The James Q. Griffin Fund

In honor of this exceptional Ivy member and our dear friend, we have created the James Q. Griffin Fund, an on-going endowment that provides for capital improvements to Ivy’s educational spaces and programs. Donations can be made online at or by mailing a check to the Ivy 1879 Foundation, 43 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Ivy Women Enjoy a Toast

On Friday, November 20th, more than 50 female graduate and undergraduate members gathered for cocktails and conversation at Harding’s in New York City. Motivated by undergraduate female members’ expressed interest to connect with graduate women, the evening provided an excellent format for networking and connecting with friends, both new and life-long. Based on the rave reviews for this gathering and the many notes we received from members across the country who wished they were able to attend, we hope this event is the first of many gatherings of this nature. We want to extend a special thanks to Allison Bridges ’96, Caroline Shifke ’12, and Salone Loney ’10 for taking the lead to create this event.

Restoration of Roberts Memorial Window Complete

Glass from the Algernon Brooke Roberts Memorial Window journeyed across the Atlantic this June as it was shipped to the workshop of Glasmalerei Peters in Paterborn, Germany for major restoration. The windows were in dire need of repair as there were several breaks and chips in the glass, deformity due to the failing lead, paint loss, and years of deposits resulting in an accumulated crust build up which obscured the images and glass colors. The restoration was well documented by the specialists at Glasmalerei and the results are outstanding. The windows’ brilliance now does justice to the original artwork and the Ivy spirit encapsulated in this art piece.

Ivy Gifted Portrait of Member Josh Billings ’33

On November 14th, family and friends of the late Ivy member Dr. Frederic Tremaine “Josh” Billings ’33 gathered in the Great Hall to unveil a portrait of this beloved and accomplished member. While at Princeton, Dr. Billings’ achievements were extraordinary. He was Phi Beta Kappa, chairman of the Undergraduate Council and winner of the Pyne Prize. He lettered in lacrosse, wrestling, and football and was elected captain of the 1932 football team in his senior year. Post-graduation, he studied as a Rhodes scholar at Balliol College in Oxford and then went on to study medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. With World War II underway, upon graduation Billings signed on to serve in the Army’s medical unit. After his service, Billings returned to Nashville to practice medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he had a long and distinguished career. Dr. Billings was a wonderful mentor, scholar, father, and friend to many. In recognition of his life accomplishments in 2000, Princeton recognized Dr. Billings as the Scholar Athlete of the 20th Century.

Friends and family members of Dr. Billings commissioned this portrait for the Ivy Club.