Alumni Awards

Selection Criteria

The John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award is given to an alumna/us whose service to the community and/or Princeton Day School reflect the highest ideals of the school. The recipient is someone who inspires others by his or her example of sensitivity or generosity.

The Alumni Achievement Award is given to an alumna/us who has achieved excellence in his or her chosen field and who has made a commitment to helping others. The recipient is someone who inspires others by his or her achievement.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award will honor an alumna/us who graduated within the past 15 years, who has made significant contributions to civic or professional organizations, whose life is characterized by creativity, curiosity and community service and who reflects the highest ideals of Princeton Day School.


Award winners are listed the year they were inducted.

1986 Alumni Awards
Jane M. Cooper MFS ’42

Poet and teacher of note at Sarah Lawrence
College who founded poetry workshops as
a volunteer at the Henry James Settlement
in New York.

Christian A. Chapman PCD ’36

Extraordinary service to his country through< his diplomatic service as a member of the U.S. State Department.

Robert L. Gips ’72

Innovative use of his law and business degrees
to support the rights of Native Americans
residing in Maine.

1987 Alumni Award
Polly Thayer Miller MFS ’63

Extensive volunteer work at PDS; youth
advocate through the Fund For Drug &
Alcohol Abuse, Safe Rides and other youth
groups.

1988 Alumni Award
Nicholas deB. Katzenbach PCD ’36

As U.S. Deputy Attorney General in 1963,
brought desegregation to Alabama in spite
of opposition and confrontation with
Governor George Wallace.

1989 Alumni Award
Randolph W. Melville ’77

Enthusiastic ambassador for PDS whose
volunteerism with Big Brothers, Boy Scouts
and numerous inner city groups spans his high
school, college and working years.

1990 Alumni Award
Christopher Reeve ’70

World renowned actor with extensive volunteerism for organizations such as Sloan
Kettering Hospital, Childhope, Save the
Children, Starlight Foundation, Special
Olympics and Fresh Air Fund.

1991 Alumni Award
Jean Osgood Smyth MFS ’32

Decades of volunteer service for the Princeton
Medical Center and volunteer extraordinaire for
PCD, MFS and PDS.

1992 Alumni Award
Ophelia Laughlin ’77

Directed her ministry training toward counseling prisoners and victims of child abuse; establisheda support network for Hispanic women.

1993 Alumni Award
John D. Wallace PCD ’48

Lifelong service to the Princeton community
including serving as mayor of the township and
as a trustee of PDS and Trinity Counseling Service.

1994 Alumni Award
Jane Aresty Silverman MFS ’63

Tireless supporter of area youth through Corner House, Princeton Youth Fund, and Young Audiences; worldwide efforts to promote understanding between peoples of different faith.

1995 Alumni Achievement Award
Marina von Neumann Whitman MFS ’52

Distinguished economist in political, corporate,
and academic arenas; championed equality for
women in the workplace and social responsibilityin the global marketplace.

1995 Alumni Service Award
Shawn W. Ellsworth ’75

The first ever recipient of the Alumni Service Award, a tireless volunteer for Princeton Day School as Trustee, Co-Chairman of the Annual Fund and former Alumni Board President.

1996 Alumni Achievement Award
Mary Chapin Carpenter ’76

Renowned singer, touching the hearts of many generations, honored by 6 Grammy Awards and numerous CMA and ACM Awards; supporter of worthy causes including: Native Americans, Pro-Choice, Earth Day, ailing children, AIDS prevention, world hunger and CARE.

1996 Alumni Service Award
Peter R. Rossmassler PCD ’47

Distinguished Board of Trustee member, respected by peers for turning conflict toresolution; wisdom and perseverance have
influenced numerous PDS programs.

1997 Alumni Achievement Award
Robert F. Goheen PCD ’34

Respected leader and Princeton University President; fulfilled his mission of makingthe university and our community the center of
“the life of the mind.”

1997 Alumni Service Award
Tamara Turkevich Skvir MFS ’62

Deep commitment to PDS through development of Russian program; brought spirit along with expansion to the community service program.

1998 Alumni Achievement Award
Lance Odden PCD ’54

Devoted educator; Taft School Headmaster whose philosophy and character have shaped Taft into one of the best prep schools today.

1998 Alumni Service Award
Rev. David H. McAlpin Jr. PCD ’43

Lifelong service to the Princeton community; founder and Co-President of Trenton area chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

1999 Alumni Achievement Award
Trey Anastasio ’82 and Thomas G. Marshall ’82

Renowned singer and songwriters of the alternative rock band Phish; support clean water through Phish Water Wheel Foundation and The Bridge School in San Francisco for the physically challenged. Senior project advisors to PDS students.

1999 Alumni Service Award
Ruth Lyn Pessel Riedel MFS ’59

President, CEO and Trustee of Alliance Healthcare Foundation, led for-profit conversion and merger of non-profit managed care company creating an endowment of $100 million to assist the medically underserved of Southern California. 2000-Alumni Achievement Award.

2000 Alumni Achievement Award
Michael Shenstone PCD ’43

Distinguished career in the highest levels of Canadian Foreign Service and was instrumental in sensitive international negotiations in Europe and the Middle East.

2000 Alumni Service Award
Markell Myers Shriver MFS ’46

As the volunteer President of Miss Fine’s School Alumni Association, PDS Alumni Secretary, and College Counselor and as an organizing member of the PDS Founders Club, Mickey has given over 30 years of dedicated service to the school.

2001 Alumni Service Award
Deborah V. Hobler ’66

Commitment during a 25-year career in social work, as a health educator, writer, and lecturer educating cancer survivors, health professionals and the public about the impact of breast cancer on people's lives, their self-esteem and their families.

2002 Alumni Achievement Award
Nancy Bonini ’77

Outstanding career in molecular biology as a researcher and educator. Her research has uncovered new ways to understand neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

2002 Alumni Service Award
William Schluter PCD ’42

A distinguished career in public service, Senator Schluter has served the State of New Jersey as a state senator and assemblyman. His tireless efforts in areas concerning the environment and campaign finance reform have resulted in legislative initiatives that have improved the environmental quality of the state of New Jersey, and enhanced the public confidence in the integrity of our state government.

2003 Alumni Service Award
Sanders Maxwell PCD ’32

Sandy Maxwell, an avid musician, largely self-taught, has been sharing his musical talent with PDS and the Princeton community for over 50 years. A former advertising executive, Sandy is also an emeritus member of Princeton University’s Triangle Club board.

2004 Alumni Achievement Award
Anne Clark Martindell MFS '32

Anne Clark Martindell experienced an outstanding career as a scholar, a New Jersey state senator, and as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.

2004 Alumni Service Award
William Henry Sayen IV PCD ’36

William Sayen’s outstanding work as politician, journalist and environmentalist was characterized by his ‘unswerving honesty and integrity’


Isabelle Guthrie Sayen MFS ‘42

Isabelle Guthrie Sayen, as one of the founders of the Coalition for Peace Action and as an environmentalist, was ‘fearless in acting on her convictions’.

2004 Alumni Service Award
Anthony F. Knott ‘77

Physician Director with the Indian Health Service’s Unit on Navajo Reservation in Kayenta, Arizona. Adept at balancing Navajo traditions and culture with Western medicine.


2005 Alumni Achievement Award
Marjorie Williams ’75*

Gifted political writer for the Washington Post who demystified Washington and exposed the human flaws of its bureaucrats and leaders.
*awarded posthumously

2005 Alumni Service Award
John F. Sheehan S. J. PCD ’61

Honorary Chief of Nigerian tribe for 12 years, priest, administrator, writer, entertainer and singer whose life is devoted to bettering the lives of struggling communities.

2006 Alumni Service Award
Julia Penick Garry ’77

Secretary/Parliamentarian of the PDS Board of Trustees and chair of the Committee on Trustees, former co-chair of the Annual Fund at PDS and Executive Council of the PDS Parents Association. Vice President of Trinity Counseling Service, president of the Garden Club of Princeton and president of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club Board of Governors.

2006 Alumni Achievement Award
William C. Harrop PCD ’43

U.S. Ambassador and diplomat, recipient of the State Department Distinguished Honor Award, the presidential Distinguished Service Award and the 2001 Foreign Service Cup. Mr. Harrop served as ambassador to Guinea, Kenya, Seychelle Islands, Zaire and Israel.

2007 Alumni Achievement Award
J. Robert Hillier PCD ’52

Founder and CEO of one of the nation’s largest and most respected architectural firms. Firm hosts an annual Architecture Career Day for high school students and is at the forefront of projects emphasizing the importance of sustainable design.

Lucy Law Webster MFS ’49

Ms. Webster has focused her efforts on promoting world peace, working from 1981 to 1995 in the United Nations Secretariat for various agencies, culminating in a seven-year role as political affairs officer in the UN Department of Political Affairs. Ms. Webster is on the board of directors for Economists for Peace and Security and is their representative to the UN. Vice-chair of the International Council of the World Federalist Movement, president of the NY Tri-State Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions and executive director of the Center for War/Peace Studies.

2007 Alumni Service Award
W. Andrew C. Harris PCD ’57

Board certified ophthalmologist who has taken a leadership role in several local, national and
international humanitarian organizations including Physicians for Social Responsibility, the US affiliate of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Harris served on PSR’s board for 13 years, as its national president in 1998, and received the Oregon
PSR Peacemaker Award last year. He received the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award in 1997 and the Salem Peacemaker Award in 2006.

2008 Alumni Achievement Award
Carl Sturken ’73

Carl Sturken ’73, whose music career has included touring with bands, session musician for Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney, song writing for the artists including Christina Anguillera, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson and record producing.

2008 Alumni Service Award
Nancy Miller MFS ’57

Nancy Miller ’57, a teacher for more than 40 years, including 33 at PDS, and Princeton community volunteer.

2009 Alumni Achievement Award
Erica Frank, M.D., M.P.H. ’79

Erica Frank ’79 is a professor in the School of Population and Public Health and a Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In addition, Dr. Frank is a Senior Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She has been active in Physicians for Social Responsibility and environmental advocacy.

2009 Alumni Service Award
Jill Goldman ’74

Jill Goldman ’74 is a parent of four PDS students and an active campus volunteer. Ms. Goldman, a Princeton resident, serves as president of the PDS Parents Association and has received the school’s Robert Marquis Annual Fund Volunteer Award after more than a dozen years as a development office volunteer. She has also chaired fundraisers benefiting the performing arts program, the libraries and the recent $50 million capital campaign.

2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Patrick Holmes ’99

Patrick Holmes ’99 is the first Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner honoring a recent graduate who has made significant contributions to civic or professional organizations. Mr. Holmes, who lives in Denver, is a conservation program coordinator for the Colorado Conservation Trust. A graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, Mr. Holmes served as co-founder and co-editor of the State of the Rockies report card.

2010 Alumni Achievement Award
Regan Hofmann ’85

Regan received a B.A. in creative writing from Trinity College. She worked as a research assistant at CBS 60 Minutes and several top New York advertising agencies. She became editor-in-chief of New Jersey Magazine in 1998. She began writing anonymously for POZ Magazine. Regan now is Editor-In-Chief of POZ, a magazine for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. She is HIV positive. She wrote, her memoir, I Have Something to Tell You about her life with HIV. She works on Capitol Hill and with the Office of National Aids Policy at the White House. She speaks to people globally and to high school students about HIV/AIDS.


2010 Alumni Service Award
Curtis McGraw Webster ’75

Curtis improves the lives of others through non-profit organizations. One is Assisting Children in Need (ACN), an international charity that grew out of a student community project. He is the President of Patriot’s Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. He is the co-founder of Blue Curtain, a non-profit organization that stages free summer concerts. In June he and his daughter are going on a trip to find Amelia Earhart. They will be working with the International Group for the Recovery of Historic Aircraft. He runs the Lisa McGraw ’44 Figure Skating Foundation.

2010 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Taj Forer ’00

Taj provides a global platform for others to express their views through photography. He is the co-founder and publisher of Daylight Magazine, an award winning publication featuring photographic essays on current issues of concern by photographers from around the world.

2011 Alumni Achievement Award
Deborah Moore Krulewitch MFS ’61

A senior vice president of Corporate Administration for Estee Lauder, Deborah has been a community activist for much of her life. At Estee Lauder, she manages community outreach including overseeing the worldwide Pink Ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness. She co-founded the Historic House Trust of New York City and has been instrumental in preserving many historical sites around the city. She was the Executive Director of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and spearheaded the first renovation of Gracie Mansion.

2011 Alumni Service Award
Dede Pickering ’71

For most of her adult life, Dede has used her talents and leadership to improve the lives of people around the world. A full-time humanitarian and volunteer with CARE, one of the world's largest non-government organizations, she founded CARE's Women's Initiative in 1998 to connect American women professionals with women in the developing world. She helped launch Women's Initiative Groups in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. She is deeply involved in the not-for-profit Women's World Banking, one of the largest global networks of microfinance institutions. Dede is an accomplished photographer and experienced traveler. You may see her powerful photographs at ww.dedepickering.com.

2011 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Marissa Vahlsing ’01

In the 10 years since Marissa has graduated from PDS she has shown commitment, passion and leadership in the field of human rights. Headed for a career in human rights law, she is in her 3rd year of Harvard Law School. At Swarthmore she, among many other things, founded the Immigrant's Rights Group and led the Swarthmore Progressive Action Coalition. After college she worked in Washington, DC for the International Labor Rights Fund. She has spent many months in developing countries working on behalf of the people on many cases involving civil and human rights.

2012 Alumni Achievement Award
Ben Mezrich '87

Ben is the popular author of twelve books many which chronicle amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics and morality! Two of his best known books are the New York Times bestsellers Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. Both books have been made into the highly successful movies, “21” and “The Social Network”. Ben has appeared often on TV, including a stint on Court TV with a series called "High Stakes with Ben Mezrich".

2012 Alumni Service Award
Woody Johnson PCD '62

Woody is a philanthropist and businessman. He is a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, is the Chairman and CEO of The Johnson Company, Inc. and the owner of the New York Jets. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. Woody has worked tirelessly with charitable organizations focusing on research programs for the treatment of autoimmune disease, particularly as Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and the Alliance for Lupus, a foundation that he created. He has led efforts on Capitol Hill and the National Institute of Health to increase funding for all autoimmune diseases.

2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Jeremy Johnson '02

Jeremy is a lifelong technology entrepreneur. Only 10 years out of Princeton Day School, he has already founded three companies. The first when he was just 15 years old. As a junior at Princeton University, he, with two other students, won the Princeton Entrepreneurs Network award for their concept of a website streamlining university admissions called Zandigo, a web based matching service to help prospective college students and admissions offices make the best match. Zandigo was acquired by Zinch in 2007. At age 24, Jeremy cofounded an online company called 2tor that designs and delivers selective online degrees in partnership with high-end universities. 2tor is the highest funded education technology company in the country with 68 million dollars in capital. Thus far, 2tor is partnered with Georgetown, the University of Southern California and University of North Carolina.

2013 Alumni Achievement Award
Donald H. Gips ’78

Don Gips ’78 has recently returned to the United States after serving the past three years as Ambassador to South Africa. Prior to this post, Don served as Assistant to President Obama in his first term where he ran the office of Presidential Personnel overseeing the selection of several thousand political appointments for the Administration.

Prior to that, he helped lead the Presidential Transition Team. Don has also had roles as Group Vice President of Global Corporate Development for Level 3 Communications, and as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore. Perhaps one of his most important roles has been a leading force behind the founding of AmeriCorps, America’s national service program, which offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network for partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Don also served as Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. Don attended Princeton Day School from grades 8 through12, graduated from Harvard, and received his MBA from the Yale School of Management.

2013 John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award
Jennifer Chandler Hauge ’78

Jennifer Chandler Hauge ’78 currently serves as the Vice President and Director of Network Support & Knowledge Sharing at the National Council of Nonprofits in Washington, DC. Jenny focuses on connecting the Council’s state association network with information and resources that can help build the capacity of charitable nonprofits nationwide.

She is the author of two books on nonprofit management, as well as the primary author of “Nonprofit Knowledge Matters,” the Council’s free e-newsletter on capacity building topics. A lawyer who has run her own firm, Jenny was appointed Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and has served two terms on the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council of Volunteerism. A frequent speaker, and an experienced workshop leader/trainer on a variety of topics germane to the nonprofit sector, Jenny currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Masters of Public Administration/Public Policy program at American University. A Princeton Day School Lifer, Jenny graduated from Dartmouth College, and has served on reunion committees, as Class Secretary, and as a Trustee at the School.

2013 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Brian T. Smith ’03

Brian Smith ’03 is a producer of the recent Broadway revival of Evita and the new Broadway musical Kinky Boots, by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper. In addition, he is the founder of Down Payment Productions, a nonprofit theatrical production company committed to cultivating the next generation of theater artists and audiences in New York City.

His company provides emerging writers, directors, actors, and designers with the resources to mount ambitious, fully-realized new works that speak directly to the young people who will shape the future of American theater. For his direction of the recently published, PINK!, Brian was the recipient of the 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Director, which honors excellence in Off-Off-Broadway Theater. Additionally, he was honored with a 2012 Tony Award nomination for his work on Evita. Brian attended Princeton Day School from grades 9 through 12, was the editor of The Spokesman, and graduated from Tufts University in 2007. Last year, he arranged for a group of PDS alumni to meet in New York for lunch and a matinee of Evita, followed by a private backstage tour.

2014 Alumni Achievement Award
Katherine Baicker ’89

Katherine Baicker is Professor of Health Economics and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Baicker has served as one of the three members of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She is on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Chair of a National Institutes of Health scientific review panel, on the Board of Directors of Eli Lilly and past Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth. Her research focuses on the impact of health insurance policies and reforms on the distribution, costs, and quality of care, and she currently leads a large-scale evaluation of the effects of expanding Medicaid.

2014 John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award
Susan Schildkraut Wallach MFS ’64

Susan Wallach has volunteered her considerable expertise to promote and enhance educational opportunities in both secondary schools and universities.

She has served on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and was awarded the Harvard Medal in 2012. Ms. Wallach is Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and co-chairs its capital campaign. In addition, she serves as a trustee of Deerfield Academy and Pace University and on committees at Columbia University, New York University and Louisiana State University. She has been a trustee of Radcliffe College and Trevor Day School and a Director of AFS-USA (formerly American Field Service). Ms. Wallach retired after 34 years as an attorney and now focuses on tackling the complex problems that confront educational institutions today.

2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Gabriel Kuris ’99

Gabriel Kuris was recently selected as deputy director of Columbia Law School’s new Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, a partnership between Columbia and New York City’s Department of Investigation, researching corruption in local government.

He previously worked at Innovations for Successful Societies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and has investigated human rights abuses and corruption in more than a dozen countries including Cambodia, Nigeria, and the Solomon Islands. As a student at Yale College, Mr. Kuris co-founded the Elmseed Enterprise Fund, America's first student-run microlender.

2015 Alumni Achievement Award
Kara Swisher '80

Ms. Swisher is a journalist considered one of Silicon Valley’s most influential people due to her investigative reporting and her knowledge of the industry and its players. She is the co-CEO and co-owner of Revere Digital, with Walt Mossberg. It is a tech and media news company that publishes the Re/code site and puts on a series of Code Conferences featuring prominent speakers from the digital industry.

Ms. Swisher has been a reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C. She is the author of 1998’s aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web and its 2003 sequel, There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future.

2015 John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award
Treby McLaughlin Williams ’80

Ms. Williams is being honored for her far-reaching contributions to the life of the school during her 13 years on the PDS Board of Trustees. As Board Chair from 2008 to 2012, her leadership ensured the school’s financial health through the country’s economic recession and guided decisions that created an environment in which the school has flourished.

Ms. Williams has had two careers. She is currently Executive Vice President of Princeton University, her alma mater, where she has worked since 2005. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the District of New Jersey. Her work there was recognized with two awards for outstanding service.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Daniel Shipper ’10

While still a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Shipper co-founded Firefly, a co-browsing technology that was used by more than 9,000 SMBs (small to medium-sized businesses) and 7,000 financial advisors from some of the largest financial services companies in the world. Shortly after graduation last spring, he and his partner sold Firefly to Pegasystems, a 30-year-old public software company where Mr. Shipper now leads a team further developing and enhancing the Firefly product.

A “Lifer,” Mr. Shipper entered PDS in Junior Kindergarten and graduated in 2010. He was the recipient of the school’s Computer Award and the Frederick D. Woodbridge ’78 Memorial Award that recognizes “a senior who has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities in developing class unity and spirit.”

2016 Alumni Award Winners

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