Princeton University’s 2017-18 Annual Giving campaign raised $69,554,597 — the second highest total in Annual Giving history — with 55.7 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength across all of Princeton’s constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents, and friends.
December 2017 brought the most significant overhaul of the U.S. tax code since 1986, with profound impact on individuals, trusts, estates, and businesses-at least until 2025 when key provisions may expire. Princeton’s Office of Gift Planning hosted a breakfast for 1746 Society members at Reunions that featured a panel of Princetonian experts discussing recent changes in taxes and what they mean for individuals, trusts, and estates.
When Princeton University senior Alana Reynolds arrived in Mozambique last June to conduct fieldwork for her thesis, she realized that she had to see elephants differently if she wanted to help protect them. She had traveled to the southeast African country with support from the Becky Colvin Memorial Award presented annually by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
The M.S. Chadha Center for Global India, made possible by a gift from Sumir Chadha of Princeton’s Class of 1993, was dedicated at Princeton University on April 27.
Using a wide array of creative filmmaking styles, students who entered the “What’s Your Unforgettable Princeton?” short video contest shared their most memorable experiences in 90 seconds or less.
By Greta Shum, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
In 1948, as the world raced to recover from World War II, an Austrian teenager named Gerhard R. Andlinger wrote an essay titled “The World I Want” in response to an American newspaper’s contest. In the seven decades since that essay won him a ticket to the United States and, ultimately, Princeton University, Gerry Andlinger set about building that world.
A gift from Sumir Chadha of Princeton’s Class of 1993 has established the M. S. Chadha Center for Global India, which will bring together scholars and students from all disciplines to broadly explore contemporary India, including its economy, politics, and culture. The center is named in honor of Chadha’s grandfather, a distinguished physician who served as the director general of Health Services for India.
By Nancy H. Lin ’77 S76 P10
My father received his graduate degree in economics from Princeton 1935. He was a Boxer Rebellion Indemnity Scholar, and while he enjoyed his studies, he seldom spoke about his years at Princeton, although he did ask me not to join an eating club or play golf. He became an interpreter, often acted in a paralegal capacity, and community social worker for Chinese immigrants, mostly in New York City’s Chinatown. My father had high, challenging standards and a kind heart.
Edward C. Taylor, a Princeton University chemistry professor whose research into butterfly wing pigments led to the development of a cancer-fighting drug used worldwide, died Nov. 22 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was 94.
Tiger Athletics Give Day (#TAGD) returns for its fourth year on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. This 24-hour online giving challenge is a significant source of support for Princeton’s 37 varsity sports teams. Each successive #TAGD has surpassed the record of the previous year, with a total of 8,500 donors in 2016.
In addition to providing generous support, life income gifts can diversify your portfolio, increase your income, reduce or defer capital gains tax, and provide a federal income tax deduction. Donors often use the payments to fund their annual gift to the University, or to support a University priority during their lifetime. Beginning with their 50th Reunion, alumni can make their gift in this form through the Annual Giving Legacy program and receive class credit.
In a nearly 50-year career, William D. Zabel ’58 has earned legendary status among estate and tax planners for his work with high-net-worth individuals. His client list includes names ranging from Annenberg to Chrysler to Soros. Zabel shared his wisdom with alumni at Reunions 2017.
As his 50th Reunion approached, Bill Paternotte ’67 thought, “I want to make a tangible statement of what Princeton has meant to me.” But how? When he learned a life income gift to Princeton would also be counted as a contribution to Annual Giving through a new program, thereby adding to his class’s legacy, he found his answer.
Chances are, when you went to Princeton, your interaction with professors went well beyond the classroom and office hours. The same teacher-scholars who are at the pinnacle of their professions and break new ground in their fields of study also work closely with undergraduates as mentors, advisors, and colleagues.
Edward C. (Ted) Taylor, Sir W. Arthur Lewis, and Froma Zeitlin are three of Princeton’s most accomplished and honored professors. Their dedication to students matches their contributions to their disciplines.
Timothy M. Kingston ’87, chairman of Goldman Chile, has been named chair of Princeton University’s Annual Giving Committee.
The Louis A. Simpson International Building, made possible by a gift from Louis A. Simpson, a 1960 alumnus of Princeton’s Graduate School, and his wife, Kimberly K. Querrey, was dedicated on October 16, 2017.
A gift from the Wythes family—Marcia Wythes, Jennifer Wythes Vettel, Paul Wythes Jr., and Linda Wythes Knoll—has named the University's Center on Contemporary China in honor of former trustee Paul Wythes of the Class of 1955 and his wife.
In 2015, when we participated in the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (SJP) as rising seniors in high school, we did not think we had what it took to come to Princeton; we couldn’t picture ourselves measuring up to our peers, never mind affording the cost of an Ivy League education. But today, we are about to begin our sophomore years at Princeton.
In his nearly 50-year career, William D. Zabel ’58 has helped high-net-worth individuals to plan for and protect their loved ones and their legacies; at the 2017 Reunions seminar he shared fascinating stories and advice on how you can, too.
Two teams of Princeton graduate students are making strong showings in national robotics competitions this year. The teams are combining advances in computation with those in sensing technology.
As an aspiring wizard, wand in hand, steps before a huge screen projecting an image of the Hogwarts School Great Hall of Harry Potter fame, José Rico ’18 waits. At the moment the youngster flicks his wand while pronouncing magic words, Rico does his magic—making the spell come to life with the click of his computer’s buttons.
It was spring, and the calendar hanging on the wall above Allison Simi’s cluttered desk was stuck on January. The image for January was a protein structure that Simi, a graduate student in Princeton’s chemical and biological engineering department, hadn’t noticed until one day, frustrated by a roadblock in her research, she idly glanced at it and had a breakthrough.
In honor of a generous bequest from Robert H. Taylor of Princeton’s Class of 1930, Princeton University’s librarian will now be known as the Robert H. Taylor 1930 University Librarian. The post is currently held by Anne Jarvis, who came to Princeton from the University of Cambridge in 2016. The gift will also support and expand the library’s Special Collections and establish a new position: Curator of the Robert H. Taylor Collection at Firestone Library.
When Charles Yu was a young boy in the 1930s, China was in turmoil. The central government was fighting internal revolutionary forces, poverty and crime were rampant, and imperialist Japanese forces had gained control of the northeastern provinces. Troops were steadily moving south toward Charles’s village when his family fled to Manila.
Two projects designed by Princeton students to help make the world a better place have been awarded $10,000 by Davis Projects for Peace. Kyle Berlin ’18 plans to break down political divides through storytelling, and Lydia Watt ’18, Alice Vinogradsky ’20, Amanda Cheng ’20 and Kabbas Azhar ’18 will help bring clean drinking water to communities in Guyana.