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What's New?

September PAW column.

Hulett's story. 63rd Reunion photos + class meeting notes. Omenn Institute dedication. Prather's Celebration of Life. Gottens visit McGinitiys. Newens/Wells lunch.

Deaths posted within the last 6 months (click here and scroll down for obits): Alan Oestreich. Tal Mack. Harlan Spitz. Bob Craft.VJ Menna. Randy Taylor. Art Hedgren. Frank Childers, Bill Rough. Gerritt Crouse.


Deaths reported but awaiting details: ..



We are now in fiscal year '23-'24, ending June 30th, and again the goal is 61%. Please pay your dues and help us reach our goal. As of 1/27/24, 196 classmates/associates, or 48%, have paid their dues.


As of June 29, there are 407 living classmates with good addresses, out of the 789 that started with our class in September of 1957.


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).                



  • Class of 1961 Speakers Program
    The class officers are delighted to announce that we will be offering a series of one-hour Zoom presentations by classmates of distinction, be it in their careers, avocation, or in some other way. The program will be chaired by distinguished historian John Cooper, and we will begin on September 24 at 4:00 PM EDT with a presentation by Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies. The story of Peter’s early life in Romania; his arrival in the U.S.; his education at Exeter, Princeton and Stanford; and his career at Y&R is nothing short of remarkable. He is currently Director of Just Capital, a not-for-profit organization that helps companies improve stakeholders’ performance in the marketplace while improving benefits to society.
    Mark your calendar for this  inaugural event on September 24, which will be followed by others on a quarterly basis. And we thank John Cooper for leading the way.




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

Who's was there? 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


Click here for photos.

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

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



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