The following question was posed in the March 20 Class Notes in the Princeton Alumni Weekly:
“Did you notice the tribute to LEW KLEINHANS paid by PAW’s editor in the Dec. 12 issue? The Question I Posed: What do ’53 classmates Kleinhans, CURTIS CALDWELL, JAY COOPER, DON DWIGHT, JOHN THATCHER and the late DICK McCLENAHAN, FRED (Rick) MOSES, GREN PAYNTER, and JOHN WEISS have in common?”
All are or were Sons of the Class of 1925. In the December 12 issue of the PAW, editor Marilyn H. Marks *86 wrote: “For many years, 1925’s class column has been written by Lewis C. Kleinhans III ’53, son of a class member. Kleinhans told of ‘25’s past, of thank-you notes for class scholarships, of Warnock’s astonishing attendance record at Reunions – reporting to the class even when its membership had dwindled to one. For that devotion, PAW – and friends of ’25 – always will be grateful.”.
For years I followed Lew’s column for the Class of 1925, all alone with none other from the 1920s to provide company. Finally Lew’s long run came to end last year when the last member of the Class of 1925 died at age 106. Warnock was the oldest alumnus in Princeton’s history, as far as is known. Years ago at the Dartmouth football game in Hanover, I tripped over Lew’s feet in the stadium, and he said “Hi, John – Lew Kleinhans”. Six hours later at the bar in my father Syd Stone ‘23’s house in Vermont I found an elderly gentleman fixing his celebratory drink ahead of me. I said “Hello, I’m John Stone”. The gentleman said “Hi, Lew Kleinhans”. I did a double take at that response, having just heard the same a few hours earlier from a youngster in 1953. This gentleman was none other than Lewis Kleinhans ‘25, a friend of my father’s.
Another son of 1925 wrote to the PAW:
“As a son of 1925 (William Dwight), I was delighted by the class tribute, and felt personally connected to much of it, wrote DON DWIGHT ’53. He remembered a 65th-reunion luncheon at Prospect at which George Kennan ’25 “held forth on foreign policy for an hour, without notes, enthralling his audience of six classmates and me.”
I join Marilyn Marks in saluting Lew for his dedication to the Class of 1925 for all those years.