Class of 1965 Reunion


Come back to Dear Old Penn May 15-18, 2015 to connect with classmates, catch up with old friends, and celebrate all that is Penn!

Scroll down this website for complete details for Class of 1965 reunion celebration event, class activities and pricing.
Click HERE to view the 50th Reunion Events at a glance. 

Register on-line today so your name will appear on the Look Who's Coming List.
(note: This is an alpha list for all registrants. All alumni names appear on this list and are viewed as written by registrant. Type in 50th in the SEARCH box to view just Class of 1965 attendees.)

- Class of 1965  Reunion Yearbook -

The submissions link for the yearbook is now  closed!   However, you can still purchase the Class of 1965 Reunion book:Please contact Lisbeth Willis ( if you want to purchase the Yearbook for $20. If not able to attend reunion, click the link to purchase your book:

Click here for more information about the book process.

Please note, the cost of the Class of 1965 Reunion Book is included in the registration fees and will be distributed at both Reunion parties during the weekendEveryone registered for the 50th reunion can get a book.

For those not attending either Class party, you can pick up your Reunion Book at Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk (across from the LOVE statue) on Friday and Saturday from 9 AM - 4 PM and Sunday at the Class Breakfast.

Class Reunion Events

The 1965 Reunion Committee has a full weekend of activities planned for the 50th reunion.  The events below list only Class Sponsored events. Click on the Alumni Weekend main website to see all the events taking place to help build your reunion itinerary.   

Friday, May 15: 11:30 - 1:00 PM

Green Campus Update followed by Campus Tour for 50th Reunion Class - ADDED EVENT

Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, 3620 Locust Walk, Room 350
In conjunction with the Penn Connects campus development, the University’s Climate Action Plan commits to the creation and maintenance of a sustainable campus by growing green spaces, decreasing building energy consumption, and increasing education and awareness of sustainable design. Led by the University Architects' team, this presentation and tour will highlight several of the newest — and most sustainable — additions to Penn's urban campus. A 30 minute presentation followed by Q&A with the University Architect David Hollenberg and Environmental Sustainability Director Dan Garofalo will take place before the campus tour.

Friday, May 15: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Class of 1965 & Netter Center Community Service Project

Netter Center, 111 South 38th Street, Second Floor, Class of 1965 Conference Room

Class of 1965 is working with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at University of Pennsylvania to help kids and local community members! Those attending can just stop in to see the 1965 conference center, visit with Netter Staff or create care packages for children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, or artwork to decorate senior centers, day care centers and other spaces in West Philadelphia. Drop of children books for donation (can also drop books at Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk). Click here to find out more about the Alumni Weekend Childrens book collection.   This is a complimentary class activity sponsored by the Class of 1965 and The Netter Center.

Friday, May 15: 1:45 PM arrival at Barnes for 2 PM tour - SOLD OUT

The Barnes Foundation Docent Led Tour for Class of 1965

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA. Shuttle from campus to Barnes at 12:45 PM from Penn Bookstore. Shuttle from Barnes to campus at 3:30 and 4:30 PM. 

Start your weekend with a visit to the world-famous Barnes Foundation, one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist paintings, in its stunning new Center City venue. The Barnes Foundation will have docents available to guide Class of 1965 attendees through the collection. Tickets will be distributed at the Barnes Foundation Museum. Event is not included in the Reunion Package. Cost was $45 per person and includes museum entry, private Class of 1965 docent tour and shuttle. Self-Parking at Barnes Foundation is available.  Please call Lisbeth Willis at 215.573.7061 with questions.

Friday, May 15: 2:15 – 3:30 PM

Class of 1965 Panel - Healthy Aging: Maintaining Independence - NEW EVENT

Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Room 118

Join us as we debunk common myths about aging. Learn about healthy lifestyles, how to improve functionality and live your life to the fullest. Panelists will discuss the latest technology and how an advance directive can be a positive part of maintaining independence. Attend this for not only yourselves but your loved ones! 

Edward T. Anderson, MD, C'65, M'69 will lead the discussion with panelists Rebecca L. Trotta, PhD, R, Nu'98, GNu'01, GR'10, Director of Nursing Research and Science, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Aditi Rao, Nu'06, GNu'07, GR'13, Nurse Research Scientist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Jo-Ana Chase, PhD, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, and  Kathryn H. Bowles PhD, RN, FAAn, FACMI, GR'96, van Ameringen Endowed Professor in Nursing Excellence.

All of our panelists are members of Penn Nursing's Center for Integrative Science in Aging, which is directed by Dr. Kathryn Bowles. The Center for Integrative Science in Aging members create and translate innovative solutions into practice and policy to improve the ability of older adults to live independently, cope with illness, and achieve optimal health-related quality of life.

Friday, May 15: 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Expanding Wealth In Retirement Through New Tax-Optimal Income Planning

Houston Hall, Golkin Room, 3417 Spruce Street

Join Lewis Coopersmith, C’65, and Jonathan Coopersmith, C’91, for a discussion of Lew’s academic research and background in operations research as he developed an innovative sequence of tax-optimal retirement withdrawals to maximize long-term total savings growth and support desired lifestyle goals. Sponsored by Class of 1965 and open to all alumni.

Friday, May 15: 6 – 8 PM

50th Reunion Welcome Reception at Penn Museum, Stoner Courtyard

3260 South Street, enter through Stoner Courtyard
Dress: Business Casual

Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while you reconnect with dear friends. Welcome from President Amy Gutmann at 7:25 PM. Highlights also include a performance by Student Music groups Counterparts (6:15 PM) and Mask and Wig (at 6:45 PM) and the Class of 1965 Classmate Authors' Book Display. This event is also the location to pick up your 1965 Reunion Yearbook and yearbook photo nametag. Parking available at the Museum Garage (Cost is $11 after 5 PM). Shuttle service is available from Marriott Hotels to campus. Following the reception, join classmates at Franklin Fest on College Green. Cost: Included in the Reunion Package or $85 a la carte. Self-parking at the Museum.

Friday, May 15: 8 - 11 PM

Franklin Fest - The All Alumni Party

College Green (Rain Location: Houston Hall) 

After the 50th Welcome Party –Meet up with classmates in the 1965 lounge at this all-alumni event! Enjoy a night out on College Green with drinks, light fare, and live entertainment. Also, outdoor screenings of Back to the Future II and Into the Woods will be shown. Cost: Included in the Reunion Package or $20 a la carte.

Saturday, May 16: 8:30 AM – 10 AM 

Louis I. Kahn--Architect: Remembering the Man and Those Who Surrounded Him

Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery, 210 South 34th Street. You can enter through College Green or 34th Street. (NEW LOCATION)

Conversation with classmate Charlie Dagit, C'65,AR'67, GAR'68, on his book with John Prendergast, Editor of The Pennsylvania Gazette. This event includes a light breakfast at 8:30 AM followed by conversation at 9 AM.   This is a complimentary event sponsored by Class of 1965 and open to all alumni.

Saturday, May 16: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM 

Conversation with President Amy Gutmann 

Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street

Join President Amy Gutmann for her annual state of the University report. The 50th Reunion will be recognized. Arrive at 10 AM to hear the world famous Curtis Organ.

Saturday, May 16: 11:45 AM 

Parade Lineup

Class Line-Up: Caster Plaza at Locust Walk and 37th Street (across from Ben on the Bench) Parade Costume: will be distributed at line up to pre-registered members of the Class of 1965. Costume: Red Penn65 Baseball hat 

Penn Alumni foldable "Shades"

Saturday, May 16: 12 PM

Alumni Parade of Classes

The Class will parade down Locust Walk to the 50th Reunion tent in front of College Hall.

Saturday, May 16: 12:30 PM  

Alumni Day Picnic 

Picnic Location: College Green

Saturday, May 16: 3:30 - 5 PM  

Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That! Finding Balance Through All Stages of Your Life.

Claudia Cohen Hall, G17
249 South 36th Street

Sponsored by the Class of 2005, 2000, and 1965. No matter where you are in life – completing your education, building your career,engaging in family life, anticipating retirement or wondering what is next, – there always seem to be more demands than there is time. In this informal conversation we will discuss some key stressors and opportunities during various stages of life and hear practical tips from several work-life balance specialists:Kendall Dudley, M.A, W’65, founder of LIFEWORKS and dedicated to helping people find their way to a more meaningful life; Melanie Katzman, Ph.D, C'80, founder of Katzman Consulting, enables individuals and organizations to clarify purpose and amplify impact. She is the co-host of Women@Work on SiriusXM, Business Radio powered by The Wharton School; Julie Cohen, C'89, founder of "Work. Life. Leader", dedicated to helping individuals fulfill their professional, personal, and leadership goals. Come with your questions ready and leave empowered! Pre-registration required.

Saturday, May 16: 7 PM-midnight

50th Reunion Party at VIE

600 N Broad St - north of City Hall across from Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Dress: Business attire for men and cocktail/festive attire for women.
We are rolling out the red carpet for our 50th Reunion Celebration, complete with our own Penn-Paparazzi! Enjoy cocktails with live music, three full service bars, a towering champagne display, and boundless stretch of seafood and hors d'oeuvres. After cocktails, we will have a three course seated dinner with special comments by Class President Vicki Douglass Bendit, CW'65 and The Honorable Edward G. Rendell, C’65, HON’00. Enjoy music by The York Street Hustle band that specializes in 60s music. Wind down the evening in the adjoining private, open-air courtyard for after dinner drinks and mingling. At the end of the celebration you will receive a memento of this special evening. Vie is part of the Cescaphe Event Group. Complimentary valet parking and shuttle service from Inn at Penn (6:15 PM), Sheraton (6:25 PM) and Downtown Marriott (7 PM).  Return shuttles leave at 11 PM and Midnight. Cost included in the Reunion Package or $160 a la carte.

Sunday, May, 17: 9 - 11:30 AM 

Class of 1965 Champagne Breakfast, Memorial Service & Class Panel

Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge, 3417 Spruce Street
Casual Dress

Event Breakdown:

Class of 1965 Memorial Service from 9 - 9:30 AM: The University Chaplain Reverend Charles L. Howard, PhD, C’00, will hold a private Class of 1965 Memorial Service from 9 - 9:30 AM, where the Glee Club will perform.

Sunday Morning Panel Discussion from 10:15 - 11:30 AM:

About the panel: Join us for what will be an interesting and engaging panel discussion.

As you are getting settled, watch a five minute video of images from Penn and the times, including clips from iconic movies, all with 60s music as the background. Then, enjoy our panelists whose discussion will cover the following themes:

TRANSITION - The panelists will look at the social, cultural, and military, impact on us while at Penn and in our early years out of school. It was a transitional time that impacted men and women differently.

SERENDIPITY - we will discuss the role of serendipity as our lives progressed beyond the early years out of Penn.

PENN THEN AND NOW - from the perspective of heavily committed alumni leaders, we will hear about how Penn changed during the past 50 years.

Our Class Panelists include:

Edward T. Anderson, MD, C'65, M'69, past Penn Alumni Trustee; Suzanne Denbo Jaffe; CW’65, Trustees’ Council of Penn Women; Warren Lieberfarb, W’65, past Penn Alumni Trustee; and James S. Riepe, W’65, WG’67, HON’10, Emeritus Trustee. Moderated by Benjamin H. Craine, W’65, Chair Emeritus, Alumni Regional Clubs Advisory Board and Reunion Outreach & Planning Chair.

Cost: Included in Reunion Package pricing or $25 a la carte.

Monday, May, 18: 8 AM  - 1 PM

259th Commencement Procession - FOR PRE REGISTERED CLASSMATES ONLY

Annenberg Performing Arts Center, 3680 Walnut Street

As the Class of 1965 marks its 50th reunion, class members are invited to don cap and gown and participate in the academic procession.  Pre Registered classmates, will gather alongside Alumni leaders, representing 1935-2014, to line Locust Walk, forming an honor guard as the candidates for graduation walk through.  Start time is 8 AM for Continental Breakfast and Robing.  The procession across campus begins at 9 AM; with the ceremony beginning at 10:15 AM.  Rain or shine.  A light lunch is provided after Commencement in Sweeten Alumni House.  



    Walk-on registration and pre-registered name badge pick-up for paid Alumni Weekend events is located on the Class of 1976 Patio, behind Sweeten Alumni House.

    Hours are:
    Friday, May 16: 8 AM - 10 PM
    Saturday, May 17: 8 AM - 5 PM
    (Entrance on 36th st.and Locust Walk)

    50th Reunion Package price: $295. Cost is per person.
    The reunion package provides access to Friday night's 50th Welcome Party, Friday's Franklin Fest-All Alumni Party, Saturday’s Alumni Day Parade, Picnic, and Taste of Penn, Saturday night's 50th Reunion Party at Vie, Sunday’s Champagne Breakfast, Class of 1965 Memorial Service and Class Panel, as well as all general alumni events and social programming, unless otherwise noted. The cost also covers the Class of 1965 Reunion Book and all class reunion favors.


    A la Carte Pricing, for those not purchasing the full package. Cost is per person
    Friday - 50th Reunion Welcome Reception at Penn Museum: $85 (walk-on $95)
    Friday - Franklin Fest-All Alumni Party on College Green: $20 (walk-on $25)
    Saturday - Alumni Day Picnic (Includes Taste of Penn Spectrum): $40 (walk-on $45)
    Saturday - 50th Reunion Party at Vie: $160 (walk-on $170)
    Sunday - Champagne Breakfast, Memorial Service and Class Panel: $25

    Class of 1965 Barnes Foundation Docent Led Tour for Class of 1965: $45
    Class of 1965 Reunion Yearbook: $25
    (Please note: cost of the book is included if you attend Reunion Weekend and purchase the package or either class party).

    Reunion Outreach & Planning Committee

    Vicki Douglass Bendit, CW'65, Class President and Reunion Chair

    Edward T. Anderson, MD, C’65, M’69, Class Panel
    Robert  "Bob" L. Baer, CHE'65, GEE'67, GR'71, Reunion Yearbook co-Chair& Outreach co-Chair
    Frank Barrett, Alumni Authors Display
    Henry Phillip "Skip" Becker
    Gerald "Gerry" Bedrick, W'65, Outreach co-Chair
    Maryann Urban Braden, CW'65, Outreach co-Chair
    Steve Bretschneider, C'65
    Lewis Coopersmith, C'65, Class Panel
    Benjamin H. "Ben" Craine, W'65, Outreach & Planning Chair, Class Panel
    Charles "Charlie"  E. Dagit, Jr., C'65, AR'67, GAR'68, Reunion Yearbook co-Chair and Class Panel
    Steve Dexter, C'65
    Leonard "Len" Ganz, W'65
    Ronne Charen Goldstein, CW'65

    Kendall Dudley, W’65, Class Panel
    Jill Harris, CW'65
    Donna MacNeill Heffner, CW'65
    Sam Heffner, W'65
    Gene Hilzenrath, W'65
    Julie Erber Jaffe, CW'65
    Suzanne “Suzi” Denbo Jaffe, CW’65, Class Panel
    David Kirk, C'65, WG'67
    Ogden (Clip) Kniffin, C'65
    Martin H. "Marty" Kushner, C'65
    Warren Lieberfarb, W'65, Class Panel
    Karyl Charna Lynn CW’65, Alumni Authors Display
    Corbin Marr, C'65
    Stewart Merkin, W'65
    Robert Morse, C'65
    Mary Gabriele Panek, CW'65
    Honorable Edward G. Rendell, C’65, HON’00, Speaker
    James S. Riepe, W'65, WG'67, HON'10, Class Panel
    Arnold "Skip" Rosoff, W'65
    Charles Sands, W'65 Richard Schneidman,
    Arlene Manhoff Silikovitz, C'65
    Carol Hall Solotoff, CW'65
    Richard Steinberg, Alumni Authors Display
    Zelda Stillman Topkis, CW'65
    Robert Temple,  C'65, Alumni Authors Display
    Joan Segal Trachtenberg, NU’65, GNU’81
    Spencer Wertheimer, W'65
    Mark G. Yudof, C'65, L'68, Alumni Authors Display
    Richard Zacharia,W'65

    Gift Committee

    Suzanne "Suzi" Denbo Jaffe, CW'65, co-Chair
    Robert "Bob" J. Schiff, W'65, co-Chair

    Robert L.Baer, CHE'65, GEE'67, GR'71
    H. Phillip “Skip” Becker, W'65
    Sylvia Binder Blume, CW'65
    Iris Birnbaum Burkat, CW'65
    Julie Pontz Curson, CW'65
    Frank R.Fioramonti, W'65
    Mark Gordon, W'65, L'68
    John C. Hover II, C'65, WG'67
    Harry Immerman. W'65
    Warren Lieberfarb, W'65
    Susan Frick Payne, CW'65, GED'86
    Hershel Sosnoff, W'65
    Robert A.Vort, W'65

    Class Gift

    We hope you will consider supporting our Class Gift 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. Our Class Gift will support The Penn Fund, providing immediate unrestricted support for 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. You can make even more of an impact by considering a five year pledge today. The entire sum will count towards our goal and help us break yet another record. 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 this milestone year.


    Reunion giving is a time-honored tradition at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Our milestone 50th reunion is a time to come together as a class and commemorate our Penn experiences through philanthropy. 
    Gifts from the Class of 1965 will collectively support the following initiatives to benefit Penn and its students:

    Class of 1965 Reunion Project
    Our class will join together to raise $250,000 to name the Collaborative Classroom on the 1st Floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

    Designed to meet a growing need for innovative teaching spaces, a new classroom at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center (VPDLC) facilitates active learning and fosters collaborative and problem-solving learning pedagogies. The classroom is located on the first floor of VPDLC in the back of the reference area. The design of the room supports multiple configurations and a variety of academic activities. At present there are very few teaching spaces on campus that are adaptable enough to accommodate a range of class types and subjects, as well as new and evolving educational technologies. The classroom is a collaboration of the Penn Libraries and the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE). The Collaborative Classroom can accommodate up to 30 students, at small tables, each with its own display screen and laptop connections. In addition to these tables, there is an instructor station that has the ability to control all display screens. The walls have Dry Erase coverings that can also serve as projection surfaces. For additional mobility, all the tables and chairs are on wheels and can be reconfigured in any way a class desires.

    The Penn Fund

    Goal: $250,000

    The Penn Fund provides immediate unrestricted support for the highest priorities of the University. A total of our class gift will help to fund student aid, residential life, classroom technology and student activities.

    Individual Endowed Scholarships
    Goal: $3,625,000

    Our class has the opportunity to provide further support for talented Penn students with financial need through individual scholarships. 

    Overall Goal: $4,125,000
    Donor Goal: 400
    New Endowed Scholarship Goal: 5
    New Harrison Society Member Goal: 10

    Join us today in making these goals a reality for our alma mater and the students who follow in our footsteps. Call our Class Gift Director, Josh Nay, at 215-746-6233 or give online at


    Pre-Registration closed May 11. Walk on registration available but at higher prices.
    No refunds after May 12.