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MAY 20-22, 2022



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  • Our Community Service Project for the Kids in Need Foundation
  • Our Annual Giving Challenge
  • Reading Glasses Book Club and Film Club
  • Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion class chairs




37th Reunion


  • Friday, May 26 at 7:00 PM - Gather for dinner at the Ivy Inn before heading to the tents! Pay your own way - CASH BAR.
  • Saturday, May 27 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Lunch before the P-Rade at Alexander Beach (tent behind Alexander Hall). We will incorporate our Community Service "Backpack Stuffing" Event into the Lunch. Please let us know HERE if you plan to be at the lunch, and if you'd like to build a backpack or two. See below for information about the Kids In Need Foundation.
  • Sunday, May 28 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Brunch at Isabella's!!! Please let us know HERE if you plan to attend the brunch. 


Regional Reunions Events


For those who can't make it back to the best old place of all, gather with classmates in your area on Saturday, May 27 for your own P-Rade and party!

Let us know HERE if you'd like to host...


2023 Reunions on Campus


  • Satellite Class Registration is required if you want to attend on-campus events. Same deal as last year: we are required to pre-register in order to attend Reunions, May 25 - 27, 2023. 


  • Non-major reunion alumni from the Classes of 1959-2016 can pre-register one guest (adult or minor), free of charge.
  • Everyone must comply with the University’s Visitor Policy in effect at that time.
  • Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a QR code and information about where to check-in on campus to get your wristband. The wristband will serve as your entry ticket throughout Reunions weekend.


Community Service Project



The Great Class of 1986 is proud to be partnering with the Kids In Need Foundation.

KINF is committed to creating equitable learning environments in schools serving struggling communities.


The only national non-profit of its kind, KINF provides support and supplies for teachers and students in under-resourced schools nationwide.


The goal of our partnership with KINF is not only to raise money,

but to raise awareness of the issues teachers and students face in far-too-many American schools.



We will hold a "Backpack Stuffing" event at our Class lunch before the P-Rade on Saturday, May 27.

The cost for one backpack and the supplies to go in it will be $40.

If you'd like to build one, you can either pay in advance HERE or on the day of the event.

If you're not coming to Reunions, you can "buy" a backpack, and a classmate will build it for you!



For more information about KINF, and to make a direct contribution that will be tracked to our class, please visit Kids In Need Foundation.

As always, thank you for your support!  Karen Jackson Ruffin ‘86, Community Service Chair




We have marked far too many very sad losses among our classmates in 2022.

Click on their names to see obituaries where available, and please join us in remembering them...






We Did It... And Then Some!!!

Every March we have an opportunity as donors to participate in Annual Giving's matching program

which provides extra monies to help classes maximize their fundraising goals.

Our goal was to have 86 givers make their donation by the end of March.


Well, we not only met the goal, but we surpassed it,

beating every other class in our group (1961 - 1996) by a few lengths!

Huge thanks to everyone who helped us reach this milestone.


The matching challenge may be over, but it's never too late to pay your dues...


Class dues help fund all of our class activities.

We're trying to go green, so no more dues requests in the mail.

Please take a moment to pay your tax deductible class dues.


If you prefer to mail a check, make it payable to Princeton Class of 1986 and mail to

Els Paine, 415 Ridgeview Road, Princeton, NJ 08540





Reading Glasses Book Club

It's Official!!! Maria Ressa's new memoir, How To Stand Up To A Dictatorhas been selected as the President's Pre-Read for the incoming Class of 2027.

We've decided to join them in discussing it this fall. (Click for additional 2021 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE content.)


Here's the group from the May 3rd Book Club discussing classmate Leila Philip's Beaverland.


Film Club ???


Stay tuned for news about our newest venture. For those who don't have the time or bandwidth for a book club, how about a film club?

We'll all watch the same film, then gather virtually to discuss. Movie ideas? Let Howard Stolar and David Powelstock know.

Bonus points if the screenplay was adapted from a book!!




Class of '86 Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)



We are thrilled to announce the appointment of


Jamal Mazrui and Javier de la Garza


to the newly created Class of '86 Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).


Javier and Jamal will work together as co-chairs to increase engagement, and to help ensure accessibility to all Class offerings for all classmates, regardless of race, religion, nationality, economic status, physical/mental/

emotional challenges, etc. Read more about Jamal and Javier by clicking on the links above.

Please help us welcome them to your 1986 Class Officers team!