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What's New?

 July PAW column. Prather's Celebration of Life. Gottens visit McGinitiys. Newens/Wells lunch. Classmates attend Alumni Day. Dues "boxtops". Cooper talk in Florida. Nice note to Caring Committee.  Adams features Blair Arch. Pettibone PAWcast. Planned Giving & 1746 Soc. update.Jay Webster's 85th. Caring Committee Zoom.

Deaths posted within the last 6 months (click here and scroll down for obits): Dick Niner. Jeff Morgan. Joe Prather. David Fisher. Alan Oestreich. Tal Mack. Harlan Spitz. Bob Craft.VJ Menna. Randy Taylor.


Deaths reported but awaiting details: none.



We are now in fiscal year '23-'24 and again the goal is 61%. Please pay your dues and help us reach our goal. As of 1/27/24, 191 classmates/associates, or 42%, have paid their dues.


For the previous fiscal year ('22-'23), 209 classmates and associates (46%) paid dues.


Please log in and click here to see your personal payments history, pay your dues, and optionally donate to the scholarship fund and Foundation. (Note: login is optional; but if you do, you can see your payments history and the system will auto-fill your information for you.) Dues payments and donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.


Virtual Yearbook

In the on-line "Virtual Yearbook" you can read about classmates, look at their photos (many were not in the print edition and most are in color). You can edit your profile, your essay, and add/delete photos as you see fit.  While logged on, click this link and use the navigation buttons on the top and right.


Directory Link (on left, second from bottom while logged on)

It has three selections: Classmates (you can look up details on anyone) My Profile (update your own details), Deceased (lists all those we've lost, including links to their memorials).                



  • Our 63rd reunion will take place on campus May 23-26. This is an off-year reunion for us, and we will be satellite to the class of 1959’s 65th reunion, whose headquarters will be at Forbes College.  We will hold our annual class dinner at the Nassau Club, as we have in recent years, on Friday, May 24. Click here to sign up.

    Who's coming so far? Jim & Susan Blair, Lee & (daughter) Allison Blyler, Ellen Boer, George & Tamara Brakeley, Andras & Ruth Hamori, Jon & Patty Hlafter, Joe & Maureen McGinity, Frank Novak, Peter Pettibone, Bob & Mary Pickens, Ev Prather, Charlie Rippin, Art Smith, Will Somers & Janice Threefoot, Jim & Martha Wickenden,
    Carol Wojie, Felix & Jeanne Wong*. [Dinner = 25, +2 meeting only]
    *class meeting but not the dinner



  • Dedication of Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute: May 6, 2024, 4pm.

Dear Gil and Martha,
I and my fellow class officers are delighted to learn that Princeton will dedicate this new institute that bears your names.  In my periodic trips to Princeton, I have watched the construction of the huge complex for engineering and related sciences on Ivy Lane, in which your institute will be located, now about to be completed.  The Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute will certainly help to maintain Princeton's preeminence in the engineering and biology fields, and we are very proud of your efforts and contributions that have made this possible.
With warm regards,


  • Celebration of Joe Prather’s life: 11:00 a.m., May 10. 2024 at the Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit, NJ, followed by a luncheon at The Beacon Hill Club, also in Summit.  His widow Ev invites all classmates and spouses to attend. She says that Reunions or other orange and black attire is not only welcome, but preferred. Click here for more info + photos.

  • .Alumni Day, Saturday, February 24, 2024. Class reception at Cannon Club immediately following the 3p.m. Service of Remembrance in the chapel. Click here for the Alumni Day details and for the University's registration page.

  • Memorial Celebration of Life for Cookie Krongard: September 30 (date of the alumni lacrosse game) at Baker Rink.

  • September 3, 2023, 4:00 PM - Pre-rade welcomes the Class of 2027
    The Class of 2027 will participate in its Pre-rade in front of Nassau Hall..Alumni and guests are invited to attend. Class jackets or orange and black attire are encouraged. Learn more about the Pre-rade


  • 62nd Reunion: May 26-28, 2023. Class Dinner Friday night at Nassau Club. '62 will join us. Class meeting at 5:30pm, cocktail hour 6pm, dinner approx 7pm.

         Who was there: Tony Atkiss, Len Berton, Jim & Susan Blair, Lee Blyler & daughter Allison '88, Ellen Boer, George Brakeley, Jerry Ford '54 h61, Jon & Patty Hlafter, Mike & Gerri Horn, Justin & Suzanne Kimball, Joe & Maureen McGinity, Peter & Jean Pettibone, Bob & Mary Pickens, Art Smith, Will Somers, Jim & Martha Wickenden, Carol Wojciechowicz.

  • Alumni Day: Feb. 25, 2023. Details, click here.

  • May 19-22, 2022: 61st Reunion. Class Dinner Friday night at Nassau Club


    Who's Came? Somers, McGinity, Havens, Carol Wojciechowicz, Boer, Adams, Brakeley, Pickens, Prather, Shattuck, Hlafter, Newlin, Berton , Wickenden, Kimball, Blyler, Blair.


  • April 4-6, 2022: Class Gathering in D.C. Area.
  • Committee: Gene Lawson, Bob Fuller, Art Smith, Ev & Joe Prather, Peter & Ellen Boer, Gil Omenn, Len Berton, George Brakeley and Peter Pettibone. Click here for the details.
  • February 19, 2022: Alumni Day

  • Virtual 60th Reunion. May 20 - 23, 2021. Click here to go to Schedule page.

    Who's "coming"
J. AdamsEmmersonIsemanNewensStith
AlexanderB.EwingP.Johnson's widow & daughterPatrickSupplee
BrakeleyGordonLeisringRentschlervon Rohr
J.BurnhamGreenbergManningW.B.Rose C.Watson
176 classmates/associates
  • A Woodrow Wilson virtual panel discussion was held on September 8, 2020 on Zoom. To view the meeting "tape", click this link https://youtu.be/Ne4n4tXRg2c. Please do not share this link with anyone outside our class.

  • Saturday February 22, 2020- Alumni Day. Click here to go to the University web page.

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 1pm: Caring Committee conference call on "Loneliness". Click here for article on the subject. Chair: Bob Pickens

  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 3pm: Class Gathering at Yankee Stadium for Dartmouth football game.

    Click here for earlier events.

Our Class News page contains short items which appear from newest to oldest.  Some items appear on the Class Acts if they are longer.  We welcome your submissions but suggest you read our Guidelines.  You can see the roster of Class Officers (including their smiling faces).  Also, please go to the President's Page, and the Treasurer's Page.  Viewing and updating personal data requires classmates to login with their own i.d. and password.

Memorials are on the PAW website.  Past Class Notes are archived on PAW as well.

If you are a member or widow of the class, this is your site.  This medium serves as a valuable resource for news of the class.  Please tell other classmates!  Whether you have news about yourself or others, want to post a notice of a class event, or have other information of interest, please send it here.  Items will also be passed on to our class secretary, George Brakeley, for possible use in PAW.

On this site: You may click on links, which are in orange and underlined, to be transported to the page described (and you can use the "Back" button of your web browser to return), or to send e-mail to the person identified.  You may also click on the links at the left of all pages.  Clicking on a "thumbnail" picture with an orange border will display a larger and clearer image.

Click here for earlier past events.  Click here for the class song.



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