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Memorial Service for Bob Callahan Set for Feb. 7

Bob Callahan. Photo by Beverly Schaefer courtesy of Princeton University Athletic Communications.
Bob Callahan. Photo by Beverly Schaefer courtesy of Princeton University Athletic Communications.

The memorial service for former Princeton University squash coach Bob Callahan will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.

An on-campus reception will follow. Tiger attire is encouraged. The Callahan family is requesting that in lieu of flowers,  people who would like to make a donation in Callahan’s memory consider two organizations that were dear to Callahan over the last three years:

The Robert W. Callahan ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Squash Endowment
c/o Diana Dreyfus Leighton, Leadership Gifts
Princeton University
330 Alexander Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

In Support of Bob Callahan and Brain Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Attn: Amanda Gilstein
633 3rd Avenue, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Please also indicate on the check that the gift is in memory of Bob Callahan.

Callahan, who lived in Princeton with his family, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the age of 59 following a three-year battle with brain cancer.

A 2012 inductee into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame, Callahan produced championships as both an undergraduate standout and throughout his 32-year tenure as head coach. He played on three national title teams, including his senior year when he captained the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1976-77.

After four years away from the program, Callahan returned as head coach in 1981. He led Princeton to 314 victories, 11 Ivy League titles, and national championships in 1982, 1993 and 2012.

The head squash coaching position at Princeton is named for Callahan and was established by a group of Princeton squash alumni and friends to honor his legacy.

Callahan coached the five sons he raised in Princeton with his wife, Kristen: Greg, Class of 2005; Tim, Class of 2007; Scott, Class of 2009; and twins Peter and Matt, Class of 2011.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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