Class of 1966 Locomotive Award
Locomotive Award History
Bill "Roller" Leahy wrote (February, 2017): "As one Vice-President, focused upon participation, it appeared to me that we should honor class members for their 'service' with the new Locomotive Award. Alumni Day and Reunions are the two dates for class gatherings. I have established a small group of '66ers to assist in considering awardees at each of these events. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinguished service and/or character. Service which exemplifies the motto:'Princeton in the nation's Service and the service of humanity.' The award may be either for achievements based upon professional or avocational interests. Class officers will be mindful of both professional and geographical diversity. The committee will now focus upon a classmate to be awarded the Locomotive award at Reunions,2017." The award is to widen participation; in our class ...gathering together more classmates.
The awards and citations are listed below, most recent first.
May, 2020 - Bruce Ribner. Award Ceremony and Speech, February 20, 2021
The spring Locomotive Award, normally presented at Reunions, goes to Dr. Bruce S. Ribner, one of the nation's leading epidemiologists. Bruce came to national attention during the Ebola outbreak, and he has been in the spotlight again with the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for the full award citation which describes Bruce's work and provides additional links, including a link to the 2016 PAW cover article about Bruce The actual award presentation by Zoom was February 20, 2021. Click here for the recorded Zoom call that also includes memories of classmates who died in 2020, along with Roller's introduction and Bruce's extremely informative speech.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 (Alumni Day) - Terry Eakin
Terry received the award during the class dinner at the Present Day Club. Terry has been a national innovator in the construction of urban housing and a tireless advocate for education reform. See the award citation here.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Joel Primack
Jon Holman delivered the Reunion Locomotive Award to Joel Primack before the class dinner at Terhune Orchards. The award citation recognized Joel's distinguished career in physics and cosmology as well has his efforts to promote science in the public interest and to explain physics and cosmology to the rest of us. You'll also learn why Joel would make a fine Supreme Court justice. For more about Joel's career, collaboration with his wife Nancy Abrams, and daughter Samara '02 (PAW article), please see Ned Groth's 66 Story, Me and Joel, Somewhere Near the Center of the Universe.
Joel gave some brief remarks about the importance of Princeton and Princetonians in his life and in the development of physics and cosmology over the last 6 decades. Click here for the slides of the presentation that Joel gave to the '66 San Francisco lunch group September 25, 2019. Joel decided to attend Princeton rather than Caltech after the Caltech admissions director (a Princeton alum) advised him that Princeton was far more suitable for his wide ranging interests. A lusty locomotive cheer followed before we proceeded to cocktails and dinner.
For more photos, please see the 53rd Reunion page. For memories of our June 14 graduation and valedictory 53 years ago, here's the New York Times story. Note the comments by J. Robert Oppenheimer regarding Joel's valedictory, which still resonates today (the image is fuzzy but readable if you expand the image).
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Larry Petrowski
Larry Petrowski (shown below with roommate Brian Baker) received the Class of 1966 Locomotive Award for his work in the forefront of efforts to guarantee healthcare, housing, financial assistance, and hospice care to veterans of the U.S. military services. The award was presented at the Alumni Day Class Dinner in Princeton. For more photos and information, please see the 2019 Alumni Day page.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - Lewis MacAdams
Class members and friends gathered at the Kingsley Manor Retirement Community Rooftop in Los Angles (a stone's throw from Route 66) to honor Lewis. On hand:
- Lewis MacAdams with daughter Natalia and son Torii
- Lewis' former wives Phoebe MacAdams Ozuna and JoAnne Klabin
- Various other friends from LA including a HS classmate from Dallas, writer David Ritz (rejected by Princeton!)
- Barbara and Glenn Goltz, Rich Reinis, Viggo Boserup, Jon Wiener, and Paul Boorstin '65
For much more, including pictures and comments by Glenn, Jon, and Paul Boorstin, click here. The picture below shows Lew with his daughter Natalia.
February 24, 2018 (Alumni Day)
June 3, 2017 (51st Reunion)
Bruce Furie and his wife,Barbara, a PhD, have been working in the Boston area for 40 years. They have a world respected laboratory focused upon hemostasis, the division of hematology which looks at "clots"...how and why they form in natural and disease states. Their laboratory and research work has been noted by international hematology academies with multiple honors. Their work evaluates the anatomy, biochemistry and kinetics of clotting.
Both Bruce and Barbara are on the Harvard medical staff, and at Deaconess Medical center where they do research h,teach and are involved in patient care.During their careers they have worked with over 100 doctoral or post-doctoral students.
Many pre-med students at Princeton might remember Barbara as a teaching assistant to Dr.Wallis, the feared and respected professor of organic chemistry.
February 25, 2017 (Alumni Day)
Jody Kretzmann was the first classmate selected for this new award, which was presented at prior to our class dinner.
Lanny Jones read the award citation which he authored and also presented the award which included an actual Lionel locomotive circa ?
A few words about Jody Kretzmann and why he is so deserving of the first '66 Locomotive Award.
To put it in a single sentence, in the course of his career Jody has changed the way scholars, policy makers, and activists think about neighborhoods and communities, not only in America but worldwide, especially urban and rural communities which are struggling economically and politically.
With his longtime colleague, John McKnight, Jody founded the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University. Since 1980, the ABCD Institute has worked with community leaders around the world to conduct research, produce materials, and otherwise support local residents and their allies to build stronger and healthier communities.
Before defining the asset-based strategies, Jody gained valuable community organizing experience registering voters in the American South and
Chicago's West Side. These community organizing efforts led also to a range of electoral political work, including at the local level, with extensive policy contributions to the campaigns and administration of Harold Washington, Chicago's first African American mayor; to the Illinois gubernatorial campaign of Dawn Clark Netsch; to the policy efforts of Barack Obama's campaigns for President (2008, 2012).
Along with his civic, community, and political work, Jody has remained consistently committed to teaching. He founded and led, for some 20 years, a groundbreaking Urban Studies program for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Through this program hundreds of undergraduates spent a semester living and working in a Chicago neighborhood, experiencing, as Jody puts it, "the city as teacher".
This program has been widely recognized as one of the earliest and most innovative "experience-based" experiments in higher education. One of Jody's closest colleagues in the Urban Studies Program was John Fish, '55, who went on to found with Jody's assistance, Princeton Project 55, today known as Alumni Corps.
At Northwestern, Jody was twice selected to receive its "Teacher of the Year" award. He is married to (and often works with) Ingrid Christiansen, and together they have two children, Katie and Marcus.
I would be remiss if I did not say, with pride, that he introduced me to my wife, Sarah.
It is a great honor for our class and our classmates to present the First '66 Locomotive Award to Jody Kretzmann
L-R: Jody Kretzmann, T,R. Reid, Jim Merritt, Lanny Jones