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Feb. 3, 2016

Vol. 116, No. 7

From the Feb. 3 Issue
Signs outside Nassau Hall during the sit-in said: “We here.” “We been here.” “We ain’t leaving.” “We are loved.”

Essay: My Princeton: Are Race Relations on Campus as Bad as People Think?

By Akil Alleyne ’08

Akil Alleyne ’08 is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a former program associate at the Foundation for Individual Rights in...

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Wilson Revisited

What the presidential portrait left out

By Deborah Yaffe

A century after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 2 of the 1915 World Series, Woodrow Wilson, baseball in hand, smiles from the wall...

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Lives Lived and Lost, 2015
Nancy Sullivan ’80, far right, in Papua New Guinea.

Lives Lived and Lost

An Appreciation

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

Each February — in advance of the Service of Remembrance on Alumni Day — PAW celebrates the lives of alumni who died during the past year. Here are just a few of the people Princeton lost in 2015Read more
Nancy Sullivan ’80 in 2007.

Lives: Nancy Sullivan ’80

In the jungle, she spoke out against exploitation

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

Anthropologist Nancy Sullivan ’80 went to Papua New Guinea to do research for her doctorate, fell in love with the country, and ended up living there for 24 years. She used those years to become an advocate for the country’s indigenous people and their...Read more
Meredydd Evans *55, right, and Aled Hughes in the ’60s.

Lives: Meredydd Evans *55

Welsh folk singer and activist for native culture

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

To those who love the English language, Welsh has special appeal. The oldest language in Britain, it binds us to our Celtic past, to words and sounds mostly wiped out of the British Isles by successive invasions of Vikings, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Danes,...Read more
Bill Zinsser ’44 in 2013.

Lives: William K. Zinsser ’44

An Ivy League rebel writing for ‘everyman’

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

Credit Bill Zinsser ’44, long before he became an Ivy League professor and best-selling author, with perhaps the lone instance of the word omphalos appearing in these pages. It was 1967, and the born-and-bred New Yorker, then 45 and a freelance writer, was...Read more
E. Alden Dunham ’53 in 1993.

Lives: E. Alden Dunham ’53

He helped build modern Princeton

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

In the early 1960s, Princeton’s admission office was facing what its director called a “college panic.” Baby boomers were applying in large numbers — there were far more qualified applicants than could be admitted. Officials sought to admit more talented...Read more
John Nash *50 in 2002.

Lives: John F. Nash Jr. *50

‘This man is a genius’

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

When John and Alicia Nash got married a second time in 2001 after divorcing in the 1970s, I asked Nash to kiss the bride again so I could take a picture. He looked up and quipped, “A second take? Just like the movies.” The 20 years after he won the 1994...Read more
Don Oberdorfer ’52 in Vietnam in 1980.

Lives: Donald Oberdorfer ’52

A journalist who knew his stuff

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

Don Oberdorfer — he eschewed using his full name as a byline because it was just too long — was nobody’s stereotype of a journalist. He was not cocky, flashy, superficial, or speedy. Friends described him as sober and contemplative, rumply and kind. Over...Read more
Robert Curvin *75 in July 1967.

Lives: Robert Curvin *75

Advocate for a city that was home

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

The work of Robert Curvin *75 spanned activism, academia, policy, and journalism. But the common element was the city of Newark, N.J., where Curvin was born and spent all of his adult life except for his four graduate years at Princeton. Curvin grew up in...Read more
Nelson Doubleday ’55 at spring training in Florida in 1985.

Lives: Nelson Doubleday Jr. ’55

He saved the Mets

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

Frank Nelson Doubleday, the founder of Doubleday & Co., wrote in his memoirs that the company’s reputation suffered “every time we put on our list a book which is unworthy.” One can only wonder what the publishing patriarch would have thought in 1980 when...Read more
Bob Callahan ’77 in the 1980s.

Lives: Robert W. Callahan ’77

A coach, and more

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

Todd Harrity ’13, who would go on to win the men’s individual national squash championship as a junior, remembers a freshman-year team meeting before an early-season away game. The coach, Robert W. Callahan ’77, implored the players not to steal towels...Read more
Robert V. Keeley ’51 *71, center, following evacuation from Phnom Penh April 12, 1975.

Lives: Robert V. Keeley ’51 *71

A diplomat who spoke his mind

Published in the Feb. 3, 2016, issue

Robert V. Keeley ’51 *71 served more than three decades as an American diplomat — and to say his postings were volatile would be an understatement. He served in Greece in the late 1960s, when a “colonels’ coup” led to a military government; Keeley ruffled...Read more
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