Reunions 2015

Grand marshal Jean Telljohann ’81 with next year’s grand marshal, Daniel Lopresti *87
Grand marshal Jean Telljohann ’81 with next year’s grand marshal, Daniel Lopresti *87
Beverly Schaefer

It was eerily quiet when grand marshal Jean Telljohann ’81 and Daniel Lopresti *87 first walked the P-rade route on the Saturday of Reunions. At 7:30 a.m., with the sun gently peeking through the clouds, they were among a small group doing a walk-through to assess route markers and signposts. “It was lovely, deserted, and very peaceful,” recalls Lopresti, who was rehearsing for his new role as grand marshal, an honor he assumes next year — the first graduate alum to be named to the job.

By mid-afternoon, the route was packed with a blinding array of orange-and-black everything, as about 25,000 alumni and guests bearing pompoms, silly hats, witty signs, and offspring atop their shoulders transformed the route into a celebration of all things Princeton. Longtime friends embraced, spouses smiled indulgently, dogs toddled along, and children napped as the sun poured down, with temperatures hitting an uncomfortable, humid 88 degrees.

Ricardo Barros
The Class of 1970 was the first to include female graduates, and this year was the first time all surviving ’70 alumnae — eight of the nine women — came to Reunions. From left: Mary Yee, Agneta Riber, Lynn Nagasako, Mae Wong Miller, Priscilla Read,
The Class of 1970 was the first to include female graduates, and this year was the first time all surviving ’70 alumnae — eight of the nine women — came to Reunions. From left: Mary Yee, Agneta Riber, Lynn Nagasako, Mae Wong Miller, Priscilla Read, Susan Craig Scott, and Judith-Ann C. Corrente. Melanie Ann Pytlowany-Kordiuk is behind Nagasako. A photo of all eight women is on PAW’s cover. Sue-Jean Lee Suettinger ’70 died in 2011.
Beverly Schaefer

The P-rade was the centerpiece of a packed Reunions weekend, held May 28–31. Some reuners woke up early for the fifth annual Reunions Run and alumni-faculty forums on topics such as the endemic dysfunction of the federal government and the progress of Asian American studies at Princeton. Others stayed up late for the midnight Nassoons arch sing and the Questlove concert at the 25th Reunions tent. 

Princeton alumni are famously dedicated to their University: Amanda Coston ’13 flew in from Seattle for her off-year reunion and stayed at a hotel in East Brunswick, more than a half-hour drive from campus. “You can’t miss this!” she said. That passionate attachment to Princeton often breeds lifelong bonds of another sort — a couple held a sign that read, “Dan ’13 plus Yi ’11 #engagedatreunions May 29, 2015.” 

Other signs demonstrated that, even on a day of fun and friendship, some Princetonians had social justice on their minds. Several P-rade marchers wore T-shirts with the words “Black lives matter.” Many who graduated in the ’70s and early ’80s carried signs that recalled their campus protests against South African apartheid. Another marcher’s sign stated, “Princeton Tenured Faculty: 83 percent white, 75 percent male.”

Women were not officially invited to participate in the P-rade until 1969, when the University began admitting women as undergraduates. This year, eight women who, in 1970, were among the University’s first nine undergraduate alumnae returned to march together in the P-rade. The sight of them drew loud cheers and applause; parents pointed them out to their children. Their presence was a celebration of the way Princeton embraces traditions, and how it remakes them.

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25th reuners, from left: Kent Hawryluk ’90, David Diamond ’90, and Brad Williams ’90 carrying a sign honoring his classmate and friend
25th reuners, from left: Kent Hawryluk ’90, David Diamond ’90, and Brad Williams ’90 carrying a sign honoring his classmate and friend
Beverly Schaefer
Richard Gammon ’65
Richard Gammon ’65
Frank Wojciechowski
Mikki Lacey Murphy ’80 with son Chris Murphy ’15
Mikki Lacey Murphy ’80 with son Chris Murphy ’15
Beverly Schaefer
Edward Gwazda ’70
Edward Gwazda ’70
Beverly Schaefer
The Princeton University Band
The Princeton University Band
Frank Wojciechowski
For the second year, 102-year-old Walter Francis “Pete” Keenan ’35 *36 received the Class of 1923 Cane, awarded to the oldest returning alum from the earliest class.
For the second year, 102-year-old Walter Francis “Pete” Keenan ’35 *36 received the Class of 1923 Cane, awarded to the oldest returning alum from the earliest class.
Grant Kessler s’90
Reuners in the Class of 2000 — Pauly Rodney, front, and Clyde Beverly III — play the “Game of 00s.”
Reuners in the Class of 2000 — Pauly Rodney, front, and Clyde Beverly III — play the “Game of 00s.”
Beverly Schaefer
Gordon Griffin ’40
Gordon Griffin ’40
Beverly Schaefer
Mike Seymour ’45
Mike Seymour ’45
Frank Wojciechowski
Graduate alumnae — all from the Woodrow Wilson School — model the APGA’s hats. From left: Heather Lord *11, Jane Farrington *13, Cat Moody *12, Amber Greene *12, and Christina Henderson *12
Graduate alumnae — all from the Woodrow Wilson School — model the APGA’s hats. From left: Heather Lord *11, Jane Farrington *13, Cat Moody *12, Amber Greene *12, and Christina Henderson *12
Frank Wojciechowski
On Saturday morning, rowing alumni returned to the water for the annual Battle of the Decades at Lake Carnegie.
On Saturday morning, rowing alumni returned to the water for the annual Battle of the Decades at Lake Carnegie.
Ricardo Barros
Bob Tellander ’60
Bob Tellander ’60
Beverly Schaefer
“X Marks the Spot” for fifth-reunion classmates, from left: Evangeline Lew ’10, Sherry Zhang ’10, Blessing Agunwamba ’10, and Nicole Fegeas ’10
“X Marks the Spot” for fifth-reunion classmates, from left: Evangeline Lew ’10, Sherry Zhang ’10, Blessing Agunwamba ’10, and Nicole Fegeas ’10
Beverly Schaefer
The Class of 1995 celebrates its 20th reunion with the theme “Saturday Nine-Fiver.”
The Class of 1995 celebrates its 20th reunion with the theme “Saturday Nine-Fiver.”
Frank Wojciechowski
The Class of 1950 celebrates its 65th. From left: Ken Perry, Ralph Moberly, Charlie Slack, and Karlos Moser
The Class of 1950 celebrates its 65th. From left: Ken Perry, Ralph Moberly, Charlie Slack, and Karlos Moser
Beverly Schaefer
The Class of 1975 at its class photo
The Class of 1975 at its class photo
Frank Wojciechowski
“85 UNITED”: Rick Coley ’85
“85 UNITED”: Rick Coley ’85
Frank Wojciechowski
Pete Weiland ’55
Pete Weiland ’55
Frank Wojciechowski
Rapper and actor Tone Lōc gets the crowd moving at the headquarters of the Class of 1990.
Rapper and actor Tone Lōc gets the crowd moving at the headquarters of the Class of 1990.
Sameer A. Khan
Elise Backman ’15, center, and Olivia Watson ’15 at right
Elise Backman ’15, center, and Olivia Watson ’15 at right
Frank Wojciechowski