Zink Book Alumni

Arthur Meigs ’13:

Arthur Meigs was an American architect from the class of 1903. He was born on June 29, 1882 and attended William Penn Charter School prior to attending Princeton. Following his graduation, he worked for various architects until he formed his own practice with Walter Mellor. With the desire to improve Charter, members turned to fellow Chartan, Arthur, to redesign Princeton Charter Club in 1913. He designed it in a Georgian Revival style to which the club remains remarkably intact to this day. He continued to with his practice for numerous years to come designing various other buildings.

Arthur Ingersoll Meigs. March 5, 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 19, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Ingersoll_Meigs


David Adler ’04:

David Adler was an American architect from the class of 1904. He was born on January 3, 1882. As a student at Princeton, he designed a remodel for Princeton Charter Club. However, members quickly deemed the house to be “too modest” and wanted something larger so they turned to Aurthur Meigs. Though he struggled at Princeton, he showed great aptitude in his architecture classes. The early years of his career were unusual for an architect. He was not a registered architect and had to work with a partner that could actually approve and sign off on his designs. This changed in 1928 when the state gave him an honorary license following over thirty commissions under his name. His practice was primarily focused in Chicago where he designed over 200 buildings in thirty five years.

David Adler (architect). June 9, 2017. In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 19, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Adler_(architect)


Edmund Wilson ’16:

Edmund Wilson was an American writer and critic from the class of 1916. He was born May 8, 1895. He began his professional writing career with the New York Sun until he served in the army during World War I. Following the war, he was the managing editor for Vanity Fair. He continued to progress his career working as an associate editor for The New Republic and book reviewer for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. He led a successful career throughout his life. Perhaps, his largest contribution might have been helping create public appreciation for novelists like Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Vladimir Nabokov. Wilson and Fitzgerald attended Princeton together and following Fitzgerald’s early death Wilson edited some of his work for publication.

Edmund Wilson. June 9, 2017. In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 19, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Wilson


Shelby Davis ’30:

Shelby Davis was a US Ambassador and philanthropist from the class of 1930. He was born April 1, 1909. Following his graduation at Princeton, he went on to get a doctorate in political science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. His career began as a European correspondent for CBS Radio in Geneva. He became a member of the New York Stock Exchange in 1941 and simultaneously advised Thomas E. Dewey during his presidential runs in the 40s. In 1947, he created Shelby Cullom Davis & Company which became a leading investment firm in insurance securities. His hard work eventually allowed him to make it onto the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans in the 1980s. With his success, he provided Princeton with significant financial support. HIs philanthropy extended to include Wellesley College, Bradley University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, Society of Colonial Wars, Colby College, and many more.

Shelby Cullom Davis. June 15, 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 28, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_Cullom_Davis


James Stewart ’32:

James “Jimmy” Stewart was a US Ambassador and philanthropist from the class of 1932. He was born May 20, 1908. While at Princeton, James excelled in his studies of architecture which earned him a scholarship for graduate school. His love and passion for the performing arts led him to be attracted to Princeton’s drama and music clubs including the Triangle Club. He continued performing with various groups during his time at Princeton and eventually debuted on Broadway in Carry Nation. However, as the Great Depression heightened, James’ perseverance was tested as his plays were cancelled. In 1934, James Stewart finally made it to Hollywood with MGM. His acting career continued to grow over time as his down-to-earth persona allowed him to play middle-class Americans struggling in crisis. Many of his films became American classics including It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, Shenandoah, Vertigo, and many more. James also served during World War II where he rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the US Air Force Reserve. With Brigadier General, he became the highest-ranking actor in military history. He is the most represented leading actor on the AFI’s 100 years… 100 Movies, AFI’s Top 10, and Entertainment Weekley’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time lists.

James Stewart. July 28 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 28, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Stewart


Howard Menard ’32:

Howard Menard was a professor and dean of the School of Engineering from the class of 1932. He was famously known for helping house Yale’s Handsome Dan XII in 1979 when Princeton undergraduates stole her.

Armstrong, April C. “Kidnapping Handsome Dan XII.” Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, The Trustees of Princeton University, 6 Apr. 2016, blogs.princeton.edu/mudd/category/student-pranks/.


Frank Petito ’36:

Frank Petito was an investment banker from the class of 1936. He was a native New Jersyan from Trenton. Following his graduation at Princeton, he attended Babson Institute of Business Administration. In 1937, Frank joined Morgan Stanley. His hardwork and determination earned him partnership in 1954 and became the first chairman in 1973. He retired in 1979 until he became and advisory director in 1985. He was crucial for the expansion of Morgan Stanley into newer areas of business and overseas markets. Frank also served during World War II as a military intelligence officer on Eisenhower’s headquarters staff in Europe. By the end of the war, he held the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Cook, Joan. “Frank Petito, Investment Banker.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 18 June 1986, www.nytimes.com/1986/06/18/obituaries/frank-petito-investment-banker.html.


Mason Andrews ’40:

Mason Andrews was a Virginian politician and physician from the class of 1940. He was born on April 19, 1919 in Norfolk Virginia. Mason was most prominently known for delivering the first in vitro baby in America. He later became the president of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. Following this tenure, he served on the city council and as mayor for Norfolk for over 26 years. His dedication to community service knew no bounds. Mason successfully advocated for the Eastern Virginia Medical Center Authority which was built in the slums. He was instrumental in bringing the teams of Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Jones to Norfolk where they revolutionized the world of treating infertility problems. This gave hope to hundreds of thousands of Americans who were unable to become pregnant. However, his efforts extended to redeveloping Norfolk’s downtown waterfront, creating a community college, and downtown development.

Mason Andrews. Jan 20 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 26, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_Andrews


Thomas Berry Brazelton ’40:

Thomas Berry Brazelton was an American pediatrician, author, and developer of the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale from the class of 1940. He was born on May 10, 1918 in Waco, TX. Following his graduation in 1940, he attended medical school at Columbia University. In 1945, he began his medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He followed by undertaking pediatric training at Boston Children’s Hospital where his interest in child development led him to pursue new ideas. He created his own pediatric practice in Cambridge, MA in 1950. He was one of the pioneers of newborn behavioral research. He helped develop the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale which can serve as an early indicator of development abnormalities. This served as a basis for his community service. Thomas advocated even to Congress for increased assistance for children growing up in poverty.

Berry Brazelton. June 11 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 26, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._Berry_Brazelton


Bowie Kuhn ’48:

Bowie Kuhn was a lawyer, sports administrator, and fifth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from the class of 1948. He was born on October 28, 1926 in Takoma Park, Maryland. Prior to attending Princeton, he attended Franklin and Marshall College in the Naval Officer Training Program. Following his graduation in 1948, he attended the University of Virginia where he earned his law degree. Bowie went on to become a member of Wilkie, Farr, and Gallagher where he worked closely in baseball’s legal affairs. He also served as a liaison between the Major League Players Association and the club owners during negotiations. He was unanimously chosen as the fifth Commissioner of the MLB. He was the youngest commissioner in history. Though he faced many challenges such as labor strikes, owner disenchanment, and the end of the baseball’s reserve clause, he helped ensure massive financial and contractual gains for the MLB. Bowie also held a war on drugs within the MLB where he was quick to punish players who used them. After his involvement with baseball, he returned to Wilkie, Farr, and Gallagher law firm and assumed presidency of the Kent Group. In 2008, Bowie Kuhn was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bowie Kuhn. July 27 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 26, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowie_Kuhn


John Sherrerd ’52:

John Sherrerd was an investment manager and philanthropist from the class of 1952. He never missed a reunion in all of his years. He served on the class executive committee for over 50 years and was class president and treasurer. He led the “Critical Few” component of the major reunion Annual Giving efforts which shattered previous records. John was also instrumental in the funding and naming of the Class of 1952 Stadium. During his 20 year tenure as a University charter trustee, he held various positions including co-chair of the Anniversary Campaign, chair of the University Resources Committee, and vice chair of the executive committee of the board. John was also crucial in advocating for changing student loans into grants. Outside of Princeton, he was a prominent investment manager and a founding partner of Miller, Anderson, and Sherrerd.

“Memorial John J.F. Sherrerd ‘52.” Princeton Alumni Weekly, The Trustees of Princeton University, 16 July 2008, paw.princeton.edu/memorial/john-jf-sherrerd-’52


Charles Fried ’56:

Charles Fried was a lawyer and jurist from the class of 1956. He was born on April 15, 1935 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He and his family were successfully able to leave Czechoslovakia in anticipation of Nazi persecution. Following his graduation in 1956, he attended the University of Oxford to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Jurisprudence in 1958 and 1960, respectively. In 1960, he earned his LL.B. degree from Columbia Law School and soon served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan II. When he was the Solicitor General, he argued over 25 cases in front of the Supreme Court. Following this officership, he returned to Harvard Law School where he jointly taught as a Distinguished Lecturer and served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Charles Fried. Aug 7 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 26, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fried


Eric Molson ’59:

Eric Molson was born in Montreal in 1937. While at Princeton, he obtained his degree with honors in Chemistry. Following his Princeton career, Molson went on to attain both a Bachelor of Laws from Universite Laval and a Master of Science from Birkbeck College. He even studied as a graduate student in economics at McGill. The last of his academics accolades was his Master Brewer certificate from the American Brewers Academy. Eric joined the family business in 1960 and served a member of the board of director for over 30 years, during which time he was chairman for 17 of them. After Molson’s merger with Coors, he again served as chairman and guided the company forward into 2009. He continues to serve as Chairman Emeritus and Director of Molson Coors. Other notable achievements include his time as chancellor of Concordia University, his position as honorary director of the Bank of Montreal, and his work as the director of the Montreal General Hospital Corporation and Foundation, as well as the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation and Vie des Arts magazine. Molson has also been honored with his investment into the Order of Canada, which is the second highest honor that Canada offers its people. 

Eric Molson. April 19 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 26, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Molson

Joel Rosenman ’63:

Joel Rosenman was born in 1942 in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. From Huntington High School, Rosenman graduated at age 16, and went on to attend Princeton. While at Princeton, he was a member of the Princeton Footnotes. Following his Princeton career, he went on to earn his JD from Yale Law School. Throughout this entire time, Rosenman helped finance his studies through his efforts as a professional musician. Following graduation from law school, he continued to perform in the folk music scene of the 1960s while working at a law firm during the day. Although offered a recording contract in 1967, Rosenman chose a career in writing and venture capital with John Roberts, with whom he wrote the pilot for a sit-com, and eventually a classified in the New York Times. They then began the creation of Media Sound Recording Studios from which they went on to launch Woodstock Ventures, Inc., which in August of 1969 put on the biggest concert the world has ever seen. Following Woodstock, he managed an investment fund and would eventually be immortalized in film when he was portrayed by Daniel Eric Gold in Taking Woodstock. 

Joel Rosenman. Aug 8 2017. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 26, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Rosenman

Mitch Daniels ’71:

Mitch Daniels Jr. was born April 7th, 1949 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. Following his election as body president of his high school, he was named one of Indiana’s Presidential Scholars by President Lyndon B. Johnson. While attending Princeton, he earned a degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. he was also a part of the American Whig-Cliosophic society, where he met future supreme court justice Samuel Alito. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Georgetown. Having a long history of involvement with politics, even as a teenager as part of the Ruckelshaus campaign, he would go on to pursue a career in public service. After initially working for Richard Lugar, Daniels became the chief political advisor to Ronald Reagan. In 1987, he returned to his fellow Hoosiers as the president and CEO of Hudson Institute, and then began his involvement with Eli Lilly, the largest corporation in Indiana at the time. While there, Daniels successfully strategized against attacks on Lilly’s Prozac. When he finally decided to run for Governer of Indiana, mos tof every other Republican candidate left the race. He has since been recognized as having the best gubernatorial campaign of 2008 and won more votes than any other candidate in the history of Indiana. He currently holds the office of the President of Purdue University. He was hailed as the 41st on Fortune Magazine’s list of the world’s greatest leaders. Other accolade that Daniels has earned included the Order of the Rising Sun, 2nd Class, Gold and Silver Star, as well as the Woodrow Wilson Award. 

Mitch Daniels. Sept 22 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Sept 22, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Daniels

F. Thomson Leighton ’78:

Tom Leighton, ’78, was born in 1956 and is at present the CEO of Akamai Technologies, a company that he co-founded with Daniel Lewin in 1998. Tom is commonly regarded as being one of the foremost experts on algorithms for network applications and cybersecurity and is notable for his work in finding a solution to freeing up web congestion. Tom is also a professor of Applied Mathematics and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. Tom received his B.S.E in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton in 1978. Dr. Leighton has had heavy involvement on many governmental, industrial, and academic panels within the field of cybersecurity, and is particularly hailed for his reception of the Marconi Prize earlier this year, as well as his 2017 induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame along with co-founder of Akamai, Daniel Lewins. He was also the first winner of the Machtey Award in 1981 and is a member of both the United States National Academy of Sciences and the American Mathematical Society.

F. Thomson Leighton. Aug 27 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 28, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._Thomson_Leighton


David Duchovny ’82:

David Duchovny ’82 was born on August 7th 1960 in New York. While at Princeton, Duchovny played as part of the basketball team, affectionately nick-named “scruff” by his teammates. David graduated from Princeton Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B summa cum laude in English in 1982. Also in 1982, David received honorable mention for poetry he had written from the Academy of American Poets. Following his Princeton career, Duchovny left for New Haven, where he earned a Masters in English Literature from Yale, his PhD remaining incomplete. Duchovny’s first major foray into the glamorous world of show business was in a beer advertisement for Löwenbräu in 1987. The following year marked his entrance into television acting through the show Working Girl. Duchovny also played the role of Denise Bryson, a transgender DEA Agent, and the narrator in the Showtime erotica, Red Shoe Diaries. Duchovny gained his first major role, and the one for which he is perhaps best known, in 1993, where he began to play Agent Fox Mulder on the television show “The X-Files”. David has been nominated four times for the Emmy awards and has twice hosted Saturday Night Live. Following the X-Files, Duchovny often appeared on screens both little and large, even going so far as to demonstrate his beautiful hands through his role as the hand model J.P. Prewitt in the film Zoolander. Duchovny has also moved beyond his acting career into the realm of musical composition, having released his second album, “Every Third Thought”, earlier this year. David is an active environmentalist and enthusiast for electric vehicle technology.

David Duchovny. Aug 27 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 28, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Duchovny


Bart Gellman ’82:

Bart Gellman ’82 was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1960. He is known to have said that his career in journalism began while at high school, working as the editor for the school paper. He began his tenure there with a legal battle against the principal of the George Washington High School after having been fired from his position as editor following his refusal to back down from a story he was pursuing on the subject of teenage pregnancy. This case he brought to the U.S. District Court as a violation of his First Amendment rights, which he later won a year after he graduated. The articles, which were initially burned by Carol Wacker, the school principal, were never published. He next came to Princeton, where he became the chairman of the Daily Princetonian in his junior year. While at Princeton he interned at The New republic, National Journal, The Miami Herald, and the Washington Post, to which he received a return offer in 1988 to cover the Washington D.C. courts. Following the position, Gellman went on to work as a Pentagon correspondent during the Persian Gulf War, where he was able to write about the shifts in societal views towards the status of gay people in the army, as well as how the relationship with women in combat was developing at the time. During his long and storied career, Gellman covered such events and people as The United Nations Special Commission’s failure in their efforts to disarm Iraq, the AIDS Crisis of the early 2000s, the “Global War on Terror”, which he broke prior to the 9/11 attacks, and what was certainly the best written examination of Vice President Dick Cheney. Following his stint of 21 years as part of the Washington Post, Gellman next began work as the Editor at Large for Time magazine, which enabled him to work on Robert Mueller and Mitt Romney, among many other notable figures and stories. After 3 years at Time, Gellman made his return to the Washington Post where he conducted interviews with infamous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, through whom Gellman was able to bring the revelations on the NSA into the light. Gellman has contributed to 3 Pulitzer Prizes for the Washington Post. Gellman has also returned to Princeton as a visiting lecturer and author in residence to the Woodrow Wilson School.

Barton Gellman. Aug 2 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 26, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barton_Gellman


Mark Shapiro ’89:

Mark Shapiro ’89 was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1967 to Baltimore attorney and sports agent, Ronald M. Shapiro, brother in law to the former Cleveland Browns coach, Eric Mangini. He graduated from Gilman school in 1985 after having played first base for their baseball team, after which, upon coming to Princeton, he switched to the Princeton Football Team, playing center and offensive tackle. After earning a degree in History, Shapiro returned to his first love of baseball, and began working with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. From working in player development, Shapiro gradually worked himself up first to Assistant General Manager, and then, in 2001, General Manager to the Indians. Shapiro would go on to be named Executive of the Year by the Sporting News in both ’05 and ’07 following 90+ wins seasons for the Indians, which included an American League Central Division championship in 2007. In 2010, Shapiro became the team president of the Cleveland Indians. Following his work with the Indians, Shapiro has gone on to become the CEO and team president to the Toronto Blue Jays, a role he has occupied since 2015. Other notable accolades includes his honorary Doctor of Letters from Baldwin Wallace University, and the on-screen adaptation of his role as an executive for the Indians in the award-winning film, Moneyball.

Mark Shapiro (Sports Executive). June 25 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 26, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Shapiro_(sports_executive)


Derek Kilmer ’96:

Derek Kilmer ’96 was born and raised in Port Angeles, Washington. Derek earned his BA in public affairs with a certificate in American Studies while at Princeton. From Princeton he won a Marshall Scholarship, which permitted him to obtain his PhD in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford. Derek is a man of many talents, having worked as a business consultant for McKinsey, a business relation manager for the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County, where he is also a trustee for the local community college, however Derek is best known for his involvement in American politics, both as a U.S Representative and as a member of the Washington state senate, representing the Democratic Party. First elected in 2004, Derek became the representative for Washington’s 26th district. Only 2 years later, Derek won the position for Washington’s 26th senate district. Derek has numerous accolades including his three-time acceptance of the LEADER Award, his being named the Legislative Business Star Award by Enterprise Washington, and his recognition as Legislator of the Year both by the Northwest Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs. He is also an honorary fire chief in his home of Washington. Derek is perhaps most notable for his co-sponsorship of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013, which lead to him being sent as part of a 37-member congressional delegation to Israel, with the goals of strengthening both economic and military cooperation between the two countries, as well as for his introduction of the American Savings Promotion Act.

Derek Kilmer. June 25 2018. In Wikipedia. Retrieved Aug 26, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Kilmer

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