Gift Planning Stories

Faculty

From Algorithms to Animal Herds, Endowed Chairs Power Scholarship

Robert Sedgewick introduces students to the power and potential of computing. Simon Gikandi reexamines the influence that the historical interchange between Europe and Africa had on language and culture. Naomi Ehrich Leonard ’85 designs dynamics for robots inspired by the collective motion found in nature, from flocks of birds to schools of fish.

Stephen Condit and James Merrill Macfarland ’32

The Case of the Mystery Bequest

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

1746 Society event in Palo Alto

Family Philanthropy Gatherings in Northern California

Family philanthropy was the focus of two recent  gatherings organized by Princeton's 1746 Society in San Francisco and Palo Alto. James ("Jay") Hughes Jr. '64, author of Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family, spoke to Northern California alumni about how families and their advisers can preserve intellectual and financial assets across generations.  Sarah E. Stein '97, president of Hall Capital Parners LLC, offered investment perspectives in San Francisco on March 4, and Victoria Paige Bailey '01, executive director and senior banker at J.P.

Charles Allen ’45 and Raymond Beagle ’47: Princetonians In Our Nation’s Service

Three months into his freshman year at Princeton, Charles Allen ’45 was in his dorm room, enjoying a radio broadcast of a football game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Suddenly it was interrupted by a news report: The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Stunned, he realized his life was about to change.

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