Mini-Reunions (prior to current year)

Mini-Reunion in Vero Beach - March 10 - 12, 2013

Participants were: Rick and Lyn Asbill; Ron Bonomo; Terry and Nancy Brubaker; Tom and Leigh Coburn; Phil Coviello; John and Sue Diekman; Ed and Diana Doering; Al and Mary Ann Genchi; Phil Gaffney and guest Linda Canavan; Fred and Fair Gouldin; Rush and Susie Haines; Cosmo and Marion Iacavazzi; Dick and Patty Jones; Jim and Jodi Luke; Bud and Joanne Maddox; Don and Martha McKay; Rob and Janice Norton; John and Gail O'Brien; Roy and Mary Lou Pizzarello; Griff and Barbara Sexton; J.P. and Kaki Smith; John Stockbridge; Lynn Sutcliffe and guest Susan Grymes; Tom and Ellen Werts; Van and Myra Williams; and Dick Woodbridge.

Program hosts John O'Brien, Griff Sexton and Phil Coviello did a super job organizing three fun-filled days in Vero Beach, FL.  Highlights included:

  • Sunday Golf at the John's Island West course for the early birds; a warm-up cocktail party at Barbara and Griff Sexton's home before the "Kickoff" dinner at the John's Island Beach Club.
  • Monday featured golf at the Redstick Golf Club (with lunch) or tennis at Quail Valley River Club or just touring and shopping in the delightful Vero Beach area, plus an optional air boat tour to count birds and alligators. Cocktails and dinner closed the day at the Quail Valley River Club.
  • Tuesday wrapped things up with a farewell brunch at the Orchid Island Beach Club, followed by golf at Quail Valley Golf Club for those with sufficient stamina.

It was a truly memorable mini, with new and old connections among classmates and spouses/guests.

For a Photo Gallery from the event, click here.

Santa Fe Mini-Reunion; October 1 - 5, 2012

A boisterous group of 32 classmates and spouses/partners from ’65 and another 11 from ’66 landed in Santa Fe on Oct. 1 for five days of fun in the sun starting at the La Posada Resort.

Organized by our Reunion Maestro Dick Brown, with big help from Phil and Carole Coviello, along with others from ’66, we had a simply outstanding time.

Some of the highlights were:
  • A welcome reception and dinner Monday night at our base at La Posada, where we rocked the resort guests and staff with locomotives;
  • A Tuesday trip north to Taos, where we visited the Millicent Rodgers museum and toured the town and the Kit Carson home and Museum;
  • An outstanding reception/dinner Tuesday night at "The Compound”, one of Santa Fe's finest restaurants, after which a hearty group (Dick and Susan Brown and Van and Myra Williams joined the Krosins ‘66, Marshaks ‘66 and Plohns ‘66) for some after-dinner drinks, music and dancing at "El Farol,” billed as Santa Fe's oldest restaurant and cantina;
  • A tour of central Santa Fe on Wednesday, starting with an lively and informative private lecture by Jan Denton (spouse of John Andrews '65) at the Georgia O'Keefe Museum on Wednesday;
  • An outstanding private cocktail reception, tour and dinner at the New Mexico History Museum on Wednesday night, at which we were joined by 15 mini-reunioning members of the Great Class of 1958 with spouses or dates, highlighted by a very entertaining and informative lecture by Thomas Chavez (a noted historian and former director of the Museum) on the history of New Mexico (2012 is the centennial of NM’s statehood);
  • A day of horseback riding or golf in Las Campanas; a closing cocktail reception (and spectacular sunset) at the awesome home of Phil and Carol Coviello there; and a western cookout at the Club Campanas’s Log Cabin, with appropriate closing cheers and songs.
We were treated to excellent weather and spectacular fall colors in the Santa Fe hills throughout, and several of us stayed over to explore further the many sites and scenic views of the area, including Los Alamos and the famous Albuquerque Balloon Festival that started on Saturday. Ya’ shoulda been there!
Here's a slide show:

For more Santa Fe photos, click here.

Mini-Reunion in Deer Valley, Utah - Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, 2012

Deer Valley, Feb 2012

A hearty and enthusiastic band of Tigers assembled in Deer Valley, Utah from February 28 to March 2 for the most recent Class of 1965 Mini Reunion: Joe Anderson, Randy and Maureen Arndt, Dick and Susan Brown, Terry and Nancy Brubaker, Patty Friend, Brian Fitzgerald, Phil Gaffney, Rick and Carol Ober, Peter and Gail Ochs, Lynn Sutcliffe, and Dick and Karen Woodbridge. Charlie and Arlene Gibson were unable to join us but graciously allowed us to use their fabulous cabin in Deer Valley. Pete and Gail did yeoman service by arranging and organizing events for us, opening their gorgeous cabin to Classmates, and then went totally beyond the call of duty by volunteering as skiing guides. Gail led the most venturesome skiers to places where they could carve turns in unmarked snow, while Pete worked with the more rational group. A few of us went for the classic Nordic cross country option.

In a Mini Reunion with many highlights, perhaps the moment that we will all remember is the trip up to the Viking Yurt on an open sleigh in a driving snowstorm. We dined in our usual style albeit higher than '65 has ever ventured before. Lots of Locomotives for Pete and Gail, Charlie and Arlene, and on the last night, one more for the Great Class of 1965.

Mini-Reunion in Naples, FL - April 1-2, 2011

Twenty classmates and spouses/partners gathered in Naples, Florida on April 1 and 2 to enjoy good company and fun in the sun. The group enjoyed a mixture of golf, nature walks, art galleries and museums, the new Botanical Gardens and lots of shopping opportunities, whether for lightweight clothing or potential retirement homes!

Pictured at the Grey Oaks Country Club on Saturday night for a dinner that dazzled the others in the Club with our orange and black attire were (l. to r.): Karen and Dick Woodbridge; Joan and Al Platt; Mary and Gus Blanchard; Carol and Jim Pearce; Mike Parish and Mary Jo Knight; Donna Grubb and John Marsden; Judy and Dave Inglis; Lyn and Rick Asbill; Penny and Peter MacGahan; and hosts Van and Myra Williams. For more photos, click here.

Impromptu Mini-Reunion in the Pacific Northwest - October 2010

Three classmates and their wives--Sam and Rosemary Selinger, Rick and Carol Ober, and Rick and Wendy Thielbar--joined up during Princeton Journey's cruise through the Columbia River Gorge the first week of October retracing part of Lewis and Clark's exploration of the Pacific Northwest. zThey were among 30 Princetonians (including kin) aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird with study guide Barbara Ober, editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, published by Princeton University Press. The trip included an excursion along the Clearwater River, a tour of reconstructed Fort Clatsop, and a jaunt by jetboat up the Snake River into Hell's Canyon, where they sighted Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.

Mini Reunion in Hershey, PA 2009

(Write-up courtesy of the Class of 1966)

Over the weekend of April 30 to May 3, twenty classmates from '66 plus eleven families from '65 for a memorable Mini-Reunion at Gettysburg, near Hershey, PA.  On hand from ‘66 were Terry Beatty, Bud D'Avella, Dennis Davis, Terry Eakin, Carl Eastwick, Roger Evans, Doug Hansmann, Larry Horn, Dave Kinard, Bob Kopf, Ken Kreidmann, Francis Kwok, Kit Mill, Tiny Morgan, Bob Nahas, Charlie Plohn, John Slaybaugh, Dave Stitzer, Turk Thacher and Rich Thomas.  From '65 were Gus Blanchard, Karl Ege, Bud Maddocks, Rick Ober, John O'Brien, Jim Pearce, Lynn Sutcliffe, John Vogel, Van Williams, Dick Woodbridge, and Skip Zeller.

The event was organized by Kit Mill and Turk Thacher from ‘66 and from '65 by Dick Woodbridge and John O'Brien.  Most people arrived at Hershey, PA, on Thursday and stayed at the beautiful Hotel Hershey.  Thursday evening, there was a casual buffet dinner at the Hotel, where people spent time catching-up on each others' lives.  Most of Friday was spent visiting the Milton Hershey School (, hosted by then-President, John O'Brien ‘65.

During lunch on Friday at the Homestead (Mr. Hershey's birthplace) each table was joined by a student or two so that classmates could learn more about the personal situations that brought the students to the Milton Hershey School and what a life-changing event it has been for them.  Milton Hershey School is a private residential school for children pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who come from families of low income, limited resources, or social need.  The School was founded in 1909 by chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey and his wife, Catherine.  Mr. Hershey gave his entire fortune to fund the School in perpetuity.   It offers a community where children receive a high quality education, access to excellent facilities, room and board in a nurturing, family-like student home, clothing, medical and dental care, and assistance with continuing education after graduation - all at no cost to the children's families. 

John O'Brien was one of those students.   John's grandmother enrolled him and his older brother, Frankie, into the Hershey School after their father murdered their mother. John was not yet four years old.  He graduated from Hershey in 1961, got a scholarship to Princeton, and went on to found Renaissance Leadership, a management consulting company specializing in change leadership and executive coaching. After the trustees of the school tried to change its mission, the alumni rebelled, led by John.  When they prevailed, John was named president of the School in July 2003 and, during his tenure, it sustained its mission and grew to serve 1,800 students, a 50 percent increase in the number of students.

On Friday afternoon some people went on sightseeing tours of the Hershey Factory, Chocolate World, or Hershey Gardens, and some played golf at one of the three golf courses owned by the School.  Later that evening they moved on to cocktails and dinner at The Hershey Story, a museum dedicated to describing the work of this monumental individual, Milton S. Hershey.

On Saturday morning the group traveled by bus to the Gettysburg battlefield site.  During the ride, Terry Beatty '66 and Rich Thomas '66 gave the group primers on both the Civil War, in general, and specifically on the Battle of Gettysburg.  Both of these fellows spoke extemporaneously and at length, and proved to be even more knowledgeable than the two outstanding guides who later took our group through the battlefield.

For more photos, click here.

Mini Reunion in Colmar, France - 2009

Mini Reunion in Jackson Hole, WY - 2008

Mini Reunion in Washington DC 2008

The Washington, D.C., Mini-Reunion -- held October 10-12, 2008 -- had a strong turnout with 44 classmates, friends and spouses in attendance and was accompanied by almost perfect weather. Those present at one or more of the events included: Carolyn and Joe Anderson; Nancy and Tom Appler; Hal Davis and Joan Morgan; Linda and Bruce Greenberg; Susan and David Jones; Corky Kliefoth; Cynthia and Donald Koch; Deni and Bill McChesney; Pamela and Bob Mertz; Joan and Alan Platt; Mary and Carl Raether; Meg and Jody Robinson; Mary Beth and Don Roth; Marcie and Joel Rudell; Nancy and David Scull; Christine and Jonathan Shepard; Ints Silins; Cathy and Lynn Sutcliff; Martha and Peter Whitney; Myra and Van Williams; Gigi and John Vogel; Karen and Dick Woodbridge. Also in attendance on the cruise were Ruth and Ken Krosin '66.

The program, organized by Al Platt and John Vogel, started at 1:30 Friday afternoon with a guided tour of the National Indian Museum led by Museum President Kevin Gover '78. There followed a presentation moderated by Deputy Director Mike VanDusen '65 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars featuring talks by Woodrow Wilson Scholars David Sanger, Robin Wright and David Ottoway, all of whom have just completed books on Bush Administration foreign policy. Also on display at the Center was a Memorabilia Exhibit including many items from Wilson's years at Princeton. Later that evening the Class attended a dinner thrown by Don and Mary Beth Roth at their magnificent home in Georgetown. The party was absolutely first-rate.

Saturday morning started with a guided tour of the Hirshhorn Museum followed by a free afternoon with a choice of activities. Most classmates went to the International Spy Museum. Saturday evening we enjoyed a cruise on the Potomac River including cocktails and a sit-down dinner. It is hard to imagine a nicer setting. Sunday morning wrapped up the activities with brunch at the historic Cosmos Club.

In a word, the D.C. Mini-Reunion couldn't have gone better. Everything went like clockwork. A hearty thanks to Al Platt and John Vogel for organizing the event and especially to Don and Mary Beth Roth for their extraordinary hospitality. -- Dick Woodbridge