On Thursday, May 30, Sue Perles ’75 and Phil Felton will be honored at the 16th Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet. The event will be held the base of Cleveland Tower at Princeton's Graduate College, beginning at 5 p.m (click here for additional event information).
Perles will receive the Class of 1967 PVC Citizen-Athlete Award, which is presented by the Princeton Varsity Club for selfless and noble contributions to society.
Perles graduated from Princeton with a degree in Economics, four years of field hockey experience and a job as a junior budget analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC. She was in the early years of Princeton co-education and played on Princeton’s first four field hockey teams. Perles would return to the academic world first as an MBA student at Harvard Business School and later when she was elected to be Princeton’s, Alaska’s and among America’s first female Rhodes Scholars.
At Oxford, Perles continued to play and referee field hockey while earning her doctorate in Mathematical Economics on bidding theory, under the supervision of Nobel Prize winning economist James Mirrlees. After teaching economics to Oxford undergraduates she began a career in business. Perles’ business career developed from a management consulting experience at McKinsey & Company, to Vice President for Global Consumer Products Mergers & Acquisitions at Citibank, to Managing Director of The Corporate Development Company, a private mergers and acquisitions firm. She co-chaired the Business Development Committee for Rebuild LA following the city’s unrest in 1992 and was Director of the National Issues Program in 1998, chaired by Senator Bill Bradley ’65, at the University of Maryland’s Academy of Leadership.
As Perles’ business career was unfolding in Los Angeles, she remained a dedicated Princeton alumna serving on the Los Angeles Schools Committee, Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees, and as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Perles upholds her strong belief in Education Through Athletics by serving as a member of the Princeton Varsity Club Advisory Board as well as serving as the President of the Friends of Princeton Field Hockey.
Perles has always focused on providing opportunities for children. Today, Perles continues her work for children as CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska (GSAK). GSAK serves almost 6,000 girls with 1,500 adult volunteers.
Phil Felton is this year’s recipient of the Marvin Bressler Award, given annually to that member of the Princeton family who, through heartfelt support of the University's student-athletes and coaches, best embodies a belief that lifelong lessons taught by competition and athletics as a complement to the overall educational mission.
Born and raised in Wales, Felton went on to study chemistry at the University of Leeds in Northern England from 1967-74, where he earned his doctorate in Physical Chemistry. In 1974 Phil joined the University of Sheffield as a post-doctoral fellow. He initially came to Princeton on a sabbatical in 1983, and after a one year departure back to the University of Sheffield, he returned to campus in 1985 and remains to date.
As a senior research scientist and lecturer, Felton ran the Engine Research lab in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. Since the close of the Engine lab in 2002, Felton has served as a lecturer in the Molecular Biology department.
He has remained active in the campus community, serving as a Faculty Advisor at Butler College and as an Academic-Athletic Fellow for the men's and women's cross country and track & field teams for the past thirteen years. His connection to track & field runs deep, as a high school and university competitor in the 200 and 400 respectively. He has stayed extremely active in Masters track & field and is currently the Masters Coordinator at the Penn Relays.
The PVC Awards Banquet is the year-end, capstone event of the Princeton Varsity Club and celebrates the accomplishments of individual members of the Princeton Athletics community, including senior student-athletes, alumni, friends and staff, as well as the Class of 2013 as a whole.