October 20, 2020
Dear '66 Classmates,
Guessing was tough this past week. Turns out that most guys who became physicians spent most of their time on campus studying and not socializing. Who knew? You remember studying, don't you? It was that thing you did during Reading Week after spending a semester doing.....something else. Please don't feel this is a criticism. You were young, and away from home, and all the coeds beckoned. Didn't they? We have given Jo Oznot the task of examining old Brics and The Prince online to see if anything we wrote in this paragraph bears even a remote resemblance to truth.
Speaking of Jo, what a whiz she has turned out to be! Unsurprisingly in light of her family's history with the University, she has deep historical knowledge of Princeton lore and traditions. Her grandfather told her of the extraordinary year 1968 (his senior year), and we've had a great time in Masked Man Committee meetings debating whether 2020 is even crazier. This is like debating LeBron vs MJ, but Jo handles herself like a MMC veteran. What a great hire we made.
We're also on the market for a staff psychologist. Being subterranean for so long is tough on the MMC, and your cards and letters tell us there's lots of turmoil among Classmates above ground also. We have two active candidates, Les Angst and Ima Nutz, but are open to recommendations from all of you. Don't hold back; we need help in every sense, and your references will carry a lot of weight with the hiring committee.
Of course you're here mostly to find out the identities of Masked Men 10, not to listen to prattle. We've been struggling to differentiate between prattle and substance. So here we go with what we're pretty sure is substance.
Lance Chilton. This will be a new name to many. Lance came to Princeton from Northern California, intending to go to medical school. In sophomore year he discovered a program at Hopkins where he could complete a combined B.A./M.D. in seven years rather than eight, and he decamped after Bickering and joining one of the MMC at Elm. Lance became a pediatrician and has spent his life serving the underserved, including working in the Federal Indian Health Service and teaching at the University of New Mexico. Even in retirement he continues to work on child advocacy and immunization issues. He and Kathy have two kids (including Annelise '93) and live in their adobe home in Albuquerque.
Mark Lurie. Mark grew up in South Africa to a pathologist father and anti-Apartheid activist mother. They moved to the U.S. as Mark was finishing high school, and their only family friend in America said Mark should go to Princeton, so he did. Biology major, Wilson Society, very involved in music. Went to M.I.T. to study music and the brain, focusing on visual neurophysiology, got a Ph.D., Harvard postdoc, married to Judy in the M.I.T. Chapel. Moved to Stanford to do vision research, entered med school there at age 34 and became a pediatric ophthalmologist at Kaiser and in private practice. How many people can say they went to those four schools? He and Judy live in Portola Valley, California and have two grown daughters.
Louis Reich. To Princeton from New York City, one of only three to major in Germanic Languages and Literature (the others were Andy Zimmerman and the late Larry Johnson). Joined Campus and sang in the Glee Club. One of a huge '66 contingent (twelve!) at Penn Medical School, including Phil Rodenberger below. Postdoc at Yale, then moved to Connecticut and practiced psychiatry for 35 years. After retirement in 2010 (his motto is il dolce far niente - look it up), he and Susan moved to Cary, North Carolina next door to their daughter; they also have a son in Florida. You should ask Louis how he learned that wearing a belt was a requirement of being an undergrad at Princeton.
Phil Rodenberger. Phil is from Pennsylvania, having been born in Carlisle, former home of Jim Thorpe (sorry, we couldn't resist sticking in that irrelevant fact). Majored in Biology, sang in the Chapel Choir, was Athletic Chairman at Campus. Part of the big '66 contingent at Penn Medical School, had a diversified career in psychiatry including as medical director of a large mental health agency in Yakima, Washington, and 30 years of private practice in Pennsylvania. In 2013 moved back to Pennsylvania (Lancaster) to be near their seven kids and 12 (yes, 12!) grandkids. Get Phil to tell you about his "phantom" hole-in-one, and about how a kindly Princeton professor in the Music Department taught him the importance of being a mentor.
Do these guys make you feel like you've been wasting your life? Wrong! Almost everyone in our Class has a good story to tell. Did you know that we have a Classmate who's an expert on lightning? One who gets credit for the successor (and more accurate) technology to the Richter Scale? One who cares for people in hospice? One who is a long time State Senator? One who has found 150 CEOs for technology companies? One who builds his own boats? One who runs a non-profit he started to educate immigrant children in Myanmar? These are but a few of the stories that will be uncovered as we move forward.
And now it's your turn. Don't make us take drastic steps. If doctors can step out of their white coats and have their pictures taken, so can you. For Pete's sake (who is Pete?), you went to Princeton! We aren't asking you to replace the rings on your car or whittle a life-size bald eagle, just to put on a mask and send us photos. Almost 90 of you have done so; we need at least twice that many. Jump up now.
The Masked Man Committee