by Larry Benjamin RC'66, Class Correspondent

We are just months away from celebrating the 50th anniversary of our graduation. Reunion weekend is April 29-30.

Frank Tamru and a group of classmates, Billy Azzara, George Lane, Charlie Rosen and Sam Schlesinger, have been meeting for years in Bordentown to reminisce about their time living at the Heights, as members of Lambda Chi Alpha and their latest activities. They lost a valued member of their group when fraternity president Bob Petrella died in August 2014. Frank, of Egg Harbor Township, retired after more than 30 years in the cardiac device industry. He is on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

John Whalen expected a quiet retirement in Hawaii after he sold his planning consulting firm and stepped down as planning director of the city and county of Honolulu. Then, Gov. David Ige appointed him to the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which oversees redevelopment districts. He’s now its chairman.

John Calimano’s involvement in teaching helped him get a key assignment with the Navy in Vietnam. A chance meeting with Adm. Elmo Zumwalt led to a transfer to Saigon, where he taught English to South Vietnamese naval personnel. John later spent 30 years at East Brunswick High School, where was involved in its legal studies / history program. He lives in Jackson.

We have lost another distinguished classmate,
Arthur Winkler, who died Sept. 12 in Rockbridge, Va. He retired in 2010 as a senior vice president at Cooper University Health Care, Camden. Among his many posts before that, he was chief operating officer for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Art, a Rutgers Law graduate, also was of counsel in the office of Gov. Brendan Byrne.