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Class of 1952 accomplishments add up

At their 25th reunion in 1977, members of the class of 1952 marched in the P-rade with reproductions of Time magazine covers and won the award for being the most enterprising entry with their "March of Time" theme. They processed behind Dick Kazmaier, who was featured on Time's cover on Nov. 19, 1951, the year he won the Heisman Trophy. The renowned class (see article below) will celebrate its 50th reunion this year.


Among the alumni returning for Reunions activities May 30-June 1 will be the class of 1952 for its 50th. By many measurements, this is one of the most outstanding classes in Princeton history:

    • Some say it all began with a football dynasty: three years of undefeated teams, two Lambert trophies (symbolic of the best team in the East), a Heisman Trophy (to classmate Dick Kazmaier) as the best player in the country, five all-Americans and a cover of Time magazine.

    • Since that time, 1952 Princeton graduates have gone on to become artists, writers, teachers, diplomats, scientists and captains of industry. They have won honors ranging from Rhodes Scholarships to Presidential Medals of Freedom. They have occupied four cabinet posts in the U.S. government.

    • Twelve members of the class have served as trustees of the University -- more than any other class in history.

    • Three have won the Woodrow Wilson Award, bestowed annually upon an undergraduate alumnus or alumna whose career embodies the call to duty in Wilson's famous speech, "Princeton in the Nation's Service."

    • The class has given more money to annual giving than any other -- a total of some $70 million in gifts and bequests from a class that at its peak numbered only 750 students. In this year's drive alone, they will donate some $4.5 million, surpassing by almost $1 million the largest gift ever by a 50th reunion class. A total of 90 percent of the class has participated in the effort.

    • Their turnout at Reunions is expected to be the largest ever by a 50th reunion class at 350 alumni (more than 60 percent of the surviving members -- all men in their 70s). Thirty of those will have never before been to a reunion.

    • Ninety-six percent of the group wrote up biographical statements about themselves for a reunion book, which had to run more than 700 pages to accommodate the response.

    • A second book, "Fifty Years at Home and Abroad," was produced for the occasion. The book, available at the U-Store, contains essays by members of the class who have been particularly active in the nation's service. It is intended as a repository of "useful reflection on the challenges of the last half of the 20th century and the way our class has responded to them," according to editor George Newlin. Contributors include: James Baker, former secretary of state, secretary of the treasury and White House chief of staff; Frank Carlucci, former national security adviser, secretary of defense and ambassador to Portugal; Moorhead Kennedy, former member of the foreign service who was taken hostage in Iran in 1979; and Donald Oberdorfer, former senior diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post.

May 20, 2002
Vol. 92, No. 27
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