55th Reunion News


Will be posted at the HQ and carried in the P-rade

March 12, 2016


Dear Classmates,

We have an all-star cast of  ’61 speakers at our 55th reunion, May 26 - 29!

With just 70 days left until our 55th reunion on May 26 to 29, we’d like you to know that that nine of our ’61 classmates have been chosen to address alumni on topics in their chosen fields.  In order of appearance these are:

John Cooper &ndash retired history professor, author, and authority on the life and legacy of Woodrow Wilson.  John will address our class at 4 pm Thursday, May 26, Peretsman Scully Hall.

John Lopez &ndash attorney, U.S. Army intelligence, CIA, DOD security consultant,  Alumni Faculty forum: "Guns: Who Should Be In Control?”  Friday at 10:30 AM in Whig Senate Chamber.

Phil Ginsberg &ndash attorney, founder of Interfaith Coalition on Human Rights. Alumni Faculty forum: "Race Relations: Are We All Seeing the Same Issues?”  Friday at 2:30 PM in Richardson Auditorium.

Peter Georgescu, Gil Omenn, Jim Zirin and Ed Zschau.  1961 Class Forum Friday at 4 PM in Peretsman Scully Hall.  Topics will include  income inequality, advances in medicine, the Supreme Court,  entrepreneurship and technology at Princeton.

Don Emmerson &ndash Director, Southeast Asia Program, Stanford University. Alumni Faculty forum: "U.S. &ndash China Relations: Confronting Challenges, Debunking Myths”   Saturday at 9 AM in McCosh 50.

Peter Pettibone &ndash attorney, retired partner, arbitrator, Hogan Lovells LLC Moscow. Alumni Faculty forum: "Russia: Putin and the new Cold War”  Saturday at 10:30 AM in McCosh 50.

Each of these events will provide diverse perspectives and will invite a lively question period &ndash don’t miss them &ndash Be There with us in the best old place of all!!

If you have not yet registered and need assistance of any kind let me know!


Joe McGinity





Dear Classmates and Associates,

Happy New Year from your 55th Reunion committee! 2016 is upon us and May 26 is just a few months away - when we expect an excellent turnout for our next major. Registrations are arriving at a good clip, as listed on the "Who's Coming?" page of our class website, www.princeton61.org.

Our November letter and registration forms contain all you need to know about the reunion, and the registration process is easy, using the paper forms or on the website. On line registrations are easiest for us to process, and payment options include your personal check, but if you prefer hard copy, fine. Call Lee Blyler (908-672-8505) if you need a registration form. Early registration is most helpful, as it allows time to order clothing items in the right sizes!

1. New Blazers - If you need a new blazer, please order by February 15th latest to allow time for custom manufacturing. You can supply your size and make the payment through the registration system. It will be shipped directly to your home address, so please make sure it is entered correctly when you register.

2. Housing - We encourage you to book early, as relatively inexpensive housing is limited. As mentioned above, details are available in our November letter and on the 55th reunion housing page on the class website. 24 beds on campus are still available, and 14 more at the nearby Princeton Theological seminary. These are the most economical housing options. Route 1 motel rooms, served by the "Tiger Transit" shuttle bus, are also available at market prices, but our hold on these rooms begins to expire on Feb. 1. So please book early to ensure convenient housing for reunions. Call Joe McGinity (215-595-6995) with any housing questions.

3. Lottery for waiver of reunion fees - If you register on or before Feb. 29, you will be entered in our "free reunion" lottery. The lottery drawing will be held Friday night of reunions, May 27, and the winner will have all his reunion fees refunded. (It's not the Power Ball Jackpot, but it helps!)

4. Our class forum - On Friday afternoon of reunions we plan to hold a '61 forum on living a fulfilling life in our '70's and 80's. Our initial focus is on how in various ways we and our spouses find fulfillment in our activities, our teaching or studies, and our charitable endeavors. We are looking for thoughts and comments on the theme and sub-topics. Also, we need classmates to serve as panelists and a moderator. Please address your suggestions and questions to George Barker '61, 10313 Wild Lake Terrace, Columbia MD, 21044, or geebark@aol.com. We expect the forum to be lively and engaging for all, including associates, spouses and guests.

We hope to see you in May!

Peter Pettibone

   for the Reunion Committee

Len Berton, Dick Manning, Gil Omenn and his wife Martha Darling at our 50th


Better Site For Us

October 22, 2015

The headquarters site for the last two 55th reunions had been located in the space between Campbell and Richardson Halls.  While this site had the advantage of being close to the start of the P-rade, many on the reunion committee felt it was cramped and suggested that we should move the site to a location that would give us more room and would be better laid out.  

The Office of Alumni Affairs has granted our request and has assigned us Scully Courtyard as our headquarters site for our 55th.  Scully was the 55th reunion site for the class of 1958, and it was also the headquarters site for our 40th reunion.  Scully is located near the end of the P-rade, and is just a short walk to a shuttle bus stop for access to all reunion events.  It is reasonably close to parking, and for those staying on-campus, the rooms in Scully are air conditioned. 

Undergraduate Crew Chief Selected

July 30, 2015

Headquarters co-chairsVJ Menna and Howard Harrison have hired Spencer Weisz '17 as our UG Crew Chief.

Spencer is a star player on the basketball team.  Click here for more details.


July 20, 2015

Dear Classmates and Associates,

Believe it or not, our 55th class reunion is fast approaching!

Please save the date, May 26 - 29, 2016, and picture another great gathering of classmates and friends under the oaks and ivies of Old Nassau.

Our reunions at Princeton are many things - strong traditions, meeting and mixing with old friends and undergrads, good food and music, and wonderful memories. Have a look at the sights and sounds of this year's reunion - click here.

The class 55th reunion theme is BURNING BRIGHT! Inspired by the poem of William Blake, "Tiger, tiger, burning bright - in the forests of the night", the theme points to the aspirations and passions of our own lives, both during and since we studied at Princeton. We continue BURNING BRIGHT in our own lives - creatively, professionally, and in service to community in so many ways.

We invite you to join us at our 55th reunion and share your stories with us as we celebrate!

Best regards,
Your 55th reunion committee
Peter Pettibone,

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