Award for Service to Princeton: 2021 Recipients

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Award for Service to Princeton: 2021 Recipients

Frederick E. Cammerzell III ’72 P25

When Fritz Cammerzell ’72 left Washington, D.C., in 1975 with his JD and MA from Catholic University of America in hand, he knew that he wanted to practice law in a small town. And he knew just which small town would be best: Princeton, New Jersey. So it came to pass that he moved to Princeton, hung out his shingle, and began a career that has seen him be a valued counselor to many in the Princeton area, from local residents to civic organizations, from school boards to scholars.

While that move was a key step in Fritz’s vocation, it was equally a key step in the avocation in which he has excelled. It brought him within walking distance of campus, the better to engage in serving Princeton University.

And for nearly 50 years Fritz Cammerzell has served as an exceptional volunteer by any measure.

He has been vice president and president of his class and sits on its executive committee. He has been the president of the Princeton Area Alumni Association, chair of the regional Alumni Schools committee and a P-rade marshal. He was the president of the Princeton University Hockey Association and headed a fundraising campaign that raised money to refurbish Baker Rink.

Perhaps the most public of Fritz’s roles is his long-standing leadership of the Class of 1972 Reunions. Yes, ’72’s major Reunions are known to be award-winning and record-breaking. (Fritz claims his four undergraduate years as manager of the football team, at times arranging food, transportation, and lodging for road trips for 120 players, gave him a transferrable skill set for organizing Reunions.)

The off-year Reunions are just as memorable. For decades, he has hosted class dinners at his Princeton home, and his hospitality is legendary. As many as 80 classmates and friends regularly gather at what is affectionately known as the Fritz Carlton.

He also invites current students who have already been identified for the next Reunions crew. And this is a glimpse of the less visible, but perhaps the most long-lasting service that Fritz has been giving to Princeton: his decades of mentoring students.

The student might be the class scholar for ’72 or an athlete from one the many teams that Fritz routinely cheers on. Often the students are far from their families. Fritz offers a home-cooked meal or an important network introduction, help with a thesis or support during a family emergency, and sometimes just a welcome lunch at the Alchemist & Barrister. Along the way he introduces them to the rich traditions of Princeton and instills a love of the University. In the words of a Class of 2014 alumnus, “I have been fortunate to know Fritz as a selfless ambassador of the University and a close friend. His role in introducing me and untold others to Princeton’s rich traditions has shaped my love for our alma mater. I consider some of our conversations and dinners among the most illuminating moments of my time as an undergraduate and an alumnus. Few in our University community have shaped the man, life-long student, and citizen I am today as much as Fritz Cammerzell has.”

His sentiments echo the sentiments of many who have met Fritz as undergraduates. With Fritz as a model, these students regularly become committed, engaged alumni. That’s a gift of service that keeps on giving.

This Award for Service to Princeton with its crystal tiger is a token of our deep gratitude for all that Fritz has given to the University’s wide community.

Nancy H. Lin ’77 S76 P10

After her 2013 retirement from ExxonMobil, where she led the development of the long-term global supply/demand outlook for natural gas, Nancy Lin ’77 and her husband left Houston to return to live in Princeton. Once back home, she found time…and she found a new passion: Princeton volunteer leadership.

Already familiar with the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) from helping to organize an event in Houston, Nancy became a board member in 2015 and co-chair of the association in 2017. Employing her finely honed skills in strategic management, she has been cultivating a vibrant group that continues to grow. Among other things, she has reached out to younger alumni through joint events with other organizations; she has connected alumni, Asian and non-Asian, around the world through a rolling lunar New Year event; and she has encouraged engagement across generations by involving student interns in work on a history of A4P.

And A4P was just the beginning. A fellow volunteer shares, “I don’t know anyone who knows more people, who nurtures more relationships, or keeps more multiple threads than Nancy. She has mastered the ability to identify and bring in volunteers from the Princeton community.” Her range of connections is far-reaching, including current students and administrators, undergraduate and graduate alumni, recent or seasoned.

She has also been a member of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations Committee; she was on the steering committee for the creation of the Princeton Women’s Network of Greater Princeton, with a goal to give younger alumnae access to the Princeton alumnae experience; and for supporting internships beyond A4P, Nancy works with Princeton Internships in Civic Service to encourage alumni to create opportunities for summer interns.

Nancy’s generosity is both broad and deep, spanning time, talent, and treasure. She helps Asian students with Asian grocery store runs and mentors not only a current student in Chemical and Biological Engineering, her own concentration, but also new students through the Princeton University Mentoring Program (PUMP), sponsored by the Carl A. Fields Center. She personally funds the student interns working on the history of A4P. She searches for gifts for alumni of all ages, especially custom-designed pens, pins, and caps. Her volunteer team delights in sharing photos of each other wearing those baseball caps.

Through everything that Nancy does for Princeton there is a deep commitment to forging connections and personally helping wherever she can give value. Nancy is a Zoom master who also won’t hesitate to just pick up the phone or hand-deliver a gift to nurture relationships and connect volunteers.

Nancy’s return to Princeton also gave her the opportunity to attend lectures on Asian American History. Wishing that there had been an Asian American Studies program when she was a student and recognizing how important the study of it is for students as they consider what kind of society they will want to create and influence, Nancy took direct action. She created the Lin Family Endowment for Asian American Studies in 2017 and term funded a year, with the help of ExxonMobil Foundation. She looks forward to the program continuing “to grow and to enrich our thinking and challenge our assumptions about how our society is evolving and what paths to carve out for a sustainable, harmonious future.”

Her father was a Boxer Rebellion Indemnity Scholar who received his graduate degree in economics from Princeton 1935. He became an interpreter and community social worker for Chinese immigrants, and her mother was a medical social worker at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Theirs was a lifetime of serving their communities. Nancy has followed in their footsteps of service. We are honored to present this Award for Service to Princeton in thanks that Nancy has embraced Princeton as her community.

Susan Katzmann Horner ’86 S79 P20

When Susan Horner ’86 was a student, she was known as “the girl with the hats.” Her friends were surely prescient, as Susan has certainly worn many hats over her more than thirty years of service, to Princeton.

Her participation in the Student Volunteer Council and its work with a juvenile women’s security facility demonstrated her inclination to service and to supporting women. It was her other student engagement, WPRB, that led to a career in live television at CNN, where she was a Peabody Award-winning producer and assignment editor.

Yet as busy as she was, she still had time for Princeton, beginning with Alumni Schools interviewing in 1989. With a shift into her own media consulting business in 2003, and with her years of interviewing serving as a foundation, Susan began to expand her volunteer roles exponentially.

Several leadership positions with the Princeton Club of Northwest NJ came first, including chairing her regional schools committee. There she employed what her fellow volunteers call her “super power”: she “identified issues to fix before they even became issues.” She increased the rank of interviewers by using her personal touch -- an old-fashioned method known as phone calls -- to grow alumni participation in interviewing and at college fairs so that students would know that Princeton was interested. Her commitment provided invaluable assistance to the Admission Office in promoting outreach to talented students from underrepresented communities.

Her regional success ultimately led to chairing the Alumni Council’s Princeton Schools Committee. Her term was distinguished by the introduction of blitz interviewing, mentoring, in-person kick-offs…and 99% plus applicants contacted for interviews.

Next, she helped to launch the Princeton Women’s Network (PWN) for northern New Jersey in 2016, creating a way for women to network together through a host of activities, and in 2017 became the chair of the Alumni Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Alumnae Initiatives. At the same time she was asked to serve as a co-chair of the Steering Committee for the 2018 “She Roars” conference.

The conference was a huge success. Susan credits her years in television production for knowing how to put together an event. Those who worked with her credit Susan’s ability to “combine vision with strategic thinking and then roll up her sleeves to get things done. Everyone wants to partner with Susan.”

Following the conference, Susan’s hope was that “alumnae would feel inspired to roar some more.” She was charged with transforming the ad hoc committee into the Princeton Women’s Network Advisory Council, which she has led since 2019. Under that new banner, she is building a community where alumnae are fostering programs of value to women. The number of regional PWN chapters has doubled, with a 33% increase in alumnae now served by a regional PWN. To achieve this, she harnessed energy around the world. She collaborated and drove action while remaining inclusive and generous, making herself available to listen and respond, even if from a European vacation or the lobby of a hospital.

In all that Susan has done in her various arenas of service, those who volunteer with her come back to that one word: community. She creates community not only through her own affiliated group or committee but also through outreach to other groups and committees. She leads by example, elevates those who work with her, and cultivates the next generation of leaders, all with grace and unflagging good cheer. As one colleague summarizes, “Truly, she represents the best that Princeton has to offer.”

With this Award for Service to Princeton, we give a tip of our collective hat in heartfelt agreement: Susan indeed represents the best that Princeton has to offer.

Laurence G. Latimer *01

Born in Brooklyn into an aviation family, Laurence Latimer *01 grew up wanting to be a pilot. He chose Ohio State for its aviation program. But he found that flying larger and larger airplanes got to be more and more boring, so he changed his flight plan and landed in political science as a major.

After graduation he headed back East to New York City’s Urban Fellows Program. From there his route included the Economic Development Corporation, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program at Princeton, then SPIA and his MPA in 2001.

Flash forward to 2012. By then, Laurence had founded his own consulting firm through which he accelerates market entry and growth of new business initiatives. And, auspiciously, in that year he volunteered to be his SPIA class agent.

One year later he attended the 2013 graduate alumni conference, “Many Minds, Many Stripes.” He went to a session on volunteering and, as he remembers, “got into the flow of things.” Afterwards, he shared with one of the presenters that he would like to get more involved…and the floodgates opened.

His first stop was his regional association, Princeton Alumni of New York City, where he coordinated a graduate alumni event. The topic was “Careers Outside of Academe.” Graduate alumni and students alike attended and engaged in lively conversation about nonlinear career paths. His concern that he may have been pushing the envelope was put to rest when the positive feedback rolled in. It recharged him, and he was soon the regional graduate alumni chair.

His success in New York put Laurence squarely on leadership’s radar. In 2016 Laurence was asked to become chair of Graduate Alumni Annual Giving, a role he still fills, continuing to empower and build a cohort of graduate alumni volunteers.

Then there was 2018, when…

(1) He was named vice chair of the Annual Giving Committee, the first graduate alumnus to be named to that post, and for Laurence an important symbol of the University’s investment in graduate alumni engagement.

(2) He became a member of the Campaign Executive Steering Committee.

(3) He was asked to co-chair the Connect Initiative, focusing on increasing Black alumni engagement among both undergraduate and graduate alumni.

Never was an appointment to a committee more apt. Ask his co-chair: “He is a great connector. Not just grad alums but also young undergraduate alumni. He bridges generations and schools.” During 2019, in preparation for the “Thrive” conference, through a listening tour and various events, he cultivated a network of Black alumni not only as volunteers but also as leaders in “paying it forward.” During the conference he was a key speaker on a panel about evolving personal philanthropy: “How can our philanthropic interests support and strengthen our values.”

There’s more… He is an ex officio member of the Graduate School Dean’s Leadership Council, the board of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA), and the Alumni Council’s Executive Committee. He sits on the Alumni Advisory Committee of the Center for Career Development and is a mentor for the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. He also remains very much engaged with the Princeton Alumni Angels, the group of passionate alumni who are committed to finding great investment opportunities and supporting exciting startups whose Greater New York chapter he helped to found in 2016.

All of this in his first 10 years of getting “in the flow” of service to Princeton.

With this Award for Service to Princeton, we are delighted to acknowledge Laurence’s hard work – which he makes look easy with his ever present smile. We can’t wait to see what he does next.

Previous Award Recipients

  • 2021 - Fritz Cammerzell ’72 P25, Susan Katzmann Horner ’86 S70 P20, Laurence Latimer *01, Nancy Lin ’77 S76 P10
  • 2020 - Alfred L. Bush; Carol A. Obertubbesing ’73 W71, Sue Pierson h67 h74 h81 h83 h87 h88 h93, Bambi Tsui ’09
  • 2019 - Gwen L. Feder ’78 P21, Rose Li *92 P18, Lauren McKenna Surzyn ’07, Masakazu (Max) Tsumuraya *81
  • 2018 - Charles C. Freyer ’69, Jean S. Hendry *80, James M. McPherson h57 h64 h69 h70 h72 H14, Mika Provata-Carlone *02
  • 2017 - Susan Conger-Austin *83, Kendall L. Crolius ’76, Anthony M. Fittizzi, Jr. ’97, Judith McCartin Scheide W36 P84 h28 h31 h32 h34 h36 h37 h40 h43 h70
  • 2016 - Charles J. Plohn Jr. ’66, William F. Landrigan ’76, Gary M. King ’79, Gary K. Pai ’99
  • 2015 - Thomas F. Fleming Jr. ’69 P00 P01, Patricia L. Irvin ’76, Shawn R. Cowls ’87, Kristin Alyea Epstein ’97
  • 2014 - Wesley Wright Jr. ’51 P83 P90 h83, Vsevolod A. Onyshkevych ’83, Debbie Scott Williams ’84, Anthony J. Fiori *03
  • 2013 - Rosalie Wedmid Norair ’76 S76 P04 P07, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, Lee L. Dudka *77, Jeffrey A. Vinikoor ’03
  • 2012 - David T. Fisher ’69, Isabel K. McGinty *82 P12, Catherine J. Toppin ’02, Robert D. Varrin ’56 *57 P78 P80 P81 g10
  • 2011 - George A. Brakeley III ’61 , George L. Bustin ’70 P08, Valerie Kelly ’84
  • 2010 - Jotham Johnson ’64, Gregg A. Lange ’70, Jean M. Telljohann ’81
  • 2009 - J. Andrew Cowherd ’74 P07, Richard G. Williams *72 h78 h83 h02, Elise P. Wright ’83
  • 2008 - Carol Barash *89, Melvin R. McCray Jr. ’74, Duncan W. Van Dusen ’58
  • 2007 - April A. Chou ’96, John R. Emery ’52^, Robert B. Hollander ’55, William K. Selden ’34^
  • 2006 - Kenneth M. Bruce ’83, Jon D. Hlafter ’61 *63 MFA, Paul G. Sittenfeld ’69
  • 2005 - Don M. Betterton h60, Daniel P. Lopresti *83, *84, *87, Carl R. Yudell ’75
  • 2004 - John V. Fleming *63, Charles H. Rose ’50, Henry Von Kohorn ’66
  • 2003 - Mitsuya Goto *56, Herbert W. Hobler ’44, Robert B. Rodgers ’56^
  • 2002 - Robert Gibby ’36^, Linda Knights ’77, Oren Pollock *51
  • 2001 - John Fish ’55, Norman Itzkowitz *59, H. Kirk Unruh ’70
  • 2000 - Alfred Bates h45, Lisa & Donald Drakeman *88 S*88, Elizabeth Osborne S50 h36^, Jolanne Stanton '77
  • 1999 - Nicholas Allard ’74, Patricia Marks *03, Brian McDonald ’83
  • 1998 - Elizabeth Duffy ’88, James Floyd ’69, Leonard Milberg ’53
  • 1997 - Hannah P. Fox W39, Peter T. Milano ’55, Melinda W. Varian S63
  • 1996 - Carl Fields^, Robert S. Miner Jr. *56^, Kenneth C. Scasserra ’61
  • 1995 - Dolores Chavez de Daigle ’76, Warren Elmer Jr. ’42^, Douglas Nadeau ’62^
  • 1994 - Marvin Bressler h68, 82^, Nancy and Larry Gutstein P87,90,96,96, Peter G. Smith '46^
  • 1993 - Leroy R. Hill h86, James D. MacWilliam Jr. ’54^, George Wallace Ruckert ’30^
  • 1992 - Linda Bell Blackburn ’71, George Kovatch ’55, Douglas E. Yeager ’69
  • 1991 - Joseph L. Bolster Jr. ’52, Virginia L. Corson ’74, Douglas H. Hahn ’34^
  • 1990 - John H. Bitner ’38^, Sally B. Frank ’80, Martin E. Robins ’64
  • 1989 - Austin M. Francis Jr. ’56, Robert H. Jiranek ’52, Hugh de N. Wynne ’39^
  • 1988 - Marjorie Corman Aaron ’78, Henry R. Martin ’48, Arthur Northwood ’35^
  • 1987 - William H. Avery ’27^, William G. Bowen *58, Milton Lyon^, Clyde E. Rankin III ’72
  • 1986 - James Q. Bensen ’36^, Alison R. Bryan, Class of 1913^, Howie B. Kiser P75 h55, 75, 84^
  • 1985 - Charles S. Dawson ’70, James R. Posner *70, Robert A. Winters ’35^
  • 1984 - William P. Clark ’59, John G. Kellogg ’32^, Ralph K. Ritchie ’34^
  • 1983 - George R. Beetle *66, Erling Dorf h33^, John W. Kern ’49
  • 1982 - Thomas P. Birmingham ’47^, David G. Rahr ’60, H. Coleman Tily III ’40^
  • 1981 - Marvin H. Cheiten *71 h65, Frederick L. Redpath ’39^, Leslie L. Vivian Jr. ’42^
  • 1980 - Harper R. Dowell ’30^, Richard L. Herbruck ’55, Arthur C. Holden ’12^
  • 1979 - Levering Cartwright, Class of 1926^, Jeremiah S. Finch h31^, Frederic E. Fox ’39^
  • 1978 - George C. Denniston, Class of 1927^, William M. Hassebrock ’68, Jerry Horton ’42^
  • 1977 - Arnold M. Berlin ’46, Julian T. Buxton Jr. ’50^, Robert W. Sinkler h78^
  • 1976 - John C. Bogle ’51, Gordon G. Sikes, Class of  1916^, William C. Van Siclen ’43^
  • 1975 - James R. Carruthers, Class of 1925^, Alpheus T. Mason, Graduate Class of 1923^, James H. Rowbotham Jr. ’32^
  • 1974 - Lucy M. Caldwell W25^, Donald P. Dickson ’49^, Howard W. Stepp h39^
  • 1973 - Donald W. Griffin Class of 1923^, Milton W. King, Class of 1912^, John H. Leh Class of 1921^, Robert B. Rinehart, Class of 1904^
  • 1972 - George J. Cooke, Jr. Class of 1922^, Walter F. Hollenbach, Class of 1903, GS 1907^, Theodore E. McAlister ’52

^ Denotes deceased alumnus/a