Recent Classmate Sightings

October 24, 2017. The 1-2-3-4 Gang Reunites at Last.
Freshman 311 Lockhart roommates John L. Hardwick, Bernard J. D'Avella Jr,, Edward Groth III, and John H. Chidester IV, known to their friends as John (1), Bud (2), Ned (3), and Jack (4), reunited at Bud's in Essex Fells, NJ. As reported by Ned (also see Ned's speculation  after the photo slide show about higher forces at work):

"The recent photos represent the culmination of a 40-year effort by Bud & me to get the four of us who roomed together as freshmen--and posed proudly in June '66 at our first P-Rade (that shot is attached for archival reasons)--back together so we could take the "after" version of the photo. We had to wait for John to retire, since his calendar as a professor in Oregon kept interfering with our efforts to lure him to reunions. But now he's free at last, and he and Claudia traveled to NYC to visit the opera (they are big afficionados), and Bud hosted a gathering at his home in NJ. I came down form Boston, Jack and Audrey came up from Philly, and we all had a wonderful mini-reunion in Essex Fells.

The picture with spouses/significant others includes, females from left to right, Elaine D'Avella, Audrey Corson, and Claudia Hardwick; Sharon, my spouse, didn't make the trip with me."

Bud's son B.J. '97 took the photos. B.J is BJD III, and grandson BJD IV, aka Ben, was there too for a few minutes.

Ned adds some additional background:
"We speculated some on Saturday about how we all came to be roommates. I have always been of the opinion that the housing office had a plan, and probably a sense of humor. Bud went to Newark Academy, and I went to Darrow School. There was one guy from Newark Academy (Pete Papademetriou) and one guy from Darrow (Charlie Emerson) in the class of '65. Pete and Charlie were roommates, and in the fall of 1962 lived in 321 Lockhart Hall. I believe the fact that Bud and I were placed together in 311 Lockhart reflected a sense on the part of whoever assigned freshman housing that it could be useful for us to have friends/sophomore mentors in the same entry. Once Bud and I were placed together (Jr and III) some wag may have said "Oh boy, now we need a I and a IV to fill out this suite," though that's a bit more speculative than the mentor idea. Bottom line, though, I don't believe in coincidences."

Question: Does anyone have additional photos of classmates in the P-rade costume (vest, string tie, bowler hat)? Does anyone still have their costume? It would be great to see a few at the 55th (or the 52nd).

October 13, 2017. Jon Holman reports from San Francisco,
"We had a '66 lunch today with 18 in attendance, location Delancey Street Restaurant in San Francisco.  ...  I'm attaching labeled pictures of most of us; I thought I had gotten everyone but I missed John Scully and Rick Jones somehow.  Mea culpa.  Tim Smith did the arranging with help from me.  Attendees were Tom Adams, John Black, Neil Bloomfield, Warren Browne (recent transplant from New York), Ord Elliott, Michael Goldstein, John Haeger, Steve Harwood, Jon Holman, Rick Jones, Mark Levine, Mark Lurie, David Marshak, John Scully, Lemoine Skinner, Tim Smith, Tom Tureen, and Jeff Weiss.  Rick Jones provided the wine from Jones Family VineyardsThe Jones Family Vineyard is in Calistoga, which has been evacuated, but their property is OK so far.  All it will take is a wind shift this weekend and things won't be good.  But Rick and his family are safe.

You might enjoy reading about the venue.  It is a long-established enterprise which serves as an employment transition for people just released from prison.  Tim and I thought that would send a good message, plus we liked supporting them."

September 17, 2017, From the Class Facebook Page. Rich Reinis visited Dick Rogers at his home in Ladue, MO. Rich reports that Dick is "a wonderful host at home in Ladue, Mo., and I honored to meet his wife Julie." If you missed Permission Granted: Richard Reinis '66click on this PAW online interview, Rich recalls undergraduate days, including getting the dean's approval to get married and playing football, especially the Nov 14, 1964 Yale game

Charles Plohn added a comment, "Great photo! And speaking of which...along with my son and one of my grandsons, on Friday I was on a tour of the Princeton football facilities. On one of the walls there was recognition of the Tigers selected as All-Ivy (see photo below). Congratulations to the two of you on your selections but please note that the Athletic Department would probably appreciate photos of each of you in uniform during your playing days. Is this a coincidence or are there other forces in play?" Classmates in the photo (difficult to read here, but see the Facebook photo) are Charlie Gogolack (1964, 1965), Stas' Maliszewski (1964, 1965), Paul Savidge (1964, 1965), Lawson Cashdollar (1965), Ron Landeck (1965), Dick Reinis (1965), and Dick Rogers (1965), 

June 23, 2017. A group of 50th-blazer-clad classmates gathered at VIA 57 West in New York for the dedication of Jay Lagemann's large (18' tall, 22' wide) outdoor sculpture, "Swinging Jenny". Developer Douglas Durst (Jays Fieldston School classmate) made a few introductory remarks, and Jay Introduced his family, wife Marianne and daughters Chris and Jenny (the "Jenny" of the sculpture, whose origin dates back 25 years). Jay's 50th bio tells the whole story. Great food, dancing, and a rousing locomotive followed. You can see Jenny on the 58th St (north) end of the pedestrian pathway at Via 57, 625 W. 57th St., NYC. For more of Jay's work, check out the Artists and Authors page (search for his name; there are several entries dating back to 2014).

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JUNE, 2017. [Shamelessly borrowed from the October 5 Class Notes] Dave "Stitz” Stitzer writes happily that the new Hilton Head Island Princeton Luncheon Group meets regularly "to solve world problems and enjoy some old stories”.  Everyone in the area is invited.

L-R: Blair Lee ’67, Richard Welcome ’66, Peter Cooper ’67, Rich Thomas "66, 

May 17, 2017. Dinner at the Princeton Club of New York attended by four '66ers (Walter Bliss, James MacGregorHoward McMorris and Charles Plohn), nine '16ers (including five Project 55 Fellows) and Eva Kubu (Director of Career Services). Mac arrived late from a Cottage Club event with that day's late breaking news about the appointment of Robert Mueller '66 h16 as Special Counsel and entertained the group with stories about Bob.


May 14, 2017. A few photos from the ’66, ’16 luncheon in Washington, DC, co-hosted by Bill Bethune and David Stewart on April 19, 2017. Credits go to Nelson Hendler for photography and to Bill Leahy and Charles Plohn for expanding the gathering to include grandchildren class members participating in Project ‘55 activities.
Photo 1: Michael Moorin ’16, Peter Cary ’66, Joelle Deleveaux ’16, Ken Krosin ’66, Terry Beaty ’66, and Frank Langhammer ’66.
Photo 2:  Rebecca Neill ’16, Yende Grell ’16, Tony Fitch ’66, Andy Butz ’66, and Frank Ward ‘66
A good time was had by all.  Congress was out of session, so we all felt safe.

April 27, 2017. Here's the Princeton class of 1966 D.C. lunch group. Annual Chesapeake Bay trophy striped bass fishing trip, April 2017. L-R: Peter Cary (kneeling), John Slidell (kneeling), Frank Nuessle (standing), Walt Smedley (seated), Wallace Judd (seated), Nelson Hendler (standing)striped bass, in repose.

April 22, 2017. A great day at the races, hosted by Julia and Staś - report from Staś, with lots of photos coming soon from Ned Groth.

The wandering wagering went well with Sandra Weiksner motivating people to place their $20 bets. Half the pot of $540 goes to the Class Scholarship Fund. Dave Bonnett and Frank Langhammer both picker the winner "Senior Senator” and they very generously donated back their winnings. So the total contribution to the Class Scholarship Fund is $540.

It turns out that in yesterday’s 60 Minutes broadcast there was a piece on the Maryland Hunt Cup and the horse "Senior Senator”. Yes the same horse. Included in the piece was an interview with Paddy Neilson ’64, brother of our former classmate Cookie Neilson.

April 11, 2017. John Edie, Rick Bowers, and Frank MacMurray (L-R in the first photo) were recently in Peru and reached Machu Picchu and are rumored to be on their way to the Amazon. Along the way, they made some new friends in a small village at 13,000 feet.

March 12, 2017. Leighton Chen reports "Class well represented at mens basketball team's historic win at Penn's Palaestra to capture the inaugural Ivy Championship tournament to cap a historic perfect basketball campaign. Team was 16-0 against Ivies. 14-0 regular season, 2-0 in tournament. Charles Plohn and his son, Kay and myself, Merideth and Henry Von Kohorn, and I'm sure, others were there. Also in attendance current Prez Eisgruber h66 and past Shirley h66. Overachieving women also made championship finals and will go to WNIT. Men play Notre Dame Thursday at 12:15 in Buffalo in the big dance." Charles Plohn adds "Other '66ers in attendance included Bert Kerstetter and his son Lincoln, Mary Lou and Jeff Shafer, and Matt Eastwick '92 k66."

The photos show Leighton and Kay, Charles and his son, and the post-game celebration.


February 25, 2017. Click here for full Alumni Day coverage, including the class dinner with the first Locomotive Award.

February 15, 2017. Seven of us hosted lunch for four Boston-area AlumniCorps Project 55 fellows from our 2016 Grandchild class, meeting downtown at the Carrie Nation Restaurant and Cocktail Club for our new traditional Third Thursday lunch (join us if you're in town). The fellows have impressive accomplishments, activities, and career plans and are great conversationalists as well. This was the first 1966-2016 event since the 50th. Clockwise in the first photo from Rick Bowers in the striped sweater at the head of the table and without class identification, we have: Rick, Nina Narayanan, Ned Groth, Clara Kerwin, Sanjay Rao, Mike Tooke (head of the other end), Carl Corey (in 50th blazer), Owen Mathieu, John Hart, Emilee Tu, and David Williams. For more about the Boston Project 55 fellows, click here and see Pages 5-6.


November 12, 2016. From David Lee: Hallie and I drove to New Haven over the weekend to the Princeton Yale game, and watched the Tigers spank Yale 31-3 in a very satisfying, dominating win. We have done this a couple of times because we have a group of Princeton and Yale  CT friends who organize a tailgate and then after the game we all have dinner together at Mory's in downtown New Haven. So there were 19 of us in the Library Room at Mory's and Hallie and I wore our Reunion outfits. As we came through the door at Mory's the two staffers there got very excited when they saw our Reunion gear and exclaimed, "You guys look so cute we can't stand it", and "these are the most amazing outfits we've ever seen". We went up to the Library room for dinner and the staff up there kind of went bananas. One guy exclaimed " You guys are amazing! You have made my day!" Another Mory's staffer said, " I've never seen anything like this! Go Princeton!" When our Yale friends arrived, we received numerous additional compliments. Finally, on the way out of Mory's some guy got up from his table downstairs and said, "That is the most amazing jacket I've ever seen".

More football news - Yale’s former football coach, Carmen Cozza, recalls his players wanted most to defeat Princeton and, surprisingly, not Harvard. do you suppose that our '63-'65 teams had anything to do with that feeling?

November 2, 2016. From Francis Kwok: "Nancy & I met Sandy & Roger Evans on the Hawaii Big Island. We had 5 days of intellectual activities such as eating, drinking, not to mention checking out the volcanoes. Roger went on to another Island for serious business & we went R & R on Maui.

October 22, 2016. Plohn Hall was full of '66'ers and their guests, bringing the home coming weekend to a close. The photos show the peaceful transition of presidential power (a class tradition symbolized by passing the cake slicer and furling the old presidential flag), followed by letting us all eat cake and enjoy a Tigertones serenade (click here and here).


October 17, 2016. Washington, DC area '66ers met at the Metropolitan Club and were joined by Charlie Gogolak. Charlie and his brother Pete were in town at the invitation of the Hungarian Embassy, as part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution.

Charlie spoke to the group and recalled how his family moved to Ogdensburg in upstate New York upon arriving in the US to be near relatives. There was no soccer team, so kicking field goals and extra points was the alternative, and the rest is history. At Princeton, Bob Bedell's holding and Kit Mill's hiking were a big part of Charlie's success, and it helped to be on a winning team (Our last three years we were 24 - 3: 7 - 2, 9 - 0, then 8 - 1).

The first photo shows, L-R: Stas Maliszewski, Charlie Gogolak, John Slidell, and Terry Beaty

The next photo shows:
BACK Row: Kearney Shanahan, John Firestone, Jim Timbie, Terry Beaty, Ken Krosin, John Edie, Michael Barrett, Bill Bethune, Andy Butz, Frank Langhammer, Bill Torgerson, Frank Ward
SEATED: John Bowman, Peter Cary, Stas’ Maliszewski, Charlie Gogolak, John Slidell, Terry Eakin, Wallace Judd

Summer?, 2016: Nelson Hendler sends this photo of 66ers from Maryland's Eastern Shore successfully fishing for "trophy rockfish”. L to R-Wallace Judd, Peter Cary, John Bowman, Nelson Hendler, and John Slidell. Frank Neustle took the picture. Nelson reports that "all the stripped bass (a.k.a. "rockfish") were over 28 inches and all over 18 pounds”. He hopes for a repeat of this successful event with more ‘66ers next spring.

October 11, 2016. John Hart, Owen Mathieu, and Ned Groth attended a reception for Boston City Council member Andrea Campbell '04..Owen, Brent Henry '69, David Abramowitz '78, and Caitlin Sullivan '07 sponsored the reception, which was attended by numerous Boston area alums.

September 21, 2016. Bud D'Avela writes, "The best thing about a terrific 50th Reunion with too little time to talk to everyone as long as you'd like, is that you promise yourself to reach out to classmates when you're travelling, and to spend more time together. So when I was going to be in Denver on a speaking engagement I reached out to clubmate Tom Reid and we quickly organized this group -- Benghauser, D'Avella, Reid, Hoster and Nicholson -- at the Rock Bottom Brewery near the hotel on Tuesday, September 20.  I heartily recommend it.

September 20, 2016. (L-R) David Marshak, Jon Homan, and Tim Smith met for lunch in SF. David reports that they had a good discussion about caring for fellow classmates.

May 26-31, 2016. There were sightings too numerous to mention at the one and only great 50th reunion. For all 50th news, please click here.

April 30, 2016. Owen Mathieu, Bud D'Avela, Henry Von Kohorn, and Jim Parmentier are pictured at the Woodrow Wilson School attending the annual Princeton Prize Symposium.

September 30, 2015. Nancy and Francis Kwok are on the road again in Italy, and report "Cycling thru the town of Oria, see what we found". Nancy spotted it, and, unfortunately, the pub was closed at the time. "We are at the end of a week long bike tour. 14 of us did some 50km a day, including uphill climbs. One hotel we stayed in was actually a cave modernized! We'll be heading to the west coast for r & r before flying home."

Tony Zee and Janice were visited recently by Stas' Maliszewski, Stas’ wife Julia, and his youngest daughter Rictavia. The picture shows them relaxing on the Santa Barbara beaches.

May, 2015: L-R at the May 5 PANE (Princeton Association of New England) Annual Meeting are John Hart, Rick Bowers, Jim Parmentier, and Owen Mathieu.

Owen presented the Boston area Princeton Prize awards. The winner was North Andover High School Senior Ayana Albertini-Fleurant

. Ayana launched her school’s Literacy Roundtable, a forum designed to advance positive race relations at her school. Members of the  nascent discussion group meet once a week and use books, articles, films, or history lessons as  springboards for lively conversations on some of the biggest issues in race relations. In her acceptance speech, Ayana specifically thanked the Class of '66 for creating the Princeton Prize.

Henry Von Kohorn, American Civil War historian and Princeton Professor Emeritus James McPherson, and Jon Holman, at the Princeton Journeys "Walking Gettysburg" trip from April 10 to April 12, 2015. Bill Leahy's wife Chris and son Will '04 were also on the trip. Jon reports "Prof. McPherson marched us through the fields and remembered every regiment by number and regiment commander.  Quite an amazing guy."

Rick Bowers and John Edie, on a beach in Costa Rica this past January. 

Rick Bowers and Stas' Maliszewski, last fall when those two traveled together to Keokuk, Iowa, to watch their respective high schools (Rick, from Keokuk; Stas', from Davenport Assumption) meet on the football field for the first time in 40 years.

Dave Ames sent in a picture of himself and his two tiger cub grandchildren, David and Will.

Dave says that Dave Stitzer has been regularly winning ribbons at the Hilton Head Motoring Festivals and the Concours d'Elegance whenever he displays his 1960's Ford Mustangs.:

The photo shows what happens when globetrotting '66ers run into each other in a gin joint around the world. In this case, Shirley & Brian Breuel and Nancy & Guy Woelk have a drink at the bar in the Four Seasons Hotel in Budapest in November (2014).

June, 2014: The photo shows (L-R) Jim Parmentier, Owen Mathieu, John Hart, Henry Von Kohorn, and Rick Bowers at Boston's Fenway Park for June 9, 2014 PANE (Princeton Association of New England) Annual Meeting.  The meeting's principal speaker was retiring Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters '67, and the meeting also featured Owen presenting the 2014 Princeton Prize awards to Boston area high school students.