56th Reunion Dinner May 30, 2014

Posted May 31, 2014

Berit Smith joined 21 classmates and spouses at our 56th reunion at a renovated Cap&Gown on a beautiful evening on May 30th. The list of attendees included Dunn and Fairman celebrating their 56th consecutive reunion, a truly incredible streak: 

Farren, Farrin, Sussman, Mclaughlin, Bromley, Easton, Deichmann, Baton, Mayers, trimble, Porter, Bates, Kuhlthau, Weeder, Fortenbaugh, Metcalf, Levy, Duffield, and Greenberg.

As always, Bill Fortenbaugh was a fantastic host for the event and David Greenberg said, and we all agreed, that the Princeton Band was the best ever.

Class President Jim Farrin said that Paul Levy has replaced Bruce Krause as webmaster and spoke about our class being recognized as a "Class with a big heart”. In that spirit, The Princeton 1958 Fund, led by Joe Roxe, was recognized for its speedy and good work and we had a silent prayer for Bob Bennett who recently passed away. All in all a great evening!

Washington D.C. Mini-Reunion March 20-24, 2014

Posted May 28, 2014

By any measurement, the "off-beat” (as Jock Brooks called it) mini-reunion in Washington DC, March 20 – 23, was an outstanding success!  Thirty-one classmates and fifty-nine in total attended, which was one of our best USA mini turnouts ever! 

Classmates who attended were:  Brooks, Bromley, Bob Brown, Cannell, Deichmann, Duffield, Duncan, Eckel, Elman, Farren, Farrin, Fogelberg, Foss, Gilbert, Hicks, Hornby, Katzen, Krause, Kuhlthau, Lefever, Richard Miller, Terry Miller, Pusey, Puttkammer, Rodgers, Shahan, Sudduth, Bob Thomas, Trimble, Wijkman, and Wilgis. 

Highlights of the three days were:  a visit to the National Gallery, a visit to George Washington's magnificent Mount Vernon residence, a trip to the famous Bull Run(s) Civil War Battlefields (on a freezing day).  In addition to the sights, we also greatly enjoyed the class dinner at the top of the Kennedy Center, and finally cocktails and dinner at the fabulous Georgetown home of Terry and Nicole Miller.  

Danube Cruise June 2011

Romantic Danube

Europe River Cruise - Melk Abbey, Austria


During this 8-day journey, encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital—traditional "Buda” and more cosmopolitan "Pest”—and from Fishermen’s Bastion, see how the river divides this fascinating city. Experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture, and tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. And in Germany, explore a baroque cathedral and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends, and understand why Strauss immortalized the "Blue Danube” in his famous melody.

JUNE 3, 2011 U.S. flights depart one day prior to check-in date.

DAY 1 Nuremberg JUNE 4, 2011

Europe River Cruise - Nuremberg Imperial Castle, GermanyEurope River Cruise - Nuremberg fountain detail

Welcome to Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to explore the city on your own—or join our "welcome walk” to stretch your legs and start getting oriented. (D)

DAY 2 Nuremberg & Main-Danube Canal JUNE 5, 2011

Your morning tour of Nuremberg features the former Nazi parade grounds and the Palace of Justice, historic home of the Nuremberg Trials. You have a brief stop at the Court House before walking from the imperial castle grounds past the Albrecht Dürer House to the Main Market Square in the Old Town area enclosed by ancient city walls. 

After lunch aboard, participate in lively and entertaining discussion about the European Union as you sail through a number of locks that comprise the Main-Danube Canal. The canal, an engineering marvel stretching 106 miles from Bamberg on the Main River to Kelheim on the Danube, enables river travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea. Dinner is served aboard and you cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 Kelheim & Regensburg JUNE 6, 2011

Europe River Cruise - Weltenburg AbbeyEurope River Cruise - Regensburg

This morning, meet your guide dockside for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. See one of the largest groupings of 13th- and 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses north of the Alps. You also encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and a number of idyllic courtyards. Take time to stroll the streets or shop—as always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. 

This afternoon, spend more time in Regensburg, perhaps visiting the Alte Wurstküche, Germany’s oldest restaurant. Or, choose an optional excursion to Kelheim at the southernmost point of the Main-Danube Canal. Travel by road to Kelheim, then embark on a ferryboat ride to explore the Danube Gorge’s dramatic scenery and its spectacular 400-foot chalk cliffs. You also visit the renowned Weltenburg Abbey, famous for its dark ale, brewed here by monks since 1050. Rejoin your ship for dinner and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)




DAY 4 Passau JUNE 7, 2011

Europe River Cruise - Passau, Germany

Arrive early morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Your guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes you through the Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. You see the Oberhaus Fortress and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ. Eat lunch aboard, but return to the city for further exploration on your own before an early evening departure and cruise through the night. (B, L, D) 

DAY 5 Melk & Vienna 
JUNE 8, 2011

Europe River Cruise - sailing past Melk Abbey

Join a guided tour through the ornate interior of this baroque gem of architecture—the Benedictine abbey at Melk. See its elaborate frescoes and admire the library's extensive collection of medieval manuscripts; enjoy the garden courtyard and the terrace views. Rejoin your ship for lunch and an afternoon cruise through the extraordinarily scenic Wachau Valley. Later, enjoy a workshop about Viennese coffee, complete with apple strudel. Arrive after dinner in Vienna and enjoy an evening at leisure, or you may choose to attend an optional evening concert in this "City of Waltzes.” (B, L, D)




DAY 6 Vienna JUNE 9, 2011

Europe River Cruise - Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

After breakfast, begin your half-day city tour. See some of Vienna’s gracious architecture, then ride along the beautifulRingstrasse with sights including the Opera House, Stadtpark and Hofburg Theater. You then see St. Stephan’s Cathedral. After lunch aboard, the afternoon is yours to further explore this city on your own. Shop along the Kärtnerstrasse or take an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, home of Maria Theresa and summer residence of the Habsburgs. Dinner is served aboard. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 Budapest JUNE 10, 2011

Europe River Cruise - view from Fishermen's Bastion BudapestEurope River Cruise - Budapest Chain Bridge night

Arrive in Budapest, Hungary’s vibrant capital divided by the Danube River. Take a panoramic city tour through the more modern "Pest” side of the city—Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda’s Castle District. Walk up the hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church; enjoy brilliant views of the city below. Return to your ship for lunch and the rest of the day is yours to explore both sides of the city. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 Budapest JUNE 11, 2011

After breakfast, disembark and we will take you to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in Budapest for 2 nights, so you can explore the city in greater depth. (B)

The following meals are included: 
B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner 

*Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.



Pre-Extension: Prague

3-night pre-extension - $699 per person

DAY 1 JUNE 1, 2011

We meet you at the airport and transfer you to the superior first-class Hilton Prague (or similar), overlooking the Vltava River near the historic Old Town and the shopping district.* The rest of the day is free to explore on your own and sample some of the hearty local cuisine. This evening, see the city’s monuments, like the National Theatre, Prague Castle and the famous Charles Bridge, beautifully illuminated.

DAY 2 JUNE 2, 2011

Prague extension - Olt Town square, Prague, Czech RepublicPrague extension - a stroll on the Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

Begin the day with a panoramic tour of Prague, followed by a free afternoon and evening to visit some of the city’s landmarks or museums. A Viking host is available to help you plan your time in Prague so you can make the most of your visit. (B)





DAY 3 JUNE 3, 2011

Prague extension - St. Nicholas church, Prague, Czech Republic

You have a full day to further explore Prague. See more of the Old Town or check out some of Prague’s more modern sights like the Frank Gehry-designed Dancing House, an unusual office building inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Walk across the Charles Bridge, see the mesmerizing Astronomical Clock and the poignant Lennon Wall, and stand in historic Wenceslas Square. Wander past the colorful cottages in Golden Lane, where Franz Kafka lived and worked. Or in Josefov, see the 13th-century Altneushul, Europe’s oldest active synagogue. (B)

DAY 4 JUNE 4, 2011

We will take you to your ship to begin your river cruise. (B) 

The following meals are included: 
B = Breakfast

*Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises. 

NOTE: Extension availability is limited and some restrictions apply with regard to departure date and cruise direction. Please call for details.



Post-Extension: Budapest

2-night post-extension - $349 per person

DAY 1 JUNE 11, 2011

Budapest extension - Fishermen’s Hill, BudapestBudapest extension - Hungarian Parliament, Budapest

After breakfast, disembark and we take you to the deluxe Hilton Budapest (or similar) in Buda’s Castle District. Take the rest of the day to enjoy some of the sights and sample some Hungarian cuisine. A Viking concierge is available to help you plan your Budapest visit. Walk through Pest and do some shopping along the Váci Utca; cross the Danube via the famous Chain Bridge to enjoy the hillier Buda neighborhoods. (B)

DAY 2 JUNE 11, 2011

Budapest extension - Fishermen’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary

A full day to further explore Budapest. Tour the Hungarian National Gallery, the Bartók Museum or enjoy one of the city’s elegant thermal spas. (B)

DAY 3 JUNE 11, 2011

After breakfast, we take you to the airport for your return flight.* 


Those who attended were Yerkes, Farrin,Puttkammer, Robell, Sutter, Levick, Balfour, Shanan, Hogan, Knight, Matalene,Rogers,Kuhlthau, Hess,Rosenbaum, Spruance

Hong Kong Mini Reunion February 24 - March 3 2010

Report by Had Talbot

On February 24th, 2010, some 85 members of the great Class of 1958, plus about 80 spouses (including three widows) gathered in Hong Kong for what must be one of the largest "mini-reunions” in the history of our great University. The reunion was substantially underwritten by our esteemed and enormously generous classmate and Trustee, Sir Gordon Wu.

Through Gordon’s eyes we all caught a glimpse of the China – from Hong Kong to Guangzhou to Macau - of today that would be impossible in any other way.   We started and closed our week with sumptuous evenings at the Panda Hotel in Hong Kong. We visited the sights of Hong Kong (now a Special Administrative Region of China) including the headquarters of Hopewell Holdings, the construction and development company Gordon has led for many years. There we benefited from an insider’s view of infrastructure projects, past and current, that are changing the face of Guandong Province, the wealthiest in China.

We then toured the province up to its capital Guangzhou (previously known as Canton) to view, up close and personal, a few of the projects themselves. We were accompanied by Gordon Wu every step of the way. Throughout the tour he gave us the benefit of candid and pithy comments about the generally positive and pragmatic way in which the various Chinese authorities have worked with contractors and the people of the region to achieve the astounding development that has taken place over the last 30 years, since Deng Xiaoping declared that "to be rich is glorious”.  

The entire reunion was an unforgettable opportunity to join with classmates and spouses to experience, "hands on”, the rapid evolution of a historic and dynamic culture after years of stagnation and pain. Thank you, Sir Gordon Wu!

Alphabetical  List of HK Mini Reunion Attendees – 2/24-3/3, 2010

Jerry Adams (2), Arthur Allen(2),Dave Badger (2),William Balfour(2) Scott Baton(2), John  Boatwright (2), Bruce Bradley(2),Tom Burdette(2),George Broder (2), Ted Bromley(2),Frank Brown(2), Hank Bruce (2),Frank Carpenter(2), Neil Chrisman (2),Shelly Davis(2),Eric Denardo (2), Stacy Dennis, Lanny Dennison (2),Jacques de Spoelberch (2), Ed Dey(2),Henry Doll (2),Ted Duffield, William Duncan,  John Eckel (2),Lee Elman (2),Jay Epley (2),Jim Farrin (2), Diane Flagler (2),Earl Fogelberg (2),Doug Freeth (2), Sid Guberman (2),Stan Hale (2), Jay Haws (2),,Morrie Hodges(2),Ben Horne (2), Robert Hornby(2), Ned Irons (2),Ed Johnstone(2), Bob Kales(2),Bruce Krause (2),Jane Kellog, Bud Klein, John Kulthau(2), John Kovach (2),Mike Kremzar(2),Dick Lefever (2),Doug Levick(2),Paul Levy(2),Bon Lombardi, Willie Matalene (2),George McLaughlin(2),Bart Marsh(2),Bill Marsh(2), Bob Miller, Richard Miller (2),Ed Metcalf(2),Peter Peril (2), Dick Pogue(2),Tom Poole,  Gerald Porter(2),Bill Pusey(2),Charlie Puttkammer (2),Richard Rahe(2),Lester Robbins (2), Andrew Robell (2),Mal Roberts (2)Jim Schroeder (2),Dan Schweid(2), John Scott(2),Gene Shahan(2),Ed Shaw(2),Berit Smith, Fred Sparling(2), Dick Stern (2), Walt Strine (2), Madeline Sutter, ,Had Talbot(2), Ainslie Tatum, Bob Thomas(2), Henry Thomas (2), Fernando Toro(2)Tony Tully (2),Bob Waldron(2), Dave Weiner (2),Joel Weinstein(2), Stephen Werbel (2), Bruce Wilson(2),HK Wu(2),Leonard Yerkes(2), Howie  Zeft (2)