"Hopkins Grammar School"
Class of 1965
|Welcome to the
Hopkins Grammar School
Class of 1965.
The historic name of "Hopkins
Grammar School" has given way to "Hopkins School."
What we knew as boys' "Forms I to VI" in the
British "junior and senior school" tradition
has given way to coeducational "Grades 7 through
12" in the conventional American middle and high
it will always be for us, the members of its 305th
graduating class. Here we celebrate and share our
memories, endurance, and fraternity.
We especially look forward to our 55th
reunion in May , 2020. Tempus fugit.
All Our Reunions
The boys who did not
graduate with us
|Though it is
hopelessly quaint to say so, we were the first
Hopkins Class to go online (on February 15, 1997) with a
robust web site for Alumni, at the time a pioneering role for which
we were well trained. We invite you to share in the
individual "alumni pages" contributed by our classmates and in our class archive. Our class photo is
a context sensitive bitmap that takes you directly to the
page of each of our class members. Try clicking on a few
The page is hosted
commercially and supported by a few members of the class.
We are still one of few classes with websites, and the school has linked
to us. Social media have taken over much of the function of this website
over the years, but we still think that it remains a precious archive of
our school and careers. We hope some day the school will establish a
permanent home for Archive of our story.
We invite everyone to contribute information for
his own "alumnus page" and to share an e-mail
address. Audio and video clips are
Dick Hutchinson at
and John Mordes have created and maintained this Web Site for our Class. We have
enjoyed the positive response of many of our classmates
to this effort, and we are always delighted to
receive your news and commentary.
Passing into history: Our
Our 25th Reunion May, 2005
Our 30th Reunion May 12-13, 2005
Our 35th Reunion May 12-13, 2000
Our 40th Reunion May 6-7, 2005
Our 45th Reunion June 11-12, 2010 on the 350th Anniversary of HGS
Our 50th reunion June 12-13, 2015 all too soon has come and gone. Ave atque vale.
Our 55th reunion November
19, 2020, a virtual event in the time of covid-19
Our 57th reunion
January 19, 2022, a second virtual event in the time of covid-19
For reunion details, more links to mini-reunions, click
slowly to receive
news of our classmates and teachers, though most of it has gone to the class
notes in the Hopkins Magazine. Keep us posted.
To help fight spam, we are using scripts to conceal the email addresses
we post from spammers' spiders. So please do share your email address with your
Tom Delaney is our Class Secretary.
Let him know what's up at
The school is getting a
new head. Lovell Hall is to be torn down and a new theater and learning
center will take its place.
Steve Southwick, whom
many of us knew, died this April. He was a Professof of Psychiatry at Yale.
Jim Nippes died on May 16,
He was at our 50th
Reunion in 2015.
- Michael Lopez died on
May 18. We extend our sympathies to his wife Nga and
his daughter. Visit his page to learn some surprising things about an
amazing life that overcame adversity.
Our efforts to have this website archived at HGS have yet to
The 55th Reunion as an in person event was canceled but was
eventually held as a virtual event on November 19.
Plans are in
the offing to have this website hosted by Hopkins on their website. This
website, more than 20 years old and originally hand-coded in HTML 2.0, might
be described as rustic by todays web engineering standards, but it is ours
with all its pleasures and shortcomings.
If you care about the fate and
appearance of this class page in the future (still the only one according to
the Development Office people), let Tom or Hutch or Dr. John know so that we
can bequeath our ghosts to history in the manner you think fitting.
"Dutch" Meinecke was named in a report concerning sexual assault at Hopkins
and at St. Andrew's.
Click here to read the news article in the New Haven Register.
- Bob Schulz died on November
27, 2018. We extend our sympathies to his wife Stephany
and his children.
Deena Mack, Bill's wife, has retired from her position as Director of Development.
- Ken Paul,
Sr. died on June 29
- Barbara Riley has announced that she will
retire as Head of School in June, 2016.
Reunion took place on June 13, 2015. A sumptuously
lovely time was had by all who attended, about half the class. For those who
did not, Ave atque vale. A photo album will be up eventually. Here is a
- No news posted this year. I wonder if
we're tired or just replaced by social media. I've been remiss about asking
- John Mordes, your class prez and webmaster,
is still working full time and traveling as time permits. This past summer
took him and Sunny to the Canadian Arctic, to Greenland, and to Spain. The
cure for juvenile diabetes remains elusive, but the hunt goes on.
is a vice president of the board of the Mary Wade Home.
son Erik married this year. Tome is off to Macchu Picchu.
Paul O'Connell is a
DOD instructor in counterintelligence.
John Braman is now in Santa Fe, NM and busy with international education
- Bill Walik
is still in Seattle and working in finance.
is now acting deputy division director
at the National Science Foundation.
- David Kiphuth
and his wife Linda are in Saratoga Springs NY. David just had a one person
show of his at at a local gallery. He and Linda are producing heir second
Reunion was held May
7-8, 2010 and fades into history, as do we. It coincided with the
350th Anniversary of HGS.
Click here or on our class
photo for the the
- We have received information on
George Grande, who has become a national
figure in sports broadcasting (June).
- HGS makes the Forbes top 20 list of best
Click here to read more.
Paul O'Connell writes that
he is currently teaching at the DOD Joint Counterintelligence Training
- Sal Demaio has send a us a holiday recording.
Click here to listen. (Dec)
- We have received some remarkable news about
Mr. Kamen Ganchev (Aug). "Dr. Ganchev
was a brave and underrated man," says our correspondent.
- We have heard from Ken Ralph, who has checked in after 44 years.
- We have heard from Bill Conniff. He now lives in Idaho and has formed a
software company. (Aug)
- Kudos to
Nick Doob who was thanked from the
stage during the Oscars on February 22 for his contribution as
cinematographer to the winning documentary film, Smile Pinki.
Click here to read a note from Nick about the
- Our 45th reunion will be later than usual: on June 12, 2010 to coincide
with the big celebration of the school's 350th anniversary.
- We have learned from his sister that
Mr. Richmann has died. (May 27)
- Our upcoming 45th reunion in 2010 will
coincide with the the 350th anniversary of the founding of HGS. It promises
to be a blast.
- Mr. Preston died at age 86 on
March 5, 2007. Follow the link to read more about this much admired
- Jim Waterman has posted new contact
- Mr. Erich died at age 87 on April
- There is a little year end news from or about
Bill Walik, and
- As the year closes, we find that we no longer have working email for Ken
Ralph, Bill Walik, Jim Nippes, Greg Jones, or Rob Pulleyn. If anyone has
information, do let us know.
- A little bit of information about Mr. Meinecke was sent to us (August).
- The webmaster had 30 seconds of glory in June:
- A Nick Doob film is coming out this fall.
Click here for more information (June).
- The Webmaster had 30 seconds of glory.
here to learn a little of what he has been up to. (June).
- We have a note from Mr. Preston's
daughter, Margaret (June).
- Mr. Erich died at age 87 on April
George Fasanella died.
( Please see his page for a remembrance by Sal DeMaio. Tom Delaney asks if anyone has "interest in sending
something to the family from his classmates? I'm sure we could reimburse the
costs through some means at our next mini-reunion or regular reunion."
You can email Tom at .
- We have news and a new email address from
Peter Gordon. (April)
- We have fascinating news of Paul Howe from Jim Waterman.
in May, 2005 is
a now one more grand chapter in our history!
- Your HGS '65 webmaster has set us a scholarship fund in honor of his
to learn more.
- Bob Schulz found one of his old unit
slips! Remember those? Take a look on his page.
- David Kiphuth has checked in with a long
sent a family photo (July).
Sal Demaio has checked in again and
sent a family photo (May).
- Ben Brown has
checked in with an extraordinary story and an email address (May).
- Larry Lane hopes that his adaptation of
Bartleby the Scrivener will open off Broadway in November.
- Nick Payne's son has informed us that he
passed away in 2001. Follow the link to read about his life after HGS
- Bill Kneisel was awarded the Hopkins
Medal, the School's highest honor, on Sunday November 6, 2005. It was a
remarkable milestone in the history of our class, and we will soon have on
line more about the event and some photos.
Here's a picture of Bill delivering his acceptance speech in Heath Commons.
To see a photo album of the evening,
- Karl Crawford passed away
on the morning of July 13, 2005. We have posted his obituary. A remarkably well
attended memorial service was held at HGS on Sunday, October 2, 2005. Messers
Harrison, Albert, and Jorgensen, among others from our past, were there.
Here's one picture of the assembled audience. To see a photo album of the
- Gordon Clark has a new
- John Heath our gentle Senior School math teacher, died on August 17, 2004 at the age of 86 :(
Gamble passed away on June 29 :(
Jones sent us a long letter in the Spring of 2004 :)
- Tom Burkhard
received the school's Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2004 on May 8.
To celebrate the occasion, many of our classmates traveled to New Haven for
a special 39th Reunion.
Click here to see a photo album of the
The picture to the right shows Tom in uniform in front of the newly renovated Baldwin Hall;
click for a larger image.
- Hugh MacArthur attended the 39th
- There is quite remarkable news from Paul Howe.
- Tom Hadley has checked in.
- There is news from
Sal DeMaio about
himself and Dave Kiphuth.
- Hopkins has a new website that
features us prominently on the
- On February 7, 2004 we had a mini-reunion of 9 classmates.
Click here to see some
- In January we learned that Tommy Burkhard,
now an admiral, will be honored in May by the school as the distinguished alumnus for
- Peter Ewell and his wife, Helga, have sent
much news, new postal and email addresses, and another family photo from Nairobi.
- We have a little news and an email address for
- There is news of Bill Mack.
- In January, we heard from Mrs. Fought's
son. She died in September, 2003. Click
here to learn about her exceptional life after HGS..
- The school has a new website
- John Gamble has been quite ill; people may want to write
- We have some information on Jim
- Peter Ewell has sent news, a
new email address, and another family photo from Nairobi.
- Bob Schulz has written that
his daughter Ellen, Harvard senior fencing co-captain,
was named to the 2002 All-Ivy women's fencing team on
March 12! See the Ivy League's official web site at: www.ivyleaguesports.com.
Knight - aka William Atherton -
is in a play, "The Castle," in NYC running
through March 31, 2002. The play is presented by the
Manhattan Ensemble and the theater is in lower Manhattan,
around Mercer and Broom.
- John Braman is now
President of ISACS, the Independent School Association of
the Central States and has shared some fascinating news
- September, 2001: Unlike
other classes, HGS '65 appears not to have been touched directly by the events
of September 11.
- John Braman has sent a new
- Gordy Clark has sent a new
- Bill Mack has a new email
- Roger Poor has sent a new
address and telephone number
- Sal DeMaio has sent a new
email address and a bit of news
- Doug Romero has sent us a
new email address
- Greg Cook has
sent us a new email address
- Bill Sarris has a new email
- Peter Ewell has sent news, a
new email address, and another family photo from Nairobi
- Larry Lane: A little
information has turned up
- Headmaster Beall has resigned
For news going further back, check each classmate's personal page.
*Deceased. Shaded: Attended one or more
of our reunions. Bill Walik, Sandy
Steve Scully have also attended HGS
HGS '65 invites you to email comments about and additions to
this page to our webmaster and Class President, Dr. John Mordes at
We list individual classmates' email addresses as they become
available in our archive. They are scripted to deter spammers. The School has email available through
the Hopkins website. You can
send mail to The Razor at
We would be pleased to work with any alumnae of Day Prospect
Hill School '65 who might like to create a similar and perhaps
Finally, we thank The Friends of
Hemlock Gorge conservation group for co-hosting us on the web!
The HGS '65 Web Site went online on February 15, 1997, a
long time ago.
This page last updated
December 19, 2020.