Class of 1969

We are proud to announce our scholars for the academic year 2016-2017- once again Joseph "Cameron" and Emily!  Cameron and Emily are both members of the Class of 2018 School of Engineering and Applied Science and will major in Chemical Bimolecular Engineering.  Please continue to read our newsletter to learn more about our gifted Class of 1969 Scholars.

Our upcoming 50th Reunion on May 17 - 20, 2019  is quickly approaching and we hope you have marked your calendar to join us to celebrate.  Look for our upcoming newsletters, e-communications, and class website postings to keep you informed for class events and 50th Reunion planning.

Yours in Red and Blue,

Jim and Mary Ellen

p.s.   It’s not too early - Volunteer for our Reunion Team!

Join the fun and help us plan a memorable 50th Reunion. Meetings will be timely phone conferences. Contact Mary Ellen Miller,, to join our reunion team. Here is our reunion team to date:


Class of 1969 50th Reunion Team*

                                         G. Scot Anderson
                                         Richard W. Bridy
                                         Julia A. Carr
                                         Jean Moss Clemons
                                         Barry Coyle
                                         James P. Druckman
                                         Paula B. Fenton
                                         Peggy Miller Franck
                                         Eli G. Goodman
                                         Frederick M. Hermann
                                         Arthur F. Hirsch
                                         Steven Kammerman
                                         Jill Smerling Kushner
                                         Joanne Lippman Leibovitz
                                         V. Bruce Thompson
                                         William Mentllik
                                         Harry B. Meran

Linda Plotnick Meran
Mary Ellen Cianfrani Miller
R. Russell Miller
Joseph S. Mishkin
Judith Sinanis Nist
Karen Orlin
Susan Berland Penn
Randy Rolfe
Lawrence S. Rosenwald
Mary Selecky
William M. Schmidt
Herbert Simmens
Franklin C. Speyer
Sally Edwards Willits
John G. Wright, Jr.

* As of May 2017

Class of 1969 Leadership


Mary Ellen Cianfrani Miller and James P. Druckman

Regional Vice Presidents

East: Jean Moss Clemons, Paula Fenton
West: Joanne Lippman Leibovitz
South: Harry Meran, Linda Plotnick Meran
At Large: Peggy Miller Franck, Susan Berland Penn, William M. Schmidt

Gift Chairs

Joseph S. Mishkin and Franklin C. Speyer
Hazel Manheimer, Gift Chair Emerita


Mary Ellen Cianfrani Miller

Meet the Class of 1969 2016-2017 Scholars

Emily comes to Penn from Brookside, NJ and is a graduate of West Morris Mendham High School.   Her extracurricular activities on campus include acti8ng as a Board Member on the Advancing Women Engineering Advisory Board, Quaker Notes A Cappella, Vocalist, Sigma Kappa Sorority Member, Peer Advisor for Engineering Orientation, and Entertaining/Fundraising  Committee Chair for Penn Colleges Against Cancer. Emily hopes to "enter the engineering profession after graduation and after gaining some real world experience consider going back to school to earn a Masters Degree in engineering or an MBA".

Cameron is a native of Hillsbough, NJ and a graduate of Hillsbough High School.  He is  busy on campus acting as the Social Chair/Treasurer for Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Judicial  Inquiry Board Member, Member on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and member of the Intramural Soccer Team. His post graduate career plans  look to "being employed by a pharmaceutical company and help to optimize their processing to maximize emery efficiency".  Cameron was surprised to arrive at Penn and find that even though there is diversity in its students, he has meet man who share a passion for the same things he does.  He finds "it interesting to trade other bits of culture through those interactions".

About our Fund

Class of 1969 Endowed Scholarship Fund: Our class fund was established in 1998 through gifts from class members in honor of our 30th Reunion and increased in 2004 in honor of our 35th Reunion to provide financial support to an undergraduate, with a preference for children of alumni whose parents experience economic reverses during their years at Penn. Your contributions during a Reunion Year support our Class Fund as well as our Class Gift Project! 

Financial Summary as of June 30, 2016

Market Value:                    $489,991.16
Total value of fund, including additions and appreciation
Book Value:                       $399,231.71
The original contribution plus any other contributions to the fund
Available Income:               $30,421.29
The income according to the University endowment spending policy available to be spent during the 2016-2017 academic year.

William Schmidt, Jean Clemons Russ Miller, Cameron, Mary Ellen Miller, and Emily

Cameron and Emily

Fall 2016 Scholarship Celebration

"It always feels great to give back and know Penn alumni are making a real difference in the lives of current Penn students. The Fall 2016 Scholarship Celebration recognized our Class of 1969 scholarship recipients, among others. This inspiring and gratifying event gave us the opportunity to speak with the scholarship recipients our class sponsors, to learn their accomplishments and aspirations, and find out what's happening on campus from their perspective.  The two students, Cameron and Emily, are bring, engaging students whoa re delighted with their experience at Penn. If not for our scholarships, they would have had a difficult or impossible path to Penn, and they are grateful to our class.  It was an honor and a pleasure to chat with them, and compare campus life in 2016 with the years when we were students.

Penn sees tremendous value in connecting alumni and students.  President Amy Gutmann mentioned in her remarks that this annual event, now in its 20th year, has expanded tremendously to include over 600 people, and has outgrown all previous venues.  It was held on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, in its new location, the John R. Rockwell Gymnasium at 219 S. 33rd Street, next to the Palestra. The gym was transformed into a gala event space.  Class-designated stations marked the locations for each class's representatives to meet their respective scholarship students. It was a wonderful evening." 

                             Jean Moss Clemons   CW'69  WG'82

Enjoy the memories of our 45th Reunion!

Read about our classmates that were highlighted at our author display!

Thank you to the Reunion Committee!

Click here to view our classmates' names that made our 45th Reunion so successful!

Supporting Penn

We hope you will consider supporting The Penn Fund this year! Every dollar raised means ensuring the ongoing health of Penn, and your personal gift is your vote of confidence in your alma mater. Our collective gift shows our class pride. The Penn Fund supports the highest priorities of the University, namely need-based student aid as well as student activities, residential life, and classroom technology. All gifts matter, as alumni participation is a factor in Penn’s national rankings. For some, considering a gift at the leadership donor level is possible, and we hope you give at a level that is meaningful to you. The Benjamin Franklin Society serves as an inspiration to fellow Penn alumni. Click here to see if you are eligible for matching gift dollars through your or your spouse’s company. Give here today: For more information on supporting scholarships, click here, or contact your Penn Fund representative. Thank you in advance for considering your gift to The Penn Fund.
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