Learn more about the unsung alumni "heroes" who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer efforts for Princeton in a variety of activities. Features about these "Aluminaries" appear in the PAW throughout the year.
Ricardo DeLeon '86
Volunteer work for Ricardo DeLeon '86 began with Alumni Schools Committee interviewing. Now, however, his deepest ties are through the Association of Latino Princeton Alumni (ALPA). Since 2015 he has been the president of ALPA and currently co-chairs the steering committee for the upcoming University conference for Latino alumni, on campus March 30 to April 1, 2017.
Joshua Friess *07
When asked to comment on his commitment to volunteering, Joshua Friess *07 noted that service had always been an important part of his personal philosophy. For service to Princeton in particular, he added, "I want to encourage more grad alums to connect with their regional association, to participate in annual giving. These are ways to make an impact."
Kathy Li Thorpe '05
International travel and learning about different cultures have always appealed to Kathy Thorpe. At her Gaithersburg, MD, high school, she became interested in international relations and diplomacy. She chose Princeton because of the Woodrow Wilson School's studies in foreign affairs. (It also helped that Princeton's green campus was more attractive than Yale's concrete!)
Charles Ganoe '51
Charlie Ganoe '51 is quite unassuming about his undergraduate days. He recalls, "I really enjoyed Princeton, but I wasn’t anything special. I wasn’t an athlete. I wasn’t a scholar." As a volunteer for Princeton and his class, however, he is something very special. It all began in 1954, when he accepted the role as Class Agent, and grew from there until he has now held all six offices for the Class of 1951, including Treasurer, Vice President, and President. He has been Class Secretary since 2011 and is winding up his second stint as Reunions Chair.
Tamsin Todd Defriez '92
In 1988 and then a senior at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Tamsin Defriez '92 took what might have seemed an unexpected path when she chose to go to Princeton. Among the reasons for her choice was "the warm and welcoming community" of the Houston regional alumni association at its "accepted students" event. Perhaps not a coincidence that, when she settled in London ten years later, her first foray into volunteering for Princeton was to join the Princeton Association United Kingdom (PAUK) and then to sign up to help with events.