50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF UNDERGRADUATE COEDUCATION AT PRINCETON - IN CHICAGO!
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 - Tix still available!
Join fellow Tigers, parents, and friends for a very special celebration in Chicago!
This event is a unique celebration designed to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the April 1969 decision by the Board of Trustees to admit undergraduate women. Weekend events will begin on Thursday night with the Princeton Club of Chicago's Annual Dinner featuring former ESPN sportswriter and legal analyst, Lester Munson '62, in conversation with Mary Newburn '97.
The focal point of the conference will be on Saturday at the University Club of Chicago and will feature speakers, lunch, interesting stories from esteemed Princeton alumni panelists, and entertainment - by Princeton alumni, of course!
An optional reception and small group dinners will follow. Join us Sunday morning with a Chicago Architecture Center Foundation River Cruise, one of THE top things to do in Chicago. Please read ticket options carefully!
Scroll down for a link to the schedule and our full list of speakers and panelists!
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We hope ALL members of our Tiger family will come together for this wonderful celebration of Princeton.
Special thanks to the Class of 1973 for their generous sponsorship of Saturday's conference.
The Princeton Club of Chicago
cordially invites you and your guests to
join us for this very special
50th Anniversary Celebration of
Undergraduate Coeducation at Princeton
Saturday, April 27, 2019
9 am - 3:30 pm
University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL
Cash bar reception afterwards at The Silversmith Hotel, followed by Small Group Dinners,
including a special mini-reunion dinner for Class of '73
Orange and Black attire encouraged and always welcome!
Please note the University Club's weekend dress code below*
Nancy Weiss Malkiel
Princeton Professor of History, Emeritus
Former Dean of the College
Founding Master of Mathey Residential College
a special conversation with
Mimi Pivirotto Murley '76 and Bob Murley '72
Rishi Jaitly '04
and two panels of distinguished alumni discussing
"First Class Journeys"
"Coeducation Through the Decades"
Peter Baugher '70, Akira Bell ’95 P23, Linda Blackburn ’71 P95 k23, Carol Brown ’75 S76 P18, Edie Canter ’80, Azza Cohen ’16, Raja Krishnamoorthi '95, Marsha Levy-Warren ’73 P01 P05, Emily Liao Master ’01, Destiny Ortega ’12 S11, Manuel Pérez ’11 S12,
Marv Pollack ’73, Lindsay Pomeroy ’76 S75 P18, Ryan Ruskin ’90, Marjory Gengler Smith ’73 P03, and Nancy Teaff ’73 P08
Panels will be moderated by Elizabeth Balthrop '01 and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi '00
Entertainment by Mary Cait Walthall '08 and Catherine Sharp '18
Please note that ALL on-line reservations will be confirmed via e-mail from the Princeton Club of Chicago
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* University Club's Weekend Dress Code: Smart casual attire is permitted which includes non-distressed denim, tailored shorts, t-shirts,
athletic shoes and sandals. Hats are not permitted for men. Women may wear hats, with the exception of baseball caps.
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Small Group Dinners on Saturday and the Architecture Boat Cruise on Sunday.
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Contact VP Communications Carol Obertubbesing '73 at email@example.com, Club President, Mike Laidlaw '94 at Mike.Laidlaw@morganstanleypwm.com, or Club Executive VP Amy Beth Treciokas '87 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Weiss Malkiel
Nancy Weiss Malkiel is professor of history, emeritus, at Princeton University. A scholar in 20th century American history, she joined the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor in 1969, was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and to full professor in 1982. She transferred to emeritus status in 2016.
Professor Malkiel is the author most recently of “Keep the Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation (Princeton University Press, 2016), a study of the cascade of decisions for coeducation at elite institutions of higher education in the period from 1969 through 1974 – in the United States, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Vassar, among many other colleges and universities; in the United Kingdom, the first three men’s colleges at Cambridge in 1972, and the first five at Oxford in 1974. The objective is to understand why these decisions occurred when they did, how these very traditional, conservative institutions came to embrace such significant change, and what happened when the women students (or, in the case of Vassar, men students) arrived.
From 1987 to 2011, Professor Malkiel served as Dean of the College, the senior officer responsible for Princeton's undergraduate academic program. All matters relating to the curriculum, academic advising, academic regulations, and scholastic standing fell under her aegis. As dean, she also had oversight responsibility for the offices of Admission, the Registrar, Undergraduate Financial Aid, and Teacher Preparation, as well as for the Princeton Writing Program, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, and the residential colleges.
From 1982 to 1986, Professor Malkiel served as the founding master of Dean Mathey College, one of Princeton’s six residential colleges.
Professor Malkiel is a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She served previously as a commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and as chair of the assembly and a member of the board of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. She is a former trustee of Smith College, Princeton Day School, and McCarter Theatre in Princeton.
Professor Malkiel received a B.A. (1965) and an honorary degree (1997) from Smith College and an M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) from Harvard University.
- Elizabeth Balthrop '01
Elizabeth is currently a Divisional Vice President at Abbott, where she leads the Cardiometabolic & Informatics business unit in the company’s Rapid Diagnostics division. She has held multiple leadership roles in Abbott’s diagnostic businesses. Prior to Abbott, she worked at Bain & Company and the Chicago Cubs. At Bain, Elizabeth worked with executive teams of Fortune 500 companies to address their most critical issues in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and operations. She worked in sales and marketing for the Chicago Cubs, pioneering innovative marketing strategies and new revenue streams while performing total account management.
Elizabeth graduated from Princeton University with a degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in Latin American Studies. While at Princeton, she was a sports editor at The Daily Princetonian and worked in the athletic department. Elizabeth also has a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She is a member of the Goodman Theatre’s Scenemakers Board and is active in the Princeton Club of Chicago and Princeton Women’s Network.
Peter Baugher '70
Peter is the Princeton Club of Chicago’s Awards Committee Chair and a past President. He came to Princeton from New Trier, a large public high school on Illinois’ North Shore, where women were leading participants in all of his classes. Princeton presented a different social and intellectual environment, changed forever and for the better in 1969. Peter was a founding member of Stevenson Hall, a University-sponsored Prospect Street dining and social alternative, featuring open enrollment, faculty fellows, and academic seminars.
Peter is a lawyer and arbitrator concentrating in business lawsuits and arbitrations with Baugher Dispute Resolution LLC. He is President of the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association and principal author of the Illinois International Commercial Arbitration Act. Peter also serves as a director of the Grant Park Orchestral Association, which produces the summer classical concerts in Millennium Park.
Peter graduated from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1970 and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School where he was Editor of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action. He and his wife Robin live in Wilmette, Illinois.
Akira Lynn Bell '95 P23
Akira is SVP and CIO at Mathematica, a company in Princeton, NJ dedicated to evidence and data-driven research and analysis that promote public well-being in the areas of healthcare, education, employment, and human services, globally. Akira’s areas of focus are digital transformation strategies, data science, and cybersecurity. Akira’s past awards include the CIO100 Award for innovative technology deployed in the tristate area during Hurricane Sandy relief.
Akira prides herself on building diverse pipelines of talent and leadership in STEM starting from middle school aged children through professionals. Akira also draws great inspiration from her membership with the Jersey Girls Stay Strong Multisport triathlon club, a group that saw her through her first triathlon and first Ironman 70.3. This group and triathlon in general, have taught her a “no limits” attitude.
Akira was a panelist at Princeton’s first She Roars conference discussion on women in STEM, and currently mentors three students. She currently serves on the advisory committee for the upcoming Black Alumni Conference in October 2019.
Akira holds a BSE in Operations Research from Princeton and has two children, Ethan and Samantha, who are in their senior year of high school.
Linda Bell Blackburn '71 P95 k23
Linda was among the first women to matriculate at Princeton in the fall of 1969. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1971 with a degree in Sociology. As an undergraduate Linda participated in ABC (Association of Black Collegiates – established to support Black Ivy League students), and Harambee House, a local Arts Center in Princeton. Off campus, Linda secured a number of internships in: Welfare Women’s Rights (NYC), Urban Development (NJ Community Affairs/Princeton), Education in Africa (NYC National Council of Churches); and Business Computing (IBM).
Her first post-Princeton position was in Nyeri, Kenya, where she taught English at a rural community school. In 1974, she became an AT&T Information Technology Manager responsible for both Domestic and International Initiatives and had a successful career for 28 years.
As an alumna, she was committed to promoting African American traditions and enhancing the black student experience at Princeton University. Linda received The Alumni Council Award for Service in 1992. She is a past President of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni (ABPA) and has served as Executive Committee Member - Alumni Council, Board Member - Princeton Area Alumni (PA3), and Board Member - Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR).
Currently, Linda is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer, responsible for monitoring family, medical and education issues for foster children in NJ. Linda is married to Ronald Blackburn and is mother to Akira Bell ’95.
Carol Brown '75 S76 P18
Carol was a member of the 3rd class of freshman women admitted to Princeton and expected to continue her passion for environmental change and protection (She admits her idol was Ralph Nader).
Despite having had no high school athletic background, Illinois officially banned all girls’ sports in the public schools until after the 1973 passage of Title IX, Carol found her way to the boathouse in the fall of freshman year. Five years later she was competing for team USA at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal - and winning a bronze medal! While at Princeton Carol also found time to start and captain the first women’s swim team and senior year played for the newly formed women’s ice hockey team.
She met fellow panelist, Lindsay Pomeroy ’76, spring of her senior year. They were married nine years later and have a son, Stuart, who graduated this past June. Lindsay and Stuart both played hockey for the Tigers and they are the only family (so far) to have had Mom, Dad, and son/daughter play hockey in orange and black.
After retiring from international rowing following the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Carol worked primarily in non-profit finance and operations until her recent retirement. She is very involved with both US Rowing and the US Olympic Committee and currently serves as a vice president of the US Olympians and Paralympians Association – the alumni organization representing the over 7000 living Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the US.
Edie Canter '80
As a Princeton student during the first decade of coeducation, Edie was actively involved with the Women’s Center, wrote her senior thesis on a women’s studies issue, and advocated for a women’s studies program at Princeton as a member of the student-faculty committee examining the issue.
After Princeton, Edie practiced law with a concentration in complex litigation before transitioning into the nonprofit sector. She served as Executive Director of Chicago Debates, an education nonprofit enhancing academic success of Chicago Public School students through debate, and Director of Development and Communications for Leadership Greater Chicago. Currently, she is the principal of Canter Strategies, a consultancy focusing on nonprofit development, strategic planning and organizational management.
Edie serves on the Leadership Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center, has had leadership roles with Women Employed and Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, and has volunteered with multiple organizations. She is active in Princeton Diversity Chicago, Princeton Prize in Race Relations and PICS Scholarship Committee.
In addition to her A.B. from Princeton, Edie received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She enjoys city life in Chicago with her husband Fred Wellisch, a professor at DePaul, and daughter Julia Wellisch, a college senior.
Azza Cohen '16
Azza Cohen began making documentary films her first year at Princeton and hasn’t stopped since. Currently at CreativeChaos vmg, she is co-directing her first feature film, The Last Statesman, a documentary on the extraordinary life of Senator George Mitchell and the arc of global conflict negotiations in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Colombia, Israel and Palestine; she is also currently story producing an untitled feature documentary on the debate over gun laws in the United States. Cohen’s first film, “Refugee, Refugee,” a day in the life of a Rwandan refugee in New Jersey, was used as part of the film subject’s successful application for asylum status. This experience highlighted how films can catalyze change on personal and political levels. At Princeton, Cohen wrote an opinion column for The Daily Princetonian, directed "The Vagina Monologues" and participated actively in the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. She was awarded the Priscilla Glickman and Spirit of Princeton awards for her contributions to service on campus. After Princeton, she earned an M.A. in colonial history from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Cohen currently serves on the University Board of Trustees.
Candace Jackson-Akiwumi '00
Candace is a director of the Princeton Club of Chicago. In 2006, she first embraced the University’s Alumni Schools Committee mission, serving as an alumni interviewer and eventually as the Princeton Club’s Vice President for Alumni Schools for five years and as Chicago ASC Chair for six years. Under her leadership, the Chicagoland ASC received the University’s S. Barksdale Penick, Jr. '25 Award. Candace also completed a three-year term on the national Princeton Schools Committee. She is a Princeton P55 mentor and past Chicago Princeton Prize in Race Relations committee member.
At Princeton, Candace majored in the Woodrow Wilson School, earned certificates in African American Studies and Women’s Studies, studied abroad, served on the University’s discipline committee, and engaged in dance, community service, and diversity initiatives. After graduation, she moved to Thailand with Princeton-in-Asia, and Israel and Namibia as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
Candace earned her J.D. at Yale Law School. She is an attorney with the Federal Defender Program where she represents clients in the federal courts. Outside of Princeton, she serves in leadership and teaching roles with bar associations and charitable organizations. A Virginia native, she lives in Hyde Park with her husband Eric.
Rishi Jaitly '04
Rishi is Founder/CEO of Times Bridge, the U.S.'s largest venture capital firm bringing the world's best ideas to India and Asia. The firm's investment portfolio includes Airbnb, Coursera, Houzz, Mubi, Smule, Thrive, Uber, Vice and Wattpad. Jaitly is the former Vice President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & North Africa for Twitter. Earlier, Jaitly was the Managing Director of Twitter India, the Head of Public/Private Partnerships for Google/YouTube India, a speechwriter for Google CEO Eric Schmidt and a Director of the Knight Foundation in Detroit and College Summit in Washington, D.C.
He's the co-founder of Michigan Corps (an online service platform for Michiganders everywhere), Kiva Detroit (America's first peer-to-peer microlending initiative) and the BMe Community (now America's largest digital storytelling/leadership network by/for black males who lead in their hometowns). Jaitly is a former Trustee of Princeton University, a former Commissioner of Higher Education in New Jersey, a member of the Princeton Technology Advisory Council and a Board Member of Princeton AlumniCorps, the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area and Virginia Humanities.
- Elizabeth Balthrop '01
Raja Krishnamoorthi '95
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi ’95 represents the 8th District of Illinois, which includes Chicago’s west and northwest suburbs, and serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In addition, he serves on the Committee on Oversight and Reform and as the Chairman of its Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, and was appointed an Assistant Whip for the Democratic caucus for the 116th Congress. Raja’s policy platform focuses on growing and strengthening the middle class by supporting small businesses, making college more affordable, rebuilding our infrastructure, and protecting Social Security and Medicare. Raja was previously appointed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as a Special Assistant Attorney General and served as Illinois Deputy Treasurer before becoming president of small businesses in the Chicago area. Before launching his career, Raja attended Princeton University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then Harvard University where he earned his law degree. Raja and his wife, Priya, a physician, live in Schaumburg with their two sons and daughter.
Marsha H. Levy-Warren '73 P01 P05
Marsha H. Levy-Warren, PhD is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who writes, teaches, lectures, and consults both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Adolescent Journey, and numerous articles on clinical and developmental theory, adolescence, and various aspects of culture. She is currently Director of The Child/Adolescent Training Program at the Contemporary Freudian Society. She is also a member of the teaching faculty and a clinical consultant at NYU.
Marsha was the first woman to receive the Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, which was awarded by President William G. Bowen *58 to the member of the senior class who most clearly manifested excellent scholarship, strength of character and effective leadership. Marsha was the first female recipient of the Class of 1901 medal, the first woman to be elected an alumni trustee of the University, and served on the Advisory Committees to the Program in Women and Gender Studies and McCosh, as Adjunct Faculty member in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies, and as parent of two Princeton graduates. Marsha received her A.B. in psychology from Princeton in 1973 and her M.S. in 1975 and Ph.D. in 1980 from Yale University.
Emily Liao Master '01
Emily Master is currently the Executive Director of the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority, a U.S.-based 501c(3) that connects people and projects in Israel operated by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the State of Israel's preeminent organization in the field of Israeli and Biblical archaeology. Most recently, Emily served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. head (also a Princetonian) of a global executive search and leadership advisory firm. For 15 years, her professional home was the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where she ran the North American office of Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti. She has regularly worked in Europe, Asia and the Middle East where she was a 10-year member of Harvard’s Leon Levy Expedition, the largest archaeological excavation in Israel. Following pre-professional studies in piano, viola and organ at the Juilliard School, Emily received her A.B. in music and a certificate in musical performance from Princeton and M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Mimi Pivirotto Murley '76 and Bob Murley '72 (both P07 P10)
Bob is a member of the last all male class admitted to Princeton, while Mimi is a member of one of the first coed classes. Princeton played—and continues to play—a central role in their lives together.
Both Murleys have been dedicated Princeton volunteers for many years. Bob is a two-time charter trustee and served 20 years on the board including serving as Vice Chair and on the Trustee committee which made the recommendation on how to honor Woodrow Wilson’s legacy at Princeton. Mimi has served on the steering committee of the University's Women in Leadership initiative, as Class Agent and Special Gifts Chair, on the Advisory Board to the Princeton Faith and Work Initiative, and on the board of AlumniCorps (formerly Princeton Project 55). Bob served on the search committees that selected Shirley Tilghman as Princeton's 19th president and first woman and current president Chris Eisgruber ’83. He has served as national chair of the University's Annual Giving effort as well as co-chair of the Leadership Gifts Committee of the Anniversary Campaign for Princeton. In 1998, Bob received the University's Harold Helm Award for exemplary work on behalf of Annual Giving. Great partners and leaders, Bob and Mimi shared the Princeton Club of Chicago's Arnold M. Berlin '46 Award for distinguished service; both have served as class presidents; and together they helped to lead the $2 billion Aspire Campaign, with Bob serving as overall Co-Chair and Mimi serving as Midwest Regional Chair.
The Murleys, who have three children, are also civic leaders in the Chicago area. Both are committed to Lurie Children’s Hospital with Bob serving as Chairman of the Foundation and Vice Chair of the Medical Center Board, and Mimi serving on the Founder's board and the Foundation Executive Committee. In addition, Bob serves on the board of the Museum of Science and Industry and Mimi serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Woman’s Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. Bob also chairs the boards of the Educational Testing Service in Princeton and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. In his “spare time,” Bob is Chairman of Investment Banking for Credit Suisse where he has worked for 43 years, his only full-time job.
The family's ties to the University span four generations, beginning with Mimi's grandfather, Albert H. Burchfield Jr. '25; her father, Richard R. Pivirotto '52, an emeritus trustee and member of the University's legendary undefeated football teams of 1950 and 1951; her brother, Richard R. Pivirotto Jr.’77, and the Murleys' daughters, Mary Murley Doyle ’07 and Megan Murley Olson ’10.
To commemorate their 25th wedding anniversary and the 35th anniversary of undergraduate coeducation at Princeton, the Murleys made a significant gift in 2004 to help build the Whitman College tower, which serves as a symbolic connection to the University's mission. They were drawn to the idea of a tower as a beacon, a structure that calls students to a higher level of personal and academic accomplishment.
Destiny Ortega '12 S11
Destiny is a Senior Associate at Civic Consulting Alliance, a nonprofit consulting firm that aims to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Chicago region. Before joining Civic Consulting Alliance, Destiny developed public policy, programmatic, and public affairs experience at The Chicago Public Education Fund, where she published reports on school leadership and oversaw a $2M investment portfolio around school principal retention. Most recently, Destiny served as the Manager of Strategy and Development, overseeing the non-profit’s public affairs and $26.5M fundraising campaign.
Destiny graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs, with certificates in Urban and Latino Studies. After college, she returned to Chicago as a Teach For America corps member and taught middle school writing in the West Englewood neighborhood, simultaneously earning her Master of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University. In her spare time, Destiny is an active alumna of Saint Ignatius College Prep, the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, and Chicago Scholars. Destiny resides in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood with her partner, Manuel, who is Class of 2011.
Manuel Pérez '11 S12
Manuel Pérez is Campaign Manager for the Lori Lightfoot campaign for Mayor of Chicago. He has led a variety of campaigns at the local, state, and federal level, including Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García’s successful run for Congress in 2018. In Cook County government, Pérez has served as Special Assistant to the President of the County Board, Chief of Staff to the County Clerk, and Chief of Staff to then-Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
Born in Chicago to Mexican immigrants, Manny grew up in neighboring Cicero, Illinois. He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B in History and resides in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago with his partner, Destiny, who is Class of 2012.
Marv Pollack '73
Marv was an economics major at Princeton with a minor in Triangle. He had a 45 year career in advertising and marketing, exclusively in the Chicago area, working in the package goods, travel, high tech, and family office industries. He is currently a Board Member for Marksmen, Inc., an intellectual property protection and acquisition firm. He previously served on the boards of Windy City Times and Chicago Sinai Congregation. He is active in the alumni activities of Princeton and Stanford and heads the Triangle Committee for the Princeton Club of Chicago which plans the triennial visits of the Triangle Club to Chicago.
Lindsay Pomeroy '76 S75 P18
Lindsay came to Princeton from Regina, Saskatchewan Canada via the unlikely route of The Hotchkiss School of Connecticut. At Princeton he was a member of the Varsity Hockey team for four years and active in the Princeton Canadians – a new campus group in the mid ‘70s that was responsible for the addition of a semester Canadian history course in the history department.
Lindsay and the men’s hockey team were advocates for the women’s athletic teams – including the fledgling women’s ice hockey team where Lindsay and various teammates did spot duty as coaches providing skill development and encouragement. The volunteer coaching (ice time was 10 p.m. to midnight) provided an excellent side benefit which was a means to dating. The Baker Rink community led Carol and Lindsay to meet. He remained a staunch supporter of Carol’s rowing pursuits through three Olympic Games and eventually got her hand in marriage almost ten years after they met.
Professionally, Lindsay has had two careers since leaving Princeton. Firstly in oil and gas exploration in Alberta, Canada and secondly in commercial real estate development privately and corporately with the past 24 years split between time with Microsoft and Oracle.
Ryan Ruskin '90
Ryan is President and CEO of The Ruskin Group, a 125-year-old global sustainable packaging company, founded by his great-grandfather. In 2015, Ryan assumed the role of non-executive chairman of MyEco, a sustainability education business he helped found that uses technology and innovative products to help consumers break disposable habits. Previously, he was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney.
Ryan currently serves on the Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees. He was a member of Executive Committee of the Alumni Council; past chair of the Awards for Service to Princeton Committee; member of the Portraiture Nominations Committee; past president of the Princeton Club of Chicago, and an active ASC, class of 1990, and reunions volunteer. He received the Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Award in 2015. He is a member of the boards of Heartland Alliance, Chicago Botanic Garden, Field Museum, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Ryan graduated from Princeton with a B.A. in history. He earned an M.B.A. and M.E.M. both from Northwestern University. He is a member of the 2012 class of the Emerging Leaders Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Ryan is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and a member of the 2013 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
Cat Sharp '18
At Princeton, Cat majored in Politics, was a member of Fuzzy Dice Improv Comedy, and spoke as a herald at her Class Day.
Following Princeton, she has worked progressive political campaigns on the federal, state, and local levels. She has continued to perform comedy across Chicago, having most recently produced and performed a sketch comedy show at the Second City.
Cat is proud to be the daughter of Liz & Jeff Sharp ’80 and the sister of Dillon Sharp ’14.
Marjory Gengler Smith '73 P03 h1913
Margie is a Princetonian of “firsts.” A member of the University’s first four-year coeducational class, she was the first woman to earn a white “P” sweater and be featured on the cover of PAW (May 1, 1973) as “Princeton’s Best Athlete.” Smith captained Princeton’s first undefeated women’s tennis team and never lost a set while playing for the University. She competed at Wimbledon while still an undergraduate. She is married to Stan Smith, former world number one ranked tennis player. They have four children, 14 grand children, and home-schooled their children for 13 years. Margie was named to the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004. She lives on Hilton Head Island, SC and spends most of her time tutoring at the local Boys and Girls Club.
Nancy Teaff '73 P08
Dr. Teaff enrolled at Princeton in the fall of 1971, entering as a junior. She spent her freshman and sophomore years at Smith College. She graduated from Princeton with a degree in Biochemical Sciences. After Princeton, she attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and went on to pursue a residency in Ob/Gyn at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.
In 1982, she returned to North Carolina, becoming the first woman partner in an Ob/Gyn group practice in the greater Charlotte region. She was also the first female Princeton alum in the Princeton Alumni Association of Charlotte—they were still meeting in the “men only” area of a local country club. After 4 years practicing Ob/Gyn, she returned to Wayne State for 2 years for a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).
Nancy has been back in Charlotte since 1988, practicing REI, again as the first female MD in that specialty in western NC and the only female in her medical group. She retired from private practice in 2016, but still sees gyn patients at the Matthews Free Medical Clinic. She and her husband founded Charlotte Youth Rowing, a community team, and she is in her 17th year of coaching crew. She is the first woman president of the Princeton Class of 1973.
Mary Cait Walthall '08
In addition to performing and teaching improv comedy, Mary Cait is a Restorative Practices Coach at Alternatives, Inc., working to bring Restorative Justice practices to Chicago Public Schools. She is part of a movement to shift culture toward more humane discipline practices and to end the school-to-prison pipeline.
At Princeton, Mary Cait majored in Psychology and was a member of Quipfire! improv and the Princeton Triangle Club. In her current improv life, she performs with Super Human at the Annoyance Theater on Tuesday nights, and you can hear her on the Improvised Star Trek podcast (www.theimprovisedstartrek.com). She teaches at the Annoyance Theater and at the iO Theater, where she was named 2018 Teacher of the Year.
Mary Cait is proud to be the daughter Dr. Nancy Teaff, alumna and first woman president of the Princeton Class of 1973.