Fifty-Year Class Makes Generous Gift
For 31 members of the Class of 1952, their 50th class reunion was an
occasion to remember, both for themselves and for PTS!
At the reunion banquet on May 24, John MacInnes, representing his
classmates, presented a check for $84,840.20 to President Gillespie,
saying “This is a down payment on our intention to give $100,000 for the
Class of 1952 Scholarship Endowment Fund to assist future generations of
Princeton students.” The idea for the class gift was hatched among five
Class of 52ers—MacInnes, James Anderson, William Boyce, Donald Kocher, and John (Jack)
Smiley—who then became the leadership team that contacted the rest of
their classmates. Letters and a follow-up telephone “calling tree” led to
gifts from 38 class members, with additional gifts anticipated.
Class of ’52ers present a sizeable check to
Pictured left to right are Jack
Smiley, President Gillespie, William
Kocher, and John MacInnes.
“It was a wonderful experience working with my classmates to create
what we hope will become the first in a long line of 50-year class gifts,”
said MacInnes, who chaired the leadership group in consultation with Steve
Hamilton, director of alumni/ae giving and church relations.
Alumni/ae director Dean Foose said the class gathering was “the largest
50-year class reunion in many years, maybe ever.” Of the 103 who graduated
in 1952 (93 B.D.s and 10 M.R.E.s), 42 died in earlier years. Of the
remaining 61 members, 31 returned to Princeton in May, along with many
spouses. They came from 18 states “from the Redwood forests to the Gulf
Stream waters,” said Foose. Over dinner they shared laughs and memories of
eating clubs, friends, classes, and professors, including memories about
New Testament scholar Dr. Bruce Metzger, who with his wife, Isobel, was an