Some time ago I left the U.S. for a lengthy trip abroad, bringing with me a great deal of reading on which I needed to catch up. Among the papers and magazines was the Feburary 11 issue of PAW, with the story on John OBrien. Rarely has the example of any life described in the magazine moved me so much as that of Mr. OBriens.
Can there be few things more terrifying for a three-year-old child than to be orphaned? Or to then witness the bullying and subsequent decline of a more fragile older sibling, the last person of his immediate family on which to depend?
And yet this child found the strength to grow, to live through other adult traumas, including severe academic challenge at Princeton, and most of all to throw his energy over and over again into helping others, particularly those whose plight he especially understood.
We speak often of Princeton in the nations service. That certainly refers to the extraordinary gallantry of our soldiers. It refers also to the immense generosity that can be public service. It is certainly present as well in John OBriens life, where it must mean the world to the children under his care.
Paradoxical though it may currently sound, the world is unifying. Mr. OBriens work shows his dedication, in its essence, to serving the greatest human good.
John V.N. Philip 76
My family knew Mr. Hershey well. Nothing would please him more than to know that Mr. O'Brien is trying to restore the Hershey School with the ideas and ideals which he had for it.
Eleanor Wear Rose s'61
Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Can Princeton afford to reject men of his caliber?
Robert C. Wheeler '42
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