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Spotlight on Alumni
Spotlight on Alumni

Princeton Day School is thrilled to welcome back our alumni community on May 18 and 19 for Alumni Weekend. Please visit our Alumni Weekend page to learn more about this event. During the weekend, we will honor some of our alums with the annual service, achievement, and outstanding young alumni awards; and we will induct a new member into our Athletic Hall of Fame. We are pleased to announce this year's award recipients:

The John D. Wallace '48 Alumni Service Award: Barbara Griffin Cole '78

Barbara Griffin Cole '78 attended Princeton Day School and St. Paul's School before earning her B.A. and M. Arch. from Princeton University. She is the founder of Barbara Griffin Architects, based in Hopewell, and is the parent of three PDS alumni. Barbie served on the Princeton Day School Board of Trustees from 2000-2017, ultimately serving as Chair from 2012 to 2017. Prior to that appointment, she served as Vice Chair of the Board and on many Board committees, including: Campus Space; Building and Grounds; Executive; Facilities Steering; Leadership Gift; Diversity; Development; Finance; the Committee on Trustees; Financial Aid Task Force; and the Campaign Cabinet. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Educational Policy Committee and Educational Policy Task Force on Middle States Accreditation and the Mission Fulfillment Committee and the Co-Chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for the Investing in Excellence Campaign.

Alumni Achievement Award: Robert C. Whitlock, Jr. '78

Robert Whitlock '78 is a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects in New York, and is renowned for his role as a designer of high-rise towers, mixed-use developments, and large-scale master plans all over the world. He received his B.S. from the University of Virginia, and his M. Arch. from Columbia University. Since beginning professional practice over 25 years ago, Rob has focused on density, public space, programmatic integration, supertall building, and the influences of these elements on the quality and sustainability of the "global city." Rob's design for the densely clustered Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore has become an oft-cited model for urban development. Other high-rise projects include Wheelock Square, the tallest building in the Puxi district of Shanghai, the AZIA Center, and the CSCEC Tower, both in the Pudong District, China's financial and commercial hub. He has been honored with the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Award (2012) and the MIPIM Asia Business Centres Award (2011). Based in New York City, Rob has served on the PDS Board of Trustees since 2016.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Christopher C. Campbell '03

Air Force Major Christopher Campbell '03 is the chief F-35 Experimental Test Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and a minor in Japanese language. He received the highest honors in his class and was awarded the Marshall Scholarship by the British Government for two years of graduate study at Cambridge. Chris was deployed to Guam in 2013 where he completed joint exercises with the Japanese Air Self Defense Force. In 2014, he was deployed to the Middle East where he saw combat aiding Iraqi Kurdish forces against ISIS. In 2017, Chris was selected to represent the Air Force as an astronaut nominee.

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee: Davon M. Reed '13

Davon Reed '13 played on the Princeton Day School Varsity Boys Basketball team for four years, scoring more than 2000 points and being named Prep B Player of the Year in New Jersey, All-Area Player of the year twice, and a McDonald's All-American candidate. After graduation from PDS, he played basketball at the University of Miami where his skill on the court was matched by his success in the classroom. As a senior, Davon was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Team, and earned the Skip Prosser Award for Scholar Athletes. In addition, he was nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team for his commitment to community service. Upon graduation from Miami, Davon was selected with the 32nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to play for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA.

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