In 1983 the University was notified that Stephen Hobart Condit of Parsippany-Troy Hills had left some 50 acres of New Jersey real estate in an unrestricted bequest to Princeton. Condit, a Lehigh University graduate, had contributed to Annual Giving in years past in memory of two alumni he believed were related to him. But this gift—which eventually amounted to more than $1 million when the property was sold—seemed out of the blue. Then came a letter from Condit’s lifelong friend James Merrill Macfarland ’32
Looking for better returns and security in a volatile market? Want to help future Princetonians? Princeton now offers deferred charitable gift annuities and has lowered its age minimums. These lifetime fixed payments are backed by the full faith and credit of the University.
“I will never forget my four years at Princeton,” says Samantha Lynch. “That’s when I grew up. Princeton will always be a large part of who I am.” The University’s focus on its undergraduates, she says, makes her “eternally grateful for what the University offered me, intellectually and socially.”
The senior thesis is helping Alec Lowman ’16 find a sense of himself in the world as an artist, says Professor Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and director of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing—and it inspires her.
From nano-scale sensors to costume design, drosophila morphogenesis to opera, sea urchins to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Princeton’s first Research Day offered a mind-expanding view of work explored across campus. Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers engaged visitors with ten-minute talks, 90-second pitches, performances, or poster presentations in Frist Campus Center May 5. The day—to become an annual event—showcased talented Princetonians who will be at the forefront of tomorrow’s scientific and creative endeavors.
As an undergraduate, Maria Hilton served on the U-Council and Priorities Committee, which “opened my eyes to the importance of Annual Giving. The flexibility of AG enables Princeton to be a leader in so many ways.”
Princeton's Office of Gift Planning recognized members of the 1746 Society -- alumni, spouses, widows, parents, and friends who have included Princeton in their estate plans or made life income gifts -- at its annual luncheon on April 26, 2016.
In his four decades on the Princeton faculty, Ted Taylor earned the admiration of his students and colleagues for his cheerful nature and commitment to rigorous research. Even in retirement, he has continued to support and shape new generations of scientists by establishing the Edward and Virginia Taylor Professorship in Bioorganic Chemistry and the Edward C. Taylor Fellowships for third-year graduate students in chemistry. The fellowships allow Princeton to fund students for three years—a rarity in higher education—freeing them from the need to tie their research interests to grant support.
Faculty, alumni, and members of the University community gathered on April 5 to honor Edward C. "Ted" Taylor H10, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor in Organic Chemistry Emeritus, with a chemistry symposium, reception, and dinner. Professor Taylor recently strengthened teaching and research at Princeton by establishing the Edward and Virginia Taylor Professorship in Bioorganic Chemistry and the Edward C. Taylor Fellowships, which provide funding for third-year graduate students, a rarity in higher education.
As scientists, Shin-Yi Lin *11 and Matt Weber *09 have chosen to lead the life of the mind—together. As they embark on their careers, Princeton is in their DNA. Shin-Yi and Matt volunteer for Graduate Annual Giving, Career Services, the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, and the Alumni Council. And they bring their daughter and son to the Cotsen Children’s Library, making the pursuit of knowledge a family tradition.