aidan William, Nashville, Tenn.; his daughter, Catherine Michelle Hughes and her husband, Drew, Nashville, Tenn.; his sister, Carolyn McLeod and Matt McLeod, along with their families, Little Rock, Ark.; his niece, Mary McLeod, Little Rock, Ark.; numerous cousins and friends, all greatly loved. He was the kindest and best of men, and he will be truly missed by all.

Jim's online guestbook is available at www.griffin-leggetthealeyroth.com.


Stephen D. Houck ’69

Distinguished attorney, co-founder of PICS and board member from 1996 until his death, and beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Steve passed away on April 12, 2021 after a courageous battle with leukemia. 


Steve joined our class from Lewistown (PA) Granville High School where he was senior class president. At Princeton he was a politics major, took part in CJL/Hillel, Trenton Tutorial and Whig-Clio, and was a Keyceptor. Steve was a member of Cloister Inn and Wilson College and senior year lived with Jim Gregoire, Steve Thacker, David Slack, and Tom Martin ’70 in 1937. 


Following Harvard Law, Steve built a career as an expert on antitrust law and as a seasoned commercial litigator. Steve was a partner in Donovan Leisure Newton and Irvine, then served as Chief of the Antitrust Bureau in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. From 2005-2020 he was Executive Director of the State Center, which helps state attorneys general do a better job enforcing antitrust and consumer protection laws. 


Steve was noted for his kind and soft-spoken manner, and at the same time his incisive and intelligent comments. When he spoke, whether as an attorney or as a PICS board member, everyone appreciated his wisdom and listened with respect. 


All of us in ’69 extend our heartfelt sympathy to Steve’s wife Toni, his daughters Rebecca and Abigail, his grandchildren Caroline, Lucy, and Noah, his brother Richard ’71, and all his extended family. 

John W. Hicks ’69

Published in Oct. 9, 2002, PAW

John died Nov. 24, 2001, in Fort Myers, Fla., following a series of illnesses.

John came to Princeton from the Park School in Indianapolis, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. John was injured his freshman year at Princeton and graduated with the Class of 1970.

At Princeton, John majored in English and was a member of Cottage Club. Following graduation, John attended graduate school at the U. of Toronto, where he became ill. Although John was not able to participate in Princeton activities over the years, he was a proud and loyal member of our class.

John never married. He is survived by his father, Jack, and two brothers, Coleman '65 and James Titus. The class extends its sympathy to John's family and friends.

Philip Arthur Higginbottom ’69

Published in the May 12, 2010, PAW

The class notes with great sadness Phil’s sudden death Dec. 31, 2009.  

Highlights of his remarkable career and life, subsequent to Princeton, include teaching biology at Landon School in Maryland, graduating from Columbia Medical School, and completing his internal-medicine residency and an infectious-disease fellowship at the University of California at San Diego. Since 1973, he was at the Scripps Clinic and was vice president of Scripps Clinic Medical Group.  

An esteemed teacher, he received the 2008 Faculty Teaching Award from the Scripps Clinic/Green Hospital Residency Program, and the following year was named Best Doctor of the Year in Infectious Diseases by San Diego magazine.

Phil loved to help people in many different ways and founded with his wife, Terry Holladay, the Dina Humanitarian Foundation, which treats impoverished children and families in remote villages of Fiji. During his frequent trips to Fiji, he invested hundreds of hours treating patients.  

An avid sailor, he cherished family and his legion of friends. In true Phil style, the reception following the service was dubbed "Bula” meaning "love life” in Fijian. To Terry, his daughter, Heidi; his stepchildren Tasha, Louis, and Maggie-Waggie; we send our heartfelt sympathy.

Graham Hunter II

Published in the Rutland Herald on March 28, 2011

WEATHERSFIELD - Graham C. Hunter II, 63, died March 24, 2011, of a heart attack, at his home.

He was born Aug. 24, 1947, in Boston, Mass., the son of William Armstrong Hunter III and Edith (Fisher) Hunter.

He graduated from Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and received his master's degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Hunter married Susan Wickenden on June 13, 1969, in Marion, Mass.

He served in the U.S. Army as a medic and lab technician at Fort Campbell, Ky., during Vietnam.

He was a registered architect and was employed with CVPS in Rutland during the 1990s. He was clerk of the works for several Springfield projects, including the current Ellis Block Restoration Project, and at Vermont Academy. He also worked with Efficiency Vermont for a short time. He designed the Unitarian Universalist Church sanctuary in Springfield and the Vermont Academy Observatory. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Mr. Hunter served as zoning board chief and town and school moderator in Weathersfield. He was an officer with Friends of the Weathersfield Meeting House, board of directors with Lincoln Street, Inc., in Springfield and a member of the former Weathersfield Ambulance Squad and EMT.

He enjoyed sugaring, feeding the birds, planting his garden, playing hockey, reading and liberal politics.

Survivors include his wife and his mother, both of Weathersfield; two sons, Matthew Hunter of Los Angeles, Calif., and Patrick Hunter of Amherst, Mass.; two brothers, William Hunter of Cavendish and Charles Hunter of Bellows Falls; a sister, Elizabeth Hunter of Bandana, N.C.; a nephew and several cousins.

He was predeceased by his father.

The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Unitarian Universalist Church. The Rev. Eleanor Rice, pastor, will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Unitarian Universalist Church, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT 05156.

Link to original article:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rutlandherald/obituary.aspx?n=graham-c-hunter&pid=149748620

Erik R. Ingebretson ’69

Published in July 6, 1994, PAW

THE DEATH OF ERIK Ingebretson on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1993, represents a great loss to the many who cherished his life. A native of Portland, Oreg., Erik prepared at Jefferson H.S. He majored in sociology, and roomed senior year with David Weinberger, Bob Durkee, Steve Tracy, and Steve Buser. He earned a master's in urban planning from the Univ. of Oregon.

An employee of the Oregon Dept. of Transportation for 21 years, at the time of his death, Erik was the rightofway supervisor. Says a colleague: "We always counted on Erik to be sure our decisions were best for our people and for our customers. He was our conscience. He was the best we had."

EriVs abiding sense of humanity was reflected both in his devotion to his family and his deep commitment to his church. His creative streak found an outlet in writing plays and musical comedies for church programs. Erik's interests were many and varied. He spoke Japanese, French, and Norwegian. Erik reminisced often about his Princeton experiences and remembered classmates with fondness.

He took delight in his beloved family, Peter, Bricta and Kristaand, in his wife, Cindy. We share wit~ the Ingebrerson family both sadness at this loss and gratitude for a life well lived.

Darryl L. Johnson ’69

Published in the Nov. 4, 2009, PAW

We record with great sadness the Aug. 13, 2009, death of Darryl Johnson in Orlando, Fla.

A native of Kansas City, Kan., he grew up in Kansas City, Mo. Darryl majored in Spanish and had an enduring love of literature and music. He hosted a splendid jazz program on WPRB and played saxophone in the marching band. He played a central role in the Association of Black Collegians, especially in its cultural efforts, and helped bring about the English department’s first-ever course in African-American literature.  

Darryl’s abiding interest in opportunities for others and their education led him to work at the Trenton Street Academy; as head of an Islamic school in Philadelphia; and to a range of construction management responsibilities. He also earned an M.B.A. at Penn’s Wharton School. His Princeton roommates included Nate Mackey, Steve Helmling, Dick LeBlond, Doug Seaton, and Steve Weed.  

Our class joins Darryl’s family in mourning the loss of this talented, fine fellow. Our sympathy to his ex-wife Amina Na’im and their children, Alyssa and Ayanna; and his ex-wife Gail McKenzie ’75 and their children, Alexander and Elizabe

Thomas Addison Lanahan ’69

Published in Nov. 8, 1995, PAW

Twenty-two years after his death, the Class of '69 officially remembers Thomas Addison Lanahan, who took his life in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Oct. 18, 1973.

Tim grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and attended Green Acres, St. Alban's, and in 1964 graduated from St. Paul's School. Prior to entering Princeton, he spent a year at Trinity College in Dublin.

After leaving Princeton in the spring of 1967, Tim joined the Army and served in Vietnam. He was an accomplished linguist. In addition to Vietnamese, Tim learned Gaelic in Ireland and also spoke French and German.

In 1972 Tim graduated with honors in political science from UC-Davis. His post-Princeton years were ones of varied pursuits in many settings. His final focus was his participation in the Naval Hospital Corps School in San Diego, from which he graduated shortly before his death. At that time, he received an award given to recognize his outstanding accomplishments.

Tim was often agitated, frequently uncomfortable, inevitably stimulating, and characteristically loyal. He was a vivid and larger-than-life character. His far too short life is remembered fondly by those who cherished him.

He is survived by his father, Samuel J. Lanahan '41, and his siblings, Eleanor, Samuel J. Jr. , and Cecilia Ross.

Terrence William Larrimer ’69

Published in the Dec. 17, 2008, PAW

The class records with a heavy heart the June 24, 2008, death of Terry Larrimer.  

Senior partner of Larrimer & Larrimer in Columbus, Ohio, Terry represented injured workers. After graduating from Columbus Academy and Princeton, he received a law degree from the University of Michigan. In our senior year, he led Princeton’s rugby team to the Eastern Collegiate Championship, the Ivy Championship, and the Washington 7s Championship. He played tennis and basketball enthusiastically and, in later years, was an avid cyclist, backpacker, biker, and kayaker.  

A great outdoorsman, Terry spent happy hours planting trees and tending lavender at his farm near Rushville, Ohio, and, with classmate Peter Hooper, built a cabin on Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Maine.  

He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters Audrey, Emily, and Amanda; brothers Nye, John, and Neil; and sisters Louise, Ellen, and Marge. A wonderful life, but one that was much too short.

Jeffrey Paul Mansuy '69

Published in the Sept. 14, 2011, issue of PAW

Jeff Mansuy died in April, 2011, in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 63.

Jeff grew up near Albany and majored in politics at Princeton. A member of Charter, he roomed at various times with Chip Jerry, Mac Lewis, Rich Brach, Hal Hoeland, B.K. Walker, Wayne Van Citters, Wes Davis, and Dave Hutchison. He was the co-pilot of the infamous pavement roller that made it about 100 yards down Prospect Street on the way to a game at Palmer Stadium before coming to an untimely meeting with Proctor Axel!

After Princeton, Jeff attended the University of California’s Boalt Law School, was admitted to the California State Bar in 1973, and lived in the Bay Area thereafter. He practiced business and real-estate law in San Francisco for 35 years.

An avid golfer from an early age, he played in the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1964. In recent decades, Jeff pursued hiking with his dogs in the woods and hills above Mill Valley and at Stinson Beach.

Jeff leaves his beloved wife, Deborah Thompson; his brother Bucky Mansuy; sister-in-law Jane; and nephew Michael. He also leaves his beloved retrievers, Duncan and Lexie.

We will all miss Jeff’s quick mind, sarcastic wit, sense of humor, and ability to take on life with the proper amount of levity and irreverence.

Gordon Paul Miwa ’69

Published in the May 13, 2009, PAW

The class recorded with sadness the death of Gordon Paul Miwa April 9, 2008, in Brattleboro, Vt.  

After growing up in Syracuse, Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree in history and spoke both Russian and Spanish. As an under-graduate, he lived in Russia and in Mexico.  

After teaching high school history in Philadelphia, he received a law degree from Antioch School of Law and lived in Hawaii, enjoying a successful private law practice in Honolulu. Subsequently moving to Guilford, Vt., in the early 1990s, Gordon served as a Vermont public defender in addition to overseeing his private practice in Brattleboro.  

A lover of photography and language, he was a poet at heart — complex in thought and action. Classmates Chris Cairns and Jeff Sprowles joined in a celebration of his life.  

Gordon is survived by his mother, Shinea Betty Miwa; and his daughter, Sarah Shinea Miwa. He will be missed.

Charles Louis Moir III ’69

Published in Oct. 9, 2002, PAW

Chuck, a nonsmoker, died of lung cancer at home in Calgary, Alberta, on Apr. 19, 2002.

Chuck came to Princeton from Lake Forest Academy, in Illinois. A commons waiter, he played 150-lb. football, was a member of the Karate Club, majored in politics/American civilization, and was in the Chapel Choir. Chuck was orphaned in our freshman year and lost his only sibling the following year.

He earned an MD from the U. of Illinois in Chicago. His postgraduate medical education and practice occurred in Canada, with cardiac training at the Cleveland Clinic and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was a cardiac anesthesiologist the last 14 years in Calgary, near his beloved Canadian Rockies. Chuck said that his personality blossomed while married to Odile Grenier for the past 10 years. Before his death, Chuck said, "As the ancient Chinese saying goes, 'The minute you are born, you begin to die.' More adventures ahead."

Chuck is survived by Odile, and by family in Chicago, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. We mourn his passing.

Patrick Ohern ’69

Published in Sept. 10, 2003, PAW

Patrick O'Hern was treasurer of the Class of 1969 when he died Apr. 12, 2003. He was born Feb. 11, 1947, in Iowa.

By virtue of a paperboy scholarship he wended his way eastward, first to Andover and then to Princeton. While at Princeton he and his roommates Joe Magruder, Doug Kenna, and Jimmy Johnston created their own "sty." Patrick flourished at Cap and Gown and the Woodrow Wilson School. Later migrating to California he attended Boalt School of Law and began practicing in San Francisco in 1974. He started in private practice, moved to the public sector, and then to Lawrence Livermore Lab.

Active in legal organizations and chairing the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, he most enjoyed his involvement in Oakland girls' softball. His daughter Maureen O'Hern '06 is an all-star pitcher and first baseperson. Patrick acted as manager, press agent, game scheduler, coach, and ombudsman on behalf of girls' softball for many years.

Although Patrick became gravely ill in 1994, he recovered sufficiently to travel to the Olympics, the World Series, and many times to Princeton, Europe, and his beloved Ireland.

James Abercrombie Pendleton ’69

Published in June 5, 2002, PAW

James died of a malignant brain tumor in Boulder, Colo., on Dec. 13, 2001. Born in Reading, Pa., Jim graduated with honors from Choate and joined Princeton's Class of 1968. He graduated with high honors in geology in 1969 and earned a master's and doctorate from the U. of Colorado.

Nancy and Jim were married in Aug. of 1969 in the first Catholic wedding held in the Princeton Chapel. They then moved to Boulder, where Jim enjoyed a distinguished career as scientific and technical coordinator for the minerals and geology division in the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Colleagues at his funeral lauded his professionalism and his dedication to public service and to preserving the Colorado environment. The author of many papers, he was awarded the National Defense Education Fellowship and the John Wesley Powell Award.

Jim and Nancy created a spectacular, welcoming environment in their mountain home. Their "train room," a magical array of model trains, reflected one of Jim's passions.

Jim leaves many friends in the classes of 1968 and 1969. Along with Nancy, he is survived by his mother, Mary; brothers Joseph and Philip; and sisters Mary, Stephanie, and Jeanne. We send our sympathy to them all.

Reginald (Reg) Peniston '69

Published in the Oct. 5, 2011, PAW

The death of Reggie Peniston Feb. 7, 2011, diminishes greatly his family, his friends, and our Princeton class.  

After finishing Princeton and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, Reggie, a native of Newark, joined the military to support his young family and did his cardiothoracic training in the Navy. After teaching at Howard University, he was at VA hospitals in Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Fla.; and Bay Pines, Va.  

His choice of working in the health-care system was a reflection of his belief that quality care in this country should be a right and not a privilege.  

Reggie had a personal and unique relationship with his children, Alex, Ashley, Justin, and Lauren ’13. An exceptionally kind and giving person, he demonstrated to them by his actions the merit of deep integrity.  

He loved classical and jazz music and was an avid reader and a profound and liberal thinker. He was an active leader in hospital ethics committees at his various posts. He loved to sail and, at the time of his death, was planning a trip to Cuba.  

Reggie leaves his four children; their mothers, Lynn and Janet; his mother, Lenore Peniston Reynolds; and his stepfather, Alton Reynolds. To them, we extend gratitude for a good life and sympathy on this great loss.

John F. H. Schenk

Published in the September 18, 2013 PAW

Word came to us belatedly of John’s sudden death Dec. 20, 2011, in Woodland Park, Colo.

A native of East Orange, N.J., John came to Princeton from Canterbury School. A history major, his thesis adviser was our honorary classmate James McPherson. A member of Charter Club, John was co-captain of the varsity sailing team.

John was described by Woodland Park’s city manager as "an incredible public servant in his professional and volunteer life.” A member of the city’s planning commission, he served on the city council and as mayor pro tem.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; their son, Michael, and his wife, Mary Lou; and granddaughters Eva Marie and Kari Anne. A legion of friends and admirers attended his funeral service in tribute to the remarkable leadership he provided to his community.

Thomas L. Schroeder

Published in the September 16, 2015 PAW

Tom died suddenly and unexpectedly April 23, 2014. His life was full of service and accomplishment.

A native of Akron, Ohio, he graduated from Firestone High School. At Princeton, Tom majored in mathematics and was a member of Cottage Club. Following graduation, he joined the Peace Corps in Barbados and Dominica.

After earning his Ph.D. from Indiana University, he taught at the University of British Columbia before becoming a faculty member at the University of Buffalo, where he taught mathematics education and statistical analysis. Tom published several articles and co-authored two books on methods of critical thinking. After his retirement in 2012, Tom and his wife, Sue, moved to Port Colborne, Ontario.

An avid cyclist, Tom was a gourmet cook and an excellent sailor who built his own fiberglass boat.

In addition to Sue and sons Peter and David, he is survived by his brothers, Charles and Jim. He also leaves a legacy of admiring and devoted graduate students he mentored who are now teaching in developing countries from Iran to Mexico and from South Africa to the Philippines. Tom was a rare man and lived a remarkable life.

John S. Sease ’69

Published in July 21, 2007, PAW

John died June 29, 2007, near Trier, Germany, after a yearlong struggle with cancer.

After Verde Valley School in Sedona, Ariz., and his freshman year at Berkeley, John transferred to Princeton, where he concentrated in classical philosophy. An accomplished French horn player, he was in the Princeton Orchestra as well as a jug band. A member of Ivy, he mastered six languages, wrote his thesis on Plato, and graduated summa cum laude.

After graduation, John spent a year at the University of Frankfurt on a Fulbright studying critical theory. Following 10 years in the Southwest with his first wife, Roberta G. Steinman *70, he returned to Germany in 1982, earned a master’s in business, taught for the European division of the University of Maryland, and began an IT career at Electronic Data Systems. He co-founded the Princeton Association of Germany and served as its treasurer for 20 years. He played first horn in the Wiesbaden Orchesterverein and for a classical quintet.

In 1992, he married Leonie Hamm, a systems analyst from Trier, and in 1998, they founded a consulting firm. John is survived by Leonie; his children, Benjamin, Constance, and Eric; his grandson, Allan; his mother, Constance; and his brother, Richard. The class extends sympathy to them all.

Kent M. Smith ’69

Published in Apr. 4, 2001, PAW

It is with great sadness that we record the death of Kent M. Smith in Edina, Minn., on Apr. 20, 2000, following a massive heart attack.

After graduation Kent followed his strong musical interest with MA degrees in conducting and musicology from the U. of Wisconsin followed by a PhD in musicology from Cornell. He became music director of the Edina Morningside Church and held that position until his death.

Combining his musical and business skills, he joined A. L. Williams Insurance Co. in the early 1980s and became a regional vice president of Primerica Financial Services, which absorbed A. L. Williams.

A lifelong passion was fishing. Salt-water angling on Long Island during his young years was followed by fresh-water activity in Minnesota and Canada. He was always ready to try his luck and a new lure in any setting.

Although Kent did not take an active role in alumni activities, he maintained his interest in Princeton throughout his life. Kent is survived by his wife, Diane, his son, Daniel, his daughter, Bonnie, his sister, Kathleen, and his father, Maynard '41. We extend our sincere sympathy to his family and his many friends.

Andrew D. Strupp ’69

Published in the Mar. 17, 2010, PAW

Andrew D. Strupp ’69  Andrew Strupp died suddenly March 26, 2009, after a brief illness. Born in Elmshorn, Germany, he had lived in Salt Point, N.Y., since 1986.

At Princeton, Andy majored in the Woodrow Wilson School and wrote his thesis on China. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he worked as an international attorney for a number of corporations including Pratt & Whitney and General Electric. His knowledge of and interest in China and its culture served him well.

A landlord for 30 years, his hobbies included renovating and selling old houses, pruning trees, history, music, and gardening. A kind and generous person, he is remembered for his dry and splendid sense of humor.

Andy is survived by his wife, Genie E. Polower, and his mother, Clara J. Strupp. He will be missed by the many who knew, valued, respected, and loved him.

Dr. Stephen B. Thacker

Published in the February 19, 2013 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In 1976, on his second day as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Thacker was sent to Philadelphia to investigate an unknown illness outbreak among attendees of an American Legion convention at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel.

That investigation will forever be recorded in CDC history as well within the realm of public health as the first time Legionnaires’ disease was identified.

"Steve has done so much to make the CDC what it is,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. "He insisted on rigorous science and he never lost sight of what was important, in terms of helping people live longer, healthier lives and addressing social justice.”

Stephen B. Thacker, of Atlanta, died Friday, February 15, from complications of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, an degenerative neurological illness that causes rapid deterioration of the brain. He was 65. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on March 9 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Atlanta. SouthCare Cremation and Funeral Society was in charge of the cremation.

James R. Williams ’69

Published in Apr. 21, 1993, PAW

IT IS WITH GREAT sadness that we record the death of James R. Williams, on Aug. 20, 1992. For over 20 years, Jim was employed by Factory Mutual Insurance, beginning in Boston as an appraiser of chemical plants and eventually relocating to Long Beach, Calif., where he served as manager for the western division. These professional responsibilities involved travel throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific. He was both a member and an instructor for the Appraisal Society of America.

He also traveled extensively on his personal time. An avid and accomplished gardener, Jim enjoyed woodworking and constructed several pieces of furniture for his home.

Friends and colleagues remember him as a generous individual whose kindness and patience were shared with many. He is survived by his parents, Lois and Jack Williams, and his sisters Charlotte and Pat. With them, the Class of 1969 mourns the untimely passing of a highly regarded classmate.

David E. Winter ’69

Published in the Apr. 23, 2014, PAW


The Class of 1969 sustained the loss of a distinguished classmate with the Aug. 17, 2013, death of David E. Winter.

A Californian, Dave graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, where he played the bassoon and was in the All-City High School band. After graduating from Princeton as an art history major, he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in art history at Stanford. He taught at the University of Virginia until 1980, and then became a lecturer at Stanford while teaching English as a second language in California’s Cupertino Union District. In 1987, he relocated to Tokyo, where he lived for the remainder of his life, teaching English and art history at five different Japanese universities.

Dave blended a great sense of humor with a keen intellect. Although he never married and had no children of his own, he was very close to his brother Hugh’s three children and devoted to his mother, Julia Elizabeth Winter. To them all, we send our sympathy at this time of loss.

John Sacret Young'69

An artistically talented, accomplished, and admired member of our class; a great writer and story-teller; and the son, brother, and father of Princetonians, John Sacret Young passed away at his home in Brentwood, CA after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. 

He entered Princeton with the Class of 1968, leaving during his sophomore year but eventually returning to Princeton with ‘69.  John wrote a novel for his thesis in the religion department, and looking back said that this experience taught him the beginnings of how to write.

John’s career in Hollywood led to seven Emmy nominations, two Writers Guild Awards, a Golden Globe, a Peabody Award, and Humanitas’s Kieser Award for lifetime achievement.  He was a sought after writer, director, and producer of television series including “China Beach,” which he created, and “The West Wing,” as well as several feature films. A highly-regarded author of the memoirs “Pieces of Glass: An Artoir” and “Remains: Non Viewable,”  John’s final book “Pieces of Tinsel” will be published posthumously in 2022.

A great mentor, John frequently taught and lectured, including at Princeton in 2001 and again in 2017.  He established the John Sacret Young ’69 Fund for Visiting Filmmakers, supporting film series at the Lewis Center and campus visits by guest artists.

John dearly loved his family: wife, Claudia Sloan; children, Jacy, Jake ’02, Julia, and Riley; brother, Mason ’67;  and three grandchildren.  To each of them, the Class of 1969 offers its most sincere sympathy.

Lawson S. Yow Jr. ’69

Published in Mar. 10, 1993, PAW

THE CLASS OF 1969 notes with sadness the death of Lawson S. Yow Jr. on May 18, 1992. After being with us for only the first part of our freshman year, Lawson served in the Navy from 1966 to 1970. He graduated from the Univ. of Georgia with a B.S. degree in horticulture. At the time of his untimely passing in an automobile accident, he and his wife, Hayden, were living on a farm in Oconee County, Ga., and owned a tavern in Athens. To his widow, other family members, and his friends, we offer our sincere condolences.

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