PPPL Names Director

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Forrestal Campus, Box 451, Princeton 08543. 609-243-2000. Steven Cowley, director. www.pppl.gov.

Steven Cowley, a theoretical physicist and international authority on fusion energy, has been named director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory effective July 1. He replaces interim director Rich Hawryluk, who has served since September, when he replaced another interim director, Terry Brog. The last permanent director, Stewart Prager, stepped down in 2016 after the facility’s $94 million National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade damaged the device.

Cowley has served as president of Corpus Christi College and professor of physics at the University of Oxford since 2016. From 2008 through 2016, he was CEO of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and head of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Cowley earned his Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton in 1985. He was a staff scientist at PPPL from 1987 to 1993 and also taught at the university. In his new role, Cowley will be appointed professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton.

Cowley’s previous employer, Culham, includes the Joint European Torus (JET) and Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) fusion facilities. During Cowley’s tenure, he led the fusion research program for Britain, overseeing more than 1,000 employees and contractors.

From 2004 to 2008 Cowley was director of the Center for Multi-Scale Plasma Dynamics at the University of California-Los Angeles. He served on the faculty of UCLA from 1993 to 2008, becoming a full professor in 2000. From 2001 to 2003 he was professor and head of the plasma physics group at Imperial College London, where he continued with part-time research and teaching until 2016.

“Steve Cowley is a spectacularly good physicist and a proven leader of large-scale scientific projects. He understands and respects the missions of the Plasma Physics Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and Princeton University,” said Christopher L. Eisgruber, president of Princeton University. “I am confident that Steve is the right person to take the reins of the laboratory today and guide it into the future.”

Management Move

Kepner-Tregoe Inc., 116 Village Boulevard, Princeton Forrestal Village, Suite 300, Princeton 08540. 609-252-2558. Bill Baldwin, CEO. www.kepner-tregoe.com.

Kepner-Tregoe, a management consulting firm based in Forrestal Village, has promoted Bill Baldwin to CEO. Baldwin, who has worked at the firm for more than 20 years, has been COO since 2016.

“He assumed this position at a critical time and was charged with improving our financial stability and concurrently driving strategic initiatives,” said Andy Cook, chairman of the board. “Bill exceeded our expectations, accomplishing that and more. I am confident that Bill’s steady leadership and his ability to guide the organization will continue to propel us into the future with strong momentum.”

Name Changes

Westrick Music Academy, 231 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction 08550. 609-688-1888. Hilary Butler, executive director. www.princetongirlchoir.org.

The Princeton Girlchoir, having incorporated students from the out-of-business Princeton Boychoir in 2017, has renamed itself the Westrick Music Academy after its founder, Jan Westrick, and officially moved into a new facility at 231 Clarksville Road.

Founded in 1989 as Princeton Girlchoir, the organization has grown over the past 29 years from 27 girls to more than 300 girls singing in seven choirs. In 2017 the organization added the Princeton Boychoir to its ranks with 50 boys. To accommodate these flagship choirs and additional growing programs, the board created a new umbrella organization, Westrick Music Academy, that would comprise Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir.

Princeton Girlchoir and Boychoir are currently scheduling auditions for new singers, open to students entering grades 3 to 12, in late May and early June.


Theodore A. Peck, Jr., 93, on May 5. He began his career as a computer systems analyst for IBM. He later worked for Honeywell, RCA, Applied Data Research, and Mainstem. From 1975 through 1995 he worked for Sedgwick Publishing Services of Princeton. He was a founding member of Threshholds of Central New Jersey, a group which taught decision making techniques to prison inmates. He was also active with the Conservation Coalition of for Nuclear Disarmament and the anti-nuclear SEA Alliance.

Thomas L. Gray, Jr., 73, on May 1. At 27 he became the president and CEO of Peoples National Bank of North Jersey in Denville. In 1987 he joined other local executives to form a new bank, Carnegie Bank NA, headquartered in Princeton. Upon selling Carnegie Bank in 1998, he helped form Grand Bank NA in Hamilton, where he was chairman and CEO until his death.

Richard G. Williams, 75, on May 11. He retired in 2010 as associate dean of Princeton University with more than 30 years of service.

Midge Quandt, 85, on March 14. She was the author of From the Small Town to the Great Community and Unbinding the Ties: The Popular Organizations and the FSLN in Nicaragua and editor with Margo Badran of Sex, History and Culture. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m. in the large auditorium at Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman.

Joseph Burnette on May 16. He owned Burnette’s Tailoring in Ewing. Services will be held Wednesday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at Saint Phillips Baptist Church, 445 Parkinson Avenue, Hamilton.

Stanley Grygon, 86, on May 18. He worked for 35 years at the Naval Air Propulsion Center in Ewing as a drafting branch supervisor. He also taught drafting at Mercer County Community College for 25 years.

Taiko Konno Lyding, 57. She was a model and television personality in Japan before marrying her husband Chris and moving to the U.S. in 1985. She was a Japanese instructor at Princeton University and also lectured in calligraphy in the East Asian Studies department. She gave numerous calligraphy demonstrations at area schools. Services will be held Saturday, June 30, at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Church at 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton.

Thomas William Mitchell, on May 11. He was superintendent of schools in Trenton for 24 years.

Dr. Walton B. Caldwell, 74, on May 14. He founded Princeton Chromatography in Cranbury in 1994.

Gail LaForge, 82, on May 13. She was executive director of marketing at Educational Testing Service.

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