Welcome to the Yale Class of 1959 Website.


THURSDAY, MAY 23 to SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2024

Dear ’59 Classmates, class widows, and friends:

Join us on May 23-26, 2024 for our 65th Reunion of all Reunions!

A weekend to share old and new times, visit old haunts and new campus scenes, with special Class of 1959 program events not to be missed including “Fireside chats” with Prof. Guido Calabresi and Anne Applebaum on Friday afternoon, and a Dick Maltby/David Shire revue entitled “About Time” on Saturday afternoon. Yale Hospitality will provide delicious meal offerings throughout the weekend. Widows are invited to be our special guests and to share in our class memorial remembrances before Friday evening dinner.

Don Watson and his committee have done a great job lining up talent and events for our 65th Reunion next May. Headquarters will be Jonathan Edwards College. Hotel reservations will be available at the Omni, with bus service provided to and from Reunion events and venues.

To make your reunion planning go smoothly:

Make hotel reservations prior to Jan. 24.

• Rooms are being held as a block for our entire class at the OMNI Hotel (Former Park Plaza corner of Temple and Chapel) and New Haven Hotel. To be assured of a room, make your reservations prior to Jan. 24 through this form. The YAA will be collecting our reservations and sending them over to the hotels prior to the main reunion hotel blocks opening. As a reminder, there is no on campus housing in JE. If you are unsure yet of attending, we encourage you to book a hotel room now as they can be cancelled at no penalty prior to April 22nd.

Special 65th Reunion Hotel Block Link

Reunion Registration will open in early March.

• You will be able to register for our reunion through our reunion website.

Reunion Website Links

On campus May 23-26

• Our 65th reunion headquarters will be at Jonathan Edwards College (JE). You may pick up your Reunion packet (with a swipe card giving access to all reunion events) starting on Thursday at 2pm.

• Special Class of 1959 events are planned within walking distance of JE, following lunches on Friday and Saturday. Shuttle busses will be available at all times serving hotels, JE, and other campus events.

Authors and artists/photographers

• JE has a splendid art gallery. Artists and photographers are invited to hang one work for viewing during the reunion. Authors are invited to donate one book for display and perusal on a book table in the Art Gallery. Even if you are not able to attend the reunion, we would still like to see your latest oeuvre. Send a signed copy to Don Watson, 54 Larkspur Dr., Trumbull CT 06611 and it will be proudly displayed. After the reunion, all books will be donated to JE Library.

Our 65th is a time of celebration, to reengage with campus, to reflect and be grateful for the Yale experiences that we have shared. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus.

    Class of 1959 65th Reunion Planning Committee
        Don Watson, Al Atherton, Ed Greenberg,
        Charlie Nolan, Randy Ney, Bob Semple

Anyone needing financial assistance can contact Jeannie Daniel for a confidential conversation.



Looking for our ’59 Online Zoom Discussions? They are in our Zoom Discussions Archive right here.


Richard and John Contiguglia


Richard and John Contiguglia, duo pianists

Richard and John Contiguglia’s performances at our reunions have brought delight to their classmates and friends at Yale. We are grateful to Richard and John for allowing us to share their genius on our 1959 website.

Follow this link to hear all of the tracks they have sent to share with the class.


The Life Stories contributions from classmates keep getting better. Here is the direct link. Do take a look.

“But time and change shall naught avail
To break the friendships formed at Yale.”

Classmates write in . . .

Please send us your news! Write to us at web@yale1959.org!

George Buchanan, Charles Griffith, Ben Gertz and Al Atherton at the Yale-Harvard lacrosse game April 28, 2018, a Yale win 16-8. Onward then to win the national division 1 title a few later!

How To Participate: Classmates are enthusiastically invited to write to us at web@yale1959.org with news and material that we can communicate to class members on our website. Thank you for contributing!