Jim Donnell’s Thanks for our Annual Giving support

Dear Classmate,

I am very pleased to share with you the exciting news that the Class of 1953 has ended the 2014-15 Annual Giving Campaign in a very strong position:

$201,840 in giving

62.5% in participation

(240 of the 384 classmates)

I feel terrific about this year’s result, thanks-in no small part-to each of you who made a contribution this year.


Jim Donnell `53
Class Agent


Steve Kerr’s team wins the NBA

Skip Madden told me that I could Google and find an article about not only Steve but his father and our classmate Malcolm Kerr, killed in 1984. I found one, but my computer is slow this morning and it was difficult seeing the entire article. Anyway, here the link. Maybe I’ll find another one if I look:


Here is another link:



John Stone

Sorry: neither link seems to work. But you can find the articles via Google.


Dave Brown has reserved Beden’s Brook Country Club for our 65th Reunions Dinner Thursday night in 2018. The event has been a highlight of our major reunions for many years now.

For information on this year’s Reunion, see below.

The New Yorker “Snaps”: John McPhee’s long tenure at the magazine

In its mega-issue dated Feb, 23 – Mar. 2, The New Yorker highlighted the past ninety years with “Snaps” of each decade, e.g. 1925 – 1935, and so on nine times. For its 1975 – 1985 decade “Snap” it selected an article by Elizabeth Kolbert including a photo of John McPhee canoeing in Ontario with daughters Jenny and Sarah, The “Snap” highlighted for that decade the oil production in Alaska and John’s book Coming Into The Country, which began as a series of articles in the magazine.

Have a look!



I receive frequent notes indicating strong musical interests among our classmates. A PAW column noting some of them is in the planning stage and will reference the following link. Mozart lovers: I strongly recommend you click below to hear Bob Kenagy’s granddaughter Margot playing the Allegro from Mozart’s Concerto No. 4 in D Major. The youtube recording stated that Margot was 17 when this was recorded, but Bob tells me she was 16! Peggy Runger has been following Margot’s career in Nashville, where Margot is now a “freshman” at Vanderbilt.

Click here to read more and hear Margot play the Mozart Allegro


Now listen to Margot playing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5, the “Spring” Sonata


Edward “Luke” Packard’s grandson Chris Dahlke is a thirteen year old eighth grader and has been studying the violin for eight years with Shelley Beard Schleigh. He plays with the first violin section of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra and the Delaware Honors Festival Orchestra. He is a member of the Camerata Honors Program at the Music School of Delaware. He studies with many top professionals and has numerous awards to his credit. Here you can here him play a Mendelssohn Concerto.


Margot is now first violinist in the Vanderbilt orchestra, Here she is with Peggy Runger followoing a recent concert:

Peggy Runger and Margot Kenagy



Just for a change of pace: How many of you remember our 45th, when the Ed Polcer All Stars played at our reunion Friday night? Ed is Class of 1958, so when we didn’t hire him again at our 60th Marcia and I went over to 1958, where he was playing for his own class. At our 45th, his closing number was a rousing “Hindustan”. Here you can again hear Ed playing Hindustan in an Eddie Condon tribute in Switzerland some dozen years ago. Ed is the short cornetist with the white trousers and blue blazer. After Eddie Condon died, Ed bought the Eddie Condon night club in NYC. He is still going strong and has a number of CDs. This version is a “jam session”, i.e. a version with a double or even triple “front line”. Watch especially the give and take between Ed and Tom Baker, the other cornet player, when they have their 32 or whatever bars. Enjoy, and if you want more, contact me and I’ll steer you in the right direction: USE EARPHONES WITH YOUR COMPUTER FOR THE UTMOST ENJOYMENT.


Dr. Gumperson has been a major part of my life since I first read about him in the London Edition of the Wall Street Journal in the early sixties. He has played major roles in my fly fishing efforts and the weather and just about anything else that I attempt to do. You may find that he has been part of your life all these years also. Read on:

Gumperson’s Law

Example of Martin A. Dale ’53 Summer Award

Photographer Maggie Zhang ’16 explored one of the world’s great street-art centers- Melborne, Australia-with help from Princeton’s Martin A. Dale ’53 Summer Award. Read about her trip and view works by some of her favorite Melborne artists at paw.princeton.edu.

Class of 1912 Reunions Attendance Trophy goes to 1953!

It is only 8 PM on Saturday night, May 31, at Princeton Reunions. Many classes will be going strong until the wee hours, and a number of our classmates are celebrating our 61st this very moment. Yesterday our 60th Reunion Chairman Peter Benoliel and Class Vice President Dave Brown accepted on behalf of the Class of 1953 the Class of 1912 Trophy, awarded annually to that class more than fifty years out of Princeton, and with at least ten members extant, that has the highest percentage of members attending reunions. That was us, folks, just a year ago!

1953 wins the Class of 1912 Reunions Attendance Trophy




PAW Online

Did you know that the PAW has an on-line version? It is not the same as the paper published version, but it has up-to-date articles – about Reunions for instance. To visit the latest on-line PAW,  Click here.