July 2, 2003: From the Editor
Pictured: Patricia Marks *03 (ricardo barros)
In her Commencement address, valedictorian Peggy Ping Hsu 03 told her classmates that her most valuable lessons came from being around all of you, speaking with you, reading what you have written, and watching you do what you love . . . People really are quite amazing.
There were many amazing people among the graduates this year people who have demonstrated personal strength and made difficult life choices.
Sarah Swords 03, blind since age 12, graduated with honors in history, walking in the Commencement procession with her dog, Carley. College wasnt always easy sometimes her books on tape didnt arrive until midterms but she had helpers. Friends showed her the paths to classes. Dean Maria Flores-Mills helped her sort through the municipal archives in New York City for a research project. Community residents read aloud the medieval texts required for her thesis. When I suggested that it must have been difficult to rely on people to read for her, Swords demurred: I met a lot of really cool people I never would have met!
Her classmate, Tshepo Masango, learned independence early. The daughter of activists fighting South African apartheid, she saw her three-year-old neighbor in Soweto shot to death. One night, her parents learned that Tshepos life had been threatened, and the next day, the six-year-old girl boarded a plane bound for Atlanta, where she would stay for two years with a caring stranger. I wasnt frightened, recalls Tshepo. I was brought up with the anticipation that I might have to leave my parents. They taught me to speak for myself.
Terry McCloskey 03, featured on the back page, was a Princeton freshman in 1972; he left after sophomore year and built a life in Belize before returning to finish his degree. And, at 71, Patricia Hunt Marks (no relation) received her Ph.D. in history, 30 years after beginning it. Along the way, she raised two daughters, served as editor of the Library Chronicle, and edited two books about the university. Im a very stubborn person, she said. I wanted to finish what I had begun.
To these Princetonians, and to many others, thanks for your lessons on life.
PAW owes a special thank-you to Princetons class secretaries, who so diligently provide your news. At Reunions, many attended a PAW party for the secretaries. Front row, from left: Love Slipock 98, Jay Siegel 59, Jack Doran 68, George Brakeley 61, and PAW Class Notes editor Kathryn Beaumont 96. Middle row, from left: Lissa Kiser 75, David Reeves 48, Don Kerr 37, Jack Kellogg 32, Jim Bensen 36, Ted Meth 44, Cecily Kovatch 94. Back row, from left: Dick Paynter 51, Ed Strauss 72, Gus Brothman 51, Nancy Reed Cassels 73, Leesy Taggart 78, Kim Withers Brengle 79, Sharon Keld 80, Jo Johnson 64, John Paul 55, Hugh Richardson 53, Lew Kleinhans 53 k25, Asa Bushnell 47, Sam Englehart 49, Dan Duffield 52, and Turhan Tirana 57. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)