2013 Award – Amit Lal ’88

Amit Lal ’88 was the recipient of the Princeton Club of Orange County’s seventh annual “In The Nation’s Service” award, presented at the club’s annual dinner on October 30, 2013 at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

Amit has been volunteering for Princeton since 1998, when he began interviewing for the Alumni Schools Committee. In 2007, he became co-chair of the Orange County ASC along with Ashley Cook, and has helped coordinate over 400 interviews per year between Princeton alumni and the talented high school students of Orange County. During this time, he has personally interviewed over 100 students, and has even had a few get accepted! He also represents Princeton at several college fairs throughout Orange County.

Amit is actively involved in his community and school district, having worked as a Little League umpire and a scorekeeper for the National Junior Basketball program. Amit is currently the webmaster and statistician for the Tesoro Boys Basketball program, and also runs the program’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. He also works with the school’s Academic Decathlon and Quiz Bowl teams. Amit lives in Ladera Ranch with his wife, Rachna, and his son, Nikhil.

Our featured speaker for this year’s dinner was Princeton University Architect Ronald J. McCoy *80, who oversees the planning, architecture and landscape of the Princeton campus, preserving the university’s history while also creating buildings and facilities that are architecturally significant, enable cutting edge learning and research, and have a harmonious relationship with the old structures and the town. During the fall of 2013, Ron taught a freshman seminar titled Architecture and the American College Campus that explores the history of ideas and forces that have shaped the planning and architecture of college campuses.