How to describe our forty-fifth reunion and President Ruth Simmons's first? Just wonderful! With many people back, some for the first time since graduation, we ate, danced, schmoozed, marched, and left with renewed spirit for Brown.We met at Harkness House for the weekend's first event and then moved on to the Brown Bear Buffet in the Sharpe Refectory, where we reserved the Chancellor's Dining Room. This gave us a chance to have our own party within a party. Memorabilia from classmates was spread out to check the past and compare to the present. Campus Dance, attended by thousands, was beautiful, with bands of all kinds playing around the Green.
Saturday brought the University forums for study and reflection. A new event for us this year was a post-luncheon class seminar moderated by class president Marie Kirn. The discussion focused on the question "Is there a silver lining in 9/11?" Bob Minnerly, Gus White, Ted Parrish, Jane Weingarten,, and Rosemary Carroll each presented ideas and then the floor was opened for comments. Everybody found this meeting thought-provoking and worth continuing in the future.
Bruce Yeutter presented the class gift to the University. As of this writing our gift totals $326,000. We're hoping to exceed our goal of 65 percent participation.
Sunday brought some clouds, but no rain as in '82. You may remember that stormy weekend - our twenty-fifth. President Ruth Simmons gave us a look at her plans to shape Brown for the future. Late that night we gathered at Olives to wind down, but discovered a graduation party in full swing with much dancing. Some joined in the event to cheer on the almost-new alumni, while others enjoyed a more peaceful stroll on the river during WaterFire.
Several class members marched in the parade on Monday, a slightly cloudy day. We all said good-bye and agreed to return sooner than the fiftieth.
45th reunion attendees included:
Patricia Abbatomarco, Phil Abbatomarco, Robert Ackerman, Barbara Charlton Adams, Richard Barker, Nancy Brookover Beil, Marva Belt, Jerry Bitting, Barbara Borngesser Breer, William Bride, Marsh Campbell, Martie Campbell, Rosemary Carroll, Rusty Chandler, Carol Werlock Cobb, John Conner, Ed Cowen, Britten Dean, Marilyn Taras Erickson, Walt Farrell, Scott Garrett, Valerie Garrett, Dian Shumate Gillmar, B. G. Goff, Irene Gouveia, Judy Griswold Hicks, Lee Jacobus, Elfie Senning Johnson, E. Thomas Jones, Beth Just, John Just, Lewis Kay, John Keith, William Kelly, Marie Kirn, Lillian Berberian Klanian, Jane Goldshine Kolber, Mary Patten Lafferty, Cynthia Lewis, David C. Lewis, John Lyden, Matthew Maloney, Dick Marcus, Linda Marcus, Jack Marshall, Roberta McColl, James McCurrach, John McDaniels, Walter "Red" McGarry, Janet Rowden Mergenthaler, Richard Mertens, Richard Miller, Bob Minnerly, David Neil, Robert Norman, Vic O'Bryan, Ed O'Dell, Karl Panthen, Ted Parrish, George Pliakas, Al Powning, Barbie Davies Ramsdell, Don Rhine, William Rivelli, George Rollinson, Susan Sauer, Don Saunders, Alesandra Schmidt Woodhou, Richard Sklar, Cliff Slater, Mary Ann Filson Smith, Bob Sweeney, Barbara Sears Tessmer, Richard Thomson, Charlotte Tomas, Elizabeth van der Voort, Susan Hubbard Vojta, Joyce Warren, Jane Weingarten, Anita White, Gus White, Bruce Yeutter, and Marilyn M. Yeutter.