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The Class of 1965




HGS '65 *** 45th Reunion: Saturday!

The 45th Reunion of the HGS class of 1965 concluded on Saturday, June 12, 2010. It was an extraordinary day, coinciding with the 350th anniversary of HGS. It started with a Reunion Classes Luncheon, moving on to a discussion group led by George Grande, then the dedication of the new Thompson Center, and concluding with dinner and fireworks.  The day was exciting, at times very moving, and always very interesting.

As special as this event was, it will pale in comparison with our 50th, however. Without the distractions of the 35th party, and with the inevitability of the half century mark, it will be truly extraordinary!

We convened on Saturday at noon in the Heath Commons.

From left: Alan Milstone, Dr. John, Bill Kneisel, John Braman, Bill Conniff and Bill Mack.



Jeff Burt, '66, joined us. .


Chairman of the Board of Trustees, David Newton, started things off. .
Bill Kneisel, Jeff Burt, and Bill Conniff .
Hutch and Peter Nagle, who joined us for his first reunion. .
Barbara Riley introduced Judge Calabrese. .
Barbara Riley


A rapt audience. .
Peter Nagle


Barbara Riley. .
Judge Calabrese .
A standing ovation for a very thoughtful oration. .
Barbara Riley and the Judge .
Judge Calabrese. .
Admiral Tom Burkhard (ret.) .
Herb Stocking, Bill Kneisel, and Tom.. .
Tom, Hutch, Peter, and Dr. Sunny .
Dr. Sunny and John Malone .
George Grande led the next event, a baseball "hot stove." Some of his stories were amazing. .
.At the Hot Stove .
Rapt audience. .
.George Grande .
A disbelieving Hutchinson! .
There was a crowd to listen to George. .
Rapt attention .

Jim, Bill, Alan and George.

It didn't stop when it broke up! .
Bill Conniff, Mark Lendler, and Peter Nagle in the same room for the first time in 45 years. .
Sunny and Hutch. .
Ken Paul, Sr., Bill Mack, and Alan Milstone. .
Bill and Kathleen .
Yer Prez.. .
.Braman cabal. .
Next event: dedication of the Thompson Center .
David Newton congratulates benefactor John Malone .
John Malone and John Malone .
Peter, Dr. John and Alan .
We honestly were delighted to see one another, PN, JW, JM, AM and RS. .
Herding fish. .
Not everyone made it to the class photo. ..
HGS /65 45 years later. .

Our Banner

Above the stage; HGS '65

Stately. ..
Jose, Romero, and Burt. .
Darth Hutchinson .
Bill Walik and his wife Kathleen Gallagher .
Bill and Kathleen
Bob and Ann Jose
A view of the dining test and the '65 table.
The New Haven Chamber Orchestra played.
Some of the tents.
There may have been more than 2,000 people at the celebration.
Tents and kids.
The Big H at the center of the campus
Sunset beckons the fireworks
The Class table.

Gordon and Gail Clark

Bill Walik, Tom Burkhard, Sunny, and Bob Schulz.

Hutch and Braman engaging in a ritual.
Alan Milstone

They served 350 year old cupcakes.

Mike Lopez and Bob Schulz.

Finishing up
Heading to the fireworks.
Sunny and Alan
Wendy and Ken Ralph
The Hopkins Glee Clulb
From the past: Ib Jorgenson.
The orchestra

The fireworks were GOOD.


Son et lumiere, Monsieur Denoyon!
The Finale...
Postlude: Sunday morning, quietly, as the chairs and tents were prepared to be whisked away,  Dr. John's mother at age 93 came by for a look.

Astonished, she was, by all the changes to the campus -- but not to us!

Who came: Quod Fellix Faustumque Sit......
  • Hutchinson
  • Mordes
  • Waterman
  • Ralph
  • Clark
  • Burkhard
  • Mack
  • Romero
  • Milstone
  • Cherniavsky
  • Schulz
  • Conniff
  • Lendler
  • Jose
  • Alderman
  • Nagle
  • Lopez


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This page last updated Monday August 23, 2010