Compiled by Briana N. Wilkins ’12
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The Class of 1946 is looking forward to reuniting and celebrating its 65th reunion with a theme of “Thanks for the Memories.” The costume will be the traditional reunion jacket from previous reunions, khaki pants, white bucks, white shirt, and 1946 reunion tie. Thursday dinner will be a buffet held at the Nassau Club, with Friday dinner at Springdale Golf Club. The Blawenburg Brass Band will accompany the class during the P-rade. Dinner on Saturday will be at Forbes College and feature a musical jam session—any musicians are welcome to bring their instruments.
The class theme is “Going Back … Old Friends, New Vistas,” based on the premise that classmates come back to see old friends, the alumni-faculty forums, and what is going on at the University, and their conversations with friends open new vistas. Headquartered at Forbes with ’46 and the Old Guard, ’51 will be wearing its traditional orange-and-white seersucker jackets embellished this year with new black ’51 baseball caps and orange ties.
The well-known New York musician Dan Levinson will bring his jazz group to Forbes Thursday evening for a night of Dixieland and New Orleans jazz and his swing band on Friday night to play danceable music of the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. On Saturday evening the class will have cocktails at the Lewis Library followed by dinner at Cap and Gown’s new dining facility that will provide a grandstand view of the fireworks.
The Class of 1956 celebrates “The Fullness of Time” with an extremely full schedule. On Thursday afternoon, the class will host “A Conversation on China,” between Stape Roy ’56, a former U.S. ambassador and assistant secretary of state, and Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, who served as director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department in the first two years of the Obama administration. That night, there will be a buffet dinner and music provided by the Freund Family Trio. A class memorial service will be held Friday morning at the University Chapel, and a tour of Princeton Battlefield and a forum on Reach Out ’56-’81-’06 will take place in the afternoon.
Friday evening there will be a class reception at the Art Museum, with a welcome by director James Steward and greetings from President Tilghman. Dinner on Friday night will feature the introduction of new class officers and music by Stan Rubin ’55’s big band. On Saturday morning, there will be a reception for the artists who are part of the class art exhibit, which will run all weekend. Saturday night will feature a buffet dinner, accompanied by the Boilermaker Jazz Band and culminating with fireworks. Rounding out the schedule is a farewell Sunday brunch at the Class of 1956 Lounge in Princeton Stadium.
The 50th reunion for the Class of 1961 begins Thursday with a reception and dinner, followed by entertainment from the Neil Wright Trio. Friday is full of forums — those in the morning include the future of health care, civil rights and liberties, and the role of American power, while those in the afternoon will look at the new India, college admissions, and chemistry in action. In the evening, there will be a reception with the Footnotes, followed by dinner and entertainment. On Saturday, the class will participate in the P-rade, and the class memorial service will follow. The evening will feature a reception with the J.J. Keyser Trio, dinner, and the Party Dolls, followed by fireworks. The weekend will culminate in style, with Sunday brunch at Drumthwacket, the New Jersey governor’s residence, down the road from campus.