Reunion weekend brought 312 of us to brown - 199 members of the class of '52, plus guests and spouses. Some, returning for their first reunion since graduation, couldn't believe the myriad changes.
Friday evening the Jabberwocks entertained us at dinner in the refurbished Andrews Hall dining room; Skip Danforth, one of the founding Jabberwocks, joined the group in song. Saturday's luncheon for the women was in the elegant Crystal Room in Alumnae Hall. The men had their East Side Deli lunch in the old Pembroke Sayles Gym, now Smith-Buonanno Hall. Dinner at the Westin hotel was followed by the pops concert, which was partly spoiled by the too cool, breezy evening. Sunday took us to the Squantum Club for an authentic clambake accompanied by a lively orchestra. Thanks to Fred Gifford who made all the arrangements. WaterFire on Sunday evening gave us a great opportunity to see the renaissance of Providence.
Bill Rogers and Sally Hill Cooper, cochairs of our reunion gift committee, announced a gift in excess of $3.6 million to Brown at our fiftieth-reunion celebration breakfast with President Simmons. As of this writing, we've exceeded our Brown Annual Fund goal of $500,000 by over $115,000. Included in the reunion total is a gift of over $440,000 that Brown has held in a special account for many years and will be used to fund an endowed class of '52 scholarship.
The all-class memorial service on Sunday included readings of Psalm 90 by Beverly Calderwood Hart and Eugene Tortolani. Judith Brown and Donald Stehle lit candles for the deceased members of our class.
Special thanks to Eugene Tortolani and Bev Hart, who worked on our reunion yearbook. Thanks also to Alex Simpson for his idea to remember President Henry Merritt Wriston. Class officers elected were president Eugene Tortolani, vice president Beverly Calderwood Hart, secretary David Lubrano, treasurer Fred Gifford, and reunion chair Ed Barry.
Reunion culminated with the traditional Commencement march led by Bill Rogers, who was chief marshal, a much-deserved honor. As I walked through the Van Wickle Gates, I felt ever more grateful for my Brown education. We'll see you in '07!
50th reunion attendees included:
Betsy Ambach, Dwight Ambach, John Ambrose, Alden Anderson, June Anderson, Ruth Anderson, Priscilla Andre, Ken Arenberg, Pat Wandelt Barrow, Ed Barry, Ed Barz, Mark Batchelder, Gloria Rice Beckmann, Laura Bell, Jerry Berkelhammer, Lester Berkelhamer, Alan Besas, Dave Bisset, Dudley Bohlen, Carlen Booth, Marylynn Monk Boris, E. Howland "Ted" Bowen, Glenn Bower, Lucy Brody, Judith Brown, Rod Brown, Donald Burlingame, Staff Burrell, Jackie Vestal Bywaters, Marshall Cannell, Paul Carens, John Carpenter, James Casey, Jim Chronley, Lynn Willis Church, Dorothy Cleinman, Mary Jane Bertolet Clemmer, Roger Cloutman, Arthur Collard, Helen Collard, Sally Cooper, Joan Hastings Crosby, Ralph Crosby Jr., Marion Crowley, Arthur Dallon, Arthur Dandeneau, John Danforth, Tyler Day, Ed DeMarrais, Bill DeMatteo, Pat Barr DeMatteo, Adele DiBiasio, Tom Dimeo, Rosemarie Duys Doane, Bill Downey, Joanne Rubin Doxer, Paul Duclos, Bob Duffy, Asoong Len Elliott, Rogers Elliott, Eldrine French Emerson, Len Erickson, Steve Espo, Margaret O'Malley Farrell, Jack Finlay, Peg Fletcher, Mary Linda Foxhall, Fred Freund, Joe Friedman, Florence Sternbach Futtersak, Carolyn Gagliardi, Wini Blacher Galkin, Susan Gallagher, Carolyn Gammell, Robert Gandert, Dan Garr, Norma Silvernail Gates, Bob Gaynor, Donald B. Giddon, Fred Gifford, Tom Gildersleeve, Peter Gillis, Kate Gleason, David Good, Jim Gordon, Lucien Gordon, Dotty Adelson Gozonsky, John Grainger, Julia "Happy" Grehan, Dan Grisley, Stan Grossman, Les Halpern, Bob Harrington, Bev Calderwood Hart, Bill Heinz, Herb Helle, Pat MacBride Hendrickson, Elly Heyder, Bill Hillbrant, Shirley Severance Holmes, William Howard, Claire Matthews Huling, Lester Hyman, Marjean Armitage Ingalls, Peggy Jacoby, Mark John, Elizabeth Headly Joyce, Pat Condon Kearney, Vin Keating, Sam Keavy, Bill Kinder, Fred Kopf, Esta Strong Kornstein, Fred Kramer, Connie Kronholm, Selma Cokely Lamensdorf, Tom Landry, Nancy Main Lant, Jim Lennon, Annette Barabash Leyden, Mary Lindsay, Dave Lubrano, David Lyons, Bob MacConnell, Robert MacFarlane, Bob Maley, Eunice Bugbee Manchester, Bob Mann, Chuck Maslin, Joann Foster Maslin, Grant McCargo, Lorraine W. McCloughan, James McGinn, Benjamin McKendall, Joseph A. McOsker, Jr., Kitty Barclay Merolla, George Millard, James Muller, Joseph Munro, Ed Munves, Jake Murphy, Dave Nichols, Jack Norberg, Pat Norberg, Joe North, MaryAnn Burrows Nye, Mason Nye, Bill Outerbridge, Armand Panson, Conny Peake, Mavis Payne Perkins, Ann Perry, Liz Perryman, Stan Phillips, Jean Preble, Russell Preble, Louise Michaud Quynn, Web Ray, Jack Ringer, Elena Rocchio, Bill Rogers, Larry Ross, Francis Sargent, Fred Schlaepfer, Edward Segall, Ted Selover, Don Sennott, Betsy Kissane Shequine, Mary Fuller Shults, Alex Simpson, Mary Ann Young Simpson, Nancy Goerger Smith, Charlie Standish, Norm Steere, Don Stehle, Dick Stockwell, Roy Stratton, Phyllis Eldridge Suber, G. Scott Sugden, Cecilia Ten Braak, Carolyn QuinnTew, James Tilley, Eugene Tortolani, Sally Devine Townsend, Terry Townsend, Leo Vine, Bob Wahlberg, Paul Warner, Janis Weissman, Mary Lindsay Welch, Dotty Williams Wells, Gloria Wright Werner, Bob Wheeler, Howard Wiener, Bill Winsor, Bertram Wolfson, Stan Woolson, Alan Young, and Bob Ytterberg.