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48th Reunion

Co-chairs: Ev & Joe Prather

Thursday, May 28 - Sunday, May 31.  '59 will host us at Blair Court.  Sign in and get badge and materials (noon - 9 Thursday, 8am-9pm Friday).

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Friday, May 29: Class Dinner* at  Mary & Bob Pickens's house, 15 Finley Road, Princeton, NJ 08540-7503, 609-924-8907 (directions for using dynamic Google map below*):  Dress is casual.  Come as you are. Badge not needed for this function.





Agenda (times approximate):

bullet6:00pm - Cocktails

bullet7:30pm - Dinner

bullet8:30pm - Annual Class Meeting, President John Graham

bullet8:45pm - Speaker: Mike Horn, Chairman, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York

bullet9:30pm - Tigertones

*The Class and Reunion Committee would appreciate your donation to cover dinner and entertainment expenses. Any surpluses will go to the Class scholarship fund. Suggested minimum: $50 per person. Can give Prather cash or check made out to Princeton Class of 1961 at the dinner.

 Saturday, May 31P-rade (Show up around 1:30pm by Nassau Hall). Costume: black polo  shirts from the 45th under our blazers.  Reunion hats if available.

Meals at tent
Meals at '59 tent will be covered by class reunion account, but contributions from those partaking of the food will be appreciated.

Baseball caps
Ken Scasserra says "1961" baseball hats are available for $20 each. Let him know and they can be picked up at this reunion.

Click here for the Alumni Council's full reunions schedule.

Campus Beds: The Class of ’59 has allocated 4 beds for us. They are offered on a "first come, first served” basis. Three of them have already been taken. The last one may be booked by calling Murray Simpson ’59 at 301-229-4880, or email Murraycora@aol.com. The price of one bed for the weekend is $120.00, check made payable to "Princeton Class of 1959”, and mailed to:
Ed Mills ‘59
300 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10025

Other Housing: click here for information from the class of '59.  And Patrick Davidson writes:

For the University's list of Princeton vicinity lodging, click here. Many of these hotels are already filled, charge high rates, require a 2-night minimum stay, and some even want a prepayment. But with some classes now releasing blocks of rooms, there may be availability.

However, the Marriott web site lists three hotels that are five to nine miles outside of Princeton, more reasonable with a Marriott Senior Rate (as of April 1st) and accept 1-night reservations. These are:

1. Marriott Residence Inn Princeton-So.Brunswick Rt.#1 (5 miles) $212 night with breakfast
2. Courtyard Cranbury-So. Brunswick by NJ Turnpike Exit 8A (9 m) $135 night (senior)
3. Courtyard Ewing-Hopewell off Rt. 95 near Trenton Airport (9 m) $144 night (senior)

The AOL travel website also lists a Best Western and some Red Roof Inns.

Who was there?  (40)

Jim Adams
Jim & Sue Blair
George & Ellen Brakeley
Patrick & Diane Davidson
John & Suzy Graham
Howie Harrison
Jon & Pat Hlafter
Mike & Gerri Horn
Justin & Suzanne Kimball
Cookie Krongard & Sheryl Pearlman
Richard, Rachel* & Liz* Manning
Joe McGinity
VJ & Lorraine Menna
Jay & Nancy Parsons
Bob & Mary Pickens
Joe & Ev Prather
Spence Reynolds*
Charlie Rippin
Pinckney Roberts
Ken Scasserra
Art Smith
Jim & Margaret* Todd
Jim & Martha Wickenden
Carol Wojciechowicz

*P-rade, not dinner

Send email to tell us you're coming web@princeton61.org

*HOW TO USE THE GOOGLE MAP to get to the Pickens: click View Larger Map. Then 15 Finley Rd on left. ThenGet directions. Enter your approximate starting point (can be dragged to right spot)  and you get the route map, step-by-step directions, plus estimated distance & driving time. Next to (B) Placemark 1 at upper left are the GPS coordinates. Use navigation buttons (NW corner of map) to move or zoom.  Or use mouse to drag map around, and the scrolling wheel can zoom it in & out.



Princeton, New Jersey

May 29th, 2009


The class of 1961 annual meeting was called to order at 9:00 PM by President John Graham. The meeting was held at the home of Bob and Mary Pickens in Princeton.


The president thanked Bob and Mary for their hospitality in hosting the reunion dinner and the social hour. A donation to the class scholarship fund was made in their honor.


The minutes of the class annual meeting of May 30th, 2008 were approved.




The President thanked the class officers for their support and efforts for the past year. Especially Pat Davidson for chairing the previous annual meeting as well as organizing the Yale weekend activities along with Joe McGinity; George Brakeley for his faithful reporting on class activities in PAW, as well as his sensitive treatment of class memorials; Mike Burton for keeping the class financially solvent, and  Len Berton for managing our outstanding web site.


The class also expressed appreciation for the classmates whose leadership made the class activities possible:


·         Reunions - Joe and Ev Prather

·         Yale Game Tailgate - Pat Davidson and Joe McGinity

·         Florida Golf Outing - Don Swan and Joe McGinity

·         Alumni Day Memorial Service - Jon Halfter and George Brakeley

·         Class Dinner in NYC - Frank Richardson and Tom Pulling




Finance Report

Treasurer Mike Burton reported class funds of $33,600 composed of funds in a money market and checking account in Arvest Bank in Tulsa, plus the class PayPal account.


He also advised that 266 classmates contributed $13,300 in class dues and 84 contributed $5,100 to the class scholarship fund. This was a decline of about 15% from last year.


Annual Giving


On behalf of class co-agents Rick and Kathy Wall, the president reported class participation in Annual Giving at 44%  which compared favorably to last year. It was later reported that the final tally at the end of June 2009 was 61.6% and $169,000 contributed to the University. This was somewhat smaller than last year.


2009-2010 Gatherings


There will be class activities organized for the following events in the coming school year:


·         Yale football game in Princeton

·         Basketball game in New Haven

·         Skiing in Deer Park Utah hosted by Jim Blair and Ted Newlin

·         Class Dinner in NYC in March chaired by Tom Pulling and Frank Richardson

·         Alumni Day at Princeton in March

·         49th Reunion in May, 2009.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 PM.



Respectfully Submitted


John Graham

Class President


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