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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the May 21, 2003
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Medical Center: Expansion Proposed
That the Medical Center of Princeton could move its
major campus to a different location from downtown Princeton is a
very real possibility, says Barry Rabner, president of the Medical
Center. At a Regional Planning Board meeting on May 15, he showed
how the center’s strategic planning process revealed the need for
change and expansion. The downtown campus has just seven acres, while
new hospitals require sites from 35 to 50 acres.
Meanwhile the Medical Center has leased more than 17,000 square feet
at Princeton Pike II in Lawrenceville and plans to house some
offices there. Bob Sobol of the Acclaim Group represented the hospital
and Howard Ziff was the in-house representative for Brandywine Realty.
At a trustees meeting on Monday, June 23, Rabner will present
from both a financial advisor and architect J. Robert Hillier.
Rabner’s planning process involved nearly 175 interviews with
members, trustees, and physicians. "Everyone I have talked to
says that makes sense, that the facts support that we need to continue
to evolve and do things differently," he says.
"We are a community hospital, and we always have to have a
presence here," says Rabner. "But we will not continue to be
in the future unless the care that we provide is outstanding. People
can make choices, and they make informed decisions."
When we read news stories on two Princeton-based
in the field of contraception, Roderick Mackenzie and A.V.K. Reddy,
we began to wish we had done those stories. Mackenzie was featured
in a front page New York Times article on May 19, and Reddy, inventor
of innovative male and female condoms, was a subject for the Times
of Trenton on May 13. Then we found their early histories in our
Better early than never, we decided.
Mackenzie’s company, Gynetics, had the distinction of being inspired
by a Food and Drug Administration request to develop an emergency
contraceptive pill that would formalize what people were doing anyway,
taking high doses of birth control pills. "This is a
that prevents pregnancy. It will not interrupt a pregnancy,"
emphasized. (U.S. 1, June 17, 1998). Now four states have approved
the pills for dispensing by a pharmacist, which is what triggered
the New York Times coverage. Gynetics has offices in Lawrence Common.
Reddy’s plans for the Pleasure Plus condom were derailed by
(U.S. 1, December 14, 1999). Reddy’s latest condom, known for its
spiral-shaped design, is made at his factory in India and marketed
by Intellx, run by Brian Osterberg, formerly of Princeton. Now a
Reddy-made condom will be marketed by Armkel, the Church & Dwight
company that owns the Trojan brand.
You do your best and you make a difference,"
was the motto of Frank E. Taplin Jr. He died on May 11 at the age
of 88, and a memorial service is set for Sunday, June 8, at 4 p.m.,
at Princeton University Chapel.
Taplin was an old-fashioned gentleman with a boyish demeanor, genial
charm, and a forward outlook. A philanthropist, musician, and
he endowed Princeton University’s Taplin Auditorium, among many other
The son of a Cleveland coal company owner, Taplin came to the
because he had fallen in love with the showbiz glamour of the Triangle
Club. Though he was a Rhodes scholar and had a law degree from Yale,
he occupied himself with leveraging the family fortune to help musical
and environmental causes (U.S. 1, November 10, 1993). He is survived
by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Eaton Sichel, the daughter of the
founder of Eaton Corporation, and together they have six children,
12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Taplin was known as a fundraising wizard because he not only gave
money, he elicited gifts from others. Called on to save organizations
from financial ruin (his most celebrated turn-arounds were the
School of Music and the Metropolitan Opera), he also mustered major
support for such Princeton-based endeavors as the Institute for
Study and the group now known as the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
Perhaps it was because of his zesty self confidence and adventurous
spirit that he could take risks: self publish doggerel written for
friends and family, sit in with jazz musicians on Bourbon Street,
or match his playing with the pros on a concert stage.
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