2016 North American Reunion: New York

"Old Members from all generations from the 1950s to the present attended, including native New Yorkers, transplanted Brits and others."

David Brett (1971, Modern History and Economics)

All Univ Old Members were invited to join us for Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres at the Foley Gallery in New York on Monday 11th April, as part of the 2016 Alumni Weekend in North America. David Brett (1971, Modern History and Economics) has kindly provided this report:

 

'On the evening of Monday, April 11, about 30 Old Members and other friends of Univ gathered at The Foley Gallery in the Bowery in Manhattan’s Lower East side, to meet the Master; Lady Crewe; William Roth, Director of Development and Frank Marshall, the Estates Bursar. As last year, we were again most grateful for the enterprise and ingenuity of Alexander Zaslavsky (PPE 1992) who organised the event in yet another attractive and novel location. The substantial and excellent buffet was catered by Red Compass, a nearby restaurant, whose speciality is Georgian (not the American one) cuisine.

 

The Master gave an update on developments at Univ, including the completion of the renovation of the Goodhart Building (complete with en suite showers - supposedly a requirement under Human Rights legislation) and the ambitious plans for Stavertonia, as well as the further expansion of the Bursary and Scholarship schemes. He thanked Old Members for their continued generous support of the College. The Master also had news of some Univ personalities, in particular George Cawkwell, still a very active member of the College community at the age of 96, whose greetings he passed on.

 

Old Members from all generations from the 1950s to the present attended, including native New Yorkers, transplanted Brits and others. Numbers were small enough for everyone to mingle, as well as have the chance to talk to our visitors from Univ. William Roth told a group of us of the Master’s  encyclopaedic knowledge of US TV dramas, revealed on their train journey from Washington DC to New York: references to “The Wire” as they passed through Baltimore, “Cold Case”  (Philadelphia)  “House” (Princeton Junction), and “The Sopranos” (New Jersey).

 

Although it was a wet and windy evening, we all had an enjoyable time and look forward to the next get together.'