In spite of the terrible news about Bob Pirie, and the awful weather, nine of us gathered at Pratt Field for a very wet and cold foot ball game. The weather didn’t stop the Jeffs. They were great in their 16 to 0 defeat if Wesleyan. Our loyal class attendees and wives consisted of Skip and Norma Hunziker, Tom and Joy Bushman, Hobie and Cynthia Clemenshaw, Gary and Joan Holman along with John McGrath, Phil Alexander and Chuck Longsworth. Polly Longsworth, Phil and Eileen Knowles and John and Jane Keydel joined us for dinner at Valentine later. The Keydels also joined most of us game attendees in the cage after the game for a very welcome hot chocolate.
All through a very long day we were periodically being looked after by our good friend and hard working representative in the Alumni Office, Sandy Riley, to whom we will always be grateful.
At the game we shared a tent with ’49, ’50, ’52, ’53 and ’54. As usual, Jerry Grant, ’54, furnished his delicious chili and Moose Newman, ’49, furnished all sorts of delectable snacks as well as bloody marys.
Dinner and cocktails in the mezzanine at Valentine was an unforgettable gathering of old friends from all three classes. Dinner was concluded with a toast honoring the memory of Bill Maloney, whose many adventures made an incalculable contribution to the college as well as to the well being of his loyal followers, and a moment of silence in respect for the memory of a dear and loyal classmate, Bob Pirie, who died just three days before Homecoming.
It is very difficult to describe in words the deep feelings that surround these meetings of friends of over sixty years. Our class is special and will always be so. We were small and as a result, close. It seems that the years draw us even closer so let’s keep it up with as many of us as possible coming to reunion and homecomings in the future.
Your Grateful President,
Just on the eve of Homecoming, when several of us will get together to celebrate our good times in "college days," I am deeply saddened to inform you of the death of a very close friend and much loved classmate, Bob Pirie. His wife, Barbara, called me this morning to give me this very painful news. All of our hearts go out to Barbara and her children.
All I know at this time is that Bob suffered some terrible trauma while driving to town last evening and that he died this morning. I will, of course, provide you with further details as soon as I have them. In the meantime, should any of you wish to contact Barbara, she can be reached at 37 Cedar Drive, Allendale, NJ 07401, 201-327-3770.