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This Week in Princeton History for February 19-25

By April C. Armstrong *14

In this week’s installment in our recurring series, a Civil War veteran is in service during a new conflict, students remember a beloved alum, and more.

February 21, 1918—Dr. John van Duyn, Class of 1862, a veteran of the Civil War, is now the oldest Princetonian serving in World War I, having set off for France in 1916 at the age of 73. As a wartime surgeon, he will later say that the methods might have changed, but the brutality has not.

John van Duyn
John van Duyn, ca. 1862. Undergraduate Alumni Records (AC104), Box 122.

February 22, 1900—The Alumni Princetonian suspends publication after announcing a new magazine will take its place (the Princeton Alumni Weekly).

February 23, 1981—A memorial celebration for Frederic E. Fox ’39, the former Keeper of Princetoniana, takes place behind Nassau Hall. At least 100 undergraduates sing songs in a cold drizzle wearing makeshift armbands of orange crepe paper.

Frederic E. Fox
Frederic E. Fox ’39, ca. 1980. Photograph from Princeton Alumni Weekly, March 23, 1981.

February 25, 1932—Many faculty have added their names to a petition urging an unofficial boycott of Japanese products, especially silk, in response to Japan’s attack on Shanghai.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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