by Ricardo Barros and Frank Wojciechowski
The wet weather that greeted alumni at Reunions 2003 had some
members of the Class of 78 recalling their senior-jacket theme
of Singing in the Rain complete with umbrella
hats 25 years earlier. Maybe it was a premonition,
joked David Keyes 78.
But Mother Nature showed her true colors orange and black
as the bad weather held off long enough to let the P-rade
go on as scheduled, giving nearly 17,000 Princetonians and relatives
the chance to regale in all that is Princeton. Severe weather did,
however, force public safety officers to evacuate reunion tents
and direct reuners indoors Saturday evening. The weather, including
a lightning strike near the boathouse on Lake Carnegie, briefly
delayed the annual fireworks, but there were no injuries, according
to Associate Director of Public Safety Donald Reichling.
Alumni started taking over Princeton Thursday; by Friday they
were all over campus meeting up with old friends, touring new facilities,
and attending dozens of faculty and alumni forums. Attendance was
strong at many forums, which covered topics from homeland security
and health care to writing and Princetonians in the television and
film industry. According to the Alumni Council, the most popular
panel discussed Americas responsibility as the worlds
lone superpower. It featured Woodrow Wilson School Dean Anne-Marie
Slaughter 80, who moderated; U.S. Army Colonel Dallas Brown
78, who traveled to Reunions from Iraq, where he is serving
as a peace operations director; and Joseph S. Nye Jr. 58,
dean of Harvards Kennedy School of Government. You cant
go to all of them, thats the problem, Don Taylor 53
said of the forums. Theyre all so good.
At the Old Guard luncheon, where 63 alumni and 25 widows gathered
with their families, the silver cane awarded to the oldest
returning alum went to 99-year-old Leonard Ernst 25,
who traveled from Arizona to claim his prize for the second consecutive
year. President Tilghman presented a stuffed tiger to 2001 silver-cane
winner Malcolm Warnock 25, Ernsts junior by three months.
The Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni held a Tribute to Teaching
at the Graduate College, where retiring faculty members were honored
for their work and four graduate students received teaching awards.
There were a few reunion firsts, including an R.O.T.C. luncheon,
which drew 140 alumni of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine programs,
and the introduction of Graduate School alumni blazers. It
only took them 101 years, kidded P-rade emcee Gregg Lange
70. The jackets and the festive drum band that accompanied
graduate alumni drew boisterous locomotives from undergraduate alums,
which made graduate alumni feel more a part of the event than ever
before, said Angel Brunner *97, the A.P.G.A.s reunion committee
chairwoman. This was a tremendous Reunions for us, Brunner
Watching Princetonians at Reunions gave freshly minted alumni
a new insight into Princeton. I feel like Im becoming
a part of history, said Danny Park 03. I can definitely
picture myself walking in the P-rade when Im as old as they
63 shows no signs of fading during the P-rade.
Spiffy at 50:
The Class of 1953s Lynn Parry, left, and John Baay strut their
Bacchus to Nassau Hall for the fifth are 98ers, from
left, Kindra Lanford-Crick, Andrea Rodriguez, Love Slipock, and
Dannenbaum Jr. 33
A pair of grand
25th smiles from Grace Williams 78 and Chris Noll 78.
73 cooks up a locomotive.
83 and daughter Carly Having a Ball at his 20th.
Hal Haenel s93, Amy Benton Haenel 93, Greg Newell, and
Luisita Francis 93 drying out on their classs 93-Hour
s48 and her tiger-print pooches march with the Class of 1948.
Jack Herbert, Bill Hines, George Howell, Dennis Love, Ed Shapiro,
and Hall McKinley revel at 1978s Midlife at the Oasis.
At the sailing
team alumni regatta on Lake Carnegie are, standing, from left, Todd
Field 76, Woody Greenberg 63, Powell Fraser 06,
and Elsbeth Field 04; seated, from left, Hilary Burt 03,
Ben Hammond, and Kate Holdsworth Hammond k54.
winner Leonard Ernst 25.
way for a feisty 55th for the Class of 1948 are, from left, Brad
Mills 48, Robbie Wassmer, and Lou Schelling 48.
Fleming *63 models the new graduate alumni blazer.
(still) About Time for Regan Kerney 68, on the megaphone,
to lead his class in a locomotive.
alive: 98ers Jasmine Karalakulasingam, Na-Koshie Lamptey,
Mercedes Torres, and Sandhya Gupta.
fearless crew of castaways from Gilligans Island on the Class
of 1993s S.S. Tiger are, from left, Jason Liljestrom 04,
Lauren Loban 05, Maggie Todd 05, Andrew Elken 04,
Taylor Rettig 04, and Paul Hess 05.
*97, left, and Eileen Guggenheim *82 enjoy the fun under the A.P.G.A.
in the Tiger family as Thomas Herndon 43, right, marches with
his daughter, Julia Herndon Reynolds 82, and her husband,
Steve Reynolds 80.
George Spencer 73 and Austin Starkey 73 fry up some
alumni from the Class of 2003 cheer on P-rade marchers.
of Summer all-stars, from left, Kathleen Schmeler and husband Stephen
Brown, Chuck Fontana and son Matthew, and Pat Curtis.
Bill Plonk 83 and son Wilson.
waves her college yearbook photo, given to her by the Class of 1968.
John Currie 58, left, and John Haws 58.
sports the Class of 1978s 25th reunion jacket.
Maria McElroy 93, Emily Wood 03, the Rev. Sue Anne Steffey
Morrow, and Laura Kaplan 02 load food for the Crisis Ministry
food pantry during a Reunions service project.
Back for their
65th are Connie Moore 38, left, and Ed McLean 38.
The Class of
1993 shouts out a locomotive at a stop on its 93-Hour