I am a 1957 graduate (M.S.E.) of the program in plastics engineering, which at the time was the only graduate course in the U.S. for the subject of high polymer engineering. Louis Rahm and Bryce Maxwell directed the plastics laboratory, and they catapulted me into a highly successful professional career as a result.
The purpose of this letter is to compliment Princeton on another matter — that of the announcement (PAW, November 2022) that the University was divesting and dropping endowment holdings plus cutting all ties to 90 companies in the business of fossil fuels.
I am ashamed to have to admit that as a successful high polymer chemical engineer I was part (unwittingly) of what has transpired since I graduated in the 1950s. My only excuse is that in those days the problems with the fossil fuels and polymer waste did not exist.
Please convey my compliments to the president and trustees on their actions. I’m in full support.