In late 1995, classmates from the Princeton University Class of 1942 together with 16 local organizations established the Leslie “Bud” Vivian Memorial Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation to honor the memory of their friend and colleague. This memorial endowment is intended to promote in perpetuity the principles by which Bud lived, and to recognize the important contributions he made to the entire Princeton community. Bud Vivian served as Princeton University’s Director of Community and Regional Affairs for many years and his concern for his neighbors extended into all corners of the town.

The Fund makes an award annually to a member of the community who has volunteered or worked for many years to benefit Princeton’s citizens, and has demonstrated the qualities which Bud possessed and shared so fully:

  1. the ability to see the need for community action to resolve a problem of human need;
  2. the ability to identify and define a problem in terms that make it understandable to those most able to solve it;
  3. the ability to bring different parties together to find a solution, with the knack for generating constructive compromise, and;
  4. the perseverance and dedication to carry solutions through to successful completion.

A grant from the Fund is made each year to one or more local nonprofit organizations suggested by the award recipient.

Guidelines for Nominations

No formal application is required. Simply submit a letter of nomination highlighting the qualities and accomplishments that make your nominee a worthy candidate in concert with the qualities outlined above. Please include written letters of support from other individuals who can complete the profile in ways that will better inform the selection committee. All nominations and supporting documents must be sent to the Princeton Area Community Foundation. A winner will be chosen by the Vivian Award Selection Committee. For further information, please contact the Community Foundation.

Leslie “Bud” Vivian Memorial Award Winners

1996 – Marcy Crimmins, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Princeton

1997 – A.C. Reeves Hicks, attorney and community volunteer

1998 – Hank Pannell, Housing Authority of Princeton

1999 – Jocelyn Helm, founding Executive Director, Princeton Senior Resource Center

2000 – Harriett Bryan & Ted Vial, affordable housing advocates

2001 – Harry Levine, Princeton Public Library Chair

2002 – Pat Van Ness, Kindergarten teacher, Princeton Regional Schools

2003 – Claire Jacobus, community volunteer

2004 – William F. Johnson, Principal, John Witherspoon Middle School

2005/06 – Anne Reeves, founding Executive Director, Arts Council of Princeton

2006/07 – Karl Light, Princeton Community Housing

2008 – Sarah Hirschman, founder, People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos

2009 – Shirley Satterfield, educator and community volunteer

2010 – James A. Floyd, community advocate and volunteer

2011 – Jack Roberts, Executive Director of the Princeton Recreation Department

2012 – Herbert W. Hobler and Ray Wadsworth, Spirit of Princeton Committee

2013 – Mark Freda, former Borough Council president and volunteer firefighter, Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad

2014 – Nancy Beck, Princeton Adult School

2015 – Rev. David McAlpin, founder of Habitat for Humanity-Trenton and former associate pastor at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church

2016 – Bill Wakefield, former board member of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) and IRATE/First Friends; LALDEF volunteer; Chair of the Presbytery of New Brunswick’s Mass Incarceration Task Force; member of the Paul Robeson House Board of Directors and the Immigration Committee of the Princeton Human Services Commission