#65 Princeton, New Jersey
May 28-31, 2015
Princeton's Forbes College, located off Alexander Street on the west side of
campus, was the very accommodating headquarters for the Class of 1950' s 65th
Reunion, shared with the Old Guard. A record 59 classmates plus more than 90 wives and family members registered for the four-day event chaired by incoming class President Charlie Rose and aided by an able reunion committee. An energetic six-member student crew, led by Marco Bove '16, provided registration duty, handed out pre-assembled packets, handled the bar (with University bar training), assigned Forbes rooms, supervised the golf carts – including placing them on front campus for the P-rade, and making us happy.
Thursday, May 28: Early attendees interacted at round tables under the
spacious tent on Forbes' upper terrace. Bill and Nancy Schluter hosted a festive
reception and dinner in their spacious backyard in Pennington. Shrimp and cheese
hors d' oeuvres were followed by the chicken and salmon entrees and side dishes.
Afterward, Bill led an informative tour of their three-story plus basement brick
home built in 1838 as a Presbyterian seminary for women.
Friday, May 29: After a nourishing continental breakfast in Forbes dining
room, attendees were free to attend some of the informative forums, lectures,
guided tours, open houses. 1950 had reserved seats for a presentation by the Griswold Center at Woodrow Wilson on Obama Care. There were many athletic events - ongoing Thursday through Saturday. Lunch was served under the tent. Pianist Eva Kastner-Puschi provided music for the class' memorial service at 4:30. Dave McAlpin officiated, giving a moving homily. Bob Cronheim, Stu Duncan, Peter Erdman, Bill Haynes, Bill Schluter and Jim Wallace, in turn, read the names of the 121 classmates who had died since the 60th reunion, followed by the singing of Old Nassau. (Using the correct words). More chance to reconnect with classmates at a reception and dinner. Bill Carson arranged for entertainment by the 15-member Tigerlilies singing group with his grand-daughter Elizabeth Banes ’16. Introduction was by Bill’s daughter Laura Banes ’84. Might as well keep it in the family. University President Chris Eisgruber '83 spoke glowingly of current activities on campus and thanked us for all of our good works. A representative of The Committee on Reunions presented The Order of The Claw to Al Abbotts and Peter Erdman for their great works on reunions for many years. They join Fred Schluter, Duncan, Rose, Powsner and Osborne as well as Beth Rose ’77.
Saturday, May 30: Breakfast fare featured Healthy Start selections. Then
another chance to sample the programs and activities arranged around campus by
the Alumni Association. Enjoyable hot dog and hamburger lunch fare was
enhanced by the stirring performance of the Trenton Ancient Order of Hibernians
Pipe Band. The group led the class in the One-and-Only P-rade. Beginning at
FitzRandolph Gate, the entourage wended around Nassau Hall and Cannon
Green, down Elm Drive - awash with other classes ready to join the throng - then
ended in front of the reviewing stand in Poe Field. Lots of locomotives. Returned
to Forbes for dinner. Michael Hecht, master of Forbes College for five years, spoke.
Mack Black's son Dave played Auld Lang Syne on his cornet. Hugh Morgan
heartfeltedly thanked the committee for the wonderful reunion. ~watched the
evening's colorful fireworks on Finney Field.
Sunday, May 31: Breakaway Day. Many enjoyed a farewell brunch in the
dining room before going their separate ways, sated by wonderful memories and
hopeful of gathering again for the class' 66th in 2016.
65th Reunion Committee.
Rose, Abbotts, Cronheim, Duncan, Erdman, Jean Fox, Sid Fox, Bill Haynes, McAlpin, Rivinus, Bill Schluter and Zimmerman.
Student Crew. Marco Bove '16 Rome Italy, Manager, Samuel Smiddy '17Miami FL Asst. Manager, Ellen Dobrijevic '17 Sydney, Australia, Lisa Li '17 Monterey Park CA, Everett Price '16 New Providence NJ and Mark Stein '16 Baltimore MD.
The following pictures are from the many dozens sent by you good people.
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Memories of our 60th
John Nash *50 was our guest
Sella, Nixon and Pivirotto