Yung Wong '57
Yung Wong ’57 was the first international boarding student to attend The Hun School of Princeton. A Faculty Prize recipient during Commencement 1957, a two-sport athlete, member of the chess club, and one of the first proctors, Yung Wong contributed in every aspect of School life. After graduating in 1957, Mr. Wong went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Princeton University, a Master of Business degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from New York University. Mr. Wong worked as computer technologist before becoming a venture capitalist, a career he has enjoyed for the last forty years. Mr. Wong was general partner at Abacus Ventures, managing general partner at Menlo Ventures, and investment manager of the Time, Inc. Venture Fund. In his work, he has helped to fund more than 100 start-up companies and entrepreneurs and has been a director of over 30 companies. Mr. Wong has also taught quantitative modeling as an adjunct professor at the graduate business schools of New York University and Pace University.
"Dr. Chesebro looked after me with special care, checking in on me frequently. I firmly believe Dr. Chesebro’s personal relationship and advocacy is what led to my acceptance at my first choice college down the road," explained Mr. Wong.
In 2013 Mr. Wong and his wife Nancy established the Wong Family Scholarship at The Hun School of Princeton, which provides a partial scholarship to a student who qualifies for financial need and demonstrates strength in the study of math and science.
Leopoldo Lopez '89
In an interview for The Hun School student newspaper The Mall in 1989, he said, “Being away from home created an awakening of the responsibility I have towards the people of my country. I belong to one percent of the privileged people, and achieving a good education will hopefully enable me to do something to help my country.”
While at The Hun School, Leopoldo Lopez ’89 exhibited early signs of leadership. He was elected vice president of the student council, served as captain of the swimming and crew teams, and honed his debate skills while competing on the Forensics team. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Kenyon College in 1993, he went on to Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Lopez served two terms as mayor of an eastern Caracas municipality (2000-2008), and was a Presidential Candidate in October, 2012. Today, he works as the National Coordinator of the Venezuelan political party Voluntad Popular (Popular Will), which he founded in 2009. Mr. Lopez has received multiple awards for his honesty, efficiency, and transparency, and for his support of democracy.On February 18, 2014, Mr. Lopez was arrested following anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela. He has been detained since, in horrendous conditions, in an attempt by the Venezuelan government to silence dissent and free speech. The United Nations has designated Mr. Lopez as a Prisoner of Conscience.
Mr. and Mrs. Leopoldo Lopez ’63 Sr. accepted the Distinguished Alumnus award on behalf of their son.