Tom Dippel finds that classmates share “a strong commitment to giving back to the University, and particular support for Princeton’s financial aid policy. That’s what drives our efforts for Annual Giving.” And, he admits, there is a spirit of friendly competition with other classes that inspires AG solicitation. He is hoping to “break all records for attendance and for AG in 2018 when we have our 25th Reunion.”
Let’s start with a love story, one that has benefited Princeton. An English major at Princeton, Bill Charrier was also active in Theatre Intime. Soprano Anne Stovall was then a student at nearby Westminster Choir College, and the two met in a Theatre Intime production of Little Mary Sunshine―she in the title role, he providing tech support. He later became the group’s producer and business manager. Bill and Anne Stovall Charrier later founded the Friends of Theatre Intime, which Bill now serves as board chair.
“All graduates owe it to Princeton to help maintain the academic excellence that has distinguished our university for the past 250-plus years,” says Henry Barkhorn. “Volunteering for Princeton is something we can all do.” Currently a leadership gifts volunteer, he has served as class president, class treasurer, and critical few chair. He has also been a member of the special gifts committee, as well as a member of the Alumni Council’s Class Affairs Committee.
Bruce Campbell came to Princeton from Riverside Poly High School in Riverside, California. The move to the opposite coast was “a little rocky at first,” he recalls, but he soon found his intellectual home in the Woodrow Wilson School.
“I am forever grateful for the opportunities I received at Princeton,” says Chip Newton, who came to the University from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. “I became a responsible adult in those four years. I learned how to think. What to think was up to me.” He treasures connections with friends from undergraduate days as well as those he has met as an Annual Giving volunteer. “Princeton is a relationship that may start when you are 18, but it is one that never ends,” he says.
Back in high school in St. Louis, Missouri, Jim Crawford was a ham radio operator. Then he found out about computers, taught himself to program, and has never looked back. He majored in electrical engineering at Princeton, and took as many computer science courses as he could squeeze in.
Bruce Freeman has just assumed the duties of class agent for the five years leading up to the Class of 1969’s 50th Reunion, but he is no stranger to University service. He has long served his class as Annual Giving special gifts chair, leadership chair, and participation volunteer. He was a reunion committee member, and yearbook editor for ’69’s 35th, 40th, and 45th Reunions. A former member of the 1969 Community Service Fund Board of Directors, he was also a member of his regional schools committee. And he spent 10 years on Princeton’s staff as a senior associate director of Annual Giving.
Hal Saunders has always been proud to wear orange and black. Princeton gave him, he says, “my intellectual awakening and my basic approach to life. I am deeply appreciative of everything the University offered me.” At Princeton he majored in English, and earned a certificate in the Program in American Civilization (now American Studies).
Dean Groel has enthusiastically served his class and his alma mater for over 50 years. “I am proud to be a member of the Class of 1957 and to be a graduate of this great university,” he says, “with its strong commitment to undergraduate education.
Susie Brennan is a fifth grade teacher at Chapin School in Princeton. “From time to time,” she says, “people have asked me why I went to Princeton ‘just’ to become an elementary school teacher. What better place to go to become anything?” Princeton, she says, “gave me confidence to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher and the education and skills I needed to do so.”